hi there! just wanted to say that im a huge fan of your work on here and ao3. i know youve mentioned your captain and i was wondering if you could tell me a little about her? i love hearing ab other people's captains!
Hey! Thank you SO much! I always appreciate the support! :) And yeah, I can definitely tell you about Jade!
So admittedly, Jade was one of many captains that I came up with. I've come up with female and male captains over the last year that I've been playing TOW...and sometime's I even just start the game over with the same captain (I've done a LOT of playthroughs). I've had three other female captains: Lucille, Alli, Jen. I've had two male captains: Marshall and Finn. (More below the cut)
Jade came after Marshall but before Lucille, and she seems to be the one that has stuck with me the most. For the most part, I only write my fics as insert female reader fics, but there have been two or three where I used Jade. When I “designed” Jade (or however you want to say it) I sort of used some of the characteristics from my other female captains and blended them together for Jade.
So now for the part you actually asked for :D
Jade Ashford is in her early 30s (I’ve never given her a definite age) and has bright blonde hair that she keeps just past her shoulders. She has green eyes and PLENTY of freckles across her face. She’s not super tall, but not short by any means. If she can find nail polish, she likes to keep her nails painted because it keeps her nail biting habit at bay since it’s an anxious habit of hers.
Before she was put into hibernation, she was a bartender (I took that detail from Alli) and was thinking about going back to school to get her law degree. One of the reasons she agreed to become a Hope colonist was because she didn’t have any family or real friends outside of her regular customers at the bar.
Her bartending skills stuck with her after the 70 years in stasis and she likes to show them off if presented the opportunity. She almost ALWAYS buys (or snatches, depending on her mood) a bottle of whiskey if she has the chance. She’ll never admit it, but most of the alcohol in Halcyon is better than it was on Earth.
She’s very much an extrovert, and doesn’t mind talking to people. She has a motto for herself (and her crew) that basically says to always try to talk things out before pulling the trigger. Remember I mentioned that she wanted to be a lawyer? Yeah, this woman can argue ALL DAY LONG. She’s very levelheaded, and rarely ever loses her cool. But when she does lose her temper, it is NOT a pretty sight. She’s only lost her shit in front of the crew once, and it was when SAM tried to clean her favorite handgun and completely ruined it. That’s when the crew learned to never, under any circumstances, piss off Captain Jade.
With all this being said, you would think that Jade and Max would NEVER get along. But it’s actually just the opposite. Max adores Jade, and she adores him. It’s been that way since day one. It didn’t take long for them to establish a relationship and he can confidently say she’s the best thing that ever happened to him.
He’s not at all annoyed by her like one would probably expect, and he’s actually finds her positive and easy personality refreshing. Max has a bit of a short temper, and even after his big life changing revelation, he still can easily flip his lid.
He’s learned a LOT about patience from Jade, and why getting angry doesn’t usually solve anything. He admires her bravery and the way she handles things. Watching her be a captain is something he enjoys a lot. On the flip side, he makes sure that he’s always a resource for her, because he’s learned that she keeps her feelings to herself about things. Halcyon is not a pretty place, and he’s always worried about how she deals with it. It’s different when you’re raised in Halcyon and when you’re thrown into it.
Jade likes to take Ellie and Nyoka out drinking on the night before their day off. Ellie and Nyoka are the only ones who can keep up with Jade on the every so often occasions that she does drink. But Nyoka can outdrink any of the crew.
Felix and Parvati are always eager to learn from Jade. Felix is the youngest in the crew, and he often makes the most mistakes. Jade is always understanding with him, using his fuck ups as a way for him to learn and grow. That goes for all of the crew. She’s a huge “learn by experience” kind of gal
Just a few more things about Jade: her favorite color is purple, which is why she has a liiiiiittle bit of a soft spot for any of Rizzo’s products. Every once in a while, she’ll luck out and find an Earth movie that she’ll watch with the crew (and answering every single one of Felix’s questions). The Groundbreaker is her favorite place in Halcyon, despite the fact that it smells like a locker room. She likes to cook breakfast for the crew, and often in nothing but her underwear and one of Max’s shirts. She’s been caught more than once with her hair in a bun on her head and sliding around in her socks.
To wrap things up, Jade is about as spicy and sweet as they come. And even though it wasn’t really her choice, she loves her crew and loves being a captain.
One time, when I was really little (maybe 3) my daycare went on a trip to a petting zoo and a donkey eeyored at me. (how do you even spell that word? I’m just going by how it’s spelt in Winnie the Pooh with the donkeys actual name) ￼
I basically screamed the whole place down and they had to cancel the whole trip because I refused to stay. A.k.a. my mentality of “if I suffer, so does everybody else” started at a very young age 😇￼￼
Still don’t like donkeys￼
I have literal tears in my eyes from laughing so much 🤣
What an icon 3 year old jade was!!
“There’s no way in hell I’m staying here” vibes hahahaha.
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