Eight for Aduba-3

It was late in the day when Jimm returned home. He could hear the sound of children playing echoing from the backyard of his house. He sauntered around back to check out the excitement.

Kids from all over the neighborhood raced about and screamed with abandon. It was a scene of utter chaos, and Jimm could only smile.

In pursuit of Jimm Jr. and Mala, the family dog, Waluk, Junior's best friend from next door, pumped away on the pedals of the hover-trike he had received for Life Day.

"Pay up, you sand-suckers! Arrogantus demands tribute!"

"Give it up, Serji!" Junior answered, "Me and my partner, Chewbacca are here to stop your evil ways!" Mala barked enthusiastically for emphasis.

"Don't forget about us, Captain Solo!" Suzie Kinder declared. In one hand was her constant companion, a stuffed doll named "Mr. Bun" and a squirt gun in the other. She jumped out in front of Waluk. "You better watch out! I'm the best shot from Delphon to Drexel! And Jaxxon is the toughest rabbit in the whole Outer Rim!" Under a torrent of water from Suzie's gun, Waluk frantically yelped and pedaled away.

"Yay, Amaiza!" Jimm's youngest son, Oncho cried, arriving on the spot with his own squirt gun. "And take some from the Starkiller Kid, you meanie Serji!"

NE-9R trundled up after the little boy. "Now be careful, master Oncho! If you get all soaked before dinner, your mother will be quite upset."

"Oh, Annie, don't be a fuss! We're just playing," Junior called.

"Yeah!" Oncho seconded.

Meanwhile, Waluk had made it to the house and had grabbed a hose from the hydroponics garden. "This lot won't beat me! No sir!" With that he unleashed a torrent from the hose at the kids.

NE raced up to Oncho before the deluge could hit the boy. "I am just a nanny-droid, not really programmed for this sort of thing! But Oncho is my charge and I'll not let him be drenched by that ruffian's hose, even though it means my-"

A spray of water washed over the droid and sparks flew in all directions as a circuit blew in the droid.

The children watched the spectacle with delight. Even Jimm had to laugh. For the third time this season, he'd have to replace a fuse in that old droid.

The sudden fireworks display startled the small Bantha pony on which Vernie had rode in. It knocked Waluk off of his hover-trike and jumped around in alarm.

Kit Ramiz raised his flerf sword and leapt out at the panicked beast. "Hold, Behemoth! And if you dare, face Don-Wan Kihotay! Dragon slaying is the job of the Holy Order of the Jedi Knights!" Kit shouted has he bopped the Bantha on the nose with his foam blade.

An old, green bath towel wrapped around his neck, Vernie ran after Kit and hurled a handful of soft flerf darts at the poor Bantha. "Take that! Quills fired from a Spiner's body mean instant death!"

The Bantha reared back and knocked Vernie to the ground. Jimm was about to intervene when Junior ran up and stood over his fallen friend. Junior grabbed Vernie's towel and gently placed it over the Bantha's head and, in no time, was able to calm the beast down.

"The Force is with us, Han Solo! You've defeated the Behemoth!" Kit guffawed.

Vernie sat up, dazed but otherwise unhurt. "Wh- what happened?"

Jimm shook his head. Junior had come through after all, but it would take a while to clean up all the mess, that was for sure. Jimm turned and watched Merri approach. She put an arm around her husband's waist and surveyed the scene. She looked at Jimm and smiled. "You know, that's pretty much how it happened."

Jimm laughed. He couldn't disagree.

"Do you ever miss those days?" Merri asked.

Jimm shrugged and hugged Merri. "Naw, I was just a kid then. I needed something to bring out the man in me."

Merri poked Jimm in the belly and turned towards the house. "It's amazing what it takes sometimes."


• Hedji

Type: Spiner Adventurer

Height: 1.8 meters

Species: Spiner

Sex: Male

Brawling Parry 5D+2 Bargain 3D
Dodge 6D Sneak 4D+2
Thrown Weapons: Quills 8D
KNO 3D+1 STR 3D+2
Alien Species 4D+1 Brawling 5D+2
Intimidation 5D+1 Climbing/Jumping 4D+2
Planetary Systems 4D+1 Stamina 4D+2
Streetwise 5D+1
Survival 4D+1
Beast Riding 3D+1 Computer Programming/Repair 3D+1
Repulsorlift Operation 4D+1 Demolition 4D
Space Transports 4D

Special Ability:

Quills: Spiners are covered by protective quills. Anyone striking or grappling with a Spiner automatically takes damage equal to the Spiner's strength. Spiners may also throw quills from their body with deadly accuracy. Depending on the number of quills thrown, the damage may range from 1D to 6D.

Force Points: 1

Move: 10

Equipment: Heavy thermoweave cloak.

Description: Typical of the rare race of Spiners, Hedji's body is covered by razor sharp spines. He usually wears a thick green cape to protect against casual contact.

A Quote: "I tried to reason with you, Kihotay, but you wouldn't listen! All right then, don't! You're getting my help whether you want it or not!"


• Don-Wan Kihotay

Type: Quixotic Jedi

Height: 1.8 meters

Species: Human

Sex: Male

Archaic Guns 4D+2 Hide 4D
Blaster 4D+2 Persuasion 5D
Dodge 5D+2 Sneak 5D
Lightsaber 5D+2
Cultures 4D+1 Stamina 4D
Survival 6D+1
MEC 2D+2 TEC 2D+1
Beast Riding 3D+2 Armor Repair 4D+1
Repulsorlift Operation 3D+2 Lightsaber Repair 4D+1
Space Transports 3D+2

Special Abilities:

Force Skills: Control 3D, Sense 3D, Alter 2D

Force Powers: Absorb/Dissipate Energy, Control Pain, Remain Conscious, Lightsaber Combat.

Story Factor:

Delusional: Don-Wan's psyche was permanently scarred by the Empire's Jedi purges. He so strictly adheres to the Jedi code of chivalry and honor that he comes off as something of a kook.

This character is Force Sensitive.

Force Points: 2

Move: 10

Equipment: Cloak, polished beryllius battle armor (+1D STR, -1D DEX), lightsaber (5D).

Description: Don-Wan Kihotay is a frazzled and perhaps delusional old man who displays the exaggerated attributes of a Jedi Knight.

A Quote: "Thus it is my sacred duty to travel the galaxy championing the causes of peace and justice."


• Jimm the Starkiller Kid

Type: Farmboy

Height: 1.7 meters

Species: Human

Sex: Male

Blaster 4D
Dodge 4D
KNO 3D+1 STR 3D+1
Farming 4D+1 Brawling 4D+1
Beast Riding 4D Droid Programming 4D
Droid Repair 4D

Force Points: 1

Move: 10

Equipment: Blaster, hat, goggles.

Description: Jimm is a freckled-faced young man on the lookout for adventure and excitement.

A Quote: "My handle's Jimm, but I call myself the Starkiller Kid! And you can bet I'm gonna live up to that handle, if I can ever get off this crummy planet."


• Effie / FE-9Q

Type: Cybot Galactica E9Q Treadfast Tractor-Droid

Height: 1.2 meters

Alien Species 5D Lifting 5D
Business 5D
Farming 5D
Scholar: Agriculture 8D
Survival 5D
Treaded Vehicle Operation 3D First Aid 4D
Ground Vehicle Repair 4D

Equipped with:

Humanoid torso (two arms, head)

Two visual and two audio sensors

Tractor conveyance

Storage Compartment


Move: 7

Description: Effie is an old and battered tractor-droid equipped with headlights and an irritable disposition.

Cost: 8000 (new), 3000 (used)

A Quote: "While I do all the actual work... as per usual."


The Eight for Aduba-3 were created by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin.