The Fairchilds are a group of people connected to The Vast who use names with the surname Fairchild. They do not actually have a familial relation. (MAG 111)

The Fairchild family is known as a very wealthy family based in Cornwall, who invest in aerospace technology, shipping logistics, and underwater drilling and construction. (MAG 51)

Known Members

  • Harriet Fairchild
  • Simon Fairchild

Simon Fairchild is an old man, described as pushing 100 years and as "a tiny, pink skeleton of a man". (MAG 51) In a statement he later gives to Martin, Simon reveals that he's hundreds of years old; he was apprenticed to the Venetian painter Tintoretto before he became an avatar of The Vast, which puts his birth somewhere in the mid-1500s.


In the 1930's, a con artist and fence used the name Simon Fairchild on several business listings. This was not his real name, which Jonathan Sims never discovered, but one of many aliases. He was at one point thrown out a 4th story window by an irate customer into a crowded street in midday, but none of the people on the other side reported seeing him fall. In 2012, a jewelry shop in Hackney that he had owned reported cases being cracked in the night as if a heavy weight had been dropped upon them. (MAG 51)

The following appearances all precede the person in contact with the Fairchild(s) having an experience with The Vast.

In the early 2000s, Robert Kelly took a job as a skydiving instructor for a company named "Open Skydiving", though no official records indicate its existence except a few news articles in late 2000. One of his fellow flight instructor colleagues was Harriet Fairchild. In June 2002, an 85-year old man named Simon, presumably Simon Fairchild, was doing a tandem jump with Harriet supposedly for charity in memory of his wife. Right before Harriet and Simon jumped out of the plane, Simon turned to Robert and shouted something that may have been "enjoy sky blue", causing him to feel a rush of dizziness. Harriet greeted Robert when he landed. (MAG 21)

In August 2006, Simon Fairchild paid a large amount of money to a diving company to dive down in a dangerous place to a sunken boat called the Maria Fairchild, which he claimed to be his great-grandfather's. He shouted something indistinct at the divers just before they went into the water. (MAG 51)

Pinnacle Aerospace, majority owned by the Fairchild family, was a member of the Stratosphere Group that launched the space station Daedalus in 2007 (MAG 57). A Mr. Fairchild, presumably Simon, interviewed one of the astronauts, Jan Kilbride, mentioning his psychiatric profile a few times in the interview. (MAG 106).

In 2012, an old man presumed to be Simon Fairchild got into a cable car in Austria with two other passengers, and jumped out of it partway through the ride, dramatically winking at one of them (MAG 124).

In 2018, Simon loses a bet with Peter Lukas, and is sent to the Archives to answer any questions that Martin has about The Extinction, because Peter does not like answering questions (MAG 151).


Michael Crew, another avatar of The Vast, has also been reported to hang around with the Fairchilds sometimes. (MAG 89)

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