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Crew Member

A member of your ship's crew who can increase the ship travel speed.

Engineers are a crew member role for player ships. Their uniform color is orange.

Having an engineer will increase the speed which the ship travels through space by a 10% with diminishing returns for each additional Engineer.

Fighting isn't their strong suit, but engineers will engage in combat when chosen as a travel companion. Their weapons of choice are Pistols and Shortswords, though these are not wielded until the engineer spots a threat.

Original Mechanics

Engineers originally improved the ship's fuel efficiency by 10% periodically when left on the ship.

Because of this, engineers would endlessly buff fuel efficiency by 10% (that is, fuel cost for a given trip is reduced by ~9.1% of its previous value). Eventually, the ship could travel anywhere for free, though fuel efficiency reset whenever the ship was upgraded.