A man who's exact birth date is unknown even to himself, Rancid Mahoney, oftentimes known simply as "Mahon", was born into a world already having been ravaged by war. He knows nothing of the past and like most everyone else in the world, he doesn't care. His talents range far and wide, from superior skills with revolvers and rifles and other hand-to-hand weaponry, but his main skill is perhaps his ability to lack empathy for those he kills, whether he has to kill them in order to survive, or if he's simply doing a job. This apathy has lead many to believe Mahon to be untrustworthy and therefore potentially an enemy to all those around him. He learned early on in childhood the painful choices and happenstances that must be made and met if one is to survive.
Adopted by Frank Delmont at around age sixteen, Rancid Mahoney was seemingly taught by the best. His involvement in the Tuskatawa War proved to himself, and others, that while he has a talent for using violence to his advantage, seeing through the fog of war is not easily done.
Losing his parents to a viral outbreak in the settlement of which he was born, Til Drange came to the american southwest region at a fairly young age with an advanced mind to make a life for himself, and if possible to raise a family alongside him. Early on, however, he was found by the Tuskatawa Tribe and met Sanuye, who at the time was only a girl. Growing up together, Drange and Sanuye grew closer and eventually married. Sanuye, along with the rest of the Tuskatawa Tribe, showed him the truth of the mendacity of his goals, that they were merely self-serving and left little room for the "greater good". She taught him the meaning of life, as it is known to the Tuskatawa Tribe: an existence of honesty and justice, a love for the land and all those who share a similar bloodline.
During the Massacre at Blackheart Mountain, Drange was met with a terrible fate, which spiraled him downward, and inward, morally and spiritually. Eventually, his heart morphed into a state much like the enemies he once fought against. The day he betrayed Rancid Mahoney has lived with him henceforth, and has eaten away at him from the inside out like a cancer.
Not much is known about his formative years. Born into the Tuskatawa Tribe, Tenskatawa was imbued with its moral code as soon as he exited the womb. Taught at the earliest age the importance of not killing unless one has to, despite the circumstances of the world outside his Tribe's borders, has bestowed upon him a unique kind of understanding of how the world works, or rather, how his Tribe thinks it should work. He believes that each time a man kills another, he takes on the burden of that ended life, which if not properly identified and handled, can lead one down a road of terrible evolution. Not the most ruthless of chiefs during the Tuskatawa Tribe's existence, Tenskatawa is the most wary, and realizes almost immediately he cannot trust Rancid Mahoney no matter what transpires. But as Gunther Ostrander is on the chief's list of men who must be brought to justice, and Mahoney is on Gunther's payroll, he keeps him close with the hope he can turn over the man's allegiance. During the Massacre at Blackheart Mountain, he makes Mahoney an honorary member of the Tuskatawa Tribe, hoping to instill within him the courage and bravery needed to fight off the invading enemy.
However, as strong-willed as the chief is, his one weakness may lie in the fact that he would do almost anything to ensure the survival of his people. His pact with Quan Zao, chief of the Black Boar Tribe, may cement his fate, and the lives of all those he looks after may suffer for it.
Head Prospector of New Canterton, Gunther Ostrander is a businessman priding himself with the idea of having more than just mere monetary gain. He runs a quarry, of which his crew (some would say slaves) mines for precious minerals and other potential valuables, which he then sells to the highest bidders. With these funds he pays his muslce and his taskmen, Rancid Mahoney being one of them. Obsessed with the myth of the blackvein mineral, a mineral rumored to enhance the body's ability to heal and at its most radical, cure the threat of death itself, Ostrander continually sends Mahoney out on the hunt, knowing the man is the best on his payroll in terms of scouring the land for truths others pass off as being old wise tales. While on the surface, his desire for the blackvein mineral is a noble one, his true intentions rest with the lust to reshape human biology under the guise of rebuilding human civilization.
Wife to Gunther Ostrander, she understands some of his more ruthless methods of ensuring her own survival and that of the people who live and reside in New Canterton, yet she has never been made fully aware of the extent of his intentions. When her husband first hired Rancid Mahoney, she met him and nearly at an instant, the two felt a magnetism between them. Their secret relationship has been the cause of much of Mahoney's stress and doubt, but it has also been the one thing keeping the two sane enough to function in their burned wasteland of a world.
The son of Chief Tenskatawa, Owl Wing is often referred to by his tribesmen as the soft side of the chief, having inherited many of his strong traits, but also an as of yet developed understanding of why the world must be changed. He believes in his father's cause, but is worried by the choices his father makes in order to see that cause to fruition. While at first not at all admiring the man that is Rancid Mahoney, during the cataclysmic battle that would eventually become known as the first official battle of the Tuskatawa War, he sees a different side of him that perhaps may have planted to seeds for future trust.
Frank's mother married Plath's father, but their parents were soon after murdered, leaving the two boys stranded and guideless. Plath, being slightly older, took it upon himself to inherit his father's paternal qualities, and in a way helped to raise Frank. The two of them fell into a ship-building crew near the Woodstar Triangle and together designed and built the infamous war vessel known as the Horizon Vengeance. Over time, Frank grew apart from his brother, and eventually departed back to the mainland, where he would fall into a life of doing whatever it took just to get paid.
Empress of Woodstar City, Val Remo rules the Woodstar Triangle. Val Remo resides in the remains of Morro Castle, a pre-war fortress that used to serve as the guardian structure to the entrance of what used to be Havana. Her mother was Dominican, and her father Puerto Rican, Remo uses her family's mixed background to unite the people of the old Caribbean Islands. She has a taste for opportunity, like many, and oversees trade relations for among Woodstar City, Galveston, and Monterey Hold. Residing under the shadow of Guiseppe Remo, her grandfather and founder of the Woodstar Triangle, she hopes to leave her mark in history the same as he once did, or, if she can manage it, surpass him altogether.
The main right-hand muscle to Val Remo, Sebastian "The Anvil" Longbar is captain of the Igneous Reef, a warship feared for its seemingly indestructible hull, and for the creature kept in a cage down below its lower decks. Sebastian is known for his competitive nature, having fought in Val Remo's gladiatorial contests for the last few years. He keeps a pet bear, whom he affectionately refers to as "Celeste", in the bowels of his ship. It's commonly known that if anyone crosses him, whether they be of his crew or not, Sebastian feeds them to Celeste as punishment. No one truly knows where he acquired the bear, although it is rumored he captured her during a venture north to the mainland.
The source of his anger and rage on the battlefield and in Remo's gladiatorial arenas is unknown, and not a single soul alive dares to fathom even a rumor, for fear of being fed to Celeste.
Adoptive brother to Frank Delmont, Plath is nearly a decade older, and is far wiser as his father taught him how to read and construct strings of critical thought, lessons of which he has tried to pass down to Frank. Having constructed the Horizon Vengeance alongside Frank, the two of them have a bond that was once considered unbreakable, until an argument of parentage and lineage lead Frank to remove himself from his brother's company. It isn't known what sort of life Plath lead following the departure of his brother, but in his quest to track down the last surviving members of his family.
Chief of the Black Boar Tribe, and perhaps the most bloodthirsty counterpart to Chief Tenskatawa's plan to rid the world of tyrants, Zao shares little to none of the same moral code as the aforementioned chief, and has no remorse for his enemies. His decision to join Tenskatawa's cause is contingent on laying New Canterton to waste, wiping it off the map completely as he believes there isn't a soul living within worth saving. This same mentality fuels his actions throughout the Tuskatawa War. Eventually, infuriated with Tenskatawa's refusal to abide by his methods, Quan Zao takes up residence in the Flying Tusk, a ship of his tribe's devising. Zao leaves the war, but doesn't at the same time, searching the land and the oceans for Tuskatawa deserters and their sympathizers, vowing to bring the traitors and their compatriots to his own interpretation of justice.
Biological son of Frank Delmont. Young, but having grown from his experiences overseas, he rebels against the Empress Val Remo, stealing the Horizon Vengeance, and flees to parts of the world beyond the Woodstar Triangle's boundaries. Around the same age as Rancid Mahoney, Frank Delmont traded Wyatt, and the Horizon Vengeance in exchange for his own freedom from Remo's employment.
Tactical, though most would say deranged, leader of the Crimson Collar Gang, a group of individuals who refuse to abide by any law, just or otherwise. It is not known if he is the true founder of the Crimson Collars, or if he simply took leadership by another means. Mancino Rolandraz meets Rancid Mahoney in a saloon, and instantly sees him as a potential partner, if not a successor to his leadership role, in the event of his death. While his goal is to spread the word of the Crimson Collar's presence as ruthless and brutal, his true objective is to find the source of the blackvein mineral, and prevent anyone from taking advantage of its healing nature.
Wife to Til Drange, and a skilled weapons smith in the Tuskatawa Tribe, her area of expertise centers around archery. Growing up in the Tuskatawa Tribe, she and Til Drange see each other as the closest thing to being soulmates, and spend the majority of their time watching each other's backs.
She meets Rancid Mahoney while nursing him back to health after a near-deadly confrontation with Mancino Rolandraz, and while at first doesn't believe him to be any worth, she witnesses a demonstration of truce between Mahoney and her husband which leads her to believe he may one day prove to be an honorable man. Sanuye was instrumental during the Massacre at Blackheart Mountain, protecting the miners and the Mountain itself from the insurgents.
A co-worker of Rancid Mahoney's, on Gunther Ostrander's payroll. Douglass is a man less-known for his innovation and more renown for his ability to coerce others not on the same payroll into helping him achieve his goals and complete tasks assigned to him by Ostrander. In a way, he sees Rancid Mahoney as his chief competitor, but under the truth of it all he is fueled mostly by greed and jealousy.
Mayor of Vermouth, a small settlement to the north of New Canterton, Henry Kenroy is Gunther Ostrander's most untrustworthy trusted acquaintance. He rarely, if at all, has a care for anyone else's needs other than his own, and has taken up residence in the most architecturally-appealing home in Vermouth.
A slave in the quarry beside New Canterton. He's accepted his fate as a miner and tries to convince all those newcomers around him that once they are thrown into the quarry, there is no escape, and that acceptance is the first step to surviving as long as one can.
An old man who lives inside the mine at the bottom of New Canterton's quarry. Not a lot is known about him, but it's frequently spoken about how anyone who attempts to harass him, he kills them. He bares a striking resemblance to Christopher Carl Boothe, one of the original founders of New Canterton.
A lumbering, mute individual of immeasurable physical prowess whom Douglass Flood hires to help him locate Rancid Mahoney after Mahoney ventures out on his most recent quest to find Blackheart Mountain.