Raven Alice Moon, 23, is the daughter of veteran police officer Eddy Moon and Marie Eleanor Moon (nee Carstairs), a wealthy heiress. Raven’s parents divorced when she was 10 but have remained good friends. Her decision to join the military dismayed both Eddy and Marie, but it was far easier for Eddy to reconcile himself to his daughter’s decision than it was for his ex-wife.
After a two year tour in Afghanistan where she served as a combat medic, Raven returned to New York. She quickly found a job as a paramedic with the NYFD and is crashing at her dad’s apartment till she finds a place of her own. She’s a dedicated paramedic, but her time in the service and the loss of her fiancée to an IED attack have left her with underlying PTSD that makes her act out and have trouble building relationships.
However, Raven also has a girlie side that she enjoys indulging. She likes to dress up in expensive dresses and jewelry and attend high society parties. She doesn’t like the people all that much, but she does like the bling. And her mother is happy to provide it.
Raven’s other close ally is her paramedic partner, Jessie, who brings what Raven most needs to the table: a sunny personality, a young daughter, and a strong marriage to another veteran.
Alex Atkins has all the qualities of a good mystery man. He’s tall, dark and handsome. He’s also the hot dog vender Eddy met at the Gate on September 17, 2001. With Eddy established as the Warrior, Alex immediately wrangled a job training police, fire and other emergency personnel in martial arts, self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. The job allowed him and Eddy to have a relationship that seemed ordinary. Alex keeps his true identity hidden from everyone but Eddy who knows that Alex comes from the world on the other side of the Gate. His job on this side of the Gate is that of Gatekeeper and sidekick to the Warrior.
Alex has been a Gatekeeper in other places and at other times. He admires Eddy for his courage, his dedication, and his self-sacrifice. He never worked with a warrior who cared so much about his family, that he separated from them in order to protect them. He also admires Eddy’s ethics when dealing with creatures from Alex’s world, though he does question his decisions at times.
Like all the creatures that end up dwelling in our world, Eddy has power over Alex. Alex knows that Eddy would risk his life for Alex, but he also knows that Eddy would not hesitate to destroy him if he thought Alex were a danger to this world. This knowledge keeps them from forming the kind of friendship partners usually form.
Jessie White, 32, is Raven’s paramedic partner. Raised in the projects by a single mom, Jessie always dreamed of having a family, but she never wanted to depend on a man to support her. She went to nursing school, then applied to be a paramedic and was accepted. She loves her job.
She met her husband, Richard while she was attending nursing school. He was an action and adventure junky and she fell in love not only with him but also with his enjoyment of risk-taking. Richard dedicated his life to becoming a fireman after 9/11 and succeeded. But it wasn’t enough for him, so he joined the Army and deployed to Afghanistan where he lost an arm to a roadside bomb. Jessie stood by him through the anger, a severe case of PTSD, and his subsequent healing that allowed him to reclaim his fireman job despite his missing arm. They have a seven-year-old daughter who is the bright spot in both of their lives.
Jessie knows that Raven is suffering from PTSD and encourages her to get help. She is the one person who gets in Raven’s face and tells her the truth, no holds barred. Because she went through this with her husband, she has no desire to see Raven go down the same, dark hole that Richard did. As Raven grows more secretive, however, Jessie struggles to avoid estrangement from her friend and partner.
Constance Leone is the name by which she passes in this world where she’s made herself quite at home. She holds a prestigious and high-paying job as the Curator of Egyptology at the Museum of Natural History, a job for which she’s highly qualified based on her true identity on the other side of the Gate. She also takes the occasional freelance job inspecting alleged ancient Egyptian artifacts to determine if they’re forgeries or the real deal. Her reputation for accuracy is unparalleled which means she’s sought out not only by legitimate institutions but also by those participating in the black market trade of antiquities. At least at first. When black market traders begin to disappear, or are found killed in rather gruesome ways, most forgers steer clear. Of course there are always the foolish few.
Constance loves fashion. She regularly wears Marchesa, Prada and Jimmy Choos. She is a stunning woman with a stream of admirers but has little interest in or use for human men unless, of course, they’re prepared to hand over their no-limit credit cards so she can go on a shopping spree….by herself.
Although her life in this world is humming along quite nicely, Constance is not entirely satisfied with it. There’s something missing, and she wants it back. Eddy has it, Alex knows about it, and Constance’s most important – and dangerous – agenda connects them. How far she’ll go to get it back remains to be seen.
Marie Eleanor Moon, 47, is Raven’s mother and Eddy’s ex-wife. These days she’s a wealthy New York City society matron, but she and Eddy met when he arrested her. The first time. Marie had a wild child stage that took her to places that terrified and horrified her family, including jail. Her parents tried everything from sending her to a boot camp to sending her to Europe, but Marie had to work things through on her own. Not entirely on her own. Eddy helped. Nevertheless, when Marie and Eddy married, the family was neither grateful nor relieved. Her parents’ wrath came down on the pair of them. In fact, they disinherited Marie. However, when her parents died in a plane crash less than a year after Raven’s birth, their will proved that they still loved their daughter/their only child; she inherited the entire family fortune.
Inconsolable when Eddy left her and Raven, Marie rejoined the society crowd but has remained devoted to the man who was the love of her life. She yearns for Raven to find someone suitable, although she’s not entirely sure what that might mean. Marie may look like she’s returned to her roots, but she’s failed to put her wild side entirely to rest; from time to time, it still puts in an appearance.
Eric Ramos, 50, Detective Lieutenant NYPD, went through the academy with Eddy Moon. The two men remained close in spite of Eric’s holding a torch for Marie. Eric knows nothing of Eddy’s work as the Warrior of the Gate but shares his friend’s devotion to Marie’s and Raven’s well-being. His dedication to Marie did not keep Eric from marrying a distant cousin, Paloma. They had no children but shared 20 warm and loving years together before she passed of breast cancer.
Eric distrusts Alex although he can’t put his finger on why. He’s determined to protect Raven from what he perceives to be Alex’s possible interest. In that respect, he has no idea what he’s up against. He also isn’t a big fan of John Scott, and his dislike becomes active when he realizes John’s likely complicity in an act of brutal and incomprehensible sabotage.
Eddy Moon, 50, has been a cop for 30 years. He still works a beat, never having aspired to climb the ranks. He was one of the first responders to 9/11, and experienced the devastation first hand. Six days later, on the first night of the new moon, he was walking the neighborhood, unable to sleep, and came across a suspicious man standing at a hot dog stand. Eddy’s cop instincts made him investigate, but before he could ask any questions a brick wall exploded into a crackling light show and monstrous creatures came through the “gate.” Two intricately carved daggers on the man’s cart glowed, indicating that Eddy was the Warrior of the Gate. Life would never be the same.
He left Marie, the wife he loved, and his beloved daughter Raven in order to protect them from becoming collateral damage as he hunted the creatures that came through the gate. Neither Marie nor Raven has any idea of Eddy’s “side” job.
Eddy and Alex worked together for 13 years, protecting the citizens of New York. Alex trained Eddy to fight monsters. They are partners, loyal to each other, but their differences stop them from actually being friends. Eddy does, however, have many friends from many different walks of life: A fellow police officer, a bar owner and a homeless vet.
John Scott is Eddy’s police partner. His clean-cut appearance and excessive deference toward Eddy should make him the ideal partner, but Eddy doesn’t like him, especially when he takes out his daughter, Raven.
John was born in New York to a single mom who moved him back to the family home near New Orleans when he was five. John returned to New York immediately after high school and joined the Academy. He plans on climbing through the ranks of the department, and then segueing into politics. He has big ambitions and a desire for a life that his paycheck can’t support. So where does he get the money to dress in Armani suits and eat at the finest restaurants in New York?
John has wormed his way into Marie’s heart in order to get close to Raven. Marie and Raven are his ticket into high society and he’s taking full advantage of it. ,
Like his partner, John has a secret, a secret that requires him to play the nice guy, the easy-going guy, so that no one will see the rage and desire for revenge that lie beneath the surface. His secret will not be revealed until it’s too late for anyone to do anything about it.