Updated: Mar 18
The Rattataki were a Near-Human species characterized by their chalk-white skin and bald heads. Virtually isolated from the rest of the galaxy, the Rattataki developed a violent society on their home planet of Rattatak, which involved extensive gladiatorial combat. Warrior Aidus and criminal Kaliyo Djannis were both Rattataki. The Nightsister and Dark Acolyte named Asajj Ventress was generally thought to be a Rattataki, while in fact she was a similar Zabrak-Human hybrid species called Dathomirian.
The Rattataki were commonly thought to be descendants of a long-lost Republic expedition. While most other inhabitants of Rattatak came from the Unknown Regions, there were a significant number of off-worlder mercenaries who would come to Rattatak from time to time, likely to view or participate in gladiatorial comb
at, only to be stranded there permanently. The remarkably harsh conditions on the planet nearly drove its population to extinction. For eons, the Rattataki constantly battled amongst themselves and their fellow inhabitants represented primarily by Humans, Zabraks, Siniteens, Vollick, and Weequay over the planet's limited resources. Despite being nearly completely isolated from the outside galaxy, the Rattataki displayed remarkable initiative and continually created new ways to kill each other.
Shortly after the Great Galactic War broke out, Sith Lord Darth Vich, upon noting the relatively-unknown Rattataki's considerable combat prowess and affinity for battle, captured hundreds of tribes of native Rattatki to forge them into his own personal army. Vich soon recognized that a number of these Rattataki showed sensitivity to the Force, and seeing the potential in this, trained many of these as Sith Acolytes who would answer to him personally. Unsurprisingly, the Rattataki's natural abilities in battle were quickly manifest, and Vich's Army became a force to be reckoned with. This new-found power caused Darth Vich, who was eager for more sway in the Empire, to grow increasingly ambitious. This ultimately resulted in a failed power-grab known as Darth Vich's insurrection.
Rattataki had no major contact with the Republic until a Jedi Knight, Ky Narec, crash-landed. The Jedi soon found the young Dathomirian Ventress, who had been living among the Rattataki, discovering her incredible potential to the Force. Together, they united armies and brought peace to the planet, until Kirske and some other warlords of the planet united to slay them, leading to the death of Narec, and causing
Ventress to capture or kill their foes in a rage.
Kaliyo Djannis was a female Rattataki who lived during the Cold War. She was an anarchistic freelance criminal in the Revolutionary Edge Brigade.
The Lady of Pain was a female Rattataki crime lord operating on Tatooine during the Cold War.