ROME LOCKHEED: Appears in all books. Main protagonist. A fire dragon from the Den of Volcana under the disguise of a concealment spell that gives him the shape and age of a 13-year-old boy. In the first book, almost all the point-of-view is from him. After being forced into The Great Synergy, we begin to see insights of his partner as well. This is done intentionally to mirror how the symbiosis between the boys is created. They share everything including their minds, memories, and pain. Rome is skeptical at first, but soon realizes that his destiny may involve saving the world from an ancient evil alongside his growing list of allies. Rome is sympathetic, moral, passionate, and pragmatic in his decision making. These traits, along with his desire to do the right thing make him an obvious choice to lead his allies in their battle against the Darkbrands.
Abilities: Rome’s abilities include his fire breath, his fire-eye auras, and his durable shield-like scales. He is capable of flight utilizing black, leathery wings and has strong spikes on his forearms and back for defense. His tail is strong and can be used like a lasso to grip enemies and toss them away. Fire dragons are 2nd largest of the dragon clans behind the Earth dragons. In his human form, he exhibits superior athleticism compared to humans his age. He is a capable runner and has the agility of a tenured hackey-sack enthusiast. He has shown to be of average intelligence, but displays far superior introspection. He also shines in problem solving and leadership skills.
Trivia: Besides Rome's parents, who are blissfully unaware that they are fire dragons, he is the only known, living fire dragon from Volcana. During the times of The First and the times of The Good King Arthur, fire dragons were plentiful, but in modern times, most have disappeared.
Rome represents one part of the author, Brett Salter's personality. He is the levelheaded and introspective portion of the author that wants to do the right thing, but rarely jumps at the chance to be a leader. Despite his uneasiness about assuming a leadership role, he always has the best interests of his friends and family in mind. Rome's internal dialogue and hesitant decision making reflect how Brett Salter felt about himself specifically during his teen years. Finally, the spatial linking is a metaphor for how his two personalities differ and interact inside his head.