a mysterious traveller, direct
descendant from the Askar folk, who is loyal to
the Webster sisters. Ursula calls on him to help
in their hour of need.
American GI from World War II who is unknowingly
caught up in the Webster sisters' business.
the ancient civilisation
amongst whom the Webster sisters once lived as
strange ghost hunter who keeps a constant vigil
on the Wyrd Museum and whose dearest wish is to
get inside its doors.
a powerful demon from the
darkness of time, sometimes called Beli Ya'al,
now imprisoned within The Separate Collection.
middle Webster sister, known as Skuld in her youth.
As one of the Fates, it was her role to weave
the cloth which shaped the destiny of the world.
bird-woman effigy through which Woden recruits
and controls the Valkyrie.
eight year old girl who lost her mortal family
in the Blitz. She was plucked out of the past
by Ursula Webster to be a daughter to the three
Giants: the Lords
of Ice and Dark who once ruled the land and kept
it in perpetual turmoil.
place of pilgrimage in Somerset,
also known in olden times as Ynnis Witrin and
the Isle of Apples.
Evans: a young
woman from World War II whose fate is entangled
with that of Angelo Signorelli.
of Destiny: the
instrument that shapes the fate of mankind, carved
from a bough cut from the World Tree.
Chapman: 11 year
old boy who comes to live at the Wyrd Museum when
his father, Brian, takes on the job of caretaker.
Little does he know that Ursula Webster has chosen
him to help her find and bring back Edie Dorkins
out of the past.
the last withering root
of the Yggdrasill, in the protection of the Websters.
Galloway: A devout
but misguided vicar who is used by Woden in his
plot to overthrow the sisters.
two servants of Woden,
named Thought and Memory; birds with the power
of human speech. When revived from the dead, Thought
returned to serve his master while Memory chose
to side with Neil and was given a new name - Quoth.
the source of the fountain
in the yard of the Wyrd Museum. Now dry, its divine
water once nourished Nirinel.
Collection, The: apparently
a collection of weird and wonderful historical
exhibits, but actually a stronghold for dangerous
and magical objects that could harm ordinary mortals
or be used for evil if they fell into the wrong
a battered teddy
bear and tortured soul who accompanies Neil into
the past on the orders of Ursula Webster, in exchange
for a chance to save the lives of those dear to
barmy old tramp who lives
in Glastonbury and believes in angels.
eldest of the Webster sisters, known as Urdr.
As one of the Fates, it was her role to cut the
thread of destiny when the time came. Now a fearsome
old lady, she dominates her two senile siblings
and anyone whom she meets.
the twelve servants
of Woden; ferocious bird-women who destroy all
who get in their way.
youngest Webster sister, known as Verdandi in
her youth and once the most beautiful. As one
of the Fates, it was her role to measure the thread
from which the cloth was woven on the loom of
know as the Fates, the Nornir, the Loom Maidens
and the Spinners of the Wood.
the Websters' deadliest
enemy, intent on their downfall, also known as
the Gallows God and the Allfather.
building in the East End of London, housing and
protecting the Webster Sisters and The Seperate
Collection. Its history stretches back to the
days of Askar's fall and its function as a building
alters as appropriate to the time. Past manifestations
include woodland shrine, leper hospital, plague
house, orphanage, workhouse and lunatic asylum.
also known as the World
Tree, a giant, magnificent ash that once nurtured
the world and connected heaven and earth.