Welcome once more to Heroes on Demand, your source for ready-made and ready-to-play PCs for a variety of RPGs. Given the official web announcement by Fantasy Flight Games about the release of the Edge of the Empire core rulebook (Q2/Spring 2013), I thought I’d offer up a new hero for that system, or at least the Beta version. To be honest, the purely tech-savvy character is one that often gets overlooked in many Star Wars stories in favor of flashier types of characters like blaster-toting bounty hunters, smooth-talking con artists, and flashy pilots. So roll up your sleeves and prepare to get greasy as we introduce…
Game: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beta
Specializations: Outlaw Tech
Obligation: Debt (+10)
Motivation: Droid Rights
Astrogation 1, Computer 1, Discipline 1, Mechanics 2, Negotiation 1, Perception 1, Pilot (Planet) 1, Streetwise 1, Ranged (Light) 1, Knowledge (Outer Rim) 1, Knowledge (Underworld) 1
Solid Repairs, Speaks Binary, Tinkerer, Utinni!
Wound Threshold: 12
Strain Threshold: 12
Equipment: Blaster pistol (Ranged [Light], Damage 6, Crit 3, Medium, stun setting), heavy clothing (Soak 1), comlink, tool kit, utility belt, beat-up astromech (pg205, EotE Beta; reduce all Skill Ranks and Soak Value by 1), 66 credits
Born and raised on a galactic backwater, Lesa always dreamed of finding her way off-planet and out amongst the stars. Instead, she pretty much grew up in her father’s repair shop on the outskirts of a small farming commune; while it wasn’t the typical education that other children got, Lesa did learn plenty about how to patch up and jury-rig various sorts of machinery, ranging from the local landspeeders to labor droids. She met her life-long companion R2-ZBS when a spacer sold the defunct astromech to her father as scrap in exchange for parts to repair his transport. It took the better part of a year, but Lesa was able to get “Zeebs” operational, and though still a bit battered looking, the little R2 unit has been a loyal friend ever since coming back on line.
Much to her parents’ chagrin, Lesa took the chance to sign on with a tramp freighter crew as their primary engineer as a means to finally make it to the stars… even if it meant most of her time was spent working with Zeebs to keep the freighter operational on an extremely tight budget. On the flip side, she’s seen a lot of places more interesting than her home planet, and run across a variety of sordid individuals.
Again, Lesa is a character for whom I let the artwork, created by Terras Jadenor back in 2011, define the character. I liked that this character had a sassy look to her, as well as a rather beat-up looking astromech as her companion. Like I said in the intro, the tech-specialist character is one that tends not to see a lot of play in the majority of the Star Wars games I’ve participated in, with a grand sum of five characters in total, ranging from a feisty R6-series Astromech in an alternate universe campaign I ran to the rather peculiar Niera, an Arkanian Noble played by Agent 26 in our Sunday Star Wars Saga Edition game.
Lesa is first and foremost a techie, with her two ranks in Mechanics and talent selection reinforcing that. Normally having an astromech to start with would be impossible given the high price tag that droids are listed with in the Adversaries chapter of the EotE Beta book. That said, I figured that taking such a high Obligation based on a debt would be a good story justification for her having an R2 unit, though I figure reduced skill ranks and Soak Value would aptly reflect the little droid’s second-hand nature.
Image is by Terras Jadenor and used with his permission.
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