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Vizam was a Kajain'sa'Nikto male who served as weapons master the crime lord Jabba the Hutt. In 4 ABY, he was present in Jabba's Palace for the capture of Princess Leia Organa, a member of the Rebel Alliance who had attempted to free the smuggler Han Solo from carbonite imprisonment. Vizam also witnessed another rebel, the Jedi Luke Skywalker, confront Jabba over his friends' captivity.

When Jabba ordered that the group of rebel prisoners be fed to the sarlacc living in the Great Pit of Carkoon, Vizam was among those who traveled there aboard the Hutt's sail barge, the Khetanna. Once at the pit, the rebels managed to free themselves, and during the ensuing fight, Vizam used a turret on the sail barge to fire on the skiff carrying the prisoners. Amidst the chaos of the skirmish, Skywalker boarded the sail barge and killed Vizam with his lightsaber.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Plot by a princess[edit | edit source]

Vizam served as weapons master[4] 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.[2] In 4 ABY,[1] Vizam viewed a musical performance in the throne room of Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine.[2] The performance ended with the Twi'lek dancer Oola being dropped through a trap door into a pit containing Jabba's pet rancor,[2] Pateesa,[5] after she defied Jabba by refusing his advances. While Oola was in the pit, Vizam was among the members of Jabba's court who rushed forward to witness her gruesome demise.[2]

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

Later that night, Princess Leia Organa of the Rebel Alliance, who had previously entered the palace disguised as a bounty hunter, attempted to free the smuggler Han Solo, another rebel who was being held captive by Jabba in a block of carbonite. However, Jabba had seen through Organa's disguise and waited in his throne room to catch the princess. Vizam and many other members of Jabba's court remained with the Hutt and witnessed Organa free Solo from his carbonite prison.[2]

The crime lord then revealed himself, and Vizam watched as Jabba's henchmen captured the smuggler and the princess. With Organa having failed her mission, the Jedi Luke Skywalker soon made his way to Jabba's Palace to confront the Hutt himself. Vizam was present in the throne room when Skywalker arrived to bargain with Jabba for his friends' lives. However, the negotiations failed, and with the Jedi also captured, Jabba demanded that the group of rebels be fed to the sarlacc that dwelt within the Great Pit of Carkoon.[2]

Peril at the pit[edit | edit source]

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

To view the execution of his prisoners, Jabba traveled to the sarlacc pit on his sail barge,[2] the Khetanna,[3] which Vizam also rode aboard, while the prisoners were transported[2] on a Bantha-II cargo skiff.[3] Once above the pit, Skywalker's droid R2-D2 launched the Jedi's lightsaber to him, allowing Skywalker to defeat the henchmen with him on the skiff and free his friends.[2] Vizam witnessed the attack and quickly mounted[6] a Gi/9 antipersonnel laser cannon[7] on the sail barge's railing.[6]

Vizam 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 Nikto helmsman,[2] Vedain,[8] overboard. Calrissian managed to grab hold of the skiff and survive, but the helmsman tumbled into the maw of the sarlacc. Vizam then 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 him[2] and contributing in no small part to Fett's eventual fall into the maw of the sarlacc.[9] 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,[2] 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.[6] Vizam enjoyed grisly executions more than most[9] 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 with excitement.[2] 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.[9]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Vizam manned a laser cannon[7] 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.[2] Vizam sometimes also carried a DL-18 blaster pistol which he kept in a holster on his belt.[4]

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.[2] 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.[10] A sketch of Vizam's costume was drawn by Tippett.[11]

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.[10]

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.[9] 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.[12] The 2018 reference book Star Wars: Complete Vehicles uses Vizam's character design for the majority of guards on board the Khetanna.[13]

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