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«Now, now, Grubbat. You knew what the penalty would be if you were caught double-dipping in the podracing books.»
Jabba Desilijic Tiure[src]

Fortune, Fate, and the Natural History of the Sarlacc is a 9-page comic featured in Star Wars Tales #6. It was written by Mark Schultz, the artwork was done by Kellie Strom and it was edited by Philip Amara.

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The Jawa and his new catch

Grubbat Fhilch gambled with his life and lost. Above a sarlacc pit, he curses Jabba the Hutt and the bounty hunter Boba Fett, while a Gamorrean Guard pushes Grubbat into the pit. Grubbat vows to have his revenge, though Fett finds this to be an unlikely prospect.

Later, the Sarlacc releases its offspring to the wind. The Sarlacc "baby" attaches itself to a dewback ridden by Imperial sandtroopers, and sucks blood from the animal to feed itself.

Later on, the troopers order a group of Jawas to clean their dewbacks. A Jawa removes the "baby" from one of the dewbacks and puts it in a bottle of water. Unknowing of what it may be, the Jawa uses it as a cleaning sponge on a droid. At the Jawa camp, the "baby" manages to escape the bottle when the Jawa is called into a nearby tent for his supper, and clasps itself to a birdlike creature, feeding itself on its catch.

As the sarlacc "baby" grows, it challenges a larger, spider-like creature with three heads. It seems to lose, with the other creature eating the sarlacc larva. However, as the creature eventually lies down to sleep for the night, it dies and is eaten from the inside by the sarlacc. After finishing its meal, the sarlacc digs itself into a pit.

In 4 ABY, Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett take Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and Han Solo to the Great Pit of Carkoon, to be thrown into the very sarlacc whose life cycle has been told in the story. The story ends with the assertion that Grubbat will soon have his unexpected revenge.

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While the details of a sarlacc's growth are canon, the story itself is not, as the sarlacc at Carkoon had been alive for over four thousand years before it encountered Boba Fett.

The story implies that Grubbat gets his revenge for Boba Fett when the sarlacc eats him. However, the story A Barve Like That: The Tale of Boba Fett reveals that Fett later escaped from the belly of sarlacc.

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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