Welcome to another article of Creative Characters for Starfinder. This issue is being streamed across the eons from within the deep cavernous belly of a space worm. Unfortunately, my spaceflight was delayed and the only on-time alternative was in a large metal disc with a charismatic rogue and his furry bipedal friend. It was just too cheap to pass up!
I’m already paying for that decision. Either way, hopefully, this transmits past the mouth of the space worm, and onto your devices. Creative Characters is designed for you to drag and drop characters into your games, the characters all belonging to a theme, in groups of 5. The current group, Valor Incarnate, are all Good or Lawful, and they get the job done, no matter the perp. Last week we met Matchbox, the ysoki, who’s made Vesk cry and defeated Dragonkin duos in wrestling. This week we meet his boss, Rachael Goldebarrel.
Rachael Goldebarrel comes from a long line of respected Androids, some rising very high within Android society, and others in the highest echelons of human society, wherein trade deals are made. In the past, she has used the names Tyrell and Rosen, but these days Rachael Goldebarrel is about making money with her weapons and skills, not words and desk jobs.
Rachael Goldebarrel CR 7
DEFENSE SP 21 HP 22 RP 5
EAC 14; KAC 18
Fort +4; Ref +5; Will +1
Speed 20 ft.
Melee tactical pike +3 (1d8+3 P)
Ranged pulsecaster rifle +5 (1d6+3 E, nonlethal) or tactical arc-emitter +5 (1d4, blast, stun, unwieldy)
Str 10; Dex 14; Con 12; Int 18; Wis 10; Cha 11
Feats Amplified Glitch, Mobility, Skill Focus (Diplomacy)
Skills Computers +11, Diplomacy+6, Engineering +11, Intimidate +3, Physical Science +10, Piloting +8, Profession (Enforcer) +10.
Languages Common, Kasatha, Lashunta, Celestial, Vesk, Ysoki
Gear personal upgrade (Con) mk1, thinplate, the “Golden Barrel” encompassing a pulsecaster rifle, tactical arc emitter, tactical pike & custom rig, industrial backpack.
Custom Rig, Mechanic hack: Neural Shunt, Exo Cortex: Combat tracking and memory module.
For effects targeting creatures by type, androids count as both humanoids and constructs (whichever effect is worse). They receive a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against disease, mind-affecting effects, poison, and sleep unless those effects specifically target constructs. In addition, androids do not breathe or suffer the normal environmental effects of being in a vacuum.
Androids have low-light vision and darkvision. As a result, they can see in dim light as if it were normal light, and they can see with no light source at all to a range of 60 feet in black and white only.
Androids find emotions confusing and keep them bottled up. They take a –2 penalty to Sense Motive checks, but the DCs of Sense Motive checks attempted against them increase by 2.
Androids have a single armor upgrade slot in their bodies. Regardless of whether androids are wearing physical armor, they can use this slot to install any one armor upgrade that could be installed into light armor.
Being the leader of a 5 strong team isn’t easy, but Rachael handles the job with the resolute steadfastness of all Androids. Her visage is the most striking thing about her. Her synthetic black hair sits in victory rolls around the crown of her head, while her thinplate armor is barely noticeable under the golden thread jacket she wears over industry standard “mechanics overalls.” Her skin is just the right amount of blue so that it looks off-white, not android pale, but it’s her right arm that garners the most attention.
The golden barrel, from which she takes her name, begins at her right elbow and encompasses whatever hand and forearm she had previously. It’s a multiform piece of machinery and possesses many of her most valuable items. Her custom rig, for starters, as well three weapons, being a stun gun with range, a short-range crowd dropper, and a more deadly pole of sturdy gold-plated iron when someone just will not cooperate. The golden barrel is able to be a rig and weapon at the same time, but only usable as one of the weapon modes at a time. So she can’t fire stun bullets at people and then whack them in the head with the golden rod one second later.
Even though Rachael will always get her targets in as intended, she’s not above bending one rule to make sure she gets the target, even if that means having to sit through hours of lectures and filling out miles of paperwork. While she is loyal to the payer, she is always most loyal to herself and getting paid first. “No perp means no pay,” she says to herself, “but only as a last resort.” In particular, she has to remind Matchbox of this mentally, seeing the ysoki is always first to suggest “Why don’t we just burn the house down, and catch ’em as they escape the flames?”
As a leader, Rachael always has a plan and creates many scenarios to run the group through, as practice but also as a great team building initiative. Her high intelligence means she’ll figure out the best line of action, but her seeming lack of emotion can put the others out of sorts, especially when they think their abilities aren’t being used to the best they know they can do. She often reminds them that her plan takes everyone into account, and the lesser experienced members of the team need a chance to learn as well. Having two good hackers on the team is better than having one great hacker, who winds up dead halfway through the mission. This would be more comforting if she said it with a smile or hint or irony, but she never does.
Whispers surround Rachael about her previous soul, and that she lost the hand to the greater government, and has to “work off” the right to hand again. This implies that the Golden barrel is actually a curse of sorts, and the Android is working diligently to pay her debts and get back to whatever it was she was doing before this life… Other stories fear the golden barrel, as it has preceded many stories from the perps that were captured by Rachael and her crew, stories of their defeats. They usually start with “It was a dark and stormy night… and there was a golden flutter off in the distance that caught my eye. The beginning, of my end…”
Rachael has 100% trust in all the members of her group, or she wouldn’t have enlisted them in the first place. Speaking of which, join me next time when we meet the face of the group, Starza Nyten.