Mantis:  A vicious revolutionary.  Mantis is a member of the Ashmen, a tribe of demonic creatures who dominate the eastern side of the forest.  They are rail thin, and while their bodies resemble enormous reptilian insects, they have the faces of handsome men.  The six largest and most violent of the Ashmen rule over the others, but Mantis is determined to overthrow them. 

Mantis is convinced that Lee possesses magic that will lead his revolution to victory.  He will do anything to reach his goal, even if it means killing the boy and his loved ones.