Caydie Meredith Kines
Miss Caydie… could it be true?
Caydie was born and raised on Safeharbor. Her father, one of the elders of Autumn, kept a close eye on her for most of her childhood. Sickness marked her early years, and several close encounters with death led to a sheltered life. Despite this, the youthful rebellion surged within her just as much as it did in her peers. Like so many others who would become Wayfarers, she demanded answers to countless questions. She wished to unravel the mysteries of Earth and wished to elevate humanity beyond its recent dark age. Her father refused to satiate her curiosity, a fortunate outcome if I'm being honest. One night, after a heated exchange with her parents, she found herself in the archives wide-eyed and desperate for answers. At 16, she was the first person I've met who didn't cower in fear at the sight of me. She barely took a moment to gasp. I was in hiding, content to live in solitude and secrecy. I likely never would have revealed myself if it weren't for her.
A Life of inquiry
Caydie was a scientist at heart. I helped her in her endless pursuit of knowledge. She attended the newly founded Autumn Academy of Science and Engineering, and was among its first alumni. She excelled from then on, exploring the ruins of Safeharbor despite the dangers. This led to her discovery of the dry docks near The Three Colonies. After her death, we named the district Caydie's Cradle in her memory. She got the drydock working again, assisted in designing and building our first Void Navies, and furthered research concerning everything from quantum mechanics to The Safe Harbor protocols. I've always said that the only hope humanity has left lies entirely in its latest generation. It was Caydie who taught me that. Her prime achievement was yet to come. In the Cradle, she discovered several half constructed frigates. She took one for herself, and worked tirelessly to make it operational. It took her a full year, but despite the alien design, she succeeded. She named it The SVN Phoenix, a symbol of humanity rising from its own ashes. This would prove false, and with painful irony.
While never officially practicing the profession, many of the first wayfarers were Caydie's closest friends, including Styx, the voice of The Pulse. As far as I know, she never desired to become a Wayfarer but often used the influence of her father to further their agendas. Even if she did desire it, her health wouldn't allow it. As an adult, she suffered from sickness, and lacked the stamina needed for such a profession. During her many projects, she was forced to take frequent breaks due to fatigue. The wayfarers refused to let this get in the way, however. They held a ceremony just for her, an acknowledgment of her effort and achievements. While she never ventured into the depths of Safeharbor, nor ventured out among the stars, she will forever be counted among their ranks.