A brief history of Eight:|
Eight, or Subject #08, Configuration #18, was a human born into captivity, a test subject of the Starmen from birth. Over the course of decades, the Starmen had abducted many humans other than George and Maria, foster parents to Giegue. These others, however, were subject to fates far worse, becoming medical experiments of the aliens. Deep within the Starmen's ships, they were tested, modified, becoming biological horrors in the name of whatever twisted science their captors were pursuing. This was the life Experiment #08 was born into. At the time, the Starmen were seeking a form of universal communication, a way of interacting with any sentient organism regardless of species or language. They proposed to create such a tool in the form of a living being, an organic communicator using the body and mind of a human as the base. Eight's transition into such a being began at birth, her vocal cords being slashed as to prevent the development of any form of speech or oral communication. A device was wired into her brain, allowing the subject to interact with others not through physical means, but rather allowing her to transmit imagery and emotion mentally. This "universal communicator" grew up, constantly modified and disciplined by the Starmen. However, as advanced as their technology was, Eight's master's had not seen the horrific potential of their creation. The constant dissection, modification, punishment, the very things used to perfect and control Eight had led her to develop a resentment, and intense hatred of the Starmen. Rather than communicate in a sane and civilized manor as she had been designed, the device contained within Eight's head would let off tremendous bursts of horrific imagery, all her hatred and loathing transmitted into a tangible form. This visions tore at the minds of those around the experiment, leaving nothing but gibbering wrecks in the place of the most stalwart of soldiers. Deemed a failed experiment, but possessing technology too valuable to be destroyed, Eight was locked away in the bowels of the ships, left to rot away where her tortured thoughts could not reach others.