Restive Souls
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Restive Souls

Fiction, Novels, Alternative History

Cast of Characters in Restive Souls

This is an ever-changing list of the characters appearing in my upcoming alternative history novel (still a work in progress), Restive Souls.

Book One covers the period 1776–1823. Most of the characters here appear in the first book, but a few are in subsequent books.

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

Emmet Bolo
The Narrator and a historian.

Adaeze Combs
A historian.

Ernestine Chalice
Computer programmer, and Bolo’s assistant

Ecclesiastes Vanguard
A prominent U.S. preacher who is against The Great World War of 1914–17 because, he said, “It is fought with greed, it is formed by greed, it is fraught with greed. Greed for power, greed for money, greed for land, greed even for the souls of our great lands.”

Denmark Vesey
The first Ecclesiastical Tribune (head of state) of the Carolina Union

Joshua Brand
Charismatic political leader and leader of the 21st century’s wealthiest congregation, the African Methodist Episcopal Congregation.

Elliot Fae
Leader of Southern White Baptist Congregation, most famous for the discovery made by Ransom Cane of the Phalaris Bull in Savannah, a city Fae controls with an iron hand. A main character in Part 2 of Book One.

Mae Tanner
Friend of Elliot Fae, twenty years his junior, and quite smitten by Fae.

Ahyoka of the Ani’-wa’`ya
First High Priestess and Founder of the Tsărăgĭ Congregational Union.

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

Wage Longstone
Creator of smallpox vaccine who studied medicine in England shortly after being freed.

Peter Shick
The bullying Superintendent of Fae’s congregational militia called the Night Patrol.

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

Ransom Cane
Leader of the Seminole Nation and a central figure in Part 2 of Book One.

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

Eliza Kotska Noble Street
Raven master on the Seminole Nation ironclad ship The Archimedes

James Moore Wayne
Mayor of Savannah in 1820.

Anthony Bocelli
Synod Member, Member of California Bay Area Methodist Congregation, friend of Patrick Convoy.

Patrick Convoy
Baseball player playing for the California Bay Area Methodist Congregation who is trying to become a major league baseball player. Friend of Anthony Bocelli.

Winston Cole
Co-credited with the invention of the smartphone, friend of Demetrius Billings; both claim the other is the genius behind the smartphone

Demetrius Billings
Co-credited with the invention of the smartphone.

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

Zulu West (aka Shyllandrus Zulu)
Priestess with Vanguard of Mary Congregation, elected Ecclesiastical Tribune in 1840, who changed her name to Zulu West after she gained national prominence to celebrate African migration to the North American continent.

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

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.

Diego José Francisco de Paula Ruiz
A soldier for the Vanguard of Mary Congregation

Moon Falling
The Vanguard of Mary Congregation’s first Tribune and a First Settler from the mostly extinct Akenatzy nation who spent most of his time evangelizing among First Settlers in the woodlands of the Carolinas and Georgia, and who is credited with sparking the conversion of many First Settler Nations to Christianity.

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

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

James of Mast/James of Vanguard
A Ga-Adangbe scout for the All Saints Congregational Militia.

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

Elston Turner
Charleston’s first mayor, a Shawnee and Afriker.

Christian Falola
First Ecclesiastical Tribune of the Carolina Union.

Wild Henry (Henry Taylor)
A gardener for Vanguard of Mary Congregation, who oversaw what eventually becomes Christ’s Union Heritage Historical Garden and Arboretum, which is in modern times is the most frequently visited arboretum in North America.

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

Roland Chastain
A criminal who attempted to commit murder and was the first experiment in Shyllandrus Zulu’s rehabilitation style of jurisprudence.

Peter Fossett
Carolina Union Ecclesiastical Tribune from 1834–1840, and first Tribune of the Monticello Baptist Congregation who led its growth as Virginia’s most powerful congregation until his death in 1901.

As Ecclestiacal Tribune, Fossett played a key role in diplomatic efforts that resulted in the Haudenosaunee Confederacy joining the Carolina Union.

Hesed Williamson
Leader of the First Congregationalist Union Congregation in Newport in the late 1790s and early 1800s and Ecclesiastical Tribune of The Carolina Union from 1814–1822.

Margaret Moncrieffe
Governess of New York in the early 1800s who killed her husband Aaron Burr and was exonerated by a New York jury after she pleaded self-defense from years of abuse.

Her cordial relationship with Shyllandrus Zulu helps pave the way for the union of the New England Federation with the Carolina Union.

Jack Fortune
Margaret Moncrieffe’s defense lawyer in New York. He was made famous by the 1930s movie classic, “Fortune Abounds.”

Mingo Conrack
A powerful New York City warlord who arranges Margaret Moncrieffe’s murder trial.

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

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

Prophetess Mayfair
110 years old. Has been advising the Synod for 80 years. She is Exalted Priestess of the First Baptist Congregation of Savannah.

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).

Jah Kono
The name Diderot gives himself when introducing himself to Betsy Ross.

Tubal-cain Abara
An Igbo and a blind drummer. Plays what he calls the world’s largest drum to make announcements in Savannah, GA at one shilling per month.

Haddah Hirsi
Abara’s wife, a Hawiye originally from The Ajuran Sultanate (Somalia). Her father is the Emir of Ajuran (which means he’s chief of defense).

Kolo Opala
Architect of the Methodist Episcopal Praise House in Christ’s Union, an artistic masterpiece and massive edifice that serves as the Methodist Episcopal Congregation’s “courthouse”

Lomboi Cutter
A Gullahn rice cutter whose story is told in Book 1, 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.

Sylverius Moriarty
Captain of the HMS Ramillies and later the HMS Dahomey

Finneas Jewell
Acclaimed metallurgist and seaman who is Sylverius Moriarty’s right hand man during the Battle for Charleston

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

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.

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

Cornelius Tye (aka Colonel Tye)
Leader of the Black Brigade of the Ethiopian Regiment; led attacks on as many as thirty plantations surrounding Charleston and rounded up at least three dozen vigilante rebels who resisted the British after the fall of Charleston to British forces.

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

Kobay-o-burra (Wild Horse) Nocona
A Kwahadi from Comancheria who leads the rescue of Opala, Cutter, and others.

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

Peter Warren Johnson
Soldier of the 26th Regiment of Foot during the Colonial Rebellion, son of Molly Brant and General Sir William Johnson. Superintendent of The New England Federation, helped forge a permanent alliance and unification with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

John Honeyman
American spy and British informant for George Washington, primarily responsible for spreading disinformation and gathering the intelligence crucial to the Battle of Trenton. Chief Figure of Part One of Book One.

Betsy Ross
American spy assigned to influence the Hessian commander Carl von Donop.

George Beattie
Ferryman on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware who ferries Honeyman across after Honeyman’s meeting with Washington, and who has separately put a bounty on Diderot’s head for cattle rustling.

Young Tuscarora friend of Diderot and 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

Kanatsoyh’s twin brother.

Jacob Longfish
Friend of Diderot and Honeyman, a Mohawk Iroquois (Haudenosaunee)

James Tagoe (Jimbo)
AKA, Shibodee Turrey Wurry, plays key role in Battle of Trenton.

Dylan Shale
Proprietor of Bread and Crosses, an inn where the Tuscarora brothers engage in battle with and eventually befriend Honeyman and Diderot

Gladys Elbert
A midwife who tends to Kanatsoyh’s wounds

Carl von Donop
Hessian Commander at Battle of Trenton.

Rebecca of Heart
U.S. Ecclesiastical Tribune during The European War, which through her leadership the U.S. avoids. She facilitates Jewish migrations to the State of New Israel in the United States and to The Confederacy of Israel and Palestine, and imposes an Economic Curfew against European nations that ultimately ends the war.

Photo credits:

Photo by Luis Quintero from Pexels — hands in the air pic
Photo by Elijah O’Donnell from Pexels — Woman in pic next to hands
Photo by Wallace Chuck from Pexels — Man looking through hands
Photo by Marlon Schmeiski from Pexels — Woman with cool braided hair wound up on top
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Photo by Collis from Pexels — Bearded man looking up and pensive
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