“However all dialog got here to an finish as Leox and Affie stopped their group on the fringe of the cockpit. ‘And this right here,’ Leox mentioned with a smile, ‘is our ship’s navigator, Geode. Standing in a single nook of the cockpit was a rock. About as tall as and barely wider than Reath himself, darkish grey, with rounded edges and a flinty, flaky floor. Spectacular as rocks went.”
Launched within the novel Star Wars – The Excessive Republic: Into the Darkish by Claudia Grey, Geode is the navigator of the starship referred to as The Vessel that’s piloted by eccentric captain Leox Gyasi and co-pilot Affie Holow. Geode is a Vintian from the planet Vint. As a Vintian identify cannot be pronounced accurately until you do not have a mouth, the humanoid crew of The Vessel gave the space-rock a nickname: Geode. On Earth, geodes are hole, vaguely spherical rocks, during which plenty of mineral matter (which can embody crystals) develop.
It’s unclear if Geode identifies himself as metamorphic, magmatic, or sedimentary rock. Geode might seem like somebody who does not like to speak a lot, however his character has many layers (suggesting he’s certainly a sedimentary rock). He is a wonderful listener, by no means talks again and stays stone-faced in each scenario.
Creator Claudia Grey mentioned that Geode really got here from her boyfriend’s concept.
“I’m giving credit score the place it’s due, that was really my boyfriend’s concept. I had Leox. And he wanted a navigator. And I knew that the navigator wanted to be of few phrases, as a result of Leox was good with phrases and spoke very eloquently, and generally extensively on his personal behalf. And I didn’t need one thing competing with that.”
“However on the identical time, you don’t wish to simply do Chewbacca once more. So I used to be like, ‘What can I do? What can I do?’ And Paul goes, ‘What if it’s a rock?’ Sure! A rock. I imply, he’s not a rock. He’s a Vintian. However it’s very troublesome to inform Vintains aside from rocks, until you’re a Vintian. Or a rock.”
Rocks and minerals play a small however vital function within the Star Wars universe. Kyber crystals are wanted to energy the lightsaber – the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. The one factor that may resist a lightsaber is beskar or Mandalorian iron, a particularly sturdy metallic ore featured within the 2019-2021 TV-series “The Mandalorian.” Within the 2017 film “The Final Jedi” the mineral world Crait is roofed in thick layers of salt as a rock-licking and geologically curious insurgent soldier notes.
In line with Yoda’s speech in “The Empire Strikes Again” (1980), The Pressure surrounds not solely humanoids, but additionally obvious lifeless objects. Within the expanded Star Wars universe, the B’rknaa are a mineral-based sentient species native to Indobok, a moon orbiting the planet Kalarba. They’ll manipulate crystals to kind humanoid our bodies or use droid our bodies to work together with different species.
Most reviewers of Into the Darkish, like writer Claudia Grey, have enjoyable with such an absurdity as a rock as a protagonist. The “character” is usually performed for laughs by means of your complete novel, however his objective is ultimately revelaed on the finish. Nonetheless, some evaluations be aware the dearth of originality, enjoying it secure with tales relying an excessive amount of on earlier installments of the saga.
There are others who bought triggered, seeing particularly Geode for example of misplaced humor hiding the dearth of route in a franchise liked particularly by older generations. In 1999, the introduction of the (in)well-known infantile Jar Jar Binks, wished by Star Wars creator George Lucas himself to seem as a comic book sidekick in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, was extensively rejected by critics and sometimes ridiculed by followers. The ensuing on-line hate led actor Ahmed Greatest, portraying the computer-generated character, to contemplate suicide for a time. Geode’s introduction is very mocked on platforms like Youtube, however it’s unlikely that it’ll ever attain Jar Jar Binks degree. In spite of everything, bashing one another’s heads in over a rock needs to be restricted to geologists.
Geode’s recommendation, if he may converse in any respect, might merely be: maintain calm and rock on.