In only two years, Russel Porter went from being just another deckhand on a cargo vessel to the youngest Captain in the history of the Conclave. Needless to say, he's a little cocky. Okay, he's really cocky, but he's also dedicated to his role as captain. While he's loyal to the Conclave, he will ignore direct orders to gain a tactical advantage or save to the lives of his crew. Given his line of work, this happens a lot. As Captain, Porter is the tactical center of the Syzygy. When it comes down to either using Chop's lasers to blast through a formation of enemy vessels, or Lynn's shields to reflect their fire back at them, it's ultimately Porter's call. And he usually makes the right one. Usually.
In Syz E.G., the player takes control of Captain Porter. As such, the player performs his duty of deciding which crew member to utilize at any given time. Choosing the right ability can mean the difference between completing the mission successfully or failing miserably.