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Atlan was the leader of the Space Rats based on Caspar, although he insisted he was not a Space Rat himself. He kept the Rats loyal by feeding their addiction for speed and violence. He acted as a patron to Doctor Plaxton, providing her with a laboratory and raw materials to produce her photonic drive. He had her Mark One, capable of Time Distort 12 in real time, installed in the Space Rats' space choppers and encouraged them to destroy Federation ships, aiming to gain control of all space trade routes.

He was delighted with Plaxton's work on the Mark Two drive capable of Time Distort 15 until she revealed it was too large to be fitted to the Space Rats' ships. He demanded she find a way to reduce the size. When Vila and Dayna were captured by his lieutenant Bomber, Atlan seemed ready to have them killed but was taken in by their claim to be old students of Plaxton who could make the modifications to the drive. While they had his attention, Avon, Tarrant and Soolin managed to cut their way into the laboratory.

Atlan gave the Scorpio crew the slip and summoned the Space Rats. After being held up by a gas grenade, they pursued the Scorpio party, who has absconded with Plaxton and the drive, on motorised trikes. Atlan was killed when Avon detonated a grenade planted earlier as he drove over it. (D: Stardrive)

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