Now that you’ve met Melodi LeBeau, I should introduce you to the rest of the cast of 6, since I’ll be making reference to the various characters throughout the series. Please be aware that there are character spoilers here too, so be careful if you’re playing! (Also, keep in mind that these are the characters from Melodi’s point of view, for consistency with the session recaps that will also be told from her perspective.)
Andrew Helseth – A marine doctor with a reputation for insisting on accompanying marines into the field instead of staying back in a hospital. Helseth is an amicable officer, much like Melodi and they get along well. [SPOILERS] The good doctor has patched Melodi and her men up a few times, and is also part of spec ops. He was offered the mission that Melodi is on, but having stronger aversions to such duplicity and continued commitment to the marines than Melodi, turned it down. He was still assigned to the Maelstrom as the Regency was sending the best of the best, and the marines were no exception.
Emylyn Nyx Austershalin – A psionic computer researcher from Giikusu in the Regency. She is a strong computer empath, a virus expert, and an all around computer wiz. Melodi and Emylyn have grown fairly close during the 6 month journey to the edge of the black curtain. Emylyn probably knows the most about Melodi, aside from Doctor Helseth. The marines abord the Maelstrom occasionally refer to the pair as “M&M” [SPOILERS] Emylyn and Melodi are close enough that Melodi has told her about her secret desire to be an opera singer. Emylyn has in turn shared with Melodi the challenges of growing up poor with a large family (6 siblings) and being expected to help pay for their schooling.
Adam Bilson – A talented engineer who grew up on Vide, raised by his grandfather. He averted disaster on his previous assignment with some truly amazing feats of ship repair. It might not seem like the most glamorous thing, but when you’re hurtling through space in the tiny, fragile, metal bubbles we call ships, a good engineer is difference between surviving and becoming space debris. Continue reading