Nominally the town grocer and general salesman, Pelgron mostly serves as middle-man for the town and outsiders. Married young, at 16, he has been disinchanted since his wife of 5 years passed away in childbirth 28 years ago, he dutifully raised his children Skint and Melen. Though truly proud of his children, he could never quite bring himself to love Melen, a part of him blaming her for his wife’s death; keenly aware of this failing, he’s likewise never had a good night’s sleep. The town views him as a standup man, a reliable pillar of the community, and Melen herself has never felt unloved. Indeed, most point to his devotion and steadfastness toward his family and admire the love he has shown them, an irony he is aware of but cannot accept without some depression.
Though not too old to work, the truth is that there isn’t a lot to do in his store, and his granddaughter Alandra and grandson Miche already have less to do than really occupies their time. Still, his store pulls a strong enough income to support the three of them well, and he even has a tidy nestegg saved for a rainy day. Nowadays, though, he mostly sits out front of the store and watches the town, chatting with Skint or Brelgh when their work is slow, and playing a daily round of chess with Mirel— he leads the series 5212 to 5008— in a ritual they haven’t missed in 28 years.