course on the colorful characters that inhabit Kestrel City.
Michael Richard Pryce
Michael is the hero of our story. Though formerly laid back and good-natured, Michael has been strongly affected by the recent loss of his mentor Dr. Walton. He has become moody and quiet, and is often unintentionally harsh with friends. Passionate to the point of single-mindedness, Michael pursued the completion of Walton's last, unfinished masterpiece, an atemporal translocator called 'Traveler,' all the way to its explosive end. Now, plagued by nightmare visions of a world beyond space, and gifted with a ghost of Traveler's amazing power, Mike attempts to piece his life back together, salvage friendships, and stretch himself into his new identity behind a black and white mask.
Joseph "Jove" Vladmir Vasquez
Jove has been Mike's best friend since the first grade. Never content to be the wingman, Jove craves the spotlight and loves to dance, perform, and play sports. At seventeen, Jove is already a self-professed ladies' man and has had a string of passionate--but brief--relationships with many different young ladies from Kestrel City High. Jove has a thing for intelligent women, so while he may be content to casually chase every pretty pair of legs that walks by, he gets bored easily without the spice of friendly debates and challenges. This has ironically given him a reputation for being shallow and womanizing--a reputation he has been largely ignorant of until very recently.
Karen Nicole Moore
In the third grade, Karen became the third member of the already established Mike/Jove team. She is a happy girl with a sparkling personality who loves laughing, swimming, and being loved. Karen inherited a strict sense of right and wrong from her father, a reporter on the white collar crime beat for the Kestrel City Herald. She loves to debate and figure out problems, and her ambition is to become a criminal attorney. For the past year, Karen, Mike, and Jove have drifted apart; Mike's preoccupation with the Traveler project sucked away the cheerful energy that once held them so close togeher. Now, as the three of them are thrown back in contact with one another in the wake of Mike's accident, she finds she has less in common with the two boys than she remembers. She struggles to let go of her former romantic attraction to Mike and move on to what she considers to be more grown up things. Which, to her, seems primarily to mean smooching well-built black guys.
Rachel "Rikki" Jane Connolly
A Tennessee native, Rikki Connolly was not terribly pleased to hear that her family was moving north to Kestrel City, particularly because it meant saying goodbye to two of her three beloved dogs. Upon arriving, however, Rikki discovered parties, dance clubs, and more friends than she could have conceived of in her old life. As a result, she is now a bizarre blend of southern comfort and urban style. Her athleticism and bright mind have ensured that she is a favorite of both teachers and teammates. However, this attention has occasionally been troublesome for her. Being suddenly surrounded by Yankee boys who all seem very interested in her accent, Rikki has become jumpy and defensive. Her spastic violence toward boys has not only earned her time in detention, but has also reinforced certain rumors regarding her sexual preference.
Martin James Walton, Ph. D.
Dr. Walton was a colleague of Professor Simon Pryce. He met Simon's son Michael at the wake, after Simon was killed in a car accident.
Usually an antisocial and reclusive man, Walton discovered an unusual satasfaction in taking Simon's son and widow under his wing. He became a surrogate father to Michael, but refused to accept
Joan Pryce's romantic advances. After five years, Joan chose another man, James Timberlane, as her husband. Jealous of Walton's place in the Pryce family, Jim drunkenly attacked Walton. Walton's
pride was wounded, and he withdrew from the Pryce family to tinker with his invention.
Jim is Mike Pryce's stepfather. With a square jaw, full head of hair, and perfect teeth, he’s quite the handsome fella. As his wife Joan's dementia grows worse, Jim feels increasingly trapped in his marriage as his spouse morphs from a voluptuous and witty woman to a doddering old lady in the course of a few short years. Everything he wanted from his life and his new marriage has been stolen from him, but he can't divorce her or cheat on her without looking like a monster. He is horrified at the prospect of spending the rest of his life bound to an obese ghost who looks a little like his wife, and he often takes out his frustration on his stepson, Mike. Despite many conflicts, Jim's affection for Mike is genuine and his main reason for sticking with his marriage is to see Mike safely off to college.
Joan is the mother of Michael Pryce. Once a strikingly beautiful woman, she has been aged prematurely by the death of her first husband and subsequent battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Although she now spends much of her time in a vague panic, unsure of where or when she is, Mike tries to remember her as the strong woman who powered past the loss of her husband to offer her son the means to grow up healthy and relatively happy.
David Leonard Moore
David Moore is Karen Moore's father. Formerly a reporter for the Kestrel City Herald's white collar crime beat, Moore's outspoken exposé on Anthony Fitch's underworld connections cost him his job when the Fitch corporation bought out the publishing company that produced the paper. David Moore holds firm to a strict sense of black-and-white morality. He often speaks his mind too loudly, and with too little thought for his and his daughter's well being.
Born in New Mexico to illegal immigrants, Antonio Lorenzo Fidela spent the first years of his life as a simple farm boy. At sixteen, he left home to seek his fortune and eventually came to Kestrel City, where he vanished. Seven years later, a dashing young hispanic man named Anthony Fitch started his first business, leasing and stocking vending machines for local businesses. Fifty years later, Anthony Fitch is like Kestrel City's adopted father: a philanthropist, activist and role model for the city's youth. With his personal life shrouded in mystery, he leaves only one face--the face of the smiling, generous benefactor-- open to public scrutiny. Although monstrously wealthy, Fitch values public opinion far more than his bank account. He recognizes the value of good PR, and it has been his ability to capitalize on it that has allowed him to lead his double life as the notorious crime lord, Mr. Touch.
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