Major Story Arcs
As a young woman, Susan is the Grendel appointed to be the personal bodyguard of Crystal Kennedy, stepdaughter of Orion Assante. When Crystal's stepbrother Jupiter Assante is kidnapped by Grendel Prime, Crystal is homebound with Susan at the Dakota complex. There Susan is treated as an assistant, deflecting calls from her mother and training Crystal in hand to hand combat. Eventually Susan's relationship with Crystal begins to evolve into a more romantic relationship.
Jupiter is believed to be dead, so Crystal's mother announces the arranged marriage of her daughter. Crystal talks Susan into helping her escape. The two kill the remaining guards and escape the Dakota complex.The two travel north towards Canada. They move first by land, then steal a boat and head farther into the Canadian wilderness by sea. In the Canadian wilderness they meet Benjamin Martel, a hermit who was a political analyst during the reign of Orion Assante. Benjamin invites the two to his cabin for food and rest. Over time Crystal falls in love with Benjamin as well as Susan. Susan, unfortunately, falls into a more peripheral role within the three-way romantic relationship.
After ten years of living in the wilderness Crystal discovers her brother Jupiter after his rebel band crosses the Bering Straight back into the Americas. Susan and Crystal join the cause to assist Jupiter and Grendel Prime in taking back the power that belonged to Jupiter. They travel south once again. Susan splits up with Cystal to recapture her glory with Grendel, and helps Grendel take back the Sun House and gain access to Orion Assante's great weapon the Sun Disc. Jupiter takes on his father's role of Grendel Khan to rule most of the world.
Crystal forsakes Susan and marries Azif, the Khan's Minister of Clan Relations. Susan is relegated to an administrative position as head of security at the Dakota house until she becomes disenchanted, feeling that Crystal has become as manipulative as her mother, and leaves.
After years of seclusion and having lost her way, Susan travels to her hometown. Things aren't as she remembers them. A gang of thugs known as Orion's Bastards now inhabits the town running drugs, prostitutes, gambling, and other criminal matters. Graffiti and garbage abound, and dead bodies hang from the transmitter-tower as a warning to any who may dare cross the Bastards.
Susan sees the people with their drugs and petty conflicts and finds them pathetic. Upon entering town Susan heads to a bar for a drink. There she meets a face from her past, Avril. Once a little girl named Martha, Avril is now a beautiful prostitute. Avril barely recognized Susan, and Susan did not recognize Avril. When Avril leaves the bar a few of the Bastards, including Sime, are standing by her bike waiting to give her trouble. They don't know who they are dealing with. Susan easily takes down them and heads off with Avril.
Sime heads back to the castle that they inhabit and tells their leader, Buster the Large, what had happened. Back at Avril's home, Susan and Avril relax and Susan describes the identity crisis she had been going through in the Khan's administration. At some point during her wanderings, she had extensive tattooing all over her body, reflecting her new dangerous persona. Avril recollects a time when the two were young and Susan had hurt Avril by being embarrassed by their mutual affection. Reconciling the past, they make love. When Avril admits to Susan that she is a member of the Bastards, and is hooked on their drugs, Susan promises to take her away. After convincing Avril to leave with her, Susan leaves for supplies while Avril packs.
Susan does not know that the two were being watched by the Bastards. While she is gone, Buster and his thugs show up at Avril's home. Susan comes back to find that Avril has been severely beaten, and she dies in Susan's arms. After burying Avril's body, Susan finds herself consumed by revenge. She suits up and goes after Buster. She finds a couple of the Bastards and beats Buster's location out of them. Susan then fights her way through any of the Bastards that dared to come between her and her goal. She finds Buster pumped up and consumed by the drug Grendel. Buster takes a massive does of the pills and bites off his own finger. As Buster shouts at her she walks towards him. Before she can get to him he stumbles backward, bleeding out of every orifice. Buster falls down dead of an overdose due to his own decadence. Susan hangs his body from the transmission tower in place of one that was there when she arrived, and rides back out of town.
Susan is a very skilled warrior. She is trained as a Grendel and was head of Security for the Grendel-Khan's Dakota retreat. She is knowledgeable about wilderness survival skills. She is capable of defeating numerous men in hand-to-hand combat simultaneously. She is also skilled with firearms.