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Rennek was a Human male who, by 4 ABY, worked as a nerf herder for Tatooine-based crime lord Jabba the Hutt. In that year, he was present in the audience chamber of Jabba's desert palace when the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 arrived to free their master Luke Skywalker's ally Han Solo, who was being held prisoner by the Hutt. Rennek later witnessed Rebel Alliance leader Leia Organa arriving at the palace with the same intentions of freeing Solo from captivity.


The Human male Rennek lived during the Galactic Civil War, a conflict fought between the Alliance to Restore the Republic and Galactic Empire.[1] By the year 4 ABY,[4] he had found employment as a nerf herder for crime lord Jabba the Hutt on the planet Tatooine and personally oversaw the herding of Jabba's nerfs.[3]

In 4 ABY,[4] Rennek was in the audience chamber of Jabba's desert palace, standing right behind his employer's throne when the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO arrived on behalf of their master, Luke Skywalker, to free his ally Han Solo, who was frozen in carbonite and hung on display within the palace. During the incident, Rennek was among those within the courtroom who witnessed the Hutt drop the slave dancer Oola into the pit of his captive rancor, and rushed forward to witness her demise.[1]

Rennek again stood behind Jabba's throne in the audience chamber when Alliance leader Leia Organa, in the disguise of the bounty hunter Boushh, also arrived with the Wookiee Chewbacca as her alleged "prisoner," ostensibly to bargain for the bounty on Chewbacca's capture. Organa threatened to destroy the palace with a thermal detonator if the Hutt did not comply with her demands. After winning Jabba's favor, Organa later freed Solo—the true reason she had arrived at the palace—and attempted to escape with him; however, both were caught and subsequently imprisoned.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

Despite his scruffy appearance,[3] Rennek was a lethal combat expert[5] with an expertise in unusual combat techniques,[3] and was able to defeat the toughest of Jabba's Gamorrean guards—attributes not reflected by his trifling assignment as the Hutt's nerf herder.[5] When Oola was eaten by the rancor, Rennek joined others in the courtroom in laughing at the dancer's fate. He had dark skin, black hair,[1] and brown eyes.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Rennek made his first appearance as an extra in the Jabba's Palace scenes of 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[1] He was first identified by name in the Jabba's Palace Limited expansion set of the Decipher, Inc. Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[3] The Rebellion Era Sourcebook included an image of Rennek next to the entry of another character, Corporate Sector Authority Viceprex Jace Lorrin.[2] According to a Star Wars CCG fan site, Rennek was named as an anagram of Kenner, a toy line responsible for various Star Wars media.[6]



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