A few months back we compiled a list of creatures seen in the Star Wars: The Old Republic marketing. As more information was released, this list became out of date and in need of a drastic overhaul. With the addition of the Inhabitants section to the HoloNet, we felt now was a good time to take a second look at who or what we may encounter in TOR.
The official Star Wars website posted an original short story today by Rob Chestney entitled Smuggler's Vanguard. Rob Chestney previously brought us the Threat of Peace webcomic. The story focuses on Hylo Visz, a Mirialan smuggler known to us from the timeline series as the leader of the smuggler fleet that broke the Mandalorian Blockade.
There are many interesting references in the story. Planets referenced include Corellia, Talus, and Nal Hutta, as well as Hutta's moon, Nar Shaddaa. Hylo's ship is called the Crimson Fleece, and the supporting characters include a Nikto named Musk, Barrga the Hutt, and an unnamed Weequay.
The story contains a mix of action and subterfuge and fits the concept of the Smuggler to a tee. For more details, follow the link to the full story below. Hat tip to Jedidsm on the heads up.
A thread on the official forums highlights a lecture by Ben Cloward, Senior Technical Artist at BioWare. The session, entitled Automated Emotion: Facial Animation in Star Wars: The Old Republic, goes into detail about the methods used by BioWare to generate facial animations for the huge amount of dialogue in The Old Republic. Calithlin, who attended the session, shared his experience with the community.
There were a lot of topics discussed, but the main focus was on getting all the facial animation for the dialogue to be generated by software, rather than completely hand-keyed. (If done by hand, it would take four animators TEN YEARS of work around the clock, 24/7, no breaks, solid work to get it all done for every bit of dialogue.)
As shown in the recent clips of the "Kill the Captain" scenario, an alien species reveals itself at least once (possibly twice). The clear image appears to be a Green Nikto, Kadas'sa'Nikto for fanatics(image 13 of the dissected video). The second possible sight of a Nikto is as the defeated Jedi(the source of the purple lightsaber and image 35 of the dissected video). Yes, Yes, I know it is kinda hard to make out and that is about the only time you see his face so your guess is as good as mine. There are records of Nikto Jedi, making this plausible. The home planet of this species is Kintari, a planet bathed in radiation causing the massive mutations within the species. The radiation lets many shades of skin tones, as well as other features, for Nikto develop depending on the environment they inhabited.
Nikto were shown clearly within the Black Vulkar in The Knights of the Old Republic before Taris got blasted, showing their presence within the current time frame. For those of you that are not as familiar with the species from KOTOR they are spiky faced orange guys on Jabba's Yacht. Often being tied to the Hutts also explains the appearance of the green Nikto on what appears to be Nal Hutta. (I like to use Nal Hutta over Hutta because that is how I first learned it)
One branch of the Nikto Culture that could play a large role within the storyline is the Morgukai. Morgukai are a secret society composed of Nikto that despise the Jedi and have a strong code of honor, much like the Mandalorians. Cortosis weapons and a resistance to mind tricks made them ideal assassins of force users. While there was a hatred for Jedi a similar structure was adopted, such as crafting their own weapons and the master/apprentice system. These Nikto could provide an opponent within flashpoints, raids, (and the least dramatic) cannon fodder. Even if they do not make a direct appearance, perhaps their weapons could provide the top of the line melee weapons for the non-force users in the world.(I made sure to put Morgukai in because I know Aussie is a fan)