Qsata

Serenity Crew Questionnaire

Your name is? (Is that your real name? If not how did you acquire this nickname? Do you have any titles or pseudonyms?)

Captain Urho Herättävä Luotsata - A name of traditional Finnish cultural origin, often shortened to "Cap'n Sata" by those unable to pronounce it.

Obviously I wasn't always known by that moniker, as I haven't always held the rank of captain. With My prior experience at the helm, I was granted the rank of first Lieutenant and came to be known a "Lieut'Sata." Unfortunately, that earned me the call sign "Lutefisk" Which I never much cared for since I'm not Swedish. Time and successful flights saw me promoted to Lieutenant Commander, where my nickname shifted to "Luke'Sata" and, after the incident with the Corsair, I've been Cap'n Sata ever since.

Before joining the war effort, I was known simply as Urho. My immediate friends and neighbors on the Kaleva station all shared similar cultural backgrounds and was comparatively homogenous. They could all pronounce my name and many were native Finnish Speakers. This was in stark contrast to the manufacturing facilities on the surface with which we had regular contact, and as a matter of necessity, people had to be able to differentiate between me and my father Onnen Luotsata who also flies cargo runs and taught me how to fly. Being my father's son, I picked up the nickname "Smalasata" (and my father "Oldasata") though only my family and a few childhood friends know me by that name.


What do you look like?

Your eyes work, don't they? Or you lookin' for specifics? I'm 6'2", 160 pounds. Not a body builder, but I can do enough chin-ups to satisfy a drill sergeant.


What is your style and attitude? (How do you dress and talk? Are you cultured or rim folk?)

Growing up over Beaumonde, especially in view of all the tech and other goods passing through the Kaleva Station, I gotta mix of core sophistication and rimworld practicality. I tend to dress functionally and for comfort, but I realize there are times when style is a tool for social functionality.

I tend to wear my old black jacket a lot. It's functional, comfortable, and can be something of a fashion statement in some circles, I suppose.


Do you have any quirks we should know about?

Well, I suppose there's casual me and crisis me, and those tend to be very different people.


What kind of impression do you think you first make?

You'd likely have to ask others to find that out. I dunno, depends on the situation. Some people you meet over tea and dumplings, some you meet in a foxhole.


Where do you hail from? (Where were you born? Where did you grow up? What was your childhood and youth like? What does your family think about you?)

Born and raised in artificial gravity over Beaumonde. Family is part of the community at Kaleva Station. Still have a lot of old friends and family operating out of that skyplex.


What is your best quality as a person? (And your worst quality? Be honest. It’s not like it’s a job interview or anything.)

That's another one you'd have to ask other people. Know what I try to do, but I don't know how often or how well my intent comes across through my actions.


Describe your personality in only two words.

Quiet Sisu


Describe your favorite things and your least favorite things (foods, drinks, books, music, assault rifles, etc.)

Peace and quiet. It's a rare commodity on this ship. But I also get a rush every time I pilot the ship on manual entering atmo. Kind of a deep enjoyment of that, goes back a long way. I can always remember, even as a toddler, sitting in dad's lap in the cockpit as we hit atmo.


They say that you can judge a man by the enemies he makes and the friends that he keeps. Who is your “nemesis” and who are your allies?

Sometimes my sensibilities tread on the toes of the overly ambitious. While I don't have anything against ambition specifically, When someone strikes me as valuing money, power, or possessions over people, I worry less about the negative repercussions of my actions on that person.


What is your romantic life like? (Orientation? A virgin? Has there been a “great love”?)

Well, I had girlfriends on and off back at Kaleva, nothing too serious. When I left, I dunno, there weren't exactly a lot of opportunities, as it were. Though the war had a nasty habit of refocusing your priorities. Since the war ended, I've been moving around a lot, means I've seen a lot of pretty faces, and some not so pretty ones, but I haven't really stayed in one place long enough to start a relationship, and I don't really see myself as the type to keep a lady in every port.


What do you fear? (Do you have reoccurring nightmares or dreams?)

I hate surprises, especially the kind that involve purple bellies with a warrant. MY crew certainly has a way of keeping me on my toes about that…


Who do you look up to? (If there isn’t anyone now, was there someone in the past?)

Look up to my dad, though I haven't seen him in ages. Admiral Sharpe is a bit more recent role model, but though I admire things about the man, I'm not sure I would want to be him in every aspect.


What offer would be irresistible enough for you to betray your friends and crewmates?)

Honestly can't think of one off hand. But I always worry about conundrums where I've got to betray one friend to save another. luckily haven't been too many of those… so far…


What principles matters to you most?

I come from a family of practical folk who run supply shipments for a living. We've got a simple philosophy that applies to just about everything. Always be there when they need you.


What is your most treasured possession? Why?

Got a shiny little flashlight of sorts as a memento from the war. It even has a monogram of Captain Xu Xia Girard on it, y'know, the Corsair?


What do you value most in all the ‘verse?

The Ability to go about my business, unfettered by bureaucrats, police with something to prove, and my own crew…


What are your ambitions? (What are you social, professional, and romantic goals? What do you wish you could do that you can’t?)

Well, I'm hoping the shipping I'm doing with the crew will become a bit more stable. Our income is still a bit volatile for my tastes. Maybe when they get tired of the wandering life we'll settle into a fixed route at some point.

Maybe if we earn enough to warrant a little vacation time I'll go visit the Barngineer again. With our current workload, not sure how likely that is to happen anytime soon, but sometimes we get jobs through New Melbourne.


Where do you picture yourself 20 years from now?

I can't see where I'll be 6 months from now, let alone 20 years. Wherever I am, and whatever I'm doing that far down the road, I hope I've built up a nest egg. Certainly don't have one of those yet, save for the ship.


What other kinds of work have you done to pay the bills?

Besides fly a ship? um… hrm… Well, I've flown different types of ships for different reasons, does that count?


What are your political and religious beliefs, if you have any? (Do you have any prejudices?)

Live and let live. I recognize that foolish people have to be kept from doing foolish things, and that communal benefit sometimes needs to be enforced, but you don't have to be a ge bie shui luan gao zhu bao li about it…


What were you doing during the Unification War? (How has the war affected you? Did you serve in the war?

Though Beumonde was for the independence. Most of us on Kaleva didn’t really care. Before, during and after, we moved good for whoever bought them. Then I began to pay attention when I realized what we were shipping. Thought I might be able to help if I had a bit more direct role. Got my first real taste of the war running supplies to Aphrodite…


Which side? Did you lose anyone you cared about in the war?)

We lost a lot… a lot of people. Through Stirges, the Corsair and the combat drops, the pilots lounge was new faces every other week.


Do you have any hobbies? (How do you pass the time away?)

Before we brought on 'ward, I was captain and really the only experienced pilot on the ship. That meant I didn't really have free time. Still have all the responsibilities of being captain, but with someone else to watch the helm, I've finally got some time to sit down with the electric Kantele my mom sent me after the war.


What event in your life that you did are you the most proud of? Most shameful of?

Those are probably the same event, actually. The incident with the Corsair, the bastard, really remade me in a lot of ways. Before then, I'd never really been a leader, and the trial by fire certainly forged some of that into me. We had a lot of fresh recruits looking for hope and direction, and not to speak ill of the dead, but captain Rigby wasn't giving that to them.

Likewise, I've never killed so many people at one time before or since, and I hope I never have to. The Alliance pressed a lot of folk into service for the war, and I'm sure a good number of that crew never wanted to be there, the Corsair's reputation notwithstanding.

I put a lot of bullets into a lot of people that day. Found out that I'm really good at what I do. I mean I'm *really* good at what I do. But that doesn't mean I like doing it.


If you the player could give your character a piece of advice, what would it be?

Trust your crew.