An Alligator from the planet Reptilia, Gentry Garisson was abducted off the streets by Avarian soldiers and sent to a military facility. There, along with a hundred other Alligators, he was brutally trained to become an efficient soldier for a special Avarian regiment. Before undergoing the mind-altering process that would assure his loyalty, Gentry escaped from his prison and made his way to a small prototype vessel, an Arton class troop transport, that Gentry was trained to pilot. Stealing this ship, Gentry escaped from his home world and is now on the run from his Avarian pursuers. Using his natural strength and his Avarian training, Gentry wanders the galaxy finding one conflict after another, and hopes to return home with a way to liberate his people.
Captain Axinous was once an aspiring soldier for the Avarian Empire, hoping that his career would lead him to politics, wealth, and power. His ambitions were curtailed when he was sent to Reptilia at the request of Lord Domilican. He was placed as Captain of the Guard at Reptilian training base 42, where he maintains security. Embittered by this dead-end assignment, Axinous nevertheless performs his duty to his greatest capabilities.
A power-hungry tyrant, Domilican was charged by the Avarian Interplanetary Relations Council to reside over the conquered world of Reptilia and to keep the inhabitants in line. He placed a quarantine on the planet and rules over its people with an iron fist. Domilican believes that it is his divine purpose to establish Avarian dominance as well as his curse-he detests Reptilia and its people.
Max and Ted
Two small-time Mammalian crooks, Max Wilkins and Ted Watts have been partnered for a while, jumping from space station, to planet, to colony, pulling off heists and robberies, and somehow avoiding capture. Max is fairly new at this game and looks to the more ruthless and experienced Ted for guidance and authority. Ted's past is mired by larger crimes that he's desperate not to have to answer for.
A skilled mechanic, specializing in Reptilian spacecraft, Amtek Degronas has spent the better part of his career at the Mammalian colony Jones on Unus 5. Amtek is easy-going, but a shrewd businessman who takes advantage of any opportunity he can to get ahead, and lives by the credo "Do whatever it takes to survive." As the colony collapses, Amtek is now considering his next step carefully.
A well-respected captain in the Avarian space fleet, Othanious has earned his position through hard work, and not a little political favoritism. He has always been a peer with Captain Axinous, and the two have become bitter political rivals. Othanious has become the far more successful of the two, partially by compromising his integrity, something that Axinous has never done. For this, Othanious despises him.
Peter Edwards was a salesman from Mammalia who risked everything to relocate to the thriving Jones colony on Unus 5. His investment payed off for several years, but with economic shifts the colony began to collapse, as did Pete's situation. Barely clinging onto what he has left, he has unfortunately turned to drinking to cope with his pain and disappointment.