PhD Quantum Biology Five years ago, Anne was involved in an accident after using illegal engine mods to enter uncharted space. She has no memories of the six months following the accident, but timing suggests her misadventure has something to do with the clandestine cold war between the alien Prac and the human Centrists turning white hot.
Slice is a Praxis War Council Airforce officer--rank-eqivalent "Captain". He spent most of his service fighting the Prac's other enemy--Mysterious and violent entities called the "Light"--under the command of the now Prime Commodore Etone Miasetto. During his sixth year of service Slice was captured by the Light and lived as a POW for a year and a half. After he escaped he was placed on indefinite medical and chose to accompany his High Commissionaire(Blunt Trauma) as a war hostage to facilitate a diplomatic connection between Humans and Prac.
Heir to the Shogunate At great personal cost, Strike pursues peace with the humans. She has earned the ire of her mother, the Shogun Light-in-the-Eyes, who will stop at nothing to seek vengeance for past wrongs.
Shogun of the Praxis War Council The highest-ranking official on the War Council, Light-in-the-Eyes acts as Praxis’ de-facto leader. Light intends to lead Praxis into total war with the humans and will remove every obstacle, including her own daughter.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State A brilliant, ambitious data scientist, Demi works for Central State’s Bureau of Interplanetary Intelligence Research. Her analytic abilities may be the key to reversing the escalating hostilities.
Assistant Secretary of State A former special agent for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Jake is suspect as a double agent by his boss, the Secretary of State Cheryl Hunt. Her distrust has grown now that Jake has overseen a failure of diplomacy with the alien Prac that jeopardizes Cheryl's career.
Secretary of State A savvy and ruthless politician, Cheryl knows a setup when she sees one, and she sees one. Facing blame for a convenient but avoidable war with the Prac, Cheryl will not go down without a fight, even if it costs everything Jake Moto holds dear.
A mysterious cypher delivering messages for Central State's power brokers. He can project at varying levels of encryption, from the stylized "robotic" form seen interrogating Anne in the Preeceville Prison Complex to a "slippery skin", a form that appears human yet slides out of witness memory after it leaves their field of view. Who he works for is unknown.
Richard Dark is an Exodus super soldier intended for covert ops behind enemy lines. He's genetically engineered for maximum stamina and also has a rudimentary empathy that allows him to anticipate his enemy's intentions. He calls this ability, "feeling push." Richard is asexual, sarcastic and blunt but displays a greater social acumen and capability for sympathy then his Exodus peers.
High Commissionaire of Boiling Point Clan Heir to two powerful aristocratic families, Trauma was an influential politician on Praxis. Since making a bid for peace with the humans, he's lost favor with the Shogun. His choice also baffled those who knew him as a hawkish patriot. He is currently exiled with the Prac war hostages on the human colony Radial N.
Kelly "Kell" Thorne is the daughter of inventor Kris Thorne, formally partnered with Teddy Sidle of Sidle Tech. Kris Thorne is responsible for inventing the technology behind the Caruzo pipeline that uses hyper gravity to siphon hydrocarbons from Caruzo's moons. Kell has a combined Ph'D in astrophysics and philosophy and is a tenured professor at Nova University. She loves aliens.