Fiction, Novels, Alternative History

Cast of Characters in Restive Souls

Charles Bastille
Restive Souls
Published in
5 min readAug 5, 2020

This is an ever-changing list of the characters appearing in my upcoming alternative history novel (now available as a “Beta Read”), Restive Souls.

Book One covers the period 1776–1823. This post covers only the characters from Book One.

Collage by Charles Bastille. See photo credits at end of story.

Adwoa Inlight Asana Abuakwa

Priestess in training at the Vanguard of Mary Congregation who possesses a particularly strong bayi.

Ahyoka of the Ani’-wa’`ya

First High Priestess and Founder of the Tsărăgĭ Congregational Union.

Aminah of the Immaculate Heart

Introduced in the novel as the operator of the teahouse at the Vanguard of Mary Congregation. She later becomes the first Spiritual Governess of South Carolina.

Angel Mattingly

A Nahua and an architect for Elliot Fae who is responsible for the Phalaris Bull’s inner workings.

Basilia Pagonis

Romantic interest of Sylverius Moriarty and daughter-in-law of Edward Lightwood II, a slaveholder and owner of a plantation on James Island just outside of Charlestown.


Priestess with Vanguard of Mary Congregation and Shyllandrus Zulu’s common-law wife.

Betsy Ross

American spy assigned by Washington to influence the Hessian commander Carl von Donop.

Brigson Tye

Son of Cornelius Tye and Lieutenant General Commander of the 16th Queen’s Carolina Lancers.

Carl von Donop

Hessian Commander at Battle of Trenton.

Cornelius Tye (aka Colonel Tye)

Leader of the Black Brigade of the Ethiopian Regiment.

Diego José Francisco de Paula Ruiz

A soldier for the Vanguard of Mary Congregation

Christian Falola

First Ecclesiastical Tribune of the Carolina Union.


A guardsman from the Kadesh-moo who leads Margaret Moncrieffe from her hiding place in the Catskills to the safety of a congregational sanctuary in New York City to escape bounty hunters.

Dylan Shale

Proprietor of Bread and Crosses, an inn where the Tuscarora brothers meet John Honeyman and Guillaume Diderot.

Eliza Kotska Noble Street

Raven master on the Seminole Nation ironclad ship The Archimedes.

Elliot Fae

Leader of Southern White Baptist Congregation, most famous for the discovery of the Phalaris Bull in Savannah, a city Fae controls with an iron hand.

Elroy Bond

A soldier from Andrew Jackson’s Free State of Franklin captured by congregational militia in Charleston.

Emmet Bolo

The historian who channels and annotates the stories of the major characters.

Father Tom

The rector of Charleston’s African Methodist Church after the British victory in Charleston.

George Beattie

Ferryman on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.

Gladys Elbert

A midwife who tends to Kanatsoyh’s wounds.

Guillaume Diderot

A maroon from Haiti who becomes prominent in the spread of congregations in Carolina during the Great Migration from Africa after the Colonial Rebellion (Revolutionary War). Close friend of John Honeyman’s.

Haddah Hirsi

Tubal-cain Abara’s wife, a Hawiye originally from The Ajuran Sultanate (Somalia).

Jack Fortune

Margaret Moncrieffe’s defense lawyer in New York.

Jacob Longfish

Friend of Diderot and Honeyman, a Mohawk Iroquois from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Jah Kono

The name Guillaume Diderot gives himself when introducing himself to Betsy Ross.

James Moore Wayne

Mayor of Savannah in 1820.

James of Mast/James of Vanguard

A Ga-Adangbe scout for the All Saints Congregational Militia.

James Tagoe (Jimbo)

Also known as Shibodee Turrey Wurry, plays key role in Battle of Trenton.

John Honeyman

American spy and British informant for George Washington, primarily responsible for spreading disinformation and gathering intelligence crucial to the Battle of Trenton.


Young Tuscarora friend of Guillaume Diderot and John Honeyman.

Kwah Oo-reeh-neh Gah-Neh’Eh Reh-wah (Red Dove Who Waits)

A colonial settler girl found alone in a forest and cared for by Kanatsoyh.

Kolo Opala

Architect of the Methodist Episcopal Praise House in Christ’s Union (New York), an artistic masterpiece and massive edifice that serves as the Methodist Episcopal Congregation’s “courthouse”.

Kwasi Ohemeng

Commander of the Vanguard of Mary Militia and Eso of Ikoyi, the congregational calvary named in honor of a calvary for the Oyo Empire.

Lomboi Cutter

A Gullah rice cutter who befriends Kolo Opala after Opala is captured by Fae’s militia for Fae’s outlaw slavery establishment in the rice fields of the Savannah River Basin.

Kobay-o-burra (Wild Horse) Nocona

A Kwahadi from Comancheria who helps lead the rescue of slaves in Savannah.

Mae Tanner

Friend of Elliot Fae.

Maddie Hall

An administrative aide and record keeper for the Vanguard of Mary Congregation.

Margaret Moncrieffe

Governess of New York in the early 1800s.

Mingo Conrack

A powerful New York City warlord who coordinates Margaret Moncrieffe’s murder trial.

Moon Falling

The Vanguard of Mary Congregation’s first Tribune.

Mpangazitha Jenkins

A soldier, field hand, and baker for the Vanguard of Mary Congregation.

Overseer Ambo

An Asafo mercenary for the Carolina Union, in league with Nocona.

Pedro the Sixth Ntivila a Nkanga

A slave at the Lightwood plantation, a friend of Basilia, and a member of the Kimpanzu House of the Kongo.

Peter Shick

The Superintendent of Elliot Fae’s congregational militia called the Night Patrol.


A guardsman from the Kadesh-moo who leads Margaret Moncrieffe from her hiding place in the Catskills to the safety of a congregational sanctuary in New York City to escape bounty hunters.

Ransom Cane

Leader of the Seminole Nation.

Ring Marlton

Very Reverend of the St. Augustine Seminole Congregation and close friend of Ransom Cane.

Roland Chastain

A criminal who attempts to commit murder and becomes the first experiment in Shyllandrus Zulu’s rehabilitation style of jurisprudence.


Kanatsoyh’s twin brother.

The Sire of Romuald

Also known as Romsay. Mattingly’s tutor and founder of The Savannah Camaldoli Congregation.

Sylverius Moriarty

Captain of the HMS Ramillies.

Tubal-cain Abara

An Igbo and a blind drummer who plays what he calls the world’s largest drum to make announcements in Savannah, Georgia.

Wild Henry (Henry Taylor)

A gardener for Vanguard of Mary Congregation.

Zulu West (aka Shyllandrus Zulu)

Priestess with Vanguard of Mary Congregation.

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Charles Bastille
Restive Souls

Medium "Top writer" in racism, humor, politics, and satire. No AI-assisted writing. Author of MagicLand and more. All stories © 2022-23 by Charles Bastille.