Posts Tagged ‘James’

Crew of the Frozen Star

March 7, 2013

Here follows a list of crewmembers for the Frozen Star, the ship that my character currently serves on.  There is a short description of each and James’ first impressions of the character as included in letters to his parents.  The characters below were not created by me.

Captain Hulluva – Hulluva is an energy creature known as a Der’rum who owns and captains the Frozen Star.  She was recently caught in a conflict between her father and her mother.  Her father was until recently a terrorist at large who transformed his daughter into a human against her will. She got better.

“The Captain looks at me like she’s known me a lot longer than she actually has.  Something to do with the recent travel through dimensions and time and space that they explained a few days ago.  Still, I feel the need to show her what this version of me can do.”

Luke Matchstick – Luke is an old friend of James’ from the academy.  Luke is hotheaded but fiercely loyal to ship and the crew.  He utilizes speed and energy projection powers and lately he specializes in fighting multiple enemies at once.  He wields a DITE weapon known in the form of a staff.

“Being around Luke again is interesting.  It is obvious he’s not the Luke I remember from school but I guess that’s to be expected.  He is just as quick to start a fight as he ever was.  Still, I’d walk through fire with anytime, anywhere.”

Karath –  Karath is a Owl-like humanoid called a Nah-Tem who acts as a sniper and enforcer for the crew.  She also has had an liquid hitchhiker creature in her head that enhanced her strength and reflexes and gifted her with superior weapons.  The creature might be gone, it might not only time will tell.  Lately she and James have started sparring with each other during the three week journey out to the wilds of space.

“There is a Nah-Tem soldier on board.  Her behavior seems erratic but nobody else seems too alarmed so I guess I’ll let it slide.  In that way, she reminds me of our Ei.  It’s good to have another soldier on board to have our back.”

Glorm –  Glorm is a lizard-like humanoid called a Tursk and the engineer of the Frozen Star.  Glorm has recently laid claim to the position of First Officer.  By all reports, Glorm is very intelligent.  Glorm’s problems seem to stem from a lack of patience which tends to bypass that intelligence sometimes.  Glorm wields a maul and just loves to bash people and things.

“The Tursk engineer does not make a good first impression.  However, I think he must be  smarter than he shows or else he would be a bad engineer.  I do have to respect his toughness even if it might just come from stubbornness or Tursk customs.”

Bob – Bob was a member of the Homogeny race, a race of sentient insects. He was the pilot of the Frozen Star and also the resident hacker until his recent death at the hands of mysterious forces.  Recently, the crew has been haunted by Bob in the form of all of the anti-hacking traps that Bob put in the system.

“The Homogeny pilot has a high opinion of himself.  To be fair, he actually seems really intelligent.  You know the old saying ‘It ain’t cocky if you back it up.’  The captain trusts him so that’s enough for me.  We’ll see if he continues to back it up.”

Sandee – Sandee belonged to a race of sentient turtles known as the K’arid.  She studied to be a xenobiologist and traveled through space to observe creatures in their natural habitats. She served as the Frozen Star’s science officer until dying alongside Bob recently.  Before that, she met herself in another universe.  Yeah, it was that kind of adventure.

“There is a K’arid scientist on board.  Xenobiology, I think.  She seems really friendly for a giant creature with armor and claws.  From what I gather, she is the ship’s doctor which is why she is working on some Kei infection they are alarmed about.”

Mal – Mal is a K’Arid doctor who seems to be very wealthy.  He dresses in nice clothes, his speech is just so.  He owns a lot of really nice, expensive things.  He was also recently accused of destroying a planet.  The crew is currently trying to exonerate him of those charges.

“We have a K’Arid passenger now.  I’m not sure what to think about him at all.  He’s got trunks full of rich stuff.  We never had that, so I am not used to it.  If I had money I would not be spending it on tapestries or antiques.  Of course, I have never had much money to spend so who knows.”

Cynthia Rose – Cynthia Rose is a former classmate of James and Luke but the class was so large that they never ran into each other.  Apparently, she had low marks in school but she made up for it by having a great record in military service.  She is part of the same piloting guild that Bob was in.  Recently, Cynthia has been covertly studying her new shipmates.

“The new pilot says she was in Luke and I’s class but I don’t remember seeing her around.  Believe me, with her style, I think I would have remembered.  She definitely can fly and she seems confident so we’ll just have to see what happens.  I hear she had a great record in combat.”

The Garen Family Tree

March 3, 2013

The Garen Family Tree

Above is the family tree for my character James Garen on his father’s side aka The Garen Family.  A lot of this is stuff that’s been floating around my head since I created the character, some of it I’ve come up with over the last week a few minutes at a time and some of it I came up with today as I watched Firefly on DVD.  I love doing this sort of thing, especially for a character who cares deeply for his heritage.

Sabedra

October 4, 2012

More adventures of James Garen, my tabletop game character.

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James walked across the courtyard in front of the dormitory, he was free from training for a little bit and had decided to take a walk. This place was so different from home and yet parts of it were the same. Still, James wasn’t used to the large buildings that surrounded him and sometimes when he was alone it made him a little uneasy. He guessed that he would get used to it eventually but it was all so new right at the moment.

It helped to have people like Luke around, who was a great distraction from missing home. Sometimes those distractions took the form of high speed battles but James never shied away from a fight if he could help it. Still, he never started a fight if it could be avoided.

It was thoughts of battle that went through his head and prevented him from seeing the three fellow students creeping up on him until it was almost too late.

“Garen!” Britt yelled, instantly making James’ mind leap to thoughts of defense. “We owe you for yesterday and we don’t let debts sit for too long.”

James looked around at the three young men who were now circling him like predators. There was Britt, Hal and Victor. They reminded James of the beasts of his home colony that had to be chased off from attacking livestock. He was outnumbered but there was no helping that. He raised his fists and got ready for a fight where the odds were obviously against him.

Hal struck first while he was looking at Britt but James could feel the strike coming and pivoted and lashed out with his right. A surprised Hal was hit right in the throat by a straight jab. He was lucky that James hadn’t powered up but even without doing so it had to hurt. Hal stumbled back, clutching his windpipe and looking surprised.

James turned back and took a swing at Britt but his target just barely moved out of the way. If James was going to get out of this one in one piece, he was going to have to kept things one on one. Hal would be up sooner than later and then it would be three on one again. James knew the odds were against him but he was not about to give up.

He aimed a kick at Victor, landing only a glancing blow but it was enough to allow him to slide past Victor and turn to face all three of them. He knew he had to keep them all in his line of sight if he was going to survive this. He needed them to come at him too so that he could conserve energy.

He swatted an incoming fist away and elbowed Britt in the face and stepped back again to keep out of their reach. He tried to keep his heart rate down. He had to remain calm.

“Nobody’s gotten hurt yet. Get out of here.” James didn’t think that they would just leave but it was worth a try. The three of them just laughed.

“Garen, we’re going to teach you a lesson and then we’ll find Luke and teach him one too.” said Hal, the biggest of the three.

It seemed that diplomacy was not an option. James fought the urge to look over his shoulder for the most direct path out of there. If he turned, they would just jump him. He kept watching them and wondered what they were waiting for. Hal was still rubbing his throat a little and a bruise was blossoming on Britt’s cheek.

Britt charged and a split second later the other two followed suit. In that frozen moment, James knew that there was very little chance of countering all three of them. As soon as he thought that, he was blocking Britt’s punch and that is when it happened.

A red blur suddenly cut off Hal and Victor and sent them crashing into some nearby bushes. James punched a distracted Victor hard, a right cross across the jaw that sent him to the ground hard. James and his three attackers all looked at the newcomer.

The girl stood tall, taller than James by by 5 inches and she looked strong. Her red hair was tied in a tight braid that went past her waist. Her eyes were fiercely green and he noticed her looking him over the same way he was doing to her. She didn’t even give the three guys on the ground a second look.

“Well, hello there.” She said to James with a smirk.

“Hey. Thanks.” said James Garen, sparkling conversationalist.

Britt and his crew started to get up from the ground. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll leave now.” She said without taking her eyes off James. “We may be outnumbered but we easily achieved the upper hand.”

Britt turned red with anger for a moment but he couldn’t think of anything to say that would successfully argue the point.

“You better watch your back. Both of you.” was Britt’s threat before the three of them retreated to nurse their superficial injuries.

James had to smile, the girl was tough and seemed smart. She also had a smile that had not dimmed one bit since her arrival.

“Really, thanks. My name is James Garen.”

She smirked again, the look on her face making James wonder if she was making fun of him or just laughing at some private joke. “Nice to meet you, James. I’m Sabedra. I just couldn’t stand by and watch a 3 on 1 fight. Not that you weren’t holding your own.”

Something about the girl and her smirk made him crazy. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to fight her or kiss her. Maybe both.

“Thanks. It’s not the first run in with those guys. Usually, I have Luke around to pick up some of the slack.”

“Well, I hope my help is as welcome as Luke.”

“Moreso.” James smiled.

“Come on, James. Let’s go get something to eat. I’ll watch your back if you watch mine?”

“Sounds like a deal.”

They walked off side by side toward the mess hall. It was the start of a strong if somewhat chaotic relationship.

Fight to the Finish

August 27, 2012

This is the first of little bits of backstory for my character for a tabletop game I’m in. James Garen is a mercenary who used to be a soldier. This is the story of the day his superpowers first emerged.

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The grin on Lane’s face was unbearable as  he and James stepped into the wide circle they had drawn in the dirt.  Lane had won the last time they had fought and they both knew it.  It had been driving James crazy that his younger brother had been holding that win over his head for days.   James was going to make that end today.  Even if their father wasn’t there to watch, James knew he kept track of their record.  He would show their father and Lane who was the best.  His gaze shifted from his brother’s face to the house behing him and then to Ei cleaning her rifle up in the treehouse they had built half a dozen summers ago.

“Are we going to do this or are you scared that I’ll beat you again?” Lane’s words brought James’ back to the moment.

James nodded and put up his fists. “You could back down too but I know you won’t.  You’ll lose.” Lane lunged first, his fist launched right where James’ head was.  James had been ready for him and countered with a body blow that drove Lane back a step or two.  Lane gave him an ugly look, he countered with a smile.  They closed again and barely blocked his brother’s right hook and countered with his best left jab.  Lane dodged by backing up again, backpedalling easily.

Again and again they closed on each other, their exchanges full of counters and dodges.  Neither of them were landing any lasting damage, no clean shots.  They knew each other two well.  They had fought each other two many times.  James knew he was probably going to have to take a hit in order to get an opening for a finishing blow.  Either that or tire his brother out until he could just pound him into submission.  Neither plan seemed particularly easy but those were the strategies James saw.  Whatever it took, James had to win.

A feeling James had never felt ran through his body.  He suddenly felt powerful so powerful.  He felt invincible like nothing could ever stop him.  Lane was moving so slowly that it was way too easy to dodge his attacks.  James found himself grinning and then laughing as he reveled in the easy way he dodged his brother.  He even had time to notice the confusion on Lane’s face.

Finally, James grabbed his brother’s incoming fist and pulled, feeling his brother stumble forward. He held onto his brother’s wrist and kicked his brother across the back sending him face first into the dirt.  He saw his way to a submission victory but why did it feel like all of this was taking so long? He planted his foot on his brother’s shoulder and pulled his wrist back.   He just wanted to hyper extend his brother’s shoulder a little, make him tap out.   He didn’t hear the sick sounds of Lane’s shoulder dislocating, followed by his shoulder blade breaking and then his arm.  He didn’t hear Lane’s howls of pain and he certainly didn’t hear Ei begging him to stop.

Suddenly there was the echo of a shot he hadn’t remembered hearing.  He groaned as he felt the pain spread through his shoulder and looked to see the bullet hole.  He looked up at Ei, the barrel of her rifle still smoking.  Her eyes were so wide and she had the rifle ready to fire again.  He looked down at Lane, writhing in pain in the dirt, cradling his damaged right arm. James couldn’t quite think straight. What had just happened?  He stumbled back from Lane, his heart pounding in his chest.  They’d never hurt each other like this before and Ei had actually shot him.

James ran, he just started running.  He ran through the wilderness until he couldn’t run anymore.  He rested against a tree and finally felt rational thought return.  He had to go back home soon.  He couldn’t just live out here in the forest.  He had no idea how he was going to make things right again with Lane or Ei.  What would his mother think?  Worse, what would his father think?  He knew one thing for sure .  Nothing was ever going to be the same.


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