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Dara is a demoness from Xanth. She was first introduced in Question Quest.

Dara is the wife of Humfrey and mother of Dafrey and Matt a Door.

Dara has a soul and a conscience. Humfrey calls her Dana, and she never bothered to correct him, who is befuddled as it is. She married Humfrey after he became King of Xanth, but left him right after Dafrey was delivered since most of the soul she had went to him. She had a few pieces of soul left, so emulated Maiden Taiwan and summoned Matt a Door. When he was delivered, she abandoned him. Over time she regained bits of soul and a conscience again.

She traveled to Graniaʼs and Lydellʼs villages under the name Cool Hand Lute while looking for people to sail the Fire Boat. Lute's hands were cool and could chill anything she grasped. Her lute was ice cold.

Novels: Question Quest, The Color of Her Panties, Harpy Thyme, Roc and a Hard Place, Swell Foop, Up in a Heaval, Currant Events, Pet Peeve, Two to the Fifth, Well-Tempered Clavicle, Esrever Doom, Board Stiff, Ghost Writer in the Sky, Fire Sail

A Bold Title means she was a major character. A Small Title means she was only mentioned.

Character notes


Human men and women will not have a species in their entries. Also, if the surname of the character is the character's species, it was dropped.

If the character is a child, it will be in the description. The child will more than likely be an adult by this time in the Xanth series.

Many species are single gender, so their entries will not mention it. The species are Fury, Muse, basilisk, cenmaid, cenmare, cockatrice, dryad, maenad, sand witch, sandman, and woodwife. Harpies and nymphs are usually female, and fauns are usually male; but there have been a few exceptions that are noted.

In some instances, I have made educated guesses on gender, species, and some birth years.


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