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Oswald

Artwork by Matthew Lunsford
Artwork by Matthew Lunsford

The mysterious scribe, gentlemouse and resident of 54th street and Park Avenue; It isn’t known where he came from originally or what his life was like before he reached his current home. He doesn’t speak of where he came from or even how or when he learned how to speak and read. What is known is that he’s a fast learner, highly inquisitive, and intuitive. He tries to live his life by the simple tenets of being a gentlemouse.

Oswald is also known to do sigil scrawling which is a powerful form of magic that was accidentally taught to him by the Kalsions (“We Were Just Passing Through”)

His innate ability to create advanced and even new forms of sigils with ease and with no apparent ill effects to himself, is a hotly debated subject amongst Kalsion scholars who visit him regularly. Oswald tends to treat these visits with mild amusement since he doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about and the scholars tend to lavish him with gifts. All in all Oswald is happy to stay at home and listen to the tales of the many strange guests that visit his home.

Diane

Artwork by Matthew Lunsford
Artwork by Matthew Lunsford

Is a highborn Fae with considerable martial skill who has shown a willingness to display it at a moments notice. Diane lives on the mall with Oswald. The entrance to her home is through a crack on the south side of the mall. Diane only comes out during daylight hours. She’s fiercely protective of Oswald since she’s been appointed his guardian by her people, a fact that Oswald is oblivious to.

Ordith

Artwork by Matthew Lunsford
Artwork by Matthew Lunsford

Is a troll who lives behind a large brick on the north end of the mall. Ordith only comes out at night due to a curse that affects all trolls, if sunlight touches his skin it turns to stone. Ordith is an ancient troll who’s able to cast his shadow to both cloak himself and use as a weapon. He spends most of his time either looking for food, playing checkers with Oswald or Jeremy or listening to the many stories that Oswald has documented. Ordith has been appointed as a guardian for Oswald by his people, another fact Oswald is unaware of.

Jeremy

Artwork by Matthew Lunsford
Artwork by Matthew Lunsford

Is a young Redcap who lives on the mall on the south-side across the street from Oswald’s home. His cap is still white since he considers himself a pacifist and prefers to discuss and negotiate before fighting. But he will fight if he has to and he can be ferocious when doing so. Oswald considers himself to be an older brother or father figure for the young Redcap. In truth they’re friends who enjoy each others company. On occasion Oswald will venture into the city with Jeremy to go to the movies or to visit a museum.

Dofon

Artwork by Matthew Lunsford
Artwork by Matthew Lunsford

Is a traveling warrior gnome, who has sworn to destroy evil in all of its forms. He met Oswald (“It Broke Free and Couldn’t Read”) while chasing a creature that had killed his family. Dofon has developed a fondness for Oswald who he visits several times a year as he’s traveling about seeking various things. Dofon even appears in his own novel (An Imperfect Mantle) where he has to deal with a fallen angel and the madness and suffering he’s caused.

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