|“||They'll come for you. In my bones, I know I'm going to reap hell for what I've done. And I don't care. Fuck the Mogadorians.||”|
–Adam, reflecting on his betraying the Mogadorian cause
Adamus Sutekh, more commonly known as Adam, is a trueborn Mogadorian and son of General Andrakkus Sutekh. He originally adopts the Loric bloodlust attitudes of his father and the rest of his kind. However, after witnessing the death of Number One and Hilde and being attached to a machine where he lives in One's memories for three years, his attitude towards the Mogadorian cause changes.
He begins to hate the destructiveness of Mogadorian progress and for using him as a tool. With the ghost of One in his mind he takes on a quest to help the remaining Loric Garde, opposing his family and his race.
Physical Appearance and Traits
Adam is, physically, unlike his fellow Mogadorians. He is a Natural-Born Mogadorian and therefore is naturally smaller, more human-like and is smarter. He is pale with dark hair and eyes, usual Mogadorian traits, but he is not larger built; he describes himself as lithe and agile. Having been in a coma for three years, he falls behind on his exercise and training, putting him behind his fellow Mogadorians of the same age. He is also described as being tall and gaunt.
Adam notes that he has a "too-large nose" and that his face is all sharp angles, something that he unfortunately inherited from his father. During a fight with Ivanick, Adam loses a tooth which leaves a small gap in his smile.
Also unlike the Mogadorians, with perhaps Rex an exception, Adam is known for his empathy. He first notices this when he witnesses the death of Number One, though he supresses the feeling due to The Great Book forbidding against it. His empathy eventually develops to the point where he seeks to actively help the Garde, betraying his own people.
Not a lot is known about Adam's childhood but it is presumed that he was born on Mogadore. He was bron, naturally to Susannah and Andrakkus Sutekh, a major General of the Mogadorian Empire. At the age of Eight, Adam remembers watching the Mogadorian Invasion of Lorien from a spaceship in orbit and crying when he was told that he had to stay behind with the women and children, before his father slaps sense into him. The general returns to the ship to tell Ivanick that his Father, the great warrior Bolog Shu-Ra, was killed during the Invasion and runs a trail of blood over his forehead, doing the same to Adam as an after thought. The Sutekh family adopt Ivan.
Four years before the death of Number One, Adam moves, with his family, to Earth where they settle in Ashwood Estates, home to a major Mogadorian settlement and headquarters. At the age of thirteen, Adam follows the Mogadorian way and looks down on humans who we will, one day, conquer. He plans to rule over Washington D.C.
Malaysia - Number One
Adamus, along with Ivanick, is called to see his father who informs him that they have located a member of the Garde. He travels with him and a platoon of Mogadorian Soldiers, to Malaysia where they find Number One and Hilde on the banks of the Rajang River. He watches from a distances as Hilde, and then One, are killed. Hilde's body is left while One's is taken back to America.
Though he quickly dismisses it, this is the first feeling of empathy that Adam feels towards the Garde and the factor that leads to Adamus' betrayal.
Adam is chosen by his Father to take part in a Memory transfer with Number One, partly because they are similar in age and partly because Andrakkus hopes that the success of the experiment will bring pride to the Sutekh family and the General's status.
As a result of the experiment, Adam spends the next three years in a coma while his mind is trapped with a Ghost version of Number One inside her memories. He watches her life play out, starting from her memories on Lorien and her evacuation. He initially tries to note as much useful information that he can to relay back to the Mogadorians but soon begins to question, he witnesses One's death again and wills it not to happen, though there is nothing he can do to change anything. After this memory Adam finally admits that he doesn't know why the Mogadorians are doing what they are doing and is ademant that he will find out.
When he wakes up, weak and feeble from three years in a coma, Adam sees his sister playing with a Build-a-Piken set where she casually grows and kills a mini Piken; It makes him uncomfortable to realise how little his people value life. He decides to lie about what he had seen, not that anything he learnt would help the Mogadorians anyway. From one's memories, he notices that the Mogadorians are not allowed individuality and do not have freedom from doctrines, such as the Great Book, like the Loric do. He also hates what the Mogadorians did not Lorien but knows that if he told his father this, it wouldn't go down too well.
London - Number Two
Shortly after waking up, Adam is lead to his Father's office where he is briefing a group of warriors on Conrad Hoyle, a Cêpan, who was tracked from Scotland heading to London where it is believed that he will meet up wtih his Garde. At the front of the room, Adam notices Ghost-One who tells him that he has to do something before he faints.
Adam is brought to the London headquarters but feigns exhaustion so he doesn't have to participate in the assault on Conrad. He still has conflicting feelings about his people and starts to think of himself as separate. One tells him to do something to help and when he notices the flagged blog post, written by Two reaching out to the other Garde, he pinpoints the source of the post and finds Number Two. He pretends he is Loric and tries to get to her leave but she is suspicious and soon Ivan arrives and discovers her Number. He traps her underneath his boot and slits her throat with his sword. The Mogadorians assume that Adam had gone alone to claim the glory of killing Two himself.
Adam feels guilty for not being able to help Two and Ghost-One is hard on him for not even helping to give her a fighting chance by kicking her gun to her. He looks through her laptop and photos of her travels and deletes her blog post and Six's reply. He openly disagrees with his father's views and what he has been taught from the Great Book and his father punches him in the face. His mother is sympathetic and tells him to get back to his studies and grow stronger and he senses that she wants to say something else, but she doesn't.
Adam does not speak to his father for two years after the events of London. He dedicates himself to being a model Mogadorian but spends his free time reading Novels from Two's recommended reading list, all the while Ghost-One gets anxious and plots for them to escape to find the Garde.
Kenya, Number Three and Near Death
Adam starts to think that he is biding his time for an opportunity that will never come until word comes to them about Kenya.
Adam and Ivan are to infiltrate a Kenyan Village, the subject of a Magazine article that mentions a young boy with intriguing ankle markings, and investigate. They pose as aid-workers and Adam soon notices a young boy playing with the other children, he wears high socks and turns down a flu shot. Ivan soon realises as well and Adam plans to warn him, travelling to his hut on the outside of the village at night. He is caught up by Ivan who, again, accuses him of trying to get to the Garde first. Adam attempts to persuade him that the Mogadorians and what they are doing are wrong and it takes a while for him to understand. When he realises that Adam is a traitor he attacks him. Adam manages to knock him out by smashing his communicator over his head, he tries to get to Number Three but the Mogadorians have already descended. He watches as Three is chased by a Piken and follows, he sees Three jump and land on the other side of the ravine but is caught by his father and killed. Ivan approaches from behind and shoves him off the ravine to his, almost certain, demise.
Adam returns to One's memories of the Californian beach while Ghost-One desperately tries to wake him from unconsciousness.
Return to Ashwood Estates
Adam finally rouses, pulls himself out of the ravine and through most of the jungle with a broken leg. He is eventually found by an elderly village woman who leaves and returns with Marco, the camp leader, and a visiting doctor. They take him back to the camp and Marco gives him a place to recover. Seven weeks later, he has made a near full recovery and volunteers with the other aid-workers.
Ghost-One begins to appear to Adam less and less and asks him when they are planning to leave. Adam feels happy where he is until One takes control of his body and takes him to Number Three's hut as a reminder. Adam still refuses to leave Kenya but his mind soon changes when Ghost-One starts to flicker in and out of existence. Elswit, a rich aid worker, pays for a new passport for Adam and arranges for him to fly in his father's private jet, back to the USA.
Adam returns to Ashwood Estates, planning to find One's body and reengage the Memory Transfer Technology to save One. He is greeted by his mother who runs to him in tears, happy that her fallen hero was not dead. While the General and Ivanick knew that Adam was a traitor, they had decided to tell his mother that Three had thrown him off the ravine and that they searched for his body to no avail.
Reaching home, he realised that his father had lied to the Mogadorians about his betrayal to protect his name. He receives death threats from his father, but convinces the General that he is still capable of gathering intelligence work, and is sent to the Intelligence Unit underground. There he meets Doctor Zakos, Anu's successor, and is exposed to one of Zakos' mind-transfer experiments. Demoralized and frustrated, he abuses the intelligence system and is promptly arrested, before being sent to Zakos' lab for one final lethal experiment on the latter's requests. Before the experiment begins, he overpowers Zakos and allows One to take control of his body, to free Malcolm Goode (the last surviving Greeter) and conduct another experiment and transfer her Legacy of Earthquake Generation to him. While unconscious he uses this Legacy to decimate Ashwood Estates, Malcolm manages to carry Adamus to safety through the collapsing base. In his unconscious state Adamus bids a final goodbye to One as her memories depart him for good.
The Search for Sam
During their travels wandering, Adam befriends Malcolm despite their race difference; Adam asks Malcolm questions to revive his memories, while Malcolm trains Adam on his newfound Legacy. After a trip to Paradise, Malcolm's old home in Ohio, where they find Sam Goode missing, Adam directs him to the Dulce U.S. government base in New Mexico, where he believes the Mogadorians have detained Sam.
Battle of Dulce
The two, aided with Adam's Legacy, infiltrate the base and succeed in freeing Sam, but not before the Mogadorian guards led by Ivan find them. Adam lets the father and son escape, before conjuring a large explosion at the armory that kills Ivan, injuring himself in the process. It is unknown whether he will survive, but it is hinted that he will, just as he did in the previous book.
Quest to Plum Island
Adam survives the breaking down of the Dulce Base, but notices he's not the only survivor. A Mogadorian Soldier, Rexicus Saturnus has survived too. Adam commands Rex to climb out of the wreckage that was the Dulce base. Together they walk across the dessert, injured and delerious, they hide in the crumbled watchtower Adam took down to infiltrate the base.
Upon arriving at the watch tower's guard station, a large wolf with golden eyes appears. Adam tries to use his Legacy to scare the wolf but that only makes him curious, and the wolf begins to trust Adam. As the three of them try to get comfortable inside the guard station, the wolf begins to shift into a lizard, revealing himself to be a Chimaera. Adam is shocked by the transformation, having never seen a live Chimaera before; He naming him Dust.
Days go by as Adam and Rex heal and eat meager meals. Rex later recognizes Adam to be the General's son and traitor, and threatens to kill him. Rex recovers quickly and Adam knows he can't watch over him forever. They strike a deal after Rex reveals the Mogs have been experimenting on Chimaera, trying to replicate the gene that allows them to shift to integrate it with the genes of vatborn Mogs. Rex also says there are more Chimaera hidden at a facility in Plum Island, New York.
To be continued...
First Meeting with the Garde
- 'You're hurt, angry, I get that, but if you want to hurt them back I can help. (Adam offers his hand) I know where they live'.
- (John takes his hand)
- 'Alright Adam, you're gonna help us win this war.'
- ---- John agrees to let Adam assist him.
After the explosion at the Dulce Base, Malcolm waits for contact from Adam. He consistently checks his phone waiting for some sort of contact, worrying about his safety. Adam eventually contacts Malcolm right before the attack on the John Hancock Center , warning them of the attack. As the attack ends and John is on his way out of the building with the Inheritances, the elevator opens and Adam is there. John reacts violently with knowledge of the events that occurred in Florida and at the John Hancock Center, and tries to kill Adam. Adam avoids the fireballs and then uses One's Legacy to pause John's rampage long enough for Adam to talk to him. He tells John he wishes to help John escape with the chests and aid the remaining Garde. John accepts his help and the book ends there.
Powers and Abilities
Adamus is able to create violent earth tremors which causes destruction to anything in its path.
One had developed this legacy just moments before her death. When Adamus wired his brain to One's he saw a vision of her gaining the legacy and somehow the legacy was trasferred to him. While he was unconcious he unknowingly uses it to destroy Ashwood Estates. Later he trains with Malcolm Goode to perfect his legacy.
Although never met in person, Adamus was forced to accomodate One's consciousness in his mind and whilst things started off rocky, Adamus soon formed a friendship with One, or perhaps even a romantic interest. One plays a huge role in shaping Adamus from a blood thirsty Mogadorian to a Loric ally. Adamus grows to enjoy her presence and frantically tries to save her when he realises that she is fading, even returning home to his father, who knows of his traitor status. In their final talk, inside One's memory of the Californian beach, Adamus tells One that he loves her and they share a kiss before she disappears forever.
Fellow Mogadorians and family
Initially, before the experiment, Adam was merely a normal Mogadorian with less developed physical statute, and was best friends with Ivan, his foster brother, even when both competed for the General's favor. After the experiment and his attitude change, relations turned sour, beginning since his hesitance to kill Number Two, and worsens when he openly declared to Ivan of his intention to side with the Loric. Thereupon he is threatened and disowned by his father General Andrakkus Sutekh and scorned by his younger sister Kelly. Even Serkova and other intelligence juniors working at the base looked down upon him for his supposed cowardice after surviving the incident in Kenya. When Adamus admits to his mother that he is a traitor to the mogadorian cause, she leaves the room and he doesn't see her again.
The Greeter whom he saved from the labs, Malcolm was understanding of Adam's story and situation and accepts him, despite his Mogadorian identity. During their travels together, Malcolm becomes Adam's mentor as Adam tries to train his Legacy and Adam aids Malcolm in return by helping him remember his past. In the Dulce base, after witnessing his son Sam's escape, Malcolm even ponders to urge Adam to get away from danger, showing his concern for Adam.
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