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Bringing the Characters to Life: Ten Plot-Altering Characters in Northern Knights

Today I’m bringing my characters to life in Northern Knights, giving the reader an idea on what each character might look like if they existed in real-life with some book character pictures that serve as rough concepts (thank you, Unsplash). I’ll give each character a brief description of who they are and their role in the book. Not all of these characters are on the main cast, but each brought at least a little significance to the work in some way.

There are no spoilers here; simply descriptions of who the character is, a little bit of background, their supernatural ability if they have any, and what they bring to the table.

Cain Riscattare

Let’s start with our protagonist, Cain, the arrogant college athlete who only wants to embark on a professional career in the sport of shotball. Cain is a typical jock who only attends class to be academically eligible to compete in sports. His desire is to become a personal trainer after completing his professional shotball career and for this, his major is Exercise Science.

While Cain is a protagonist, he has the traits of an anti-hero, as his actions set the main part of the story in motion, however he only initially bothers to do so out of his own self-interests. If, for instance, Cain were in any way exempt from an upcoming draft lottery, it’s highly unlikely he would’ve bothered to take action in the first place.

This doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a conscience. Cain is kind of comparable to an Italian Mafia Capo, who will go out of his way to defend those he cares about the most, but doesn’t mind doing what’s necessary to take out his opposition, even if it means handing them a death sentence.

Cain can be compared to Dom Toretto from the Fast and Furious Franchise in many aspects, as well as James Potter from the Harry Potter Series. Cain’s name also displays the character’s irony, with Cain being the first biblical character to commit a murder, however, his last name, Riscattare, is Italian for redeeming. Cain plays center on his shotball team, the Santos Knights, and is one of the best in the league at his position.

Cain is proficient in controlling wind, but is also adequate in earth and water control. In Northern Knights, he’s in the process of learning how to control fire.


Lira Ross

Cain’s best friend whose father abandoned her family following the first uprising twenty years ago without explanation, leaving the family bouncing from homeless shelters and wearing rags for most of her childhood and teenage years. However, Lira displays academic excellence in state-run schools as well as an outstanding shotball ability.

She becomes Cain’s best friend before the events of the first book, and also plays attacker for Santos, and is routinely in the discussion for shotball MVP. She has a dual major and is almost always either in class, studying endlessly, reading, or playing sports.

Despite being Cain’s best friend, she’s often annoyed with his antics, especially when he taunts the other shotball teams during games such as spiking the ball on the opposing team’s logo or yelling obscenities across the field. She acts as Cain’s voice of reason when the latter is either in a rage or simply harassing a rival or even an innocent bystander.

Lira represents the classic rags-to-riches, or at least rags to glory story. Her personal represents grit, toughness, and a never-say-die persona. Lira can control the elements of blood, metal, and wood, but particularly blood, which allows her to make enemies pass out when in battle, at the very least.


Micah Riscattare

Micah is Cain’s cousin and the two are virtually the same age, with Micah being seven months Cain’s senior. Micah is the so-called ‘straight man’ of the series, who does have a penchant to adopt Cain’s persona at times, but is mainly chill. He’s notorious for his one-liners and only speaks when he has something to say.

Don’t think for a single second that Micah is shy and never underestimate his ability. Micah has a natural talent for just about any endeavor he faces and in Northern Knights, is much further ahead in element control than Cain, having mastered earth and genetically gifted in controlling the five Stoicheion elements with ease.

Micah is also a fantastic shotball player, having been one of the best in all of South Columbia during his high school days, where he and Cain played for Tesla High. Micah is an attacker who can make just about any catch, even ones that seem impossible to grab. He’s agile and is fantastic at making defenders miss, even when hit from a blindside, he can still shake defenders off and is always a threat to score.


Jed Riscattare

Cain’s younger cousin and twin brother of Asha Riscattare. Jed is much like Micah, except he speaks less than his older cousin and usually finds Cain’s antics to be unacceptable. However, by Northern Knights, Jed has learned to live with Cain’s recklessness and cockiness and virtually ignores him.

Jed is built slightly larger and taller than both the thinner Micah and the muscular Cain. Like Micah, Jed is fantastic with the earth element but unlike Micah and Cain, tends to focus mainly on earth control over the other four Stoicheion elements, allowing him to achieve Earth Mastery at a younger age, feeling it better than the jack of all trades approach of Cain and Micah.

Though Jed’s roles are somewhat limited, he does play active roles in the Trilogy, which puts him high on the list. He plays defender on the Santos Knights and has the role of enforcer on the team as well, despite being only a freshman when the Series begins.


Savannah Rivers

Savannah grew up facing racial segregation, being half-white and half Native-Columbian, many of whom had been forcibly displaced when the Eureans started colonizing Columbian lands over a century and a half prior. Despite facing such prejudice, Savannah is a kind, yet strong-willed soul.

She’s said to be even more talented than Lira at shotball, and is also an attacker. However, her quickness and coordination have often implied that she can play anywhere on the field except defender due to her small frame. Her offensive skills are off the charts and for that, she was actually able to play for and graduate from a state-run Colonial school in South Columbia. Yet, she’s also aware that she had been used strictly for her ability, facing racial taunts and insults even at home games from her own school’s supporters.

Savannah’s father, a full-blooded Native Columbian, also faced the same torments growing up, but played a key role in the first uprising twenty years ago, putting him on good terms with General Randelo Jefferson, leader of North Columbia’s Freedom Flames.


Blaze Gretels

Cain’s, Lira’s, and Micah’s fourth friend, and a jack of all trades from a Stoicheion and miscellaneous standpoint. Blaze is one of few characters with the ability to conjure aura lights, which can light up even the darkest of caves and also serves as useful code when in battle.

Blaze is an amalgam of Cain and Micah, with Cain’s fierceness but at times can also be very laid back, more so than Micah and Jed. Blaze typically shares Micah’s personality off the shotball and battlefield but morphs more into a Cain-like character while on the field.

For Santos, he plays the second defender position but in contrast to Jed, Blaze’s quickness and tenacity makes him a good player, whereas Jed’s size and strength makes him valuable.


Asha Riscattare

Asha is the younger cousin of Cain and younger twin of Jed by six minutes. Despite Jed’s Stoicheion ability, Asha gained the recessive gene and is regarded as the first Philosophic of her lineage for over a century. Asha is a bit of a mystery, as one will see in Northern Knights and has a romantic history with one of the book’s primary antagonists, who also serves as one of Cain’s rivals.

Asha is usually seen early on with either Cain or Lira, either working out with Cain or poking at Lira for tips on how to improve her ability. Like Lira, Asha tends to be more proficient in the blood element than any other, allowing the pair to form a small alliance against Cain when he acts up.

Asha is mainly the symbol of a typical teenage girl who sometimes can’t tell the difference between what is right and what is easy, sometimes making the wrong decision. She’s at the stage in life where material possessions at times are more valuable than the people around her, which is often depicted in the actions she takes in Northern Knights.

Asha is yet another gifted athlete, playing another center position for Santos. Like Cain and Micah, she and Jed played together at Tesla High, leading the team during their senior season before the events of Northern Knights.


Korra Hamilton

Korra is the granddaughter of Randelo Jefferson and plays a tertiary role in Northern Knights. Like her grandfather, her hot element is fire, and like Jed, tends to focus more on just one element than learning all four (or five) simultaneously.

Korra shows up at times but disappears for stretches during the novel. However, she is always present at the major events during the book, such as shotball games and battle scenes. As the work progresses, she becomes more and more prevalent of a character.

Korra is the third center on the Knights and is in her sophomore season.


Adam Syndari

Syndari is the main antagonist of Northern Knights and the Supreme Leader of South Columbia, as appointed by King Rooney Pitt of Southland. Syndari has quite the history and might have the most interesting backstory of all the characters, once being in the good graces of Columbia before falling to corruption.

Obsessed with his status and power, Syndari will do anything to keep his position, even if it means using people close to him. Comparable to historical figures such as Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Kim il-Sung to name a few, Syndari has set up political prisons all over South Columbia, routinely sending even those suspected of dissenting their loyalty of Southpoint and the Southpoint Empire to an early death in dangerous underground mines and mills.

Early in Northern Knights, we see the brutality of Syndari’s forces, who stand on every street corner armed with military weaponry while the disarmed population is forced to abide by his ruthless standards. Syndari’s police force has been known for harassing private citizens for fun and even attacking them for game, leading to his police departments to investigate themselves and find zero wrongdoing of their actions.

Syndari isn’t only comparable to brutal communist leaders during t he 20th century, but he can also be compared to several antagonists in fiction, such as Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, the White Witch from Chronicles of Narnia, and of course, Big Brother from 1984.


Randelo Jefferson

Finally, we have Jefferson, a Stoicheion Master who is the leader of North Columbia. Jefferson commands the volunteer force known as the Freedom Flames, defenders of North Columbia from the Southpoint Empire, along with the well-regulated militia of North Columbians, almost all of whom possess some sort of weaponry in their quest to remain free of the Empire.

Jefferson is wise; almost an Albus Dumbledore type of figure with some Obi-Wan Kenobi in him as well. Despite the man’s wisdom, he’s a fierce freedom fighter and will do anything to protect North Columbia and his people from the Empire, even going as far as entering South Columbia undercover along with secret reinforcements to recruit high school seniors to Summit University, the lone university in North Columbia to free them of indoctrination.

Jefferson’s dream is that someday North Columbia can combat Southpoint-controlled South Columbia with a revolution of ideas; however Cain’s recklessness ends this dream and Jefferson realizes Syndari and Southpoint Loyalist along with the military and police can’t wait to invade the North.

Knowing this, Jefferson is forced into using alternative means.

For more information on Northern Knights, feel free to read the synopsis here. You can also click this link to claim the first twenty-five pages of Northern Knights for free on Prolific Works.

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  1. Derek Derek

    Hello Todd,

    A good itemisation of the characters that appear in the Lord Of Colombia series.

    Each character is named and their special abilities named. They all seem to have at least one special power.

    Would you say these books are science fiction? Or do you have another sector for them to be put in?


    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Hi, Derek, I’m saying urban fantasy-science fiction. More urban fantasy in Trilogy I and when I start to outlay Trilogy II, you’ll see it take more of a sci-fi turn, but the urban fantasy elements remain. Long post, I know, so I’m happy I got people to comment on it during my site networking! 

  2. Mathessa40 Mathessa40

    Oh wow, I dont know what to say but this is awesome and I feel like am reading a script. Your so creative, How do you do it?  Being creative more Historical ideas and Fantastic-though that you need to write, and thats amazing. Your a good writer, History and Fantasy is hard to combine. Thanks for creating this site. Am going to share this with my daughter she loves to read.

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Thanks, Mathessa. I spent a lot of time plotting this thing while making a ton of errors in the process; more than I can count. It’s all about persistence, and the more persistent one is, success in any endeavor is just a natural by-product. History and fantasy is very tough, I must say, but you might want to share with caution; there’s violent tension going on in these works. 

  3. Aabidah Ahmed Aabidah Ahmed

    I love reading your posts on the Story of Columbia. I have yet to have this series of books in my possession. 

    Have to find the time and get into reading these books finish, as I am a fan.

    I love how you are describing the role of each character. I like Adam Syndari- the leader of South Columbia. I love the characterise roles already by reading this post.

    Thank you for this wonderful insight on the characterise. All the best to you.

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Big welcome, Aabidah. Definitely good to hear again from you! I’ll keep the posts coming! 

  4. Phil Phil

    Thanks for putting a face on each of the main characters, this is of course a bit of a spoiler, well a lot rather, but it does help with getting a more accurate representation of their roles. I had not quite imagined any of them this way, but I was not particularly clear on my own representations either, so it will be easy to get used to them.

    I especially appreciate the summaries of each character. This gives us a much better understanding of how they will use their powers, according to their natures and their inclinations. Thanks.

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Hi, Phil, at the end of the day, you guys are ultimately in full control over how each character looks. You can picture them any way you’d like as I give only very vague information regarding each. What you see here is how pictured them, or close to how they were pictured. Most of the background info I released, however, has nothing to do with how the main plot turns out; simply more background information than anything else. You’ll get some whiffs of it in the story, but nothing you read here really affects the plot or gives away the plot, simply preliminary info or synopsis info. 

  5. Riaz Shah Riaz Shah

    Although antagonists are always the hated person in every story, Syndari is actually really interesting especially since he was good before succumbing to corruption. I don’t know why but stories like that always interest me, maybe because in a way, they’re like real life don’t you think? Which one’s your favourite character? 😀

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Syndari is very interesting, I must confess and he’s a representation of your evil politician who may’ve entered politics with good intentions before succumbing to lobbying. I’d say you’re right; they’re definitely like real life. My favorite character is Cain mainly because I based him on me and has some of my tendencies, such as willingness of be showy of his accomplishments. I’ll further confess that this is one of my negative personality traits. 

  6. Kat Kat

    Wow, how creative and magnificent is your work! This is an amazing series. The way you describe each character is mesmerizing in itself, and that’s not even the actual book I’m reading yet! You have certainly brought the characters to life and demonstrate clearly who they are. You are so talented as an author, and I’m so pleased to have stumbled onto this series. I will be investing in this series one day soon.  This is a real winner in my mind. You have a very clear perception of each character. This might seem like a silly question, but how do you make sure the characters perceptions, opinions, features etc don’t change when you’re writing about them?

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Thanks, Kat. So far, there are three books out with one on the way come January-February 2020. I have to continually re-read what I’ve written and if there’s anything in the drafts of my work that I’m uncertain about, I’m always going back into previous stories to make sure things add up. 

  7. Matthew Matthew

    I love the fact that you are giving us all an idea what the characters look like in Northern lights, I mean, we all have our thoughts when we read this book but I have never seen anyone help us get a glimpse of what the characters actually might look like

    I’m not quite sure if it would spoil the illusion of what the Northern Lights might be about But I like that you gave given us something to base the characters on so thanks for that 🙂

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Thanks, Matthew, and again, I want to reiterate what you pointed out; these are just ideas on what they might look like using basic, royalty-free images that resemble the characters. I pictured them a little differently and you can all do the same, but this gives an idea at least. 

  8. Pentrental Pentrental

    Wow great insight into Northern Knights characters here. I think it’s a great idea to attribute the characters to real-life photographs. This paints a nice picture as you go through describing the characters in detail. To me, just from reading the character details here, I think the most intriguing are Blaze Gretels, Korra Hamilton and Randelo Jefferson, with Randelo being the most admirable. I look forward to reading more of Northern Knights, well done!

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Randelo is a funny story, because his appearance is based on this due I knew who was 75 years old, but looked about 20 years younger. He always colored his hair and made guys half his age look old. Quite a character to say the least. 

  9. smac smac

    Hi Todd, What a great book review.  I had not heard of this book before but I find it very interesting and I love the way you have outlined each character in order to introduce the story line.  I find it really cool that you are able to offer a free copy of the the book.  I just love reading.  I look forward to reading more in your website.  Thanks for the information.  Cheers

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      You might like it; there’s violence and political upheaval involved. The fun stuff, but man, does it scream Liberty. It offers an awesome alternative to stereotypical Right-Wing and Left-Wing persona that’s plagued America for far too long. Hopefully the work opens up some bright minds to new ideas. 

  10. MazieD MazieD

    This is a Very captivating post; there are some interesting characters throughout. Not only is it about the characters, but you have captured some educational and historical elements where you to touched on racial segregation and to a lesser extent some Columbian history.

    The way you bring these characters to life not only want to make me read about them, but there’s the imaginative side that you are seeing them in action and visualizing what is going to happen next. very good.



    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      Hi, Mazie, that was one of my inspirations behind such a post. Letting these characters come to life so readers can even further relate with them. You can also see that many have had their struggles as well, even if they’re simply personality flaws. Lots of good information here that will help readers decide if they want to pursue knowing more about this Series. 

  11. I am an egoist and prefer to imagine the characters of the books I read myself. This is the reason I never watch a movie based on a book I have read. I was surprised to realize that the photo of Adam Syndari is exactly the same with what I had in my head except for the color of his suit. I am amazed by your way of creating images in my head that are so close to your perception of your characters!! Thanks for another great read, Todd!!

    • Hi, Effie, there are movies based on books I wish I never watched for this very reason. This was big when it came to Harry Potter, when many of the characters didn’t look much the way J.K. Rowling portrayed them in the books. And yeah, if I actually owned the photo I would’ve photoshopped it to a black suit with a yellow scarf to match his actual colors of Southpoint. I’m the same way; the second I saw that picture I’m like, “Yep, that’s him.”

      Cain is based on my own looks and physique, but the pic is a little different than what I look like. Lira was a ringer as well; the only difference between the photo and the character in the book is that Lira has blue eyes and the girl in the photo has brown. Blaze was another ringer; Micah’s beard is a little thinner. Jed has black hair instead of blonde, but I couldn’t find another picture whose face and physique matched his. Savannah was almost spot on, and Koora’s look was a bit of a shocker. Lol.

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