Mr. Peter Light is the main character of the story: a bright American musician, ruined by human ambition and yearning. He was born in Portland, Maine (United States), on January 31st, 1970, in the love of a fairly-wealthy family, that gave him strong values and a good education. He was very young when he started studying music, art and literature, nurturing every day an ever-growing love for the piano. Meanwhile, during his boyhood, he moved with his family to live in a small mountain-town, not far from the Canadian border. There, he continued his studies, attending the weekly lessons at the New England Piano Academy. During one of his frequent travels to the academy in Portland, Peter met Diana, who soon became the love of his life.
Peter Light is a positive character, with a special soul sensibility, capable of capturing a world of emotions around him. An optimistic, sensitive and generous man, who trusts in the goodness of people and fully reciprocates the love of his dears. But, at the same time, he is also an ambitious pianist, torn between the ideal of a simple and humble life in his hometown with Diana, and a burning desire to make it as an internationally–renowned musician. An overwhelming ambition that, eventually, will consume the entire life of the protagonist, even more than the passing of Time itself.
Peter’s voice is clean and clear. He speaks middle-high general American, gently influenced by an East Coast prosody. The way he speaks reflects his positive and sensitive nature but, at the same Time, his ever-growing ambition.
With a promising career ahead of him and an upcoming marriage with the love of his life, Peter Light is ready to create and discover the bright future that awaits on the horizon. But soon Time will reveal that life is short, transient and unpredictable.
This character is the evil counterpart of Mr. Peter Light, the sinful result of man’s dual nature. His harsh voice initially appears only sporadically, as a dual personality of the protagonist, a man torn between genuineness and ambition. Later, Mr. Shadow will emerge as a character on his own, during the most vulnerable period of Peter’s life, taking advantage of his weaknesses, his dejection and despair. Hence, he will take total control of Peter, embracing "the darkest rage" as the only source of life, by isolating himself to languish, hate and survive rather than live really.
Mr. Shadow is a gloomy, vicious and extremely negative personality, who mistrusts people and everything that is good in this world. He considers all the positive feelings (such as trust, love and solidarity) as the most pathetic facets of humanity, finding in hate and anger the strength he needs to live in this world.
Mr. Shadow’s sinister look and growl-voice are simply the reflection of the sinful and gloomy soul, not only concealed within Peter Light, but in every man, like the reversed image of human ego as reflected in a mirror .
In ancient Greek mythology, Khronos was the titan of Time, son of Gaia (the Earth) and Uranus (the Sky), both descending from Chaos, the god who molded all creation. In our story, Khronos is the personification of Time itself, the supreme and omnipresent god who watches over everybody, sees everything and has total control over Earth and human life.
Speaking with authoritative tone and baritonal pitched voice, his linguistic register is solemn. As a representation of the classical culture, Khronos switches from sentences in refined English, which are slightly influenced by Latin, to phrases in Latin language proper.
The big wooden hourglass he holds in his left hand represents human life, while the long, sharp scythe is the tool by which Khronos reaps every soul. Making a mockery out of the frivolity, the haughtiness and the ephemerality of human beings, the god of Time is a superior and ruthless personality. He considers men small and insignificant creatures who spend their lives trying in every way to stand up to God and to desperately leave a sign in history. However, when Time comes for Khronos to raise his scythe, such ephemeral beings can do nothing but to bow down in terror and accept the ultimate goal of human life.
Oak of Wisdom
The linguistic register of the Oak is poetic and philosophical. The content of his sayings is noble and regretful, but realistic. Such choir is made up of a few vocal registers, since it represents all earthly mankind.
Not only does it possess a superior knowledge: in truth, it is an oak, a secular tree, thus it has a much longer lifespan than mere mortals. But, since it is an embodiment of human knowledge, which by definition is not everlasting, the Oak of Wisdom is not eternal. It has to submit to Khronos, the god of Time, for whom it feels great awe and respect.
Chronophobia is the phobia of Time. Some say that, deep inside, all humans are chronophobic, as they cannot bear the thought of death. They deceive themselves with the illusion of being eternal, especially in their youth. Chronomentrophobia is the fear of ticking clocks. Only a few people have this kind of phobia: they are afraid of losing Time and, therefore, the clatter of clocks trigger their fear.
Captain Hook is an odd chronomentrophobic character. He was born in Palmerston (now Darwin – Australia), 1888, son of a British mercenary father. Very little is known about his childhood or about the events that triggered his phobia.
Dressing in a bizarre and extravagant manner, he moves with a chaotic gait and he sleeps very little at night. Even if Captain Hook is quite eccentric, in reality, he shuns society and is a lone wolf, as he feels to possess a superior knowledge than other men.
Captain Hook’s dementia manifests itself through his words. His way of talking is bizarre: he speaks with a deep, throaty rasp, continuously distorting his voice and interchanging singsong tones with impetuous and sudden changes of pitch. Not only is his tone of voice subject to these changes, but the Captain alternates very short verses with polysyllabic ones, conveying the idea of chaos and dementia. His hysteria gets triggered every time his ear catches a ticking clock: he feels his head going mad and his body consuming from the inside. Consequently, he feels the overwhelming need of breaking every ticking clock on Earth.
Tristano, the accoursed poetTristano is an Italian romantic poet who was born in 1798 in the city of Firenze (Florence). Orphan of both parents, he grew up in a nuns’ orphanage till the age of twelve, when he escaped and started a road’s life. Since he was very young, the boy never integrated with his mates and used to spend most of his spare Time writing verses on his own. Life was always tough for the young poet: all people in the orphanage used to call him with the nickname of “Tristano” (Italian for triste, sad), so that he soon forgot his real first name. After the getaway, Tristano changed many jobs in the roads of Florence, working for all kinds of people, but he could never find any friend. One day, a rich nobleman noticed his talent, bumping into one of his sheets which was rambling on the cobblestones in the road, slowly carried by the wind. Tristano was hired at the nobleman’s court for a couple of years, where he had the chance to write more than a hundred poems which eventually were all published under the name of his lord. Having saved up a small nest egg, one night the poet fled from the court and moved to the countryside, where he could afford a two hectares’ land with a small shack. Since then, Tristano started a subsistence life, a lifestyle of an accursed poet, far from people and withdrawn from the society.
A sad, depressed and introverted character, born under a bad sign, who has become an accursed poet of the Italian Romanticism, writing abstruse reasoning about life and Time. A talented man, striving by himself every single night. Tristano’s voice reflects both sadness and struggle, through elaborated stanzas and poetic verses in literary Italian, enriched with many rhetorical devices.
Clogan, the clockmaker
Born in Caerdydd (Cardiff) 1564, Clogan is a Celtic clockmaker of the early Renaissance, who moved to London in his youth with the ambition to study physics and mathematics. He descends from a family which has passed on over generations the “tradition of horologe”, consisting in methods and secrets of Time’s measurements. His clan is one of the oldest of the entire island, whose roots probably date back to the times of Stonehenge. Such clan keeps maintaining and jealously guarding not only the secrets of its knowledge, but also a set of own traditions and religious customs: among them, there is the worship of the god Tad Amser (Welsh for “Father Time”), corresponding to Khronos.
As a bright mind and young physicist, Clogan is used to spend most of his days working at his precious artifacts, the sixteenth century’s new invention: pendulum clocks. But the real lifetime dream of the young scientist is to craft the “perfect clock”, what he calls Cloc Amser (Welsh for “Lifetime Clock”), a special device that can actually measure how much remains to live to every man. More than just a dream, he seems to consider it a concrete project.
In fact, Clogan is a character sure of himself, who believes in his art and fiercely praises it. A firm personality, proud of his origins, traditions and beliefs. His voice, with fervent and prominent tone, fully reflects these characteristics.
Riodorado, the conquistador
Second-born of a wealthy aristocratic family, Riodorado De La Cruz was born in Medellìn, Estremadura (Spain), 1485, and was raised in the catholic doctrine during the “Golden Century” of the unified Spain. At the age of 26, he moved to the New World and established an outpost on the northern coast of Colombia, where he spent a few years exploiting the land and the local natives. During that period, Riodorado was affected by the spread of myths and legendary tales, among the conquerors, telling about a lost city of gold and eternal youth. Such place was supposed to be located somewhere in the region of Rio de la Plata. Hence, yearning for fame, gold and richness, Riodorado gathered a crew of about twenty men and began his lifetime adventure in search of the legendary Fuenteterna, the lost city of gold.
Speaking Spanish with tenacious and clean voice, Riodorado is an adventurous man, deeply loyal to his king and faithful to God. Anyway, at the same Time, he is also an heinous and ruthless conquistador who exploits and enslaves the indios of the New World in the name of his crown, willing to annihilate anyone who refuses to embrace the Christian religion.
Aeon, the Time travelerYear 3015. Planet Earth has run out of its resources. Humankind has split between those who left the globe in search of a better environment to live, and those who transplanted their mental imprints into the cyberspace. Such a quite recent scientific achievement was possible thanks to centuries-old studies of neuroscience and quantum physics together with computerscience and microtechnologies. During the XXIX and XXX centuries, in fact, all people who were left on Earth had to definitively switch their own neuronal impulses into computer data, hence transferring themselves into another dimension: the web. Life in the cyberspace is fairly similar to the old existence on Earth: the virtual reality has been carefully recreated in every detail. The only difference is that people do not grow old there, since they are not made by cells, just by data. Anyway death has not been defeated yet: digital viruses still exist and no human being is actually eternal.
A man coming from the future. A Time traveler, a messiah, a divine answer. This is what many earthly cultures of human history might see in Aeon. Anyway, giving hope, a sign, an answer to these cultures would work as a perfect disguise for the ambitious physicist in order to be worshiped like god among humans.
Diana Okunarashi, (ダイアナ 奥奈良市)Diana Okunarashi (Oku 奥 as “recondite”, Narashi 奈良市 as “equilibrium”) was born in Quebec City, Canada, 1971. Daughter of Canadian mother and Japanese father, who moved to Canada in the early sixties, Diana grew up in Quebec nurturing the dream of becoming an hotel administrator and opening one day her own hotel. The mere fact of working closely with individuals coming from all around the world is what makes Diana so fascinated by the hotel industry. Such characteristic reflects her positive, warm and welcoming attitude and it is also a way for her to learn about the world, while not being able to physically travel. Hence, she attended the Institut d’hôtellerie du Québec, occasionally voyaging for short summer internships. One day, while travelling on a bus to Portland (Maine) for a seminar, she met an intriguing, charming and bright young man, whose name was Peter Light.
A positive, humble, warm and balanced personality, who conveys serenity and equilibrium to the people close to her. This is Diana, bride-to-be of Mr. Peter Light.