- "We request an audience with your leaders."
"It'll be your funeral."
- ―Darth Maul and Ziton Moj
Ziton Moj was a male Falleen who worked for the Black Sun during the Clone Wars. He became a member of Darth Maul's Shadow Collective after Savage Opress, Maul's brother, killed the leaders of Black Sun for refusing to join Maul's cause. As a member of the Shadow Collective, Moj fought during the Death Watch coup on Mandalore, as well as a battle on Ord Mantell against the Confederacy of Independent Systems, before pulling Black Sun out of the Collective during the second battle of Dathomir.
As a leader of Black Sun, Ziton attempted to force the Pyke Syndicate's leader Marg Krim to merge their two syndicates. When Krim refused, Ziton kidnapped Krim's family in an effort to force Krim to reconsider his decision. Ziton kept Krim's wife Tezzka Krim and their children Vram and Laalee hostage at the Black Sun fortress on Mustafar. However, the bounty hunters Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos rescued Krim's family and returned them to their father. In retaliation, the Black Sun sent a fleet to attack the Pyke Syndicate's stronghold on Oba Diah.
The Pykes and bounty huntersEdit
- "I have a message from the Pykes. Don't ever put family in the middle of this again."
- ―Asajj Ventress trashing Ziton
During the second year of the Clone Wars, Ziton contacted Marg Krim, the leader of the Pyke Syndicate, and offered to merge their two crime syndicates. Wanting to protect his business and unwilling to lose face with his syndicate, Krim rejected the offer. Zim responded by kidnapping Krim's wife Tezzka and their two children Vram and Laalee. He imprisoned them at the Black Sun fortress on Mustafar, a volcanic planet in the Outer Rim Territories. During their captivity, Ziton ordered that Tezzka be forcibly separated from her children and brought to his palace quarters.
However, Krim hired two bounty hunters—the Dathomirian Nightsister Asajj Ventress and the undercover Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to rescue his family. The two Force-sensitive bounty hunters managed to infiltrate the fortress and rescue Vram and Laalee. An unhappy Ziton learned about the rescue twenty minutes later and gave orders to his aide Kurg Utal to execute Tezzka in order to send a "message" to her husband. Before they could carry out the execution, Ziton received a visit from Ventress, who posed as a Pyke Syndicate "envoy".
When the "envoy" demanded to see Krim's wife and children, Ziton responded that he could show them Tezzka but that the children would have to wait. Ziton then secretly ordered Kurg to bring the wife so that he could execute her in the envoy's presence. After Kurg had left, he confronted Ventress, recognizing her as one of the intruders who had rescued the children. Shortly later, Tezzka entered the room accompanied by Quinlan, a man sporting a "strange yellow tattoo" across his face. Recognizing Vos as an intruder, Ziton attempted to reach for his blaster but Ventress shot it out of his hand.
Vos and Ventress quickly overpowered Ziton's Falleen guards. Ziton attempted to fight against Ventress with his combat arts skills but the Force-sensitive woman bested him and also Force choked him. Before leaving, she warned him not to harm the Krim family again and hurled him against his own throne. The hunters and Tezzka then took the opportunity to escape the palace in Ventress' ship Banshee. Ziton ordered his remaining guards to pursue them but the intruders managed to escape with their hostages back to the Pyke stronghold of Oba Diah. In retaliation, Black Sun sent a fleet of starfighters and Interceptor-class frigates to "teach Krim a lesson."
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Go forward with our plan, but bring the wife here. I will send this envoy [Asajj Ventress], if such she truly is, with Tezzka Krim's head and an eyewitness account of me severing it from her body myself."
- ―Ziton was willing to use murder to achieve his goals
Ziton Moj sought to expand the Black Sun's crime empire. He was displeased when Marg Krim, the leader of the Pyke Syndicate, rejected what he termed as a "very lucrative offer" to combine the Pyke Syndicate with the Black Sun. Moj's desire to gain control of the Pyke Syndicate's spice distribution operations led him to kidnap Krim's family. Ziton was even willing to kill his hostages in order to force Marg to capitulate to his demands. Moj was infuriated and embarrassed when Asajj Ventress and Quinlan Vos successfully rescued Krim's family. This attack led the Black Sun to launch a retaliatory strike on the Pykes.
Skills and abilitiesEdit
Ziton Maj was well versed in several different types of martial arts. He also specialized in mixing styles in a way that made it hard for his enemies to predict his next move. Despite his combat skills, he was no match for the Force powers of Ventress.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ziton Moj first appeared as a minor antagonist in "Eminence", the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Despite the cancellation of The Clone Wars TV series in March 2014, Ziton's story was expanded in two The Clone Wars Legacy projects: Jeremy Barlow's 2014 comic story Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir and Christie Golden's Dark Disciple novel; which were both based on unproduced Clone Wars episodes. Ziton has a brief point-of-view passage in Christie's Dark Disciple.
- 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 Two
- Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Four (Appears in hologram)