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Forbidden Journey

Postby Strutinan » Wed May 02, 2012 4:06 pm

This is a story idea from the Dead Stars setting that I came up with a while back, and figured I could work on it here off-and-on for your enjoyment ;) It involves the crew of a cargo ship with the worst luck in the universe...the crew of the "Forbidden Journey".

Captain Zahn Cormic: An essentially competent ship commander who inherited the Forbidden Journey from an estranged uncle. He never had any desire to be a part of a ship's crew, his actual love is history and sociology, which fits with his background in the Loop of Pearls utopian society. Thanks to his above-average education and cultural social morality, his crew respects him and think of him as a good friend even though he is a coward at heart.

Sek-Motal-Duran-Vik-Zahn, aka "Sam": This Serkalth is the ship's cargo and life support technician, which responsibilities he uses to collect odd bits of technology from all the ship's ports of call. Beyond this semi-kleptomania it is a trustworthy crewmember, and a good friend. Now if only it could remember that not everybody is as durable as a 7-ft-tall insectoid alien!

"Tiny" Timothy McMurder: Tim is the ship's FTL pilot, with a penchant for astrogation and graphic arts. He is a halfling Human from a war-torn world, who took up the chance to be the FTL engine for the Forbidden Journey as soon as it arrived. His background makes him inherently paranoid, and he tends to spend most of his free time in his quarters painting on his personal computer, where he can feel safe...at last.

Sara Fine: A humanoid Orliss "female", she is the ship's medic and engineer. An inherent detective at heart, she recently managed to manifest the insights of a Magi, a change which has made the rest of the crew uneasy around her. She is the only member of the crew who knew captain Zahn before he inherited the Forbidden Journey, having been a mercenary working security patrols and based on his space station.

D'Leth of Mool: A proud member of a warrior-oriented Gorbrasch clan, it is one of the survivors of its clan. The Mool clan discovered its homeworld had been destroyed by Necrol after its first colony ship used Human FTL to reconnect with the homeworld. The clan has never recovered emotionally from the sudden realization that they were the only survivors of their offshoot civilization, and D'Leth is using the opportunity provided to him as the armsmaster of the [i]Forbidden Journey[i] to vent his rage on an uncaring universe.

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Re: Forbidden Journey

Postby Trisscar » Wed May 02, 2012 9:31 pm

1. The Serkalth is using... what, exactly, to gather random bits? Needs clarification. Also, assuming the 'Zahn' part of it's name is because it works under the captain?
2. 'A halfling human from a war torn world.' I thought halflings were primarily modded to work in deep space? This could be an interesting bit of backround here.
3. Sara was on the same... spacestation the captain was? Not having seen any updated versions of the utopian or monentarily rich planets, (and not thinking utopias needed mercenaries in the first place) I'm a little confused here.

That's about it for now.
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Re: Forbidden Journey

Postby Strutinan » Thu May 03, 2012 5:16 pm

The Loop of Pearls is a series of five systems in close proximity to one another, but not all of them have inhabitable worlds. Even those that do have inhabitable worlds also have space stations, tending to the size of small cities or even larger. These systems also hire foreigners to patrol their borders and protect them from pirates or other dangers, trading a safe port of call and access to a stable high-tech society in addition to cash. They do this because the societies purposefully have nothing like the 2nd amendment in the USA, they are intentionally organized to be as pacifistic as possible and devote the majority of their funds towards improving education and quality of life. This lets them maintain that very same high-tech safe society, AND grows their economy by enough to also pay outsiders to do the dirty work of killing things.

And yes the Halflings WERE engineered to be space-based explorers, but that was back when they were organized and funded by the Gaean Empire. Since the Empire's fall the remaining Halfling population has fragmented into small extended families scrabbling for survival, much as everybody else.


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