Main characters

These are the main personalities that you’re likely to come across reading through the World of the Lupi. Just a few basic, but interesting, stats that you might not otherwise know.

Lily Yu

Age : 28
Height : 5’2-1/2” (she insists that I mention that 1/2 inch)
Weight : 120
Eyes : very dark
Hair : black, thick, straight; usually gets long enough to brush her shoulders before she gets it trimmed
Race : Chinese ancestry
Description : Even features, well-balanced in an oval face; honey-and-cream skin
Favorite music : Eclectic. Current favorites include Yo-Yo Ma, anything from Tsaikovsky, some pop, some jazz. Recent purchase: Not Too Late by Norah Jones.
Profession : Until recently she was a homicide cop, but last fall a special unit within MCD (Magical Crimes Division) of the FBI recruited her.
Education : Associate degree in law enforcement/criminal justice from the University of California; graduated first in class at San Diego Police Academy.
Magical Gift/Nature : A touch sensitive. Lily can feel magic tactilly, but it can’t affect her.
Habits : Likes order, hates clutter. Practices judo regularly; second degree black belt. Runs for exercise. She has a large, messy family and is owned by a huge orange cat she calls Dirty Harry. Lily’s deepest need is to stop the monsters—human and otherwise—who prey on the vulnerable.

Rule Turner

Age : Looks about 30. Looks are deceiving.
Height : 6’1”
Weight : 185
Eyes : Dark brown
Hair : Mink brown, worn short
Race : Lupus; European ancestry
Description : Narrow face with skin taut over cheeks that might have been sculpted by the wind; crooked nose, wicked eyebrows. Built lean in the hips, broad in the shoulders. Muscular thighs.
Favorite music : Loves music, period, but especially fond of opera; considers Beethoven the greatest composer of all time; loves jazz; entranced by violins. Recent purchase: Csárdás Hungarian Gypsy Music.
Profession : Prince, according to the press, but the title annoys him. He’s the Lu Nuncio or heir of the Nokolai Clan. His duties include managing the clan’s finances; answering any Challenge to his father, the Rho; representing his clan and his people in public; and generally looking out for the interests of the clan and, when called on, the welfare of individual clan members.
Education : Unknown, but he speaks several languages and is well-versed in economic theory and practice.
Magical Gift/Nature : Werewolf; he also carries the heir’s portion of the Nokolai mantle, which some believe possesses magical properties beyond its ability to unite the clan.
Habits : Wears black. Secretive. A true alpha with a deep sense of duty, Rule has always lived up to the well-known lupus distaste for monogamy and has dated some of the most photogenic women in the country, so the gossip columnists are buzzing over the woman who recently moved in with him. Lily Yu is attractive, but ordinary in comparison to some of his former lovers. Yet she seems to be the only woman in his life now.

Cynna Weaver

Age : 32
Height : 5’9”
Weight : 135
Eyes : Whiskey-colored
Hair : Very short, spiky style; bleached blond
Race : Caucasian; possibly Scandinavian or German descent–doesn’t know
Description : Built like an Amazon or a centerfold, yet men may notice her body second because of the tattoo filligree covering almost every inch of skin like inky cobwebs.
Favorite music : punk, rave, some hip-hop; new interest in world music shows in recent purchase: Toumani Diabate’s New Ancient Strings.
Profession : Currently an FBI agent with the Unit, a division of MCD (Magical Crimes Division), but she’s done a bit of everything in the past.
Education : Associate degree in criminal justice acquired through online courses; FBI Academy
Magical Gift/Nature : Cynna’s a Finder. If the has a good pattern for a person or object, she can Find it if it’s within 100 miles. Her magical training is from the msaidizi path, an African practice (misnamed in the U.S. as Dizzies) that calls for spells to be inscribed on the body as tattoos.
Habits : Messy; lives in a hotel room. Highly altruisitic, though she doesn’t realize this; converted to Catholicism as an adult, partly as a refuge from her tumultous early years, partly to protect herself from demons. Cynna’s friendly streak is unimpaired by a heaping dose of cyncism–she doesn’t trust people, but she mostly likes them.

Cullen Seaborne

Height : 5’11”
Weight : 170
Eyes : Bright blue
Hair : Cinnamon without the sugar; often shaggy since he doesn’t bother with haircuts.
Race : lupus; mixed European ancestry
Description : The face of a debauched angel; he moves like music given form. Strangers stop and stare when he goes by. Built lean, like a runner or the dancer he is.
Favorite music : Like all lupi he’s enjoys a broad range of music, but he’s especially keen on all types of drumming; also classic and hard rock. Recent purchase: Europe’s Secret Society.
Profession : Dancer/stripper
Education : Claims to have gone to medical school, though there’s no record of it.
Magical Gift/Nature : He’s both werewolf and sorcerer. Though lupi are not supposed to possess a Gift, he does—a strong Fire Gift. In addition, he sees magic as energy and can manipulate it directly or through spells. His refusal to give up sorcery caused his expulsion from his original clan, Etorri, and estrangement from his father.
Habits : His temperment follows his Gift—bright, mercurial, likes to burn things. Doesn’t admit how important dancing is to him. Holds grudges. He’s a scholar of magical theory and history, interested in all forms of spellcraft–to the point of obsession, according to some.


Eileen tried, but she couldn’t convince Grandmother to participate.

The note reads “Grandmother declined to be included. EW”

Kai Tallman Michalski

Height : 5’10”
Weight : 140
Eyes : Dark brown.
Hair : Dark brown, straight, worn long.
Race : Her mother was Navajo, and that’s how she thinks of herself. Her father was Polish American.
Favorite music : Kai likes pop music of all sorts, old Dylan songs, and Willie Nelson.
Profession : She worked as a physical therapist for years. Now she’s a full-time mindhealer.
Magical Gift/Nature : As a mindhealer, Kai can guide and speed the way minds heal after trauma. She can often heal serious mental disfunction as well, though that takes a great deal more power.

Nathan Hunter

Height : 6′
Weight : 190, but humans never guess his weight right. He’s built lean and rangy.
Eyes : Gray.
Hair : Black, straight, tends to be shaggy
Race : Wild Sidhe
Favorite music : Jazz, especially trumpet and saxophone; he also loves the sidhe a cappella style called jaláin, which involves subtle microtonal harmonies.
Profession : The Queen’s Hound.
Magical Gift/Nature : Nathan was born a hellhound. He’s been a man a long time now, but he retains the abilities of the Huntsman’s hounds: he can cross realms without a gate; he heals quickly; and he can bring death to anything living.

Other characters

There are gaggles of extra characters that you may run across once or twice in the World of the Lupi. Here’s a list of some of them in case you need a reference!

Lily’s family
Susan Yu
Older sister; 32 when she married (book 2.) The perfect one. Dermatologist. Book 2 opens with her wedding reception.

Elizabeth Yu
(Beth) Younger sister; 23 in Book 1.

Julia Yu
Lily’s mother. 55 at start of Book 1.

Edward Yu
Lily’s father.

Grandmother (Li Lei Yu)
Lily’s father’s mother; the Tiger Lady

Li Qin
A nebulously related cousin who lives with Grandmother; gentle. “Age had softened the square of Li Qin’s face and blurred the angular body into something more androgynous than feminine. Her voice was her one beauty–low and soft and clear as bells.”

Isen Turner
Nokolai Rho or clan chief; Rule’s father.

Rule’s oldest brother. Tall, muscular, Native American on his mother’s side; considered the greatest living lupi warrior. Responsible for security at Clanhome; trains young Nokolai in combat. Reclusive since the death of his Chosen, Claire. His daughter is Nettie, the shaman/physician.

Nettie Two Horses
Tall, coppery-skinned woman with a cloud of frizzy gray hair hanging nearly to her waist. Physician and Shaman. In Book2, it’s revealed that she’s Benedict’s daughter. (She is Nokolai but not lupus, since she’s female.)

Mick Roberts
Rule’s second-oldest brother. Resents Rule’s position as Lu Nuncio. Killed in Book 1.

Toby Asteglio
Rule’s son; 8 when series opens. Lives with his grandmother on his mother’s side. Visits Rule often.

A young redheaded lupus who acts as guard.

Hannah The Nokolai Rhej
A Rhej (always female) is priestess/bard/clan historian, keeper of the memories—literal memories, magically recorded and retained, stretching back over two thousand years. She’s also the clan’s contact with their Lady. She’s blind but Gifted—physical empathy allows her to read her surroundings and function well.

Lupi: the Clans
There are currently 24 clans; 10 are considered dominant. A dominant clan possesses a particularly strong mantle. Occasionally a dominant clan will accept temporary subordinate status to another clan, as Kyffin did with Nokolai in Book 1; it’s still considered dominant because the mantle is unaffected. A clan loses dominant status—and may lose its mantle and identity–when it loses a Clan Challenge. Clan Challenges are rare and can mean outright war, but fundamentally they are a battle between the strengths of the clans’ mantles so they can be settled by individual combat between the two Rhos. All but two of the non-dominant clans are subordinated to one of the dominants. Non-dominant clans are small, since the size of the clan has an effect on the strength of its mantle. Etorri is the exception. It’s very small, yet its mantle is extremely powerful.

The most powerful clans currently are Nokolai and Leidolf, closely followed by Ybirra and a still-to-be-determined dominant clan that has two subordinate clans. Etorri wields great influence based on its du, though it lacks direct power because of its small size.

Below are nine of the ten dominant clans:

Rule’s clan. Rho: Isen Turner. Rhej: Hannah. Originally from the Brittany region of France. Nokolai is the fourth largest clan (Leidolf, Ybirra, and Mendoyo are larger) and has the most subordinate clans—four—and the most wealth.

A numerous clan, traditional enemies of Nokolai, implicated in the attack on Rule’s father [1, 2, 3] Randall Frey is the Lu Nuncio (heir) in the first 2 books, but is killed in Book 3. The Rho is Victor Frey. Victor’s other son is Brady Gunning, a sociopath: “tall, blond, and bony; nice chest.” Their Rhej is Leah—African American, tall, broad frame, Baptist. Leidolf currently has no subordinate clans; in the past they’ve absorbed (through Clan Challenge) three of the smaller clans.

Scandinavian; clanhome in Sweden. Ben Larson is Lu Nuncio. Clan members live in Scandinavian countries and in the U.S. Not a large clan, but three small clans are subordinate to Ansgar, increasing its “voice.”

A tiny clan with great du (honor, face, magic, history); Stephen Andros is Lu Nuncio. Previous Rho was William Carr; current one is Frederick Andros. Follows different rules for succession and does not accept subordinate clans. Clanhome is in Canada. Etorri is said to be Greek, though the identity of its founder is one of many secrets kept by the clan. Etorri is a puzzle to the other clans.

A Celtic clan; most still live in Ireland and Scotland, some in Wales, but they have an American component. Lu Nuncio: Connolly (Con) McGuire. One subordinate (English) clan.

The smallest dominant, based in Canada; Jasper Herron, the Rho, is unusually young (40) & a friend of Rule’s. Subordinate to Nokolai for a year and a day, starting in middle of Book 1. The Lu Nuncio is Jasper’s brother, as Jasper’s son is too young. Kyffin’s influence is due largely to their friendly relations with pretty much every other clan.

The only African clan, started by a small group of lupi who went to northern Africa after the Great War. Out of communication with other clans until 18th c. and have different customs. Lu Nuncio is Ato Tsegaye.

Hungarian clan that emigrated entirely to U.S.; Rikard Demeny is Lu Nuncio in Book Two. Fierce fighters. One subordinate clan (Czech.)

Large Spanish clan; the newest clan, founded in 1882 by Tomás Ybirra. Javiero Mendozo is Lu Nuncio. Clanhome in New Mexico. Acquired a subordinate clan four years before the opening of the series.

FBI: The Unit
The Unit, as it’s called, is actually Unit 12, a secretive sub-group of the better-known Magical Crimes Division (MCD) of the FBI.

Martin Croft
Agent; tall, elegant dresser, African American. Not Gifted.

Abel Karonski
Agent; surly, rumpled, avg. height, slightly overweight; white; a witch (Wiccan)

Dick Hayes
Acting Director of the FBI in Book 2 while the Director recuperates from open heart surgery. Thin and tense, with a long, horsy face and short gray hair. (“ the straightest eyebrows Lily had ever seen.) They looked as if someone had laid them on with a ruler.” Aka among the rank and file (not affectionately) as the Big Dick.

Ruben Brooks
Very thin; a wasting disease confines him to a wheelchair; a “polite steamroller.” He has a narrow face, hooked nose, and a light, clear tenor voice. Amazingly accurate precog (precognition Gift); tests at about 70%, but may be even higher.

FBI: The Task Force (book 3)
Sherry O’Shaunessy
High Priestess for the oldest and largest Wiccan coven in the U.S.; chubby, soccer-grandma look; long gray hair flows to her hips. Water Gift.

Archbishop Brown
A fiery Catholic with reformist leanings.

Dr. Xavier Fagin
Head of the task force; wild hair like Einstein, abstracted manner, genius—and secretly a touch sensitive, though less powerful than Lily. Foremost scholar on magical history, specializing in pre-Purge days.

Hikaru Ito
Japanese expert on symbology; skinny, glasses.

Demon prince (female)

A small, lowly demon; selected to possess Lily. Able to travel unsummoned between the realms, a rare ability. In Book 2 becomes female.

Captain Frederick Randall
In charge of Homicide; Lily’s superior. As a young patrol cop, rescued Lily.

SOC officer; Irish, cheerful, likes Lily. A short, chubby man with a wide mouth and red hair cut so short it looks like the fuzz on a peach

Larry Phillips
Obnoxious uniformed officer at scene of first killing; over forty, a long, stringy man, well over six feet.

Frederick Randall
Homicide captain.

Mech (Sgt. Mechtle)
Homicide sergeant.

Sean Brady
homicide sergeant

Carlos Fuentes
The first victim.

Rachel Fuentes
The first victim’s wife; involved with Rule. Hispanic, butt-length hair and large breasts, narrow face, eyes set close over a prominent nose. Carries about fifteen extra pounds.

Sarah Harris
Abducted with Lily when the girls were eight. She was killed; Lily lived.

Ginger Harris
Sarah Harris’s sister. Present at Club Hell night of first killing; witness against Rule. Disappeared at end of Book 1.

Most Reverend Patrick Harlowe
Top minister of the Azá (Church of the Faithful.) Rich, mellow voice; “an older man, with a pleasant but nondescript face. The kind you’d forget two minutes after meeting him.”

Dirty Harry
Large, battered orange cat who claims Lily as his human.

T.J. (Thomas James)
San Diego homicide detective

ni’Aureni Aeith
a Lord of Faerie (mentioned only)

A mysterious woman Cynna used to know, her former teacher in the Msaidizi or Dizzies; a shetanni mwenye (demon master)

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