Spinnin on the Rim (SW EotE)
Bronze R4 droid with an R2 dome top
R-4 Series Astromech [Nemisis]
Soak Value: 3
Wound Threshold: 15
Strain Threshold: 11
Skills: Astrogation 4, Coercion 1, Computers 4, Cool 3, Core Worlds 1, Deception 2, Lore 1, Mechanics 3, Outer Rim 2, Piloting (Space) 2, Piloting (Planetary) 2, Perception 2.
- Adversary 1 [upgrade difficulty of all combat checks against this target once]
- Durable 1 [subtract 10 from Critical Injury rolls made against the droid],
- Known Kessel Run [Once per game session, the droid’s controlling character may spend a maneuver to make a Hard (ppp) Astrogation check. Success means he is familiar with a path to a specified planet or type of planet. He can also plan unconventional routes around obstacles. Additional success, advantage, or triumph results can reveal other useful information at the GM’s discretion].
Abilities: Droid (does not need to breathe, eat, or drink and can survive in vacuum and underwater; immune to poisons and toxins).
Equipment: Arc welder (Melee; Damage 3; Critical -; Range [Engaged]; Stun damage), built-in repair tools (counts as tool kit).
The R4 had the same outward appearance of an R2 or R3 droid below the neck, but to save money on production, items such as the video display screen and miniature fire extinguisher were omitted. The holographic projector/recorder unit was retained, but relocated to the top of the head dome to allow for use of a cheaper, less miniaturized unit with a smaller rotational axis. The droid’s Intellex VI computer was advanced, but geared toward common repulsorcraft designs and specs for commercially available space transports. The computer brain was designed with more space between the components, lowering production costs, but requiring a larger head dome, and likewise eliminated many of the function indicators and gadgetry found on other R-series head domes. The R4 was unsuited to the task of starfighter astromech; it could only hold the coordinates for a single hyperspace jump in its astrogation buffer, a one way trip for any fighter jock.
The droids were rugged; able to shrug off the nicks and dents common to a working garage environment as well or better than other R-droids. IA was pleased to discover that, with regular maintenance checks, the R4 outlasted its design parameters for operational life, weather endurance, personality matrix stability, and time elapsed between recharge sessions.
R4-W9 has an R2 unit head to allow greater computation and astrogation abilities.