- David Nash
- Annie Arkly
- Anton Mertens
- Michael Jonas
- Trevor Arkly
- Admiral Bainbridge
- The Yunai
Occupation: Journalist (S1-S3), Press Secretary (S4)
Origin: Lower Level
Johnathan Davis arrives from the Core in the first episode of the series (S1E1:The Arrival). After settling in Town, he discovers that his skill appears to be the utilization of the written word. He becomes an assistant for Olivia Sun and her Explorer Group, but his talent for interviewing and publishing stories about the Explorers draws the attention of other figures in town.
He soon begins publishing a series of interviews of the “Main Six”, the first group of citizens that arrived from the Core, and the same ones that now lead the town’s council. His interviews help bridge a divide between the citizens and the leadership, which makes him invaluable to everyone. He leans into his efforts to help humanize and popularize Olivia Sun and the Explorers. He convinces Rayland Walsh to let Olivia have an abandoned movie theater to use as Mission Control, and he often hypes the Explorer missions by writing stories of the pilots and other mission operators.
John also helps establish William Everett as the town’s architect and influences the early numbers of the election in Olivia’s favor, though she soon drops out of the race so that Rayland can continue to lead. In the finale of the first season, John overhears a powerful secret from the Explorer One mission that will change everything in town (S1E12: Election Day).
John starts the season on vacation with Ruby Rose. The pair have been getting to know one another thanks to John’s work to popularize the Explorer Missions. They travel to Mount Machina to view the next Explorer One flight (S2E1: Another Day), with John excited to take some photos of the vehicle. Unfortunately, the mission goes wrong, and the pair witness an explosion in the sky, which they assume to be the destruction of Explorer One. After contacting Olivia Sun, the pair travel from Mount Machina to the suspected crash site, but they find only a wing and scattered debris (S2E2: Mission Down).
Soon after, Olivia Sun directs the pair to Willow Creek farms. They are the closest people to the location and the owner has called stating a survivor crashed in her corn field. When they arrive, however, they learn that the survivor is not someone they know (S2E4: Down on the Farm).
After the mysterious pilot and crashed vessel are brought to town, John is sword to secrecy. He doesn’t like it, but agrees on the principle that the citizens might not react well to learning there are others out there somewhere. He continues his work, instead focusing on reminding citizens that the Explorer Group is worth the risk that they have seen firsthand. When he discovers Ruby attempting to power the crashed alien vessel, he attempts to help her (S2E9: What Comes Next?).
The pilot from the crashed ship awakens and warns the citizens of an approaching danger, but John isn’t prepared by what arrives. A massive spaceship with a very intimidating pilot. He witnesses Olivia’s meeting with this new threat, and soon, they leave.
As the season closes John focuses his efforts on calming the citizens and trying to come to terms with the fact that things had changed… forever.
Johnathan is busy at work, using any means he can to try and help the citizens get a taste of normalcy back in their lives. The days following the mysterious ship’s visit get farther away, and life begins to calm down again. John is hopeful that they’ll remain safe and no more craziness will come their way, but soon enough, a growing tension between Rayland Walsh and Olivia Sun embroils the town’s populace.
John spends much of the crisis writing letters supporting unification, carefully trying not to take a side in the chaos, despite his own personal bias. It isn’t until he is approached by Bryan Steeles with disturbing news about Rayland Walsh that he is forced to act (S3E5: The Prisoners).
After confirming the story from Bryan, John becomes involved in a plot brewing between Samantha Valentine and Elsie Lamarr. The pair plan to coordinate a breakout from the bank vault, where Olivia Sun is currently being held by the town council. They successfully free Olivia, thanks to John’s involvement (S3E9: Jailbreak Pt.1), and they all flee to the Grid.
John continues his work there, trying to broker peace and civility between the citizens, Olivia, and Rayland. When the final events of the season unfold, John is able to return to town and begins helping to heal the wounds that Rayland and Olivia have ripped open between the community. At his suggestion, Olivia Sun steps down as leader of the Explorer Group, helping take the first steps toward rebuilding trust for the town council (S3E12: Resolution).
John has continued his work as Press Secretary for the Town Council, while also launching his own newspaper. As the population continued to increase, other writers had emerged with their goals. The Daily Gazette was his brainchild, and he was always busy (S4E8: Can We Go?). He was skeptical of Elsie Lamarr and the Explorer Group, but he rarely spoke against them.”
At the end of season 4, John learns about the loss of Explorer Two and Ruby Rose’s MIA status…
Occupation: Explorer (S1-S3), Protector (S4)
Origin: Lower Level
Flynn Brickshelm is first introduced as one of the pilots for the Recovery Team, a team within in the Explorer Group that is responsible for transporting citizens between the Grid, the Core, and Town (S1E4: Getting to Know You). It is later revealed that he was one of the “Main Six”, the first group to arrive from the Core (S1E6: We the People). He poured most of his energy into his recovery missions, but as the Explore One mission gained momentum, he became determined to pilot the ship.
He ended up flying the very first manned flight, taking David Nash as the mission Commander. The pair flew to the upper limits of the Lower Level, and their successful test flight led them to discover a transmission that clogged their network and sent tons of encrypted data onto their ship’s computer. The transmission overloaded the ship’s batteries, forcing them to make an emergency landing.
After their return to the Grid, David and Flynn revealed the data to Olivia Sun, triggering the formation of a new group within the Explorers that could research the encrypted data and try to unlock the secrets within (S1E12: Election Day).
Flynn and David went on to participate in ten total missions with Explorer One. On their eleventh mission, they collided with an unidentified object and thought lost by Mission Control and everyone in the Lower Level (S2E1: Just Another Day). Unknown to them, however, Explorer One survived the initial impact and Flynn’s piloting skills saved the day. They powered up the vehicle, pushing higher than they’d ever gone before, and made an emergency landing in the Upper Level (S2E10: On the Up Side Pt. 1).
In the aftermath of the crash, David Nash departs to find help, and Flynn remains trapped in the crashed vehicle. He is found and taken into custody by a mysterious figure named Thresher (S2E11: On the Up Side Pt. 2).
Flynn’s injuries are tended by Thresher’s men, and the mysterious pilot returns Flynn to his home in the Lower Level. After a tense confrontation between the leadership and Thresher, Flynn is released (S2E12: Downhill From Here Pt. 2).
Flynn Brickshelm spends most of the third season recovering from his crash and capture. He plays only a small role in the war between Olivia and Rayland, showing up with the rest of the council to put the conflict to rest (S3E11: Precipice of War).
Once the dust has settled on the situation, Flynn announces his intent to help form an organization that will help citizens in need without the need for violence, aggressive control, or intimidation (S4E12: Resolution).
2019 Winter Special
The winter special takes place about six months after the conclusion of season 3. We learn that Flynn has used the time to found his group, the Protectors, and has set up shop in the town’s firehouse.
He’s approached by Bryan Steeles, who expresses his concerns with the business practices of William Everett. While Flynn is confident that the situation must be innocent enough, he agrees to visit and speak with William about his dealings.
Flynn eventually finds William, and the architect invites him to visit his new project, which he has been keeping in the dark for reasons he can’t yet explain. Flynn agrees, and they make their way to a train that rides all the way to Mount Machina.
Here, Flynn is introduced to Winter Village, a town built by William with only the knowledge of something called the “holidays”.
Flynn is able to report back to Bryan Steeles that while William hasn’t been forthcoming about his work, the project he is completing is far from sinister.
A year has passed since the events of the third season. Flynn is in control of a prospering group of Protectors, and things in town have largely stabilized. The mysterious pilot, named Ronin, has now joined Flynn’s team and helps him secure and hide all of the firearms that Rayland Walsh discovered (S4E1: George).
Back in town, Flynn is finally asked to arrest Leonard Calgray, but when he attempts to apprehend the man, he find Leonard has already bolted. Before he can start pursuing the fugitive, however, Flynn discovers a letter that Leonard has left behind. He warns Flynn that not everything is as it seems, and tells him to start with Rayland Walsh.
Flynn follows the trail of clues and Rayland reveals there is a list of names of every citizen stored in the Core. He also tells Flynn a powerful secret. Olivia Sun is not on that list of names (S4E6: The Pilot). Flynn travels to the Grid and confirms this information with Elsie Lamarr, who admits it is true, but that she trusts Olivia Sun (S4E7: Elsie’s Manifest).
Elsie and Flynn also discuss his storied past and the true functionality of the Core. We learn that Flynn was one of the “Main Six” with Olivia Sun, that he died, and then he emerged from the Core again with no recollection of the Flynn that had come before him. Uncertain of what this meant, it was kept secret from the citizens of town, but Elsie has learned the truth in her position of leadership (S4E7: Elsie’s Manifest).
Flynn goes on to support Elsie’s mission plan to launch Explorer Two into a part of the World Ship known as the Garage (S4E8: Can We Go?).
Occupation: Explorer Group
Origin: Lower Level (Unofficial)
Olivia Sun is introduced as the leader of the Explorer Group. At this time, Olivia is a cold and calculating leader, interested solely in pushing the boundaries of exploration in an attempt to figure out the truth of their situation (S1E2: The Core).
Olivia’s relationship with the town and the citizens begins to change when she is introduced to Johnathan Davis. John becomes a kind of communication liaison for Olivia’s organization, helping to better present her goals and objectives without coming across as aggressive. Olivia establishes the creation of a high-altitude exploration vehicle called Explorer One, which she hopes to use to explore the Upper Level of their home (S1E4: Getting to Know You). Meanwhile, thanks to John, she is also able to claim one of the buildings in town to use as Mission Control for operations within the Explorer Group. John convinces her that a more public connection to the citizens will help increase support for her missions (S1E7: Cinema Dilemma).
The effort pays off, and Explorer One completes a mission to celebration and excitement in town. During this event, Olivia experiences a momentary memory, something that no other citizen in town has ever experienced. She decides not to reveal this to anyone (S1E11: Return to Base).
After the celebrations have ended, the crew from Explorer One, Flynn Brickshelm and David Nash, report to her that they were very nearly brought down by a strange signal that transmitted tons of data to their onboard storage. The information is unlike any other World Ship transmissions, and instead appears to be written in a format that they can begin to decipher. David Nash hopes it might be something they can use to interface with the World Ship computers (S1E12: Election Day).
Olivia has been doing well with her missions, but during a routine flight, Explorer One suffers a devastating impact and is lost. Olivia scrambles rescue teams to find the crash site on the Lower Level, but she is unable to find anything. She begins to formulate a theory that Explorer One may have propelled upward and landed in the Upper Level.
After a call from Willow Creek Farms, Olivia sends John Davis and Ruby Rose to find out if there are any survivors as the assumed crash site. Instead, the pair discover an unidentified vehicle has crashed in the corn fields, and a pilot is unconscious in the Willow Creek homestead.
Olivia orders the pilot and the ship to be returned to town, but when the pilot wakes he warns them all to get him as far away before things get really bad. Before anyone can react, a massive flying vehicle, resembling a shark, descends on the town. Olivia and Rayland confront the ship’s Commander, a man named Thresher. He asks for a power crystal from the pilot’s crashed ship, and also reveals that he has Flynn Brickshelm in his custody.
After a tense exchange, Olivia relinquishes the pilot’s power crystal to Thresher, and he returns Flynn to them, unharmed.
After Thresher’s departure, Olivia and Rayland gave a speech to try and assure the citizens of town that they were safe and things would not change, but there was little doubt in anyone’s mind that this was untrue.
After Thresher visited town, Olivia became convinced that they needed to launch a new mission to rescue David Nash from the Upper Level. Meanwhile, Rayland Walsh had determined that all missions should be suspended until such a time that they knew they were safe from drawing the attention of the man named Thresher.
As Olivia presses ahead with her rescue mission, against the opinions of the other Main Six, Rayland uses his power as Mayor to have Mission Control shut down. He tells Olivia he will not let her run rogue.
Olivia, fearful that Rayland will stop all of her advancements, convinces Ruby Rose to help her steal the town helicopter so that she can flee to the Grid, another area of the ship outside of Rayland’s influence, run mostly by the Explorer Group. She also makes it clear that, in her absence, Elsie Lamarr is in charge of the Explorer Group.
Ruby helps Olivia get to the helicopter, but she is forced to flee on her own, leaving Olivia behind to be arrested by Rayland’s new militia.
In “jail”, which is the town’s bank vault under the watchful eyes of Bryan Steeles, Olivia is forced to spend time with the pilot from the wrecked vessel. She learns his name is Ronin and the two bond over their situation.
Eventually, Olivia is freed from her confinement by John Davis and Samantha Valentine. She escapes to the Grid aboard the town helicopter, which Ruby Rose pilots into town to rescue her.
Finally at the Grid, Olivia and Elsie plot how they will get their rescue mission off the ground. At first they face an even angrier Rayland Walsh, who threatens to stop them from reaching the Upper Level, even if that means shooting down the new launch vehicle.
Before long, however, Olivia is contacted by David Nash from the Upper Level, telling her to stay away. Realizing her friend is safe, she decides to tell Rayland that she will not pursue a mission to the Upper Level. Rayland, who is suffering his own troubles with his militia, agrees to let the Explorers return to duty if that is the case.
As Olivia helps end the tensions that rippled through town, she also resigns as leader of the Explorer Group, passing the torch to Elsie Lamarr permanently.
Olivia has been adrift since stepping away from her leadership role. She spends some time with Flynn Brickshelm on a mission to a previously unexplored part of the World Ship, and she finds it to be exhilarating. After this, she returns to Elsie Lamarr with the desire to participate in more missions.
Elsie informs her that she is going to attempt a mission to restart the Pantry, another part of the World Ship that has long been dormant. The mission will require going to another area of the ship, a dangerous docking bay known as the Garage.
Olivia attempts to recruit Ruby Rose as her pilot, but Ruby initially declines.
During this time, Olivia also begins meeting with Samantha Valentine to discuss her dreams, which appear to be far more vivid and specific than a dream. Samantha admits it could be memories, and promises to help Olivia with this experience, without revealing it to anyone else unless it becomes dangerous.
Elsie Lamarr also reveals that the World Ship has a crew manifest, or a cargo list, that details the names of every individual that is “stored” in the Core. Olivia Sun’s name is not on that list.
Despite this, Elsie trusts Olivia and helps her secure her place on the mission to the Garage.
When the day finally arrives, the mission goes well until the crew of Explorer Two is cut off from the Grid by Thresher and his flying vessel. Olivia takes control of the situation and Ruby Rose pilots their vessel close to Thresher, trying to figure out what he is doing while also preventing him from accomplishing whatever goal he might have.
The pilot Ronin, also on the mission, orders Ruby Rose to land aboard a vessel called the Traveler. Olivia, trusting Ronin’s knowledge of the World Ship, agrees to the order and Ruby follows their lead. They crash land on the Traveler just as it prepares to depart from the World Ship.
In Mission Control, Explorer Two is lost, and the crew is assumed lost with it.
Occupation: Explorer (S1-S3), Leader of the Explorer Group (S4)
Origin: Lower Level
Introduced in the second season, Elsie Lamarr is a headstrong, incredibly intelligent, and hungry for recognition (S2E8: Plots and Deception). She found her claim to fame after she was put to work on cracking the encrypted data that David Nash and Flynn Brickshelm brought back from their maiden Explorer One flight. After realizing that she had discovered a way to systematically interpret and interface with the World Ship Mainframe computers. Initially, Elsie sets out to use her achievements to prove that she is more capable than Olivia Sun. When Olivia learns that she is creating tension in Mission Control, she meets with Elsie and tells her to continue her work on interfacing with the World Ship at the Grid. While Elsie assumes Olivia is simply sending her away to hide her achievements, she also admits that being closer to the World Ship Mainframe will be beneficial to her work (S2E9: What Comes Next?).
Elsie continues her work at the Grid. In the interim from last season, she has clearly grown popular while operating at the Grid. She gets a radio call from Olivia Sun letting her know that things are changing in Town and she will be acting leader of the Explorer Group until further notice. When Elsie questions, Olivia tells her that Ruby will explain everything (S3E3: Get to the Chopper!)
With Ruby and the only functioning helicopter in her control, Elsie Lamarr assumes control of the Explorer Group and attempts to work with Rayland Walsh to resolve the conflict between the Mayor and Olivia Sun. When it becomes apparent that Rayland will not cooperate or negotiate, Elsie becomes entrenched against the leadership and continues to push forward with Olivia’s plan to continue launching missions. Elsie is also contacted by Samantha Valentine about hatching an escape plan to free Olivia from Rayland’s custody so that she can help restore order (S3E7: Escape Plan).
Elsie also secures access to the Ship-wide Communication System, or SCS, and communicates with David Nash in the Grid.
After securing Olivia Sun in the Grid, Elsie explains that David Nash is alive and well and that he does not want a rescue mission. Olivia utilizes this to her advantage, reaching out to Rayland Walsh with the intent to negotiate a resolution to their conflict (S3E11 Precipice of War).
Once the conflict was finally resolved, things started to return to normal in town, and Olivia Sun stepped down as leader of the Explorer Group. Elsie Lamarr, already having proven herself capable of the role, assumed the mantle of responsibility.
2019 Winter Special
Elsie is seen at Mission Control, experimenting with power crystals. Her assistant, Ronin, confirms that they’re getting on the right track, but that they’re a long ways away from growing anything that can power his vehicle. Elsie helps point Flynn Brickshelm in the direction of William Everett’s secret construction project.
In season four, Elsie Lamarr has been leader of the Explorers Group for over a year. She has created separate departments within the group, including the Researchers, the Explorers, and the Engineers. Their efforts had made leaps and bounds thanks to their successful interfacing with various World Ship systems, including bulkhead controls. The Explorers now regularly venture into a part of the World Ship known as the Garden (S4E1: George).
Elsie sends Olivia Sun to recruit Ruby Rose as pilot for an upcoming mission, but Ruby initially turns her down (S4E6: The Pilot).
Later, she meets with Flynn Brickshelm to discuss the World Ship Manifest, a list of every citizen stored in the Core. She also learns more about Flynn Brickshelm’s past, and how the Core functions (S4E7: Elsie’s Manifest). The two agree to keep Olivia’s secret quiet and Elsie tells Flynn that she trusts Olivia as much as any other citizen aboard the World Ship.
After the planning is complete, Elsie presents her mission plan to the town council for approval (S4E8: Can We Go?). The council agrees to the mission without much debate and Elsie is able to get everyone working on their objective. Despite her success with all missions over the last year, Elsie is mindful that one bad mission can ruin her reputation. She makes sure the team is careful about every variable she can consider and they rehearse endlessly until the day of the launch.
When Explorer Two finally launches and ventures into the Garage, Elsie is understandably nervous. Unfortunately, her worst fears come true as the mission is put in jeopardy by Thresher from the Upper Level. The Garage seals shut, trapping Explorer Two inside, and the signal to the ship is lost (S4E12 The Garage Pt. 1).
David Nash reaches out to Elsie at the Grid and the two put together the events of the last few months, both in the Upper Level and Lower Level. They realize that they have been used by Thresher to achieve his own goal of stealing a Traveler. Feeling defeated, but unwilling to surrender, Elsie does the only thing she can and orders a mission be organized to open the Garage again and try to find her people… assuming they survived… (S4E12 The Garage Pt. 2).
Rayland is one of the “Main Six” and serves as the Mayor of town. He is, physically, the oldest citizen in town. As individuals arrive from the Core in a variety of ages, it is not uncommon for older or younger citizens to appear. That being said, Rayland is the only citizen that most others would label as “old.” Most of the town sees him as a father figure and someone they can trust, though his fight against Olivia after the crash of Explorer One cost him a great deal of trust from the people. After officially running for Mayor, Rayland considers himself a diplomatically elected leader, though he had not spoken on another election cycle. Still, Rayland does have the best interest of the citizens at heart. Despite his mistakes, there is little doubt that he want to keep everyone safe.
Samantha arrived from the Core sometime after the “Main Six”, but she has become highly influential thanks to her skills and knowledge of psychology and therapy. She is seen as the town’s counselor and because of this she knows almost every secret that any citizen might have. During the early days, Samantha enjoyed holding this power over people, but as time went on she began to grow bored of her job. When Leonard Calgray arrived, his meetings with her changed everything. Samantha became convinced that Leonard would mix things up and supported him as he played to Rayland Walsh’s growing paranoia. Unfortunately, when Leonard revealed that he had sinister plans for the town, Samantha’s conscience got the best of her. She warned the Town Council of Leonard’s plan and helped to diffuse the situation before it escalated too far. In the aftermath of her choices, Samantha is among several individuals who have gained a level of distrust from the citizens. Whatever power she had has evaporated, but she is remorseful and hopes to mend the wounds.
Bryan is one of the “Main Six” and serves as the town logistics manager. During his early days, Bryan focused on making sure that every citizen had what they needed to survive. He became the person that any citizen would go to if they needed food or supplies, and he was always careful in how anything was distributed. As the citizens continued to arrive, however, Bryan dedicated himself to building an economy that would allow the flow of supplies without his direct intervention. An introduction of a town currency made him into a kind of treasurer and he now serves as such on the Town Council. He absolutely despises any tension or stressful situations and has grown weary of Rayland Walsh’s leadership, especially considering the conflict with Olivia Sun.
David Nash is a skilled commander with the mind of a tactician. In town he worked tirelessly to oversee each of the Explorer missions and became one of Olivia’s most trusted Explorers, and a good friend. With Flynn Brickshelm piloting, and David commanding, Explorer One had many successful missions that granted Olivia’s team mountains of data about their home. After the Explorer One crash in the Upper Levels, David found himself tied up in a conflict between the Ronin and Thresher, two citizens of the Upper Levels. His lack of history about the conflict gave him no ground to decide where he should stand. After several close calls with both parties, David ended up making peace with the Guardians and used their radio system to contact Olivia Sun so she would know he was safe. Now, David must figure out what path lies ahead for him in this new land.
Despite not being one of the “Main Six”, Ruby is one of the most loved individuals in town. She is considered angelic by many citizens, as she was the first person they would interact with upon arriving from the Core. Ruby has always worked her hardest to make sure that every citizen is comfortable and safe. After the Explorer One crash, Ruby learned of the “Pilot” and helped Olivia bring him back to town. She also tried to use the “Pilot”‘s vessel to rescue her friends from the Upper Levels. After Flynn was returned from the Upper Levels, she spent a great deal of time flying missions to the Core and keeping her mind off the growing tension between Olivia and Rayland. When the Mayor decided to shut down the Explorers and seize the helicopter, Ruby sided with Olivia and fled to the Core. She would return to town on Elsie’s orders, helping Olivia escape from town during a jailbreak. Now, with the town at peace and a bright future ahead, Ruby has started to contemplate her own future…
Cable is one of the “Main Six”. Since his arrival from the Core, Caleb has been considered the town’s only doctor. He has had to deal with many things, some of which are well outside of his training, but each time he has been successful. When the mysterious “Pilot” crashed in town, Caleb was sent to investigate. He found the individual to be no alien and began to nurse them back to health. In the meantime, a pregnant citizen arrived from the Core in labor. Thankfully, due to Caleb’s absence, the citizens discovered that Nima Patel was actually a skilled obstetrician and was able to help with the delivery. Since then, Caleb and Nima have been working together, both to expand their own knowledge sets and to begin training recruits that can help with some of the medical tasks. As the town grows, so does the demand for doctors.
Nima Patel is the town’s obstetrician. She arrived from the Core soon after Johnathan Davis, but her skill was not revealed right away. She ended up volunteering at Julio Jones’ animal hospital after Samantha Valentine recommended it. Nima had expressed a desire to nurture life. She remained working for Julio until a very pregnant citizen arrived from the Core in active labor. Nima came to do what she could, but soon discovered she had great skill with the task. Since then, Nima has worked closely with Caleb Vann to help establish a healthy lifestyle for the citizens and teach everyone about what she knows. In recent months, many citizens have started to settle down with significant others and Nima’s schedule is filling up faster than she expected!
Oliver was one of the “Main Six”. His arrival was well-timed, as the others had begun to starve without regular sustenance. Oliver’s first real meal came from preparing “tree spinach”, which saved everyone from an untimely demise. He would go on to become the town’s main resource for preparing meals and he dedicated himself to keeping everyone fed and happy. As time went on, however, Oliver became bored with this way of life. He had to prepare so much food, or example, that he never had time to make anything “fun” anymore. Likewise, if he did get his hands on valuable ingredients, he did not want to waste them on small meals that would be gobbled up by ungrateful citizens. It was Bryan’s currency and the establishment of a market system that allowed Oliver to begin focusing on a real menu that catered to the tastes of different citizens. He was soon serving fifteen different items, rather than one simple soup. Oliver has remained on the Town Council since it was formed, but after Nancy Rizzo expressed an interest in joining he was quick to offer up his seat. He considered it an early retirement and now focuses on his food. Oliver is likely the second-oldest physically and likes to call himself an old man.
Nancy Rizzo arrived some time ago, but her skill was never apparent until she ate a rather “boring” dish at Oliver’s restaurant and decided she could do better. Her husband, Timothy Rizzo, grows and supplies herbs to Oliver and was excited to see Nancy take an interest in cooking. From that moment on, Nancy made a name for herself by focusing on quick and easy meals that could be prepared and handed out relatively quickly compared to the slower pace of Oliver’s restaurant. There was a little tension in town at first, but it quickly became apparent that there were plenty of citizens for both businesses and the short rivalry blossomed into a strong friendship. As Nancy’s influence has grown, Oliver has taken advantage of the situation, allowing her to sit on the Town Council and deal with food distribution issues while he could focus on his recipes.
Ronin crashes at Willow Creek Farms after colliding with Explorer One. His ship is far more advanced than anything in the Lower Levels, but he is knocked unconscious and the citizens are left with nothing to go on about his origins. When Ronin does wake, he warns them that that “Thresher” will come for them if they don’t let him go. He pleads for his ship and power crystal, but it is too late. Thresher arrives, but Olivia tells him that the pilot was killed on impact during his crash. Thresher leaves, warning the town to never send another citizen to the Upper Levels. After this, Ronin is taken to the town’s bank vault where Bryan Steeles keeps an eye on him. He remains there until Olivia is also taken captive by Rayland Walsh. The two bond during their time in “prison”, but they are both unexpectedly freed thanks to Samantha Valentine, Elsie Lamarr, and Johnathan Davis. After their escape, the tension in town soon dies down and Ronin is left in limbo once more. Elsie Lamarr has pity for him and decides that Thresher’s threat does not apply to the pilot as he is not a citizen of the Lower Levels. He is invited to join the Explorers so he can work on fixing his ship and returning home.
There is little information known about Thresher. He has revealed to David Nash that he may not be like the other citizens. He also enlightens David Nash about the World Ship where they live. His knowledge and mysterious past make him a highly unpredictable individual that David can’t trust. Still, Thresher shows no ill will toward David, going so far as attempting to send him home before they are attacked by the Guardians. Later, when Thresher learns that David Nash has made it to the Hub and is now communicating with the Lower Levels, he becomes rather excited. He reveals that his plan is nearly complete now, and soon they will have “the book” and it will give them “the traveler.” His true intentions remain veiled in secrecy…
Origin: Upper Level
Anton is introduced as the owner of Anton’s Bait Shop, where an injured David Nash is brought in by fishermen who worry that David works for the one known as “Thresher”. Anton takes David in, and after learning the young man is from the Lower Level, nurses him back to health and gives him a job.
He reveals to David that he is knowledgeable about the Upper and Lower levels, and the World Ship itself, but he never gives David any insight into how he knows this information. When the Guardians, Ronin’s team of protectors in the Upper Level, arrive to meet with Anton, the older man helps David Nash confront his captors and formulate a plan for their next course of action.
We last see Anton when he bids David Nash farewell.
After learning that Anton had a very close relationship with Ronin, the old fisherman takes David Nash to Ronin’s “journals”, where the old leader kept written accounts of every adventure he had ever undertaken. He also reveals that Thresher and Ronin had a deeper relationship as rivals that stretched back longer than anyone remembered. He helped David read through dozens of journals, but with the amount of writing that Ronin had done, they realized it would be a daunting task to read it all.
A year after the events of Season 3, Anton arrives at the Hub, where David Nash now lives. He explains that he has a plan to learn more about Thresher, and reveals to David that he knew more about Ronin than anyone else. He takes David to the private journals of Ronin and explains that the olde leader of the Hub once lived on another World Ship. He also explains that Ronin and Thresher were longtime rivals, and that Ronin’s journal might give them some insight into their conflict and how it involves the Hub.
Later, when the city falls under attack from Thresher’s goons, Anton attempts to escape with the Book of the Travelers, but Thresher captures him. He stabs the older man and lets his body sink into the water.
In the wake of Thresher’s attack, David Nash fears that Anton was kidnapped. When the elderly man returns to town, he reveals that things on the World Ship are a little more complicated than most people understand. It turns out, the CORE is a genetic laboratory, where the individuals aboard the World Ship are “built” and imprinted with the data that is assigned to their crew manifest. There are no memories for the citizens to “remember” because they are wholly new individuals, starting their first day when they arrived from the CORE.
As David struggles to understand the science. Anton points out that he died a few days prior, but that his genetic information, which was stored in the CORE, created a new copy and he simply returned to the Hub. David questions Anton’s ability to remember any of this if he was a new copy. Anton explains that he is unique, having finally mastered the ability to store individual memories, but not until long after the other citizens had already undergone the process to be “built”. He is the sole individual on the World Ship that can remember his prior life.
After explaining his own story, Anton adds that Ronin and Thresher were refugees from another World Ship that had failed years prior. Ronin had the Book of the Traveler and told Anton that it must be kept secret, or Thresher could use the information within it to doom their own World Ship, intentionally or by accident. Anton then spent the rest of his days helping Ronin establish the Hub, helping other citizens, and keeping a watchful eye on the World Ship. As the only one that truly understood their past, Anton had a heavy burden to carry.