|Cover art by Larry Rostant|
- Adam - a mercenary, Isyllt's bodyguard
- Anhai Xian-Mar - a customs agent, Vienh's sister
- Asheris al Seth - an Assari mage and Imperial agent
- Deilin Xian - Anhai and Vienh's grandmother, a ghost
- Faraj al Ghassan - Viceroy of Symir
- Fei Minh Laii - Zhirin's mother, a former member of the Khas Maram
- Imran al Najid - an Assari mage
- Isyllt Iskaldur - necromancer and Selafaïn spy
- Izachar Teoma - a smuggler, captain of the Rain Dog
- Jabbor Lhun - leader of the Jade Tigers, Zhirin's lover
- Jodiya al Sarith - Imran's apprentice
- Kaeru - Lilani's governess, clanless
- Kirilos Orfion - spymaster of Selafai, Isyllt's mentor
- Kwan Lhun - a member of the Jade Tigers
- Lilani Xian - Vienh's daughter and Anhai's niece
- Marat - Vasilios's housekeeper, clanless
- Murai al Ghassan - Faraj's daughter
- Rahal al Seth - emperor of Assar
- Riuh Xian - a member of the Dai Tranh, Selei's grandson
- Selei Xian - a witch, leader of the Dai Tranh
- Shamina al Ghassan - Faraj's wife, Murai's mother
- Shyung Lin - Xinai's mother, a ghost
- Siddir Bashari - an Assari nobleman and spy
- Temel Lhun - a member of the Jade Tigers, Kwan's cousin
- Vasilios Medeion - a Selafaïn mage studying at the Kurun Tam
- Vienh Xian-Lhun - first mate of the Rain Dog
- Xinai Lin - a mercenary, Adam's partner
- Zhirin Laii - Vasilios's apprentice
Dai Tranh - the Hand of Freedom. A radical separatist group dedicating to the overthrowing Assari rule of Sivahra.
Jade Tigers - a less violent group of revolutionaries, also working toward Sivahri independence.
The Khas Maram - the House of the People. The governing body of Sivahra. Refers to both the council and the building that houses it.
The Kurun Tam - the Corundum Hall. The Assari school of thaumaturgy built on the slopes of Mount Haroun.