The Trunsks were a species of sentient mammals native to the planet Trunska. Descended from predators, Trunsks were stout, fur-covered bipeds with large ears and nostrils, well adapted to their cold, thin-atmosphere homeworld. Their wide, tusked mouths, vestigial horns, and sharp fighting claws gave them a fearsome appearance. Trunsks typically had a gruff temperament, and they were paranoid toward outsiders and strangers.
As the species progressed from agricultural settlements along rivers to continent-spanning empires, Trunsk warlords continually feuded with each other. Eventually, the planet was unified by Tyl the Deplorable. By this point, the Trunsks had developed information-age technology. Without wars to slow their progress, they rapidly developed hyperspace technology and joined the Galactic Republic. When the Galactic Empire came to power, the Trunsks lost their freedom, becoming one of many legally designated slave species. The Trunsk ruler, Emperor Belgoa, became an Imperial puppet who publicly denounced the enslavement of his people but secretly allowed the Empire to take slaves—especially Belgoa's political enemies. The slave trade continued, although the defiant nature of Trunsks made them unpopular among buyers and sellers. Even free Trunsks on Trunska were not allowed access to armed spacecraft or personal weapons, a law strictly enforced by Belgoa's police.
The indignities of slavery drove many Trunsks to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic
. Sully Tigereye
was one example: he escaped from a life lived in a cage to join the Rebel Red Alpha
team as fire support. After a distinguished career that continued as the Alliance became the New Republic
, the Trunsk resigned to follow his commanding officer, Colonel Andrephan Stormcaller
, into a mercenary
band known as the Red Moons
. With this group, Tigereye continued to fight a remnant faction of the Empire, the Pentastar Alignment
. (Read more…)