this tower of red, desert stone was sacred to the Sand People who lived in the deserts of Tatooine. The ancient Sand People carved out caves in which they told stories, performed secret rituals, and executed blood sacrifices. However, as Jabba the Hutt asserted his control over the planet Tatooine, the city of Mos Espa grew up in the near near the Pinnacle. As podracing grew in popularity, the Sand People were driven away from the Sacred Pinnacle by the whine of their engines. Eventually, Jabba built Mos Espa Arena surrounding the Pinnacle, but left the stone pillar intact. During the height of Jabba's reign, the Pinnacle housed luxury accomodations for visitors who came to see the podracer. The Sand People, hating the way that their sacred grounds had been usurped, camped out on the pdoracing course and shot at the racers in retailation.