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Exogorth
Designation

Nonsentient

Average length

1 to 900 meters[1]

"The cave is collapsing!"
"This is no cave."
Leia Organa and Han Solo

The exogorth, known colloquially as the space slug, was a gigantic species of toothed gastropod. They were silicon-based lifeforms that survived in the vacuum of space by making their homes in the caverns and craters of asteroids. They fed on the minerals of asteroids, various stellar energy fields, and mynocks (another silicon-based lifeform). The average adult space slug grew to about 10 meters in length, but some slugs were known to continuously grow to sizes that rivaled capital ships in sheer bulk, with some weighing over a million kilograms.

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Biology

An exogorth.

Space slugs reproduced asexually by fission. Once an adult slug reached a certain size, a chemical trigger would cause it to split apart into two identical slugs. Whether through a genetic trait or by retaining the memory of their "parent", the two new space slugs would immediately become self-reliant. Space slugs also molted as a result of their growth.[2]

A space slug would travel through the asteroid fields they inhabited by pushing off the surface of one asteroid and floating through space to land on another. They also could use solar winds to help propel themselves through space.[3] Through highly evolved sense of spatial awareness, they are capable of calculating the speed, trajectory, and distance of perilous moving bodies around them. This sense of spatial acuity also aided them in hunting food. They appear to have been able to anchor themselves into a cave in an asteroid with tendrils, which also drew nutrition directly from the asteroid itself.[4] As a space slug did not remain in one asteroid for its entire life, it can be assumed that they could break free from their point of anchorage without causing significant injury to themselves.

Anatomy of the giant exogorth.

On occasion, the naturally occurring chemical trigger would cause the space slug to kill whatever occurred near them. These oddities were known to reach sizes of nearly one kilometer in length. These colossal slugs were known to take sizable bites out of capital ships that passed too close to the slug's current dwelling, and even swallow smaller vessels whole. They have also been known to bite through a star destroyer's hull as was the fate of the Entor. At these sizes the mynocks they ate would often become internal parasites, rather than nourishment, living inside the cave-like esophagus of the slugs that ate them. Some had entire ecosystems of other life living within their digestive tracts.

A natural predator of the space slug was the Colossus Wasp.

Exogorth variations

A number of space slug variations existed such as the giant slug, the crimson slugs, and the Cularin slugs. Giant space slugs were larger than average ones. It remains unclear if they were a separate species from the common space slug, or just individuals larger than normally reported.[5]

Crimson slugs were a species of space slug native to the asteroids of Tapani Sector. They were distinguished by a red stripe down either side of the body.[6]

Cularin space slugs were a variety of exogorth found in the Cularin system which proved to be comparatively easy to train. Some theorized that they were descended from a domesticated form of space slug. Other theories held that these exogorths were descended from natives to the world which formed the Cularin system asteroid belt (Oblis) before its destruction, and that these creatures survived and adapted to the void of space. They may have been related to—or the same creature as—the space worms which hollowed out the moon Eskaron.

History

An exogorth attacks the Last Resort in 3,963 BBY.
"They're the last remnant of a species that predates history - an unlikely being, if ever there was one. No one knows how or why they evolved - just that we have found a number of them in the galaxy, going about their business...Time has no meaning for such a creature...We thought for a time that they might have once been plentiful in the galaxy - and the ones we find now are the only ones left."
Arkoh Adasca

The House of Adasca found a way to control the slugs, known to Adascorp scientists as exogorths, after the Great Sith War. Based on the research of Gorman Vandrayk, Adascorp was able to control the hunger drives, growth rate, and reproductive fission processes of the creatures. Arkoh Adasca placed control mechanisms and hyperdrive engines on a group of slugs and sought to sell them to the Republic, the Mandalorians, or the Revanchist faction as superweapons. With the Adascorp modifications, the exogorths could be sent through hyperspace to a specific system. Once there, their increased rate of growth and division could lead to destruction of space stations, asteroids, moons, and possibly even planets. The original exogorths could be sent to another system once they had divided, making it possible to disrupt or destroy hundreds of systems in a very short time. None of the parties who were invited to bid on these new weapons were enthusiastic about using them, however, all three were interested in making sure the weapon did not fall into the other parties' hands. Camper was able to escape and used the exogorths to kill Adasca atop of the Arkanian Legacy's bridge and then lure them out to Wild Space.

Thousands of years later, the notorious Mugaari pirate Clabburn the Elder seeded the Hoth asteroid belt with space slugs, in order to protect his hidden smuggler bases.[7] In one recorded occurrence a slug living in that asteroid field grew to a size of about 900 meters in length. It was found and officially recorded by Gamgalon the Krish who made a living by capturing these massive specimens.[8]

An exogorth from the side.

It was most likely the same space slug that Han Solo unwittingly hid the Millennium Falcon in when running from the Galactic Empire after the Battle of Hoth. At the same time, the same exogoth attacked an Imperial Star Destroyer, taking a chunk out of it, though it was eventually subdued by laser fire.[9] Since exogorths insulate themselves deep inside asteroids and their own heat-generating waste Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Chewbacca were able to survive inside the space slug with only breath masks to provide oxygen. Solo had heard stories for years of the giant slugs, and had been warned of their dangers, but he dismissed them as mere "ghost-stories".

Certain facilities that resided in space would often keep a space slug living close by to help keep the pesky mynock population down. To keep these specially used slugs from reproducing and growing to uncontrollable sizes, katrium was introduced into the creature's system on a regular basis.

Behind the scenes

Ralph McQuarrie concept art of an exogorth.

The name and early history of the exogorths was based on those of the ancient alien creatures present in the works of H.P. Lovecraft.[10]

The word "exogorth" was spelled "exorgoth" on the "story so far" text page in Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1. Writer John Jackson Miller has said that "exogorth" is the final spelling, even though it was not the one he originally intended.[11]

Appearances

  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 18: Nights of Anger, Part 3 (First identified as Exogorth)
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Daze of Hate
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Episode I Racer
  •  Giant Space Slug FoundHoloNet News Vol. 531 54
  • Boba Fett: Pursuit
  • The Clone Wars: Shakedown (Mentioned only)
  • HoloNet News — A Galaxy Divided (Mentioned only)
  • "Who Goes Thaere?"
  • Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows (Mentioned only)
  • Ringers (Mentioned only)
  • Death Star (Mentioned only)
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Galaxy of Fear: Spore
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novel
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars 42: The Empire Strikes Back: To Be a Jedi
  • Han Solo's Rescue Mission
  • Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (Mentioned only) (as space slug)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (Mentioned only) (as space slug)
  • Dark Force Rising (Mentioned only)
  • The Last Command (Mentioned only)
  • Young Jedi Knights: Shards of Alderaan
  • Force Heretic II: Refugee (Mentioned only)

Sources

External links

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  2. Death Star
  3. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1
  4. The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
  5.  Creature Feature: Cularin Space Slug on Wizards.com
  6. Tapani Sector Instant Adventures
  7. The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  8. The Essential Guide to Alien Species
  9. The Star Wars Sourcebook
  10. KotOR #18 -- Here there be dragons!
  11. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #19, John Jackson Miller, URL accessed on August 24, 2007

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