Bad Business is a comic that appears in Star Wars Tales 8. It was written by John Ostrander, art by Francis Portela.

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Coming to Watto's shop to cover a debt Watto owes him, Vilmarh Grahrk picks three DUM-series pit droids. While Watto at first tries to divert him, Vilmarh thinks he is just trying to stop him from getting them. However, it turns out that the droids have faulty programming, making them mess with anything in view. Watto then sends Shmi Skywalker with the droids to Vilmarh's ship, the Inferno.

Mean while, Princess Miaria Prrt asks Vilmarh for a lift to her home planet, Felacat. Vilmarh agrees, but is warned by Miaria that her species cannot take the stress of hyperspace for too long. After the princess leaves, Vilmarh signs the release for the pit droids and has a conversation with his droid about what he is going to do with the princess.

While going through hyperspace, Miaria has a headache and Vilmarh notices that they haven't gotten out of hyperspace. While Vilmarh goes to check out what is wrong, Miaria begins to change.

Going into the cockpit, Vilmarh sees the pit droids messing with the navigation computer. However, he is quickly confronted by a monster Miaria. Going into a crawl chute, he is informed by his ship's AI that the pit droids are beginning to disassemble the core processor. Shutting down the droids, Vilmarh runs from Miaria and traps her in an escape pod until they get to the planet.

After getting to the planet, Vilmarh confronts the leader about a reward. But the leader and his guards threaten to turn into the monsters if "stressed".

However, after aboard the ship, Vilmarh smiles. When his droid asks why, Vilmarh informs the AI that he left the pit droids on the planet, with instructions to "fix the planet to death". And that made Vilmarh very happy...

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The events of the story were later referenced in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia and The Feral Queen.

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Star Wars Tales
Tales 1: Life, Death, and the Living Force · Mara Jade: A Night on the Town · Extinction, Part 1 · Skippy the Jedi Droid
Tales 2: Routine · Extinction, Part 2 · Stop That Jawa! · Incident at Horn Station
Tales 3: The Death of Captain Tarpals · Deal with a Demon · Lady Luck · Three Against the Galaxy
Tales 4: Moment of Doubt · A Death Star Is Born · Spare Parts · Sand Blasted
Tales 5: Yaddle's Tale: The One Below · What They Called Me · A Summer's Dream · Hoth · Lando's Commandos: On Eagles' Wings
Tales 6: The Hovel on Terk Street · A Hot Time in the Cold Town Tonite! · Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc
Junkheap Hero · The Hidden · Thank the Maker
Tales 7: Single Cell · Nerf Herder · Jedi Chef · Outbid But Never Outgunned · Force Fiction
Tales 8: Captain Threepio · The One That Got Away · The Secret Tales of Luke's Hand! · Death Star Pirates · Bad Business
Tales 9: Resurrection · Hate Leads to Lollipops · The Rebel Four
Tales 10: Trooper · Skreej · Nameless · A Wookiee Scorned! · Free Memory
Tales 11: Prey · In the Beginning · The Princess Leia Diaries · Tall Tales · Ghost
A Jedi's Weapon
Tales 12: A Day in the Life · A Jedi's Weapon · The Revenge of Tag & Bink · Once Bitten · The Duty
Tales 13: Puzzle Peace · The Secret of Tet-Ami · Survivors · Stones · The Sith in the Shadow · Children of the Force
Tales 14: Apocalypse Endor · The Emperor's Court · Urchins · Tides of Terror · The Lesson · Smuggler's Blues · Mythology
Tales 15: Sandstorm · First Impressions · Falling Star · Do or Do Not · Slippery Slope · Lucky Stars
Tales 16: The Other · Best Birthday Ever · The Long, Bad Day · Kessel Run · Lunch Break · Heart of Darkness
Tales 17: Planet of the Dead · All for You · Phantom Menaces · Ghosts of Hoth · The Apprentice · Dark Journey
Tales 18: Number Two in the Galaxy · Payback · Being Boba Fett · The Way of the Warrior · Revenants
Tales 19: Collapsing New Empires · The Value of Proper Intelligence to Any Successful Military Campaign is Not to Be Underestimated
Rather Darkness Visible · The Rebel Club · The Lost Lightsaber · Into the Great Unknown · Storyteller
Tales 20: George R. Binks · Who's Your Daddy · Fred Jawa · Luke Skywalker: Detective · Hunger Pains · Failing Up With Jar Jar Binks
Nobody's Perfect · Problem Solvers · Melvin Fett · Young Lando Calrissian
Tales 21: Nomad Chapter One · Walking the Path That's Given · Equals & Opposites
Tales 22: Honor Bound · Nomad Chapter Two · Marooned
Tales 23: Shadows and Light · Nomad Chapter Three · Lucky
Tales 24: Marked · Fett Club · Unseen, Unheard · Nomad Chapter Four
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