Age: 23

Zodiac: Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon, Gemini Rising

The daughter of the Butcher, resident dictator of the crumbling nation of Chandera. Strong-willed and impatient, she finds herself being escorted to safety by a brigade of mercenaries, and also in possession of a mystical dagger called Keeper. Her escort is cut short when fallout from a coup interferes, and she makes a Faustian deal not only for wishes of power - but for survival itself.


Age: ???

Zodiac: Cancer Sun, Capricorn Moon, Scorpio Rising

A demon imprisoned in the deep aquifers of Weiss' palace, and a living weapon bound to Keeper - a mystical dagger that has been handed down in the family for generations like a cursed key. Crafty and willful, he suggests a deal too tempting to refuse to Diane. (One wonders at the fine print.)


Age: 47

Zodiac: Taurus Sun, Aries Moon, Scorpio Rising

Commander of the Iron Crown Brigade for decades, and is a familiar -and feared- sight at the Imperium's warring borders. Ambivalent about many of her clients (and the few journalists that interview her), she nonetheless holds a strong moral code - likewise with her crew, who remain fiercely loyal. The pay's worth it, they say.


Age: 42

Zodiac: Cancer Sun, Capricorn Moon, Scorpio Rising

The iron fist to the Butcher, he and his men are ever watchful for assassination attempts, demons, and the prying eyes of the Imperium's Judges. Has history with Diane, and seemingly more aware of Shard than at first glance.


Diane's father and de facto dictator to Chandera; he has ruled with an ruthlessly iron fist - just short of attracting the attention of the distant Imperium. Lately, however, he has been struggling with growing unrest among citizens - and the recent plague of demons.