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- "My trigger finger needs some exercise"
- ―The Bounty Hunter
A bounty hunter, later known as the "Grand Champion of the Great Hunt", was one of the many bounty hunters hired by the Sith Empire during the Cold War and eventually became the Galactic Republic's Most Wanted.
The Hunter rose to prominence in a time of great galactic upheaval. The Cold War brought about resumed hostilities between the Galactic Republic and the resurgent Sith Empire following the breaking of the Treaty of Coruscant, which had ended the Great Galactic War some eleven years earlier. Due to the diplomatic nature of fighting an undeclared war, the Empire utilized hired mercenaries and bounty hunters without hesitation to accomplish much of its goals. This practice carried over into the Galactic War.
Three Great Hunts were held during this eleven-year period. The Hunter participated in the last of these. Their main rival would become Tarro Blood, who participated in a hunt ten years earlier, and was badly beaten by his fellow competitors after they united against him. The previous hunt was won by Jewl'a Nightbringer.
Entering the HuntEdit
- "Every bounty hunter who's won a Great Hunt went on to massive glory and riches--which is why we're here."
During the Cold War, the bounty hunter Braden found a young, talented hunter whom he took in as his protege. Arriving on Nal Hutta, the Hunter was introduced to the others of Braden's team: Mako, a talented slicer, and Jory, a strong Nikto who was responsible for security. Braden planned on getting his protege into the Great Hunt, a competition held for bounty hunters across the galaxy. There were two ways to gain sponsorship: One either had to become a Mandalorian, a process that would take too long considering the competition was nearly beginning, or gain the favour of a powerful crime lord. As it so happened, Suudaa Nem'ro was one who had not yet sponsored a hunter. Running their base of operations out of the Poison Pit cantina in Nem'ro's town of Jiguuna, which was embroiled in a war between Nem'ro's forces and those of Voontara Fa'athra, the team began to search for ways to get the Hunter noticed by the powerful Hutt.
Since Braden had dealings with Nem'ro in the past, he was able to secure an introduction for the Hunter, but first Mako would need to forge rumours of the Hunter's exploits across the galaxy. In addition, the hunter would need to take down a difficult target to prove his worth. Mako found that a disreputable Corellian fugitive named Vexx was in town. The Hunter raided Vexx's safe house, finding nothing but his henchmen and a datapad, which Mako was able to slice, cracking the encryption to reveal that Vexx planned to take a shuttle off-planet. Arriving at Jiguuna's spaceport just before Vexx escaped, the Hunter engaged him in combat and won, killing him. Upon returning to the Poison Pit, the Hunter discovered the bodies of Braden and Jory in their room at the cantina. Examining the room's holorecording, the Hunter and Mako learned that the two were killed by Sedyn Kyne on the orders of Tarro Blood, depriving the Hunter of the support needed to enter the Great Hunt. While the Hunter went to speak with Nem'ro about securing his sponsorship, Mako gave Jory and Braden a proper burial in the planet's swamps.
- "You want sponsorship in the Great Hunt. I can provide that. But why should I? Mako says you are a famous bounty hunter--that hardened men run and hide just hearing your name. But Mako says many things. You want to prove that you are this fearsome manhunter? I will give you that chance."
- ―Nem'ro, upon meeting the Hunter.
Before arriving at Nem'ro's Palace, the Hunter eliminated two prominent leaders of Fa'athra's forces that were holed up in Jiguuna, threatening the security of Nem'ro's rule. Upon meeting the Hunter, Nem'ro praised them for their assistance against Fa'athra, but voiced skepticism about the Hunter's true abilities. To sell their reputation, the Hunter would need to bring Nem'ro the head of an Evocii known as Huttsbane, the leader of a violent uprising against the Hutts on the planet. The Hunter complied with the order, killing the Evocii and his clan. Mako reported to the Hunter via holocom that she had confirmed the identity of Braden's killer as Tarro Blood, and that she been followed by a suspicious man in a bone mask. She had also discovered that Blood was paying off other Mandalorians so that they wouldn't gang up on him like they did in the last Great Hunt.
The Hunter returned to Nem'ro's Palace with Huttsbane's head, delivering it before the Hutt to the sound of his approval. Before acquiring payment from a Twi'lek named Juda, the Hunter was briefed by Nem'ro on the next bounty for a man named Yalt, one of Nem'ro's former accountants who had betrayed him for Fa'athra at his wife's suggestion. The Hunter tracked Yalt to one of Fa'athra's factories in the Rust Yards of Nal Hutta and, after heavy fighting through Fa'athra's forces, cornered him. Though Yalt begged for mercy, even offering a bribe, the Hunter declined, killing Yalt and taking the man's head to his wife.
Upon returning to Nem'ro's throne room, the Hunter was engaged by a Rodian bounty hunter named Nails, who had been hired by Tarro Blood. The Hunter threatened Nails, but she declined the chance to leave, and was killed by the Hunter. The Hunter then confirmed their kill with Nem'ro, who asked him to go kill his beast keeper. This turned out to be a trick—the keeper released a series of beasts upon the Hunter, who killed them all. The keeper then attacked the Hunter, and was killed.
Nem'ro told the Hunter then that he had already sponsored someone for the Great Hunt–a Trandoshan named Rarsk. The Hunter was angered by this and set out to Voontara Fa'athra the Hutt's palace to engage Rarsk. Mako insisted she go with the Hunter, and the Hunter agreed. The two set out for Fa'athra's Palace and found Rarsk's bounty, a Republic scientist named Albea. When Rarsk entered the palace, the Hunter and Mako killed him and took the token. Then the Hunter took in Albea for the bounty, which Mako argued against.
Returning to Nem'ro, they found the bone-masked man that had been following Mako, and learned that he was actually a Great Hunt representative named Grataa. He accepted the Hunter into the Great Hunt, and Mako and the Hunter were allowed to travel to Dromund Kaas to enter the melee that would decide who entered the Hunt.
The Hunter managed to win sponsorship from Nem'ro despite proxies sent by Blood.
Arriving on Dromund Kaas, capital of the Sith Empire, the Hunter and Mako met up with their contact at the Mandalorian Enclave, Crysta Markon, who sent them on bounties across the planet to earn a spot in the final melee. But again, Blood continued to interfere by dispatching freelance Imperial mercenaries and later claimed that the Hunter died within the Dark Temple. Ultimately, the Hunter managed to win the final melee and became a Great Hunt competitor. Blood attempted to denounce the Hunter but the Huntsmaster had already made his decision. Enraged that he could not get his enemy disqualified, Blood promised to see the Hunter dead.
The Great HuntEdit
Crysta then instructed the Hunter to steal a D5-Mantis Patrol Craft from the spaceport, but Blood had alerted the port authorities to the upcoming theft. But not even that could stop the Hunter, who killed the Imperials and the ship's Neimoidian owner.
The first Hunt target for the Hunter was Admiral Ivernus on Balmorra, an important Imperial official who never leaves his ship. However, Mako was able to determine a weak link through Major Pirell, who was looking for help. But upon disembarking, they were accosted by Vexx's siblings, who were told by Blood that the Hunter shot Vexx in the back and killed Braden when he discovered the Hunter's "crime". The Hunter was able to convince the two that Tarro was deceiving them.
The Hunter soon met with Pirell, who was looking to discredit his superior and gain the favour of Ivernus. He had the Hunter run jobs across Balmorra to that effort, ultimately succeeding in bringing Ivernus away from the protection of his warship. But much to Pirell's surprise, Ivernus was looking to execute him for his incompetence, before Pirell's Cathar slave was revealed to be a rival bounty hunter after Ivernus. The Hunter is able to kill both the rival and Ivernus at the same time. The Hunter also chose to spare Pirell, considering his cowardice. The Imperial promised to put all the blame on the Cathar.
The second target was a private security consultant and assassin called the Eidolon, who was an avid Republic supporter, on Nar Shaddaa. The Hunter and Mako got in contact with Geleren, a Twi'lek slaver, and Mako's old friend Anuli, who assisted them in sabotaging Eidolon Security. Unfortunately, the Eidolon retaliated, killing both Geleren and Anuli before facing the Hunter to a duel. The latter prevailed. Despite the Hutt Cartel was offering a significant sum for the live capture of the Eidolon, the Zabrak pleaded to be granted a mercy killing, rather than be subjected to the mercies of the Hutts. The Hunter granted his wish.
The Hunter was soon called upon by Assistant Huntsmaster Lek to retrieve a list of Great Hunt targets being auctioned on Hutta. The Hunter managed to interrupt the auction and retrieved the list, as well as learning that Blood had leaked the list.
Sands of TatooineEdit
The next target was a Devaronian fugitive named Tyresius Lokai, who ran afoul of many criminal cartels. Unfortunately, Tyresius was tipped off by Blood and was shot down over Tatooine. The Hunter eventually cornered the sly Devaronian at his ship. Tyresius offered a compromise: the Hunter can shoot a double, which could fool even Lek, and Tyresius can work for the Hunter under a new pseudonym, Gault Rennow. The Hunter accepted.
The Durasteel DukeEdit
The fourth target was Duke Corwin, aka the Durasteel Duke. The Hunter sought out the assistance of the House Girard in tracking down Corwin, ultimately cornering the Duke at an Organa estate. But much to the Hunter's surprise, Corwin was discovered to be dead and his sister was posing as him. The Organas then handed over Corwin's body.
Return to Nar ShaddaaEdit
The Hunter was soon contacted by Hedarr Soongh, a previous Champion of the Great Hunt, who informed the Hunter that Blood's allies are gathering on Nar Shaddaa to discuss how to deal with the Hunter. The Hunter and Mako came face-to-face with Braden's murderer, and, with Soongh's supervision, engaged in an honourable death duel that the Hunter won. Unfortunately, the other Mandalorians refused Soongh's demand to let the Hunter finish the Great Hunt in peace, and shot the elderly man in the chest. After the Hunter finished off the rest of Blood's lackeys, with his dying breath, Soongh pleaded the Hunter not to let the Mandalorian fall off the path of honor.
The final roundEdit
The last target of the Great Hunt was Jedi Master Kellian Jarro, who was renowned for the most Mandalorian kills during the Sacking of Coruscant. Crysta instructed the Hunter to eliminate Jarro and disable the Republic cruiser Aurora's hyperdrive output regulator, which would cause the ship to be destroyed once it jumps to hyperspace. She also let slip that Blood is already on his way to taking on Jarro.
The Hunter located the Aurora was the Hunter's ship was caught in a tractor beam. Meeting with a Republic security team, the Hunter learned that Blood was captured by Jarro and convinced him that the Hunter was his accomplice. The Hunter refused to be taken into custody and fought through the ship, before finding Blood in the brig. Blood demanded that he be released so they can settle their feud, claiming that it's what both Soongh and Braden would've wanted. Mako retorted that Braden would've wanted to see Blood just as he is, undeserving of an honourable death. The Hunter agreed to leave Blood in his cell and walked away, ignoring the screams of the pathetic former Mandalorian.
The Hunter came face-to-face with Jarro on the bridge, who then attempted to use a mind trick to subdue the Hunter just as he did Blood, but found that his opponent had a much stronger will. The Jedi then attempted reasoning, stating that there's no profit in revenge but the Hunter wouldn't back down. After the Hunter killed Jarro, his Padawan Thendys Noori encouraged the Hunter to kill her as well but the Hunter decided to spare her, though it may be a decision to be regretted.
After narrowly escaping the Aurora's destruction, the victorious Hunter returned to Dromund Kaas and was proclaimed a Grand Champion of the Great Hunt.
Grand Champion of the Great HuntEdit
None too soon, the Hunter was summoned to Mandalore the Vindicated's flagship, the Spirit of Vengeance. Mandalore commended the Hunter for such honorable actions during the Great Hunt. He then tasked the Hunter to slay Akure, the Beast in the Darkness - a Sithspawn on Dromund Kaas and bring back a piece of it as a trophy.
Returning to the Sith homeworld, the Hunter found a Mandalorian brigade camped outside the beast's cave. Though they warned that no Mandalorian has survived an encounter with the Sithspawn, the Hunter ventured inside. After a long and vigorous fight, the Hunter managed to slay the beast, much to the surprise of the Mandalorians.
Returning to the Spirit of Vengeance, the Hunter presented the trophy to Mandalore. Mandalore then revealed this was all a test to see if the Hunter could become a Mandalorian. His reasoning was with the Sith calling on him to fight more wars, he needed a Mandalorian among the Grand Champions. The Hunter accepted membership into his clan. The Hunter and Mandalore then feasted in celebration alongside the other Champions, Bloodworthy, Jewl'a Nightbringer and the Defenestrator.
After becoming a Mandalorian, the Champion then went to Taris to deal with the next bounty, the father of Torian Cadera.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "The less time you and trouble spend together, the better."
"You've got a marvelously camouflaged sense of humor, you know that?"
- ―The Grand Champion and Gault Rennow
The Grand Champion, like many other bounty hunters, was a gruff, unpredictable character with a dark sense of humor. The hunter consistently chose the most ruthless tactics to claim his bounties, and used an extensive array of weapons, including wrist rockets, flamethrowers, blaster pistols, explosive and electronic darts, jetpack rockets, and many others.
Behind the scenesEdit
This article represents the character story of the Bounty Hunter player class in Star Wars: The Old Republic, a video game from LucasArts and BioWare. As a result of being player-determined, no canonical description of this individual is currently available; therefore, the article presents the subject's gender as neutral. Additionally, at various points in the course of the game, the player may choose options different from those described in this article.
According to Hall Hood, the writer in charge of maintaining consistency throughout the Republic storylines, the decision to make the Bounty Hunter an Imperial class was inspired by Boba Fett's employment by the Galactic Empire in the original trilogy.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic—Bounty Hunter Mission: "Gauntlet" on Hutta
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Bounty Hunter Mission: "The Last Flight" on Hutta
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Bounty Hunter Mission: "Big Chief" on Hutta
- ↑ J.W. Hollis (2012-08-22). TORWars Podcast #98: Our Interview with BioWare's Hall Hood (MP3). TORWars. Retrieved on August 22, 2012.