See also Alentir’s Timeline.


Also known as Aldhir and Alan Trefor. An Usksu, he is the main protagonist in The Migrator. He struggles to progress, to learn from events and situations in which he finds himself; and he drifts too easily into fantasy to escape from a world and people he finds difficult to interact with.

He is born in the year equivalent to 1262 C.E. to Agnortik, who fails in his attempts to become a Civil Servant, and Ohpepic, a housewife, in the village of Hinauïk in the province of Yedal-lin in Usksumer. He lives there till he passes the Level Four Civil Service examination in his forty-second year when he moves to the Domain of Ulkandreur to take up a post. He rises to the level of Prefect. In his eighty-ninth year he is tried and imprisoned by the God-King. When he comes out fifty-six years later he is as a ghost to those who live in Hinauïk, even though the area around there, and especially the lakeshore of Yedal-lin, seem more real to him than any other part of the dry-lands.

Alentir falls in love – such as he understands it – with Elexdreur when he first catches sight of her when he is five. Even after she has moved away twenty-four years later he continues to love her, though she loses interest. Alentir becomes so caught up in his imagining of the past with his lost love, and what he believes could still be, that he becomes almost immune to any other hurts thrown at him, even after he has given up any real hope – if ever he had much – of being reunited. When he is released from prison, nine years after Elexdreur’s death, he is still in thrall to her. This lessens very gradually over time, but real progress is only made after long wanderings – he is not restricted to the usual two centuries of his kind – across the fastland and an attempt to drown himself.

Things do, though, change slowly for him as he enters the Kingdom of Spring and Autumn and then moves up into Satin Chimber Kalin. And especially after meeting Taru in the Enchanted Mountains that surround Orestol.

Alentir is sometimes called ‘human’ by others he meets; for though the Usksu think of themselves as a race apart – as promoted by the God-King – they are humans, though fairly sundered from most others. It suits the rulers of the Usksu to propagate the idea of their uniqueness. (The Migrator, Time & Sorrow)