Family Valka used to be nomadic pirates, with a considerable presence throughout Split space. Not at home in any single system, they instead preferred to make a living raiding traders and other Split families. When the Gates shut down, they were scattered, and became more of a nuisance than an actual threat to the stability of the Patriarchy. However, as the Split systems started to reconnect, and the situation concerning the Free Families began to deteriorate, Patriarch Zyarth was worried about how much more dangerous the Free Families could be if they ever joined forces with Family Valka. To get ahead of this potential problem, Patriarch Zyarth offered the Valka pirates control over Wretched Skies. In terms of standing, this was a considerable step up for Patriarch Valka. He quickly assumed the role of jailer, maintaining and guarding the system's prison colonies.