Juahir Madras was a human female who lived on Coruscant during the reign of the Galactic Empire. During her time on the galactic capital, Madras befriended Driller MarDapp, the leader of Higher Skies Advocacy Group, and Arihnda Pryce of Lothal. She worked as a waitress before becoming a martial arts instructor at the Yinchom Dojo; a facility where students trained to become bodyguards for members of the Imperial Senate. The dojo was owned by H'sishi and located in the Federal District of Galactic City.
In secret, Madras and MarDapp were part of a spy ring that spied on the Empire for the insurgent leader Nightswan. Madras used her position at the Yimchom Dojo to convince bodyguards to spy on their government clients until the ring was exposed by Pryce, who alerted Colonel Wullf Yularen of the Imperial Security Bureau. In return for a confession, Madras was spared the death sentence and sent to prison at the Oovo IV detention center.
Meeting Arihnda Pryce
In the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin, Juahir and her friend Driller MarDapp befriended the Lothalian Arihnda Pryce, who worked as an aide for Lothal's corrupt Senator Domus Renking. Arihnda managed to help Juahir find an apartment in her own building. In return, Juahir repaid her friend by treating her to dinner at a fancy restaurant in Coruscant. During the Ascension Week celebrations on Coruscant, Arihnda helped Juahir and Driller gain access to the exclusive Core Square in Coruscant's Federal District. As a favor, Juahir's friend MarDrapp allowed the women to stay at his luxury apartment in Sestra Towers.
While attending a party at the Alisandre Hotel's ballroom, Madras and her friends mixed with several Imperial governors, moffs, and senators. During the function, Juahir and Driller noticed the blue-skinned Chiss Senior Lieutenant Thrawn, a rising star in the Imperial Navy. When Driller asked whether Thrawn was a Pantoran with an "eye condition", Juahir chided him for his rudeness. When Madras suggested speaking with Thrawn, she abandoned that idea.
After Pryce chatted with the Imperials, she departed to deliver a data card to Moff Ghadi, leaving Juahir and Driller to socialize over drinks. Meanwhile, Ghadi blackmailed Pryce into returning data card to Senator Renking, causing him to lose funding for his citizen assistance offices and to sack Pryce. Pryce kept this incident secret from Juahir and claimed that she was not feeling well. After Pryce lost her job and was evicted from her apartment, Juahir offered to let her friend stay with her. Pryce declined the offer and instead opted with Driller for the rest of Ascension Week until she found a new job at the Proam Avenue Citizen Assistance.
Becoming a rebel
As a result of seeing her friend Pryce being mistreated by Senator Renking, Juahir came to regard the Galactic Empire as corrupt and accepted Driller's offer to join his spy ring, which gathered intelligence on Imperial mining operations for the shadowy insurgent leader known as Nightswan. Pryce resumed her martial arts training and went to work at the Togorian dojo H'sishi's Yinchom Dojo in Bartanish Four Sector, which trained and supplied bodyguards to Imperial officials and senators. Juahir used her job as a martial arts instructor to recruit and blackmail bodyguards into spying for Driller's Higher Skies Advocacy Group.
Working in tandem, Juahir and Driller invited Pryce to the luxurious Pinnacle restaurant in Coruscant. There, Driller managed to recruit Pryce into Higher Skies, believing that her expertise with mines, mining, and refining would help their undercover work. They also hoped to recruit her to their rebel cause in the long run. Seeking to move up from a dead-end job, Pryce accepted the offer and agreed to move into Juahir's apartment near the Senate Building. Due to her physically exhausting work as a martial arts instructor, Pryce was looking for someone to cook for her. Pryce, who was competent at cooking, accepted Juahir's offer. The three friends then had dessert together.
After Pryce had settled into her new job, Juahir once came to Pryce's aid after the turbolift that Pryce was traveling in malfunctioned and descended into Coruscant's dangerous Level 4120. Pryce was accosted by a gang of six youths but Juahir arrived in time with one of her students Ottlis Dos. Juahir bested two of the thugs in unarmed combat, prompting the rest of the gang to flee. As a result of the incident, Juahir gained Arihnda's trust and allowed Ottlis to give Pryce martial arts lessons. In return, Pryce treated Juahir and Ottlis for dinner that night.
Later, Colonel Yularen along with Captain Thrawn and Ensign Vanto visited to Yinchom Dojo to investigate Yularen's theory that Nightswan was recruiting bodyguards as spies. On that day, Juahir was overseeing a sparring session while Pryce was doing a work out. Despite the presence of the Imperial visitors, Juahir did not issue an order for the students to cease sparring until H'sishi arrived and ordered her to do so.
Due to her involvement in insurgent abilities, Juahir was visibly uneasy in the presence of Thrawn. After Yularen had explained the reason for his group's visit, Thrawn asked for permission to spare with H'sishi using sticks, claiming that the Empire was interested in trainers for a possible new urban combat unit. Juahir reacted with discomfort when Pryce told Thrawn that she worked for the Higher Spies Advocacy Group.
Following the visit, Thrawn and Yularen discussed their visit to the Yinchom Dojo including Juahir's suspicious behaviour. Thrawn realized that Juahir had stalled their meeting so that she could prepare herself. As an ISB agent, Yularen suspected that Madras had something to hid. Thrawn deduced that this was connected with Higher Skies.
Unknown to Juahir, her student Ottlis Dos was working as a double agent for his employer Moff Ghadi. Due to Higher Skies' activities, smugglers had uncovered some of Ghadi's confidential information while raiders had attacked one of Ghadi's mines. After learning of Higher Skies' involvement, Ghadi demanded that Pryce spy on Higher Skies. In desperation, Pryce sought out Thrawn, who convinced her to spy on both Higher Skies and Ghadi in order to gain Colonel Yularen's favor and protection.