BELL, CLOCK AND CANDLE: Dramatis Personae

This is a full character list for Bell, Clock and Candle. Beware: this is updated to the latest chapter.
Character art is all Picrews at the moment; while I’m hoping to change that in the future, know that character images are approximations to give an idea of character appearance/personality; details may change or be inaccurate, and I own none of the pictures on this page. I’ve listed all used Picrews here, and they are not being used for profit since BCaC is free to read online.

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Rook Zeesohn

  • Age: 18
  • Rank: Thaumatist-Major
  • Specialty: Combining thaum schools; can use all four
  • Height: 5’6
  • Weight: Too low
  • Ethnicity: Presumably Elessan; unknown.
  • Nicknames: Birdie, Ghost
  • Family: Unknown; until 18th birthday was legally Scheffen’s ward
  • Birthday: Unknown; legally marked as April 2nd, 1903.
  • Relationships: Close friends with Hank Blanchard, Thomas Karella-Baer, Olive Baer and Jacob Lambert. Not so close with Scheffen.

Often seen with some sort of weird animal hanging around him. (His familiar, but not everyone knows that.) Suffers from low empathy, chronic joint pain, hallucinations and other worrying symptoms that he largely keeps to himself as much as possible. Also suffering a horrible, life-ruining crush on Jacob Lambert and pretending otherwise. Also notable is his penchant for low-key crossdressing; low-key in that not everybody realizes he’s wearing a skirt until they look down or someone else points it out. He gets rather stubborn about it not being girls’ clothing if he’s wearing it, technically.

Rook’s Familiar

  • Age: Unknown; at least six but probably older
  • Height: Variable
  • Weight: Variable
  • Species: Variable
  • Nicknames: Bitey, Brat
  • Family: Rook, one way or another
  • Relationships: Really likes Csindra. Mixed feelings on Scheffen, apparently.

Rook’s familiar – or pet, if you prefer – has been with him since he washed up on the shore of Bay Frosch. Every new moon, clearly with no input from him, he’s changed into a different animal; there doesn’t appear to be much rhyme or reason to it, only that feral magic is involved somehow. It’s even unclear if he began as human. What is clear is that he loves Rook to pieces, and would do anything for him – which extends to telling Rook, with body language, when he’s being an idiot. Rook hasn’t named him, in part to keep up the illusion that he is separate animals every month instead of the same being, but frequently calls him unflattering nicknames – usually after getting nipped.

Csindra Djaneki Shelash’ Kekash’ angat-Mornai angat-Tenton

  • Age: 19
  • Rank: Currently and technically Sergeant Contractor, much to her humiliation.
  • Specialty: Energy/reaction-based Bloodwork and double-headed battleaxe
  • Height: 5’5
  • Ethnicity: Kanet’
  • Nicknames: Csin, Shindræ, Carrot
  • Family: Mari (sister), Mornai (mother)
  • Birthday: December 5th, 1902
  • Relationships: Friends with Bryd and Kestrel. Getting there with Rook, under duress. Not on good terms with her sister.

Depressed and snarky muscle-for-hire with a possible death wish and a chronic inability to keep her mouth shut. Csindra left home at sixteen to work as a mercenary, and has done an alright job, although she’s served some time behind bars as an inevitable consequence and avoids going home at all costs. A self-taught Bloodworker, and also has come into possession of an enchanted axe that returns to her hand when she throws it; also a lesbian, although she’s somewhat disinterested in sex which throws people off sometimes. (In modern terms, she’s on both the asexual and aromantic spectrum; those words just don’t really exist yet.)

Sylvia Christadocht Scheffen

  • Age: 30
  • Rank: Thaumatist-Major
  • Specialty: Mirrorwork; portable and clockwork prisms
  • Height: 6’0
  • Ethnicity: Nguan/Shufennese/Elessan
  • Nicknames: Syl
  • Family: None; previously Rook’s legal guardian, stress on ‘legal’
  • Birthday: Somewhere in 1891
  • Relationships: Involved with Jacob Lambert to some degree; close friends with both Thomas Karella-Baer and Olive Baer; not as close as she’d like with Rook.

Sylvia found Rook Zeesohn on the shores of Bay Frosch in 1915, and since then, she’s been his legal guardian, hands-off teacher, and otherwise (according to him) the bane of his existence. Career-minded, ambitious, and comes off colder than she’d like, mostly because she’s exceedingly bad with the basics of compassion and prefers the Black Widow aesthetic to sincerity. (It’s safer. And easier.) Has a mysterious past, an affinity for the underdog, a hatred for the Rivieres, and a complicated relationship with her own status as a mixed-race queer woman who’s not quite hiding either of those things, but not flaunting them, either.

Jacob Erikssohn Lambert

  • Age: 29
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Specialty: Sharpshooter and security expert
  • Height: 6’4
  • Ethnicity: Nguan/Shufennese/Elessan
  • Nicknames: Shrike (if you want to piss him off), Jake
  • Family: Thomas Karella-Baer (in spirit, anyway)
  • Birthday: Somewhere in 1892
  • Relationships: Involved with Sylvia Scheffen to some degree; friends with Davis Heinkel, flirting incessantly with Tiffany Baer, past something with Dasta Raspellov, complicated relationship with Odette Riviere-Weiss

Incessant flirt, as openly bisexual as one can safely be when it’s technically illegal, a head taller than almost everyone else, and loves playing the goofball who hates being at work while paying a remarkable amount of attention to everything around him. Lives in the same apartment building as Rook, initially to keep an eye on him while he settled in, now just because he likes the company when Rook shows up out of boredom. Remarkably unprofessional, in large part because he hasn’t been promoted since he was 19, knows why, and has mostly given up. He’s there to support Scheffen and do what he likes doing.

Tiffany Magnadocht Baer

  • Age: 21
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Specialty: Excellent memory, hyperlexic
  • Height: 5’4
  • Ethnicity: Elessan
  • Nicknames: Tiff, The Baby (not to her face)
  • Family: She’s a Baer, this isn’t going to fit here.
  • Birthday: 1900
  • Relationships: Pretending she isn’t crushing madly on Jacob and Wolfie. Way too shy to do anything about it and might collapse if either of them actually propositioned her. (Wolfie has a bet going. Jacob is slightly classier.)

One of the newest members of Scheffen’s NatSec unit and the youngest of the adult Baer children, Tiffany also has the unfortunate situation of not even being the only 2nd Lieutenant Magnadocht Baer, leaving her in the unenviable position of being called by her first name until her brother hurries up and gets promoted. (Or she does. That hasn’t occurred to her yet.) Almost devastatingly shy but a quick learner and endlessly sweet, Tiff takes Jacob’s teasing in good humor, although she hasn’t quite realized he’s at least partially serious.

Theolykos ‘Wolfie’ ZIER ENTENTEICH Achielsohn Vandemeer

  • Age: 25
  • Rank: Thaumatist-Lieutenant
  • Specialty: Smoke, vehicle specialist and bomb defuser
  • Height: 5’10
  • Ethnicity: Elessan
  • Nicknames: Wolfie (won’t answer to his full name), Luke (his parents/uncles)
  • Family: Theophania (sister), Theodore and Theosophus (cousins), Achiel (dad), Jan and Stefaan (uncles), Elisabeth (mother)
  • Birthday: 1896
  • Relationships: Engaged to Ive Haber; arranged by their parents but they get along pretty well nonetheless. Somewhat adversarial friends with Rook – Wolfie likes him but can’t stop treating him like a bratty younger sibling

The third of the thaumatists on Scheffen’s team (the other two being Rook and Scheffen herself), and also deeply fond of mechanics and chemicals in their own right. Wolfie has a reputation both within the unit and the wider NatSec division as a wild card, almost more so than Rook who at least has an excuse; while he’s calmed down a lot with both Ive and Scheffen’s influence, he was transferred out of his last unit for biting someone. Considers himself friends with everyone, doesn’t take direction well without a bit of extra nudging, but does excellently once he gets himself together. One of the Vandemeer children and one of the families hardest hit by the Forrath dictatorship, which explains a lot of his issues.

Roxanna “Olive” Olivadocht Baer

  • Age: 32
  • Rank: Major
  • Specialty: Investigating serial killers
  • Height: 5’7
  • Ethnicity: Elessan
  • Nicknames: Olive, Roxie
  • Family: *gestures at the Baers again*, Thomas Karella-Baer (husband), Alice Karella-Baer (daughter)
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  • Relationships: Friends with Sylvia, still friends but a touch uncomfortable around Jacob, loves teasing Rook/older sister-aunt figure, seething hatred towards Cyril Bergen

Bubbly, blonde and energetic, Olive has quite happily stolen her father’s name as a slightly more professional shorthand in the workplace and practically sparkles even when investigating bloody, devastated crime scenes. (It’s arguably a defense mechanism, except she also does really like jewellery and pink things.) Married to Thomas Karella-Baer, and would have changed her last name, but her family refused point blank because of his complete and utter lack of status, so she made them accept a hyphen for him and her daughter instead. She and Jacob get along most of the time, but she can’t quite shake the lingering jealousy or discomfort from his long friendship with Thomas.