Athrun Zala is a retired Commodore in the Imperial Navy, previously serving as Commanding Officer of the Third Group of the 4th Imperial Fleet. Before that, he served as Commanding Officer of the 3rd Imperial Fleet before the Naval Merge. The last position he held was Commanding Officer of the Jedi Order Explorer Corps.
He was born on Coruscant to Patrick and Lenore Zala. His family was constantly on the move, so he saw many planets in his time growing up. He was sent to a military school at the age of 16, for his father had a bigger purpose in mind. Of course, Athrun had plans of his own; he enlisted in the Galactic Empire and enrolled in the Imperial Academy. (Full article...)