Sidekicks

Sidekicks are built as Heroic Mortals (Exalted pg 81). They have a status higher than Followers.

COST
At the storytellers discretion, you might have a rank 2 or 3 Allies background to represent a sidekick. [As a game mechanic, I give sidekicks for free. If a Player Character dies or is unavailable, the sidekick can be upgraded to a full Player Characteror can be used to recruit a new Player Character.

PROGRESSION
Players track total earned XP. The sidekick earns half of the total. If the sidekick becomes a Player Character, she gains XP to match the total earned XP to spend immediately.

EXAMPLES
1. Han Solo & Chewbacca: Yes, Chewbacca is over a 100 years old and a hero and blah, blah, blah. The ‘walking carpet’ never showed it. When Han was frozen in carbonite, he stayed a sidekick. When Han was rescued, Lando became an NPC and found other things to do.
2. Lando Calrissian & Lobot: Lobot is the indispensable, right-hand-man of the leader of the cloud city. When Lando goes on the run from the Empire, he leaves with Chewbacca as co-pilot (wearing Han’s vest?).
3. Lando Calrissian & Chewbacca: When Han was frozen in carbonite, his player swapped Harrison for Billy Dee. Chewie stayed sidekick and co-pilot on the Falcon.
4. Lando Calrissian & Nien Nunb: Since Chewie is back with Han, Lando finds a new co-pilot.
5. Luke Skywalker & R2-D2: R2 is opening doors and calculating hyperspace jumps for Luke for three movies.
6. Anakin Skywalker & R2-D2: R2 was much more capable in the past? He could fly and take out war droids and all sorts of things. It must be because he lost all his XP when he became Luke’s sidekick.
7. Padme Amidala & Sabé: Always side-by-side, Sabé is a bodyguard and a decoy, until she is blowed up.
8. Padme Amidala & C-3PO: After Sabé meets a messy end, C-3PO is Padme’s constant companion (see Clone Wars).
9. Qui-gon Jinn & Obi Wan Kenobi: Obi is a sidekick until Qui-gon is dropped by Darth Maul. It should be surprising that Obi whooped Maul when he and Qui-gon could not do it together. If you consider an immediate XP increase as he became a Player Character, the scene makes a bit more sense.

I’m sure you can find more sidekicks…


Sidekicks

Ex:SWTOR 1, A Shift in the Force Teleute