Aron "Deadeye" Brightland is an infamous Exile gun-for-hire that made a name for himself in the wild, unmapped regions of space beyond the Fringe. The last living descendant of the famed Exile hero who led the first rebellion against the Cassians, he is no rebel leader—but a steely-eyed gunman with a grim sense of humor. Deadeye is the kind of man who doesn't go looking for trouble, but knows exactly what to do when it comes looking for him.
- Affiliation: Exiles
- Species: Human
- Gender: Male
- Age: 42 standard years
Forms of Address
Deadeye: After suffering a serious injury at the hands of Captain Thokov that left him blind in his left eye, Brightland came to be known as "Deadeye" Brightland.
Deadeye Brightland looks older than his forty-two years, but remains as spry as a man half his age. Lean and quick, Deadeye relies on his well-honed skills as a gunslinger in any fight and dresses the part. He usually complements his spacer's attire with a battered, broad-brimmed hat that shades his eyes, one of which is milky white—a gift from a Marauder captain whom Brightland hopes to repay one day.
Prior to his wife’s death, Deadeye’s personality had softened somewhat from that of the gun for hire he’d been previously. With Sadie by his side and a child on the way, his perception of the universe as a cold, hard, and unforgiving place had been tempered by the hope of a better life. Sadie brought out the best in him like no one had ever done, and Brightland felt at peace by her side.
With Sadie gone and his unborn child lost, however, Brightland’s desire for the good life has been driven out by a stark need for vengeance. Though he throws his lot in with the Exiles, he refuses to accept any position of authority in the organization. Unable to show his true anguish to anyone, Deadeye has taken to drink and constantly maintains an icy, threatening demeanor.
Aron Brightland is a direct descendant of the Exile hero Serrick Brightland. Despite this lineage, the Brightland line had gone into sharp decline by the time of his birth. Aron’s mother died in childbirth, leaving him and his father, Rolan, as the last members of the Brightland family. A few days after Deadeye’s fifth birthday, Rolan died in an accident while working on a starship hull.
Though left without a family, Deadeye managed to survive due to the tight-knit nature of the Exile community. An old soldier named Kell, who had taken to begging for scraps and cooking gruel for the fleet’s orphans, watched out for Brightland and taught him to shoot. Using a rusty pistol, Deadeye hunted vermin for food in the Exile fleet’s grimy underbelly. It was there he found his lifelong companion, Grim, who was little more than a puppy at the time.
After Kell passed away, Aron hired himself out as a bounty hunter. He quickly earned a reputation as a deadly gunslinger that always got his man… that is, until he took a contract to find and apprehend Captain Thokov, the murderous leader of the Deadstar Marauders. Their encounter ended with both of them seriously wounded, with Deadeye blind in one eye and Thokov vowing revenge.
Deadeye’s career continued and his reputation grew. While hunting a Cartel enforcer in one of the Exile fleet’s "slumships," Deadeye encountered Sadie Angelthorn, a justice assigned to investigate his target. Taken in by Sadie’s beauty and grit, Aron asked her to dinner. Within a few months the two had married, with Deadeye packing away his guns and Sadie handing in her gavel. Together they set out on a journey to the planet Nexus, where they hoped to begin their new life as settlers.
Following the Exile fleet’s arrival in orbit around Nexus, Deadeye and Sadie boarded a transport bound for Thayd. The transport was intercepted by Dominion fighters and shot down over the Northern Wilds, a rugged land plagued with a perpetual blizzard. Exile ships were sent to rescue the survivors, including Sadie, but were subsequently destroyed by Dominion artillery fire.
With his wife and unborn child dead and his chance for a new life destroyed, Deadeye has sworn revenge against their killers. Though he has since realized that he cannot fight the Dominion alone, Brightland continues to battle the empire at every opportunity. He has resumed his old habits of gambling, drinking, and violence, and only time will tell if Deadeye will rise above the destruction of all he once held dear.