A99 aquata breather

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From the Movies

Having stowed away on Trade Federation invasion craft, the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi befriended Jar Jar Binks, a Gungan native to Naboo. The gangly amphibian led them to his home city of Otoh Gunga, which lay hidden deep beneath a swamp lake. To follow the aquatic creature through his native environment, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan reached into their utility belts and pulled out compact breathing devices for the underwater journey.

From the Expanded Universe

A small breather that fits snugly into a Jedi Knight's utility belt, the A99 aquata breather is a compact mouthpiece designed to supply its wearer with a breathable gas. The A99 has advanced filters to allow it to function underwater, in a vacuum, and in certain poisonous environments. The A99 has a number of variants to accommodate a variety of alien physiologies. The Jedi Master Plo Koon wears a more ornate, specialized version of a breather, which supplies him with gases vital to his Kel Dor physiology. The A99's miniature compressed air tanks can supply two hours of oxygen.

Behind the Scenes

U.K. Concept Artist Kun Chang helped develop the look of the aquata breathers. "One idea for the breathers that everyone loved -- but ultimately wasn't used -- was that Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon were going to pick up a kind of jellyfish and place it over their faces which would enable them to breathe underwater," reveals Kun.

Keywords: Databank - Episode III, Databank - Episode I

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