NEXU (STAR WARS)
Star Wars: The Old Republic
SWTOR mini The Sixth Line: Part One on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link) (Mentioned only)
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Strongholds
Darth Plagueis (Mentioned only)
Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
The Eyes of Revolution
Boba Fett: The Fight to Survive
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (First appearance)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones 4
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
The Clone Wars: Decide Your Destiny: Tethan Battle Adventure (Mentioned only)
TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain" (Picture only)
TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel" (Picture only)
For Fun and Profit (Tooth only)
"The Lesson"—Star Wars Tales 14
SWInsider "Death in the Catacombs"—Star Wars Insider 79
MedStar II: Jedi Healer (Mentioned only)
Evasive Action: End Game (Mentioned only)
Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
Death Troopers (Mentioned only)
Death Star (Mentioned only)
Beyond the Rim
Rebel Force: Renegade (Mentioned only)
SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
Star Wars Infinities: The Empire Strikes Back (Non-canonical appearance)
Millennium Falcon (Mentioned only)
Fate of the Jedi: Omen
Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
Fate of the Jedi: Backlash
Fate of the Jedi: Allies
Fate of the Jedi: Vortex
Fate of the Jedi: Conviction
Fate of the Jedi: Ascension
Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse
Legacy—War 5 (Mentioned only)
Nexus were feline creatures native to the chilly forests of the Indona continent on the planet of Cholganna.
There were other breeds of nexus on Cholganna’s other continents, but only the forest nexu had an additional set of eyes able to view in infrared wavelength, which aided in their hunting of bark rats and tree-climbing octopi. They were often exported and trained as security beasts, as used for patrolling on Malastare, or used in arena combat, as seen on Geonosis. Nexus were 4.5 meters long and generally 1 meter tall.
The nexus appeared to be feline in nature, with claws which could slice a Human in half. They had quills along their back, and a long tail that in the wild allowed the nexu to swing from tree branch to tree branch. The tail also split into two equal sections for a better grip on the tree branch they were swinging from. They had extremely sharp instincts and reflexes, although they were known to tire easily, and often used swift movements to finish an enemy quickly, biting down and thrashing their head about to break their victim’s neck. Cubs were born pure white.
A particularly stealthy variety was the black nexu; this species was also one of the rarest.
Too vicious to be kept in zoos and difficult to train as watch-beasts, they were instead sought after for arena battles where their ferocity was much appreciated by spectators. This resulted in many big-game hunters making regular visits to Cholganna, hoping to capture a live nexu for export. Many hunters ended up dead however, when tracking prides of nexus, and as a result fees for live nexus often ranged up to half a million credits per animal. Buyers such as Senator Ask Aak of Malastare and Archduke Poggle the Lesser of Geonosis willingly paid such prices however, in order to add these magnificent creatures to their collections.
In 32 BBY, after the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation, the bounty hunter Jango Fett faced many nexus on his visit to Malastare, during his hunt for Komari Vosa.
A nexu was used during the attempted execution of Padmé Amidala prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, and its actions could be considered typical of the species. It would climb towards its victim, strike, then return to the ground quickly, waiting to see if its enemy would strike back. It was an extremely aggressive creature, snapping, clawing and roaring in the general direction of Amidala. When a Geonosian guard attempted to direct it with a blast from his static pike, this only served to irritate the creature further and the guard was quickly devoured. An agile hunter that sacrificed bone mass for speed, a kick from Amidala knocked it down, weakening its tender body greatly. A reek, steered by Anakin Skywalker, finally rammed the stunned nexu, killing it instantly.
After asking for a pet for years, Skywalker and Amidala’s great-granddaughter Allana Solo was given a nexu cub in 43 ABY. This was after Leia Organa Solo killed the baby nexu’s mother to save an Ithorian, who was under attack from the creature at the Coruscant Livestock Exchange and Exhibition. She named the baby cub Anji.
By 130 ABY, wild nexus were a common and dangerous sight on Coruscant and tourists were advised to stay with their groups when sightseeing on the capital. The nexu were usually seen in areas of the planet still scarred by the Yuuzhan Vong war, a hundred years prior.