Honsou was a member of the Emperor's Shadow Guard during the Galactic Civil War. As with the rest of the shadow guards, he was drawn into the service of Emperor Palpatine from the remnants of the Sun Guard. From the outset he was iniated into the Emperor's Royal Guard, but once his Force sensitivity was determined, he was later removed and placed into isolation with the rest of the shadow guards for specialized training. Any available information on his origins and former life was destroyed upon becoming indoctrinated into the shadow guard. As he has never been seen outside of his armour in public, not even his species is known, though given the limited details on his past it can be surmised that he is likely Echani or Human.