Xi/Queen Aurora: Virtue Angel and Guardian of the Wind. She renounces her angelic name “Xi” when on top of the mountain in Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven, chapter one. Her fellow Virtues make her their queen when she assumes the responsibility of caretaker to them all after the shooting star. When she is crowned as queen, they award her the name “Aurora.” They choose that name because she brought hope and light in their darkest hours. Aurora coins the acronym FAE and becomes Queen of the Court of Light. Aurora is naïve, wanting to help her kin instead of dealing with her own pain. She takes on the role of mother figure instead of monarch early on in her reign. She lacks self confidence in her first test as queen when dealing with the humans; she thinks she has to do everything by herself. This leads to her debacle with the primitive humans. She grows into her power but misses the clues in front of her with regard to whom she can trust. She wants to believe the best of her kin, but deep down, Aurora is holding onto old beliefs regarding the Power Angels. She is intelligent and diplomatic.
Physical Description: Long, crimson-red hair, turquoise-colored eyes, oval-shaped face with high-set cheek bones. Her bottom lip is just a bit larger than her top lip, but they are both full. Her neck is long and swan-like; she is petite, only standing at 6’0″ (small for an angel). Her body is womanly with grace, very proportioned. She is not muscular, but not soft; she is tone. When she had angelic wings, they were white with gilded gold tips to denote her as a Virtue Angel and a Guardian of the Wind.
Serena/Finned Virtue: Virtue Angel and Guardian of the Oceans. She is first introduced to the readers as the finned Virtue that the nameless Power Brigade Angel meets early on in Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Lady Serena is Queen Aurora’s best friend, and she is claimed to be the first of her kind to combine with the element she swore to protect. Abandoning her Virtue status, she becomes the first mermaid and leader of the Merfolk Faction. She acts as Aurora’s conscience and her cheerleader. She plays dumb to others but is very shrewd. The bishops do not like the influence she has on the queen.
Physical Description: Serena has a beautiful face with sea-glass-green eyes, full lips, and long, waist-length, wavy hair streaked in hues of blonde; she has a rainbow-colored tail.
Desdemona: Power Angel/Virtue Angel. Former Captain of the Illuminasqua Army. She is the only member of the Illuminasqua that is known by name. She is Queen Aurora’s personal bodyguard. The only Power Brigade Angel to exalt to Virtue status for her sacrifice in saving Archangel Gabriel from Lucifer. She wields an Elestial Blade and has a history with Jarvok. Aurora asks her to take an Oath: “Loyalty to the kin not to the crown.”
Physical Description: She stands 5’11”, with midnight-black hair and bangs she wears swept to the left to cover her Angelite disc scar; the tips of her bangs are red. Her face is angular with stormy grey eyes. Her body is toned and akin to that of a modern-day professional fighter.
Lady Ambia: Virtue Angel. Royal Healer to Queen Aurora. Lady Ambia is of the Calendula Faction of Fae. To walk the healer’s path means that a Fae rebukes any elemental powers. They are to heal, never harm. Lady Ambia is the best of all the healers; she does not take any apprentices, but she oversees all the teachings of her clan.
Physical Description: Spiral antlers decorated with marigolds, white hair streaked with powder blue and candy-pink hues, cornflower blue eyes, tall and lithe.
Malascola: Virtue Angel. Leader of the Spelaion Faction of Fae, gnome, cave dweller. First to find the hand paintings signifying the arrival of humans on earth.
Physical Description: small stocky stature, green skinned, with hues of green and gold in his beard and sigil tattoos of purple cover his bald head.
Theadova: Virtue Angel. Leader of the Aubane Faction of Fae. Their young are hunted by the primitive humans, while the adult white stags are worshiped by the same humans. He becomes a close friend and advisor to Queen Aurora.
Physical Description: Large white Deer with gilded antlers.
Aded/Arceria: Virtue Angel. A Fae of the Dinay Mera clan, minor elemental who controls water. He is worshipped as Aded—a rain god—by the humans. He is murdered by Zion during an archaic pagan ceremony. His death marks the beginning of the civil war between the Fae.
The Bishops The bishops are advisors to the queen. There is no religious connotation to the title of Bishop. Each represents an element for two reasons. The first is to make sure all factions’ best interests are equally represented; the second is to bring the wisdom each element inherently holds. ⦁ Earth: to ground the queen in her ideas. ⦁ Air: to carry the queen’s ideas through the kingdom. ⦁ Water: to help the queen’s ideas flow. ⦁ Fire: to insight passion for ideas. The Bishops leave their respective factions once they are chosen to serve the queen; they must only have loyalty to their queen. They have no further contact with their family or faction. Bishop Ward is the exception as his niece, Indiga, becomes a ward of The Court of Light when her parents are murdered. Indiga is a baby when this happens, and Queen Aurora allows her to be raised in the palace, as there is no other family member to take her in. The Bishop’s rank is determined by tenure (who has served the queen the longest). Each Bishop acts as a liaison to different power pockets and monarchs in Europe; this is determined by seniority:
- The first advisor deals with the Vatican, Spain, Papal States
- The second advisor deals with France, England, Ireland
- The third advisor deals with Sardina, Portugal, Greece, Italy
- The fourth advisor deals with Crete and newer monarchies or states.
Bishop Ingor: Virtue Angel. First advisor to the queen. Precedes Bishop Geddes, as he is present at the beginning of the Court of Light and the creation of the Veil. He is a Salamander and of the Fire element. He dies during the war; Bishop Geddes takes his place as the First advisor and Bishop Awynn replaces him as a fire element. Wields a staff of hickory with a fire opal crystal.
Physical description: Short stature but lean. Auburn hair with glints of orange highlights at the tips. He wears his hair in a ponytail falling to his upper back. His eyes have red irises with yellow pupils. His face is long, and his nose is aquiline with a thin mouth. His cheekbones are high, with a reptilian quality. He stands at 5’11”.
Bishop Geddes: Virtue Angel. First advisor to the queen after Ingor’s death. He is the eldest of all the bishops and has the power to control earth. He is the liaison to the Vatican. He feels he can intimidate Desdemona due to her diminutive stature. Geddes is power hungry and believes in the old angelic ways. He is unapologetic in his dislike for the Power Angels and Desdemona. Staff of elm wood with a tree agate crystal.
Physical Description: He is 6’5″ (average height for Fae) with broad shoulders. He has dark brown hair with a matching goatee that he keeps trimmed and clean. He has steely blue eyes with flecks of green. His hair is long in the traditional bishop’s ponytail, and he has a narrow face with a nose that is a bit crooked to the left. His eyebrows have some flecks of green and gray to indicate his earth connection.
Bishop Ward: Virtue Angel. Second advisor to the queen, and has the power to control air. His faction is Caelam. He is the liaison to France and King Henry the Eighth. Staff made of teak with a citrine crystal.
Physical description: Golden colored hair, as if it was spun from gold. He is the most classically handsome of all the bishops. Oval-shaped face, blue eyes, full lips. He is athletic, yet lean, and of average height for a Fae.
Bishop Caer: Virtue Angel. Third advisor to the queen and has the power of hydrokinesis. He is the liaison to the royal families of Greece and Italy, but not the Vatican. Staff of birch wood with a chrysocolla crystal.
Physical Description: Green hair with lighter shades of aqua highlights. His eye color matches his hair, his frame is skinny—not lean—and he is very tall (over 6’8″).