On the mainland people live in towns or rural communities.
Lorne is a small port on the mouth of the Loncess River.
Tawny Port is a smaller community built up on poles in a brackish marshland. It acts as the main port access to the mining operation at the Cinnabar Cliffs.
When the lygons established the Salt Islands, some humans went there with them to start a new and more peaceful life. They settled into two tribes, which they call myrids. Myrid is also their word for village; so a myrid is both a community and a place. Their council is called the Myridote, and council members are Myridiles. Each full-moon they trade goods with the geflars. They believe that the geflars live like monks in a monastery on top of the mountain and worship the Ai-alyn. They see the goods they provide to the geflars as offerings to their gods.
Long ago humans lost the ability to see lygons, but they have remained in their consciousness as great and beautiful creatures who have attained the status of gods. Lygons are content not to be seen and generally avoid human contact.
Lydia - thirteen years old, daughter of the Magistrate of Lorne, psychic
Anne - early twenties, seamstress from Lorne
Benedict Royston - late twenties, Police Inspector of Lorne
Williams - early thirties, Police Inspector of Thurston (a town inland from Lorne)
Charlesworth Thorogoode - late thirties, wealthy merchant from Lorne
Hindle - Thorogoode's assistant
Captain Barclay - Captain of the ship Integrity, merchant trader
Pepper - First Mate on the Integrity
Josh and Jake - fishermen from Lorne
The Aai - live in the forest on the mountain. Their role is to produce the annual supply of lyntree lozenges. The eldest son of the Chief has the formal role of guarding the salt-plain, which is a sacred site.
The Brycthns - live on the coast. Their role is to harvest the sea-string that is used for making jewellery, and to catch and dry fish - mostly salfish, but sometimes larger varieties.
breed verapin and make cheese from their milk, eat and dry the meat, and make parchment and clothing from the hides
make jewellery and decorate their clothing with tiny painted wooden beads
make dyes and inks from various plants, minerals and shells
enjoy reading the scribe-tales written by the geflars
Gam - current Chief of the Aai, widowed
Jay - elder son of Chief Gam and the Watcher of the salt-plain
Hal - younger son of Chief Gam
Cas - Chief Gam's father, deceased
The Healer - old medicine man
Lai - woman Hal finds attractive
Daz - Lai's partner
Mae - kindly widow
Koh - former Chief of the Aai, deceased
Ben - Koh's son and senior member of the Myridote
Dom - Ben's son
Fei - Ben's daughter
Tyjepp - the Elder of the Brycthns
Keffyl - Tyjepp's wife
Pethyn - Keffyl's sister
Rhosyn - Pethyn's daughter
Jemyla - Rhosyn's friend
Carthyn - member of the Myridote
Adalyn - member of the Myridote