Heroes on Demand: Jarith Morano, Arrogant Noble-in-Exile

Welcome once more to Heroes on Demand, your leading source for ready-made and ready-to-play characters for a variety of RPGs.  For this installment, we’ve been fortunate enough to schedule a brief introduction with the son of one of the leading noble families from the Core Worlds.  However, some “minor concerns back home” have encouraged him to take an “extended holiday” out to the fringes of the galaxy.  So smarten up your appearance and grab a snifter of quality brandy as we humbly present…

“The confused look on your face makes it quiet clear that you fail to grasp just whom you are dealing with.”

Jarith Morano of House Morano
Game
: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beta

Species: Human
Career: Colonist
Specialization: Politico
Obligation: Blackmail*
Motivation: Ambition (Status)
*increase starting value by +5

Characteristics
Brawn 2
Agility 2
Intellect 2
Cunning 3
Willpower 2
Presence 3

Skills
Charm 2, Coerce 2, Deceit 1, Leadership 1, Negotiation 1, Perception 1, Streetwise 1, Ranged (Light) 1, Knowledge (Core Worlds) 1, Knowledge (Education) 1

Talents
Grit, Kill with Kindness, Plausible Deniability, Scathing Tirade

Soak/Defense: 2/0
Wound Threshold: 12
Strain Threshold: 13
Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged [Light], Damage 6, Crit 3, Range Medium, stun setting), comlink, extra reload, stylish clothing, 1138 credits

Background: Jarith was born to a life of privilege, his family possessed of broad political connections cultivated through years of politicking and charitable campaign contributions, to say nothing of the vast financial resources at the disposal of House Morano thanks to a broad portfolio of corporate stock and diverse investments that have stood the test of time for at least a dozen generations.  For him, it was simply expected that he would one day succeed his father as the patriarch of House Morano, inheriting not only the vast wealth but also the responsibility of tending and nurturing of the family’s numerous assets.  That he was young and ridiculously wealthy enabled him to enjoy the high life as part of the Galactic Empire’s social elite was an added bonus, and Jarith has left more than one heartbroken maiden in his wake.

But that all changed when the patriarch of another noble family, a long-standing rival to House Morano, presented a collection of highly-embarrassing “secrets” that he just happened to have uncovered.  It was almost too much for Father to bear, the allegations and ensuing scandals that followed almost ruined everything Jarith’s ancestors had spent generations building.  Things only got worse for Jarith when it was discovered that it had been a former paramour from his university days, herself a member of the rival family, that had been the true mastermind behind the revelation of these alleged dark secrets, most of which Jarith was certain were nothing more than well-crafted forgeries and falsehoods.  When he confronted her about, she took sadistic glee in the turn of events, making it clear that she’d used him from the start as nothing more than a pawn in a revenge scheme, payback for a petty political setback that his great-grandfather had caused almost two centuries ago.

Most of his family now branded as traitors to the Empire, Jarith was among the lucky few to escape the ensuing purge conducted by COMPNOR with his skin intact and access to a private account he’d had the foresight to set-up just in case Father suddenly got tight-fisted with access to the family treasury.  As the weeks and months went on, Jarith’s once-sizable account balance has dwindled to a mere shadow of its former worth.  Rather than make him despair, this turn of events has instead inspired the young aristocrat to take up the gauntlet and restore his family’s name, honor, and wealth.  He has learned a valuable lesson, and knows that in order to accomplish this goal, he’s going to need allies to prove his family’s innocence and the complicity of his family’s rivals in casting down House Morano.

Design Notes: I’ve been taking more than a few bits of inspiration from the WEG version of Star Wars of late, and the Arrogant Noble is no exception.  While the original template ostensibly had more of their social and fiscal connections, for Edge of the Empire, that doesn’t really make sense as the characters are living on the fringe and certainly are not loaded to the gills with an excess of credits.  And so, Jarith Morano went from just being an arrogant noble to being an arrogant noble-in-exile, lacking all the connections and credits that being a part of the nobility would provide.

I did however choose to give him a small bankroll by taking some extra Obligation, but even that’s likely to vanish in short order, meaning that Jarith’s not going to be able to sit back on his laurels.  With time, he might even develop into an inspiring leader of men by selecting the appropriate talents from the Politico specialization, but he’s pretty good at sweet-talking the people he needs to sweet-talk or just browbeating those who are generally beneath his notice.  He’ll also be a fish out of water when dealing with some of the seedier aspects of the Fringe; the only reason he’d choose to enter a cantina like the one in Mos Eisley is out of sheer desperation, and Jarith would want to get away from Tatooine as quickly as possible.

Character image is by Stirzy, courtesy of the Star Wars Artist’s Guild, located at http://www.swagonline.net/

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