Trusted acquaintance of her employer. An expert in many fields. Graciously allows for pushy questions as introduction. Also clearly draws lines. Don't underestimate her. Sees more than most do. Has an impressive list of acquaintances and/or allies. Also: So. Many. Children. Pregnant. Well-traveled. Pretty certain she has more hours in the day than the rest of us do.
a hawk (aka Sherlock)
Red-tailed hawk. From time to time, it can be seen near or around Stella. But that coincidence would take a number of occasions to realize. She talks to it as if it understands (not unlike some elderly gentlemen talk to ducks in the park), but then Stella talks to most animals she meets which makes her possibly a bit eccentric, odd, or a little tipped in the head. The raptor's beak and talons are particularly menacing looking.
Friendly acquaintance of her employer. Witty. Her flattery doesn't seem empty. Remarkably observant. Promises to work through the entire alphabet. Would recommend. Has nickname Plans. Seems to share Stella's penchant for challenges. Update: Blues on the beach? Yes, please. What's a collective noun for two women out to stir up trouble? Kiki. The plan.
Friendly new acquaintance who plays the game. Sun worshipper or master of temptation? Irreverent snake in small package. Likes tea. Back in Prospect from...? No fate but what you make? Deserves some good fortune to balance out the bad. Too bad Stella ran away.
The (large) Dog. A particular form of happy kryptonite for Stella. Thief, making Stella a passive accomplice. But they meet and part ways randomly in such a way that it doesn't appear The Dog belongs to Stella. The quick brown dog jumped over the lazy fox. (sic) There's a collar under there somewhere. Cage free is Stella's jam.
Sark Goldstein aka Sarkesian the Gilded
Stella's employer. She is both his estate manager and his PA. Frequently she can be found in his company around Prospect. The two seem to have an easy rapport. Seems slightly younger than Stella, but almost a foot taller than the woman. For someone so young, he certainly seems to have old fashioned manners regarding a woman in his company. Depending on the context, she doesn't always call him Mr. Goldstein. And he seems to have come to terms with her proximity. (see: touchy; in hooks) The inevitable hero or villain, depending on who's looking. Just wait and see.
Lost his cat. Delightful to play with even though he breaks the rules. Witty. He wants to do what on the monkey bars? Peace summits occur at Denny's. Still figuring out what kind of -phile he is. Pretty sure he's not into kids or corpses. The right movie quote is always the answer.
Trusted acquaintance of her employer. Classic gangster look with fantastic hair that doesn't match at all. Or does it? Seems perceptive. Clearly loves his wife with open affection. Shaman? Book clubs. Moroccan food. Puts the 'blaze' in trail-blazer. Four words: Ancient Mythical Chicken Tender.
Trusted acquaintance of her employer. Inexplicable creature which just happens to press Stella's curiosity buttons and her affection and intrigue the way an unusual animal would. Claims not to like tea. An unexpected champion who seems to appear out of thin air on occasion. Rat agenda with squirrels on the side. Charming in a very strange sort of way, in Stella's opinion. Baffling, bewildering, disturbing, endearing. There's some arcane etiquette required in their company that Stella is determined to learn. Stella's unexpected guardian not-angel. Somehow makes disgusting and disturbing translate as adorable, though she's not sure if she wants to protect Trishna or if Trishna is going to cast a darkling shadow over her and make her disappear or swallow her whole. If they aren't careful, Stella might decide they fall under her guardianship (a role likely only apparent to Stella herself). But even Trishna is fascinated by monkeybars propositions.
Woodward (aka Benedict)
Self ascribed confidence man who delivers what people deserve. Claims not to be a part of the apocalypse. Also claims to have Interesting Friends. But what kind of collector is he? And does he share? Rides roller coasters. Does not introduce himself or shake hands.
(Aunt) Matilda Green (NPC)
Stella's (deceased) father's unmarried sister who lives on an island in the Puget Sound a short sea plane trip away from Seattle. Wealthy. Very dear to Stella. She lived with Aunt Matilda before moving to Prospect in January of 2023.
Drasla the Red aka Stefan Drake (NPC)
(It would take some work to obtain this information.) Former mentor and 'employer' in addition to unofficially adopted family to Stella from a very early age. Lives on the same island off the coast of Seattle in the Puget Sound as Aunt Matilda. Something of a recluse. (The rest is not information available icly unless your character is worthy of Drasla's secrets or can steal Stella's deepest held treasured knowledge that she would die before giving up voluntarily). Good luck with that.) Sent her away to assist some teenaged dragon?! She didn't WANT to leave the PNW (or Drasla). At all. Drasla watched over her as a child and became something between a favorite uncle and a dear friend, though try to get an ancient, very grumpy red dragon (known for their fighting skills) to admit it. On more than one occasion, Stella's 'penchant' for asking questions resulted in her being thrown into a tree. Drasla (and her mother before she died) may be a big part of the reason Stella is as touchy as she is with the people in her inner circle. She met any number of supernatural creatures and bygones as a diplomat on Drasla's behalf. Growing up knowing an ancient dragon may also have something to do with why Stella doesn't get frightened in some situations when a reasonable human being would do so.
Juan Espesito (NPC)
Rather handsome in a het-normative, previously special-ops sort of way. Most often drives Sark and/or Stella around Prospect (luxury Escalade SUV with a third row and tinted windows). But can also accompany as subtle body-guard (he's very good at disappearing into his surroundings). Also has his pilot's license and is known to fly one or both of his employers from Windstorm Island to Prospect or back the other direction in a sea plane (when they don't take the ferry) owned by the Goldstein estate. The man is superlative at keeping private information to himself. For her part, Stella seems to enjoy his company, teasing or joking from time to time. On the other hand, he has that build, that awareness of his surroundings, and that glint in his eyes that suggests he could be lethal in a heartbeat. Most often dressed in a white dress shirt unbuttoned at the collar and a pair of dark pants (jacket on occasion).
Mary Brighton (NPC)
Fifty-something housekeeper who is shuttled to Windstorm Island 2-3 times each week. Can get just about anyone to sit down for 'a little bite' or, at the very least, some tea. As endearing as a favorite grandmother, but when she gets stern she's a force to be reckoned with. Can clean a 3,000 sq.ft. house top to bottom in record time without missing a spot. Has opinions.
Martin Hacket (NPC)
Previous estate manager of Windstorm Island. Now focuses on animal husbandry (largely Friesian Horses and some llamas) and land management there. Nearing retirement age. Dependable, trustworthy, welcoming -- but that's Stella's experience. He is rather heavy-handed about who and what gets to the island.
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