There’s a basic overview of Mirialans on Wookipedia, the various SWTOR silks and a swtor.com article. I’m putting the swtor-rp stuff to the aide for now.
What I gather is that Mirialans come from a cold and dry world aptly named Mirial (conveniently located on the Hydian Way), which lacks any marketable natural resources and clearly does not have a natural environment that lends itself to tourism. Naturally isolationist, it wasn’t until recent Imperial incursions and a wave of refugees that came to Mirial from conquered systems that the Mirialans became fully invested in helping the Republic.
Culturally, Mirialans practice a religion that includes a “primitive understanding of the Force”, and it is via this religion that Mirialan life is structured. Their children are sent to academies to have traditional values drilled into them. An emphasis is placed on conducting oneself with dignity and composure at all times - even children. Mental and physical strength are prized, so along with reciting ancient Mirialan poetry, you might be doing a million pushups. No wonder these guys are naturals at being Jedi.
There is a great emphasis placed on a collective destiny for the species - the personal achievement of one contributes to the race as a while. Each individual is just a fiber in a greater cloth, etc etc. Facial tattoos are given to commemorate personal success.
Anyway, stuff I was noodlin’ on:
- How advanced is Mirialan society? I’m thinking “star wars rustic”, ie Tattooine level of advanced. No skyscapers or super sleek buildings or advanced rail systems. I see architecture reminiscent of Turkish stuff - beautiful buildings that are obviously hewn from earthen materials but covered in geometric reliefs or mosaics (like the tattoos).
- Tattoos: since there’s a limited number of facial tats in the game, maybe they represent regions or clans? Like doing things in this one cultural group yield a predetermined configuration?
- Mirialan Jedi - if not taken as children, is there an expected loyalty to Mirialan culture over the Order? Even if they are taken as a child, would more traditional Mirialans still have that expectation? Since that whole “every Mirialan contributes to the whole of Mirial” thing. IDK how it would come up. Might be the same for Troopers, too - Mirial before the Republic?
- Reconciling Mirialan religion with the Force.
- Exiles or renegades from Mirial - how are they treated? Like wayward children who need to come home? A threat to the “fabric”? Considered not to be Mirialan anymore? None or all three, depending on who they’re talking to?
- Mirialan social structure: theocracy? Yea or nay?
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- sometimesbrilliant said: I’m pretty sure the tattoos represent life achievements, actually, rather than clans. X)
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