Brand, born Lauren Mel Coelho on the planet Tangenine, was a dark-skinned human female and a member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Sixty-First Mobile Infantry, commonly known as Twilight Company. Prior to her service in Twilight Company, Brand worked as a bounty hunter. She brought those skills with her to Twilight Company, serving as a sniper and tracker for the company. Brand tended to be aloof and preferred working with a higher degree of operational freedom than her fellow soldiers in Twilight Company.
Lauren Mel Coelho was born in 35 BBY on the planet Tangenine to Remba and Kelven, who owned a farm. At an early age, her parents were killed by the Falleen gangster Annaz for not paying the protection fees to his Malandro syndicate. Lauren and her brother Julien then had to live with their gran until she died of a fever a few years later. When Julien fell ill she had to take a job from the Malandro Syndicate to pay for the cure but was caught in the process and landed in jail. By the time she got out Julien was dead.
A few years later the Galactic Empire took control of Tangenine and soon realised how embedded the Malandro Syndicate was and turned to bounty hunter in order to clean up the underworld for them. Lauren then showed up with an alias, Brand. She took jobs on the Malandro Syndicate and continued to take out more of their members including Annaz. But as order came back to Tangenine, Brand started to witness the true side of the empire. As petty thieves were given life sentences and dealers were pardoned when bribing the magistrate.
Brand got sick of the corrupt system on Tangenine and took a job off world. Her target was Captain Micha Evon of the Alliance's Sixty-First Mobile Infantry. She tracked the sixty-first to Veron and offered to join. She then smuggled in her kit and when the sixty-first was on Allst Prime she got her chance. She and captain Evon stormed into the governor's office and Brand killed Governor Mage. She then pointed her blaster at Evon but hesitated when he revealed what he knew about her past life. He then offered her to stay with the sixty-first and she accepted.
For the next few years Brand fought with the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry against the empire on many different worlds. During the Sixty-Firsts campaign on Haidoral Prime she, Sergeant Hazram Namir, Gadren and Charmer infiltrated the governor's mansion and captured the defecting governor Everi Chalis. She offered information on the empire's workings to the alliance and Captain Evon put that to the test with her imformation on a distillery of Coyerti of which Brand, Namir, Gadren and fresh recruit Roach destroyed. The Alliance High Command then decided to invite Chalis, Captain Evon, Sergeant Namir and soldiers Roja and Beak to Echo base. In the meantime Brand and the rest of the sixty-first would rendezvous with a flotilla of a dozen ships to repair their CR90 corvette the Thunderstrike.
During their time at the flotilla, the sixty-first soldiers would visit the other ships including the Sixmoon but near the end of their time their, the Light freighter Trumpet's Call jumped to the rendezvous with it's life support failing and most of it's crew dead. Brand and the others rescued the survivors and when they were in a stable condition, Brand inspected the ships data base. Brand discovered that none of the survivors they took in were from the Trumpet's Call's crew log and were Imperial Spies. By the time she got back onto the ship the spies had killed Lieutenant Sairgon, Commander Paonu and most of the bridge crew. Lieutenant Sairgon had warned the rest of the flotilla before his death and all of the ships fled except for the Thunderstrike's escort the Braha'tok-class gunship Apailana's Promise. Brand helped retake the Thunderstrike from the spies and they narrowly evaded destruction from the Imperial Star Destroyer Herald.
The sixty-first fled to Ankhural where it would continue the repairs on the Thunderstrike. Chalis and Namir returned from Echo Base where the empire had attacked them and Darth Vader had slaughtered Captain Evon, Roja and Beak. For the next few weeks Brand and the sixty-first stayed there and continued the repairs until Chalis proposed Operation Ringbreaker where they would attack multiple imperial places to lure ships away from Kuat Drive Yards before attacking Kuat and destroying the Shipyard. The sixty-first approved of this plan and attacked various imperial holdouts before their attack on Sullust ended with the imperial's ambushing and shooting down the Thunderstrike.With the Apailana's Promise fleeing Sullust the sixty-first was stranded at the factory Inyusu Tor that they had just taken and the Herald was on it's way to help the imperial ground forces that were preparing to attack them.
When the Herald finally arrived the ground imperials advance on them, Brand helped hold the line and fend off the advancing imperials whilst the Apailana's Promise had returned to keep the Herald's cannons pointing away from the ground. Chalis abandoned the sixty-first and took a shuttle up to the Herald where she sabotaged the star destroyer upon arrival with an Ion bomb in the shuttle forcing the warship to retreat. It left Brand and the others to fend off the remaining imperials. Once the ground battle was over, the locals overthrew the remaining imperials on sullust and Brand and the rest of the sixty-first could regroup at the capital to decide the future of the Sixty-first mobile infantry.
- "Inbrief"—Star Wars Insider 161 (First identified as Lauren Mel Coelho)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First appearance)