"Damned if I know why I let you drag me into this Rebellion of yours."
"Because it pays better than smuggling?"
―Bettle and Jerell[src]

Bettle was a Human female smuggler and teammate of Jaxa. The two became notable in smuggling circles, and their exploits were regularly featured in Cynabar's InfoNet. Bettle assisted the resistance on Ralltiir and was present when the New Republic liberated the planet from Imperial control. Later, she became a member of Talon Karrde's Smugglers' Alliance.

Biography[edit | edit source]

The Human female Bettle was one of two daughters of the Ralltiir resistance leader Jerell; the other was dead by the time of the liberation of Ralltiir, a death her father blamed on Imperial governor Dennix Graeber.[1] She later became a smuggler and the partner of Jaxa. By 0 BBY, the pair and their ship, the Mallixer, had become famous enough to be tracked by Cynabar's InfoNet, an elite smuggling NewsNet.[3]

When the Empire cracked down on Ralltiir, Bettle and Jaxa were one of many groups of smugglers who attempted to run the blockade with supplies for the cut-off world.[3] However, that venture was fruitless, and the pair began marketing slugthrowers to various warring species located beyond the Corporate Sector. This project was more successful, and the pair brought back a full cargo of canta salt and havao tabacc, though the Mallixer was damaged in the process.[4]

Bettle could not escape her heritage, though, and her father convinced her to assist in the Rebellion, joking that it paid her better than her smuggling did.[1] She began by running guns to Ralltiir with Jaxa, despite Jaxa's unhappiness with the riskiness of the venture and with the near-snagging of the Mallixer by Imperial forces.[5] This disagreement strained their relationship, though they soon worked out their disagreements and were again operating as a team to make the "Spirva Run," smuggling items from Galladinium's Datalog to rioters in the Spirva sector.[6] During their career, the pair visited at least thirty-four shadowports around the galaxy.[7]

Eventually, Bettle became more directly involved with the Rebellion. Following the Battle of Endor, she was present with her father in an underground communications center on Ralltiir. While she was monitoring communications from a strike team led by Spike, Governor Graeber initiated communication with Jerell, taunting him with the fact that the New Republic had not yet taken a single Core World. In the midst of that communication, Spike's team destroyed the planet's power generators; at the same time, a task force of six Mon Calamari Star Cruisers entered the system, ensuring that Ralltiir would be the first Core World to fall to the New Republic.[1]

Following this victory, Bettle returned to smuggling with her old compatriot. During the Thrawn campaign, Talon Karrde formed an organization known as the Smugglers' Alliance, and Bettle and Jaxa eventually joined. When the New Republic declared the Moruth Doole regime of Kessel to be illegitimate, the Smugglers' Alliance was cleared to occupy the world; Bettle and Jaxa were responsible for developing preliminary distribution plans for the glitterstim spice market.[2]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Bettle was in many ways rough around the edges. She frequently cursed, and was not above giving a malicious grin or a wicked laugh when her enemies faced setbacks.[1] Though a smuggler, her eyes were not always on the bottom line, especially when her homeworld was involved; her willingness to run weapons through the blockade strained her long association with her partner,[5][6] and eventually her father convinced her to become more involved in active rebellion.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Bettle first appeared in the premiere of the "Galaxywide NewsNets" feature in Star Wars Adventure Journal 3, written by Paul Sudlow. She and her partner Jaxa continued to be regularly covered by Cynabar's InfoNet, along with other celebrities of the smuggling world such as Platt Okeefe, Doc, Lando Calrissian, and Han Solo.

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