Rodian Bounty Hunter, antagonist to the players.
Era: Rebellion Era, a few months after the destruction of Alderaan
Situation Background: The party is in the Tapani sector, a region in the colonies near the Core that is dominated by noble houses and the politics that tend to accompany them.
They are on a planet called Sheva in a region of the sector formerly called the Free World Region. This region is no longer ‘free’ now, because it has been taken over by the Empire recently and now the Empire is threatening the rest of the Tapani sector. The Empire is in the process of changing the Free World Region into a new Sector called Shapani.
Sheva is a mining world with a toxic atmosphere, being mined by a corporation called Hansen Mining Conglomerate. They are sympathetic to one of the houses in Tapani sector (Pelagia) and the Rebels.
Sheva is a high-G unpleasant world. It’s gravity is an anomaly, varying at times from 2-G to more than 3-G and sometimes almost 4. The mining colonies have artificial gravity to compensate, but the mines themselves do not. The miners are a unique bunch – huge bruits of varying humanoid species who are highly paid to mine the precious minerals of this world.
The largest mine is deep with in a mountain called Olarius Cor (a mountain the size of Olympus Mons on Mars), but most call it Mine Operation 146 … or just 146. Deep with these mines are mysteries and rumors of ancient ruins, but the corporation has kept them secret after finding some of the richest veins of minerals in the region.
The Bounty Hunter’s name is Stram Thoronard, and he’s a big muscular Rodian. Larger than most Rodians, he is not unfamiliar with the latest in strength and performance enhancement drugs. He is a fine-tuned bounty hunter and assassin, willing to do anything to get the job done. But he is strict to the requirements of his job of the day – if the target is wanted alive, he delivers it alive.
He enjoys the hunt. He uses methods of his ancient hunting ancestors – a clan named after a beast on Rodia called the Wolvarak. He likes to very stealthily cut off all routes of escape for his prey and then corner it. He uses explosives, booby-traps, and covert sensors to trap his prey and stay aware of what is going on around him.
Stram has a long history with the Bounty Hunter Guild and other secret societies that have long disappeared. He’s older than he’s willing to admit, but still feels strong and able. His reputation does tend to precede him especially in this region, because of the work he has done for one of the Houses. Just under 20 years ago, Stram was on an assignment to take out a family wanted by the house allied with the Empire – House Mecetti. This family, the Karell family, was on Pelagon, in the Pelagia Province of Tapani. This was not a capture; this was a kill – wanted dead.
The kill went entirely too easy, but there they lay at Stram’s feet dead – a man and a woman. The child was missing. A search of the home found nothing. When he returned to the room where he killed the parents, they were gone. No sign of blood or anything. He had an uneasy feeling about it, but he knew what he saw. The reports later of their death confirmed it enough for the job, but he still has an uneasy feeling about it ever since. He later found out the Karell family were wanted Pelagian Jedi force-users. Stram became known to many in the underground as a Jedi-killer.
The hunt this time is to capture the leadership of the remaining Rebels in the Region. Since the Empire has taken over this part of the Sector, the Rebels have been scattered and driven deep underground. Recent intelligence tells Stram that they are re-grouping at Sheva. The Empire in this region is headed up by an Admiral Krosslin (who is vying to be the region new Moff). He hired Stram to hunt down and deliver a crippling blow to the Rebels. He is paying the Rodian a large sum of credits to bring him the leadership alive and destroy their base of operations on Sheva. Any allies they have with HMC or other factions are open targets for termination.
On Sheva, it took several interrogations before Stram was able to find out that HMC was hiding the Rebels in 146. Somewhere deep with the mysterious mountain was a Rebel base containing 50 or so personnel, using the Mine Operation’s communications infrastructure to coordinate other fragmentary cells, helping them regroup to make strikes against the Empire along the Tapani/Shapani border. He also was about to determine that the Rebels have a secret access way through the mine that leads to a hidden shuttle bay.
The problem is the rumors coming out of the mines of mysterious occurrences and disappearances are disturbing. It didn’t help that the miner society is very superstitious and strange (probably as a result of the gravity shifts within the mines). Stram’s large size made him a perfect fit with-in the miner society. His plan was to infiltrate the mine, acquire one of the miners suits, seal off any exit for the Rebels, and find his way into the hidden caverns to find them while the miners are attempting to dig out of the collapse he caused. He would escape through the hidden shuttle bay, remotely calling your ship to his location.
That was working fine until someone came to rescue the miners. They apparently knew about the Rebels as well, and are rescuing them too. This is the party and they are adding a new complication to things. It’s best to take them out quietly before they add more complication. The problem is Stram is getting that uneasy feeling again.
We left the game with Stram just entering the picture and using a specially design Rodian-needler to take out the first character. This has a knock out effect.
Stram has an array of weaponry and equipment that has been specially made for him. The needler is just an example. He also has a holographic-body field that allows him to hide deep in the shadows when he is still. The holo-screen doesn’t work well when Stram moves, but it works well when he is still and in the shadows.
He also has an array of remote-sensor bugs he places along the walls to signal him when someone is coming toward his direction. He also has several smoke, and darkness grenades (cause darkness for 2d6 rounds in a radius of 20 m).
He also has a sufficient amount of high explosives to be used to being down the roof on the Rebel base.
He has a visor he wears under the suit helmet that has several visionary capabilities, including IR and night-vision. His suit underneath the miner suit is fully automated with comlink to his ship, HUD to the visors and targeting systems when needed. A full body-computer array is hooked up to it to aid you in this acquisition.