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In peace, may you leave this shore. In love, may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels. Until our final journey to the ground. May we meet again.
Jaha to the Sky People [src]

Sky People, or Skaikru (Trigedasleng) is a term used by the Grounders to describe a person who came from The Ark. They are also commonly known as Arkers. The Sky People are descendants of humans who survived the Nuclear Apocalypse 97 years prior because they were already living in space or managed to escape in shuttles.[1][2]

With almost a century since the Apocalypse, the Ark merely needed to survive another two hundred years to ensure that the ground is viable for life. Little did most of the Ark population know that oxygen was running out, and soon enough, they would be forced to take their very homes through reentry, and begin life on the ground.



One of presumably two pages with 193 names visible.

The first Sky People were referred to as 'Grounders', which was the name used to indicate a person born on Earth rather than in space. The 400-odd humans escaped the apocalypse on 12 space stations, that were combined into the Ark.

A metal remembrance book lists the names of everyone who has ever lived on the Ark, with the first page starting with the last generation of Grounders.[3][4] Several members of the Ark's Grounders seem to share a last name, indicating a possible family connection. Clarke and Abigail Griffin are the only main characters from the Ark whose last name is not shown on the list.

Remembrance book: 193 of the 200 names on the first page are visible.

Ryan Hemswoood Ray Giroux
Bryant Price James Nixon
Rick Hagger Kerry Helm
Jett Hettrick Dean Carrick
Grace Park Emile Lanoue
Anya Naiman Dennis Lyons
Alfred M Morris Delia Dodd
Josh Stanard William Plackett
Janet Fry Lucky Edl Kent Cameron Hugh McInnis Jerry Reynolds
Darren Lukacevic Dana Bartlett Jim McMullin Viv Humphrey Xavier Spokane
Mark Vivian Iman Jaha Joseph Rice Trey Hackman Vera Johnson
Seth Witherspoon Kelly Ferreira Haas Maxwell Erin Okane Piper Grand
Karen Grard Alan Hummel Aldo Santos Dane Jordan Sonia Huron
Henry King Gina Farrell Chris Torman Herb Szybunka Matthew Tomlin
Christine Woodley Thelma Mos Heidi Pirocchi Morley Giles Adrien Gerstein
Raine Miller Wade Carter Trent Macek Anna Rae Green Alicia Takano
Greg Gibbons Hillary Gattis Elloise Thompson Sandra Na Kily Harowite
Connie Finterglass Sandra Johnson Tanya Howard Frank Matossi Lauren Graham
Jake Zickefoose Michelle Thaler Amber Trudeau Janice Dibdin Blair Whyte
Ilene Collins John Looney Julia Dollinger David Kenney Jim van Dijk
Kirk Yaworski Laci Clegg Mary Masters Lisa Workman Jos Ohan
Deanna Bishop Carmen Desmond Lori Sandnes Kaley Cottingham Scott Cozens
Jonathan Colonna Damien Mendez Nikki Gottlieb Reese McDonald Ashley Jephcott
Colleen Beley Yesenia Smith Lina Lambie Gretal Hanson Graham Hill
Cora Lynn Drake Susan Hillyard Tisha Tait Harrison Turner Frank Hanushka
Jack Lawson Elizabeth Greene Rita Burtinshaw Stephanie Brannagh Ivan Fish
Tracy Blake Denis Knoll Alida Jung Elena Gerard Cary Taylor
Alonse Mbege Geri Williscroft Andrea French Constance Henriksen Olivia Varnam
Karl Murphy Dale Babcock Shae Spencer Desy Gorin Clayton Wood
Kate Black Roberta Mayervich Reed Terpstra Brad Trebenski Ed Lafontaine
Doreen Kyle Cass Woeste Malcolm Cutler Poppy Warren Kevin Kamron
Will Takada Rainey Lemmer Dina Porter Ellis Lennox Stephen Woloschuk
Gretchen Poss Emma Huber Raine Macrae Rowen Celuch Brad Galvin
Ruthie Bogdanovic Alex Christiansen Jess Welch Gord Stanhope Hugh Meikle
Molly Lee Ruth Mayfield Tina Ederis Daks Wowryk Jeff Pentecost
Shannon Rood Paul Hall Liz Sheppard Jaxon Giles Randy Stamhuis
Leo Mair Dudley Horn Hans Versteeg Wes Edgar Jane Nolin
Ozzy Bailey Floyd Reyes Uma Henderson Eleanor Stano Lauren Wiezoreck
Oscar McMurray Robert Cordero Rod Oben Graham Eng Zack Sherman
Sherri Amour Eddie Taylor Ellen Burnadett Jackie Hill Bree Freeman
Moris Walters Ralph Caton Fran Kozak Phillip Lightbody Lisa Derview
Katherine Grace Adrian Molder Stacey Grahn Milly Levan Rhett Granderson
…… …… Vanessa Brown Dave Smith Wendy Kane Juno Devill
…… …… …… …… Randy Mail Crispin Glen Hei Megana

Population Edit

Main article: Body Count

In Contents Under Pressure, Jaha mentioned that after the Culling there were 2237 people on the Ark but they only have enough Exodus ships for 700 to get to Earth. In Unity Day, Diana Sydney's drop ship escape costs the lives of hundreds of Arkers as well as everyone on board her drop ship. It is estimated in The Calm that there were no more than 1,000 survivors and at least 1,500 dead as a result.

Project Exodus then took place and the Ark was brought to the ground. An estimate of how many survivors of the Ark made it to the ground in We Are Grounders (Part 2) is unknown since there are still several missing stations as of the Season Two finale. So far, Mecha Station, Alpha Station, Factory Station and Farm Station are the only four stations with known survivors with Factory Station having only one survivor, Mel.

It was not until Wanheda (Part 2), that it was discovered that Farm Station survived the landing with no casualties. However, after four months trapped within Ice Nation territory, their numbers were reduced by two-thirds to only 63 survivors (i.e. they had approximately 189 members upon landing). In Watch the Thrones, 49 Sky People are killed when Mount Weather's self-destruct sequence is initiated by an Ice Nation assassin including 35 survivors from Farm Station.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

After the Ark's resources began dwindling faster than projected, 100 delinquents were sent to earth to see if it was survivable. Chancellor Jaha mentioned in Contents Under Pressure that there were 2237 people on The Ark but they only have enough Exodus ships for 700 to get to earth. In Unity Day, Diana Sydney's drop ship escape costs the lives of hundreds of Arkers as well as everyone on board her drop ship. It is estimated in The Calm that there were no more than 1,000 survivors and at least 1,500 dead as a result.

Project Exodus took place and the Ark was brought to the ground. An estimate of how many survivors of the Ark made it to the ground in We Are Grounders (Part 2) is unknown since there are still several missing stations as of the Season Two finale. So far, Mecha Station, Alpha Station, and Farm Station are the only three stations with a substantial number of survivors; Factory Station has one survivor, Mel. Farm Station was discovered to have landed in Azgeda territory, but is united with the rest of the Sky People in Season Three where a Farm Station survivor named Pike becomes Chancellor.

Society Edit

Life on the Ark was not easy, as every resource was valuable and wasting resources was a Crime unto itself. Medical supplies were carefully tracked, food and water was rationed, and even the oxygen breathed was closely monitored[5]. Families were permitted one child only to reduce population, and giving birth to additional children born was a capital crime for both parents.

There was a small, but noticeable stratification within the social hierarchy on the Ark, with workers at the bottom tier and scientists and guards at the higher tiers. It was almost impossible to move up in the social hierarchy unless you were chosen to train as a guard, and that selection process was very stringent.

Sky People are able to metabolize high amounts of radiation as a result of advanced genetic engineering and exposure to solar radiation from living in space.[6] This ability to filter radiation with no effects on their health makes them essentially immune to the current levels of radiation on Earth, much like the Grounders.

The people of the Ark believed that they are just a transitional generation who will live and die on the Ark, with the understanding that in another hundred years their descendants will be able to go down and live on the planet once the radiation levels have decreased. During that time they adapted many rules and regulations to survive on the limited resources of the Ark. There was never enough food, water, air, medicine etc supplies these were rationed and regulated. Everyone on the Ark was engineered to be a universal donor. To control population, a single child policy was enacted. Women on the Ark received birth control implants when they hit puberty. Births were planned by removing birth control implants to allow conception and then re-implanting the birth control after the baby was born.[7]

Unity Day Edit

Main article: Unity Day (Events)

The Sky People like to celebrate the holiday called Unity Day in which they give thanks to the people of the 12 space stations that were still active during and after the nuclear apocalypse. These 12 stations came together in the year 2054, two years after the nuclear apocalypse because they "realized life would be better together."

Spirituality Edit

The ark - church last tree

The Last Tree on the Ark

In peace, may you leave the shore. In love, may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels until our final journey to the ground. May we meet again.
— the traveler's blessing [src]

Religion on the Ark shifted to being more Earth-centric, about "going home."[8] Many of the inhabitants believed that the Ark was the human race's salvation, but also a test – that a better life would be found on Earth. The ground was viewed as Heaven,[8] and after death, citizens symbolically "returned to Earth."[9]

The Last Tree was the symbol of their beliefs, representing life on Earth. Believers cultivated and cared for the tree, donating some of their rationed water in keep it alive.[10] A child was selected to be the "tender of the tree", collecting the offerings of water. Gatherings were held in a large room, but the tree was small enough to be moved. After the Culling, the Last Tree was part of the memorial display.

Wells damaged the Last Tree to get himself arrested,[11] but the tree remained intact. Before her death, Vera Kane, a spiritual leader on the Ark, asked her son, Marcus Kane, to return the tree to the ground. Marcus fulfilled his mother's request and replanted the tree in the forest outside of Arkadia.

Crime and Punishment Edit

Main article: Crime and Punishment

All crimes on The Ark were treated as capital crimes, breaking one of the many laws led to swift execution. With the exception of minors, they are were sent to the "SkyBox", a holding detention center where they await turning 18. Once they reach the age of 18 when they were given a trial and, where it was decided if they should be "floated" or returned to the Ark’s main population. One hundred of these delinquents were sent to Earth to see if it was habitable enough for humans to survive and were promised that their crimes would be pardoned.



The Ark council

Council meeting on the Ark

Main article: Council

The Council is the governing institution that made executive decisions for The Ark, and currently Arkadia. It is headed by the Chancellor. Through Project Exodus, the Council planned for the eventual return of the Sky People to earth via Exodus ships. They also created the Exodus Charter, which contains the new laws for governing once the Sky People returned to the ground.


An Officer is a high rank in the bureaucracy of the Ark. Above the general officers is the Ark's governing Council which is led by the current Chancellor. The Ark's officers have information not accessible to most of the Ark's residents. Certain key knowledge is further restricted to just the Council itself.

Named Officers
Current Former
  • Callie Cartwig (Deceased - Floated for unknown reasons)
  • Jake Griffin - Senior Environmental Engineer and Deputy Resource Officer (Deceased - Floated for treason)
  • Sinclair - Engineering Officer (Deceased - Stabbed by Emerson)


Main article: The Guard

The Guard was a group that was employed to maintained security on the Ark and later at Arkadia once they arrived on Earth. On the Ark, the Guard was in charge of surprise inspections of the Sky People's living quarters and were commonly seen working in law enforcement and providing protection. They also performed the duties of executioner when pushing the button to float Sky People charged with capital crimes. During Council meetings, Ark Guards stand watch and await orders by Council members. Guard Cadets are responsible for chaperoning public gatherings such as dances. On the Ground, the Guard goes out on scouting missions and accompanies Sky People outside the safety of Arkadia. Once the alliance between the Grounders and Sky People was established, the Guard worked alongside the Grounder Warriors, providing technology they lacked such as medicine, firearms, and tone generators.


Main article: Delinquents

The delinquents are a faction of Sky People. One hundred were sent to Earth to see if it was habitable as the Ark was dying. They were promised that their crimes would be pardoned if they survived. They were the first group of Sky People to reach Earth. Upon landing they were attacked by the Woods Clan under the orders of Commander Lexa.



As of "Heavy Lies the Crown", there are approximately 500 surviving Sky People, including:

In "The Four Horsemen", Clarke made a list of a hundred survivors.

Clarke's list
1 Abby Griffin 34 …… Tay… 67 …… ……
2 Eric Jackson 35 …… Ca… 68 …… ……
3 Thelonious Jaha 36 …… Pro… 69 …… ……
4 Raven Reyes 37 …… …… 70 …… ……
5 Octavia Blake 38 …… Yaworski 71 …… ……
6 Jim Bruder 39 …… …… 72 …… ……
7 Heather David 40 …… Wong 73 …… ……
8 Grazia Watson 41 …… …… 74 …… ……
9 Danny Vertue 42 …… …… 75 …… ……
10 Sarah Soderquist 43 …… …… 76 …… ……
11 Susan Crawford 44 …… …… 77 …… ……
12 Shelley Skerritt 45 …… …… 78 …… ……
13 …… …… 46 …… …… 79 …… ……
14 …… …… 47 …… …… 80 …… ……
15 …… …… 48 …… …… 81 …… ……
16 Kats Weiss 49 Barry …… 82 …… ……
17 Shelly …… 50 Matt …… 83 …… ……
18 Patrick …… 51 …… …… 84 …… ……
19 Andrew Glavina 52 …ick Bragg 85 …… ……
20 Alyssa King 53 Alisson …… 86 …… ……
21 James Crockett 54 Christine Coutts 87 …… ……
22 Amrit Gunhouse 55 Kath Colonna 88 …… ……
23 Chelsea Abe 56 Shelby Page 89 …… ……
24 Ray Garrioch 57 Chance Lovett 90 Gr… Tait
25 Arin Ringwald 58 Jalisa Ocean 91 Brett Cummings
26 Bryan Eng 59 Tia McCurdy 92 Alexandra Roy…
27 Ian Sammoil 60 Dustin Allen 93 Oscar Trainor
28 Quincy Paglora 61 Paul Bougie 94 Joy Munt
29 Jim Stacey 62 Sean Kuzyk 95 Andrew Deskin
30 Noah Richoz 63 Kat Roussos 96 Brain Lyster
31 Daniella Aufiero 64 Darcy Wyness 97 Tim Bartlett
32 Doreen Ferreira 65 Bernie Huefeld 98 Kim Ginsburg
33 Tina …… 66 Ron Macleay 99 Bellamy Blake
100 Clarke Griffin


These characters are presumed to be alive but have not been seen in over a season:

These minor characters may have died, but it was never confirmed.


As well as many unnamed individuals.


Notes and Trivia Edit

  • Although called "Sky People" by the Grounders, the Delinquents rarely refer to themselves as Sky People and the survivors of the Ark have only recently begun doing so.
    • On the Ark, the first generation of Sky People who escaped the apocalypse on earth are known as "Grounders".[12]
    • In The 48, Lincoln teaches Octavia how to say: "I am Octavia of the Sky People. I seek safe passage" in Trigedasleng.
    • In Bodyguard of Lies, a member of Jaha's party referred to the Sky People as "Arkers" seconds before his death while crossing the Dead Zone.
  • According to Wells, possessions on Ark were shared based on need. When a person died his things were taken to the redistribution center, as was with Charlotte's parents.
  • Daily rations on the Ark included tofu-like protein cubes and bare minimum of water to subsist on.[5]
    • In Fog of War, Jaha and Kane reminisce about how many times on the Ark they went two days without water.
  • During production, the Ark was envisioned with a Cathedral, a large hall with a lone oak tree with skylight looking out on earth, that was the religious center of the Ark. However, due to budgetary realities it was relaced with more modest hall with a bonsai tree.[13]
  • Formerly known as Camp Jaha, Arkadia is the current home base on Earth for the Sky People.
  • The Sky People have been at war with the Woods Clan since the 100 landed in the Pilot.
    • The Grounder clans view the Sky People as invaders rather than refugees.
    • The 100 were attacked by the Woods Clan within days of landing on Earth, and many were killed in the following weeks.
    • The Sky People and the Grounder Coalition were temporarily allied against Mount Weather. This alliance was broken by Lexa and the Sky People were left to die.
    • The Sky People joined the Coalition in Ye Who Enter Here with Kane receiving the brand of the Coalition on his forearm, against the majority of the Coalition's wishes. This did, however, allow Lexa to remain in power and bought temporary protection from attack for the Sky People.
    • The status of the Coalition is uncertain after the death of Lexa.
    • The relationship between the Sky People and the Coalition is uncertain.

See Also Edit



Sky People


Mountain Men

Dante WallaceCage WallaceLorelei TsingMaya Vie

References Edit

  1. Rothenberg, Jason (16 Aug 2015) Tweet - @JRothenbergTV
  2. Rothenberg, Jason (16 Aug 2015) Tweet - @JRothenbergTV
  5. 5.0 5.1 The100writers tumblr, 2015
  6. In "Coup de Grâce", Clarke mentioned that the Sky People were genetically engineered, which was later confirmed by Kim Shumway.
    Shumway, Kim (December 4, 2015) Tumblr "people from the Ark are genetically engineered" - @kimshum
  7. {{{name}}} (4 Jun 2014) Tweet “When puberty hits, women on the Ark receive birth control implants that are removed to have their one child.” - @the100writers
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rothenberg, Jason (9 Apr 2014) Tweet “Religion on the Ark has shifted to reflect the idea of "going home." Very Earth-centric. The ground = heaven.” - @JRothenbergTV
  9. Rothenberg, Jason (23 Apr 2014) Tweet “When a normal citizen dies on the Ark, they are symbolically "returned to Earth." This is what it looks like with 320 bodies.” - @JRothenbergTV
  10. Rothenberg, Jason (9 Apr 2014) Tweet “Believers each donate part of their daily allotment of water to keep the tree, a small remnant of Earth, alive.” - @JRothenbergTV
  11. [Video] 'The 100' at Comic-Con 2014: More Grounders, Linctavia and Fearing The Reapers,BuddyTV
  13. Creating the world of the 100 (In the beginning), The 100: The Complete First Season

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