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This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in A Different Flesh. These characters are identified by name, but play at best a peripheral role in the series. Most were simply mentioned once, or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that did not impact the plot, and never appeared again.

Frame storyEdit

Ernest SimpsonEdit

Ernest Simpson was the historian who wrote The Story of the Federated Commonwealths.


"Vilest Beast"Edit

Cecil CooperEdit

Cecil Cooper (born 1610) was the infant son of Allan Cooper.


"And So To Bed"Edit

Sir William HenryEdit

Sir William Henry was a member of the Rota Club. During a dinner at the Turk's Head, he noticed Samuel Pepys (pronounced peeps) eying an attractive serving girl. Sir William Henry exclaimed "See how Samuel peeps!", much to Pepys' chagrin.

Literary commentEdit

This person may be an obscure historical figure from the Pepys diary.

KateEdit

Kate was a young human serving girl at the Turk's Head in London in 1661. Samuel Pepys ogled her as she served his fellows of the Rota Club. Sir William Henry noticed, and made a pun, exclaiming: "See how Samuel peeps!"


"Around the Salt LickEdit

Lord EmersonEdit

Lord Emerson was the Royal Governor of Virginia. In 1691, Emerson chose Thomas Kenton to go on an expedition to the untamed western lands, passing over several younger and stronger but less experienced candidates. "Oh, aye, a youngster might travel faster and see a bit more," Emerson told Kenton, "but you're more likely to return and tell us of it."


"The Iron Elephant"Edit

Patrick BaileyEdit

Patrick Bailey (died 1782) was part of the crew of Richard Trevithick's Iron Elephant steam-engine. He participated in the race between the engine and Prem Chand's hairy elephant train.

Bailey was killed when the Iron Elephant derailed and fell into a trap dug by wild sims. The sims carried his body off, presumably to eat it.

CaesarEdit

Caesar was one of the two hairy elephants that pulled the train driven by Prem Chand. Prem Chand rode Caesar in the race against Richard Trevithick's Iron Elephant, and then used Caesar to rescue Trevithick from wild sims.

HannibalEdit

Hannibal was a hairy elephant in Prem Chand's train. Paul Tilak rode Hannibal.

One-eye JimEdit

One-eye Jim (d. 1782) was part of the crew of Richard Trevithick's Iron Elephant steam-engine. He participated in the race between the engine and Prem Chand's hairy elephant train.

One-eye Jim was killed when the Iron Elephant derailed and fell into a trap dug by wild sims. The sims carried his body off, presumably to eat it.


"Though the Heavens Fall"Edit

AdamsEdit

Adams, along with Westerbrook, was running for Censor of the Federated Commonwealths of America in 1804.

Literary commentEdit

This wiki previously identified this character as the historical figure John Adams, but has since decided that there is no evidence to support this hypothesis. He could be an analog similar to Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson in "The Iron Elephant".

Jason BrosEdit

Jason Bros ran a business in Portsmouth in 1804, catching runaway slaves. The sign on his cabin read "Jason Bros: Runaway sims and niggers catched," with a picture of a sim treed by hounds with improbably sharp teeth and red mouths. Jeremiah, a runaway black man, saw this sign and was frightened by it.[1]

Literary commentEdit

Due to the deliberately bad spelling, the correct reading of the sign may be the plural "Jason Brothers" rather than an individual named Jason Bros.

Jasper CarruthersEdit

Jasper Carruthers was a client for whom Alfred Douglas was drawing up a will. Douglas had fallen behind on the work.[2]

Margaret DouglasEdit

Margaret Douglas (died 1802) was the wife of Alfred Douglas. She died of swamp fever. After her death, the dwellings of her husband, a horrible housekeeper, remained messes until he hired Jeremiah Gillen to be his assistant.

Jane GillenEdit

Jane Gillen was the wife of Virginia plantation owner Charles Gillen. She was prone to being snappy with the house-slave, Jeremiah.

Sally GillenEdit

Sally Gillen was the daughter of Virginia planter Charles Gillen.

JoeEdit

Joe (died 1804) was a sim on the Virginia plantation of Charles Gillen. He died of lockjaw after he stepped on a thorn.

PickensEdit

Pickens was plantation owner and neighbor of Charles Gillen's. In 1804, Gillen loaned his slave Jeremiah to Pickens when his cook got sick. A few months later, diphtheria ravaged the sim populations of both Pickens and Gillen. Pickens himself was ill.

TomEdit

Tom (died 1804) was a sim on the plantation of Charles Gillen. Like many of his fellow sims, Tom was struck down by diphtheria in 1804.

WesterbrookEdit

Westerbrook, along with Adams, was a candidate for Censor of the Federated Commonwealths of America in 1804.


"Trapping Run"Edit

James CartwrightEdit

James Cartwright[3] was a trapper and drinking buddy of Henry Quick's. After Quick returned from the wilderness in 1815, Cartwright tried to convince Quick to tell him where Quick had stashed the load of furs he'd gathered on his last trip. Quick refused to tell him, because to do so would lead humans to the home of the sim band that saved Quick's life. Cartwright suggested that Quick give up the trapping business, and make advocating for sims' rights his new mission in life. Quick replied that this was a good idea, saying "Sims aren't animals, after all."

Sim-hunterEdit

A hunter sitting at the next table to Henry Quick and James Cartwright in a bar, raised his voice in agreement when Quick proclaimed "Sims aren't animals, after all." The hunter said that sims were much better sport for hunting than common beasts, and then proudly displayed a necklace made of sim ears. Quick very nearly strangled the man to death before four men pulled him off.

"Freedom"Edit

AbelEdit

Abel was the first sim to orbit the Earth in a space capsule. Six months after his success proved it was feasible, a human made the same trip.

BryanEdit

Bryan was one of the two censors of the Federated Commonwealths of America in 1988. He called for an investigation into how the local constabulary handled the pro-sims' rights riots that took place in Philadelphia in 1988, and was vetoed by Censor Jennings, which marked perhaps the greatest split between the two censors during their term.

Literary commentEdit

The names of the two censors are an allusion to William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), an American lawyer who championed certain issues quite fervently, and waged three unsuccessful campaigns for President of the United States.

ButlerEdit

Butler was a reporter with the Terminus Constitution. He called Dr. Peter Howard shortly after members of the sim justice movement freed Matt.

ColemanEdit

Coleman was a security officer at the Terminus Disease Research Center. He acted as a contact between the DRC and the local police.

DeeEdit

Dee was a member of the sims justice movement. She was a locksmith, a trade that came in handy when she helped free Matt from the Terminus Disease Research Center in 1988.

DorisEdit

Doris was Dr. Peter Howard's receptionist.

EdwardEdit

Edward was a technician at the Disease Research Center. He and a guard named Lloyd were drugged by Ken Dixon and Melody Porter when they freed Matt from the DRC.

EmilyEdit

Emily and her husband Isaac were members of the sim justice movement. They gave Ken Dixon, Melody Porter and Matt a place to stay for the night when the group was on the run.

IsaacEdit

Isaac and his wife Emily were members of the sim justice movement. They gave Ken Dixon, Melody Porter and Matt a place to stay for the night when the group was on the run.

JaneEdit

Jane was a female sim at the Terminus Disease Research Center. Like Matt, with whom she often mated, Jane had been infected with HIV.

JenningsEdit

Jennings was one of the two censors of the Federated Commonwealths of America in 1988. He vetoed his co-censor, Bryan's call for an investigation into the pro-sims' rights riots that took place in Philadelphia, perhaps the greatest split between these two censors during their term. Nonetheless, he sent his aid Joseph Tanaka to the Terminus Disease Research Center to make sure that the sims being used in AIDS research were being treated humanely.

Literary commentEdit

The names of the two censors are an allusion to William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), an American lawyer who championed certain issues quite fervently, and waged three unsuccessful campaigns for President of the United States.

LloydEdit

Lloyd was a guard at the Disease Research Center. He and a technician named Edward were both drugged by Ken Dixon and Melody Porter the night they freed Matt.

LucyEdit

Lucy was a sim belonging to Saul and Rhoda, members of the sim justice movement. Saul and Rhoda gave Ken Dixon, Melody Porter and Matt a place to stay for the night when the group was on the run. Lucy's presence caused a conflict as the HIV-infected Matt wanted to mate with her.

ReynoldsEdit

Mistress Reynolds was one of the reporters who attended Dr. Peter Howard's press conference announcing the development of HIVI.

RhodaEdit

Rhoda and her husband Saul were members of the sim justice movement, living in Springfield, FCA. They gave Ken Dixon, Melody Porter and Matt a place to stay for the night when the group was on the run. They had a sim named Lucy, which caused a conflict as the HIV-infected Matt wanted to mate with her.

SaulEdit

Saul and his wife Rhoda were members of the sim justice movement, living in Springfield, FCA. They gave Ken Dixon, Melody Porter and Matt a place to stay for the night when the group was on the run. They had a sim named Lucy, which caused a conflict as the HIV-infected Matt wanted to mate with her.

StephenEdit

Stephen was a student in Terminus. He was a member of the sim justice movement, and helped Ken Dixon and Melody Porter free Matt.

ReferencesEdit

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