Capt. Kevin Reese

Bruce K.'s male Terran human Interplanetary Patrol officer


Character: “Capt. Kevin Reese”
Role-player: Bruce K.
Campaign: Gene D.’s " Vortex " space opera, using Fantastic Adventures in Tabletop Entertainment (FATE) 3e Starblazer Adventures / Mindjammer, Bulldogs, and Limitless Horizons

  • Date created: September 2010/“June 2194 or 0 Terran Galactic Era”
  • Date revised: 6 June 2013/“13 August 2195 or 1 T.G.E.”

Species: Terran “near-human” (cyborg — bionic leg)
Homeworld: Earth (Terra/Sol 3), Namor-Asperagen colony

Aspects (7):

  1. High concept: Dedicated defender of Earth and humanity
  2. Foible: Any pretty face
  3. Starting out: Psychology training
  4. Sidetracked: Homeworld security task force (from burned-out cop)
  5. Guest star: Col. Shan Gray, superior officer at U.S.N. Interplanetary Patrol
  6. Motivation: To stop the approaching Zarkonian Armada
  7. Adventuring: Boldly goes
  8. Commission: Captain in the Union of Solar Nations (U.S.N.) space navy

Skills (39 points total):

  • 1 at Apex, Superb (+5):
    • Rapport (social) — Charm
  • 2 at Great (+4):
    • Deceit (social) — similar to D20 Bluff
    • Guns (combat) — includes energy weapons, slug throwers
  • 4 at Good (+3):
    • Athletics (physical) — acrobatics, agility, sports
    • Leadership (social) — includes bureaucracy, oratory, tactics
    • Resolve (social) — similar to D20 willpower; see Coif of Egg Shen below
    • Resources (mundane) — wealth, includes assets
  • 5 at Fair (+2):
    • Contacting (social) — includes culture/tech
    • Empathy (social/perception) — similar to D20 sense motive
    • Pilot (mundane) — starship
    • Ship Systems (craft) — includes communications, scanning, life support, electronic countermeasures; grants ships an extra stunt/gear
    • Stealth (subterfuge)
  • 5 at Average (+1): Drive, Empathy, Fists, Investigation, Resolve
    • Alertness (perception) — mostly passive, see Investigation
    • Fists (unarmed combat) — includes Brawling, close combat, Micro-G combat
    • Investigation (perception) — more active, see Alertness
    • Science (knowledge) — medicine
    • Weapons (combat) — includes hand-to-hand


  • Chain coif of Egg Shen , psionic inhibitor of rare alloy, +2 on Resolve, from Vatican horde
  • Defensive flying: Difficulty of Piloting action reduced by 1 level
  • Ladies’ man: +2 reaction from the opposite sex
  • Minions: 3 followers at +1 Average skill and 1 stress each, U.S.N. crew
  • Shoot on the run: Use Guns +4 for defense
  • Strike to the heart: Once per scene, add +3 to weapon damage
  • Thick skin: +1 health stress box

Refresh: 5 Fate points left


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


  • Armored space suit (-3 to Stealth, -3 consequences)
  • Bionic leg (provides only minor enhancement to agility)
  • Uniforms, dress, ship coveralls, and vacc suit


  • Grenade launcher, +5
  • Pistol, heavy gyroc, +4
  • Pistol, revolver, +2
  • Survival knife, vibro, +2

Ship roles: Marine aboard the Blackbird, commander of Union of Solar Nations homeworld security long-range task force led by the Dauntless.


Background: Kevin Reese was born to a middle-class family in the North Eastern American Megalopolis (NEAM) in the Boston-Atlanta metroplex. He eagerly entered the academy for the Interplanetary Patrol of the then-United Earth Authority [think U.S. marshals in the Old West).

Kevin served at the Namor-Asperagen colony, where he met a young woman, Heather. They were married shortly thereafter, but she was then murdered in an apparent burglary. During the investigation, the idealistic police officer was disenchanted when he found clues implicating his superior, Nick Cheney.

Embittered Reese was transferred to the Mars Confederacy during a round of civil unrest. There, he met Chris McKee, who was then with the North American Aerospace Marine Corps, and Hector Chavez, then an intelligence analyst.

Still hoping to make a positive difference, Lt. Reese eventually returned to Earth. There, he met a group of aliens and their Terran allies, and they would eventually become the crew of the experimental Olvar scout ship, the Morifaiwet/Blackbird. Along the way, Kevin made new friends, explored many strange worlds, and defended U.E.A. interests from xenophobes in Terra Prime, Black Box Security Co., and some Ru’ulok-influenced factions.

He also learned that Cheney was now living with his sister-in-law Jennifer in New Shanghai on Mars. Kevin tried to get her to leave the abusive relationship, but was initially unsuccessful. This affected his self-confidence for months, until events around distant Oasis Station renewed his thirst for adventure and patriotism in defense against the approaching Zarkonian Armada.

Upon his next return to Earth with the Blackbird, Kevin accepted a promotion and took command of a Union of Solar Nations task force charged with homeworld security. He leads a few long-range ships aboard the Dauntless and is working on strengthening the Sol system’s defenses….

Officers of the Dauntless:

  • Captain:Lt.Cmdr. Kevin Reese” [Bruce K.]-human male, promoted Interplanetary Patrol officer
  • First mate/XO (executive officer): Helena Cain-human female, long-tenured, aggressive starship officer (10 years older than Kevin; Helena and Kevin secretly have a fiery relationship. Helena knows that Kevin is romantically linked to Elektra Contos; see below.)
  • Chief engineer:Tela” [Sara F.]-female Tharian (winged gargoyle-like alien), formerly of the Morifaiwet/Blackbird
  • Assistant engineer: Kedar-male Tharian; Tela’s boyfriend
  • Chief weapons officer: “Nylca of Clan Firehoof” [Brian W./Non-Player Character]-male Gustrall (orange-furred, flightless raptor)
  • Chief science officer: Mulan Neverland-Olvar female; young and very enthusiastic!
  • Chief medical officer: “Dr. Phil/Phil Phillips”-male Pomuyan (blue-furred, telepathic humanoid from Miakoda; most are reserved mystics)
  • Chief communications officer: Harry “Monty Hall” Takahari Jr. -human male
  • Chief operations officer/helm/astrogator: Wynona Smoketrail-female Delphine (“Synth,” “Uplifted” dolphin) pilot; once raced “Aughest-vor” with the Achilles battle group on the way to Mars

Ships in Union of Solar Nations homeworld security task force:

  1. The Dauntless -light cruiser and flagship commanded by “Lt.Cmdr./Capt. Kevin Reese”
  2. The Avatar — Capt. Tamiko Hanasashi, female Olvar (arboreal, mammal-like alien)
  3. The Avenger — Capt. Yuri Russkanov, male Terran Russian human
  4. The Blackbird-formerly the Morifaiwet; experimental biomechanical Olvar scout ship — acting Capt. Sebastian Growlick, male Felinoid (bioengineered lion)
  5. The Crazy Horse — Capt. Dirk Hatch, male Martian human
  6. The Defender — Capt. Anita “Blood & Guts” Phillips, female Terran human
  7. The Korolev — interim Capt. “Evander Scofield,” male Gustrall (orange-furred, antlered, flightless avian, raptor-like alien)
  8. The Majestic — interim Capt. Bishop Skyline, male Belter “Synth” (android)
  9. The Paladin — Capt. Teresa “Terry” Darkseas, female Delphine (“Uplifted” dolphin)
  10. The Pendragon — Capt. Merrin “Blackbeard” Garrinov — male Jovian Ursoid (“Uplifted” black bear)
  11. The Sovereign — Capt. Aveeshi Stormsea, male Aquarian (amphibious humanoid alien)
  12. The Tigress — Capt. Elektra Contos, female Greek Terran human; young officer, has strong relationship with Kevin Reese — this is much more public than Kevin’s relationship with Helena Cain, but Elektra does not know about Kevin’s relationship with Cain.
  13. The Windsor — Capt. Will Crusher, male Terran “near-human” (cyborg)

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. (see also below)
  • " Aughest-vor …" [Jason E.R.]-male human from the Lemuria orbital city, onetime dilettante, solar-sail racer, pilot
  • " 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./absent-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

Team 5c, telecom Team 3, crew of the Gryphon, as of autumn 2012:

  • “Hector Chavez” [Beruk A.]-male Latin American Terran human, former spy and communications expert/engineer of the Appomattox and Gryphon/Pina Colada
  • “Capt. Jasmine” [Sara F.]-female Martian Felinoid (Synth, “Uplifted” tiger), former professional pit fighter and onetime crewmember of the Appomattox, now apart from the grifters in “MarSoupAiL” with boyfriend Darcy
  • “Chris McKee” [Josh C.]-male Terran human cyborg, former sniper for the North American Aerospace Marine Corps. and eugenicists at Black Box Security Co.; onetime crewmember of the scout ship Blackbird
  • “Orion Starchaser” [Geoff C.]-male Pomuyan [blue humanoid alien] outcast, irrepressible mystic and adrenaline junkie, with exasperated mentor Vovestomosanehe
  • “Dr. Srinu Pahul” [Byron V.O.]-male Indian Terran “near-human” (bioengineered) xenobiologist, shadowed by scandal and confident in survival skills; with robots MEGAN and PEPE
  • Chiron [Dexter V.H.]-male android pilot, assigned to assess and protect humanity
  • “Jax” [Robin H./absent-male human from the Asteroid Belt, vain space pirate and pilot of the Slipstream
  • “Jim Delaney” [Robert A.S./absent-male Terran “near-human” gambler and psi, encountered on Mars

“Vortex” Team 5c (3) Player Character rosters: Crew of the yacht Pina Colada:

  • Capt. Jasmine” [Sara F., primary ]-female Martian Felinoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” tiger), former pit fighter and crewmember of the Appomattox, now captain of the Pina Colada searching for a homeworld for her people
  • Hector Chavez” [Beruk A., primary ]-male Terran human, former spy and crewmember on the Appomattox, cautious engineer and communications expert
  • Chris McKee /Agent Prometheus” [Josh C., primary ]-male Terran human, former assassin for the eugenicists at Black Box Security Co., sniper and seeker aboard the Blackbird and Pina Colada
  • Orion Starchaser” [Geoff C., primary ]-male Pomuyan (blue telepathic humanoid alien), irrepressible mystic and thrill-seeking galactic hitchhiker
  • Dr. Srinu Pahul” [Byron V.O., primary ]-male Terran “near-human” (genetically modified) xenobiologist, curious and confident planetary patriot; with robots MEGAN and PEPE
  • Lt.Cmdr. Kevin Reese” [Bruce K., primary ]-male Terran “near-human” (cyborg), former Interplanetary Patrol officer and member of the Blackbird and Dauntless crews; defender of the homeworld
  • Chiron” [Dexter V.H., primary ]-male (secretly android) pilot, assigned to assess and protect humanity

Crew of the experimental scout ship Blackbird:

  • Lt. Sebastian Growlick” [Bruce K., secondary ]-male Felinoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” lion), elite soldier and acting commander of the refitted Blackbird
  • Tela” [Sara F., secondary ]-female Tharian (gargoyle-like alien), escapee from the Encegulans (slug-like slavers), fond of humans; engineer with boyfriend Kedar and robot Dr. Bucket
  • Tariq Asrad Saladin” [Beruk A., secondary ]-male Terran “near-human” (mutant) wanderer with a past, investigator
  • Lord Wallace Tubbington III” [Josh C., secondary ]-male Olvar (arboreal, mammal-like alien) swashbuckler and diplomat for the Kharvamid Alliance
  • Brun” [Geoff C., secondary ]-male Martian Ursoid “Synth” (“Uplifted” bear), former wrestler, pilot
  • Sgt. Nathan A. Jessup” [Byron V.O., secondary ]-male Terran human, gung-ho member of the North American Aerospace Marine Corps
  • Enkidu Aristheon” [Dexter V.H., secondary ]-male Seranen (pale empathic humanoid alien) exile, wilderness survival expert curious about Terrans and the Zarkonian threat; with sphinx-like companion Glaucon

See other records for the previous crews of the Blackbird, Appomattox, and Gryphon.

Capt. Kevin Reese

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