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Guides, The

this was the Cestian term for those dashta eels that grew to maturity from fertilized eggs. Unfertilized eggs grew into immature eels that never reached adulthood. Like all dahsta eels, the Guids lived beneath the surface of the planet Ord Cestus, hidden in grottoes beneath the Dashta Mountains. The X'Ting and human workers who were forced to labor for the Five Families believed that the mature, Force-sensitive Guides provided them with guidance in their lives, and devoutly maintained the secrecy of the location of the dashta eel pools. The original dashta eels retreated into the grottoes of the Dashta Mountains to avoid the struggle for survival that occurred on the planet's surface. They remained isolated until the Cestians began to settle in the caves of the nearby Zantay Hills, when they gladly gave their friendship to the newcomers. Often, the loyalty of an individual was tested by forcing them to place their arm inside a heavy, sand-reed basket. Rather than placing a poisonous creature in the basket, the Cestians placed several dashta eels. If the being under scrutiny could be trusted, the eels simply allowed the hand to be extracted. If a being proved devious or otherwise unworthy of trust, the eels viciously attacked the arm. Because the Guides and their immature brethren were highly attuned to the emotions of the Cestians, they gladly turned over some of the immature eels for use in creating the "living circuitry" of the JK-series of security droids. The Guides believed that, once the Cestians were accepted into the wider galactic community, they would be much happier. This communal friendship and love was noted for its healing influence on the Cestians, who kept their location a secret. However, the Guides had only given permission for their sterile young to be used in defensive droids only. The altering of the JK-series droids' programming for combat confused the Guides, who wondered why other beings could not understand their desires. They were scared that the immature eels would go mad from trying to comprehend the order to kill another being, and lost a measure of trust in their humanoid companions. In the wake of the destruction of the Five Families, the Guides fled into the deeper caverns with the dashta eels, and were not seen again.
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