A nervous young fellow with a superlative green thumb who just so happens to be the key to saving the entire city of New York. But more on that later.

The precocious younger sister of Owen. Lizzie can't sit still and somehow always finds her way into trouble. It's her necklace, a gift from her departed grandmother, that starts our goliath of an adventure rolling. She also has a tendency to cheats at marbles so it's best to keep your eye on her.

Mother to Owen and Lizzie and British ex-pat. Edwina is our dandy seamstress, a dressmaker extraordinaire who can be quite a chatterbox. In her spare time she maintains a healthy fascination with the occult.

Father to Owen and Lizzie, husband to Edwina, British ex-pat and now a Lieutenant in the United States Navy assigned to the USS Cauldwell. Cornelius is a man of duty who loves the sea and his new country.

The Light Keepers' gal Friday and the mouthpiece for our wild adventure. Velma is an expert at languages and a bit of a sleuth to boot. She's the lone wolf who takes Owen Tulip under her wing to crack the mysterious code of the Tovernboak, an enigmatic book she has devoted her life to translating. In it hides the instructions to unlock the awesome potential of the Parelzaad (now found on Lizzie's necklace), a charm forged during New York City's birth pangs hundreds of years ago.

John "Jack" Rapalje
A good man, with a good pipe, Jack is Chairman of the Light Keepers, a secret society of old New York families sworn to protect the city from an uncertain doom foretold by its founding fathers. Jack descends from a long line of old New Yorkers and the city is in his blood. he would stop at nothing to preserve its rich history while safeguarding its future.

A Lenape shaman back during the days of New Amsterdam, Kapsee was the first to hear whispers on the wind that spoke of the great opposing forces of good and evil that came together to plant the seeds of Gotham. It is he who forges the Parelzaad and he who urges the new European stewards of his homeland to keep watch over it. Kapsee knows a day will come when they will need a light to ward off the dark days. Those days are nigh!

Joris and Catalyntje Rapalje
Although Joris and Catalyntje are one of the first families to settle in New Amsterdam, they aren't Dutch, they're French Huguenots but those are just details. What's important: Joris is one of the original four founding members of the Light Keepers and was entrusted to protect the Parelzaad, passed on to the Light Keepers by the Lenape Shaman, Kapsee.

Sarah Rapalje
The first European child born in the New Netherlands Colony, Sarah is the first of many authors of the Tovernboak. It is she who comes up with the idea of keeping a written record of the Light Keepers and their mission to unlock the mystery of Parelzaad, handed down to her from her father.

Madam Lena
Edwina Tulip's psychic of choice who takes a special interest in Owen when she realizes he may possess great powers. More from this crazy character in issues to come.

A quiet boy from the Underground, a hidden community of people who live underneath NYC in a city almost just as sprawling. Joshua is a runner, meaning he runs up "to the surface" for supplies but he also fancies himself a scavenger. Over the years of collecting artifacts that wash up in his city from ours, Joshua has amassed a treasure trove of antiques. His most recent, although the most gruesome, may be New York's most important antique ever.