The Ashen Kingdom
A little peasant with big plans
Jeremias is young and relatively unscathed by his miserable peasant existence. He can often be heard saying unfathomably naive things such as, “I sure hope we’re back in time for the Spring Holiday,” and, “Today’s me birthday!” and, “My, when I get out of this forest, I’m going to marry that Mary.” His seemingly indestructible upbeat attitude is sometimes grating and often concerning, as he spends too much time thinking of pleasant things, and not nearly enough time fearing for his life.
Jeremias is an eager youth, roped into a death march into the forest by promises of opportunity. He has a sweetheart back home, a bright future in the Boilers Guild, and a laundry list of unfinished business. He apparently doesn’t understand what he has agreed to.
“I sure hope we’re back in time for the Spring Holiday!”
“Today’s me birthday!”
“My, when I get out of this forest, I’m going to marry that Mary.”
“Wow, that’s a pretty flower! I bet Mary would like it.”
“My foot itches.”
“Where did I put that sword …?”
“Maybe if we just leave the forest creatures alone, they’ll leave us alone. Has anyone tried that?”
“I’m awfully sore about not getting to finish that fence around Pap’s onion patch before I left. I hate leaving unfinished chores.”
“The first thing I’m gonna do when I get back is buy a pair of goats. Me Pappy always says an investment is like sending a present to yourself.”
“Everyone always looks so glum. I know, let’s sing a work song!”