Aeryn Sun is a female television character that features in Farscape.
She came to be a pilot, commando, and officer within the Icarion Company of Pleisar Regiment.
Two cycles later, she was assigned to a Peacekeeper Command Carrier under the command of Captain Bilar Crais. During this time, a Leviathan prison ships crew managed to revolt and attempted to flee on the vessel. Officer Sun was dispatched on a Prowler to intercept them and attempted to recapture the prisoners. However, she herself was captured and taken aboard the Leviathan that was crewed by Ka D'Argo, Rygel, and Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan. Once there, she met Crichton who was the pilot transport of a pod emerging from a wormhole that crashed into Captain’s Crais’s brothers Prowler that led to his death. This led to Crais believing that Crichton had murdered his brother and he wanted revenge. Sometime afterwards, the prisoners of the Leviathan Moya were captured by the Peacekeepers. During this time, Aeryn attempted to explain to Captain Crias that Crichton was not responsible for his brothers death as she did not believe him intelligent enough for such an act. However, Crais instead deemed Officer Sun to had been irreversibly contaminated by contact with aliens leading to her arrest. She lost her rank and faced the death penalty. When Crichton escaped, he freed Aeryn and she was forced to join the prisoners of the Moya in escaping as she now faced the life of exile and being considered a traitor to her people. (Episode: Premiere)
However, Aeryn's prowler is caught up in the stream of Moya's starburst and is towed along with the escaping Leviathan. Aeryn is brought on board Moya as a prisoner, but when she and Crichton encounter her commanding officer Captain Crais, she defends John from Crais' allegation that John deliberately attacked and killed Crais' brother, saying he isn't brave enough or smart enough to have done so. In return, Crais declares her to be "irreversibly contaminated" from spending too much time with an unknown life form, which means a death sentence. John Crichton and D'Argo soon escape the Peacekeepers again, and having nowhere else to go, Aeryn reluctantly became a fugitive alongside them.
Aboard Moya, she learns to think beyond the strict, militaristic confines of her Peacekeeper upbringing. Born in service aboard a Command Carrier, it is the only life she has known, and thus is very well skilled in hand-to-hand and weapons combat. She has also become a valuable and important member of Moya's crew, and a companion and romantic interest to Crichton.
It is only after leaving the Peacekeepers that she can begin to find out who she is. She discovers that her mother, Xhalax Sun, was a Peacekeeper pilot who—against Peacekeeper regulations—fell in love with an older officer, Talyn Lyczac. They deliberately had Aeryn, a child born of love, and Xhalax sneaks into Aeryn's dormitory one night to tell her so, which is strictly against regulations. To redeem her crime, Xhalax was forced by the Peacekeepers to choose between Aeryn and Talyn, and she executed Aeryn's father so that Aeryn could live.
During the Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars miniseries, Aeryn discovers that Sebacean are actually genetically enhanced humans, transformed by the Eidelons into a stronger species in order to assist them in their peace-making efforts.
Personality and attributes
Aeryn evolves from a cold, detached soldier into a valuable friend and crewmate. Her relationship with John Crichton evolves also, Aeryn ultimately becoming a compassionate wife and loving mother. They name their son D'Argo Sun-Crichton, after their dear friend who seemingly lost his life in the Peacekeeper Wars.
Powers and abilities
- Aeryn Sun was portrayed by actor Claudia Black where she featured in the setting of Farscape.
- Her name was chosen by the show's creators, Rockne O'Bannon and David Kemper, to evoke "air and sun," vital elements of life.