The Firefly and Serenity Database
The Firefly and Serenity Database
Biographical information

c. 2488[1][2]









Ship(s) captained or crewed

Aces and Eights[1]


Aces and Eights[1]

Ross "Rawhide" Macintosh was the pilot of the Aces and Eights.


Captain Maxx Williams, who hired Macintosh as the pilot for the Aces and Eights

One of eight children, Ross "Rawhide" Macintosh was born around 2488[2] and was the son of a struggling rancher. Along with his brothers and sisters, Macintosh had to work on the ranch in order to support his family, and, as a result, he never went to school. After his parents death, Macintosh and his siblings sold the ranch and shared the proceeds between themselves. Considering it the only way off the moon that had killed his parents, Macintosh put his share toward putting himself through flight school. Due to his lack of education during his younger years, the now 23-year-old Macintosh struggled in school; working twice as hard as anyone else, yet still only finishing at the bottom of the class.[1]

At some point, a group of Reavers, humans mutated during experiments by the Union of Allied Planets, raided the home of Macintosh's favorite sister, killing her and her family. Macintosh was the one who found their remains, and as a result, Reavers became the only thing in the 'Verse Macintosh truly hated.[1]

When the Unification War began, Macintosh fought on the side of the Independent Planets as a bomber pilot against the Union of Allied Planets. Throughout the course of the war, Macintosh was wounded several times and taken prisoner once. After the war's end, a former Alliance soldier, Maxx Williams, found Macintosh in an employment agency on the planet Persephone. Williams interviewed several pilots, as he was in desperate need of one for his ship, the Aces and Eights, after his last pilot was shot through the head in a bar fight. Despite not having the best credentials, Macintosh was chosen by Williams as there was something about Macintosh that the former soldier liked.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Ross Macintosh was created for the reference book Serenity Role Playing Game, written by Jamie Chambers and published by Margaret Weis Productions on September 19, 2005. The Serenity Role Playing Game contained small story extracts at the beginning of every chapter, and Macintosh appeared in the sixth of these stories, "The Devil's Shoes." The book also contained a full character profile for Macintosh. The story is left open-ended, allowing players to create their own adventure.

Macintosh along with other crew members of the Aces and Eights would later be mentioned in the Big Damn Heroes Handbook, released on September 30, 2009.


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Serenity Role Playing Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Serenity Role Playing Game is set in 2518, at which time Macintosh is 30 years old