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Amy & The Twelve
Amy Harper BellafonteA young girl with tragic origins who is abandoned at a Convent, and is soon targeted by the secret government program known as Project Noah. After being subjected to a refined version of the virus, she gains a number of strange powers and quickly becomes instrumental in the ultimate fate of the world.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Wolgast.
- Break the Cutie: Hoo, boy. Let's see...
- Her mother is forced to abandon her at a Convent.
- She gets kidnapped from the zoo by Wolgast and Doyle.
- She sees Richards kill numerous people right in front of her.
- Sykes and Lear test the new viral strain on her, putting her into a coma.
- Her father figure seems to die and leaves her alone in the world.
- Spends almost 100 years wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland, forgetting how to speak in the process.
- Shot with an arrow.
- Turns into a Viral herself.
- Broken Bird: See 'Break the Cutie'. She ends up very broken.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: When she appears at the Colony, Amy ends up driving the plot and leading the First Colony Apostles to Colorado.
- Cute Mute: Until she gets over it.
- Creepy Child: At first, after the Colony takes her in.
- Damsel in Distress: After being taken by Jude for the Ring.
- Daughter of a Whore: Her mother was forced to prostitute herself after her father died and she lost her job.
- Healing Factor: Like everyone infected with The Virus, Amy has rapid (although not instantaneous) healing.
- Nerves of Steel: When confronting Guilder, she manages to creep him out by how utterly calm she is despite the certain death that awaits her.
- Really 700 Years Old: Amy ages at a very slow rate, and after 100 years she appears to be about 14. In The City of Mirrors, mostly set 21 years after the end of The Twelve, Amy looks like a young woman in her mid-twenties after returning to human from her viral state. In the first epilogue, set about 350 A.V. (After Virus) she looks about 45, and in the second epilogue, sent in 1003 A.V. she is clearly very old, appearing at least in her 90s, despite being almost 1010 years old, and it is implied she will die naturally within a few days of the book ending.
- The Quiet One: She was alone for so long she 'forgot how' to speak, and remains a mute for a long time.
- Vegetarian Vampire: After turning into a Viral.
- Waif Prophet: Amy seems to have some vague pre-cognitive abilities.
- Walking the Earth: What she was doing prior to finding the Colony.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Although she's Really 700 Years Old.
- You ALL Share My Story: All the main characters eventually forge a connection to Amy.
- Young and In Charge: Particularly in The Twelve, when she begins to take a more active leadership role.
Prof. Tim Fanning AKA "The Zero"
Patient No. 0
Location: N/AA renowned scientist with a string of younger ex-wives, Tim Fanning joined Jonas Lear's expedition to Bolivia, but was infected with a raw version of the virus directly from a group of viral bats. Fanning becomes the first and most dangerous of the twelve virals.
"I was called Fanning."
- Big Bad: Zero is the main antagonist of the entire series, being the first Viral and the undoubted leader of the Twelve.
- Bigger Bad: He's the power behind Horace Guilder.
- The Chessmaster: Zero manipulates events from a distance using mostly telepathy. He may have even arranged the deaths of the Twelve to give himself more absolute power.
- Chick Magnet: In his human life, when he progressed through a series of wives.
- Dream Weaver: As part of his Mind Rape, Zero can enter the dreams of others to influence them. It's most clearly seen with Grey, who becomes confused when his memories and dreams blend with Zero's memories thanks to his influence.
- Evil Overlord: Of the entire country, perhaps the whole world.
- Hidden Villain: After he and the other Virals break out, he isn't seen in person for the next two books. Even in The Twelve, he only appears via telepathy.
- Madness Mantra: "I was called Fanning."
- The Man Behind the Man: Zero is the real power behind the rest of the Twelve.
- Mind Rape: His most potent tool in manipulating others.
- Monster Progenitor: Zero is quite literally Patient Zero of the Virals.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Like the other Master Virals, it takes a lot to hurt him even a little. He's also much more powerful than the others.
- Orcus on His Throne: Although he's the Big Bad, Zero hasn't been seen in person since the first part of the first book.
- Serial Spouse: He has three ex-wives, 'each younger than the last'.
Giles J Babcock
Patient No. 01
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Nye County, NevadaAn insane, talkative Death Row inmate convicted of murdering his abusive mother. Babcock is given the chance to join Project Noah, and becomes one of The Twelve. He is able to influence the minds of others and creates a community of survivors called 'The Haven' that makes routine sacrifices to him.
"I am Babcock. One of Twelve."
- Abusive Parents: His father is a Disappeared Dad, but his mother was abusive to the point where he was driven insane.
- Freudian Excuse: The abuse he endured at his mother's hand.
- Horror Hunger: Like the rest of the Virals.
- Informed Attribute: He's frequently described as not being able to shut up, and is always doing his little vampire clicking noises. But he never utters a single coherent sentence in the entire book.
- Madness Mantra: In the form of a memory of something his mother said. "That boy isn't just dumb. He's been struck dumb."
- Mommy Issues: His issues with his mother are so deep-rooted and define him so utterly that almost 100 years later it's still at the forefront of his mind.
- Nuke 'em: How he's finally destroyed. Lacey kills him with a small nuke in a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Talkative Loon: See Informed Attribute.
- Tragic Monster: Abused severely from a young age, sentenced to death despite being clearly mentally incompetent, and then subjected to brutal experiments that turn him into a vicious, uncontrollable beast.
Patient No. 02
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Lewis County, NevadaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 03
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; two counts of aggravated sexual assault with a minor
Location: Elko County, NevadaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 04
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; one count of second-degree murder with depraved indifference
Location: Pasco County, FloridaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 05
Crime(s): One count of capital murder of a Homeland Security officer
Location: New Orleans Feeral Housing DistrictOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 06
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: New Castle County, DelawareOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 07
Crime(s): One count of vehicular homicide with depraved indifference
Location: Lake County, IndianaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 08
Crime(s): One count of capital murder; one county of armed robbery
Location: Cameron Parish, LouisianaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No.: 09
Crime(s): Two counts of capital murder; two counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: Maricopa County, ArizonaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
Patient No. 10
Crime(s): One count of capital murder of a peace officer
Location: Laramie County, WyomingThe tenth Death Row convict and a former attorney. He was sentenced for the seemingly unprovoked murder of a police officer, but during his life it was never discovered that he was actually a serial killer/rapist.
- Amoral Attorney: In life, he was a lawyer famous for taking on high-publicity cases that would bring him fame.
- Arch-Enemy: To Alicia, who keeps having dreams about his murder of Louise. After Alicia's rape, she sinks all her hatred into him and he becomes her representation of [[spoiler:all rapists.
- Attention Whore: He didn't much care if he won or lost his cases, he just wanted the fame that came with the high publicity.
- Enfante Terrible: As a child, he killed animals.
- For the Evulz: Martinez does just about anything for the sheer joy of it, be it murder, rape, torture or genocide.
- It's All About Me: His entire schtick. Martinez doesn't have time for anyone who isn't Martinez.
- Jerkass: Martinez was always a smug jerk, and doesn't even share the same sense of brotherhood the rest of the Twelve have. He dislikes them strongly, considering them to be poor company.
- Karmic Death: Alicia kills him in retribution for Louise, forcing him to say her name one last time.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Martinez holds a special place in his crusty black heart for rape.
- Serial Killer: He raped and murdered women, but was never found out in his human life.
Patient No. 11
Crime(s): Three counts of capital murder; three counts of aggravated sexual assault
Location: Miami-Dade County, FloridaOne of the Death Row convicts selected for Project Noah, who later become The Twelve.
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Anthony Lloyd Carter
Patient No. 12
Crime(s): One count of capital murder
Location: Harris County, TexasThe twelfth and final Death Row convict to be subjected to human tests at the Colorado facility. Unlike the other convicts, he's innocent of his crime and merely lacks the ability to make a coherent defense. Of course, people stop pushing him around when he becomes the Twelfth Viral...
"Man…said I got a job. Said it was important. Said…I special."
- Beware the Nice Ones: It isn't the batshit insane Babcock or manipulative Fanning who kills Richards.
- Book Dumb: Carter has a low IQ, is easily tricked and is barely literate.
- Butt-Monkey: And how! Carter was homeless to begin with, and things actually seem to look up when a pleasant lady gives him a job mowing lawns in her neighbourhood. Unfortunately, she also has undiagnosed mental issues which ultimately leads to her death and his placement on Death Row. Then he's manipulated, bullied, and trapped by his own choosing inside a streamliner for 100 years.
- The Dog Bites Back: After being injected with The Virus, he breaks out of the Colorado facility, killing Richards in the process.
- Dream Weaver: Like Babcock and Zero, Carter has the ability to talk to people through their dreams. It's how he communicates with Wolgast and Amy.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was just a Book Dumb little guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got steamrolled by the legal system.
- Never Learned to Read: Carter isn't entirely illiterate, but he has a low education and can't read very well at all.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Like the rest of the Virals.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He’s kind, gentle and the only innocent in the death row inmates. The scary aspects of his character come from his transformation and subsequent Horror Hunger.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Self-inflicted. Carter knows he can't control his hunger, so he has Wolgast seal him up in an old streamliner.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the 12 Virals.
- Tragic Monster: Carter is unable to control himself and is partially responsible for causing the apocalypse, but he was (and is) a good person at heart with a gentle soul who was manipulated by others into joining Project Noah.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Carter's life has been one long road of tragedy, culminating in his transformation into a monstrous creature that helps bring about the end of the modern world.