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Sorry I've been away for so long! I was actually on holiday in North Wales again, but this time I was in complete incommunicado – no internet access whatsoever! Never mind, I was able to progress the novel a little further, as well do some important research for the Raid (which I was working on a few weeks back and still need to develop).
So, I figured it was time for another character feature. This one's quite important really. His name's Llew, or at least that's his given name by the Welsh, meaning 'Lion'. His background is military and he is from New Zealand originally. Despite the fact that he's still a Kiwi through and through (they're great people!), he has assimilated well to Wales and has even learnt the language. He served in the New Zealand army and has a Special Forces background. He transferred to the British Army, and then moved to Wales after he left. His background remains obscure, and he deliberately keeps it a secret. He saw a great deal of active service, which is something he likes to keep quiet about.
A tallish man with a stocky, muscular build, long dark hair and piercing brown eyes, he is an advisor to the Dragons, the Welsh militia who control Llanberis and the surrounding area. He is very well respected and admired by them, especially by the leader, Iolo (more about him at a later date!) As well as being a leading force in the Dragons, he has a strong spiritual disposition and has bardic/shamanic leanings. He is heavily associated with the Physicians, an esoteric Welsh society headed by the Mayor of Llanberis, Tewdur (more on him later too!) Llew also becomes a mentor to Patrick when he arrives at the village, and is there to support him in his later adventures (or misadventures, depending on your point of view!) The affinity the two of them have becomes apparent from early on, especially as Llew is able to identify the traumas Patrick has suffered recently whilst they are out wild-camping in the Snowdonia area. He is able to assist Patrick to cope with this experience, as well as teach him something about his destiny at the same time.
Llew largely remains an enigma through-out, however eventually more emerges about his troubled past as the story progresses. Eventually, he is forced to confront his own nemesis whilst assisting Patrick further in his quest.