|“||I was just a kid. Russell killed us in the first red sun... I didn't ask to be resurrected.||”|
|— Ryker to Raven [src]|
He was a young boy when he arrived on Alpha with his mother Priya. During the first eclipse, he was killed by Russell Lightbourne and was eventually resurrected through various hosts. Ryker became an engineer and a mechanic, creating Sanctum's radiation shield.
After Gabriel Santiago burned the remaining embryos in an attempt to stop the Primes' resurrections, Simone Lightbourne planned to burn Gabriel at the stake. Ryker purposefully left Gabriel's cell door open so that he could escape, but he refused to help Gabriel stop the resurrections.
Throughout the Series
In Hesperides, after Clarke is shocked to learn that Raven can ride a motorcycle, she explains that Ryker had showed her how to do it. In A Sort of Homecoming, Echo reveals her real name to Niylah which she had never told Bellamy. Echo comments that she had only ever told it to one person -- Ryker -- and she did it to save her life.
Ryker is an introvert and admits that parties aren't really his thing. Rather, he prefers his alone time. Ryker still maintains a friendly attitude towards strangers, as evidenced by his immediate warm welcome to Raven Reyes. Unlike the other Primes, Ryker is more respectful towards those who sacrificed their lives for him. He honors all of his hosts, keeping mementos of their lives and remembering them. Possibly as a result, he aided in Gabriel Santiago's escape from Sanctum. Gabriel later reveals that Ryker left his cell door open so that Gabriel wouldn't be burned at the stake but wouldn't help him stop the resurrections. He is shown to be disgusted by Clarke Griffin being a prisoner in her own body, particularly as she was not a willing host, and forces Russell Lightbourne to admit the truth.
As conflict erupts between the people from Earth and the Primes, Ryker finds himself caught in the middle and is torn between which side to choose. He reluctantly helps foment a rebellion, but balks at the assassination of Russell and betrays Echo. His wavering loyalties cause Ryker to lie about the extent of the rebellion he helped create, and he is conflicted about killing Echo. He shows genuine sympathy for what Echo has gone through and recognizes that her death probably would haunt him, but believes that if he let her go, she would do worse to his people and so he has no choice.
He was born of Indian ancestry with brown skin, brown eyes and black hair and was chubby. His current host is tall, thin and white. He has cropped brown hair that is folded to one side and brown eyes.
Ryker and Gabriel were close, as seen when Gabriel hugs Ryker in "Red Sun Rising". Ryker also helped Gabriel escape from Sanctum.
Priya was Ryker's mother.
|Red Sun Rising||Flashback|
|The Children of Gabriel||Mentioned|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Appears|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Mentioned|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Appears|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Appears|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Absent|
|From the Ashes||Mentioned|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Absent|
|A Little Sacrifice||Absent|
|A Sort of Homecoming||Mentioned|
|The Dying of the Light||Absent|
|The Last War||Absent|
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Ryker had no known kills, either direct or indirect.
Notes and Trivia
- Ryker's Keep, the safe place during the Red Sun Eclipse, is likely named after him and was possibly created by him.
- Ryker didn't agree with the way of the Primes.
- He helped Gabriel Santiago to escape from Sanctum, but didn't choose to help him stop the resurrections.
- And he still betrayed Echo right as she was about to kill Russell.
- Ryker honors and keeps mementos from his hosts.
- His second host was named "Alejo". He created a music box from old radios when he was twelve.
- His sixth host was named "Tyman Averi". Ryker meets with Tyman's mother, Annabel, every month to celebrate Ty's life.
- He and his mother lived above the Mechanic Shop, instead of the Prime Palace, like the rest of the Primes.
- Ryker was the only one who knew Echo's secret.
- Ryker is the only dormant Prime following the destruction of his mother's Mind Drive in "From the Ashes."
- As of "A Sort of Homecoming," Ryker is the only Prime active in any form with the death of Gabriel Santiago.
- Although following the transcendency of most of the human race, it is assumed that Ryker is likely permanently dead as he did not have a host body and an individual with a Mind Drive is only able to transcend if they are active in a body.
- Technically, Ryker is the last of the Primes to die at the end of the series.