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"Barkbone substituted the absent leg with a peg of cybernetic design, though I sadly cannot say the same for his brain."
―Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus[src]

Reginald Barkbone, Scourge of the Seven Sectors, was a swashbuckling pirate pursued by the Empire during the Galactic Civil War. A Poss'Nomin male, he was the figure of much myth, infamous for many audacious heists and daring escapades in his flagship, the Robber Baron. Barkbone was noted for his flamboyance: he sported a lightfoil and spoke Lok Pirate's Cant, and kept a Kowakian monkey-lizard atop his shoulder at all times to repeat his every word.

Barkbone's most famous exploits included a raid on the palaces of Hapes, a fracas with Imperial Guards on Axion, and a successful voyage through the Fire Rings of Fornax; at the cost of his leg, eye, and mind, respectively. The Loronar navy attempted to apprehend Barkbone, vainly pursuing the Poss'Nomin bandit for a month. After the Battle of Yavin, the Imperial Navy made Barkbone's apprehension a priority, tasking Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus with his capture. Tigellinus chased the relentless freebooter around the galaxy to no avail, but was determined to neutralize the threat Barkbone posed.

Biography

Scourge of the Seven Sectors

"Me worst spell in space? No, 'twarnt sailing through the fire rings of Fornax. 'Twas the month I spent on the run from the Loronar navy, an' stuck with a vegetarian galley droid."
―Reginald Barkbone[src]
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The Fire Rings of Fornax.

Reginald Barkbone was a male member of the three-eyed Poss'Nomin species who lived as a pirate during the Imperial Era. A being surrounded by myth and supposition,[1] he had become infamous by the early years of the Galactic Empire, earning the moniker "Scourge of the Seven Sectors."[2] At various points in his career, Barkbone was active in the Outer Rim Territories, the Mid Rim, the Expansion Region, the Inner Rim, and the Colonies, striking at an array of targets. His flagship, the Robber Baron, was a stolen Star Galleon-class frigate, though he also had a number of Incom corsairs at his disposal. He was known as a sly, savage operator, mentioned in the same breath as notorious pirate Gir Kybo Ren-Cha, as well as the Thalassian slavers and Black Hole Gang, considered some of the most pernicious marauders operating in the Outer Rim Territories.[1]

Barkbone was infamous for a slew of implausible, heroic feats. His most famous accomplishment was a successful journey through the Fire Rings of Fornax,[3][1] an exceedingly difficult task[4] and one which saw Barkbone lose his mind. Rufaan Tigellinus of the Imperial Navy claimed to have witnessed the voyage. The Poss'Nomin freebooter lost one of his legs while plundering palaces on Hapes, but he replaced the severed limb with a cybernetic peg and returned to his piratical vocation.[1] On another occasion, the Robber Galleon was pursued for a month by the Loronar navy, but Barkbone was not apprehended. The pirate claimed it was his least enjoyable interlude in space, because the sole COO-series cook droid in the galley was programmed to produce only vegetarian food.[3]

Imperial pursuit

"One way or another, I vow to wipe Reginald Barkbone from the fabric of space forever…"
―Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus[src]

Barkbone clashed with members of the Imperial Guard on Axion in the Expansion Region at some point. After pillaging the planet, he attached a limpet mine to a GNK power droid while running from pursuing Imperial Guards. The shell of a Gonk droid was extremely durable, but when cracked the internal generator exploded with force; Barkbone's mine achieved this, and he was able to shoot his way to freedom in the blast and resulting pandemonium.[3] He escaped, but the endeavor cost Barkbone one of his eyes and half his face.[1]

The Imperial Navy stepped up its pursuit of Barkbone shortly after the Battle of Yavin, and Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus was tasked with his apprehension. In his Star Destroyer Avatar, Tigellinus claimed to have doggedly chased the Robber Galleon from the Colonies to the Outer Rim Territories. Around this time, Barkbone carried out a heist in the Tapani sector; a lightfoil was among his loot. Though Tigellinus's attempts to stop Barkbone's pilfering were fruitless, several of the Poss'Nomin's crew members were captured, and under interrogation they helped corroborate the Empire's records on Barkbone, separating fact from fiction. Tigellinus wrote a succinct report for Maximillian Seerdon of the Imperial Security Bureau after a prolonged and futile pursuit; this report was in turn given to Grand Vizier Sate Pestage, placing Barkbone alongside other such pests to the Empire as smuggler Dash Rendar and outlaw tech Klaus Vandangante. Tigellinus was a rabid Humanocentric so had personal motivation for the capture of Barkbone, a non-Human. His report was disdainful of the Poss'Nomin's character and mental state, but Tigellinus recognized the threat Barkbone posed.[1]

Personality and traits

"More cutthroat than the Thalassians, more underhanded than the Black Hole Gang, and more preposterous than Gir Kybo Ren-Cha…"
―Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus[src]

Reginald Barkbone was a member of the physically imposing, three-eyed Poss'Nomin species.[1][5] He was noted for his flamboyance[2] and his peculiar speech pattern, using a dialect of Galactic Basic Standard described by Grand Admiral Tigellinus as "silly." Barkbone was also fluent in Lok Pirate's Cant. He owned a pet Kowakian monkey-lizard, which was invariably perched on the pirate's shoulder, repeating every word he said. Barkbone took a fancy to the lightfoil—the favored weapon of the Tapani nobility—and began sporting a stolen lightfoil after a foray into Tapani territories. Tigellinus noted that his colleague, Grand Admiral Octavian Grant, was infuriated that a brigand like Barkbone was flaunting a symbol of Grant's own aristocracy.[1] He had a taste for meat, and was infuriated to be stuck with a vegetarian COO droid while on the run.[3]

Barkbone was dedicated to his buccaneering lifestyle and continued his career even after a number of serious injuries. By the time of Tigellinus's chase for the Poss'Nomin, he had damaged his face and lost a leg; Barkbone subsequently procured a prosthetic replacement for his leg, making him a cyborg. Having observed the Poss'Nomin on his journey through the Fire Rings of Fornax, Tigellinus questioned Barkbone's subsequent sanity.[1]

Throughout his career, Barkbone proved to be an elusive target, avoiding capture on numerous occasions. The Loronar navy pursued the Poss'Nomin for an entire month to no end,[3] and Tigellinus reportedly chased Barkbone from one end of the galaxy to another without success.[1] He was resourceful when attempting to escape from a tight situation; with Imperial Guards closing in on him, a clear thinking Barkbone attached explosives to a Gonk droid to impede his hunters.[3] According to Tigellinus, Barkbone was a bloodthirsty pirate, more vicious than even the notorious Thalassians, but he was also able to use trickery to beguile his adversaries. Throughout his life, Barkbone displayed a penchant for bold and audacious stunts, willingly navigating dangerous hazards.[1]

Behind the scenes

"p. 153: Here you'll see the first of two references to Reginald Barkbone, legendary pirate of the Seven Sectors. No tie-ins here. I just like pirates."
―Daniel Wallace[src]

Reginald Barkbone was created by Daniel Wallace for The New Essential Guide to Droids in 2006. Barkbone was presented with a "classic campy pirate feel,"[6] and was inserted because Wallace was partial to such hackneyed pirates.[7] While working on Underworld Appendix: Swoops, Spice, and Wretched Rogues, the online supplement to Star Wars Insider 89, Abel G. Peña realized no pirates had been included in the article; having been amused by Barkbone's brief appearance in The New Essential Guide to Droids, Peña decided to include him in the article. Wallace endorsed the expansion of Barkbone's backstory, with the caveat that he retained his character as an archetypal pirate. Underworld Appendix, co-written by Peña and Ryan Kaufman, was published several months after The New Essential Guide to Droids.[6] Barkbone subsequently received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia in 2008.

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