Pioneer Exploratory Service: Beyond the Stellar Frontier
"Why do we explore? Is it a result of a biological need to produce offspring, resulting in growing populations and an increased need for real estate on which to spread? Is it out of fear of the unknown, a desire to know what lies beyond the curtain of known territory, just in case it has fangs? The monster under the bed, perhaps?"
"Or do we explore out of pure simple curiosity? We just desire to know the unknown, to unlock the locked, to peek inside just to see what's in there?"
"My guess..." he shrugged, "Is all of these, and more. I can't even begin to fathom all of the reasons why people need to know what lies just a few star systems ahead... but these people keep us in business."
His name was David Boone. He was Achenaran, but not associated with the Imperium. Rather, he hired his services out to the highest bidder.
Not a mercenary. Mercenaries were soldiers for hire, ready to kill and destroy the enemy just for a few credits.
Not a privateer, either.... although he did have a Privateer license for the sole purpose of equipping his ship. But no, real privateers were the bane of pirates, the cargo runners you send when you absolutely must get your supplies to their destination on time. Privateers were those crazy bastards that seek out and destroy bounties for the thrill of it.
Boone was instead, a mere explorer. He had little taste for war... plenty of that in his past. He had little taste for military affairs... plenty of that in his past as well.
And so, as he pulled the stellar exploratory cruiser Pioneer into Station Omega, the last Achenaran outpost on the newly-established Eastern gate network, marking the frontier of explored and heavily traveled space... he knew that ahead lay the unknown. Strange new worlds and all that jazz.
"Something about frontier outposts is just so... frontierish," he said to himself, as the final docking procedures were completed.
He made his way onto the Achenaran frontier outpost, where a myriad of various races made up sparse crowds... since it was so lightly traveled, most of these people were various frontiersmen themselves... or associated with the Achenaran security forces that kept these gate systems under control. Many of them were likely to be unemployed. For some reason, unemployed people loved to hang out at bars, so that's where Boone went.