As you may or may not know, StarWars.com offers fans the chance to create back stories for the lesser known characters and vehicles, and I was lucky enough to have my entry selected!
This means so much to me, no matter how small contribution might be, as Star Wars has been the main thing in my life for the past 30 years - what an honor to actually be a part of it!
You can go here to see the official databank entry, or here to see how Wookieepedia.com represented it.
Below is my original, unedited submission.
With sales of their cheap and durable line of PK droids remaining constant, Cybot Galactica turned to R&D officer, Naftrat Odarr, to push the model into new territories.
Odarr, a Sullustan recently headhunted from Sorosuub, began to consider the Intel capabilities of the innocuous little droid, and set about filling much of its cranial unit with audio visual equipment.
Ironically, the first test took place at Sorosuub, which resulted in Cybot Galactica presenting an LE Manifest Droid four months before Sorosuub’s own FA-1 model was released.
Odarr vanished during the ensuing battle in the courtroom between the mighty manufacturers.
The effectiveness of the Intel PK series (I-PK) became legendary, and the remaining models were sought after by company operatives and mercenaries alike. Ultimately, a handful made their way via a shady Hutt deal to Tatooine, where they were soon sold to slave dealers and owners, who realized that these little droids were a perfect way to keep tabs on their property, and were hardy enough to weather out the harsh conditions of the dusty planet.
Nicknamed Rolo-droids for their single uni-wheel, the I-PKs served their nefarious masters well, until a small boy, the son of a slave, encountered one stuck beneath a reclining dewback, and took it home to tinker with. This boy was Anakin Skywalker, just turned six years old, and skilled enough to reprogram a simple droid unit.
Upon discovery of the I-PK’s purpose, Anakin set about capturing as many as he could, reprogramming their circuits so that the slave owners believed nothing out of the ordinary was happening.
Young Skywalker’s actions resulted in the escape of seventeen slaves from Mos Espa and would have helped many more had he not been taken from the planet by the Jedi Council, thus ending his ability to maintain their reprogramming.
I-PKs remained in use for ten more years, until they were rendered obsolete by the Mark IV Sentry Droid.
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- ▼ 2007 (17)