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Alias: "Rat-face"
Gender: Asexual
Species: Nightsider
Height: 185cm
Profession: Salvage
Status: Unknown, but probably alive
Played By: John Tench
Chronological and General Info
Era: Long Night
New Systems Commonwealth
Affiliation: None


Gerentex is a Nightsider, and is therefore very self-absorbed and always looking for a way to make money. He is responsible for hiring the crew of the Eureka Maru with the purpose of pulling the Andromeda Ascendant from the event horizon of a black hole at the start of the series. Gerentex fails in his plan as the Crew of the Maru turn against him to help Dylan Hunt. In response, Gerentex tries to destroy the ship declaring, "If I can't have the Andromeda, no one can". However the crew manage to save the Andromeda by launching her full complement of Nova bombs into the black hole. Beka and Dylan then board the Maru, knock out Gernetex, and put him in a crippled escape pod in the hope he will think about his crimes and come out a better person when he reaches the nearest pleasure drift in a few months time. ("Under the Night", "An Affirming Flame")

In a later season one episode Gerentex reappears whilst Trance Gemini and Seamus Harper are on a drift spreading the word of the New Systems Commonwealth. He is being pursued by a bounty hunter, and to escape he takes Trance and Harper hostage and commandeers the Maru. He then embarks on a mission to find the diary of the mad Perseid that contains the last slipstream route to Tarn-Vedra. However Trance and Harper escape and take him hostage instead. They then release him at the end of the episode with a gift of the most oxygen-producing flowers from the Andromeda Ascendant Hydroponic Garden, which had been extinct outside the Andromeda since the fall of the Commonwealth. Gerentex leaves vowing to make them pollinate so he may once again get his hands on a large sum of money. ("Fear and Loathing in the Milky Way")


"Oh, my dear, you don't know the half of it. Do you know, the only way a Nightsider can survive these days is to be so filthy rich, so mind-bendingly wealthy, that people can't help but accept you."




A closeup of one of his guns


His second gun