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Nizuc Bek was a male[2] human who was in the palace of the crime lord Jabba the Hutt prior to the Battle of Endor.[1] Bek was hired by Jabba the Hutt to guard celebrities visiting Jabba's palace. He was assigned to protect Sy Snootles, the Max Rebo Band's lead vocalist. When Luke Skywalker arrived and failed to persuade Jabba to release Han Solo and Chewbacca, he use the Force to possess Bek's DL-18 blaster pistol in an attempt to kill the Hutt.[1]


Celebrity bodyguard[]

Nizuc Bek was a human[1] male who was hired by Jabba Desilijic Tiure,[2] a [[Hutt crime lord,[1] to guard celebrities visiting the Hutt's palace[2] on the desert planet Tatooine.[3] During the Max Rebo Band's tenure as Jabba's house band, Bek was assigned to protect its lead vocalist, the Pa'lowick Sy Snootles.[2] In 4 ABY, Bek was stood behind Jabba's throne at the palace talking to another human when the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO were brought before Jabba by his majordomo, Bib Fortuna, and two Gamorrean guards.[1]

Nizuc Bek stares at Han Solo's frozen form

Bek continued his conversation while R2-D2 played a message from the droids' master, Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, in which the Jedi asked to bargain with Jabba for the freedom of the smuggler Han Solo and gifted the Hutt the two droids as a sign of good faith. As the message ended and Jabba declared he would not give up Solo, Bek and the other human moved across the court room to look at Solo, who was frozen in carbonite and displayed on Jabba's wall.[1]

Attack of a Force-wielding blaster thief[]

Nizuc Bek worked as a bodyguard.

The next day,[4] Bek was stood beside Jabba's throne when Skywalker confronted Jabba in the throne room and demanded that Solo and the Wookiee Chewbacca be released. When Jabba refused, the Jedi used the Force to pull Bek's DL-18 blaster pistol from his belt and across the room into Skywalker's hand. Before he could fire the weapon, the Gamorrean guard Jubnuk grappled with the Jedi and both were sent tumbling down through a trap door by Jabba, ending up in the pit beneath the throne room.[1]

Bek and the rest of the court quickly moved to a grating that looked down into the pit, and watched as Jabba's pet rancor, Pateesa, emerged and devoured Jubnuk. Their cheers were quickly silenced though, when Skywalker managed to kill Pateesa using the large door to the pit. An angry Jabba demanded that Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca be brought before him, and as Bek watched, the Hutt sentenced the trio to be executed at the Great Pit of Carkoon. Bek then joined a crowd of courtiers that followed the three prisoners as they were marched from the throne room.[1]

Desert voyage[]

In order to view the executions, Bek then traveled with Jabba on board the Hutt's sail barge, the Khetanna. Upon reaching the Great Pit, Bek stood with other court members and Jabba in the barge's hold and watched the Bantha-II cargo skiff carrying the prisoners as it hovered above the maw of the sarlacc that dwelt in the pit. Jabba offered the prisoners a chance to beg for mercy, but Skywalker simply gave the Hutt one last chance to spare them, earning a laugh from the crowd. The Jedi was then pushed over the edge of the skiff, but leapt back up, now armed by R2-D2 with his lightsaber.[1]

As Skywalker began cutting down the skiff guards, confusion broke out among those on the barge and the Jedi's enslaved ally, Princess Leia Organa took the opportunity to smash the controls operating the vehicle's shutters and plunge those in the hold into darkness. As the crowd rushed around in blind panic, Organa then killed Jabba by strangling him with a chain and then made her way to the top deck, where she used a deck cannon to destroy the barge before escaping with Skywalker and their other allies.[1]

Personality and traits[]

Nizuc Bek had light skin and brown hair.[1]


Bek wore a yellow tabard with a black belt and holster and matching gauntlets and goggles. He had brown pants and boots and also wore a gray headpiece with a brown fabric neckguard that hung from the back. As well as his DL-18 blaster pistol, Bek also carried a blaster rifle.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Nizuc Bek appeared in the 1983 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. In the current Star Wars canon, Bek was first identified in the mobile card game Star Wars: Force Collection,[2] which initially launched in 2013. Although the launch of Force Collection predates[5] the Star Wars canon reset of 2014,[6] Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee confirmed that the game was kept updated to fit with canon.[7] The 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations misspelt the name as "Nizuc Beck."[3] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used on a card in the 1998 "Jabba's Palace Limited" set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game produced by Decipher, Inc.[8]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Force Collection (Card: Nizuc Bek (★★))
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  4. Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  5. StarWars.com Announcing Star Wars: Force Collection on StarWars.com (backup link)
  6. StarWars.com The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page on StarWars.com (backup link)
  7. 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." (backup link)Leland Chee of the Lucasfilm Story Group has confirmed that in-universe information from Star Wars: Force Collection conforms with Star Wars canon.
  8. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameJabba's Palace Limited (Card: Nizuc Bek) (backup link)
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