This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in Every Inch a King. These characters play, at best, a peripheral role in the novel. While they were usually given a name, some weren't. Most were simply mentioned or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that did not impact the plot, and never appeared again.
Hans Eliphalet Andersen
Hans Eliphalet Andersen was a popular author of stories which involved frightening-looking witches.
Hans Eliphalet Andersen is based on Hans Christian Andersen.
Cark was one of the owners of Dooger and Cark's Traveling Emporium of Marvels. He was from one of the wilder provinces of the Dual Monarchy. His native tongue was one which no other person in the circus could speak.
An Albionese man named Chambers invented a special kind of thundermug, and got his name permanently attached to it in the public consciousness. Chambers pots were popular from Caledonia to Vyzance and beyond.
Dooger was one of the owners of Dooger and Cark's Traveling Emporium of Marvels. He was a dour man who never smiled. He could speak every language in the world, but gave each one the same weird accent.
Old Forkbeard was a nickname of the Grand High Admiral of Schlepsig. Despite commanding scores of ships of the line and frigates, he was not in the habit of fancy dress-uniform displays.
The Grim Brethren wrote popular stories which involved frightening-looking witches.
The Grim Brethren are based on the Brothers Grimm.
Gull and sandpiper
As Otto of Schlepsig and Max of Witte prepared to embark on Hysni's fishing boat from Shqiperi across the Tiberian Sea to Torino, Otto heard a gull talk to a sandpiper. It was because he had ingested dragon blood a few days earlier that he was able to understand their speech. The gull told the sandpiper that he had seen a funny thing, and when the sandpiper asked, the gull clarified that it was a human with two heads. Otto was warned by this intelligence that his old nemeses Jose-Diego was following him.
Gunther was the owner of the Circus of Dr. Ola. Although not a doctor as his stage name claimed, he was a good man, and a good boss, in the eyes of Otto of Schlepsig, who signed on with him as an acrobat.
Papa Ioannakis was a Lokrian priest who led resistance to the occupying Hassocki, and was martyred. He remained a hero to succeeding generations of Lokrians.
Käthe of Schlepsig
Käthe was a crossbow sharpshooter in the Circus of Dr. Ola. She was possibly the most precise shooter in the world. Once, she had even shot a lit cigar out of the mouth of the King of Schlepsig. She met Otto of Schlepsig after he returned from his short reign as king of Shqiperi. They were married and had a son and two daughters.
Käthe's accomplishment is based on an apocryphal story about Annie Oakley shooting a lit cigar out of the mouth of the future Kaiser Wilhelm II. However, to be a full Oakley analog, Käthe would have to be from Vespucciland.
A vampire from Lokris booked passage on the Gamemeno. One night, he attempted to prey on fellow passengers Otto of Schlepsig and Max of Witte. As he could not enter their room without an invitation, he used psychic powers to overcome this obstacle. The two men complied with his demand. The vampire entered the room, only to be overcome by the smell of the garlic which the two men had consumed on their mutton. The vampire fled. Otto and Max put some silver coins in the doorframe, as this metal was likely almost as toxic to vampires as it was to werewolves.
The next morning, Captain Tasos confirmed that the vampire had paid his fare in gold. Otto and Max convinced Tasos to chain the vampire's coffin up for the duration of the voyage, so he wouldn't suck the blood out of other passengers. Tasos agreed, and had members of his crew perform a warding spell on the coffin, and place roses and garlic on it.
The matter became irrelevant when the ship was attacked by a sea serpent. The serpent seized the coffin and swallowed it whole - vampire, chains, roses, garlic, and all.
Otho was an Emperor of the Aenean Empire. He attempted to build a canal across Lokris, but gave up on it before long.
Otho also tried his hand at being a sprinter, a boxer, and a god. He also notoriously loved his mother.
Otho is broadly based on Nero, but shares a name with Nero's indirect sucessor as Emperor.
Petru the Piercer
Petru the Piercer may be an analog of Vlad the Impaler.
Rita was a trapeze artist in the Circus of Dr. Ola. Although she was two feet shorter than the sword swallower Max of Witte, they were otherwise perfect for each other and fell madly in love.
Shenkolle was a woman of Shqiperi, convicted of witchcraft. She was an ugly being, straight out of stories by Hans Eliphalet Andersen or the Grim Brethren, yet had a beautiful, seductive voice. Otto of Schlepsig, acting as King of Shqiperi, allowed her to appeal her sentence to him. Otto and his aide de camp Max of Witte, found her voice nearly irresistible. However, the king's court magician Zogu was immune to her wiles. Zogu pointed out that Shenkolle had buried a cache of Vespucciland shekels in her garden. Finally, Zogu used a truth spell to get her to confess the truth. The king allowed Shenkolle to make restitution to people she had harmed, but warned that if she returned to her wicked ways, she would likely be executed.
A six-inch troll laid claim to the "bridge" which Otto of Schlepsig made by throwing a tightrope across a gorge in Shqiperi, on his way to the coast after the fall of his kingdom. Otto was not afraid of being eaten by the troll, but was afraid that it would bite his toes and make him fall off the rope. Otto shook the troll off the rope and into the chasm, and sent Max of Witte on ahead of him. When it came Otto's turn to try crossing again, the troll was back on the "bridge". Remembering a story about goats, Otto told the troll that someone much larger and juicier and tastier was coming next. The troll believed this and let Otto pass. Otto had no idea whether the troll was still guarding the "bridge" years later.
After encountering one bridge-guarding troll during their flight out of Shqiperi, Otto of Schlepsig and Max of Witte encountered another troll guarding a rickety wooden bridge. Unlike the first troll, this one was enormous, nearly seven feet tall. Max challenged the troll to prove how tough he was, by taking out his sword and swallowing it as he did in Dooger and Cark's Traveling Emporium of Marvels. The troll took the challenge and followed suit. Not having circus training, he cut his throat from the inside out. Otto lamented that Max would now not be able to claim to be the first person to kill himself that way, should a similar accident ever happen. Max would not swallow this sword again until it was thoroughly washed.
Unnamed Crown Prince of the Dual Monarchy
The Prince is based on Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.
Unnamed Princess of the Dual Monarchy
The Princess is based on Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.
Unnamed Vlach Werewolf
The lycanthropic assassin is based on Gavrilo Princip.
Wilhelm the Weed
Wilhelm the Weed was a Schlepsigian prince who was chosen by the eastern Powers to be king of Shqiperi. Unlike his predecessor, Otto of Schlepsig, Wilhelm was the royalty which he claimed to be. However, he was a weaker administrator than Otto, and unable to control Governor Essad Pasha. Wilhelm gave up the throne of Shqiperi during the War of the Kingdoms.
Wilhelm the Weed is based on historical figure Wilhelm zu Wied.
- Every Inch a King, pg. 230, TPB.
- Ibid., pg. 143, TPB.
- Ibid., TPB, pg. 43.
- Ibid., pg. 230, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 279-280, TPB.
- Ibid., TPB, pgs. 288-289.
- Ibid., TPB, pgs. 54-55.
- Ibid., TPB, pgs. 288-289.
- Ibid., pgs. 78-80, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 80-83, TPB.
- Ibid., pg. 88, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 71-72, TPB.
- Ibid., pg. 79, TPB.
- Ibid., pg. 290, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 230-232, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 272-274, TPB.
- Ibid., pgs. 275-276, TPB.
- Ibid., TPB, pg. 291.
- Ibid., TPB, pg. 291.
- Ibid., TPB, pg. 291.
- Ibid., TPB, pgs. 291, 293