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The heir to the throne of Valdemar under Queen Selenay. In ''Arrows of the Queen'', Elspeth is Chosen by Gwena, a Grove-Born Companion.

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The heir to the throne of Valdemar under Queen Selenay. In ''Arrows of the Queen'', ''Arrow's Flight'', Elspeth is Chosen by Gwena, a Grove-Born Companion.


* AbdicateTheThrone: In ''Winds of Fury'', she realizes that her responsibilities as Heir would irreconcilably conflict with her role as the first Herald-Mage since Vanyel -- among other things, the Heir is explicitly forbidden to go InHarmsWay -- [[spoiler: therefore, she abdicates in favor of Selenay's twins]].

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* AbdicateTheThrone: In ''Winds of Fury'', she realizes that her responsibilities as Heir would irreconcilably conflict with her role as the first Herald-Mage since Vanyel -- among other things, the Heir is explicitly forbidden to go InHarmsWay -- [[spoiler: therefore, she abdicates in favor of Selenay's twins]]. This has the added benefit of completely confounding Valdemar's eneimes [[EvilCannotComprehendGood who are so power-hungry they can't conceive of anyone doing this willingly]].



* CoolSword
* DeadpanSnarker

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* CoolSword
CoolSword: Unbreakable, never loses her edge, and can bestow incredible defenses to her bearers - and this is just while she's asleep.
* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: [[spoiler:She's noted to have a ''very'' dry wit, and will use it with impunity, much to the detriment of everyone around her.]]



* RunningGag: Kerowyn and Elspeth both threaten to drop her down a well if Need won't relinquish some of her control.



* TheDogBitesBack: Morenelithe Falconsbane ''did not see it coming''.

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* AnimalMotifs: Cats, specifically domesticated ones, as a contrast to her father.
* TheDogBitesBack: Morenelithe Falconsbane ''did not see it coming''. ''Both'' times - first he didn't think it possible Nyara would lift a hand against him. The second time he assumed that she would try to run away as far as possible from him.



* HeroicWillpower: Her father ordered her to seduce Darkwind so Falconsbane could get his hooks into him. She resisted despite his compulsions.



* BerserkButton: ''Gryphons''. He views them as jumped-up constructs who should be no better than livestock (exactly how he treated his counterparts, the ''makaar''), and their continued existence and prosperity rankles to the point that seeing a shadow of one makes him enter a BerserkerRage.

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* AnimalMotifs: Cats. Unlike Nyara, he explicitly modeled himself after a lynx.
* BadBoss: He will kill his underlings for their magical power, to relieve his temper, because ''they're there''...
* BerserkButton: ''Gryphons''. He views them as jumped-up constructs who should be no better than livestock (exactly how he treated his counterparts, the ''makaar''), and their continued existence and prosperity rankles to the point that seeing a shadow of one eventually makes him enter a BerserkerRage.



* EmperorScientist: Though he retains the knowledge, he lacks the power to create creatures like the ''makaar''.

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* DepravedBisexual: To him, his body is just another weapon to use on his foes; it was carefully crafted to [[EvilIsSexy exude raw sex appeal regardless of the viewer.]]
* TheDreaded: Whenever he shows up, priority one for the heroes is disabling him and his schemes.
* EmperorScientist: Though he retains the knowledge, he currently lacks the power to create creatures like the ''makaar''.''makaar''.
* EnfantTerrible: One of his incarnations was a Shin'a'in child who destroyed the clan the body was born in to. For kicks.
* EvilChancellor: Once Ancar has [[spoiler:captured and placed coercions on him.]] Unsurprisingly, Falconsbane's immediate plans are to turn the tables.



* EvilSorceror: It's the core of his power - he has the pure magical might to make sure he is obeyed.



* FullFrontalAssault: Goes nude unless weather prevents it.
* TheHeavy: No matter where he appears in the story, his presence is what drives the heroes to take drastic action.
* ImAHumanitarian: Not above eating his blood magic sacrifices. He makes mental note of the "pain-spiced flesh" at one point.



* MindRape: One of his favorite pastimes. He's gotten very good at it, and particularly likes combining pleasure and pain.

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* MindRape: One of his favorite pastimes. He's gotten very good at it, and particularly likes combining pleasure and pain. This is noted to be both incredibly effective and incredibly difficult to break simply because doing nearly ''anything'' will feed into the mental programming he inflicted.



* RedBaron: His first incarnation was known as the "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mage of Black Fire]]", and his subsequent ones have kept up the trend.



* WeHaveReserves: Magically binds men into his army, then uses those coercions to force them to fight, though his strategy differs heavily from Falconsbane. Unlike Falconsbane, whose strategy is to strike hard, fast, and continually advance further into enemy territory, Ancar builds up his forces, makes several feints, finally attacks, fortifies whatever he managed to take, and repeat. The slow preparations gives Valdemar plenty of time to prepare.

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* WeHaveReserves: Magically binds men into his army, then uses those coercions to force them to fight, though his strategy differs heavily from Falconsbane. Unlike Falconsbane, whose strategy is to [[ZergRush strike hard, fast, and continually advance further into enemy territory, territory]], Ancar [[GradualGrinder builds up his forces, makes several feints, finally attacks, fortifies whatever he managed to take, and repeat.repeats]]. The slow preparations gives Valdemar plenty of time to prepare.



* BloodMagic: Also a practitioner, and in fact introduced Ancar to it.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The only reason she stops is because she's killed.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: ''Hoo boy''. First she's [[spoiler: working for Orthallen to subvert or discredit Elspeth. When that fails she flees and successfully subverts Ancar to protect her own skin and gain some power for her own. Except even then she's ACTUALLY working for the Eastern Empire... and the Emperor suspects that she has other masters than himself as well...]]




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* TheMole: If she's working for you, she is ''not'' on your side.



* FisherKing: In order to take Hardorn's crown

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* FisherKing: In order to take Hardorn's crowncrown. Hilariously, he underestimates exactly what he's agreeing to until it's happened.


* BerserkButton: ''Gryphons''. He views them as jumped-up constructs who should be no better than livestock (exactly how he treated his counterparts, the makaar), and their continued existence and prosperity rankles to the point that seeing a shadow of one makes him enter a BerserkerRage.

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* BerserkButton: ''Gryphons''. He views them as jumped-up constructs who should be no better than livestock (exactly how he treated his counterparts, the makaar), ''makaar''), and their continued existence and prosperity rankles to the point that seeing a shadow of one makes him enter a BerserkerRage.



* ControlFreak: He thinks he plans for everything, and when something disrupts his schemes he takes it ''very'' poorly. This trait even extended into the anti-gryphon monsters he created, the makaar. While gryphons can mate at will (even if it doesn't result in conception), makaar have no interest in sex until their controller triggers spells to force them into heat.
* EmperorScientist: Though he retains the knowledge, he lacks the power to create creatures like the makaar.

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* ControlFreak: He thinks he plans for everything, and when something disrupts his schemes he takes it ''very'' poorly. This trait even extended into the anti-gryphon monsters he created, the makaar. ''makaar''. While gryphons can mate at will (even if it doesn't result in conception), makaar ''makaar'' have no interest in sex until their controller triggers spells to force them into heat.
* EmperorScientist: Though he retains the knowledge, he lacks the power to create creatures like the makaar.''makaar''.



* StrawMisogynist: Believes that women are inherently inferior, which is why his army of conscripts consists only of men. It's also another lever Falconsbane uses to manipulate him, pointing out how a "lesser woman" like Hulda is still a more powerful and skilled mage than Ancar.
* TooDumbToLive: Very nearly literally. He collected scraps of books and writings on magic and ''assumed'' that the [[{{Teleportation}} Gate Spell]] would allow him to use nodes and "make" him an Adept, unaware and unknowing that a proper Gate requires more magical power than a Master can provide without dying. The ''only'' reasons it doesn't kill him are because his notes are incomplete so he can't make a "proper" Gate, and what he does create takes effect then evaporates before he suffers LifeDrain.




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* WeHaveReserves: Magically binds men into his army, then uses those coercions to force them to fight, though his strategy differs heavily from Falconsbane. Unlike Falconsbane, whose strategy is to strike hard, fast, and continually advance further into enemy territory, Ancar builds up his forces, makes several feints, finally attacks, fortifies whatever he managed to take, and repeat. The slow preparations gives Valdemar plenty of time to prepare.


* BondCreatures: Hyllar, a crested hawk-eagle of bondbird breeding.

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* BondCreatures: Originally a falcon, then when tragedy struck a crow replaced them. Finally ends up with Hyllar, a crested hawk-eagle of bondbird breeding.



* MindRape: [[spoiler: How Falconsbane [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashed]] him.

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* MindRape: [[spoiler: How Falconsbane [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashed]] him.
him.]]



* BerserkButton: ''Gryphons''. He views them as jumped-up constructs who should be no better than livestock (exactly how he treated his counterparts, the makaar), and their continued existence and prosperity rankles to the point that seeing a shadow of one makes him enter a BerserkerRage.



* EmperorScientist

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* EmperorScientistControlFreak: He thinks he plans for everything, and when something disrupts his schemes he takes it ''very'' poorly. This trait even extended into the anti-gryphon monsters he created, the makaar. While gryphons can mate at will (even if it doesn't result in conception), makaar have no interest in sex until their controller triggers spells to force them into heat.
* EmperorScientist: Though he retains the knowledge, he lacks the power to create creatures like the makaar.



* FantasticRacism: Humans, to him, are worth more than any mage-crafted race, which ought to exist only to serve.



* SorcerousOverlord

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* SorcerousOverlordSmugSuper: He's quite powerful, if not ''as'' powerful as he used to be, and thinks of himself as a MagnificentBastard. While he is genuinely clever and cunning, overall he's more of a SmugSnake.
* SorcerousOverlord: In every incarnation, he sets up his own private domain to rule over. Each one tends to be smaller than the last, which irks him to no end.



* BigBadWannabe: Make no mistake, he IS a legitimate threat. However, he's "only" a Master-rank mage who craves Adept power and status, unaware that he is literally incapable of attaining that rank, and his military strategy, while horrific, is nothing Valdemar couldn't handle.



* TheEvilPrince

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* TheEvilPrinceTheEvilPrince: Who eventually takes the throne by force.



* TheOathBreaker

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* TheOathBreakerTheOathBreaker: Barely an aversion, if only because he made sure to crown himself without ''having'' to make any oaths. It's exactly this that causes the people of Hardorn to ensure their next king ''does'' take them.


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* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Knows Ancar is incapable of becoming an Adept, but claims otherwise and that she will "eventually" teach him how to become one, as a means to keep him under her thumb. This backfires eventually.


* MeaningfulRename: Every one of his incarnations takes a new name, typically in Kaled'a'in as an insult to the race. "Leareth" translates to "Darkness", "Mornelithe" as "Hatred-that-returns", and Falconsbane... because he killed a Tayledras bondbird falcon that was trying to harm him.

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* MeaningfulRename: Every one of his incarnations takes a new name, typically in Kaled'a'in as an insult to the race. "Leareth" translates to "Darkness", "Mornelithe" as "Hatred-that-returns", and Falconsbane... because he killed a Tayledras bondbird falcon that was trying to harm him.him, as well as a more general declaration of enmity towards the Tayledras and their bondbirds.



* KnightOfCerebus

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* KnightOfCerebusKnightOfCerebus: ''Arrows of the Queen'' and ''Arrow's Flight'' focus on Talia's experiences coming of age at the Heraldic Collegium and growing into her powers and role as Queen's Own Herald; while she faces some serious challenges, the stakes are for the most part on a personal level. Ancar kicks off his rise to major antagonist in ''Arrow's Fall'' by murdering Kris and putting Talia through the most horrific tortures he can come up with; his presence changes the level of threat from personal to national via his war against Valdemar, which remains a primary source of conflict in the series through the conclusion of ''Winds of Fury''.



* RageAgainstTheMentor: Against Hulda

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* RageAgainstTheMentor: Against HuldaHulda, who he blames for his inability to reach Adept status.


* TheDogBitesBack: Morenelithe Falconsbane ''did not see it coming''.



* BigBad: Of most of the stories up to Mage Winds.

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* BigBad: Of most of the stories up to Mage Winds.''Mage Winds''.
* BloodMagic: "A frequent practitioner" is an understatement; he tends to default to using it simply because killing other people and using their deaths to generate power leaves his personal reserves untapped in case of emergency. And to make examples. And because he ''enjoys'' mauling people to death with his bare hands...



* EvilerThanThou: To Ancar and Hulda
* FamilialBodySnatcher: Uses his own descendants to prolong his life. When they try magic for the first time, it triggers a spell that [[GrandTheftMe causes his spirit to posses the poor mage]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: As Ma'ar. His rise to power and hatred of the Kaled'a'in mirror Adolf Hitler]]

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* EvilerThanThou: To Ancar and Hulda
Hulda; they died before he could demonstrate it to them, but several of his plans involved mental and physical torture simply to show them where they stood in relation to himself. Then he would kill them, of course.
* FamilialBodySnatcher: Uses his own descendants to prolong his life. When they try magic for the first time, it triggers a spell that [[GrandTheftMe causes his spirit to posses the poor mage]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: As Ma'ar. His rise to power
mage]] and hatred of (usually) destroy their personality and soul in the process.
* LastNameBasis: Few, if any, call him "Mornelithe". Typically when named he goes by Falconsbane, likely because in the three books he's most prominent in, the main characters are in Hawkbrother lands, and "Falconsbane" is a greater and more understood epithet than
the Kaled'a'in mirror Adolf Hitler]]"Mornelithe".



* MindRape
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning
* ParentalIncest

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* MindRape
MeaningfulRename: Every one of his incarnations takes a new name, typically in Kaled'a'in as an insult to the race. "Leareth" translates to "Darkness", "Mornelithe" as "Hatred-that-returns", and Falconsbane... because he killed a Tayledras bondbird falcon that was trying to harm him.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning
MindRape: One of his favorite pastimes. He's gotten very good at it, and particularly likes combining pleasure and pain.
* ParentalIncestMyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: He uses the death of his body to fling his soul into a pocket dimension, where it waits to inflict GrandTheftMe on one of his descendants.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: As Ma'ar. His rise to power and hatred of the Kaled'a'in mirror Adolf Hitler]]
* OutsideContextProblem: ''None'' of his bodyjacked descendants knew what was coming. Valdemar had no countermeasures for his type of military strategy.
* ParentalAbuse: Falconsbane used Nyara as a prototype for his own physiological alterations (a process that was excruciatingly painful), implanted compulsions so that she would be obedient to him, and twisted her mind so that she loved and loathed him in equal measure for everything he'd done to her.
** ParentalIncest: He also used her for sex. Apparently simply because he ''could''.



* ShootTheMessenger: At a whim. He finds it amusing to watch them tremble in fear unsure if they'll be leaving his chambers alive or not.



* VillainDecay: In-universe example. The method he uses to [[spoiler: cheat death]] causes his mind to deteriorate, making him increasingly less competent from one incarnation to the next. And then Falconsbane receives a case of brain damage on top of that. He himself is not unaware of this, and somewhat dourly notes that he does not equal his previous incarnations, especially Ma'ar and Leareth.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: Valdemar knew how Ancar fought wars, and could prepare accordingly. Then Ancar got his hands on Falconsbane, and the resulting change in tactics and strategy nearly overran them.
* VillainDecay: In-universe example. The method he uses to [[spoiler: cheat death]] causes his mind to deteriorate, making him slowly but increasingly less competent from one incarnation to the next. And then Falconsbane receives a case of brain damage on top of that. He himself is not unaware of this, and somewhat dourly notes that he does not equal his previous incarnations, especially Ma'ar and Leareth.

Leareth, but he does drastically underestimate just ''how much'' he's deteriorated in his last appearance.
* WeHaveReserves: A favorite tactic of his, but he also notes that it's a bad idea to spend lives when you ''don't have them to spend''. But if you do, he will happily walk over a mountain of corpses of his own troops to claim his goals.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: '''Yes'''. And he has a very nasty tendency to change the definition of "useful" without warning... or decide that your death (and subsequent magical power generated) is of more use now than any use you could be in the future.


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* BloodMagic: He takes a positive delight in it.


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* RoyalBrat: Never really grew out of the "I'm of royal blood, everyone else lives to serve me" phase.

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* FamilyEyeResemblance: A song printed in the ''Arrows'' Trilogy is dedicated to the fact that she has her [[TheEvilPrince father's]] eyes.


* BadPowersGoodPeople: He still has access to all of Ma'ar's magic. He uses this knowledge to fight the Final Storm and prevent a second Cataclysm.

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* BadPowersGoodPeople: He still has access to all of Ma'ar's magic. magic and knowledge. He uses this knowledge to fight the Final Storm and prevent a second Cataclysm.Cataclysm.
* BiTheWay: Despite starting the ''Mage Storms'' Trilogy in a relationship with Firesong, he eventually notes that he finds some women attractive as well.



* FightingFromTheInside: An'desha in ''Winds of Fury'' as he helps destroy Ma'ar while trapped in his own mind.

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* FightingFromTheInside: An'desha in ''Winds of Fury'' as he helps destroy Ma'ar [[spoiler: Ma'ar]] while trapped in his own mind.



* HeroicBSOD: After returning to his previous form and being freed from Falconsbane, he is constantly afraid he will turn back into him somehow, basically wallowing in his own patheticness and depression.

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* HeroicBSOD: After returning to his previous form [[spoiler: and being freed from Falconsbane, Falconsbane]], he is constantly afraid he will turn back into him somehow, basically wallowing in his own patheticness and depression.


* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dawnfire was a {{downplayed}} version of this before she became an avatar; she was a relatively sweet and gentle scout with the best track record in working with K'Sheyna's non-human allies. She also had a tight bond with her bondbird, Kyrr, which ultimately lead to her transformation into Kal'Enel's vorcel hawk avatar.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dawnfire was a {{downplayed}} version of this before she became an avatar; she was a relatively sweet and gentle scout with the best track record in working with K'Sheyna's non-human allies. She also had a tight bond with her bondbird, Kyrr, which ultimately lead to her transformation into Kal'Enel's Kal'enel's vorcel hawk avatar.


* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dawnfire was a {{downplayed}} version of this before she became an avatar; she was a relatively sweet and gentle scout with the best track record in working with K'Sheyna's non-human allies. She also had a tight bond with her bondbird, Kyrr, which ultimately lead to her transformation into Kal'Enel's vorcel hawk avatar.




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* SpiritAdvisor: To An'desha, starting from when he begins to rouse within [[spoiler: Falconsbane]] in ''Winds of Fury''.


!Avatars Dawnfire And Tre'valen

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!Avatars Dawnfire K'Sheyna And Tre'valenTre'valen shena Tale'sedrin



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* NiceGuy: Is one of the more sweet tempered and friendly Companions in the series.
* SpiritAdvisor: Florian is notable among Companions in that he is the only one in the series whose advice is not tendered to his [[BondCreature Chosen]] Herald, but instead a non-Herald he is "assigned" to.


* {{Asexuality}}: Her religion requires her to be chaste but she's very much this. It's unclear whether she's naturally asexual or whether Vkandis took away the desire much like Kal'enel does with her Swordsworn.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Her religion requires her to be chaste but she's very much this. It's unclear whether she's naturally asexual or whether Vkandis took away the desire much rendered her asexual like Kal'enel does with her Swordsworn.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Solaris' political struggle against and reform of the corrupt priesthood of Karse would be worthy of it's own series.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Solaris' political struggle against and reform of the corrupt priesthood of Karse would be worthy of it's its own series.



* {{Transgender}}: At one point, the narration refers to her as gender-neutral. It's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], however, as she uses the female pronoun (aside from her [[SheIsTheKing ecclesiastical styling]]) and doesn't make a point of this - it's only seen by Alberich's mental senses.

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* {{Transgender}}: At one point, the narration refers to her as gender-neutral. It's [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]], however, as she uses the female pronoun (aside from her [[SheIsTheKing ecclesiastical styling]]) and doesn't make a point of this - it's only seen by Alberich's mental senses.


* {{Ambadassador}}: Both are excellent fighters, being both gryphons [[spoilers: and scouts from the Silver Gryphons]], and serve as ambassadors of [[spoilers: the Kaled'a'in]] to K'Sheyna and Valdemar.

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* {{Ambadassador}}: Both are excellent fighters, being both gryphons [[spoilers: [[spoiler: and scouts from the Silver Gryphons]], and serve as ambassadors of [[spoilers: [[spoiler: the Kaled'a'in]] to K'Sheyna and Valdemar.


* {{Ambadassador}}: Both are excellent fighters, being both gryphons [[spoilers: and scouts from the Silver Gryphons]], and serve as ambassadors of [[spoilers: the Kaled'a'in]] to K'Sheyna and Valdemar

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* {{Ambadassador}}: Both are excellent fighters, being both gryphons [[spoilers: and scouts from the Silver Gryphons]], and serve as ambassadors of [[spoilers: the Kaled'a'in]] to K'Sheyna and ValdemarValdemar.
* GoodParents: To Jervan ad Lytha, their two little gryphlets. Indeed, Hydona's maternal instinct is seen as one of her defining characteristics by other characters, and Treyvan is just as loving a father as she is a mother.
* HappilyMarried: Treyvan and Hydona love each other deeply even after two gryphlets and trekking all over the continent.

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