Name: Alton Kastle
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Skin color: Light
Planetary systems: 5D+2
Repulsorlift Operation: 4D+2
Computer Programming/Repair: 5D+2
Droid Programming/Repair: 5D+2
Force Points: 2
Dark Side Points: 2
Character Points: 5
Imperial Media uniform, Commlink, Imperial Code Cylinders
Description: Alton Kastle was a human male journalist who worked as a broadcaster on HoloNet News on the planet Lothal. As a broadcast journalist, he helped spread propaganda for the Galactic Empire, including propaganda about Wookiees and local unemployment rates. The Leonis family sometimes watched news broadcasts by Alton Kastle. While Leo Leonis believed the Imperial line, both Zare Leonis and Tepha Leonis came to learn that Kastle was a stooge who often delivered news that was either carefully manicured truth or entirely fictitious.
Alton Kastle was an Imperial broadcaster who was based on the planet Lothal during the Age of the Empire. In 6 BBY, he reported on the Westhills massacre. Kastle claimed that insurgents had destroyed mining equipment and attacked Imperial surveyors in the Westhills, forcing the Empire to send in troops to restore order. In truth, Imperial forces under Lieutenant Piers Roddance had opened fire on a sit-in demonstration by disaffected farmers who had lost their lands to an Imperial mining project. Zare Leonis and his friend Beck Ollet knew the truth but did not tell his parents, who accepted Kastle's account.
Between 5 BBY and 4 BBY, Kastle served as a newscaster for several Imperial HoloNet News reports including Lothal's new Imperial Registration Program, the suppression of a Wookiee revolt on Kashyyyk, reduced unemployment rates, the Empire's new affordable housing program, and a ban on unauthorized mining. While many Imperial citizens on Lothal like Leo Leonis accepted Kastle's reports, others like Leo's wife Tepha Leonis and son Zare regarded his reports as carefully manicured truths or fabricated propaganda designed to portray the Empire in a positive light.
Personality and traits
Alton Kastle was a human male broadcaster who lived during the Age of the Empire. He was known for his impeccable dress and familiar, comforting voice. While Kastle was popular with many pro-Imperial citizens, dissenters like Zare Leonis regarded him as an Imperial stooge who distorted the truth and made up lies. Kastle was a staunch Imperial loyalist and regularly denounced the rebels as criminals and traitors.
A few months after the Battle of Yavin, Kastle delivered a broadcast reporting on the apparent treason of Imperial Captain Iden Versio, who made disparaging remarks regarding the Death Star and the Galactic Empire as a whole. In reality, Versio's comments were part of a ruse to embed herself into the ranks of a Partisan cell calling themselves the Dreamers.
Because of his affiliation, Kastle wore a gray-blue variant of the Imperial uniform, complete with black boots, belt and gloves. However, he wore an Imperial media badge rather than a military rank plaque, had a Holonet News patch under the left shoulder, and carried two code cylinders on the left side of the chest. Alton Kastle was noted for being impeccably dressed.
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