This is just a cool little thing I'd never noticed before. A lot of Tim Zahn's names and words seem to refer to/describe character or place or object attributes. I'd always associated Kabarakh as a word with the Black Stone, part of the Kaaba site at Mecca (Kaaba Rock, get it?). Rukh could be a modified spelling of 'rook' - apparently the Persian spelling of the word is in fact the same as the Star Wars version anyway. But I was just reading about the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and words started to look familiar. Karabakh (yeah, the r and the b are flipped around, big deal) is a region that attempted to secede in 1988. Rukh was the name of a political group in Ukraine around the same time. Given the era, I wouldn't be surprised if these words were somewhat-intentional references, perhaps combined with the above meanings as well. The Noghri as a conquered nation, rebelling against the "Evil Empire." Pretty obvious when you look at it like that, but since I'm too young to have made any of those connections at the time (or really, to have known what was going on at all), it's a cool connection to me now. It also will probably influence the way I imagine the Noghri the next time I read the books, the 'texture' they and their culture and planet all have in my mind. Yep.