The Blackbird

Refitted experimental scout ship for Gene D.'s FATE 3e "Vortex" space opera


Vehicle Name: the Blackbird
Aspects (5):

  1. Scale/size, type/class: Large cutter (3), Daemon-class scout ship
  2. Origin/condition: Morifaiwet — Olvar Star League, Kharvamid Alliance
  3. Systems: Experimental vessel — “It’s life, but not as we know it” (biomechanical subsystems)
  4. Customization: Self-repair drones; refitted Terran interfaces
  5. Service record/reputation: Storied past (as the Morifaiwet)

Skills/components (24 points total):

  • 1 at Great, +4: Advanced Sensor Suite
  • 2 at Good, +3: Transit Drive (REM, 1 parsec/day), Maneuverability
  • 4 at Fair, +2: Ablative Armor, Stealth System, STL Drive (1 AU per Terran hour), Repair System
  • 6 at Average, +1: Beam Weapon, Cargo Bay, EWS (electronic warfare suite — Tela’s EMP gun; to double-check), Flight Bay, Library Computer (Olvar Star League database), Ship Systems

Stunts, refresh (and related skills/crew, includes bonuses from Starship Systems; out of 10 Fate points total): 2 left

  • Advanced Med Bay (Ship Systems/Science)
  • Afterburner (Maneuver/Pilot, Engineer)
  • Atmospheric Entry (Maneuver/Pilot)
  • Autorepair (“Hive drones”; Repair System/Engineer)
  • Blind Jump (Hyperdrive/Pilot)
  • Knowledge Base (Ship Systems/Academics, Investigation)
  • Point Defense (Beam Weapon/Gunner)
  • Research Computer (Ship Systems/Science)

Status (based on hull size):

  • Structural Stress: 5
  • Systems Stress: 5
  • Consequences (from Diaspora: Minor -2, Major -4, Severe -6, Extreme -8):

Interior Key (refit)

  • 1. Advanced Sensor Suite (+4; Ship Systems)
  • 2. Bridge (pilot, astrogation, and Ship Systems stations)
  • 3. Main computer (+1, research and Olvar knowledge base, holographic interface, training/entertainment archive)
  • 4. Communications suite
  • 5. Airlock (to secondary pod, docking hardpoints)
  • 6. Galley/dining room/lounge
  • 7. Head/bathroom
  • 8. Lt. Sebastian Growlick’s cabin (formerly Lt. Kevin Reese’s)
  • 9. Enkidu Aristheon and Glaucon’s customized cabin (formerly Syzygy and Mr. Sniffles’)
  • 10 a. Sgt. Nathan A. Jessup’s cabin (w/ gun rack; formerly Chris McKee’s)
  • 10 b. Lord Wallace Tubbington’s cabin (formerly Aughest-vor’s)
  • 10 c. Tariq Asrad Saladin’s cabin
  • 10 d. Brun’s cabin (formerly Gombo Shisel’s)
  • 11. Fuel tanks
  • 12. Autorepair systems (+2; Dr. Bucket and drone hive), starboard hatch
  • 13. Advanced Med Bay and xenobiology lab
  • 14. Afterburner (Yoyodyne Overthruster)
  • 15. Hyperdrive (REM Transit system, +3=1 parsec/day); Tela and Kedar’s quarters (w/ tools)
  • 16. Ship Systems (+1, life support, gravitics, and Tela’s biomechanical shop), aft hatch
  • 17. Maneuver Drive (+2, 1 AU per Terran day; Beryllium spheres, sublight and power)

Secondary pod (see Breen/Olvar exterior, not in Daemon plan):

  • 18. Flight Bay (+1):
  • 19. Beam Weapon (+1, gunner’s turret; to install: secondary or multifire controls)
  • 20, 21. Cargo Hold (+1; to eventually restore )

Current 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

FATE 3e “Vortex” space opera Player Characters Team 1 (5a), previous 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

See other records for the previous crews of the Appomattox and Gryphon, as well as for the Dauntless and Pina Colada.

The Blackbird

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