|Residence||Stony Brook, Connecticut, Second Earth|
|Family|| Press Tilton |
Marley (pet dog)
|Behind the scenes|
|First appeared||The Merchant of Death|
|Last appeared||The Soldiers of Halla|
"And more importantly, why me?"
—Bobby Pendragon on becoming a Traveler
Robert "Bobby" Pendragon is the Last Generation Traveler of Second Earth and the protagonist of the series. He is also the Lead Traveler, as discovered in The Reality Bug. With the help of the other Travelers, he fought Saint Dane on the territories of Denduron, Cloral, First Earth, Veelox, Eelong, Zadaa, Quillan, Ibara, Second Earth, and Third Earth.
He was introduced to being a Traveler by his Uncle Press, with whom he helped save Denduron and later Cloral where Press was killed by gangsters who fired their guns into the flume. He then, with help from Gunny (the Traveler from First Earth), saved the territory First Earth from Saint Dane, ironically by blowing up the Hindenburg. However, the Travelers lost Veelox, when Aja Killian's Reality Bug failed and instead turned on its developers. He then went to Eelong and saved the territory but at a terrible cost, trapping Gunny and Spader on the territory, and killing Kasha, the traveler from Eelong. After Eelong, he beat Saint Dane on Zadaa when the invaders of Batu survived the flooding. He brought Loor, the traveler from Zadaa back to life from the dead, but then he lost on Quillan when Mr. Pop was destroyed and Nevva Winter turned on him. The Travelers again triumphed in Ibara, but by mixing the territories. In Raven Rise, Bobby and the travelers lose Second Earth, along with all of Halla. As a traveler he is able to travel through the flume to other territories. Bobby is friends with Courtney Chetwynde and Mark Dimond.
Bobby is the lead traveler who has battled against Saint Dane on countless occasions. He has even killed Saint Dane once, only to see him reform again, stating that it was pointless to try to kill him. Bobby has befriended every traveler of his generation, and indeed every traveler he has met (with the exceptions of Nevva Winter and Saint Dane)and each of them has helped him in the battle for the territories. When Bobby was first taken from his home on the quest to save Denduron, he was confused and scared, with almost no knowledge of Travelers, leaving him with many questions in the books, such as why he was chosen to be the lead traveler, or who made the flumes. Though later in the books Bobby shows a vast knowledge of Halla. The weakest point of Bobby is shown during the Bronx Massacre, when he kills Alexander Naymeer.
Powers and Abilities
As of The Rivers of Zadaa, Bobby has gained excellent fighting abilities from the training of Loor, Saangi, and Alder which have come in handy on several occasions. Bobby has shown capability of not only fighting with weapons but can fight just as well without them too. He often fights with staff like weapons. He refers to his fighting abilities as his ‘Loor Skills’.
- Traveler persuasion: Bobby shows a limited ability to persuade other people.
- Bringing back other travelers from the dead: The only example of this seen so far was when Bobby brought Loor back from the dead.
- Quick healing: Travelers are known to heal quickly, not immediately, but quickly.
- Rapid regeneration: Bobby and Alder have shown the ability to heal each other in a matter of seconds.
- Flume Usage: Bobby, like all the travelers, has the ability to use the flumes without damaging them.
- Omnipotence: When Halla and its territories were restored to their rightful paths, Bobby and the other travellers show unlimited power as spirits in their physical forms.
- Traveling to other territories without flume usage.
During the events of The Soldiers of Halla, Bobby and his fellow travelers gain the abilities of Saint Dane of transformation and self-resurrection, as well as the ability to travel without using the flumes.
Bobby has traveled to each Territory and made a close bond with each of the Travelers, though many of them didn't trust Bobby at first but eventually come to understand him, and wouldn't think twice about putting there lives on the line to help him.
Bobby trusts Alder very much and in The Rivers of Zadaa called him to Zadaa to help train him to be a warrior. Bobby and Alder are an excellent team as they can make quick work of dados together. They can follow a plan flawlessly without saying a word. Bobby thinks of him as a brother and would do anything to help him. In Raven Rise when Alder is shot Bobby runs to save him, but is tackled by a group of dados but still struggles to save him, screaming that he would not let him die, showing just how deeply he cared for Alder's life.
Bobby respects Loor as a warrior and has a close friendship with her. When they first met Loor dislikes Bobby but soon warms up to him. In the The Rivers of Zadaa, he admits that he loves her, and when he tells her this she admits that she has the same feelings for him but says that they cannot be together, because it would distract them from their mission. Although Bobby is crushed by this, he understands this and accepts it. In the middle of this book, Loor brings Bobby to the training camp for learning warriors. Bobby brings her back from the dead at the end. In The Pilgrims of Rayne he decides not to bring Loor to Ibara to help fight of the dados, saying that if he were to die she would take his place as the lead traveler.
Aja and Bobby at first did not like each other at all, but later on Aja begins to respect Bobby and admits that the reason she acted so cruel to him was because she feared he would take away what she believed was her reason for living, which is to save Veelox. He now cares very deeply about her, and thinks of her as a traveler and friend. In The Pilgrims of Rayne, he tried to get her to go with him to Ibara even though she is not alive in that time period of Veelox and bringing her there would bring trouble. When Aja told him this he said they could tell them that she was a flighter turned good and was going to help. Even though this plan was ridiculous, his real reason for this was because of his knowledge of her upcoming death due to assassination, which shows how important Aja is to him.
Bobby grows to like Gunny very quickly, and admires and acknowledges his wisdom. Whenever Bobby is overwhelmed with a decision he has to make, Gunny helps point him in the right direction, and if he cannot get through to him, he takes it upon himself to make the tough decision for him. Gunny seems to take the place of Press as a father figure when Press dies, looking after Bobby and keeping/getting him out of trouble. He is like the co- leader of the travelers.
When they met, Bobby and Spader became very close friends. When he was told of his role as a traveler, it was up to Bobby to help him understand. Spader shares the fun, loving attitude of Bobby. Spader respects Bobby but his hatred for Saint Dane can get the better of him, and when his hatred got Press killed, he was afraid to show his face to him, but Bobby has forgiven him and still trusted him greatly. However, after the actions of Spader on First Earth, he had trouble trusting Spader and asked him to go home. In Black Water, Bobby was angry at Spader for bringing Mark and Courtney to Eelong, but after realizing the situation he realized it was the right thing to do because the antidote they brought from Cloral was the only way to stop the poison from killing the gars in Black Water. After this Bobby began to trust Spader again.
Bobby feared Kasha at first, since she was angry with him about the disappearance of her father, and she refused to believe his claims about her being a traveler, but after meeting Saint Dane and getting to know Bobby better, she eventually accepts her role and forms a friendship with him. When Kasha died, he swore to spread her ashes over her favorite place on Eelong. She is trustworthy and cares a lot about all gars. She actually let a fellow klee die to protect Bobby Pendragon when a tang was ready to attack him.
Patrick respects Bobby as the Lead Traveler and is always willing to help him any way he can, no matter what it takes. Like Alder, Bobby thinks of Patrick as a brother and will trust him with anything. Whenever there is trouble on First or Second Earth, he always counts on Patrick to get information for him (since he is from Earth's future and having access to all of Earth's history). Bobby sees Patrick as perhaps the bravest of the Travelers, taking on any challenge no matter how dangerous it is. He sacrificed his life to get information on the plan of Naymeer to Bobby.
Siry hated Bobby at first and constantly threatened to kill him if he got in his way, and they argued half of the time Bobby was on Ibara. He also did not believe in his role as a traveler, but during his time in Rubic City he finally starts to believe him after seeing Saint Dane for himself and viewing the journal of Aja Killian. This is also when he begins to trust Bobby and acknowledge him as a friend. Bobby seems to act as a sort of big brother figure to him, helping him take on all of his new responsibilities. During the Dado Battle on Ibara, instead of staying with the Tribunal he decided to help Bobby instead and put himself on the line to save Bobby and to occupy Saint Dane long enough for Bobby to detonate the Tak underneath the battle.
When Bobby first met her he did not realize she had anything to do with the Travelers, nor did he know she was the mother of Nevva. When he discovered this, she revealed she was supposed to be the traveler instead of Nevva, and had now accepted her goal. Since Elli is stricken with grief from the actions of Nevva, believing it was her fault, Bobby supports her whenever it comes up. Bobby also makes sure to protect her because, while the other travelers can take care of themselves, Elli is a very fragile old woman, and thus needs help from one of the other travelers when things get rough. Although in The Soldiers of Halla and Before the War: Book One she proves to be very brave and can fight.
Prior to the events of The Merchant of Death, Bobby was a fairly average fourteen year old boy and basketball star living in the fictional suburb of Stony Brook, Connecticut, with his family and his dog, Marley. However his idyllic life was soon interrupted by his uncle, Press Tilton, who informed him that he was a Traveler and had to help save Halla, an interpretation of the unvierse, from Saint Dane, an evil traveler who wants to destroy all of the various territories within Halla. - - After this fateful revelation, Press took Bobby to an abandoned subway in the Bronx in New York City, where they were attacked by the quigs of Second Earth, accomplices of Saint Dane who guard portals called 'flumes'. Saint Dane revealed himself in the subway system, showing his power of shapeshifting. Press then engaged in a gun battle with Saint Dane while Bobby tried to find the flume of Second Earth, a portal through time and space. Bobby and Press escape by going into the flume, and traveling to Denduron, one of the territories in Halla. - - When they arrive in Denduron, they change their clothing so as to blend in the natives of that land. They then start sledding down the mountain they arrived on, but are attacked by quigs. They try to avoid them, but the sled crashes and Press is captured by Bedoowan Knights, one of the two main groups of people living on Denduron. Bobby is then able to find his way to the main village where he meets the other travelers on Denduron, Osa, Loor, and Alder. After Bobby has recovered from his injuries, he starts to see the reason he was called to this territory. There are two main groups; the Milago and the Bedoowans. The Milago are essentially the slaves of the Bedoowans, and are forced to mine precious jewels for the Bedoowans. - - Bobby then realizes that the only way for him to rescue his Uncle Press is for him to bring technology from Second Earth to try to surprise and distract the guards that hold Press prisoner in the Bedoowan castle. Bobby, Osa, Loor, and Alder successfully rescue Press, and return to the village. When they return, they realize that a merchant named Figgis stole the flashlight of Bobby he wrongly brought to Denduron. The Milago then build a bomb with the flashlight and an explosive clay, called tak, and are planning to destroy the Bedoowans, which would destroy them too. Bobby manages to stop the bomb from going off, and figures out that tak dissolves in water. They dissolve the tak except for one small piece, which Bobby hides in his pocket. Figgis is then able to lure Bobby and Loor into the mines of the Milago alone and reveal that Figgis is, in fact Saint Dane is disguise. Bobby, Loor, and Saint Dane are then trapped in the mine togther, and, seeing it as the only way to escape, Bobby ignites the tak and throws it into the area where the tak was being mined. Saint Dane is able to escape the explosion by jumping into a hidden flume. Saint Dane is then able to send a quig from another territory into the mine. Loor is then knocked unconscious, and Bobby escapes by taking Loor into a ventilation shaft out of the mines. - - The explosion of tak is revealed to have completely destroyed most or all of the Milago and Bedoowan settlements, giving them a chance to work together to rebuild Denduron. It then ends with Bobby returning home, and realizing that any trace of his existence on Second Earth have disappeared.
After Bobby finds his family missing, Press rushes Bobby back to the flume, this time to head for another territory called Cloral. Bobby then falls out of the flume, landing in water. Press explains how this is his favorite territory, and enthusiastically gives Bobby a wet suit and an air globe that molds to the shape of his face and gives him air to breathe underwater. Press then throws bait into the water to distract the quigs—on Cloral they are vicious sharks—and they both get on a water sled that propels them through the water at high speeds. - - Press then describes Cloral, saying how the planet is all water, except for some select cities which are above water, and critical to the survival of Cloral, for this is where their food is grown. Press then says that they are on their way to one of those cities, called Grallion. Before they arrive, they meet up with a native Cloran named Vo Spader. Spader proves to be a very reckless, joyous, and athletic person who enjoys life. They travel with him to Grallion where Press and Bobby become fruit harvesters in order to blend in with the people. Press also tells Bobby that the reason they met up with Spader was because they must somehow find a way to tell him that he will become a traveler like his father. - - They eventually are able to figure out that the plot ofSaint Dane for this territory is to destroy it with a poison. This poison comes from a mutation of the fertilizer agronomers (gardeners) have developed to try to grow food faster. The food had been produced and given to the people to eat, and all of them were found dead within that city. One of the people found dead was the father of Spader, the now deceased traveler of Cloral. While Spader is grieving for his father, Press and Bobby try to explain how he is the next traveler, and what his new duties and responsibilities are. - - The trio then start searching for a mythical city called Faar which the father of Spader seemed to think was real, and could provide an antidote to the poison. They are able to find this city, and figure out that it does have the antidote, but the only way to save Cloral is to have Faar 'transpire', or come out of the water to the surface. Faar is able to transpire, but in the midst of that success of the travelers, Spader decides to try to avenge his the death of father by going after Saint Dane. The chase ultimately leads to the death of Press. Bobby is devastated and shocked, and stays in Cloral only long enough for the funeral of Press. Bobby and Spader then leave to follow Saint Dane to First Earth, setting the stage for The Never War.
Now on First Earth in New York City, Bobby and Spader both find the traveler, Vincent Van Dyke, called "Gunny", that works at the Manhattan Tower Hotel as a Bell Capitain. Bobby and Spader becomed employed as bellhops there, and start to investigate as to what the turning point on First Earth might be. They find several connections to the turning point with rival gangsters Max Rose and Winn Farrow, and the Nazi party. - - After investigating the situation, they discover that the turning point has something to do with the mysterious crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin. To try to understand what exactly the turning point was, Gunny and Bobby both travel to Third Earth. There they find the traveler, Patrick, who says that he can leads them to a library where he says he will be able to figure it out. There, he is able to use a computer to find out more information about the Hindenburg. The computer is able to tell them that the Hindenbury held vital information about atomic bombs that gangster Max Rose had sent. If the Hindenbury had not blown up, the Nazis would have developed the bomb and won World War II. - - Bobby and Gunny return to find Spader and Max Rose working together to try to stop the Hindenburg from blowing up, Spader not knowing what was discovered on Third Earth. Bobby and Gunny are able to convince a female aeroplane pilot, Nancy Olsen, to fly them to where the Hindenburg is landing. They find Spader and Max trying to stop the rival gangster, Winn Farrow, from shooting a rocket into the zepplin. Gunny runs and stops Spader from shooting the rocket, while Bobby goes to make sure the rocket will still work. Bobby feels horrible about the people who will die on the zepplin, and tries to stop the rocket. Gunny holds him and Spader back until the rocket goes off and the Hindenburg comes down in flames. - - Horrified with himself at what happened, Bobby returns to Second Earth for a brief break before he returns to his traveling duties. After a while of relaxing with Courtney, Bobby receives a phone call from Gunny, and he meets him where Bobby's old house used to be. Gunny brings one of the gangsters who was with the murderer of Press. The gangster explains that Saint Dane had his friend shoot a round of bullets in the flume so Press would die. Bobby then thanks him, and the three of them head for the flume, and beginning The Reality Bug.
Bobby arrives with Gunny on Veelox to find Saint Dane claiming Veelox was doomed. Gunny and Bobby split up, Gunny goes to Eelong and Bobby stays at Veelox. Upon learning about, and experiencing the dangers of Lifelight and its huge grasp on the territory, Bobby and Aja test the Reality Bug, a program designed to make Lifelight less than perfect, only to find out that it infects all of Veelox. Lifelight is suspended as Bobby and Loor find Dr. Zetlin in his own fantasy. The Reality Bug breaks into the jump and feeds off of the fear of every "jumper" in Veelox. It eventually manages to break into reality, but Dr. Zetlin shuts down Lifelight altogether. However, Saint Dane, disguised as one of the Directors of Lifelight, authorizes the use of Lifelight once again. The territory reverts to being slaves to their own fantasies, and Bobby has his first loss to Saint Dane on Veelox.
Bobby finds himself on the territory Eelong, largely covered with jungle. A cat-like species known as the Klee dominates Eelong, treating the humans (gars) like animals. Bobby learns the worst of this cruelty when he is thrown into a gar "prison" for a month with other gars with nothing but rotten fruit to eat. Kasha and Boon rescue him, but not after completely changing his perspective on how the Klee treat the gars.
In this book, Bobby flumes to Zadaa to find that the Batu and Rokador tribes are on the verge of civil war. Water shortage between the two tribes has caused the war. Bobby then finds Loor locked in a battle for clubs. Bobby notices a strange figure at the battle arena and thinks its Saint Dane. Soon enough, he does find Saint Dane, threatens and provokes him and gets a beating. Saint Dane almost kills Bobby, if Pelle a Zinj had not arrived. Bobby realises that he must train in order to protect himself. Alder is also called, and he, Loor and Saangi train him. After his training, he encounters Loor's childhood friend Bokka, who tells them that the underground is a nightmare. He gives them a map, but gets killed. Loor and Bobby travel and find an ocean in the city of Kidik. Soon, they try to bring back the rivers, mess up, escape and eventually bring the ocean to the surface. There is finally peace.
Bobby was forced to play in the Quillan Games as Challenger Red, which he later discovered was due to Nevva Winter. At first, the owners of the Quillan Games, Veego and LaBerge, were unconvinced of his ability, but after his training on Zadaa and performance in games of Hook and Tock, forced Bobby to compete in the Grand X, a tournament between the two top competitors. Bobby participated in the Grand X to gain support for the "revival" of Quillan to break free from Blok, and to learn from Saint Dane the true nature of the Travelers, but he lost the territory to Saint Dane, who was disguised as Challenger Green, because Saint Dane, with the help of Nevva Winter, destroyed Mr. Pop which was a library containing all the Quillan history that was not destroyed by Blok.
Bobby Pendragon goes to Ibara (after a brief visit to Third and First Earth with Courtney Chetwynde). Shortly after arriving on the territory, Bobby is attacked by quig bees. He attempts to escape, but passes out due to his many stings. Some fishermen save him, and bring him to the healer Telleo.
Telleo nurses Bobby back to health but before he can fully heal, the security force demands that Bobby goes before the tribunal. Bobby is confused that he is being treated like a prisoner even though he did not do anything wrong. When he asks what his crime was, the security guards tell him he is an "outsider." Bobby is brought before the tribunal. Bobby fakes amnesia to avoid execution and says that the only thing he can remember is the name "Remudi." The tribunal decided not to execute him but to have a boy named Siry look after him, and after hearing his name, and seeing his traveler ring, discovers that Siry is the new traveler of Ibara. Bobby is introduced to the "gang" of Siry, the Jakills.
They tell him of their plan to steal one of the pilgrim ships to travel to an island they found on a map. when they get there, Bobby realizes that it is Rubic City from Veelox, and that the territory Ibara is 300 years in the future of the territory Veelox. He later helps lead the villagers of Rayne in a battle against an army of dados to protect Ibara. Tiring of his constant battle against Saint Dane, Bobby decides to bury the flume at Ibara, thereby apparently sealing both him and Saint Dane on the territory.
Following the events of The Pilgrims of Rayne, Bobby is living a peaceful life on Ibara, aloof of the turmoil waging in the rest of Halla as the Milago-Bedoowan declare war on the rest of Denduron, and on the Earth territories his place as the Traveler is taken over by Alexander Naymeer. He remains ignorant of what is happenning till the arrival of Loque on Ibara, from whom he learned that Saint Dane was "mining something called... Flume." He was also dealt another shock by uncovering that Telleo was actually Nevva Winter.
He traveled to Veelox, where he followed Saint Dane through the Flume. He arrived on Denduron, where he helped his fellow traveler, Alder, escape the clutches of the now-warlike Milago-Bedoowan. He eventually finds his way back to Second Earth and meets with his friends. With the aid of Patrick, who is here to amend the apocalyptic earth of the future, they trace the event called "The Bronx Massacre".
They discover that it an insideous scheme by Saint Dane to send the anti-Ravinians all over Halla to cause the beginning of the end. With the deaths of Alder and Patrick, and Bobby's failure to stop the massacre, he is gloated by Saint Dane into letting Naymeer die, thereby sealing the fate of Halla, and his own demise. However, he is brought to the place known as Solara, and reunited with his Traveler allies, including the up-till-now deceased Uncle Press.
Bobby returns from Solara, and with the help of those exiled from Earth, destroys Saint Dane once and for all. He then proceeds to relive the life he never had, growing old along with his spouse, Courtney Chetwynde. He is then visited by a still young Uncle Press who gives him his own Journals to recall his life as a Traveler.