The 'Knave of Nalros' began life as the Imperial VX-5 Freighter named 'The Abyss Runner'. The original vessel was manufactured by CEC as a copy of the Empire's VX-9 Mailoc. These were clandestinely purchased by the Empire to supplement the existing Mailocs in service. Many were modified or repurposed as transports or gunships. 'The Abyss Runner' was used in the subjugation of Nalros during the opening months of the Sith Empire's invasion of the galaxy.
During a raid the vessel was captured from Imperial forces by Hue Maxim, leader of the D'Astan Smuggling Ring. The vessel was modified by famed Jawa engineer Reno West and renamed 'The Knave of Nalros'. The Knave was reworked with a number of upgrades such as better shielding, an improved reactor, and four quad Gatling-blaster turrets flanked by medium blaster cannons.