I confess, there are certain classes/professions in the Star Wars setting that do not appeal to me at all. The top of that list is the Bounty Hunter. Blame it on Boba Fett backlash; I always felt that he was overrated-sure, he had the cool armor, but he needed Vader and a heap of Imperials to get Han Solo (and of course, Solo was my favorite character at the time, so that didn’t help), and then he wound up killed by a blind smuggler with a pike and a Sarlacc. So it drove me somewhat nuts that the Expanded Universe for Star Wars had to find a way to dig him back out of being digested for a thousand years and overcompensate. When Star Wars Galaxies was a thing, my opinion didn’t improve when a heap of content was thrown into the whole “Jedi vs Bounty Hunter” thing they had going there, at the expense of other professions; that said, I didn’t really have a big issue with them actually, you know, hunting bounties-it was what they did! If only the Smugglers in that game had been able to smuggle as THAT was what THEY were supposed to do, but that ship is long, long gone.
So, I have some prejudices against Bounty Hunters as a class. That’s probably why this class was the next-to-last one I did in my work to level up all eight classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic. But hell, I’m a completionist sometimes, and so I put together my future Grand Champion of the Great Hunt.
Chadam started out simple enough: I wasn’t going to go out of my way to have him kill and eat kittens Dark-Side, but at the same time, he wasn’t going to be the nice guy. I wanted him greedy, but with a code: he did the job, and he got paid. He would move heaven and earth to make it happen. Not an evil character, but not exactly a role model. Smarter than a thug, but not interested in the bigger picture or deep philosophy. In other words, someone well suited for the fringe and not comfortable in the halls of Imperial power. (Boy, did that go south on him…)
In appearance, my first goal was to use a different body type. For those unfamiliar with the game, there are four body types for each gender. I tend to use body type 2 for my males; fit, athletic, strong guys. But I wanted Chadam to have a more imposing presence, so I went up a notch-someone who makes you think of a space marine. As far as species went, well, I was still going for a wide variety among my characters, so I went with a Chiss, a popular Expanded Universe species who recently got canonized with the on-screen debut of Grand Admiral Thrawn. His out fit look varied a lot during my gameplay; for a long while, he used a sort of turban-styled headgear and whatever mission-reward armor he could get. Eventually, I was able to get a damaged set of Triumverate armor off of GTN (damaged in appearance, not in stats). Later I picked up the restored version of that armor. The icing on the cake, though, was the final helmet I used. At one point, I looted a Sith Warrior helmet that was just too good to ignore. I thought that a mildly terrifying helmet would suit Chadam just fine for his work, so I finally settled on the look shown on this post.
I went with the Mercenary advanced class, and went with the pyrotech discipline. Because plasma fires are fun. The Merc was chosen because I didn’t really want him to be the Boba-lite kind of character (well, I sure blew that one, when you look at the image above). The dual guns made him an amusing mirror for my Smuggler main, who was took the Gunslinger path.
I actually got to like Chadam as I played him. Sure, he had no problem shooting and executing people he was hired to off, but he wasn’t big on collateral damage. He was interested in a fast credit-got along great with Gault-but Mako helped keep him more or less ethically honest. He had no issues taking advantage of advertising-there are two moments in the game where a bounty hunter can effectively advertise himself to the galaxy at large, and man, he did it. He came to respect the Mandalorian code, though, and his struggles tended to come in when that ideal came into conflict with his desire for ready cash. The result of this all meant he was mildly Light-Side in nature-there were a heap of Dark-Side choices that kept him fairly balanced, not the least of which involved the reason why we got a Chancellor Saresh in power in the Galactic Republic.
The character completed the Knights of the Fallen Empire expansion, but I have yet to run him through the Eternal Throne (just like in my leveling work, the BH is near the bottom of the list). He knelt before Valkorion not for any desire of power, but because he saw what happened to the last guy who didn’t kneel; in other words, sometimes the best thing you can do is lie to the guy with all the power and hope you get another, better opportunity. Which, honestly, he sort of did, since Arcann chose that moment to go after his father-but as a result, Valkorion keeps harping on that initial kneel-down, and Chadam only wishes he had an option to say to the dead Emperor, “Hey, you know I was only doing that to buy some time, right?” I think the worst thing for him in his future isn’t the possibility of taking the Eternal Throne-it’s that he’s going through all this and not getting paid. (I do seem to recall him having Gault funnel some of that loot from that treasure run into profitable enterprises, though.)
I can safely say that while the Bounty Hunter is still not on my list of favorite character types in the setting, Chadam is still a character I enjoy; sometimes, it’s not about “good” and “evil”; it’s about having credits and not having credits, and the things you will or won’t do to get them.