- Calen: Mid-thirties, the de facto "leader" of the village. Calen is a quiet man, and timid, but the recent depredations by the bandits has pushed him to the every edge. He wants blood, but knows he doesn't have the power to extract it. His powerlessness torments him.
- Gemdar: Mid-thirties. Gemdar is the closest thing Calen has to a rival. He questions nearly all of Calen's decisions, sometimes heatedly. It isn't hate that drives him, but jealousy. Calen--in his opinion--has always been luckier than him, with better land and better livestock. If Gemdar only had the same breaks, he'd be village headman.
- Sejon: Around thirty. Sejon is Calen's right hand man. While not a yes man per se, he agrees with almost everything Calen says and very seldom questions his friend. His favorite lines are "Calen is right," and "yes, I agree" (when Calen speaks).
- Vejris: Early seventies. Still vigorous, he is the oldest man in the village and people are always looking to him for wisdom. Calen never makes a decision without asking his zen-like bits of advice.
- Hebro: Early thirties. Rotund, jovial, and constantly cracking jokes, Hebro is nine times out of ten a bit tipsy on Huskerale. He generally goes along with Calen's decisions unless they require him to stick his neck out or put in extra effort. He then tries to brush these requests off with humor, and if forced to do them, sulks.
- Toryu: Fifteen. Toryu just passed the manhood rites in the spring and is eager to prove himself to the rest of the men. A clever young man, he is still naive and inexperienced, and mixed with a short temper this is a dangerous combination.
- Venn: Nine. Venn is Toryu's shadow, constantly following the older boy around, looking up to him, imitating him, trying to be more like him. He is also a very bright and curious boy, always looking around while working in the fields wondering things like; "where do the mountains come from?" "How hot is the sun?"
"Come now my child, if we were planning to harm you, do you think we'd be lurking here beside the path in the very darkest part of the forest..." - Kenneth Patchen, "Even So."
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