This military space station serves as a staging base for capital ships. Located at the edge of its owner’s recognized borders in space, the station orbits a protostar in a nebula, making it difficult to observe comings and goings from it. The nebula also offers a rich fuel source. Eukelade Nebula is an energy-rich environment where synthesizing antimatter is relatively cheap, because the station collects plenty of hydrogen to fuel its fusion plant (with which it generates antimatter, in the form of anti-hydrogen). The station is unarmed, but always servicing at least one capital warship, and therefore not unprotected even should an enemy locate and target it.
Eukelade is home to multiple launch stations orbiting multiple proto-stars within the nebula. EH-5679 is the furthest out of them. It is home to a crew of 5: a commander, two communication/sensors operators, and two fusion plant/antimatter fuel engineers. These officers serve 6-month shifts isolated on the station together, then are replaced with a fresh crew. Usually the same crew won’t be reassigned straight to another launch station after their rest period (a month’s leave followed by a month of training to keep skills up to date), but it does occasionally happen. In the case of EH-5679, the current crew requested to be reassigned to a launch station together after their last leave, having served a stint together twice previously. They have formed a bond and don’t mind being isolated together, and see this post as a good way to avoid front line duty. Since the fleet needs competent crews to man these combined listening post/refueling stations, this form of service is perfectly acceptable to the higher ranks who make the assignments.
Commander Atchison is a reserved woman. She prefers a minimum amount of human interaction in her day; she made command rank by her meticulous efficiency which allows her to achieve this despite making sure all her subordinates had all the information and instructions necessary to complete their tasks, and passing on all relevant information up the chain of command. She is also an expert in multiple technical fields, including all operations necessary at EH-5679. Her relationship with her crew seems distant, but she appreciates that they have learned not to bother her needlessly, and they appreciate that she efficiently takes care of them. The commander has deftly pulled strings in the past for her crew, and they trust her to be able to move heaven and earth with a flick of her fingers should they need it. She also covers for her crew’s fraternization – their romances are against regulations, but Atchison doesn’t mind as long as their duties aren’t affected.
Lieutenant Frazetta and Lieutenant Harvey are the comms/sensor operators. The men share a kiss whenever they change shifts, though they save any more intimate displays of affection for their leave time. Frazetta is 35, and a 15 year veteran of the service. Harvey is 22, having only met Frazetta when they were first assigned to a Eukelade station together under commander Atchison; it was Harvey’s first assignment out of the academy. Lt. Frazetta is excellent with comms operation, having the long experience with communications equipment to know a grab bag of tricks for improving signal quality and reducing information loss. Harvey, on the other hand, is better with analyzing sensors output. His schooling is more recent and up to date, and he’s talented at the kind of math required to figure out what sensor readings actually mean. Each one is competent at the other job as well, but only excellent in one part.
Lieutenants Yu and Enfield are a married couple. They were married before they joined the service, and acquired an exemption order to allow their marriage. Both are PhDs in fusion and antimatter engineering. They typically have boring jobs, because the equipment is automated and as long as it’s working properly, so they spend a lot of time refining their hobbies. Yu has taught herself tattoo application, mostly using her own body as a canvas. Her husband composes poetry.