Born into a politically elevated family, Reyus and his younger sister Astaria had a strict traditional upbringing. The Brants moved from their home world, Lumora, to Stralus IV during the Lumoran migration. Caught in a struggle for power, the Brants were members of a losing faction. Forced to abandon their new home, under threat of execution, Reyus paid their way onto a trade ship. He looks after Astaria and works as a systems engineer to maintain their usefulness on board.