One wonders if all the TCA spacesuits are that square...
"He was in the Marines once before. They threw him out. Because he thought for himself. They called it "departing from established mission parameters." One time, this colonel ordered him to leave a wounded civilian behind. He told the colonel to shove it and dragged her out anyway. So he was court-martialled. Cashiered. Kicked out. He went on cop duty, patrolling the ass-end of space with the rest of us rejects. You can tell he hasn't changed, though. Pisses the hell out of Aida, but he still wades in with both fists and does what he thinks is right."
A former Marine sacked out because of "departing from established mission parameters", he was reassigned to the Terran Colonial Authority Marshall Patrol force, which he shares with Aida, Isaak and Ne'Ban. All of them follow orders from Sector Commander Hawkins.
"Aida was a child prodigy, a strategic genius. An international 3D-chess-master by the age of ten, and drafted by the Terran Military before she was out of braces. About ten years ago, at the height of the Strider Wars, things were going badly for us. We were outnumbered and outgunned. It seemed only a matter of time before we'd be wiped out. Aida turned it all around. On an out-of-the-way planet called Taiko, she created a sort of electronic Potemkin village — a massive underground complex of transmitters and antennas. She made it seem as if the Terran military had concentrated their headquarters and most of their forces there. The Striders went for it. They landed in full force, right above the transmitters. Our ships had been hiding behind Taiko's moon. They came out and nuked the planet into oblivion. But it had a price. Taiko had hundreds of Terran colonists - innocents who couldn't be warned of Aida's plan. When she activated the transmitters, she signed their death warrant. But because they died, millions lived. She knows that. She made the choice, but she's never forgiven herself. As she grew older, she rebelled. She thinks the military made her a monster, and now she doesn't trust 'em — or anyone else."
Stripperiffic: She wears a uniform that consists of a black spandex bikini. It's actually a very jarring contrast to her actual character, a bitter cynic with a deep, husky voice that sounds like a younger version of Lunch Lady Doris.
An ex-naval officer in charge of the flight deck on a space-carrier, Isaak screwed up big time during a major fleet engagement; he panicked and locked up due to fear, depressurizing a portion of the flight deck before the pilots were ready to launch, and sealed himself in the control cabin. He was courtmartialed as a result.
Starfish Aliens: He's some sort of glowing, jelly-like... thingy that wears a humanoid robotic suit to operate in human environments. Word of God states that Ne'ban's species are intelligent parasites that use the glowing, jelly-like thingies as host bodies.