Backlit by the setting sun, Esre stands on a shore. He has an enigmatic expression on his angular face.

Pronunciation: ehs-reh

AKA: Karukinos

Hair Color: Red

Eye Color: Grey

Motto: Keep your secrets hidden in the shadows

Desires: To control those around him to his ends

Weapon of Choice: Wits


Description: “He collects names,” Mahamari said. “Esre is the first he told me and the truest I know.” He nodded a greeting and, though he came to us, he looked me over without saying anything. His eyes were keen and fox-like. His face, as a whole, resembled jackal or fox with a sharp narrow nose, thin lips, and a gracile jaw. He reminded me of the figures on Nepektes’ Egyptian box–angular and animal; man and beast, together, with a stony slender strength.

Discussion Questions For Esre?


  • What is special about Esre?
  • Do you have a favorite scene?
  • What is you best-loved quote?
  • What’s his relationship with Hadad?
  • Does he have intensions to help Leures?
After a moment he turned his attention to the loading. Along with our goods and provisions for the crew, a motley mix of men, women, and children were marched aboard the ship and taken into the hold. I noticed veteran soldiers with scars to rival my own and a suckling babe, clutched against his mother’s heavy breast. “It seems to me we hold too many passengers and too few supplies,” I said. With his fox’s grin Esre assured me the balance of provisions was precisely planned. I asked if he meant to starve them, for that would surely be the result.


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