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Introduced in Forsaken Skies

    Commander Aleister Lanoe 

A 300-year-old Space Fighter Ace Pilot who galactically renowned for his career and is the protagonist of the series.

  • Ace Pilot: The best in the series, as described by other characters.
    Valk: An ace of aces.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Blatant Lies: No one believes him when he tells them that his mission to to "bring justice" to the Blue-Blue-White on behalf of all the species that their drones accidentally annihilated because everyone knows it's about getting vengeance for Zhang's death.
  • Blood Knight: Definitely starts reaching this territory in Forbidden Suns.
  • Bring Them Around: Lanoe tries, succeeds, and fails at this multiple times with his crew throughout Forgotten Worlds and Forbidden Suns.
  • Catchphrase: "Hellfire". He definitely says it way more than anyone else in the series.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Oh, do they weigh heavily on Lanoe, more and more with each book.
  • Character Development: And not the good kind. Over the course of the series, Lanoe goes from being someone who takes a lost kid under his wing and defends an isolated, forgotten colony from space invaders to sacrificing the lives and sanity of his crew and the continuity of the whole fucking universe so that he can succeed in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Crazy-Prepared
  • The Determinator: No matter what, no one but Lanoe himself will stop him in his mission.
  • Easily Forgiven: Defied. After everything he did in Forgotten Worlds and Forbidden Suns, some of his most trusted allies want nothing to do with him by the end of the trilogy.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first chapter does a pretty good job of setting up every facet of Lanoe’s characer for the rest of the series:
    • He manages to outrun a clearly better designed ship driven by a desperate hot-shot racer using cunning and every tool at his disposal, despite it skirting standard safety practice.
    • Later in the chapter he’s told that the pilot’s dangerous driving threatens the life of people on a cargo freighter. Within seconds of realizing that meant more than one person’s life was being threatened and admitting to himself the pilot was a murderer, he strengthens his resolve to make the more nominal decision.
  • Fatal Flaw: Lanoe's long life-span filled with war and military training has left him unable to properly process his own emotions and show empathy towards fellow human beings when needed (as with most military characters in fiction and Real Life). This leads him to make some catastrophic mistakes that create even worse situations for him and his crew.
  • General Ripper: He definitely has shades of this long before he comes real close to becoming one.
  • Guile Hero
  • He Who Fights Monsters
  • Heroes Prefer Redheads: Zigzagged. Zhang didn’t originally have red hair, but it’s the most notable thing about her when Lanoe sees her again after so long.
  • Insistent Terminology: He keeps telling people he wants "justice" when everyone believes he means "vengeance".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: This seems to be him most of the time.
    • Despite the fact that he's obviously doing it for personal reasons, he's right in the fact that even the if it was a case of Accidental Murder on a cosmic scale, the Blue-Blue-White are still responsible for the destruction of countless civilizations and need to be held accountable.
  • Long-Lived / Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to improvements in the field of medicine, human beings live much longer than their average lifespan. Lanoe is 300 years old, though it is implied there aren’t many who live this long in general.
  • Moral Decay
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Omnicidal Maniac: while that isn't his intention, Paniet hypothesizes that if he succeeds in re-writing history, he could cause a Reality-Breaking Paradox that would result in a universal Cessation of Existence.
  • Reality Ensues: You think after two centuries of continued war and senseless killing, losing the only woman he ever loved, and everything he goes through in the series that the man’s mind won’t start to fall apart? Think again.
    • After everything he did and costing/scarring the lives of dozens of people in the name of revenge, there was no way Candless or Ehta would ever want to have anything to do with Aleister Lanoe again.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: One that sacrifices the three Cool Starships, dozens of space fighters, many of his crew, the sanity of several of them, and almost causes a Reality-Breaking Paradox / Time Crash scenario. And damn does he come close to succeeding, too.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Forgotten Worlds, he starts having dreams of Zhang trying to tell him something. He begins to hallucinate and see her while conscious halfway through the book.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: His general demeanor when backed into a corner. Though, sometimes...
  • The Stoic: Even in his worst moments, Lanoe knows how to put on a face of stone.
  • Time Abyss: Lanoe's age of 300 years is constantly thrown around (it's in the summary of Forsaken Skies, after all) and he's lived most of that life fighting. It can be easy for the reader to forget that the equivalent would be a human being whose fought in every war since the mid-1700s and there's no way to comprehend what living that long could honestly do to a person, let alone fighting wars in all that time.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He can certainly come off this way with some of his plans.
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    Tannis Valk 

The Blue Devil. A veteran Space Fighter pilot of the Establishment Crisis who survived an extremely bad outburst of fire in his canopy and has to wear a suit to deal with constant pain.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's not really known whether or not Valk let Zhang die in the new timeline on accident because he had no real control over his other counterpart OR that he did in on purpose to finally drive Lanoe to deliver his promise of killing him.
  • Ace Pilot: In the Establishment Crisis, he also received a Blue Star medal (meaning five confirmed kills as a pilot), even if the Navy ended up taking it away once his side lost. Plus, he can claim something only a literal handful in the galaxy can claim: he survived Aleister Lanoe. Though he claims it was pure luck: he had more fuel than Lanoe did.
  • The Big Guy: He easily towers over everyone.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The reason that Lanoe won't activate the data bomb that will kill Valk is because he's the only one who can effectively communicate with the Blue-Blue-White.
    • However, some crew members, like Paniet, believe it to be more than that. Either because Valk is the only one Lanoe knows he can completely rely on or it's because Valk would do whatever it takes to serve Lanoe and Lanoe knows it.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: Sort of. With Sergeant Ehta in Forsaken Skies.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: After The Reveal, Valk's behavior from asking (and sometimes begging) to be permanently turned off to constantly having existential crises to actively looking to prove that he's useful to those around him is a realistic interpretation of those who suffer from major depression and suicidal ideation.
  • Fantastic Racism: Comes with being an A.I. in a galaxy that grew up fearing them.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: After The Reveal, several characters refer to him as "a machine" or "it".
  • Killed Off for Real: An angry and distraught Lanoe finally activates the data bomb, effectively killing the Valk A.I. for good.
  • Nice Guy: Despite the fact that he has every right to be extremely sour about things, Valk is one of the more amicable characters and generally nice and patient with everyone, including those who just view him as an abomination.
  • Nom de Guerre: The Blue Devil.
  • The Reveal: The real Tannis Valk died when his cockpit was lit up by enemy fire. The Valk the audience has gotten to know is an A.I. based on him.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: It probably helps that he believed he was human for years before finding out the awful truth.
  • Ship Tease: With Sergeant Ehta in Forsaken Skies, leading to a version of Did They or Didn't They?. In Forgotten Worlds, they both agree without speaking that they're Better as Friends.
  • Was Once a Man: He's an A.I. based on Tannis Valk and spent 17 years pretending being him. After The Reveal, he slowly stops referring to himself as Tannis Valk and eventually altogether stops thinking of himself as human, much to concern of those around him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lanoe shares a bit of comradery with Valk based on trying to kill him and failing.
    Valk: How about I buy you a drink?
    Lanoe: It’s the least you can do after you refused to let me shoot you down.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A non-familial example. It's not as much as it would appear with Bury or maybe Ehta, but as the story goes on, it's implied and outright stated by other characters that everything Valk does is just so he can prove himself useful to Lanoe.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lanoe shares a bit of camaraderie with the pilot based on the memory of trying to kill him and failing.
  • Younger Than They Look: After The Reveal, you can narrow down that Valk was created at the end of the Establishment Crisis, making him only 17 years old. Thom, Roan, Bury, and Ginger are all older than him.

    Auster Maggs 

The son of Navy royalty and a scoundrel if ever there was one. Also a Space Fighter pilot.

  • Ace Custom: In Forgotten Worlds, Maggs receives a Z.XIX cataphract. However, Maggs notes that, despite the sleek design, you "can't tell from the outside that it's anything special". What makes it special is the Philoctetes Targeting Package that allows him to shoot down enemies as twice the range.
  • Ace Pilot: Say what you will about him, but he is, in fact, a damn good pilot.
  • Agent Peacock: His devotion to his appearance (it's literally the first thing you find out about him), his willowy body (Lanoe is described as having a Heroic Build and Valk is The Big Guy), his vanity (which he doesn't even try to hide), and his defining skill being deception when he's surrounded by a noble warrior culture like the Navy do tend to paint him in this way. Maggs is also a Manipulative Bastard and desires to play the role of The Chessmaster who outsmarts almost everyone around him, the exception being people who are exceptionally Long-Lived, Properly Paranoid, Ax-Crazy, or are a Manipulative Bastard themselves. However, he seems to find himself surrounded by these characters a lot, so he's never illustrated as the Card-Carrying Villain he probably could be.
  • Ambiguous Situation – It can’t really be said whether it’s part of an Ambiguous Disorder or something else, but Maggs’ father’s voice is strangely conversational and self-aware for a voice in someone's head.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Anti-Villain: While Auster Maggs can be called a terrible, inconsiderate person, he does try to limit truly horrible things from happening in his schemes. Though, it's unknown whether or not this is a case of him truly desiring that or just not wanting to deal with the hassle.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Beneath the Mask: Whenever Maggs is the narrator, we get to hear his thoughts behind the facade he throws up to everyone else. Maggs being a Consummate Liar, this might be a case of Unreliable Narrator.
    • We do get to see a more believable version of this trope towards the end of Forgotten Worlds when Mags meets his mother and we get to see that for all his cleverness and ambition, he still feels he is burdened by family values, social expectations, and ideals that were probably beaten into him as a child.
  • Bling of War: His Z.XIX cataphract is a very sleek-designed ship.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: He borrows Centrocor's "We're all in this together" after he switches sides.
  • Break Them by Talking: A favorite method of the series' resident trickster.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He often plays dangerous gambits with people who already want to and can kill him.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • The Charmer: He rather thinks of himself this way, but he usually only thinks of it as a method to get what he wants and there's a couple instances in the story where it does work.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Chewing the Scenery: He knows how to put on a show. Just wind him up and hear him go.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: To the point that he calls it an art form and respects those that can do it well.
  • Consummate Liar: It's practically an agreed-upon point to everyone who learns who Maggs really to never believe a word he says.
  • Cool Starship: His Z.XIX cataphract.
  • The Corrupter: Acts like one. Though he does manage to help Bullam start a mutiny and Ehta comments that he's been making moves around the ships the reader never sees.
  • Cultured Warrior
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the snarkiest in the entire series.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: There’s a touch here and there, but this is definitely shown in the interaction between him and his mother in Forsaken Skies.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Considering his evolving Butt-Monkey status over the course of the series, he's got a few moments of these, which lead to quite a few Oh, Crap! moments as well:
    • In Forgotten Worlds, Lanoe throwing him in the brig is one.
    • In Forbidden Suns, when Ehta reveals she knew he was planning a mutiny and then again when Lanoe reveals he really did come here without the intention of returning home.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: While it can be argued he does bring it on himself a lot, Auster Maggs is an Ace Pilot, a cunning strategist when he wants to be, and an expert at reading people. These skills, however, do not outweigh people's loathing of his habit of screwing people over.
  • Dumb Struck: Usually when his schemes are revealed by the person he was attempting to con.
  • The Dutiful Son: To his giant-party-throwing mother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When we get to meet Maggs’ mother and oooh boy, do we get to see behind the veil of Auster Maggs. Despite her extravagant socialite lifestyle and emotional manipulation of her own son, Maggs still refuses to leave his mother high and dry.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Maggs thinks that the Lanoe’s He Who Fights Monsters tendencies, Shulkin’s Blood Knight tendencies, and everyone’s Undying Loyalty to a mission and a man that are clearly insane are too much.
  • Fantastic Racism: It’s not as blatant as Candless, but Maggs is remarkably disgusted to find out Valk is an A.I. and treats him as nothing more than a machine. Though he paints more as
  • Fatal Flaw: His vanity, more than anything.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Let's see, where to start? He tries conning Elder Mc Rae and Roan out of the little money their colony has to offer, then reluctantly joins Lanoe's forces to stop an invading force, only to flee for his life when Lanoe finds out he's conning the people of Niraya again, only to come back to with the help of an admiral's fleet. And that's just in the first book.
    • In Forgotten Worlds, he he saves Lanoe at the behest of Admiral Varma, only to be kidnapped and thrown in the brig by Lanoe, where he's perfectly ripe to betray Lanoe and the Hopilite crew, but instead warns them that an attack is imminent by the enemy, spends the rest of the time reluctantly help the crew, only to have had enough abuse from Lanoe that he becomes a Turncoat and joins the enemy side.
    • In Forbidden Suns, he plans a mutiny behind Captain Shulkin's back, only at the last second to help him surrender to Lanoe's Boarding Party, then fully joins Lanoe's crew again, only to plan a second mutiny (this time against Lanoe), only for that to fail spectacularly.
  • It's All About Me
  • Manipulative Bastard: To the nth degree.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He certainly likes to come off this way.
  • Pet the Dog: He has a few moments.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Ehta, most of the time.
    • He’s just as discriminative towards Valk for being an A.I. as Candless, but he’s far more cordial towards him.
    • In Forgotten Worlds, when he decides to switch sides, he gives Bury several chances to change his mind.
    • In Forbidden Suns, when Bullam is in need of medical attention, he comes to warn Lanoe of an impending mutiny if Lanoe’ll get him and Bullam out of the Blue-Blue-White’s home system.
  • Playing Both Sides
  • Pretty Boy
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • The Trickster
  • Turncoat: Most notably in "Forgotten Worlds''. He finally has enough of Lanoe's abuse of him and switches sides to Centrocor. Up until that point, he has still been loyal to the Navy, if somewhat flexible with his loyalty, but this marks his complete transition.
  • Underestimating Badassery – Unfortunately, he does this to Ehta in Forbidden Suns when he thinks that she’s so bad at her job as chief of security that she wouldn’t possibly notice his actions towards staging a mutiny.
  • You Can Always Tell a Liar

    Sergeant Caroline Ehta 

A former Space Fighter wingmate of Lanoe's from the 94th Squadron, who for unknown reasons became a Space Marine.

  • Ace Pilot: Despite the fact that she is no longer a pilot, it would be key to remember that she earned a “blue star”, which is only given to pilots who have 5 confirmed kills of enemy pilots (not an easy accomplishment).
  • Action Girl
  • Broken Bird: A realistic example. One too many traumas behind the "pilot's wheel" have left her in a state where it is impossible for her to get into a ship without feeling nauseous or having a panic attack.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Two of them:
    • After too many traumatic events during missions, she developed panic attacks that caused her to be inable to fly ever again.
    • In Forgotten Worlds, she’s attacked by an “earworm” which has potential effects that the military deems too risky for her to continue service. Oddly enough, though, it doesn't seem to slow her down at all for the rest of the series.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Made of Iron: She proves it throughout the series. For example, she's attacked by an "earworm", an audio-based brain-scrambling weapon that is described as normally a fatal Foregone Conclusion for anyone unfortunate enough to hear it. What does she do when she wakes up from it? Beg to return to the frontlines.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Maggs.
  • Semper Fi
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Is very much written like one. This is less the case in the following sequels.
  • Space Marine
  • Tomboy
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lanoe. Until Forbidden Suns.

    Thom 

A hot-shot space racer who is looking to escape his life and his family.

    Roan 

A citizen of Niraya who sought after help when an invading force showed up on the edge of her system.

  • Adorkable
  • Country Mouse: Roan can't help but marvel at everything Vairside on The Hexus and be completely surprised that Maggs would con the people of Niraya out of what little money they have.
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    Bettina Zhang 

Another Space Fighter pilot and a former wingmate and lover of Lanoe's.

Introduced in Forgotten Worlds

    Marjoram Candless 

An instructor at Rishi, a Naval flight school, and a former wingmate of Lanoe's.

  • Ace Pilot
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Commander Contrarian
  • The Dreaded: In more of a social sense. Her students and former wingmates know all too well how sharp her tongue can be. She's also the only one in the series who can chastise Lanoe and break his The Stoic face to look like a "chastened first year student".
  • Foil: To Zhang. Both women are former Ace Pilots in a Space Navy, old friends of The Protagonist, serve as The Lancer, and are probably the only ones that are able to talk to him as equals. However, Zhang has had an intimate and loving relationship with Lanoe, chides him with a cheekier tone, and often questions him openly. Candless has always had a professional relationship with Lanoe, chides him as one officer to another, and rarely questions his decisions (only when it becomes absolutely necessary and usually behind closed doors).
    • Though, the differences in their characterization probably also has to do with Zhang being Lanoe's second-in-command during a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits situation and Candless being Lanoe's second-in-command during a two-book-long "Navy operation".
  • Jerkass: Quite honestly, the biggest one of "the good guys" in the entire series. She is effectively rude and dismissive to everyone (usually for not following chain of command and protocol) and when she's narrating, the reader is privileged to how little she thinks of others at times.
  • Jerk Justifications: Despite what's listed above, it is easy for the reader to forget that Candless was led to believe by someone she trusted that the mission was Navy-sponsored and the ship was going to be run like a Navy vessel, so her actions and mannerisms can be justified whenever she chews someone out for not following protocol. That being said, it does take her the longest out of all the main characters to stop treating it like it's a normal mission and protocol doesn't always apply.
  • Just Following Orders
  • The Lancer: Replacing Zhang.
  • Long-Lived: Her age is never mentioned, but she was involved in The Century War where a young Lanoe first started earning his Ace Pilot status.
  • Mother To Her Men: Despite her Sergeant Rock personality, she cares very deeply for her students, even ones who disobey orders or potentially try to murder her.
  • Pet the Dog: She has a few moments, but in general, her inner monologues reveal how she truly feels towards Bury and Ginger.
    • She compliments Bury's potential and still thinks of him as her student, right after he tries to kill her in a duel.
    • After being wisked away forcibly by the military, one of the first things she asks about anything pertaining to Cadet Marris, despite the fact that the cadet tried to kill Lanoe and could've killed her accidentally.
    • Her giving Bury his Blue Star medal posthumously.
  • Sergeant Rock: In spades.

    Bury 

A Navy pilot-in-training from the planet Hel and one of Candless' students.

  • Ace Pilot: He spends two books trying to become one. He finally becomes one in Forbidden Suns. His celebration is short-lived as he dies shortly after.
  • Bald of Awesome: Due to growing up on a Death World where there is very little water, Bury’s people modified their skin in order to survive, but as a result, he cannot grow any hair.
  • Berserk Button: Easily one of the most easily incensed characters in the series. Though, when it’s his turn to narrate, the reader is shown he is aware of it and does actively try to fight it. In Forgotten Worlds, Valk implies this is applies to all the people from Bury’s homeworld.
    Valk: Never met a Hellion that didn’t have a chip on his shoulder.
  • Catchphrase: After getting four kills in Forgotten Worlds, he keeps repeating "Four" over and over again as way to focus himself and possibly to remain sane in Forbidden Suns
  • Death World: Bury grew up on one.
  • The Determinator: He's absolutely set on getting his Blue Star no matter what.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Bury faces discrimination because of where he comes from and how he looks is very similar which is very similar to the discrimination faced by immigrants and ethnic minorities.
  • Due to the Dead: He receives his Blue Star Medal posthumously and Ginger and Candless have a private ceremony for him.
  • Foil: To Thom. Both of them are young men who are capable pilots that end up dragged into helping out Aleister Lanoe. However, Thom is shy and unsure of himself as a person where Bury picks a path and sticks with it, more often than not speaking before he thinks.
  • Fantastic Racism: Bury is a Helion, who modify their skin with bio-inert plastic in order to survive on their Death World of a home and as Lanoe puts it: “They face a certain stigma for this when they leave their homeworld.”
  • Freudian Excuse: The Fantastic Racism he faces leads him to want to prove that he’s just as good as everyone else.
  • Hot-Blooded: His defining trait.
  • Innocent Prodigy
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He may be a hot-blooded, rowdy kid, but he does make several points about the sketchiness of their clandestine mission and Lanoe’s increasing moral decay.
  • Killed Off for Real: At some point in the battle against the Blue-Blue-White’s dreadnaught, his ships systems gave out against their magnetized ammunition and his canopy and helmet collapsed, exposing him to the vacuum of space.
  • Ship Tease: Between him and Ginger. It doesn’t work out.
  • Space Cadet: Starts off as one, until he gets a Field Promotion.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's less paternal than most examples, but Bury does seem to light up when he thinks he's proven himself in combat and whether he stays lit up or is severely let down is dependent on what Lanoe or Candless, his superior officers, say or do in response to his actions.

    Tara "Ginger" Holz 

A red-headed shy student of Candless who may or may not be cut out to be a fighter pilot.

  • Ginger's I Choose to Stay decision. Archie seemed to have a hard time separating his own thoughts and making decisions when there was just a few hundred choristers and even Ginger seemed to have a hard time with this at first. After being separated from The Choir for a while only to come back to millions of them, the reader can only imagine from her complete change in demeanor what's going on in her head, even as she describes it. For this, her decision to stay can come off a little less like she chose it and a little more like the choice was made for her.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: When we first meet Ginger, we're told she's going to be washing out of the Navy's pilot program and probably'll end up becoming a staff officer. She later tells Bury that she was relieved at this fact because she never wanted to be a pilot in the first place and that's just what was expected of her. But as she's constantly thrown into situations where a pilot is needed, she's forced to consider what she even wants.
  • Everyone Calls Her "Ginger": Everyone. In fact, the only say her real name once in the entire series. She’s even referred to as Ensign Ginger.
  • Expy: She's naive, puts the needs of others before her own, and is constantly trying to figure out what she really wants in life. Sounds like another young woman from Forsaken Skies.
    • Her decision to stay behind and help with the Choir is reminiscent of Thom's decision to stay behind and help the people of Niraya.
    • Foil: That being said, Roan was a Country Mouse and Ginger is a Military Brat.
  • Hidden Depths: She’s described several times having and eventually shows expert piloting skills, but that doesn’t save her from washing out of the Navy’s fighter pilot program.
  • I Choose to Stay: Ginger chooses to stay on the Choir Homeworld in order to facilitate peaceful communicaitons between The Choir and humanity.
  • Innocent Prodigy
  • Military Brat
  • Ship Tease: Between her and Bury.
  • Space Cadet: Starts off as one, until he gets a Field Promotion.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Ginger kills one of Centrocor's pilots in the wormhole skirmish and she does not take it well.
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    Engineer Hassan Paniet 

An engineer from Sergeant Ehta's group on Tuonela.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Even Candless is nice to him.
  • Ambiguously Gay: It’s heavily implied with his eccentricities, mannerisms, and Ship Tease with Hollander (another male engineer), but it’s never outright said that Paniet is gay.
  • Badass Gay: He's the go-to for any science/math problem on the ship outside of Valk and when they need something built, he'll get it done.
  • Break the Cutie: He's devastated when he finds out that Hollander was killed in the mutiny.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander / Genius Ditz: How most of the battle-hardened military personnel view him, such as Lanoe and Candless.
  • Constantly Curious: A trait, he claims, all engineers have.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He comes from a deeply conservative planet and he's Ambiguously Gay. Do the math.
  • The Engineer: While not the only one for the crew of the Hopilite, he earns the title of the engineer over the course of the series.
  • Ho Yay: Plenty of it between him and Hollander. And there have been a few fanfics about him and Valk.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Not of himself (though he's a good candidate for it in this series), but he believes this of Navy engineers. He's shatteringly proven wrong by Hollander.
  • Only Sane Man: He definitely can come off as this when he does question his superiors. However, he does it with more genuine concern and tact than anyone else.
  • The Smart Guy
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