Adria Idonea - Princess of Heiland; daughter of King Ebenhardt Idonea, niece of Duke Preinon Idonea, and elder sister of Prince Hafgrim Idonea; also known among the Aesidhe as Likshochuhalene (Lilene) - Gold Pales in Sunlight, Lozheskisiyama (Lózha) - Walks Two Webs, and Pukshonisla (Púksha) - Follows the White Wolf.
Preinon Idonea - Elder brother of King Ebenhardt of Idonea and uncle to Adria; once Duke of Idonea and Warden and Marshal of the Violet West; currently in exile among the Aesidhe; known among the Aesidhe as Watelomoksho (He Wars with His Brother), he is the informal leader of the Runners.
Mateko - Aesidhe Runner and Hunter. Chúgoyétokoe - “Falls from Trees”; Mateko’s child name; familiar form: Chúgoye.
Shísha - A blind Holy Woman (Lichushegi) of the Aesidhe; advises and informally leads the Runners alongside Preinon Idonea (Watelomoksho).
Hafgrim Idonea - Prince of Heiland; child of Ebenhardt Idonea and younger brother of Adria Idonea.
Taber, Matron - Matriarch of the Sisterhood.
Ebenhardt Darkfire - King of Heiland; father of Adria Idonea and Hafgrim Idonea, and younger brother of Preinon Idonea.
Náme - An Aesidhe child looked after by Imani and Adria.
Twyla - Daughter of Adria’s nursemaid, Kaye, and maid to Adria after Kaye’s death.
Chasebatu - An Aesidhe Runner; often leads the Runners in song.
Chatechushotome - “Fire Heart”;an Aesidhe Hunter slain at the last Sun Dance by King Ebenhardt Idonea.
Emoni, Novitiate - Sisterhood Novice who serves the Sisters upon the mission to Kelmantium
Imani - Young Aesidhe woman of the Shíme Okshowaniya; friend and confidant of Adria.
Elias, Sir - One of the Knights of Darkfire on the mission to Kelmantium; befriended by Adria.
Kaye - Nursemaid and governess of Adria Idonea as a child.
Tabashi - A Moresidhe merchant traveler, often called Watemezi (That One Over There) by the Aesidhe.
Morlatra, Sister - Prioress of the High Temple of the Sisterhood at Windberth.
Marbury - Aeman family who own an estate in Southern Heiland on the border with the Aesidhe lands. Members of the family include Sir Fannen and Lady Marbury, their eldest som, Adselm, and younger daughter Peryna.
Godwinson, Sir - Banneret of the Violet West; served Duke Preinon Idonea before his exile.
(The) Echo - An Aeman ship commissioned by Heiland for a delegation to Kelmantium; captained by Captain Falburn, Josson as Chief Mate.
Starbrow - Adria’s mount for the trip to Kelmantium.
Ames - Prince Hafgrim Idonea’s squire.
Criseda, Sister - One of three Sisters chosen as Sisterhood ambassadors with Prince Hafgrim’s delegation to Kelmantium.
Tiffan, Sister - One of three Sisters chosen as Sisterhood ambassadors with Prince Hafgrim’s delegation to Kelmantium.
Osenne, Sister - One of three Sisters chosen as Sisterhood ambassadors with Prince Hafgrim’s delegation to Kelmantium.
Falburn, Captain - Captain of The Echo.
Josson - Chief Mate of The Echo.
Wolt, Sir - Captain of the Knights of Darkfire on the Prince’s delegation to Kelmantium.
Meynard, Sir - One of the Knights of Darkfire upon the Kelmantium mission; has one useless hand and fires a crossbow.
Woman in Red - An unnamed woman who appears at the village of Palmill as Adria arrives.