Boba Fett's Lair : The Fett Files : Profiles

From Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters

  Droid: Industrial Automation 4-LOM Protocol Droid
  Sex: Inapplicable (masculine programming)
  Hair Color: None
  Eye Color: Unknown
  Height: 1.6 meters
  Homeworld: Unknown
  Political Affiliation: Free-lance bounty hunter
  Weapons of Choice Blaster Pistol, stun-gas blower
  Vehicle of choice: Mist Hunter
  First Appearance: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
In the history of the galaxy, it is quite extraordinary for a droid to change the level of its own self-awareness, particularly to the degree of personal transformation that 4-LOM achieved prior to becoming one of the galaxy's fiercest bounty hunters.

4-LOM was a late-model protocol droid serving as a valet and human-cyborg relations specialist on the passenger liner Kuari Princess. With a TranLang III Communications module giving it knowledge of more than seven million languages, 4-LOM acted as an interpreter between the rich guests and the ship's computer. The droid was entirely aware of what the guests--and their possessions--were doing at all times.

As entertainment, the protocol droid began engaging the main computer in a series of games, simulating how best to steal vaulables. The games became serious, though, when the droid and the computer began to alter each others' programming. Soon, unexplained and perfectly executed thefts had the Kuari Princess owners worried. No one suspected 4-LOM, the benevolent and passive droid.

Eventually, 4-LOM's altered programming allowed it more sentinence, and it became bored with the ease with which it robbed from the space liners' guests. Off ship, the protocol droid became a master thief and information broker for many of the galaxy's most powerful crime lords, including Tatooine's Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba realized that 4-LOM would make an excellent bounty hunter, but the droid reminded him that its programming would not allow him violent actions. Jabba offered the droid a deal: he would refit, reprogram, and rebuild 4-LOM in exchange for its services. The droid agreed, and Jabba soon had the smartest bounty hunter in the galaxy working for him.

The crime lord paired 4-LOM with a Gand hunter named Zuckuss, whose intuition and ability to outguess his opponents worked perfectly in combination with 4-LOM's analytical skills. For a time, they were two of Jabba's favorite hunters.

A year after the destruction of the first Death Star, Darth Vader sent out a call for bounty hunters to find Han Solo, whose capture he believed would lure Luke Skywalker to him. Jabba sent 4-LOM and Zuckuss as "nonofficial emissaries." They arrived on Vader's Super Star Destroyer Executor, finding that four other bounty hunters had also been chosen for the hunt: Boba Fett, Dengar, IG-88, and Bossk.

Unfortunately for the paired hunters, Boba Fett was the one who tracked the Falcon to the Bespin system. Fett not only recieved the bounty from Vader, but also the carbon-frozen body of Han Solo to deliver to Jabba the Hutt.

Pleased to have Solo hanging on his wall, Jabba did not have his own hunter pair killed for their failure. The droid and the Gand were much too useful. 4-LOM and Zuckuss would have many more successful missions in their future.

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