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Kudos/Noteworthy Posts / Re: "It's what I do, Darlin'"
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:45:31 PM »
I want to nominate the crew of the Darling as a whole (our lovely Narrator Lomari included) for this award, for our recently completed first episode, "Time is Flea-ting." It's got drama and comedy, action and suspense, but mostly it is chock full of HEART. This is a great group of folks and I'm happy every day writing with them and look forward to every post. We're family in AND out of character. <3


The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
« on: March 04, 2019, 07:25:20 PM »
Crazy idea:

What if Mattie and Lucky have recently become employed by the guy who hired the Darling to pick up his stuff?

Darling Asides / Re: The Healer and the Honcho
« on: March 04, 2019, 03:54:16 PM »
The Lavender laborers made quick with the unloading, their steps regimented and movements precise. Six 6x6 crates, lined up against the back wall of the cargo hold, two wide and three deep, each still resting on their hover dollies, though they were no longer hovering. They were stamped with serial numbers and official sounding designations that didn't really tell you what was inside, but there were a few messages that were abundantly clear.


Once the task was completed, the soldiers moved out, loaded up, and drove off.

And then the crew of the Darling was left alone with their cargo. It might have seemed strange that, if this shipment required an entire platoon of 35 soldiers to unload, that there was no guards left with the shipment in order to guard it. Or it may have come as a relief. Perhaps the Alliance was merely overly cautious with it's transport. Perhaps they were careless. Perhaps they were like most governmental agencies with a plethora of redundancies that would create even more bureaucracy to try and fix them. Who's to say?

The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
« on: February 24, 2019, 07:24:12 PM »
Whatever works for you guys.

I will say that Barnaby isn’t really looking to hire anyone. That’s not to say he wouldn’t hire the right people who show up and ask for work, just that he’s not actively searching at the moment. And the work that Darling does, he doesn’t see much need for gunhands (whether or not that’s naive of him is another conversation) but that’s just not how his mind works. He looks for hard working, goodnatured, honest people who will fit in with his crew.

So it sounds to me like running into them randomly while on Aphrodite is the way we are going, which is cool with me. Once we land, the goal will be for a Barnaby to give half the crew a little bit of leave while the others make the drop off. So we can figure out if one group meets both Lucky and Mattie or one group meets one and the other meets the others. Etc.

How’s that all sound?

The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
« on: February 19, 2019, 04:34:18 PM »
I think I like the idea of randomly running into them, the 'Verse is a big place. :)

How recent are their injuries? Aphrodite seems like a perfect place for them to hide. It's far out on the rim and, since there doesn't seem to be any canonical lore attached (smart move Lomari  ;) ) we can go nuts with it.

Maybe they are paying someone to hide them, which never goes well. And then whatever hijinks Darling gets up to can intersect with yours. Just throwing ideas out there.

The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:38:13 PM »
You are both very welcome!

We are right in the middle of a job, having just picked up the cargo and will be setting out to drop it off soon. So perhaps Lucky and Mattie could be on the Moon we’re heading for? Scout mentioned they had had a rough go of things lately. So we can figure out how that factors into everyone running into each other.

Darling Asides / Rovers
« on: February 14, 2019, 08:48:03 PM »
The events in this aside take place in 2515, 4 years before the current time period. The crew of the Darling includes people who do not feature in the current episode. Below are listed the current crew.

Barnaby Goodweather - Captain

Mona Heyerdahl - XO

Tabitha Haemish - Medic

Riot Torvik - Mechanic

Denholm "Denny" Malarky - Crewmember/Pilot

Benedict "Benny" Malarky - Crewmember/Gunhand

Potentially other crew TBD

Revenge OOC / Re: Revenge OOC
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:24:52 PM »
It's gotta be something so we don't try to go after her. Because I feel like that would be our first instinct.

SS Iscariot/Empress Crew / Johann Krüger
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:02:03 PM »
Johann Krüger

Age:  54
Gender:  Male

Primary Occupation:  Smuggler
Secondary Occupation (optional):  Profiteer
Equipment:  Johann travels light, though always well prepared. Some sort of sidearm, he isn’t particular about what kind though he does tend to prefer something automatic with an extended magazine. A bladed weapon or two wouldn’t be a strange find, were someone to turn out his pockets, as well as a multi-tool designed specifically for the sort of person who likes to go where they aren’t allowed. Customized cortex unit, encrypted by a now dead hacker so that only Johann can access it, complete with his list of underworld contacts and associates, as well as a digital ledger of his business ventures. 

Appearance:  Average of height and build and appearance, Johann would tell you that is all by design. The last thing a man in his line of work wants is to be noticed. That being said, he has a sort of peculiar style about him, with a mustacheless beard and high and tight haircut. Tattoos from his more careless youth cross various points on his body, and a few brands that indicate those younger days taught him a few lessons about getting caught.
Faceclaim:  Andy Serkis

Initial Personality:  Cold and calculating with equal parts boisterous and brash, Johann has many contradictions. The one thing that is sure is that he knows he’s good at what he does, and being good at his job requires you to be a bit of a bastard. He doesn’t care about your feelings or the consequences of his actions as long as it doesn’t affect his number one priority. His payday.
Underlying Personality:  What you see is what you get, however, the depth to which his ruthlessness will go is bottomless. There are two types of people in the ‘Verse, as far as he is concerned. Those that are useful to him, and those that aren’t. And he has no time whatsoever for those that aren’t. As long as you’re useful, he’ll remain loyal (or what passes for loyalty for a thief like him). He responds well to strong leadership, but will grab an opportunity if a vacuum presents itself.

Known History:  Born: 2464. Santo
Parents: Unknown
Academic records: None
Occupational Record:
-2479. Crown Gate Casino, Santo. Floor worker.
-2483. Crown Gate Casino, Santo. Floor manager.
-2487. Indigo Dragon Resort and Casino, Santo. CFO/CEO/COO
-2505-2511. Listed as primary shareholder in Krutech Industries, LLC. 
Criminal Record: Wanted for multiple counts of Extortion, Assault, Larceny, Grand Theft, and Attempted Murder. Also wanted for questioning in regard to ongoing War Profiteering investigation.
Arrest Record:
-2482. Sentenced to 3-5 Years in Alliance Penal Station Alpha. Released after 18 Months for Good behavior.
-2485. Sentenced to 6-10 Years in Alliance Penal Station Alpha. Released after 27 Months for Good behavior.
-2488. Brought in for questioning on Santo in regard to an racketeering investigation involved with the Indigo Dragon Resort and Casino. No charges filed.
-2490. Arrested on Bellerophon with charges of Extortion, Larceny, Grand Theft, Impersonating an Alliance Government Official, and Fraud. Charges Dropped.
-2498. Arrested for Drunk and Disorderly, released on Bail. Charges dropped.
-2506. Kruger’s name is Watch Listed as being involved in smuggling and war profiteering, though official charges and warrants are never filed due to lack of evidence.
-2518. Abruptly pops back up onto Interpol radar after a conspicuously extended absence.
Other History:  Raised by the grime and the neon lights of the Den of Sin itself, Santo, Johann Kruger never knew a life with parents or family. A street rat since before he could remember, the first few years of his life are entirely unknown to him. He took up with a street gang of other orphans and, due to his small size, he developed a large, strong personality to protect himself against those that might have mistaken him as week. It wasn’t long until he was the ringleader of their little band, organizing pick pocketing schemes and bullying other orphans and weak willed adults to give him protection money.

His first real job was at the Crown Gate Casino, and it wasn’t because he needed the money. The floor boss, a mafia connected man by the name of Santino, caught on to Johann’s schemes and recruited him to work on the casino floor, fleecing drunk gamblers and breaking into their hotel rooms. And while Johann may have thought that he had come up with the idea of organized crime all by himself, it was during this time that he got his true lessons in that art.

At the age of 18 he did his first stretch of hard jail time after an Interpol sting of the Crown Gate. He didn’t inform on his bosses, so the Feds sent him away. He was released for good behavior and rewarded handsomely by his bosses when he got back with a promotion and a crew of his own. It happened again a few years later, and he served his time like a good little soldier. But when he returned after the harder, longer sentence, Johann had some demands of his superiors. Put him in charge of his own Casino. Make it worth his while and he would never get caught again.

Johann made good on on that promise. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the organization wasn’t so lucky. A multi division task force among the Alliance Military, Interpol, and Planetary Police brought down the entire operation. Most of the higher ups were able to get off with limited to no charges, (money thrown liberally at law enforcement and judges will do that), Johann included, but it ruined them in the process. Johann was forced to strike out on his own, which at that point in his life he was more than fine with.

It didn’t go well at first. Without his mafia connections, Johann was forced to trade on his own expertise, of which he had plenty, but also rely upon his winning personality, which needed a little work. He was used to being little more than a thug, a blunt instrument to the larger organization, who did what he was told and did it well and with at least some panache. But he hadn't had to scheme in many years. Since his days of picking pockets. On Bellerophon, he assembled a crew, ran a job, and nearly got away with it if not for a simple, but very crucial mistake at the last minute.

After that, Johann lent his skills in more traditional ways, most often as a right hand man to the guy with the plan. And it was profitable for him. For several years he had no run-ins with the law and was able to make a fair living. And then he was betrayed and left as the fall man after a particular scheme. Johann was forced to get himself arrested in order to prevent the betrayers from killing him. It was a foolhardy scheme, on his part, but he was desperate and it afforded him the opportunity to get them back. He informed upon the entire scheme and the rest of the team served extended sentences where he did not.

A lifetime of misadventures followed, always on one end of a scheme or another, usually followed by extended run ins with the law, though he had an almost supernatural ability to escape from conviction. When the war started, like many folks who aren’t burdened by convictions or morality, Johann saw it as a business opportunity and got into the weapon smuggling and war profiteering game. This period, while devastating to much of the ‘Verse and its occupants, was especially lucrative for Kruger. He ended up on a lot of lists, some to his favor, some not, and by war’s end he was a go-to for those on both sides of the conflict, as well as Interpol. This provided for a lot of heat and as hostilities ceased, he knew that being scarce for a time might be to his favor.

So he arranged to be arrested by an Interpol Detective on the take, under an assumed alias, and served 24 months on an Alliance Penal Colony. Unfortunately for him, the Detective turned the tables on him and Johann wound up serving seven years. But he was out of the public eye and heat died down on his true name and he knew he’d walk out after his sentence with something of a clean slate. Unfortunately that also meant the modest empire he had built would be gone, but Johann was an optimistic opportunist.

Inside, he met a new friend and business partner, Patrick O’Doyle, and the two decided that, once they were settled on the outside, they’d get back to doing what they did best.

Skills and Strengths:  A skilled manipulator and schemer, Johann has always relied on his his ability to make others do what he wants, whether by coercion or intimidation. A lifetime of living just out of reach of the law has left him with practical skills such as basic piloting, cortex use and manipulation, weapons knowledge and use, and brawling style combat and fighting (he’s no martial artist but he can more than handle himself physically).
Weaknesses:  Prideful and arrogant, Johann has a tendency to let his mouth write checks his body can’t necessarily cash and he’s ambitious to a fault, with eyes that are bigger than his stomach even in situations outside of a buffet line. He’s brash and prone to mistakes, even despite intricate plans and recipes. He’s useless with an engine, in fact most crafts one would do with their hands has never interested him. An honest day’s work is just not for him, which has made him a highly recognizable and wanted man.

Current Ship Opportunities / Re: Hamburgler (WIP. Placeholder Name)
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:25:25 PM »
@Scout: Which character is that?

Darling Asides / Re: The Healer and the Honcho
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:42:13 PM »
Speaking of jobs, over at the commlink, a text message waited for Tricky to find, timestamped approximately 20 minutes prior.


The sender of the message was blocked and come to think of it, the Goodweather's hadn't mentioned to the crew who was hiring them.

Either way, a check of the watch said they were nearly there, whoever they were.


"Psssst...." Came a voice from around the wall closest to where O'Doyle was checking the message. Veronica didn't reveal herself just yet. "I know you're there. Knock three times if you want me to meet you in your bunk tonight. Two times if you just want to do it right here. I'm ready, baby."

Wushu Crew / Bolin Babylon
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:23:41 PM »
Bolin Babylon

Age:  26
Gender:  Gender Fluid

Primary Occupation:  Travelor
Secondary Occupation (optional):  Former Companion
Tertiary Occupation (secret):  Contract Killer
Equipment:  Bolin lives in the moment and has no real desire for long-lasting possessions. That being said, they are usually equipped with weapons and equipment that best fits the needs of their current assignment.

Appearance:  With legs almost as long as their cheekbones, Bolin is tall and slender and would be described as beautiful to anyone who saw them. Dark hair with a style that changes more than their mood, and even darker eyes that read a person’s soul with a glance, there are many who have fallen in love with that face. A strong sense of fashion coupled with a carefree apathy to appearance is equal parts bewildering and intoxicating.
Faceclaim:  Ezra Miller

Initial Personality:  Aloof and alluring, Bolin carries themselves like men and women want to be them and both men and women want to be with them. Trained in the art of companionship and seduction, Bolin can be charming or cruel as the situation requires. They are a purposeful enigma designed to confound you.
Underlying Personality:  Alone, they are without anchor. For too long they have wandered, always being told what to do, never doing what they would rather. It is a lonely life and it has worn on poor Bolin. There are no morals, there is only the job. There is no family, there is only the job. There is no love, no comfort, no support, no joy.

Known History:  Born: 2493, Sihnon as Lucien Alexandre d’Eaubonne
Parents: Manon Françoise d'Eaubonne of the Companion Guild and Lord Peter Linsey of Londinium.
Guild History:
-2404-2410 Apprentice Companion under Madame Tāo.
-2410-2413 Registered Companion.

Cortex History:

-Various Tabloid style articles that begin, chronologically, with asking who this new Companion is with so and so celebrity, and progress to articles that seem more concerned with who Bolin is dating.

-High Fashion Cortex-zines discussing Bolin’s designer choice for seasonal galas and the like.

-More recently articles seem to focus on the "Where are they now?" variety, with random sightings etc.

Other History:  Bolin Babylon, born Lucien Alexandre d’Eaubonne, had a happy, loving childhood. Though their parents never married, their mother being a Registered Guild Companion, Bolin was none-the-less raised wanting for nothing. It was assumed and agreed upon by mother and father that Lucien would enter training as a Companion when the time was right. Technically a bastard, Lucien would not be eligible to inherit the name and title of Lord Linsey, and thus a life as a Companion would afford comfort, stability, and honor to the child.

So, at the age of 12, Lucien was put into the tutelage of Madame Tāo, a renowned teacher. After a period of six years, Lucien graduated with top marks and entered service in the Companion Guild, and they were good at it, gaining a reputation as a rising star in what is normally considered a humble and inauspicious calling.

Eventually, Lucien adopted a new identity, one that which felt more appropriate to the person they had always felt inside, neither male nor female, but instead what might be described as the best of both; Bolin (a portmanteau of d’Eaubonne and Linsey) Babylon was born. Their fame and reputation grew, and with it, a new type of clientele. People with immense power, immeasurable wealth, and insatiable appetites.

And enemies.

One such enemy offered Bolin an unsanctioned proposal, outside of Guild regulations. Ten-million credits to kill a client. And whether it was avarice or simply boredom, Bolin accepted.

Of course, the Guild found out. There was some question about whether Bolin would simply be disappeared by the Guild, though nothing has yet come of that, particularly while Manon Françoise still lives. So, rather than risk their reputation, Bolin was simply blacklisted, asked to leave and to never return.

But that was fine with Bolin. They had a new calling.

Skills and Strengths:  All the training and benefits of a born-and-bred Core Worlder and a Guild-trained Companion, including academics, etiquette, athletics, fine combative arts (sword play, martial arts, sport shooting), fashion and style knowledge, as well as seduction and, by proxy, subterfuge. Bolin is also what you might call a “Power User” of the Cortex, lacking the skills and subtlety of a hacker, they are nonetheless very adept at using the everyday functions of The Signal.
Weaknesses:  While physically an impressive specimen, Bolin is not really a fighter. Even though they have taken to killing for money, it is not through brute force or combat that they achieve their goal. Piloting skills is casual at best, small shuttles and planetary vehicles, though Bolin hasn’t actually done any traveling without some kind of chauffeur in some time. Mechanics and Medicine could not possibly rank lower on things that Bolin thinks or cares about. They are fussy and fastidious, to a fault, and a lack of empathy can make them difficult to know or like.

Revenge OOC / Re: Revenge OOC
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:03:39 PM »

Darling Asides / Re: The Healer and the Honcho
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:09:25 PM »
In the cockpit, Jeremiah, owner, and Francine, namesake, lay in bed in the captain's quarters. Francine idly played with her husband's hair as he laid across her torso smoking one of Hardy's funny little cigarette's. He held it aloft for his wife to take her turn with it, which she accepted.

"How long we going to wait for this shipment, Jerry?" She asked around puffs on the spliff. The smoke rolled lazily out of her mouth and hung in a foggy curtain about the top of the room.

"Ah hell, I dunno, woman." He said, cranky at the same question getting lobbed at him from every member of the crew. Jeremiah peeked up at Francine and knew the look he would find on her face. "Another day or two. The commander fella told me they'd be here by week's end. I figure they'll keep to that." Jeremiah reached up for his turn with the joint.

Francine hrmph'd as she passed it back. She reached up on the wall beside the bed and hit a button next to a screen, which popped on and showed a view of the cockpit, which was empty. A few button hits and she found the channel she wanted, the cargo bay, where it seemed that the whole crew was gathered. "Looks like we have some company."

"What?" Jeremiah said, shooting up to look at the screen. "Can't have that, no ma'am. Commander was clear, gorrammit..." The old spacer was up off the bed, trying to find his pants.

Francine laid a calming hand on her husband's chest. "Are you going to let Barnaby be captain?"

"What? Of course. He's captain. Signed the papers myself."

"Then let him be captain, Jer."

Jeremiah thought about that for a moment and sighed. "Aw hell, Francine." He smiled at her and went in to give her ribs a poke. She screeched in fun and they tumbled into bed like a couple who'd only been in love for 5 weeks, instead of 5 decades.

Darling Asides / Re: The Healer and the Honcho
« on: December 28, 2018, 08:45:19 PM »
It was a casual game to be sure, but even so Veronica wasn't looking at her cards. She was looking at Tricky O'Doyle, in a fashion similar to how she usually looked at him. "Hey, Trick. If you're looking for company I'd be happy to help, if you know what I mean?" She said, with a wink and a hearty elbow to his ribs. Veronica had made her intentions well known since she'd come aboard. She had been a spacer her whole life, on and off of ships as the work carried her, and she was good at it. Could pilot, mechanic, and carry large amounts of weight with the best of them; but what she really liked about The Darling Francine and why she had stuck around as long as she had was Tricky's perpetually stubbled jaw and the way his ass looked in those jeans he always seemed to be wearing. The XO's stock response was usually something along the lines of a curt "no thanks" but Veronica had a feeling O'Doyle would cave eventually. "Sex. I mean sex. You and me, handsome. It's an open invitation."

Veronica tossed her cards on the table and stood up, walking away with a couple of looks over her shoulder like "You coming?" She made it all the way out of the cargo bay before giving up.

Darling Asides / The Healer and the Honcho
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:28:27 PM »
The events in this aside take place in 2510, while the War for Unification is still taking place, 9 years before the current time period. The crew of the Darling is made up of people who do not feature in the current episode. Below are listed the current crew.

Jeremiah "Pappy" Goodweather: Owner and founding Captain of the Darling Francine and Barnaby's father. Has taken a more advisory role the last ten years.
(Pb Jeff Bridges)

Francine Goodweather: Namesake of the Darling Francine and Barnaby's mother.
(Pb Tyne Daly)

Patrick "Tricky" O'Doyle: XO, dashing ne'er-do-well who just can't seem to stay out of trouble.
(Pb Jon Hamm)

Hardy Willis: Stoner Mechanic
(Pb Harris Wittels)

Veronica Sandeski: Lifetime spacer with a bad temper
(Pb Melissa McCarthy)

Hey You: Pilot, spacer, general hand. Doesn't seem to speak English or Mandarin, or much at all. But he seems to understand it. (Note:"Hey You" is not his real name, but it's what he answers to and no one knows his real name.)
(Pb Song Kang-ho)

RP Opportunities / Re: Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah
« on: October 29, 2018, 06:52:49 PM »
Updated faceclaim for Sigurd.

Revenge OOC / Re: Revenge OOC
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:55:33 PM »
Viktor is just asiding with Mel and Holger.

The Darling Crew / Barnaby Goodweather
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:13:49 PM »
Barnaby Goodweather

Age:  53
Gender:  Male

Primary Occupation:  Captain of the Transport Ship “The Darling”
Secondary Occupation (optional):  Smuggler
Equipment:  When off of his ship, Barnaby carries with him a travel satchel with short range coms to the ship, coretx reader, and personal, paper journal. His sidearm of choice, which he wears cross holstered, is an old Webley mk. IX, modified from its original design with a custom grip. Everything else he needs is on his ship, and he doesn’t leave it often.

Appearance:  Tall and barrel chested, Barnaby has an imposing silhouette, But then you see that “aw shucks” grin, kind blue eyes, and a face creased with laughter lines and you realize that he’s more teddy than grizzly. His clothing is simple and practical, though with his wide brimmed, tan felt hat and neck kerchief, he accidentally strikes a dapper figure. Wild curly hair and a generally clean shaven face completes his look, though he’s been known to grow a beard or mustache when the fancy strikes him.
Faceclaim:  John C. Reilly

Initial Personality:  Barnaby is a good natured fella with a heart of gold and a pragmatic way of looking at the world. He’s quick with a smile and a helping hand and can seem like an easily manipulatable rube, but he just likes leading a simple life without grudges. “Enemies ain’t profitable.” As his pappy was fond of saying.
Underlying Personality:  His benevolent disposition aside, Barnaby is a cunning businessman who knows every in and out of the ‘verse. He doesn’t suffer fools or braggarts, and is fiercely loyal to those that have earned his trust. But there’s no deep dark secret in his heart, which he wears openly on his sleeve. Barnaby is a good man who aims to take care of he and his by any means necessary.

Known History: 
Born: 2465 on board the ship Darling Francine (commonly referred to as The Darling)
Parents: Jeremiah and Francine Goodweather (both deceased)
Siblings: Ignacious “Nate” Goodweather (MIA War of Unification, presumed dead.)
-Anna-Maria Goodweather (née Iglesias) (Deceased)
-Tamara Erasmus (Divorced)
-Autumn Crocus (Annulled, assumed pseudonym)
-Geraldine Potter (Falsified, never legally married)
Academic records: none
Occupational records: Listed as crew hand on The Darling Francine since 2466. Took over as Acting Captain in 2499. Ownership was transferred to his name in 2510.
Military Records: His ship was commandeered periodically by Alliance forces to assist in supply runs.
Criminal Record:
-2490 Darling Francine and all crew was held by Alliance blockade and charged with illegal smuggling. Charges were dropped.
-2499 Darling Francine was briefly impounded after an extended altercation that included the members of two other ships, 八十八 (the 88) and The Vaquero, both of which were indicted, and Alliance vessel IAV Lancaster. Darling Francine was listed as a bystander and released.
-2511 Captain Goodweather was questioned regarding the hedonistic cult Acolytes of Aristuppus, who were wanted in connection to theft and lewd behavior.

Other History:  Jeremiah Goodweather saved his money. He worked long and hard on board other men’s ships so he could one day buy his own. There were many pitfalls and false starts, but he never gave up hope. He called this dream freedom and wouldn’t give it up. During this time he met a young lass by the name of Francine, and they quickly and passionately fell in love. Jerry, as he liked his friends to call him, would refer to the week in which he finally got his ship (which he named for his beloved wife) and Francine announced she was pregnant as his Emancipation. His first son, Barnaby, was born early the next year and became The Darling Francine’s first official crew member.

Barnaby grew up with grating beneath his feet, going planetside often but only for short periods of time. His younger brother, Ignacious, was born, economically, ten years after him and once they each got to a certain age, they were fast friends. The Goodweathers were happy, but by no means wealthy. They made ends meet, sometimes literally in that a large portion of their hauling came from passengers going from A to B. As with most vessels of their type, the Darling Francine also did its fair share of smuggling, the legality of which was sometimes questionable but when it came to providing for his family, Jeremiah was never particular.

When Barnaby was nearly twenty years old, he met Anna-Maria. A long time crew member and friend of his father, Jorge Iglesias, brought his wife and daughters on board during one extended furlough on Paquin. The eldest, Anna-Maria, immediately caught his eye and they began courting almost immediately. Married soon after, she joined the crew as much as she joined the family. Tragically, she was killed a year later due to a malfunction in the fuel line. Through a series of incredible circumstances, the engine room was engulfed in flame with her and her father inside, though her efforts saved Barnaby and the rest of the ship.

What resulted was a series of ill-fated attempts to recapture the love that he felt for Anna-Maria, including one con-woman who discovered that owning his own ship didn’t make Barnaby a wealthy man, a federal agent using Barnaby to get close to his fugitive first mate, and one amicable divorce from a hard to know but otherwise lovely woman.

For nearly forty years, Jeremiah captained the Darling Francine and many adventures were had, but in 2499 there was one adventure too many for the old man. Hired to smuggle some goods, the Darling Francine was to deliver these to another ship, The Vaquero. While unloading, another ship, The 88, swooped in to steal the shipment. An extended standoff ensued, with threats, and gunfights, and damage to all of the ships as none of the three would give up. Finally, the conflict attracted the attention of an Alliance cruiser, in which all surviving crew members of each craft were held and questioned. The goods in question were confiscated and, while the Darling Francine was cleared of any wrong doing, despite the illegality of the goods themselves, they missed out on a very important payday.

Jeremiah could take no more. He announced his retirement and gave command of his ship to Barnaby, taking a more advisory position on board. Barnaby, who considered it his birthright, could not have been more excited. He had worked his way up to XO over the previous forty years, and considered himself ready for the challenge. And things were good, for a time.

When the war broke out, Ignacious enlisted. While the rest of the family didn’t want to see him go, he could not be dissuaded. He was listed as Missing in Action and presumed dead several years later. During the war, the Darling Francine, being a ship without any outstanding warrants, was commandeered on several occasions to assist with Alliance supply runs. Barnaby, who didn’t want trouble with the Alliance, agreed each time, and, besides, it was a paying job, no matter how small. One such run, unbeknownst to the ship, was a shipment of chemical agents. One of the cannisters leaked and made the crew very sick. The resulting illness killed both of his parents, who were quite elderly at the time.

Since then, as sole owner and captain of the ship, Barnaby has tried his best to stay out of trouble and do the work that needs doing to keep his boat flying, which he shortened to “The Darling” out of respect for his mother’s passing, but also because “owning and sleeping in a boat with the same name as Ma is just kinda weird.”

Skills and Strengths:  Barnaby knows the Darling backwards and forwards. So he can pilot, mechanic, and crew her better than just about anyone. He’s a sociable guy with a big heart, and his manners never fail him. He’s fair with a gun and in a fight in general, but would rather go the other way if it can be helped.
Weaknesses:  Outside the metal walls of his beloved ship, Barnaby is not nearly as capable as he is in the Black. He calls it his land legs, but there’s something about being dirtside that leaves him a little off (he also met ¾ of his wives with ground beneath his boots, which is a whole thing on its own). Otherwise, his good nature can be easy to trick and he doesn’t hold much in the way of grudges or ambition, so even though a lot of his smuggling is of suspect legality, he makes for a terrible criminal.

Revenge OOC / Re: Revenge OOC
« on: October 01, 2018, 01:11:34 PM »
Holger would 1000% follow a cat as captain.  :D

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