Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire
Captain Rel Harsol
Former CIS Captain
Captain Rel Harsol is a career naval officer who rose through the ranks of the Republic fleet. Several years before the Clone Wars, he served on the bridge of a popular Senator’s personal cruiser. There he saw the Senate’s corruption firsthand, as the Senator made deal after deal to further his own wealth, power, and status. Although a native of Coruscant, Harsol jumped at the chance to defect to the Separatist fleet at the start of the Clone Wars. For a time, Harsol served aboard General Grievous’s flagship, the Invisible Hand. He later won a promotion to command the So Nalaor.
Captain Harsol foresaw the fall of the CIS and planned his escape. He forged a friendship with Crata- la, the leader of the cybernetics facility his ship guarded. As they both had reason to fear Imperial arrest, they hatched a plan to flee to the Outer Rim. Harsol used his Separatist underworld connections to make a deal with a tech supply company owned by a Twi’lek named Ropok. Harsol sent him his protocol droid, IT-3PO, to develop their black-market scheme. Harsol also arranged to have his ship transport as many credits and other forms of CIS wealth as he could, “for safe-keeping,” by intercepting and holding funds and resources intended to keep the cybernetics lab going as the war turned against the Separatists.
Captain Harsol is a battle-hardened veteran of many fleet engagements. Since the crash on Cholganna, his no-nonsense practical sensibilities enabled the survivors to set up a successful settlement. He learned to combat Cholganna’s dangerous creatures, and still proves himself an adept fighter at fifty-five years old.
However, Harsol has always been fearful of eventual discovery by the Empire. He believes the survivors will be imprisoned or wiped out for their past “crimes,” real and perceived, against the former Republic. After so many years of isolation, his fear has developed into full-fledged paranoia and led him down a dark path. His fierce protection of the survivors, once reserved for outside threats, has turned increasingly inward on the group. He acts swiftly and harshly against any threat, not understanding that each action further isolates him from the survivors. The arrival of actual Imperials could send him over the edge.
Observations Made by Players:
- Very controlling of people in his community.
- Distrusting of outsiders.
- Paranoid and not easily deceived.
- Especially protective of Cratala.
- Ropek, Roem’s father, missing founder of IsoTech
- Cratala, cybernetics specialist who was with him when he left the CIS.
- IT-3PO, Harsol’s droid that was in Roem’s possession.
The party finds Captain Harsol while searching the jungles for the Sa Nalaor. Harsol and some of his crew members survived the crash, faked their deaths and hid in the jungles. In the midst of an altercation between the party and the Yivar Clan Harsol gets the drop on them and tells them they are being taken back to the encampment. The party, seeing no other option go with the Captain, who seems slightly paranoid.
Once arriving at the camp, the party sees that Harsol keeps most weapons and supplies under lock and key. He seems to distrust even his own people and will not let anyone leave the settlement.
After a couple of days with the group of survivors, they are ambushed by Imperials who had been following the group, led by Liers Osnan, and Harsol initially blames the group for this intervention. He soon comes to the realization that it is his fault and helps rally the troops. After the battle ends Harsol and Cratala leave the planet with the party to meet Roem.
The party head to the rendezvous point on Raxus Prime, where once again they are attacked by Imperials. Harsol helps defend the operations and afterwards agrees to stay with Roem.
When the party meet up with Roem on Klatooine, Harsol is not seen. It is unclear at this time if his still working with Roem.