- "I really must see about hiring your spies away from you. Especially after you stole my best horticulturist. A pity the man had that fatal lift accident before he could start working for you."
- ―Emperor Palpatine, to Prince Xizor
During the Galactic Civil War, Emperor Palpatine employed a gardener to maintain the extensive botanical gardens on his personal skyhook. During a visit to the skyhook in 3.5 ABY, Dark Prince Xizor was so impressed by the botanical display that he hired the man away from the Emperor. In response, Palpatine had the man killed, even though he had been his best horticulturist.
- Shadows of the Empire novel (First mentioned)