** Melisande Stokes's name is apparently a reference to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melisande_(Stokes) Melisande]]'', a famous painting of a red-headed woman by Victorian artist Marianne Stokes. Melisande is herself a red-head who gets stuck for a while in Victorian times. Like Tristan, Melisande is the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell%C3%A9as_and_M%C3%A9lisande another character]] in a tragic romance.
** Lots of people comment on how tall and handsome Tristan is.
** The first "lover" class [=DOer=] is stated in her official government paperwork to be extraordinarily attractive.
** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant military agent.
** Magnus is a burly medieval Viking who is identified very early on as quite cunning. Even Grainne underestimates his intelligence.
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