About The Characters: Meet The Minor Players in “The Wall Of Night” Series — Ter
Recently I’ve resumed my “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 is posting every second Thursday, alternating with A Geography of Haarth.
Note: 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 a lead protagonist .” So some of the players that feature here will have a reasonable degree of air time in the story — like Sister Korriya on February 16 or Garan in 2015.
Some, like today’s character, Ter, appear in all three The Wall of Night novels to date.
Ter: A House of Night honor guard, serving in Garan’s eight-unit
‘ “But act we must,” Asantir said, as soon as Lira finished. “Lira, tell the priestess that I am going to the Heir’s rooms now and she is to meet me there as soon as possible, with whatever strength she considers necessary.” She paused, frowning. “Innor and Ter are to remain at the Temple gate, lest the Earl have my hide, but send Garan and the rest along with the priestess.” ‘
~ from © The Heir Of Night: The Wall of Night Book One, Chapter 21 — Pieces on the Board
‘A few minutes later shod hooves rang against stone and a voice called out, confirming the newcomers as Night. Ter answered, pitching his voice to carry to the camp as he named the Houses present at the Standing Stone. You could always rely on Ter, Garan thought—he had warned whoever was out there what awaited them, while keeping his tone matter-of-fact.’
~ from The Gathering of the Lost: The Wall of Night Book Two; Chapter 28 — Border Crossing
‘The third man lowered his voice. “Why can’t Blood just appoint an Honor Guard for their Bride, like a House of sense? Why does our Commander have to waste time over their cursed selections, when everyone knows it’s the Battlemaster who’ll make the final cut?”
“You know why, Ter.” Garan’s voice was half a sigh. “It’s so Night bears some culpability if anything goes wrong, all under the guise of elite selection and open opportunity.”
“‘A Battlemaster’s star in every Blood warrior’s kit.’” Ter quoted the Blood saying softly. Quiet chuckles answered his subsequent snort.’
~ from Daughter Of Blood: The Wall of Night Book Three; Chapter 27 — The Turnings of Fate