Characters from my illustration, stories and webcomic.
David Michael (Mike) Shaughnessy
Marine biologist, underwater filmaker, educator... and orca shapeshifter. He won't say how old he is, but he did watch the first humans cross the Bering Land Bridge... In Kwakiutl (his public identity, this century) he is "Mak-eh-nuk", in English: swordwhale. In orca form, he lives in a world of sound. On land, in human form, he lives in a world of vision: he's Deaf. Martial artist, immensely strong (what part of "orca" do you not understand?) and can use sound to stun opponents (as real orcas do). Loves kids, hates ceilings (you can't surface through them). Likes boats if he doesn't have to go belowdecks. When he shifts from orca to human form, the six foot dorsal fin becomes a surfboard, kayak, canoe or other non-powered small boat. To return to orca form, he must have sufficient water, and the fin. Yes, Shaughnessy is a Kwaikiutl name... by way of the Irish...I saw it in National Geographic. Fairly common west coast name.
Reeks to be a teenager for decades (at least he's not a vampire; he'd be stuck at 17 forever), Elven teen Zan looks like a 14 year old, but has been around a few decades longer than that (he remembers Leave it to Beaver, Gunsmoke, and the original Star Trek). Has random skills in swordplay, archery, and creating believable illusions. Fries computers and other electronics if he forgets to shield. Loves animals and, like most Elves, can communicate with them. Has read Lord of the Rings 60 times.
Morgan the Merrow
Swordfish Clan, teen (about a century and a half old), sometime underwater filmaker. The swordfish tail does not shapeshift into legs when he's on land, so he must use a wheelchair. He also uses illusions to disguise his true appearance (fins and bluey-grey skin). The red hat, woven by his mother at his birth, is what allows a merrow to breathe undersea. finds human food fascinating and sometimes gross (they burn what? crabs should be eaten raw...). Wants to journey in the tardis.
Fourteen, avid cowgirl from "Pennsyltucky" (she's lived in both places). Teams with Morgan, Tas and others on Chincoteague Island. Family is Deaf, she lives in both worlds: Hearing and Deaf. Short, but mighty, likes basketball, wilderness, mountains, Jeeps, and Harleys.
Short, stout, immensely strong (like all Dwarves) teen aged Dwarf Earla helps her dad "Doc" fix and create new technology. She has advanced from the Age of Steam to the Age of Electronics. They've got some new stuff in the works that will solve many energy issues. She bakes killer brownies that will sustain you on the most arduous journey. She hates boats. Is having a Chrises (crisis spelled Chrises): Hemsworth, Pratt and Evans. Also has a thing for Martin Freeman.
Valerie Schwatrz, rhymes with wartz, aka Moose. The oversized dorky kid who finds herself in the middle of an adventure on a wild black mare. Knows her way around Narnia and Middle Earth, has journeyed in the tardis (at least, in fanfiction), and can tell you more than you wanted to know about all the Star Treks. Totally Sherlocked and wants to clone Bakedabatch Cookiecrumble. And that Dwarf, Kili. Might be able to beat Rey in a lightsaber duel.
the Guardians of Hawk Circle
Three Sisters: Salvage...
Tas (Tashunka was the name she used back in the 19th century, walking among the Lakota) is a Pooka, a shapeshifter most often appearing as a horse or canine. Retrains "problem horses and dogs" by retraining problem humans. You want her on YOUR side in a fight. Loves chocolate, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Tom Hiddleston, and while while she'd like to see more films pass the Bechtel test, she's seen Avengers like 26487683 times...
Raven and Wolf
Brannan (Bran) Hrafenson ("Raven's son"), Elvish shapeshifter (Clan Ravenkin) and human buddy team member Ian Greenleaf; saving the world from the Hordes of Doom...or just educating the next generation about caring for the planet.
In biology, ravens and wolves have a partnership: ravens (keen vision, flight) lead wolves (speed, endurance, strength) to potential prey, then share the kill. In mythology, from Norse to Northwest Coast, they are also closely associated.
Bran: pilot, educator, skilled swordsman, collector of comics and action figures. Likes any kind of junk food except Cheetos. Can mimic any sound effect (does great imitation of Yoda, Chewie, and Captain Jack). Don't let him near your electronics (computers, cell phones...) like all Elves, he channels energy in weird ways and fries tech. He's lived quite a long time, so taking him to a film with a historical setting can be dangerous... get the extra large scavenger sized bucket of popcorn so you can stuff it over his head.
Ian: copilot, educator, skilled martial artist, musher (with two Malamutes: Keet and Skana), webcomic artist, hates junk food. Wanted to be a Jedi when he was a kid. Is now sidekick to ex-privateer Elven ranger who screeches to a halt at every yard sale looking for action figures he missed..
Sea Wolves and Flyers
Bran has sailed on a multitude of ships from Viking age to modern historic-reproduction sail training vessels. His favorites have been the "schooners, pilot boat built" or "sharp built schooners" of the War of 1812, known, years later, as Baltimore Clippers, for their port of origin, and their speed and agility. He's sailed on: The Silver Raven (a true Baltimore built clipper), The Black Mare (not a ship of wood and hemp, but a shapeshifter; one of Mannanan's Horses), and The Roane (a Celtic word meaning selkie, or seal shapeshifter, this ship incorporates technology from several centuries). "Sea wolves" had letters of marque and commandeered enemy ships and goods. "Flyers" ran blockades with their own goods to sell in friendly ports.
Kai and Company
He found his way through a Dragongate, seeking help to save his island from hordes of Unseelie leaking out of a rift crated by one of his own people. Kai and his band eventually return to Hawk Circle to stay, and teach the "Secondborn"... humans.
Wicked cool swordsman, archer, loves books, video games, movies. He doesn't fit well in theaters, even in disguise. Grumble grumble grumble. Annoyed that he couldn't catch Ant Man in theaters.
Why let your toys sit on a shelf, Earla says, when you and your buddy can take them on location and create cartoons and stories. Stupid gravity; Morgan can relate.
(You And Whose Army)
One of the Guardians of Hawk Circle: he appears most of the time, to be a cute, short, stout, fuzzy black and white tobiano pinto Shetland Pony. Looks are deceiving. Very deceiving.
"Where's my vintage Hulk collectible?!?!"
Chill Bran, like Nick Fury said in Avengers, Age of Ultron, "He probably swam to Fiji..."
Val and Earla borrowed Bran's mighty collection and went to the beach...