Jonathan Quaid
People are often surprised at how non-descript Jonathan Quaid appears in person, compared to his inflated public image. He's only average height and being an expert swordsman hasn't changed his generally puny physique. His pale skin and brown hair wouldn't stand out in a crowd either. The casual visitor might struggle to connect the 42-year-old man with the face from the war films and recruiting posters. This is why he usually hides behind the dress uniform, only rarely appearing without it.

Many myths surround Jonathan Quaid. He is not a "self-made man" and did not climb to his present position from the gutter. His parents were commoners, but also wealthy bankers who paid for him to attend an exclusive preparatory school.

The best description of Admiral Quaid is that he is lucky, in his family, education, and career.

He easily entered the Naval Academy and graduated with honours. The only misfortune he suffered at the Academy was failing to be elected to a leadership position in the Young Liberals.

He breezed through his career for the first few years, performing acceptably in a major diplomatic mission but giving no indication of his future success. He first came to prominence in the Candyland scandal, where he refused to participate in the corruption of his fellow junior officers. Hundreds of them turned out to be skimming the supply budgets, and the Admirals publicly promoted Quaid as an ideal honest officer, literally using him on the recruiting posters.

The closest Quaid has ever come to bad luck is the disaster that was the Battle of the Brown Dwarf. But again, he was a positive exception, taking over for his severely wounded superior, repairing the ship himself and returning home uninjured, as so few others did. His story was irresistible to the media, and there were several melodramatic depictions of his adventures.

Quaid's growing fame attracted the eye of the Lady Stephanie Url, heir to an ancient and respected but relatively poor duchy. Her father's disapproval of their marriage meant he did not receive the customary noble title, and remains formally outranked by his own wife.

Quaid retired at the rank of Admiral as one of the most famous and respected military veterans of all time. Such was his fame that the Navy was seriously considering naming a ship after him. But a few skeptics wondered what he had actually achieved in his career. Candyland only required following the law, and Brown Dwarf was essentially a retreat. Had Quaid ever been a real hero, or just a convenient public relations puppet?

Quaid himself was troubled by this question. He resolved to travel the stars and seek a real adventure, where he could prove himself against real danger.