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Amethyst is the daughter of Salvaje and she lives at a small, isolated base on the Moon.
The Haldus Order has been performing artificial selection on humans for thousands of years and selecting for people with high levels of T-particle production. At the start of the space age, all of the Haldus Order members with the most T-particle production were moved from Earth to the Moon. Many of their descendants were killed by the Spaceship Guild when Shackleton Base was destroyed, but the descendants of the survivors continue to exist on the Moon.
Amethyst is the product of the continuing effort to achieve telepathic communication between people with high levels of T-particle production. During the years leading up to The Search for Kalid, Salvaje has been hopeful that his daughter might display some capacity for conscious telepathy, similar to that of her mother, but more compatible with the high levels of T-particles that are characteristic of the residents of the base near Shackleton crater. However, Amethyst is mostly unaware of the fact that she is a subject of her father's research.
When he visits the Moon, Set is able to achieve some telepathic communication with Amethyst and doing so helps him learn how to get past the "glare" of the high levels of T-particles produced by telepaths like Amethyst and Salvaje. It also helps him learn to "see" the T-particles coming from the Sun. Most of Amethyst's T-particle production is concerned with unconscious brain activity such as the production of emotions. By developing an emotional connection to Amethyst, Set is able, for the first time since the death of Katherine, to begin to think about the possibility of finding someone else to love in a way similar to his deep love for Katherine. This is helpful in moving Set out of his rage and desire for revenge against those who destroyed the space elevators on Sakkara. Set realizes that he once had a dream about Amethyst, long before he ever met her.
Due to her nature and the nature of her "tribe", Amethyst would not normally be able to form any kind of significant emotional attachment to Set, who she views as a barbarian outsider, but she is kind and recognizes that Set has suffered greatly and needs to heal. She has a brief flash of telepathic contact with Set just before he leaves for Earth. Amethyst becomes aware of a future vision of life with Set. Latter, when Set returns to the Moon, Amethyst is able to consciously detect his telepathic thought pattern.
Amethyst is becoming somewhat frustrated by the fact that her father does not allow her to help with his work and the task of making plans for the future development of their community, but she is almost fully under the influence of Salvaje's will by means of unconscious telepathic interactions between their brains. Since Salvaje knows the way their "tribe's" telepathy works, he knows that he can generally just out-wait the others if they ever come into conflict...eventually the others will give up and conform to his will.
Nudity on the MoonEdit
When the page sections Moon Base and Born again were first started, the residents of the small community where Amethyst and Salvaje live were depicted as not wearing clothing. Apparently, we can have mass murder and other horrors in stories, but no mention of naked humans.
Set's visit with Amethyst and Salvaje on the Moon is important to the story. While talking to Salvaje, Set is informed about the "dirty tricks" used by the Spaceship Guild and the Antiquists to protect their interests. This knowledge helps Set realize that the Haldus Order is not Set's enemy. Set also learns some of the history of how the Haldus order has tried to develop the telepathic abilities of humans. By interacting with Amethyst, Set is provided with some important information about telepathy, including the realization that, so far, he has not fully utilized his telepathic ability.
The small culture that includes Amethyst was formed from survivors of the destroyed Haldus Order temple at Shackleton crater. Soon after humans started developing space travel, it was realized that the most powerful producers of T-particles were disrupting attempts on Earth to develop true telepathic communication in a language-like mode. In a sense, these powerful generators of T-particles were a "dead end" for the Haldus Order, but in Set's time. they remain as a strange fragment of humanity, and they continue struggling to adapt to their unusual telepathic predisposition and they are trying to form a viable culture. Their telepathic abilities are essentially restricted to unconscious brain functions, primarily the generation of social cohesion. As "seen" by Set when he watches Amethyst and Salvaje have a disagreement, their telepathic powers allow them to avoid conflict and reach a harmonious agreement. Salvaje is continuing to perform genetic experiments that aim to allow for conscious telepathic communication between powerful producers of T-particles. In addition to his on-going genetic engineering, he practices social engineering. Set begins to realize that he has mis-used his telepathic ability and that it would be valuable to link his kind of telepathic ability to a system for preventing telepaths from abusing their power.
One important goal of Salvaje's social engineering is to keep the members of his community isolated and protected. If merged into the general culture of the Moon, these producers of high levels of T-particles would soon have their special gene combinations diluted. An idea that is being explored by Salvaje is that many human specializations such as bipedalism, the human pattern of brain growth and the human capacity for telepathy all evolved during one or more past periods of adaptation to a coastal marine environment (see the aquatic ape hypothesis). A base was originally made at Shackleton crater in order to gain access to water deposits near the Moon's South Pole. As described by Salvaje, a convenient way to isolate the members of his community from other humans was to put them behind a barrier of water-filled passageways. I am imagining that the gene combinations that were selected by the Haldus Order over several thousand years (during their attempts to breed humans for telepathic ability) make the members of this community well-suited for making use of an aquatic environment. In some sense, the artificial aquatic environment that has been created at Shackleton base is well suited to the gene combinations that originally gave rise to human telepathic abilities, and the assumption being made is that human features such as our pattern of brain growth evolved in an aquatic environment. In the controlled and warm and wet environment of the Moon base, clothing is of little use.
Salvaje and his predecessors have tried to find ways to keep complete control of the reproductive activity of the members of their community. As discussed for Amethyst's mother, members of the community who have in the past started to develop true conscious telepathic abilities could not survive for long in the "noisy" T-particle-rich environment of the Shackleton base. Salvaje has to keep trying to develop a workable gene combination for true telepathy by allowing new generations to be produced in the way Amethyst was, by bringing back into the community the genes of people like Amethyst's mother who cannot survive at Shackleton base. It is important that the members of the community at Shackleton base both be 1) inhibited from indiscriminately breeding with each other, and 2) inhibited from indiscriminately breeding with outsiders. The culture at Shackleton base has been engineered to make nudity and hairlessness the norm...outsiders who are hairy and wear clothing are repulsive to residents of Shackleton base such as Amethyst. The small community at Shackleton base has been engineered to be like a family where everyone grows up behaving like close family members in an attempt to take advantage of their strong genetic predisposition towards incest avoidance under such environmental conditions, particularly the constant nudity. Members of the community have close social interactions and strong social cohesion, but they are not sexually attracted to each other. Salvaje is free to completely control all reproductive activity of the community through artificial insemination.
New character in the sequel. A multimillionaire so powerful that it is rumored he owns entire planets. He was a member of the Tulipan Order but never knew about Haldus Order, according to Kalid's records. He has many nanoimplants and there is one whose purpose is unknown. Well versed in Mantric practices and lucid dreaming. Kalid suspects Angelo's plans will be a danger for humanity.
Aristark is second in command of the Thot spaceship that is sent in search of Kalid. Aristark is a political ally of Leone: they are both members of the Antiquist Party. Aristark is Planetary Counselor for Justice and is in charge of the investigation into the destruction of the Elevators. Aristark and Leone attended the Sakkaran Military Academy together. Leone was accepted into the training program for spaceship pilots. Aristark went into Special Forces and was equipped with some special bionic implants, including composite blades hidden within the structure of his hands that, in an emergency, can emerge and be used like knives.
Aristark received financial support from the Galactic Antiquist Party and became head of the Sakkaran Department of Justice (an elected position). He is willing to do favors for Ketar in return for continued support. Aristark has worked to keep secret the fact of Spaceship Guild involvement in the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara. Upon learning that Sybil was having some special navigation equipment installed in Leone's spaceship, Aristark decided to take advantage of the fact that Set and the Futurist Party had a long standing interest in Leone's spaceship. Aristark secretly contacts the Futurist Party and warns them that some expensive equipment is being secretly added to Leone's spaceship. This allows Set to capture one of Sybil's technicians and learn from him Leone's secret destination.
Sequel character. He is a member of the Haldus Order, versed in Mantric practices. He works for Kalid and Sybil. He infiltrates Loretta into Angelo's organization. He has the ability of empathy taken to an extreme. He can induce feelings in other people, an art also discovered by Haldus Order hundreds of years before.
A robot at the Haldus Order Temple of Esclangon.
Bahney is an agent of the Spaceship Guild and she spies on the Haldus Order Temple that is located on Esclangon. When Ketar arrives in the Solar System, he has the immediate cooperation of Spaceship Guild agents who are already in that star system. Ketar orders Bahney to watch Sybil and Leone. When they realize that the h32 star system is really the Solar System and that h32.3 is Earth, Ketar orders Bahney to bring Sybil and Leone to Earth.
Associate of Angelo. Arsenio will emulate him using nanotechnology.
A Magistrate within the judicial system on Mars. She hears the case that is filed against Kalid by Set. After Aristark attacks Kalid, she goes with Kalid to Earth. She orders the Martian Militia to keep watch on Kalid's spaceship and an agent of the Spaceship Guild is caught trying to plant an explosive device on his spaceship and steal the Invocator.
Glen was part of an experiment by Jeremy to develop a robot that could respond to telepathic signals. Set notices that Portia can apparently summon Glen by telepathic means. This gets Set thinking about the possibility of telepathic technology. Set kidnaps Glen and Portia and discovers that Glen has a special device in his head that allows him to detect T-particles. Set uses that T-particle detector to help discover the teleguide array on Earth and the coded transmissions that the T-particle conduits emit.
Father of Sybil. He was a white wizard inside the Haldus Order. He was personally instructed by Kalid and then became involved in development of T-particle detection equipment. He had a special interest in robots and gave his personal robot, Glen the ability to detect T-particles.
Jeremy became involved in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spaceship Guild. Jeremy discovered a robot spy that had infiltrated the Haldus Order. He sustained severe injuries while fighting the robotic spy. He later died from those injuries, but he had successfully protected the Order from the spy.
Author of "Haldus Mind", a book which portrayed the Haldus Order as an organization devoted to mysticism and esoteric religious beliefs. This book was part of an effort by the Haldus Order to create the false impression that the Haldus Order had no interest in science and had fragmented into a large number of independent sub-Orders on various planets.
Leone can behave like a maniac. Leone is impulsive and he could be defined with the motto: "Let's shoot first and think later". He needs someone to control him and in the first part of The Search for Kalid, Aristark plays that role. When the shooting starts, if it were not for Aristark, Leone would be dead in no time because he does not fear many things, maybe not even death. He thinks his abilities are very special and acts like a very valiant hero (in contrast to Aristark, who is wiser). He is a character that always says the truth and comments his thinking aloud. Nevertheless, when he takes the time to think deeply, he can make prudent decisions.
At the start of the story, readers will think that Leone is the main character in the story, but the story is not really built around Leone...in particular, Leone never even meets Kalid. Leone's search provides a way to introduce Kalid' and other important characters such as Set. A more specific version of "The Search for Kalid" could be "Leone Searches for Kalid". We many early parts of the story from the point of view of Leone and Aristark, since they start out together in search of Kalid. Leone is the "action" character or hero; he is involved in most of the thriller-like space battle scenes. So, his main role in the story is surviving many struggles until he finally finds Kalid and the threat from Set is countered. The main aspect of character development for Leone is that he starts out being skeptical about "mental powers", but he later (after the Invocator saves Leone's life) comes to have hope that Kalid has technology that can be used to deal with Set's murderous rampage. Leone also comes to respect Sybil as an honest Priestess who has been kept in the dark about the true nature of "mental powers".
Woman hired by Arsenio to allow the Haldus Order to know about Angelo's implant and plans. She hates men and only seems to love money. She was unable to feel pleasure until she met Arsenio. She is not in love, it's business for both.
Kalid is Great Master of the Haldus Order. In general, the person with the most telepathic ability is recognized as the leader of the Haldus Order. Kalid is a strong telepathic transmitter and also has some ability to recieve telepathic signals.
Biography: he lost his parents at an early age and he began working for the Haldus Order as an outsider. After many years of spy-like missions, he entered the Circles of the Order and was trained by the best Masters in the Order. They realized how much potential he had for psychic abilities, particularly for telepathy. He is one of the rare people born for telepathy and who needed less training than most members of the Order to achieve mind powers (telepathy, precognition).
Kalid is an important character in the story, but most of his action in the shadows. His major explicit roles in the story are only three:
1) He tells Leone to come to the h32 star system. Kalid accomplishes this using telepathy.
2) Kalid provokes Aristark into attacking Kalid when they are on Mars.
3) Kalid sneeks up on and destroys Ketar's fleet over Earth.
Kalid also brings Sybil to Esclagon, but this is not explicitly shown in the story. Kalid is part of the mystery of the story and much of what the reader knows about him comes from flashbacks and descriptions of him that are provided by other characters. At the start of the story, Sybil tells Leone to find Kalid because he is, supposedly, the only one who can stop Set's madness.
Kalid also has a small scene near the ending of the story on the Moon when he reveals that he long ago rescued Set from Polastis III when Set was a young orphan. This is ironic, because Set ends up attacking Flammis and killing Logan.
Kalid is shown struggling with the deaths of his own loved ones and he understands how Set reacted to the death of his beloved girlfriend, Katherine. Kalid is pleased that Set's anger finally comes to be directed to those who are guilty of the attack and he wants Set to join forces with the Haldus Order.
More can be added to the story about Kalid and his very advanced mental techniques.
We need to add more humanity to Kalid, that is, showing he is not the "perfect guru" or spiritual leader. The contrary, he is simply living a life caused by an interconnected set of events that made him become Master of the Haldus Order. Becoming a leader was something he did not plan; he has no desire for power or money or any conventional rewards. He is a very sad person who is still wounded by the early death of his parents and many other people who have been important in his life. It is like a pattern in his life, family and friends, the people he loves, end up dead. So, by the time of the story his reason to live is to protect his family other people like Sybil (he promised his deceased friend, Jeremy, thet he would take care of Sybil). During the story he has lost his dreams of a better galaxy by means of the Haldus Order's long term goal of creating a society based on Haldus Order ethical values.... society in which everyone knows about mental powers, something resembling the myth of Atlantis, maybe. But, even though Kalid is the Great Master of the Haldus Order, he is very pessimistic and fears that his efforts lead to too much death and destruction. He just wants to protect his people and become a better person, in the spiritual sense. He is very religious, to the extent of old prophets, so he only cares about God, family (including Sybil) and the Order. By the end of the story his spirits are raised after Ketar is defeated and Set begins to look like a new friend of the Order.
I am planning to write a flashback scene of him accomplishing one of his early missions, to show how he was when young and have a glance on his personality. THere can be more scenes in the present of the story, too, in which he takes a role, using his psychic abilities.
Kaleb, Logan and MeganEdit
Two sons and daughter of Kalid, respectively.
Kaleb has significant telepathic ability and can transmit telepathic signals in a way similar to Kalid. Kaleb was trained from an early age to help in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spacship Guild.
Logan is primarily a telepathic sensitive, able to receive telepathic signals.
Megan does not have significant telepathic abilities.
Kaleb and Logan are working as a team on Sakkara when the space elevators are destroyed. They were tracking a Spaceship Guild agent who was suspected of being involved in the war between the Order and the Guild. They were able to obtain evidence linking the Spaceship Guild to the attack on the elevators. They gave their evidence to the Sakkaran Department of Justice, but Aristark hid that evidence and did not act on it.
When Set's telepathic ability activated, he was able to detect Kaleb on Sakkara. Set confronted Kaleb and Logan and Set could see in Kaleb's mind that he knew something about the destruction of the elevators. Kaleb and Logan assured Set that they would pass their evidence to the Department of Justice. When the Department of Justice later claimed to have never seen any such evidence, Set assumed that telepaths were involved in the destruction of the elevators and he started hunting telepaths. He found and killed some telepaths who were members of the Haldus Order. Out of fear, the Haldus Order then called its telepaths back to the safety of their secret bases.
Kaleb, Logan and Megan remained on Flammis until Set attacked Flammis. Logan was killed in that attack. Kaleb in turn killed the two crew men from Set's spaceship who had been left behind on Flammis after the attack. Kaleb and Logan then traveled from Flammis to the Solar System. Kalid was concerned that Set would find the research spaceship that was then working on Earth to complete the teleguide array. Kalid asked Kaleb and Megan to go to Earth and try to protect the Hans Ludendorff.
Kaleb hates Set when they first meet. Kaleb is then able to understand Set's motivations and recognize that he (Kaleb) also murdered out of revenge. By the end of The Search for Kaleb, Kaleb respects Set's abilities and wants Set to help the Haldus Order.
Katherine was Set's girlfriend. She is killed in the accident of the destruction of the The Elevators. Katherine was born on Polastis III to parents who were members of the Haldus Order. Following a spaceship explosion at Pollastis III, she was orphaned and taken to Sakkara. During years of living with Set, they both developed their telepathic abilities. They never achieved conscious telepathic communication until Katherine's dying moment.
Ketar is the head of the Galactic Antiquist Party. He is trying to return his home world, Azur, to it former glory. He controls the wealth of the Spaceship Guild and is using it to build the political power of the Antiquists and a fleet of modern spaceships. After the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara he takes action to prevent it from becoming known that the Spaceship Guild destroyed the elevators because they threatened the Spaceship Guild's monopoly on passenger and cargo transport to and from the surface of important worlds such as Sakkara.
Ketar's concern over the need to contain Set leads him to become aware of the resurging power of the Haldus Order. Ketar decides to play Set off against the Haldus Order until Ketar becomes aware of the fact that the Order has secret technology. Ketar then forms an alliance with Set and he hopes to obtain Haldus Order secrets for his own personal use.
After Leone goes in search of Kalid, Ketar wants to meet Kalid and try to trick him into forming an alliance against Set and revealing Haldus Order secrets.
One of the Inner Circle members of the Silver Tulipan Order. He did not believe the false information about Set that was produced by Ketar and fed to the Silver Tulipan Order and the government of Sakkara. Ketar was working to play Set and the Haldus Order off against each other. Ketar hoped to scare the Silver Tulipan Order into a panic so that they would reveal their connections to the Haldus Order. Ketar's plan worked.
Discoverer of the dangerous interaction between teleguide conduits and antimatter spaceships. By the time of The Search for Kalid, Master Olmo is dead. He was the previous leader of the Haldus Order before Kalid.
Norshe was a strong telepathic transmitter. Norshe was trained as a spy by the Spaceship Guild. For years she reported that the Haldus Order was more active than the leaders of the Spaceship Guild believed. After Ketar noticed Set's conflict with telepaths of the Haldus Order, Ketar finally started paying attention to Norshe's claims. In particular, Norshe was invited by Kalid to participate in experiments designed to develop Haldus Order technology for working with telepathic signals. In anticipation of completing repairs to Earth's teleguide array, Kalid suggested to Norshe that she should plan to come to Earth in the near future. Kalid wanted to see if it would be possible to use the array to amplify telepathic transmissions.
Norshe had a hatred for the Haldus Order because her father died in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spaceship Guild and she blamed the Order for his death.
Ketar's "personal secretary", essentially "chief of staff" for the Governor of Azur. Orchard is the half brother of Ketar. Their family has secretly controlled the government of Azur for most of the history of the planet.
Sybil's assistant. Portia has a small amount of telepathic ability, but she was not accepted into the Haldus Order by Kalid. However, Kalid sensed that she would play an important role in the future of the Order, so he had asked Sybil to keep watch over her.
Portia is very gregarious and talkative. When she is abducted by Set, she makes it clear that she hates Set, but her mannerisms remind Set of Katherine and he is charmed by her ways.
On Earth, Portia plays a role in Set's discovery of the tetrahedral shape teleguide array.
Salvaje lives at a small base on the Moon where he studies telepathy (his real name is Ben Olmo). Father of Amethyst.
Salvaje is the leader of a small group of people who are the result of thousands of years of selective breeding of telepaths by the Haldus Order. However, they represent a "dead end" that the Haldus Order abandoned. Salvaje's people have gene combinations that make their brains powerful generators of T-particles. The main function of these high levels of T-particle production is a form of unconscious communication that allows for a very high degree of social cohesion among the members of this group.
Salvaje is the only member of his "tribe" (they have a secret name for their group which they do not share with outsiders) that knows the details of their history and he continues to try to develop their powers of telepathy through a selective breeding program. Eventually he will have to train his successor...most likely it will be his daughter, but he is still waiting for her brain to complete its development. It is not unusual for members of the "tribe" to have to leave the base near Shackleton crator if their brains begin to show incompatibility with the unusual form of telepathic communication that links members of the group. Salvaje is very protective of his "tribe" and he harbors a significant amount of resentment towards outsiders.
Salvaje tries to make a deal with Set that might lead to greater awareness through out the galaxy of how Salvaje's people have been treated...treatment that Salvaje feels has not been fair. Salvaje also fears that if his "tribe" is not better understood then they might be attacked again at some time in the future.
Set is the head of the Futurist Party. He was raised in an orphanage and only learns late in his life that his parrents were members of the Haldus Order.
At the start of the story, Set is the main antagonist. He is called "Evil" by Leone and he kills thousands of people on Flammis, but he is later seen to be acting out of revenge for the death of his soul mate, Katherine. He is not just a murderer; what he did on Flammis had a reason: revenge for the attack on the elevators.
In the middle of the story Set wants to find Kalid in order to kill him. During the second half of the story, Set is shown developing his telepathic powers and learning that the Haldus Order is not really his enemy. His interactions with Amythest and Salvaje on the Moon allow Set to changing his mind about Kalid and begin to use his mental powers in new ways.
As a person, Set is self-made, and has many similarities to Kalid. His parents also died at an early age and he became very attached to his first love, Katherine. He had planned to marry her soon, but then she was murdered. Unlike Kalid, he desires power, but not for power itself but just to protect Katherine and bring modern technologies to the galaxy such as space elevators. When the elevators were destroyed he lost the meaning for his life and began to live only for revenge. He was involved in politics, and it was by way of political rivalry that he became well known to Leone. He was optimistic about the importance of technology for improving human existence and believes in the Futurist Party's goals.
Portia and Amethyst play important roles in helping Set believe that he can recover from Katherine's death and get on with living again for purposes other than revenge.
Note: Set discovers that he can use his telepathic sensitivity and the "Thot" mind/machine interface of his spaceship in such a way that he can jump far deeper into a star system than is thought to be possible. This can be expanded on in the sequel.
See also: Nudity on the Moon
Sybil is Priestess of Iris, the highest ranking female member of the Haldus Order on Sakkara. She instructs Leone on the importance of finding Kalid. Leone and Sybil meet on Esclagon and they realize the true location of Earth. Sybil has just enough telepathic ability to rise to the head of the Silver Tulipan Order, but not enough to be recruited for the special projects of the Haldus Order on worlds such as Earth, Polastis III and Flammis. She has a special connection to Leone but she does not want to give up her leadership role in the Silver Tulipan Order.
The son of KalidEdit
Name jokingly applied to the remote-controlled device that initially meets Set when he is on the Moon. At first Set thinks "Waldo" is a robot, but Salvaje explains that he is in control of the mobile device. See: Waldo (short story).