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'''Scorpio''', a pig, is an ex-crime lord from [[Chasm City]]. His earliest memories indicate that he was once part of the crew aboard a pleasure craft. When the craft was attacked by a passing lighthugger, he found himself, and fellow crew-pigs, used as game in a sadistic hunt by the human invaders. Being the only pig to survive, and with the revelation that, even while as crew aboard the space-yacht, he was a slave to human masters, Scorpio develops an intense hatred of humankind which drives his rise to infamy, becoming a feared figure in the [[Rust Belt]]. Although not described in detail, it appears that he is eventually captured and detained by the [[Demarchists|Demarchist]] authorities, being transported to likely execution.
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'''Scorpio '''was a [[hyperpig]] and a former crime lord of [[Chasm City]]. He was once part of the pig slave-crew of a pleasure craft. When the craft was attacked by a passing [[lighthugger]], he found himself and his fellow crew-pigs used as game in a sadistic hunt by the human invaders. Being the only pig to survive, and with the revelation that, even while as crew aboard the space-yacht, he was a slave to human masters, Scorpio developed an intense hatred of humankind which drove his rise to infamy, becoming a feared figure in the [[Rust Belt]]. He was eventually captured and detained by [[Demarchists|Demarchist]] authorities, being transported aboard one of their intra-system vessels, likely to execution.
   
He was found captive on a Demarchist vessel [[Clavain]] attacks at the beginning of ''[[Redemption Ark]]''. After Clavains' defection, Scorpio and [[Remontoire]] head to a Habitat orbiting [[Yellowstone]] in order to stop Clavain. After a long chase, Scorpio becomes part of the rescue party sent to [[Resurgam]] system to save everyone on the planet from the [[Inhibitor]] machine.
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While in-transit the Demarchist vessel came under attack by [[Conjoiners|Conjoiner]] forces, the lighthugger ''[[Nightshade]] ''under the commanded of [[Nevil Clavain]], and Scorpio was taken by them. After Clavain's defection, Scorpio was coerced into helping capture him, accompanying [[Remontoire]] to a habitat orbiting [[Yellowstone]]. After a long chase, Scorpio switched allegiances, assisting Clavain and [[Sky Haussmann|H]] capture the lighthugger ''[[Zodiacal Light|Eldritch Witch]]''; which was renamed the ''Zodiacal Light'', after the pleasure yacht Scorpio was enslaved on.'' ''
   
On Ararat, Scorpio becomes the leader of the settlement after Clavain goes off to consult his losses. After Remontoire and the rest of the Conjoiners arrive in system, Scorpio heads to the island to consult Clavain. After they arrive on Skades' iceberg, Scorpio is forced to kill Clavain in order to save Aura.
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He then traveled aboard the ''Zodiacal Light ''with a sizable army of his criminals, following Clavain's commands in order to secure the [[cache weapons]]. In the end, he succeeded in repossessing half of them, as well as evacuating some of [[Resurgam|Resurgam's]] population before they were culled by the [[Inhibitors]]. To do the latter, he abandoned the damaged ''Light ''to the command of Remontoire, and accompanied the ''[[Nostalgia for Infinity]] ''as they fled [[Delta Pavonis]] for [[p Eridani]].
   
Scorpio and those that were on the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' when it left Ararat travel to Yellowstone, only to see it utterly destroyed by the Inhibitors, then head to Hela in order to find Quaiche and negotiate with the shadows. In a twist of plans, Scorpio, Khouri, Vasko and Aura, after Scorpio destroy the bridge crossing Absolution Gap, decide to let the Scrimshaw Suit carrying the shadow envoy fall to its destruction with Quaiche's cathedral. His fate after this is unknown (all that is said is that "after that, he didn't remember very much"), although it is implied that he is the one accompanying Aura on planet Ararat in the prologue and epilogue of ''[[Absolution Gap]]''. This would, however, make Scorpio over four hundred subjective years old by Yellowstone's calendar though he has only lived through 60 or so due to relativistic effects and prolonged time in 'reefer' (cryo) sleep. He had previously stated he would be unlikely to reach a body age beyond his 50s, but how much of this predicted life expectancy was due to his biology and how much to his dangerous lifestyle is unclear as few other hyper-pigs are major characters.
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On [[Ararat]], after the ''Infinity ''landed without command and showed no signs of moving, Scorpio became the leader of the ad hoc settlement after Clavain went off to mourn his losses. After Remontoire, the repaired ''Zodiacal Light'', and the two remaining Conjoiner lighthuggers chasing them arrived in-system, Scorpio headed to the island to consult Clavain. An unidentified object had crash landed, which turned out to contain [[Ana Khouri]]. After investigating her claim that her [[Aura|daughter]] was abducted by [[Skade]] mid-pregnancy, they assembled a team and traveled to Skade's downed corvette.
   
Scorpio's pig biology leaves him at a disadvantage here in space travel as it becomes clear the repeated freeze/thaw of reefer sleep is taking an enormous toll on him and shortening his life. It is implied that Scorpio may not survive another freezing. Humans such as the Conjoiner characters and even baseline (unaugmented) humans are far more resistant to the effects of reefer sleep.
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When they arrived on Skade's iceberg, Scorpio was forced to slowly kill Clavain in order to save the child, whom Skade held captive.
   
In the epilogue of ''Absolution Gap'', it is strongly implied that Scorpio indeed lived way beyond his expected lifespan. Hundreds of years after the events on Hela, Aura visits Ararat with a "stout guardian protector" who is implied to be Scorpio. This conclusion is also supported by a line in the prologue, wherein Aura reflects that she is glad "she didn't have his acuity with smells", referring to her guardian. It is referenced several times in ''Absolution Gap'' that Pigs have a more heightened sense of smell than Humans.
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Scorpio and those that were on the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' when it left Ararat traveled to Yellowstone, only to see it utterly destroyed by the Inhibitors. They then changed their plans and headed for [[Hela]] in order to find [[Quaiche]] and negotiate with the [[shadows]].
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In a twist that even they had not seen coming, Scorpio, Khouri, [[Vasko]] and Aura (after Scorpio destroyed the [[Absolution Gap Bridge|bridge]] crossing Absolution Gap), decided to let the [[Scrimshaw Suit]] carrying the shadow envoy fall to its destruction with Quaiche's cathedral.
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== Notes ==
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* His fate after the final chapter of ''[[Absolution Gap]] ''is unknown (all that is said is that "after that, he didn't remember very much"), although it is implied that he is the one accompanying Aura on the planet Ararat in the prologue and epilogue. This conclusion is supported by a line in the prologue, wherein Aura reflects that she is glad "she didn't have his acuity with smells", referring to her guardian. It is referenced several times in ''Absolution Gap'' that Pigs have a more heightened sense of smell than Humans. This would, however, make Scorpio over 60 or so due to relativistic effects. He had previously stated he would be unlikely to reach a body age beyond his 50s, but how much of this predicted life expectancy was due to his biology and how much to his dangerous lifestyle is unclear, as few other hyper-pigs are major characters.
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* Scorpio's pig biology leaves him at a disadvantage here in space travel as it becomes clear the repeated freeze/thaw of reefer sleep is taking an enormous toll on him and shortening his life. It is implied that Scorpio may not survive another freezing after he is awoken in the [[107 Piscium system]]. Humans such as the Conjoiner characters and even baseline humans are far more resistant to the effects of reefer sleep.
 
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Scorpio was a hyperpig and a former crime lord of Chasm City. He was once part of the pig slave-crew of a pleasure craft. When the craft was attacked by a passing lighthugger, he found himself and his fellow crew-pigs used as game in a sadistic hunt by the human invaders. Being the only pig to survive, and with the revelation that, even while as crew aboard the space-yacht, he was a slave to human masters, Scorpio developed an intense hatred of humankind which drove his rise to infamy, becoming a feared figure in the Rust Belt. He was eventually captured and detained by Demarchist authorities, being transported aboard one of their intra-system vessels, likely to execution.

While in-transit the Demarchist vessel came under attack by Conjoiner forces, the lighthugger Nightshade under the commanded of Nevil Clavain, and Scorpio was taken by them. After Clavain's defection, Scorpio was coerced into helping capture him, accompanying Remontoire to a habitat orbiting Yellowstone. After a long chase, Scorpio switched allegiances, assisting Clavain and H capture the lighthugger Eldritch Witch; which was renamed the Zodiacal Light, after the pleasure yacht Scorpio was enslaved on.

He then traveled aboard the Zodiacal Light with a sizable army of his criminals, following Clavain's commands in order to secure the cache weapons. In the end, he succeeded in repossessing half of them, as well as evacuating some of Resurgam's population before they were culled by the Inhibitors. To do the latter, he abandoned the damaged Light to the command of Remontoire, and accompanied the Nostalgia for Infinity as they fled Delta Pavonis for p Eridani.

On Ararat, after the Infinity landed without command and showed no signs of moving, Scorpio became the leader of the ad hoc settlement after Clavain went off to mourn his losses. After Remontoire, the repaired Zodiacal Light, and the two remaining Conjoiner lighthuggers chasing them arrived in-system, Scorpio headed to the island to consult Clavain. An unidentified object had crash landed, which turned out to contain Ana Khouri. After investigating her claim that her daughter was abducted by Skade mid-pregnancy, they assembled a team and traveled to Skade's downed corvette.

When they arrived on Skade's iceberg, Scorpio was forced to slowly kill Clavain in order to save the child, whom Skade held captive.

Scorpio and those that were on the Nostalgia for Infinity when it left Ararat traveled to Yellowstone, only to see it utterly destroyed by the Inhibitors. They then changed their plans and headed for Hela in order to find Quaiche and negotiate with the shadows.

In a twist that even they had not seen coming, Scorpio, Khouri, Vasko and Aura (after Scorpio destroyed the bridge crossing Absolution Gap), decided to let the Scrimshaw Suit carrying the shadow envoy fall to its destruction with Quaiche's cathedral.

Notes

  • His fate after the final chapter of Absolution Gap is unknown (all that is said is that "after that, he didn't remember very much"), although it is implied that he is the one accompanying Aura on the planet Ararat in the prologue and epilogue. This conclusion is supported by a line in the prologue, wherein Aura reflects that she is glad "she didn't have his acuity with smells", referring to her guardian. It is referenced several times in Absolution Gap that Pigs have a more heightened sense of smell than Humans. This would, however, make Scorpio over 60 or so due to relativistic effects. He had previously stated he would be unlikely to reach a body age beyond his 50s, but how much of this predicted life expectancy was due to his biology and how much to his dangerous lifestyle is unclear, as few other hyper-pigs are major characters.
  • Scorpio's pig biology leaves him at a disadvantage here in space travel as it becomes clear the repeated freeze/thaw of reefer sleep is taking an enormous toll on him and shortening his life. It is implied that Scorpio may not survive another freezing after he is awoken in the 107 Piscium system. Humans such as the Conjoiner characters and even baseline humans are far more resistant to the effects of reefer sleep.
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