Mecha and Mercenaries
Commander of the Aphetor
Peter Daniels had a rather ordinary career with Boeing Defense, Space and Security up until that point after leaving the Space Forces (on a psychiatric discharge owing to his refusal to accept a transfer to a Mars combat zone) overseeing skeleton crews on various unimportant BDSS vessels as a corporate representative. He took the firing rather personally and instead convinced the pirates to join his crew since he now happened to be the independent owner of the SS Aphetor and not only had no intention of taking over their asteroid but would be entirely willing to help defend it for a small fee. The rest of the crew, being the sort of misfits found only on thirty year old ships sent to the ass end of nowhere, had no problem with the arrangement. It didn’t take long for the two sides to decide to band together and bring on some more man- and fire- power, and The Fortuna Group was born.