Name: Spar Discord
Occupation: Republic Intelligence
Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Height: 5’ 11”
Appearance: Spar is a well built, battle scarred soldier with pale skin from lack of sunlight and short black hair. He has brown eyes and usually a thin layer of cheek stubble. One will usually only see this rarely as he spends most his time in his armor, unless he needs to leave it to go undercover.
Personality: Grim, driven, disillusioned. Spar is very focused and driven to complete his missions in whatever way he deems necessary at the time. He has little patience for unnecessary distraction and cares little for local rules or regulation unless they can serve him to achieve his orders. He has long since been disillusioned with the concept of right and wrong, good or bad due to the hardships and losses in his own life. He lives by his orders and sense of getting the job done no matter what obstacle, cost, or situation arises, as much a coping mechanism as a desire to succeed.
Powers: Spar has no special powers.
Skills: Spar is an experienced soldier with years in recon and intelligence. He is an adept problem solver, has a strong sense of the ebb and flow of a situation, and is used to making whatever decision needs made to achieve his objectives. He has been trained in a wide array of weapons, has passable skills in spycraft and hacking, and can fly most common use military and civilian vehicles.
Equipment: His armor is a basic Commando armor set with several upgrades to its observation and communications suite, including enhanced optics and signal detection, encrypted receiver/sender unit, an optical thermal filter, and 3 deployable cameras that can send back to his armor. He carries a survival pack on his back with a few odds and ends he’s collected over the years, including high tensile strength climbing rope and gear, survival rations, 3 sets of fraudulent identification papers with alternate identities, standard survival gear such as a fire source, water cleaning kit, and trail markers, and additional ammunition and ordnance. He also has a wrist mounted datapad he uses to record or access information.
Spar was born on Kuat to a working class family. He grew up with enough to get by, but always wanting more. This would shape him immeasurably as he grew up in the shadow of the ship building giant Kuat and it’s immensely successful executives as well as much less successful laborers. He was a talented kid who excelled with ease in his schooling and eventually started getting into trouble because he grew bored. This led him to falling in with some of ‘the wrong crowd’ of kids. At first it was all minor things, acting out in class, getting in scuffles with other kids, taking a pen or pencil…. But these actions grew as did the kids, eventually leading to night escapades to ‘liberate’ spare parts from the massive ship manufacturer or else spare niceties from the overly rich executives and their lot. They were successful at first, going after the small things that no one paid attention to, before eventually going after something much larger that someone else cared about, namely trying to make off with a crate of high end computer chips they had planned on selling on the black market. They were caught and detained by Kuat security, a place no one would want to be.
A senior officer named Taigo Runwik was tasked with their cases. As he looked through their files, he noted their string of illicit behaviors, assumed successes and documented failures. He reviewed their schooling records and found that though ill-behaved, they were all talented. Instead of punishing them, he recruited them into the Kuat security force. Taken aback and afraid of the punishment they would receive otherwise, the group of rebellious kids accepted their only way out as Security enforcers.
Taigo put them through training, knowing the mundane routine would push them to rebel and act out. When they did, he was always one step ahead of them and shut their various plans down. He punished them, but not as severely as he would another culprit, because he was grooming them for a specific role. After their training was complete, he again put them into mundane guard duty, knowing the results would be the same. Each time they acted out, their plan became a bit more complex. And each time, he was there to shut them down, though it became harder and harder for him to achieve this. Finally, he was convinced they had been trained enough, and offered them a position in Kuat Security’s internal affairs reporting directly to him, specifically tasked with trying to break into various Kuat locations inspect their security.
This went on for a couple years before a Republic Senator approached Kuat Security and asked them to attempt a similar security inspection on a Military base. Kuat was not pleased with the request, but did not hesitate to assign Taigo and his crew to it. They planned for months how to achieve the assignment before finally acting, attempting to simulate a system failure of the facility mainframe and posing as the repair crew. They were able to infiltrate the facility, make it to the mainframe and download the target schematic. On their way out, they were intercepted by an Intelligence Officer who questioned their credentials. Upon delay in his processing their documents, Taigo believed their cover blown and the Spar and team attempted a hasty retreat, only to be captured on the landing pad by Intelligence troopers.
Though they had been captured, Republic Intelligence was nonetheless impressed and recruited them into its own ranks. From their the team took mission after mission and saw the entire spectrum of the horrors of wars and intelligence. They may have started as starry eyed rebels, but after nearly a decade of work for the Republic’s Intelligence arm, they knew that peace wasn’t maintained by fancy talks and ceremony. The real cost of peace was a select few sacrificing their humanity to do the dirty work no one else wanted or could do.
This mentality led them to without question accept what seemed to be just another mission: Assassinate a Trade Union official named Mardan Jis, whom was obstructing the signing of an agreement between the Trade Union and a mining consortium. They gathered information, observed the target, laid out a plan, and then executed. Unfortunately, they had missed a key detail: Jis had formerly been employed by a Kuat subsidiary named Yi Works, and had been hired by the Trade Union following a string of ruthless and cut throat deals which had served Kuat and Yi Works well. Yi Works had happened to be an information broker… and Mardan Jis knew all about them from his own accesses and a tip off from a rival Republic Senate faction. As the team breached the facility Jis was touring, Spar had been assigned as overwatch sniper this mission. He saw everything unfold and go wrong, but there was nothing he could do about it. His team entered the supposedly unguarded ventilation access point, and then the whole building swarmed with HK battle droids. Spar fired as many shots as he could while hollering at his team to get out, before his position was bombarded by hover tanks. He broke position, attempting to find another place he could put down support fire, before a massive explosion shook the facility and all his squad’s comms went dead.
That was the day he learned the real cost of peace was a select few sacrificing their lives, dying for the stupid political power plays of senators and executives.
Spar was put on leave for some time afterward…. Eventually, he was reassigned from front line Intelligence to information hand off to front line squads. Intelligence kept a very close eye on him thereafter, uncertain if he was truly fit to return to duty, but certain leaving him idle was not going to help him recover.
I will probably go back and flesh out the rest of his team a bit later, but that's enough for now.