Gnoizic's life has proven to be a mystery, even to himself. He was presumably abandoned by his parents in the docking bay of a spaceport on the Rodian homeworld of Rodia when he was no more than a week old, during the last year of the Clone Wars, with no form of identification. Fortunately, the baby was found by a Rodian mechanic named Jurno who took the infant home with him. The Rodian looked after the child as a single parent, working hard to have enough money to raise the young human.
The boy's "adopted" father was highly amused when the child attempted to learn to speak, considering he was a human. The infant spoke Rodese identically to the way Rodians did, instantly making him the most adorable thing in town. One day, Jurno couldn't find someone to watch the child and was forced to take him to work at the spaceport. After a long day of work, Jurno flew his speeder home with the baby in the back seat. Midway through the ride home, Jurno heard the sounds of several types of starship engines. But the thing that shocked Jurno most was that the sounds came not from far above, but close behind him. The Rodian turned around only to find the human boy making all of the noise, imitating the ships he had heard fly in all day. After ten months, the child was given a name. Jurno called him "Gnoizic," which is Rodese for "one who makes noise."
When Gnoizic turned three years old, Jurno started taking the boy to the spaceport daily in an attempt to teach the boy new languages and hoped to teach the boy how to be a mechanic. As the next few years passed, Gnoizic learned to speak Basic, Huttese, Shyriiwook, and in the language of beeps, chirps, and whistles of astromech droids, along with his first language of Rodese.
The boy also picked up skills needed to be a mechanic, fixing anything from speeders to starfighters. Jurno even taught the boy how to fly the ships they had to do extensive repairs to, which required test flights to prove that the ships were, in fact, spaceworthy. Gnoizic picked up on flying as it were just another language to learn. By the age of eight, he was flying solo on most test flights. During this time, Gnoizic became well acquainted with the controls of Z-95s, R-41 Starchasers, and even a Y-Wing or two by pirates who had needed overhauls done on their ships (as most were damaged from run-ins with Imperial patrols). The most interesting “pirates” Gnoizic and his adopted father had helped do repairs for were disparate groups of rebelling freedom fighters.
Consequently, this tie with rebel threats meant that Jurno caught the attention of a bounty hunter, hired by the Empire to bring in rebel “sympathizers.” One day while Gnoizic was giving a Z-95's cockpit a thorough cleaning, the bounty hunter arrived and arrested Jurno, ordering local security forces to do with Gnoizic what they pleased. With no living relatives, Gnoizic was put in a political prison of sorts, where he would be raised and educated in the Rodese arts of theater and hunting. When the boy had reached the age of fifteen, he was pitted against other political prisoners in the gladiator games Rodia prides itself on. Literally fighting for his life, day in and day out, Gnoizic mastered the art of gun fighting, much to the surprise of many viewers, who had initially bet that he would die in the ring almost immediately. As his fame grew, Gnoizic's freedom was bought out by an unknown source, which also provided a YT-2000 freighter dubbed the Gnoiz Maker for the boy to use. As the teenager flew away from Rodia, he vowed to avenge Jurno by using his skills to take up the life of a mercenary.
Not entirely sure where to start, Gnoizic made his way to Nar Shaddaa in Hutt space, hoping that the Hutts would have some odd jobs for him to do. He took on some bounties on debtors to local Hutt crime lords for a while before catching wind of a Hutt who was looking to was looking to shape the outcome of battles between the Houk and Weequay on the Weequay homeworld of Sriluur on the edge of Hutt Space. Gnoizic accepted the job offer and made his way to Sriluur. Soon after his sixteenth birthday, while en route to his newest destination, Gnoizic received a message from his biological father, telling him how to access a previously locked container in the ship. Inside, Gnoizic found a blood red suit of Mandalorian armor. With this, Gnoizic adopted the name Kyle Mandal as a way to market his mercenary skills to potential clients, and to strike fear in enemies.
Gnoizic spent the next year and a half knocking off certain leaders from both sides of the conflict and shaping some of the battles, per the requests of his Hutt client. As each side imported more advanced weaponry and vehicles, Gnoizic found himself “liberating” anti-vehicular weapons to combat any armed speeders or tanks that either species had managed to buy from offworld. Due to his random appearance in battles, taking down Houk and Weequay alike, the Houk nicknamed him the “Red Desert Devil.” As the conflict escalated, the warring nations started sending their own squads to deal with the teenage human, occasionally even working together against their common foe. Gnoizic's Hutt employer, Kavva, not wanting to lose such a valuable asset, offered him a deal to be his personal muscle for his new operation on Sleheyron.
While working for Kavva, Gnoizic would occasionally receive transmissions informing him of his heritage by his biological father, who taught him the history and culture of Mandalorians. In the meantime, he dealt with Kavva's employed smugglers, collecting on bounties for any that crossed him. He was also put in charge of safely driving any high-profile clients wishing to speak to Kavva personally. Two years went by, however, and Kavva's operation was bleeding credits, and given Gnoizic's knowledge on the criminal activities the Hutt was engaged in, Kavva decided it would be best to eliminate the young man. Gnoizic, receiving a tip from one of Kavva's smugglers, planned out how to beat Kavva to the punch. By bribing the Twi'lek in charge of maintaining Kavva's HKB-3 battle droid security force, Gnoizic was not fired upon when the Hutt called him in for a “private meeting.” While the Hutt was in shock, Gnoizic pulled out a disintegrator pistol and set it on low charge to shoot out Kavva's massive eyes. As the Hutt screamed and flailed, Gnoizic approached him with a detonator pack covered in lubricant and slid it down Kavva's throat. He left the room, then activated the explosive.
While his overkill plan worked, Gnoizic didn't account for the Hutt's relatives being infuriated by Kavva's death. A bounty was placed on his head, so he made his way to his supposed ancestral home of Mandalore. While en route, however, he received a message from an unknown source promising a high-paying job fighting for a group of freedom fighters on the planet Corsin. These “Rev's Rancors” had been starting an uprising against the Imperials on the planet, and had heard of his special talents. Gnoizic made his way Coreward and took up the job, although never actually learning who the mystery man paying him actually was.
Rev's Rancors were eventually ambushed on Corsin, but a handful of them managed to escape with the Alliance's SOS Team 6. The two combined to become the Red Rancors special forces squad, which Gnoizic willingly agreed to sign onto. The Rancors' stint was short-lived; after a few missions for the Alliance, both the Red Rancors and Red Squadron, housed aboard the Carrack-class cruiser Ugly Mynock, had sustained substantial losses, including the loss of the Mynock itself while capturing the Mon Calamari cruiser Morning Star. High Command ordered the two units to merge, leaving Gnoizic as one of the new members of the reformed Red Squadron.
For Gnoizic, this meant more time in a starfighter than he had initially signed up for, but he took to it quickly enough. Over the next four years, he would help Red Squadron carry out a variety of daring missions and clandestine operations, both in ship-to-ship combat and on the ground. In the days leading up to the Battle of Endor, however, Red Squadron as he had known it was disbanded and dispersed into Red and Gold Squadrons for the battle ahead. Ever the explosive enthusiast, he volunteered to pilot a Y-Wing in the fight, not quite anticipating how much of a death-trap it would be. In the aftermath, the former Red unit's pilots were reassigned to Renegade Wing. Though the Emperor was defeated and the Empire was on its heels, Gnoizic accepted to continue the fight.