As I have mentioned before, I wrote Book 2, The Dark and Forbidding Land after I wrote Books 3 and 5. Therefore I had a couple of unusual problems. On the one hand I had several characters who I wanted to use, but I couldn’t let anything (death) happen to them, because I had already used them in the later books. I needed to kill somebody though, so I had to come up with some new characters as fodder.
Karl Harhoff is a professional hunter who comes to Birmisia. This seems natural enough, since Birmisia is crawling with dinosaurs. I surprised there aren’t more of them.
Courtney Jex is an artist, and as an artist type, he is just the kind of fellow that Zurfina would prefer for a companion, at least a temporary one.
Woodrow Manring is a militia officer who plays an important part in book 5. This gave me a chance to introduce him and give him a little background.
Amoz Croffut, like Manring appears in book 5. Having him show up here let me distinguish him a bit from Lawrence Bratihn, who is a similar though more important character.
Bainbridge Clark is a character that appears in book 1 and then gets referenced again and again in the others. This gave me another chance to play with him.
Willy Cornish is a militiaman friend of Saba Colbshallow and Eamon Shrubb. I liked him so much that I almost didn’t do what I was planning with him, but I did.
Shoss, Clegg, and Tassy are more lizzies. By this time, thinking up new lizzie names started to get a little difficult, particularly since they have to have a “real” lizzie name and a diminutive version that the humans assign to them– kind of like what happened to the immigrants at Ellis Island.
Kendric (Kendrikhastu) and Kendra. I liked the idea of the old hunter and his devoted youngsters. I’m sorry I didn’t use them more. The name Kendric came from a student I once had. I had a Kendra too, but that name just came as a female version of Kendric.