Stryker

From Emperor's Hammer Encyclopaedia Imperia



Stryker is former Commander of Red Squadron, Wing Commander of Wing XXI, and Combat Operations Officer of the Emperor's Hammer.
His currently commands Firebird Squadron of Wing X aboard the ISD Challenge. His current rank is General.
Stryker also holds the title of Sith Knight in the Dark Brotherhood, but is inactive.

Early Life

Born to Alderaanian pacifists in 2 BBY, Stryker escaped the destruction of his homeworld by chance as his parents were visiting family and making their annual pilgrimage to the grave of Senator Padme Amidala. Left with relatives, Stryker was orphaned when his parents joined the Rebellion and never returned from a mission against Imperial shipping. Forced to attend boarding school, Stryker ran away at age 14 and spent several years travelling the galaxy as a stowaway, hiding from the New Republic authorities who would send him back to Naboo - once again a shining jewel of democracy and the corruption that went with it.

Tie Corps

Having met a recruiter for an influential but still fringe group of the Imperial Remnant known as the Emperor's Hammer, Stryker was trained and graduated Delta Company of Platform Daedalus and was assigned to Diamondback Squadron as a Sub-Lieutenant aboard the ISD Intrepid. He was quickly promoted to Lieutenant, but never truly settled with the TIE Defender which he was assigned - he'd learned to fly on Incom T-47 airspeeders, and the Sienar Fleet Systems controls were frustrating to work with on a daily basis.

The New Infiltrator Wing

After some time struggling to adapt to the Defender, Stryker requested to join the newly reactivated Infiltrator Wing. He was assigned to Red Squadron as Red 2-1, but soon accepted the job of Red Squadron Commander. His promotion to Commander would mark the beginning of a journey through good times and bad as he began the climb up the promotional ladder.

Squadron Leader

For three months Stryker led Red Squadron as a Commander. He would be joined by officers like Colonel Gunman, Lieutenant Tirna Q'jira and Commander J'Lek Arcanos. Shortly before the end of his first tour of duty in command, Stryker was promoted to Captain on the recommendation of the Redemption's Commodore, Rear Admiral Exar Kit, and his fellow Squadron Commander, Commander Uther who was leading Green Squadron at the time.

During his tenure as a Captain, Stryker further aided the Tactical Office as a Surveyor and joined the Combat Operations Office as an Assistant to then-COO Ramos Kanzco. Following another successful tour of duty, Stryker was promoted to Major at the request of then-Wing Commander Lieutenant Colonel Pellaeon.

Wing Commander

With Vice Admiral Exar Kit retiring, Colonel Pellaeon was asked to step up to Commodore. At first, Pellaeon had decided that Major Iceman would be a good Wing Commander, but after only three months he too resigned his position.

Then came Stryker's turn. With his departure from Red Squadron in, Stryker promoted Lieutenant Bodo Dent to Commander and entrusted him with the Squadron he had called home for so long (which would prove to be a mistake that would haunt Stryker for months to come). Wing Command was not easy for the young Major, but he persevered, and was soon promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. A third squadron, Blue, was soon added to the Redemption, and with it came Stryker's promotion to full Colonel.

Combat Operations Officer

Having watched Wing XXI grow from nothing to an active and successful unit, Stryker embarked on a quest for a new challenge to better aid the personnel of the Emperor's Hammer as a whole, but had no aspirations to higher command. With Ramos having retired, Stryker accepted the position of Combat Operations Officer; his service as a Combat Operations Office Assistant had left him as de-facto Combat Operations Officer, and the promotion and appointment were merely a formality.

He would remain in this position for a year, earning the rank of Admiral, before retiring.

Retirement

With friction in the Emperor's Hammer growing and the position of an Alderaanian expat looking increasingly tenuous despite years of excellent service, Stryker resigned his position, and was listed as a deserter by Grand Admiral Astatine. During his decade of retirement, Stryker and his trusty R6 Astromech Droid "Sparky" travelled the galaxy, working odd jobs and generally keeping a low profile as the New Republic expanded and neutral space was harder to find. This came to an abrupt end just shy of Stryker's thirty-first birthday, when members of New Republic Intelligence accosted him in his apartment, demanding he accompany them and betray his former comrades in exchange for a pardon for "crimes against the Republic".

Though Stryker had nothing against the people of the Republic, he was not about to betray the people who had given him a home. Escaping the Agents (and drawing his Lightsaber for the first time in a decade), Stryker and Sparky fled New Republic space and returned through chance alone to the Emperor's Hammer as it prepared to depart for the Unknown Regions.

Return to the TIE Corps

Sin Squadron

After being interrogated by Imperial Security and meeting with Fleet Admiral Plif, Stryker was cleared of his desertion charge and reduced in rank to Colonel. Assigned to Sin Squadron aboard the Star Destroyer Hammer, Stryker's experience was noted by Squadron Commander Zekk Terrik and he was soon installed as a Flight Leader, helping lead the squadron to fourth place out of the ten squadrons competing to be the TIE Corps Commander's Escort squadron. During this time, Stryker composed a report detailing the usefulness of Infiltrator squadrons not as a dedicated wing with their own special missions but as part of the TIE Corps as an infiltration and training tool. This was recognised by members of the Admiralty, and Stryker was once again called to command an Infiltrator squadron aboard the Star Destroyer Challenge under High Admiral Dempsey, who had been a Squadron Commander and then Tactical Officer before Stryker left Imperial service.

Firebird Squadron

Dark Brotherhood

Stryker never really settled down in the Dark Brotherhood. In his year of service, he has served in House Cestus of Tarentum as a Battleteam Member, House Tridens of Tarentum as a Battleteam Leader and Quaestor, House Oriens Obscuruum as a Battleteam Member and Battleteam Leader, and House Qel-Droma as Quaestor and Battleteam Member. He enjoyed the research of ancient tomes and the study of ancient Sith and Jedi texts more than the combat-oriented activities of the Brotherhood, which he felt interfered with his duties in the TIE Corps.

After a brief stint as Galeres QUA, Stryker began to suffer from ill health and was forced to step down.

Other Duties

Stryker also fulfilled duties as a Tactical Surveyor, Professor of the Basic Flight Maneuvers course at the Imperial Weapons and Tactics School and Pontiff of the Imperial TIE Fighter Course at the Shadow Academy.

Command Position History

Preceded by
N/A
Red Squadron CMDR
March 31 - December 23, 2006
Succeeded by
Bodo Dent
Preceded by
Iceman
Wing XXI Commander
December 23, 2006 - September 19, 2007
Succeeded by
Gunman
Preceded by
Ramos Kanzco
Combat Operations Officer
September 29, 2007- May 10, 2008
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
N/A
Firebird Squadron CMDR
October 7, 2020 - PRES
Succeeded by
N/A

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