CHARACTERS OF KALANDAR:
Almost anybody among the Kalandar denizens
enjoys living in a forsaken and corrupted region, and if it
weren't for the need to remain hidden or the impossibility to
leave the planet, few of them would willingly live in the zone.
Yet none hates living in Kalandar as much as Imperial captain
Dygon Varn himself.
Varn rarely leaves his outpost in Ghastal, and
when he does it is a bad day for him and for the citizens of the
village. Always in a terrible mood for being forced to watch and
keep in order a hopeless region, Varn detests direct contact with
his "civilians" and, for sure, civilians detest contact
with him. When some orders or a problem force Varn to get off and
walk in the streets of Kalandar surely an unfortunate bystander
will end up in the Imperial prisons, even if it were only to vent
his rage on someone and to make the citizens' lives in Kalandar
as miserable as his.
Unfortunately (for him), other than a few
occasions in which he can display a little personal power, Varn
has little hope of having Imperial law respected in Kalandar.
This for a very distinct reason: the Imperial sector of Couscant
under which Kalandar's jurisdiction resides hasn't the slightest
intention of bothering with the region and leaves Varn with a
handful man, scarce resources and huge bureaucracy with which to
face the situation of the zone.
The grim situation Varn must face day after day
is even more unpleasant if one considers the identity of the
direct superior to whom he must obey and report in all matters
concerning the region: general Thar Garen.
Years ago, when Palpatine's New Order was about
to complete its ascent and was consolidating his power, Varn and
Garen were young officers fresh out of the Academy, eager to
serve in a military hierarchy far more efficient and powerful
that it could ever hope to be under the Old Republic. Digging
their way among the ranks of the military with the ambition and
the ruthlessness typical of the Imperial soldier, either Varn and
Garen saw their golden opportunity in the moment in which the
Imperial Court acted to turn Kalandar into the residence of the
rich and powerful: the officer who happened to be in charge of
that region, if only for the fact that he would have continuous
and direct contact with the most powerful and influential people
in the planet, would have struck an excellent hit. Colleagues and
collaborators until then, Varn and Garen actually became sworn
enemies in the moment they both set their eyes on the commanding
place of the Kalandar region.
What ensued was a struggle made of intrigue and
dirty blows that demolished forever their mutual friendship but
that would also utterly destroy their careers, so strong were the
calumnies and the schemes they were ready to inflict on each
other. In the end, in order to avoid expulsion from the ranks of
the army the two officers came to an agreement: whoever of them
got the place would take the other in as his second in command.
Satisfied with this solution, Varn and Garen eagerly awaited the
day of the nominations (once they joined their forces, it was
easy for them to sweep away any other serious opposition for the
title). The final verdict saw Garen as the winner, only by a
slight difference in the final list. Retroactively, of course
Varn now thinks that Garen played dirty in obtaining the place.
Garn kept his promise and Varn was called as
his second in command at Kalandar, but life wasn't surely easy
for the defeated captain: while Garen took care to take part to
public ceremonies, to grant and obtain favors from the powerful
and to display perfect Imperial efficiency in front of the
?lite, Varn was charged with the actual organization of security
patrols, surveillance of the region and de facto responsibility
for any error that could arise. All this before a haughty and
susceptible population ready to cry scandal if only a drunk
clochard was found sleeping in the park. Praises and rewards for
the perfect management of the region went to Garen:
responsibilities and problems were Varn's sector.
Soon Varn could no longer stand the situation:
Garen grew in fame, charisma and prestige and at the same time
took care to ensure that Varn could never do the same, cutting
him out of every important contact and burdening with chores and
missions without a moment of rest. After years spent in dark
envy, Varn started plotting to overthrow Garen. Taking care to
accumulate a few contacts in those rare spare moments in which
Garen did not hold his leash, striking deals with the minor
criminals he arrested promising freedom in change for "a
favor to be made at the proper moment", Varn managed to
build a little plot against Garen. Using an important govern
contact that an infamous network pirate called "Black
Ghost" had provided him with, and paying a huge amount of
money -almost all he had managed to spare in his years of service
in Kalandar- Varn obtained what he had always desired: at the end
of the year Garen would be transferred to the place of Supervisor
of Imperial activities in the sector, and Kalandar would come in
the hands of Varn.
The plan worked out perfectly: without even the
slightest problem the order from the government came and the
reassignment was put into effect: while Garen was cleaning his
desk, Varn could at last sit in the control room: he was in
charge of Kalandar now.
Varn was already cherishing lunches with the
rich and the powerful, promises of favors and bribes in turn for
particular care in the surveillance of certain parks and palaces,
when... the first messages of moving came in. Varn could barely
believe his eyes: within not even a month from his promotion, one
after another, the families of the Imperial Court were abandoning
the region. Within the end of the following year, more than half
of Kalandar's lands were abandoned, sold or bought by firms and
people of dubious reputation: the year after that, the villages
and the hills of the region were only a pale memory of the
planetary paradise they had been in past.
Too late Varn realized had had been tricked.
Warned by the nobles that Palpatine was about to spell the
region's doom, Garen himself had allowed Varn to organize his own
little coup. With the complicity of the mysterious Black Ghost he
had ensured that Varn's petty schemes went to a good end and,
supreme mockery, to get rid of a place that would soon become
very uncomfortable and to obtain supervision of the whole
sector's activities he had even received Varn's lifetime incomes.
Dygon Varn could only swear between his teeth
while he saw the region falling into corruption and hopeless
decay: every day aliens, evacuees and scum of every kind settled
in the streets or among the ruins. A request for troops, vehicles
and resources to maintain the order in the region provided him
only with his final mockery: "the Empire does not consider
the region of Kalandar a priority worth of employing valuable men
and resources: the secondary and marginal land it has become
makes it a zone of scarce relevance and interest to the majority
of the planetary citizens. This implies that any commanding
officer who knows his job will be able to keep order in the
region with minimal efforts and resources - Sector Supervisor
General Thar Garen".
Needless to say, all requests of being
transferred were never answered: Varn remained stuck in Kalandar
without any hope of transfer. Since then he has been leading his
pointless struggle against the refugees, the beggars and the
outlaws that congregate in the region. A struggle that is lead
with little or no belief, and only sporadically. Exacerbated and
despaired because of the dead end in which his career is stuck,
Varn only worries about not having anything serious happening in
Kalandar, anything that could earn him the attention of the
Imperial army. The rest of his life is a little personal hell
that he faces sometimes with anger, sometimes with resignation.
The only thing Varn actually fears is further
"attention" from Garen. The captain knows that he
ruined himself by trying to plot against someone more powerful
than him, and he only hopes that Garen will content with the
outcome of his plan. Luckily the new heights the General has
reached keep him busy for most of the time, but once in a while
the General remembers to order a surprise inspection or a control
of the region. Varn can only swallow the pill and suffer, well
aware that if he meant it, Garen could use the actual situation
of the region to spell his doom at any time.
Varn hates Garen with passion, but he fears him
too much to attempt anything against him. He remained burned the
last time he tried to move against him ,and he believes that
further attempts at revenge would only earn him a sudden end:
when faced with the idea of clashing with Garen again, even
Kalandar's little daily hell suddenly becomes bearable...
Type: Imperial Captain
Vehicle blasters 4D+2
Law enforcement 6D
Ground vehicle operation 5D
Repulsorlift operation 5D+2
Walker operation 5D
Walker repair 4D
Force sensitive? No
Character points: 5
Force points: 1
A Quote: "Listen to me, scum: if
you think that living in this hole is bad, remember that until
I'm around, for you it will be even worse!"
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