Outcast Desperado

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Even within the Imperium, where most are born into the
same position for life, there are those that work their way
free to make a life on their own terms. Some may have
deliberately forsaken the role they were given, or slipped between
the cracks of their ossified civilisation. They exist as criminals,
vagabonds, and renegades on the fringes of Imperial life. These
Outcasts live in the shadows of society, living by their wits and
charm. They are able thieves, assassins, and bounty hunters;
suspicion and fear often dogs their steps, as others know that
where they tread, crime follows. Despite the epithet, Outcasts can
be connected to all levels of Imperial life, and while their concerns
are primarily for themselves, they can be enlisted to larger pursuits.
They have connections, knowledge, and skills unheard of for
proper Imperial citizens, and the willingness to use them through
bribery, coercion, or other base appeals often more effective than
simple calls to Imperial duty. They can also retain associations and
bonds with their previous lives and organisations that allow them
to operate across many strata of Imperial life.

Outcast characters are not always criminals, though most might
view them as such. Many Outcasts, exiled from proper society, find
themselves operating in the shadows, often among the very people
who exiled them. Such is the fractured nature of Imperial powers
and their goals, that the powerful find uses for Outcasts. As they
are rarely connected directly to such great agencies, Outcasts can
operate beyond normal rules and resolve tasks in manners their
masters could never authorise. Most, though, have no masters, and
many live freely to act on their own. Hated or hunted, they can do
business knowing that at some time or another even the lords they
have turned away from might come calling for aid.
Many Outcasts are loners, solitary wanderers existing in
the forgotten places of the galaxy. There are groups of Outcasts,
though, that form and even prosper on the brutal borders of
existence. Many Outcast factions are gangs that live at the bottom
of the Imperial society in every sense. These can range from pirates
plying merchant lanes and criminal cartels running entire habcities,
to thuggish guns for hire strutting around frontier outposts
and info-brokers dealing in stolen whispers. Some of these are
somewhat tolerated for their useful services. Others are continually
opposed, engaged in endless struggles with the forces of law and
order. With sufficient wealth and power, many gangs may rise to
power and influence rivalling that of highborn princelings.
Other groups of Outcasts gather together for survival.
Followers of forbidden religions, nomadic tech reclamators, violent
seditionists, mutant gangs, xenos-worshipping infestations, and
others band together against a universe that would see them dead
if they lived alone. The normal routes to power denied to them,
or desiring not only just power but the actual downfall of Imperial
rule in their hive or planet, these factions are often very dangerous,
as they can breed individuals with little concern for the Emperor’s
Will. Outcasts of these groups can have access and skills useful for
penetrating heresies far greater than
mere criminal cartels.
Characters from Outcast backgrounds are in the end a breed
apart from most others. Highly unique in outlook, appearance, and
belief, their only common attributes are usually an aim to ensure
their own safety and profit first, and a disposition to ignore or
circumvent anything that stands in their way. An Outcast character
always walks a fine line between being an enemy and an asset of
the Imperium; the very independence that sets him apart from
the rest of the people and compels him to live apart makes him a
useful operative for organisations like the Inquisition.
The Imperium is plagued with criminals at every level of its society,
from Highborn crooks using legal authorities to crush their foes
for a profit, to baseborn scum knifing each other over a handful
of meagre belongings. Desperados drift through these worlds
surviving as best they can, turning adversity and ill fortune into
opportunity and wealth. On developed worlds in the Imperium
a Desperado lives in the shadows of society, among the gangs
and street thugs, making coin where he can. He is not a man to
be crossed, as likely to gun someone down as show his hand in
friendship, turned bitter by long years of betrayal and the worst
that humanity has to offer. These Desperados from hive, forge, and
shrine worlds are familiar with living among the press of humanity
and know human nature all too well, becoming skilled at turning
it to their advantage. Those that excel can rise high, skipping along
social strata through guile and force, using a charming tongue and
smoking laspistols every step of the way.

Role

The Imperium is plagued with criminals at every level of its society,
from Highborn crooks using legal authorities to crush their foes
for a profit, to baseborn scum knifing each other over a handful
of meagre belongings. Desperados drift through these worlds
surviving as best they can, turning adversity and ill fortune into
opportunity and wealth. On developed worlds in the Imperium
a Desperado lives in the shadows of society, among the gangs
and street thugs, making coin where he can. He is not a man to
be crossed, as likely to gun someone down as show his hand in
friendship, turned bitter by long years of betrayal and the worst
that humanity has to offer. These Desperados from hive, forge, and
shrine worlds are familiar with living among the press of humanity
and know human nature all too well, becoming skilled at turning
it to their advantage. Those that excel can rise high, skipping along
social strata through guile and force, using a charming tongue and
smoking laspistols every step of the way.
Voidborn and feral world Desperados develop in different
ways, the wild frontiers and empty spaces of their worlds and
star-faring vessels a different environment for those that would
reject the controls of society. In a primitive wilderness, Desperados
might become bandits plying their trade in the lonely stretches of
land between civilisations. Such men might rise to become rogue
lords, the heads of criminal bands or similar lawless groups, until
drawing the notice of an Inquisitor and turning their talents to the
protection of the Mankind. In the depths of space, this story can
unfold much the same, and Desperados might come to dominate
the limited underworlds of their home station or vessel, or even
break free to sail the void as stellar marauders.
Highborn Desperados are perhaps the most ingenious of their
kind, using the full weight of their families or the ample resources
gifted to them by birth to aid them in their illicit endeavours. A
Desperado from a well-positioned noble line might live for years
uncontested on his world as he robs his people of their wealth,
only coming to grief when his people rise up against him or
he crosses someone more powerful than himself. In these cases,
noble Desperados might flee away to other systems to escape their
crimes, sometimes turning up within the service of the Inquisition,
where few questions are asked about their past provided they can
prove their use.

Outcast Desperado

Solis Aeterna Lord_Inquisitor Lord_Inquisitor