The Prisoners were convicted criminals from the mid 21st century who were sentenced to hard labor. They were incarcerated by the Eligius Corporation and sent on Eligius IV to mine the asteroid Proxima 6. The prisoners were divided in two factions. One was led by Charmaine Diyoza and the other by Paxton McCreary. They are later led by Nikki.
Described as "the worst of the worst," the prisoners included political terrorist Charmaine Diyoza, mob/cartel enforcer Paxton McCreary, insane and possibly cannibalistic serial killer Michael Vinson and bank robbers turned murderers Hatch and Nikki. Incarcerated by the Eligius Corporation, the prisoners were sent on Eligius IV to mine the asteroid Proxima 6 for hythylodium.
After the prisoners started getting sick and the Eligius Corporation decided to initiate "Order 11", which would abandon the convicts at the Asteroid Mining Penal Colony, Miles Shaw made a deal with Diyoza to deactivate the shock collars. This allowed the prisoners to kill the rest of the crew and take over the ship. The prisoners decided to return to Earth, however one of the ship's engines was destroyed in the mutiny, causing the journey home to take over a hundred years during which they went into cryosleep.
Diyoza planned to launch an insurrection back on Earth to overthrow the government using weaponized hythylodium as leverage. However, when the prisoners arrived at their destination, they found a desolate post-apocalyptic world. The prisoners subsequently entered a war for control of the last surviving valley with Wonkru and a civil war within themselves between factions led by Diyoza and Paxton McCreary while Doctor Abigail Griffin was able to cure their illness. The conflict ended with the deaths of all but 36 prisoners and the destruction of the valley by McCreary before he was killed by Clarke Griffin, leaving the Earth completely uninhabitable. The surviving prisoners joined Wonkru in entering cryosleep for 125 years onboard Eligius IV in order to survive.
After arriving on Sanctum, the surviving prisoners were eventually revived from cryo and offered a deal where in exchange for helping Wonkru build a new compound, they would be allowed equal living space. Though the prisoners took the deal, led by Hatch, a former bank robber, many were displeased with the conditions they lived in. Following the deaths of Hatch and three other prisoners fixing a reactor meltdown, the prisoners, under the command of Nikki, led an uprising with the Children of Gabriel to get revenge upon Raven Reyes for their losses. The uprising was quashed by Wonkru with minimal losses and the prisoners surrendered once again. They later agreed to work for Sheidheda after he gave them the option of "kneel or die."
After Nikki gives up on revenge, the prisoners ally themselves with Wonkru against the Disciples. When the human race achieves Transcendence, the surviving prisoners are amongst them.
Throughout the Series Edit
Unknown Status Edit
|How We Get to Peace||Appears|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
|The Warriors Will||Appears|
|The Dark Year||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Mentioned|
|The Dying of the Light||Absent|
|The Last War||Appears|
Notes and Trivia Edit
- The prisoners are the fourth faction introduced.
- In "From the Ashes," it's revealed that 36 prisoners out of 300 were spared after the Battle for Eden meaning that most of them died in the war. In "False Gods," Hatch and three others prisoners died of radiation poisoning, leaving 32 prisoners alive. One prisoner is killed by Wonkru in "The Flock," leaving 31 prisoners alive. Diyoza later died in "A Little Sacrifice," leaving only 30 prisoners left.