When Rentata's foster son Ari came home from his training in the tower for the coronation of her son Brenton as Lord of Aldaran, he brought a surprise guest: Coryn Hastur, Keeper of Hali Tower, the most powerful laranzu in the Domains. Given her history with Coryn, Renata was ambivalent about his presence. But when the attack that Lord Scathfell had been planning erupted during the coronation ceremony, she had reason to be glad for both Coryn's powers and her own.
Carlina was a Priestess of Avarra. Jandria was a Guild-mother of the Sisterhood of the Sword. But neither order had a place for Jandria's forsworn oath-daughter and her newborn child, so Carlina and Jandria decided to found a new one, combining the features of both, to be a haven for all women who would come to them.
Coryn Hastur, Keeper of Hali Tower, loved Arielle and wanted to marry her, but his work in the Tower was important, and the head of his family did not want him to marry at all. So he threw himself into his work, convinced that his circumstances could never change.