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Dexter Jettster

Posted in Fun with tags , , , , , , , on 23 September 2011 by Megan

Dexter Jettster, the diner’s second owner

I just thought I’d start this fun Friday off with a bit of a character sketch on Dexter Jettster. Why? Because it’s never too early to start planning your Star Wars extravaganza, and next May is Episode II’s 10th birthday. Obviously I’m already working on my party–actually have been since May–and, if you paid attention to my last Star Wars party, you know that the cake is the centerpiece, and the cake obviously has to be related to E2 somehow.

In conferring with my primary co-planner, whose blog you should read, we searched a great deal and finally settled on Dex’s Diner, which has an epic cake shape already. Since I’ve already done all this research on Dex, I thought I’d do a character spotlight for this Fun Friday. So here goes with a quick bio of one of Coruscant’s well-known restaurateurs!

Dex is a Besalisk, a four-armed sentient hailing from the world of Ojom. Ojom is not in the Republic, and Dexter is more adventurous than many others of his race, who generally stay settled on their homeworld.

Take a seat! I’ll be right wichya!

Dexter has quite a varied past, having been part of oil-harvesting expeditions all over the galaxy. The work he did with these crews ranged from technical work to bartending, cooking, and brawling, to the shadier work of selling contraband and running weapons. The diner is essentially his retirement, a clean start for a life haphazardly lived before. Of course, his previous experiences make him an ideal contact for a Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Coruscant’s CoCo Town

The Diner is located in the Coruscant neighborhood of CoCo Town (sometimes CoCo District, for the Collective Commerce District). There are lots of old-style diners in this area, hearkening back to the Republic’s Golden Age; and while the district is Upper-Level, traditionally indicative of high class luxury on Coruscant, but the eateries in this district cater to those who work for the Senators and other upper-class gentlebeings of Coruscant, and therefore offer more affordable options.

The window sign for Dex’s

Obi-Wan first gained familiarity with the restaurant in his Padawan days with Qui-Gon; back then it was owned by a friend of Qui-Gon’s named Didi. Following his Master’s penchant for keeping friends and informants at all levels of society, Obi-Wan made friends with Dex and depends on his valuable insights and observations. At the same time, Dex recognizes a great friend in Obi-Wan, knowing he is neither judgmental nor high-minded like some other Jedi.

The Diner

Here’s the diner itself. You can see how the shape really lends itself to being “en-cake-ified.” It has an oblong shape, achievable by taking two rectangular layer cakes and cutting them in half, then stacking them and carving to shape. We plan to use red velvet cake. While we do have Obi-Wan action figures in droves, we don’t have a Dexter, so that might have to be remedied in the coming months.

Sources: the Databank entry (here) and The Ultimate Visual Guide as well as the Wookieepedia.

Nar Shaddaa

Posted in Questions with tags , , , , on 1 June 2011 by Megan

What is Nar Shaddaa, who up with it, and why do all the video games use it? — Kristine

Nar Shaddaa

The Smuggler’s Moon: Dark Coruscant

Nar Shaddaa, also known as the Smuggler’s Moon and Vertical City, made its first appearance in the Dark Horse Comics series Dark Empire. In this series, originally released in six bi-monthly parts between December 1991 and October 1992, our heroes go up against the Emperor Reborn (Palpatine restored to life in a cloned body through the power of the Dark Side). When Luke is taken to the Deep Core world of Byss and warns Leia and Han not to follow him, they immediately find a way to do so by connecting with some of Han’s smuggler friends on the moon of Nar Shaddaa.

As Nal Hutta is the center of the Huttese Empire and Nar Shaddaa is the largest of Nal Hutta’s moons, it is infamous throughout the galaxy for illegal activity.  Like Coruscant, the moon is completely grown over in urban development, and this has earned it the nickname Little Coruscant; it has been compared to a dirty version of the lustrous coursica gem from which Coruscant gets its name. Its government is organized crime, and its major exports are contraband, technology, weapons, spice, and slaves.

As far as its use in the video games, it has or will have appearances in Star Wars: Dark Forces, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, The Force Unleashed, and The Old Republic. (It was mentioned only in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy). I haven’t played most of these, but guess one of the primary reasons for its popularity is its essentially lawless environment. Star Wars has been compared to “cowboys in space,” and apart from the wild, wild west shooting opportunities, the intricate dark city provides ample areas for gameplay.

Appearances of Nar Shaddaa (also used as sources):

  • The Hutt Gambit (A. C. Crispen)
  • Rebel Dawn (A. C. Crispen)
  • Dark Empire (1st appearance) (Tom Veitch)
  • Dark Forces: Rebel Agent (William C. Dietz)
  • Darksaber (Kevin J. Anderson)

Other Sources:

Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (Wallace & Fry)
A Guide to the Star Wars Universe: Second Edition (Bill Slavicsek)
The Wookieepedia: Nar Shaddaa

Tauntauns

Posted in Questions with tags , , , , on 20 April 2011 by Megan

What is the average weight of a tauntaun and in which season do they prefer to mate? — Jesse

Taun tauns in the wild

Tauntauns from the Field Guide

Tauntauns, a semi-reptilian mammal,  are one of the few lifeforms living on the frozen planet of Hoth. While there are several different species of tauntaun, the one seen in the film  is a giant common tauntaun. These are typically 8’2″ tall and about fifteen feet long. Their internal organs are protected by a thick layer of blubber and thick white or gray fur. While none of the sources I have on hand speculate on weight, it seems safe to assume they are well over 3,000 lbs.

Hoth does not actually have seasons, per se, but tauntauns can have up to two young at a time twice in the Hoth year. Their young are born live, and while the female tauntauns do not have mammary glands, they can provide a milky sustenance from their crops for the newborns.

You can read more about tauntauns in The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide (ISBN 9780811828697), pp. 46-9. It is possible that more of the specific information you’re looking for could be mentioned here — though I would not guarantee it.