Thousands of years ago, the Ebon Hawk was a freighter-turned-smuggler ship that rose to fame due to its use around the time of the Jedi Civil War. It was well-known throughout the Galaxy as a ship associated with the Exchange, and it passed through many hands before coming into the ownership of the amnesiac Jedi Revan.
The Ebon Hawk was constructed on the Galactic Republic planet of Transel. While it bore the standard Republic white and red painting usually seen on military vessels (such as Republic blockade runners and Hammerhead-class capital ships), the details of its original purpose are unknown. Other ships of its class, however, were used in the Republic Navy; one of them, which may have been the Ebon Hawk, was in the Republic fleet at Ralltiir 3,963 before the Battle of Yavin, and at least two more crashed on Malachor V after the final battle of the Mandalorian Wars.
The Ebon Hawk spent most of its operational life being used to shuttle goods for Davik Kang, the Taris underworld boss during the Mandalorian Wars. Through careful piloting and a ridiculously overpowered drive system, the ship was able to outrun Republic and Sith patrols alike, making deliveries to numerous shady characters along the galactic rim. Davik would joke that it was the best thing he had ever stolen, and for the number of times it saved his life, he had good reason to make the claim.
The Ebon Hawk became instrumental in Revan's search for the Star Forge, transporting him and his crew to Dantooine, Manaan, Korriban, Kashyyyk, and Tatooine, in search of ancient Star Maps.
A year after Darth Malak's defeat, Revan left Republic space. He left the Ebon Hawk and its droid occupants, T3-M4 and HK-47, behind on Malachor V and continued on alone. What went on during the time between Revan's ownership of the Ebon Hawk and its acquisition by the Jedi Exile is largely a mystery. The ultimate fates of the Exile, Revan, and the Ebon Hawk and it's crew remain unknown.