For this installment, I present someone that you wouldn't immediately expect to be helping out on a mission that benefits the Jedi and the New Republic. When coming up with pre-gen characters, I wanted at least one of them to reflect the fact that while the Galactic Empire is greatly diminished, it's not entirely gone either. My first thought was an ex-stormtrooper or something like that. But then I thought, why not someone that's still actively working for the Empire? After all, the Empire by the time of the New Jedi Order is no longer the bastion of tyranny and oppression that it was under Palpatine, so working for the Empire was no longer shorthand for bad guy. But then I didn't want this person's Imperial ties to overt either, even going so far as to label her as an "Investigative Agent." And in spite of its diminished power base, the folks in charge of the Imperial Remnant would still have need of espionage agents. And so, Falyn Arranda came into being. Her player, an SWSE veteran of some years, did a fantastic job putting Falyn's various skills to good use to learn what she needed to know and act upon that knowledge.
Falyn Arranda, "Investigative" Agent
Mini Used - Old Republic Recruit, Legacy of the Force 02/60
Falynn was born during the waning years of Imperial control, her father a clerk in the Imperial bureaucracy. Even as the Empire collapsed and gave way to the New Republic, Falyn’s parents remained loyal, and when she came of age Falyn enlisted into Imperial Intelligence, being trained as a covert operative. Since the Vong invasion began, Falyn has been quite busy gathering what intel she can on the extra-galactic invaders for her superiors.
The Three Questions
What Do You Love?
You enjoy the sensation that comes with uncovering secrets that others want to keep unknown. You view your job as a contest of wits, and victory on your part is always sweet.
What Do You Hate?
You have a strong distaste for those that subscribe to the old gender prejudices that marked the Empire under Palpatine’s control. You might be a woman, but you’re just as capable as any man, and you don’t need to play the role of a fawning addled tart to do your job.
Why Are You Aboard the Zahn Pulsar?
You were on a reconnaissance mission to assess the defenses of one of the New Republic’s member worlds when the Vong launched a surprise attack. You lost your primary means of transport in the attack, you were forced to pass yourself off as a refugee, bartering for passage aboard the Zahn Pulsar, figuring that once you’d reached the Hapes Cluster you’d then be able to arrange for transport back to Imperial space.
Falyn Arranda (CL 2)
Medium Adult Female Human Scoundrel 2
Destiny 1; Force 6
Init +8; Senses Perception +12
Languages Basic, High Galactic, Sy Bisti
Defenses Ref 16 (flat-footed 14), Fort 12, Will 14
hp 22; Second Wind 11hp; Threshold 12
Speed 6 squares
Melee unarmed +2 (1d4+2) or
Melee snap baton +2 (2d4+2) or
Ranged blaster pistol +4 (3d6+1)
Base Atk +1; Grp +3
Atk Options Point Blank Shot
Special Actions Quick Draw
Abilities Str 12, Dex 14, Con 11, Int 14, Wis 12, Cha 13
Background Occupation - Military
Talents Security Slicer
Feats Informer, Point Blank Shot, Quick Draw, Skill Focus (Perception), Weapon Proficiency (pistols, simple weapons)
Skills Acrobatics +8, Deception +7, Endurance +3, Gather Information +12, Initiative +8, Mechanics +8, Perception +12, Ride +5, Stealth +8, Treat Injury +4, Use Computer +8
Possessions blaster pistol (cloaked), snap baton, bracer computer, concealed holster, earbud comlink, medpac, tool kit