Ministry Personnel File: His Highness Prince Salman of Swat

A Dashing Cavalryman.

Description

Looking the archetypical Bollywood star, Salman is a striking young man of 23 with a swarthy complexion, an easy smile and a groucho moustache.

Biography

Perhaps the most renowned prince on the Northwest Frontier is the Akhund of Swat, both spiritual and secular leader of his people and a moral authority for Muslims throughout India.  It was God’s will that the Akhund’s elder son, Ismail, lose the use of his legs in an elephant accident, but the boy has grown into a pious and studious young man*, prepared to take up his father’s responsibilities when the time comes.

And then there’s his other son, the handsome and energetic Salman.  A fine swordsman and horseman, by tradition he would have made a better heir to the throne than his crippled brother.  But the British authorities think highly of the principle of primogeniture, and perhaps even more highly of Indian potentates having no military expertise.  This policy is welcome so far as Salman is concerned: rather than a life of religion and statecraft he is free to enjoy more active pursuits – such as the pursuit of big game, dancing, women and even liquor.

About a year ago Salman left Swat in search of adventure, also putting some distance between himself and a couple of angry husbands.  His ambition is to see the wonders of the world and sample its many entertainments, but strangely his father did not see fit to subsidise a tour of Europe and the Americas.  He even forbade his son to join Cecil Rhodes’s private armies in Africa.  Salman has a vague plan of enlisting in some branch of the British armed forces that would take him to exotic parts of the globe and provide some opportunities to enjoy himself at the same time.  Unfortunately his training is as a cavalryman – not a useful background for the Navy, Marines or Air Corps.

Travelling through the Hindu Kush, Salman heard that his old acquaintance Carew had disappeared while hunting bandits.  (He heard wrongly.)  Salman went searching for Carew himself, but his curiosity got the better of him and he was captured by members of some twisted, idolatrous cult.

*Also known as the swot of Swat.

Created by Bill.

Savage Worlds Statistics

Rank: Veteran

Traits

AttributesDerivedSkills
Agilityd10Charisma+4Fightingd10
Smartsd6Pace6Noticed6
Spiritd8Parry8Persuasiond6
Strengthd6Toughness5(6)Ridingd10
Vigourd6Sanity5Shootingd8
Status5Survivald6
Throwingd4
Trackingd4

Edges

  • Acrobat
  • Attractive
  • Very Attractive
  • Frenzy
  • Quick Draw
  • Trademark Weapon (scimitar)

Hindrances

  • All Thumbs
  • Big Mouth
  • Curious

Equipment

  • Scimitar
  • Leather armour
  • Pot helm
  • Revolver
  • Warhorse