Bill was deeply ingrained in the American South and its culture as a son from a family of cotton farmers in Tennessee, until his wife Stacey lost her life in the first quarrels of the nascent Civil War. Horrified, that this America was no longer the land of unlimited possibilities which he loved, Bill moved to England to take over the abandoned farm of Stacey’s family. However, although Bill still feels close to his wife in Heaven’s Hope now, he can only disapprove of the Inquisition ruling there as a libertarian American. When Talorel finally turns up, Bill mistrusts him at first, because he takes him for a spy of the Inquisition, but later grumbling becomes a mentor who tries to support our hero in a friendly, almost fatherly way. Yet, he has lost too much already to risk an open conflict with the Inquisition.