Characters: Crest of the Stars

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  • A note on spelling: this character list uses the spellings commonly featured in the English official translations of the material, if available, for simplicity. The proper Baronh transliterations are listed in parentheses afterward.

The Main Couple

Jinto Lin

Full Name: Lin Shu Rock Yalulug Dril Hydal Jinto (Linn Ssynec Rocr arlucec Dreuc Hader Ghintec)
Noble Title: Heir of Count of Hyde (Crest), Count of Hyde (Banner I onwards)
Military Rank: Administrative Line Wing Flyer (Banner I), Administrative Rearguard Flyer (Banner II - III), Administrative Vanguard Flyer (Banner IV), Administrative Deca-Commander (Banner V)

The protagonist of the story, a young boy who became an Abh nobleman following his father's surrendering of their homeworld, Martine, to the Abh. He becomes a particular friend of Lafiel, the Imperial Princess, and the series is mostly about their adventures together.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Jinto succeeds in befriending Lafiel, the 3rd in line for the Imperial throne, by asking her for her name, which no one had ever done before. The fact that members of the Royal Family all have pointy ears was such common knowledge nobody thought to inform Jinto about this little detail while he was learning to be a 'Proper Abh'. Thus when meeting Lafiel he was unaware that she was supposed to be a regal unapproachable individual, and thus spoke to her like he would anyone else.
  • Distressed Dude: Early on he is captured and Lafiel has to rescue him. "I'm at a loss without you around."
  • The Face: Deconstructed with Jinto feels about being forced into this role. Because he seems to get along with everyone (perhaps because he wasn't born into Abh society like everyone else) he has to act as a go-between both inside the Basroil's crew and with other soldiers. This means shouldering everyone's emotional baggage and translating it for one receiving the message.
  • First Name Basis: "You shall call me 'Lafiel'!"
  • Impoverished Patrician: Jinto may be a count but the only thing to his name is his position in the Star Force. He comments on this and his quarters on the ship has a sign declaring, "The tiniest noble mansion in the empire."
    • Averted in Banner III, when Martine is finally recaptured and (reluctantly) agrees to stay with the Empire. Jinto still doesn't get to set foot on his home planet again, as this was one of the conditions Martinians required.
  • Lady and Knight: Technically it would be 'Captain and Supply Officier' but Lafiel and Jinto fullfil the spirit of the trope. He takes care of and otherwise protects her, while she is a good-hearted princess with a drive to serve her empire. On other hand, since Jinto is arguably The Quisling, his fellow humans see them as the darker variety.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Not so surprisingly, Jinto is the one that acknowledges this the most as Lafiel still wonders at time if she and Jinto are a different race while Jinto is ALWAYS conscience of the difference.
  • The Quisling: By the time Banner I opens, he's unflinchingly loyal to the Abh (by way of his loyalty to Lafiel) and doesn't really seem to care too much about his old home anymore; this comes back to bite him in the ass later on, as his former friends consider him an example of this trope in-show.
    • The rest only consider his father the real traitor (he did surrender the world to the Abh and get a noble title for it), and are convinced Jinto can be "corrected". When that doesn't happen, they're usually none too happy. At the end of the anime series, they agree to stop rebelling and stay an Abh system under the condition that he, and those who inherit his title over the system, never return.
    • This is also attributed to the fact that he left his homeworld at a very young age and in a very lonely way with even his fatherly figure hating him. Although in the novel, he is shown to be much more loyal to his home planet as he is shown to be emotional to every thing said or done to his home planet.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By Banner III, Jinto is showing that he's grown up and is fully qualified to be a feudal lord, even if his chance to do so is spiked by circumstances.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jinto for Lafiel. Yes, it sounds like a marriage vow.
    I always want to be there for you, Lafiel, through thick and thin; through good times and bad times. I know I'll grow old faster than you because I'm a lander but to me that doesn't matter. I'll be there. If you become empress I'll be there. If we become dust in the emptiness of space I'll be there.

Lafiel

Full Name: Abriel Nei Debrusc Borl Paryun Lafiel (Ablarsec Nc Dubreuscr Brh Parhynr Lamhirh)
Noble Title: Vicountess of Parnuyu/Imperial Granddaughter, Crown Princess (Banner V)
Military Rank: Flyer Trainee (Crest), Deca-Commander (Banner I - III), Vice Hecto-Commander (Banner IV), Hecto-Commander, Admiral (Banner V)

The Imperial Princess of the Empire, and granddaughter of the current Empress, Lafiel has quite a lot of expectations to live up to in her life. She bears them well, however, and is considered a prime candidate for the next Empress. Her position often makes her feel lonely, however, so she treasures her relationship with Jinto very closely, considering him her first real friend (and possibly more, as the series goes on).


  • Air Jousting: In a flashback Lafiel is shown Air Jousting in a zero G chamber when she was still attending the Abh Military Academy. She was apparently very good at it.
  • Badass Princess: As early as Crest of Stars; take over a space station and rescue her companion without arms or back up? No problem.
  • The Captain: Starting with Banner I when she takes command of the Basroil. Part of her Character Development is growing into this.
  • The Chains of Commanding: She feels them heavily. Especially pronounced in Banner II, where she is forced to abandon Jinto on a rebelling prison planet to save both her crew and the subjects she's responsible for.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Lafiel is a princess. Her military superiors exploit this by ordering her on diplomatic missions which deny her the martial glory she craves.
  • Gene Hunting: Lafiel did this pre-series to find out who her mom is. Her dad told her it was Captain Lexshue.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Lafiel, who's dedicated to working her way up the chain of command.
  • Lady and Knight: Technically it would be 'Captain and Supply Officer' but Lafiel and Jinto fulfill the spirit of the trope. A good-hearted princess with a drive to serve her empire.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: Abh live much longer than Landers, meaning that Lafiel is painfully aware that she's going to outlive Jinto. Though she still wonders at time if she and Jinto are a different race.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Mandated by Imperial Law. All Abh nobels and royals have to serve in the Space Force.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The impression of the crew of the Basroil, upon seeing Lafiel elegantly attired as per page image for a private dinner. She got this reaction from Jinto twice. First when she walked out and second when taking off her shawl.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Polite and proper even when threatening someone. By her strength of will and cleverness, she recruited Klowal's pet-like maids into a rebellion against him. As for 'being in charge' she may be a princess but she's still has to obey her military superiors.
  • Tsundere: Becomes this after arriving at Sufugnof; she gives Jinto a hard time in between moments of affection and vulnerability. She says baka complete with Luminescent Blush while telling him to shut up. Being out of her comfort zone on land probably makes her irritable.
    • By Banner of the Stars she's taken to regularly insulting him despite the Basroil's crew acknowledging him as her 'special friend'.

Abh Star Forces

Ekuryua

Full Name: Ekuryua Wef Triese Naul (Aicryac mh Tlyzr Naurh)
Military Rank: Second Aviator, Senior Navigator (Banner III).

One of Lafiel's bridge crew onboard the Basroil, in charge of point-defense and communications. She's very quiet and tends not to speak unless it's necessary. In Banner III, she joins the crew of the Flicaubh, again serving under Sobaash and Lafiel.
  • Blood Knight: Shows a trace of this when piloting; in Banner III, her eyes positively light up when she's doing a High Speed Laser Dodge.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She tends to enjoy playing with Jinto's cat, Diaho, and is often shown taking care of him when Jinto is busy. This despite claiming that she hates cats. She claims she makes an exception for Diaho because he is specifically Jinto's pet.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Her driving is so bad that she induces motion sickness in a shuttle full of Abh. Abh are genetically engineered to fly in ships without inertia dampening.
  • Emotionless Girl: Her face seems perpetually locked into its expression. Her emotions tend to be displayed in subtle changes in her speech.
  • Love Triangle: She's pretty obviously attracted to Jinto, and occasionally drops some heavy hints toward him. Jinto tries to ignore this so as not to disrupt his relationship with Lafiel.

Samson

Full Name: Samson Bolj Tirusa Tirus (Samsonn Borgh Tiruser Tirusec)
Military Rank: Line-Wing Aviator

Chief Engineer aboard the Basroil, and a good friend of Jinto's, perhaps due to the fact that they're both Landers rather than genetic Abh. After his retirement from the Star Forces in Banner II, he becomes Jinto's vassal.
  • Foreign Queasine: Cat is considered a delicacy on his homeworld of Midgrat. When the United Mankind sent ambassadors, they repeatedly lectured the locals on democracy and how unhealthy it was to eat cat. The Abh didn't say anything. According to him, this is why Midgrat joined the Abh Empire.
  • Male Gaze: Present during a conversation between Jinto, Ekuryua and him, where he's talking about his experiences as a mustang (enlisted man promoted to officer). It suggests that part of the reason he's been in the Star Forces for 20 years is because of the pretty girls in latex space suits.

Sobaash

Full Name: Sobaash Wef Dor Yooth (Sobach mh Dor uth)
Military Rank: Senior Navigator, Hecto-Commander (Banner IV)

The Basroil's navigator, and the eldest of the crew. Formerly a merchant before joining the Star Forces. Briefly commands the Flicaubh in Banner III, before being promoted and captaining the Shutoucaubh in Banner IV.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Male in the novels, female in the anime. This appears to have been due to some miscommunication between the author and the animators. It doesn't help that Sobaash is very androgynous, even by Abh standards.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Already a very successful and wealthy merchant. Being in the military means there isn't much opportunity to show his wealth, but he does indulge Samson with some expensive booze.
  • You Are in Command Now: Temporarily takes command of the Basroil in Banner II, when Lafiel is busy elsewhere. When they meet again, Sobaash actually outranks Lafiel, due to her leave from the military in Banner III.

Lexshue

Full Name: Lexshue Wef Lober Plakia (Laicch mh Laubr Placac)
Military Rank: Hecto-Commander

Captain of the Gosroth, and among the first Abh that Jinto meets as he journeys to their capital. She is a very kind person who cares greatly for her crew, but is capable of an iron will when the situation calls for it.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Though a patrol ship is much more heavily armed and armored than an assault ship, being outnumbered ten to one meant she had very little chance of survival. She still manages to take out nine of the attacking ships before the last lands a killing blow.
  • The Good Captain: Even calls her subordinates "my beloved crew".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She knew she didn't have much chance of surviving her last fight, but there was no real way to avoid it.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She's revealed to be Lafiel's mother. Lafiel was quite happy to learn this, as she had nothing but respect for Lexshue, even before this was revealed to her.

Atosuryua

Full Name: Atosuryua Shu Atos Ryuf Febdash Loy (Atosryac Ssynec Atosr Lymh Feubdach Loc)
Noble Title: Baroness of Febdash
Military Rank: Hecto-Commander, Kilo-Commander (Banner III)

The younger sister of Klowal, and Lafiel's commander in Operation Phantom Flame. She is much more moral than her brother, and doesn't hold a grudge against Lafiel and Jinto for what they did to him. Later she becomes the commanding officer of the newly established 1st Devastation Fleet.
  • Due to the Dead: She invites Lafiel and Jinto to a dinner honoring her brother's memory, since they are the only people other than herself that actually met him in their fleet. Nevermind that Lafiel was the one who killed Klowal. Lafiel accepts, saying that remembering the dead is a duty the living have. Jinto is rather confused by the whole situation.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's aware of what happened between her brother and Lafiel, but chooses not to have a grudge over it. She commands Lafiel and the Basroil as she would any other ship under her command.

Trife

Full Name: Trife Bolj Yuvdale Remsale (Tlamh Borgh Ybdr Laimsairh)
Military Rank: Admiral

The admiral in charge of retaking Sufugnof. He is rather arrogant and has a sharp tongue, but one would be wise not to underestimate his combat ability.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He came up with the "Intelligence officers are fit to serve cats!" line listed under Funny Moments.
  • Large Ham: Quite fond of shouting, even when just planning an operation.

Spoor

Full Name: Spoor Aron Sekpadao Nif Letopanyu Beneej (Spaurh Aronn Saicspath Nimh Laitpanr Painaich)
Noble Title: Grand Duchess of Letopanyu
Military Rank: Rear Admiral (Crest), Admiral (Banner I onward)

The head of the Spoor family, one of the most powerful Abh clans outside of the royalty themselves. Rather than retire to rule her territory, she has chosen to continue her service in the military, and while a competent commander, she is something of an eccentric, even by Abh standards.

Kufadiss

Full Name: Kufadiss Wef Wespel Sesper (Cfadiss mh spir Sspir)
Military Rank: Chief of Staff

Spoor's Number Two, and the one who finds himself with the unenviable task of trying to curb her eccentricities.
  • Number Two: Spoor will often delegate tasks to him that she finds too "boring", leading him to do an awful lot more commanding than is normal for his position.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: He and Spoor have a rather curious relationship, with him trying desperately to keep things normal and Spoor teasing him endlessly. Still, she specifically selected him as her second, and actually seems to be training him at times, albeit in her own way.
  • Only Sane Man: This is how he sees himself, with a dash of Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder.

Dubeusec

Full Name: Abriel Nei Debrusc Lals Clyuve Debeusec (Ablarsec Nc Dubleuscr Larth Cryb Dubeusec)
Noble Title: King of Clyuve/Imperial Prince
Military Rank: Imperial Admiral (retired, reinstated as of Banner II)

Lafiel's father, head of the royal Clyuve family, and the son of the current Empress. Currently second-in-line for the throne.
  • Good Parents: He's shown to be a very loving father to his children, though the responsibilities of his position sometimes complicate that. He feels some guilt over letting Lafiel "grow up too fast", and raises his son Duhiel more casually, wanting his son to enjoy his childhood more.
  • Retired Badass: You don't get in line for Imperial succession if you're not a total badass in the military. He's brought out of retirement due to the war in Banner II.
  • Troll: He told his daughter she was born of the family cat, for heaven's sake! And she was young enough to take him at his word.

Dusanyu

Full Name: Abriel Nei Lamsar Lals Balke Dusanyu (Ablarsec Nc Lamsar Larth Barcr Dusanh)
Noble Title: King of Balke/Crown Prince, 28th Emperor of the Abh/Count of Abriel (Banner V)
Military Rank: Imperial Admiral

The current heir to the Abh throne. Despite this, he is not directly related to Lafiel or the current Empress, being from another Royal family. He is the Supreme Commander of the Abh Star Forces.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's he who conquered the Hyde system at the very beginning.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When he conquers the Aptic system, he says he will not demand a surrender from the planet until after the war's conclusion. When questioned on this by his aide, he responds that the United Mankind looks poorly on worlds that surrender to the Abh, so if the United Mankind reconquers Aptic at some point in the future, this planet will be spared any retaliation from them... and because he doesn't want to deal with surrender negotiations right now.
  • Unexpected Successor: Due to the way Abh succession works, he is the current heir despite not being directly related to the current Imperial family, due to his success. This is also why he's permitted to bear the name "Abriel".

The Bebaus Brothers (Nereis and Nefee)

Full Names: Bebaus Alon Nerem Yalulug Nereis and Nefee (Bibauth Aronn Nrmr arlucec Nlaith and Nfc)
Noble Title: Prince (territory unknown)
Military Rank: Admiral (Nereis), Chief of Staff (Nefee)

Twin brothers who run a fleet. Twins are highly unusual in Abh society, due to genetic engineering, and their family is unfortunately known for insanity.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Nereis and Nefee are part of a family known for its spectacular insanity. They claim they want to redeem their family's reputation, but they're not doing a very good job of it.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Even among the Abh, who are known for cutting banter, these two stand out. Try to find a single conversation in which they are not insulting each other with every other breath.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The Bebaus family is famous for two things (other then being a root family): Giving birth to geniuses and giving birth to lunatics. The culture of the Empire says one cannot have the former without the latter.

Other Abh Citizens

Empress Ramage

Full Name: Abriel Nei Dubresc Dril Abriel Ramage (Ablarsec Nc Dubleuscr Dreuc Ablarsar Lam)
Noble Title: 27th Empress of the Abh/Countess of Abriel

The current Abh Empress. Lafiel's grandmother.
  • Badass Boast: Upon her declaration of war, she is urged to remember that such a declaration means her nation will be at war with half of mankind. She responds that the other half of mankind consists entirely of her Empire.
  • Cultural Posturing: She declares that if the Abh win the war, then it will be the last human war to ever occur. When an ambassador points out that no human nation has ever achieved such a dream as everlasting peace, she replies that there have never been Abh before either.
  • Cutting the Knot: She saw through the Four Nations Alliance's schemes to create an excuse to go to war the Abh, so she decided to cut to the chase and just declare war immediately.

Duhiel

Full Name: Abriel Nei Dubresc Duhir (Ablarsec Nc Dubleuscr Duhir)
Noble Title: Imperial Grandson

Lafiel's younger brother, who is just entering the military academy. Though he loves his sister and has a close relationship with her, he often feels overshadowed by her accomplishments.
  • Always Someone Better: He feels great pressure to live up to Lafiel's example. His father claims that Lafiel is special and Duhiel should not try to compare himself to her, but that seems to only make it worse.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He shows hints of this kind of attitude, but it's mostly in his head, at least as far as his father is concerned. It's clear that Dubeusec doesn't require any great accomplishments from him to be proud of him.

Klowal

Full Name: Atosuryua Shu Atos Ryuf Febdash Klowal (Atosryac Ssynec Atosr Lymh Feubdach Clarh)
Noble Title: Baron of Febdash

The young Baron of the poor and isolated Febdash territory. Lafiel and Jinto come to him in need of a refuel on their way to Sufugnof, but he has other plans in store...
  • Asshole Victim: After his execution by Lafiel, nobody, not even his own family, really cares all that much about his death.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: So far, the only true example we've seen among the Abh.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates normal humans, to the point that he locks up his own father simply because he is an unaltered human.
  • Jerkass: All of his vassals are young women, which he dresses in very revealing uniforms and treats like his personal slaves. Lafiel is sickened by this, and it plays a major role in her decision to execute him.

Baron Febdash the Elder

Full Name: Atosuryua Shu Atos Ryuf Leca Febdash Suruguff (Atosryac Ssynec Atosr Lymh Raica Feubdash Srgumh)
Noble Title: Baron of Febdash (retired)

The former Baron of Febdash, and Klowal's father. He is a Lander that was elevated to Abh nobility. He is far more reasonable than his son.
  • Back for the Dead: In Banner V, he is present in the Imperial capital Lakfakalle when the Four Nations Alliance invades it. After exchanging some good-humoured banters and words of farewell to Jinto, who's assisting Lafiel to transport important Abh cultural artefacts to a safe place, he stayed behind and organised a last ditch defense with his Abh friends before being killed in action.
  • Gilded Cage: His son keeps him confined to a large and very nice garden room on board their spacestation, with access to anything he requires. However, he's not allowed outside this room or to interact with any visitors to the system, save Jinto.
  • I Have No Son: Averted: he still clearly cares for his son despite everything Klowal has done, and even asks Lafiel to spare his life. Lafiel agrees, but only if Klowal does not get in her way any further. He does, and the former Baron accepts his death.
  • Shipper on Deck: He is convinced that Jinto and Lafiel are an item, and even offers Jinto child-raising advice, to Jinto's embarrassment.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: He asks himself this question with regards to Klowal.

Seelnay Febdash (Feubdash Sernaic)

One of Klowal's maids. She's assigned as Lafiel's personal attendant while she's in Febdash.
  • Broken Pedestal: She practically worshipped Klowal due to his taking her on as a maid and granting her Citizenship in the Empire, where her former life was stated to have been even worse. When she meets Lafiel, she realizes what actual Abh nobility are supposed to act like, and turns on her former Lord.
  • The Bus Came Back: Reappears in Banner III as President of the Seelnay Anti-Matter Inspection Company (a position granted to her by the Clyuve family), and assists Samson in rebuilding the Hyde territories anti-matter plants. It appears she accepted the job mainly because it gave her a chance to meet Lafiel again.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Not that she was ever evil, but she stops working for the Baron when Lafiel appeals to her loyalty to the Empire over her personal loyalty to her Lord.
  • Undying Loyalty: She had it for Klowal at first, but she soon switches to Lafiel. As a reward for helping her against Klowal, Lafiel promises to protect her and take her in as a vassal of the Clyuve family, which Seelnay sees as a major step up (from a vassal of a lowly Baron to a vassal of the Imperial Family itself).

    Non-Abh Human Characters 

Planet Clasbul, Sufugnoff System

Kyte

A United Mankind commander with the occupation forces on the recently-conquered world of Clasbul. He joins the search for Jinto and Lafiel after their escape pod crashes on the planet.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Something of a stickler for rules and regulations, which causes him to clash with the much more laid-back Entryua.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like many in the United Mankind, he despises the Abh and sees them as scum to be wiped out. However, his reasons are more personal: he's looked down on because of his gene modifications, while the Abh have similar mods yet live happily and peacefully, and resents them for that.
  • Older Than They Look: He's over eighty years old, but looks like a young man. Apparently his family had their genes altered some generations back, before his people were conquered by the United Mankind (who outlaw such modifications).

Entryua

A citizen of Clasbul and part of the city of Luna Bigga's police force. He is assigned to work with Kyte to track down Jinto and Lafiel.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's only really hunting down an Abh because the occupying forces are forcing him to. He has no particular grudge with the Empire.
  • The Slacker: He gets the job done, but at a more leisurely pace than Kyte would like. Part of this is because he's simply unmotivated, but he also knows how to track a fugitive, and doesn't chase Lafiel and Jinto as doggedly as he can because he knows he'll get them eventually.

Marca

Leader of the Clasbul Anti-Imperial Resistance, and the first to successfully track down Jinto and Lafiel.
  • Humble Goal: Despite the group's impressive sounding name, what they're really after is just owning their own FTL starship, which is illegal by Imperial Law (ships are leased to their pilots; all FTL ships are property of the Empire). Lafiel gets them the next best thing in exchange for their help: they are permitted to form a shipping company and lease an Imperial transport.
  • La Rsistance: She styles her group as a resistance against the Abh. This comes back to bite her when the United Mankind sees her with Lafiel and Jinto, and decides that her group must be a resistance against the occupation forces (apparently the United Mankind didn't read their name too closely).
  • The Mole: She poses as a hostess at the hotel Jinto and Lafiel stay at.

Minn

A member of the Clasbul Anti-Imperial Resistance. He is a wealthy man who provides a hideout and weapons to the group.
  • Impersonating an Officer: This is what he tries to do to capture Jinto and Lafiel. Unfortunately, Lafiel is a trained soldier, and he wasn't prepared to deal with her.
  • Tunnel Network: He reveals one underneath his villa which the group uses to flee the United Mankind.

"The Undertaker"

Another member of the Clasbul Anti-Imperial Resistance.
  • Burial in Space: This is how Clasbul traditionally buries their dead: send the corpse into space on a rocket. Thus, the funeral center he owns more resembles a small launchpad.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: His true name is never revealed. His nickname comes from the fact that he owns a funeral center.

Lobnas II

Geol Meideen

The Administrative Director of Lobnas II. He claims to represent the prison world to the Abh since he is effectively the head warden of the facility, and is recognized as the planet's representative.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He refuses to give in to the demands of Angusson and Dofuku, and dies for it. Angusson observes a moment of silence in honor of his courage.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: He seems to have been a fairly reasonable leader, and there aren't any accounts of atrocities or abuse against the prisoners under his watch. He also volunteers to leave last, allowing the female prisoners to get off the planet before him.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: When Lobnas is conquered, he and the rest of the guards and administrators want to flee the planet immediately, rather than face an uprising from the prisoners.

Yuri Dokufu

The "Prime Minister" of the Central Sector of Lobnas II, representing the largest group of prisoners, men and women who have chosen to undergo sterilization in exchange for better living conditions.
  • Con Man: The crime he was imprisoned for. He shows quite some skill as a fast-talker and negotiator, but he's out of his depth when dealing with the Abh.
  • Dirty Coward: It's clear that he doesn't have the backbone to resist Angusson, and unrepentantly brown-noses the guy once he conquers the Central Sector.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: When he tries to jump on board Angusson's "capture the women so we can have children" bandwagon, he has to be reminded that he is neutered.

Lala Shangal

The "Prime Minister" of the West Sector of Lobnas II, representing the female-only prisoner block.
  • Baby Factory: This is what Shangal fears will become of the women in her block should they not be evacuated.
  • Freudian Excuse: Mentioned to be one reason the women are so fearful of Angusson: many of them were sexually abused in the past, and know exactly how the men under Agnusson would treat them.
  • Stripperiffic: Possibly due to a general shortage of clothing material among the prisoners.

Mackay Angusson

The leader of the East Sector of Lobnas II, representing the male-only prisoner block. Rather than having been "elected" like the other two, he seized power by force and considers himself to have a divine right to rule.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: He mentions a strong desire to have children, since he lost his old family when he was incarcerated. It's made pretty clear though that he doesn't care at all for whatever woman would be birthing his children.
  • Big Bad: Of Banner II, since he is the only truly uncooperative leader and the one planning on invading and enslaving the rest of the planet.
  • The Dreaded: None of the other characters really want to be on the same planet as this guy.
  • Due to the Dead: One of the only positive traits he shows is a desire to honor Meideen after his death, since the man did not die a coward.

Other Characters

Rock Linn

Jinto's father, former Prime Minister of Martine, named Count of the Hyde System by the Abh. He surrendered the planet when the Abh came knocking and was rewarded with a noble title and sovereignty over the system.
  • Parents as People: There's no indication that he was ever abusive or intentionally distant from Jinto, but the rigors of his job demanded nearly all his attention, so Jinto was raised by foster parents. And once the Abh took over, Jinto was sent to another star system for education, so he doesn't really know his father all that well.
  • The Quisling: This is how the people of his homeworld see him. The fact that he surrendered without a fight is one thing, the fact that he gained lifetime power over the planet as a result is even worse. He is executed soon after the United Mankind conquers the system at the beginning of the war.

Clint Teal

Aide to Rock Lin when he was Prime Minister, as well as Jinto's foster father. He despises the Abh, and disagrees very strongly with Rock's decision to surrender. When Jinto returns to Martine in Banner III, he has been appointed Prime Minister of the planet.
  • Good Parents: He is nothing but loving toward Jinto. Even after Jinto refuses to defect from the Abh, it's clear he still cares for the boy, but he is bound by both his duty as the planet's representative and his own convictions to exile Jinto forever.
  • Honest Advisor: Though he hated what Rock Lin did, he remained by his side. When the government called for Rock's execution, Teal tried to defend him, but he was ultimately overruled.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The first time we see him, he has just learned about Rock's decision to surrender and is so angry he can barely contain himself, even in front of Jinto (who had no idea what was going on). When we see him later in Banner III, he apologizes for his outburst back then and behaves much more calmly and reasonably.

Ku Dorin

Jinto's best friend on Planet Delktoe, where he lived and went to school following his becoming an Abh nobleman. Ku Dorin is the only of Jinto's friends to show up to see him off at the spaceport.