Born into a traditional Rodian clan, Ballan Wec was the youngest of his siblings and was usually left to fend for himself. Unlike most Rodians, Ballan doesn’t seem to have the typical pungent musk that is a hallmark of the species. In fact, most Rodians can’t seem to smell him at all, and this makes them very uncomfortable.
Despite Ballan’s oddities, the Wec family was deemed to be pretty progressive, honoring the Rodian tradition of The Hunt, but envisioning the family as part of the greater Galactic society. Unfortunately, Ballan was not interested in The Hunt, but he was interested in maintaining the family’s weapons, tools, and vehicles. His obsessive nature ensured that the family armory was always prepared and extremely lethal.
The family turned this talent into a small business. Ballan’s reputation as a talented weaponsmith attracted the attention of a ruthless local human crime underboss who owed Ytarral the Hutt a sizable debt. Kidnapping the mechanical prodigy, Ballan was one of several slaves sent to Ytarral as part of a payoff. Needless-to-say, this did nothing to improve the young Rodian’s already fragile mental health. Despite the family’s protestations, the Hutt cared not that family had nothing to do with the underboss, and the family didn’t have the influence to force Ytarral to release Ballan.
The underboss was a completely different story. Tales are told of how she was hunted through the dense jungles of Rodia, and was denied the mercy of a quick death until each member of the family had drawn blood. Details of the hunt are sketchy, but the medical report states that the corpse was discovered with over two dozen serious lasburns, 17 broken bones in the upper body (it is assumed that the injuries were located thus so that she could keep running), four missing digits, shallow razor cuts over 80% of the body, and scarring in her synapses from repeated stun blasting.
As part of the Hutt’s retinue, Ballan was tasked with keeping pretty much everything mechanical maintained. His unassuming nature and significant mental health issues drew the attention of G’kessk, a Trandoshian thug who made Ballan the butt of many cruel jokes and pranks. The last prank forced Ballan to watch, growing more and more agitated, as the G’kessk and his thugs threw Ballan’s precious tools into the fusion reactor port of Ytarral the Hutt’s personal barque. Over the course of the following weeks, Ballan slowly planned and his revenge.
Ytarral hosted an audience during the quarterly tithe from all of his underbosses and henchmen. As G’kessk stepped forward to present his tithe, his blaster suddenly fired, and multiple micro-explosives detonated around the audience chamber. Several detonated on Ytarral’s palanquin and in the weapons of other henchmen around the room. The room erupted into chaos and blaster fire as everyone assumed G’kessk was making a power play. In the end, eight henchmen were dead as were G’kessk and Ytarral’s mojo domo, and Ytarral had suffered serious blaster wounds to his belly, right arm, and right eye. The repercussions rippled throughout the sector’s criminal underworld as many saw Ytarral as weak and ripe for assassination. In the end, Ytarral survived seven attempts on his life and his organization was crippled for nearly a decade.
But what of the slight, bizarre Rodian mechanic? He disappeared after the attempted coup. Some assume he had died in the attack and his body quickly disposed of. Others swear that he was exiting the audience chamber playing with some sort of small device. This last rumor is one of the reasons that Ytarral would like a word with the little Rodian (provided he’s still alive), that and the fact that pliant slave mechanics of his caliber are hard to find…