Ten captains of The Fleet, in Cherryh's own words.
- Tom Edger of Australia,lean and grim-faced;
- Jan Meyis 1st officer
- Mika Kreshov of Atlantic, big Mika, perpetually scowling;
- Carlo Mendez of North Pole, a small, dark man of quiet manner.
- Chenel of Libya, on rejuv — his hair entirely silver,
- Porey of Africa, dark-skinned, an incredibly grim man... cosmetic surgery after wounds was not available in the Fleet.
- Keu of India, silk-soft and confident;
- Sung of Pacific, all efficiency;
- Kant of Tibet, another of Sung’s stamp.
And Conrad Mazian. Silver-haired with rejuv, pale eyes, a tall, handsome man