Terinu is a Ferin, a race created to serve the Varn Dominion. He was found as a child by Mavra Chan, floating seemingly unharmed in the vacuum of a destroyed starship. Chan dropped Terinu into the lap of Madame Cher, who at the time was paying protection money to the space pirate. When Terinu was about seven years old, Chan took him aboard her ship, the Celestial Marauder, to be trained as a both a pirate and her personal assassin. During this time Chan successfully imprinted herself in Terinu’s psyche, making him unconsciously view her as his master, and requiring him to obey her orders to the letter. Terinu’s only friend aboard the Marauder was Matt Townsend, a human boy close to Terinu’s own age.
Terinu’s upbringing has left him emotionally scarred, and distrusting of other’s motives. It doesn’t help that there are at least four separate power factions that want to either hold him captive or control him, making truth out the classic teenage complaint that the whole world is against him