Boromite Guildess Arran Gestalin first appread in the Battle for Xilos. Here, we give some of her background and a glimpse of her in-game stats.
Gestalin and her clan arrived on Xilos upon the Freeborn ship ‘The Nebula’ – under the command of Amanno Harran. Gestalin and Harran maintain an uneasy alliance – having gotten to know each other very well indeed, and have come to recognise in each other an adversary as dangerous as themselves and about as trustworthy.
The seventh daughter of Guild Mother Tark Gestalin, herself the seventh daughter of the celebrated Ca’Lotera Gestalin – Arran Gestalin is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Which as anybody knows is a tremendously portentous birthright for a Guildess…
Her clan’s adventures have been variously disastrous, uproarious and violent, as they have pursued occasional employment as mercenary fighters and engineers. These are, of course, roles in which Boromites traditionally excel. Perhaps Arran enjoys the life of a vagrant adventurer too much to settle into the routine job of expanding her clan as any Matriarch should, continuing to lead the piratical band in the fashion of the old Rock Father Lu’Osti.
Having lost their spacecraft in the fight with the Vorl, clan Gestalin have since relied on the offices of the Freeborn for transport and – to a large extent – as a broker for employment.
Most recently, they’ve been pursuing an extremely lucrative contract aboard a ship whose name is recognised far across the Determinate – the Nebula, which flies under the leadership of Freeborn Captain Amano Harran. Both Gestalin and Harran saw the possibilities offered by Xilos quickly – and so the Nebula was diverted to the planet where it succeeded in passing the gate and breaking through the Ghar blockade.
Although Concord and Algoryn forces already had significant forces assembled upon the planet, Gestalin’s small band of Boromites were far better equipped to deal with the subterranean environment of the ancient Builder ruins. In fact, the dangerous, dark and confined tunnels of the undercities were no more than the Boromites were accustomed to. The clan was able to bring its mining equipment and engineering skills to bear exploring and expanding the tunnels system. Soon, despite coming late to the party, the Boromites had uncovered artefacts of several different kinds. Many were mere fossils, fragments of machines or information storage systems that would require careful examination to unveil whatever secrets they possessed. But not all of their discoveries were of this kind. Most significantly, as they explored they were able to locate and unlock a number of stasis chambers…
|Arran Gestaling, Boromite Guildess (Mounted Command*)||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|Arran Gestalin: plasma carbine, extasor, reflex armour, riding Locomite||4||6||8||7(8)||8||10||Command, Follow, Hero, Leader 3, Wound, Locomite 1 attack SV2, Rapid Sprint, Large|
|0-1 Rock Rider with plasma carbine, reflex armour, riding Locomite||4||5||8||7(8)||6||9||Large, Locomite: 1 Attack SV2, Rapid Sprint|
* Substitutes for Overseer Squad, Rock father and/or Rock Rider Overseer Squad in Boromite or Boromite Clan list and Counts as a Rock Rider Overseer Squad allowing the force to include multiple Rock Rider Squads.
The extasor activates highly-specific areas within the targets’ neurological system, overloading their senses with intense stimuli and rendering the victim completely oblivious to the world. Although not strictly a weapon, the extasor’s effects can be severely disabling for days and it is claimed that exposure causes long-term dependence. Use of extasors is prohibited throughout the PanHuman Concord, the Isorian Senatex, and upon many worlds of the Determinate.
Arran Gestalin’s unit can also include gun drones, a spotter, a synchroniser, an HL Booster and shield drones and, like other rock riders, she and the rock rider accompanying her can carry lectro lances.
After Xilos, Gestalin retains the first functional Builder artefact to have been recovered – the Stasis Key – which is able to time-freeze selective targets, altering the relative position of an object or objects within the time matrix. Of course, using such exotic artefacts in your own games is completely up to you!