Nika Earhart

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First Episode TBD
Concept Badass Pilot/Blockade Runner
Theme Song TBD
Played By Nicole Steinwedell
Full Name Nika Gwendolyn Earhart
Legal Status No Criminal Record
Known Aliases None
Age 32
Birthplace Boros
Favored Weapon Pistol, Rifle, Bow


Nika Gwendolyn and her twin Nala Guinevere (don't ask, her mother was something of an oddity in her reading habits) were born on a large ranching spread on Boros, about three days' horseback ride from the main spaceport in the middle of one of the worst snowstorms that had ever whipped through the region. Their mother Fern barely survived the birth, and she was sickly for much of the girls' childhood. That left their father Jon, whose focus was on keeping the ranch solvent, to figure out how to teach two little girls all they needed to know to live on the rough prairie.

The ranch was quite large -- nearly 60,000 acres, with around 1500 head of cattle on it. He and a crew of approximately 15 fulltime year-round ranch hands (plus seasonal laborers when harvesting and branding and such were going on) did the work.

Nika and Nala are a classic case of opposite sides of a penny. While Nika excelled at and enjoyed the outdoor part of their life, Nala was happier with more 'ladylike' pursuits. Both girls were given a stellar education, including languages, music, social graces, and more. All the things well-brought-up young ladies of the Core should know. They were both also taught the business end of the ranch. Nala showed talent early on for the bookkeeping side of things, while Nika's talents lay in actually running the place. Jon spent a lot of time with the girls, though more with Nika because she tended to ride the herd with him, learning to shoot rifles, pistols, and even a bow and arrow with him. When the girls were ten, Fern passed away. Jon, feeling the girls needed a mother, remarried quickly -- a good friend of Fern's named Tanya. Tanya was a good stepmother -- no stereotypical issues here. She continued on in the vein that Fern had wanted for the girls, but she also encouraged them to pursue their own interests. To that end, Nika was finally given the opportunity to fly -- and she took to it like a bird takes wing, all instinct and grace. Jon, surprised by Nika's talent in this area, went ahead and let her take as many lessons as she could.

In 2505, Nika and Nala were 20 years old. The War of Unification began in 2606, and Boros - though closer to the core than Persephone - was considered mostly a Border World. Loyalties on the planet were pretty much to themselves and few others, and like many on the Border, those on Boros resented being told what they HAD to do. Jon Earhart was, by now, middle-aged with a huge spread, two lovely marriageable daughters, and a two-year-old son (JJ). Nika opted to join the Browncoats, as they were later known. Not because she wanted to fight so much, but because she wanted to fly and running the blockade offered both a challenge and a thrill. Sure, she saw fighting too, but in the end she came home safe. Jon supported her -- hell, he told her, if he was ten years younger, he'd go too. A person has the right to make their own way in the universe without interference. Nika jumped around and did various jobs for a variety of people until 2609, when she was recruited by Captain Shyla Kramer aboard an Alliance fast cutter to assist in the theft of said cutter. From then through the end of the war, Nika flew aboard the ISV Harbinger with a core group of people.

By the time the war was over and Nika got home, everything had changed. Nala was running the ranch with the help of a foreman, Trey Johannsen, and Jon was mostly in retirement. He seemed to be enjoying it, using the time to teach Nika's young half-brother JJ the things he'd taught Nika and Nala as girls. The whole family seemed content with life in general, and Nika returned to space with a sense of well-being, grateful that her family had weathered the war with no ill effects.

Jon passed away several years after the war ended. Nika had managed to get home a few times in the middle of everything, but she wasn't home when he died and it was quite a shock. The second shock was that Nala was married to Trey, pregnant, and living on the ranch with Tanya and JJ. Her family was thrilled to see her, but Nika just didn't quite feel like she fit anymore. And worse yet... Trey was a rat bastard. She wasn't sure how bad it was until she walked in the kitchen one morning shortly after her return and found her brother-in-law punching her twin in the face. When she threw herself into the fray, Trey turned on Nika with a quip about two being better than one. He assaulted Nika and things might have been much worse if the sight of her husband attempting to rape her twin hadn't galvanized Nala into action. She hit him over the head with a pan, giving Nika time to turn on him and fight for herself. When Trey turned on Nala, roaring about killing her, Nika instead killed him. It was a huge mess, and although Nika was ultimately cleared (self-defense), she hasn't really been home much since it happened -- going home to the speculation and suspicions about why she killed him just doesn't enthuse her. The ranch is in her sister's capable business hands with a trusted foreman and crew handling the cattle. Nika gets reports pretty regularly, what with owning half the thing, but she stays out of the way.

Nowadays, she spends her time flying for whoever'll have her. (And whoever she feels like flying for.)


Nika's an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, she's a fighter -- she's perfectly capable in the role of soldier and pilot. She can ride horses with the best of them, is a good shot with rifles, pistols, and a bow and arrow, and enjoys the more rough and tumble aspects of life. On the other hand, there is the softer side of her -- the more feminine. It's a side that few see -- the part of her that enjoys dressing up, dancing, flirting, and just being a 'girl' (whatever THAT really means). She is also only truly at home in the Black.

Nika Earhart

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

(Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee, No 412 squadron, RCAF; Killed 11 December 1941)

Music of the Spheres[edit]

Journal Entries/RP Scenes

Season 1[edit]

Letter From Angel - Post-Ep 3
A Pilot's Mind - Post-Ep 7
Squaring With Christian - Post-Ep7
Miles To Go - Post-Ep 8, after liftoff from Deadwood
Sex and a Companion - mid-Ep 9
What Makes a Killer? - Post-Ep 11
Christian and Nika Sitting on the Bridge, K-I-S-S ... Nevermind - Post-Ep 11
The Bridge Is A Great Hangout - Post-Ep 13
Images - Post-Ep 16
Dead Girls Call Home Too - Post-Ep 16
Journals Somewhere In The Black - Post-Ep 16
Nika and Christian Don't Have Sex - Post-Ep 16
Coffee and Conversation - Post-Ep 16
Second Star To The Right - Post-Ep 19
Riding the Fence - Post-Ep 21
Nothing Is Ever Quite What It Seems - Post-Ep 21, while we're wrangling cattle on Boros
To Hell With Them All - Post-Ep 24
Yellow Rose - Post-Ep 25
Suppositions and Solidarity - Post-Ep 25
Letter from Miranda - Post-Ep. 26
A Walk On The Beach - mid-Ep 27 (season finale)
Stairwells Are Great Places To Hide - Post-Ep 27
Anger and Helplessness - Post-Ep 27
Crewmates and Friends - Post-Ep 27
Doubt Is A Plague She Can Ill Afford - Post-Ep 27
Of Cabbages and Kings - Post-Ep 27
Even Companions Fall In Love - Post-Ep 27
Desolation - Post-Ep 27

Season 2[edit]

Birthday - 15 Apr 2520
Hell If I Know - Apr 2520
Comfort - 29 Apr 2520
Truth Is A Double-Edged Sword - 15 Jun 2520
Somewhere in Route to Angel - 27 Jun 2520

In the Dark: Between Season 2 and 3[edit]

Who Are We? - 12 Sep 2520 (with Nika)

Season 3[edit]

Executive Decision - 21 Sep 2520
Distilled Spirits - 21 Oct 2520
The Blond Leading the Blind - 07 Nov 2520
Interrupted - 08 Nov 2520
Janus Gambit - 12 Nov 2520
Monkey's Paw - 12 Nov 2520
Roses In December - 17 Nov 2520
What Lies Beneath? - 23 Nov 2520
Not Even Close To Okay - 23 Nov 2520
Can't Live With Them, Can't Shoot Them - 05 Dec 2520
Unforgiving Minutes - 11 Dec 2520
Captain's Log: Transmission from Pericles - 14 Dec 2520
A Gift Freely Given - 25 Dec 2520
Warning Signs - 05 Jan 2521
Nothing Is Ever Free - 29 Jan 2521

Lucifer's Landing: Between Season 3 and 4[edit]

He Was Not A Robot - Landfall + evening
Family Has Many Faces - Landfall + 1 day
Over The Garden Gate - Landfall + 1 day
Riding the Range - Landfall + 2 weeks

Season 4[edit]

Quiet Time - 10 Jun 2521
The Ones Who Are Lost Still Wait - 19 Jun 2521
Moments In The Dark - 14 Jul 2521
Sometimes It's Enough - 24 Jul 2521
Reprimand - 01 Aug 2521
A Different Persepctive On Ideals - 2(?) Aug 2521

Pre-Game Background Fics[edit]

Lighting the Fire (Mike/Nika/Harbinger crew)
Sparks in the Darkness (Brian/Nika on the bridge)
Banking the Coals (Harry checking in)
Stirring the Embers (Harry/Shyla discussion)
Feeding the Flames (Barroom brawl)
Tending the Fire (Jailhouse discussion)
Time And In Between (Jon Earhart is dead)
Homecoming (Trey Johanssen dies too)

Just How Much Trouble Can We Find? (Harbinger's crew decides face-time is in order with one of their own -- Pre-Ep 8)

Physical Description[edit]

Nika is a slim, willowy woman who stands about 5'11" tall. Her blond hair is long, nearly to her hips, kept confined to a long braid regularly and generally also haphazardly tucked so that it's hard to tell its length. She has deep blue eyes, and an oval face with high cheekbones and a somewhat aristocratic nose.

Character Sheet[edit]


  • Agility d10
  • Strength d6
  • Vitality d8
  • Alertness d8
  • Intelligence d8
  • Willpower d10

Advancementpoints Earned/Spent: 12/0 (as of 3/7/2011)


  • Animal Handling d6
  • Artistry d4
  • Athletics d6
    • Dodge d8
  • Covert d4
  • Discipline d6
  • Guns d6
    • Rifles d10
    • Pistols d8
  • Heavy Weapons d4
  • Influence d6
  • Knowledge d4
  • Mechanical Eng. d2
  • Medical Expertise d4
  • Perception d6
  • Performance d6
  • Pilot d6
    • Light cargo d10
    • Shuttle d10
    • Aerial Navigation d8
    • Astrogation d10
    • Mid-bulk freighter d8
    • Ship Knowledge d8
  • Planetary Vehicles d6
  • Ranged Weapons d6
    • Longbow d8
  • Survival d4
  • Tech Engineering d6
    • Sensors d8
  • Unarmed Combat d6
    • Brawl d8
    • Martial arts (karate) d8

Born Behind the Wheel (space) d8
Lightning Reflexes d6
Allure d2
Leadership d4

Allergy (Standard antibiotics) d8: She cannot take the standard antibiotic packs for any illness, needs specialized ones.
Credo d4: Won't back down from a challenge or dare


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