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  1. Joe Welsh-false name, (Real name Mal Fisher) smuggler, running from something, captain of a falling apart drift ship. Skilled in smuggling trade, logistics, dealing with buyers. Parinoad, flighty, doesn't like to stay in one place too long. Brawler, good shot with a laser pistol. Cares for his crew though he'll never admit it, problem solver.

    Theo Hispin-False name (Real name, Ed Malroy), military and paramilitary training. Combat, electrician, combat medic, tactile and armoury experience. Carries a thermal sequencer, a device that sequences thermal energy to inputed degrees. Mainly used to cauterise wounds, start fires, keep warm in low temp environments, and as a weapon in emergency situations. Carries lazer pistols, best gun slinger on the crew. Pre existing relationship with the captain. On the run

    Charles Monroe-Scrapper, scavenger, and ship thief who found himself piloting a hunk of junk drift ship. Pilots the ship, helps interchange the parts, runs any salvage ops, and keeps the ship's security systems updated. NOt used to direct combat, sorts through scrap yards.

    Riden Peirce- Engineer doing repairs at a low level trade port wanted something better found himself on a drift sihp Keeps the engines running and the ship from falling apart, .tinkers with tech, designs booby traps, picked up a few things living at a trade port and helps with negotiations. Is a licensed merchant due to having operated a repair station, his license is low level so doesn`tt open many doors but it opens more than they would without.

    Sarah Mintgomery-Disgraced systems and communication tech. Keeps the ship's systems, scanners, and comm network running as well as she can with the lackluster equipment she has. Hacks into others networks, uses hi tech gadgets to help them out, and helps keep them hidden

    Drifters- Term for people that leave everything behind to drift through space on run down cheap ships taking odd jobs. People either running from something, refuges, ex cons, or those so fed up with life. The term technically applies to anyone who moves through space without a specific goal, plan or job but that's the standard profile and public perception.

    Drift ships-Term originally used to describe ships used by drifters, or ships drifting about with no real target location, but has come to be synonymous with rundown barely functioning ships uslay envisioned in the public eye to full of smugglers hide aways and illegal brands of gin.

    Credit packs:Usb drive type things hold electronic currency,

    Targoon and the settlement- Targoon is a unregulated planet in the 12th quadrant. Lawless lands made up of settlements, desserts, and warlord camps. The settlement they are in is ran by Baron Niverous more of a crime lord then a baron. The settlement is made up of one small makeshift space port, a canteen that double`s as offices, a scrap market (the barons good stocks are for high bidders only) and homes for the few that actually live there. The place is filled mostly with smugglers, scrappers and the few poor souls unlucky enough to live on this planet fleeing a warlord's wrath.

    Gargon-An unregulated dwarf planet famous for both it`s constant gang wars and for boasting a very esttincve and infamous black market bazaar. A dangerous planet where violence can break out easily but if you play it right a illegitimate fourante can be made buying and selling goods or by picking up jobs offered by the planets various contacts.

    Quadrants- Certain areas of space are split into quadrants on a numbered and occasionally alphabetic system. Control of quadrants is left to those powerful enough to exercise it and legitimate enough to be recognised for it. This control is control is mostly made up of governments and corporations sometimes combinations of the two.

    Unregulated- Term used to describe planets and space that aren`t under any main authority or control. While some hold these areas as the last bastion of independence, they are mostly known as hotbeds for criminal and illegitimate activity. These areas are also known as drift space by some due to the large amount of their residents fitting the common perception of a drifter.

    The Black Hawks-A paramilitary group, and security firm with a large reputation and friends in high places. Most governments and corruptions have dealings with them one ay or another making them a highly powerful organisation.

    The white Falcons- Private intelligence, investigation, surveillance, and security firm. Not much is known about them other than their elusive nature and there exclusive client list.

    The Dragon- A alleged intergalactic crime lord, believed to run a large and complex ring of smugglers and slavers. Most belive him to be a myth, set up to mask the real kingpins behind a legend.

    Royaldale Intergalactic- A large and influential shipping and export company ran by a rather wealthy family.

    Cargo Haulers-Large, ships designed to hold and transport large and heavy hauls of cargo. There carrying weight makes them slower than other ships There specialized designs makes up for their lower speed by allowing them to hold more raw weight and by allowing for specialised security functions to ward off pirates.

    Argo world- Slang term for planets and colonies set up for mostly farming and agriculture production.

    Utopian worlds- Large mega cities on high traffic planets that are portrayed as glamorous cities of wealth and splendor though there slums and underbellies are mostly ignored in these tellings of gold skies and roads of silver.
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  2. Tried to do a poetic phoenix thing with the title and it came out kinda meh. So it`s a new year as I assume most of you know. Seems like this last year want by quite fast, and it`ll be interesting to see what the next year has in store both globally and in my own life. This post isn't really anything just gonna reflect a bit and ramble on about plans.

    I posted in my progress journal today talking about my writing plans for the new year. I`m keeping it to small projects for now, since between graduation upcoming and transitioning to college not I`ll have the time to devote to larger projects atm. I mentioned in the journal about a old historical fiction contest I won in the past. I suppose you could say my New Years resolution is to get back to the version of myself that was able to at least attempt something like, rather then the one who slacks off and sits around in self pity.

    I`ve been considering the projects to start this upcoming year with. Writing wise I have a editorial type thing and a short story using a cast I`ve had in my back pocket for a bit. I`ve had the idea for a crew of drifters taking odd jobs that would fit into a firefly style world for a while now. I need to figure out a plot line to put them in but I have the cast and the main ideas of the world set up so we`ll see what comes of that. The editorial project is something that's been on my mind for a bit. As someone who`s went through the US special education system as a student and who has spoken to various people on both sides of the system and I just want to write something up about what I view as flaws in how we handle special education and how kids are falling through the crack. I also may be betaing for some people.

    Outside of writing, I think i`ll stick to where I`m at in terms of my photography not really taking on any new projects though I do have a new set of old trolley car photos that I may try to get put up somewhere, probably the same gallery I had stuff in before though there is a few coffee shops and restaurants that hang local art but I don`t know if they`d really fit. Outside of photography, a friend of mine are considering dabbling in the youtube realm so we`ll see how that goes.

    As far as this blog itself goes, I've never really known what to do with this though I may use this space for some writing prompts of sorts to keep the cob webs out. May type something up, next week or so. This upcoming year should be interesting with a lot of personnel changes in the later half of it, here`s to making this New Year a good one.

    Kinda rambled on there for a bit.
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  3. My muse, she is dead.

    I sit here, staring blankly as the blank screen stares back at me.

    My mind so cluttered with thoughts of blogs and tales that will never be, so deafening that I did not hear the wailing dying screams.

    A blade of lethargy piercing a long idle chest.

    Drip, drip, drip creativity bleeds out and falls away from me.

    Arms once lively and dynamic fall limp as the body grows pale.

    A light of energy and intuginty slowly fades from her eyes

    My muse, she is dead

    Slain by my own idleness

    Well I ran out of ideas so decided to just type and see what came out....and apparently this came is what came out....not sure how to feel about that.
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  4. So Oscar`s been wanting me to do one of these blog things, and recently during a camp Nanowrimo write in, the point or reason for writing came up and thus inspired what you're reading now. What is the point? We have probably heard and even said that question many times. As writers, we have probably applied that question to are works many,many times. What is the point to what we are writing? Why I'm I writing this? This then leads to, should I write this? With the millions of books on the shelves, or whatever medium you write for is this worth it?

    What point do you want to make? You are the writer, the story will take it`s lead from you even if it does run away on it`s own in some parts that`s still spawning from something inside you. Something I heard during the write in was that the point should always be to write a great story. I find myself agreeing with this, even if you intended to make a specific point telling a great tale should still be the purpose assuming you`re writing fiction. Look at C.S Lewis who is best known for a little place past the wardrobe. The Chronicles of Narnia had religious imagery and had a very religious point, even down to a certain talking lion telling the children to discover his counterpart in their world. Even with that message in the background they still tell pretty great stories.

    What if we were to flip this. You can write a story with a specific message and still have it be a great story but what if you just have an idea for a great story and not a real message you want to shoehorn in. Yes, writing is a form of entertainment you don`t always need one huge message to tell a lovely tale. I`ve been working on a fanstey novel, and it started with a idea for a character that spun into a story. As I wrote I was writing a tale yes but looking back to where ti was going there were parts were there were hints, of anti-xenophobic message, and th end kinda raises the questions of how far one should go for moral reasons. It kinda weaseled it`s way in there.

    That may all be word vomit up above, not sure. My main point is in the end, the point should alway's be to tell a great story. If you have a message you want to get out to the people embed in a great tale they won`t ever forget, and if you merely wish to weave a tale weave and see where it takes you. After all is telling a great story not the point of fiction in the first place?
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