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Absences / Re: Taking A Break
November 26, 2019, 09:46:57 am
Whatever feels best for you, don't stress yourself too much! I hope this change of pace helps you feel better. :)
Absences / Re: Maternity Leave!
November 26, 2019, 09:44:08 am
How exciting! Good luck and I look forward to your return!
Character Application / Moira Chambers [WIP]
November 10, 2019, 10:15:16 am
Moira Chambers
Player: Scout

Age:  39
Gender:  Female
Primary Occupation:  Barber/hairdresser
Secondary Occupation:  Surgeon
Equipment:  Hairdresser's tools, doctor's equipment, watercolor painting supplies, journals, a handful of physical books, a personal datapad and a smaller pda that essentially functions as a beeper when she's out and about the Iscariot station

Appearance:  With her unstyled ginger locks and sensible attire, Moira probably doesn't match most people's mental image of what a typical salon owner looks like. That's not to say she's unattractive; there is a cold beauty to her features, all angles and cheekbones and alabaster skin, she just doesn't do much to highlight it. Despite standing at a mere 5'4", she can have a very commanding presence, particularly when she's in full doctor mode and there's a bleeding patient requiring her assistance. She comes across as perpetually tired, as if she's operating in a constant state of mild sleep deprivation.
Faceclaim:  Jessica Chastain

Initial Personality:  Moira tries to put on a warm, friendly face for her clientele, at least some of the time; there are days when she just can't be bothered. While rarely outright mean or rude, she does come across as standoffish, and even when she's making attempts at small-talk, it's obvious that customer service isn't exactly her cup of tea. She has a very no-nonsense approach to cutting hair, most likely due to being more accustomed to cutting up people, an activity that leaves much less room for idle banter. If you catch her outside work hours she warms up a little, although her demeanor always seems to hold a certain rueful undercurrent.
Underlying Personality:  When it comes to her actual chosen profession as a trauma surgeon, it's safe to call Moira a workaholic. The constant pressure to overachieve is what ultimately wrecked her promising career on the Core, but she still practices her trade in secret because it's the only thing she feels truly passionate about. Her cynical exterior hides a bruised but kind soul; she knows full well that the Verse is full of bad people and isn't easily taken advantage of, but she tries to give people the benefit of the doubt whenever she can -- occasionally even Lil Sebastian and his goons. The one person completely exempt from her good will is herself; Moira is wracked by a deep self-loathing that fuels her alcohol problem. She likes to think of herself as a recovering addict, but she can only go for a day or two at most without a drink, and that's being generous.

Known History:  Moira Chambers has led a dull and uneventful life. She was born into a middle class family on Osiris in 2480, where she eventually attended and graduated from a small, thoroughly unnotable beauty school. She is an only child and has never been married.
Other History:  If Moira Chambers' biography seems sparse, it's because she has only existed for a few months. If you know her true identity -- which is a well-guarded secret --  you get to unlock her actual tragic backstory. She was born Dimitra Paige Lee on July 21, 2480, on Bernadette, but has lived on Osiris for most of her adult life. There, she graduated from medical school in 2506, became a fully licensed trauma surgeon in 2512 and proceeded to have a promising career that culminated in her losing her medical license in 2517 after a patient died on her operating table and she was deemed partially responsible through negligence. She has one older sister, Adora, and was married to Daniel Montrose, a fellow doctor, from 2507 to 2514.

While Moira Chambers is something of a hot mess, Dimitra Lee was an overachiever from a young age. It probably had something to do with the fact that she always felt like her parents' second favorite daughter; while Adora had a magnetic personality that seemed to automatically attract friends, lovers and opportunities, Dimitra was a shrinking violet who struggled to get the recognition she craved. Being the more introverted and bookish of the two, she clung to her smarts as something that set her apart from her sister, and dedicated her time to academia at the cost of other areas of her life. And yet, even as she graduated with honors, got into a prestigious medical school and met her strapping future husband, she never felt like she quite measured up.

The seeds of Dimitra's problematic relationship with alcohol were planted in medical school, but it didn't blossom into full-blown addiction until her career began to take off and the demands of the job -- and her self-imposed pressure to excel at it -- started to take a toll on her. As she began to stretch herself too thin, her marriage was the first thing to fall apart; her career followed suit a few years later after a patient she was operating on perished. While losing patients is unfortunately not unheard of in a surgeon's line of work, the follow-up investigation uncovered Dimitra's alcohol abuse, which was believed to have contributed to the death. After an excruciating legal process and minor media circus, Dimitra was ultimately able to avoid jail time, but lost her job, license and reputation.

Dimitra's family was supportive of her throughout the whole ordeal which, bizarrely enough, chagrined her more than it comforted her. Adora, now a successful stylist on Londinium, offered her a job at her salon to help her get back on her feet, and Dimitra begrudgingly accepted because she didn't have any other options. For a while she attended rehab and tried to enjoy her new, unstimulating job working for her picture perfect sister who still had her life together. Suffice it to say, it was sheer torture, and so one day Dimitra just up and left, severing all ties with her friends and family.

She eventually wound up on SS Iscariot and just kind of generally floundered about until one day Lil' Sebastian, ever the enterprising businessman, approached her. He offered her a new identity and the opportunity to continue practicing her trade on the down-low in exchange for working for him and patching up his goons and associates. It was clearly a deal with the devil, but Dimitra took it anyway; starting over as Moira Chambers felt a lot easier than going back home and trying to pick up the pieces that were left of Dimitra Lee, even if it meant rubbing shoulders with career criminals. She's still inclined to believe so, although it's starting to require more mental gymnastics as time goes by.

Skills and Strengths:  Trained doctor, with a specialization in trauma surgery. Strong stomach and nerves of steel. Pretty good at cutting and styling hair and facial hair, although not as experienced as she claims in her fake resume. Has an artistic streak and is a decent painter.
Weaknesses:  No ship-related knowledge or skills. No combat skills. Socially awkward. High-functioning alcoholic. Poor self-esteem. Depression, probably.

Absences / Re: Taking A Break
November 08, 2019, 12:47:12 am
Take care and see you soon!
Introductions / Re: So happy to find Serenity again!
October 22, 2019, 10:45:25 am
Oh yeah, I went by Deffie back then, and Pele's play-by was Charisma Carpenter. I have this vague memory of them having a conversation in the galley. Was Devon's pb Will Smith?
Introductions / Re: So happy to find Serenity again!
October 21, 2019, 06:33:58 am
Now that I think of it, Devon Kabal may have been on Seraph at the same time as the first incarnation of Pele Kesher, who I rebooted and reworked for this version of the site. They might have even flirted??
Introductions / Re: So happy to find Serenity again!
October 18, 2019, 03:44:38 am
Welcome back! I was in ye olde FS too and the names of your characters seem familiar but I don't believe we ever played together. Maybe that'll change!
Census / Re: List of characters by homeworld
August 07, 2019, 11:33:26 am
Thanks, Helena!
Census / List of characters by homeworld
August 06, 2019, 08:08:22 am
So I started compiling this list of player characters sorted by the worlds they were born and/or raised on and figured I'd share it. I started this out of pure curiosity to see how different homeworlds are represented among our cast of characters, but it might be useful for those looking for characters to have shared history with.

This is a WIP and I'm slowly working on including all active characters as well as those not currently in play. If you don't see your character here but are eager to have them included, it would be really helpful if you responded to this post with their home world and a link to their app! Also please feel free to point out any mistakes or elaborate on a character I've listed under "unknown", these are based on quick skims of the applications so I may have overlooked stuff.

The planets and moons are grouped by system and arranged alphabetically.














Fiddler's Green



Three Hills




St. Albans










(apps in which the P.O.B. is left intentionally vague or I am too dumb to work it out)

Minato Kaneshiro
Aksel "Hatchet" Munck
Octavia Wynn
Hey Tojo!

I played as Jonah and Pele on the Seraph in the olden days when you were our narrator. When I was struggling with Jonah you gave me some good characterization advice that has stuck with me to this day. Great to see you back!
Absences / Re: Lomari's Absence
July 28, 2019, 12:01:07 pm
Good luck with the move!
Absences / Re: Axe's Absences
June 16, 2019, 04:57:12 am
I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough go of things. I've been in a similar spot a couple of times over the past years and I know how it is. Take your time and do what you have to in order to look after yourself and know that we'll be here for you. And try not to stress over posting, it's supposed to be fun and I'm sure our narrators are fine with carrying your characters along if you're having difficulty getting posts done.

I hope cutting down on your characters will help you feel a little less pressured.
Absences / Re: Taking a break.
May 07, 2019, 11:37:04 pm
Take care! Hope you feel better soon and return to us all shiny and refreshed.
The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
March 11, 2019, 12:27:39 pm
So how about we do that thing where we have Mattie work for the guy who hired you?
The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
March 06, 2019, 10:48:25 pm
I was excited to play and plot with her but she didn't reply to my PM before going M.I.A again so we don't really have anything other than what's been discussed in this thread.

I have to admit that while it makes sense for Lucky and Mattie to stick together, it's also a little frustrating to be so directly dependent on a busy player who disappears for weeks at a time. I understand real life happens and people get busy (been there done that) so I am not criticizing anybody. I miss playing with PR but I also miss writing for Mattie in general.

Would it be a dick move to plot a way for Mattie to come on board without/ahead of Lucky? Maybe give it another week or so (like DP is doing over on The Brass Ferret) before we decide to go for that option?
I tend to let the Captain go first when there's new narration like this, but it looks like PR is still in a busy spot.  :(
The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
March 04, 2019, 01:20:47 am
So the two options I see are:

1. Lucky and Mattie have been laying low on Aphrodite for the past X months. Lucky has recently healed enough for them to move on, but before they have the chance to do so, trouble comes knocking.

2. Lucky and Mattie have been laying low somewhere else for X months, but are already mobile and looking for work. They come to Aphrodite for what is supposed to be a job, but it turns out to be some kind of a con or trap.

Did you have any specific hijinks planned for the Darling?
The Darling OOC / Re: OOC Discussions
February 20, 2019, 11:55:13 pm
I'd say it's up to PR how fresh she wants the injuries to be, since her character is the one who took the beating. I like the idea of them paying someone to hide them and it going awry. Or maybe Lucky or Mattie has an old friend out there and said old friend pulls a Lando.

Basically Lucky was kidnapped by a crime boss to torture information about their captain out of him. This happened on Persephone. Said crime boss is dead now but some of his underlings could be out for blood. Or maybe the power vacuum left by him was filled by someone who wants to continue whatever he was up to and sends their underlings after them. It had to do with a rivalry between the crime boss and Gryphon's contractor, but it's all a little muddy since I don't know what Role's grand overarching plan was.

I'm not sure how much of it should even be carried over. It could just be the reason Mattie and Lucky are trying to lay low, and they run into some unrelated trouble while doing so.
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