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DarkRiver is the dominant leopard changeling pack in the United States, in California


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Lucas Hunter is alpha of the DarkRiver pack. They live in San Francisco, California and the surrounding areas up to Yosemite’s forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They are becoming a powerful pack, but young, with many cubs and juveniles under their protection. A tentative alliance with the SnowDancer wolf changeling pack has matured into a rock-solid alliance under the guidance and protection of their alphas.

DarkRiver's proximity to the SnowDancers and San Francisco has allowed them to be a major catalyst for the changes occurring in the PsyNet. In addition to giving refuge to Sascha Duncan and Faith NightStar it was from their television station that Ashaya Aleine made her earth shattering revelations about the existence of the Implant Protocol


Their territory is the entire San Francisco Bay Area and the wider surrounding areas, up into the foothills and valleys around Yosemite forests in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Nikita Duncan, a powerful psy on the Psy Council, controls some sections around San Francisco, too. Anthony Kyriakus, another powerful psy, controls some territory around Lake Tahoe area in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Most of the rest of California is in SnowDancer territory. The wolf changelings are comfortable on the highest slopes of the mountains, but cats prefer somewhat lower elevations.

Business Headquarters[]

DarkRiver runs their businesses, including construction and architectural designs, out of headquarters in Chinatown, San Francisco. “The pack’s financial HQ. Located in downtown San Francisco, near the organized chaos of Chinatown, the building was both public and highly secure.” (Caressed by Ice)


The SnowDancers have a twenty percent stake in a lot of DarkRiver projects. It is reciprocal: “DarkRiver owns twenty percent in a commensurate number of SnowDancer projects.” (Slave to Sensation)

  • DarkRiver owns a construction company, headquartered in SFO Chinatown, of which Lucas Hunter is CEO.
  • Sierra Tech - Research and development company, the HQ in the Sierra Mountains. Joint ownership: “SnowDancer was the majority shareholder, at sixty percent. DarkRiver held twenty and a human conglomerate named Dekell the other twenty.” They made a job offer to Brenna Kincaid. Also, Amara Aleine works there. One invention is underground lighting system, used by various Changeling Groups and by The Arrow Squad
  • CTX — A leopard-wolf communications company. Television, radio, etc. A joint holovision project. Yelena, a human, is the director.
  • satellite — access via their alliance with SnowDancer
  • A joint Psy-changeling property development project being designed and built by DarkRiver for Nikita Duncan. See book 1. Hawke and the SnowDancers supplied the land and are silent partners with DarkRiver in book 3

Allies & Associates[]



Numbers change but at first count, 64 member total, 7 sentinels, 7 soldiers, 2 maternals, 12 juveniles. 6 Psy, 3 other changeling and 3 humans.

The Sentinels[]


  • Aaron, trained by Emmett Schaeffer
  • Barker, high ranking, also allowed to question Lucas like the Sentinels
  • Emmett Schaeffer, senior soldier trainer and DR Construction’s structural engineer, mate of Ria Wembley, father of Mialin
    • Emmett’s mother is pack historian, leading researcher on rogue inclination (Wolf Rain (book))
  • Joe Nicholson, mated to Jazz, father of 3 sons
  • Monroe
  • Owen, sharpshooter
  • Zach Quinn, 31, mate of Annie, father of Rowan


  • Anu, monitors the 11-13 year olds
  • Lia Smith, mate of Micheal, mother of Grey, Mercy, Bastien and Sage


  • Bryan Nicholson
  • Cory, novice soldier, Kit's best friend
  • Jace
  • Jazz, trained by Emmett Schaeffer
  • Jonquil "Jon" Alexi Duchslaya, 16 yrs old in book 15, formerly from The Forgotten, 45% Psy with rare gifts and violet eyes, adopted into the pack by Clay and Talin, leader of his age group
  • Kit Monaghan, novice soldier, future alpha scent
  • Liam Nicholson, son of Jazz and Joe, brother of Bryan
  • Lissa Quinn, 18, sister of Zach and Noelle's twin
  • Nico, novice soldier, trained by Clay
  • Nicki, age 18 in BbF, pack librarian’s assistant
  • Noelle Quinn, 18, sister of Zach and Lissa's twin
  • Priyanka
  • Sarah

Children & Babies[]

  • Anu's 2 year old toddler
  • Mialin Corinna Schaeffer, born to Emmett Schaeffer and Ria Wembley. She’s a few months old in book 15, (AoH)
  • Keenan Aleine, age 4 when blood bonded into the pack by Dorian, a Psy. His mom is Ashaya Aleine
  • Noor Hassan, adopted into the pack by Clay and Talin at age 3, a Forgotten orphan
  • Roman and Julian Ryder, toddlers in book 1, probable future healer and dominant respectively
  • Nadiya Shayla Hunter, half Psy, half changeling leopard
  • Rowan Kaleb Quinn, infant son of Zach Quinn leopard changeling and Annie Kildare (human)
  • Mercy Smith recently gave birth to triplets: (Allegiance of Honor)
    • Isabella Maeve, leopard
    • Acton Lucas - wolf
    • Michael Hawke - wolf

Other Packmates[]

  • Angelica "Annie" Kildaire, 28, human, school teacher in DR territory, mated to Zach
  • Bastien Michael Smith, dominant, handles DR’s finances, a gourmet cook, Mercy’s brother
  • Cerise, former soldier, Zach's grandmother
  • Cian, former sentinel turned trainer, succeeded by Nate, mate of Keelie, Emmett's father
  • Finn, briefly DR pack healer at 21, now pack healer of RainFire
  • Grey Smith, youngest brother of Mercy, Bastien and Sage Smith
  • Jazz Nicholson, 30, mated to Joe, mother of Bryan and Liam and another boy
  • Juanita "Nita", Mercy's mentor, mated outside the pack and left
  • Keelie, pack historian, mate of Cian, mother of Emmett Schaeffer, assisted in library by Nicki
  • Kirby Rosario, 24, human-lynx changeling, mate of Bastien Michael Smith
  • Lysa, babysitter of Roman and Julian
  • Maria, temporary pack healer
  • Meenakshi "Meena", mother of Dezi
  • Mia
  • Michael Smith, mate of Lia, father of Grey, Mercy, Bastien and Sage
  • Poppy, sister of Zach, Lissa and Noelle
  • Ria Wembley, human, age 22 when mates Emmett Schaeffer, age 29 in book 1 (StS). She runs the DR HQ in Chinatown. Her baby girl is Mialin
  • Rina Monaghan, 21, sister of Kit
  • Sadie Mahaire, mother of Tamsyn
  • Sage Smith, brother of Mercy, Grey and Bastien
  • Tara
  • Vera Robbins, 120, DR elder, former soldier
  • Zara, wildcat changeling, adopted into the pack. Works at property development HQ Chinatown

Ocelot Remnant[]

The last surviving SkyElm ocelots from Texas were invited to join the DarkRiver pack. Six of them. No names given yet.

  • healer - she's about 80 years old
  • submissive adult, male young adult
  • two young soldiers, dominants m/f , about 21 yrs , female is half-human
  • two kids, age 6-7 , boy and girl
  • Lucas killed their evil alpha Monroe Halston (Allegiance of Honor)

Living in DarkRiver Territory[]

  • The Baker family of Changeling lynx were allowed to move into the territory. Two kids, son Nash MIT boy-genius and eight-year-old Willow. (see BbF)


  • Carlo Hunter, former sentinel, Lucas' father, Shayla's mate, killed by the ShadowWalker pack
  • Kylie Christensen, juvenile, murdered by Santano Enrique
  • Lachlan, former alpha, died suddenly 2 years after stepping down
  • Shayla Hunter, former pack healer, Lucas' mother, Carlo's mate, killed by the ShadowWalker pack


  • Tamsyn lists 14 maternal females, twenty cubs, eight juveniles and six other Soldier not counting Lucas, Dorian and Nate when talking about evacuation[1]
  • Changelings are also connected on a psychic plane just like the Psy. The web consists of the alpha, his sentinels and possible mates. Sascha describes it as rainbow-coloured. Each star is different and unique; the network bursting with energy[2]


  1. Slave to Sensation (2006, Paperback), ch. 13, p.163
  2. Slave to Sensation (2006, Paperback), ch. 26, p.327