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Nikolai Balthasar. A brilliant Solarian who was once from Shevat, Nikolai is the father of Maria. He was captured and brainwashed by Solaris. He often experimented with gears and humans in the Soylent System (see Soylent Green). Eventually, he created a gear that could easily merge with human thought, which practically destroyed his existence. He comes back when Maria and Chu-Chu attack the gear, and makes peace with his daughter before killing himself.