Evgeny looked the part of a soldier, albeit a young one. His coarse black hair was kept buzzed short. His body was built on square lines, nose and jaw and shoulders and hips all designed on the model of a brick. His bright grey-blue eyes had come from his father, but his build had actually come from his mother, Ondrea Belinsky. A sturdy Slovene agriculturalist, Mother had proven a good professional partner to Father on Terra and a steady pioneer on Locust IV. She had also given Evgeny her grandfather's name and a hereditary respect for martial service.
The Apostasy was an alliance of Mauraug 'heretics', specifically religious groups in armed opposition to the theocratic Dominion. Since Dominion controlled the entire interstellar government of the Mauraug and permitted no rivals, disputes of faith had inevitably become an uneven war between Dominion and its detractors. Unfortunately, with the inclusion of the Mauraug into the Collective, this internal dispute was spilling out to affect every region the Mauraug contacted... now including the Locust system.