This page serves as a guide to characters mentioned and/or featured in the Dark World series. Original art created by Morgan Miano at Nine Arrows Art.
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Ruby R-1046 is the voice in which Dark World is spoken through and the eyes through which we perceive it. The series begins at Ruby’s sixteenth birthday. She was raised in The Complex, a giant underground “fall-out shelter” built in the early 2000’s in preparation for a suspected impending invasion. Ruby is a ginger with fair skin, green eyes, make-up freckles and the youthful glow of innocence. Ruby is an “old soul” with a soft heart, a conflicted conscience and the desire to embrace her sense of morality no matter what is going on around her. She loves without hesitation, has motherly instincts toward Silver, and is far braver and stronger than she is willing to give herself credit for. As she struggles to break free of the invisible chains the government’s lies and restrictions have put upon her and everyone she grew up with, her actions become catalysts that uncover the lies, agendas and genocide that have been keeping an entire civilization unknowingly imprisoned for over half of a century.
Reese R-0061 is Ruby’s best friend as well as her impromptu lover. They have known each other since they were children and despite being forced by Doctrine to betroth themselves to someone chosen for them through an optimized genetic matching system, Reese is the person that Ruby has deep feelings for at the start of the series and those feelings are reciprocated. Reese is often introspective, wary about trusting others and vengeful toward the government. After the public execution of his mother, Reese vows to destroy Commander SueLee and joins Ruby’s father on a mission to Core City to face the government head-on. Reese is strong yet soft, sensitive yet able to handle all of the harsh surprises life throws at him. When he sets his mind to something, he’ll do everything in his power to make sure he succeeds.
Willow R-0834 is Ruby’s other best friend, the final member of “the three amigos” as Ruby, Reese and Willow used to be referred to by their parents when they were young children. Ruby considers Willow to be an ‘exotic beauty’ and is jealous of her looks but not in a spiteful way. Willow knew of Ruby and Reese’s feelings for each other before either of them admitted it, even to themselves and had deep concerns about the government finding out and intervening. Like Ruby, Willow has a parent involved in The Order Of The Elements. When the A-I Revolution begins, Willow becomes a captive of the government and uses that time to try and uncover their Achilles heel.
Robert R-1045 is Ruby’s father. Until events unfolded that lead to the A-I Revolution, Ruby thought her father was a quiet, dependable person and saw him in a rather one-dimensional way, as a lot of teenagers do before they get to know their parents outside of their immediate family roles. She soon discovers that despite Robert’s discouragement of her asking questions that challenged Doctrine, he was a member of The Order Of The Elements, an underground organization of adult men and woman who quested to uncover the lies the government had been feeding their society ever since, and possibly even before, the invasion. Robert is cunning and brave. He values the lives of his family above anything else. Robert’s main focus is protecting his emotionally fragile wife as the whirlwind of the A-I Revolution begins, but his duties expand further than that when he is asked to help save the government’s hostages. His job in The Complex prior to the revolution was working in the artificial gardens cultivating food.
Jade R-1044 is Robert’s wife and Ruby’s mother. Earlier in her life, her own mother died from a supposed accident that Jade always suspected was really a government-engineered murder and it caused her to be constantly fearful of breaking Doctrine and enduring the government’s wrath. She constantly tries to keep Robert and Ruby off of the government’s radar and is unaware before the A-I Revolution that Robert is a part of The Order Of The Elements. She discourages Ruby’s “free spirit” and encourages her to cooperate with her impending arranged marriage, as her own marriage to Robert was pre-arranged based on genetic assessment like everyone else in The Complex. When emotionally overwhelmed or terrified, Jade slips into a semi-comatose state as a coping mechanism and it is often up to Robert and Ruby to care for her fragile psyche. Her job in The Complex before the A-I Revolution was working in the sewing rooms making uniforms for her division, Rhode Island.
Silver is an eight year old girl that grew up on Earth’s surface. She falls through an opening in The Complex made by The Order Of The Elements to test if the air on Earth’s surface is breathable in order to debunk the government’s claim that it is not. She is discovered by Reese during one of his excursions in the sealed off passageways right before the A-I Revolution. She has no prior knowledge of The Complex. Reese brings Ruby to meet her, and as things begin to fall apart and the A-I Revolution begins, Ruby takes personal responsibility for Silver’s safety and well-being. Silver tells Ruby and Reese that her father is dead, killed by ice hunters that have stalked her family her whole life and she doesn’t know why. Ruby vows to reunite Silver with her mother, but the government is very interested in possessing Silver as a hostage in order to persuade the turncoats to give themselves up.
Connor C-2246 is Ruby’s government-issued genetically matched future husband. He meets Ruby briefly on her sixteenth birthday under the impression she is his future wife and although her mind is completely on Reese (unknown to him at the time) Connor is enthralled with her. They do not meet again until after the A-I Revolution begins, where unbeknownst to Ruby, when she became considered a fugitive turncoat by the government, Connor joined his division’s branch of The Order Of The Elements and went rouge from his family in order to track Ruby and protect her from the government’s intense desire to capture her. Upon discovering Ruby’s adoration for Reese, Connor constantly puts himself in reckless danger on Ruby’s behalf in an attempt to play the hero and win her heart.
Logan is Ruby’s maternal grandfather. He was born in 2012 and died in 2072 at age 60, “put to sleep” by the government via transitional containers (gassing) for reaching the age threshold. During the first ten years of Ruby’s childhood, Logan secretly encouraged Ruby to ask challenging questions and told her that one day, she would change the world. Ruby was traumatized by watching the flatfoots drag her grandfather off to the transitional containers when she was ten. Some would consider his influence on her to be responsible for starting the A-I Revolution. Prior to his death was involved in founding The Order Of The Elements.
Commander SueLee is currently in charge of The Complex. She personally executes Reese’s mother via a public Complex-wide audio broadcast, the first known death to happen by means other than the transitional containers in over twenty years. She achieved her reign through legacy; her family line has been in charge of The Complex since the invasion. She is viewed by The Order Of The Elements as ruthless and sociopathic, and suspected of being fully aware of every lie the government has told the citizens of The Complex since the invasion, as well as being aware of the reason everyone is kept in The Complex to begin with.
Sukie R-0832 is Willow’s mother and a member of The Order Of The Elements. When her daughter and husband Koi are taken captive by the government, she is torn between being resentful toward Ruby and Reese for their inadvertent involvement in starting the A-I Revolution and feeling motherly instincts that cause her to want to protect them. She is also torn between her loyalty to The Order Of The Elements and her overwhelming desire to keep her daughter and husband alive at all costs. Ruby is hesitant to question Sukie’s loyalties but Reese, fueled by the death of his parents, suspects that she might do anything to protect her own family even if that means selling out others. In The Complex, prior to the A-I Revolution, she also worked in the artificial gardens with Ruby’s father.
Koi R-0833 is Sukie‘s husband and Willow‘s father. He used to be his division’s GP (general practitioner, aka doctor) in The Complex, but a young girl came to him claiming to be pregnant by her lover who was not her government-approved genetic match, and pleaded with him to help her. He did not agree to help, but the government found out about the girl and re-assigned Koi to be a math teacher to avoid him finding out their plan to eliminate her. They threatened that if he ever said anything about the girl, his family would be put to sleep. Despite the threat, he confessed his situation to his wife Sukie which lead to her joining The Order of the Elements, though she kept it a secret from Koi. He and his daughter are both captured by the government at the start of the A-I Revolution.
Thao R-0061 is Reese’s father. He knew nothing of The Order of the Elements or any government uprising prior to being captured by the government and held hostage. He was forced to watch as SueLee executed his wife Gaia. Thao is especially handsome and an all-around good man, caring toward his son Reese and wife Gaia, and always helpful toward others he lived among in the Rhode Island division of The Complex. Commander SueLee forces Thao to make a difficult choice, enjoying the mental torment she inflicts upon him.
Gaia R-0062 is Thao‘s wife and Reese‘s mother. Along with Thao, she was captured by the government at the beginning of the A-I Revolution. She was brutally executed over a Complex-wide audio broadcast by blunt force trauma. Reese was especially close with and protective over his mother. Her death triggered his vengeful side and he vows to get justice for her death by killing Commander SueLee.
GP Nolan R-0844 is the Rhode Island division GP (general practitioner) who took over the position after the government forced Koi to change careers. He is first introduced in the series when called on by the government to investigate the strain of common cold that Robert R-1045 comes down with, having caught it from his first run-in with Silver. The Order Of The Elements enlists his assistance in saving Robert and Jade by promising him an answer to a question he has been wondering for years, what really happened to his own former secret lover and the forbidden lovechild she was carrying, which happens to be the child the young woman who came to Koi for help was pregnant with.
Rita was one of Ruby’s teachers when she was a small child. She is viewed by Ruby as impatient and mean, punishing Ruby for asking endless questions about science and the government by whacking the back of her hand with the narrow side of a ruler, and once to Willow on her buttocks. When they meet again during the A-I Revolution, it is revealed that Rita’s interest in science and genetics had caused her to learn about a few government secrets and that her intent on keeping her students in line was her way of trying to protect them.
Evon is the vice-divisional leader of The Order of the Elements in Rhode Island. He displays an obvious dedication to the cause at first but is often in conflict with Zane as well as other members due to his views on wanting to do the “smart” thing rather than the “right” thing. Evon is not the hero-type, he is far more interested in saving himself over others if it comes down to it. Ruby’s unwavering dedication to her family and the promises she has made to others causes her to remain in conflict with Evon as the A.I. Revolution begins.
Zane is the divisional leader of The Order of the Elements for Rhode Island. He is a charismatic and compassionate leader who is viewed by others as kind and selfless. He inspires trust and loyalty among those who follow him. Because of this, his decisions are more valued than Evon‘s which creates an increasing rivalry between the two. Zane’s personal investment in the cause of the Order is currently unknown as he tends to avoid allowing anyone to get to know him.
Penelope is a character referenced in the bonus material that goes along with “Dark World : The Surface Girl” called “Dark World : Logan’s Journal” FREE to read on this very blog! Penelope is assumed to be in her late twenties or early thirties. She is assigned by the government to look after some orphans in The Complex in the first handful of years A-I, one of which happens to be Ruby’s grandfather, Logan when he was still a teenager. Logan considers her a parental figure of sorts. Once Penelope realizes she has information about the government that could threaten their authority, she tries to use it to help Logan and the other orphans before mysteriously disappearing.
Beau was formerly a biology teacher in the division Rhode Island and a member of The Order of the Elements. Although he is not a GP, he has enough medical knowledge to assist in removal of ID chips as well as tending to wounds. When certain members of the Order head to Core City with the intention of destroying Commander Sue Lee, Beau remains with Ruby, Silver, Jade and the others while they search for a way to escape to Earth’s surface but gets separated from them during a tense moment. His whereabouts are currently unknown.
Winston, Commander SueLee’s grandfather, is referenced as the first commander of The Complex shortly after the invasion of 2022. Prior to the invasion, Winston was a scientist who was often contracted to work on classified projects for the US military. Although only a character of reference in the Dark World series, his reputation is one of monotone ruthlessness, a man without conscience in the name of science. Those in The Complex are forced to revere his name, however to The Order of the Elements Winston is held in the same regard as Hitler, and with good reason.
Amethyst is Commander SueLee’s daughter. Her father is unknown. Her exact age is unknown, although she is presumed to be approximately twenty. Unlike those in the divisions, Amethyst’s appearance is unique and “rebellious.” Having been raised in Core City instead of in the divisions, she takes full advantage of her privileged upbringing. Amethyst taunts Ruby while she is a captive in Core City, explaining to her that she is nothing more than a “human petri dish” and revealing to her the reason she is of particular interest to the government and why they have kept her alive. Amethyst was trusted, presumably by her mother, with Ruby’s imprisonment and further experimentation.
Fawke – Member of The Order of the Elements.
Jerreth – Member of The Order of the Elements.