Hans Ebert, son of Klaus Ebert and heir to the vast GenSyn Corporation, was promoted to General in Li Yuan's Security forces, and was admired and trusted by his superiors. Secretly, however, he was allied to DeVore, and was subsequently implicated in the murder of his father. Having fled Chung Kuo, he was declared a traitor in his absence. After suffering exile, he found himself again, among the lost African tribe, the Osu, in the desert sands of Mars, where he became their spiritual leader, the "Walker in the Darkness". Returning to Chung Kuo, he played a major part in helping Li Yuan defeat DeVore and was pardoned.