14 Things 'Star Wars' Fans (Probably) Don't Know About The Mon Calamari & Quarren

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about the Mon Calamari and Quarren.

There are tons of fascinating, totally unique aliens inhabiting every corner of the Star Wars galaxy. Some, like the species that are native to Tatooine, get plenty of screen time and tend to be remembered quite well. Others, like the Gungans, get a lot of grief from fans who feel like they don't add a ton to the universe as a whole. 

Alien species have been introduced gradually throughout the history of Star Wars, but the Mon Calamari and Quarren species have both existed since the days of the original trilogy, and have popped up throughout canon in the years since. Both residing on the water-covered world of Mon Cala (also known as Dac), these two factions have been at each other's throats for centuries by way of political turmoil and civil war. Despite their long history within the franchise, there's still plenty that even dedicated Star Wars fans may not know about these two species. Take a look down below and be sure to vote up the most interesting thing you learned about the Quarren and Mon Calamari!


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    Mon Cala Cities Were Composed Of Buildings That Could Also Be Ships

    Mon Cala Cities Were Composed Of Buildings That Could Also Be Ships
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Both the Quarren and the Mon Calamari preferred to live underwater, and they both also built large cities that were primarily underwater but could also skim the surface of the planet. Many of the cities were composed of city-ships, which are buildings in the cities that can also be used as a ship if necessary. Given their abilities as shipbuilders, it makes sense that the Mon Calamari would be inclined to design that functionality into their buildings. 

    Cities on Mon Cala were also connected through networks of tubes that allowed citizens to easily get from one part of the city to another. They're basically underwater subway systems. 

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    The Mon Calamari Are Master Ship Builders And Designed The B-Wing

     The Mon Calamari Are Master Ship Builders And Designed The B-Wing
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    Although we've only gotten hints of this in the live-action Star Wars universe, the Mon Calamari are widely known to be master shipbuilders, and have been instrumental in designing and repairing ships across the Star Wars universe. Among the most notable Mon Calamari engineers was Quarrie, who designed the first B-wings for the Rebellion in their fight against the Empire. 

    Quarrie first built the ship on the remote planet of Shentipole, and its advanced weaponry was key to ending the Imperial blockade of the planet Ibaar. After the ship was a success in ending that blockade, Quarrie was encouraged by Rebel forces to build more fully developed B-wings for use in the Rebel fleet. 

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    The Mon Calamari And Quarren Were At Odds For Hundreds Of Years

    The Mon Calamari And Quarren Were At Odds For Hundreds Of Years
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    The Mon Cala and Quarren are the two dominant sentient species on Mon Cala, and they have been bitterly divided for centuries. For the most part, those divisions were peaceful ones, and were born out of two intelligent, amphibious species trying to share a single planet. Both species preferred to build cities underwater and spend the majority there, which only increased the tensions over space. 

    During the High Republic era, hundreds of years before the Clone Wars, Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh made it one of his chief goals to negotiate a peace between the two species. Both Quarren and Mon Calamari also lived on the moon Trask, which had been colonized by both groups in the hopes of leaving the politics of their homeworld behind. 

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    Both The Quarren And Mon Calamari Made Their First Appearance In ‘Return of the Jedi’

    Both The Quarren And Mon Calamari Made Their First Appearance In ‘Return of the Jedi’
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    The world of Star Wars is massive, and as a result, it can feel like it's always expanding. That was especially true in the original trilogy, when every scene felt like it introduced an entirely new species to audiences. In Return of the Jedi, the best-remembered new species is probably the Ewoks, but both the Mon Calamari and the Quarren also made their first appearances in that movie. 

    The Mon Calamari are all over the movie, but Admiral Ackbar is perhaps the most notable introduction, as he helps to lead the Rebel's attack on the Death Star. The Quarren may be harder to spot, but one named Tessek is actually working as a bookkeeper in Jabba's Palace during the first section of the film. 

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    Despite Their Internal Conflicts, Both The Quarren And Mon Calamari Could Serve In The The Planet's Armed Forces

    Despite Their Internal Conflicts, Both The Quarren And Mon Calamari Could Serve In The The Planet's Armed Forces
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    Although there were constant tensions between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren, they served in the planet's army side by side. While it was true that both species could serve, the Mon Calamari Guard, which was the monarchy's personal military force, was made up solely of Mon Calamari. 

    Quarren also formed their own divisions within the broader military force, but both forces fought side by side in conflicts when their king deemed it necessary. The king would typically fight on the battlefield alongside his army, with the idea being that the presence of the king would boost morale for the forces who were battling on behalf of their planet. 

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    During The Clone Wars, The Quarren Sided With The Separatists

    During The Clone Wars, The Quarren Sided With The Separatists
    Photo: The Mandalorian / Disney+

    Fighting erupted on Mon Cala as part of the Clone Wars, in part because the Mon Calamari aligned with the Republic, while the Quarren aligned with the Separatists. After the Quarren contested Lee-Char's ascension to the throne of Mon Cala, Chieftain Nossor Ri argued that the Quarren should have a turn to rule. 

    These tensions ultimately led to a civil war between the two factions, with one being backed by the Separatists and the other by the Republic. After some heavy fighting, the Quarren discovered that they had been manipulated into joining the Separatist cause, and agreed to allow Lee-Char to ascend to the throne. After they became allied, the two forces worked together to fight through the final stages of the Clone Wars.