Tusken Raiders, or Sand People, are primitive desert-dwelling warriors skilled at defending their harsh way of life and surviving in an even harsher environment. These brutal nomads were the dominant sapient species on Tatooine until offworlders colonized the planet during the time of the Old Republic. Jawas, the planet’s only other indigenous sapient species, were more intelligent than the Tusken Raiders but lacked the ferocity and size to compete with their predatory neighbors. Whereas the Jawas learned to coexist with the early offworld colonists, the Tusken Raiders attacked offworlders on sight.

Tusken Riaders earned their name by destroying and plundering a Human colony at Fort Tusken. The massacre ultimately failed to force settlers to leave Tatooine, and the Sand People have yet to repeat such a stunning attack, but it is remembered as an example of their bloodthirstiness. The settlers’ hatred and fear of these ruthless nomads led to the decimation of the Tusken Raider population is subsequent years. Entire tribes were wiped out, and the survivors were driven into the deep deserts.

The average Tusken Raider fears machines. The whine of a speeder or swoop usually foretells the approach of murderous offworlders, and even the bravest Tusken Raider must think twice before facing such foes. Tusken Raiders prefer to attack in large numbers, and even then, their targets are usually no more threatening than a moisture farm or ill-defended Jawa sandcrawler.

Although technolocially primitive by galactic standards, Tusken Raiders make good use of whatever technological items they can scavenge from slain offworlders or Jawas.

Tusken Raiders use banthas, large herd animals native to Tatooine, as mounts during scouting missions and hunting expeditions. Some Tusken villages also use domesticated massifs as watchdogs. Tusken Raiders hunters typically arm themselves with gaderffii sticks and slugthrower rifles.

Personality: The Sand people are ruthless tribal nomads who attack anyone they do not recognize, including members of other Tusken Raider tribes.

Physical Description: Roughly 2 meters tall, Tusken Raiders are swathed from head to toe in dusty bandages, as required by ancient custom. Protruding circular lenses protect their eyes, and filter masks cover their mouths.

Homeworld: Tatooine, a desert world located in the Outer Rim.

Example Names: Grk’kkrs’arr, K’Sheek, Rrr’ur’R, RR’uruurrr, UroRRuR’R’R, Ur’Ru’r

Tusken Raider Species Template
  • Fitness 3(5)
    • Vitality +1
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(5)
    • Logic -1
  • Presence 2(5)
    • Empathy -1
  • Psi 0(5)
  • Force 0(5)
  • Essence 0(5)
  • Culture: Tusken Raider 2(3)
  • History: Tusken Raider 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Tatooine 1(2)
  • Animal Handling (Bantha) 2(3)
  • Planetary Survival (Desert) 2(3)
  • Stealth 1(2)
  • Weapon: Guns (Rifle) 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Tusken (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
  • Primitive (-4)


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