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"Am I not merciful?"
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Syra Boll was the executive officer on the Hypatia.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Boll is seen in the books to be responsible and authoritative, trusting in her own ability ot make decisions for the greater good. However, she doesn't listen to her inferiors as much, and is somewhat stubborn in keeping her policies.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Plot[edit | edit source]

After Captain Ann Chau's death on 7/28/2575, Boll becomes the acting captain of the Hypatia. With the help of Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, she leads the ship towards Heimdall Jump Station in the hopes of getting the word out to the world about the Kerenza IV invasion by BeiTech Industries. They work with Hanna Donnelly, Ella Malikova and Nik Malikov to thwart the BeiTech assault fleet and figure out the wormhole physics, finally reconvening on the captured BeiTech ship Mao.

Afterwards, though, an insurrection led by Ben Garver breaks out on the way back to Kerenza IV. Garver doesn't agree with Boll's policies of enlisting teenagers (who he sees as untrustworthy and irresponsible), and is outraged at the conditions in which refugees of the Kerenza and Heimdall invasion live, and rallies officers (mostly fellow former residents of the Heimdall) to overthrow Syra and assume command of the ship. Boll is killed by Garver on 9/3/2575 as a result.

However, Kady Grant, Hanna Donnelly, Ezra Mason, Nik Malikov, Ella Malikova and AIDAN work together and fight back. They are successful, and Winifred McCall becomes the new Acting Captain of the Mao.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While she was captain of the Mao, Boll "had to cram several hundred extra UTA survivors into an already overcrowded ship, deal with hundreds of petty problems from hydroponics breakdowns to fistfights, and hold together the 2,915 lives aboard the Hypatia with her bare hands".
  • Her predoctoral research was on potential interplay between Rosenstein and Einstein-type hyperspatial bridges across real spacetime, which helps her understand what happened to Assault Fleet Kennedy and explain the alternate universes to the rest of the Hypatia crew.
  • AIDAN calls Boll "O Captain, My Captain", after a poem by Walt Whitman of the same name. In the poem, the admired captain bravely leads the ship through a storm, but dies at the end.
  • Boll believes in God, though it is unknown which religion she is of.
  • As she was a theology student, Syra owned a Bible. Winifred McCall leafed through it after her death in an attempt to find answers, though McCall was interrupted by Kady entering the room.
  • Boll didn't allow Nik Malikov to help with piloting, as he was a convicted member of the House of Knives. However, after Boll's death and recapturing of the Mao from Ben Garver, Nik strengthened the fighting force and ended saving Ezra Mason's life.
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