FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
During the Clone Wars, the leaders of Black Sun oversaw their crime syndicate’s operations from a fortress on the lava world Mustafar – a stronghold that was attacked by Darth Maul and his fledgling Shadow Collective.
At the conclusion of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker killed the members of the Separatist Council, who had taken refuge on Mustafar. Padmé Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi followed Anakin to the planet, and Anakin and Obi-Wan dueled with their lightsabers.
The duel ended with Anakin near death, but he was found by Darth Sidious. The Sith Lord left Mustafar with his gravely injured apprentice, who would rise again as the black-armored Imperial enforcer Darth Vader.
THE DARK TIMES
Under the Empire, Mustafar remained an obscure world notable only for its lava mining. But the Empire used secret facilities on the hellish planet for the interrogation and execution of captured Jedi exiles. Kanan Jarrus was interrogated on a Star Destroyer orbiting Mustafar.
During the Clone Wars, the focus of the Jedi Knights on defeating the Separatists meant a decline of law enforcement, particularly in the sparsely patrolled Outer Rim Territories. This allowed criminal elements, like the notorious Black Sun syndicate, to flourish. The Black Sun's tentacles reach across many worlds. Many of the organization's operatives had no idea that they were benefiting Black Sun, so layered and intricate were the fronts that the syndicate hid behind. During the time of the Clone Wars, Black Sun was led by a cabal of Falleen nobles, who operated out of a well-defended fortress on Mustafar.
Discovered as a slave on Tatooine by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker had the potential to become one of the most powerful Jedi ever, and was believed by some to be the prophesied Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force. A hero of the Clone Wars, Anakin was caring and compassionate, but also had a fear of loss that would prove to be his downfall.
A legendary Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a noble man and gifted in the ways of the Force. He trained Anakin Skywalker, served as a general in the Republic Army during the Clone Wars, and guided Luke Skywalker as a mentor.
The Galactic Empire ruled for years through fear, intimidation, and tyranny. With a mighty military force including stormtroopers, spy technology like probe droids, and the planet-destroying Death Star, Emperor Palpatine’s regime seemed unstoppable and permanent. But some dared to strike back…
Scheming, powerful, and evil to the core, Darth Sidious restored the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. Living a double life, Sidious was in fact Palpatine, a Naboo Senator and phantom menace. He slowly manipulated the political system of the Galactic Republic until he was named Supreme Chancellor -- and eventually Emperor -- ruling the galaxy through fear and tyranny.
Neimoidians are known for their business skills, but Nute Gunray, Viceroy of the Trade Federation, was more cutthroat than most. It was Gunray who conspired with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious to launch the blockade and subsequent invasion of Naboo. Once the planet was under siege, Gunray attempted to force Queen Amidala to sign a treaty that would legitimize the occupation. Amidala escaped, and returned to infiltrate her own palace and blast through Gunray's protectors. Arrested by Republic officials, Gunray was carted off to answer for his crimes, but evaded imprisonment and kept his post.