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Name:
Tom Beartooth
Gender:
Male
Name Notes:
In the Great Migration, there were some of First Nations and indigenous ancestry that were put into a ship module/compartment named "Hawk".  Thus those of the Algonquian-language-related ancestors who came together refer to that group as Hawk, Kekehk (Cree) or Gekek (Ojibwe) Clan.
Age:
27
Date of birth:
2487-03-14
World of birth:
Hera
Position:
Deck Hand
Physical Appearance:
Long & thick dark black hair long, sleek; dark brown eyes, usually shifty around wasi'chu & observant; 5' 8" and a mere 120 lbs when first met by the crew.  Tom can be described as scrawny and lanky, and while most folk don't reckon he'd be found lugging freight on Persephone without a lifter or acting as a bouncer or body guard, he is rather agile and quick on his feet.  And, thanks to the slightly higher gravity-norm found on Persephone, is stronger than you'd think. He's also pretty alert and constantly checking out his surroundings—which can make him seem shifty and a mite twitchy to those that don't much know him.  Point being, he's often underestimated and usually misunderstood.
Clothing:
At his first meeting with the Jin Dui crew on Oct. 27, 2514, he's only got worn out jeans, cowboy boots, t-shirts (that fell off the truck or he got from the local mission clothing donation bin, honest!), worn browncoat with Independent patch still on, worn on special occasions with much reverence.  Sometimes a dun-colored floppy hat to be a bit less conspicuous when need calls for.  Might have a denim jacket lyin' around somewhere, got some old work gloves still in the pockets.
Possessions:
A small deer leather pouch held on a leather strap around his neck like a necklace filled with items of special significance (not widely known).  He might of picked up a little multi-tool that was just lying around.
Family:
Tom grew up on a modest bison ranch at the mouth of a formerly obscure valley with his Grandma and Grandpa George, several aunts and uncles, and plenty of cousins helping out.  He mostly spent time with his favorite cousin (closest in age), James.  He's got a sister too, couple of years younger than him.  Name's Annie.  Real firecracker, that one.
Friends/Other:
Jessa (Doe) and Tom are nigh inseparable and consider one another family (which was formalized in a clan ceremony on Hera a few months before Tom and Jessa came aboard the Jin Dui).  Tom's only other trusted friend on Persephone is Gobi Peshwar, whom he met in the repatriation camp on Hera after the armistice.  Tom Baker was his best friend during the war, but they were separated after the Independent surrender when Tom had to report to Hera for repatriation.
Skills:
Fixing machinery, including zero-g repair; pickpocketing, sneaking about, eavesdropping.  General ranching chores, in which he developed a real proficiency in slacking off (according to Nohkom).  He can hunt, although he's much more used to the mule and white-tail deer that used to be plentiful enough before the War.  He can also trap rabbit and track.  He's handy with a gun, but he hasn't carried a firearm since the War—but that's another story (see "Reconstruction").
Hobbies:
He knows a few card tricks, and if you want to step right up and place your bets, you could win a few...hey! 

He likes to tell a good story to Jessa, mostly, but sometimes to other folk.  He's taken to reading these days.  Tom's been thinking of taking up some weight training now that he's got a more regular food intake.  Whittling looks nice, now that he's got this thing they call "down time" during those long interplanetary trips.
Personality:
Quiet and usually aloof, independent.  Tom takes a while to warm up and trust people, especially those who are rich, powerful, and Core-born (to the point of being outright prejudice).  But he's mostly honest and respectful to peers, and he's downright loyal, warm, and steadfast to his closest friends.

Could be considered ISFP on the Meyers-Briggs scale, but he's got a spot of intuition that takes over on occasion.  He considers his "talking to machines" more art form than technical know-how... "You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but you take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turnin' of worlds." 

His root sin is envy ("Why do them Core folk... heck, most any folk, seem to know how to make it in this 'Verse an' I don't seem to have a clue?") and his greatest gifts are his creativity and soft-spoken, soft-hearted kindness.  More passive than active, he'd rather get out of everyone's way, hide in the shadows, an' just try to get on with livin' without anyone else, especially Alliance, meddling.  Thrillin' heroics is for big damn heroes, not Tom.
History:
Tom grew up on a modest bison ranch at the mouth of a formerly obscure Valley with his Grandma and Grandpa George, several aunts and uncles, and plenty of cousins helping out. He found a knack for repairing farm equipment. 

When the Unification War came, Tom enlisted where his talent for machinery repair was quickly put to use, keeping ailing transports of land, sea, sky, and space varieties still limping along for the cause. It was during this time Tom learned zero-gravity spaceship repair at the dockyards at Shinbone as the Independent Faction desperately tried to recover from the devastating rout of their space fleet at the Battle of Sturges. 

After the surrender, Tom was ordered to report back to his home planet at Hera for "repatriation" back into society.  This is where things got "define 'interesting' interesting" but also where Tom met Gobi Peshwar.

Once released, Tom was asked by his Grandpa George to find work on Redbird Reservation on Persephone. However, things didn't go so well, and he soon found himself unemployed. He made his way to Eavesdown Docks where he took up a life of petty crime, pick-pocketing, con scams, petty theft, and the like when he couldn't get temporary work.
Blurb:
5'8", eyes: dark, hair: black.  Most folk see Tom as scrawny and lanky, and while they don't reckon he'd be found lugging freight on Persephone without a lifter or acting as a bouncer or body guard, he is rather agile and quick on his feet.  He's also pretty alert and constantly checking out his surroundings. Serves as a deck hand and supporting mechanic on the Jin Dui. (joined in Season Two)