Levi Brooks

Border planet ex-pat, ex-Alliance military, part-time mercenary, muscle


Levi’s Story

Lineage: Finding Lazarus

Ezra Brooks was born to politically active parents on Londinium. They manipulated their contacts skillfully and rose to mid-levels of power within the parliamentary government. Not satisfied, they pulled strings and called whatever favors were required to put Ezra on that same path and follow in their footsteps. Ezra rebelled. In no ways a politician, he was frequently disgusted at the hypocrisy, backstabbing, and closed-door machinations of the government. Besides that he was crass, brash, and young and he strained the limits of their reputations. As he came of age, he was faced with an ultimatum: clean up his act and get in line or leave. And not just leave the house or leave the city. Leave the planet.

Without hesitation, Ezra set off with only the clothes on his back. He hopped on the first transport which would hire him (he took no money with which to book travel) and ventured forth. He remained on that transport for a number of years, rising through the ranks until he learned the ins and outs of the ship, rising to just short of command. It was a life free of everything he hated about politics, free of the kinds of complications which required words to fix. It was the life he always wanted.

But as is often the case, Ezra’s best laid plans were upended. As they prepared their next transport, Ezra’s ship picked up a young woman from the core. Becca Thatcher was on the run, attempting to escape an arranged marriage. It wasn’t abusive, there wasn’t physical peril, it was simply a life she didn’t want to live. This spoke to Ezra’s heart (of course) and the captain, Louis Ma, agreed to stow her. She was hotly pursued by alliance security forces, but Ezra’s sympathetic captain hid her away and she successfully escaped notice.

This trip, as it turned out, took the crew and their passengers first to the planet Lazarus, recently terraformed in the Heinlein sub-system. And it became more than just an escape for Becca. As they travelled, Ezra became smitten with Becca and it was reciprocated. When the ship landed and she disembarked, Ezra resigned his commission, asked Becca to marry him, and they departed together to shape their own rebirth like that of the planet’s biblical namesake.

A new life, in a new town, on a new planet and the newlywed Brooks’ never looked back. Ezra and Becca were Levi Brooks’ great-great-great grandparents.

Lineage: Founding Louisville

The Brooks’ established themselves in a hamlet on Lazarus located outside of Dora. They named this town Louisville to honor the captain of the transport ship who graciously took them on and in doing so, changed their lives.

Ezra and Becca carried a traditional Christian lifestyle with them, though it wasn’t fanatical. A live and let live philosophy, but this is how we choose to live.

In Louisville, opportunities for success grew, just like the Brooks family and their many children, and then grandchildren. Ezra put his knowledge of his transport ship to good use and began a small business of boat repair. At that time, transport ships were the most common visitors to Lazarus and Ezra found an easy source of jobs and thus was born Brooks Ship Repair. As Ezra’s skill and reputation grew, he brought on an engineer who helped expand the business into ship construction and creation. Brooks Ship Repair became Brooks Ship Building and as family became involved, it evolved again, into Brooks & Sons Ship Building. The business never stopped expanding as the demand for better, faster and stronger ships on Lazarus increased. The business was a great success and brought wealth and success to the family. Upon Ezra’s passing, his two eldest boys took over the business, renamed it Brooks Brothers Ship Building and the name has not changed to this day.

Lineage: Welcoming Levi

Jacob Brooks is the 5th generation of Brooks to take over the family business. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2485. His father George Brooks (mother Elaine) was acting President at that point, but Jacob basically ran the everyday operations. He is much like Ezra (if anyone could have known both of them). A wildcard, brash, occasionally volatile, but never abusive to his family. His volatility is mainly directed only toward those who can’t pay their bills or towards the Alliance and their intrusions and regulations which regularly caused disruptions in service or staff or just straight up headaches. He’s content they exist, but he prefers to run Brooks Brothers his own way, away from the meddling fingers of the Alliance.

Jacob is well-liked within the company. He’s the kind of boss that learned the business from the bottom up and isn’t afraid to get out on the manufacturing floor and get his hands dirty. He’s considered very able. This is one case (unlike the 3rd generation’s Mel Brooks who was too much a joker to be taken seriously) where putting the business into the hands of the children was a well-received choice. Jacob’s brother Isaac Brooks helps him run the business. He is more analytical and numbers-oriented so he keeps the books while Jacob handles the “nuts and bolts”.

In 2487, two years after taking over Brooks Brothers, Jacob married Rachel Cavanaugh. The Cavanaugh’s are a well-off family in the neighboring Dora. Jacob had reason to agree to such a match as the Cavanaugh’s run one of Dora’s largest import companies. So it was a good match for the business, but more than that, Jacob was head over heels. Rachel’s parents Levi and Betty Cavanaugh were agreeable as well. Rachel took some convincing, but ultimately, she was won over by Jacob’s persistence, his humor, and his overall good appearance. It was a hard fought love, but like everything else for Jacob, the harder the fight, the better the experience. One other point which brought them together is their adherence to traditional Christianity. The joke of their names was not lost on them, and they carried it through when naming their children.

In 2488, Rachel gave birth to their first son and they named him Levi (now 29 years old). Five sons followed Levi. Joseph (24) was born in 2493, Reuben (20) in 2497, Dan (13) in 2504, Simon (12) in 2505 and Asher (10) in 2507.

Childhood: A Different Kind of Boy

From the beginning, Jacob and Rachel suspected Levi was a different kind of boy. He was always running around playing “Hunters and Reavers”. He loved weapons and fighting and “rasslin” with the other kids (and later with his brothers). He loved horses and hunting and fishing. His competitiveness carried into athletics as well, as he played community and grade school baseball. That is all fairly typical and easily explainable and acceptable. He was a high-energy child.

But beyond all that, he was a super contrarian. And that made him difficult. No matter what Jacob and Rachel wished him to do, he always objected. It didn’t matter if he liked potatoes yesterday, he wouldn’t like them today. It never tempered during his childhood years as he constantly battled his parents and brothers alike. It wasn’t until he entered the military before that was drummed out of him. He was otherwise good-spirited and fun-loving. It was always about staying out an extra five minutes or not doing chores because he needed to go play. But it wasn’t fun to raise him.

On the business side of things he loved ships, so there was some brief hope that he would take over the business, but subsequent choices kept him from that.

As he grew up and was educated, Levi’s contrariness took on a less playful aspect with the family. He learned much of the Alliance and often came home spouting the latest and greatest Alliance propaganda, true or not. Especially topics about their great tech and inventions and how they would change the verse. Jacob hated this. And rather than the opposition easily explained by the terrible twos or the frustrating fours, these burns ran deeper. Jacob couldn’t abide Levi’s praise for the Alliance and all the good they do. To Jacob, the only good they could do was to do nothing at all. The rift between them deepened.

Growing Up: Family Ties

Levi has a large extended family. As always on the terraformed worlds, children were encouraged on Lazarus. They wanted not just new settlers, but they wanted natural-born inhabitants. How to better encourage success and stability than strong ties to your home world? Ezra and Becca started off the family line strong, and those trends have continued through the generations. The annual Brooks Family reunions have grown to such an extent that the town of Louisville basically shuts down all business (outside of those required to cook & work the function). It’s basically a town holiday, a harvest day of sorts, in which the family line is honored and celebrated.

Relatives are now spread throughout Lazarus as many went their own ways over the generations, making their own marks, following where the wanderlust or pioneering spirit took them. And there are a number of cousins, first to distant, who remained close to Levi’s inner circle. One of his first cousins, Elizabeth Foster, nee Cavanaugh is the daughter of Rachel’s brother. She was one of Levi’s “partners in crime” growing up, mixing it up in the “Hunters and Reavers” games. She married Eli Foster of Lazarus within the last couple years, a construction laborer, with aspirations of running a company down the line. Elizabeth is 28 years old and currently a housewife in Louisville, raising her first child, a 1 year old boy named Eli Jr.

Another of Levi’s first cousins took a different path. Sarah Brooks, daughter of Uncle Isaac is 24 years old and her beauty and appeal is undeniable. She has a charisma nearly equal to her appearance. And the companion life called to her. Always passionate and provocative, she found an outlet in the work to maximize her best attributes and use them as a means to achieve remarkable success. And she is on her way. She has been working at the most well-regarded companion house in Dora, Lazarus and she’s one of their most requested. Even the sky is not her limit, as idle talk amongst the leadership is fearful of her becoming a travelling companion and they hope she doesn’t leave too soon. The Brooks family did not respond well to this choice. It is too Alliance. It is an embrace of debauchery of the Alliance, the nearly hedonistic priority of pleasure above all else. That coupled with the Brooks’ family traditional morality created much discord among the family. Of course, Sarah wasn’t the first to make a dubious career choice in the Brooks family line, but she’s the most recent, and perhaps the most successful.

During his youth, Levi’s cousin Peter Washington (also 29 years old) was also a stalwart ally in all things fun and games. His father is a doctor in Louisville (a settler as doctors are always in high demand) and he married into the family. This made Peter a distant cousin. Who wasn’t, really, on Lazarus? But one loses track counting out the third, fourth, fifth cousins, once or twice removed. Peter and Levi were nearly inseparable in their youth, Levi’s regular sparring partner, a ball player, an outdoors enthusiast who fostered Levi’s enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. And they saw most things eye to eye. All the appeals of the life on Lazarus and the glorious possibilities of the Alliance walked hand in hand with Levi’s own opinions. It didn’t stop the oppositional Levi from arguing with him, but with Peter it was mainly playing devil’s advocate. Peter aspired to be a doctor like his father, but the appeal of the Alliance was strong in him, too. He ultimately enlisted with Levi, served as a medic in Levi’s unit before settling in the core when the war ended.

Peter had a sister, one year his junior. Leah Covington nee Washington was always skirting around the edges of Levi’s life, though he never paid her much mind. Until High School, at least. She blossomed as high school began and Levi was smitten. They spent much time together. Levi had deep feelings for her, but as college called, Levi’s desires for a life beyond Lazarus and his steadfast embrace of the Alliance began to create discord between them. Leah was a Lazurite through and through and though not political, enjoyed life with the Alliance at arm’s length. The long-distance took its toll, too and the romance ultimately withered. Leah is currently married, living in Dora with her husband Robert Covington, a bookkeeper. They have no children.

Another distant cousin of Levi’s is Jerome Greengrass. He is 34 years old and is employed at Brooks Brothers. Levi knew him, of course, during his youth, but they were never close and didn’t interact much, whether because of the age difference or the personality differences. Jerome is a very smart, analytical businessman. He knows his numbers and keeps the books of the business, mentored and shepherded by Uncle Isaac. But where Levi could be abrasive in a fun-loving, punch on the shoulder, ruffle the hair kind of way, Jerome is abrasive in his attitude and tone. He’s simply poorly skilled at the arts of diplomacy and charisma and he does not have close friends. There is a know-it-all feel to his manner of speech. It isn’t necessarily malicious; he just never learned or isn’t capable of behaving any differently. He is a bachelor. That said, his skill at the business is significant and he is eldest of the next generation working at Brooks Brothers. He is the likely successor (in what would have likely been Levi’s spot, if he hadn’t embraced the Alliance and left Lazarus).

Growing Up: The College Years

In 2506, at 18, Levi left Louisville for college in Dora, Lazarus. He excelled in his classes. He followed an engineering track, again raising the hope of Jacob and Rachel that he was changing and maturing, leaving his affection for the Alliance behind. This was not to be. While at university, the Unification War began. The students were caught up in the fervor of it all and many took sides, ending some friendships, changing most others. To the chagrin of his family, Levi’s attention was focused on the side of the Alliance.

Levi joined two organizations in college, a fraternity and a military training club. In Levi’s fraternity, he became great friends with his pledgemates Kyle Mullen and Keith Barnes. This was where Levi most expressed his fun-loving personality. Always game for a fraternity prank, game or other kind of adventure and chugging beers on the weekend, Levi let loose. Academics had their priority (and he never let that lag too far behind) but he never turned down an opportunity for fun. Kyle and Keith were both from small towns on Lazarus. Both saw university and the fraternity as a means to breaking free from the small town life without leaving the small town freedom behind. Keith hoped to be a teacher (and is presumably doing that now somewhere on Lazarus) and Kyle pursued business. He didn’t know what kind of business, but what the hell, it didn’t matter as long as it wasn’t in his hometown. Levi hasn’t spoken to either in nearly two years.

In his classes, Levi followed the engineering track along with fellow students Thomas Cogburn andContent Not Found: peter-chilsom. These guys were smart. Levi was no slouch, but not like these guys. They pretty much carried him through his upper level classes. And they were ambitious. They both really fostered the excitement Levi had for the technology brought with the Alliance and its potential benefits. Thomas and Peter were both from well-off families in Dora, but dreamed bigger. They wanted to leave Lazarus for the Core Planets and build and invent for the Alliance. Levi lost track of them in the intervening years, but presumably they are doing work — hopefully good work — for the Alliance still.

Levi fell in hard with the military training club. His love of fighting never waned over the years and here was an outlet for that enthusiasm. He was still naive about the reality of warfare, but hell if practice and training wasn’t exhilarating. If this was what being a soldier was like, he was game and he loved it all. One of Levi’s platoon mates was Mark Moses, a fellow Lazurite and gun enthusiast. Mark helped fill the void left by Peter’s absence during his college years as well as that of his brothers, as sparring partner. Mark withdrew from university early to officially enlist. The last Levi heard, Mark had been killed during an engagement on Daedalus.

Levi had many girlfriends and dates during college, but only one which turned serious. He was a casual dater, wanting not much more than a good time. Commitment was not on his mind, outside of his obligations to his studies, his training and his fraternity. There was one woman, though, who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Levi only dated Iris West twice, but she was basically useless. She didn’t bring anything to the table. Her only interest was Levi. There was nothing deeper to dig into or love. She hounded him, following him to classes or parties or training. He didn’t entertain these pleas for attention and she grew despondent. Levi went about his business and then one day she wasn’t there anymore. He didn’t hear anything in the school paper or rumor mill about any suicides and he was thankful for that. He was saddened by her despondency, but didn’t truly wish her ill. Ultimately, the rumor finally surfaced that she dropped out. Levi never saw or heard from her again.

Military History: Joining the Alliance

Upon graduation in 2510, Levi had no hesitation to leave his schooling behind and he immediately enlisted in the Alliance military. He had a brief stay at home to say goodbye to his family before shipping off. He knew Jacob and Rachel would disapprove. Those mostly friendly arguments took on a darker implication as the war strengthened and those resentful of the Alliance’s sway on local life and politics took stronger and more vocal stands. One such participant who surprised Levi with his vehemence was his brother Joseph. Now 17, Joseph was a strident supporter of the Browncoats. Not just a subtle opponent working against Alliance goals while keeping his mouth shut (like Jacob and most of the Brooks’), Joseph took every opportunity to shout his opposition on the nets and in the streets. He nearly came to true fisticuffs with Levi at this time and vowed to join the Browncoats and fight the Alliance to the bitter end. He vowed he would not hold back should they meet on the battlefield. Joseph left home following the fight. Levi’s time to go came before he returned and he never got to say goodbye or even “God Bless”.

What Levi didn’t learn until later was that Joseph never returned home. Neither his parents nor his brothers ever saw him again. There were occasional letters, short on details, until there simply weren’t any more. The last letter arrived about a month before the Battle of Serenity Valley and Joseph was never heard from nor seen again. His name never showed on the boards of the dead. He is officially considered lost, missing in action. Jacob and Rachel, brought low by the lack of information, have tried to move forward as there are other sons to care for, to live for. Their hopes are thin that anything positive will come. And with that same stroke of sadness, it only doubled when Levi returned home after the war. With thoughts of Joseph’s disappearance, Levi only exacerbated the pain. The wished him gone. Come home no more. Though they would not stop him from visiting — or could not, truly — just the sight of him now sent Rachel weeping and they wished he would not come.

Levi never even got to explain his disillusionment with the Alliance to his parents as they would not listen. They knew deep down Levi wasn’t truly to blame for Joseph being lost, but the raw emotions were too much to be reminded of too often.

Levi returned home once more, in 2513. He kept the visit professional. He brought his friend Jo Liang, his new captain to Brooks Brothers for the purchase of a ship. He encountered his father and Uncle Isaac there, as well as cousin Jacob, but there was not much said besides pleasantries. Levi did not see his mother or brothers.

Military Training: In the Thick of It

Boot camp was a breeze. Levi’s natural athleticism and his military training in college kept him in prime shape. So there were no troubles in the quick training boot camp. The Alliance needed the soldiers out in verse and quick and easy was the way it went.

Levi was anxious to get into the fighting and he didn’t have to wait long. He got dispatched to the 17th regiment at Red Rock on Moab in the Himinbjorg System. In a small blessing, cousin Peter Washington was the regiment’s field doctor. It was a blessing and Levi was happy at that time to take it as a sign that he was following a good, clear path. The sign was wrong.

Levi’s platoon sergeant was Eric Barnes. He was tough. Brutal. He directed the men without sympathy, sometimes without reason, it seemed. But he was there for one reason: he got the job done. Fearless. He went where angels feared to tread. But thus is the way of war. And it was under Sergeant Barnes’ direction when the shine of the glory of war — or rather his idea of the glory of war — began to get rubbed off, replaced by its utter brutality. Glory, it turned out, was rare.

The best Levi could muster was the instinct to preserve the men beside him. Especially one, Private David Crawford. They were partnered up from the beginning of Levi’s time. They both entered the platoon as replacements for lost or promoted men (among a few others) but they bonded immediately. David was from a smaller, more rugged border world with an even smaller Alliance presence and yet it called out to him just the same. What good it could do! As it turned out it was better phrased as a question: What good could it do? And the answer was simple: more harm than good.

The Alliance didn’t hold back in their fight against the Browncoats. And Levi saw the darkness of it. The evil underbelly. Brutality without consequence.

It wasn’t all darkness, though. There were bright spots. The “sister” platoon in Levi’s regiment was run by Sergeant Jacob Elias. Levi immediately saw the difference in leadership styles and was drawn to Elias. He led by example and encouragement. He was brave, too. He never backed away and always stepped up when he saw hesitation among the men. The fear with which Barnes provoked movement was replaced simply by being someone men instinctively wanted to follow. Levi thought about trying to transfer — he and David spoke of it from time to time, especially when Barnes got particularly nasty towards one of them — but it turned out he found a way to redirect his fear. He became his platoon’s Elias. The men turned to him, tried to follow his lead, his example. Elias, perhaps unknowingly, had created the next group of leaders of men. So he stayed. And he did it for the men most of all. His brother’s in arms, the man to his left, the man to his right. Peter. Fuck the Alliance. It began and ended with the men.

Barnes saw it, of course. He always gave Levi the most difficult tasks, the most mundane responsibilities. Kept his foot on his neck never giving him a chance to breathe.

Military Training: Fast and Furious

When an opportunity for furlough came up, Levi was glad to catch a break from the action and return to base. Any chance to escape the wrath of Barnes was greatly appreciated.

During his furlough, Levi met Gemma Stuart. For the first time since maybe Leah back in high school, Levi was instantly gone. Gemma worked at the base in the training department, guiding her cadets in the care and maintenance of their weapons. She was a rough and tumble military girl, from a military family, fit and confident.

They made an instant, passionate connection which burned hot and burned fast. Levi didn’t do much during those two weeks off the front lines that didn’t involve spending time in her quarters. She knew he was a short-timer and wouldn’t have it when he tried to express anything deep when it was time to go. Just accept this for what it was. But he took a chance once when she dozed after a particularly raucous session and sneaked a photo of her. He looked at it often after returning to the front, remembering her smooth skin, the sheen of sweat, and the taut muscles underneath. The feel of her breath on his cheek. The mutual pleasure.

Over the years, Levi thought of Gemma from time to time and whenever he returned to the Core Planets or near the forward operating base where they met he tried to look her up but he never did find her. He prayed for her well-being and hoped that someday he’d see her again.

Military Training: The Scales Fall Off

Upon returning to the platoon, Barnes continued to make life hell for Levi. It never seemed to affect his ability to follow the battle plan, but when the fighting got fierce, he didn’t hesitate to deploy the men to what he thought was his best advantage against the Browncoats, battle plan be damned. And Levi always got the worst of it. It was during the Battle of New Lafayette (Three Hills | Georgia System) when Barnes pressed especially deep into the Browncoat lines and the platoon returned with a rebel Captain, a prisoner of war.

Elias was there and the conversation got heated as Barnes wanted to deal with him then and there while Elias wanted to take him back to headquarters for more in depth questioning. They began to shove one another, Barnes physically imposing his will on the smaller Elias when Levi stepped in to stop them. None of the other soldiers in the area dared. But Levi already had the worst of Barnes. What else could he do?

Well, nothing directly, it turns out. But indirectly, he knocked off the last remaining scales from Levi’s Alliance-shaded eyes and whatever remained of the affection he had for the Alliance crumbled away and he saw clearly for the first time what they were capable off.

Elias lost the argument to take the Browncoat Captain back to headquarters. Barnes handled the interrogation himself. And from behind those closed doors, the platoon heard only madness. Was it torture? Was Barnes truly attempting to learn anything from the prisoner? Elias attempted to go up the chain of command, but engaged elsewhere the generals had no response. Prisoners were unimportant. Interrogations even less so. They were content to let it lie and let them handle it in the field. They only impressed upon Elias the need to keep pressing their advantage on the battlefield.

As the interrogation threatened to go into a second day, Elias broke into the room to end it. The platoon was on edge; divisions between the sides were exploding among those who thought whatever it was Barnes was doing was justifiable with those, like Levi, who felt he may have gone too far. Thoughts of Joseph burned within him. This man could easily be Joseph. He was a man, no different from Levi. Someone’s brother or son, maybe even a father. War is hell, of course, but don’t let it come to treating one another like animals.

But no one truly knew what was happening within. When Elias entered the room the noise escalated immediately. The words were unclear. Shouts, screams, pain, anger, shots. Moments later, Barnes walked out bleeding from his shoulder. He left behind a dead Browncoat Captain and a dead Sergeant Elias. He immediately promoted one of Elias’ men to Sergeant and instructed the men to move out, staring down Levi with a glint in his eye. Levi even thought there was a slight hint of grin at the corner of his mouth.

The Alliance investigation was limited and unproductive. Barely going through the motions. They were indifferent to the losses and content to wrap it up and get on with the war. Barnes’ story revealed how Elias attempted to free the Browncoat from his binds and upon doing so, the rebel stole Elias’ gun, shot him down, and shot Barnes in the shoulder before Barnes was able to respond, putting him down. Levi didn’t believe it. There was something not right about the story, though Levi couldn’t quite figure it. All he knew was he wanted out. And he wanted out now.

Levi suffered many indignities after that. Barnes lorded his power and strength. Pushback was out of the question. Court martial was the best outcome. Death the most likely. So he buttoned up, kept his mouth shut, his head down, and battled through. He leaned on Peter and David for those times to vent, though Peter didn’t have much consideration for the conspiracy of it all. He knew what kind of man Barnes was — that much was obvious — but he was never disillusioned the way Levi was.

David shared it, though, and that was reassuring. To have someone with whom to have that understanding definitely helped Levi finish his enlistment. And luckily, within a few months, it was over. He was eligible to renew. He declined. He had put in his time and he walked away.

Employment: Wandering the ’Verse

Upon leaving the military, Levi caught on with a freighter, flying transport missions of gear, goods and folks. He put his engineering and ship-building background to good use as a jack of all trades, fix-it man. He was not a full-fledged engineer but he could figure things out in a pinch. But his true usefulness was in his frame and his skill in a fight. Mercenary muscle.

But there was one thing which motivated him most of all: Joseph. One of Levi’s first jobs took him to Lazarus. Home. The job itself was nothing special, but he had a few hours to himself and he went to see his father. Jacob filled him in on the family, however tersely. Most specifically he told him to not go see his mother. Joseph was missing. He had never come home from that day over two years prior. There were occasional letters, and then nothing. Gone. No body, no word, no nothing. Vanished. Levi felt compelled to find him and would do whatever he had to do so. He’s still looking, to this day.

Levi returned to his ship heartbroken. With the war over, he hoped for some reconciliation, but it wasn’t to be. So he wandered. Job to job. Ship to ship. He never lasted too long in one place or on any one ship. And this motivated him. He dug for clues. Anywhere there had been a significant engagement with the Browncoats, he looked to signs Joseph had been there. Any Browncoats with whom he happened to be crew mates he’d ask — if they were comfortable enough sharing. Not all of them owned up to it as Alliance feelers were still out there, still bringing in rebels for punishment, if they could find them.

As for work, he tried to stay away from anything too hazy or illegal. He wasn’t naive. He understood there was much grey area amongst the activities and jobs. And he understood what he might be asked to do. But if a place ventured too far over the line into illegality, Levi did his best to step away and find another ship, another job.

Employment: Flight of the Cháoshèng

On one such job he encountered Jo Liang. He could see there was something different about her. She was strong, tough and forceful. Fiercely independent and confident. There was something about her which reminded him of Sergeant Elias. She was former Alliance, just like him. She was in some way disillusioned, just like him. She was looking for her brother, just like him. She was closed and didn’t share much, but Levi didn’t care. He knew he could trust her. And when the chance came and she asked for him, he followed.

In 2513 when Jo was decided to go it alone and run her own boat, he leapt at the chance to join her. She had a pilot ready to go, Percival Devolo. Levi didn’t know him, but hell, if he was good enough for Jo, he was good enough for him.

All she needed was a ship. So Levi took her home to meet the folks. It was the last time Levi visited Lazarus. Through his father, Levi helped her secure an old, but trustfully renovated, Firefly class vessel from Brooks Brothers. There wasn’t much money in them anymore and Levi’s dad was more than willing to let it go at a reasonable price.

Jo re-christened it the Cháoshèng and they’ve been flying the verse ever since.


Other Details

In the Year 2517:

Levi Brooks, son of Jacob and Rachel Brooks
Missing brother: Joseph (24 years old)
Other brothers: Reuben (20), Dan (13), Simon (12), Asher (10)
Homeland: Lazarus, Heinlein, Red Sun
Basic Premise: Former Alliance Military, now travelling mercenary searching for his lost brother.
Goal Posts: Decker (Blade Runner)

2506-2510: Student
2510-2512: Soldier
2512-2513: Odd jobs / bounty hunter / began search for Joseph.
2513-2517: Crew of Ship.
2513-Ship: Connect w/ Jo Liang.

Religion: Casual Christian, but grew up in a very traditional Christian family, as evidenced by their traditional Biblical names.

Companions: Cousin is a companion on Lazarus. Visited a companion once while a soldier with the Alliance.

Mega-Corporations: Pressure put upon Brooks Brothers as competition in ship building.

Crime: Nothing before leaving military. Only crime would be what we as a crew (including me as a merc / solo) might have been loosely involved in, so probably not too deep, more grey area / borderline crime – light smuggling, avoid Alliance eyes.

Dispositions towards Levi:
Alliance: Positive
Browncoats: Indifferent to negative.
Companion’s Guild: Who?
Mega-Corporations: Peon
Crime: Who?

Alliance: Leaning negative.
Browncoats: Sympathetic.
Companion’s Guild: Positive.
Mega-Corporations: Neutral.
Crime: Neutral, leaning negative.
People from Rim: Sympathetic.
People from border: Home!
People from core: Neutral, means to an end.

Group Dynamics:

Jo Liang: tough, honorable, similar life experience.
Dionaea Holliday: help people, heal them.
Duplaix Getties: respect the job.
Percival Devolo: respect the job.
Sullivan Horner: mechanical / engineering.
Evelyn Veronica Edwards: respect the job; don’t know anything about computers
Zhang Xioli: sympathize with search for missing friend

Jo Liang: alliance (still more pro) criminality.
Dionaea Holliday: criminality.
Duplaix Getties: criminal
Percival Devolo: alliance leanings.
Sullivan Horner: disparage craftsmanship of the boat; perceived disrespect of the captain
Evelyn Veronica Edwards: don’t know where she stands, is this a facade?
Zhang Xioli: potential to wedge into my friendship with Jo

General Disposition: Laid back, likes everyone, gregarious, wants everyone to have fun.
Moodiness: Emotionally steady, takes a lot to shock or stun or rattle.
Outlook: Realist, but pessimistic about brother & ever finding him.
Integrity: Trustworthy, consistent, means what he says, man of his word.
Impulsiveness: Quick to respond if friend is in danger, but otherwise likes a plan.
Bold: Brave, loud, quick to leap in, do what needs to be done.
Flexibility: Prefers a plan, but will function with urgency as required.
Affinity: Warm, affectionate.
Comportment: Confident, with deference to captain as required.
Interactivity: Engaged with tentative eye, some caution but if “safe”, wide open.
Disclosure: Likely to share, nothing to hide.
Conformity: Working way out of this; always very by the book before leaving military.
Humor: General jokes & merriment, no meanness intended, just laughs, busting balls.

Levi Brooks

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