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A beautiful world with fortified cities on tall mesas that overlook windswept plains. Zygerria's natural beauty contrasts heavily with the behavior of its natives, who built those cities through the use of slave labor.
A race that once controlled a great slave empire centuries ago before the Jedi toppled it, their empire reemerged with the start of the Clone Wars. During the war, they enslaved Kiros' Togruta population. Under the Empire, the Zygerrians continued their slaving operations, providing the Empire with a significant number of laborers for its factories and mines.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Their empire is based on enslaving those they feel are inferior to them.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: They all have black sclerae and the irises are either chalk golden or chalk blue.
- Canon Immigrant: The Zygerrians first appeared in the 1987 Star Wars Sourcebook. They were barely touched upon until The Clone Wars, with their first visual design appearing in the original Slaves of the Republic comics. When that storyline got adapted to television, their design evolved.
- Cat Folk: Fittingly a very alien type, sitting somewhere between the "anthropomorphic cat" and the "Cat Girl" appearance. They're fundamentally human-like, but they have slightly elongated faces, fur, and enlarged, almost horn-like feline ears on their temples.
- Electric Torture: They subdue their slaves with shock collars, energywhips, and shockpikes.
- Fantastic Racism: They regard anyone they can capture as weak and lower who deserves nothing but servitude to them.
- Fantastic Slur: They refer to their slaves as "skugs".
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Their fashion, architecture, and reliance on slavery is reminiscent of Ancient Egypt.
- Husky Russkie: They all speak with a Russian accent, and most of them (such as Darts D'Nar and Atai Molec) are physically powerful and burly.
- It's Personal: They loathe the Jedi for ruining their business centuries ago.
- Moral Myopia: Par for the course in a slavery situation — their systems of honor and morality only apply to them, and they are outraged at the very idea of being subject to the same judgments and treatments they give their own subjects.
- The Social Darwinist: It's more or less their hat. The typical Zygerrian philosophy is that the weak only have purpose if they are slaves and servants to the strong.
- Super Strength: They are much stronger than Humans or near-Humans. A Zygerrian commander was able to casually throw around Obi-Wan, while a palace guard survived a several-hundred-foot fall. Presumably their "the weak should kneel before the strong" philosophy is easier to maintain when they're naturally "the strong".
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Goes with having russian accents. This is most notable with Queen Miraj.
- You Don't Look Like You: Their arc appeared first in Dark Horse Comics, where they were more human-like, elvish looking, had red hair and the males had spikes on their faces.
Queen Miraj Scintel
Miraj Scintel was the Queen of Zygerria who sought to enslave the Jedi Order.
- Alas, Poor Villain: She was genuinely fond of Anakin, and genuinely shocked when her Prime Minister betrayed her and Dooku attacked her, and dies in Anakin's arms admitting her naivety and helping him find the other slaves.
- All There in the Script: She is never addressed by name, and her name can only be found in the credits.
- Alpha Bitch: She certainly acts like one.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She wanted to build an army out of broken-willed and thus enslaved Jedi, and make Zygerria invincible. While Dooku called her plan "ambitious", it's clear from his expression and tone that he knew just how ridiculous it was in practice.
- Bodyguard Crush: Inverted. She forced Anakin to be her bodyguard because she had a crush on him.
- Break the Haughty: Dooku does this to her.
- Bullying a Dragon: She tried to attack Count Dooku, a man who could (and did) kill her with ease.
- Cat Girl: She at least looks rather feline-esque.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: She pulls out her whip and threatens Dooku, who just force chokes her without even bothering to turn around to face her.
- Cute Monster Girl: Well, she's not exactly cute, but she is surprisingly attractive, despite being vaguely feminine in appearance.
- Death by Irony: Despite claiming that it's the natural order for the weak to kneel before the strong, she failed spectacularly to realize who stands higher up on the hierarchy between Dooku and herself. Also makes her a Hypocrite. Dooku even lampshades it.Dooku: [Force choking Miraj] The punishment of a slave who disobeys her master.
- Death Equals Redemption: Having been made painfully aware of the real pecking order in the galaxy, she used her last moments to tell Anakin where to find his friends.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She died in Anakin's arms.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite her desire to enslave the Jedi and force Anakin to become her lover (even if these arguably could have been worse fates), she is visibly shocked and horrified at Dooku's desire to exterminate the Jedi. Of course, more likely she was just appalled at the prospect of her ambitions for an empire of Jedi slaves being forbidden to her, in particular her favourite slave Anakin.
- Femme Fatalons: As a trait of Zygerrians.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: While she's well-liked by other Zygerrians, she is rightfully feared by the slave populace on her planet.
- Interspecies Romance: She had a one-sided crush on Anakin, a Force-sensitive human.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Towards Anakin, deliberately ignoring his discomfort with her.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Much like a true feline, she has a very childish sense of her power and property, thinking of Anakin as both her potential lover and her slave, not seeing why slavery is wrong, being utterly shocked at the notion of being overthrown because her being on top is just the "natural order" of things...
- Scarpia Ultimatum: She delivers a G-rated version to Anakin, become her bodyguard and "lover'' and she will free his companions note from slavery. If he doesn't, slaves they will remain. Thankfully, it comes to nothing and the four escape.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: In her own mind, at least, her and Anakin, in a one-sided love. She's the queen of a culture that are the most ardent practitioners of slavery in the known galaxy; he's an ex-slave who hates slavers, a commoner by birth, not even sure of who his father is, he belongs to an order that forbids marriage, and secretly already married to another woman. It ends in her death.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: She crushed on Anakin hard enough to refuse Dooku's order to execute him.
- We Can Rule Together: Tried this on Anakin. It didn't work.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Although his good looks and flirting already got Miraj interested in Anakin, it was how many of her guards it took to actually subdue him, that triggered her crush.
Atai Molec was Queen Miraj's ambitious prime minister.
- Bullying a Dragon: It wasn't a smart move on his part to go gloating to Ahsoka about how he would have her once Anakin's will was broken. She immediately showed him what kinds of dangers that would mean to him by telekinetically pushing him just hard enough to make him lose his balance and almost fall from the top of the castle.
- Evil Chancellor: To Queen Miraj Scintel.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Invoked. He bragged to Ahsoka that she would be his once Anakin bowed to the queen.
- Karma Houdini: He gets away with betraying the queen, which ultimately resulted in her death. Out of all the named Zygerrian characters, he's the only one that suffers no on-screen or implied lasting retribution.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He clearly enjoys watching and partaking in Electric Torture.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Fantasy Flight Games' roleplaying game has a book called "With Friends Like These" that explores what he's been up to after the Clone Wars. Since the book is from the "Age of Rebellion" campaign — one of the two Legends works that still continues in spite of running alongside the Canon, in a unique case, it contains both Legends information (that doesn't hugely contradict new canon information) and new information in the Canon being the same universe that the roleplay takes place in.
- It turns out that the Molec family is royalty, so his son, Prince Sono Molec, constructed the world of Kowak into a satellite headquarters for the Zygerrian Slave Empire and built the Molec Royal Palace in its capital city, Sclavos.
- The Starscream: To Miraj Scintel.
Keeper Agruss was the sadistic overseer of the Kadavo processing facility.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He has the same drastic changes in appearance like all of the Zygerrians to make him less human-like, but his obesity is also downplayed and has almost no fat in his face when compared to his comic counterpart.
- Adaptational Jerkass: The comic book version of Agruss tried to kill the remaining Togruta slaves himself to keep the Separatists from destroying the processing facility (which the Separatists were doing to perpetuate propaganda claiming that the Jedi annihilated Kiros' population) and killing him and the rest of the facility's staff in the process. Since the Separatist army's involvement in the Battle of Kadavo was Adapted Out of the animated version, Agruss tried to auto-dump the slaves into the crater and destroyed the operating terminal out of spite rather than to save his own life.
- Asshole Victim: Let's be honest. How many of you shed a tear when Rex speared the Fat Bastard? Oh, that's right. None! The moment he dropped those slaves to their deaths is the moment the audience lost any degree of sympathy for him.
- Death by Adaptation: In the original Slaves of the Republic comic storyline, the worst that happened to him was imprisonment. In the canonical animated adaptation, he got his just desserts from Rex.
- Evil Laugh: He really enjoyed psychologically torturing Obi-Wan.
- Fat Bastard: He spends most of his time floating around in a hover chair.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's quite cordial to Obi-Wan and treats him like a Worthy Opponent - and then drops a group of slaves just to make a point and demoralize Obi-Wan. All this within 15 seconds.
- Hate Sink: His introduction scene, his attempts to break Obi-Wan, and his smug demeanor makes it apparent that despite Zygerrian society being built around slavery, he is much more despicable than his superiors. Despite being unarmed and unable to fend for himself, the normally pacifistic Obi-Wan makes no qualms in silently ordering Rex to kill him.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Rex.
- Karmic Death: He was killed by one of the people he had enslaved.
- Kick the Dog: He cruelly executed some prisoners just to make a point to Obi-Wan.
- Named by the Adaptation: In the original comic, he was only known as "Keeper".
- Smug Snake: Even when everything else is falling apart around him, he still mocks Obi-Wan for being unable to kill him out of principle. He fails to take the clone captain - who doesn't live by the same monastic rules - next to Obi-Wan into consideration.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: During the break out from the Kadavo slave prison, he tries to dump the remaining slaves into the caldera and destroys the control panel so it couldn't be stopped. When Obi-Wan takes back his lightsaber and tries to threaten him, he's confident he'd be fine:Agruss: Come now, Master Kenobi. I know a Jedi won't kill an unarmed man.
[Rex throws an electrostaff at him, impaling him with it]
Rex: I'm no Jedi.
Darts D'Nar carried out the invasion of Kiros with backing from the Separatist Alliance and the enslavement of its Togruta population.
- Bad Boss: He planted a bomb on his own Tactical Droid.
- Badass Normal: He was able to wipe the floor with Obi-Wan in a hand-to-hand fight (although Obi-Wan was holding back.)
- Composite Character: He fills in the roles of two characters from the original Slaves of the Republic comic: Separatist Commander Xerius Ugg and the crew of the Tecora from the first and second issues, respectively. He replaced Ugg for two reasons: first, to get the Zygerrians involved in the story from the start and second, Ugg was a Besalisk and there was already another Besalisk villain, Pong Krell, used just prior during the Umbara arc (and possibly avoiding the implications of Besalisks being an Always Chaotic Evil species).
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's a ruthless, evil slaver with a very deep voice.
- Exact Words: After the Jedi and their clone troops destroyed the majority of his army, he asked Obi-Wan to go to him to discuss terms of surrender. He meant terms for the Jedi's surrender. After Anakin and Ahsoka defuse his bombs, Obi-Wan turns it back on him.
- Guttural Growler: He snarls and growls like an animal when he speaks.
- Hoist Hero Overhead/Neck Lift: Used both while fighting Obi-Wan, showcasing his impressive physical strength.
- Mad Bomber: His strategy into getting the Republic to surrender to him involved placing bombs all over the Togruta colony on Kiros. He also had an extra bomb on his tactical droid to use against Obi-Wan after the Republic forces defused them all.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He delivers one to Obi-Wan, unaware that Obi-Wan was buying time for Anakin and Ahsoka time to disarm the bombs that D'Nar had planted around the village.
- Oh, Crap!: He was initially skeptical of Anakin's threats. That changed when Ahsoka's reaction made it clear Anakin was not bluffing.
- Pet the Dog: He took the time to retrieve his pet bird after leaving Obi-Wan to die in an explosion.
- Smug Snake: He makes a big scene out of beating up Obi-Wan, thinking he has the advantage. He realizes too late that Obi-Wan was merely stalling him while the rest of his forces disarmed the bombs around the colony, and once he realizes too late, Obi-Wan proves he was never a match for him to begin with him by casually Force crushing his Commando Droid bodyguards.
- Spared by the Adaptation: At least in regards to one of the comic characters he was compositing. In the first issue, Xerius Ugg was thrown out a window to his death when he threatened to blow up his office with him and Obi-Wan in it. Instead, his tactical droid fills in for Ugg's death while D'Nar lives to play the part of the Tecora crew from the second issue (and gets taken prisoner afterward).