Brandon Dunn, Quartermaster
Brandon Dunn is the surly quartermaster of the pirate ship Riptide, and the closest confidant to Captain Erik Winters. He is described as tall and reedy, with sea-weathered skin, black eyes, and a thick crest of silvery-white hair.
When Merrin seeks to join the Riptide's crew, Brandon Dunn is the first sailor that she meets, and throughout the journey Dunn serves as both Merrin's friend and agitator. He is as obsessed with the legends of the sea as Winters, but insistent upon them in a way that Winters is not, particularly concerning the ghosts of the ocean and the legend of Mélusine. His is prone to drink and smoke cigars, which he does primarily when in celebration.
Dunn's true connection to the crew and to Evangeline Dahl remains unknown, as does his true nature or motivations for bringing Merrin onboard.