- Besteel's last words
Besteel was a Dorcean bounty hunter who works for Queen Ojo of Solas, and is the main antagonist in The Search for Wondla. He worked to find specimens for Queen Ojo's Royal Museum as replacements for the ones his brother Redimus slaughtered.
Besteel attacks Eva several times throughout the book. He encounters HRP Sanctuary 573, and raids it, damaging the Sanctuary and its resident Muthr. The human resident, Eva Nine, escapes, but is pursued throughout the book.
After she meets Rovender Kitt, Besteel finds Eva, captures her and Rovender, and hangs her from a tree among other captured victims in a base camp. She and Rovender Kitt plan and execute a joint escape, freeing a giant tardigrade named Otto in the process, although they are unable to save his mate.
Rovender and Eva return to the Sanctuary and repair Muthr, but as they prepare to leave, Besteel arrives and they are forced to escape into Sanctuary 572.
Later, the trio go to Lacus in hopes of ferrying to the royal city of Solas, where they may find clues about the human race. Besteel kidnaps her and flies her against her will to the city, to be embalmed and taxidermied on display in the Museum. Muthr and Rovender rescue her and escape with an ancient hovercraft stolen from the museum to travel to the Ancient Ruins.
When they arrive, Besteel confronts Eva, who has brought reinforcements from Solas, for a final attack. If Eva doesn't give in, he threatens to murder her friend Rovender. When Eva refuses, Besteel fires his boomrod at her, but Muthr leaps forward to protect her and dies shortly afterward. During Besteel's final moments, a group of sand-snipers kill Besteel, dragging him underground.
Besteel is a Dorcean, with grayish black fur and several pairs of legs with talons. He is at least ten feet long and seven feet high. His two front legs double as arms, as well as two unused secondary arms beneath his chin. He has large yellow eyes, and a beaklike mouth. He is shown to be carnivorous, and eats some of his game raw. Besteel also has a heavy accent, despite the use of a vocal transcorder, and "th" sounds come out like "z's" "I's" are also pronounced like double "e's."