The Shilwulf Dynasty
Rogue Trader of the Shilwulf Dynasty
++ Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment. ++
|IMAGE:||Valerian Mengsk – StarCraft II|
Holt is a middle-aged gentleman of vigorous health, if slightly below average height. His lifetime of military discipline has kept his body trim and strong, but not exceedingly so. His complexion retains the pallor of a void-born in contrast to his healthy frame and rigid posture. Gray has started its invasion of his neatly trimmed, blonde hair, though it’s been contained to his temples for now. His strong jaw and hansom features have an uncanny resemblance to the Shilwulf line, if a bit more severe. Typically clad in his spotless naval uniform, Holt projects an aura of commanding resolve that can send a crewman scurrying with a glance of his pale-blue eyes. A well-maintained bolt pistol is always strapped to this hip opposite the elegant hilt of his power-sword.
Holt was born into the Imperial Navy’s officer class aboard the Emperor’s Voice, a cruiser within the Battlefleet Calixis. He spent his entire childhood this vessel, most of his time being devoted to small jobs around the ship. During his adolescence, Holt was sent planetside to attend an officer’s academy to complete his education. Eventually, he was awarded a commission aboard the frigate Perseverance.
In his free time, Holt turned to scholarly pursuits, developing a particular interest in Imperial Warrants. In particular, dynasties with intriguing stories associated with them grabbed his eye.
Some years later, the Perseverance suddenly dropped from the Warp near an ancient system orbiting a white dwarf star. The warp engines were rendered inoperable in the process and required repairs. The system just happened to host a terrestrial world with a thin atmosphere that once supported life, but the surface had been irradiated at some point in the distant past.
One of the ship’s enginseers encouraged Holt to explore the planet for raw materials to fuel the manufactorum. So, he gathered a party of loyal crewman and took a few shuttles to the planet below. There they discovered ruined cities with strange, alien architecture and grotesque idols.
Auspex scans indicated that it wasn’t an orbital bombardment, but terrestrial bombs that destroyed the surface. The residual radiation placed the destruction in the pre-Terran time period of the ancient past. Yet, some of the depictions were of humans among tall, cone-shaped creatures with four strange appendages atop their apex.
The enginseer, who accompanied Holt to the planet, proclaimed that this was the lost planet of Yith and these were the ruins of the city Pnakotus. It is said that a great library remained that housed the Pnakotic Manuscripts that contain knowledge that predated mankind itself! The enginseer went on to confesses that he was the one who brought them here, at which point Holt declared him a mutineer and a traitor.
Half of the party sided with the enginseer, apparently cultists all along! Holt and his few loyal men fought their way back to the shuttle and returned to the ship to find it in turmoil. The cultists who remained aboard the ship were attempting to take the bridge when he arrived. Yet, he was able to reassert control and executed all the mutineers that he could find, but it left his ship undermanned and badly damaged. He left the system by conventional engines, out of range of any shuttles that might have fled to the planet below.
It took several months to repair the saboteur’s damage, but eventually the Perseverance was able to return to the Warp. The harrowing ordeal took it toll on Holt and his crew; however, as trust became a scarce commodity among the men. The threat of another mutiny seemed ever present with longer shifts and dwindling supplies. Yet, Holt managed to keep the crew in line with stern words and a loaded pistol until they were able to reach port.
Eventually, Holt was awarded a commission aboard the cruiser Jotunheim and participated in several campaigns against a pirate lord’s fleet on the outskirts of the Calixis Sector. He was called back to port prematurely due to his selection as a Rogue Trader, which allowed the resourceful outlaw to slip away.
|Chem Use (Int)||+0%|
|Ciphers (Int)||+5%||Rogue trader|
|Common Lore (Int)||+5%|
|Forbidden Lore (Int)||+5%||Xenos|
|Lip Reading (Per)||+0%|
|Scholastic Lore (Int)||+5%||Astromancy, Imperial warrants|
|Secret Tongue (Int)||+5%||Rogue trader|
|Silent Move (Ag)||+0%|
|Sleight of Hand (Ag)||+0%|
|Speak Language (Int)||+5%||High/Low Gothic, Battlefleet war cant, Trader’s cant|
Talents & Traits
|Air of authority|
|Melee Weapon Training (Univ)||Chain, Shock, Power||C103|
|Pistol Weapon Training (Univ)|
|Talented (Command)||+10 Bonus|
|Officer on deck|
|Plasma pistol (Com)|
|Power sword (Com)|
|Enf. light carapace (Best)|