Leif: Gardener and general-purpose lowest-tier servant at the Embassy of Sønheim. Earnest, patriotic, weighed down by a mysterious debt and a lot of guilt, though it feels lighter in Thorn’s presence. Has no idea his name is a pun in Ceannic.
Affiliation: Sønheim Embassy
Sign: Craobh-ròs (the Rose Tree)
Languages: Sønska, Sønheim Sign
Special skills: Hedge trimming, flower arrangement, singing, ice skating, putting self in excessive danger
Sir Thorn Estragon: Knight and national hero, being rewarded with some nice uneventful guard duty. Has a therapeutic soulbond with his cat, Tiernan, to help with PTSD and its complications. Rides an otherwise-retired unicorn, Caiomhe.
Affiliation: Knight of Ceannis (Order of the Chalice)
Sign: Adharcach (the Horn)
Languages: Northern Ceannic, Sønska (sort of)
Special skills: Weapons training, hand-to-hand combat, mild resistance to memory spells, draws a heartsword (type: broadsword), killed a dragon that one time
Juniper Sel: Sardonic gender-free second in command. Backsword.
Holly Cerise: Teenage magician in training. Domain: stars. Mother: Laurel.
Pascentia Zikos: Backup team. Dancer, polyglot, overachiever. Longsword.
Quince Malina: Backup team. Quiet but speedy. Rapier.
Katya: Housekeeper and general-purpose servant.
Torsten: Kitchen attendant and general-purpose servant.
Sven Nibelungsen: Culture Minister, single dad to twin girls.
Iona: The quieter twin, but no less determined. Has a floating chair.
Manager Ludolf: Estate coordinator. Leif’s supervisor.
Sigvard Blixt: Local tech support, spycraft tech included.
Sigrún Mjóbein: Captain of the guards. Has wings.
Geirölul Lilblomma: Perky young guard. Throat scar.
Tansy Lavande: Sister. The well-adjusted one.
Larch Lavande: Brother-in-law. Can’t out-wrestle Thorn.
Hyacinth: Niece, 15. Very concerned about social justice.
Hawthorn: Nephew, 10. Likes things to be in order.
Clover Estragon: Mom #1. Former military. Deceased.
Plum Estragon: Mom #2. Former teacher. Alive, retired.
Sir Rhódon: Epic founder of Ceannis. Broadsword.
Olive Romarin: President of Ceannis. Everybody’s boss.
Magnolia Persil: Minister of Prophecy. Domain: fire.
Geranium Sureau: Knight, ranked above Thorn. Scimitar.
M. Cornoullier: Serious government crisis manager. Domain: water.
Ebony Muscade: State Dept liaison to Sønheim. Domain: nature.
Secret Agent D.: Undercover vampire hunter. Axe.
A man-in-black type: Who? I don’t remember her.
Anise Persil: Gem miner, don’cha know. Birch’s sweetheart.
Cress: Miner, would-be lawyer, anger issues.
Gil Dumas: Miner, very high-strung.
Manager Marjolaine: Mine shift leader. Nice mustache.
Pine Dulac: Miner, soft-spoken, has wings.
Patrik Gagarr: Mine consultant, one leg short.
Arnulf: Mine consultant, big on charts.
Bramble: Miner, EMPHATIC SPEAKER. Domain: fire.
Ivy Muscade: Squeeful teen magical girl. Domain: water.
Laceleaf’s stalker: Generally terrible person. Domain: water.
Florian: Cute bar guy. Unfortunate beliefs in aura pseudoscience.
Sugar Pommier: Science teacher of Hyacinth’s.
Angelica: Elegant goth teenager. Hyacinth’s friend.
Blackthorn: Morose goth teenager. Hyacinth’s friend.
Laceleaf: Fish-loving aquarium tour guide.
Bennet Amande: Extremely important broadcast journalist.
Hedge and Grassie: Legendary comediennes. Happily married. Co-stars include Blan, Hibby (nb), Hibby (f), and Bell.
Cedar Oseille: Tween heartthrob. Star in Leachtric.
Cymbeline Dupont: Legal consul, Romarin Foundation. Long-runner.
Blush Noisette Duval: New long-runner, reincarnated cross-racially.