Steven Maguire Description Age 44 Height 1.80m Weight 90.0kg Hair Black Eyes Brown Skin Caucasian Personal Details Occupation Captain, MV Azimuth Place of Birth Guangzhou Nova, Mars Faction Affiliation None Home MV Azimuth
Resourceful — Captain Maguire is not a lucky man, not by any means. In lieu of fortune the man has had to make do with some determination, a large favour bank and a willingness to take a few risks. It's only just enough, but that's all he needs - just enough.
Nomadic Connections — Movement is life, or so the Captain says. He's been hopping around the major stations in the Belt for years, and is at least known at the ports of the inner planets. He knows people - perhaps not friends, but at least business associates - nearly everywhere he needs to go.
Outcast — Hated by Earthers, shunned by his own people and only grudgingly accepted by the Belters. You couldn't much blame the Captain for wanting to stay on the move.
Independent Fervour — The world may have gone the way of the bloc, the corporation and the union, but Captain Maguire never got that message. He's seen too many bullies to have that kind of faith.
Captain Maguire shows all the battle scars of his life. Fatigue, cynicism and violence vie on his list of character flaws. Underneath, however, is a man who just wants to fly.
A much younger Steven Maguire worked in the industrial R&D labs of Dhanbad Nova as a reactor engineer, making the occasional extended trip up into Martian orbit to test new designs. He was extensively involved in developing the second generation redesign of the Type 2000 series of fusion reactors. The result was the wildly successful Type 2100 - now the Type 2400, but mostly unchanged from that first rework.
Steven was drafted into a project to adapt the oversized Type 2130 reactor for use in the frigate-sized hull of the ill-fated Future Naval Combatant program run by the MCRN. The plan looked good - the 2130B would develop 50% more power than the venerable AL380C reactor while reducing the weight by 10%. Despite the usual military-industrial quagmire of changing regulation, increased requirements and uncertain funding the project proceeded until the Future Naval Combatant program was ignominously cancelled.
The loss of a contract that the entire industry had been betting on led to a tidal wave of redundancies. Staying ahead of the curve, Steven took a voluntary redundancy on generous terms with a fat performance-related bonus for his part in the project and left home.
A recommendation through a friend secured him a position on a freighter owned by a Martian shipping organisation. It was a slick operation - ex-Navy ships making high-gee runs. In many ways it was simply a relaxed Navy logistics company. Steven settled himself into the trader's routine, rolling with the waves and tides of profitability. The experience of Martian quartermasters who served as senior officers taught him about purchase, inventory - and most importantly, the art of the deal.
And there Maguire might have stayed, if it were not for the vicissitudes of life. Amidst a plan to replace six of their older hulls with discarded (yet entirely spaceworthy) frigates from the abandoned Future Naval Combatant program, two of the senior financial executives had been discovered embezzling funds to an incredible degree going back for years. Now with two hulls paid for and a contract already signed for the other four, the company was short by a considerable sum - and, with cash flow redirected into its debt, went under.
The next day, Maguire went out to the docks to the refit ship, the seventh Lightweight Future Combatant hull - still the Resolute although she had been struck off the register by then. Amidst the administration's frantic rush to deal with the remaining inventory, the two wholly-owned hulls had been entirely forgotten. A representative from the bank looked up an approximate value of a similarly-sized cargo vessel and slashed it by a factor of ten, not realising the real value in a ship of military-grade construction.
There seemed to be little point deliberating. Maguire took the offer in writing and secured a credit on the ship from a mid-sized Belter freight company. He emptied his accounts to purchase it outright on a fixed-term mortgage and moved it to a private berth before they could change their minds.
[TODO: Avoid tragic backstory]