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Rants, ruminations, and rambling remarks from my mad, meandering, muddled mind.

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Achillea

Mirialan, Republic Commando
"There's some good in this world... and it's worth fighting for."

Her name recalls the martial prowess of the Greek hero Achilles, and is the genus name for yarrow, a medicinal herb used by him to treat his wounded men in Homer's Iliad.

Lieutenant Achillea Sunsage is a Republic Army medic who has risen quickly through the ranks as a result of the defection of her special forces squad, codenamed "Havoc," and her subsequent pursuit of her former comrades. Like many of her people, Achillea has a strong sense of right and wrong, and will not compromise her principals for any reason, which occasionally gets her in hot water with her commander, General Garza. But she is loyal to her new squad, developing especially close relationships with the Imperial defector, Elara Dorne, and her second-in-commend, Aric Jorgan. Her facial tattoos symbolize her skill in marksmanship and the healing arts.

Admittedly, I don't have much of a backstory for Achillea. But she is a direct spiritual successor to my TSW Illuminati character, Samantha "Lonestarbelle" Hawthorn, a smart, tough-as-nails maverick, doing the right thing despite the disapproval of her superiors. I had an Achillea during my original tenure in SWTOR, but decided to start her over when Scooter decided she wanted a new smuggler. We have just left Nar Shaddaa at about level 32.

Valerija

Human, Sith Sorcerer
"The Force is strong with this one."

Her name is a Slavic variant of Valeria; the Latin root means "to be strong" or "to be healthy." Valerian is an herb with many medicinal uses.

Valerija is a former slave from the Outer Rim, both strong in the Force and bearing a striking resemblance to her Sith mentor, Darth Zash. Little does she know, Zash plucked her out of obscurity with ulterior motives. Despite the prejudice of Harkun, her Sith Overseer on Korriban, Valerija excelled at her trials, managing to tap into both the Dark and the Light to accomplish the tasks set out for her.

Force Lightning the primary visual effect of Sorcerer abilities, is supposedly only available to adherents of the Dark Side. But, of course, the game mechanics allow for a purely Light Sith, which is the direction I've taken Valerija. Hence her ability to tap into both Sides.

After having been through the first part of the Inquisitor story with Tollkirsche (below), I thought it would be funny if the Inquisitor actually looked like the NPC, Lord Zash. So I designed her by following Zash's appearance, then changing the body and complexion slightly, making Valerija a softer, curvier version of the Sith Lord. Though not visible here, Valerija wears trousers rather than the traditional robes of a Sorcerer.

Morrenia

Human, Sith Marauder
"Let me show you the true nature of the Force."

Her name is the Genus for a South American plant commonly called Strangler Vine.

A member of a Noble House of Naboo, Morrenia was identified as a Force sensitive by agents of the Sith and recruited by overseer Tremel in a powerplay against Darth Baras. Accustomed to privilege and adept in the Force, she took her training and the carefully arranged trials for granted, and is not particularly disciplined. Her tendency toward sardonic quips is the cause of great consternation on the part of her new Master; though it amuses Morrenia's slave, Vette, at least as long as her biting wit isn't directed at the Twi'lek treasure hunter. Her slight form belies Morrenia's vicious skills in lightsaber combat. Wielding a blade in each hand, she pounces on her enemies with little warning, cutting them far deeper with the plasma than with even her rapier tongue.

Morrenia is the culmination of a sort of fascination I have with this character model: Body 1 (thin), Asian physiognomy, striking purple make-up. She is the third such figure, the first being Heliantha, a dark Jedi Consular I started in order to re-familiarize myself with that story, with the intent to continue my Sage, now named Rowanblaze (more about her later, too), who is about to depart Coruscant. I cheated a little, this portrait is actually of that character. The second Kabuki-esque Heliantha was/is a Sith Marauder on Begeren Colony that I started on Saturday afternoon. But Scooter, understandably, wanted to continue to build her Legacy on The Ebon Hawk, so I went ahead and started over there. As I had already named a character Heliantha, I searched for another name that I liked and had some meaning. With Morrenia, I made her as pale as I could, so she really does look like she could be on stage in Tokyo, or at home among the courtiers of Naboo.

Silverleaf

Rattataki, Bounty Hunter (Powertech)
"I made a pile of bodies, then I walked over it."

Named for several different plants. The Texas Silverleaf is perhaps the most apropos, given here I personally live and my SWTOR legacy.

Xuxuy Tesig is a Rattataki warrior and champion gladiator who spent time as a mercenary before being discovered and recruited by the bounty hunter Braden into a team trying to get into the Mandalorian Great Hunt. Claiming that all the best hunters had nicknames, Braden's dataslicer, Mako, gave Tesig the appellation "Silverleaf." His facial scar is the result of an almost disastrous fight with a nexu in The Cauldron on Rattatak. The nexu's hide now decorates Silverleaf's quarters on his pirated D5-Mantis, dubbed the Wayfarer—again by Mako.

Versteckt

Cyborg, Imperial Operative
"In my experience, there's no such thing as luck."

German for "covert" or "hidden" (sort of pronounced fur-SHTEKT)

Gideon Sho is a cipher agent with Imperial Intelligence, known as "Versteckt." He is also a mole from the Imperial Mercenary Corps (my original guild), a group of anarchist pirates descended from Revan's original army, who settled on a moon that now falls within Imperial space. While playing the part of a loyal spy, Versteckt attempts to subvert Imperial policy at every opportunity—letting dissidents and enemies of the Empire escape to the Republic, secretly sabotaging the war effort on Balmorra, etc. Not that Versteckt is a friend of the Republic by any means, he has no compunction about killing Reps, Gangsters, or anyone else who gets in his way. On the other hand, he is not a walking bloodbath, if there is a way to get what he wants by persuasion—or seduction—Versteckt will take that option.

My original idea for his name was "Cypher," but that was unavailable for reasons that will be apparent to anyone who has run through the Agent storyline. Versteckt was the only character I got to max level during our first run in SWTOR. I always liked the slick, debonair look he has, I simply had to make hime a cyborg just for those shades. He is still at 50, because Scooter and I haven't picked him or her Bounty Hunter back up since returning. I also find it a little odd that his shirt is a little "blurry" no matter what quality my graphics are set to.

Tollkirsche


Pureblood, Sith Assassin
"I find your lack of faith disturbing."

German for belladonna or deadly nightshade (literally, Great Cherry) (sort of pronounced "toll-KEER-shə")

A former slave who has shown tremendous Force potential, Lord Tollkirsche is the former apprentice of the late Darth Zash. Though Pureblood, his origins are actually somewhat obscure, nothing is known of him prior to his appearance on the slave markets of Zygerria. Personality profile indicates an off-balance individual who sadistically delights in the suffering of others; though he shows compassion and a feral sense of justice on random occasions. Tollkisrche is another link to Revan; he was observed making several trips to the Revanite camp outside Kaas City, before departing the system on an errand for his master. It is debatable whether he can be trusted by the Dark Council. However, like a Kaas electrical storm, Tollkirsche is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

Tollkirsche was my wildcard back when I played before. I turned off the Light/Dark indicators and just chose what I wanted to do with worrying about the points. I also ended up doing a lot of the space fighter games with him. While upon my recent return, I finished up the second chapter of Tollkirsche's story, I haven't really played since, and my only interest in doing so is to unlock Pureblood for use on the Republic side for Jedi.

Weiden

Human, Bounty Hunter (Mercenary)
"If at first you don't succeed, reload."

German = Willows, also the the name of a town I visited several times while staying in Germany a few years ago.

One of my original characters, Weiden has been on hiatus—stuck on Balmorra—for ages. I loved the idea of the skull facepaint on his dark skin. I'd thought to pick him back up when I got to the right place in the story with Silverleaf, but Scooter likes him better, plus it would create different group dynamic since Scooter's Agent, is a healing Operative.

Believe it or not, I actually have more to come.
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