Thora Burns is a grassroots activist who has humble beginnings passing out leaflets on street corners in her often, vain attempts at organizing community meetings and political action rallies. She enters politics on a secessionist platform and becomes an alderwoman, councilwoman, deputy mayor, and then mayor, but loses the governorship. As she grows throughout the years in notoriety and political power she pushes her message of secession from the United States. New Front ultimately votes on this and votes to succeed. And Thora Burns becomes the first President of the new nation of New Front.
Tony Quick is the Lead Detective of the Terrorist Affairs Bureau [TAB] Insomniac Division. And the detectives in his particular department are called the Insomniacs, because they never rest until they get their man. He is one of the narrators who takes the reader through the different worlds of New Front. He is initially assigned to New Front to investigate the bombing of an abortion clinic and get to the bottom of who is responsible for it. But in reality he has a secret agenda unbeknownst to all. While there, he discovers that Dr. Malcolm X Forbes is still alive and that some of the women of New Front have supernatural abilities.
Hoboken is one of our story’s chief narrators. No one pays much attention to him so he is usually able to wade in and out of places unnoticed. Because he’s blind his other senses are heightened. He can tell who a person is by the sound of their footsteps or the way they smell. He always remembers a person’s smell and the sound they make when they walk. Hoboken is sometimes seen sitting on rooftops or the tops of billboards and no one knows exactly how he was able to get up there. Hoboken has been living in New Front for so long and has heard so much that he has an uncanny ability to accurately predict future events in New Front purely based on past precedents. He was around during the Degenerate Era and has ties to Snitch – the Bitch, the Transvestite Information Specialist. It is known to no one, but Hoboken is the person who Snitch – the Bitch gets most of his street information from. Hoboken normally tries to resist doing this but he has a weakness for the touch of women. And because he’s homeless and blind, women won’t come near him. Snitch – the Bitch however, uses the women in his escort service to seduce and fuck information right out of him.
Simon Sez – the AdMin – the Strategist Simon Sez is Thora Burns’s administrative assistant and grows to become her strategist, confidante and right hand man. He becomes an extension of her will getting things done for her before she even knows she needs them. Simon is 30 years older than Thora Burns yet he talks to her as an equal but only in private. Publicly he shows her great humility respect and deference. In public he never looks her in the eye, he walks two steps behind her and one to the side of her with his head lowered. Simon has devoted his life to serving Thora Burns because he sees her as the social and political savior of a city-metropolis he once destroyed. Physical Description: Tall, 60ish, gray hair, chiseled facial features.
Val Hagar is Tony Quick’s female partner at the TAB. She is the second partner he receives while in New Front. Val is assigned to Tony Quick after the murder of Butch Bishop. She becomes invaluable to him throughout their partnership for she is fluent in a number of ethnic languages that flourish throughout New Front, plus she is an astute gunslinga and ranks Fighter, in the Warrior Class. Physical Description: Should be wearing a suit.
Horace – the Hieroglyph Horace the Hieroglyph is the 18 year-old, half-New Pygmy, half-African American New Front Historian. His life’s work is to research, compile and write the complete history of New Front. He can almost always be found in the sub-third floor basement of the 10th Street Library in a large study room that he has reserved for the next 4 years. He is a source of reference for, Matrix the Creator, who usually seeks his aid. Horace – the Hieroglyph says New Front history can be broken down into four distinct phases: The Pax Romantica Era, The Dark Era, the Black Hole Era, and The Degenerate Era. He has named this present period of New Front, The Re-Evolutionary Era. Physical Description: Short (Pygmy), and wears glasses.
Snitch – the Bitch, Transvestite Information Specialist Snitch the Bitch, Transvestite Information Specialist owns the Fantasia, the only Jezebelean approved fantasy lounge and escort service allowed to exist in the entire state. His escorts and exotic dancers are women who specifically gather info from the johns they service. Most of their johns are government, military and law enforcement officials. They also specialize in politicians too. Plus he has nefarious means of collecting data that no one knows about. The price of his info is a favor you owe whenever he needs or asks for it. The favor is usually proportional to the info he’s given, which is why he’s able to have his own escort service and fantasy lounge, because of a favor Jezebel owed him. Physical Description: Close cropped hair, high cheekbones, wears peacock feathers across his back.
Harold the Smith is a maker of weapons used in hand-to-hand combat. Harold the Smith lives in the under city and is highly sought after. His weapons are flawlessly made and he designs them to the bodily specifications of the warrior it’s being made for. He makes his weapons to be true extensions of the given warriors skill and will. For certain weapons Harold has them magically enhanced to custom fit certain warrior’s needs. Harold the Smith is also president of the Heavy Metal Brotherhood. Physical Description: Short, 4’5. Has a bald spot in the middle of his head. Side burns and mustache. Muscular arms. 55 years of age.
Multi-billionaire. Second wealthiest black man in America, 5th in the world. He is Andromeda the Starr’s [Miranda Sharpe’s] father. He owns the NFL Football Team: The New Front Stormbringers – there go them Stallions! Physical Description: Handsome, no face paint or tribal markings. Tall, muscular, should be wearing a nice business suit.
Nathan Neanderthal is a detective of TAB. He is 6’7 280 lbs. A Heavyweight. Nathan Neanderthal was born in New Front, left for college, served in the US Secret Service and the Washington DC branch of the Terrorist Affairs Bureau. He returned to New Frontier when the TAB opened it’s global headquarters in his home city. He loves nothing more than getting physically involved in his job. He throws his size around to make arrests and get any info he needs. Physical Description: A huge man. Wears a suit as he is a detective. No face paint or tribal markings.
Joi Placenta is a detective at TAB. She is Nathan Neanderthal’s partner. She is classified as a gunslinga and is the best shot on the force. Joi Placenta is also a bit of a daredevil. She thinks nothing of jumping out of windows off rooftops and running into traffic in pursuit of a suspect. She was born and raised in New Front and attended the Girls’ Fighting Academy for high school where she graduated Fighter class. She went to college abroad and studied the fighting arts further, on the side. She returned to New Front a decade later and in the Warrior Caste holds the status, Knight. Physical Description: Beautiful woman. No face paint or tribal markings. Wears a suit with skirt. Neatly kept shoulder length hair.
Clarke Devine is a hard-nosed investigative print journalist and street reporter. She works for the New Front Daily Drum, a very small but growing independent newspaper in the city-state of New Frontier. The Daily Drum was once a small daily community press dealing with nice, soft news. Now it is considered a controversial fringe press because it tackles stories dealing with corruption in politics, business and national foreign policy. And it all started shortly after Clarke Devine was hired on as a soft news reporter. Clarke Devine was ousted from the mainstream journalism community having become a casualty of her own curiosity. Physical Description: Absolutely gorgeous. Average height and size, wild hair. No face paint or tribal markings. Freestyle the rest.
Harvey Moon is a hard-nosed 2-time Pulitzer Prize winning investigative print journalist. He works for the New Front Daily Herald, the number one newspaper in New Frontier. Bane Multinational owns the Daily Herald. Harvey Moon privately views Clarke Devine as his closest rival in quality journalism, yet he never publicly shows her much respect and goes out of his way not to acknowledge her or The New Front Daily Drum at all. Physical Description: 60 years old, black-grayish hair, tall, weathered face.
John Maxwell is the Alderman of District 12 in New Frontier. District 12 has the largest population of middle and upper-middle class citizens in New Front. This middle class usually votes with one voice and sticks together on most issues. Their aim is to keep the lower, inner and under city residents out of and away from their communities and schools in the civil city, suburbs and exurbs. Alderman John Maxwell is seen as their de facto representative. He can sway their vote from one candidate to the next and influence them as to which issues to champion most in a given election. Handsome, average build, no face paint or tribal markings, close-cropped hair.
Tony Atlas was the most popular warrior in New Frontier. He achieved Lord class, was a Heavyweight and went undefeated in street fights and organized fighting championships. He had a following not only on the underground level and in the under, lower and inner cities but even in the coastal city and suburbs as well. Then one day, Abdullah the Butcher walked into Big Nigga’s Bar and Grill and wanted Atlas’s seat. Atlas refused and Abdullah beat him to within an inch of his life only leaving him alive so he could enjoy beating him to death sometime later on. Atlas never recovered and now lives in hiding, fearing for his life. Tall, huge, muscular. Neatly kept hair.
Babs Babylon is a field detective at the TAB. As a detective, she is as hardboiled as they come, but doesn’t look the part as she is extremely attractive. She is a quick study of people and has an uncanny knack for knowing if someone is lying to her or not. This makes her one of the best interrogationists in the department. And like most detectives in the Insomniac Division she is a workaholic and then some. Her partner is Nino Brown. Drop dead gorgeous. Neatly kept hair. Wears great designer suits.
Samantha Savage was a former college intern at the Terrorist Affairs Bureau. She was hired on as a field secretary after graduating from university. After a couple of years of fetching coffee, typing up memos and filing the reports of the bureau detectives, she solved a case in her spare time that was relegated as unsolvable and was promptly promoted into the detective ranks.
Samantha Savage is the most studious of all the detectives at TAB. She is the only detective who has solved all of her cases. She never closes a case until she solves it, and she sometimes takes over and solves the cases of other detectives just for kicks. Samantha Savage is very analytical and is known for being able to think her way out of almost any situation.
Tony the Atlas is a young man trying to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Tony Atlas, Strongest Man in the World. He idolized Tony Atlas as a child and took up his name and entered The House of Pain as a Yearling the day after Tony Atlas was beaten to near death by Abdullah the Butcher. Tony the Atlas has vowed revenge and looks forward to the day that he is strong and skilled enough to take on the Butcher. Tony the Atlas later enters the House of Rage to increase is strength and resistance to pain in order to take on Abdullah. It is not know yet, but Tony the Atlas may be Tony Atlas’s son.
Derek Wildstar is the battalion leader of the TAB Shock Troops. The TAB Shock Troops are a light to heavy armored SWAT team who specialize in medium to heavy artillery when confronting and stamping out terrorist threats. The TAB Shock Troops are a part of the TAB Confrontation and Enforcement Unit. They take their orders directly from Chief Corliss Mumford.
Magdalene is a working girl and possibly the best one ever. In the mega-metropolis of New Frontier, working girls refer to adolescent female assassins. Magdalene is also theorized to be the great-great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter of Mary Magdalene, and there is a bounty for her capture by some of the most powerful churches in New Frontier; most notably the Church of the Southern Cross led by the god Maximilian King. What these churches plan to do with her when they apprehend her is unclear.