"Natalie Grayswift's mother, Lorna, is a Doctor of Robotics that works at the Fabrictory in Locksmouth. She is as kind and gentle as she is intelligent and resourceful. A lonely sort, widowed and steadily settling into middle age, her world is her daughter and her work, and she tends both dutifully, trying to make the best of life's twists and turns despite the setbacks it has delivered her."
"Echelon's creator, Osoth, is the Empress of the Inked, and the most terrible creature in the universe. She is as sadistic and wrathful as she is insidious and powerful. A paranoid sort, fearful of rebellion and hungry for even more power, she destroyed and devoured all but a handful of the Inklings that existed when she took the throne, twisting and terrorizing them into hapless, frightened pawns."
"Dr. Grayswift. Empress Osoth. My mother, destroyer of worlds."