From the Expanded UniversePrince Xizor was the Underlord of the most powerful criminal organization in the galaxy. He was one of the most influential beings in the entire Empire, third to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. An elegant being, Xizor was highly public, but his associations with Black Sun were only whispered, and never ever spoken in accusatory tones.
An ambitious criminal mastermind, Xizor schemed to topple Darth Vader from his favored position beside Palpatine. Xizor hated Vader, though the Dark Lord never suspected the true reason why. About a decade before the Battle of Hoth, Vader had established a biological weapons laboratory on the Falleen homeworld. After an accident, the city adjacent to the lab had to be razed by orbital bombardment to stop further contamination. Vader's actions killed 200,000 Falleen, including Xizor's entire family -- his mother, father, brother, two sisters and three uncles. Xizor was not on the planet at the time. Rather than strike out in unprepared vengeance, Xizor carefully erased all records of the family tragedy, forever deleting evidence of his hatred for Vader.
Xizor was a smooth-skinned Falleen male with green skin, and deep lavender eyes. He wore his black hair in a topknot ponytail, and wore a smaller ponytail at the base of his skull. He often wore long robes of luxurious fabric. When aroused, his skin turned a orange-scarlet, part of a complex mating response holdover from Xizor's reptilian heritage. Xizor's alien background also allowed him limited amphibious ability, as he was able to breathe water for 12 hours.
Although his body was muscular, exotic and similar to a 30-year old humanoid in appearance, he was over a century old. He conditioned his physique with myostim units that exercised individual muscles. Xizor also trained in martial arts, and was an expert marksman from training on his personal firing range.
Xizor wrapped himself in the trappings of luxury. His wealth exceeded that of many planets. In his immense palatial estate on Coruscant he would relax, plot and run his vast criminal and corporate empires. His palace neighbored that of Lord Vader, and when the Dark Lord would emerge from his home, Xizor would have him watched constantly. In orbit over Coruscant, Xizor maintained an opulent skyhook resort called the Falleen's Fist. Xizor also owned part of the Manarai, the famous luxury restaurant overlooking Imperial Center's Monument Park.
To relax, Xizor would sit in his conform-lounger, or trim the branches of his 600-year old miniature firethorn tree. It would provide him blessed distraction from the everyday vagaries of running both Black Sun and Xizor Transport Systems.
He did not rule alone, however. Although he was head of this criminal family, below him he had several "Vigos" or lieutenants that oversaw operations in specific territories. Xizor surrounded himself with the best of employees. His most prized assistant -- and possession -- was the human replica droid Guri.
Prior to Jabba the Hutt's ascent to the head of the Desilijic clan, Xizor meddled into the internal politics of the Hutt heirarchy. The Besadii clan and the Desilijic clan were in heated competition for control of lucrative slaving and spice contracts. In that competition, the head of the Besadii clan, Aruk the Hutt, was poisoned by Jabba the Hutt. Durga the Hutt began an intense investigation to find the cause of his parent's death. Xizor set his eye on getting the powerful Hutt into his debt, so he had his agent Green purposely befuddle Durga's investigators with false leads and dead-ends. Flustered, Durga came to Xizor, asking for help.
Xizor's agents were easily able to put the blame on Jabba the Hutt. Xizor had Guri ensure that no harm came to Jabba, though, since he was a valued contact. With Durga in his debt, Xizor pressured him to become a Black Sun Vigo, thus allowing Black Sun a foothold into the Hutt criminal empire. This juggling of allies and enemies was a trademark Xizor strategy.
During the Hoth campaign, Xizor was in the Emperor's throne room on Coruscant when the Supreme Ruler contacted Lord Vader. The two dark-side imbued beings spoke of "the son of Skywalker." Xizor pieced together that Luke Skywalker was Vader's son, and learned of Vader's plan to seduce Skywalker to the dark side of the Force. Rather than have Vader succeed, Xizor plotted to have Skywalker killed.
Xizor's schemes were often multifaceted and complex. For instance, once learning of Ororo Transportation's efforts to undermine Xizor Transport System's control of shipping in the Bajic sector, Xizor told Vader of a Rebel fleet massing in the Vergesso system. In truth, the ships belonged to Ororo, and in an effort to impress the Emperor, Vader took his taskforce to destroy the ships. Xizor had duped Vader and Palpatine, and had achieved his objective of wiping out a business rival, and tying up a personal rival in a mission that allowed Xizor to continue his hunt for Skywalker.
Another plot involving Xizor was the release of the Death Star plans to the Rebels. Xizor did not make the acquisition of said plans simple, however. Many Bothans died in capturing the freighter Suprosa, which carried the plans. Xizor could not lose -- if the plans lured the Alliance into the Empire's trap, the Emperor would laud Xizor for a scheme well executed. If the Alliance was able to pull victory from the second Death Star, Xizor would still succeed as an ally of the victorious Rebels, since it was he who allowed the plans to be discovered. The Falleen had learned to stave offpassion in favor of cold, methodical plotting. Xizor was cool and cunning. He savored the presence of humanoid females he deemed attractive. He had a string of mistresses; he never stayed more than a few months with any one female. He would depart, often leaving immense and extravagant gifts of parting -- an entire palatial estate for one. For one with such a hedonistic and varied private life, Xizor grew tired. The powerful pheremones he exuded made the presence of women far too easy to attract. He longed for an equal to conquer.
That opportunity presented itself when Xizor learned that Leia Organa was seeking contact with Black Sun. Xizor relished the irony -- in an effort to track down the repeated attempts on Luke's life, Leia came to the one who called for his assassination. Xizor became obsessed with Leia, hoping to add her to the long list of female conquests.
Xizor arranged Leia's transport to his citadel. There, he attempted to seduce Leia. With the powerful pheremones he produced, Leia almost fell to carnal passion. The two embraced, exchanging passionate kisses -- but Leia rebuffed Xizor's advances, making her point felt with a swift knee to the Falleen's groin. Xizor, enraged, imprisoned Leia.
Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and Dash Rendar infiltrated Xizor's palace to rescue Leia. Xizor's arrogance precluded any admission from his part that his security systems could be breached. With such denial, the Rebel infiltraters were able to make progress in the palace. It wasn't until Leia escaped capture and temporarily disabled Guri that Xizor finally took notice.
High in the palace, Xizor was face-to-face with Luke Skywalker. In a standoff, Luke produced a thermal detonator. Rather than risk a bluff, Xizor let the group leave untouched. Calrissian dealt a powerful blow to the Black Sun criminal empire as he dropped another detonator down a service chute. Unable to recover it, Xizor ordered a general evacuation of the palace.
In the confusion, the Rebels escaped the palace. Xizor boarded his advanced combat vessel, the Virago, and escaped to the skyhook. High in orbit over Coruscant, a deadly space battle erupted, as Xizor's forces tried to stop the fleeing Rebels. Xizor's forces ran straight into Vader's returning task force. Blinded by his rage, Xizor stupidly announced Skywalker's presence into an open comlink.
The transmission was intercepted by Vader. Vader offered Xizor an ultimatum: call off his attack in two minutes and surrender, or suffer the price of not taking Vader's advice and staying away from Skywalker. Xizor remained silent, and his skyhook was destroyed by the Executor.
The Rebels escaped, and Xizor died aboard the Falleen's Fist. The remnants of Black Sun fell into the control of Moff Fliry Vorru. Guri escaped the destruction of Xizor's trappings. Unknown to nearly everyone -- possibly Xizor himself -- was that he had a surviving relative who was offplanet during the Falleen disaster that wiped out his family. Xizor's niece Savan survived, and sought to take control of Black Sun after his death.
Behind the ScenesPrince Xizor (pronounced "Shee-zor") was developed specifically for the Shadows of the Empire multi-media project. His character would give a new face to organized crime in the Star Wars saga, replacing the formerly gross, indulgent visage of Jabba and his henchmen with a refined, elegant countenance. The name was coined by LucasBooks' Director of Publishing Lucy Wilson, based on a Portuguese name she had encountered, Xico, with a similarly pronounced 'sh' sound for the 'x.'
"Xizor is a classic villain," says Howard Roffman, Lucasfilm's Vice President of Licensing. "He's like the Godfather with a reptilian overlay." Artists Mike Butkus and Kilian Plunkett began preliminary designs of the character. Xizor's most famous contemplative and plotting stance was inspired from an old concept illustration of Bib Fortuna, by Nilo Rodis-Jamero.
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