You’ve been introduced to the major players of our story. But there is a vast and varied cast of supporting characters without whom, as they say, none of this would have been possible. Some are real names
from history, others were dreamed into being. All are equally real to the authors: servants, eunuchs, soldiers, the T’ang poets Li Bo and Tu Fu, who were the real-life chroniclers of much of this tale; exiled officials going slowly mad in the heat
and disease of the tropics, generals, criminals, scholars, physicians, a dwarf, a child prostitute, Tibetan monks, Madames, Silk Road thieves, hucksters, peasants and phantasmal creatures of delirium. And more. So many more. They await you.