When she was still in her mid-teens, she was bitten by a poisonous reptile on her first hunt, and was left behind by her hunting party to fend for herself. As she fought her fever and hallucinations, she had no idea that the rest of her colony was fighting for there lives. A separatist detachment had invaded the moon, intending to subjugate the togruta colonists that called it home, and force them to mine valuable metals to supply their droid army. By the time the poison had passed through her system, she found her whole life had turned to ash. The Separatists had killed many of her people and captured the rest, forcing them into work camps. Kessa survived alone in the wild for weeks before the Grand Republic Army showed up and routed the Seps.
Kessa is now no stranger to war; she joined the Grand Army of the Republic at the age of sixteen. She served in General Rahm Kota's Militia, which had no clone troops and was made up entirely of volunteers. Her knowledge of wilderness survival, that all young togruta in her colony had to learned, came in useful throughout the campaign.
At the end of the war, she traveled the galaxy, Joining hunting parties on Dathomir, wandering the shadowlands of Kashyyk, and even trying her hand at drexl riding on Onderon. During that time, she saw the empire test experimental weapons on inhabited worlds, bring entire sentient species to the break of extinction and enslave those that were strong enough to work in the spice mines. Whenever she had the opportunity, she started making it a point to be a splinter in the Empires eye by sabotaging resource gathering operations in the fringes and helping captured slaves to escape. Kessa was sure that when these atrocities became known in the wider galaxy, someone with power would put a stop to it; but over the years, she became increasingly disillusioned with the idea that anyone within the Empire would stand up for what was right or that anyone without would have the courage.
Then, small groups of people like herself started acting, mostly independently, harassing imperial ships and rim world operations. They were little more than disjointed bands of pirates but their numbers grew steadily and there were rumors that there was a guiding force behind them. Kessa was hesitant to believe the rumors, though she hoped that they were true. Everything changed when Alderaan was destroyed; not some 'outer rim nothing,' but a core world. The rumors proved true; the galaxy was in open rebellion and independent systems, as well as long-held imperial worlds, were secretly throwing their lot in with this Galactic Alliance.
Belief (Freedom): Perhaps it's the influence of the culture she grew up with, but Kressa has a deep-seated belief that people need to be free to govern their own lives, and that the "need for peace and security" offers no license for tyranny.
Rescue and Recovery: In togruta culture, it is a commonly held belief that those who can not contribute or keep up should be left behind, as that is the way of nature; Kessa however, finds this to be a fallacious doctrine. There are many things done in nature that you would not want to emulate. Just because something is natural, does not mean it would be what's best for the individual or for the tribe. Though the fact she had once been the one left behind may have had a formative impact on her.
Kessa only stood 1.6 meters tall, not accounting for the hight of her montrals, her eyes were coal-black, and her age was somewhere between 35 and 40; which is still fairly young for a togruta, as they are long-lived beings. Togruta skin typically tended toward warmer tones like red and orange, though shades of yellow and purple were not uncommon. Kessa's montrals and lekku were white with yellow patterns. Her skin was lavender, with white stripes on her arms, legs, and back. She usually wore leather and cloth of dulled browns and displayed ornaments made of bone and ivory.
Her speech is heavily accented and she tends to use idioms that may seem odd to those that are only familiar with basic. She also sometimes integrates tagruti words into her speech.