"Give me a second, and I can show you an old Earth tradition. The snowball."
Melody is one character whose other version is different enough that she'll get her own page.
In Phoenix Dawn, Melody was the survivor of a freak teleportation accident and was adopted by Phillee as a teenager. She attended a program to get her Communications Specialist's certification and joined SSEP -- mostly because both Riki and Phillee were involved in it, as well as for a love of novelty. Like the rest of the crew of the Ankaa -- her first assignment -- she was marooned on Hinode, and is now reliant on Riki's newfound magic to get them back to the Ankaa and home.
Melody is a difficult person to get along with. She tends to brush people off, assume they are either idiots or want something from her, and in general act like a snide, sarcastic, bitch. Once you get beneath this act, however, you have a truly loyal and sympathetic friend -- albeit one that will not hesitate to whack you in the butt if she thinks you are being an idiot. Melody is very perceptive, and tends to notice things about people -- especially Humans and Starsailors. Melody is very self-reliant and has problems asking for help. She's got a hell of a contrary streak, mostly when it comes to authority figures. She also has a small inferiority complex, especially since she knows that her attitude keeps people at a distance.
Melody's hobbies mostly include music (she can play piano and guitar), though she also is multi-lingual -- as much as a job skill as a love for language.
Telepathy/empathy, minor telekinesis, minor psychometry. In Phoenix Dawn, Melody gains element-based magic. As a part Starsailor, she has perfect pitch, the ability to hold her breath for longer than average, and better hearing than most.
AGE: early 20s
HAIR: Red and green, which appears brown.
Alriai "Alri" Aborin
"And now the mandatory vulgar pick-up lines. Can we just skip to the part where I insult your ancestry and hygiene and draw my sword?"
The daughter of two merchants on the Darynese colony of Kemaryn, Alri grew up in space -- she set foot on her first planet at the age of 11. Despite this, she is interested in seeing more than her home system, and, to that end, trained as a pilot. She knew she would be involved in the family business, but wanted to find ways to both see the universe and help her family.
In the Phoenix Dawn comic, Alriai asked for (and received) permission to join SSEP, both to see the universe and to better understand how humans think.
Alri is a very cheerful and optimistic person overall. She's a fan of fantastical literature -- she's mostly familiar with her own culture's tales, but has a sizable collection of alien folklore books. However, under the optimism is the sharp mind of a businesswoman -- she knows what she wants out of life and isn't afraid to grab for it. She's rather practical -- it takes someone with both feet on the ground to build castles in the air, after all. She's also very group-oriented, like many Darynese -- if she sees a need in the group, she'll try to fill it. This also makes her dislike being on the outside. Alri has a small jealous streak, which she tries to keep in check.
No magical or psychic powers. Alriai has a normal Darynese sense of vision (better than humans' in low light) and smell (far better than humans), and is adapted for the arid planet her species grew up on.
AGE: early 20s
EYES: Dark violet
"Stars, I love being a mage"
* Daughter in Phoenix Dawn, niece in other places.
Phillee was born on the backwater planet of Nemea, a mixed human-Starsailor colony -- explaining her ability to speak English. When her brother went off to study in the Sol System, a young Phillee accompanied him, and stayed for her own university education.
In the Phoenix Dawn comic, Phillee completed medical school and her residency, she entered service in SSEP for the first time as ship's doctor for a year. She returned to Earth to get a job as a neurologist in one of the hospitals in the Denver area. It was there she came into contact with, and eventually adopted, Melody. After Melody had been sent off to college, Phillee returned to the SSEP service. After a two-year stint on the Whirlpool, she was made captain of the Ankaa.
Phillee is a very outgoing, bright and cheerful person. She is also a bit of a scatterbrain -- while she would never let an important detail slide, to the point of seeming like a different person when 'on the job', she tends to forget things like grocery shopping and cooking. Yes, she will eat whatever she finds in the fridge, whether or not it's supposed to be cooked. She is highly compassionate, and will not tolerate physical harm coming to anything -- even an enemy. Mental harm is another thing, and she is quite willing to bend the ethical rules covering use of psionics if she thinks she will save a life or two -- instead of getting violent when faced with a violent opponent, she resorts to the fact she's a pretty skilled telepath. She cannot stand to see someone suffering and considers it her business to help them -- whether they want it or not. She is a nosy busybody and proud of it. She also has a perverted sense of humor and a bit of a reputation as the community bicycle ('everyone's had a ride'). Her main hobbies are theater and music -- her favorites are operas and musicals and vocal folk music and ballads, anything that tells a story.
Telepathy/empathy, minor telekinesis. As a Starsailor, she also can hold her breath for nearly a half hour, and spend most of the day underwater with the help of her gills. Her hearing is top-notch and she's a powerful swimmer. She also has perfect pitch.
AGE: early 40s
Rikayo "Riki" Darenka
"This is a bad time to mention I flunked Self Defense three times, right?"
The son of a Darynese politician, Riki has a rather privileged upbringing. In addition to being quite comfortable with aliens, he can also speak English, though his accent is a bit heavy, and his grammar is very formal. He is also the first known Darynese with active psonics, and one of only a few trained Darynese psis. Because of the lack of psis on Daryn, he was sent to Earth at age 12 to learn more about his abilities. After getting his degree in Astronautical Engineering at the young age of 20, something that very nearly burned him out, he was ready to see the universe.
In the Phoenix Dawn comic, he joined the Star by Star Exploration Program and became the engineer of the Ankaa. On its maiden mission, an accident sent it into another universe, where magic was the order of the day.
Riki is pretty easygoing, though a bit spacy. He is scrupulously polite, but this is more conditioned reflex rather than an a natural trait. He has no ability to read people whatsoever, which he only partially compensates for by psychic empathy. He dislikes being along, though he feels most comfortable in small groups, not large ones. He is quite proud of his own abilities, and tends to be open to the point of showing off about his own psionics, art skills -- he's a hobbyist artist -- and his intelligence/scientific knowledge. This, combined with his lack of empathy, can make him sound pretty condescending. He's rather organized and driven when he has a project, but without one, he kind of drifts.
Telepathy/empathy, minor telekinesis, untrained precognition. In the Phoenix Dawn comic he gains healing and summoning magic.
AGE: early 20s
HAIR: Light Brown/Red