FINALLY we got through character creation last night, having settled on Mongoose Traveller... well, not finished, there's still the nifty end of creation goober that mongoose have tacked on.
Jacob Reynolds, Pilot, formerly of one of the interface lines on the border. A cold war got hot and his employers got caught with cargoes for interdicted worlds that they couldn't offload, taking the company down. He schlepped back to his homeworld Regina, where his reputation as a pilot got him noticed by a certain Baron...
Smarter than he lets on.
Lady Sandra Nythur, notorious heiress, socialite and bon viveuse. A minor celebrity thanks to a reality holovid series, the success of which she levered with charitable works to gain elevation to a knighthood, much to chagrin of other social climbers.
Petite and elegant, she has worked on her charisma, and can drink a shocking amount for someone so small.
Claire Savina, the sniper. Ever since she was little, this punky kid from the dregs of Regina Startown was raised on family legends of the snipers of Russia. It's all she ever wanted to be.
Seems the universe wanted to make it hard for her. Cashiered from the Marines before her first term was out, her first attempts at a life of crime kept her on the run from Regina, into the ground army of a desperate world that asked few questions. Never seeking commission or promotion, she concentrated on learning how not to be seen and how to kill people from a very long way away. It wasn't enough to keep the army from being overrun, and she hitched back to Regina with a pilot taking his company's reposessed trader back to the bank.
Steve Jod*, ex-police sergeant, until recently staff writer for a holovid reality show. Steve was on track to a solid, if undistinguished career in the Regina Police until a scuffle in a bust led to him being injured and placed on long term sick leave. A period aimlessly drifting the subsector led to him coming to the notice of Baron Nythur, who offered him a job as a writer for his news and reality holovid channel.
Working on the long running series about the Baron's daughter, along with in depth behind the scenes articles digging up dirt on the Baron's political rivals, made his name as a celebrity in his own right, though of a more underground kind than Sandra.
And now the Baron has provided his daughter with a down payment on a Yacht, but given shares to the pilot and the writer to stick with her... and turning them all loose on Regina.
Heaven help the subsector
*Yes, I got my wish, my son created a journalist.