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A Galaxy Far, Far Away Ryloth

An Outer Rim oceanic planet with climates that spanned the gamut from thick equatorial forests to high, sand-swept mesas where the native Twi’leks lived in an elaborate system of cave dwellings to keep safe from the predatorial jungle beasts like lyleks and gutkurrs. While Ryloth boasted a rich culture – or perhaps because of that – many female Twi’leks were made victims of the intergalactic slave trade, and the economic and political interests of Ryloth were subject to colonial machinations by the Separatists, Hutts, Empire, and Niktos Cartel at various times through its history.

Photo by Gabriele François Casini/MSF

The starry sky over the Lokolia MSF base after a long day’s work. An Ebola outbreak, separate from the one in West Africa, was declared in Democratic Republic of Congo in August. For three months, MSF teams have fought the disease in the middle of the Equatorial forest. After more than a month with no new cases, MSF is closing the project.

The drop bird (Assultornis pteronyx) is a roughly man-sized dromaeosaur found throughout Gondolend’s equatorial forests and savannas. The drop bird gets its name from its preferred hunting style; it waits in the trees to attack its prey from above and then, in order to avoid competition from other predators, it drags its kill back up into the branches. Because of this it only targets prey small enough for it to carry, which leaves adult humans off the menu but can include children.

In fact in many areas throughout Samaraland there are numerous cases on record of children going missing only to later be found partially eaten wedged up in the branches of a tree. Because of this, children are strongly cautioned against entering wooded areas known to be frequented by these animals.