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"You will, therefore, be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the Pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all powerful Sarlacc."
C-3PO's translation of Jabba the Hutt's words to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca[src]

The Great Pit of Carkoon was located within the Northern Dune Sea[1] on the planet Tatooine. The large depression in the sand was the home of a rapacious, if slow-eating, adult sarlacc.

Its proximity to Jabba's Palace, paired with the torturous death provided by the sarlacc, made it an ideal spot for executions to be carried out for Jabba the Hutt's pleasure.

It was the place of the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, and the subsequent death of Jabba.

HistoryEdit

Carkoon pit

Luke Skywalker looks down into the maw of the sarlacc.

After Imperial occupation of Tatooine, an unknown sarlacc released a spore which attached to a stormtrooper's dewback. When hired to clean the dewback, a small group of Jawa discover the spore and encase it in a jar. The spore escapes, however, and is devoured by a spider-like creature. Over time, the sarlacc consumes the creature from within and eventually buries itself in the desert sands [2].

The pit served as a site of execution for Jabba for many years. Although it is unknown how long the sarlacc had resided there, it was most likely present for thousands of years.

In 4 ABY, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca attempted to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt. After their capture, Jabba took his Rebel prisoners to the pit, to be digested over years by the sarlacc. The prisoners, however, overcame their guards, with the help of R2-D2 and Lando Calrissian. While Luke, Han, Lando and Chewbacca fought on their Skiff and managed to knock Boba Fett into the pit, Leia used the chains she was bound in to strangle Jabba. Luke subsequently destroyed Jabba's sail barge and escaped with the Rebels and the two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Behind the scenesEdit

Filming the Great Pit of Carkoon for Return of the Jedi took place in the Yuma Desert in Arizona in April 1982. The sound of the sarlacc was created from sounds of alligator hisses, as well as the sounds of some of the Jedi crew's stomachs after eating pizza.[3]

The Great Pit of Carkoon was originally supposed to be called the "Sloth Pit," but this was changed prior to the release of the script.[4]

The 1997 Special Edition of Return of the Jedi added several tentacles and an extension with a beak-like tongue to the sarlacc.

While the original Return of the Jedi showed Boba Fett falling in the pit and then disappearing from view, leaving some freedom to Expanded Universe authors to retcon his escape, the Special Edition CGI beak-maw actually is shown to swallow Fett. However, this makes little difference, as the beak-tongue's insides are the same as those of the pit in general.

The pit was set to be located in a Rakatan temple on Tatooine, and guarding the Tatooine Star Map in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. However, the sarlacc was replaced by a Krayt dragon, and the Rakatan Temple by the Krayt dragon's cave full of ancient Rakatan artifacts.[source?]

The Pit of Carkoon appeared in the 2003 video game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts, prior to its closure on December 15, 2011.[5][6] However, unlike the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, which placed the pit in the Northern Dune Sea,[1] Galaxies identified the pit's location as the Western Dune Sea.[5]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
  2. Mark Schultz, "Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc," illustrated by Kellie Strom, in Star Wars Tales 6 (Dark Horse Comics, 2000).
  3. Star Wars Blog "Drawing from the Present: Familiar Creatures in a Galaxy Far, Far Away," The Official Star Wars Blog
  4. SWInsider "The Ultimate Return of the Jedi Insider's Guide"—Star Wars Insider 67
  5. 5.0 5.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  6. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT STAR WARS GALAXIES. Sony Online Entertainment (2011-06-24). Archived from the original on November 24, 2011. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.

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