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发表于 2010-6-11 22:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
本帖最后由 flyceit 于 2010-7-11 21:57 编辑

Chiss
      Homeworld Csilla
      Language Cheunh, many also spoke the trade languages Sy Bisti and
      Minnisiat
      Average height 1.8 meters[1]
      Skin color Blue
      Hair color Gleaming Black
      Eye color Red
      Distinctions Glowing red eyes Average Above-average night vision
     lifespan Up to 80 standard years old[1]
        Famous members Mitth'raw'nuruodo, Baldarek, Sev'rance Tann, Spiker, Nuru
      Kungurama, Chaf'orm'bintrano, Prard'ras'kleoni, Fehlaaur'aitel'loro,
      Jer'Jo Cam'Co,



奇斯人
母星:塞西拉
语言:初诺语,很多人也使用西比斯提语与明尼斯阿特语
平均身高:1.8米
肤色:蓝色
发色:亮黑色
眼睛颜色:红色
特征:红色眼睛,超常规夜间视力
寿命:大于80年
著名人物:密特索 努诺多、



      
      

  "The Chiss do not simply accept alien concepts without careful consideration.
  We certainly do not submit to domination. By anyone."
  ―Thrawn[src]
“没有经过深思熟虑,奇斯人不会贸然接受外来思想,我们不屈从于统治,任何人的统治。”
-索龙


The Chiss were a tall, blue-skinned Near-Human[3] civilization from the Unknown
Regions, best known as the people to which Grand Admiral Thrawn belonged. Due to
the remote position of their home territory in the Chiss Ascendancy they
remained largely an enigma to the rest of the galaxy, and contact with outsiders
was limited even in the days of the Galactic Alliance.
      奇斯人是来自于未知空间的高大蓝皮肤近人类种族,以其族人索龙元帅而广为人所知。因为他们位于奇斯自治领内的遥远家园,以及甚至在银河联盟时期内都甚少与外界接触,使他们对银河系其他地方而言,显的象个迷。

      Contents [show]
        1 Overview
        2 Biology and appearance
        3 History
          3.1 Beginnings
          3.2 The Ascendancy
          3.3 The rise of Thrawn
          3.4 The Household Phalanx
          3.5 Thrawn's Empire
          3.6 Rediscovery of Outbound Flight
          3.7 The Killiks
          3.8 The New Empire
        4 Society
          4.1 The Ruling Families
          4.2 Government structure
          4.3 Military forces
          4.4 Uniforms
        5 Language and names
        6 Culture
        7 Technology
          7.1 Construction and automation
          7.2 Weapons and defenses
        8 Known planets and locations
        9 Behind the scenes
        10 Appearances
        11 Sources
        12 Notes and references
        13 External links

内容

1 概况
        2 生理与特征
        3 历史
          3.1 早期历史
          3.2 统治者
          3.3 索龙元帅崛起
          3.4 部曲
          3.5 索龙帝国
          3.6 重识延外计划
          3.7 基里克人
          3.8 新帝国
        4 社会
          4.1 统治家族
          4.2 政府结构
          4.3 军事力量
          4.4 制服
        5 语言与姓名
        6 文化
        7 技术
          7.1 建造与自动化
          7.2 武器与防卫
        8 已知星球与领域
        9 幕后
        10 登场
        11 来源
        12 注释与参考
        13 外链接



The Chiss were marked out from the majority of mainstream galactic
civilization by their height, pure blue skin, gleaming black hair, and glowing
red eyes. Physically striking and instantly recognizable, and armed with a
typically cool and disciplined manner, the mystique of the Chiss was further
increased by the remote location of their territory in the Unknown Regions
beyond the Outer Rim. However, this remoteness also meant that they were largely
disconnected from the galaxy-spanning nexus of hyperspace travel and subspace
communications that bound together the Old Republic, Empire, and New Republic in
turn, and thus detached from the associated pan-galactic networks of economic,
cultural and political contacts.

      奇斯人可以由他们的高大身材、纯蓝色皮肤、闪亮的黑发、烁烁发光的红眼睛而与大多数银河系主要种族区分开来。体格惊人,一见可知,带着典型奇斯人冷酷而强调纪律的行为方式。奇斯人的隐秘因为他们位于外环以外未知空间的家园位置而与日俱增。尽管如此,荒僻遥远意味着他们很大程度上与将旧共和国、帝国、新共和国连接起来的亚空间通讯与遍布银河系的超空间跳跃枢纽隔绝开来,因而也使得他们与整个泛银河经济、文化、政治联系协作网络分离开来。


There is, in fact, evidence that intermittent, clandestine
and low-level encounters between the Chiss and groups within the Old Republic
had been ongoing for perhaps four millennia prior to the era of the Galactic
Civil War [source?]; but these encounters left no visible, lasting impression on
the galaxy as a whole, and the isolation of the Chiss can be gauged by the fact
that they remained largely unaware of standard languages such as Huttese and
Basic, with communications with outsiders being conducted instead through local
trade-languages such as Minnisiat.[4]

      实际上,有证据表明,发生在旧共和国与奇斯人断断续续、隐秘、低水平的偶遇在银河内战时代之前已经持续了大概四千年,但就银河系整体而言,这些偶遇没留下什么清晰可见与持续的影响,同时,奇斯人身处偏远使得他们处于对诸如赫特语和基本语这样的标准语言基本上毫无所知的状态,他们与外来者的沟通因而代以诸如明尼斯特语这样的本地贸易语言进行。


The pace of contact began to accelerate shortly before the Clone Wars, but it
was only after the Battle of Endor that the Chiss became visible for the first
time on the wider galactic stage — largely due to the rise to prominence of the
exiled warrior named Thrawn, a military genius who became the only non-Human
Grand Admiral in the Imperial Starfleet.
      
      接触的节奏在克隆战争即将爆发前开始加快,但只是到了恩多战役以后,奇斯人才第一次在广阔的银河系舞台上展露头角------这很大程度上要归功于天才战士索龙-----第一个成为帝国星际舰队元帅的非人类种族军事天才的令人注目的崛起。

Thrawn's own Household Phalanx was personally loyal to him and his ideals, and
allied with the Imperial forces that he brought to the Unknown Regions — the
faction that came to be known as the Empire of the Hand. The Chiss Expansionary
Defense Fleet served the Chiss Ascendancy, which had exiled Thrawn in around 20
BBY for breaking its strict codes of military conduct, and which apparently
commanded the loyalty of the vast bulk of the Chiss population.
      索龙自己的部曲对他本人和他的意旨保持忠诚,并与他带到未知空间的帝国武装力量联手,这个派别后来演化成了帝国之手。奇斯扩张防御舰队对奇斯统治者效忠,他们在BBY20年时,因为索龙触犯了使绝大部分奇斯人保持忠诚的军事准则严苛条款而将其流放。


The frequent confusion between the C.E.D.F. and the House Phalanx was just one
indicator of how little the wider galaxy knew or understood about the Chiss.
Although Thrawn's fame ensured that they rapidly became one of the most iconic
and instantly recognizable of all non-Human peoples, much about them remained
mysterious to Galactic civilization at large, even as the Unknown Regions began
to be opened up in the age of the Galactic Alliance.

      经常将奇斯扩张防御舰队与部曲弄混只是向人们揭示了世人是怎样对广袤银河系所知甚少,或对奇斯社会理解寥寥的诸多事情之一。尽管索龙的盛名使他们迅速成为非人类种族中形象最突出,并能被一眼认出来的种族,但甚至当未知空间在银河联盟时代对外界开放后,他们中的大多数人对银河文明世界而言依然保持着神秘感,




Biology and appearanceThe Chiss and baseline Humans regarded each other as
aliens, but genetic studies have indicated that the two peoples were close
biological cousins, and it is not clear whether the differences between them
were the product of straightforward evolutionary divergence and differing
planetary habitats, or the result of genetic engineering similar to that which
produced such hybrid species as the Massassi and Myke.

生理特征与外貌

    奇斯人与其他类人种族互相将对方视为外星人,但基因研究表明两者是生理关系相近的表亲,现在尚不清楚其之间不同是源自单纯的演化分离与不同星球的生活环境,还是类似于制造了例如马萨斯人与米凯人这样的混合种族的基因工程技术的结果。


Female ChissOutwardly, the Chiss were distinguished from baseline Humans by
three clearly visible traits — blue skin, midnight-black hair, and glowing red
eyes; but their blood was red. It is possible that these superficial features
were the result of external factors in the biosphere of their ice-locked
homeworld Csilla. Their coloration was said to be caused by the same atmospheric
minerals that gave Csilla's glaciers their distinctive bluish tinge, and while
less is known about the reasons for their distinctive glowing red eyes, an
environmental reaction does seem to be involved, as Chiss eyes were observed to
glow more brightly in more oxygenated atmospheres.[5]
      就外貌而言,可以通过三个明显的特征将奇斯人与其他类人种族区别开来-----蓝色皮肤、深黑色头发、闪闪发光的红色眼睛,但该种族血液为红色。这些外表特征可能源自奇斯人被冰雪覆盖的母星赛斯拉大气中的元素。其肤色据说是赋予了赛斯拉冰川独特蓝色色调的气态矿物而所致,同时,对导致其红眼出现的原因所知甚少,可能是由于对环境的反应而导致,因为奇斯人的眼睛在更为富氧的大气环境下会变的更为明亮。
Beyond these potentially superficial differences, it is not clear how far the
Chiss diverged from Human norms. Although both Chiss and Humans speculated about
distinct physiological differences, for instance in the vocal apparatus or
skeletal structure, there is no firm proof of stark evolutionary differences.
One theory put forward is that the Chiss were in fact descended from an ancient
group of Human colonists who settled in the Unknown Regions long before the
foundation of the Galactic Republic and were subsequently forgotten. There was,
in fact, a Human sleeper ship colony established on Csilla around 27,500 BBY,
though records of this were virtually nonexistent and it remained unknown how a
remote area of the galaxy could have been trailblazed so far back.[6] It does
seem that the Chiss possessed a faster-than-average metabolic rate, leading to a
distinctively lean physique and maturity considered reached at around age ten or
twelve. [source?]
      除了这些明显的不同,现在尚不清楚奇司斯人与人类种族标准究竟相差多少。尽管诸如发声器官及骨骼结构等证据表明奇斯人与人类有着明显的生理构造上的不同,但在演化趋异方面,却没有有力证据为之佐证。有一种理论提出,奇斯人实际上是由一支在银河共和国成立以前很早就定居在未知空间,并随之被遗忘的人类殖民者演化而成。该理论提出,一个人类睡船殖民殖民地大约在BBY25000年左右在塞西拉建立---尽管有关证据实际上不存在,并且至今对如何开拓到银河系中如此偏僻之处尚不得而知。齐斯人似乎有这超过常规水平的新陈代谢率,从而导致了他们具有明显的偏瘦体格,并在十或十二岁时达到生理成熟。

edit History[edit] BeginningsThe origin of the Chiss were largely unknown, even
to the Chiss themselves though some scientists thought that they were the result
of a long forgotten Human colony that had been lost to time.[1] Genetic analysis
in fact indicated that the Chiss were indeed an offshoot of the Human race's
earliest attempts at colonization. It was believed that sometime before 27,000
BBY, a lost colony of Humans settled in the Unknown Regions on the planet
Csilla. This new world later nearly became almost inhospitable when an ice age
engulfed it in 5,000 BBY and it was only by living underground did this
divergent species survive. It was this later act that furthered the genetic
changes notably seen in their skin tone and eyes which marked the Chiss being
very different from their ancestral race.[7]

历史

早期历史
    关于奇斯人起源的大部分情况至今依然未知,尽管通过一些奇斯科学家, 奇斯人自己认为自己是一群已经被时间所遗忘的人类殖民者的后代。基因分析显示,奇斯人的确是人类最早期进行殖民尝试者的一个分之。据信,在BBY27000年之前,一批迷航的人类殖民者定居在未知空间的塞西拉星球上。当冰河时期在BBY5000年大有吞没这个星球之势时,这个新世界几近变的不适合居住,避居于地下,让这些人幸存了下来。而这继而引发了进一步的基因变化,反映在外表上就是他们的肤色与眼睛,这把使得他们与他们的祖先显著地区分开来。   


The Chiss are believed to have been established on Csilla for some time: records
made available in the last years of the New Republic suggested that they had
been there since before the beginning of the millennia-long ice age in which the
planet was then locked fast, and possibly since before the foundation of the Old
Republic. By the time contact was made with modern Galactic civilization (which
was right before the eruption of the Clone Wars), they had extended their
frontier across a volume of space in the Unknown Regions, perhaps encompassing
as many as several hundred thousand star systems, and they claimed to have been
a major interstellar power in this area for at least ten centuries; but while
Chiss space had been mapped by astrogation missions over the centuries, it was
by no means fully explored, still less intensively colonized.
      据信,奇斯文明在塞西拉行星上已经建立了很长时间,在新共和国末期所做的可靠记录显示,奇斯人在长达千年,使星球与外界迅速隔离的冰川时期到来前就建立了文明,并且该文明可能是在在旧共和国成立前就建立的。随着与现代银河系文明(指克隆战争爆发前),他们已经跨越了未知空间内广阔的领域,拓展了他们的边疆-----也许是横跨了数以万计的星系,在至少十个世纪内,在他们的治下,奇斯人自诩为星际强权。但数世纪以来,整个奇斯空间已被宇航团测绘完毕,那里无法完全开发,依然甚少被进一步深入殖民。

Though the Chiss were not widely known to the greater galaxy, examples of their
technology were known to exist as far back as 3,951 BBY when samples of their
charric weapons were being sold on the planet Onderon.[8] Around 1,000 BBY, the
forces of Lord Kaan's Brotherhood of Darkness encountered the Chiss in the
Unknown Regions and managed to bring a legion of them to the planet Thule.
There, the Chiss that were born spread into the wider galaxy though they were
relatively still unknown to many.[7]
      尽管奇斯人并不广为银河系所知,但关于他们技术的存在的例子早在BBY3951年便已经被知晓,那时,一批查日克武器的样品被卖到奥德兰。在BBY1000年左右,西斯尊主卡恩黑暗兄弟会的军队在未知空间与奇斯人遭遇,并将其编入军团,带往修里行星/PLANET THULE。从而使奇斯人在更广阔的银河系里分布开来,尽管他们仍不为多数人所知。

[edit] The Ascendancy
Two Chiss females.The government on Csilla controlled 28 major colony worlds
scattered across Chiss space, united in a political federation known as the
Chiss Ascendancy. New Republic sources suggested that their interstellar
expansion had been driven by the need to feed the large urban population of the
capital, which had grown beyond the levels that Csilla could comfortably
sustain, and estimated a total Chiss population for the Ascendancy of just less
than five trillion. It is certainly true that newly-discovered frontier worlds
such as Crustai were in the process of being opened up to large-scale settlement
during the period between the Clone Wars and the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. Against
this must be set rather more certain evidence that Chiss control over outlying
systems such as Klasse Ephemora and Yashuvhu was tenuous, and Chiss space only
occupied a tiny fraction of the Unknown Regions.
奇斯统治者
    位于塞西拉的奇斯政府控制着遍布在奇斯空间内的28个主要殖民地,这些殖民地统一在被称为奇斯统治者的联邦之下。新共和国方面的资料显示,奇斯人进行星际扩张的动力源自供养首都塞西里庞大城市人口的需求,那里人口的增长已经超出了塞西里能合理承载的水平,根据估计,整个奇斯人社会的人口数量大致略少于5万亿。显而易见,诸如克拉斯岱/Crustai这样新近被发现的边疆地区在从克隆战争到抗击遇战疯入侵战争这段时期内处于对大批定居者开放的进程中。
    奇斯人所控制的诸如克卡斯 易费莫拉/Klasse Ephemora 与亚舒夫/Yashuvhu这样的偏远星系面积狭小,并且奇斯空间也仅仅占据了未知空间的一小部分。

Under normal circumstances, the Ascendancy's relations with the rest of the
galaxy were governed by a strict formal policy of non-aggression backed up by
strong defensive preparations; although the Chiss did not as a rule intervene in
the affairs of others, outsiders were discouraged from encroaching on the
untapped resources of the Ascendancy's territory by the threat of severe
military reprisals against attackers. Although overt hostile action was formally
required as a trigger for retaliation, simple territorial transgression could be
interpreted by some Chiss patrol commanders as enough to constitute a violation.
Differences of opinion over the rules of engagement evidently existed among the
Chiss military and civilian hierarchy, but most outsiders seem to have been
unaware of this.[4]
       通常情况下,统治者与银河系其他地方的关系由一项严格、正式,以强有力防御准备为后盾的不侵犯政策而实现。 尽管奇斯人在其他事务中不以调停人的身份出现,但外来者会在奇斯人抗击入侵者的严整军事反击的阴影下,对奇斯人领土内未开发的资源刹羽而归。尽管公开的敌对行为被正式视为引发报复的导火索,但简单的领土争端则能够被解释为是由一些奇斯指挥官的违规行为而引起的。 对统治权的不同观点明显的存在于军事集团和民事集团间,但外来者似乎一直对此无视。

By 37 BBY, the barbarian Vagaari were raiding volumes of space close to the
Ascendancy's frontier, but far more serious concerns were raised by the direct
incursion of a force from another alien race a few years later. Although the
aliens were destroyed by a fleet led by Admiral Ar'alani, it quickly became
apparent that what had been encountered was only a small scouting force, probing
ahead of a massive alien invasion force.[4] The invaders were almost certainly
the Yuuzhan Vong, although it should be noted that the living planet Zonama
Sekot, itself fleeing from a Yuuzhan Vong assault, took refuge in a remote area
of Chiss space at around the same time, and its arrival was detected by a CEDF
deep space probe, but the Chiss did not understand the greater significance and
identity of the planet, dismissing it as a natural system capture of a rogue
planet.

      BBY37年时,未开化种族瓦格里人/Vagaari所进犯的空间接近了统治者的边境,但更多的重视则在若干年后,由一场来自另一个外星种族的入侵而引起。尽管入侵者被阿拉兰尼上将/Admiral Ar'alani指挥的舰队摧毁,但事态随后很快表明,这只是一支小规模侦察舰队,预示着一支大规模外星入侵者的到来。这一次的入侵者毫无疑问是遇战疯人/the Yuuzhan Vong,尽管活体行星佐纳马塞科特/Zonama Sekot被发现,但它却从遇战疯人的进攻里溜出,藏身于奇斯空间里的一个偏远之处。奇斯扩张防御部队的一个深空探测器发现了它,但奇斯人却无法理解它的巨大重要性及行星特征,而把它看成是一颗行星的猎获物。

[edit] The rise of Thrawn

Thrawn"Grand Admiral Thrawn's actions paint us in a dubious light. I
  understand the reluctance of many people to deal with us."
  ―Jagged Fel to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.[src]

索龙的崛起

“索龙的“索龙元帅战役”给我们涂上了一层暧昧不清的光环,我理解许多和我们打交道人的不情愿之处。”
                                                                               -贾格德 费尔对绝地大师 卢克 天行者如是说。


In response to the threat of invasion, a vast interstellar fortress began to be
prepared in the Redoubt Cluster, while Thrawn, then a young officer in the
Expansionary Fleet, began to press for the abandonment of the hallowed doctrine
that outlawed preemptive strikes. He believed that the Chiss could not place
themselves in a situation where they were forced to fight against the Vagaari
and the Yuuzhan Vong simultaneously, but while others like Admiral Ar'alani and
his brother Syndic Thrass acknowledged the danger, they viewed his enthusiasm
for combat and aggressive scouting with some concern.

      作为的这场入侵的回应,一个巨大的星际堡垒开始在堡垒群进行建造,扩张舰队的年轻军官索龙开始要求废除训令中关于禁止先发制人攻击的内容。他坚信奇斯人不能将自己投入被迫同时与瓦格里和遇战疯人的境地,但诸如阿拉兰尼上将/Admiral Ar'alani 与其兄弟西尼迪克 索拉斯/Syndic Thrass 则知道这样做的危险性,他们对索龙的战争热忱与提出进攻性侦察的做法同样保持着关注。
In 27 BBY, Thrawn's patrol encountered Corellian traders - the crew of the
smuggler ship Bargain Hunter—marking what seems to have been the first modern
contact between the Ascendancy and the Old Republic. Although initially
suspicious of these outsiders, Thrawn decided that they were no threat, and he
came to regard two of them, Jorj Car'das and Maris Ferasi, as friends.
Far more dangerous incursions from the Republic followed within a few months.
Outbound Flight, a massive exploration mission consisting of six Dreadnaught
Cruisers led by Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, had unwittingly scheduled a sublight
flythrough of a system on the edge of Chiss space, and it was here that a
powerful Trade Federation battlegroup stationed itself in order to intercept and
destroy them, led by Kinman Doriana, a personal agent of Darth Sidious. Thrawn,
investigating the Trade Federation ships and despite being hopelessly outgunned
on paper, defeated them through superior tactics. Leaving the command ship
intact in a move to secure face-to-face communication, Thrawn boarded the Trade
Federation Battleship, leading to a meeting with Doriana—and a HoloNet
discussion with Sidious himself—who persuaded him that the Jedi expedition could
not be allowed to blunder into the Yuuzhan Vong. Although none at the time would
know it, Thrawn's highly favorable first impression made on Palpatine would
ultimately change the galaxy and its perception on the Chiss people forever.
Thrawn engineered a clash between the Vagaari and Outbound Flight, weakening
both sides to the point at which his small patrol force could effectively end
both threats, but the resulting battle did not unfold according to his plan:
while C'baoth was attempting to kill Thrawn using the Force, a remnant of the
Vagaari force was able to flee to hyperspace, and a series of Chiss radiation
bombs designed for the Vagaari command craft were unintentionally detonated
aboard the Dreadnaughts. Although this killed the Jedi Master before he could
kill Thrawn, the damage to the Republic expedition was disastrous. Of the fifty
thousand personnel aboard Outbound Flight, only fifty-seven survived.
The aftermath of Outbound Flight also revealed tensions within the Chiss power
structure, as Aristocra Chaf'orm'bintrano tried to claim Outbound Flight for the
Fifth Ruling Family.[4]

Chiss Dark Jedi Sev'rance Tann.A handful [source?] of individual Chiss had
participated in the Clone Wars, such as the Separatist commander and Dark
Acolyte Sev'rance Tann[9] and her lover, the bounty hunter Vandalor.[10][11]
[edit] The Household Phalanx"We are Syndic Mitth’raw’nuruodo’s Household
  Phalanx. We live only to serve him. And through him, serve the Chiss."
  ―Kres'ten'tarthi to Mara Jade.[src]
Thrawn, persisting in his challenges to received wisdom, was exiled by the
Ascendancy—but in 19 BBY, he was discovered and recruited by the Empire. For
almost three decades, however, his true capabilities, and his true status within
the Imperial hierarchy, were kept carefully hidden even within the ranks of the
military.
It appears that for much of this time, Thrawn was supervising a program of
Imperial exploration and conquest in the Unknown Regions, joined not only by
line elements of the Imperial military, but also by the Chiss warriors of his
Household Phalanx. While the government of the Ascendancy turned their back on
events beyond their borders, the influence of Thrawn's ideas continued to
spread, and over the next forty years, a steady flow of CEDF defectors and
civilian volunteers left Chiss space to join the House Phalanx [source?].

Chiss gangster Spiker.A few months after the Battle of Endor, a preemptive
strike carried out by Thrawn's Empire of the Hand attacked the Ssi-ruuvi
Imperium, effectively destroying the Ssi-ruuk as an interstellar power until
they were revitalized a generation later by the machinations of Yuuzhan Vong
agents.[12]
In 9 ABY, Thrawn left the Unknown Regions to take supreme command of the
Empire's war machine, and launched his campaign against the New Republic. In
spite of his death at Bilbringi, his legacy endured, not least in the form of
the House Phalanx and their allies in what was now known as the Empire of the
Hand.
[edit] Thrawn's Empire"You joined Thrawn, Fel! That's not the same as joining
  the Chiss. We have ways and traditions he turned his luck on, and by joining
  him you proved that you don't respect them, either."
  ―Ina'ganet'nuruodo to Soontir Fel.[src]
By 19 ABY, it would appear that the Empire of the Hand controlled a vast area of
territory, up to thirty times the size of the Imperial Remnant within the Rim
frontier. Yet the only recorded direct encounters with its forces took place on
the largely uninhabited world of Nirauan. And while Nirauan is often described
as the capital of the Empire of the Hand, the only settlement here, the fortress
known as the Hand of Thrawn, seems to have served officially as a liaison post
between the Remnant and the Ascendancy, with General Baron Soontir Fel
apparently serving as a top-secret intermediary between Bastion and Csilla. The
purpose of Fel's negotiations were unclear. Chiss paranoia was such that even in
the Remnant's highest echelons, his mission and location were apparently largely
unknown, and the Baron's sons, Davin and Jag, were required to enroll as cadets
to a Chiss military academy, primarily as a hostage to ensure their father's
integrity.

A Chiss bartender, Baldarek, from Nar Shaddaa.[edit] Rediscovery of Outbound
FlightBy 22 ABY, Aristocra Chaf'orm'bintrano was experimenting with Thrawn's
doctrines, negotiating secretly with the Imperials, and luring the resurgent
Vagaari into starting a war[13]. This Chaf'orm'bintrano bears bizarrely little
resemblance to the haughty leader of fifty years earlier, who had condemned
Thrawn's behavior and pursued the naked self-interest of his Family with such
aggression. In the aftermath of the Third Vagaari War, the Chiss hired Killik
laborers to work for them. Despite precautions made to prevent Chiss from being
joined into the Killik hive mind, two Ruling Families were absorbed and three
others became dependent on the Killiks' labor. This caused a disagreement that
may have involved military hostilities, and the other four families (which
Soontir Fel had apparently allied with)[14] emerged victorious. During this
conflict, the Household Phalanx and Empire of the Hand had seemingly integrated
into the Ascendancy.
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During 29 ABY, Fel had apparently been appointed to the senior position of
Assistant Syndic in the Expansionary Fleet, and in 30 ABY, his son was named as
the ambassador from the Ascendancy to the Galactic Alliance. By 35 ABY, Jag was
serving as a Chiss military commander under Chaf'orm'bintrano in the first
skirmishes of what would become the Swarm War.[14]
[edit] The New EmpireThe Chiss continued to operate well into the year 127 ABY
when they dispatched the diplomat Fehlaaur'aitel'loro to the planet Bastion of
the new Galactic Empire. Serving the role of a diplomatic envoy, he was placed
in the service of the Imperial Diplomatic Corps as a sign of solidarity between
the Chiss Ascendancy and the Empire. During that time, the Galactic Alliance
suffered greatly for the incident surrounding the Ossus Project which served as
an incentive for the Empire to declare war against them. When the Chiss learnt
of this, they attempted to recall Fehlaaur as they did not want to be dragged
into the resultant conflict. However, Emperor Roan Fel decided to grant the
title of Moff to Fehlaaur in order to secure the continued support of the Chiss
Ascendancy. Furthermore, upon his appoint to the Council of Moffs, he was
promoted as director of the Imperial Diplomatic Corps. During the later conflict
against Roan Fel and the One Sith, it was suspected by Rulf Yage that the Chiss
were sheltering Emperor Fel, though Fehlaaur denied this allegation in a session
with the Moff Council.[1]
edit Society
A male and a female Chiss."The Chiss do not ask to be judged, Master
  Skywalker. Not by you; not by anyone."
  ―Jagged Fel to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.[src]
Even in the era of the Galactic Alliance, the wider galaxy seems to have had no
direct contact with Chiss civilians. What was known about them was, as mentioned
above, they mediated largely through encounter with military units, and through
a few high-level contacts with political and diplomatic delegations. It is
perhaps no surprise, then, that the military and the ruling class were the best
understood aspects of Chiss society; or at least, the best documented.
[edit] The Ruling Families"You do not need to know who acts on behalf of the
  Chiss. We represent everyone."
  ―Unidentified Chiss Ruling Family member.[src]
Much of the political power within the Ascendancy seems to have rested with a
group of affiliations known as the Ruling Families (or sometimes "Ruling
Houses"), which seem to have had features of both lineage-groups and specialized
castes, and who between them provided leadership for the Chiss in all aspects of
society.
One level, the Ruling Families were, as their name suggests, defined by blood
relationships; but while lineage undoubtedly played an important role in the
structure of the Families, merit also had a part in defining membership. Formal
processes of advancement existed by which commoners could achieve status in the
Family hierarchy. A study of Chiss society produced by the University of Sanbra
in the last years of the New Republic claims that the Family lineages stretched
the length of Chiss history and spanned the breadth of the Chiss population, so
that every Chiss was associated with a Ruling Family; but if this is correct,
the mechanisms of advancement make it clear that there was a division between
those who were actual members of the Families, and those commoners who were
merely affiliated to them.
The best-documented means of acquiring Family status through merit was that
which operated in the military. For the duration of their service, every officer
in the Chiss military was attached to one of the Ruling Families as a "merit
adoptive", and while under normal circumstances, this Family status was lost
when an individual left the service, those of particular ability were said to be
"born to trial", and given the opportunity to make their Family status
permanent.
If these Trial-born of the Family were successful, they would be permanently
"matched" to the lineage; conversely, members of a Ruling Family could
apparently also be "released" and "rematched", although it is even less clear
how this processes operated. It is possible that marriage was involved in
matching, although no mention is yet known that indicates an institution of
marriage among the Chiss.
There was a hierarchy of leadership within each Family, consisting of brothers
and sisters (known collectively as siblings), plus cousins, and ranking distant
relations—the last being the highest level that the most able Trial-born could
reasonably hope to achieve. Individuals with the ranks of Aristocra and Syndic
also served as high-level representatives of the Families, with seemingly
plenipotentiary powers, though an Aristocra could hold only collateral rank
within the internal hierarchy, and a Syndic at least could be Trial-born.
Chiss officers serving alongside the New Republic during the Yuuzhan Vong war
indicated that the highest structures of power and influence within the Family
hierarchies were kept largely secret from those outside them. It is likely that
an Aristocra or a Syndic was typically a proxy for these unseen leaders, but
when a Jedi delegation visited Csilla in 29 ABY, they were met by ostensible
leaders of the Ruling Families whose identities were concealed by hooded cloaks
in what appear to have been symbolic shades of color denoting their bloodlines.
In spite of the outward impression of calm and order that the Chiss liked to
project to outsiders, there were evidently tensions within the Families. In 27
ABY, the Chaf were prepared to incite civil war if it would give them
superiority over the other Families, and political assassinations were
apparently a real part of Chiss political life for the Ruling Families and other
allied kin-groups. A tradition of shadow children is recorded, offspring who
were kept safely anonymous to prevent a family bloodline being fully extirpated.

In 27 BBY, the Corellian spacers who encountered the Ascendancy were told that
there were at that time nine Ruling Families, though at various times in Chiss
history, the number of affiliations was said to have fluctuated from three to
twelve. The Fifth Ruling Family were the Chaf, who wore yellow, and apparently
held a specific portfolio for diplomacy and foreign affairs, while the Second
and Eighth Ruling Families shared a military oversight role. It was to the
second of these two Families that Thrawn and his brother Thrass belonged; they
wore dark red, and naming patterns indicate that they were known as the Mitth
Family.
This situation seems to have held constant until 22 ABY, but in the University
of Sanbra study mentioned above, written about five years after this date, only
four lineages were identified, with no hint that this situation was anything
other than immemorial.
According to the Sanbra report, House Csapla was responsible for relationship
between Csilla and the colony worlds, and the associated distribution of
foodstuffs and the allocation of economic resources. House Nuruodo was
responsible for relations with outsiders, including control of the CEDF—a role
which suggests that they should be identified with the earlier Second Ruling
Family. House Inrokini was responsible for technological research,
manufacturing, and the information infrastructure. And House Sabosen was
responsible for law and order, healthcare and education. The cloaks of the
representatives encountered in 29 ABY, in bronze, rust-red, gray and
copper-green, implicitly represented the colors of these families.[15]
[edit] Government structure
Insignia of the Chiss Ascendancy"You see, the Chiss are taught from the
  earliest days of training that it is not the person holding the position that
  is important, but rather the position itself. Individuals must allow
  themselves to be subsumed into the role society expects them to play. If you
  asked for someone by name, they would on principle not talk to you. If you
  asked for them by rank, however, they would not hesitate."
  ―Commander Jagged Fel.[src]
Given the caveats noted above, it is perhaps best to treat the rest of the
University of Sanbra material on Chiss government with some caution, in emphasis
if not precisely in content. The report claimed that the twenty-eight colony
worlds were led by "appointed governors, or House leaders". Perhaps
unsurprisingly, it is not entirely clear whether this phrase signifies one group
or two: the Sanbra information says that they were all elected in a "democratic"
manner, but other evidence suggests that the Ruling Families had significant
authority in at least some colonies, and the title of House leader suggests at
an association with the quasi-dynastic Families (especially as they are called
Houses in the Sanbra material). Whatever the case, it but it seems that the
planetary leaders held executive authority on their own worlds—for instance,
House leaders "usually" appointed the commanders of the Colonial Phalanxes—and
they also came together to form the Chiss Parliament, sitting in a building
known as the House Palace, located on Csilla in the capital city of Csaplar (the
name of which seems obviously related to that of House Csapla).
However, the federal powers of these representatives, who seem to have been
known collectively as "Senators", were largely limited to voicing concerns that
would then be responded to by a central oligarchy, consisting of the Family
hierarchy—perhaps in the form of the Council of Families mentioned in 27
BBY—acting in conjunction with the Cabinet, a cadre of administrative officials
appointed by the Families themselves. It was this élite that was apparently
responsible for all aspects of policy and strategy, shaping and directing Chiss
society across the Ascendancy through controlling the allocation of resources in
a highly-controlled and money-free command economy.
[edit] Military forces"He has his orders, and when a Chiss accepts orders he
  carries them out, period."
  ―Chak Fel on Drask.[src]
The best-documented element of the Chiss state was the military, but even here,
there are many uncertainties. The front-line armed forces of the Ascendancy were
referred to variously as the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force or "Chiss
Expansionary Defense Fleet", and sometimes by the acronym "CEDF", or by shorter
forms such as "Chiss Expansionary Defense", "Chiss Expansionary Force", or
"Chiss Defense Fleet".
The Defense Fleet was charged with repelling invasions of the Ascendancy and
patrolling the systems firmly inside the Ascendancy's borders, but little is
known for sure about its strength or organization, except that it seems to have
been the senior arm of the CEDF: Admirals of the Defense Hierarchy took direct
command of Defense Fleet battlegroups, and also held oversight over the
Expansionary Fleet. The mandate of the Expansionary Fleet, in contrast, was
defined as guarding the Chiss frontier and exploring unknown space beyond the
edge of the Ascendancy, and its forces included Picket Forces commanded by
officers known as Force Commanders (sometimes shortened to Commander; Crahsystor
in Cheunh). The best-known of these frontier units is Picket Force Two, which in
27 BBY apparently consisted of three light cruisers, each with three fighter
escorts, plus a further five fighters and two transport shuttles at their
asteroid base in the Crustai system.
Adding to the confusion is a variety of evidence for other Chiss military forces
operating alongside, and sometimes in opposition to, the black-uniformed
personnel of the Expansionary Fleet and the Defense Fleet. Thrawn's Household
Phalanx has already been mentioned, and in 27 BBY, the Chaf Family were also
observed to deploy military forces of their own, capable of deploying nine light
cruisers at short notice, in an effort to overwhelm an Expansionary Fleet picket
force. Just as some of Thrawn's warriors would later wear the burgundy colors of
the Ruling Family to which Thrawn belonged, many Chaf Family personnel were
observed at this time wearing uniforms in the yellow of the Family they served.
These Chaf Family forces are never called a Household Phalanx, however, and
there is thus no clear evidence whether there was a precise parallelism between
the two

A Chiss bodyguard.Further complicating matters, the University of Sanbra study
does not mention House forces directly, but makes a clear-cut distinction
between the CEDF, whose duty was to guard the frontier and retaliate against
attacks, and the Colonial Phalanxes which guarded the twenty-eight colony worlds
of the Ascendancy. The Sanbra material says that Colonial Phalanxes were
designed to provide reinforcements for the Expansionary Defense when required,
but also states that they were answerable under normal circumstances to "House
leaders" rather than the Defense Hierarchy.
Additional to all this, of course, were the forces of Thrawn's rogue Household
Phalanx: in 19 ABY they could deploy at least a hundred Blastboat-sized TIE
scouts, and in 26 ABY they deployed a wing of 36 Clawcraft at Garqi and Ithor.
It is likely that overall numbers were significantly larger, and the Nirauan
garrison may have included distinct elements of infantry and gunnery
specialists, but is not known whether the Phalanx maintained any major
surface-warfare or capital ship forces.
There were thus potentially as many as five distinct military organizations
within Chiss society:
  Defense Fleet—defensive fleet units under the authority of a central high
  command.
  Expansionary Fleet—frontier patrols and exploration missions.
  Colonial Phalanxes—planetary militias guarding the Chiss colony worlds.
  Household Phalanxes—paramilitary guards loyal to the aristocratic Ruling
  Families.
  Chiss warriors fighting for the Empire of the Hand—including Thrawn's rogue
  House Phalanx and possibly also other Chiss personnel among the "forces of the
  Empire".
The situation is only rendered more complex when it is considered that the
different organizations may have overlapped considerably. For example: the
Defense Fleet seems to have had oversight over the Expansionary Fleet, and both
were certainly combined within the "Expansionary Defense", and it is possible
that a House Phalanx could also be a Colonial Phalanx, but if so, that does not
mean that every Colonial Phalanx was a House Phalanx—some of the colonies may
have been controlled by democratic leaders or state-appointed governors rather
than Family leadership.
By the time of the Swarm War in 36 ABY, the CEDF could deploy a powerful fleet
of thirty Chiss Star Destroyers in the Battle of Tenupe, with each Star
Destroyer massing more tonnage than an entire Picket Force of sixty years
earlier.
Sizable forces of armored infantry and artillery were deployed by dropships at
the Battle of Tenupe[16], but their position in the order of battle is unknown,
and apart from the bodyguard details who typically accompanied senior figures,
the only other surface-army soldier known to have been directly encountered by
outsiders was General Prard'ras'kleoni, the senior military officer on the Chaf
Envoy's mission to Outbound Flight in 22 ABY. He identified himself as a ground
officer and also as an officer of the Defense Fleet.[13]
Many of these forces have been trained since early childhood to be soldiers or
commanders in the Chiss military. Some selected few that showed exceptional
dedication was given the honor or extra training and medical advances from the
science community. Some of these advances including biochemical re-engineering
that produced results of accelerated healing (i.e. quick healing of wounds,
cuts, and abrasions) and immunizations to toxins and poisons. [source?] During
the Swarm War, the Chiss made use of commando units that were deployed on
specialist tasks such as the placement of vape charges on selected locations.
They wore camouflaged color-shifting, fractal-pattern armor that allowed them to
sneak across battlefields with ease, and carried demolition satchels and charric
guns. They did not fear death and would sacrifice themselves if necessary to
their cause. One notable engagement was a commando squad attempting to destroy a
crashed Chiss vehicle.[16]
Much of the Chiss rank structure seems to have paralleled the patterns that
would have been familiar to contemporary Basic-speakers, though it is unclear
how much the semantics of the original Chiss terminology survived the
translation from Cheunh, and most Chiss ranks can be read as titles reflecting
officers' specific roles, rather than elements of an abstract hierarchy
comparable to the militaries of mainstream Galactic civilization. The title of
Commander was common, denoting the officers in charge of many elements, varying
from a cadet squadron upwards through a frontier patrol and a space station, to
a major fleet unit. Junior officers, including personnel in cadet units, were
titled Lieutenant, while the ranking officers of naval ships were styled
Captain. Some senior ground-combat officers serving with the Defense Fleet bore
the rank of General, while the rank of Admiral was used by senior officers of
the Defense Hierarchy. There is as yet no direct evidence that other
conventional ranks, such as Major and Colonel, existed outside the
Imperial-influenced forces of Thrawn's House Phalanx, and it is only after 35
ABY that clear evidence exists of CEDF officers using styles like Commander and
Captain as substantive ranks, formally equivalent with Galactic Alliance command
structure: previous examples may be looser titles denoting position.
Other primarily positional titles included Chief Engineer, held by Yal'avi'kema
of the Springhawk in 27 BBY[4], medical officer, used by Baltke of the Fell
Defender in 36 ABY[16], and Chief Navigator, apparently a very senior title
within the hierarchy, borne in 29 ABY by the Human ex-Imperial officer Peita
Aabe[15].
At the same time as Aabe was Chief Navigator, another ex-Imperial, Baron Soontir
Fel, was introduced as Assistant Syndic of the CEDF, seemingly another very
senior post. This implies an even more senior position of Syndic, perhaps
analogous to Supreme Commander, and Syndic was also cited in one New Republic
source as the title of Colonial Phalanx commanders; but Syndic is also more
clearly recorded as a political position associated with at least some of the
Ruling Families.

Thrawn as an officer in the CEDF.[edit] UniformsMost Chiss military personnel
encountered by outsiders wore sharply-cut black uniforms, varying according to
rank and occasion from ornate ceremonial dress to practical combat jumpsuits.
All uniforms appear to have carried at least a little colored trim, increasing
in quantity on more formal attire, and alongside the essentially horizontal
divisions of uniform style, further lateral distinctions separated officers
whose uniforms bore different colored flashes. These apparently denoted
affiliation to one of the Ruling Families: the young Force Commander
Mitth'raw'nuruodo bore red flashes which indicated his status as a member of the
Mitth Family, and General Prard'ras'kleoni also wore red, while Captain
Brast'alshi'barku of the diplomatic ship Chaf Envoy had green tabs, and some
junior personnel aboard the Springhawk had shoulder straps displaying a
combination of blue-and-yellow.
Sometimes, colored trim may have had a meaning that was not directly related to
Family allegiance. Red seems to have had martial associations: red piping was
worn by military cadets at Rhigar, for whom it represented a military ideal
known as Red Flame, which may have been of significance throughout Chiss
society, while the Mitth Family, with their burgundy colors, were one of the two
Ruling Families with political oversight over the military. In contrast, the
occasional non-Chiss allowed for political reasons to train at Chiss military
academies were distinguished by blue piping, and this usage may also explain the
mixed blue-and-yellow colors used by some warriors; these may have been
commoners given status as merit adoptives of Ruling Families at the start of
their military service, their status denoted by combining Family colors with
blue, rather than the pure color that would reflect permanent affiliation by
birth or merit.
Regardless of these details, one thing that is clear is that the aesthetic of
Chiss military uniforms was part of a wider visual pattern, in which specific
colors were associated with specific social groups. The black uniforms of the
Defense Force represented the fact that personnel were drawn from all branches
of the Chiss community, black being perceived as a combination of all the
colors. In contrast, an Admiral of the Defense Hierarchy wore gleaming white,
and given that Admirals also renounced Family allegiance, this probably
indicates a removal of all color.
Individual colors were worn by civilian and paramilitary personnel from the
various Ruling Families. The diplomats of the Chaf Family dressed in yellow
clothes offset against varying quantities of gray trim according to status,
while their guards, probably Household Phalanx warriors, wore yellow jumpsuits.
The Mitth Family, as noted above, wore red, and here again, Family
representatives wore gray trim, but it the various combinations of
black-and-burgundy worn by officers of Thrawn's Household Phalanx require
further discussion.

A female Chiss wearing an admiral's uniform.Since warriors of the Chaf Family
wore yellow uniforms, it might be thought that the basic color of Mitth Family
House Phalanx uniforms should have been burgundy: Syndic Mitth'ras'safis wore
burgundy with gray trim and Thrawn wore red trim on his black uniform as a Force
Commander in the Expansionary Fleet. But although burgundy uniforms with black
collars were recorded when Thrawn's House Phalanx were first encountered in 22
ABY, most subsequent references describe Household Phalanx troops in
predominantly black uniforms red trim, and sometimes simply in black; at Ithor
in 26 ABY, the House Phalanx pilots under Jag Fel's command wore white uniforms,
a color otherwise associated only with the senior command personnel of the
Defense Hierarchy, and seemingly more appropriate for an Admiral's guards.
On this occasion, Jag himself wore a uniform and flight suit remarkably similar
to those of his father's former unit, and the black uniforms of some Phalanx
personnel may simply be Imperial lancer tunics and flight suits: even the
burgundy-uniformed troops on Nirauan wore Imperial rank insignia, and the red
piping sometimes mentioned on Jag's uniform could denote House allegiance, or
else echo the uniforms worn by Baron Fel's former command, the 181st Fighter
Wing.
Alternatively, just as military personnel and civilian Family representatives
wore varying quantities of House color on a neutral background—black for
soldiers, gray for house dignitaries—it is possible that the black on some House
Phalanx uniforms represents a "military" trim, and that these "black" uniforms
are in fact red uniforms where the alternative color predominates as an
indication of some specific status.
Given these confusions, it is perhaps no surprise that it is not always clear
just who the Chiss troops encountered by outsiders were loyal to. In 29 ABY,
when a Jedi delegation visited Chiss space, personnel supposedly from the CEDF
were described as wearing uniforms with extensive burgundy or purple
predominating over the black fabric, but we cannot tell on current evidence if
these were simply ceremonial CEDF uniforms decorated with deep shades of red, or
if these were really Phalanx personnel masquerading as CEDF officers, or if
their uniforms indicated something else entirely.
edit Language and names
A Chiss Dark Jedi.The Chiss language, Cheunh, was complex and densely
constructed, expressing complicated ideas by combining smaller elements into
intricate words and phrases. It was hard for outsiders to understand, and the
Chiss believed that it was quite impossible for non-Chiss to learn to speak it
properly.
Linguistically, Cheunh was highly synthetic, which is to say that complex
meaning was conveyed by forming compound words from conjunctions of
sense-bearing word-elements known as morphemes. While not unusual as a
linguistic principle, synthetic construction appears to have been taken to
extremes by the Chiss, and it may be that communicating in Cheunh required a
conscious awareness of individual morphemes and phonemes and a subtle ear for
complex linguistic relationships, far more than was demanded of, for instance
Basic-speakers. Such a sensitivity would also explain the remarkable acuity
shown by at least some Chiss in picking out important recurring agglutinations
from long phrases of alien languages that they had not previously encountered.
One factor that certainly added to the complexity of the language was the fact
that written Cheunh was not set down in a phonetic alphabet like the Aurebesh,
but rather, assembled using ideograms. At least some phrases in the language
were highly idiomatic – the pejorative moactan teel literally meant
"fair-haired", implying that something about the addressee was non-Chiss, and
thus barbarous.
Chiss names were composed of three distinct sections, usually following the
convention of the first and last being family names and the middle being the
given name. Abbreviated versions of these, known as "core names", were reserved
for use among friends and acquaintances. However, this policy was apparently
eschewed when dealing with outsiders who had trouble pronouncing Chiss full
names. The predominance of core names, at least in communication with outsiders,
was such that a number of such names were recorded without the full name being
known, such as Prakk, Kayree, Lev, Szardra, Voss and Zilvad.
Apparently, the core name was typically formed by combining the short central
section of the name with the last sound of the preceding section and the opening
sound of the following. For example, Mitth'raw'nuruodo was Thrawn,
Kres'ten'tarthi was Stent and Brast'alshi'barku was Talshib. The female officers
Hess'irolia'nuruodo (Irolia) and Ina'ganet'nuruodo (Ganet) appear to be
exceptions to this rule.
The Chaf diplomats Chaf'orm'bintrano ("Formbi") and Chaf'ees'aklaio ("Feesa")
bore the name of the Ruling Family to which they belonged as the first element
of their full name, and this also defined the opening sound of their core name.
Likewise the brothers Mitth'raw'nuruodo and Mitth'ras'safis were both (adoptive)
members of the Eighth Ruling Family, suggesting that this family was known as
the Mitth. A similar family relationship is implied between General
Prard'ras'kleoni ("Drask") and Station Commander Prard'enc'iflar, although it is
not known whether "Prard" is one of the Nine Ruling Families.
Senior Chiss military personnel surrendered Family status on assuming high
command. Admiral Ar'alani of the Defense Hierarchy and possibly Sev'rance Tann
of the CIS seem to have eliminated their Family designation from their names.
The Fel Empire and later Krayt Empire Moff Fehlaaur'aitel'loro was consistently
addressed by his fellow Moffs as Fehlaaur, the section usually reserved for the
family name.
Another Chiss with an anomalous name was the important historical figure Jer'Jo
Cam'Co, a Syndic and one of the founders of the Ascendancy.
edit Culture"Chiss don't invade the territories of others. We don't even make
  war against potential enemies unless we're attacked first."
  ―Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo[src]
One major problem caused by the distance which the Chiss keep from outsiders is
the relative paucity of evidence for their culture outside of the fields of
language, society, and military culture.

Thrawn as Grand Admiral, the figure that defined many outsiders' image of the
Chiss.One feature that can be noted is the distinctive Chiss mode of dress. The
Chaf family and their retainers wore yellow, adherents of the Mitth and Nuruodo
affinities may have worn shades of red, and the Csaplar, Sabosen and Inrokini
families apparently dressed in gray, bronze and green. The quantity of color
also denoted status: black, perceived as a combination of all the colors, served
as the base color of military uniforms, and a neutral gray backing was used on
the formal dress of civilian House representatives like an Aristocra or a
Syndic. Garments were also tailored from an asymmetrical patchwork of subtly
contrasting textiles.
As alluded to above, at least some elements in the Chiss military are known to
have prized a warrior ideal known as the "Red Flame"—a combination of courage,
discipline and cunning; and this is an ideal that, at first glance, Thrawn could
also be said to have embodied. But such values have been traditionally common to
many military organizations, and the practical demands of military discipline in
the armed forces do not in themselves require a philosophical collectivism in
mainstream civilian culture.
One observed cultural trait that does seem to have had a wider cultural cachet
is a stress on conformity and consistency. There are hints at a social structure
stratified to the point of frigid immobility, suggestions that traditional
ceremony and polite behavior were regarded as important factors in ensuring
social stability, and, more clearly, evidence for a culturally-predicated
reluctance to acknowledge change or difficulty.
The opposition to preemptive strikes was, however, an issue on which Thrawn
disagreed emphatically with convention; and it may not be over-emphasizing the
contrast to further note that where the ethos of the CEDF placed a firm stress
on self-restraint, obedience and success, placing these qualities ahead of
individualism, inspiration and commendable effort, the Grand Admiral is known to
have encouraged personal initiative and rewarded creative thinking even when the
outcome was less than perfect success. Moreover, where Thrawn showed a keen
interest in understanding the unique cultural, aesthetic, and ideological traits
of alien species, more traditionalist Chiss seem to have regarded the
distinctions between Chiss and non-Chiss as insurmountable.[source?]
Jagged Fel, a Human officer serving with Chiss forces.The contrast between
Thrawn's followers and traditional orthodoxy can be seen more clearly if we
consider the early career of Jag Fel, one of the few non-Chiss to have served
with either the CEDF or the House Phalanx (and at times an officer with both).
As noted in the previous section, political reasons led to Jagged being trained
and commissioned as an officer in the Ascendancy's military arm, but while
expediency made it necessary for the Chiss to tolerate the presence of a Human
in their ranks, the actual concept of his being there was akin to a joke in
questionable taste.
Jag's subsequent departure from the Ascendancy to join the House Phalanx is
unlikely to have represented an enthusiasm for Chiss tradition; but he did not
leave the wider frame of Chiss culture: he continued to fly and fight with Chiss
pilots in the House Phalanx, surpassing their standards of excellence and
earning their respect and allegiance to the point that his squadron elected him
as their commander. While capable aliens might earn the personal and
professional respect of those Chiss who had the opportunity to work directly
alongside them—as Jag had done with Shawnkyr Nuruodo, and as his brother Chak
Fel did with General Drask—it would seem that the Phalanx was more open to
acknowledging outsiders than the CEDF.
Baron Fel's son did not embrace the culture and values of the Chiss Ascendancy;
indeed, conventional Chiss wisdom regarded it as impossible for an alien to do
so. Rather, Jag saw himself as specifically motivated by a loyalty to Thrawn's
legacy and ideals, and in his eyes, these were centered on a military
independence from political concerns, and a high-minded belief in the proactive
use of force in defense of moral ideals.
What is certain is that, whether due to abstract principles, specific
circumstances, or a megalomaniacal personality cult, Thrawn commanded the
impassioned loyalty of his followers and allies, Chiss and non-Chiss alike, a
devotion comparable to that inspired by some of the worst dictators and greatest
leaders in known history. It is hard to quantify the effect of such a figure on
a society, and no schematic explanation is likely to adequately express it.
Thrawn's influence is a reminder not only that Chiss culture was broader than
the glacial monolith of orthodoxy, but also that, while across a species—or
culture—specific factors such as language, ideology and conceptual framework may
bind people together into cohesive groups, other elements are at work, such as
personal charisma and inspiration, which simply transcend the differences and
definitions that people think of as defining themselves.

A Squib in the Unknown Regions meeting a pair of Chiss.As a people, the Chiss
were intelligent as well as highly valuing their privacy. This extreme
protection of their society was what allowed them to remain hidden from the rest
of the galaxy for so long. They were described as being pensive as well as
contemplative, deliberate and calculating. This meant that they often studied
situations from many different viewpoints. As such, they considered all
alternatives to a situation and even noted down scenarios on what would have
happened if they had made a different decision. In combat situations, Chiss
acted both calmly and intelligently as well as formed well planned
strategies.[5] In terms of personality, they often displayed a cold, arrogant
and disciplined behavior.[3]
Amongst the Chiss, there was no period of adolescence as their children matured
early and were given adult responsibilities very quickly.[17] Scientists
believed that they essentially bypassed the adolescent stage and reached
maturity quickly.[5] By the age of ten, they were ready to join military service
and wear cadet uniforms.[18] The species were highly reserved in their emotions
and often did not display feelings openly; either by smiling or by warm
gestures.[17] As such, they rarely were vocal about any feelings of anger or
frustration though they did possess some curse words to employ should the
situation warrant such an expression.[19] Though this was the impression
projected, the Chiss were also a thoughtful people. While they were deliberate
and calculating, they were not above wondering about how certain events might
have turned differently had circumstances been altered.[17] In fact, whenever a
Chiss suffered a setback or even a defeat, they often contemplated what might
had been done differently in order to ensure that a victory was achieved in the
next engagement.[3] Chiss were noted for possessing an unparalleled aptitude for
tactical thinking. The ideals of the Chiss were idolized in the form of the Red
Flame.[18]
Their society was highly structured and ordered with the rule of law being
enforced by the ruling families. These were not biological family groupings but
instead different branches of their government.[3] As a general rule, Chiss did
not take part in any action that would bring shame on their house with entire
family lines exiled due to the actions of a single member.[1] They also did not
celebrate until their duty was completed as any celebrations made before such an
event were considered false.[17] Despite this, they were highly committed in
their duties and a Chiss warrior if given an order would carry it out even if
they disagreed with it which highlighted their belief in the chain of
command.[13] It was also known that the Chiss as a culture had an aversion to
suicide and expandability as they found those actions to be wasteful.[20] Though
this was the case, there were occasions where Chiss gave their lives rather then
surrender. In such circumstances, this was either due to the importance of the
strategy for their people or because surrendering to a certain foe was
considered a fate worse than death.[16]

A female Chiss at a cantina tended by an AqualishThe Chiss had a keen interest
in art and science and were skilled in mathematics. Their thought processes were
based around a logical mindset which meant that they were interested in
philosophy and in learning about other cultures. On the other hand, they were
also xenophobic and any knowledge they gained from other cultures was used as a
means of gaining a advantage over a potential foe.[1] One notable group of
individuals that were involved in deep contemplation were Chiss sages who
studied the threat of the Yuuzhan Vong and concluded that the extragalactic
invaders must had spent countless generations traveling through the void between
galaxies.[21] This clinical detachment was similar to how a biologist studied an
insect which was how the Chiss view their foes and they often engaged in extreme
caution in such circumstances. When among non-Chiss, individual members of the
race were often aloof and pensive as they plotted tactics which would ensure a
victory if a confrontation were to occur. Chiss never truly lost their
xenophobic instincts, even when they were amongst members of other species for
long periods of time.[3] Despite this xenophobia, they were at times willing to
accept members of other races into their ranks so long as they proved to be
exceptional as well as trustworthy individuals.[15] Ultimately, the Chiss were
considered an honorable people who did not kill more than they thought was
necessary to accomplish their goals.[13] However, they were not above using
biological weapons of mass destruction against a foe should it be felt that
their survival was threatened.[15]
It was believed by many xenosociologists that the rigid and disciplined nature
of Chiss society stemmed from their cold environment on their homeworld. They
were noted for displaying no signs of decadent or greedy behavior and thus it
was concluded that any signs of colonial expansion were mostly due to the Chiss
desiring to put order onto chaotic locations.[3] In addition, they believed
firmly in the chain of command as well as positions of authority. In fact, Chiss
were taught to respect the position itself rather then the person holding that
title. As such, Chiss often responded when an individual called out the rank
rather then their name.[19]
edit Technology"You have to admire the Chiss. They don't just steal your
  technology—they make it better."
  ―Anonymous Imperial engineer[src]

Chiss Clawcraft.[edit] Construction and automationA major problem with
understanding Chiss technology is distinguishing specifically Chiss elements
from its wider context. For instance, the celebrated Nssis-class Clawcraft was a
hybrid of Imperial and Chiss technology, and may have also involved the input of
other species.
Some Chiss structures were starkly angular, perhaps inspired by the icy
geometries of Csilla's glacial landscape. We can note the double-pyramid shape
of the Brask Oto space station in the Redoubt, and the angular, faceted
hull-design of the ships of the Fifth Ruling Family, such as Chaf Exalted and
Chaf Envoy. However, the distinctive design of these ships was highly symbolic,
designed to identify them as Chaf Family consular ships and even to identify the
specific status and lineage of the Family members they carried. Combat warships
of the Expansionary Fleet had far more curved and fluid hull-lines.
A few specific elements of Chiss technology were observed by outsiders. The
Chiss, like many peoples in the Unknown Regions, did not use droids, and many
Chiss ships were slaved to a network of hyperspace beacons rather than equipped
with independent navicomputers; but it is important not to mistake departure
from Galactic standards for backwardness. In spite of the lack of droids, many
Chiss ships were highly automated—a cruiser more than two hundred meters long
had an operational crew of less than thirty—and prior to the Clone Wars, their
frontier pickets, which operated beyond the beacon network, had precise
hyperdrives and navicomps capable of making lightspeed microjumps as tactical
maneuvers during combat. Their drive system was highly advanced to the point
that few ships could match a clawcraft in terms of maneuverability though their
hyperdrives were known to malfunction at times. As such, all Chiss vessels
possessed an emergency mechanism that allowed them to eject their
hyperdrives.[18]
The Chiss typically did not see any use in droids as they found them to be slow
and vulnerable in combat engagements. Soontir Fel during his time among their
Chiss attempted to influence their ways by explaining that expendability was a
useful asset in battles with droids giving a crucial element in such
engagements. To show the Chiss the advantage in droids, he and a group of
engineers began working on a prototype droid fighter.[20]
[edit] Weapons and defensesIt was known that an initial analysis of Chiss
weapons through sensor scans led to an unknown form of offensive weaponry.
However, a cursory glance indicated that their fighter craft were equipped
energy weapons, projectile weaponry and an unknown form of missile launcher.[13]
As such, it was easier to say that Chiss weapons technology was different from
that of the Republic than to compare it qualitatively. For example in place of
ion cannon, Chiss warships used missiles that deployed charged Conner net-like
weapons called shock nets that could reach up to a kilometer wide, which could
disable and trap light freighters, entire formations of starfighters, or even
incoming missile salvos.
The Chiss used a unique type of energy weapon, the charric. This weapon fired a
lancing blue beam, sometimes described as a maser, which delivered thermal
energy comparable to conventional blaster weapons coupled with a much greater
kinetic punch, but lacked a stun-setting. Low-power shots instead administered
disabling burns. The most common form of charric was a hand-held carbine, but
pistols are also known, and larger versions of the weapon were carried by some
starfighters, and included among the heavy weapons batteries of capital ships
and bases.
In the years before the Clone Wars, it would appear that Chiss beam weapons were
limited to charric energy[4], but by 19 ABY, the Household Phalanx base at the
Hand of Thrawn mounted both turbolasers and heavy maser emitters, while both
Chiss-style weapons mounts and standard Sienar Fleet Systems blasters were
observed on various TIE variants flown by Phalanx pilots.[22] By the time of the
Swarm War, the CEDF had certainly adopted standard blaster and laser technology
alongside maser weaponry: Chiss Star Destroyers mounted turbolasers alongside
megamasers, while their heaviest tactical artillery pieces, known as MetaCannon,
were capable of being configured to fire charric beams, blaster bolts, or
physical artillery shells.[14]
In later decades, some Chiss devices were highly advanced. Examples included
chameleon-cloaked armor that enabled infantry to blend into the terrain, and
long-range tracers that activated only in hyperspace, enabling its users to
track targets across Galactic distances without transmissions being picked up by
standard security scans.[16]
The Chiss also made use of more sinister uses of technology and had no ethical
objections to their deployment in wars. This was seen in the development of the
Parasite bomb[16] bio-weapon and their use of deadly radiation bombs[4]. They
also worked in conjunction with the Galactic Alliance on their Alpha Red
virus[23].
edit Known planets and locations
A male Chiss.In the Chiss Ascendancy
  Csilla—ice-girt homeworld and political capital of the Chiss. Site of the city
  of Csaplar and the Expansionary Library.
  Sarvchi—colony world from where Chaf'orm'bintrano sent a message to the Jade
  Sabre in 22 ABY.
  Crustai—colony world where Chaf'orm'bintrano later rendezvoused with the Jade
  Sabre en route for Outbound Flight.
  The Redoubt—dense star cluster developed as an interstellar fortress by the
  Chiss. Site of Brask Oto and the unnamed planet on which Outbound Flight came
  down.
  Brask Oto—CEDF space station serving as the barbican for the Redoubt.
  Tenupe—captured from the Killiks during the Swarm War.
  Thrago—site of a CEDF supply depot anchored around a small moon, destroyed by
  rogue Jedi in 36 ABY.
  Rata Nebula—an H II region, within which lies the system containing Rhigar.
  Rhigar—site of a Chiss military academy in the Rata Nebula, with three moons:
  the green-hued Asdroni, the forest moon Rhigar 2, and the more distant,
  blue-tinged Rhigar 3
  Klasse Ephemora system—remote hinterland system surrounded by navigational
  anomalies, centered on the star Klasse A; location of the gas-giant Mobus.
  Mobus—gas giant in the Klasse Ephemora system. Zonama Sekot sought refuge in a
  lunar orbit around Mobus after its flight from its home system in 29 BBY, and
  from 30 ABY, Zonama Sekot was resettled by the Yuuzhan Vong remnant.
Outside the Ascendancy
  Nirauan—home to a large House Phalanx garrison at the Hand of Thrawn, nominal
  liaison post between the Imperial Remnant and the Ascendancy, also command
  post for the Empire of the Hand.
  Taat—Killik Nest with many Chiss Joiners; based on Jwlio in 35 ABY, later
  relocating to a planet in the Utegetu Nebula; by 36 ABY they had largely
  transferred aboard a colony ship to fight in the Swarm War.
  Thule—millennia-old Sith garrison world, with a Chiss colony among it
  inhabitants.
  Yashuvhu—remote hinterland planet with a Force-sensitive Human population;
  homeworld of the duuvhal, and of Force-talent Valara Saar who drove the Chiss
  from the planet.[24]
edit Behind the scenesThe Chiss first appeared in Timothy Zahn's novel Heir to
the Empire, in the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn, but the name of his people was
not revealed for another eight years, until Zahn's Hand of Thrawn Duology.
Although the basis of the Chiss naming pattern and the distinction between the
House Phalanx and the Ascendancy were established in Vision of the Future, these
were apparently misunderstood by or imperfectly communicated to some of the
authors of the New Jedi Order novels and concurrent sourcebooks. This led to
some continuity uncertainties in Red Sky, Blue Flame, Dark Journey, and Force
Heretic II: Refugee.
Chiss bartenders appear in the two most recent installments of the computer-game
series focusing on Kyle Katarn. In Jedi Outcast, Kyle has a brief conversation
with a Chiss bartender on Nar Shaddaa, who has not yet mastered all aspects of
the grammar of Basic. In Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, his apprentice
Jaden Korr encounters a Chiss bartender on Nar Kreeta.
The only known members of the Chiss species to wield the Force openly are Dark
Acolyte and CIS general Sev'rance Tann, and Jedi padawan Nuru Kungurama.
edit AppearancesStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith
        Lords (Mentioned only)
        Darth Bane: Rule of Two
        Outbound Flight
        Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
        Star Wars: The New Droid Army
        Star Wars The Clone Wars Secret Missions 1: Breakout Squad
        Star Wars The Clone Wars Secret Missions 2: Curse of the Black Hole
        Pirates
        Star Wars: General Grievous (Possible appearance)
         "Mist Encounter"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
        Dark Forces: Soldier for the Empire / audio
        Star Wars Missions 10: Showdown in Mos Eisley
        Rebel Force: Target
        Galaxy of Fear: The Swarm
        Star Wars Galaxies
        Command Decision
        Shadows of the Empire comic
         "Just Another Day's Work"—Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
        The Jabba Tape
        Sand Blasted
        A Grand Admiral Returns
        Tatooine Ghost
        Heir to the Empire (First appearance)
        Dark Force Rising
        The Last Command
        Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
        Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
        Specter of the Past
        Vision of the Future (First identified as the Chiss)
        Survivor's Quest
        Red Sky, Blue Flame
        Star Wars: Invasion 0, Part 1
        Star Wars: Invasion 0, Part 2
        Dark Tide II: Ruin
        Star by Star (Mentioned only)
        Dark Journey
        Destiny's Way (Mentioned only)
        Force Heretic I: Remnant
        Force Heretic II: Refugee
        Force Heretic III: Reunion (Mentioned only)
        The Final Prophecy (Mentioned only)
        The Unifying Force
        Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
        Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
        Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
        Bloodlines
        Tempest (Mentioned only)
        Exile (Mentioned only)
        Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
        Inferno (Mentioned only)
        Fury (Mentioned only)
        Crosscurrent (Mentioned only)
        Outcast (Mentioned only)
        Backlash
        Allies (Mentioned only)
        Star Wars: Legacy 1: Broken, Part 1
        Star Wars: Legacy 15: Claws of the Dragon, Part 2
        Star Wars: Legacy 43: Monster, Part 1
        Star Wars: Legacy 44: Monster, Part 2

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    当然不是。凯德·贝恩是这个族的:http://www.starwarsfans.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=61
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