So my idea here borrows from several bases. Obviously the first one is Star Wars. My original concept was loosely based on stuff published about the aftermath of The Battle of Endor, where Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader die and the Empire is thrown into disarray. I'll get a bit more into that later. Other influences are the SWTOR MMO and the Star Wars Saga edition game.
The primary idea borrowed from SWTOR is the idea of a Main Character who has a group of friends he can select from to take on missions. In SWTOR you normally can only take one companion with you as you explore and take on various missions. What I borrowed from SW Saga is the idea of the five classes: Jedi, Noble, Scoundrel, Scout, Soldier. I figured I'd give our MC one companion of each of those classes to fill different roles. The five classes copacetically matched up with the number of companions you normally get in SWTOR.
The basic idea works like this: or main hero is the Mirialan Jedi front and center. He started off joining The Rebellion as a scout/pilot just before the Battle of Hoth, where he met the big Zabrak/Cyborg Soldier. The two were partnered for a snow speeder and sent out along with others to delay the Imp Walkers while the Rebels evacuated the base. They were initially successful but ultimately got shot down. The MC ejected but saw that the Zabrak was pinned under the broken rear gun mount, so as soon as he landed he went to pull his new friend out of the wreckage. Unfortunately a walker beat him to the wreckage and trampled it on it's way to the base. Our guy still managed to pull his new friend out and kept him alive despite his critical injuries until another crew could stop and take them to an evac transport. The Zabrak survived but ended up having all four limbs and both eyes replaced along with a few other Cyborg mods installed. The MC didn't know he was Force Sensitive, but he was able to access Force Healing while calling it “sharing the will to live” - he would take on some of the pain of his friends to ease their suffering and make it more bearable.
While the Zabrak recovered our guy was teamed up with the female Cathar Scout/Sniper and performed a few missions with her. Later on the two were joined by the Zabrak and the team was rounded out with a commanding officer, who unfortunately took a fatal hit on a mission and our MC had to take command of the group in order to complete their mission. Afterwards he was given the CO position permanently and the trio began working with a variety of Mission Specialists.
One of these was the female Falleen Noble. Rebels need supplies, those supplies are often Black Market items, so having the daughter of a powerful criminal cartel join the Rebellion was a boon. Falleen are known for being manipulative and selfish. Initially she wasn't very different, she joined the Rebellion though because she foresaw Palpatine's alien-hating Empire as a danger to her family and her people and decided to support the Rebels in order to save her own people. Over time she became more friendly to those she most trusted. To outsiders she can still come across as aloof, cold, and selfish, but her close companions know that this is just a facade she puts on to throw off those she doesn't yet know and trust.
The little R4 droid was assigned to the team initially as co-pilot, navigator, and mechanic for their transport. It took them quite some time to figure out that his entire core programming had been re-written at some point in the past to turn him into a smuggler-captains most loyal and capable companion. His basic core programming had been re-written to turn him into a Scoundrel/thief/hacker without reducing his effectiveness as Pilot or Mechanic. His shell hides a built-in blaster pistol port and a grenade launcher that he only uses non-fatal grenades (smoke, tear-gas, flash-bang, etc) in. The R4 series was created to be a cheap replacement for the much sturdier R2 series. Materials for the R4 series were more basic and less durable than those used in the R2 series, but this reduced the cost enough to make them affordable to many who could not afford the expensive top-of-the-line R2.Besides his software upgrades he has some material upgrades that include a cloaking hologram emitter and an sound suppressor to increase his stealth abilities. With his small size, and the fact that most droids are treated like furniture and largely ignored he's capable of amazing acts of infiltration and espionage.
The last person to join the team was the female Twi'lek. Initially she was a slave owned by one of the black marketeers that the group was sent to negotiate with. When she found out that her master intended to betray them to the Empire, she warned them and managed to sneak them off her master's compound before the Imperials arrived. She was at least partially motivated by the fact that she developed an instant crush on our MC and didn't want to just stand by while the Empire took him and his friends. Our Heroes decided to take her with them and provide her with a new identity as an assistant to the Falleen. Initially she was trained mostly by the droid as a Scoundrel, but later on our hero realizes she was also Force Sensitive and began training her as his Padawan – but that's getting a bit ahead of the story. She and our MC develop a bit of an infatuation with each other before realizing they are Jedi. Luke's Order isn't hard core on the old rules like the ones prohibiting relationships.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor Luke starts looking for other Force Sensitives he can bring in to his New Jedi Order. He first starts looking through the various Rebel forces for recruits to start with, and that's where he finds our MC. After giving him a brief training period Luke assigns him to go out into the galaxy and find other Force Sensitives to join the Jedi, and to do good deeds in order to improve the reputation of the Jedi. Our Guy is reunited with some of his old crew to help him.
They leave to try and find out what happened to the Falleen and the Twi'lek, who haven't reported back from their last mission. On the way they receive an SOS from a ship that claims it's hyperdrive malfunctioned, but things feel off to most of our group so they go in with caution. It turned out to be a ploy by slaver-pirates but our guys won out thanks to superior training and gear. They discovered the Falleen being held by the pirates and she informed the rest that the Twi'lek had been traded to another pirate vessel since their capture. Between her own subtle manipulations of the pirates while she was their captive and the R4's “interrogation” of the pirate ships navigation computer they have some strong leads to follow as to the pirates main base.
Our heroes decide to go rescue their missing friend. They are ultimately successful and our MC takes on the Twi'lek as his padawan once he realizes that she too is Force Sensitive. Where our MC chose a more martial but stealthy path of Shadow, she decides to follow the path of the Consular so she can focus on studying the more esoteric arts of the Jedi. She rapidly learns his Force Healing skill along with several others.
Of the rest of the team the Cathar and Falleen have a lose relationship based on the fact that Falleen release strong pheromones that they use to influence others emotions. Myhr is very susceptible to them because of her superior sense of smell, she really likes the way Zuuri smells. On the other hand Zuuri is cold blooded and enjoys snuggling up with warm people, and Myhr is very warm. Their relationship Is very casual though.
Kern: male Mirialan Scout/Jedi Shadow
Hesiod: male Zabrak/Cyborg Soldier
Myhr: female Cathar Scout/Sniper/Tracker
R4M8: droid Scoundrel/Pilot/Thief/Hacker
Seela: female Twi'lek Scoundrel/Jedi Consular
Zuuri: female Falleen Noble/Negotiator.
So my idea is that the group would take on missions, with our MC taking along his padawan and one other team member for each phase of the mission depending on which specialist would be more useful to have along. Thus it would work somewhat like the original Mission Impossible TV show where our MC takes on missions and chooses support personnel based on how he can use them to support the mission, they show up to do
their stuff and then pull out to let the plan follow through while the next person waits for his cue to join in.
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