Zak Kaiyo

Captain Zakane T'shano Kaiyo

Zak Kaiyo is the pilot of the RIV Free Spirit and the captain of a crew of freelance spacers. He is a Tokaya from the planet Terotewaukia. Zak is a charismatic and daring person, and is known for his death-defying flight stunts. However, he cares deeply about his crew and is more than willing to put his life on the line for them.



Zak is a fairly average Tokaya: a lean, fit humanoid with turquoise-blue skin, jet black hair, a feline nose, and long, pointed ears. He bears a number of scars from his century of galactic escapades, with three notable ones on his head: an off-center slash across the upper-right bridge of his nose, a set of three claw marks at the lefthand base of his jaw, and a ragged notch in his left ear.


Zak tends to keep his style casual and comfortable when utility isn't absolutely necessary. His default outfit is a light, loose, short-sleeved shirt, cargo pants, and durable boots. He does possess a handful of signature accessories as well: his well-worn satchel, his necklace of teeth, claws, and amulets from across the galaxy, and his iconically garish and battered towel tied around his waist.


Zak is a restless spirit, a veritable interstellar nomad. He's very mischievous and likes to get into trouble for the thrill of it, but can be relied on to get out of it as quickly as he gets into it… most of the time. His confidence, determination, and cheerful sarcasm make for an extremely charismatic, if reckless, leader. However, he has the capacity to be rather ruthless towards those whom he perceives as a threat to him or the people he cares for.   Captain Kaiyo acts fearless, but he is afraid of getting tied down to any one place or person. Zak views romance and even attachment to his biological family as a threat to his freedom, which is the thing he values most. However, he considers his friends/crewmates to be his true family and is loyal to a fault for them.   Zak performs best under pressure, and is good at improvisation and making quick decisions. However, the captain is also an adrenaline junkie. He is addicted to excitement and often struggles visibly when the crew has a long period in between jobs. In times like these he is prone to pacing, fidgeting, and becoming irritable.



Zak grew up in a small tree-village in the rainforests of the Nia'be Delta. He and his two best friends, Arcto and Tobais, dreamed of seeing the stars. After passing their Trials, all three enlisted in the Terotewaukia Orbital Guard and moved to the island of Mika. However, discipline issues resulted in Zak dropping out of Guard training and studying aerospace flight at the local university instead. The trio worked as spacecraft mechanics for the duration of their studies, though for a short time they also formed a rock band and produced three albums under the name Fractal.   Towards the end of his university career, Zak began to seriously look for a starship, eventually encountering a decrepit vehicle called the Hjimvurr at a secondhand spacecraft dealer. Enlisting the help of his friends, the three of them repaired the vessel and christened it the Free Spirit. However, Tobais had obligations to fulfill on Terotewaukia, and could not join the other two on their quest for freedom. Thus, almost immediately after graduation in 47565, Zak and Arcto left their homeworld for the stars.


Zak is the pilot of the starship RIV Free Spirit and the leader of a small band of freelance spacers that make their home aboard the ship. His talented -albeit reckless- piloting skills earned himself and his copilot Arcto a spot in the Spacecraft Pilots Association Hall of Fame, having broken the record for the smallest ship by mass to exceed 10 million times the speed of light with a hyperdrive. His performative stuntwork is also renowned, and he frequently attends the cycular Galactic Pilot Convention.
Year of Birth
47459 AGU 236 Years old
Eoya Kaull, Terotewaukia
Current Residence
RIV Free Spirit
Radium-green irises with black vertical oblong pupils
Jet-black, touseled mane
1.8 caudons
72.5 kg
Chromo XY
Gender male
Pronouns he/him
Known Languages Zak's native tongue is the Tokaya language Yori-tua. He is fluent in Liayaic (another Tokaya tongue), Galactic Standard, and Standard Autonic. He also speaks Wirrrimwol, though not fluently, and knows enough Zorsk to get by in Zark-controlled space.


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