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A group of self-proclaimed "data analysts", the Illuminae Group consists of Kady Grant, Ezra Mason, AIDAN, Hanna Donnelly, Nik Malikov, Ella Malikova, Asha Grant, and Rhys Lindstorm.

Their main goal is to bring to light BeiTech Industries's crimes and human rights violations committed on the illegal WUC hermium mining colony on Kerenza IV, and the subsequent attempts from BeiTech to conceal them.


The Illuminae Files are first mentioned by AIDAN in OBSIDIO: The ILLUMINAE Files 03, where it remarks that Kady and it are compiling a dossier of all of BeiTech's crimes. When Winifred McCall asks about the meaning, it clarifies that it is "from the Latin verb Illume: 'to shed light'", "those who shine light", or "the shining ones", and that Latin is the language of tales that have stood the test of time. It is assumed that this is where the name of the group is derived from.

The Illuminae Group also uses their name as a cover; they disguise themselves as an information liberty firm to dig up more evidence on BeiTech's crimes. They are later found out by Leanne Frobisher during her confrontation with Kady, but not until they have already gotten paid and had time to regroup.

After Frobisher and others involved are convicted, the group dines out at a restaurant owned by one of Nik and Ella's cousins as celebration. After they finish their pelmeni, they jokingly bring up Nik's promise that he'd pick up the tab if they survived the Kerenza and Heimdall invasions. Instead of this, they pay for the bill with a card labeled "The Illuminae Group" and leave, satisfied.

At the end of Obsidio, there is a group portrait of Kady, Ezra, Ella, Hanna, Nik, Asha, Rhys, and a small cat (possibly Waimarie, Jake Christie's platoon's unofficial mascot). The picture is labeled "THE ILLUMINAE GROUP / EST 2575".