oooh i'd love to hear more about julian and his parents!! is one of them hannah shepard?
Yes! Julian Shepard is the son of Hannah Shepard, a career officer in the Systems Alliance Navy, and Rachel (Rae) Dang, a civilian engineer specializing in space station construction. Hannah and Rae met through a mutual friend as young women, while Hannah was a cadet and Rae was studying engineering. They dated throughout the next few years, despite attending different educational institutions. Hannah got posted to Arcturus Station, then under construction, shortly after earning her lieutenant’s commission. This was perfect for them; Rae got a job on the station, they got a tiny apartment together, and a while later they decided they wanted a kid.
They were a bit taken aback when they found out they were having a boy, but they adjusted pretty quickly. They stuck with the one kid and doted on him intensely; Julian had a pretty happy, ordinary childhood, assuming being raised on humanity’s most important space station counts as “ordinary.” He gets his technical acumen from Rae and his service ethic from Hannah, though Hannah was taken aback again when he ended up a marine – the Shepards are traditionally naval officers.
That’s the brief rundown, but I am always happy to talk about them! Thank you for asking!