I've written that characters drive an author's story. The characters are the ones that truly know the story; the author is only the conduit between the characters and the page. There have been times my characters and I have gotten into drunken fistfights.
Suffice it to say, the characters always win. But I digress.
I'm going to introduce you to the characters you'll read about in The Shadow Looms, the second Obloeron prequel, coming to digital bookstores
everywhere soon. These people sat on my shoulder and whispered into my
ear for several years, telling me to do this and do that. For quite a
while, they were close confidantes.
Without further ado, the characters...
is the series' protagonist. In DARK FALCON, he is introduced as a slave
to the Caravan, a group of gypsy-like merchants who travel across the
breadth of Obloeron, trading and selling goods. He breaks free of his
bonds and hurries to the nearest township, Cassimina, where he is taken
in by Vossler, the local tanner and cobbler. Vossler unlocks the power held deep within Krampel -- the
ability to wield a great sword of the past, Flad-rul. Krampel becomes a
bounty hunter, taking bounties without prejudice, under the pseudonym
Dark Falcon. He has since taken on an apprentice, who has also become his lover, and has encountered a certain dwarf. Over the first few chapters of SHADOW, which is set a year after the events of DARK FALCON, the trio have taken work in a port town near Oak Flats, the squirrellen realm. It is an attack on this realm that sets the trio into action, setting up the famed Great Imperial Wars.
Lutricia Juniper is the series'
secondary protagonist and the female lead. We met Lutricia in part two
of DARK FALCON. She is the daughter of Lord Juniper, a wealthy land
owner who has since fled. She longs for the life of a bounty hunter and, after hearing
Krampel is the best there is, her father hires Krampel to be her
teacher. She is a headstrong individual who tries to get through the
walls Krampel puts up. As said above, she gains his trust and a spot in his bed. She also has a big solo part in this one, where she shows her nerve in a battle against larger enemies.
Radamuck Rosar is still a general
in his father Ricanack's army, but is on leave while he sees the realms with Krampel and Lutricia. He,
too, is headstrong but not as confident as he is in
THE OBLOERON TRILOGY. He, too, has a big solo part in this one, where he hopes to convince a king to join him.
There are quite a few other characters on the side of good that you'll see throughout the book.
Cairn Ford is the main antagonist in the story. He is the High Imperial Inquisitor
of the southlands, where he has instituted a tight reign on the
populace, reaching as far south as Salva on the southern peninsula. In book two, he bides his time as his plans come to fruition. He unleashes his horde after Krampel and Co. stop one of his plans.
Danolf Joocston is a
minor antagonist in DARK FALCON, but he plays a major role in the series
as a whole. He is a young wizard employed by the Inquisitor for his
alchemy work; Joocston is the creator of Ford's horde.
There are also another group of characters that I'll talk to you about in another blog post, and it's their actions that practically set into motion The Great Imperial Wars.
There's more to learn about these characters. You'll have to read the book in order to find out more.
It's almost time. Be patient, and you'll soon have it.