A story about a family-run merchant cargo ship, “URSA MARU.” A lumbering beast of a vessel, it’s been cobbled and retrofitted a hundred times over from countless Federation vessel parts. The family is a hard-scrabble bunch that works the shipping lanes that come in close proximity to Parkeshi pirates and other renegades.
The father, Max Roberts, is the captain. Strong and no-nonsense and folksy. He’s fiercely committed to his family and livelihood. The daughter, Madelyn “Maddi” Roberts, flies the ship, very cocky and a bit tomboyish. The son, Arthur “Arti” Roberts, is very tech-savy, nerdy and likeable.
The grandfather, Deke “Gramps” Roberts, is the chief engineer, crusty and temperamental, but big-hearted. The Captain’s sister, Grace Roberts, sees to the medical and culinary needs of the crew. She’s tough, but kind… but don’t get in a fight with her… it will be your last.
Both the teenagers have Asperger’s Syndrome, making them super smart, quirky and highly focused. The kids’ mother, Donna, or “MOM”, who had studied at the Daystrom Institute, was killed in a raid on the ship a number of years back, but lives on in the form of the ship’s computer; having had her mental engrams impressed on the computer’s circuitry, (much like the M-5 computer, but without the crazy) so, in a way, the ship is always looking out for her family… She can also be a little sassy. Max wears a computer interface for private communications with MOM, which makes for some interesting arguments.
LOTS of potential for high space adventure/morality play stories, in a similar vein to Firefly.
In the pilot, Parkeshi pirates storm the vessel in search of valuable cargo and MOM takes a dim view of the invasion.