|Baron Vladmir Harkonna|
1.85 meters (6'0")
125 kilograms (276 lb)
Brown with Red Glow
|Chronological and Political Information|
Baron Vladmir Harkonna was the penultimate ruler of House Harkonna, during the Clone Wars through the Imperial Occupation of the Antrixian Commonwealth, and the chief architect in the demise of High Lord Artur Strykia of House Strykia.
Born the son of Baron Heltir Harkonna, Vladmir showed an early interest in attaining power, and was trained to become the heir to House Harkonna, ahead of his more mild-mannered half-brother, Adlerd. During this time, his father served as head to the House Harkonna and as Sir’adar and Baron of the planet Giedi Prime.
Vladmir built upon the earlier success of his predecessors, greedily overseeing productions and commerce on Geidi Prime, gradually making House Harkonna more successful through blackmail, subterfuge and treachery also. He was quick to deny his father medical aid when the older Harkonna’s health became a serious issue. When his father passed on, Vladmir was quick to claim the House Seat and the position of Sir’adar.
Vladmir’s vision was one of greatness and selfishness. The new Baron wished to return the Harkonna family to the center of the Landsraad by unseating the Strykia Dynasty, which had succeeded to the High Seat over the Harkonna line more than a hundred years prior. Vladmir took his family’s failing to ascend to the High Seat personally and set about making plans to put the family line back in power. However, his expectations in this sense were not easily achieved. His uncle, Jevan Harkonna, a prominent Jinsai Gai'din, showed him no support and actually sided with forming improved relations with House Strykia. Vladmir also viewed his possible successors as unworthy. His nephews were the only ones left after him to succeed him. He deemed Raban too brutish and stupid to be an effective successor. And despite showering Feyd-Rautha with praise and the promise of eventual leadership, his hold over the cunning and impulsive youth remained tenuous.
His schemes turned to destabilizing House Strykia from within. Finding an impulsive, power-hungry Dontaine Strykia ripe for corruption, Vladmir began whispers of Harkonna support for the young Jinsai Gai'din early on, prior to the youth’s fall to the Dark side. Eventually, Vladmir would pledge his support to Dontaine’s attempted coupe.
When the Imperials occupied the Commonwealth in 19 BBY, denying Dontaine Strykia the position of High Lord, Baron Harkonna was forced to pause his plans. Initially, he had planned to have Dontaine name him Hand of the High Lord, then he would set up the young Strykia to have him impeached as High Lord. As the Hand, the Baron would the become Lord Regent until the Landsraad named a successor. He would then generate support in the Landsraad through bribes and threats until he had the nomination. But, instead of being able to do this, Dontaine was stripped of title and family and the current Hand, Duke Leeto Atraydes was named Lord Regent.
Vladmir sided heavily with the Imperials during the twenty plus year occupation. Even though he perceived that he had allies in Moff Strax and Admiral Harkness, the Baron was often used as little more than a scape-goat by the Imperials. Vladmir tried desperately to cling to power during this time.
In 1 ABY, the announcement of Draygan Strykia's death put hope back into the Baron. His plans were halted once again when the Imperials produced the Strykia twins, meaning to have Graydon Strykia, a clone of the actual Strykia child, assume the High Seat. This proved to be the beginning of the Baron's undoing.
Personality and AppearanceEdit
The Baron recognized efficiency and talent in people, and he has shown remarkable insight in knowing and reading people. This was shown explicitly in the promotion of Kryubi and the maintenance of the twisted Mentat, Pyter DeVryes. This was also implied in the way he developed the roles his nephews, Feyd and Raban, eventually took, in an ultimate, yet unsuccessful plan to reinstate Harkonna power on Antrixies. In addition to sadistic homosexual tendencies, Vladmir Harkonna also harbored destructive personal inclinations. He had a penchant for medical procedures that encouraged skin infections, and revelled in devising elaborate torture methods for his enemies. Additionally, he flaunted his morbidly obese body and the health complications that went with it.
As a leader of a Major House, Vladmir proved to be incredibly cruel, earning House Harkonna its notorious reputation. He had no qualms in using widespread torture, murder and slavery to maintain power. The cruelty also characterized the way House soldiers and administrators handle subordinates and prisoners. And though he was generally cunning, his arrogance and intense hatred of House Strykia proved to be his un-doing.
In his later years, the Baron's most notable feature was his corpulent frame. Vladmir's sheer weight required a special grav-suit to retain mobility, which allowed him to float in midair from place to place, as he was unable to walk under his own power unassisted. The Baron's weight was attributed to a degenerative disease transmitted to him sexually by the Reverend Mother Gayis Mohiam of the Taarad Clan, whom he had sexually assaulted.
RPG D6 StatsEdit
Type: Antrixian House Noble
Blaster 4D, Blaster: Blaster Pistol: 6D, Dodge 4D+2
Bureaucracy 6D, Bureaucracy: House Harkonna 8D+1, Intimidation 6D, Intimidation: Interrogation 7D, Law Enforcement 6D
Command 5D+2, Command: House Harkonna 6D+2, Con 6D, Search 4D+1
Computer Programming/Repair 4D+2, Security 4D
Force Points: 2
Darkside Points: 6
Character Points: 7
Equipment: Blaster Pistol (4D), Data Recorder