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In the shadow of the Shepherd. For all mankind, he saved us from the fire that consumed the Earth. In the light of Shepherd--
Orlando reciting part of the Disciples' creed [src]

The Disciples, also known as the Disciples of a Greater Truth, are a military group of very technologically advanced humans, founded by people fleeing the Earth's destruction through the Temporal Anomaly who then formed a colony on Bardo. They are very well trained, disciplined and loyal to their leader, and the mysterious figure, known as "the Shepherd" who is in fact Bill Cadogan, the leader of the Second Dawn doomsday cult. They have mastered the control over the Temporal Anomaly and use it to travel between planets connected in the network.

Early HistoryEdit

The Disciples began as a guard faction within the Second Dawn cult after the first nuclear apocalypse, who had remained loyal to Bill Cadogan. At some point, they encountered Becca Franko, who had come down from space. When Bill showed Becca the Anomaly Stone, she was able to activate it due to her bonding with the Flame. Becca warns Bill not to enter the Anomaly, but he is more interested in why she could instanly interact with the stone. When he realises that it is due to her link with the Flame, he demands that she give him the Flame. When Becca refuses, they lock her up. The group plan to kill Becca, as they know from her journal that the Flame will leave her once she dies. Becca tells Callie Cadogan to retrieve the Flame once she dies, and asks her to protect it. Led by Reese Cadogan, the group kill Becca by burning her at the stake. Callie and her group of Second Dawn members demand that Reese surrenders the A.I., but Reese and his group, who already refer to themselves as Disciples, refuse to surrender the Flame. Reese and Callie challenges to a fight to gain control of the Flame, but Callie shoots Reese, takes the A.I. and she and her group escape the bunker. Bill and the Disciples activate the Anomaly Stone and enter through to arrive on the planet Bardo.

At some point the Disciples developed advanced technology, including energy weapons, cloaking devices and body suits that allowed them to retain their memory while traveling through the Temporal Anomaly. Fanatically religious, the Disciples came to believe that the Shepherd saved them from the fire that destroyed the Earth. They also came to believe in some kind of great war which they called "the war to end all wars." The Disciples eventually learned to control the Anomaly and use it for transport between planets. At some point, a Disciple landed on Skyring, died under unknown circumstances and was buried in front of Doctor Colin Benson's cabin there. They eventually came under the leadership of a man named Anders. At some point, they also started using Nakara as a burial ground for their dead.

Six years after being stranded on Skyring, Octavia Blake tossed a message in a bottle through the Anomaly in the hope of reaching her brother Bellamy. However, the message instead traveled through the Anomaly to Bardo where it was found by the Disciples who learned of Octavia, Bellamy and Charmaine Diyoza. Traveling to Skyring four years after the message was sent from Octavia and Diyoza's perspective, the Disciples captured the two women, though Octavia was able to hide Diyoza's young daughter Hope from detection. The Disciples brought Octavia and Diyoza back to Bardo through the Anomaly, leaving Hope behind on Skyring.

Subsequently, the Disciples turned Skyring into a prison planet they called Penance for their unbelievers and lawbreakers, stranding them there for ten years before coming back if they survived until their time was up. Due to the time dilation from a black hole, five years on Skyring was likely far less time for the Disciples on Bardo. One such prisoner, a Level 7 named Dev, arrived a few months after the capture of Octavia and Diyoza and trained Hope to survive. The two plotted together to ambush the Disciples coming back for Dev on his Absolution Day, steal their suits and travel to Bardo to rescue Diyoza and Octavia. However, though they succeeded in killing the Disciples, Dev was killed in the process, leaving Hope to continue their mission alone.

Eventually, Octavia was apparently able to escape from the Disciples and return to Sanctum through the Anomaly, but lost her memory of her time away from Sanctum upon her return to the moon, preventing her from warning anyone of the threat. Anders made a deal with Hope to spare Diyoza's life in exchange for Hope tagging Octavia to send her back through the Anomaly. Anders apparently issued orders that Bellamy, Gabriel Santiago and Echo were to be captured and taken to Bardo to his followers, but Hope was to be killed on sight. Clarke Griffin, who is considered to be the key to winning the war the Disciples believe in, is also to be renditioned to Bardo, but is to also be considered armed and extremely dangerous. Despite this, the Disciples still see Clarke as a chosen one, known as "the Key", which is later revealed to be the Flame.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

In The Blood of Sanctum, after Octavia Blake activates the Anomaly Stone, Hope emerges from the Temporal Anomaly and tells Octavia that "he" has her mother before apparently stabbing Octavia. As the Anomaly vanishes with Octavia, Hope collapses in Gabriel Santiago's arms.

In From the Ashes, its discovered that several of the Disciples were able to follow Hope through the Anomaly to Sanctum and they abduct Bellamy Blake, chased by Gabriel Santiago, Echo and an amnesic Hope who had lost her memory once the Anomaly receded. Echo quickly realizes that the Disciples, while shooting at them, are not actually trying to kill the three. As they get closer to the Anomaly, Gabriel realizes that the Disciples' cloak is imperfect and that they can see them using the disturbance of particulates in the air.

Luring three of the Disciples into a trap, Echo shoots them after briefly hesitating due to hallucinations of Roan and the real Echo caused by the Red Sun toxin while the same toxin causes Hope to experience a hallucination of the night the Disciples captured her mother and Octavia. Examining the bodies, the three are surprised to learn that the Disciples are just humans with advanced technology and tattoos similar to Hope's. One Disciple, wounded but still alive, is ordered by his HUD to kill Hope on sight while Gabriel and Echo are to be renditioned to Bardo. Noticing the man take aim at Hope, Echo quickly finishes him off.

Noticing that the sound of the Anomaly is getting fainter, Gabriel realizes that the Disciples are shutting it down, likely to prevent pursuit. Unwilling to lose Bellamy, Echo, Hope and Gabriel jump through the Anomaly after the Disciples moments before it closes.

In The Garden, Gabriel, Echo and Hope arrive on Skyring centuries after Hope left it in pursuit of the Disciples who have already moved on to Bardo. Hope, having regained her memory after traveling through the Anomaly, explains about the Disciples and has the code for the Anomaly Stone from "a friend on the inside." However, the code has been washed away, preventing their ability to continue. Discovering one of the Disciples' prisoners, Orlando, Hope decides that they must protect the man for five years until the Disciples return to bring him back to Bardo.

While chasing Orlando, Hope reveals that she didn't stab Octavia but injected her with a locator tag to send Octavia through the Anomaly as per Hope's deal with Anders, the "he" she had previously mentioned before injecting Octavia. Discovering the body of Doctor Colin Benson from the Eligius III Mission Team Beta, Gabriel realizes that Skyring is Planet Beta from the Eligius III mission and suspects that Bardo is another of the worlds Eligius III was sent to colonize, making the Disciples most likely the descendants of the mission team sent to colonize Bardo.

In Hesperides, in a flashback, two Disciples bring Dev to Skyring to serve out a ten year sentence for being an unbeliever. Arriving shortly after the kidnapping of Octavia and Diyoza, Dev befriends Hope and the two plot together to ambush the Disciples returning to take Dev on his Absolution Day. When the day comes, Dev and Hope kill the three Disciples, but Dev is killed in the process. Hope dons one of their suits and travels through the Anomaly to rescue her family.

On Skyring after Orlando destroyed Gabriel's computer, Echo, Hope and Gabriel prepare to spend the next five years waiting for the Disciples to return for Orlando. The group eventually learns that Orlando, who still believes in the Disciples' ideology, is a Level 12 Disciple and thus the key to their mission succeeding. After months of trying, the three are able to convince Orlando to train them for the Disciples' return. Over the course of 4 years and 8 months, Orlando is able to train the three into Level 12 warriors. When the Disciples return for Orlando, they send a group of five in response to the ambush by Dev and Hope when they had come for Dev. Using Orlando as bait, Gabriel, Hope and Echo ambush the Disciples and knock them out, but Echo decides to kill them all and leave Orlando behind, believing that he can't be trusted as the Disciples are still his people. Donning the armor of three Disciples, Gabriel, Hope and Echo travel through the Anomaly before it closes. Echo leaves Orlando a knife to cut himself free, but he commits suicide instead of living on Skyring alone and leaves a suicide note.

On Sanctum, Wonkru is able to recover the body of one of the Disciples Echo killed, but more arrive and demand that Clarke turn herself over to them and to return the body of the dead Disciple. The leader of the group reveals his knowledge of Clarke and claims that she is the key to winning "the war to end all wars." Clarke agrees to go with them in exchange for her people while Raven studies the armor of the dead Disciple. Raven figures out how to use the suit's HUD, learning of the true nature of the Anomaly as a wormhole from it. However, she also learns from Clarke's file that she is in danger from the Disciples.

Outside of the Verge, Clarke meets with the Disciple leader who reveals that her friends had been on Penance, but escaped. He offers Clarke Orlando's suicide note as proof, but has his men threaten Clarke's friends if she refuses to surrender. The group is distracted by Jordan Green, allowing Raven to use the dead Disciple's armor and cloak to sneak up on the group and kill them. Raven, Clarke, Niylah, Jordan and Nathan Miller travel through the Anomaly using the armor's files in an attempt to rescue their friends, but travel to Nakara instead of Bardo. A previously-unnoticed Disciple ambushes Gaia and shuts down the Anomaly Stone before dragging Gaia with him through the closing portal.

In Welcome to Bardo, Gabriel learns from Anders' speech that the Disciples are not from Eligius III, but instead came through the Anomaly from Earth, which had its own Anomaly Stone.

In Nakara, in a flashback, captured Diyoza is being brought to her cell. Disciples move her through the different levels of protection which includes key-locked doors and eye-verification. Diyoza spends several days fighting and trying to escape each time she gets an opportunity to do so.

Diyoza finally manages the trick her guard. She kills him, wears his clothes and leaves her prison. On the way of her escape she meets her daughter with Echo, Octavia and Gabriel. Together they try to get to the stone room, but meet Levitt who tells them not to do it and suggests to escape through the surface. However when they reach the exit door, Gabriel gets suspicious about the fact the surface is unbreathable. He doesn't trust Levitt and decides to surrender instead, tazing everyone and letting Disciples to take them.

Society Edit

709 the Disciples' words

"For all Mankind! In the Light of the Shepherd... As He Shall Save Us, so Shall I Fight on His Behalf."

Everyone born on Bardo becomes a Disciple. They are raised and trained to be the strongest warriors. They have a very strong belief in serving their master, to be his "sword" and his "shield". They have a very strong goal about protecting mankind. The Disciples are shown to have levels that their members are ranked by going up to at least Level 12. Level 12 appears to be a Master rank as Orlando was referred to as "Master Orlando" by other Disciples and is known to have trained many of them. Hope Diyoza states that Level 12's are "badasses" and having one on their side would hold the key to infiltrating Bardo. The number of a symbols a Disciple has on their face denotes their level ranking.

If they are not devout or strong enough they are sent to the prison on Skyring. Breaking a commandment such as not taking a day of rest is enough to trigger this. Absolution Day is when the Disciple prisoners are returned to Bardo to atone for breaking the law.

The Disciples' beliefs surround the Shepherd that saved them from the fire that destroyed the Earth. The Shepherd appears both from the myth surrounding it and Orlando ordering Gabriel Santiago not to speak the Shepherd's name when he asked about it. To the Disciples, the Shepherd seems to be a powerful figure that they worship. They also believe in winning the last war humanity will ever fight, "the war to end all wars." According to Anders, Clarke Griffin is key to winning this war somehow, but the "Key" is revealed to be the Flame which can help them figure out the Anomaly Stone code they need. Cadogan later shows Gabriel, Jordan Green and Niylah logs left behind by the Bardoans describing entering the code and the effects it has. After examining the logs closer, Jordan believes that the logs were actually mistranslated by the Disciples to refer to a war. Based on his own translation of the logs, Jordan thinks that it actually refers to a test rather than a war, a single individual using the code and representing their species in a test to determine that species' fate.

In their religion, the Shepherd, who is actually Bill Cadogan, teaches the Disciples that winning the last war brings upon the final evolution of a species. The Disciples believe in Transcendence, which is through the Anomaly Stone. As they harness its power, the Disciples wanted to unlock the Anomaly Stones' true power.

Unlike most humans, they are not born to regular parents but instead are grown from embryos in gestation chambers. The Disciples are capable of fixing various health afflictions in the growing infants and state that having a mother and father is as foreign to them as their practice is to everybody else.

Transcendence Edit

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Shepherd's Passage

Transcendence is a religion that the Disciples believe in.

In their religion, the Shepherd, who is actually Bill Cadogan, teaches the Disciples that winning the last war brings upon the final evolution of a species. The Disciples believe in Transcendence, which is through the Anomaly Stone. As they harness its power, the Disciples wanted to unlock the Anomaly Stones' true power.

Loving and caring about only just one person is not allowed, but loving and caring about all mankind is.

Cadogan himself, believes in Transcendence and peace by winning The Last War. He teaches his people that they're all tiny in comparison to the universe. Due to his experiences on Etherea, with his own life, he saw testament of those that ascended and knew his life was not in vain. Just as Cadogan foretold, his beings are with the civilization that ascended. He spoke of the beings on Etherea in the cave, of their ascension.

Cadogan believes in the bond that unites all mankind, that everyone's all connected.

Ranks/Titles Edit

  • First Disciple
  • Master
  • Captain
  • Conductor
  • Seeker

Members Edit

AliveEdit

DeceasedEdit

FormerEdit

Equipment Edit

  • The special helmet protects against memory loss caused by the effects of the Anomaly (also works without the suit).
  • The suits are thought controlled and contain files on Disciple targets and codes for controlling the Temporal Anomaly.
  • They use high powered energy weaponry.
  • Locator tags that when injected into a person can pull them through the Anomaly.
  • Retractable blades attached to their suits.
  • A flamethrower

Notes and Trivia Edit

  • After training Gabriel Santiago, Echo and Hope Diyoza for approximately 4 years, 8 months and 17 days, Orlando marked them as Level 12 Disciples due to how far they had progressed in their training.
  • They send their law-breaking members to the planet Skyring, until their "Absolution Day" when they are taken back to Bardo.
  • They first came to Bardo through the Anomaly, as there was an Anomaly Stone present somewhere on Earth. It was previously thought that they had arrived as part of Eligius III, but it was proven wrong.
  • Orlando mentioned that Shepherd's Law Number Four, which decrees "the day of rest" is one where everyone abstains from work in order to be more efficient the rest of the week. It is just like the religious Sabbath in real-life.
  • Anders told Gabriel that he and the other Disciples had been studying the Anomaly Stone for 1000 years.
  • The Shepherd was revealed to be Bill Cadogan in "The Queen's Gambit."
  • Jason Rothenberg confirmed that the Disciples are descendants of the Second Dawn cult.
  • The Disciples were named after the Second Dawn's guard faction, which is also called the Disciples, a predecessor to the regime.

Gallery Edit

  • A Disciple, under a mask.
  • The Disciples capture Octavia.
  • The Disciples capture Octavia.
  • A dead Disciple
  • Disciples came through the Anomaly.
  • The Disciples are in the woods.
  • A Disciple conductor
  • Disciples in the hallway.
  • Disciples in the hallway.
  • The Disciples capture Octavia.
  • The Disciples begin their prayer.
  • Octavia fights off a Disciple.
  • The Disciples are holding Octavia hostage.
  • Two Disciples are knocked down.
  • Anders, the leader of the Disciples.
  • Octavia fights off the Disciples.
  • Octavia fights against the Disciples.
  • A Disciple conductor begins his prayers.
  • A Disciple security guard
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  • Disciples brings in Diyoza.
  • Disciples brings Diyoza to the cell.
  • A Disciple scientist
  • Disciple Security Guards
  • Disciple Security Guards
  • The Disciple security guards brings in Gabriel
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  • Disciple Security Guards
  • The Disciple security guards brings in Gabriel
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  • Disciple Scientists
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  • Gabriel works with the Disciple scientists.
  • Disciple Scientists
  • Two Disciples
  • Bill Cadogan, the founder of the Disciples.
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  • The Disciples' combat training
  • A Disciple scientist
  • Disciples in training
  • A Disciple security guard
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  • Shepherd's Passage
  • Shepherd's Passage book
  • Shepherd's Passage book
  • Shepherd's Passage book

See Also Edit

Groups
Sky People
Clarke GriffinBellamy BlakeOctavia BlakeJasper JordanMonty GreenJohn MurphyNathan MillerHarper McIntyreMarcus KaneAbigail GriffinRaven ReyesThelonious JahaEric JacksonJacapo SinclairJordan GreenWells JahaJake GriffinVera KaneDiana SydneyCharles PikeHannah GreenKara CooperJames CrockettCallie CartwigMacallanAurora BlakeGlen DicksonTrinaPascalAtomCharlotteTor LemkinJohn MbegeDiggsRoma BraggDaxShumwayCole • Kaplan • Muir • FujiRedLieutenant GracoCuyler RidleyDerekConnorMylesDrewJonesSterlingSgt. ScottMajor ByrneFoxRichardsCraigGina MartinZoe MonroeShawn GillmerHannah GreenChaseMark ColtonPeter ColtonRileyBreeHayesDavid MillerGeoff HardyEthan HardyKyle WickMelDenbyNygelMiss LucyCaspianBryan
Grounders
LincolnLexaIndraGustusAnyaEchoRoanNiylahEmoriGaiaLunaNykoOntariIlianGuaraBrellNiaMadi GriffinSheidhedaKnightPennLindoOtisZoranSiennaOsiasOtanGideonRivoRyderDenaeJuelCostiaTrisTristanDelanoArtigasQuintSemetNykoFioAtohlTybeSeikuDerrickShayAdriaCarisWillaAnkara
Mountain Men
Dante WallaceCage WallaceLorelei TsingMaya VieCarl EmersonVincent VieLeeWhitmanKeenan MykulakThe Lovejoys
Eligius Prisoners
Miles ShawCharmaine DiyozaPaxton McCrearyMichael VinsonHatchNikki
Sanctum Citizens
Russell LightbourneSimone LightbourneJosephine LightbourneKaylee LeeVictor LeeDaniel LeeFaye LeePriya DesaiRyker DesaiMiranda MasonJasmine MasonCaleb MasonJadeDelilah WorkmanBlythe Ann WorkmanJae WorkmanTreyCassiusJeremiahRexCillianRoseJadeZevAlyssa
Children of Gabriel
Gabriel SantiagoNelsonLaylaToshLuca
Disciples
Bill CadoganLevittAndersDevOrlandoHope DiyozaCharmaine DiyozaEchoOctavia BlakeGabriel Santiago

References Edit

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