as Captain of the pleasure ship Coral Vanda, Hoffner he was Garm Bel Iblis' contact on Pantolomin during the early years of the New Republic. Years, earlier, Hoffner had been Kaarde's commander on the smuggling mission that inadvertently discovered the Dark Force ships of the Katana fleet. Hoffner never forgot the encounter with the old Dreadnaughts, and eventually figured out how to recover them. However, he couldn't do it in large numbers without attracting attention, so he only provided a handful of the Dark Force ships for sale to Bel Iblis. The profits from these sales helped to fund Hoffner's gambling habits. However, when the Coral Vanda was incapacitated by Imperial forces, Hoffner was taken into Imperial custody and forced to reveal the location of thr Katana Fleet to Grand Admiral Thrawn himself.