The Colonist (also known as the Futureman) was a Human from Mars who lived during the late 21st and early 22nd centuries. Born and raised on the Martian colony, he was a subject of the Electric Castle experiment and by 2112 the last Human alive in the universe. (The Dream Sequencer, Into the Electric Castle, The Sixth Extinction: "Spirit on the Wind")
Born in 2082, the Colonist was a child of the first settlers on Mars. Growing up on this desolate planet, he did not experience a typical childhood. His father left for Earth when he was young to fight the Final War and as a result, perished in the nuclear apocalypse. He also harboured a certain bitterness toward his mother for allowing him to be raised on a planet with no friends of his own age and only computers to keep him entertained. (My House on Mars).
The Electric Castle ExperimentEdit
At some point before 2112 the Colonist was transported to the New Dimension by Forever of the Stars to take part in the Electric Castle experiment. Here the seven other Humans referred to him as the "Futureman". Unlike the others, who believed the New Dimension to be some sort of mystical realm, he quickly (and arguably correctly) determined they were in fact occupying a virtual reality or "cyberworld", though he was still unable to fully understand what was going on. (Time Beyond Time)
He also demonstrated his evolved Humanity when he realised that the entity subjecting them to the experiment may be some sort of technological life form capable of powering itself on negative emotion. He was therefore instrumental in uniting the subjects by suggesting they work together and free their minds from aggression. (The Garden of Emotions)
When he finally reached the Electric Castle, the Futureman and the Hippie climbed the Tower of Hope, from which they were able to view thousands of different possible futures. While the Hippie foresaw an age of peace and harmony, luring him into a false sense of security, the Futureman knew the true, terrible course of history was not swayed and they were able to escape the tower. (Tower of Hope)
The Futureman began to realise what the entity may be, a new evolution of man, presumeably from further in the future than him, that had become so dependent on machines that they became part of Human biology, a thought that filled him with dread. (Evil Devolution)
After successfully completing the experiment, he was sent back to his home time on Mars with no memory of the events of the experiment, though he did retain a "feeling" that something had happened. (Another Time, Another Space)
The Last ManEdit
Gradually, as supplies ran out, the colony's population dwindled until finally by 2112 only the Colonist was left. All too aware of his fate, in order to make his passing somewhat more bearable, he used the colony's dream sequencer, a device which allows the user to experience their past lives and those of their ancestors. (The Dream Sequencer) The Forever turned their attention to him, realising his significance as the last man alive and their last chance at reviving their race. (The Sixth Extinction: "Spirit on the Wind")
During his journey he discovered he was the reincarnation of many important Humans including Ayreon, Queen Elizabeth I, Frans B. Cocq and even the first Human to exist. (Carried by the Wind, Dragon on the Sea, The Shooting Company of Captain Frans B. Cocq, The First Man on Earth)
The New MigratorEdit
See also: Universal Migrator.
As the Colonist neared the end of his life, still inside the sequencer, his soul separated from his body and took its place in the universe as the new migrator. (The New Migrator)
The Forever urged him to fly through the stars to their home planet and free them from their emotionally numb state. (The Sixth Extinction: "Complete the Circle"). The Colonist migrator breathed life back onto Planet Y, bringing an end to the Age of Shadows and giving the short life of the Human race new meaning, by granting another species a second chance. (The Memory Remains)
- It is never definitely stated that the Colonist and Futureman are the same character, however it is heavily implied that they are in the CD booklet for the Universal Migrator, Parts 1 & 2 Special Edition album. Therefore some elements of this article contain a certain amount of assumed information.
- Like many characters, he is portrayed in photographs by Arjen Anthony Lucassen. In Into the Electric Castle he is voiced by Edward Reekers and by various vocalists in the Universal Migrator albums.
|Characters of the Ayreon Universe|
|Arthur - Ayreon - Barbarian - Best Friend - Colonist/Futureman - Egyptian - Forever of the Stars - Guinevere - Highlander - Indian - Knight - Me - Merlin - Mr. L/Hippie - Mr. Lucassen - Roman - Wife - Father|