The Black, was formed in early 1933. Unusual in it's
founding, membership and ideals, it is one of the more unique pirate
bands in North America.
It was formed in 1933 by a former US Army sergeant by the name of
Malcolm Reynolds and a corporal that had been under his
However, let is give the prelude to this band.
As of 1932 after the secession of Texas, New York, California and the
Carolinas, President Coolidge had planned on holding together a
"Core Union" consisting of the American Midwest, Appalachians and the
Great Lakes, keeping much of the US natural resources under their
control. With these he believed the Union could be preserved and in
time, retake the rebellious states.
Secession of Nebraska, Kansas and Iowain August 1932 to form the
People's Collective endangered those plans, forcing a Federal response.
It is well recorded the Union response, pooling it's resources
and moving in to quell the uprising. What is not well recorded
however, is the near total slaughter of an entire US Army Division.
Sergeant Reynolds was among the remaining army members, and commanded a
number of men, his second in command was a woman, named Zoe Washburne
(At the time Alleyne). The breakup of the US in 1930, had
forced the US Army to accept anyone, even willing females due to ever decreasing enlistments.
The force consisted of roughly 35,000 men, 150 armored cars and had 1
zeppelin and 24 aircraft as air support. A sorely inadequate
force, considering the relatively large number of green recruits thatthat now made up the US Army.
During an offensive meant to take a relatively un-important town, the
foremost division was caught in a pincher attack by the Collective
forces, with the remaining two divisions stretched out far behind, and harassed semi constantly by militia raiders.
The airship, (United States Air Ship) USAS Washington and it's
fighter escort was called forward to assist, however it was ambushed by
one of the first formed Collective air squadrons and a mercenary group
the Collective had hired. With the USAAF not
aerial opposition, the escorting fighters were quickly dispatched, and
the zeppelin crippled.
The umbilical cord between the forward US Army division and it's two
trailing ones, was severed by the Collective, and then enforced with
their newfound aerial superiority.
While the trailing divisions dug in to hold their gained ground, the
Collective only worked to hold them in place, while the first division
Consisting of 13,000 men and 35 armored cars, the army division was
first counter-attacked to halt their advance and then hit from the
rear. With the large numbers of green recruits
(Almost 3/4 of the entire force, with almost 1/2 of the officer corp
inexperienced), the unit was maneuvered into a low valley, where
the 3rd in command took over, and gaining a slight respite (The
Collective re-arming and organizing after 3 days of offensives), dug
into the valley and organized it's defense.
When the attacks resumed two days later, the fighting was vicious.
As opposed to token fighting 15 miles away on
the other two US divisions, a bloodbath ensued between the US soldiers
and nearly 60,000 Collective militia.
Collective launched numerous attacks with artillery and aircraft,
inflicting heavy casualties on the US forces. Rumors on both
sides of massacred prisoners and spurred on by officers and rising
casualty numbers, vicious hand to hand fighting marked every inch of
ground lost by the Union Army.
After a week of fighting, Collective forces held 80 percent of the
valley, with the remainder held by 3,000 US soldiers with no heavy
It took another 3 days to get a cease-fire arranged. The
commanding officer of the three divisions arranged for the remaining
troops in Serenity Valley to be allowed to retreat, and allow the
remaining two divisions retreat as well. Thus effectively ending
Samuel Morrows agreed to it, declaring to his people that "He blessed
the sinful invaders, and thus, they do retreat." to that effect.
By then however, the damage had been done. Only 800 soldiers and 1,200 prisoners remained
of the original 13,000. Of the original force of 35,000 men, it
been reduced to only 19,000 with the loss of almost all of their
logistics line and support. Thus effectively ending the remainder
of US power. By the time the force returned to Columbia, only
3,000 of the remaining 19,000 had arrived, the remainder deserting en
masse to their home nations.
It was then when Malcolm Reynolds left the Army, Zoe, his second in
command following him. With the breakup of the United
States, Reynolds made his way to Colorado, where he managed to scrape
up enough to purchase a pair of fighters and training to fly
this time period he became known for his anti-Collective views and
became slightly ostracized for his unconcealed sympathy for the
Unionist movement. It was then when most of his crew was formed,
including a third pilot, Jayne Cobb.
It was then that the final member of their current team joined them, a
doctor and his slightly crazed sister. Both fleeing from a
Collective patrol after Simon made public denunciations of Samuel
Morrows. A mediocre pilot, the group purchased a fighter
for him, being one of the few people willing to join a
A quick raid into the Collective in '34 netted them a small tramp
zeppelin. Nothing large, it was originally manufactured in the
Empire State, of the Fulcrum class, a mere 1400 feet long,
with a astonishing 12 underpowered and small engines. It was enough for their four fighters and ground crew
however. The zeppelins pilot "Wash" Washburne, is
a renowned zeppelin pilot, amazingly enough, he can pilot a zeppelin
like a clumsy cargo plane, and can pull some amazing maneuvers out of
Since then, the group has worked around the Americas. Primarily
through Arixo, the Collective, and up through the Disputed Territories
and into Pacifica and Hollywood. However they do on occasion move
through Dixie and the Northeast, and in several instances played as far
south as Brazil.
They are a small unit, and do not take large jobs. Most
consisting of targeting un-escorted zeppelins, smuggling jobs,
legitimate shipping and the like. The name "The Black" was
explained by Reynolds to Tamara Staples: There is no gray
area, or white. Everything is just varying shades of black."
Any takings in a mission are first spent on supplies and repairs, with
the remainder being equally split among the entire crew, even the
captain counting only a single share. However even with
this policy, the group seemingly endlessly operate on the fringe.
Much of the time they travel with 2 (or more) engines either out, or
shut down to conserve fuel, and at other times the fighters only have
half of their rocket loadout.
However even with these problems, the two lead mechanics on the Serenity,
Kaylee Fry and John Spaulding keep the planes themselves running
smoothly, and can patch and repair many of the airship's problems.
The unit's zeppelin is a former Empire State Fulcrum class
zeppelin. It was stolen from Peoples Collective employ and has
been their home ever since. The Fulcrum's were an
older class zeppelin, well built but extremely plain, by Kern Heavy
Industries. A tramp design, they have been superseded in many of
the larger shipping lines by larger zeppelins, most "Normal" cargo
zeppelins reaching lengths of around sixteen to eighteen hundred
However the Fulcrum class is well known for it's pure
ruggedness and durability (if somewhat under powered), and they are a
common sight among smaller shipping companies and even larger ones in
They are 1400 feet long, with a dozen engines. However those
dozen engines are a measly 220 H.P. apiece, which push it along at
84MPH. A respectable clip, but miserably slow for the number of
engines and maintenance. Reynolds has placed a
upgrading the engines when possible, with 2 of the 12 having been
replaced by more powerful 440HP engines. However those engines
cost money, and are far less fuel-effeciant.
built, the zeppelin carried heavy firepower for a cargo zeppelin, with
twin forward and
aft 3" flak cannons, and twin-mounted .40 calibers above each engine
nacelles (12 in total). However Reynolds band is quite small, and
if fully armed, would result in half of them (or more) not
being manned. He removed half of the guns (leaving 3 per
side) and upgraded them from .40's to .60 caliber guns. The flak
cannons he left, although they are an old style, and their current
supply of flak ammo is faulty, resulting in unpredictable firing
The interior of the zeppelin is not exactly standard either, the
original 2-plane hanger enlarged for their four. In addition, due
to the bands relative poorness, a massive amount of jury-rigging has
been done. Not to mention the number of "Conversions" made by
Kaylee, which either reduce the work to a particular job, or cut
It carries four fighters, two Devastators, a Warhawk and a Fury, and a
single autogyro, a Big Sky Mule. It can carry a decent
cargo, which they do occasionally.
When it was taken, it was renamed Serenity, the location of the
climatic battle between the Collective and US Army. As Malcolm
put it, "Once you enter Serenity, you can never leave",
referring to the fact that some things you can never escape from.
The zeppelins nose and tail turrents contain Twin, light flak cannons
and use those rules (See rules section). In addition, when
firing, roll a 1D10. On a result of 4-10 everything works as
normal. On a result of 1, the shell does not detonate, on a result of
2, the shell detonates 1 hex short of it's goal, and on a result of 3,
the shell detonates 1 hex past it's goal.
When preparing a aircraft's loadout, roll a 1D10 on each rocket
hardpoint. On a result of 1 or 2, that hardpoint is empty that mission.
Biography: Reynolds is tall, standing 6'3" and of heavy
build. When on the ground he almost always wears a
long, brown coat. Issued to him in the US Army and which he still
History: Malcolm Reynolds was originally born in Texas.
Raised on a ranch, he had first and foremost raised
Texan. He remained on the ranch until the mid
20's. A young man, wanting to see the world (The desire only
increasing after the closed-borders during the '27 influenza epidemic),
he eventually left in late '27.
He wandered around the US for a few months, and then as the states grew
restless, joined the US Army. Although a strong
supporter of states rights, he did not believe in
the full dissolution of the USA, as some of the rabble-rousers were
He served uneventfully until 1930, when trouble blew open.
Texas declaring independence, quickly followed by New York, and a few
other states. For a period Malcolm faced the possibly
of fighting his home, (Which he later stated he would have refused),
before the steam settled down.
His unit made it's way across what remained of the US for another year,
quelling smaller revolts and keeping peace amongst the spreading chaos
and disorder. Then, in 1932, he was put up for the
first major combat between the US and one of the seceding states, the
Malcolm was in the nearly-annihilated 1st division.
Originally commanding only 30 men, he ended up commanding almost 800 as
the superiors were killed. And of his original 30 men, only
himself and second in command, Zoe, survived.
The battle left him with a bitter taste for both the US military (For
seemingly abandoning his division), and the Peoples Collective (For
their pure viciousness).
The history after that is well known, with his founding of "The Black",
Malcolm Reynolds is a simple guy. If he can't understand it, he
don't want nothing to do with it. He has disdain for politicians,
militant Unionists and hardcore separatists, leaving him with a small
crowd of friendlies.
He is Unionist sympathetic, although he disapproves of their tactics,
and he strongly believes in strong state rights, similar to those of
Dixie, however feels that a central government is needed, with the
result being the massive conflict we now see.
Aircraft: Mal flies a stock Devastator, armed with 4, .40
calibers, 6 hardpoints, and capable of attaining 250MPH in level
flight. It's named the Aerial, the name coming from
no-one knows. although some presume it is from the lack of aerial cover
his forces had at the battle of Serenity..
Weapons: Mal still uses the weapon he was issued in the US Army, a Colt
1917 revolver chambered to the .45ACP round. He rarely
carries anything else, when he does, it is usually a Winchester 94,
Biography: A imposing colored woman, just under six feet in
height, she is quite easily an intimidating person. Some have
mistaken her for "Harpy" Jackson, although the similarites are only
History: Not alot is known about Zoe Washburne (Formerly
Alleyne) history, being close-mouthed and not willing to talk about her
past (Like most on the crew of Serenity). It is known
that from the age of 17 (She acknowledges being born in 1904) on, she
was professional military officer. At the time, the US
military did not take females, but by 1921, there were a large number
of job opportunities in the expanding private security market.
She was serving as a security guard for a Texas rail line in 1927 when
the Federal government finally allowed women to join the
military. Upon that announcement, she joined the US Army.
For the first several months, women were only in non-combat roles, but
as enlistment dropped like a stone in 1928, they were allowed in all
sections of the military.
Due to her security background, she quickly rose to the rank of
corporal, although she was halted there due to her
sex. She participated in several clashes between the
Federal government and the states during this period, culminating in
the early stages of the breakup.
In 1930, she came under the command of Malcolm Reynolds, a relatively
new recruit with the rank of Sergeant. Although at first
somewhat spiteful of a lesser experienced man holding a rank higher
than her, she quickly settled into being a second in command after
Reynolds displayed unusual tact in situations.
By the battle of Serenity Valley in 1932, she followed Reynolds out of
the military as he left, and joined him in forming The Black.
Since then she has retained the rank of second in
command. In 1934, with the capture of Serenity,
and the arrival of "Wash" Washburne to the unit, she became
married. An unexpected development, Reynolds opposed the
marriage, but relented after it became obvious she wasn't going to be
Zoe Washburne is quite independent, often the boss of her marriage,
although respectful of Wash. She is naturally distrustful of many
people, and of the crew, outright dislikes Jayne Cobb, although she
does tolerate him, realizing what he adds to the unit.
Aircraft: Zoe flies a Devastator as well, the same as Reynolds.
It however, is not a stock model, losing some trailing
wing armor, and integrity. In exchange, she fitted a quad layout
of .30 calibers in the nose and added a pair of hardpoints. This
allows a quick burst of fire by the rockets, and then exploited by a
cloud of magnesium rounds (her preferred machine gun rounds).
Weapons: Zoe carries a pump action, 12 gauge pistol....That's
right. Not a long range weapon, it does the job. If longer
range work is anticipated, she usually carries a S&W .357 magnum.
Biography: Simon is average, with looks that would make him
indistinguishable in a crowd. However his manner and speech all
scream money and a wealthy background.
History: Simon (And his sister) were both born into a well-to-do
family in Omaha. Raised in that town, and then educated in
Harvard (It was at this time he learned how to fly, as an amateur), he
had returned home just prior to the formation of the Peoples
Collective. As the Collective formed, a number
of crises emerged.
His father worked as a well-to-do doctor, and his store was looted by
rioters, and soon-to-be soldiers. His mother, who had
worked at a upper-end law firm, was left jobless after her employers
fled upon the forming of the Peoples Collective.
Simon and his sister, who's real name is unknown except to Simon,
happened to listen to Samuel Morrows, who was on a tour through
Omaha. During Morrow's speech, his sister jumped onto the
podium alongside him and denounced him as a tyrannical
leader. River (His sister) was slightly touched in the
head, however this was unknown to the crowd, and Morrows.
In a furious roar, the swooning crowd nearly killed Simon and River,
escaping, but just barely. After returning home, they informed
their parents, who were unsympathetic. Simon's father
encouraged him to turn River over to the Political Police that were
just forming, and then rejoin him at his business, a deal having been
struck between him and the Morrows government to retain personal
control of it amidst the nationalization of almost all businesses.
Simon was appalled at the seemingly callous nature of his parents and
upon his overhearing their plans to reveal River's location, in
exchange for their protection from Morrow's secret police, fled, taking River with him.
They were pursued across the Collective, until they reached relative
safety in Free Colorado. He established himself as a wandering
doctor in Colorado, treating people, but always on the
move. Morrows placed a large bounty on both him, and River,
due to being the most publicized denouncement of him, and betrayal of
Finally, in '34, he met up with Malcolm Reynolds, who was in need of
another pilot. Although Simon was inexperienced in a combat role,
he could pilot an aircraft, and his abilities as a doctor, allowed him
to be hired.
Since then he has remained aboard the Serenity.
Occasionally, bounty hunters still approach them, and the Collective
has shoot-on-sight orders for the entire Serenity crew, but the fervor
has died down.
He is improving in combat skill, however slowly. But hs main
abilities is as a doctor, which has been a huge boon in a number of
instances. He is decidedly "upper crust" and easily able to
blend into rich environments. His clothing is reminiscent of
being of higher quality, with even now, often purchasing name brands.
Aircraft: Simon pilots a Fury, a stock model. It is a good
match to him, although the stall-prone problems give him some trouble.
As such, he rarely goes below 200MPH. However, his ability to
stitch wounds in an operating wound carry over to the air, able to
unjam the finicky Goliath cannon much faster than some people, and able
to pinpoint land rounds on an opponents aircraft (Although getting in
position is tough).
Weapons: A profound non-gun person, Simon carries only because to
not, would be foolish. As such, he has a light recoiling and
high capacity handgun, a Colt 1911 in 9MM, with alot of extra
Biography: 6'4", barely trimmed beard, Jayne is an imposing figure,
combined the always-present assortment of knives, grenades, pistols and
rifles, many go to lengths to avoid conflict.
History: No one really knows Jayne's background. All that
is known is he's a mercenary through and through.
What is known, is that he served in Mexico, first with revolutionaries
and then the federales. Afterwards, he moved north and
worked for Pacifica during their struggle with Hollywood, afterwards,
taking pilot training and serving with a number of bands, before
settling into the Serenity.
In fact he only came to Serenity after he nearly killed Malcolm
Reynolds. Jayne had been working for another band,
when Reynolds managed to win a Devastator through a poker
game. It's owner felt cheated, and with Jayne and one other
gunman, went to confront Reynolds. The trio got the drop on
Mal and his second mate, Zoe. After a series of hassling,
and trading, Jayne switched sides, shooting his partner in the leg, and
siding with Reynolds, forcing his former boss to hit the road.
Although some who have encountered, or worked with him have considered
him an un-educated and untrained ape, he is
not. His skills and intelligence are merely
honed to his trade. Weapons, rifles, shotguns, pistols,
knives, artillery or explosives, can be named in a split second.
Opponents in gunfights can be analyzed in minutes, and he can remember
a name, wanted poster and reward
offered. A asset, but not overtly
useful in other sections. He's blown several deals due to his
crude and up-front manner, and is a downright liability on any urban
jobs, which necessitate interaction with people.
Aircraft: Jayne pilots a Curtiss-Wright P2 Warhawk. He
however has modified it to suit his flying style...primarily gunnery
with little piloting expertise. He removed some of the wing
support structure, and used that weight to add 8 rocket hardpoints, and
ugprade his armor. His fighter can now only make light maneuvers,
but considering his piloting skills, it isn't a huge hindrance.
Weapons: Jayne's a pure gun nut. If it is made, he's probably fired it,
and may own one. His primary weapons(3) however are: A
S&W .44 special (Handloaded to magnum velocity), a Colt 1911 in .38
super, sometimes up to a half dozen grenades and he often carries a
rifle with him, a Remington model 8 in .35
Remington, with a special conversion made to accept 20 round magazines,
and thompson grips added.
Among his arsenal is Lebman 1911 automatics, a .40 caliber
Browning medium machine gun that has been lightened to enable personal
use (Lightened to 60 pounds), a .50 caliber, 5 shot bolt action, a
ultra-lightweight .60 caliber 3-shot bolt action (Which even Jayne is
reluctant to shoot more than 3 shots), and the largest of his
collection, a single-shot .70 caliber that throws a average .70 round
at low velocity.
Hoban "Wash" Washburne.
Biography: Average build, with blonde hair, Wash is a distinctive
looking man. Often sporting a colorful T-shirt, he is easily, by
sight, the most laid-back member of the crew.
History: Wash is one of the more light-hearted and charismatic
members of the crew, unafraid of his past and quite open about it, at
times resembling a overgrown child.
Washburne was born in Ohio, to a simple farm family. He spent
of his youth on said farm until the mid 20's, when aircraft were
becoming more common and popular.
The flying machines were a deep attraction to him, and at first, he
even took a job as mechanic (Although not a very good one) just to be
around them. He finally got a spot in a flying circus, and
learned to fly, first in basic, then advanced
maneuvers. In a short period, he was the best
pilot amongst the circus.
In 1929, two months prior to "The Crash", he joined on with one of the
first shipping lines to employ zeppelins. He had intended
to pilot their cargo planes, but in the end, became an assistant
navigator aboard the airship.
In a short time period, he had gained a "Knack" for flying
zeppelins. Able to calculate their speed and agility, and ability
to miss tall objects by mere feet in only seconds. As the
Crash came and went, he switched to the company Empire Air, and worked
as a ship's navigator.
When pirates attacked his zeppelin and ransomed it in '32, Wash
remained with the zeppelin. Although his employers did pay the
ransom, in the ensuing confusion of it's launching to return home, Wash
got left behind. Although at first unhappy with the
arrangement and without a job (For a period even having to work as a
cook (Bad one) at a greasy spoon cafe).
In '34 however, Malcolm Reynolds approached him, in need of a zeppelin
captain, a skilled one, and was willing to pay good. Wash,
desperate for a good job, pounced on it, and showed up at the Serenity
before Reynolds returned after hiring him.
He had served only a couple of short weeks aboard Serenity before
him and Reynolds second in command, Zoe, began getting
together. And only a few more weeks before they quietly got
married. When Reynolds found out, he threatened to toss
Wash out of the zeppelin (At 9,000 feet), but eventually backed down to
combined pressure from him and Zoe.
Although the marriage has been...steady, it has been far from
harmonious, with Zoe and him being slightly less than equal partners,
her getting the way more than him.
Wash is generally well-liked by the entire crew, although he is a bit
trusting and carefree, the bridge is "His space" and has a dozen
plastic, toy dinosaurs, and a small stack of tech manuals, comics and
aero magazines. He is generally the most
"Cowardly", believing a cut & run tactic will work in almost any situation
Aircraft: Wash does not pilot much for aircraft. Although a excellent
pilot with either the zeppelin or an cargo plane, he has only flown a
fighter once, and on that occasion, managed to pepper Malcolm Reynolds
fighter with enough .40 rounds to warrent a lifetime banishment from
Weapons: Another non-gun person, Wash usually just carries a .38 Colt
Biography: Kaylee is an attractive, redheaded woman, a
bubbly personality, she can never put on a very tough persona, and is
seen by many outsiders as a pushover, although she can be stubborn at
History: Kaylee is much like Wash in not being afraid about
her past, and quite open about it.
She was born in Butte, Montana, a rough mining town, and lived a
relatively unnormal childhood. Her father was an Irish miner,
while her mother had been a schoolteacher.
However at an early age, she became enthralled in
Anything mechanical was observed and studied, then as she grew older,
built in smaller proportions. By the time she
was 15, she had already worked on one of the early Ford cars, and by
the time she was 18, had left Montana, bound for cities with more
Although at first encountering prejudice agaisnt a woman in the field
of mechanical repair, she quickly gained a local reputation in Denver,
Colorado. Her straight-forward and occasionally crude
attitude (Gleaned from Butte bars, repair shops, and the rough miners
that inhabited it), soon endeared her to a number of mechanics, and she
was soon employed in one of the larger repair shops in Denver.
As airplanes became a more common means of transportation, she soon
quite her job and moved to an airfield, where she began airplane
repairs. However that was only the beginning, as the
first zeppelins moved through, and she moved upwards from engine, to
structural, hydraulic and electrical repairs.
By 1932, she was the head mechanic on a Texan airship, and likely would
have stayed there for some time. However it was
captured by pirates and taken to Colorado. The
crew was marched off, and then the band left, presumably to convert it
into their new home.
Although most of the crew returned to Texas, Kaylee remained behind,
already accustomed to Colorado, and now looking at the airfields,
realized that it was fast becoming the repository for all new and
ancient aircraft in existance.
She worked her longest stint as of then at the airfield, repairing
aircraft, and even managing to hack together a few aircraft from
several differant airframes (3 are still flying, which are queer
combinations of Devastators, PR1 Defenders and Bell Valiants)
In late 1933, Reynolds came through the airfield. Intrigued by
her ingenuity at "Constructing" aircraft, he offered her a job on his
band. Although at first hesitant to take the
job, he returned a week later, New Years 1934, with a zeppelin, and she
then jumped at the chance to have a zeppelin "Of her own" to tinker
Since then, she has tinkered with the Serenity, making a number
of conversions, and jury-rigging stuff they can't afford to fix.
Since Simon Tam has arrived, Kaylee has garnered a crush on the doctor,
of which her co-mechanic Spaulding dislikes, leading to some subtle
confrontations. And of which she denies, actually
Aircraft: Kaylee is not a pilot...at all...her main feats are
Weapons: Kaylee has never carried a weapon, the exception on
several occasions for defence, and then only a light .32 automatic.
Biography: Spaulding is a tall, skinny hayseed. Put
him in coveralls and bare feet, playing his guitar he is the sterotype
image of a farmboy. However in reality, he does dress like many
rural men. Work boots, jeans (Or former US army issue pants) and a
History: Spaulding is a young, guiter-picker formerly
from Oklahoma. As a young man he had been interested in a career
in medicine, but as the Collapse came, and his parents (And him) lost
what little they had acquired, that job went down the drain.
He however was a whiz with engines, and got a job at the Whittly &
Douglas aircraft factory. He quickly tired of the strict
regulations and tight hours, and left, rambling across Texas and into
Colorado as a guiter man, picking for board and room. During his
travels he also worked here and there as a mechanic.
By 1934, he had become known in Colorado, being a rambling mechanic who
would rarely be found at the same airfield twice.
He met Kaylee at one of Colorado's bars a couple of weeks after
the capture of Serenity. Gaining a slight crush on the
attractive mechanic, he quickly found a job working on the
zeppelin. Over time, he became the co-chief mechanic, alongside
Kaylee, his natural aptitude around engines making him a valuable
member of the unit.
Spaulding is an enjoyable guy, and a "Decent" guy. He rarely gets
drunk, and spends much of his time reading technical manuals and comic
books. He garners a mild crush on Kaylee, which she
notices and returns, although she herself nurses a crush on the ship's
doctor Simon Tam. As such, there is a mild rivalry between
Spaulding and Tam.
Aircraft: Spaulding doesn't have an aircraft.
Weapons: Although not a devout gun person, Spaulding enjoys
tinkering on anything. As such this carries over into personal
weaponry. He has brought up a few interesting (Some crazy,
and some flat-out dangerous) concoctions, many of which found their way
into Jayne's collection.
Biography: River is a small, sometimes timid, sometimes
aggressive girl in her late teens. She can act so
above-grade crazy that many who don't know her view her with at least a
small amount of fear.
History: "River" Tam, is Simon Tam's sister. She was born
in the Collective to well-to-do parents, and lived a relatively normal
An accident in '28, ended up in her losing a part of her sanity,
becoming a slight crazed. For the most part normal, she has
occasional lapses of judgement and
sanity. Her worst came, when she
denounced Samuel Morrows, leading to her, and her brother's near capture
and death at the hands of the People's militia.
Simon posseses a few experimental drugs that are used at times, to
attempt and alleviate her condition, however they are primarily
useless. As such, River is almost always
escorted whenever off the zeppelin, and generally kept away from the
public eye, as her presence anounces the two Collective fugitives.
Amazingly enough, even with her condition, she has a natural aptitude
with aircraft. She is an amazing pilot (Although they attempt to
keep her out of cockpits, for obvious reasons), and can pull
some amazing maneuvers, and seemingly predict where an opponents
aircraft can go.
This has been a massive use once, and Mal has supposedly considered
giving her formal lessons, and attempting to teach her order, should
she regain her sanity, although Simon has heartily opposed the action.
Aircraft: River don't pilot aircraft so much as occasionally steal one.
Weapons: Being mentally unstable, River is banned from
guns. Although she does occasionally steal one, or happen on one.
Sheppard Derrial Book.
Biography: Book is a colored man of average height, and
heavy build. His clothes broadcast him as a man of the cloth,
sometimes leading people to under-estimate him. A estimate that
has fooled a number of men.
History: Nothing is known of Sheppard Book's
past...Literally. He joined the Serenity late in 1935,
first as a customer to be taken to French Louisiana, but got caught up
in one of their schemes. He had
come from one of the more devoutly religious churches in Colorado,
which had excluded itself from outside contact, and largely had been
left alone by pirates and legitimate forces alike.
Not what one would normally think of as a crewman, Book is devoutly
religious, however does not flaunt this to the
others. He works as a cook, and general
crewman, although never (Except twice) on boarding or gunnery
What little is known of Book is that he has had a past.....A extensive
one. His "Advice" has come in handy in a number of areas.
Firearms, lockpicking, smuggling routes through the Navajo nation and
Texas, contacts in Dixie and Hollywood are just part of his
knowladge. He refuses to speak of his history,
however has dropped interesting "hints" as to it.
Book has a close relationship with the entire crew, many viewing him as
a father-figure, or a person to confide in.
Aircraft: Book doesn't pilot aircraft except in extreme
circumstances, although he has proven a good pilot.
Weapons: Book carries no weapon, his primary combatant article being