The city world of Taris is a strange place to find a Wookiee, but Zaalbar has managed to create a life for himself there, far from the kilometer high wroshyr trees of his homeworld. Zaalbar will say little about why he left Kashyyyk, but it is obvious that the memories of his old life are painful.
Yet even though the secret miseries of Kashyyyk have been left behind, Taris brings its own brand of suffering. Aliens are never welcome on Taris, and this is particularly true for eight-foot tall, hair-covered giants capable of snapping one's neck with a single, casual swipe. Zaalbar's beastly appearance and strange language lead many to believe that he is nothing but an animal, barely capable of thought and useful only for his great strength and legendary Wookiee temper.
With these prejudices working against him, Zaalbar seemed destined to end up as an enforcer for one of the many swoop gangs on Taris. But a chance meeting with a young Twi'lek girl named Mission Vao saved him from a life of senseless violence. Mission recognized Zaalbar was more than a lumbering brute and the two quickly became the best of friends.
The strange pair are now a familiar site in Taris' Lower City, and whenever the irrepressible young Twi'lek gets into trouble, her Wookiee companion is always close by to help get her out.