Meet the Iconics: Obozaya

Monday, May 15, 2017

The countdown to Starfinder is on! We're highlighting the iconic characters and core classes that appear throughout the pages and covers the Starfinder line. Today we meet Obozaya, the iconic soldier!

Illustration by Remko Troost

In classic vesk fashion, Obozaya Ymeros lets her friends shorten her name to "Obo," but not even Damoritosh himself can protect those who attempt to use her nickname without earning it first.

Obozaya was born on Vesk Prime, the planetary capital of the Veskarium, to a family of low-level military bureaucrats. Distinguishing herself with her determination and ferocity on the sports field and in the dueling ring—if not in her academic studies—Obozaya quickly established herself as a top-notch military cadet, enlisting as soon as her basic studies were complete.

Obozaya took to military life like a swamp lion to water, and soon outpaced many in her cohort. In Veskarium society, social status is most easily earned through excellence in combat, and Obo had no desire to spend her entire life at the same forgettable rank as her parents. Though her dreams of glory were hardly unique, she nevertheless proved herself in several early battles, putting down a vicious rebellion among the feline barbarians of Vesk-6.

Yet in her youthful arrogance, Obozaya overlooked the power of political connection. After dueling and deeply shaming another member of her unit—one with family ties to high-ranking military officials—she found herself promoted and assigned to patrol a section of frozen tundra on Vesk-8, where the staunchly pacifist residents refused to give her any opportunity for righteous combat. It soon became clear that neither appeals to her superiors nor prayers to Damoritosh the Conqueror were going to get her a better assignment. Thus, as her first term of enlistment drew to a close, a frustrated Obozaya took the Soldier's Due, the time-honored vesk tradition of being honorably discharged and taking your government-issue armor and weapons with you.

Still in love with the idea of one day becoming a major player in vesk society, and disgusted by the idea that politics could exist within the Veskarium's vaunted military meritocracy, Obozaya followed in the footsteps of many other legendary vesk warriors and left home to work as a mercenary in the Pact Worlds. Here, at last, she found what she'd been searching for: an endless series of battles and adventures, with no restrictions but her own sense of honor. Rather than signing on with an established mercenary company, Obozaya found herself better suited to working with small groups of explorers and adventurers. Small teams mean more glory per person when you succeed, and she often finds herself the sole front-line fighter on a crew, which appeals to both her vanity and her showboating style. As she's fond of saying, battle is too important to leave to amateurs, and Obozaya believes that the best way to win a fight is to move fast and hit hard. Though she's drifted away from Damoritosh's faith in recent years, coming to appreciate some other races' criticisms of the Conqueror, she still adores using his sacred doshko for her close-up fighting.

Personality-wise, Obozaya is a study in contrasts. While she appreciates material wealth and creature comforts, her true desire is for recognition. This is perhaps best exemplified by the holoprojector on her back, which usually projects a modified version of Damoritosh's symbol to advertise her as a warrior for hire, but which is capable of projecting a personalized holographic war-banner in combat to make sure the enemy knows exactly who's coming for them. Brilliant on the battlefield, Obozaya nevertheless finds herself a little slow on the draw in most intellectual pursuits, having little patience for any education not directly related to her vocation. She believes that honor demands honesty, and while she's not against lying by omission, she would rather die than break her word or renege on a contract. In conversations with new people, she's either unnervingly stoic or direct to the point of rudeness, and thinks that most species talk more than they need to as an attempt to cover up their cowardice.

All of which makes it that much more surprising to discover how much her companions adore her. Sure, Obo may explain her loyalty as a mercenary's pragmatism, yet everyone in her crew knows they can count on "the big lizard" to pull them out of a scrape, no matter the cost. As with many vesk, her gruff manner is punctuated with sudden outpourings of emotion, and with her characteristic directness, Obo finds no fear or shame in telling her friends how much she loves them. Much of her life is spent on or training for missions, yet when Obozaya sets out to celebrate a success, it's with her trademark bombastic zeal. Eschewing the berserker drugs favored by some of her kindred, she's nevertheless fond of the Veskarium nose-hookahs sometimes called "dragon's breath," as well as the mildly hallucinogenic brain snails of Vesk-2 and other traditional vesk snacks. More than one bar has been sacrificed to (and well compensated for) her parties, and the heavy bass of her beloved revelaz dance-pop beats is notorious for bursting rivets on ship bulkheads.

James L. Sutter
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Jhaeman wrote:
Anyone who's a specialist in anything in real life will probably have to swallow their disbelief frequently when that particular thing arises in pop culture. I'm a law nerd, so I often cringe whenever I see the depiction of lawyers and trials on TV dramas. Doctor nerds surely do the same with the trope that a single punch instantly knocks out any unaware mook with no long term consequences. As a gun/military nerd, you'll just have to get use to things like "a lack of trigger discipline" in pop culture (including RPG) portrayal of soldiers or drive yourself insane trying to fight the good fight :)

"Why is my archer walking around with their bow stringed 100% of the time?!"


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Kajehase wrote:
Jhaeman wrote:
Anyone who's a specialist in anything in real life will probably have to swallow their disbelief frequently when that particular thing arises in pop culture. I'm a law nerd, so I often cringe whenever I see the depiction of lawyers and trials on TV dramas. Doctor nerds surely do the same with the trope that a single punch instantly knocks out any unaware mook with no long term consequences. As a gun/military nerd, you'll just have to get use to things like "a lack of trigger discipline" in pop culture (including RPG) portrayal of soldiers or drive yourself insane trying to fight the good fight :)
"Why is my archer walking around with their bow stringed 100% of the time?!"

That should be "strung".

Jhaeman wrote:
Anyone who's a specialist in anything in real life will probably have to swallow their disbelief frequently when that particular thing arises in pop culture...

See, now you guys are learning of the pain of the grammar nazi. ;)


Mark Moreland wrote:
CKent83 wrote:


Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.

Here's another look at her axe/scythe.

That's a doshko.

Thanks, it looks really awesome when activated. I like that there are new types of melee weapons.


Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.

It's some kind of energy-axe. Three short beams emit from the concave section. You can check it out on the cover of the core rule book.


I really hope that axe isn't like a heat hawk..I would have to be suspicious of lady obo, then.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Mark Moreland wrote:
CKent83 wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
...Welcome to Human Prime-I mean, earth.

I think you mean Terran Prime, thank you very much! ;)

Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.

Here's another look at her axe/scythe.

Edit: Anyone know what a "swamp lion" is?

That's a doshko.

As for a swamp lion, it sounds like something you probably don't want to encounter in a swamp.

Imma go ahead and tack on probably anywhere.

This needs to be a recurring theme in the various adventure paths and modules.

Swamp lions in the pantry
Swamp lions on the space plane
Swamp lions in the bathroom

You really don't want to encounter them anywhere, but you always do.

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"Good afternoon, I'm from PestCorp. I apologize for the inconvenience, but you'll have to take your husbands and larvae out of the home for a few days - landlord says we need to spray for swamp lions."

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Rei wrote:
TerminalArtiste wrote:
Slothsy wrote:
Okay, we need to put together a dance pop Starfinder playlist.
YES!
Start it off with Starships?

You ask, I deliver.

(That links to a playlist I made for just this purpose!)


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Freehold DM wrote:
I really hope that axe isn't like a heat hawk..I would have to be suspicious of lady obo, then.

Suspicious or not of the lady, she's one Obo...

(•_•)

( •_•)>⌐■-■

(⌐■_■)

...who won't be played.


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Master Han Del of the Web wrote:


This needs to be a recurring theme in the various adventure paths and modules.

Swamp lions in the pantry
Swamp lions on the space plane
Swamp lions in the bathroom

You really don't want to encounter them anywhere, but you always do.

So, Swamp lions are the Bunyips of Starfinder? Makes sense.

(For those unaware, Bunyips have this reputation in the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game)

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Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.

That's because she hasn't turned it on yet. ;)


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James Sutter wrote:
Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.
That's because she hasn't turned it on yet. ;)

Should we read into her alignment based on its color? :P


Torbyne wrote:
James Sutter wrote:
Browman wrote:
What kind of melee weapon is that, it appears to only have a small spike as a piercing edge.
That's because she hasn't turned it on yet. ;)
Should we read into her alignment based on its color? :P

Only Sith deal in absolutes, so maybe.


Aunders wrote:
There are so many cool things in this post! Vesk-2 and Vesk-6!

Don't forget Vesk-8.

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
Hold up. She started her career by putting down the Thundercat rebellions!?

"Reporting for duty, commander Sssslithe!"


I really want to know more about these "feline barbarians of Vesk-6"...


FiddlersGreen wrote:
I really want to know more about these "feline barbarians of Vesk-6"...

I wonder if they are any good at grappling.


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Another great iconic. All the iconics have been great so far.


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So... The Vesk just name everything Vesk? how do you say Akiton in Veskesse, Vesk-11? "The Bone Sages of Vesk-12 sure get uppity when you talk to them about our planet they live on..."


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I am wondering whether we will later find out the names that the natives of all the "Vesk-" planets gave to their own planets. Using those names might be considered an act of rebellion by the Veskarium.


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just imagine the great Vesk-Marklar war over Vesk/Marklar-14

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Torbyne wrote:
So... The Vesk just name everything Vesk? how do you say Akiton in Veskesse, Vesk-11? "The Bone Sages of Vesk-12 sure get uppity when you talk to them about our planet they live on..."

Maybe they just name the planets in their system Vesk-#, or the planets that they've conquered...


Set wrote:
Torbyne wrote:
So... The Vesk just name everything Vesk? how do you say Akiton in Veskesse, Vesk-11? "The Bone Sages of Vesk-12 sure get uppity when you talk to them about our planet they live on..."

Maybe they just name the planets in their system Vesk-#, or the planets that they've conquered...

I assumed it was the Freeza method of renamed conquered planets myself.


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So since we're getting soldier this week, what do you guys think next week will be? I'm hoping for Solarion, as it's the only class we know nothing about, but I'm worried they'll wait till last for that one. Maybe mechanic?

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TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
So since we're getting soldier this week, what do you guys think next week will be? I'm hoping for Solarion, as it's the only class we know nothing about, but I'm worried they'll wait till last for that one. Maybe mechanic?

Ooh, I hope so. The mechanic might well be my favorite option, and the Ysoki sounds fun.


TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
So since we're getting soldier this week, what do you guys think next week will be? I'm hoping for Solarion, as it's the only class we know nothing about, but I'm worried they'll wait till last for that one. Maybe mechanic?

While I want Solarion, I'd bet on Mechanic or Technomancer.


Set wrote:
TheGoofyGE3K wrote:
So since we're getting soldier this week, what do you guys think next week will be? I'm hoping for Solarion, as it's the only class we know nothing about, but I'm worried they'll wait till last for that one. Maybe mechanic?

Ooh, I hope so. The mechanic might well be my favorite option, and the Ysoki sounds fun.

I've been crossing my fingers for technomancer this whole time.


I feel like every time something goes wrong her party ironically says, "Thanks, Obozaya!"

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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:
I feel like every time something goes wrong her party ironically says, "Thanks, Obozaya!"

And she always replies, "YOU'RE WELCOME!" Like, always. In that same oddly cheery demeanor, so you're not sure if she's being sincere or just screwing with you.

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Misroi wrote:
And she always replies, "YOU'RE WELCOME!" Like, always. In that same oddly cheery demeanor, so you're not sure if she's being sincere or just screwing with you.

I like the idea that she leaves it unclear to everyone else.

The truth is, she *understands* sarcasm, but she's just not having it.


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I'll be honest, after reading her bio, I've already found the woman I'm modeling her after HINT: It's Dina from Superstore.

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So, we've got our Drax

CKent83 wrote:
"Are the three vertical lines Damoritosh the Conqueror's symbol or is that Obozaya's personal standard?

They might represent the three rays of her sacred doshko when activated, likely that is the Conqueror symbol


Andrew Mullen wrote:
"Good afternoon, I'm from PestCorp. I apologize for the inconvenience, but you'll have to take your husbands and larvae out of the home for a few days - landlord says we need to spray for swamp lions."

"Yeeaah, looks like a real bad infestation. Prolly laid eggs in yer baseboard, you can tell by all the eviscerated pets packed in along side it. I checked yer ventilation ducts and one nipped off my arm. If'n you'll hand me that plasma arc, I need to crawl in there and get it back afore I set off the swamp lion gas. Should be down before lunch but the gas has a half-life of twenty years so it'll be a bit afore you can move back in."


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WAIT!! WAIT!! wait... can she fire from her gauntlets? the hand holding her Doshko seems to have two barrels mounted on it


The 3 slashes apart to be Damoritosh'Damoritosh's holy symbol. Our part of it anyway

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This may be my favorite iconic, though it could be partly because of Slothsy's playlist <3

After reading this, I'm going to set aside some time to reformat, print and laminate each of these Blogs to include with the Pregens when I GM Starfinder.

This sort of background information needs to be widely distributed ^^.


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Biztak wrote:
WAIT!! WAIT!! wait... can she fire from her gauntlets? the hand holding her Doshko seems to have two barrels mounted on it

They're actually backup drumsticks.


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Biztak wrote:
WAIT!! WAIT!! wait... can she fire from her gauntlets? the hand holding her Doshko seems to have two barrels mounted on it

They shoot smaller doshkos.

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