THE SHIP: Kainsaku’s Glory
The official flagship of the nation of NEW NEW LUNARIS, formed in the wake of the White Cell crisis (see “The Legend of Sahl Endeberg”) on the surface of Lunaris, the “light” moon of Crystal III. Kainsaku’s Glory (and a handful of other ships like it) are genuine Lunarian starships, having been built thousands of years ago using magic and technology that is lost to the modern web. It’s probably not a very fast ship at all and is very likely to lose, but nevertheless the crowds will cheer when they see it fly by.
Sahl Endeberg: The Beloved Hero himself; the youngest Dragoon ever in the history of the Kingdom of Baron; veteran of the Great War; former Police Chief of the City of Kupopolis (and candidate for Mayor [btw, that campaign is now entering its 9th year with no clear frontrunner or election date]). After having accidentally died in a tragic chromate accident during the first ever Robotics Tournament, Sahl Endeberg returned to life and went on living. While the rest of the Web was battered by the clash of White Cell and the Grand Army, Sahl Endeberg travelled to Lunaris on a mission to restore the nation of New Lunaris, which fell to the forces of Zeromus during the Great War. Having successfully done that thing he was doing, he named the new nation he founded New New Lunaris. Because they beloved him so much, the New New Lunarisians begged Sahl Endeberg to be their King, but he refused. He was then offered several other titles, including Lord Imperator, Regent Supreme and Almighty Executive, but ultimately settled for being a Duke, because he liked the sound of Duke and wasn’t sure there were any other people with the title of Duke in the Web of Worlds anymore. When he is aboard Kainsaku’s Glory, however, his title is Admiral Duke.
Jay Peterson: A moogle black mage who died while rescuing Kusader from kaptivity at the hands of the konniving Kuvallan kommunists (kupo!). Sahl Endeberg met him in the afterlife and decided he would make a smashing sidekick, so he brought him back into the world of the living with him. He doesn’t really have any skills relevant to piloting a space ship; he’s mostly just there so Sahl Endeberg has someone to trade dialogue with. Officially he is the Vice Duke of New New Lunaris.
PollBot 3000: Sahl Endeberg’s political advisor. PollBot is a robot that Sahl Endeberg built himself, because Sahl Endeberg is good at almost everything, in addition to being a dragoon. (which he is also good at) There was some concern, initially, over the retcon that PollBot 3000 was built by Sahl Endeberg in Proper, after having appeared in Neo where he didn’t seem to recognize Sahl Endeberg, but I’m sure this will all be cleared up to everyone’s satisfaction in the Special Editions.
NEW CREW MEMBER ADDED: Vitali Dezhnyov: Former Lieutenant in SLCM-Sea. A young man, most of his active military experience has the backdrop of the Protectorate’s simmering-but-unrealized conflict with Guardia and the Coalition. When he heard that Sahl Endeberg was “putting together a team” to win the Grand Tour, he immediately abandoned his post and went to the Endelair to sign up. Two things are most curious about Lieutenant Dezhnyov: first, as a sailor, he has absolutely no skills that are relevant to crewing a starship in any way. Second, rather than be criminalized or sought for punishment by SLCM-Sea, he has instead been lionized and was offered a commendation in absentia by the admiralty.