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RR #8: Telak

    Telak

    Male bodyguard of Sela. Stationed on Romulus. Lieutenant operative in the Tal Shiar's new Android Research section.

    Romulan Romulan icon  Personnel Personnel
    Gender: male. Species: Romulan.
    Command & Staffing abilitys: Staff
    Classification: SECURITY
    Red Dot Treachery   Red Dot Tal Shiar   Red Dot Cybernetics  
    INTEGRITY: 5  CUNNING: 6  STRENGTH: 9

    Characteristics: "Continuing Mission"-related cards, Affiliation Romulan affiliation, Bodyguard, Intelligance - Tal Shiar, Romulan species.

    Card logging info: Logged by openCards team at May 1st, 2009.
     

    Telak

    This !type article was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Feb 8th, 1997.

    This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:

    Aefvadh! While we're on the subject of personnel, how about that new Security fella,

    TELAK

    Our first unique Romulan SECURITY. Though one point less Cunning than his universal comrades Jaronimage and Taulimage, he makes up for it with that critical extra Integrity point that lets him escape Firestorms, and the even Cunning protects him from Hunter Gangsimage. He's still vulnerable to Thought Fireimage unless you augment his Cunning with a PADD or Yellow Alertimage (though the latter negates his Hunter Gangs immunity).

    SECURITY is a must for dilemmas (especially with the new Security Precautionsimage), but it's not required for missions (with the sole exception of the 25-point Fed-Kli Hostage Situationimage just out in the new 2-Player Game), so you must make them do double duty through skills, not an easy job for the Rommies. Jaron is good only for Youth decks, unless you're fond of the 20-point Relief Missionimage. Taul is a staple in Archaeology decks. And that's all they're good for. Telak, on the other hand, now provides a crucial backup Tal Shiar for the good Major, making Quash Conspiracyimage less risky (not to mention possible using Uncommon personnel), as well as helping out as a leader for Romulan-Romulan attacks. Cybernetics (the only other source of which, for Romulans, is Ira Gravesimage) will let you report Soong-type Androids, with their selectable classification, "for free". So although his skills are only good for one mission requirement, they're also useful in other ways.

    Bottom line: no Roga Danar, but a lot more useful than the other Rommie SECURITY, and only Uncommon.

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