Suicide

Cui Yun, call sign Suicide, was a retired Navy and Dasarius Interstellar pilot who lived on Amargosa north of the Townships. She was the daughter of Cui Jiao-long, a Navy pilot and his wife, Ya, a music teacher. Jiao-long was disappointed to have a small baby. Ya scolded him, telling him his daughter needed him.

As a child, she learned to draw, telling her father it was her escape like flying was for him. After an overzealous fitness instructor caused her to have a serious knee injury, her father and his wing pilot went to the school and had a chat with the instructor. He also informed the headmaster that young Yun would be taking martial arts classes privately.

Some time around 396 IE, Yun met Akrad Izumi when the latter came to her aid in a fight with bullies. They instantly became friends. Jiao-long picked up his daughter and questioned her about the fight. He then told her he was proud of her for standing up for herself.

Yun later attended art school. Izumi returned just before she graduated in 408 and offered to teach her to fly. They began a relationship. By this point, Izumi had given her the nickname she would later adopt as her call sign, “Little Wing.” In 411, while on her first flight into orbit, she accepted Akrad’s marriage proposal, but only if he took her virginity. He obliged, his first time with a woman in microgravity. She would become a full-time freighter pilot herself by 413. That year, she had an encounter with pirates in Invictus’s asteroid belt that became the stuff of legend. After venting the rest of her ship’s atmosphere, she found herself confronted by a pirate trying to cut into her cockpit with a torch. Unfortunately, all the EVA and pressure suits lay in the depressurized parts of the ship. So, she took one of the early KR-27s, gifted her by her father, and shot out the window. For thirty seconds, she as exposed to hard vacuum, but she survived. The pirates did not. Many later erroneously believed that incident gave her the moniker “Suicide,” though that was a military call-sign given some years later.

Some time that same year, Yun thwarted an attempted kidnapping by a Goshenite on one of Tian’s space stations. The incident would factor into her decision later to join the Navy.

Like Yun's father, Akrad served aboard the Hancock under Captain Eileen Burke. In 415, Yun informed Akrad that he would soon be a father. However, the following year, she miscarried the child while Akrad died in battle at the same time. She received a bullet locket from his wing mates containing his ashes. She then joined the Navy herself, despite skepticism from a recruiter. Her original call sign was “Little Wing,” Akrad’s pet name for her. Three years later, however, her wing commander aboard the Hancock changed the call sign to “Suicide” due to her risk taking. She hated the moniker at first, but it stuck.

Not long afterward, her combat shuttle crashed. Aboard the rescue ship, she met a young Quentin Austin (call sign “Reaper”), himself just rescued and nursing a wound from losing his hand. The two immediately became friends. She would also serve alongside Aiken Hiller, who had hoped to make her his first officer when he received his first command.

In 419, she met Lucius Kray for the first time. Pinned down by Goshenite rebels, he left aboard Suicide’s Falcon after she dumped orbital fuel, igniting a firestorm inside the enemy artillery nest. Kray seemed shell-shocked by his first combat experience. Later that year, as the final operation of the conflict drew to a close, Kray Section 11‘d a Goshenite leader. Suicide objected. However, she also participated in the arrests of Goshenite officers Tyler Wat, Riley, and Boone. Kray’s newfound enthusiasm for Section 11 executions played a role in her decision to leave the Navy after the war. Eileen Burke promoted her anyway, telling her she always had a place in the service. A year later, Suicide accepted a job working for Dasarius Interstellar on AphroditeGerard Kurz would be her manager.

During her time in Sanctuary, she lived outside the city limits in a hut left over from a previous Dasarius attempt to modernize the planet. It was here she began her habit of meditating, sometimes nude if weather warranted, while staring through shades at an inner planet at sunrise and sunset. On Aphrodite, she focused on Hephestus, the innermost planet in the Helios System. It was here she also met Frederick Ansel.

Some time between 420 and 425 IE, while working on Aphrodite, Suicide met and married Priya, a Kolkat woman. Priya died in the ethnic fighting on the planet, prompting Suicide to leave for Amargosa.

Lucius Kray believed she knew the location of two projection-drive ships hidden on Nebraska Island by Governor Croix. Suicide, however, did not take kindly to the intrusion by Kray’s lieutenant Saja or Farset. She shot both Saja and her partner escorting Farset, JT Austin, and Lizzy Parker, then warned Farset not to lie about why he had the couple with him. She bundled Farset and the couple into their runabout and intended to head for the Misty Mountains to link up with resistance. However, a Gelt battle wagon cut them off. During the battle with the crew, Farset and Lizzy were killed. JT killed the finally alien, but, in hysterics, refused to leave the field until he had gathered up Lizzy’s ashes. She showed him two bullet lockets, which contained the ashes of her husband and her wife, both killed in different conflicts. She promised to help JT make one for Lizzy.

They turned the aliens’ battle wagon upright and commandeered it.. Soon, they happened on the maglev under attack by more Gelt. JT took out one battle wagon with a grenade after a rut caused him to lose the scavenged railgun he’d been using. The other fell to grenades thrown by Davra AndrasteConnor Duffy, and Ellie Nardino.

Aboard the maglev, Suicide met Lt. Pavarti, who had taken command after Lt. Straker died in the battle. She asked to meet with Col. Jovann. Pavarti agreed once his team finished their mission. They concluded the troops they had been facing were untrained conscripts and estimated they had three to four days before the Gelt’s elite troops arrived to secure the planet. She also met Davra Andraste for the first time.

The maglev traveled to the Harlan-Ragnar Station to meet with the Walden contingent. There, Lt. Quan threatened to Section 11 JT. Suicide invoked her Navy rank, lieutenant commander, and ordered Quan to stand down. Andraste, Duffy, and Nardino also intervened demanding they be arrested also since they had disobeyed orders as well.

At Walden, Suicide showed JT how to make a bullet locket to contain some of Lizzy’s ashes. She gave him a silver chain gifted her by her late wife. Then she spoke at Lizzy’s funeral, relating how she died and emphasizing her bravery.

She returned to the maglev with JT, Davra, Connor, and Ellie to continue the mission to recruit stray resistance. The team included active-duty Marines and Colonial Guard as well as some of the defectors from Kray’s insurgents. They traveled east until the train stopped due to a destroyed bridge. Suicide led the teens, two Marines, and two defectors into the ravine below where they found an abandoned village. Some of the survivors of the bombing raid hid out in the forests and made contact. When they showed Suicide their camp, she discovered the bodies of five Gelt fighters all hanging from a large tree.

While in the village, she learned from one of defectors that most of Kray’s insurgents were conscripts threatened with execution under a bogus emergency order. They also learned that Kray’s headquarters lay in the Founders' Mine, which JT already had visited. Suicide and the team began formulating a plan to attack Kray from the adjacent mine. She had Duffy, who had rigged up communications equipment, contact Colonel Jovann about the plan.

When JT, Davra, Duffy, and Nardino made progress blending Gelt and human technology (including rigging a heat dish to a runabout), she sent Duffy and Davra in the maglev to retrieve flat cars to haul their new technology. Once the maglev headed back toward the Founders’ Mine, Suicide released the Gelt prisoners and the one insurgent hold-out. The insurgent pleaded to defect, but Suicide and Lt. Pavarti informed him he had changed his mind too late. By then, the Gelt prisoners had extrapolated Humanic and explained their situation. They were criminals in the Realm, the polity that governed their species. The Realm permitted convicts to work off their sentences “in defense of the Realm,” that they were draftees. Suicide let them loose armed only with knives and their swords to hunt wildlife.  She then gave assignments to JT, Davra, Duffy, and Ellie for the coming battle. When an unexpected barrier caused a delay, she took JT back to Walden to help her coordinate with Quan, not really caring about their mutual animosity.

Back along the maglev line, Suicide left Pavarti in charge of the train. She also ordered Duffy to teach more resistance fighters how to drive it. They left at midnight, picking up refugees and volunteers from a town called Red Valley along the way. Davra accompanied her. As the force penetrated the back entrance to the mine, they ran into railgun fire from the insurgents. In the process, Suicide was knocked unconscious. Davra pulled her to safety and covered her by taking up a rifle until they were rescued by Duffy and Nardino. Duffy launched grenades at the insurgents while Nardino fired a railgun.

Suicide recovered enough from her concussion to complete the raid, trapping Kray and his inner circle between her force, including a growing number of defectors, and those of Quan and Col. Jovann. Kray escaped. In the infirmary later, while both received treatment for their injuries, Suicide warned JT not to talk about his past, especially his mother. The rumor that Dasarius had arranged the invasion still held sway among the defectors.

When the resistance established contact with the fallen Ban Ki-moonColonel Jovann ordered Suicide to assemble a team to travel to the ship and make direct contact with the crew. She chose mostly Marines, a couple of defectors from Kray’s militia, and some new arrivals in Ragnar Township. Additionally, she took Duffy and Nardino with her for their technical skills. She opted to leave JT Austin, Eric Yuwono, and Davra Andraste behind over their protests.

Suicide was infuriated when the three showed up against orders. As they had reached the Edoras Transit Center, she armed them and made them part of the team. However, they would have to earn back her trust. Partly to get them out of her hair, and partly to make contact with any remaining resistance in Edoras, she ordered Yuwono and JT Austin to climb the stairs from the Transit Center to Edoras to make contact.

She questioned Davra about the strange lycanths she and the others encountered. She assigned Davra to question the others about their encounters. When Davra voiced concerns about Tyler Wat’s people, Suicide suggested starting with defectors from Kray’s militia and the Marines and Colonial Guard before talking to the former war criminals.

Lieutenant Tarak briefed Suicide on the situation in Edoras. She agreed to blow the west tunnel of the Transit Center and to try to bring back supplies from the Ban Ki-moon. The team left the center shortly thereafter, running into a pack of the strange lycanths.

When Austin and Yuwono brought the prisoner Trixie back, she questioned the Gelt woman. As the woman could not or would not respond in Humanic despite her species’ ability to extrapolate the language, she had her confined and set Davra to coaxing her into talking. While Wat suggested killing her as their resources were already stretched, Suicide wanted to show the Gelt humans were better than they were.

The march continued. Suicide argued with Wat about poisoning the water table to drive off the Gelt. Suicide blocked the plan as they would need the water at some point. Wat countered that long-term thinking would get them killed in the short term. As they came out of the Misty Mountains, Suicide took two Marines, Cannon, JT, Duffy, and Ellie to scout for vehicles. Davra stayed behind with the prisoner. The last three came along to hot rig any human vehicles they found. The strange lycanths surrounded them. This time, one lunged onto JT, trying to get his attention. One of the Marines shot one of the lycanths, but Ellie got JT’s attacker off of him. She attempted to communicate with it only to be dragged off screaming.

Suicide oversaw JT, Davra, and Duffy hot rigging two bat wagons, which the team took to the ruins of Lansdorp. At the station overlooking the city, Hauser and Cannon attempted to rape the prisoner Trixie. Davra defended her and killed Cannon. Suicide and Wat presided over the resulting Section 11 hearing for Davra and Hauser. She pressed JT, Yuwono, and Duffy on their ability to participate. Duffy could sit it out, but JT and Yuwono would have to return to the Founders’ Mine, and certain punishment for desertion, if they opted out. All three stayed. Both Davra and Hauser were found guilty, but the team did not vote to execute Davra. Suicide sent her into exile. Hauser, on the other hand, drew the death penalty for military abuse. Suicide shot him herself. She then had to warn Eric Yuwono not to abuse Trixie as she had lost four people to death or exile already from fighting amongst themselves.

Suicide told Davra she would have arranged her an escape if the vote went for executing her. She advised Davra to take a bat wagon that still carried supplies, giving her the Persuader gun she’d carried since the beginning of the invasion.

Suicide then had to separate Austin and Riley when the latter harassed Trixie. She ordered Austin up front and told Riley he would be Section 11’d if his behavior continued. She led the team into the tunnel beneath Lansdorp, confirming the existence of the emergency bunker beneath the city. They reached it after a day’s march. However, the door proved a challenge to penetrate until JT accidentally exposed a hidden entry panel. Suicide used her voice credentials to enter. The team entered, but was intercepted by a squad of Marines stationed within.

Confronting Governor Croix, she was surprised when Trixie revealed herself to be a woman named Tishla, who had come to assassinate Laral Umish. Tishla de-escalated the situation by allowing his doctors to examine her, on condition that Suicide and JT would oversee the process. When JT could no longer watch, telling Suicide it was like watching his wife be vivisected, she informed him he was growing up fast.

Croix tried to cancel her mission, stating he was the highest authority on Amargosa. She countered that his authority effectively ended at the bunker’s walls. When he revealed he had been in contact with Lucius Kray, Tyler Wat added that Kray was a bigger war criminal than he had ever been. Once the team had been secured, Suicide put an escape plan into action.

Eventually, the team crossed a river by climbing down into a ravine and using abandoned boats to move supplies across. Beyond, they discovered an abandoned camp and a bat wagon left behind by Kray’s militia. She sent JT Austin and Tyler Wat to scout for another vehicle, which they found on the shore of Lake Anaronda.

Beyond Lake Anaronda, the team encountered Kray’s militia. after a fierce battle, they moved on and reached a fishing village on the shore of the Western Ocean. However, they spotted Kray leaving in the only seaworthy boat. The team found another ship available. Suicide ordered JT and Wat to get the engine working again while Duffy and a Marine named Jiang took Tishla to find a nanite mix and the controller to patch the hull.

At sea, she taught JT to look at something stable to combat his seasickness. He also pointed out that his seasickness and Eric Yuwono’s phobia of large bodies of water would be reasons why they should not have come on the mission. Still, when the boats reached the Ban Ki-moon, they found Kray waiting for them. However, Lt. Cmdr. Boko, the acting captain, kept Kray in check. He allowed Suicide and JT Austin to oversee Dr. Panadero‘s examination of Tishla. After speaking with a crew member, Suicide grabbed JT and the Marine Jiang and evacuated back to the fishing boat. She ordered JT below and conferred with Wat about what happened on the ship. There, she and Wat hatched a plan where the bulk of the team would “defect,” an easy sell as Yuwono’s father had been captured as one of Kray’s insurgents. Also, Riley hated the Marines, Guards, and Kray defectors on the team. She took Duffy and JT with her to liberate Tishla. They saw Kray stab Boko. JT attempted to kill Kray. Suicide urged restraint as the warlord released Tishla, but did nothing to stop JT from beating the man severely, including returning the kicks to the ribs and face he’d received at the Founders’ Mine four months earlier. They fled to Nebraska Island aboard a shuttle. On the way, she revealed that Boko intended to scuttle the ship. She ditched the ship short of the island. As they charged across the beach, a hijacked combat shuttle shot at them. Tishla took a round to the arm while a crew member named Fernandez was killed.

In the jungle, they found Amargosa Two, one of the ships she had hidden for the governor. They boarded. Tishla convinced Suicide that Hanar would be safer than a Compact world as the Compact had already abandoned Gilead, now Hanar. Tishla also promised to get her in touch with Athena Jovann on Metis.

Suicide got the ship airborne, having JT power up the projection-drive reactor and releasing countermeasures to foil Kray’s persuers. She did not have time to render the windows opaque for what was a very dangerous wormhole jump inside Amargosa’s gravity well.

Upon arrival over Hanar, Suicide had Tishla contact traffic control and the authorities. Suicide had to introduce herself as Tishla could not pronounce her real name.* Traffic control identified her and put on Trevor Colt. Tishla then revealed she was First Citizen of Hanar. She informed everyone aboard that they were now among friends. Suicide sent a hyperdrone to Metis. This resulted in Athena Jovann coming as Metis’s representative along with Admirals Burke and Austin.

Once rapport with the Compact was established on Hanar, Suicide joined a mission to negotiate with human separatists. An ambush resulted in the abductions of the admirals. When the team and its Hanarian backups regrouped, Suicide called in a strafing run to convince the separatists to release the hostages and come to the table. She then handed off JT Austin’s combat training to Mitsuko Yamato and pilot training to Giddeus Modesto.

When Modesto and Yamato were assigned to shepherd JT Austin in flying and ground combat respectively, Suicide asked Yamato to personally mentor him additionally. She also had JT spar with Feltan Bornag to teach him Gelt sword technique. Prior to the liberation, she asked JT for a shirt to burn if he died in battle so that she could have a bullet locket.

However, after an incident where JT nearly beat renegade Nobu Katsumoto to death, she expressed extreme disappointment with him. During a practice spar after Tishla released him from custody, she told him he was both impulsive and sullen and needed to pull it together.

While JT trained as a pilot, he twice covered for Modesto, telling the Challenger that he never received Modesto’s message to take over prep for him. Suicide persuaded him to admit it to her and warned him not to test Deputy Flight Commander Osner‘s patience again.

She worried Tishla would lure him to flying for her during the liberation. However, JT challenged her to a sparring match after spending the night with Tishla because he wanted “my mother’s” opinion. Suicide told him if he was her son, then she wanted him flying with her. JT opted for the Compact, much to the relief of Mitsuko and Duffy, who planned to defect to Hanar if JT did.

During the Liberation of Amargosa, Suicide commanded a squadron of six OA022 Falcons launched from the rail guns of the Challenger. She renamed all the ships “Normandy” after the squadron, differentiated by an assigned number. During the assault, she dropped Marines assigned to raid Riverside, but the unit perish when it passed into the fireball from the fusion blast that leveled the city. Her Special Forces team raided the area around the ruins of Lansdorp. She grabbed her sidearm and went out with the troops.

News of Modesto’s death by friendly fire reached her as the troops around Lansdorp surrendered. However, a Marine sergeant shot the Gelt commander. She sentenced the sergeant to a Section 11 execution.

After the liberation concluded, Suicide planned to return to her shack along the lake. She received the Compact Medal of Honor and the Order of Hanar for her service during the occupation and liberation. Additionally, Hanar named her an honorary admiral in their fleet.

Suicide briefly retired after the occupation. However, she and JT Austin worked together with the first of a series of ships they named Goldeneye. In 432 IE, the first ship was a surplus OA-22 Falcon provided to them by the provisional government of Amargosa. Because of the colony’s uncertain status as either a Compact world or one affiliate with Hanar, the pair could take assignments for the provisional government, the Compact, or Hanar.

Some time in mid-432, someone left a baby on Suicide’s doorstep. The barcode on the baby’s ankle revealed her to be Naomi Best, the younger daughter of Douglas and Jayne Best. As Suicide identified the child, she learned via newsfeeds of a botched assassination attemped on Douglas Best, provisional governor of Amargosa. His wife, administrator of the local Thulian Enclave, had disappeared. Authorities believed she had been abducted. She summoned JT Austin, who came in the Goldeneye. They decided to take the child to Walden, where Tishla vacationed off the grid. She agreed to keep the child until summoned by Governor Best, even if she had to come back from Hanar. She revealed a similar arrangement for Athena with the Bests and with Governor-General Athena Jovann, the Gelt cub’s godmother. In the meantime, Suicide and JT left for sapient lycanth territory on the far side in search of the Bests’ other daughter, Carolyn.

Suicide traveled to the Thulian Enclave west of New Lansdorp to see if Jayne Best had fled there when her husband was attacked. Flying the Goldeneye, she was shot down unknown attackers who also shelled the enclave. Ellie Nardino and a sapient lycanth pulled her from the wreckage, but she lost the ship. They took her to the enclave, which they found in ruins, though the genetic clinic remained unharmed, being in a hill. While there, a Gelt doctor named Hert tended to her injuries. Hert also repeated the offer of amortality treatment originally proposed after the liberation. Suicide declined.

The enclave’s constable, Fischer Sheridan briefed her on Jayne Best. When her husband was attacked, she sent the child to Ellie, who arranged for her safe-keeping. She also sent Naomi to Suicide. Then she disappeared. Suicide theorized Jayne might have gone to Jefivah, Douglas Best’s homeworld. Despite injuries to her back, she drove four hours back to New Lansdorp, where she received robotic treatment to correct her back. She also had to inform JT that the Goldeneye had been destroyed. Attempting to return home, she discovered those who tried to level the enclave had also destroyed her home, forcing her to stay at JT’s cabin temporarily.

The provisional government of Amargosa allocated the Queen of the Canopy to her and JT. They flew to Lycanth Territory to locate the child Carolyn Best, stashed by Ellie Nardino in a settlement named for her, Chapaan Village. Those attacking the enclave and Governor Best also fired an impact weapon into the village, but the child survived. Suicide and JT turned her over Tishla, who would spirit them off-world until the girls could safefly return to one or both of their parents. She met with Governor Best in his hospital room as he confronted a Compact bureaucrat over interference by the acting president in the wake of his shooting. He asked Suicide to look for his wife, who had fled as arranged after the attempt. At a subsequent briefing with Tishla, her chancellor, and Admiral Burke, Governor-General Jovann ordered her to carry out Best’s orders without divulging them so Jez Salamacis could not learn Suicide’s whereabouts.

She retrieved JT and took a new Zaran craft, the Arcanum on her mission to find Jayne Best. Col. Hu ran interference when Salamacis arrived as they took off, as did the captain of the Minerva. She initiated a low-orbit jump to Gohem, her actual destination, though she gave Jefivah to throw off the Khirovsky. When JT had a violent physical reaction to the jump, she promised they would get him a remedy for that better than what he received in the Compact. She and JT made Menh, the airless moon of Gohem their first stop in looking for Madam Best.

On Menh, she met with Ergas for information concerning Jez Salamacis. Ergas informed her that he transported Salamacis, at the expense of a man named Gene Klament for the Orag treatment for permanent rejuvenation some thirty-five years prior.

She then had to bail out both JT and Boolay when the latter started a brawl at a comfort house. She was angry with both of them. However, JT informed her that he had no interest in hiring a woman for sex and had been celibate since the liberation. This impressed Suicide. He got in trouble defending his shipmate, which left both of them frustrated with Boolay.

They jumped to Armaneya City to obscure their return to Compact space. JT revealed he obtained an Orag medication for wormhole sickness on Menh. The trip to Armaneya City had little to no effect on him. Suicide had him perform the jump to Marilyn while she meditated.

On Marilyn, she met with Mank, a fellow pilot from her Aphrodite days. Mank believed he had a lead on Jayne Best’s whereabouts but also believed Juno to be involved with her husband’s attack and her own disappearance. Upon her return to the Goldeneye, she discovered Mitsuko Yamato had arrived offering assistance with their search. Burke also sent Duffy to assist Boolay in disguising the Goldeneye as the Tachi. As they worked, she and JT met with Mank about a lead on Jayne Best’s whereabouts. Through Mank, they learned that Grand Dimaj Lawrence McLaren sent her off world.

Suicide and JT returned to the Goldeneye, where Duffy had masked the ship’s transponder to read Tachi unless they flipped it back to the original name. He also rigged a hyperdrone to appear to be the Goldeneye headed for Jefivah. Duffy gave them chip overlays from Cybercommand to allow them false identities. She chose the name “Liz Akrad,” for Lizzy Parker and Suicide’s late husband. She believed two given names in an alias would be less conspicuous. The pair infiltrated the local Marilynist temple and abducted the Grand Dimaj to interrogate him about Jayne Best’s whereabouts.

Suicide simply badgered McLaren. JT brandished a Gelt dagger given to him by Tishla. Intimidation did not work, so Mitsuko came in and brought political pressure to bear. When she revealed that Bonaparte would declare Marilynism a cult, removing most of its religious protections, McLaren relented and said he had sent Jayne to Walton. As Walton, described as post-apocalyptic, was a virtual war zone, Suicide and JT expressed outrage. They kicked him off the Goldeneye.

Suicide had the ship’s transponder changed to “Tachi,” a name chosen by Duffy. Using the ship’s discreet projection drive, the ship left Marilyn undetected. Upon arrival at Walton, the Sullivan intercepted the Goldeneye and escorted it to the planet. Suicide received a summons from the protectorate’s chief administrator. Before landing, she sent a hyperdrone to the Challenger, requesting intelligence on the planet. When they landed, they discovered the capital of Samueltown virtually abandoned except for homeless and gangs. There, Chief Administrator Tannam informed them that Jayne Best had requested asylum, but her shuttle diverted to the dangerous District 19. After a holographic briefing by Weiss, JT and Suicide, along with Mitsuko and Partlow, procured a fixed-wing craft to scout out District 19. He had to share control with Suicide to ditch the craft after it was hit by a railgun shortly after entering the district. As they headed toward Bennaville, Partlow neutralized a local shooter menacing the team. He also found the path leading to the dead soldier’s vehicle.

They took the abandoned vehicle into Bennaville, passing through a village on the outskirts. There, they spotted several instances of the symbol for Juno, including clothing worn by the few locals they spotted. They headed for Koch Medical Center, the only functioning hospital outside of Samueltown, as it was the likeliest place where Jayne Best would be held. They attacked the entrance, facing audreys and local soldiers. Drawing first blood, the audreys went into a feeding frenzy and ate the soldiers defending the hospital. This allowed them to neutralize enough plants to enter the lobby. The penetrated the facility but were captured by Jez Salamacis.

Suicide resisted Salamacis’s one-on-one questioning, even ignoring a threat to decapitate JT and send his head back to his mother. She responded to questions mainly with sarcasm and calling Salamacis a slave, which angered the woman. She had Suicide taken away to be carved into samples. Suicide overpowered her guards, took a doctor hostage, and found her way to the lab where Jayne Best was held. Partlow, who had escaped, waited. The pair found the vivsection lab where Jayne Best had been held. Surgeons working for Juno drained her bone marrow in advance of vivisecting her into samples. They killed one surgeon, wounded another, and destroyed a clone Salamacis held in reserve. Jayne Best was able to leave with them. However, she needed support as Suicide and Partlow fended off another squad of security. Mitsuko and a wounded JT arrived and neutralized the squad. JT, despite his own grave wound, supported Jayne as they fled. They escaped to the border of District 19 and nearly ran out of ammunition while awaiting extraction. Via holographic projector, Salamacis offered to let them go in exchange for surrendering Jayne. Suicide responded by firing her last rounds into the holoprojector. The Goldeneye appeared as they used their last rounds. They were able to dodge the Anna Khirovsky and escape to Farigha via projection drive.

While on Farigha, Suicide kept vigil with JT, realizing he had very much become the son she never had. However, Persephone interrupted her, informing her a Gelt admiral had arrived with important information about Salamacis. Admiral Shorees presented video of Salamacis at the coronation of the previous Sovereign and forensic evidence she had disintegrated herself and her clothing, Suicide revealed Salamacis used clones to resurrect, allowing her to use death as an escape from capture.

As JT recovered from surgery, she asked him to contact his mother as a way to make sure the information did not get buried. JT balked, saying it wasn’t just him. His mother barely spoke to him as well. Suicide opted to contact the governments of Metis and Amargosa. She joined a meeting hosted by the Farnos with the Chancelloress Jovann of Metis and Athena Jovann and Douglas Best of Amargosa to review the evidence. After the decision to secede, they sent Suicide and the Goldeneye aboard the Bova to ferry Jayne Best to Thule for treatment. At Thule, the planetary government demanded she accompany Jayne to the surface with only her attending physician. They handed off Jayne’s case to Dr. Capaldi, but Suicide remained on Thule anticipating contact by authorities there.

Once Madam Best was secured in Thule’s main medical facility, Suri summoned Suicide. She first invited Suicide to become Thulian upon her return to Sapiens space. While Suicide balked, Suri then asked her to encourage the so-called Children of Amargosa to undergo treatment. Davra Andraste and Eric Yuwono had already received the treatment due to radiation poisoning and other conditions from the Laral Occupation. However, the others had not done so for various reasons. Suri especially noted the mother-son relationship between Suicide and JT. However, the planetary defenses began firing into orbit during their meeting. With Premier Thaddeus Wadeski, Suri approved Suicide’s plan to be launched up to the Khirovsky so she could board the ship and neutralize Salamacis. It involved riding a kinetic rod loaded with chaff into orbit wearing nothing by a light pressure suit with only a scuba tank for oxygen. Once aboard, she encountered Davra Andraste, assigned as a technician to the ship. She revealed the captain had issues with Jez Salamacis. To aid Suicide, Davra rigged the ship’s projection drive to jettison on Suicide’s command, then offered herself as a hostage. The ruse worked until Salamacis used armed drones to apprehend them and bring them to the CNC.

When Suicide executed the sabotage program, Salamacis killed Captain Hiller in an attempt to force Suicide’s hand. Davra shot Salamacis with a slug pistol, disabling her. Commander Chen Mei, now captain, ordered Salamacis arrested. She also placed Suicide in custody, holding her partly responsible for Hiller’s death. When Suicide explained her mission to Chen, the new captain released her and placed Salamacis in Suicide’s custody. It would be more politically expedient for the president’s chief of staff to stand trial on Amargosa than to face a Section 11 Execution.

Suicide transported Salamacis back to the Bova aboard the Goldeneye. She scolded JT for flying while his wounds remained serious, though he shrugged it off saying he flew sitting down. Aboard the Bova, Suicide questioned Salamacis in the brig. During the interview, Salamacis triggered the protocol that would incinerate her. As the process began, Salamacis showed clear sexual arousal at her latest death and told Suicide she wished Marcus Leitman would disintegrate her during lovemaking. Suicide, unable to stop the process, found the fetish repulsive.

The Bova took Suicide and the team aboard the Goldeneye to Hanar, which had its own wormhole to Thule. While there, she met with Admiral Burke and also persuaded JT Austin to enroll in the Compact Navy’s Officer Training School  Upon her return to Amargosa, she found the provisional government, now the planetary government, had replaced her destroyed hut with an upgraded replacement. She would move in after undergoing amortality treatment at the Thulian Clinic.

*In this passage, Suicide mentions her father is Taiwanese and Korean. In later stories, he is full-blooded Han, and her mother is half-Tibetan. This will be corrected in the forthcoming rerelease of Second Wave.

 

Appearances: The Children of Amargosa, Second Wave, Flight Blade, Storming Amargosa, Suicide RunCheckmate