The MC is Hero Valente, a 19-year-old born on the moon of Kamara circling the planet of Hiphus who grew up in the lower level slums of The Skids of the poverty-stricken city of Bright with his mother and older brother Harrison. His father, a pipework labourer, disappeared when Hero was thirteen, leaving Harrison to be the man of the household. Hero began working as a Scrapper on his fourteenth birthday while Harrison followed his father into the pipe works, both working to support their mentally ill mother suffering. Harrison was eventually conscripted into the rebellion, leaving Hero to look after his mother alone, which got harder when they received word of Harrison’s death. Hero is also gay (because we gotta spice up da story with a cute ass ship )
The friend he is trying to save Jack Ryder. The two had a relationship once upon a time. Jack was born in the city of Verona on the planet of Avalon where he lived an extravagant life of money and parties, a lifestyle proudly funded by his parents. Upon discovering his sexuality when he was a teenager, Jack openly pursued men, his parents weren’t accepting of it. Rather, his farther condemned him and cut him off completely. Unhappy with his life, Jack packed up and moved to Bright, lying and sleeping his way to the Sun Sprawl (the higher levels of Bright). When he was caught by the wife of a powerful diplomat he was sleeping with, Jack was chased down a chute leading directly to the Skids where he met Hero who looked out for him.
Somewhere down the line, Jack pulled a Kylo Ren (yes, I know, Star Wars, but it’s the easiest way to describe it) and joined the bad guys as their kind of hired gun.
The pirate’s name is Dodge who flies the ship Montresor and the mercenary’s name is Ridley. I haven’t really figured out how they meet yet. Either they help him escape the collapse of Bright or he gets rescued, gets taken to the rebels and meets them there.
I dunno how to answer these because it links with the main problem of this series: it’s too much like Star Wars, which is absolutely not what I want. I think the two MCs and their journey is very different to SW and—despite the trio being a trio like in SW—my trio has a different dynamic. But there are some issues with originality going on here