"The Tusken Raiders in that cave over yonder are a threat to this area. I need you to deal with them. And by that, I mean eliminate them."
―Dera Darklighter[src]

The Tusken Cave, with the Darklighter estate in the distance


The interior of the Tusken Cave

The Tusken Cave was a cave located on the planet Tatooine. Located close to the Darklighter family's estate, the cave was populated by the indigenous Sand People known as Tusken Raiders.

The Tusken Raiders had only recently took up residence in the cave following the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY. Dera Darklighter, the daughter of Huff Darklighter, subsequently became obsessed with the Tusken Raiders who began inhabiting the nearby cave. She set out into the desert to investigate the situation, much to the chagrin of her father who feared for her safety. In order to make sure she was all right, Huff tasked a spacer with locating his daughter. The spacer did locate Dera, who only expressed annoyance at her father's lack of trust in her abilities. Nonetheless, Dera wished to use the spacer's skills to eliminate the Tuskens in the cave, as they posed a threat to the area. The Tuskens who inhabited the cave were especially vile. The spacer agreed to help the young woman, and eliminated at least two dozen Tusken Flesh Renders and Blood Hunters. However, in order to slow the Tusken Raider attacks sufficiently enough until a strong force could be brought against them, the vile Tusken chieftain would need to be eliminated. Ultimately, he too was killed by the superior expertise of the spacer. With the Tusken threat diminished, Dera was assured that they would be slowed down enough until a larger fighting force could finish them off completely.

The cave was also known to be inhabited by dangerous creatures including sand flies and Sand Slugs.[1]

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Behind the scenesEdit

The Tusken Cave was a location in the 2003 massively multiplayer online-role playing game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, prior to the game's closure on December 15, 2011. A level of the 1991 Star Wars video game was also called "Tusken Cave" in a guide to the game in Nintendo Power magazine.


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