The party never asked about Rod's past, but it can be assumed that he was born in Orkay from his clothes and accent.
In the CampaignEdit
They later saw him and Hanley alongside other adventurers (including Paedran) in Arcanator's serving house, where they began a brawl which led to Rod being concussed and humiliated publicly. They left soon after.
After conversing with Hanley two years later, it transpired that Rod had died somehow. The party didn't ask how.