A scifi sword & planet adventure at the edge of the galaxy
Hickory didn’t think she’d ever get back to the field after she messed up her last mission. Now, she’s being told to take her team to Prosperine, a radioactive planet, and one of the very few places where the element crynidium is found in large enough quantities to mine. Exposure to the planet’s atmosphere is fatal to primates, so Hickory and her crew will need some serious re-design of their internal organs as well as their appearance. This is where the maquillage comes in. The local species evolved from Dinosauria and tolerate the radiation. The mission promises to be a tough and dangerous assignment to the edge of the galaxy. Naturally, Hickory jumps at the chance.
As this Sci-Fi adventure begins, our heroine Hickory Lace is twenty-one, unmarried and a lecturer at the Saint Philip Research Academy in Rome, planet Earth. Born of an Italian mother and Irish-American father, she has inherited some of the traits of both cultures: feisty, straight-talking, passionate.
Hickory’s mother died while giving birth to her younger brother, Michael. Her estranged father is Admiral George Lace, head of security in the Intragactic Agency.
At fifteen, our heroine won three silver medals in gymnastics and one bronze in fencing at the Olympics, but within two years she grew 12 inches and became noncompetitive at the elite level.
Yes, she’s a Scorpio (did you guess?)
Hickory Lace was born at 3.00 am on 9 November 2153. That makes her a Scorpio, and just the sort of person to sign up for a sci-fi adventure at the edge of the galaxy! Scorpio girls are said to be strong-willed and mysterious. This certainly applies to our heroine. She knows what it takes to achieve her goals and has a magnetic charm that others can’t ignore.
One of Hickory’s major strengths is her ability to focus. Once she decides on a course of action, it’s almost impossible to divert her from her path. This strength can at times prove to be a weakness.
As a Scorpio, she tackles every mission head-on regardless of how difficult the situation might be, near to home or at the edge of the galaxy. She is intuitive, passionate, trustworthy, and faithful. If you are Hickory’s friend, you know she will stand by you (just ask Jess or Gareth!)Commander Hickory Lace leads by instinct, which is re-enforced by her empathic skills.
For those who like to see the numbers, here they are:
Height: 5 feet 10 inches, Weight: 160 pounds, Vital Statistics: 35:24:35, Hair: Long, burnished, Eyes: brown, Skin: Pale due to her Irish genes, Shape of Face: Triangular
We all want to know those nitty-gritty fashion details, don’t we? At home, Hickory dresses casual: loose jumper tied at the waist, baggy trousers; slippers. At university, she is a smart dresser and strives to appear businesslike wearing her hair tied back, light eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick. When on a mission, she wears the Alien Corps uniform unless she needs to merge in with the local population, when she may need a maquillage.
Hickory has a habit of raising her eyebrows, sometimes only one. She enjoys good wine, and good food, but rarely to excess. By the start of the Alien Corps she is fit, agile, and works out every day in the gym. To relax, Hickory plays classical piano, and enjoys rock climbing. Her favorite Sayings are “shape up”, “there are no accidents, only mistakes.” She can however be a perfectionist and is demanding of her team.