Name: Ryker Emberson Status: Paladin, Captain Domain: Life Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 6’4 Eye colour: Deep brown Hair colour: Black Age: 205 Nationality: English Nickname: Ry, Inmate Significant other: Max Background: Born and raised in England and was originally in the Order of Ember. His liege, Flint, and his entire Order were killed in the Great Massacre fifty years ago. Ryker began running the Lodge, the training centre for the new paladin recruits. He was bequeathed land and monies from his previous liege, and established a ‘camp’ for other lost, dishonoured and downtrodden knights.
You look like shit. – Warden, pg. 16
Aurora. You know, like the Aurora Borealis? The Northern Lights? I saw it once. Like a floating rainbow; a coloured road of mist in the sky. Purples, pinks and blues swirling in the atmosphere. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Your eyes looked like that when you were having your nightmare. – Warden, pg. 129
The only person you’re going to be sitting on is me! – Warden, pg. 168
No. Because you call Darius dude, and cook special meals just for Beyden. Because you stand up for the rights of wardens you don’t even know and talk to slater bugs. Because you defend the honour of a too-honourable man and heal the scars of a wounded face … and a wounded soul … Because you belong to me and I belong to you. – Warden, pg. 262
Name: Max Status: Spoiler! Domain: Spoiler! Order: Aurora Height: 5’3 Eye colour: Turquoise Hair colour: Deep, dark red Age: 40 … something Nationality: Australian Nickname: Max Significant other: Ryker Background: Constantly on the move, Max had no memory of anything before she woke up on the streets of Sydney, Australia when she was around fourteen years old. She suffers from seizures when she is stressed, tired, or sick. She has been stalked by the chades for years without understanding why, or who they are, or who she is. Max is a graphic novelist and sleeps with a Japanese tanto sword, she lovingly calls Joy.
Look at this hand here. Picture it loaded with all my wants and needs and deep, deep desires … Now look at this hand, but this time picture it filled with a great big pile of gorilla shit. Now which one do you think I’m likely to get more of? … Because past history dictates that I’m getting the primate turd. – Warden, pg. 51
I just saw Ryker’s meatcicle. – Warden, pg. 101
Would you like me to squeeze your neck so hard that blood starts to leak from your dick slit? – Warden, pg. 252
I’m not interested in anything you or your fellow haemorrhoids have to say. In fact, I don’t want to even look at you, because honestly? All I see are skid marks. – Warden, pg. 251
… I couldn’t survive you Ryker. I know I couldn’t. I think you are the one thing in this world that could ruin me. So please don’t do this. Leave me be. – Warden, pg. 237
Name: Lark Status: Paladin Domain: Earth Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 6’0 Eye colour: Green Hair colour: Auburn Age: 31 Nationality: Australian Nickname: Lark Significant other: Spoiler! Background: Lark was born in Australia and is the youngest and shortest in the Order. He has been living at the camp for ten years, as well as working at the training Lodge. He has never been in any previous Order as he was deemed unfit. He is the happiest-natured of the group and loves to be outside in the gardens. He is a massive book geek and has a room just for his books.
Look we all know you two have chemistry. The air practically lights up whenever you’re in the same room. But she’s not for you, man. – Warden, pg. 189
You’re going to make me very angry if you continue that sentence. – Warden, pg. 234
I said, we let this one go. – Warden, pg. 240
Our weapons, our fists, our skills are only to be used to protect that which is sacred or those who are weaker … so, yes. I just let them beat me. – Warden, pg. 245
I hereby swear fealty to you Max, Warden of Life. I pledge finite service, protection, loyalty and honour to you, my liege and my Order. This is my solemn wish and I do so freely without reservation. – Warden, pg. 254
Name: Ivy Status: Ranger Domain: Earth Order: None Height: 5’5 Eye colour: Dark brown Hair colour: Black Age: 160 Nationality: Japanese/Spanish Nickname: None Significantother: Lark Background: Ivy is a Ranger. Rangers are notoriously lone wolves, working within their five-man unit only when absolutely necessary to track, capture, or kill chades – the plague of their society. As a ranger, she is also responsible for policing and punishing the paladins and even wardens when they commit crimes. She would say she is an anti-social loner who prefers her own company and finds the social airs of their society tiresome and distasteful. Beyden is her younger brother. Nikolai is her direct superior and her best friend.
All the mushy, warm-fuzzies must be like an airborne virus or something,
And you think this is right? This house full of crazy knights, a mysterious Custodian, a half-chade-half-warden, and a dog called Zombie? In what world is that right?
Yes, I have a problem with Lark. Why wouldn’t I have a problem walking neck-deep into enemy territory with a kid who’s young enough to be their son? A kid who lives to smile and joke and please others. I mean, come on, Dex! He probably doesn’t even have callouses!
Name: Diana Tru Status: Paladin Domain: Death Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 5’9 Eye colour: Grey Hair colour: Black, curly Age: 899 Nationality: Portuguese Nickname: Di/Azrael Significant other: Darius Background: Diana was born in Portugal and is the second oldest member of the Order. She was bound for over five hundred years to the same liege, Verity, and was in the Order of Truth. Her Order and liege were killed in the Great Massacre fifty years ago. Although, she works at the Lodge as a trainer, she also acts as a consultant to law enforcement all around the globe. She likes the finer things in life, including clothes, and is bold and strong and intelligent. She has been living at the camp for thirty years.
Oh, now you’re just trying to tease me. – Warden, pg. 182
Orgasm? Why were there orgasms? – Warden, pg. 183
I don’t want to hear it. She is a Warden and you are all paladins. Regardless of your histories your duty is first and foremost to see to the health of wardens. You should have forced the issue, found a way to get her to accept and understand. The lack is with you, not with Max. – Warden, pg. 213
Pardon me while my knees go weak! – Warden, pg. 243
No you’re not … You’re seeing souls. – Warden, pg. 277
Name: Dex Status: Spoiler! Domain: Spoiler! Order: None Height: 6 ‘3 Eye colour: Dark hazel Hair colour: Black Age: 1400 Nationality: French Nickname: Dex Significant other: Cali Background: Spoilers! Sorry, you have to read Chade for more info …
It is my duty and my honour to guard my domain faithfully and to ensure balance is maintained in nature. Right now it isn’t. Nature is disrupted by its guardian’s turning against it. They have no-one to fight for them. I won’t forsake them.
Geez, sweetheart. The romance of the moment is overwhelming.
You best be careful, saying those words to a boy who’s never heard them before. He’s likely to believe you.
Name: Darius Magne Status: Paladin, Second in Command Domain: Air Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 6’3 Eye colour: Hazel Hair colour: Dark brown, wavy Age: 1300 Nationality: French Nickname: Dare Significant other: Diana Background: Born in France in the 8th century AD, Darius served under the same liege for over one thousand years, until honour dictated he resign his position approximately sixty years ago. His old liege was an Air Warden and his Order was called the Order of Peers. He is a scholar at heart and astronomy is his passion. He is a stickler for rules and a gentleman to his core.
You’re coming with us. – Warden, pg. 18
That is not the scout pledge. That is the ‘live long and prosper’ sign from Star Trek. – Warden, pg. 108
Sorry, Max. I didn’t mean it like that. I think Max is a great name. Really suits you. – Warden, pg. 129
You are! You are my damage, Max! – Warden, pg. 278
Name: Cali (Calipso) Tune Status: Paladin Domain: Water Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 5’11 Eye colour: Blue Hair colour: Blonde, straight Age: 149 Nationality: Swedish Nickname: Cali Significant other: Spoiler! Background: Born in Sweden, Cali was one of the youngest ever paladins to be bound into an Order. She served under the same liege for almost one hundred years and was in the Order of Neptune. They were a somewhat nomadic Order, always on the move. She loves to swim and jog and her favourite part of the day is watching the boys stretch through the kitchen window after the morning workout.
You know, sometimes they come inside like that. Just bypass the shower and sit right down at this table here, naked and sweaty. – Warden, pg. 60
Why are you surprised Ry?” Cali asked. “Did you see the breasts on the woman? I mean, jeez, talk about a handful. – Warden, pg. 68
You haven’t had the privilege of seeing him when he’s around our warden here. I think all of his blood settles in his giant rig Max just described and his brain finds it impossible to function at an adult level. – Warden, pg. 184
That’s because he’s been in a state of constant arousal since he met you. A chronic stiffy is bound to make any man a little cranky. – Warden, pg. 242
Name: Beyden Status: Paladin Domain: Beast Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 6’4 Eye colour: Amber Hair colour: Brown, long Age: 42 Nationality: Spanish Nickname: Bey Significant other: Spoiler! Background: Born in Spain, Beyden is the second youngest paladin in the camp, but also one of the tallest. He has never been in any Order as he was deemed unfit. He is the sweetheart of the group, is a vegetarian, and is a wine connoisseur. He is also a very fine dancer! Although, he is absolutely lethal in combat, he would have been quite content to never fight a day in his life.
Duh? Did you just say duh? … Did she just say duh? – Warden, pg. 31
Jeez, Max. Paladins don’t go around wiping … you know. – Warden, pg. 108
Why are you mad? Did you get your period? – Warden, pg. 124
Name: Axel Brim Status: Paladin Domain: Fire Order: Aurora Liege: Max Height: 6’3 Eye colour: Blue Hair colour: Blond (dirty) Age: 118 Nationality: Australian Nickname: Axe Significant other: Spoiler! Background: Born in Australia, Axel trained at the Lodge where he now works until he was bound to his first liege in the Order of Brimstone. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Axel was forced to leave his first Order. He plays the piano with the skill of a true artist and is cocky, irreverent, rebellious and a shameless flirt.
I like you … I like her. – Warden, pg. 19
Um, are we all just going to pretend we didn’t hear her call Sir Darius here, ‘Dude’? – Warden, pg. 28
I mean shit, Ry. She’s a fucking warden. What were you thinking? – Warden, pg. 120
Babe, if I was going to jump back on the wagon for anyone, it would be you. But that part of my life is over. I’m sorry. – Warden, pg. 141
Isn’t it obvious? We all heard the cyclone going on in his room … He fucked her. – Warden, pg. 188
Ryker’s a prick! He’s pig-headed, opinionated, sarcastic and violent. – Warden, pg. 242