Meet The Iconics: Velloro

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Velloro, the iconic lashunta vanguard, poses with an energy shield projected from hs right wrist and tendrils of entropic vapor smoking around his left hand.

Illustration by Remko Troost

Velloro was adopted into a large ysoki family on the dusty planet of Akiton as an infant, never knowing another home—and never having much interest in finding one. His family were devout worshipers of Iomedae, goddess of justice and honorable battle, virtues the young lashunta gladly embraced. He spent his youth playing and scavenging among Akiton’s numerous wrecked starships with his many siblings. Time and again, Velloro proved a fierce protector of his family, whether extracting them from collapsed wreckage, fighting off rival scavengers, or otherwise putting himself between them and the many other dangers of their dying world.

When Velloro reached adolescence, he developed into the korasha clade of his species, packing on muscle and becoming rather headstrong. As he grew, he became less able to squeeze into the small spaces common to salvage sites and began to look around for other ways to expend his boundless energy. His years of roughhousing and scrapyard scrapping quickly pointed him toward one obvious direction in Akiton’s limited job market: Velloro traveled to the ancient city of Arl to become a gladiator. The VitariTech Coliseum, a new sporting venue that hosted nonlethal gladiatorial combats, began rotating Velloro into their regular fight schedule. The arena promoters capitalized on his youthful and attractive appearance and off-world species, dubbing him the Castrovel Kid and giving him a set of armor sporting the planet’s ancient symbol.

As Velloro moved up through the ranks of other local combatants and gained a small following, he also became close with a fellow gladiator, a shobhad named Dhareen. She saw potential in the young competitor, and after defeating Velloro in a particularly important show match, Dhareen invited the dejected lashunta to take the Test of the Mountain. In this shobhad tradition, travelers climb to the summit of Ka, Pillar of the Sky, the tallest mountain in all the Pact Worlds. Velloro accepted the challenge, making the grueling 22-mile climb over several months.

While climbing Ka, the charismatic and sociable Velloro experienced something entirely new and, at first, unpleasant: loneliness. Yet as his isolation grew, so too did his connection to the mountain and to his home planet. He spent long evenings watching the wind blow dust off the volcano in arcing swirls, and took note of how each step he took changed the mountain in an almost imperceptible way.

One night, while sheltering under a shallow outcropping during a violent storm, Velloro felt a strange acceptance and calm wash over him. As he did, he noticed the whirling mixture of ashy sleet around him turn to a gentle eddy. With sudden clarity, Velloro remembered dozens of instances earlier in his life when he had subtly affected the state of matter around him—events he had dismissed as coincidence or even imagined. Invigorated, the lashunta began to intentionally exert control over his surroundings, structuring and deconstructing the molecular lattice all around him, draining energy from one system and pouring it into another as easily as pouring red tea between cups.

Upon his return to the Coliseum, Velloro had new purpose. He honed his newfound skills, mastering the subtleties of molecular change and using it to great effect in his gladiatorial matches. His tendency to crumple the armor and weapons of his opponents as he sent them flying across the arena quickly earned him the nickname the Castrovel Crusher. But change is constant, and as Akiton’s gladiatorial combats continued to gain in popularity, the demand for blood sport also grew. Claiming the need to compete with other arenas, including Eox’s infamous and deadly Halls of the Living, the Coliseum’s management began to pressure Velloro to mortally wound his opponents. Velloro adamantly refused; he saw no honor in needless blood sport.

One day, just before a match against Dhareen, Velloro’s manager told him, “finish her—or you’re finished.” Velloro walked into the arena, embraced his mentor, and deliberately walked out to an uproarious mixture of cheers and mockery, knowing he could never return to his beloved profession. Instead, Velloro turned an eye to the stars, where he knew there were others like his family, others who needed protection and assistance—and he knew he had the power to help.

Having inherited no small part of his ysoki family’s gregariousness, Velloro is quick to laugh and make new friends, and is an amiable adventuring companion. His Iomedaean personal code predisposes him to giving second chances, even to the seemingly irredeemable—but he doesn’t hesitate to unleash his full might against unrepentant foes. And despite the sour end to his gladiatorial career, his love of games and sport have not waned, and he is always happy to strike his famous Castrovel Crusher pose at a fan’s request.

Joe Pasini
Starfinder Lead Designer

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I like.

Wayfinders

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CRUSH 'EM! </Megadeath>

Sovereign Court

Huzzah!


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In this corner, coming in at 5'1, 220 pounds, hailing from Akiton. His fists are categorized as deadly weapons on 5 planets. You know him as the Castrovel Crusher, the Lashunta Liquidator, the Valiant Vanguard, its VELLORO!

Lets get ready to rummmmmmmble!

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My favorite line in the backstory is:

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With sudden clarity, Velloro remembered dozens of instances earlier in his life when he had subtly affected the state of matter around him—events he had dismissed as coincidence or even imagined.

Because that's basically what it feels like when you figure out your sexuality / gender identity. You just start realizing all these little things you've done or thought that seemed insignificant at the time, but were actually blaring sirens.

Scarab Sages

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I love this.
I especially love seeing some of the thematic elements we discussed when conceiving and writing the class become part of this very strong back-story.
Well done, Joe!


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I heard my friend call the Vanguards “edgy” because their powers relied on entropy and I have to say that doesn’t ring accurate as all going by how Velloro and his powers are depitcted.

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What are you talking about this is the edgiest backstory Ive read on here.

The man has like 3 different adopted heritages! Four if you include that he is obviously part dwarf!


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I'm loving the bent towards family and healthy relationships that the Starfinder iconics have.

Grand Lodge

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Neat! I love the development from gladiator to wandering protector.


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This has to be the first iconic where I genuinely want their autograph.

And he does the pose!!

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I don't know whether to be delighted at Velloro's story or jealous of it...knowing I can't play a cool korasha lashunta vanguard who was adopted by ysoki and grew up on Akiton, worships Iomedae and was trained as gladiator by a shobhad mentor and had a spiritual breakthrough atop the Pillar of the Sky...at least, not without being accused of copying Velloro.


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1) CRUSADER BIKER MICE FROM MARS

2) Awesome, he's cool, and I'm liking the warm and fuzzyness from the Iconics ^w^


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Alexander Augunas wrote:

My favorite line in the backstory is:

Quote:
With sudden clarity, Velloro remembered dozens of instances earlier in his life when he had subtly affected the state of matter around him—events he had dismissed as coincidence or even imagined.
Because that's basically what it feels like when you figure out your sexuality / gender identity. You just start realizing all these little things you've done or thought that seemed insignificant at the time, but were actually blaring sirens.

Co-signed. It's like everything just suddenly falls into place.

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With iconics like these, who needs blank character sheets? <3


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Is it weird that I'm way more interested in how a family of Ratfolk scrappers became followers of the Inheritor?


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Young Velloro: "She can store how many flasks of holy water in her cheek pouches?"


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Now picturing a young ysoki with a baby human three times their own size in a battered red wagon

"He followed me home can I keep him? "


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Home is where the family lives.

I wonder if the scrappers found some holy relics during a job and the background radiation made them followers over time...

Silver Crusade

So now the question for me is... Is this class going to be Constitution based for a physical trait.


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Seeing many Society characters being adopted so they can get something that helps their build, it is fun to see an Iconic who is also adopted.


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Great story. Makes me want to play this character and get to know them. Thank you.

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

This makes me even more excited to play a Vanguard!


I...might have a new favorite Iconic.

And Vanguards sound fun! Can't wait for the Operations Manual to drop.

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I want an illustration of young Velloro, the Castrovel Kid, with armor that has Castrovel on the chest plate. Give me a mini, and I will play that guy for an entire AP.


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I just want art of a few family life scenes.
Burly Lashunta towering over his family of fuzzy Iomedaeans (short as he is), actual kid Velloro learning the trade from yoski parents, etc. Even just a family photo.

I like him. Not how I'd approach the class, but this fits great.


I can't wait to learn more about that awesome blue shield on his arm and see how the mechanical support for crushing enemy armor plays out.

Can't wait to see the final iteration of the Vanguard in play.

Also, I'm jealous that I never thought of playing a Ysoki-raised Lashunta gladiator before now.

Shadow Lodge

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You'll be sticking with Velloro like Velcro!


This is just awesome. I love the way so many parts of the Starfinder setting come together in that backstory, it's just the right sort of depth to really win me over.


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Wow, this was epic. Cool too see Dhareen show up again - nice continuity nod. Since she’s not an iconic, I’d totally love to see her in an Akiton AP: gladiator champion, bounty hunter, survivor of the mythic pilgrimage to the summit of Ka, and all-around adventuring guru. We’ve finally got our setting’s resident Dumbledore/Gandalf.

Love these stories. Good form, Pasini.


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You have created many awesome races in Alien Archive 1-2-3 - why sticking to core races for iconics?


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Fedor Checherov wrote:
You have created many awesome races in Alien Archive 1-2-3 - why sticking to core races for iconics?

One of the more common uses for iconics is to be able to hand them to a new player so they can get a sense of the universe/setting/game. You don't want a new player dealing with learning a system and playing a hyper intelligent shade of blue that can't physically interact with anything at the same time.


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There’s a bunch of non-bizarre Humanoid races they’ve introduced though.


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Orrr, Ragnarok-proofing the setting for SF2?


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I think they also want to minimize the number of books needed to play an iconic. The core and legacy races require only the Core Rulebook, as do the core classes. The upcoming book is needed for the three new classes. For any other race, you would need at least one alien archive as well.

So I suppose the legacy races would work for iconics as well, but I could see Paizo not wanting to use them for flavor reasons, unless they differ enough from their Pathfinder counterparts that they don't scream "Pathfinder in space!" Maybe they could have a bleachling gnome iconic at some point, though?

Wayfinders

Alright, sure, "Castrovel Crusher" is a pretty catchy name. But can it really stand up against "Faraeon Star-Jumper"? I think not!

Still this guy seems alright. Might be fun to hang around with sometime!

Grand Lodge

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I also want art of this guy's rockin' family. Nicely done, Joe!

Hmm


I'd like to see this guy in action.


Gregarious, friendly, courageous, and refuses to take innocent life, I like this Lashunta GREATLY! I hope my PC can meet him at a diner in Castrovel's metropolises for breakfast, laughs, and good times! :D

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