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Jordan Hordern


War Museum kids, The Tower kids



Appears in

The Dead, The Sacrifice

Jordan Hordern was formerly in charge of the Imperial War Museum and is the current leader of the kids residing in the Tower of London. He makes his first appearance in The Dead and continues to appear in The Fear and The Sacrifice.


Jordan is a black boy who although may not look it at first, has incredible strength and agility. He wears thick glasses and is also known as General Hordern.

The DeadEdit

Jordan Hordern is first introduced in the book as the leader of the Imperial War Museum, which Ed, Jack, Bam, Brooke, Courtney, Aleisha, Frederique, Jibber-Jabber, Wiki, Justin, Froggie, Zohra, Chris, Kwanele, Archie, and Matt and his acolytes escape to after being chased by Greg Thorne and another group of sickos led by Pez. He is, at first, under the impression that the new survivors were trying to take over his museum. However, he finally relents and allows them to stay after a heated debate involving Brooke, Bam, and DogNut, which ends with Jack being pinned to the ground with his arm around his back. He then chooses to elect Ed as the new leader of his own crew.

He later reveals to Ed that he started off with a crew of twenty-two. After attempting a siege on the War Museum, which was earlier filled with robbers and hardened criminals, five of his crew had ended up dead. One died of an infected wound. Two more older ones became sick later on, breaking out in spots, and had to be ejected. Four more left the museum to try their luck elsewhere. This was enough reason for Jordern to believe he earned the right to the museum and, coupled with the fact that there was only enough food to feed the remaining ten of his crew, led him to becoming extremely protective of his museum. He would, however, allow Ed and his crew to stay on the conditions that they would find their own food to feed themselves.

The SacrificeEdit

Jordan first appears in The Sacrifice as the judge for the trial of Brendan stealing food. He is at first in deep thought about not being able to see clearly anymore and it wasn't just because he needed new glasses. He was going blind. However as he thinks it would damage his position as general and leader of the Tower, he doesn't tell anyone.

In the trial he takes everything officially asking for Brendan to say his full name as well as Tomoki's full name and Captain position. When he finds Brenden guiltily after he admits that he did steal he sentences him to death. He considers the punishment acceptable as everybody agreed to it when they first made the laws, and also because he thinks that stealing is on the same level as murder. When Ed convinces Jordan to change the punishment he instead chooses to exile Brendan from The Tower. This means he must leave and go of into the no-go zone as that is the only way to the rest of London.

Later on he is in a Captain's meeting that he organizes every week. The meeting is about whether they should attempt to clear out the streets in the no-go zone to give the kids morale because of the whole Brendan scenario as kids weren't happy with the punishments. Jordan says he'll think about it after DogNut returns back to the Tower and calls the meeting to a close.

After Sam, The Kid and Tish have left the Tower without telling anyone, Ed goes and see's Jordan. However to speak to Jordan for a long period of time you have to play a war game with him. While playing Ed asks to head of for the no-go zone to find Sam. Jordan asks why as yesterday he didn't want to. Ed reply's by comparing it to the game they was playing, he says that plans change as at the start of the game he had a plan but had to change it. Jordan finally agrees but only allows him to take five people. 

He is finally seen back at the Tower where Hayden tells them about what Ed and his team  about Wormwood and Matt's base at Saint Paul's and also the other settlements such as the House of Parliament. He says that he'll prepare an army for the morning and take the no-go zone. He says that if Matt allows them food for protection then he won't attack them. 


Throughout the series, Jordan Hordern is shown to be a serious and cold blooded, but reasonable and self-disciplined, leader who regularly trains his crew to fight, cook, clean, and find food for themselves. He sets rules which he expects his crew to abide by and isn't afraid to enforce punishments to certain people who break the rules, such as exiling Brendan from the Tower of London for stealing food (which, in Jordan's opinion, was as bad as murder since people needed food to survive).

He is, however, a just and fair minded individual who strictly abides by the same rules he sets out, such as refusing Hayden's suggestion to steal food from Matt.

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