Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Patton. To many in the UEE, Admiral Ernst Bishop has built a career evocative of these great military tacticians. A lifelong soldier, Bishop quickly distinguished himself as leader and strategist by seeing angles that others don’t and taking risks that others won’t. Strategy is a shifting puzzle to him. For better or worse, he is capable of disconnecting his empathy to the point where a battleship is simply an asset (with strengths and weaknesses) in the game, not a ship of five hundred souls. This is how he keeps winning.
If he had any interest in playing politics, he would have easily been promoted to High Command by now, but he’s exactly where he wants to be and exactly where the Empire needs him; patrolling the dangerous front lines of Vanduul space, hunting for a foe that’s constantly probing for a weakness, any weakness, to cross that border and fight.
To those who know him, Old Man is an institution of the Navy. Throughout his career, he’s flown every kind of ship, on every kind of mission. He has seen it all and it makes him an incredible teacher to up-and-coming pilots. Unfortunately, he is not a people-person. He doesn’t as much teach as ‘hammer into shape.’ By all accounts Old Man should be much higher in the chain of command, but his bluntness and refusal to soften or censor his criticism have rubbed enough people the wrong way to stymie what could have been a promising career.
Underneath it all though, Old Man is a believer in the Navy and what it stands for. To that end, he’s actually quite selfless and perfectly content devoting himself to something that’s bigger than he is. Old Man also has a very clear notion of right and wrong. He believes in justice: while the system may be unreliable, the idea is right and something that Humanity must aspire toward.
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