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Gorman Vandrayk
Gorman Vandrayk
Biographical information
Homeworld

Arkania[1]

Physical description
Species

Arkanian Offshoot[1]

Gender

Male[1]

Hair color

White[2]

Eye color

Blue[2]

Skin color

White[2]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Old Republic era[2]

Affiliation

The Adasca BioMechanical Corporation of Arkania (Formerly)[1]

"Did you ever stop to think there's a reason he might not want to be found? That a man that brilliant might not have been born to live in a junkyard?"
―Jarael, to Zayne Carrick[src]

Doctor Gorman Vandrayk, also known by the nickname Camper, was an Arkanian Offshoot scientist who went on the run from his former employer, the Arkanian biotechnology giant Adascorp, for over 30 years. Celebrated for his brilliance during his years as a university student and later with Adascorp, Vandrayk's pioneering research into the exogorths—a species of mysterious space slugs found in many disparate regions of the galaxy—led him to learn how to control the beasts and direct their movement. Vandrayk's fascination with the exogorths was purely scientific, but when he realized that his bosses at Adascorp were planning on weaponizing the beasts, Vandrayk fled in a junk hauler called The Last Resort and took his indispensable knowledge with him. During his years on the run, Vandrayk met a young Offshoot named Jarael, who had spent much of her life in a slaving ring and wanted out. Vandrayk helped Jarael escape, and in return, Jarael promised to protect Vandrayk as he grew more advanced in age. Eventually, the pair settled in the Lower City of the planet Taris, where Vandrayk, known to the world as "Camper," became known as an addled tinkerer who occasionally dabbled in rigging old escape pods to conceal wanted fugitives.

Vandrayk and Jarael rarely left their home until 3964 BBY, when an underworld acquaintance of Vandrayk's, a Snivvian criminal named Marn Hierogryph, showed up at The Last Resort with the most wanted man on Taris in tow: Zayne Carrick, a former Jedi Padawan falsely accused in the slayings of his Jedi class. When a large force of law enforcement and several Jedi Masters arrived in search of Carrick, Vandrayk took flight with Jarael, Carrick and Hierogryph in The Last Resort and managed to escape pursuit. Although initially at odds, the group eventually grew close, and Vandrayk would aid Carrick in his quest to find out exactly why his classmates were slain, and later in saving Carrick from execution when he briefly turned himself in to authorities. After leaving Taris behind, Jarael was mistaken for a Jedi and kidnapped by Mandalorian warriors on the planet Vanquo, during the Mandalorian attack on the planet as part of the Mandalorian Wars with the Galactic Republic. Vandrayk was more than willing to fight the Mandalorians himself to get her back, but with the help of a Mandalorian named Rohlan Dyre, the group was able to rescue Jarael and a number of Jedi captives from a Mandalorian-held station on the planet Flashpoint.

Vandrayk and Jarael still valued their anonymity over everything, and in 3963 BBY they parted ways with Carrick on Hierogryph. But Vandrayk's health was failing—its cause eventually revealed to be allergens in the air filtration system of The Last Resort, which had not flown in years—and fearing for her friend's life, Jarael took the ship to Arkania in the hopes that an Arkanian doctor could help him. There, she was discovered by Adascorp, who manipulated her into helping bring Vandrayk back to them. Holding them both aboard Adascorp's mobile headquarters, the Arkanian Legacy, Adascorp head Arkoh Adasca threatened Jarael's safety to force Vandrayk to finish the exogorth project he had abandoned decades earlier, so Adasca could then sell control of the exogorths to the highest bidder in a play to make Adascorp a galactic power. Partially due to the help of Zayne Carrick, who happened to be aboard the Arkanian Legacy as the prisoner of a Republic delegation, Adasca's mad plot was foiled. After years on the run, Vandrayk got the last laugh, ordering the exogorths to tear the Adascorp ship to pieces and end the Adasca line. With a final holo-message to Jarael, Vandrayk then took his leave in The Last Resort, leading the exogorths out into Wild Space so he could remove their implants and let them be what nature intended again.

BiographyEdit

Adascorp scientistEdit

"I knew what Adasca's grandfather had in mind for the slugs—and, still, I studied 'em, because they were interesting. That's my fault."
―Gorman Vandrayk[src]
Lifeofcamper

A young Gorman Vandrayk, Adascorp scientist

Gorman Vandrayk grew up on the Arkanian homeworld of Arkania, a member of the Arkanian Offshoot sub-species. In the years prior to the Great Sith War, Vandrayk was recognized as an extremely promising and award-winning university student who impressed with his brilliance in biology, engineering and cybernetics[3] and he was hired immediately after graduation by the Arkanian biotechnology titan Adascorp and set to work in the corporate labs.[1] During his years at Adascorp, Doctor Vandrayk began studying the exogorths, a mysterious species of massive space slugs that had been found in many disparate locations throughout the galaxy,[4] in a clandestine Adascorp operation known as Project Black Harvest.[5] Vandrayk led a scientific team inside a dormant exogorth and made a study of its brain, unlocking the secrets of the species—they traveled between star systems in search of sustenance, going into a sort of hibernation while riding the solar winds to their destinations. Vandrayk eventually learned how to contact and control the minds of the exogorths, and also how to speed their reproduction, make them grow even larger, and propel them with hyperdrive implants.[4] Vandrayk believed that if properly controlled, the exogorths could be used to efficiently refine ore and other raw materials.[6]

After studying the exogorths, Vandrayk met with research director Artonian Dobonold and Argaloh Adasca, the Sixth Lord Adasca and the head of Adascorp. Vandrayk's findings about the destructive power and reproductive potential of the exogorths intrigued Lord Adasca, who believed that control of the beasts could greatly benefit Adascorp in the context of the ongoing Great Sith War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. When Vandrayk realized that Adasca was suggesting weaponizing the beasts, he decided that he wanted no part of it, and immediately left the room—that briefing would be Vandrayk's last with Adascorp,[5] as he broke his contract and went on the run in a junk hauler known as The Last Resort.[4] Hunted by Adascorp, who had placed a sizable bounty on his head,[7] Vandrayk at some point did business with a notorious slaving ring known as the Crucible. There he encountered a young Offshoot named Jarael, who had grown up as a slave in the Crucible and had spent some years as a slaver until she had finally had enough. Vandrayk helped Jarael escape her life in the Crucible[8] and she became his constant companion, pledging herself to protect Vandrayk as he aged and his mental faculties diminished.[9]

On the run with Zayne CarrickEdit

"Last Resort isn't a junkyard, Snout—it's a junk-hauler!"
―Gorman Vandrayk to Marn Hierogryph, during their escape from Taris[src]
Thecamper

"Camper," the aging tinkerer of Junk Junction

Vandrayk and Jarael had eventually took up residence in a run-down section of the planet Taris' Lower City known as Junk Junction,[2] a site they chose because it was large and open enough to conceal The Last Resort.[10] The Offshoots set traps within Junk Junction's mounds of debris to deter visitors,[2] and surrounding their ship with tents and awnings, they disguised The Last Resort as their home.[3] "Camper" spent his days fiddling with droids and with The Last Resort itself, tinkering with the ship so much that he had lost track what he had done to which systems.[2] Vandrayk and Jarael took to selling Vandrayk's inventions to put food on the table, while Jarael worked as a day laborer at a Kedorzhan reclamation plant. Although the two purposely avoided the local swoop gangs in the area,[3] Vandrayk sure enough became known in the Tarisian underworld for refitting old escape pods into shipping containers that could be used for covert transport—at one point, Vandrayk, at the behest of small-time hood Marn Hierogryph, held conceal wanted criminal Zovius Mendu within a crate of dried dreeka fish to be shipped to Corellia.[2] One of Vandrayk's creations during this period of his life was a shockstaff that Jarael wielded as her personal weapon.[3]

In 3964 BBY, the Padawan Massacre occurred in Taris' Jedi Tower—an entire class of Jedi Padawans were slain by their Jedi Masters, with the exception of Human Zayne Carrick. Carrick was charged with the murders, and after he escaped pursuit with "accomplice" Hierogryph, he became the most wanted man on Taris. Remembering the role Vandrayk played in helping Zovius Mendu evade justice, Hierogryph brought Carrick with him to Junk Junction, seeking Vandrayk's help again. Upon their approach, however, they set off one of Vandrayk's traps and incurred the wrath of Jarael, who attacked and injured Carrick with her shockstaff. As Hierogryph unsuccessfully pleaded with Vandrayk to help them, The Last Resort was found by a law enforcement ship searching for Carrick, which contained Constable Noana Sowrs and several Jedi Masters from the Jedi Tower. Vandrayk immediately bolted up to The Last Resort's cockpit and raised ship with Carrick and Hierogryph aboard, escaping into outer space.[2]

It was a short trip. The Last Resort had not flown in years, and the vessel lost power quickly after clearing the planet's atmosphere. As patrol ships approached, Vandrayk was able to power the ship back up, evading pursuit by flying into the Taris system's asteroid belt. The whole experience was too much for Vandrayk, who collapsed from exhaustion, believing that Adascorp had again come for him. The next day, the group traveled to the rogue moon, an anomalous planetoid within the asteroid belt that was constantly bombarded by meteorites—it was the last place Carrick and friends had all been together with their Masters before the massacre occurred, and Carrick was hoping to learn more about what precipitated the killings. Vandrayk dropped Carrick and Jarael off on the rogue moon's surface, then brought the ship around to the other side of the moon, as The Last Resort did not have functioning shields and would shortly be obliterated if it stayed where it was. There, Carrick found the remnants of T1-LB, a bulk-loading droid that been with the Jedi Masters on the rogue moon, and which might have had a clue as to what had propelled the Masters to kill their students. Shortly after they found the droid, however, Carrick and Jarael were cornered by the Masters and law enforcement, who had tracked them to the moon.[11] Vandrayk and Hierogryph were able to save the two in the nick of time, firing on the pursuers and escaping with Carrick, Jarael and T1-LB in The Last Resort.[9]

Once The Last Resort was safely away, Vandrayk set to work repairing T1-LB, whom Carrick believed held valuable infomation in its holographic memory. The extent of the damage to the droid caused some problems accessing the memory, so Vandrayk completely upgraded and restored T1-LB—he added a higher-class processor, a vocabulator and a holographic projector to the droid,[9] which was previously a fifth-class drone without the ability to speak.[11] After getting T1-LB back up and running, Vandrayk was able to access a holographic recording of the droid's final moments, which revealed that the Masters had killed their students after having a Force vision that they believed depicted one of their Padawans bringing about the return of the Sith and the fall of the Jedi Order. T1-LB then relived his destruction at the hands of Master Lucien Draay, and flew into a distressed rampage that Vandrayk was forced to calm down. Only a few moments later, The Last Resort found itself caught in a tractor beam, captured by a ship that Hierogryph recognized as the Oroko, belonging to local bounty hunter Valius Ying. Once aboard, Hierogryph was able to negotiate with Ying and get himself, Vandrayk and Jarael freed, on the condition that Carrick come with them to cash in on the former Padawan's sizable bounty on Taris.[9]

Carrick agreed to turn himself in, in order to allow Vandrayk, Jarael and Hierogryph to get away—although they could have left him to his fate and been off, instead they formulated a plan to save him. As Ying brought Carrick down to Taris' surface, Hierogryph bribed the Oroko's first mate to release The Last Resort in Taris' orbit. Vandrayk modified one of The Last Resort's environment suit with a trick helmet and an audio recording that would disturb the Jedi Masters, and Jarael was sent into the Jedi Tower wielding Carrick's lightsaber, which he had left behind on the Oroko, and covered by blaster fire from The Last Resort. Jarael arrived in the nick of time, and together the group escaped Taris in The Last Resort.[12]

FlashpointEdit

"This is my ship, Mandie! And this belongs to the girl you took! Let's trade!"
―Gorman Vandrayk attacks Rohlan Dyre with Jarael's shockstaff[src]
Camperattack

Camper attacks Rohlan Dyre

Now carrying wanted fugitives and running low on food, Vandrayk and The Last Resort soon stopped by the Republic mining world of Vanquo, where they formulated a plan to clear a local mining camp of its staff by simulating an attack by the Mandalorians, a notorious warrior culture that had recently come into conflict with the Republic. Vandrayk hijacked the camp's distress channel, while Jarael posed as Jedi Master Q'Anilia—one of the Taris Jedi Masters hunting for Carrick—informing the miners that the Mandalorians had landed on Vanquo. Also influenced by Carrick's Force abilities and T1-LB banging on the side of their control building, the miners quickly panicked and fled, leaving the camp, and its vast stores of food, survival gear and power sources, to the crew of The Last Resort. But while the group loaded supplies into The Last Resort, the Mandalorians attacked Vanquo for real. Jarael, who still was in possession of Carrick's lightsaber, was mistaken for a Jedi and captured after a brief fight, and Carrick had to physically restrain Vandrayk from going after her. Vandrayk was overcome by shock and grief, and had to be carried to The Last Resort by T1-LB, who charged through a host of Mandalorian invaders on the way there. Once they reached the ship, they were overtaken by a Mandalorian captain, who attempted to steal the vessel and fly away—[13] T1-LB managed to get a grip on the loading ramp as The Last Resort took off, and the group was narrowly able to climb aboard before the ramp was raised.[14]

Vandrayk immediately charged the cockpit, attacking the Mandalorian with Jarael's shockstaff and quickly gaining the upper hand, before casting him down into the cargo hold where T1-LB immobilized him. Vandrayk took control of The Last Resort and took off into hyperspace towards Mandalorian space, tracking a homing device built into Jarael's bracelet. Once the Mandalorian heard that they were headed into Mandalorian territory, he spoke up and offered to help—introducing himself as shock infantryman Rohlan Dyre, he revealed that Jarael was being taken to the Flashpoint Stellar Research Station, where the Mandalorian biologist Demagol was experimenting on captured Jedi to determine the source of their abilities. Although Dyre believed that saving Jarael was an impossible task, Vandrayk and Carrick refused to let her go.[14] Instead, Carrick came up with a plan. Once The Last Resort reached Flashpoint, Carrick posed as Dyre's prisoner and was brought to Demagol's bunker, while Vandrayk and Hierogryph hid from a Mandalorian search party inside one of the ship's special compartments. Once Carrick was taken back to Demagol's office, Dyre incapacitated the scientist and freed Carrick, and the former Padawan switched into Demagol's armor. Once "Demagol" and Dyre walked outside, the Mandalorian station received a holographic message from Hierogryph, who was posing as a Republic admiral. After Carrick surreptitiously used the Force to attach scavenged Vanquo mining charges to the camp's solar shield generator and a number captured Republic ships, "Admiral" Hierogryph set off explosions that rocked the camp and scared the Mandalorians into fleeing the planet. Jarael and the rest of the Jedi were saved, and reunited, Vandrayk and the crew of The Last Resort left Flashpoint behind and headed back toward Republic space.[15]

RediscoveredEdit

Vandrayk: "N-n-no! The Company! They've found me! Leave me alone! Leave me–Jarael?"
Adasca: "I am Lord Adasca. And I can save you, Camper–if you'll let me."
Jarael: "It'll be all right, Camper. Trust me. He can help."
―Gorman Vandrayk is finally tracked down by Adascorp[src]

After surviving the madness at Flashpoint, the crew of The Last Resort journeyed to the banking world of Telerath, to retrieve a large sum of money held in one of Marn Hierogryph's bank accounts frozen after the Padawan Massacre. As Hierogryph could not leave the ship for fear of being recognized and arrested, Vandrayk ventured forth disguised as a "Baron Hyro Margryph," a wealthy recycling magnate whose account was mistakenly frozen owing to his name's similarity to that of the wanted criminal Hierogryph. Although Vandrayk mistakenly left the document with the 30-digit account access code on the ship, he surprised everyone by remembering the code anyway. Suddenly, however, a pair of Ithorian bounty hunters emerged from the bushes and made off with their banker, a man named Arvan. Vandrayk and Jarael gave chase along with Carrick and Hierogryph, the latter of whom recognized the description of the hunters as the Moomo Brothers, who were known in underworld circles for their incompetence and stupidity. Vandrayk had to pull out of the chase after suffering a faint spell, and while the Moomo Brothers were able to escape with the banker, Carrick was able to get close enough to recognize the Moomos' prisoner as his father.[16]

Jarael protects Camper

Jarael protects Camper from an attacking HK-24

Knowing that the banker was actually Carrick's father made the situation more dire for the group, and they formulated a plan to save Arvan Carrick from captivity aboard the Moomo's ship, the Moomo Williwaw. With Vandrayk posing as Carrick, the crew of The Last Resort was able to confuse the Moomos into fighting one another, which allowed Carrick and his father to slip away. Once they were able to safely shepherd Carrick's father onto The Last Resort, they succeeded in obtaining their money and were soon on their way.[17] With the Telerath caper behind them, and Carrick setting off on his own mission to clear his name, the crew of The Last Resort decided that it was time to split up. To this end, the group made their way to the planet Ralltiir, where Vandrayk caught Hierogryph trying to sell some of his projects as valuable artwork—once Hierogryph promised to cut him in on the deal, Vandrayk allowed the Snivvian to proceed.[18] Vandrayk and Jarael eventually dropped the two fugitives off on Ralltiir, where Vandrayk gifted Carrick a pair of phrikite vambraces that he had personally made before they parted. In return, Hierogryph got Vandrayk and Jarael a crate of hyperdrive parts the ship desperately needed. However, Vandrayk and Jarael got more than they bargained for with the package: an HK-24 assassin droid, sent by Vandrayk's former employers at Adascorp, had stowed away inside the crate and attacked once The Last Resort had gone into hyperspace.[19]

Although the HK-24 succeeded in taking Vandrayk down despite resistance from Jarael and T1-LB, another stowaway emerged to save the day—Rohlan Dyre, who had been hiding on the ship since Flashpoint, revealed himself and destroyed the droid.[20] With Vandrayk's health failing, Dyre attempted to treat the old Arkanian, but was unable to do much about Vandrayk's delirium and weak pulse. As Vandrayk laid incapacitated aboard The Last Resort, Jarael took the ship to Arkania in the hopes that someone there would be able to help him. Jarael tried to evade Arkanian discrimination against Offshoots by disguising herself as a pureblood Arkanian and bribed a doctor into helping her get a diagnosis for Vandrayk—[21]but Adascorp recognized their former employee's genetic profile from the sample Jarael provided, and saw their opportunity to bring Vandrayk back into the fold. Lord Arkoh Adasca, Argaloh Adasca's grandson and the new head of Adascorp, brought Jarael aboard his flagship, the Arkanian Legacy, and promised to help Vandrayk if Jarael led them to him, a proposal that Jarael accepted.[1] Vandrayk finally stirred on The Last Resort only to see a holographic message from the Arkanian Legacy with Jarael at Adasca's side—when Vandrayk realized that the company he had fled from for years had finally found him, he fainted once again.[21]

Camper's last laughEdit

"Your grandfather was putrid–an' your father was worse! And now we got the eighth Lord Adasca. Well, I got news for ya–there ain't gonna be no ninth!"
"Vandrayk! It's just me now, Offshoot–right here in the observatory. Do you have the guts to confront a
true Arkanian? You want me, you filthy animal? You come down here and get me!"
"You got it… boss. And by the way–I quit…
again!'"
―Gorman Vandrayk and Arkoh Adasca, before the latter's death[src]
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Vandrayk bids a final goodbye to Jarael before taking off for Wild Space

Vandrayk was immediately ushered away by an Adascorp medical team once aboard the Arkanian Legacy, with Adasca claiming to Jarael that his weakness was caused by a pathogen called "Balinquar's Virus" that Vandrayk had contracted during his years in the Adascorp corporate labs. The existence of the virus was a lie—what was ailing Vandrayk was actually molds and allergens running through the air circulation on The Last Resort, from which he recovered quickly after coming aboard The Last Resort. Once he was healthy enough to move around, Vandrayk was informed that he was being held until he finished the exogorth project he had begun all those years ago, and that Jarael would also be kept to ensure that he complied.[1] With Vandrayk's help, Adasca hoped to finally fulfill his grandfather's hopes to use the exogorths to benefit Adascorp. Adasca invited representatives from all sides of the still-ongoing Mandalorian Wars to the Arkanian Legacy, planning to sell control of the exogorths to the highest bidder and turn Adascorp into a galactic power. To this end, Vandrayk was forced to help a team of Adascorp scientists to affix a large number of exogorths near the star Omonoth with implants to bring them under their control, in preparations for Adasca's sales pitch and demonstration for the interested parties. Once the work was done, Vandrayk retreated to his control station's spacesuit stowage closet and contacted Jarael, still held aboard the Arkanian Legacy, over her locator bracelet. Jarael apprised Vandrayk of what was happening on the ship, including the presence of Zayne Carrick, while Vandrayk informed Jarael that Adascorp had for years been actively working to wipe out the Offshoot population. Their conversation was interrupted when Arkoh Adasca arrived on the scene, and the head of Adascorp ripped the bracelet from Jarael's wrist and threatened to make her a test subject for Adascorp plague designers if Vandrayk did not continue to comply with his plans.[22]

However, Carrick, who was present as a prisoner of Republic Navy Admiral Saul Karath, came up with a plan to foil Adasca. Working together with Republic pilot Carth Onasi, Carrick provoked a fight between the Republic and Mandalorian contingents that served as a distraction and allowed Lucien Draay and the Jedi to advance on Adasca. After Vandrayk, still aboard the command station, received an excited message from Carrick saying that Jarael had been freed, Vandrayk put his plan to destroy Adasca's exogorth initiative into action. First, Vandrayk transferred the station's controls into one of his own computers, effectively locking the other scientists out, and then overrode the HK-24 droid guarding him and directed it to destroy the station's airlock. While Vandrayk was safely sealed in a spacesuit, he had ripped large gashes into the other suits aboard the station, dooming the Adascorp scientists. Vandrayk then remotely directed The Last Resort out of the Arkanian Legacy's docking bay and to the control station, boarding the vessel and using it to send a transmission to the Arkanian Legacy. Vandrayk taunted Adasca over the Arkanian Legacy's comm system, before commanding the exogorths to devour the ship whole. Vandrayk then sent a message to Jarael, explaining that this would be their final parting—Vandrayk planned to take The Last Resort and lead the exogorths away from civilization and into Wild Space, then remove their implants and allow them to be what they originally were. Remarking that he was thinking clearly for the first time in years, Vandrayk bade his last farewell to Jarael, who was able to escape the Arkanian Legacy before its destruction after Carrick's Trandoshan friend Slyssk, working at Hierogryph's behest, arrived with the Moomo Brothers on the Moomo Williwaw.[23]

LegacyEdit

"Yes… perfect. I'll build a Vandrayk Generator. It was theorized by Doctor Gorman Vandrayk centuries ago, but never realized."
―Tharan Cedrax[src]

During his life, Vandrayk theorized the existence of a machine known as the Vandrayk Generator, which he was unable to construct due to the fact that it would run on a form of energy that did not exist at the time. The Vandrayk Generator would remain just an idea for the next several centuries—until the time of the Cold War, when it was finally built by Doctor Tharan Cedrax, a well-known scientist and technologist who constructed the device to display at a symposium held by the Lumenatus Club, a secret society comprised of scientific geniuses. However, instead of showcasing the Vandrayk Generator, Cedrax had a change of heart and used the core of the device to increase the sentience of Holiday, his holographic assistant and companion.[24]

Personality and traitsEdit

"This guy's idea of radiation shielding is probably a good hat and a disarming smile!"
―Zayne Carrick[src]

By 3964 BBY, Vandrayk was a hermit, a gruff and direct man who spent his days fiddling with droids and talking to himself,[2] always fearful that Adascorp would eventually find him[11] and ready to run at the first sign of trouble.[2] Even in his days at Adascorp, Vandrayk had a reputation for overlooking small details, and often did not finish the jobs that he started.[1] Vandrayk frequently dealt with criminals as he worked to support himself and Jarael, but he held little love for those he came into contact with, especially regarding Marn Hierogryph, whom he referred to as "Snout", as a lowlife.[2] Vandrayk also held distrust and disdain for the Mandalorians, especially Rohlan Dyre.[14] Affected by the allergens in The Last Resort's air filtration system, Vandrayk's mind and body became progressively more addled after he left Taris.[1] Vandrayk's memory began to fail him, and he often could not remember what he had done to which system on The Last Resort[11]but he still remained sharp enough to remember long number combinations, such as Marn Hierogryph's bank account access code on Telerath.[16]

Vandrayk was fiercely protective of Jarael, his constant companion, as she was of him—Vandrayk tracked Jarael through a locator bracelet she wore on her wrist,[14] and was more than willing to fight the Mandalorians himself to save her when they captured her on Vanquo.[13] Vandrayk's first reaction when he realized that Jarael had led Adascorp to him was to immediately faint.[21] Though he hated "the Company," his need to protect Jarael was his weakness and Adascorp was successfully able to force him to work for them by threatening her life.[4] Vandrayk was fascinated by the exogorths, studying them despite having an idea what the Adascas wanted for them—[22]Vandrayk's interest in the beasts was purely scientific, and he wanted nothing more than to let them "be what they were." Vandrayk despised the entire Adasca line, and that feeling extended to anyone associated with Adascorp, even scientists who filled the same positions he once did. In the end, Vandrayk made the decision to leave Jarael behind for the greater good, trusting in Zayne Carrick, whom he felt great affection for, to take care of her.[23] Vandrayk had white skin, white hair and blue eyes.[19]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

"He was a wonder with things both organic and inorganic–as knowledgeable about biology as he was about technology."
―Arkoh Adasca[src]

Vandrayk was renowned for his aptitude in the fields of biology, cybernetics and engineering before he had even graduated university, and he was widely regarded as a brilliant scientist during his years at Adascorp.[1] After he fled Adascorp, Vandrayk spent his days tinkering aboard The Last Resort—Vandrayk had intricate knowledge of many types of droids and technological systems. Although many of Vandrayk's creations in those years did not work, Vandrayk succeeded in building items such as Jarael's shockstaff[3] and Zayne Carrick's phrikite vambraces.[16] Vandrayk was extremely skilled with droids—after Carrick found the shattered husk of T1-LB on Taris' rogue moon, Vandrayk was able to completely restore and upgrade the droid,[9] something which Carrick thought only a "miracle worker" could do. Vandrayk was still a skilled pilot even in his old age,[11] and when his head was clear, he was capable of planning and executing complex plots.[23] Vandrayk became prone to fainting spells as the years advanced,[21] but he was still spry enough to attack and overcome Rohlan Dyre with Jarael's shockstaff after Jarael was kidnapped on Vanquo.[14]

Behind the scenesEdit

The character of Camper first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement, the first story arc of John Jackson Miller's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic comic series, released in 2006.[11] Vandrayk was designed by artist Brian Ching, who drew most of the Commencement arc. Early on in the creative process, Ching submitted drawings of Camper and Jarael that were unique from how Arkanians had looked in past Star Wars media—this played into the general theme of segregation that Miller wanted to explore, and so the concept of the Offshoots was born.[25] Camper's real name was not given as "Gorman Vandrayk" until Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 17: Nights of Anger, Part 2,[1] and in the ensuing issues his backstory was revealed.[4][23] In addition to Ching, Vandrayk was illustrated by Dustin Weaver,[16] Harvey Tolibao[17] and Bong Dazo during his Knights of the Old Republic run.[22]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 17: Nights of Anger, Part 2
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3: Commencement, Part 3
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Handbook
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 18: Nights of Anger, Part 3
  5. 5.0 5.1 Adascorp Fiscal Period Financial Report and Outlook: Field Report: Project Black Harvest
  6. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 294 ("Vandrayk, Gorman (the Camper)")
  7. The Adjudicator Special Report: The Colonies
  8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 46: Destroyer, Part 2
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 5: Commencement, Part 5
  10. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 181 ("Junk Junction")
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