This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump. Most appeared in only one scene, or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role that did not impact the plot, and never appeared again.

Atheling the WiseEdit

Atheling the Wise was a sage who observed that most forces are also Persons, and mechanicals have no Personalities of their own to withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, nor of outraged or mischievous Forces.[1]

Literary commentEdit

Atheling (whose name is an Anglo-Saxon word for Prince) seems to be based on the medieval fictional character Prince Hamlet of Denmark.

Cordero daughterEdit

In addition to her newborn son Jesus, Lupe Cordero had a toddler who looked just like her (b. ca. 1991).[2]

Samuel DillEdit

Samuel Dill was a lawyer from the firm of Elworthy, Frazer and Waite, representing the interests of the Devonshire Land Management Consortium. He objected, by telephone, to David Fisher confiscating dump records, but was unable to deny the validity of Judge Maximum Ruhollah's search warrant authorizing Fisher to do so.[3]


Eric was a bailiff in Judge Maximum Ruhollah's court. He was a large man of Swedish descent, and David Fisher could never remember his last name.[4]

David Fisher's brotherEdit

David Fisher's brother lived in Boston, Oregon with his two-year-old daughter.[5]

David Fisher's nieceEdit

David Fisher's niece (b. 1991) lived with her father in Boston, Oregon.[6]

Joe ForbesEdit

Joe Forbes was a reporter for Angels City's Ethernet Station One News.

Maximum RuhollahEdit

qadi Ruhollah was a Confederal judge in the Angels City area. His reputation for strict adherence to the law earned him the nickname "Maximum Ruhollah".[7] He'd been born in Persia, and fled the country at mid-century after the secularists seized power for a time, remaining in the Confederated Provinces for nearly forty years.[8] As a judge, he developed a reputation for fairness to the innocent and wrath towards even the little bit guilty.[9]

During his investigation of the apsychia births surrounding the toxic spell dump owned by Devonshire Land Management Consortium, David Fisher requested Judge Ruhollah issue a search warrant of the company's records. After listening to Fisher's oral outline and reviewing Fisher's supporting documents, Ruhollah was disturbed by the possibility that the dump was causing apsychia, and concluded that Fisher's cause was worthy and just, and issued the warrant to Fisher.[10]

However during the course of his investigation, Fisher discovered that the warrant Ruhollah issued was overly broad--not so broad as to make it illegal, but it was close.[11] Later, Ruhollah also issued a show-cause order when the Consortium attempted to block the original warrant.[12]

Ruhollah was quite old, with a long white beard, a nose like a promontory, and, in the words of Fisher, had "eyes that have seen everything and disapproved of most of it."[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump, p. 23.
  2. Ibid., p. 115-116.
  3. Ibid., p. 48-49.
  4. Ibid., p. 38.
  5. Ibid., p. 101.
  6. Ibid., p. 101.
  7. Ibid., loc. 494, ebook.
  8. Ibid, loc. 673.
  9. Ibid., loc. 663.
  10. Ibid., loc. 673-683.
  11. Ibid., loc. 851.
  12. Ibid. loc. 4046.
  13. Ibid., loc. 663.