About The Characters: Meet The Minor Players in “The Wall Of Night” Series — Sister Korriya
Today I’m resuming the “About the Characters” posts that focus on the minor characters in The Wall Of Night series — because “I think it’s the presence of the smaller characters that “makes” a story, creating texture around the main points of view.”
The feature will post every second Thursday, alternating with A Geography of Haarth.
In terms of being “minor” the characters must at least have a walk-on part and a few lines to say, but “minor” can also simply mean “not major”, so some of the players that feature here will have a reasonable degree of air time in the story.
Sister Korriya: a senior priestess in the Temple of Night and First Kinswoman to the Earl of Night.
The watcher, swathed in a gray, hooded cloak, was concealed in the shadow of the gatehouse opposite, on its temple side. The cloak blended with the surrounding walls and the watcher stood so still that for a moment Nhairin thought the silent figure was stone. Her skin prickled, sensing a keen scrutiny from within the shadowing hood. “Who are you?” she demanded. “What are you doing here?”
“I might ask you the same questions,” the watcher replied, in a woman’s voice. “Except that I know the answers to both, Steward Nhairin.” As she spoke, the watcher lifted the hood back, revealing a face of indeterminate age. Deep lines tracked the corners of eyes and mouth, and like every face that morning, the watcher’s was etched with exhaustion.
Nhairin’s brows rose. “Korriya,” she said, then cleared her throat. “But that still doesn’t answer my second question. What are you doing here?”
~ from © The Heir Of Night: The Wall of Night Book One, Chapter 5 — The Broken Gate