Firefly: Echoes of War
“I’ve got nothing to lose, little to risk, and lots to gain.”
- Character Type: Determined Ex-Con
- Role: Hires the Crew to help her get back what was wrongfully taken from her.
- Acts: Prelude
Known for her tough-but-fair demeanor, Marion Morrison was a former miner and self-made businesswoman. As a miner, she took a big risk by standin’ up to some corrupt bosses and wound up striking out on her own to build Morrison Mining on Sweethome, a moon in the Georgia System. Though she’d seen first-hand how to cut profits by mistreatin’ workers, Morrison stuck to her guns and ran her business properly, never using slaves or indentured workers to cut costs and rack up profits she didn’t feel she rightfully earned. Her workers liked her and she treated them like family.
Morrison’s ethics got her in trouble, though, for she had a reputation for punishing thieves and cheats harshly. Her “white hat” manner won her many admirers, sure, but it came with a price: Etienne du Bujac, a jealous enemy who would one day cause her downfall.
Du Bujac framed Morrison for murder by falsely accusing her of murdering Pierre du Bujac—his grandfather and the town’s aging sheriff—over a personal dispute. Morrison’s trial was swift. The eyewitness testimony provided by Isaac Demsky, who claimed to have caught Morrison in the act, ensured her conviction. Morrison was sentenced to serve time in an Alliance-run work camp for fifty years and ordered to make reparations. Since all of the mining boss’s assets were tied up in her company, she was forced to relinquish control to du Bujac. As soon as Morrison left Sweethome, Demsky’s boss, Etienne du Bujac, took control of Morrison Co.
Now, after five years of doing hard labor for a crime she didn’t commit, Morrison is free and wants her old life back. During an uprising, the former mining boss saved the life of a high-ranking Alliance officer. Though her record was not completely expunged, Morrison was released for “good behavior.” That’s part of the reason why Morrison can’t take on du Bujac herself. If she so much as gets flagged for suspicious behavior on the Cortex, she’ll go straight back to prison.
Physically, Morrison is tall and middle-aged, with short, graying hair and an intense stare. Though the former mine owner is healthy, her time in the camps has also aged her prematurely. Morrison doesn’t smile much anymore, except to give folk a weary half-grin. She carries some gravitas, but it’s clear that she’s lost something because of du Bujac’s treachery, even if it’s just a bit of spring in her step.
Likes and Dislikes
Morrison’s got a wry wit and makes friends easily provided they share her sense of integrity. Though she’s been to prison, most folk would never know it, for she’s got a way about her that puts most at ease—provided the subject of her incarceration doesn’t make it into the conversation. A private woman, Morrison has put a lot on the line for this heist and is often preoccupied thinking about how she can best clear her name and reclaim the life that was stolen from her.
Flashbacks and Echoes
Though not a combatant herself, Morrison was sympathetic to the plight of the Independents. She sold supplies at a good price, allowed refueling and docking with her operation in emergency situations, and guaranteed the jobs of any soldier who went off to fight in the War—Alliance and Independents alike. Though Morrison had officially declared herself neutral, her actions marked her as an Independent sympathizer, a status that affected the final outcome of her murder trial.