New Salem, Witch Island
Mayor Barnabas Grey
For a generation Barnabas Grey (Barnie to his constituents) has served the Township of New Salem as its mayor, most years running unopposed. He also serves as liaison to the Elders, reporting to them on whatever municipal matters they wish to know about.
Seeming like a perfunctory career politician, generically TV handsome in his early fifties, he has an uncommon shrewdness and even a predatory efficiency in the covering up of “breeches”: demonstrations or evidence of magic accidentally obtained by humans. Those he has had “sealed,” especially off-Islanders, have been framed for crimes, run out of town and even mysteriously disappeared.
He has the entire municipal system at his disposal to aid him in this, including the sheriff’s office and a few red-neck hunting lodges whose truck horns play that song from Deliverance. But strangest of all is his apparent connection to the Gnomes, who have such similar goals as his that they seem to be under his command.