- "Oh what a perilous chain of events! We're lost in a game of chance to a new master who turns out to be a smuggler, then we're tossed overboard with the stolen goods whilst he gets himself arrested."
- ―C-3PO about Zevel Hortine
Zevel Hortine was a glitterstim smuggler who once owned C-3PO and R2-D2. When he was arrested by authorities in orbit of Ingo, Hortine dropped his cargo into the planet's atmosphere. Much of the contraband landed in the Vaj Desert, including the droids, who had been in the cargo bay at the time.
- Star Wars: Droids—"The White Witch" (First mentioned)
- "Crimson Bounty"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14 (Mentioned only)
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- Star Wars Encyclopedia (under "R2-D2")
- C-3PO: Tales of the Golden Droid
- The New Essential Guide to Characters (under "C-3PO")
- "Star Wars Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO"—Polyhedron 170 (First identified as Zevel Hortine)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, II ("C-3PO," "Kaj, Nedmak")