|Born to a poor moisture farmer on Tatooine, Eriyani Rusta'al grew up as a girl that caused trouble. She was known to lie, cheat and steal at just about every chance she could get.
When she was 16 years old, she sneaked a drink from one of the cantinas in Anchorhead and got caught doing it by the Devaronian it belonged to. Before he turned her in to the authorities, a well-dressed Duro pilot came forward and paid for the drink. In exchange for saving her, the Duro took her on as a member of his crew.
For the next few years, Eriyani worked for the Duro merchant as a secondary pilot and cargo handler. The pay was decent but not enough for her. She started smuggling highly-priced goods without her employer's knowledge, until the one day the ship was inspected by Imperial Customs and the smuggled goods discovered. Embarrassed and ashamed, the Duro fired Eriyani and dropped her off on the nearest civilized world, Corellia.
With her few personal possessions and a fair amount of money, Eriyani began looking for employment on her new home. She quickly found work as a "courier", but she needed to supply her own ship. Anxious at the opportunity, she shopped for a decent, affordable ship and used most of her money as a down payment for a used Corellian YT-1300 light freighter. Calling it the Smiling Sarlacc to remind her of her carefree youth, she began smuggling for her new benefactor.
For a few months, she worked and began paying off her loan, when she was stopped by Imperial Customs. Discovering her intentions, they seized her cargo and were about to arrest her and impound her ship, when a small Rebel fleet came out of hyperspace and attacked the customs frigate. Seizing the moment, Eriyani fought off the customs officers and joined in the attack against the Imperial vessel. The frigate was destroyed, and Eriyani was soon recruited as a new pilot for the Rebel Alliance.
She smuggled weapons and supplies to small rebel cells located in the Outer Rim, even after the Empire's defeat at the Battle of Endor. Finally, she was assigned to fly a few passengers to a rendezvous with a potential ally against the Empire. The passengers included Jan Tolbara and Qualtis Majint, now working for the New Republic. She has been with them ever since.
Eriyani is recognized by the leaders of the New Republic as one of the Heroes of Mon Cal for her actions in saving the homeworld of the Mon Calamari from the Empire's World Devastators.
Name: Eriyani Rusta'al
Equipment: Vibroblade, BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol, modified Corellian
Skills: Appraise +4, Astrogate +7, Bluff +4, Climb +3, Computer Use +8, Demolition +7,
Force Skills: none
Feats: Headstrong, Iron Will, Martial Arts, Skill Emphasis (astrogate, pilot), Starship
Force Feats: none
Copyright February 13, 2001 by Karen Thronebury. Revised May 31, 2002.