Korah grows up as a slave of Teballaian society, or helot, working as a tailor. She spends her childhood in a factory with other Cypher-Ts mending clothes and running machinery. At the end of each day, she must allow her mind to be scanned by computers for thoughts of rebellion. Only if she is judged fully submissive will the Militar provide her with Sol-sickness medicine, a necessary supplement to survive the toxic atmosphere of Teballai.
Korah is a young woman when she meets Veramus, a powerful Cypher-P who has lost his best friend. The two bond unexpectedly, and Veramus goes to her for companionship while providing some protection. Their tenuous relationship is strained when Blaire appears after missing for six years, and tells them both that he can help them escape from the planet altogether.
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Amalek is a high-ranking commander, or Lead, within the FOEs. He grew up on the water planet of Alqualin, where most people live within underwater cities. When he was old enough, he wanted to escape the cold dark depths of the ocean and sail the high seas. After doing that for a few years, he wanted to ascend further and explore the galaxy. Soon after that, he learned of the FOEs and eagerly joined their cause.
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Veramus grew up on Teballai alongside Blaire as a privileged Cypher-P in the Q’s palace. While Blaire was mischievous and unruly, Veramus tended to follow the rules and behave with conservative elegance. He took pride in his station as a politician and sought to earn it rather than take it for granted. But despite–or perhaps because of–their differences, Veramus and Blaire grew up as close friends. However, Veramus was always jealous of Blaire’s ability to effortlessly synch with mind-meld machines, which made Blaire the Q’s favorite pupil.
When Veramus was sixteen, Blaire vanished without a trace. Veramus was extremely distraught and fell into a deep depression. He didn’t understand what had happened or why, which threw everything he believed about the world into question. He made it his mission to maintain order and power so that nothing like that would ever happen again.
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Blaire Pollack grew up on Teballai as a Cypher-P: the second-highest rank in Teballaian society under the dictator (Cypher-Q) himself. As such, she lived a life of great luxury and privilege. She dwelt within the tall Q’s tower in the center of Jumeni, Teballai’s capital city. At any time, she could call upon helots or gorgans to do her bidding. If a helot disobeyed her, that person could be punished harshly–even killed for showing disrespect.
Despite all her power, Blaire’s primary concerns in life were playing games, spending time with friends, and generally having fun. The dictator of Teballai, Delim Quallebus, prized Blaire above all his Cypher-Ps because she possessed an effortless ability to synchronize her thoughts with mind-meld machines. Blaire did not know or care that the ease with which she synched with machines made her the ideal candidate for a top-secret project called Quantum Conscience.
When the FOEs learned of Blaire’s talent, they sent Amalek Nikat–a powerful FOE commander–to assassinate her. But Amalek took mercy on Blaire, who knew little of the powers guiding her talents, and recruited her into the FOEs as a new soldier.