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The Folly is the titular vessel in the Tales of the Folly series, written by Allen Fesler.

She is a privately-owned heavily-customized bulk container transport made up of parts and segments from a dozen other starships coming from every race in the Stellar Federation.  The ship has four bridges and eight warp cores.

The Folly's design is a central shaft, just over 2 kilometers in length, with multiple attachment points for cargo pods.  The four warp engines (in two nacelles) are about 2/3rds of the way toward the rear, and two 380-meter diameter spherical detachable space stations form the front.  At one point, before the spheres were added, the vessel was named the Pogo Stick in reference to what it resembled.

The ship is host to the sapient A.I. named Tess, who manages Folly's systems, comms traffic and loading/offloading of cargo pods. Tess has proven herself a loyal companion and Neal's right hand assistant and protector.

The Folly boasts several utility shuttles: Alpha and Baker are both massive shuttles used to lift fully loaded cargo pods from a planet with a gravity of up to one and a half times that of Earth. Charlie and Delta are larger warp capable shuttles but only have internal storage for two hundred carriers. Echo and Foxtrot are smaller and used solely to move pods in zero gravity (eg. to a space station, another ship or to a different position on Folly). Gwendolyn, formerly named Gulf, while smaller than Charlie and Delta is also warp capable and is more like a small starship with very little storage space and significantly more room for crew and living areas than the other shuttles. Gwendolyn is also host to a second sentient A.I. who goes by the name Tina, whereas Tess refers to Neal as "Boss" Tina refers to him as "Chief" so that Neal can tell whom is speaking. There is also an indeterminate number of Zulus aboard Folly, named as such since ramming a Zulu into an attacker is considered Folly's last line of defense, these predominantly unmanned shuttles are small and serve a range of purposes from being a mobile refueling station to expanding the range of sensor data to acting as a transporter relay. 


CrewmembersEdit

Folly has hosted a large number of crewmembers in the past and present.  Use the handy table below to keep track of who is who.


Name Species Age (as of 2330) First Appearance Status
Neal Foster Human male ~ 310 years (all associated stories) Owner/Captain
Alex Cat tom teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Cindy Fox vixen teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Brighteyes Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
CalmMeadow Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Dusk Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Nightsky Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Roseberry Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Morningmist Chakat teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Graysocks Foxtaur vixen teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Redtail Foxtaur vixen teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Beechwood Foxtaur vixen teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Mike Equitaur stallion teen Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew
Holly Fox vixen 8 Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew, Engineer
Quickdash Chakat 8 Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew, Engineer
Shadowcrest Chakat 11 (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crew, Freelancer T5 Telepath
Weaver Foxtaur vixen adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 First Mate
Longsock Foxtaur tod adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Crews Family
Starblazer Chakat 2 Tales of the Folly, chapter 1 Crews Family
Suzan "Stew" Pebble Rabbit doe adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Ships Cook, Chef
Bonita Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Security
Dessa Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Security
Kestrel Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Security
Whitetail Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Security, Star Fleet Liaison
Zhanch Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Crew, Security, Star Fleet Liaison
Croix Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
Velasco Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
(Name Unknown) Rakshani female adult (processed) Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Ex-Crew (Currently on Raksha)
Shadowchaser ("Chase") Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 2 Former Crew, Star Fleet
Firestorm Chakat 2 Tales of the Folly, chapter 3 Crews Family
Moonglow Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 3 Crews Family
LightTouch Skunktaur adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 3 Passenger, Star Fleet Liaison
Shortdash Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Passenger, Star Corps Liaison
Quickwind Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Passenger, Star Corps Liaison
Tauna Foxtaur vixen adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Passenger, Currently on Chakona
Windsong Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Passenger, Star Corps Liaison
Longreach Caitian adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Passenger, Captain of Good Deal
Sharptongue Caitian adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Passenger, First Mate of Good Deal
Screamingwind Caitian youth Tales of the Folly, chapter 5 Passenger, Engineer Trainee
Dreamweaver Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew, Captain of Father's Love
Phillip Skunk buck adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew, Crew on Father's Love
Desertwind Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew, Crew on Father's Love
Doug Human male adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew
Passion Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew
Arcs Chakat adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew, Crew on The Tinker
Sparks Mouse Doe adult Tales of the Folly, chapter 8 Former Crew, Crew on The Tinker

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