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Since the Iron Gold trilogy is a Sequel Series to the Red Rising trilogy, spoilers for the previous series will be unmarked. All tropes for characters originating in previous Red Rising books still apply unless noted otherwise.

Solar Republic

     As a whole  
After toppling the Hierarchy at the end of the original series, Darrow and Mustang have reorganized what's left of the Society into a Republic, creating a new, fairer civilization on Earth, Mars, and Luna.
  • Fictional Political Party: Aside from having ten senators for each Color, The two largest political parties are the Optimates, led by Mustang, who favor a central government strong enough to keep order. On the other side of the spectrum is Vox Populi, a socialist party led by Dancer and made up predominantly of lowColor senators who want to avoid having history repeat itself by limiting the Golds' power and influence. Copper and Obsidian are each treated as their own independent parties.
  • Genre Blind: When the Ash Lord sends emissaries to Luna with an offer of peace negotiations, Darrow is one of the only ones who sees the olive branch for the ploy that it is.
  • Obstructive Bureaucracy: Darrow is beginning to see the senate as this. While Mustang doesn't share his level of pessimissim, she does comment on the increasing gridlock caused by the two main political parties.
  • The Republic: With its territory consiting of Earth, Mars, and their respective moons.
  • The Remnant: By the end of Dark Age, Earth has been retaken by the Society, and Luna is under the control of the Boneriders via their puppets in the Vox Populi. Only Mars and its moons remain free.


     Darrow O'Lykos 
The Hero of the original Red Rising novels and one of the four POV characters of the Sequel Series. Ten years after overthrowing Octavia au Lune and breaking the tyrannical regime which opressed his people, Darrow now serves as ArchImperator of the new Solar Republic as he leads its fleet in an endless war against the Gold loyalists of the core.
  • The Chains of Commanding: After an entire trilogy of he and his wife operating phenomenally as a team, he now has to keep her out of the loop whenever he's going to do something borderline illegal behind her back because she'll be impeached if the Senate suspects she knew.
  • Four-Star Badass: Being ArchImperator of the Republic fleet makes him this.
  • Frontline General: He still leads from the front lines as he always does.
  • Happily Married: He and Mustang officially tied the knot sometime during the timeskip.
  • Parents as People: He loves his wife and son, and wants nothing more than to be with them, but he feels compelled to spend his days at war because he sees it as his personal responsibility to bring down the Ash Lord.
  • Ruling Couple: A variation. Mustang is the one in charge of the government, but Darrow is the one in command of the military.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: There's signs that he's suffering from PTSD after more than a decade of endless warfare.
     Sevro au Barca 
Darrow's right-hand-man in the original trilogy. In the decade since then, he continues to serve under Darrow as an Imperator in the republic fleet.
  • Action Dad: He and Victra have three daughters.
  • Four-Star Badass: He's an Imperator, which is the Red Rising-verse equivalent of an admiral.
  • The Lancer: He still plays this role to Darrow.
One of the original Howlers
One of the original Howlers
One of the new Howlers recruited during the Time Skip
  • Sex God: She claims to have bedded Obsidians.
     Horatius au Savag/Screwface 
One of the original Howlers from the first series
  • Ascended Extra: Not only does he get more focus compared to every prior appearance, but Dark Age finally gives the audience his real name.
  • Reverse Mole: During the Time Skip he was sent undercover to infiltrate Atalantia's legions.
     Rhonna O'Lykos 
Darrow's oldest niece. While she originally enlisted in the Republic's Legions, Darrow makes her one of his lancers at her father's request.
  • Action Girl: Trained to pilot mechs.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Snaps at her father and uncle for giving her non-combat positions despite the fact that she spent three years training to pilot Humongous Mecha.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Ever since she joined the military, she's been trying to prove that she deserved to be there and wasn't just getting ahead because she's the Reaper's niece. As such, she resents the fact that her Overprotective Dad convinced Darrow to give her positions that keep her away from the action.
  • Nepotism: She keeps trying to prove that she didn't get her job because of this trope, but Darrow's efforts to appease her father and keep her safe just make it look like it anyway.
     Kavax au Telemanus 
Patriarch of the Telemanus family
  • Career-Ending Injury: The wounds he suffered during the abduction of Electra and Pax force him to retire from active duty and leave him limping with a cane.
  • Life Debt: Agrees to Lyria's request to bring her and her nephew to Luna with him after she saves his life.
  • Out of Focus: As a consequence of the new trilogy having multiple narrators, many of Darrow's supporting cast from the original trilogy have reduced roles in Iron Gold.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Exploits bureaucratic loopholes to help Lyria and her nephew bypass the Republic's strict immigration laws and leave Mars.

     Thraxa au Telemanus 
The oldest daughter of the Telemanus family.
     Alexandar au Arcos 
The oldest grandson of Lorn au Arcos
     Colloway xe Char 
A famous pilot in the Solar Republic fleet.
     Holiday Ti Nakamura 
One of Darrow's subordinates in Morning Star, now an officer in the Republic military.
  • Action Girl: Comes with the territory of being a Gray and a former Son of Ares agent, but she doesn't really get a chance to fight this time around.
  • Artificial Limbs: Both of her legs are prosthetic from the thighs down.
  • Electronic Eyes: Has one of these in addition to her two prosthetic legs.
  • Retired Badass: Took a step back from the front lines to serve as Virginia's chief bodyguard and head of security.

     Cadus Harnassus 
One of the Imperators of the Republic fleet, he and Orion lead the Free Legions on Mercury.
     Felix au Daan 
Darrow's bodyguard on Mercury.
The commander of Luna's defense fleet, appointed to acting Arch Imperator of the Republic navy after Darrow becomes a fugitive.

     Valdir the Unshorn 
An Obsidian warlord and Sefi's royal concubine. Sefi recalled him from the front lines after the Iron Rain on Mercury in Iron Gold and he now serves at her side.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He's having an affair with the spirit warrior Freihild because he belives that Sefi has grown cold and distant.


     Virginia au Augustus/Mustang 
Darrow's wife and Sovereign of the Solar Republic. While Darrow commands the Republic's military, she is the one who runs the new government.
  • Ascended Extra: In Iron Gold, she only had a few appearances toward the beginning and end of the book. Dark Age makes her a POV character.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Because of her marriage to Darrow, she can never speak a word in his defense, knowing that any attempt to defend his less legal actions will be dismissed as un-objective.
  • Happily Married: Despite the secrets their jobs force them to keep from each other, she and Darrow are still married after ten years.
  • Ruling Couple: Sort of. She's the only one with a government position, but Darrow is still technically her right hand man as ArchImperator.
  • Slave to PR: Now that she's Sovereign, she has to be careful what she says and does in public, or else she runs the risk of being impeached.
     Dancer O'Faran 
The second in command of the Sons of Ares from the original series. After becoming disillusioned with the endless bloodshed that has followed the fall of Octavia au Lune, Dancer went into politics and became a senator, where he now leads the Vox Populi party.
  • Forced Out of the Closet: Subverted. he thinks this is happening when Mustang and Sevro confront him with video footage of another man, believing that because of Reds' conditioned homophobia they plan to blackmail him. In reality, they're confronting him because his paramour is the Duke of Hands.
  • Retired Badass: Retired from war and went into politics.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Suffers from PTSD after years of war.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While Dancer does have a few good arguments, he is no longer the Reasonable Authority Figure he was in the original trilogy.

     Publius cu Caraval 
The most prominent Copper senator. While he does support Darrow's views on the war against the Ash Lord, he has a tendency to play both sides of the political aisle.
  • Playing Both Sides: Mustang and Darrow suspect him of this. The truth is even worse.
  • The Mole: He was the one leaking information to the Syndicate.
  • Unwitting Pawn: was completely unaware that he was working for the Boneriders, and by extension, the Society.
     Daxo au Telemanus 
Kavax's oldest son. During the Time Skip, he's become a senator for Gold.
The Republic's ArchWarden and head of the Senate's security forces.
  • Accidental Murder: Darrow accidentally kills him while resisting arrest.
  • Ascended Extra: He was a nameless background character in the original trilogy, but now gets a name and a more prominent role.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He originally appeared in Golden Son as a nameless Obsidian who Darrow gave a razor to during the Lion's Rain. Now he gets a name and some backstory.
  • Large and in Charge: He's an Obsidian and head of the Senate's security force, so this is a given.
  • Retired Badass: He's still in a position where he'll potentially have to fight, but he's no longer on the front lines of the war.
Originally Darrow's stewardess while he infiltrated Gold society during the original series before taking command of the Rising's intelligence network in the final book. Now, under the Solar Republic, she serves as Mustang's spymaster
  • Crazy-Prepared: Despite Mustang's orders, she kept a litter of Oracles alive on the off chance that a situation ever crossed the Godzilla Threshold to sufficiently justify their use.
  • Killed Off for Real: After Caraval's coup ousts Virginia from power, his Kangaroo Court puts her to death.
  • Out of Focus: As a consequence of the new trilogy having multiple narrators, many of Darrow's supporting cast from the original trilogy have reduced roles in Iron Gold.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Fully prepared to interrogate Lyria with an Oracle when Pax and Electra are kidnapped.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Darrow and his family. She helped him break into Deepgrave, after all.


     Victra au Barca 
Sevro's wife and one of Darrow's lieutenants from the original series. Having taken control of her family's shipping business from her sister in Morning Star, she and Quicksilver are now the most prominent business-people in the republic.
  • Action Mom: She's had three kids since the original trilogy, and is pregnant with her fourth.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She, Lyria, and Volga bond while fleeing the Red Hand through the Martian wilderness.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Despite frequent complaints about the Vox Populi's demands, she still believes that unions are key to fair labor.
  • Mama Bear: If you kidnap or are in any way involved with allowing harm to befall one of her children, she will do everything in her power to hunt you down, pregnancy be damned.
  • Maternity Crisis: Goes into labor after her flagship is destroyed and she's being hunted by the Red Hand through the Martian wilderness.
  • Pregnant Badass: Being eight months pregnant with her fourth child does not slow her down when hunting those she believes responsible for abducting Electra.
  • Retired Badass: Unlike her husband, she stepped back from the war to focus on her family's shipping company. Her daughter's abduction brings her back guns blazing.
     Niobe au Telemanus 
Kavax's wife and mother of Daxo and Thraxa.
  • Action Girl: She's retired, but she has her moments when her husband is injured.
  • Checkhovs Gunman: Mentioned during the original trilogy, but never by name.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She's a Gold with Pacific Islander ancestry.
  • Human Notepad: And she has the tribal tatoos of whichever unspecified pacific island cultures are in her genes all over her body
  • Lethal Chef: According to her daughter.
  • Retired Badass: She's willing to come out of retirement and kick some ass when her husband is wounded in Iron Gold.
  • Violently Protective Wife: She's downright murderous when Kavax is injured by Ephraim's team.
Darrow and Mustang's son
  • Child of Two Worlds: Despite being physically Gold like his mother, he desperately wants to know more about his father's culture.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named for fan-favorite character Pax au Telemanus from the original trilogy.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Resents the fact that his father is away fighting the Ash Lord so often.
     Electra au Barca 
The oldest of Sevro and Victra's three daughters
  • Generation Xerox: Less then ten years old and she's already on course to grow up every bit as badass as her parents.
  • Little Miss Badass: She has't had a chance to be in a fight yet outside of sparring matches, but judging by her commentary during Ephraim's rescue of her and Pax, she will definitely be this is she's ever in a fight.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: When Ephraim needs her help to take down the guards holding her and Pax prisoner, she asks whether she should use an incapacitating strike or limit herself to flesh wounds.
     Deanna O'Lykos 
Darrow's mother
  • The Beard: Implied to be this in Dark Age. The Dramatis Personae refers to her as Dancer's wife, but they don't act like they're married, they live in separate houses, and Dark Age later reveals that Dancer is gay.
  • Survivor's Guilt: feels guilty for the fact that thanks to her son she gets to live the kind of luxury and quality medical care that the people she grew up with did not.
     Lyria O'Lagalos 
One of the four main characters of the Iron Gold trilogy. She and her family have been living in refugee camps ever since her mining colony of Lagalos was liberated following the end of Morning Star.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: While Darrow was motivated by a cause, Lyria is just trying to keep herself and her family alive.
  • The Cynic: Wants to believe in the ideals of the Rising, but is cynical due to the harsh conditions in the refugee camps.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Victra and Volga in Dark Age.
  • Parental Substitute: Both ways. She's left to raise her blind nephew alone after the rest of their family is massacred in an attack by the Red Hand, and Kavax becomes a pseudo-father figure when he brings her to Luna.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Wears a tux when the accompanies the Telemanuses to Quicksilver's birthday party.
  • War Refugees: She and her family have been living in a refugee camp ever since the events of Morning Star.
A shaman for the Obsidians and one of Sefi's advisers.
A Skuggi warrior for the Obsidians
A Skuggi warrior for the Obsidians
A White who serves as Sefi's chief adviser in the creation of Alltribe.
  • The Mole: In reality he's a deep cover Gorgon Agent working on behalf of Atlas au Raa.

Society Remnant

     As a whole 
After the Rising conquered Luna at the end of Morning Star, the Ash Lord and the remaining loyalists retreated to Mercury and Venus, where they have spent the last decade launching attacks against the nascent Republic with the intention of reclaiming the planets that they've lost and re-establishing the hierarchy.
  • The Empire: Like the First Order, the Society Remnant seeks to recreate their fallen empire, while also displaying the characteristics of one, although the only territories they control at the start of Iron Gold are Mercury and Venus. And the trilogy kicks off with them losing Mercury.
  • Fantastic Caste System: They continue the Society's color-coded hierarchy.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: One of the two factions in the universe that still believes in the superiority of Gold over other Colors.
  • The Remnant: They're made up of die-hard loyalists to the original Hierarchy of Color.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Hierarchy.
  • Vestigial Empire: Of an empire that once spanned every celestial body in Earth's solar system, the remaining loyalists only control the two innermost planets. And as of Iron Gold, they only hold a single planet.
     Magnus au Grimmus/The Ash Lord 
The former ArchImperator of the Society, the Ash Lord now leads the remaining Gold loyalists, and has spent the last decade warring against the Solar Republic to reclaim Luna
  • Ascended Extra: Had one speaking appearance in the original trilogy, but he has a more prominent role in Iron Gold.
  • Big Bad: Fills this role in Iron Gold. And then it turns out that he's dying from poison, and his daughter has taken over the reigns of the Society.
  • The Dreaded: Even beyond his destruction of Rhea prior to the original novel, previews for Iron Gold indicates that he has backed up his repuation with genocidal attacks against Martian cities during the last ten years of war.
  • The Unfought: Despite being in nominal command of the Society Remnant, Darrow never fights him personally. Or at least, any fights between them happened during the Time Skip.
     Atalantia au Grimmus 
The Ash Lord's last remaining daughter and the sole surviving Fury.
  • Ascended Extra: Only ever appeared as a nameless cameo at the gala in Golden Son. Now she finally gets a name and a larger role in the plot.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Of the three Furies, she's the only one never mentioned by name in the original trilogy. Now she's taken on a prominent role in the war between the Society and the Republic.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Despite not appearing in person, she's implicitly this on account of being a Gold and the Ash Lord's daughter.
  • The Dragon: To her father. Subverted when it's revealed that her father was poisoned by Apollonius au Valii-Rath three years before Iron Gold, and all of the actions attributed to the Ash Lord since then have in fact been her doing, making her this trope in name only, while serving as de-facto Big Bad.
  • Dragon Ascendant: She took over for her dying father after he was poisoned during the Time Skip and has been leading the war against the Republic in his place for three years.
  • The Woman Behind The Man: Her father is merely the figurehead of the Society, and she's been running the Remnant for the last three years while he slowly dies of poison.
  • Villainous Incest: Groomed and eventually slept with her nephew.
     Julia au Bellona 
Mother of Darrow's friend Cassius and the only surviving member of House Bellona other than her son.
  • Ascended Extra: Only appeared once in the original trilogy, but appears to play a more prominent role in the new series.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: On account of being a die-hard supporter of the oppressive regime that Republic replaced, and the fact that she still holds a grudge against Darrow for the death of Cassius' twin, Julian.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only had one scene in two novels, but manages to cause significant internal shifts in two different factions:
    • Revealing that Darrow had kept the Society's emissaries a secret from the Senate destroys his credibility and gives the Vox Populi the momentum needed to strip him of his rank and order his arrest.
    • Pledging her forces to House Lune in Dark Age exacerbates the tension between Lysander, Atalantia, and Ajax and pushing the Society Remnant to the brink of an Enemy Civil War.
     Apollonious au Valii-Rath 
The older brother of Tactus and Tharsus. He was captured by the Solar Republic during the Time Skip after a failed assassination attempt against Mustang.
  • Ax-Crazy: Orders The Ash Lord's cronies cut up and fed to the crabs in Venus' oceans upon returning home from Deepgrave. Blinds the warden of Deepgrave on his way out.
  • Boxed Crook: The Howlers liberate him from prison in order to use his rivalry with the Carthii family and the Ash Lord to destabilize the Gold loyalists on Venus.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Prior to Iron Gold, Tharsus was the only one of Tactus' brothers to be named and appear in person.
  • Enemy Mine: Darrow breaks him out of Deepgrave so that the Howlers can use his credentials to get onto Venus and assassinate the Ash Lord.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Puts on a veneer of culture, but he's a complete psychopath underneath.
  • In the Blood: A reversed case. Darrow notes that many of Tactus' negative traits were influenced by Apollonius.
     Tharsus au Valii-Rath 
     Atlas au Raa 
The Fear Knight of the Society Remnant and a close friend of Lysander's father. Shortly after the death of Lysander's parents, he was sent to the Kuiper belt to combat the Ascomanni as a means of keeping him out of the way.

     Ajax au Grimmus 
The only son of Aja au Grimmus and Atlas au Raa the current Storm Knight.
     Kalindora au San 
The maternal aunt of Alexandar au Arcos and the new Love Knight of the Society Remnant. She and Atalantia were close friends with Lysander's mother and are responsible for her death.
  • Deathbed Confession: when dying from poison, she admits to Lysander that she and Atalantia were responsible for his parents' deaths.
     Asmodeus au Carthii 
Head of House Carthii, the ruling family of Venus.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Name-dropped in Iron Gold before appearing personally in Dark Age.
     Cicero au Votum 
The heir to House Votum, the ruling family of Mercury. He serves in the Society Remnant's Scorpion Legions.
     Rhone ti Flavinius 
The former second officer of Legio XIII Dracones under Aja au Grimmus.
     Seneca au Cern 
Ajax's second in command.

Rim Dominion

     In General 
After gaining their independence from the Core in Morning Star, the Golds of the Gas Giants went dark, spending the next decade quietly waiting and rebuilding while the Core descends into chaos.
     Romulus au Raa 
The Sovereign of the Rim.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While the rest of his people clamor for war against the Republic, he's fully aware that it's a fight they will lose, and does what he can to prevent it.
     Dido au Raa 
Romulus' wife. Despite her husband's desire to avoid a conflict, she clamors for war against the Solar Republic.
  • Evil Matriarch: The dramatic version. She will gladly send her children, nieces, and nephews to their deaths if it means they can kill Cassius.
  • War Hawk: In contrast with her more pragmatic husband, Dido continues to sound a rallying cry for war against the Republic.
     Seraphina au Raa 

  • Chekhov's Gunman: She appeared as a child in Morning Star when Darrow came to meet with her father.
  • Generation Xerox: She and her mother are both war hawks.
  • War Hawk: Like her mother, she is eager for war against the Republic.
     Marius au Raa 
Romulus' son, and a Quaestor for the Rim.
     Diomedes au Raa 
The Rim's new Storm Knight and Romulus' son.
     Gaia au Raa 
Romulus' mother
Leader of the Kryptea, the Moon Lords' elite intelligence agency, and a veteran of the First Moon Lords' Rebellion that ended forty years before the original trilogy.
  • The Dreaded: Considering she's survived two Moon Lords' Rebellions, Lysander is stunned to learn she's still alive.
  • Living Legend: Although only a handful are aware of the "living" part.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: She was believed to have perished in the original Moon Lords' Rebellion, so Lysnader is quite shocked to meet her alive in the flesh more than half a century after her alleged death.
  • State Sec: Leader of the Rim's secret police.
     Helios au Lux 
The co-consul of the Rim Dominion who rules alongside Dido following Romulus' death.


     Ephraim ti Horn 
Trigg's husband and one of the four POV characters of Iron Gold.
  • And Show It to You: Dies at the end of Dark Age when Volsung Fa rips his heart out and eats it.
  • Badass Beard: His goatee.
  • Badass Mustache: He has one of these as well.
  • Boxed Crook: After Mustang and Holiday discover his complicity in the abduction of Pax and Electra, they immediately conscript him to help rescue the kids instead.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned multiple times throughout Morning Star, and finally appears as a main character in Iron Gold.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Darrow is rebel leader only attracted to women. Ephraim is a gay man working as a mercenary.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In Dark Age, he has no idea what to do with his future now that his days as a freelancer on Luna are over. As he works to help train the Obsidian Skuggi to prepare for Sefi's acquisition of Cimmeria, he starts to find a purpose again in helping the Obsidians build a new home for themselves.
  • Functional Addict: Frequently uses a new drug that mutes his emotions to dull the pain of losing Trigg.
  • Gentleman Thief: What he's become since leaving the Sons of Ares.
  • Happily Married: To the late Trigg ti Nakamura.
  • Insistent Terminology: Refers to Trigg as his husband, despite the fact that they weren't married yet at the time of Trigg's death in Morning Star, because he feels that calling Trigg his fiance cheapens the relationship they had together.
  • The Lost Lenore: His husband Trigg was killed in the opening chapters of Morning Star.
  • Parental Substitute: despite their harsh parting in Iron Gold, Volga still considers him her father figure.

     Volga Fjorgen 
An Obsidian from Earth, and a member of Trigg's gang.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Her dream is to open up a sanctuary for carved animals that have been abandoned.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Unlike her co-workers, she doesn't make any effort to hide her emotions.
  • Escaped from the Lab: Was bred in a laboratory on Earth before being freed and immigrating to Luna.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Lyria and Victra in Dark Age.
  • Knife Nut: Keeps six knives on her person when in meetings with the Syndicate.
  • Properly Paranoid: Despite her innocence, she accompanies Ephraim to deliver Pax and Electra to the Syndicate armed with six knives and an acid gun.
  • Secret Legacy: The laboratory she was born in was a breeding farm owned by the Grimmus family, and one half of the genetic material used to create her comes from fan-favorite character Ragnar Volarus.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Expresses concern when the team drops off Pax and Electra at the Syndicate's safe-house and she fears the children will be harmed.
A young Red working as part of Trigg's heist team.
  • Killed Off for Real: He's killed by Kavax when the heist team arrives to abduct Electra and Pax.
     Cyra si Lamensis 
A Green who works as the hacker for Trigg's group.
  • Disney Villain Death: The Syndicate drop her off the side of an under-construction skyscraper for betraying Ephraim's trust.
  • Hackette: She's the hacker in their little band of thieves.
  • Killed Off for Real: After they drop off the kids.
  • The Mole: She'd been spilling Ephraim's secrets to the Syndicate all along.
     The Duke of Hands 
One of the main enforcers of The Syndicate.
     The Syndicate Queen (SPOILERS
Leader of the Syndicate. Not even her most trusted lieutenants know her true identity. Later revealed to be Liliath au Faran.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Thought she doesn't appear in-person, she's the one who ordered Ephraim's heist in Iron Gold. Finally appears in Dark Age where she reveals her true identity.
  • The Dreaded: Even her own underlings are terrified of her. And given her true identity, they should be.
  • Faking the Dead: How she keeps her identity a secret. No one suspects a Bonerider whose ship was destroyed a decade ago to be running a criminal empire.
  • The Ghost: Her only appearance is a single transmission to Ephraim at the end of Iron Gold, but she's the one who masterminded Ephraim's heist.
  • Hidden Villain: Not even her own underlings know her real identity.
  • Never Found the Body: Her real identity was assumed dead when her ship was destroyed, but Lilath au Faran is still alive and kicking more than a decade after her supposed death in Morning Star.
  • Undying Loyalty: Her dukes are unfailingly loyal to her. And she has undying loyalty towards her master.
Dancer's former lietuenant who broke away from the Sons of Ares. Her Renegade Splinter Faction has morphed into a terrorist organization called the Red Hand, who travel the surface of Mars killing every Gamma Red they can find.

The Brown who abducted Lyria on behalf of Victra at the end of Iron Gold, and one of Ephraim's main rivals in the criminal underworld.


     Lysander au Lune 
Ocatvia's grandson and one of the four POV characters of the new trilogy.
  • Ascended Extra: Only had two scenes in the original trilogy, but becomes one of the main characters of the Sequel Series
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Lysander is a rich kid who lost everything, in contrast to Darrow, a slave who rose up to lead the rebellion.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Previews for Iron Gold indicate that Cassius sees him as one for Julian.
  • Villain Protagonist: His decision to join the Moon Lords in their impending war against the Republic sets him up as this. Even more so in Dark Age when he openly fights alongside the Society forces on Mercury against the Republic.
  • Walking the Earth: He and Cassius have been doing this ever since the end of Morning Star.
     Cassius au Bellona 
An old friend and former rival of Darrow's from the original trilogy. At the end of Morning Star, he left Luna with Lysander to protect the boy from headhunters looking to end his bloodline. Now they wander the solar system looking for derelict ships to salvage or pirate attacks to thwart.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Tries to be one to Lysander, and even invokes it as part of their cover story.
  • Death Faked for You: After sustaining serious wounds in back-to-back honor duels against Dido au Raa's heirs, Diomedes carries him away for medical attention, but later tells Lysander that he died from his wounds and that his body had been desecrated by Belerophon's men in revenge. A few months later he arrives Mercury to help Darrow and the surviving Free Legions evacuate when Lysander and the Ash Legions overrun the Republic stronghold at Heliopolis.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After the fall of the Society in Morning Star, he's been wandering space beyond Mars' orbit, protecting cargo ships from pirates as he tried to find a purpose.
  • Not Quite Dead: After his wounds were treated by Diomedes' men, he was secluded under house arrest in a private estate on Europe, to be released when the war ended. He broke out, and stole his ship back to escape, barely managing to limp back to Mars and warn the Republic that the Rim was coming.
The pilot of Cassius and Lysander's ship, the Archimedes.
  • Ace Pilot
  • Old Retainer: She used to serve in the Bellona family's fleet before the Rising.
  • Satellite Character: Only really shows up periodically in Lysander's chapter.
  • Servile Snarker
  • Undying Loyalty: Sticks around with Lysander in Dark Age even in the rigidly pro-hierarchy Core and Rim because she still cares about the kid and wants to make sure they stick together.
     Volsung Fa 
The mythical king of the Ascomanni. He arrives on Mars to challenge Sefi's title as Queen of the Obsidians.
An Organge architect and inventor living on Mercury. He defected to the Republic on the condition that Darrow keep civilian casualties to a minimum by launching an Iron Rain.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: First he supported the Society. Then he defected to the Republic. Then when he believed that Darrow broke his promises, he turns back to the Society once he finds out Lysander is still alive.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Lysander au Lune.
     The Abomination (SPOILER CHARACTER
When Mustang's brother Adrius was killed in Morning Star, he left his trusted lieutenant Lilath with instructions to find the Master Carver Zanzibar on Earth and clone him. After Lilath successfully ousts Mustang from power and places her puppet Caraval in command of the interim government of Luna, The Jackal arrives on Luna as Emperor.
  • Cloning Gambit: How he came to exist in the first place.
  • Cloning Blues: Displays hints of this in his private conversations with Mustang.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Syndicate Queen is his lieutenant, Lilath.
  • Walking Spoiler: His existence spoils the identity of the Syndicate Queen, and one cannot discuss his role in the story without revealing what happens to Mustang and the Republic.

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