Liviana Iota, also known by her callsign "Vida Loca", is a decorated starfigher pilot originally from Corellia. Most of her early life was spent traveling the galaxy in starships, until the day that the Galactic Empire seized her family's assets and imprisoned her parents for helping subversive groups in Imperial Space. After struggling to survive with her older brother, Liviana joined a small resistance movement against the Empire - until most of the group was killed in a failed operation. Following the disaster, Liviana hijacked a ship, eventually finding herself in New Republic space. Deciding to stop running, she joined the New Republic's military as a pilot.
The second child of Karena and Davin Iota, Liviana was born on Corellia during Year -5. Her family owned a small shipping business, Iota Industries, formed by her father in the years leading up to the creation of the Galactic Empire. Their business rarely ventured far from the Corellia system, mostly moving supplies and manufacturing small items for traders and tourists. Her father, Davin, was formerly a fighter pilot during the Clone Wars. Given the small scale of his enterprise, the family was always on the move on various starships and cargo cruisers during much of Liviana's childhood. Karena Iota, formerly a low-level politician on Coruscant, handled much of the bureaucracy and paperwork to ensure that Iota Industries ran smoothly. Liviana's brother, Laryn, is seven years her senior.
As both children grew, their parents were forced to take them along cargo runs and other assignments for the company; there was barely enough money to hire required help, let alone assistance raising children. As such, much of Liviana's youth was spent on her father's ship - the YT-2000 known as the Enamored Raven. Despite the hardships of their life, Liviana's parents ensured she received as good of an education as they could manage. Davin would even teach his daughter the basics of piloting and starship flight, much to the annoyance of his wife. By the age of 13, Liviana found herself filled with a love for space and the vessels that filled it. An uneventful trip to Centrepoint Station would become one of her oldest memories, and the young girl cherished every story about her father's exploits in the Clone Wars.
The conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire became more heated every day, with effects that reached all the way to a small company founded in Corellian space. By Year 8, Iota Enterprises was stretched so thin that Laryn was forced to pilot ships to make deliveries and shipments. Unbeknownst to the Iota siblings, Davin had dedicated some of Iota Industries's resources to aiding rebel groups around Corellia that aimed to topple the Empire. While this was done with noble intentions, the punishment for such actions would be severe and ultimately change the lives of Liviana and Laryn forever.
While Liviana accompanied her brother making a shipment to a sector of Deep Space outside of Corellia, the Empire seized Iota Industries by force. All of the company's assets were seized and declared property of the Imperials. Liviana's parents were captured, sentenced and thrown into prison for the remainder of their lives. It was only due to the quick thinking of Laryn that the siblings were able to escape, using all the fuel aboard the bulk freighter to jump as far away from the Galactic Empire's jurisdiction as they could. With their ship tracked, Laryn sold the vessel for scrap and what little credits they owned were quickly expended trying to survive on the world of Nar Shaddaa.
On the Run
|Leaving Nar Shaddaa|
The next few years of Liviana's life were a drastic change. Without their parents, the Iota siblings were forced to turn to crime to make ends meet; which usually was accompanied with violence. Going from a sheltered life aboard starships to the slums of Nar Shaddaa was nearly the death of both children numerous times. Within three years of arriving on the moon, Laryn found himself roped into a number of schemes and failed plans to gain power and credits. These attempts were short-lived, backfiring often, making Laryn a rather unpopular man. The two chldren grew apart, Liviana spending her time alone or pit-pocketing others to survive. A brief stint with a gang of street youths taught Liviana much: how to clean and use a blaster, for example. As she grew older, she moved carefully; always contemplating the future of her actions and never taking risks that could be avoided. The same could not be said of her brother.
As a teenager, the young Corellian found that she had a knack for repairing damaged equipment and vehicles such as swoop bikes and speeders. This led her to aiding a gang without being directly involved in violence, though there were a few occasions were Liviana was forced to use what she had learned to defend herself from harm. She killed her first man at the age of fifteen, an experience that haunted her for many weeks.
In Year 13, Liviana had enough credits to consider leaving Nar Shaddaa, and a few friends that would turn the other way and allow her to stow away on ship. When she presented the plan to Laryn, he refused to leave the moon. His rationale was that a massive opportunity and come up in the last few days that warranted staying, but Liviana knew the truth: her brother had gotten in over his head with the more powerful gangs and would be killed if he left the Smuggler's Moon. After a massive argument, she left her only family member behind with only hatred in her heart for the people that set her down this path. While she did not know it at the time, it would be the last time she would see her older sibling. The regret she felt leaving her brother behind only festered into a desire for vengeance.
|Taking up arms on Voktunma|
After leaving Nar Shaddaa, Liviana eventually made her way to the world of Voktunma III, in the Corellian sector. After a few weeks of harassing the Imperial patrols in the starport, she met a number of like-minded individuals that were working to terrorize the Empire in any way that they could. Within this group she found a number of close friends despite the hardships of their situation. Unable to keep up residence in the starport, the group was forced to reside in the forests outside the city; a dangerous and unfamiliar environment to Liviana. She became close friends with a Twi'lek named Miura, who taught the Corellian how to survive in the wilderness and honed her raw and undisciplined fighting skills. The pair was inseparable, often undertaking violent and risky missions against the Imperial forces on the jungle world.
Every day meant another fight, with Liviana happy to hurt the Empire in any way that she could. For the first time since she was young, she felt at home with the ragtag group that had been brought together by chance. Spurred on by every minor victory, they worked to help others on the world, disrupting whatever minor Imperial operations they could. While relatively insignificant on a galactic scale, the group's efforts earned them plenty of attention from the local garrison.
Eventually, a day came where the group learned of an incoming slave shipment from Kessel to Voktunma. While security would be heightened, they saw it as a rare opportunity to free others from chains. Confident despite the odds, the rebels split up; Liviana and Miura's group was in charge of ambushing Imperial troopers in an effort to procure better weapons. Once they obtained Imperial-grade weapons, the rebels attacked the guards aroudn the slave ship, only to find they had been lured into a trap. There was no slave transport or ship, just a clever ruse to bait the rebels into their destruction. Lacking military discipline, the group splintered and was wiped out.
Fleeing into the mountain ranges, Liviana was unable to treat Miura's injuries and the Twi'lek died in Liviana's arms. Her own injuries were not fatal, but forced her to remain hidden in the jungle for almost six months before she found the strength to return to the Voktunma starport. Once there, she hijacked a docked shuttle and left the world of Voktunma far behind, heading for parts unknown.
Over the next three years, Liviana spent a considerable time wandering the galaxy without much direction or purpose. While she briefly returned to Nar Shaddaa, she was unable to locate her older sibling and mourned for Laryn as if he had passed away. She never stayed on one planet for long, never finding a home outside the walls of her small shuttle. Presumed dead by Imperial troops, she spent some time back in Corellian space in a vain effort to uncover the fate of her family. During this time, she stole and reprogrammed an R3 astromech droid and used it to gather any relevant information from the Empire. While only a tiny fraction of data was available, R3-A6 located her father's old YT-2000 at a recycling plant in a neighboring system.
Together, Liviana and R3 broke into the recycling station. Despite voluntarily destroying her own shuttle during the mission, Liviana succeeded in reclaiming her father's ship. The vessel was rechristened the Silent Raven by its newest owner. It would be continually upgraded and repaired by Liviana as she wandered aimlessly thorough the Outer Rim.
The New Republic
|Liviana returns from an undisclosed mission|
Year 18 saw Liviana finally end up in New Republic space, stopping on Rodia to refuel and repair her vessel. It was here that she was able to witness the might of a government that could rival the Galactic Empire, watching military craft land and depart the craft every night. Every day after bargaining for needed parts, she tried to steal just a glimpse of the agile and dangerous fighters that formed the New Republic Starfighter Command, remembering her father's words about his time fighting in wars past. After considerable debate, she finally realized that she was accomplishing nothing running from system and that the revenge she had craved had done nothing but left her bitter and empty.
With some hesitation, she applied to the New Republic Academy, doubting that she would be qualified to join the SFC. Much to her surprise, her aptitude tests displayed a natural talent for flying, and Liviana worked hard to finish the Academy at the top of her class. Emboldened by her newfound future, she also enrolled in a Basic Medical Course under the tutelage of Huw Roon and Gile Landala, determined not to repeat the mistakes that lead to the deaths of her friends. Liviana worked hard to put her past life behind her, ensuring that she would live up to every word in her oath once sworn in as a military officer. The days of Nar Shaddaa were finally behind her.
Not long after her graduation from the Academy, Liviana was approached to join the New Republic Justice Department, joining after considerable decision. It was her sense of justice and admiration for the New Republic's values that resulted in the young woman becoming a Republic Counselor- a representative for the citizens of the New Republic against those that might do them harm.
As the values of peace, freedom and democracy became her own Liviana took it upon herself to join the Academy staff; helping guide those that had been in the same situations she had once been in. She remains ever vigilant in this role, often finding herself to be a mentor to many that join the New Republic. After being promoted to Professor of Military Studies, Liviana stepped into the role of Headmistress, running the New Republic Academy.
After graduating with exceptional marks from the New Republic Academy, Liviana joined the Starfighter Command and given the rank of Pilot Officer. Once deployed to fight in the Second Galactic Civil War, she proved herself a capable and skilled pilot and cunning warrior, quickly earning a number of awards and a promotion to the rank of Flight Officer. Within a matter of months, she earned the respect of her peers as an ace pilot - a true force to be reckoned with. In Year 19, Liviana was unexpectedly promoted to Squadron Leader, becoming a senior officer. The remainder of her file is classified.
|Squadron Leader Liviana "Vida Loca" Iota|
Liviana is a native Corellian, standing at 1.68 meters, sporting an athletic build. She keeps her dark brown hair out of the way, preferring practicality over any accepted style or fashion. She is known for her piercing green eyes, and healthy tan complexion despite a lifetime in space. A lifetime of conflict has led to a rather utilitarian wardrobe, and she is often seen in her orange flight suit or relatively simple clothing. Despite this, Liviana is still renowned for her natural beauty.
Deep down, Liviana is an extremely passionate woman, often taking matters into her own hands and preferring to lead by example whenever possible. Off-duty, she is known to her friends as "Liv" or "Livi". Her life is punctuated by an almost childlike enthusiasm, sarcasm, and fondness for practical pranks or light hearted teasing. Regardless, Liviana takes her career very seriously, compulsively working to serve as effectively as possible. Since joining the New Republic, she has taken the ideals of freedom and democracy to heart, believing deeply in their cause and ideals. During combat, her personality boils away to reveal a cold, calculated and pragmatic warrior.
Liviana is known for her fondness of celebratory alcohol, especially Corellian whiskey.
It is rare for her to reference the events of her past, preferring to put those events firmly behind her.
Civilian Service Record
|C-2||Year 19 Day 162 — Present||Academy Headmistress|
|O-5||Year 19 Day 125 — Year 19 Day 162||Professor of Military Studies|
|O-2||Year 19 Day 97 — Year 19 Day 125||Advanced Instructor|
|O-1||Year 19 Day 12 — Year 19 Day 97||Instructor|
|New Republic Justice Department|
|O-4||Year 19 Day 47 — Year 19 Day 186||Assistant Republic Counselor|
|O-2||Year 18 Day 335 — Year 19 Day 47||Trainee Prosecutor|
Military Service Record
Citations and Awards
|Letter of the Law Award||Katie Tonks||Year 19 Day 162|
|Studious Endeavours Award||Gothar Elensar||Year 19 Day 162|
|Instructor Dedication Award||Gothar Elensar||Year 19 Day 162|
|New Republican of the Month||-||Year 19 Day 133|