Valencia Blackwell, nicknamed 'Valkyrie' or just 'Valk', is a space pirate and part-time mercenary. She is also a naturally talented robotics technician, specializing in combat drones and artificial/virtual intelligence. She's also a pretty decent mech pilot, though having learned on her own instead of being specifically trained for it. She is currently employed by the Terika-Belladonna Company as a technician on board the Muramasa. She is the daughter of Hellions Cecilia and Elyas Blackwell.
Valencia was born aboard an old freighter to the pair of Elyas and Cecilia Blackwell, whom at the time were still members of the Hellions faction. Born literally into the pirate life, she grew up learning the various tricks and trades of the pirate profession. She learned to fight and kill from her mother, and how to repair ships and vehicles from her father. Eventually, the Blackwell family would depart from the Hellions on good terms, planning to venture out and form their own pirate group once Valencia had grown up a little. This wouldn't happen however, as Elyas and Cecilia were gunned down in an SDF raid on their freighter.
Valencia, a pre-teen at the time, was taken and placed in an orphanage on Terra. Attempts were made to try and straighten her out, such as forcing her to behave like a proper citizen. This didn't click, of course, but Valencia did learn a few things such as how to play the violin as well as how to build and maintain machines and drones. Once she was old enough, she escaped from the orphanage and fled Terra, venturing back out into space.
Over the next few years, she would bounce around the various pirate factions in the Renegade Quadrant and elsewhere, perfecting her skills as a pirate as well as a drone builder. She would eventually clash with Taylor Caine on a pirate raid, forming a sort of life-long rivalry and odd sort of sisterhood. Eventually, seeking a little spending money in between pirate jobs, she would start to join up with mercenary groups for jobs. This would set up even more chance meetings with Taylor to build their rivalry and relationship.
Eventually, she would enlist with the Terika-Belladonna Company as a technician.
During the events of Scoundrels, Valencia would perform her duties as a member of the crew of the Muramasa/Cataract. During an assault on a UGS/Black Fleet missile base in Dyatiq on the planet Voyak, Valencia would take a fatal blast from a rocket detonation. The blast would punch a hole in her skull and partially damage her brain. She was saved by the crew's doctor, who acted fast and sealed the hole as best he could till proper surgery could be done to save her life.
She would recieve cybernetic implants that would assist her brain in its functions, as well as a steel plate and a skin graft over the portion of her head where her skull was destroyed. The cybernetics also gave her the ability to speak to her drones 'telepathically', as well as visit a mysterious virtual area known as 'The Culture', where she met a mysterious Upyri cyborg named Jester.
Jester and Valencia would become friends, and ultimately band together to form the Blackwell Reavers. Jester provided the schematics for the Reavers' capital ship, which Valencia named the Guillotine, and would use various recources and favors to have it constructed. Meanwhile, Valencia would remain with the TBC crew for one more mission on Rigel, where they were tasked with saving a group of Khergians from a UGC/Black Fleet base in an effort to get a new ship to replace the destroyed Muramasa and underequipped Cataract.
The crew would be captured during the raid, and while a rescue mission was being formed, the crew was taken aboard a Black Fleet frigate known as the Viokhmar. The rescue mission was finished and put into effect during the Viokhmar's takeoff, the khergian forces supporting the crew firing their artillery on the ship while other TBC members would rescue the captured kergians back at the base. The Cataract would also be used during the rescue, distracting anti-aircraft missiles and ultimately sacrificing itself to prevent the Viokhmar from slamming into the ground.
During the chaos of the rescue mission, the captured TBC crew would fight their way to freedom inside the mess hall of the Viokhmar, Valencia claiming the plasma sword of the Kanad sergeant that had captured them and impaling him with it. After the Viokhmar's crash, she would join the others as they searched the crashed frigate for any signs of Yanim and Arkadam (whom had been badly injured and captured earlier.) They would encounter Ryvik who was holding Arkadam hostage, and during the negotiations would encounter Beta (a copy of Yanim). Beta would deploy some gas to prevent them from chasing her as she went after Ryvik. Valencia, not wishing to wait till the gas dispersed, would lead a few of the TBC crew on a different route, outside and onto the roof of the crashed frigate.
They would make their way across the roof till they were right above where the real Yanim lay pinned. Valencia would use her new plasma sword to cut a hole in the hull, so they could drop down to help Yanim. Nearby, Jag would battle with Beta, and would sling Valkyrie Beta's nervous system controller, which Valencia would promptly use to replace Yanim's crushed one (it having been destroyed in the crash.)
On February 6th, 2426, Valencia and the Blackwell Reavers would engage the rogue Upyri Marine-turned-vigilante Anora Cortus inside the Renegade Quadrant. After a vicious battle, the Guillotine would be heavily damaged and boarded by Anora and her forces. Anora would fight Valencia herself, and ultimately kill her. Valencia's daughter, Lauren Blackwell, would be one of four people to survive the battle. Personally swearing to avenge Valencia's death by killing Anora Cortus and rebuilding the Blackwell Reavers.
Valencia's body was buried on the planet Sielia, inside of a cavern near the shipyard where the Guillotine was first constructed in 2385. In attendance to the funeral: Lauren Blackwell, Zadra Masir, Zhao Chang, and Slade Beckwith.
- Valencia can play the violin. Quite exquisitely. It was one of the few things that stuck with her from the orphanage she grew up in on Terra.
- Valencia has a severe gambling problem, especially when it comes to automotive or spacecraft races. She bet quite a bit on the Grand Prix race on Prospera, even if she was working with TBC to rig the race. (She ended up losing the money, but got paid for rigging the race a lot more than she lost.)
- Valencia used to not smoke, having quit years prior after witnessing someone get killed via a cigarette. She chewed toothpicks whenever the urge hit her. During her time on Rigel, though, she relapsed and began to smoke again.
- Valencia (as of Scoundrels) has a bounty of over half a billion credits on her head from three different galactic governments. The bounty will rise during the events of Devils and will reach its height of ten billion credits upon her death at the beginning of Burning Sails.
- Valencia has had several close shaves with death, but has only legitimately died twice. The first time, she was killed by a rocket blast, which punched a hole in her skull and scorched a portion of her brain. She was revived via nanomachines/cybernetics and surgery. Her second death was at the hands of Anora Cortus in 2426 in close combat. Valencia wouldn't return from death a second time.
- Valencia has never stayed in a relationship longer than a week, but eventually has a daughter with a fellow pirate captain after a one-night stand.
- Valencia usually favors cats as a pet, having had one at the orphanage on Terra.
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