Solanna3 is an AI. Her 'body' is a sleek ship with a highdrive and multimorphic
fins that allow her to fly anywhere she wants - from deep in the ocean
to deep space. She uses a Remote Drone Unit (RDU) to project an image
of herself as a human. The '3' after her name denotes the fact that she
has undergone two personality rewrites. She does not remember her experiences
prior to the last rewrite, and is hence about three years old.
The face came from an image of Cammy (from Street Fighter), drawn by someone
I can no longer track down. I extrapolated heavily, creating most of the
hair, the cap, and all of the body. The eyes and hair were tinted purple
and white-blonde, and the background comes from animewallpapers.com. Finally
I added the cheesy but effective thick black outline.
Bronze is a hero in the making. The official Administratium Wherego
report had him become a 'Professional Smuggler/Pirate Captain' - with
a heart of gold, of course. He is partnered with his ship, Goanther
(see below), and recruits everyone else on this page to his crew. Although
he is officially the captain, he is only just learning how to be a leader.
The image was originally one of 'Johnny Barracuda'
from Danger Girl. I smoothed it out, and took out a heck of a lot of
lines from the face to create the young, naive visage of Bronze. He
looks suitably anxious about his position, but has the makings of a
Fork is an enigma in wraparound shades. He has a high-tech gun and is
a superb marksman - but avoids killing at all costs. He has a weird sense
of humour and is rarely ever serious - yet he somehow avoids getting killed
despite the multitude of dangerous situations he puts himself in. Doing
well as a 'freelance do-gooder and all round nice guy', he didn't take
much convincing to join Bronze's team. He's been partnered with Solanna3
for as long as she can remember.
This is from a 2000ad cover, showing a character called Sinister. It is
unusual because Sinister doesn't usually have a cheesy grin, and he also
doesn't usually wear wraparound shades. With a little smoothing and hair-tinting,
he quickly became the spitting image of Fork.
Karey Kay is a celebrated professional dance/composer, with billions
of fans across the galaxy. Working in concert with a talented DJ or
specialist AI, she dances to music while at the same time composing
it through her movements. Incredibly athletic, she has ear-implants
supplying her with constant mood-music, and neck-and-cranial modifications
allowing her to headbutt like a trooper. She just wants to have fun.
This is in fact Shirley Manson from Garbage, who on occasion (and
by co-incidence) sometimes looks just like I imagine Karey. Here she
has the right hair and the right kind of attitude: I just needed to
clean up the jpeg a little and add the smallest hint of a nose-stud.
Goanther is an extraordinarily advanced AI, partnered with Bronze as a
direct result of the Wherego report. His 'body' is a ship designed only
for space travel, with excellent facilities for a crew of six. Not even
a year old, Goanther is still finding his feet; unlike Solanna, he finds
interacting with humans difficult, and he does not have a Remote Drone
Unit. He only takes on a human appearance in simspace. What he was doing
for the first few months of his life remains a mystery.
The background shows the result of a neutrino scattering experiment at
the Super Kamiokande detector. The character shown is in fact supposed
to be a young George Lucas, taken from the cover art of the 'George Lucas
in Love' DVD. The image needed a lot of expanding and treating, but did
not need any real changes - he looks just like Goanther. Amazing!
Samuel is an ambitious scientist, specialising in explosives. To protect
himself, he allows others to take credit for his work, since he knows
he is highly likely to be 'head-hunted' by anyone from the highest Barondom
official to the lowest pirate scum. Keenly intelligent, he sticks fiercly
to his own moral code. He brings some well-needed brains to the group.
Samuel was invented by Donovan Rees: with little description available,
I wasn't sure what he should look like. Then I found this picture of
Patrick McGoohan, and it just clicked. Something about his brow, his
slight smirk like he knows exactly what's going on - just like I imagine
Dr Crowe. I just had to tidy up the jpeg, and created the background
Carmaen is heir to the highest position on the Magical side of the Barondom
government. Trained in combat, stuffed with knowledge of science and Magic
and with inherited psi skills, she rebelled from her preplanned life to
wreak havoc across the galaxy. By the age of 21, she has five fully-developed
and verifiable alternative identities, and between them she is wanted
for various crimes across dozens of planets. She is in a totally different
class to the other crew-memebers.
Tom Marrs came up with Carmaen, so again I wasn't quite sure what she
would look like. This is probably the least accurate representation of
a character here, but it gets close. It is in fact Sydney from Danger
Girl, with the blue eyes turned brown and the hair tinted. The background
is again from animewallpapers.com. (Note that Carmaen does not usually
carry a bullwhip.)
Vil is currently being held in stasis, serving out a 300 year sentence.
Utterly selfish, but completely charming, no government knows quite
what to do with him. To make a political point, he has systematically
carried out every crime in the Barondom from the letters A through to
W, his spree being cut off just short of Xenocide. Divisive and manipulative,
the only reason he has any place in the gang is his vast experience
in seemingly every avenue of life.
Another character created by Tom Marrs, but never written about - all
we knew was that he was, essentially, evil! Jhonen Vasquez's 'Johnny
the Homicidal Maniac', as drawn by some other comic artist (can't remember
who), was the inspiration behind this drawing. I then gave him the bald
head, and created the body and coloured it all in Photoshop. The background
is a blue sky, which is lovely.