The Blackbird's Cry

The Blackbird's Cry

Board "The Blackbird's Cry", the most advanced starship ever constructed, and join its captain in exploring the unknown.

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Introduction

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way
— Carl Sagan, Cosmos


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Welcome to the future:
You're at the feet of a space race unlike anything the world has ever seen. Starships of all shapes, sizes, and colors are being built at a fantastic rate. All five colonies - Luna, Mars, Titan, Europa, and even the distant Pluto - are being scoured for volunteers to board these ships and make their fortune among the stars. Untold wealth and fame awaits those brave (or crazy) enough to board these prototype crafts.

Not all is as it should be, of course. Fierce competition exists between the captains and their peers - competition that often breaks out into illegal skirmishes, sabotage, and even assassination. Born out of the haste and greed for money, the plotted routes are often fraught with danger. Piracy, hostile alien forces, and the cold vacuum await the madmen who make the jumps into the darkness between stars.

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THE BLACKBIRD'S CRY:
You are one of these volunteers. You have joined the crew of The Blackbird's Cry - a ship unlike any other. Forged from Mercurian metal by the legendary shipwright only known as Taiyō, the Cry's christening flight is already spoke of in hushed whispers, while other captains look on in jealousy. Unlike many others, the Cry was designed to not only survive space, but conquer it. That you have been chosen is an honor.

Or perhaps not.

Because although the ship herself is a wonder, the captain who you will be working under is anything but. Rumor would have you believe that the captain, who goes by the name Amaya Rose, sacrificed her entire crew on her last voyage so that she herself would survive. Being the only survivor of a doomed venture is chilling enough, but bad luck seems to follow Captain Rose like a habit. Over her career, all three ships she's controlled have been lost under her command, and with every flight, casualties occurred.

Have you signed your own death warrant? Only time will tell...

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CHARACTER CREATION:

Strained to the breaking point after years of overpopulation, the citizens of the mother planet decided to spread to nearby planets and moons. This plan succeeded in a large part due to the efforts of private organizations, not governments, in funding these expeditions. This, in turn, has allowed a wide mix of culture and races to flourish together.

Your character is a resident of Earth or one of its five colonies in the solar system. Although your race and background are up to you, remember there is one thing that links you to this starship: the urge to explore the stars. Below are a brief history and description of the six residential areas, to help you create your character's history!

Earth:
After the massive colonization efforts, Earth was fortunately not forgotten. Although still crowded, the planet is much cleaner now, and the new rise in space technology has left fewer areas of poverty. Despite this, there is a near inescapable feeling that the Earth's days are numbered - and a pressure is felt among the citizens of the Earth to find a new planet to live on that is not felt among the colonies. Main Focus: Weaponry

Mars:
The first and largest colony, Mars' people are hard at work transforming the planet from a cold desert waste into farmland, with rivers and streams running throughout. Thanks to the work of the Tharsis Engineer Corp, the planet is slowly moving its orbit closer to the sun, a feat that would have seemed impossible a few centuries ago. Despite the growing population, the Martian colony retains its rural roots - no large skyscrapers dot the dunes, although underground bunkers remain popular. Main Focus: Agriculture / Engineering

Titan:
The second colony, Titan's people do not actually live on the surface, finding the frozen ground even colder than the silence of space. Instead, the colony is built on a massive space station that sits near Saturn's moon. The distance from the sun and lack of heat gave rise to the vast array of mirrors and focal lens that give the Titan colony its distinctive look. These lens warm not only the station, but the planet, allowing the growth of modified flora to feed the burgeoning populace. Main Focus: Navigation

Europa:
The ice moon of Jupiter, Europa's colony began, perhaps predictably, below the icy surface of the planet. The Europa Divers, as the group was first called, explored the subterranean depths of the glacier, and slowly but surely replaced the moon's core with an engine fueled by the nearby asteroid belt. This constant demand for resources has led them to become one of the explorers' top buyers for minerals and metals, but the immense furnace also powers the forges needed to build the transports and engines the explorers use. Main Focus: Maintenance

Luna:
Despite being the "first step" for man, Luna was one of its last colonies. Indeed, many still consider it to be little but a subsidiary of Earth. That being said, Luna fiercely defends its independence, and prides itself on the colleges that have risen on it. Many would-be spacefarers have attended the prestigious academies, trained in all they need to know of navigation and medicine. Main Focus: Medicine / Navigation

Pluto:
Once a planet, then a rock, now a colony, Pluto was initially created by the outcasts of society. Although considerably rougher than other colonies, the men and women who hail from Pluto are often more prepared for the hardships of space travel. Many captains traditionally begin and end their travel at the Pluto station, calling Pluto "the gate to the galaxy." Main Focus: Maintenance / Weaponry

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To be the first to enter the cosmos,
to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—
could one dream of anything more?

— Yuri Gagarin, Russian Cosmonaut

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