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A Hutt in Hutt's Clothing
By Arnie Hamcheck
There has been talk in the streets of Nar Shaddaa lately that those in the highest (and biggest) seats of power on the moon aren’t what they appear to be. The rumors range from the utterly ridiculous such as one man who wished to remain anonymous simply going by “Waldo”, suggests that there are perhaps humans donning well crafted Hutt disguises or even smaller Hutts in such suits as to make them appear larger.
While that is completely beyond the pale, there is a wonder in if there is a grain of truth hidden in the bizarre. With the recent events on Nar Shaddaa regarding the Jedi setting up a work exchange and Sith having used the moon for a base from which to launch business or grow personal power bases, it makes one wonder how secure the Hutt hierarchy is. How difficult would it be for one to infiltrate this often times mysterious power group that collectively drives the fate of the Gambler’s Moon.
Alongside the ludicrous suggestions of shapeshifters, there are less laughable ones such as Republic agents taking up important posts in the cartels and attempting to flood the system with their own moral standards. Some suggest that Sith run businesses are squeezing the earning power of the Hutts enough so that they are being given key positions from which to influence policy and direction.
While not all citizens are always pleased by the choices made by those sitting large and high up in the authority of Shaddaa, there is something to be said about the culture of Hutt space. Things operate in a certain fashion here which has attracted numerous people to the area where they start businesses, visit as tourists to consume what the moon offers, and those who wish to remain as neutral as possible in the growing conflict beyond. There are some who worry that balance will be upset with too many outsiders setting down roots here, but not interested in following the methods of operation that have brought success for so long.
It leaves more questions than it answers and while this reporter won’t be donning the frequency repelling hats that Waldo manufactures in his apartment, he will definitely be keeping one eye open and an ear to the ground.