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Difficulty: Very Hard
Requirements: Whitelisted, 30 hours of playtime, 30 hours in Command, 5 hours in Logistics, 5 hours in Engineering, 5 hours in Medical, 5 hours in Security, 5 hours in Epistemics
Access: All Access
Extended Access: None
Supervisors: Central Command
Subordinates: Chief Engineer, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Personnel, Head of Security, Mystagogue, Logistics Officer
Duties: Manage the entire station, make sure everything stays in working order and fix any issues that other crew members can't. Only use your authority when it is required, the Heads of Staff are there for a reason.
Guides: Space Law, SOP, Alert Procedure, Company Policy, Shipyard

You are the Captain, the top of the Chain of Command. It is your duty to ensure the stability and productivity of the station, as well as carrying out directives from CentCom.

You should have experience of all Heads of Staff jobs. At round start, take the Nuclear Authentication Disk with you, call the Heads to report in and keep checking in from time to time on what needs to be done and who should do it.

As Captain, your most important power isn’t your All-Access ID card or fancy self-charging laser gun, but the fact that you usually have about five Heads of Staff you supervise under you to deal with problems that you don't want to deal with.

The Chain of Command

In an ideal chain of command, you'll be able to hear about problems in specific departments from your Heads and delegate tasks and assignments throughout the ship to get them handled. In turn, your heads of staff should be directing their personnel to solve issues as needed. While this is the ideal scenario, this is usually difficult to obtain due to your heads of staff or their personnel being incompetent, missing, dead, clueless, or possibly a combination of all four.

Typically, if fully staffed, you have six heads of staff to rely on:

  • Head of Personnel - The HoP manages all service personnel (Chef, Bartender, Botanist, Passengers, Clown, Mime, etc.) on the station. They're here to make sure that your civilian workforce is doing what it's supposed to do and not making killer tomatoes, causing trouble, and juggling all of the service personnel in case one section is understaffed or overburdened with people.
  • Head of Security - The second-to-final (next to your own) say on Security matters. The HoS will look to you to clear executions of particularly foul prisoners and may also make requests for things like distributing the armory to officers. The HoS will usually know who their troublemakers this shift are and it can be good to check on them every once in a while to make sure criminals aren't running amok.
  • Chief Engineer - The boss of making sure you have air to breathe and station to stand on. The CE will be very useful to make sure atmosphere is running and his subordinates are patching gaping holes in the station like they should be.
  • Chief Medical Officer - The CMO handles all of Medbay and personnel within. They are a good point of contact for medical concerns such as who should and shouldn't be cloned and how overwhelmed Medbay is with the injured/dead/dying.
  • Mystagogue - The Mysta will try to ensure scientists are not busy smoking chemicals or drinking too much oracle juice and that anomalies are somewhat manageable disasters. They're here to make sure Epistemics doesn't explode all the time.
  • Logistics Officer - The LO manages the station's budget, salvaging's exo-station operations, approval of cargo orders and deliveries of mail. They'll be around to make sure Cargo Technicians don't spend the whole budget on Emergency Pizza as well as ordering salvagers to not die.

If you find that you don't have a head of staff in a specific department, it can be a good idea to promote someone within that department to the new head of it. If nobody shows interest, you may have to see if anyone on the station wants to jump at the opportunity. Just try to make sure they are a good fit for the job.

Try not to personally micro-manage departments, be overbearing, bossy, or otherwise unpleasant to be around. You'll get the most from your heads of staff by communicating well and respecting their input, or they won't bother bringing up concerns or doing anything for you (or worse, they may collectively decide you are unfit for command).

The Captain's Authority

You have a wide (but not infinite) range of authority as the Captain. You hold the following special privileges:

  • You may demote heads of staff you deem grossly unfit for duty or insubordinate in the interest of the station as a whole (though the heads of staff may majority rule you unfit for command and demote you)
  • You carry an ID with access to every door in the station, and a spare one with the same. Use it wisely and don't lose it.
  • Generally, you make the choice to evacuate the station and deem it a loss, however any head of staff can also exercise this privilege in an emergency. Be aware that evacuating the station prematurely or for little reason will get you in trouble.
  • You are responsible for the Nuclear Authentication Disk. This disk must be present in a nuclear warhead to active it, alongside a randomized five-digit activation code. Nuclear Operatives require and will seek you out for this particular item, so guard it well.

There Is No Air and I Must Breathe

Don't despair if things are falling apart at the seams, rapidly, all around you, and none of your heads are answering the radio! Odds are there is a team of nuclear operatives looking for you so they can pry that silly little authentication disk from your cold dead hands, whether you wanted to hand it over or not. Part of the game is things not going quite right and managing disaster scenarios, some of which you won't come out on top of. Do your best and take care of as much of your crew as you can.

Roles on DeltaV
Command Captain · Head of Personnel · Head of Security · Chief Engineer · Mystagogue · Chief Medical Officer · Logistics Officer · Chief Justice
Justice Department Chief Justice · Clerk · Prosecutor · Lawyer
Security Head of Security · Warden · Security Officer · Prison Guard · Corpsman · Detective · Security Cadet
Engineering Chief Engineer · Atmospheric Technician · Station Engineer · Technical Assistant
Epistemics Mystagogue · Psionic Mantis · Chaplain · Scientist · Research Assistant
Medical Chief Medical Officer · Medical Doctor · Paramedic · Chemist · Psychologist · Medical Intern
Logistics Logistics Officer · Cargo Technician · Salvage Specialist · Courier
Service Head of Personnel · Janitor · Bartender · Botanist · Chef · Service Worker · Boxer · Clown · Martial Artist · Mime · Musician · Reporter · Passenger · Zookeeper · Librarian · Gladiator · Prisoner
Sillicon Cyborg · Personal AI
Antagonists Traitor · Nuclear Operative · Space Ninja · Thief · Paradox Anomaly · Revenant · Space Dragon · Listening Post Operative · Zombie