William has been eagerly anticipating the trip to the Dwarves for as long as he can remember. He spends his days working with his father in the smithy, learning the tricks of the trade. When he's not working, he spends as much time as he can with Charis Bloomfield, the farmer's daughter whom he hopes to marry one day.Skylark
Skylark is William's younger sister. She is very jealous that William gets to go on a long trip to see the Dwarves, and she's not afraid to say so. She also has a crush on William's friend Arthur, but about that - she IS afraid to say so. Whereas William is the serious one in the family, Skylark is the joker. While he's away on his quest, she plans on learning everything she can from the local cleric, Belarus.Arthur Grey
Arthur has lost two mothers... first the one who gave birth to him, and more recently his father's second wife, the woman he has called mother for most of his life. He is learning to be a hunter, and can't wait to leave the safety and tranquility of Willow Glen. He hopes to join William on his journey to see the Dwarves.Charis Bloomfield
Charis is the farmer's daughter, a hard-working girl with a simple dream - she would like to be a midwife someday. Of course, it wouldn't bother her if William were a part of that dream, but she would never tell HIM that. Even though Charis knows how much William has been looking forward to the trip to see the Dwarves, she will be sad to see him leave.Belarus
Belarus is the cleric in Willow Glen. His healing powers are renowned across the kingdoms, but he must be careful when using them, now that magic has been outlawed. He has been a close friend to William's parents for many years, and would do anything to protect them and their children.Sir Carrock
A loathesome and depraved man with an insatiable lust. Once a war hero for King Garin, now he serves a new master: anyone willing to pay enough gold. He travels alone, and he carouses alone, relying only on his sword and wits for protection.