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'''Triumvir Ilia Volyova''' of ''[[Nostalgia for Infinity]]'' is an implant-free [[Ultranaut]], and a major character in both ''[[Revelation Space]]'' and ''[[Redemption Ark]]''. At the beginning of ''Revelation Space'', Volyova is the keeper of the [[Cache Weapons]]. It is during her search for a means to control these weapons that she enlists [[Ana Khouri]] (who was planted in the role by the [[Mademoiselle]]), thus setting off a chain of events that continues throughout the novels. She maintains a long friendship with [[Captain Brannigan]], and is the only one to visit him regularly during several years of travel time on the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' in which he is kept in very deep [[reefersleep]] to slow down the onset of [[Melding Plague]] in his body. She later disengages the reefersleep and warms him up fully, allowing his body to merge with the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' as the only way to save it from an attack. Volyova later, in a plot hatched with Khouri, helps organize the evacuation of [[Resurgam]], the first human-colonised planet doomed to be destroyed by the [[Inhibitors]]. She ultimately sacrifices herself to prevent the suicide of Captain Brannigan, now indistinguishable from the ship. In doing so, she exposes herself to vacuum, the damage proving almost fatal to her, but preserving the ship and thus the last chance of survival for the inhabitants of Resurgam.
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Triumvir Ilia Volyova was an implant-free [[Ultranauts|Ultranaut]] who served aboard the [[lighthugger]] ''[[Nostalgia for Infinity]] ''and was responsible for monitoring and investigating the [[Cache weapons|Cache Weapons]]. It was during her search for a means to control the hell-class weapons that she recruited -- or more accurately, abducted -- [[Ana Khouri]] (who was planted in the role by the [[The Mademoiselle|Mademoiselle]]), in 2546.
   
She later dies on a suicide mission attacking the Inhibitors around Resurgam in an attempt to slow them down, giving the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' the best possible chance of escape. Her actions apparently had no effect on the Inhibitors and all cache weapons that she took were wasted.
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Ilia maintained a long friendship with her captain, [[Captain Brannigan|John Brannigan]], and was the only one to visit him regularly during his necessary confinement in very deep [[reefersleep]], used to slow down the onset of [[Melding Plague]] in his body. She later disengaged the reefersleep and warmed him up fully, allowing his body to merge with the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' as the only way to save it from an attack.
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Decades later, in a plot hatched with Khouri, Volyova helped organize the evacuation of [[Resurgam]], the first human-colonised planet to be destroyed by the [[Inhibitors]]. She prevented the suicide of Captain Brannigan, by then indistinguishable from the ship. By doing so she exposed herself to hard vacuum, the damage proving nearly fatal, but preserving the ship and thus the last chance of survival for the inhabitants of Resurgam.
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She later died on a suicide mission attacking the Inhibitors around Resurgam in an attempt to slow them down, giving the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' the best possible chance of escape.
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Her actions -- while heroic -- had no measurable effect on the Inhibitors or their [[Solar Weapon|solar weapon]], and all cache weapons that she took were presumably destroyed.
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== Notes ==
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* Ilia is a major point-of-view character in both ''[[Revelation Space]]'' and ''[[Redemption Ark]]''.
 
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Revision as of 00:55, September 10, 2016

Triumvir Ilia Volyova was an implant-free Ultranaut who served aboard the lighthugger Nostalgia for Infinity and was responsible for monitoring and investigating the Cache Weapons. It was during her search for a means to control the hell-class weapons that she recruited -- or more accurately, abducted -- Ana Khouri (who was planted in the role by the Mademoiselle), in 2546.

Ilia maintained a long friendship with her captain, John Brannigan, and was the only one to visit him regularly during his necessary confinement in very deep reefersleep, used to slow down the onset of Melding Plague in his body. She later disengaged the reefersleep and warmed him up fully, allowing his body to merge with the Nostalgia for Infinity as the only way to save it from an attack.

Decades later, in a plot hatched with Khouri, Volyova helped organize the evacuation of Resurgam, the first human-colonised planet to be destroyed by the Inhibitors. She prevented the suicide of Captain Brannigan, by then indistinguishable from the ship. By doing so she exposed herself to hard vacuum, the damage proving nearly fatal, but preserving the ship and thus the last chance of survival for the inhabitants of Resurgam.

She later died on a suicide mission attacking the Inhibitors around Resurgam in an attempt to slow them down, giving the Nostalgia for Infinity the best possible chance of escape.

Her actions -- while heroic -- had no measurable effect on the Inhibitors or their solar weapon, and all cache weapons that she took were presumably destroyed.

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