- "Got to do everything myself…can't count on nobody…"
- ―Mul Sanaka curses his employee's incompetence
Mul Sanaka was a human male who owned and managed the entertainment establishment Club Deeja in the city of Keren on the planet Naboo. During the Galactic Civil War, he employed the Melodic Order, a band of Alderaanian musicians managed by Uwa Pareece. After the band's homeworld Alderaan was destroyed, Sanaka persuaded Pareece not to inform the musicians so that their performance at the club would not be affected.
When Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan arrived on Naboo in 0 ABY hoping to rescue the Melodic Order from persecution by the Galactic Empire, Sanaka and an old acquaintance of Organa's named Lord Junn hatched a scheme to kill her. They were ultimately foiled when Pareece turned against Sanaka and shot him after his thugs had been beaten by Organa and her allies.
Keeping secrets for profitEdit
- "We all win when they're happy and productive. Full house for me, nice percentage for you."
- ―Sanaka reminds Pareece why they keep Alderaan's destruction secret from the Melodic Order
Mul Sanaka owned the entertainment venue Club Deeja in the Marina District of the city of Keren on the idyllic planet Naboo during the reign of the Galactic Empire. During the Galactic Civil War between the Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic, Sanaka employed a group of cloistered musicians from the planet Alderaan known as the Melodic Order, who performed in his club via hologram.
In 0 BBY, while the Order were in his employ, the Empire destroyed the Alderaanians' homeworld; however, Sanaka persuaded the group's manager, Uwa Pareece, to keep the devastating news from them, as he feared it would impact their performances in the club and so reduce his profits.
In 0 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan arrived on Naboo in search of the Order, as she was aiming to gather together those Alderaanians who had survived the loss of their homeworld, as the Empire was now attempting to hunt them down. Upon arriving on Naboo, she encountered Lord Junn, an old acquaintance whom she had known during her childhood.
Junn directed her to Sanaka and the band, but then contacted the club owner while she was in transit, as the two men had previously done business together and Sanaka was in his debt. He warned the club owner of Organa's arrival so that Sanaka could prepare an ambush to kill her.
An ambush gone wrongEdit
- "Junn said you were after the Alderaanians. Hasn't the Empire done enough to those people?"
"That's what I'm here to decide. So you're going to help me?"
"No. I'm going to get a drink. Snes will help you."
- ―Sanaka and Organa
Upon arriving at Club Deeja, Organa pretended to be an Imperial official under the false name "First Minister Solo," and despite knowing her true identity, Sanaka played along with the charade. He agreed to hand over the musicians, claiming he was sick of paying them, but then declared that his Besalisk enforcer Snes would bring Organa to the Alderaanians while he got a drink.
As Sanaka left, Snes disarmed Organa and her companions, the pilot Evaan Verlaine and the astromech droid R2-D2, but while doing so unwittingly revealed that she knew who Organa truly was by calling her princess. Realizing that the meeting was a trap, Organa and her companions attacked and defeated Snes and two other Besalisk thugs, who had been waiting to ambush them inside the club.
His plan ruined by his thugs' incompetence, Sanaka was forced to step in himself, and prepared to shoot Organa with a blaster rifle while she was unaware of his approach. Pareece, however, had witnessed the princess's battle with the Besalisks and, recognizing the Alderaanian royalty, had a change of heart. Sick of betraying her own people, the manager shot Sanaka in the back with the princess's Satine's Lament Defender sporting blaster pistol, surprising the club owner and killing him. Pareece then pleaded with Organa for forgiveness, and together they informed the Melodic Order of Alderaan's fate and left Naboo with them in the Lord Junn, a starship provided to them by Junn under duress from Organa following his betrayal.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Use my name. If he tries to extort you, laugh in his face. He's already into me for quite an extravagant sum."
- ―Junn warns Organa about Sanaka
Mul Sanaka was a human with dark skin, blue eyes and black hair, including a beard. He was willing to keep news of the destruction of Alderaan from his employees for fear that it would hurt his profits if they knew, believing they played better when happy.
Despite knowing that the Melodic Order would have to break their vows to avoid outside influences on their music if they played in person, he attempted to persuade Pareece to have them perform on stage at Club Deeja, since he considered several of their members attractive and thought they would draw in greater crowds, earning him more credits.
When Pareece momentarily forgot that Alderaan was gone, Sanaka comforted her, and reminded her of the incentives for keeping secrets from the band. When he later learned of a potential reward for capturing Princess Organa and handing her and the band over to the Empire, he was willing to part ways with them for a greater profit. After Snes and her thugs were defeated by the Alderaanians, Sanaka complained to himself about their incompetence and then prepared to shoot the princess himself.
Behind the scenesEdit
Mul Sanaka first appeared in the comic book Princess Leia, Part II, which was released on March 18, 2015 as part of the Star Wars: Princess Leia comic series written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Terry Dodson.
- Princess Leia, Part II (First appearance)