Tessala Corvae was a Major General and one of the handful of high-ranking female officers in the Imperial Army. Her father had served with distinction as a general in the Clone Wars, and while she was a highly motivated and effective officer in her own right, she would not have overcome the Imperial Army's inherent sexism as well as she did if she had not been a general's daughter.
Tessala Corvae was born into a family with a long pedigree of military officers. she was admitted to the Imperial Academy on the Colonies planet of Carida.. There, Corvae worked harder than most and graduated with honors in spite of the discrimination and other setbacks that beset her.
Tessala Corvae distinguished herself in her Academy days and her subsequent service as an commander, and on her promotion to Major General, she hoped for an independent Corps HQ command in an Outer Rim spot—and another chance to prove herself in combat.
Her experiences had left her with a belief that female soldiers were automatically undervalued by Army high command, and in response, she founded the Firebird Society, an all-female organization of loyalist initiates, whose ultimate aim was to prove the worth of women as warriors to the Imperial authorities. Highly-trained and highly-motivated, Corvae and her associates carried out vigilante actions against enemies of the New Order, to test and hone their combat skills, and to illustrate by direct action just how deadly and effective female warriors could be.