- "…forensics droid Zed Six Seven, trained in all aspects of data retrieval, collection and analysis…reporting for service!"
ZED-6-7, known as Zed Six Seven, was the designation of a forensics droid that served the Galactic Empire. In 3 ABY, ZED-6-7 accompanied the Sith Lord Darth Vader on his search for those responsible for hiding Luke Skywalker, rebel pilot and secretly Vader's son. When ZED-6-7 met Vader, the Sith Lord adjusted the forensics droid's motivator, forcing the droid to self-destruct if it ever revealed their mission. While attempting to investigate the late Senator Padmé Amidala, Skywalker's mother, Vader and ZED-6-7 encountered Sabé, a former handmaiden of Amidala who was seeking information about her death.
Assisting Darth VaderEdit
Investigation on TatooineEdit
- "You came to punish someone…but unfortunately…there's no one left."
- ―ZED-6-7, to Darth Vader
During the time of the Galactic Empire, ZED-6-7 served as a forensics droid for the regime. In 3 ABY, ZED-6-7 was summoned to assist the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Vader intended to search for the Rebel Alliance pilot who destroyed the Death Star, Luke Skywalker, who, unbeknownst to the droid, was Vader's own son. ZED-6-7 reported to the Sith Lord aboard his flagship Executor, boarding a shuttle alongside a unit of death troopers. Aboard the shuttle, Darth Vader approached ZED-6-7, adjusting the droid's motivator to force it to self-destruct if it revealed any details about their mission.
Following Vader's threat, ZED-6-7 requested to know what Vader's mission would involve. Vader gave the droid Skywalker's name, and ZED-6-7 reported that the rebel pilot had gone missing. However, Vader did not wish to seek out Skywalker himself—his intent was to track down and destroy those who hid his son from him. ZED-6-7 proposed to first start where Skywalker was first seen, the desert planet Tatooine. Their shuttle landed at an Imperial facility, and they were greeted by Lieutenant Ardo Banch. ZED-6-7 requested to use a terminal with local records, finding the location of Skywalker's childhood home, the moisture farm of the Lars family. As Vader and ZED-6-7 explored the home, the forensics droid recounted the history of its owners.
As they left the moisture farm, ZED-6-7 detected objects beneath the surface of the ground, and discovered the graves of Cliegg Lars, former owner of the house, and his wife, Shmi Skywalker Lars, who, unknown to ZED-6-7, was the mother of Vader, formerly Anakin Skywalker. Angered by the memory of losing his mother, Vader used the Force to push away the sand in the nearby area, knocking ZED-6-7 aside. As Lieutenant Banch approached to inform Vader of transmissions he had picked up, a gang of criminals attacked the Imperial forces, destroying Banch's vehicle. ZED-6-7 attempted to suggest moving away from the resulting explosion, but Vader remained standing where he was. Vader used the Force to crash the criminals' U-wing, and killed the criminals with his lightsaber.
- "The apartment of Senator Padmé Amidala. Sealed since her death. But I remain confused. Why are we—"
"She was the mother."
"The mother? Skywalker's mother? Ah, yes. This makes sense."
- ―ZED-6-7 and Darth Vader
With the criminals dead, ZED-6-7 asked if their mission was finished, but Vader had further plans. They traveled to the planet Coruscant, visiting the abandoned apartment of the late Senator Padmé Amidala. The forensics droid questioned the purpose of the visit, and Vader revealed that Amidala was Skywalker's mother. The information led ZED-6-7 to conclude that the Jedi Anakin Skywalker was the father.
However, ZED-6-7 was unable to confirm whether Amidala's son had been taken to the apartment after her death, as the security records at the time had been deleted. ZED-6-7 surmised that someone had something to hide, discovering a scout transmitter hidden in the apartment. After analyzing the spy droid to learn who it was reporting to, ZED-6-7 led Vader to the planet Vendaxa, in the Expansion Region. The trail led to a facility that was under attack from native Vendaxan land squid, which Vader killed. Upon entering the facility, Vader and ZED-6-7 saw an individual who appeared to be Amidala. ZED-6-7 noted the similarity between Amidala and the woman, who claimed to be the late senator back from the dead. Vader Force choked the woman, and ZED-6-7 remarked on her mistake.
The queen's shadowEdit
- "Padmé is dead. But you wear her face. Speak with her voice. You're the queen's shadow…a handmaiden from Naboo."
"Ah, of course! Let me just cross-reference my Imperial data bank…yes! She's Sabé. The queen's double."
- ―Darth Vader and ZED-6-7
However, Vader was unable to kill the woman, who escaped, and ZED-6-7 attempted to warn the Sith Lord. The two were attacked by more Vendaxan land squid, which Vader killed, and ZED-6-7 tracked down the supposed Amidala, who Vader deduced to be a former handmaiden of Amidala when she had been the queen of her homeworld of Naboo. ZED-6-7 compared the handmaiden to its Imperial databank, identifying her as Sabé, the queen's double. Vader concluded that it had been Sabé who visited the apartment, and Sabé accused the Emperor of being behind Amidala's death. Vader lied to Sabé, claiming that he was hunting down those who had hidden Amidala in revenge for her death, which convinced the former handmaiden to work alongside him.
ZED-6-7 accompanied Vader and Sabé as they fought off the remaining Vendaxan land squid, leaving the facility. Sabé ordered ZED-6-7 to help her bury her crew of soldiers, who had died fighting off the creatures. ZED-6-7 protested, arguing that it was not built for manual labor, but Vader forced the forensics droid to obey Sabé's order. ZED-6-7 reluctantly buried the dead soldiers, watching as Sabé mourned them. Following the burial, Sabé led Vader and ZED-6-7 to Naboo, where she had hidden the security recordings from Amidala's apartment.
- "If you ever reveal what you learn on this mission…you will self-destruct."
"Oh! Wonderful! I do appreciate thoroughness! Tell me everything, then!"
- ―Darth Vader and ZED-6-7
An Imperial forensics droid, ZED-6-7, known as Zed Six Seven, was the same model as the crime scene analysis droids formerly used by the Jedi Order. ZED-6-7 had plating colored in various shades of brown and had blue photoreceptors. The droid stood at a height shorter than 2.03 meters. As a forensics droid, ZED-6-7 was not constructed for undertaking manual labor and objected to doing so.
ZED-6-7 was eager to serve and analyze data. Upon noticing death troopers when reporting to Vader, ZED-6-7 was pleased that it would have plenty to analyze. When Vader adjusted the forensics droid's motivator to force it to self-destruct if the details of their mission were revealed, ZED-6-7 was surprised but mostly unfazed. ZED-6-7 was a skilled analyst, able to use its extensive database to make deductions. The forensics droid scan an individual's traits, including physical features and voice, and determine their identity based on cross-referencing its database. It could also detect heat signatures to track individuals.
When ZED-6-7 was summoned to assist Darth Vader, the forensics droid brought a number of boxes containing equipment.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "We're telling a story with a lot of subtle moments involving characters like Vader and ZED-6-7, whose faces literally don't move."
- ―Greg Pak
ZED-6-7 first appeared in Darth Vader 1, a comic written by Greg Pak, illustrated by Raffaele Ienco, and published by Marvel Comics on February 5, 2020. While the droid was only named "Zed Six Seven" in the comic, the second issue, also written by Pak and published on March 11, 2020, provided its formal designation of ZED-6-7.
In a response to fan letters published at the end of Darth Vader 2, Pak mentioned that the series' art team allowed the comic to tell a story that included subtle moments involving characters such as Vader and ZED-6-7, despite the fact that their faces could not emote.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 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 1.16 1.17 Darth Vader 1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Darth Vader 1 depicts ZED-6-7 as being shorter than Darth Vader. states that Vader had a height of 2.03 meters, so ZED-6-7's height must be less.
- ↑ The events of Darth Vader 1 take place concurrently to and immediately after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Empire Strikes Back to the year 3 ABY, so the events of Darth Vader 1 must also take place in that year.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Darth Vader 2
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"