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Vizam was a Kajain'sa'Nikto male who served as weapons master for the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. In 4 ABY, he was present in the throne room of Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine when the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO arrived to deliver a message from the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, a member of the Rebel Alliance. Skywalker stated his desire to see the smuggler Han Solo freed from imprisonment in the palace and then gifted the droids to Jabba.

Vizam later watched a performance by the Max Rebo Band in the throne room which ended with the dancer Oola being dropped through a trap door into a pit containing the rancor Pateesa. The Nikto excitedly watched as the dancer was killed by Pateesa, after which Skywalker's ally Princess Leia Organa arrived disguised as a bounty hunter with the Wookiee Chewbacca as a prisoner. Vizam and the rest of Jabba's court later hid within the throne room in order to catch Organa attempting to free Solo. Once the smuggler was free, Jabba revealed himself along with Vizam and the others and then had Organa and Solo captured.

Vizam was again present in the throne room when Skywalker himself arrived, witnessing Jabba drop the Jedi into the rancor pit only for Skywalker to slay Pateesa. Jabba then demanded that the prisoners be fed to the sarlacc living in the Great Pit of Carkoon. Vizam traveled to the pit onboard Jabba's sail barge, the Khetanna, but the prisoners fought back against Jabba's henchmen once brought to their destination. Wile Vizam mounted a laser cannon on the barge's top deck and opened fire on the skiff carrying the prisoners, Skywalker boarded the barge and slew the Nikto with his lightsaber.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Present at the palace[edit | edit source]

Vizam eagerly watched the demise of Oola.

Originally from the planet Kintan,[1] the Nikto Vizam served as weapons master[5] for the criminal empire of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure during the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic.[4] In 4 ABY,[2] Vizam was present in the throne room of Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine when the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO delivered a message to the Hutt from the Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, a member of the Rebel Alliance. As Vizam stood next to a Jawa beside Jabba's dais, a hologram of Skywalker stated his intention to see the smuggler Han Solo, who was imprisoned within a block of carbonite within the palace, set free. Skywalker then gifted the two droids to Jabba, and they were escorted by several of the Hutt's henchmen from the room.[4]

Vizam later viewed a musical performance[4] by the Max Rebo Band[3] in the throne room, which ended when the Twi'lek dancer Oola refused Jabba's advances. The Hutt dropped the dancer through a trap door into a pit containing his pet rancor,[4] Pateesa.[6] Vizam was amongst the members of the court who rushed forward to the grate above the pit to witness Oola's demise. Leia Organa, an ally of Skywalker, then arrived in the throne room disguised as the bounty hunter[4] Boushh[3] and was accepted into the court after delivering the Wookiee Chewbacca as a prisoner to the Hutt.[4]

Plot by a princess[edit | edit source]

Vizam (back left corner) witnessed Luke Skywalker threaten Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba had in fact seen through Organa's disguise, and later that night, Vizam and the rest of the court hid themselves behind a curtain in the throne room in order to set a trap for her. After Organa crept into the room and freed Solo from the carbonite, Jabba revealed himself along with Vizam and his other allies and had Organa and Solo taken captive.[4]

With Organa having failed her mission, Skywalker himself arrived at the palace to confront the Hutt. Vizam was seated on the floor of one of the throne room's alcoves amongst various other resting court members when Skywalker entered the throne room and demanded that Jabba free his friends. Vizam stood to witness the confrontation, which resulted in Skywalker being dropped into the rancor pit after threatening Jabba's life. However, Skywalker managed to slay Pateesa and an enraged Jabba demanded that Skywalker, Solo, and Chewbacca be fed to the sarlacc that dwelt within the Great Pit of Carkoon on Tatooine.[4]

Peril at the pit[edit | edit source]

Vizam fires a laser cannon during the battle at the sarlacc pit.

To view his prisoners' execution, Jabba traveled to the sarlacc pit on his sail barge,[4] the Khetanna.[3] Vizam was also on the barge while Jabba's prisoners were transported[4] on a Bantha-II cargo skiff escort.[3] Once the skiff stopped above the pit, R2-D2 launched Skywalker's lightsaber from the barge to the Jedi, who took the blade to defeat Jabba's henchmen and free his friends aboard the skiff.[4] Vizam witnessed the attack and quickly mounted[7] a Gi/9 antipersonnel laser cannon[8] on the sail barge's railing.[7]

The Nikto then opened fire on the skiff, which knocked Lando Calrissian—an ally of Skywalker's who had been disguised as one of Jabba's men—and the skiff's helmsman,[4] Vedain,[9] overboard. Calrissian took hold of the skiff and survived, but the helmsman tumbled into the maw of the sarlacc. Vizam continued firing on the skiff, allowing Skywalker to deflect one of the bolts from the Nikto's turret into the jetpack of bounty hunter Boba Fett, incapacitating Fett[4] and contributing in no small part to the hunter's fall into the sarlacc below.[10] Vizam's assault eventually caused the vehicle to drop on one side, after which Skywalker climbed aboard the sail barge and slashed Vizam with his lightsaber,[4] killing him.[3]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Vizam fired enthusiastically with his turret from the Khetanna, so intent on the weapon that he missed Luke Skywalker scaling the barge.

Vizam was an orange-skinned Kajain'sa'Nikto male[3] with a flat face.[7] Vizam enjoyed grisly executions more than most[10] and when the slave girl Oola was being eaten by the rancor, the Nikto chose to move closer to the rancor's pit and watch while bobbing up and down.[4] The disruption of the execution at the Pit of Carkoon spoiled Vizam's day and he began firing from the deck enthusiastically in order try and bring things back under control and earn Jabba's respect. The Nikto was so intent on firing at the skiff that he did not notice Skywalker boarding the sail barge until it was too late.[10]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Vizam manned a laser cannon[8] while aboard Jabba's sail barge. During the sarlacc battle, he wore brown-and-gray headgear; several layers of clothing that included a yellow padded vest, navy sleeves, and gray shoulder pads; chrome gauntlets; a utility belt; white pants; and black boots.[4] Vizam sometimes also carried a DL-18 blaster pistol which he kept in a holster on his belt.[5]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Vizam's costume was made by Phil Tippett's creature design team and Nilo Rodis-Jamero's costume design team.

"I would say, 'If I give that guy a full costume, all you have to make are his hands and head.'"
―Nilo Rodis-Jamero describes the collaboration leading to the creation of the Vizam costume[src]

Vizam first appeared in the 1983 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[4] The character was created for the film through the combined efforts of Phil Tippett's creature design team and Nilo Rodis-Jamero's costume design team. During production of the film, Vizam was known as "Nikto #4" and dressed in a costume designed to be similar to some of the other skiff guards.[11] A sketch of Vizam's costume was drawn by Tippett.[12]

The Vizam costume consisted of a navy undergarment covered by a brown kimono and then a quilted yellow tabard, as well as white pants, gray vambraces, and a soft hat made of brown-and-gray fabric. The costume's wrist guards were made of plastic, and the cotton jersey that served as the undergarment was dyed navy and smocked to give the clothing a loose, bunched appearance on the arms.[11]

In the new Star Wars canon, the character was first identified by name in 2016 in the nineteenth issue of the Star Wars Helmet Collection magazine produced by De Agostini.[10] That name originated in Star Wars Legends through Decipher, Inc.'s Star Wars Customizable Card Game, where it appeared on the "Vizam" card in the 1998 Jabba's Palace Limited set.[13] The 2018 reference book Star Wars: Complete Vehicles uses Vizam's character design for the majority of guards on board the Khetanna.[8]

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