Roystom Hawkes was a wastrel living in Lud's Holm, however after eating histoplasma became a plague victim. He was the first plague victim Arthur encountered when entering Lud's Holm. As Arthur and two wastrels saw the corpse of a plague Hawkes attacked them. The two wastrels screamed and ran away, leaving Arthur had to defend himself against Hawkes.
- Hawkes lets out a scream sounding out the word (Beowulf), a reference to the fictional character of the title from Old English epic poem that was produced between 975 to 1025.