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Selig's Steading

     Waldemar Selig 

Waldemar Selig

A Skaldi warlord who is able to unite all of the various Skaldi tribes under him. In addition to being a fearsome warrior, he is also a cunning leader. He tries to invade Terre d'Ange. It doesn't go well.

Tropes applying to Selig:

  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Constantly strokes Phedre's hair to emphasize his ownership of her.
  • Always Someone Better: He is the greatest warrior among the Skaldi, so good that he was able to disarm Joscelin in the heat of battle. He finally meets his match in Isidore d'Aiglemort, who killed him despite having taken several wounds to get to him.
  • Barbarian Hero: He's seen as a hero by the Skaldi.
  • The Lost Lenore: Once had a wife he loved dearly, but she got with child quickly, took septic and died. He was never the same afterward.
  • Master Swordsman: Manages to disarm Joscelin in the heat of battle, but is killed by Isidore d'Aiglemort at Troyes-le-Monte, another master swordsman.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's the epitome of the Skaldi warrior ideal, but shows himself to be more cunning than this trope would usually suggest. He differs from the other Skaldi in that he's a "leader who thinks," someone with a solid understanding of strategy & long-term planning instead of only living for blood & battle.

Marsi Tribe

     Gunter Arnlaugson 

Gunter Arnlaugson

The Skaldi master who buys Phedre and Joscelin as slaves from D'Aiglemort.

Tropes applying to Gunter:

  • Affably Evil: He's a pretty good master to his d'Angeline slaves and an all-around genial lord to his subjects, but he's still practising Rape, Pillage, and Burn on hapless commoners living near his territory.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Hearing Phedre singing about how she misses her country reduces him to tears with all his men - Skaldis adore this trope.
  • Ship Tease: With Hedwig, the only woman to openly call him out on his behaviour.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Dismisses Joscelin as a Pretty Boy whose beard hasn't grown out, which makes him a boy for Skaldi standards.



The headwoman of Gunter's steading. She looks after Phedre during the latter and Joscelin's tenure as Gunter's slaves and grows fond of her. It's implied that she and Gunter will become a couple eventually.

Tropes applying to Hedwig:

  • Nice Girl: She's easily the most understanding towards Phedre's plight as a slave away from her people and country.
  • Ship Tease: Phedre gently advices her to give a chance to Gunter.


Manni Tribe

     Brigitta of the Manni 

Brigitta of the Manni

A young woman originating from the Skaldic Manni tribe who Imriel becomes acquainted with in Tiberium. She has a very prickly personality and is hard to get to know. She and Eamonn mac Grainne fall in love and enter into a relationship together during their stay in Tiberium.

Tropes applying to Brigitta:

  • I Will Find You: Eamonn promises to come after her once he is able to leave Lucca, no matter if she stays in Tiberium or returns to Skaldia with her brother Leidolf.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is very prickly & defensive toward most people, but becomes much friendlier to those she gets to know well.
  • Wartime Wedding: She & Eamonn get married during the siege of Lucca.




A young Skaldi warrior held captive in Darsanga.

Tropes applying to Erich:

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He offers to help Phedre, despite knowing who she is & the role she played in thwarting the Skaldi invasion, because she sang hearth songs to him.
  • Character Death: Dies during the battle for Darsanga.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hits it after being castrated by the Mahrkagir. He spends most of his time huddled against the wall, refusing to speak. It takes a lot of coaxing from Phedre to bring him out of it.
  • Mysterious Past: We never learn how he ended up a eunuch in the Mahrkagir's zenana.