Character Profile: Prince Noss Jua-mata

Consort to Princess Arjana and father of her sacred cubs, Prince of the Four Winds and of the Jua-mata; Noss holds many titles, including the dubious honour of ‘Chakaa’. Uniquely he is both an infallible hyena prince and a ‘mad’ Chakaa – an impossible square to circle.

However, as both a Chakaa and Prince of the most prominent hyena tribe, the Jua-mata, Noss made an ideal candidate for the ‘hyena integration programme’, whereby noble hyenas of consequence would be exposed to Lupan society, educated in their ways, and returned to the tribes to spread the word of Lupan munificence, hopefully diffusing tensions. Chakaa are the equivalent of wolfen Howlers, able to wield the power of imperium, and thus Noss was enrolled in a Howler Academy under the careful tutelage of Rufus Valerio. For many years Noss fought as a Howler, specifically under the much rarer Watcher branch, his knowledge of the wilds proving invaluable for policing the walls of Lupa and the wild hinterlands. He spent his days battling giant centipedes and arresting imperium traffickers; his nights about town with Rufus, Ivan and other famous Howlers. These good friends and others he endowed with Lupan versions of honourary hyena-names, Red-mist, Blade-dancer and such, names that meant something to a hyena.

As the years passed Noss grew disillusioned with Lupa; disgusted by its ways, the crime, the filth, the dishonesty and corruption. Worse, his people still lived in bondage. The integration programme had done little to bring wolf and hyena together and thus the tribes suffered still, and there was nothing Noss nor even Rufus could do about it. So one morning the prince simply abandoned his post and melted back into the tribes, losing himself in the arms of a beautiful noble hyeness and starting a family. He had given up on politics, on trying to set an example. As a mad Chakaa he would live for himself and his first love now, whilst he still had mind and body enough to take such a lucid decision.

For his family’s future Noss has concocted a wild plan. But… is it his plan, or someone else’s? Is it even a good one? Will he remain a pawn in the games of others, or will he at last recognise himself as a prince amongst beasts and take control?


Name: Noss of the Jua-mata

Race: Spotted hyena

Age: Mid twenties.

Occupation: Prince of the Jua-mata (they have no kings)

Hobbies: He is versed in all the disciplines an educated prince should be, and more

Relations: Arjana (wife); Zuma and Anjali (cubs); Rufus (teacher and friend); Nurka, Themba and Madou (pupils)


Character Profile: Adal Weiss

Adal Weiss is the head of ALPHA, a pseudo pack/wolfen police force set up after the last Howler War. ALPHA’s remit, and therefore Adal’s, is to curb the corrupt excesses of the oligarchical Howlers that rule the metropolis of Lupa.

ALPHA ‘Prefects’ are able to arrest, interview and bring charges against any Howler below the rank of Den Father. However, owing to the nuisance Adal Weiss and his ‘black-cloaked bullies’ make of themselves in the pursuit of justice, most wolves of rank are already whispering that perhaps ALPHA’s inception was a bad idea.

Having suffered great personal losses during the war and almost dying himself several times, Adal takes his job as Lupa’s conscience completely seriously. A reserved, stoical, highly disciplined wolf who does not drink or smoulder, Adal appears a horrendous bore at a distance. Worse, he’s lately begun styling himself as ‘the Alpha’, like some wolfen dictator of old!

Has it all gone to his head? Some say so, yet most beasts come away from their first meeting with ‘the Alpha’ shocked at how amiable and approachable he is, often struggling to shake off his charismatic spell. He’s rather short, they say, and yet he fills the room with his dry wit and easy charm. When he takes you by the shoulder and locks you with his ice-blue eyes he makes you feel, for a moment, the most important beast in the world.


Name: Adal Weiss

Race: Wolf

Age: The ‘war generation’ like so many wolves of consequence

Occupation: Grand Prefect

Hobbies: A surprising many

Relations: Horst, Nikita and Duncan, all old comrades from the war.

Character Profile: Vladimir Oromov

Vladimir Oromov is a Bloodfang of Grand Howler rank. His past is a mystery to most, but he has clearly been around the block enough times to know how Lupa works.

A distinguished-looking, highly intelligent wolf, Vladimir is an expert mover in Howler circles; always watching, forever waiting, knowing when to speak out and when to remain silent, even going so far as to habitually dampen his corona and meld into the background. Thus, despite being tall and obvious at any gathering, he is often overlooked, dismissed by Elder Amael as a weakling pen-pusher who at best runs his department efficiently. His subordinates, however, remember him well-enough, mostly for his tall demands and short temper. Vladimir is not above clouting wayward Howlers round the back of the head or twisting an ear when he loses his cool, or feels challenged, or betrayed, especially by those he has guided and nourished. Whether Vladimir realises it or not, or downplays the matter or not, he is a classic ‘alpha’ wolf.

The question is, after stumbling across the plot of the century, can Vladimir sail the choppy waters of Lupan politics and see himself, his wolves and perhaps the entire Republic Lupa safe, or will they all be dashed upon the rocks?

Name: Vladimir Oromov

Race: Steppes wolf

Age: Early thirties, but nobody really knows

Occupation: Grand Howler

Hobbies: Botany, imperiology, and almost everything else

Relations: Would rather not say


IMPERIUM LUPI the novel. By Adam Browne.

Character Profile: Monty Buttle

Montague Buttle is a dapper ginger cat from Felicia, the feline capital across the Teich. Though not royalty he once hobnobbed with the best of them and even managed to steal the heart of the Queen’s very capable and much-loved cousin, Penelope.

Monty and Penny married against the will of most family members concerned, including the Queen, which is one of the factors that led to the couple’s social ostracism, the other being their ‘great ambition’.

As to this great ambition, well, that I must leave to the book.


Name: Montague (Monty) Buttle

Race: Cat

Age: Life in me yet!

Occupation: Inventor and entrepreneur

Hobbies: Fast cars, travelling the globe

Relations: Penny (wife); Rufus (friend); Linus (friend)


IMPERIUM LUPI the novel. By Adam Browne.

Character Profile: Nurka Jua-mata

Nurka Jua-mata is a Chakaa; a hyena cursed by Mother Erde to wield imperium and thus suffer its trials. Raised beside his Chakaa brothers Themba and Madou by the great Prince Noss, Nurka naturally took the lead amongst the three students. He is something of a prodigy, extremely intelligent and accomplished in many disciplines, yet as physically imposing as any Chakaa, with many a swooning hyena claiming he’s very handsome to boot.

So far as ALPHA intelligence can ascertain, Nurka is one of the ringleaders of THORN, the hyena resistance movement who claim to fight for their people’s freedom and right of the tribes to roam the continent as nomads again.

To this professed end, Nurka and his comrades have disrupted Lupan supply lines and stolen valuable imperium for some time. It now appears they are almost ready to strike. When and where and how remain a mystery, and it’s a race against time for the Howlers and Prefects of Lupa to figure out the plot and bring Nurka down.


Name: Nurka of the Jua-mata

Race: Hyena

Age: “Old enough….”

Occupation: Leader of THORN?

Hobbies: Reading, calligraphy, imperiology

Relations: Noss (Prince, teacher and brother Chakaa); Themba (brother Chakaa); Madou (brother Chakaa).

Character Profile: Tristan Donskoy

Tristan Donskoy hails from the Eisbrands, those shining knights of Lupa. He is one of the strongest Howlers around and wields an enormous Zweipfoten claymore to great effect; he’s also a handsome wolf, his striking duotone eyes searing their way into even a passing beast’s memory.

Tristan’s star is rising, recognised and patronised as he is by Den Father Thorvald Strom, who looks upon this talented youth fondly. Sometimes the patronage of a Den Father can be a destructive force, leading to shame and dishonour, but Thorvald is a wolf of unquestioned integrity and thus Tristan has only benefited.

Yet all is not well in the world of Tristan. Like most Howlers he was faced with an impossible choice; serve a pack and receive one’s medicine, or else rot. Unlike most Howlers Tristan has not yet come to terms with the loss his freedom, his dreams, even his chances at love. It galls him no end that sweet Sara Hummel cannot see past his Howler mantle, which she despises.

Tristan grew up with Meryl Stroud in the free-thinking coastal town of New Tharona and they remain loosely acquainted. Meryl, something of a radical thinker, was comfortable joining ALPHA when the chance arose, but Tristan senses a new danger in that organisation. The corrupt Republic isn’t perfect, but he believes ALPHA’s enforced homogeny and disturbing personality-cult in the form of ‘The Alpha’ is not the answer.


Name: Tristan Donskoy

Race: Wolf

Age: 20

Occupation: Howler

Hobbies: Gave up on them long ago

Relations: Ivan (cousin); Sara (best friend); Thorvald (patron); Meryl (old friend)

Character Profile: Madou Jua-mata

Madou Jua-mata is a hyena, and not just any hyena, but a Chakaa, the hyena equivalent of the wolfen Howlers. Taught to fight and wield imperium by the great Prince Noss himself, young Madou is stronger and wiser than a hyena his age should be, and brave to a fault too.

Like most hyenas on the Lupine Continent, Madou strains under the crushing thumb of the all-conquering wolfkind. Unlike most hyenas he’s determined to do something about it. To this end he stands with Nurka and Themba as they fight to free their people from the yoke of wolfen oppression. But just how far are they willing to go?


Name: Madou of the Jua-mata

Race: Hyena

Age: 16-17

Occupation: Member of THORN

Hobbies: ???

Relations: Nurka (chief and brother Chakaa); Themba (brother Chakaa).

IMPERIUM LUPI the novel. By Adam Browne.

Character Profile: Sara Hummel

Sara Hummel comes from Everdor, that breadbasket of the Lupine Continent, and as such sports the black coat and honey-yellow eyes typical of wolves from that green and wild country. She is rather small and self-conscious of it, but what Sara lacks in physical clout she makes up for in wit and determination. It’s a foolish beast indeed who crosses her.

Though she despises Lupa’s pollution and crime, not to mention its oligarchic Howler regime, Sara braved the city to gain an education at the prestigious Arkady University, studying under the famous Professor Heath and even coming to know that legendary Howler, Rufus Valerio. Sara is Heath’s star pupil, perhaps partly because, as an Everdorian wolf, she is accustomed to dealing with the giant bugs that roam the wilder regions of Erde. Bees are her favourite, but she respects all Erde’s creatures.

Despite boasting many scientifically-minded and illustrious peers in her circle, the one beast Sara holds above all others is her best friend Bruno, a kind, funny, if slightly daft fry-cook she met by sheer chance. Despite Bruno often moving house, he and Sara have kept in touch and they meet whenever they can, often going to the pictures or walking by the river, discussing life and the future.

Then one evening Bruno fails to turn up for a night out and Sara fears that the rapacious City of Lupa has claimed another victim. What has happened? What can she do? To whom can she turn?

Name: Sara Hummel

Race: Wolf

Age: 17

Occupation: Student at Arkady University

Hobbies: Bee-keeping, bugs, moving pictures, art

Relations: Cora (mother); Bruno (best friend); Olivia (schoolmate); Tristan (friend)


IMPERIUM LUPI the novel. By Adam Browne.

Character Profile: Meryl Stroud

Meryl Stroud hails from Eisbrand Territory, though she is not a Howler herself, nor is she in any way attached to the Eisbrand pack. She grew up in the care of her aunt on the Graumeer coast, living amongst rowdy otters, salty water rats and other seafaring beasts, the war and other troubles largely passing her by. Even so, or perhaps because of this, she blossomed into a caring, gentle wolfess, albeit no fool.

Once of age she travelled to Lupa, attending Arkady University with a mind to study imperiology and biology. Whilst there under the eternal cloud of Lupa’s pollution, the so-called Ashfall, she watched her afflicted childhood friend Tristan Donskoy rapidly deteriorate, until he had no choice but to join a pack to survive, abandoning his academic dreams to instead walk the streets in the ferocious guise of a Howler. It was then that Meryl decided she should try to find some remedy for the deadly affliction that has claimed so many lives and dreams, past and present.

Unable to secure a research grant at Arkady, the freshly graduated Meryl was lucky enough to find employment under her old tutor Josef Grau, then lingering in Bloodfang Territory. Knowing Josef to be a cat of great scientific ability, Meryl now hopes that between them some progress might be made on the cutting edge of imperiology.

Then one night a new and most remarkable patient lands on Meryl’s operating table. She agrees to help Josef save this young wolf’s life, but at what cost to him and to her conscience?


Name: Meryl Stroud

Race: Wolf

Age: 18

Occupation: Nurse

Hobbies: Gardening

Relations: Rafe (her patient); Josef Grau (mentor); Tristan (best friend)

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