Skin color: Pale White, Slate Gray
Eye color: Black to violet
Distinctions: Lidless eyes, two hearts
Average lifespan: 275 to 300 years
The Chevs were one of the two native sentient species of the planet Vinsoth. These humanoids were slaves of the Chevin, Vinsoth's other
indigenous people, for most of their recorded history, a fact which shaped their culture and their interactions with the rest of the
Biology and Appearance:
Though they were sometimes classed as Near-Humans, other sources indicate that they were humanoids who evolved from Vinsoth's indigenous
primates. By the time of the Galactic Empire's rise, they had been enslaved by the pachydermoid Chevin for millennia.
The outward appearance of the Chevs was generally similar to that of Humans, with pale skin, short blond or white head hair, no facial
hair, and heavy brows. Their hair was often dyed in bright colors to identify them as property of a particular Chevin. Their lidless
eyes were black to violet in color, and were protected by thin transparent membranes. They were physiologically much like other humanoid
species, with their twin hearts being a notable exception. According to sources such as The University of Sanbra Guide to Intelligent
Life, one Chev heart could take over when the other failed, allowing Chevs to live for up to three hundred standard years. As Chev
slaves could outlive their Chevin masters, this meant that Chevin slave-owners often left prize slaves to relatives in their wills.
Society and Culture:
The Chevs originally developed a civilization on Vinsoth thousands of years before the Imperial era, thriving for some time before they
were enslaved by the Chevin. Since the Chevin were a nomadic people, the Chevs were forced to live that same lifestyle as well. Their
temporary settlements of tents and lean-tos were ruled by a Chevin overseer, with the oldest female Chev acting as the leader among the
slaves. Giving what political power the Chevs had to the oldest among them was criticized by some younger Chevs, who believed this
simply perpetuated the system of slavery. Generations of subjugation had left most Chev docile and submissive. Despite this, they would
gather at night to try and understand the strengths and weaknesses of their masters, in hopes that a future generation might someday
have the courage and the opportunity to free their people. The Chevs even had legends which foretold that someday, they would become
masters of the galaxy.
As nomadic slaves, they wore simple garments, and had few possessions. Despite this, they had a rich culture, strong in folklore and the
visual arts. Their cultural rituals were tolerated by their masters, and even encouraged as a way to keep the Chevs content. Some Chevin
even found lucrative offworld markets for the art of their Chev slaves. Chevs were also highly skilled technically, though they
sometimes hid their technical expertise from their masters.
Chevs in the Galaxy:
Chev slaves were found off-world as well, whether owned by traveling Chevin or sold to non-Chevin masters. Some free Chevs existed away
from Vinsoth, escaping either by stowing away on visiting starships or fleeing their masters offworld. Free Chevs tried to keep a low
profile, and avoid politics for the most part. Some became quite wealthy, and used their wealth to take almost paranoid precautions
against losing their new found freedom. Off-world Chevs who had escaped slavery often dressed elaborately, or tattooed or dyed their
skin, in order to express their previously suppressed individuality and set themselves apart from their enslaved brethren.
During the Galactic Civil War, some Chevs became part of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, where they befriended members of other
enslaved species such as the Wookiees. Interestingly, some Chevin were disgusted by their people's reliance on slavery. A few of these
Chevin left Vinsoth, and joined the Alliance. (It is not recorded if any of them worked alongside free Chevs, however.) Ephant Mon, a
Chevin ex-criminal and religious leader, led a movement to emancipate the Chev on Vinsoth.
Jedi Knight Sothais Saar was a Chev.
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Region: Outer Rim Territories
Grid coordinates: N-5
Trade routes: Celanon Spur, Salin Corridor
Climate: Temperate, Semi-tropical
Primary terrain: Grassy plains, Deserts, Mountains, Polar ice caps
Points of interest: Force-cult Temple, The Drunken Ootak
Fauna: Backshin, Range dog
Native species: Chevin, Chevs
Primary language(s): Chevin, Chev
Major cities: Government Villages, Umalor
Affiliation: Chevin Conglomerate, Galactic Republic, Darth Revan's Sith Empire, Confederacy of Independent Systems
Vinsoth was the home planet of the Chevin and Chev species in the Quelii sector of the Outer Rim Territories. It was a temperate planet
with zones of grasslands and prairies, arctic ice, and deserts.
The Chevin had a skin that could adapt to all three environments. In 3,000,000 BBY, an asteroid collided with the planet, killing most
life on its surface, but the remaining survivors evolved into the Chevin. The Chevin were nomadic pastoralists, following herds of the
native grazing backshin and keeping their Chev slaves in small farming and manufacturing villages. The planet was composed of seven
continents, each ruled by a Chevin dictator who remained stationary, while the rest of the Chevin migrated.
During the Clone Wars, Vinsoth was located within Separatist space.