One ship. Six people. Endless possibilities.
So I hope the Prologue made somewhat sense to you
Basically, the colony ship each contain pods/capsules that have our six characters inside them. When our story starts, they will exit this capsules and their adventure begins! A little more detail to the whole capsule thing later. Firstly, our crew:
Each of the six crew members on the Colony 27
has a specific role, assigned to them at the time of their birth and based on their genetic compatibility with that role. Since the idea of the expeditions is to find new life, they are primarily sort of a science team, but there's also other roles that'll need to be filled. By its very nature as a Colony
ship, the ratio of male/female crew members is supposed to be 50/50. So we're going to need three males and three females. No saussage fest here
The image above is a picture of the original crew in the comic strip, so that you’ll get an idea were I’m coming from.
These are the roles I had in mind:
The captain is the commander and leader of the group. Their role is to decide the direction of action the crew takes and what decisions to make in the various situations the expedition will encounter. As they are mainly a decision maker with no profound knowledge, they will frequently consult with members of the crew who are experts in their respective fields, taking their advice into account before deciding the further course of actions.
Doctor and biologist.
The medic is responsible for the crew’s mental and physical well-being. They are primarily a doctor, but also work as psychiatrist in observing the groups stress levels. They are a skilled biologist and responsible for locating, analyzing and caching information about the local flora and fauna. As a doctor, they have the right to prescript medications or therapies as they see fit and every member of the crew, including the captain, is required to follow the medic’s judgment on medical matters.
Navigator and cartographer.
The navigator works closely together with the captain in working out plans, being responsible for the practical part. They map out new terrain and are responsible for providing analysations of the crew’s surroundings as well as finding safe paths and suitable campsites. As such, they will act as a scout if need be. They have large knowledge on geology, cartography and other fields that are necessary to provide them with the skills of reading their surroundings. On a larger scale, the Navigator creates detailed maps of both the planet the crew is on as well as the planet’s location in respect to mars and the Milky Way.
Soldier and strategist.
The serviceman is the military backbone of the group. They are in charge of handling and distributing all available weapons on board. Being skilled in both martial arts and ranged combat, they are responsible for the safe keeping of the crew in the event of hostile situations. They work together with the engineer on machinery, being restricted to working solely in the advanced weaponry section.
Engineer and hardware specialist.
The engineer is in charge of all machinery on board the ship. They are the only one allowed to operate heavy machinery and have a profound knowledge on anything running on electricity and even mechanical instruments. In case something breaks, they’re the one to fix it. Equipped with vast knowledge on technology and engineering, they can both improvise and create templates for new constructs if need be. They share their work on advanced weaponry with the serviceman.
Diplomat and software specialist.
The communicator is the social backbone of the group. They are responsible for keeping up communication with mars and developing translator software to decode alien languages in the event of encounter. If the engineer is the ‘hardware’ type on board, the communicator is the one on the ‘software’ side, possessing large computing knowledge and being responsible for writing any new programs if need be. As a skilled diplomat they have the most say in how to take action when establishing contact with other sentient beings.
All the things about the different roles may sound very technical, but remember, the cast are teenagers who just stepped out into the world; emotional, irrational and maybe just a little bit unready for what they’re facing.
If you have any questions or further inquiries about any of the roles, feel free to ask!
What may await our merry crew in this oh so vast universe?