People of Deltora's southeast. Famously the native tribe of the royal family, the city of Del serves as Deltora's capital.
Leader of the Resistance, during a visit to Tom's Shop, he encounters Lief, Barda, and Jasmine. Jasmine is suspicious of him. Doom later competes in the Rithmere Games with the aim of exposing the Games as a means of scouting out great fighters and taking them to the Shadowlands. While Lief and his friends see him as aloof, he actually is more concerned about his allies than what he seems.
- Adult Fear: Was forced to leave his seven-year-old daughter to grow up alone in the Forests of Silence, with a slim chance of survival. He later endured his wife's death in the Shadowlands.
- A Friend in Need: Jarred immediately goes to Endon's aid when Endon finally asks for his help, and sacrifices his home and identity to keep the royal family safe.
- Aloof Ally: How he comes off to the heroes. He may seem aloof, but he is a genuine ally, though the trio doesn't think so at first.
- To him, this trope applies to the heroes, who refuse to join the resistance in the name of some quest that they will not share the details of.
- Badass in Distress: Barda, Jasmine and Doom are captured by Fallow and about to be executed on the Place of Punishment. Lief has to come to rescue them.
- Bait-and-Switch: Doom is fond of this trope, it seems. He uses it in his plan to hide the royal family from the Shadow Lord.
- He uses it again in Return to Del, when the trio and their allies are debating the best way to get to Withick Mire without being noticed by Shadow Lord spies. Much like his original plan to hide the royal family, he places decoys of Lief, Barda and Jasmine in the west near the River Tor to make the Shadow Lord turn his attention there.
- The Blacksmith: When he was Jarred of the Forge. In the second series, he helps Lief craft a perfect replica of the Belt of Deltora. He also later heats up the forge to the right temperature to destroy the Shadow Lord's crystal.
- Bold Explorer: What Doom resolves to be at the end of the third series.
- Brutal Honesty: Doom never lies. Never. Except when he's protecting someone he cares about.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Jasmine certainly feels this way when they are first forced to team-up.
- The Confidant: To Endon during his childhood in the palace of Del.
- Crazy-Prepared: It comes with being Properly Paranoid. You really can't blame him, all things considered...
- Dark and Troubled Past: After he and his wife fled Del in place of the royal family, they settled in the Forests of Silence as Tora refused them sanctuary. When Jasmine was seven both he and Anna were captured by Grey Guards and marched to the Shadowlands. In the Shadowlands Anna died (which broke Jarred), and soon after he lost his memories during his own fight in the Shadow Arena. Jarred survived and returned to Deltora but became an empty shell of a man due to the trauma and his own bitterness toward the royal family, who he mistakenly believed abandoned Deltora to its fate.
- Death Faked for You: After he is found by Crian the old blacksmith throws his clothes into the sea to make the palace guards believe he is drowned.
- Defrosting Ice King: Though he never completely defrosts, he is less of a Jerkass in the later two series than he is in the first.
- Determinator: Never gives up in anything.
- Dysfunctional Family: Doom and Jasmine are father and daughter, but they hardly ever show it. It isn't because they don't love each other, but because their family is strange. They had just reunited after being apart for nine years, and during those nine years Jarred became a completely different person to the father Jasmine would have remembered from long ago. They chose to start afresh as 'Doom and Jasmine' rather than 'Jarred and his daughter'. A scene near the end of The Sister of the South shows just how dysfunctional their relationship is.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Lief, Barda and Jasmine.
- First Girl Wins: Anna is the first (and only) girl Jarred meets in prologue of the first book, and he later marries her.
- Frame-Up: Jarred is accused of attempting to murder Endon, and is forced to flee the palace because of it. He eventually gets cleared of it, however, years later when Endon comes to realise the truth of it.
- In The Maze of the Beast the Shadow Lord's Ols try to make the trio believe that Doom is secretly working for the Shadow Lord by making it seem as if he had sold out the location of the Amethyst to the Pirates. It ends up being a lie.
- In the third series Paff does her best to make Josef believe that Doom is a Shadow Lord servant and the Guardian of the Sister of the South. In actuality, he is neither. It is Paff who is the real traitor.
- Good Is Not Nice: Or at least, he doesn't like people to think he's nice.
- Doom is pretty hard on Josef in the third series, so much so that Josef ends up distrusting him because of it. He doesn't really have anything against Josef, though; it's just the way he is. Paff uses it to her full advantage, however, to conceal the fact that she is the Guardian of the Sister of the South.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Doom has a grizzled face and a scar on the side of his head, but he's basically a good guy.
- Happily Married: To Anna before her death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives up his identity and home to protect the royal family.
- Hot-Blooded: As a child. After he becomes Doom, not so much. It's something Jasmine seems to have inherited, along with the foot-stamping.
- Identity Amnesia: He was once Endon's best friend Jarred, and he is Jasmine's father. He forgot all this after sustaining a serious head injury in the Shadowlands while fighting a Vraal.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Lief, Crian and people in the Resistance. And also the old Doom of the Hills.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for Josef's death in the third series, as he had been hard on Josef, so much so that Josef distrusted him because of it.
- I Work Alone: Admittedly he actually has some valid reasons for it. When the Enemy has shapeshifting Ols, you never know who you can trust, so working alone can be lifesaving.
- Living Lie Detector: he can generally tell when he's being lied to, and detect most Ols just by looking at them. Supposedly anyway. Grade Three Ols, however, are a different story.
- Jerkass: But only in the first series. It's really just a facade to cover up the fact that he's bitter and empty inside. He actually does act nice or simply cordial at times, such as when he invites the trio to stay in the Resistance stronghold despite the fact that it would bring the Grey Guards to their door, and also after the short time he spends inside Tora which saps his willpower. Unfortunately the Jerkass side of his overshadows the nice part of him and he's continuously mistrusted by the trio for most of the first series.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the second and third series, when the other characters have finally noticed that he does have a nice side after all.
- Like a Son to Me: Though he never says it aloud, he seems to have thought of Dain like a son, as Dain told the trio that Doom was like a father to him.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Jasmine's father.
- Made a Slave: He and his wife get taken to the Shadowlands as slaves when Jasmine is seven years old.
- Mysterious Past: In the first series, no one knows anything about Doom's past, least of all Doom himself.
- Near-Death Experience: He almost dies in the Shadow Arena while fighting a Vraal. He only just manages to escape after he hits his head and loses all his memories.
- Nerves of Steel: Is able to think quickly in a dangerous and difficult situation and not panic.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Even his own daughter calls him Doom. It's justified given that after being Doom of the Hills for so long it would be impossible to go back to being Jarred because he just isn't that person anymore,
- Power of Trust: In the very beginning, Jarred is trusted by Endon, who he gives up his identity for so that the royal family can be safe from the Shadow Lord. Then he goes into the Shadow Arena... and becomes a hard, cold man who rarely trusts. However, he chooses to trust Lief, Barda and Jasmine after he rescues them from Grey Guards, by inviting them into the Resistance stronghold and admitting what his motives had been for attending the Games in the first place. However, the three companions refuse to trust him in turn, and he is left wondering if he was wrong to trust them as they would not trust him. He is greatly mistrusted by the trio in the first series, but in the end turns out to be a steadfast ally.
- In ''The Isle of Illusion", when Sharn and Marilen are speculating on who could have tried to poison Marilen Sharn says that it couldn't be Doom as he is 'above suspicion'. They are right of course, and it goes to show how trusted Doom is by the trio and royal family by that point in the series that they would not even think of suspecting him of treachery.
- In "The Sister of the South" Doom goes white when he believes for a moment that Lief accuses him of treachery, showing just how much he values Lief's trust in him.
- Pragmatic Hero: Is fond of taking a pragmatic approach to planning a venture.
- Properly Paranoid: He leads a rebel organization when the Enemy has shapeshifting spies. Unfortunately, Dain is one of the most advanced shapeshifters, the undetectable kind.
- Rebel Leader: Leads the rebellion against the Shadow Lord.
- Rebellious Spirit: In his own, silent way.
- In part one of The Forests of Silence Jarred is said to long to break the Rule and climb over the wall and see the city. The only reason he doesn't do it is because it would mean being taken away from the palace and Endon.
- Secret Identity: He's actually Jarred.
- Starting a New Life: A result of his death being faked and being hunted by the palace, Jarred settles into life at the forge with Anna and Crian and becomes Crian's apprentice.
- This also comes into play when he and Anna flee Del on the night of the Shadow Lord's invasion. As the Torans refuse to provide shelter for them they are forced to settle in the Forests of Silence. And there's also when Jarred escapes from the Shadow Arena and becomes Doom, with no recollection of who he truly is.
- The Stoic: He rarely changes expression.
- Not So Stoic: When he hits his head and begins to recover all his memories in Return to Del, Doom breaks down when he begins conversing with Past!Anna and Past!Jasmine.
- Undying Loyalty: In The Forests of Silence prologue, to Endon. And later to Lief.
AnnaCrian's granddaughter and Jarred's wife. She is pregnant during the prologue in The Forests of Silence and is due to give birth in early autumn.
- Adult Fear: Anna has to leave behind her seven-year-old daughter to fend for herself in the Forests of Silence when she and Jarred are captured by Grey Guards and taken to the Shadowlands. She doesn't even know if Jasmine is alive or dead.
- Babies Ever After: Between the Prologue and Part Two of The Forests of Silence, Anna gives birth to Jasmine.
- Body Horror: See below.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: A popular fan theory is that Anna is ripped apart by a Vraal in the Shadow Arena. Given what slaves had to endure in the Shadowlands, it's all too likely that however it happened Anna's death was brutal and cruel.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Anna's mother died in childbirth; her father died three years before the series begins.
- Happily Married: To Jarred before her death.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly gives up her home and identity to protect the royal family.
- Made a Slave: Was taken to the Shadowlands with Jarred, possibly to fight in the Shadow Arena.
- The Medic: Anna was said to be a healer, wise in the knowledge of herbs and growing things. She cures Jarred after he is paralysed by the Wenn in First Wood.
- Pregnant Badass: Though not as badass as Sharn in the Forests of Silence prologue, Anna gets points for being willing to give up her identity and home so that Endon, Sharn and their child would be safe.
- Raised by Grandparents: Implied and very likely, as Anna's parents died when she was fairly young and she seemed to be close to her grandfather.
- So Proud of You: Anna says this to Jasmine when her spirit is momentarily drawn back by the topaz.
CrianAnna's grandfather and a blacksmith. Stubborn and fearless, Crian is the only one brave enough to give shelter to Jarred after his flight from the Palace of Del, and has a large influence on Jarred. He agrees to take Jarred on as an apprentice, and after his death Jarred takes over as blacksmith.
JinksA former palace acrobat from before the invasion as well as a former acquaintance of Barda. He later joined the resistance. Is well known in all his circles for causing mischief.
JosefThe palace librarian during the time of King Alton and King Lief, and the guardian of the Deltora Annals.
- A Friend in Need: Josef gives away the knowledge of Marilen's presence in the palace to comfort Amarantz, who is distraught at the thought of Lief not being in the palace as she has come so close to speaking with him to convince him to take an army into the Shadowlands to free the slaves trapped there. He is guilt-ridden afterward, as he realises the possible ramifications of his action which put Marilen in danger.
- Character Death: Josef is killed by Paff, who had been putting poison into his food and drink to make him seem crazy and distrust those around him, particularly Doom.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Comes off as this in universe. A lot of his ideas, including his opinions on Dragons, lead people to assume he is crazy. The fact that he tends to babble does not help.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Fakes his own death to save the Deltora Annals, and lives the next years as a homeless person on the streets of Del.
- Death By Fire: What everyone thinks happened to Josef, before he shows himself to be alive in Cavern of the Fear.
- Faking the Dead: After being ordered by Prandine to destroy the Deltora Annals, Josef Took a Third Option and faked his own death by making out that he burned himself along with the Annals. He even wrote a convincing suicide note to go with it.
- Family of Choice: During the Shadow Lord's rule he informally adopts Ranesh into his family, and comes to view the couple who sheltered them in the Pottery as very close friends.
- Hidden Depths: At first he seems like a Cloudcuckoolander, and is not taken very seriously as a result. However, he turns out to be brave, smart and extremely loyal to Deltora.
- Like a Son to Me: Josef tells this to Ranesh just before he dies.
- Parental Substitute: For Ranesh.
AmarantzAn elderly woman who once ran the largest pottery in Del and is friends with Sharn. She and her husband were taken to the Shadowlands after a failed attempt at rebellion.
- Facial Horror: Has ugly scars that mark her cheeks and brow.
- Character Death: Eats one of her own poisoned cakes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Was taken to the Shadowlands as a slave after a failed rebellion.
- Determinator: Upon gaining entry into the palace, Amarantz is quick in trying to gain an audience with Lief to convince him to bring an army to the Shadowlands to save the trapped Deltorans. She doesn't give up hope that she'll be able to speak to him eventually about it— in fact, the only time she appears to be in despair is when she realises that Lief is in Tora and not Del.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Amarantz dies in Sharn's arms after swallowing one of her poisoned cakes.
- Happily Married: To an unnamed man, before they are separated after being taken to the Shadowlands as slaves.
- Made a Slave: Was taken to the Shadowlands as a slave after a failed rebellion.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: Amarantz attempts to poison Marilen in Isle of Illusion, after hearing from Josef that Marilen is Lief's Toran bride. Fortunately, Marilen realises this with the help of the amethyst in the Belt of Deltora and does not touch her lunch. She later also tries to dispose of Doom, Lindal and Steven in the same way.
- The Mole: She is under control of a Conversion Project worm.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Part of the Shadow Lord's Conversion Project.
MikalA former potter of Del. He is captured and taken to the Shadowlands, where his hands are turned into talons, earning him the nickname 'Claw'.
- Badass Normal: Sort of. He fights fearlessly against plenty of enemies in the Shadowlands with no problems at all, but the fact that he has talons for hands which he uses to his advantage during fights may subvert this trope slightly.
- Body Horror: Used as an experiment while in the Shadowlands. He now sports talons in place of hands.
- Cursed with Awesome: By his own admission, his talons come in handy when it's a struggle to survive.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was taken to the Shadowlands, and sent to the Factory, where he was brutally experimented on by Shadow Lord servants. This caused him to have talons in place of hands.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is known for it.
- Determinator: Never gives up, though he is very thoughtful and wary when planning his approach to a fight.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Brianne and Gers, and the second Shadowlands resistance group. Later with Lief, Barda and Jasmine.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Known as Claw while in the Shadowlands Resistance.
- Pragmatic Hero: Is very much so. In The Shadowlands he orders the others to be careful entering the Resistance hideout in case it had been invaded by Shadow Lord servants. He is right, too, as Hellena's group had been discovered and captured by the Shadow Lord.
- Properly Paranoid: Upon meeting Lief, Barda and Jasmine, Claw is wary of them, thinking that they might be Shadow Lord spies. It is justified, since no one had been known to have escaped from the Shadowlands or even entered it of their own free will. And since Claw is a Rebel Leader in the land of their Enemy, with their Enemy's servants surrounding them, he has a valid reason to be Properly Paranoid.
- Rebel Leader: Leads the Shadowlands resistance.
- Made a Slave: Taken to the Shadowlands as a slave long ago to be experimented on.
- Nerves of Steel: Never seems to panic or flinch during a battle.
- Rebellious Spirit: Leads a Resistance band in the Shadowlands.
- Starting a New Life: After his return from the Shadowlands.
- The Stoic: He rarely shows his true feelings. Justified, since he the leader of a rebel group within enemy territory.
- True Companions: With Brianne and Gers.
BrittaA young woman of Del who longs to be a trader and the protagonist of the Star of Deltora series. Against great opposition, she enters the Rosalyn Trust competition in the hopes of becoming the new Trader Rosalyn apprentice. She also happens to secretly be the daughter of Dare Larsett, the most hated person in Del.
- Adult Fear: There is an attempt on her life in The Towers of Illica. If Sky and Jewel hadn't been close by when it happened, Britta would likely have fallen to her death and drowned in the stormy sea.
- Betty and Veronica: Is the Archie to Jantsys Betty and Skys Veronica
- Broken Pedestal: Her view of her father was forever altered when he betrayed his own family and people to claim the Staff of Tier.
- Casting a Shadow: Not her, per se, but the Wraiths that follow her. Most people, including herself, see only creeping shadows.
- Childhood Friends: With Jantsy.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Amidst a troop of pragmatic traders, she tries and fails to keep her own interests her number 1 priority. She regularly helps those around her in sticky situations, and it often comes back to bite her. At least, until later on when the people she helps come back to help her.
- Daddy's Girl: Before Dare's betrayal she had an extremely close relationship with him, to the point where she wanted to be a trader like him. This relationship (on Britta's side) turned bitter after Dare's betrayal.
- Damsel out of Distress: In the swamplands of Two Moons Britta finds herself in a sticky situation but still manages to get herself out of it by bargaining with Thurl. She is the one who saves Sky from being thrown into the mud to drown, and bargains for a safe way out of there for both of them. Earlier in Shadows of the Master she is knocked unconscious and trapped in a cellar and she immediately sets her mind to escaping her predicament.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her father was the infamous Dare Larsett, who betrayed his crew and the captain of his ship to find the Staff of Tier and become its new master. After news of Dare's betrayal reached Del Britta and her family were forced into hiding because of the scandal.
- Determinator: Is determined to win the competition and get back the Star of Deltora from the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father, Dare Larsett, never came home after finding the Island of Tier.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After leaving Two Moons she creates a fringe of her hair to hide the permanent gold mark left there by Thurl in the Swamplands.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Sky graduadually develop something of a comradery after their run-in in the Two Moons swamp.
- Guile Hero: Unlike Lief or Rye, who had weapons and/or magic on their side, Britta must defend herself and succeed in her quest with only her wits. That is, unless you count the wraiths that follow her as 'help'.
- Hot-Blooded: Very much so, though she is also very level-headed and polite as well.
- In the Blood: Like her father, she has an intense love of trade and seafaring, though she is not supposed to indulge in either.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Captain Gripp.
- Intrepid Merchant: Since she was young, she has always wanted to be a trader and go to strange lands. Now she finds that she is in the running to become apprentice to the Trader Rosalyn. She becomes this trope for real when she is named Mab's apprentice.
- In-Series Nickname: Is called 'Britt' by Captain Gripp. Jewel calls her 'nodnap', in reference to the flightless birds that live near Broome.
- Jumped at the Call: Once it sank in that she had a real chance in the Rosalyn Trust competition, she seized the opportunity with both hands and fought tooth and nail to make it count.
- Magnificent Bastard: Her first act in the story is talking a customer into buying an entire wheel of cheese. As a prospective trader, bargaining and reasoning become her modus operandi.
- Nice Girl: Is generally a kind and generous person.
- Non Action Girl: Unlike previous protagonists, she is decidedly a Non Action Girl, her main talent being in trading. She has no skills at all in combat.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In Olla-Scollbow's Tower, Britta tries to comfort a despairing and lovesick Collin by telling him that "there is more to the world than the Towers of Illica". The very next morning Collin's disappeared, having taken enough heart in Britta's words to choose to elope with his lover, and Britta is accidentally implicated in the scandal in a letter of his to his parents. And to top it all off, Britta is accused of stealing a sunrise pearl from the Collection which was actually taken by Collin. All of this results in a very dangerous situation, at the end of which Britta is forced to hand over her own sunrise pearl to the Scollbows and confined to her cabin until further notice.
- Oblivious to Love: Britta seems entirely unaware that Jantsy harbors romantic feelings for her.
- She's also entirely oblivious to Sky's obvious affection for her, dismissing his trade of an odi-hairclip usually given as a love-token (its pattern meaning forever) to her to help her win the contest as a favor from a friend and payment of a debt.
- Odd Friendship: Despite the many differences between her and Jewel, the two quickly hit it off and begin looking out for each other. This extends to Sky once they begin to trust each other.
- Pride: Has a good deal of pride, though it's not a Fatal Flaw of hers.
- Pragmatic Heroism: Chronic Hero Syndrome aside, Britta is often very aware of what she is and is not capable of, both in terms of physical ability as well as where she stands in striking a bargain.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Initially wears her hair in a bun at the nape of her neck, as is befitting a 'proper' lady of Del. In Two Moons she lets her hair down to give her some relief from the heat of the sun.
- Rebellious Spirit: She longs to escape her dreary life in the little shop in Del and be free to follow her dream of becoming a trader and winning back the Star of Deltora.
- Secret Identity: Only close friends know who her father is.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Britta is much stronger than she appears to be.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: She seems to curse a lot more than would be expected for a woman of Del.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It's stated that Britta bears a strong resemblance to her father.
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes through this after she finds herself trapped in the swamplands on Two Moons. She tries to rescue a boy from drowning in the mud (and almost drowns herself), bargains with Thurl for her way out and later manages to save Sky from being thrown into the mud by the turtle-people by trading her purse for his life. And then it's revealed that she's now the owner of a goozli doll, which is what Thurl had given her as thanks for saving Stassi's life.
- Turn Out Like Her Father: Everybody who knows her father is Larsett can see that she takes after him and, with the exception of Captain Gripp, they all fear it.
- Unwitting Pawn: She becomes a part of the Rosalyn Trust Competition as part of Mab's plan to lure out the Hungry Isle and beg Dare Larsett to extend her life.
- Wild Hair: Her hair is a downplayed example. Though it's described as messy and tangled, it's nowhere near as bad as Jasmine's.
MargarethThe older sister of Britta.
- Nice Girl: She has a very gentle and kind personality.
MaarieMother of Britta and Margareth, and wife to Dare Larsett.
- Ill Girl: She constantly has bouts of sickness and becomes bedridden. It seems to be from the mixture of grief and anger at her husband's abandonment.
JantsyA close friend of Britta's who works at a bakery. He is the only person she has trusted with the secret of her father.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Type II to Britta. It's implied that he is her only friend outside of family and Captain Gripp, and that the main reason she's friends with him at all is because he took interest in her.
- Just Friends: Jantsy clearly has some unresolved feelings for Britta. Britta seems completely oblivious to this and merely views Jantsy as a good, dependable friend.
- Nice Guy: Is good-hearted and nice.
Dare LarsettBritta's father and famous trader. He was second only to Mab in the Rosalyn fleet before he decided to strike out on his own, with his own ship, the Star of Deltora. He is the current King of Tier.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It's implied that the Staff of Tier was influencing his decision-making once he had it in his possession. While it wasn't actually him who gave in to its call in the end, it's made clear that he was close to breaking himself.
- Broken Pedestal: He was once the second most famous trader in all of Deltora. Now he is hated by everyone, including his own family.
- Byronic Hero: He makes it clear in his journal that he has no illusions that retrieving the Staff of Tier, while in the name of a good cause, was heavily influenced by his desire to hunt down the ultimate treasure.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Back in the day, he used to quietly help out those in a bind, either with advice or his connections as a trader. His plan to claim the Staff of Tier was ultimately in the name of healing the mental disorders of former slaves from the Shadowlands.
- The Exile: Spent the sixteen years of Shadow Lord rule in exile with the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Happily Married: To Maarie, supposedly, before his journey to seek the Staff.
- In-Series Nickname: The 'Dare' part of his name was apparently a nickname from his years on the streets of Del.
- Intrepid Merchant: As a member of the Rosalyn fleet, this is a given.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He apparently sacrificed his entire crew to return the Staff of Tier to the Hungry Isle, which in turn awoke it so it could once again terrorise the seas.
- Starting a New Life: He accompanied the Rosalyn Fleet into exile on the day of the Shadow Lord invasion and made a name for himself as a trader.
- Street Urchin: He spent most of his childhood on the streets of Del.
- Tragic Villain: It's implied that he was bewitched by the Staff into killing his crew and retreating to the Isle of Tier, and that he regrets what he has become.
MabThe current Trader Rosalyn and the commander of the Rosalyn Fleet. She is currently looking for an apprentice to inherit her title.
- Big Damn Heroes: A non-action example; she shows up right as the Rosalyn Trust Committee was about to name Vashti the Rosalyn Apprentice by default.
- The Exile: Spent the sixteen years of Shadow Lord rule in exile with the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead who is proud, stubborn and fiery.
- Guile Hero: As the Trader Rosalyn, Mab is the master of negotiation and bargaining. She can talk her way out of almost anything, though her age is starting to hamper her ability to perform.
- Intrepid Merchant: She is effectively the queen of Intrepid Merchants.
- Like a Son to Me: Felt this way towards Larsett. It is implied that, had the terms of the Rosalyn Trust been more lenient, he would have been her preferred successor.
- Manipulative Bastard: She knew from the beginning exactly who Britta was. In fact, it was she who convinced Captain Gripp to get Britta into the Rosalyn Trust Competition. She knew that, with Britta on board, they would likely run into the Hungry Isle. Once there, she could ask Dare Larsett, a man she practically raised as her own, to use the Staff of Tier to extend her life.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Sorrel. There are no real romantic undertones to their relationship, and they both put their work ahead of romance, but it's still very clear that they care for each other deeply.
- Pride: One of her defining traits. It's implied to be the reason she waited so long to get and apprentice, seeing it as admitting that she is getting old and weak.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She always looks at a situation objectively and never loses her head in a crisis. She does tend to let her pride get the better of her, however.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives a very short one to Britta after she discovers that the latter had a role in the mess surrounding the elopement of Collin and Vorn.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her crest of hair is dyed Crimson. At her old age, her hair is naturally white.
SorrelAn experienced trader who works for the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Cool Old Guy: He seems to sense that Britta is nervous and becomes her main supporter among the Rosalyn Trust judges.
- The Exile: Spent the sixteen years of Shadow Lord rule in exile with the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Mab. There are no real romantic undertones to their relationship, and they both put their work ahead of romance, but it's still very clear that they care for each other deeply.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: It's mostly thanks to him that Zoolah never succeeded in having Britta removed from the competition.
Captain GrippA retired ship's captain, and a close friend and ally of Britta.
- Cool Old Guy: Britta thinks so at least. Jantsy, on the other hand, seems content to wait outside his house rather than go in with Britta.
- The Exile: Spent the sixteen years of Shadow Lord rule in exile with the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Hidden Depths: He used to make intricate models of the ships in the Rosalyn Fleet, including the Star of Deltora. He stopped when his hands developed arthritis.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Britta, as well as Larsett back in the day.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was unaware of Mab's true reason for wanting Britta in the Rosalyn Trust Competition.
Captain HaraThe current captain of the Star of Deltora.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mab. He stands by her through thick and thin, and considers himself more loyal to her than to the Rosalyn Fleet itself. He is completely willing to even do some more unsavoury things for her.
MikahThe first captain of the Star of Deltora. He died after escaping the Hungry Ilse and setting the Star on course to Del, with only a note written by him to explain what happened. He is the true King of Tier, having assumed Dare Larsett's identity.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It's heavily implied that his betrayal was in part due to the Staff of Tier's influence. One way or another, his resolve was weaker than Larsett's and he was the first to cave into the Staff's promises, even though Larsett was the one the staff was bound to.
- The Exile: Spent the sixteen years of Shadow Lord rule in exile with the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Hook Hand: He lost one of his hands at some stage and wears a hook in its place. He later replaces it with Dare Larsett's own hand, allowing him to control the Staff of Tier.
- Nice Guy: He was known to be a generally nice guy. Possibly subverted after the reveal. As the King of Tier, he was anything but pleasant, but it's not clear how much of this is from the staff's influence.
- Posthumous Character: His bones were found aboard the Star of Deltora when it drifted back to Del. Only the bones were Larsett's while he himself is very much alive, as the King of Tier.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Even after killing her father, framing him as the King of Tier, and trying to kill her and her friends, a small part of Britta feels bad for Mikah for falling victim to the Staff's promises.
ZoolahMikah's sister and an employee of the Rosalyn Fleet.
- Berserk Button: She doesn't like it when people challenge her authority, or worse, disregard it altogether.
- Character Death: Is killed by the shadows in Shadows of the Master, when she is harassing Britta and threatening to reveal her true identity.
- Control Freak: She has little power within the Rosalyn Fleet, but she excercises it whenever she gets the chance.
- It's Personal: Her Feud with Britta gets more and more heated as she tries to exact her retribution and gets repeatedly shot down. But nothing compares to when she finds out that Britta's father is Larsett, the man who killed her brother.
- This Means War!: She will instantly hold a grudge against anybody who offends her and will never let it go until she gets her way.
Trader LoyVashti's father, and an important member of the Rosalyn Fleet.
Bosun CrowThe bosun of the Star of Deltora.
VashtiA snobbish, disdainful trader's daughter. She is a candidate for the Rosalyn apprenticeship.
- The Ace: She is the best of the prim and proper trader's daughters and nobody doubted for a second that she would become a finalist.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Britta likens her appearance to that of a kitten that has never failed to get all the cream she wanted.
- Insufferable Genius: She is the single most prepared of the Rosalyn Trust candidates and is not afraid to flaunt her knowledge.
- Britta even admits that Vashti is actually a skilled trader and probably doesn't need to rely on underhanded tactics to do well.
- Out of Focus: She barely appears in Towers of Illica.
- Spoiled Brat: She was apparently set to ride home in a carriage. She treats everything that goes wrong on the voyage to be a personal injustice whenever it disrupts her trading plans.
Lean AliceA seer of Del, who prophesied the Shadow Lord invasion and the sixteen years of tyranny.
- Aura Vision: While most people can 'see' the Wraiths in the form of creeping shadows, Lean Alice seems to be able to clearly identify them, to the point where her can tell who they are following.
Master SheeversA former master potter of Del whose mind has been broken by suffering and captivity in the Shadowlands.
- Determinator: He won't stop collecting his lamps until he has all of those which were meant to be given to the rebels in the pottery.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He is a master potter who was taken to the Shadowlands as a slave long ago for participating in a rebellion against the Shadow Lord.
- Despair Event Horizon: Like everybody else who was enslaved in the Shadowlands, life was not great for him. He had clung to the hope that his life would return to normal if he ever got home, but soon found that his mind and body were still not sound.
- Facial Horror: He has a horrifying scar over his eye.
- Rebellious Spirit: Implied, since he decided to join the ill-fated Shadow Lord rebellion which took place in Del.