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Hey, I have a contact looking for pilots, only the best; thought you might be interested. Seems like a long term gig and good pay. Seems like a good opportunity for you to get out from under you-know-who's radar. Ping me back on the regular channels and I will forward you the RV. -T
The Sol system is a truck stop, not much of interest there compared to the rest of the sector. In fact, the humans might still be stuck their thinking they were alone in the universe if surveyors looking to open a new trade route to connect The Hegemony to the Sovereign Systems during the Colonial Succession hadn't stumbled on Earth when they spotted the garden world in a passing system.
It is however a great place to disappear of the galactic radar.
A 'lawless primitive system' according to the average galactic citizen. Earth is the only planet with any intersystem government connections with Mars and Luna only loosely under the United Nations of Earth's control.
The outer systems are a frontier, dominated by anyone who has the resources and manpower to beat down anyone in their way.
The nearby trade route passing the Sol system make it a great hideout and staging area for gangs and splinter factions that operate on the fringes of neighboring Hegemony and Sovereign Systems space.
(after some discussion, I have decided to make the universe as open as possible.
So any race or craft configuration is up for grabs provided we maintain a relatively equal level of technology.)
James Ackerman; a former soldier, turned soldier of fortune, had gotten out while the getting was good. Now he was sitting on a dubiously earned fortune and an early retirement, but sitting on a beach drinking all day lost its shine quickly after working to keep himself alive for the last two decades.
Investing in a surplused frigate, he found a crew chief and mechanic, now he needed a crew. Sending feelers out through his old contacts he began his search for the best pilots in the verse.
I would take that as characters can be seriously injured but not outright killed in all but the most extreme circumstances and their actions could affect other players to the point of setting them back as well, but generally to a lesser extent than themselves.