Sara F.'s female Tharian engineer for Gene D.'s FATE 3e "Vortex" space opera


Character: “Cmdr. Tela”
Role-player: Sara F.
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: 28 July 2013/“1 September 2195 A.D./C.E. or 1 T.G.E.

Species: Tharian (gargoyle-like winged reptilian alien)
Homeworld: Tharia Prime

Aspects (7):

  1. High concept: Tharian engineer
  2. Foible: Weakness to cold
  3. Starting out: Relentless
  4. Sidetracked: Hunted
  5. Guest star: Former slave of the Encegulans (slug-like slavers); boyfriend Kedar
  6. Motivation: Tinkerer
  7. Adventuring: Engineers do it with precision
  8. Commission: Lieutenant Commander in the Union of Solar Nations (U.S.N.) space navy

Skills (40 points total):

  • Apex, Superb (1 at +5; should be unique to the party):
    • Engineering (craft; at Tech Level) — includes Starship Engineering/propulsion, demolitions (with stunt), general repair (mechanic)
  • Great (2 at +4):
    • Athletics (physical) — acrobatics, agility, sports
    • Stealth (subterfuge)
  • Good (3 at +3):
    • Alertness (perception) — mostly passive, see Investigation
    • Burglary (subterfuge) — includes some security countermeasures
    • Ship Systems (craft) — includes communications, scanning, life support, electronic countermeasures; grants ships an extra stunt/gear
  • Fair (5 at +2):
    • Endurance (physical) — stamina
    • Flight — on own glider wings
    • Guns (combat) — includes energy weapons, slug throwers
    • Resolve (social) — similar to D20 willpower
    • Survival (mundane) — includes Animal Handler, EVA, Medic; by terrain type
  • Average (6 at +1):
    • Contacting (social) — includes culture/tech; similar to D20 gather information
    • Fists (unarmed combat) — includes Brawling, close combat, Micro-G combat
    • Investigation (perception) — more active, see Alertness
    • Pilot (mundane) — for aircraft
    • Rapport (social) — Charm
    • Sleight of Hand (subterfuge) — includes picking pockets


  • Eagle Eyes
  • Grease Monkey
  • Personal item: scanner goggles
  • Universal Gadget
  • Wings
    Refresh: 7 Fate points remaining (after stunts)


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


  • Goggles, multiscanner
  • Robots
    • Dr. Bucket — Union of Solar Nations astromech droid assigned to the Blackbird
    • Spider drones — Self-repair drones of the Morifaiwet/Blackbird


  • Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) gun

Ship roles: Engineer of the Blackbird


“Tela” [Sara F.]-female Tharian (winged reptilian humanoid alien) escapee from the Encegulans, engineer


FATE 3e “Vortex” space opera Player Characters

Crew of the yacht Pina Colada:

  • Cmdr. 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
  • Tariq Asrad Saladin” [Beruk A., secondary ]-male Terran “near-human” (mutant) wanderer with a past, investigator
  • Lord Wallace Tubbington” [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.


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