UPDATE No.4 – Jesse Samson
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JESSE SAMSON (24)
Jesse, our hero is quite the hotheaded, reckless sort. The reason to his behavior is a childhood trauma: he witnessed the death of his father 15 years ago. Jesse is looking for his place in this chaotic world – he is aware that the only person he can fully rely on is his own self (even if Captain Kimura acts as a sort of surrogate father to him).
Jesse’s nature is curious, sometimes a bit naive, yet he can be cold and ruthless when the situation requires it. But *only* when the situation requires it – to his few friends he is loyal to the end.
Jesse’s father Owen Samson was the captain of the space ship Eiko Maru, where the current captain of Queen Mab, Shinobu Kimura was the navigator. During a routine mission (their first in Zádori’s fleet) they were transporting raw bauxite to a Grasshopper (Grasshoppers are gigantic cargo ships capable of space jump).
The Eiko Maru was just exiting Earth’s atmosphere when they have noticed two unknown ships colliding. They have changed their course to help them. To save the injured, crewmembers exiting Eiko Maru had to put their space suits on, and take a short space walk. Owen Samson was among them.
Back then, “shipjackings” were frequent: pirates crashed into and boarded ships with valuable cargo. In this case, the attacked ship was transporting something extremely important, as a GTD (Global Traffic Department) patrol ship has arrived in the vicinity just minutes after the Eiko Maru – and they have completely misunderstood the situation. They identified the Eiko Maru as the attacker, and started shooting at the ship right away.
Kimura was trying to save everybody, but after a while he had no choice but to get the hell out of there. Owen Samson was killed just before reaching the Eiko Maru.
Ever since then notions of revenge fuel Jesse – but that doesn’t cloud his judgement in his position as the navigator of the Queen Mab, Zádori’s favourite extractor ship, now commanded by Kimura.
The origin of the pale scar on Jesse’s neck is anyone’s guess. It looks like he had his throat cut when he was a child – then the wound has healed, and as the boy grew, the scar grew with him.
The crew of the Queen Mab loves Jesse with all their hearts, yet they are very much aware that the kid is unpredictable and has a few personality problems.
(This text has already appeared on the official website – please visit veronagame.com for more background story!)