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Tobermorey M. Jones
Tobermorey is a tiger and the mascot of this here website. His name comes from a short story by Saki, "Tobermory", from The Chronicles of Clovis, a must read. Toby is much more well behaved than his name sake. He is not a persona of any real person, living, dead, or otherwise.
Toby has moved from one foster care home to another, a fact he keeps from his friends. He never wants to have them over to his home. Despite his humble upbringing, Toby has the opportunity to go on a trip to the nation's capitol with his friends due to his prowess on the school debate team. Little is he aware of just how much this trip will change his life.
Katie is Toby's friend who just happens to be a Deaf wolf. She is the only deaf person in her family. She can be demure and shy around people she doesn't know, but she is often funny and rambunctious when she's with her close friends. She often feels insecure about how uncool she is compared to her younger sister, Loopy. She's not too sure what to think of Toby because she is afraid he only likes her because he wants to learn sign language.
Kidder Fox is a close friend of Tobermorey. He's eccentric and weird. He always wears a shirt because of a scar that runs across his chest that looks like three claw marks. (Freak accident while performing a Samoan fire knife dance; its a long story.) He also is missing part of his left ear from a car accident. His hobbies include travel, hanging out with friends, playing videogames, surfing the Internet, and watching some but not all anime.
Lost's real name is Lazarus, but he has never liked his real name, so when his friends Tobermorey and Kidder started calling him "Lost" because he has no sense of direction, he stuck with that nickname. He spends a lot of time reading maps and wondering where he is. His hobbies include hanging out with his friends, science (especially astronomy), surfing the Internet, and playing video games,
Dexter is an ambidextrous lizard who is Deaf and loves sports and texting on his cell phone. He also is the mascot for the lizzardzone.com. He recently came to Noble Woods, Oregon, apparently as a foreign exchange student signing a different sign language. However, he has quickly picked up ASL. He has also become friends with Katie and others in the Deaf community, who call him "Dex".
Loopy is Katie's younger sister. Loopy is not her real name. As her nickname suggests, Loopy is often bubbly and zany, and she enjoys being the center of attention and the life of the party. Even though Loopy is hearing, she signs ASL well because she started learning with Katie when she started learning to sign rather than relying on lip reading. Loopy is defensive of her sister's deafness and is an overly sensitive advocate for Deaf people.
Koyo is a young coyote who is mute but not deaf. She decided to learn sign language after losing her ability to speak in an accident. Koyo tends to be a loner, at least that's the way she comes across since she moved to Noble Woods. However, she hangs out with Katie and other Deaf people because she can converse with them in sign language, and she likes to practice the language too. Her interests include languages, martial arts, and reading spy novels.
"Koyo" is a Japanese word we don't have in English that means the changing of the color of the leaves in autumn. (The closest translation would be "autumn foliage.")
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