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Characters / The Riddle Master Trilogy

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Morgon of Hed, a.k.a. the Prince of Hed, the Riddle-Master of Hed, the Star-Bearer, Star-Lord, The High One

The 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 Child

the "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 One

The 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

  • Animal Motif: Associated with wolves, as his nickname implies. Subverted in that while he can become a wolf (or a number of other things) at will, his favourite shape seems to be a vesta (that is, a sort of deer), and when going to war he leads an army of vestas.


Aia of Osterland?



Danan Isig


Bere of Isig



Iff of the Unpronouncable Name

A 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.



"Eriel Ymris", real name unknown



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