Bremer dan Gorst week is over, the weekend belongs to Corporal Tunny.
The Heroes has three major point-of-view characters, and three more minor ones. Corporal Tunny is one of the latter, and therefore should only need a quick weekend to polish up (I hope). He hasn’t appeared in my books before, so by way of introduction I shall quote directly from the speech by his direct superior, First Sergeant Forest, to new recruits:
“Boys, this here is the famous Corporal Tunny, one of the longest serving non-commissioned officers in General Jalenhorm’s division. A veteran of the Starikland rebellion, the Gurkish war, the last Northern war, the siege of Adua, this current unpleasantness, and a quantity of peacetime soldiering that would have bored a keener mind to death. He has survived the runs, the rot, the grip, the autumn shudders, the caresses of Northern winds, the buffets of Southern women, thousands of miles of marching, many years of his Majesty’s rations and even a tiny bit of actual fighting to stand – or lie – before you now. He has four times been Sergeant Tunny, once even Colour Sergeant Tunny, but always, like a homing pigeon to its humble cage, returned to his current station. He now holds the exalted post of standard bearer of his August Majesty’s indomitable First regiment of cavalry. You lads stick close to Corporal Tunny here. He’ll keep you out of danger. If there was ever a soldier for staying clear of danger, it’s Corporal Tunny. Just don’t play cards with him!”