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Seraphina Dombegh


Prince Lucian Kiggs

Princess/Queen Glisselda

Ardmagar Comonot

Queen Lavonda


Lady Milliphrene


  • Implied Love Interest: Ironically enough with the dragon who is supposed to be examining him for the censors. She confirms the relationship in the sequel.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • Parental Substitute: Orma is for all intents and purposes Seraphina's father in all but name, as her actual father is emotionally absent.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Anticipating that the Censors will remove his memories of his sister and niece.
    Seraphina: I want to say goodbye to you while you still know me.
    Orma: ... My apologies. This body's ridiculous larynx seized up. It's functioning normally again.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Although he acts brash and rude at times, it's very clear that he cares a lot about his niece.

Prince Rufus


     Seraphina's Mind Garden 

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  • Body Horror: All ityasaari suffer some form of deformity, though how said deformities manifest may vary.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: All the characters in Seraphina's mind garden are half-human, half-dragon, known in-universe as ityasaari.
  • Psychic Powers: All ityasaari are able to manipulate what is known as "mind-fire", though some are more adept at it than others.


A lover of loud music and inventions, Lars hails from Samsam and is the first ityasaari Seraphina encounters. He is named "Loud Lad" by Seraphina.

Dame Okra Carmine

Also known as "Ms Fusspots", Dame Okra, the Ninysh ambassador to Goredd, is a bitter, pessimistic old lady with a dragon's tail. She also has the ability to predict the future by sheer gut instinct.
  • Body Horror: Has a dragon's tail, which she hides under her skirt.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Dame Okra's personality is a sliding scale between grumpy and downright mean, but she's firmly on the side of good—at least, when she's not at least when she's not being controlled by Jannoula and leverages her considerable diplomatic authority to that end.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-dragon.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: She means well, even if she doesn't show it.
  • Older Than They Look: Okra Carmine gives her age as one hundred and twenty, but to Seraphina she looks middle-aged or a bit elderly, certainly not centenarian.
  • Psychic Powers: Part of being a half-dragon; hers manifest as gut feelings that have always helped her be in the right place at the right time.


Also known as "Fruit Bat", Abdo is a cheerful 12-year old Porphyrian dancer who is unable to speak, due to scales growing on the inside of his mouth.
  • Body Horror: The inside of his mouth is covered in scales, rendering him mute.
  • Break the Cutie: After sustaining a serious injury, Abdo briefly loses his optimistic cheerfulness. Happens again when Jannoula begins to take hold of his mind.
  • Heroic BSoD: Once after being seriously injured. Again during his painful struggle with Jannoula.
  • Psychic Powers: Part of being a half-dragon. He seems to be more adept at it than others of his kind, being able to communicate telepathically As well as being able to hold off Jannoula for most of the second book.
  • The Speechless: Justified, as he suffers from a deformity that prevents him from speaking. Subverted by the end of Shadow Scale as he learns to telepathically communicate with everyone present-essentially the same as speaking.


A plague doctor from Ninysh who sports a serrated beak, Neoduard is known as "Finch" in Seraphina's mind garden.


A shy, reclusive hermit who lives deep in the Pinabra. A lover of spiders and machines, she constructs robot spiders to keep her occupied. In Seraphina's mind garden, she is named "Glimmerghost".

Od Fredricka

In Seraphina's mind garden, she is known as "Bluey". A talented, arrogant and bitter painter with a chip on her shoulder, she resides in Ninysh. Her scalp is covered in scales.
  • Jerkass: Refuses Seraphina's invitation to join the rest of the ityasaari in the rudest way possible, insulting Seraphina's efforts and screaming at her.

Gianni Patto

A wild man with scaly, clawed feet. In Seraphina's mind garden, he is named "Tiny Tom".
  • Wild Man: Described as such repeatedly.


An ityasaari girl who once attempted to take over Seraphina's mind, forcing Seraphina to lock her in the Wee Cottage. As a child, she was taken by the Censors to be experimented on, including an incident where she was cut open.
  • A God Am I: She is the first who discovers that the Saints were all half-dragons. As such, she believes that all ityasaari, including her, are saints, and should be treated as such. As a result of also being a Manipulative Bastard, she manages to convince all of Goredd into believing that she is basically a god.
  • The Antagonist: Of Shadow Scale.
  • Big Bad: See Manipulative Bitch below.
  • Contralto of Danger: Jannoula's voice is explicitly described as this.
  • The Dreaded: Seraphina feared this ityasaari more than any of the others. It's later revealed that Seraphina wasn't the only ityasaari Jannoula attempted to control, and that she was The Dreaded to many of the ityasaari as well.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-dragon.
  • Jerkass: Reveals Kiggs and Seraphina's affair to Glisselda just For the Evulz.
  • Lack of Empathy: This is noted about her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: And how! For one thing, she manipulated Dame Okra and Pende into reaching out with their mind fire so she could control them. What's more, she manipulated both the humans and the dragons into thinking she was on their side, when she was really trying to kill all of them AND she manipulated all the citizens of Goredd into thinking she was a Saint. In fact, it's likely that the entire war, including all the events in the first book, was part of HER plan to destroy all humans and dragons.
  • Psychic Powers: Part of being a half-dragon, although her psychic powers are the strongest out of all the ityasaari.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Endured unspeakable torture at the hands of hands of the Censors. She is also the result of her dragon mother's rape by a human. This helps explain why she despises dragons and humans equally, and wants to Kill ’Em All.


Ingar is the Earl of Gasten, a fat bookworm from Samsam who sports two not-so vestigial wings folded against his back. In Seraphina's mind garden, he is known as "The Librarian".


Appearing as a tall, muscular man known as "Master Smasher" in Seraphina's mind garden, Camba is a transgender ityasaari from Porphyry. Seraphina once talked her out of committing suicide.

Paulos Pende

An elderly priest with a wattle-like growth on his neck, Paulos Pende, or "Pelican Man", protects the Porphyrian ityasaaris and is the only person who can "unhook" Jannoula from the minds of her victims. That is, until Seraphina came along.
  • Mood-Swinger: Largely due to his deteriorating mind.
  • Papa Wolf: Behaves like this in regards to the Porphyrian ityasaaris.


An elderly Porphyrian lawyer with a mouth full of razor sharp shark's teeth. Nicknamed "Gargoyella" by Seraphina.
  • Stealth Pun: She's a lawyer, with a mouth full of shark's teeth. She's a Shark Lawyer.


Named "Miserere" by Seraphina, Mina is a feathery bird-woman who patrols the skies of Porphyry and upholds the law.


A blind, elderly market singer with short limbs from Porphyry. Known as "Newt" by Seraphina.

Gaios and Gelina

Fraternal twin athletes who reside in Porphyry. Seraphina knows them as "Nag and Nagini".
  • Twin Telepathy: Sort of. Gaios and Gelina can see each other's mind-fire but not anyone else's.

Saint Pandowdy

Pandowdy is an ityasaari who takes the form of a giant scaly slug in Seraphina's mind garden. In Shadow Scale, it's revealed that Pandowdy is actually Saint Pandowdy, the lover of Seraphina's patron saint Saint Yirtrudius. As punishment for betraying the saints, he was buried alive, but remained alive for seven hundred years. His true form is a colossal human covered in silver scales, and the giant slug Seraphina pictures him as is merely his finger.
  • Buried Alive: Although he didn't die, and simply lay beneath the earth, slowly growing.
  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: Was buried alive as punishment for betraying the saints. However, instead of dying, he remained in a sort of hibernation. Seraphina (and prior to that, Abdo) awakens him.
    When he lived, he killed and lied,
    This Saint who lies submerged.
    The ages passed, the monster died;
    I ripen, I emerge.
  • The Dreaded: Aside from Jannoula, Seraphina dreaded meeting Pandowdy the most. Shadow Scale reveals he was this to the other Saints.
  • That's No Moon!: See that giant, scaly slug? That's not Pandowdy, that's his finger.
  • Walking Spoiler: Courtesy of a big reveal in Shadow Scale.

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