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Otiose Desideratum was one of the few non-clone conscripts in the Empire. A promising young engineer and industrial designer, he was offered an opportunity to train with, and serve in, the Empire Advanced Engineering Unit (EAEU). Having grown up on a small, tropical moon, Otiose wasn't affected by the rebellion; in fact, he believed wholeheartedly in the Empire, to which he credited his happy, affluent upbringing. Proudly, he accepted the Empire's invitation.
His elation was soon quelled when Otiose learned that he would need to move a considerable distance away from his family—with little chance of returning. Since his race has a deep-rooted need to be near family, he declined the offer rather than abandon them. Seizing an opportunity to take advantage of the situation, his recruiter offered to relocate his family, which finally convinced Otiose to join.
Shortly after his EAEU apprenticeship started, Otiose discovered why his family was brought with him; they were forced into indentured servitude—baggagemen to EAEU officers and handmaidens to their families. This was the first time Otiose saw that the Empire was not as idyllic as he once thought.
After completing his apprenticeship, and as part of some internal changes made by the Empire after the Battle of Yavin, Otiose Desideratum was transferred to a Star Destroyer to observe different divisions within the Empire, with orders to improve equipment and processes. Having his family accompany him this time was not an option, as his superiors had recently become somewhat inflexible.
His Star Destroyer soon joined an ad hoc force hastily assembled to assail a newly discovered rebel base on a far-flung ball of ice called Hoth. This was the first opportunity for Otiose to see combat operations, as he dearly hoped to follow his passion and move into military research and development. More importantly, though, a post in the covert system that housed Empire Mil.R&D would allow him the influence to free his family from subjugation and the financial means to settle them on a stable planet.
In the hours before the military operation, Otiose moved freely throughout the Star Destroyer trying to decide from which vehicle to observe the battle. When the zero hour came, he settled himself into what he believed would be the safest place on the surface of Hoth—an AT-AT.
During the battle, his AT-AT was one of many crippled by the rebels' tow cables; fortunately his AT-AT pilot was able to stop before toppling. Despite having little combat training, and even less combat experience, Otiose volunteered to exit the AT-AT in the middle of the battle and attempt to disentangle the legs. He was successful; however, the cable was under considerable strain and, once cut, whipped around the AT-AT's legs and knocked him to the ground.
When Otiose awoke, he found himself in a small cave surrounded by a handful of rebel soldiers. They had all been injured during the battle and left behind during the rebellion's hasty retreat. These rebels, knowing they were all stuck in the same situation, disregarded which uniform Otiose wore, and provided him with life-saving shelter and medical care. The one-armed Wampa carcass they found in that cave sustained them until a small rebel ship, tasked with looking for survivors, found them a week later.
Otiose spent that week quietly expecting Empire forces to comb the planet looking for survivors. As days passed with no sign of Empire Search & Rescue, the events since leaving his home moon echoed more frequently in his head. By the time he was taken off Hoth, he was thoroughly disillusioned with the Empire. How could they want him so badly, yet make no effort to find him?
Otiose knew, even if he wanted, he could not rejoin the Empire. His only chance to reunite with his family was to join the rebellion—to use what the Empire taught him, against the Empire.
Now he is a decorated officer in the rebellion. Using his insider's knowledge, he occasionally assists intelligence officers and consults on battle strategies. His main job, however, is military research and development for the rebellion, where he happily designs new military vehicles—including building and test piloting his own prototypes.