Characters Colonel John Harren Fascinated by the ocean as a child, John Harren joined the US Army to help pay for college and study oceanography. In the late 2030s, Harren was tapped to help manage a biomedical program run through a joint US Army-DARPA-Lenore Biotech project. He is a man of conscience, character and science. Captain Elias Bash Captain Bash is Colonel Harren’s right hand man, always prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish the task. He is young, eager, resourceful and energetic, but rarely sloppy or unprofessional. General Franklin Richart Well respected for his devastating tactical abilities and manipulation of enemy forces, Richart is responsible for initiating a joint project between the US Army, DARPA and Lenore Biotech that was originally supposed to produce ready, reliable organs for use with injured soldiers while providing similar services to civilians. He is a shrewd, clever and manipulative individual who does not like to lose. Mr. Aaron Carvan After an arrest in Kansas City, he was given a choice: enlist or go to jail. Aaron enlisted. He was shown to be very effective in combat situations and was scored as “gifted” in natural intelligence and comprehension, leading to a chance encounter with a young Lieutenant Frank Richart. Richart saw potential in the young man; Aaron saw someone who could respect his space and interests. Subject 23-3 (“Geedey”) An isolated Vloxen, 23-3 is regarded to be the most intelligent and inquisitive in the program. He is also known as the most cowardly, running from conflict and preferring isolation and shelter to the outside world. This is, however, catching up with him as he attempts to wrestle with his own existence. Dr. Ashley Calway Like so many young children, Ashley fostered a strong love of animals at an early age. She volunteered at local shelters and was a top language and biology student in high school. She accepted a full ride scholarship to MIT, where she worked closely with marine and avian species in an effort to expand on decades old research with advanced technology. Dr. Kyle Wolzarski What started out as a promising high school football career was cut tragically short when his leg was broken in 4 places while tackled–he would never play again. While recovering, Kyle focused heavily in his math and chemistry studies, eventually being accepted to The University of Alabama as a chemical engineering student. After he earned his PhD at the University of Chicago, he was offered a job working with the Army’s artificial organ program. Victor An intelligent holographic simulation of a Vloxen, designed to interact with test subjects during training and weapons testing. Subject 57-17 (“Dia”) Rambunctious, creative, playful and youthful, 57-17 (or “Dia” as she calls herself) is the oldest of the second generation Vloxen. Unlike the first generation, Dia was born naturally between two first generation parents; she and her generation are under close scrutiny by the research staff to see how quickly they mature, develop and can rationalize their world. Dr. Tolio Richard Bernhard Tolio was born in Germany, but moved to the United States with his parents in 2022. In school, he displayed a remarkable understanding of science and math but was repeatedly bullied by more athletic students for his accent and nationality. When a revenge plot against the bullies went horribly awry, young Tolio was tapped by the FBI’s chemical weapons division and made a deal: work with us, or go to prison for the rest of your life. The partnership worked well for many years, eventually leading to an opportunity at Lenore Biotech, and later, as head geneticist at Cottontail.