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THE JEDI EXPLORATION tDRPS

T

ht' J<'di Exploration Corps. or ExplorCorps for

i:.hort. \~as foundt"d rarly on durine the Jedi Or· der'~ r4."'latk>ns.hip wtth ttic Galactic Republic. Orga· r.i.zed under the auw1cl"'i> of :he Jedi Scr\'1Ce Corps. and ofhoalfy desienated the Jsc·s ArchatOIQiical and R<'!.C.:lrch Division. ExplorCo~ps \'11.:IS instrumental 1n thl'.' d1"Kovcry of many of lhe galaxy's ancient, foreot-ten sl"<rcts_ \Vhile its members were Jedi in namr. and many were pO'.\('rful in the Force. they existed outs.1dC' or the normJ! JC'd1 Order chain of command. The~ ti.;id no headquJrters or temple- to call home and \"lerc spread t.Jr Jnd wide throughout the galaxy_ This ntJde them hard to ht into the increasingly rigid class and rank system within the Jed• Order. a sWtc of affairs that suitr-d them 1us.t fine.

Th.Jnk!> to the nature of its missk>n. E~plorCorps "'as compo!>td primanl~· of Seekers. \'llith a ft\ .. \t\'arriors.. Consul.:irs, and Sentinels mixed in. As members· mis-sions often took them i11to the wild parts of the flJlaxy and C"xposed them to tremendous d.lnecr on a rceu· lar basis. they had a reputat:on as the t-ardiest. most couraecous. anc most cattle-hardened members of the Jedi Scno'iCe Corps.. This reputation attracted tnose Jedi from across the order who had a tilstC for adventure or who desired to hone their ~kills in com-bat and survival.

Jn~aecld of a md1n headquarters on CoruSi::ant. ExpjorCorps operated from a disparatf' fleet of scout. sun.·ey, and transport ships spread across the galax). From the~e vessels, it organized m.:iny s~,stcm and planC':tJry mapping effort~. archeo1oeical expeditions. and other mis~ons of discovery. AbO<lrd the larger

O\•t'f timt. Uicir rcrrut grew tintif hpk>rCor~ opcralloo pncon1p.1..,~t~ t1u1nerous exploration c1nd ~urvcy related mission~ Seeker~ roamed the e,alax\· dtf'A~ng uµ anc1cnl setrets. rJ1~)covenug worlds. rnappinr. !W'l£>1ns. !>ludying stcllai pl)f"!'\Omena. JnU c.atcgoriz.iug and ort~·-trlt7J!lg th<" c.11.1xv·s sp.1Cetanes. Durine lhi< orre they also OCgan '.I er t'(luc.auon n11~S.IO!'l. usin.r, the11 rtl)ri<ld Skils ~nd Force ao11Uc!> lo iJCl1vr:ly 1rnprove rhr Ii~~ of galacnc: c1L1Lens V..'hr! her d11ectly !t'IVOlvcd In lh<' C1ffa1r~ ol co1nrnon pcop!t!, or oll measu1111g 1nountam~on;) narne essplCJt1CI In the OulerR1m Seekc! i. ~1ovl' •o vnproi.·~ lh<'mset-.-esand tlu• f:?.iiaxy at larf'!(' T,., f1'pOrdt1or· Corps' e-eat titldcrtak• krslC\J unti. tht exec1111on "' Order 66 Jnd the fall of rno J.,d, Order Of 01 the Jedi. Seekers were lhr. best s1tuacf\i1 to \veathc£ thr

purge::. of Darth

Sidious dlld lhc nsc or lht:-rn1plre, <.IS rndny were awtly <.>n missions 1n the uuter rcachc-> of thfl p.alaxy, fa, tr om r<:Mng bands of ._itlt-t clonl"!>OOd urncoai. Jedi See!...er rcll.1r0Nt oniy lo be SL'"a.Jt11lt'fed ... \'floty unJ)'.;Jr e

of

the-t.i ol their Ofl.lCr \Vord sprt"iJll throughout the C~l:'IXy. lhO\J.ft.1, ;vtd tales ~prc<-1<1 of Fore~ u'\<'~ who l'<elll to ~round to escanr thr. Jedi pu1~c. The~ St•ckr1s relied 011 their survival skillc;, thPis natufc)I gift~. and their b1oad ncnvork ol c.:<.>ntacts to eke out a vine'" then 0<d<'r cn.rnbjed and

ti••""''

bnpire rose to promincf)(e

vessels in the ExplorCorps tlttl. Jedi reseJrcllcrs pored ovrr the- !:>eeminely endless str~am of cl.Jt<i. records. and artifacts broueht to them by the-11 *,1r· flung c~~')i,ues. It \\3S these dt'dica:C'd re~.J1~hC'tS \•,ho interprrtro historical dJta. translated anc1c1t texts. and studied mysterious artifacts 1n an anc-mpt to 111ake sense of both Jedi and galJctic history at laree.

In addition to its reY.:-arch tie-et_ the Explor(orps mainta~neO a fleet of praxeum sh1ps-spe-cial vc~sers outfitted <lS sp.Jce-going Jedi Temples ar.d trJm:ng academies. These ships not only sen.·ed ttic need'> of the ExplorCorps itself, but also provided services to Jedi of olhcr branches such as additional tr.11ning. meditation euidance. and medic.11 care. These vC"sscts \ .. ere indispen~blc to the Je-di. and in fact. many of the'Tl helPNl Jedi escape rnto the Ou:cr Rim .Jnd L n kncwn Regions during the fall ot the order

Todily. the ExplorCorps, like most of the Jedi Order and the Jedi themselves. is a d1s~nt and mythical memory_ Despitt a decentralized structure Jnd the fact that the ma10<ity of its n1e-rr.brrship lived out on the frinet'i of society. the ma,or1ty of Explor(?rps· membership and assets .,,.ere d~stroyed durine the time of Order 66 and the >'C~rs following the rise or the Galzictic Empire. It is rumored. thoue:h. that at least one of ExplorCorps· laree research vcs<;cls surv:vcd the puree and is anchored in an unnam<"d system in the L.:nknQ\\r. Reg10n~. fJr beyond the Em-pire's feach. If this is tru.,.., the sh1p·s mcmor-,, t:Jnks ,ind cre•N. if Jny survived. could be powerful J\\et~ to both the Alliance and those Forcr users search1np, for ans\•iers in the ,,oid.

LIGHTS IN THE

WILDERNESS

Arnone UlC r.a:l"~xys oµLimi!:.tS.. o~ wt'.ich ~tiert: d'I! sti'I SCM'PfisSlgly man-.· cor:.SKk.'1 f'g 1'1c cu111~'lt tr0t1clle) ptagu1r.g there t~ 1 btl cf that t11c ..XI~ of E'\'e'"l on' <1r.d1cated 1n<l1vidua! c.an <:rt'.l'C powerlt..I i.iQ~l1\tc cr.ange on a m.ass.ve scalc. l\.1any po.nl to the dcstn1c l101 or ~he f:rnp1re·s tr.rril~1ing ~ao1 StJr mob!lc battle s1;i1 Ion Jl Ydvi1 ;i.~ a ca~e in point. Run10r ha'> 1t 1131 Ule ac:ions ol .ts. nt;lc ttJlr-n1cd i.Wrhghtcr IOI Ces!JO)'t'<I ·he Death Sr;v ·•·Id ,..vro <ounUC>' ·~'CS One ndMdliu tn tnc righ~ pl !Cf' .11 :he pghl ttmt' w.U1

the

11Ch\: s; • .-11s, rt1J11g1,;'<.l l"isr.ory, and .,, :inv in tnt! gJl~xy believe lllat evpry c:<~n1 ent ocing h11s tht! potcntia' to I.Jc J similar torcc for rhanf~r· lt1at is. a chfttcu1l 1de.al to hve

uu

tu at the

tx>st of t1r1e~

.ind one t"lc.t :,CC'l'l"IS IJa1cro.1c:.ly n:1 ve rn th1~

J€C ot \\'3~1. · :1 '\Pall', opPfe!>~ lOd tear

noose raro. c1fll'd Force adepts who follow the Pllhol lhe Seeker slnvc to hvt! by PliS k1flJI CVC!)' da)• or tt'ciir lives. Seekers sec potcnt1<.1l for chnnf~tl 111 their actions t.111tl \•Jords. ,n their skill::. \JncJ f--orcc g1\·en 1hil1lies. and thry net to

cre-ate ·h:S chant~P b)• \•oorking due<1 ly wilt tre c1U/C'OS cf the &.J axv For wn ~-Ul.dl

,-.ark L.l"'e--..

ttwio •orm cl ac.tr.-e se~­ The~e selftM.\ Uldl'VKJU.:JIS trCJVC U~t:' d st-ant fnr"c worlds 07

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the p,aloxy. rendering aid to lh<>>e 111 "ccd. Th1$ aid

e<in

ui<e thr form of providinr, medica or veLermetry LreotmCOl.

eath

enng and d stribut nP. IOOd. leach np. survr\•al Sk•lll>. or ~1111ply ~etp.re dig 3 new v--el 'or :"tn isolat~ v1!lare. Seek~rs vie-iv tr.e care of the.r fellO\v gal.lCtlC' r1ti1t"-rs ;ts a rir,t-.leous a.nd

mponant re<ponsibll Ly. one they pursue with P.reat ,.,al Seekeis al~ SC!\e tlte nN'<l< ol the &-'llac!JC c10.rerry n ess obv ous. but

no

IC>$ 1mPQf'.ant roles

P:illlf.ndcrs pluni•

:o the "' derness to study ttc land and t~<' llorn. fauna. a'lC peep e hho roo..c ftt.>tr homes thCfC N:.tvig..1tors aboard 5'Jl\'!!Y '~s P<O.•I ti.,

edi<'>

of Kno.•n Sp.lee

lool<

"i for

new

«ar<.

new worlds.

oild """' homes lor people Oosplaccd ~

war.

po•bol

uphc.w1 ,

and

n.11u<a' Oiwste~

Uiro.;etioul

~ g;ilaxy

Huntecs cull ~~

rcmG'.<' c1.1necn>us m\'3SM!

sceocs. a'ld

tend to

the tealtn

Jnd

"-el ·bcirc

ol

a

wot1d's

en-.

ronmcnt. In ttiCSC\.,ays Sce~r~ work to .mpro-.e the

IOI ol the <Werag<> f.Jl.xtic citizen stead ,1y Jtld with 100g IJ$t1nc $UstJ111Jble re... ts that can supp0tt a oooulJtion ~or iCnC"J'.ion~. rilth<!' th.in provtdc

a Cp.J1ci.. solution LO c1111nul1l.'OiJtC P'Otilcm There arc: other See,.er:io \•1hr.> ore n1or1: 1<J1o)yn ":faHC and difticulr ~o r11n do~ .. n. ev~·n

tor

~ket). and

o ttead a path

dnnecrously clo<r to the dark •ide.

T·ese Seekers are lorers. ~Chws. Md hlrrd killer;, .ind

~resent two d1stinc:t s des of a Je<h'S nt11urc

Sw1rt

and ,..i'1tCOUS Ataru Striker~ \.He Qu.ck lO Sl~fl or f\nd ;in ;'l"fltJ· -nt \./ith n lights:.ibcr and thc.r ~trone bcl cf in the For<r

-""d Executioners rr:u

1

!(

..

11c rhrcnu; \v1th 11.:U1JI µ1ecis1on.

ne

their Force abilities to l'ie1 thC'

r.111.ixy

of the enemies • peace one target at a time. The 11clp these Seekers - • r is more immed1ilte than wll~l rnieht be rendered

.vn

others. but i1 Is more turbu1cnt a::, wc1I Thc!>c often the lone, wand('nnr. warr ors wt10 Qppcar 1n !\.Jckwoter :;cttlcmcni on1y to becoll'e ~111bro:l<..'d 1n a •• ..P.,tc beo .. ccn rlr.h1 ::tnd wronp, thaL t-n<J~ 1n hie. llial>l·

and blood. Toey MP '"r ki Irr; to "horn desperate turn when no on~ C"lst will , _ They arc folk heroes and 1eeendS

.. to use vi0 cncc co solve a prob

but often disreRarded by Jhc very ~they helped once t~c da"iC' has

;::sseo

Even 1f they arc heralded. most "'stay fOI IOf·.g once

tl·m

('(l(''ll~ arc

=-,is/led: tliey

a

!.appear into the ho

en search

ol """ toe> to OPPoSC ~ ~eatS to

QJe•

r..,,

fi1p s.de

o•

t~Ml! blood ~ heroes are tile

reclusM

=:s

These fOlce adell(S

lllan-b.'Tl•Y an<I fnends to 1.-e '" posed

cxie

on

the In~ arillation. Some are ru~~ne.

are fnghtencO. but many s mph ~ tr.at by rcmovtne Jllem•e~'l!S tram

so-t.'>ey are p<otccMg 11. Those v.no 'oU"" the t ways ol the Jedi have a ••JY ol atuact

ne

the Of. lite Empire. Wl1en lm~en~I aljents t~<e ar interest """eooe. especially someone SJSPCCt<!d or be ng a Jedi

those aiien!S turn r1·e1r attention to everyooe and

everything around that individual. typically with disar.r:rous results... Force adepts wtlo live alone in the middl~ of r'I rrark-lcss desert or in the depths of a steaming. recund swamp arc a threat lo no one. for cx.1mplc. and tlle1r presence puts no one else at nsk. While some might argue that tn1s 1s a selhsh. perhaps roi..ard.ly act. Hermits have a firm belief 1n the• righteousness and 11 often takes an exceptional C\-Cnt to

bnn&

them back to civiil.ation.

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SEARCHING IN THE CORE

I ('1<>kinr.. .1t th<·

fore

w,uld!; lro111 th(' u11ts1dl:. IL 'SCCnlS U1.:Jl

tnPr~ I(, httlf' wu11i.. 1111 ~HI 1nd1v1du.1I w.1tktn~~ th(• pillh ol Lt1c Sppk4•r Th<''<' \'i:Orld" .1r(' old ,111cl w1•ll lfCHl tht'n p1..>0pl<:''> J1u.J

h1~1or1t-" e..;h,111...,11~·1~· •,11Jtllt'd ,1111J ft-\otdi'(J. ;:-tnd U•eu slclr kir p1.l'\1\H)t1.., (,l>t rln""'n 1n rhc• r,.1!:-1< 11< rt'1 ord n1dlenm.1 ago. 1\ncicnt. well esW1>h~1j_•d hyp<'r'\p.1rr. ro..ucc;; ~t1!(h tt·e..,e vanou"'I worlds toec.·tht•r u1 .J t1r,ht nPt ot tt.\"d 11<1 u;irte. .u1d lht~rt•

ac

tC'W" ~'irpnscs to be had or ''~ chy11,(W"f'S lo Uc: fvurtd amonr, rhcw ttvoneine n~sc~. ti addlion. t~~ C.:ou.• ) the.: hon1c- of the \.a,irt1c Empire. Y.ld st?ott. .. ng LOO n1Jth c."\lriusrty 1Wul Of nle<C"\11n tt:l!.1c11c htS!.OfYor OJ .trf" d•J><S the eye." ol lrtpcr•1I .ll'.Cnts ...,.,. qutekly OtJ. .ously.

th~ ute1~ioro of lmpcrloll J&<.11~.,.. 10 bo ;J'.'Oidcd ;i: all <O'JS bv 11><& nho lolow ire "JV> of the

Fo<cc.

so,, """"" •tiJt I tic Cor<• tS d d.lnt"~ous. um .. 1."lconlC' plJc:-:.• foe St.."C.u·I"\ Ttiro; <Oula not he furth<•r lron1 1he lfulll. ·~\t.'\'t."1 Tl1t·rc

rs

\tJll tn1tfh to do 1or fotrr- &'f"i 1n 1 ,. Cort-.

t"\''"

lo! S<.-c~1~

So111t-wouk:l 5..)Y ~w;'('i,.1"\ lex Scx_-•-l-r'

The wc:1tds of Ox.• ~Jlllt Cou• a11 hOmc to lhe Okit''>I and lon{!CSl 1.l!;t1ne tM1L.tl1on.., 1n lhP r,11axy They have~ hl ·c·n tt'rc• s11<"S 01 nun11..·rou-:. Lfll1<..1lly 1mport:1nt r..11;ucy .11 lei 1nr.. c'.·,·n1~ 1 hrour;:hout hl!itory. t\1.ln)' ol lhPm, ~(1Pri.1 I\• wodo~ hkl' (.,h,:11'>L'I)' pupuL11r~d Coruscant. arr bl,tll ori the holll'~ ol C\'t'!l 1nu1(.• Ull<.ll'!ll nv1h1.1t1on~ Th~ :inc1cnl ~<.1 elie•, 10~. µe~1kcd . .;.111<J ICU wcll l>L·fuH· 'h<" G.1!,1clic Republic ~'tiJS loruu~j 'o(l!llP ('\'Pll !)(•fore Liu.• 1.J.ct!UlrUrlg~

or

thC (1111;ic

llf rrrord lht·H~ ,111• wo1hh 111 lhl' Coil' wh<.'ll' ocu• c.1noot t111 n O\·c1 ,, \huvc~l ul dirl or k1c·k ovc.>r a p1h.' or ~lone~ will1out thc;covf·li1lf1, 1h<' 11·1n.m"' of ~.un11· .:innt•11L pl~oµlc lllL'~L' dis <.0VP1i('-\ <11<' 11111r1hhlY i111por1;1111 lo thf· people ol the gcd axy, whelher they know 1t n1 uot

rvk1-;1 ol thr 1in1r. lh<'S<' h1:.tor1t s11e..:. 11) thP Cot1' ronr.:tin 111u11(l.11u• .iH h.i(·c1lur.1(Jt ilcnis. 1h1ng~ hkt.• s1111pl~ tool<. 1nrt 1<:<.v1tJ) uf J 1 ivih1.111n11·,. 1.1w-; nnc1 d;iy to day hft' \'V!l1le lhcy lll!+Jt1l

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lllh'H'"lllllH or 1•d11r.11!on.1I, suc;h ttcrns a1t• of I ltlt! 1111µ<Jfl~11H.1,:

tu

tlw 4~1l,1\V .~1 1.1rrp Sometimes, how rvt·r. I hes.t• IO(.i1l1011) offc1 uµ pri< t'h''i.'> < ic hf•-: nf r~chnol

Ot~v. lo1i.v, lo\t ~ids.. wo11d1ou';i Jrt1L11.t~. or olhL'f 1mpon:1nr lrar,mrn!t,, of e,;11,11111.: h1\lory. fhP"iC hntlm~ Jtc pJK(:IC~>. for I hey c.111 ront.11n dllSl'ft''' lO 1011{! .1~!-;t•d QUl"5.l1on~. pru v1dt: Un." 1-.ey~ to -;011(111 .1fU'1 nu~l cri~ inrl0v;-1tiof'l'\ or ~er\·t' as C.ltJl-r....ts for r\C'\'f lt'<tino~:11 m.1r\'1•k

Ttit· d.Jl 1 Qfll:l .Jtt1t.1Ct"i discovered Uwoughoot the CNt' •I~ fCJ

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l}Wdc<t hV tile tmpirc e>p<."Ca!y 11 ttiey .YP ol

JC'U1 ur1e;.n

Of ulhct't'tt.Y. c:ontradia the Empire's ofhcJal h•"-OfY ot lhc g.1IJ'Y .irl\I ts pl.Jee .. >1run 1 Tho E1T1>11c. too. ha'S llS "'"' \'ef~IOfl'S ol tht.- JfKK.'fll Jt."Ui: f,pl(lrf.orps· l~'l'O m1 1.iry tJUUJ>5. known ... .,. UlC· ln~·nal t';>kxJ~f Cotµs

llfQ

110<1 lh<' lm11eri.11 Surwy fDJ>< (IS<l. both ll<•nclx.,, d U t> fn1P<'f1.ll Nwy ll-r.inc nu:h 011~(· d.1la and many ol lhe as:.eli l•ll l,•hnd """" I xrlOrCOIP"""" po.ur,.'Q dur ng Ordcr 66. \lte'if.• oc&tir11.rahon~ u.:wrt atlOui

uie

Gal ;rtic f.f.fC SCOUI n& kx µbnet.xy '>ys.:ems ;o exnlo t • II p('fSOf!llf•I l! d rC'SOl.rC<'S, sr.ocuung .s1thJt."UIOf:KJ '.>It~ stippres:c;1rr. 'tJJ11~1Qu)· hntY),, ;10<1

c,cnrr.illv

mak1nr. sure th-.t lhi= l:r11p 1e·~ \1,.•r:i,101! or t \lQfy. both J0Cl'O! ;ind ,1nricnt, IS the l)!Jly \•~!',IOf1IJt•l!I!~1,JU£hl

INTROOUCTION

SAVA« IP9UT'S

In lh~ir ro!~s <ls scoilts. surveyor::,. unc.I

worr:or".

tnosn St'Cl'iL'r> <>fJC!'Jt1ne 1n the Core hhht '1 con~ttll'l. ofleu 10.,1n11 OOLUc ag~111'.)l IEC .;1nd ISC pc~onnrl <ind their !".UIJDle:.~1or~ ;ind rr11s1r.lo11nat1on <:flort>. Tho::·.;(.! Se~·kr.r; \•1ork tir~ cssly to beat the lrnpcua, cx:.>lorcr~ <.$l thl·11 o'Nn ~1 •• 1mr. di<iCi<'ml'1.'lt:ne •nformJt1on before U•c lr1:.>C.:r1Jl"i cJ'l <;.1Jpnrc-;s 1~ ~nd ~1bo lar,ing ISC d gs. arid ~l>rvey •.t·ar1., lv I mtlt.!!" thr.1--opcr~1t on It i\ d;:~r,f'rt>tl"i work lt'al. ·fl

t·w

~t·o·t

tc11r.

t!(J111s th(I Sr<'k !:'l"i i:nn rnr1r ;iU1~ no rf'CO{!nit1on or pr.lt)c It h ·wwt'\'C' tugh.y oe<ess.1ri,· Th(• t,\'O""~ Scc~t'fS Oo .n t·w

tore

l.Jr">(:ovtr ng ;:;nd p~Olt"'l!in.~ tt'P '11<;()(\' ot UU"· c.1l;1:-:~· I\ ('II( i.J! to Vtt• C\'t!r.twl ove1t1u0\o'• of th~ fn:">trc l~ 1 'M'll r!'<JIK;lled y.,-e

prcp.-:;rcc ct·reruy rs w

> '1ffl( 111 to

ron:ml

PATHS LESS TRAVELED

.

Aso.da.."ld'o"tel uave ."'fi~tht r..lll'lt\' '!',., 1001-..r; !JI much 1n Yt

.a be

dscovered_ Theu:• .:ue \?111ro1nUc·!l\ slflf~ oct o 1t11·

~,·!kl P .ices Ul3t arc only cntC'lt.'C.I 1110 lht f.l 3r:t1c r 11.110£

a.-.

Slf11

es

of nuMbcrs a'lO COOfclnat~ I

u

t")' a•t-Jp(_Ofdt1'1 )t ... 11\JQt.1.C c..;c-h ol ;:h<!s(• nonctcscr pt

s.w1s

1" a c lot.d t•I r'·lfl• ct.,, n:oon'>. ~">lc~olds. .111d ;"Is.soncd s:clb• pht-11vr111•111 th.l\ ·111gt1t be ho111c lo (a lonr, loo:;.1 rMi11.at1c nor 'lvld ll 1_. k~v to lJnlock.1ng sort1L' <.Jfl""l''"><ll sec r<'I U'.'lknv.-,·1 and and l·I •< h·ut t><l svs.te1ns a1c l<:g.ion 111 .he O;h.:r Rim an'11hr. L11know11 R<•r.ions. and 1 is 1r I he-s.e µIJlL'~ tl1Jl li1u~1 W"IO rollow tl'IC' wavs 01 1nc

Srrke.-

llnd 1he1· tol ll'i;:.

I lie ope11 ~paces .:ind low pop11l.i~1011 <H·r\ily ol U1t-4/)IJt tic fr;nge rnake 11 :he fJE'0fP< t 001n<' fnr n1os1 t;•'<'11.t•1s 111 !ht• Outer R1111 end the Unkoown Rer,ions. <11-N ra11·rl Sc:t·k~1~ < dll rolla.\l tl'ici:-callings w1lh .ill e lo nn inf Prlrr<''lrr 110111111·,11•~11.11 .:i-t.~nls .1nd their qu1sl·ng a1he~ <.11110•1e tll1~ v.1nn11t. pl.1nr.~.11y gQVL'l l!l'YICnts. T'1c~ is~ r.rr.;i· dral of need on U i: fnnr.l''\ 01 f:oldct ( >O<Jcly lh<.il

eve

·

,

U•lO'r't,

r.ir

llUI'& COIO~U(.'~ 1t:qlHH' suppo1l .;nd re:;upµ!y. \ll·w h)•per•,p.1..-r. lnnt<i nred plou.11c. ;tnd (le-.•1 star S\'Slerns req1.11re )u1vcy lt1 <iC'tf'rm1nr-it t

hr.v .ire\

Sul;H>lf! lar ~enlie-inl hie. lhe VJ. OU'.) IJ\.'Ul)IC')

or

11!(~ ffhlf.C""\ fl~<'d "IC":p in ;l I hOtl\;tfld dille1~·1t \'\'JVS.. l'llKh Of 1: Ol·l ()(I '1(~ I r(·i1C"l, ano ~k·~,~~ 1rt· oltt>I' pt'rlettly s1luJlL'Ll lu pruv (.!~ 1: Throu-eh a <implr fC'n<'ro 1s .1r1 <'\'C'11 ;1 s111{'.~t> Se-~i.. ... r t t11

.,,l. ..

vent lfle s~ow d~a~h of 3 <OI0'1V

or C:."l'llY'

T~•· :iv<"" ol <·u1.nth·~' {!,~lactic citLrens. l:i lhe)e .<:1rti<J'> c;t>f'h<'"> h ;i;r Ill'\\ 11.1il,, •~x p!ort" n(!\\· l't'Orlds. provide k'IOd and ~t·eltt'r tn rno<ri rn rrr.11 .u11tl ever. deff'oc1

rht~

li\.i.'l{! and av-c1gc :tie Ut! 1J 1r ,,,)ed br. ·

Alorg w1U1 l'IC aKl UIC)' l<11rit: l() l~!it.: WC1~ 1nc1 ON'dy ,"\( tnc rnrgt:S of society. Seek€rs provK!c .J't0th1·1 '4.'"'r'KC direct op PQ<i.ion lo tte lrnpe•ia\ l:xp:uralJOf C.Ofµ<; 4.lrtJ t~c frr.pcri.:ll Sltt" ... ry Corps. £h~ br.1'Kl'K seek OU! 'K.'\o\' µLJ·tet~ lo('>. ploi.:

Sot'

t~ Empire'<di•NI

e,,

I\_ \\1·ntie1 '4:0Ulrt'f: IUI \'IUfkt') 11d1ITTores3ttd ct:emicats ro h">f'd lhc-l~ua \\'Ir n.ach ~ or :dc!ltfyutg :>eie.-Jt,""Ut'1l"<J p0p 1t.-1·1on."> rix tor

oPP'l'~>1~

and~ Inc l~C and tsC pa-.-e

tli.-

""il'i IOI' lmpcifLll op pces'Sion Pbnc.;.ary ~r!'lmcnts :31t'fy l\3Yt' t µ r~.f~1~ <.11 \\l I to rt"Sis1 aen tbr-smancs:. knix.11al 11~!.SJOrl, nl3t'I'; PlKt"> dlC t.iro

•eh•

in:o l"le l,,pcn.11 lold 11.J\'llf;: offt"ft°d no 1es1~c ,;t .JU

5t.-c:..us.

.Jnd lhcir al

1cs arc

nstn~iwnt.11 1 <;tymtt>;rie tt ~ nuss.iors.. It L)' o.1rt· U'l1Qllciy s.ru.1tN1 tn ... rril\C" 1~ains.1 ships, ba~e~ ;n)(j o:her hrJJC' JI 1t"SO-~·lll">. -,.1 ... 11rr 1nr, tt't"'if f)f'!WnriC": arc1 Gr~.IJoyinf: U e11 J'>::,l'~ 111 ;,.11 1..'.ffu'1 ,v p1otert ci·11PT¥, ;ind c1rnv tht"if l:>l'\ 1111J<-h rct-dt-d s.uµoor

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<;ppl,.(?...,; \•;ho ~·,c1li. I lhl w1lj tP\tCCS

Ot

l"IC ealaxy lodJy e pPrt ar;s.. as {l;;.~a or Cit•~<..,,. .n 'SDtrlt and rr1 !.ion to t'leir

e hr penal

tCJ

cbc3rs zt:s ;i.r\· C•Jnrd1.1n, \V rr

er

or Sc·1 ri

1 nesc hard'. na1v1d.J~ s tmbod., he ' c.h1n~ of ·t,1•

rn Sec)(tfl

~id

11e

o~

acrunct

E

<D or(o1p~ tiy ll1~1 p < e ... SI.toe~ T1 fl 1 !.alJJt>IC ci..u ·.1h. tt•e 1 drf\·e to J'\r'e o:hers t ~ 10,..._ Jna1e. tlf')d ti t:'lr ah tv 10 sui. ~

n

-en

~ mc:"st h0sl1,· ~,. ronrr.C'f':tS tiarken b3:"k ,.o $.Orre

Ille COie be els t"C Jedi OrOC< 01 rt L '<r& th!!I' • Is. .,. l. and tJlC' deep cOf'nc"<t .on to '·1 f-orce t~~ ri

r:cl;i;,s 5"tl< oo· :t<>se 11 tk'e<l ard re.1<1er

"t

Id ll'>c)'

t0< nle or

no

rewam S.-.Cnfice

<>erv~ znd .,,,,.:;,,·

lnce '"''

e

8'110tl& the

blldd>orce

tC'ICa o' ll"<! Jed Oruet

'll<l<lorr. Scci<Crs

err.bodt

these trbU al!fm l)Cffect!y

OLD WAYS,

NEW DISCOVERIES

. IO ~·

e

I I'\)'·~ d.1·-.c.")l

tiCMJr,

the pajl of the-$(1iP.k~r attr.1 ... t1ve O'l ... to (''\ wti11c ft';rre atl~pt~ r..1.1"1y 1nd1

as···· rr a

ronrirc·1on

·o ·ne H:.rrP

~01 0~·1

tt·c

le<.j..,_b1r.i;~

c Scc· ... rr~ w,rhotH f"llt'!'l k11:'\w1n& t ll1~y arc drr\lcn to ann 10 f'>.p'orc. \'l'lel'1er l·11..>y undcntJnd th<" ".OtJrrt' ol

:e

uft!t!S or 1·ol. und tr1cy seek out WJV'.l 10 Ind JIC<' hoU1

!l.Cs I t"1c .g'1 ilXY 1,; :ilw,i'fl 1n need of 1ndiv1duiJls

wi!

111g able to lend a hJnd Th~SI" TlC:w S1•tli.c.11~ JI~ 111ort: th<.1'1 >dy

to

i.1ke t·n

the month

o'

1heir

Jc"I

fo1cbe "'

.rnd

h•'P

L1~y

•clWn

IO LI (' ht;lll

Se<',C"I'!> arc r.Jrr.blcrs. ut ht'arL 1 fiL· open ro~d. t It-pru1n ~c of J n1:1'r'I~· OJSCO\cred h;cpcrspalP arf". :1n or.portur lly to m(..'Ct new pe0-p'e and rendef aid to Llic,~ 11 .,,..Cd af lt:i<.t des.11e~ that drf\e the~t> i'ni,.i:tt>rale w.,rmcrcrs fl.iar llr d

a ho<rP Jmone 1'11ldc21· fit'ighr opr!Jtion~ 01 ~m~ 1r1 1cr• 31)' i""Ql.IPS OPC'far ng in the Outer Rm Othef~. ~pecj,]jl;: 'hose\\! th a knac .. for n.av:gallOn and expklrJton. t'lrd ,?()r). oboard

:s.ur.>ey

ships o: Ion;: hau. ::ranspons c:urtne

eoo<J

to

and f•crn

far Q,.,g rurpon.

More mania! Scc1<ers ra"'I

th:

=s

1ookm;; !or wrongs

to r~l :nd

yrnnts to

'.O::p

e.

\\ble

"'"""°'

dange;oosJy 05" ID 1t>c ~ppcry Slope tllal

leads ID t.'>e d.lf', Side

No 'fta'ter T.~t their motJValJ0.'1 or WI ~C:.

sec

ers , .. ~

• for e '<if

Cood

m tne e;i.a,}

The>• ""'Jrt•'f•

r.o "na1 "' ,..,., smaft ,; • threa· 10 •he e<;tabl!Sl'.ed on:!er ~the E:-r.p.rc Their wanderlust.anon~ cunosi:ty. conbtr.ed '..'Ylttl 1

deep c;pafeo neect to serve others makes tne-rr. f''f cmt~ rungerous lO an Emprre tha: relics on 'cir ma~rp

1.a

K.>n. dnd ~norancc to control cs a;i-zcrr).. lt.e tr"c t'chang•.? of

l<lcas and tree mcr.-cment that Scc;..,cr°!) rrprc~t..~~ a c l 1Jth

ema to the Empire. U an~·one c:dn do or.c $1i11p f4 lhtl'l{! lo topple e.;i~.achc t~·ranny. a St-eker car

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(14)
(15)

THE NEVER-ENDING SEARCH

T

he nOuen(C nf thr rorcr c.1n br tell across I.he r,aldxy,

(rOr'l1 leem1nr, (.Orf\ Vv'ortrl CH~ 10 ltlC mo5t remote ()uler Hnn n1Jd bdlh. Whf"r(•vf'r thrrr.1~ hf('\ rvcn 1n rtw n1osL unlike'y "'hostile plJte$. lhe Force 1s rnem al11> Seriu'l'I arr c1chned by their Jndcrsmnd1na of Lhl~ trulh. even 1r 1L 1S not ~omert11nc they f<!<!l the need ro arnculatc themselves.

Seekers wn come from J~ k1nrt

ot culture or wond.

bu: they 1!lt!Y1labl)' Mel thcm-,dvc~ drav.n 10 Int? pllCr.s a'.ld J>Jlh~ W'.'1ese olher) do nol lld>rt:l. to ~Jr<.h for '"(' hK'Jdcn v.;sdom thi1t CAn ontv be kx.nJ lf1 tht.~ uru.:.<plou .. -d Fmm

~irsh d~rt \oln<t\ dnd froreo UJnd1d to U1c f.J!lit<...,l rcacheS

ol soacc. lhcrc dfC s.c<rcls ;ind lessons th.al are undu.~;.>n1t!O ol 'Nllhm the oounds of e.:Jl,Jc:tic c1vi!i.mtion The "''' or :tl~· ~orce does uot thrfcrcnlii!LC bct'A'ccn near and far convt"· merit and 1nacce~~1blc, or ul:icr suc1 ro..,ccpts ll'lc clo:a.e minded wo:..ild ctng to. ard so successful ~c~cr; lc.1rn to set aside such distinclions as ~ ... 1.

By

abanoon

nu uiese rcl".r1;itoons II theY ever per;:;t')~d

them 1a the fitst plaee-Sef'~<"'S ~~1vc txrrser.es open to the guidance

oC

Ute Fotce fof "hO(,('" ,.,hO tolow U:1'!. path. 10 seek is to flr.d. Seekers

are

<l'l .. lV'I\ rra<fy k>r ·~ ~ Ch.J'

C%CS that the ga.axy tung; Ule!f wa;·

SEEKER BACKGROUNDS

A

chardci.t-1) ~k&fuurt<J ,., wn1<·th1riP. !he pla\lf'r and GM

,.hot Id wo1 k on toeclhcr. ~:. 1t 00'<.·1~ insight in10 w.1ys ro nlay 1ht> ct.Jrd< tPt Jnd the <.hJr<.1tlcr·., role HJ the tJmp.Jign. A

rh.irnrtrr'~ C\l"K'C"1C'\1S oh Pr\ a cnucal p<ttl ol background dcvcl oprn~nt. IOll<M('(l by homeworlcl lhe •P•c.c>s <md pllil'Clary

culture can creatP an 1nrrr<'slinP. path tow.ffd df'Veloprng d

fully rc.:.thLed See1"1Pr 110\v('V(lr, !or cllaranl'rs hkC' 1hcse wllo arc defined by lhtHr mOV(!mf\n1 l'>ryono

5onrry·s

houndar

ics.. such dctail:t 1111.1ke up only a c:mnll farrt of their full s1ory. Ev-en amon.g a f'/Oup of Seeker!t all rrom thci c:;unr ~r.-rics r1nd plilncl. '' i~ likely th::n the chara(;lt:rs' vanous JOurney~ h;ivc sli~P•'<l thcin d1ffcr<'nt1v

lnnurll(lrJlJ!c f.»Jlhs Ice.HJ to lhi: hinecs Jnd hirlclr.n places a

S~'<'kt~r laVOr:), ~ln<S cl;•c;tl ~houllJ 1nr1ucnlt-how that ch(lrrir.tr.r

behaves in 1111 $Oil~ ol Clt(;Ulll!i\i.lflCCS A SCIOll or

Core World

nohihtv undrl"fl'Qine ,1 t-Pll 1mpo'i<>d rx1le would ~Jppro.:tth a '.li1tu.i11on m1J('h dill<'rC'nlly th;in n lonrr who ha'i spent rn;.iny

ye.i~ owelhnr. amo~r. the 1rcc' or K;"hyyyk. whelher that ~itu:1l1on 1\ ri h.'.1111<' with An lmpe-ri:il lnq111<:t1or. lhr explora-tion of a rmnt.:d Jedi Ternple. or f\ n£1r,t>t1;1t1on with unrricndiy loc.11'.li \r\Jhat tol!ows are a noml>et ol bae:kemun<1 po<:'i!bili

be~ ~n<J :;u~suon~

tor

how those backgrourtd':i rn1ghr hP ln(CrPQrJlf..'U 1n the COO'S(f"UCtion of .1 S~k~r charactc:.

lltev balkif"Otlnd~ dtC by no OICJfl~ rnt'.'anl as tl'lc onf\,• chCMce-. ploJ)e~ c Jn ti.Ike. but urc ratht.'f J ~"..J-fllfle poin1 from wtuch pl.1-.n' ,irtd G.1rnt: M.1ster~ can t:oTit"ll11o·L"ty coostruct SJK'C he b.x~ound'l un,que to U.,.• r characters. Pl.J)'t.'"'~ can Oesh Olil lhe.' Cfi/Jr'lCICf'<° baCl.CfCUICh lutthef Wilt! compl~ mt'lltary "1\c;K;,tlll~ :1nd ~lo.t1V:.JIC)nc; The-st' 1nrcc clemenlS shou'ld work toCCthcr to pant a pKlure that 1'S ~'tS unique or ~r<h<·t'll'J 1 "'dr.sircd >nd many cllaractef'> are ~k~ly ro hi' • IJol of bolh.

EXILE

\11/h~e many Seekers choose their P3lhs.. some ar<" ~1 upon them bv e .. ·c--n1~ b(~·ond theu conllol Whc.htr LtlCy arc c.ast ~nil by thr will

or

lhr.

r--or<e

or 9L1st cruel chance rs d. fficuh 10 ':.Wdy. hul 1h1·sc nrw c1rcumst;'ln<rs demand that Seekers

SOLITARY' TAAVCl.ERS SAVAClt JPIRrTS

ad.apt qlJiC:kly. Ttey m1~1 be'

corst.1nuv

on the 1un '101n :tic past ~hey 1eft behinO. dodcirr. bounty h11rlt'"r~ hr1>1•nv :... o~ even their e»'m fa:ni

y

and former 1ricnds. Allt-rn;,l 1\·ely, 111t!S<!

ch~r.:;c:tcrs migh: snnply be cul o'f from what w1c;o1lCe lh~1r home. unable to rcturr bcca1;,se of lhe events t'l:Jt n1rr1r11 toted Lh:ir dcpan.urc.

Ail.hough "nosl exile~ lorg foi lhcir pvst Ii!<: 10 some de r.ree, Lhls longm.g 1s r-.ire,y 11101c lhan billCriWC'rt Bv cav1re lhe past behhd. Lhey twvc ·rcc<.l lht1nsclvcs !rpm wh.it

once

wa<; and have plunged into

a

crucible or new .;)dvrPltJr('.'5 chat call \\'ith an inl (~nsily I he it old 11<~ 1 Jn~ly offc1c<.l. A11y

one m1ghl tvav~ to rel11rrt1ntly le;,\•C '.h<'u hoine. bul the b<~~l Seeker~ cu:~ those who leavr an<t never look b;I(~

Ch.1rac:tcrs exiled from lhen holllfl n'l1<1 th<' ptlfh of ,hf: Atatu Striker

1

n.1y

havr. been forct'd lo JeJve Jrler somP

vi<>-lent act 01 t;Orlllic.t rnadc thr.n1 urwclccmc or eve~ ft!:•rt!d hy those cno1..nd tht1n AJthou('.h /\t11ru Stri'<crs ,Jndcr:;tJfltl U1~l dec1s1ve action is often nctC'J'JJry. tho.,\' nround them Coln be l~ss ac:ceptin~. es~c:wlly 1r cv1dcncc of thci~ H>rcr u:i:r r..1mc to lieht ir the con'I ct. Altern<.1l1vc.y. U1cy n11y hive h.11"1 ro fee from Imperial (orce~ an.er ~hO\o\'lflg too u1u1..h U~Ctl lf.1•r ~ iri Jed recriniQt..i'S and 1;r,htsaber

lorr11'-Executioners are most ke y to ht' <'Xlk's 'or onr of h~o reasons~ having itilied target~ ¥1l1om ot~rc; did r}Ot v-.1<;."' 10 <;Cf!"d~c. or ir pursui~ of :ongel~ ¥1t'O'll t'lelf c~1nnot rolN"atC' to l~l!'. In trlC •armer case, Excc:uocne1!> mf.Chl ha\~

nro

rf'fn~1

tioo or me ·each

of t~c

law o-

:hey

m gl11 h""' q1.1etly telt

oefore lhetr ttandl'ouk <..OnM! to ll{tll In lhc .dftcr lnst.lnCC. tr.e:r t.areets coukt oe anyore fr on ar liuSM! pc-r;on.; nNn e'>S :o a thrc2t lO the hoo1" they lell bchrrld

Hermits in exite t<A'.1' not felt lhctr pa\l ll'\t!S bch1·d ?.O

much a~ ll3Ced them out lor :ievt ones.. 1 he1• pa:J. orcu•1• stances 'SlJ11 shape the r 'J1 Jre hut rC"\'Y rclt.f.C"!i ofler lhf1"1 a sanr.wary rr.ost oL'ler ex1e 13lk. Ne'\o't'rlhrlcss.

thcv

mav 'Still need to matn~.1in ;1 'ow prohlc o~ to avo d not1re lrom those tht.•y once kne'N The r.ccd to he lov.· m1~t I a ... ~ ..-..en led lo lhe 1n1ll.al fo·oy l\lO 1hC \Vllrlcmcss that 111\tdc Lhern who they are no·.v

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(17)

RECLUSE

NOl .').I Seekers dVOid Che centc~ Of

ealacuc

a\l!\'ltV becau~

they ore pursuinr.

particular

goolt; or llCed lo b<' on lilt!' run. For son1e. dwell1np, on the tnnf,<''> oi the r,.a1;1xy '" al' Lhcy h."r.'C t.'\'Cf !Qlown ThP.' paths m.1y (•vcntual!y lead them .n:o cc.· .Jct wilh w1~f SOC;ety, but thc.-y bear the indehb!e im pr111l ol their onr.ins as outsiders. fhese

Sf'rkers 1

nay llilvl' co1ne lrom a society lilrf!ely u1u.hscovercd by other species.. or U1ey may hove !ttmpfy been born inro a tt:rr1occ arc<1 lhJl

rec-c~iVC"S

rew

Vr.illOf'S In rare ca-..t~ they ntiet'\t possibly be ,he descendants of Olhcr force u'<'rs •'<ho fled the hnpeual purr.e or even c.1r11c1 (alarn1Lic5. i'lnd ha\.'c grm"n up de11be1 titt'ly c.ul otf front tho outside \'(()rid

FJr from the !>1.'<;Unly or th~ Core Worlds. dJneer lhrivcs lo Ille remore rce.ons ol thc e;.>!Jxy. self dcicnse can be a ""'I' of t1~e At.aru Str'ik~ts h<r\~ ntcm.1liled the danr.c-rs that

surround U1e111. readyine themsrlvcs lO leap 1n10 ilfllOn or J. heln for lheir Ii~,,, ;l ll1omcnt ·~ nol1ce. Some J\tt1ru Suikcrs o\1~hl

even

havr tr~incd with .,1n Jt.:tual lip,htcw.1b~r or learn€'d to master lief\l!i. lb4 •r forms in UtCtr solitude. ,,....~ trom

in...

E:rflf) re·s v.·~trhful eyes

Across many un~imcd wo1 Ids and rcn1ott> backw.iters. hfc

1, (heap. The ~orrr may be pre•rnt In all living bolnes. but 11 they cannot dcfctid tllemselvc$ <l£3inst thC" d.Jnt;crs arour:d tnem. iney \'iOn't be I v.ie ix'lnr."> lor

Jone

Tiie ru'>hness d :hc."SC c:•nvironn)(..onts. usualy rne\*OS livine by J ')ll'flpl~ coct<" kill or be killed. Seekers born to <urh

a

life alien hrxom~ Executioners. adapting their pro"'~~s w1lh lhP I orcc co Lh~ l1fc'\tylc- I.heir upbrinRtng taugtlt chcnt. They rnir,ht u<:e their slolls to protect orlM!r<. lrying IO end the need ror t'1en cor. tiou<.-d l"ter.<en1K)I'\ by s1ayu~ on<.e and for a.I tr e threat~

druve Lhem to 1.1ke up their µJlh How("l,f'r. !>11th altruism nutthl not corne easily to U1c.:111. 1 hey co11!d ~cltlc for s11l1 ply bclnc the dttJdli~t being around, d;:inng Jnyon<' els<.: lo

<ti. ~lenge lllem.

\V"lde all Hermits 1ne fam 11ar with remote ICJcnes of "hr wil<.ferncss.

sonic

l.i-1ke it furth~r lhan othc-r!>

kn

I hose \vho dwell In the mo:,l sc<:ludcd r~c1ons. the distant w!IUs ;ire th('1r lrUC home., and tile busy hutJbub of gald<.l.JC C"ivi!i1;it1on IS thr cruc mysie<y 1: is pernaps for this reason 11'~1 <uel\ He< rn1t~ might eventu~lty leave the ·r \0!1tude a~ ,01n socety at IDSt. They mipJll ~i... Lo soivr. the 1nystery of thP unfamiliilr .011d lrade their know!c:dg~ for olher secrets. n1uch .:is Seek <.:t) lrom more populated worlds m1p,h:: travel beyond their hon1es in ch(>tr own quests fOf un<J~·~"lndq.•

~•cY.-Ot galactJC c1t1:-~ns llVC' II\~ that are ~e11r.rC"d rrorn the tliJ1'\htr aspeclS of natu1e. whatC"Vrr their othc1 µ1obterns trwy be. They rJrC'ly deal \Vith c;avage bcasl!>. lhc lull hrunt of <le.adfy storm). or lhe need to find a safe h.tven

1n

J'1 un lo<il"'lli landswpc for rl>OsP brought uµ"' 1,,.s orwlOped cond1tions. lx."Comu C Hunters IS .i natufal proercss.100. as lhcy are simply wor1<ing w1lh the skill> tney have• heeo hon

1

ne

all lhetr hv<~t;. This longtime c:xpcr ltse f..,111 <"On1pensatr tor a lack ot ram11i.1nty with more JdVdf!Ccd tP<hruqur.:s ;u'k..1 lcdicologies. or 1t can complcrnent such looJs tor tho~ Hunters who rake It'<! tune to adju,l IO them.

SOLITARY TRAVELERS

SA.VACZSPW'TS

Navigators c.an ::>e afclllPS between ~ .nro reg10ns or 1-..01kis and morP populcus one.·~. \Vitti their l(_nack (or !Pi>S

Lcring dfrtirull planetary roulc~ or hyperlano passages, Nav1

f.?Jlors h;iVC" the po!cnti(ll to Lranslorrn liWI<; (or ct:c bctttr. dell\•ennr. nrPded s:up:>lic•, or assisting in ('0·1versation lJC

l\\-een

row.,

who might oth1.'fwise r:e\-cr trade or contrru ntea1r- Not 3~ l\avigato~ i..ake to this role with 11\~ ncJtrJ · 1ty or al1ru1!:i1n th<11 nligh: be hoped for, t1owc:vr.r. Son1c us~ their knowlcdP.C" of ex<:lu!>IVt~ routes lo srnur,nlc ilhc1t good<: or f'ven cxton h et' fees troM rhme seekin.v, ro u!>c ll1t!St! pa~ Qges to m.'ltntJncontacl ~'tltt the .. \idcr pp1a11.y

\.\fhitc s.on~ Seekers -nay l:J1l trom d1!>Wfll .Jnd un<t:ilrt~d

rrp,ions of tl~P r.alaxy, 1f they h.ivl" lltt: skill!) ol Pathfinders. thOSC e!IC<J'.i ,')(t' not COlflt! tO bC (()U:,1dert\d ltO(JiSroverCd for long. PJt'"llinc1('"S horn rcrr.otc.: f(;t!JOO"> tal-.C"-thP h.:irdt ,,t~!i.o'!ld gu·tlPliOn that L~··· upb,u·gng lf'l"0'.11~ n ·ne~ and use t~ern 10 rs.r~b,1sh !lCV\' tr.') 1~ dcr~s ol:inC't.a')• ~ur'acr.~ Jlld 1n1er;1cll'lr neoulac olllc:1s would con~ic1~r 1rnpassibl('

\iVtir.thcr they open up thCll llorne~>\'()rlrl'\ lO lhc \V'idcr eal· .-1xv

or

de!•:c (.••vcr. forthc· into t'1e. u11knowr1 they arc surt: to

m...1..e-

an

Imp-JC" \\iU1

t.te1r

ld t·n·~

SURVIVOR

The lives al SC'C'i....c·s can be• (1hout (norc tt>i,1n jusl e~Wbli-sh 11•g their O\'lfl wtf! Soffif' SM· ... e1s. find :llNn')l..+ri!S di,.ecttv 1r lhc pa1hs of ottt·rs. , ... nPtht'I caug:it .Jp .n t:Jiactic ::U"mo I, hunted by <Jc.tdly prcdalors or a\,..ays l>l.)IOf', rn lhC' wro11e

p

inc

e

at lhe wron~ ti-n~-for tl~l":.c rtrcpid "iOlllS. their path 1'.'> JooL1l w11.1ng <"JP()'th:rg th<' e:i'axy c~Jtl :h,.ow the1 way JOO

r-mu1r.

~"' 1fd

1n sp•·c

ol it

thcsr n.ltt.ral S:Jl'\i\'OfS

r1

t;I t \'.ew ti'1:ir<.clvcs .o>s •Jn1'J<.k)•, or th~y 1n1e,hl be [OO stul.lbur 11 lo <tdmit ~Hly ultcrn.Jti\•C 1out<~. A f.:\re l~v ~11 '>l'ek oul hu:rp;isingly dllfiCllll Chall~u~:c·i

1hrough ,.,.hic.h r<'> p1ove lh~rn<;('lvf'~ \i\~i.atcvcr l •1c •edst111 lor fMr mals th« pJme~· lonv!lrd k>fges tt

n1

n!.o 'SiC>ffil' <ii toughest .)Od l"IOSI ClCtrfmtf"led 1nd".'ldu.Jh II l 1~ fl'j)laxv

Ataru Striker's {lf(>rft strilnp,rn> to ton I he I nod Sl• uwc. bu' ~01ne hf!hl tougher bnttirs tho:ri ·nos· \+Vhetht-1 too he lCstron; to 'fitcH> and pick tt'cir f~hL,... or 100 delernincd to gr.:e u:> 1e;) rw~ tout;h Odo~. u.ese \-.;irno<<:o a1e us.rd lo tx.~nf. undrrooes and used lo 11nd,np,?. way Lo win i'lr:·~JY tven SO, ihey rJfC\1 !():,~ IOllH 1r: !he Ct113Xy withQLot ICorn·nr.

rrstraint. even II they never HHlStPr the Jrt of ronc<.:ss•on, nt lc:ic;t not ""':h rhr Erno1re ~~<·:)ing an f!'J'C OU!

rlX

such lrf:urr<;

l ke al srn c:flt.s.. Force 1N><~ can h.1\"f' C-Klll'tre re.1ct10T~ to life and dc~:n ~lruCf'?lf"S Sornc li1dC". 'i.On1c l.ee. a'ld <;nrre tonfron1 lhc l111eat hcad·On. Sc~kcrs w!lo berornc alt:U!i corned to ta~tJ<Jlnr. the last 01111csc pa1J1s ~ometin1es uikr .::i more prooc1

-.·r

:ipproach )• Executioners adOpting a kt 01 be+'\ll'ed ~n tOOe l.O\"iol.rd the Uirea1s 1ht11 o:nc their '"'"'f· T'1ese See""~ 'l'lt.::st be CJn .. ·lul nol to m1c.i11ttge a thrc.al. 01

lhey risk ta11111c to thr! d ... r k ~1oe 1 hroueh l11<J1scr.m1nau .. • v10· lence Those who wis"l to ~t;1y on tie rit;t1l ~idr,-

or

lhe hnc bcrwflefl ~ ... c11r~r :ind rrurderc' m!h--: lc~rr disc. µhne clfld r>ructer.ce

a:one

mth tt:eir rror1 rie:hal sk~I~

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·

was~

as there ha!

been cM41a:..ion. t.'lCrt• t1d'.<e beN"t

ti >se \'oihO hJvc s.cornt.'<J 11 as decadent and soft. fhe wi!c1 paces of hJr!ah planets C:iln make those \'lhO st1rvive th('n1 \ •• >r g.

ever

a~ :hey winr.ow rot those lOO \'\t'.j~ or feJrlu! remain_ Mdny Hermits \'e by some.• \rdJ13liof' 01 lf'lr:. phi 'ioOPhY. l"I ell er one as ruthless a~ Ule environme:us thry .ek to n1a~Lt!f, or;) more noble asc(!tic discinlinfl Lhat seek~

t)ui'd true u1rcr screntlh.

-necrafl of Hunters can .ak.e them into cont u:r -,,•1U·1 0011 •t'

·~1e most d...if1gcrous I fc: lorrns in the gala>:y, So1net11nr~

., ,s by rhot<:c. as they seek. evcr-{'fPatcr ch.1! i.:1'r;cs to ucr.r · .. <fe(tn~ thetr s.~11~. In other CJ~ Hunte·~ ic.e I~ ··•ll'S be<."31,..-sr thty 111t.'t protect thc•r horr,l~ 01 •r.enocr. on ,,'llCUlarly dCOUly \'l"Olld~ And or co1;rsc. ::,tJJHe I lunters JU~(

• ea kn<:1ck for flu~hiri(l. out troub!<.: Whatever the rc<Json ·1v>i1 tonfror.tarions.. t~cse Hv·1tC''S st.arc a cornmon CA

•"nc.C ol tes:1rr. tne1n!>Ctve<i .r <Jto(ldly conf 11r1 <.>1-;arpcning

f skills to rna n:ain the edge thJt they havf! !camccf !~ •ssary lor :;u .. viv.;il

Navigators '"!th rrovb"~'<l l!"leS oten fnd 1'1:.ll

tt-e

troci 'S of tht!1~ own 1ldk 11g. \fl,,~1h the1~ talent ro1 t.hscovennr. oesL rou1c bcLwc:e11

11ny

f'N(J paints. son1et1mes 1ney rherrsf'lve1;. rush np t1r1dlong into P'l'\' OJ"ly unknm·.n _rs \\"ht-'.nc' they h;we a hab11 of s11ain1nr. lhcir hyp<.'f

~ \•,1:h vn:c.-s.Led 1umps. or pus~lne ;ust

a

hn!r> too far a hostile v11lderncs.tt berore ttirnine. back, 1J1(\tte Nav1ga must bt!<'o~tf' 5,p'f.rel an: in ordcf to t'nd r!\e way bark

ott} ·ro1n aL ma1 Ol.'1 of ciroJm~nce Thc'Ke \\ho Cal'not to help th<'rr~el~ in C':Xttcnuty r.ir<>ly la)l .on« e:nou«.11

~a~e

a

h:ihir or gcttinp, into such s~rapes..

().:- -.r.g r o the !Jnkn°' ... " spaces on pki.xli ') IT\-.>j.>S an. ..narts ,:. a d;inec·uu!:i. prao;ce, arid so 1t .-houfd bC' no

se Uwt rnnny Pathfinder'$ reeul~r1\' <.our l IJ.:inp,cr ;ind J(t. To ~n1c cxle·1L ,-,11 Path"indcr'.'i muf)l l.J~ !:i.urv;Y0"5. d5 re-."er knO\'f ,._hat they miW.t enco11ntcr \vt1iif" they 60ti(:

Td ~to unrna1cd temlory. fic>l'\(.-..er. \Otr'I(\ antorre

are lC:,tc:d 1norC' rC{?Jl3rJy lhan Olher>. jj~ 1 hny seek ou1 lfflblc upon OC'r\' and unknown dangers. r.1cn umc they 1: such

a1

E'(l(Ountcr. the next t>ecomes t.~ fcarsorr.: _">.and 1tey

grow 10 mastei tr.cir pa11l

WANDERER

='i ,s.c•f1 !ways abOul findlP-g. Sometimes. ,., Scc41.ei \ 1s more about lhc 1oumey th~n lhe

dr.sur1auon.

I hr

e

o'

thr.

ror:.c

arid their

own

inhr.rctll wanderluo;t

~~

StckCtS

ewr

onwan:t. not .n search

of 3n~· p.1r·

toal. bet to g.Jtl'er v-iSdOl'r and exPt,.·ncntf'"

is noi lo say th.it lllese evr.r jou111ey1t1i~ souls ore

or

1,te• pJrposc Rnther. Scekc~ of U11• <Ort simply

:o

b\. pnr1ed d°'vr They 1

eel the need to

qay 1n

rno b"lo'•. na tre trow or 'he k>rcc li 1 rough !ho r,'13xy. T~cy

uop

to !earn from J wise nlcntor or llr,ht :'I neccs~ary

rut

alttrw•rd.

they

arc always ready

to move

on

No m..11tcr\--otit:'fe SC'f"kers

eo

1n the galaxy. there·~ never a

short.1r.o

or bullre•. rot<chs.

or

villains. Because of this. Seek· crs who twvel tho CJlaxy often develop the skills ol Ataru Strikers whether to defend themselves agam1 'llOK \',ho

see

11l-"WC

ncrs

~

c:isy meat 01 10 bnne

JU!:i.ticc and protec· Lion to each ne.v lor<llc they visit Even Lhough lhtty don't rernain In one plJ(t

r-or

lonr.. Ill<' rnemory of llit!ir dreds tends to &10£er in thl· rrunds Of those whO ~'C Alaru S:nkPrs in ilctlOn. shaping the galaxy f<>r good

or

1 years altN they hrwe n1oved on

Some Executioners are troubled by th"'r 1alent for kill· 1r.g. ¥.h'tt'.cr 001 OC 01 Lor simpt) becauSC' they dcxf'. hcPJe the pJl•c11te lor th~ aftormath I hey may tr3vel the 8'liaxy in hoµP~ ol evacfin8 iJny unfo1t:c.;een cons.cqucnccs ol their .acl1on\, o< ro Sli;ty JhC'ad of lheir consoencc Unforluritttr.l't' . •~et

..a..

Is h3\e

"'·l'i'-

of trld1ne

uses. and

theor wlli

across

the r,ali'l:-:y rnay rapuJly becomC' a Lrail or bo<.11c.~ Whrrher 1 he dC'.1(1.:lte JUstly slt.11n or s.impry victims vi:irics from SC'Pker to Srrk4•r, but mauy such journeys end up lead nP to the dark We

I ho lives of Henn its are typically ttloup)lr of as lx!1ng

scd·

enr-<1ry. but lhat isn't ncccsS\lrily the casr 'Nhde m.1ny Her· mi ts rnJkt~ a resi~nte ot.n in the wtildcrness. other$ abo'ldon the OOlK>O of a tt1rqula.r homt· allogct.ter Some such 1r.d1vfd

ul!!~ tJke thi~ <"'>-:trJ step 10 further 1our.h~11 thc1-nsclvcs. see ing ev~n r1 c;rude hut or cave a<i

enouch

!Ii.helter to be a ttir,n

ol v.-eali.nMS. or cxC<-S!i- Othefo.; ""'""" lhe1r an1lude as a S"!ep

toward ('fl(1gjltcnmcnt. reganling the \'itiolC of tile g;ila><y as 1hc1r horn~ mstc.:id ol hr'nitinr. lht!rnsclvc~ lO a single ~ystern. world. rli!Uon. or sclllerncnt. Sornc Hcrrn1L<; rnighr not even consider the

iss.ue.

be111e, too prcoco.11)'(..'(I "-'1th rbe mystcr >e:, of the

r-0rce

aod philosopl11c.11 quaod.>l.f'> to spend

time

wo11y1nr. vboul such mundane mauers..

Some Hunters fPel an

urec

to move across the g.l!.:ax.y as

irres1~1bfe as lhf' m.gratory 1nstar.cts

ot

U~ beasts or olf;~f

t<lrgt:t!t lhey pursue. Othm )1mp1y rr..ason that tht.·y can'1 practice their crart by staying tn one pll;it.:C when thcu l<ir· gels <ire .n motion Whclher drivrn by some spir1tuiJI bo.'1d \..-ith th('tr targctS.. OC' by the need to outmanctM::r ot OUt\"i t 1hem. ltt,.1nters often find themselves on the prowl for

riew

prct ;i(',ll1nst which llley c.in prove thcmsclvc::..

ft isn't tklrd for Navigators to ive their Wes on the 010\~

In

fact. lo•

many

ol r.em

it lllJY

be

that >1<11·1ne in one place

for lonn •S the issue Bet1veen rht'ir natural affinity for travel and the uiterest thC'1r skills com1nand. Navlcators may have difficulty setttinr. down.

even

ror a lrttle wh11<> Some ~e this lS a "rQblem,

or

.H least an 1nconvenicnce. while others em· bt.;;icc J roolless hfestyle. tied to nothing but a ship, caravan. or 0U1cr rncan~ of c;onvcyant.:c.

Pathfinders

art:

masters ot l •con lhc move. but not ar1 of them "hOOSt! to

u•r

tlll"lr skills (Onstantly. Some Patn~noe~ pretr.r to work only as necc-stWiry, ond !'.t.,y at home-or at !cast in the sarr1c ccneral ar(-'<">-whcn the s1cuation d~n't dcmalld travel. Those who Slil) more m00tle

arr

.Jl)je to

hOrie their skiff:. to the utrno:.t. until eventually they can be as comlortable bunk1ne cfo, .. n on rocky c:f1lfs or ice

caverns

as Lh-cy 'vould be upon ~hPets ct Corcll1an nano~ilk,

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TABLE

1-

1

:

SEEKER M

O

RALITI

ES

dlOO

Emot

i

o

n

al St

re

ngth

Em

otio

na

l

W

e

ak

n

es

s

o:

oa

!)'} 16

1

14

: ~ ·~O

Bnvery: \V!'M?:·1 t<.1

:-n

1s. ~~. tncn• ~no t.t."!wti!C.ll,lfl

desp le lhe cargc1~ Tt.c c.11i1<)tlc.'" pu5 c)t,1(jf t'OY f<';:its h(''ore tJCl ;"i· whCiller nov1£at1~ 41 :.nip rhrou~ t"·azardiJIJ., routes C' cneagi1g tr co~b.at ns:

fO(" ~be-

'oes.

LO\•e: rt·(, ch;~"" it•r 1~ oµcu :o love and r.i11 ctu.:u:<.h th(• n:inp llVt'• (JI uu·rr'> Ar Ofl('O l:i..• 1fl ~reafl\ .11d.-. th(' K

wrcr 11:rt·"a(:ir .g \\1Lt1 Olf)t1~ wn kJIJ

stroo-Reckl~ess:

\\t: le

Ot~ry

11 admi1'11b!¢_

r¢lusil"~

J

to prupt>rl~· analy/C" 5'rut}tlon be-fote ,Jr.tir1g 1s ,

n<tl rMt' chara<tcl" often leapt. 10 act l~l'lcn it16rc Forett t""" <1 1P<td to

«t

·r Mere prude~!

deci llOrl\.

l

~us

y

:

U-JV\'

c.:111;;;;::

th'l~pec•ally

l-.hen lN 1p pJrt:v IJ<X=~ not f('d ii k pro~ r I rei oi Jted lhP ch.:.ar-1 '1 t l"'("l'l"l"W-... ~tac <nd 1·:""lQl '.I b:ll"'IC'S,.

...._

--~----

-

---

-

---1 Caution: ltif' ch..i:rJ(

1c1

e,.\-e_5 c.1tt1 R:id anenuon

to ever} <.I ·\ Oll.1Y4.1t":~al .t~•.lS c! a Situ •· n bcb

uncle~...., ng.aft'( at~ Sy ~n.nkngaht-~ tr..e ?C

a•,io.•ca

"''11} poor

;;wlcomci..

~('fl~~shtn£:

:>Ill-:Jt ;)11)'

fJ~·

f(cf\'e

_

d

..

'-"'-'-'"---~

F-eat; 1:,.'((es:;ive c .111l/QTI CJrl e.1sdy become los:. lo

EnthuJ...,<;,m; Lie 1"'lt: ~< errf"..a•F :~bl. l.P.l'fl'i c•nblOAt°d ---~ rf1:w.xtc1 t'> ell•\·)~ Cipt-r' tr b.JAofll•t!

f

lM\' v1<-,1·. i1'>h.:-X !("ii !ht ltlee:irr: 11• PC 111 ~SOUL w !X'oµlc, Oii (!()Oll!1i11d llllrl.j.! atrrm1>!ir r. r.cw

-

-te.u

lht' PC bCCOmK Corm.rncd rril:t. tho:-pt)::(~'h .. ~ou:o;. ootcomcs of dNls.M>r:'l 300 1< h\'(."'I~· sec~-\

~'01d~Cti~t:(:O~tlll}'kl1d

Disarray: •n .a n1•.h ol cn.O ~ :l<J.C aw•fJ?V. th<.'!C

1'c; lU. .111c:mpt ·o 1ruti,• 3PPfc. ·11.e Of m.~"' ;;~ one 11Pm Thi:: 111.Jr.:Kter 1\ p,1o;1Jv d1h:1h·d whcn~wr

a uf.'W .111r.J( lion Jpp1!ars. ofrl"n IP<1vine W~k~

inc.omril•te or thtPlf<; unrc .olvtld

Empathy: Thr: t.1wra<.. ~e:~ eaJ.1~ undC1!.ta~ afld e'\Cr VcngeMce: ca.ima oi."ef1~ 101 others. P"pec1a!fy ICclf> :he emolio11s ol lllOse ne.Jrb~'. e .. ·en wh(:n {hey 01t \'Ktlrn~

um tead

the i har.:ictc!r 10 <1e5'rc r~eng.c guird ng :heir tfut> ll"ehn~ Kno1-.ing how lh('ir a<:llOn\ aga1fttot thOS(- who made th .. m 'IUfJer On y \-.l'rCf'!

.-tlfect ~r~ lie c~ ~t-11.ter s cart•tut tot •,'\? OfJ'lp.ro; ~ • &el'i. arc tr•-l!:('(f c:lo'o' 11'\Ci brOUi "' """. c.an

'1.ti"!>,J ·~Jindd..,.ty. oali.al'1 t*-f'C's.:r !d

I

Assertiveness: Ir .lit u ttlp,'). O··<' <hc)r:K"tcr •!> qmtc f ,obstJnacy: firm 1o;ict1011·, <1Jn mask an deter"' •d a'ld \'f'.tri'.Js.:.. No ni.atler rhe tt.1:iol1. t C."U "~""./\'Ct) ~ubbofn n."lhYf" UlJt

ixNies

~ .1ny PC~.~1K1t-~t:.C k'flM'<",Ofi..: ·*~'"~hcrt hfsi,\t .,Jboul1M,t"!lec"'J00uponadc.Slrcd~

acion, n·•fir-

11

~

1

• . -clion

I

~1PPCsmuldnf'\'l'fc:t\.Jnp,l~OOcccomrn1tlt."t:,<.-Wn

r-:::' •

1

' 1 •1 \\I ~1te,hloflontrJ<1111orycv1<Jcmn:

Curiosity:. fhe-gJ ~"\ --: "'I ed w1(h WOt»cr .1-.Q ~ Obsc5sion: tvt •"'er:~ .1bl u. ~ ~ ~

60ol· 01 rt\. SCl"l t•r-1 ~'lOU~ tx· 10 e•:.pk>fl' 1100 l".'-Pdnd le.od' 1 nicns.c t..amma11on of

a

!.mttl~ uoicc: or undcr..t~rreing ol C'\"t'!Ylili~R 1t pt('\Cf:lls. Tile c.haractcr item. Th~ <:hriracl1~r oflen turn!. ,1n intot"~' into an is a1·11.JV'i iJ"tcrcS(ell in learn·na rrw thrng.. ... ul.J \l\S1W'lQ. ob::.t.'\.\ion to 1h4> ""('lusion <11 Jll el-;c, ttn<J rt-t~ oblC< l f\e'I, kl'\ ,1tl00t., Of ob' .smn ¢"l'••tJ lrl>"' PC$. bl~,

Pride; Th< c ,a"lr l"I 1~ rir.h:Ju Iv p·nud c;f l1J1d c<;1 nl"ll

1

Disd;tin: PrttfL• in ooe·!i splf lU! 11~ dark, ·ind th~ oio.blw•. ,111d a<:(OlhJ11l<:.hrncr:.b f\~dll)' yc,"Jl"'i hJW(> likely char;i('fpr v.icw!. ul hL'fs. with 1111,•r conlcrnpl and

I

b!•f'"l <.rl(;ll. !Tl lr;Ar+•r.. 'itudv. ~n<.l ttK:Ui!" ion: fC<tt (.11'1 SlUH None <l'f' W~11lhy of

v

.. •

P(·st.'(]'l'IP.,1 l~' ll~y

Wi :he ~P

enc

f.' ~ .. ~ t "\1Sl n • ·-:tnd

n

1l ,. '~)'.

"""'"Independence: 5>c·l·rthancc

1~

lhf' walchl\'(.lfd. for : -1

Arrogtlnce. A IJft•l1rrie

or

1l1C;;;;-denl

~f

l

;:--1

,

cr~pcnd1ng

011others1s il Sif.fl of y.e.ai..re'\'i Ofleo .atho-n

breed~

<l

~mug

and t'?Ol1'5tica! ovl!ook ttl '

I

refu~1nt; J the ct 1r ;,11 ter n1.. ... t: oi.;nts OI" oihe"'i 1\0. t' the rti:)r..vc~Pr Ni .:B'e as Dt." \'i :he PC. ar4 ~ ""n a· ,. n t>c ~kllfmC1] o n"Y.\al)' o.~confidencc c.< t"asi y td to c.a::.i61t~.

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An it

NEW SPECIES

T

he

{Jillaxy·~

siM ;nd S<Of)C delics the comp1cliension of mosl uu1onal beJnes On :;ornr hP~v1ly popuklted planets ltmt lie on key hypcrr-out1,."). ~ncounlenng sµ~c:ies one has

never seen brfore 1). a daily occ:11rwnce. Colntinas and cares on such worlds hu~tle wuh unique species oi .111 ::.or ts. rvery spc

r.1c~ 1c~ardlos~ of its lnlie1en1 prochVltics. produces 1ndMdu

als "ho achieve GJ'tallless and s1gniffcanUy alfcct the events

ol lhe wider galaxy. 1 he lollow1ng arc tll1ee add111onal opllOns

for J')la~iers and CMs to use when creaung PJayer Cha1<Jcters and 1mpon,'m

NPCs

in their camp•1£r1'.

ANX

Thr reptih.')t'I Anx ot Cr{lV1ex M('(f loom CNer rnosr other sen.

fll'fll 'P«ie>. 01'<!> te their mtu1al hunched POS(u1e. Qven

ttu togrthc'f w•th their deq). rumbling VOite< Jod tile COIO<·

ch.1nene

cr~ts

mop lhct<

heads. tilere 1s

no

1nstalong an

Anx anywhere on the e;ik'>xy

"'1y5ioloey: Ar1x arc ndlNC to a

f'ltlh

eJiMt)· world: ther

dense m<1scutanrre. ~ postu"'. and heavy baLlncc ol tneir taols al rcfle<;t this to l'\'en a casu•t obscrwr Ho\>cve1.

the

spec,es

can often mach lour meter.; in height, dcsptte

the<;e rcstnct1on~ Their llfeat hc1eht allowed the Anx to easi

ly harvest the bounty ol thclf Mmewortd's cl111iox

tr..,.

when

they emerged from their subterranean hJb1tot

SOUlARY TRAVE:IJ!:RS

SAVAQ....,..,

lthorian

Quttml;,n

Because the

A

nx

evolved

willl

i

ll lhe CilVC

>Ystem~ of

l

tlclr

hornet/\'Or1d. tlleir voicL>s have

a

natural low-frequrncy echo

that \Vhile useful fo1· cornmunrcatmg ac10>> vas! d1rttancc~ underground, tends to 1nakc other species <H~C'Oly uncom fortablc The Anx in turn arc frequcnlly d1scomhted by how olher species ~.ave learned co rc•d lhe color charP.('s

or

the

lare,e crest atop Lheir head as an 1ndic;uor of the r n1ood.

a

Quirk of their communal live~ m th('1r nauvc hCfd·bas.ed social structu-re.

Society:

Arne society

began

as an

r-"leJlSJon

or

their

nawral

herd strucwre. ai'<J even mooern Anx tend tO be herccty

Oe·

voted to Lfleir :amihes and dans Ttle1r internal clan ~ructurc

is rooted;,, a llllx

or

extended family bonds and PO~tJCal ~I

lraoces. and can be ddhcul· IO< ou<siocts to doopher

rnese

compleoc ~es are ea~y grasped by tie Anx 1hem~s. as

their soae:y d<M!loped '·s compleoc1~es long b('(ore CflCoun·

tering «her species.

The AflX

~oped

space tr.r.icl IMependcntly

from

galactic society They ha'<e had a

ione

and

P<OUO

""OfY

of incerste!T'ar cxp.!orarton and cok>r.1i.a!1on. vSane bolh the ancic"t C""avfex launc.h"•Orks ana more modern h)'P<'fdrwe

cr"tgtnes. The species is sometimes viewed as excessively ciinous, but this might also S(em from their confidence that

they can hand:c most thines theg~laxy 1s capable

or throw111e

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u~ou-s ability to .rr.u1c rhe -.veak spots In the an.1romy oc

Olhe• species. the Anx ha1Je tustonc.iilly dealt w11h r:vcry

<hallengc they have (0C<'C1 With relatrv-C C:(IS<:.

Unfortunately, 11'r.rnt werts have finally contronlcd the

Anx witli a threat

thc.·y

r:innol easiiy defeat AflC-r the rise

v'

the Empire. Jmi:->£'f1al a.;thonues sei.?CO I.he l.atA)(.ll1vork.s 1r1 order to s:udy tne tec.hro:og; fo:r po:er::ial li\t-.JJJ011~ .ap

plicatons. The lript•raal> h...,c polluted ttiP pl,1n.i with the

a.rardous refu\'.,P of ttlt· 1 eXocfimcffiSand ~;we pf,j, ed gJrr1

JOOS Without re{:an1 I() \ht tcrr1tori~1I Claims Of l"l.r ArlX tlJll~ ~1any Anx h<Jvc begun mir,ratirg offwor!d, fe:uru1 Ol 11th,Jt 01e •mperial~ rnight do to their world ne;<l

The Anx'':i rcpul~tlon (or courage a11d bo1d ~('flOn IS

be·

"tcs1ed as lt'c Ernpirc ll~hleris its erip. Anx SO(';('tv latk.s ie resources to ctw!lcnr.e the Empire on its owr1. t ·:.;:o1:"C"1ii}'

w:

:n

ltllperial ii'tenuon alrc..x!} upor. 11s horr.e .. ilOfkJ It m.1y I>< ·nat tl:e tor.r. lef.aCY of the Aruc cou'd !M'<.om~ lra<1••e<I a:i e'<Odus from Gr,J\fl<.:x. f\led in con1,nr. r1meo;. or l""'-'CA

1t the species' proud lr<Kfll1ons disappe3r f"'r.t1rt?ly SO:nc Ali;\ nave turned lO rhe Rebel 1\1\i(loc:c ir. the hone 01 rever~· " thc·r planet's d(_)Cllnr. wll1ie others look 10 lheir .ancienl •aclJccs of colon1t..at1on ;,~ insp11aL1on ror a new !.l~rt among

,

~ars.

Homeworld: l 'ie ho&f"• &'<!\· ty •'°'10 of Cravtex M<.'<l. louod n ttc Oute1 R nt ')'(\terr. ol lhe s.imc

r..vne.

has .1n ex ~•e ~ syste'l1 throt•ftoJt tl~ cru<l the <.lrt.'l•n .\; home

Ult! Arix specie~ SQn c Anx still di»e I n rhe cttves l>cne.1th

surface. although n1Jny h<Jve rnoveO to <it1e:, Jbove 11od,

s

u

c

h

as ih~ir C'ap1td or 01lyn

C

o

x.

Tt-e olaocl's tcniJin i~ mo1..nt1:11nous. the wide te~rhr~ be· ..ttn the

t<)1r.cs

hous11·c v<ls: sava'lnahs

lf'rm,ne

w11h ch.ii

•ees and 01l'ler VCi\.-Wl ()n_ HcrA'e\'ef, con1;vn nauon from

-;ie<ial

occupori0n

ol tnc pla10rs lat;t• h..orksha'. r.11-d

·ne

ec<>k>gj(.Jt b.1.:aoc.e of tnc savarr.dt~ :.ind n?U<.h of

=l:ive l'o~ d'ld fdtJrtJ havt: b4>f,1.>n to die out

Liloguage: (v~n wt1en Anx c1~c spealo:.inc nilo;lc the lo~-. rum

u:

the·r voir~ can CJUSC unpleasant C-.flO~i!tlon~ tlC\!I) in bOnes of othrr ~pt-tits. When rhc nal1vc Anx l::tnguaec ke:i a fe3L 11l'IPO~'ilre for any othc1 S.J)<'C'1~~ ouls1d·

~to expc11e'l(f' inten!loe d·sc:orr'ifort. and~ lt'e Anx

,:1e ~ rarc'y spoken outstde ol Gr.;Mex

\.ied

in the rigttt ~ns. l-'lC An\. cnn m.1ke lhernsctves t:catd tmm

kik>-rl a-.~il)'. \'thCthcr .vross

a

oelwor" of CJV\."S C'rf in the

an

of

L'lC ~iv~nn lhc.

Pwception of the Force: Force rensilMly I) uol r<ipcc!JJly rnon cJmoog nu;1 Anx, but neilher i~ 1t unheurU or In the

~ vr the Rrpu'ultf. A•1'< were known to h;ive ... crvclJ in tl1c

Order, s,om<' ro~e tv or resp~cted M.1<;1rr~. It ,c.•u &r~l':.p

r.itwtnY maoe Aox J4.-"4J1 rapa~e as hOth t'>l::tltr-s .;11d du

r.n

e 1neir du1abfc

trarrcs and 'e;ir~

...

Jtl--ltAh ... "$ ww t\lii.n.g to in1er.~nc Iii c;lang-crOliS pLxcs to put tt:csc

:o

good

uw.

1 tie prO\-.css ot Am. Jedi p111.pu~ trc~t ----.- verging on ,i\-.C. v-.t·er they took to th('I nrld .n the

War~ Unfortunotoly, those days hnvc

paw·o

S,nce or the .Jcai, For(~·<iCO<>lllVe Anx hc1V<! !CJrned to be

us about

rcvcallr·P.

tnc1r

talents. cs.pr.-c:ii'llly l~ vPn the

.e

lmperi,11 inlc1e)l !O t~eir SOE!'CtCS' hold n£~

6

R

AVLEX LAUNCHWDRKS

T

he ancient Launch~11.'0rks that dot Cr<ivlcx Med are not spaceports in the sense that most \'llOuld cons•d<"r the word. Instead._ tney Jre installations of massr\e. high-velocity cannoris that v.:e~e on::p

cal1brat~ to fire spaceships ori pr~1s.e trajectories tO\ .. ard other olanets. After the An\ learned of hy· perdnve t~hnology (and so no loneer needed the Launchworks for space travel), they adapted the

Launchworks into garbage dispcs.JI facilities, tiring the waste the1r society produced into the heart of

the-ir syslem's sun

Imperial re~archers tra\'eled to Cruvlex tv1ed to study thr cannons in the Launc~~ .. orks for potential combat uses The ancient technolo.e;. yielded littl~

of mJ1tar) value. though. Ra!tier than <idmit tne)· hJd come .)way empty·h..:Hidc-d. the resc<irch teams rccomniended. the Empire eoxpand the role of the

cannon~ as waste-disposal facthtiC's. Soon. garbage

scmvs and transports. full of hazardous waste bcean arri11ing at the planet in huge numb~rs. depositing their reh.ose for processing and eventual disposa! at tht'!' Launchworks. Ho-.•.-ever. the fJcilrties v.-erc r.ot built to proc~s so much cargo. or to cor.ta1n tl'le cor.tamination such materials orought \'oith them. The Jrcas around the Launch~·.orks ha\'e since transformed into rapidly expanding wJstclands of

toxic spills and deadly bioiop,ical deents.

SPECIES ABILITIES

• Wound Threshold: 1.1 1 Brawn

• Strain Threshold: IO + Wiiipower

Startin

g

Expe,tcnce:

85 XP

Spedal Abilities:;\rlX bc"n the eame with one tank in u~ K I wrth Kllldl>e$ l<JlenL

• Anatomical KnO\-.'ledge: l\t'IX h.:tve an ton.ate grasp Of

how b<J<J1es arc put together and .:1re able to intlut tt·c an.1tom1c:~I vulnerabiht1es

or

almost any species. Anx g•ul OM rnnk of lhe Lethnl Ulows t<ilcnt.

• Mood Indicator: If an An)('c; hc~d·c1est ts not cove((~d. lilt! ttl(jratlcr upgrade~ the dlfhcuUy of Dr.cepuon che<k•

once

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ITHORIAN

Somc11mr.\ referred 10 bv th<: nickn;tmr. ·u:unnlerheads" (il thO!l{!h not bv rho1cr.J. 11tiori;ins arc easily recor.nu.able th.::tnkCi ro 1hr.1r unu-lilJ•11 h<'<l<I stnJCh.1rc ~1nd voca1

apparai;us. l:hori(lns are ourn Cirrn :J$ th<' carrtakcr'i of the g:il~xy. bolh \ov1lh1n U~1r own cu1t11r~ 1nc1 by othfl" who '<'Cognire rr.c ded1cJllun lhal 1thori.J•1~ ~ow toward p<es~rv ng a I forms of life and &rowth

PhysioloC)': fttw1~ns arc We<: by rtu> <1100.ird< of 1n.1ny >P<'CI.,. l)l,>tl.Jfl)' rJ<ll!ln& from f 8 to

13

lllC{~., heigh<. dlthoUiJI they JIC US IJI) fe,111 ol bo<ly. loOlb~ and digits.

lhcrr nc<.k

ooo

he.d contnbute cons-derJbly 1cwsJ01 their

sue. emere riefrom th<: top

ol

thc

tor'>O m a<.or.toruooscurwi that en<b \irlth a pt'OtrUS.!On not un•ke the head of a purr.1l.1Yc h.1mmcr hence the 111c.kname Tl·e11 eyes are on oppo51te •<lrscl :heir head. aM mo1ll11' arr simhrly placed oo each S><)c ol tnc r neck. nt'ar the JO"' w11h the torso There dual mo:1ths arP atl.lehPd to 'our lhrotat' grant.ne the lthorians 1,;r-que \IOC;il ta f!'fllS .1nr1 ("\'t n 1h<' c.lp;)C' ry ro rrcau~ f>O\VCf ·

fu >0n>C "be lows.·

Society: lthonan

socie

t

y

revolves around the con CCPl

or

·ri.·101hcr Jungle,· the ~olntual rcprcscn Wloon 3rd 1dc.JI of the lthorlan homrwortd of ILhor In order to keep their nat1\~ plaoel 3'S c.ose to 1111:, 1de(jl it:, PO))lblt'. U1c llhon ans dedlC<Jte va~L f!llort to prolt'<llllg •nd presetvinr. llhor's natu1al ~Lal<:. Ra1her lhan dwellinH on I.he !turrac(\ ol 1hf1r wortd. the l1horlans hvt' on ma»l\/C r(l11111c;orhf1 t111t'i, known 11s "h('rd ;h1µs." whith ~llow thPm LO k<'<'J) tile Jungle free of tile

dec11tus

of everyday life. while stlll hovine ac <.e"..s to the br.nuty ~nd ~plcndor of thf'lr world

Tni;

.ipproatll lO life extend' IJr beyond ILhor rL>clf lthoriun colon es tlnd extrcJpl.inetary 'SOC1JI if'Otlp ngs tH(' OftJnlJt'd 1ntO ex rcooerl tamoly groupine<. or herds.

that &te l~d by Fotcfl:·'~nsitive p'1e--;t~

n·no

lt!..iC.h

lhe doc\

t

1ne o

r

preservauon and reverence tor Mother Junete The

spccocs has tl'm lac m~naged to keep

11non.1ri culture f'ltflr.t dcsp1tr. t~

Ernpue·~ puree o( Fof<c ~t....S.

ll\'

y.c ll• e lo Cl<lOllron lor l!llor.an 3d

YJfCl'd agr.c&.JlUfJI ll'ChntqUCS.

50tJTARV TRAvtl.CRS

IAVAClt~

tvlany herds fear whal the E:.rnpue 1ngnl do whc1 lrnpc rial sc:hol<H"'; have leanled their hll cl lt1·0~1an tcc1uuquc!>. but rhcrc is llttle t'ocy can do wil hou·_ destroy1'1R lh~ t

ull

u

r

e

clley wish :-o prcscr\•C. lihoria1c; withi1 lt'eir nal1vf socu:Ly are- almost univrrv1ny pacifists .• ind 1 t·e !cw n-1<•r1oers of

lhP: species inchncd i:ow;ira viol~nt s.olution~ to prOhlerr.c; are typ;catly exHea f"om ~hc1r homes Practici1e, !'tOr leth.11 self defense 1s not u1ce>~nrt1on (usually b~· meanc; of ttic

c;pc..

c.cs· sonic bellc'.VS:. tr.Jt ltt:o·1ans prefer first 3rd fort'rroc;: to prevent conflias from occu'Ting at all • .at.t11t.-vu11 ~h.s, t•1rovtt cl(.-e<>t1ation ()( C01lpromisc fv1cmbcrs or otter spcc·cs wtK> d-..> OOl

o·cet

tiler first 10·"..-i,.111 by 0r.1ling v.1P• an 1 I

·cm

perec tJ(•Je t.h.J<.J~Y entoJnte' l~rian!. when they arc 3Cll"i d> neutral P"'1 es 5'le!ling to aile"iatc ccolog;ca d3m3!!C or ~eal ""'-00> broueJll about by th<: war.> ol ot~<r cui:u:cs

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