Not all the women of the Palace lived out their lives chained to the mighty Hutt himself. More then a few could expect to live with a certain degree of safety, perhaps in the fullness of time even leave the palace. All this could only be possible if the female in question had, what they called, a guardian. Oola's tragic mistake was to draw the wrath of Bib Fortuna, the one man who could have served her as a Guardian.
What was a Guardian?Edit
Jabba was among the most powerful individuals outside the Galactic Empire. There were precious few in all the outer rim he truly feared. Still he was wise enough to understand that an enemy, however weak, was not as useful as an ally, and that allies could become enemies if provoked. If one of the women of his palace caught the eye of certain individuals he would leave her alone, so as not to provoke that person. Not because Jabba feared that person, rather he did not want to loose them as a useful tool.
In time many of the slave girls at the palace came to understand this and would often try to win the favor of a particular person whose wrath Jabba wanted to avoid. If they did and won themselves a 'guardian' then they would avoid the Hutt's attentions, provided they did nothing to displease their protector who intern continued to be useful to Jabba.
Woe to any slave girl whose Guardian incurred Jabba's anger, not only would their protection disappear but they might join in whatever punishment Jabba devised.
Almost anyone who served the Hutt could be a guardian, provided Jabba desired their services more then that of a slave girl or that finding a new slave was more convenient then replacing the minion in question. Therefore, the best Guardians were those Jabba considered most useful and least expendable.
Being a favorite among Jabba's minions Fett was never short on favorable companionship. Once the women of the Palace saw how much he had impressed the mighty Hutt they were constantly throwing themselves at his feet. Any slave girl who found a way into his heart, or at least his bed, would not fear Jabba's appetites, so long as she continued to please Fett.
Winning Fett's protection, however, was far easier said then done. Fett was not known for having an eye for lovely females but he was a man and did indulge himself from time to time. On top of that, being a bounty hunter, he would often leave the palace for long stretches of time and there was always the risk he would not return. Also being a free agent the hunter had no obligations to Jabba and served him only because he paid better than most. If one of Jabba's enemies offered Fett a better deal he might just switch sides, leaving any former lovers to face the anger of Jabba alone.
Fett was far from the only one who served the Hutt. Bib Fortuna, Jabba's Twi'lek Majadomo, was just as indispensable as the bounty hunter, a fact not lost on the women of the palace. Being in charge of the day to day affairs of the palace allowed him a great deal of access to them and many took the opportunity to try and seduce him. It also meant, unlike Fett, there was less chance of him disappearing on some mission never to return. Also, unlike the bounty hunter, he did have an eye for lovely females (especially Twi'lek females) and indulged his lust almost habitually.
The difficulty with Fortuna as a Guardian was that he knew the ways of the Palace and the court far better then Fett ever could have. He knew all about courtly intrigue and palace schemes, it was a game of life and death few people understood and most of the slave girls at the palace were at best talented amateurs, Fortuna was a true master. He knew what the women wanted from him and he used it against them in a vulgar and defiling way, promising them his protection in exchange for their bodies. Many slave girls would give him whatever defiling depravity he could imagine in return for his protection but it seldom saved them for long. Many had been purchased with Jabba's money and he would not allow embezzling to go unpunished. Bib's strategy to avoid Jabba's wrath was to explain that the girls had been purchased for the Hutt's harem and that the Twi'leks perverted passions were merely a detailed inspection to be sure that only the finest slaves would grace Jabba's throne.
Jabba knew better, of course, but was willing to overlook it as long as the females were ultimately his to do with as he pleased. In the end few under Fortuna's 'protection' survived more then a few weeks, the Twi'lek proving just as fickle as the Hutt he served.
Most Guardians are chosen by slave girls for their status in Jabba's organization, but even the most powerful of Guardians cannot protect a slave from Jabba if the slave has no access to them. Cut off and isolated from the palace some slave girls grew desperate and turned to the only one near by. Being the Mistress of the harem Melinna was responsible for keeping the women in line while choosing who had what duties in the Palace and she exploited this fact mercilessly. It was something of a well known secret that Melinna had a taste for women. New comers to the palace might not have been aware of this but most of the Palace staff knew. She enjoyed manipulating those seeking her protection, sometimes getting them to beg her for depravity she would subject them to. More than once, however, a slave girl would abandon their quest for Melinna's affections deciding that Jabba was preferable.
Max Rebo & Sy Snootles
Guardians were often chosen based on indispensability within Jabba's criminal empire. Given how quickly he tends to get through palace musicians one would not think the band members, Rebo and Snootles would make good Guardians. The strength of their protection came from a mix of personal skill and a general humility about them. When Max Rebo agreed to work for Jabba all he asked for in return was all the food he and the band could eat, much to the others' annoyance. As a principle Jabba was against renegotiating any contract but the fact that Max had asked for so little gave him a certain influence with the Hutt. Because it was costing Jabba very little to keep Rebo and his band at the Palace granting the Ortolan a favor or two was not at all out of the question. Sy on the other hand was no stranger to espionage and intrigue and she had experience with Hutts and knew their ways and how they thought. So the idea of a slave girl using them for protection against Jabba was no so far fetched.
The difficulty with them as a Guardian stemmed from their personalities. Max Rebo was a simple soul who could never see beyond his key board and could not think past the next meal. As long as he could play his music and never went hungry he was perfectly content and Ortolans aren't really known for their sexuality. Sy Snootles could see potential and had more ambitions Rebo but she had learned from bitter experience not to stick her neck out for anyone and she knew what happened to those who angered Jabba. Anyone who wanted her as a Guardian would need to convince her she was worth the risk.
Many girls who picked him thought he was a filthy obese man with bad hygiene. However those who did get him as a Guardian found that he wasn't as bad as they thought even though he was a brute who loved blood thirsty scary monsters more than people. After getting to know him, they could see the pain in eyes his of being a slave. Choosing Malakili as a Guardian meant that the girl would be spared from meeting a horrifying end with one of his beasts but if the girl did something to encourage the wrath of Jabba, Malakili or anyone else who worked for the Hutt they would not be spared from his hungry creatures or the Guardian who could protect them then.
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