|Siblings||Khavi, Deshan, Doo'sah|
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Bondage to Freedom
Born into a popular clan known as Katr, and distantly related to the notorious Twi'lek known as Asaryakatr ,Vaya was destined to be traded or otherwise marketed to bondage once she reached proper trading age for the slave markets on her world, Ryloth. She was taught how to dance and perform, and while she could dance and almost fly around the stage she was too prideful to enjoy the hands on viewers and caused more than a handful of fights when she fought back. To Vaya, the dance was an art, and while sensual, it was not meant to be an open invitation for molestation. While others agreed with her in private that she was right to feel slighted, she was property and thus she was not allowed to rebel. After the beating that would nearly cripple her from one such lashing out, the teenage Vaya boarded a spice freighter as a stowaway, seeking a better life.
Life out of bondage is not an easy life, especially for a hungry teenager. The freighter captain did not care that she was supposedly pretty to humanoids, being a Gand, the freighter captain was only interested in working its route and staying out of trouble. The captain would say almost every day that it would space her the next day if she did not work hard, but over time that became an endearing comment as she always worked hard on keeping the old freighter running. Life was looking up for the young Vaya. It was about this time she took on the name Pryde out of spite for those who thought her too pride full.
Good times shine bright in the memory during bad times, as they help us through such times. Such is this era in Vaya's early life. Just as she was about to become a full adult, the hard times came. Her Captain had her offload a bunch of pallets in Mos Eisely on Tatooine, and was about done when her captain came stumbling into the hanger yelling for her to prep the engines. Distressed at seeing her captain wounded she tried to come to its aid only to be pushed away and called the most harmful thing she thought anyone could be called in her situation, "...slave." Had she not been loyal during the Captain's dealings with pirates, smugglers, and even helped it get out of more than one shady deal gone wrong with her hold out blaster? She had patched up her 'Captain' more than once and had saved its life more times than she ever need saving by far. None of it mattered though, she was to get to the engines. Hurt beyond words she rushed not to the engine room of the ship but to her quarters.
In her quarters, tears filling her eyes with the verbal wound, she reached under her bed and pulled out some credits she had saved for a rainy day. In all honesty she had saved the credits to buy her 'Captain' something as a means of thank you. But that was all gone in her mind. She suddenly heard her 'Master' call her in a screeching voice of anger and she rushed out of her quarters and down the dark back passageways to the hanger exit. She dropped out of the large spacecraft and with the screeching of the Gand not too far on her heels she bolted. She did not need to go too far before she was accosted by pack of Rodian bounty hunters. She was threatened with violence before they asked her where her Captain was. She pointed towards the ship that was obviously still warming up, the screaming of the captain profuse and violent. The ramp was closing though, and the Rodians all rushed on board. The ship seemed to get semi off the ground before it suddenly slammed forward. This shook Vaya out of her numbed state and had her running off.
Despite the rumored and very real hardships of a planet like Tatooine, Vaya did well. Her species does very well at not needing food that often, indeed survival on her world is paramount to this fact as few but the elite ever get a full belly. This allowed her to seek employment or opportunities as they would arrive. She was eventually able to pick up a job as a stewardess onboard a C-3 Passenger Liner for a short while, this got her to move offworld and she was PAID! This became a brief good period of time, but the press of people were becoming a bit much for her so she tried to transfer to another ship on Kiffex. She was there waiting for the ship, but it never came out of hyperspace. One can assume many things happened to it, but in the end it left Vaya without a way off world and depleted of most of her funds. It was during this difficult time she was approached by a member representing the Veilhal Nomads , and figuring it was a good outfit she began her journey with them.
Freedom of the Stars
Working for the Veilhal Nomads for a time Vaya was able to explore the stars, especially that of those around Kiffex. Joining in a search for the new home that the Veilhal Nomads really wanted in the galaxy, she traversed hundreds of sector coordinates. While this time was spent mostly in the cockpit chair of a bulk freighter fleet, Vaya learned the importance of construction and management through the Nomad network as she traversed the stars. Upon completing her tour of duty with the Veilhal Nomads though, Vaya decided to explore her freedom among the galaxy more and enlisted into the Trade Federation military.
Justice and Vengeance
After wandering the galaxy for awhile and meeting interesting people in the Trade Federation and the Archduchy of Tolonda, Vaya made a move that would solidify her beliefs in taking up arms. Previously she was more focused on being a mechanic or at the very least someone who managed the building up of civilization. Yet during her time in the Archduchy of Tolonda she saw first hand some of the atrocities of the Imperial Union and was taken aback. Saddened by the losses that happened to her fellows in the Archduchy, Vaya decided to take up a more proactive stance when it came to fighting against others. But the issue that she had was that she did not know how to fight well, if at all. While there were plenty of people in the Archduchy who were willing to instruct her, she felt it would be for the best if she sought out joining the New Republic. With the blessings of the Archduchy leadership she communicated with the New Republic via Archduchy channels, and was quickly recruited into the cause of the New Republic. Bootcamp was a breeze for someone fit as Vaya, but she struggled at first when it came to hand-to-hand combat so while she was a crack shot, she was regulated to a support role organizing the building up of stellar firepower under Galen Darksol , the leader of Incom Corporation at the time. Over time as Vaya began to enjoy simple things as bar brawls and other forms of hand-to-hand practice, all too often with sailors on leave, she became aware of the Mandalorians of Mando`ade whom sometimes would chide her attempts at hand-to-hand combat. Choosing to learn more from them and with the permission and elevation of her CEO to the mantle of Chief of State, of the New Republic , Vaya made plans to traverse the galaxy and learn more about the Mandalorian culture from the leader of Mando`ade , Kai Oryk .
Betrayal of the New Republic
The Chief of State Galen Darksol asked a favor of Vaya, would she prepare a news piece for the Department of the State, of the New Republic , to which she agreed. However this was a ruse unknown to everyone but the Chief of State himself, a well played ruse that had many years in the making. The news piece was to discuss the changes that were coming in the New Republic and in this Galen Darksol was clever, for under his direction Vaya worked hard to help him form a good propaganda piece against the Galactic Empire but the piece was vague and in development, leaving Vaya in the dark when suddenly Galen Darksol betrayed the New Republic by securing his own people into high places and declaring himself as an Imperial agent. Escaping to a ship when this happened was something that Vaya did quickly, for fear of her life. Yet the worst part was yet to come...
With the chaos that the betrayal of the Chief of State of the New Republic , Galen Darksol , did to the population of the New Republic and its officer corps; blame was thrown around as people sought reasons for and understanding as to why this had happened. During this process, because Vaya had worked closely with the Betrayer of the New Republic and his people in the Galactic Empire , she found herself facing off with hotheads as well as those in panic as loyalists to the Rebel cause fled in all directions trying to avoid certain death if captured by Imperial forces. Despite her attempts at showing that she too was betrayed, fear won and the Rebel loyalists shut her out of all communications and most whom she would have fought and died with to the bitter end, turned their backs upon her. With tears and anger, she decided to dedicate herself to learning about the Mandalorian culture and how to fight the Galactic Empire as best as she could. For the betrayer and his Imperial forces had taken the one thing from Vaya, her sense of family in the New Republic .
It would take almost two months but one of the leaders of the Rebel loyalists, Orion Chran , communicated with her that he and other with her cooperation had cleared her of all charges of betrayal and of being a traitor. This was a massive relief to Vaya but there was something she knew she could not overcome, the stigma that comes with accusations. With everyone on edge in the Rebel forces, she opted to continue her studies of the Mandalorian culture.
Of Kai and Katarn
Learning about the Mandalorians in Mando`ade was a complex affair. For not only were the Mandalorians always a busy people, they were not overly trusting of outsiders. It was during her attempts in the capital of Manda that she met an imposing Hapan known as Kai Oryk who lead Mando`ade . While meeting him was a brief event, she decided that the best way to learn about the Mandalorians and their culture was to try to live it. After all, none considered her worth their time as she was not initiated or blooded in some fashion she was yet to determine. Starting off simple, she thought, would help... so she picked up her A-280 rifle she had been given while in the Veilhal Nomads and set out to prove she was at the very least, a hunter. Perhaps a trophy would suffice to show she was worth talking to.