Jana Dawnrunner, daughter of Joylene Dawnrunner and an unknown man, grew up on the streets of Nar Shaddaa where she had lived her entire life. Her mother, Joylene, had served as a dancer for the Hutts, particularly Gunga the Hutt, since before Jana had been born. Despite being a rather quiet child, Jana did have moments of rambunctious curiosity that often landed her in spouts of trouble. As she reached the age of five a sharp mind enabled Jana to become one of the first in her neighborhood to read and she eagerly did such with the hopes of one day reading well enough to teach her mother. The opportunity would never present itself however. Joylene, struck with disease from the time Jana was born, finally succumbed to it despite the young Jana's deepest wishes. This took place when she was of the age of thirteen.
Alone on Nar Shaddaa with no one to look after her, Jana sought out to pick up the final money her mother was to be paid by the Hutts and stumbled upon them at an inopportune time. Conniving her way out of the situation that threatened her with a scenario far worst than she could have imagined, a happenstance the next day would see her escaping Nar Shaddaa in the company of Agrippa Junik.
It was in the company of Junik that Jana would be exposed to the Galaxy as a whole, meeting a host of individuals. The warm Aure Kaia would make the young girls acquaintance and invite Jana to visit her on Coruscant. It was not until a very odd occurance that Jana would fall into a dire situation. Upon Corellia, Agrippa was shot and the situation devolved into Jana holding a blaster at the Viceroy of Corellia. The arrival of Mina Vairde, Jedi Master, would eventually calm Jana and prevent a lifechanging mistake.
Jana's travels would continue, constantly bringing her across the Jedi time and time again as friendships formed. Aure Kaia becoming like her older sister. Then one day, after having had yet another misadventure upon Vanix II, Mina Vairde spoke with Jana of becoming her apprentice. Having been on her own yet again after going on the run from villainous people that /she/ believed were after her, the offer of something more was accepted.
This, was when she became Padawan Jana Dawnrunner