Ghosts of the Republic
The Duros are a humanoid species native to the planet Duro who are among the galaxy’s first space faring civilizations.
Their homeworld is located on both the Corellian Trade Spine and at the end of the Duros Space Run, two major hyperspace routes that linked Duro with other important commercial centers.
The Duros are humanoids with smooth blue-green skin, red eyes, lipless mouths, long thin noseless faces and green blood. Olfactory organs beneath their eyes are responsible for their sense of smell. Both females and males were bald, though both genders are easily distinguished. Their large red goggle-like eyes also have slit pupils. Duros females lay eggs as they are descended from ancient reptiles, and like the Neimoidians, they are born in a larval grub stage, but unlike their cousins who leave the raising of their young mainly to the state, the Duros take care of their offspring from birth.
While usually taciturn, Duros enjoy telling stories about their travels. It is said Duros have a photographic memory when it comes to the telling of tales and stories. Many Duros are pilots and explorers, and are adventurous, though sometimes rash. As one of the first cultures to develop hyperdrive spacecraft (some even believe the first), Duros-charted trade routes are among the oldest hyperspace routes still in use during the Imperial era. Even now, Duros are still known for their superior astro-navigational skills. Their affinity for traveling led many Duros to prefer the honorific title of “Traveler” despite their occupation or craft of choice, and addressing them as such was considered good etiquette. The Duros language is Durese, which is a lingua franca of sorts amongst spacers.
Their home planet Duro is primarily uninhabited due to massive pollution on the world over time. Instead, it is covered with automated farms for food production. The Duros live in twenty orbital space cities above the planet.
The Duros also established a vast, grand starship construction industry in the Duro system that rivals that of the Corellian system. The Duros set up their government around a consortium of starship construction corporations, with all important political decisions made by the stockholders of the corporations. This means that any Duros that hold stock in a company could participate in the administration of the system.
The Duros are also one of the founding races of the Galactic Republic. Years before the formation of the Republic, the Duros colonized the planet Neimoidia, giving rise to a genetically distinct “newer version” of Duros, the Neimoidians. The Neimoidians retained many similarities to their Duros cousins including basic form, noseless faces, and green skin (though Neimoidians tended to be grayer). However, in contrast to their ancestors, Neimoidians possessed pupils that split horizontally, lumpy foreheads, and perpetually frowning mouths. In addition, Neimoidians tended to be cowardly, greedy and fearful of death, whereas the average Duro was adventurous, gregarious and peaceful. Not surprisingly, one of the most powerful insults among the Duros was to be called a Neimoidian. By the time of the rise of the New Republic, however, the Duros were friendlier towards the Neimoidians, and respected their business skills.
At an early age, the Duros become interested in exploration and venture away from their homeworld to explore the galaxy and their interstellar technology linked Duro with Coruscant, Corellia, and other Core Worlds; with the Corellians they built the first arm of the Corellian Trade Spine and with the invention of the hyperdrive, the planet entered a Golden Age as a Core Founder in 25,053 BBY under Queen Rana Mas Trehalt. The Duros also constructed large shipyards and spacedocks in their planet’s orbit. The monarchy was eventually abolished in favor of a collection of ruling corporations.
The Duros colonized Neimoidia during their earliest wave of expansion, though the Neimoidians would eventually become considered a separate culture. Approximately 4000 years ago, the planet Duros itself was laid to near-total waste during the Mandalorian Wars, when the Mandalorian invasion fleet advancing on the Colonies and Core regions destroyed much of the world using thousands of Basilisk war droids. Years of misery and rebuilding were ahead of the Duros people.
After the Clone Wars, the Galactic Empire collected what was left of Duro’s natural resources, and forced many Duros to move off the planet. In an attempt to stir up conflict between Duro and Corellia, the Empire declared Duro to be part of the Corellian sector.