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The characters of the FreeSpace Universe. Spoilers for the main FreeSpace campaigns and an assortment of user campaigns follow.
A "seasoned veteran and top-notch pilot", assigned to assist Alpha 1 at the beginning of the Great War. According to Command, lt. Harbison is a "brave and skillful pilot". According to the readme, Lieutenant Harbison is also the pilot assigned to "take you through the basics" in the training mission, but the canonicity of the readme is disputed.
Commanding Officer of the GTD Intrepid and former commander of the Silent Threat player character.
Commanding Officer of the GTD Bastion and the player's commander following the destruction of the Galatea.
Lieutenant Alexander McCarthy
A veteran of the Terran-Vasudan War who evacuated Tombaugh Station after the Lucifer attacked. The GTFr Halkins, which was also based at Tombaugh, was presumably named in his honor.
Supreme Admiral Khu
A very high ranking member of the Vasudan admiralty. Captured and held hostage by the Hammer of Light. Moved to the remote Nagada Outpost in Sirius, where he was rescued in an operation codenamed Operation Templar.
- Voiced by Ronny Cox
Former commander of the GTVA 6th Fleet. Bosch abandoned the GTVA in 2366 and initiated a coup in Polaris, forming the Neo-Terran Front on a basis of anti-Vasudan sentiment and longing for a Terran homeworld like the lost Sol. When the tide turned against his insurrection, Bosch fled Allied space and escaped into the nebula beyond Gamma Draconis. There, he proceeded to carry out his true goal: communicating with the Shivans, using his ETAK project, which had its origins in the Hades Rebellion of GTI. Following a successful communication with the SC Rephaim, Bosch arranged a meeting with Shivans aboard the NTF Iceni, his command ship. The Shivan 'diplomats' slaughtered his men and abducted Bosch and a few of his officers. The Iceni was later found by ships from the 13th Battle Group and the survivors rescued. Bosch's fate, however, is unknown. Bosch is intelligent, musing on the nature of humanity and the history of the Ancients in monologues throughout the main FS2 campaign. He's a competent tactician and commander, fairly knowledgeable at the very least with regards to Ancient artifacts, and a charismatic leader. He also has no qualms about manipulating his men, as Bosch does not possess the hatred of Vasudans that he uses to attract soldiers to his cause.
Commanding Officer of the GVD Psamtik and commander of the 13th Battle Group of Deneb. Khafre assisted Admiral Petrarch with the campaign against the Shivans in Gamma Draconis and beyond. The admiral was killed when an SJ Sathanas entered the field of engagement of the second Knossos portal.
- Voiced by Robert Loggia
Emperor Khonsu II
Head of state of the PVE following the end of the Great War. Khonsu dissolved the Vasudan Parliament in 2339, ending a Byzantine institution of backstabbing and corruption and replacing it with a constitutional monarchy. His reforms were instrumental in the Vasudan recovery during the Reconstruction.
Captain Arthur Roemig
Commanding Officer of the NTC Trinity. On Admiral Bosch's orders, Roemig activated the Knossos portal and entered the nebula. Several days later, the Trinity was discovered by the 107th Ravens of the GTD Aquitane. Roemig was killed by a swarm Shivan strike before the Aquitaine's boarding party could take him into custody.
Squadron leader of the 64th Raptors, a bomber squadron.
Squadron leader of the 134th Barracudas.
Doctor Mina Hargrove
Lieutenant Commander Christopher Snipes
- Voiced by Jason Scott
SOC operative undercover as squadron leader of the 185th in the Neo-Terran Front. Snipes, with the help of the player, acquired scans of the NTF Iceni and orchestrated the capture of the NTT Sunder before being reassigned. Snipes was aboard the NTT Grall when it entered the Shivan nebula and had to be rescued by SOC. Afterwards, he led a recon mission in the system beyond the second Knossos portal.
Lieutenant Commander Cordova
Squadron leader of the 242nd Suicide Kings, an interecept squadron. Formed following the development of the GTF Valkyrie, the Suicide Kings were stationed aboard the GTD Galatea and, in 2335, participated in the capture of the traitor Lieutenant McCarthy.
Lieutenant Commander Jack Niven
Squadron leader of the 107th Ravens, a heavy assault squadron.
Rear Admiral Koth
Commanding Officer of the NTD Repulse. Koth led a surprise attack on Epsilon Pegasi, which was countered by the introduction of the GTVA Colossus. Koth died on board the Repulse, attempting to ram and destroy the GTVA superweapon.
Captain Jonas Ekestam
Ever-present pilot in Alpha wing. Sarcastic and distrustful of Command, Mackie has been embittered by life in the boondocks, and has a long-standing grudge against duct tape.
Lieutenant Tom Faulkner
Commanding Officer of the GTD Disciple and commander of the loyalist remnants of 6th Fleet. Wilson was thrust into command and, as a result, is a somewhat ineffectual leader.
Commanding Officer of the GTC Providence. Following Koth's sudden attack and the dispersal of 6th Fleet, Peters takes command of a GTVA detachment and finds a way to get back in contact with Admiral Wilson.
Ensign Stuart "Prickles"
Grouchy pilot in Alpha wing. A 6th Fleet pilot from the days of Bosch, Stuart feels like he's under constant scrutiny for the crimes of his peers, despite staying loyal to the GTVA. As a result, he is unfriendly and generally mean.
Ensign Thomas Burke
Remarkably chipper pilot in Alpha wing. Burke was transferred to 6th Fleet from the 10th Fleet of Laramis, along with the player character, in order to fill up gaps in 6th Fleet's defences.
Vice Admiral Stockwell
Vice Admiral of 6th Fleet before Bosch's rebellion. Stockwell was a strict disciplinarian and very unpopular with the troops. Presumed killed during the NTF's initial rebellion.
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The player character in Into the Halls of Valhalla. McCrae is a Second Great War veteran who gets reassigned to Tania Australis after being caught on espionage.
Alpha 2. McNamara is known for his drinking habits and his five Medals of Honor. During a bar fight, he assaulted his superior and was consequently expelled to Tania Australis.
Alpha 3. An elderly Vasudan ace, Lieutenant Yssym fought even in the Great War. He is a survivor of both Great Wars. From commander, Yssym was demoted to lieutenant for helping Welsey McCrae in his illegal quest for Operation Valhalla.
Alpha 4. Adrian Aldiss used to serve Special Operations Command, and consequently, his past is clouded in mystery. The reason why he was assigned to Tania Australis is a secret. He is an expert demolitionist and an ace pilot.
Ship captain of the GTCv Rapier, the oldest Deimos-class corvette. He is needlessly serious, endlessly loyal, and is known far and wide for his intolerance of small talk.
Said to be the most casual and popular general in the whole of the GTVA, General Lindres is responsible for GTVA operations in Tania Australis. He is most often found on board Tania Australis Station.
Commanding Officer of the PVD Pinnacle and commander of the 1st Battle Group of Vasuda.
Commanding Officer of the GTD Ironclad and commander of the newly-formed 9th Fleet of Sirius. Mallory is killed by Hammer of Light terrorists shortly after his arrival in Deneb, pursuing remnants of the rebel faction 'the Sirian Confederacy.'
Commanding Officer of the GTC Actaeon and commander of the 9th Fleet detachment in Deneb following Mallory's death. Cooper is frustrated by the obtuse nature of the Vasudans and just wants to sort everything out as quickly as possible, although this often just makes things worse.
Pilot in Alpha wing and former lieutenant. Khem is openly contemptuous of both the Terrans and the PVN leadership. His idols include Officer Khafre, who dislikes Terrans, and Officer Senbi, who dislikes the PVN brass. Khem abandoned refugees fleeing Vasuda Prime in favour of fighting Shivans.
Pilot in Alpha wing. Calm and sober, Tet often finds himself opposed to Ensign Khem in all kinds of ways - in attitudes to the Terrans, the Hammer of Light, the PVN... Tet is dutiful and quietly competent, unlike his peer.
Security Director (commander of PVN special operations) for the PVD Guardian.
Squadron leader of the 39th Protectors. Assigned the task of handling relations between the 13th and the 9th in Deneb, Khafre's contempt of the Terrans jeopardises the security of the system from the Hammer of Light.
Assistant to Admiral Imutef.