|Seamus Zelazny Harper|
|Height:||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
|Planet of Origin:||Earth|
|Universe/Reality:||Milky Way Galaxy|
|Ship Position:||Chief Engineer|
|Played By:||Gordon Michael Woolvett|
|Chronological and General Info|
New Systems Commonwealth
|Affiliation:||New Systems Commonwealth|
Seamus Zelazny Harper is a denizen of the planet Earth as well as the chief engineer of the Eureka Maru and Andromeda Ascendant. He is responsible for creating Rommie and well as a number of other devices.
Harper is a member of the Andromeda Ascendant crew and is the engineer and fix-it man. Harper is the only member of the Andromeda's crew born and raised on post-Commonwealth Earth, specifically in Boston. After the Fall, it was conquered by the wealthy and powerful, ruling Nietzschean Pride called the Drago-Kazov, who treated unengineered humans poorly, and its inhabitants were frequently attacked by the Magog. The human denizens of Earth lived in poverty and conflict, which prompted Harper to run away. His only surviving relation is his cousin, Brendan Lahey, who he abandoned on earth. His parents and cousin Isaac were killed by Nietzscheans in separate incidences, while cousins Declan and Siobhan were infested with Magog eggs and "euthanized" by their family. When he was approximately 20 years old, Seamus Harper was hired by Bobby Jensen for a one-time-gig, under the guise of transporting computers which were actually missiles. After learning that Bobby had lied to her, Beka broke up with Bobby and hired Harper as the new engineer of the Maru. Harper joined the Andromeda crew in 303 AFC (After the Fall of the Commonwealth) (also CY 10087) along with Beka and the rest of the Maru crew: Trance Gemini, and Rev Bem.
Harper is homegrown expert in many areas. He is skilled in the fields of nanotechnology, quantum physics, 4th degree equations, Slipstream engineering, and Android manufacturing. Harper has made many machines that would be considered miracles; such as a teleporter, an electromagnetic cloaking device ("M-Bender" ("The Warmth of an Invisible Light")), an upgraded Nova bomb, Time Travel equipment, the Time Bridge, a machine to open rifts into other dimensions, sentient slipfighters, and many different types of nanobots.
In an alternate reality where the Commonwealth never fell, Harper is part-cybernetic and had studied the writings of the Dylan Hunt of that world. He became the leader of the Commonwealth, but ended up corrupted by the Abyss and became an evil dictator, with Rhade as his second in command and Beka opposing him. The Rommie and Beka of that reality, along with Trance, teamed up with Dylan to overthrow Harper in a fight on the Andromeda. After an encounter with Dylan, Harper began to rethink his ways and decided to surrender, but was killed by Rhade.
As Harper's finest creation, in more ways than one, Rommie occupies a special place in Seamus' heart. Originally a routine maintenance robot, Harper redesigned her from the ground up and helped shape her into the magnificent android she is today.
Dylan and Harper have had a good relationship. Dylan has often asked Harper to build machines that would help him to do the impossible, and they remain good friends, though Harper often jokingly complains about Dylan's luck with the ladies. Harper has been willing to risk his life for Dylan. He also tends to call Dylan "boss."
Beka is like Harper's big sister, they both care deeply about each other, and they lived together for many years on the Maru. In fact without Beka it's quite possible that Harper would have never made off Earth because it was a young Beka Valentine that gave Seamus his first taste of space.
Harper was never entirely trusting of Tyr, always keeping at the back of his mind that Tyr was a Nietszchean, and out for himself (not to say this belief was unfounded or ever disproven), however a strong friendship develops between the two over the course of the series, despite the fact that Tyr's nickname for Harper is "Annoying Little Man". More than once, Tyr breaks with his instinct for self-preservation to put his life on the line for Harper, and Harper does the same, setting aside his distrust of Nietszcheans from time to time and trusting Tyr. Harper even went so far as to hug Tyr upon his return in Immaculate Perception, to which Tyr affectionately tussles Harper's hair. Before Tyr left, he admitted that Harper made him laugh "on the inside, at least" and he hoped they would meet again so Harper could make him laugh. When Tyr held Harper captive, he threatened to kill Harper, but claimed Harper wasn't worth a bullet when Harper challenged him. Harper took this to mean that Tyr did still care about him.
The Harper/Tyr friendship could also be seen as symbolic of the greater relations between Nietszcheans and Humans, in how they can get along when they see qualities they respect in the other, but generally look suspiciously across the table.
Trance and Harper often referred to each other as "best friends", both in the series and in the Coda. In Trance's first form, Harper and Trance often performed their duties together, both being not as physical-combat oriented and more stealth and tech savvy. Both were also the more light-hearted and joking of the crew, neither taking most situations too seriously.
Harper becomes uncharacteristically aggressive and violently protective when Trance is harmed or threatened. He is the first to suggest that the Maru crew kill Gerentex after he "kills" Trance. In Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way, Harper comes to Trance's defense in a rare show of honor and self-sacrifice when Gerentex threatens her as well.
After Trance swaps with her future self, Harper admits he is intimidated by her and pushes her away. The two do reach an understanding and become amiable again, but they never appear to be quite as close as they were in the beginning of the series. However, from the beginning, this Trance shows that she cares deeply about Harper: when given the chance to save Hohne by shutting down the tesseract generator which is what Harper wants, she chooses to save Harper instead at the cost of Hohne, saying that while she doesn't know if it will change the future, she wanted to save her best friend.
Like with Tyr, Harper doesn't have at first a close relationship with Rhade and is often intimidated by him. Most of this seems to stem from his hatred of Nietzcheans and hurt from Tyr's betrayal. They do develop a more openly bantering exchange style as time goes on. He does occasionally show that he cares about Rhade as seen in the last episode: when Beka went to help Rhade aboard Andromeda when he was low on fuel after a battle, Harper went with her saying that while Rhade is a Nietzchean, he's also his friend.
Harper's instinctive pursuit of practically every beautiful woman whom he meets is often the catalyst for the crew's manifold adventures. Having said that, he makes considerable sacrifice, and takes great risks for Rommie without seeming to believe she will ever reciprocate his feelings.
Harper had a brief romance with the Abyss agent, Satrina Leander. He became interested in her Dataport and tesseract generator. Mainly, she pulled out a few of his Magog larvae, but she wanted the All Systems University database. Though advised by Trance against it, Harper managed to locate the database but sends a fake that deletes itself. He also had it as a Trojan Horse, tracking Satrina's location. He activates an interference pattern in the grav-generators beneath her feet, causing her phase-shifting abilities impossible. He takes her device and tries to extract the rest of the eggs but is unsuccessful. With everyone in danger of being killed by Satrina's cohorts, he destroys her ship, disabling their Tesseract generators.
- His middle name is in memory of the great SF writer Roger Zelazny, who also had Irish background.
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