Countless Worlds Destroyed by Vampiric, Star-Eating Aliens
Welcome to the official Eaters of the Light glossary. Herein you’ll find descriptions and blurbs for every major character, place, historical event, and technological advancement appearing in the Eaters of the Light book series. This appendix is for all the folks who’ve read the books AND for those who are thinking about it. Fear no spoilers! No major event taking place in any of the three books will be revealed.
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Aly Armstrong – Sister to Joff Armstrong, Aly isn’t the naïve girl she pretends to be. It’s all an act ordered by Earth’s government.
Babar – A brave pilot from the planet of Hermes.
Callista (Lightbringer) – Cal, a powerful artificial intelligence made of nano-light particles, is created to accompany Joff Armstrong during his voyage between the stars. Little does Joff know, Callista serves many purposes her makers have not yet revealed.
Castyn Clarke – An ice cold news anchor for the Dusktime Dispatch, Castyn tells only the stories her government pays her to tell.
Doctor Abid – He’s not a real doctor. But he is tasked with preparing Joff for his voyage into space.
Doctor Tiana – Abid’s beautiful assistant, her appearance is copied by Callista in the hopes of charming Joff.
Griff – A nano-light AI similar to Callista, only less powerful and with more inhibitors to his personality.
Hephast – The Emperor of a powerful human settlement on the garden world of Sumer.
Joff Armstrong – A young farmer from Earth. He enjoys his simple life and loves his family, but he’s meant for much greater things.
Kira – A soldier of planet Hermes. She’s fought the Strigoi her entire life, and doesn’t want anything to do with Callista Lightbringer.
Lukas Mosk – A smuggler working for off-world weapons manufacturers. Lukas’s real mission is to aid the settlement of Ebes in its battle against the Strigoi.
Mahtim (Captain) – The second in command of planet Hermes’ military. He believes he should be in complete control.
Maliah – The Calipha of planet Hermes, Maliah trusts no one, least of all Callista. She desires only to maintain her iron grip of Hermes’ affairs.
Maura – A human woman from the Sumerian city of Mercuria, Maura is in love with Joff Armstrong.
Mina – A young pilot of planet Hermes. She has to choose between leaving her daughter behind or abandoning her position in the war.
Rami – Commander Strope’s little brother. Rami is a young, prodigal scientist who accompanies his big brother during all his battles.
Samison – Husband to Maura, also a skilled astronomer and physicist.
Siraya – A lonely young woman who keeps her great-grandfather’s artifacts secret from the powerful Arcadian government.
The Strigoi (aka: the Varkolak) – A vampiric alien race desiring the death of all light in the universe. They typically appear as three-meter tall skeleton machines, but they have many other forms unknown to humanity.
Strope – The Commander of planet Hermes’ interstellar fleet. He’s young, brash, and brave. He also keeps too many secrets.
Sylpha Frost – The leader of planet Ebes’ military. She’s willing to do anything to destroy the local dark planet – aka: the Strigoi homeworld near Ebes.
Tabir – Husband to Joff Armstrong’s sister, Aly. Governor of the city of Arcadia.
Wendall Wight – A sicario tasked with assassinating anyone unwilling to help the causes of Planet Ebes.
Arcadia – The largest city on planet Sumer. The humans here live decadent, opulent lives.
Atreya & Kokab – The binary stars around which planet Sumer orbits.
Donva – A highly-advanced Earth city located roughly near modern-day Colorado.
Earth – Hundreds of years in the future, Earth is largely depopulated. Wars, evacuations to off-world settlements, and famine have changed everything.
Ebes – The large human settlement founded on planet Ebes faces the most direct threat of extinction by the Strigoi.
Grave B-7 Black – A giant Strigoi homeworld in the Andromeda Galaxy. Rumored to house enough weapons to destroy millions of stars.
Grave DD-9 Ebon – The largest source of Strigoi in the Andromeda Galaxy. Grave DD-9 boasts a mechanized moon used to create weaponry for the war against humanity.
Hades – The home galaxy inhabited by the Strigoi. All of Hades’ stars and life have been destroyed. Only the Strigoi remain.
Hermes – An icy cold planet in the Andromeda Galaxy. Hermes is the vanguard of human resistance against the Strigoi. Its people worship the small, remote star of Sufi.
Lun-Dun – The ruins of London, destroyed by nuclear fallout after a massive exodus from Earth.
Nosfera System – The source of the Strigoi infestation in the Milky Way galaxy. Nosfera houses a giant, planet-sized weapon used by the Strigoi to kill stars.
Sumer – A giant planet many thousands of light-years from Earth. Sumer has no native animal life, only giant plants and trees.
Zeus & Hera – The binary stars shining on planet Ebes.
Events of Historical Significance
The Exodus – A period of two-hundred years during which millions of scientists, humanitarians, doctors, and scholars abandoned Earth for the hope of a better life among the stars. Many believe the Exodus was triggered when a few select people became aware of the Strigoi plan to annihilate Earth.
Technology & Weapons
Coffin Engines – These massive Strigoi craft can turn large swaths of interstellar space into graveyards, destroying light, planets, even gravity.
Death-Beams – Deadly ‘dark’ plasma weapons used by the Strigoi. They both burn and freeze whatever they touch.
Dream Makers – Tiny devices capable of triggering powerful hallucinations in humans.
Hypo-Chambers – A device which allows humans to exist in stasis while traveling through deep space.
Interstellar Rings – Whenever large groups of humans want to travel at FTL (faster than light) speeds through space, they take their journey using powerful Ring transport ships, which have their own gravity and boast immense food & energy supplies.
Gamma Suit – A super-powered battle-suit constructed for Callista, it’s far more powerful than Joff’s original Vezda suit.
Sabre – The universe’s most advanced interstellar warship. The Sabre packs enough weapons to destroy entire Strigoi planets.
Scythe Ships – Fast and armed with terrifying death-beams, the scythes are the primary warship used by the Strigoi. They’re made of the same bone-like substance as the Strigoi themselves.
Skypads – Small, flat, and sticky, Skypads can be adhered to any surface and used as video screens and high-powered computers.
Sprites – Tiny floating sprites flutter around humans’ heads, providing them information, entertainment, and guidance.
String Reprogrammers (S.R.’s) – Powerful missiles capable of turning all matter in a given area into something else. For example, rock could be changed into hydrogen…or light. S.R.’s can also make stars go supernova.
Tombspire – A giant Strigoi construct capable of tearing wormholes in deep space.
Vezda Suit – A powered battle-suit constructed for Joff to wear during his fight against the Strigoi. Virtually indestructible, it boasts a powerful array of weapons and movement systems.
Xiphos Warships – Slender and swordlike, the Xiphos ships are planet Hermes’ first line of defense against the Strigoi hordes.
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…plunge into the darkness between the stars tonight.
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