Jason E.R.'s human pilot for Gene D.'s FATE 3e "Vortex: the Blackbird" space opera


Character: “Aughest-vor…”
Role-player: Jason E.R.
Campaign: Gene D.’s " Vortex " space opera, using Fantastic Adventures in Tabletop Entertainment (FATE) 3e Starblazer Adventures / Mindjammer, Bulldogs, and Limitless Horizons

  • Date created: 30 August 2010/“1 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Terran Galactic Era
  • Date revised: 6 January 2013/“17 May 2195 A.D./C.E. or 1 T.G.E.

Species: L-5 human (of Terran Finnish and Hindi descent)
Homeworld: Lemuria orbital city

Aspects (7):

  1. High concept: Pilot for hire
  2. Foible: Scandalous
  3. Starting out: Solar sail racer
  4. Sidetracked: Megacorp scion/mistrust fund
  5. Guest star: Cousin Raine-vor Ushu…
  6. Motivation: Friend to all (political ambitions)
  7. Adventuring: Slayer of evil

Skills (35 points total):

  • Apex, Superb (1 at +5; should be unique to the party): Pilot (aerospace)
  • Apex, Great (2 at +4): Resolve, Resources (includes finance)
  • Good (3 at +3): Alertness, Rapport, Starship Gunner
  • Fair (4 at +2): Intimidation, Guns, Leadership, Starship Systems
  • Average (5 at +1): Academics (history), Deceit, Empathy, Gambling, Weapons


  • Blackmail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Flying Jock

Refresh: 7 Fate points remaining (after stunts)


  • Health: 5
  • Composure: 5
  • Consequences: Mild (-2) to Moderate (-4), Severe (-6), and Extreme (-8)


  • Clothing, including red shipboard uniforms for the crew of the Blackbird
  • Island of the Moon -Aughest-vor’s steampunky Terran solar-sail racing vessel, with “hypersolar boost” covertly installed by Tela at Oasis Station


  • Pistol, laser +2

Ship roles: Pilot/astrogator, diplomat/negotiator


Background: Aughest-vor was born to a wealthy family in the Lemuria orbital city (at one of Earth’s LaGrange points). He was a typical dissipated dilletante, involved in numerous sex scandals. By contrast, Aughest’s cousin Raine appeared responsible, or at least ruthless in service of megacorporation Vimeco.

Aughest-vor is an excellent solar-sail racer, participating in several regattas in the Sol system and beyond. While serving as the pilot of a transport near the Rio de Janeiro “beanstalk,” he became involved with a group of extraterrestrials and their Terran allies. They eventually became the crew of the Morifaiwet/Blackbird, an experimental biomechanical scout ship from the Olvar Star League.

Among other things, this adventuring party helped Aughest-vor find his calling as an interplanetary executive and to finally discredit Raine as an ally of the xenophobic Terra Prime.

After many adventures across the Sol system and exploration of several planets on the way to Oasis Station, an interstellar crossroads, Aughest-vor returned to Earth. He hopes to help unite humanity after open and official First Contact with extrasolar societies, earn profits from the Tyche mining operation, and prepare for the threat posed by the approaching Zarkonian Armada….

FATE 3e “Vortex” space opera Player Characters Team 1 (5a), other crew of the Blackbird:

  • " Syzygy " [Brian W.]-Trinoid (trilateral amphibious alien) xenologist with an organic laboratory and a pet cat named “Mr. Sniffles”
  • " Tela " [Sara F.]-female Tharian (winged gargoyle-like alien) escapee from the Encegulans; engineer with boyfriend Kedar
  • " Chris McKee /Agent Prometheus" [Josh C.]-male Terran cyborg human sniper, formerly working for eugenicists at Black Box Security Co.
  • Lt.Cmdr. Kevin Reese [Bruce K.]-male Terran “near-human” (cyborg), former Interplanetary Patrol officer and member of the Blackbird crew; commander of a Union of Solar Nations task force aboard the Dauntless
  • " Scoop Chang " [Rich C.G.]-male Jovian “near-human,” interstellar reporter kidnapped by the Olvar; psi interested in First Contacts
  • " Tariq Asrad Saladin " [Beruk A.]-male Terran “near-human,” seeker of enlightenment and investigator met aboard the Ma’ari ship Cyan Horizon
  • Gombo Shisel” [Rich L./departed ]-male Mongolian/Martian human, former horse rancher and wilderness survival expert; left at Camp Alpha
  • Dr. Bucket” [Non-Player Character]-United Earth Authority astromech robot assigned to the Blackbird


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