A short, violent girl who left home in a quest to get Kylie
back to her original dimension, no matter how many magicians she had to
go through to do it. Mia's family was murdered by Kylie under orders from
the emperor (whom Mia killed shortly thereafter), which, unless you're asking Kylie, is not the best way to meet anyone.
- a murderous genie. When they first met, Kylie threatened Mia with her life
if she didn't help her get home. Able to be commanded by almost anyone with
the ability to use magic, she needed Mia to protect her from magicians while
they searched for someone capable of sending her back where she came from.
- psychotic demon who was possessing August in exchange for teaching him spells
before August lost control of him. He has a long history with Kylie, and they
are the causes of each other's weaknesses.
- Egyptian god Denwen. Very little is known of him historically, besides having
nearly destroyed the entire pantheon in a conflagration, only to be defeated
by a pharoah. Jack has mellowed since, changed his name, and taken on a not
so mysterious interest in Mia. He also has an ambiguous history with Kylie.
- a sorceror, Julius Caesar's son and heir to the throne. August looks to
be in his late teens and has about as much emotional stability. Untrained
by his father, he has enormous power and is only beginning to learn how to
- August's father and a powerful sorceror, Julius took on the Roman emperor's
name when he came into power. He came to Mia's home in search of a magical
artifact and found Kylie. He tested her out on Mia's family, which led to
his own death at Mia's hands.
- 7'2" tall "minister" and bodyguard to the emperor. Alexiel took care of Mia during
her stay in the castle, and has far more to do with the current government
than she originally let on.
- royal guard and Alexiel's brother.
- leader of the Stray Dogs, the local gang that protects Riven, of which Mia used to be a member.
His parents killed themselves when he was a child, so he was mainly raised
by Mia's family. John is four years older than Mia and generally too serious for his own good.
- lookout for the Stray Dogs, Salvador is harsh, quiet and withdrawn. Along
with Aristaeus, he is a member of the second largest family in Riven, half
Greek/half Spanish. He is also the oldest member of the gang.
- Salvador's younger brother, youngest member of the gang until Mia joined, and by far the most immature, but who really wants to grow up anyway?
- the same age as John, Yuan formed the Stray Dogs with him after a gang (the
City Slickers) from a rival community started to raid the local farms. They're not related, but they are blood brothers, making Yuan the closest thing to family that John has.
- mad scientist extraordinaire. Johnny and his crew camp out a few miles and a very hard journey from Riven, but not far enough away for the locals' comfort levels. Normally a candidate to get stolen by HA, the empire now tends to give Johnny a wide berth when it comes to surveillance.
- A peppy, flying golem physically modified by a squid and infused with a soul found in a bottle by Johnny the mad scientist. She's now his girlfriend and secondary assistant.
Cecil Hector Architeuthis
- The best mad scientist's assistant this side of the empire. He also happens to be a giant, talking, pragmatic squid with very dextrous tentacles.
- Mia's father and a leader of the Riven farming community. For reasons that have recently come to light, Julius Caesar accused him of treason before having him executed by
Kylie. The bomb that started it all pulled Andras from New York in 1996, when
he was 11.
- Mia's mother and a 23rd century Colombian who was fortunate enough to show
up with her father when she was pulled from the timeline at age 6. She met Andras as a teenager, and Mia was their only child. Along with Andras and Ramiro,
Katarina was killed by Kylie under orders from Julius Caesar.
- Katarina's father and Mia's grandfather, Ramiro is responsible for most
of Mia's academic education. Mia was forced to watch when Julius Caesar had him and her parents
killed. She didn't take it well.
The City of Roses
- Leader of the Spaniards (one of the many building gangs that essentially
run the city), father to five kids from different mothers and one on the
way. He has never killed anyone, but that doesn't mean he never would.
- Tattoo artist for the city and makeshift doctor for those not in a position
to get better care. Coco is practical and caring and has a habit of knowing more about what is going on than anyone else around her. She is currently pregnant with Tai's
kid, but knows better than to be possessive about him.
- Member of the Spaniards, Tai's best friend, and a former member of Human Appropriations: a compulsory job sponsored by the government in return for an advanced education. He takes the "strong and silent" stereotype to the extreme.
- Effete wizard and a friend of Jack. Traded most of his power for eternal
- Yves' familiar and a quite the irascible, territorial former-experiment-subject werewolf.
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