Date destroyed: 3 ABY, Hoth
Manufacturer: Cybot Galactica
Model: 3PO-series protocol droid
Class: Protocol droid
Height: 1.67 meters
Gender: Masculine programming
Sensor color: Yellow
Plating color: White
Alien Species 4D
Planetary Systems 4D
Computer Programming/Repair: 5D
Space Transport Repair: 5D+1
Humanoid body (two arms, two legs, head)
Two visual and two audial sensors (human range)
Broad-band antenna receiver
TranLang III Communication module with over six million languages
Vocabulator speech/sound system capable of providing an extraordinarily wide range of sound effects and exact impersonations of voices.
Scomp Link: an accessory that allows the droid to plug into a computer via a socket, giving it +1D to all skills using it such as Droid Programming, Computer Programming, & Security.
Comlink, Sensor Pack
Force Sensitive: N
Force Points: 1
Dark Side Points: 0
Character Points: 4
Description: K-3PO (Kay-Threepio) was a white, older model 3PO-series protocol droid who became one of the most valued droids to serve the Alliance to Restore the Republic. K-3PO was originally owned by starfighter pilot Arhul Narra, who used K-3PO as a repository for his personal files while fighting for the Old Republic during the Clone Wars. When Narra later joined the Rebel Alliance, he maintained detailed records of his service with the Rebellion, which often included top-secret data that he kept only in shielded files within K-3PO. As K-3PO accumulated thousands of files over the years, the military tactics contained within began to seep into his comprehension circuits. Consequently, K-3PO became a tactical expert, and so Narra refrained from performing a memory wipe on his droid, whose military value increased every day. After an offhand remark K-3PO made to Narra during the Battle of Ton-Falk prior to the Battle of Yavin revealed a simple tactic that the Alliance exploited to defeat a sizable Imperial force, K-3PO became one of the few droids granted the honor of "recognition" by Alliance High Command. K-3PO served as the coordinator of all droids in High Command at the Alliance headquarters on Yavin 4, Thila, and finally Hoth, where he was placed in charge of the Echo Base droid pool. Although K-3PO was destroyed during the Battle of Hoth, his salvaged memory would later serve Rogue Squadron through the unit's protocol droid, M-3PO.
A white 3PO-series protocol droid, K-3PO, also called just "Kay," was manufactured by Cybot Galactica during the days of the Old Republic. K-3PO was originally the property of Arhul Narra, who fought for the Republic during the Clone Wars, using his protocol droid as a walking repository for his important files. When the veteran Narra later joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic as a starfighter pilot, eventually leading the legendary Renegade Flight and helping form the elite Rogue Squadron, units both attached to the roving Alliance High Command headquarters, K-3PO became a valuable military asset. A military junkie, Narra maintained detailed memoirs and records of the various missions and assignments during his service with the Alliance. Because these records often included top-secret Alliance data, Narra kept them only in shielded files within the memory banks of K-3PO.
As the years passed, Narra refrained from wiping K-3PO's memory, and not without reason. The wealth of military tactics installed within K-3PO unexpectedly began to absorb into his comprehension circuits. With the thousands of tactics and other files stored within K-3PO, the droid served Narra more as a tactical advisor than a protocol droid. In fact, during the Battle of Ton-Falk, prior to the Battle of Yavin, K-3PO made an offhand remark to Narra that revealed an ingeniously simple tactic that Narra and his forces exploited, leading to an Alliance victory. The resulting Imperial losses during the battleâ€”two frigates and a Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiserâ€”proved K-3PO's value.
Narra demanded that Alliance High Command "recognize" K-3PO's worth, a formal process by which droids were respected as individuals in their own right. After some initial disputes, High Command agreed, and, with at least two decades of military service, K-3PO became one of the few droids granted the Alliance honor of "recognition." High Command assigned K-3PO to the Support Services branch of the Alliance Military. K-3PO served as the coordinator droid for all droids in Alliance High Command, first at the Massassi Station on Yavin 4 and later at the temporary Thila outpost following the Battle of Yavin.
Echo Base service
K-3PO continued to serve High Command at Echo Base, the secret Alliance headquarters on the ice planet Hoth, by 3 ABY. As the coordinator in charge of Echo Base's droid pool, K-3PO became a fixture in the base's command center leading up to the Battle of Hoth, where he served as an advisor to base commander General Carlist Rieekan and Princess Leia Organa. K-3PO, along with Head Controller Toryn Farr, also operated Echo Base's v-150 anti-orbital ion cannon and monitored its systems.
During this time, K-3PO confronted the droids C-3PO and R2-D2, attempting to reassign the former to Echo Base's communications center and the latter to ice cavern-drilling operations. Taken aback, C-3PO protested, claiming that he and R2-D2 were personal aides to Commander Luke Skywalker and Princess Organa, and warned that he was on an errand for the princess and that she would deactivate K-3PO if he interfered. K-3PO eventually rescinded the order. At the conclusion of the confrontation, C-3PO remarked that he and R2-D2 had turned up the heating system in the princess's chambers after finding the room freezing cold, which K-3PO alarmingly warned would result in the melting of the cavern walls and potential damage. C-3PO and R2-D2 rushed off to correct their error.
K-3PO was present in the command center shortly thereafter, monitoring a tactical screen, when Han Solo announced his intentions to leave the Alliance for personal reasons. At some point, K-3PO detected a wampa in Echo Base's south corridor while on a late-night patrol, and he had to escape to call for help. Because the Rebels' tauntauns were irritated by ultrasonic frequencies emitted by certain droids, including himself, K-3PO was careful to keep his distance from them. Nevertheless, K-3PO suffered structural damage to his external frame when an obstinate tauntaun's tail swatted a hole through his right breast plating, damage that would never be repaired.
During the early stages of the Battle of Hoth, K-3PO occupied the command center as the Rebels fired off the opening shots of the engagement from Echo Base's planetary ion cannon. He proceeded to help coordinate the base's evacuation and maintained communication with the Rebels' escaping GR-75 medium transports to verify their sublight and hyperdrive engines were operational. K-3PO was destroyed during the battle when the command center was hit and left as a ruined hulk. Nevertheless, the droid's valuable programming and memory, and some of his circuitry, were salvaged and would later serve Rogue Squadron more directly through the unit's own protocol droid, M-3PO.
K-3PO was an older model protocol droid whose compiled military records of at least twenty years of service not only increased his military value daily but also made him a veritable tactical genius. His strategic and analytical abilities, and also his organizational prowess, earned him a position as the coordinator unit of all droids in Alliance High Command, serving at the Alliance headquarters as it moved from Yavin 4, to Thila, and finally Hoth.
K-3PO's original owner, Arhul Narra, neglected to regularly wipe the droid's mind, trusting K-3PO with the great responsibility of maintaining his stored tactics, plans, mission simulations and parameters, and much more, within his memory banks. As a result K-3PO never developed any sort of personalityâ€”outside of being uniquely logical, unemotional, and preciseâ€”and he spoke with a mechanical, lusterless voice. During their time together on Hoth, C-3PO came to disregard K-3PO for his meddling behavior, finding his complete lack of personality to be a disservice to droids with auditory abilities like himself. K-3PO likewise offered no regard for C-3PO's claims that he and R2-D2 were among the Heroes of Yavin. Nevertheless, C-3PO's condemnation of K-3PO as an "officious dullard" came unfairly, as K-3PO performed his duties well.
K-3PO's upper right chest was branded with red rank insignia. His features included two photoreceptors and two audio sensors, a broadband antenna receiver, AA-1 VerboBrain, TranLang III communications module equipped with over six million languages, and a vocabulator system capable of emitting an extraordinarily wide range of sound effects and an exact impersonation of voices, making K-3PO an expert interpreter. His expertise included knowledge in alien species, bureaucracy, cultures, military history, planetary systems, and naval tactics. K-3PO's skills proved particularly useful when the Alliance set up operations on alien planets.
Additionally, K-3PO was skilled in repairing multiple types of systems. He could diagnose and repair computer and starship systems. In this capacity, he utilized a scomp link to more easily speak with computers directly, a device that bridged his logic housing with the system's interface port. K-3PO also employed a comlink to broadcast announcements to Echo Base's troops; and a stentronic sensor pack, a compact, hand-held sensor array, which he used while patrolling the base to detect intruders and evaluate their potential threat.