Character Profile: Ben Elan

Wayne Freed and Ben Elan were switched at birth. Wayne didn’t learn of the switch until he was sixteen, but Ben always knew, from the time that he could first understand such things. He spent his entire life in the public eye, and grew to enjoy the attention he received, especially from his female groupies. He was Umea Bakearen, and he loved it.
Still, he envied Wayne. Ben grew up a celebrity, meaning everywhere he went, people recognized him and wanted to meet him. Wayne, on the other hand, was practically anonymous where he lived. He could go places by himself, without being harassed by fans.
When Wayne and Ben first met face-to-face, they wanted to hate each other because they each felt that the other had a better life. As soon as they recognized that one thing they had in common, they had a good laugh and became best of friends.
Ben was a playboy, receiving and accepting propositions from females of just about every humanoid race, until he met Sonja Hart. After falling in love with her, he abandoned his former lifestyle.
In addition to his role as Wayne’s counterpart, he also bears the distinction of being the only non-Aldebaran to successfully imprint a barkmoth, which he named “Little” Hank.
After the conclusion of Sol-Deneb, Ben served as Sol’s Ambassador to the Galactic Council for just over six years.

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