Today, I’m releasing the current cast of characters I’ve developed for Darya Rising. It’s not unusual to do, no more than knowing who’s going to play in an up-coming movie. It can generate interest, if not excitement, which is my main goal for today. I’m going to share their names, a brief description, and let your imagination run away with it. I will start with, of course, the main character of this new Sci-Fi novel.
Formerly Queen Darya of Central Avernus, she abdicated her throne of luxury for high adventure out among the stars. As a ‘protected’ primitive species, her people aren’t allowed to be interfered with, much less given an education along with advanced technology. Tainted with knowledge and running around with her mentor and best friend, Elizabeth Tanner, has them both tagged as outlaws who are to be vaporized on sight by the galactic authorities.
An ex-general in the League of Free Worlds, she closed the chapter on her previous life by interfering with Darya’s people. Knowing she could never regain her military career, the new goal is to provide services to worlds who remain independent of both galactic super powers. It doesn’t matter if the goods come from the black market or not, she intends to turn a tidy profit while forging her new life, among new friends. Before any of that can happen, she must first train Darya for black-ops warfare…
Also ex-military from the League of Free Worlds, he’s the un-official leader of Outpost Ninety-Four on the rocky planet known as Vega Three. He still has contacts with ‘friends’ in the military, so he isn’t out of the loop when it comes to galactic affairs. Any assistance he gives Darya and Elizabeth always comes with a fee, but in the end, is worth every credit.
Two of the worst bounty hunters in the galaxy, this father and son operation only has one outstanding skill… tracking. Mistaking Darya and Elizabeth for a pair of colony killing mass murderers, they are re-educated in the field of true overt operations. All four combine their skills to catch the real targets, allowing Max and Gerald to collect on a hefty bounty. Splitting the proceeds down the middle with their new partners, they agree to terms of employment, once Elizabeth gains enough credits to buy a larger ship, and a crew to go along with it.
A taxi driver. An ex-fighter pilot. Completely off her rocker.
One of three old friends from Elizabeth’s early days, he’s a greedy overweight banker who used a portion of Elizabeth’s wealth to invest in scams. He turned a nice profit, and happily gave Elizabeth her money back. Of course, that’s after he tried running first.
One of Elizabeth’s romantic flings from the old days, they didn’t part on the best of terms. Still, he owed a considerable amount of credits to his ex-girlfriend, and he throws his entire security force at Elizabeth in an attempt to escape her wrath. When he realizes he’s not going to be killed, he is persuaded to return what was left in Elizabeth’s old account.
An old friend who is deceased, he made sure what he willed to Elizabeth upon his demise was protected inside a highly booby-trapped vault. Of course, the traps aren’t going to shut themselves off just because Elizabeth shows up…
- Chief Engineer Philip Jennings, and his wife, Crew Boss Janet Jennings
They lead a contracted engineering team, one previously employed by the deceased best friend, Devon.
- Security Chief ‘Ralph the Rock’
Darya hires Ralph as the Security Chief for their starship. He is a ‘rocktoid’ stone skinned being; a tough unit in his own right. He pretends to be slow thinking, just to keep others who doesn’t know him off-guard. He also likes to brag about several of the craters across his body, as they are battle scars from taking direct blaster hits in previous jobs.
- Fabrini Navigation Expert ‘Cricket’
The Fabrini are an insect-based species. They are also the main race behind the Fabrini Galactic Empire, who fought a war for thousands of years against the human led League of Free Worlds. A shaky peace between the major superpowers allows any Fabrini to explore new friendships with their former enemies.
A human who studies all sciences, much like a mad-scientist type who enjoys energy based weapon systems as one of his favorite fields, his nervous ticks and various quirky movements is what earned him his nick name.
- Weapon’s Expert ‘Betty Boom Boom’
She’s a human cyborg, the only part of her that’s flesh is from the neck up. With large doe-like eyes and shoulder length brown hair, she’s not to be underestimated.
An attractive human man who owns an interstellar freight hauler, he catches Darya’s interest. Where this relationship goes is unknown for now, but one mistake, and he’s going to find that Darya isn’t a forgiving woman.
There you have it, the current cast of Darya Rising. In case you’re not familiar with my fiction, in no way did I give away the plot, story or any interesting component in this blog post. You now know the cast, a brief history on them, and just because Devon is deceased, doesn’t mean he isn’t involved. No ghosts in this novel, and no real flashbacks. Let me just say… he placed some really wicked holograms of himself for his best friend to find.
How this is assembled and written for one heck of an adventure, you can find out when the novel releases in June of 2013. Or sign up for the beta, which is discussed in the blog post just before this one, and you’ll get to enjoy it before everyone else does. ^_^