Liaka Atala comes from a proud family of Twi'lek freedom fighters. Her father perished fighting the droid armies of the Seperatists in during the Clone Wars and her mother died over a year ago in a raid by the Empire. From a very young age Liaka joined the struggle, first as a runner and messenger, but later as a pilot. She drove small speeders to get messages between cells of freedom fighters, and later whatever combat worthy vehicles the fighters could get their hands on.
Her mother fell in a raid that wiped out most of Liaka's cell of fighters. Heartbroken she couldn't see how the fighters would ever be able to free Ryloth from the Empire, from the Hutts and from the slavers that plagued the world. She had heard about the exploits of the Rebel Alliance and slowly but surely formed the opinion that the only way Ryloth would ever be free was with the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire, and the restoration of the Republic.
Liaka spent her last credits buying passage off world with a disreputable Sullustan smuggler. He planned to sell her into slavery rather than deliver her to the Wheel, where she had heard of a Rebel Alliance recruiter. She suspected him of treachery and left the ship as it refueled in a small space station.
Alone in the world she spent several months selling her services as a pilot to whomever would hire her, before finally getting to the Wheel, and to the contact her Twi'lek freedom fighter allies had told her about.
The next few months passed in a blur as she was accepted as a pilot in the Alliance. She went through rudimentary training on an old Headhunter before being shipped out on the frigate Glorious Dawn as one of the pilots for single wing of antiquated Headhunter fighters.
The frigate‘s mission was to use the fighters and a shuttle to scout possible locations for a new rebel base. The flights were mostly uneventful, until the captain of the frigate decided to help settlers in a local system that were plagued by a band of pirates. The fighter squadron and the frigate engaged the pirates. Two fighters were lost in the skirmish, and with one of them the squadron leader.
As there were no replacements available Liaka got her wish and was promoted to squadron leader. Not long after she took over the pirates came after the frigate with revenge on their minds. They came with overwhelming force, trying to damage the frigate enough to keep her from jumping out of the system. The fighters were overwhelmed by dozens of inferior fighters piloted by the pirates. Liaka's squadron dropped like flies, but thanks to their sacrifice the frigate got away. Only two fighters managed to jump out of the system after the frigate. Liaka and one other.
Following the battle, the frigate was recalled by Alliance Command. The fighter squadron was deemed too damaged to rebuild. Liaka and her friend Emer Kal, the pilot in the other fighter, were sent to the main fleet for reassignment. Once they got there Emer almost immediately got reassigned to a new squadron, while Liaka was asked to do some training with the fleet. The official reason was that since she had been flying a Headhunter until now, she needed hours in an X-Wing and Y-Wing before reassignment. She suspected that the reason might be that she was not trusted after leading her squadron to its doom.
Liaka feels like she failed her men and led them poorly, resulting in the catastrophic loss of most of the fighters and brave pilots. Every single one of them was her personal friend after spending months on the frigate and endless hours on patrols in space.
After almost a month doing maneuvers, training and evaluations, Liaka was finally reassigned to Arkos II. She was to become a part of the local rebel cell, which had taken severe losses recently in combat against Imperial forces. They had lost several pilots after an airspeeder supply group running in the southern hemisphere had been ambushed. She would not be a part of that convoy, however, but assigned as a pilot for ground-pounders up in the northern hemisphere.
When she was reassigned to Arkos II she was angry at first, seeing it as a clear sign from her superiors to be sent ‘dirtside’. Alliance Command was adamant that her promotion had been a battlefield promotion and that it simply no longer applied. She was also told that her experience with the Ryloth freedom fighters would serve her well on Arkos.
After thinking it through she decided to think of this mission as an opportunity. She knew she might not have been ready to lead the squadron earlier. Perhaps working closely with ground troops and getting a different perspective would be good for her.
From Liaka's military service file:
Liaka Atala is 21 years old and has been an active member of the rebellion for 7 months. She is qualified as a fighter pilot with logged hours mostly in a Z-95 Headhunter, but recently also in an X-Wing, A-Wing and Y-Wing and several types of airspeeders.
The file is sparse about her background before joining the rebellion, but apparently she acted as a messenger and pilot for the Twi'lek resistance movement on Ryloth from an early age. The resistance had helped the Rebellion to set up a base on Ryloth. About 9 months ago the Empire discovered the base and attacked in force, wiping out most of the rebels and all but destroying the Twi'lek resistance. In her reason for joining the Rebellion Liaka states that she sees the cause to rebuild the Republic as the only way to secure the freedom of her planet, and her people.
After joining Liaka underwent tests, mostly in simulators. Her instructor rated her as a "natural talent who has had some training", and noted that she had the "potential to be a great pilot". He also noted that her "temperament and disposition led to her being a natural leader", and her "easy charm" helped her greatly in winning over friends in the ranks.
Liaka was assigned to an old frigate that had been converted to house a flight of 12 Z-95 Headhunters and a single shuttle. The role of the vessel was to scout out possible locations for rebel bases. The Headhunters were chosen over X-Wings since the older fighters are now a very common sight in on the Outer Rim, whereas the X-Wings are much rarer, and would draw too much attention. Liaka was assigned as a wing-man to the squad leader, and was trained to take on that role in the future.
The mission lasted for over five months, during which several promising locations were discovered. The mission came to an abrupt end during an attempt to persuade locals at a small colony to allow a small Rebel listening post on a moon orbiting the planet. The captain of the frigate decided to help the locals deal with a small band of pirates to help win their trust.
In the ensuing battle the pirates fielded several under gunned A-7 fighters and a small corvette, but they were no match for the Rebels. Two Rebel fighters were lost in the skirmish. One of them was the squad leader. Records show that Liaka requested to be allowed to take over, and since the frigate was far from reinforcement she was given a battlefield promotion and the rank of Squad Leader.
Just as the captain of the frigate had signed a pact with the leaders of the colony the pirates returned in force for vengeance. The Rebel frigate had to wait for the shuttle with the captain and several other crewmen, and the ten remaining Headhunters were deployed to stall the pirates and keep them from destroying the frigate.
Records from the frigate show that the pirate fighters outnumbered the Rebels at least three to one. The rebels attacked head on, trying to keep the fighters off the frigate. The pirates in turn tried to break through and attack the frigate before it could get far enough from the planet‘s gravity shadow to jump to hyperspace. When the frigate finally managed to jump it had been heavily damaged. Only two fighters got away into hyperspace. Liaka and one other pilot got away, the rest were reported lost in action.
After this disaster the mission was aborted and the frigate returned to the main rebel fleet. The fighter group had taken too many losses and was disbanded.
The records show that Liaka went through psychological evaluation after returning to the fleet and passed with a narrow margin. Further details about the tests are classified. Her superiors decided not to make the battlefield promotion permanent and she was reverted back to Flight Officer. Liaka was kept with the main fleet for several weeks, during which she trained flying X-Wings, A-Wings and Y-Wings.
Eventually she was reassigned to the Arkos II, where records show that she arrived 7 days ago.
The only addition made to her file during her stay at Arkos II is an incident logged five days ago. Apparently there was some sort of altercation between her and a security guard at the preliminary base where she arrived with several other new arrivals. The incident apparently involved harassment of some kind. In the altercation she drew a blaster and shot the guard, targeting a "vulnerable spot on the male anatomy", with the weapon on a stun-setting. Her superiors found that the altercation was instigated by the guard, but found the use of force by Liaka excessive and threw her in the brig for 48 hours, noting that her "disposition left something to be desired".
Type: Belief - Freedom
Liaka fought as part of the resistance movement on Ryloth because she wanted to free the planet. She now sees the Rebel Alliance and the restoration of the Republic as the only hope for a free Ryloth.
Liaka has just been assigned a new position and is currently dealing with a mix of a lack of motivation and distrust from her new superiors.
As an officer it is part of Liaka's duties to see to the well-being of the soldiers under her command. She is devoted to her men and will do what it takes to ensure that they perform the mission they need to undertake in the safest possible way so that casualties are avoided, or at least kept to a minimum.
Type: Combat Victory
The duty of every officer is ensuring that the mission they are assigned is completed. Liaka is a competent pilot and wants to prove she has what it takes to both take on the Empire's finest personally, and lead others to victory against the forces of the Emperor.
Height: 1.78 meters
Liaka Atala is a tall and graceful Twi'lek female with slim build. She is considered very attractive, even for a Twi'lek, with smooth teal-colored skin and soft zebra-patterns on her lekku. When not in her flight suit she tends to wear form-hugging clothes, an old pilot's jacked and cargo pants.