Elemental Isle Nihl
Inspired by Jeff’s What If StarWars think tank. The below was ghostwritten by Allan Dean Foster.
Another galaxy, another time.
The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. No need to note where it was or whence it came, only to know that… it was the Republic.
Once, under the wise rule of the Senate and the protection of the Jedi Knights, the Republic throve and grew. But as often happens when wealth and power pass beyond the admirable and attain the awesome, then appear those evil ones who have greed to match.
So it was with the Republic at its height. Like the greatest of trees, able to withstand any external attack, the Republic rotted from within though the danger was not visible from outside.
Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the remembered glory of the Republic.
Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor, shutting himself away from the populace. Soon he was controlled by the very assistants and boot-lickers he had appointed to high office, and the cries of the people for justice did not reach his ears.
Having exterminated through treachery and deception the Jedi Knights, guardians of justice in the galaxy, the Imperial governors and bureaucrats prepared to institute a reign of terror among the disheartened worlds of the galaxy. Many used the imperial forces and the name of the increasingly isolated Emperor to further their own personal ambitions.
But a small number of systems rebelled at these new outrages. Declaring themselves opposed to the New Order they began the great battle to restore the Old Republic.
From the beginning they were vastly outnumbered by the systems held in thrall by the Emperor. In those first dark days it seemed certain the bright flame of resistance would be extinguished before it could cast the light of new truth across a galaxy of oppressed and beaten peoples…
From the First Saga
Journal of the Whills
“They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Naturally they became heroes.”
— Leia Organa of Alderaan, Senator
The only background that is going to be used is from the Original movie A New Hope. As such the only races playable are ones shown in the movie.
Classes provided a jumping off point for your character. A jedi may be a suriving member of the Jedi order that was betrayed by Darth Vader. Alternatively they may be from some backwaters planet that developed force use naturally and haven’t garnered the Empires attention yet. A soldier may be Rebel or Imperial trained. He may even be a veteran of the Clone wars. Note since we’re only using EPIV the clone wars is only mentioned in passing by Obiwan. It could have involved using a clone army, fighting a clone army, using clones to keep a war going, or even Obiwan fighting dopplegangers. Any background not provided by EPIV will be created collaboratively between the GM and the Players.
Jedi: Actual or Force Witch (Select tradition)
Soldier: Rebel/Imperial trained, Clone Wars veteran
Scoundrel: Smuggler, Cantina Denizen
Scout: Anything really, including a wamp rat shooting, land speeder driving moisture farmer
Noble: Former republic senator, Rebel benefactor, Imperial Officer, Space Princess
Equipment vs Level vs Force/Destiny
Choose whether your character is battle hardened and a skilled expert or has access to lots of funds or is simply favored by the Force. Roll a d4
1: You have a junk blaster barely any ammo and not enough credits to afford ammo much less transportation
2: You have a regular blaster, decent amounts of ammo and enough cash to afford transportation planet side
3: You have either a cutting edge weapon or an exotic one including laser swords. You have enough credits to afford a land speeder and transportation between the stars.
4: Choose one, your own Space ship or a cutting edge exotic weapon.
1: You have a single force point and your maximum force points are lowered by one
2: You have half starting force points
3: You have full force points and a Destiny
4: You have full force points, the Force boon feat, A destiny with 2 DP
Point buy = 8 points
Dice = 3d4, one die per stat either -1 to single; +1 one -2 another; +1 one, -1 to others.
Space Princess – Force 3, Resources 4, Level 1
Forgotten Jedi – Force 1, Resources 3, Level 4
Farm Boy – Force 4, Resources 2, Level 2
Dashing Smuggler – Force 1, Resource 4, Level 3
Veteran Soldier – Force 2, Resources 2, Level 4