Ross Baldwin

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Ross Baldwin
- 2667
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Callsign Downtown
Allegiance Terran Confederation
Service/branch Terran Confederation Space Force
Years of service - 2667
Rank Captain
Unit TCS Concordia
Battles/wars Third Enigma Campaign, Ghorah Khar Campaign


Ross Baldwin was a pilot from the Terran Confederation who fought during the Terran-Kilrathi War.

History

Ross Baldwin was born in the Terran Confederation in the 2600s. He grew up during the Kilrathi War and lived on the Kilrathi separatist colony of Ghorah Khar during his childhood. He was rescued by Kilrathi defector Ralgha nar Hhallas during the battle for control over the planet, and he and Ralgha became close comrades from then on. It was Ross who suggested the callsign "Hobbes" to Ralgha, as he considered him to be very wise, just as was the philosopher he was named for.

Ross eventually enlisted as a pilot in the Terran Confederation and during his career assumed the callsign "Downtown". He was eventually assigned to the TCS Concordia.

In 2667, Baldwin met Captain Christopher Blair during a mission in the Niven System, where he flew escort for a food transport to Ghorah Khar. The two of them were introduced at an outpost on Niven while Blair flew on a courier mission. After their first encounter, the two would fly on several missions together through the course of the Enigma Sector Campaign, and Baldwin's friendship with Hobbes had a profound positive impact on Blair's overall perception of the Kilrathi.

Baldwin served on the Concordia faithfully throughout the campaign, but was killed in action during operations in the Enigma System. He had been ambushed by ten Drakhri while on a routine mission. His death was a severe blow to his comrade Hobbes, who felt that his loss was entirely needless.