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Kabe was the adopted daughter of Muftak, a Talz. Muftak found her on the streets of Mos Eisley, apparently abandoned by slavers who thought she was too small to sell. Muftak took her in and taught her the ways of the street. Kabe lived with him in in a section of abandoned tunnels beneath Docking Bay 83.
Whenever Muftak and Kabe went to the Mos Eisley cantina, Kabe would drink too much juri juice, and Muftak would have to carry her home. Despite his rough look, Muftak was a good guardian and cared about Kabe, although he was obsessed with finding out what species he was. Kabe worried that when he did, he would leave her and travel to his home planet.
Kabe and Muftak made their living through thievery. Kabe was a petty thief and would often pick the pockets of other bar patrons. The pair sometimes robbed, or attempted to rob, Imperial establishments. Desiring for more, Kabe would occasionally pester Muftak about robbing Jabba Desilijic Tiure's town house in Mos Eisley. Muftak and Kabe eventually did. Aided by Jabba's droid K-8LR after they removed his restraining bolt, they managed to steal many treasures from the Hutt. In the mansion, they came across a Rebel operative being tortured by a nerve disruptor. Kabe freed him and he gave them a datachip and told them to give it to a Mon Calamari to earn 30,000 credits. As they made their way down the hallway they were discovered by two Gamorrean guards. A large blaster fight erupted as they made their way to the main audience chamber. There a fire broke out. Muftak told Kabe to run, saying he would be right behind her. When Kabe got outside, she realized he had no intention of saving his life as well. Kabe dropped her sack of treasure and ran back in to help Muftak get away. They managed to escape, but found that to their great dismay the sack was gone. However, they still had the datachip. They delivered it, and were given 15,000 credits by the Mon Calamari. They also received several letters of transit signed by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, enabling them to travel anywhere. With these, Muftak was finally able to travel to his home planet of Alzoc III and brought Kabe to her home planet, Chad.
Behind the scenesEdit
Kabe first appeared in the novelization of A New Hope ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster and published in 1976, half a year before the film. Kabe was unnamed and described as rodent-like alien. In this scene, she accompanied a short human and a many-eyed alien—early incarnations of Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba—, when they insulted Luke Skywalker. In this version Obi-Wan Kenobi sliced Evazan's hand and cut Kabe and Baba in half. In the Revised Fourth Draft of the film—addressing Baba and Evazan as a Creature and Human—the scene was about the same. In the final film Kabe didn't accompany Baba, and Obi-Wan Kenobi dealt less drastically with the outlaws.
In one of the better-known "goofs" in A New Hope, when Kabe is seen drinking her juri juice from the side, the camera clearly shows that the character's mask has transparent eyes; you can see directly through one eye and out the other, to see the bar behind her.
There is also another lesser-known "goof" as well. As Wuher directs the stormtroopers to where Obi-Wan and Luke are seated, Kabe is drinking through the chin of the mask, not her mouth. However, this supports the idea that Kabe drank too much juri juice often.
In The Hovel on Terk Street, Kabe is referred to as male.
- Star Wars Galactic Spy
- Darth Vader and Son (Non-canonical appearance)
- A Hunter's Fate: Greedo's Tale webstrip
- Rebel Dawn
- "The Hovel on Terk Street"—Star Wars Tales 6
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars 2: Six Against the Galaxy
- Play It Again, Figrin D'an: The Tale of Muftak and Kabe
- The Sand Tender: The Hammerhead's Tale
- "The Emperor's Court"—Star Wars Tales 14 (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Chewbacca (Appears in flashback(s))
- Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- Star Wars: The Power of the Force (1995)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Kabe)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Talz)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Premiere Limited (Card: Juri Juice)
- Mos Eisley Adventure Set
- The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 22 (CAN2, Mos Eisley Cantina Characters)
- Ultimate Alien Anthology
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 93 (CAN19-20, Mos Eisley Cantina Characters)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 111 (CAN21-22, Mos Eisley Cantina Characters)
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Complete Locations (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 28
- The Unknown Regions
- "Jedi Archive"—Star Wars Insider 124
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- "Rogues Gallery: The Unusual Suspects: Who's Who in Mos Eisley"—Star Wars Insider 130
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- "A Wretched Hive"—Star Wars Magazine 3