This is my first sketch of the Burnt Ones, Ned’s army of evil doers. Without revealing too much, they are much more than they seem at first glance. Oddly enough, they always have a bit of a burnt smell to them as well.
They have a grudge against Joseph Zadkiel, one he doesn’t remember. Nonetheless, they will have their revenge as their master, Ned, has his way with Joe’s love, Alessandra. You can find out what happens in my novel Souls Triumphant.
These characters and sketches were originally conceived for a short story back in my creative writing class at Illinois State University. The above notes are from the 1998 journal I used in the class to flesh out ideas.