Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Best Of Everything 100-day 100-question Star Wars Blogathon, Question 4

Andrew Leon, who clearly had way too much time on his hands at some point in his life, correctly identified this:

As the answer to question 3. That's a Pa'lowick, and if you want to carry on a conversation with Andrew I suggest you read more about them here, a site that notes that "Storytelling and song were integral parts of [Pa'lowick] culture," which kind of seems superfluous: has there been any culture of which storytelling and song weren't an integral part? I mean, it's like saying "eating and drinking are important parts of the culture of humanity." While the amount of work people put into creating the Star Wars universe seems impressive, delving into the details of it seems more and more like it's just the creation of spambots that are overpopulating the comments on my blogs since Michael Offutt complained loudly enough about the captchas to get me to remove them (only to have him not bother commenting after that.) Those robots that they got to write sports stories are probably responsible for churning out 98% of the Star Wars universe, too.

Andrew now has a commanding lead with 56 points -- but there's opportunities to catch up even if you know nothing about Star Wars, such as by mentioning the Blogathon on your blog (5 points per posted mention!). And you could get today's question right. It's worth 36 points:

Who was Gold Leader In the Battle Of Endor?

Again: No hints this time.

But if it helps, based on Andrew Leon's reference in his answer to a dirty hutt fetish, I did some digging for Star Wars fanfics. Fan fiction being an integral part of the Star Wars culture, of course, and I found the Star Wars Fan Fiction Archive, home of over 24,527 stories about Star Wars, one of which involves what appears to be a semi-erotic story of Obi Wan, Qui Gon, and the Curious Pa'lowick: Jewel Bugs, by ardavenport, begins thusly:

Obi-Wan Kenobi was warm under the hood of his robe. Not quite too warm to take it off. Not quite. Next to him, Qui-Gon Jinn sat up straight in his seat as well, his arms folded before him. Their thighs were pressed close together on the cushy seat, expansively wide for a single diminutive native of this world, but only just wide enough for two adult Humans from a Core World of the Galactic Republic. Their car thrummed rhythmically with their forward motion on the elevated rail it traveled on, the low rumble of the transport, slightly audible through the soundproofing, felt through the body just as much as the ear. And the Force. Obi-Wan felt his Master's presence most strongly, like the shared body heat where their robes, legs and arms touched. There were no stray thoughts between them, just the Force. It flowed through them, like the breath of life, renewing their travel weary bodies. . . .
It's getting hot in here! Remember: First correct answer gets those 36 points; but every comment is an entry in the Weekly Prize Drawing!

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Andrew Leon said...

That would be Lando Calrissian.

Uncle Grumpy Bulldog said...

I'll guess it was Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon with that random alien dude.

Uncle Grumpy Bulldog said...

Damn I shouldn't have taken so long to write my answer! Gah!

Uncle Grumpy Bulldog said...

BTW, this is a piece of Star Wars fanfiction I wrote back in 1995 or 1996, before the prequels and stuff:

Andrew Leon said...

I learned my lesson the other day, so I just slapped my answer down and hit publish. I figured I'd come back for another comment for the rest I have to say.

That excert is just... I have no words for it other than wrong. My reference was actually to an episode of Clone Wars where it's revealed that Snootles once had a releationship with Ziro the Hutt.

It's hard to say whether I had too much time on my hands. I worked in a comic book store in the early 90s, and you pick up a lot of useless information when working in that kind of environment. So it's not like I had extra time on my hands where I was just studying obscure Star Wars facts. I was getting paid to do what I was doing, and what can be better than that?

Briane P said...

No offense intended, Andrew. In fact, the fact that you got paid to know all this stuff makes it all the more incredible. USA! USA!

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, I wasn't offended at all. There have been times when I have been very immersed in Star Wars, but, other than reading a bunch of Star Wars novels back in the 90s, I haven't done any extra delving into Star Wars lore. Unless you count playing the card games. Except that was more related to selling the cards than actually playing the games, because 75% of the Star Wars card games were not very good. And most of the books were worse, which is why I quit reading them. Too many of them were too horrible, and I didn't feel like it was worth it to take the time to figure out which ones were actually good.

Rusty Webb said...


I'm pretty sure wookies will be my answer until this is over. I mean, that has to be the right answer eventually, right?

And Andrew may be in the lead now. But I'm hoping that the last day, the final question will be worth a million points, and the person who gets that one right will be the guaranteed winner of the blogfest. And it will make all the previous 99 questions irrelevant.

That would be a good day for the answer to be wookies.

Andrew Leon said...

But you'd also have to answer first.