A first draft for the captain
Richard Maximilian Landon
Owner of The Tranquility, Firefly class.
Hair: Light brown, short cut.
Richard grew up on Ariel in a rather privileged family; his father is a business lawyer and his mother is a cosmetic surgeon. Being the oldest child of three, his parents wanted him to excel in school, having him to study hard. Always chasing top grades made him have no real time for friends. He liked studying, and had probably been quite accomplished in what he had chosen for himself. But having no say in what to study irked him to no end, putting a strain on his relationship with his parents.
At the time he graduated from the university, and his parents tried to plan and direct his future career, he stepped in on the local army recruitment center. Being a bit older than most, and having an university degree, made him a quite a bit odd; but he passed the tests for officer training. He believed in the ideals of the Alliance, wanting to defend it, and he also supported the unification idea that had been circling around for some time. The border worlds, and even more so with the frontier, was filled with religious extremists keeping the rest in poverty and squalor. Unification would mean that education and proper health care would become available to those who needed it.
The war broke out not long after he became a 2nd lieutenant, sending him to the front. There he saw how he got politically motivated orders that would look good on the propaganda back home, but was contra productive at best to win the war. He also saw quite a few senior officers using the war to profit on the war, or outright looted. Those where the exception, but still far from uncommon. When he reported a couple of such cases, he ended up against a wall of silence; he started to get the worst assignments, supplies became stalled or at times withheld, and he got passed by for promotions.
During the war, he saw a lot of atrocities made by both sides; many times it was 'revenge' by some perceived wrong doing by the other side. When the war was over, he saw none of the things he had fought for happening. But he saw a lot of corruption and fellow alliance troops acting out their own sense of justice on the unified worlds. When he wrote a report on the situation, to make the upper echelon aware of the actual situation; he found himself honorable discharged from the army.
When he got back home, the contrast of the public views on the war and the followed situation, and his own, made him feel that he lived in a surreal dream. He just could not reintegrate himself into society, and truth to be told, he was not even sure he wanted to. His parents demanded he toned things down, as their circle of potential customers didn't want to hear of any potential wrong doings. The situation escalated until his parents disowned him. Himself, he just wanted to get away from everyone and everything.
After drifting a bit in the verse, he ended up watching an auction. One of the items that was auctioned out was an impounded ship, firefly class. On a spur of the moment thing, he bidded on the ship; ending up buying it. He wasn't sure why he did it, but he knew that out in the black he would be as far away from everyone else as he possible could be. Maybe out there he could find the balance and tranquility he needed in his life.
Not knowing how to either fly or maintain a ship, he started to hunt for a crew. That crew is now the closest he has to a family, and that is how he has a tendency to see them. Work being scarce, and quite a few officials being either corrupt or overzealously interpreting the restrictive regulations, forced them to not only taking legit jobs. At times even doing illegal jobs, just because it would help people and annoying officials, if they would just barely break even.
Beside his crew, he ended up renting out a shuttle to a companion. He had found her in a shredded night gown, looking like rags, trying to steal passage as a stowaway. She almost got thrown off the ship, but she had managed to convince him to hear him out and a chance to prove she was telling the truth. He knew that most of a companions customers were just the kind of people he loathed; but besides that the rent would help with putting food on the table for everyone else, having her on the ship would expand on the amount of legal jobs they would be able to take.
He could not see any reason why someone would turn 'voluntarily' to whoring: beside starvation, greed or an addiction. It didn't matter how much one dressed it up, being a companion was still whoring. Su, as he called her, was not starving and neither was she an addict; so he assumed she wanted to live among those he despised.
But he had taken a liking to Su even from the moment they met. That liking have grown to quite some deep feelings for her. But he is sure that as soon her troubles are out of the way, she will leave the ship for her old way of life, never to look back. The combination of it all makes him feel a need to keep a distance; which leads to them keeping a formal distance and he also won't hide his mistrust of her business, which more often than not might wrongly come out as a dislike.