- "There was no danger. Humans need movement to see. Unmoving shadows are of no concern."
- ―unnamed Defel
The Defel (colloquially known as Wraiths) were barely visible beings who appeared to most other species as shadows. Typically, they were employed as mercenaries or guards. They were from Af'El, a large, high-gravity, seldom-visited world orbiting the ultraviolet supergiant Ka'Dedus. Af'El had no ozone layer and ultraviolet light passed freely to the surface, while other light wavelengths were blocked by the heavy gases in the planet's atmosphere. Thus, all lifeforms on Af'El could only see in ultraviolet light ranges, and were blind to other wavelengths of light.
Physiology and Culture
Defel were short, stocky beings, averaging 1.3 meters in both height and width at the shoulders. Though they were nearly invisible in normal light, Defel were actually colorful beings. Viewed under ultraviolet light, their fur appeared in colors ranging from yellow to blue. Their snouts appeared green, with orange, gill-like slits at the base of their jawlines. Elderly Defel actually lost their ability to absorb light, fading to a dull dark brown under visible light. Due to the harsh conditions of Af'El, Defel had a society based on communal resource sharing. Co-operation was vital for survival. The typical Defel was a tough, independent being, with a strong sense of honor. Defel stood by their word, and refused to associate with anyone who broke a promise. The Defel lived in underground cities to escape Af'El's violent storms. Their subterranean society had developed highly advanced mining and metallurgical technology, though they had not developed space travel or agriculture on their own.
Their homeworld was seldom visited due to the difficulty of escaping its gravity well. They did see some trade in meleenium, a rare substance used in durasteel production, which was only found naturally on Af'El. During the Imperial era, Vulca Minerals sent one ship a year to the Defel to trade fresh food for meleenium.
Role in LotJ
Defel are proud and independent. They dont like to be told what to do. They are loyal to their friends and employers but not necessarily trustworthy. They can be secretive and conniving.
With their natural camoflage, Defel make superb spies and smugglers. They are capable fighters though their temperment doesnt match well with the disciplined soldiers life. Defel have a strong technical tradition and are often found as engineers off-world.
Defel can speak Galactic Basic.
Racial Stat Bonuses
Str Plus: +3 Dex Plus: +5 Wis Plus: -2 Int Plus: +1 Con Plus: +4 Cha Plus: -3 Lck Plus: +2 Hit Pts : 900 AC Mod : +0
Racial Level Modifiers
combat Modifier: +40 piloting Modifier: +20 engineering Modifier: +10 bounty hunting Modifier: +50 smuggling Modifier: +30 diplomacy Modifier: -90 leadership Modifier: -90 force Modifier: +0 espionage Modifier: +75 slicer Modifier: -90 medical Modifier: -20 science Modifier: -10
- Arliel Schous, regular at Mos Eisley Cantina and Rebel informant