There are a huge bunch of species that originated underwater in the Star Wars galaxy. My question was: How did they become technologically advanced if they couldn't invent fire? I did some digging and learned that the most famous aquatic Star Wars species, the Mon Calamari, were surface dwellers in their prehistory and they eventually shared their tech with the solely underwater Quarren. That's fine, but have we ever seen or heard how a solely underwater-based civilization developed to be space-faring in Legends or Canon?

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    This is a galaxy where cross-contamination of technology has been happening for millions of years.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 19 at 11:51
  • Yes but many species evolved in utter isolation.
    – Max
    Commented Jan 19 at 22:25
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    Here on Earth, electric eels can certainly do things with electricity, without needing fire to extract metals. A biological approach to technology seems plausible enough. Commented Jan 20 at 20:38
  • That kind of storytelling doesn't really happen in Star Wars. It's a fantasy/fairy tale setting, not hard sci-fi.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 18 at 14:31

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One possible way that a species of aquatic intelligent beings could acquire technology is mentioned in Larry Niven's story "Handicap" (1967).


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    Handicap is not set in the Star Wars universe.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 20 at 8:33
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    Link-only answers are also pretty useless.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 20 at 8:33

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