As a Crossover between A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings, and Warhammer by placing all three of those worlds on planets in the same star system, this fic involves characters in those franchises as well. This page is specifically for the new characters and original entities introduced in this series.
The CompanyThe primary "protagonists" of the story are a planet-mining/planet-colonizing megacorporation from 22nd century Earth. Most of the drama arises out of The Company's actions in trying to colonize and harvest the resources of all three planets, and the inevitable conflict that occurs between their operatives and colonists, and the natives.
- Affably Evil: most of their employees, even the managers, seem to be pretty friendly, polite, and personable.
- Anti-Hero: either this or Villain Protagonist (see below).
- Asteroid Miners: The Company operates mines through the Sol System and neighboring star systems, and is now in the process of setting up quarries on Westeros, Middle-Earth, and the Warhammer World as well.
- Chekhov's Gun: several scenes set at The Company's mining outposts mention the frequent use of "plasma cutters" for cutting through solid rock. Sure enough, one is eventually used as an improvised short-range Plasma Cannon.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: They won't hesitate to betray their allies for their future goals.
- Corporate Warfare: The Company is frequently engaged in this, both against the more hostile natives of the planets they seek to colonize, and with their corporate rivals back on Earth.
- Crazy-Prepared: After learning about Chaos powers and it's corruption on living beings, The Company takes extra precaution when dealing with it to prevent their personnel for being infected.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite their greed and backstabbing, The Company detest slavery, sexism and are horrified when they learn how Uruk-Hais are created. Even their scientists have morals too where they refuse to continue experimenting on Bran to activate his magic powers as the experiment is killing him.
- Expy: The Company seems to be one of both Weyland-Yutani, and of the historic Real Life British East India Company ... right down to their sometimes callous attitude towards "the natives".
- Kick the Dog: the in-universe reports filed by The Company show just how unscrupulous and opportunistic they are, and how little regard they have towards "the natives".
- Matter Replicator: "fabrication devices" (basically advanced futuristic 3D printing) allows The Company to produce simple things locally (but not more complex things), provided that the raw materials are available. This enables each of their three colonies in the system to fairly quickly set up a manufacturing base on each planet.
- Mega-Corp: and how!
- Mini-Mecha: the "HULK units" ("Heavy Utility Lifter Konstruction unit"), which are used primarily for heavy lifting. Later on, one does get used as an improvised weapon.
- Mobile Factory: in addition to the "fabricators", The Company also brought all the equipment they need to quickly set up blast furnaces, mineral refineries, gas-processing plants, and even breweries within the system.
- Moral Myopia: They see no problem of manipulating or assassinating others for their goals yet when it happens to their own people, they swear revenge on the perpetrators.
- They also reach out to humans first in each of their conquests, and there are hints that they're focusing more on "advancing" the civilizations of the EE planets because they see the human civilizations as more valuable and stronger simply because they're human.
- Multinational Team: being a multinational corporation, The Company's mission to the star system features characters from all over Earth, including Americans, Brits, Germans, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese, and one South African.
- Cosmopolitan Council: likewise, the board back on Earth is shown to be quite diverse as well.
- Never My Fault: Whatever incidents and battles they were involved (directly or indirectly), they keep insisting to the UN it was not their fault but the other side started it in order to keep up their Villain with Good Publicity image.
- Pet the Dog: however ruthless they may be towards their competitors, The Company does treat its own workers well.
- They are also helping bring modern education, medicine, and development to Westeros, and they did rescue Ned and Arya Stark from King's Landing.
- Playing Both Sides: During the war between the Lannisters and the Starks, The Company sold radios and weapons to both sides. And later during the Battle of Red Fork, they assassinate both side's leaders to weaken their rule and ensure younger or open minded leaders will be more willing to work with The Company.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: yeah, The Company manufactures these too and frequently employs them as field agents.
- Theme Naming: The Company's three "Victory-class A.I.s" operating in the star system are named VENI, VIDI, and VICI, after Julius Caesar's famous quote: "I came, I saw, I conquered" (in Latin).
- Company vehicles seem to be named after animals: the "Wild Cat Light Utility Vehicle", the "Kodiak Truck", the "Badger Road-Cutting Machine", and the "Falcon Shuttle".
- Trade Snark: yes, they've even managed to trademark the words "The Company".
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite it was Ned who welcomed The Company with open arms and help them establish themselves in Westeros, the higher ups of the The Company on Earth wanted to kill him during the Battle of Red Fork because Ned had reservations and worried that The Company technology was damaging the North's land and culture and was suspicious on their true objectives which would get in the way of The Company plans of colonizing Planet EE-L4. Despite Fred convincing the higher ups of The Company to spare Ned, The Company still plans to assassinate him if he gets in their way again.
- Villain Protagonist: The Company is either this trope, or an Anti-Hero at best. They engage in a lot of unethical business practices, but they have also been introducing social and technological progress to worlds otherwise locked in Medieval Stasis, and they also oppose the most villainous factions like Mordor and the Forces of Chaos. Most individual employees of The Company are decent and well-meaning people just doing their job.
- Of course, even at their worst, The Company still comes across as "the good guys" compared to some of the native factions they've encountered, like Mordor, the Forces of Chaos, the Dark Elves, and the White Walkers.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Ever since the Alpha Centauri incident which got them in trouble with the UN and public backlash, their lawyers and PR agents insist they learn their lesson and the actions that got them in trouble in Alpha Centauri will not happen again in Epsilon Eridani while secretly hiding to the public of the evil and shadier things they're doing there.
Frederick "Fred" KovacsDirector of the The Company's colony on "Planet EE-L4" (the one where Westeros is located), and one of the main POV characters for Book 1.
- Canada, Eh?: Is from Toronto, although in the future, Canada is part of the USA and completely Americanized anyway.
- Character Development: starts out as an insufferable Jerkass and an idiot, but gradually starts moving into "Jerk with a Heart of Gold" territory and showing a lot more savvy and competence in his dealings.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His mind's kinda hard to grasp, especially to the Westerosi Natives.
- Expy: According to the writer, his character is modeled on "Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation trying to be Chris Pratt from Guardians of the Galaxy (and predictably failing miserably at it)".
- Fatal Flaw: Fred's flaw is that instead of focusing on what he is good at, he keeps getting into things he lacks understanding and has no experience, which only cause more harm than good (e.g. his poor diplomatic skills). As a result, a lot deaths and incidents in Westeros were caused by him which almost got the The Company in trouble with the UN which made his mother, the CEO of the The Company, demote him and transfer him to another world.
- The Hero / The Atoner: After a near-death experience, decides he wants to reform and become this trope. Unfortunately, he's so far proving pretty terrible at it.
- Hidden Depths: It turns out Fred is a lot more serious and skilled (at least in certain areas) than what readers were initially let on.
- Hypocrite: He accuses Drogo of being a savage who treats Daenerys like a thing despite the fact Drogo loves his wife and treats her like a person yet Fred treats Daenerys like a tool of his to be use to overthrow the Baratheon Royal Family.
- Id Superego And Ego: The Id to VENI's Superego and Daniel's Ego.
- Idiot Ball: Constantly kicks this on a daily basis.
- Innocently Insensitive: While he means well, he sometimes doesn't realize he's offending the locals like how he talks to important nobles rudely or showing no respect for their culture.
- Kick the Dog: To be fair, most of Fred's worst actions are motivated more by carelessness and ignorance than actual malice, but he's still very much an arrogant asshole before the Character Development starts to set in.
- Nepotism:Turns out he got his position from his mother, the CEO of The Company, who hoped her son's new responsibilities would mature him. She later realized it was a mistake thanks to his Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! actions and promptly has him transferred to a position of less power.
- Never My Fault: A flaw of Fred's is his refusal to accept responsibility for his actions which includes:
- Due to his laxative prank which almost killed Joffrey, Jaime and Cersei, he asks VENI to hide it from The Company records so the highers ups on Earth won't find out. Too bad for him, VENI reported this to his mother, the CEO.
- When his attempt to "rescue" Daenerys leads to the death of her husband Drogo and brother Viserys, he tries to blame the whole thing on Dothraki barbarism rather than admit his bad negotiation skills lead to their deaths.
- When Robb and Daenerys call out on him for his bad taste on doing a weapons sells pitch when they are mourning for Robb's soldiers who died at the Battle of Red Fork, rather than apologize for it, he laughs it off and think it's just a silly teenage outburst.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempt to "rescue" Daenerys Targaryen from "Dothraki captivity" results in a power struggle in Vaes Dothrak that not only leads to Drogo's and Viserys' deaths, but very nearly Daenerys' as well.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: On the other hand, Fred's endless dickery leads to exposing Littlefinger's corruption, revealing the Lannisters' incest, and helps finally bring Khaleesi to Westeros well ahead of schedule and saving Daenerys and Drogo's child in the process.
- Pet the Dog: A few moments, though usually motivated more by self-interest than altruism.
- He does rescue Ned and Arya from King's Landing. But only after forcing Robb to sign a Leonine Contract with The Company.
- When The Company higher ups order the assassination of Ned Stark, Fred refuses to do so and convinces them to let Ned live. This is a rare occasion where he's motivated not by self-interest, but by genuine respect for Ned.
- Plucky Comic Relief: though some of his more outlandish behavior can rub readers the wrong way.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: Promoted way above his experience and competency level due to family connections. To be fair, nobody knew the star system was inhabited when he was assigned to the mission.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: As a result of his stupidity, offensive attitude to the locals, and irrational decisions which not only endanger many people's lives but also making the civil war in Westeros worse, he is reassigned to work as an assistant to a corporate ally of The Company at another planet.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Due to not bothering to get to know Khal Drogo, he assumed Drogo refuses to give up Daenerys to him and VENI because he's a stubborn sexist who won't let Daenerys go who he sees as his property. In reality, Drogo and Daenerys really love each other and he won't give her up because he trying to protect his wife from some strangers whose trying to kidnap her.
- Shout-Out: Seems quite fond of making these.
- Trapped in Villainy: Jerkass or not, Fred genuinely regrets the assassinations that his superiors ask him to perform during Operation Red Friday.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Fred is called out by many for his stupid and irrational actions which includes:
- Daniel scolds Fred for his laxative prank on Joffrey as it almost killed him, Jaime and Cersei due to an allergic reaction.
- Robb and Daenerys call him out for his insensitive attitude for inappropriately doing a sales pitch of selling weapons while both of them were paying respect to Robb's dead soldiers, who ironically were killed by the same weapons Fred sold. While she doesn't say it, Daenerys blames Fred for her husband's death no thanks to his Unwanted Rescue.
- And he finally gets a big one from his mother, The Company CEO who chews him out for everything he has done at Westeros for making things worse for the locals and almost getting The Company in trouble with the UN.
- Wrong Genre Savvy:
- Word of God is that Fred was based on several characters played by Chris Pratt. Unfortunately, Fred seems to think and act like he's a badass like Owen Grady or Peter Quill when in truth he's really more like Andy Dwyer: a good-natured idiot with a penchant for making things worse.
- Basically, Fred think he's the smart hero who's got great ideas to solve every problem when in truth he's just a buffoon who way over his head whose solutions makes things worse.
- And then, he thinks after winning their case with the UN, The Company can do whatever they want on Westeros, including forcing the populace to accept Daenerys as their Queen. His mother, The Company CEO, has to point out to him that 1. just because they won does not mean the UN will leave them alone as the UN will be more determined on keeping an eye on The Company if they do anything illegal, and 2. the people will never accept a foreign queen whose rather obviously being backed by foreigners, and whose father has a reputation for being a crazy and insane tyrant.
Daniel ZimmermanAssistant Director of the EE-L4 colony.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hypercompetent Sidekick / Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: to Fred.
- Not So Above It All: usually the voice of reason, but just can't help sometimes joining in on Fred's zany schemes.
- Pinball Protagonist: one of the main POV characters, but even in his chapters, it's usually his boss Fred who's the main driving force behind the plot (for better or worse).
- Reasonable Authority Figure: although technically only Fred's assistant, his rank makes him the second most senior administrator at The Company's colony, and he does exercise this authority whenever Fred is out on another wacky misadventure. Which lead to...
- Rank Up: When the CEO of The Company has Fred's position of Director revoked, Daniel becomes the new director of EE-L4.
- The Smart Guy
VENI, VIDI, and VICIA trio of "Victory-class A.I.'s" assigned to the mission by The Company's executive board to assist The Company's field operatives in achieving their aims.
- Action Girl: VENI very much so; her actions on EE-L4 even inspire a proto-feminist movement of sorts among the natives.
- Chest Blaster: all three run on mini-fusion reactors and can, in an emergency, utilize their reactor venting protocol as an improvised one-shot Plasma Cannon.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: deliver these on a regular basis to any human who tries to take one of them on in a straight up fight. Ser Gregor Clegane certainly found this out the hard way.
- Do Androids Dream?: a persistent theme in all of the A.I.s' interaction with the human characters.
- Expy: to Terminator in general, though VENI seems to be developing a personality similar to EDI.
- Gender-Blender Name: downplayed. VICI, a "male A.I.", has a name that sounds like "Vicky" but is actually Latin for "I conquered".
- In-Universe Nickname: VENI's name is pronounced "Venya" or "Vaenya" by the Westerosi (probably an attempt to translate her name into Old Valyrian), but after her Curb-Stomp Battle against Ser Gregor Clegane, has also earned the moniker "the Iron Lady".
- In Book 2, on Middle Earth, VIDI adopts the nickname "Vidyë" (to make her name sound more Elven).
- Insistent Terminology: VENI insists on referring to everyone by "Rank/position + Last name" (with occasional first initial thrown in). For example, Fred Kovacs becomes "Director F. Kovacs", Lord Eddard Stark becomes "Director E. Stark", and Queen Daenerys Targaryen becomes "Monarch D. Targaryen".
- Made of Iron: well, technically a "titanium-iridium-platinum nano-reinforced hyperalloy".
- Pick Your Human Half: all three of them look strikingly human, but have a very detached personality and manner of speaking.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: at least to the natives, who don't understand the concept of a robot and thus frequently mistake the three of them to be normal humans.
- Robo Speak: VENI at least seems to speak very formally, with no verbal contractions, constant use of Insistent Terminology, and prefacing every time she uses vernacular with "as you organics say".
- Shout-Out: to various robots throughout fiction.
- The basic concept behind these characters is pretty much Terminator: living human flesh grown over a "hyperalloy combat chassis" in order to aid in infiltration.
- VENI's personality at least seems inspired by EDI from Mass Effect and TARS from Interstellar, down to her sense of humor.
- VENI also seems to channel Baymax from Big Hero 6 at several points when offering medical care and "somatosensory therapy" (IE: a hug) to those in need.
- VENI vaporizes a White Walker using her Chest Blaster in a manner similar to Gypsy Danger from Pacific Rim.
- After conducting some Aggressive Negotiations, VIDI asks if anyone else wants to negotiate.
- Superpower Meltdown: a controlled version of this is used when VENI employs the micro-nuclear reactor built into her chest as an improvised plasma gun.
- Theme Naming: as "Victory-class A.I.s", the three of them are named after the famous line "I came, I saw, I conquered" by Julius Caesar.
- Undying Loyalty: To their fellow Company human employees. But their true loyalty is to the CEO of The Company.
Jonathan TellerExecutive Director and leader to all Company personnel and operations and Director of the The Company's colony on "Planet EE-L5" (the one where Middle-Earth is located), and one of the main POV characters for Book 2.
- Foil: to Fred in Book 1. While Fred is happy-go-lucky and aloof, Teller is far more serious about the whole affair.
- Kick the Dog: Has VIDI kill King Theoden and framed it on Wormtongue. Even though he was trying to get rid of Wormtongue's corrupt influence on the Rohanian throne, the fact he ordered the King killed rather than try to heal him is a dick move.
Angela CheongAssistant Director of the EE-L5 colony.
James LombardiDirector of the The Company's colony on "Planet EE-L0" (the one where Warhammer Fantasy is located), and one of the main POV characters for Book 3.
- I Did What I Had to Do: While he doesn't like what he did, he ordered VICI to assassinate Indrick Boreale as the knight's religious fanaticism and distrust of The Company would have ruined any peaceful contact between the The Company and The Empire.
- Magically Binding Contract: He and Akane forms one with Emperor Karl Franz as a form of trust between The Empire and The Company. Knowing that magic is real, James is honest and truthful to the Emperor in their dealings and tries not to lie to him since there will be repercussions for breaking his oath.
Akane SaitoAssistant Director of the EE-L5 colony.
Domenech BellevilleFred's, Jonathan's and James' boss, and Director of the The Company's Space Exploration and Colonization Division.
- Bad Boss: So much that most of his employees hate him.
- Blatant Lies: He claims The Company are "the Good Guys" helping the Epsilon Eridani System and are not into anything illegal and shady... despite some rather clear evidence to the contrary.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He think's the the Director of the Gaming Division plan to offer free DLC to their customers for the recent bad games they released as a waste of time and profits rather than a goodwill gesture to earn back trust and loyalty of their customers.
- Hate Sink: Almost any scene featuring him shows how much of a jerk he is.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Belleville might be a jerk, but he is correct that Fred should have not been promoted to Director due to the latter's incompetence.
The CEO aka Adrienne KovacsA mysterious figure who is the leader of The Company back on Earth and is alluded to several times by the other characters.
- A Father to His Men: The CEO cares about the employees of The Company very much. For example, the CEO swore to damage the Saudi Royal Family's priceless car collection after the Royal family refuses to apologize for the sexist treatment The Company's female employees got while working at the country.
- Manipulative Bastard: the ruthless and cunning mastermind behind The Company.
- Nepotism: At least two of the CEO's children are in high ranking positions in the Company. Though her son Fred proved to be a failure at his job, her daughter Ellen (a main protagonist of the subplot set on Earth) is much more competent in her counterintelligence role.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The CEO listened and approves the Director of the Gaming Division plan to win back their customers rather than dismiss it like Belleville who saw it as a waste of time and money.
- The Reveal: not only is The CEO a woman, but she is also Fred's mom, Adrienne Kovacs, thus explaining how Fred got his position despite being ill-suited for it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: confronts Fred, her son, over his behavior at the end of Book 1.
Ellen KovacsFred's sister, and currently investigating corruption and sabotage in the Company's gaming subsidiary.
- Action Girl: one of the two main protagonists of the subplot focused on corporate espionage in Cyberpunk Tokyo.
- Hollywood Hacking: Partially justified due to having access to some of the most advanced technology in the world, but she's still able to do a lot of incredible things.
- Not So Different: while considerably more competent than her brother, there are little hints in her sense of humor that she might be more like Fred than she likes to admit.
Dominic "Dom" KoboriPart of the SEAGA Entertainment branch of The Company. He gets involved in Ellen's counter-espionage work.
- Comically Missing the Point: He's more worried about his gaming device being broken than the possibility of Ellen being hurt.
- Pinball Protagonist: He's just a video game developer who gets caught up in the vicious web of intrigue.
- White Sheep: While he's no saint, he's far less morally bankrupt than most Company personnel of his rank.
Masuda FukyushitsuDom's boss, and a corporate spy.
The United Nations Colonial Defense Forces (U.N.C.D.F.)The military arm of the United Nations Administration for Space Exploration & Colonization (U.N.A.S.E.C.), the UNCDF are the main military forces from Earth seen thus far in the story. The space mission featured in the story is actually a joint project between The Company and the UN, which is why the latter sent UNCDF troops to help protect The Company's assets.
- The Ahnold: Pvt. Miroslav Blaskowitz, described as a "German with Polish parents" who at one point even seems to re-enact a scene from Commando.
- Cool Car: the "Wild Cat Light Utility Vehicle", the main scout / light transport vehicle seen so far. For combat situations, can also be equipped with a rotating turret mounting a .50-cal minigun, a 7.62mm machine gun, and a 20mm automatic grenade launcher ... all at once.
- Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: despite living in the future, with hyperdrive-equipped starships and Ridiculously Human Robots, the UNCDF still use 7.62mm rounds in their assault rifles. Granted, of course, it's stated that thanks to advancements in propellants, the UNCDF's 7.62mm ammunition is much more powerful than today's 7.62mm ammunition.
- Justified Trope: "conventional guns" are just cheaper, easier to produce locally, and low maintenance when compared to flashier and cooler but more expensive, fragile, and high maintenance directed energy weapons.
- Mini-Mecha: downplayed - it's stated that mechanized walkers are only used for patrol and riot control, because their high profile makes them an easier target for futuristic missiles and railguns.
- Although Mini-Mecha do seem much more effective against the planetary natives of the star system who haven't yet reached that level of heavy weaponry...
- In particular, the arm-mounted plasma cutters make highly effective close range weapons, especially since they found out that they can instantly vapourize a White Walker.
- Although Mini-Mecha do seem much more effective against the planetary natives of the star system who haven't yet reached that level of heavy weaponry...
- Multinational Team: like The Company, the UNCDF too hires from all around Earth.
- Southern-Fried Private: Lt. Nolan McConaughey and Pvt. Thomas Billings.
- Space Marine: the United Nations Colonial Marine Corps, of course.
- Standard Human Spaceship: being probably inspired by James Cameron's Aliens, the UNCDF's ships seem to look like big, dull, unpainted, mass-produced blocks of metal with engines and guns tacked on.
- Standard Sci-Fi Army: although few in number, so far they've been making good use of combined arms tactics, with small groups of well-trained Marines with ground vehicle and air support and, of course, More Dakka.
- United Nations Is A Super Power: UNASEC's control over most interplanetary trade and commerce has led to the UN becoming incredibly wealthy and able to support its own armed forces independently of any other nation.
Nathan HawthorneThe sergeant in charge of the U.N. Marines stationed on "Planet EE-L4" (where Westeros is located).
Steve LynnThe UN Inspector in charge of overseeing all of The Company's colonies in the system.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: At least at first.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Thanks to Character Development.
- The Atoner: Part of the reason he authorizes UN and Company intervention against Saruman, to make up for the fact that he previously authorized a botched raid against Saruman that got a Marine killed and allowed him to get his hands on a firearm.
Kyra LynnOne of the Marines stationed on "Planet EE-L5" (where Middle Earth is located) and Steve's cousin.
- Action Girl
- The Hero: though Book 2 focuses on many characters, she has arguably the most developed story among the characters from Earth.
- Heroic BSoD: After finding out about Saruman's experiments on human prisoners.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Kyra has the charges against her dropped for the time being as the UNASEC needs all the Marines they have right now to deal with their current enemies but is warned that if a same incident like Saruman happens again, she will be arrested.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against Saruman.
- Deconstructed: although she gets her revenge, she gets court-martialed for abandoning her post to pursue a personal vendetta, and for executing a valuable prisoner.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The higher ups of the UNASEC called out on her for breaking her oath as a UN Marine and letting her emotions get to the best of her and killing Saruman on the spot. Despite the latter being a War Criminal, Saruman was still a valuable prisoner whose knowledge could have help them learn about magic and Mordor's weaknesses.
Hans MüllerCaptain of the UNSV Belo Horizonte and head of the UN's delegation.
The Arcturus LegionIntroduced in Book 2, a private mercenary group from the Union Of Russian Republics; a squad of them were hired by The Company to serve as additional security (in addition to the UN Marines already on the mission) ... as well as to do all the nasty dirty work that the UN is unwilling to do.
- Foil: to the UNCDF; they have the same mission (protecting Earth's colonies in the system), but considerably less scruples.
- Gratuitous Russian
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: the squad's two female members at one point go undercover disguised as princesses. Much asskicking ensues.
- Multinational Team: although based in Russia, the Legion hires from all over, including Polish, Lithuanian, Central Asian, Vietnamese, and even American members too.
- Private Military Contractors: owned by the Arcturus Corporation, which is more or less the Russian version of The Company.
- Reds with Rockets: although they're a private company, they do have this vibe. Most of their weapons are futuristic versions of Soviet Era guns.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Captain Demya Raskalnikova and Private Giedre Valiuté, respectively.
The Technology Energy Conglomerate (T.E.C.)Introduced in Book 3, a mysterious and secretive shadow corporation that is headquartered on Mars and has lately begun to take an interest in all that's going on over in the Epsilon Eridani System.
- Big Damn Heroes: They send an android to save Ellen and Dominic from their corrupt boss.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: They're a little more into "progress" than most people from this world.
- The Conspiracy: They want something from the EE planets, but it's not clear yet just what.
- Expy: quite possibly this universe's equivalent to the Adeptus Mechanicus from the other Warhammer.
- Foil: basically The Company but more secretive and with even less scruples.
- For Science!: they have some very loose moral restraints regarding research ethics and human experimentation.
- Kill the Poor: Kobayashi insists that they only experiment on criminals and poor people, people who "were holding progress back." Possibly a moral point of the world itself, as the argument convinces Ellen well enough.
- Machine Worship: It's mentioned in passing that they believe in something called "the Great Machine" although the exact nature of their beliefs remains unrevealed thus far.
- Magnificent Bastard: All of their leaders seem to be this. Fortunately for them, they can unite under a common cause.
- The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: how they hold their board meetings, using holograms and voice-changers to conceal the identities of their leaders.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly enough.
- Most of their leaders are quick to use entirely peaceful solutions, and the more extremist ones willingly back down. This world being what it is that means propaganda, manipulation, and backdoor dealings, but they're still significantly less corrupt than The Company.
- They were fully willing to release Dominic and Ellen without trouble if the two had turned down the TEC's offer- after copying the data the two of them stole, of course.
- Shout-Out: in addition to the aforementioned Mechanicus, readers have also noted some similarities to SEELE and The Institute.