Male or Female Characters
The Botanist- Last year, he/she journeyed to the far off outpost of Adventureland as an assistant to famous botanist Prof. Seymor Greenstuff. There he discovered a very large cousin to the Venus Flytrap, large enough to consume a human. Unfortunately he found out about the plant the hard way. Determined to continue Prof. Greenstuff’s work he/she stayed in the jungle, but found that the prof.’s grant money soon ran out. Now he/she is stuck in Adventureland without any source of income. He/she convinced the owners of the Jungle Cruise Trading Company to let him/her run a launch for them, explaining that he/she knows a great deal about rare plants and many tourists are interested in the jungle plant life. His/her knowledge of local flora is also helpful in procuring fresh vegetables for the Company’s dinner table. Although he/she is not entirely competent at handling a boat, he/she is a fast learner and very determined. Even though he/she very much enjoys showing the passengers the exotic plants of the jungle, he/she is always on the lookout for the dreaded plant that ate Prof. Greenstuff.
The Accountant- At one time he/she was employed by the Bank of London., but was caught embezzling funds. Having to leave the country quickly, he/she ended up in Adventureland with no money and no experience except his/her accounting skills. He/she took a job at the Jungle Cruise Trading Company balancing the books and running the ticket office. He/she came up with the idea of giving free excursions in an effort to draw in business. This gimmick, unfortunately, put him/her out of a job. In order to make ends meet, he/she is forced to help out piloting passengers around the river, a job he/she is completely unsuited for. He/she is a pencil-pushing nerd and extremely excitable. His/her knowledge of the river is limited to what he/she has seen in the ticket register and the few maps lying around the boathouse. He/she regrets suggesting the free trip scheme and cannot wait for the day that the Company begins charging fares again.
The Failed Artist- He/she came to Adventureland for “inspiration” after failing miserably back in the States as a wildlife artist. He/she is seeking solace in the jungle atmosphere to revitalize his/her approach to art. In order to have a steady income, he/she decided to take a job with the Jungle Cruise Trading Company. He/she is an average pilot, but mainly uses the opportunity to get in touch with nature and pawn his mediocre paintings off on unsuspecting passengers. He/she is affable, but a little naïve and easily distracted. He/she will use the gun only in the most extreme situations to save his/her crew from the terrors of the jungle. In short he/she is the ultimate dreamer.
The Hypochondriac- Born in Brooklyn, he/she has spent his/her entire life holed up in his/her apartment, fearing the germs and diseases that his/her imagination creates. His/her doctor, tired of the incessant whining of his patient, advised him/her to leave the city to live in the warm humid climate of the tropics. Finding him/her self living in Adventureland and low cash he/she decides to buy a battered boat to ferry cargo up and down the river. When competing for business with the much larger Jungle Cruise Trading Company proves too difficult, he/she decides to join the company, even though he/she prefers not to be around those germ infested people that he/she must now ferry up and down the river. He/she is timid and hesitant and obviously not cut out for the job. He/she panics easily and uses his/her gun mainly for keeping those smelly animals away from the boat. He/she spends most of his/her time alone or in the infirmary, but the other pilots tend to tolerate him/her because he/she does keep the boathouse clean.
The Huckster- This shifty character has worn out his/her welcome everywhere else he/she has been and suddenly found it necessary to spend some time in the far away outpost of Adventureland, as there is a price on his/her head. For the time being he/she is earning money by working for the Jungle Cruise Trading Company, but this doesn’t stop him/her from trying to hustle the passengers. Seems he/she would sell his/her own molars if the price was right. The company keeps him/her around because he/she somehow always manages to get a hold of those hard to locate parts and supplies. His/her knowledge of the river is somewhat limited, but he/she makes up for it with spunk and fast-talking. He/she appears collected on the outside although panic may be setting in on the inside.
The Photographer- This character has always dreamed of being a photographer for National Geographic magazine. Even as a youth, he/she would pretend to stalk wild animals and take pictures of them. Once he/she was old enough to strike out on his/her own, he/she headed for the remote outpost of Adventureland to realize his/her dream. He/she has found out much to his/her disappointment that photographing for such a popular periodical was not a lucrative as one might expect. Penniless, he/she applied for a job at the Jungle Cruise Trading Company, showing passengers around the river. After all he/she does know a lot about the wildlife found along the river’s edge, an attribute that would come in handy for animal seeking tourists. He/she enjoys the excursions into the jungle and sees them as an opportunity to build his/her portfolio of wildlife photographs. Unfortunately, his/her preoccupation with the camera and “getting the right angle” often distracts him/her from the job at hand, getting the passengers safely around the river.
The Downed Pilot- He/she is an amazing pilot and local hero. He/she was delivering airmail to outlying villages when his/her plane developed engine trouble and crashed in the middle of the jungle. Somehow he/she managed to walk away from the crash with minor cuts and bruises, spent several nights alone in the jungle, and was eventually spotted and rescued along the river’s edge. He/she is only working for the Trading Company in order to save up enough money to make proper repairs to his/her plane. He/she is extremely afraid of the jungle, especially at night, and usually recounts tales of the terrifying creatures lurking in the jungle.
The Translator- Once the proud translator for her majesty the Queen, he/she found him/herself in a very difficult situation when he/she was forced to translate an insulting comment from a visiting dignitary. The Queen, not wanting to let on to her distinguished guest that she heard the comment, promptly fired her translator. He/she can speak a dozen different languages, knows every local custom, and prides him/herself in being able to communicate with almost anyone. He/she is fascinated by anyone from a foreign land, hounding them with every question he/she can think of. He/she is somewhat out of place in a launch but very social and extremely entertaining. He/she is actually afraid of guns, won’t aim and even if he/she did, he/she is an extremely bad shot.
The Scholar- He/she is a traveling scholar attempting to write a research paper about life in the jungle. He/she has been educated by some of the most prestigious institutions, and believes he/she is all knowing. He/she has been known to make up facts about various animals, hiding behind his/her impressive credentials. He/she is famous, for getting his/her entire crew lost because he/she insisted that he/she was right and didn’t need to look at a map. Skills with both gun and launch are always called into question when he/she isn’t around.
The Archeologist- He/she traveled to Adventureland along with Dr. Jones. He/she only works for the Trading Company part time, earning extra money as a guide when there aren’t any new digs to work. He/she knows more about the sunken city then anyone else and can translate almost any inscription. He/she is excellent with a map, having been trained by some of the best in land navigation. He/she is confident with both launch and gun, but secretly afraid of getting lost or stranded out in the jungle.
The New Kid- He/she grew up listening to various expeditions on the radio. He/she has read every book, every map, every bio he/she can find about any expedition that has ever set foot in the jungle. He/she is an encyclopedia of knowledge, having memorized every fact, no matter how trivial, that was even remotely related to jungle life. He/she has guts, just no experience. He/she came to Adventureland for just that, an adventure. He/she is extremely nervous in front of his/her crew and usually fumbles whatever he/she was about to say. He/she can barely handle a launch, and is completely hopeless with the gun.