"We're dealing with a lot of power, and if a single coupling's off... Well, boom! B-but it should be fine. Really!"
Born an "aan," time served in the imperial army was the only means by which a youth growing up in an annexed province might earn citizenship, and it was at the tender age of fifteen that Wedge was gathered from his village and forced into service. His conscription, however, provided the opportunity to meet Biggs—a kindred spirit—and the pair risked life and limb to defect. Upon reaching Eorzea, Cid took both in, and put them to work in his manufactory, sensing in both a talent with machinery.
Though twenty and two, Wedge can prove, at times, scatterbrained and prone to mistakes. Yet, he has his moments of pure brilliance, and Cid greatly values the Lalafell because of them. Nowhere was this inventiveness more apparent than in the early designs for the manacutter, which Wedge is said to have drawn up himself in a single night. Wedge also has the uncanny ability to gauge the maximum power of any ceruleum engine through its hum alone.
It is worth noting that "Wedge" and "Biggs" are aliases. This serves to protect their kin yet living in the Empire, who could be executed if their bond with the deserters were to become known.