Orllo Banta is a large flat faced, bearded man with grease and dirt covered overalls. He's in charge of the workers and hand full of scientists charged with getting food production up and running. He tries to project the air of a gentle and generous man but he is not above using his stranglehold on rations to get his way.
He usually striding around the farm barking orders or the ship graveyard showing he's one of the people and hoping to improve his power base.
- That Vispae Prime wont survive the harsh coming summer that the technicians have predicted (starvation, drought, sandstorms etc)
- Ambition - he finds it hard to separate his position of power from the well being of the kingdom, he treats threats to his power as a attack on their chance of surviving almost to the level that he'll actually be hurting their chances himself.
- Darzia - 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.
- Terrell - Banta sees Forte as his key to a up and coming power base, If he can take Terrel under his wing as a kind of father figure he secures his position well into the future of the colony.