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Zeiss Veshok was a Mandalorian mercenary who fought for the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars and he later fought for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War.
Zeiss was born on Kashyyyk in 43 BBY, 9 months after his father had died during the Battle of Galdiran. Growing up without a father caused Zeiss to harbor a hatred for the Jedi. Zeiss was raised by his mother and the neighboring tribe of Wookiees. Due to his upbringing, Zeiss grew up an excellent sharpshooter and tracker and would act as a guide to rich off world hunters. On Kashyyyk Zeiss developed a taste for slugthrowers. In 22 BBY Zeiss left Kashyyyk to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Upon his recruitment to the CIS, Zeiss was partnered with Li-Sun Jinn and together they founded the Steel Torrent, a special forces unit. During the opening months of the war, Zeiss and Jinn took the best members from any separatist unit they could get a hold of, ranging from a Nimbus Commando to a Thrysus Sun Guard. The next few months were spent drilling the squad into a crack fighting unit. Steel Torrent would then first see action at the First Battle of Concord Dawn.
Steel Torrent clashed with Theta Squad many times during the Clone Wars and the two squads eventually gained grudging respect for each other. During the Clone Wars, Zeiss was given the opportunity to join the Mandalorian Protectors by their commander Spar. Zeiss, however, turned him down and stated that he would rather stay with the squad he helped create. This decision in turn saved his life when the protectors were annihilated at Norval II.
In 2 BBY Zeiss was recruited by the Rebel Alliance to help train its special forces. After training a few classes, Zeiss requested to be transferred to the frontline where his skills could be put to better use. He did many missions that ranged from sabotage to assassinations, although he excelled at shipjacking and helped capture many ships for the Alliance. Zeiss soldiered along and fought in many battles, from Hoth to Endor. At the Battle of Hoth he helped defend Echo Base and eventually escaped with the help of Grimes, a former member of Theta Squad.
Zeiss had an upbeat personality, but remained a true soldier through and through. He had no qualms about interrogation or execution; as long as it got the job done. He did have a sense of honor, as he would not execute defeated foes. He had a deep dislike of the Jedi and the Republic that supported them.
Zeiss wore a set of brown Mandalorian armor with gray highlights and purple around his t-visor. His armor sported a pair of spiked knuckles. Early in his life Zeiss carried a bowcaster, but before 22 BBY he somehow came across an Auto-kinetic rifle. He also carried a Scattergun and had a fondness for explosives.