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Vetch/Kiron, AvatreThe main character of the series. In the beginning, he was a "Serf", basically a step down from a slave. His father was murdered when he was very young and he was taken from his home to serve his new "master". He was basically the kid who did everything nobody else wants and still got beat up every day.He didn't have any real friends, until he met Ari, a Tian Jouster, he befriend Vetch after he stood up for him to "Khefti the Fat". Claiming he needs a strong able bodied lad, Ari takes Vetch to the Jousters Compound to serve as his 'Dragon Boy". Basically a Stable Boy for a Dragon instead of a horse. After that, things get complicated...Vetch quickly manages to out preform every other boy in the compound with his diligence. And he and Ari eventually become friends. Then one night he gets very lucky. He witnesses the Tian dragons in a mating flight. After the business is over, Vetch forms a brilliant and daring plan. He decides to take care of the mother dragon long enough to take one of her eggs! He'll hatch the egg and use the baby dragon as a means to escape!Vetch manages to pull off every part of his plan perfectly. His egg hatches into a female dragon he names Avatre. Unfortunately, he and Avatre are eventually caught at flight training. Avatre takes off and the pair try to make their way to Vetch's home country of Alta. In the end, Ari manages to catch up with them. But instead of trying to take them back to Tia, he helps them to escape! After that Vetch now Kiron returns to Alta, then things get really complicated...
Ari-en-anethet, KashetAri is a Tian Jouster. He was trained as a scribe as a boy, and it was in this capacity that he first entered the Compound of the Tian Jousters. He is a very honorable and decent man. At the end of the first book he helps Vetch to escape from Tia, after seeing how Vetch would rather die than return.After the pair are reunited, It's revealed he is the son of the Tian King's brother. Kashet, Ari's dragon is the first tame dragon in history.
Orest, WastetThe brother of Aket-Ten and youngest son of a wealthly yet recluse landlord, Orest was a kind yet spoiled yong man.While Orest is lazy, Wastet is picky, everything in his life must be in order or he is not a happy dragon.
Menet-ka, BethlanMenet-ka was shy, he's the kind of person hangs at the back of any group, and who seldom makes eye contact. He could be so successful at self-effacement that most people who knew him would have a hard time describing him, and if there were three other people in a room, would forget he was there.While Menet-Ka dislikes drawing attention to himself, Bethlan practically demands to be the center of attention, especially when she's hungry.
Kalen, Se-atmenThe falconer, Kalen (as he liked to be called) has immense store of patience. Kalen was the smallest of the boys, thin, wiry, and clever.Where Kalen is petiant and understanding, Se-atmen is firey and temperamental. Despite her temper, Se-atmen is extremly loyal to her rider.
Pe-atep, DeothThe cat keeper, Pe-atep is Kalen's match in patience, and his exact opposite physically. He has a flat face and a booming voice.While Pe-atep is good at being heard, Deoth would much rather crawl into a hole and hide until he was certain it was safe to come out. Deoth is an oddity among dragons in that he is extremely shy and jumpy.
Ganek-at-kel-te-ronet, KhalephGanek-at-kel-te-ronet (or Gan for short) is tall, lanky, and has a languid air about him that might give the impression that he didn't care a great deal for anything except, perhaps, food and gossip. Nothing could be further from the truth. His airs conceal a passion as fervent as Orest's.While Gan is vain, Khaleph will do just about anything to please those around him. He is as modest as any dragon could get.
Oset-re, ApetmaThe peacock of the group, and a friend of Orest's. He is, to put it bluntly, the most handsome of the group. Women would often flirt with him covertly and openly. Beneath the seeming vanity was a hard purpose, honed to razor sharpness.Like Se-atmen, Apetma had a bad temper. But she can always be counted upon when the time calls for her to follow her riders instructions.
Huras, TathulanHuras is the son of a baker, he was the lowest-born of the lot. But was second to no one in his intelligence. Anything Huras ever reads stays in his memory forever. Otherwise, he was average-looking in appearance.While Huras is a hard worker, Tathulan prefers the life of a pampred princess. She's also very demanding, when she calls for something she wants it, and now!
Toreth, Re-eth-katenToreth was always a man divided. Then again, he had to be; as one of the likeliest heirs to the thrones, and a dragon rider, his life was certainly a busy one.In truth, Toreth had become wary of a group of royal advisors calling themselves the Magi. The young prince even went so far as to try and recruit Kirons wing as a means to stand up agains't them. Sadly the Magi had know all along what Toreth had been up to and assasinated him to try and stop a rebellion before it could start. Fortunatly Toreth's life was not lost in vein, thanks to his clever habit of thinking ahead his friends managed to finish the plan he had come up with to remove the old Jousters from both armies. A move that would later help put an end to the long war.Interstingly Re-eth-katen is very much like her rider. She is both cautious and calm, and never rushes into anything without thinking things through first.
Jouster Compound Tia/Alta
Haraket - TiaOverseer of the Jousters Compound in the land of Tia, basically he's a clerk. Haraket is initially distant towards Vetch, not certain if a Serf can handle the job. However, he soon becomes quite protective of him as well as Ari.
Baken - TiaHe is a quiet serious young man who works well with animals. He used to work with Falcons until he decided to try his hand at Dragon training. He begins the series as a slave, but is given his freedom for his services with the dragons. This puts him at odds with Kiron in the first book.
Lord Khumun - AltaLord of the Jousters Compound in the land of Alta. Unlike his Tian counterpart, he also acts as his own overseer, and is much more aware of what occurs in his compound than Haraket.
Heklatis - AltaHeklatis is a doctor and a sorcerer from the land of Akkadia. Heklatis is a very practical and direct man, which sometimes leads to confrontation. He's also a homosexual.
Khefti-the-fatMaster brick layer, Khefti-the-fat, is a cruel Tian, he was the Vetch's master for some time and treated the boy terribly while he was under his care. Until one day, when a Jouster happened to observe Khefti's cruelty and confiscated Vetch to tend his dragon right under his nose.
The MagiPrimary villains of the series, though they're not "formally" introduced until the second book. An organization of powerful magicians. Almost nothing is known about them, except for the fanaticism to their self interest.
Aket-tenAket-ten is Orest's little sister and a "Winged One" of Alta. A powerful young girl with the ability to speak with animals. Unfortunately the Magi start to come after her for that very power. She faked losing her gifts as a way to hide from the Magi. She eventually took over Toreth's dragon after his murder.