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Alice is a "Witch", a mysterious benefactor and guardian to a small rustic town on the surface.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Prefers talking to violence, and has been around long enough that most folks just listen to her like they have their whole lives. But when a lynch-mob shows up on the outskirts of town to keep "the witch" from bringing "the monster" (Gavia) back into town...
  • Cherry Tapping: Alice pulls the ringleader aside and threatens to put him down in the dirt with her little finger, in front of the whole town, over what she feels is an "undeserved lack of respect".
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Manages to give Church a run for his money here.
  • Emotion Control: Has a compulsion to serve, implanted during whatever process made her into what she is. She gets around this compulsion by, in her mind, serving everyone.
  • Humanoid Abomination: One of the beings known as "Maxwell's Demons," individuals who are quantum-locked into a state where physics are "optional" to them, making them impossibly powerful and functionally immortal.
  • Laughing Mad: After Church crushes half her head, she's quietly giggling as she puts everything back into place.
  • Loophole Abuse: Gets around her compulsion to serve by serving everybody instead of a single master.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: so far nothing thrown at Alice has done more than muss her hair or make her change expression. which is why it's so surprising when she tells Sedna they're running for it after one look at Mr. Pate's bodyguard.
  • Only One Name: Despite the comic's title, to date in-universe she has only been called "Alice".
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Over 6 billion lives- human and AI- were lost in the war before The Blink. Alice claims she's responsible for killing "most of them."
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: She is very protective of her town.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Alice appears to have been around during the apocalyptic war before the Blink.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: One eye still completely reddened with blood from being popped out of her skull by Mr. Church, she changes that eye's color to match, then the other, and then she does the above mentioned Cheshire Cat Grin, all the while explaining how she, Sedna and Church essentially possess Reality Warper powers.
  • Reality Warper: She, Sedna and Church possess the power to manipulate the laws of physics because they are Maxwell's Demons, capable of controlling entropy and powered by black holes.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports these from time to time.
  • Super Soldier: Was created as a soldier.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Alice is, simply put, bored. Relationships with others are futile for her because she'll simply outlive them (well, there's Sedna, but they don't exactly get along), and she has a lot of bad memories she's carrying as well.


Ardent is a blithe bio-augmented transhuman from an orbital habitat, come to "vacation" on the surface.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He's blue, although this was a deliberate choice on his part.
  • Boldly Coming: His first attempts at socializing with "the primitives" mostly involve young women, and attempting to have sex with them. In a weird variant on this trope, everyone involved is still technically human.
  • Healing Factor: After losing his tail during Gavia's arrival tantrum (and no acknolwedgement from Jeph over its absence for a while), Alice points out that his tail has been reduced to a stump. Later, we see it completely grown back.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He's got a tail, thanks to bio-augmentations.
  • The Millstone: He's an idiot who can't be left to his own devices. He's an Unwitting Instigator of Doom thanks to his nanite (or whatever) payload. He has to be rescued from the monsters of the woods around the town. Alice is implacable, and Gavia at least has her nanites to make her a Barrier Warrior or to kill things with nanofire.
  • Transhuman Aliens: Gavia is vaguely human-ish, having a rather pale complexion and red eyes as the only significantly deviant things from baseline in appearance. Ardent? He's deep blue in skin tone, has pointy ears, and a tail.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The logical conclusion of this trope, he is both covered head-to-toe in blue fur, and he is the only one shown thus far with an unnatural hair color, both of which can be attributed to the same processes which gave him a tail.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's been unknowingly infected with nanites (or something) that causes any technology he touches to become super-advanced.

Gavia is a perpetually grousing nano-augmented transhuman, sister to Ardent, who pursued him because Ardent's not supposed to be on the surface.
  • Barrier Warrior: She can put up forcefields with her nanotech. They're ultimately useless against Alice, but they're handy against most anything else on the surface.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Looses her nanotech thanks to the Night Walker.
    • She later gets it back.
  • Demonic Possession: The Night Walker sort of does this to her in the process of stealing her nanotech.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: She can hover and shoot fireballs, her brother is a Nightcrawler-ripoff due to bio-augmentation, she's lived her whole life before now on a space station with intelligent trees that run everything, and yet she has trouble believing the things Alice tells her about herself and how things were before the Blink.
  • Heroic BSoD: She doesn't take the fact that she's a (sort of) simulation very well, even with Laridia trying to explain that such an explanation falls woefully short of the truth. It's so intense that she forgets to keep the energy blade lodged in Jesper's chest going.
  • Nano Machines: She has a full load of these, but also possesses transhuman abilities beyond them (she is able to give herself an instant tan, for one.)
  • Playing with Fire: Gavia is very quick to resort to the nano-fireballs.
  • Shout-Out: Starts out with a traditional Vulcan bowl cut that loses its shine and turns into a messy pixie cut after she loses her nanotech.

Sedna is a similarly ancient superhuman like Alice. Unlike Alice, she's not a community guardian but a wilderness scavenger. The two clearly have an unhappy history, but are at least willing to work together if they have to.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Downplayed version when Church crushes her shoulder, and taken all the way Up to Eleven when she mutilates herself in order to kill Church.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Greets Alice's group by opening fire with weapons that are centuries old at the youngest, and gets genuinely upset at Alice for smashing up "her collection".
  • Gun Nut: She really likes her gun collection and isn't afraid to use it.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Unlike Alice, she "doesn't do regret".
  • Mood Whiplash: She goes from wanting to (futilely) gun down Alice to quite amiable rather abruptly (in comic time).
  • Really 700 Years Old: Claims to be of "Similar Vintage" to Alice and later makes a comment to Alice implying that the history between them goes back 5000 years at least.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sedna seems to have color-changing eyes; when she's in a hostile mindset, her irises turn red. When she's not, they're green.
  • Restraining Bolt: Her compulsion seems to revolve around fixing machinery, which she fills with her gun collection.
  • Super Soldier: A support type, in comparison to Alice and Church, who were battlefield soldiers.
  • Taking You with Me: In a manner most extreme. She mutilates herself by ripping off her own arm, exposing the bone, and shanking Church in the throat and head before he can kill the others.
  • Trigger Happy: Her place is loaded with ancient scavenged and restored guns. Alice smashes through quite a lot of them when the two fight, and Alice didn't nearly smash all of them.
  • Wrench Wench: Was apparently made to fill this role, and fills her compulsion with her gun collection.


    Jesper Pate 

A cordial politician from a large coastal city a ways away from Alice's home. He's very interested in Ardent and Gavia's sudden arrival from space.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Comes across as an Adorkable, nerdy, jaunty little fellow at first. He soon shows his true colors as a ruthless, smug villain.
  • Nerd: His suspenders and bowtie certainly make him look the part, and he loves old world tech.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Pretty much constantly, especially when he's first introduced. He takes them off when he drops the good guy act.
  • Smug Snake: Pate is constantly lording his intelligence over others when he's not cozying up to them for info. The only time he isn't, is when Gavia phases a nanoblade into his heart so she can kill him at any time. Even that only makes him shut up for a couple minutes at most.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even after his pet killing machine is killed and he sees just how powerful Alice is, he can't shut up before he gets a very final Shut Up, Hannibal! from Alice.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to drag humanity back out of "the dark ages", and seems infuriated by how complacent everyone on Earth has been since the war.


    Mr. Church 

A hulking, silent man who follows Pate's every whim. He's even stronger and faster than Alice.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Church doesn't talk much. And when he gets going, he can effortlessly murder people in the blink of an eye.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: In two different shades.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Alice called in an orbital strike and literally beat him into the dirt during the war. He returns the favor as soon as he gets the chance.
  • Elective Mute: He does, eventually, talk to Alice before crushing her skull. It's not clear if his voice is so terrible by design, due to his magma bath, or from disuse.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When he gets a chance to cut loose on Alice, it's a sight to behold. He's been waiting for that fight for thousands of years.
  • Really 700 Years Old: About as old as Alice, since she beat him into the dirt and sealed him in magma during the war.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Much like Sedna, his eyes seem to turn red when he goes into "combat mode".
  • Restraining Bolt: Has a pathological compulsion to serve. In his case, he found Pate, who's the most ruthless person in his city.
  • Slasher Smile: A very, very wide one.
  • The Sleepless: According to Pate, Church doesn't sleep. Alice didn't know this, which is why he caught Sedna sneaking about at night.
  • Super Soldier: A huge, hulking brute who seems to have served on the opposite side of the war as Alice.
  • Walking Spoiler: As soon as anything about his origin comes to light.


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