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The Navy

The mightiest force in the galaxy.

    In General 

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Multiple characters go on to state that, whenever there's a war between the Polys, any side the Navy takes a part of is going to win.
  • Sigil Spam: The three-headed eagle. Blazon on nearly everything the Navy owns.

    Admiral Wallys 
  • Big Damn Heroes: He, his fleet, and Maggs come in at the last moment to help Niraya fend off the last of the drones and help the colony recover.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He's seen as this by many members of the Navy due to his obsession with finding anything related to the existence of aliens. It's this obsession that makes him the perfect person for Maggs to ask for help in defending Niraya as he's the only one likely to believe him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's the only Maggs believes would even dare listen to him about an invading alien force.

    Cadet Marris 
  • An Arm and a Leg: While holding a gun to Lanoe, Maggs blasts her hand off with a cataphract’s gun.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lanoe feels like this was done to her as she was only aiming a gun at him because her family was being threatened; Maggs didn’t have to go and shoot her whole hand off.

    Fleet Admiral Varma 
  • Big Good: While not as “good” as one might agree to say, she’s technically in charge of Earth's Navy, the single most powerful force in the series, so this pretty much makes her this for the series’ setting.
  • Commanding Coolness: She’s technically the leader of the entire Navy.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her first scene, she shows exactly why she's the leader of the Navy. Lanoe flashes back to a time when the ship around them was exploding and she was laughing and telling her troops that they'd win (and they did), then (back to the present) she chastises Aleister Lanoe for even daring to not follow proper protocol, taking no nonsense whatsoever from him and seeing right through his facade. After that, she tells him she's already making preparations to face the ensuing drone fleet and sends Lanoe on a covert op to recruit mysterious allies, with a cruiser filled with Space Marines and Ace Pilots, because she's not taking any chances. Fleet Admiral, indeed.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against Valk, although it comes off more as Just Doing My Job than anything else.
  • One-Scene Wonder: She is mentioned a few times and shows up again at the end of Forbidden Suns, but her introductory/only scene in Forgotten Worlds leaves a lasting impression of the woman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While she doesn't agree with Lanoe's reasoning, she does recognize the Blue-Blue-White drone fleet as a problem and makes preparations to face, even sending Lanoe on a mission to recruit mysterious new allies to help.
  • Sergeant Rock: Does not take Lanoe's actions lightly nor does she put up with his "bosh".
  • Younger Than They Look: She underwent a process that rejuvenated her body’s youth.
    • It's never said how old she is, but the dynamic between her and Lanoe implies that she's roughly the same age as him or possibly even older.

    Lieutenant Harbin 

A veteran pilot Fleet Admiral Varma assigns to the Hopilite for Lanoe's mission in Forgotten Worlds.

  • Ace Pilot: Maggs implies to Lanoe that she is one after fighting in a battle at some planet called Tlaloc.
  • The Mole: Turns out Lanoe's Properly Paranoid tendencies were right: Harbin was a Centrocor mole on the ship


The Planetary Brigade Marines

The Navy's planetside fighting force.

    In General 


  • Boom, Headshot!: Courtesy of a "lucky particle shot".
  • Red Shirt: Dies right in front of Ehta in Chapter 12 of The Forgotten Worlds.
  • Your Head Asplode: He's shot in the head with a particle shot which leaves only a "dead man's skull burning".


  • Jump Scare: She suffers one when something white and the size of human head pops out from the rubble in the skirmish on Tuonela. Turns out, it was a concierge drone. Binah finds this to be Actually Pretty Funny.



  • Cruel and Unusual Death: There’s not much in the description of what an “earworm” does exactly, but the fact that the Navy is more than willing to discharge a willing and competent soldier from service that survived an “earworm” implies the potential horror of what it does. Made all the more chilling by the fact that Anselm went from a screaming mess to abruptly stopping.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The "earworm", an audio-based brain-scrambling weapon that is described as normally a fatal Foregone Conclusion for anyone unfortunate enough to hear it. While Ehta survives it, he doesn't.
  • Red Shirt
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed in the chapter he’s introduced in.

     Rudoff, Banks, and Hutchens 

  • Red Shirts
  • Killed Offscreen: While never seeing what actually happens to them, Ehta assumes that Rudoff and Banks died before getting over the top of a trench. Hutchens may have survived, given that the marines' suits are prone to technological fault, but Ehta also assumes he could've been "so utterly removed from existence that his transponders didn't even register".

     Corporal Guiterrez 

Ehta's second-in-command.

  • The Lancer: She's this for Ehta's contingent of marines.

     Major Sorensen 

The Navy Engineering Division

Exactly What It Says on the Tin

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     Engineer Derrow 

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