Meet the Rumblers

Given that there is a promotion running this week on amazon for Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve (click here for details), I’ve been reflecting on the creation of that book. Yesterday, I wrote a post on my inspiration for the Rumble Pit itself—that dastardly gladiator arena where different mythical creatures are forced to fight for survival.

I had a lot of fun thinking about which characters old and new would end up in the Rumble Pit. Many of the “rumblers” were only mentioned by name, or shown with an illustration, but the truth is that I had developed little mini back-stories for each of them. I like to think that many of them could have novels all to themselves, chronicling how they ended up in the gladiator trenches. The truly fun part was that so many of the rumblers had completely different motivations.

Here are my favorite rumblers . . . whom would you choose to fight by your side?

Rumbler

Name: Kendra Kandlestar

Species: Een

From: The Land of Een

Tool: Enchanted wand of Eenwood

Cleverness: High

Strength: Low

Motivation: To rescue her brother from the pit

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Rumbler

Name: Trooogul

Species: Unger

From: The Hills of Horm

Tool: Claws and fists

Cleverness: Medium

Strength: Medium

Motivation: To steal the Shard from Greeve

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Rumbler

Name: Prince

Species: Peryton

From: Mount Zephyr

Tools: Horns, hooves, and wings

Cleverness: Medium

Strength: Medium

Motivation: To fight with honor in the Rumble Pit and impress his father

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Rumbler

Name: Leerlin Lurk

Species: Een

From: The Land of Een

Tool: Shadow cloak

Cleverness: High

Strength: Low

Motivation: To steal the Shard from Greeve

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Rumbler

Name: Uriel

Species: Unicorn

From: The Forests of Grink

Tools: Hooves and horn

Cleverness: High

Strength: Medium

Motivation: To escape the Rumble Pit and return home

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Rumbler

Name: Krackle

Species: Dragon

From: The Skies of Elan

Tool: Fangs, claws, and fire breath

Cleverness: Medium

Strength: High

Motivation: To vanquish all in the Rumble Pit

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Rumbler

Name: Darius

Species: Centaur

From: The Plains of Eradeen

Tool: Hooves and mace

Cleverness: Medium

Strength: High

Motivation: To survive the Rumble Pit and return home

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Rumbler

Name: Xerxes

Species: Serpent

From: The underneath

Tool: Coils and acidic venom

Cleverness: Low

Strength: High

Motivation: To feed her belly

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Rumbler

Name: Akillé

Species: Gryphon

From: Ireshook

Tool: Beak, claws, and wings

Cleverness: High

Strength: Medium

Motivation: To escape the Rumble Pit and return home

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Rumbler

Name: Grolf

Species: Giant

From: The Valley of Krodos

Tool: Fists

Cleverness: Low

Strength: High

Motivation: To smash everything he sees

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