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.
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"Oh, Stanley. What were you thinking, putting on this little 'Horatius on the bridge' act? That some panel of judges would rate your heroic resistance? Well, there is no panel here, just me, and I give you a... five. Just five. Stoic enough, but lacking a certain inner fire."