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Characters: Arrows Trilogy And Related Books
This subsection of the Heralds Of Valdemar Character Sheet
covers the original Heralds of Valdemar
trilogy (commonly known as the "Arrows" trilogy), as well as the stand-alone novels Take a Thief
and By the Sword
Herald Skif and Companion Cymry
Herald Talia and Grove-born Companion Rolan
- Better as Friends: With Kris. Played with between her and Skif; they're so much better as friends that they don't even manage to get a romance off the ground to start with — they fall asleep at every attempt. Talia silently smiles as rumors circulate, knowing that Skif would never live it down if the truth ever came out.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Blood Brothers: With Skif, after a very brief and completely failed try at a teenage romance.
- The Confidant: Part of her job as Queen's Own.
- Dirty Mind Reading/Sex by Proxy: Unavoidably, due to her empathy.
- The Empath
- Fish out of Water
- Heroic BSOD
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny girl to Dirk's huge guy.
- Honest Advisor: Part of her job as Queen's Own.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Inflicted by Rolan on Talia twice. The first time, it was a temporary measure to get Talia to Haven without a mental breakdown. The second time, it was because Talia saw something she shouldn't have and that could lead her to discover a lot of the Companions' secrets prematurely.
- Like Brother and Sister: With both Skif and Kris.
- May-December Romance: she's 19-20, Dirk is in his mid-30s.
- Mindlink Mates: With Dirk.
- Mind Rape: In an unusual heroic example, Talia inflicts Mind Rape as a punishment on a few select people who deserved it.
- Never Accepted In His Hometown: She is completely disowned by her Holding for "running away" and getting Chosen as a Herald.
- Noodle Incident: She undertook a diplomatic mission to Karse, befriended Solaris, and was named an honorary Sun Priest. The details are, we hope, forthcoming.
- Older and Wiser: In the Mage Winds.
- Power Incontinence: In Arrow's Flight, her Gift goes completely out of control.
- Rape as Drama
- Runaway FiancÚ: At first.
- Shrinking Violet: Initially. She grows out of it with time and Character Development.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Becoming this.
- The Voiceless: Rolan. He can Mindspeak anyone he chooses, but like most Companions he pretends he can't, and since Talia's Gift is empathy rather than Mindspeech, Rolan is only seen to speak three times in the series - once when he Chooses Talia, and twice to Dirk in Arrow's Fall.
- When She Smiles
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Herald Kris and Companion Tantris
Herald Dirk and Companion Ahrodie
- The Confidant: Confidant, close personal friend, and high-ranking adviser to Queen Selenay, her father King Sendar, and her grandfather King Roald. A powerful adviser dedicated to furthering Valdemar's interests (or so everyone believes).
- The Chessmaster
- Evil Chancellor: Close personal friend and high-ranking adviser to three generations of the Royal House... while plotting against them all along.
- Man Behind the Man: Was shooting for this.
Herald Keren and Companion Dantris
- Mindlink Mates: With Herald Ylsa, then Herald Sherril after Ylsa's death.
Herald Jadus and Companion Fortunea
- Magic Music: Jadus came to the Collegium as a Bardic Trainee.
- Retired Badass: Formerly a field Herald and the King's bodyguard.
Herald-Captain Kerowyn and Companion Sayvil
- Action Girl
- Better as Friends: With Daren.
- The Chains of Commanding
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Embarrassing Rescue: Her story began when she rescues her brother's fiancee; while Dierna is certainly grateful to be rescued, the aftermath proves highly uncomfortable for everyone.
- Empowered Badass Abnormal: After a career as Captain of a mercenary band, she gets chosen by a Companion.
- Famed in Story: Her early adventures were turned into a song which dogs her throughout the rest of her career, to her distinct chagrin. It doesn't help that she has perfect pitch, and not all of the people who perform that song in her honor are all that good at singing.
- Florence Nightingale Effect/Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: She and Eldan begin their relationship by patching one another up after battle; Kero mentally lampshades the latter trope in the process.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Insignia Ripoff Ritual: She performs the self-inflicted "I quit" version halfway through By The Sword.
- Mind Over Manners: Kero scrupulously avoids using her mindspeech whenever possible out of fear that her fellow mercenaries won't be able to trust her otherwise.
- Older and Wiser: In and after the Mage Winds trilogy.
- Poor Communication Kills: Nearly. In a non-romantic example, her fellow Skybolts were trying to tell her they'd deposed the abusive former Captain and promoted her. She assumed they were agents of said Captain out to arrest her and fled accordingly.
- Talking in Your Dreams: With Eldan, for over ten years.
Prince Daren and Companion Jasan
Herald Eldan and Companion Ratha
- Animal Eye Spy: A skill of Eldan's, made possible by a special form of telepathy.
- The Determinator: Like all Heralds. He also never, ever gives up on Kerowyn and finds ways to stay in contact with her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears (by description only) in Arrow's Flight, sitting beside Selenay at the Heralds' party celebrating Elspeth's Choosing by Gwena.
- I Will Wait For You: A subtle example; he never took up with anyone else after Kerowyn.
- Skunk Stripe: A streak of white hair at each temple.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: His MindSpeech works on animals as well as humans.
- Talking in Your Dreams: With Kerowyn, for over ten years. She isn't too pleased to find out they weren't just dreams.
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