An orphan of the Clone Wars, she was raised in a shelter on Sollust in one of the planet's many 'Ash Ghettos.' With a natural aptitude for machines, she was forced to work for Imperial depots on speeders, walkers, and starships. Her small stature allowed her to reach areas hard to reach for many, though this was often dangerous and confining. Imperial officials nicknamed her 'Angel' after the Ash Angels found on the planet. Originally an insult for those who came from the Ash Ghettos, the name stuck and became a point of pride. By day, she worked herself to the bone for little food and no money, and by night she dreamed of going out there, seeing the galaxy, and maybe finding out who her mother and father were. Did she have any siblings? Anyone at all?
She met another young woman named Risha, who was one of the prisoner laborors, and the two women forged a strong bond. Risha promised to take Jeni to a hundred worlds once they could get out of there, and told her about the terrible things the Empire was doing and of the Rebellion trying to take it down. They could use someone like her, and if they could escape the planet, Risha could get them in contact with the rebellion. Excited by this chance at a real purpose, Jeni used her technical expertise and a familiarity with the guards to get them to a shipyard. Risha was able to jump a starship and after a terribly tense night of flying, they escaped into the vastness of the universe.
Together, the two young women spent nearly a year starhopping around the Outer Rim, slowly making their way north and chasing down Risha's leads for the Rebellion. In that time, Jeni learned to fly and soon surpassed her teacher. By the time they found the Rebellion amidst their search for a new base, she was ready to fight the Empire at any cost. Her first billing was at Hoth, working on X-wings and Snowspeeders. During the evacuation, she was one of the last transports away, having worked until the last moment. Risha was one of the X-wing pilots who left with the first wave. It was the last time they saw one another as Risha was listed as MIA several months later.
With the fleet split up, she found herself in a cell that received some of the new A-wing Interceptors. Rated as a technician for them, she soon qualified as a pilot. Her small stature and unnatural ability to withstand G-Forces made her a natural for the tiny ship. She served nearly a full year in Red Squadron, before it was disbanded as the Rebel Fleet consolidated around her former home planet. When the time for Endor came around, she flew as Gold Three, and earned the distinction as one of the few pilots alive able to claim she flew into the Death Star's superstructure and made it out again. Following the Falcon in, she split off with Gold Four and Nine to try and lead the chasing TIEs in another direction. She became lost, disoriented, and flying for her life. As the Death Star exploded, her craft took severe damage. A piece of debris pierced her cockpit from below, blowing through her leg and into her chest. The wound, combined with the experience of flying through a fiery, exploding tunnel haunts her to this day. She has no idea how she survived, but her injuries required nearly a week in bacta.
Following her recovery, Jeni was declared physically capable of flying, but could not pass the flying tests. Perhaps it is her memories of Endor, or perhaps it's something else, but the once promising young A-wing pilot finds herself unable to fly again. Declared unfit for active flight duty, she took an open position as an A-wing technician aboard the Vigilant with Renegade Wing.