When in Rome, Build as the Romans Build!

I’ve enjoyed learning about history as long as I can remember; one of the perks, I guess, of having a huge history buff for an older brother! Ancient societies have always been of particular interest to me. These civilizations’ mythology, culture, aesthetics, military techniques, inventions, and philosophies have long outlived them, granting them outsize legacies in the modern age.

Ancient Rome was one of the most, if not the most, impactful civilizations in Western history. The reach and cultural dominance of their empire were enormous, so much so that the Latin they spoke became the base of a half-dozen tongues still spoken today. I find Ancient Rome fascinating, so I definitely wanted to cover it in my Ancient Figbarfs series!

Ancient Roman Minifigures

From left to right, these are our characters:

Titus, a lowly legionary. As skilled in construction as he is in battle, Titus has received the same standardized training as all soldiers of his class. He’s a good shot with a pila, too.

LEGO has produced a Roman legionary minifigure before, and my character uses its signature helmet. Below the neck, though, I sought to differentiate my legionary from the LEGO one. I’ve given Titus a different torso and legs, broad shoulder armor—which, I think, does well to capture the shape of a legionary’s segmented pauldrons—a gladius sword to wear at his belt, and a more accurate pila, a special kind of javelin employed by the Roman army. I would have preferred to use the LEGO legionary’s printed shield, but just didn’t have one on hand.


Scipio, an officious praetor. Leader of an entire legion, Scipio revels in his stature. He dreams of one day “pulling a Caesar” and leading a coup, but keeps these dreams very much to himself.

I also didn’t want to hew too close to the LEGO-released Roman Centurion figure, but there were some parts here I couldn’t resist reusing, like the crest, the breastplate, and the cape. Using a helmet by BrickWarriors helped to ease the similarities enough for me. I’m pleased with the posing on this figure, especially since it shows off those terrific white short-sleeved arms. I wish I had 10 more pairs of those…


Felix, a proud standard bearer. The signum he carries holds symbolic value for his legion; being entrusted with it is a great honor, and one that Felix never tires of talking about.

Aside from his arms, legs and shoulder covering, Felix’s design is essentially the same as Titus’s. By the way, I opted for that fabric shoulder covering as a way to mask the detached arm socket. The main difference between my Roman soldiers is, of course, the signum. While I played around with making this banner even larger, topping it with some kind of golden animal or a pair of wings, the more understated design I’ve gone for felt more historically appropriate and realistic (any bigger, and Felix would have had too much trouble carrying it!).


Clodius, a lazy emperor. Clodius’ favorite place to be is on a lounge couch, being fed grapes. He couldn’t be happier to be in his position.

I’m reusing the toga design I premiered in my Greek figures series here for Clodius. In fact, I originally had the intention of using this purple toga for the Greek collection, but as soon as I thought to include an emperor in the Roman one, I knew I’d need to save that color. It was a pretty late-in-the-game development for me to build Clodius a lounge couch; originally, I had posed him standing giving a Coliseum-style “thumbs down.” That didn’t read visually (minifigures not having thumbs, and all…), so I settled on this pose instead. To me, there’s nothing that better telegraphs the excess and langour of an imperial ruler than laying on a couch with a bowl of delicious grapes!


Hadrian, an enslaved retiarius. Captured during a campaign in North Africa, the gladiator now known as Hadrian was an unsuccessful rebel against the region’s Roman governor. Every time he sets foot in the arena, he fights for his life.

I think the retiarius is one of the most interesting varieties of gladiator. It seems like the fighting style of the retiarius requires speed, strategy, and agility, not necessarily skills demanded of the more heavily armored types. Because of their distinctive silhouette, one that I associate at once with ancient Rome, my mind immediately went to building a retiarius when I decided to tackle this civilization in figbarf form.


Maximus, an undefeated murmillo. Maximus is extremely popular in the Coliseum; his famous showmanship in battle gives the people of Rome a real “circus.”

Of the myriad types of gladiator, I don’t think any are as iconic as the murmillo. That helmet is an instantly recognizable symbol. Fun fact: the loincloth Maximus wears is a custom-cut piece I originally modified for my Sacrilege Against Quetzalcoatl scene. Although the scant armoring I’ve presented this gladiator with is historically accurate, his shield isn’t quite right. Here comes the gladiator trivia: a murmillo traditionally held a large rectangular shield, not a small round one like mine carries. Why did I go against history? I aesthetically preferred the color, shape, and size of this buckler, simple as that.

Thanks for reading! If you have any other questions or comments about these minifigs, feel free to leave them in the comments below

Major Figbarf from Asia Minor

I’ve enjoyed learning about history as long as I can remember; one of the perks, I guess, of having a huge history buff for an older brother! Ancient societies have always been of particular interest to me. These civilizations’ mythology, culture, aesthetics, military techniques, inventions, and philosophies have long outlived them, granting them outsize legacies in the modern age.

The first Persian Empire, known as the Achaemenid Empire, ruled a huge portion of the ancient world ranging from the Balkans to the Indus valley. This enormous entity, which excelled at centralizing power, endured for 200 years until its conquest by Alexander the Great. Known as notable adversaries of the Greeks during the Greco-Persian wars, the empire was also famously tolerant of numerous religions within its boundaries. I decided that, in my series of Ancient figbarfs, I had to address the Persians!

Ancient Persian Minifigures

From left to right, these are our characters:

Kourosh, a sovereign king. King of Kings of the Achaemenid Empire, Kourosh is a sound, fair, and commanding leader. He guides his satrap governors with a firm hand, and brooks no dissent among them.

I love the outfit I made for this figure. It’s regal, flowing, and feels monarchical despite its simplicity. The baby-blue color, to me, telegraphs Kourosh’s tolerance and temperance, while the overlaying cut Garmadon robe symbolizes his wisdom and authority. Meanwhile, that gold helmet signifies his monarchy… Color impressions. I’m glad I gave him this big, Babylonian-looking beard!


Tamineh, a graceful queen. Unlike many women across the ancient world, Tamineh is treated with (relative) respect by her society and possesses some legal rights. Courtesans see her as a tempering force on the will of the king— and her wrath, though rare, is feared doubly to her husband’s!

Of the characters in this collection, Tamineh was the hardest one for me to get right. I wanted her to feel opulent, but not gaudy. I sought the feeling of a layered look—signature to ancient Persian women—that was also cohesive. I built the figure around its torso, which aptly comes from LEGO’s short-lived Prince of Persia line. Tying in a white and gold cape, a warm skirt, and some golden jewelry did the trick here.


Ormazd, a veteran Immortal. One of the (precisely) 10,000 most elite troops in the empire, Ormazd has helped to expand its boundaries in a few campaigns.

Ormazd also uses a Prince of Persia torso… come to think of it, almost all the rest of the minifigs here do! I confess to being slightly beholden to pop culture on this character’s design. Despite history pointing towards the Immortals—a group of Persian heavy infantry, described in hyperbolic terms by the famously fanciful Herodotus—being more flamboyantly attired than my take on them here, the Immortals’ wildly inaccurate (yet striking) depiction in Zach Snyder’s adaptation of the graphic novel 300 and the darkly-armored Unsullied from Game of Thrones (who certainly take their cues from this legendary regiment) were hard icons to resit.


Ramin, a jovial stable boy (with Jawad, a royal steed). Ramin is a devout Zoroastrian who leads his life according to the Threefold Path of Asha: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds. As such, despite his low station in the palace, he manages to smile through most days. Jawad, meanwhile, likes running fast and eating yummy carrots.

Horses were an important part of Achaemenid civilization, tools of military might and transit that enabled the formation of their empire. It’s my first time including a horse in a figbarf, but I thought there would be no better opportunity than here! To me, Ramin is the “heart” of this figbarf, which is why he’s in the center: not only is he the most lively in face and color, but he and Jawad also tell the strongest visual story. I wanted to highlight the more peaceful aspects of even a highly militarized empire.


Ashkan and Babak, some stoic sentries. These two have very little to say; after all, they’re paid to say nothing!

These two are a fun duo!… Well, stoic, but fun. I think the combos are simple yet effective, and having two figures “in uniform” with each other—while not necessarily a usual feature of a figbarf like this—emphasizes their roles as soldiers better than mere sword and shield could have done alone. Those shields, by the way, are pulled from a Lord of the Rings pirate ship.

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Athens and Sparta and Crete, Oh My!

I’ve enjoyed learning about history as long as I can remember; one of the perks, I guess, of having a huge history buff for an older brother! Ancient societies have always been of particular interest to me. These civilizations’ mythology, culture, aesthetics, military techniques, inventions, and philosophies have long outlived them, granting them outsize legacies in the modern age.

Of the civilizations of antiquity, I find few more fascinating than ancient Greece. So, when I had the idea to make some minifigure collections (“figbarfs,” in LEGO fan parlance) about the ancient world, a Greek one was a no-brainer! Read on to learn more about the figures I’ve devised.

Ancient Greek Minifigures

From left to right, these are our characters:

Jason, a disciplined guard. As one of the protectors of Athena’s Parthenon, Jason takes his work very seriously; he won’t stand for any tomfoolery near his city’s sacred heart!

The helmet and breastplate that this minifig sport were designed explicitly for a Greek soldier, coming from LEGO’s 2010 collectible Spartan Warrior. In my efforts to differentiate this minifigure from that one, I had my fiancée take a nail polish brush to the plume, making it dark blue instead of its original red. I really like the pose I achieved on this figure, especially that secretly-supported spear.


Xander, a gifted sculptor. Don’t get in the genius’ way while he’s working; he’s almost nailed the chiton dress around his masterpiece’s feet, and doesn’t take kindly to being interrupted.

Xander himself, while a dynamically-posed figure I’m reasonably happy with, isn’t the centerpiece here. I’ve intentionally positioned him facing backwards for a few reasons: first, because back angles like these add visual interest to the full composition; second, because Xander’s torso doesn’t look as Grecian from the front; third, and most importantly, because I want your eye to go to his statue instead. I initially tried to make this into the Venus de Milo, but found I couldn’t quite get the delicate posture even with my “augmented” posing tricks. So I went generic.


Arcadius, a wise philosopher. Leader of his own academy, Arcadius teaches his pupils about everything from science to poetry, from strategy on the battlefield to strategy at the fishmonger’s. He almost never stops talking.

How, I wondered, could I give a LEGO minifigure a cloth toga? The answer was less-than-purist: cut a traditional minifig cape, wrap it around, and add a little piece of scotch tape on the back to hold loose ends in place. Don’t worry, though: I use the cut portion of that LEGO fabric elsewhere in this figbarf! I think the strong color blocking at play and the subtle texture of the fabric help to offset Arcadius’ simple design.


Euripides, an awestruck student. Young Euripides’s can hardly handle all the jaw-dropping knowledge his teacher Arcadius shares… one educational walk around the acropolis, and his brain feels like olive oil!

Here’s the same toga design and body combo as I employed on Arcadius, only these are in dark blue rather than dark green. The fabric of Euripides’ garment is LEGO’s flexible cottony cape, rather than their more traditional paper-fabric type, so I could fold and crease it much more easily, and didn’t need to cut any of it away. I’m particularly happy with the expression I chose for this character… you can basically see the learning happening in real time!


Nektarios, a brave warrior. An exemplary follower of the Spartan lifestyle both on and off campaign, Nektarios has proven himself in a dozen battles against a dozen different city-states.

I wanted my Spartan warrior to be as different as possible from LEGO’s 2010 version, but I also wanted to take advantage of the historically accurate details from the original. So, I’ve spruced up the helmet’s plume a little (I used a Sharpie), given my Spartan a decorated shield, armed him with a sword instead of a spear and—of course—made his skin peachy instead of yellow. The legs here are from Princess Leia as Jabba the Hut’s slave in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.


Hipparchia, a theatrical poet. Although women are not allowed to perform in the theater, Hipparchia’s excellent dramas and comedies made her the star of last spring’s Dionysia festival, a wave of success she’s been riding ever since.

There’s that piece of cut fabric I mentioned earlier! What a terrific and lucky use arose for the rejected cropping of Arcadius’ toga. I just adore how the draping looks here. To me, it seems tremendously dynamic and adds a splash of “kapow” to an otherwise simple minifig. The closest thing I could get to a Greek theater mask was this head from Ninjago, but I think it works decently enough… or, at least, it doesn’t upstage anything else in this picture!

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Denizens of the Dragon Lands

While, like my retro and futuristic figbarfs, I designed this LEGO Minifigure arrangement for a contest, I think of this series more as a successor to my previous three series of fantasy minifigs. Like the characters you see in those, the motley assembly here comes from the world of Dragon Lands, a medieval fantasy “theme” of my own creation. As I continue work on a new “wave” of Dragon Lands “products” (official re-launch announcement coming later!), sharing a few more characters felt like a good way to start building hype for myself and my fans.

Dragon Lands Minifigures Series FOUR

From left to right, these are our characters:

Isbahn, an augmented blade-master. The arm Isbahn lost in his youth has only made him stronger— some advanced swordplay just isn’t possible with a human hand, after all!

I bought Isbahn’s head, hair, and torso/legs combo all in one Bricklink order, intending to share the wealth of new elements among my collection of fantasy minifigs. However, as soon as I had experimentally clicked these bits together, I knew I had a great character on my hands and refused to share them anywhere else! The prosthetic blade-arm was a pretty late addition, enabled largely by me getting some of those new short-handled Ninjago katanas which fit perfectly in the forearm stump. I love how muted Isbahn’s color scheme is; it really gives off the “rugged adventurer” vibes I wanted.

Bruiz, a merciless executioner. Bruiz is unlikely to let convicts have any last words; he prefers to let his enormous axe do the talking.

This character came together around that axe design. The wicked, curved blade screamed “executioner,” so I figured I’d ride that instinct and go for the classic, bare-chested-and-hooded stereotype. The big difference here, of course, is that I made Bruiz an ustokal (orc-like species in the Dragon Lands world). His torso bears a custom sticker I designed, modeled on a musculature pattern I stole from Jake Gylenhaal.

Kunaye, an ancient mage. Since the Dawn of Magic, Kunaye has been around to help impose some limits on its rampant energies… and, of course, on power-hungry wizards.

Kunaye is my favorite fig of this series. She’s one of my favorite fantasy figs I’ve ever assembled. I think this is because of how perfectly and naturally all her parts complement each other, wrapping her up into a unified design. For instance, the skirt of the Sensei Wu robes goes great with a cape (and the skirt and cape are both made of the same fabric). The subsequent all-white outfit, combined with white hair, lends this character a sense of purity, age, and wisdom. I love how the hairpiece guided me to this lovely skin tone, and that one of the coolest heads in that rare skin tone comes with—how synchronously!—white patterning on its face. The white/nougat scheme gets reinforced a third time by a set of dual-molded white legs with nougat feet. The gradient into gold on her hairpiece (not visible from this angle) informs the use of the golden staff. All ties together.

Ynul, a hungry hatchling. He’s got a ravenous appetite— he’ll grow several feet longer every day if he’s fed properly— so you should probably keep your distance!

I’ve had this mini-dragon design around for a while. It actually predates my micro Balrog and micro Fell Beast, even though those got published first. Making Ynul monochromatic felt like an obvious choice, because it helps sell this collection of bricks as a single being. Black was the way to go, since that’s one of the only colors I had these little wings in! I’m glad I opted to include fire coming from Ynul’s mouth, too, because I think that detail really gives him a sense of activity beyond “sitting there flapping his wings.” Adding some bones at the base of his perch helped link Ynul to Stish, who is feeding him.

Stish, a conniving merchant. Stish will do anything to squeeze another few coins out of life, whether it means selling watered-down wine or illegally importing, hatching, raising, and selling baby dragons.

Finally, a good chance to use “teenage legs” from the Harry Potter collectible minifigs series! Mixing these legs with that Goblin torso from The Hobbit was the combo that led to the rest of the character. The body I’d crafted felt insidious, wicked, but not especially dangerous… shifty merchant? Bingo! I chose one of the most wrinkly-faced minifig heads I had on hand to match with Stish’s messy, gnarled torso; I imagine he’s suffered a lot of injury smuggling dangerous creatures. Adding the vibrant turban felt right, too, since I feel like it perfectly situates this character in a bazaar setting.

Waka Mhol, a brutish warrior. Waka’s vocabulary is limited to words like “me,” “you,” “happy,” “angry,” “club,” and “smack;” otherwise, he communicates using guttural growls and shrill whoops.

Sam Flot and Waka Mhol were originally conceived as a duo, so when the time came to publish my last Dragon Lands figbarf, I felt a little sad to be splitting them up. I’m just happy now that Waka is getting his time to shine. I so love the disproportionate look of the Chima crocodile head on a short-legged body. My inroad to this figure was the silver jaw armor on its headpiece, the which I tied to the silvered breastplate piece. When I first designed this figure, I didn’t know what weapon would be appropriate for such a “regal,” silver-clad crocodilian warrior. The answer (almost literally) smacked me in the face, giving me a perfect tool to cast this character in a more comic light. And yes, the name-pun is intentional.

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Earth's Last Line of Defense

Like my Retro Space Minifigures, I designed this minifig series (affectionately known as a “figbarf” among the fan community) for a contest. It seemed like a perfect time to debut these designs, the majority of which have waited almost-finished in my back pocket for about a year. The combo of sand-blue overalls with Hero Factory armor was one I really liked when I first made it, especially when I added dark brown hands to match with the straps on their legs.

Who did I end up with? A squad of futuristic Earth Defenders! I’m not sure exactly what they’re defending against (Intergalactic invaders? Terror cells? Warring superpowers?), but I do know that they hail from all over the globe, united in their mission to save our planet from a disastrous fate.

Earth Defender Minifigures

From left to right, these are our characters:

Sgt. Quan Ngyuen | Formidable gunner | Vietnamese | Specialty: thriving between a rock and a hard place |

I’m happy with the pose I achieved on Sgt. Nguyen; he was the hardest to balance for obvious reasons. The night-vision goggles and gunmetal grey racing helmet is a combination I’ve had around since the very first iteration of these minifigures; if not for variety’s sake, I probably would’ve given this headgear to more characters because I think it looks so good! Also notice how, very conveniently, the bar hole on the green power blade piece (seen more clearly on Pvt. Agustín) slots perfectly onto the back of the Hero Factory armor.

Pvt. Juan Agustín | Typical maverick | Colombian | Specialty: overestimating his own abilities |

Of this series of five characters, I find Pvt. Agustín the least interesting. He essentially just demonstrates the Earth Defender uniform and color scheme on a basic canvas—which I guess is valuable, to an extent—and lets me show off the power blade, a common weapon among this team, when drawn. I opted to use Asaaj Ventress lightsaber handles for these swords because I liked how sleek they look, plus they subtly extend the curve of the blade into a pleasing sine shape.

Cpt. Freja Nielsen | Vigorous leader | Danish | Specialties: rousing speeches, shrewd planning, and chewing out Pvt. Agustín |

This was the last of these minifigs to come together. To me, Cpt. Nielsen is what really ties this figbarf together and gives me a clear idea of who these uniformed people are. Plus, she gives a spot of visual interest with the brightness of her attire. I opted for a clean white uniform largely because the parts I wanted to use (pants with printed shoes, the side cap, the utility belt, those short-sleeve arms, and the rubber band) all came in that color. Nevertheless, I think it’s a perfect, pure hue for an international soldier. That small gold collar she has on is a backwards Elves necklace.

Cpl. Tayshia Wright | Heroic commando | American | Specialty: shooting reasonably accurately in two directions at once |

Named after a contestant on ABC’s The Bachelor (which I watch with my fiancée), Cpl. Wright has the most personality of the lot here, in my opinion. I love how the Hero Factory armor let me pose her arms splayed this way, as its pauldrons holds them in their sockets. The reason that these minifigs are Earth Defenders, and not the defenders of some other planet, is that glowing plant symbol on their chests… That leaf symbol reminded me of Eve’s plant sigil from Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E.

Sgt. Mikhail Vasiliev | Battered veteran | Russian | Specialty: surviving pretty much anything |

My concept here was to show a soldier of myriad campaigns, someone who had sustained quite a few injuries in his day. Sgt. Vasiliev sports futuristic prostheses on his right arm and leg, an eye patch, and some more recent bandages around his face. Ouch! This figure originally used LEGO’s specially-molded cybernetic leg, but I ended up giving that to the robot Bort-Bort from my previous figbarf instead. As homage, and tying these two together, Vasiliev’s synthetic leg is actually the companion to Bort-Bort’s regular one!

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Retro is Very Fashionable

I designed this LEGO Minifigure series (affectionately known as a “figbarf” among the fan community) for a figbarf contest. One of the categories was “Space,” and I wanted to do something a little different. I became enamored of the bold graphic language of retro science fiction and retrofuturism a few years ago; indeed, I first explored LEGO retro sci-fi with my series of “set-style” creations Body Battlers in 2017. Rather than making a series of Body Battlers figures here, though, I opted to create some characters that were a bit more universal in the ‘50s sci-fi space.

Retro Sci-Fi Minifigures

From left to right, these are our characters:

Bort-Bort, a deadpan robot. Devoid of emotion, cultural references, and understanding of human scansion, Bort-Bort frequently lets off one-liners which are unintentionally hilarious.

Here, at last, was an excuse for me to use every possible robotic limb piece from LEGO! I enjoyed designing such a washed-out figure; I think it makes his “eye” scanner stand out even better. Originally, this figure also held a ray-gun, but I thought exposed claws seemed more fitting of a classic humanoid robot.

Lois Mills, a hapless All-American Girl. A neophyte to space exploration, Lois hopes—maybe in vain—that she can get back to Earth in time for her senior prom!

Problematic and utterly sexist as the trope of the helpless “damsel in distress” is, it’s nevertheless a staple of the pulp sci-fi genre… As such, it felt accurate to include such a character here. Stay tuned for much more empowered women in upcoming works! I love the combination of dark azure and purple, so that’s another reason I’m glad I designed Lois. Interesting note: the head dome she wears is only 1/2 there, as her hairpiece is too large in back for the second piece to attach.

Chip Fleming, a dashing adventurer. Leader of a hundred space explorations, captain of his own rocket ship, and frequenter of dozens of worlds, Chip is a classic hero of ‘50s science fiction.

Just as quintessential as the disempowered woman in this genre is the hyper-masculine, clean-cut, alien-blasting spaceman. I loved getting to use some of the blondest possible hair here for that perfect, matinée idol look. Like Lois, Chip only wears 1/2 of his helmet; although his hairpiece would have fit inside the full sphere, I wanted the two bubbles we see here to be of equivalent opacity.

Toscoob, a malevolent Martian. Emperor on his home planet, and renowned even there for his wickedness, Toscoob’s favorite delicacy is raygunned human!

What more can you ask for than a villainous green Martian? This character was another clear trope to include in my retro space collection. The decorous military flairs, like the cape and epaulets, are actually inspired by the Looney Toons character Marvin the Martian. I appreciated getting to use a Harry Potter wand element in the enormous raygun, which itself has been borrowed and modified from Body Battlers Set 52015. Toscoob steals his name from Tolstoy’s Aelita, a famous work of Soviet sci-fi about an advanced Martian society.

Salno, an absentminded Venusian. Half the time, Salno even forgets her home planet—this is why she carries around a sonic resonator, which can capture and replay sounds to jog her memory (as well as blast aliens with sound waves!).

Of the five characters on display here, Salno is the most out-of-left-field, not really having a clear precedent in retro sci-fi literature or film. Nevertheless, I think her aesthetic matches with the rest of the collection nicely. I built this fig around that gigantic pink afro; giving her short legs resulted in a hugely disproportionate body that I really liked. Originally, Salno was gonna have the hairpiece on backwards, resulting in a bulbous, textured head, but I so appreciated the expression of the minifig head I chose that I couldn’t resist showing it off. I also am proud of the combo of silvered 2x2 dish and silver-capped microphone on her sonic resonator.

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Figs from Far-Away Lands

I made the first of these LEGO Minifigure collections (affectionately known as “figbarfs” among the fan community) out of characters I’d designed for a fifth wave of my "product line” Dragon Lands. Based on the nice response I got from the first collection, I have designed two others to complement it. Let’s learn a little more about these 21 characters…


From left to right, these are our characters:

Gnarku, a mischievous goldsmith. Gnarku regularly steals precious metals from work, but his unmatched craftsmanship helps him keep his job.

Orion, a plot-armored dragon rider. Don’t get in the way of this guy’s Quest, since it rolls forward like a freight train no matter what!

Wotoq, a temperamental Elemental. Wotoq serves as Guardian of the Ice Crystal, and he’s fiercely proud of his impressive beard.

Nynia, a potent faerie wizard. Yes, her hair is naturally that color and yes, she’d prefer that you stop asking. She’s got more important stuff to do.

Moscha, a sinister venommancer. Moscha is the more “toxic” of a sibling pair; she’s always scheming to poison her warlock brother Mogrot.

Eliake, a displaced ocean nymph. Due to man-and-orc-induced climate change, Eliake’s homesea has become uninhabitable to him.

Fifrir, a clever war engineer. Like Gnarku (but without the stealing), Fifrir is prized for his unique gifts as an inventor.


From left to right, these are our characters:

Awari, an enthusiastic apprentice. She only got that staff earlier this week, so be careful— she’s not good at using it yet.

Bramblebark, a thorny spirit. Would tell you dang kids to get off his lawn, but his “lawn” is all of nature!

Oussa, a magnificent queen. A strong and wise ruler, Oussa is best known for incorporating the Five Principalities into one realm.

Horpo, a self-serious owl trainer. Will tell you his work is more important than Queen Oussa’s.

Kalec, a silent headhunter. “…”

"Wind-up Willy," a clockwork soldier. One of a batch of a hundred such soldiers, Willy stands out from his peers by routinely malfunctioning.

Lev, a good-hearted baker. Believes that bread is the secret to peace between species. So far, he hasn’t been proven wrong.


From left to right, these are our characters:

Sam Flot, a snappy scavenger. Snappy, in this case, applies to both Sam’s wit and his huge jaws.

Vorash, a militant prince. He maintains leadership of the ustokal tribes by beating challengers in mortal combat, and has the scars to prove it.

Aia, a short-fused archer. Don’t believe she can hit a fly in midair? She’ll pull her bow on you faster than you can say “shoo.”

Serserild, a foreign diplomat. She really feels like a fish out of water up here, so be nice!

Qotow, an icy guardian. This is Wotoq’s child, tasked with inheriting his sacred position and more-sacred beard.

Iero, a vengeful duelist. He bears no similarities to a character from any other intellectual property.

Thuin, a shady assassin. You’re not likely to see his face… unless it’s the last thing you ever see.

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