Star Wars Darkstryder Campaign
The fiery tempered red-haired beauty named Ranna Gorjaye is the flight commander for the FarStar’s Complement of starfighters – although at times one could mistake her for the FarStar’s captain. She knows how to get her job done without wasting pilots or starfighters. While she might be abrasive and pushy at times, Gorjaye is a valued member of the FarStar command team.
Gorjaye takes no guff from anyone – on the flight deck, in formation and in combat, her word is law. Anyone who disagrees with her can sit out the next mission. She has supreme trust in her abilities and her pilots. Gorjaye is a hard taskmaster, though, and insists that her pilots pay close attention during briefings, hang on every order she gives, and execute her orders perfectly and without question. This discipline keeps the FarStar’s pilots alive – when it’s disobeyed, people die in combat and starships are lost.
Gorjaye is the scourge of the docking bay. She’s often found yelling orders, bossing the technicians around, and chewing out anyone who’s getting in the way. To Gorjaye, having all craft in “ready” status is the optimal state of operation – unfortunately, this is rarely the case. The docking hangar is her domain, and anyone questioning her authority there, or trying to usurp it, is quickly and ruthlessly corrected.
Unlike most of the FarStar’s crew, Gorjaye makes sure her peers and underlings know about her colorful past. She often boasts of her years of starfighter service with the Republic before the war, quoting battles and actions nonchalantly to add authenticity to her authority. Her greatest achievement – the one she mentions most often – is her training and graduation at the top of her class from the Raithal Academy’s flight corps program.
Gorjaye was initially a squadron leader in the Republic task force which drove Mistress Sarne from Kal’Shebbol. She didn’t choose to serve on the FarStar, she was assigned to the duty, and she’s very upset about being dumped on this “losers’ mission.” Gorjaye doesn’t trust the “hotshot commandos” or the FarStar command team – she thinks they’re going to get everyone killed and that they don’t plan before they act. She also has little faith in Jedi and believes their “force” powers are over rated. She believes that no Jedi can match her abilities in a starfighter.
She also firmly believes that the FarStar’s situation would be better if she were in charge. Occasionally Gorjaye visits the bridge to dole out her free advice and tactical know-how. She doesn’t get along with Ciro or Adrimetum, although Captain Ciro’s younger brother, Noell, has a good deal of faith in Gorjaye, which has caused Captain Ciro to modify his views. Adrimetrum and Gorjaye particularly don’t agree – while they may agree on the end result, they argue over the finer points of how to achieve it. When barking out her free advice on the FarStar’s bridge, Gorjaye is often asked to leave – in more critical times, she’s sometimes escorted away.
But while she brags about her past, a good deal of it remains in shadow. Gorjaye won’t admit this, but she grew up on Salliche, in the CoreWorlds,where she joined the Salliche Student Militia, a military training program for young people. This organization was sponsered by the trade federation to recruit non-droid pilots for their fleets. Here she learned to fly Z-95 Headhunters in training, and won her fully paid scholarship from the Trade Federation, to the Raithal Academy’s flight school. She graduated from the top of her class. After that, it’s uncertain what happened to Gorjaye. Rumors abound that she was an elite fighter pilot for the Trade Federation.
Some stories have circulated that she gained a good deal of her combat and survival training after being shot down – whether this happened when Gorjaye was a pilot or a cadet at Raithal is unknown. Most of her peers get the impression that she joined the Republic military soon after graduating from the Academy, although her reasons for defecting are unknown.