Quelev Tapper was a Human male smuggler who operated during the Galactic Civil War. Formerly the head of his own organization, Tapper agreed to merge with Talon Karrde's smuggling group after Imperial forces leveled his Quelev Tapper's headquarters and destroyed three quarters of his operation. Tapper became Karrde's second-in-command and most trusted lieutenant, and his conservative personality countered Karrde's more flamboyant nature. The pair would often personally investigate new business opportunities.
In 6 ABY, Tapper accompanied Karrde to the planet Kaal to investigate the rumor that Emperor Palpatine's personal yacht, the Emperor's Shadow, had crashed-landed in the world's oceans. Due to Imperial intervention, Tapper was forced to detonate the wreck to save Karrde, a New Republic delegation, and Kaal's ruler, Tirgee Benyalle. In 7 ABY, a deal was struck between Karrde and Booster Terrik to supply Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron with munitions during their war against Ysanne Isard. Tapper commanded the convoy that travelled to The Graveyard in the Alderaan system to transfer the equipment and was caught in a battle between the Rogues and forces loyal to Isard. In 8 ABY, Tapper accompanied Karrde to Varonat to investigate the operations of the Krish crime lord Gamgalon. While working undercover, the pair were rumbled by Gamgalon and his Krish underlings who planned to kill the pair of them. Tapper tried to escape, but was killed during the attempt. Karrde was rescued by Mara Jade Skywalker, who was posing as a hyperdrive mechanic named Celina Marniss. (Read more…)