Star Wars: Path of Fortune
Val grew up in a wealthy family on Naboo. Her family made money from owning and operating a space port. She grew up around ships and hearing stories of adventure from pilots. Mostly she dealt with legitimate shipping. She was educated in Imperial Academy to help with the changing industry under the Empire. After the Academy she ran many of the spaceport bays. She married a pilot and was settled in for a quiet life. Then her husband died as a casualty in battle between the Imperials and the Rebellion. The Empire told her that the Rebels had tried to use her husband’s ship as a shield. However, shortly after she returned to work after mourning, she overheard many pilots say the Empire had indiscriminately destroyed all ships in the sector. Val decided to leave the shelter of Naboo under the pretense to explore new trade routes and expand commercial activity.
Val’s family hired Gil to act as her escort. Shortly after leaving Naboo, Val and Gil landed on Tatooine. While attempting to gain transportation, Teemo the Hutt, recognizing an opportunity to ransom the daughter of a wealthy family, captured Val and Gil. After hearing about a docked ship that could get them off-world, Val broke Gil out of captivity. The pair grabbed available weapons and supplies and made a run for it.