Darzia Farnell is an explorer and geologist. Darzia was one of the people who selected and approved the location of the new colony, and is busy mapping the rest of the planet and searching for useful mineral deposits. She also has a seat on the council. In her late 30s, Darzia is a lean woman with short dark hair, gregarious and warm but quick to anger and prepared to hold a grudge.
Is spending a lot of time in the crystal forest, professionally, but once her working time is over she can be found at The Landing
- That Vispae Prime becomes an exemplar of a non-military settlement, inspiring others.
- Waifs and strays - Darzia pours far too much of her time and energy into her 'causes', men and women (these could be family, friends or lovers) who she feels need 'fixing' in some way, to the detriment of her own life and career.
- Orllo - Darzia slightly resents what she sees as Banta's opinion that food production trumps any other scientific endeavour - including fully exploring the planet. This may or may not be his opinion, but merely Darzia's interpretation Because Banta is such a strong person, Darzia does not find him interesting, as she can see nothing obvious that needs fixing.
- Richard - Commander Rykker interacts with Darzia frequently at council meetings. He believes her pacifistic notions are naive, however he still respects her. He has drunkenly confided in Darzia the terrible acts he committed as an officer under the Ortonian Empire.