You’d think writing a story parallel to Alien Conquest (Clans of Kalquor 3) would be a simple matter. I already know the background story of the invasion of Europa’s convent and Armageddon. Many of the characters who will be on the fringe of this tale are already familiar. I’m not really starting from scratch.
Funny enough, this presents as many problems as it solves. I have a somewhat narrow structure to work within, having to line up one clan’s story with Cassidy and Clan Tranis. There are certain commitments I have to observe to stay true to the original events. I can’t just write whatever occurs to me if it doesn’t follow Alien Conquest, no matter how right it feels.
Not only that, Sister Katherine and Clan Simdow, the clan which claims her as their wartime prize, are going to view these events through the filters of their own experiences and prejudices. Clan Simdow is younger than Clan Tranis. Katherine is older than Cassidy. All of them have different priorities from what we’ve seen before.
The challenge is sometimes daunting, but fun as well. I’m going to share with you the preliminary bios of the main characters. No doubt they will evolve as the story is written, as characters always do, but this is my starting point:
Cassidy saw her as a sweet, kind mentor. Katherine is not one to believe in a vengeful God. Her faith is based on a God who loves his creations, and everything in the universe is the creation of the Almighty. She does not believe that people should do harsh penance for their sins, though she does scourge herself under the guise of redeeming affronts. In actuality, Katherine abuses her own body for the endorphin high she gets from it.
When the Kalquorians initially started luring and abducting Earther women to Kalquor, Katherine approached her superiors with the idea of meeting with Kalquor and teaching them about God. She had many reasons to do this: to stop the kidnappings, to save Kalquorian souls (remember, they were creations of God in her view), to keep war from happening – plus she was secretly fascinated with these big, muscled aliens. Probably more fascinated than was prudent.
The result was that her request was seen as a result of possibly questionable morals. However, with a spotless record of service to the Church, Katherine was spared harsher punishment than most would have been subjected to. Instead, she was sent to the remote convent on Europa.
Katherine’s main concern is with the youngest aspirants and children on Europa. She adores children, though as a nun she will never have any of her own. The teenagers and few pre-teens on the moon are hers in her heart, and she will do whatever she can to take care of them.
Simdow’s mother died giving birth to him, something his Nobek father never forgave him for. Nothing Simdow has ever done has healed that rift between them, though he has tried. Knowing the constant rejection could have harmful effects on the youngster, his Dramok and Imdiko fathers sent Simdow away to a boarding school. There, Simdow found a mentor in one of his teachers, a kind Dramok that brought the young man home for holidays. The Dramok’s childless clan became a surrogate family for Simdow, replacing the broken one back home.
Simdow, eager for the continued acceptance and goodwill of his adopted parent clan, has always pushed himself hard to succeed. The Nobek of this clan is a Kalquorian Fleet instructor, which led to Simdow signing on for a career patrolling the galaxy. Ambition led him to advancing quickly in ranks. Finally, he took a position as first officer on a spyship, commanded by Captain Tranis. As an officer for the youngest captain in Fleet history, Simdow looks up to Tranis, wanting the same success he has enjoyed.
Miv is a fighter. Literally. He has been a junior-class champion hand-to-hand combatant in a sport similar to our boxing or UFC. He had visions of turning pro and was touted as a future champion of the Empire.
Miv is also the older brother to another Nobek and a Matara. As he was just beginning his climb in the professional fighting ranks, his sister was assaulted by a man known to be a violent predator on other worlds. Miv caught up to the assailant before the police did and beat the other man to death.
The court was lenient with Miv since assault on a Matara is an unforgiveable act on Kalquor. He was sentenced to only four years in prison, plus military service. Miv went into the Fleet after he was released from incarceration to finish out his sentence. In his off time, he trains in the hopes of resuming his dream of being a professional fighting champion. On a side note, Miv’s younger brother is the Nobek to one of the first Mataras brought to Kalquor. Miv is both happy and jealous of his brother’s good fortune.
Vadef has more parents than he knows what to do with. His mother discovered she was pregnant with him after deciding not to join one clan that she didn’t feel suited her and clanning with another group. Tests done because of early illness showed Vadef was the biological child of the first group of suitors. The two clans very wisely decided they would all accept him as their son, so Vadef has six recognized fathers.
He needed the extra emotional support. Vadef’s immune system was badly compromised from the moment he was born, sending him in and out of medical facilities for most of his childhood. Unable to go outside and spend much time with others his age, Vadef spent most of his time reading and studying. It was this early influence that made him knowledgeable about many various subjects.
In his seventeenth year, a new treatment re-built Vadef’s immune system, allowing him to finally have a normal life. Eager to travel and see all the things he’d only read about, he joined the Fleet when he came of age. His ability to research even the most arcane subjects as well as vast knowledge of foreign languages and customs made him a natural information specialist for the tasks of a spyship, where he met his clanmates Simdow and Miv.
Right now, this is tentatively scheduled for release late summer 2013.