“Stephen’s enterprise sees us travel the continent. It’s his way of earning a living and proves useful on occasion. I go along purely for what enjoyment it offers. But there are other needs more pressing. I shall soon leave this planet to return home to issues and challenges at the Khekarian Core. I’m after a psychic bodyguard. How far do you see?”
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“I am from one of those ruling families. The top layer, one of the top eighteen. I was forced from my position, cast away to an outpost of the Khekarian assault into the Chiddran Reach. Being outcast does not mean I am without influence. I have access to unlimited funds. I have the strength and the fury of assured Khekarian vengeance behind me should I need it. I get what I want. Always.”
Sturn is half Terran, but his ways are purely Khekarian – he has a taste for violence and for killing – Where he comes from, such pastimes are not frowned upon.
Born of nobility, before being exiled, he resided at a level in Khekarian hierarchy that allows for the use of war captives. Mainly the captives are exploited for reasons of training and pleasure, but none of them last long in the arenas. It is from here that Sturn developed his blood-lust.
Book One of the series finds Sturn after ten years in exile along the Terran Sector, desperate to return to the Core of the Khekarian Empire and to take up again the reins of power. He needs to bargain his way back in, and he thinks he’s found a way in the mythical alien-native of Zumaridi, the abilities of which could substantially boost the war effort against the Chiddran. He just needs to capture a specimen.
Aleisha was eager to join a colonizing crew or a planetary working team – At 17, she had no experience to speak of, of course, but she had earned her license to drive several types of rig, a motorcycle, and even had her first points in her pilot’s license – She was keen, she was eager as anything.
So, when the form asked her to list any other skills or experience, she openly and honestly reported that she was psychic. Some teams might find that useful.
Stephen, the man who hired her, wasn’t the least bit interested. No, it was Sturn, Stephen’s Khekarian second in command who homed in on her potential. Sturn, one of two killers in the group, a man determined to return to power in an aggressive empire.
Aleisha wasn’t exactly what he was looking for, but she would do. She would do very nicely.