Burne - A veteran of Terne's army and a respected figure from the war, Burne is also more than a little slow, and deeply uncomfortable with any activity that does not involve swinging an axe.
Commander Deltess - The lord commander of Fort Herioch, the northern outpost given the duty of guarding the shores of the Karees from the barbarian hordes of the Jungles of the North. Deltess has a complicated and difficult history with his commanding officer, Commander Faren.
Dersam - Father of Nalu and Taskmaster of one of the thirty-six Vessaria clans. Dersam is friendly and garrulous at a glance, but his easy smile and friendly words conceal a devious, calculating mind that is always hunting for a means to improve the condition of his clan, no matter the cost to anyone else.
Eragon - Third in command of the armies of Terne, Eragon is an outstanding swordsman, belied by his rather slovenly and weak appearance. Despite his abilities as a warrior, his leadership abilities are often questioned as it is believed he bought his way to his rank, and does not possess sufficient fortitude or courage to hold his position.
Grimm - A rogue Vessaria with a taste for the finer things in life, who found that ambushing unwary travelers in Tarloni Forest was far more profitable than using his people's traditional means of making their way in the world.
Indorum - A sailor in the employ of Captain Reinoa. Indorum was an easy man to dislike, filled with anger over his lot in life and inability to advance in what he saw as an unfair world. He resented nearly everyone, though he did hold a grudging respect for Reinoa and her abilities as a captain.
Jorius Athexium - A rotund, middle-aged guard assigned the late shift on a portion of Terne's southern wall. Jorius is a veteran of the wars, but has not used a weapon in combat in many years. Married with two children who have since moved on to lives of their own, he enjoys the peace, quiet, and routine of late night guard duty, but not the surprise that awaits him the night Durayl and his people arrive in Terne.
Lellar Argoyle - A First Veteran in the Terne military and head of one of the army's cavalry units. His unit is selected for the journey to Balashad to investigate Poranus's assertion that the city had been destroyed. A competent, quiet, dutiful man who earned praise for valor and quick thinking in the waning days of the war.
Orius Margrem - Captain of the City Guard in Terne, Orius was a childhood friend of Captain Toren, though their relationship faltered at the end of the war, when Orius married Toren's former lover, Lady Darcies.
Relex Unara - The councilman of Uremshir is even more trouble in death than he was in life. A greedy, manipulative liar as a politician, his death now threatens to end the fragile peace paid for with decades of blood.
Sereesa - A Vessaria woman in the employ of Durayl Silverborne. Sereesa is middle-aged, quick with a knife, light with her fingers, and mean as a snake. Her employment ends rather abruptly near the shores of the Karees River.
Uthmon - A guard posted to Fort Herioch, he immediately recognizes Commander Faren and states that he once reported to the man. Faren has no recollection of this, however, and Uthmon's later actions indicate that he may not be what he claims.
Yathren - An oarsman in the employ of Captain Reinoa. Yathren talks low, talks slow, and doesn't say too much. Thinking is a bit uncomfortable for him, too. He's more likely to latch on to someone brighter and more ambitious than himself and follow their lead, provided he likes the look of where he's being led.