Over the days of the tournament, watch this page fill up with characters — both those in the series, and those who might be. Scroll down to see the all the possibilities.
At the bottom, below the donation button, is the “Out of Action” list. If you’re averse to spoilers, you might want to avoid that.
SPONSORS & SUPPORTING CAST
The organizer of the tournament. Formerly a gladiatorial editor at Colossa.
The sponsor of the games. One of his ships discovered the lost island of Shumakai.
BRONWYN – battle mage aboard Hammack’s ship
CAPTAIN HAMMACK – discovered the lost island of Shumakai
HERRIN ‘CLOCKWORK – master engineer of the tournament, maker of devious traps
ILSA GORVALD – beast mistress in charge of creature challenges
SOL REIFWORM – sea mage aboard Captain Hammack’s ship
ROGINA “ROGI” – Max’s right-hand woman
TAVEREAU – mate aboard Hammack’s ship
VIOLET – Rogi’s right-hand gnome
WINSTONE WITTING – Brion Wilde’s librarian friend
ROJ BOND – muscular human warrior
BOTAX THE MIGHTY – dwarf hero
BRAK – the basilisk “lizard-man” warrior
FATHER PIUS V. CORPUS – warrior priest of St. Vardin
CRIMSON – red-haired warrior woman
FELICE DELNEGRO – Al Qiist mage
ERISA & ULDRED – Midknight duo
FINNEK BROTHERS: HEILO, GEILO, & NEILO – elf warriors
LINDY GRIFFENHOLT, BARRONESS – woman warrior always looking to increase her holdings, member of the Golden Order
HU JAZT – shapechanging mage
NEPTOS – triton starwatcher
ORLANDO – human acrobat
PIROKLES (PIRO) – fire mage from the Isle of Prophecy
REX REGUS – Al Kabar warrior
SETH – half-elf swordsman, bodyguard to Amontet
TARKON – Vortex Gladiator (undersea warrior)
ULDRED & ERISA – Midknight duo
UMIRA THE ACCURSED – accursed triton starwatcher
VALARD GOLDENWING – siren “Saikur” warrior, gladiatorial champion
BRION WILDE, BARONET – elf swordsman
YAN ZHIGONG – girl from Wudan
POSSIBLE CONTESTANTS & CHARACTER TYPES – As originally envisioned
The characters and character types listed below were proposed to readers for possible inclusion in the story. You can look at the final lists above and figure out what got used, and what didn’t.
Crimson from “Forever Crimson”
Rik Armstrung from “The Blood Red Isle”
Brak from “The Blood Red Isle”
Menalo from “Shipmates”
Konstantine from “Festival at Wolfnacht”
Li Wu from “Shipmates”
Tindalin from “The Captive”
Basilisk (lizard man)
Siren (winged folk)
Al Qiist (cat people)
Al Kabar (dog people)
Kung Fu fighter
MAKOTO SHIRATORI – didn’t end up in this story
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OUT OF ACTION
I originally thought it might be fun to make a list of characters who have been killed or otherwise put out of action in the tournament. But I didn’t keep up with it as I went, so it only contains a few characters from the prologue. Don’t read this if you’re avoiding spoilers!