There is no way the Aristocra would condone the slaughter of Force Sensitive younglings.
Thrawn wonders (via
Just wanted to say thank you for posting this because a lightbulb went off in my sleep deprived brain and it fixed a plot point in a story I’m working on.
I’m so excited. But first sleep. Then writing about Chiss.
Are you “stealing” my fanfics? -smirks-
MUN: Thrawn, denial is not just a river in Egypt. The Chiss controlled their population due to scarcity of resources and they justified genocide among their people. Dirty deeds for a reason. They found a way to detect Force users and they killed them – not all of them. And the few who were lucky were absconded to the Jedi when available. At least that’s our headcanon. Why’d they do it? Stories are partially using “Brave New World” fascist mentality.
Do I think it’s possible the Chiss would murder force-sensitive younglings? Absolutely. To me their society is founded on order, pragmatism and a Utilitarianism forged in ruthlessness (which has formed, as you pointed out, from their environment.) And Young Chiss with force powers would be rare enough to upset the balance of power/social order, and that’s a big Chiss NOPE. (They could also be used as tools to benefit society as a whole, but all that power in one person…. I don’t think the Chiss would like that)
They are also a people of intense pride and are into tradition and ritual (off the top of my head the greeting ceremony in outbound flight comes to mind). I don’t think they would murder younglings outright…. But put a veneer of civility on it.
My first thought regarding this was witch hunts…population control pogroms disguised as witch hunts to root out the threat of these “unnatural demons and sorcerers” that pose a threat to the balance of power set by the Ruling Families. (I’m kind of playing with this idea for one of my fics.)
But then I figured, well, that would involve a lot of sowing paranoia among the populace, and considering how much the Chiss value order and rationalism, it would end up turning all good society into a mess…the complete opposite of what the Chiss stand for.
MUN SPEAKS: In the author’s annotations from the 20th Anniversary Edition of “Heir To The Empire” and the Gamer Guide University of Sanbra Legends readings both say there were 2 classes of Chiss before the Houses and Aristocra on Csilla. Somehow, there was one class.
We wrote several fanfics and metas on this subject alone. Really trying to understand why Thrawn would call himself a “commoner” to his brother Thrass in “Outbound Flight”.
Lucasfilm will be changing this story, but it’s still compelling that will Thrawn knows he’s of low class in the Chiss, he never acts that way in Rebels. It’s a newfound freedom. In fact, in the Thrawn novel, he takes his numerous pitfalls as discovery lessons – experiences he’d never get, though he loves the Chiss.