Zethos Yarl is just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe. In the past, Zethos has served in the Hapes Consortium and as a journalist for Galaxywide NewsNets. As an employee he is insubordinate but very reliable.
He is intelligent, cocky, and sarcastic. A superior tactician, he can defend himself in a street fight against several foes. In his spare time, he is often found in a darkened cantina sipping a Corellian ale waiting for a chance to do something great.
Born into a poor family on Nar Shaddaa ("The Smuggler's Moon"), Zethos Yarl was the son of an Imperial officer whom he only saw but once in his lifetime. Zethos was raised by his simple-minded mother, Alexis, who owned a dilapidated hovel and sold various mechanical parts. Zethos has an older brother named Matthias Yarl, but Matthias disappeared when Zethos was young and he never learned what became of him.
When Zethos was eighteen years old, his mother died due to an infection by neural parasites. Alone and angry, Zethos desired to become a bounty hunter in order to revenge himself upon those criminals who had harassed his mother when he was a child. However, destiny had other plans.
In order to leave Nar Shaddaa, Zethos booked passage aboard a tramp steamer captained by Karl the Wookiee, an ill-tempered creature resembling a huge gray bush-monkey with giant fangs. Although the Wookiee disliked Zethos, the hairy beast honored their bargain and together they departed the Smuggler's Moon within a week. Shortly thereafter, Zethos joined the Hapan Navy and was dispatched on several long-range reconnaissance missions in hidden systems. Disillusioned by the bureaucratic ineptitude of Hapes, Zethos resigned his commission and joined Galaxywide NewsNets as a field reporter.
He eventually became a prospector and, at the moment, leads a hand-to-mouth existence in backwater worlds in the Outer Rim.