The player character is the player's avatar in the game.
- The pod is the basic vehicle available to the player, used to approach target ships, dock to the airlock, and invade. Multiple types are unlocked as the player progresses.
- The player has exactly one hit point. If they are shot by the crew or otherwise wounded, they will be knocked out for a time and likely thrown out of the airlock. Death is usually forthcoming.
- Of course, the player can fight back. Often starting with humble equipment such as wrenches or guns, they will quickly amass a variety of loot from target ships.
- Player characters may have a number of different traits that reflect the history of a character and affect their gameplay.