A Pack of Praetors – Bill’s FACT Students

Bills Students

One of the first things the Federation did after their arrival was to establish a higher-education alternative. This Federation Acculturation and Cooperation Tract (FACT) relies on Connectors like Bill Martin to train a generation of Praetors, human emissaries who will work directly with the Federation during the integration of Earth into their galactic empire. Though Subsumption focuses exclusively on the FACT class at the University of Utah, the program is global in nature—but always based at traditional educational institutions. Continue reading “A Pack of Praetors – Bill’s FACT Students”

The Strong Shapeshifter – Dianna Kos

Dianna Kos

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get wildly different descriptions of Dianna Kos. To her adoring boyfriend, Marcus, she’s the most ambitious woman he’s ever met (excluding his mother, may she rest in peace). Jordan feels the same way and praises Dianna as being brilliant with an incredible work ethic and the best thing that’s ever happened to Marcus. But the sentiment shifts if you ask Marcus’s brother, and guardian, Antony. He sees Dianna as intelligent, duplicitous, spiteful, and dangerous. It’s hard to tell which of these polarized descriptions best captures Dianna’s true personality. Continue reading “The Strong Shapeshifter – Dianna Kos”

The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock

Jordan Kilravock

Some say paranoia is total awareness, and Jordan Kilravock agrees. In fact, Marcus’s best friend embraces that phrase so completely that he added it to the tapestry of tattoos covering his entire left forearm. At his core, Jordan is a conspiracy theorist. But he’s also a famous creative personality, known to the electronic dance music scene as DJ Beez Nutz, a child prodigy who parlayed his musical career into YouTube notoriety as one of the top enemies of the Federation (despite sharing the same nemesis, Jordan hates the Coalition). Continue reading “The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock”

The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D

Brad & Hi!-D

An alien and his artificial intelligence sidekick walk into a bar … the punchline being the bar is on the University of Utah campus, so no drinking is allowed. If you’ve heard this joke before, you know about Marcus’s alien researcher, Brad, and his digital assistant, Hi!-D. This duo is the face of the Federation (though Brad uses cloaking technology to project a human image) and their nature raises questions about identity and consciousness in the universe. Continue reading “The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D”

The Magical Mentor – Bill Martin

Bill Martin

Even before the earliest written records, a wise elder figure has been a standard part of human stories. These archetypal sages typically possess magical powers or the support of a supernatural force (… cough … Federation … cough cough …) and are shrouded in mystery. Such warriors of wisdom provide moral instruction for the story’s characters, often manifesting in their true form at the very moment the hero needs them most. Continue reading “The Magical Mentor – Bill Martin”

The Chosen One – Marcus Adams

Marcus Adams

No one is born knowing they’ll save the universe one day, but for Marcus Winthrop Adams, that’s the reality as he enters adulthood. For reasons the Federation has yet to disclose, Marcus is a human fulcrum capable of tipping the balance against the Confederation’s invasion. Whether this role is his true destiny or the result of alien manipulation is unclear; all Marcus can do is trust intuition and hope he’s making the right choices.

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