Comic Book Insights – Black Krrsantan

You’re Black Krrsantan. The infamous Wookiee bounty hunter. I’ve heard of you. I know why you were forced to leave Kashyyyk. And how you’ve disgraced your people ever since. Jabba hired you, didn’t he?―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Black Krrsantan

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Black Krrsantan, also known as “Santy”, was a male Wookiee bounty hunter during the Galactic Civil War. He was a regular bounty hunter for the crime lord Jabba the Hutt and was hired by Darth Vader to track down and capture an agent of the Emperor. (Biography below has been provided by Wookieepedia)

The Bounty Hunter first appeared in issue 1 of the Darth Vader comic book series and has since featured frequently in the series as well as the Doctor Aphra series. During the Vader comics Black Krrsantan and Doctor Aphra ended up working to together which resulted in Aphra owing the Wookiee a lot of money, this resulted in him joining her crew, unofficially.

Early in his life, Black Krrsantan was forced to flee Kashyyyk when he disgraced his people. He then entered into a program under the Xonti Brothers with four other aliens, a Talz, a Herglic, a Gamorrean and a Dowutin. He soon realised he chose wrong when they trained him and the other four against their will to be gladiators. They were pushed and pushed and the Xonti Brothers started picking them off. The Talz fell first to a Sarlacc. Then the Gamorrean was killed by a large monster. The Herglic fell after to a swarm of robotic insects. This left Black Krrsanton and the Dowutin. The Xonti Brothers altered the Wookiee’s knuckles by filling them with metal to make them better when punching. Black Krrsantan tested it on the Dowutin and knocked it unconscious in one punch. He was then auctioned to the highest bidder. Sometime later, he became a bounty hunter for the crime lord Jabba the Hutt who resided on the desert planet Tatooine.

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In 10 BBY, Krrsantan was hired by Jabba to track down the man who stopped his water tax. He went to the location of the attack in the Dune Sea with Pagetti Rook and a Klatooinian guard. Krrsantan went to the moisture farm nearby and took Owen Lars hostage. Krrsantan then made Lars scream. He then saw the man, “Ben” Kenobi appear behind him. He was given a chance to leave by Kenobi. Krrsantan fought Kenobi, choking him and trapping him with a Stun net. Lars fought back against Krrsantan but was easily knocked aside. Kenobi used the Force to cause rocks to hit Krrsantan and save Lars from falling. He then tried to kill Kenobi with a rock. Krrsantan was briefly blinded and scarred by Kenobi’s lightsaber. He tried to shoot Kenobi with his Electrified net gun, but it was destroyed. Krrsantan then punched and tried to kill Kenobi, as Kenobi attempted to rescue Lars. He continued trying to kill him with his bowcaster until he fell off the side of a cliff. Krrsantan then fled Tatooine, knowing that Jabba would be incensed at his failure.

Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, Darth Vader travelled to Tatooine on a mission to negotiate on behalf of the Galactic Empire for supplies with Jabba. Vader also used the opportunity to take on a personal mission, and he requested two bounty hunters from Jabba. The Hutt provided his two best bounty hunters, Krrsantan and Boba Fett. While Fett was to track down Luke Skywalker, the Rebel who destroyed the Death Star and who was secretly Vader’s son, Krrsantan was hired to find and capture an agent of the Emperor. Vader wanted this agent, whose identity and purpose Darth Sidious did not reveal to the Dark Lord, in order to find out why he was working for the Emperor.

Krrsantan successfully tracked down Cylo and discovered that he was moving illegal alien parts to a secret base in the Outer Rim. The agent discovered Krrsantan was following him before he could find out where the base was or what he was doing for the Emperor. Krrsantan captured the agent and brought him to Vader aboard his Nubian starship, where he witnessed the agent, whose name was Cylo-IV, being killed by Vader’s new torture droid, 0-0-0, but not before providing the information Krrsantan had previously failed to acquire.

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Sometime after his contract for Vader expired, Krrsantan was summoned along with fellow bounty hunters Bossk, IG-90 and Beebox to a cantina on Son-tuul where, as he waited for his fellows, Krrsantan entered the cantina’s fighting pits, where captured Wookiees fought each other for the entertainment of the customers. Krrsantan strangled a fighter and took his place to become a contestant, becoming one of the only Wookiees to enter the pits willingly. The Wookiee bounty hunter won the fight by beating his opponent to death.

After the fight, Krrsantan joined Beebox, Bossk and IG-90 in the cantina where they were approached by rogue archaeologist Aphra, who had issued the summons. She told the assembled bounty hunters about her plans for a heist: the Empire had just broken the criminal element known as the Son-tuul Pride, which dominated Son-tuul’s underworld. The fortune they had hoarded was in transit to the Imperial vaults. Aphra told the bounty hunters that she had inside information which would allow them to locate the transport, circumvent the guards and get away and that she was offering them apart in exchange for their services.

Krrstan then piloted his ship during Aphra’s robbery near Anthan Prime. There, Krrstan was able to use an asteroid to penetrate the Arquitens-class light cruiser’s hull. He and the others gathered what remained of the credits aboard the cruiser. He and Aphra used the ship to collect the credits floating in space. He went with Aphra to Anthan 13 where they met with Lord Vader for information on the people who cut him up.

Krrsantan then went to Vrogas Vas, where he attacked the Millennium Falcon. He then went to confront Han Solo and Skywalker. However, then got into a fight with Chewbacca. During the fight, Krrsantan tossed Chewbacca at Solo. He was then shot with a needle by R2-D2 and knocked down by Chewbacca. However, Krrsantan was able to knock Chewbacca out with brass knuckles. He then confronted Solo. After defeating Chewbacca, Krrsantan then grabbed Solo. However, C-3PO told him to stop his fighting. Krrsantan then knocked both himself and 3PO out.

Krrsantan survived the battle. He and several other bounty hunters were secretly hired by Vader to find Aphra; dead or alive. He then met up with Vader on Anthan 13 with a squad of commando droids. Krrsantan, along with 0-0-0 and BT-1 then went to Cosmatanic Steppes to retrieve Aphra. He then took her to Lord Vader’s new flagship, the Executor. He then fought alongside Aphra and her droids against Cylo’s forces. Krrsantan stayed with Aphra because she owed him money.

After Vader retook the Executor and jettisoned Aphra into space, Krrsantan then rescued her from the vacuum of space.

Thank you for reading and may the force be with you!

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