Wilem Doran and Kaspar Jakhad
A man who trades one desert, and one war, for another. William Doran, called Wilem by his mates, begins his saga with the
King’s Dragoon Guards in 1943, Tunisia, but soon finds himself somewhere else. Enter Kaspar Jakhad, a trader bound for the
empire of Innisfail, and fleeing before the advancing war bands of the barbarian Khazars out of far Gorgessa. Wilem’s SMLE
MkIII or “Smelly Three” rifle is seen as magical by those that find him in the desert, and though bewildered by what has
happened to him, he soon signs on as a train guard for Kaspar’s caravan. His time with Kaspar will take him through the
strange new world of the Alderenh, through places where his own maps could never take him.
Lord Frey, Son of Frost is a member of the Dwarrowkin clans, and the Adopted son of Lord Hornbori, the high Lord of Delling
. The Dwarrowkin are miners, stone masons, welders and forgers who have built strong towers all over the world of the
Alderenh. Their short and stocky build leads other men to sometimes call them “Dwarves,” but they are human. After the
death of Lord Gherin of Irondale, brother to Hornbori, Frey is named his successor and begins a journey north to reach the old
ancestral realm of Irondale. Along the way he learns of incursions by the barbarian tribes of the Hunding and Gorg out of
Gorgathor, and one of his first official acts is to muster the host of Irondale and march to the defense of the Wendfolk, long time friends of the Dwarrowkin.
Duke Morgin Grenfell
High Duke of the outland Province of Rhaingoll, Morgin Grenfell is a careful yet determined man. He is angered when the Emperor of Innisfail,
Alcandryn II sends a warlord known as Baldrick the Bold to seize the Falconbridge over the river that separates the Western Outlands from the
Empire. Morgin then cements the Alliance of five provinces of the Western Outlands, an act that would be considered treasonous by the Emperor if
he learned of the pact. Yet as the Khazars drive north to the frontiers of the empire, the Emperor finds he has better use for his Outlords than to
prosecute them for such a crime. After nearly three centuries since its founding, a great war is coming, and Innisfail will need every Knight and
footman it can find, including those in the Western Outlands.
All the other characters will be listed in the Dramatis Personae of the book.