Skyships of the Wastes
Captain Alexi McClendon is a Pictan man who has worked his way up from a run-away cabin boy to owning and commanding his own airship. He is friendly and good natured with anyone who treats him fairly, and looks after his crew with almost fatherly enthusiasm. Like any good captain he demands complete obedience of his crew, but he never asks them to do something he wouldn’t be willing to do himself. His crew work on a system of shares for any money earned, as is typical in the more odd-job lines of work, since sometimes money is lean, and sometimes they hit a big payout. The ship has done survey work, transported sensitive cargoes, taken passengers, and even does a bit of privateering when the opportunity presents itself. (“Ne’er raid a ship when you don’ ‘ave sum’uns permission to do’t, lads,” says Alexi. “They ‘ang pirates but pay privateers!”) He regularly invites some of the senior crew to dine with him in his cabin, and often drinks with the sailors in the mess.