Ace Baron, who’s real Hlanssai name is not reproducible in the human vocal range is the pilot of the Crimson Raptor. While usually unreliable and unpredictable, Captain Ern has paid well and roamed far, both of which appeal to the slightly unusually Hlanssai. While most of his kind spend their considerable talents pursuing the arts, Ace has put his talent into his piloting and uses space as his canvas.
The Hlanssai are a humanoid minor race, originating on Vrirhlanz in the Gzaekfueg sector, but now to be encountered throughout much of the Imperium and other areas. They are widely admired for their artistic talents, grace, and dexterity, but many members of other races distrust the Hlanssai because of their justified reputation for emotional instability. Nonetheless, sheer wanderlust and versatility has carried the species far.