are the lowest level of caste within the society depicted in Red Rising. They are separated into highReds and lowReds. The LowRed are the unskilled workers suited to brutal environments, slaving away in the mines to harvest the material that powers everything in the Solar System, helium-3. HighReds work in service jobs, similar to Browns, but often more menial labour, such as being in factories and making weapons or consumer goods. Their lifespan is not considerably long, often marrying during their teens and people in their 40's are considered rather old.

Sigil Edit

The design of their sigils are based off of the symbol for Mars (♂) as well as for Iron[1], relating both to the homes of the Reds as well as referring to their hard nature.

Known Reds Edit

Darrow and family membersEdit

  • Darrow of Lykos
    • Kieran, Darrow's elder brother
    • Leanna, Darrow's older(?) sister
  • Eo, Darrow's wife
    • Dio, Eo's younger sister, Kieran's second wife, and Darrow's sister-in-law
      • Reagan; Iro; Dunlow; Eo (Jr.) - Dio and Kieran's children
      • Rhonna, Darrow's niece
      • Ella, Darrow's niece
    • Dain, Eo's brother
    • Liam, Eo's brother
  • Dale, Darrow's father
    • Narol, Dale's brother and Darrow's uncle
    • Loran, Narol's son and Darrow's cousin
  • Deanna, Darrow's mother
    • Darrow (Sr.), Deanna's father and Darrow's maternal grandfather

Lyria's Family Edit

  • Lyria of Lagalos
    • Ava, Lyria's older sister
    • Tiran, Lyria's younger brother
    • Aengus, Lyria's older brother
    • Dagan, Lyria's older brother
  • Varon of Lagalos, Ava's husband
    • Conn, son of Ava and Varon
    • Liam, son of Ava and Varon
    • Ella, daughter of Ava and Varon
    • Barlow, son of Ava and Varon
  • Da, father of Lyria, Tiran, Ava, Aengus, and Dagan. Name not known.
  • Mother of Lyria, Tiran, Ava, Aengus, and Dagan. Name not known.


  • Barlow
  • Kora, Kieran's first wife that died during childbirth
  • Dago the Helldiver
  • Leora
  • Dancer, a member and Red liaison for the Sons of Ares
  • Harmony, a radical member of the Sons of Ares
  • Arlus, Darrow's housemate at The Institute; another Red who had been carved into a Gold and went by the name Titus au Ladros.
  • Vanno of Karos

Culture Edit

Reds were designed to be patriarchal and to follow daring men. Women were expected to work less grueling tasks, as outlined in the Stratification Protocol. LowReds do not seem to receive family names, instead given a designation that is a mix of letters and numbers from a Copper administrator. They are a people of dance and song. Reds bear a significant cultural resemblance to the Irish, Reds commonly have stereotpyically Irish names (Ex. Liam)

The Vale Edit

The 'heaven' or afterlife the Reds believe in. Their deity figure, the Old Man, is said to to guide them after death. If a Red is buried after death, it is said they will have a shorter journey along the stone path towards the Vale. Reds believe that when they arrive, their loved ones will stand waiting with the Old Man. The Vale is a beautiful green forested world, with morning mists, and cozy homes with stews ready on their hearths. Since Reds typically have harsh, short, pain-filled lives, this pleasant afterlife functions as a peaceful encouragement for Reds and is an important part of their culture.[2]

The Reaper Edit

The psychopomp that the Reds believe in, similar to an angel of death and judge of the deceased. The Reaper is commonly depicted as dwelling on the road to the Vale, wielding a scythe to separate the guilty from the innocent. While infiltrating Gold society and after his rise to power, Darrow styles himself as the Reaper by wielding a slingBlade and leading the Reds to freedom in violent revolution.

The Forbidden Song and Dance Edit

A song and dance from Red culture encouraging rebellion against the Golds. The punishment for performing either is public execution, which only caused the song and dance to become even stronger symbols of mutiny among the Reds despite their remaining fear of the Golds. The song was sung by Eo of Lykos before her execution, turning her into the martyr "Persephone" and acting as the catalyst for the defeat of the Society by the Rising.


Listen, listen
Remember the wane
Of son's Fury and waving grain
We fell and fell
And danced along
To croon a knell
Of rights and wrongs

My son, my son
Remember the burn
When leaves with fire and seasons turned
We fell and fell
And sang a song
To weave a Cell
All autumn long

Down in the vale
Hear the reaper swing, the reaper swing
The reaper swing
Down in the vale
Hear the reaper sing
A tale of winter long

My girl, my girl
Remember the chill
When rains froze and snows did kill
We fell and fell
And danced along
Through icy hell
To their winter song

My love, my love
Remember the cries
When winter died for spring skies
They roared and roared
But we grabbed our seed
And sowed a song
Against their greed

My son, my son
Remember the chains
When gold ruled with iron reins
We roared and roared
And twisted and screamed
For ours, a vale
Of better dreams

Down in the vale
Hear the reaper swing, the reaper swing
The reaper swing
Down in the vale
Hear the reaper sing
A tale of winter done

Helldiver Edit

Read more at: Helldiver

The operators of the drills to mine helium-3. Theirs is the most dangerous job; if they aren't quick, they will not meet quota, and if they aren't careful, the slightest misstep could cause a deadly explosion. They wear special uniforms over the entire workday, and so are easily recognizable.

Ruster Edit

A derogatory title given to lowReds. Most likely because of the similarities of color to rust on iron and Reds hair/eyes.

Mines Edit

The following is a list of the known named Mining Colonies on Mars

  • Lykos
  • Karos
  • Lagalos
  • Tyros

Township Edit

Each mining colony is divided into 24 clans, with each quarter one of them receiving a Laurel. Favouritism is shown to the Gammas because they supposedly fulfill the Quota. Possessing the Laurel means special treats such as wide variety of food, more to smoke, quilts, etc. This is just a motivation for others to keep working. The 24 clans are presumably named after each of the letters in the Greek Alphabet. Listed below are the names of the known colonies.

  • Lambda
  • Gamma
  • Pi
  • Chi
  • Omega
  • Upsilon
  • Mu
  • Beta
  • Omicron
    • And 15 other unnamed clans

Sons of Ares Edit

Read more at: Sons of Ares Many Reds are too ignorant of the true world to realize how much they are being exploited, but the few who do and are willing to act are part of an organization called "The Sons of Ares." They are portrayed as terrorists by the Golds, as their kind of ideals could disrupt their Society.

Sons of Ares (Reds):

References Edit

  2. Red Rising - chap 7