Name: Daskesurul (pronounced Das-kes-ur-ul)
Personality: Daskesurul is cold, ruthless and ambitious, but he can also be rather craven. He prides himself on his cleverness, and seldom feels satisfied with anything.
Skills / Interests: Daskesurul likes gathering knowledge, and owns many books on the workings of the mundane world. He is interested in astronomy, cartography, ships and siege engines. In his spare time, he builds clocks.
Servants: Daskesurul is a harsh ruler who finds it hard to retain the loyalty of his servants. His followers have included Carashanza (who betrayed him), Kurunari (who also betrayed him), Tarissarul, Canrasiul and Iruzathe.
Friends and Enemies: Daskesurul’s closest allies are Saroparel and Ruzenathra, while Naskremari is his greatest rival. Mormariul terrifies him, for he tried to make her become his vassal and now she craves revenge.
Name: Liralian (Lira-lee-an)
Personality: Liralian is noble, compassionate and brave, but can also be stubborn and reckless. She believes that the greatest strength lies in virtue, and feels it is her duty to protect the weak.
Skills / Interests: Liralian longs to bring reform to Ankaykari society, and has written many books in an attempt to explain her vision. Among her most famous works is the multi-volume History of the Ankaykari.
Name: Mormariul (Mor-mar-ee-ul)
Personality: Mormariul was always proud and impulsive, but she became increasingly vicious after being betrayed by the human wizard Hakenar. Most people now consider her insane.
Skills / Interests: Mormariul is a great weapon-smith, and is also skilled at warding spells. Her most famous creations are the sword Narongaztar, the sword Zerekezare, and the Scepter of Zusha-Sanard.
Friends and Enemies: Mormariul is hated by everyone except Takanepi, who hopes to ‘heal’ her mind and restore her to the person she once was.
Name: Takanepi (Tak-a-nep-ee)
Personality: Takanepi is cool and austere, and seldom has any interest in the world beyond his Citadel. Many consider him apathetic, but he can be a formidable fighter.
Skills / Interests: When he is not reading or playing music, Takanepi spends much time strengthening the formidable wards around his stronghold and carving statues of ice. He is believed to be the author of Islands in the River of Time.
Name: Ruzenathra (Rooz-en-ath-ra)
Personality: Ruzenathra is bold, cunning and ruthless, and is also known for her mocking sense of humor. Some are drawn by her strong character while others call her a tyrant.
Skills / Interests: Ruzenathra considers herself the greatest weapon-smith in the realm, and spends much time exploring the Dimensions in search of new materials. The most famous of her creations is the Scepter of Xathun.
Name: Naskremari (Nask-rem-ar-ee)
Personality: Naskremari is proud, stern and intense, and makes a difficult friend. However, he is also steadfast and brave. The idea of honor is deeply important to him.
Skills / Interests: Naskremari’s main concerns are the wealth of his mundane empire and the strength of his army. He enjoys watching duels, and is also skilled at forging weapons.
Friends and Enemies: Naskremari’s favorite Esu is Ruzenathra. He admires her courage, yet he is also disconcerted by her lack of honor, and their old friendship does not keep him from allying with her enemy Tassedehami. Daskesurul is his greatest rival.
Name: Saroparel (Sar-o-par-el)
Personality: Saroparel is known for her serene grace, her love of beauty and her longing to create a harmonious society. However, her laws are infamously oppressive, and she is often too cautious to be of much use to her allies.
Skills / Interests: Saroparel devotes her time to cultivating the Five Arts (illusion, music, poetry, painting and calligraphy). To her, art is not a merely means of self-expression, but a striving towards perfection.
Friends and Enemies: Saroparel’s only true friend Daskesurul, who shares her deep love of order and etiquette. While she and Liralian sometimes find it expedient to ally, they often quarrel, for Liralian thinks Saroparel is a hypocrite and Saroparel thinks Liralian is a fool.
Name: Tassedehami (Tass-ey-dey-har-me)
Personality: Tassedehami is known for his skill at politics, but he can also be emotional, quick-tempered and indecisive.
Skills / Interests: Tassedehami loves diplomacy and intrigue, and has woven a web of complex alliances across the realm. He also likes composing music, writing books about the plants and animals of Askamar, and sculpting fantastical creatures to adorn his Citadel.
Friends and Enemies: Tassedehami is sympathetic to Liralian’s philosophy, even if he does not always openly support her. While he succeeds in maintaining a difficult alliance with Naskremari – an Esu to whom he has frequently given his allegiance – his closest friend is Yazelern. His main rival is Naskremari’s scheming ally Ruzenathra, and he regards Mormariul with fear and hatred.
Name: Yazelern (Yaz-eh-lern)
Personality: Yazelern is a gracious, patient and thoughtful ruler. He longs to bring about social reform, but he is also cautious and pragmatic, and avoids confrontation whenever he can.
Skills / Interests: Among the immortals, Yazelern is known for the artistic achievements of his court and for his skill at diplomacy. It is said that the Thasenareans hold the finest banquets in the realm. Yazelern also loves reading, and has a fine collection of history and poetry books.
Friends and Enemies: Yazelern dislikes making enemies, but he and Ruzenathra do not get along. His closest allies are Liralian and Tassedehami. Liralian finds Yazelern’s caution frustrating, but she appreciates his concern for her welfare, and they often visit each other’s Citadels to discuss politics.