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The Keybearers were ten elite Luminoth warriors who had organized to find and use the ten Ing Sky Temple Keys to infiltrate the Sky Temple. They were divided into two Cadres of five warriors each. Each warrior managed to find a key; however, all were subsequently hunted down and killed by the Ing before they could return it to the Temple. The sole exception was A-Kul, who left only nine Keys for Samus Aran to find. A-Kul left hints at the Sky Temple Gateway, where she succumbed to her injuries, as to the locations of the other Keybearers and the keys they tried to acquire.

With the exception of A-Kul, the deceased Keybearers are found throughout Aether, and their keys are located in the Dark Aether variant of the rooms they are found in. Two soldiers from Cadre 1 are found in the Torvus Bog, and the other two in the Agon Wastes. Three bodies from Cadre 2 are found in the Temple Grounds and two in the Sanctuary Fortress, while the fifth member of Cadre 1, A-Kul, made it to the Sky Temple Gateway and died there.

Parallels can be drawn between the Luminoth Cadres and two Forces of GFMC Task Force Herakles, who were also all wiped out by the Ing. Eventually, Samus would enter the Sky Temple and destroy the Emperor Ing and Dark Aether, avenging both the Keybearers and Herakles.

Cadre 1[edit | edit source]

Cadre 2[edit | edit source]

Metroid Prime 2: Dark Echoes Q&A[edit | edit source]

QUESTION: Were there any interesting behind-the-scenes activity regarding the characters and creatures which appear [in this game]?

ANSWER: The Bloggs who live in the sea bottom in Torvus Bog. This creature is described as "the ugliest, most miserable creature in the universe". Next, the story surrounding the Luminoth Elite Troops [Keybearers]. Some troops had brothers, and while they tried to alleviate those younger brothers' doubts, they too lost their lives. You can find them somewhere in Dark Aether. Lastly, Squad Bravo's J. Brode dislikes bugs.[1]

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