Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata

Portrait of Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata
Portrait of Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata
Stacy Lucas
Stacy Lucas
Art Approval:
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Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata
Name Notes:
He's actually Hohepa Hoeata Jr., but the family has always called him Hoss... and most everyone who doesn't speak Maori is glad for the nickname as well.  (Note -- "Hohepa" is the Maori version of Joseph)
Date of birth:
World of birth:
ship's primary mechanic
Physical Appearance:
This guy is HUGE -- 6’6”, dreadlocks, tribal tatts, built like a tank, tall and broad. Dark brown eyes, dark skin, blunt features and a nose that was broken and didn’t heal straight.  Thick black dreadlocks, often worn pulled back under a kerchief or just tied back out of the way.  Hoss looks really scary when he’s not smiling, and has the muscles to back up his “war face”.  Seriously, the guy looks like he can crush rocks with this bare hands! However, he’s really just an enormous marshmallow of a guy, who has learned that a scowl will usually stop trouble at 20 paces. His time in the war has physically and mentally aged him -- he looks a decade older than he really is.  Hoss has Maori-style black tribal tattoos on his upper left arm and across his left chest; he has traditional Te Moko facial tattoos as well, in ink that’s invisible during regular “natural” light, but glows crimson red in UV light. Surprisingly fast and light on his feet for a man as big as he is.
Hoss is a simple man, and his clothing reflects this. He typically wears knee-length cutoff brown BDU shorts, held up with a belt, and a t-shirt or tank shirt tucked into his shorts. A tendency toward being cold leads him to very often wear a long-sleeved shirt or Greenleaf Threshers hoodie over his t-shirt. HIs shoes are old beat-up combat boots, worn laced up only part way with the laces wrapped around his ankles and tied in front. Everything is clean if a bit worn and faded. For special occasions, he puts on long pants.
He has a Greenleaf Threshers flag hanging in his quarters, and a shell necklace that Grandmama Mahaika gave him that he wears on special occasions. Most of the rest of his belongings are back home on Raikirua Island, including what's left of his Browncoats kit.
Hoss comes from a large rural family, and from an even larger extended family.  The community which settled Raikirua Island treasured their Maori bloodlines and wanted to return to traditional Maori ways. The community is functionally ruled by his great-grandmother, the dowager Grandmama Mahaika; his parents are Hohepa “Little Joe” and Awina Hoeata, he’s the first son, has four older sisters and three young brothers, and a great multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
His closest friend by far is Captain Elizabeth "Bet" Cooper, captain of the Jin Dui. They met and grew close during the War and have been watching each other's back ever since.
Hoss was never much for his schoolin’ -- he dropped out of secondary school when he was 15 and thrived working on the family’s farm and on the family’s fishing boats.  He’s a natural mechanic (ala Kaylee) -- he’s got an almost preternatural sense of what makes machines works, and they just talk to him when they need to be fixed.  Was a hospital orderly by profession for several years.  Native tongue is Maori, along with English and Mandarin, all with a slight Kiwi accent.
Damn fine rugby player.  Lifelong and dedicated fan of the Greenleaf Threshers.  A natural green thumb, and is currently cultivating a dozen spider plants, all named after his cousins.  The pots are hanging in his quarters and each have their own grow-light.  Loves baking -- specifically, loves cakes, cupcakes, pies, cobblers, candies, pastries… anything that is sugar-loaded.  Loves making items as fanciful-looking as they are tasty, and enjoyings decorating cakes and cupcakes and cookies with fancy icing -- flowers, swirls, drizzles, etc. etc. etc.  His second dream career, after being a mechanic to his own ship, would be to be a wedding cake artisan.
Friendly, gregarious, with a gentle soul.  Hoss is the kind of guy who is always rescuing stray cats, bottle-nursing kittens, and feeding puppies.  Extreme softie.  Has a powerful sweet tooth, and is notorious for always having a pocket full of candy.  Can be shy, especially around individuals he finds romantically interesting.
Hoss joined the Independents in 2507 after an argument with some of his older cousins -- and the recruiting agent took one look at this hulk coming through the door and signed him up on the spot.  The war was still a long way away from Greenleaf at that point, and it all seemed very romantic to Hoss. Hoss had heard about an orbital mechanized infantry unit from a fragment of a news report, and the recruiting agent was quick to convince him that yes, it really was a mecha unit, and yes, they needed exactly Hoss’s type to run those giant robots!  Hoss was extremely disappointed later to learn he had simple been taken advantage of...

After basic training, Hoss was assigned to the 4th Greenleaf Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the “Gladiator Gunners”.  Needless to say, Hoss hated it.  Plus, he really is a horrible shot.  But he can haul a lot, and was not adverse to hard work.  A series of officers discovered his mechanical skills -- but in the true wisdom of all militaries everywhere, Hoss was never formally re-assigned anywhere as a mechanic, or reassigned to a unit where his skills would be utilized.

Hoss was wounded at the Battle of Starling Base on Paquin in 2508; he was among a dozen injured servicemen airlifted out of Starling Base aboard the ISF Diamondback, a medevac ship which sustained damage from a mine blast.  Hoss was instrumental in the scramble to save the ship, repair her life-support systems, and restart her engine.  Captain E.M. Cooper was among the medical officers aboard who badgered Major Liu, Flight Captain of the ship, into “requisitioning” Hoss on a permanent crew basis as a hospital orderly, with a field promotion to Corporal.  This was the start of his close friendship with Cooper.

Hoss was stationed at the Companion Hall at the start of the Battle of Serenity Valley, as an orderly with the 67th Forward Combat Hospital.  Captain Cooper arranged for his unexpected transfer out with one of the last medevacs to leave the valley in April of 2511, effectively saving his life.

Spent some time after the war serving aboard the Celestial Queen, an older cruiseliner with a home port of Santos.  He served as an infirmary orderly, and spent an awful lot of his spare time learning tricks of the trade from the ship’s pastry chefs in return for scut labor.
6'6" tall, black dreadlocks and dark brown eyes, with lots of tattoos.  A skilled natural mechanic who served as a hospital orderly during most of the War.  Big and intimidating looking, but a gentle, non-violent man at heart.  Friendly and gregarious, has a heart of gold and a world-class sweet tooth.

Linked Fic:

If You Call   2514.03.10* (Leading Role)
Hoss reunites with Cooper on Deadwood, after she makes him an offer he cannot refuse...
Good to Go   2514.03.17* (Supporting Role)
Hoss and Cooper prepare the Jin-Dui for new hire interviews.
Bon Voyage   2514.03.18* (Supporting Role)
Sully is concerned about what he and the rest of the new crew may have stumbled into...
Launch Point   2514.03.18* (Supporting Role)
Captain Cooper is looking to hire a new crew, but things just never go smooth...
Sihnon Standard Time   2514.04.08* (Leading Role)
Now under new management, the Jin Dui makes her first call at the Persephone’s Eavesdown Docks.
Uncovered   2514.04.11* (Supporting Role)
Captain Cooper delves into her crew’s secrets -- and confesses one of her own.
Favor Points   2514.05.02* (Supporting Role)
As the ship arranges to take on a cargo of furniture downsized from a Santo resort, Sully follows up with some old business contacts, and takes on a small smuggling job for Beylix.
Lucky Day   2514.05.16* (Supporting Role)
The Jin Dui departs for the Bonnie Prince Charlie, an asteroid smuggler’s depot, to deliver a load of contraband… not knowing that they’re walking blind into a trap...
Aftermath   2514.05.22* (Supporting Role)
Captain Cooper and the rest crew of the Jin Dui come to terms with the arrival of Ben Carver… and deal with sorting out a cargo hold full of materials looted from the Lucky Day.
Working It Out   2514.05.23* (Leading Role)
After the incident with the Lucky Day, Hoss has some thinking to do.
Storm Warning   2514.05.26* (Supporting Role)
Young Tilly senses a sea change looming...
Collecting Strays   2514.06.18* (Cameo)
Carver is asked to undertake an unpleasant duty, while Sully offers a job to a friend in need.
Boomer   2514.06.19* (Supporting Role)
Old Odin is half-blind and crippled -- so what value can the dog possibly prove to be?
Lettin' The Cat Outta The Bag   2514.07.05* (Supporting Role)
While the Jin Dui is at Whitefall, Captain Cooper rescues a traumatized cat from a dockside butcher’s shop, leading to Carver’s arrest for murder…

Linked Art:

Portrait of Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata
Portrait of Hohepa “Hoss” Hoeata
Stacy Lucas

Greenleaf Threshers -- team logo
Greenleaf Threshers -- team logo
Stacy Lucas

The Cupcake War Begins...
The Cupcake War Begins...
Louise Meijer

Hoss Hoeata
Hoss Hoeata
Stacy Lucas

Hoss & Lola
Hoss & Lola
Stacy Lucas

Hoss's ta moko tattoos
Hoss's ta moko tattoos
Stacy Lucas

Hoss Hoeata
Hoss Hoeata
Stacy Lucas

Illustration for "Sihnon Standard Time" -- Sully's promotion
Illustration for "Sihnon Standard Time" -- Sully's promotion
V Brenan

Hoss -- pencils
Hoss -- pencils
Stacy Lucas

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