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- "Never figured I rated high enough for the Emperor to notice. I'm just a guy making a living–your no-fly zones always got in the way."
- ―Nas Ghent
Ghent fought with the Confederacy fleet at the Battle of Coruscant and was a decorated hero of the Confederacy. After the war he turned to smuggling, taking dangerous runs through Imperial no-fly zones aboard his ship, the Rhodi's Silence. He did so in an attempt to find a way to cope with the regrets he had from his past and to recapture something of the thrill he had felt in his youth while flying for the Separatists.
On one such run, he was shot out of space by Darth Vader and personally recruited by him to recruit a crack Imperial TIE Fighter unit, Black Eight Squadron. Assigned aboard the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Crucible, the flagship of an Outer Rim Moff, Ghent clashed with the ambitious deck officer Commander Dorin Millavec. Millavec, who suspected that Ghent's inclusion in the Imperial fleet—especially under his command—was a plot to get him kicked out, decided to get rid of the 'upstart' by arranging for him to be killed in a supposed accident: On his first familiarization flight, Ghent was to be given a decrepit TIE fighter and to be shot from behind by his flight members as a rebel infiltrator.
However, despite the condition of his ship, Ghent managed to eradicate his two wingmen and crash land into the landing bay. This vicious plot, however, only served to re-kindle Ghent's fighting spirit, and he silently vowed to himself to get even with Millavec.