Thursday, June 16, 2011

SW Redshift Chronicles Intelligence Brief #4: Presidential Profile

Stardate: Thirday, 067-130 ABY/Tarsan Intelligence Service (TIS)

Subsector: Shannekam

Personality Profile on Bunda Akhtar

With the possibility of the Bongolaanian-Tarsan Trade Dispute heating up, TIS has compiled data on Bongolaan's current president-for-life, Bunda Akhtar.

Most of the material gathered for this report was obtained through TIS's contacts with the group known as the Bongolaanian Armed Resistance Cadre, or BARC.  Since very little is known about this new-found resistance movement, the information in this report may be sketchy at best.

Bunda, son of gabaki vendor Kunda Akhtar, was born during The Great Food Riot that ravaged the capital city, Ratankiri in ABY-090.  Nothing is known of Bunda's mother and her current wherabouts are unknown.  She may have been a prostitute employed by his uncle Zunda Akhtar.  Regardless of his mother's fate or occupation, Bunda has shown no desire to locate her.

Bunda was apprenticed to his uncle, the family's patriarch, to work in the Mynock Roost, the family-owned cantina and brothel, near Ratankiri's waterfront disctrict.  Despite their business dealings--legitimate and otherwise--life among the Akhtar men was not a harmonious one.  Kunda had two fingers severed as punishment for 'crimes against the family,' when it was discovered he was skimming off the profits from gabaki shipments.  Some say it was Bunda who tipped off his uncle and was forced--or volunteered--to cut off his father's fingers.

Due to his above-average size, Bunda was promoted from bus-boy to bouncer and soon became involved his uncle's numerous illegal activities. He took over the Mynock Roost immediately after his uncle and father were killed under mysterious circumstances in ABY-11.  Once again, stories differ:  The sibling rivalry between his father and uncle re-ignited, Bunda had them assassinated, they were killed during one of Bongolaan's frequent coups, or died in a vehicular accident--possibly arranged by rival family, or by Bunda himself.

Bunda's exact appearance is unknown and may be a result of his violent upbringing. His face is always shrouded by a keffiyeh. Stories vary as to the reason for this: He was disfigured from a childhood illness, a vehicular accident, an assassination attempt, or is the result of one of his uncle's disciplinary measures. It could merely be that the headdress renders his appearance mysterious and intimidating.

(Image: Bunda Akhtar and bodyguard droids enter a command post, somewhere on Bongolaan)

Based on the above information, Bunda Akhtar has exhibited a lust for power throughout his turbulent life.  In personal dealings he is described as aloof, self-centered and vengeful.  Now he is president of a hostile planet, with a legion of battledroids, along with several squadrons of warships and starfighters at his disposal.  And this doesn't take into account any financial direct military support Bongolaan may receive from the Fel Empire. 

This almost garuantees he will be difficult, if not impossible to negotiate with.  Therefore, the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the current trade dispute, or "Bantha-Gabaki War," as the media calls it, is highly unlikely.

(Images: Provided by the BARC)

Star Wars Roleplaying Gamemaster's Notes: 

Bunda Akhtar's background was generated using Central Casting: Heroes for Tomorrow, by Paul Jaquays (1989).

Bunda Akhtar is a modified crime lord, found on page 25 of Star Wars Roleplaying Game:  Threats of the Galaxy. 

His specific stats are:

Medium noble 7/scoundrel 2/crime lord 3

Force 2; Dark Side 14
Init +7; Senses Perception +18
Languages Basic, High Galactic, Rodese, 6 others (specifically for Bunda these will be:  Bothese, Durese, Gamorrean, Huttese, Ryl, Sullustese)

Defenses Ref 26 (flat-footed 25), Fort 22, Will 29
Hit Points: 47; Threshold 29

Speed 6 squares
Melee vibroblade +9 (2d6+6)
Ranged blaster pistol +9 (3d6+6)--for a "normal" crime lord, this would be a sporting blaster
Base Atk +8; Grp +9
Atk Options Improved Disarm, Melee Defense, Point Blank Shot, Sneak Attack +1d6
Special Actions Born Leader

Abilities Str 10, Dex 12, Con 12, Int 15, Wis 13, Cha 16
(normal crime lord stats:  S-10, D-12, C-8, I-16, W-14, Cha-18)
Special Qualities command cover
Talents Attract Minion, Born Leader, Connections, Distant Command, Educated Inspire Fear I, Notorious, Sneak Attack +1d6
Feats Improved Defenses, Improved Disarm, Linguist, Melee Defense, Point Blank Shot, Skill Focus:  Deception, Skill Focus, Weapon Focus (advanced melee weapons), Weapon Proficiency (advanced melee weapons, pistols, simple weapons)
Skills Deception +20, Gather Information +20, Knowledge (bureaucracy) +14, Knowledge (Galactic Lore) +14, Perception +18, Pilot +12, Persuasion +20 (can reroll when intimidating, must take second result),
Ride +12, Use Computer +14
Possessions blaster pistol, vibroblade, datapad, encrypted comlink, enforcers (including several thugs and an 8th-level minion).


Zombie Ad said...

Those B&W pics really set the scene, good job

Ted Henkle said...

Thanks Zombie Ad! The original pics are in color and I made a copy and did a B&W change. I was going for a "hidden camera" look.