Æschild: our main character. SCAdian, persona 11th-century Anglo-Saxon. She is given a ring which takes her to her persona’s time. The MBTI, which I’ve found handy for helping characters with consistency, has her as ENFP. She’s curious, outgoing, and adventurous, and was the kind of kid who sat in the wardrobe at home, purposely shutting herself inside it, so unlike a lot of characters in time- or world-travel books, upon finding herself in a different time and place, her first thought isn’t immediately how to get back.
Richard, MKA Richard: A friend of Æschild’s who is accidentally sent to his persona’s time. He’s mostly in the SCA for the fighting, and when he ends up in a place where there’s really not that much fighting to be done, he chafes a little, but adjusts pretty well overall. Upon returning he goes back to focusing on fighting within the SCA.
Æschere: one of the foremost men of the village. I don’t have that much more to say about him, because in the first draft he existed mainly as a motivation for something AEschild needed to do for the plot to work out (he was a mere Device), and in revisions I’m still working out changes and consistency and such. Introverted characters can be so hard to get to know sometimes (and I speak as one of them).
Ælflaed: a village woman about Æschild’s age, wife of Sigwulf, mother of Dudda, Ard, and Elfhild; family raises sheep. They take Æschild in when she turns up lost, and she lives with them.
Æschild also makes friends with a few other women, which helps her learn the sort of things she supposedly already knows (sometimes it’s hard to hide the fact that you’re really from the pampered twenty-first century), but these I think are the most major characters.
The major settings of the story are three: a bardic circle at Pennsic War, where the story opens; the house Æschild lives in in the modern world; and a piece of land in Westmoreland, near the border of Cumberland, a little south of what’s now known as the Lake District. It’s hilly, almost mountainous, with lots of small rivers and ponds and clumps of trees, with more trees in the river valleys. It also has a lot of fields, though they’re not nearly as big as modern ones, and dry-stone walls or hedges separate them. Being England, it’s often (though not always) cloudy, and the winters are warmer and rainier than Minnesota’s. Anglo-Saxon culture had two seasons, not four, summer and winter. So the song “Summer Is I-Cumen In” doesn’t refer to a point in June or July, but April or May.
Also, quite unrelated, today I finished writing about the SCA event my sister and I went to last Saturday, the Stellar University of Northshield. Is anyone interested in reading about it?