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Dane Mereel
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 Post Posted: Tue, February 10th 2009 02:09am    Post subject: Application for Dane Mereel
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Character Information
Name: Dane Mereel
Date of Birth: Day 5, Month 11 10BBY
Species/Race: Human (Concord Dawn)
Desired Organization: None
Desired Occupation: Bounty Hunter
MSNIM: naga_shaddow@hotmail.com
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Anything you'd like to tell us about the character:

  • Born on Concord Dawn
  • Parents were killed by Journeyman Protectors
  • Sold into slavery in 5BBY
  • Escaped from slavery in 3ABY
  • Joined GA in 6ABY
  • Dishonorable discharge and jail time in 8ABY
  • Released from jail in 11ABY
  • Bounty Hunting from 11ABY to present
  • Hates Mandalorians and Journeyman Protectors

Player Information
First Language: English
Previous Roleplaying Experience: Extensive
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Dane Mereel
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 Post Posted: Tue, February 10th 2009 07:25am    Post subject:
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I have a full history too, in case you want to look over it, but its over two thousand words so I didn't bother putting the whole thing in...
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 Post Posted: Tue, February 10th 2009 12:57pm    Post subject:
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Sure. :)
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Dane Mereel
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 Post Posted: Wed, February 11th 2009 12:40am    Post subject:
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Early Life
Dane Mereel was born on Concord Dawn on day 5, month 11 of 10 BBY to Toola and Jarik Mereel. His parents were killed by Mandalorian Journeyman Protectors when Dane was five years old and, having no more family, Dane was sold into slavery by the same people who killed his parents.

His Twi’lek owners took him with them to Tatooine, where he was forced to be a playmate for their manipulative daughter Alecia, two years his senior. A spoiled brat, Alecia often got Dane into trouble with his owners for pranks and other disciplinary problems that were in reality all her. Taking advantage of the fact that Dane had to do whatever he was ordered to, Alecia dragged Dane into all sorts of less than harmless scrapes and adventures in the sand dunes around Mos Espa.

It was during one of these adventured when Dane was six years old that he came face to face with a Krayt dragon when Alecia was kidnapped by sand people. Knowing that he would be in serious trouble if he returned home without her, Dane followed them. He eventually saved her life by managing to stay on a swoop for eleven seconds, leading the dragon across the path of the sand people before falling off as the swoop spun out of control. In the ensuing chaos, he managed to lead Alecia away.

His owners never knew what really transpired, only that one day Alecia returned with a broken arm, refused to talk about it and seemed to be genuinely friendly towards Dane from that day onward. She recognised that ordering him around was a taboo subject for him and never forced him to do a single thing from that day onward. They continued their exploratory adventures around Mos Espa, but the whole dynamic between them had changed considerably.

Teenage Years
In a tragically ironic event, Alecia’s parents were murdered by mercenaries working for Jabba the Hutt when Dane was thirteen years old, Alecia fifteen. They were both enslaved by Jabba, though this was a new thing for Alecia. Dane was instructed how to and then put to work piloting Jabba’s desert skiff while Alecia was made a secondary dancing girl and made to wear skimpy costumes that forever changed the young Twi'lek.

Neither Dane nor Alecia knew anything about fighting or insurrection and it seemed that both would be in the service of the sadistic Hutt for the rest of their lives. Unbeknownst to the Hutt gangster, Dane was sneaking into the dancers’ quarters every night and together they were making grand plans about what they would do when they got out of this indentured servitude. During these long hours stolen from the Hutt and his cohorts, Dane and Alecia fell in love.

Both youths had grown used to life under Jabba the Hutt by the time one Leia Organa arrived to collect the bounty on Chewbacca. It was shortly after Organa’s arrival that Dane became afflicted with Dust Fever, a common affliction among children on Tatooine but one that Dane had avoided thus far. It was a terrible time for Dane, but one that ultimately saved his life. Had he remained well, he would have died when Luke Skywalker destroyed Jabba’s sail barge.

Unfortunately, being sick meant that he wasn’t able to leave in the mass exodus from Jabba’s palace that followed the news that the gangster was dead. Though she was initially leaving, Alecia went back for Dane and they were both caught by Bib Fortuna as she tried to help him leave. They were both badly beaten for trying to escape but vowed to try again as soon as Dane was well again.

Their next attempt came as news of the destruction of the Second Death Star spread across the galaxy. Tatooine was in an uproar and most of the guards were outside the palace ensuring that none of the chaos got inside. The guard outside was too big; they couldn’t hope to penetrate it, but Dane knew of a covered speeder that the guards would recognise and not bother. With everyone’s attention directed externally, it was easy to get from the slave quarters to the speeder garage and even easier to get the speeder because it was Dane’s job. Considering how tight security had been before, the ease of their escape was almost anti-climatic.

Dane and Alecia travelled to Mos Eisley, but found themselves caught between the Dune Sea and Fortuna’s cronies with no money and no way to get off-planet. They travelled further out, eventually reaching the town of Anchorhead. In this sleepy little town Dane met Jula Darklighter, owner of the Lars moisture farm. Though he didn’t know this person, Dane felt that he could trust him and told Darklighter their story.

Being a man of conscience, Darklighter offered them lodging in exchange for their help working the farm. Dane jumped at the chance for a roof over their heads and returned to the speeder to tell Alecia the good news. She was less ecstatic than he was, but still pleased that they had a place to stay. For the next two and a half years, Dane worked the moisture vaporators while Alecia assisted Darklighter’s wife around the farm.

In their free time, they hung out with Darklighter’s children or took trips into Anchorhead. Darklighter’s son, Gavin taught Dane how to pilot a T-16 and how to shoot a blaster. Their difference in ages was only a few months, but the difference in upbringing meant that Gavin had a lot more schooling in almost every area and had a lot of knowledge to impart to his slightly younger pseudo-sibling.

After Gavin’s sixteenth birthday, Dane’s mentor/best friend left to join the Galactic Alliance. Though Dane didn’t want to admit it, Alecia saw a change in him after that. He looked to the horizon more and was distant with the Darklighters. A few months after Gavin left, Silya Darklighter took Dane aside, telling him that he had what she called the Darklighter look. It was when members of their family looked to the skies and longed for life other than what Tatooine had to offer. Alecia agreed that he was different since Gavin left, but said that she was happy with the Darklighters and didn’t want to go with him. Dane was heartbroken, but Alecia was insistent; he had to pursue his dreams or he would always regret it. They parted on good terms, with Alecia kissing him and thanking him for being her rock for all the years they had spent together. Leaving was the hardest thing Dane had ever done, but he would look back on it as the right thing to do at the time.

Galactic Alliance Military Service
Dane left Alecia and the only life he had ever known on Tatooine to pursue a career with the Galactic Alliance military. He applied for entry into the starfighter corps and during his interview it came out that he grew up with Gavin Darklighter, who had just been accepted to Rogue Squadron. Darklighter vouched for Dane’s skills and based on this, he offered a position with Defender Wing under Colonel Horton Salm.

Dane thrived as part of Guardian Squadron, the second of three Y-Wing squadrons in Defender Wing. A friendly yet serious rivalry developed between Defender Wing and Rogue Squadron after a bloodless victory by the Rogues in a training exercise, even through they were outnumbered three to one. Dane himself was shot down by Gavin after being separated from his squadron in a dogfight with his one time best friend.

Dane’s first major engagement was the Battle of Vladet, where his squadron was tasked with destroying the Imperial base. Flying at Guardian Four, Dane was instrumental in the success of the initial battle, during which the squadrons shot through a dead volcano to bypass the strong shields of their target. Shortly after the battle, Dane received a communiqué from Silya Darklighter, asking him to return home as soon as possible.

Bounty Hunting Beginnings
It was two weeks before his leave was approved and by then Dane was seriously concerned about what was so urgent. When he got to the Lars farm, Silya gave him the worst news he had ever heard in his life. Alecia was dead and nobody knew who was responsible. The only clue was a red sash that had been torn from the waist of the assailant as he fled the farm.

Dane took the sash, vowing to track down who was responsible. He took his Y-Wing and disappeared. Nobody knew where he was or what he was doing. His HoloNet inbox filled up with enquiries from Silya, Gavin and his superior officers, but all of their messages went unanswered. For his part, Dane went from one side of the galaxy to the other, searching for the origins of the red sash, eventually returning to his homeworld, Concord Dawn when it turned out that it was the sash of a Journeyman Protector.

Finally, after almost two years, Dane exacted his revenge on the Mandalorian Journeyman Protector who murdered the love of his life. He returned to the Galactic Alliance and was charged with theft, dereliction of duty and absence without leave and given a dishonourable discharge and sentenced to three years in prison.

Prison Time
Life in an Alliance prison on the watery world of Manaan, as expected, was harsh on young Dane. Barely old enough to drink at this point, Dane had trouble fitting in to the prison dynamic. A harsh lesson, but one that was integral in transforming Dane into the ruthless bounty hunter he would become. In his first few months, Dane broke twenty-four bones, including both arms, both legs and most of his ribs.

He was eventually taken in by, of all things, an aging human Mandalorian called Beviin Fett. A coward and a traitor by Mandalorian standards, Fett still had a lot that he could teach young Dane, though the young man initially rebuffed Fett’s help because of a deep hatred of Mandalorians for what they had done to his parents and his Alecia. After a year of merciless beatings, a broken Dane finally accepted Beviin’s training. The aging Mandalorian taught Dane all he knew about smart fighting and tactical fighting.

In the nine months that Fett trained Dane not a single person bothered him, for even a cowardly Mandalorian was apparently someone to be feared and respected within the confines of the prison. Only one person tried to beat Dane, but this challenger only served to elevate the former prison bitch to one of its legends. Owing to this fact, the rest of Dane’s time passed uneventfully.

Bounty Hunting
Once Dane was released from jail he spent some time considering his options and generally taking some taxpayer-funded time off on Manaan. He wasn’t in the military for long enough to get any sort of pension. Ultimately, he decided to take up bounty hunting as a profession but returned to Concord Dawn to see the graves of his parents first. While he was on Concord Dawn, he stumbled onto a contract to kill a journeyman protector after an altercation with a group of them in a bar. Dane took great pleasure in ending the life of one of the hated journeyman protectors, which proved to be the beginning of a fruitful business relationship with what turned out to be a minor underworld figure on Concord Dawn.

After six months pursuing minor bounties on Concord Dawn and nearby planets along the Hydian Way, Dane started moving coreward, capitalising on the reputation that was started on Concord Dawn. He spent some time with the Talon Karrde Organisation on Myrkr before doing some jobs on Anaxes and finally arriving at Coruscant at the end of 10ABY. For the next three years Dane worked on Coruscant, his duties ranging from character assassination to real assassination to tracking down rich kids who had gone astray. It was good money, but really not suited to his skill set.

Dane headed rimward again along the Corellian Run, working for a few months contracting for CorSec before heading onward to the Doldur Sector and finally to Tatooine. He spent a month at Tatooine, staying in Anchorhead and setting a local record for the Beggars Canyon run and visiting Alecia’s grave and the Darklighters. While he was on Tatooine he got a message from the Talon Karrde Organisation, who had a base on Rishi. He spent three and a half years with the Organisation, travelling from one side of the galaxy to the other as a hired gun and general bodyguard.

From here he travelled to Nar Shaddaa, working to destabilise the hold of the Hutt Clans over the planet and earning money from a small underground movement. It was ultimately futile as the revolutionaries were routed almost to the last person. Nevertheless, he was still on Nar Shadda for over a year. From Nar Shaddaa Dane went to Taris, where he used most of his credits to buy a house in the upper levels so that he would have somewhere to base himself while continuing to travel and work as a Bounty Hunter.
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 Post Posted: Fri, February 13th 2009 02:18am    Post subject:
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Now wait... you've been here a while. You know there was never a New Republic. :p
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 Post Posted: Fri, February 13th 2009 03:22am    Post subject:
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Galactic Alliance, New Republic ... it's all code for pretentious democratic wannabes :P

Changed it to GA, though ... the actual circumstances of the battle he took part in don't matter; the point is that his career was cut short, so if you want me to make it less specific, thats fine.
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Tempted to tack on more, but... rules are rules. :p

Application approved. :)
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