Born on Coruscant around 37 BBY to Rom and Sari Freepont, both career officers in the Coruscant Security Force. Raised in the Federal district. Attended the CSF junior academy with honors.
Both parents were killed during the Battle of Coruscant in 19 BBY during Separatist General Grievous' assault on the Federal District to kidnap Republic Chancellor Palpatine.
Lt. Sari Freepont was assigned as a bodyguard attached to Palpatine's Red Guard as a CSF liaison and fell from the chancellor's suite's balcony to her death 500 m below during the assault. The exact circumstances of her death were lost in the catastrophe.
Capt. Rom Freepont was assigned as CSF ground rescue coordinator with Coruscanti Rescue Ops pilots. CSF headquarters was a priority target for the Separatist fleet's bombardment that provided cover to Grievous' assault. Rom was killed alongside thousands of CSF personnel under the turbolaser barrage.
After his parents' death and his survival by happenstance (Daris was on the opposite side of the planet during the attack, working in a student exchange program under Dr Ana Xeer, a CSF funded scientist working on a prototype non-lethal sonic blaster), he applied and was admitted to the CSF academy, graduating within six months (the 19 BBY class was accelerated to replace heavy CSF casualties). Daris' career was aimed at taking his mother's place as a close protection officer to the Senate, when Palpatine declared the Sith Empire was restored as the Republic was reorganized into the First Galactic Empire and restrained the powers of the new Imperial Senate.
Daris' first posting as an Underworld CSF patroller was administratively under Clone Army Commander Fox (CC-1010), but his junior assignments were confined to the lowest rungs of Underworld criminality. Within a few months, Fox and his squad of shock troopers were killed in the crash of their LAAT law enforcement patrol ship during an operation to apprehend Jedi Master Jocasta Nu which left Darth Vader the only survivor, Daris' was left without a commanding officer and summarily dismissed from CSF service by Vader without an explanation.
Bewildered but well aware of the Sith Lord's reputation for summarily executing insubordinate officers, Daris left the CSF and eventually found employment with his former supervisor, now CEO of Xana Exotic Arms, Ana Xeer.
Working with Dr Xeer on the design and field testing of several illicit weapons, including his favorite MMD-18 molecular dagger, Daris pursued a career as a VIP protection agent, industrial spy and freelance law enforcement officer for several Underworld communities that needed help cleaning up their districts of scummy and villainous types. All his targets disappeared without a trace.
By 1 BBY, Daris had developed into a specialist in his field of work on Coruscant and several other Core Worlds, ferreting out secrets to further the interests of his employer, Dr Xeer. A nagging suspicion on the motives of Xeer left him wary, collecting data until he could be certain of her loyalties. Eventually, he confronted her with financial records confirming that Xana Exotic Arms procured material for the Rebel Alliance. Far from being surprised, Xeer told him everything, including the truth about the Emperor's role in his parents' deaths, with holovid recordings and holonet data as proof.
For weeks, he existed in a nimbus of rage and confusion, confined to his quarters by a doting Dr Xeer who regarded him as an adopted nephew. Sari Freepont had been Ana's greatest childhood friend and her son was all she had left to remember by.
Daris emerged from his grief with a vow of justice against Palpatine's Empire and, with Xeer's blessing, defected to the Rebel Alliance. He eventually made his way to Yavin 4 and survived the trenches of Hoth, before being assigned to the CRS Liberty as part of the Commando detachment. During the Battle of Endor, Freepont's squad was groundside when the Liberty was destroyed.
Seeing an opening to finally go investigate his mother's strange death all those years ago, he went AWOL during the celebration on Endor. He fell back in with his former employer Ana, but due to his identity being compromised she was busted by the ISB as a Rebel sympathizer, and both were forced to flee Coruscant. For his endangerment of an important logistical and Imperial intelligence resource on Imperial Center, he was busted from Lieutenant down to the enlisted rank track.
He's lucky a demotion was all he received, and he knows it.