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Poll 3

  1. The Royal Clone! Victoria

    In an effort to preserve their Royal Genotype, the ruling family of a small star kingdom had clones of all members created at birth. These clones were supposed to be kept cryogenically until need - but one was kidnapped, and raised as a staunch Republican opposed to all forms of Monarchy. Years later, she was found by an intelligence officer of the Star Kingdom that created her, who convinces her that her upbringing was the result of a long-laid plan to steal the throne. Victoria cannot conceive of a good Monarchy, but neither will she be a pawn in "game for the throne". With the active complicity of the Royal Family, she shakes off the despotic family that raised her and becomes a Royal Astrocartographer, tasked with mapping unknown areas of the galaxy...

  2. Jake Starr - Human
    Mechanic/Engineer
    Two meters
    97 kilograms
    Fit and muscular build with a slight paunch
    Light brown hair usually worn short - no facial hair
    Green-grey eyes

    Jake can fix anything but he rarely goes out of his way to do so. It usually "works well enough." It will often take a direct order or a lot of coaxing to get him to look at equipment that isn't completely inoperable.

    He can almost always be found with a heavy tool in his hand. Whichever heavy tool that may be at a given time is his favorite weapon in a fight. He is more than capable of using firearms but he prefers brawling and hand-to-hand fighting.

    He has an excellent sense of humor. He can find the funny in almost everything - except something that breaks that he had fixed. Especially if it happens at an inopportune moment.

  3. Lord Protius Lu'Kahs is a half-robot, half-alien from a mysterious planet from a mysterious part of space with a mysterious past (Essentially: very mysterious). It is rumored Protius was once an upstart evil overlord, tried to conquer galaxy, but easily defeated and left with injuries resulting in the requirement of robot parts for continued survival. Claims to have an AI living in his head. While he pretends to act good to further his goals, he leaves many unintentional signs pointing to his true nature.

    He also tends to act like he has powers which he obviously does not have, such as force-like powers, getting him into constant trouble. Good at building elaborate things, except they always have obvious flaws and are overkill.

    Wears an evil looking mask and dark cape. Underneath, looks something like a large, half-robot tribble with fangs, scary eyes, and clawed hands and feet.

  4. Botelo Slade and Djenn

    Botelo is a Dorulos, a species with three-part rotational symmetry as opposed to bilateral reflective symmetry. As he grew up, Botelo excelled in sciences, particularly in machine learning and neural systems. His research in cybernetics was welcomed at first, but as he progressed further people began to question his ethics. He created the first artificial lifeform, a robot he calls Djenn. The scientific community labeled his work as immoral and demanded he turn over his research and Djenn. Botelo feared that others would not understand the details of his studies and would damage Djenn, whom he now thought of as a daughter. So Botelo fled. Since Djenn was the first-ever artificial intelligence, she started out fairly ill-adjusted, but Botelo has been modifying and improving her, and would like to see how she interacts in a social environment. Upgrading Djenn isn't cheap, however.

  5. Real Name: Kyle Tenetic
    Specie: Human
    Occupation: Former nanotech engineer, turned fugitive
    Abilities: Scientific genius. Developed a device that enables him to "read" emotions.
    Background: Graduated in the top 1% of his class, and majored in "nanotechnology for the sake of disease prevention". He got a job at NINE (Nanotechnology in Natural Environments), a government facility devoted to creating plants and animals that were immune to illness. A year after he joined, for some unknown reason, the facility was assaulted by a faction of black ops within the military who destroyed the base and everyone inside in an attempt to delete its existence. Kyle narrowly escaped with a device containing key data. Wants to help others, to the length that he evades the military while working in secret, working as a doctor under an alias. Uses his "empathic device" to sense when someone is lying or doubtful of him.

  6. Reinard Petrovich is a twenty three year old Human Male. At the age of sixteen stowed away on a mercenary vessel. The captain decided not to turn him over to the authorities, taking him on as a crewmember, learning how to use a wide variety of weapons he was soon accepted as one of the crew. It soon became clear that Reinard had another talent. Whenever they arrived on planet he would pull out his Grandmother's antique Compass, and follow direction it pointed. This saved needless casualties for the mercenaries, as they avoided ambush after ambush. Many believed that Reinard was psychic and could see the future, guiding them to safety. However, his last mission with the crew led to disaster, an unmarked minefield from an old war exploded killing half the crew, including the captain. Reinard still uses his 'gift' but is terrified that something terrible will happen again..

  7. Daisy "Dazer" Hoshino's life in a startup colony (semi-terraformed, 1.1G) made her a strong, tough survivor. Short, olive complexion, short black hair, dislikes fighting but no coward, plays small keyboard. During her six-year hitch in Planetary Defense Force learned basic hand-to-hand combat, qualified sharpshooter, soloed in space-capable cessna-oid. Always a tinkerer, she became a ship's engineer (mechanics, electronics, etc.) and, reputation has it, can fix or jury-rig almost anything. Daisy wears cargo pants and a vest, pockets filled; carries a small stunner, a multi-tool-knife, electronic troubleshooter, palm-comp, small survival kit, etc. -- always something unexpected but useful in her pockets. Pet spider-cat -- wiry, sleek "fur," six long legs, four clawed fingers and two thumbs on each paw, knows couple dozen lispy words (hungry, thirsty, scared, etc.), fetches things, house-trained, always climbing.

  8. Mark is 6'3" with black hair, one green eye, one cybernetic eye (left), upper left face and left hand (due to a prison fight) as well as a penchant for violence. He has fought as a mercenary/assassin and when he was short on money more mundane jobs. However his lack of ethics (- by sane standards anyway), his homicidal tendencies, rampant pyromania, kleptomania or often boredom cause him to return to his normal homicidal self. Mark however is slowly learning to keep his serial killer mentality within, and is learning to control his violent surges. This is partially because his cybernetic implants have a mental component, which increase self control and calming thoughts. This was due poorly funded planetary initiative, which for the most part failed. However this does mean that Mark can keep detached from his violent emotions and see things from a calmer viewpoint. This has given him a [submission truncated at 150 words]

  9. "He's the fella who looks like a planet-side 50. Taller, thin, grayish hair. Way I hear it, he's old, really old. And I heard he's doesn't use any tech he doesn't have to. Way he looks at bots you know he really don't like them, really. Heard he's so old that he used to be a [clergy of a sect that died out centuries ago, or longer]. Even heard he was one of the first real spacers. Third, fourth generation cryo. Back when they'd make mistakes and you'd end up mind-f***ed. Gets this look sometimes, not so most notice, but there's something wrong with him up top. Know what I mean? How could he be so old and have no augmentation? No idea. Never said it was true, just said I'd heard it."

    -On Cyrus Swift

  10. Every group needs a redshirt, and Jimmers is just the androgynous entity for the job. It is a more or less indestructible hivemind of fungus-like material, as useful as it is clueless. Jimmers has the remarkable ability to gradually assimilate the properties of sampled DNA, but since the biochemical process can only occur about once per week and requires continual contact over several minutes (Jimmers will usually just eat a hair or squirrel; things inside Jimmers are in contact with it) this doesn't qualify Jimmers for the "shapeshifter" classification.

    Besides, a real shapeshifter is the perfect spy, and Jimmers not only lacks the guile but the ability to replicate appearances: even if Jimmers were to copy every human trait, it would still look pretty much like Jimmers. Maybe the only thing it can do quickly or well is change size for heavy lifting or being hidden.

  11. Franklin T. Nord is tall and wiry. In his mid-thirties, he has a shock of blond hair and a goatee. He's usually smiling, but you're never sure about what, and wears loose, comfortable clothing. A small chunk of rock hangs from a necklace, he claims it's a souvenir, but doesn't talk about from what. "You can call me Frank. The 'T' stands for trouble, it usually finds me wherever I go. Used to be a beltminer, up until that incident with the Loonies... oh, sorry... the Lunar Colonies. I'm better at card games than I am at relationships, can't tell which I've had more of. You need a ship flown somewhere, I can fly any ship there is." He's confident, perhaps a bit too much, but he manages his way through any predicament he's met so far.

  12. Neil Greyman

    Human male, unassuming in appearance, with hints of exotic blood. Not overly friendly with anyone, but works quietly and nearly seamlessly with almost anyone.

    He is intelligent and competent, occasionally showing abilities he shouldn't have. Nobody wants to make make an issue if they notice lapses in his apparent mediocrity.

    He is known to have worked in military intelligence, and demonstrates a great working knowledge of the underground. Don't bother asking.

    Demonstrated skills include small and large craft piloting, ability to command almost without seeming to, great organizational ability, good but not exceptional fighting skills in a variety of disciplines, and the ability to keep his mouth shut. He may be a topic of gossip, not ever a participant. His goals are his own, but don't seem to include self aggrandizement.

9 February 2007 - 16 February 2007

This vote was to determine the three initial main characters of the comic. Instructions were as follows:

I gave the following task to the first 15 volunteers in the character development queue:

* Write up to 150 words of description of a single character suitable for use in a science fiction story. That's it!

You can go to town with your imagination, but the result must be 150 words or less. If you submit more than that, I will use only the first 150 words of your description, and simply drop the rest. The word limit is deliberately restrictive. The characters will be developed and built on by other project participants as time goes by, so there have to be some blanks in the description.

Every description I get will go up on the site and be the subject of a vote by all registrants to choose the top 3 characters, which will become (at least initially) the main characters of the comic. Ones that don't make the top 3 will be available for use as minor characters later on, if people decide they want to use them, or they may merely be lost to the winds of caprice.

So now it's your turn. I received 12 character descriptions before the task deadline, and you can see them all on the right, in random order. Read them, and decide who you want to be our beginning main characters!

Results

Total number of votes: 271

Number of preferences: 12

Round 1

Option 1: 38
Option 2: 42
Option 3: 18
Option 4: 25
Option 5: 13
Option 6: 10
Option 7: 27
Option 8: 3
Option 9: 35
Option 10: 33
Option 11: 13
Option 12: 13
Leader is option 2, with 42 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 3 votes.
Options eliminated: 8,

Round 2

Option 1: 38
Option 2: 42
Option 3: 18
Option 4: 25
Option 5: 13
Option 6: 10
Option 7: 29
Option 9: 35
Option 10: 34
Option 11: 13
Option 12: 13
Leader is option 2, with 42 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 10 votes.
Options eliminated: 6,

Round 3

Option 1: 40
Option 2: 43
Option 3: 20
Option 4: 26
Option 5: 13
Option 7: 30
Option 9: 37
Option 10: 35
Option 11: 13
Option 12: 13
Leader is option 2, with 43 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 13 votes.
Options eliminated: 5, 11, 12,

Round 4

Option 1: 47
Option 2: 51
Option 3: 22
Option 4: 27
Option 7: 41
Option 9: 42
Option 10: 40
Leader is option 2, with 51 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 22 votes.
Options eliminated: 3,

Round 5

Option 1: 48
Option 2: 57
Option 4: 29
Option 7: 45
Option 9: 46
Option 10: 45
Leader is option 2, with 57 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 29 votes.
Options eliminated: 4,

Round 6

Option 1: 53
Option 2: 58
Option 7: 59
Option 9: 48
Option 10: 52
Leader is option 7, with 59 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 0
Votes needed to win: 136
Minimum vote is 48 votes.
Options eliminated: 9,

Round 7

Option 1: 58
Option 2: 76
Option 7: 66
Option 10: 64
Leader is option 2, with 76 votes.
Total exhausted votes: 6
Votes needed to win: 133
Minimum vote is 58 votes.
Options eliminated: 1,

The top 3 characters are numbers 2, 7, and 10.

Raw votes

2,4,6,9,1,11,7,5,3,12,10,8
10,3,9,7,1
1,5,2,11,10,9,7,8,12,4,3,6
9,11,10,7,2,4,6,8
7,1,11,6,2
6,4,7,9,5,2,1,8,12,11,10,3
3,2,5,11,8,10
2,1,5,8,6,11,7,12,9,10,4,3
9,10,1,11,4,7,6,3,5,2,12,8
1,5,3,10,12,4,6,7,8,11,2,9
3,10,7,9,1,8
2,3,11
7,5,4,12,11,8,6,1,10,9,2,3
2,10,8,7,3,4,9,5,6,12,11,1
12,5,7,1,9,11,6,4,2,3,8,10
1,10,3,2,7,12,9,11,4,5,6,8
1,12,4,5,9,7,6,2,3,8,10,11
7,9,1,3,2,10,4,6,11,5,12,8
1,4,10,2,7,6
11,7,5,2,1,6,12,8,9,10,3,4
1,5,12,10
1,2,11
1,9,4,11,10,7,2,5
2,3,12,10,1,6,11,5,9,4,7,8
9,10,3,8,11
7,10,4,2,8
5,4,6,7,9,8,11,12,1,2,3,10
10,2,1,4,9,6,12,11,7,3,5,8
12,2,11,7,4,9,6,8,10,3,5,1
2,3,4,10
1,2,6,5,7,4,10,9,8,12,11,3
7,10,4,6,8,11,2
4,9,12,3,2,10,6,5,1,8,7,11
7,11,10,5,9,12,6,2,3,8,1,4
7,9,12,1,6,5,11,2,3
3,5,7,12
2,10,12,9,3
9,8,12,10,1
1,6,10,11,12,5,8,7,12,4,3,9
2,11,12,5,6,3,1,4,7,8,10,9
7,8,9,1,2,6,5,10,12,11,4,3
3,7,9,5,6,10,8,2,4,1,11,12
8,10,11,3,1
9,3,2,10
11,7,9,8,1,12,3,5,4
2,3,5,4,6,8,11,10,12,7,9,1
9,8,12,4,3,5,2,7,10,11,6,1
1,9,5,12,10,11
4,3,5,6,7,11,12,2,8,9,1,10
2,5,12,3,8,1,3,6,7,9,10,11
7,10,3,4,1,2,9,11,12,6,5,8
10,4,2,7,9,11,1,5,6,12,8,3
2,9,10,1,11,6,4,7,12,8,5,3
10,11,12,9,7,6,8,5,4,2,1,3
9,10,5,4,1,6,2,7,12,11,3,8
4,1,7,8,11,9,3,2,6,5,10,12
3,10,12,1,5,2,6,7,9,4,11,8
2,5,9,6,10,11,12,8,7,4
7,1,4,2,6,5,9,10,11,12,8,3
5,2,7,8,9,12,11,10,4,6,3,1
2,10,4,9,12,5,7,11,6,8,1,3
1,4,9,12,2,5,6,10,11,3,8,7
2,11,9,10,6,12,3
9,2,10,11,12,5,6,7,8,4,3,1
5,7,12,11,4,9
1,12,9,11,4,5,8,10,7,6,2,3
9,12,11,2
11,9,8,2,6
1,7,4,2,9,3,6,5,12,11,9,8
10,7,1
7,2,3,10,8,9,12,11,4,6,5,1
2,3,7,10,6,4,1,8,11,12,9,5
2,10,9,11,4,1
5,2,1,4,6
11,10,12
7,12,3,2,6,4,5,10,11,9,1,8
11,2,10,7,3,5,6,8,12,9,4,1
1,7,4,6,9,8,10,11,12,2,3,5
11,3,2,8,10,12,7,1,4,6,5,9
12,10,7,9,8,1,3,5,4,11,6,2
3,4,9,7,10
7,12,11,2,4,1,9,10,8,3,5,6
10,4,3,8,2
1,11,12,3
2,7,6,4,2,9,1,12,3,10,11,5
3,5,9,11,2
10,8,12,3,6,2,1,7,9,4,11,5
10,3,1,6,9,4,7,5,11,12,8,2
2,7,3,10
4,5,3,12,10,9,1,7,8,10,8,2
7,9,10,1,2,6,5,3,12,11,4,8
4,3,7,11,1,10,2,6,5,12,9,8
4,10,11,1,8,7,3,6,5,9,12,2
6,3,7,10,2,5,4,8,9,11,12,1
2,10,6
3,1,5,9,4
1,12,7,6
2,4,10
9,8,5,6
9,12,10,5,6,1,4,11
4,5,7,10,11,1,2,3,6,8,9,12
6,2,5,10,1,3,8,11,12,9,4,7
10,4,9,3,2,12,8,5,11,1,6,7
10,11,7,3,2,8,5,6,12,1,4,9
2,3,4,9,11,7,12,6,5,10,1,8
4,7,12,10,6,11
10,3,4,7,1,6,5,2,11,12,8,9
9,2,4,12,1
11,1,7,10,12,8,9,4,2,3,5,6
3,9,2,10
1,9,11,2,12
2,7,1,3,10
8,7,6,9,11,12
9,4,3,12,7,5,11,2,1,6,8,10
2,9,3,6,8,10,4,7,1,5,11,12
2,1,4,7,5,6,12,3,8,9,11,10
7,9,4,1,10,12,6,5,2,11,3,8
2,4,12,3,8,5,1,11,9,7,6,10
4,1,9
2,5,10,12,6,11,9,8,4,3,1,7
4,7,5,12,10,3,2,1
6,1,10,9,5,3
1,6,9,2,4,5
7,10,4,2,11,1,5,3,9,12,6,8
10,2,5,7
2,7,3,1,9,8,5,6,4,2,12,10
9,3,11,12,8
7,6,11,12,4
11,2,7,9
1,4,5,9,10,7,6,3,12,11,8,2
4,3,10,7,1,6,5,2,12,9,11,8
10,7,6,4,9,12,2,1,8,5,11,3
11,7,12,2,9,6,5
1,5,3,10,4,2,6,8,7,9,11,12
1,4,7,9,12
12,1,3,7,9,5,10,2,4,6,8,11
1,7,9,6,4,2,11
1,12,7,2,6,10,11,9,4,5,10,3
12,11,7,2,1,4,5
1,6,7,9,4
2,10,4,12,9
5,6,9,11,1,12,8,7,2,3,10,4
10,9,4,5,7
2,9,12,1,11,7,8
6,7,4,2,9,1,10,11,12,5,8,3
12,10,4,9,6,2
6,9,12,11,5,7,2,4,1,10,3,8
9,11,12,2
1,10,9,4,3,7,5,6,8,2,11,12
4,1,7,12,5
2,11,7,10,9
9,3
12,8,10,9,7,4
10,12,9,7,5,11,2,3,4,6,8,1
3,2,5,6,7,4,9,11,8,10,1,12
10,3,7,1
10,9,12,11,4
2,3,6,8,7,1,4,5,10,9,11,12
8,7,6,2,3,4,12,11,5,1,10,9
10,11,9,7,8,3,2,1
10,8,4,1,5,6,11,2,9,3,12,7
2,1,4,7,10,3,5,6,11,12,9,8
10,3,12,2,4,5,1,6,7,8,9,11
5,6,7,8,12
1,10,5,4,3,6,7,11,12,2,9,8
2,11,7,12,3,8,10,9,6,5,4,1
1,3,5,8
11,1,4
9,3,4,7,2,5,10,11
7,6,10,1,3,8,4,12,11,5,2,9
4,7,9,11,12,5
4,10,7,12,9,1,2,8,3,11,6,5
6,3,10,2,1,5,11,12,9,7,4,8
9,3,11
9,7,1,4,3,6,12,11,2,5,10,8
12,6,2
2,10,11,9,7
4,7,8,10
4,1,10,9,6,3,2,5,8,7,12,11
4,10,7,11,3,1,5,6,8,9,2,12
3,12,10,6,7,9,11
12,9,1,5,3,4,2,8
4,5,7,9,12
6,8,10,7,1,2
7,8,9,11,12,4,5,3,1,6,2,10
3,9
4,7,11,12
10,1,7,9,11
10,11,9,4,5,6,3,7,2,1,8,12
12,2,1,9,10,8,3,11,7,5,4,6
1,7,12,4,9,5,6,3,10,11,2,8
9,4,3
2,7,4,5,6,9,12,11,10,1,8,3
10,3,2
3,6,10,9,1
6,1,5,11,3,7,10,9,12,4,8,2
9,10,11,2,1
4,3,5,7,10,12,11,1,2,6,8,9
2,7,12,4,5,8,1,9,6,3,11,10
9,10,2,12,4,7,8,1
4,6,5,7,10,2,3,1
4,5,3,12,2,11,10,6,1,7,8,9
11,3,8,2,4,1,5,6,9,10,11,12
7,6,4,1,2,11,5,3,4,8,9,10
9,4,1,2,12,5,3,10,6,11,7,8
1,4,9,5,11,7,3,6,2,12,8,10
10,3,4
4,5,10,9,2,7,12,6,1,3,11,8
1,2,11,12,3
7,1,3,11,13,8,6,5,2,9,4,10
9,3,5,1,2,11,12,10,4,6,7,8
5,1,3,9,10
9,10,12,11,6,4,1,2,3,5
1,11,12,5,7
5,6,12,7,4,2,8,11,1,9,3,10
9,7,5,12,11
9,2,3,11,12
9,6,1,3,5,4,12,2,8,11,7,10
3,2,4
2,10,6,9,7,5,4,8,12,11,3,1
1,2,3,4,7,10,5,8,9,10,11,6
10,4,1,2,3,12,8,7,11,9,6,5
2,7,5,9,10,11,8,4,3,6,12,1
2,4,3,5,10,6,11,1,7,9,12,8
3,9,8,2,4,11,12,6,7,5,10,1
9,8,2,3,7,4,6,1,12
2,4,3,1,7,8,9,12,6,11,7,10
11,2,12,8,9,7,5,6,10,3,1,4
1,12,5,3
7,5,2,9,11
7,1,9,4,3,6,2,8,12,5,10,11
5,7,12,11,10,2,9,4,8,1,6,3
10,8,3,2,9,6,7,1,11,5,12,4
5,7,12,9,11,6,4,8,3,10,2,1
5,6,10,7,3,1,2
10,9,6,3,8,12
12,1,4,10,9,7,11,5,6,8,3,2
10,3,7,1,12,6,11,5,2,9,4,8
9,6,7,1,12,2,11,5,8,10,4,3
3,4,10,8,1,11,7,6,5,9,2,12
3,7,8,12
7,9,5,1,11,10,6,8,12,4,3,2
16,15
7,3,1,2,9,4,10,8,11,5,6,12
4,1,2,7,10,9,11,6,3,12,8,5
2
10,4,3,5
12,7,6,4
9,6,2,11,10,4,12,5,1,7,3,8
1,10,2
11,12,1,9,7,6,4,2,5,8,10,3
3,2
10,8,11,2,3
1,3,11,10,6,8,7,9,2,5,4,12
4,7,3,1,6,5,2,10,11,12,9,8
10,11,5,1
9,4,10,2,11,1,3,8,5,7,12,6
7,4,6,1,12,2,5,9,10,11,8,3
9,2,1,5,12,6,7,8,11,4,10,3
9,3,10,4
10,2,3,7,9,6,12,11,4,5,1,8
5,9,12,2,7,4,1
10,3,4,9,1,6,5,7,8,11,12,2
2,11,9,7
9,2,12,11
1,4,5,11,9,6,12,10,2,3,7,8
5,1,8,9,12,4,3,10,6,2,7,11
6,9,12,2
12,9,10,5,7,1,4,11,2,8,6,3
7,1,5,4,12,9,3,11,2,10,6,8
1,10
3,9,2,4,5,1

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