Kema Forge was a thief who made his living by running small-time cons on various worlds across the galaxy. Eventually he ran afoul of a local crime boss who wiped Forge out financially. When Forge tried to strike back, he was captured and sold into slavery.
He was consigned to a slaver named Deezoth Caraz who was to transport him to a Hutt crime lord. He and another slave named Ara were watched over by Caraz's bodyguard, Vok. While on Ord Mynock, Forge managed to steal a small knife from the bar they were in and started to plan his escape.