The genetic experiments
had been contracted by the Empire so that they would have a
secret army of slaves to work on the Death Star. Still, years
later, well after the Empire has been destroyed, the experiments
continue. Jaxxon wants to free the animals, including the family
that he'd left there so long ago, but he meets with resistance
in the form of the General, a total rip-off of General Woundwort
from the Richard Adams book Watership
Down (one of my faves as a child. Scary, even if it IS about
rabbits). There's other nods to the book with the inclusion
of characters named Fiver and Big Wig.
Some of the other citizens
of the Hutch include duck people; M'antha - half man, half bantha;
a taun-taun; and a little pot bellied pig named Babe. I decided
that with all of the aliens in the Star Wars universe that looked
like animals in our own, perhaps the Kaminoans were responsible
for their existance over many millenia. I mean, c'mon. Gamorreans
are just big, dumb pig-men. And they're green too.
Of course the whole thing
would end with a big fight with the General, who doesn't want
to leave because he'll lose any power he holds. Inevitably,
Jaxxon and friends escape and the station explodes or something,
forever hiding the terrible secret.