Hyperspace Beacon: Everything you need to know about SWTOR’s Togruta

Since the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, there have been two human-like species that players have feverishly demanded be made into a playable species: the squid-like Nautolans and the colorful Togruta. It’s only taken about four years, but as of the release of this article, Togruta are now in the game as more than just the Sith Inquisitor companion Ashara. (Those waiting for Nautolans will have to hold their breath a bit longer.)

For the price of 600 Cartel Coins, you can either unlock the species for a brand-new character or convert one of your existing characters into this new species. And if you’re one of the many Ebon Hawk players who have been waiting to roleplay a Togruta, then that will be 600 Cartel Coins well spent. However, if you’re thinking about roleplaying one of these odd aliens, then there are a few things that you should know about them before stepping into this new skin.

On Massively-of-old, I wrote a series within the Hyperspace Beacon called Holocron Files. Perhaps now is a good time to pull that series back out to briefly explain the things we know about the Togruta. Most of the information contained here is based on Legends and is only ambiguously canon at this point, but since actual canon gives us next to nothing, I will take it as canon until something in actual canon explains otherwise. Oddly, there isn’t a lot of useful fanon for this species as there is for other Star Wars species like the Twi’leks and Bothans.

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What’s with the head tails?

If you’ve seen a Togruta before, there is no doubt that the first thing you noticed were the giant tails on their heads that seem to start someplace above the human-like head and end someplace around mid-torso. Although the coloring suggests that the this is one giant organ, it’s actually two different organs. The bottom section consists of two tails in front and one thicker, flatter tail in the back (on a rare occasion the back tail is actually split in two). The top part is actually two large, hollow horns called Montrals.

The only name I’ve seen given to the tails is Lekku, but that is actually the name of head tails for Twi’leks. I’ve not seen a canon or Legends reference that actually calls them Lekku. (There is an old entry in the Star Wars databank for Shaak Ti, but I’m not sure if that counts.) It’s been suggested that Togruta call them that because the languages of the two species are very similar, meaning that there might be an evolutionary ancestor between the Twi’lek and the Togruta. The function of the lower tails is also unclear, but they are probably similar to the Twi’lek’s Lekku as well — used for communication by small, subtle gestures with the muscles in the tails.

The horns however have been cited as being integral to not only the look of the person but also to the way she communicates with nature and the world around her. The hollow horns, or Montrals, act as a type of echolocation system for the species. They helped propel the species to the top of the food chain on their homeworld Shili because they ensure the species could better hunt prey and avoid being eaten themselves because of their almost extrasensory perception. Additionally, it’s been said that the Togruta Jedi don’t require as strong a connection to the Force as other Jedi because their Montrals allow them to sense their surroundings better than other species.

One last thing about the physical nature of the Togruta: their teeth. It’s likely that we won’t see this in SWTOR because it might be a bit off-putting for mere humans, but Togruta actually have sharp canine teeth. According to Star Wars Legends, the whole species is carnivorous. Their sharp teeth help them easily rip apart flesh. Legends says that the main diet for Togruta on Shili was a small rodent named Timiars, although in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel, Togruta and Padawan to Anakin Skywalker Ahsoka Tano said that she never developed a taste for them.

Togruta culture

hsb-togruta-01Interestingly, despite one of the main Star Wars characters being Togruta, we really have next to zero true canon to refer to when examining the species’ culture. Even the Expanded Universe tells us very little about the species. Most of what we know comes from the New Essential Guide to Alien Species, and oddly, the Force Unleashed video game and guide, where we learn that Jedi Master Shaak Ti had to return to her almost feral roots to hide from Order 66.

Despite the Togruta’s carnivorous nature, they are not lone hunters. Most Togruta live in a very interdependent, almost socialist, style of community. The Essential Guide tells us that goods produced or hunted by a single Togruta are divided among the society as a whole; each Togruta is expected to do his or her own share for society. And as cruel as it sounds, Togruta who do not contribute or who cannot pull their own weight are discarded, left to survive on their own. They say it’s nature’s way.

Togruta appear to be in touch with nature as well. Even in the coloring of the Togruta’s horns and skin blends in with the Shilian turu-grass. And hunting is not only a way of life; it’s also a source of pride for the species. One of the more fierce beasts the Togruta like to hunt is called the akul. Those who have hunted this creature wear necklaces or chains on their heads displaying the teeth of the akul.

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Togruta and the Force

Togruta already have heightened senses thanks to their Montrals, but their society attunes itself with nature by default. Although this might cause Togruta to lean toward the Light Side of the Force logically, it also means that the species can be easily corrupted if they listen to the wrong call of nature or if a Sith (say, a Sith Inquisitor) appeals to their spiritual side.

Togruta do tend to have an affinity for Force sensitivity, but that is probably more of an appeal to nature combined with a warrior-like culture. It makes them appear to be more Force sensitive than they actually are. If you happen to be a roleplayer, this might be a fun item that you can build into your character.

Togruta and SWTOR

The Togruta fit really well on either side of the Force spectrum. It shouldn’t be uncommon to see a Togruta as a Jedi or a Sith. Republic trooper, smuggler, and bounty hunter (especially bounty hunter) work well with the natural culture of the species. It would be extremely uncommon to find a Togruta in direct service of the Empire as an agent or any kind of military personnel because of the pre-existing prejudices of the Imperials, but the for-the-greater-good sensibilities buried in the Imperial agenda might appeal to an individual Togruta.

Of course, these are just suggestions, not binding lore law. Are you going to make a Togruta? What do you find to be most appealing about them? What’s the fascination with species with head tails?

One final note: Massively OP’s MJ and I are going to be giving away a very limited number of Togruta unlock codes to random Twitch followers who tune into our livestream this coming Friday at 2 p.m. EDT. We will give you a tour of the character customizations for the species as well as a look around the new Galactic Stronghold on Yavin IV. Don’t miss it!

Every other week, Larry Everett jumps into his T-16 back home, rides through the hypergates of BioWare‘s Star Wars: The Old Republic, and posts his adventures in the Hyperspace Beacon. Drop him a holocom on Twitter @Shaddoe or send him a transmission at larry@massivelyop.com. Now strap yourself in, kid — we gotta make the jump to hyperspace!
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breetoplay
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breetoplay

ManastuUtakata Karl_Hungus DanielReasor Worked fine in SWG; it’s a simple chat tweak. I’m guessing the models/anims/gear are more the problem for BioWare’s budget.

British Wookiee
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British Wookiee

My Gods. The number of Togruta Jedi on Tython as soon as the patch went live…
/who Tython
ahsoclone
àhsõká
ahshatt
shààktee
ahsooooka

Wanna take a guess what skin/montrail colour scheme they all had? :/

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Genuinely surprised they did this. After playing a year and hearing them churn out excuses or “soon”^tm for many things I didn’t think they’d bother. I was clamoring for the nautolans but I don’t play anymore. SO .. enjoy players :D

DigitalQ
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DigitalQ

ManastuUtakata Madda LordOfBread

Estranged
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Estranged

Yeah. But Rodians! Grrrrr

Llokki
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Llokki

Estranged rottenrotny Don’t they suffer the same issue as Wookies, in that they don’t (can’t) speak Basic?

Llokki
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Llokki

Ironweakness That’s what I was thinking. Might spice up the otherwise bland Consular a little. I will miss the hoods though, heh.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Madda LordOfBread 
Creepy features? >.>

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Karl_Hungus DanielReasor 
This is precisely why there is no playable Wookies in SWTOR….least as I’ve been told.

Hanthos
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Hanthos

Still no Ithorians. :(

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

I’ve never understood why so many Star Wars aliens are variations of “humans with squids on their heads.”
I guess it’s like Star Trek with it’s different alien species = different pattern to bumps on their heads.
Whatever, pulp fiction aliens from the 1930’s still crack me up.

ComradeStanimir
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ComradeStanimir

A lot of races don’t make sense with the Imperial Agent.
Elite undercover agent walks into a rebel camp….is a pureblooded sith…gets killed.
I’ll probably roll a sorc togruta.

Vikingr
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Vikingr

Funny fact: In norwegian “togruta” means train timetable.

Estranged
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Estranged

I might make one, given my stash of Cartel Coins. 

Might be my New Powertech coming down the assembly line.

Estranged
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Estranged

rottenrotny I want them next.

Ayran
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Ayran

For anyone interested in the 3.3 update

“Hey everyone! I wanted to let you know that we will be performing maintenance for Game Update 3.3 starting on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015.
Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2015 – Wednesday 22 July 2015
Time: 8:00PM PDT, Tuesday, July 21st (0300 GMT, July 22nd) – 9:00AM PDT, Wednesday, July 22nd (1500 GMT, July 22nd)
Version: 3.3”

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=823823

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

DanielReasor

DanielReasor
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DanielReasor

What I wouldn’t give for a playable Wookiee.
Yes, I know that the voice acting would just be hours of howling and barking.  DO NOT JUDGE ME, SIR OR MADAM.

Celestial
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Celestial

EO_Lonegun  That’s when I play nothing but Gungans, and try to win every conversation roll.

EO_Lonegun
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EO_Lonegun

One day we will get to play as a Gungan.

Madda
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Madda

LordOfBread Wuzzat?

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

” It’s only taken about four years…”
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Sometimes I still have a hard time believing this much time has passed since SWTOR launched. I guess they have another good six years left.

Antisocialian
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Antisocialian

Update didn’t happen :( https://twitter.com/SWTOR/status/623230116588572672

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

Would rather see Rodians. I mean duh!

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

Once the update is actually live I will definitely be making one. I’ve been enjoying the playstyle of the Sith Sorcerer lately so I think I will make a Jedi Consular equivalent (a Sage, I think?) as a Togruta.

Witches
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Witches

Shaddoe Rheem Octuris Chuki792 
Both pronunciations are used in the game.

LordOfBread
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LordOfBread

Togruta are feature creep

Madda
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Madda

CharcoalCrow Madda Is this a Tortuga?

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

Madda CharcoalCrow You… monster! No! No!
This this this!

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

BenesHacha I can still USE it although it’s not officially canon. But BioWare still used it to build SWTOR, and SWTOR falls under the same “legends” category.
But the biggest thing that I think most people forget is that they didn’t negate everything in EU canon, they just made it ambiguous, meaning that it’s not officially canon but LucasFilm is free to pull from it as they wish. And it has already pulled a lot from previous canon. The books Tarkin and Lords of the Sith are probably the most notable.

Shaddoe
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Shaddoe

Rheem Octuris Chuki792 Actually I always thought that Twil-ek (like “will” or “ill”) made the most sense because Twi’lek is shorthand for Twin Lekku.

Madda
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Madda

CharcoalCrow Did somebody say Tortuga?

Chuki792
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Chuki792

Yeah, makes sense… But 33 years (sw fan since birth, sue me!) of calling it the former just makes that sound… wrong :-/

salidar
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salidar

BenesHacha Seems pretty clear:
“Since then(April 25, 2014), the only previously published material still considered canon are the six http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Original_trilogy/http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Prequel_trilogy films and the http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Clone_Wars_(TV_series) and http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Clone_Wars_(film). Most material published after April 25—such as the http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Rebels TV series and all novels beginning with http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/A_New_Dawn—is also considered part of the new canon, on account of the creation of the http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lucasfilm_Story_Group, which currently oversees continuity as a whole. Characters under the Legends banner are still available for use as needed, even if events concerning them are no longer canon.”

So under that, no, strictly speaking that book is now Legends.

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

Chuki792  twai makes more sense as it matched twilight and twice.

BenesHacha
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BenesHacha

Are you allowed to use the New Essential Guide to Alien Species? I mean, that uses a lot of EU stuff which they just unilaterally decided was completely worthless and not-canon in its entirety…

#stillnotoverit

salidar
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salidar

Well, not yet you can’t but SoonTM!

Chuki792
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Chuki792

Not even remotely interested in togruta! Gimme a nautolan, bothan, barabel, or (dam can’t remember their name, the ones with the pheromones…), anything but modified twi-leks (I’ve always said twee lek, but rebels – or was it clone wars said twi (like eye) – lek as well on more than one occasion)

CharcoalCrow
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CharcoalCrow

Totogua? Uh oh!
Sorry!

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