It’s your weekly Friday update, and I certainly wouldn’t disappoint you this week! We have ourselves a more “evolved” class page for the Smuggler, as well as a new issue of Blood of the Empire that will conclude this week’s exuberant displays of love from Bioware! More after the break!
Today represents a full class page update, and here’s the information brought to you straight from the Holonet page!
OFFICIAL specialization updates
- Gunslinger: Master of the trick shot, the first to dive for cover and willing to take advantage of every opportunity, the Gunslinger and his dual blasters are the perfect team. The Gunslinger can shoot out a man’s legs to keep him from charging, blind him so he can’t get to his weapons or inflict serious injuries for maximum distraction. There’s a right target for ending every disagreement and the Gunslinger knows them like the inside of his ship.
- Scoundrel: The Scoundrel doesn’t have time for politeness or a fair fight. In addition to his trusty blaster the Scoundrel packs a stealth belt, a scattergun and a med pack–everything he needs to get in, knock the enemy for a loop and get out alive. Being invisible works best, but even when Sith fly through the air waving Lightsabers all they get to do is look surprised as the Scoundrel’s scattergun sends them back the way they came. The Scoundrel always shoots first.
Time Spent in Slavery: 108 years
Lifetime Arena Death-Matches Won: 10,000
Pit-Fighter Aliases: “The Ciller from Kashyyk,” “Deathmountain,” and “Boneshatterer.”
The mighty Wookiee warrior named Bowdaar has fought in every death-match arena from Geonosis to Nar Shaddaa. In over one-hundred years facing countless opponents, Bowdaar has never been defeated. He has bested rancors, gundarks, Mandalorians and even a Jedi in single combat. Even more impressively, he often fights without the benefit of armor or weapons. The more gullible underworld scum whisper that Bowdaar is an immortal creature who can’t be killed, but those who have faced him and lived to tell know he is simply the best there is.
Although his many victories have earned and lost fortunes for the gamblers and crime lords wagering on his fights, Bowdaar has never shared that wealth. Enslaved as a child and forced into the arenas against his will, he has served one corrupt master after another for decades. Bowdaar has no family, no friends and no home—only a warrior’s strength and an unbeatable will to survive.
- Aurebesh: Great Beast Master’s Collateral , Karssk’s Pre–?, Good Luck Redhea-?,
- Left Hand: “Wanted by: Rogan the Butcher”
- Under Gun’s Description: “A Little Luck, a Lot of Skill”
XS Stock Light
The classic Freighter has advanced by leaps and bounds since the Dynamic class Freighters from the days of the Jedi Civil War. The freighter is larger and more versatile than its predecessors, and the XS Stock Light model also features a variety of significant upgrades that make it one of the fastest and most nimble ships in the galaxy. In addition to an enlarged cargo hold, the XS also has secret compartments throughout the ship for transporting contraband and anything else the captain would prefer to keep hidden. If the captain prefers to simply avoid being boarded, the XS has proven itself to be fully capable. In addition to the standard laser and torpedo batteries, the starship is designed with upper and lower turrets that can be controlled manually or remotely from the cockpit. Captains of these freighters typically live on board, so the XS Stock Light has all the creature comforts anyone could ask for, from a recreational lounge to extra sleeping quarters. It’s no wonder that it inspires such loyalty in its owners.
- Relevant Aurebesh: Drayen Deliveries
Often stereotyped as slaves, dancers, and criminals, the truth is that Twi’lek are represented in all walks of life. Naturally quick and cunning, they excell in both physical and cognitive skills, and Twi’leks can generally preform feats of dexterity that significantly surpass other species’ capabilities. their human-like qualities and varied skin pigmentations have earned them a reputation as some of the most beautiful beings in the galaxy. though this has clearly increased their value as slaves and contributed to the exploitation of their species, many free Twi’leks have learned to use their natural beauty and charm to great effect.
One of the most striking aspects of the Twi’leks’ exotic physical appearance is their “lekku”, or “head tails”, which are far more than simple cosmetic appendages. the Lekku serve as extra-sensory organs, giving Twi’leks heightened awareness and a greated capacity to master the arts of communication. historically, Lekku and skin color were symbols of social status among the Twi’leks. In fact, to some extent, skin pigmentation appears to be linked to certain personality traits. Twi’leks with Red-colored skin, for instance, are generally expected to have volatile and violent natures, but just as with any other species, despite such genetic predispositions, character traites are varied depending on the individual.
The distant Twi’lek homeworked of Ryloth has a tragic history. though it’s a cold, rocky planet, the Twi’leks had adapted to the environment and lived in relative harmony for many centuries. Several thousand years ago, however, Ryloth was discovered by the republic and soon after found to have rich stories of rare and valuable Ryll Spice. still new to the Galactic Economy, the Twi’leks were unable to leverage the natural resources to their advantage. Instead, control of the Ryloth mining operation fell into the hands of Hutt Criminal Enterprises who enslaved the Twi’leks and put them to work in their own mines.
Because of their beauty and their skills, Twi’leks were also sold as slaves on the open market, and today they can be found in almost every system in the galaxy. though many remain slaves, countless others have achieved freedom and assimilated well into the galactic population. Despite the number of free Twi’leks across the galaxy, there has never been any credible attempt to liberate Ryloth. This is likely because after generations in slavery across the galaxy, most free Twi’leks have little connection to each other as a speciies and even less connection to a homeworld which they never knew.
- Aurebesh: Refugees on Tython, Fascinate Cada Bliss,
Blood of the empire Act III, Issue IV
We left off with Teneb finishing off the lovely Sith apprentice of the Empire, her demise with an expected “He’s in my head…mocking me”. Now the sensual Teneb Kel extinguishes his blade, and races to assist his companion: Maggot (of whom was badely wounded in the previous issue). Regaining his strength, Maggot informs his master of his actual name and his demand for freedom (though in his native tongue). However, getting that out of his system, Maggot goes back to speaking common, and communicates with his master, answering what it is he heard and that he doesn’t understand what happened exactly. Fatigued, they walk away towards their ship…
Only, before they reach it: Teneb Kel slices his companion in half at the waist, apparently a secret kept is more important than his companion’s well-being! He once again proves his establishment towards the Sith cause in this needless act of violence. Afterward, the Republic assault on the world fails, and all those who participated retreated or were captured…and Teneb leaves the world, hopefully to never return again.
Teneb Kel confronts the dark council and demands he be made a dark lord in return for information pertaining toward the Emperor’s plans for the future of the Sith. His Darth title: Darth Thanton. Look for it in game! This concludes the Blood of the Empire comic series.
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