XIAO XING (28, pronounced “Shou Shing”) is Chindian professor of ancient languages at Chindian Legacy University. The crew is resentful about her joining them late—untrained and a citizen of the sometimes adversarial country of Chindia. The result is that it causes her, at first, to be reserved and quiet. Studying under Prof. Grostok at Russian Federation Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Xiao Xing is a brilliant linguist as well as a highly trained anthropologist. An ally of Veronika, she is a bit of a loner and distraught when her only friend Sabina is forced to leave. Of course, that all changes when they reach the planet Nemesis and her fascination, confidence and fearless drive shines.