|Real Name||Esteban Akabal|
|Place of Birth||Guatamalan Highlands|
|Citizenship||Citizen of Guatemala|
|Base of Operations||Mobile|
|First Appearance||Aces Abroad|
|Creator||Leanne C. Harper|
Esteban Akabal is a fictional character in the Wild Cards series of books.
Esteban was a teacher working in a Guatamalan Highland village when soldiers came and dragged him outside. He faced down their lieutenant and earned a beating for his resistance before being branded a communist and made to stand in front of a wall before a firing squad. Beside him a small Quiché Maya, Xbalanque, was also sentenced to die at the whim of the lieutenant. It was at this point, with both of them staring death in the face, that Xbalanque expressed the more overt representation of his ace for the first time and attacked the soldiers.
Fleeing into the jungle, Esteban and Xbalanque evaded capture, and Esteban quickly seized on the opportunity presented by befriending this ace. Even though Xbalanque was ready to dismiss his 'dreams' of Xibalba and Hunapu, Esteban convinced him to follow the path that the gods had chosen for him because it suited Esteban's political agenda.
Esteban soon positioned himself as advisor to the Hero Twins, assuming a prominent role in their insurrection.
Wild Card Traits Edit
- See: Trivia
A tall Mayan Indian with a handsome face, Esteban wears glasses to correct his poor sight and dresses neatly in western clothing.
Esteban is an extremely charismatic socialist, good with words and adept at persuading people to follow his political viewpoint. He discretely exploits the Hero Twins, persuading them to actions that further his political agenda
- The Aces Abroad game supplement has a character profile on Akabal that identifies him as a secret ace with a gift of subtle telepathic persuasion. In the game he is able to realign other characters' belief systems if he has enough time to establish a lengthy dialogue. Although the books make no mention of this, the circumstances written about are at least consistent with this character profile.
Selected Reading Edit
- Wild Cards Volume IV: Aces Abroad - "Blood Rights"