So, these are my guys ancestors!
- Pheres’s ancestor: Thetis Dysseu, Deadeyes, and the founder of the Dyssue/Cuckoo line. She was bought to serve the gladiator rings shortly after leaving the caverns, where she worked for the majority of her adult life, even after she paid off her bag. She was only enticed away from the business when a blueblood aristocrat hired her to serve as her matesprit, the Courtier Vavavoom,’s personal guardian, and the captain of a guard - a proposition that ultimately ended in tragedy, as Thetis fell pale for her charge, and when her charge began to dabble in rebellion against the Empire, felt obliged to help cover her tracks. Thetis’s intervention was discovered, and she was publicly executed.
- Rmeros’s ancestor: Medeia Cuckoo, the direct descendant of Thetis. She was plucked from the caverns to serve as a part of a helmsfleet at a young age, which is where she grew up: coddled and educated, with broken fingers and injured legs to ensure that she could entertain her buyer, but couldn’t actually escape. In her adolescence, the fleet facility was raided by a faction of the Summoner’s rebellion, and whereas the rest of the helms fled to freedom, she chose to join with them instead, using her training and her accumulated knowledge to infiltrate a major spaceport and research station as the head of bioengineering’s personal assistant. When her deception was discovered, Daedal set a trap for Medeia that backfired: Medeia used her body-jumping ability to escape, stealing Daedal’s and sacrificing her own, and her current whereabouts are unknown.
- Sipara’s ancestor: Daedal Nzinga, one of history’s greatest bioengineers despite her caste. She cut off her own arm as a teenager and incorporated biowire directly into it, creating an ability to hook directly into the brains of helmsmen through it, and setting the first stages of simply forcibly rewriting the brains of helmsmen instead of bothering with traditional conditioning. By the time she was in her sixties, she was one of the leading researchers on the planet, and was the head of her own facility and space-port during the Summoner’s Rebellion. When Medeia joined the facility as her personal assistant, the two of them quickly became matesprits - but that fact didn’t stop Daedal, as soon as she realised Medeia had rebellious tendencies, from setting up an imperial sting and attempting to lead Medeia into it. It failed. Medeia stole her body, killing her mind in the process.
- Liyiji’s ancestor: Sayyid Jiahuu, the Luckless. She spent her early childhood in Mentra’s country, fleeing when it fell to the Empire into the Kirog Leth, where she became the brief squire of Neirin Orpheo: when he betrayed his queen and the country fell, she barely managed to escape with her life, setting what would quickly become the theme of the rest of it. To deal with her anxiety, she leaned into drinking and aggression, which led her to dominating most of the coastline at the time with her fleet of pirates, hassling the newly formed Tyrian Empire as well as any states foolish enough to hold out. During one brief arrest, she met Aioane Tasend, helped her escape from their scheduled executions - and found herself actually lingering afterwards, soothed by her presence into a moirallegience she couldn’t quite bring herself to address. When Aioane fled from the coastline to join Sayyid’s fleet and drowned before reaching her, Sayyid reacted badly, and retreated further into her alcoholism. She died on sea.
- Riccin’s ancestor: the Boneseer. They were a powerful psionic who lived in the countryside of
Kirog Leth, where their lusus brought them when they were very, very young. Lowbloods were rare enough in the area that they were captured in their youth and placed into one of the Kirog Leth travelling side-shows as a novelty until they managed to escape: subsequently, they were incredibly leery of strangers, utterly convinced their own powers were witchcraft, and tended to identify as “it”, as, given they were one of a scarce handful of lowbloods in the region, they were clearly a product of the divine, and no troll at all. Capricious and prone to aggressive fronting, but averse to actual conflict: more keen to hide away from strangers, until their curiousity got the best of them. They befriended Neirin Orpheo and his apprentice, Sayyid Jiaahu, prior to his death and the fall of his kingdom, and after it, stayed hidden in the forests for the rest of their life.