The Primes are the four original families that colonized Sanctum after settling there as part of the Eligius III's Mission Team Alpha. They built a sanctuary and a microstate, known as Sanctum, and protected it with a radiation shield dome to keep their people safe. Inside Sanctum, the Primes are revered as divine, royal and therefore leaders among Sanctum Citizens. The Primes have lived on for generations by transferring their consciousness into new black blood hosts during a holy, Naming Day ceremony. Only people with Royal Blood (Nightblood) can serve as hosts for the Primes.
A Prime's consciousness is stored in a cybernetic implant, known as the Mind Drive -a jailbroken early version of A.L.I.E. 2.0 (the Flame). When the Prime's Mind Drive implant is inserted into a person with royal blood, the Prime's consciousness takes over the host, replacing their memories and personalities. In so doing, the Prime gets to live on through the host. However, as seen with Clarke Griffin, the mind wipe sometimes fails after the transfer goes wrong as one of their hosts continue to survive, trapped within their own minds despite claims that the host's mind is wiped. According to Josephine, it's been hundreds of years since a mind wipe has failed. However, it is revealed that Clarke survived the implantation of the Mind Drives because she still had A.L.I.E.'s neural mesh inside of her. According to Clarke, it has interfered with it they used to wipe her mind, thanks to Clarke's experiences with A.L.I.E.
There are a total of twelve Primes. The thirteenth Prime, Gabriel Santiago, had a moral awakening and defected against his fellow Primes. In an effort to stop the resurrections, he destroyed the remaining Nightblood embryos and escaped being burned at the stake with the help of fellow Prime Ryker Desai. His followers became to be known as the Children of Gabriel. In Matryoshka, after Marcus Kane was resurrected using the Mind Drive technology, it was shown that Russell anticipated that he would become a new member of the Primes as would John Murphy if he had also used a Mind Drive. In Adjustment Protocol, Russell claimed that Murphy and Emori were the resurrected Daniel and Kaylee Lee whose Mind Drives had been deleted by Simone and were thus dead. As of The Blood of Sanctum, the only living and active Primes are Russell Lightbourne and Gabriel Santiago. However, Priya and Ryker's Mind Drives remain intact, leaving open the possibility that they could be resurrected again in the future.
In From the Ashes, Priya's Mind Drive is destroyed by Russell while Russell himself is killed by Sheidheda in the Mindspace, leaving the Primes extinct aside from the dormant Ryker and the defected Gabriel.
The first Primes originated from a group of colonists, Mission Team Alpha, who are also referred to as the Primes. They colonized Sanctum and became the ruling family through the bodies of the Nightblood hosts. They have rules for surviving on Alpha, by having times needed to get to Ryker's Keep, Tai Chi, Harvest Festival, Naming Day and jobs.
The Sanctum Citizens saw them as spiritual gods, but in reality, the Primes are actually corrupt leaders, who are secretly killing innocent Nightblood hosts to steal their bodies for immortality and to remain in power.
After the arrival of the people from Earth, conflict erupted between the Primes, Clarke and her friends which led to an uprising by the Sanctum Citizens when they learned the truth. All of the Primes, except Russell Lightbourne and the rogue Gabriel Santiago, were killed and Russell was imprisoned for his crimes. Russell, now showing a death wish with the loss of his family and everything he cared about, later destroyed Priya's Mind Drive when Jordan Green brought it to him.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- There are 12 primes, with Gabriel Santiago being the 13th before he fled from Sanctum.
- There are 4 families of Primes; the four Lee's, the three Lightbourne's and Mason's, and the two Desai's.
- The exact number of Primes killed by Russell on and off-screen during the Red Sun Eclipse is never made clear. Aside from the ones killed on-screen during "Red Sun Rising," Priya and Ryker Desai are known to have fallen victim as well as confirmed by Ryker in "Memento Mori." However, at least some survived such as Gabriel Santiago who died of natural causes before his first resurrection.
- Their skeletons and the skeletons of their deceased hosts are kept in a huge room inside the Palace in Sanctum.
- Viewed as Gods by the people of Sanctum, the twelve Primes seems to mirror the Twelve Olympians of the Greek Mythology, with an angry Ryker even branding the Primes' leader, Russell, as Zeus, the first among the Olympians.
- According to Cillian, not everyone in Sanctum believes in the "divinity of the Primes".
- Clarke Griffin has the most Prime kills of anyone having killed Josephine, Simone, Caleb, Jasmine and Miranda. All of their deaths were permanent as Clarke used methods that prevented retrieval of the Primes for future resurrection.
- Miranda Mason, Kaylee Lee, and Daniel Lee are known to have taken Null lovers.
- Daniel's lover is a man named Zev, revealing that Daniel was LGBT.
- Clarke Griffin has a working Mind Drive, most likely from Faye Lee.
- Marcus Kane had his mind uploaded to a drive that most likely belonged to Victor Lee. This drive is dormant inside of Kane's corpse that was floated from Eligius IV.
- John Murphy has a working Mind Drive, formerly belonging to Daniel Lee.
- Emori has a working Mind Drive, formerly belonging to Kaylee Lee.
- Josephine and Russell Lightbourne's final deaths came when both were killed in a Mindspace.