- "The great army of Gardulla is on the way!"
- ―A Rodian aide
Gardulla Besadii the Elder, better known as Gardulla the Hutt, was one of many powerful and greedy Hutt crime lords who controlled Tatooine. At one point, the feminine-natured Hutt owned Anakin Skywalker and Shmi Skywalker. However, she would eventually lose them to the Toydarian junk dealer Watto in a podracing bet. Excessive gambling would continually mar her long life with failure and defeat. Gardulla the Elder was the mother of Gardulla Besadii the Younger and Decca.
Consequences of gambling and crimeEdit
Gardulla's criminal activities flourished during the golden age of her rule, in which her use of slavery would seem to have granted her great fortune, although it caused numerous conflicts between her and the more powerful Jabba Desilijic Tiure. At one point, she resorted to a limited partnership with Jabba, who would become her greatest rival, after she lost her entire fortune on gambling. Gardulla, however, would still maintain power over her slave trade franchise.
The Republic soon outlawed slavery in the Outer Rim Territories, as soon as the two Hutts' agreement was reached; Gardulla was to be sentenced to life in prison. Eventually, though, she escaped and returned to Tatooine, where she would control her failing criminal empire.
The Boonta Eve ClassicEdit
Gardulla had been a supporter of the Dug podracer, Sebulba. However, briefly before the spectacular Boonta Eve Classic in which Sebulba was to participate, Gardulla tried to trick Jabba into thinking a less likely racer, the Xexto, Gasgano, would win. She predictably failed in her cunning and felt she was tricked herself in that Jabba's astromech droid determined Anakin Skywalker might succeed. She had wagered that he'd lose, so, to be completely sure, Gardulla employed the use of her dancer and majordomo, Diva Funquita, to find someone in Mos Espa to sabotage the boy's podracer.
Funquita would then hire the Nuknog racer, Ark "Bumpy" Roose, to carry out the job. However, Roose would incidentally sabotage the podracer of Ben Quadinaros. The effect of this was apparent when the race began and Skywalker busted through to a top place after a small slow start and Quadrinaros' racer awaited its eventual explosive doom at the starting point, barely moving less than over the start line for the first lap. Gardulla had to, of course, have been humbled as well as infuriated.
However, after the race, Gardulla opted to try to persuade Watto to sell Anakin back to her. Unfortunately, Watto was never able to retrieve the boy from Qui-Gon Jinn, who took him away to Coruscant to become a Jedi.
Battle in the Jundland WastesEdit
The attack on the Tusken Raiders of Tatooine's Jundland Wastes would end up being the ultimate triumph and failure of Gardulla the Hutt. It traced its origins years back to when the Hutts were stuck with a junk surplus of weapons in the possession of Dreddon the Hutt. Jabba conceived the idea of sending thugs to raid Tusken camps, in turn causing the Sand People to raid nearby settlements, which gave the civilians a need for weaponry. Jabba then continually sold portions of Dreddon's surplus at inflated prices, increasing the profit of the Hutts. He remained the hero.
However, Gardulla decided to assemble all her criminal forces to launch an assault on the Tusken Raiders, dispatching the bounty hunter Aurra Sing to personally assassinate the unbeknownst Jedi leader, Sharad Hett. Her plan was to puncture the Tusken Raider defenses and slay all in the army's path, thus ending the "Tusken threat" and stopping Jabba's weapon franchise. She hoped that Nal Hutta would then see to it that she managed Tatooine.
But Gardulla's plot for consumption of power failed and Gardulla was forced to retreat to her palace in Mos Espa, but not without the mortifying and degrading assistance of her rival, Jabba, who was tipped off by Sing, who was apparently a double agent.
- "There's one more thing, Gardulla: Jabba sends his regards."
- ―Jango Fett
At some point Gardulla became associated with Komari Vosa, leader of the deadly Bando Gora cult. Gardulla used her resources to transport tainted death sticks for the Bando Gora; these deathsticks would turn users into mindless slaves, whom Gardulla would then dispatch to Vosa. Separatist leader Darth Tyranus dispatched bounty hunters Jango Fett and Montross to track down and destroy the cult; Fett and his partner Zam Wesell followed leads across the galaxy until it led to Gardulla. While changing into a "disguise", the shapeshifting Clawdite Wesell was captured and imprisoned in Gardulla's dungeons, waiting to be fed to her pet canyon krayt dragon.
However, Gardulla did not know that Zam was working with Jango Fett. On a tip from Jabba Desilijic Tiure, Jango infiltrated Gardulla's palace soon afterward. When he refused to release Wesell from her cell, she called for the guards and Jango was captured. Brought before Gardulla, she ordered Jango to be fed to her krayt dragon and have Wesell sold. Jango managed to escape the krayt dragon, and after defeating legions of armed guards, he burst into her throne room. Jango interrogated the Hutt about Komari Vosa, but she refused to tell him anything, saying he didn't know what he was up against. Jango then walked behind her, and pushed her off her throne into the beast arena. Gardulla was swallowed by the dragon in a matter of seconds. However, she survived this encounter, the krayt dragon finding her to be indigestible.
Working for JabbaEdit
- "No one can outsmart a Hutt! And no one can digest a Hutt, either!"
- ―Zorba Desilijic Tiure
During the Clone Wars, circumstances found her working for Jabba, serving as his representative on Nal Hutta. She, along with the other head of five Hutt families, listened to Ziro the Hutt's testimony regarding a holo-diary listing the crimes of the Hutt Council. When Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Quinlan Vos arrived on Nal Hutta to report that Ziro had escaped with the help of Cad Bane. Gardulla told Kenobi that she and the rest of the council knew of this already. When Vos stated that he thought that they were behind Ziro's escape, Gardulla threatened Vos, saying that if he were alone, he would not be allowed to leave alive. After Ziro escaped, she and the Hutt Council hired Cad Bane to track down the diary and Ziro, who had just escaped with the help of Sy Snootles. Unknown to Gardulla, Sy was also hired by Jabba to kill Ziro once the diary was in her possession. She killed Ziro and delivered the diary to Jabba before Bane could arrive.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Darth Plagueis
- Episode I Adventures 5: The Ghostling Children
- Episode I Adventures 6: The Hunt for Anakin Skywalker
- Episode I Adventures 7: Capture Arawynne
- Episode I Adventures 8: Trouble on Tatooine
- Podracing Tales
- Catch That Pit Droid! (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace comic (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace junior novel
- Episode I: Qui-Gon Jinn
- Star Wars: Republic 11: Outlander, Part 5
- Star Wars: Republic 12: Outlander, Part 6
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
- Jedi Quest: The Shadow Trap (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided (Mentioned only)
- The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
- Tatooine Ghost (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Legacy 37: Tatooine, Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- "Around the Galaxy: Dark Horse Unmasks The Phantom Menace"—Star Wars Galaxy Collector 6
- Secrets of Tatooine
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 7 (WAT2, Watto)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 8 (TAT7–8, Mos Espa)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 12 (ANA1, Anakin Skywalker)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 127 (HUT5-8, Gardulla the Hutt)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 136 (HUT9-10, Gardulla the Hutt)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Coruscant Limited (Card: Gardulla the Hutt)
- The University of Sanbra Guide to Intelligent Life: The Nikto"—Star Wars Gamer 6 (Mentioned only) "
- "The Ultimate Return of the Jedi Insider's Guide"—Star Wars Insider 67
- The New Essential Chronology
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Scum and Villainy
- "Toy Wars"—Star Wars Insider 107
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Complete Season Three
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded