|Lieutenant Drake Norlem|
|"Well, on the bright side, you got the noise to stop."|
Drake is a current member of High Flight Squadron.
Drake Norlem was born Drioni ke Yuwala in Cartann on the planet Adumar. Little is known about Drioni's childhood, but it can be assumed he had a close relationship with his father, who taught him blastsword, piloting and hand-to-hand combat techniques.
During the Adumari Civil War, instigated by General Wedge Antilles of the New Republic and Imperial officer Turr Phennir, Drioni's parents were killed. Drioni himself was staying with an uncle at the time in another state, and was subsequently unharmed. His father served on the side of Cartann and the Imperial government in the war. Drioni continued his father's legacy and turned to a life of deviance by running arms for underground Imperial factions. During this time, Drioni became interested in Imperial propaganda films, choosing to model himself after the child actor, Face Loran. At the age of 16, Drioni was caught and sentenced to supervised community service.
Some four months in to his sentence, now at the age of 17, Drioni became mixed up in an Imperial plot to damage the fledgling New Republic/Adumari alliance. While helping to construct a New Republic capital building in Cartann under the direction of his probationary officer, Argus ke Floben, Drioni prematurely set off a bomb Imperial troops were planting before they had a chance to flee the scene.
Drioni survived the explosion and was kidnapped by Imperial troops sent to determine if he was a New Republic spy. Drioni escaped their custody, fleeing to the apartment of his girlfriend, Draxe ke Velkayla. She was killed in the ensuing firefight. Again, Drioni escaped Imperial capture.
With no familial or legal ties, and his Imperial sympathies tarnished, Drioni joined the New Republic under the assumed name of Drake Norlem. He came up with the name based on a forged Imperial I.D. he found during his escape attempt from his kidnappers. Drake spent the following three years going from squadron to squadron until he finally landed a position in High Flight Squadron at the age of 21.
Physical Attributes and Abilities
Drake stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall. He is very slender and muscular with jet black hair and green eyes. He is a highly skilled pilot, but also excels in hand-to-had combat and weaponry techniques.
Flight Cadet Norlem is a self-proclaimed ladies man. He models himself after Face Loran in that he tries to be witty and suave, but comes off as cocky and arrogant. He lacks subtlety, but is very committed to his friends and beliefs, when it is convenient for him to do so.
Military Rank and Current Assignment
Being a follower of Face Loran himself, Drake has been attempting to assemble a weapons cache of his own. It currently consists of an Adumari blastsword, a DL-44 blaster, and a sawed-off shotgun blaster rumored to have once belonged to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Whether this rumor is true or not, however, Drake does not care.
Drake's only other significant possession is a travel brochure of Tanaab for quick information reference to his supposed planet of origin.
Drake pilots a standard Incom T-65 X-wing Space Superiority Fighter. Though it is owned by the New Republic, it is permanently assigned to him.
R5-A6. Also known as Argus. A white R5 unit with Imperial grey trim.