Jawa

Jawas are short humanoids native to Tatooine. The Jawas have a poor reputation and are regarded as thieves at best, vermin at worst. Their off-putting nature is made worse by the sour smell that clings to them and their inexplicable and nonsensical language. Jawas survive by scavenging lost technology in the desert wastes. ‘Lost’ for Jawas is ambiguous; they are likely to snatch up anything that’s not bolted down. Moisture farmers and others who live far from spaceports regularly find that their belongings have vanished in the night with only tell-tale Jawa tracks leading off into the wasteland.

Jawas are intelligent and have a complex society. Gathering in extended tribes, Jawa life revolves around trade – not for wealth, but for survival. Jawas look for guidance from their shamans, usually a female Jawa with the ability to portend the future and cast vicious hexes. Once a year, the Jawa tribes gather in the Dune Sea to exchange sons and daughters, to swap stories and news, and to mingle among their own kind.

Personality: Jawas are peaceful, preferring flight to confrontations. They are, however, extremely cunning and capable of great treachery if given cause. A fleeing Jawa seeks out its allies and comes back in numbers to deal with threats. Even then, Jawas rarely confront their enemies directly, preferring to sabotage or steal vital equipment and let the desert do the nasty work for them. A Jawa can become fierce – even vicious – when cornered or when a shaman is threatened.

Physical Description: Jawas wear brown hooded cloaks to protect themselves from the oppressive heat of the twin suns of Tatooine. They dip their clothing in a rancid soup to better seal in their moisture. Thus gives them their infamously unpleasant odor. Jawas have sensitive, glowing orange eyes and are easily blinded by bright light. Beneath their coverings, Jawas are slight rodent creatures with tiny hands and feet.

Homeworld: Jawas are found almost exclusively on Tatooine.

Language: The Jawa tongue is a complex language that involves as much gesture and smells as it does sounds. Lacking the organs to form words in Basic, and confronted with the fact that other races cannot speak Jawa, they developed a shorthand speech called Jawa Trade Language. It essentially simplifies their tongue to aid trading between themselves and non-Jawas.

Example Names: Akkit, Het, Oklect, Klepti, Tikkit, Tteel

Adventurers: Family is the heart of Jawa society and as such, they are loath to leave their extended tribal groups. A lone Jawa likely has been driven out of its tribe, or it might be a lone survivor of an attack by Sand People or other desert denizens.

Jawa Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 1(4)
  • Coordination 2(5)
    • Dexterity +2
  • Intellect 2(5)
  • Presence 2(5)
    • Empathy -1
  • Psi 0(5)
  • Force 0(5)
  • Essence 0(5)
Skills
  • Culture: Jawa 2(3)
  • History: Jawa 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Tatooine 1(2)
  • Craft: Any 2(3)
  • Planetary Survival (Desert) 2(3)
  • Stealth 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Jawa (Fluent) (+3)
    • Jawas have a complex language incomprehensible and unteachable to non-Jawas. It consists of almost meaningless syllables that only make sense when combined with pheromonally produced emphasis. (Even when a Jawa isn’t actively conversing, his scent can tell others his mood.) When bargaining with non-Jawas, they use a simplified form of their native tongue known as Jawa Trade Language.
  • Language: Jawa Trade Language (Fluent) (+3)
  • Bad Smell (-1)
  • Enhanced Vision: Infravision (+2)
  • Small (+0)

Jawa

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