Comic #52

Eddie: Fact is, yes, we figure that the beating is why she's mute.

Eddie: But she wasn't raised as a piece of property, and for some reason, maybe tied to self-esteem, that makes her the best bender any of us has ever seen.

Eddie: So she gets paid a fair piece of our profits, Just like everyone else.

Kid: Except her job is to fold us all through space. I didn't even know that was possible.
Eddie: Yeah, well, till I met you I didn't know hair like that was possible. But whaddya know.

Comic #51

Narrator: The Benders are now bred like dogs, and kept on a world specifically designated for their use. Some private ship owners and smaller corporations still use Benders to transport their ships, so the market for them exists.

The Bender that powers the Eclipse, however, is somewhat different. When she and her sister were infants, they were both kidnapped from the Bender homeworld.

To most, they would have been considered expensive pieces of property. The deepspace yokel who kidnapped them, however, didn't even know what a Bender was. So he raised them like two young girls, but he beat them constantly. As soon as they both learned that they could fold space, they took an opportunity to elude him planet-side and escaped.

Kid: So she was beaten as a child? Is that why she's mute?
Narrator: Actually, I know all about...
Eddie: Shut-up, you.

Comic #50

Narrator: At first, these Benders, as they were dubbed, were welcomed by society as a simple miracle of science. 

Interstellar ships were outfitted with special interfaces that allowed a single bender to fold the entire ship through space, rendering costly wormhole travel obsolete.

Eventually, however, the uniqueness of the Benders drove society away. They were viewed as another race of Aliens, and some wanted to exterminate them. In the end, the Galactic Counsel declared the Benders slaves to Humanity, and they were bought and sold as property. High society moved on, and the wormhole drive came back into common use.

Kid: So we have a slave on the ship?
Narrator: Actually, I could tell you all about that.
Eddie: You are asking all the wrong questions, Kid.

Comic #49

Narrator: Heinz Grupert, a brilliant geneticist working for FIAT, the huge pharmaceutical corporation, developed a procedure that made the resultant people faster and stronger, but also increased their brain activity a hundred-fold.

The first apparent downside was that the strength and speed boosting, though considerable, did not have any visible effect on the subject. This was widely viewed as boring.

Unexpected side effects to this procedure included heartburn, sleeplessness, occasional nausea, and the ability to fold their bodies through space using only their minds.

In retrospect, it was decided that Heinz wasn't as much brilliant as he was bizarrely lucky. That luck did, however, transfer well to his gambling habits.