The Barabel were a cold-blooded reptilian species from Barab I. Many of their actions were fueled by their hunting instincts, but this also gave way to the general feeling that Barabels were always angry, or in the very least ornery. The Barabel had very tough, dark colored scales. A blaster set on stun would not damage them at all or slow them down, as it would merely bounce off their scales.
According to Barabel legend, a small group of Jedi, led by the Ithorian Noga-ta, came to Barab I circa 900 BBY. The Barabel were on the verge of mass war over hunting grounds, and the Jedi helped resolve the dispute. Because of this, the Barabel held the Jedi in very high regard.
After this contact with the Jedi, the Barabel had little contact with offworlders for centuries. Soon after the rise of the Galactic Empire, Planetary Safaris began organizing hunting trips to Barab I, with the quarry being the Barabel themselves. After a few Barabel were killed, a Barabel leader named Shaka-ka organized groups of her fellow hunters into armies which overwhelmed the safari ships. When an Imperial investigation led by Captain Alater revealed that the Barabel were sentient, the safaris were ended. Shaka-ka formed an alliance with Imperial Governor Lanto and had the spaceport city of Alater-ka built. Some Barabel began to go offworld, working as mercenaries and bounty hunters.
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