This article was supposed to come out last week but work intervened and I was severely lacking in free time to get it finished and published. Sorry about the delay.
Trey was born on Lossend in the Timeon system. He came to Pale as part of the liberation force in the Great Sathar War. He participated in a few skirmishes with remnants of the sathar force on the planet but primarily was involved in efforts to eradicate the sathar bio-monsters. Like all members of the liberating forces, he was offered full citizenship if he stayed after the war. Trey decided to accept the offer and remained on Pale.
In the post-war years, he worked a variety of jobs to assist in rebuilding Point True but quickly became disenchanted with the work in the city. Deciding to put his wartime training to use, he joined a bounty hunting group that continued to search out and eradicate the sathar bio-monsters. While most of those he started with either gave up the hunt or became prey to the very creatures they were hunting, Trey excelled at the work and enjoyed it.
Trey has been hunting the sathar monsters for decades now and has been quite successful making a comfortable living from the bounties collected. However, in the last ten to fifteen years, the number of monsters has begun to dwindle, either because of successful hunting or some other process. Either way, Trey was beginning to seen his income drop to levels that he felt was unacceptable.
Rather than embark on a new line of work, he decided on another path. He had often joked with his companions that it would be easier to catch a few breeding pairs and raise their kids for the bounties instead of trying to hunt them in the wild. As his income began to drop, he decided to try just that.
Setting up a remote outpost in the mountains NW of Point True, Trey captured a number of the sathar creatures and instead of killing them for the bounty, began breeding them and raising them. Thus he could kill one of the captive creatures and collect the bounty whenever he needed additional income. He also began offering a live capture service to those who wanted live specimens to study. Since owning and breeding the sathar creatures was illegal, he has kept his operation in the shadows.
For decades he had been in contempt of the creatures as aberrations and was more than happy to hunt and kill them. That attitude persisted for the first few years of his captive breeding program. It was just a source of income. He even continued to hunt wild creatures in addition to collecting the bounties on his bred creatures. However, about six to seven years ago, his attitude toward the creatures changed. He no longer saw them as aberrations or with contempt but rather as amazing creatures with positive qualities. While he still bred the creatures and killed some for their bounties, he no longer hunted wild creatures and began to increase the number he raised, releasing those he didn’t kill for bounties into the wild.
Always fairly reclusive, he has become even more so since he started his breeding program and especially so since he started releasing the sathar creatures into the wild. He has had little direct, personal contact with anyone in several years beyond delivering proof when needed of his kills to collect the bounty income that supports him.
Human, male, age 63
PS: +3, IM: +6, Ranged: Beam 70%, Projectile 50%, Melee: 53%
Skills: Projectile weapons 5, Melee weapons 2, Beam weapons 2, Technician 2, Environmental 3, Medic 2
Equipment: Military Skeinsuit, Auto pistol w/ 4 clips, autorifle w/ 4 clips, sonic sword w/ 2 clips, chronocom, toxy-rad guage, sungoggles.
Trey Munden’s change of attitude toward the sathar creatures is not an artifact of his close association with them through his breeding program. Rather it is due to an encounter he had with an actual sathar during one of his hunting expeditions. The sathar caught him unaware and successfully hypnotized him. Upon learning of his already existent breeding program, the sathar shifted his mindset about the creatures and set him on a path of breeding more and releasing them into the wild. Trey has no recollection of this encounter and firmly believes that the ideas and actions he has taken over the past few years are completely his own.
He is directly responsible for the creation of the lesser quickdeath. It was partially intentional, and partially a side effect of the selection of quickdeath to kill and turn in for bounties. Each year he would select the largest of the quickdeaths to kill as the size of the quickdeaths for which he collected the bounties figured somewhat into his reputation. Because of this, he was often breeding smaller and smaller specimens. After his encounter with the sathar, this became even more deliberate and focused. The larger pack behavior of the lesser quickdeath is due to the fact that they were raised together and naturally formed those bonds.
As part of the Death at Rosegard adventure, the PCs will not directly encounter Trey. However, they will have an opportunity to search his breeding compound, recently deserted, and learn about his activities. If the Referee wants to add additional encounters or the PCs want to chase him down, he provides an additional side adventure that they can engage in.
2 thoughts on “Trey Mulden, Bounty Hunter and Breeder”