- Hesalt, original captain
- Iron Bars, captain after the takeover
- Jemain, first mate, after the takeover
- Tillin, killed by Seguleh
- Watt, tillerman
The Ardent came upon a body-strewn raft floating in the Southern Rust Ocean. Boarding the battered craft, the crew was astonished to discover all eleven passengers (nine men and two women) still lived. Captain Hesalt was pleased that the chance event would prove profitable and ordered the survivors to be chained in the hold. One survivor, Iron Bars, demanded the captain take them to Stratem. His demands were met by sneers so he murdered the ship's guards and threw the captain overboard, taking over by the ship.