Mariner Antique - Ice Man from Space
9BA994 Genasi (?) Male, Age: * (?)
Magic (Attack) 0, Magic (Ice) 0, Magic (Defense) 0, Philosophy 0, Melee 0, Astrogation 0, Mechanic 0, Engineering 0, Carouse 0, Diplomacy 0, Computers 0,
Human(ish) in appearance, with ice blue hair and eyes and skin so pale you can clearly see the blue veins beneath, Mariner is apparently something he calls a “Genasi.” He has the ability to produce/control/manipulate ice (to at least some degree). In a sufficiently moist environment snowflakes will spontaneously appear on his hair or shoulders… or in his wake as he walks.
Mariner Antique is somewhat cryptic about his past, acknowledging that he is “quite old,” used to having a “whole planet to myself,” that he doesn’t usually like to travel, that his current form is “a disguise”… and that he is “hiding” from an “old man” who killed him in a dream.
More recently he has also mentioned that he spent some time “some thousands of years ago” “around the time of the Elemental Wars,” around R’Bak in the Sagittarian Subsector.
He askedCaptain Sam and his crew for protection in the Amondiage System of the New Islands Subsector, where he was drifting (unprotected from the vacuum) amidst the wreckage of the local naval base. He said that he had been told to meet them here by “Father Time.” He informed them that he was fleeing from a great power, and that he simply didn’t want to be “anywhere that anyone might think to look for me.”
He drunkenly claimed to have once been a being composed of water, until he was “turned all hard and sharp and stabby” by someone named Freeze. He likewise bemoaned his failed relationship with said Freeze, noting that though he was “technically immortal” he would “return to Freeze” if he “died.” And that would apparently be a bad thing.
Bruiser Bill (Billester Zhou Dambasket) - Heavily Cyborged Strong-arm
EBE2A7 Cyborg (Human) Male, Age 38
Gun Combat (Energy Rifle) 4, (Shotgun) 3, (Energy Pistol) 2, (Slug Pistol) 2, (Slug Rifle) 1
Melee (Unarmed) 2, (Blade) 1
Battledress 1, Heavy Weapons 0, Recon 0
Dermal Armor (visible and obvious) fire retardant, self-healing, Null Skull, Neural Comm, Soldier Organs, Frame Reinforcement, Internal Medkit, Advanced Arms with retractable blades (x2), Strength, Agility, and Endurance enhancements, Advanced Cybernetic Eyes, ears, taste and smell (obvious), small prehensile tentacle with five opposable digits implanted just below his chin (mostly used to light his cigars or pick up food when he’s eating), Laser Rifle, Laser Pistol, Gauss Pistol,
Billester “Bruiser Bill” Dambasket applied for the Imperial Marines the moment his parole officer gave him the option. Nobody was surprised when they accepted him, but nobody felt good about it either. Everybody knew that the only things Bill was good for were bustn’ heads an’ breakn’ bones. But he was really good at that.
Today he is much, much better at that.
Through his terms as a marine, then as an imperially licensed mercenary, Bill acquired a plethora of cybernetic upgrades and enhancements. None of them are subtle if he can help it. He says it helps with the intimidation factor… and the results are hard to argue with. His shoulders are inhumanly broad… and metallic, as is most of his body. Far more machine than human, his frame is illegal on many planets (Imperial and otherwise) classified as a “non-sentient autonomous weapons platform.”
Bill latched onto Raid McCullogh shortly after enlisting with the Rogues. He hasn’t stopped looking to the swordsman for direction since. Not even after being kidnapped by aliens, mind-wiped, and left to die on a hunk of drifting space-wreckage.
Brigette Herrum Guurdisham - Corporate Spy, and Semi-Renowned Botanist
79A8B7 Female Human (Imperial, of Vilani extraction) Age 40
Science (Botany) 2, (Xenology) 1, (Sophontology) 1, (Chemistry) 1
Engineer (Life Support) 1, Sensors 1, Computers 1, Investigate 1, Seafarer 0, Animals 0, Comms 0, Medic 0, Diplomat 0, Deception 0,
40,000 cr, Bioscanner, Neural Activity Sensor, 10 Lab Ship shares from SuSAG,
Brigette Maratoci Herrum arrived on Armec-Zaama at age 19 as a fresh-faced young field-sophontologist from nearby Hulr. She studied the methodologies and practices of the corporate development of the planet under SuSAG‘s direction. She delivered that report to the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service, then took an offer of employment from SuSAG, to catalog and identify the abundant plant (and then later animal) life on the verdant, but not human hospitable planet.
For over twenty years she worked as a SuSAG botanist, continuing her work in taxonomy while also overseeing diverse research projects tied to pharmacological trials and geneering advancements. During that time she also became embroiled in covert corporate operations. Early in her career an upper-level manager provided her with a “sample” of 2 dozen sophant aliens “under the table” for use in dangerous research trials. Despite all professional and legal conventions to the contrary, she used the provided sample, and then immediately began trying to forget that she had done so (something the company has not allowed to happen).
At the age of 35 she was covertly ordered by the local director of SuSAG operations to develop a romantic relationship with her supervising manager, without letting him know it was an order. She married the substantially younger Tollet Guurdisham a year later and assumed that that was the end of it.
However, four years after their wedding, Tollet decides to jump ship, disturbed by the increasingly imperial ambitions of the corporation he served. Brigette was immediately contacted by SuSAG intelligence operatives, who instructed her to be supportive and follow her husband into his flight… and to report back to them when possible on his activities and acquaintances.
The ruse didn’t really last long, however, shortly after Tollet “defected” to the officers of an Imperial Rift Courier (Captain Sam and crew) said officers managed to convince Brigette to spill the beans and admit to being a SuSAG spy. Her husband was shocked.
Both joined the crew of the Errant Cavalier and Brigette began the study of magic with the Engineering Officer, Ensign Tea Tree Lemon.
Tollet Maris Guurdisham - Corporate Turncoat/Whistle-blower and Devastated Husband
5BA7A5 Human Vilani Male , Age 31
Admin 2, Advocate 1, Gambler 1, Leadership 1, Drive 0, Flyer 0, Streetwise 0, Melee 0, Steward 0, Trade 0
From a working class Vilani family on Hoilhopoli (all killed in the orbital bombardment almost two years ago now), Tollet found a job right out of his graduation from the Public Youth Preparation Camps with the imperial megacorporation, Schunaman und Söhnen, AG (SuSAG). He started out as a communications clerk for the local administrative office on Hoilhopoli and was eventually promoted to a management position on the SuSAG owned planet of Armek-Zaama. He immediately started questioning the ethics and legality of some of the practices on Armek-Zaama and began secretly collecting evidence that he might later turn over to Imperial investigators.
Then he met, fell in love with, and married a fellow (part) Vilani named Brigette. She was a scientist who had devoted her career to working for SuSAG on Armec-Zaama. He put his investigation aside so as not to ruin his wife’s idyllic work opportunities… until he finally overheard too much, confirmed for himself that his worst fears were true. Only then, after defecting to an Imperial starship out of fear for SuSAG’s increasingly independent imperial ambitions, does he discover that his wife of four years is actually a corporate spy, ordered to marry him by upper management… His world is destroyed.
Raid McCulloch - Mysterious Former Rogue Captain
CBAC8A Human (Cyborg) Male, Age 41
Melee (Blade) 3, Engineer (Maneuver Drive) 2, Zero G 2, Mechanic 2, Pilot (Starship) 2, Battledress 1, Leadership 1, Jack of all Trades 1, Gun Combat (Energy Pistol) 1, Carouse 1, Animals 0, Astrogation 0, Broker 0, Comms 0, Gunner 0, Heavy Weapons 0, Streetwise 0, Vacc Suit 0
Null Skull, Neural Comm, Enhanced Senses (5], Serpent Necklace (Armor [+17]),
Raid McCulloch was listed as a Captain on the final Rank List released by the Rogues Executive Committee before the Rogues voted to go their separate ways. He had command of a 500 ton Rift Patrol Cruiser, called the Belligerent Buckle. He was absolutely determined to find Orkin‘s blade. He doesn’t remember anything about himself before this point. Neither, apparently, does anybody else.
When the Rogues disbanded Raid managed to recruit a crew of 20 former Rogues to staff his ship and set out toward the Reft Sector and the Islands, informing his crew that he had the clue to the location of Orkin’s Serpent Blade.
With the magical assistance of Tea Tree Lemon and his apprentices Raid manages to remember that he and his crew traveled to the planet Sansterre in the Old Islands Subsector. From there, his memory is missing again… until the duel between himself and Dame Olah Gadgetronka, Captain (and Owner) of Prince Orkin’s personal Q-Yacht the Matron Gadgetron, Cheiftain of the Gadgetron Clan.
They were on some sort of flat metallic surface, the sky and horizon were only starfield. Ohla had Prince Orkin’s Serpent Blade, but he felt compelled to challenge her for it… though he knew he couldn’t win.
While dueling the Chieftain, he watches her get shot in the back by one of his own crew! (Pirate Jim). After registering the shock of seeing Olah shot in front of him… then realizing who did it… Raid notices (in his repaired memory) the approach of a Droyne in a robe.
Then his memory is blank again… until his cryoberth chamber is opened by a rescue team from Riftspan Station on a piece of alien wreckage drifting through the void of Reft Sector. Only three of his twenty crew still remained with him (each in their own cryoberth pod)… one of them was Pirate Jim.
After some recuperation time on Riftspan, Captain Raid ordered a public execution for Pirate Jim, on the charge of murdering an officer.
Another crew of former Rogues (led by Captain Sir Samuel Vibes) tries to intervene in the execution. They were under the impression that Raid killed Olah.
Sir Tink Tink knocks a bunch of people over in his attempt to tackle Captain Raid. Lots of guns get pulled and somebody shoots a bolt of force at Raid’s face (the Serpent Necklace stops it easily). Raid takes Jim’s head off with one clean stroke while the melee ensues around him, then Captain Sir Kahlil Clotilda shoots out a light and tells everyone to chill out.
(Re)introductions are made, the station administrator wants to know what the Hel is going on, Raid gets grilled, and the little black boxes in both his head and Jim’s severed head are checked for their accounts. The accounts (in all cases) are clearly degraded/damaged.
Tea Trea Lemon, Chief Engineering Officer for Captain Sam’s Errant Cavalier, uses some sort of magical rituals to repair both the data recordings and Raid’s memories themselves… though it revels comparatively little more (the Droyne (plural) in robes telling Raid to never come back!) and much remains corrupted / obscured or simply missing.
Without a ship, Raid has joined the crew of the Errant Cavalier and brings his two remaining crew members with him.
Remembered / Reconstructed Clue: “The Place for Bad Uncles” = The Anundarlu Gas Cloud (Vilani Myth)
Jenny Stargazer (Dkuit Po Di’Zhedapt)
479697 Human (Cyborg) Female, Age 29
Astrogation 3, Pilot (Small Craft) 3, Battle Dress 3, Persuade 2, Zero G 0, Vacc Suit 0, Mechanic 0, Computers 0, Melee 0, Gun Combat 0, Recon 0
Gauss Pistol, Cloth Armor (Rogues’ Colors), Subdermal Armor (mostly subtle, but visible plates on neck, shoulders, and back of hands), Neural Comm, Wafer-Jack, Null Skull, Enhanced Senses +3
Jenny Stargazer was raised from infancy to be a mercenary star-marine. Her parents had named her Dkuit Po Di’Zhedapt, but she has never known anyone who has called her by that name. The mercenaries who took her, still in her hand-woven cradle, as a “recruit” didn’t bother to note what planet the parents had been from, or anything else about them, not even what they were paid (if anything).
She has been a starmarine ever since. Usually with a mercenary support unit, but the Rogues gave her a chance to turn a more legitimate “Imperial” service. She has always gravitated toward piloting, astrogation, and maintenance of the company’s battle-dress and navigational gear rather than actual combat duty.
Then the Rogues essentially “disbanded” when the Rogues Executive Committee determined that they were each going their own way and doing their own thing. In the ensuing struggle to find births with compatible officers and crew Jenny found herself on a rift patrol cruiser under the command of Captain Raid McCulloch. She has served with him since, until now she is one of only two survivors who, along with their Captain, are rescued by some fellow former Rogues (after a particularly hairy adventure).