Marcel Mouchot Laroche
Marcel is the current leader of the Church of the Dream of Stars, after the sudden retirement of his Aunt, Zora Mouchot. Zora (as you all no doubt remember) perfected the solar globe technology used in Widget Ridge.
He is a distant relative of Augustine Mouchot. Before his promotion, Marcel had been the chief instructor for the church's engineering school as well as the Chief Strategist and Shadow City Defender (serving as City Defender when his Church is chosen to fill that role).
Marcel is a generally well-liked man, though his role in the church often involves injecting a healthy dose of reality into the ideas of his most energetic students. Marcel intends to run for the office of Mayor of Widget Ridge at the next election. Marcel's Beloved Widget also serves as his portable toolbox. A giant spark-powered bunny called Hastur.
Victoria is an accomplished astronomer in the Church of the Dream of Stars. She is also an instructor in the church, and has a passion for teaching the Advanced Volatile Liquids class.
She is descended from the city's first astronomers, Alexander Grimard and Moira Payne. The twin moons of Cayamar were named Grimard and Payne after them, despite the moons already having names for several thousand years.
Victoria is sometimes known as "Sir Victoria", since she is also the current Knight-Captain for the Church of the Dream of Stars. She was nominated because of her more violent...err...energetic tendencies. While Victoria has no real interest in being City Defender, she quite likes the honorific and insists that people use it.
Victoria's Beloved Widget is her clockwork goose, Couscous. There is a story behind the name, but if you ask Victoria to tell it, be prepared for around six minutes of unhinged laughter.
Bryan Witte Hume
Bryan is the current Lead Instructor for the Church of the Dream of Stars, being gifted the position from his friend Marcel Mouchot Laroche. Bryan is descended from Charles Witte and Mary Masters Hume (herself descended from Australian explorer Hamilton Hume).
Mary Masters-Hume came up with the educational framework for the three churches, and served as the first Lead Instructor for the Dream of Stars. Bryan continues that legacy. He is passionate about education, and strives to push his students. Bryan was a pioneer of holograph-based technology, and uses it as a teaching device. His research into digital storage methods led to the creation of the Bibliocopia, a large holograph generator that he uses as a reference when teaching.
William Willard Aless
Also known as “The Fixer”, “The Wanderer”, and “The Most Annoying Person in Widget Ridge”, William is an amiable chap and an excellent engineer. He loves to wander around fixing things, whether they be problems or machines. He often does so without asking permission first, but he does not care. He’s helping!
Sir Jules Alabaster spent most of his formative years on the seas of Cayamar, helping establish trade routes with nearby colonies that weren't afraid of machines. Upon his return, he served as Shadow City Defender for seven years before taking the position of instructor at the Church of the Flying Cog. Jules is always wearing his Fire Gauntlet, which he finds an effective tool for getting the attention of rowdy teenage students. Jules was instrumental in training Martine Covington-White in sword combat and horse riding, and occasionally helps her on her investigations. Jules has recently commissioned the Sword of Clan Alabaster, which is intended to be a family heirloom.
A mysterious visitor to Widget Ridge has been seen wandering the streets at night, mostly around the Sydney District and Ward Street. He seems to be wearing armor under his clothes, and carrying a hand weapon of some sort that he will occasionally fire into the air, seemingly at random. He has sometimes been overheard speaking to himself, and has been dubbed XL Sora by those brave enough to get close to him.
He is often accompanied by a small robot corgi. We are as confused as you are.
The legend of Nikobi Rose is an old one. A thief that steals new technology and leaves copies of the blueprints for anyone to find. Nikobi Rose came under notice over 80 years ago when the newest
mecha-corset design was stolen from Lady Michaela Ward's workshop, only to show up in the marketplace the next day. In modern times, a figure can sometimes be seen climbing buildings and swinging from grappling hooks. This can't be the same Nikobi Rose, and yet...
The Vicksworth Family control the volcano mines in Widget Ridge, and Casey is the defacto leader (since he's the only one willing to talk to people despite hating everything about talking to people). Casey has been investigating a wild conspiracy theory concerning the nature of Spark, and often runs afoul of the Knight-Captain.
A distant relative of the first mayor of Widget Ridge, Martine is the current City Defender, and the head of the Order of the Flying Cog. She doesn't consider herself an engineer, having not studied at all since graduating. Instead, Martine taught herself more useful skills such as sword combat, military tactics, and investigation procedures. Martine has managed to strike up a friendship with the mysterious Amelia Pettengill, whom she protects as though they were family. Martine does not like Casey Vicksworth, but then again nobody really does.