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"After all, we didn't come to feed Ceasar. We came to bury him!"
―Luke Skywalker[1]

Ceasar was a male watchbeast and a pet of Orion Ferret, the administrator of the space station known as Bazarre. Kept on the junk planet of Patch-4, Ceasar was tasked with guarding whatever Ferret chose to store on the planet. The watchbeast was kept in line with a sonic pacifier, although whenever Ferret was not present, he allowed the creature to run wild. Ceasar caused considerable trouble for the inhabitants of Patch-4—a band of homeless refugees from the expansions of the Galactic Empire.

In 3 ABY, Ceasar was unwittingly tasked with the killing of Alliance to Restore the Republic envoys Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian. Although he made several attempts to dispatch the two newcomers to Patch-4, Ceasar was thwarted by the Rebels, who banded together with the refugees. The two Rebels then gave the refugees Ferret's sonic pacifier, allowing them to control the watchbeast from then on.

Biography[]

Ferret's pet[]

"Ceasar?"
"Ya-ya, Ferret's beast. The watcher. He make life miserable, keepink us all underground."
―Luke Skywalker and Serja Kesselrook[1]

Ceasar within the garbage piles of Patch-4

Ceasar was a male watchbeast owned by the administrator of the black market space station Bazarre, Orion Ferret. In order to control Ceasar, Ferret utilized a sonic pacifier, which, when activated, would cause the watchbeast to behave placidly and obey commands. To guard his assets, Ferret placed the creature on the junk planet of Patch-4, which the administrator used as a storage world. The planet was already inhabited by a group of homeless refugees from the Galactic Empire's expansions, but Ceasar—who was given free rein of the world—displayed an aggressive presence, forcing them to flee underground. Ferret would occasionally visit the planet in his personal shuttle and utilize the sonic pacifier on Ceasar. While living on Patch-4, Ceasar would hide under large piles of junk.[1]

In 3 ABY,[2] two envoys of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian, came to Patch-4 in Ferret's shuttle to pick up four makeshift TIE fighters that the Bazarre administrator was storing on the junk world. Ferret's intentions were to double-cross the two Rebels, counting on the imposing Ceasar—of whose presence they were unaware—to kill the visitors, allowing him to keep both their payment for the starfighters and the merchandise. As they ventured toward the fighters, they attracted Ceasar's attention, prompting the watchbeast to burst out from underneath a junk pile and attack the newcomers.[1]

Skirmish on Patch-4[]

"Hey! You hear that?"
"Y'mean that weird rumbling? Sort of like a galactic freighter slippin' a gear?"
"O-or maybe the growling of a very big stomach?"
―Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian hear Ceasar's arrival[1]

Ceasar slams into the fuselage.

The two Rebels fired on Ceasar with their blasters, but the watchbeast's hide was too thick to be penetrated by the firearms. In response, Ceasar lunged at Calrissian and was able to catch and lift the Rebel with his front pincers before Skywalker attacked the watchbeast's underbelly with his lightsaber. Injured, Ceasar was forced to drop Calrissian, which gave the two Rebels enough time to begin their escape. They were thwarted, however, when they found their passage was blocked by a large piece of fuselage. Cornering the two Humans, Ceasar lunged toward them, but at the last second, his prey fled into the piece of fuselage, where the homeless refugees had taken up residence. Moving at a considerable pace, Ceasar was unable to stop himself, and he subsequently collided with the fuselage.[1]

Undeterred, the watchbeast lay in wait outside, waiting for his prey to reemerge. While he waited, Calrissian and Skywalker, along with the refugees, withdrew from the makeshift shelter through a rear exit, and they opened fire on a pile of junk hanging over Ceasar's position. In doing so, they caused a landslide that fell on top of the watchbeast, seemingly trapping him under a mass of waste. Ceasar was unaffected by the attack, however, and he moved to attack his assailants. Calrissian successfully drew away Ceasar's attention by firing at the watchbeast's head—in response, the creature repeatedly made violent lunges toward the Rebel.[1]

Ceasar bears down on Lando Calrissian.

Calrissian was able to dodge Ceasar's attacks, but the watchbeast merely dug through the junk piles and continued his relentless attacks. Just as Ceasar was about to eliminate Calrissian, Skywalker reached the sonic pacifier in Ferret's shuttle. With the pacifier activated, Ceasar slumped to the ground, unable to resume his attack. The Rebels were then able to retrieve the fighters and depart in peace, but not before giving the sonic pacifier to the refugees. With Ferret's device in their possession, the refugees were able to control Ceasar, effectively making the planet useless to the Bazarre administrator.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"Oh, great! What the heck could top a monster like this?"
"How 'bout the fact that our blasters aren't doin' beans against it!"
―Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian[1]

An extremely large, pink–skinned, worm–like monster, Ceasar lived within the trash piles of Patch-4 while viciously attacking any organic that was unfortunate enough to cross its path. Ceasar was particularly unrelenting in its attacks and appeared more or less invulnerable to blaster fire. However, one could easily calm the beast with the sonic pacifier.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Ceasar appeared in the fifty-ninth issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars comic series,[1] published on February 16, 1982,[3] which was written by David Michelinie and Walt Simonson, the latter of whom also illustrated the story. In the story, Ceasar serves as one of the principal antagonists along with his master, Orion Ferret. Ceasar's name,[1] similar to that of Julius Caesar,[4] leads to references[1] to William Shakespeare's play of the same name[4]—in one instance,[1] the line "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him"[4] became "We didn't come to feed Ceasar. We came to bury him!"[1]

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Star Wars (1977) 59
  2. The presence of Shira Brie with the Rebel Alliance during the events of Star Wars (1977) 59 sets the events of the story at 3 ABY, as The New Essential Chronology places her time with the Rebels in that year.
  3. Star Wars: The Comics Companion
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Shakespeare, William: The Life and Death of Julius Caesar. shakespeare.mit.edu. Archived from the original on January 25, 2022.
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