The public face of the Heirotus Eugenics Program, Addicaines are genetically engineered Heirotus metahumans trained from birth to do whatever it is that needs doing – anything from the blackest of black ops to corporate security and everything in between. Roughly half of the personnel aboard the Sabrosa are part of the Heirotus Eugenics Program. While all of them are technically Addicaines, the term officially applies to the soldiers and pilots that form the Corporate Security Detatchment.
The astral manifestation of the starship Aeon‘s organic components. Michael Yang perceives the ship’s avatar in the form of a dog (species unknown, possibly a wolf or the equivalent of a German shepherd, with the coloration of an NBE). As the Aeon AI has been deprived of much of its higher functions, this perception could be considered an accurate translation of the ship’s capabilities.
Addicaine N-6 Alias Aza’hel is far and above the most powerful telekinetic talent of the N series, and is to date the only “Chosen” to be successfully sequenced by the Addicaine Program. Deeply intuitive, highly observant, incredibly intelligent and improbably naive, Alias has been aware of his preferred status since puberty, despite no obvious preferential treatment and a program-wide order to never discuss his status. He is the only Addicaine whose sequencing records require executive clearance to view. As a result of the catastrophic loss of life and extensive ecological damage caused by the manifestation of his “talent,” Alias carries several deeply-implanted time-release medical devices that inhibit his telekinetic ability. Even with these governors, at the age of 19 he is the most powerful telekinetic talent in living memory – capable of long range projection, levitation, and the repulsion of explosions and thousands of tons of debris.
While General Grij commands the Sabrosa‘s Addicaines, Captain Andreissen is in charge of the rest of the boat. Or rather, she was. She’s been in an exceptionally sour mood since Heirotus CEO Brandon James used an Executive Override to put Grij in charge of her ship.
The youngest Templar in the Terran ranks, Emily’s first “real” assignment is a doozy – as a “deep cover” observer tasked to fulfill the Waking God Protocols, Emily finds herself living the complicated double life of a Secret Agent Art Student!
A Heirotus defector and the only survivor of the Hemera, Greg lives in constant fear of being “recovered” by Heirotus. Having played a critical role in John West’s decision to leave the Templar, Greg provides engineering and weapons support for his benefactor’s merry band of misfits in exchange for black market cybernetic maintenance and a really good place to hide.
The older and more experienced of the two agents assigned observational duties in Pittsburgh, Jesse has specialized in Remote Viewing and intuitive information gathering – skills that are particularly useful in the target-rich swamp of teen angst that is Allegheny Center.
A longtime friend of the West family, Blackwater is a powerful biomagneticist from the Terran pocket universe of Alleste. The nature of their business relationship allows for West to call on his services whenever he needs serious weapons-grade psionics support, or a babysitter for his base of operations in Australia.
Maxine’s employment status is convoluted – a civilian volunteer to the Heirotus carbon computing program, she was implanted with an IKON-7 symbiote and then assigned to the ICG carbon pool. After that she was assigned to deep space cartography, then the Hemera, then the Hemera was leased by Heirotus… making her a Heirotus-assigned ICG employee assigned to Heirotus. While the tax forms are a pain in the ass and medical maintenance paperwork is a nightmare, the job itself is a simple one – staying mentally fit while acting as a 24/7 Rational Coordinator for all silicon-based systems aboard the Hemera.
Officially the personal bodyguard of Heirotus founder Brandon James, Robert “Bob” Carrington also plays a role in intelligence analysis and the assessment of threats against both the CEO and the corporation. James’ moral compass to the extent that he has one, it’s almost always Bob’s call to handle “irregular” situations via diplomacy, espionage or wetwork. Bob excels at this latter discipline. Occasionally disappearing for days or weeks at a time, the only evidence of his handiwork is a tedious intelligence analysis concluding that an untimely death – typically the result of an accident or “statistical anomaly” – benefits Heirotus in some fashion.
Carrington assumes the mantle of Head of Heirotus Corporate Security shortly after Michael Yang is mortally wounded in early 569 (January, 1968), and still holds the position at the time of The Dualist.
A former United States Army Ranger, Tantek has been with Thule Garrison since the Waking God Protocols field trials of the mid 1990s. He works well with Raven Lockheart, typically functioning as muscle though he can step up and be diplomatic if Raven’s attitude isn’t winning the hearts and minds. As one of Greymalkin’s “troubleshooters,” Tantek exists outside of the defined Templar hierarchy, and has the authority to co-opt and utilize any regional Templar resources available in the service of whatever mission he’s assigned to.
He’s also good with a sword.
The Hemera‘s helmsman, Steve’s chief duty aboard ship is steering the damned thing. As he doesn’t get to do it much and doesn’t get to do it often, he was the first ICG crew member to succumb to cabin fever. At the time of his appearance, Steve is doped to the gills on mood stabilizers and spends almost all of his time reading or jogging around the torus.
Jason Whitehouse’s redneck roommate. Curtis isn’t a terribly complex individual, and is in many was the archetypical art student – interests include but are not limited to video games, anime, Star Trek, tabletop gaming and a broad spectrum of horror films. Curtis works part time at a porno theater on the North Side.
A being with a talent for astral projection, possessing some form of teleportation ability.
Dyluck incarnated as Thaddeus Gallahad and remained in a dormant state until Awoken in 1997. Thad’s cognitive dissonance forced her back into a dormant state until 2002. Thad – her “lower self” – bifurcated his awareness in an attempt to expell what he perceived to be a form of possession. The expelled half took hold in the mind of Annathena Val, at which point Dyluck, with no pesky Ego getting in the way, set out to reunify herself.
Senior NCO of the Hemera Addicaine Group.
While Greg Auriga is senior Heirotus employee and technically in charge of all Heirotus personnel aboard ship, chain of command puts all Addicaines except Greg and Jo Young under Hera’s authority. Given the nature of the Hemera‘s mission and the lack of key ICG personnel, Hera has found herself in charge of a squad of journeyman maintenance technicians with itchy trigger fingers.
A distant cousin of Thad’s, Rayne is Spinoza’s assistant, and the only Templar who’s been able to figure out the ancient BMRI hardware installed in BMC’s psionics observation ward.
A traumatic Awakening in the summer of 1997 was just the beginning of Thad’s emotional problems. The disappearance of most of his Pittsburgh friends a few weeks later compounded his issues and, while he zombied his way through art school and into the workforce, he never quite regained the paranoid zeal he once shared with his best friend Ornix. He spent the next five years pummelling his higher self into oblivion with drugs and alcohol – a method of “self medication” that ultimately failed spectacularly.
Thad has always had some measure of psionic ability, even prior to being “noticed” by the River Guardian. In the mid 1990s he and Ornix were the focus of Templar interest, as they fit many of the recruitment conditions stipulated in the Waking God Protocols.
A genetically engineered black-ops metahuman similar to Beef Knuckelback and directly related by gene sequencing. Gant is just as taciturn as Beef, though he doesn’t share his chronic life allergy. He also lacks Beef’s interest in firearms, though he more than makes up for it with a flair for deep flesh body piercing and a knack for putting his ETL-enhanced physique to graphic effect.