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Characters of Shadow Matrix

by Petri Peltonen

Below is a listing of the main characters (play a really important role in the novel), the important characters (many events won't happen without them), the other characters who appear in the novel and finally characters which are only mentioned in the novel :
  • Main characters:
    • Mikhail Lanart-Hastur, Regent for Elhalyn and heir to Regis Hastur; paxman of Lord Ardais.
    • Marguerida Alton, heiress to the Alton Domain and Mikhail's beloved.
  • Important characters:
    • Regis Hastur, Lord Hastur.
    • Priscilla Elhalyn, sister of the late Derik Elhalyn, the last king of Darkover
    • Lew Alton, the abdicated head of the Alton Domain, Marguerida's father
    • Liriel Lanart-Hastur, Mikhail's younger sister and Marguerida's friend, technician first at Tramontana Tower, then at Arilinn; Ariel's twin
    • Emelda, Priscilla's household leronis, calls herself Aldaran
    • Varzil Ridenow, the ancient Keeper of Neskaya and Hali, dead centuries before
    • Ashara Alton, the Ancient Keeper of Hali and Comyn Tower, dead centuries before
    • the Guardian, supposedly an ancient chieri, presumed to be the father of Priscilla's daughters
  • Other characters:
    • Linnea Hastur-Storn, Regis' wife
    • Danilo Syrtis-Ardais, Regis' paxman
    • Danilo Hastur, Regis' oldest surviving son
    • Javanne Hastur-Lanart, Regis' older sister and Mikhail's mother
    • Gabriel Lanart, Javanne's husband and Mikhail's father, claimant to the Alton Domain; Lew Alton's cousin
    • Istvana Ridenow, Keeper at Neskaya, Marguerida's kinswoman and the aunt of Diotima Ridenow
    • Caitlin Leynier, technician at Neskaya and Marguerida's cousin six or seven generations back
    • Dyan Ardais, Lord Ardais and Mikhail's friend
    • Burl, a bonereader in Castle Elhalyn, Priscilla Elhalyn's confidant
    • Ysaba, a Dry-Towner medium in Castle Elhalyn, Priscilla Elhalyn's confidant;
    • Duncan MacLeod, the stable master and acting coridom at Castle Elhalyn
    • Alain Elhalyn, Priscilla Elhalyn's eldest son
    • Vincent-Regis Duvic Elhalyn y Elhalyn, Priscilla's second son, presumably by an unknown Elhalyn son
    • Emun-Estavan Mikhail Elhalyn, Priscilla's youngest son and middle child
    • Miralys Elhalyn, Priscilla's elder daughter, presumably by a chieri
    • Valenta Felicia Stephanie Elhalyn, Priscilla's younger daughter, presumably by a chieri
    • Daryll MacGrath, the younger of the two Guardsmen accompanying Mikhail to Halyn House
    • Mathias, the older of the Guardsmen
    • Marilla Aillard, Lady Aillard and the mother of Dyan Ardais
    • Francisco Ridenow, Lord Serrais
    • Damon Aldaran, Lord Aldaran; nedestro brother of Beltran Aldaran
    • Robert Aldaran, his son and heir to Aldaran; Hermes Aldaran's twin
    • Gisela Aldaran, their younger sister, widow of Bertrand Leynier
    • Camilla MacRoss, old worker at Arilinn, in charge of the beginning students
    • Jeff Kerwin, the Keeper at Arilinn, Marguerida's uncle
    • Damon Ridenow, Jeff's Darkovan alias
    • Loren MacAndrews, the oldest of Marguerida's fellow students at Arilinn
    • Diotima Ridenow-Alton, Lew Alton's wife and Marguerida's stepmother
    • Ariel Alar, Liriel Lanart-Hastur's twin
    • Piedro Alar, Ariel's husband
    • Domenic Alar, their eldest, injured son
    • Donal Alar, Ariel and Piedro's son
    • Damon Alar, Ariel and Piedro's middle son
    • Kennard Alar, Ariel and Piedro's son
    • Lewis Alar, Ariel and Piedro's youngest son
    • Alanna Alar, Ariel and Piedro's daughter
    • Haydn Lindir, an archivist at Arilinn Tower
    • Maeve Landyn, a worker at Arilinn
    • Martin, a groom at Arilinn stables
    • Rafaella n'ha Liriel, a Renunciate, Marguerida's friend and Rafe Scott's beloved
    • Gabriel Lanart-Hastur, Mikhail's eldest brother
    • Rafael Lanart-Hastur, Mikhail's other brother
    • Katrin, Marguerida's servant at Arilinn
    • Berana, one of the older healers at Arilinn
    • Hiram d'Asturien, a matrix worker at Arilinn
    • Ian, the cook at Halyn House
    • Becca, an old nurse at Halyn House, allegedly once a nurse of Alanna Elhalyn
    • Wena, an old nurse at Halyn House, allegedly once a nurse of Alanna Elhalyn
    • Aaron MacEwan, a tailor master in Thendara
    • Manuella MacEwan, his wife
    • Ida Davidson, Ivor Davidsons wife, Marguerida's friend, teacher and foster-mother
    • Piedra, Marguerida's maid at Comyn Castle
    • Daniella n'ha Yllana, a Renunciate, boss of a train from Thendara to Neskaya
    • Samantha, Renunciate, member of Daniella n'ha Yllana's train
    • Andrea, Renunciate, member of Daniella n'ha Yllana's train
    • Rakiel, a Dry Towner trade, member of Daniella n'ha Yllana's train
    • Giley, a robber in the Kilghard Hills
    • Benjamin, a worker at Arilinn scriptorium
    • Cassandra Hastur, Regis' older daughter in training at Arilinn
    • Lina Hastur, Regis' younger daughter in training at Arilinn
    • JosÚ Reyes, matrix worker at Neskaya
    • Bernice Storn, young matrix worker at Neskaya, possibly Linnea Storn's niece
    • Baird Beltran, oldish matrix worker at Neskaya
    • Moira di Asturien, a matrix worker at Meskaya
    • Hedwig Hart, a matrix worker at Neskaya
    • Merita Rannir, a matrix worker at Neskaya
    • Gareth Ridenow, a matrix worker at Arilinn
    • Tomas MacErald, a Guardsman accompanying Liriel to Halyn House, youngest son of the current armsmaster in Thendara
    • Yoris MacEvers, the archivist at Comyn Castle
    • Rakhal, Gisela Aldaran's younger son
    • Remy, a guardsman accompanying Marguerida
    • Helgar, a guardsman accompanying Marguerida
    • Ritter, a Terranan guard at the Thendara spaceport gates
    • Ritter's superior
    • Nella, a girl working at Aaron MacEwan's shop
    • Doevid, a boy working at Aaron MacEwan's shop
    • Ethan, Marguerida's young friend in Thendara
    • Rufus d'Asturien, a minor nobleman
    • Darissa d'Asturien, his daughter, married to one of her second cousins
    • Emile d'Asturien, Rufus' son who was in the cadets with Mikhail
    • Ysabet MacRoss, the great niece of Camilla MacRoss, married to a MacGowan
    • Amalie El Haliene, Keeper at Hali Tower
    • Padriac El Haliene, the El Haliene warlord
    • a slow-witted young man at Hali stables
    • Robard MacDenis, a man who meets Marguerida and Mikhail on the road near Hali
    • Evanda, the Bright mother, goddess of life and growth and love, disguised as an old woman
    • Damila n'ha Bethenyi, a Sister of the Sword traveling to El Haliene
    • Morall, a Sister of the Sword of Damila's party, has the beast-speak laran
    • Jonil n'ha Elspeth, a Sister of the Sword of Damila's party
    • Karis, a Sister of the Sword of Damila's party
    • Vanda, a Sister of the Sword of Damila's party
    • Dorys, a Sister of the Sword of Damila's party
    • Amirya Haliene, Padriac El Haliene's sister, Keeper at El Haliene Tower
    • Davil Syrtis, a matrix worker at El Haliene Tower
    • Betha, a mechanic at El Haliene Tower, pyrokinetic
    • Marius, a matrix worker at El Haliene Tower
    • Leonora, Padriac El Haliene's mother and his household leronis, has the Alton Gift; older sister of Davil Syrtis' father
    • Raol, a guard at El Haliene
    • Fredrik, a guard at El Haliene
    • Samel, an innkeeper near Hali
    • Samel's wife
    • Dorilys, Marguerida's horse
    • Charger, Mikhail's horse
    • a sea crow, befriends Mikhail at Halyn House
    • Derik Elhalyn's ghost
  • Characters only mentioned, not actually appearing in the story:
    • Derik Elhalyn, the late last king of Darkover
    • Alanna Elhalyn, Regis Hastur's motehr and Mikhail Lanart-Hastur's grandmother
    • Dyan-Gabriel Ardais, late Lord Ardais, Dyan Ardais' father
    • Hermes Aldaran, Robert Aldaran's twin and Darkover's representative to the Terran Senate
    • Beltran Aldaran, the late Lord Aldaran, Damon Aldaran's half-brother
    • Captain Rafe Scott, Marguerida's half-Terranan uncle, beloved of Rafaella n'ha Liriel
    • Stefan Elhalyn, Priscilla and Derik's late father
    • Ivor Davidson, a Terranan professor, Marguerida's teacher, friend and foster father, Ida Davidson's late husband
    • Master Esteban, Marguerida's glover
    • Master Everard, Guildmaster of the Musicians Guild in Thendara
    • Jheffy Chand and Amethyst, people Marguerida knew at University, composers
    • Thyra Darriell-Scott, Marguerida's late mother
    • Yllana Aldaran, Marguerida's late Aldaran grandmother, Lew's mother
    • Kennard Alton, Marguerida's later grandfather, Lew's father
    • Conal, a technician at Neskaya, abed with fever
    • Caitlin Leynier's father's sister, who married into the Aldarans, was widowed and returned to her family
    • Amday, Mikhail's old fighting teacher
    • Maeve Elhalyn, mother of some Elhalyn and the first tenant of the Halyn House, who could not abide her daughter-in-law, four generations before
    • Bertrand Leynier, Gisela Aldaran's late husband, about Gabriel Lanart's age and of unsavory reputation; had already buried two wives
    • Caleb, Gisela Aldaran's older son
    • Raul Aldaran, Damon Aldaran's nedestro son and horsemaster
    • Renald Aldaran, damon Aldaran's nedestro son and the pilot of his flyer
    • Natasha, Keeper at Tramontana
    • Erald, son of Master Everard
    • Marjorie Scott, Lew Alton's late first wife, sister of Thyra and Rafe, Marguerida's aunt
    • Rodrigo, Master Everard's successor
    • Geremy, Ethan's cousin
    • Rachel MacIvan, girl with whom Geremy has fallen in love with
    • Kieran Castamir, the King's Champion and Padriac El Haliene's adversary
    • Karl Ridenow, the Keeper at Hali Tower before Amalie El Haliene
    • Amalie's brother, killed at Hali Tower by Ashara
    • Mikhalangelo, Mikhal Raven of Ridenow, the Angel of Serrais, Mikhail's double and alias in Varzil the Good's time, died at Storn
    • Margarethe of Windhaven, Margarethe of the Golden Voice, Marguerida's double and alias in Varzil the Good's time, died at Storn
    • Gabriella Leynier, at whose handfasting Robard MacDenis had first met Margarethe
    • Estefan Aillard, at whose funeral Robard had last met Margarethe
    • Melor Lanart, slain at Estefan's funeral
    • Darien Ardais, killer of Melor
    • Aran MacAran, former employer of Robard MacDenis, now dead with his two sons
    • Damon Ridenow, Marguerida and Mikhail's distant kinsman, brother-in-law of Kennard Alton's father
    • Andrew Carr, the Terranan brother-in-law of Kennard's father and Damon
    • Amos, Marguerida and Mikhail's imaginary grandchild
    • Mestra Gavri, an innkeeper near Ardais in Mikhail and Marguerida's own time
    • Clarinda, the mechanic Betha's late sister, died at El Haliene Tower of the radiation burns from the yellowstone
    • Angelo, Mikhail's alias at El Haliene Tower
    • Davil Syrtis' father, the younger brother of Leonora El Haliene
    • Rakhal El Haliene, Leonora's husband and Padriac El Haliene's father
    • Davil's grandfather, who married Leonora off to Rakhal
    • Domenic Gabriel-Lewis Alton-Hastur, Marguerida and Mikhail's still unborn son


copyright 96-99 Petri Peltonen
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