Topic: Practical Man: Is it always the money

When I first read Practical Man exert in SACRIFICE by TRAVISS I was struck by the thesis FETT put forward when dealing with the VONG.  Sometimes it isn't enough to go after the credits, principles are worth more.  Our military faces this issue as many skilled soldiers are leaving for richer contracts in the private sector, but a what cost.

My question is would FETT roll to the richer contracts or stay green to wage a war of principle?  I believe he wouldn't "sell out" and would fight a fight against an enemy who fanatical ways are similar to the VONG in that they wish to remake the world in their image and leave nothing else but ash.

Any takers?

"We do bad things to worse people"

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I think it depends on what he would be paid to do and how much he gets paid.

If it's an abomination he pryobably wouldn't do it. If it's pretty bad, he'd probably have to get paid a lot.

take it easy baby take it as it comes

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Hmmm... Fett only goes on credits. Nothing really matters. But, I haven't read any KT Boba, only the old school.

"Some soldiers say that to reach maximum combat efficiency, they need to be in the zone. Sir; I live in the zone." - RC 1207 'Sev' to RC 1138 'Boss'

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I think that Fett does have a Code of Honor, because when Jabba gave him Princess Leia to "have fun" with, he didn't touch her.

I think that Boba wouldn't work for anything he knew was wrong.

"None of this is really happening. There is a man. With a typewriter. This is all part of his crazy imagination."

5 (edited by Merciless Mandalore Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:14 pm)

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Good point. I remember about Fett's code now. He didn't drink often or do spice either.
But, he would not let killing someone get in the way of his plans.

"Some soldiers say that to reach maximum combat efficiency, they need to be in the zone. Sir; I live in the zone." - RC 1207 'Sev' to RC 1138 'Boss'

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I think Fett has enough sense to know that the Vong are enemies of anybody who isn't one of them, and that helping them would be a short term postponment of becoming a slave to them or being destroyed. 

There are some forces that joining with isn't worth ANY ammount.  It's like allying yourself to a plague in return for a ton of cash/credits.  There's no sense to it.

"You set a code to live by.  I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted...I won't be laid a hand on.  I don't do these things to other men, and I require the same from them."

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Great post and I think you are right, there are areas of gray that you can make your fortunes off of, but there is a metaphorical line in the sand that one can not cross.  Fanatics similar to the VONG are a plague to the human race and we have seen them come and go throughout our history, the BABYLOINAS, PERSIANS and MEDES, GREEKS, ROMANS, MONGOLIANS HORDE, CRUSADERS, MULAHS, NAZIs, COMMUNISTS and now we have ISLAMIC FASCITS.  You can be assured when you try to reinvent the world in your own image and permit nothing else you are bound to fall as the many will come together in overthrow the few. 

Who else was surprised to see FETT working with JEDI when faced with the threat of the VONG?

"We do bad things to worse people"

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Fett has much to do with himself. He knows that the Vong would never allow the way of life that he has known to continue. I think it is as much as self preservation than a code of honor. It just makes more logial sense to fight the invaders, who want to fight you.

"You can't rule Mandalorians. You just make sensible suggestions they want to follow. And since when have Mandalorians needed to be told what makes sense?"

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I don't think it is always about the money with him because from what I've read about him he refuses bribes from his bounties even if it is mopre than what his client would offer.

A man's worst enemy can't wish on him what he can think up himself. Yiddish saying

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money is a big motivator for him but it isn't everything, he has a code *maybe more of a guide* that he lives by so it's possible that he'd do something without money being a big factor but he'd have to really be passionate about it

The trail blazing bounty hunter...

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Merciless Mandalore wrote:

Good point. I remember about Fett's code now. He didn't drink often or do spice either.
But, he would not let killing someone get in the way of his plans.

as Boba has said- 'Drugs are an insult to the body' (loosely quoted)

"I want to hunt down every last crab-boy in the galaxy. Whether you have a deal with them or not, Mand'alor."
    ―Goran Beviin

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Truthfully, and this may be totally uncanon to what some works may have about him, but my personal image of Boba is that the money actually means NOTHING to him whatsoever.  If it was JUST about the credits he could have retired years before, or moved up from actual field work and just hired stringers to do the work for him; how many Bounty Hunters WOULDN'T join a hunter's guild led by the Fett??

My own personal image of Boba Fett, especially when he was younger and during the Original Trilogy years, is of a man trying to live up to a man and a code that he never 100% understood.  Jango of course would be his idol, and he's doing everything in his power to live up to that image cast in his mind.  He was also instructed in the code and ways of the Mando'ade, although not fully.  His drive to live up to these childhood inspirations have been all that kept him alive after Jango's death. 

In my mind, the money serves only two purposes.  One, as proof both to himself and the galaxy at large, that he his the greatest hunter in the business.  And two, as a means to fund his continued unrivaled status as the best.  Past that, he's totally indifferent to it.

That's always been my image of him

"You set a code to live by.  I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted...I won't be laid a hand on.  I don't do these things to other men, and I require the same from them."

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A good analysis/interpretation of the situation, Ralin. Boba Fett does not seem to have much interest in material things.

A man's worst enemy can't wish on him what he can think up himself. Yiddish saying

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If the Vong ruled the galaxy, they would come after the Mandalorians next.
That is his only reason for "working" with them meanwhile aiding the New Republic at the same time.

And Fett has done plenty of things for pure recognition before. He iced Jodo Kast, he had that entire comic "Agent of Doom" that he worked for the dying dinosaur guy for next to nothing just to show people he still had it. Honestly I could probably even find more if I took a minute and thought about all of it.

"Those with the ability to lead, have the responsibility to do so." - Lucas McCoy

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Yeah, that conversation has come up before about Fett and the Vong.  I stand to my belief that Fett was against them from the begining, and only worked for them to learn their weaknesses and be in a position to catch them off guard when he finally struck.     

I've never been able to find out if it was canon or not, but I've heard from a couple different sources that the first time Boba met the white Twi'lek dancing girl Lyn Me was when he saved her village from slavers on one of his early missions.  Lyn Me was a child at the time, but that was when she first fell for him and why she was so interested in the Special Edition release. 

The reason I bring it up was because he charged very little to protect the village, he saved orphans when their orphanage caught fire during the battle, and I believe at the end he gave the money he'd charged back.  Not the actions of a typical cold hearten, anything for the credits, type of personality in my book


*EDIT* Here's Lyn's Wiki Page, where her bio gives the longer version of what I mentioned above

"You set a code to live by.  I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted...I won't be laid a hand on.  I don't do these things to other men, and I require the same from them."

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Ralin Drakus wrote:

Truthfully, and this may be totally uncanon to what some works may have about him, but my personal image of Boba is that the money actually means NOTHING to him whatsoever.  If it was JUST about the credits he could have retired years before, or moved up from actual field work and just hired stringers to do the work for him; how many Bounty Hunters WOULDN'T join a hunter's guild led by the Fett??

My own personal image of Boba Fett, especially when he was younger and during the Original Trilogy years, is of a man trying to live up to a man and a code that he never 100% understood.  Jango of course would be his idol, and he's doing everything in his power to live up to that image cast in his mind.  He was also instructed in the code and ways of the Mando'ade, although not fully.  His drive to live up to these childhood inspirations have been all that kept him alive after Jango's death. 

In my mind, the money serves only two purposes.  One, as proof both to himself and the galaxy at large, that he his the greatest hunter in the business.  And two, as a means to fund his continued unrivaled status as the best.  Past that, he's totally indifferent to it.

That's always been my image of him

Boba has stated in one of the KT Legacy of the Force books that Bob's whole life is devoted to living up to his father's image

"I want to hunt down every last crab-boy in the galaxy. Whether you have a deal with them or not, Mand'alor."
    ―Goran Beviin

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I'm surprised, another point where KT and I seem to agree

I really need to get around to reading her work on Boba...

"You set a code to live by.  I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted...I won't be laid a hand on.  I don't do these things to other men, and I require the same from them."

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Ralin Drakus wrote:

I'm surprised, another point where KT and I seem to agree

I really need to get around to reading her work on Boba...

wink

"Those with the ability to lead, have the responsibility to do so." - Lucas McCoy

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Well it came down to him realizing that the working for the Vong would be harmful to Mandalore and he had the honor to put his world above his own.  Duty and loyalty to his world.

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Fett's morals and ethics and code of honor come before anything else, and he is actually an extremely picky man when it comes to taking bounties. So I think that Boba Fett would wage a war against an enemy like the Vong based on principle at any time.

Even through death you cannot be killed. If you are a true Mandalorian you will live on and be remembered forever. -Kom'rk Vhett