Defiance of Dawn
Zake Orell is a Human Mandalorian, Lvl 4 Scout/Lvl 2 Soldier.
Human Male, Mandalorian
|Level||Class||Exp Pts||Next Level|
|6||Scout 4 Soldier 2||16000||21000|
|Hit Points||Damage Threshold|
|Attribute||Total||Lvl or Armor||Class Bonus||Ability||Misc|
|Fort||21||= 10 +||8||2||1||0|
|Ref||22||= 10 +||5||2||3||2|
|Will||18||= 10 +||6||0||2||0|
Base Attack Bonus:
- Ranged +9
- Melee +8
|Armor Proficiency – Light||Keen Shot|
|Armor Proficiency – Medium||Acute Senses|
|Armor Proficiency – Heavy||Devistating Attack|
|Point Blank Shot|
|Shake it Off|
|Weapon Prof – Simple|
|Weapon Prof – Pistols|
|Weapon Prof – Rifles|
|Weapon Prof – Heavy|
|SKILLS||BONUS||=||1/2 LVL||ABIL MOD||TRAINED||MISC|
|STEALTH||22||=||3||2||5||+10 Shadowskin w/Reflec|
|USE The Force||3||=||3|
|Light Beskar’gam||6||+5||+2||+3||+10 Stealth|
|Heavy Blaster Pistol||Energy||+9||20||3d8+3|
The Cuy’val Dar
“You’re the best in your field—the best soldiers, tacticians, sappers, communicators, survival experts. I picked you personally because I want you to train the best commandos in the galaxy. You’ll have everything you need, whatever you want, except one thing—home. This is a top-secret project. You’ll not tell anyone where you’re going and you’ll not leave Kamino, ever. As far as your friends and family are concerned, you’re already dead.”
―Jango Fett, recruiting the Cuy’val Dar
The Cuy’val Dar was a group of one hundred individuals summoned by Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett, to come to the watery world of Kamino to train clone troopers for the Galactic Republic. Of these one hundred males and females, seventy-five were Mandalorians like Fett, and in the Mandalorian language Cuy’val Dar translated as “Those Who No Longer Exist”—a name stemming from the need for these individuals to disappear to Kamino without contact with the outside galaxy due to the secrecy surrounding the developing Grand Army of the Republic. For close to ten years, these one hundred training sergeants trained the Grand Army’s ten thousand clone commandos up until their deployment at the Battle of Geonosis in 22 BBY, which sparked the galactic Clone Wars. With their contract up, many of the Cuy’val Dar trainers went back to their lives, but a small number would continue professional relations with the Republic, returning to train further generations of clones on Kamino, and later cross-training standard clone soldiers with commando skills.
Zake Orell was one of the hundred chosen by Jango Fett, Zake was a green sergeant, so his area of responsibility as a training sergeant was Mandalorian culture. Zake was to train the clones in what it meant to be Mando and to instill a sense of family and identity into the clones.
“I think it’s significant that the casualty rate among commando squads trained by Mandalorians is lower than those trained by other races. Somehow, Mandalorians imbue their charges with a sense of purpose, self-confidence, and almost obsessive sense of clan—of family—that gives them a genuine survival advantage. Let us be thankful they’re on our side this time.”
―Jedi Master Arligan Zey, on the effectiveness of Mandalorian Cuy’val Dar trainers
Nearly all of the Mandalorian training sergeants, regardless of their training styles, imbued a sense of being Mandalorian upon their charges, teaching the clones of Jango Fett about their Mandalorian heritage, and in response, quite a number of the clone commandos took to that heritage enthusiastically.
Once Zake was on Kamino and training full time, after a few years there he became increasingly upset at the treatment of the clones. Not by his fellow Mandalorian sergeants, but by the Kaminoan cloners. He became friends with Kal Skirata, a notorious and fierce Mandalorian warrior who was in charge of training counter insurgency tactics. Kal was disgusted with the Kaminoan’s arrogance and indifferent attitude toward the “reconditioning” (a euphemism that often meant killing) of clone children who didn’t pass quality control standards. Clones were also frequently treated as cannon fodder. Those who survived were even occasionally put into stasis, which basically meant to shut the freezer door and throw away the key…
“We spend so much time prepping these boys to be Mando, shaping them into soldiers and MEN worthy enough to wear the buy’ce, and then we march them off to get chewed up like so much bas neral – and if for some reason they should make it through the war, what then, Kal? With their accelerated growth, can they have a life outside of an army? Should we care?”
“Zake, I understand, but you have to be a sergeant first. Detach yourself, the training will guide them. Some will die, most probably, but if you believe fully in what you are doing, then so will your trainees. I feel the same way, believe me, and if I could find a way for them to have a ‘normal’ life after they serve the republic, I would do everything in my power to help them. They’re my ad’ike now. For now though, we have a job to do and preparing them to be the best damn soldiers in the galaxy is why we’re here.”
-Conversation between Cuyval’Dar, Zake Orell and Kal Skirata. Mandolorians, trainers of the Galactic Clone Army.
Zake tried to stay and help the clones but it became increasingly difficult to do anything from his position. Deciding that leaving Kamino was the right thing to do rather than see more clones unnecessarily killed in the name of quality control, Zake sought the assistance of Kal to escape from Kamino and Jango Fett. Kal Skirata was a very aggressive Mandalorian traditionalist and was devoted to the welfare of his troops but understood the decision to leave because of the treatment of the trainees. Leaving the Cuy’val Dar was a very risky decision. Some of the other Mandalorian sergeants would look upon it as desertion, especially Jango Fett. Kamino would most likely put a price on his head so that the secret of the non-existent cloning planet would remain safe. Kal Skirata and Walon Vau stayed and were able to save some of the clones, forming squadrons of Null-class Advanced Recon Troopers. Clones that would have otherwise been “culled” were trained as Kal’s “sons” and would form elite black-ops commando units for the Grand Army of the Republic.
Zake fled the region, hid from bounty hunters and assassins and decided to occasionally pay the bills as a mercenary until such a time as it was safe to resurface, with a deep hatred of Kaminoan Cloners intact. With the revelation of the existence of the clone army and the battle of Geonosis, Zake emerged from hiding, donned his Beskar’Gam and eventually met Ma’ag, Torrin, and Black Kirgil, and the rest, as they say…