JT and Lizzy are sixteen, technically adults under Martian law which governs Amargosa. But Davra and her companions are fourteen and fifteen with one ten-year-old in the group. So yes, Lucius Kray might have gotten away with it if it weren’t for these meddling kids. So the adults on Amargosa are all idiots, aren’t they?
Well… No. For starters, they find themselves under the wing of a mysterious woman who goes by the cheery nickname of “Suicide.” Equal parts Obi-wan and Han Solo, she has a knack for getting into and out of trouble by the skin of her teeth. So when Davra or JT prove to be a bit bold, it’s Suicide who sets them straight about the consequences. It’s a fair bet that, without Suicide, JT would be dead before Children‘s third act. Davra, Duffy, and Nardino would not have fared much better.
While Quan is antagonistic toward JT, it’s all for Lizzy. She is his surrogate daughter, and this interloper from Earth threatens that. Even as the first incursion capsules have fallen and the first energy bolts are fired against humans, Quan shows his depth of experience by taking command, even teaching JT a thing or two that he’d never learn listening to his father’s tales.
But if Quan is the stern center of authority, Lucius Kray is a usurper in the mold of Napoleon or Vladimir Putin, egotistical and so sure of his righteousness that he’s willing to kill his own to prove it. However, unlike Napoleon or Putin, who had the position and credibility to wield their power, Kray has been given a chance to indulge a dangerous fantasy.
However, Kray has a counterpart in the remnant of the Marine presence and Colonial Guard, Colonel Diana Jovann. If that name sounds familiar, her sister Athena appeared in The First One’s Free as the assistant Compact Attorney who sends Douglas Best home and helps Tishla acclimate to living among humans. Diana keeps her cool in a way the best commanders do and is, at least from afar in the beginning, a role model for Davra.
There are others, but it becomes clear that Amargosa’s fall is not the staff at Hogwarz missing all the signs of Voldemort’s return. It’s a political failure that the troops and the civilians either saw coming or knew how to respond to when it did.