Dowager Queen Deionara
Widowed grandmother of the king, a consummate politician
Deionara refuses to fully accept Arslein because he is a bastard. Having lost her husband and one of her sons already, she is protective of Tuirean, and tries to advance him toward the throne despite Tuirean’s insistence that he gave up his claim to kingship.
There are many dirty rumors about the Dowager Queen going around court: some claim she likes young men, others that she poisoned her dead husband, and still others that she is a hag in disguise.