Star Wars: Flying Casual
Born a farm boy on Ukio, Ryku Niros was taught outdoor skills such as hunting and shooting by his grandfather, skills which would later prove useful as a marshal. The first eighteen years of his life were spent entirely on his homeworld, working on the farm.
Ryku started his career as an Imperial marshal on Gibad during the rise of the Galactic Empire. Despite bravely fighting Rebel terrorists and saving many lives, he was arrested by Imperial forces on the pretext of releasing the FG36 virus on Gibad. As all the galaxy watched the destruction of the Human population of the planet, the Empire released a statement proclaiming that the world would be ready for re-population within a year. While the media says otherwise, Ryku knows the truth: that Palpatine ordered the virus released because he believed that Gibad would not cooperate with the Empire; Palpatine did not differentiate Imperial loyalists from Rebel cells on Gibad.
When Ryku was subsequently liberated by Ardeth Misk’s First Sun Mobile Regiment, a Rebel mercenary unit, Ryku chose to fight alongside them. The First Sun is a repulsorlift infantry regiment designed primarily to run search-and-destroy missions, which the troops of the unit jocularly refer to as SLAMs (Search, Locate, Annihilate Missions). Indeed, the regiment often undertakes guerilla missions involving the elimination of all assets of production, including factories, arable land, mines, droids and sapient beings. Within the limits of their resources, the First Sun have proved completely reliable at achieving their objectives. Naturally, they have gained a reputation for total ruthlessness and are rumored to be responsible for some of the more heinous atrocities so far committed during the Galactic Civil War.
Misk’s hunger for power and his growing lack of scruples soon began to trouble Ryku. Eventually Misk’s betrayal of his own lieutenant Suna El’kyral and his ruthless manipulation of the Yuuzhan Vong to attack Rebel-held worlds showed Ryku that Misk was no better than the Imperial oppressors he sought to overthrow. Ryku led a revolt within the ranks of the First Sun and seized Misk’s personal flagship, the Black Viper, and a small fleet of ships.
Knowing that Ardeth Misk would stop at nothing to hunt him down, Ryku sold the Black Viper and acquired his own ship, an old fixer-upper Ghtroc 720 Freighter, and left the sector. He promptly named his ship the Embar.