Characters

The World in Deeper Inspection | Alcott B Grimsley

Detective Alcott B. Grimsley

Specialist on spiritual matters
Ministry-approved detective
Appointments between the hours 9 PM – 4 AM
The Grimsley Catacomb, former Underground Secular base, St Victor’s Graveyard

Having established himself as a revolutionary figure in an industry that’s traditionally lacking (with the alternative being having to deal with incompetent quacks), Grimsley is – by the testimony of friends and colleagues- both the Best Detective and the Worst Person for the job. He mostly dedicates himself to the afterlife affairs of the recently-dead and helps them into the next stage of purgatory. His knife’s edge efficiency can oftentimes land him into a variety of sometimes disastrous but mostly unexpected situations, which are made worst by his struggle (both personally and professionally) to adapt parallel with humanity’s advancement into modernity.

  • The Ending Near The Beginning

 

BBronx

After 800 rather-boring-years of being trapped in a suspension of time (it felt like, and it was, biologically, 10 years to him), this petite son of a shaman was brought over to Brookham as a ‘business opportunity’ with his fellow Jotunn. He currently is a full-time personal assistant, bodyguard and enthusiastic cat-lover, spending insomniac nights dabbling with useless, and a lot of times, very useful, encyclopedic knowledge. He also happens to be the only person able to tolerate Grimsley nearly 24/7, and his laid-back attitude provides a welcome contrast to the detective’s swinging moods.

  • The Frozen Hourglass

The World in Deeper Inspection | Ilias Ilias

A worldly bookseller by profession, an ephemeral nomad by habit, and a lovely singer by heart.

  • The Bitter and The Sweet

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Mehmed Zeynel Abidin deCordoba (Efraimoğlu)

Hospitable and warm, welcoming to both Nightcrawlers and Daydwellers, Zeynel doesn’t appear to show any signs of the terrible curse that has befallen on him forcefully, some 200 years ago: that is, the curse of vampirism. Still he has managed to make the best out of his situation, even gaining the trust and respect of the Ministry, and becoming the heart of Brookham Night. He organises the Night Market (a weekly bazaar selling all manner of delightfully spooky things), and his beloved Messenger Rats and Ravens run Brookham Night’s postal system. His prestige makes him an important contact for Grimsley’s investigations, as well as a source for great conversation and tea.

The World in Deeper Inspection | Catherine WicketCatherine Wicket

Catherine is a happy-go-lucky, unabashedly optimistic girl with a flair for Death. Her existence as a banshee means dying is never separated from the living, and she can tell when one is too close to the other. At the moment she is on the run from home, in the guise of wanderlust for Paris, while in possession of a power in which she has forgotten. She will soon find her answer – of belonging and identity – in the kindness of her friends from the quiet little town of Brookham.

  • A Pocketful of Posies

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Nikolas the Ex-Stonemason

The Italian stonemason’s masterpiece is now the Italian stonemason himself. Bad accident involving jealousy and rooftops, but he fits pretty well in Night. He owes Grims a lifelong of favours he has no choice but to oblige.

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Agnes Potts

Brookham Night’s official tailor and seamstress. With her two pairs of arms and two pairs of spidery legs, she makes the nicest clothes for the permanent residents of Night. Everything is custom-made, and everything is original! She has a very ambitious need to make very ambitious clothing; something that she enjoys with Nightcrawlers that she doesn’t get from Daydwellers.

Convoy

Everyone sort of tolerates Convoy, but Grimsley doesn’t. He tries his best, and he really admires the detective – to the point of wanting to be with him constantly. This attention-seeking can get Grimsley into all sorts of trouble, but in the end Convoy is nothing more than a good boy.