The characters in Tales from the Creature Keeper are diverse in origin. Some of them were drawings scribbled out by my brother, who is presently calling himself “Robotnik Is Sexy”. Some were stuffed toys that we used to play with. Some of them were toys that we made ourselves out of wire, clay, cardboard, Legos, and other things. Some were even Pokemon we invented that went on to evolve into the forms they have today. All of them are set to be converted into action figures though, and you can see a full cast listing of them here.
More characters will appear here as the novel progresses, and everyone’s biography will get a bit more information added to it with each part. You’ll ultimately be able to learn every characters’ hobbies, fighting styles, leitmotifs, internet handles, and more, so keep checking back here as all six episodes of the book are released!
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Rasmus “Razz” Oreon
Tribe: Dwarf Rollede Chimera
Trade: Escaped Slave, Indomitable Worker
Temperament: Cleanly Domesticated
He strives to be objective by just focusing on whatever task needs to be done. By using his work ethic to punch through hardships, Razz actually found a number of nice people and even a couple nice masters during his enslavement. However, his current master, Zack, doesn’t seem to be one of them. Razz is quite the oddity thanks to his body proportions, which are unheard of even after taking into account the breadth of the tribes in his world.
Tribe: Purebred Whiptail
Trade: Escaped Slave
Temperament: Alarmed Feral
Lacking a mature perspective on the world, partially due to his youth and partially due to cruel circumstance, Jerry has always just wanted to escape enslavement. There’s a whole world of wonder waiting for him beyond it, but he may be ill-equipped to handle its special brand of hardships as well.
Tribe: Purebred Heatfang
Trade: Gopher Punk
Temperament: Forcedly Domesticated
Zack has always wanted to escape enslavement of a different kind: the sort his highbrow family tried to force upon him. He ultimately rebelled against his society and religion, dragging Razz and Jerry behind him as he fled.
Tribe: Spiny Hydroad
Trade: Firefighter, Mariner, *CLASSIFIED*
Temperament: Courteously Domesticated
A creature of great accomplishments, though he’s not allowed to brag about most of them. His role in the town of Timber River technically isn’t his real life, but he’s turned it into one anyway, partially to stave off homesickness.
Tribe: Tiger Zealeye
Trade: Mayor of Timber River, Critic, Data Delver
Temperament: Ruthless Domesticated
By bucking family tradition and instead embracing all the new ideas that were coming from the Data Delvers, he’s carved out a unique place for himself in the world. In the end though, he got more than he bargained for, and all the discoveries he’s made or assisted with have somehow made him ever more thankful for human extinction.
Ivan Light Jenner
Tribe: Starry Nightwalker
Trade: Roboticist, Bag of Frayed Nerves
Temperament: Raggedy Domesticated
He always seemed somewhat stressed even before he opened a tech support business in Timber River. His neighbors says he’s very helpful but ought to get out of the house more, just for his own good.
Fred Cain Yates
Tribe: Canopy Nightwalker
Trade: Geneticist, Bag of Jittery Nerves
Temperament: Reluctantly Domesticated
You’d think a guy who enjoys cutting into biological machines and studying how they work would be able to stand the sight of blood, but such isn’t necessarily the case with Fred. He seems much calmer when he’s going about creation and not dissection.
Trade: General Assistant, Marshal-in-Training
Temperament: Dutifully Domesticated
Ivan’s assistant and brainchild. He doesn’t seem to have much personality of his own and it’s unclear whether that’s intentional or not. His present body design is also somewhat lanky and clunky, but Ivan thinks he’s fine the way he is.
She’s supposed to be Taylor’s wife in the not-too-distant future. At least one person is hoping Ivan outsources her body design after how Taylor came out.
Tribe: Purebred Vanisher Chimera
Trade: Innkeeper, Organizer, Test Subject Having Second Thoughts
Temperament: Unhappily Domesticated
So far all anyone knows about his past is that his hometown was razed by ferals. Pooky found him in the rubble and dragged him to Timber River so he could set up a new life. His competing urges for peace and adventure tend to make him restless; building the Wander Inn may have been an attempt to reconcile that conflict.
Pooky P. Andrews
Tribe: Polar Grizzly
Trade: Party Animal, All-Purpose Assistant
Temperament: Hopelessly Domesticated
Probably the greatest mystery surrounding him is how his lack of survival instinct never got him killed in the wilderness. One can only assume that even wild, hungry tribes are not immune to his carefree charm.
Tribe: Purebred Prairiemaster
Trade: Farmer, Professor, Coach
Temperament: Accomplished Domesticated
A retired school teacher who settled in Timber River to finally try her hand at farming, the job her tribe is famous for. She has high standards for herself and others, which can make her seem like a cruel taskmaster.
Tribe: Charcoal Polarwool
Trade: Nurse, Collector
Temperament: Experienced Feral
She may not know the best methods for dealing with her fears, as a mild paranoia of children (Pooky included) being nearby when she works helped inspire her to take self-defense classes. But at least her ghosts have encouraged her to become a stronger, more productive person, able to inflict wounds just as well as she can heal them.
Tribe: Purebred Grizzly
Trade: Student, Aspiring Astronaut, Unaccounted Factor
Temperament: Domestic Feral
Instilled with a love of mechanics and discovery by his parents, Robin wants to build his own “megarocket” someday, though it may not be because he wants to be a real astronaut, but more so he can better roleplay being a defender of Earth, as his mortality rate in Kerbal Space Program is shockingly high. He even attempted to land on the sun once.
Tribe: Purebred Nymph
Trade: Wilderness Survivalist, Hatter
Temperament: Lonely Feral
She’s a wanderer partly due to circumstance; Nymphs are widely shunned in the world as “incomplete” tribes since they don’t look like much more than aqueous humans. Some even call them “false fairies” because their wings are actually strong fins for swimming and paddling. The only person in the world who seems to genuinely care about her is Zack.
Tribe: Purebred Terrafoe
Trade: Oh, sure, but she’s good at haggling
Temperament: Randomly Feral
Being of what’s generally the most despised tribe before or after the nymphs (it depends on where in the world you are), she plays up her kind’s reputation for all its worth. Maybe it’s because the ability to fly away from danger makes trolling a relatively safe hobby?
Tribe: Purebred Treehopper
Trade: Beekeeper, Aspiring Aviator
Temperament: Territorial Feral
It may be that the only reason he lives in Timber River is because Nyx controls more of his life than he’s willing to admit. It’s as if his goal in life is to be a hermit, but he’s constantly thwarted in his attempts. He may also be bad at keeping pets.