Armsmaster Desmond Lord Gorice is the fleet commander of the Knights of Genetic Purity whose disparaging remarks about all those who are not pure Human guarantee that the half-Heavy Worlder Dylan Hunt will not see him as a potential ally. He has the Knights' standard biased views and believes that the Nietzschean Messiah will unite the Prides into an undefeatable force.
As sometimes happens with theoretically opposite ends of extremist beliefs, he bears a considerable resemblance, psychologically, to the Nietzschean Fleet Marshalls seen, particularly Cuchulain Nez Pierce. ("Immaculate Perception")
Desmond is played by David Lovgren.
- The character of Desmond Lord Gorice has several allusions to fascist ideals.
- His appearance is similiar to that of the Nazi Aryan master race ideal.
- His extremist beliefs resemble the Nietzschean Fleet Marshalls seen, particularly Cuchulain Nez Pierce.
- The impressive title of Armsmaster.
- The multiple sashes on his uniform, usually seen with high ranking officers and politicians.
- The use of "Lord" in his name to convey a sense of power.
- The use of Seraphim to convey a sense of moral superiority.