Lija Ryba was a Thyferran woman taken as a trophy wife by Moff Ryba, the governor of Zuni. Her original last name is unknown. Eventually, she not only began to sympathize with various anti-Empire factions on her homeworld, but also grew tired of her husband's adulterous ways. She assassinated Moff Ryba as part of an insurgency mission to bring down Imperial leaders on-planet during the Battle of Zuni. Later, she was offered a position as executive officer of Black Claw Squadron, which she accepted.