Here are the four Traders who make up the crew of the Cygnus.
Sondar has a romantic notion of Trading; even the hardships and boring bits are like a thrilling novel to him. He is literally without fear and will dive headlong into any danger for the merest of rewards. His species are generally of a similar vein, but he is considered extreme and no longer a part of polite society. Although gentle and charismatic in nature, other Ohma consider Sondar a rogue and a pirate.
Next up is Chit, a 12 year old Chit'chit'ah alien. As a species, the Chit are much sought after by Traders as jacks of all trades. Bootstrapped into space by a neighbouring species the Chit soon established themselves as reliable, trustworthy and quick learners. Chit has been on the crew of several Trader ships in the last few years. Benign, but large enough to intimidate troublemakers, Chit is nonetheless highly intelligent and enjoys the life of a Trader, making no plans beyond the next few days. He lives in the moment, never afraid to try something new.
Despite his terrestrial age he is a mature adult who has sired many children. The Chit raise their young in large communal broods and have a complex set of sexes and genders, none of which affects Chit's abilities. In their own society Chit employ a form of democracy based on family groups, although they will adopt the beliefs of any society they are in direct contact with so long as it is not considered destructive.
Last up is Satiene Teelac, a 36 year old augmented human. Satiene is an example of how power and privilege can corrupt. As a child she was spoiled, devious and manipulative, and she has become more so with adulthood. She uses guile, seduction and outright threats to get what she wants, and is a ferocious and unnecessarily cruel fighter.
Her augmentations have thrown the darker elements of her character into a terrible sharp relief. Although not without compassion she secretly considers all life but her own as trivial. She is estranged from her twin brother, Oberon Teelac; both of whom are considered black sheep of a once proud family. her machinations have resulted in her expulsion from her"house", the confederacy aligned to the Teelac dynasty. Eventually her actions will drive her out of the world of the Traders and into the arms of a criminal gang where she will rise quickly to the top.
This is a very eclectic crew of mixed races all of whom have fascinating back stories. I like them a lot.