DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Belladonna

Lady of Carradale and wife to Daibhidh; a fierce and cunning woman.

Cormag

Lord of Glenbarr and close friend to Daibhidh and Belladonna.

Daibhidh

Lord of Carradale and husband to Belladonna; he is tragically killed in battle.

Elidir

Son of Daibhidh and Belladonna and heir to the lands of Carradale.

Winter

Beautiful and terrible; the power of the darkest season made flesh.

Death

Constant companion to Winter; he walks behind her and reaps the misery she sows.

Warlock

A black wizard who haunts the wood and consorts with spirits.

Handmaiden

A lady-in-waiting to Belladonna and her close confidante.

Cat

A companion given to Belladonna to ward her from the spirit world.

Fool

A harlequin and jester at Castle Carradale.

Guard

Stout and loyal; the warrior who is captain of Castle Carradale's guard.

Messenger

A herald of Cormag who brings news of Daibhidh's death to Belladonna.

Priest

A clergyman who performs marriage ceremonies.