|Date of Birth:||c. 1785|
Because of his familiarity with Chinese culture, Arthur Hammond was deputized by the Ministry and sent with William Laurence and Temeraire on their journey to China. He was approximately twenty years old at the time.
Hammond's job was to restore relations between Britain and China, which often put him at odds with Laurence, who wanted nothing more than to remain Temeraire's captain.
Hammond had untidy dark hair and a thin, sallow face.
After securing Laurence's addoption into the Chinese Imperial family, he was further able to acquire a permanent residence in the Capital for Laurence's use. This allowed Hammond to remain in China indefinitely as Laurence's "guest" even after the departure of Temeraire and his crew for England.
When Temeraire and Laurence took up residence in Australia, Hammond was sent (on Lung Shen Li) to restore Laurence to the rank of Captain if he would go to Rio and negotiate peace between the Tswana and the ruined colony. Hammond accompanied Laurence, Temeraire, Iskierka and Kulingile on their voyage. While crossing through the Incan Empire, Hammond managed to catch the attention of a dragon named Churki, who had no humans to care for. Hammond had no notion of what to do with a dragon in England, prompting Gong Su to suggest he return to China.