This sounds like an interesting idea! I like the title (the final "E" is a little bit cheesy, but it still works). The design for Chén looks great, too.
Moving on to the story.
Typo: you "pore" over a document, not "pour".
Apart from that, I like this. It manages to transmit quite a lot of detail about the world in a short time, and without being info-dumpy. I got quite a good feel for the characters, and I quite like Geraghty, despite his racism. It's a bit dialogue-heavy, but that works for this kind of scene. Definitely seems like it could make an interesting novel.
[avatar by the awesome May; doesn't endorse any past or current totalitarian regimes]Slim Pickens, well he does the right thing
And he rides the bomb to hell
Yeah, he rides the bomb to hell.
Watch the pulse, it quickens after every little sting
If you're gonna go to hell,
Drink it up, you might as well.
- The Offspring, "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell"
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