have you ever thought about the fact that most of the ipre probably had families they left behind and lost when the hunger took their home planet
hoooo…boy. that sure is a thought.
i don’t think merle had kids on his original plane. i think he had spent too much time in pan camp and with his plants. he probably left those camps and found out that plantfuckers are, like, not everyone’s favorite variety of person? a little bit ostracized, i think. the people on the starblaster were his first real sense of family.
(i also think merle carries that over into faerun, and i think that’s part of the reason he marries hecuba - because he’s trying to create for himself the family he misses so much and doesn’t even know he’s lost. but that’s another post.)
davenport lost a lot. his entire life was the starblaster. i’ve always seen him as a community-raised orphan. every mentor he had was affiliated with the mission somehow: scientists, engineers, chemists, the lot. when their first world was consumed, davenport lost all the family he knew. i think it took him a long time to open up, because he was grieving so badly for everyone he knew, but when he finally opens up it marks a serious shift from davenport the captain to davenport the reclusive kinda-dad with a penchant for mischief.
barry had brothers. two of them, both older. one of them was incredibly studious, the other kinda like magnus - tall and strong and perpetually cheery. he takes a little bit from both brothers on the starblaster: his intelligence and his wry humor. he and magnus grow close extraordinarily quickly, not in small part because a. they’re both human and b. magnus reminds him so, so much of the people barry loves.
lup and taako lost their aunt, of course. she was really their only tie to the original plane. aside from her, though, the twins aren’t really too heartbroken about their original world - at least, compared to the others. taako claims to be fine and is, most days, though sometimes he’s not. lup is furious at the hunger most days and quiet and withdrawn on bad ones. once the team bonds a bit more, everyone learns how to help lup when she misses her aunt.
lucretia was raised by her mother. her father, through some circumstances, was out of the picture. it taught lucretia self-reliance from an early age. even though at that point she lacked the confidence to take the lead, she never forgot those first few years with just herself and her mother. she was very quiet, the first few cycles, and like davenport it was a turning point in the relationship between her and the rest of the team when she finally opened up about her parents. eventually, taako and lup learn some of her mother’s best recipes to cook for her when she feels sad. (lucretia is practically buried in her mother’s blueberry pie after the cycle of the judges.)
magnus’s parents were…there. but his real support network was his friends. he was always cheery and outgoing, maybe too much so, but he made solid friends early on in childhood and that was a habit that stuck with him through his entire life. he was devastated when the hunger attacked - it wasn’t just family he lost. it was everyone he’d ever known. he takes it incredibly hard. he and barry bond quickly over how much they’ve lost, and he empathizes with lucretia a lot when she opens up about her mother. in the case of the hunger and what they’ve lost, magnus is very much a bond that ties together the entire team.