Crew of the Jetwash

(L-R: Trey, Tagg, Leland)

After the death of Wash, three of his friends come together to purchase an ’05 Firefly. The only problem? None of them are friends with each other! The sulky Trey traditionally flies on the darker side of the spaceways, putting him at odds with nobly disgraced Alliance officer Tagg. Leland’s sunny disposition belies a desperate need to support his family in a ‘Verse lacking options for an aging pilot. With the Jetwash christened and ready for work, this crew is ready to bicker its away across the black!

The Semi-Canon Crews series follows the Motley Crew ongoing. The Firefly comics continue to be worthwhile, but I feel like they are focusing too strongly on the original crew of Serenity, who could honestly use a rest. The ‘Verse is a rich place, with many wonderful corners to explore. Why not dive in to the adventures of these semi-canon crews?

 

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Mighty Fine Shindig

Our last session was a fancy ball! All the characters got to pick an NPC to bring as their escort and get gussied up, and the GM created some amazing homebrew rules for party interactions.

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Evil Crew of the Black Pearl

(l-r Pinto, Uragi, Captain Ponderosa, Monkey Jack, Tia Dalma, Shanasa)

IN THE ‘VERSE

Years ago, the charismatic and ruthless Ponderosa mutinied and took the Black Pearl, one of the swiftest ships in the ‘verse, from its Captain! Like his loyal monkey, Jack, Ponderosa’s dimwitted gunners Pinto and Uragi backed him up. Shortly thereafter the crew became the subject of augmentation experiments by Blue Sun that left them stronger and more resilient than other desperadoes – but the side effects were more than any man could bear for long. This served as catalyst that brought them into conflict with those against whom they had sinned. Defeated by Captain Jack Maque and his new crew, Ponderosa himself was brought back from the brink of death only by the efforts of his fortune-tellers and spiritualists, Tia Dalma and Shanasa. Now free of the augmentation, the evil crew of the Black Pearl follows the brilliant Ponderosa as he builds his criminal empire in the outer rim!

SOURCE MATERIAL

The second part of my ‘versified Pirates of the Caribbean  characters. I broke my rule of only drawing characters who’d been in four movies or more because Shansa’s character design was so great, and Pirates is severely lacking in interesting women characters, as well as characters of colour. Unfortunately there are still very few stills or costume details for her online, so the hoodie does more than just ‘update’ her wardrobe. Tia Dalma (Calypso) required almost no updates, while Pintel, Ragetti, and Barbarossa required slight modernizations. I fretted over Barbossa’s hat for a bit, and tried him with a slouch hat as well, but I did like how the tophat brought out his subtle dandyism.

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

 

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Crew of the Black Pearl

(l-r Gibbs Shian Shen, Billy Turner, Jack Maque, Elizabeth Suan, and Marty)

IN THE ‘VERSE

Luckily forestalling an unwanted wedding, Elizabeth Suan was kidnapped by desperadoes! Lovesick gunsmith Billy Turner was forced to recruit the worst space pirate he’d ever heard of, Jack Maque to help rescue her from his former crew. On the chaotic moon of Wugui, they rounded up Jack’s old comrades Gibbs Shian Shen and Marty before setting out into the black. After a harrowing adventure, the crew recovered Elizabeth and the speedy Black Pearl. Now Elizabeth has a few new goals: marry Billy; put up with Jack; and become the new Pirate Queen of the Outer Rim!

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Pirates of the Caribbean lost its way, but the first film (and even the first three films) are extremely fun. Turning pirates into space cowboys took a little bit of work. One of the most fun was turning Marty’s necklace of keys into key-cards. Marty might raise some eyebrows, but he has been in four of the five Pirates movies – something few others can claim.

Look forward to the soon to come villainous crew of the Black Pearl, featuring ‘versified versions of Barbossa, Ragetti, and Pintel!

 

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

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New NPC Drawings for Serenity RPG

 

General Bao, an out of work military tactician.

Kamoran Van Der Helm, the Latinx ex-Supernova mercenary and electronics engineer.

Ajax, the gigantic Nord Chieftain who is Dagmar’s ex and the father of Kjara.

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The New Resistance

Updated 4 years later from here, now Post-Miranda Wave and aiming to overthrow the Alliance once and for all. This crew is mainly based on the massive Medusa, but some are also regularly assigned to the Qilin and Gungnir.

PCs:

Joe (Captain, knives)

Ingrid (Head Pilot, moxy)

Soren (Deck and Transportation Commander, sniper)

Maximus (war-hound)

Colin (Intelligence Officer, hacking and guns)

Hugo (Chief Engineer, cyborg).

Passengers & Miscellaneous:

Talis Kasumi (thief extraodinaire)

Kayla Ramsundarsing  (apprentice thief)

Laira (Companion)

Old Man Gertrude (…)

Pilots:

Karmeer (Captain of Qilin)

Guan (Medusa co-pilot and fighter)

Weaponsmiths:

Kjara (apprentice weaponsmith)

Dagmar (conventional and laser weapons, fighter, mom)

Magnar (Medusa, heavy weapons, demolitions, drinkable turpentine and beers, fighter)

Medical:

Dr. Tamsin Banks (Head of Medical)

Jesse and Jessica (Doctors)

Mariusz (Semi-retired Doctor)

Techs & Mechanics:

Sara (counter hacking, communications, hologram, astrophysics, astrogation)

Hans (physics, math, geology, programming, hacking, Qilin)

Fou “Gout” (robotics- also mechanical aspect of robotics)

Kamoran Van Der Helm (Electronics, ex-mercenary, fighter)

Jr. Deck Hands

Caleb (Apprentice Deck Chief)

Dani (Apprentice Pilot, Handguns)

Deck Workers:

Hanzal Toothless Snake (leader), Gerta Swift Hawk (land vehicle repair), Kalamanu Burnt Tree (jerry rigger), Curipan Stout Mountain, Karel (tool maintenance, repair and creation)- this group strongly prefers dealing with Soren and spoil Max a tad. This group is in charge of running the deck, moving items etc

Customer Relations:

Jiri (Muscle)

HK-47 (assassin droid, Tamsin’s)

Ajax (Viking Chieftain)

Quadrapedal Units:

Scrolly (Messenger rat)

Solace (security beagle)

Battle-Cat (Soren’s)

Sara’s cats: Tony, Cleo, Sparkles and Sunshine.

HQ Staff

General Bao (Tactician)

Silver Saddle (Supreme commander)

Trenton (HQ Security)

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Sometimes you need some bastards…

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Quetza

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Emtharil

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The Chase

This one’s not going to make much sense unless you were there. Suffice to say our party had a crazy battle with a dragon god using our airship and magic.

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