"All Creatures Great and Small" is a short story by Landry Q. Walker that was published as an eBook on December 1, 2015, and was published in print inside the anthology Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Volume I: Aliens on April 5, 2016. The story is written in the style of a fable.
The small Jakku village of Reestkii is paid a visit by Bobbajo, a wandering Nu-Cosian whose varied collection of animals and talent for weaving yarns has earned him the titles of "the Storyteller" and "the Crittermonger." There, he amuses the children of the village with his yellow-bellied sand lizards when his presentation is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a ship in the sky.
The ship lands and turns out to be operated by Zygerrian slavers who plan to press the entire village into slavery. The villagers are rounded up and herded into a small town hall building while the slavers plunder the village. Everyone fears that they are doomed, but one individual, Bobbajo, is calm. He assures everyone that everything will be just fine and begins weaving a tale.
As the group huddles in the building, Bobbajo weaves an outrageous yarn of him and his creatures, trapped in the Galactic Empire's feared Death Star superweapon. With Bobbajo trapped by stormtroopers, Bobbajo's creatures, including Smeep, Qyp and Mideyean, work together to both effect Bobbajo's escape and the destruction of the Death Star itself, rigging its superlaser weapon so that when the Empire attempts to fire it, it instead turns upon itself, destroying the Death Star.
The villagers are amused by the story, but insist that they know the truth, that the Death Star was destroyed by the heroes of Rebel Alliance. Bobbajo states that there are "other truths" and exits the doors of the hall. The villagers are stunned to find that the slavers have all been defeated, apparently by Bobbajo's special creatures. Bobbajo tells the villagers that while what he told them may have been just a story, they should never discount the power and strength of stories. He then leaves in search of another story to tell.
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