Chesney, and then there is also one of the Dark Lords, who is named Derk. There are primary characters as well, such as Derk's son Blade, his daughter Shona the bard, as well as the groups of tourists, some of who are integrated quite frequently into the book.
The basic plot of the story is that Mr. Chesney is the man in charge of Pilgrim Parties, which is basically a sort of company that takes groups of tourists across the magical land. Wizard guides are used to shepherd the different groups of tourists around the land, and although there are actually many different wizard guides, they all have similar rules put upon them by Mr. Chesney, such as the fact that they all must have long white beards, which obviously tends to cause problems for the younger wizard guides, such as one in particular, and that is Derk's son Blade.
There are several different things that take place on these tours, and one of the things that the groups of tourists look most forward to is that of the slaying of the Dark Lord. Basically what happens here is that beforehand, once a year, there is one wizard in particular that is chosen to be the Dark Lord, and then every time a group of tourists go through they get to 'slay' the Dark Lord. Although this does not mean that they actually are killed, what happens is perhaps even worse, as the groups get to participate in large battles, of which tend to cause great devastation. ...Show more