Rodrigo was born in Southern California. His mother died after giving birth to him and his father was an expert ship builder. Rodrigo was a figure of disdain for his father because he never quite had his father's skills. Rodrigo, however, picked up enough from his father that he could create a working ship himself. After Rodrigo left his father's house to live on his own, his father boarded one of the orbiting ships to perform annual safety checks. Then, suddenly, The Shift happened, leaving his father stranded without a planet to which to turn. Rodrigo became rebellious and vowed to not rest until the Galactic Imperium was dismantled because they were the ones who sent his father to the ship.