Admiral John G. Foyer
At forty-eight years old, Admiral John G. Foyer is a middle-aged career military man. He was a Third Admiral of the Fleet of Man since age thirty-five, having advanced through the ranks like his father before him. Charismatic, willful, stubborn, and forceful, Johnathan Foyer is a large man, towering over almost everybody. He was placed in military school at age ten, and ever since then the military has been his life. He was truly and completely devoted to the Human cause, and believes that humanity as a whole can do no wrong. He was responsible for the conquests of the Da’Rii, the Gortannians, and the Fomals of Fomalhaut. As a Third Admiral, he was well-loved by his men and commanded the respect of most of humanity. Everyone knew his name. When the universe began collapsing, it was Foyer’s integrity, honor, power, and pride that led the Emperor to appoint Foyer to command the expedition to uncover what went wrong. After the final destruction of humanity, Foyer’s determination to discover what happened to the universe has only grown stronger, and some say that it is only his willpower and determination that keep the fleet together.
Captain Fiona Felhaus
“Fel,” as she is often called when she isn’t listening, is a quiet, unassuming woman who can at a moment’s notice have you down on the ground begging for mercy. She moves gracefully and silently, often going unnoticed until she chooses to announce her presence. The daughter of a wealthy family and a martial arts champion, the military has been Fiona’s occupation all her life, initially as a commando, then as an officer, and now as a captain. She was the first choice to command the fleet’s flagship, her cunning, intelligence, and quick-thinking serving to counterbalance some of Admiral Foyer’s qualities. She is simultaneously respected, feared, and loved by her crew, and her soft voice carries more power than most men ever feel in a lifetime.
Navigator James Farthing
Everybody loves James Farthing. Well-educated, always neat, exceedingly polite, and astonishingly talented, James Farthing was considered by many to be humanity’s – and so also the universe’s – most skilled pilot. He was one of the first generation of starship navigators to be taught how to fly with very limited aid from implants and other cybernetics, and can guide a ship purely by intuition, relying very little on technology. Following the Cataclysm, many began to distrust the crutch of technology, and so a skilled pilot who hardly ever used computers or machines – except where he had to – became their hero. Everyone listens when he speaks – though he seldom does, as he is a quiet man – and he is exceedingly friendly to anyone. Without Farthing, the Victory would inevitably have been lost long ago.
First Officer Robert Montoya
A big, burly, slightly fat man, Robert Montoya is about as far from career military as one could get. When he walks into a room, his stench causes one’s nose to wrinkle, and the constant cybergars he smokes gives him the appearance of one of a “Fat Cat” like were common in ancient times. He was fabulously wealthy before the third cataclysm, and even though the universe was collapsing around him, he still was holding in to everything he had. It was through him that the construction of the four ships was even possible, and he was given the position of First Officer – or First Mate – due to his supplying the necessary Astralium and overseeing the ship’s construction. He originally acted also as paymaster, but following the destruction of his wealth and assets along with Earth, was suddenly left with nothing. Admiral Foyer still clings to the regulations and standards set down by Earth, as he has nothing else left to give him and his fleet stability, and so Robert Montoya remains First Officer in name only. In reality, most of his duties have been taken over by Chief Weapons Officer Lacey Tarrigan. Montoya spends most of his time wandering about the ship, complaining that he could do things so much better. He has a few friends among the crew, but most people avoid and actively dislike him.
First Technician David Mulligan
David Mulligan is as much a man of technology as Farthing is a man of intuition. Distrusted by many and disliked by more, Mulligan is an arrogant and prideful man, with degrees in applied physics, astrophysics, computer science, matrix science, robotics, astral engineering, and economics. He never misses a chance to flaunt his intellectual superiority and his technological know-how. He was once a professor and researcher in the field of navigation through astrophysical landscapes, but answered the call to duty and headed the team that designed the Fleet of Five. As such, he knows the ships better than any other man alive, and keeps the Victory running flawlessly.
Chief Weapons Officer Lacey Tarrigan
If you want to keep your head on your neck, don’t cross Lacey Tarrigan. Regularly flaunting military codes by wearing camouflage skirts and unbuttoning her uniform top to dangerously low levels, Lacey is not afraid to use any kind of power she has to get what she wants. She might appear at first glance to be very “girly,” and can be very bubbly and hyper when happy, but make her cross and her attitude can turn about completely in a matter of seconds. At least twelve weapons are concealed on her at all times, and she knows weapons better than anyone else, having grown up the daughter of a Weapons Manufacturing executive and then having served as Chief Weapons Officer in five different assignments prior to the Victory. She has no qualms about ripping the head off of anyone who tries to take advantage of her.
Holy Father Napais LaPorte
Following the technological singularity, when humanity became a race of gods, religion began to decline and then die as it became apparent that there was no visible divine force dictating the lives of the human race. In their arrogance, humanity failed to see the hidden divine forces that helped them become all that they did become – and when they failed to acknowledge the God who had helped them all, he brought armageddon down upon them, in the form of the Cataclysm. Or so Holy Father Napais LaPorte would have you believe. Following the onset of the Cataclysm, religion in the Human Empire began to rise again, as the easiest explanation for everything that had been going on was a wrathful God. Napais belongs to a religious sect referred to as ‘Post-Apoc,’ and preaches that the way to reverse the apocalypse is for humanity as a race to atone for its sins. He is remarkably unclear on how this is to be done, however, and recommends all manner of possible ways for individuals to absolve themselves. He is both charismatic and devious, and absolutely unwavering in his faith. Half of the crew trust him completely, while the other half – including most of the senior officers – are suspicious of him. He was included on the ship just in case there was some theological explanation for the Cataclysm.
Chief Medical Officer Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams is a living contradiction. Of all of the humans on board the Victory, she has the most implants and cybernetic components, yet she almost never uses them. A brilliant surgeon, Kathryn served as a Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery and Medicine at Ballexus University on Triton. She was on sabbatical to study Earth techniques – following the collapse the digital matrix – when the last phase of the Cataclysm hit, saving her life as Triton vanished into the void. As one of the universe’s leading experts on medicine, she was a top choice for the position of Chief Medical Officer of the Victory. She is painfully polite and always kind and sympathetic, yet keeps to herself most of the time. Her brilliance almost never shows itself, and she does her best never to offend or hurt anyone.
Communications Officer Lori Farmer
Cynical, sarcastic, and depressed, Lori Farmer nevertheless understands communications equipment better than anyone else alive. Her ancestors directly helped to develop the digital matrix that allowed humanity to connect with itself, and it is said that she knows secrets about that vanished matrix that could have made her very powerful before the universe collapsed. She took the onset of the Cataclysm harder than most, and following the loss of Earth – along with her husband, three children, and one grandchild – sank into a deep manic depression that not even Kathryn Williams can fix. She sees flaws everywhere, but valiantly struggles through her depression and keeps the Victory in touch with the other surviving vessels.
Chief Science Officer Lucy Flanagan
Lucy Flanagan is the only person on the Victory with a working, good relationship with David Mulligan. She is also the only person on the vessel with more degrees than him: in Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Applied and Theoretical Physics, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Cosmology, Dimension Theory, Psychology, Science History, Music, Astral, Planet, and Metaphysical Astronomy, Universal Esotericism, Religious Theory, Political Science, Anatomy, Medicine, Sociology, and World Literature. Ms. Flanagan is the very image of an eccentric genius; she stays up long hours working on projects no one else can understand, and generally is incomprehensible with a single-minded focus on her work. She was brought on board the ship in order to help determine the cause of the universe’s collapse, and was originally the Third Science Officer on board the ship. However, the sighting of the first Star-Daemon drove her two superiors mad, and she then by default got the position, having apparently retained her mental faculties despite seeing the Daemon herself. Some, however, doubt that she escaped unscathed…
Chief Custodian Ra’guul/Alpha One
The Victory is unique in that it has a sizeable amount of non-Humans on board: servitor races bound to serve humanity as slaves in all but name. The human crew refer to Ra’guul by his alphanumerical designation ‘Alpha One,’ but non-humans refer to him by his given name, Ra’guul. He is a trogloid, resembling a man-sized cross between a toad, snake, and fish. He is humanoid in appearance, with no visible eyes – his real eyes are concealed beneath flaps of skin, and he sees perfectly in the dark. Ra’guul is the only Trogloid left in existence, and he and the other two non-human races on board the Victory make sure that the ship is livable, perform maintenance work that is ‘below’ the technicians, farm and manage the ship’s livestock, and do all of the odd jobs about the ship. Ra’guul, seemingly mindlessly obedient, is charismatic and full of fire when no Humans can hear him, and is adored by all of the non-human custodians. The humans scarcely pay any attention to him.
Sanaer is an ex-god with a mysterious past, bonded to an ancient human chromeship. Following the Cataclysm, he and his ship hid in a “pocket” in the new universe, consisting of a small area made completely of the matter of the old universe, which allowed his advanced technology to still function. When the fleet arrived at his location and sent an expedition to check it out, he sucked in the expedition and tested some of his theories of human development and functioning on them, using his ship as a malleable laboratory, until they managed to overcome him and throw him out of his vessel. He was brought back on board the Victory, but went slightly insane as a result of being severed from his ship. he is extremely intelligent and observant, however, displaying capabilities resembling telepathy. In a very strange series of events, he killed a key member of the Victory‘s crew before falling into a coma.