Bill's Pilot Concept

Gan Lone, callsign “Drifter”

Playbook: Pilot. A former merchant turned parts smuggler turned blockade runner on the outs with a racing syndicate. Uses a mixture of martial arts, melee weapons, and guns in a fight. Although he feels that his life is guided by the Way, he doesn’t have any skill in attuning to it.

Heritage: Wanderer. A veteran of the space-lanes, born aboard a tramp freighter to a family of merchants.

Background: Syndicate. Worked as a smuggler of illegal parts to help organized crime fix racing events. He justifies this existence by refusing to move weapons, human or xeno slaves, or similar cargo.

Friend: Triv, a ship mechanic. A “ship shop” owner, doing refits and after-market modifications with a concentration on engines and gadgets. Triv owes enough Syndicate bosses (and vice versa) that he can claim independence. Mentor and later friend to Gan when he got started. Played by: Tej Parker from “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Rival: Choss, a professional racer. Blames Gan for failing to deliver (and/or dumping into space) a shipment of parts that would have given her a major victory. Former and perhaps ongoing romantic relationship, as both are major adrenaline junkies. Played by: Roxy Rocket (or take your pick from aggressive thrillseekers in fiction)

Vice: Gambling. When not actually piloting or fighting, enjoys games of chance, especially sports betting (out of loyalty to his old friends).


Abilities: Ace Pilot; Keen Eye
Action Dots: Helm 2, Rig 2, Scrap 2, Skulk 1 (includes starting dots)

PC relationships

  • The small and fast to Yae Kvyr’s big and punchy
  • All too happy to smuggle Ur relics past tax collectors and other blockades for an archaeologist
  • Armin probably bought the ship, and Gan needs a well connected face to set up cargo & smuggling jobs, since he always depended on someone else supplying work

My assumptions about “racing”:

  1. It’s closer to Speed Racer’s anything-goes style than a formal NASCAR type event or even Pod racing.
  2. There’s some regulation about what can go into a vehicle (or ship), but those limits are more to keep it interesting than actual fairness.
  3. The races are ultimately there to do something else - bread and circuses for the populace, or as sales pitch or test bed for new ship tech.
  4. Connected to that, racers work like wrestlers in that they are front and center. You can’t just have spaceships rush past an audience in bleachers, so there’s a lot of camera shots of the racers, and they have to be performers as well as pilots.
  5. The audience has to buy what they’re seeing. The credibility of racing is what keeps butts in seats.
  6. If it’s spaceships of any kind, there’s some body of tricks racers have developed that regular pilots don’t use unless they are both skilled and desperate. Gan might know some of these, or his rival might.

In story terms, the racing sport is here to:

  • Give organized crime a place in the story where things don’t automatically have to turn violent
  • Add some complications around piloting, ship navigation, and space travel
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I’ll add to that " give corporations and syndicates a deniable field test Arena for found but still totally illegal ur artifacts and things of that nature."

Also thank you for giving me an excuse to finally watch Speed Racer.

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Name updated. He’d answer to his callsign too, so if there’s any confusion, just use that.

Ditto for Monster. Indeed, that had kinda been my intent, as I look back at it.

Just dropping a note in here that I put in some placeholder images for choss and triv, and those should be updated when we start playing, with the images that you’ve chosen. More of a to-do list thing than anything else.

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The pictures can be pretty much anything, the “played by” notes I put in were for personality more than anything else. If the images sell “wise-sounding, wise-cracking mechanic mentor” and “thrill-seeking, hard-living creature of the Id”, then they’re good images. :slight_smile:

That I will let you decide!

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Things I learned about Gan this session:

  • He’s probably got that pilot-assisting urbot, but I don’t have any ideas for it, and in fact it feels weird. I should come up with some neat spin on that piece of equipment.
  • He gets bored easily, but doesn’t have that showy-scoundrel thing.
  • He should probably have a second vice: “obligations”, specifically to helping spaceport and dock personnel with odd jobs, whether to uphold guanxi or just to keep an ear open for new jobs by doing favors.

My initial thought upon reading that item in the Pilot’s gear section was Gilliam II from Outlaw Star, but I could see going a couple ways with it. Maybe the Urbot is in like a ball-shaped body and has to be kept in a special holding container or else they just roll around uncontrollable. And instead of directly assisting, they just chime in with commentary (perhaps all beeps, whirls, and chirps like a certain other famous scifi robot). Plus, think of the pun opportunities if they had a black paint job and were called 8-Ball (since Ur tech is magic, for all intents and purposes)… “What do you think 8-Ball?” “whirl, chirp, chirp, beep” “We don’t have time for you to think it over, I need an opinion now!”

The cutesy robot angle is the part I want to avoid, actually. :smile:. But what if such bots were used in the space-racing world? Pilots plug into them as a neural interface, the bot plugs into the ship, and voila, enhanced reflexes. Gan’s not a racer, but a racer friend who died (under mysterious circumstances) left his behind for Gan, and now he keeps it for sentimental reasons. Maybe he thinks his friend’s spirit is somehow still plugged in. Maybe it is…

(what I like about this is that it might give our Way-focused archaeologist something to poke at)

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But how will we sell merch to kids without a cutesy robot mascot? :stuck_out_tongue:

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Monster! All younglings love Monster! Giant-size action figure! Kids, do try this at home! :japanese_ogre:

  • Space Racer! RC drones with authentic Rig-a-Race mafia action!
  • Adorable Monster plushies with a pull string, making them say a variety of inappropriate phrases!
  • Dr. Sung medicine kit for all ages! Malpractice insurance optional.
  • Kei-bee Toys archaeologist playset! Comes with diggable Ur artifacts, sand vacuum for easy cleaning, and bullwhip. Fully compatible with My Little Hegemony jackboots, truncheon, and interrogation toys.

Armin has no toy, but he’s the seller so he gets a percentage.