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My main female character. She’s 19, and her brother ran off to travel the world selling things three yeas ago. Now he got put under sentence of death in Hamberg, and called her there so he could see her before he died. She is currently under an assumed name, Adele, working in the kitchen of the Castle where he is imprisoned, and cooking up something devious along with the fish.
The brother who ran off to travel the world. He’s blond, 17, and a little ADHD. He has a wicked business sense, but doesn’t always notice the traps he’s walking into. Currently imprisoned, and giving language lessons to the daughter of the Castle Steward.
The daughter of the Castle Steward in Hamberg. She’s got a club foot, and hasn’t been out of the Castle in years. Sensible as the day is long, she helps out wherever an extra pair of hands is needed. Taking language lessons from Johannes, and likes the crazy stories he tells.
She’s lived in Hamberg her whole life, which is almost 40 years so far. She has no children, but she takes most of the castle under her wing, including Adelhied/Adele. She knows EVERYTHING that goes on. Is Herr Bruno’s right hand woman, though he’d never say so.
- Herr Bruno:
The crazy cook at Hammaburg (the name of the castle). Literally, he carries a massive broken sword that he’s ground smooth, and he bites the blade when he’s agitated, which is often. So he’s bending you backwards over the table with the sword at your throat, and blood running down his chin where he cut himself. “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO MY BREAD?!? If you make a mistake in his kitchen, you run for your life. Also, no one ever knows quite where he is, which doesn’t help the stress level.
Johannes’s partner, he’s an scarred middle aged ex-crusader with a past we haven’t talked about yet. But he handles swords like he was born with them in his hands. He’s currently hiding out in a monastery as a novice, and is heading for Hammaburg with a delivery of beer. Spent “16 years on a battlefield.”
- Martin (brown):
A 9 year old page to the Herzog, with brown hair, he ends up helping Herzogin Mechtilde’s ladies with her sewing, which he is not pleased about. Had once lesson in how to fight properly from Hugh, which he was pleased about. He has a running friendship/feud with
- Martin (white):
A 9 year old kitchen boy with blond hair. Fights Brown Martin on sight, and notices more than you’d think.
The Herzog, he’s 2o, and likes to go about in disguise to learn about his property, though everyone knows who he is because of his red hair. He was not pleased when his mother tried to arrange a marriage with him to Adelhied, who he’s never met, and thereupon announced that he was moving to Hamberg, and that he’s going to marry lady Nathalie. He goes by Alban when he’s “undercover.”
The “understood” betrothed of Adolph. Pretty and predatory. Adolph didn’t stand a chance. She was widowed once before, and is making a very advantageous marriage to Adolph. Her Uncle is Ritter Sebastian.
- Ritter Sebastian:
The Chief adviser to Herzogin Mechtilde. He was the instrument of Johannes’s condemnation, which was unwarranted. He likes power, and also for people to not know that he likes or has power. Doesn’t hold a grudge, because he doesn’t need to. If he doesn’t like you, you’re already dead.
- Herzogin Mechtilde:
Herzogin of Hamberg, and many other places which she’d rather visit. She was made regent of her son’s lands when her husband died 15 years ago, and she isn’t letting go of the power. She’s very used to it by now, in fact.
At age 14, she was shipped off to Hammaburg to snare a husband, but she spends all her time in the stillroom making medicines. Skittish, she has very good hearing, and knows how to use her store of herbs to do remarkable things, despite not liking them.
- Father Nikolous:
The (very) new priest at Hammaburg. He is in charge of both the castle and the surrounding area, now that Father David died. He’s very eager to do a good job, but sometimes is a little too eager to do well.