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The Black Sun Criminal Syndicate is a prominent crime organization in the Star Wars universe, known for its vast reach and ruthless tactics. Originally created for the Star Wars Expanded Universe, now known as Star Wars Legends, the Black Sun has become a key player in many storylines, both in the Legends continuity and the current Star Wars canon. With a sprawling web of criminal activities that span across numerous planets and sectors, the Black Sun's influence has made them a formidable and feared presence in the galaxy.
First introduced by author Timothy Zahn in his novel "Shadows of the Empire," published in 1996, the Black Sun Criminal Syndicate initially emerged as a powerful and enigmatic crime group led by a shadowy figure named Prince Xizor. Though Xizor may have been their most notable leader, the organization dates back centuries, with its roots deeply ingrained in the criminal underworld. The Black Sun is structured with a centralized leadership called the Vigos, who manage different sectors of the galaxy and answer directly to their supreme leader, known as the Underlord.
The Black Sun's criminal operations are vast and varied, ranging from smuggling and piracy to assassination and extortion. They have control over numerous criminal fronts, including spice dealing, weapons trafficking, and the slave trade. At the height of their power, the Black Sun was considered one of the largest criminal outfits in the galaxy, often vying for power and control with other prominent organizations like the Hutt Cartel.
While the Black Sun Criminal Syndicate is primarily devoted to its own interests, they have occasionally crossed paths with the different galactic governments. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the Black Sun and Emperor Palpatine developed a mutually beneficial relationship, with the crime group providing valuable intel and resources to the Empire in exchange for their cooperation in avoiding interference in their criminal activities. Despite their partnership, the Black Sun was always careful not to appear too openly aligned with the Empire, as it risked alienating underworld allies and clients.
The Black Sun made their first canonical appearance in the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the show, during the time before the Galactic Empire, they were part of an Alliance called the Shadow Collective alongside the criminal organizations Death Watch, the Pyke Syndicate, and the Hutt crime families. The Alliance was formed by Sith Lord Darth Maul to undermine the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, ultimately contributing to the eventual rise of the Empire.
In addition to their appearances in novels and TV shows, the Black Sun Criminal Syndicate has also been featured in various comic book storylines, video games, and role-playing games set in the Star Wars universe. These diverse adaptations have helped to further develop the group's lore and establish their reputation as a pervasive and nefarious force in the galaxy.
The Black Sun Criminal Syndicate is an iconic and essential part of the Star Wars universe. From their Inception in the Star Wars Legends, through to their current role in the canonical continuity, the group's vast criminal Empire and ruthless tactics have marked them as a powerful and dangerous villainous force. As Star Wars continues to expand its universe, the Black Sun remains a fascinating part of the rich tapestry of intergalactic conflict and intrigue.
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