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In the mid-21st century, Gore was a corporate executive. By the late 24th of the ''Commonwealth Saga'', he's the patriarch of an Earth Grand Family, one step below an Intersolar Dynasty. In the ''Void Trilogy'''s late 36th century, Gore is the leader of ANA's Conservative Faction.

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In the mid-21st century, Gore was a corporate executive. By the late 24th of the ''Commonwealth Saga'', he's the patriarch of an Earth Grand Family, one step below an Intersolar Dynasty. In the ''Void Trilogy'''s late 36th century, Gore is the leader of ANA's Conservative Faction.Faction and one of the founding fathers of ANA itself.



A sentient alien starship. It was built [[spoiler:by the Raiel as a lifeboat if the galaxy was consumed by the Void.]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While the High Angel apparently has a controlling AI in the Commonwealth Saga, the AI isn't seen again in the VoidTrilogy. Instead, ''High Angel'' communicates through [[spoiler:Captain Qatux]].

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A sentient alien starship. It was built [[spoiler:by the Raiel as a lifeboat if in case the galaxy was were to be consumed by the Void.]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: While the High Angel apparently has a controlling AI in the Commonwealth Saga, the AI isn't seen again in the VoidTrilogy. Instead, The ''High Angel'' communicates through has a controlling AI in the Literature/CommonwealthSaga, but it interacts with much less personality in the Literature/VoidTrilogy. Instead, it serves mainly as a routing and information system similar to human software, deferring real decisions and communication to [[spoiler:Captain Qatux]].


A sentient alien starship. [[spoiler:Actually a Raiel lifeboat.]]

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A sentient alien starship. [[spoiler:Actually a It was built [[spoiler:by the Raiel lifeboat.as a lifeboat if the galaxy was consumed by the Void.]]



* AudienceSurrogate: Ozzie and Nigel were both born in the early 21st century, and while they don't make much overt reference to it, their attitudes are relatively close to the 21st-century mainstream in certain ways. Ozzie, for instance, considers [[BodyBackupDrive re-life]] philosophically unsound, and sees [[DeathIsCheap bodyloss]] as actual, permanent death - most Commonwealthers believe someone is only dead if they die without a usable backup.

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* AudienceSurrogate: Ozzie and Nigel were both born in the early 21st century, and while they don't make much overt reference to it, their attitudes are relatively close to the 21st-century mainstream in certain ways. For instance Ozzie, for instance, as well as Wilson Kime, considers [[BodyBackupDrive re-life]] philosophically unsound, and sees [[DeathIsCheap bodyloss]] as actual, permanent death - most Commonwealthers believe someone is only dead if they die without a usable backup.



* StarfishAliens: Primes are based around radial symmetry and are divided into two main castes: Motiles and Immotiles. Motiles are mobile workers with pear shaped bodies, four arms, four legs, four mouths and four sensor stalks with eyes, hearing and smell organs and a tissue allowing them to link their nervous systems. They are smart enough to use tools and understand complex tasks but are not sapient. Four Motiles can fuse into an Immotile, a stationary sapient creature which a large brain, reproductive organs and sensor stalks to instruct Motiles. Multiple Immotile units can link themselves together (either directly or electronically) and work in tandem, becoming one mind.

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* StarfishAliens: Primes are based around radial symmetry and are divided into two main castes: physical types: Motiles and Immotiles. Motiles are mobile workers with pear shaped bodies, four arms, four legs, four mouths and four sensor stalks with eyes, hearing and smell organs and a tissue allowing them to link their nervous systems. They are smart enough to use tools and understand complex tasks but are not sapient. Four Motiles can fuse into an Immotile, a stationary sapient creature which a large brain, reproductive organs and sensor stalks to instruct Motiles. Multiple Immotile units can link themselves together (either directly or electronically) and work in tandem, becoming one mind.



* BenevolentBoss: Paula is widely thought of as cold and unlikeable, but she is never unprofessional.

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* BenevolentBoss: Paula is widely thought of as cold and unlikeable, professional to a fault, but she is never unprofessional.has a good working relationship within her team and inspires loyalty in those she works with closely.

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* StarfishAliens: Primes are based around radial symmetry and are divided into two main castes: Motiles and Immotiles. Motiles are mobile workers with pear shaped bodies, four arms, four legs, four mouths and four sensor stalks with eyes, hearing and smell organs and a tissue allowing them to link their nervous systems. They are smart enough to use tools and understand complex tasks but are not sapient. Four Motiles can fuse into an Immotile, a stationary sapient creature which a large brain, reproductive organs and sensor stalks to instruct Motiles. Multiple Immotile units can link themselves together (either directly or electronically) and work in tandem, becoming one mind.


FireForgedFriends [[FriendsWithBenefits With Benefits]]: How Dudley and Mellanie's relationship can be summed up, as they both survived the Prime invasion (though Mellanie also has an ulterior motive for working with Dudley).

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* FireForgedFriends [[FriendsWithBenefits With Benefits]]: How Dudley and Mellanie's relationship can be summed up, as they both survived the Prime invasion (though Mellanie also has an ulterior motive for working with Dudley).


* AmbiguousDisorder: It can be read as a particularly unflattering portrayal of AspergerSyndrome.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: It can be read as a particularly unflattering portrayal of AspergerSyndrome.UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome.


FireForgedFriends [[FriendsWithBenefits With Benefits]]: How Dudley and Mellanie's relationship can be summed up, as they both survived the Prime invasion (though Mellanie also has an ulterior motive for working with Dudley).
* MoralityPet: Dudley, usually unintentionally, brings out Mellanie's better qualities.



* DumbBlonde: Played with. While Mellanie is not stupid, she's around average intelligence and solves all of her problems with various combinations of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], her sex appeal or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections patrons such as Morton, Dudley]] and later [[spoiler:SI]].

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* DumbBlonde: Played with. While Mellanie is not stupid, she's straight in ''Pandora's Star''. In ''Judas Unchained'' onward, Mellanie's around average intelligence and solves all of her problems with various combinations of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], her sex appeal or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections patrons information from more knowledgeable people such as Morton, Dudley]] and later [[spoiler:SI]].



* FullFrontalAssault: At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', [[spoiler: after having her body enhanced by MorningLightMountain taking control of her digital tattoos and implants]], the Primes attacks destroy her clothes. The enhanced second skin [[spoiler: SI gave her]] is not only ''missile-proof'', it's also gold and anatomically correct.

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* FullFrontalAssault: At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', [[spoiler: after having her body enhanced given gold electroplating by MorningLightMountain SI taking control of her digital tattoos and implants]], the Primes attacks destroy attack her, but only succeed in destroying her clothes. clothes. The enhanced second skin [[spoiler: SI gave her]] electroplating is not only ''missile-proof'', skin tight, it's also gold and anatomically correct.



* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed. While she isn't cruel or violent, and she can be charming, Mellanie is stuck-up, selfish, slutty and a schemer.
* MsFanservice: Mellanie is a tall, slim yet curvy woman who uses SexForServices, in addition to her reporting career and work for Morton, has also starred in several racy shows where her roles include [[PowerPerversionPotential five-sense virtual reality sex scenes]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed. While she isn't deliberately cruel or violent, and she can be charming, Mellanie is stuck-up, often selfish, slutty and a schemer.
* MsFanservice: Mellanie is a tall, slim yet curvy woman who uses SexForServices, in SexForServices. In addition to her reporting career and work for Morton, has also starred in several racy shows where her roles include [[PowerPerversionPotential five-sense virtual reality sex scenes]].


Starting out as one of Morton's disposable floozies, Mellanie becomes an intrepid reporter [[spoiler: and agent of MorningLightMountain]].
* DumbBlonde: Played with. While Mellanie is not stupid, she's around average intelligence and solves all of her problems with various combinations of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], her sex appeal or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections patrons such as Morton, Dudley or [[spoiler:MorningLightMountain]] ]].

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Starting out as one of Morton's disposable floozies, Mellanie becomes an intrepid reporter [[spoiler: and agent of MorningLightMountain]].
SI]].
* DumbBlonde: Played with. While Mellanie is not stupid, she's around average intelligence and solves all of her problems with various combinations of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], her sex appeal or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections patrons such as Morton, Dudley or [[spoiler:MorningLightMountain]] ]].Dudley]] and later [[spoiler:SI]].



* FullFrontalAssault: At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', [[spoiler: after having her body enhanced by MorningLightMountain taking control of her digital tattoos and implants]], the Primes attacks destroy her clothes. The enhanced second skin [[spoiler: MorningLightMountain gave her]] is not only ''missile-proof'', it's also gold and anatomically correct.

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* FullFrontalAssault: At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', [[spoiler: after having her body enhanced by MorningLightMountain taking control of her digital tattoos and implants]], the Primes attacks destroy her clothes. The enhanced second skin [[spoiler: MorningLightMountain SI gave her]] is not only ''missile-proof'', it's also gold and anatomically correct.



* {{Jerkass}}: Downplayed. While she isn't cruel or violent, and she can be charming, Mellanie is stuck-up, selfish, slutty and a schemer.



* ToucedByVorlons: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', MorningLightMountain forms a direct uplink between itself and Mellanie's digital implants and cybernetic enhancements. This includes the ability to use the enhancements to give her a bulletproof second skin]].

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* ToucedByVorlons: TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', MorningLightMountain SI forms a direct uplink between itself and Mellanie's digital implants and cybernetic enhancements. This includes the ability to use the enhancements to give her shoot energy bolts and a bulletproof tough golden second skin]].skin]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Played with. Despite being in a relationship with Morton she engages in a relationship with Dudley where she was only required to have sex with him so she can stay close and use him for Morton's benefit. In her relationship with Dudley, she still flirted and had sex with other people for her own interests despite Dudley's disapproval.



With Ozzie Fernandez Isaacs, co-inventor of wormhole technology. Nigel is the driving force behind Compression Space Transport (CST), the corporation which owns the majority of wormhole facilities in the Commonwealth. For this reason he is arguably the most powerful man alive.

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With Ozzie Fernandez Isaacs, co-inventor of wormhole technology. technology, Nigel is the driving force behind Compression Space Transport (CST), the corporation which owns the majority of wormhole facilities in the Commonwealth. For Commonwealth. Between this reason and the fact that Ozzie rarely involves himself with the business or political sides, he is arguably the most powerful man alive.



* WorkHardPlayHard: CEO of humanity's largest and by far most profitable corporation, CST. Host of a large harem.

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* WorkHardPlayHard: CEO of humanity's largest and by far most profitable corporation, CST. Host of a large harem.harem numbering in the hundreds and often hosts parties in a mansion the size of a large town.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: Sometimes sees Ozzie as this, which speaks volumes given his own hedonism.


* UglyGuyHotWife: Though she is his lover, not his wife, many perceive Dudley and Mellanie's relationship as this.



* LivingShip: It's either this or a very advanced alien AI.



* BlackAndNerdy: The supreme nerd - the Steve Wozniak of wormhole technology to Nigel's Steve Jobs. The comparison is all but made at one point.

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* BlackAndNerdy: The Half-black actually, and also the supreme nerd - the Steve Wozniak of wormhole technology to Nigel's Steve Jobs. The comparison is all but made at one point.point.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: In addition to his carefree attitude, when not working, Ozzie tends to explore the Commonwealth and get into adventures both helpful and destructive.
* FunctioningAddict: Given his indulgent nature and the fact that he maintains his job Ozzie definitely qualifies.
* TheHedonist: In addition to his love life, Ozzie is also an alcoholic and has experimentally tired every drug to the point of helping make new narcotics to experience a new high.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Nigel states Ozzie is born as the result of one; he is half-black and half-latino and from San Francisco, where at the time the two ethnicities apparently don't openly mix.
* ReallyGetsAround: According to Nigel, Ozzie has bedded an insane number of women. Considering that the Commonwealth is a FreeLoveFuture and Nigel himself has a harem numbering in the hundreds that he regularly replaces as the women age, this is saying something big.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He did not take it well when Nigel and Ozzie one-upped the first manned mission to Mars with their wormhole technology.
* DisappearedDad: He reflects upon his deceased father just before setting foot on Mars.



* [[spoiler:PlotTriggeringDeath]]: [[spoiler:His death sets off the events at the beginning of ''Judas Unchained''.]]



* AmbitionIsEvil: Willing to murder his wife and her lover and go to extreme lengths to cover it up.
* BoxedCrook: Is released from suspension, where he was imprisoned for the double murder, to help in the fight against the Starflyer.
* MayDecemberRomance: With Mellanie, who is decades younger than him.



Starting out as one of Morton's disposable floozies, Mellanie becomes an intrepid reporter.

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Starting out as one of Morton's disposable floozies, Mellanie becomes an intrepid reporter.reporter [[spoiler: and agent of MorningLightMountain]].
* DumbBlonde: Played with. While Mellanie is not stupid, she's around average intelligence and solves all of her problems with various combinations of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], her sex appeal or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections patrons such as Morton, Dudley or [[spoiler:MorningLightMountain]] ]].
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: She has blonde hair and her sex appeal and charm make her popular despite her personality.
* FullFrontalAssault: At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', [[spoiler: after having her body enhanced by MorningLightMountain taking control of her digital tattoos and implants]], the Primes attacks destroy her clothes. The enhanced second skin [[spoiler: MorningLightMountain gave her]] is not only ''missile-proof'', it's also gold and anatomically correct.
* GoldDigger: Mellanie didn't enter into a relationship with Morton for his personality. Also, see SexForServices below.
* MsFanservice: Mellanie is a tall, slim yet curvy woman who uses SexForServices, in addition to her reporting career and work for Morton, has also starred in several racy shows where her roles include [[PowerPerversionPotential five-sense virtual reality sex scenes]].
* SexForServices: Every time Mellanie needs something from a man, she always at least considers using sex or her sex appeal to get it. She still does it when she's not working for Morton and she's in a relationship with Dudley.
* ToucedByVorlons: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Pandora's Star'', MorningLightMountain forms a direct uplink between itself and Mellanie's digital implants and cybernetic enhancements. This includes the ability to use the enhancements to give her a bulletproof second skin]].

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[[folder:The SI]]
The Sentient Intelligence, a super-AI which evolved out of Nigel and Ozzie's wormhole control software. Having retreated to its private world of Vinmar, the SI maintains cordial if distant relations with humanity. It is a major supporting player in the ''Commonwealth Saga''; by the time of the ''Void Trilogy'', however, it is happy to seem irrelevant.
* MissionControl: In the ''Commonwealth Saga'', the SI plays this role to [[spoiler:Mellanie Rescorai.]]
* SiblingRivalry: The relationship between ANA and the SI has this vibe. Structurally they are really quite similar - part-AI, part-human hiveminds which act as a single unit - but ANA strongly dislikes the SI, does not consider it genuinely alive, and is paranoid about its interference.


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* BrainsVersusBrawn: [[spoiler:To an extent. While the Starflyer and [=MorningLightMountain=] are both Prime factions, the Starflyer embraces technological enhancements that [=MorningLightMountain=] would consider heretical, such as genetic engineering and cybernetic enhancement. Where [=MorningLightMountain=] simply uses overwhelming numbers and brute force, the Starflyer uses infiltration and subversion to turn humans into "human motiles".]]

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* BrainsVersusBrawn: BrainVersusBrawn: [[spoiler:To an extent. While the Starflyer and [=MorningLightMountain=] are both Prime factions, the Starflyer embraces technological enhancements that [=MorningLightMountain=] would consider heretical, such as genetic engineering and cybernetic enhancement. Where [=MorningLightMountain=] simply uses overwhelming numbers and brute force, the Starflyer uses infiltration and subversion to turn humans into "human motiles".]]
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* [[spoiler:Gender Bender]]: [[spoiler:Borrows one of Mr Bovey's bodies.]]
** [[spoiler:FirstLawOfGenderBending]]: [[spoiler:Invoked.]]



A mercenary, of a sort, working for mysterious employers.

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A mercenary, An agent of ANA's Conservative Faction.
* NoNameGiven: It's implied he has one, but we never hear it.
* OnlySaneMan: Of all the ANA agents and personalities, he is probably the least overtly maladjusted - which turns him into something
of a sort, working for mysterious employers.ButtMonkey later in the trilogy when he's forced to work more closely with his gleefully insane bosses and enemies.


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[[folder:Marius]]
An agent of ANA's Accelerator Faction.
* FauxAffablyEvil: While Ilanthe and Gore seem, at least initially, to have a working professional relationship, and Neskia is coolly professionally, it is made clear that Marius is actively unlikeable.
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* AmbiguousDisorder: It can be read as a particularly unflattering portrayal of AspergerSyndrome.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Troblum's special interest is the Starflyer War (that is, the ''Commonwealth Saga'''s war), and he collects items from it with fanatical intensity - up to and including Commonwealth capital ship weapons and Isabella Halgarth's apartment on Arevalo.
* FatBastard: "Bastard" is a little unfair - Troblum is not a bad person - but he's one of the less pleasant characters and he's also the only one noted to be overweight.
** FatIdiot: He is consistently portrayed as naive, unworldly, and completely lacking in social graces. Averted in the strict sense, though - he is a competent and useful physicist and dedicated historian.


* RealityEnsues: While it's made clear that the Cat is a bad person from the get-go, during the ''Commonwealth Saga'' she's treated as a SociopathicHero. By the time of the ''Void Trilogy'', she's a CompleteMonster - and it's implied that nothing has changed.

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* RealityEnsues: While it's made clear that the Cat is a bad person from the get-go, during the ''Commonwealth Saga'' she's treated as a SociopathicHero. By the time of the ''Void Trilogy'', she's a CompleteMonster worse - and it's implied that nothing has changed.

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In the mid-21st century, Gore was a corporate executive. By the late 24th of the ''Commonwealth Saga'', he's the patriarch of an Earth Grand Family, one step below an Intersolar Dynasty. In the ''Void Trilogy'''s late 36th century, Gore is the leader of ANA's Conservative Faction.
* [[spoiler:AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]: [[spoiler:Does this using the Anomine elevation mechanism. It's outright stated that being post-physical is so different that post-physicals don't talk with humans. Gore is not seen again after his elevation.]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: [[spoiler:Arguably. Gore in his original body [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence goes post-physical]] using the Anomine elevation mechanism. The sequence is written in the terms one might use to describe death ("after a while, he was gone") and Justine certainly reacts as if he were dead, mourning for him. However, Gore's ANA personality remains active. Whether Gore has died is a heavily metaphysical question.]]



[[folder:[=LionWalker=] Eyre]]
* SequelHook: [=LionWalker=] has been weaving in and out of the Commonwealth Universe narrative since the start of ''Pandora's Star'', but he's apparently never affected anything big and his overall importance remains uncertain.



A sentient alien starship.

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A sentient alien starship. [[spoiler:Actually a Raiel lifeboat.]]



* AudienceSurrogate: Ozzie and Nigel were both born in the early 21st century, and while they don't make much overt reference to it, their attitudes are relatively close to the 21st-century mainstream in certain ways. Ozzie, for instance, considers [[BodyBackupDrive re-life]] philosophically unsound, and sees [[DeathIsCheap bodyloss]] as actual, permanent death - most Commonwealthers believe someone is only dead if they die without a usable backup.
* BlackAndNerdy: The supreme nerd - the Steve Wozniak of wormhole technology to Nigel's Steve Jobs. The comparison is all but made at one point.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the ''Commonwealth Saga'', Paula's character is essentially defined by her inbuilt genetic presets. By the time of the ''Void Trilogy'', she's had them toned down to give her more freedom to act.



* BasementDweller: His fellow Raiel consider him somewhere between this and a drug addict.




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[[folder:[[spoiler:The Starflyer]]]]
The nebulous alien force which the Guardians of Selfhood are pledged to defend against.

In reality, the Starflyer is [[spoiler:a Prime immotile, [=MorningLightMountain17,735=], sent on an interstellar recon mission. When the Dyson Pair barriers came up, it found itself cut off and on its own. In the hundreds of years it was out of contact, its views changed. As villainous as its originator, the Starflyer is more devious, and now counts [=MorningLightMountain=] on its kill list; to that end, it successfully manipulates humanity and the Primes into what it hopes will be a war of mutual annihilation.
* BrainsVersusBrawn: [[spoiler:To an extent. While the Starflyer and [=MorningLightMountain=] are both Prime factions, the Starflyer embraces technological enhancements that [=MorningLightMountain=] would consider heretical, such as genetic engineering and cybernetic enhancement. Where [=MorningLightMountain=] simply uses overwhelming numbers and brute force, the Starflyer uses infiltration and subversion to turn humans into "human motiles".]]


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* [[spoiler:ApocalypseMaiden]]: [[spoiler:When she takes over Living Dream, Oscar and the Guardians are forced to assume she's become this. In reality, she's attempting to sabotage the movement from the inside.]]

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