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The Great Houses
Aside from being a major House in Terre
d'Ange, each of these families has a significant impact, through
multiple members, on the series or our understanding of its world.
Click on the name of a family for more information on its symbols or
traits, its history, or specific scions and the role they play in the
These characters may be members of the Great Houses of Terre d'Ange,
but they are the only members of their families who are referenced
within the series.
**SPOILERS, ALBEIT MOSTLY MINOR, FOR ALL OF THE BOOKS ARE PRESENT
Baron d'Albert is a young Siovalese baron who plays piquet with
Julien Trente and Imriel and wins a bunch of Imriel's money (KM 107).
d'Arguil: Marquis d'Arguil and his wife are attended by a
Cassiline brother in Avatar (80). Their crest/arms is a silver
harrow (KA 652).
Hubert Arundel is a young lord who beats Imriel at quoits (KS
Sarielle d'Aubert is a D'Angeline philosopher who was renowned
in her lifetime for traveling with a retinue of attendants prepared to
cater to her every whim (KJ 49). Phèdre attends the Longest Night
costumed as her.
Cuillen Baphinol, a young Eisandine nobleman who studied
medicine at one of Eisheth's sanctuaries, is charged by the Queen to
check in on Imriel's safety when he first returns to Terre d'Ange (KA
Baron Jean Le Blanc, a vassal lord of Imriel's estate of
Barthelme, is encouraged by Barquiel to bring a trivial suit, persist
with it, and then profane the Longest Night (KM 59-62).
Lisette de Blays is one of Sidonie's ladies-in-waiting, "a
pretty young Namarrese noblewoman with an impudent sense of humor" (KM
43). She throws the first fête to which Imriel and Sidonie are invited
Baron de Brenois killed a Yeshuite lad in a quarrel and went to
Kushiel's temple to be purged of it (KC 168).
Baronesse Isabel de Bretel is an elderly L'Agnacite lady who
was a member of Alais and Barquiel's shadow Parliament. She was sent
as an envoy of peace to Ysandre on the eve of civil war (KM 582).
Baronesse Estelle de Carvoile is the daughter of a female
Bryony adept; she played rhythmomachy with Fortun in the Hall of Games
Baron Victor de Chalais led most of the delegates home from
Khebel-im-Akkad while Amaury Trente waited to see if Phèdre would
survive (KA 287).
Duchese Vivianne de Chalasse "held great sway in L'Agnace;
indeed, hers had been the sovereign duchy in the province until
Ysandre had raised Percy de Somerville to the rank of Duc, and granted
him ascendance" (KC 188).
Charlot: the Baronesse de Charlot offers an assignation to
Phedre; House Charlot breeds horses, including blood-bays, in Kusheth
Vicomte de Cherevin is appointed by Ysandre as steward of the
Little Court until all the inheritance and treachery issues are
straightened out (KC 619).
Tarren d'Eltoine is the Captain of the Unforgiven in Chosen
(KC 204). He, like most of the Unforgiven, is Camaeline.
Childric d'Essoms is Phèdre's first patron. Imri meets him on
the Longest Night at the Palace; he introduces himself as "formerly of
the Court of Chancery, lately ambassador to Ephesium" (KJ 69).
Marquisate de Fhirze: jointly held by Apollonaire (male) and
Dianne (female), in Namarre near the border with Kusheth (KC 126).
Dianne is older by a year (which mimics the Greek/Hellene myth that
Artemis was born first before her brother Apollo).
Denise Fleurais, daughter of a female Bryony adept, was a
member of the delegation in Menekhet and, later, Ysandre's ambassador
to Tiberium (KS 517).
Grosmaine: Denise Grosmaine is the Secretary of the Presence
(KM 9). Marguerite Grosmaine is her daughter and is Imriel's age (KS
Marcel de Groulaut was appointed Ysandre's ambassador to
Menekhet after the Comte de Penfars was dismissed (KM 238).
Frederic Guillard is a young Azzallese baron who'd spent a
summer at Court and played piquet in the Hall of Games with Imriel. He
becomes a member of Alais and Barquiel's shadow Parliament (KM 526).
Labarre: "...a young scion of the impoverished House Labarre
stammered apologies for having nothing more to offer [Sidonie] than a
flask of cordial with a limp bunch of violets around the neck" (KJ
Marguerite Lafons, Marquise de Lafoneuil: her estate lies on
the western border of the duchy of Barthelme. Imri meets her at the
Longest Night at the Palace; she is wearing a beaked mask and a
towering headdress of feathers (KJ 67).
Claude de Monluc is the Captain of Sidonie's personal Guard (KM
Thelesis de Mornay is the King's
Poet in Dart and the Queen's Poet afterward, a noble rank
equivalent (if not superior) to the modern honor of Poet Laureate.
Thelesis was a friend of Anafiel Delaunay's, and she often claimed
that he should have been King's Poet rather than her. The winter of
Dart, the Bitterest Winter,
Thelesis took a chill that never really went away, causing her death
in the years between Avatar
and Scion. Her apprentice,
Gilles Lamiz, takes her place. (KD 111)
Remuel L'Oragen of Azzalle and Claire LeDoux of Namarre.
"They'd met in their youth and been parted by their feuding Houses,
carrying on a love affair through letters that spanned a score of
years, wedding at last in the middle of their lives" (KJ 149).
Micheline de Parnasse is the Royal Archivist in Chosen
Penfars: Raife Laniol, Comte de Penfars, was Ysandre's
ambassador in Iskandria at the beginning of Avatar (KA 213).
His wife's name is Juliette (KA 255). Ysandre had him replaced for not
learning Menekhetan (KM 240).
Renee de Rives is a Baron's daughter and consort to Royce
Guidel- she and Royce were both members of Trente's delegation to
Menekhet (KA 269).
Tibault de Toluard, a Siovalese lord, serves as D'Angeline
ambassador to the fledgling Euskerria (KM 626). In Dart, he is
the Comte de Toluard; in Chosen, he has been promoted to
Marquis as recognition for his service defending against the Skaldi
Lelahiah Valais is the Queen's Eisandine chirurgeon (KS 86).