Nout was a mercenary serving aboard the fast cruiser Ariel during the Tau Verde Ring war as part of the Oseran Mercenaries. The crew of the Ariel defected en masse to the then-fictional Dendarii Free Mercenaries after being captured by Miles Naismith, and Nout received the rank of trainee. After the Dendarii payroll arrived in Felician millifenigs, he was assigned to guard it.
About five years later, then-corporal Nout was still serving with the Dendarii. He was stationed aboard the Ariel during the mission to retrieve Dr. Hugh Canaba from Jackson's Whole, and accompanied Sergeant Laureen Anderson when she rescued Admiral Naismith and his party with her combat-drop shuttle.