Hey guys! As you know, each month I put up a new essay on the ins and outs of being a published author for my Patreon page. I've been crazy busy this month trying to finish up the first book in the next series of powder mage novels, and I'm trying to get ready to leave for Gen Con tomorrow morning. I know, it's just an excuse, but you'll have to wait until next month for another essay. Many apologies!
Instead, here's a little something to whet your appetite for the next series: a brief dossier of three of the main characters by the Landfall Secret Police.
Benjamin Styke, also known as "Mad Ben Styke," was commander of the Mad Lancers and a hero of the Fatrastan Revolution. Widely considered "the most fearless, unkillable bastard on the continent," he was court-martialed at the end of the war for disobeying orders and sent to the firing squad on the order of the grand master. It took two full volleys before he was reported dead. A big cripple matching Styke's description has recently been released from one of her Lady Chancellor's forced labor camps and is reportedly working for the Adopest Rifles Mercenary Company. Any information on his whereabouts should be reported to her Lady Chancellor's Secret Police. Do not attempt to arrest him with any less than a dozen men.
Michel Bravis is a detective with a forty-second precinct in Lower Landfall. He is considered one of the Landfall police's most talented young coppers and expected to be captain of his own precinct by thirty. He is unmarried, known to discretely frequent whorehouses and taverns, and has recently been spotted at a violent murder scene down at the Landfall docks. The murder investigation was taken over by the secret police, and the grand master's office has no comment on Detective Bravis's involvement in the case or the nature of the murders committed. Rumors that a high-level Blackhat was killed by an unknown assailant are to be denied vehemently.
General Vlora Flint, most often referred to as "Lady Flint" by her men, is the commanding officer of the Adopest Rifles Mercenary Company. She is a powder mage, one of the few living mages trained by Field Marshal Tamas, and a veteran of the Adran-Kez War. She earned her moniker mopping up resistance forces and hunting down the remaining members of the Kez Cabal after the war. She and her men are highly distrustful of the secret police and all attempts at infiltrating the group were abandoned earlier this year. As her mercenaries are currently engaged by the Lady Chancellor, she is considered to be an employee of the state and should only be dealt with by the grand master or Lady Chancellor's offices.