PHYSICAL & SOCIOCULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS
Average Height: 1.8 Meters
Skin Colour: Chalk-pale, dark
Hair Colour: White, dark
Eye Colour: Silver
Distinctions: Light skin, white hair and eyes, remarkable familial similarity
Average Lifespan: 100-120 years.
Language: Echani, Galactic Basic
The Echani were a Near-Human species from the Inner Rim planet Eshan. The Sun Guard arose from the Thyrsian subspecies of the Echani.
The Echani had similar anatomy to that of humans, but were physically distinct due to their light skin, white hair and silver eyes. They exhibited among themselves a remarkable similarity to each other in their body type and facial features, with close family members such as siblings often appearing indistinguishable to an outside observer. The Thyrsian subspecies of the Echani, in contrast, shared few of these traits, possessing dark hair and skin, rather than the white hair and silver eyes the Echani became known for.
Due to the all-encompassing use of combat in all levels of their culture, Echani Generals were seen by others as having the ability to predict their opponent’s next move. This was not a biological trait inherent to the Echani or their subspecies. Instead, it arose from a culture where combat was seen as the truest form of communication.
SOCIETY AND CULTURE
The Echani were a matriarchal caste-based society originating from the Inner Rim world of Eshan that spread to worlds such as Bengali and Thyrsus to encompass a confederacy of six worlds known as the Six Sisters, governed by the all-female ruling council of the Echani Command.
Echani culture held the belief that to know one fully, you must fight them. Echani fighting was not only self-defense, but a form of self-expression, a means of communication similar to art. During the Old Republic era, Echani Firedancers combined Echani fighting techniques with exotic weapons such as ritual brands, blending the two together in a manner akin to a dance. For the Echani, it was not at all unusual for children of the same parents to be born so as to be completely indistinguishable from one another to outsiders. Thus, being able to distinguish between like individuals through reading of body movement became an essential requirement.
The Echani were also known to be able to read feelings and emotion through combat. To an Echani, a combat between two people said more than hours of talking. They saw a certain purity in the way techniques were used in battle.
The Echani were known to focus on unarmed combat and melee weapons. They were considered excellent craftsmen of these weapons, as common melee weapons throughout the galaxy, such as vibroswords were based on Echani designs. owever, mass-produced Echani weapons such as the foils crafted in honor of Raskta Fenni rarely survived the crafting process due to difficulties in weaving them with cortosis.
The Echani largely eschewed the use of heavy armor, preferring to fight in light armor, whilst they trained in minimal clothing. Their fighting style focused more on agility and movement, and so anything that hampered their freedom of movement would be avoided.