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Sarlacc
Designation

Semi-sentient

Planet of origin

Unknown, present on:

Height of average adult

2.5 to 3 meters (head)[1]

Average length

100 meters[1]

Skin color

(of tentacles) tan

Distinctions
  • Tentacles
  • Beak
"In its belly you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a…thousand years."
C-3PO

The sarlacc was a semi-sentient, plant-like, omnivorous creature found on several planets across the galaxy. Not much was known about this creature, but it was unique in terms of galactic flora. It lived to be tens of thousands of years old, and reproduced by spores. One particular specimen of sarlacc was located in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine. It tortured the famous Bounty hunter Boba Fett, who eventually managed to escape. While Jabba the Hutt has claimed it as a pet, it arrived on Tatooine of its own accord.

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Lifespan

The lifespan of a sarlacc had been estimated to measure 20,000 to 50,000 years. Younger members of the species could move under the sands rapidly and catch their prey much faster, while older ones remained immobile, waiting for prey to stumble into their clutches. Females generally grew much larger than males, to the point that breeding required that the male attach itself to the female, being entirely dependent on their much larger companion. Adults generally had little to fear, as only the greater krayt dragon of Tatooine was known to prey upon them.

A sarlacc on Tatooine around 3,653 BBY

One of the largest known specimens of the species resided in the Great Pit of Carkoon, beneath the sands of the Dune Sea on the remote planet of Tatooine. While this sarlacc resided in the desert, most sarlacci preferred damp environments.

The largest known sarlacc in galactic history resided on the planet Felucia within the Ancient Abyss. The Jedi Master Shaak Ti was swallowed by this massive specimen. It possessed massive tendrils and teeth that spread out over an area of the Abyss that was kilometers across. This sarlacc was capable of even using its tentacles to drag great beasts like rancors into its maw or to crush attackers. However, in 2 BBY, it was restrained by the Galactic Empire in order to hunt down the remaining Felucians.

Xenobiologists were unsure as to whether the sarlacc was animal or plant, as it possessed the characteristics of both kingdoms, but most scientists preferred the theory that the sarlacc was a giant plant organism. Data taken from Boba Fett's helmet suggested that it was more like a plant.

Biology

The sarlacc was a rare, large, omnivorous arthropod with long tentacles that rimmed its mouth. They reproduced by spores, known as "sarlacci," that traveled through space until they found another suitable planet to inhabit. After implanting itself into the ground, the sarlacci grew downward like a plant, forming a pit. The mouth and tentacles were the most visible parts of the sarlacc. The rest of the sarlacc's massive anatomical features were buried up to one hundred meters deep in the ground. This guaranteed protection of the sarlacc's vital organs made it invulnerable to most forms of serious damage. The teeth of the sarlacc surrounded its beak-like toungue and plant-like tentacles in tiers. Its teeth were also slightly slanted inward ensuring its prey would remain captured. While its lightning-fast tentacles are used to snatch up its prey, they were not its primary means of capturing a meal. The sarlacc discharged odors and scents that lured herbivores and scavengers close enough for it to use its tentacles.[2] Sarlaccs had a very odd body shape. The sarlacc's mouth was the only part of the body visible, usually. Most of its body was covered in rigid plates. It had eight appendages beneath the ground used for stability or for reburial if the sarlacc became partially exposed. The body of the sarlacc ended in three roots used for moisture absorption.

Despite their size, the sarlacc did not need to eat very much at a time. They were almost entirely immobile, which means they had to be able to survive for prolonged periods without food. As a result, they also digested their food very slowly. It was even said that sarlaccs could be telepathic and could gain consciousness from the creatures they ate by assimilating their thoughts and memories during digestion.[2]

Anatomy

The inside of a sarlacc's body.
"Tentacular appendages can whip out and snare spectators from the rim of the pit, and inward-pointing spearlike teeth make escape impossible."
Mammon Hoole

The sarlacc's body did not have a skeletal structure or a solid framework, but it did possess a strong muscular body with large roots and a series of nerve endings on its skin.

The sarlacc also had roots on the outside of its body to leech the nutrients from the ground and to sense the vibrations from creatures on the desert sands. The sarlacc lacked eyes and ears, instead relying on the sensors in its roots to "see" its prey. The sarlacc's mouth contained large mucus-coated teeth and strong tentacles for catching prey. The tentacles grabbed prey and pulled them into its maw, whereas the inward-pointed teeth functioned to keep victims in the mouth.

The sarlacc also had a large beak that emerged from the throat. The "beak", in reality, was the sarlacc's tongue, and the tongue within the tongue was actually yet another stubby tentacle that aided in swallowing prey. The sarlacc's throat had many veins and vessels which acted as sensors to determine the size, weight, and strength of the victim, allowing the sarlacc to decide which stomach to put its prey into; stronger prey were put into the secondary stomachs, while smaller prey went into the main stomach.

The Sarlacc's tongue, blindly flexing for its next meal.

The sarlacc's throat also possessed many microscopic openings that dispersed mucus to keep the throat healthy—the sand, gravel, or whatever the case was (as environment varies from one sarlacc to the other) that dropped into the mouth could damage the lining of the throat. The more the sarlacc ate, the more the stomachs ran out of room, and, in rare cases, it used a small number of its victims to grow the stomachs by enmeshing those few victims into the stomachs. The sarlacc also used small air holes around its mouth for breathing.

The sarlacc's roots functioned as tentacles during adolescence, and then grew into full immovable stalks during adulthood. They absorbed tiny fungal life forms, bugs, and microscopic cells and bacteria into the body from the ground for nutrients. The sarlacc's body could also absorb liquid molecules through small openings in the roots, to keep its water level up.

The tentacles on the mouth were actually thin strong tongues that could feel and taste the ground and prey. The beaks of other sarlaccs had other tongues within their beak that emerged to grab prey and directly pull them into its beak. The tentacles were known to stretch as far as four meters to grab prey.

Digestive system

The sarlacc's gaping, teeth-lined maw, as seen from the surface.
"The Sarlacc found me somewhat indigestible."
Boba Fett

Only the sarlacc's gaping maw could be seen from the surface, with the vast majority of its huge body lying beneath the ground. It lay in wait for any living creature to stumble into its maw, and additionally, it pulled nearby victims in with one of its many tentacles. A sarlacc's mouth was surrounded by rows of retractable razor-sharp teeth, used to chew victims during adolescence, before the digestive system was fully formed. Adult sarlaccs developed a beaked, snake-like tongue at the center of the fearsome pit, which doubled as a mouth.

After being swallowed by the tongue, the victim made its way into the sarlacc's stomach to be digested, purportedly being kept alive and slowly digested for a millennium. A strong network of vessels inside the stomach punctured the victim's skin and muscles and then embedded itself into victims before injecting neurotoxins into them, preventing the victims from escaping and ensuring that they remained immersed in the acidic fluids in the stomach, and attached to the walls of the stomach.

The vessels also provided victims with nutrients to keep them alive while they were digested in agony; sometimes when a victim was in the stomach for a long time period, the sarlacc actually embedded them in the lining of the stomach to make room for other victims it swallowed and to make the stomach stronger so that other victims could not escape.

A Jawa victim.

A number of smaller, secondary stomachs were used to store victims for later consumption at times when the sarlacc needed larger amounts of nutrients, such as when it needed to grow, breed, or strengthen its tentacles and beak for catching stronger, larger prey. The secondary stomachs also functioned as a space to store victims when the main stomach ran out of room, although this was rare. The acidic fluids in the stomachs was composed of powerful chemicals that took much longer to digest prey than acids in the stomach of other creatures. They specifically targeted skin and muscle tissue, because that was where the nutrients in the victims were. The secondary stomachs were also lined with more vessels and were smaller and more cramped to enclose the victims in, so that the sarlacc did not have to deal with the victim trying to escape its hold. The pain endured by its victims in this process was reputed to be unimaginable, with only rare individuals such as Boba Fett being able to resist.

In addition to the acidic fluids that digested the outer portions of the victims, the sarlacc also processed its victims from within. The sarlacc's blood was highly caustic, and was employed in the digestion of prey. The tendrils and vessels pumped the sarlacc's acidic blood into its victims to digest the inside of their bodies, and to carry back nutrients from the victims. This process also provided the victims with minimal sustenance.

Mating and spawning

A Sarlacc nearing the end of its larval stage.
"It was far more plant than animal."
―Unidentified Jedi Knight

A Sand People legend told of how the sarlacc gave birth to itself in Tatooine's planetary core in the days before the twin suns split apart from a single star. According to this legend, it would continue to eat everything it came in contact with until eventually it was forced to consume itself. Though this was obviously not a true account of the sarlacc's origin, the Tuskens themselves refused to accept any other explanation.

When a male sarlacc made contact with a female, the male attached himself to her in a parasitic fashion. The male then injected sperm into the spore production sac. The couple then reproduced by releasing the spores, which could leave the atmosphere and travel long distances through the Galaxy to other planets. Because of this fantastic ability to propagate, the species' point of origin was never accurately determined. Once the spore settled down, it attached itself to an organism and sucked blood from it to feed itself. After detaching, it developed into a more mobile larva and was able to hunt and consume prey.

As it grew, the voracious larva would eventually challenge larger creatures. If the sarlacc larva was consumed by a bigger creature, the larva would kill it and eat it from the inside, assuming that it was not chewed to death. During this stage, it developed into a large worm-like creature with many tentacles and a beak-like maw. Eventually, the larva would dig itself into a pit, growing roots to anchor itself in the ground while it grew into a full sized sarlacc, becoming largely immobile and more plant-like. The roots also functioned to absorb additional nutrients from the ground in case the sarlacc couldn't get enough from its victims. A larger mouth formed around the beak, which became more like a tongue.

Semi-sentience

"Sarlacci do interesting things with messenger RNA: over the course of millennia, they can attain a sort of group consciousness, built out of the remains of people they've digested."
―Unidentifed Jedi Knight
Boba Fett escaping the Sarlacc's grasp.

Jabba Desilijic Tiure sentenced Luke Skywalker and his companions to "death by sarlacc" in 4 ABY. Prior to his execution, Luke Skywalker was able to retrieve his lightsaber from the astromech droid R2-D2 and free his companions. In addition to numerous other casualties during the ensuing battle, Han Solo obliviously knocked the notorious bounty hunter, Boba Fett, into the pit with a force pike. However, Fett remained alive, using his jetpack and weapons some while later, blasted himself out, becoming one of the only beings ever known to escape from a sarlacc's belly alive. While studying a holographic recording recovered from Fett's helmet camera, Senior Anthropologist Mammon Hoole discovered an unsettling revelation: the beast apparently possessed the ability to telepathically torture its prey. In this recording, Fett appeared to be reacting to stimuli that did not exist, suggesting that sarlacc were capable not only of communication, but apparently of malevolence, feeding off of the fears of their prisoners. This led Hoole to classify the sarlacc as a semi-sentient creature. It was also believed that the consciousnesses of the sarlacc's victims joined to create a huge network of awareness. The victims were able to communicate with one another through this ghoulish network. As the sarlacc absorbed the thoughts of its victims, it would become more and more intelligent, to the point where a sarlacc could almost predict what its victims would do in its stomachs to try and escape, or when it was hunting its prey.

The only other being known to have escaped the sarlacc was Zorba the Hutt who was swallowed by the Sarlacc but was regurgitated shortly thereafter. According to Zorba, the reason for his survival was that no Sarlacc could possibly hope to digest a Hutt.

A mysterious incident occurred with a girl called Shaara. While she fell into the Great Pit of Carkoon, she was thrown back out before any attempt was made to digest her, unlike the stormtroopers that had given her chase. There were no clear reasons why the sarlacc had spared her.

The Sarlacc of Tatooine identified itself closely with one of its first victims, a Choi named Susejo. Oddly enough, Susejo and the beast had seemingly merged in consciousness to the point where the former could control the actions of the latter.

The fibrous vessels in the stomachs connected victims together. The digestive fluids and the sarlacc's blood traveled through the vessels and into the victims, which were connected in the manner of an electrical current, bringing the victim's minds, thoughts, bodies, and spirits together, keeping them at one with the sarlacc's body, brain, and soul.

Having long admired the patience of the sarlacc, the Jedi Order named a form of lightsaber combat, Shii-Cho, after the beast.

Known locations

"It's rare for a Sarlacci spore to survive a landing in a desert environment; they're best suited to wet environments, though they can survive almost anywhere."
―Unidentified Jedi Knight
The sarlacc in the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, with Luke about to be thrown in it.

Known victims of the Tatooine Sarlacc

"The Sarlacc is a soup, and the ingredients are all the people she's taken, over the centuries, over the millennia. Susejo's never admitted it, but I suspect that's all he is; the oldest of the soup's ingredients."
Kess

Behind the scenes

In the re-release of Return of the Jedi, the sarlacc in the Pit of Carkoon was revised to include a beak-like mouth and extra tentacles. According to Lucas, this was done because he never felt the creature seemed alive in the original films.

There are several different depictions of the sarlacc's body that contradict one another. The Wildlife of Star Wars, for example, includes a sketch of a very plant-like sarlacc. This now appears to be the canon sarlacc. It has root-like limbs to anchor itself and collect water. It also has many chambers to store and digest food. Most other depictions are of a worm-like creature, with tentacles on the outside of its body. The Star Wars Tales story, Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc, appears to canonize this depiction of the sarlacc as the creature's late larval stage. In the Super Nintendo game Super Star Wars, the Sarlacc appears as the boss of the first stage, where it bursts from a screen-wide quicksand-like pit and attacks with two tentacles and by spitting rocks; this look is much more worm-like than other representations, though it still has the open mouth ringed with teeth.

While the Tatooine sarlacc is the most well-known example and, consequently, sarlacci are usually presented to be on Tatooine or in desert environments, these are exceptions since sarlacci prefer wet environments.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace video game (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Episode I Racer
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars: Racer Revenge (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Hunted (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The New Droid Army
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes (Mentioned only)
  • The Cestus Deception (Mentioned only)
  • Republic Commando: True Colors (Mentioned only)
  • It Takes a Thief (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic 59: Enemy Lines
  • Secrets of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • The Hutt Gambit
  • Jabba the Hutt: Betrayal (Mentioned only)
  • The Force Unleashed novel
  • The Force Unleashed comic (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed video game
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Nerf Herder
  • "Spare Parts" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 11 (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Missions 10: Showdown in Mos Eisley (Mentioned only)
  • Droid Trouble
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • Star Wars Rebellion: My Brother, My Enemy (Mentioned only)
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Brain Spiders
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
  • Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc
  • Super Star Wars
  • Star Wars: Demolition
  • Shadows of the Empire video game
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
  • And the Band Played On: The Band's Tale (Mentioned only)
  • Shaara and the Sarlacc: The Skiff Guard's Tale
  • A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett
  • Star Wars 81: Jawas of Doom
  • The Ordeal of Boba Fett
  • The Mandalorian Armor
  • Super Return of the Jedi
  • Mission from Mount Yoda (Mentioned only)
  • Queen of the Empire
  • Prophets of the Dark Side (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction (Mentioned only)
  • Tatooine Ghost (Mentioned only)
  • I, Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Boba Fett: Agent of Doom (Mentioned only)
  • Junior Jedi Knights: Promises
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • Force Heretic III: Reunion (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Nest I: The Joiner King (Mentioned only)
  • Sacrifice (Mentioned only)
  • Revelation (Mentioned only)
  • Invincible (Mentioned only)
  • Outcast (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Legacy: Broken (Mentioned only)
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Non-canon appearances

Sources

Wookieepedia has a collection of images related to Sarlacc.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Essential Guide to Alien Species
  3. The Force Unleashed (novel)
  4.  The Sarlacc of Aargonar on Wizards.com (article)
  5. Star Wars Galaxies
  6. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

External links

See also


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SWG Wiki

Up to date as of February 04, 2010
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The Tatooine Sarlacc
The Dathomir Sarlaac
Rare cross-section of a sarlaac

The two known sarlaac in the galaxy are located on Tatooine and Dathomir - both are POIs and easy to locate. Standing close to them exposes you to the corruption spewed forth from the beast and you will have a movement penalty for ten minutes. The sarlacc is an omnivorous, immobile beast, found on several planets. The largest known member of the species resides in the Great Pit of Carkoon. Jabba the Hutt used to toss his enemies to the sarlacc, who would be slowly digested over a thousand years. It consists of a single giant beak and many tentacles emerging from the depths of its pit as well as the spike-like teeth that help get prey caught inside the pit long enough for the tentacles to grab it. Xenobiologists are unsure as to whether the sarlacc is animal or plant, as it possesses characteristics of both kingdoms. They reproduce by spitting out a small dart like object that attaches to a living creature and devours it in some way. A Stormtrooper's dewback was the first thing Carkoon's dart pod attached to; it was pulled off when the Stormtrooper paid a Jawa to take care of it for the night the pulled off dart. Sarlaccs have long tentacles that can reach up to 5 meters. Boba Fett and Zorba the Hutt are the only two known to have escaped a Sarlacc

One is able to extract bile from the Sarlaac. After you aquire the bile you must wait for a amount of time to pass before you can extract more.

Use for Bile: Sale or Incubation


New Item and pet/planet in SWG. The Deluxe Sarlacc Trash Can. About every week you can feed it junk loot and you bring up redial menu for feed or info or just turn off/on the sound.Gawo 07:43, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

Star Wars Lore

The sarlacc was an ancient, omnivorous, beast found on several planets. Younger members of the species could move under the sands rapidly. The largest known member of the species resided in the Great Pit of Carkoon beneath the sands of the Dune Sea on the planet of Tatooine. It was said that one was slowly digested for 1,000 years, kept alive in agony by the sarlacc's juices. Xenobiologists were unsure as to whether the sarlacc was animal or plant; as it possessed characteristics of both kingdoms.

When a male sarlacc makes contact with a female, the male attaches itself to the female. They reproduce by creating spores, which can leave the atmosphere of the planet and travel long distances to other planets. Because of this the species' planet of origin has not accurately been determined.

Jabba the Hutt ordered Luke Skywalker into the beast's mouth, however he was able to retrieve his lightsaber from R2-D2 and begin a battle. During the fray, Han Solo knocked the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett into the Great Pit with a force pike, although he was able to escape, by busting out—which, despite the sarlacc's prowess, is not surprising considering Fett's amazing tenacity and sheer will to live.

Senior Anthropologist Mammon Hoole reportedly discovered, while watching a video recording made by Boba Fett's camera while he was in the sarlacc of the Great Pit of Carkoon, that the monster telepathically tortures its stomach contents. In this recording, Fett appeared to be reacting to stimuli that were not there, suggesting that the sarlacc are capable of telepathy, and apparently of being malevolent.

Having long admired the patience of the Sarlacc, the Jedi Order named a form of lightsaber combat, Shii-Cho, after the beast.


This article uses material from the "Sarlaac" article on the SWG Wiki wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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