Jenkins Character in Star Wars: Shards | World Anvil


TC519 ARC specialist Master Sergeant

First campaign appearance: Shards of Honor 5.5 "Between the Panels"
First major campaign appearance: Shards of Honor 43.0 "Crime and Punishment"

Based on Carl Jenkins from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, especially the adaptation of him in early episodes of Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles by Paul Verhoeven et al

Master Sergeant Jenkins Vorysadora (a.k.a. TC-519)

VNY's notes:

Member of the ARCtrooper unit known as Razak's Roughnecks, self-referenced as “Apes”. He’s an intel specialist who’s been quietly working his way through the tactician training, under Razak’s tutelage, for several years now.
I have gathered that he was in either the same original pod as Rico, or the next one down the line; they act like they grew up together, anyway, a little more so than either man does with the rest of his unit brethren.
He’s a little shy.
Just because other clone troopers, or his designated Jedi, are doing a lot of the talking does NOT mean he is not interested, or contributing!
- database entry updated Katunda
12 Telona

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Jenkins is a rare "intel specialist" among the ARC trooper unit, particularly gifted at communications and coordination.

It is not known to most Force users that Master Sergeant Jenkins Vorysadora of the Beskar Aran is Force sensitive, is so tightly connected to his fellow veterans of the 257th Clone Detachment and especially the 12th Advanced Recon Clone Detachment that he can contact any/all of them in tandem or in series as if he were the Force's gift to comms officers. He can locate them, communicate with them, relay not just messages but also sensory impressions back and forth, keep all his brothers in psychic conjunction, even connect them to each other.


And to Vanya.


Who instantly swore herself to secrecy, because this is the clones' most closely-kept secret defense against a Galaxy too ready to treat them as things instead of people. Once Jenkins was willing to broach the subject with Vanya -- which took about a thousand years too long for Vanya's nerves, but since the calendar only showed two years, she sent herself off to go peel vegetables every time she felt her stress twanging -- Vanya took Jenkins and a couple other Roughnecks off to the most boring place she knew, and then threw everything she could think of into testing Jenkins' use of the Force from an outside observer's perspective.


What they found was that, first, circumstances have to be very extreme for Jenkins to need a great effort in order to Sense one of his brethren; second, that among the veterans of the 257th, Vanya could not particularly tell that Force abilities were activating a stronger connection than any very very large group of common-raised siblings would typically show; third, that she did detect a concentration of the Force when Jenkins attempted to detect other Clone Troopers such as Yeager Lexics and Lod Zorad or Storm Troopers who are not clones.


Vanya strongly advised Jenkins to not take that risk if she is not around.


She has since taken the credit for Force activity which others have occasionally noticed in passing, using her official position as the Beskar Aran's assigned Chaplain as all the explanation she bothers to give a Mentat or Qo'shasot or Bene Gesserit who so much as gets curious about a fluctuation of the Light Side.


Vanya further advised Jenkins, Razak, and Rico to do some in-depth analysis before they decided whether to include their "cousins" in Clan Venn in the Beskar Aran, because whether or not Jenkins' ability extends to them, they are going to notice that comforting presence on the edge of their minds, sooner or later. The trio decided in favor, before they knew that Jenkins' abilities would in fact work with these new people.


Jedi Master Anakin Skywalker deduced what was going on with the clones during the Long Night, but kept that information to himself until very shortly before Crime and Punishment when he foresaw great danger looming toward the Beskar Aran and Emperor Gregor both. He then told Jenkins, quietly and very carefully, that if he needed assistance in his work that -- exactly like Jenkins sometimes did with Vanya -- Jenkins was always welcome to draw on Anakin.

Intellectual Characteristics

Shy, intellectual, extremely cautious when not in the presence of at least four other members of the Beskar Aran


Contacts & Relations

The Beskar Aran have close, private, strong ties to Gregor Vortapani and Katianna Vortapani, which they are extremely careful to keep circumspect. Only an ego-driven idiot would suppose that this loyalty travels in a single direction. The higher-ranked the member of the organization, the closer is the tie to the Imperial Family.
Anyone who knows what a "chaplain" is, knows that Jedi Knight VN Ysadora and Knight Errant Davish Tam will answer a call for support from any Beskar Arran. Anyone who knows the little phrase "the clone's Jedi" would also know that "Vanya Ysadora will pause almost any other work to appear out of the empty space if one of the Roughnecks asked."
But it would take someone who pays attention to the Low Vor club scene on the edges of Estalle Island and on Destato Island to realize that the Adepta Sororitas -- without necessarily checking in with the Bene Gesserit Order first -- as a group believe that the Beskar Aran always find the best parties. And by "parties", these ladies mean "high chance of a righteous battle scar newly gracing my armor". The nearest Palatine or Sister Superior always brings a detachment of Sisters on the run whenever Master Sergeant Jenkins announces a "Proselytization Opportunity in Progress". Razak has told Jenkins seven times to stop doing that. Or at least to stop phrasing it that way. Jenkins and Rico privately agree that the Old Man does not, in fact, mean it.

Family Ties

Social Aptitude

Jenkins is more comfortable speaking to casual acquaintances than he was four years ago, but he would still prefer to do it over a comms set than au naturel. Among strangers he still tends to literally step behind one of his brothers (or the nearest Jedi) so that no one will expect him to speak.
At a mandatory social event, look for Paperboy and Jenkins will be in the opposite direction. They are perfect counterparts: the one loves getting new people to talk, the other wishes he were invisible and undetectable. They can watch each other's backs by getting everyone to focus on the extrovert.
Current Location
Currently Held Titles
Year of Birth
12698 33 Years old
Current Residence
Imperium Palace, Estalle Island
black, a little longer than standard regulations
Skin Tone/Pigmentation
light olive
Aligned Organization


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