A Boy and His Monster: The Rancor Keeper's Tale is a short story by Kevin J. Anderson that provides the backstory for Jabba's rancor and Malakili, the rancor-keeper. It was published in Tales from Jabba's Palace which was published in January 1996 by Bantam Spectra.
Malakili is overjoyed to have custody of Jabba's rancor, but he resents the captivity of what he considers so magnificent a beast. Over time, he and the rancor develop a certain rapport, which convinces Malakili that he must find a way to free the rancor. To this end he makes an agreement with Jabba's local rival, Lady Valarian, to transport both himself and the rancor to a remote planet where they might live together untroubled by others. However, the date set for the escape fatefully coincides with the arrival of Luke Skywalker, who kills the creature, thereby upsetting Malakili's plans.
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