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Name: Seamus Zelazny Harper
Age: Unspecified, looks to be early 20's
Marital Status: Single
Family: Unknown, except for two deceased
Odd Traits: metal thing on his neck,
allows him access to computers and stuff
Loves Harley Davidsons
Seamus Zelazny Harper is the sole engineer
on board Andromeda. He grew up on Earth more than
twenty years before joining the Andromeda crew. His
favourite drink appears to be Sparky, a caffeinated
cola, along with a liking of Neubayern Weisbrau (beer).
Harper is very technically gifted.
Give him the flexi with plans for anything, and he
can build it, from FMS to Ship Made Flesh. Harper
also has a data port in his neck that allows him to
access encyclopedia disks instantly, enter virtual
reality, monitor computers and control them.
Growing up on Earth was not a
pleasant experience for Harper. He was born in Dunwich,
Massachusetts. His family believed that it would be
safe to raise a family outside the Nietzschean influence.
This left them open to Magog attacks. Harper had two
cousins, Declan and Siobhan. They were infested with
Magog eggs, and Harper's family chose to kill them
instead of letting the eggs hatch. (To Loose The Fateful
Lightning) This gave Harper a deep fear of Magog,
which has come out at times. After this, his family
moved to a refugee camp under Nietzschean authority,
near Boston harbour. (D Minus Zero) Food was scarce,
and Harper has stated that, "I survived by being
the nastiest piece of work that ever clubbed someone
over the head in the back alley over a hunk of cheese."
(Fear And Loathing In The Milky Way) There were also
Nietzscheans, which Harper has no great love for either.
This was shown in Angel Dark, Demon Bright when Harper
plotted to kill 150 000 Nietzscheans. He was able
to use his plan to kill 100 000 Nietzscheans, but
learned that revenge has a bitter taste.
Harper showed an early talent
for fixing broken parts. He scavenged for broken pieces
of technology and fixed them up, despite the danger
from Nietzscheans who would execute him for doing
so. After his parents died, Harper joined some of
the neighbourhood protection societies, fixing stuff
and running errands. Eventually, he met up with Beka
and her now ex-boyfriend Bobby, who took him on as
the chief engineer of the Eureka Maru and got him
off of Earth.
Harper tends to make snarky and
sarcastic quips. He also calls himself a freaking
genius, and his abilities amazing. However, he does
show some self-esteem issues. Harper knows that he
is a technical genius, but he said to Rev after getting
the ASU database out of his brain, "Just empty
old Harper again." (Harper 2.0)
Harper has a weak immune system,
which causes him to catch ill easily. He caught Triangulum
measles before the mission to salvage the Andromeda
Ascendant, a virus on Kalderash V and was the first
to be affected by radiation sickness during the first
encounter with the Restors in D Minus Zero.
In the events of 'Its Hour Come
Round At Last' and 'The Widening Gyre,' Harper faced
his worst fear: Magog. The Andromeda was boarded,
and Harper had to fight for his life against Magog.
He and Tyr fought valiantly, and Harper was able to
keep on fighting, even when it looked as though things
were at their worst. However, they fell to the Magog,
and were infected with Magog eggs. The eggs were removed
from Tyr. However, Trance could not remove them from
Harper due to the extreme risk involved. Harper has
to take medication religiously in order to keep the
Magog eggs dormant. Harper had trouble adjusting to
the eggs, and wanted to die. There was no known cure
for the infection. Rommie helped him realize that
he was still needed and could not give up hope so
easily. (Exit Strategies)
All images are copyright of Tribune Entertainment.
Some information is from Seamus Harper Online.