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Harkaway Aerglo

Also Known As


on MUX as



The Optimist


Science Mission Co-Ordinator

Apparent Age


Played By

William Jackson Harper

Faction Membership


'Hope' is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all." - Emily Dickinson

Neither blind nor illogical, the optimist finds a path through the darkness - while they believe in evil, they also know that good will ultimately prevail. Times can be terrible, but with work there is always light to be found. Less lonely, less stressed, for the optimist bad things can be changed with enough effort. They know that this can annoy those around them, but a little annoyance is a small price to pay for success and hope.

Archetype Roster Concept 

The world can be a better place. It has to be possible, or why even bother? You know you can pull it off, whatever it is, and things will be all right in the end.

Role in Project Icarus

Harkaway Aerglo is the science Mission Co-ordinator. He oversees the science side of the research mission, collects reports, and comes up with coordinated approaches to problems.

Aerglo's family has for several generations selected deliberately for intelligence as a result of the pressures of global warming. Since birth, Aerglo has been carefully adjusted for life for the corporation, at his teacher's insistence - he doesn't see his genetic contributors as parents. Being as intelligent and...carefully, precisely designed as he is, Aerglo is more or less socially inept while being brilliant.

Some of those who report to him say he is a sociopath - certainly, he maintains a peculiarly bright and optimistic view on existence no matter what he has to break to understand it.

Harkaway is a specialist in military applications, particularly shielding and engineering alternative solutions to hard vacuum, hard radiation, and vast temperature differences. If you need something to survive the unthinkable, Harkaway is your man.


Brawn: Normal
+ Enduring (Positive)
Finesse: Normal
+ Ambidextrous (Positive)
+ Delicate Touch (Positive)
Brains: Good
+ Mad Science Juryrigging (Positive)
+ Photographic Memory (artificial) (Positive)
- Cannot Function Without Medication (Negative)

Requires sleeping tablets
- Frequent Tool Use Causes Distraction (Negative)

Aerglo's artificial eye will cause him distraction due to data processing if he uses its scanner ability too often.
Spirit: Normal
+ Commanding - I Give the Orders Here! (Positive)
- Bad At Social Cues (Negative)

Perks and Quirks

- Big Favor - Conor Dunn/The Medic

What happens in sick bay STAYS IN SICK BAY!
+ Area of Expertise

Inhospitable environments are my jam.
- Corporate Lackey

I love Penumbra Corp! They gave me a budget!
+ Let's End This

Don't get in my God damn way.
- Reputation

Freak - Prone To Malaprops And Inappropriate Responses. Might Be A Sociopath
+ Spectrometer Lens

One Of Aerglo's Eyes Acts As A Spectrometer, With An Inbuilt Computer That Feeds Chemical Analysis Directly To His Brain. All Content Is ####REDACTED######


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Harkaway's Perfectly Boring Professional Journal

27th of the Sixth.

Hypothesis: The possession by the shadow-creatures likely has some form of limitation otherwise we would already be possessed. They appear to be wanting to get us outside, possibly to possess us.

From how _far away_ do the miners seem to get possessed?

Do things like rocks in the way slow them down?

Do they go for any particular types (hysterical?) before anyone else? Who holds out longest, and why? Basically, what is a safe distance?

Current Spaceworthy Status: Sebastian Angel Anita Blaise Braden Mads Tellur Luna Elizabeth Nyka Niko Mira Not on List: Conor Samantha

Status Update: Four of them on board ship, and also the twins. Focus on ensuring that Braden, Angel, Sebastian and Blaise are never in the same room together. Braden is uninterested in this and may in fact not remember me.

Phase One: Analysis of Situation up until now.

KV-273 landing went 'smoothly'. Ship is sealed and safe, but supplies are not as I would prefer to have them.

Situation is, in my opinion, roughly a week away from degrading seriously, especially once people work out the full implications of the intelligence and time delay. Our focus must be on survival, primarily. Note that Jazz Flower has similar skillsets with survival.

Scan systems: Not unusual. Shape shifting entity may be singular or multiple, not enough evidence to suggest whether there is only one giant entity that can split parts of itself off, or if there is a large one and 'three' smaller ones as Braden has so far suggested..

Only very minor time dilation on day one according to the twins. The distortion of space to the jump point is variable.

Biometrics within standard range of errors, save for malcontents who decide they will freak out whenever they feel.

Current Status:

  1. Angel
  2. Anita
  3. Blaise
  4. Mads
  5. Sebastian
  6. Luna
  7. Braden
  8. Nyka
  9. Niko

Not on List: Conor Samantha

(2019-07-22 • Science Research Lab) Angel and Harkaway contemplate a variety of personal options.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Catching Feelings
(2019-07-18 • Rec Room) Assorted peole have assorted feelings.
Cast  •   Mira Chevalier-Colby  •  Braden Flower  •  SSgt. Malcolm MacLeod  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Tales from the Come-and-Go Cafe
(2019-07-13 • Icarus - Upper Level - (w)Rec(k) Room) It's a sure sign the stress is getting to the crew when a respectable evening of shenanigans is derailed by science and intermittent naps, pursued by a waltz to Metallica and a sharpie.
Cast  •   Braden Flower  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Mira Chevalier-Colby  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •
Running in Space
(2019-07-11 • Med Bay and The Maze) Harkaway and Braden take Angel for a run.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Braden Flower  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Salad and Sympathy
(2019-07-04 • Rec Room) A Feast to Celebrate Angl's safe return.
Cast  •   Dana Teller  •  Braden Flower  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Everything Is Broken
(2019-07-01 • Rec Room) A discussion in the Rec Room ends up going poorly.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
It's Like This Boss
(2019-06-30 • Rec Room) The Director is informed about the dire situation with te computers and a plan is proposed for survival.
Cast  •   Samantha Davies  •  Braden Flower  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
It Just Keeps Getting Worse
(2019-06-29 • Rec Room) Horrifying new findings lead to horrifying new findings.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Sebastian Rozgold  •  Dr. Madeleine Moreau  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Mira Wears The Pants
(2019-06-26 • Icarus - Upper Level - Rec Room) Mira Wears the Pants
Cast  •   Braden Flower  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Mira Chevalier-Colby  •
Some Taken
(2019-06-26 • Icarus - Lower Level - Research Labs) Blaise drops in on Harkaway, and they probably both wish he hadn't.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •
Examinations and Arbitration
(2019-06-24 • Icarus - Lower Level - Research Labs) Angel and Sebastian get scanned for shadow things, information is shared, and some arbitration occurs.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Braden Flower  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Sebastian Rozgold  •
Friendly Persuasion
(2019-06-15 • Rec Room) A case is made for sharing information accross departments.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Braden Flower  •  Alannah St. George  •
Time to share
(2019-06-15 • Director's Office) Harkaway asks Samantha's opinion on further open sharing of information, and updates her about Science projects.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Samantha Davies  •
Drunken Bastards
(2019-06-12 • Engineering Chief's Office) The blows of the day need a little cushioning. Hilarity and meowing ensue.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
Urgent Messages
(2019-06-12 • N/A) Father Riordan sends urgent messages to to some department heads based on his talk with Rozgold.
Cast  •   Father Kellan Riordan  •  Samantha Davies  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •
Suddenly There Came a Tapping
(2019-06-12 • Icarus - Lower Level - Research Labs) Jazz brings Harkaway dinner, wanting to get to the know the weird scientist better. When they get an unexpected message, things go from weird to 'fuck that!' fast.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Samantha Davies  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •
Courtesy gets you places.
(2019-06-11 • Icarus - Upper Level - Rec Room) People meet in the Rec Room. A miner has questions for the Director.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Samantha Davies  •  Ronnie Bosch  •
Come and See
(2019-06-11 • Science Research Labs) A cryptic message is delivered from the Icarus I.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Samantha Davies  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •
Fantasy for Flesh
(2019-06-10 • Icarus - Upper Level - Rec Room) Just how did Harkaway get hurt? Blaise has theories.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •
Food for Thought
(2019-06-09 • Icarus - Upper Level - Rec Room) A bunch of people suddenly find themselves with little to do and wind up in the recroom.
Cast  •   Explorer2/Chevalier-Colby  •  Braden Flower  •  Dr. Hal Lockwood  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
What's In A Name?
(2019-06-08 • Icarus - Lower Level - Engineering) Harkaway drops in on Blaise for information. Not coffee. There's plenty of irking for all!
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
Opposites Day
(2019-06-06 • Science Research Labs) A gathering in the science research department focuses on what the direction of the mission should be, going forward.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Samantha Davies  •
The Puzzle
(2019-06-06 • Icarus - Lower Level - Research Labs) Angel, Braden and Harkaway consider the puzzle
Cast  •   Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
Up to Speed
(2019-06-05 • Icarus - Lower Level - Research Labs) Harkaway brings Samantha up to speed on what's happened while she was locked in her pod. Anita tries to convince the doctor to let her help him.
Cast  •   Li Ting  •  Samantha Davies  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
The Check-Up
(2019-06-05 • The Maze) Harkaway is off to get his check-up with Anita and runs into Bosch on the way.
Cast  •   Harkaway Aerglo  •  Li Ting  •  Ronnie Bosch  •
Theory and Practice
(2019-06-04 • Chaos Theory Lab) A meeting in the Chaos Theory lab leads to more chaos. You'd think they'd all see that coming...
Cast  •   Dr. Madeleine Moreau  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •
At Least Let Us Start Drilling for the Rare Earth Already
(2019-06-04 • Engineering Office) The laws of unintended consequences, unsafety in numbers, and the scientific proof of the theory of the preservation of beverages.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Elizabeth Ryan  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Dr. Madeleine Moreau  •  Samantha Davies  •
(2019-06-02 • Engineering Chief's Office) Various people seek libations and/or inspiration in Blaise's office. Some even find it.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Francis Sinclair  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Ronnie Bosch  •
Do the Time Warp Again
(2019-06-02 • Harkaway's Lab) Amidst all the bad news, there is worse news.
Cast  •   Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Constantine Thornton  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Alannah St. George  •
Walking Wounded
(2019-06-02 • Med Bay) Anita clears Angel for duty. They then team up to convince Harkaway to accept needed medical treatment.
Cast  •   Li Ting  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Angel Ocasio  •
Wake Up and Brace
(2019-06-01 • Research Stasis) The Science and Research teams all have a rude awakening and get beat up by the crash landing.
Cast  •   Li Ting  •  Nyka Kolvek di Mercurio  •  Sebastian Rozgold  •  Braden Flower  •  Dr. Blaise di Mercurio  •  Father Kellan Riordan  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Alannah St. George  •  Elizabeth Ryan  •  Sister Francis  •
Penumbra - Better
(2019-05-28 • Penumbra Orientation) Penumbra Corp Setup
Cast  •   Li Ting  •  Samantha Davies  •  Ronnie Bosch  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
Post-Briefing Briefing
(2019-05-27 • Penumbra Office) After learning about Project Icarus, a quartet of the crew get to know each other.
Cast  •   Samantha Davies  •  Li Ting  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •  Ronnie Bosch  •
The Whole Story
(2019-04-30 • Icarus - Lower Level - Med Bay) The morning after Teller's brawl with Jeremiah, he receives a few visitors. The mad scientist, the wayward husband, and the other professional busybody.
Cast  •   Dana Teller  •  Angel Ocasio  •  Braden Flower  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •
R and R
(2019-04-28 • Rec Room) Preparing to launch, a few crew members head up to the rec room to unwind. Angel and Harkaway have a charged reunion.
Cast  •   Angel Ocasio  •  Braden Flower  •  Samantha Davies  •  Jasper Bloom  •  Li Ting  •  Harkaway Aerglo  •

Little known fact: His name is a poem, and probably the best thing Penumbra gave him. Harkaway Aerglo translates to: The one who rounds up the faint light of the stars