Zurel Hoban was raised on the planet of Chandrila, and was the son of an aide to the world's senator. Hoban applied to join the Imperial Navy, using his father's contacts to ensure that his application was accepted. He was eventually assigned to serve aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor, where he worked on the bridge as a pilot crewmember. Following the murder of Lieutenant Tanith Sorn in 3 ABY, Hoban was part of a team chosen by Darth Vader to investigate the crime.
- Murder on the Executor (First appearance)