Dramatis Personae

James Starkweather


World-famous explorer and wilderness guide, one of the leaders of the newly formed Starkweather-Moore Antarctic Expedition of 1933. Starkweather intends to explore the unknown lands beyond the Miskatonic Mountains.

William Moore


Geologist and professor at Miskatonic University, one of the leaders of the newly formed Starkweather-Moore Antarctic Expedition of 1933.

Percy Lake

Biologist and explorer on the Miskatonic University Expedition of 1930, he uncovered remains of many new plant species in the foothills of the Miskatonic Mountains before being killed in a sudden storm along with his entire party.

Paul Danforth

Pilot and graduate student on the 1930 Miskatonic University Expedition. The experience left him hospitalized.

William Dyer

Geologist and expedition leader on the Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition of 1930. He is on leave of absence from the University and his current location is not known.

J.B. Douglas


At fifty years old, Commander Douglas is an experienced captain. He captained the Arkham, notably on the expedition to Antarctica in 1931. He retired from active service in 1932. Known as J.B. to his friends he is quiet and forthright.

Arthur McTighe


Arthur McTighe is a tall angular fellow in his early thirties with a shock of black hair. He is an intense person who seems somewhat anxious.

Frank Pabodie


Frank Pabodie is a short stocky man with a broad square face and a bristling white moustache. He looks much older than he did only a few years before.

Kurt Hendriksen


About 30, Kurt Hendriksen is a tall, blond, Norwegian with a curled moustache. He's curious, and cheerful, often whistling music by Edvard Grieg. A paleontologist who likes to work in the field, Kurt has studied mammoths in the Far North. He is convinced that they also existed in the Antarctic, and is determined to prove it! If he succeeds, he can save his tarnished reputation, so he's pretty motivated.

Jack Sheffield


Jack is a likeable guy in his mid 20s, a bit taller than average, with auburn hair, blue-grey eyes, an attractive, slightly uneven, honest face, and an excellent memory. He’s a writer from San Francisco and a Berkeley graduate with a degree in Liberal Arts. He enjoys the outdoors and is a boxing enthusiast. He is a reporter for The San Francisco Call-Bulletin and does free-lance work too, but is covering the expedition for Colliers, a high-circulation American magazine. He detests yellow journalism.

Jeff Harman


Jeff was born in Colorado in 1903, near the Utah border, up in the Unita mountains. When Jeff was six years old, the paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered the Douglass Quarry, the largest deposit of dinosaur fossils ever found. When Jeff was forteen, he began acting as a local guide for paleontogists venturing into the quarry for excavations, and archaeologists exploring the Native American ruins. In 1921, he was invited by one of the archaeologists he had worked with to South America, for an expedition into the Andes, which cemented his reputation as a mountain guide for scientific expeditions. He has served as an expedition advisor/route planner for expeditions all over North America, several trips into the Andes, and an expedition into Tibet in 1930. In addition, as an avid climber, he has undertaken a personal goal to reach the top of the highest peak on each continent. In 1932, he joined the team for the second successful climb to the summit of McKinley, and has also scaled Kilimanjaro in Africa, Kosciuszko in Australia, Elbrus in Europe, and Aconcagua in South America. Now he hopes to be the first at summit in the tallest peak in the Miskatonic range.

Sir Doctor Edmund MacAlister FRS


Edmund is a thin fellow in his early 40's with thinning ginger hair and spectacles. He walks with a noticeable limp in his right leg. He's currently a professor at St Andrews in his home country of Scotland and is also a member of the Royal Society. His most significant publication was a paper in 1927 comparing the rock strata, fossil records, and evidence of ancient chemical processes in Africa and South America to support the theory that the two were once linked. He remains interested in the theory of continental drift and has published several more papers on the subject. He's generally know to his colleagues as being a hard worker, but perhaps a little overly focused on the academic life. Having turned down a position on the ill fated Miskatonic expedition due to other obligations, he's about curious both what happened before and what there is to find on the undiscovered continent.

Nanook Anyu


Nanook is a 32 year old Eskimo from Alaska. Even though his name means "polar bear" he is as thin as a rail. (He was named after his father who was a big bear of a man.) Growing up in the Alaskan wilderness near a small settlement, Nanook in many ways grew up with a foot in two worlds. His family traded with and maintained close relations with the local Eskimo tribes, so Nanook learned much of the tradition and culture of the Eskimo peoples. He also was a part of the local settlement, getting a formal education in its school and being exposed to the culture and news of the wider world. As a teen, Nanook discovered a love and talent for machinery, soon becoming the go to mechanic in the area for cars, snowmobiles, planes and other machinery. In 1920, Nanook met Prof. John Brown of the San Diego State University and started accompanying him on his research trips into the Alaskan wilderness. In 1924, Nanook moved to San Diego and while the University would not permit an Eskimo to enroll, Nanook was able to gain an informal education in Mechanical Engineering with the help of Prof. Brown. Currently Nanook runs a business specializing in designing and building snow tractors and other heavy equipment. It was through Prof. Brown's contacts that Nanook (with his faithful Malamute Suka) was selected a Arctic expert and mechanic for the Starkweather-Moore Expedition.



Suka is a 28-year old Alaskan Malamute (four in human years). He likes long runs in the snow, the occasional snack of whale blubber, and is very proud of his singing abilities. Others generally consider him very friendly, if a bit of a mooch. He's joining the Starkweather-Moore Expedition as a specialist in sled-based cargo and personnel transportation. That and to keep his best friend Nanook company… and maybe to play with some penguins.

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