Marlay Saccar is an unranked Eyes and Ears field agent, currently operating on the surface of Palanda Ire.
She has had the ambition of becoming an Invigilator for Eyes and Ears for many years, and with the sudden eruption of the Great War of the Shaeld she now has a chance to shine.
Marlay was born on Ramm Cirrocu, a planet in the Herses system which provides its neighbour Ramm Stallahad with industry and agriculture. She was the sole child of her parents, and was raised in a hostile domestic environment.
Marlay's father is described by her as being a sociopath, but the traits and behaviours he displays are more closely aligned with those of a covert narcissistic manipulator. It is not inconceivable that he could have been both.
The effect of her father's abuse affected Marlay considerably as she aged, leading to lifelong panic attacks and several periods in which she believed she had finally overcome her past. The ways in which she visualised her internal responses to the abuse, combined with her home world's unusual convention for naming and categorising emotions, may have complicated any therapies she underwent as she grew up.
Marlay left home during her late teens and was recruited quickly by Eyes and Ears. She intends to return to Ramm Cirrocu one day, and plans to liberate her mother from the emotional prison her father constructed for them. She also has a dream of visiting Earth, her spiritual and ancestral home, but this is unlikely to be the destination for any missions a field agent would be given.
In the latter half of the Great War of the Shaeld, Marlay Saccar was summoned to Fort Herses by Hywen, her handler at Eyes and Ears. There she was asked to embed herself in the capital city on Palanda Ire, in order to observe the initial stages of a suspected incursion by Voice. She was also tasked with gathering intelligence on what Voice's objectives in the city actually were (→ASTTS).
Marlay found the city of Arroch to be reasonably normal at first, but things went down hill rapidly as Voice's grip on the people living there tightened. Marlay found herself in increasingly hostile territory, and was almost captured on several occasions.
Discovering that Voice was manufacturing devices in the city, she enlisted outside help in order to survive the planet, then set about the difficult task of discovering Voice's plan. Her principal problems during this time were communicating that information to Fleet, and avoiding being captured, converted, or killed by Voice's many component parts.
While the planet has now been counter-attacked by Fleet and CAGA, Marlay's whereabouts and status remain unrecorded by Eyes and Ears (→FSS).