Description: Bothans are a species first mentioned, though not seen, in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, the third film of the Star Wars saga. Many members of this race, often sought out as spies and intelligence agents, died to obtain information about the second Death Star battle station under construction at Endor. In addition, a few have been a part of Rogue Squadron. The incident in which they obtained this information is documented in the Steve Perry novel Shadows of the Empire. These spies are celebrated among the Bothans as the Martyrs.
Bothans make their first appearance as 1.5-meter-tall feline humanoids in the Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire. As represented by Borsk Fey'lya (who would later become the New Republic's Chief of State), Bothans are eager to advance their personal power any way that they can. They are also brave, and loyal to those they care about. From their forested home world of Bothawui, Bothans operate an advanced intelligence apparatus that rivals both Rebel and Imperial intelligence gathering, and in some ways surpasses them.