The character poll (when it saw
fit to load for us) was informative and, at least to me,
a little surprising. Here are the most popular
characters according to you, the button-pressing public.
1. Ess (22%)
This was actually really gratifying. Maybe it's
just me, but it's unusual that I find the main character
of a series to be my favourite, so I'm glad that Ess is
the favourite overall. Note how I'm quietly ignoring the
possibility that hers was the only name anybody could
2. Tryphosa (13%)
I knew Tryphosa had a few fans, but she
finished higher up than I expected. Which is good,
because at one point I worried that I was overusing her
and that maybe people didn't like her as much as the
3. Gatamache and Belanidi (12% each)
I expected Gatamache to do pretty well, being
our mascot and all. But Belanidi was the biggest
surprise of the poll for me. Now I feel bad for not
using her in as many comics as I could have...
4. Melanippe (11%)
So it isn't just me, then! In the interests of
full disclosure (what am I, the BBC?) one of those votes
was mine. I needed to check the poll was working,
5. Eutropia (10%)
Wow, the slaves did pretty well in this poll.
There hasn't been much Eutropia in this chapter, but the
next one will hopefully remedy that...
Rounding out the poll we had Hippolyte (7%), Ekphobippe
(5%) and Androdameia (4%). Pantariste, Kerasi/Berikoko
and Sappho all got one vote each, and there was a
mysterious vote for 'Other'. No votes at all for Cyrene,
Deinomache and Hypsipyle. Well, Hypsipyle's a bit-part
character, and Cyrene hasn't given anybody much of a
reason to like her yet. Deinomache is actually my
brother's favourite character, but he didn't vote, so
And the merchandise I was talking about? Things are
afoot, so watch this space.