Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Leading Gunner and the Pilot


Today, I offer you a two-for one special, and rounding out the collection of Naval personnel who actually matter aboard the Boxing Kangaroo.

The head weaponeer is GMT2 Tsang Chishan. He is a 29 year old native of Cathay/Vega (SR 2012). Like many from his world who have left, he is (quietly) disappointed with the nature of the theocratic government. His family has long been low end merchants in an Open Commercial Zone abutting the starport. One of the reasons Cathay has its large Naval Base is it is a recruit depot for for the Vega Subsector, and it takes in a large number of disaffected youths.

His initial term in the Navy was heavily schooling based, with him attending an advanced gunnery school, along with the typical promotion schedule.

The next term, however, was not. While involved in furious combat with raiders in the Boskone system (SR 1214), he managed to disable one ship's main drive with a good shot, and was promoted to Gunner's Mate (Turrets) 3rd Class.

In the past few years, he had a fairly quiet career, but while serving as part of a Naval Fire Support Team on an exercise, his swift thinking ensured the ships conducting the live fire portion of the training did not affect the Marine unit he was working with. This quick thinking lead to his promotion to Gunner's Mate 2nd Class. He also met Marine Corporal Bartelemo Afari, who also will be part of the Kangaroo's Marine Detachment.

Mongoose Traveller 1e Stats
STR 4
DEX A
END 9
INT 9
EDU 7
SOC 4

Animals 0
Computer 1
Comms 1
Discipline 1
Engineer (Electronics) 1
Gun Combat (Shotguns) 2
Gunner (Turret) 3
Gunner (Bays) 1
Mechanic 1
Pilot (Starship) 1
Recon 1
Sensors 0
Streetwise 0
Social Science (Philospohy/Tianhe) 0
Vacc Suit 0
Zero-G 0

Rogier Zabiyah is almost the stereotype of smart kids who don't have much going for them who join the Navy. A dry place with not much going for it other than a large starport and Navy base, Imarir/Suleiman (SR 1510) is the kind of place a smart man wants to leave and not return. Especially when he got into trouble with a gang outside of the starport a week before he enlisted.

Almost as soon as he started his career, BM3 was noted as having an almost supernatural skill at piloting the starships and large craft of the Navy. This lead to a close call as far as living, but he made it through, and was promoted.

After this, he was assigned to the helm branch and rated a Boatswain's Mate. He was promoted to Third class about a year after this in an incident where a misjump occurred taking his destroyer to Mirabilis/Capella, across the truce line. His skill at piloting lead to them being able to quickly refuel at an outer gas giant, and then jump out to Sarpedon and it's Imperial Naval Base. In the ensuing investigation, he was noted for his quick thinking, and decorated with the MCUF. Much of the rest of the bridge staff was cashiered, or re-assigned far from the truce line. He has spent the past year with LT Brickley, as the pilot of a Dragon-class SDB.

Mongoose Traveller 1e Stats
STR 7
DEX B
END 7
INT 9
EDU 8
SOC 6

Animals 0
Astrogation 0
Discipline 1
Gun Combat (Slug Pistol) 0
Gunner (Turrets) 1
Life Science (Ecology) 1
Mechanic 1
Perform (Bosun's Whistle) 1
Pilot (Starship) 3
Pilot (Small Craft) 1
Survival 0
Sensors 1
Vacc Suit 0
Zero-G 0