Name: Ulysses McGregor
Place of Birth: Bellerophon
Skills: Leadership (excellent), Shooting - Pistol (excellent), Piloting - Shuttles (average), Mechanic (average), Music - Cello (average), Shooting - Ship (low), Piloting - Freighters (low), Cooking (low), First Aid (low)
Likes: Making his own way in life, Things going right, People following his orders, Playing his cello, Cleaning his pistol, Short relationships
Dislikes: Relationships, Being tied down or restrained (physically and metaphorically), Rebellious crew, Betrayal, Slavers.
Physical Description: Ulysses has lived a hard life and bears the wrinkles, calluses and scars to prove it. He has a medium build, stands 5ft 10in tall and weighs 147 pounds. His hair has remained a deep black, but has begun to thin out into a widow's peak. Ulysses prefers to leave the inches-long hair slicked back. As he has done throughout his life, Ulysses shaves every other day and maintains neat sideburns, bushy moustache and small goatee. Although he has left many of the trappings of his early life behind, Ulysses does tend to retain the fashion he grew up with. On the Calypso, he usually wears an off-cream long-sleeved shirt under a faded black and white pinstripe waistcoat, with matching trousers and sturdy boots. Off ship, his outfit usually adds the matching pinstripe jacket or occasionally an old black leather duster that was a birthday gift from his wife. Ulysses is rarely seen without an Alliance service pistol holstered at his belt, originally taken from its owner during his escape from Persephone.
Personality: Ulysses' main drive is to live according to his own desires and damn anyone who gets in the way. Although the strong sense of honour he grew up with has been largely eroded by years of loss and hardship, he does tend to act the part of the gentleman. After all, there is no reason not to be polite, even if you have just stabbed someone else in the back. Ulysses cares little for others, but is very protective of the Calypso and his crew. In some ways, he views them as the wife and son he was unable to protect in an earlier life. Having left the military before the Unification War really took off, Ulysses has no particular love or hatred for either purple bellies or browncoats. He views the loss of his family as a lesson to never settle down and his desire to stay in motion is part of the reason that he loves the Calypso as much as he does. While indulging in the occasional romance, Ulysses rarely commits to any kind of long-term relationship. Having lived on both sides of the law, Ulysses follows his own code that can be boiled down to 'As long as none of my crew gets dead, its all good...'. He can be a very hard man when he needs to be, especially when betrayed, and some of the more colourful members of his crew have found this out shortly before taking an unsuited trip out of an airlock.
History: Ulysses was born and raised in the lap of luxury at a floating estate on Bellerophon. Named after a hero from the legends of Earth-That-Was, Ulysses entered the Alliance Military at the earliest age he could and after several assignments, wound up stationed on Persephone. Falling in love with a local diplomat's daughter, Ulysses eventually married and became a father. When the Browncoat Rebellion kicked off, Ulysses was drawn into the fight but had little desire to make war on people he had spent many years calling friend. After refusing to carry out an order that required a military strike against the mostly-civilian district where he made his home, Ulysses was arrested. While awaiting court-martial, the strike was carried out by another officer. When Ulysses discovered that his wife and son were amongst the resulting casualties, something snapped inside of him. Breaking free from his captors, Ulysses stole a ship and left Persephone behind.
Selling the shuttle on Peloram, Ulysses used the proceeds to buy himself a crew share in a modified Series 3 Firefly-class freighter, turned blockade runner, named Swift Betty. The ship did well and Ulysses learned a lot about working on the other side of the law, making friends and enemies in the criminal underworld. About a month before the Battle of Serenity Valley the Swift Betty fell neatly into a trap set by an Alliance Tahoku-class cruiser, the IAV Copernicus, in orbit of Greenleaf. By the time the gunships were done most of the crew was dead, the ship was adrift and its weapon magazines had been destroyed. Taking charge of the remaining two survivors, Ulysses managed to get the crippled ship to the nearby moon of Dyton. Oddly unwilling to part ways with the ship he had come to call home, he decided to get it working again. Between earning credits and working on repairs, it took him the best part of two years before he could fully restore the freighter to operational status. Although she was missing the weapon systems and many of the frills she had enjoyed before, the rebuilt firefly was once again able to touch the sky. With Ulysses McGregor as her Captain, the newly registered Calypso was launched.
Ulysses quickly discovered that there was a world of difference between running a blockade runner in the time of war to running a commercial freighter during times of peace. Many of his future plans went out the window and the new captain was quickly forced to turn to more-illegal sources of income. Still it was a way to make a living and he has kept the Calypso in the sky ever since. It is with great interest that Ulysses has watched the developments within the System following the controversy over Miranda and the Reavers. It is a good time to be a Captain with a trusty ship and crew possessed of flexible morals.