- "Presenting His Excellency, Mok Shaiz, Mayor of Mos Espa and its surrounding plateaus."
Mok Shaiz was an Ithorian male who was the mayor of the city of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine around 9 ABY. Following Boba Fett's takeover of the palace and criminal empire of Jabba the Hutt, Shaiz and Fett came into conflict after the latter failed to pay him tribute, instead having expected the Mayor to do the same to him. When Fett was subsequently attacked in an assassination attempt, the new crime lord visited Shaiz, believing he was responsible, though the Mayor deflected both the accusation and the threats made by Fett. In reality, Shaiz had offered Fett's territory on Tatooine to the Pyke Syndicate.
The Mayor and the Daimyo
- "Master Bib did not have the power of Jabba, so he relied on uneasy alliances to preserve his tribute and title. All of this while lining the pockets of Mayor Mok Shaiz."
The Ithorian male Mok Shaiz governed as the mayor of the city Mos Espa and its surrounding plateaus on the planet Tatooine. Shaiz resided in a city hall within Mos Espa, where he was served by a Twi'lek majordomo and several guards, as well as a desk clerk. He took visitors' appointments from within his chambers in the city hall.
After the death of the crime lord Jabba the Hutt in 4 ABY, his majordomo, Bib Fortuna, took his place amid the newly-created power vacuum. Mos Espa subsequently became divided between three families—the Trandoshans, the Aqualish, and the Klatooinians. As Fortuna possessed less power than Jabba had, he had to rely on uneasy alliances, providing Shaiz with payment.
Around the year 9 ABY, the former bounty hunter Boba Fett, assisted by Master Assassin Fennec Shand, killed Fortuna, taking over his palace. Unknown to Fett, Shaiz had been bribed by the Pyke Syndicate, who the Mayor promised the territory that Fett had claimed. As Fett tried to rebuild the Hutt's criminal empire as his own, receiving tributes from many of those who formerly served under Jabba, Shaiz dispatched his majordomo to Fett's palace. Though Fett and Shand believed Shaiz himself would be visiting to pay tribute, the majordomo only offered his employer's welcome, informing the new Daimyo that the Mayor was occupied with pressing matters and instead requesting that Fett pay tribute to Shaiz. Fett did not provide any tribute for the Mayor, but allowed the majordomo to depart alive. Before leaving, the majordomo informed the two that Shaiz may take Fett's response differently, threatening the possibility of a further delegation in the near future.
- "You should remember, you serve as long as the Daimyo of Tatooine deem it so."
"Before you threaten me, you should ask yourself, who really sent the Night Wind? I have no motive. As you said, I serve at your pleasure."
"I am not a fool, Mok Shaiz. And those who thought otherwise no longer draw breath."
- ―Boba Fett and Mok Shaiz
After Fett and Shand were attacked by assassins of the Order of the Night Wind, they captured one, who alleged that he had been sent by the Mayor. Fett and Shand subsequently took the prisoner to the city hall, and the majordomo attempted to turn them away, claiming Shaiz was indisposed for the remainder of the week. Fett nonetheless forced his way into the Mayor's quarters as the majordomo apologized to Shaiz.
The Mayor questioned the identity of the unnannounced visitor, though Fett was doubtful that the Ithorian did not know who he was. Fett threw the Night Wind assassin to the ground in front of Shaiz, accusing the Mayor of being behind the attack. The majordomo insisted that the Mayor was not responsible, but Shaiz silenced him, identifying the assassin's allegiance to the Night Wind. Though Fett took the Mayor's comment as admission, Shaiz silently signaled one of his guards, who shot and killed the assassin; the act led to a standoff between Fett's forces and the Mayor's guards, but Shaiz continued with acknowledgement of the Night Wind's illegal nature outside Hutt Space, thanking Fett for turning the assassin in.
As the majordomo rewarded Fett at the Mayor's request, Fett declared he was no longer a bounty hunter, but Shaiz challenged his claim. Fett asserted that he would take the payment in place of the tribute he had expected from Shaiz, threatening that the Mayor only served as the Daimyo deemed. Shaiz, unfazed by the threat, suggested that Fett reconsider who was behind the Night Wind attack, claiming that he had no motive and that he served at Fett's pleasure, though the crime lord was unconvinced. Offering advice to Fett as his tribute, along with the currency provided earlier, Shaiz told him that running a family was a more complicated endeavor than bounty hunting; when Fett questioned him, the Mayor instructed the Daimyo to visit Madam Garsa Fwip's Sanctuary, where Fett learned that his position was disputed by the Hutts known as the Twins, a brother and sister who were cousins of Jabba.
- "Where is he?"
"He's with the Pykes. The Mayor's gone. He's working with the Pykes."
- ―Boba Fett and Shaiz's majordomo
Some time later, the Twins learned that Shaiz had promised Tatooine to the Pyke Syndicate, informing Fett, who was doubtful of their claims. The crime lord attempted to confront the Mayor in the city hall, but Shaiz had already departed to join the Pykes, who had begun to gather their troops in Mos Espa. After Fett, helped by a gang of Mods, chased down Shaiz's majordomo when he attempted to flee the city hall, the majordomo told him that Shaiz had gone. The Mayor's majordomo was captured and questioned by Fett and Shand, but Shaiz himself could not be found, though the Mods were dispatched to search the streets of Mos Espa for him.
Personality and traits
- "Here is the tribute I offer, some advice. Running a family is more complicated than bounty hunting."
- ―Mok Shaiz, to Boba Fett
Though Mok Shaiz hid his true affiliation, he asserted that he had no motive against Fett, claiming to Fett that he served at the crime lord's pleasure, while the Mayor's majordomo greeted Boba Fett with what he said was Shaiz's heartfelt welcome. Nevertheless, the Mayor expected the crime lord to pay him tribute rather than the opposite, also acting as if he was unaware of Fett's identity when they met. When Fett brought the captured Night Wind assassin to Shaiz along with an accusation, the Mayor instead responded as if Fett was still operating as a bounty hunter. The Mayor was referred to as "spineless" by one of the Twins.
Skills and abilities
Behind the scenes
Mok Shaiz is a character that created for the television series The Book of Boba Fett. Shaiz was portrayed by performance artist John Rosengrant and was one of two characters voiced by co-showrunner and director Robert Rodriguez, alongside Dokk Strassi. He first featured in the series' trailer on November 1, 2021 and was later mentioned by name in the first episode of the series, "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land," which aired on Disney+ on December 29, 2021. Shaiz first appeared in the following episode, "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine," which aired on January 5, 2022.
Concept art of Shaiz's meeting with Fett in Chapter 2 was created by Anton Grandert. The Mayor's depiction in the concept art differs slightly from his final appearance, featuring different clothing and sporting a beard.
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land" (Mentioned only) (First identified as Mok Shaiz)
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine" (First appearance)
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa" (Mentioned only)
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm" (Mentioned only)
- (First mentioned)
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- (Picture only)
Notes and references
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- The attack on Jabba's Palace, depicted in "Chapter 16: The Rescue," is dated by "Jabba the Hutt and Other Bounty Hunters and Criminals" to be around 9 ABY. As the present-time of The Book of Boba Fett occurs shortly after the attack, The Book of Boba Fett must also take place around 9 ABY.
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"