Alan worked for The Empire for many years as a driver. He drove all of the most decorated officers in The Empire's military. One day Tychus Findlay conscripted him into his department and assigned him to be the driver for his Task Force.
The Burned Man
After the party had done something that was other than what was assigned to them, Tychus sought to teach them a lesson. Seeing they had grown close to Alan, he demanded they kill the Catfolk they saved, or he would burn him alive. They refused in silence and Tychus made good on his promise. Mana saved his life by dousing him with water via her magical abilities. The party nursed him back to health but the scars served as a reminder of what happens to those that would disobey Findlay's orders.