The Chosen Ones
One thousand years ago, when it became clear that the Earth was going to be destroyed, twenty four ships were built, The Trakis One to Twenty-four, to ensure the continuation of humanity and to take the selected few to a new life. Each ship carried ten thousand people, sleeping in cryo tubes, to be woken when they reached a planet able to sustain life. They were chosen by a—some claim very dodgy—lottery system and were known as the Chosen Ones.
The Trakis System
Five hundred years after leaving Earth, the fleet eventually came upon a system capable of supporting life. They christened it the Trakis system after the ships that carried them to safety. The individual planets were named after the ship which first landed there.
Trakis One was the first planet reached, an inhospitable place on the outer reaches of the system, and guarded by a black hole. The ship, the Trakis One, carrying the president of the Federation of Nations, the government in charge of the Earth at the time of the exodus, was promptly sucked into this black hole on arrival and never seen again (okay, so it was seen again but not for a very long time…)
Trakis One was later used as the Collective’s prison planet due to the fact that it was almost impossible to escape from without being sucked into the black hole.
Trakis Two doesn’t rotate; hence it has a dark side and a light side and is also known as The Planet that never sleeps. It’s a den of inequity, with every vice known to man available, and also the home of many ‘beings’ who made it from Earth but were never officially part of the Chosen Ones.
When the Chosen ones were selected, certain groups were kept out of the lottery process, mainly because most people didn’t know they existed. They included vampires, werewolves, demons and a few others. Considering the system unfair, a group of them, led by the vampire, Ricardo Sanchez, took it on themselves to bribe the captain of the Trakis Two with the promise of eternal life in exchange for dumping a few of his Chosen ones and taking them on board.
Where the original Church headquarters were based.
The most pleasant and Earth-like of the planets, and where the Collective made their home. The Church took over the planet after they had defeated the Collective.
An extremely unpleasant planet where Meridian, the source of immortality, was first discovered. Anyone who visits the planet dies, sometimes quickly, but usually slowly and extremely painfully. Prisoners were used on the planet to ‘mine’ the Meridian. It was a prolonged death sentence.
A pretty depressing place with not much happening.
A substance which was discovered when the Trakis Seven crash landed on a planet. It was named after the captain of the Trakis Seven—Callum Meridian. At first it was thought to be a mineral, but later found to be animal in nature. It combines with human DNA to form a hybrid creature and it bestows certain characteristics, all of which are not completely understood, including; violet eyes, immortality, telepathy, super-strength, improved healing and after about five hundred years—wings.
Made up of all the people who have taken the Meridian treatment, and led by Callum Meridian. Telepathic, super-strong, immortal, they form a sort of gestalt and were the ruling class for many centuries.
The Church of Everlasting Life
A religion that came with the Chosen Ones from Earth. Religion had become a little out of favor, but with the discovery of Meridian it regained its popularity. Everyone wants to live forever, but very few can afford the exorbitant cost of Meridian and the Church offers a cheaper if less reliable road to eternity.
They quickly became the second most powerful organization in the universe. When the Collective was weakened by the disappearance of their leader, Callum Meridian, they grabbed the opportunity and took over in a very bloody coup.
DNA from all species was carried on board the Trakis ships. When the planets were colonized, many scientists believed that the best way to survive in the harsh, and sometimes alien conditions, was to combine the DNA of humans with that of any species which might give them an advantage.
The Rebel Coalition
The Church of Everlasting Life do not like genetically modified beings and refer to them as abominations. They came to an agreement with the Collective that they should be downgraded to non-human status and as such could be hunted down and destroyed. Many of the GMs were understandably not too happy with this and formed the Rebel Coalition with the purpose of returning the favor and destroying the Church. They were led by Devlin Starke, the most wanted man in the universe, and a late edition to the crew of the Blood Hunter.
A female with dragon DNA, capable of creating and controlling wormholes, and therefore able to travel the vast distances of time and space.
The crew of the original Blood Hunter (El Cazador de la Sangre) at the beginning of Break Out:
Tannis – Captain, part snake, part human, all bitch
Ricardo Sanchez – Owner, pilot and vampire
Daisy – Co-pilot and plant GM
Janey – Tech expert and human
Tristan Starke aka The Trog – Engineer and jaguar GM
Al – cabin… boy?
The crew of the Blood Hunter 2 at the beginning of Flying Through Fire:
Tannis – Captain, Snake GM and Collective
Callum Meridian – Captain’s consort and Collective
Rico – Pilot and vampire
Skylar – Security officer and Collective
Daisy – Co-pilot, plant GM, and vampire
Fergal – Tech expert and cyborg
Devlin Starke – Engineer, jaguar GM and Collective.
Saffira – Time-mancer
Jon and Alex – Werewolves on hiatus