HoloNet Uplink – Praetorian Guard (Retinue of Snoke II)

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Welcome to Part Two of my two-part series covering the mysterious Retinue of Snoke. Last time, I covered the purple-clad attendant navigators. This time, we slap some segmented armor over those robes as we take a look at the Praetorian Guard. Basically, they’re like Royal Guard that, like, actually do stuff!

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Praetorian Guard [Nemesis]

Implacable sentinels, Snoke’s Praetorian Guard are at once symbolic of the First Order’s philosophy and deadly defenders of the Supreme Leader. These bodyguards, clad in brilliant crimson robes,  draw directly on the traditions of Emperor Palpatine’s Royal Guard. Much of that old order’s pageantry has been swept away, replaced with the vicious efficiency of composite armor and high-tech weapons.

Carrying forward the First Order aesthetic of symmetry, the Praetorian Guard number exactly eight. Four pairs, each equipped with the same weapons, form Snoke’s last line of defense. The origin of the guard is shrouded in mystery, as are the source of their membership. The Praetorians are rarely seen by all but the highest ranking First Order officers, with the lower ranks left to spread whispered rumors. Some say the guard draw from the elite of the stormtrooper corps, as did Palpatine’s Royal Guard. Other suggest more sinister origins, such as turned survivors of Luke Skywalker’s failed Jedi order. No matter the source, these unflinchingly loyal warriors will unhesitatingly fight and die for their Supreme Leader.

Characteristics

Br 4, Ag 3, Int 2, Cun 3, WP 3, Pres 2

Soak 6, W. Threshold 19, S. Threshold 16, Def M/R 1/1

Skills: Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Discipline 3, Melee 5, Perception 3, Vigilance 3

Talents: Adversary 2 (upgrade difficulty of all combat checks against this target twice), Body Guard 2 (once per round, perform the Body Guard maneuver to guard an engaged character. Suffer up to two strain, then until the beginning of the next turn upgrade the difficulty of combat checks targeting the protected character that many times.), Confidence 2 (may decrease the difficulty of any Discipline check to avoid the effects of fear by 2, and if this decreases the difficulty to zero then no check is required), Parry 4 (when struck by a melee attack, but before applying soak, suffer 3 strain to reduce damage by 6), Improved Parry (when a Praetorian Guard suffers a hit from a Brawl, Melee, or Lightsaber check that generates Despair or 3 Threat, and the Praetorian Guard uses the Parry incidental to reduce damage from that hit, after resolving the attack, he may spend those results to inflict one hit on the attack with a wielded Brawl, Melee, or Lightsaber weapon, inflicting the weapon’s base damage).

Abilities: None.

Equipment: Bilari electro-chain whip (Melee; Damage 6; Critical 2; Engaged; Cortosis, Defensive 1, Ensnare 2, Pierce 2), or separated twin vibro-arbir blades (Melee; Damage 6; Critical 2; Engaged; Cortosis, Pierce 3, Special: Paired, Special: Maneuver to Connect), or connected twin vibro-arbir blades (Melee; Damage 6; Critical 2; Engaged; Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Linked 1, Pierce 3, Unwieldy 3, Special: Maneuver to Separate), or vibro-voulge (Melee; Damage 8; Critical 2; Engaged; Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Pierce 3, Sunder, Vicious 3), or electro-bisento (Melee; Damage 7; Critical 2; Engaged; Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Defense 2, Pierce 3), segmented plate (soak +2, defense +1, cortosis).

Praetorian Arms

Limited to close combat weapons, the Praetorian Guard are at once both archaic and high tech in armament. The guard carry powered versions of exotic weapons sourced from primitive societies across the galaxy. Each is a vibro weapon supplemented by an electro-plasma filament, creating a parallel energy blade to the cutting edge. Their segmented armor is flexible, but strong, and is impregnated with magnetic wirepaths. The armor is capable of deflecting blaster bolts and glancing lightsaber strikes. While phenomenally expensive, Snoke has spared no expense in outfitting his Praetorian Guard.

Name Skill Dam Crit Range Encum HP Price Rarity Special
Bilari electro-chain whip Melee  +2 2 Engaged  3 2 5,000 8 Cortosis, Defensive 1, Ensnare 2, Pierce 2
Twin vibro-arbir blades (separate) Melee +2 2 Engaged 4 1 4,500 8 Cortosis, Pierce 3, Special: Paired, Special: Maneuver to Connect
Twin vibro-arbir blades (connected) Melee +2  2 Engaged 4  1 4,500 8 Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Linked 1, Pierce 3, Unwieldy 3, Special: Maneuver to Separate
Vibro-voulge Melee  +4  2 Engaged 4 2 5,000  8 Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Pierce 3, Sunder, Vicious 3
Electro-bisento Melee  +3 2 Engaged 4 2 5,000 8 Cortosis, Cumbersome 3, Defensive 2, Pierce 3

 

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Christopher Hunt

Christopher Hunt

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Ready to pull the ears off a Gundark, Chris is new to writing in the gaming industry. Up in the mystical Canadian land of Manitoba, he can be seen running Star Wars for his home group and at PrairieCon events. Chris has a passion for gaming he hopes to unite with academic and corporate writing experience .

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