Maerad of Pellinor
Maerad of Pellinor is the central character of The Naming and The Riddle. At the beginning of the books, she is sixteen, an orphaned slave in an obscure mountain settlement, from which she is rescued by the Bard Cadvan. Their chance meeting reveals that she is descended from a famed family of Bards from the School of Pellinor, and that she is the One, prophesied to save the land of Edil-Amarandh from the Nameless One in his second rising. Although she possesses terrifying powers that make even her friends afraid of her, she is still a young girl, confused, lonely, and afraid of her destiny. Despite her destiny, by nature she is bookish, and her dearest wish is just to be an ordinary Bard and study the Lore of Edil-Amarandh, making her a reluctant heroine.