Earl Keril of Hannart is a powerful man from one of the northern regions in early Dalemark. After having appeared briefly in Cart and Cwidder, when his younger son and heir Kialan Kerilsson was rescued from the South by the family of Clennen the Singer, Keril takes a much bigger part in this volume of the Quartet.
The previous appearance was that of a hugely relieved father, who knew already that his older son and heir had been hanged as a common criminal by one of the Southern earls, and who had feared that his only other son, Kialan, had perished too. He seemed a good and kindly man.
In The Crown of Dalemark, he first appears with the Countess of Aberath, both of them informing protagonist Mitt Alhammittsson that he must commit a murder for them, and he doesn't get any nicer as the book goes on. Like many members of the Dalemark nobility, he seems to put his own earldom above the overall kingdom, and is ready to attack anyone who threatens his own region, no matter how good or high-minded that person might be.