Legacy Trilogy Resources

Here you’ll find various reference materials for the books of the LEGACY TRILOGY, such as maps, expanded dramatis personae, story recaps and the like. Perfect companions for a leisurely read, or if you want to dig a little deeper into the setting.

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Legacy of Ash

af Broki, Gormir  –  Thrakkian skald and traveller.

af Garna, Anliss  –  Thrakkian outcast and thrydaxe mercenary. Sister to Armund af Garna, and hero of the Battle of Zanya.

af Garna, Ardothan  –  Thane of Indrigsval. Brother to Armund and Anliss af Garna.

af Garna, Armund  –  Thrakkian outcast and thrydaxe mercenary. Brother to Anliss af Garna.

af Tregg, Jagraval  –  Thrakkian thrydaxe. In service to Ardothan af Garna.

af Üld, Inkari  –  Ceorla of Indrigsval. In service to Ardothan af Garna.

af Vardin, Arkynar  –  Thrakkian Hero of Old.

Akadra, Carid  –  Uncle to Viktor Akadra. Father to Messela Akadra.

Akadra, Messela  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Cousin to Viktor Akadra.

Akadra, Viktor  –  Former Champion of the Tressian Council.

Andwar, Aeldran  –  Prince of Icansae.

Andwar, Aelia  –  Princessa of Icansae.

Andwar, Naradna  –  Prince of Icansae.

Ashana  –  Once-mortal Hadari Goddess of the Moon. Mistress of the twin realms of Evermoon and Eventide. Known as Lunastra in Tressia. By tradition, Lumestra’s closest sibling.

Ashanal, Elspeth  –  Daughter to Ashana.

Astor  –  Lord of the Forge, worshipped in Thrakkia. Keeper of Skanandra’s mirrored halls and witness of valour.

Athariss, Karn  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows.

Belenzo, Konor  –  Tressian saint and hero of legend. Founder of the Lumestran church.

Beral, Erashel  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Southwealder and proud.

Brass, Adbert  –  Sergeant of the Akadra Hearthguard. Ex-poacher.

Czaron, Altiris  –  Southwealder fugitive.

Daranathi, Maradan  –  Prince of Britonis

Daranathi, Sard  –  King of Britonis

Darrow, Hawkin  –  Steward to the Reveques. Wife to Vona Darrow.

Darrow, Vona  –  Lieutenant of the Tressian Constabulary. Wife to Hawkin Darrow.

Devren, Kos  –  Hadari warleader, in service to the Silver Kingdom of Rhaled. Kai Saran’s oldest friend.

Elise Ashanal  –  Daughter of Ashana.

Ellian  –  A woman of impeccable decorum.

Emilia Sarravin  –  Commander of the 7th regiment. Knight of the Sartorov Chapterhouse.

Endala  –  Goddess of Wave and Wind. Once worshipped in Tressia.

Forthinal, Saramin  –  Sister to Aella Saranal and Aethal Forthinal. Aunt to Melanna Saranal.

Gavrida, Halan  –  Lieutenant of the 11th Regiment.

Gwenhwyfar  –  Thornmaiden and daughter of Jack o’Fellhallow.

Haldrane  –  Hadari spymaster. Head of the Emperor’s Icularis and servant of Kai Saran.

Heren, Manni  –  Sergeant of the Reveque Hearthguard.

High King Bryken  –  Giant of Myth.

Ilnarov, Elzar  –  Tressian High Proctor and Master of the Foundry. Viktor Akadra’s mentor and confident.

Ilnore  –  A haughty noblewoman of the Tressian Hallowside, proud and steady.

Indro Thaldvar  –  Borderer captain of Lasmanora.

Izack, Stantin  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Redoubtable grandmaster of the Knights Essamere.

Jack o’ Fellhallow  –  God of the Living Lands. Lord of Fellhallow. By tradition, the Raven’s closest sibling.

Jardur, Haralda  –  Prince of Corvant

Jardur, Raeth  –  King of Corvant.

Jaridav, Amella  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Kanda, Elni  –  Captain of the Reveque Hearthguard.

Keldrov, Arlanne  –  Reeve of Ardva.

Kelver, Bran  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Kendrae  –  A flighty and wayward soul.

Kesriel, Venner  –  Captain of the Dauntless

Kiradin, Ebigail  –  Disgraced member of the Privy Council.

Koldra, Brask  –  Vranakin Rogue.

Krastin, Inidro  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows.

Kressick, Tor  –  Tressian Constable

Kurkas, Vladama  –  Captain of the Trelan Hearthguard. Veteran of the Battle of Zanya.

Lamirov, Leonast  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

Loqueton  –  A strange man from an unfamiliar place.

Lumestra  –  Tressian Goddess of the Sun, known as Astarra in the Hadari Empire. By tradition, Ashana’s closest sibling.

Malatriant  –  Tyrant Queen of Old, known as Sceadotha in the Hadari Empire

Mannor, Torvan  –  Grandmaster of the Knights Prydonis

Marest, Evarn  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

Merisov, Brock  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Mezar, Sabelle  –  Member of the Tressian Grand Council.

Moldrov, Rath  –  Steward of the Council Palace.

Noktza, Riego  –  Castellan of Ahrad. Knight of the Prydonis Chapterhouse.

Nyzad, Erad  –  Kernclaw of the Crowmarket.

Orova, Roslava  –  Champion of the Tressian Council.

Psanneque, Anastacia  –   Serathi spirit, bound to clay. Josiri Trelan’s lover.

Psanneque, Sevaka  –  Officer of the Tressian Fleet.

Raldan, Edvard  –  Lieutenant of the Tressian Constabulary.

Rann, Apara  –  A vranakin kernclaw, a cousin of the Crowmarket.

Reveque, Constans  –  Son to Malachi and Lilyana Reveque.

Reveque, Lilyana  –  Tressian noblewoman. Patron of the city’s hospices. Wife to Malachi Reveque. Mother to Constans and Sidara Reveque.

Reveque, Malachi  –  Né Malachi Satanra. First Councillor of the Tressian Privy Council. Husband to Lilyana Reveque. Father to Constans and Sidara Reveque. Close friend of Viktor Akadra, Roslava Orova and Josiri Trelan.

Reveque, Sidara  –  Daughter to Malachi and Lilyana Reveque.

Saran, Kai  –  Hadari Emperor. Ruler of the Silver Kingdom of Rhaled. Husband to Aethal Saran. Father to Melanna Saranal.

Saranal, Aethal  –  Hadari Princessa. Wife to Kai Saran. Mother to Melanna Saranal.

Saranal, Melanna  –  Hadari Princessa and Imperial heir. Daughter of Kai and Aethal Saran.

Sera  –  Lunassera handmaiden. A devoted servant of Ashana.

Shalamoh, Eldor  –  Wandering historian and seeker of hidden truths.

Shurla, Endri  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows

Taladan, Helyn  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Tanor, Zephan  –  Shieldbearer of the Knights Essamere.

Tarev, Rika    –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

The Huntsman  –  Ashana’s equerry. Father of a vanished daughter. Bearer of an ancient debt.

The Nameless Lady  –  Inheritor of Mantles Past. Daughter of Tzal and Endala.

The Raven  –  The God of the Dead and Keeper of Otherworld. By tradition, Jack’s closest sibling. Known as Malgyn in the oldest of texts.

Tirane, Cardivan  –  Prince of Silsaria.

Tirane, Thirava  –  Prince of Silsaria.

Toldav, Ernac  –  Grandmaster of the Knights Lancras.

Trelan, Calenne  –  Daughter to Katya and Kevor Trelan. Sister to Josiri Trelan. Beloved of Viktor Akadra.

Trelan, Josiri  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Secret leader of the wolf’s-heads. Son to Katya and Kevor Trelan. Brother to Calenne Trelan. Anastacia’s lover.

Trelan, Katya  –  Dowager Duchess of Eskavord. Member of the Privy Council. Mother to Josiri and Calenne Trelan. Wife of Kevor Trelan. Sister of Taymor Trelan.

Trelan, Kevor  –  Duke of Eskavord. Husband to Katya Trelan. Father to Josiri and Calenne Trelan.

Trelan, Taymor  –  Brother and confidant to Katya Trelan.

Tzal  –  The Unmaker, the Forlorn. The Lord of Flame and a Blight Upon Worlds.

Zarn, Konor  –  Peddler of wares and influence.

Abbeyfields  –  Ancestral home of the Reveque family, located in Tressia.

Ahrad, the Eskagard  –  Mighty Tressian fortress, guarding the River Ravonn and the border with the Hadari Empire.

Ardva  –  Inland port located on the Grelyt River in the Tressian Southshires.

Athreos  –  Desert separating the Hadari Empire from the distant land of Itharoc.

Branghall  –  Ancestral home of the Trelan family, located in Eskavord.

Brinnorhill  –  Thrakkian town.

Church of Tithes  –  Foremost meeting place for the Parliament of Crows.

Cindercourt  –  Thrakkian site of judgement.   

Coventaj  –  Cavern hidden beneath Tressia, said to house a glimmerless river whose headwaters spring from a land of giants and depart the ephemeral world without ever touching the sea.

Darkmere  –  Once the capital of the Tressian Kingdom. Malatriant’s stronghold and now a ghost-haunted ruin.

Davenwood  –  Forest in the Southshires.

Drag Hill   –  Ancient street in Tressia, connecting the main city with the old docks.       

Dregmeet  –  Deprived and sunken district of Tressia. Home of the Crowmarket and rampant skulduggery.

Elsbarg  –  Thrakkian town.

Eskavord  –  Regional capital of the Southshires.

Eventide  –  Ashana’s realm in shadow, that swallows the glory of Evermoon.

Evermoon  –  Ashana’s realm in silver, visible in the night sky at certain times of the month.

Fellhallow  –  Ancient and mysterious forest. Ruled by Jack o’Fellhallow, and best left well alone.

Freemont  –  Ancestral home of the Kiradin family, located in Tressia.

Glaiholda  –  Thrakkian thanedom.

Glandotha  –  The heart of Fellhallow.

Greyridge Shirelands  –  Region adjoining the Greyridge Mountains

Hadari Empire  –  Eastern realm forged by the hero of legend Hadar Saran. Composed of several great kingdoms and many client kingdoms. Ruled from the city of Tregard.

Kellevork  –  Thrakkian fortress.

King’s Gate  –  Chief entryway into the city of Tressia.

Kinholt  –  Second city of the Kingdom of Rhaled.

Kreska  –  Southshires city. Home of the Grand Cathedral and the tomb of Konor Belenzo.

Mooncourt Temple  –  Temple in the heart of Tregard, raised in glory of Ashana.

Otherworld  –  The realm of mists and home of the dead that exists beyond the ephemeral world.

Ravencourt Temple  –  Temple in the heart of Tregard, raised in glory of the Raven.

Rhaled  –  The Silver Kingdom. Heart of the Hadari Empire.

Royal Tressia  –  Westernmost county of the Tressian Republic.

Scawmede  –  Thrakkian thanedom.

Selann  –  Tressian island. Toiling ground of indentured Southwealders.

Silvane House  –  Ancestral home of the Tarev family, located in Tressia.

Skanandra  –  Mirrored feast hall where the Thrakkian dead carouse throughout the ages.

Skazit Maze  –  Network of caverns and passageways. Used by Konor Belenzo’s rebels in the time of Malatriant, and again by present-day wolf’s-heads.

Strazyn Abbey  –  Ruined edifice in the heart of Tressia. A place of black rumour.

Sothvane   –  District in Tressia, bordering Dregmeet.

Tarvallion  –  Regional capital of the Marcher Lands. The jewelled heart of the Tressian Republic.

The Eastshires  –  Easternmost county of the Tressian Republic.

The Estrina  –  Artificial river, split off from the Silverway as it enters the city of Tressia.

The Foundry  –  Forging place of Tressia’s magical constructs, such as kraikons and simarka.

The Heartweald  –  Sprawling forest at the center of the Tressian Republic.

The Marcher Lands  –  Central county of the Tressian Republic. Sometimes also known as The Heartlands, and dominated by the sprawling forest of Heartweald.

The Seven Dancers of Glandotha  –  Stone circle in the heart of Fellhallow.

The Silverway  –  Majestic river originating in the far-off Hadari Empire. Flows through Tregard and Tressia.

The Southshires  –  Southern county of the Tressian Republic. Rebellious district that grows defiance like crops.

Thrakkia  –  Loose agglomeration of feuding thanes, located on the Tressian Republic’s southern border. A wild and colourful land.

Tregard  –  Capital city of the Kingdom of Rhaled, and of the Hadari Empire entire.

Tregga  –  Regional capital of the Eastshires.

Tressia  –  Capital of the Tressian Republic. Sprawling city sat astride the majestic Silverway River.

Tressian Republic  –  City-State remnant of the continent-spanning Tressian Kingdom. Governed from the city of Tressia.

Westernport   –  District in Tressia, within the bounds of Dregmeet.

Zanya  –  Village, and site of a battle between Southshires secessionists and the Tressian Council’s forces.

Caenir – Thrakkian insult. Roughly translates to ‘cur’.

Ceorla  –  Thrakkian noble.

Chandirin  –  Ghostly steed, gifted only to the chosen of Ashana.

Crowmarket  –  Association of thieves, murderers and scavengers, operating out of Dregmeet and beholden to the Parliament of Crows.

Cyraeth  –  Mournful spirit unable to cross fully over into the mists of Otherworld. While most are harmless, some are driven to acts of vengeance against their slayers.

Dotha  –  Hadari title, equivalent to ‘Queen’.

Droshna   –  Name given to Malatriant’s warlocks by Hadar Saran.

Ephemeral  –  A mortal, destined to flare bright and brief in the passing of days.

Essamere  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Essavir / Essavim  –  Hadari terms of supreme respect and affection.

Eternal  –  One who has transcended mortality through magic and obsession and cannot easily die.

Etravia  –  Deathless spirit, vaporous and distant from the world.

Exodus  –  Tressian Council decree by which Southshires rebels were forcibly expatriated and enslaved.

Fellnore – Tressian Knightly chapterhouse

Firestone Lantern  –  Glass and quartz lantern, goaded to emit light by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Forbidden Place  –  A site where the divine leeches into the ephemeral world, causing great wonder and peril. Anathema to constructs.

Grunda  –  Leathery, horned beast often pressed to the business of war by the Hadari.

Gwyraya Hadar  –  The great kingdoms of the Hadari Empire.

Immortal  –  Elite warriors of the Hadari Empire.

Ithna’jîm  –  The folk of far-off Itharoc.

Kernclaw  –  A shadowy assassin in thrall to the Crowmarket.

Kraikon  –  Construct. Bronze giant, fashioned in the shape of a man and armoured for war. Animated by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Lancras  –  Tressian Knightly chapterhouse

Livasdri  –  Thrakkian name for a strawjack.

Lunassera  –  Ephemeral handmaiden of the goddess Ashana. Said to be chaste.

Pontiff  –  One of the three leaders of the Parliament of Crows.

Prizrak  –  The ghoulish remnant of an ephemeral sent mad by lingering within divine mists. Driven by the need to feast on flesh, and weeps bloody tears.

Proctor  –  One who commands a portion of Lumestra’s light, and can issue orders to foundry constructs.

Prydonis  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Rassophore  –  Lowly member of the Crowmarket, young and unproven.

Revenant  –  Bleak spirit of Otherworld in thrall to the Raven.

Sartorov  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Savir / Savim  –  Hadari terms of respect and affection.

Serathi  –  An angelic daughter of Lumestra.

Shadowthorn –  Slang term for Hadari, used in the Tressian Republic.

Simarka  –  Bronze construct, fashioned in the shape of a lion and animated by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Smeltpriest  –  Thrakkian priest and keeper of laws.   

Strawjack  –  A child of Fellhallow. A forest demon. Sometimes called a ‘Whispering One’.

The Dark  –  Primordial force from which all life and creation sprung.

The Parliament of Crows  –  Triad rulers of the Crowmarket. Said to be deathless.

Thornmaiden  –  A daughter of Jack o’Fellhallow.

Thrydaxe  –  Thrakkian mercenary.

Vanaguard – Thrakkian royal guard.

Varloki  –  Mythical child of Astor.

Vigil Oath  –  Pledge taken by the Knights Essamere.

Volrandri   –  Thrakkian curse. Refers to the cold abyss of the honourless dead.

Vranakin  –  Member of the Crowmarket.

Zaifîr  –  Fire spirit spoken of in Ithna’jîm legend.

Abitha Marest

Anastacia Psanneque

Anliss af Garna

Anton Tarev

Apara Rann

Ardothan af Garna

Arlanne Keldrov

Armund af Garna

Arzro Makrov

Ashana / Lunastra

Aske Tarev

Astor

Calenne Trelan

Callad Vorn

Constans Reveque

Drakos Crovan

Ebigail Kiradin

Elda Savka

Elzar Ilnarov

Hadon Akadra

Haldrane

Hawkin Darrow

Josiri Trelan

Kai Saran

Kasamor Kiradin

Katya Trelan

Kevor Trelan

Konor Belenzo

Kos Devren

Lilyana Reveque

Lumestra / Astarra

Maggad Andwar

Malachi Reveque

Malatriant / Sceadotha

Marek Nomar

Melanna Saranal

Messela Akadra

Revekah Halvor

Roslave Orova

Sera

Sevaka Kiradin

Shaisan Yanda

Sidara Reveque

Stantin Izack

Tailinn

Tzal

Valmir Sark

Viktor Akadra

Vladama Kurkas

Vona Darrow

Yan Braxov

Ahrad

Ardva

Athreos

Branghall

Dregmeet

Eskavord

Fellhallow

Grelyt River

Hadari Empire

Kreska

Otherworld

Rhaled

The River Ravonn

Silvane House

Skazit Maze

Tevar Flood

Thrakkia

Tregard

Tressian Republic

Legacy of Ash – The Story So Far

Fifteen years after Katya Trelan led the rebellious Southshires in a doomed secession from the Tressian Republic, her son, Josiri Trelan, prepared to finish what she began and free his people from the Council’s oppressive rule. His sister, Calenne Trelan, wanting nothing more to do with the Trelan name, sought escape from the family legacy through arranged marriage to the bold knight Kasamor Kiradin. Upon learning the neighbouring Hadari Empire sought to invade the Southshires, Viktor Akadra – the Council Champion, architect of Katya Trelan’s downfall, and bearer of a forbidden magical shadow – resolved to atone for past deeds by rallying the Southshires’ defenders against the Hadari.

Things started to go wrong almost at once. Unbeknownst to Josiri, the wolf’s-head outlaws he’d laboured to bring together colluded with the Hadari. Viktor met political opposition on the Council, led by the scheming matriarch Ebigail Kiradin. Kasamor was killed on route to his wedding, and Calenne struck out into the world alone – a journey for which she was wholly unprepared.

Viktor gained leverage on the Council by threatening to reveal the existence of his shadow, convincing his father to support the Southshires’ defence. He arrived in the Southshires just in time to save Calenne from ne’er-do-wells, and through her gained introduction to Josiri.

Unable to bear the thought of working with the man who destroyed his mother, Josiri refused to cooperate with Viktor, but soon discovered ‘his’ wolf’s-heads’ treachery. Despite Viktor’s efforts at reconciliation, Josiri fell into drunken despair, refusing to have anything to do with repelling the Hadari. However, Calenne – whose own fear of Viktor was steadily turning to admiration and affection – offered to act as the rallying figurehead Josiri would not, in exchange for Viktor marrying her and freeing her of the Trelan name.

One by one, Josiri’s remaining allies joined Viktor’s outnumbered army and met the Hadari in unequal battle at Davenwood. Despite early successes, the tide turned against the Tressians. Fearing for Calenne’s safety, Josiri shook off his despondency and seized control of the wolf’s-heads, bringing them into the fray against the Hadari. At the same time, a desperate Viktor drew upon the full power of his shadow – and quiescent magic buried in the Southshires – to blind swathes of the Hadari. The Tressians triumphed, but at huge cost. Many lay dead, and Calenne was missing in the aftermath, having last been seen leading a charge to save her routed countryfolk.

Both of them distraught at Calenne’s disappearance, Viktor and Josiri resolved to begin anew. Their pact was almost immediately shaken when soldiers acting under Ebigail Kiradin’s orders restored martial law to the Southshires. In retaliation, Josiri freed the Hadari prisoners, including the crown prince Kai Saran and his daughter Melanna Saranal. He was sheltered from the consequences only because Viktor adopted him into the Akadra family. Both were forced to return north to Tressia, leaving Calenne’s fate a mystery.

Worse, upon arriving in Tressia, it became apparent that Ebigail’s political machinations afflicted more than the Southshires. Having reduced the Council almost to nothing through assassination, she framed Viktor for practising witchcraft and set about seizing control of the city – and the Republic – by force.

Despite wanting nothing more than to return to the Southshires and find Calenne, Josiri found himself drawn into the fight. Eventually, Viktor’s allies overthrew and killed Ebigail, only to receive warning that the Southshires were sliding into disaster.

Malatriant, once the Tyrant Queen of the old Tressian kingdom and dead for centuries, had been manipulating the folk of the Southshires across the course of years, urging them to revolt and thus empower her return. The south’s new wave of oppression had given her precisely that. An entire town was now under her control, and her abhorrent rule was spreading. Those who fell to Malatriant’s influence became part of her, an army of puppets unable to break free of her control.

When news of this reached Tressia, Josiri determined to free his people. Viktor and his allies on the Council immediately threw their support behind him, despatching an army to confront and destroy Malatriant … if such a thing could be done.

Desperate to find Calenne, Viktor left Tressia ahead of the gathering army, and arrived in a Southshires drowning in primordial darkness. Assailed by Malatriant’s thralls, he was rescued by Calenne and resolved to confront the Tyrant Queen face to face.

Alas, that confrontation went poorly. Viktor’s shadow was revealed as an aspect of Malatriant’s all-consuming Dark, and he was swiftly overpowered. She revealed that it was he who’d set her free by drawing on the magic of her prison during his triumph at Davenwood. But far from wanting him dead and the world under her thrall, Malatriant claimed she wanted nothing more than to bequeath what remained of her power to Viktor – to have him become her heir.

Seeing no other way to stop Malatriant, Viktor agreed to become her heir. At the last moment, when all seemed lost, the Tressian army arrived and Josiri’s selfless sacrifice brought Viktor back to his senses. Casting off Malatriant’s influence, Viktor ordered everything that had fallen under her sway – towns, villages and people – burned to ash, ending her threat for good.

In the aftermath, Viktor confessed to Josiri that Calenne too was under Malatriant’s control and had died in the fires. Heartbroken, Josiri parted ways with Viktor, their nascent friendship shattered by betrayal. Unable to bear what had been made of his ancestral home, Josiri headed north to Tressia, to take his mother’s restored seat on the Council. Viktor, determined to keep watch in case any fragment of Malatriant returned, set off into the wilds, deep in conversation with a Calenne that only he could see …

Roslava Orova, a knight of Chapterhouse Essamere, resolved to confess her unrequited love for Kasamor Kiradin, only for him to be murdered by an agent of Tressia’s shadowy thieves’ guild, the Crowmarket. Saved from that same grisly fate through divine intervention and transformed into a deathless eternal, Rosa saved councillor Malachi Reveque from assassination, and learned that the two attacks were somehow connected.

Through careful manipulation and the unwilling aid of her daughter Sevaka, Ebigail Kiradin convinced Rosa that Viktor Akadra was to blame for both attacks. Lost in guilt and loss, and having grown friendly with Sevaka, Rosa fell wholly under Ebigail’s sway. Resisting Malachi’s attempts to convince her of Viktor’s innocence, she oversaw his capture on his return from the Southshires.

In truth, those deaths – and many others – had been commissioned by Ebigail Kiradin herself as part of her attempt to seize control of the Republic. To secure her position, Ebigail then had the Crowmarket kidnap the loved ones of influential Tressians, ensuring that nothing would oppose her coup.

Only when Sevaka learned the truth about Kasamor’s death – and was nearly assassinated in turn – did Rosa finally realise how she’d been used. Alas, Ebigail had foreseen this eventuality. She had Rosa captured and condemned to burn on a pyre beside Sevaka.

As Viktor Akadra rallied forces against the coup, Malachi realised that there was no hope of victory unless the Crowmarket abandoned Ebigail. Offering a sympathetic ear on the Council, he convinced the shadowy guild to release their prisoners, freeing others from Ebigail’s control and altering the course of the final battle. Meanwhile, Rosa freed herself from the pyre and saved Sevaka’s life.

In the aftermath, Malachi was elevated to the rank of First Councillor despite his wishes. Knowing that he was compromised by the Crowmarket, he didn’t want to give them more influence of the Republic’s governance. A penitent Rosa throws her support behind Viktor’s return to the Southshires, and Malatriant’s defeat.

When Kai Saran launched his invasion of the Southshires, he did so to prove his worthiness to be the Hadari Emperor – the Hadari have always valued the strength of the sword. An inheritor’s bloodline alone was not enough to make the case, but a victory against the Tressian Republic would do so.

Kai’s chief representative in the days leading to invasion was his daughter, Melanna Saranal. She dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming the first Empress, but Hadari tradition forbade women the right to bear swords, and thus the right to rule.

Denied support by her adoptive mother, the Goddess Ashana, Melanna found encouragement with Ashana’s Huntsman, who gifted her a sword that blazed with alabaster flame. Initially dismissed by the men in the Hadari army – including her father – Melanna proved herself by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at Charren Gorge, and thereafter fought at Davenwood as a full heir, fit to inherit her father’s throne.

Alas, the Hadari army was defeated at Davenwood. Both Melanna and her father were captured, only to be set free by Josiri Trelan. With Kai’s chief rival slain elsewhere, he was now free to return to the Empire and claim his throne. However Melanna, urged on by Ashana, lingered in the Southshires with Malatriant’s Dark overtook it. Joining forces with Josiri Trelan and Roslava Orova, she rescued Viktor Akadra and became instrumental in Malatriant’s defeat.

Legacy of Steel

af Broki, Gormir  –  Thrakkian skald and traveller.

af Garna, Anliss  –  Thrakkian outcast and thrydaxe mercenary. Sister to Armund af Garna, and hero of the Battle of Zanya.

af Garna, Ardothan  –  Thane of Indrigsval. Brother to Armund and Anliss af Garna.

af Garna, Armund  –  Thrakkian outcast and thrydaxe mercenary. Brother to Anliss af Garna.

af Tregg, Jagraval  –  Thrakkian thrydaxe. In service to Ardothan af Garna.

af Üld, Inkari  –  Ceorla of Indrigsval. In service to Ardothan af Garna.

af Vardin, Arkynar  –  Thrakkian Hero of Old.

Akadra, Carid  –  Uncle to Viktor Akadra. Father to Messela Akadra.

Akadra, Messela  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Cousin to Viktor Akadra.

Akadra, Viktor  –  Former Champion of the Tressian Council.

Andwar, Aeldran  –  Prince of Icansae.

Andwar, Aelia  –  Princessa of Icansae.

Andwar, Naradna  –  Prince of Icansae.

Ashana  –  Once-mortal Hadari Goddess of the Moon. Mistress of the twin realms of Evermoon and Eventide. Known as Lunastra in Tressia. By tradition, Lumestra’s closest sibling.

Ashanal, Elspeth  –  Daughter to Ashana.

Astor  –  Lord of the Forge, worshipped in Thrakkia. Keeper of Skanandra’s mirrored halls and witness of valour.

Athariss, Karn  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows.

Belenzo, Konor  –  Tressian saint and hero of legend. Founder of the Lumestran church.

Beral, Erashel  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Southwealder and proud.

Brass, Adbert  –  Sergeant of the Akadra Hearthguard. Ex-poacher.

Czaron, Altiris  –  Southwealder fugitive.

Daranathi, Maradan  –  Prince of Britonis

Daranathi, Sard  –  King of Britonis

Darrow, Hawkin  –  Steward to the Reveques. Wife to Vona Darrow.

Darrow, Vona  –  Lieutenant of the Tressian Constabulary. Wife to Hawkin Darrow.

Devren, Kos  –  Hadari warleader, in service to the Silver Kingdom of Rhaled. Kai Saran’s oldest friend.

Elise Ashanal  –  Daughter of Ashana.

Ellian  –  A woman of impeccable decorum.

Emilia Sarravin  –  Commander of the 7th regiment. Knight of the Sartorov Chapterhouse.

Endala  –  Goddess of Wave and Wind. Once worshipped in Tressia.

Forthinal, Saramin  –  Sister to Aella Saranal and Aethal Forthinal. Aunt to Melanna Saranal.

Gavrida, Halan  –  Lieutenant of the 11th Regiment.

Gwenhwyfar  –  Thornmaiden and daughter of Jack o’Fellhallow.

Haldrane  –  Hadari spymaster. Head of the Emperor’s Icularis and servant of Kai Saran.

Heren, Manni  –  Sergeant of the Reveque Hearthguard.

High King Bryken  –  Giant of Myth.

Ilnarov, Elzar  –  Tressian High Proctor and Master of the Foundry. Viktor Akadra’s mentor and confident.

Ilnore  –  A haughty noblewoman of the Tressian Hallowside, proud and steady.

Indro Thaldvar  –  Borderer captain of Lasmanora.

Izack, Stantin  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Redoubtable grandmaster of the Knights Essamere.

Jack o’ Fellhallow  –  God of the Living Lands. Lord of Fellhallow. By tradition, the Raven’s closest sibling.

Jardur, Haralda  –  Prince of Corvant

Jardur, Raeth  –  King of Corvant.

Jaridav, Amella  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Kanda, Elni  –  Captain of the Reveque Hearthguard.

Keldrov, Arlanne  –  Reeve of Ardva.

Kelver, Bran  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Kendrae  –  A flighty and wayward soul.

Kesriel, Venner  –  Captain of the Dauntless

Kiradin, Ebigail  –  Disgraced member of the Privy Council.

Koldra, Brask  –  Vranakin Rogue.

Krastin, Inidro  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows.

Kressick, Tor  –  Tressian Constable

Kurkas, Vladama  –  Captain of the Trelan Hearthguard. Veteran of the Battle of Zanya.

Lamirov, Leonast  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

Loqueton  –  A strange man from an unfamiliar place.

Lumestra  –  Tressian Goddess of the Sun, known as Astarra in the Hadari Empire. By tradition, Ashana’s closest sibling.

Malatriant  –  Tyrant Queen of Old, known as Sceadotha in the Hadari Empire

Mannor, Torvan  –  Grandmaster of the Knights Prydonis

Marest, Evarn  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

Merisov, Brock  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Mezar, Sabelle  –  Member of the Tressian Grand Council.

Moldrov, Rath  –  Steward of the Council Palace.

Noktza, Riego  –  Castellan of Ahrad. Knight of the Prydonis Chapterhouse.

Nyzad, Erad  –  Kernclaw of the Crowmarket.

Orova, Roslava  –  Champion of the Tressian Council.

Psanneque, Anastacia  –   Serathi spirit, bound to clay. Josiri Trelan’s lover.

Psanneque, Sevaka  –  Officer of the Tressian Fleet.

Raldan, Edvard  –  Lieutenant of the Tressian Constabulary.

Rann, Apara  –  A vranakin kernclaw, a cousin of the Crowmarket.

Reveque, Constans  –  Son to Malachi and Lilyana Reveque.

Reveque, Lilyana  –  Tressian noblewoman. Patron of the city’s hospices. Wife to Malachi Reveque. Mother to Constans and Sidara Reveque.

Reveque, Malachi  –  Né Malachi Satanra. First Councillor of the Tressian Privy Council. Husband to Lilyana Reveque. Father to Constans and Sidara Reveque. Close friend of Viktor Akadra, Roslava Orova and Josiri Trelan.

Reveque, Sidara  –  Daughter to Malachi and Lilyana Reveque.

Saran, Kai  –  Hadari Emperor. Ruler of the Silver Kingdom of Rhaled. Husband to Aethal Saran. Father to Melanna Saranal.

Saranal, Aethal  –  Hadari Princessa. Wife to Kai Saran. Mother to Melanna Saranal.

Saranal, Melanna  –  Hadari Princessa and Imperial heir. Daughter of Kai and Aethal Saran.

Sera  –  Lunassera handmaiden. A devoted servant of Ashana.

Shalamoh, Eldor  –  Wandering historian and seeker of hidden truths.

Shurla, Endri  –  Pontiff of the Parliament of Crows

Taladan, Helyn  –  Member of the Stonecrest Hearthguard. A Phoenix.

Tanor, Zephan  –  Shieldbearer of the Knights Essamere.

Tarev, Rika    –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council.

The Huntsman  –  Ashana’s equerry. Father of a vanished daughter. Bearer of an ancient debt.

The Nameless Lady  –  Inheritor of Mantles Past. Daughter of Tzal and Endala.

The Raven  –  The God of the Dead and Keeper of Otherworld. By tradition, Jack’s closest sibling. Known as Malgyn in the oldest of texts.

Tirane, Cardivan  –  Prince of Silsaria.

Tirane, Thirava  –  Prince of Silsaria.

Toldav, Ernac  –  Grandmaster of the Knights Lancras.

Trelan, Calenne  –  Daughter to Katya and Kevor Trelan. Sister to Josiri Trelan. Beloved of Viktor Akadra.

Trelan, Josiri  –  Member of the Tressian Privy Council. Secret leader of the wolf’s-heads. Son to Katya and Kevor Trelan. Brother to Calenne Trelan. Anastacia’s lover.

Trelan, Katya  –  Dowager Duchess of Eskavord. Member of the Privy Council. Mother to Josiri and Calenne Trelan. Wife of Kevor Trelan. Sister of Taymor Trelan.

Trelan, Kevor  –  Duke of Eskavord. Husband to Katya Trelan. Father to Josiri and Calenne Trelan.

Trelan, Taymor  –  Brother and confidant to Katya Trelan.

Tzal  –  The Unmaker, the Forlorn. The Lord of Flame and a Blight Upon Worlds.

Zarn, Konor  –  Peddler of wares and influence.

Abbeyfields  –  Ancestral home of the Reveque family, located in Tressia.

Ahrad, the Eskagard  –  Mighty Tressian fortress, guarding the River Ravonn and the border with the Hadari Empire.

Ardva  –  Inland port located on the Grelyt River in the Tressian Southshires.

Athreos  –  Desert separating the Hadari Empire from the distant land of Itharoc.

Branghall  –  Ancestral home of the Trelan family, located in Eskavord.

Brinnorhill  –  Thrakkian town.

Church of Tithes  –  Foremost meeting place for the Parliament of Crows.

Cindercourt  –  Thrakkian site of judgement.   

Coventaj  –  Cavern hidden beneath Tressia, said to house a glimmerless river whose headwaters spring from a land of giants and depart the ephemeral world without ever touching the sea.

Darkmere  –  Once the capital of the Tressian Kingdom. Malatriant’s stronghold and now a ghost-haunted ruin.

Davenwood  –  Forest in the Southshires.

Drag Hill   –  Ancient street in Tressia, connecting the main city with the old docks.       

Dregmeet  –  Deprived and sunken district of Tressia. Home of the Crowmarket and rampant skulduggery.

Elsbarg  –  Thrakkian town.

Eskavord  –  Regional capital of the Southshires.

Eventide  –  Ashana’s realm in shadow, that swallows the glory of Evermoon.

Evermoon  –  Ashana’s realm in silver, visible in the night sky at certain times of the month.

Fellhallow  –  Ancient and mysterious forest. Ruled by Jack o’Fellhallow, and best left well alone.

Freemont  –  Ancestral home of the Kiradin family, located in Tressia.

Glaiholda  –  Thrakkian thanedom.

Glandotha  –  The heart of Fellhallow.

Greyridge Shirelands  –  Region adjoining the Greyridge Mountains

Hadari Empire  –  Eastern realm forged by the hero of legend Hadar Saran. Composed of several great kingdoms and many client kingdoms. Ruled from the city of Tregard.

Kellevork  –  Thrakkian fortress.

King’s Gate  –  Chief entryway into the city of Tressia.

Kinholt  –  Second city of the Kingdom of Rhaled.

Kreska  –  Southshires city. Home of the Grand Cathedral and the tomb of Konor Belenzo.

Mooncourt Temple  –  Temple in the heart of Tregard, raised in glory of Ashana.

Otherworld  –  The realm of mists and home of the dead that exists beyond the ephemeral world.

Ravencourt Temple  –  Temple in the heart of Tregard, raised in glory of the Raven.

Rhaled  –  The Silver Kingdom. Heart of the Hadari Empire.

Royal Tressia  –  Westernmost county of the Tressian Republic.

Scawmede  –  Thrakkian thanedom.

Selann  –  Tressian island. Toiling ground of indentured Southwealders.

Silvane House  –  Ancestral home of the Tarev family, located in Tressia.

Skanandra  –  Mirrored feast hall where the Thrakkian dead carouse throughout the ages.

Skazit Maze  –  Network of caverns and passageways. Used by Konor Belenzo’s rebels in the time of Malatriant, and again by present-day wolf’s-heads.

Strazyn Abbey  –  Ruined edifice in the heart of Tressia. A place of black rumour.

Sothvane   –  District in Tressia, bordering Dregmeet.

Tarvallion  –  Regional capital of the Marcher Lands. The jewelled heart of the Tressian Republic.

The Eastshires  –  Easternmost county of the Tressian Republic.

The Estrina  –  Artificial river, split off from the Silverway as it enters the city of Tressia.

The Foundry  –  Forging place of Tressia’s magical constructs, such as kraikons and simarka.

The Heartweald  –  Sprawling forest at the center of the Tressian Republic.

The Marcher Lands  –  Central county of the Tressian Republic. Sometimes also known as The Heartlands, and dominated by the sprawling forest of Heartweald.

The Seven Dancers of Glandotha  –  Stone circle in the heart of Fellhallow.

The Silverway  –  Majestic river originating in the far-off Hadari Empire. Flows through Tregard and Tressia.

The Southshires  –  Southern county of the Tressian Republic. Rebellious district that grows defiance like crops.

Thrakkia  –  Loose agglomeration of feuding thanes, located on the Tressian Republic’s southern border. A wild and colourful land.

Tregard  –  Capital city of the Kingdom of Rhaled, and of the Hadari Empire entire.

Tregga  –  Regional capital of the Eastshires.

Tressia  –  Capital of the Tressian Republic. Sprawling city sat astride the majestic Silverway River.

Tressian Republic  –  City-State remnant of the continent-spanning Tressian Kingdom. Governed from the city of Tressia.

Westernport   –  District in Tressia, within the bounds of Dregmeet.

Zanya  –  Village, and site of a battle between Southshires secessionists and the Tressian Council’s forces.

Caenir – Thrakkian insult. Roughly translates to ‘cur’.

Ceorla  –  Thrakkian noble.

Chandirin  –  Ghostly steed, gifted only to the chosen of Ashana.

Crowmarket  –  Association of thieves, murderers and scavengers, operating out of Dregmeet and beholden to the Parliament of Crows.

Cyraeth  –  Mournful spirit unable to cross fully over into the mists of Otherworld. While most are harmless, some are driven to acts of vengeance against their slayers.

Dotha  –  Hadari title, equivalent to ‘Queen’.

Droshna   –  Name given to Malatriant’s warlocks by Hadar Saran.

Ephemeral  –  A mortal, destined to flare bright and brief in the passing of days.

Essamere  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Essavir / Essavim  –  Hadari terms of supreme respect and affection.

Eternal  –  One who has transcended mortality through magic and obsession and cannot easily die.

Etravia  –  Deathless spirit, vaporous and distant from the world.

Exodus  –  Tressian Council decree by which Southshires rebels were forcibly expatriated and enslaved.

Fellnore – Tressian Knightly chapterhouse

Firestone Lantern  –  Glass and quartz lantern, goaded to emit light by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Forbidden Place  –  A site where the divine leeches into the ephemeral world, causing great wonder and peril. Anathema to constructs.

Grunda  –  Leathery, horned beast often pressed to the business of war by the Hadari.

Gwyraya Hadar  –  The great kingdoms of the Hadari Empire.

Immortal  –  Elite warriors of the Hadari Empire.

Ithna’jîm  –  The folk of far-off Itharoc.

Kernclaw  –  A shadowy assassin in thrall to the Crowmarket.

Kraikon  –  Construct. Bronze giant, fashioned in the shape of a man and armoured for war. Animated by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Lancras  –  Tressian Knightly chapterhouse

Livasdri  –  Thrakkian name for a strawjack.

Lunassera  –  Ephemeral handmaiden of the goddess Ashana. Said to be chaste.

Pontiff  –  One of the three leaders of the Parliament of Crows.

Prizrak  –  The ghoulish remnant of an ephemeral sent mad by lingering within divine mists. Driven by the need to feast on flesh, and weeps bloody tears.

Proctor  –  One who commands a portion of Lumestra’s light, and can issue orders to foundry constructs.

Prydonis  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Rassophore  –  Lowly member of the Crowmarket, young and unproven.

Revenant  –  Bleak spirit of Otherworld in thrall to the Raven.

Sartorov  –  One of Tressia’s great knightly chapterhouses.

Savir / Savim  –  Hadari terms of respect and affection.

Serathi  –  An angelic daughter of Lumestra.

Shadowthorn –  Slang term for Hadari, used in the Tressian Republic.

Simarka  –  Bronze construct, fashioned in the shape of a lion and animated by a spark of Lumestra’s magic.

Smeltpriest  –  Thrakkian priest and keeper of laws.   

Strawjack  –  A child of Fellhallow. A forest demon. Sometimes called a ‘Whispering One’.

The Dark  –  Primordial force from which all life and creation sprung.

The Parliament of Crows  –  Triad rulers of the Crowmarket. Said to be deathless.

Thornmaiden  –  A daughter of Jack o’Fellhallow.

Thrydaxe  –  Thrakkian mercenary.

Vanaguard – Thrakkian royal guard.

Varloki  –  Mythical child of Astor.

Vigil Oath  –  Pledge taken by the Knights Essamere.

Volrandri   –  Thrakkian curse. Refers to the cold abyss of the honourless dead.

Vranakin  –  Member of the Crowmarket.

Zaifîr  –  Fire spirit spoken of in Ithna’jîm legend.