This article is about the character in the Book Trilogy continuity. For the character in the film continuity, see Rebecca Jorden
Rebecca Jorden (commonly known as Newt) was the youngest survivor of a Xenomorph infestation on the colony on the moon Acheron. Discovered by Hicks, the last surviving member of his squad and Ellen Ripley, Newt returned to Earth, only to be institutionalised due to her nightmarish experiences with the creatures. Rescued again by Hicks, Newt collaborated with Ripley, to rid the Earth of its Alien infestation.
Life After Acheron
After escaping Acheron with Hicks and Ripley, the battered survivors made it back only to be put in quarantine for several months. After this, Hicks, Ripley and Newt parted ways with Hicks returning to the Corps and Ripley leaving her. Because she had recurring nightmares of the creatures on Acheron, she was eventually instated in a mental institution on Earth. Under the care of Dr. Jarren, Newt was constantly drugged to deal with her nightmares. Constantly in a drugged haze Billie began to question whether the creatures in her nigthmares were real.
13 years after the events on Acheron; Newt was told by a fellow patient that she had a visitor. This surprised her because besides the patients and staff of the institution were the only people she knew on Earth. She made her way to the visitation room and found herself looking through the glass to see a middle-aged man with scars on the left side of his face. The man introduced himself as Corporal Hicks, the marine that saved her thirteen years ago and in her dreams. Newt then realized that what she dreamt about really happened and realized that she wasn't crazy. She begged Hicks to get her out and started talking about her treatment and therapy; which was one of the conditions she broke during her talk. Newt was taken away by a couple of orderlies begging her savior to help her again. Frustrated and unable to help her Hicks left.
Hicks soon rescues her because he needs her on a trip to the Xenomorph homeworld. The two make an illegal escape and Hicks sneaks her into a stasis-pod and hides her on board. When she awakes, a soldier starts to act strange around her, but is nice. She soon realizes he likes her. Hicks warns her to stay away, but she doesn't listen. Butler, a Marine, and Newt soon developed a mutual bonding aboard the ship.
Afterwards another ship docks and mercenaries take control of The Benedict. Butler, Hicks and the rest of the Marines are taken hostage after they realize that their weapons were sabotaged. The Marines and the crew were sent down in their combat armor, but without weapons, to be used as bait for the xenomorphs on the planet. Luckily, Newt remained hidden during the hijacking and managed to avoid the merc's android troops. Newt also managed to take out one of the androids that were patrolling the ship. Newt took its weapon since she figured there were more androids on the ship. She eventually found Hicks being held by a merc at gunpoint in the com room.
Discovery & Betrayal
Newt entered the control room and ended up catching the attention of the merc. Newt and Hicks got into a scuffle with the merc, with the merc being shot and killed by Newt. It turned out that the merc was reaching for a grenade when Newt shot him. Hicks and Newt then searched the ship for the remaining androids to regain control of the ship. After the synthetics were dealt with Newt wanted to rescue Butler and the rest of the crew that was stranded on the Aliens' planet. Wilks also set the nuclear payload he was able to smuggle on board to carpet and sterilize the planet in six hours.
Hicks and Newt took the other dropship down to the surface to rescue the stranded marines and crew. Butler's squad was the last one surviving. The squad managed to acquire some weapons from the synthetic guards that were ambushed by the local wild life, and after the rigged dropship exploded the marines decided to rescue the crew members taken to the hive. During the raid on the hive the marine squad lost most of its members to the creatures leaving Butler and Blake the sole surviving marines to make it to the cocooned crew members.
Hicks and Newt landed during the squad's rescue mission and waited at one of the entrances for the survivors. Newt was relieved to see Butler among the survivors escaping the hive. Hicks activated the automated turrets on the dropship to provide cover for the survivors. When it seemed like the coast was clear a drone ambushed Butler and ripped him in half. All Newt could do was scream not just at the horror of her lover being ripped in half, but instead of seeing red blood she saw Butler bleed white fluid, meaning he was an android. Blake managed to carry the fear-stricken crewmember and the immobile Butler to the drop ship. As Blake worked to temporarily patch up Butler, all Newt could do was stare in shock and disbelief as Butler apologized to her.
After the harrowing escape from the planet as it was nuked, the five survivors set course for Earth and report the mission's failure as well as Stephens' betrayal. Unknown to the survivors, that a Xenomorph infestation started on Earth and was rapidly getting out of control. The transmissions from Earth were flooding in while the crew slept on their way back home. When they awoke they intercepted a transmission from Orona which was his last stand and suicide. Parks called out to Hicks that they had company following them.
The Benedict was given clearance to land with specific orders to not damage the ship. When the survivors landed, they found a general and several marines welcoming them with their weapons drawn. The general filled the survivors in on the situation and that he was commandeering The Benedict for himself and his men, he also stated that he wouldn't hesitate to kill all the survivors if they got in his way. A junior officer told the general that the xenomorphs compromised the base and that it was a matter of time before it was overrun.
The general pulled his pistol on Hicks and Blake stepped in the way telling the general that she won't allow him to do that. The general remarks that he has no issues with killing a few more people and shoots Blake several times killing her. Parks runs away screaming and Hicks takes out a few soldiers to make their escape into the base. The three survivors frantically look for a transport offworld as the sounds of the fighting gets closer. The three come across a small, beaten up freighter to escape the chaos on Earth.
Newt, Butler and Hicks found that the ship they were on was automated and couldn't be switched to manual. Butler and Hicks stayed in the control center to keep an eye on the ship and viewed some transmissions that were still streaming from Earth. Newt went to sleep after having a strained conversation with Butler. Newt had another nightmare regarding Xenomorphs and Hicks. Newt awoke from the dream and insisted to Hicks and Butler that they search the ship because Newt felt that there were some Xenomorphs on board the small freighter.
After insisting to check out the ship to be sure that it was clear Newt and Hicks armed themselves with what few weapons they had from escaping Earth and started checking out the ship. Eventually they came to a locked door that Newt wanted to check out while Hicks figured the ship was clean. Then Newt smelled something burning in the ship and Hicks and Newt grabbed an extinguisher as the smoke alarm went off with the fire suppression system kicking in. Wilks went to see the trouble spot and saw the door was destroyed by acid burns.
Hicks and Newt cautiously made their way into the room and came across a Xenomorph's body and four bloody crytubes with bloodied remains of four people. Hicks noted that the cryotubes were set at the lowest non-lethal setting, speculating that it was known that the four were infected. Hicks and Newt made their way back to the cockpit and with Butler's help used one of the maintenance robots with a camera to seek out the other three xenomorphs on the freighter. The bot found one with Newt and Hicks heading out to exterminate it. They managed to take out one more creature but its acidic blood caused a hull breach. Newt made it through the bulkhead before the hatch closed and Hicks got himself caught under the hatch. Newt managed to prop the hatch temporarily with one of the guns and drag Hicks in before the hatch crushed him.
During the breach the other two creatures were spaced but managed to get a grip on the outer hull and start smashing on it to get back in. With Hicks injured and Butler still not repaired, that left Newt to go out into space and get rid of the creatures. Armed with four shots in the carbine, she went EVA exploring the hull and stumbling across one of the creatures. She fired a couple of round at it, drawing its attention and ended up missing the other two. The creature lunged at Newt missing her and was stuck free falling in space. Not yet convinced the last one would give up getting inside, Newt continued exploring the ship unarmed much to Hicks' and Butler's protests. Newt found the last creature by the thrusters on the freighter with only a moment to spare Newt got out of the way as Butler hit the thrusters and blasted the last creature into space.
Two days after dealing with the stowaways, the freighter began to pick up transmissions from a nearby Colonial Marine base. Hicks was unsure what type of greeting the three would get when the freighter landed.
To be continued
The Book Trilogy was originally intended as a direct sequel and continuation to Aliens. After the release of Alien 3, which featured the deaths of Newt, Hicks and Ripley, in order to keep these stories relevant to the Alien film franchise, Dark Horse changed the names and therefore identities of the characters for future printings and novel adaptations. In these reissues and adaptations--and in all other following Aliens stories which referenced Book One and Book Two, Newt's name was changed to Billie and the events on Acheron took place in Rim. Billie was also given additional relatives that reside on the planet Ferro, unlike Newt who had no other relatives in Book One.
Born on the colony world of Rim, Billie was the younger of two children to Russ and his wife Sarah. Her parents took her, her brother, and Gene Zendall out on an expedition where they discovered a wreckage of a ship of unknown origin. Her parents ventured into the ship and after some time her mother came out of the ship dragging her father. Billie glanced at her father and saw that a strange creature was attached to her father's face. Sometime later her mother and brother suffered the same fate.
She managed to survive the infestation on her own for the month that followed and was discovered by a squad of Marines. The situation was complicated by the Marines losing their dropship to a Xenomorph stowaway and the colony's reactor going critical. During this time a Marine Corporal named Wilks was taking her with his squad to escape the doomed colony.
During the escape, Wilks eventually handed Billie off to one of his squadmates so he could force open a sealed door. Billie protested but was eventually taken by the other Marine so Wilks could get the escape route cleared. The marine was ambushed and killed by a xenomorph and another took Billie to take back to the hive as a host. Wilks shot out the creature's legs and this allowed Billie to get away from the creature and allow Wilks to finish it off.
Wilks and Billie managed to escape the colony before the reactor went critical but not before Wilks fought a Queen in the complex. Sometime during the escape Wilks received acid burns on the left side of his face before escaping. Unfortunately the rest of Wilks' squad perished before they could escape, making Billie and Wilks the only survivors.