|Hornbeam the Ironwood|
|Species:||Carpinus caroliniana sapiens|
|Position:||Head of Department; Board Member|
Hornbeam the Ironwood is the Head of the Department of Sufficiently Advanced Technology and a member of the Board of Department Heads. He and the Sunflower Official co-founded the Organisation.[source, please!] He is one of the Firstborn and, as a Tree, he is also one of the longest-living Plants.
Hornbeam is ent-like in his mannerisms and outlook, regarding humans and Flowers as "hasty" creatures and taking his time with thoughts and decision-making. He has even been known to say hoom on the odd occasion. His mental voice is a deep bass rumble. He is often absent from his department, as he has a tendency to go on long walks in thought and become lost. This is one reason many agents assume Makes-Things, the Head Technician, is the Head of Department. However, Hornbeam is very knowledgeable about technology, fictional or otherwise. New recruits to the department should not be surprised to find themselves stumped by one of his interview questions.
His office is in room 2659. It has sixty-foot-high double doors with a six-foot-tall neon sign proclaiming the room number mounted above. A normal-sized door is built into the left-hand door. The office itself is at least seventy feet tall with walls fifty feet apart. Hornbeam keeps a large desk and some chairs in the room for the use of visitors.
- "Techno-Dann's Backstory"
- Hornbeam's original appearance.
- Crashing Down, Chapter 8
- The SO consults with Hornbeam about a way to find his missing assassins.