More Gravitas

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The More Gravitas is an Arai Qashir light cargo ship. Ori's parents originally purchased the ship with grant money from the university to support small-scale xenoarcheological expeditions with minimal funding. When the university insisted that they change the ship's registered name to something more professional and less offensive than Tits McGee, the ensuing argument with Ori's mother (who liked the irreverent style of the previous ship's owner) resulted in the sarcastic renaming of the ship to the More Gravitas. She refused to remove the pinup art on the cargo bay, claiming that historical references to early 20th century nose art was appropriate for an archeology vessel. The university finally decided to take what victories they could get out of the formidable woman.

The university funded upgrades to the ships sensors and life support to better support its intended use, but otherwise the ship remained as originally designed.

Ori's parents operated the ship on behalf of the university for five years supporting both field work and work-study internships. When funding cuts killed the program, Ori's father talked the university into transferring the More Gravitas to them in lieu of their severance and pension arrangements. As the university was expecting to donate the ship for scrap, it wasn't a difficult negotiation.

Ori's parents continued on with the ship as freelance xenoarcheologists, selling their finds to museums and private collectors any time they could find a buyer. Ori grew up with the ship as the only home she knew.

Arai Qashir

Kazakh-built light cargo ship. Qashir means "mule". Credited as "the ships that built the colonies". Simple, cheap, and durable. They were built to outlive their owners, and a great many did. Thousands were built and they maintained a steady, adaptable flow of goods to and from newly built human colonies until those colonies grew large enough to make full-sized freighters a viable alternative. Similar in purpose and operation to modern trucking, many of them were owned and operated by independent crews that contracted with shipping companies or directly to corporations as freight couriers.

By the time of the Retribution War, most of these ships were 80 to 90 years old. Fewer than a hundred ships were still in operation. Less than twenty of those survived the war, mostly due to being outside of human territory when it started.


Bomber nose art of a scantily clad, curvy redhead on the side of the cargo bay

Cargo bay with large airlock 4 crew cabins bathroom pilot bubble engineering room main airlock escape pod kitchenette booth-style dining alcove