Max was a scientist working for the Hutt Cartel on the planet Makeb during the Galactic War. He and his partner Arne were doing work for the Hutts that was causing the groundquakes and would lead to the world's destruction. When the number of groundquakes increased after the Hutts began drilling for isotope-5, Arne set up sensors to track the effects of the Hutts' drilling lasers on Makeb's core. Max agreed with Arne's suspicions, though grew concerned when Arne failed to respond to Max's messages.