Characters and Vocabulary
Book 1 HNMNBM
The "Gang of seven", "gang" is first mentioned in 1.3 a bit informally, 1.5 strengthen the meaning, 1.15 lake house, (post collapse - book 2), billionaires that have teamed together to try to make sense of the world around them. Introduce and characters develop in book 1. Gang of seven is post HNMNBM, some are, some were former, some never.
Wonk, Lion, beaver, a touch of crow, second youngest of the seven. Not HNMNBie, jokes he likes fleece too much, American/Filipino, Escrima. He made his money running close to the edge; respect the edge. Started with Hot and Friendly Bikini Barrista, (later renamed Curvaceous Coffee), (his sister was one), quickly came to understand the economics of coffee and at a time when coffee was getting harder to come by with climate change. Next he opened Backcomb Hair spa which benefitted from doing the fittings for WTG tacticals, (bullet/fire resistant clothing). The contacts with law enforcement who love the tacticals got him interested in the safefy and security business. He starts to accumulate individuals with the Physical Security Expert, (PSE) certification. Struggles with faith issues, Rev Slocomb is a guiding force. He is like Lot in the Bible, faces, stands, sits, near/in Sodom, but isn't of Sodom. He is happiest when he is taking care of business. He is going to get married at the end of book 1 and largely ride off into the sunset in book 2.
He also happens to be a genetic match for a Blue Circle, but no hemophila. People, chiefly Yolanda prize his DNA, a bit like breeding dogs. He may be a clone or may have been cloned.
Wonk has the leading role in book 1.
Traveler, Beaver, Golden, Lion, Crow, founder of HNMNBie, (meant it as an elaborate joke), third youngest of the 7, patient, passions mostly under control, sometimes irritated, engineer, made his fortune with invention of low cost carbon fiber. Serenetist, (seeker of serenity). Fun loving, More practical than intellectual. Traveler is of privileged birth and was in school since he was in diapers. In 1.7 we see a hint of crow.
From 1.2: Traveler. He stood out I’ll give you that, auburn hair, sun tints, tanned leather face for one in the springtime of life, especially in the land of cold rain. Orange spectacles, he would patiently explain, they aren’t orange, they just look that way since they block blue frequencies. A sense of peace, one of his close friends calls him the “balm of calm”. If he were a martial art he would be cross between Tai Chi and Aikido.
Traveler is a Christian, unabashed, if it becomes a crime, there is enough evidence to convict him.
??? When does he meet Rev. Slocom?
Traveler is the leading man in book 2, the emergence of the world from a crisis of debt confidence.
Guy, Pronounced GEE, Crow, otter, Not HNMNBie, French Canadian, youngest of the seven, builder software, non-practicing Catholic. Bit of a party animal. Guy as a geek didn't have a girlfriend in high school, but now hangs with the Net Girls. Wonk's HS friend, Traveler's business partner.
(leading role in book 3)
Yolanda, Otter, Lion, second oldest, often called Yo, bigger than life, African Ameriasian/Jewish, confirmed cougar that collected the young men's sperm. Traveler's close friend, (and Godmother). In 2.1 we introduce the Children of Yolanda, Ahuva is her GSD. She is an otter in more than one way, almost a witch, super influencer. Blue Circle, wealth probably cannot be measured. Hemophiliac.
Gloria Silver, Golden, otter, Israel, becomes a messianic jew very late in book 1, mentioned in 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 spins up the jewelry stores, put Rhea in charge, aliya to Israel. Wonk's second lay and possibly love. She and Fozia become very fast friends to Wonk's consternation. She had a major role in supporting Wonk at the end of book 1, then Traveler, without her sacrifice there wouldn't be a book 2.
Gizmo, 1.5, Crow, beaver, illegal alien, oldest of the seven, builder of high priced desirable machines such as submarines, mechanical, loves music, sense of humor, Catholic, quiet believer. Hispanic descent, bit of a limp, arthritis. He dies in book 1.
Pedro, 1.5, Crow, lion, call me Pete, Gizmo's son, driven, yeah, I was in youth group
Angelica, Beaver, Crow, Otter (influence not fun loving), Russian blond by heritage USA, (Alaska), born. Open robot forensic scientist, robot herder, AI forensicator, early leader in the HNMNBie movement, H Coin, helped Yolanda take it underground.
Operator, 1.4, Golden Retriever, beaver, quad. Essentially a paralyzed man/machine interface.
= = = End of the 9.
Ahuva girl, GSD, way above average, GSDs channel alt right, (Retrievers were centrists and frowned on by GSDs). She is the most intelligent of the 3 dogs in the book.
Cody boy, labrador retriever, Traveler's dog, there is a truce of sorts twixt him and Ahuva, Cody is a certified vision imparied service dog and ALWAYS knows the exits. Loves the surf on North shore. Loyal doesn't even begin to describe him.
Bandi boy, GSD, Rhea's dog, wants to be alpha, but his paws are too big, 1.8 Once he grows up, he is the most effective fighter of the three dogs in the book.
Book 1 supporting charactersShari, Wonk's sister, fox, great pies
Clarissa, Lion, otter, Wonk's mom, a wanna be grunge/punk rock front Filipino woman; it had never worked out, dad, a semi-retired submarine captain played bass in her garage band. She still looked the part to some extent, short denim skirts, PNW boots, silver dagger earrings dangling.
Her big book 1 quote:
Netgirls, Guy's friends, Cisco, Pao Alto, Cybesecurity, knew their tech cold, like to party, bg, gg, swing, 1.3 grope a girl, (net girls will let you do it for free). Coral, 9mm 1.8, Clara, .50 redhead, 1.8, 1.9 Chara, .45, 1.9 Carla, 9mm, 1.8
Rhea, Dr. Rhea Anastas Tremblay, Beaver, retriever. Guy's mom, Greek, his dad Jacques Tremblay and mom met on a dig in Tassos when he was on his summer trip after graduating engineering school in Quebec. Classic beauty, of the ages. Her hair couldn't seem to make up its mind between black, brown, red, with highlights of each. Straight, relaxed posture, seemingly amused at all that she saw, unless they flashed of anger, she was, after all the product of centuries of warfare. Greek Otthodox church, but rarely attended, Guy was christened as a Catholic in his father's church. She takes over the jewelry store after Gloria makes Aliya. Her observation, retail is going down fast, but there are some great people/great talents. If you are going to sell at the high end, you need to attract them.
Her big book 1.2 quote:
Guy's father, we mention he has passed in 1.4, how does he die?
Eve.ai Adrian's souped up chatbot
Night_Marcher.AI a rough you up bot, goal was to make you unhappy, but not to kill or permanantly damage
CarsLNCA and LNCB, Adrian't two Lincoln Navigator C, (Carbon), LNCA and LNCB, each was equipped with each other's license plate, so they could switch back and forth, why not, Adrian owns both of them.
PNWRVs, the Fernow, best selling item, and the Stuart, tricked out. Fernows were sometimes converted to roadblock busters.
Book 2 new characters
NOTE: Amber is called Eve.ai in book 1 after Adrian's PA, early in book 2 she decides she wants to be her own persona. Amber.AI, trained by one of these personal assistants of 2020 era, but with Adrian's private back end crawler. It had been learning from each of Adrian's execs. "behind any successful man is a great woman" to the tune of Sisters are doing it for themselves Adrian AI's theme song:
EA1 = Eve, Otter Lion, athlete, super organizer, brought order out of chaos. She gets introduced during 1.5
EA2 = Sarah (auntie Sara), Crow, lion, she started the development of Amber, starting with a chatbot of Eve to handle routine
EA3 = Carla, Crow, otter, she supercharged Amber and began development of her security subsystem
EA4 = Yoshika, Retriever, beaver, martial artist, first EA to also be part of his security system
EA5 = Carla, Retriever, beaver, she comes into play at the end of book 2.
Jasper, Lion Beaver and Agate, Beaver Crow, retired CEO, COOs from No Problem Airservice. 1.7
Hank - ex Hotshot, ex-special ops, couldn't seem to stand crowds, 50 tall, lean, jeans, western shirts was one of the first Broch towers, then a Hotshot bunkhouse, later a settlement. Can we introduce Hank in book 1, as a guide protector to Adrian out west?
JB - 60, experienced weapons system engineer. Becomes Chief Weapons Officer for the marines.
Johan Muire - 35 had only slept indoors 3 nights in the past decade. He loved the outdoors and had found that he could pay for needed supplies by working as a naturalist. "You can think of it as a Lewis and Clark type mission except that you will be solo much of the time and the territory is far smaller. We need some high precision measurements and some sensors deployed."
Jasmine and Keesha, two mature ladies that were both highly qualified marksmen, hot shot fire fighters and sustenance farmers signed up for the first watch at High Point Tower at Broch Viavik. They were both artists and the job paid enough for their supplies and gave them time to work their crafts.
Blue Circle A group of inter-related customer supplier corporations. Most owner/CEO/founder's are worth more than a billion. The exceptions are owners of corporations that have special skills for which Blue Circle wants an exclusive.
Crowup, build something as only a crow can.
HNMNBM His Name Must Not Be Mentioned, HNMNBies are a sort of a whacky techo-cult, would never have amounted to much except for gold backed HCoin or HNMNBCoin.
NOOU, or NOOUs, Not One Of Us