Hey Everybody! Monday Night Miller time! Tonight I bring you something from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away...
Hopefully the devout readers of Miks Minis remember a play report post of Savage Worlds ala Star Wars meets Inglorious Basterds back in September 2009. Holy cow thats a while ago, yet, I still remember that game like it was yesterday! If not you can check it out here. I can honestly say it is one of the best games to date that I've played with the Minions gaming group. It was so much fun in fact that Andy has agreed to run some more "Star Basterds" goodness later this year. I am so eager to play this great setting again that my gears have been spinning since it was first mentioned a couple of months ago. I took that inspiration and drew up a character concept I had for the first session but never got to explore. This character is so cool, at least to me (opposing opinions and comments welcome below), that it ended up becoming two characters in one. Now originally I had doodled this pair up during the game but have since misplaced the drawing. I'll be sure to post it here when I find it.
The core half of the background behind the duo's concept is of a lone jawa left behind, barely clinging to life, after an attack by some sand troopers destroyed a convoy of Sand Crawlers believed to be housing rebel forces and conspirators. In the end there were no rebels within the massive Crawlers however all the jawa's loved ones had been massacred and left to be forgotten in the burning wreckage as the sands of Tatooine buried the horrific site from history. The jawa managed to survive the onslaught and harsh desert conditions driven only by its unspoken vow to do whatever it could to make the Empire pay for these heinous acts. A once passive creature turned into a blood hungry soldier in an ongoing war with a great evil.
The other half of the background is that of a B-1 Battle Droid discovered amongst the ruins of a dilapidated Trade Federation bunker. As the aforementioned Jawa wandered the desert ,barely maintaining it's sanity, it stumbled upon the ruins and took shelter within during a terrible sand storm and found his future companion. The droid was physically just a fraction of its former self. Its lower half blasted away during an exchange of fire as a Tusken attack breached the inner command stations. Unable to resist its nature to scavenge, the Jawa went to work looking around for whatever it could find of value. Imagine its surprise when the droid it was pulling from some rubble startled to life. The droid was a sentient model and its mental capacity had deteriorated substantially as it had been on its own for quite some time. The resulting personalty was that of a quirky individual to say the least. It had a penchant to speak and act before thinking in addition to having a knack of not understanding the seriousness of tense situations.
Originally the jawa had intended to sell off the droid as that model had become a rare find in recent history. However the droid proved quite useful in its knowledge of tactics and what it could remember of the locations of Federation holdings on Tatooine. A mutual respect developed and in time the jawa had befriended the droid and even managed to tinker with and fine tune its inner wirings making it a better shot, a long standing problem of battle droids and storm troopers alike. Together they become a formidable force to be reckoned with. A jawa who rarely speaks and a droid that does more than enough talking for the both of them. Not long after they joined a group in the business of doin' one thing and one thing only... killin' Storm Troopers.
Aldo & Raine!