Members of the various Ceannic knightly orders, branches of the military that are more specialized and require more skills than the regular Army and Navy. They're each named after one of the cardinal constellations.

Orders seen so far:

Order of the Chalice: Exclusive to knights who can draw heartswords. The Chalice is the first line of defense against magical threats that require close-quarters combat. Every team is partnered with at least one mage – who may also qualify as a knight, but it's not necessary.

(Some people have the misconception that heartsword-wielders can get into this Order without passing the rest of basic training. If they bring this misconception into combat, they learn better very quickly.)

Order of the Horn: Essentially the Secret Service. Bodyguards to high-ranking Ceannic politicians, diplomats, judges, asylum-seekers, and anyone else in danger of politically-motivated attack.

Order of the Axe: Elite rapid-response force. They have the highest physical recruitment standards of any Order, which even their partnered mages are required to pass, and they're trained to work in any environment, fight with any kind of weapon, and use any amount of force.

Secret Order of Monster Hunters: Not officially knights, but then again, they don't officially exist. They handle assassinations and other not-necessarily-legal secret missions.

Thorn's Team

Knights in the Order of the Chalice, working under Thorn Estragon. Most members of the original team died in the fight against the dragon; all the survivors have exciting new fire-related traumas.

Juniper Sel

Appearances: Juniper Sel

Thorn's sardonic second-in-command (replacing Moss after the dragon), who runs the team when Thorn is on a date, on psych leave, or out sick with tentacles. Practical and rational, in a way that makes a good check for Thorn’s more romantic impulses.

Agender (they/them), on testosterone since heartsword training. Still uses their birth name, which is androgynous in Ceannic. Smallest member of the original team…but definitely not the easiest to beat in a fight.

Speaks limited Sønska: basic vocabulary, almost no grammar (“show him the thing”).

  • Heartsword type: Backsword
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance): 33
  • Likes: Their arms, dapper suits, practical solutions, spinach dip, iced tea, dogs
  • Dislikes: Showtunes, bugs

Violet Dupont

Appearances: Violet Dupont

Low-key strategist and voracious reader. She reads fluently in multiple languages, including Old Ceannic and Sønska, though she's prone to getting the pronunciation wrong.

Grew up in Limestone Cliffs, a poor coastal neighborhood with streets designed to turn into canals when the tide comes in. She and Rowan met when they were 14-year-olds; now they're housemates and long-term BFFs at 28.

Violet's parents are an interracial couple, and she's visibly mixed by Ceannic standards (along with her sister, Cymbeline Dupont). She can codeswitch on a dime between a Feabhric (southern Ceannic) accent and a more mainstream one. Sometimes gets called Violette by people who assume she'd use the more Feabhric variation of the name.

Reads voraciously in several languages, including Sønska (as well as Middle and Old Ceannic). She has an extensive Sønska vocabulary, excellent grammar, subtle grasp of idioms and allusions…and a chronic problem with pronouncing things weirdly.

  • Heartsword type: Broadsword
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán/Feabhric
  • Age (first appearance): 28
  • Likes: Comic books, romance novels, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, classic literature, children's lit, every kind of book that can occur upon this earth
  • Dislikes: Rowan's drama, wet kissing noises

Birch Persil

Appearances: Birch Baker

Big cuddly cinnamon roll. (Or, in the local-cuisine-related metaphor, roseberry dumpling.) Fell in love with Annie Persil while they were stationed in the steppes, and married her during the rescue effort from the mine collapse. Texts her cute pictures when he's thinking of her.

Lost his right leg to the dragon, so now he's a below-the-knee amputee. His prosthetic is high-quality, with the most advanced magitech and some cool attachments, and durable enough that he's still field-ready. Has vague plans about maybe retiring from the Order and going back to school at some point.

Can't communicate in Sønska on his own, relies on auto-translate.

Birch's parents are a poly triad (m/m/f), which is common in Getsunese culture.

  • Heartsword type: Rapier
  • Ethnicity: Getsunese
  • Age (first appearance): 29
  • Likes: Rowboats, big families, walking, fishing, dogs
  • Dislikes: Mine collapses
  • Maiden name: Baker

Rowan Muscade

Appearances: Rowan Muscade

Brilliant, flirty, easily annoyed. Has a lot of unsuccessful dates, where he'll charm them into bed but ultimately find out that they have Wrong Opinions on anything from science to fiction.

Award-winning physics prodigy as a teenager, but his tutor was his abusive uncle Aspen (which also made him vulnerable to the whispers), and he abandoned the field for knighthood instead. Violet is the only person who knows the full details.

Obsessed with Leachtric since Violet finally convinced him to listen to the soundtrack. His siblings Rosie and Rhodey work for the production.

  • Heartsword type: Saber
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance): 28
  • Likes: Physics, math, linguistics, the Holger Saga, Leachtric, cute boys
  • Dislikes: Pseudoscience, people being wrong, fiction about infidelity

Peach Pescher-Argyros

Appearances: Peach Pescher-Argyros

The oldest member of the team. Semi-retired since the dragon, as she wanted to spend more time with her family, though she'll rejoin the team when they need an alternate. Used to be in the Order of the Horn, but had to get a transfer when she fell for the official she was bodyguarding.

She's the “young trophy wife” of Senator Lysidice Argyros, and has two children from a previous marriage.

Only knows a handful of phrases in Sønska.

  • Heartsword type: Saber
  • Ethnicity: Steppes
  • Age (first appearance): 51
  • Likes: Cute teenage pop stars, music festivals
  • Dislikes:

Pascentia Zikos

Appearances: Pascentia Zikos

Backup team. Dancer, polyglot, compulsive overachiever.

She tested into the Army Northern Force, the Ceannic Navy First Fleet, the Order of the Horn, the Order of the Axe, the Space Corps, and the Ceannic Army Chorus. (But not the veterinary corps.) She's also the choreographer and lead dancer in the heartsword ballet.

The rest of her family is typical dark-skinned Islanders, but Pas has albinism, so people regularly assume she's from Sønheim (or mixed, when they notice the round ears). Doesn't help that she's highly fluent in Sønska.

  • Heartsword type: Longsword
  • Ethnicity: United Islander
  • Age (first appearance): 25
  • Likes: Music, art, athletics, languages
  • Dislikes: Peace and quiet

Quince Malina

Appearances: Quince Malina

Backup team. Quiet but speedy.

  • Heartsword type: Rapier
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán/Iuilic
  • Age (first appearance): 25
  • Likes: Running track
  • Dislikes: Trash talk


Appearances: Marula

Teammate who survived the dragon, but retired and hasn't been seen since.

  • Heartsword type: Bone saw
  • Ethnicity: Getsunese
  • Likes: Cutting people up
  • Dislikes: Ethics


Damask (backsword), Chestnut (broadsword), Ramtil (backsword), Edith (rapier), Wreath, Taro, Moss (former second-in-command, scimitar).


Other knightly types.

Minor/unnamed Order of the Horn members: presidential guards

Minor/unnamed trainees: knightly students


Appearances: Secret Agent D

Also known as Secret Agent D, from the time when her full name hadn't been revealed. Undercover vampire hunter, recruited after she was identified as an axe-wielder during heartsword training. Glamorous trans woman. Frequently partnered with the Woman in Black, not that she remembers it afterward.

Juniper knew her during training, pre-transition, so the main characters are aware of her deadname but not her current one. She's also used the alias Nasturtium Amande.

  • Heartsword type: Axe
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance): 33
  • Order: Secret Order of Monster Hunters
  • Likes: flowers, jewelry, gorgeous clothes, the Holger Saga
  • Dislikes: vampires

Geranium Sureau

Appearances: Geranium Sureau

High-ranking knight (a brigadier) involved in the coordination of all the teams in her Order, in between training new recruits.

Formerly the leader of a team Thorn belonged to; he still goes to her for advice sometimes.

  • Heartsword type: Scimitar
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance): 62
  • Order: Chalice

Jonquil Sel

Appearances: Jonquil Sel

Long-runner who was a knight-captain in his previous incarnation. Currently works for the Second Life Resource Center, because he has all the memories and knowledge of an adult but is too short to use most of it.

  • Heartsword type: Backsword
  • Ethnicity (this incarnation): Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance, this incarnation): 3
  • Order: Chalice


Appearances: Turion

Student with a high opinion of his own abilities.

  • Heartsword type: ???
  • Ethnicity: Aibreán
  • Age (first appearance): 19
  • Order: None yet

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