The year is 2271 AD. After finally developing a reliable method of faster than light travel, humanity has spread throughout the galaxy and settled on hundreds of worlds. While many of these have established some semblance of order, with governments and cultures of their own, many more are practically lawless, a whole new wild west frontier.
No effective galaxy wide law enforcement organization of any kind exists. There are millions of places on hundreds of worlds for criminals and outlaws to hide from the grasp of authorities on the more established worlds. When particularly infamous criminals go on the run, the standard practice is for agencies to put out bounties for their capture and leave the matter up to freelancers.
Bounty hunting can now be a very lucrative career for those with the skills and bravery to pursue it. Most bounty hunters operate in small groups, usually a single spaceship or a few traveling together. Some have grown very wealthy by capturing high profile criminals, now hunting their quarries with the latest in military equipment and the most advanced models of starships.
The crew of the Albatross are not one of those wealthy, sophisticated crews. The Albatross itself is a thoroughly outdated model, originally built as a cargo hauler rather than any kind of fighter craft. The crew have thus far barely managed to eke out a living by picking up petty criminals with minor bounties. Food, fuel, and maintenance have eaten up pretty much all their funds.
Still, things could always change. It only takes one big capture to make the big time. There are always bad guys to catch and people willing to pay. Maybe one day they’ll find the score they need to turn everything around.
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