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"I'm not all about money, Valance… and neither are you. The payoff is sticking it to the Empire."
―Han Solo[src]

Beilert Valance was a human male bounty hunter. Born into slavery on Chorin, Valance became a miner like his father before him. He later left his homeworld and joined the Galactic Empire, who gave him the designation of Cadet 404-913.

Valance served alongside Han Solo as a cadet at Carida Academy, the Imperial Naval Academy on the planet Carida. He was involved in at least two altercations with Solo, and both ended up crashing during an exercise due to their conflict. While covering bombers during a battle on Qhulosk, Valance was shot down, leaving him with several permanent injuries. After being rescued by his fellow cadets, Valance enlisted for the infantry and was deployed to Mimban, where he was severely injured in the ensuing battle. The Empire repaired Valance's body with extensive cybernetics, but he was discharged from service. Valance became a bounty hunter after failing to protect his homeworld from raiders. He was mentored by Nakano Lash, who betrayed him during a mission on Corellia. Valance later resorted to breaking the Bounty Hunter Code by stealing bounties from other hunters.

The Hidden Hand crime syndicate eventually tracked down and hired Valance to hunt down Darth Vader. Leading the team of bounty hunters, which included Dengar, Chio Fain, Honnah, and Urrr'k, Valance eventually faced Vader on Heva, but most of his team was killed by Vader, and the cyborg himself was betrayed by Dengar. After capturing him, Vader offered to leave the bounty hunter alive if he worked with the Empire to destroy the Hidden Hand. Valance, however, made a deal with a group of Rebel Alliance operatives. After leading the Empire to the Hidden Hand's main base, Valance escaped, using his payment for the initial job to purchase weapons for the Rebellion, in exchange for the rebels rescuing his people from Chorin.

Valance later took on a job from his old friend Han Solo, who had become a rebel, which involved delivering the engineer Vharn and the schematics for a shield generator to the Rebellion. During the mission, he killed Vharn after learning of his treachery. After delivering the schematics to the Rebellion personally, he requested that they spend half the credits to ransom Vharn's family.

Around 3 ABY, Lash resurfaced with a bounty on her head, attracting the attention of several bounty hunters. When Valance learned about Lash's resurgence, he began tracking her down. He followed Lash's coordinates to the planet Galmerah, where he engaged in a fight with the bounty hunter Bossk. His path then led him to Ruusan, where he encountered the body of Thisspiasian bounty hunter Ooris Bynar, and later Lash herself in orbit. There he fought Boba Fett, before losing. Fett then left the crumbling ship, as did Valance, who regretfully left Lash for dead while taking responsibility for a Cadeliah, who was under Lash's protection.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

"The Valance family has dug, scratched, and clawed through these hills for centuries. But you? You're different. You were born free. You belong in the stars, Beilert."
―Valance's father[src]

Valance as a child.

Beilert Valance was born into a mining family which had dug the hills of their homeworld of Chorin for centuries as slaves until the Galactic Empire liberated them. As a child, Valance spoke with his father about his heritage, asking if he would follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps as a miner. His father informed him that, because of the Empire's efforts, their people were no longer slaves, and Valance was free to venture into the stars.[6] Valance too worked in the mines and soon decided to join the Empire. Before he left,[1] Yuralla Vega,[3] his lover, gave him a red gem to remember her by. Valance's father told him to work as hard as he did in the mines.[1]

Imperial cadet[edit | edit source]

Meeting Han Solo[edit | edit source]

"The Empire is good. And pure. Scrumrats don't belong in the Navy, Solo."
―Beilert Valance, to Han Solo[src]

Valance in Swamp trooper gear.

Valance eventually became a cadet for the Empire at Carida Academy, the Imperial Naval Academy on the planet Carida[2] in the star system of the same name.[7] At the Imperial Academy, the Imperial cadets were referred to by their assigned operating numbers instead of their real names, with Valance being known by the digits "404-913." While he was able to seemingly win the love of the Empire, due to his belief in beating others into submission to show he was the best, one of Valance's fellow cadets, Kanina Nico, particularly hated him, even more than she hated everyone else.[2]

Valance came to have a dislike for fellow cadet Han Solo, as he believed Solo was holding him back and viewed him to merely be a Corellian scrumrat. At one point during training, Solo spoke out of turn to their training officer Lieutenant Triosa Broog. She responded by ordering the cadets to run up a mountain in full swamp trooper gear. In response to this several cadets attacked Solo. Afterwards, Valance insulted Solo, claiming scrumrats like him didn't belong in the navy, but before he could cause any serious physical harm, cadet Nico cut in and told him to let the other cadet go.[2]

Causing trouble[edit | edit source]

"As you can see on the leaderboard…you're still right where you belong."
―Valance taunts Han Solo[src]

Han Solo hits Valance with a tray.

While Solo was detained temporarily for trying to escape Carida in a TIE fighter, Valance climbed to the top of the cadet leader board, competing heavily with Nico. When Solo returned to see the leader board, he confronted him again. Solo tried to fight him, but was knocked to the ground by Valance. Solo then kicked him in the groin and hit him around the face with a tray. An officer arrived and questioned the incident, but Solo and Valance dismissed it as a misunderstanding to avoid punishment. Valance briefly threatened Solo after, before they both parted ways.[8]

Later, Valance was partnered with Lyttan Dree for another training session. In TIE fighters, they were tasked with working together against the other pairs to obliterate their target. During the session, Lyttan's brother, Tamu Dree, flew in a collision course. Lyttan abandoned Valance and their mission for his brother, but it was Solo which saved him in the end. After, the cadets were put in a cell for not completing their task.[8] Their punishment was making soup for the other cadets. When Solo became covered in live roots, Valance refused to let the Dree brothers help him.[9]

Valance and the other cadets.

One day, the cadets under punishment were approached by training officer Yurib Nakan, who reported that their work duties were already fulfilled for the day, supposedly thanks to Valance. He had Valance returned to flight training and other four flying the Quasar Fire-class cruiser-carrier which carried the rest of the cadets flying in TIE fighters. As a part of their training session, the cadets in TIEs had to fly across open space to rendezvous with a destroyer while Solo, Nico and the Dree brothers flew the carrier. Following the exercise, Valance was with the four cadets after they returned with the carrier. They had all been reinstated to full-flight status following their success in returning on time. Nakan entered the room after the news came to light and told Valance and the others that they would be combating real enemies.[9]

Shot down[edit | edit source]

"I can't believe the Empire sent you to rescue me."
"The Empire didn't send us, Valance. We came on our own."
―Valance and Solo[src]

Valance's TIE fighter is shot down by Qhuloskian fighters.

Valance and the rest of the squad were assigned to Qhulosk. Before the Battle of Howlan, he argued with Nakan about Solo's fitness to fly into battle. Once the attack began, Valance took the lead. Solo strafed some cannons, but was pursued by three Qhuloskian fighters. Valance dropped in behind them, destroying them and saving Solo. He then took the point and led an attack on the shield generators that were protecting the Qhuloskian army. After a successful attack, Valance's TIE fighter was hit by enemy fire and heavily damaged. A pair of Qhuloskian fighters got behind him but Solo convinced Valance to turn off his engines so he would drop out of the line of fire and give Solo a clear shot at them. He restarted his engines, but was unable to maneuver his fighter. Before Solo could assist him, his fighter was hit by more enemy fire and he crash-landed, unable to eject.[4]

Valance got out of his crashed starfighter and set up a defensive perimeter. When Solo and the rest of the squad approached him, he fired on them thinking they were enemies. Tamu applied first aid to his wounds. Valance expressed disbelief that the Empire would send his squadmates to rescue him and Solo informed him they did it on their own. While Valance couldn't believe it, Solo told him that Valance was like all soldiers, expendable. Solo got Valance on the back of his speeder bike, and Valance begrudgingly thanked him for the rescue.[10]

On their way back to base, they ran into a large group of Qhuloskian soldiers. Valance fired upon them, but the squad was quickly surrounded. They were saved by a group of Ghular slaves. After learning Nico's planet was next to be conquered by the Empire, Solo concocted a plan to make it look like she died in combat. Valance agreed to go along with the falsehood but warned her she'd be wanted by the Empire. When Valance got back to base and was sent to medical bay, he learned the Empire wouldn't replace his eye or leg and he would lose his flight privileges. He was upset, but Tamu guessed he would pay for them himself and re-enlist as a soldier so he could continue to serve.[10]

Serving in the infantry[edit | edit source]

Fighting battles[edit | edit source]

"You didn't bat an eye when you were demoted to a grunt… you just went right back to the fight. Never questioning. Never stopping."
―Yurib Nakan, to Valance[src]

Valance did indeed serve in the infantry. During one battle in the Mid Rim, serving as a stormtrooper, Valance was pinned behind a trench alongside three of his comrades. When one of them asked him if his death was worth it, Valance recounted how the Empire had saved his family, implying that his death was worth it for that. Four enemy soldiers arrived to kill the stormtroopers, only for them to be killed by Darth Vader as he brought reinforcements with him.[11]

Valance valiantly leads his comrades on Mimban.

During an assignment to Mimban, Valance served as a swamp trooper and was pinned down in a trench with several other troopers. One attempted to climb out, only to have his head vaporized by enemy fire. When Valance failed to muster air support through his comlink, the other soldiers claimed the Empire did not care about them. Determined to complete his mission, Valance led them out of the trench. He was suddenly hit by enemy fire, injuring him gravely as he was swept away by an explosion. As his body burned, he told his comrades to "keep going."[1]

Discharged[edit | edit source]

"You're being discharged, Valance. You've lost a lot of flesh for the Empire. But you won't be losing any more—"
―Yurib Nakan informs Valance he is being discharged[src]

Valance is discharged from service.

At the Imperial medical facility, Captain Valance received cybernetic arms and legs, as well as having the left side of his face cybernetically enhanced. Although Valance wanted to return to battle, his old instructor, Yurib Nakan made sure that he was discharged, wishing for him to not be sent to his death. Valance was shocked at this news, but Nakan told him that he would get to go home, something which most soldiers in the Empire could never do.[1]

Valance returned to Chorin in a Zeta-class cargo shuttle. Upon his arrival, he discovered his home in ruins and a graveyard of miners beside it. Kneeling before his father's grave, Valance said he was "sorry." Approaching the ruins of the village, he found Vega among the people. She told him the Empire had taken everything from the mines and left the people defenseless to raiders, which they were not able to stop. Valance told her he would make the raiders pay. He found where they had been, but the raiders were already gone. He was determined to keep going, and became a bounty hunter.[1]

Bounty hunter[edit | edit source]

Beginning as a hunter[edit | edit source]

"I was a pawn like you…Fighting their wars, sent to kill on planets I'd never even heard of…I nearly died for their cause. Look at me now!"
―Valance, to a group of stormtroopers[src]

While residing in a cantina in Phelar Port on[12] the Outer Rim planet[13] of Eriadu, Valance witnessed a boy being harassed by a patron, before a company of stormtroopers entered the cantina and confronted the boy. The cyborg then approached the troopers and began attacking them, while lamenting about how he was a pawn of the Empire and the loss of his "humanity"[12] as a result of the injuries he sustained on Mimban.[1]

Valance meets Nakano Lash.

Unbeknownst to him, Nakano Lash, a Nautolan bounty hunter, rushed to save Valance as she believed the cyborg would be killed by the stormtroopers. After Valance encountered another group of stormtroopers, he was incapacitated by laser fire, before Lash stepped in to save the cyborg and eliminated the troopers. When questioning why the Nautolan had saved him, Lash, accompanied by the bounty hunter T'ongor and the technician Jhorstek, replied she had once been in a similar situation to the boy he saved, before allowing Jhorstek to repair[12] and upgrade[3] Valance's cybernetics, the cost of which was paid by Lash herself.[12]

Failed job[edit | edit source]

"After this mission is over, you'll need more than beskar armor to protect you!"
―Valance, to Boba Fett[src]

Following the event, Valance was mentored in bounty hunting by Lash. Prior to embarking on a job, Valance, Lash and fellow hunters Bossk and T'ongor were stationed aboard Lash's starship, the Starskimmer. Valance used the ship's long-range communicator to contact Vega on Chorin via Receiver Station 356-39, but closed the connection before they could meet. He was then taunted by Bossk, who stated that she wouldn't accept Valance due to his cybernetics. After getting into a scuffle with the Trandoshan, the two were interrupted by Lash and were briefed on the job, which was to assist the son of Mourner's Wail Syndicate's leader, Khamus, in the assassination of a member of the Unbroken Clan[3] on the Core Worlds planet[14] Corellia.[15] The team also hired the revered bounty hunter Boba Fett to help them.[3]

Valance with Boba Fett during their mission on Corellia.

During the mission, Valance moved in to assist Fett in eliminating the Unbroken Clan's members. He criticized Fett for not following the team's original plan, which involved a discreet approach. While exchanging fire with one of the clanmates, Valance's face was struck by blaster fire, melting the skin off the left side of his face and exposing his cybernetics. Suddenly, Lash betrayed her team and killed Khamus. T'ongor alerted Valance and Fett to her actions over his wrist comm and told them to flee, but was killed sometime afterward.[15]

Valance worked with a number of bounty hunters over time, including CT-720, BT-823, Kolivo, and a Nautolan, as well as Cavic, whom he considered an ally. Sometime later, Valance teamed up with Cavic and hid from the Empire, traversing the Outer Rim in their starship, the Broken Wing. As they landed inside a ship after flying through an asteroid field, Cavic explained to Valance that he knew exactly where the Empire's reaches extended, and set up outposts across other asteroid fields. Valance was told that sticking together with him would put the cyborg in heavy debt and cut his life short, stating that parting ways with him would make a free man.[16]

The new job[edit | edit source]

"Wait. The target—"
"Don't care."
"—the target is Darth Vader."
"Tell me about this… "team.""
―Gwi and Valance[src]

During his career, he notably developed a grudge against the bounty hunter Dengar over an incident the latter referred to as "the Ralen job."[5] In what Valance called "the hangar job," he teamed with the Besalisk Fetya. However, Valance was shot down and held captive during the job, and Fetya escaped empty handed.[6] Valance also made a habit of stealing bounties, which put him at odds with the Bounty Hunters' Guild. At one point, he lured a number of bounty hunters who had a score to settle with him at BG-RT's Tavern and Spirits in Level 1313 on Coruscant. Xonr, of whom Valance had stolen five bounties from, confronted him first. Valance revealed his plan to the bounty hunter and incinerated him with his palm blaster. As the other bounty hunters Valance had lured confronted him, he killed them all in the middle of the crowd, further flouting the Bounty Hunter Code.[5]

Gwi introduces Valance to his new team of bounty hunters.

While returning to his ship, the Broken Wing, Valance was approached by the Tarsunt Gwi, representing the Hidden Hand criminal syndicate. As the Tarsunt tried to talk him into joining a team of rule breakers assembled by the Hand, Valance initially refused, since he would only work alone. However, he was quick to change his mind when he heard the target was none other than Darth Vader, the Galactic Emperor's right-hand man. The former Imperial met with the rest of the team: the tracker Honnah, the sniper Urrr'k, the slicer Chio Fain, the droid Arr-Nine-Nineteen, and Dengar. Valance's very first reflex after punching Dengar was to incinerate Arr-Nine-Nineteen, not just out of dislike for droids, but because he suspected him of being a mole. As it turned out, the loose cannon was right, since a snitch for the Hutt Clan was found inside the droid's remains.[5]

Chaos on Arvina[edit | edit source]

"So you're a good guy now, eh, Fetya?"
"I been in this business for decades, Valance… there are no good guys."
―Valance is betrayed by Fetya[src]

Valance and his team travelled to Arvina to acquire weapons from Fetya.

Aboard the Broken Wing, Valance took his new team to Arvina. Piloting his ship, he destroyed an Imperial patrol. Although Dengar disliked this, Fain assured him Valance was jamming transmissions so the Imperials could not call for help. Landing on the surface of Arvina, Valance had Urrr'k stay to guard the bounty hunters from afar with her sniper rifle as they entered Fetya's Hollow, in search of Valance's former accomplice Fetya. As Valance led the others into a weapons shop, Fetya confronted them and hugged Valance. He asked for sonic cannons, which Fetya supplied stating the cost was on the Hidden Hand. Fetya then explained how she had been selling weapons to the syndicate and told Valance of one of it's contacts who wore a starbird, the symbol of the Rebel Alliance.[6]

As Valance called her out for working with "the good guys," Fetya told him there were no good guys and the bounty hunters found themselves surrounded by her armed assets. She and Valance exchanged threats until they were both interrupted by cannon fire from an Imperial-class Star Destroyer which was raining down on the whole of Fetya's Hollow. Firing on Fetya's men, the bounty hunters fled the weapons shop and Valance revealed that he had actually amplified the signal of the patrol he had destroyed to lure Darth Vader. Fetya and her men pursued the bounty hunters as they boarded a re-purposed Imperial Troop Transport. Urrr'k, however, fired on them, covering Valance and the other bounty hunters as they fled the destruction that was Fetya's Hollow.[6]

Skirmish on Heva[edit | edit source]

"Vader is as much machine as I am, Chio."
―Valance to Chio Fain[src]

Valance engages Vader's forces in the air.

Valance and the crew arrived on the world Heva, where they planned to use an electro-pulse device on Vader in order to immobilize him. They purchased a number of bot-drones from the arms dealer Wef, right as Vader promptly arrived in the Star Destroyer Formidable. The team quickly moved to their designated positions. While Dengar and Honnah remained on the ground, Valance flew the Broken Wing with Urrr'k and Fain on board and engaged the star destroyer with the bot-drones escorting them. He ordered Urrr'k to man the guns and shoot down the TIE fighters chasing them, while Fain remotely controlled the drones. He distracted Vader and the other fighters while giving the drones enough time to create a formation and destroy the Formidable. The Broken Wing was heavily damaged in the engagement, forcing Valance to make a crash landing. He and the others quickly escaped the starship as Vader and his forces surrounded them. Using the dust cloud created by the crash landing as an opportunity, Valance and his team trained their weapons on Vader.[11]

Valance prepared the electro-pulse device he had acquired earlier, ordering the rest of the team to standby and await his signal. However, Fain grew impatient and began firing at Vader. He deflected his shots, catching the rest of the team off-guard and injuring Valance in the process. Urrr'k quickly arrived to check on him, revealing her true identity as the rebel spy Gita. Valance then ordered her to cover him while Fain and Honnah were killed by Vader. He dashed towards the Sith Lord to activate his electro-pulse device. However, he failed to place the device on Vader, and was promptly electrocuted by Dengar, who revealed his true client to be the Empire. His betrayal led to Valance's capture.[17]

Return to Chorin[edit | edit source]

"The Empire abandoned Chorin. But… so did I."
―Valance to Darth Vader[src]

Valance was transported to the Star Destroyer Vengeance and was interrogated by interrogator droids for many days, dreaming of his past life on Chorin and the battle on Mimban, repeating the words "keep going" in his sleep. Vader entered his interrogation room and ordered everyone else to leave. Valance woke up, stating that he had Vader right where he wanted him. He was tortured and interrogated about the locations of the Hidden Hand outposts, but stated that the outposts were already destroyed. Later on, Valance managed to escape by severing his arm, and copied the data on the outposts by connecting his arm to the terminal. Using the noise produced by the limb, he attracted and incapacitated the stormtroopers outside the room, disguising as one of them in the process. However, he discovered that the Broken Wing was also brought on board, and was caught by Vader. Vader accompanied him on the starship and travelled to his homeworld, Chorin.[1]

Valance returns to Chorin with Vader.

While on the planet, Valance lamented the attack on his village, stating that while the Empire abandoned the planet, he also abandoned his people. He told the story of how he returned to kill the raiders that laid waste to his home, but was too late as they had already left. He explained to Vader that the Hidden Hand was created as a result of these events. Vader stated that his people were still safe for the time being, and invited him back to the Empire. Valance later travelled to a rebel outpost on Lowik, where he met Gita and her commanding officer. He stated that he needed to meet the Hidden Hand while the Rebellion required weapons from them. He connected his arm to the terminal and displayed the location of a Hidden Hand outpost, claiming he knew where both he and the Rebellion could fulfill their goals.[1]

Meeting the Hidden Hand's leader[edit | edit source]

"Normally I'd be impressed. But I didn't hire you to find me. I hired you to kill Darth Vader."
―Gwi, to Valance[src]

As Valance approached the Hidden Hand's main base inside an asteroid field, he was captured, but not before placing a beacon that attracted the Empire's attention. He was brought before Gwi, who revealed himself to be the criminal syndicate's true leader. Furious over the failure of his mission to kill Vader, Gwi immediately began thrashing Valance. The cyborg explained that only he knew about the Hidden Hand's hideout as he deduced its position thanks to his old friend Cavic's advice, and that the rest of his team was killed on Heva. Valance stated that he tracked him down as revenge for his home's destruction. As Gwi prepared to fire his blaster, Vader and his forces, who tracked the beacon, arrived and began assaulting the base. In the ensuing chaos, Valance quickly overpowered Gwi, aiming his own blaster at him. However, he was stopped by Vader as he lifted Gwi in the air, stating that the Emperor wished to interrogate him personally. As Vader and forces took Gwi away, Valance took this opportunity to escape back to Lowik.[16]

Valance reunites with Vega on Lowik.

Back on Lowik, Gita asked Valance if he could stay and help the Rebellion alongside his people, who migrated from Chorin and escaped certain doom from the Empire. He refused, returning the gem back to Vega that she gave him back when he left Chorin to become a pilot. Valance then travelled to Coruscant to meet his old rival Dengar, who boasted about his earnings to a crowd in the Galactic City. Upon meeting him, he struck Dengar in the face. A member of the crowd pointed out that he was part of his team back when they hunted Vader down, and asked him where he spent his credits. Valance clarified that his team was killed and Dengar had betrayed him. He explained that he used his credits on "something stupid." In reality, he used them to purchase supplies for the rebels on Lowik.[16]

Task from an old friend[edit | edit source]

"It's good to see you again…A lot has changed for both of us since we last fought together."
―Han Solo, to Valance[src]

Valance was contacted by an old friend from his Imperial days, Han Solo, who was by then allied with the Rebellion. He travelled to Rimmer's Rest on Nar Shaddaa where he met Solo and the engineer Vharn. The smuggler piqued Valance's interest for the job when he stated he could strike back at the Empire. Valance was tasked with delivering Vharn to the Rebellion, who possessed the schematics for a shield generator that could withstand an orbital bombardment. After accepting the job, the cyborg and the engineer made their way to Docking Bay 13, where they were attacked by a TIE fighter. Valance shot down the fighter after damaging its stabilizers with his blaster, but were soon engaged by a platoon of Imperial forces. Distracting them with a thermal detonator, he proceeded to eliminate the platoon and the two made their way to Valance's starship, the Broken Wing, to escape into the Outer Rim.[18]

Valance prepares to kill Vharn for his treachery, but promises to keep it a secret.

While in the Outer Rim, they were caught by a detachment of TIE fighters alongside a Star Destroyer, but escaped into hyperspace through an opening in their formation. At the rendezvous point, Valance revealed Vharn's connection to the Empire and threatened him. Vharn pleaded with the cyborg, stating that the Empire held his family hostage. As Valance prepared to kill the traitor, Vharn requested that his treachery be kept a secret from Solo, and Valance agreed before killing him using his palm blaster in order to keep the vital information the engineer possessed safe from the Empire. The bounty hunter arrived on the Home One to deliver the schematics to the Rebellion personally, informing them that Vharn had died during the mission. He requested that half the credits for the job be sent to ransom Vharn's family on Sorgal 12 before leaving.[18]

An old mentor's resurgence[edit | edit source]

"Finally, Valance! I've been trying to reach you for hours! I've got the biggest of jobs!I need you to—"
"Not interested."
"How rude!"
―Syphacc, to Valance[src]

Valance takes on a clan of Devaronians.

At some point following[15] the mission from Solo,[18] Valance acquired a droid companion named Nine-Four-El.[12] He also conducted repairs for his palm blaster at one point.[15] Around 3 ABY,[19] Valance took on a job which involved capturing members of a clan of Devaronians within Black Spire Outpost[15] on the Outer Rim planet[20] Batuu.[15] During the mission, Valance eliminated the clanmates before the last surviving member began making a getaway by hijacking a landspeeder. Valance attempted to fire his palm blaster at the speeder, but the weapon did not function despite its prior repairs. As the Devaronian charged towards Valance, the cyborg wrenched a pipe from a moisture vaporator and knocked him out of the speeder, incapacitating him. Valance was then informed by Nine-Four-El of a highly profitable bounty.

Unbeknownst to the bounty hunter, the bounty was his old mentor Lash, who had resurfaced under mysterious circumstances. Syphacc, who handed out bounties from Syphacc's Bountiful Bounties, contacted Valance and attempted to inform him of the target, but Valance closed the communication after interrupting Syphacc and declaring his disinterest in the bounty.[15] When Valance learned about his former mentor's resurgence, he decided to track her down.[12]

Searching for Lash[edit | edit source]

"Are you certain he was connected to Nakano Lash? And are you drinking? It's early—"
"Yeah, I need a drink—because I'm certain."
―Nine-Four-El and Valance[src]

Valance began searching for his former mentor after learning she had resurfaced.

Valance eventually followed Lash's trail before it went cold at the Safe House on Eriadu, accompanied by Nine-Four-El. Discovering Jhorstek's corpse among the dead bodies in the building, he decided to have a drink and reminisce about the time he first met Lash. He was then informed by the droid that the cameras in the building were also destroyed in order to avoid witnesses. As he pulled out a control panel from a wall, he ordered his droid to stay on silent mode while the latter reminded Valance about property regulation.[12]

Valance connected a wire from the panel to his cybernetic arm, and discovered through viewing security footage that it was Fett who was behind the killings. Using the reflection on Fett's macrobinocular viewplate, he was able to read Jhorstek's lips and learn that Lash had visited the graveyard planet of Galmerah. Leaving Eriadu aboard the Broken Wing, Valance and Nine-Four-El travelled to Galmerah, unknowingly pursued by the bounty hunter Ooris Bynar, who had taken the bounty from Syphacc that Valance had rejected earlier.[12] Unbeknownst to Valance, Lash intentionally left clues for him to follow.[3]

Galmerah[edit | edit source]

"Truth is…I never liked you much Bossk."
―Valance, to Bossk[src]

Upon arriving at Galmerah, Valance and his droid traversed the landscape before they found the grave of Lash's parents. After ordering his droid to unmute himself, he learned that the pheromones produced by the grave were a recreation of the Nautolan language, Nautila. When Valance touched the water, the pheromone composition changed, and Nine-Four-El stated the scents revealed a set of coordinates. The two were then confronted by Valance's former ally Bossk, who had also followed the trail to Galmerah[12] after receiving information from the archaeologist Doctor Chelli Aphra.[15] The Trandoshan blamed Valance for Lash's betrayal, as she had mentored the cyborg in his early bounty hunting days. Valance stated Bossk had escaped from the mission unscathed while the cyborg was left to suffer the consequences of their failure, before the two engaged in a gunfight.[12]

Valance defeated Bossk in melee combat.

Ordering Nine-Four-El to return to the Broken Wing, Valance attempted to incapacitate Bossk, only to lose his blaster pistol in the process. After his palm blaster malfunctioned, Valance then decided to take Bossk head-on in melee combat, but the Trandoshan leaped out of his reach. Valance eventually knocked Bossk out by smashing an object over his head and tied his hands together. He returned to his ship only to find out that Nine-Four-El's head had been stolen by Bynar, who headed to Lash's location on[3] the planet[21] Ruusan.[3] Boarding the Broken Wing, Valance was confronted by T'onga,[3] who blamed Lash for her brother T'ongor's death.[15]

Ruusan[edit | edit source]

"Well it looks like Lash was here, leaving more death in her wake! Who is this guy?"

Following Bynar to Ruusan, T'onga and Valance encountered the Thisspiasian bounty hunter's corpse where Lash and Cadeliah, the heir of both the Unbroken Clan and Mourner's Wail Syndicate, had been hiding. Valance and T'onga then entered a nearby village to ask where Lash had gone, and were met by defensive citizens and a Nexu. After battling the beast, a villager informed them that Lash was nearby, hiding in Clone Wars-era wreckage in orbit. The two took the Broken Wing to dock with Lash's ship.[22]

Onboard, Valance betrayed T'onga's goal of eliminating their target, as the restraining bolt she planted on him was damaged by the Nexu earlier. T'onga was then shot in the chest and killed by Boba Fett, who followed them to Ruusan thanks to the confession of Bossk.[22] Valance lunged at Fett and began a brawl with the bounty hunter, before being electrocuted and temporarily disabled, allowing Fett to attack Lash and the young Cadeliah. They engaged in a short fight with Fett, where he stabbed Lash in the chest. As the ship began to disintegrate and Fett fled the scene, Valance had to leave her to die after desiring to, yet failing to save his former mentor. Valance was the sole protector of Cadeliah, with whom he escaped on the Broken Wing just as the Unbroken Clan arrived to destroy Lash once and for all.[23]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Early life and Imperial career[edit | edit source]

"Typical scrumrat. No discipline. You don't even know how to fight."
―Valance, to Solo[src]

Valance developed a rivalry with Solo at Carida Academy.

Valance was a human male with brown hair, blue eyes and light skin. As a child, Valance believed the Empire had saved his family. His father had convinced him that he was destined for a career far greater than a miner.[6] Growing up, he developed a relationship with Vega, and was saddened to leave her behind to become a pilot for the Empire.[1] At the flight academy, Valance believed he could prove he was the best by beating others into submission, as demonstrated by his fight with Solo, which made him well suited for service in the Imperial Military. He also held a distaste for Solo for his past as a scrumrat.[2]

During training exercises, he acted as the de facto leader, and would be furious when his orders were disobeyed.[8] At the battle of Howlan, Valance repeatedly ordered his team to reduce unnecessary chatter and focus entirely on the mission at hand. He suffered damage to his TIE, but survived after listening to Solo's instructions and softened up to him, saying he wasn't a waste of life before he was shot down by Qhuloskian fighters.[4] After he was rescued by his team, Valance thanked Solo, finally abandoning his hard-heartedness towards him.[10]

Leaving the Empire[edit | edit source]

"What? No. I can fight. I can—"
"They're leaving me like this? After all I've done?"
"They're leaving you with your life."
―Valance and Nakan[src]

Valance set off to avenge his homeworld and became a bounty hunter.

While serving in the infantry,[11] Valance was ready to give up his life for the Empire,[3] as evidenced in a situation where he and a few stormtroopers were surrounded by enemy soldiers.[11] During an assignment on Mimban, Valance bravely led his comrades out of their trench and told them to keep moving forward, even if it nearly cost him his life.[1]

Despite suffering extensive injuries at Mimban, Valance still believed he could continue fighting, even after Nakan discharging him from service out of good faith.[1] This led to Valance losing faith in the Empire.[3] Travelling back to his homeworld Chorin, Valance was devastated to find his home ravaged by raiders, and learned from Vega that the Empire had stripped the mines of its resources and abandoned the people. Determined to find and eliminate the raiders, he left and travelled down a new path.[1] During this time, he struggled to settle in the galaxy[3] and was distraught about being a "pawn" for the Empire. This led him to violently attack a group of stormtroopers on Eriadu, where he met Lash and her crew and started a new career as a bounty hunter.[12]

Bounty hunter[edit | edit source]

"Why don't you leave the morality to those of us better qualified, eh?"
"Whatever you say… soldier."
―A rebel soldier and Valance[src]

As a bounty hunter, Valance was ruthless.

As a bounty hunter, Valance did not hesitate to eliminate anyone who attempted to silence him, such as the shootout at BG-RT's Tavern and Spirits, which left several bounty hunters dead.[5] It was around this time that Valance realized that both rebels and Imperials were only soldiers waiting to be killed, with the only difference being that the blaster fire came from a different side of the battlefield depending on which faction a soldier was allied with.[18] Valance also kept food and energy capsules with him as a reminder of the food he once enjoyed before becoming a cyborg.[3]

However, the cyborg also had a softer side, such as when he assisted the Rebellion in exchange for granting the people of Chorin a safe haven on Lowik. He spent the credits earned from the job to assassinate Vader on acquiring munitions for them, and returned the gemstone to Vega, saying she needed it more then he did by then.[16] During a job from his old friend Han Solo, Valance killed Vharn, whom he was supposed to protect, after learning of his treachery, but honored the engineer's wish to free his family when he requested the Rebellion that they spend half the credits for the job to ransom the family on Sorgal 12.[18]

Working with other individuals[edit | edit source]

"Buddy, I got two rules. First, always know who you're working for. Second? I work alone."
―Valance, to Gwi[src]

During their mission on Corellia, Valance held a rivalry with Fett[15] and disliked Bossk;[3] Fett due to his arrogance,[15] and Bossk due to him abandoning the mission.[12] In his later years, Valance mainly worked in isolation, completing bounties for the Bounty Hunters' Guild stolen from other hunters.[5] When working for the Hidden Hand with a team, Valance showed little concern for them, even when Honnah and Fain lost their lives while fighting Vader.[17] However, Valance also trusted Gita with the safety of his people,[16] despite learning about her true identity[17] and motivation.[1]

Valance displayed a stern attitude towards his droid Nine-Four-El whenever he would remind the cyborg of details such as bounty terms[15] and property regulations.[12] Upon discovering the droid's lifeless body, however, Valance showed a little sorrow, stating that while he hated Nine-Four-El for his stupidity, it was "his stupid droid."[3] When Lash supposedly betrayed her team, Valance was shocked upon learning about this and[15] searched for her in order to learn the reason for her actions,[12] unlike other hunters who wished to kill Lash either out of revenge or profit from the bounty on the Nautolan's head.[15]

Skills and abilities[edit | edit source]

"I used to fly them. Had to know how they were put together. So I know how to take them apart now."
―Valance, regarding TIE fighters[src]

Valance defends himself on Qhulosk.

While at the flight academy, Valance proved himself to be the top cadet.[8] Aside from his piloting skills, Valance was also trained in using blasters, utilizing one during his rescue on Qhulosk.[10] As a cyborg, Valance could take on several opponents at once using his palm blaster and a combination of other weaponry.[5] With his knowledge from his academy days, he was able to maneuver through Imperial forces on his starship, the Broken Wing.[11]

Valance was also skilled in hand-to-hand combat, defeating opponents such as his former employer Gwi[16] and the bounty hunter Bossk.[3] When his weapons failed him, he improvised in combat by using nearby objects to incapacitate his enemies.[3][15] He was also able to his knowledge of TIE fighters to shoot one down by damaging its stabilizers during an assignment from Han Solo.[18]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Cybernetics[edit | edit source]

"You're still more droid than man under there."
―Bossk, to Valance[src]

A diagram of Valance's extensive cybernetics.

After losing his left eye on Qhulosk, Valance was given a cybernetic eye as a replacement.[10] Sustaining severe injuries in Mimban, he received extensive cybernetics at the medical facility,[1] which covered the majority of his body and internal organs. Synthflesh was used to cover his cybernetic in order to avoid revulsion at his cyborg appearance from others. Valance's cheaper Imperial cybernetics were upgraded greatly after encountering Nakano Lash and her team. A durasteel skeleton made from scrapped battle droid technology covered his internal organs, replacing the older parts installed by Imperial medics. His heart, which received severe damage at Mimban, was covered with ryboarse-based synthetic cybernetics to strengthen it.[3]

A built-in respirator supported his lungs, which enabled him to survive for more than ten minutes in a vacuum. His right arm had space for various weapon upgrades, including a vibroblade, grappling hook, or a concussion disc launcher, while his left arm was equipped with a palm blaster, a weapon that could be fired from his hand. The legs were piston-powered, allowing Valance to leap at much greater distances than a normal human. His feet contained magnetic pods that could attach to metal surfaces and assist Valance in scaling them, or stabilize him in zero gravity. His synthetic organs filtered out any lactic acids and poisons from the system in order to increase his stamina.[3]

Valance's brain's nervous system was replaced with cybernetic ports connected to electrostatic wiring. His ears had built-in receivers that could tap into unencrypted transmissions within a short distance. Valance's cybernetics were also equipped with a failsafe that placed Valance in hibernation should he face a critical systems failure. The right eye was an advanced cybernetic photoreceptor that could switch between infrared, night, ultraviolet, and magnetic vision. The eye could be used for targeting or telescopic zooming, and had both a built-in camera and a holographic projector to capture and display footage, respectively. The eye could also display a diagnostic screen which monitored Valance's body and cybernetic systems.[3]

Other equipment[edit | edit source]

"There she is…the Broken Wing! Get on board and punch in the hyperdrive coordinates for the rendezvous point while I fire her up."
―Valance, to Vharn[src]

Valance flew a starship called the Broken Wing.

Throughout both his piloting and bounty hunting careers. Valance used various weaponry such as his cybernetic palm blaster as well as other types of blasters.[5] As a bounty hunter, he donned a blue outfit, black boots, and a brown cape. He also wore gray nanotech gloves that hid the weapons in his arms. A shinbone blade, serving as a last resort if Valance's cybernetics were compromised, was concealed within his cybernetic tibia, which was connected to his electronic systems and was activated with pressure. For transportation, he flew a starship known as the Broken Wing.[3]

Valance wore multiple equipment pouches as well as a holster for a blaster around his waist. In a pouch, he stored nutrition supplies in order to keep his remaining human organs active. He also carried a medpac in a sack worn around his chest, which contained bacta vials, various health boosters, and spare power cells. The power cell could potentially create enough power for a personal shield if Valance were to acquire the necessary parts.[3]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Beilert Valance originally appeared in the Star Wars Legends continuity.

Beilert Valance first appeared in Star Wars canon in the first issue of the comic book adaptation of Solo: A Star Wars Story, which was written by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Will Sliney and published by Marvel Comics[24] on October 10, 2018.[25] The character went unnamed until the release of the Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet comic miniseries, which was written by Thompson, illustrated by Leonard Kirk, and published by Marvel Comics in 2018 and 2019.[26] Initially introduced as Cadet 404-913 in the first issue,[2] he was later identified as Valance in the third issue[9] and further identified as Beilert in the fourth.[4] He later received his own comic book miniseries in Star Wars: Target Vader, which was also written by Thompson and released in 2019.[27]

The character of Beilert Valance originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, first appearing in Star Wars 16: The Hunter—a 1978 comic book written by Archie Goodwin.[28] The name "Beilert" was established in Jason Fry's roleplaying scenario series, The Hunt Within: Valance's Tale.[29]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Target Vader 5
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 1
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 Bounty Hunters 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Target Vader 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Target Vader 2
  7. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 2
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 3
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Han Solo - Imperial Cadet 5
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Target Vader 3
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 Bounty Hunters 2
  13. StarWars-DatabankII.png Grand Moff Tarkin in the Databank (backup link)
  14. StarWars-DatabankII.png Corellia in the Databank (backup link)
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 Bounty Hunters 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 Target Vader 6
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Target Vader 4
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 "Two Sides to Every Sortie"—Empire Ascendant 1
  19. The events of Star Wars: Bounty Hunters take place shortly after the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the film to 3 ABY, the events of Bounty Hunters must take place around that year.
  20. Thrawn: Alliances
  21. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  22. 22.0 22.1 Bounty Hunters 4
  23. Bounty Hunters 5
  24. Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation 1
  25. MarvelLogo.svg Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation (2018) #1 on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  26. Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet
  27. Star Wars: Target Vader
  28. Star Wars 16: The Hunter
  29. The Hunt Within: Valance's Tale

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