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The LowReds are the Reds that live underground, they share the same sigil as the HighReds. There job is slaving away in the mines to harvest the material needed to create atmosphere and life on barren planets, power ships and other various objects, Helium-3. Their lifespan is not considerably long, often marrying during their teens and people in their 40's are considered rather old. LowReds are also known as 'Rusters', a derogatory title given to LowReds, because they spend their entire lives under the surface.


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The operators of the drills to mine helium-3, there is one for each clan all LowReds. The Helldivers is the most dangerous job. If they aren't quick, they will not meet quota which will result in punishment from the Copper in charge of the mine and from the Golds. If helldivers aren't careful, the slightest misstep could cause a deadly explosion. Helldivers have special uniforms which they wear over the entire workday, and so are easily recognizable, most of the young drillboys admire Helldivers seeing them as heroes.


The DrillBoys are people who come in after the Helldivers and pick up the veins of Helium-3 missed by the Helldivers. The DrillBoys are "considered the newbies" they also wear a different uniform to the HeadTalk and Helldivers. While the job is considered dangerous it is nothing compared to the Helldivers job.


Are the Reds who are in charge of managing where the drills are going and stopping them before they hit a gas pocket.


The LowReds live underground in a place called a township. Each mining colony is divided into 24 clans, with each quarter one of them receiving a Laurel. Favoritism is shown to the Gammas because they supposedly fulfill the Quota, Possessing the Laurel means reviving special treats from Earth such as wide variety of food, more to smoke, quilts, medicine, etc. This is just a motivation for others to keep working designed by the Golds. The 24 clans are presumably named after each of the letters in the Greek Alphabet. Listed below are the names of the known colonies.

  • Lambda (Where Darrow was born)
  • Gamma - Favored by the Society, they are given the Laurel every Laureltide. They are hated by all other clans because of the unfair Laureltide. (Where Lyria was born)
  • Upsilon
  • Mu
  • Pi
  • Chi


The LowReds were designed to be patriarchal and to follow daring men. Women were expected to work less grueling tasks, as outlined in the Stratification Protocol. LowReds do not seem to receive family names, instead given a designation that is a mix of letters and numbers from a Copper administrator. They are a people of dance and song.


The 'heaven' or afterlife the Reds believe in. Their deity figure, the Old Man, is said to to guide them after death. If a LowRed is buried after death, it is said they will have a shorter journey along the stone path towards the Vale. Reds believe that when they arrive, their loved ones will stand waiting with the Old Man. The Vale is a beautiful green forested world, with morning mists, and cozy homes with stews ready on their hearths and as Darrow said "there will be rivers of whiskey". Since Reds typically have harsh, short, pain-filled lives, this pleasant afterlife functions as a peaceful encouragement for Reds and is an important part of their culture.

Known LowReds

  • Darrow of Lykos (Sr.) - Deanna's father and Darrow's maternal grandfather.
    • Deanna O'Lykos - Darrow's mother
      • Kieran O'Lykos - Darrow's elder brother
        • Rhonna O'Lykos - Kieran's oldest, daughter to Kora
        • Reagan O'Lykos - Kieran's second eldest, daughter to Kora, twin of Iro
        • Iro O'Lykos - Kieran's second eldest, son to Kora, twin of Reagan
        • Ella O'Lykos - Kieran's third eldest, daughter to Dio
        • Dunlow O'Lykos - Kieran's fourth eldest, son to Dio
        • Eo (Jr.) O'Lykos - Kieran's youngest, daughter to Dio
      • Leanna O'Lykos - Darrow's older sister
      • Darrow O'Lykos - The main character of the first trilogy, and one of the main POVs of the Iron Gold Trilogy.
  • Dale of Lykos - Darrow's father
  • Eo's Father - Name unknown. commitied suicide shortly after Eo's death.
    • Eo of Lykos - Darrow's first wife.
    • Dio O'Lykos - Eo's younger sister, Kieran's second wife, and Darrow's sister-in-law.
    • Dain - Eo's brother
    • Liam - Eo's brother
  • Eo's Mother - Name unknown.
  • Kora of Lykos - Kieran's first wife that died during childbirth
  • Barlow
  • Dago O'Lykos - The Helldiver for Gamma, later became a soldier for the Republic.
  • Varlo - A baker in Lykos. Gave Eo some bread after he heard of Darrow's likelihood to win the Laurel.
  • Ol' Ripper - The eldest member of Lambda. Infamous for telling stories to dunks on Laureltide.

  • Arlow O'Lagalos[1] -  Gamma lowRed. His wife died before their mine was liberated. Father of Lyria, Tiran, Ava, Aengus, and Dagan.
    • Lyria O'Lagalos - Gamma, One of the main characters and POVs of the Iron Gold Trilogy.
    • Ava O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older sister. 
      • Conn O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon. 
      • Barlow O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon. 
      • Liam O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon.  
      • Ella O'Lagalos - Gamma, Daughter of Ava and Varon. 
    • Tiran O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's younger brother. 
    • Aengus O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older brother. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother and brother in-law.
    • Dagan O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older brother. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother and brother in-law.
  • Ma - Wife to Arlow O'Lagalos, and mother to Lyria, Tiran, Aengus and Dagan. Died before the events of Iron Gold. Name not known.
  • Varon O'Lagalos - Ava's husband and father to Conn, Barlow, Liam and Ella. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother in laws. 
  • Torron O'Lagalos - Gamma, father to Vanna.
    • Vanna O'Lagalos - Gamma, daughter to Torron. Murdered when wandering Camp 121 alone at night, before the events of Iron Gold.
  • Almor O'Lagalos - Delta drillBoy before the Liberation of Mars. Helped Lyria to save Kavax au Telemanus from drowning.
  • Elrow O'Lagalos  - Gamma headTalk before the Liberation of Mars. 

  • Dancer O'Faran - A member and Red lieutenant for the Sons of Ares, and a Senator of the Republic
  • Harmony - Leader of the Red Hand, former member of the Sons of Ares
  • Arlus of Thebos - Darrow's housemate at The Institute; another lowRed who had been carved into a Gold and went by the name Titus au Ladros.
  • Vanno of Karos - A member of the Sons that rescued Darrow from Attica

  • References

    1. Iron Gold, Chapter 29