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"... arise From death, you numberless infinities of souls, and to your scattered bodies go..." -- John Donne.

Regular Characters

Jeff Hale
Played by: Brad Johnson
Role: male lead
Occupation: astronaut
Info: dies during shuttle mission; original to TV series (based upon Sir Richard F. Burton, the hero of the novels); fictional character, not historical.
Photos: spy photo

Alice Lidell Hargreaves
Played by: Emily Lloyd
Role: female lead
Occupation: none
Info: historical Alice was basis for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland; in novels, romanced Sir Richard F. Burton; character from the novels; fictionalization of an actual person.
Photos: no photos at this time

Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Played by: Cameron Daddo
Role: supporting character
Occupation: writer/humorist
Info: character from the novels; fictionalization of an actual person.
Historical Biography: grew up in Hannibal, Missouri; worked as a printer, silver miner, soldier in Confederate army and riverboat pilot before writing full time; late in life, his works became markedly bitter and pessimistic, no doubt a result of the deaths of his wife and two daughters; unfinished work, "The Mysterious Stranger"
Novel Biography: co-founded the city of Parolando with King John Lackland after aiding in the assassination of his former partner, Erik Bloodaxe; built a massive steel riverboat, the Not For Hire, which was subsequently stolen by King John; built a second riverboat, better than the first, and chased Lackland all the way to the mouth of the River, at Virolando; searched for his wife for decades, only to find her in love with the historical Cyrano De Bergerac; visited by Ethical rebel, Loga, who guided him to massive iron deposits (an incredibly rare material on the River) - Clemens referred to him as "The Mysterious Stranger"
Commentary: Interesting that he would be included in the main cast, as he and the novels' lead, Sir Richard F. Burton (and the basis for Jeff Hale) only met once, shortly before Clemens' semi-permanent death on the River.
Photos: no photos at this time

the alien "Monat"
Played by: Brian Moore
Role: supporting character
Occupation: none/unknown
Info: character from the novels; member of fictional alien race
Novel Biography: claimed to be member of invasion force that destroyed earth in early 22nd century; only member of his race to appear on the river
Photos: spy photos

Emperor Nero
Played by: Jonathan Cake
Role: supporting character/villain?
Occupation: Roman Emperor
Historical Biography: became Emperor at age 17; long believed to be the arsonist behind the burning of Rome in 64 AD, a theory now dismissed by modern scholars; executed mother for criticizing his mistress; executed wife, then married mistress, Poppaea; kicked Poppaea to death shortly after; Praetorian Guard and two legions rose against him, forced him to flee; committed suicide in 68 AD
Info: did not appear in novels, but does appear in apocryphal shorty story
Photos: no photos at this time

Val (formerly "The Polish Jew")
Played by: Jeremy Birchall
Role: supporting character
Occupation: none/unknown
Info: there is no information about this character
Photos: no photos at this time

Valdemar
Played by: Kevin Smith (deceased)
Role: supporting character/villain?
Occupation: none/unknown
Info: there is no information about this character other than his name and what he looks like; due to Kevin Smith's untimely death, this part may be recast or removed entirely; name doubtlessly derived from the Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," about a hypnotist who causes a dying man to remain in an undead/unliving limbo state for seven months, only to beg for final death.  Go here to read the story yourself.
Photos: spy photo

Mali
Played by: Karen Holness
Role: supporting character?
Occupation: none/unknown
Info: there is no information about this character
Photos: no photos at this time