- "They're a crime syndicate, hardly a force to rally with."
- ―Pre Vizsla
Black Sun was a criminal syndicate that came into prominence during the Clone Wars as the Jedi Order focused more on military affairs and less on law enforcement. The Black Sun was allied with the Shadow Collective and its leader Darth Maul. The syndicate maintained bases on Mustafar and Ord Mantell and had many of the Falleen species as members.
The Clone WarsEdit
During the Clone Wars, the syndicate was very influential throughout the galaxy and run by a group of Falleen noblemen from a fortress on Mustafar. During the war, the Black Sun was coerced by Darth Maul into joining his Shadow Collective after he killed their leader. The Black Sun openly maintained a base on Ord Mantell.
Towards the end of the Clone Wars, the Black Sun's leader Ziton Moj proposed merging with the Pyke Syndicate, which specialized in distributing illegal narcotics. When the Pyke leader Marg Krim rejected his demands, Moj retaliated by kidnapping his family in order to force Krim to change his mind. Krim then hired two independent bounty hunters—the former Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress and the undercover Jedi Master Quinlan Vos—to rescue his family. The two bounty hunters raided the Black Sun fortress on Mustafar and succeeded in rescuing Krim's family. During the rescue mission, Moj and his Falleen guards were assaulted by Ventress and Vos. Black Sun retaliated by sending a fleet to attack the Pyke stronghold of Oba Diah.
Age of the EmpireEdit
After Palpatine transformed the Republic into his own Galactic Empire at the end of the Clone Wars, the Black Sun formed a durable relationship with the new autocratic government. A year after the establishment of the Empire, the Black Sun took an interest in Ahsoka Tano, one of their agents finding her and offering a job with them. When she refused, they attacked, but were driven away by Bail Organa's forces coming to her defense. During the Age of the Empire, the former Imperial cadets Sabine Wren and Ketsu Onyo decided to join the Black Sun as bounty hunters. However, Ketsu got "greedy", left her former classmate for dead, and joined Black Sun by herself. Years later, Ketsu accepted a Black Sun job to collect a GNK power droid called EG-86, which was carrying information vita to the rebellion. This mission brought her into conflict with Sabine but the two reconciled and joined forces to escape the Empire and to deliver the droid to the rebellion.
Some rebels like Sabine despised Black Sun for engaging in slave trafficking. At the time of the New Republic's founding, the Black Sun was one of several major crime syndicates operating in the Outer Rim.
Behind the scenesEdit
Black Sun first appeared in the now-Star Wars Legends multimedia project Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, released in 1996 as a novel, comic book, video game, and more. During the development of "Eminence," the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it was decided that Darth Maul would be given a base of power within the criminal underworld. Dave Filoni, the show's supervising director, had remembered the Black Sun from Shadows of the Empire, and knew that the Expanded Universe showed Darth Maul as having fought against the Black Sun prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. With that, Filoni and his team opted to bring Black Sun into the show.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lawless" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Dark Disciple
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part One (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Two
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three (Mentioned only)
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Four (Appears in hologram)
- Tarkin (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Blood Sisters" (Mentioned only)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Uprising (Mentioned only)
- Aftermath: Life Debt (Mentioned only)