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Characters: Exile Duology
This subsection of the Heralds of Valdemar Character Sheet covers the characters featured in the Exile duology.

Queen Selenay and Companion Caryo

  • Hunting Accident: Her late husband planned to arrange one. It ends up backfiring on him.
  • Lady of War
  • Love at First Sight: When she first sees Daren in By the Sword.
  • Mindlink Mates: With Daren
  • Modest Royalty
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the general tradition of most rulers of Valdemar
  • Strangled by the Red String: Her lifebond to Daren is the clearest example of marriage by divine decree in the series. Both Daren and Selenay are well-adjusted adults, but the gods need Valdemar and Rethwellan firmly allied to each other when the Mage Storms hit, and accordingly they lifebond the pair on sight. invoked
  • Winter Royal Lady: As a Herald, she's going to have a rather limited color palette - white {though often with gold embellishments as her role as Monarch as well as black trim for mourning). However, this really comes into play during the Ice Festival, when she holds a party in an ice palace constructed on the river, with her royal regalia predominantly of white fur and diamonds.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Her father's Heroic Sacrifice during the Tedrel Wars thrusts her very early onto the throne. Her sense of duty keeps her carrying on and she starts becoming a quite able leader but her forced maturation, unresolved grief, feelings of isolation, and despair seethe in her with no healthy outlet for quite some time... to disastrous effect.

Weaponsmaster Alberich and Companion Kantor

The weapons master has no heart; his hide is iron cold
His soul within that hide is steel or so I have been told—
  • Adorkable: He is scary as all hell — until he falls flat on his face in love, at which point he turns into a clueless, adorkable schoolboy.
  • Badass
  • Bodyguard Crush: The possibility of this is teasingly hinted at and Lampshaded by King Sendar when he approves Selenay's proposal that Alberich be her bodyguard for when she goes to the city courts. Of course, there is a foregone conclusion on Selenay's love life ( she's lifebonded to Prince Daren in By the Sword), but this comes up again at the end of Exile's Valor, when Alberich realizes that Selenary is worried he does have feelings for her and is able to honestly assure her that he respects her as his Monarch and that's it.
  • Chaste Hero: Though not a virgin (he does offhandedly mention that he's been with at least one woman... who he paid), he is adorably oblivious about romance. Kantor notes drolly that Alberich really doesn't know how to interact with a woman who's neither unattainable nor a prostitute.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Has been both the rescuer and the rescued.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though Alberich wryly notes that Kantor is much better at the verbal barbs than he is, Alberich manages a few good one-liners every so often.
  • Defector from Decadence: Was a successful captain in the enemy's army before he became a Herald.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The Weaponmaster fits the "the more you will hate me, the more you will learn" line to a tee, and quotes it (in slightly different words and Karsite syntax) at one point. Of course, he embodies the positive side of the trope rather than the negative.
  • Dual Wielding: Both swords and knives.
  • Good Is Not Nice: His teaching philosophy.
  • Master of Disguise
  • Master Swordsman: Until Kerowyn shows up, he's the finest swordsman in Valdemar.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Hilariously averted. Kantor outright tells Myste that she has to make the first move, because otherwise he'd never make one at all.
  • Only One Name: His parents were not married (to each other), therefore Alberich has only a personal name — last names, like lineage, come from the father in Karse.
  • Sadist Teacher / Stern Teacher: Lackey's song The Face Within is framed as a debate between these two views regarding Alberich. He has to be tougher on his students than any possible enemy... and he has to steel himself for the possibility that it won't be enough.
  • Strange Syntax Speaker: Valdemaran vocabulary, Karsite grammar.
    • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: When he's using Mindspeech, Lackey writes it as normal grammar. Since Mindspeech acts as a universal language in this setting, he would be thinking in grammatical Karsite and being heard (by Valdemarans) in grammatical Valdemaran.
  • Training from Hell: Though in fact partly self-inflicted. Told his armsmasters at the Karsite military academy that he's quite naturally talented, young Alberich then worked himself to the ground to prove that he's just as good as anyone else, if not better, especially because the social cards were stacked against him due to his status as an illegitimate child of an impoverished single mother.

Herald Chronicler Myste and Companion Aleirian

King's/Queen's Own Herald Talamir and Grove-born Companions Taver/Rolan

  • The Confidant: Talamir is this for Sendar and is supposed to be this for Selenay... but in practice, as a man of advancing years he finds it difficult to connect with and properly advise a much younger woman.
  • Honest Advisor: Again, Talamir is this for Sendar and is supposed to be this for Selenay.

King Sendar and Companion Lorenil

Lord Orthallen

See entry on the Arrows Trilogy And Related Books page.

Prince Karathanelan

Vows And HonorCharacters/Heralds of ValdemarArrows Trilogy And Related Books

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