Main Characters

Drafted into the US Army in 1967 and immediately loaned to the Central Intelligence Agency's Black Ops programs, Vespasian Eugene Xander spent several years coordinating special missions for the US Government before 'renegotiating' the terms of his military service and voluntarily submitting to exile on Eynhallow Island. There, he manages an incarcerated population of unfortunates who have at some point in their lives stumbled into more information than the powers-that-be wish for them to know.

Cora "Kore Smaragdos" Alexandria Violante-Marie Elisabeth de Wittelsbach is the daughter of a free-spirited actress and a mining baron. She was raised in New York City and London trailing along with the corporate schedule of her father's business interests. She heads one of his subsidiaries, CIQ Verde, a parent corporation for the many incarnations of the infamous Vosstein Diamond Cartel.

In 1969, as Xander continued to burn through his Controllers, the US Army administered a psychological test to every man under their command. It was designed to identify subjects with resilient psychic barriers, people with the ability to resist Xander's influence. Although the Army underestimated the extent of Xander's power, the test did find an ideal match in then-2nd-Lieutenant Rhelan Grant, who was deployed in Vietnam. He was recalled and promoted immediately to Brigadier General, then loaned to the CIA as Xander's new Control.