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The Villains in Northern Knights

Several weeks ago, I released an article discussing all the protagonist characters in Northern Knights and one antagonist. Today, I want to expand on those characters who play more of an antagonistic role, which will also unveil some themes in the entire Lord of Columbia Series, which will be discussed under such character headings as I fill in a few backstories.

Most of the characters I’m outlining play a major or supporting role in Northern Knights, while other characters aren’t seen, but are most definitely discussed; one character was supposed to make an appearance in earlier drafts yet didn’t make the final cut. However, the tiny handful of unseen characters do play a major role later on in the Series, as well as potentially a major role in the Skyehawk Chronicles, formerly known as the Neo Skyehawk Series before the rebrand.

Scotty Volt

Scotty Volt is Cain’s primary arch-rival, almost like a Draco Malfoy to Harry Potter, but far worse. The hatred between Cain and Volt dates back to their high school days, when Volt starred on his high school shotball team, the Mural City Big Red and Cain sliced and diced his way up a depth chart of lesser talent at Tesla High.

So, when they meet at Summit, they’re equally shocked to see the other. While Cain and his crew resided in Santos Complex, Volt and his friends made residence in Leistung, two rival complexes which allowed the duo to continue their rivalry into college.

Volt is the son of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Leis Industries, a near-monopolized chain of steel mills that dot the lines of River Valley on the Columbian Nile. Leis Industries also operates in collusion with Ann Arbor Industrial Metals, a chain of warehouses whose employees prepare and package orders for Columbia’s sector of Southpoint’s military-industrial complex.

Basically, the Volt family is and have always been involved in large chains given tax subsidies by the Southpoint government, which allows Southpoint to not only buy military supplies from their handpicked industries, but to also sell to other allies as well all over Gaia.

In short, Volt is the well-off child of a rich man who made his way up the corporate ladder in an economy where the Southpoint government chooses its winners and losers.

Volt is really based on a friend of mine who I told years ago that I wanted to base my characters on actual people. His words to me were, “If you base someone on me, I want to be the bad guy.”

He’s ironically the only antagonist based on someone I actually like.


Robby Patterson

Robby Patterson is Scotty Volt’s best friend, whose father owns half the town of Summersville, the next town over from Mural City. Patterson’s family make their riches via price gouging, charging high rates of rent and interest to tenants who are struggling to make money and ends meet.

The Pattersons are also in collusion with the other fifty-percent of landlords in Summersville as well as those in Mural City, forming a cartel around the small towns in the Outlands.

Like Volt, Patterson is an athlete who played for Mural City where the duo won back-to-back regional championships. However, Patterson is nothing more than a follower who may’ve otherwise turned out okay if it wasn’t for his family’s and Volt’s influences.

That said, Patterson speaks little dialogue in the book yet is always seen with Volt.

He’s based on the son of a rich man from once upon a time in my own life who was a drug dealer in his early twenties, using his parents’ status to keep out of trouble.


King Rooney Pitt

King Rooney is spoken of often in Northern Knights and both his own and his family’s backstory unfolds throughout Northern Knights and the rest of the original trilogy. He’s the leader of the Southpoint Empire, employing people like Adam Syndari as Supreme Leaders of certain colonies to handle domestic day to day operations.

The Pitt backstory is further documented in the Skyehawk Chronicles, as well as its origins, which will also be revealed in later books as well so if one doesn’t read the Skyehawk Chronicles, don’t fear.

King Rooney is based on several historical figures, including Adolf Hitler, King George III, Joseph Stalin, and Kim il-Sung, among others. He also has a few correlations to several US Presidents and prominent people, mainly Richard Nixon and Senator John McCain. In fact a particular scene in Northern Knights which I’ve talked about before on this blog was directly motivated by Nixon’s policies as President.


Patrick O’Day, Avi Magnu, and Psycho

O’Day, Magnu, and Psycho serve as the ‘Crabbe’ and ‘Goyle’ of Volt’s gang, except the trio is a brilliant and outspoken one. Typical shock jocks, the three routinely hit the rec center and it’s implied they may even be on performance-enhancing drugs.

The three love to show their strength and intimidate others simultaneously, labeling those they’re successful in gaining criticism from as weak, easily offended, and in need of safe spaces.

Cain and his crew share as much of an antagonistic relationship with the three as they do Scotty Volt and Robby Patterson. While I don’t explain their backstory in the work, it would be a great guess the trio have been friends with Volt and Patterson for quite some time.

Who are these three based on? Oh, God, three people I’ll definitely have stories about in an unrelated work called ‘Confessions of a Young Personal Trainer.’ Let’s just say that they’re the type of people whose personas Planet Fitness goes after, except they pick things up and put them down without seeing real results, despite their tenacity in the weight room.  Actually, Psycho’s real-life counterpart is a juicer, but we won’t go there!


Leistung Complex

The supposed ‘Slytherin House’ of the Series, despite their Hufflepuff…or Pittsburgh Steeler…colors. And ironically Anarchocapitalist colors as well, note my orange and brown ‘Voluntarist’ site icon was originally black and yellow before I ‘fixed’ it.

As I’ve stated numerous times, students aren’t placed inside a Complex for any particular qualities; they’re merely assigned, but do have a little bit of power to choose, which Summit University will take into consideration. The Complex was founded by a man named Sio Leistung, an original Columbian colonist, who the reader will learn about down the road, as well as more startling information about the colonists who settled in the area over a century before the events of the books began.


Adam Syndari

Yes, Syndari was the only person featured in my other article that strictly went over protagonists, except he was the lone exception.

However, I wasn’t sure whether I’d create a profile for the antagonists, given that I love to use this blog to discuss real-life influences behind the series (see Libertarian Influences) and such articles take A LOT of research so I can share verifiable sources with my audience.

So for that, Syndari made the cut for my first article, he’s spoken of early and often, so getting readers familiar with him early was my goal.

But for those of you who want a refresher, here’s the picture of a stock pic whose model closely resembles the Supreme Leader of South Columbia and one of Rooney’s main henchmen.



Remember that nothing here is set in stone, so just because one character may be listed on the protagonist list and the other on the antagonist doesn’t mean they’ll end up there. Also, I neglected a few major and supporting characters on either list as well, careful not to greatly spoil the plot!


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  1. Heather Sargent Heather Sargent

    I love a good antagonist! When you have one that is really well written and has some redeemable qualities (even if they are hard to see at first) it becomes hard sometimes to keep yourself from rooting for them. I think Negan on The Walking Dead is my all-time favorite whom I love to hate. 

    So, one writer to another, how do you decide what you want to share and what needs to wait until the book is released? I am not yet familiar with your series, but it seems like you are sharing as you write or do you publish first and then share more about the characters to pique interest? I am interested in what you are doing here, I haven’t seen anyone else doing this. I can see the value in it though.

    • Todd Matthews Todd Matthews

      I basically just give overviews without giving away the plot. In other words, I like to think of most articles on here as a description rather than a plot summary. It takes some practice that isn’t simply about writing stories but once mastered (and I’m far from mastering it), it’ll sell your work time and again. 

      I do both. I’ll share as I write, but I’ll also publish and share some more, never giving away the plot, but just enough to give the reader an idea. 

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