by Hill/Levin

With Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box arriving this month, a preparation of sorts was in order. We went straight to the source, creative team <a href=>Rob Levin</a> and Bryan Edward Hill, who gave us this handy rundown of the characters at the heart of Pandora’s Box.

Michael “Finn” Finnegan - Ex-gun runner Michael Finnegan grew up on the coldest side of Northern Ireland, learning from a young age that surviving meant combining violence, luck and charm into a way of life. Unaware of the legend of the Witchblade, Finn was hired to follow Sara Pezzini by Jackie Estcado a.k.a The Darkness. Finn quickly found himself in a new world of magic and terror when The Curator gave him the Glacier Stone...and made him the person responsible for serving its legacy in our time. After a violent confrontation with Glorianna Silver, Finnegan now struggles with the power of the Glacier Stone, half curious about its potential -- half resentful that his life was turned upside down because of it.

Glorianna “Glori” Silver - At seven years old, Glorianna Silver was orphaned when marauders invaded her poor Norwegian farmhouse. Just when it appeared she would be another statistic of poverty, she was found by Wulfgar Olafsson.  On her eighth birthday, she was given a new purpose: Wulfgar told her it was her destiny to bear the power of the Ember Stone. Since that day, Wulfgar has trained Glori in everything from the highest-level academics to the most brutal fighting arts. Upon finding the Ember Stone, Glori claimed her legacy and set off to fulfill taking the Glacier Stone, uniting the trinity and using its power to remake the world according to her vision. Now Glori commands a multi-million dollar empire given to her by Wulfgar’s lineage. She has charities. Political contacts. Global influence...but she doesn’t have the Glacier Stone, and that’s where her obsession lies.

Wulfgar Olafsson - The Olafsson family line has existed for one purpose: to find and train the bearers of the Ember Stone. Stretching back to the dark ages, they have cultured a multi-million dollar fortune. In the modern day, Wulfgar is the patriarch of the Olafsson’s estate. Wulfgar created the Sons of Ember, a group dedicated to protecting the Olafsson Empire and the bearer of the Ember Stone, Wulfgar’s adopted daughter, Glorianna Silver. A lifetime student of history, literature and philosophy, Wulfgar has been Glori’s teacher, mentor, trainer and protector. Now that Glori possesses the Ember Stone, it is through Wulfgar’s counsel that Glori wages her war to unite the Broken Trinity.

Kenshin Kawakami - Kenshin is a former Japanese military man, but he never talks about it.  Something bad happened when he was in the service.  He bears the weight of this at all times.  He’s burdened by his past because he’s lived, seen, and endured terrible things.  He’s even a done some of them himself.

After leaving the military, Kenshin retired to a hillside dojo where he teaches philosophy and sword fighting in the same manner as his ancestor, Miyamoto Musashi.  At some point in his past, Kenshin wielded the Blood Sword, one of the 13 Artifacts.  It’s unclear how or why he gave it up, but the Curator trusts him enough to send Finnegan to study with Kenshin and learn about the Blood Sword and the rest of the Artifacts.

Elias Legion - Elias is the charismatic prophet of the Disciples of Adam.  Born in the Middle East but educated (socially and intellectually) in Europe.  He’s not a “warrior;” he’s a leader.  A man of tradition.  Purpose.  He is constantly moving forward.     

His followers refer to him as ‘Teacher Elias,’ and he is the only one known to have communicated with Disciple leader Adam.  Elias believes in Adam’s wisdom and teachings above all else, and he would bring the world to its knees, even destroy it, if it accomplishes his goals.  He’s a zealot, and that’s what makes him so dangerous.

Alina Enstrom - Elias’ personal bodyguard/assassin and second-in-command.  Born in a small town but raised in a big city, she’s a woman in a man’s game (violence), so she has precious little time for bullshit.  She is, in all things, efficient.  

Alina is the daughter of Pavel Enstrom, a black market weapons manufacturer whose wife was murdered.  He eventually found the Disciples and believed in Adam’s cause, indoctrinating Alina at a young age.  She is the perfect weapon, unencumbered by a conscience because she believes that what she’s doing is for a higher purpose.

The Disciples of Adam - Unlike most dangerous cults, the Disciples aren’t just armed; they’re highly trained and well-funded.  The followers Elias has assembled may as well be an elite special ops taskforce, not religious followers.  They come from all nations and many walks of life, though most have military or private security backgrounds, and were found by Elias when they fell from the grace of their nations or their loved ones.  

Their goal is to bring about the dawn of the New Eden, cleansing the world and starting again without the mistakes of the past.  They believe themselves to be both pure and righteous, and the rest of the world to be sinners.  Every disciple bears the Mark of Adam—a runic symbol tattooed or branded into his or her flesh, usually on the right palm.  Some have added additional marks as a sign of loyalty.

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