Morgon of Hed, a.k.a. the Prince of Hed, the Riddle-Master of Hed, the Star-Bearer, Star-Lord, The High OneThe Prince of Hed and least important of land-rulers. He was born with three stars on his forehead, which are the subject of some of the oldest unsolved riddles. Before his parents died Morgon attended Caithnard where he studied riddle mastery. Shortly before the first book he secretly bet his life in a riddle game that hundreds of men have died attempting. He keeps the crown he won under his bed and just wants to farm.
Raederle of An, a.k.a. the second most beautiful woman of An, the Heir of Sea and Fire, Ylon's Childthe "second most beautiful woman in the three portions of An", and daughter of the land-ruler of An. She was promised by her father Mathom to the man who would defeat Peven and win his crown. She is the Rebellious Princess protagonist of the second book, Heir of Sea and Fire.
Deth, a.k.a. Tirundeth, the High One's Harpist, Yrth, Star-Maker, the Harpist of Lungold, Tir, the High OneThe High One's harpist and Morgon's closest friend and mentor. He guides Morgon to Erlenstar Mountain. A riddle.
- The Bard: Naturally, although from a practical standpoint his role as a harpist is second to his role as the High One's messenger.
- Blow You Away: He won the war between the Earth-Masters by mastering the wind.
- Last of His Kind: He is actually the last of the Earth-Masters, or at least the last one who wasn't bound in the ocean.
- Omniscient Morality License: He's the only one who knows what's really going on, and uses this to justify some pretty awful stuff.
- Walking Spoiler: As you can tell by the fact that more than half his titles nearly all his tropes are spoilered, pretty much anything about his real backstory and motivations is a massive spoiler.
Other land-rulers, land-heirs, and their families:
Eliard of Hed, a.k.a the Prince of Hed
Tristan of Hed
Rood of An
Duac of Am
Mathon of An, a.k.a the King of An, that old crow
Astrin Ymris, a.k.a the King of Ymris
Heureu Ymris, a.k.a the King of Ymris
Lyraluthuin of Herun, a.k.a Lyra, the Captain of the Morgol's Guard
Elrhiarhodan of Herun, a.k.a El, the Morgol of Herun
Har of Osterland, a.k.a the King of Osterland, the wolf-king
Aia of Osterland?
Bere of Isig
Iff of the Unpronouncable NameA wizard of Lungold, missing and presumed dead. He served the Morgol of Herun at one point.
- Almighty Janitor: It turns out that he never stopped serving the Morgol, but simply assumed a succession of humble identities at the Herun court. Most notably, the scholar who helped the current Morgol unlock Iff's spell books? Yeah, turns out that that was none other than Iff himself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Contrary to his title, his name apparently is pronouncable and known to some people, but it's very complicated to say (you have to sing it), and we're never told what it actually is.