Meet the Iconics: Navasi

Monday, May 1, 2017

The countdown to Starfinder has officially begun, and to kick us off, we're highlighting the iconic characters and core classes that appear throughout the pages and covers the Starfinder line. Today we meet Navasi, the iconic envoy!

Illustration by Remko Troost

Born into a prominent family on Absalom Station, the envoy who calls herself Navasi spent much of her childhood avoiding her parents in their "sky-villa," as they called their sprawling, six-story home in the Nyori Palisades. Navasi's mother had designs on her canny-but-headstrong daughter inheriting the family's business. Her father had visions of a queenly young woman sitting in silk among the station's most prominent socialites.

Navasi wanted neither. A quip on her lips, she eschewed glitzy playdates and family soirees in favor of zipping through Absalom Station's streets with her best friends, the children of the household employees. She'd take the rush of riding a screaming hovercycle over the pompous sniggering of the wealthy any day of the week.

As she befriended more and more stationers from less-privileged walks of life, Navasi's irritation with her parents and their deliberate aloofness from the rest of society turned into outright disgust. The inequities of Absalom Station, where the rich lived in fortified enclaves and the poor lived in little more than metal boxes, pained her. Simply giving away her pocket money didn't seem like enough. She began to dream of a fairy-tale life in which she could steal the affluent's unearned wealth and give it to those truly in need, and idolized the Free Captains of the Diaspora—pirates living by their own rules. Navasi could only imagine the fun she'd have with such freedom—and the good she'd do, of course.

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Navasi sat in her plush quarters, staring at the gold-fibered holo-gown that was to be her debut dress. Two choices stood before her. She could don that false uniform, attend the gala, and accept her mother's gift of an executive position in the family company. Or she could leave.

It took less than an hour for Navasi to slip out of the manor and stow away onto a ship bound for the Diaspora.

Navasi arrived on Broken Rock with a pocketful of stolen credsticks and a gleam in her eye. She quickly signed up as a "procurement specialist" with a contracting firm called the Sixth Finger—little more than a starfaring thieves' guild—ready to use her new position to steal from exploitative corporations and make herself a hero to those in need.

The reality of life in a pirate enclave hit her like a meteorite. Having quickly blown through her money, and too stubborn to return home in shame, Navasi found she no longer had a choice in which jobs she took. Under the guildrunners' threats, she roughed up innocents, stole from the less fortunate, and worse. Though she never completely lost her egalitarian beliefs, she hardly recognized the naïve idealist she'd once been. A few years in the streets showed her how much of her former life she'd taken for granted, and taught her that if she wanted to take care of others, she first needed to take care of herself. That, at least, she was good at, and she quickly gained a reputation in the gang as the best fast-talker and facewoman around, spinning bold plans and quick wits into fat paydays.

Now a jaded young woman, Navasi found that the wealth from her scores brought little joy without friends to share it with, and she took comfort in the hardscrabble survivalists and secretly softhearted rogues she recruited to her crews. Yet it was in one particular woman that Navasi truly found herself again. Purple-haired and tattooed, with eyes like blue supergiants, the newcomer was outspoken against those in power. She bucked the pirates' authority and operated alone, pulling the sorts of righteous jobs Navasi had once dreamed of. She was the bravest, most exciting woman Navasi had ever met, and despite Navasi's continuing allegiance to the Sixth Finger, the two quickly became inseparable.

That all came crashing down the day the Sixth Finger arranged to knock over a medship full of supplies bound for Absalom Station. To the gang's leaders, the ship's mission—aiding refugees of a wartorn star system—was inconsequential compared to the valuable drugs in its cargo bays. Navasi's objections were overruled.

It was the final straw. Together, Navasi and her partner formulated a plan, alerting the medship to the imminent heist and carefully sabotaging the fighters the gang had designated for the assault. It all might have gone unnoticed, had the gang's resident technomancer not decided to check the security cams one final time. In the ensuing ambush, Navasi and her partner were pinned down, their backs to the sole spaceworthy ship—a single-seat fighter with only enough life support for one of them. Unwilling to leave her companion, Navasi prepared for them to go out in a blaze of glory—only to have her partner shove her into the cockpit and slam the canopy. As Navasi scrabbled with the latch, the other woman winked, pulled the pins on her grenades, and sprinted straight at their ambushers.

The wealthy scion of Absalom Station died that day, as did the pirate she'd become. As she made her way back to Absalom Station with the medship, knowing that neither the Sixth Finger nor her spurned family would ever stop looking for her, she forsook both of her previous incarnations. Abandoning her old identity, she took the name of her fallen love—Navasi—and swore that henceforth she'd carry on the fight they'd started together, only stealing from those who deserved it, putting her finger in the eye of anyone who thrived on exploitation, regardless of which side of the law they were on. Knowing she'd need a new appearance as well, she continued borrowing from her partner, dyeing her jet-black hair purple and adding a single blue contact. Yet when she considered mimicking the original Navasi's tattoos, she was shocked to learn that they were symbols of Weydan, the god of discovery and equality, famous for taking mortal form. Though her partner had never spoken of religion, Navasi took it as a sign, and even holds out some hope that perhaps her companion might have been more than she seemed, though she recognizes that such thoughts are probably just a manifestation of her grief.

Today, Navasi has built a reputation—perhaps more than is truly wise for a woman with a price on her head—as a talented freelance captain, putting together crews for adventures ranging from planetary scouting and private security to her old talent for "procurement," though she's careful about what sorts of jobs she and her friends take on. Navasi still believes in freedom for all, spreading the wealth, and taking plutocrats down a peg—but she also knows the value of earning credits, and takes pride in the ability to take care of herself and her crew (though she still has a sometimes inconvenient tendency to empty her pockets for those in need). As a scoundrel, a fast-talker, and a brilliant negotiator, Navasi is happiest when the chips are down and lives hang in the balance, as that's when you truly know who your friends are. Above all, she knows to always look beneath the surface, for like Navasi herself, nothing is ever quite what it seems.

Amanda Hamon Kunz
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I rather liked Navasi's origin and look forward to seeing more with Weydan and how a lot of the details hinted at in her background play out in the setting.


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*begins to wonder if Space Trolls are a thing in Starfinder, or if they've been eradicated with the power of Cosmic Radiation...*

I'm looking at Navasi's background, and what strikes me about her background is almost 'Zap Brannigan'-ish.

"What could drive a selfish Neutral to acts of Good?" *coughs*

...and then I look and re-read the background and see how such a fertile soil for the worker proletariat's greatest hero could grow from...

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Echoing Owen's more eloquent statement, but:
Good take on familiar themes, great world details imbedded in the story, cool, compelling character. I wish I could be that evocative-yet-concise in my writing!

Great job, Amanda! Thank you, and other Paizo staff in this thread and elsewhere, for creating meaningful inclusion and representation in your games!


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So a discussion board about a fictional character's bio has devolved into a rather pointed discussion about neuro diversity and homosexuality.

This is why we can't have nice things.


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thecursor wrote:

So a discussion board about a fictional character's bio has devolved into a rather pointed discussion about neuro diversity and homosexuality.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Eh, given the amount of attempts at sweeping both subjects under the rug historically, I'd say this is why we deserve nice things. Visibility - it's a good thing.


TerminalArtiste wrote:

I'm a sucker for purple in character designs, mind...

:P

I like purple. :)


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As a cis male with autism, as much as I loathe any stigma associated to neuroatypicality, it's not usually good to associate it with being gay. Also, depicting someone with autism is notoriously hard to do right. If anyone could do it right, I think paizo could. But that doesn't need to be right now. But to attribute being gay as a disability or as a lifestyle carry with them both unscientific as well as derogatory connotations. We live in a society where neuroatypical is often derided. So long as such a stigma and mental differences and mental health holds in society, treating anything as a mental matter will be treated with resistance, and with good reason. I like Navasi. I don't need the only human iconic to look like me or think like me. That's what my own character sheet is for.

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Nice write-up looking forward to handing out her pregen to new players ^^

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First Iconic and a great character!

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OK, I feel I have to weigh in here. I agree with Caeliat here, and would add sexuality is a spectrum. Tying down Navasi to one thing from just one relationship mentioned seems like we are jumping to conclusions. If the writers determine that Navasi is a lesbian in further fiction, so be it. If she is something else, fine as well.

Given this is science fiction there is a possible situation where she could find a relationship with something that doesn't even typically appear on the binary style of sex and/or gender.

So personally I feel like for myself I want to take a wait and see approach where the writers take this character. I would like to think that I wait for others to present that part of their lives before I assume. (Not always possible, but I try.)


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I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.


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Odraude wrote:
I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.

Amen... back in my younger days I tried dying my hair black with red tips (like blood red). Within two days the red had faded to copper and I quickly earned the nickname Duracel from my buddies...

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Odraude wrote:
I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.

Just add a little bit of red and you would be quite the distinguished Moondoggo ^w^

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Faelyn wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.
Amen... back in my younger days I tried dying my hair black with red tips (like blood red). Within two days the red had faded to copper and I quickly earned the nickname Duracell from my buddies...

You should create that alias. ;)


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Faelyn wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.
Amen... back in my younger days I tried dying my hair black with red tips (like blood red). Within two days the red had faded to copper and I quickly earned the nickname Duracel from my buddies...

Yeah, I feel you on that. I'll just stick with my black hair.


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Well, this story rules out my original hunch that Navasi is an Akitonian for whom purple might be (for all we know) a perfectly natural hair color.

Of course, we may now find out that, in the Starfinder setting, purple is actually one of the tamer artificial colors. It can't be too distinctive if she is a wanted fugitive who wants to pass unnoticed....


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Faelyn wrote:
Odraude wrote:
I like her hair. I wish I could dye my hair and not look dumb.
Amen... back in my younger days I tried dying my hair black with red tips (like blood red). Within two days the red had faded to copper and I quickly earned the nickname Duracel from my buddies...

My only experiments with color involved copper highlights to my black hair. It came out well when the stylist did it but my attempts to recreate it fell flat. Still, it looked cool.

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