(the Red): A warrior hero. An old
warrior hero -- old enough that he'd rather not be doing it any more,
if only warrior heroes were allowed to retire. He decided to take on an
apprentice mostly to have someone to pass on his cynicism to, but it
hasn't worked out the way he planned.
(the Kid): Jordan's apprentice and
number-one fan. His parents are rich enough, and busy enough, that
Eliott has pretty much grown up doing whatever he wanted -- if he's
really grown up at all. His great ambition is to live inside an
Elf): Eliott's best friend, once
baby-sitter, and another of Jordan's devoted fans. Kess is calm,
patient, reasonable -- all the traits you'd expect from an Elf with a
near-endless lifespan, and yet for some reason she still wants to be an
adventurer. She has trained herself for the role, yet something in her
still resists, and she has yet to test herself.
James (the Doc): Alec is the group's
healer, a guild-trained and certified physician and alchemist. He is
un-ashamed coward, but travelling with adventurers pays too well for
him to pass the opportunity by. Beneath his mild, good-natured manner,
Alec is nearly as cynical
and sarcastic as Jordan. His one admitted soft spot is for his
fire-breathing cat, Cinders.
Bard): Mumblemumblemumble... No
one knows much about Bard, except that he seems equally ignorant of how
to use any of the musical instruments he pulls from his bottomless
sack. He and
Alec are companions, of a sort, and Alec may be responsible for having
in the group, or Eliott may have thought that all adventuring groups
a bard, regardless of skill. All Bard will say on the matter is
de Bergerat (the Piper): A wandering minstrel with a rare gift
for communicating with rats, and the rare curse of rodent-thropy --
when the moon is full, he answers the Squeak of the Wild. His
connection with the rest of the adventurers is tenuous, though he and
Kess have begun a strange and hesitant romance.
(formerly the Quick, now the Dead):
Gareth is the ghost of one of Jordan's former adventuring companions,
dead some thirty years, now returned to protect and steer Jordan away
from the path of the adventurer.
And an assorted cast of goblins, zombies,
giants, thieves, townsfolk, villains, maidens, dragons and one