So, the ominously named facility, Morgengarde, is headed up by an equally ominous director, Ixtilton Wurmstab.
He is described as:
The director stood at least two
heads taller than Gravander and was heartily built. He wore elaborate Garzian
robes of red, black and gold that matched his bright flame of vermillion hair.
His wide, sun-kissed face was open and pleasant. Off-set by his brilliant green
eyes, Gemmy was transfixed by the man.
The character in the book comes from Vfor (pronounced 'Fuhr'), a country on the continent of Arbea minor. His 'healer's' name is directly linked to the work that is conducted at Morgengarde (which means 'guard of tomorrow'). Is he working for good or evil?
A lot of the names and places in the book are related to mythology. Ixtilton is the name of the Aztec god of medicine and healing.
I'm not sure if the surname sounds a bit too 'on the nose' though. It's misleadingly sinister however. 'Wurmstab' refers to the Rod of Asclepius which is a symbol of healing (contrary
to popular belief, it is not the caduceus).
How could a man with such a name and face not be working for good?