Xan was a seven-year-old child born to a couple of scientific researchers soon after they resettled on Laconia.
HistoryEditXan lied about completing chores and went on to play with his friend Santiago. Unfortunately, while playing on the road, he was run down by a vehicle operated by an inebriated soldier and died from the trauma.
His lifeless body was brought back to his family home, where many families came to the viewing to console his own family; with Santiago's family and even Admiral Winston Duarte himself among those attending.
Cara, Xan's sister, having seen the eerie marvel of a resurrected indigenous sunbird and a similar repair of her parents' utility drone, brought her brother's body to the same strange dogs connected with those occurrences. In the following day, Xan was revived, albeit now with the same black eyes as the sunbird.When Xan returns with Cara to the family home, their parents are horrified and attempted to contact the local authorites, forcing Cara and Xan to escape to the wilderness together.
- Xan is described as a seven-year-old born on Laconia and his friend is described as being a seven-year-old as well. However, that best friend character described in the next novel his personal experiences at the time of the Io Campaign years before Xan's family could have arrived on Laconia. This age discrepancy/inconsistency cannot be explained in the context of the plot.