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Introduction ........................................................ 5
Rebellion ............................ 5 ................................................ 42
...................................... 49
Equipment ................................... 52
New Vehicles ...................................................... 56
ChaRter. Ill : Indomitable Courage ..................... 65
Integrating Soldier. Chara

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New ifalents ........................................................ 34
Soldiers in Other. Stories
Strike Missions ............. ..
Soldier. Campaigns ......... .
Motivations ............................................ 36 Fortifications ................. .
Signature Abilities ............................. ..... 3 7 Combat Environments ........................................ 8 6
Soldier Rewards.............................................. .... 9 5
SOLDIERS IN THE AGE OF REBELLION
onflicts in Star Wars are frequently determined by
C individual acts of heroism. Sages and warriors fol-
lowing the will of the Force perform some of these
Chapter I: Heroes of the Rebellion introduces
four new playable species and three new Soldier
career specializations. The first two species, the Elo-
brave acts. but many other such feats are the do-or- min and Eloms, are culturally and historically linked,
die efforts of soldiers in the trenches, facing the enemy as they are native to the same homeworld. The Kyuzo
armed only with grit, ingenuity, and the hope for a bet- have a proud martial history, and members of the
ter day. No mystical champions wielding lightsabers fighting orders known as clovocs are renowned across
confronted the Imperial stormtroopers who blasted the galaxy. The isolationist Shistavanens are born
their way aboard the blockade runner in A New Hope, hunters on their homeworld, and some of them who
only rank and file soldiers dedicated to defending their travel the galaxy are drawn to joining the Rebel Alli-
ship and their leaders. ance's fight against tyranny. The new Soldier special-
Soldiers also comprise most of the participants in izations focus on three different, aggressive types of
any large scale combat. Exceptional circum stances fighters. The Heavy uses sweeping arcs of withering
aside. conquering and holding a major military objec- firepower to destroy foes at range. The Trailblazer
tive such as a space station, city, planet, or star sys- swiftly traverses rugged terrain, serving as a scout, a
guide leading allies, and a wilderness infiltrator. The
tem requires incredible numbers of people. A fear-
some weapon such as the Death Star might blast a Vanguard is extraordinarily tough, skilled at breaching
enemy fortifications, and excels at leading the charge
planet into shattered rock and space dust, but if the
Emperor wants to utilize a world's resources or popu- into combat. This chapter also features signature
abilities that enable elite Soldiers to dominate the
lation, he needs legions of stormtroopers and Impe-
rial Army forces to take or keep control of the world. battlefield in ways no one else can. New Duties and
Motivations round out the chapter, and although they
Likewise, the Rebellion must field its own armies to
take new territory and protect its much smaller-but are written with Soldiers in mind. they are also open
to Player Characters of all other careers.
all the more vital-military installations, as well as
locations sympathetic to its cause. Though outnum- Chapter II : Weapons of War presents new armor.
bered and often outgunned in every major military weapons, equipment, landspeeders. walkers, and air-
category, rebel soldiers know their successes advance speeders. While such equipment is generally military
their cause and inspire new allies to join the Rebel grade, and thus is normally only issued to the profes-
Alliance. The odds may be against them, but bravely sional armed forces that the Soldier represents, this
battling the odds is just one of many struggles for the specialized gear can also fall into the hands of those
Rebellion to overcome. with the right contacts and sufficient credits. This
Ace OF REBELLION prominently features the military chapter also provides a wide range of new weapon
conflict between the Alliance to Restore the Repub- types, including many designed to excel in specified
lic and the Galactic Empire. Stories and adventures combat roles. and new armor to provide better protec-
range from minor skirmishes and missions to major tion for specific combat environments. Additionally,
battles spanning cities, continents, or even planets. it introduces a variety of planetary combat vehicles
Soldiers can play a role in any of these events. Individ- likely to be used by Soldier characters, from armored
ual soldiers might be assigned to specialized groups transports to heavily armed support airspeeders.
who otherwise lack combat expertise, to help them Chapter Ill : Indomitable Courage centers on
in their mission. Groups of soldiers might form their Game Master advice for running adventures featuring
own special units, but they could also be members of Soldiers in rebel military missions and campaigns. It
a larger force participating in a major battle. Charac- also covers using Soldiers in stories where the battle-
ters specialized in other areas might seek training as field is not necessarily the focus of the adventure. The
Soldiers to improve their odds of survival and their chapter includes specific encounters and campaign
effectiveness against Imperial forces. ideas. and features details for using specific tactics,
FoRceo IN BATTLE provides Game Masters and play- combat types. and challenges posed by the combat
environment in which those with military training
ers with rules and story ideas for creating and playing
Soldier PCs in a variety of roles and situations in Ace excel. Finally, the chapter discusses suitable rewards
for campaigns focused on Soldiers, and rewards that
OF REBELLION. These potential characters range from
basic combatants to elite forces with unique abilities. are appropriate when characters of that career par-
ticipate in adventures or campaigns focused on other
missions or storylines.

INTRODUCTION
ACOE OF REBEllJON
SOLDIERS IN STAR WARS
arfare is essential to stories in the Star Wars uni- security forces. and serve city and planetary defense
W verse. especially to those taking place during the
Galactic Civil War. Soldiers naturally play a central role
forces. Not all soldiers remain in the service of the
organization that they originally joined. Some transfer
in the actual fighting. even when many of the saga's or retire. others are forced out due to injury or disci-
more prominent heroes come from nonmilitary back- plinary actions. A few abandon their posts. No matter
grounds. Without the large numbers of combatants their current or past service. any of these narrative
supporting their efforts. most of those heroes wouldn't threads can provide great opportunities for Soldier
get very far in their ultimate goals. Stories that take Player Characters and adventures.
place beyond the battlefield are almost always influ- While soldiers typically belong to an army, a Soldier
enced by the presence of a larger military conflict. PC could come from a wide variety of different service
whether it is the Galactic Civil War or the Clone Wars backgrounds. Naval forces need shipboard security
that preceded it. and combined assault forces. Police departments in
Every movie in the Star Wars saga features a major lawless regions. space stations. or exotic locales often
military engagement. Soldiers fight in wilderness, have their own special units to handle particularly
urban, and alien environments across the galaxy. dangerous opponents. The PCs are likely to encounter
Every skirmish and battle is an opportunity to tell not many of these military archetypes during the course
only the story of the actual fighting, but the signifi- of a long-running campaign. A player might also select
cant events leading up to the battle. Politics, logistics, one of these ideas as for a Soldier PC's background or
espionage, training. reconnaissance, and more all play current assignment.
a role in where. how, and why a skirmish occurs. The No matter their rank or unit of service. soldiers do
outcome is always in doubt, and there is always a cost much more than fight. Even in the hottest of flash-
in lives, equipment. and the environment. The effects points. combat is not typically a daily occurrence.
linger on. whether or not the desired objective was They train relentlessly, prepare their equipment and
achieved, and these consequences and scars influ- weapons, and maintain their bases of operation. The
ence the next conflict. Rebellion is short on resources and long on needs:
Soldiers fulfill a wide variety of roles within military equipment. ordnance. and personnel. Soldiers of the
operations as well as the overall storyline of galactic Rebellion are much more likely to be drafted into
conflict. Obviously, Soldiers fill out the armies of both other operations and tasks outside of their immediate
the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. However. units or expertise than their Imperial counterparts.
they also work as mercenaries. form private military

INTRODUCTION
ACE OF' REBE LION
SOLDIERS OF THE REBELLION
veryone who fights for the Rebellion has a personal MULTIPLE ROLES
E brand of bravery and courage in the face of impossi-
ble odds. Choosing to fight against an overwhelming foe No matter the method of recruitment, once an indi-
like the Empire requires exceptional drive and dedica- vidual has successfully joined the Rebel Alliance, a
tion to a cause. whether the cause is that of the Rebel- wide variety of available roles awaits. Trained fighters
lion or a personal one. Those who choose to fight are are useful throughout the military forces and among
not just joining up as a career move or from family tradi- covert operations. Some roles are highly traditional
tion, as might happen in established military organiza- positions in the military, while others are less defined
tions like the Empire or a planetary force. Those who and not built into the military hierarchy. Rebel soldiers
resist the Empire are after more than promotions or can be highly trained for a specific type of combat, but
political power. They are fighting to change the galaxy. all soldiers are expected to adapt to rapidly changing
The Rebellion's soldiers know from the day they assignments. For example. a new recruit might serve
sign up that they are heavily outnumbered. They as shipboard security. then be suddenly assigned to
understand that while they may have the upper hand a strike force freeing prisoners from a detention facil-
in smaller conflicts or specific missions, vast Imperial ity, only to become a guerrilla fighter when the opera-
military might can arrive at any moment and without tion fails to go as planned and the unit is stranded in
warning. They know they have few covert allies. and Imperial territory. While transitioning between roles is
even fewer public ones. usually more organized and planned. emerging oppor-
tunities and setbacks for the Alliance can launch any
Despite the obstacles and great personal risk, rebel rebel into a new position or circumstance at any time.
soldiers are dedicated to bringing down the forces of A rebel soldier must be ready.
the Emperor. They typically believe that their side is
more agile in engagements. and that they are more TRAINING
personally motivated to win than their Imperial ene-
mies. While neither is true in all cases. rebel infan- New members of the Alliance join with a wide variety
try do often have more autonomy than the typical of experiences and levels of expertise. Those individu-
stormtrooper. This enables them to react in unusual als who are not expected to be front-line combatants
ways not available to Imperial combatants. Keeping still receive basic weapons and self-defense training.
their foes off-balance is key to soldiers'-and the Soldiers receive instruction commensurate with their
Rebellion's-survival. intended assignments. The extent and exact type of
training is largely dictated by the availability of quali-
JOINING THE REBELLION fied instructors and suitable training grounds. Rebel
forces operate in a wide variety of locations and
Joining the Rebellion isn't as simple as finding a local circumstances, making a consistent drill across the
recruiting office and signing up. By their very nature, entire Alliance impossible.
rebel forces are secretive and elusive. They aren't Large-scale training operations are particularly dif-
active on all worlds. Their bases are hidden and their ficult to complete without attracting Imperial scrutiny,
supporters are cautious. Rebel agents. sympathizers. but with so many isolated systems in the galaxy, it
and recruiters operate in secret across the galaxy. is not impossible to participate in larger war games.
Attracting the attention of such an agent without also However. limited supplies, travel restrictions, Imperial
drawing unwanted Imperial scrutiny requires drop- security, and the availability of suitable transport still
ping just the right hints at the right times that an indi- significantly hinder such events. Isolated resistance
vidual might be willing to join the Rebellion. In other groups often have greater difficulty preparing their
cases, an agent of the Rebel Alliance finds a potential personnel, or getting recruits to secret training cen-
recruit before that person has even seriously consid- ters elsewhere in the sector or galaxy.
ered joining.
Despite the difficulties. the Rebel Alliance has dedi-
Some individuals are much more direct. The Rebel- cated itself to training individuals to a very high degree.
lion consists of small pockets of resistance fighting With fewer soldiers than the Empire. the Alliance
across the galaxy, and this fragmentation was at its depends on its troops to be better prepared and have
peak in the early days of the war. Any group that suc- a better survival rate than their Imperial counterparts.
cessfully battles the Empire without drawing wide- The Alliance also trains soldiers to carry out unusual
spread reprisals or committing reprehensible acts of missions against the Empire. Since Alliance tactics cen-
its own can attract recruiters seeking to bring dispa- ter on hit-and-run attacks and highly precise strikes,
rate resistance groups into the Alliance. rebel training focuses on these mission types.

INTROOUCTION
ACZ OF' REBEi ' IOM
CHAIN OF COMMAND LOCAL CELLS

Anyone who formally joins the Rebel Alliance military Local resistance cells are the most basic type of assign-
forces receives a formal rank. A person's initial rank ment. They usually start off as localized, unaffiliated
is determined by a variety of factors. especially prior operations made up of a wide variety of people will-
experience and the Alliance's trust in that person's loy- ing to fight the Empire. Soldiers are usually recruited
alty and abilities. While there are guidelines. the irreg- locally rather than assigned to such groups from else-
ular methods of Alliance recruitment usually allow the where; after all. people fight hardest to protect their
person's first commander to determine the recruit's own homes. Command structures can be very fluid
rank. at least temporarily. In addition. rank is not or ad hoc in nature. When, or if. the group joins the
always indicative of a posting or mission's importance. Rebel Alliance. outside personnel may be assigned to
bolster its operations or defenses.
As a practical matter. the importance of rank in
an Alliance soldier's day-to-day duties and missions Exact mission types at a given location depend on
depends on the exact unit and operational circum- the group's area of operation. local targets. and staff
stances. Those serving aboard ship or in a major base abilities. For the soldiers stationed there. there are
should expect a more formal and standard military always locations to be guarded, at a minimum. Sabo-
operational approach. This is also true during combat tage missions are likely the most common. and sol-
operations and missions. Groups operating in near diers often provide extra firepower if things go poorly,
autonomy might ignore rank beyond who is in imme- rather than attacking the target head on. However.
diate command. This is especially true in some resis- the Alliance's military and strategic goals sometimes
tance groups assembled more of like-minded individ- require higher profile attacks. and soldiers are nor-
uals than trained soldiers. Such a casual attitude and mally at the forefront of these missions.
approach toward rank and the chain of command can
be helpful in these groups. SECTOR FORCES
See page 393 of the AGE OF REBELLION Core Rule- Larger resistance groups that are successfully
book for a list of ranks within the different elements of recruited into the Alliance are regularly combined
the Rebel Alliance armed services. Occasionally, a sig- with other regional forces in order to create one of the
nificantly sized local force that has its own history and core Alliance military groups: the Sector Force. Some
traditions may retain its own rank structure and rank Sector Forces are established from the outside by
titles when it joins the Alliance. Even then. rank equiv- the Alliance. but this is uncommon. Typically, a Sec-
alencies and informal titles are usually determined to tor Force is built around one of the larger resistance
avoid confusion in battle or when such groups oper- operations in the sector.
ate with other Alliance units.
Sector Forces are much more akin to regular military
No matter the unit's circumstances. ultimately the forces. with a command structure and political hierarchy.
Rebel Alliance expects its soldiers to obey superior They have multiple bases to defend and thousands of
officers. Disobeying orders brings with it a host of dis- personnel. although they are usually thinly spread across
ciplinary actions and penalties. However. one of the an entire galactic sector. Soldiers serving in Sector Forces
strengths of the Rebel Alliance is the independent atti- find it to be a more common military experience. with
tudes of its personnel. This sets the rebels conceptually barracks. assigned duties. regular trained military units,
apart from the authoritarian Imperial forces. It allows and a dominant command structure.
rebel fighters to make some decisions more quickly
than Imperials who may have to get orders or approv- As with the resistance groups. mission types depend
als from their superior officers to react to unusual or on the local capabilities and targets. However, these are
rapidly changing circumstances. When deciding the much more likely to be better planned and have more
extent of disciplinary action necessary against some- accurate intelligence about the target. The personnel
one for failing to follow orders. rebel commanders usu- are also much more likely to be trained in their par-
ally take these attitudes into account. ticular role. Sector Forces have the ability to transfer
individuals between local units in order to have mission-
appropriate personnel where required. Some units and
DUTY POSTS personnel may also operate in other sectors at times.
Rebel soldiers are typically assigned to a specific type
of duty, usually at a particular location and unit. Their SPECFORCES
exact roles depend on the local or unit mission. This Only the best serve in the SpecForces, and their mis-
section introduces some of the more common assign- sion types reflect this. SpecForce soldiers guard the
ments for soldiers in the Rebel Alliance. See Chapter Alliance High Command and its bases of operations.
XI: The Rebellion on page 383 of the AGE OF REBEL- wherever these may be located at a given time.
LION Core Rulebook for more about such operations.

INTRODUCTION
ACE OF RmELUON
LIFE ON THE FRONT LINES
hapter I: Heroes of the Rebellion offers several tion to the signature abilities, there are backgrounds,
Cdifferent
Ace OF
options for players making characters for
It includes four new species that
ReeewoN.
Motivations, and Duties crafted specifically with Sol-
dier characters in mind.
make fantastic Soldiers. but are capable in any career.
Three new specializations provide additional options
for players whose characters are pursuing a career as
SOLDIER BACKGROUNDS
a Soldier. and two new signature abilities give Soldiers The player and GM should work on a character's
the potential to identify enemy weaknesses and the background together. as it affects the GM's campaign
resolve to fight on no matter the odds. This chapter design and how the player portrays the character. A
also contains Duties, backgrounds, and Motivations character's species and homeworld are often critical to
tailored to Soldier characters. to provide players with background development. The species and planetary
new insight into their characters' identities. cultures can create an interesting path toward becom-
The Elom, Elomin, Kyuzo, and Shistavanen species ing a Soldier. but even among a squad of Soldiers all
are available to players at character creation. These from the same species and planet, each member's
new species have physical attributes and abilities that background is likely to be wildly different from the next.
make them well-suited to all Soldier specializations. There are innumerable ways a Soldier might have
though they might particularly excel in some more than learned this deadly trade, and each should inform
others. The great strength of the Elom lends itself to how that character behaves in social and combat
the Heavy specialization. while the meticulous nature encounters alike. A character who grew up in military
of the Elomin makes them exacting Medics. Thanks school on Raithal as a third-generation sniper might
to the species' adaptation to a high-gravity world, approach encounters very differently than a Trail-
Kyuzo athleticism and speed are ideal for the Vanguard blazer from Uvena Ill. What follows are a number of
specialization. Finally. the predatory nature of the background possibilities and suggestions on how to
Shistavanen, honed in the forests and jungles of Uvena incorporate them in the construction and develop-
Ill, makes them natural Commandos and Trailblazers. ment of a unique and interesting Soldier character.
The Heavy, Trailblazer, and Vanguard specializations Players are not limited to the backgrounds from this
introduce new advancement and creation options for list. but rather should use them as a starting point to
players with Soldier characters. The Heavy utilizes construct histories unique to their characters with the
artillery, emplacements. launchers, and the most help of the GM. Players can flesh out their charac-
powerful blasters to eliminate enemy vehicles and ters' backstories further with complementary Duties
troop formations. The Trailblazer is the consummate and Motivations. Backgrounds. Duties. and Motiva-
guerrilla fighter. using terrain to ambush and con- tions should harmonize with the selected species and
found the enemy, and thus overcome terrible odds. homeworld to paint a picture of a character that the
The Vanguard is always the first to charge into battle, player finds compelling.
taking the greatest risks in order to protect allies.
Players shouldn't feel as though these new spe- AVENGER
cies and specializations are constrained to the Soldier
career, though. Elom, Elomin , Kyuzo, or Shistavanens The list of atrocities committed by the Empire grows
by the day, and each corrupt action breeds resistance.
can just as easily make for unique Aces. Commanders.
Diplomats, Engineers, or Spies. Likewise. the new spe- The Empire has committed mass slaughter. appropri-
cializations are attractive to characters other than Sol- ated and nationalized private property, conscripted
diers. A Commander or Diplomat might lead from the sentient beings for slave labor or military service. and
even destroyed entire planets. Victims of Imperial cru-
front by setting an inspirational example as a Vanguard.
A Spy or Engineer might find interesting combinations elty who join the Rebel Alliance do so with the hopes
of preventing the next Imperial act of evil, or avenging
of abilities in the Trailblazer. while Aces might reap
offensive benefits from the Heavy specialization, along those that suffered from the last one.
with the innate toughness to survive a crash. The most well-known refugees from Imperial cru-
elty in the Rebel Alliance are the survivors of Alder-
Unique to the Soldier career are two new signature
abilities. The Bigger They Are ... allows a Soldier to aan. Princess Leia Organa and her fellow Alderaanian
survivors fight to make sure the Empire never again
exploit design flaws in even the largest Imperial war
machines. The Unmatched Courage signature abil- wields the destructive power of another Death Star.
The Empire enslaved the Elomin to mine for lom-
ity ensures a Soldier can march onward and follow
mite alongside the subterranean Eloms. and escaped
orders. no matter how hopeless the situation. In addi·

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FOR.CED .. BATTLE
slaves might seek revenge and freedom for their loved nationalized by the Empire. Others might have been
ones still in shackles. Citizens of Lasan, Lothal, Kash- first responders to the site of an Imperial atrocity.
yyyk, and many other worlds have suffered terrible Alternatively, pacifist survivors of the horrors inflicted
injustices under Imperial rule. Confirmed victims of on Alderaan and Caamas might learn field medicine
Imperial rule are often welcomed into the Alliance as a way to resist the Empire without compromising
with few questions and open arms. their ideals.
Commandos seeking revenge against the Empire Sharpshooters in the Rebel Alliance might have
might include Mon Calamari or Ouarren who lost fam- been enslaved. like the Elomin, using their steady
ily to Imperial slavery or bombardment. and now use hands and attention to detail to become patient.
their aquatic nature for covert underwater missions. devastating snipers. Devaronians might have learned
Normally peaceful Alderaanians might have devoted to hunt from their parents. who were then victims of
themselves to the art of combat, seeking to balance the Imperial massacre at the ancient Devaron city of
the scales by killing an entire planet worth of Imperi- Montellian Serat. Any number of backwater cultures
als. Others might have experienced loss at the Ghor- might have a large population of youth who engage
man Massacre. the atrocities on Lasan. or in one of in hunting for food. pest control. or sport, many of
countless other brutal planetary conflicts. whom have suffered under Imperial rule.
Heavies victimized by the Empire might include the Trailblazers often begin as local freedom fighters
mighty Eloms. who suffered institutionalized slavery conducting covert raids against the Empire on their
at the hands of the Empire, now lending their strength home soil. The Wookiees have been resisting Imperial
to the rebel cause. The Empire also enslaved the Sep- slavery from the wroshyr forests of Kashyyyk since the
aratist Skakoans of Metalorn after the Clone Wars. end of the Clone Wars. The Talz have also maximized
and their armored bodysuits can potentially hold their environmental advantages to fight the Empire
many types of heavy weaponry to avenge their fallen on the windswept snowdrifts of Orto Plutonia. The
comrades. Others might simply be particularly Dressellians are perhaps the most famous wilderness
strong individuals lucky enough to escape fighters standing against Imperial occupation of their
Imperial enslavement, imprisonment. or homeworld, but any untamed planet under Imperial
indentured servitude. control probably has a local resistance largely made
up of Trailblazers.
M edics might have been doc-
tors on Imperial worlds. forced to Vanguards who have survived Imperial violence
abandon patients in critical condi- sometimes seem to display a death wish. charg-
tion to provide Imperials preferen- ing enemy lines with reckless abandon. In
tial treatment, or who many cases. their grief has clouded
had their practice their judgment, leaving them only
with a thirst for revenge. Still, over
time, protecting their new
allies becomes just as
important to them as tak-
ing out Imperials.
IDEALISTIC RECRUIT with heavy pickaxes. or some other intensely physi-
cal and repetitive activity. The work may have been
While those victimized by the Empire make up a sig- monotonous. but it built thick, powerful muscles capa-
nificant portion of rebel forces. as do Imperial defec- ble of handling the largest heavy weapons with ease.
tors, their numbers aren't enough to threaten a single
Imperial fortress world, let alone engage in conven- Medics typically come from more urban areas.
where most children receive higher education and
tional warfare with the Empire on multiple fronts. The
Alliance Army is dependent on a steady stream of have wealthier parents. The Alliance takes great care
in recruiting these soldiers. and knows it must win
young, wide-eyed recruits willing to give their all in
an attempt to restore peace and justice to the gal- them over by showing them the horrors of the Empire.
rather than tempting them with adventure. Most of
axy. Fresh faces drawn from every corner of the gal-
these recruits had good lives before joining, and com-
axy travel to secret rebel bases to undergo the basic
pleted courses in a medical program of some sort.
training the Alliance can provide before deployment.
Sharpshooters tend to hail from worlds with
Recruits come from all social and economic back-
endless plains or vast deserts. where game hunting
grounds. but those from the Outer Rim are most eager
with long-distance hunting rifles and slugthrowers is
to join. having only heard about Imperial atrocities
commonplace. Most recruits from such worlds have
secondhand. Brave recruiters carefully spread pro-
been shooting long-distance targets since they were
paganda vids across backwater planets and arrange
shorter than their parent's rifle, and only need mini-
meetings to discuss how the Empire impacts the gal-
mal instruction in concealment and other basic mat-
axy. eventually swaying local youth to join the Alliance.
ters of soldiering before qualifying for deployment.
Most rimfolk already possess most of the skills the reb-
els want in their recruits. Life on the Rim often teaches Trailblazers typically come from underdeveloped
them resilience in the face of adversity, familiarity with worlds of vast wilderness. Their familiarity with their
ranged weaponry, basic equipment repair skills. and an home terrain makes them quick students of guerrilla
eagerness for any life that gets them offworld. warfare. and with a little training. they become a seri-
ous threat to local Imperial operations. The bulk of
Commandos are drawn from the best-qualified
rebel recruits receive training in this sort of asymmetri-
candidates across the galaxy. Fresh recruits without
cal warfare to fight the Empire effectively anywhere.
prior military experience often need to prove them-
selves first. but the Rebel Alliance has a number of Vanguards are common among the more na'ive
commando training programs for those that show recruits. unaware of their own mortality, and eager to
promise. The up-close and grisly nature of what com- display their bravery and protect their friends. Most of
mandos do makes it a difficult task for most young, these reckless warriors are from the Rim's cities, where
inexperienced recruits. A rare amount of detachment the brash youth have a chip on their shoulder and
and determination is required for the job. want to prove their courage. Such recruits always want
to go first and take the biggest risks. especially if
Some Heavies were laborers who spent their forma-
they can lord it over their comrades afterward.
tive years tossing heavy bushels of crops or feedbags.
They might have worked in a mine. breaking up rocks
IMPERIAL DEFECTOR specialized stormtrooper divisions dedicated to fight-
ing in extreme climates. and Trailblazers within the
Life in the Imperial Army can be a harsh. unrelenting Rebellion might have once belonged to-or acted as a
meat grinder. where the troops feel expendable. and civilian instructor for-such a unit. Those few Imperial
the officers fear their superiors more than they fear storm commandos who have defected also possess
the enemy. Some possess true moral fiber and, when elite wilderness survival skills.
confronted by Imperial atrocities. find themselves
Vanguards defecting from the Empire might be
deserting the Empire and joining up with the Rebel
Alliance to atone for their actions. former elites: field agents of the ISB, bodyguards
of Imperial Moffs. or perhaps even members of the
Still. Imperial defectors face an uphill battle in join- dreaded Imperial Royal Guard. These high-level defec-
ing the Alliance. Many defectors face anger and suspi- tions often come with Imperial death marks. and many
cion from their new allies until they prove their inten- take extra measures to fake their own deaths before
tions. The Alliance must always be vigilant against departing. In the highest profile cases. the Empire
Imperial spies. and any former Imperials are subject often covers up the defection to avoid embarrassment.
to observation. interrogation. and countless loyalty
tests. However. many of the Rebellion's most dedi· MERCENARY
cated warriors are former Imperials who have sacri-
ficed everything to tear down Palpatine's New Order. Not every Soldier of the Rebellion fights for the high
A few veteran Commandos defected to the Alli- and mighty ideals of the cause; some take up arms
for purely financial incentives. Hired guns might have
ance. but Imperial storm commandos rarely change
signed a contract with the rebels with the expecta-
sides. Some of these former storm commandos have
tion of high risk, high reward jobs. While Alliance High
since been able to recruit like-minded warriors they
Command has few credits to spend on mercenaries,
previously served with. While most of these elite com-
some jobs are just too specialized to assign to Alliance
batants prefer the company of fellow former Imperi-
als, rebel commando training makes integrating easier Regulars. On occasion. the Alliance finds an alterna-
tive to Imperial credits for payment.
than it otherwise might be. though trust issues within a
mixed squad can create tension and reduce efficiency. However. most mercenaries find that once they
begin working with the Alliance. it has a way of sweep-
Heavies might have operated an E-Web repeat-
ing them up in their cause. Those whose hearts can-
ing blaster or a T-21 light repeater. or perhaps even
been issued a PLX-series rocket launcher to take down not be melted by Alliance idealism and morality might
find themselves reported to the Empire as a rebel
enemy airspeeders and starships. A defecting Imperial
sympathizer and blacklisted from working for clients
Heavy might have once served in the Stormtrooper
in the corporate world.
Corps, been a promising cadet on Carida. or joined
the Imperial Army as a volunteer or conscript. Heavies Commandos from mercenary backgrounds are
often gain the trust of their new squads quickly. after typically former bounty hunters or private security.
a few heavy weapon barrages cover an ally's retreat. They often have their own customized armor and a
cache of expensive weaponry. Unfortunately, their
Imperial Medics might have worked in an Imperial
hospital or already have field combat experience from gear can be difficult to maintain and. if working exclu-
the Imperial Army or Navy. They often have to make sively with the Rebellion. most mercenaries struggle
a significant adjustment to life in the Alliance. as they to keep their cutting-edge equipment functioning.
are accustomed to having a near limitless supply of Heavies from the mercenary way of life are used
bacta. bandages. medical droids, and replacement to being priority targets and are cool under fire. They
cybernetics. Rebels treasure every skilled professional typically specialize in one heavy weapon they own pri-
who joins their ranks. but never have enough medical vately, and lavish constant attention on it, often going
equipment or personnel available. so most Medics are so far as to name their weapon. The Alliance val-
limited to first aid and local remedies. ues mercenary Heavies. because they possess both
advanced equipment and the specialized training to
Sharpshooters often come to the Rebel Alliance
after a crisis of conscience. While most take no issue operate and maintain it.
with blasting military personnel at long range. the Mercenary M edics are often trained to operate
Empire occasionally calls on them to fire on ·sus- under fire. and are particularly skilled at dealing with
pected rebels" who most snipers identify as peacefully battlefield injuries. Blaster wounds, shrapnel, and lost
protesting civilians. Some find themselves sympathiz- limbs are all just another day at the office for the sea-
ing with their targets and end up switching sides. soned mercenary field medic.
Trailblazers are a rarity within the Empire. whose Sharpshooters for hire are another highly skilled.
overwhelming numbers and strong logistical support valued asset once they commit to the Rebellion. The
make such skills less important. However, there are rebels have far too few snipers with formal training. and

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FORGED .. BATTLE
often provide trained shooters additional objectives on Clone Wars-era Commandos are former elite units,
missions in the form of assassinations and reconnais- capable of achieving military goals with long odds.
sance operations. Rebels also rely on mercenary snip- Those who survived to see the formation of the Rebel
ers to train promising recruits, often in the field. Alliance have significantly exceeded the life expec-
tancy of someone in their line of work. Sometimes,
Trailblazers originate on countless worlds. though
Clone Wars veterans with this background were for-
the Shistavanens of Uvena Ill are among the more
mer ARC Troopers. Mandalorian warriors. or special-
competent wilderness combatants in the galaxy that
ists like the Wookiee warriors of Kashyyyk. They could
work for hire. Mercenary guerrillas have a significant
also just be army and defense force regulars who later
advantage over others in that they have fought on
received specialized training from the Rebel Alliance.
countless worlds, honing survival techniques that are
universal, while others may only be familiar with the Heavies who fought in the Clone Wars were typi-
flora and fauna of a single planet. cally militia members of wealthy worlds that could
afford to outfit their combatants with expensive heavy
Though some mercenary companies are motivated
weaponry. However. it is rare to find Soldiers from this
only by individual greed. others are more akin to
era still fit enough to lug around a heavy repeating
tight-knit surrogate families. and such groups often
blaster. As a result, most deploy on a mobile emplace-
have Vanguards at their front. War leaves orphans,
ment alongside younger Soldiers. The veterans can
deserters. and other disenfranchised individuals in its
pass down their hard-won experience while relying on
wake, and no few groups of guns for hire form around
the younger warriors to carry the weapon between fir-
such survivors. With few skills besides violence at their
ing positions.
disposal, many turn to mercenary work.
Medics might have served at one of the Republic
VETERAN OF THE CLONE WARS Mobile Surgical Units, or RMSUs. during the Clone
Wars. patching up wounded clones near the fighting
The galaxy-wide conflict known as the Clone Wars left on countless worlds. Alternatively, they might have
many Separatist holdouts in hiding, and many warriors worked far from the front lines at Coruscant's Republic
of the Republic became disillusioned by the Empire Central Medcenter. rehabilitating the war's wounded.
that followed. Each side meddled in countless local
Sharpshooters who fought in the Clone Wars are
conflicts during the war. supporting militias and plan-
prized warriors in the Rebellion. No matter if their
etary defense forces for control of individual systems.
skills were honed fighting clone troopers or Sepa-
Many of these patriots and renegades still have an
ratists, Clone Wars-era snipers were masters of their
axe to grind with the Empire, or are willing to use the
craft. The Rebellion often pairs them with less expe-
Empire as a substitute target for decades-old grudges.
rienced snipers who can benefit from their elders'
Soldiers of the Rebellion might include former wealth of experience in finding shooting positions and
clone troopers. troops setting up ambushes.
who serve as part of
Trailblazers were once within the ranks of plane-
local defense forces,
tary resistance forces fighting for both factions of the
or perhaps even
Clone Wars. These local citizens learned how to live off
former Separatist
the land and engage those invading their homeworlds
combat units still
in asymmetrical warfare. They can use the terrain to
operating after all
set lethal ambushes. launch devastating raids. and
these years. Prac-
then vanish without a trace. Veteran Trailblazers often
tically the whole
deploy to Imperial-occupied worlds with untamed ter-
of the galaxy was
rain to train locals in their unique brand of combat.
drawn into the Clone
Wars. and everyone Vanguards might have been Republic Guardsmen.
from agrarian farmers proudly wearing the blue uniform famous for protect-
on far-flung worlds to ing the chancellor and senators during the days of
the Jedi themselves the Republic. Disillusioned with the Imperial takeover
were forced to take of the Republic after the Clone Wars. these veterans
up arms. might seek a return to democracy. Other Vanguards
might have been members of the Nimbus Guards of
Jabiim. using their signature repulsor boots as they
did on their war-torn homeworld. Vanguards who join
the Rebel Alliance often find themselves recruited
into the Rebel Honor Guard.
SOLDIER DUTIES
he Soldiers of the Rebel Alliance find themselves
T resisting the Imperial Army and Stormtrooper Corps
with little more than a few blasters and a motley band
complications and plot twists during campaigns that
take the party in unexpected but rewarding directions.
or create friction within a party over which target to hit.
of gathered allies. Still. even the lowliest Soldier can Players may replace Table 2-3: Duty on page 4 7 of
strike the mightiest of blows for the Rebellion. Alliance
the Ace OF ReseLuoN Core Rulebook with Table 1-1 :
Soldiers train to fight smarter. not harder. They muster Soldier Dut ies. Players may choose to roll randomly
the most force they can against the weakest links in the on the table or select a Duty based on their back-
Imperial chain in hopes of freeing the galaxy.
story. Each character starts play with a value of zero
Still. each Soldier has a different idea of just what Duty unless the character spends starting XP to gain
the weakest links are, and each contributes to the war additional Duty. Many of these Duties are adapted
against the Rebellion's intractable foe in a different specifically for players with the Soldier career. while
way. Duties are one way to define a Soldier's style of Clear Skies. Morale. Placard Hunter. and Psychologi-
fighting, priorities. and interests. Duties can also create cal Warfare have been added as new options.
TABLE 1-1: SOLDIER DUTIES

Clear Skies: This PC recognizes the danger that infantry units face from enemy air power. A pair of TIE fighters can turn
01-08 certain victory on the ground into disaster. This PC always has a plan to take out any enemy air support. whether through
the judicious use of portable launchers. jammers. camouflage. concealing terrain. or even anti-air emplacement weapons.

Combat Victory: The PC wants to prove that the Rebellion's armed forces can defeat the Empire in head-to-head
battles. and frequently pushes to launch devastating ra ids, ambushes. and strikes. This PC believes the only path to
09- 16 victory is through combat. and that the rebels are more than a match for the Empire any time, on any battlefield. under
any conditions.

Internal Security: Of all the military branches in the Alliance. its army sees the most new recruits. The need for troops is too
17-24 great and resources too thin to properly vet the loyalty of every recruit. This PC knows that one Imperial spy can potentially
bring the entire movement down. and eyes all comrades-in-arms with suspicion. regardless of individual history or deeds.

Intelligence: Knowledge is power. and this PC wants to know everything about the Empire. This Soldier seeks information at
25- 32 every opportunity. copying Imperial datacores. setting up surveillance cams. or capturing enemy droids for intel. The key to
survival is avoiding the Empire where it is strong. hitting hard where it is weak. and seeing the difference between the two.

Morale: While the troops of the Rebel Alliance know their cause to be just. the hopeless odds stacked against them can be
33-40 demoralizing. This PC knows that to have any hope of victory. the freedom fighters have to keep their spirits up. and works
to help with this via well-timed jokes or inspirational gestures such as flying the Rebellion's insignia on the battlefield.
>--~~-+-~~~~-

Pe rson neI: The PC epitomizes the military mantra of ·no one left behind." dragging wounded comrades to safety and
41-48 striving to get everyone home. This PC puts the lives of fellow Alliance personnel over everything. including the mission.

Placard Hunter: This PC knows that without effective leadership, the rank and file troops of the Empire are easily
49-56 dispatched. In any fight. the Soldier seeks to eliminate the highest-ranking officers on the battlefield. At worst. the
remaining enemies fight in a much less coordinated fashion. but sometimes such losses cause the foe to retreat.

Psychological Warfare: While the Imperial stormtroopers might appear fearless and disciplined. others within the
57-64 Imperial Army and Officer Corps aren't as willing to die for the Emperor. Some PCs recognize that it is possible to
intimidate. confuse. or frighten an enemy to gain an advantage in an engagement. or avoid one altogether.

Recruiting: Some Soldiers believe that if they just had a few more brave warriors. they could escalate their war with
65-72 the Empire, selecting targets more damaging to the Imperial war effort. PCs with the Recruiting Duty always look to turn
anyone into rebel sympathizers. and sympathizers into fellow members of the Alliance.

Resource Acquisition: The Rebel Alliance is always in desperate need of materiel in the fight against the Empire. Bacta.
73-80 blaster gas. and ration bricks win wars. This PC is always searching for sources of the raw materials. food . clothing.
weapons. armor. and other equipment the Alliance needs to continue the fight.

Sabotage: If the Rebellion can't take something. denying the Empire its use is the next best thing. This PC knows that
81-88 Imperial forces are dependent on secure supply lines and storage depots. and destroying or disrupting any link in the
supply chain wreaks havoc with the effectiveness of Imperial troops.

Support: No soldier stands alone. and this PC focuses on standing beside comrades-in-arms. Only while working
in unison can the rebels hope to dent the seemingly invulnerable Galactic Empire. Although this PC might not be as
89-96 recogn ized or awarded honors as often as those he helps. his contribution is every bit as vita l. while helping other PCs
pursue their Duties.

Roll twice on this chart. The PC's Duty is equally split between two different areas of focus. and success in either is good
97-00 for increasing Duty value.

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FORCED .. BATTLE
NEW SPECIES
lmost every sentient species has had to fight to have different attitudes toward others in the galaxy.
A survive and evolve. so members of most species in
the galaxy are potential soldiers by their very nature.
Their ways and mannerisms provide additional twists
to the relationships between comrades-in-arms. and
Some species are better adapted to fighting. or have possible personality conflicts to working as a team.
cultural and historical reasons that they excel at bat-
tling others. However. not every physically large spe-
cies is dominant in combat. and less aggressive beings
ELOMS AND ELOMIN
can be spurred to fight for themselves or others when The Eloms and Elomin share similar names and the
the Empire's shadow looms over those they care about. same homeworld, but are physically and culturally
Any Player Character species available in the game very different species. The Elomin are tall and exclu-
is suitable for the Soldier career. The four new spe- sively bipedal. with physical traits similar to those of
cies presented here display this variety in the will to other humanoid species in the galaxy. The Eloms are
fight across different types of beings. Three of the four shorter. stockier. and covered in fur. and have a large
are not physically overpowering or overly aggressive head with widespread eyes. The Elomin were known
species. but are capable combatants when given the first to the rest of the galaxy, after Republic scouts first
opportunity. The fourth species has a warrior subcul- made contact with the world. In fact. the surface dwell-
ture that can be turned against many enemies. includ- ing Elomin were themselves ignorant of the Eloms'
ing the Empire. None of these species are total allies existence until the former pursued extensive min-
of the Rebel Alliance. While some work for the Galactic ing efforts and inadvertently crashed into the Eloms·
Empire. all four have individual members willing to take underground territories. The Elomin were not keen to
up the Rebellion's cause-for themselves or others. share their cold, dry world, but eventually yielded to
Republic pressure. The two species pursue a separate
The Eloms and Elomin reside on the same home- existence from each other whenever possible.
world. and are presented together in this section. The
Elomin live above ground. while the Eloms dwell below. Physiology (Eloms): The Eloms evolved for life
Both live under harsh Imperial rule. and the Empire's underground. They are short and have a solid. stocky
treatment of their world has spurred some members build, with large hands and feet that end in large
of each of these species to fight back and join the curved claws. They are adept at digging underground,
Alliance. However. most rebel Eloms and Elomin fight using their clawed hands and prehensile clawed toes.
elsewhere in the galaxy rather than endangering their They have wide heads with short, stubby eye stalks
homeworld by fomenting full revolution there. on either side. Their dependence on centuries of
phosphorescent light underground enables them to
The Kyuzo hail from the world of Phatrong in the see very well in dim light. but this makes them very
Outer Rim. Members of the Kyuzo warrior orders sensitive to the bright light of the surface world. The
known as clovocs are drawn to combat and conflict Eloms have a pair of closely set tusks low on their
on and off their homeworld. Though the clovocs are face. with nasal features set high between their eyes.
prominent. not all Kyuzo seek such violent pursuits. The Eloms regulate their body temperature and mois-
Still. many Kyuzo who travel offworld do so in the ser- ture retention through a combination of rough. oily
vice of one clovoc-or to flee the wrath of another. fur and layers of fat. They are herbivores and are
Most Shistavanens hold great (some say excessive) particularly adapted to eating the unusual plants and
pride in the achievements of their species. but that fungi that can be found or cultivated underground on
doesn't stop some from leaving their homeworld of their home planet. also named Elom.
Uvena Prime. They often have trouble integrating with Despite their laid-back manner. Eloms are intelli-
societies they see as alien. and tend to be unforgiving gent and can be very ambitious. They are also highly
of slights. Despite their sour reputation. more than a isolated from other species. so Eloms unleashed on
few Shistavanens are stalwart fighters for the Alliance. the wider galaxy tend to be a bit naive, at least ini-
All four of these species provide unique story and tially. This makes them susceptible to suggestions.
roleplaying opportunities. Their worlds may not lie on manipulation. and deception to convince them to do
the front lines or be obvious supporters of the Rebel- things against their own interests. Those Eloms who
lion. but neither are the majority of inhabited plan- do travel the galaxy usually adapt gradually to a more
ets across the galaxy. Players delving into these spe- cosmopolitan lifestyle.
cies· circumstances and cultures should find plenty of Physiology (Elomin): The Elomin are tall humanoids
ideas as to why their character has taken up the fight with thin heads crowned by four distinctive horns. Away
against the Empire. In addition. these species also from their homeworld, they are occasionally mistaken

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FORCED .. BATT\.E
for Zabraks. who are more common across the galaxy. were initially wary, and reluctant to accept responsibil-
The Elomin have large. pointed ears and nearly solid- ity for the oppression of the Eloms. However. after the
colored. bright eyes of a wide variety of hues. Their skin Republic's intervention, the Eloms never sought ret-
color ranges from black to brighter shades of red. Their ribution against the Elomin, and eventually tensions
fingers have small sharp. claw-like nails. eased between the two societies. though they largely
ignored each other. Most Eloms preferred their under-
Despite long involvement in the Republic and the
Empire, many Elomin prefer working on their own or ground society to what waited beyond the surface or
with other Elomin whenever possible. These xenopho- among the stars. Years of Imperial rule have altered
bic tendencies also play into their dealings with the that position , especially among the younger Eloms.
Eloms. However. in spite of their insular societal ten- Society (Elomin): The Elomin live in politically divided
dencies. many individual Elomin are driven by a thirst lands. with countries and cities. They actively partici-
for knowledge that takes them into the ~alaxy. pated in galactic society and were members of the
Society (Eloms): The Eloms reside almost exclusively Republic long before their discovery of the Elom. Join-
underground on their homeworld. Prior to discovery ing the former Republic advanced Elomin technology
by the Elomin during the days of the former Republic, to a very advanced space age in a short time. The Elo-
they were not technologically advanced. In fact, their min pursue patterns of logic and puzzle out the ways
mannerisms and unique societal structures prompted of the universe. They are capable of reordering their
the Elomin to regard them initially as non-sentient, thinking when presented with enough evidence. but
and so they once frequently enslaved Eloms in their they can stubbornly hold to previous ideas and ignore
new discoveries or advances until it is overwhelming.
mines. The Republic's representatives found other-
wise and forced the Elomin to formally recognize the This dogged adherence to a well-established order
cemented the Elomin stance after the initial discov-
Eloms as a species with rights that they must respect.
ery of the Eloms. The decree recognizing the Eloms·
The Eloms are largely pacifists and usually easy sentience forced the Elomin to formally acknowledge
to get along with. Despite the difficulties during the the reality. It has taken years of Imperial abuse for
many years after the Elomin discovered them, the the Elomin to acknowledge that they now must turn
Eloms were willing to put aside past Elomin behavior to their underground neighbors for assistance so that
and move forward in peaceful coexistence. The Elomin both species can survive.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FC>Ral> .. BATTU:
ELUM, THE EMPIRE, AND THE REBEL ALLIANCE

hen a world has a vitally important resource are near the surface when larger breakouts or
W for the Imperial military industrial complex .
the Empire takes a great and active interest
highly public shows of resistance occur. In areas
of recurring trouble. the Imperials deploy probe
in that resource's unhindered acquisition and droids on a regular basis to discover and map
production. Elom is but one of many worlds the Elom's underground warrens. There is an
that suffers under Imperial production edicts ongoing low-level war between the Eloms and
and quotas. The Empire took control of Elom·s the probe droids. which attack any life-form
important lommite mines and production sites they encounter in the caves on sight. For their
years ago. They enslaved many of the Elomin to part. the Eloms draw the droids into uninhab-
work in the mines. The never-ending. demanding ited cavern complexes to trick or destroy them .
quotas require a relentless pace of work. Impe-
The Rebel Alliance supports the Eloms· efforts
rial officials continually squeeze more efficiency
largely in spirit. The Rebell ion has agents and
out of the entire process. These brutal methods
operatives among both the Eloms and Elomin,
have cost innumerable Elomin lives.
but little in the way of an organized or effective
The Elomin struggle hasn't gone un noticed . The resistance operation. Individual agents recruit
Eloms quickly learned over the years that they and resist. always seeking ways to maximize
were sometimes in a position to aid their neigh- t heir effectiveness. Elom agents freely use the
bors. What likely started as a relief effort even- Elom underground cavern networks. However.
tually turned into wholesale rescue operations winding underground travel is never as direct as
to whisk Elomin away from the mines and into overland or air travel. The difficulty of moving
the Eloms' tunnels. The Eloms must take great between cavern networks is a major weak link.
care in hnding a balance between freeing as It has the potential to expose secret entrances
many Elomin as they can while avoiding being to each cavern. and forces agents into the open.
made an example of Imperial power. Wisely. the however briefly.
Eloms don't want the Empire to seek out their Elomin agents have greater access to Imperial
enclaves and make an all-out assault against plans above ground. frequently witnessing the
their underground civilization.
Empire's efforts hrsthand. Their movement on
Since the Empire mostly ignores the Eloms until Elom is much more limited. but the information
they prove to be a threat. losing a few work- they learn is often more important to the wider
ers on occasion usually only prompts a localized Rebellion and other resistance efforts. Elomin
response. Imperial governors order expedition- agents also have an easier time of transmitting
ary forces to attack Elom settlements that or transferring intelligence offworld.

ELOM SPECIES ABILITIES ELOMIN SPECIES ABILITIES

• Wound Threshold: 10 + Brawn • Wound Threshold: 9 + Brawn


• Strain Threshold : 9 + Willpower • Strain Threshold: 10 + Willpower
• Starting Experience: 100 XP • Starting Experience: I 05 XP
• Special Abilities: Eloms begin the game with one • Special Abilities: Elomin begin the game with
rank in Resilience. They still may not train Resil- one rank in Charm and one rank in Knowledge
ience above rank 2 during character creation. (Education). They still may not train Charm or
• Digging Claws: Before using a maneuver to Knowledge (Education) above rank 2 during char-
move. an Elom may spend a maneuver to dig. acter creation.
allowing the Elom to use that move maneuver
to travel through loose soil or similar terrain. At
the Game Master's discretion. this excavation can
result in a low. narrow tunnel that others can use.

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FORCED IN BATTLE
of humans. The exact genetic history behind this
KYUZO divergence is known to few non-Kyuzo scholars. but
Kyuzo are lanky, bipedal humanoids who hail from the the two groups are genetically compatible, with off-
world of Phatrong. Their frequently slender physique spring inheriting one trait or the other from a parent.
belies their formidable strength and surprising agility. Society: The Kyuzo are a highly political species.
Kyuzo are not a prominent species in the galaxy at Starting with early city-states. the Kyuzo developed
large, but some travel extensively for business. trade. societies that spanned considerable geographic
and exploration. areas. Most Kyuzo identify as members of a particular
There are many social and political organizations on country or region. Separate from these governments
their homeworld Phatrong, but one particularly note- are the clovocs, which are organizations of warriors
worthy cultural phenomenon is that of clovocs, groups and other combatants that have their own traditions
that maintain law and order in specific regions. The and rules outside of the political regions they inhabit.
members of the most elite clovocs on Phatrong are At their best, the clovocs comprise noble fighters
renowned for their skill and honor. and are thus val- standing for what is right or just. At their worst. they
ued by military recruiters, underworld organizations, are bands of vile mercenaries or criminals who are as
and other groups that require skilled fighters. formidable as they are greedy. Clovocs range in size
Physiology: Kyuzo are green-skinned. and display from a few dozen members to thousands of individu-
hues ranging from lighter olive shades to deep blue- als. All forms of Kyuzo government make deals with
green colors. They are bipedal. with thin arms and the clovocs to provide security and military forces.
legs that conceal their considerable strength. Their The politics behind the successful hiring of a clovoc
hands have four digits. Due to the uncommon makeup are complex and sometimes outright corrupt. Many
of their homeworld's atmosphere. Kyuzo frequently a government has been toppled when a clovoc aban-
wear filter masks when in a galactic standard habit- doned it for better pay elsewhere or as an extreme
able environment. Though going without these masks form of protest over that government's actions.
isn't fatal. doing so makes Kyuzo ill in a short time. though few clovocs would abandon a battlefield for
interferes with their ability to concentrate, and slows such reasons when actual fighting is underway.
them down considerably. Like many species, Kyuzo Some clovocs encourage their members or even
span a broad range in terms of height and build. with entire branches to work offworld as mercenaries.
some members of the species towering over most while others forbid this practice. While most Kyuzo
humans and others considerably smaller in stature. are not actually members of a clovoc. these organiza-
Interestingly, there are two primary phenotypes tions nonetheless hold an important place in Kyuzo
within the Kyuzo population; some have compound culture, and are often romanticized in works of song,
eyes. while others have eyes with pupils akin to those literature. and other art. Though the clovocs are not
monolithic on Phatrong-some regions have more

THE CLOVOCS OF THE KYUZO

T he personalities of individual clovocs are as


varied as their members and leaders. Many
'
enemies. Political groups competing to control
a government might ally with one or more clo-
are truly honorable. but others cleave to their vocs, but the Kyuzo public rarely supports using
own codes that outsiders may not hold as admi- a clovoc to seize power outright. Even if success-
rable. The hundreds of clovocs vary widely in ful. those governments are often short-lived.
numbers. expertise. technique. tradition. and Each clovoc has its own combat style. One might
structure. Some date back to the earliest days of favor unarmed combat or melee weapons. while
Phatrong's recorded history. or are perhaps even another excels in long range-sharpshooting. A
more ancient. if their foundational myths are to few clovocs specialize in starship or vehicular
be believed. Individual clovocs range from a few combat. In peaceful times. clovocs participate
members working in a remote area to army-sized in grand tournaments featuring their best fight·
military machines capable of large-scale warfare. ers to showcase their skills and attract potential
Each clovoc tends to keep to a particular type patrons for their services.
of mission. such as mercenary work. local polic- These stylized battles are generally not fought
ing. or acting as a standing army. They rise and to the death. though accidents do occur. and a
fall in influence and numbers over time. as do few Kyuzo warriors have found themselves flee-
all organizations. They exist apart from Kyuzo ing Phatrong after killing an opponent in one of
political structure. and are hired by govern- these contests. lest staying provoke the wrath
ments to help maintain the peace or fight their of a powerful clovoc.
CLDVDCS OF RENOWN: EKAQUME AND GYARYI

hough there are numerous clovocs on Pha-


T trong. some are especially powerful. famous.
or dreaded for their exploits in battle.
Gyaryi: Gyaryi operates as one of the premier
Kyuzo standing armies. tens of thousands strong.
The clovoc has held a contract with one of the
Ekaqume: Members of Ekaqume are among the larger countries. Gorobe. for centuries. and its
most distrusted and underhanded Kyuzo war- leadership has become deeply entwined with the
riors. They fight dirty and with extreme violence. ruling nobility. Though the rank and file mem-
They are feared and disliked by many Kyuzo. bers of this clovoc use a variety of more modern
but they also produce quick results-and some weapons. the hereditary elite of the Gyaryi are
argue that ending conflicts before they can turn renowned archers. and the massive energy bows
into full ·blown wars is more moral than some they can draw with their considerable strength
pretense of honor. It was they who settled the are deadly on any battlefield. These highly
rebellion on the Kambey Plains in a single day. trained archers tend to fight from the backs of
and they who crushed a Black Sun smuggling riding beasts. or from speeders high above the
fray of battle. Though Gyaryi is nominally united
ring that threatened the nearby moon of Hei 8.
Hiring Ekaqume can be a sign of desperation. a under its leadership, a council of five extremely
skilled leaders chosen for life by vote. its ruling
major threat to an enemy. or both. Ekaqume is
organized into squads which can operate auton- members have loyalties to the various houses
of Gorobe. and numerous rivalries and factions
omously or combine with others to create larger
forces. Crime lords across the galaxy contract exist within the massive clovoc. These shifting
alliances mean that many high-ranking members
Ekaqume squads for all manner of tasks.
of Gyaryi must be both warriors and diplomats.

traditional governance structures with integrated Language: The Kyuzo have their own language, made
militaries-they are common in several of the largest up of quickly spoken short words and phrases. They
nations. Further. because many Kyuzo who travel off- can learn to understand Basic without difficulty, and
world are members of a clovoc. these warrior orders most pick up the skill at a young age, though speak-
are one of the most widely recognized elements of ing it is another matter. Some Kyuzo learn to make
Kyuzo culture in the galaxy at large. themselves understood in Basic while others use
Homeworld : Phatrong is an Outer Rim world. in the translation devices to smooth their interactions with
outsiders. Most clovocs laud action over words, and
galactic vicinity of Yavin and the Gordian Reach. It is
terrestrial. with vast oceans divided by thin. mountain- so some Kyuzo warriors who leave Phatrong simply let
ous. roughly linear continents that stretch between the their deeds speak for themselves.
planet's poles. Some mountain ranges are bordered Life in t he Alliance: Kyuzo fighters who share the
by wide plains and low hills. Others rise steeply out Alliance's goals are quickly welcomed. Their combat
of the water. forming fjords and long inland canyons. prowess is highly respected and provides a much-
needed boost to units or resistance groups lacking
Kyuzo cities are scattered throughout the conti-
nents. Most continents and major islands are their fighting ability. Those fighters looking for payment
might find limited work with the rebels. but only if they
own political units. though they do form a loose con-
federation that once elected the planet's Republic are desperate for hired help, and if the clovoc involved
has a decent reputation.
and Imperial Senators-before the dissolution of the
Senate. at least. The office of the local Imperial gov- Kyuzo rebel sympathizers on Phatrong work tire-
ernor has since replaced that function. and oversees lessly to recruit like-minded individuals in hopes that
the world directly. The Imperials naturally rely on their they can bolster both the Alliance at large, and form
own forces to maintain control. and only deal with the the core of a major resistance force on their home-
clovocs if they absolutely must. The reputation of the world. Many Kyuzo who join the Rebel Alliance are
clovocs has made the Empire cautious on Phatrong, not members of a clovoc at all. Though the clovocs
and as long as taxes are paid on time. it generally dominate the military culture of Phatrong, some fight-
exerts little direct influence over the world. ers still make a living working as lone freelancers.
Other recruits are not combatants at all. and support
Phatrong is a technologically developed world with
all of the expected amenities and technologies avail- the Rebel Alliance with diplomatic guidance. scientific
breakthroughs, or entirely unique expertise devel-
able to most worlds of the Galactic Empire. The Kyuzo
have a local style they apply to many of their prod- oped on. or off. Phatrong.
ucts and services. For those in the know, imported
goods usually stand out.

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FORCZD .. BATTU:
CLOVOCS OF RENOWN: PWANSUN AND SULDDO

act1 clovoc has a particular area of expertise. aggressiveness needed to carry out law enforce-
E philosophy. or belief system that drives its
members on to greatness. While clovocs can be
ment and other duties. A few offshoots are the
lsaao. Pwarle. and Miphune.
large organizations with many constituent mem-
Sulddo: Sulddo mercenaries operate in rug-
bers and the support and even bureaucracy that
ged. mountainous territory. and their founda-
entails. most Kyuzo who join a clovoc do so not
tional myth claims that their order hails from the
only to share in its successes. but also to pursue
haunted Kwaidan Peaks of southern Phatrong.
its core values. whatever form those take.
Sulddo's combatants blend long-range sharp-
Pwansun: The warriors of Pwansun are true shooting with a physical defensive style built
hand-to-hand combat experts able to use lethal around their innate agility and the traditional
and non-lethal force with equal effectiveness. wide-brimmed Kyuzo armored helmet that origi-
They have a strict code favoring defense over nated in their homeland. This helmet can be used
aggressiveness. said to be inspired by ancient as a shield or inverted to serve as a highly maneu-
Jedi Knights. though few Kyuzo were ever known verable standing saucer sled for quickly descend-
to be Force-sensitive. They are highly respected ing snowy or icy mountainous terrain. When
among the Kyuzo and other clovocs. to t he deciding between clients in a conflict. Sulddo
point that they can mediate disputes between usually favors the highest bidder. so if the clovoc
clovocs. Pwansun contracts wi t h many cities to accepts a lesser offer in an auction for their ser-
provide respectable police services. There have vices. they have likely found a fatal weakness in
been dozens of Pwansun offshoots over the cen- the other bidder. Sulddo's adherents tend not to
turies. Early offshoots were due purely to geog- pontificate about their honor. and take a decid-
raphy. which fostered different rules to match edly pragmatic approach to combat. but they are
local issues. Others were deliberate breaks nonetheless principled in their actions. even if
due to differences over the level of violence or these principles are often esoteric to outsiders.

SPECIES ABILITIES SHISTAVANEN

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• Wound Threshold: 11 + Brawn
• Strain Threshold: 11 + Willpower
The isolationist Shistavanens are fur-covered bipeds
with sharp teeth and claws. Across the wider galaxy.
they are best known as hunters. whether of beasts
or sentient beings, and they can operate efficiently
in a wide variety of environments. While Shistavanens
• Starting Experience: 90 XP do not completely shut out the galaxy at large, they
tend to be extremely dedicated to their own families.
• Special Abilities: Kyuzo begin the game with one communities. and cultures. even as compared to most
rank in Coordination. They still may not train Coor- other species. At its best, this tendency contributes
dination above rank 2 during character creation. to strong communities that support their individual
• Dense Musculature: Kyuzo are adapted for members among Shistavanens. but at its worst. it can
Phatrong's relatively high gravity, and can make lead to wariness of outsiders and even xenophobia.
impressive bounding leaps on most other worlds. Few Shistavanens leave their home system of Uvena,
Once per round as a maneuver, a Kyuzo may suf- but individual wanderers and occasional migrant com-
fer 3 strain to leap horizontally or vertically to any munities have brought their ways and culture to other
location within medium range. worlds in the galaxy.
Physiology: Shistavanens resemble humanoids with
digitigrade lower limbs. They are completely covered
by short. thick fur that is often brown or black. They
have upright. pointed ears on the upper sides of their
heads. and have a fearsome visage when they bare
their sharp teeth. Shistavanens have extremely sharp
senses. especially vision. hearing, and smell. The
Shistavanen gait alternates naturally between walking
upright and on all fours. and they can bound through
rough ground with impressive speed and stability.
Shistavanens are naturally surefooted. giving them a

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FOR.CED IN BATT\.E
further advantage when hunting or traversing terrain This standoffishness is reinforced by Shistavanens'
quickly. Their digits have large black claws. and they appearance and frequent aggressiveness, which make
usually walk barefoot. Shistavanens range between a them difficult for members of many other species to
little over a meter to almost two meters tall. Few pos- approach. On the other hand, the Shistavanen cul-
sess Force sensitivity, but the Jedi of old once counted ture's emphasis on family and communal bonds mean
more than one Shistavanen among their ranks. that some Shistavanens become extremely dedicated
Society: The Shistavanens are widely known to be
to those who get past their tough exterior and intimi-
isolationist and distrustful of outsiders. thus their spe- dating visage-even if those friends and confidantes
cies' relationships with other political bodies. includ- happen to be members of other species. Even gre-
ing the Empire, tend to be cautious and aloof. Their garious Shistavanens tend to be slow to warm up to
natural aggressiveness and imposing visage causes new people, at least as compared with most species
many members of other species to avoid Shistava- commonly encountered by spacers on the fringe,
nens, further cementing their reputation. The various though they might express this aloofness as excessive
ruling powers of the Uvena system intentionally use formality or stoicism rather than as aggression if they
this behavior to actively deter outsiders from becom- are versed in other galactic cultures.
ing too involved in Shistavanen business and society. Homeworld: Shistavanens come from Uvena Prime.
Still, most species find ways to travel across the stars, located in the Uvena system in the Outer Rim Territo-
sometimes even in spite of their inclinations. and even ries. It is under Imperial control. much to the outrage of
wary cultures have enterprising members who wish the Shistavanens. Outsiders are not generally welcome
to learn of the wider galaxy. These beings generally on Uvena Prime. but traders. corporations. and power-
serve as liaisons to offworld businesses and organiza- ful individuals are tolerated to better the local economy
tions. or leave their homeworld of Uvena Prime to see and facilitate the importation of much-needed goods
other worlds. Particularly driven individuals seek bet- and technology. Local trade rules and tariffs obviously
ter fortunes in the galaxy at large, where many find favor the Shistavanen merchants
that their natural quickness and aggressiveness make and traders. at least as much as
them adept at piloting, fighting, hunting, and in other Imperial oversight allows.
professions that value these traits.
Shistavanen home life is extremely family-centric.
Traditional dwellings and settlements are carved into
natural rock formations or constructed from baked
clay bricks. Families with enough space might
have several generations of extended fam-
ily clustered around a central dwelling. Usu-
ally, the role of leader is held by the eldest
family member. but different groups have
varying traditions. Wilderness skills. such as
hunting, tracking, survival. and fighting tech-
niques are group activities held by all, even
residents of Uvena's cities. The ascent to adult-
hood requires a successful solo hunt in the wil-
derness. These skills are highly sought after by
offworld entities, including galactic corporations.
criminals, and even some branches of the Impe-
rial intelligence services. Prying a suitable candidate
away from Uvena is very difficult for any other than
the Empire. who have the means to force one into ser-
vice. Shistavanen mercenaries and trackers are known
for their high fees.
In other parts of the galaxy, Shistavanens are fre-
quently regarded as loners, if they are recognized
at all, for they are relatively rare outside the Uvena
system. Some prefer jobs that allow them to oper-
ate on their own, such as bounty hunting or scouting,
and avoid interacting with members of other species.
Most Shistavanens do not lack pride in their spe-
cies, and some feel that members of other species
are inferior. mostly because they are not Shistavanen.
Even in such a hostile environment. some interstel- PRIDEFUL ALLIES
lar corporations still manage to make enough credits
for the effort to be worthwhile. While insinuating one's
he somewhat infamous Shistavanen belief
business into the Uvena system is a challenge, a few
steadfast entrepreneurs have managed to make doing T in their superiority manifests in as many
ways as there are individuals who display it.
so extremely profitable.
Shistavanen members of the Rebel Alliance
To ensure complete control of their home system, are just as trustworthy and loyal as those of
the Shistavanens long ago colonized every nearby any other species. but their pride can some-
planet. They laid claim to every rock in the Uvena times cause them to have grating tendencies.
system, going so far as to establish outposts on large Of course. this is true of more than a few
asteroids and regular probe droid patrols to maintain members of most species. but it often shows
their presence in remote locales. These efforts provide up in specific ways for Shistavanens. Some
effective surveillance against any who seek a land grab ways their xenophobia can manifest include:
of their own. Countless legal trade rendezvous and
accidental encounters have run afoul of the ruling bod- • Insistence on taking on the most dif-
ies of Uvena and their typically territorial sentiments. ficult tasks on a mission out of the
Uvena Prime itself consists of large, forested conti- fear that others will fail.
nents surrounded by vast oceans. Strong sunlight and
• Sudden boasting about natural abili-
warm weather allow the Shistavanens to make hard
ties or past successes as a means to
clay bricks that form the basis of much of their con-
secure a part in a mission.
struction outside of natural caves. Cities and settle-
ments are found from the coasts to the deep, over- • Hiding fear of others through threats.
grown forests. Some settlements are so isolated that
they are virtually self-sustaining. Imperial scouts rou- Members of the Rebel Alliance are generally
tinely seek them out, and use regular (if infrequent) a tolerant bunch. and many take issue with
patrols to keep an eye on them to ensure that insur- these sorts of tendencies in their comrades.
rection cannot take root in this region. Usually. even the most xenophobic of recruits
puts the mission before personal pride-after
Language: The Shistavanens' native language con- all. the Empire is a threat to everyone- and
sists of snarls, barks, and growls. It is very difficult for eventually learns to tolerate or even appreciate
most other species to replicate with any accuracy, members of other species and cultures. Some
which suits the majority of Shistavanens just fine. Shistavanen Soldiers grow to consider their
Shistavanens traveling or living elsewhere in the gal- squadmates a sort of family. and thus see them
axy usually learn Basic. Using Basic on Uvena Prime is as eminently worthy of dedication and protec-
frowned upon but grudgingly tolerated where needed tion-though newcomers must still prove them-
to communicate with outsiders. More Shistavanens selves before being welcomed into the fold.
have learned to speak Basic since the establishment
of the Empire. mainly to deal with Imperial governing
officials and trade partners. SPECIES ABILITIES
Life in t he A lliance: Like most galactic citizens.
Shistavanens as a group have no singular event that
pushes them to join the Rebel Alliance. Al though their
homeworld is dominated by the Empire. the Empire • Wound Threshold: 12 + Brawn
takes little interest in it beyond basic maintenance of
• Strain Threshold: 10 + Willpower
Imperial rule. Most Shistavanens don't like the Empire,
but tolerate it in much the same way that they inter- • Starting Experience: 80 XP
acted with the Republic and other offworlders before. • Special Abilities: Shistavanens begin the game
Individual Shistavanens find their own reasons to fight with one rank in either Brawl or Survival. They still
back. often due to terrible personal experiences. may not train Brawl or Survival above rank 2 dur-
Once in the Alliance, Shistavanens gravitate toward ing character creation.
duties that mesh well with their physical skills. Many
become pilots or scouts. However. those who excel at • Hunter's Instincts: When making a check for Ini-
martial arts bring a ferocity and violence that often tiative, a Shistavanen may make a Survival check
lands them assignments among the Rebellion's Spec- instead of a Discipline or Cool check.
Forces. Shistavanen combatants are fearsome, effec-
tive. and resourceful fighters.

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FORCED .. BATTLE
SOLDIER SPECIALIZATIONS
oRceo 1N BATTLE contains three new specializations themselves facing the Vanguard rather than allies who
F for the Soldier career: the Heavy. the Trailblazer. and
the Vanguard. Players can use these specializations to
might not be as resilient. A Vanguard is often very
tough. but this character's true defense lies in speed-
develop their existing Commando. Medic. and Sharp- a Vanguard is trained to dart from one piece of cover
shooter characters from the Ace oF ReseLuoN Core to another. ducking and weaving to avoid blaster bolts
Rulebook with new tactics to win the day. Alternatively, and melee attacks. Stunned. suppressed. and thor-
players can use these new specializations to add com- oughly distracted by the Vanguard's initial assault,
bat prowess to characters from careers less focused few foes can land a telling blow on this fast-moving
on battlefield operations. The Alliance to Restore the Soldier. giving the Vanguard's allies ample time to
Republic and its members are never completely safe exploit any openings that the startling attack created.
from attacks by the Empire. and so all of the Rebel- A Vanguard has a place in any rebel squad. keeping
lion's personnel must be ready to go into battle at a enemies off-balance and making sure that allies are
moment's notice. regardless of their usual roles. Thus, safe while they work to complete their objectives.
many characters might want to consider taking one The Soldier's eight career skills are Athletics,
of these Soldier specializations as a second or third Brawl. Knowledge (Warfare) . Melee. Ranged
specialization. to reflect skills developed on the firing (Light), Ranged (Heavy) , and Survival. A Soldier
range or on the battlefield. automatically gains a rank in four of these skills with-
The Heavy is all about wielding the deadliest weap- out spending experience. and gains a discount on
ons available to devastating effect. A Heavy with an increasing them with future experience points.
automatic weapon can lay waste to entire squads Remember that each specialization has its own list
of infantry in a single salvo, while one who uses a of bonus career skills. This might allow a player to
missile tube or other anti-vehicle weapon can blow select a skill twice at character creation. granting a
apart even the heaviest of Imperial armor. This abil- character two ranks in that skill from the beginning.
ity is incredibly valuable to troopers facing the Galac- However. a character cannot start the game with more
tic Empire. for its war machines are unassailable by than two ranks in any skill. regardless of the number
standard infantry weapons. Heavies need physical of opportunities to select it (such as combining a free
stamina to carry their large weapons. and that usu- rank from a species with the free skill from both the
ally translates to considerable resilience. In addition career and specialization lists).
to being a brutal long-range combatant. the Heavy is
one of the toughest Soldiers out there. and a prop-
erly equipped Heavy can shrug off blows and even
small arms fire. all while cutting a path of destruction
through enemy ranks.
The Trailblazer is unmatched in the field, using
clever tactics and dirty tricks to win battles against
numerically and technologically superior foes. Ter-
rain is the Trailblazer's best friend. giving this Soldier
the advantage both defensively and when setting up
ambushes to finish off foes before they can react.
From feigned retreats to cunning pitfalls to carefully
crafted crossfires, a Trailblazer can execute countless
different battlefield maneuvers to negate the advan-
tages any enemy might have. Even in an unfamiliar
environment. a Trailblazer can adapt quickly, using
knowledge of battlefields and foes everywhere to find
and exploit opportunities and keep their enemies on
their back feet. A Trailblazer fighting on home turf is
nearly unbeatable. capable of eking every tiny edge
available out of the environment.
The Vanguard believes in hitting first and hitting
hardest to end the fight quickly. Ideally, this means
that enemies never have a chance to strike back. If
any foes do survive the initial onslaught, they find
he Empire marches to war with massive machines of the battlefields of the Galactic Civil War must often
T death. designed not only to crush their foes but also
any hopes of victory they might represent. The Rebel
be cunning and knowledgeable. too. While a Heavy
working as a mercenary among smugglers or pirates
Alliance, for its part. is short on such materiel. While is often the largest combatant on the field. a Heavy
its starfighters and capital ships are able to directly on the front lines is no match for a behemoth like
contend with those of the Empire. the Rebel Alliance an Imperial AT-AT in a straight-up fight. Defeating a
must fight most of its ground battles with infantry, massive walker requires not only
supported only by entrenchments and light airspeed- the firepower to pierce its armored
ers. Many of its operations rely entirely on infantry. To - ~-=-~ hull. but also the knowledge of
this end. it must have troopers whose expertise and its blind spots and the clever-
equipment allow them to take down even the most ness to exploit them. A veteran
heavily armored targets. Heavies are the Heavy has almost assuredly got-
Soldiers best suited to carrying and oper- ten good at engaging and even
ating these crucial big guns. beating vehicles and other cra ft
that most ground troops would
dismiss as invincible. Heavies are
UNTOLD also extremely effective against
DEVASTATION infantry, and a single Heavy with a
large gun and a good position can
A Heavy has Gunnery. Perception. easily turn the tide of a battle.
Ranged (Heavy). and Resilience as
additional career skills. If this is a char- Within a group of Player Char-
acter's starting specialization, he may acters in Ace oF ReseLuoN , a
choose two of these skills and gain Heavy is likely to be one of the
one free rank in each. without spend- strongest. toughest. and most
ing starting experience. Resilience lethal at range. Given the
gives a Heavy the capacity to march specialization's destructive
considerable distances carrying a abilities. a Heavy is usu-
heavy blaster or missile tube. while ally more at home on the
Perception lets a Heavy find the gaps in battlefield than out
the armor of enemy vehicles and fortifica- spreading the word
tions to target once the bat- of the Rebellion
tle begins. Gunnery or at clandestine
and Ranged meetings to rally
(Heavy) have supporters. Still, a
more obvious Heavy can be a real
applicatio ns. asset to any party on
and make the and off the battlefield.
Heavy one of The ability to both see
the best Sol- and enact direct solu-
dier specializa- tions is useful in nearly
tions for shred- any context. and the
ding enemy formations and vehicles Heavy's skills and
from afar. A Heavy should ideally have talents support this
a solid starting Brawn characteristic in theme only slightly
addition to a high Agility characteristic, less ferven tly than the
so that the character can effectively specialization's capac-
wield cumbersome weapons. ity for wreaking vast
and terrible destruction
Heavies tend to prefer direct solutions with gigantic firearms.
to their problems. After all. enough ord-
nance can reduce most any challenge to
a smoldering crater, regardless of what
it was before. Still. Heavies who fight on

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FORCZD .. BATTL&
• ACTIVE
Soldier: Heavy Talent Tree
Career Skills: Athletics, Brawl, Knowledge !Warfare!, Medicine, Melee, Ranged llightl, Ranged !Heavy!, Survival
Heavy Bonus Career Skills: Gunnery, Perception, Ranged !Heavy), Resilience • PASSIVE

• BURLY • BARRAGE • TOUGHENED


Reduce any wielded weap· Add l damage per rank
on·s Cumbersome quality of Barrage to l hit of suc-
and Encumbrance rating cessful attack while using
by a number equal to Ranged (Heavy) or Gun·
ranks in Burly to a mini· nery skills at long or ex·
mum of 1. treme range .

• BARRAGE • BRACE • SPARE CLIP


Add l damage per rank Perform the Brace ma· Cannot run out of ammo
of Barrage to l hit of suc- neuver to remove • per due to@. Items with Limit·
cessful attack while using rank of Brace from next ed Ammo quality run out of
Ranged (Heavy) or Gun· Action. This may only re· ammo as normal.
nery skills at long or ex· move • added by envi-
treme range. ronmental circumstances.

• SIDE STEP • BURLY • HEROIC FORTITUDE • TOUGHENED


Once per round. may per· Reduce any wielded weap· May spend l Destiny Point
form Side Step maneuver on·s Cumbersome quality to ignore effects of Critical
and suffer a number of strain and Encumbrance rating Injuries on Brawn or Agility
to upgrade difficulty of all by a number equal to checks until the end of the
incoming ranged attacks by ranks in Burly to a mini-
an equal number. Strain suf- mum of 1.
fered this way cannot ex·
ceed ranks in Side Step.

• BRACE • BARRAGE • RAIN DF DEATH • HEROIC


RESILIENCE
Perform the Brace ma- Add l damage per rank Perform the Rain of Death
neuver to remove • per of Barrage to l hit of suc· maneuver co ignore the Immediately after being hit
rank of Brace From next cessful attack while using increased difficulty due to by an attack but before
Action. This may only re- Ranged (Heavy) or Gun· the Auto· fire quality of at· suffering damage. spend l
move • added by envi· nery skills at long or ex· tacks made this turn. Destiny Point to increase
ronmental circumstances. treme range. soak by ranks in Resilience.

• BURLY • DEDICATION • HEAVY HITTER


Reduce any wielded weap· Once per session. spend @
on's Cumbersome quality on a successful Ranged
and Encumbrance rating [Heavy) or Gunnery check
by a number equal to to add the Breach l quality
ranks in Burly to a mini· to the attack. or increase an
mum of 1. existing Breach rating by 1.

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FOACIED .. BATTL&
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hen facing a numerically superior enemy with
W access to better weapons. armor. and supplies.
UNSEEN PATHS
an army must leverage absolutely every advantage Catching the enemy off-guard is one of the oldest and
possible. The Soldiers of the Alliance to Restore the most diverse tactics in the galaxy, and Trailblazers
Republic have grown accustomed to fighting while out- seek to turn it to their advantage at every turn. To this
numbered and outgunned. and have honed their wits end. a Trailblazer receives Knowledge (Outer Rim),
to compensate and regain the advantage against the Perception . Stealth, and Survival as additional
Empire. One area in which rebel Soldiers frequen tly career skills. If this is a character's starting specializa-
have the edge is in knowledge of the terrain and how tion, he may choose two of these skills and gain one
to use it. Even stormtroopers. the supposed elite of the free rank in each. without spending starting experi-
Empire. frequently fall prey to its rigid modes of think- ence. Survival makes the Trailblazer better at
ing. and Trailblazers can use their superior knowledge tracking foes and setting clever traps, while
of the terrain and unorthodox tactics to surprise and Stealth helps in avoiding enemies who might
overwhelm their foes. uncover the Trailblazer's presence.
Trailblazers tend to favor patience and indi-
rect solutions, pitting the foe against the wilder-
ness or using the features of the terrain to elimi-
nate enemy advantages. Heavy walkers cannot
function in the confines of a forest. for instance,
nor can massive infantry surges push through
urban environments without exposing themselves
to risk. Trailblazers work to make the best of cover
and prefer to fight on their own turf. where they
can turn every piece of their knowledge to their
advantage. The Cunning Snare talent. in particular,
shines here. giving the Trailblazer the ability to
set up a devastating trap for unsuspecting foes.
While this talent takes some setup to use. the
payout can be considerable, levelling a fight with
a numerically superior or better-equipped foe.
The Trailblazer can even use this talent without
advanced supplies. using cleverness and wood-
craft to overcome dire situations if the PCs are
ever stranded without access to optimal gear-
and on the shifting battlefields of the Galactic Civil
War. Soldiers of the Rebellion can find themselves
cut off and without support in an instant.
Trailblazers often act as guides to other mem-
bers of their squads, helping them to avoid the
dangers of the wild and the battlefield alike as
the group moves to the most advantageous
position possible. A skilled Trailblazer can not
only allow a group of PCs to win difficult battles
through subterfuge and trickery. but also to
avoid unnecessary battles entirely. The Rebel
Alliance frequently needs to achieve objectives
without the Empire noticing, and so the best
battle is often the one that was never fought.
A Trailblazer can be a substantial boon to any
Ace oF R EBELLION group in other contexts. too.
whether the PCs are moving through the wilds
or the streets of a city.

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FORIZD .. BATT\.E
• ACTIVE
Soldier: Trailblazer Talent Tree
Career Skills: Athletics, Brawl, Knowledge IW1rfarel, Medicine, Melee, Ranged llightl, Ranged IHeavyl, Survival
Trailblazer Bonus Career Skills: Knowledge !Outer Rimi, Perception, Stealth, Survival • PASSIVE

• STALKER • TOUGHENED • DUTODDRSMAN • EXPERT TRACKER


Remove • per rank of Remove • per rank of Ex-
Outdoorsman from checks pert Tracker from checks to
to move through terrain or fmd tracks or track targets.
manage environmental ef- Decrease time to track a
fects. Decrease overland target by half.
travel times by half

• DISORIENT • PRIME POSITIONS • CUNNING SNARE • DUTODDRSMAN


After hitting with combat When this character or an Once per encounter as an Remove • per rank of
check. may spend ('.} ('.} to ally in short range takes action. may create a trap. Outdoorsman from checks
disorient target for number cover. he increases soak Any other character who to move through terrain or
of rounds equal to ranks in against ranged attacks by I moves to engaged range manage environmental ef-
Disorient. per rank of Prime Fbsitions of the trap must make an fects. Decrease overland
unlll he leaves !hat cover. Opposed Vigilance vs. tra\el times by hair.
Survival check to avoid
harm and ill effects.

. GRIT • DODGE • TOUGHENED


When targeted by combat
check. may perform a
Dodge incidental to suffer a
number of strain no greater
than ranks of Dodge. then
upgrade the difficulty of the
check by that number.

• DODGE • PREY ON • EXPERT TRACKER • ONE WITH NATURE


THE WEAK
When targeted by combat Remove • per rank of Ex- When in the wilderness. the
check. may perform a Add + I damage to one pert Tracker from checks to character may make a Sim·
Dodge incidental to suffer a hit of successful combat hnd tracks or track targets pie (-) Survival check ~n·
number of strain no greater checks against disorient- Decrease time to track a stead of Discipline or Cool]
than ranks of Dodge. then ed targets per rank of Prey target by half. to recover strain at the end
upgrade the difficulty of the on the Weak. of an encounter.
check by that number.

• DEDICATION • AMBUSH • DISORIENT • PREY ON


THE WEAK
Once per round while ben· After hitting with combat
ehting from cover. may check. may spend ('.} ('.} to Add + I damage to one
make the Ambush maneu- disonent target for number hit of successful combat
ver. Add damage equal lO of rounds equal to ranks in checks against disorient-
Stealth skill to one hit of Disorient. ed targets per rank of Prey
next successful combat on the Weak.
check against a target with-
in short range before the
end of the tum.

HEROES OF THE REBEWON


l"OAmD • BATTU
Y~U\l.7Ll~77
anguards are first to the fight. Soldiers skilled in tak- on their back feet no matter the arena. While this
U ing point and taking charge. While they generally do
not command in the traditional sense. their preferred
can make them combative. it can also be useful to a
group of rebel agents. whether they are negotiating
mode of combat is to hit hard and fast. and thus allies for supplies. trying to persuade others to the cause.
tend to fall in behind them. if only so that they are or attempting to maintain a bluff. A Vanguard is likely
not left behind. This means that Vanguards shoulder a to see the importance of momentum in any field and
great deal of the risk in battle. but most would rather press the advantage whenever possible.
take a blaster bolt than let a squadmate be shot. As a
result of taking so many hits over the course of their
military careers. the Vanguards who survive tend to be
extremely tough.

UNRELENTING
ONSLAUGHT '
Vanguards have Athletics, Cool , Vigilance. and
Resilience as additional career skills. If this is a char-
acter's starting specialization, he may choose two of
these skills and gain one free rank in each. without
spending starting experi-
ence. Having both Cool and
Vigilance means that Van-
guards are extremely unlikely
to flinch or hesitate when the
shots start flying. regardless of whether
they are launching an ambush or reacting
to an unexpected move. Athletics reflects the
physical acumen of Vanguards. while Resilience
stems from the long history of hits such characters
have likely taken.
On battlefields often dominated by massive walk-
ers. sudden starfighter strikes. and orbital bombard-
ments. standing still in the open can be a death sen-
tence, and Vanguards know it. Rather than hunkering
down and hoping to avoid the worst, Vanguards take
the battle directly to the enemy, seizing the initia-
tive to end the battle before their foes even realize
that it has begun. They tend to favor rapid strikes.
armored assaults. and shipboard actions that leave
the enemy reeling and unable to bring its armor to
bear. So long as they keep moving, their logic goes.
the enemy cannot hope to pin them down. Barriers
to their entry, from blast doors to bunkers. are some-
thing to be smashed so that they can move on to the
next target. The Moving Target talent is particularly
useful when keeping mobile to stay alive. and makes
a Vanguard with the drop on the enemy extremely
difficult to bring down.
Off the field of battle. Vanguards are frequently
quick to action as well. Hesitation on the battlefield
is often fatal. and many Vanguards apply this mental-
ity to their other activities, trying to keep opponents

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


l'ORCU> .. BATTLE


• ACTIVE
Soldier: Vanguard Talent Tree
Career Skills: Athletics, Brawl, Knowledge IWarfarel, Medicine, Melee, Ranged llightl, Ranged IHeavyl, Survival
Vanguard Bonus Career Skills: Athletics, Cool, Vigilance, Resilience • PASSIVE

• BODY GUARD • CONDITIONED • TOUGHENED • RAPID REArnON


Once per round. perform Remove • per rank of Con· Suffer a number of strain to
the Body Guard maneuver ditioned from Athletics and add an equal number of ~
to guard an engaged charac· Coordination checks. Re- to Initiative checks. Strain
ter. Suffer a number of strain duce the damage and strain suffered cannot exceed
no greater than ranks of suffered from falling by I ranks 1n Rapid Reaction.
Body Guard. then until the per rank o' Conditioned.
beginning of the next tum
upgrade the difficulty of
combat checks targeting the
character by that number.

• POINT BLANK • SUPPRESSING FIRE


If the character has already Add 1 damage per rank of Character and allies in
acted this round. increase Point Blank to damage of short range may spend t>
ranged defense by 1 per one hit of successful attack on failed combat checks
rank of Moving Target. using Ranged (Heavy) or once per round to inflict l
Ranged (Light) sllills at strain per rank of Sup-
short range or engaged pressing Fire on the target.

• CONDITIONED • BODY GUARD • TOUGHENED • RAPID REA[TION


Remove • per rank of Con- Once per round. perform Suffer a number of strain to
ditioned from Athletics and the Body Guard maneuver add an equal number of ~
Coordination checks. Re- to guard an engaged charac- to Initiative checks. Strain
duce the damage and strain ter. Suffer a number or strain suffered cannot exceed
suffered from falling by 1 no greater than ranks of ranks in Rapid Reaction.
per rank or Conditioned. Body Guard. then until the
beginning of the next tum
upgrade the difficulty of
combat checks targeting the
character by that number.

• IMPROVED • SUPPRESSING FIRE • MOVING TARGET


BODY GUARD
Character and allies in If the character has already
Once per session. when an short range may spend t> acted this round. increase
atty protected by the Body on failed combat checks ranged defense by t per
Guard maneuver suffers a once per round to irflict 1 rank of M<Mng Target.
hit. suffer the hit instead strain per rank of Sup·
pressing Fire on the target

• DEDICATION • SUPREME • DYNAMIC FIRE • SEIZE THE


BODY GUARD INITIATIVE
When making a ranged at-
Body Guard maneuver tack while engaged with an Once per session as a
may protect a number of opponent. may suffer 2 maneuver. may make a
engaged characters up to
ranks in Resilience.
strain to reduce the ranged
modifier by l.
Hard 1+++>
Athletics
check. On success. other
PCs may take their turns
immediately.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


l'OACllD .. BATTL&

- p·f{llOpM<,,,,_..,.,,,'f"""_.._ OUl OffC


NEW TALENTS
elow is a description for each of the .new talents BODY GUARD (IMPROVED)
B added in FoRceo 1N BATTLE. Each entry includes the
information required for gameplay (see page 140 of
Activation: Active (Incidental. Out of Turn)
Ranked: No
the Ace oF ReeeLuoN Core Rulebook). Trees: Vanguard
AMBUSH Once per session. when an ally protected by the char-
acter's Body Guard maneuver would suffer a hit from
Activation: Active (Maneuver) a combat check, the character may choose to suffer
Ranked: No that hit instead of the ally.
Trees: Trailblazer
Once per round while benefiting from cover. the char- BODY GUARD (SUPREME)
acter may perform the Ambush maneuver. The char- Activation: Passive
acter may add additional damage equal to his ranks Ranked: No
in the Stealth skill to one hit of the next successful Trees: Vanguard
combat check with a non-starship/vehicle weapon he When the character uses the Body Guard maneuver.
makes against a target within short range before the he may protect a number of engaged characters up to
end of his turn. his ranks in Resilience instead of just one.
BARRAGE BURLY
Activation: Passive Activation: Passive
Ranked: Yes Ranked: Yes
Trees: Heavy Trees: Heavy
Add one damage per rank of Barrage to one hit of suc- The character reduces any wielded or carried weap-
cessful Ranged (Heavy) or Gunnery attacks with non- on's Cumbersome quality and Encumbrance rating by
starship/vehicle weapons at long or extreme range. a number equal to ranks in Burly to a minimum of 1.
BLIND SPOT CONDITIONED
Activation : Passive Activation: Passive
Ranked: No Ranked: Yes
Trees: Trailblazer Trees: Vanguard
The character and allies within short range add The character removes • per rank of Conditioned
automatic t> to combat checks they make while from his Athletics and Coordination checks. He
benefiting from cover. reduces the damage and strain suffered from falling
by 1 per rank of Conditioned.
CUNNING SNARE
Activation: Active (Action)
Ranked: No
Trees: Trailblazer
Once per encounter. the character may take the
Cunning Snare action to use materials in his environ-
ment to assemble a trap within short range. Each
time another character moves to engaged range of
the trap, he must make an Opposed Vigilance vs.
Survival check against the character who placed the
trap. If the character who triggers the trap fails, he
suffers wounds (these ignore soak) equal to the trap-
per's Cunning characteristic. plus 1 additional wound
per Y . The trapper may spend @ generated by th_e
check to disorient the character for 1 round per ~2>
spent, @ @ @ or @ to immobilize the character for
1 round. and @ to stagger the character for 1 round.
Once a character springs the trap, it is expended: at
the GM's discretion, the trapper may spend @ from
the check to have it remain functional for one extra use.
The trapper may disarm the trap with an action. PREY N ....HE WEAK
Any other character who is aware of the trap may
Activation: Passive
spend several minutes to attempt to disarm it with a Ranked: Yes
Hard C t t t l Survival check. If he fails. he suffers Trees: Trailblazer
the damage and negative effects in the same manner The character deals + 1 damage to one hit on all suc-
as if he had triggered it.
cessful combat checks against disoriented targets per
HEAVY HITTER rank of Prey on the Weak.
Activation: Active (Incidental) RAIN OF DEATH
Ranked: No
Activation: Active (Maneuver)
Trees: Heavy Ranked: No
Once per session. the character may spend @ on a
Trees: Heavy
successful Ranged (Heavy) or Gunnery check to add The character may perform the Rain of Death maneu-
the Breach 1 quality to the attack, or increase an
ver. If he does so. when he makes an attack in the
existing Breach rating by 1. same turn he does not increase the difficulty of the
HEROIC RESILIENCE attack due to the Auto-fire quality.
Activation: Active (Incidental, Out of Turn) SEIZE THE INITIATIVE
Ranked: No Activation: Active (Maneuver)
Trees: Heavy
Ranked: No
Immediately after being hit by a successful combat Trees: Vanguard
check but before damage is calculated. the character
Once per game session. the character may leap for-
may spend one Destiny Point to increase his soa~ by ward to create a daring distraction on the battlefield
a number equal to his ranks in Resilience.
by performing the Seize the Initiative maneuver. He
MOVING TARGET making a Hard C t t t l Athletics check. If he suc-
ceeds, any number of other PCs who have yet not
Activation: Passive acted this round may immediately take their turns as
Ranked: Yes
if there were that many PC slots at that point in the
Trees: Vanguard
Initiative order. Each PC who acts this way counts as
If the character has already acted this round, increase
having acted for this round (and thus cannot act again
his ranged defense by 1 per rank of Moving Target.
this round). The Initiative order returns to its previous
ONE WITH NATURE order at the beginning of the next round.
Activation: Passive SUPPRESSING FIRE
Ranked: No
Activation: Passive
Trees: Trailblazer
Ranked: Yes
When in the wilderness. the character may make a
Trees: Vanguard
Simple C-l Survival check (instead of Discipline or
The character and each ally within short range may
Cool) to recover strain at the end of an encounter (see spend t> on their failed combat checks to inflict one
page 233 of the AcE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook).
strain on the target per rank of Suppressing Fire. Each
PRIME POSITIONS character can only activate this effect once per round.
Activation : Passive
Ranked: Yes
Trees: Trailblazer
When the character or an ally within short range takes
cover. that character increases his soak by 1 per rank
of Prime Positions against ranged attacks until he
leaves that cover.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FORGED .. BATT\.£
SOLDIER MOTIVATIO NS
very Soldier has a reason for joining the Rebel Alli- all work well for a character with the Soldier career.
E ance in its fight against the Empire. something that
gets the character out of the barracks in the morning.
FoRceo 1N BAn te includes a number of new Motiva-
tions grouped into a category called Relationships.
Each needs a motive to spend another day fortifying a To use these Motivations. a player simply chooses
rebel base against discovery. or to plan the next daring one from the following list. or rolls randomly on
raid on an Imperial storage depot. Some believe in the Table 1-2: Random Soldier Motivat ions. This roll
cause. some fight for revenge. while others fight for the replaces the roll he would normally make on Table
specific person next to them. There are as many differ- 2-5 : Random Motivation on page I 04 of the Ace
ent motivations as there are Soldiers in the Alliance. oF ReBeLuoN Core Rulebook. If the player rolls Rela-
and each explains what a warrior hopes to achieve tionship, he rolls again on Table 1-3 : Specific Rela-
while risking his life. tionships to determine his specific Motivation.
Deciding a character's Motivation is a key factor in
determining why that character joined the Rebel Alli- TABLE 1-2: RANDOM SOLDIER MOTIVATION
ance. and influences how that individual behaves in
both combat and social challenges. This Motivation.
examined alongside with a character's species. back- 1- 2 Belief
ground. Duty, career. and specialization should com- 3-4 Connection
bine to create a unique character that leaps off the
table in the imaginations of all the players. 5-6 Ou est

The Ace oF REBELLION Core Rulebook presents a 7-9 Relationship


number of different Motivations suitable for any mem-
I0 Roll once on each of any two categories
ber of the Rebel Alliance. including Motivations based
on Beliefs. Connections. and Quests. While these can
TABLE 1- 3: SPECIFIC RELATIONSHIPS

Place: The Soldier has strong ties to a home. town. or entire world. This place may be under Imperial control. threatened
01-1 0 by the Empire. or free. for now. The Soldier wants this world to retain or regain its freedom from tyranny at all costs.
>--- --+
Local Civilian: Soldiers often form quick bonds with the people who live on worlds where they deploy. The connection
may be with a farmer who sells produce to the troops. a local youth who shares a love of military technology, or a village
11 - 20 elder whose venerable traditions strike a chord within the Soldier. This bond can be an asset. supplying the PC with
unique information on the region. but can also cause the Soldier emotional stnfe 1f this fnend is dragged into the war.

Childhood Friend: Many Alliance troopers took up arms because of an Imperial invasion. fighting alongside lifelong
21 - 30 friends and neighbors. This Soldier fights to watch a particular friend's back. to prevent someone back home from
suffering Imperial rule. or to avenge someone who perished at the hands of the Empire.
> - - - - --+
Comrades: Warriors often fight For the people beside them. ensuring that as many of their allies make it back home as
31- 40 possible. The bonds of friendship forged under fire are among the strongest two beings can share. There is little a Soldier
wouldn't do to save an ally from the trenches.

Sibling(s): A Soldier might join the Rebel Alliance to keep tabs on a reckless sibling who Joined first. Conversely. a Soldier
41-50 might join to protect siblings back home from Imperial oppression. wishing to spare them life under Imperial rule.
1---- --+--
M en tor: This Soldier focuses on maintaining standards instilled by a drill instructor. a teacher back home. or a more
51 - 60 experienced combatant. The character fights to achieve greatness in battle to impress this mentor. and show that those
lessons weren't given in vain.

Lover: The Soldier might have a spouse or other romantic relationship back home or w1th1n the unit. This Soldier fights
61 - 70 to ensure th is person's safety. and in the hopes of returning safely to this person once the Empire has been defeated.

Family/Clan: The Soldier might have parents. extended family. or an entire clan to protect or even liberate. The Soldier's
71 - 80 people might be unable to protect themselves or enslaved by the Empire. Alternatively. the family might have a proud
tradition of service in a militant order such as a Mandalorian clan. a Kyuzo clovoc. or even a company of bounty hunters.

Tech: A Soldier might have one very specific piece of technology that is especially precious. such as a droid. a vehicle.
81-90 or customized rifle. The character works hard to safeguard it. and spends any spare time or money on maintaining.
repairing. or upgrading this cherished machine.

Rival: The Soldier has a nvalry with someone. and whether this person is a friend or a foe. the Soldier frames everything
91-00 as part of the grand. ongoing competition between the two.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FORCED .. BATn.E
SOLDIER SIGNATURE ABILITIES
n addition to the specializations available within To attach a signature ability to one of his talent trees.
Icareer's
a given career. a character also has access to that
signature abilities. These abilities are special.
the character must own all of the talents along the bot-
tom row of the destination talent tree that match up with
elite talents for experienced characters of the specified the active nodes on the signature ability. Then. once a
career. They are feats only possible through the skill signature ability has been attached to a talent tree. the
and ability gained over a long and successful career. character may purchase the ability's basic form and its
upgrades using experience, just as if they were talents.
SIGNATURE ABILITY The Soldier career has access to two signature abili-
BREAKDOWN ties: The Bigger They Are ... and Unmatched Courage.

A signature ability is composed of three elements: the


nodes linking it to a talent tree. the ability's basic form.
and a series of upgrades that augment the ability.

NODES

Each signature ability has four nodes lined up


across its top. These four nodes match up with the
four talents on the bottom row of a talent tree. Each
node can either be active. showing a bracket facing
upward, or inactive. remaining blank. To be able to
attach a signature ability to a tree. the character
must own all of the talents along the bottom row
of the destination talent tree that match up with
the active nodes on the signature ability.

ABILITY BASIC FORM

When a character acquires a signature ability. he must


first purchase the basic form of the ability. This takes
up the entire first row of the signature ability tree and
is purchased with experience points. The experience
cost of each upgrade is listed in its box.

UPGRADES
After the character has purchased the basic form of the
signature ability, he can further customize the ability by
purchasing upgrades. Upgrades. much like talents. are
purchased with experience points. and each upgrade
may only be purchased if it connects to the basic form
of the ability or a previously purchased upgrade. The
experience cost of each upgrade is listed in its box.

ACQUIRING SIGNATURE ABILITIES


Before a character can purchase a signature ability
or any of its upgrades. the character must ·attach·
that ability to the bottom of one of his current in-
career talent trees. Once a signature ability has been
attached to a tree. no other signature abilities may be
attached to that tree. and the attached ability cannot
be removed or switched to a different tree. A character
can only acquire a signature ability from his career and
can only attach that ability to in-career talent trees.
Soldier Signature Ability Tree: The Bigger They Are ...

• THE BIGGER THEY ARE... BASE ABILITY


Once per game session as an action. the character may spend 2 Destiny Points. nominate one vehicle. starship. or living creature of silhouette 2 or smaller that
he can see. and make a Hard ( +++1 Knowledge (Warfare) check. If he succeeds. for the next 3 rounds. he and each other friendly character within medium
range of him ignore the target's armor (or soak) when inflicting damage on the target with non-vehicleJstarship weapons.

• INCREASE • DURATION
SILHOUETTE
Increase the silhouette of tar-
gets that can be affected by
The Bigger They Are... by I .

• ONGOING SALVO • DESTINY • REDUCE • INCREASE


DIFFICULTY SILHOUETTE
If the target is destroyed (or
dies) while The Bigger They Reduce the difficulty of the Increase the silhouette of tar-
Are... is active. the character skill check to activate The gets that can be affected by
may spend I Destiny Point Bigger They Are... to Aver- The Bigger They Are... by I .
to select a new target for The
Bigger They Are...
age 1++1.

SIGNATURE ABILITY: UPGRADES

THE BIGGER THEY ARE ... The Bigger They Are ... has several upgrades that can
improve its effects and make it easier to use. Any
The Alliance to Restore the Republic is an organiza- upgrades that appear in The Bigger They Are .. .'s tree
tion founded upon the principle that seemingly invin- multiple times have their effects stack.
cible juggernauts can be brought down with creativ-
ity, determination. and a bit of luck. The Bigger They Change Skill (Athletics): When activating The Big-
Are ... is a signature ability that exemplifies this men- ger They Are ... the character may make an Athletics
tality, giving a Soldier the ability to fell targets well check instead of a Knowledge (Warfare) check.
beyond the reach of most infantry. Using experience Change Skill (Survival): When activating The Bigger
to find the exact right spot to hit a target. whether it They Are .. ., the character may make a Survival check
is an armored AT-ST or a massive creature on some instead of a Knowledge (Warfare) check.
savage planet. the Soldier lines up the perfect shot
Destiny: To activate The Bigger They Are .... the char-
and then fires. blasting an opening in its defenses. If
acter needs to spend only 1 Destiny Point instead of
the Soldier's allies capitalize on this opportunity. their
the normal 2.
combined firepower can rip apart nearly any target.
Duration : The Bigger They Are ... lasts for 2 addi-
BASE ABILITY tional rounds.
Increase Silhouette: Increase the silhouette of tar-
Once per game session as an action. the character
gets that can be affected by The Bigger They Are .. . by
may spend 2 Destiny Points. nominate one vehicle.
1 per Increase Silhouette upgrade purchased.
starship, or living creature of silhouette 2 or smaller
that he can see. and make a Hard (++ t l
Knowl- Ongoing Salvo: If the target is destroyed (or dies)
while The Bigger They Are ... is active, the character
edge (Warfare) check. If he succeeds, for the next 3
rounds. he and each other friendly character within may spend 1 Destiny Point to select a new target for
medium range of him ignore the target's armor (or The Bigger They Are ...
soak. if it is a living creature) when inflicting damage Reduce Difficulty: The skill check to activate The Bigger
on the target with non-vehicle/starship weapons. They Are ... is Average (+t l
instead of Hard (++ +1.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FORCED IN BATTLE
Soldier Signature Ability Tree: Unmatched Courage

• UNMATCHED COURAGE BASE ABILITY


Once per game session. as an out of tum incidental. the character may spend 2 Destiny Points to ignore the effects of all Critical Injuries for 2 rounds. When this
effect ends. he surfers the effects of these Cntical ln1unes as no•mal.

• IN[REASE EFFECT • DURATION • SURVIVOR • DURATION

While Unmatched Courage is W~ 1e Unmatched Courage is


active. whenever the charac- active. add O to checks to
ter would suffer strain. he remove Critical ln1uries
may suffer that many
wounds instead.

• SEE IT THROUGH • FINISH THE JDB • SURVIVOR • TDD TOUGH TD DIE

While Unmatched Courage is While Unmatched Courage is Wh le Unmatched Courage is When Unmatched Courage
actrve. the character does a<:tM. the character adds actM?. add O to checks to ends. make a Hard (• •
not become incapacitated + 2 damage for each Criti<:al re'TlO\e Cnucal Injuries +1 Resilience check to re-
ffiO\C one Critical Injury.
when his 1\ounds exceed his Injury he 1s suffenng to the
wound threshold first hit of each successful
combat check he makes.

UPGRADES
SIGNATURE ABILITY:
UNMATCHED COURAGE Unmatched Courage has several upgrades that can
improve its effects and make it easier to use. Any
The Soldiers of the Rebellion face a terrifying foe: a vast upgrades that appear in Unmatched Courage's tree
Empire obsessed with their annihilation. The Empire multiple times have their effects stack.
wields the power to oppress the people with endless
Duration : Unmatched Courage lasts for 2 additional
swarms of stormtroopers. devastate cities from afar
rounds per Duration upgrade purchased.
with callous orbital bombardments. and even reduce
rebellious worlds to scattered chunks of stone spinning Increase Effect: While Unmatched Courage is active.
through the void. To oppose such power directly is to whenever the character would suffer strain. he may
grapple with the prospect of death in every battle, even suffer that many wounds instead.
though the Rebel Alliance manages to narrowly claim Finish the Job: While Unmatched Courage is active,
victories. But to many Soldiers, there is no choice at the character adds + 2 damage for each Critical Injury
all. While the thought of resisting such an enemy is dif- he is suffering to the first hit of each successful com-
ficult, the consequences of standing aside are unthink- bat check he makes.
able. When confronted by such evil, these individuals
rise up to resist. and their courage can carry them to See it Through: While Unmatched Courage is active,
legendary deeds on the battlefield. the character does not become incapacitated when his
current wounds exceed his wound threshold. He still
BASE ABILITY suffers a Critical Injury each time his current wounds
increase to a value greater than his wound threshold.
Once per game session. as an out of turn incidental. Survivor: While Unmatched Courage is active. add O
the character may spend 2 Destiny Points to ignore per Survivor upgrade purchased to checks to remove
the effects of all Critical Injuries for 2 rounds (he still the character's Critical Injuries.
suffers these Critical Injuries. even though he ignores
their effects). When this effect ends at the end of the Too Tough to Die: When Unmatched Courage ends.
second round. he immediately suffers the effects of all the character may immediately make a Hard (+++1
Critical Injuries he is suffering as normal. Resilience check. If he succeeds, he removes I Criti·
cal Injury he is suffering, plus I additional Critical
Injury per@ he spends on the check.

HEROES OF THE REBELLION


FOR.CED .. BATTLE
...,....,.
·1 feel like because I can fight, I have to, for those who
cannot. And I think you might be the same way.·
-Princess Leia Organa

ne of the Rebel Allianc.e's greatest stru?gles is them for military use. Rebel technicians often have
0 acquiring weapons, equipment, and vehicles to
arm its recruits and take the fight to the Empire. Most
their hands full militarizing civilian hunting, hiking, and
emergency gear for the battlefield.
Alliance equipment is donated by or purchased from While the Alliance has few factories and limited
rebel sympathizers; companies like SoroSuub and Cry- access to raw materials. it has enough to manufac-
onCorp secretly arm the Rebellion by selling items at ture a handful of unique designs. The A-wing and
steep discounts or. occasionally, arranging for rebels to B-wing starfighters are perhaps the most famous, but
"hijack" insured company shipments. Crime bosses and
other items. such as the Alliance modular backpack
black marketeers know war is good for business and and specialized heavy battle armor, are among the
occasionally sell or donate weapons to the Rebellion designs exclusive to Rebellion personnel.
in the interest of seeding regional chaos for their own
benefit. However. sweetheart deals and stolen dona- However. when other options aren't viable, Soldiers
tions alone don't provide enough materiel to arm the are critical links in the supply chain when it comes
whole Rebel Alliance. to conducting raids to bolster logistics shortfalls. Reb-
els are trained to "liberate" Imperial arms and equip-
Rebels spend lots of time salvaging gear from ment whenever possible, taking back rifles, armor,
battlefield wrecks. sometimes even cold battle- and even shuttles or TIE fighters to use against the
fields dating back to the Clone Wars. Scrap to be lmpenals. Elaborate plans dependent on uniq~e
melted down. spare parts. repairable arms. and equipment require entire raids specifically to obtain
vehicles litter battlefields that have not yet been critical pieces of technology. If they cannot purchase.
picked over by scavengers. Sometimes. instead of salvage, or build it themselves. the rebels have no
just salvaging wrecks. it is easier to obtain civili~n qualms about stealing it from the Empire.
equipment. such as T-4 7 airspeeders. and modify
NEW WEAPO NS
he war between the Empire and the Rebellion SE·14C BlASTER PISTOL
T may be fought by soldiers. but weapons are often
the deciding factor in which side triumphs. Soldiers Of all standard issue Imperial blasters. few pack as
depend on blasters. missile launchers. incendi- much bang per credit as the SE-1 4C blaster pistol.
ary devices, and more to gain the upper hand in a This weapon is the latest BlasTech Industries upgrade
fight. and in a war-torn galaxy, there is no shortage of the semi-automatic SR Combat Pistol that was
of weapons from which a warrior can choose. While used by the Separatist droid army at the height of
armaments are ubiquitous across the galaxy, and the Clone Wars. The Galactic Empire contracted
are used by people from moisture farmers defending BlasTech to produce an alternate model with fully-
their homesteads to security officers suppressing riot- automatic capabilities. which resulted in the SE- 14r
ing mobs. professional soldiers are generally the only Repeater Pistol. However. overheating stemming from
people to wield true weapons of war. prolonged discharges of that weapon would warp the
barrel. causing potentially catastrophic malfunctions.
ENERGY WEAPONS The SE-14C addresses the heat management issue
by integrating the power pack into the back of the bar-
There are several types of energy weapons that most rel. The clip. blaster gas. and barrel are changed out
combatants favor on the battlefield: high-powered as a solid piece while reloading. A valve allows viable
sniper blasters that can neutralize targets from afar. clips to be recharged during downtime to keep costs
heavy automatic blasters that can flood a combat down. Although the Empire uses the SE-14C primar-
zone with a torrent of blaster bolts. and deadly dis- ily as a sidearm. the blaster's intimidating reputation
ruptors that can scatter enemies' very atoms with a has made it popular among mercenaries and thieves.
single devastating blast.
TABLE 2- 1: ENERGY WEAPONS
Name Skill Dam [rit Range Encum HP Price Rarity Special
SE-14C Ranged 4 Short 2 650 6 Auto-fire. Stun setting
(Light) 5
Blaster Pistol

DH-17
Blaster Carbine
Ranged
(Heavy] I~l Medium L 2 f 3 1
~6 l Auto-fire._Inaccurate 1.
Stun setting

Accurate I.
A280C Heavy Ranged 4 Long 5 2 1.800 7 Cumbersome 3.
(Heavy) 9
Blaster Rifle Stun setting
_____,
Ranged Cumbersome 3.
(RJ 2.750 6
Pulse Cannon [Heavy] 19 3 Extreme 5
---L
Pierce 2. Slow-Firing I

Blast 6. Breach 2.
Ranged 2 Long 6 2 (RJ 8.000 9 Cumbersome 3,
T-7 Ion Disruptor 12
[Heavy) Slow-Firing 1. Vicious 6

---- -- -
Kyuzo
Energy Bow

Z·6 Rotary
Ranged
(Heavy)

Ranged
9
.___
4 Long 6
J 2.400
___.

(R) 3.000
8

7
Cumbersome 3.
Knockdown. Pierce 5

Auto-fire (Only).
Cumbersome 3.
12 4 Long 6 3
Blaster Cannon (Heavy] Prepare I

J-10 Dual
Blaster Cannon
I Gunnery j ,3 r; r long 8 3 I (R) 6.750 7
TCumbersome 5,
Inaccurate I . Linked I
'---
Auto-fire (Only),
Reciprocating Breach 1.
Quad Blaster Gunnery 10 2 Long 8 4 !RJ 9.950 8 Cumbersome 4.
Cannon Inaccurate 1. Prepare 2

I Atgar
SpaceDefense
I .8 FD Autoturret
Gunnery 1 17 r 2 "'"m' j,,1 I 0
---"!
(R) 12.000 • [ ""to·'
I . limited Ammo'"8"'
"· Slow-'

WEAPONS OF WAR
FOR.CED IN BATTLE
DH·17 BLASTER CARBINE As the Empire absorbed or disbanded local defense
forces. decommissioned A280 C's found their way to
This carbine is the heavier cousin of the widely popu- the Rebel Alliance, where this weapon quickly became
lar DH-17 blaster pistol used by the Rebellion. The a favorite for standard infantry, snipers. and Special
DH-1 7 blaster carbine has seen heavy use by both Forces alike. Today, these weapons are cherished by
the Imperial Navy and the Rebel Alliance throughout many of their users. who work hard to keep them in
the Galactic Civil War, lauded for its durability and ver- service even as replacements grow harder to acquire.
satility. It has become a mainstay with rebel soldiers
due to its simple design and the wide availability of Reduce the difficulty of Mechanics checks to repair
replacement parts on the black market. a BlasTech A280 C heavy blaster ri fle by 1 (to a mini·
mum of Simple [-]).
Much like the pistol variation. the DH-17 blaster car-
bine is powerful enough to penetrate most personal PULSE CANNON
armor, but lacks the ability to breach bulkheads and
starship hulls, making it ideal for shipboard skirmishes. After its wide-scale implementation by the Galactic
Rebel marines often install a spread barrel modifica- Empire. the simplicity and versatility of BlasTech's
tion to make it a deck sweeper commonly referred to E· 11 blaster rifle spawned several offshoot designs.
as the DH-1 7 short carbine. That. combined with the the most popular of which was the so-called pulse
DH-1 7 carbine's auto-fire capabilities. allows troopers cannon. The pulse cannon consists of a core frame
to blanket an entire starship corridor with blaster fire. similar to the E-11. but replaces the folding stock with
a solid one for added stability, and a high-powered
A280 C HEAVY BLASTER RIFLE scope. It also features a long, perforated barrel with
four focusing coils to ensure proper cooling and to
For nearly a century, the A280 C heavy blaster rifle allow maximum blaster bolt cohesion. Further add-
has been one of BlasTech Industries' top-selling mili- ing to its lethality, a wielder can "charge· an individual
tary blasters and one of the galaxy's most ubiquitous shot by holding down the trigger, unleashing a dev-
service rifles. Before the Clone Wars. when various astating shot upon release that drains the weapon's
Republic systems were responsible for defending entire energy reserve.
their own territories. the A280 C was the de facto
official rifle used by planetary armies and private mili- As a maneuver. a character wielding a pulse cannon
may prime the weapon to expend all of its ammunition
tias. While slightly bulky, it is praised for its incredible
accuracy, range, penetrating power. and durability. in a single. devastating shot. The next time the weapon
is fired this encounter. it counts as having the Breach
Before the Clone Wars, most soldiers trained on 1 and Vicious 3 qualities. After being discharged this
the A280 C. It wasn't until more modular platforms. way, the weapon runs out of ammunition (see page
such as the DC-15 blaster rifle, were adopted by the 172 of the AcE OF R EBELLION Core Rulebook).
Republic that the A280 C's popularity began to wane.

Blastech A280 C Heavy Blaster Rifle

Pulse Cannon

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORCED IN BATTU:
T-7 Ion Disruptor

Merr-Sonn Z-6 Rotary Blaster Cannon

T-7 ION DISRUPTOR KYUZO ENERGY BOW

Originally designed as an anti-aircraft and anti-armor Designed to be fired from a mount or a mobile plat-
weapon, few arms possess the destructive pov-.er form, a Kyuzo energy bow is a massive bow that
and invoke as much fear as the T-7 ion disruptor. fires terrifyingly large. charged bolts. The Kyuzos of
Each round from the T-7 lets loose a burst of ionized the Gyaryi clovoc are particularly renowned for their
plasma with enough energy to penetrate starship skilled archers. who use their considerable might to
hulls and shut down airspeeders and starships, send- draw these bows and their elite training to hit targets
ing them into a death spiral. The T-7 makes short work at incredible distance.
of many armored vehicles and mechanized infantry,
as it chews through everything in its path. Z·6 ROTARY BLASTER CANNON
Despite its intended role. the T-7 disruptor obtained The Galactic Republic purchased many of its heavy
its notorious reputation from its use on sentient weapons from Merr-Sonn Munitions during the last
beings. A single blast from the T-7 can de-atomize war. but the Z-6 rotary cannon was by far the most
entire groups of lifeforms. During the Siege of Lasan. commonplace Merr-Sonn weapon on the battlefield.
agents from the Imperial Security Bureau equipped Due to its widespread use in the Clone Wars. the Z-6
with T-7s slaughtered countless Lasat civilians as a is easily found on the black market and through weap-
show of Imperial might. This atrocity led the Impe- ons dealers. Rebel heavy weapon specialists frequently
rial Senate to ban the T-7 ion disruptor and its use. adopt the Z-6 as their weapon of choice. and Merr-
and the rifles were recalled and destroyed. However. Sonn still manufactures a steady supply for the Impe-
copies of the T-7 schematics escaped deletion, and rial military. With a single pull of the trigger. the Z-6
private weapon manufacturers still produce batches rotary blaster cannon releases a burst of a dozen shots,
found on the black market. covering an area in a hail of blaster fire. However. the
Like other disruptor weapons, T-7 ion disruptors weapon is prone to overheating, especially when used
may never benefit from upgrades or attachments that overzealously to provide covering fire or otherwise sup-
improve their range or grant multiple shots. press enemy forces for long periods of time.
Whenever a living target is hit with a T-7 ion disrup- This weapon can only be used in Auto-fire mode.
tor. any Critical Injury results in a "Crippled" effect. The GM may spend @ or @ @ from any combat
unless the roll on Table 6-10: Critical Injury Result check made with this weapon to have it overheat:
on page 2 31 of the AcE OF REBELLION Core Rulebook the wielder suffers 2 strain and the weapon becomes
would result in a more grievous injury. damaged one step; from undamaged to Minor. Minor
to Moderate, or Moderate to Major (see page I 72 of
Whenever a vehicle or starship is hit with a T-7 ion
the AcE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook).
disruptor. any Critical Hit results in a "Component
Hir effect. unless the roll on Table 7-9: Critical Hit
Result on page 258 of the AcE oF REBELLION Core
Rulebook would result in a more serious effect.

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORCED .. BATTLE
J-10 DUAL BLASTER CANNON This weapon can only be used in Auto-fire mode.
The GM may spend @ or @ @ @ @ from a combat
The Rebel Alliance obtains many of its weapons from check with this weapon to have the wielder suffer a
battlefield salvage, military surplus. and black market Critical Injury with -50 to the roll, to a minimum of
dealers. In their search for new locations to establish one (see Table 6-10: Critical Injury Result on page
hidden bases. Alliance scouts also discover aban- 231 of the Ace oF REBELLION Core Rulebook).
doned Separatist weapons caches. where thousands
of pristine. mass-produced weapons await distribu- ATGAR SPACEDEFENSE
tion for their cause. Once used by the droid armies of 1.8 FD ANTI-INFANTRY AUTOTURRET
the Confederacy. the J-10 dual blaster cannon is now
common within outposts of the Rebellion. Atgar SpaceDefense has been a major developer of
weaponry for some time. but in recent years. its prom-
Unfortunately, not all the weapons the Alliance
obtains are of high quality. The J-10 dual blaster can- inence on the battlefield has diminished. Atgar's most
notable contribution to military hardware. the 1.4 FD
non is a more powerful version of the E-5 blaster car-
P-Tower anti-vehicle laser cannon. was designed to
bine used by battle droid infantry. Like most Separat-
defend ground outposts from the advance of enemy
ist equipment. the J- I 0 was produced on unregulated
repulsorcraft. light armor. and mechanized infantry.
assembly lines run by droids inside factories where
Its incredible range and ability to operate effectively
quantity was more important than quality. The J-10 is
in nearly any environment ensured its widespread use
finicky at best-glitchy Galven pattern programming
for years. but the P-Tower's lackluster onboard target-
often leads to power fluctuations that overload the
ing computer, inability to penetrate heavier armor,
cannon. and imperfections in focusing crystals cause
and limited protection for its operator saw it replaced
shots to drift without regular maintenance. Alliance
by more capable models.
technicians often opt to replace the faulty cannons
rather than conduct repairs. While organizations such as the Rebel Alliance have
kept the P-Tower in service. Atgar SpaceDefense has
The GM may spend @ or @ @ from any combat
sought to breathe new life into unsold inventory by reus-
check made with this weapon to have it overheat:
ing some of the parts from the P-Tower in a new anti-
the wielder suffers 2 strain and the weapon becomes
infantry weapon: the 1.8 FD Anti-Infantry Autoturret.
damaged one step; from undamaged to Minor. Minor
to Moderate. or Moderate to Major (see page 172 of Ostensibly a new product. the 1.8 FD recycles a
the AcE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook). great deal of hardware from the P-Tower. but serves a
very different battlefield function. While it can be used
RECIPROCATING QUAD to engage light vehicles, its true purpose is suppress-
BLASTER CANNON ing enemy infantry without putting one's own troops at
risk. Thanks to its innate ability to be connected to an
What is essentially a downscaled version of an anti- Atgar artillery remote. it lets a small group of defend-
starfighter emplacement. the reciprocating quad blaster ers effectively engage much larger numbers of foes
cannon is the heaviest personal weapon in Merr-Sonn without leaving the safety of cover. Though extremely
Munitions· entire arsenal. Developed during the Clone weighty. this emplacement is considerably lighter than
Wars. the "cip-quad" saw use by heavy weapons experts a P-Tower. allowing squads of infantry to reposition it
in elite divisions of the Grand Army of the Republic, such in the field with the help of a light speeder or loader
as the ARC Troopers. During the Galactic Civil War. most droid. However. this comes at the cost of ammunition
cip-quads are issued to Imperial heavy infantry sup- capacity. and so the 1.8 FD can only fire a few salvos
porting the Hell's Hammers. an elite vanguard armor before depleting its energy reserves.
regiment. Few are acquired by the Rebellion. as they are
While attached to a suitable power source (such as
nigh impossible to claim from fallen Hammers. and are
a base's power grid or a similarly-sized generator). this
rare and expensive on the black market.
weapon loses the Limited Ammo 8 quality. Wiring the
A reciprocating quad blaster cannon assembly uses weapon into a power source requires several minutes
a special pneumatic harness to secure and steady and an Easy C t JMechanics check.
the weapon in front of the wearer. Further. a wielder
generally equips a portable fusion generator (usu-
ally worn on the back) power the cannon. Dozens of
micro-repulsors placed along the cip-quad mitigate
some of the immense weight of the cannon . and iner-
tial compensators reduce the intense recoil. Despite
the built-in support. those inexperienced in the weap-
on's operation can suffer grievous recoil injuries if its
sensitive compensators are not precisely calibrated.
Berserker Rifle

BERSERKER RIFLE
SLUGTHROWERS
Blasters may be powerful, but they contain delicate The berserker rifle was originally a custom weapon
commonly used by bounty hunters in the Outer Rim
circuitry and internal systems that can break down
after weeks in battlefield trenches. In extreme envi- and Unknown Regions. It gets its name from a misun-
derstood colloquial mish-mash of terms referring to
ronments. on remote planets. and during extended
battles. expensive replacement parts for blasters are both the lightning-jacks and blind berserkers of the
Stratos Distribution. Hundreds of years after its incep-
orten in short supply, In such circumstances. soldiers
and Rim worlders fall back on equipment less prone to tion. a handful of weapons developers like Arakyd
Industries, Zoltan Arms, and even Imperial Munitions
failure. That is why simpler. sometimes primitive weap-
manufacture a variety of models.
ons. like slugthrowers. have remained in limited use
without abatement for thousands of years. despite the At its core. the berserker rifle operates like a scaled-
invention of more advanced and deadly arms. down version of the Wookiee bowcaster. using a mag-
netic accelerator to stabilize and fire charged micro-
SH·9 SLUGTHROWER PISTOL slugs at incredible velocities. The weapon differs from
the bowcaster by electrifying the slugs rather than
Special forces troops understand that sometimes encasing them in ionic particles. which has the poten-
high-tech isn't the best tech to get the job done. The tial to electrocute the target. wracking them in convul-
designers at Czerka Arms realize this, too. and pro- sions. and possibly even igniting flammable articles of
duce a line of slugthrowers to fill a variety of niche clothing or equipment.
roles. such as the SH-9 slugthrower pistol. Covert ops
units favor this model, dubbed the "whisper pistol," IMPERIAL HEAVY REPEATER
as a stealthy hold-out for silent. up-close takedowns.
A suppression fire and crowd control weapon used by
The SH-9 is a compact slugthrower made from com-
posite materials. making it easily hidden from view the Imperial Army, the Imperial heavy repeater fires
ionized bursts of metallic bolts at an incredibly rapid
an.d difficult to detect on weapons scans. even by a
skilled sensor technician. Its ammo is magazine-fed rate. However. the rifle does have an alternate firing
with a small capacity, and the pistol comes with an mode that allows the wielder to disengage the safeties.
inbuilt silencer to help its user keep a low profile dur- unleashing a volley that catches multiple targets within a
ing commando raids and other stealth action. Unlike minor concussive blast. Its effectiveness even prompted
some blasters and even other slugthrowers. the SH-9 Trandoshan mercenaries and other third-party arms
functions well enough even when wet or submerged. manufacturers to create custom rifles fashioned after
the Imperial heavy repeater for their own purposes.
For all these reasons, and the fact that its slugs can
penetrate most light laminate armors. the SH-9 is a As a maneuver. a character wielding an Imperial
favorite boot gun among Alliance SpecOps soldiers. heavy repeater may prime the weapon to expend all
Add • to Perception checks to find an SH-9 slugth- of its ammunition in a single, devastating burst. The
rower pistol on a person's body. Add • to Percep- next time the weapon is fired this encounter. it counts
as having the Blast 7 and Concussive I qualities. but
tion or Vigilance checks made to locate a concealed
does not count as having the Auto-fire quality. After
shooter firing an SH-9 slugthrower pistol.
being discharged this way, the weapon runs out of
ammunition (see page 172 of the AcE oF R EBELLION
Core Rulebook).

WEAPONS OF WAR
FOR.GED .. BATTLE
TABLE 2- 2: OTHER RANGED WEAPONS

Ranged Medium 4 (R) 600


Berserker Rifle 7 4 0
(Heavy)

Imperial Heavy
Repeater
I Ranged
(Hea\'Y)
8 4 Medium 3 2 (RJ 1.500 7 Auto·fire.
Cumbersome 4

Explosives and Other Weapons

Shaped Thermal Ranged 8 Breach 2. Limited


20 2 Short 0 (R) 3.500

I
Grenade (Light) Ammo I . Vicious 5

CSPL· 12
Projectile Ranged Blast 6.
(Light) 8 4 Medium 2 2 (R) 1.200 6 Limited Ammo 3
Launcher
(Frag Grenade)

2 I Blast 4. Concussive 2.

<
U-50 Ranged 7 Cumbersome 3.
Medium 6 2 (R) 2.000
Concussion Rifle (Heavy) Knockdown.
I L1m1ted Ammo 4

effect on the surrounding area (and anyone in it, friend


EXPLOSIVES AND or foe). the ·caspel" launcher has gained a notorious.
OTHER WEAPONS albeit somewhat warranted. reputation as an acci-
dent-prone piece of equipment.
Although they lack the relative finesse of blasters.
explosive devices and burst weapons have been a The profile provided with this weapon is for frag gre-
mainstay in war for millennia. The ability for a small nades. Other grenades. such shaped thermal grenades
package to deliver widespread damage to the enemy and the various grenades found on page 173 of the
can be invaluable in battle or to complete mission Ace oF ResewoN Core Rulebook. can be loaded into
objectives. Soldiers constantly come up with creative the launcher. While these grenades are loaded, they
and resourceful ways to utilize explosives and other replace the damage. critical rating. and item qualities of
burst devices. making them a permanent fixture in the original weapon with their own.
many troopers' arsenals. The GM may spend @ from a combat check with this
weapon to cause it to jam. If the GM does so. the con-
SHAPED THERMAL GRENADE tents detonate, inflicting a hit from the loaded grenade
on the wielder and each other character at engaged
A favorite of marines and special forces, the shaped range. Further, the weapon becomes damaged two
thermal grenade is a shaped sequencer charge capa- steps; from undamaged to Moderate, Minor to Major. or
ble of vaporizing virtually any target. It uses similar Moderate to Major (see page 172 of the Ace OF REBEL·
technology to a thermal detonator. but focuses the uoN Core Rulebook).The GM may spend additional @
blast in a single direction to maximize damage to a to trigger one of the loaded grenade's qualities.
specific object. Both the Empire and Rebellion use
the shaped thermal grenade to obliterate structures U·SO CONCUSSION RIFLE
and punch through heavy armor. However. the sheer
cost of these deadly explosives means that they are Developed by Arakyd Industries, the U-50 concus-
deployed sparingly, at least by supply-conscious orga- sion rifle delivers intense concussive bursts over short
nizations like the Alliance to Restore the Republic. distances, smashing cover and rattling the troops
within. The blast from a concussion rifle produces
CSPL-12 PROJECTILE LAUNCHER a shock wave capable of knocking banthas off their
hooves. or putting entire groups of targets in a daze.
The Empire has fielded this pistol-sized projectile Imperial soldiers. Alliance heavy weapons specialists.
launcher for years. The launcher can fire standard- and hired guns of all stripes frequently use concussion
issue frag grenades, and more than one rebel tinkerer rifles to scatter enemy formations, neutralize entire
has been know to retrofit it to launch nontraditional squads. and even punch through duracrete walls.
payloads. Because of its long career and devastating

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORA:ZD .. BATTLE
TABLE 2-3: MELEE WEAPONS

5 Pierce 3. Vicious I

Cumbersome 3.
Kyuzo War Shield Melee +I 4 Engaged 3 0 750 8 Defensive I ,
Deflection 2. Disorient I

Shistavanen Combat
Utility Vibroblade
Melee +l 2 Engaged 2 0 600 7 Pierce 2. Vicious I
__J
I
MELEE WEAPONS SH ISTAVANEN COMBAT
UTILITY VIBROBLADE
While high-tech weapons reign on the battlefield.
The wilds of Uvena Prime can be harsh and unforgiv-
no soldier can deny the reliability of a good melee
ing, and have claimed countless Shistavanen hunters.
weapon. A blaster or slugthrower that has run out of
For this reason, Shistavanen survivalists devised an
ammunition is largely useless. but in the ri ght hands
item with every conceivable tool necessary to survive
even a broken blade can still cut. Further, many of
in the wilderness and in battle. dubbed the ·combat
these weapons have altern ate uses that can be
Utility Vibroblade." Shistavanens say that no respect-
extremely helpful in the field.
able survivalist would be caught dead without this
handy gadget. though their opinion is often some-
'AKRAB CLIP·POINTVIBRODAGGER
what biased. Still, each C.U.V. is a custom configura-
Diehard survival enthusiasts from Toprawa created tion. equipped with eight different tools of the owner's
the 'aKraB clip-point vibrodagger to slip between the choosing, and as such these devices are extremely
armor plates of big game, allowing for up-close pre- useful in the wilds. Containing anything from a fire
cision kills. Engineered to penetrate thick, armored starter to a hydrospanner to a water contaminant
hides. the vibrodagger's ability to penetrate laminate detector. the C. U.V. is many a survivalist's best friend.
armor with ease makes it perfect for taking out stor- The Combat Utility Vibroblade serves as a tool kit
mtroopers silently. to allow Mechanics checks to repair devices and to
"heal" droids, but adds • to such checks. Addition-
KYUZO WAR SHIELD ally. it adds Oto the character's Survival checks.
Originally utilitarian in function. the Kyuzo war shield
was designed by the inhabitants of the Kwaidan
Peaks. as a headpiece to protect travelers from tor-
rential rains during monsoon season in southern Pha-
trong. Over time. the Sulddo warriors began to fashion
hel mets in this style from stronger materials able to
withstand the blaster bolts and vibroblade strikes of
lawless bandits plaguing the countryside. Eventually,
the war shield transformed into a defensive weapon.
each fabricated by its owner to fulfill a variety of uses.
fighting styles. and decorative tastes.
A Kyuzo war shield may be thrown as a ranged
weapon. If used in this manner. change the skill to
Ranged (Light) and the range of the weapon to short.
The weapon also gains the Limited Ammo 1 quality
(but if retrieved. it can be used again).
Additionally, the wielder of a Kyuzo war shield may Kyuzo War Shield
spend tl tl tl from any combat check to throw the
weapon to cause the shield to ricochet back to her grasp.

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORGED 911 BATTLE
NEW ARMOR
hen facing twenty-to-one odds in battle. a good
W defense is always wise for rebel soldiers. The
troops of the Alliance must always fight smarter and
armor is sluggish due to its bulk, but a neural interface
with the wearer's cybernetics reduces response time
to a minimum. ensuring marksmanship is unimpeded
outlast their enemy, making appropriate use of pro- by the armor. While manufactured by the Empire for
tective armor essential. Whether the protective gear its exclusive use. hazard trooper armor often finds its
is custom-made or salvaged from Imperial forces after way into the hands of the Rebel Alliance.
winning a battle. a soldier wearing the right armor often
Hazard troopers are known for their incredible
lives to fight another day.
strength. but this actually stems from the troopers
standard cybernetic enhancements rather than any
ALLIANCE LIGHT STEALTH ARMOR
quality of the armor. More than a few rebel opera-
The inferior numbers and resources of the Alliance tives have been disappointed to discover this fact
military force rebel soldiers to rely on stealth and sub- after claiming a set of hazard trooper armor in battle.
terfuge to accomplish most of their missions. Unfortu- Once active. the armor's internal life support and
nately, cutting-edge Imperial sensors can often detect power systems allow the wearer to survive in radia-
life forms and energy signatures from conventional tion zones. toxic environments. and total vacuums for
blaster weaponry, making some infiltration missions up to twenty-four hours. The armor also incorporates
impossible. Rebel soldiers have sometimes acquired a high-powered comlink able to communicate from
functioning storm commando armor. but stealing the ground to low orbit. The helmet is equipped with
from the enemy is not an especially reliable means a multi-frequency targeting and acquisition system
of resupplying. That is why Alliance R&D reverse- which removes • • due to darkness. smoke. or simi-
engineered the technology behind storm commando lar environmental factors that obscure vision from the
armor and developed their own. albeit lower-grade. wearer's Perception. Vigilance. and combat checks.
stealth armor. Most Alliance stealth armor is retro-
fitted Mk II Clone Trooper armor left over from the IMPERIAL STORM COMMANDO ARMOR
final days of the Republic sprayed in various camou-
flage patterns or matte black. A coating of specialized Storm commandos are among the Empire's most elite.
material absorbs some light and sound waves. making with the most advanced equipment available. Their
it easier for marines and special forces troops to move armor allows the same flexibility as scout trooper
about unnoticed by sensors and sentries. armor. but is reinforced to provide maximum pro-
tection against blaster fire and explosions. Both the
This armor adds O to the wearer's Stealth checks.
bodysuit and laminate plates are coated in ·reflec"
polymer. which distorts light and absorbs sound,
IMPERIAL HAZARD TROOPER ARMOR
making the wearer incredibly difficult to detect.
Imperial stormtroopers have specialized armor for The armor's helmet is equipped with macrobinocu-
nearly every situation, and the Imperial hazardous lars and scanner goggles (see page 191 of the A c E OF
environment protective armor. or "hazard trooper R EBELLION Core Rulebook) as well as a comlink.
armor." is one of the mosl rugged armor suits in the
corps. Using a powered armor frame similar to that While wearing storm commando armor. a character
removes • due to darkness. smoke. or similar envi-
of space troopers. hazard trooper armor augments
ronmental factors that obscure vision from all of her
the strength of the wearer and provides protection
Perception. Vigilance. and combat checks. Addition-
against radiation. acids and toxic chemicals, and
ally, storm commando armor adds • to other charac-
extreme pressures or vacuums. Movement in the
ters' Perception checks to detect the wearer.
TABLE 2- 4: ARMOR
Type j Defense ! Soak i Price I Encumbrance i Hard Points Rarity
Alliance Light Stealth Armor 0 2 (R) 2.200 3 2 7 I

~ (R)18.000 I
[ Imperial Hazard Trooper Armor

Imperial Storm
Commando Armor

Karflo Thinsuit
0

0
2 (R) 5.000

1.200 I
4 1

0
3

0
=:l 6
Rebel Heavy Battle Armor 2 (R) 6.000 5 5 8
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WEAPONS OF WAR
FORGED Ill BATTLE
KARFLO THINSUIT Rebel heavy battle armor is a combination of com-
posites. laminate, and armored clothing that provides
Used by professional scouts, science labs. and special significant overall protection. The base layer is made
forces the galaxy over. the thinsuit by Karflo Corpora- of armorweave cloth to dissipate blaster bolts. and
tion is among the most popular environmental protec- plastoid segments over top to protect from fragmen-
tion gear around. While most protective equipment tation and blunt force. The combination of materials
specializes in keeping the wearer safe from exposure provides heavy protection while allowing freedom of
to a particular environmental condition. the thinsuit movement. unlike most full laminate battle suits.
provides protection against a wide variety of danger- Rebel heavy battle armor is equipped with a hel-
ous environments without hampering movement or met-fitted breath mask and respirator (see page 195
slowing reaction speeds. Despite the fact that it grants of the AcE OF R EBELLION Core Rulebook).
minimal protection against blasters and other arma-
ments. the ease of transporting it makes it a popular
addition to the kit of many elite combat units. Made
from a proprietary material that regulates internal
conditions while blocking external ones. the thinsuit
protects from dangerous temperatures. pressure.
radiation. chemicals. and partial vacuums.
The thinsuit is a skin-tight body glove, weighing only
one kilogram. which provides total coverage for stan-
dard humanoids. leaving only the face exposed. The
suit comes with a facemask and filtration system that
purifies standard atmosphere for up to six hours and
provides one hour of internal power. The stock suit
comes with six removable filters and power packs.
easily stored in the thinsuit's many pockets.
A character equipped with a thinsuit removes • •
imposed by the environment in which she is currently
operating from her checks.

REBEL HEAVY BATTLE ARMOR

Most Alliance field tactics focus on hit-and-fade strikes.


sabotage, and denial operations, but sometimes the
Rebellion has no choice but to stand and fight against
Imperial forces. Unfortunately, the Rebellion lacks the
manpower and weapons to dominate the Empire in
field warfare. Rebel infantry uses heavy battle armor
to help ensure their survival when outmanned and
outgunned by superior Imperial numbers.

Rebel Heavy Battle Armor

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORCED .. BATT\.E
WEAPON ATTACHMENTS BUILT·IN BLASTER SIGHT

On the front lines. supplies often run scarce. and stan- A typical modification used by the Rebellion's Spec-
dard equipment can prove inadequate to complete Force troops, this attachment allows a harmless beam
mission objectives. A soldier must use the tools at her of energy to trickle out of the barrel on a half-trig-
disposal to succeed. because the alternative is death ger pull to "paint" the target. letting the wielder see
-or worse. defeat by the Empire. For these reasons. exactly where she is aiming. Most models illuminate
modifications to field equipment are common. espe- beams in the human visual spectrum. but some use
cially in the Rebel Alliance. light wavelengths invisible to the naked eye, which
require special goggles to spot. to ensure the agent's
BEAM SPLITTER position remains uncompromised. This attachment
can only be applied to energy ranged weapons.
Alliance troopers typically apply this upgrade to Models Include: Neuro-Saw "Deadeye· Sight, Tana
blaster pistols and other sidearms to achieve results Ire y-30Z Targeting Beam.
similar to that of the spread barrel used on larger. Base Modifiers: Remove • added by the Called
more powerful blasters. Beam splitters function by Shot use of the Aim maneuver from Ranged (Light)
modifying the Galven pattern and carefully mounting and Ranged (Heavy) checks.
three or more emitters into a honeycomb configura- Modification Options: None.
tion inside a stock blaster barrel. Shots fired from a Hard Points Required: 1.
weapon with this modification diffuse into a weaker, Price: 150 credits.
spread shot rather than the typical blaster bolt. giv-
ing a single shot the potential to connect with mul- GALVEN PATTERN RESEQUENCING
tiple targets. Rebel troops often use this upgrade to
transform weaponry into effective standoff weapons Some Alliance operatives would gladly trade a little
used to pin down enemy troops and hold chokepoints reliability in exchange for the stopping power neces-
in narrow starship corridors. This attachment can be sary to penetrate Imperial armor. This makes the Gal-
applied to any blaster or suitable energy weapon that ven pattern resequencing a popular upgrade among
does not have the Blast quality. troops in service of the Rebellion. By focusing the Gal-
Models Include: ArMek RE-3 12 Beam Splitter. San- ven pattern into a tighter wavelength. more energy is
dine "Sweeper" Emitter Modification Kit. Concordian packed into each blaster bolt. which increases dam-
Crescent Technologies ZE- 1111 Spread Barrel. age output. Unfortunately, the added workload on
Base Modifiers: Grants weapon quality Blast with a the blaster's tiny circuitry makes the weapon much
value equal to half of the weapon's damage (rounded more prone to failure. This attachment can only be
up). Reduces weapon's range by one range band to a used with blaster pistols and heavy blaster pistols.
minimum of engaged. Models Include: None.
Modification Options: 2 Weapon Quality (Disorient Base Modifiers: Increases weapon damage by 1.
+ 1) Mods. Adds automatic @ @ to all combat checks made
Hard Points Required: 3. using this weapon.
Price: (R) 1.250 credits. Modification Options: 2 Damage + I Mods. 2
Weapon Quality (Pierce + I) Mods.
Hard Points Required: 2.
Price: I .000 credits.
TABLE 2-5: WEAPON ATTACHMENTS
Item Price · Encum · HP Required Rarity ,
Beam Splitter (RJ 1.250 3 5
Built-in Blaster Sight 150 4
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Galven Pattern Resequencing 1.000 2 5

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORCED .. BATTLE
NEW GEAR AND EQUIPM ENT
oldiers are only as good as the equipment they TABLE 2- 6: GEAR ft EQUIPMENT
S maintains-not just rifles and knives. but everything
in their arsenal. Any piece of equipment on which
e _j!_~cum
lte111 _ _ .. --~- I Rar:!_~y ---
communications
people stake their lives must always be clean. charged.
and properly stored. While disorganized mercenaries ~MAL Secure 250 4
are struggling to locate misplaced gear or banging on mlink 0 1
malfunctioning equipment. professional soldiers have
DH77 Headcomm (R) 400 0 3
already moved to the next objective. L-

COMMUNICATIONS
Atgar Artillery
Remote
400 I I 7

The Rebel Alliance relies on precision guerilla strikes.


often against multiple simultaneous targets. Such
advanced coordination requires dependable and
secure lines of communication. Rebels extend the
Low-Feedback
Scanner

SE-Vigilant
+
Scanning & Surveillance

700

Automated Sensor 3 .ooo 2 4


range of comlinks by routing them through beacons,
satellites. or central comms hubs. Medical

: : ± -25 0 2
3·MAL SECURE COM LINK Nulhca1ne
Stimstick 5 0 [ 2
Popular throughout the Rebel Alliance. the 3-MAL
Comlink is a versatile comms system squeezed into a Military Trau 50 I • 3
tiny, pill-shaped package. In addition to military-grade
encryption. the 3-MAL scans popular civil defense. This comlink transmits up to medium range on
emergency services. and law enforcement frequen- the planetary scale. The DH77's constantly shifting
cies. Like most comlinks on the market. the 3-MAL encryption adds • • • to any attempt to intercept
easily synchronizes with properly equipped droids. and unscramble the signal.
computers. sensors. and cyborg units. and can trans-
mit either voice or data. ATGAR ARTILLERY REMOTE
This comlink transmits up to medium range on the During assaults. enemy emplacements are high-prior-
planetary scale. The 3-MAL:s encryption adds • to ity targets. making emplacement gunner fatalities com-
any check made to intercept and unscramble the sig- mon. Alliance gunners have turned to remotes to oper-
nal. Monitoring a standard clear frequency on a civi- ate emplacements from behind cover. Synchronizing a
lized world can add DD to Knowledge checks related remote to a stationary emplacement requires attaching
to current events or conditions at the GM's discretion. a signal receiver that comes with the remote and then
configuring fussy programming. Atgar SpaceDefense
DH77 HEADCOMM Corporation is the most popular manufacturer of artil-
lery remotes. likely in response to criticism regarding
Standard issue for Imperial Army platoon leaders and
exposure while operating older Atgar emplacements.
also found inside stormtrooper helmets. SoroSuub's
DH77 Headcomm is an easy-to-use system with com- A character can link a single Gunnery weapon to an
plex encryption subroutines. Codes rotate periodi· Atgar Artillery Remote with a Hard (++
t l Comput-
cally, and Imperial battlefield management systems ers check. If the weapon is an Atgar SpaceDefense
keeps encryption synchronized. Corporation model, this check is Average (+
tl
instead. If the character succeeds. the weapon gains
Unfortunately, the low energy requirements set by
the Inaccurate 2 quality and the holder of the remote
the Empire for the comlink means the signal strength
can fire the linked weapon via the remote from up to
is poor. leaving it susceptible to interference from
medium range.
explosions. ion engines. and jamming. After the Battle
of Yavin, Imperials began replacing the DH77 with the
Herzfall Corporation DH I 07. which boosts power to
mitigate DH77's vulnerabilities.

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORGED .. BATT\.E
"I'll TAKE FIRST WATCH" The beacon has two sensors attached. The first is a
motion sensor with video and audio that can detect tar-
gets up to long range. Once triggered, the second sen-
Ms running a Soldier campaign might want
G to mix up encounters with the occasional
guard duty. Forgoing sleep to watch over their
sor performs a closer scan. transmitting infrared, ultra-
violet. density. electromagnetic. and frequency data .
allies can increase the challenge of otherwise
routine checks due to PC fatigue and exhaus- MEDICAL
tion. The longer the watch. the more setback The Alliance prioritizes providing for wounded person-
dice a GM might add to Vigilance checks to nel and keeping its personnel healthy. Raids on medi-
spot attacking enemies. Discipline or Resil- cal facilities and convoys. and alliances with those
ience checks to stay awake. or even Perception
able to provide medical supplies are always a priority.
checks to notice an ally behaving suspiciously. In the face of the Empire's vast might, rebels are com-
forted knowing that should they fall. their comrades
exhaust every effort to save their lives.
SCANNING
Sr SURVEILLANCE NULLICAINE

Alliance Army doctrine depends on striking first and van- Nullicaine is a staple of field treatment. useful for
ishing in the chaos, and on detecting incoming reprisals helping soldiers to fight on despite injuries. While it
and retreating before they arrive. In either case, detec- does little to treat an injury, it addresses many of the
tion of the enemy is a vital element of Alliance strategy. symptoms in the short term. Spraying or applying a
bandage with this powerful anesthetic on an injury
LOW-FEEDBACK SCANNER deadens any pain with only minor numbness.
A character may apply nullicaine to herself or an
CryonCorp designed the low-feedback scanner spe- <+1 Medicine
engaged character by making an Easy
cifically for Gotals and members of other species sen-
sitive to the electromagnetic spectrum. While more check and choosing 1 Easy <+1. Average <+ +1. or
problematic for droids. certain active scanners also Hard <+++1 Critical Injury the target is currently suf-
fering. If she succeeds, the target immediately suffers 3
cause afflicted species migraines or worse. The low-
strain and ignores the chosen Critical Injury until the end
feedback scanner avoids these issues by only making
use of passive collection technologies. of the encounter. Nullicaine only affects living creatures.

For Alliance purposes. this scanner is effectively STIMSTICK


invisible to Imperial sensor sweeps. making it com-
mon in special forces units. The Alliance hijacked On Yavin 4, sentries stood long watches in crow's nests
several shipments of these scanners by invitation of atop large poles that breached the jungle canopy, scan-
CryonCorp CEO and rebel sympathizer Belaya Rist. ning the horizon and sensor feeds for signs of Imperial
A close ally of Senator Bail Organa. she witnessed discovery. Echo Base was similarly dependent on early
the destruction of Alderaan from nearby Delaya while warnings. Unfortunately. standing watch can be long
inspecting new manufacturing facilities. and boring. To stay alert. many sentries rely on stim-
sticks. These stylus-shaped cuts of soft wood release a
This sensor can detect radiation sources of silhou-
powerful stimulant when chewed.
ette 1 or larger within short range, life forms within
medium range, power sources within long range, and A character who chews a stimstick removes • from
com ms signals within extreme range. Extend the range her Discipline. Perception. Resilience. or Vigilance
of detection by 1 range band for every silhouette size checks to stay awake or notice something due to fatigue
by which the target's size exceeds silhouette 1. or lack of sleep until the end of the encounter. At the
end of the encounter. the character suffers 1 scrain.
SE-VIGILANT AUTOMATED SENSOR
MILITARYTRAUMAPAC
This lightweight beacon is a sensor pod attached to a
1.6-meter collapsible post primarily used by home- Sending every soldier into battle with a medkit is not
steads. militias, and big game hunters. The SE-Vigilant feasible due to weight and cost limitations. but Syn-
transmits to designated comlinks. datapads, com- thetech/Medtech has optimized its traumapac just for
puter systems, or droids. A small solar panel ensures militias. mercenaries. and local defense forces. Forgo-
it can keep transmitting for decades. Hoth's Echo ing equipment designed to treat heart failure. blood
Base utilized a dense SE-Vigilant network to track clots. spinal injuries. and other common medical emer-
wildlife and scan for Imperial activity. gencies that are less likely to be the cause of one's
death on the battlefield has halved the pack's weight.

WEAPONS OF WAR
FOR.CED IN BATT\.£
Ill

Military Traumapac

A traumapac only allows a character to use the Besides allowing the user to dig holes and trenches
Medicine skill to attempt to remove Critical Injuries (see Fortifications on page 83). an entrenching tool
from others without penalty, as described on page counts as a small improvised weapon that deals + 2
232 of the AGE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook. and does damage instead of + 1, has a Crit Rating of 4, and
not allow her to perform the other treatment options does not break due to@ or @.
described there.
PORTABLE POWER GENERATOR
SURVIVAL For most armies. power is just as important as ammu-
nition. food. and bandages. Energy weapons require
Alliance forces prefer to set up camp deep in the wil-
constant recharging, and heavier emplacements and
derness or other extreme environments where the
repeaters need dedicated generators. Droids. comms.
Empire struggles to establish logistics lines and there is
and other equipment demand rapid recharging under
plenty of cover to hide from patrols or sensor sweeps.
combat conditions to remain useful. A number of
For those rebels without specialized training. and to
corporations produce small generators the Alliance
make life a little easier for those with it, the Alliance has
deploys at trenches. encampments. and rally points.
acquired a variety of equipment to help soldiers survive
the harsh conditions the Rebellion asks them to endure. A portable generators can recharge a depleted
piece of equipment as a maneuver. or a droid or
CONDENSER UNIT larger piece of machinery in an hour.
Additionally, a portable power generator can allow
The SurvivalGear condenser unit is a two-liter recep-
an engaged character to ignore an "out of ammo· @
tacle with a flared metal shade. Between is a series of
result in the same manner as an extra reload (see
coils attached to a small power unit and condenser.
page 197 of the AGE OF REBELLION Core Rulebook): the
Chilling the coils gathers water in a manner similar to a
generator is usually not depleted by such use. except
moisture vaporator. Inverting the shade instead heats
at the GM's discretion.
the coils to temperatures suitable for smokeless cook-
ing. The device can gather enough water each day to
PRETORMIN PLASTENT
sustain one person. and its battery lasts six months.
Alliance standard issue, this triangular two-meter tent
ENTRENCHING TOOL inflates and anchors in minutes. and sleeps up to four.
It is available in various colors and patterns. but is
One of a soldier's most key implements (and in a pinch,
ill-suited to extreme environments. Rebel personnel
an unexpectedly deadly weapon). an entrenching tool
often mount SE-Vigilant sensor pods atop their tents
is critical to the creation of campsites. the establish-
as an automated sentry.
ment of defensive structures. and other important
battlefield tasks. The versatility of entrenching tools Sleeping in a plastent removes • • from the user's
in the field makes them extremely valuable. especially checks to resist hostile temperatures while sleeping,
in wilderness areas. and downgrades the difficulty of any such checks once.

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORGED IN BA1TLE
TABLE 2-7: GEAR ft EQUIPMENT ([ONT.] encounter. it can allow the wearer of the backpack to
ignore an ·out of ammo· @ result in the same manner
Item I Price J Encum JRarity as an extra reload (see page 197 of the A cE oF R EBEL-
Survival uoN Core Rulebook).
Condenser Unit 300 2 2 Comms Unit: This pack functions as a comms hub.
Enirenching Tool
routing Alliance communications up to long range
20
on the planetary scale. Its encryption adds • • to
Portable Power checks made to unscramble the signal.
Generator
500 10 2
Sensor Unit : This unit features a raised. rotating
Pretorm1n Plastent 300 3 2 dish not unlike the similar. smaller unit common to
astromech droids. The sensor feeds a wrist-mounted
Load Bearing & Storage
touchscreen and can be set to alert a soldier to move-
Military Modular ment nearby, or scan the area in general up to long
Backpack Frame
10 2
range. In addition to receiving narrative benefits such
Temperature as advance warning of movement. the wearer adds
Control Unit 500 2 3 automatic t> to Vigilance checks.
Power Unit 250 3 3 Oxygen Unit: This unit can provide an additional
twelve hours or oxygen when connected to any
CommsUnit 500 2 4 rebreather, breath mask. or environmentally sealed suit.
Sensor Unit 3,000 2 3 Storage Unit: This empty module has a variety of
pockets and pouches designed to store survival gear.
Oxygen Unit 300 3 3 spare blaster gas canisters. power packs. field rations.
Storage Unit 25 2 and a variety of other pieces of equipment used by
the Rebel Alliance. This unit increases the wearer's
encumbrance capacity by 3.
LOAD BEARING
Sr STORAGE
Soldiers are only capable of physically carrying so
much equipment into the fight and still using it effec-
tively. A number of harnesses. rucksacks. utility belts,
and survival packs exist to help Alliance troops bring
a variety of specialized tools into battle without com-
promising their effectiveness or mobility.

MODULAR BACKPACK FRAME


Every Alliance soldier has specialized equipment
to fulfill one or more combat roles. To ensure each
soldier can carry the necessary kit into battle (and
away from it, during frequent base repositionings to
avoid Imperial detection). the Rebel Alliance Logistics
and Supply Corps developed a modular load-bearing
frame. which accepts up to two rectangular modules
to create a pack tailored to a specific combat role.
0 0
The metal frame has an upper left antennae mount
that accepts most comlinks and connects them to a
hands-free headset. The frame can be fitted with up
to two different modules from the following list:
Temperature Control Unit: This unit comes with
a specialized bodysuit that attaches to the module's
cooling or heating system. removing up to • • from
the user's checks to resist extreme heat or cold.
Power Unit: This portable power can recharge a Military Modular Backpack
depleted piece of equipment as an action. or a droid
or larger piece of machinery in two hours. Once per

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORCED IN BATT\.E
NEW VEHICLES
ven in an age where hyperspace travel is widely have been known to delve into salvage yards and
E available. land vehicles are an indispensable tool
of war. Of course. even a fleet of speeders could not
other galactic dumping grounds looking for spare
parts only to discover decommissioned but fully
have saved Alderaan from the Death Star. but the functional vehicles once used by the Clone Troopers
Empire's sturdy walkers were instrumental in rout- of the Grand Army of the Republic. In other cases.
ing the forces at Echo Base. Troopers with access to individuals who fought in the Clone Wars have main·
a vehicle can circle around to flank their enemies. or tained the equipment they once used to fight for the
report an attack before it's too late to seal the hatches Republic or the Separatists. Whether they believed it
and power on a shield generator-even if the comms might be needed again or simply kept it for sentimen-
are jammed or if the enemy is listening in. tal reasons. such veterans of the bygone war can be a
unique source of valuable materiel and wisdom alike.
WALKERS AND Sometimes. the Rebel Alliance even receives new
technology fresh from the assembly lines. More than
LANDSPEEDERS a few manufacturers· resentment of the Empire's
Even transports that don't pack a heavy array of heavy-handed domination has led to premium prod-
weapons can turn the tide. for just as a war is made ucts finding their way into the hands of the Alliance.
of smaller battles, each battle is a composite of indi- Some corporations. such as Baktoid Combat Autom-
vidual skirmishes, and proper allocation of troops ata. have only supported the Rebel Alliance tacitly.
ensures the best chance of winning each skirmish. but others. such as the lncom Corporation. have
Some vehicles. though, are even more than just a dedicated their facilities to producing war machines
quick way of getting around; they are armories, defen- tailored to the Rebellion's unique needs, such as the
sive emplacements. or heavy weapons that can move ability to perform rapid strike missions followed by
about the battlefield by their own power. stealth extractions to avoid Imperial reprisals.

Infantry is particularly reliant on walkers and land-


speeders. Though most soldiers specialize in fighting
on foot. the ability to reach vulnerable targets and to
WHY WALK?
quickly redeploy on the battlefield is crucial to the
ome might ask. when repulsorlift craft are
Rebellion's success. Mass infantry battles against
Imperial ground troops are rare. and a sure sign of S fast. maneuverable. and ubiquitous. what

I
desperation on the part of rebel forces. For the Rebel- advantages could possibly inspire one to build
lion to topple the Empire. it must strike where its foe is a vehicle that walks instead? Aside from the
weak and avoid being forced into battles of attrition. psychological effect of many walkers' imposing
stature. the answer appears in the name of
It is most unfortunate. then . that rebel forces are
many walker models: all terrain. Walkers can
especially outgunned when it comes to ground vehi-
operate in unstable terrain, carrying extremely
cles. The Empire has the power of the galaxy's great-
heavy loads. Landspeeders. while true to their
est industrial giants. Kua t Drive Yards. Rothana Heavy
name in top speed. are hard to maneuver in
Engineering. Ubrikkian Industries. and others churn
close quarters and on uneven ground. Larger
out an endless stream of war machines. The rebels
repulsorlift craft. including skiffs and sail
have retrofitted luxury vehicles with salvaged laser
barges. operate well over gentle terrain like
cannons rigged to their sunroofs. relics of past wars
the dunes of Tatooine but tend to lose stabil-
that would look more at home in dusty museums than
ity in rocky or densely forested areas. nor can
on the battlefield. and whatever else their forces have
they easily pass through shields.
managed to pilfer from the Empire's pockets. Defect-
ing Imperial forces sometimes bring materiel with Additionally. walkers are easier to repair with
them. and clever raids on Imperial supply chains have limited parts. Although repulsor vehicles
rendered some critical vehicles into the hands of the average fewer moving parts than walkers.
Alliance to Restore the Republic any damage to the repulsors themselves is
crippling. and replacements must come from
Still. the desperation of the Rebellion has been the
one of the few manufacturing yards in the gal·
mother of much resourceful invention. Occasionally,
axy that make repulsors. Walkers can often
the weapons of yesteryear hold up surprisingly well
be fixed (at least temporarily) with relatively
against contemporary equivalents. The Clone Wars
more common parts that can be sourced from
left countless weapons of war scattered across the
a myriad of planets.
galaxy. including many potent vehicles. Rebel forces

WEAPONS OF WAR
FOR.CED IN BATT\.E
ALL TERRAIN TACTICAL ENFORCER

Before the All Terrain Armored Transport became a


symbol for the Empire's dominance. its stouter pre-
decessor. the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer. menaced
Vehicle Type/Model: Heavy Assault Walker/AT-TE.
battlefields throughout the galaxy. This six-legged
Manufacturer: Kuat Drive Yards.
walker's profile is dominated by a mass-driver can- Sensor Range: Short.
non. mounted top and forward. and projecting from a
Crew: One pilot. one co-pilot/spotter. one vehicle
swiveling armor pod where the gunner sits. This fear-
commander, and up to 5 gunners.
some weapon of war fires slowly but devastatingly,
Encumbrance Capacity: 40.
launching fist-sized projectiles that plow through light Passenger Capacity: Up to 20 troops with full com-
shields and armor as easily as open air. Supplement-
bat gear.
ing this main weapon are a half-dozen blaster can- Price/Rarity: 100,000 (R)/4.
nons for anti-personnel purposes, ball-mounted on
Customization Hard Points: 2.
the front and rear of the walker. The one weakness
Weapons: Turret-mounted mass-driver cannon (Fire
of the AT-TE is its lightly armored underbelly, where a Arc All; Damage 7; Critical 3: Range [Short]; Breach
direct hit can have devastating consequences on the
2. Slow-firing 1).
legs' drive system.
Two front-mounted twin light blaster cannons (Fire Arc
The AT-TE was first used in the Clone Wars as an Forward; Damage 4: Critical 3: Range [Close!: Linked 1).
assault and support vehicle that carried a platoon of Two aft-mounted light blaster cannons (Fire Arc
clone troopers into battle and provided covering fire, Rear; Damage 4; Critical 3; Range [Closel).
especially against large targets. Over time. the AT-TE
proved itself a versatile weapon in any arsenal. Its mag- ADDITIONAL RULES
netic feet and pressurized interior mean that AT-TEs Dynamic Actuator Pistons: Unlike an AT-AT. an AT-TE's
can be deployed even in the wide stance and low center of mass allow it to operate
vacuum of space. clinging to with one or more legs damaged. as this is a real risk of
asteroids or sheer surfaces most combat drops. As a result. AT-TE pilots have been
to mete out punishment from known to intentionally collide with enemy craft. counting
various vantage points. on their machine's powerful actuator pistons and thick
In the years following the Clone hull plating to compensate for even
Wars, the Empire has gradually replaced the most devastating impacts.
the AT-TE with the larger. more durable AT-AT. Reduce any Critical Hit an
banishing its remaining AT-TE walkers to backwa- AT-TE would suffer due
ter worlds and logistical roles away from front-line to collisions by 30.
combat. Their wide range of possible uses. and to a minimum of 1.
the massive numbers that were manufactured
for the Clone Wars. make the AT-TE an appealing
choice for cash-strapped forces.
As such. a few AT-TEs are still in
service in various roles. Some have
been refitted entirely for civilian use.
while others are kept in combat condition
by mercenary forces and others who
managed to acquire them-legally or
otherwise-in the twilight of the
Clone Wars.
BAKTOID VERSATILE·ATHLETIC
"ZALAACA" WALKER ra131PJtorT"TD1raj
When Baktoid Combat Automata was absorbed by B~ l*'·5~ ("*;9*)
the Empire. a number of its executives and leading
Vehicle Type/Model: Personal Scout WalkerNersa-
engineers quit to form a new company: Baktoid Indus-
tile-Athletic Walker.
trial Systems. One of the early projects of the newly
Manufacturer: Baktoid Industrial Systems.
reformed company was this experimental product.
Sensor Range: Short.
an incredibly fast four-legged walker meant to com-
Crew: One pilot.
pete more with speeder bikes than other walkers. The
Encumbrance Capacity: 9.
result was an eye-catching vehicle. partly inspired by
Passenger Capacity: 1.
the zalaaca species from Naboo. It has four reverse-
Price/ Rarity: 14.500/8.
jointed legs, a lithe multi-jointed body. and a long tail
Customization Hard Points: 1•
that serves as a counterbalance and rudder, as well
Weapons: Forward-mounted auto-blaster (Fire
as antennae for the sensor array housed in the rear
Arc Forward: Damage 3; Critical 5; Range !Close];
of the body. The front console is styled to be vaguely
Auto-fire).
reminiscent of a predatory animal face. with a menac-
ing auto-blaster slung beneath. It seats a single pilot.
ARROW·23 LANDSPEEDER
with up to one passenger riding tandem.
While the unique design of the zalaaca walker pro- The galactic frontier is a huge place. with thousands
vides impressive acceleration and agility, the experi- upon thousands of planets that are lightly colonized.
ence of riding one is best described as violent. star- with small settlements dotting the surface between vast
tling, and challenging. Perhaps due to the Baktoid swaths of wilderness. Still other planets are not colo-
engineers· expertise in drone production, the zalaaca nized at all. aside from native species that may or may
walker has a reputation for inflicting motion sick- not be friendly. Recognizing the need for a way to tra-
ness on riders who attempt sharp maneuvers. Still. verse surface distances. the Aratech Repulsor Company
the zalaaca walker is impressively durable. fast. and built the adventure-friendly Arrow-23 landspeeder.
adapts well to a wide variety of complex terrains in a versatile craft that could endure a wide variety of
the hands of a skilled pilot. weather and terrain conditions. The surprisingly roomy
interior craft fits six. including the driver. as well as a
Very few zalaaca walkers were produced. but rumor
decent array of hunting, camping, and survival gear.
has it that nearly all of them were donated to the Alli-
ance to Restore the Republic as thanks for granting The Arrow-23 has a forward-sitting cockpit with
asylum to the fleeing Baktoid employees when the transparisteel windows that slant up from the pointed
corporation was overtaken by the Empire. nose. where the forward repulsor engine sits. The craft
widens up in a roughly triangular shape, with sliding

MILITARY MODELS

he Rebel Alliance quickly realized that it and as makeshift cavalry forces. While the Arrow·
T could put the Arrow-23 to use for more than
just big game hunting. The craft's armor-for
23 isn't much of a match for true military-grade
hardware. it is an excellent approximation for the
fending off wildlife as fierce as rancors- was price. When upgraded with military-grade weap-
already substantial. and the rebels improved ons. it can provide fire support against infantry
the speeder's offense by attaching blaster tur· and light vehicles. though it can hardly go head-
rets or other weapons salvaged from junkyards to-head with the largest Imperial ground vehicles.
and battlefield wreckage. As another advan· If an Arrow-23 has been upgraded for main·
tage. they found it easy to modify thanks to its line combat use by the Rebel Alliance. it often
origins as a craft meant for rugged outdoor use. sports one or both of the following weapons.
Just as importantly. the broad distribution net· each of which occupies two of its hard points:
work Aratech established for selling the stock
Arrow-23 has made it all but impossible for the Turret -mounted auto-blaster (Fire Arc All; Dam·
Empire to restrict the Alliance from acquiring as age 3: Critical 5: Range [Close]; Auto-fire).
many as it can afford. Forward-mounted concussion grenade launcher-
The Arrow-23 is an oft-overlooked. silent work· this weapon's entire profile uses personal scale.
horse for Alliance forces on the ground in many not planetary scale (Fire Arc All; Damage 1O; Crit-
places. suitable for small. independent missions ical'•: Range [Close] : Blast 8: Limited Ammo 3).
doors on either side leading to the passenger compart-
ment. An optional turret can be mounted in the roof
toward the rear of the cargo compartment. but models
tend to vary greatly since each Arrow-2 3 is modified
individually with slightly different equipment. The rear Vehicle Type/Model: Armored Transport/Imperial
of the craft houses twin repulsor engines. angled down Troop Transport.
and backwards, covered by a large plascrete debris Manufacturer: Ubrikkian Industries.
shield that helps reduce the spray of dust. snow. or turf M aximum Altitude: 5 meters.
kicked up by the vehicle at high speed. Sensor Range: Close.
ramrntDT'~t!"rtJc-lr·-J Crew: One pilots. one co-pilot. one commander.
Encumbrance Capacity: 55.
~~~ C*'r·) {'*r·J Passenger Capacity: l 0 (and 6 prisoners on the sides).
Price/Rarity: 70.000 (R)/4.
Vehicle Type/Model: Landspeeder/Arrow-23. Customization Hard Points: 0.
Manufacturer: Aratech Repulsor Company. Weapons: Two front-mounted light blaster cannons
Maximum Altitude: 5 meters. (Fire Arc Forward; Damage 4: Critical 4: Range [Closel) .
Sensor Range: Short. Turret-mounted twin light blaster cannon (Fire Arc
Crew: One pilot. one copilot/gunner. All: Damage 4: Critical 4: Range !Close!: Linked 1).
Encumbrance Capacity: 20.
Passenger Capacity: 4. HAVR A9 FLOATING FORTRESS
Price/Rarity: I 0,800/3.
Customization Hard Points: 4. Ubrikkian Industries· HAVr A9 Floating Fortress bears a
Weapons: None. strong resemblance to their Imperial Troop Transport.
and both vehicles were designed by the same division
IMPERIAL TROOP TRANSPORT of the company. The Floating Fortress takes the concept
of the ITT and extends it to the extreme. In addition to
The Imperial Troop Transport. sometimes called the ferrying Imperial troops between points in the supply
Recon Troop Transport. is a large. heavy-duty land- chain, the Floating Fortress is equipped to function in
speeder used to move stormtroopers. prisoners. and the outright hostile theater of war. Gone are the side-
supplies among planetside locations. Its design is mounted racks; instead. every surface of the HAVr A9
blocky and unassuming. with six racks on the sides is covered with nigh-impenetrable armor. The Floating
that stormtroopers can ride into battle. embarking Fortress's only overt weapon is a dorsal-mounted laser
and disembarking quickly. Doors toward the front turret with two barrels that can aim and fire indepen-
of each side lead into the cab. which seats a pilot, dently, but a quick glance indicates that the Floating
co-pilot. and commanding officer: the rear of the ITT Fortress's chassis is itself a weapon. The front and rear
features a cargo compartment which can be used to panels are rounded, with heavy impact plates angled
house additional stormtroopers. cargo. or even pris- away from the center of the vehicle. leaving no question
oners. The roof of the transport can also be loaded as to its ability to plow through obstacles. The HAVr A9
with additional cargo. is a favorite of the Imperial Army, especially for urban
environments. where the HAVr A9's advanced sensor
The ITT is heavily armored. durably constructed,
array and smaller profile make it a more versatile coun-
and dead simple in design-it is effectively a floating
terpart to the devastating but unwieldy AT-AT walker.
box with racks on the sides. Its heavy-duty repulsor
engines keep it steady at I 0-20 centimeters above
ground. whether lightly occupied or fully packed.
emitting a distinct hum at all times. Because of its
large size and low ground clearance. the ITT cannot
deal with adverse terrain as well as walkers or smaller
Vehicle Type/Model: Armored Transport/HAVr A9.
speeders. but it can reach a brisk I 50 kilometers per
Manufacturer: Ubrikkian Industries.
hour in the open.
Maximum Altitude: 20 meters.
Sensor Range: Medium.
Crew: One pilot, two gunners. one sensor operator.
Encumbrance Capacity: 40.
Passenger Capacity: l 0.
Price/Rarity: 130.000 (R)/5.
Customization Hard Points: l .
Weapons: Twin turret laser cannons (Fire Arc All;
Damage 6: Crit 3: Range !Short]).

WEAPONS OF WAR
FORGED IN BATTLE
SC2·M REPULSOR TANK suffers from the same problems as many other repul-
sor tanks: long. expensive periods of maintenance in
The Scout-class 2-M Repulsor Tank is a cutting-edge between tours of duty, and infamously temperamen-
addition to the Imperial military. This small repulsor tal electronics systems.
•··
1re,1(-::-··J
tank is derived from the more established 2-M Sober-
rarnra ~·- -~l··;s--)
BB~
class. The Scout-class tank has a very similar silhou-
ette. with a triangular cockpit in a roughly square
chassis. with pointed "wings" swooping forward on
either side. Like its predecessor, the Scout-class is
equipped with a shield generator for unprecedented Vehicle Type/Model: Repulsor Tank/SC2-M
Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering.
beam defense in a ground-based craft. but the SC-2M
cuts back on the heavy armament of the Sober-class. Maximum Altitude: 3 meters.
Sensor Range: Short.
Instead. the Scout-class clears room for a third pas-
senger and a variety of possible advanced sensors. Crew: One pilot. one gunner.
Encumbrance Capacity: 25.
although none of them come standard in the vehicle.
Its stripped-down weapons loadout still brings a Passenger Capacity: 1.
Price/Rarity: 65,000 (R)/5.
frightening amount of power to the battlefield. When
firing in salvo mode, its twin blaster cannons can tear Customization Hard Points: 2.
Weapons: Twin front-mounted light blaster cannons
into even heavy targets with a terri fying barrage.
(Fire Arc Forward: Damage 4: Critical 4; Range !Close]:
In terms of mission duty, the SC2-M plays a simi- Linked 2).
lar role to that of the venerable AT-ST walker. but its
repulsor drive and ray shielding make it a faster and ADDITIONAL RULES
more aggressive craft, ideal for hit-and-run tactics. It is Salvo Fire: As a maneuver. if the SC2-M's current
resilient against the weapons most troops carry, and speed is O. the pilot may prime the guns for salvo
its high maneuverability makes it difficult for heavier fire. Until the vehicle moves. increase the value of the
assault craft to pin it down. Despite the various cost- Linked quality of its light blaster cannons to 4.
cutting simplifications unique to the . Scout-class. it
AIRSPEEDERS LOW ALTITUDE ASSAULT TRANSPORT

The Low Altitude Assault Transport. also known as


While landspeeders and walkers occupy the sur-
face of a planet. and starships rule the void of space the Republic attack gunship. is a highly maneuver-
able. shielded gunship that dates back to the Clone
above. airspeeders soar among the clouds. masters
of their own transitional domain. The demands of Wars. Despite being rather dated when compared to
the Imperial Fleet. the LAAT is a durable and versatile
atmospheric travel ensure that almost all airspeeders
designs have at least a minimum of regard for aerody- vehicle. with updated models still in service through-
out the galaxy. by Sector Forces within the Rebel Alli-
namics. The fastest airspeeders are among the sleek-
est and most graceful craft in the sky. ance. as well as by various independent factions.

Some may view an airspeeder as simply a cheap Many variations of the LAAT have been built over
time. most notably the LAAT/c and LAAT/i. Generally,
substitute for a more capable freighter or snubfighter.
and in some cases that's true. In other cases. there's LAAT models are only capable of atmospheric flight.
and must be dropped off and picked up by other
nothing more reassuring than a swift and nimble gun-
ship at your back. bristling with weapons and raining atmospheric entry vehicles. Rarely. LAATs are modi-
fied for inter-orbital flight, in which case they would
destruction from its vantage point above the carnage.
be rightly classified as starships instead of airspeed-
Airspeeders occupy a wide variety of roles and sizes. ers. The core design of the LAAT is recognizable by its
In dense cities like on the planet of Coruscant. air- rounded trapezoidal body with wings slanting down
speeders are required for travel between the intense from the spine and cylindrical structures at the seam.
vertical layers of superstructure. In swampy, marshy, The nature of the cylindrical structures varies across
and densely-wooded environs. airspeeders can sim- models. being either composite-beam laser cannons
ply skate over the terrain. Even in open terrain. an or supplemental atmospheric engines.
airspeeder can travel with a velocity and directness
Although the Republic attack gunship was highly
that is hard to match in any landborne vehicle.
successful during the Clone Wars. it has become some-
Most airspeeders sport two separate modes of pro- thing of a victim of its own success. The prevalence
pulsion: repulsors to lift them above ground level. and of the LAAT and its derivatives in the battlefield has
a more powerful ion engine for achieving true flight impacted the choices of every combat contingent since
velocity at higher altitudes. In some craft. these dis- then. With few forces still willing to openly defy the
tinct systems can be used in concert for increased Galactic Republic. the LAAT has put itself out of a job.
maneuverability and speed, while in other airspeed-
By the time the Republic restyled itself an Empire.
ers. they are mutually exclusive or at least difficult to
the infantry models had been displaced by cheaper
control at the same time. Multiple sets of propulsion
dropships. Meanwhile. as the AT-TE was supplanted by
give airspeeders extreme tactical flexibility in com-
the much larger AT-AT walker. the LAAT/carrier mod-
bat situations. making airspeeders extremely suited
els, too. were replaced by transports capable of mov-
to delicate operations like lifting the wounded away
from danger or bring resupplies to troops in the field. ing these massive machines. Despite being replaced
in Imperial service. these are still formidable war
With fewer obstacles to worry about than ground
transports. airspeeders can travel more directly and machines. and underestimating their potency because
of their venerable status can prove to be a deadly mis-
quickly, although their atmospheric speed is matched
by smaller spacecraft like snubfighters and freighters. take on the battlefield.

AIRSPEEDER DR SPACECRAFT?

he line between airspeeders and spacecraft airspeeders almost never come equipped with
T is sometimes difficult to discern. For exam-
ple. the lncom T 16 Skyhopper is an airspeeder
heavy·duty. long·range armaments-at least.
not in their factory-standard configurations.
with a pressurized cockpit and a high-powered Some models with a reputation for moddability
engine that make it capable of operating any- have a rich secondary market of equipment that
where from low altitudes up to the vacuum of can be added to increase their capabilities to
space. In some respects. this gives such a craft rival those of a starfighter.
a similar technical profile to a short range By the time of the Galactic Civil War. use of air-
starfighter such as the ubiquitous TIEi ln. speeders as main combat craft was waning in
The most meaningful distinction is twofold. favor of versatile starfighters capable of oper-
First. pressurized cockpits and ion drives like ating both in atmosphere and space. Conse-
those of the T 16 are a luxury in airspeeders but quently. airspeeders are confined mostly to cost-
t he absolute baseline for a starship. Second. efficient updates to old designs like the LAAT.
LAAT/I LAAT/C
The LAAT/i (infantry) is a variant of the Low Altitude The LAAT/c (carrier) is a variant of the Low Altitude
Assault Transport designed to carry ground troops Assault Transport designed to carry large vehicles into
(originally, Clone Troopers) into battle. Besides deliv- battle. in particular the All Terrain Tactical Enforcer. Its
ering the troops to the field, the LAAT/i serves sev- profile is similar to the other LAAT models. with the
eral support roles including air superiority and air-to- central body hollowed out to make room for its vehicle
ground artillery bombardment. component and four magnetic holding clamps. Addi-
tionally, the LAAT/c strips out most of the weapons

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Vehicle Type/Model: Heavy Assault Airspeeder/LAAT.
Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering.
Maximum Altitude: I 00 kilometers.
Vehicle Type/Model: Heavy Assault Airspeeder/LAAT.
Sensor Range: Medium.
Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering.
Crew: One pilot. one co-pilot/gunner. two to four
Maximum Altitude: 100 kilometers.
additional gunners.
Sensor Range: Medium.
Encumbrance Capacity: 30.
Crew: One pilot.
Vehicle Complement: Four speeder bikes.
Encumbrance Capacity: 15.
Passenger Capacity: 30 for combat deployment.
Vehicle Complement: One AT-TE or comparable
Price/ Rarity: 85,000 (R)/4.
ground vehicle.
Customization Hard Points: 2.
Passenger Capacity: 2.
Weapons: Four turret-mounted light laser cannons
Price/Rarity:75.000 (R)/4.
(Fire Arc Forward; Damage 5; Critical 3; Range [Close]).
Customization Hard Points: 1.
Twin forward-mounted mass-driver missile launch-
Weapons: Two turret-mounted light laser can-
ers (Fire Arc Forward; Damage 6; Critical 4; Blast 4.
nons (Fire Arc Forward; Damage 5; Critical 3; Range
Guided 3. Limited Ammo IO. Linked I).
Forward-mounted anti-air rockets (Fire Arc Forward; !Close]).
Damage 4; Critical 3; Range [Close!; Blast 2. Breach ADDITIONAL RULES
1. Limited Ammo 4, Linked 3).
Rapid Walker Deployment (LAAT/c Only): The
Three anti-personnel laser turrets (Fire Arc Star-
LAAT/c is designed to be able to drop a walker directly
board or Port or Rear; Damage 1; Critical 4; Range
onto the battlefield without coming to a full stop. As an
!Close!; Auto-fire. Blast I ).
action. the pilot may make a Hard (+++i
(Planetary) check upgraded a number
Piloting

of times equal the LAAT/c's current


speed. If the pilot suc-
ceeds. the walker deploys
safely. If the pilot fails. the
walker still deploys, but
suffers a Critical Hit as if it
had suffered a Collision
(see page 256 of the
Ace OF R EBELLION
Core Rulebook).

W EAPONS OF WAR
FOR.CED IN BATT\.£
HIGH·ALTITUDE ENTRY TRANSPORT·221 IMPERIAL DROPSHIP TRANSPORT

The High-Altitude Entry Transport-221 is a military The Imperial Dropship Transport bears more than a
dropship that dates back to the Clone Wars. These slight resemblance to the Low Altitude Assault Trans-
highly aerodynamic craft sport a smooth. bubbled port. although its smaller and more angular build is
nose and a long. thin tail. which allow them to main- distinctly in the modern Imperial style. Its side pro-
tain stability even at incredible velocity. From ground file is trapezoidal, with a gently sloping forward face
level. the HAET-221 has a relatively weak repulsorlift that holds the main blaster cannons below the cock-
flight system that cannot achieve more than a few hun- pit. The center body is a wide-open bay that can fit
dred meters of altitude. but the craft's main purpose two full squads of stormtroopers. Large wings. joined
is to be launched from cruisers in orbit. From there. along the top line of the body, overhang the troop
the HAET-221 descends upon unknown territory at a compartment. Cargo doors. protecting the troop bay,
terrifying clip. Enemies often don't see the craft until fold under the main body when not in use.
it is almost upon them, but the HAET-221 's superb In combat situations. the Imperial Dropship Trans-
sensor array gives it plenty of forewarning of upcom- port is significantly less threatening than the vari-
ing obstacles. its main laser cannon ready to pick off ous Republic gunships that preceded it. but this is
other vehicles as soon as they come into range. by design. A factory-fresh IDT comes from Rothana
As it arrives in the target area, the High-Altitude Heavy Engineering for half the price of a used LAAT/i,
Entry Transport can deploy its crew of five through and the IDT takes up slightly less hangar space. too.
the top-rear hatch. then circle around the battlefield With a simple mechanical system and a roomy cargo
providing reconnaissance and medium-range sup- hold that is suitable for delivering troopers, weapons.
port. The craft is surprisingly durable. although its and medical droids through dangerous territory as
utilitarian construction precludes the use of deflector needed. the IDT is to the air what the Imperial Troop
shields. The HAET-22 1 has grown uncommon follow- Transport is to the ground: a simple tool that powers
ing the Republic's transformation into the Galactic the logistical might of the Empire.
Empire. Stormtroopers tend to treat the HAET-22 1
with suspicion. having swapped many tales of drop- 171J;,J~c··r•
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ships that were abandoned to the atmosphere after
the interstellar cruiser that deposited them fled a bat-
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tle turning sour. In truth, the disuse of the HAET-22 1 Vehicle Type/Model: Transport Airspeeder/IDT.
has more to do with the Empire's position. where it Manufacturer: Rothana Heavy Engineering.
wages more defensive battles over territory already in Maximum Altitude: 100 kilometers.
its control. Still. the Alliance to Restore the Republic Sensor Range: Short.
has found more than a few fully functional craft aban- Crew: One pilot. one gunner.
doned on the surfaces of various planets. corroborat- Encumbrance Capacity: 16.
ing the stories of the stranded soldiers. Passenger Capacity: 18.

ra~w:1crrrm~
Price/Rarity: 42 .500 (R)/5.
Customization Hard Points: 1.
W . , ., {•11e;*®•) ("!Qta·O•) Weapons: Wing-mounted twin blaster laser cannons
[Fire Arc Forward; Damage 4; Critical 4; Range !Close!;
Vehicle Type/ Model: Recon Airspeeder/HAET-221. Linked I).
Manufacturer: Mekuun Corporation. Nose-mounted twin light blaster cannons (Fire Arc
Maximum Altitude: 100 kilometers. All; Damage 4; Critical 4; Range ICloseJ ; Linked 1).
Sensor Range: Long.
ADDITIONAL RULES
Crew: One pilot. one co-pilot. one gunner.
Encumbrance Capacity: 20. Armored Boarding Ramp: The boarding ramp of
Passenger Capacity: 5. an Imperial Dropship Transport provides cover to all
Price/Rarity: 50.000/4 characters who are in the midst of embarking or dis-
Customization Hard Points: I . embarking (see pages 226-227 of the AcE oF REBEL·
Weapons: Dorsal-mounted laser cannon (Fire Arc uoN Core Rulebook).
Forward: Damage 6; Critical 3; Range !Shortl).
Two light blaster cannons (Fire Arc All; Damage 4;
Critical 4: Range IClosel).

WEAPONS OF WAR
Foru:ED .. BATT1.£
INTEGRATING SOLDIER CHARACTERS
oldiers are the stalwarts at the front lines of every firefight erupts. a wise leader trusts the Soldier's
S battle in the Galactic Civil War. Their expertise
provides the brute force necessary for victory. Ace
expertise over his own. Similarly. an Engineer might
rely upon a Soldier's practical expertise to review the
OF R EBELLION adventures are set within the shadow of usability of a newly developed piece of technology.
this massive conflict. Most characters in these stories Working together. they could refine it into something
have a deeply personal stake in the tactics employed more workable than either might design alone.
and the strategic decisions made.
No two Soldier specializations are exactly alike in the SOLDIERS AND RISK
role they fulfill. Prior to character creation. the Game
Master should consider his plans for the campaign and Soldiers accept a level of risk in their job that exceeds
how these line up-or don't-with the skills that the PCs that of any other career in Ace OF REBELLION . Diplomats
bring to the table. The GM can make recommendations and Engineers typically complete their core responsi-
to the players about appropriate specializations and bilities away from the battlefield. Few Commanders
focuses for their characters. If the campaign is one with lead from the front. enabling them to fulfill their duties
a particularly tight focus. it may be appropriate to dis- with minimal risk. A successful Spy completely avoids
courage players from selecting particular specializations physical conflict. only dealing with violent opposition
that don't fall within that narrow area. A game focused if things have gone disastrously wrong. Even an Ace
upon espionage might have limited use for a Heavy- has a starfighter's shields and armor to protect him
unless the Heavy's player knows that in advance. and from injury. Every time that a Soldier performs his
invests in a skill like Stealth. Skulduggery, or Decep- duties for the Alliance. his life is at risk.
tion to make sure the character can contribute in Typically, Soldiers need to approach risk and
encounters that will be common. However. the GM mortality with a sense of humor. Focusing on
should also remember that players make charac- the risks too deeply could lead
ters for the games they want to play. GMs are
encouraged to introduce story elements that
suit the characters in
the group. Even add-
ing a single encounter
every session or two
to cater to each PC's
strength can help all play-
ers feel engaged without
disrupting the planned arc
of the story.
A Soldier's role within a
group can change substan-
tially depending upon the
adventure and the char-
acter's specializations. A
Commander or Diplomat
might have overall author-
ity for the duration of a
mission but. when a
to combat paralysis. which would only increase the More than most other careers, Soldiers tend to be
dangers involved in their duties. Instead. a Soldier must deeply pragmatic. They recognize the importance
retain confidence in his own abilities while acknowledg- of priorities and know that the Alliance has too few
ing the dangers. The precise reaction may vary by the resources and far too little time. A moment's respite is
character's species and culture. For some. it is just nat- a precious commodity. Any time an order is given that
ural to accept the inevitability of death. could disrupt the squad's workflow, Soldiers typically
New Soldiers. as well as characters from other pro- become concerned about its validity. Similarly. once a
fessions. are often horrified by a veteran Soldier's mission is underway, changes to the plan must be seri-
ously considered. Even in a loose organization like the
casual relationship with death. The idea that incoming
fire could grievously injure or even kill them may be ter- Rebel Alliance. Soldiers are very concerned about the
chain of command. They reasonably expect to have
rifying. Typically, repeated exposure to danger builds a
orders routed only through the appropriate superior
gradual acceptance of it. Seeing comrades suffer and
die in combat can also lead to a better understanding officer. Codes and passwords are established to assure
the validity of instructions. In the event of a casualty,
of this attitude. Fear. anger. and grief can be power-
backup chains of command exist.
ful motivators. but they can also lead a Soldier to take
unnecessary risks or lose sight of strategic goals. To Situations that violate the chain create a serious
survive. a Soldier must sometimes set aside emotion conflict for a Soldier. While they are certainly capable
for the time being and simply take action. of using their best judgment. a bigger problem comes
into play when someone else offers an opinion. Sol-
diers are likely to actively resist orders-even if they
CHAIN OF COMMAND are appropriate-when they come from outside the
Soldiers may disparage the chain of command, but chain of command. A civilian working with a squad or
they respect it and follow it. Only unusually fanatical even a Soldier from another unit might find that their
or stoic troopers never question the strategic acumen ideas are unwelcome. at least initially. When faced
of the top brass. rudely or otherwise. However. most with an alternative perspective, the typical Soldier
troops still attempt to complete the mission. Joking wants to either stick to the plan, adapt it as little as
insults may come from their lips, but they do so as possible in the field, or receive new orders from the
they strap on their gear to begin a mission . appropriate personnel. Attempts to revise a plan in
the field can lead to a serious conflict between the
Part of this comes from the fact that few Soldiers Soldier and other characters.
have a personal relationship with the highest-ranking
members of the Alliance. They only know these people
by reputation. When their plans are successful. Soldiers MOTIVATIONS
tend to respect them and view them in a positive light.
Different Soldiers join the Rebellion for markedly dif-
A distant commanding officer. known only by reputa-
tion. provides an easy target to blame for lost battles, ferent reasons. During character creation. the player
must select a Motivation. This can offer a distinct
requisition problems. or even failing morale.
insight into why the Soldier is willing to risk his life bat-
Relationships with local authority figures seldom tling against the Galactic Empire. However, this is only
mirror attitudes held toward the distant members of a starting point. The Beliefs. Connections, Quests.
high command. Soldiers frequently maintain a deep and Relationships presented in this and other books
respect for local officers, particularly those who have are deliberately left open-ended. so that players can
accompanied them to the front lines. Wise leaders define them for themselves to decide why their char-
work hard to foster camaraderie within the ranks, acters risk their lives by going into battle.
and smart Soldiers assist in these efforts. This mutual
investment is advantageous in the field, contributing BELIEF
to a sense of trust and respect. Those who have it are
more willing to rely upon one another and feel more The Empire indulges in a broad range of different prac-
obligated to fulfill their own responsibilities. tices that offend almost all outsiders. It is a monolithic.
human-dominated institution that is perfectly willing
Soldiers who have experienced this camaraderie
to use violence and slavery to maintain its position
often try to emulate it within any group to which they
of authority. Non-humans are effectively lower-class
belong. Even on shorter missions. they may try to bring
"outsiders· into the group. to help make them feel citizens, with limited rights and opportunities for
advancement. Character from cultures-human or oth-
invested in the success and survival of the team. For an
erwise-that do not share from the Empire's suprema-
Engineer or a Diplomat, accustomed to working inde-
cist beliefs and brutal tactics would have a clear moral
pendently, this relationship could seem alien. However.
drive to violently oppose it. Even former members of
as individuals buy into the team mentality. it almost
the Empire could have turned against it when exposed
always increases the group's collective productivity.
to the depths of depravity in which it engages.

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
FORCED IN BATT\.E
PERSONAL INTERESTS
oldiers of the Rebellion are not clones (save Many Soldiers come from regional militias or
S perhaps the rarest few individuals). The vast.
overwhelming majority of rebels matured one of
deserted from the Empire. Others. however, had
professions before they joined the Rebellion.
the galaxy's countless societies. living through These individuals frequently possess skills and
childhoods and adolescences of their own. information from their former lives which might
Almost all of them suffered under the oppres- have relevance to particular missions. A Medic
sion of the Galactic Empire. After establishing could easily have been a doctor. a Trailblazer
contact with forces resisting the Empire's cruel might have been a colonist, and a Sharpshooter
tyranny, they joined because they recognized could have worked as an asteroid miner. Of
the necessity of the cause. While most are will- course. Soldiers who joined the cause for ethical
ing to give up their lives in t he name of duty, reasons can come from almost any background.
it is not a decision made lightly. Only a subset The Game Master should discuss this during
are mercenaries. will ing to fight exclusively for character creation and keep it in mind during
monetary reward. Most are deeply, personally adventures. Detailed background information
devoted to defeating the Empire. is certain ly worth an occasional • on a check.
Soldiers have depth of character that extends In some cases. it might warrant t he player pur-
beyond combat. Most of them have families on chasing a rank of an appropriate Knowledge
their homeworlds to whom they wish to return. skill at character creation.

In designing adventures. the Game Master can use earned promotion for the PC or his superior- or even
a character's beliefs as a hook to draw that PC deeper a consequence. such as the death of an important
into the story. A key Imperial installation might retain NPC. If the Soldier's service was linked to his sense
slaves to continue construction. preventing the unit of camaraderie. losing that could well cause him to
from just bombing it. Similarly, stores of Imperial rations question his allegiance. Some Soldiers might transi-
that the Rebel Alliance wants to secure for its own use tion to a thirst for revenge after seeing comrades or
could create a quandary when the characters discover mentors die in the war. Others become invested in the
a group of starving civilians in the same region. war more deeply after witnessing the Empire's atroci-
ties. continuing the fight regardless of its cost.
Introducing an atypically sympathetic Imperial gov-
ernor can also create a hard moral decision for the
characters. If the Rebellion manages to oust this rela-
QUEST
tively benign figure from power, a replacement might Soldiers who are trying to complete a Quest may find
be far crueler. The unit must permanently liberate the that their personal goals are not always consistent
planet or gamble the lives of the inhabitants. with the assignments that their units receive. Missions
must always outweigh any personal goals. The Game
CONNECTION Master can even use this as a tool to force characters
Many rebel Soldiers belonged to units that joined en into very hard decisions. An opportunity to achieve a
personal goal-recovering an artifact. solving a mys-
masse. Their initial service is simply due to the fact that
their leader chose to join the war against the Empire. tery. tracking a missing person- could arise. but com-
pleting it would risk the success of the mission. The
When their units enlisted. continuing to serve with their
player must decide whether it is appropriate to place
fellows was easier than leaving the military would have
his own goals above those of the unit. possibly risking
been. At first blush, this may seem like a poor excuse
significant complications for the Rebel Alliance in the
for individuals to willingly risk their lives. However. they
are likely to have had long-standing relationships with system or sector.
their fellows in the unit. Most may have fought under Alternatively, the Soldier's personal quest could be
the command of the unit's leader previously and along- closely linked to the unit's goals. One way to do this is
side the other members of the unit. They trust the judg- for the GM to integrate these goals with the campaign.
ment of their commanding officer. They have faith that If a PC is a native from the campaign·s central system.
the unit would not have joined the war unless the effort then with every successful mission. the unit might
was necessary and the cause just. Any other decision advance the effort to free his homeworld from the
would have felt like abandoning family. Empire's grasp. If multiple characters share a related
motivation. this could be a central basis for an entire
A sudden change in leadershi p or significant losses
campaign. The complication with this kind of inter-
to the unit could trigger a change in motivation for the
twining arises if the characters succeed at the quest.
Soldier. This could be designed into an adventure-an
as later adventures could be harder to design for

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those characters. One solution to that issue could be fails to fully exploit. Presenting these issues during a
to deliberately leave elements of the initial quest unre- briefing-before embarking upon the mission-could
solved. A malicious governor might escape capture. or dramatically improve the chances for success.
an important cultural artifact might have been stolen.
In this way. the CM can extend the Quest for as long as COMMANDO
the play group wishes to continue the campaign, while
still helping the player feel a sense of progress. The Commando lives to operate deep behind enemy
lines and risks death should he be detected while
RELATIONSHIP doing so. Further. he has a knack for eliminating criti-
cal enemy assets under the intense pressure of infil-
As discussed in Soldier Motivations on page 36. tration. This routine exposure to difficult odds instills
many Soldiers in service of the Rebellion are driven a sense of self-confidence and comfort under fire that
by a personal Relationship. Whether this bond is teammates often lack. The Commando may be the
with a specific person the character hopes to protect one to provide cover fire. secure an escape route. or
through military service. a hometown threatened by go back for an injured comrade. seeing to it that as
the Empire, or even a rival fighting on the other side, many agents make it home as possible.
it drew the character to stand up and fight. More than CMs must give the Commando a chance to occupy
ideology, glory, or society, this bond motivates the some of the limelight during a conflict. often with a
character to endure the horrors of war. degree of independence. This independence might
The CM can make use of this Motivation in numer- split the team during a mission. Introducing a minor
ous ways. but the most obvious method is to bring NPC for the hero to aid during the mission can give
the person or place into the story directly. This can be the Commando a small. independent task without
especially dramatic if the CM puts the needs of the compromising the abilities or goals of other PCs.
Rebellion in conflict with the needs of the character's
Relationship. The CM might reveal that the Rebellion HEAVY
cannot intervene to protect a cherished place or indi-
vidual. or have the character's hated rival become an A Heavy's skill set focuses upon destruction and asset
ally of necessity during a time of desperation. In these denial. Within a physical conflict. that represents a
cases. the character's player must reflect what the clear-cut responsibility. When analyzing intelligence.
character values more-pursuing a personal agenda these characters are like'y to recognize an enemy's
or serving the Rebellion. In many such cases. the big guns and big weaknesses quickly. The Heavy can
CM need not have the consequences of the charac- help the party reduce risk while he advises how best
ter's decision be irreversible or dire-perhaps a dear to inflict substantial damage. These characters must
friend left in enemy territory can be rescued later. or be very conscious of their own limitations. especially
a mission can be salvaged even after one PC goes off- ammunition. A Heavy is especially likely to remind the
track to save a long-lost sibling. "Punishing· the PC rest of the squad about the necessity of resupplying
for choosing one way or the other is a bad idea . and regularly-an empty clip is the Empire's friend, and
rarely serves the story or the fun of the group. The those big guns do not feed themselves.
act of simply introducing the choice between the two A big target. immune to other characters· weapons.
priorities is enough to create a dynamic situation that is the central focus most Heavy-focused scenes. If the
helps define the PC's nature and narrative arc. CM provides one. the character is likely to devote
attention to it. The CM should be flexible about allow-
SPECIALIZED ROLES ing alternative solutions. however. should the Heavy's
shot go awry or the hero be occupied elsewhere.
Each of the Soldier career's specializations integrates dif-
ferently with other members of the unit. Of course. each MEDIC
character's particular role fluctuates based upon the
requirements of a given mission. However. any experi- A Medic's interactions with other members of the team
enced and successful combatant also needs to recognize are obvious and vital. Any time the team goes into a
the implicit authority that each individual's expertise fight. the Medic is the one to patch them up and get
grants. while still being flexible enough shift which char- them healthy for the next one. Frequently, the Medic
acter handles which tasks as the situation dictates. becomes the best friend of every other member of the
unit. Often. he is a counselor in addition to being a fel-
A wise Soldier knows when to keep his mouth shut. low warrior. easing the pains that are beyond the realm
but he also needs to know when to offer input on the of blaster burns and bacta. The Medic must also keep
mission plan. A Soldier might recognize practical flaws tabs on the physical. mental, and emotional health of
in a plan that could doom it to failure. Alternatively, the team's other members. He must recognize when
he might recognize an enemy weakness that the plan anyone on the team-including the team's leader-

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has been compromised in any way. The Medic can be information presented in a briefing. A Trailblazer can
responsible for assuming or reassigning command, or intuitively recognize the dangers of the natural world,
even aborting a mission if he finds that a critical team as well as teammate's limitations outside of familiar
member is unable to fulfill a vital role. places. Doing so can help keep the team healthy, often
Unusual health risks can be a great way to add earning the Medic's gratitude in the process. Some-
depth to the Medic's role. If the GM introduces injured times. the Trailblazer may also function as a scout, sim-
ply because no other team member is able to safely
NPCs. a contagious disease. or a hostile alien envi-
travel to the target location and return.
ronment, the Medic gets an opportunity to shine. In
some cases. the character's biggest success can be The Trailblazer expects to operate in the wilds, far
helping the team avoid serious injury in the first place. from domesticated or urban areas. Environments can
be every bit as much of an enemy as the Empire, and
SHARPSHOOTER are just as capable of ending missions and lives. The GM
must incorporate these types of places into adventures,
Even under the most stressful of circumstances. the even if it is just part of the journey to the enemy facility.
ideal Sharpshooter remains calm. He takes the time
to analyze things, even under pressure, before react- VANGUARD
ing in the most appropriate way. The ability to remain
calm in the face of extreme pressure can be just as Often. the Vanguard draws enemy fire away from team-
vital as any amount of accuracy with a weapon. Fur- mates to enable them to conduct their own actions-
ther. a Sharpshooter might notice critical situational circling to flank, eliminating a high-value target, or
factors that other characters could easily miss. A wise breaching an enemy defense. These characters rep-
Commander takes a moment to solicit input from a resent a significant threat to the enemy, but they are
Sharpshooter before pressing an attack. Similarly, a also able to survive some of the most serious attacks.
Diplomat or an Engineer might also ask for his insights. When the enemy directs its heaviest firepower at the
as the Sharpshooter is able to analyze without letting Vanguard. other characters can complete their assign-
emotion cloud his judgment. ments in relative safety. A Vanguard might develop a
knack for recognizing the weakest links in the enemy's
The Sharpshooter expects a chance to be a sniper,
tactics and chain of command. When coordinating with
often apart from the group. He demands a challeng-
team members, a Vanguard quickly fells foes. often
ing shot that no one else can make. The GM must give
him the chance-when the scenario allows-and let before the enemy can fully respond to the attack.
reducing the length of dangerous engagements.
success or failure affect the outcome of the adventure.
In order for a Vanguard to shine, there must be
TRAILBLAZER straight-up battles in which his tactical approach can be
useful. The GM should consider adding enemy emplace-
Working comfortably in hostile environments. the Trail- ments and fortifications when setting up a scene for a
blazer is the team's guide as well as a critical combat- climactic battle. Such obstacles help to underscore the
ant. Out in the field, the rest of the team depends upon abilities that make the Vanguard unique. as do powerful
him for their very survival. Teammates are probably individual foes who might endanger others if the Van-
unfamiliar with the mission's environmental threats. guard does not intervene on their behalf.
and are Jess likely to retain this kind of non-combat

SOLDIERS IN OTHER STORIES


player who creates a Soldier PC is likely indicating However. physical conflict is not the central conceit
A a desire to engage in combat encounters during
the campaign (though the GM should still inquire to be
of every story. Thus. the GM should consider ways
that a Soldier can contribute to sessions and adven-
sure). This is the career's central focus and strength. tures that focus on the other PCs
Characters from this career can certainly master other
skills, but all share martial prowess at their core. The ACE
GM should consider the PCs' core competencies when
preparing a campaign, and a Soldier's abilities are best Starfighter combat is seldom a Soldier's strong suit. Even
tested in battle. Star Wars lends itself to dramatic com- firing a ship's weapons falls outside most Soldiers' exper-
bat as a central focus of the setting, making it easy to tise. In the vacuum of space. the Soldier risks being little
accommodate a Soldier's role. more than a passenger. risking his life while it is in the
control of another. For most warriors. that experience is

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anathema: capable combatants want to fight battles on DIPLOMAT
their own terms. A space combat is a stressful situation
for the Soldier. largely due to how helpless it can make Encounters developed around a Diplomat are sel-
him feel. Every once in a while. such adversity can be a dom focused upon direct physical conflict. Certainly,
good roleplaying opportunity. but most of the time. the the ongoing fight against the galactic tyranny of the
Soldier should have a way to affect his own fate. Emperor serves as a major backdrop and even a com-
mon subject for negotiations. but war itself is not the
One solution is to link an insertion mission with Diplomat's central role. Instead. a Diplomat focuses
the starfighter combat. The vessel piloted by the on a delicate. social solution to the conflict. Often,
Ace could deliver the Soldier and support charac- security is the most important concern for both the
ters so that they can complete a mission in the midst Diplomat and any NPC dignitaries involved. Meetings
of the starfighter combat. They might even be part are deliberately scheduled in the most secure and
of a boarding party assaulting a larger vessel. The obscure facilities available: stormtroopers charging
Game Master could cut from physical combat to through the front door generally derails negotiations.
the epic space battle and back. as the overall objec- after all. Ideally, these sensitive discussions would be
tives depend upon success in both. Alternatively, if a held at times or in places hidden from the enemy.
starfighter battle ends badly, one or more ships could
crash-land on a nearby planet. If the unit's vessel Soldiers are often tasked with providing that physi-
crashed. a Soldier could help the crew survive. cal security for a Diplomat as well as the negotiations
that proceed. Many cultures expect a Diplomat to
COMMANDER arrive with guards in tow. as a sign of social stand-
ing as well as a measure of safety. When fulfilling this
Adventures focused on Commanders have a significant role. a Soldier may have some input into the facilities
implicit role for Soldiers. If the Commander is develop- used for the meeting. The guard might need to sweep
ing a plan. Soldiers are the ones most likely to exe- rooms for listening devices or examine lines of sight. A
cute it. Even in scenarios developed around the Com- Soldier might also assume responsibility for uncover-
mander conducting meetings or researching a target. ing traps. explosives. and poisons.
the Soldier is likely to have a role. Sometimes that role Some cultures prefer to have more expedient solu-
is simply to guard the Commander against from assas- tions to their negotiations-some even resorting to
sination attempts or other risks. Alternatively, a Com- trial by combat. In these cases. a Diplomat is likely
mander might solicit a Soldier's opinions on a given to select a Soldier as a champion. rather than fighting
plan. Veteran line troopers have recent battlefield per- personally. Prior to such a ritualized combat. the Dip-
spective that could offer insights into a plan's effective- lomat might work with the Soldier to dictate the terms
ness. These insights-especially when the Commander of the battle. to make sure that the opponent is beaten
acts on them-can be a strong roleplaying element for soundly enough to secure their objectives, but not so
developing squad camaraderie. badly that the other side's embarrassment under-
The Game Master must be mines the negotiations.
careful about inserting extra phys-
ical conflicts into a Commander's
adventure. Adding a traitor or an
enemy observer into a scene can
easily sidetrack an adventure. as
the team questions its security
and integrity. If a planned strike
against the Empire depends upon
secrecy, detection by Imperial
forces could completely diminish
the plan's chances of success. or
send Player Characters back into
another planning session instead
of striking. Soldiers engaging the
enemy when the team is discovered
might instead provide a distraction
from the real plan. though this kind
of peripheral conflict introduces
another chance for failure without
advancing the original plot.
STRIKE MISSIONS
his section presents brief outlines for three differ-
T ent adventures. Each is designed to focus primarily
on Soldiers. giving them an opportunity to occupy the
THE MEDCENTER
The Imperial base on Ord Cestus is a sizable facility
spotlight. All three include a recommended target world for an Outer Rim world, but it is hardly large by Impe-
as well as some idea of the defenses that protect the tar- rial standards. It contains two large structures and a
get. Game Masters should adapt these to better fit their few smaller ones. The primary building is the medcen-
individual campaigns. This could be as easy as choosing ter. which has thirty floors and three sprawling wings.
a world more central to the plot. but might involve sig- The upper twenty-five floors of each wing contain
nificant changes to the mission's primary objective or patient rooms. The lower five floors include admin-
the sophistication of the opponents in place. istrative offices. surgical rooms. storage facilities. and
other core systems.
All of the following scenarios are intended to have
straightforward solutions. The adventures are designed The medcenter has 2.000 beds and hundreds of
around a central conflict. which has a manageable bacta tanks. Different rooms are intended for short-
level of risk and a high reward. Choosing to make the term and long-term care. though these can be reas-
attack should be an easy choice. The challenge for the signed as necessary. When the heroes investigate
Player Characters is determining the safest and most the base. only about a third of the medcenter's beds
efficient way to strike at their foes, so that they can are occupied. This Imperial base provides medical
succeed at the mission while mitigating risk. care exclusively to injured members of the Imperial
military. Civilians are not permitted on the base's
grounds. and the Empire cares little for Ord Cestus'
ACQUISITION native inhabitants.
Ord Cestus is located in the Outer Rim Territories. The Each of the medcenter's wings has its own short-
planet's atmosphere is arid and dusty; volcanic activ- term reserve of medical supplies as well as bacta.
ity fouls the air with ash and noxious gasses. Though Crates filled with hundreds of kilograms of medicine
hardly a hospitable place. the planet is inhabited and and bacta are kept in storage rooms on the medcen-
exports highly effective pharmaceuticals. Because ter's third floor. These represent the best possible
of their ready availability. the Empire maintains a targets for the Rebellion, because they remain pack-
base integrated with an extensive medcenter on aged for transport and storage. If the heroes bring a
the planet. The facility is well equipped. warehous- transport or a cargo speeder. they can easily load it
ing extensive supplies. including many that are much with the crates, diverting them for the Rebellion to use
rarer elsewhere. and distribute. There is a series of landing platforms
The medical supplies within the center are useful on the medcenter's roof. which provide convenient
to the Empire, but they are hardly unique. Instead, access to the turbolift system for transporting incom-
the base on Ord Cestus represents just one of many ing patients throughout the building.
similar stores within the Imperial war machine. If these The next largest building is the barracks. which has
supplies were lost. it would be an inconvenience. but the capacity to house a full battalion of Imperial sol-
the Outer Rim is not strategically vital to Imperial diers. Only a company of stormtroopers is currently
plans. This is just another field medcenter, one whose assigned to the base. The remaining living space is
main value is that it can be resupplied more easily currently unused . These troopers provide routine
than many, especially because some of the medicines security for the base and some aid in the rehabilita-
are produced locally. tion of injured troopers. Many of these soldiers sta-
To the Rebellion, however, the medcenter is a tre- tioned at the base serve here only temporarily. The
mendous wealth of life-saving supplies. Securing them complement includes many who are still completing
would save many troopers· lives. With such a bounty. their recovery. Once the base's officer agrees with
a substantial portion of the medicine could go to the medcenter's assessment that they are fit for duty.
help needy civilians in the sector. A successful strike those troopers are transferred back to their original
against an Imperial base would also benefit morale in unit. elsewhere within the Outer Rim Territories.
the region. Even though the base is focused on medi- A small hangar provides space for four TIE fighters.
cal care. it is still an Imperial fortification. Stealing and at least one shuttle. The fighters are seldom used
necessary supplies from it would represent a signifi- and poorly maintained . They are primarily here for
cant success. a logistical and military triumph for the those rare instances when a starfighter pilot survives
Alliance to Restore the Republic. a grievous injury and needs to go through retraining
after completing physical therapy. Visiting craft small

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enough to land are normally kept here as well. Typi- A four-meter high reinforced duracrete wall sur-
cally, these transport badly injured troopers to the rounds the base. A single. staffed gateway permits
medcenter, though occasional shuttles do pick up surface vehicles to enter or exit the base. Each corner
medical supplies or deliver standard Imperial equip- of the fence has a watchtower. stationed atop a ten-
ment to the base. meter post. A pair of stormtroopers is always on duty
at each of the towers. They crew a heavy laser cannon
A small garage contains a few speeders and other
mounted on each. The base does not have any defen-
light military vehicles. Only those used for travel
sive shielding.
between the base and one of the planet's nearby
spaceports is kept in good repair. Other vehicles in The whole military facility minimizes its interac-
the garage need significant maintenance work before tions with the planetary population. The workforce
they can function properly. is entirely military personnel and droids. Only locally
grown foods and locally re fined medical supplies
The only other significant buildings are the officer's
are obtained from the planet. Deliveries of each are
quarters. the communications tower. and the security
quite regular and scheduled well in advance. However.
towers stationed at the corners of the walls that sur-
because of the frequent rotation of soldiers through
round the facility. The grounds are kept meticulously
the base. discipline and training on local procedures
clean. particularly considering the amount of dust and
are poorly maintained. Inspections are not thorough,
debris present in Ord Cestus's atmosphere. A parade
and the stormtroopers stationed here are not actively
ground. used for drills, is located between the hangar.
looking for a fight.
garage, and barracks.

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ALTERNATIVE ACQUISITIONS
For a world with a sprawling Imperial base. Ord Ces-
tus is lightly defended. The medical exports are valu-
ny mission to steal military supplies or other
able but. ultimately, they never reach Imperial fa cili-
ties beyond the sector. As an Outer Rim system. the
A valuable commodities from the Empire
could be adapted to the framework provided
Empire is reluctant to expend significant resources
in this section. The target could easily be a
defending it. Instead, the intent is to exploit the plan-
different type of world and a different type of
et's production and see that it is self-sufficient.
facility. Starship components could come from
Cargo vessels visit Ord Cestus regularly, primarily an orbiting repair yard. Technical schemat-
to deliver necessary supplies to the Imperial base and ics or even scientists can be captured from a
to transport goods for use on other planets. There are research outpost. Prisoners can be liberated
several substantial non-Imperial settlements on the from a labor camp. Each of these targets has
world as well. each of which has its own spaceport. different considerations for the acquisition.
Imperial forces also provide security for these ports. particularly in terms of the space required on
but do so with the laxity expected of troops posted a vessel that can safely carry them away.
in the Outer Rim Territories. far from the front lines.
Another way to significantly alter the tone of
On the planetary scale. a single Vindicator-class missions like this is to modify the details of
heavy cruiser maintains system security. Its crew the target facility. The example presented is
monitors the system's traffic. keeping a watch out for an out-of-the-way, low security target. If the
known smugglers or sympathizers. However. its capa- base were in a more populated region. it
bilities are limited, even for the low levels of traffic would be better staffed and equipped. Disci-
that the system receives. Watches are a tedious task pline would certainly be improved. Any facil-
for the vessel's crew. Unless an incoming vessel's tran- ity used to manufacture the tools of war is
sponder codes set off immediate warnings or is out- certain to be far better secured. Suspicious
right hostile, the crew does not take action. or unscheduled deliveries would be refused
If an incoming vessel is suspicious. the cruiser is outright rather than inspected.
fully stocked with TIE fighters. Standard procedure is An important consideration throughout is
to send out a flight of them to take a closer look at a the local need for any goods that might be
ship as necessary. Similarly, if the Imperial base on targeted. Subtly pointing out the Empire's
the surface requests reinforcements. the cruiser's TIE dependence upon a particular item or men-
fighters are the most significant military asset readily tioning the heroes' limited supply of it in prior
available to provide additional support. adventures can build to this type of mission.
After a successful acquisition. the change in
availability can also have repercussions for
the campaign.

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CONSEQUENCES potentially useful items. they immediately seize them
and carry them off to their own bases of operation.
After securing the medical supplies. survivability These bases are secured and hidden far from the fac-
for injured troopers substantially increases. The med- tories. Otherwise, the factory's droids routinely gather
center is a top-flight facility, and the Rebellion does the materials to smelt them down. feeding the fac-
not typically have access to resources of this caliber. tory's hunger for raw materials.
When those supplies begin to run low. the doctors
immediately note the drop off in treatment efficacy. Constant manufacturing has badly contaminated
The team may plan a similar strike. but Imperial the moon's atmosphere. Smokestacks constantly
medcenters in the sector are certain to improve their stream black smog into the atmosphere. leaving the
security plans. A similar attack encounters more resis- air with a strong. acrid smell. The combination of
tance. If the team's scouting is inadequate. or if the industrial waste and endless scrapyards define the
heroes rely on a similar approach repeatedly, such a moon's appearance. When viewed from space. the
mission could easily lead the attackers into a trap. atmosphere has a brown shadow tinting everything
below from the smog. From the surface. the thick
If the rebels were particularly disruptive of the clouds of pollution prevent surface dwellers from ever
medcenter, then the sector's Imperial leaders could viewing the stars. Where the surface is visible from
become even more aggressive in their attempts to find space through the atmosphere, it is an endless visage
and punish the transgressors. If the medcenter was of brown and black scrapyards.
destroyed. particularly if the wounded were not evacu-
ated, then that reaction could be quite extreme. In fact. THE FACTORY
most members of the Rebellion would not condone an
attack against the injured and wounded recovering The weapons factory is a vast and sprawling affair.
within the hospital. Causing excess collateral damage It includes refineries capable of converting ores and
during the raid could have repercussions for their Duty. even recycled goods into the materials required for
manufacturing. In addition to the manufacturing facili-
If the attack were particularly high profile, then
local authorities and Imperial propaganda could not ties. the moon has substantial warehousing capacity
for storing newly constructed weapons until they are
conceal its effects. A public embarrassment inevita-
bly draws greater attention from the Empire to the needed. Numerous landing platforms dot the periph-
region. The base's commander might be demoted ery of the factory. accommodating the range of incom-
ing vessels delivering supplies or retrieving weapons
and actively seek revenge against the rebels who
embarrassed him. New officers. likely with greater to aid in the war effort. Finally, the facility has multiple
resources, might be sent to the region with the spe- barracks. necessary for the stormtroopers and offi-
cific task of finding and publicly eliminating the scum cers assigned to protect it from any threats-as well
as the slaves who work within the factories.
who caused the issue. This can be a particular prob-
lem for the heroes if their images were recorded by In addition to Imperial military personnel kept on
any of the base's automated systems. site for security and training, the factory keeps a large
supply of slave laborers. Primarily non-humans, these
ASSET DENIAL workers perform tasks not easily accomplished by
droids. This includes some of the more dangerous
Cymoon 1 is located within the Corellian Industrial procedures at the factory, where working conditions
Cluster and fell under the rule of the Galactic Empire could trigger corrosion or an unreasonable-and
early. This heavily polluted world houses the galaxy's expensive-amount of damage to droid workers.
largest weapons manufacturing facility. Almost entirely Slaves are also kept available to continue labor in the
automated. the factory operates endlessly, supposedly event of a power outage or other scheduled system
using an exclusively droid workforce. It produces huge downtime. Many of the facility's droids are highly spe-
numbers of Imperial war machines, including TIE vari- cialized. while slave laborers adapt more easily to a
ants, AT-ATs. speeder bikes. and even tanks-among range of different tasks.
other weapons to feed the Empire's need for materiel. The presence of slave laborers could add a significant
Much of the moon's surface is littered with waste complication to a denial mission in progress. or they
from the factory and raw materials waiting to be could be the motivation for the mission. Undoubtedly,
converted into new armaments. Those include badly at least some of these prisoners were taken for politi-
damaged weapons. vehicles. and even starships that cal reasons. One or more of the PCs could be seeking
are slated to be recycled into new weapons for the out the facility to rescue a friend or ally. Alternatively, a
Empire. An entire civilization dwells within these vast person with information vital to a hero's personal quest
scrapyards. Hooded and cloaked aliens sift through might be among the prisoners. Stopping to rescue
the ruined equipment in search of anything that the prisoners before destroying the base substantially
they can salvage and repurpose. Whenever they find increases the complexity of an assault. If the heroes

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only discover the prisoners after committing to destroy- craft are subjected to extensive scans and clearance
ing the factories. they could have very little time to checks. All visiting craft are scheduled well in advance
adapt their plans to this new information. of their arrival, though there is some degree of flexibility
The Imperial weapons factory simultaneously oper- in arrival time. due to the complexities of hyperspace
travel. Orbiting vessels summarily fire upon any craft
ates numerous assembly lines. Each assembly line is
devoted to the production of a single type of weapon. that fail to pass through clearance checks. The com-
bined firepower of multiple Star Destroyers. accom-
Each line can be adapted to produce different prod-
panied by wings of starfighters. is more than enough
ucts. including variants. as necessary. However. the
to dissuade the casual insurgent. Reaching the system
scale of the lines has to be kept in mind with such
adaptations. Adjusting a TIE fighter line to the produc- either requires a tremendous level of subtlety or an
impressive act of forgery and schedule manipulation.
tion of a TIE interceptor is a minor change. and could
be accomplished in only a few days with some refitting. Most visiting craft are Imperial Navy transport
Shifting production from E- 11 blaster rifles to AT-ATs vessels. prepared to move weapons and gear from
would require quite a bit more time. as the assembly Cymoon I to Imperial soldiers awaiting new equip-
line's basic architecture would need to be reworked. ment across the galaxy. However. the Empire depends
upon working agreements with planetary systems as
Most of the factory's equipment is prepared for use
well as criminal organizations. At times. vessels that
immediately upon completion. Weapons and vehicles
do not have a direct allegiance to the Empire must
in the final phases of warehousing prior to delivery
visit the planet to deliver and obtain cargo, or even to
are fully fueled and charged. This is done so that the
complete negotiations for working agreements. Secu-
equipment can be deployed as soon as possible after
rity is intensified during such visits. but the meetings
it arrives at its final destination. However. this is also a
do take place. One of the biggest challenges with an
major weakness of the factory; those weapons could
insertion of this type is making certain that the meet-
be used to inflict further damage upon the facility dur-
ing is already on the facility's schedule. so that the
ing an attack. Similarly, transports carrying the fac-
visitors can safely bypass the Imperial Fleet.
tory's creations offworld need to take extra care that
the charged weapons and fueled vehicles are properly The planet's ground-based defenses include a full
stowed and shielded in the event of inadvertent dis- regiment of Imperial stormtroopers. While this does
charges or activations. mean a massive Imperial presence. the group is an
ad hoc assembly. Units regularly rotate through the
CYMOON 1 DEFENSES weapons factory in order to conduct training with spe-
cialized equipment as it comes off the manufacturing
The largest weapons factory in the galaxy is an abso- line. Consequently, several of the battalions within
lutely vital asset. The Galactic Empire recognizes its that regiment likely have not worked together previ-
value and takes measures to defend it. That begins ously. or even during their stay on the world. In the
with protecting the system with a strong fleet pres- event of an attack. defending stormtroopers would
ence. A battle group of Imperial-class Star Destroyers have diminished efficacy due to communications
remains in the Cymoon system at all times. All landing breakdowns between the different battle groups.

ALTERNATIVE DENIALS

ny mission to destroy enemy assets falls into defenses against space-based attack. Imperial
A the denial category. An important consider-
ation when designing adventures in this theme
outposts that serve t hese purposes require
munitions and fuels of an explosive nature.
is how they are defended. If the target is vulner- making them easy to detonate. A concerted
able to strafing or bombing runs. then the mis- infantry attack can focus on overcoming the
sion might be a better fit for a starfighter attack defenders and then using the tools at hand to
or even orbital strikes-putting it in the Ace or destroy the base.
Commander's area of expertise. Alternatively. if It is worth tailoring the nature of the base to
the base lacks munitions or fuel. then it might the type of world where it is located. A supply
require the specialties of the Saboteur special- depot is likely to be in a convenient location.
ization from the Engineer career. The GM must probably near a major trade route so that it can
consider these concerns when designing an be quickly resupplied. A manufacturing facility
adventure focused upon the Soldier. must have ready access to raw materials-
Supply depots. manufacturing facilities. or even possibly including rare ones. A training center
training centers are all great targets for the Sol- is typically on a populated world. for ease of
dier to assault. Each of these must have ample recruiting.
The trash fields that surround the factory are only Transporting any assets from the Core Worlds to
lightly defended. Imperial forces do use these areas the Outer Rim is an expensive. time-consuming, and
as part of their training and testing procedures with recurring cost. Vessels used to ferry supplies from the
the newly manufactured arms. This includes target· Core could often be better used for other purposes.
ing the scavengers that dwell in the wastelands. Impe- Consequently, Imperial forces prefer locally obtained
rial stormtroopers. therefore. have some familiarity supplies whenever possible. Rhydonium from Abafar.
with these fields. but due to manufacturing needs. while not quite identical to other fuel sources. pro-
the organization and geography of the scrap and raw vides a functional alternative that is more readily
materials change often. available in the region.
Abafar's vast and arid deserts had few inhabitants
CONSEQUENCES besides the local flightless. bird-like species prior
Hampering or destroying Cymoon 1's facilities would to colonization. Most of the world's population now
have an immediate effect upon Imperial forces that dwells in cities built around its rhydonium mines and
depend upon them. Replacing damaged or destroyed refineries. since rhydonium comprises the desert
vehicles would take substantially longer, likely months, planet's only notable asset.
as assets would need to be appropriated from other Pons Ora is home to Abafar's largest refinery and
sectors. Alliance victories that followed would be longer- serves as the de facto planetary seat of government.
lasting and more meaningful. as the Empire would have The governor-installed in his position by the Empire.
to wait longer to consolidate its assets before retaliating. to safeguard its interests-coordinates rhydonium
One critical concern for the Alliance is that a victory deliveries to the city's small spaceport from the other
here could have major repercussions. If the Empire mining communities. He also manages security for
lost this facility, the military and government officers the warehoused rhydonium. His authority and Impe-
responsible for its security are certain to be replaced. rial support is entirely dependent upon his ability to
The new arrivals are likely to be far more aggressive keep those supplies safe and ready for delivery to any
in their dealings with the Alliance. As a consequence. Imperial vessels that enter the system.
organizations known to be sympathetic to the Rebel-
lion would certainly face more severe pressure. Previ- THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
ous allies might be limited in their abilities to aid the Mun Liiv is the Sullustan governor of Abafar. He
heroes. Similarly, other assets near Cymoon 1 become leads a confederation of the planet's largest rhydo-
even more critical for the Empire. Places that the Alli- nium mines, largely through his control of the refin-
ance may have been able to contest previously could ery located at Pons Ora. Other mines transport their
become new focal points for the Imperial military. raw rhydonium to the facility, where it is processed
into fuel-grade material. The unrefined materials are
COUP D'ETAT volatile, making them a powerful explosive. and con-
taminants can damage systems that use the fuel in its
Rhydonium is a liquid fuel. primarily mined on the raw state. Consequently. any rhydonium intended for
Outer Rim planet Abafar. and compatible with broad use must first be refined for that purpose.
engines used across the galaxy. Spacecraft. speed-
ers. and even colonial power plants can all exploit Liiv's refinery represents a critical asset for the
its combustible nature and its high energy density. planet's economy and way of life. It is the only one on
However. rhydonium is particularly volatile. Because the world with the capacity to process a large quan-
of this. in addition to serving as a fuel, it also makes tity of extracted fuel in a reasonable amount of time.
a potent explosive. That is a secondary purpose. but If it were lost or even badly damaged. rhydonium
rhydonium has been exploited to tremendous effect exports would suffer a major blow, nearly grinding to
in battles on Abafar and in the surrounding sectors. a halt until repairs could be completed. Because of
their dependence upon the facility. even sympathetic
locals are unlikely to take direct action against it.
ALTERNATIVE COUPS

ny mission to strike at enemy leadership cou_ld or has a broad leadership structure. it could be
A be classified as a coup. These types of mis·
sions are particularly well-suited for the Outer
a poor choice for this type of mission.
Note that a key strike could be made against
Rim. In this environment. the Galactic Empire's corporations or other groups instead of strikes
control over local affairs is often tenuous. With against planetary governments. Criminal orga-
that in mind. a change in local leadership can nizations. such as Black Sun. have demon-
be enough to transfer loyalty from the Empire to strated support for the Empire. Replacing key
the Alliance. Further. the Empire's military assets individuals within such a group could grant the
in the region are more limited than elsewhere. If Alliance access to a wide range of supplies that
the Imperial Navy chooses to make an example are not otherwise readily available.
of the Alliance's newest member. the rebels may
have time to implement defenses or evacuate Alternatively. a world where the Empire's tyr-
critical assets before the Empire can act. anny is brutally exposed can also make an
ideal target. Worlds with large slave popula-
Any world with valuable military assets could tions are typically ripe for an uprising. In many
make a great target for a coup d'etat mission. of these cases. a success could require a more
The central requirement is that the planetary significant reworki ng of the world's govern ment
authority is tightly clustered. These missions than would normally qualify for a coup d'etat.
are intended to replace the people in power Rebuilding the government while trying to iden-
without completely destabilizing the planet's tify and eliminate traitors could require quite a
government. If an organization is decent ralized few game sessions.

Liiv spent years negotiating deals with the leaders Alliance could convincingly promise some degree of pro-
of Abafar's other mines. He has granted a number of tection from Imperial consequences. then these other
economic concessions in exchange for ensuring that factions would be willing to work with a replacement.
he controls the only refinery. To date. these agree- However. they would not take action until those assur-
ments have been largely stable and at least somewhat ances were in place. Most would also like to know that
profitable for all concerned. other refineries could be quickly brought into service or
that the Alliance would be willing and able to purchase
Liiv has been able to force the planet's other min·
unrefined rhydonium directly from their mines.
ing interests to stay out of refining their own produ_ct
because he receives indirect support from the Imperial
LOCAL SECURITY
Navy. In exchange for a steady supply of rhydonium.
the Imperial Navy has made certain that he has the Mun Liiv and his supporters are particularly vulner-
resources and reputation necessary to retain control able to a well-executed attack. There is no standing
of the refinery and the planet. After an "accidental" Imperial force upon Abafar. In fact. Imperial vessels
orbital bombardment eliminated one of the planet's only visit the world on an irregular schedule. If the
mines. inflicting massive casualties upon the facility's heroes strike shortly after one ship departs. they
workers. none of the other mines' leaders have been likely have at least a few weeks before the next Impe-
willing to work against Liiv and his refinery at Pons Ora. rial craft arrives. That could provide ample time to
The governor's hold upon Abafar is. however. tenu- consolidate their hold on the world and bring in any
ous. The Imperial Navy does not maintain a presence available Alliance fleet elements to secure the system.
in the system at all times. Vessels typically remain in None of the mining towns have shields to defend
the system only long enough to retrieve a fresh sup- against planetary bombardment. This is partly due
ply of rhydonium. Liiv does have the ability to make to expense and partly due to volatility. Constructing
requests for Imperial assistance through administra- a shield requires many resources that the miners do
tive channels. but his requests do not always receive not have. A successful planetary strike would also
an immediate response. This is particularly true at likely detonate any already mined rhydonium. likely
times when there is significant Alliance activity within destroying an entire mine complex.
the same region of space.
Abafar does not have any significant planetary
Leaders of the planet's other mines would be very defense forces. Most of the world's citizens are min-
open to a replacement in planetary leadership. They ers. Law enforcement officers are prepared to deal
recognize that Governor Liiv has forced them to make with drunken miners and those who strike in response
unreasonable concessions in order to secure their own to dreadful labor conditions. They are not. however.
mines and protect their people. If representatives of the equipped to deal with a concerted military attack.

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FORc:ED IN BATT\.E
If the Alliance's troops are able to capture or elimi- those vessels for another purpose. Initially, Imperial
nate Abafar's facilities, the bigger challenge could be Army units in Outer Rim Territories near Abafar are
to ensure a relatively peaceful transition of power. likely to suffer a minor fuel shortage. That would likely
The governor's toadies and followers are accustomed be resolved within a span of a few weeks. as alterna-
to receiving his support and the recognition that went tive supply lines are brought up to speed.
with it. If Liiv survives the coup, some are likely to try
An Imperial attack upon Abafar is predicated upon
to restore him to power; if he dies. some might seek to
the defenses that the Alliance commits to holding
position themselves as ideal replacements in the eyes
the site. If the rebels can only secure minor fleet ele-
of the victors. The leaders of other mines could also be
ments. then an Imperial Navy battle group arrives in
hesitant to agree with one another about basic priori- the system within a few weeks to eliminate the threat
ties. Rather than quickly selecting a leader and joining
and retake the system. However. if the Alliance can
the Alliance. they could easily begin a period of infight- be persuaded to commit a significant presence to the
ing for control of Abafar's future. The heroes might
Abafar system. then the Galactic Empire does not
even have to turn against some of their former allies in contest it. choosing to commit its forces elsewhere.
order to implement a new planetary order. The threat
of fleet action might cow miners into working together, If the Alliance can hold Abafar. it represents a sig-
but this is no less tyrannical than Liiv's rule-and goes nificant gain and asset. The rhydonium mines are
against many of the principles of the Alliance. vast. They can be leveraged into a significant source
of fuel that can keep starfighters and vehicles operat-
CONSEQUENCES ing with little concern about fuel supplies. Further, the
fuel can functionally double as an explosive. Both of
)mper'1a) torces pr'1mar'1)y v·1ew rhydon·1um as an a)ter- these uses provide the Amance with a broader range
native. local fuel source. Losing access to it is incon- of strategic options throughout the region. The heroes
venient. but not catastrophic. Alternative fuels can be may have an opportunity to exploit both of these new
brought to the Rim using Imperial transport vessels. advantages in future missions.
though this does mean that the Empire cannot use

SOLDIER CAMPAIGNS
n game groups where most, or even many, of the tinue the campaign, the GM could develop a series of
Ireasonable
players have chosen the Soldier career. it is very
to construct the entire campaign around
adventures that spin off from this. perhaps consoli-
dating the planet's new government or trying to track
those characters. The most intuitive structure for such down isolated pockets of resistance on the world.
a campaign is to mimic a traditional military campaign. Alternatively, the units that succeeded in defending
The series of linked adventures begin with a planetary or conquering the system might then be transferred
invasion; the heroes could be either the aggressors or to another system that now has a greater need.
the defenders. depending upon the planet's initial alle-
giance. As the campaign continues. adventures could
be interspersed between fieldwork and major battles.
where both sides commit significant resources.
The planet's environment and location plays a
major role in this style of campaign. Basic necessary
provisions differ depending upon the environment.
from water on a desert world. to air on a water world.
to heating fuel on an ice planet. Similarly, the Galactic
Empire may expend greater resources to take or hold
a system closer to the Core Worlds. Enemy resources
affect the scope and duration or every battle in the
war for control of a system.
The campaign , or at least this story arc. would
most likely end with a final decisive battle. Depend-
ing upon the heroes· choices and actions. the Alliance
might secure the world or the Empire might emerge
victorious. In either case. if the group wishes to con-
and dangerous. Nonetheless. leaders on both sides
TRENCH WARFARE remain committed to victory, if only because they
Saleucami is a temperate world in the Outer Rim Ter- have become so heavily invested in the war. Mundane
ritories. While it does show some variation in terrain. things that are normally plentiful on both sides have
much of the surface is covered by desolate plains with become precious. Fuel for vehicles. and even energy
spotty vegetation. Dotting the surface. though, are to recharge blasters. is carefully rationed. Increas-
large craters that teem with plant. animal. and often ingly, troops have had to scavenge the countryside in
sentient life. The planet has a high level of humidity. order to find ample food.
and has particularly dense cloud cover. Those clouds. The Imperial strongholds are well-shielded and well-
which also contain heavy particulate matter. conceal defended. Victory depends upon fighting past those
the surface from orbital observation as well as bom- defenses and actually infiltrating the facilities. The
bardment. while the equally dense forest canopies of trench network around each stronghold makes this
less urban craters and calderas obscure the surface particularly difficult. In order for the rebels to emerge
from even low-flying airspeeders. These conditions victorious. they must make a concerted push against
make it very difficult for air and spacecraft of any each trench. However. the infantry within those
faction to bomb opponents without risking massive trenches have fortified emplacements and enough
losses from friendly fire. troopers to keep them constantly crewed.
Alliance High Command has prioritized securing After continued failed advances. Alliance forces con-
Saleucami. In spite of its isolated location. the world structed their own trenches surrounding the Imperial
features a substantial immigrant population and a facilities. Now. they exchange opportunistic volleys of
broad range of resources that could be valuable to the fire between the trenches. Both sides charge across a
Alliance. Imperial forces had a strong foothold on the scarred swath of giant. blackened trees and the splin-
world to the Alliance's assault. Since the initial inva- tered remains of smaller ones between the trenches.
sion. the Imperial Army and stormtroopers continue to Soldiers on both sides continue to give their lives, but
hold the world. since they had the time and foresight the battle is largely at an impasse. A successful conflict
to effectively fortify their facilities against attack. might result in one side gaining only a few meters of
Imperial fortifications include an expansive trench ground. though at the cost of dozens of lives.
network around their bases. These trench networks
are accompanied with fixed weapons as well as small ADVENTURE PROGRESSION
shield generators. The surrounding terrain is also
Initial adventures within this campaign focus upon
heavily mined. Rebel forces have had limited suc-
the trench warfare aspects. Initially, the heroes might
cess in assaulting the trenches (see Fortifications on
try to defend a trench against an Imperial counterat-
page 83). Initial sorties using landspeeders with
tack. If the rebels succeed. they could attempt their
mounted cannons to spearhead the assault have met
own assault back. The brutality of the conflict plays a
with limited success. The forest undergrowth around
central part in these adventures. There is little cover
the trees is simply too dense-a high-speed vehicle
in no man's land. save for the craters left from artil-
crash is as deadly as Imperial blaster fire in this envi-
lery strikes, a few smoldering tree trunks. and the
ronment. The Imperial Army on Saleucami has only
rare giant tree still providing cover against aerial
a limited supply of walkers and other heavy vehicles.
bombardment. Fire from dozens of enemy weapons.
Instead, its actions have been largely defensive. as
including heavy emplacements. can sweep across the
Imperial forces try to hold out for reinforcements.
field. Wounded soldiers must drag themselves back
to a trench. potentially while under heavy fire. Smoke
BATTLE CONDITIONS
from grenades or after an artillery strike obscures vis-
Saleucami has a range of native plants and animals ibility, leaving the field illuminated only by blaster fire.
that are well suited to agricultural purposes. but most Progress through these battles comes at tremen-
of these are concentrated in the planet's oases. Prior dous expense. or requires the introduction of new
to the war, the supplies required to maintain a mili- technologies. If the characters can secure a heavily
tary presence were readily available. However. now armored and functional vehicle. they may be able to
that Saleucami is once again scarred by battle. those advance under cover-mitigating the effectiveness
have quickly become limited. As the engagement has of enemy fire. However. even with this gear. they still
continued over months. supplies have begun to run need to penetrate the enemy's shields. Doing so is
short both for the Imperial defenders and for the Alli- certain to require stealth or attempting a mission with
ance soldiers attacking. The system is simply too iso- an extraordinary level of risk.
lated for either faction to readily commit significant
Imperial morale can be as critical a factor in these
resources to its capture. and the craters far enough
battles as any wounds that the heroes inflict. If the
apart that mutual resupply by convoy is challenging
Alliance can convince the enemy that defensive

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efforts are ultimately futile, the battles could end lives of the very people whom the Alliance hopes to
quickly. This would require a combination of effec- free from the Empire's tyranny. Imperial defenders are
tive tactics as well as some trickery. Planetary com- perfectly willing to exploit this. and so they have pre-
mand might send the heroes to spearhead an attack vented inhabitants from fleeing the buildings and cities
while at the same time other units worked to give nearest their fortifications. Instead. troopers on foot
the impression that the Alliance had a much larger and in vehicles must enter each structure. eliminating
group to attack than was actually available. Even if enemies without harming Christophsis's citizens.
this failed to trigger a surrender. it might disrupt the
enemy defenses enough that the heroes could enter BATTLE CONDITIONS
the Imperial trench network.
Christophsis has a largely temperate environment.
Ultimate success could be resolved quickly, but only When exposed to the elements outside of the cities.
after the heroes manage to disable the enemy's genera- the heroes have little to fear from the world's condi-
tors. Without them. the shielding systems can no longer
tions. Within the cities. the heroes are even better
be sustained. leaving the bases vulnerable to artillery off in this regard. Even as the battles continue. city
fire. Of course. that would only secure one of the Impe-
services have generally remained operational. Water
rial facilities. Conquering the planet requires repeated is readily available and climate controls function for
success. All of this takes place under the time constraint
most buildings. In this regard. the battle conditions
of the next Imperial resupply mission as well. If the are almost ideal. Neither side faces shortages of the
heroes decide that a siege could be the most effective basic supplies necessary to continue the war.
mentality. the arrival of an Imperial Navy battle group
in the system could completely transform the conflict. The biggest complication. however. is the presence
of millions of citizens. There are some Imperial loyal-
ists as well as some supporters of the Rebellion among
CITY FIGHT their number. However. the overwhelming majority of
Christophsis is a densely populated world in the the population is far more concerned about its imme-
Outer Rim Territories. Its native surface is largely crys- diate well-being than the longer-term political impli-
talline. though little of that surface remains accessible cations. They simply want safety for their families
now. Instead. sprawling cities cover the world, featur- and themselves. As their homes and workplaces are
ing tall buildings whose architecture mimicked those shattered and destroyed, these refugees merely seek
natural crystal formations on an even grander scale. somewhere that they can dwell away from the fighting.
The extensive mineral wealth of both the planet and Hungry and desperate people abound. The experi-
its surrounding asteroid belts made it a battleground ence of war has beaten most of them down. Many
during the Clone Wars, and Christophsis has already have seen tragedy and are unwilling to take further
featured extended battles during the Galactic Civil risks-they simply want to escape the constant dan-
War as well. Extensive Imperial forces remain sta- gers. However, a few have become so desperate that
tioned on the planet. When the Alliance assaults the they are willing to do anything to obtain food and
world. rebel troops need to engage in a protracted shelter for themselves and their families. These indi-
series of battles. fighting from building to building- viduals might resort to begging or even attempt theft
and sometimes even room to room. from the unit's supplies. In the event that the heroes
The war to seize control of Christophsis represents need to scavenge supplies in a more battle-scarred
a prototypical city fight. These are urban battles, area, then these supplies are likely to come at the
through terrain that was designed to be livable rather expense of any refugees still in the area. Battles in
than defensible. Buildings always disrupt lines of sight. this environment make the war's cost in sentient lives
but the statuary, landscaping, and mass transit infra- abundantly manifest.
structure of civilian habitation multiply the difficulties.
Structures and walkways designed for commerce and ADVENTURE PROGRESSION
foot traffic are not necessarily capable of supporting
The campaign opens when the heroes are among
military vehicles or even large numbers of troops. The
the first wave of troops sent to the planet after its
devastation inflicted upon the citizens· homes and cit-
defensive shields fall. Opening battles are brutal. with
ies serve as a sharp reminder of the brutality of the war.
extremely high body counts across the board. Many
Refer to Urban Combat on page 88 for specific tips
landing craft are shot out of the sky by defensive fire.
on running battles within this environment.
As units disembark from their landing craft. they face
There was no opportunity to evacuate the cities prior incoming fire from huge surges of stormtroopers. The
to this invasion of Christophsis. Invaders need to take highest initial priority is clearing a landing zone. so
care to avoid hitting innocent victims in every battle. that units in the latter waves can land without facing
Artillery and even heavier weapons must be used with these same conditions. Once the heroes have landed.
extraordinary care. Any missed shot endangers the they need to travel within the skyscrapers to clear out

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FORCED .. BATT1.£
heavy weapon emplacements and sniper nests. Only pie Imperial facilities and sometimes even secure addi-
after the area has been secured can reinforcements tional assets for the Alliance. At times. these strikes
be brought in to aid the many wounded. cause enough damage that the Galactic Empire might
choose to abandon a damaged facility or system rather
With additional units on the ground. the next prior-
than invest the resources in rebuilding.
ity is securing a larger perimeter. As the perimeter
expands. some units can also be sent on missions to Some rebel units specialize in undertaking covert
scout and then secure higher-value targets-facto- operations such as these. Rather than engaging the
ries. armories. barracks. and even penitentiaries. The enemy in sustained battles with large-scale firefights.
tunnels and interconnected bridges that make a city they often operate deep behind enemy lines. Some-
convenient to civilians turn the endless buildings into times they need to sabotage an Imperial facility. other
a deadly maze for the liberators. The heroes must times they need to steal supplies for the Alliance with
be on their guard constantly, as an enemy ambush the facility intact. In a few cases. rebel soldiers have
is the central threat in urban combat. Stormtroop- worked closely with espionage agents. providing
ers frequently break through the established perim- them support as needed by different groups. Raid-
eter-often via unmapped tunnels-to assault from ing groups have even freed slaves or prisoners from
unexpected directions. including from the supposedly Imperial camps. as well as scientists forced to work in
secure areas behind the rebels. Imperial design facilities.
Victory is only possible when the planetary Members of these raiding teams are among
governor is defeated, whether by surrender some of the best known heroes of the Alliance.
or otherwise. At that time. the vast major- including Cracken's Crew led by General Airen
ity of stormtroopers and Imperial Army sol- Cracken. While such renown is quite an accom-
diers stop fighting as ordered. However. plishment. it risks making their job substantially
the governor enjoys a great deal of more challenging. Once the Galactic Empire begins
security up to that point, and he broadcasting a rebel operative's face. it becomes
is more than willing to sacri- far more difficult for that agent to continue to
fice the native population to operate behind the scenes. Veteran mem-
save himself. If he is able bers of these teams may undergo cosmetic
to flee when his govern- surgery or even don elaborate disguises.
ment offices fall. the gov- often making them appear as members
ernor could even continue of other species.
to lead an Imperial resistance
movement from hiding. In that
case. battles would become
even more protracted. as the
Imperial forces dig in. using the
native population as a key
part of their defenses.
BATTLE
RAIDING CONDITIONS
OPERATIONS The most valuable targets
are often in highly stable environ-
Alliance success is predicated ments. Particularly during the early
upon exploiting every resource to stages of the Galactic Civil War. the Core
the greatest effect possible. The Worlds enjoyed elevated prosperity. Dur-
Imperial Army and Navy are much ing this time, few goods were restricted.
larger than those of the Alliance. and governments. economies. and infra-
especially at the time of the structures were generally in good working
Battle of Yavin. To offset the order. However. as the war has dragged
numerical disadvantage, on. its effects have been felt even in the
Rebel Alliance forces Core Worlds. Still, the biggest issue in raid-
strike at places where the ing such locations is often blending in with
Empire is weakest or the the population. Imperial sympathizers make
most unprepared. Suc- up the vast majority in many of the regions
cessful surgical strikes. with valuable targets. Populations are largely
especially those con- human. and most alien species are treated
ducted by small groups as second class citizens at best. Any non-
of operatives. can crip-
human Player Characters stand out here. particularly needs a particular type of supply. The heroes could
in more affluent locales and certainly in any Imperial then choose from several different targets to obtain it.
military facility.
If the team's assignment varies. constantly forcing
Every covert mission puts the heroes at an extreme the heroes to travel between systems. then the cam-
numerical disadvantage. The facilities that they target paign's overall arc does not need to be tightly linked.
are certain to have more troopers in place-typically Every mission might involve a different environment,
by a fac tor of ten or more-than the Alliance unit. A a different target. and different opposition. In this
core element of every mission design is leveraging case. the only strong link between the adventures is
the situation so that the Imperial units cannot bring the heroes. Game Masters using this approach need
this advantage to bear. The heroes might strike at to make every adventure distinctive. Too many mis-
inopportune times. target less secure portions of the sions robbing similar supply depots of similar prod-
facility. or blend in perfectly with the masses of Impe- ucts could quickly become tedious. A good approach
rial soldiers. In any case. if the Player Characters are to avoid this issue is to mix up the planets and the
identified or an alarm is sounded. the heroes need targets. A mission to free slaves from a forest planet
to abort the mission and try to escape rather than would feel quite different from one to sabotage a
attempt to directly engage their opponents. space-based repair facility. The next adventure arc
might require the heroes to visit Coruscant. where
ADVENTURE PROGRESSION they could free a skilled slicer with critical informa-
tion. followed by a visit to Nal Hutta to commandeer
Alliance raiding groups can develop their own missions a stolen shipment of weapons. Just changing the envi-
or receive assignments from High Command. Either ronment is not enough; the enemy forces and disposi-
model works well. The best option is based upon the tion need to vary as well.
preferences of the game group. If the players prefer to
design their own missions. then the Game Master can The biggest change in this style of campaign comes
simply present options based upon these desires. Alter- when Empire forces recognize the heroes by name or
natively, if the group prefers to choose from and react face. After that point. an Imperial unit could be dedi-
to provided situations. then the GM can present spe- cated to tracking and eliminating them. Some units
might try to go deeper undercover. travel to a dis-
cific assignments that High Command delivers. Another
approach can be to blend the two options-command- tant system to resume their mission. or even move
ing officers might notify the team that the Alliance to directly confront the Imperial forces tracking them.

FORTIFICATIONS
ortifications are military constructions built for defen- When battle does begin, even a simple fortifica-
F sive purposes. A variety of fortifications have been
built across the galaxy over millennia of war. Some for-
tion. in the right place. can provide a great advantage.
PCs in a trench or behind the walls of a bunker can
tresses have been in use by one group or another For perform much more effectively in combat than they
thousands of years. In current times. the Empire makes would fighting in open terrain. The right fortification
use of many fortifications built by the Republic, while can allow the PCs to hold out against overwhelming
also constructing new ones. often built to instill fear in odds or otherwise overpowering weapons.
a populace as much as to provide a military defense. To
A fortification can have a large impact on the game
make the most efficient use of resources, the Rebellion
outside of combat. too. PCs might race against time
occupies preexisting fortifications whenever possible. to construct a fortification before coming under Impe-
making modifications as needed.
rial attack. or need to decide on the most effective
Such preexisting fortifica tions are not always fortifications to hold a strategically valuable position.
available, however, and cannot always benefit from Of course. the PCs might find themselves on the other
additional construction. On a smaller scale. squads side of the bunker when going on the offensive. A for-
of infantry often prepare their own fortifications in tified Imperial position might require the PCs to adjust
advance of battle. A defensive position is invaluable their tactics or to outwit the enemy where a direct
when outnumbered or outgunned by Imperial forces. assault is potentially lethal.
as rebels so often are. Enterprising PCs might them-
selves construct fortifications in preparation for bat-
tle, or benefit from the work of allies.

INDOMITABLE COU RAGE


FORCED .. BATTLE
STEP 2: ACQUIRE TOOLS AND MATERIALS
BUILDING
FORTIFICATIONS Before the PCs can begin preparing a fortification.
they need the right tools and construction materials.
Field fortifications are built when more advanced or The necessary supplies are included in the fortifica-
extensive defenses are unavailable or impractical. tion's description. although the GM can allow PCs to
The PCs may need to prepare their own fortifications. make do with alternative materials if appropriate. The
either under direct orders or just because it seems simplest fortifications can be built with nothing more
prudent. Preparing a fortification requires a consider- than an entrenching tool and the very ground needed
able amount of labor. so while one PC might take the for a trench, while bunkers might call for prefabricated
lead on such a project. it is likely that all of the char- walls and fusion cutters.
acters need to contribute in order to complete it in a
Often. the Rebellion provides its troops with the
reasonable time frame. possibly with additional help
tools and materials needed for a mission. while in
from NPC troops.
extreme cases the PCs might need to scavenge and
Each fortification has several distinguishing traits: improvise. If planning in advance. the PCs might need
Tools Needed (the tools required to attempt to build to convince officers and quartermasters of the need
it). Occupancy (the number of people it can accom- for the supplies. Consequently. this step might take
modate). and Benefits (the protective qualities of the from no time at all to many hours. depending on the
fortification for those inside). Unless the GM specifies particulars of the mission.
otherwise. a character cannot occupy more than one
fortification at a time. STEP 3: CONSTRUCT FORTIFICATION
Building fortifications follows three simple steps:
After acquiring the materials to make the fortifica-
Step 1: Select Template. in which the PCs decide
tion. the character must make the associated check.
on the nature and scale of the fortification, Step 2:
listed under "Check" on Table 3-1 : Fortification
Acquire Tools and Materials, in which the PCs col-
Templates. If the character succeeds, the fortification
lect the tools and supplies they need. and Step 3:
is fully functional and provides the benefits listed on
Construct Fortification. in which the PCs actually
pages 84-86. If the character fails on the check,
build the fortification.
the group either does not complete the construction.
or the fortification is so shoddily made that it provides
STEP 1: SELECT TEMPLATE
negligible protection. Table 3-2: Spending t)., @,
Before the PCs can construct a fortification. they must @, and @ on Fortifications on page 85 provides
decide on its form. Several types of fortifications are suggestions for ways the GM and players can spend
described on the following pages. and while most that dice symbols from the skill check. First, the crafter
the PCs might construct fit under one of these cat- spends t> and@, then the GM spends @ and@.
egories. GMs can also use the rules here as a starting The amount of time Step 3: Construction takes is
point for unique structures. determined by the estimate of working hours listed
In addition to selecting the type of fortification. dur- in the template under "Time.· Every '# the character
ing this step the PCs should make the necessary deci- scores on the check beyond the first reduces this time
sions on the construction. including placement. size. by 2 hours (to a minimum of I hour). At the GM's
shape. and any other considerations the GM feels discretion. other factors. such as assistance. can also
relevant. At the GM's discretion. these decisions can affect the time required.
impact the materials and quantities needed in Step
2: Acquire Tools and Materials.

TABLE 3-1: FORTIFICATION TEMPLATES


Fortification Check Time
Trench Average c++>Athletics check 6 hours
r---
Bunker +. +JM echanics check
Hard c 36 hours

l Blind Average c++lSurvival check 4 hours

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
FOR.CED .. BATTU:
TABLE 3- 2: SPENDING t), ~§~.@,AND @ ON FORTIFICATIONS
Dice Symbols I Effect
t) or@ Expanded Capacity: Increase the fortification's occupancy by I
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~----j

Additional Cover: Increase the ranged defense that the fortification provides to occupants by I (this can only
t>t> or@ be selected once).

t> t> t> or@ Additional Feature: Add a useful feature to the fortification. such as a weapon turret or camouflage.

Reinforced Armor: Increase the fortification's armor by I. if applicable (this can only be selected once).

Exhausting Effort: Each character participating in the construction surfers 3 strain.

Inferior Protection: Reduce the ranged defense that the fort1ficat1on provides to occupants by I (this can
only be selected once).

Vulnerability: The fortification includes a critical flaw that a cunning enemy could use to easily neutralize it.

Limited Lifespan: The fortification can protect against only a limited number of attacks before it 1s rendered
useless. as determined by the CM.

TRENCHES A trench can vary in length, but is designed to allow


multiple soldiers to fight side·by·side while protecting
Trenches are a time-tested defensive measure used them from oncoming fire.
throughout the galaxy. Despite the many high-tech Tools Needed: Entrenching tool (see page 54). If
defense options available. the simple trench remains in the ground is any material other than soil, the GM
use as a reliable fortification with next to no resource might require the PCs to have heavier or more spe·
cost other than time. A trench is a furrow dug in the cialized tools. increase the difficulty of the check. or
ground deep enough to completely conceal a soldier. require additional time to complete the trench.
either when crouching or standing on its bottom. Occupancy: Six characters.
A firing step allows an occupant to see Benefits: A character in a trench can completely stay
and fire his blaster over the defensive out of line of sight of characters at medium range or
embankment of dirt. A trench farther away, although if he does so. he cannot see
might, particularly during these characters either. A trench grants an occupant
protracted conflicts. be cover with ranged defense 3.
enlarged and reinforced
with extra structures.
At the GM's discretion. the called shot use of the
BUNKERS Aim maneuver (see pages 21 3-21 4 of the Ace oF
Bunkers are relatively simple defensive buildings, REBELLION Core Rulebook) and damage inflicted by

which in some cases are largely or entirely under- the Blast quality can ignore the bunker and strike the
ground. To reduce preparation time. prefabricated occupants directly.
structures are often used. These commonly consist of
durasteel wall sections that can be easily transported BLINDS
and welded together in the field. They include com-
mercial designs. such as the Taim & Bak SecuriFort. Blinds are structures used to camouflage a position.
as well as those constructed by Rebellion engineers. They vary greatly in size. design, and construction.
from simple makeshift devices of leaves and vines to
A completed bunker provides a solid structure capa-
conceal a single soldier's firing position to large cam-
ble of withstanding blaster fire and fragmentation gre-
ouflage nets intended to more substantial groups.
nades. while providing the occupants with firing ports.
More sophisticated devices make use of holographic
Assailing a bunker is a daunting prospect even to hard-
technology and photo-reactive materials. Unlike other
ened veterans. and can allow outnumbered troops to
fortifications. blinds do not physically protect troops
hold the line against vast enemy forces.
or materiel, but make it more difficult for the enemy
Tools Needed: Toolkit (see page 198 of the AcE oF to detect them. They can generally be used in con-
REBELLION Core Rulebook). sheet metal. At the GM's junction with other fortifications.
discretion. characters can construct a bunker from raw
Blinds are broadly categorized as prefabricated
materials, such as ferrocrete or any natural materials at and improvised . Prefabricated generally consist of
hand, although this could increase the construction time
camouflage netting with durasteel or plasteel poles
significantly or diminish the benefits that it provides. for support. while resourceful troopers can improvise
Occupancy: Four characters. their own blinds from whatever natural-or artificial.
Benefits: A bunker is treated as an immobile vehi- in some environments-materials are at hand.
cle with an armor of 2. a hull trauma threshold of 8,
a silhouette of 3, and a speed of 0 that cannot be Tools Needed: Toolkit or knife.
increased in any way. Attacks that inflict system strain Occupancy: Two characters.
either inflict hull trauma instead or have no effect. at Benefits: A blind provides concealment equivalent to
the GM's discretion based on the source of the attack. dense underbrush ( + 3) to each character within, as
Characters inside can attack targets in the forward arc described on page 228 of the AcE oF REBELLION Core
of the bunker with personal ranged weapons. Rulebook.

COMBAT ENVIRONMENTS
he Galactic Civil War rages across the breadth of the wilderness combat. As well as advice for structuring
T galaxy, and soldiers of the Alliance might be called
upon to fight on planets almost beyond number. and
encounters. adding interesting complications. and
making combats memorable, each section includes
in almost any environment imaginable. These range suggestions for unique additional ways to spend ti.
from blistering deserts. to frozen wastelands. to smog- @. @.and @ based on the environment.
clouded industrial districts and planet-spanning cities. Environment is of great importance to any com-
to the corridors of space stations and capital ships. All bat encounter. A fight against the same squad of
of these environments offer different dangers and com- stormtroopers is can be very different depending on
bat circumstances that call for unique strategies and whether it takes place in the cramped streets of a
tactics. Many environments also require specialized Core World city or a desolate frozen tundra on the
equipment. Alliance High Command often supplies Outer Rim. Of course. the Empire fields specialized
such gear. particularly when it is vital for combat (or troops for different environments. so often the battle
even survival) in the environment. but soldiers might environment dictates the nature of the PCs' enemies.
sometimes find it advantageous to get their hands on further differentiating combat scenarios. Still, the GM
additional appropriate kits. should leverage the environment as yet another tool
The following pages offer guidance for GMs on to make each combat encounter memorable.
running combat encounters and combat-focused
missions in three common and broadly defined envi-
ronments-urban combat. boarding actions. and

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
FOR.CED .. BATTU:
GMs should distinguish combat encounters based ment in each encounter to help ensure they don't feel
on the environment. using it as another tool to create repetitive. For instance, in a battle or series of skir-
unique and entertaining experiences. Both PCs and mishes taking place in a forested area. the PCs might
their enemies can use the environment to their advan- face an ambush from the canopy in one encounter.
tage, from utilizing cover to preparing ambushes. dangerous wildlife in another. and concealed heavy
while also having to contend with challenges such as weapon emplacements in a third.
visibility or dangerous hazards. Every planet is unique. In keeping with the narrative nature of A c E oF R EBEL-
and many feature a wide variety of climates and bio- LION, GMs should not be afraid to let players have
spheres. so each category of environment is merely some input on the environment. If a player asks about
a starting point from which GMs should feel free to the presence of a certain kind of plant, rock formation.
invent new environments in which to set their games. control panel, or building, it's usually best to say "yes."
or let the results of an appropriate skill check decide
USING ENVIRONMENT the answer. Chances are, the player has an interesting
and entertaining plan in mind. and allowing a creative
When planning an encounter, it is helpful to think plan that revolves around the environment can make
about the various ways the environment might fac- for a memorable and satisfying encounter.
tor in. In some cases, the environment might form
the basis for an encounter. or even an entire mission. Although Alliance High Command endeavors to
Many missions revolve around taking and holding, or provide its troops with the right equipment for a mis-
fortifying, a certain location of strategic importance. sion in a certain environment, sometimes urgency or
In other cases, the environment might be the defining poor intelligence prevents this. Even if the PCs have
feature of a particular combat encounter, such as a the gear they need for the conditions, equipment fail-
squad fighting its way across a bridge over a rushing ure or sabotage might require them to improvise a
river. or sneaking through a forested area. solution. or simply provide further challenge.

In addition to the general possibilities and compli-


cations offered by a particular environment, GMs can ENDLESS BATTLEFIELDS
introduce other dangers to threaten both sides. While The countless planets in the galaxy present a stag-
it isn't a staple of wilderness combat. the PCs might gering array of environments. and no two are quite
find themselves fighting along the banks of an acidic alike. The following sections cannot begin to cover
river near the lair of a dangerous predator. or on a every possibility in the galaxy. and GMs should view
world with a toxic atmosphere. Such details not only each one as a starting point. Particularly for missions
set a particular environment apart from others of its dealing with planets, cities, or starships of their own
type. but make for uniquely challenging combats. devising, GMs should add twists to these otherwise
Often. the bulk of a mission takes place in a simi- common environments to make them stand out.
lar environment. In such cases. it's a good idea for These additions might simply provide narrative flavor.
the GM to focus on different aspects of the environ- such as red grass or the haunting songs of animal life
hidden from sight. or they might pose hazards to one
or both sides in a battle.
While the Alliance strives to avoid endangering
civilians whenever possible, sometimes fighting in an
inhabited area is unavoidable- particularly when the
rebels are trying to protect those very inhabit-
ants from the Empire. The presence of civil-
ians adds an additional complication,
while also showing more about the
nature of a particular location.
cover. In metropolitan areas with towering buildings
URBAN COMBAT adorned with numerous windows. doorways, balco-
Urban combat refers to battles in any area heavily nies. access hatches, and other hiding places. a sniper
built-up with construction. from the larger Outer Rim can be extremely difficult to detect and confront.
settlements to sprawling cityscapes in the Core. Such Most cities across the galaxy feature subterranean
cities are home to a concentrated sentient popula- construction. at the very least sewers or maintenance
tion-although not necessarily so by the time a battle tunnels. In some cases, such as Coruscant's under-
begins. Urban warfare differs drastically from fight- world, the construction can be truly extensive. even
ing in open areas, with buildings and streets limiting a city unto itself. Such tunnels and passages can be
the distance of engagements and providing plentiful an effective way for small groups to move around the
cover and opportunities for ambushes. city while avoiding enemy forces, and PCs are likely to
With much of the fighting happening in narrow take advantage of them in this way. Of course. Impe-
streets or indoors. urban environments largely involve rial officers are aware of such uses. and are likely to
close-quarters combat. with blaster fights occurring dispatch patrols under strategically important areas.
at point-blank range. Melee weapons prove more use- even if it is impossible to secure the entire tunnel
ful in urban conditions than in open battlefields. as system or undercity. As well as allowing saboteurs to
users can more quickly close with targets or more eas- avoid the bulk of enemy forces or squads to launch
ily ambush them silently. With skirmishes occurring surprise attacks. such subterranean areas can provide
up close. urban battles are bloodier than long-range effective escape routes.
engagements. with larger overall casualties or faster Outnumbered forces might call upon the PCs to set
results. GMs should highlight the chaos, confusion, ambushes, aided by the plentiful hiding spaces that
and violence of urban fighting in their descriptions. urban terrain offers. Through clever use of sewers,
Urban combat zones obviously call for different maintenance tunnels. interior corridors and rooms,
camouflage than natural environments. With the and vertical positioning, PCs can surprise and over-
sheer variety of architectural styles and construc- come a numerically superior force while attacking
tion materials used across the galaxy, there is no from a position of cover. Complementary to ambushes
single reliable camo pattern for urban engagements. are hit-and-run tactics. making use of the urban ter-
although grays are effective amid the ferrocrete and rain to fall back before Imperial forces launch a coun-
durasteel construction common to many worlds. terattack or summon reinforcements. The winding
Buildings and other construction in urban environ- streets and alleys common to many cities make pur-
ments restrict mobility. and tools to allow troops to suit challenging.
overcome these obstacles and possibly outmaneuver In some cities. or sections of cities. narrow streets
the enemy are useful. Detonite charges and fusion limit the deployment of the larger combat vehicles in
cutters are useful for breaching walls and doors, while the Empire's arsenal. such as AT-ATs. Even the more
climbing gear allows soldiers to make the most of the nimble AT-STs, capable of maneuvering in most streets.
vertical dimension of the battlefield. are unable to enter many buildings, providing soldiers
with protection from the feared Imperial walkers.
ADVANTAGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
HAZARDS AND OBSTACLES
Urban environments benefit outnumbered or under-
equipped forces- as the rebels so often are- as nar- Although urban combat offers a number of potential
row streets, enclosed spaces. and limited visibility advantages for the Rebellion's beleaguered forces, it
make it difficult for a superior force to effectively nonetheless brings many dangers and possible set·
bring its numbers and firepower to bear. Rebel sol- backs. Some of these are likely to apply equally to both
diers experienced in guerrilla tactics can play to their sides in an engagement, but there are certain aspects
strengths. making urban environments a good pros- of urban combat that Imperial forces can exploit in a
pect for Alliance troops, so long as the area can be particularly dramatic and villainous fashion .
evacuated first. Despite the advantages urban war-
fare offers, many commanders avoid it when possible, The Empire is rarely concerned with civilian casual-
ties. giving its troops an advantage over Rebel Alliance
due to the risk of civilian casualties. If civilians are
present, PCs might find themselves faced with difficult forces in populated areas. In the presence of civilians.
most rebels restrict or hold their fire entirely, or even
choices between completing a mission and protecting
innocent lives. fall back rather than engage the enemy. Meanwhile,
Imperial forces frequently fire without regard for
Sharpshooters. snipers. and soldiers with heavy bystanders. bringing their heaviest weapons and artil·
weapons benefit from taking up positions in the upper lery to bear. Even worse, many Imperial commanders
levels of buildings. Elevation can provide an effective are not above using civilians as living shields. prevent-
field of fire, the advantage of higher ground, and good ing rebels from returning fire.

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
FORCED IN BATT\.£
TABLE 3-3: SPENDING tJ, ~§>, @,AND "@ IN URBAN COMBAT
Dice Symbols Effect
The attack ruptures a pipe carrying water or another liquid. creating an area of difficult terrain [see
t> or@ page 227 of the Ace oF R eBnuoN Core Rulebook) around the target.

Shattered transparisteel. shrapnel. or debris strikes the targeted character. inflicting I strain.
t> t> or@ Power to the area is cut off or light sources destroyed. possibly resulting in darkness [see page 226
of the Ace OF REBELL.ION Core Rulebook).

The attack dislodges a large amount of rubble or durasteel plating onto the targeted character.
staggering him for I round.
t>t>t> or @ A vehicle. power supply, ammunition store. or fuel container near the target explodes. inflicting 10
damage (or more. at the GM's discretion and based on the environment) to all engaged characters.
The attack seriously damages the target's cover. reducing the • it adds by 1.
-
The attack collapses the street or floor beneath the targeted character: he suffers a fall from short or
medium range (see page 228 of the A ce OF R EBELLION Core Rulebook) and is immobilized for 1 round.
@
The attack collapses a wall or other considerable section of a building near the targeted character.
staggering the target and anyone engaged with him for 1 round.
I
The sight or sound of a door closing or window shattering distracts the active character. adding 0 to
'§' or@
- the next combat check targeting him.

Debris falls in Front of the targeted character. providing cover or improving existing cover (see pages
226- 227 of the ACE OF REBELLION Core Rulebook).
{§}{§} or@
The floor or street gives out and traps the active character's foot. immobilizing him until he spends a
maneuver to free himself.

The attack injures or endangers a civilian.


{§} {§' '§' or @ The active characte(s cover is damaged or collapses. reducing the • it adds to incoming attacks by I .

~ A section of ceiling. a bridge, or even vehicle wreckage falls toward the active character. inflicting 12
damage and knocking him prone unless he avoids it with a Hard

Even when an urban area is clear of civilians. sol-


(+++l Vigilance check.

The close-quarters fighting and multidirectional


diers serving the Rebellion should give some consid- maneuvering of urban combat often yields a higher
eration to preserving infrastructure. When homes. rate of friendly fire incidents. Squads and individual
businesses. and vital factories are destroyed in battle. combatants must communicate their positions and
even when the Empire's weaponry is the cause. the targets. and coordinate their actions in order to avoid
loss has the potential to play right into the Imperial tragic mistakes. For the PCs' part, this generally means
narrative that the Rebel Alliance consists of terrorists following orders. communicating with comrades, and
and poses a greater danger to the galaxy than the acting cautiously.
Empire's iron-fisted tyranny. Thus. even when trium- Of course, the galaxy is home to many unique cit-
phant in battle. the Rebellion might find public senti- ies that require distinct considerations. Soldiers of
ment turning against it.
both sides fighting on Bespin's Cloud City must take
Particularly if an urban location has already seen caution not to damage the repulsorlifts that keep the
considerable fighting. soldiers must be wary of unsta- city aloft. During a battle in one of the undersea cit-
ble structures. Indoors. floors might collapse under the ies of Mon Calamari. incautious troops face potential
weight of troops with potentially disastrous results. depressurization and flooding. GMs should consider
while blaster fire in a chamber or explosions outside the unique characteristics of any city in which the
might cause a ceiling to cave in. Damaged stairs and PCs are fighting and work to implement those into
malfunctioning or unpowered lifts can make ascend- encounters. Unstable power sources. industrial chem-
ing a structure difficult or dangerous wi thout the ri ght icals. malfunctioning machinery. or a hostile environ-
equipment. Sustained fighting-or intentional demoli- ment held at bay by a thin layer of transparisteel are
tion-can even bring entire buildings crumbling down. just a few of the potential complications PCs might
blocking streets or burying squads. Cratered streets encounter in an urban battlefield.
can make for treacherous terrain. and sinkholes can
swallow unwary combatants.

IN DOMITABLE COURAGE
FORGED .. BATT\.£
BOARDING ACTIONS with vertical visibility and maneuverability being more
limited. The mobility restrictions and close-range
Fighting aboard a starship is like no other combat blaster fire create a chaotic and deadly environment,
situation. Even as a boarding action takes place. the and the tide can turn quickly during a boarding action.
ships involved might be hurtling through space. or A boarding party's objective usually involves more
exchanging turbolaser fire with enemy vessels. Board- than simple sabotage. If a force is outclassed or out-
ing actions generally target capital ships. frigates. and gunned and cannot rely on its own ships and fighters
space stations. but similar conditions apply to combat to disable the enemy vessel, such a mission may be
aboard a smaller vessel. Boarding actions usually take undertaken as a desperate ploy. Soldiers in a boarding
place as part of a larger naval engagement, although party might be tasked with retrieving information from
in some cases the crew of a ship that is outgunned ship computers. capturing a particular crew member
or not yet revealed as an enemy might attempt to or passenger. rescuing a prisoner. planting spying
lure the enemy into a boarding, only to ambush the devices. or even gauging the abilities of a new ship
boarding party with superior tactics and firepower. design. Boarding actions are sometimes attempted
The troops initiating a boarding action need spe- via shuttle in order to deactivate the shields of an oth·
cial tools to gain entry, generally using fusion cutters erwise impregnable enemy ship.
or detonite charges to breach the target ship's airlock, A boarding action is a very different experience for
although a skilled slicer might also be able to gain the attackers and defenders. Generally, for a board-
access. Vacuum-sealed suits are desirable if anything ing action to begin means things have already gone
goes wrong during the initial boarding, or in case of a against the defenders in the naval battle. Whether the
hull breach during the ensuing battle. In some cases. ship is already crippled or the attackers merely out-
attackers with space suits might intentionally depres- maneuvered or overran it, this knowledge can have a
surize the defender's vessel before boarding. psychological effect on the defenders. who may feel
With the exception of hangar bays aboard capitol desperate and cornered.
ships and similar areas, combat in a boarding action
takes place in enclosed spaces. Fighting in the rooms ADVANTAGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
and corridors of a starship results in short-range and
Combat aboard a starship provides many opportuni-
point-blank firefights. These condi-
ties for canny and prepared soldiers to exploit. Many
tions are even more cramped than
of these advantages belong to the vessel's defenders
those of most urban fighting,
over the boarders. rather than intrinsically favoring
any group based on its allegiance. Whether the PCs
are attacking or defending largely determines the
opportunities available to them.
For a boarding action to occur in the first place. it
probably means the attackers have a specific objective
I I to achieve. If the defenders are aware of this objective,
they may be able to use it to their advantage, whether
that means luring enemy troops into positions that
favor the defenders. threatening to destroy the objec-
tive as a bargaining measure. or some other plan.
Most starships feature corridors of varying lengths,
narrow doorways. tight corners and junctions. and
concealed or easily overlooked compartments and
maintenance hatches. These features provide plenti-

I ful opportunities for ambushes. Such ambushes are


primarily the province of the defenders, who likely
better know the layout of the ship and have time to
prepare. but in the chaos of a boarding action. par-
ticularly when boarders enter from multiple ingress
points. attackers might launch surprise attacks against
defenders rushing to reinforce their comrades.
As the boarders are generally trying to advance
deeper into a ship. this allows defenders to set up
defensive positions and take advantage of the way a
ship's layout funnels attackers. A ship's many narrow
TABLE 3-4: SPENDING t}, ~§}, @,AND '@ IN BOARDING ACTIONS
Dice Symbols I Effect
The attack strikes a terminal or pcwer cable. showering the target character in sparks. The next attack against
the target character gains the Disorient 2 quality.
- ---.---
A nearby power conduit discharges into the target character. who must succeed at an Average (++i
Resilience check or be staggered for one round: the character is disoriented for one round for each @
OO or@ generated (see page 230 of the AcE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook).
The attack hits a control panel and causes a bulkhead door (chosen by the player) to close or open.

A computer terminal or control panel near the target explodes. dealing IO damage (or more. at the GM's
discretion) to all engaged characters.
--.,--
The attack knocks the target into an expcsed pcwer cabling or smashes him into a computer terminal.
inflicting strain equal to the damage caused by the attack

A ricocheting blaster bolt startles the active character: add O O to the next combat check targeting him.

A fluctuation in the ship's artificial gravity knocks the active character prone and disorients him for I round.

I The attack shorts out the lighting system for the corridor or room. plunging it into darkness (see page 226 of
the ACE OF REBELLION Core Rulebook).

The ongoing comba t damages the ship's artificial gravity generator or the gravity conduits m the area. placing
all combatants in zero gravity (see page 227 of the AcE oF REBELLION Core Rulebook)
----...--
The attack (or the cumulative effects of many attacks) damages life support systems for this part of the ship
or the entire ship, depending on its size. Characters without space suits or oxygen supplies face suffocation. as
described on page 228 of the AcE OF REBELLION Core Rulebook.

The attack cracks a transparisteel viewport. causes an explosive chain reaction. or otherwise breaches the
hull. exposing the combatants to vacuum. as described on page 227 of the Ace OF REBELLION Core Rulebook.
In addition. all characters exposed must succeed on an Average c++i Athletics or Coordination check to
avoid being pulled through the breach due to decompression.

corridors and doorways act as chokepoints for attack- actions as a way to offset Imperial firepower but. con-
ing troops. Defenders can seal bulkheads to slow versely. Rebel Alliance ships might find themselves
attackers. buying time to set up new defenses. overpowered and subjected to boarding. In some
cases. a vessel masquerading as a civilian or unaf-
Although defenders are generally more familiar with
filiated ship must choose between trying to outrun a
the layout of their ship, this is not always as great as
Star Destroyer and hoping the deception holds up.
an advantage as it might first appear. Most ships are
produced in large quantities. and are identical (or Apart from the damage onboard battles inflict on a
nearly so) to other ships of the same model. However. vessel. many boarding actions take place in the midst
subtle variations may exist in different iterations of a of an ongoing starship battle. Whether the boarded
particular model. and rebel ships might feature hid- vessel is still an active target or merely caught in the
den cargo and passenger compartments. line of fire, impacts from turbolasers and other ship-
The forces in control of a ship's bridge and engineer- mounted weapons can be devastating for the troops
ing have certain extreme options open to them. but fighting aboard. Damaged systems could lead to a
loss of artificial gravity or life support. Even a minor
these are typically only used in desperation. The con-
trolling side (usually the defenders. unless things have hit can jar the occupants and disrupt a battle. In the
worst case scenario. a direct hit can vaporize entire
already gone very badly for them) could shut down arti-
ficial gravity in parts or the entirety of the ship. deac- groups of combatants. regardless of side.
tivate life support. or even depressurize compartments The greatest fear of any soldier fighting aboard a
and vent them into space. While such measures can be ship is the threat of a hull breach. Of course. personal
effective. they are often equally harmful to both sides. weapons are largely incapable of puncturing ship hulls:
however. some heavy weapons pose a danger, particu-
HAZARDS AND OBSTACLES larly to transparisteel viewports or other weak spots. In
the midst of a naval battle. there is also the constant
The power of the Imperial Fleet means that the Rebel threat of a turbolaser strike or proton torpedo landing
Alliance is often at a disadvantage in naval engage- close to a soldier's position and shearing through the
ments. This might lead to rebels initiating boarding hull. hurling everyone nearby into the hungering void.

IN DOMITABLE COURAGE
FORCED .. BATTLE
WILDERNESS COMBAT populated areas. preferring to strike at isolated Impe-
rial installations. In addition, many battles occur when
Wilderness encompasses any area free of the construc- the Empire learns the location of a rebel base. which
tion of civilization. This includes a staggering variety of are usually hidden in the wilds.
ecosystems found across the galaxy, many of which are In many wilderness areas, protection from the envi-
unique. Forest. grassland, frozen tundra. marshland, ronment is as important as protection from the enemy.
and desert are some of the more common types of Airless moons. noxious atmospheres. deadly microbes.
terrain. but many defy easy categorization. Each wil- extreme temperatures. caustic rain. and native preda-
derness environment provides a distinct battle experi- tors are just a few of the hazards infantry might encoun-
ence. Combat in desert is very different from fighting in ter in the field.
canopied jungle. This gives GMs great opportunities to
distinguish battles and individual combat encounters. Although the sheer variety of ecosystems found
in the galaxy makes it difficult to generalize. one of
Most ground battles between the Rebellion and the major defining features for many common envi-
Empire occur in wilderness areas. Despite its stagger- ronments is the quantity of flora. Jungle, forest, and
ing array of civilizations. most of the galaxy is. after all. similar environments offer plentiful cover and conceal-
wilderness. Rebel forces try to avoid combat in or near ment. with limited visibility, while desert, plains. and
tundra tend to feature sparse cover and high visibility.
While wilderness is generally thought of as being free Jungles. forests. and even mountainous areas pro-
from civilians. this is not always the case. When deal- vide plentiful cover and concealment. The poor visibil-
ing with an uncharted or poorly explored planet. rebel ity limits the effective range of weapons. which offsets
forces might unexpectedly encounter sentients. This some of the advantage of a numerically superior force.
can greatly complicate matters. as the rebels' pres- In addition. such environments lend themselves to
ence puts the locals in danger. Of course. the Empire's hit-and-run strikes. allowing a small force of rebels to
cruelty is hated on many worlds. and rebels might find effectively fight against many times their own number.
ready allies among the locals. Soldiers who are familiar with an environment can
use it to their advantage. They might be able to move
ADVANTAGES AND OPPORTUNITIES through terrain that slows the enemy, allowing their
Outnumbered Rebel Alliance forces often utilize forces to reposition for a tactical advantage. It might even
guerrilla tactics. which are most effective in forests, be possible to lure enemies into natural hazards, such
jungles, and other natural environments with dense as the lairs of dangerous creatures. areas of unstable
foliage. Even in a barren or desolate environment, sol- ground, or acidic geysers. Resourceful characters could
diers who have time to familiarize themselves with the construct traps, such as pits, snares, and rockslides.
environment and prepare positions in advance can Most natural environments offer plentiful materi-
gain an advantage in battle. als for makeshift fortifications and camouflage. Wood
and stone form effective barricades. while troops sub-
merged under snow or sand can be highly difficult for
the enemy to detect or hit.
The attack exposes or draws attention to a concealed enemy. adding OD to the next check to detect him.
t) or @ . .
The attack drops an insect hive ignites swamp gas or otherwise badly startles the target. inflicting 1 strain on
the target and each other character within short range.

The attack ignites dry foliage or other flammable material near the target. Startin g a fire with a rating of 2 (see
OO or@ page 228 of the ACE OF REBELLIONCore Rulebook).
-- The attack damages an important piece of survival gear carried by the targeted character.
OOO or@ The attack kicks up a cloud of sand. frightens a flock of birds. or otherwise distracts the target. causing him
and each other character within short range to lose his free maneuver on his nex t turn.

The attack collapses a tree. rocks. snow bank. or other large mass onto the targeted character. who is
@ knocked prone and immobilized until he passes a Hard lt +
t l Athletics or Coordination check. requiring
an action.
-
{§' or@ Insects. leaves. sand. or snow obscures the active character's sight: add one automatic @ to his next check.

The active character steps in quicksand or gets caught by a root or vine. immobil izing him until he succeeds at
{§}{§} or@
an Average 1+t l Athletics or Coordination check.
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The active character draws the attention of a predator or frightens wildlife with dangerous consequences
(potentially for both sides).
{§} {§} {§} or @
The active character receives a bite or sting from a small but venomous creature and suffers 1 wound each
round for 5 rounds or until treated with an Average It t l Medicine check.
--
@
--
A severe weather event occurs without warning. such as a sandstorm. twister. or blizzard: for the duration of
the encounter. upgrade the difficulty of all checks once for all characters.

HAZARDS AND OBSTACLES On many planets and in many environments. the


weather proves a great hindrance or even danger.
Wilderness environments are often dangerous. partic- Often unpredictable. the weather can cause an unex-
ularly for the unprepared or unwary. Natural environ- pected complication for even the best-laid plans.
ments are always in flux, and a soldier must be cau- Storms might obscure visibility, and those with electri-
tious even in familiar territory. Many of the dangers of cal activity can interfere with communications equip-
a wilderness combat zone affect all sides equally, but ment. The most severe storms. such as cyclones, sand
preparation and equipment can offset many of them. storms. and strange weather events unique to certain
In addition. alien species fighting in their natural planets can pose a threat to exposed troops, or even
habitat frequently have an advantage against invad- to vehicles and buildings.
ers who are not adapted to the environment. Just
While the majority of animal species are easily
as a well-prepared force can take advantage of the
frightened away by the sound of blaster fire, there is
environment, attackers in territory that has not been
still no shortage of native lifeforms ferocious enough to
properly scouted can face serious complications.
attack combatants even in the midst of a combat zone.
Extremes of temperature are among the most Some creatures attack in such numbers as to over-
common environmental hazards that ground troops whelm even trained troops, while others have hides
must face. From the deadly sub-zero temperatures of or shells strong enough to resist blaster fire. Although
worlds like Hoth to the blistering heat of Tatooine's such creatures might pose a threat to both sides. often
twin suns. troops without the right garb and equip- they inflict the most damage to whichever force is the
ment can face incapacitation or death before battle first to disturb their lair or otherwise draw their ire.
even begins. However. insulated clothing and pro-
Environmental hazards do not necessarily pose a
tective gear make a potentially deadly environment
physical danger. Particularly during protracted fight-
merely very uncomfortable.
ing, temperature, odors. pests. poor weather. and
The right equipment is even more critical in some other irritations and annoyances can damage morale.
environments. Many planets have atmospheres that PCs with entertaining or amusing skills might be able
are toxic to non-native species. A soldier on such a to lift their comrades' spirits. Special tasks or missions
world must ensure that his respirator or air supply is might be necessary to raise morale. and a competent
always in proper working condition, and a blast that commander is vital.
damages it in battle could prove fatal in short order.

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
FOR.CZD 11111 BATTLE
SOLDIER REWARDS
lthough Soldiers sacrifice much-and risk every- BATTLE SCAR DESCRIPTIONS
A thing-on the battlefield. they also stand to gain
a great deal from each conflict they survive. These Each battle scar is as unique as the story behind it,
rewards range from combat experience to new weap- and players and GMs should work together to craft the
ons and armor with which to prosecute their missions narrative for how a particular injury or scar manifests
in the future. Although the rewards detailed in this in the corresponding talent. Still, the majority of battle
section are particularly appropriate for Soldiers, the scars fit into certain categories. Each of the following
GM can make them available to PCs of any career types of battle scar includes a list of recommended
who fight bravely (or at all) for the Rebellion. Critical Injury results and talents. After the GM grants
a character a battle scar. that PC's player should find
the Critical Injury result his character suffered and
BATTLE SCARS select one of the corresponding talents. then work
with the GM to devise an explanation for the mechani-
One can tell much about a Soldier's career from the
scars he bears. Each one tells a story. and each repre- cal benefit. These categories and lists are only rec-
ommendations. however. and players and GMs might
sents a unique learning experience for a Soldier. After
all, what fails to kill a Soldier often makes him stron- decide that particularly unusual or interesting wounds
lend themselves to talents not listed here.
ger. Battle scars are a way for Soldier PCs to receive
a mechanical benefit, as well as narrative interest. for The GM always has the final say on what talents are
their most significant Critical Injuries. available for a given battle scar. regardless of the recom-
mendations given below. As a general rule. an individual
With the GM's permission, upon recovering from an
applicable Critical Injury, a PC can receive an appro- PC should not be able to acquire more than three battle
scars-though, at the GM's discretion. a PC might be able
priate talent at an XP cost determined by the severity
of the Critical Injury. In addition to adding a unique to replace an old battle scar with a new one. exchanging
one talent for another. more potent selection.
twist to a character's development and mechanical
benefit for his combat history, battle scars offer other I MPRESSIVE SCAR
advantages. A battle scar might allow a character to
purchase a talent that is not available through any Despite the advanced medical treatments available
and the efficacy of bacta and other tools. serious inju-
of his specialization talent trees. to receive a talent
before reaching it through a talent tree, to receive ries can still leave significant scars. In some cases. a
lesser injury might leave a scar because a stranded
it at a reduced XP cost. or to receive an additional
rank beyond what is available through his talent trees. Soldier is unable to receive proper medical care in
time. Some Soldiers even decline treatments that
A non-ranked talent purchased as a battle scar can
could prevent or remove a scar. preferring to show
potentially advance a character along one or more
talent trees the character possesses that include that their experience through physical marks. Such scars
can have an impressive effect on onlookers, earning
talent. A character may obtain multiple ranks in a tal-
ent through battle scars with the GM's permission. admiration from peers and evoking fear in enemies.
Soldiers might gain a sense of confidence or even of
The XP cost for a talent acquired as a battle scar invulnerability from their impressive scars.
is dependent on the severity of the corresponding
Suggested Critical Injuries: Discouraging Wound.
Critical Injury, as shown in Table 3-6: Battle Scar
Fearsome Wound. Crippled. Gruesome Injury.
Cost. The GM can, at his discretion. modify this cost
depending on the exact nature of an injury and the Suggested Talents: Commanding Presence. Confi-
relevance of the corresponding talent. dence, Intimidating, Steely Nerves, Street Smarts.
HEAD TRAUMA
Head wounds are often the most grave non-fatal inju-
ries Soldiers suffer. While cybernetics can replace
Easy t+l 20 limbs with no loss of function. some injuries to the
brain have permanent effects on a sentient's neurol-
Average t++> 15 ogy, for the functioning of the sentient mind is still a
mystery in many ways. Severe head injuries can also
Hardt+++> 10
cause the degradation of one or more senses. such
--- as vision or hearing. Adapting to such an injury can
Daunting t+ + + +> 5
be a trial. but can also cause a sentient being to find
unknown strength to persevere.

INDOMITABLE COURAGE
F'OR.CZD IN BATTLE
Forged in Battle

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