His dreams of becoming a Senator thwarted by the
Emperor, Bothan ambassadorial aide Tereb Ab'Lon had
decided to join the Rebel Alliance. He quietly drops
Imperial Navy operation plans into his astromech droid
R2-Z1 (aka "Fweep")'s memory banks. Two years
later, he is in a shuttle on the run from the Empire. He
heads for a Rebel cell in the Tao-Grant system, nursing
his crippled shuttle there as best he can. It proves
hopeless - his sublight drive was totally destroyed. The
shuttle suddenly lurches out of hyperspace too early,
badly injuring Ab'Lon, and crashes into Tatooine.
Detective for hire Nim Bola has just taken out two
bounty hunters who were after an Ithorian hanging around
Chalmun's Cantina. He tosses the bodies down the
Sarlacc's throat. He spots the shuttle crash and comes
to help. He pulls Ab'Lon and Fweep out of the wreckage.
He begs Bola to take Fweep to the Alliance. Bola
responds by throwing Ab'Lon into the Sarlacc and taking
the droid to find out how much the Empire wants for it.