At the beginning of The Heart of the Sands

The Greater Clans

  • Decouix (dominant among the Greater Clans)
  • Rastanna
  • Vodah

The Lesser Clans

  • Elhiyne (dominant among the Lesser Clans)
  • Inetka (sworn to Elhiyne)
  • Penda
  • Tosk (sworn to Penda)


  • The Benesh'ere, the exiled tribe

Personae Decouix

Valso:only living son of Illalla and Merriketh, and King of the Greater Clans
Illalla:former King of the Greater Clans (deceased)
Merriketh Alaella:wife to Illalla and mother of his children
Haleen:only living daughter of Illalla and Merriketh, called The Mad Whore by some
Andra:minor Decouix nobleman
Thandin:an emissary to Elhiyne
Degla:minor Decouix nobleman
GeorgeAll:minor Decouix nobleman
Carsaris:an advisor to Valso and one of his most powerful sorcerors

Personae Rastanna

Oubba:Commander of Tharsk, the fortress at Methula
Carri:Oubba's wife
Tarkiss:Oubba's son
Andrew:an old country nobleman
Stetha:Andrew's son

Personae Vodah

Xenya:a young noblewoman with a rebelious attitude regarding Valso
Alta:Xenya's brother

Personae Kullish

Salula:Captain and commander of all Kulls
Verk:a Kull captain, subordinate to Salula
Mook:a simple Kullish guardsman
Brakke:Kull officer in command of the Kullish forces at Tharsk
Salya:a Kull lieutenant in Durin
Qartan:the Kull lieutenant that kidnaps Felina

Personae Elhiyne see family tree

Olivia:Head of Clan Elhiyne
Bertak:Olivia's father (deceased)
Hillell:Olivia's mother (deceased)
Karlane:Olivia's husband (deceased)
Malka:Olivia's oldest son and heir to the leadership of Elhiyne (deceased)
Marjinell:Malka's wife
MichaelOff:oldest son of Malka and Marjinell (deceased)
Brandon:youngest son of Malka and Marjinell
Jinella:born Tosk, now Brandon's wife
Roland:Olivia's youngest son
AnnaRail:Roland's wife
DaNoel:1st child of Roland and AnnaRail
Annaline:2nd child of Roland and AnnaRail
JohnEngine:3rd child of Roland and AnnaRail
NickoLot:4th child of Roland and AnnaRail
Morgin:adopted child of Roland and AnnaRail
Rhianne:the 4th of Edtoall and Matill's four daughters, and now Morgin's wife
Hellis:Olivia's younger sister, took her own life in suicide (deceased)
Tulellcoe:Hellis' only son, conceived by Illalla in an act of rape
Vergis Caladan:an alias used by Tulellcoe
Alcoa:Marchlord of the western reaches that border on Penda
Eglahan:Marchlord of Yestmark, sworn to Elhiyne
Packwill:a scout, sworn to Eglahan of Yestmark
Annen:bastard son of Eglahan
Abileen:a sergeant of men
Dannasul:a childhood friend of Morgin and JohnEngine
Durado:an old man who maintains the waystation at Kallun's Gorge
Samull:Durado's son
Gorguh:Elhiyne stable master
Erlin:Elhiyne stable boy
Valken Surriot:a twoname who fought with Eglahan at the battle of Yestmark
Seurrak Aldwith:an alias used by the Surriot
Cortien Balenda:a twoname who fought with Eglahan at the battle of Yestmark
Thenda Sa:an alias used by the Balenda
Hwatok Tulalane:a twoname advisor to Olivia  (deceased)
France:a common swordsman
Rindal:an alias frequently used by France

Personae Aud

Aiergain:Queen of the free port city, aka the Queen of Thieves
Pandorin:a lieutenant in Aiergain's guard
Sacress:Aiergain's physician
Terrikle:a manservant provided to Morgin

Personae Penda

BlakeDown:Head of Clan Penda
Doagla:an alias used by BlakeDown when he meets Valso at Tharsk
ErrinCastle:Blakedown's oldest son and heir to the leadership of Penda
Anja:a very young girl of minor status
Tarare:a nobleman known to be a mouthpiece for BlakeDown
Chrisainne:born Vodah, married minor Penda lord, seduces BlakeDown for Valso
Perrinsall:ErrinCastle's cousin, and trusted to keep a calm head
Lewendis:distant relative of BlakeDown's and a bit of a hothead

Personae Inetka

Wylow:Head of Clan Inetka
Carmet:Wylow's wife
SandoFall:Wylow's oldest son and heir to the leadership of Inetka
Edtoall:a minor Inetka lord and father of Rhianne
Matill:Edtoall's wife and mother of Rhianne

Personae Tosk

PaulStaff:Head of Clan Tosk

Personae Benesh'ere

Angerah:ruler of the Black Council
Merella:Angerah's wife
Jerst:WarMaster of the Benesh'ere tribe
Blesset:Jerst's daughter
Jack the Lesser:a bowman and scout
Harriok:Jerst's oldest son
Branaugh:Harriok's wife
LillianToc:Jerst's youngest son
Jack the Greater:Jack the Lesser's twin brother
Delaga:a common swordsman
Fantose:a common pikeman
Chagarin:the Master Smith
Baldrak:a smith
Felina:Baldrak's daughter
Surnarra:a smith
Yim:an impressionable young girl
Tamlea:a young girl
Tallik:a young bully
Satcha:the cook for Jerst's extended household

Personae Celestial

Attun:a mythical god
Unnamed King:knows all names but his own
Erithnae:god-queen and consort to the Unnamed King
Aethon:the last Shahotma King

Personae Angelicus

Metadan:an archangel
Ellowyn:an archangel
Laelith:a faerie
Cynaban:Metadan's senior lieutenant

Personae Common

Raffin:a merchant, also known as Fatpurse
Mathal:a fruit vendor
Ott:a peasant
Gulk:Ott's wife
Ikth:Ott and Gulk's son
Darma:captain of the Far Wind
Bakart:first mate of the Far Wind
Braunye:a peasant girl sold to Rhianne in exchange for healing her father's cow
Chiren Tesha:guardmaster of a merchant caravan out of Anistigh
Katha:leader of the scouts reporting to Chiren Tesha
Jokath:a common thief that preys on travellers on the Gods Road
Mistress Syllith:Rhianne's alias in Norlakton

Personae Nether

Beayaegoath:the Dark God and ruler of the ninth hell of the netherworld
Bayellgae:the venomousss demon flying sssnake
ElkenSkul:the demon namegiver
Mortiss:Morgin's unusual horse, also known as the DeathWalker
Soann'Daeth'Daeye:a shadowwraith that Morddon meets outside Kathbeyanne
Shebasha:a great sand cat whose soul is haunted by a demon

Personae Ancient

Morddon:a bitter and angry Benesh'ere warrior, and Morgin's alter ego
AnneRhianne:a Benesh'ere princess and Rhianne's alter ego
WindHollow:a young Benesh'ere boy and AnneRhianne's nephew
Gilguard:warmaster of the Benesh'ere
Sarker:a Benesh'ere scout
Takit:a Benesh'ere scout
Bendaw:a Benesh'ere scout
Binth:the pipist, Morddon's father
Eisla:the SteelMistress, last of the SteelMasters, and Morddon's mother
Jander:a Benesh'ere warrior, one of Gilguard's senior lieutenants
Magwa:the jackal queen
TarnThane:the griffin lord
SheelThane:the griffin queen
AuelThane:a griffin warrior
TearThane:a griffin warrior
WolfDane:the hellhound king
Perrik:a nobleman with a flawed blade