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Refractions of Dawn
Alias: Dawn
Gender: Hermaphrodite (considered Female)
Species: Than-Thre-Kull
Planet of Origin: San-Ska-Re
Nation-State: San-Ska-Re
Andromeda Ascendant
Profession: Helmsman
Ship Posting: Andromeda Ascendant
Ship Position: Chief Helmsman
Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Age: unknown
Status: Killed in action
Played By: Elizabeth Thai
Sister: Many
Brother: Many
Children: Many
Chronological and General Info
Era: Systems Commonwealth
Affiliation: Systems Commonwealth
Ally: Dylan Hunt
Enemy: Gaheris Rhade

Refractions of Dawn was the Than-Thre-Kull chief helmsman of the Systems Commonwealth starship Andromeda Ascendant. She was killed by Gaheris Rhade during the Battle of Hephaistos.


Refractions of Dawn was assigned to the Andromeda Ascendant, and became friends with Captain Hunt and his first officer, Gaheris Rhade. She was apparently the first person considered as Dylan's best man at his wedding to Sara Riley. However, because of traditional gender considerations, she was replaced by Gaheris Rhade. ("Under the Night")

At the Battle of Hephaistos, Refractions of Dawn stayed on the ship with Dylan Hunt because she "respectfully refused" to leave the bridge when he ordered his crew to abandon ship. Dylan ordered her to slingshot the Andromeda around the nearby black hole to the next slippoint so that she could avoid the Nietzschean Forces. However, she was shot and killed by Rhade's Force lance right after he walked onto the bridge with the intention of betraying and killing Dylan. ("Under the Night")


On the Systems Commonwealth enclave of Tarazed there is an association devoted to the descendants of her, who apparently found refuge on Tarazed. They are said to number in the thousands.


"Ten thousand ships? It must have taken years to gather a force this big." 

"Let the record show that First Lieutenant Refractions of Dawn respectfully refuses to comply. If we live through this, you can court martial me."

Dawn: We're heading straight at it. When should I vector away?
Dylan: Not just yet. Let's build up some speed first.
Dawn: We're at twenty five PSL. Twenty six. Twenty eight. Thirty!


  • A user posting as RHWolfe on forums stated that, according to an "Under The Night" script, the haiku name in full was
    • Refractions of Dawn
    • Crimson First Light Glistening
    • Dewdrops Ignited
  • The name refers to her death at the first battle of the First Systems Commonwealth Civil War. The "Refractions of Dawn" of the war. The "Crimson First Light Glistening" refers to the explosions and blood. The battle represents the "Dewdrops Ignited" of the conflict.