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"This Advozse is a disease-carrying parasite, against whom the Imperial immune system has yet to build a reliable defense—an amoral magnet that confuses the human moral compass."
―From the notes of Andressa Divo[src]

Bom Vimdin was a widely disliked Advozse male who worked as a mercenary, smuggler, and black marketeer. He earned a reputation for working with corrupt officials, providing illicit goods to Imperial officers, and became wanted by the Galactic Empire. In 7977 C.R.C., he was held prisoner by the Empire on board their Death Star superweapon, but he managed to escape from his cell using an explosive device.

After escaping, he spent time in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in the spaceport of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine, sitting at a table with fellow patrons Hem Dazon, Pons Limbic, Braconnor Bakiska, and Arleil Schous. He was later present in the cantina again when the bounty hunter Boba Fett questioned the patrons there for information on local moisture farmer Luke Skywalker. New Republic police commissioner Exantor Divo later wrote about Vimdin in his book, Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious.

Biography[]

Wanted by the Empire[]

"While it is without question the Imperial officials on the receiving end of a graft should be subject to the harshest response the ISB can muster, we cannot diminish the role that such tempters as Vimdin play."
―From the notes of Andressa Divo[src]

Bom Vimdin escaped from the Death Star.

Born around 28 BBY[2] on the planet Riflor,[1] Bom Vimdin was a mercenary[3] who became one of the most successful smugglers and black marketeers operating in the Outer Rim Territories, selling Imperial officers illicit substances and entertainment that was not in keeping with Imperial codes of conduct.[4] By 7977.44.3 C.R.C.,[2] he was wanted for crimes against the Galactic Empire including collusion, bribery, theft, and conspiracy,[4] despite the fact that he indirectly supported the Imperials.[1]

Imperial Security Bureau Agent Andressa Divo included a mention of Vimdin in her notes, describing him as a "disease-carrying parasite" and "amoral magnet" who confused the human moral compass and played an important role in tempting Imperial officials to begin taking bribes. She also noted that the Empire had yet to develop a reliable defense against criminals like Vimdin.[4]

In the same year,[6] he ended up as a prisoner of the Empire and was held in a cell on board the Death Star superweapon. Vimdin managed to get hold of an explosive device and used it to blow a hole in the side of his cell, allowing him to escape into the neighboring corridor and flee from pursuing stormtroopers.[7]

Cantina criminal[]

Vimdin witnessed Boba Fett's search for information on Luke Skywalker.

The mercenary ultimately managed to escape from the Death Star and, shortly before the Battle of Yavin,[5] he was present in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina in the Mos Eisley spaceport on the planet Tatooine. While in the cantina, he sat at a booth table in one of the establishment's backrooms[8] with the Arcona Hem Dazon, the Siniteen Pons Limbic, the Stennes Shifter Braconnor Bakiska, and the Defel Arleil Schous.[3] While the group sat together, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and local moisture farmer Luke Skywalker entered the establishment looking for a pilot to take them to the planet Alderaan.[5] The group was still sat together when Kenobi and Skywalker came into conflict with the thugs Doctor Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba at the cantina's bar.[8]

Following the Battle of Yavin,[9] in 0 ABY,[10] Vimdin and Limbic were both again present in Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina when the bounty hunter Boba Fett entered seeking the identity of Skywalker. The pair stood silently as part of a crowd while Fett questioned them until one of the other patrons challenged him. Fett defeated the patron and eventually got the information he was looking for by interrogating a human who tried to flee from the bar.[9]

Legacy[]

"Bom Vimdin was one of the most successful Outer Rim smugglers and black marketeers."
―From the notations of Exantor Divo, Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious[src]

During the New Republic Era, New Republic police commissioner Exantor Divo, son of Andressa Divo, wrote about Vimdin in his book, Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious, which detailed the experiences of three generations of law enforcement officials in his family. Divo included his mother's notes and the criminal's Imperial wanted poster in the book, writing about Vimdin as an example of the opportunists who tempted Imperial officers who had been given difficult postings.[4]

Personality and traits[]

Bom Vimdin's mugshot

"He had a keen eye for Imperials on the edge, and and a willing-ness [sic] to risk contact with Imperial officials. Vimdin often sold illicit substances and entertainments not keeping within the codes of Imperial conduct."
―From the notations of Exantor Divo[src]

Bom Vimdin was a gloomy loner with a sour face and personality who obsessed over his credit balance and was universally disliked.[3] A cynical individual, he kept mainly to himself and distrusted even those who enlisted his services.[1] He was an opportunist who had a keen eye for Imperials on the edge and was willing to risk contacting them,[4] earning him a reputation for working with corrupt officials.[11] An Advozse with pink skin and black eyes,[5] he despised the rest of his species.[12] He stood 1.8 meters tall.[4]

Skills and abilities[]

Vimdin had above average fighting ability and average speed, strength, and intelligence. He had extremely low diplomatic skills and was not Force-sensitive.[1]

Equipment[]

Bom Vimdin wore a brown jerkin with metal spikes over a white shirt[5] and black pants. He also wore gray gloves, brown boots[7] and a brown neckerchief.[5] In his wanted poster, he wore a brown shirt.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Bom Vimdin was added during supplemental filming at in Dovington's Hollywood studio.

Bom Vimdin first appeared in the 1977 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[5] His scene was added to the film during a series of supplemental shots filmed for the cantina sequence on a sound stage in Dovington's Hollywood studio between January 2425, 1977.[13] Vimdin's costume was provided by creature designer Rick Baker and, on set, the character was known as "Don Rickles" due to his similarity in appearance to the famous Vegas insult-comic.[14]

In the new Star Wars canon, Vimdin was first named in the mobile card game Star Wars: Force Collection,[11] which initially launched in 2013. Although the launch of Force Collection predates[15] the Star Wars canon reset of 2014,[16] Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee confirmed that the game was kept updated to fit with canon.[17] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was created by Louis J. Prosperi for the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game supplement Wanted by Cracken, released by West End Games in 1993.[18]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Topps logo.svg 2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files (Card: Bom Vimdin) (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious states that Bom Vimdin was 28 years old in 7977 C.R.C., also giving that date for the Battle of Scarif. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which include the Battle of Scarif, to 0 BBY. As such, Vimdin must have been born around 28 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  6. During the events of Bounty Hunt, the Death Star's superlaser is fully operational. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which include the completion of the superweapon, take place in 0 BBY. Since Galactic Atlas also dates the destruction of the Death Star to 0 BBY, the events of Bounty Hunt must also take place within that year.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bounty Hunt
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars (2015) 5
  10. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Darth Vader learns that Luke Skywalker is his son, which is depicted in Star Wars (2015) 6, thirty-four years prior to the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places in 34 ABY. Therefore, as Star Wars (2015) 5 takes place chronologically prior to Star Wars (2015) 6 and after the Battle of Yavin, which Galactic Atlas dates to 0 ABY, it must also take place in that year.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Bom Vimdin (★))
  12. Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  13. The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  14. StarWars.com Cantina Roll-Call: Shedding Light on Some Alien Aliases – Friendly Neighborhood Cullatran on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  15. StarWars.com Announcing Star Wars: Force Collection on StarWars.com (backup link)
  16. StarWars.com The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link)
  17. TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@holocronkeeper) on Twitter: "I'm not gonna go through the trouble of changing them and I don't have any reason to believe currently that anyone would. […] On the off-chance that we DID have a current need to change any of these, we would have for Force Collection." (screenshot)Leland Chee of the Lucasfilm Story Group has confirmed that in-universe information from Star Wars: Force Collection conforms with Star Wars canon.
  18. Wanted by Cracken
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