The Scar Destroyers
is the name of a team of commandos in the Rebel Alliance, based on the
planet Tablia and led by Commander Ral Iney. The members of the team
are Lex Nova, Ben Wolf, Penzar Grat, Jon Bon Nebula, and Robert Kraig. In the early 1990s, when a group of
friends played these characters in the Star Wars roleplaying game by
West End Games, Tracy Walters gave these characters the collective name
of the Scar Destroyers. The reason for the name was twofold: it was
obviously a play on the name star destroyer, which is a type of ship in
the Empire (the bad guys that the group fought against), and two of the
characters in the group had scars on their faces. The name never really
caught on during the RPG days, but Tracy got his revenge when the movie
came out, as the name was not only used in the movie, but there was a
song in the movie called "The Scar Destroyers" as well!
Nova - Outlaw who swore vengeance against the Empire after his
family was murdered by them. Then he joined the Rebellion. Lex never
misses a shot with his blaster. Nova
was played in the RPG by Jeremy McNutt. McNutt played some
characters in Star Trek: Crisis at the Border in 1991, but then he quit
Dramedy Productions. When casting began for Quest for Vengeance,
Jarrett Dunkerson agreed to play Nova, but never came through.
Then Kevin Shelby was cast in the role, and actually played it.
A weird story
about the casting: Dunkerson was cast by Tracy Walters, and Shelby was
cast by Jay Chipman. Chipman had never seen Dunkerson, and
Walters had never seen Shelby until the first day of filming.
Strangely enough, it turns out that Dunkerson and Shelby were not
only both blonde-headed, but both had goutees with no mustache!
Wolf - Quixotic Jedi who joined the Rebellion
on a quest to restore the Jedi. Ben brings an essence to the table that
almost no one else can...we'll get back to you on what that is. Ted Millikan played Wolf in both the RPG
and the movie.
Grat - Bounty hunter who joined the Rebellion after
the Empire betrayed him. Grat brings 'em in dead or alive. With an
arsenal under his belt (and anywhere else he can stuff things), who
would mess with this guy? Tracy
Walters played Grat in both the RPG and the movie.
Nebula - A (formery laconic) scout who turned
into the baddest jizz wailer in the galazy. He also works for the
Rebellion. Jon regularly sings at the Dice Club with his band, Uncle
Teddi. Mitch Trotter originally
agreed to play Bon Nebula, but never came through. Jay Chipman
was then cast in the role.
Kraig - Brash pilot who joined the Rebellion
after his friends and neighbors were killed by the Empire. Robert has
been known to do 20 loopty-loops in 5 parsecs...or at least he says he
can. Jon Boon played Kraig in
the RPG, but was unavailable to play the role for the movie. So
Dylan Kinney was cast in the role. Jon later became available for
the movie before filming had wrapped, and so played other roles in the
Elan Rai was a character
created by Jay Chipman around the time of preproduction for Star Wars:
Quest For Vengeance. Jay originally wanted Rai to be a main character
in QFV, but it was decided that the main characters in the movie would
be the characters we had played in the Star Wars RPG a few years
earlier. However, Rai was in the movie, just not as a main character.
As a matter of fact, Rai was a large part of the story, and was the
biggest secondary character in the movie. Jay wrote a backstory for Rai
that Tracy partially used in QFV. The backstory, which was written
circa September 6, 1999, can be viewed here.
Jay also wrote a script for a solo Elan Rai
movie around July of 2001 which was never filmed. But here
is the script if you'd like to look at it.
Below is a comic book page by Jay, presumably
depicting a scene from the solo movie. (Elan Rai's name is misspelled
Below are 5 pics of the Nemesys, which was
probably supposed to be Rai's ship from his solo movie. The instrument
panel in Pic 2 was used as the instrument panel on the Scarlet
Speedster in QFV.
Jay decided not to reprise the
role of Rai in the sequel, Beware the Dark Side, so Jon Boon was cast
to replace Jay, as seen below.