Following the Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia, and C-3PO braved the perils of the asteroid field in the Millennium Falcon as part of a desperate ploy to escape the Imperial Navy. Successfully navigating its expanse against all odds.
“Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty to one.”
“Never tell me the odds!”
―C-3PO and Han Solo
The asteroid field’s very high mineral content and presence of some organic material, including frozen water, meant that some extraordinary creatures occupied the asteroid field. Many of the larger asteroids were inhabited by giant wormlike creatures known as exogorths, colloquially called “space slugs.”
Han hid his ship in a cave but became suspicious of his surroundings after the cave turned out to be infested with mynocks, curiously damp, and oddly spongy underfoot. The Corellian had unwittingly flown down the gullet of a massive space slug, which tried to devour the Falcon as the ship fled.
The exogorth first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back released 1980. The concept art of it was made by the one and only Ralph McQuarrie. The exogorth was also identified in the 2015 reference book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
The reference book tells us that these are silicon-based lifeforms that survive in the vacuum of space by making their homes in the caverns and craters of asteroids. They feed on the minerals of asteroids, various stellar energy fields, and mynocks (another silicon-based lifeform).
The average adult space slug grew to about 10 meters (33 feet) in length, but some slugs have been known to continuously grow to sizes that rival capital ships in sheer bulk, with some weighing over 150,000 tons.
The Exogorth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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