Quill is a Knorth randon cadet at Tentir. He is one of Jame's ten-command. His mother had wanted him to become a scrollsman, hence the name.[2] He appears to show some of those traits, recalling a song about a randon with nightmares to show empathy for Niall's nightmares.[3] When the ten-command is discussing Honor's Paradox, Quill knows both its history and definition.[4]

Quill is described as "sharp",[5] and sometimes speaks wisely.[6]


  1. The Gates of Tagmeth, "Chapter II: Departure", V — " 'Erim, Quill, Rue, and what’s-his-name, oh yes, Killy, are now five-commanders.' "
  2. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter V: A Length of Rope", I — "That was Quill, thought Jame, the one whose mother had wanted him to become a scrollsman, hence the name."
  3. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter X: Battles Old and New", I — "Quill's face had twisted with concentration. 'Isn't there a song about a randon who shrieked all night long in his sleep before a battle, until his Kendar had to stuff tufts of wool in their ears? The next day he fought like a demon, but in silence because he was too hoarse to make a sound.' "
  4. Honor's Paradox, "Chapter I: Songs in the Night", I — " 'And so became entangled in Honor’s Paradox,' added Quill, so named because his parents had wanted him to become a scrollsman. 'Where does one’s honor lie, in following orders or in oneself?' "
  5. Bound in Blood, "Chapter V: Fractures", II — " 'Ran Awl is all right,' said Quill judiciously, […] 'There seem to be distinct groups within that house with different personalities, as if they aren't all bound to the same Highborn.' Sharp Quill. That hadn't occurred to Jame,"
  6. To Ride a Rathorn, "Chapter XII: Unsheathed", I — " 'They'll start at the pool,' said Quill wisely. 'I hear it crashed through the thorns, so there'll be a blood trail, at least at first.' "
Jame's ten-command
Rue Mint Dar Quill Erim Killy Niall Damson