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Aces of the Void



In a far off place and time, in a future that may or may not be our own, a civilization that spans hundreds of worlds across as many solar systems is locked in a struggle of survival. The noble, enlightened and just Interstellar Commonwealth, a democratic assembly of hundreds of races, working, living and existing co-operatively and in relative peace for hundreds of years has been sundered from within. A xenophobic, totalitarian and facistic faction has risen from within their own ranks. Having formed a power base on numerous worlds through subversive manipulation of people, corporations, and political interests, they built up a massive power base and military strength, resulting in a political and military coup, ultimately concluding in the mass execution or imprisonment of the rest of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Council under emergency powers, and the ascension and crowning of the former minister for the Hegara sector, a region of space comprising several dozen star systems, with many more falling under their sway due to their manipulations, as the Emperor, and the establishment of the Hegaran Empire as the dominant ruling power for what was once Commonwealth space.
For the last two decades, the Empire has rolled across Commonwealth space, forcing those still loyal to the ideals of the Commonwealth into hiding. Free systems still remain, politically neutral or maintaining tenuous alliances or relations with the Empire, mainly due to its' need for their resources. Though the Empire has influence across space through networks of informants, spies, and bounty hunters. Though, the same can be said for the Resistance and the Free Systems Alliance, the remaining systems holding out against the empires' advances, and covertly - or even overtly - supporting the Resistance in their fight to topple the Empire.

In the midst of this turmoil, among the rag-tag fleets of the Resistance, heroes are born. Among their ranks, the ones that most capture the imaginations of the public and exemplify the struggle are the pilots of the Resistance Starfighter squadrons. While it is boots on the ground and the big guns of the fleet that provide the means to achieve goals and strike a decisive blow, the Starfighters are there, in space or in the skies above the battlefield, acting as the sharp end of the spear. A rallying symbol for the troops to get behind, they are there; punching holes in the Empires' fleet to exploit, launching daring raids behind enemy lines, striking at locations, targets, or ships thought to be impossible. There are many storied and legendary pilots and squadrons.
But this story is of a small squadron, on a oddity of a ship. Their exploits will end up changing the course of the war against the Empire...

















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Hello, I am here to wreck some expensive military gear.
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Do you have a "current year" date in mind (Unless it's stated and I'm just blind)? Not super important I guess, but I like to have a fixed point to base the character's history on.
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Is 16 - 18 an acceptable age for a starfighter pilot?

And will this RP have a Discord Server?
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Do you have a "current year" date in mind (Unless it's stated and I'm just blind)? Not super important I guess, but I like to have a fixed point to base the character's history on.


I haven't put a year specifically yet as I didn't want to 'date' the RP's setting using our calendar. However, I will come up with a calendar 'year' and update the RP with that, as well as including relevant dates - at least to the year - for other things.

Is 16 - 18 an acceptable age for a starfighter pilot?

And will this RP have a Discord Server?


16-18 is really far too young for anyone to reasonably have had any kind of training or operational and life experience that would make them trustworthy and competent enough to be trusted with piloting several million credits-worth of spacecraft, let alone all the destructive capability a Starfighter has.

I hadn't thought about a Discord server so far. I can set one up if enough people want one.

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I haven't put a year specifically yet as I didn't want to 'date' the RP's setting using our calendar. However, I will come up with a calendar 'year' and update the RP with that, as well as including relevant dates - at least to the year - for other things.

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16-18 is really far too young for anyone to reasonably have had any kind of training or operational and life experience that would make them trustworthy and competent enough to be trusted with piloting several million credits-worth of spacecraft, let alone all the destructive capability a Starfighter has.

I hadn't thought about a Discord server so far. I can set one up if enough people want one.


Thanks anyway - I can be 20 - 28, if needed?
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Idea: If you want to play a younger pilot (say early 20s), you could have your guy/gal be an aviation nut who'd joined an aeroclub or somesuch group at a young age and was partway through military training when he or she decided to join the terrorists Resistance and had to start active duty early due to the Resistance being short on hands? Then you'd have a character who knows how to fly and has some training with fighters, but is still learning the ropes insofar as actual combat flying goes.

Maybe that could work?
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Idea: If you want to play a younger pilot (say early 20s), you could have your guy/gal be an aviation nut who'd joined an aeroclub or somesuch group at a young age and was partway through military training when he or she decided to join the terrorists Resistance and had to start active duty early due to the Resistance being short on hands? Then you'd have a character who knows how to fly and has some training with fighters, but is still learning the ropes insofar as actual combat flying goes.

Maybe that could work?


I like it, but it's up to Silverwind if she'll accept.
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Do you have a "current year" date in mind (Unless it's stated and I'm just blind)? Not super important I guess, but I like to have a fixed point to base the character's history on.


Update: I've added dates at various points into the opening post, with the current date being CE 2083

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I like it, but it's up to Silverwind if she'll accept.


*He, but thank you (I think, haha).
And yes, something like Starlance described would be perfectly acceptable. Similarly, something like having experience as a civilian pilot through a family business like a cargo ship and then joining the Resistance and doing flight training would work for a pilot of a younger age in the low 20's.
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<Snipped quote by Starlance>

Update: I've added dates at various points into the opening post, with the current date being CE 2083

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*He, but thank you (I think, haha).
And yes, something like Starlance described would be perfectly acceptable. Similarly, something like having experience as a civilian pilot through a family business like a cargo ship and then joining the Resistance and doing flight training would work for a pilot of a younger age in the low 20's.


I like it! Perhaps a smuggler?

Also, question: What's life in the Empire like?

Edit: Wait, checked the OOC OP; just saw.
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I like it! Perhaps a smuggler?

Also, question: What's life in the Empire like?

Edit: Wait, checked the OOC OP; just saw.


A smuggler would work! After all, Han Solo was a smuggler!
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How long has the Resistance been active? Did they start immediately upon the coup's success 20 years ago, or did it take a few years to get the basics down, then some to gather men and equipment and they've only recently started actually fighting?
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A smuggler would work! After all, Han Solo was a smuggler!


So, another question:

How brutal is the Empire towards both Nonhumans and Dissidents?
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So, another question:

How brutal is the Empire towards both Nonhumans and Dissidents?


There's a bit of info about that in the OP post, but generally speaking, nonhumans are treated as second-class citizens on all Imperial controlled worlds, with few civil rights and freedoms, and are, by Imperial definitions not even considered 'citizens', as they have no right to vote or participate in civil matters.
The only kind of work they do is essentially manual labor in poor conditions with minimal safety conditions and working long, gruelling hours. Housing is limited to ghetto-like conditions with minimal comforts and their 'pay' is via a series of 'vouchers' or 'scrip' that can be exchanged for limited goods. Nonhumans are also subject to searches and seizures without provocation or due cause on the whim of any law enforcement or military personnel, and can be taken away with little provocation. Nonhumans regularly disappear, and little is done to investigate their disappearances.
And that is on 'civilized' worlds with governors who probably believe they are kind and fair. On worlds with less 'caring' governors or personnel enforcing the Imperial Decree, nonhuman citizens may be housed only in shack-like shanty towns, have no access to organised education, computer network services, healthcare and even regular employment. They may be forbidden from meeting in groups, and even subject to regular sweeps for 'dissidents' or other troublemakers that a simply excuses to brutalise people and murder them.

Political or ideological dissidents that are human are often dealt with harshly. Depending on the nature of their actions, they may be investigated and monitored and then find that a lot of their options in life start to disappear, such as their accounts frozen, career oppotunities drying up, their freedoms to travel becoming limited and other such limitations being forced upon them.
If their 'problematic' issues persist, or even alongside these measures, their life may become a terrifying, mentally and emotionally draining cycle of random capture and interrogations at any hours or provocation from the Internal Security Forces.
Those who commit more serious 'violations' of Imperial decree may be 'permanently' disappeared, or even publicly made an example of, with propaganda spinning their deaths as being the elimination of deadly or dangerous terrorists and informants against the Empire.
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There's a bit of info about that in the OP post, but generally speaking, nonhumans are treated as second-class citizens on all Imperial controlled worlds, with few civil rights and freedoms, and are, by Imperial definitions not even considered 'citizens', as they have no right to vote or participate in civil matters.
The only kind of work they do is essentially manual labor in poor conditions with minimal safety conditions and working long, gruelling hours. Housing is limited to ghetto-like conditions with minimal comforts and their 'pay' is via a series of 'vouchers' or 'scrip' that can be exchanged for limited goods. Nonhumans are also subject to searches and seizures without provocation or due cause on the whim of any law enforcement or military personnel, and can be taken away with little provocation. Nonhumans regularly disappear, and little is done to investigate their disappearances.
And that is on 'civilized' worlds with governors who probably believe they are kind and fair. On worlds with less 'caring' governors or personnel enforcing the Imperial Decree, nonhuman citizens may be housed only in shack-like shanty towns, have no access to organised education, computer network services, healthcare and even regular employment. They may be forbidden from meeting in groups, and even subject to regular sweeps for 'dissidents' or other troublemakers that a simply excuses to brutalise people and murder them.

Political or ideological dissidents that are human are often dealt with harshly. Depending on the nature of their actions, they may be investigated and monitored and then find that a lot of their options in life start to disappear, such as their accounts frozen, career oppotunities drying up, their freedoms to travel becoming limited and other such limitations being forced upon them.
If their 'problematic' issues persist, or even alongside these measures, their life may become a terrifying, mentally and emotionally draining cycle of random capture and interrogations at any hours or provocation from the Internal Security Forces.
Those who commit more serious 'violations' of Imperial decree may be 'permanently' disappeared, or even publicly made an example of, with propaganda spinning their deaths as being the elimination of deadly or dangerous terrorists and informants against the Empire.


I see. Hmm, I might make a dissident who joined the Resistance, then. It depends.

Note that I might suddenly find myself without spare time...
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Would playing an AI that uploads himself into his fighter be alright as a character?
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It seems I might not find the time to join after all; sorry about this.
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How long has the Resistance been active? Did they start immediately upon the coup's success 20 years ago, or did it take a few years to get the basics down, then some to gather men and equipment and they've only recently started actually fighting?


Sorry; I completely missed this. The Resistance would have been formed from forces that fought the military aspects of the Empire's coup, as it was not bloodless by any means. They have been fighting on and off over the 20 years since, but it took time to organise, and especially to do so with the Empire hunting them down the whole time.

Would playing an AI that uploads himself into his fighter be alright as a character?


As stated in the OP post; 'Sapient' AI are relatively uncommon. There are species and races that are 'synthetic', however.
While technically it would be possible, I'm going to veto it, as I'm aiming more for a traditional pilots-in-craft (primarily for the rule of cool and the feel of it) approach, and also for the interaction with other characters outside of a fighter, and the associated vulnerabilities and inherent dramatic potential that comes with being tied to a body.

It seems I might not find the time to join after all; sorry about this.


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I smell some Geth-like mental connection, as we've both managed to independently write characters who lost left arms and had them replaced with prosthetics.

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