Bingwen, an old friend of Richard Kryuss, has lived in self-imposed exile in what was once called the Guanxi Autonomous Region of China for at least two hundred years. China is now called Tiān and is ruled by an Emperor who answers to the Sovereign.
Bingwen and Kryuss played in a ’50s cover band together while attending Cal Tech in the early ’80s. Their friendship ended when Bingwen, who was tired of playing “Tequila” and “Johnny B. Goode” in dive bars night after night and was anxious to play more challenging and original music, joined a prog band called Lite Cycle.
He’s disgusted by the Sovereign’s rule, under which human immigrants from Galenia are forced to live in colonies, and he’s disgusted by the overwhelming support for the idea amongst his own kind.
He spends his days fishing, hiking through the Da Yayo mountains, and recording elaborate prog rock concept albums in his home studio, releasing them century after century to his small but devoted legion of fans.
Bingwen appears in Exsilium, the upcoming sequel to Effugium.