A nameless Chudy elder
This elder, known to Kesha from his time in the chudy warren under the Svora Mountrains, appeared to him as he and his companions made their way to Malinka for the first time. Kesha heard soft chimes that his companions were unaware of as they rode through the woods a little ways north of Vladykino. Kesha separated himself from the rest of the group, and talked to the elder in private. The elder told Kesha that he now entered the next stage of his life, and that he needed to assert his freedom in front of the archbishop, and to use it to fulfill his destiny. Fedor apparently walked in on this conversation, but remembered nothing about it later. Kesha never related this incident to the rest of his companions. The elder appears in Chapter 2.