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The characters from The Lions of Al-Rassan.

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Main Characters

    Jehane Bet Ishak 

Jehane is a young Kindath physician, the daughter of the famous Ishak Ben Yonannon. She flees Fezana after the Cartadian purge, after keeping one of the men meant to die under her medical care during the event. She becomes a military doctor for Rodrigo Belmonte's company in Ragosa.


    Ammar Ibn Khairan 

Cartadian military strategist, notorious former assassin and poet. Turns his back on Almalik the First of Cartada after the Fezana purge. He then kills him, and exiled for his crimes by his son, his own protege and accomplice - Almalik the Second. He becomes a general-for-hire for Ragosa.

    Rodrigo Belmonte 

Feared brave military captain of the Valledo horsemen. Sent to collect protection fees from Fezana in the name of King Ramiro of Valledo, he confront the Valledan men looting Orvillia after the Fezana purge. His actions during that night cost him his position in Valledo, and he is exiled. He and his company leave to Ragosa, to join King Badir's ranks.

Rodrigo's Company

    Lain Nunez 

    Alvar De Fieno 

A young soldier in Rodrigo's company.


     Houssari Ibn Musa 

An Asharite silk Merchant from Fezana, Jehane's patient. Was meant to die in the purge. Fled Fezana to Valledo with Belmonte's company. After Rodrigo's exile, he arrives with the company to Ragosa.

  • Blithe Spirit: Jehane lampshades this, saying it's impossible to dislike him.

In Ragosa

    Mazur Ben Avren 

The Loyal and brilliant Kindath advisor of King Badir of Ragosa.

  • The Strategist: seems to be the best among the best. However, he isn't a warrior.
  • Warrior Poet: Commands wars and writes poems, though he isn't as philosophical about it as Ammar.
  • Worthy Opponent: considers bandit Hassan Ibn Tarif to be one. It's mutual.

    King Badir of Ragosa 
The beloved, clever king of Ragosa. Wishes to usurp Almalik as the most powerful king in Al Rassan.


In Cartada

     King Almalik the First, the Lion of Cartada 
The most powerful king in Al Rassan. Husband of Zabirah, father of Almalik the Second, Hazem and Zabirah's two sons.

     Almalik the Second 

Almalik's eldest son, co-conspirator of his father's murder, and his successor on the throne. Aspires to become a greater king than his father, and increase Cartada's reign by all means necessary.

  • Always Someone Better: With his father. Lampshaded by Ammar - he states that Almalik still measures himself in comparison to his father, even after said father was dead (see Patricide below).
  • Ambigously Bi: the book hints he used to sexually involved with Ammar, and he certainly seems rather infatuated with him.
  • Character Tics: he's developed a twitch in his eyebrow after the Fezana purge
  • The Evil Prince: While not as ruthless as his father, he stoops pretty low - Supporting Ammar's assassination of his father then betraying him, as well as the attempted assassinations of his brothers, queen Ines and Rodrigo.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ammar and Zabirah refer to him as Malik. Could be a childhood nickname.
  • Patricide: invoked on his father via Ammar.
  • Prince Charmless: especially in comparison to his father, who was notoriously charming.
  • Royal Brat: it's implied by Zabirah and his father that he used to be one, though Ammar doesn't seem to think so.
  • The Usurper: Climbes to the throne over his father's body. Literally.

     Zabirah of Cartada 

King Almalik the First's third wife. Flees Cartada with Ammar to Ragosa, where she becomes Mazur's consort.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: A brunette Femme Fatale.
  • The Chessmaster: senses the threat in the air after the Fezana Purge, and sends her sons to Ragosa. After the assassination, she seduces Ammar - he husband's killer, and persuades him to escort her to Ragosa, to help her put her son on the Cartada throne. She then enlists Badir and Mazur to her cause.
  • The Fashionista: lampshaded sarcastically by Jehane. She is well dressed to impractical levels.
  • Femme Fatale: a talented seductress. Ammar suggested her to invoke it on Almalik the Second. Complete with a Contralto of Danger. Also implied to be a case of Brains And Bpndage.
  • Hot Consort: To Mazur.
  • Mama Bear: Will do anything to protect her sons. She also aims to make the older one king of Cartada.
  • Proud Beauty: implied. She definitely knows she's beautiful.
  • Shipper on Deck: After the king's fest, she tells Mazur that Ammar seems to be bothered with emotional matters. It's left unclear if she refers to his feeling towards Jehane or towards Rodrigo.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Shares the reputation with Miranda Belmonte.

In Fezana

     Ishak Ben Yonannon 

Famous Kindath doctor. Jehane's father and Eliana's husband. Almalik the First had him blinded and had his tongue removed after seeing Zabirah naked while delivering her baby in what is described in the novel as the first C-section ever in universe.

     Eliana Beth Danel 

Ishak's wife and Jehane's mother.

     Velaz Ben Ishak 

A servant for Ishak's family, a freed slave and converted Kindath. Leaves Fezana with Jehane after The Purge.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies saving Rodrigo.
  • Nice Guy: A steady, loyal presence in Jehane's life.
  • Non-Action Guy: according to Jehane, he has never done a violent thing in his life until killing a Muwardi soldier attempting to kill Rodrigo.
  • The Quiet One: barely speaks. When he does, he is describes as modest and soft spoken.

In Arvastro

     Tariff Ibn Hassan 

A notorious bandit who raids convoys in the areas around Cartada and Ragosa.

     Idar Ibn Tariff 

Tariff's son, second in command in the Bandit Clan.

     Abir Ibn Tariff 

Tariff's younger son.

In Valledo

     Miranda Belmonte 

  • Action Girl: very capable with a bow and arrow.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She out-snarks Rodrigo, which is quite the achievement.
  • Fiery Redhead: You don't want to cross that redhead.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: the only character depicted using a bow and arrow, and seems to wield them as capably as her husband wields a sword.
  • Happily Married: to Rodrigo, even though she gives him hell sometimes.
  • Mama Bear: Nothing comes before her sons - not the king, not her husband and not her friends.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: she is said to be the most beautiful woman in Valledo, if not in all of Esperania.

     Fernan Belmonte 

     Diego Belmonte 

  • Combat Clairvoyance: has visions of his father's actions, especially when he is in danger or in battle. this skill later becomes an asset to Ramiro's army.
  • Like Father, Like Son: is calm and assured like his father. He also has his smile, according to Miranda.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Fernan's Red.
  • Twin Banter: he usually outwits Fernan in those.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: he's not as intense about it as Fernan, but he clearly thinks the world of his father, and takes his opinion of him very seriously.

     King Ramiro of Valledo 

  • Always Someone Better: with his brother Raimundo.
  • The Charmer: Ines always tries to put him in his place, and fails miserably because of his charming ways. However, it's implied he is not as charming as Raimundo used to be.
  • Happily Married: to Ines.
  • The Hedonist: Ines finds it to be heretic, and very distracting.
  • The Good King: Valledo flourishes under his rule, and it's clear he is the most powerful and beloved Esperanian king.
  • Now Its Personal: he was already considering going to war against Cartada, but was hesitant. That is until the poisoned arrow that almost killed Ines was discovered to be of Cartadian origin.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Ramiro is at first introduced as an Atheist (ish), but things change when religious war seems to brewing at the horizon. Repeated after Ines is hanging between life and death.
  • Silver Fox: Ines seems to like it.
  • The Usurper: Originally the king of smaller Khalonia, he invaded Valledo after his brother's untimely death. Given the tension between the brothers, Rodrigo always assumed that Ramiro had something to do with Reymundo's death. he wasn't right. but he wasn't exactly wrong.

     Queen Ines of Valledo 

  • Fiery Redhead: she is one stubborn redhead.
  • Happily Married: to Ramiro.
  • Proud Beauty: Sort of subverted. She is devoutly religious and considers her vanity to be a sin, so she tries to hide her beauty, and especially her hair.
  • Rebellious Princess: subverted. She wished to become a nun, and was originally reluctant to marry Ramiro. However, she eventually complies.
  • Spirited Young Woman: used to be one as a princess.
  • When She Smiles: She is mostly stern, but when she lets loose, she is very beautiful.

     Count Gonzalez De Rada 

  • Always Someone Better: with Rodrigo. He knows he would've never reached his current position of power if it weren't for the bad blood between Ramiro and Rodrigo over Raimundo's death. Therefor he is very competitive with him, and makes sure to put him in his place.
  • The Dandy: his description is bordering on prissy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: dies protecting the Belmonte's, as part of his vow to protect them.


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