GRAND MASTER YUNI
Yuni of the State Authorized “Deridian” religious Path is the most respected practitioner of the Deridian faith. He has trained hundreds of acolytes and brought tens of thousands to the faith. He is of the most serious mind, but he is also of the most serious intent to control. Selling his proverbial soul to the Alliance government in order to gain his current position, Yuni now allies himself with the human Alliance forces to vanquish the evil Calinar.
Yuni was raised on Centauri 3 where he found the Deridian faith early. He moved through the ranks quickly and was one of the youngest Masters to ever pass the trials. When the political elite approached him to assist in “steering” the Deridians, he was more than eager to receive a “secretive” power boost. Within ten years, Yuni had seen the “untimely” deaths of all of his competition, and his career rose to the top of the Deridian sect. His students and cohorts became the Derian ruling elite and hundreds of millions fell to his charms and rhetoric.
Yuni, like the rest of the Masters, martialled his energy into the discipline of the “tsu-chang-kheti” in the original Deridian or “air bending.” He can levitate, create over and under pressures and crush with his ability to manipulate air…and he is more than happy to insure that his opposition discovers the magnificent skills he possesses.
Yuni loves a good funeral of a political opponent, a great rally where the sheep – his sheep – worship him…and Great Rialtar, and he is secretly afraid that one of his students might achieve greater skill and political connection than he has. That student would destroy him.
JOHN ‘HOSS’ O’TEKJAC
John is a man’s man who grew up in New Korea on the West Coast of the North American continent of Earth. Korean by heritage, he was raised by his three sisters after their parents were killed in the San Diego Chinzu attack. Holo-Teck programming being his family trade, he and his sisters kept the business alive with white, grey and black market entertainment and eventually branched into hyper-immersive combat simulators for all branches of the service. Marines, gunners, pilots and Cyber-militia could all hone their skills and stamina in the relative safety of their bases. They made trillions.
It is why John fragged all of his instructors and examiners when he applied to the Naval Aero Program under the name “O’Tekjac” instead of his given name Chung. John applied and graduated from the NAP within 36 hours…a two year program. The youngest double-ace in the history of the Alliance, John constantly rewired his displays and cockpit interfaces to be more streamlined and effective. Within 12 months of service, the Navy adopted his cockpit genius into all Star Blades and promoted him to full-Lieutenant…at the age of 19. John found himself the head of a squadron and space-born at first-contact with the Calinar. He witnessed first-hand its blunder and the vaporization of his team, his carrier and all his friends. He only survived because of his ability to constantly rewire his crippled Blade to stay alive until help arrived. Constantly promoted, John refused all advance, stating that he’d rather stay in the fight than lead. Secretly, however, John has never recovered from the deaths of his friends that day.
In order to maximize their booming Holo-Tech business, his three sisters and their families moved to Collossus 2, 1,400 light years from Earth. Their family became one of the richest families in the Alliance – until the Calinar Terps claimed that system and all the colonies in Sector 4. Reports were that all humans were killed.
Now, 15 years later, John flies with the most decorated Star Blade pilot in the Navy, Arina Kartades, as the second most decorated pilot and her wingman. He has no worry for money, and regularly donates funds to the families of fallen warriors, but his soul is lost. He suffers no fools, and no amount of hyper-real hyper-violent Calinar-killing-spree holo—tech-sim makes any of it any better. John loves a good Terp waxing, a great night of nightmare-less sleep, and is secretly afraid there may not be enough plasma rounds in the Alliance for him to kill enough Terps so he can be at peace for the death of his sisters.
Arina is an orphan who narrowly survived a massacre from the human Alliance’ deadliest foes: the Calinar. She was taken in by the masters of the Deridian religious sect where she was trained into one of the finest warrior-practitioner-masters the order had ever seen. Instead of moving up the ranks of religious enlightenment, however, she joined the Alliance Navy where she quickly become the best pilot the Alliance has ever seen…but her past still haunts her. She fights every day for her religious freedom to desecrate the bodies of her foes – even in the face of conflicting orders.
Arina is engaged to her CAG, Commander Terry Lindon, but her dissonance with his religious beliefs causes tensions in their personal and professional lives. Still, she is respected throughout the Navy and not even capital ships can compete with her kill sums. Arina loves a good explosive decompression of a Calinar (or “Terp”) fighter, a great meditation honoring the Great Rialtar and she is secretly afraid that her military compatriots and her Yuni will discover the mountain-weight amount of personal fear and insecurities she manages from moment to moment.
JENSEN ‘SPOT CHECK’ HALIBURTON
Jensen grew up in the rich and ritzy lunar Golon City in the center of the “Sea of Tranquility.” Her life never saw the horrors of war, and she was groomed to enter the ruling-class elite of the Haliburton family as they have done for hundreds of years. On her mission for the Ko-Yun faith on the outskirts of the colonies she met and fell in love with fellow Ko-Yun Terry Lindon – also on his mission. The relationship was not to last, however, because Terry’s life was deeply rooted in the military and hers in the elite. But when the Calinar sent shock troops into the colony, Jensen was badly wounded and Terry defended she and several others until Alliance forces arrived. She spent 6 months on the Alliance carrier Hercules until she was well. By the end she had seen hundreds of men and women go through the meat-grinder of the war with the Terps from her bed in the infirmary, and her passion to defend her race became insatiable. Moreover, her Ko-Yun religious training in the energy-healing arts was a major benefit to wounded fellow pilots and crew as she became well.
She joined the officer’s core against the wishes of her family…but due to that same family and its influence quickly rose through the ranks until she found her true love: the Star Blade. Unshackled by physical ailments or family politics she felt like the most powerful person in the galaxy at the controls of her killing machine; unstoppable. Still, however, her heart was hallow. Having been promised to a man from another elite family for familial political gain, her longing for her Terry grew. Using her influence, she had herself assigned to the heavy carrier Hermes where Terry was CAG; now her commanding officer. There, her love for the Star Blade waned under the unquenched blaze of her passion for Terry. Unfortunately, he was already betrothed to a little Fray-Trash (freighter trash), Deridian, hussy, heretic…who now even outranks her. Now she must watch as her former lover continues to wither under a wound which he received trying to save her – and marry a woman he doesn’t love. But he is not only to blame, because she knows that her status and responsibilities would never allow her to pair with Terry either. The military becomes the perfect discipline for them to be together and appropriate. Jensen loves a good particle beam bath, a great ace-kill sortie and she’s secretly afraid her feelings for Terry may accidentally/intentionally get Arina Kartades killed.
Terry grew up on Earth with his father. His mother died while behind enemy lines in the Chinzu war front as an advanced Force Recon Marine. His high education scores found him a seat in the elite command college of the Alliance Navy where he felt he could honor his mother’s memory and her commitment to making humans the rightful rulers of the animal races around the galaxy. A devout Ko-Yun, Terry met Jensen Haliburton on his mission to the colonies. They shared a passionate but brief love affair until the Calinar arrived and rained death down upon the colonists. Terry single handedly saved a badly wounded Jensen and several other colonists, but he received a third degree plasma burn at his brachial nerve cluster from a lucky Calinar shot. It causes his hands to shake when untreated. Fortunately, Alliance medical gave him medicine which stops the symptoms. Returned to duty, being a crack Star Blade pilot himself, he saved the lives of more of his compatriots than anyone would like to admit. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he led countless sorties into Calinar colonies that crippled their war effort and gave the Alliance powerful strategic advantage. Fortunately, he was promoted to Commander and Commander Air Group of the Hermes heavy carrier, because his hand shaking would have had him grounded anyway.
It was in those sorties where he met and Arina Kartades and witnessed her prowess with a Star Blade. Although it was generally frowned upon for a man to pair with a woman of a different faith, Terry realized the future of his career could be had on the back of Arina’s skills. He quickly began courting her – as well as having her moved to his air wing. Within several months, she accepted his betrothal. However, 6 months later, Jensen, fully recovered and now a Lieutenant, is assigned to his wing as well. His passion for her is as strong as ever, but, a man of duty, he will not violate his oaths to Arina or jeopardize his career goals. Moreover, the “hi level family elite” which Jensen hails from would never allow her to pair with Terry. But still their attraction remains. Lindon finds himself caught between his career, the safety of his squadron and his love and commitment for a very strong pair of killers: Arina and Jensen. Lindon sees so much of his mother in Arina: fierce, passionate and lethal, but his commitment to the war effort, in the end, may not have him marry his insubordinate fiancée. Lindon loves a good victory intel report, a great night under the stars, and is secretly afraid that if he were presented with the opportunity to leave the Alliance and live a “normal life,” he’d take it in order to avoid the inevitable: sending the love of his life and/or his betrothed to their deaths.