Judith Kramer - Human Doctor aged 31.
Judith found the first two years of her time on board The Ace of Spades a very different experience to her time on the DSX Livingstone. For a start, Kimberley ran her ship in a very relaxed manner and gave her crew a lot of leeway to do what they thought best. Discipline was not a high priority on The Ace of Spades. Secondly, Kimberley seemed to have an unerring knack of finding trouble. Life was never dull. One year ago, whilst on a scouting mission, Judith rescued a baby daggertooth cat who had lost his owners. She had always had a love for animals and so she adopted the cat and called him, "Fizz". Fizz quickly became known as the ship's mascot and is loved by all except Celeste, who views him with indifference. Judith is the most pacifistic person on board the ship. She strongly disapproves of violence and has, thus far, resisted all attempts to learn any combat skills. In her mind, she saves lives, she does not take them.
"Has anyone seen where Fizz went? He was here a moment ago."
"No, don't kill it! We need to collect a specimen."
Lynda Pelligrosso - Human Research Scientist aged 26.
Lynda went into business for herself as a researcher for hire. This was initially only going to be a temporary solution but what she had not predicted was that she'd enjoy the variety and ever-changing challenges of her new lifestyle so much. Now she'll work for anyone - except megacorps, whom she hates. Two years ago, she was hired by captain Kimberley Wells as a crew member of The Ace of Spades scout ship. She serves multiple roles, as the ship only has a small crew. Her primary role is still that of research scientist, but she also takes on the ships comms role and also helps out with the ship's engineering. Lynda exudes confidence and she's become a hard-nosed businesswoman. She will work on any project she doesn't consider harmful to human life. Whilst she is a pacifist at heart, she has learned a few self-defence skills.
"And I say, keep the know-nothing politicians and corporate dickheads out of my way!"
"Of course I'm familiar with Simpson's revision of Tien's superstring theory. Who isn't?"
Sharuna Randall - Human Computer Hacker aged 21.
A year later, she was waiting at a starport on Arcturus 6, when she overheard three women who were sitting at a table next to her, discussing vacancies for their new scout ship called The Ace of Spades. The more she listened, the more she realised she wanted to join them. So she introduced herself to them. They were captain Kimberley Wells, engineer Kyran Calaveri and nurse Gwendoline Papillion. Luckily, Kimberley could see the potential of having a skilled hacker on board and she immediately hired Sharuna. In the past two years, Sharuna has found the job she was born to do with a crew who treat her as one of the family. At age 21, she is the youngest member of the crew. She is very quiet and taciturn, apart from when she goes online and her whole personality changes to a sassy and confident woman. She values the advice given to her by the other crew members and she loves the freedom that Kimberley gives her. Like a few other women on board, she is very much a pacifist. She has, however, agreed to learn martial arts from Julia Frostorm, purely to defend herself should the need arise, but she finds guns frightening and she won't touch them. Given a choice, she prefers to stay on board ship to venturing outdoors. She feels much safer on board.
"Be careful what you store on a computer: it might get ideas... LOL!"
"Uh, uh! I'd much rather stay onboard."