Two Thrones: Characters
All major and minor characters in the Two Thrones series. This list is constantly being updated.
Danaë (House Vallis) is the ruler of the kingdom of Hellas, an island kingdom off the coast of the Aquilonian continent. She also holds the title of Empress of the Eastern Sea. She is married to King Matthias IV of Ypres, and is 25 at the beginning of Empress of Storms (Two Thrones 1).
King Cresus, Danaë’s father, died during in a boating accident when Danaë was 24 years old, requiring Danäe to take the throne early and abandon her mage studies. Queen Clarae, Danaë’s mother, died from a broken heart six months after Cresus’s death. Darius, Danaë’s younger twin brother, is a Hellene ambassador. Luna is Danaë’s step-granddaughter through Matthias’s son Lukas and a commoner.
Danaë’s personal maid is Flavia, who has been with the queen since she was a child.
Danaë is an Aqua mage, able to command the element of water. Due to her royal duties she earned the title of Magistra later than usual (delayed in part by her magecraft tutor Grand Magister Nikos Pelas trying to blackmail her into bed). Grand High Magistra Ife Jogimo, one of the Four Elements, took over Danaë’s training and raised her to Magistra status.
Matthias IV (House Laurent) is the ruler of Ypres, a prosperous kingdom on the eastern coast of the Aquilonian continent. He is married to Queen Danaë of Hellas, and is 46 at the beginning of Empress of Storms (Two Thrones 1).
Matthias was married to Queen Hanne (née Pauwels), until her death at age 42. Their son is Lukas, formerly crown prince of Ypres. Hanne’s sister Margot conspired with Lukas to assassinate Matthias with a demon-infested mirror, but the spell backfired and killed Hanne instead. Lukas fled his mother’s revenant ghost, briefly staying in a warded mining village and marrying a commoner named Kaat Andahl, who bore him a daughter named Luna. Lukas managed to escape the ghost, although he lost an eye and was maimed in the process, and is now a monk at a Hellene monastery. After Matthias married Danaë, Margot attempted to overthrow Matthias’s rule, and was killed by her sister’s revenant ghost. Queen Hanne’s uncle Lord Alexandre Pauwels is a powerful nobleman and is often a thorn in Matthias’s side.
Darius (House Vallis) is Danaë’s younger twin brother and is a roving ambassador for Hellas. Handsome, charming, and libidinous, he’s left a trail of broken hearts across the continent. He may or may not have some sort of relationship with Lieutenant Commander Lars Schrader of the Ypresian cavalry.
Marcus is the youngest of three brothers and fourth in line to the throne of Illium.
Lukas (House Laurent) is King Matthias’s son with Queen Hanne. He was formerly the Crown Prince of Ypres and Queen Danäe’s former betrothed. His aunt Margot seduced him as a boy and conspired with him to assassinate Matthias with a demon-infested mirror, but the spell backfired and killed Hanne instead. Lukas fled his mother’s revenant ghost, briefly staying in a warded mining village and marrying a commoner named Kaat Andahl, who bore him a daughter named Luna. Lukas managed to escape the ghost, although he lost an eye and was maimed in the process, and is now a monk at a Hellene monastery.
Cresus (House Vallis) was Danaë’s father and the late King of Hellas.
Clarae (House Demetrious) was Danaë’s mother and the late queen of Hellas.
Hanne (House Pauwels) was Matthias‘s first wife and mother of Lukas. She died during a magical attack by demons bound inside a cheval mirror; the mirror was commissioned by her sister Margot and gifted to Matthias by Lukas in an assassination attempt. When Hanne praised the mirror, Matthias gave it to her. That night, the demons frightened her into a stroke. Because of the manner of her death, she became a revenant ghost who haunted Lukas and chased him across the country, beating and clawing at him each night. Lukas was able to find a brief period of safety while living in the warded mining village of Creswaal, where he met Kat Andaal and married her, fathering Luna.
When the rowan trees surrounding Creswaal were breached, Hanne’s ghost continued chasing Lukas to the coast, where the now-half-blinded and maimed prince took ship to the island monastery of Lis. Danaë was able to capture her ghost in a silvered spirit bottle and took it to the palace at Mons where she turned it loose on Hanne’s murderous sister Margot.
There is some question about Luna’s legitimacy; her father Lukas claims that he was legally married to her mother Kat, but all record of this has disappeared and the only eyewitnesses are now dead or vanished. If proven legitimate, she can claim a place in the line of succession to the Ypresian throne behind Matthias and Danaë’s second-born child. However, Matthias has not officially recognized her in order to protect her from those in Ypres who would use her for their own ends.
Luna is also a powerful Aegis mage, able to call up a storm at the age of 18 months and throw Grand Magister Pelas across a room. As she is far too young to control her abilities, she wears an enspelled golden necklace that nullifies her magic for now. There is every sign that she will be trained by Grand High Magister Aegis Epilonious himself when the time comes.
Lord Commander of the Ypresian army. Father of Captain Duncan Bardahlson, Lieutenant Ewan Bardahlson, and Ensign Hamish Bardahlson. Future father-in-law of Lady Roberta Busse and step-grandfather of Lord Charles Busse, Count of Wellen.
Prime minister of Ypres.
Henriette de Clerq is the Countess of Lierdhe (colloquially known as Lady of Lierdhe) and a Terra mage. She is the mother of Lady Amelie de Clerq, also a Terra mage and Henriette’s heir. Henriette’s younger daughter Lady Sibeal Villiers is married to Lord Tomas Villiers, Duke of Kelles.
Sibeal Villiers (née de Clerq) is the youngest daughter of Henriette, Countess of Lierdhe, and sister to Lady Amelie de Clerq. Unlike her mother and sister, she is not a mage. She is married to Lord Tomas Villiers, Duke of Kelles, after a disasterous engagement to Lord Clement Reynard.
Sister of Hanne and sister-in-law of Matthias. One evil bitch.
Pauwels is the Duke of Gente, and uncle of Queen Hanne and Lady Margot Pauwels.
Lord Gregor Reynard is the Earl of Leuven and father of Clement Reynard.
Lord Tomas Villiers is the Duke of Kelles.
Ife Jogimo is an Aqua mage, one of the Four Elements, and Danaë’s magework tutor.
Petyr Epilonious is an Aeris mage, and one of the Four Elements. He has taken a personal interest in Matthias’s granddaughter Luna, who is demonstrating powerful Aeris abilities at a very young age.
Nikos Pelas is an Aqua mage and Danaë’s former magework tutor.
Lady Henriette de Clerq, Countess of Lierde
Lady Amelie de Clerq
Terra Grand Magistra of Ypres. Best friend of Henriette de Clerq.
Patriarch Jonas Reniel
Kaat is the daughter of an accountant in the mining village of Creswaal in the Arpinnes Mountains. She met and married former crown prince Lukas when he took shelter in her ghost-warded village, and gave birth to a daughter named Luna. After the village’s warding was broken and Lukas was forced to flee, Kaat became ill. Her grand-uncle met with King Matthias and Queen Danaë on their wedding trip to Hellas and begged them to take Luna. Kaat died soon afterwards.
Prime minister of Hellas. Civil partner of Catriona Kotomaras.
Duncan Bardahlson is a captain in the Ypresian army. He appears in Red Robin and the Huntsman: A Two Thrones Novella.
Duncan grew up with Roberta “Robin” Duquesne. They had an understanding that they would marry, but Duncan decided to accept a long assigment in Hellas in order to promote his career. While he was out of the country, Robin married Lord Charles Busse, Count of Wellen. After Busse’s death, Duncan and Robin reconnected and plan on marrying, with Duncan becoming stepfather to Robin’s son Charlie.
Ewan Bardahlson is a lieutenant in the Ypresian army and middle son of Lord Ferdal Bardahlson, lord commander of the Ypresian army.
Hamish Bardahlson is an ensign in the Ypresian army and youngest son of Lord Ferdal Bardahlson, lord commander of the Ypresian army.
Civil partner of Athena Akrolos.
Lieutenant commander of the Ypresian army. May or not be in a relationship with Prince Darius of Hellas.