Annika Fridasdottor: "Annika the Woolgatherer" - "Annika the Rabbit" - Second engineer aboard Phatéon; Källa's sister; Has thick, black, corkscrew curly hair end brown eyes
David Kentewess: "David Ingasson" - A vulcanologist; Has a mechanical left hand, mechanical legs and an optical contraption (looks like a monocle) embedded into his temple, which shields his left eye with a dark, reflective lens; Has pale scars raking the left side of his face and hairline with several wide, ragged strips running diagonally from his forehead to his cheek; Is tall and lean with straight black hair that falls to his wide shoulders and dark eyes; Is about 28 years old
Källa Hildegardsdottor: "Källa the Shieldmaiden" - Annika's exiled sister; Hildegard's daughter; Has black hair and dark eyes
Frida Kárasdottor: Annika's mother; Hildegard's true love; Had vibrant red hair before going gray
Stone Kentewess: David's father; Inga's husband; A machinist; Owned a velocipedal shop
Lucia Kentewess: Physician aboard Phatéon for the last ten years; David's aunt by marriage and the only family he has left; Has blonde hair
Patrick Dooley: David's friend; A digger; Is bald with a graying brown beard; Has a wiry body
Regnier Goltzius: A young Dutchman; A botanist; Has a pointed red beard and curling mustache; The youngest son of a cousin to the Grand Duchess of Erie (one of the Scientific Society of New Leiden's most generous patrons)
Hanna and the Englishwomen: More than a century ago they killed a Dutch prince's son in order to secure their freedom; They fled to Iceland and founded the hidden village of Hannasvik.
Captain Vashon: Airship captain; A tall impressive woman with iron threading through the black hair at her temples
Chief Leroux: Head engineer aboard Phatéon; Is almost 70 years old; Has white hair and a deeply lined face; Is tall with a bony frame; Is going deaf
Elena Pickart: Second mate aboard Phatéon; Annika's friend and one of her roommates; Has chestnut hair
Marguerite: The steward's assistant aboard Phatéon; One of Annika's roommates; An older woman
Mary Chandler: Third engineer aboard Phatéon; One of Annika's roommates; Has freckles and vibrant red hair; Is unfaithfully married
Komlan: A man of average size; Carries a polished walking stick with a silver wolf's head with chips of amber for eyes; Works for Paolo di Fiore
Inoue Nanami: David's colleague; She floated a jellyfish balloon over Krakatoa
Mary Longcreek: A botanist; Is experienced, dedicated and familiar with plant growth recovery following volcanic eruptions
The Blacksmith: "Negrüi" - Head of the Blacksmith Guild; The only person outside of Xanadu who can manipulate the nanoagents necessary to create mechanical flesh; No one knows his real name; Every inch of his skin that is not covered by his clothing is the pale gray of mechanical flesh, shaped to mimic human features; Even his face is mechanical flesh and his eyes are silver prosthetics
Paolo di Fiore: Lorenzo's father; The man who attempted to build a machine inside the heart of an artificial mountain; Is responsible for the deaths of many people including David's mother and uncle and is the reason that David now has so many prosthetics; Was put in an insanitarium after the accident on Inoka Mountain; Is losing most of his dark hair
Lorenzo di Fiore: Paolo's son; Is just a bit older than David; Wears a neatly trimmed beard
Olaf di Fiore: A small dark-haired boy with dark eyes; 2 years old
Monsieur Dubois: Crew member aboard Phatéon; A young man with a scraggle of a mustache
García: First engineer aboard Phatéon; 40 years old
Maria Madalena Neves: A young Lusitanian woman; Is heading to Heimaey with her nurse; Her grandmother was from Sweden; Is beautiful with long, dark, curly hair and blue eyes
Mr. James: First mate aboard Phatéon; A tall, thin man; Has a wife and two children
Archimedes Fox: "Wolfram Gunther-Baptiste" - Yasmeen's husband; An adventurer, antiquities salvager, guide and treasure hunter; Has shaggy brown hair streaked with gold and emerald eyes; Is tall and fit with wide shoulders, narrow hips and a deep tan; About 29 years old
Mr. Otto: Navigator aboard Phatéon; A young brown-haired man; He pines for a woman; Is rather fond of whiskey
Monsieur Collin: Purser aboard Phatéon; Madame Collin's husband; On older man with gray hair; His jacket won't buckle over his stomach
Madame Collin: Steward aboard Phatéon; Monsieur Collin's wife; Has a beautiful singing voice
“What I told you is true-I want to love someone first. Man or woman, I don't care. I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them. I want to feel as if I can't live without them, and if I have to...if I HAVE to live without them, I want to feel as if every moment I had with them was worth a lifetime of love. And I want to be loved in that way in return.”
Heimaey: "Hymen Island" - in the Vestmann Islands; An island off the south coast of Iceland; Is inhabited only by women; Some Catholic families send their unmanageable daughters there to keep them pure for advantageous marriages.
Megalodons: "Meg" - Giant sharks altered and bred by the Horde until they were aggressive and territorial; A full-grown megalodon could leave a ship rudderless or damage the hull; The shark's armored plating makes it very hard to kill; The best course is just avoiding them.
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