The RCS in panel one looks better on the full-size version. I’ll probably compensate with some closeups later in the book.

Wonky camera angles will continue until the ship gets its Z axis oriented “properly.” The camera tilt seems to work a lot better than completely flipping the orientation, at least for this page. If anyone got out of their seat now, they’d be standing on the aft bulkhead. This isn’t Star Trek, where you can fit a teleporter, artificial gravity and “inertial dampening” into a minivan. Kit like that is the size of small office buildings, which is largely why/how the Sabrosa has artificial gravity and vogon-style brick-floaty and vehicles like the Daedalus and the Cheops don’t. Think ten tons of kit in a five ounce bag. Or battleship cannons on a honda. Or – more accurate for scale – a complete nuclear power station on a C-17 (which the Daedalus is about the size of).

Right.

Cast

  • Thaddeus Gallahad

    A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he...

  • Ornix Khan

    Ornix doesn’t let trivial things like ethics and morality get in the way of his loyalties or sense of reality. A longtime friend of Thad and a fellow “victim” of the Templar Waking God...

  • Raven Lockheart

    A South Jersey punk with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Templar-forged Master’s degree for field work, Raven posed as a high school guidance councillor during the early stages of the Waking God...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

  • Xand

    A pink-haired mechanical genius with a full complement of prosthetic limbs (one “bolt-on,” three high-quality synthetics) and no memory of her first twenty years, Xand is the Daedalus flight engineer. A non-terrestrial human with...

Glossary Articles

  • Daedalus

    A Javelin class Am-capable high speed cargo transport, the Daedalus is the property of ex-Templar Captain John West. The workhorse of a shady courier service run out of the Australian outback in a nearby...

  • GSV-368.3 (Earth)

    Not listed in the official ICG star charts, GSV-368.3 appears only in highly classified Templar navigational databases. GSV-368.3 is the only human-rated planet in the GSV-GSW 0.15 AEI “sinkhole.” The local Templar garrison refers...

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