Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Museum Employees

Detailed below are the beings who work at the Museum of Intergalactic Cultures on Nal Hutta, along with suggested exhibits and plot hooks for it.



Pterak Ness, Arcona Curator (Rival)
Brawn 1 Cunning 2 Presence 3
Agility 2 Intellect 2 Willpower 3

Soak: 1
Wound Threshold: 11
Strain Threshold: 13
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Charm 3, Computers 1, Core Worlds 1, Deception 2, Discipline 2, Education 2, Leadership 1, Lore 2, Negotiation 3, Outer Rim 1, Perception 2, Streetwise 1, Underworld 1, Xenology 1

Talents: Grit, Researcher, Resolve, Respected Scholar

Abilities: One free rank in Vigilance; remove setback die caused by hot or arid environment; add advantage to Charm or Negotiation checks

Equipment: Robe, comlink, datapad

Pterak Ness was chosen as the curator for the Museum of Intergalactic Cultures for three reasons. One is that he is knowledgeable in his subject; another is that he is skilled in wheeling and dealing when it comes to handling guests, sponsors and staff members. Most important, however, is that he seems to possess the willpower required to oversee the business with fidelity to the desires of his Hutt masters. The first two points are certainly true for the Arcona scholar and, for the most part, so is the third.
What the Hutts don't know, however, is that Pterak is secretly addicted to glitterstim spice. He started experimenting with the substance as a means of more closely sharing his appreciation of art objects with other beings; the limited form of telepathy granted by the drug made for a communal aesthetic experience. Even so, it has now become a habit for him, and one that enemies could exploit if they ever learned of it.

Jer Tosek, Nikto Assistant Curator (Rival)
Brawn 3 Cunning 2 Presence 3
Agility 2 Intellect 2 Willpower 2

Soak: 4
Wound Threshold: 16
Strain Threshold: 11
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Brawl 2, Coercion 2, Cool 2, Deception 2, Discipline 3, Education 1, Leadership 3, Lore 2, Melee 3, Negotiation 1, Perception 1, Ranged—Light 2, Resilience 2, Skulduggery 2, Stealth 2, Streetwise 2, Survival 3, Underworld 2, Vigilance 2

Talents: Durable, Enduring, Grit, Hard Headed, Knockdown, Stunning Blow, Toughened

Abilities: One free rank in Resilience; one free rank in the Outdoorsman talent

Equipment: Heavy clothing, blaster pistol, vibroblade, comlink, datapad

Working at the Museum of Intergalactic Cultures is a dream posting for Jer Tosek. After all, it puts him in a position to fulfill his real purpose in life—a leader in the Blood Cult of M'dweshuu. While working at the museum, the Gluss'sa'Nikto can meet with potential recruits and even begin them along the path of indoctrination, all in plain sight. To that end, Tosek is just biding his time until he and his fellows are strong to make a move against the Hutt overlords.

Docents (Minions)
Brawn 1 Cunning 1 Presence 2
Agility 1 Intellect 2 Willpower 1

Soak: 1
Wound Threshold: 5 per character
Strain Threshold: NA
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills (group only): Core Worlds, Education, Lore, Outer Rim, Perception, Xenology

Talents: None

Abilities: None

Equipment: Clothing, datapads, comlinks

These beings—of various genders and species—share an interest in intergalactic cultures and a desire to help guests to the museum.

Security Guards (Minions)
Brawn 2 Cunning 2 Presence 1
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 1

Soak: 3
Wound Threshold: 5 each
Strain Threshold: NA
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills (group only): Melee, Perception, Ranged—Light

Talents: None

Abilities: None

Equipment: Heavy clothing, blaster pistol, truncheon, comlink

In stark contrast with the knowledgeable and helpful docents, these beings are gruff and uncompromising. It is their job to see that beings don't take advantage of the gracious gift that the Hutts are sharing with society at large.

Sample Exhibits
Listed below are the titles of some of the displays that have graced different sections of the museum.
  • The Glories of the Hutts
  • Xim: The Defeated Despot
  • Gamorrean Primitive
  • Remnants of Alderaan
  • Kashyyyk: One World, Two Ways
  • Treasures of Empress Teta's Reign
  • Dac: A Clash of Cultures
  • Timeless Tatooine
  • Fantastic Fallucia
  • Techniques of the Techno Union
  • Ch'hala Topiaries of Cularin

Using the Museum in an Edge of the Empire Campaign
This Museum of Intergalactic Cultures can be incorporated in a campaign in many different ways; a few of the possibilities are detailed here.
  • If the PCs are doing business with the Hutts, the museum could serve as a meeting place for negotiations.
  • They could be hired to acquire an important artifact, or to help deliver items for a display; in either case, local pirates might also be interested.
  • On the other hand, they could also be hired to steal a valuable item from the museum.
  • Alternately, they could be present when someone else attempts to burglarize the institution.
  • The PCs could also learn of Ness's addiction or Tosek's cult status, and thus gain leverage over those characters.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Intergalactic Museum

This post draws its inspiration from my previous line of exploration that focused on Corellia. It is fortuitous, however, that it is located on Nal Hutta, continuing my exploration of Hutt Space. I say fortuitous because Fantasy Flight Games has just announced that their next sourcebook for Edge of the Empire will be Lords of Nal Hutta, dedicated to that very part of the galaxy.

Lords of Nal Hutta


Intergalactic Museum
Few beings would think of the planet Nal Hutta as a tourist destination. After all, the planet is known for little more than Hutt palaces and swampland. Even so, there's a little-known gem of academic and aesthetic value to be found there—the Museum of Intergalactic Cultures. To its credit, the place does boast a large number of artworks from all around the galaxy. That doesn't change the fact, however, that it also serves as a front for numerous Hutt crime boss investors, who use it as an elaborate credit laundering scheme.

The Grand Tour
The building's exterior is made from dark, imported Durosian marble. There is a small portico out front, from which broad, double bronzium doors provide entry to the lobby. The outside walls are pierced by tall, narrow windows, ones that are too small for most beings to slip through them. There is also a series of nine skylights in the top of the roof, windows that are reinforced by durasteel crosspieces to protect against intrusion. There are floodlights situated out front, too, as a deterrent to thieves.

Bypassing the alphanumeric keypad out front requires a daunting Skulduggery or Computers check—provided one can find the time to work on it without attracting the unwanted attention of the guards, of course.

1. Lobby
This room is furnished with little more than two information desks and a large glass box for collecting donations. The prior are staffed by appealing Twi'lek docents who can direct guests to whatever it is that they seek. The latter, on the other hand, is a secret source of delight for the Hutt benefactors, since it means that other beings unwittingly donate to their illicit enterprises.

2. Turbolifts
On three sides of the building, these provide access between levels. In addition to the normal controls, they have slots for inserting passkeys, in order to reach the building's lower level. Bypassing that safeguard requires a hard Skulduggery or Computers effort.

3. Refreshers
Each of these small rooms provides all of the usual amenities.

4. Stairway
For beings who aren't Hutts, these provide a secondary means of passing between levels. Like the turbolifts, they require passkeys and codes to reach the basement.

5-11. Exhibits
These broad, open rooms have plenty of space for arranging displays, with shelving units and display cases that can be added as necessary. The odd-numbered areas, which are larger, also have narrow windows for illumination.

12. Central Plaza
This area is kept open for traffic. There are L-shaped seating areas for guests who need to rest.

13-20. More Exhibits
These rooms are the same as their counterparts on the lower level, except that is the even-numbered ones that are larger and better lit.

21. Lightwell
A railing surrounds the open area above the central plaza, below, allowing illumination from the skylights overhead to reach the lower level.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Day That Shall Be Long Remembered

Today I had the privilege of attending the Rebellion Day event at the Fantasy Flight Games Event Center. It started off with a question-and-answer session between five or six members of the design team and the guests. They weren't allowed to say much about future projects, of course, but they did mention that the license seems secure in the light of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm.

The highlight of the day, of course, was the gaming session. My table had Fischer for our GM, and he did an excellent job. The scenario was “Rescue at Glare Peak,” and we enjoyed it. I have the highlights below.


The scenario began with the heroes atop a building in the town of Glare Peak, hooking up an illicit device. We witnessed the crash of a Y-wing fighter. On the way to check for survivors, we ran into a squad of stormtroopers. Our Bothan spy tried to lead them astray with a story about seeing someone fleeing in a different direction, and this was the first time that Despair reared its ugly head. They didn't buy the claim, and a lightfight ensued.

After dispatching the stormies, we reached the scene of the crash, in the front of a local cantina. The Imperials had cordoned off the area, but we slipped inside via a secret tunnel. Our Bothan tried another ruse to deceive the technicians and stormtroopers there, but once again Despair reared its ugly head and a lightfight ensued.

Via a captured technician we learned that the Y-wing's pilot had been taken to the local detention center. Armed with fake identification and a speeder borrowed from a local tech contractor, we headed in to stage a rescue. This time my Human lieutenant received the visit from Despair while attempting a bluff, but the Bothan sprang into action and coerced the officer out front to keep his mouth shut. Thus we were able to slip into the cell bay. Our Ithorian engineer took control of the computer terminal, allowing us to free the prisoner we sought. As this was transpiring, we learned that the base was about to receive an important visitor, and he arrived then—none other than Darth Vader.

Knowing we were outmatched, we used the Duro sharpshooter's explosive to make a new exit. The Ithorian bought us some time with a Triumph-ant use of his bellow, the Bothan led our prisoner out to freedom, and the Duro saved my Human by tackling him down the mountainside before Vader could strike. We slipped back into town, arranged transportation offplanet and escaped.


All in all, the session highlighted some of the great elements of the game. For one thing, the dice did affect the story, and unexpected complications made for memorable scenes. It's also notable that the first time anybody cracked a rulebook was nearly two hours into the session, when we needed to see what kind of benefits donning stormtrooper armor gave us. Most importantly, though, it really felt like Star Wars.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rebellion Day and the Name Game, Part 2

I have two quick things for today's post. One is a note that Fantasy Flight Games has released the list of retailers who are participating in Rebellion Day this weekend. Have a look.

Rebellion Day Participants

The second thing is an addition to my previous article about coming up with names for characters.


The Name Game, Part 2
One of this blog's earliest articles presented some different ways to find names for Star Wars characters. Here are some more.

One is to take real-world names and cut out parts of them. Take, for example, the name Jeremiah. Looking at it, one could cut off the end, providing the name Jerem. Alternately, take the name Nathanael. Take a bit off the beginning and the end and you have Thana.

You could even take the letters that are left, n-a-e-l, to create another name, Nela. Perhaps she and Thana are sisters, or a mother and daughter.

Another option is to take real-world names and change a letter or two. Take the name Michael, for example. Change one letter and it becomes Mithael. John, in the same way, can become Jorn.
To add a level of complication, one can use to find random names. Just pick a movie, clic on the “See full cast” link, and pick something not so famous. Take, for example, Paul Blake, the actor credited for Greedo. With a few changes, that becomes Gaul Olak.

Not every attempt at producing a name will be successful, of course, but with a little practice these options can yield satisfying results.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Expanding the Operation

Despite the fact that Slarr the Hutt's operation is a relatively small one, this crime lord works tirelessly to expand his activities in all manner of illicit markets. To that end, his workers are laboring to build a lower level for his palace, providing living space for new minions, more storage for illegal goods, and the like.

Refer to the appropriate map for the following location descriptions.

11. Towers
Spiral staircases lead down to this level from the towers at ground level. The bases of the towers are laid out in a similar manner to those above, except that they do not have firing ports for weapons.

12. Torture Chamber
All Hutts tend toward grandiosity when it comes to showing off their power. For the notorious Jabba the Hutt, that means having a dungeon with a rancor in it, one into which he can drop irritating visitors or disloyal servants. While Slarr is not so well off as Jabba, he still exhibits the habit. In this case, Slarr has built a torture chamber beneath his throne room. There is a hidden, barred trapdoor in the ceiling, which he can open via a control panel on his dais; in this way he can sit in leisure and listen while his enemies are tortured—like opera to the ears of a Coruscanti noble. In the middle of the torture chamber is a broad table with restraints at its four corners; shelves on the walls hold all manner of unpleasant implements.

13. Prisoner Cells
Each of these small chambers boasts doors that open only from the outside, a safety precaution to prevent their inhabitants from escaping. The doors themselves are solid durasteel, and have a small, barred slit at roughly eye level. Beyond that, their only furnishing is a narrow bench along each wall, providing a place to sit or lie down, albeit not comfortably.

14. New Rooms
These large chambers are unfinished. They represent Slarr's grand schemes for expanding his operation, places for new employees and activities. Traborn Yerg is already looking at turning one into a workshop for making new combat automata, and Slarr imagines maintaining a stable of loyal smugglers to send on daring transport jobs.

Utho Keram, Thakwaash Torturer (Rival)
Brawn 3 Cunning 2 Presence 1
Agility 2 Intellect 2 Willpower 2

Soak: 3
Wound Threshold: 15
Strain Threshold: 13
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Athletics 1, Brawl 2, Coercion 3, Cool 1, Deception 1, Discipline 2, Lore 1, Mechanics 2, Medicine 2, Melee 2, Negotiation 1, Perception 2, Resilience 2, Survival 1, Underworld 1, Vigilance 1, Xenology 2

Talents: Grit, Pressure Point, Resolve, Surgeon

Abilities: Multiple Personalities: At the start of their turn, a Thakwaash can choose to suffer 2 Strain to upgrade the dice pool once for a specific skill until the start of their next turn.

Equipment: Clothing, stimpack, medkit, vibroknife

Utho Keram was once an up-and-coming doctor in the Core Worlds. Although he was highly knowledgeable regarding his subject matter, the problem was that he found he liked to test beings' resistance to pain. To that end he would sometimes make his patients push their boundaries, and this eventually led to an unfortunate death. Fleeing from persecution, Utho made his way out to Hutt Space, where he made the acquaintance of Slarr.

It turned out that theirs was a serendipitous meeting. After all, Slarr was looking for a being who could helps his enemies see the errors of their ways, while Utho was in need of a job. The Hutt generously hired the Thakwaash, providing him with a facility for testing his theories and a steady stream of subjects on which to do so.

When he is not busy working with a subject, Utho spends his time resting in one of the prisoner cells that surround the torture chamber. He finds that basking in the smell of the condemned is highly stimulating, but also very relaxing.

(This character uses stats from the Unofficial Species Menagerie, from the Gaming Security Alliance.)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vrab's Garden

When beings consider the drug trade in the galaxy, they usually think about commodities such as ryll and glitterstim. While not as well known, lesai is a stimulant that has its adherents. For one thing, it allows users to go without sleep. For another, some claim that it deadens the emotions. It is the prior property that makes it valuable, and Slarr the Hutt employs an Ithorian gardener to produce it for sale. The gardener, Eryado Vrab, produces it in a facility that fronts as a producer of foodstuffs for the Hutt's enjoyment, but a few beings know the truth about it.

The Garden

Refer to the appropriate map for the following area descriptions. The garden is built using a prefabricated pressure dome, the kind of used on airless worlds. This allows for easy maintenance of temperature and humidity, allowing Vrab to create just the right environment.

1. Entrance
Each entrance consists of an airlock with pressurized double doors on each side. Only one is actually functional, since power has been cut off from the other three. Vrab can reconnect power in the event of an emergency, however. Unless one has the passcode, it takes a pair of hard Skulduggery checks to bypass the doors.

2. Interior
The interior of this building is hot and humid. The floor is filled with dirt, and there is a pool of water in the center. More than a dozen trees surround the pool, along with shrubberies and other plants. All in all it forms a habitat for various creatures and plants, including the amphibians that are one of Slarr's favorite snacks. A number of the lizards that are a source for lesai can be found throughout the habitat. At any given time, Eryado Vrab, along with two Aqualish guards and a pair of Nikto servants can be found here. All but the Ithorian find it to be rather boring duty, but a change of pace from working inside Slarr's palace.

Eryado Vrab (Rival)
Brawn 2 Cunning 2 Presence 2
Agility 1 Intellect 2 Willpower 3

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 11
Strain Threshold: 15
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Athletics 2, Brawl 1, Cool 1, Core Worlds 2, Discipline 1, Education 2, Lore 2, Medicine 2, Melee 1, Negotiation 1, Outer Rim 2, Perception 3, Resilience 2, Stealth 1, Survival 3, Vigilance 2, Xenology 2

Talents: Confidence, Expert Tracker, Forager, Heightened Awareness, Outdoorsman, Toughened

Abilities: One free rank in Survival; Ithorian Bellow

Equipment: Heavy clothing, breath mask, medpac, vibroknife, walking staff (treat as a truncheon)

Eryado Vrab is an expert when it comes to flora and fauna from around the galaxy. He grew up on Ithor, with a reverence for the Mother Jungle as is common among his species. Even so, the wildlife of one planet was not enough to satisfy his curiosity; he wanted to see other worlds, too. That drive is what eventually led him to Nal Hutta, where Slarr the Hutt offered to bankroll a garden facility if the Ithorian would just add certain specific animals—lizards with fungus growing on their backs—to his menagerie. Although he knows that the fungus is used for nefarious purposes, Vrab could not help but agree. Now he has the freedom to cultivate all manner of plants, as long as he delivers the required quantities of lesai in a timely manner.

Using the Gardner in an Edge of the Empire Campaign
The Ithorian and his illicit pharmaceuticals can be incorporated in a campaign in many different ways; a few of the possibilities are detailed here.
  • Vrab handles the production and distribution of lesai for Slarr the Hutt; his facility relies on secrecy, rather than impressive security messages, for remaining undisturbed. If somebody learned the truth of the matter, they might be so bold as to try robbing the place.
  • One Imperial officer wants to experiment with using lesai to increase the stamina of soldiers in the field. To that end, he visits Slarr's palace and makes arrangements for doing so. While he is there, observant characters might recognize his true identity. Moreover, he might be able to identify wanted criminals who are present. Although it wouldn't do for him to try apprehending those beings in the palace, he could always try to do so once outside it.
  • Should he learn that the PCs are traveling to a world that he hasn't visited, Vrab might ask to accompany them, or offer to pay them for delivering a particular plant or creature.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Slarr the Hutt

Every Edge of the Empire campaign needs a source of obligation for some of the PCs, and there's no better being to be the source of a debt than a Hutt crime boss. Sooner or later, too, any given group of characters will need to pay that crime boss a visit. To that end, this article presents the palace of one such kingpin, the rising Hutt crime lord named Slarr Uwanesh Diann.

Slarr's Palace
This edifice is small but impressive nonetheless, as befits an up-and-coming Hutt crime boss. It is a round building topped by a dome-like structure, two stories in height, with towers in its four corners. The building is crafted from pourstone, with durasteel plating on the outside.
Refer to the appropriate map for the following area descriptions.

1. Entry
Broad warship-grade blast doors provide entrance to the palace. A small control panel next to it allows visitors to announce themselves and state their business, at which point the beings in the control center determine whether or not they should be granted entry. Failing that, it takes a hard Skulduggery check to hotwire one's way past the doors. Given that there are well-armed guards posted in the towers (see below), with line of sight on the entry, trying to force entry is a very dangerous proposition.

2. Front Hall
Inside the front doors is a long passage, the walls of which are adorned with bas-relief carvings depicting glorious moments from the history of the Hutt species. Four guards are posted here at all times.

3. Guard Post
Another shift of four guards wait here at all times in case of trouble, and swap out with the ones posted in the front hall during shift changes.

4. Comm Center
This area is the heart of Slarr's business dealings. It contains five workstations, one reserved for the Gran majordomo and four used by various technicians. From here they monitor the Hutt's investments, making contact with associates, tracking shipments, spying on rivals and the like. The computer terminals all require passcodes to access; those who lack the codes must make a daunting Computers check to gain access. Should that occur, all kinds of valuable information becomes available.

5. Throne Room
Dim light filters into this room from window slits in the dome-like roof overhead. In the middle of it sits Slarr's dais, from which he holds court. The armrest is equipped with a hookah pipe and snackquarium that many of his species favor. Four more guards are present at all times, and the majordomo can be found here when not in the comm center. What is more, those beings who have business to discuss—smugglers who are picking up cargoes, bounty hunters checking on postings, and desperate souls looking to borrow money—can be found here, waiting for Slarr's attention.

6. Guard Barracks
Nine double bunks line the walls of this room, providing a place for Slarr's dozen and a half guards to sleep. There are tables and chairs for guards who have some downtime, along with a pair of refreshers. Guards who don't have business elsewhere can usually be found here, and a handful are sleeping at any given time.

7. Servant Quarters
This room is laid out in the same manner as the guard barracks, but is occupied by palace servants who are not on duty.

8. Kitchen
Counters with stovetops, ovens and sinks line two walls of this room, while tables provide more space for food preparation. Pots, pans and serving dishes hang by hooks from the ceiling. Additionally, a door on the inside wall provides access to the pantry, which is filled with all manner of delicious (by Hutt standards, at least) foodstuffs.

9. Slarr's Chamber
This room contains a computer workstation, two large storage chests, a mud spa and a Hutt-sized refresher unit. In the chests one can find Slarr's personal valuables, which are left to the discretion of the GM. There is also a hidden storage compartment in the outside wall, concealed behind another bas relief of a conquering Hutt. Noticing it requires a daunting Perception effort, and opening it—by pressing both of the depicted Hutt's eyes simultaneously—takes a hard Skulduggery effort. This is where the really valuable items are kept.

10. Guest Quarters
Each of these suites of rooms has sleeping areas containing two beds apiece. The common area is furnished with a table and chairs, along with a storage cabinet that holds fresh bedding and similar items. They are intended, of course, for those beings whose business with Slarr requires them to remain in the palace for an extended period.

11. Towers
Rising three stories in height, these towers have line of sight over the rest of the palace. Each is topped by a turret armed with a vehicle-scale auto-blaster. They also have window slits in the sides, designed as emplacements for character-scale light repeating blasters. Two guards are posted in each tower at all times.

The following characters can usually be found in Slarr's palace.

Slarr the Hutt (Nemesis)
Brawn 5 Cunning 4 Presence 3
Agility 1 Intellect 3 Willpower 4

Soak: 5
Wound Threshold: 17
Strain Threshold: 15
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Brawl 1, Coercion 3, Computers 1, Cool 2, Core Worlds 1, Deception 3, Discipline 2, Education 1, Leadership 2, Lore 1, Melee 1, Negotiation 3, Outer Rim 1, Perception 3, Ranged—Light 2, Resilience 2, Streetwise 3, Survival 1, Underworld 3, Vigilance 2

Talents: Greased Palms, Grit, Know Somebody, Plausible Deniability, Rapid Recovery, Sound Investments x4, Toughened, Wheel and Deal x2

Abilities: Awkward, Ponderous (refer to page 407 of the core rulebook for details); Adversary 1

Equipment: None

Slarr Uwanesh Diann—although few know is kajidic name, and even fewer know his third name—is a relatively young Hutt, and an up-and-comer in the world of organized crime. Even so, he is a force with which to reckon in the galaxy. Slarr runs his organization out of his stronghold on Nal Hutta, and commands a growing ensemble of criminal beings. His activities include the production and distribution of illicit drugs, gunrunning (especially in the Corporate Sector) and slavery. Like others of his species, Slarr is ruthless in his pursuit of profit and power. While he is happy to share his ill-gotten gains with inferiors who prove useful to him, in the end he looks out only for himself.

Tenrep “Dianoga” Cray, Aqualish Captain (Rival)
Brawn 3 Cunning 2 Presence 2
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 2

Soak: 3
Wound Threshold: 14
Strain Threshold: 10
M/R Defense: 1 / 1

Skills: Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Cool 2, Coordination 1, Discipline 3, Gunnery 2, Leadership 3, Mechanics 1, Medicine 1, Melee 2, Perception 2, Piloting—Planetary 1, Piloting—Space 1, Ranged—Heavy 2, Ranged—Light 2, Resilience 2, Stealth 1, Survival 2, Vigilance 2

Talents: Command x2, Confidence, Field Commander, Improved Field Commander, Point Blank, Second Wind x2, Side Step

Abilities: Can breathe underwater; one free rank in Brawl; one free rank in Resilience; remove a setback die due to cold or wet conditions

Equipment: Armored clothing, blaster pistol, blaster carbine, comlink

Tenrep Cray earned his nickname, “the Dianoga,” as a guerilla fighter during sectarian violence, and then the Clone Wars, on Ando. Captain Cray was one of the soldiers who remained loyal to the Republic, and was deeply disturbed by the apparent betrayal of the Jedi Order. In the aftermath of that experience he began working as a mercenary, selling his services to the highest bidder. Before long that led him into contact with Slarr the Hutt, and the Aqualish eventually became the crime lord's chief of security. Cray harbors no illusions about the morality of this business; he has grown cynical regarding noble causes, and now seeks little more than a comfortable life. Even so, if he were to meet someone who could reignite that noble spark, he might be convinced to take up a cause again.

Aqualish Enforcers (Minions)
Brawn 3 Cunning 1 Presence 1
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 2

Soak: 5
Wound Threshold: 5 each
Strain Threshold: NA
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills (group only): Brawl, Gunnery, Melee, Ranged—Heavy, Ranged—Light

Talents: None

Abilities: Can breathe underwater; remove a setback die due to cold or wet conditions

Equipment: Heavy clothing, blaster pistol, comlink

These thugs are oafish and none too bright, but effective in combat. They are quite loyal to Captain Cray, so it would take a good deal of persuasion for them to betray him.

Eom Nivlem, Gran Majordomo (Rival)
Brawn 2 Cunning 2 Presence 3
Agility 2 Intellect 2 Willpower 2

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 14
Strain Threshold: 12
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Charm 2, Coercion 1, Computers 2, Cool 1, Core Worlds 2, Deception 3, Negotiation 2, Outer Rim 1, Perception 3, Ranged—Light 2, Skulduggery 1, Stealth 1, Streetwise 3, Underworld 2, Vigilance 2

Talents: Grit, Kill With Kindness x2, Plausible Deniability x2, Toughened

Abilities: One free rank in Charm or Negotiation; Enhanced Vision: Remove up to two setback dice from ranged attacks or Perception checks caused by environmental effects or concealment

Equipment: Comlink, datapad, blaster pistol

Eom Nivlem was once an important aide to the Imperial Senator from Malastare. With Palpatine's disbanding of the Senate, however, he found himself without a job. Never one to rest on his heels, the Gran sought out a young Hutt crime lord and offered his services. Perhaps to his own surprise, Slarr accepted. Now Eom serves as an emissary for the crime boss, providing access to circles in which the Hutt would not normally be welcome. To that end he travels through the galaxy, conducting negotiations and handing out assignments. Eom is ever the opportunist, and it won't be long before he starts using his influence in Slarr's organization to line his own pockets.

Nikto Servants (Minions)
Brawn 3 Cunning 2 Presence 2
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 2

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 5 each
Strain Threshold: NA
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills (group only): Athletics, Brawl, Perception

Talents: None

Abilities: NA

Equipment: Clothing

These Humans are rough individuals who work for Slarr because they don't have many other options. Even so, the fact that they have a relatively comfortable life working for Slarr buys a certain amount of loyalty. They know who feeds them and puts a roof over their heads, as it were.

Traborn Yerg, Human Technician (Rival)
Brawn 2 Cunning 2 Presence 2
Agility 2 Intellect 3 Willpower 2

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 12
Strain Threshold: 12
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills: Astrogation 1, Computers 3, Education 2, Gunnery 1, Mechanics 3, Piloting—Planetary 1, Piloting—Space 1, Ranged—Light 1, Skulduggery 2, Streetwise 1

Talents: Grit, Side Step, Solid Repairs, Speaks Binary, Tinkerer x2, Toughened, Utinni!

Abilities: One free rank in each of two non-career skills

Equipment: Blaster pistol, comlink, datapad, toolkit

At one time Traborn Yerg was a promising young tech working in the Corporate Sector. He was—and still is—gifted when it comes to building, repairing and modifying droids. In particular, he had a knack for gladiator droids, something that brought him to the attention of certain CorpSec higher-ups who enjoyed watching robots fight each other. While that made for quick promotions, it also ultimately led to his downfall. One of his droids went berserk, killing the Viceprex who'd bought it. In the aftermath, Yerg fled to Hutt Space. There he took a job as a technician, managing Slarr's comm center. At the same time, he continues to work on combat automata, and has recently finished a prototype droid bounty hunter. Although he is awkward in the presence of females, Yerg believes that his technical prowess makes him appealing to them.

Nikto Technicians (Minions)
Brawn 3 Cunning 2 Presence 2
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 2

Soak: 2
Wound Threshold: 5 each
Strain Threshold: NA
M/R Defense: 0 / 0

Skills (group only): Athletics, Brawl, Computers, Perception

Talents: None

Abilities: NA

Equipment: Clothing

These technicians are recruited from the ranks of the servants and trained by Traborn Yerg to work in the palace's comm center. Because they know they've been spared from more difficult tasks by him, that gives Yerg some influence over them. He hasn't been willing to exploit that arrangement, however, because of the security that working for Slarr gives him.

KLR-1 (Rival)
Brawn 2 Cunning 1 Presence 1
Agility 2 Intellect 1 Willpower 1

Soak: 3
Wound Threshold: 14
Strain Threshold: 12
M/R Defense: 1 / 1

Skills: Athletics 1, Brawl 2, Cool 2, Gunnery 2, Melee 2, Perception 1, Ranged—Heavy 2, Ranged—Light 2, Stealth 1, Streetwise 1, Vigilance 2

Talents: Dodge, Grit, Lethal Blows, Precise Aim, Quick Draw, Quick Strike, Targeted Blow

Abilities: Droid Qualities, Inorganic, Mechanical Being

Equipment: Armor equivalent to armored clothing, blaster pistol, blaster carbine, vibrosword

This scratch-built prototype, known as “Killer,” is Traborn Yerg's pride and joy. It is so far untested, but the Human hopes that it will become an effective bounty hunter and thus allow him to profit from it collecting bounties. Needless to say, Yerg has not mentioned the bounty on his own head. Fort its part, Killer is mechanical and remorseless in pursuing the tasks assigned to it.

Using Slarr the Hutt and His Entourage in an Edge of the Empire Campaign
This Hutt crime boss can be incorporated in a campaign in many different ways; a few of the possibilities are detailed here.
  • First and foremost, Slarr can be a source of obligation for the PCs, a being to whom they owe debts or one who has placed a bounty on them.
  • Slarr can also be a source of jobs, calling on them to smuggle cargo into a controlled system, to pursue a bounty or the like.
  • One of Slarr's rivals, such as Tebora the Muun, could hire the PCs to access his stronghold and steal his secrets.
  • Captain Cray can provide some interesting roleplaying opportunities, given that he once fought alongside the Jedi and came to respect them, but believes the lies told about them by the powers that be.
  • Traborn Yerg could also become a source of intrigue. There's a bounty on his head, placed by agents of the Corporate Sector, nd the PCs might be so bold as to pursue it into Slarr's palace.