His past is slightly revealed during the quest, where he attempted an uprising against the Pharaoh but failed. As punishment, both of his hands were cut off, and he is a living example of what would happen to those that dared to defy the Pharaoh. Ozan reveals that in the past, he cared for his fellow workers, but after the failed revolt, became one of the Pharaoh's collaborators.
Batal cares greatly for his fellow workers, which is why he attempted the uprising in the past. In 'Phite Club, the player meets with him to secure workers for Wadud. Batal is skeptical of the success of Osman's coup (since his attempt failed), but agrees to join as long as his fellow workers are able to retire. He explains to them that unlike other places where people could retire whenever they want, Menaphite workers required an imperial signet from the Pharaoh in order to do so. After the player acquires several imperial signets from Commander Akhomet, he is pleased and gives the player a worker's certificate to give to Wadud.