SPOILER: After the most recent battle scene, it occurs to me that Pike might be like one of those mainstream comic book characters whose loved ones keep dying. By the time we first see Pike, both of his parents are gone. His father died violently. Rainsong is his half-sister, and she dies of old age, but they never seemed close, nor do her kids call him Uncle. The first child of his three-mating died in infancy. His lover Vaya and both of his lifemates were killed in battle.