4 ABY (39:3:4 GrS), Tatooine
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- "Oh no! The rancor!"
Jabba's rancor was a rancor given to Jabba Desilijic Tiure as birthday present from his henchmen, which was kept beneath a trapdoor in his chamber at his Palace. He was fond of dropping people into the rancor's pit and watching them be eaten.
- "The Keepers forced Jabba's rancor into a dungeon where it could barely move. It was half-starved. Though I didn't have a choice, I'm still sorry I had to kill it."
- ―Luke Skywalker
The rancor was being transported from the Tarsunt system by Grizzid for a Bothan merchant named Grendu, when it broke out, killing Grizzid and his crew, and causing the ship to crash on Tatooine. A Jawa Sandcrawler captain named Tteel Kkak discovered the wreckage and informed Jabba's servants Bib Fortuna and Bidlo Kwerve. They presented it to Jabba as a birthday present. Fortuna was rewarded by being made Jabba's Majordomo, while Kwerve was fed to the rancor.
Malakili was bought from the Circus Horrificus in order to care for the rancor. He became very emotionally attached to it. While he took the rancor for a walk in the desert, it saved him from a small gang of Sand people. Jabba enjoyed pitting the rancor against other exotic monsters for his amusement. It always won, but was seriously wounded by three Caridan combat arachnids. When Malakili discovered that Jabba planned to pit the rancor against a krayt dragon, which would surely kill it, he made plans to betray Jabba to Lady Valarian and escape Tatooine with the rancor.
Jabba frequently used his rancor as an amusing form of execution. Oola the Twi'lek dancing girl was dropped in for resisting Jabba. At some point, Jabba's Tusken battle talisman somehow ended up falling into its pit, where the rancor ate it, too. Later, Jabba used it against Luke Skywalker, accidentally dropping a Gamorrean guard named Jubnuk in as well. The rancor ate Jubnuk, but Skywalker proved to be more of a challenge: the young Jedi Knight, when it first attempted to eat him, placed a large femur bone between its jaws, forcing the Rancor to let him go before snapping it in two with effort. It then tried to devour him again, but Luke then smashed its hand in self defense with a rock. Luke, out of options due to the Rancor's handlers preventing him from escaping, tricked him and crushed him under a heavy portcullis after smashing the control panel with a skull, piercing and crushing its skull, killing it. Ironically, the skull had belonged to its first victim, Kwerve. As it was dying, the Rancor moaned weakly, with Malakili rushing to the Rancor's aid and then breaking down in tears when he discovered it was too late.
Later, Luke stated that he had another reason for killing him, other than defending himself. The rancor was so abused and mistreated that rehabilitation for him would have been impossible, and Luke believed that it would be best to put the poor creature out of his misery.
Even two decades after the fact, Luke expressed that it was an unfortunate shame that he had to kill the rancor. He felt that as a species, they were such fine creatures.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "I like the idea that everyone loves someone. And even the worst, most horrible monster you can imagine was loved by his keeper. And the rancor probably loved his keeper."
- ―George Lucas
An image often mistaken to be the rancor battling a krayt dragon is, in reality, a joke from the crew of ILM. They placed a model of one of the dragons from the film Dragonslayer in the arms of the model of the rancor and took a picture. The picture was included in the book Star Wars: Chronicles. A creature based on the appearance of this dragon appears in one of Jabba's monster pens in Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy.
The rancor was originally supposed to be a man in a suit, but the results weren't satisfyingly realistic, so it was filmed in the form of a puppet. The roars from the Rancor were actually remixed from an audio recording of an aggressive Dachshund. Tim Veekhoven and Mark Newbold, in their blog Drawing from the Present: Familiar Creatures in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, admitted when mentioning this that the roars can bring to mind ill-tempered mutant sea bass as well, albeit inadvertently.
The rancor is a mini boss in Lord Starkiller's Mission To Tatooine. The rancor also acted as a boss in the Return of the Jedi chapter of Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force. Although its fate was overall the same, the Rancor can also "summon" more Gamorrean guards by stomping and causing more to fall down everywhere, alongside rocks. After the player backs it up to the gate, the player then delivers the coup de grace by force pushing a rock at the control panel.
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