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{{character
|image=Spensa.jpeg
|parents=[[Zeen Nightshade|Zeen]] & [[Spensa's mother|mother]]
|ancestors=[[Becca Nightshade]], [[Spensa's great-grandfather|great-grandfather]], [[Spensa's great-grandmother|great-grandmother]]
|abilities={{tag+|cytonics}}
|profession={{cat tag|DDF pilots|Pilot}}
|groups=[[DDF]], [[Skyward Flight]], [[Flowers of Night's Last Kiss Flight]]
|titles=Callsign: Spin, Hero of [[Battle of Alta Second|Alta Second]]{{book ref|starsight|4}}
|aliases=Alanik{{book ref|sky2|9}}
|world=Detritus
|universe=[[Cytoverse]]
|books=[[Skyward (series)]]
}}{{update|book=Starsight}}

When this is done, Jerkface, I will hold your tarnished and melted pin up as my trophy as your smoldering ship marks your pyre, and the final resting place of your crushed and broken corpse!

—Spensa to Jorgen Weight[1]

Spensa Nightshade, callsign Spin, is a Defiant Defense Force pilot from Detritus, the daughter of Zeen Nightshade, and a cytonic.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Spensa is seventeen years old with brown hair and is 151 centimeters tall (4'11" in feet).[2][3] Spensa's favorite color is blood red[4] and she prefers simple but flavorful food.[5]

As the daughter of "The Coward of Alta", Spensa was looked down upon by her fellow Defiants. As a result, she acted fiercely when confronted by others and used intimidation as a defense mechanism. Spensa would often lash out at people who threatened her and even those who didn't, using a wide and somewhat graphic vocabulary inspired by stories of glorious heroes from Earth that her grandmother told her. She was certain that her father was not a coward like everyone thought, and she was bent on proving it by seeming as 'brave' as possible. However, she believed that bravery was about being the most daring warrior and to never show fear. She thought that anything less would make her a coward and prove that the DDF had been right about her father.

In her time in Flight School, she came to realize that being brave wasn't as simple as she thought. People she respected, like Cobb, were guilty of doing things that she would consider cowardly if she did them herself.[6][7] As she loses flightmates to the Krell, she realizes that true bravery isn't just about sounding heroic and what other people think. Instead, bravery is about her own confidence in herself and knowing that, no matter what anyone else said, she was not a coward.[8][9] She becomes embarrassed by how she acted before and realizes that it's okay to get scared sometimes.

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Spensa is an excellent pilot[10] and also has cytonic abilities. So far, she has demonstrated the ability to intercept the Krell's faster-than-light communications with their drones and to react to those orders faster than would be humanly possible.[11] On one occasion, she was also able to activate M-Bot's cytonic hyperdrive.[12]

History[edit]

Spensa lived in the Glorious Rises of Industry with her mother and grandmother, who she referred to as Gran-Gran.[2] Gran-Gran's mother was the "engines" of Defiant, enabling its faster-than-light travel.[8]

Spensa went to school and did reasonably well, but occasionally skipped classes to go exploring or hunting. She skipped class on the last day of school when a sanitation worker was giving a presentation. She accidentally found an old ship in a cavern, seemingly high tech and unfamiliar in appearance. She was told she could take the pilots exam, and was confident in her knoweldcdge. To her horror, she found her pilots test to be all questions about city sanitation. she failed the test, having skipped class that day.[13] She sat in the exam room for hours, then picked up a blank regular test and filled it out. Cobb, her father’s old wingmate and a First Citizen, entered the room and looked over her test. He asked her some questions, and told her to show up at flight school the next day.[14]

Spensa went to Flight School the next day, befriending a girl named Kimmalyn.[13] The training room had several flight simulators, and Spensa met the rest of her flight. She instantly disliked Jorgen, who is rich and priveleged. Cobb made Jorgen flight leader, which outraged Spensa.[15] The cadets spent hours practicing takeoff and landing in the simulators, and afterward an alarm went off. They were called to head towards the battle because Nightmare Flight was down in the caverns. They weren’t supposed to engage in combat, just hover near the city and look threatening. But when a Krell ship went towards the city they engaged. Kimmalyn managed to snipe the Krell fighter and destroy it, and Skyward Flight went back to the surface.[16]

Admiral Ironside despised Spensa and thought her to be a coward like her father, and forbade her from sleeping or eating at the Flight School. Spensa was forced to sleep in her cave with the broken ship, and to make the long commute between there and the Flight School. Because she was forbidden to eat at the Flight School, Spensa was forced to hunt for rats and mushrooms in the caves to feed herself. Still, she didn’t complain, knowing that Admiral Ironsides would take any chance to see her ejected. She tried to connect power to the ship, but her light line’s power matrix was too weak.[17] When she arrived at flight school the next day, she found that her friend Rig was quitting.[18] Spensa and the other cadets spent hours upon hours practicing maneuvers before letting them try destructors, as well as teaching them to use light-lances. Spensa also discovered that her helmet contains sensors to monitor her bioreadings. They engaged in a competition with their light-lances organized by Cobb, in which Spensa and Jorgen competed fiercely. They grew angry at each other after Jorgen revealed that Spensa’s father is Chaser, the infamous coward. At the end of the day, Spensa stole the power matrix from Jorgen’s hovercar.[19]

The next day Spensa hooked up the power matrix to the ship, and it powered up. She discovered that the ship could talk, as it harbored a very advanced AI. It introduced itself as M-Bot, a long-distance stealth ship. M-Bot’s data banks had been mostly corrupted, but he knew his last orders, which were to lie low and not get into any fights. Most of his systems are offline, with only a few like communications still working. Since Spensa can’t fix M-Bot on her own, she recruits Rig to help her, who was still deciding on what he wanted to do know that he wouldn’t be a pilot.[20] He is amazed and energized by the sight of the ship, and decides to get a job at the Engineering Corps so he could help fix it.[21]

M-Bot’s sensors picked up a large force of Krell inbound, and Spensa hurried back to Alta Base. She arrives late to the battle, and joins the dogfight with the Krell. Morningtide dies in battle, and soon after Bim gets shot down as well.[22] Spensa and the others in Skyward Flight were still in shock the next day, and Cobb pushed them hard in training to keep them busy. Spensa later found Cobb watching a replay of the battle, and learned that Cobb had been the one to shoot down her father. He retold the story of her father’s cowardice, but his attitude hinted that the official story is false.[23]

Once Skyward Flight is proficient with the light-lances, Cobb has them moves on to learning how to use the IMP. During the course of their training, M-Bot created a private communication to Spensa using his abilities as a stealth and reconnaissance ship, and allowing them to talk privately during the course of her training. Tensions between Jorgen and Spensa grew, until Spensa grew so enraged that she attacked him, shocking the other cadets. Spensa quickly left, dreading her imminent expulsion as soon as Jorgen told Ironsides of her actions. She went to Ironside’s office to confess, but then found that Jorgen didn’t turn her in. Jorgen told her that they couldn’t afford to lose another pilot, and apologizes. After that, Spensa’s view of Jorgen changed, realizing that he was always putting the flight before himself.[24]

Spensa participated in a large skirmish over a large falling shipyard, which was home to many large sources of acclivity stone. In the course of the battle, two of Nedd’s brothers from Nightmare Flight died.[25] The next day after flight training, Kimmalyn pulled Spensa into a hallway, then took her to the girls dorm, where the rest of the girls waited with stolen food for Spensa. They hung out all night, talking and eating. They have a great time, and Spensa enjoyed the acceptance as they bond.[26]

With Spensa’s help, Rig managed to get some of M-Bot’s basic functions to work, and Spensa used her light lance to open up the cavern ceiling. She flew M-Bot out into the air, and is amazed at how incredibly sensitive and incredible the flight is, even though she doesn’t have a booster.[27] At training, they practiced defending against lifebusters using a modified recording of a previous battle. Spensa realized that the DDF may have the recording of the true Battle of Alta hidden away somewhere.[18] A large force of Krell attacked later, and Skyward Flight was called into battle again. During the course of the battle Hurl’s shield was overwhelmed and her ship was severely damaged. She went into an out of control descent, and was supposed to eject per Cobb’s instructions. She refused to be a “coward” however, refusing to eject. After thew battle, Skyward Flgiht was given medical leave, and Kimmalyn quits the flight. Spensa finds out where Hurl crashed, and decides to go give Hurl a proper pilot’s funeral.[18] Jorgen joined her, and they rode his hovercar out to the site. They recovered Hurl’s pilot pin and gave her a short funeral, and Spensa took her ship’s booster.[28] Jorgen figures out that she is building a starship, but decides not to ask too many questions.[18]

Spensa asked Cobb about the old battle recordings the next day, and he gave her is authorization code to access them. On her way back to M-Bot after getting the recording, FM brought Spensa to a restaurant with some members and former members of the flight. Spensa found the food to be amazing, since she had been eating rat meat and mushrooms her whole life.[29] Afterward, Spensa went to M-Bot, who told her he could protect the battle using his holoprojkectos. Spensa watched the battle, and saw her father break off from the flgiht and fly up through a hole in the debris belt, saying that he could hear the stars. When he came back, saying that he would kill everyone. Chaser fired on his own flight mates, and Cobb shot him down.[6] Shocked, Spensa spent an entire day in M-Bot’s cockpit, trying to process the information. Cobb told her the next day that if she ever saw “the eyes” or could hear the stars, she should tell him immediately. Spensa had seen the eyes before, but didn’t tell Cobb for fear she would no longer be allowed to fly. After the flight school doctor had been tipped off about Spensa’s living condition by Cobb, Spensa was given permission to stay and eat at the flight school.[30]

With the booster installed, Rig finally had M-Bot ready to fly at full capacity, though some of his advanced features were still inoperative, like his cytonic hyperdrive. Spensa took him out, amazed at his incredible speed and GravCap capability. M-Bot projected a holographic battle onto her windshield, providing a simulation battle, and she had him do the Battle of Alta. She notices that her father almost seems to anticipate the Krell’s movements, acting just before they do. She hears the stars singing, and suddenly the cockpit went black, and Spensa saw millions of white pinprick eyes focusing on her. She screamed for M-Bot to turn it off, but he said that he didn’t project that. M-Bot feared that Spensa might make him participate in battle against his original pilot’s orders, and so powers down until his pilot returns.[31]

Spensa visited her grandmother, who told her that their family had been the engines of the ship Defiant. They could hear the stars and power the ship to far away places. Gran-Gran thought of Spensa’s ability as a gift, not a curse.[32] When Skyward Flight was out scouting, when a large chunk of valuable debris fell along with a large swarm of Krell. They engaged, and during the course of the battle Spensa was shot down. Her ship began to go down, and she reluctantly ejected, blacking out in the process. She woke up on the ground, and Admiral Ironsides dismissed her from the flight school for ejecting. This left Skyward Flight with only two graduating members, FM and Jorgen.[33] Spensa attended their graduation ceremony, feeling conflicted. Afterward she went to a restaurant with the others of her flight, and listen to a radio as a huge contingent of Krell, a full hundred of them, are making an attack on Alta. A bomber flew in, but was shot down. The anti-aircraft emplacements were damaged, and a force of Krell flew towards the weak point. Spensa realized that there was still one ship on Alta Base she could use.[34]

The Battle of Alta Second[edit]

Spensa got permission from the ground crew to use Arturo’s broken down ship, who’s shield system is inoperative. She takes off anyway, and announced her arrival on the flightleader channel. She spotted a second bomber, and tried to take it out. It was guarded by ace pilots, and her destructors became damaged. She planned to ram the bomber as it grew close to the death zone, but her acclivity ring failed and she fell into a dive. She crashes, but survives.[11] Cobb arrived, flying M-Bot, who had re-written his programming to accept Spensa as his pilot. She enters M-Bot and flies after the bomber. After a brief dogfight, she heard a command sent to make the bomb detonate in 100 second. She had Kimmalyn shoot the bomber’s clamps, releasing the lifebuster.[35] Spensa grabbed the lifebuster with her light-lance and flew away from Alta at full speed, bomb with her. Right as the countdown reached its end, M-Bot shockingly noted that the cytonic hyperdrive is online. Spensa engaged her cytonic abilities, teleporting her and M-Bot out of the explosion.[12]

Spensa entered the place of the eyes, and they focused on her. She jolted back into M-Bot’s cockpit, and he reported that the cytonic hyperdrive was now offline again. She found that she was 100 kilometers away from the blast site, and that almost no time had passed. Spensa called Alta Base, and heard cheering. Ironsides tells her to return to base and that she’ll pardon Chaser, but Spensa saw a hole in the debris belt.[18] She flew up through it, where she discovered that the belt is a series of organized defense platforms. She saw large space station, and could hear the Krell communication. They tried to overwrite her vision, but M-Bot jammed the signal and keeps her safe. She discovered that the same must’ve happened to her father, making him think his flightmates were Krell. M-Bot translated some Krell, as well as downloading some of their data. She discovered that the Krell are prison guards, keeping the humans contained.[36]

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Over the next six months, Detritus progressed much, and so had Spensa’s skill. She grew adept at listening to the Krell communications and moving before they did, and as a result the Krell started sending aces in manned fighters to kill her.[37] In the midst of a dogfight, two Superiority battleships arrived, and Spensa was told by command that they were capable of possibly bombarding the planet.[38] After returning to Platform Prime, Spensa was informed that the engineering team had discovered an old recording from the platform. After Spensa, Cobb, and a few others arrived, they played the recording. The recording showed a command room, with a woman panicking and saying that their defenses had failed and a delver had come. The delver enveloped them, and the screen went black, but Spensa saw an image of herself staring back at her in the screen, which nobody else in the room saw.[39][40]

After watching the recording, Cobb pulled Spensa aside and told her that they needed to find a way to get off Detritus, such as figuring out the secret of Superiority hyperdrives. He suggested that Spensa and a team could hypothetically infiltrate the Superiority space station, but didn’t know fully how to go about it. Spensa felt an odd sensation as a solitary ship appeared outside Detritus and began to make its way through the platforms.[41] Spensa and Kimmalyn went out in their fighters to check out the ship, which they found hurtling towards the ground, out of control. They slowed down the ship’s descent with their light lances, and brought it to a mostly controlled crash. Inside they found a humanoid female alien, with pink skin.[42] She was badly wounded, but used a translator pin to speak to Spensa before passing out. She told Spensa not to trust the Superiority, and cytonically implanted Starsight’s coordinates in her mind. M-Bot hacked the alien Alanik’s records and found that she was going to Starsight to join their star fleet. Spensa realized that it was her perfect oppurtinuty to go to Starsight in Alanik’s place, using holographic technology that M-Bot had to disguise her as Alanik. The coordinates began fading from her mind, and she had to make a rushed decision. She discusses the idea with Jorgen, who tells her she should go. She climbs into M-Bot, then uses the coordinates to hyperjump just outside of Starsight.[43]


At Starsight[edit]

Spensa made it to Starsight, which is around 40,000 light years away from Detritus. She and M-Bot manage to gain entry into Starsight, her disguise and M-Bot’s faked information holding up.[44]

At Starsight, she was greeted by Minister Cuna, who showed her where she was staying and explained the workings of Starsight.[45]  She went to tryouts for the Superiority fighter force, in which the Superiority used drone ships with live fire. The Pilots had to survive for thirty minutes. Spensa saw a large ship floundering, and rescued it with the help of Morimurr and Vapor. The Four ships worked together during the exercise and passed, and afterward they were put together into one flight, including Brade. CITE ALL THIS LATER

Relationships[edit]

Jorgen[edit]

From the first time she meets Jorgen, Spensa despises him. She hates how priveleged and smug he is, and often defies his authority on several occasions. She is the one who comes up with his callsign, Jerkface, a name he hates. One time when he was disparaging her bravery, she attacked him, despite him being her superior officer. Jorgen doesn’t report it, and sincerely asks Spensa to stop challenging his authority. After that they grow in mutual respect to each other. After Hurl’s death, Jorgen and Spensa go to retrieve her pilot’s pin together, Jorgen letting Spensa ride to the site with him in their car. Spensa realizes that she actually likes Jorgen, and they continue to bond. When Spensa leaves to infiltrate Starsight, he initially doesn’t want her to go as he fears for her safety.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Spensa's race was intentionally left ambiguous.[46]
  • The first ideas for her character were developed in 2012.[47]
  • If she was a Knight Radiant, she would most likely be a Dustbringer, "with small arguments for Stoneward, Skybreaker, or Edgedancer."[48]
  • Spensa would find a lot of modern-day foods to be overwhelming.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. Skyward chapter 8#
  2. a b Skyward chapter 1#
  3. Skyward chapter 29#
  4. Starsight Release Party
    Arcanum - 2019-11-26#
  5. a b Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-20#
  6. a b Skyward chapter 30#
  7. Skyward chapter 31#
  8. a b Skyward chapter 45#
  9. Skyward chapter 51#
  10. Skyward chapter 28#
  11. a b Skyward chapter 50#
  12. a b Skyward chapter 53#
  13. a b Skyward chapter 5#
  14. Skyward chapter 6#
  15. Skyward chapter 9#
  16. Skyward chapter 11#
  17. Skyward chapter 12#
  18. a b c d e Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: skyward 13 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Book shorthand incorrect-{{{2}}}-chapter" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Book shorthand incorrect-{{{2}}}-chapter" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Book shorthand incorrect-{{{2}}}-chapter" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Book shorthand incorrect-{{{2}}}-chapter" defined multiple times with different content
  19. Skyward chapter 15#
  20. Skyward chapter 17#
  21. Skyward chapter 18#
  22. Skyward chapter 19#
  23. Skyward chapter 21#
  24. Skyward chapter 24#
  25. Skyward chapter 26#
  26. Skyward chapter 28.#
  27. Sunreach chapter 30#
  28. Skyward chapter 34#
  29. Skyward chapter 38#
  30. Skyward chapter 40#
  31. Skyward chapter 44#
  32. Broken reference - Book shorthand incorrect: skyuward
  33. Skyward chapter 47#
  34. Skyward chapter 48#
  35. Skyward chapter 52#
  36. Skyward chapter 55#
  37. Starsight chapter 1#
  38. Starsight chapter 2#
  39. Starsight chapter 4#
  40. Starsight chapter 5#
  41. Starsight chapter 6#
  42. Starsight chapter 7#
  43. Starsight chapter 8#
  44. Starsight chapter 9#
  45. Starsight chapter 10#
  46. BookCon 2018
    Arcanum - 2018-06-02#
  47. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-04#
  48. Skyward Pre-Release AMA
    Arcanum - 2018-10-04#
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