Zeah Korlann is one of the main characters in the Senta and the Steel Dragon story, and plays a prominent part in Book 0: Brechalon. When we first meet Zeah, he is the head butler for the Dechantagne family, having served in that position since he was a young man. His father and grandfather also worked for the Dechantagnes, as does his daughter Yuah.
Zeah is a member of the minority Zaeri religion and this defines him. He also, at least in the early books, has a pronounced stammer. This speech impediment is exacerbated by proximity to his employer, Iolanthe Dechantagne. Zeah is one of the few genuinely decent and nice people in the story and he makes a great foil to play off many of the others– Iolanthe, Terrence, and even his own daughter.
Yuah Korlann, Zeah’s daughter, is one of the most important characters in the series. She has probably the most important arc for any of the characters and it is one of the most tragic in some ways. It is a story of rise and then fall.
When we meet Yuah in Book 0: Brechalon, she is Iolanthe Dechantagne’s dressing maid, a position for which there is no up side. She has grown up in the Dechantagne household and even attended lessons with Terrence, Iolanthe, and Augie when they were children. She loves Augie like a brother, hopelessly pines for Terrence, and her relationship with Iolanthe is complicated to say the least. Iolanthe seems to enjoy putting Yuah in her place.
Yuah is a Zaeri, the minority religion, and this poses problems for her, especially considering there seem to be few Zaeri of marrying age aroud.
When I wrote the first draft of The Voyage of the Minotaur, Yuah was named Ewa. I changed it to match her father’s name and because I kept mispronouncing it in my head. I like the name though, so someday I’m going to have a character named Ewa.