This article lists the various minor fictional characters who appear in The Scepter of Mercy series. These characters are identified by name, but play at best a peripheral role in the series. Most were simply mentioned or had a very brief, unimportant speaking role, and never appeared again.
Rissa was the name used by an Avornan witch. Upon learning that his concubine, Certhia was pregnant, King Mergus wanted to confirm that the child would be a son. However, he feared that court wizards would not be able to keep quiet, and so he arranged to take Certhia to an unused area in the royal palace to meet Rissa. Rissa confirmed that Certhia was indeed carrying a boy. No sooner had she pronounce this, Rissa was taken over by the Banished One, who attempted to curse the unborn child. When Rissa came back to herself, she promised to make sure the taint of the possession would be taken away. She also suggested that if the Banished One hated and cursed the unborn son, he also feared him.