Once upon a time, Hera was a prodigy – a super-genius in the worlds of multidimensional mathematics and space/time theory. At 18, she published revolutionary theories on redistributing Jump Drive power to emulate the then-emerging Blink Drive technology which went on to create the Blink2Target systems common among many ships.
She was courted by USR, TDS, many other large scale corporations but eventually decided to take a role at an independent university. However, her transport ship was attacked en route, and her body never recovered.
She resurfaced years later, “working” as a Jump Tech. She has lost the lower half of her body and most of her will. She is kept on drugs that keep her alive but also make her highly suggestible. She is barely aware of the world around her.
Now she is sold by her carers as a Jump Tech and what little remains of her incredible mind is used to work out Jump calculations and perform maneuvers.