So, I've been struggling in coming up with a few characters for my story. I think I have 3 of them down I think, and about half of the fourth, but there are six characters total. I like to call them a survey crew. They pretty much fly out to objects in the Kuiper belt and give an initial assessment of how valuable the resources in the object could be, whether it's profitable to start mining, stuff like that. *** 1. So far I have their pilot, Jason Proteus. His roll is pretty self explanatory, he flies the crew around. He holds records for furthest manned flight from the sun. He's never been to closer to the sun than Neptune's orbit, and for all his life the sun has looked no different to him than any other star, which drives certain aspects of his personality. I have a pretty good feel for this character, I don't need much help with him. I'm not sure if Jason is the best name for him, but I'm keeping Proteus because a few times in the story he is referred to as the "old man of the sea." 2. Then I have David Medved. I just chose the name of a physicist with an awesome name to call him temporarily, I don't really want to use it. The character himself is very big and bear-like in stature (hence medved). His job in the crew is that of a equipment consultant, his reports tell the company how to configure and outfit mining equipment sent to the object he's surveying. How should machines be adapted for the terrain/gravity/special conditions? it's his job to answer those questions. This is another character I have mostly figured out, but like I said, I could use help with a name, and probably something more creative to call him than equipment consultant. It might be important to note that he was born on the Russian Mars colonies. 3. The third one is my half character. Her name is Fei Mefeng, and I have a lot of her backstory figured out. She was born on Earth, of Chinese ancestry, and was raised and educated there. She used to take dancing lessons when she was younger, and she likes to dance in zero-g. At this point in the story she's four years out of university, and she misses her family, but she's working so they can live in luxury. What I haven't figured out with this character is what her job should be. I was thinking maybe she should be a mineralogist, or something that would be able to tell what resources can be extracted from a KBO. She goes to the surface, grabs samples, then identifies what's in them. 4. This is where the characters start becoming difficult for me, because I'm not sure what would be useful for this crew. I originally thought that this character should be a geologist(?), somebody that could tell how the KBO will behave geologically, and where potential mining sites could be located. But I'm not sure that this is what a geologist does ha ha. But I don't really know if this is useful, it seems like it would be in my mind, but I could very well be wrong. I could use some suggestions with the role that this character could play in the team. Backstory and personality will be easy to figure out, just so long as I can figure out the purpose of this character. 5. The fifth character is a lot like an EMT. There in case of injuries, or any other medical complications that come up during a flight. I'm seriously toying with the idea of this character being a robot auto-doc. I'm kind of thinking that I don't need a full character to fulfill this role, and really just giving this job to a robot makes sense in my universe because then it can become standard equipment on every ship and station. But, I also like the idea of giving it a limited AI, and making it act in quirky robotic ways (like trying to dress up a minor cut on a character while they are in the middle of an important task, constantly giving reminders about diet, exercise, and the effects of microgravity, ect.). This way it's an object, but I can still inject a little bit of "personality" into it that will make it enjoyable for the reader instead of just another prop. 6. The sixth character is a living ship that the crew finds completely covered in rogolith and rock. She (the ship is organic, and female) visited the solar system before the planets had even formed around the sun, but an attack killed her old passengers, and disabled her. She's been floating around the sun for 4.3 billion years gathering debris from the suns accretion disc along her hull until she looked just about like any other object in the Kuiper belt (at first glance). The crew accidentally wakes her up when they find and board her, and that's pretty much where their adventure starts. She has a personality, and she's able to communicate directly with the crew after learning the language. I'll admit it, she's inspired by Moya from Farscape, but I don't want anyone thinking I'm just ripping FS off. I've put a lot of thought into this character and where she fits in this story. But I can't really think of a good thing to name her! Any suggestions here? I'm thinking two names, the first being a radio burst or something that humans can't pronounce or hear. The second name is one she chooses for herself that the humans can actually use (maybe it's a translation? maybe it's just sounds she finds pleasant in english? I'm having a bit of writers block with the name). *** So I'm just looking for some thoughts and maybe a little brainstorming to help me find out more about these characters. Maybe you can't tell, but I'm terrible at naming people and things ha ha. But more importantly, I'm concerned with all the roles that the characters will play. I want them to be what would "realistically" be sent to scout out an asteroid for a mining company. I don't know how far off the mark I am with this crew though, and I'm open to any suggestions anybody has.