Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 4, Episode 6 //
Nomad Droids Episode Guide
C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles -- and is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication.
A resourceful astromech droid, R2-D2 served Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker in turn, showing great bravery in rescuing his masters and their friends from many perils. A skilled starship mechanic and fighter pilot's assistant, he formed an unlikely but enduring friendship with the fussy protocol droid C-3PO.
The Patitites are tiny sentient beings native to the swamps of Patitite Pattuna. Despite their diminutive stature, they pack enough punch to take down a pair of wandering droids. Though technologically primitive, they are bright-minded and do have a grasp on machinery. For example, the Patitites carry powered polearms and were able to assist in repairing a downed Y-wing bomber during the Clone Wars. They are socially primitive, however, living in a tyrannical dictatorship where all Patitites are subservient to their ruler, Hay-Zu. All this changed when R2-D2 and C-3PO inadvertently stumbled upon Patitite society in general, and stumbled upon Hay-Zu quite literally.
The ruler of the Patitites, the Big Hay-Zu did not let his diminutive size contain his ego or sense of entitlement. Indeed, the portly Patitite was a giant among his kind, ruling with the tiniest iron fist. The Patitites did his every bidding, and should a trespasser wander into Patitite territories, watchful scouts like Jimba and Tagoo would lead a hunting party to subdue the interloper. R2-D2 and C-3PO were trussed up and dragged before the Big Hay-Zu during the Clone Wars, leading to a first contact experience that would flatten the hierarchy of power in Patitite society.
Not far from Patitite Pattuna, the planet Balnab is a primitive world, made of a stellar remnant still in the early stages of its development. In its relatively recent past, an alien starship crashed on the planet, and the surviving crew became the lone intelligence on the primeval world. Intelligence is a relative term, of course. The Balnab denizens were hoodwinked into cowing before the towering holographic form of Albee Dewaw, the iron-fisted dictator of Balnab. During one of their misadventures of the Clone Wars, C-3PO and R2-D2 revealed the truth behind Albee Dewaw to the stunned Balnab dwellers.
Podracing is extremely dangerous, as is maintaining the speedy vehicles. In the hectic pace of a race, safety comes in second place to winning. As such, the cheap and expendable pit droids often bolt out onto the racetrack to repair still cycling superheated engines with no regard to their personal safety. When not in use, pit droids fold up into a compact package. They spring to activation when needed. A tap on the nose signals the droid to collapse back into stowed mode and rest.
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