General Forrest Bedford
Uncompromising Confederate Holdout
General Forrest Bedford: During the Galactic War, General Bedford was known as a hard man, courageous and resourceful but a bit ruthless. The course of the war, the failure of Operation Breakback, and ten years as a wanted war criminal have only brought out his worst qualities. General Bedford today is cruel, treacherous, and paranoid. He does, however, cling to a few shreds of honor. He still believes in freedom, honesty, loyalty; it’s just that he finds it increasingly easy to reconcile any action with his ideals. General Bedford never surrendered, and today he considers himself the leader of the unconquered Confederacy. Some say he’s really just a bandit with pretensions. But his supporters are tough and determined, battle-hardened veterans who have stuck with him for a long time. They’re trained, experienced, and armed to the teeth.
General Bedford’s Confederacy really encompasses only a single planet, but it’s a well-chosen one. Dezarate II is a dry planet where agriculture is difficult, but its mineral resources and abundant geothermal and wind power, coupled with a population of ex-soldiers, makes it a natural weapons-manufacturing hub. The planet is surrounded by a vast cloud of debris – the remains of the entire Confederate Navy. This layer of space junk makes it impossible to bombard the planet, and enough pieces of it are still armed and manned that no ship can make it to the surface without the General’s permission.