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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OBSCURE CHARACTER ARCHIVE stays "on brand" with an Alliance pilot whose name was a pun on secondary characters: SECON DAREE — who, if his helmet's tally is to be believed, has already racked up 60 kills! — of Star Wars Rebels, along with updated species stats for the LUTRILLIANS!

For this write-up, the only quandary came when considering the previous species ability granted to Lutrillians by WotC's D20 iteration of a SW RPG, that being a stronger resistance to cold temperatures thanks to a layer of blubber / subcutaneous fat. I debated keeping that old ability in the write-up, as I did for an old ability in the similar case of WEG's Weequay pheromone communication, because nothing in "New Canon" outright contradicted the WEG ability's existence.

However, seeing as how the only Lutrillians who appeared (at least superficially) to have a body type that might be indicative of a layer of blubber were the heavier-set duo OWNELLCO and ATHELOE in ANH — see their Obscure Character Archive write-up from back when I had the time to do these as "fancily" laid out PDFs, here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-7Q2Dm1-OcIN1NfWDRMeWhzdkk — and the other onscreen depictions of Lutrillians depict them as more slender beings (Bespin's Treva Horme from ESB, along with the various Lutrillians in the Clone Wars, and Daree in Rebels), I burned off the blubber and folded a stamina bonus into the extra skill dice available because of the species' culturally-ingrained nomadic lifestyle! (And in a nod to the massive rolling platform cities of Legends Lutrillia, Daree at least gets a pip in ground vehicle ops!)

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SECON DAREE
Steadfast Starfighter Pilot



DEXTERITY 3D
Blaster: blaster pistol 4D, vehicle blasters 4D+2
KNOWLEDGE 2D+2
Planetary systems 4D+2, scholar: military history 4D, willpower 4D+1
MECHANICAL 3D+2
Astrogation 5D, ground vehicle operation 4D, repulsorlift operation 5D,
space transports 4D+2, starfighter piloting 5D+2, starship gunnery 6D
PERCEPTION 3D
Persuasion 3D+2, search 4D+1
STRENGTH 3D
Stamina 5D
TECHNICAL 2D+2
Computer programming/repair 3D+2, starfighter repair: X-wing 3D+2

Species: Lutrillian
Gender: Male
Character Points: 7
Move: 10

Species Special Abilities and Story Factors:
  • Agreeable Appearance: Because the species is widely regarded as possessing friendly features, Lutrillians gains a +1 bonus to persuasion attempts — unless/until the specific Lutrillian shows himself to be untrustworthy.

  • Love of Discovery / Nomadic Lifestyle: At the time that a Lutrillian character is created only, he receives 2D for every 1D of starting skill dice placed into planetary systems, stamina, and survival.

  • Potential for Greed: Lutrillians must make an Easy willpower check to successfully resist trying the urge to take greater financial advantage of a situation than would be wise or safe.

Capsule: With sixty kills to his credit, the Lutrillian pilot known as Secon Daree was already a seasoned veteran by the time he flew his X-wing into battle for Hera Syndulla's ill-fated attack of the TIE Defender factories on Lothal. Despite displaying such skill however, Daree neither sought out the spotlight, nor raised any objection at being overlooked for potential command positions. He was content simply doing his part — be it backup, support, wingman, or otherwise.

An expressive being who was not above celebrating victories with a cheer — as he did for the significant but short-lived breakthrough Syndulla earned the team when she bested Imperial ace Vult Skerris — Daree was especially appreciative of such gains, in part because he was a student of military history. Daree had particular interest in the heroics (however embellished) of fellow Lutriallian, General Solomahal. And he was especially inspired by the general's stubborn refusal to surrender at the Battle of Azure Spaceport.

Inspiration from the Lutrillian's "legends" would wind up serving Daree well, as his own circumstances would suddenly grow dire. After Syndulla's already winnowed squadron was finally shot down by surprise reinforcements sent by Grand Admiral Thrawn, Daree survived but was captured by Thrawn's Noghri assassin Rukh, presented to Governor Pryce herself, then spirited away for interrogation. However, like his hero Solomahal, the Lutrillian gave no quarter and refused to divulge anything to his captors.

Equipment: Blaster pistol (4D damage, range: 3-10/30/120, ammo: 100), Koensayr K-22995 flight helmet (visor prevents flash-blinding; adorned with tally of enemy kills — with each yellow-backdrop "V" representing a total of 20), gray Rebel Alliance vacuum suit (equipped with Guidenhauser ejection harness and Novaldex Diagnostech life support unit that provides 10 hours of breathable atmosphere when sealed), passage-documents-dedicated datapad (contains ID and sealed mission orders), wrist-mounted comlink beacon, X-wing starfighter.

Sources: Star Wars: Rebels S4E9 "Rebel Assault", starwars.com episode guide, and Wookieepedia. Images: character illustration ("X-wing starfighter pilot concept art") by Luke Harrington, screencapture from Star Wars: Rebels S4E9 "Rebel Assault". Stats, text, and "concept art" image composite/retouching by Telsij. Info re: helmet tally of enemy kills https://farfarawayradio.com/2016/11/22/the-mystery-of-the-yellow-vs/ and https://www.starwars.com/news/force-of-fashion-stories-told-on-rebel-helmets



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LUTRILLIANS

Lutrillians tend to live a nomadic lifestyle, traveling around their homeworld and avoiding subterreanean predators. They love adventure and discovery, and often travel off world to explore other cultures. They have large, "friendly" faces with hairy jowls and wide-set eyes. Lutrillians are generally considered to be quite agreeable, though they're also said to have a minor issue with greed.

Homeworld: Lutrillia
Attribute Dice: 12D

DEXTERITY: 1D/3D+1
KNOWLEDGE: 2D/4D+1
MECHANICAL: 1D/3D+2
PERCEPTION: 2D/4D+1
STRENGTH: 1D+2/4D
TECHNICAL: 2D/4D

Species Special Abilities and Story Factors:
  • Agreeable Appearance: Because the species is widely regarded as possessing friendly features, Lutrillians gains a +1 bonus to persuasion attempts — unless/until the specific Lutrillian shows himself to be untrustworthy.

  • Love of Discovery / Nomadic Lifestyle: At the time that a Lutrillian character is created only, he receives 2D for every 1D of starting skill dice placed into planetary systems, stamina, and survival.

  • Potential for Greed: Lutrillians must make an Easy willpower check to successfully resist trying the urge to take greater financial advantage of a situation than would be wise or safe.

Sources: Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, Star Wars: Rebels animated series, Star Wars: Alien Archive book (p.15, UK Egmont edition), and Wookieepedia. Species capsule text adapted from Star Wars: Alien Archive book (p.15, UK Egmont edition). Attribute ranges: Alien Stats compilation book by Thiago S. Aranha. Species Special Abilities stats by Telsij.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the record, I think Secon Daree has (only) 30 kills. As I understand the Rebel Alliance starfighter kill markings, a solitary black V that is not inside any colored disc is simply 5 kills (sufficient to make one an ace). A black V inside a yellow disc is 20 kills. A black V inside a red disc is 50 kills. I've never seen a black V inside a white disc before, so I'm just guessing here, but I'm inclined to say that a black V inside a white disc (as it appears to be on Daree's helmet) is only 10 kills since white is usually regarded as a low or even beginning rank in most color ranking systems I've seen.

And remember, most Rebel pilot helmets are white where the kill markings are placed as seen here. I don't know how a white-on-white 10 kill marking would be seen unless it was a white disc with a black circle/border.

In any case, I'm just talking out of my @$$ with my assumption that a white disc means 10 kills. I can't independently confirm that just yet.

On a tangental note, here is an article explaining/justifying how some Rebel pilots managed to rack up kill scores that made them aces several times over.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutehp wrote:
For the record, I think Secon Daree has (only) 30 kills


His name..................maybe he was the wing man in siad kills

or maybe he took the secon daree shots
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutehp wrote:
For the record, I think Secon Daree has (only) 30 kills. As I understand the Rebel Alliance starfighter kill markings, a solitary black V that is not inside any colored disc is simply 5 kills (sufficient to make one an ace). A black V inside a yellow disc is 20 kills. A black V inside a red disc is 50 kills. I've never seen a black V inside a white disc before, so I'm just guessing here, but I'm inclined to say that a black V inside a white disc (as it appears to be on Daree's helmet) is only 10 kills since white is usually regarded as a low or even beginning rank in most color ranking systems I've seen.

And remember, most Rebel pilot helmets are white where the kill markings are placed as seen here. I don't know how a white-on-white 10 kill marking would be seen unless it was a white disc with a black circle/border.

In any case, I'm just talking out of my @$$ with my assumption that a white disc means 10 kills. I can't independently confirm that just yet.

On a tangental note, here is an article explaining/justifying how some Rebel pilots managed to rack up kill scores that made them aces several times over.

That's the same kill count scale I used — and Secon Daree's markings *are* on a Yellow disc, not white. It's a little clearer when the images are full size, but I didn't want to exceed Whill's 700 (ish?) dpi width maximum (again — sorry, Whill! Very Happy). The backing discs, both in his concept art and during the episode itself are yellow — the latter as seen in the exceedingly blurry screenshot below! (Couldn't go frame-by-frame to pick a shot with less movement because Amazon's controls won't let you, as far as I know, using standard keyboard shortcuts for frame-by-frame movement that YouTube or Final Cut / Premiere let you use. Alas!)



Either way, interesting points re: white marking denoting lower rank / achievement — and agreed, that's definitely something I'd seen in other ranking systems. A black V on a white disc indicating 10 is reasonable. Hopefully Pablo Hidalgo or others at LFL will opine on this at length at some point!

And thank you for the link re: the inflated Rebel kill counts! I'd not seen a more in depth explanation for the Ace-many-times-over tallies, beyond those whose crux was simply "wave-upon-wave of Imperials-without-shields eventually yielded high numbers" to those Rebels who were lucky/skilled enough to survive long enough.


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or maybe he took the secon daree shots

Oof. Heh, the more puns the merrier! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



And a better shot of the helmet markings, of the V on yellow.
(The V being gray is almost certainly just to fit the overall gray color scheme of the character.)

This is the original concept art image, and what I edited a bit for the first image I used in the write-up.
Heh, should've just referred back to this to begin with, rather than use a blurry screenshot! Alas again!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good evening, all! On this September one, OBSCURE CHARACTER ARCHIVE revisits Rogue One.

Thanks to his recent re-appearance in Daniel Wallace's Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide, good old CYCYED OCK gets a bit more fleshed out as we learn that he and Kullbee Sperado (whose write-up is up next) survived the Empire's attack on Jedha!

The background text below is directly quoted from the Guide, with only minor changes made for formatting purposes. After Adobe Acrobat's text recognition did not quite work as well as I hoped (thanks in part to the wildly-varying typefaces used throughout the book), I have (yikes) transcribed Ock's section for use as his in-character background text below, so pardon any typos I may have missed.

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CYCYED OCK
Type: Sharp-eyed Cyborg



A Quote: "Saw Gerrera — rest his bones — wasn’t the worst commander
I ever had. But sometimes he’d get that wild blaze in his stare. When that happened,
I’d start screaming for the Emperor’s head louder than anyone else in the room —
because if I didn’t, Gerrera might’ve started screaming for my head too."

DEXTERITY 3D+1
Blaster 4D+2, dodge 4D+1, thrown weapons 5D+1, thrown weapons: vibrorang 7D
KNOWLEDGE 2D+2
Alien species 4D, planetary systems 4D+2, streetwise 5D+2, survival 4D, value 5D
MECHANICAL 2D
PERCEPTION 3D+2

Bargain 4D+2, command: Gullet Gang 6D, con 4D,
investigation: visual analyses 5D+2, search 5D+2
STRENGTH 3D+2
Brawling 4D+2, lifting 4D+2
TECHNICAL 2D+2
Computer programming/repair 4D, droid repair 4D,
equipment repair 4D+2, security 4D+2

Special Abilities and Story Factors:
  • At Arm’s Length: Due to the unusual physiology of their lengthy upper limbs, large hands and long fingers, Keredians gain a +1D bonus to climbing/jumping checks that require an extended reach, and a +1D bonus to Strength rolls that involve grip.

  • Cyber-Optic: Cycyed Ock’s brain is hardwired directed into an external ocular lens apparatus. This cybernetic optics system grants Ock enhanced vision, especially at very close range, allowing him to view subjects as small as microcircuitry in clear detail. In game terms, Ock gains a +3D bonus to visually-based Perception and search checks made at 0-3 meters range, and a +1D bonus when viewing objects or areas at distances of 3 meters or greater. In addition, if he devotes one full round to focusing upon a given target or area that is within a distance of 0.3 meters, he is capable of viewing even microscopic objects without magnification. And if Ock spends a full round focusing upon a particular combat target, performing no other actions, he gains a +1D bonus to any ranged attacks he makes against that target the following round.
Species: Keredian
Gender: Male
Character Points: 12
Move: 8

Capsule: The cyber-optic wired into the brain of Cycyed Ock granted him sharp vision. With it, the Keredian analyzed kyber deposits and examined microcircuitry, while also honing the already powerful throws of his vibrorang weapon into ones of unerring aim.

Equipment: Cropped padded vest, elbow and forearm pads, hardwired cyber-optic system, utility belt, vibrorang (STR+2D damage, maximum damage: 6D, range: 5-20/40/50. Game Notes: If thrower misses target, but exceeds range difficulty, vibrorang returns to thrower the following round. A Very Easy thrown weapons: vibrorang skill roll or Easy Dexterity check is required to successfully catch the vibrorang without suffering injury).



Background: Back when I threw my lot in with the Partisans, that was a right steady gig for old Cycyed Ock. No, I was never much of a zealot, but I was savvy enough to say the right things. Saw Gerrera — rest his bones — wasn’t the worst commander I ever had. But sometimes he’d get that wild blaze in his stare. When that happened, I’d start screaming for the Emperor’s head louder than anyone else in the room — because if I didn’t, Gerrera might’ve started screaming for my head too.

Me and Kulbee, we’re the only survivors of Gerrera’s Partisans with any brains. We relocated to the other hemisphere after the Empire took a bite out of the planet, but it’s all red powder wherever you go. Ran across a crashed Headhunter the other day — one of the old suicide sleds, with a couple blaster holes in its fuselage — and lifted this logbook from the subburned blubber of whatever used to be its pilot.

Smart move. Because buried treasure and encrypted data nodes sound like money to me. It’s time to get the old gang back together. Kulbee, bless his braids, already said yes.


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So from what I can tell, one of Maz’s treasure hauls has almost certainly gone unclaimed. I think I’ve figured out where she hid it and I’d have probably done the same thing. Cities on Iskalon, a waterworld, rely on plasma that’s pumped directly from the ocean floor. Maz’s treasure? It’s inside one of those pipelines. Can’t detect it from the outside thanks to energy interference, and can’t reach it from the inside with that much fluidic pressure.

Now, maybe you could cause a plasma spill on purpose. But who’d be able to swoop in, at those depths, and make off with the treasure in serpent-infested waters, and all before the automated sentinels sealed the breach? A ragtag team of oddballs, that’s who. Let me pull up that Imperial alert from way back…

    OFFICIAL COMMINUQUÉ: TERRABE SECTOR IMPERIAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY:

    To all captains of interstellar commerce vessels, welcome to the historic Terrabe sector. Be advised that bandit activity is on the rise. You are part of the solution. If you notice anything suspicious, report it!

    In particular, stay alert for the following members of the so-called Gullet Gang:

    1. CYCYED OCK, KEREDIAN CYBORG SHARPSHOOTER

    2. NERSITON, SINITEEN INFO BROKER AND DATA SLICER (Left Gallandro’s old gang but broke a contract with the Droid Gotra: was forced to outdraw a succession of mechanical duelists and was shot dead by #11)

    3. KULLBEE SPERADO, MEFTIAN GUNSLINGER

    4. OOS-RIN-ARREK, TISS-SHAR CONTORTIONIST

    5. ISIN, ADVOZSEC FINANCIER AND BRAWLER (Last seen with Gar Jan Rue’s Traveling Menagerie; no way to contact her in time)

    6. RUFORK “SHARP TOOTH” TAMSON, KARKARODON STUNT RACER (Joined the Mon Cal opera players but injured a fin during performance of “The Neka-Chisler”)

Too many holes in the old gang.

Time to start recruiting a new gang. That’s the thing they never you about oddballs: being unique doesn’t mean you can’t be replaced. Kulbee says he likes my replacement crew. And he was even willing to go so far as to tell me he likes our odds.

Wish I felt the same. Too much Imperial attention in that neck of the galaxy, and the syndicates take a dim view of independent operators like us.


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    IMPERIAL BUREAU OF PUNITIVE CORRECTION: MEGALOX BETA PENITENTIARY:

    This pronouncement issued by: Rehabilitation officer Sam Kenzie.

    Got close to the leader of the new inmates. It’s like I thought. They DID steal that treasure on Iskalon, and only got collared after they stashed it somewhere. All that stuff from the pipeline owners about a sickened mega eel crashing the pipeline and causing the breach? Just a cover-up for investors.

    The Keredian promises that if I spring his whole crew, he’ll cut me in for a quarter share.

    Need to grab his logbook out of the Personal Property Annex first, which sounds like it’s a map leading to more targets like that one. After that, it’s jailbreak time….

Sources: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (page 85), and Star Wars: Smugglers Guide (pages 117-121). Stats and text adaptation by Telsij. Capsule text adapted from Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (page 85). Background text adapted from Star Wars: Smugglers Guide (pages 117-121). Character Images: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story promotional photography and Star Wars: Force Arena promotional artwork.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As promised, stats and write-up for Rogue One's KULLBEE SPERADO, which incorporate his appearances in Daniel Wallace's Smuggler's Guide, Greg Rucka's Guardians of the Whills YA novel, and FFG's X-wing tabletop game!


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KULLBEE SPERADO
Type: Enigmatic Gunslinger



DEXTERITY 4D
Archaic guns 5D, blaster 7D, blaster: heavy blaster pistol 7D+2, dodge 5D+2, firearms 5D, firearms: pistol 6D+1
KNOWLEDGE 2D+1
Intimidation 5D, planetary systems 4D+2, streetwise 5D, survival 4D+1, value: blasters 4D+2, willpower 3D+1
MECHANICAL 2D+2
Astrogation 3D+2, repulsorlift operation 4D, space transports 4D, starfighter piloting 4D, starship gunnery 4D+2
PERCEPTION 3D+1
Hide 4D+1, search 4D+2, sneak 4D+2
STRENGTH 3D
Brawling 4D+1, stamina 5D
TECHNICAL 2D+2
Blaster repair 4D+1, blaster repair: heavy blaster pistol 5D

Story Factors:
  • Penitent Pistoleer in Search of Absolution: Although his past remains shrouded in mystery, it is clear that Kullbee Sperado feels he has done terrible things. As penance, he accepted Saw Gerrera’s offer to fight for the Partisans, perhaps in part because he became convinced of the insurgency’s noble ends, but more likely, it is because Saw’s band of rebels is based in the Holy City of Jedha, where Sperado believes he may at long last find forgiveness for his sins.

  • Skeleton in the Closet: Kullbee Sperado is hiding something — though exactly what that something is remains a mystery. And the Meftian would like to keep it that way. Known to disappear for days at a time, Sperado is an intensely private individual who prefers to let his blasters do the talking.
Species: Meftian
Gender: Male
Force Points: 1
Dark Side Points: 2
Characters Points: 8
Move: 10

A Conversation:
    “I was on Serralonis,” Sperado said. “When I was recruited.”

    “I do not know the world," Chirrut Îmwe answered.

    “Just a place.”

    “We all have a place.”

    Sperado thought about that, then asked, “If you lose that place?”

    “You cannot lose what is inside you,” Chirrut said. “You can only misplace it. The task, then, is to find it again."

    ...

    When Chirrut encountered Sperado again the next day... he asked if the visit had been of any help.

    “Still looking for my place,” Sperado told him.

Background: Kullbee Sperado was as deadly with a pistol as he was sorrowful of soul. Recruited by the Partisans, Saw Gerrera's extremist faction of rebels, the Meftian's reputation preceded him, but the specifics of certain events did not. Intensely private, Sperado refused to talk about the past he longed to leave behind. And though he often disappeared for weeks at a time, Sperado had been seen praying at the Temple of the Whills.

And while the emotional weight of Sperado's burden was made apparent by these regular, secretive disappearances, none saw the burden laid bare better than one particularly devout Guardian of the Whills, Chirrut Imwe. When a Partisan plot to commandeer an Imperial Sentinel-class shuttle required the aid of the Guardians of the Whills, Imwe's physical blindness did not prevent him from seeing Sperado's pain.
    Chirrut could sense Sperado even before he and [Beezer] Fortuna arrived, could feel the churning cold left in his wake, the way it clung to him.

    “You are weighed by your past,” Chirrut told Sperado when they were introduced. “You cannot outrun it.”

    The Meftian was silent long enough that Chirrut wondered if his insight had been mistaken, or if it had been too precise...

    The Meftian reached out for Chirrut’s hand, took it in one of his heavily furred paws. Chirrut could feel the rough texture of the man’s flesh in the gaps of his fur.

    “Will you pray for me?” Sperado asked.

    “No,” Chirrut told him. “But I will show you how to pray for yourself.”

    Sperado’s grip tightened, and Chirrut felt the cold surrounding the Meftian dissipate for a moment. In that moment there was an instant’s warmth, and he felt the man’s hope.

Later, once the more violent hidden agenda of this mission was revealed, and once the Guardians of the Whills learned Saw's scheme would put innocent lives at risk, Sperado's moral quandaries came to the fore. The Partisans were tasked with loading explosives onto captured shuttle, for its use as a covert bomb, rather than as an escape vessel for refugee children. And Sperado's apparent adherence to the plan appeared as steady as his gunslinging... at first.
    Baze [Malbus saw]... twin blasters, a double rig worn quick-draw style... [Sperado's] furred hands hovered over their grips, but he had yet to draw.

    Then, in an instant, Sperado had his blaster free from its holster and pointed at his middle. Baze froze... Sperado slipped the strap off his shoulder and handed the satchel [of explosives] to Fortuna, his aim never wavering...

    Shots echoed from opposite their position, and Chirrut knew Sperado had fired, and so had the human, and that Sperado had hit and the human had not...

    “So Saw Gerrera would trade a future for these children to strike a blow against the Empire?” Chirrut asked.

    Fortuna jabbed a long-nailed index finger skyward again. “He would free Jedha!”

    “That is not what will happen,” said Baze.

    “My friend is correct,” Chirrut said. “And neither you, nor Saw Gerrera, nor anyone else here is fool enough to think that it will."

    ...

    Chirrut nodded to himself, canted his head the other direction. “You asked me to pray for you, Kullbee Sperado. Is this the place you were looking for?”

    Sperado did not answer.

Not then. But in the end, the Meftian's actions would speak for him, as he heeded the call of his conscience. Siding with the Guardians of the Whills and aiding their efforts, Sperado and others of conscience among the Partisans risked the mad wrath of Gerrera to ensure the children's escape. 

Fortunately for Sperado, and the other offenders, they too lived to fight another day.

No doubt the Partisans were glad to still have Sperado's services on their side. And the Meftian’s talents were not limited to boltslinging. Despite displaying some skill in the cockpit after joining the Partisans, Sperado did not officially fly with the brothers “Two-Tube” and their Cavern Angels. Instead, he kept company with Keredian cyborg, Cycyed Ock, having once been a member of Ock’s Gullet Gang. Yet this was strange, because Sperado was otherwise eager to sever ties with his past life.

He and Ock would later manage to escape the destruction of Jedha City and of the Partisans' hideout. And after stumbling upon the wreckage of a downed Z-95 Headhunter, once they had fled to the planet’s other hemisphere, the duo’s prospects began to brighten in earnest. 

Inside the ship, they found a smuggler’s logbook containing the whereabouts of a “treasure” Maz Kanata had hidden in the depths of the waterworld of Iskalon. And so, Ock went about putting together a new gang that was up to such a task. Sperado was particularly eager to set off on this new endeavor — at least according to Ock. The Keredian cyborg claimed that Sperado was willing to go as far as tell him he liked their odds. 

The new Gullet Gang did succeed in securing the treasure — but with it, they secured a prison sentence at the Megalox Beta Penitentiary as well. Still, they'd managed to stash the goods before their capture, and Ock already seemed to have an out in mind, working on an escape plan even while in prison. A jailbreak was in the offing. 

And Sperado’s search for absolution continued.... 



Equipment: Ammo belt with 12 spare powerpacks, comlink, double-rig of quick-draw holsters (+1D to speed dice when using Quick Draw rules, or +1D to blaster skill in the same combat round that weapon is drawn only), molded spaulders and harness (+2 vs. physical, +1 vs. energy, covers upper arms only), pair of modified heavy blaster pistols (5D+1 damage, range: 3-7/25/50, ammo: 25).

Sources: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (p.85), Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills YA novel, Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide book (p.117-121), Kullbee Sperado card for FFG's X-Wing tabletop game, and Wookieepedia. Text in A Conversation and Background sections that is indicated by italics is adapted from Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide (p.85) and Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills YA novel (p.134-140, 226-227, 229-230, 233-235). Stats and additional text by Telsij.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for doing these. Very Happy

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Equipment: Ammo belt with 12 spare powerpacks, comlink, double-rig of quick-draw holsters (+1D to speed dice when using Quick Draw rules, or +1D to blaster skill in the same combat round that weapon is drawn only), molded spaulders and harness (+2 vs. physical, +1 vs. energy, covers upper arms only), pair of modified heavy blaster pistols (5D+1 damage, range: 3-7/25/50, ammo: 50).
Shocked That's a lot of powerpacks.

The gun belt was interesting to see. I always thought they were bigger, more like a clip for an real world pistol or rifle. Those look like they are smaller than a shotgun shell.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bren wrote:
Thanks for doing these. Very Happy

And thank you for reading them, Bren. I enjoy it and I'm glad people find these useful! Very Happy

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Shocked That's a lot of powerpacks.

The gun belt was interesting to see. I always thought they were bigger, more like a clip for an real world pistol or rifle. Those look like they are smaller than a shotgun shell.

Thanks also for quoting the equipment block, it let me see a typo for the ammo count. Should be 25, not 50. (Have now edited that above.)

And heh, right? We can't see the other pistol in the few images of him we do have, but at least as described in the Guardians of the Whills Young Adult novel, he dual wields / wears paired pistols, so 6 power packs per blaster seems more reasonable!

And if we ever get a clear shot of what specific make/model blaster he uses — like if he used Krennic-style DT-29's with even more limited ammo (though the shape doesn't quite line up w/ image comparisons and it *maybe* looks more like the back of a silver SE-14), or if his blasters are ever described in more detail in print, I'll definitely add that info to his entry too!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And heh, right? We can't see the other pistol in the few images of him we do have, but at least as described in the Guardians of the Whills Young Adult novel, he dual wields / wears paired pistols, so 6 power packs per blaster seems more reasonable!
Is that 2 pistols or 2 pairs of pistols, i.e. 4 pistols? (It looks like he only has 2 arms/hands.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Solo Sunday once again, as OBSCURE CHARACTER ARCHIVE gives you the original "Muscle" of Beckett's crew, KORSO!

Although he meets an untimely end on Mimban, and was cut from the film, Korso does appear in Mur Lafferty's SOLO: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition novelization.

The novelization characterizes Korso not as a criminal already traveling with Beckett's group (as Jon Kasdan references in tweets re: previous script drafts), but as a quiet, scarred soldier looking to get off-world in exchange for aiding Beckett's infiltration.


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KORSO
Type: Stoic Heavy Gunner



DEXTERITY 3D+2
Blaster 4D+2, blaster: repeating blaster 5D+2, blaster artillery 5D,
brawling parry 5D, dodge 4D, missile weapons 5D
KNOWLEDGE 2D+1
Intimidation 4D, streetwise 3D+1, survival 4D+1
MECHANICAL 2D+2
PERCEPTION 2D+2

Con 3D, con: sangfroid 4D+2, search 3D
STRENGTH 4D
Brawling 5D+2, lifting 5D+2, stamina 6D
TECHNICAL 2D+2
Blaster repair: repeating blaster 3D+2

Story Factors:
  • Desire to Desert: Whether it was because he had simply endured one too many nights knee-deep in the mud of Mimban, or because he was haunted by the sight of one too many comrades slaughtered — with his own time to meet his Maker no doubt soon to follow, Korso sought to get off world and away from the horrors of this prolonged trench warfare campaign. Toward that end, Korso has made a deal with the notorious thief and grizzled gunslinger, Tobias Beckett. In exchange for access to uniforms and aid in infiltrating the Imperial army, Korso was promised his chance at escaping this "miserable mudball."

  • Strong Silent Type: Despite misgivings about the war, Korso remains a steadfast, outwardly-stoic soldier throughout his time in the Imperial Infantry. A man of few words, Korso was formidable in both his silence and in combat.

Species: Human
Gender: Male
Character Points: 3
Move: 10
Size: 1.83 meters tall

Background: Mimban Campaign: 10 BBY

Korso was always "the muscle." It was role he knew well and one he was good at — in war, and in jobs less legal. But now, he wanted out of this war. And it just so happened that a job far less than legal was his way out.

Tall, silent, and carrying a rotary blaster cannon, he took point as they ran into the fray. A large man, he shielded Captain Beckett, unleashing a barrage of lasers when he could and blocking when he needed to.

The enemy Mimbanese, hiding among the mud and behind their primitive woven-reed armor, were much better with stealth than the mudtroopers and seemed to be everywhere. They moved through the mud as if it were water while the mudtroopers staggered, slipped, and fell.

But Korso was a force of nature. Any Mimbanese who decided to engage him close up would be nearly liquefied by the cannon’s point-blank blasts.

Han Solo saw the shooter emerge from the mist, taking aim at them, and he shouted and ran for Beckett and Korso. He couldn’t get purchase in the mud, however. Multiple blaster shots hit Korso and the Mimbanese man he struggled with, and they both went down.

They tumbled into the trench with Korso. Beckett laid Korso on his back to look at him. But now his eyes were sightless and blank. With a heavy sigh, Beckett carefully closed them, letting his shoulders fall for a moment. It was a brief moment, but Han saw more emotion there than he had ever seen an Imperial show for a fallen soldier.

Other troopers fresh from the battle hurried past Han and the rest to carry fallen fellows to medical tents, and Han thought briefly of poor Korso. If only he’d been able to make it a few more meters.

No. Han had seen his body. There had been too many blaster hits. He was surprised Korso had taken that many before he fell. He must have been a formidable soldier.

Tobias Beckett tried not to think about Korso. He wasn’t a friend, not a companion like Val and Rio, but they’d had a deal: He’d get Beckett access to uniforms and help him infiltrate the army, and he’d get Korso off this miserable mudball when they left. Korso had done his part, and instead of freedom he’d gotten a grave....

Equipment: Blaster gas magazine harness/holder, Imperial Fleet Trooper blast helmet (+1D vs. physical and energy, covers head only; Game Notes: Because unaccounted-for equipment was in shorter supply, Korso wears an Fleet Trooper helmet, having given his own Army Trooper helmet to Tobias Beckett so that the latter's infiltration would appear more legitimate), Imperial greatcoat (+1 vs. edged physical attacks; covers torso, arms and legs), plastoid blast armor (+1D vs. physical and energy, covers torso only), goggles with polarized lenses (prevents flash-blinding), Z-6 rotary blast cannon (7D damage, range: 3-60/150/400, 750 meters maximum, ammo: 200, skill: blaster: repeating blaster; Game Notes: Requires a Lifting skill die code of at least 3D to use without potential penalty. Characters with a Lifting skill lower than 3D who attempt to use the Z-6, risk operating the weapon at -1D multi-action penalty, as a non-roll lifting action is required for as long as they wield the weapon. And if any character wishes to move and fire in the same round, he must make an Moderate Lifting skill check, though this check does not count as an action. Rotary blaster cannon will fire shots in bursts, with each burst delivering a high concentration of blaster fire. Due to the weapon's design, it is impossible to fire a single round. 6 ammo are consumed in a single shot as the weapon rapidly fires, resulting in the weapon's high damage rating. Once a hit is established, all following shots against nearby (within 1 meter) targets are one difficulty lower. The blaster is designed to be braced against the hip when firing, allowing for more mobility when firing. However, when the blaster is used without bracing, the character using it takes a -1D penalty to his blaster skill roll. The Z-6 may be attached to a generator for extended firing without reloading).

well. I kept the 3D Strength minimum from the previous versions of the gun, but would have called for anyone with below a 3D STR to operate the gun at multi-action penalty, with an Easy Lifting check called for each round. I like your introducing the move and fire penalty — not unlike the bowcaster RAW mechanics. Might revisit!

Sources: Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition novelization by Mur Lafferty, Solo: A Star Wars Story film, and Wookieepedia. Stats and additional text (eg: opening paragraph of background text) by Telsij. Background text adapted from Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition novelization (p.69-72). Z-6 rotary blaster cannon stats are adapted from the weapon's entries in the Galaxy at War D6 conversion and D6 Holocron wiki, with feedback/suggestions from CRMcNeill.


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Is that 2 pistols or 2 pairs of pistols, i.e. 4 pistols? (It looks like he only has 2 arms/hands.

It's a single pair. Though the second pistol isn't visible in the images we've seen of Kullbee Sperado, in the novel, he's packing two — and is definitely capable of a little John Woo style Gun-Fu!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would Korso use the blaster artillery skill or the repeating blaster specialization to fire his "Z-6 rotary blast cannon?"
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Would Korso use the blaster artillery skill or the repeating blaster specialization to fire his "Z-6 rotary blast cannon?"

He would use the blaster: repeating blaster specialization, not unlike the skill listed for the E-web or other light repeating blasters capable of hand-held/portable use. The cut-off for blaster artillery that I always see is that it refers to truly "fixed" heavier weapons/cannons.

Thank you for the heads up however — I've added that missing skill use info for the Z-6 (along with its increased ammo usage of 6 per burst) to Korso's equipment stats for clarity!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Telsij wrote:
It's Solo Sunday once again, as OBSCURE CHARACTER ARCHIVE gives you the original "Muscle" of Beckett's crew, KORSO!

Although he meets an untimely end on Mimban, and was cut from the film, Korso does appear in Mur Lafferty's SOLO: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition novelization.

The novelization characterizes Korso not as a criminal already traveling with Beckett's group (as Jon Kasdan references in tweets re: previous script drafts), but as a quiet, scarred soldier looking to get off-world in exchange for aiding Beckett's infiltration.


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KORSO
Type: Stoic Heavy Gunner


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Thanks for doing Korso! And that is a cool image of him.

Alternative stats for the Z-6 using CRM's Auto-Fire rules can be found here.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would the autoblaster require some minimum strength to operate? I can see this being quite a heavy weapon and nothing for a 2D character, 3D and 3D+ is another matter. IDK, I even think I saw in the weapon stat book that there was a clone version of this that required 3D str but I can be mistaken
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