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Species: Caridan

Attribute Dice: 12D (+6D for PC)
PERCEPTION 2D/4D: bargain +1D
KNOWLEDGE 2D/4D: value +1D
Size: 2.3 - 2.7 meters
Move: 11/13
Homeworld: Caridan

Special Abilities:

Value Sense: Caridans get a +1D+1 bonus on value rolls.
Tough: Caridans get a +2 bonus on stamina rolls.


"Dealing with a Caridan merchant is a lot like trading with a nomadic water-seller on Beheboth. You'll get what you pay for, but only just, and you'd better check your purchase for sand lice."
-Myrette Davani

The natives of the planet Carida evolved in a high-gravity environment and have surprising physical strength considering their lanky frames. Their mercantile culture has adapted well to the continued presence of the Empire, and many Caridan-owned industries provide equipment and machinery for the Academy. They see the Empire not as an occupying force, but as a long-term customer. The Imperial policies against non-Humans became even harsher after the Battle of Yavin, however, and caused friction between the Empire and the Caridans for the first time.

Caridans average well over 2 meters in height, with long eyebrows and three-fingered hands. Their long, spindly looking legs are composed almost entirely of wiry muscle and end in two-toed, semihoofed feet. Few Caridans ever left their homeworld before its destruction, though a few traveling Caridan merchants may yet survive in the galaxy at large, and a few more survive within the ranks of the Resistance military.


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Region: Colonies
System: Carida
Suns: 1: Caridan
Orbital position: 4
Moons: 2 (inc. the Mascot Moon)
Grid coordinates: M-9
Rotation period: 25 standard hours
Orbital period: 357 local days
Class: Terrestrial
Diameter: 18,324 kilometers
Atmosphere: Type I (Breathable)
Climate: Temperate
Gravity: Heavy (1.98 Standard)
Primary terrain: Forests, Deserts, Glacier, Jungles, Arctic tundra
Points of interest: Carida Corsairs' base, Caridan district, Forgofshar Desert, Officer's Candidate School, Ressl River, Spinara Plateau, Academy of Carida, Dean's Residence, Imperial Navy Command Officer's School, Storm Commando School, Tarkin's Teeth
Fauna: Combat arachnid
Native species: Caridan
Immigrated species: Human
Primary language(s): Caridan, Galactic Basic Standard
Government: Council of Merchants/Military administration
Population: 25 million (75% Caridan, 23% Human, 2% droids)
Major imports: Foodstuffs
Major exports: Military personnel, Military technology, Industrial equipment
Affiliation: Council of Merchants, Galactic Republic, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Galactic Empire

"The Alliance must recruit Carida or contain it as part of our long term plan for weakening the Empire's military infrastructure."
"Very long term, I'm afraid. Recruiting Carida is out of the question. Containing it? Difficult but possible. We will never conquer Carida."
-Mon Mothma and General Carlist Rieekan, commenting in the Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide

Carida, originally known as Ord Carida, was a planet of the Colonies region of the galaxy, near the Perlemian Trade Route, and the homeworld of the Caridan race.


This large, high-gravity world was covered in everything from rocky mountains and frozen ice fields, to rain forests full of carnivorous plants, and deserts. As such, this planet was the perfect training ground for combat in difficult terrain. It was an exporter of food, and was ruled by the Council of Merchants, which later shared power with a military administration.


The Old Republic:

Originally known as Ord Carida, the planet was colonized by the Galactic Republic as a Ordnance/Regional Depot some time circa 12,000 BBY. During the Pius Dea Civil War, which ended Pius Dea domination over the Galactic Republic, the Republic's Rocket-Jumper Elite Advance Unit played an important role in the Jedi victory over the Pius Dea garrison there. During the time of the Cold War, a proxy conflict between the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic, some foragers discovered a crude tunnel burrowing under Carida's largest mountain range, believing it to be the entrance to a fabled ancient city. Eventually, someone was sent to check the foragers' findings.

Carida was the site of a major military training facility, the Academy of Carida. The training facilities were offered to the Galactic Republic for training an army created by the Military Creation Act before the Clone Wars. This selfsame facility was converted willingly by the population to an Imperial training center and was home to the Empire's most important stormtrooper program, along with several hundred B3 ultra battle droids. The planet remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars and was an adamant supporter of the Galactic Empire until the bitter end.

Clone Wars:

In 22 BBY, the first year of war, the planet was the site of a victory for the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the Republic. The Republic's loss at Carida, coupled with other recent defeats, led Jedi Grand Master Yoda to believe that the Republic needed another major victory.

Sometime later in the war's course, Carida was once again under Republic control. The Republic operated a space station, known as the Valor, within orbit of Carida and it was the site of a Republic strategy conference around 20 BBY. The Separatists, under a super tactical droid, unsuccessfully tried to destroy the station during the conference using a derelict bomb-laden Jedi cruiser, the Renown. Near the end of the war, Republic forces seized a Techno Union factory on Tar Morden and acquired many crab droids, which were then sent to Carida.

Later History:

The planet also had numerous rancors on it that had been transplanted from other worlds. They were often used for training exercises, pitting stormtroopers or Imperial vehicles against them. The planet was also the site of the Battle of Carida, between forces under Grand Admiral Thrawn and ships of the Zann Consortium.

The MT-AT "Spider Walker" was developed and manufactured here. General Veers also tested the first AT-AT there. Carida was also the homeworld of Admiral Kendal Ozzel.

Carida originally had two moons, one of which, the Mascot Moon, had the Academy's logo carved into its surface. In 8 BBY, Mako Spince attempted to remove the logo using antimatter. Instead of achieving this goal, the moon was destroyed.

At some point after the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance, namely Mon Mothma, considered either recruiting or otherwise containing Carida as part of their long term plans of weakening the Empire's military infrastructure, although Carlist Rieekan expressed that they can only contain the planet in the best case scenario, as recruiting it is out of the question.