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Characters from the novel series by Scott Westerfeld:


The Central powers. Use machinery.

His Serene Highness Prince Aleksandar Von Hohenburg

Wildcount Ernst Volger

Otto Klopp

Alek's mechaniks and Walker-piloting tutor.

Corporal Hans Bauer

A Stormwalker gunner who joins Alek's group after the assassination of his father.

  • Conveniently an Orphan: Bauer believes he was chosen for the mission because he had no family, which would make it easier for him to undertake a mission that would cause him to be labeled a traitor.


An engineer who helps Alek escape Austria-Hungary.



Revolutionary leader of the CUP (Committee for Union and Progress).

Nikola Tesla

A brilliant scientist and creator of Goliath, the world's first Weapon of Mass Destruction.

  • Badass Boast: About the capabilities of his Goliath superweapon; it caused The Tunguska Event. It later comes out that this was untrue. Tesla kept the remains of the meteorite in his luggage to hide this fact.
  • Big Eater: He likes ordering lavish multi-course meals.
  • Mad Scientist: It's agreed by everyone that he's bonkers. Barlow wonders later if he might have genuinely believed Goliath would work.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The plans for his Death Ray bear fruit in this story. Though he's not evil, it does make him extremely dangerous. He does eventually decide to use it on Berlin, but Alek kills him and it comes out that it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.
  • Peace Through Superior Firepower: What he believes Goliath will bring.


The Entente powers. Use genetically modified animals.

Midshipman Deryn Sharp

Doctor Nora Barlow

  • Beta Couple: With Volger, apparently.
  • Dashingly Dapper Derby: Justified, as she's a boffin. The boffins wear bowlers.
  • Dull Surprise Deliberately; it's useful for a diplomat to appear in control when there are shocking developments. She admits that her ability to maintain it is quite strained when Deryn reveals her gender.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Nora Barlow really lived, and she was a noteworthy scientist, just... not like this.
  • Lady of Adventure: Although she's a non-combatant, her participation is crucial; she accompanies and assists the Leviathan through its many adventures.
  • The Professor: She's not a Mad Scientist, but she is an expert biologist and genetic engineer, not to mention multilingual and a trained diplomat.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
    "Nascient Fixation sounded vaguely sinister, even if it was something baby ducks did."
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: She's the Head of the London Zoo, which seems to give her diplomatic authority and her suggestions have force with Captain Hobbes—Deryn finds it all quite puzzling until Barlow points out that being a "zookeeper" in a Darwinist society means a lot more than finding room for a tiger habitat.

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