Is there any satisfying explanation anywhere in the EU for why the Sand People would keep Shmi alone in a tent and torture her for I don't know how long, while keeping her just barely alive? The Wook says they were "fascinated by her resilience" which prompted them to try new methods of torture on her (where's that from? the AotC novelization?) -- but why torture her in the first place? What did they want from her? Without knowing if anything has been said on this in the EU, I see three possibilities: -- either the Tusken Raiders are just cruel for cruelty's sake, taking random prisoners to experiment on them (this is what the info in the Wook makes it look like, and it's by far the least satisfying explanation I can think of); -- alternatively, Palpatine could have been behind it in some way, planning the whole episode to get Anakin further on the path towards the Dark Side (that would be a lot better IMO, even if it's just the same copout retcon that's been used for every other inconsistency in the PT era: something's weird? Sidious did it); -- or there's an untold story there: maybe the Sand People actually wanted something from Shmi; maybe it's something to do with the Hetts (or is that later?)... Anyone know anything?