Allegiance: Confederate Clique
Ask five different people who or what they think ZX-797 is and you'll get five different answers. Many say that he is simply an advanced assassin droid deployed by the CIS out of desperation in the last days of the war. Others say that it was an experiment that went wrong and slaughtered his creators before vanishing into the galaxy.
The truth is a bit darker than that.
In the years before the rise of the Empire when the Republic and CIS fought for control of the galaxy, a small number of CIS scientists were tasked with researching a more advanced killing machine. Taking inspiration from the Kaleesh cyborg General Grievous they shifted their attention from droids to cyborgs. There was no shortage of volunteers for the experiments and although very few of the volunteers survived the initial experiments, the few that did only survived for a short while before being driven insane by what they had become, their minds unable to adapt to their new existence.
The scientists were about to report the project as a failure to the CIS leadership as the stream of volunteers quickly began to dry up as rumors circulated of the experiments. It was at this point, that a former mercenary for the Republic appeared and began asking about the experiments. The scientists, naturally suspicious proceeded to interrogate the mercenary for a number of days. In that time, they learned that the mercenary had lost everything due not to the CIS, but to the Republic when his sole child had been killed when the Republic had bombarded the city she lived in from space. More and more republic atrocities came to light as everything the mercenary had seen was brought into the light.
The scientists and the CIS leadership agreed: By all means, let him volunteer.
Over the course of weeks, the mercenary was not outfitted with cybernetic parts but instead his mind was placed into an experimental droid body that was designed purely for killing. Fitted with a high power experimental built in blaster and a number of tactical upgrades with CIS battle tactics downloaded into his mind, the mercenary turned CIS experiment was deployed in the last days of the clone wars.
The Republic mercenary was dead. All that remained was a cybernetic monster.
Eager to show his worth. ZX was able to kill numerous clone troopers and at least three Jedi Knights before Order 66 and the Rise of the Empire. It was shortly after that that ZX returned to the scientists on Mygeeto for new orders after his latest mission and found his creators had vanished into the galaxy after the near fall of the CIS. As more and more time passed and more news reports came in about the rise of the Empire, ZX came to a conclusion: As bad as he perceived the Republic to have been, the Empire was far worse. After a few days of updating his targeting scanners and optimizing his tactical systems he found a number of weapons that he believed had been meant for him. A spare arm with a built in flamethrower and a number of compact heat seeking missiles that he was able to install into his upper body frame.
It took a number of weeks, but he was able to steal a small one man ship from the spaceport and was finally free to make his way into the galaxy.
Advanced targeting systems allow for greater accuracy when fighting
CIS battle tactics have been downloaded into his mind.
Excellent long distance shot.
Vulnerability to Ion weapons. Any sort of Ion weapons can stop him dead in his track. Enough of them can shut down the mechanical parts keeping his brain alive.
Vulnerability to extreme heat. Extreme heat, like the heat found on the planet Mustafar can cause long term damage to his systems.
He lacks the ability to repair his own systems.
Experimental high power blaster built into his left arm.
Flamethrower that has been built into a spare right arm.
retractable vibro blade that is hidden in his current right arm.
CIS Sniper Rifle that is strapped across his back.