Reds 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • Darrow of Lykos (Sr.) - Deanna's father and Darrow's maternal grandfather.
    • Deanna O'Lykos - Darrow's mother.
      • Kieran O'Lykos - Darrow's elder brother.
        • Rhonna O'Lykos - Kieran's oldest, daughter to Kora.
        • Reagan O'Lykos - Kieran's second eldest, daughter to Kora, twin of Iro.
        • Iro O'Lykos - Kieran's second eldest, son to Kora, twin of Reagan.
        • Ella O'Lykos - Kieran's third eldest, daughter to Dio.
        • Dunlow O'Lykos - Kieran's fourth eldest, son to Dio.
        • Eo (Jr.) O'Lykos - Kieran's youngest, daughter to Dio.
      • Leanna O'Lykos - Darrow's older sister.
        • Unnamed First Daughter
        • Unnamed Second Daughter
      • Darrow O'Lykos - The main character of the first trilogy, and one of the main POVs of the Iron Gold Trilogy.
  • Dale of Lykos - Darrow's father.
  • Eo's Father - Name unknown. commitied suicide shortly after Eo's death.
    • Eo of Lykos - Darrow's first wife.
    • Dio O'Lykos - Eo's younger sister, Kieran's second wife, and Darrow's sister-in-law.
    • Dain - Eo's brother.
    • Liam - Eo's brother.
  • Eo's Mother - Name unknown.
  • Kora of Lykos - Kieran's first wife that died during childbirth.
  • Barlow
  • Dago O'Lykos - The Helldiver for Gamma, later became a soldier for the Republic.
  • Varlo - A baker in Lykos. Gave Eo some bread after he heard of Darrow's likelihood to win the Laurel.
  • Ol' Ripper - The eldest member of Lambda. Infamous for telling stories to dunks on Laureltide.
  • Leora - Of Lambda. Grows herbs that she gives out to other clan members, including Deanna.

  • Arlow O'Lagalos[2] -  Gamma lowRed. His wife died before their mine was liberated. Father of Lyria, Tiran, Ava, Aengus, and Dagan.
    • Lyria O'Lagalos - Gamma, One of the main characters and POVs of the Iron Gold Trilogy.
    • Ava O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older sister. 
      • Conn O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon. 
      • Barlow O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon. 
      • Liam O'Lagalos - Gamma, Son of Ava and Varon.  
      • Ella O'Lagalos - Gamma, Daughter of Ava and Varon. 
    • Tiran O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's younger brother. 
    • Aengus O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older brother. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother and brother in-law.
    • Dagan O'Lagalos - Gamma, Lyria's older brother. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother and brother in-law.
  • Ma - Wife to Arlow O'Lagalos, and mother to Lyria, Tiran, Aengus and Dagan. Died before the events of Iron Gold. Name not known.
  • Varon O'Lagalos - Ava's husband and father to Conn, Barlow, Liam and Ella. Aided in the Reaper's war effort alongside his brother in laws. 
  • Torron O'Lagalos - Gamma, father to Vanna.
    • Vanna O'Lagalos - Gamma, daughter to Torron. Murdered when wandering Camp 121 alone at night, before the events of Iron Gold.
  • Almor O'Lagalos - Delta drillBoy before the Liberation of Mars. Helped Lyria to save Kavax au Telemanus from drowning.
  • Elrow O'Lagalos - Gamma headTalk before the Liberation of Mars. 

  • Bryn of Cryssos- highRed on Triton, married to Fitchner au Barca, mother to Sevro.
  • Ryanna of Cryssos - sister to Bryn and a founding member of the Sons of Ares.
  • Dancer O'Faran - A member and Red lieutenant for the Sons of Ares, and a Senator of the Republic.
  • Rollo O'Sicyon - A highRed engineer on Phobos, and the man who inspired Darrow to give the Phobos Address.
  • Arlus of Thebos - Darrow's housemate at The Institute; another lowRed who had been carved into a Gold and went by the name Titus au Ladros.
  • Sleepy - A Howler introduced in Morning Star.
  • Min-Min - A Howler with metal legs. Introduced in Iron Gold.
  • Ralph - A member of the Sons of Ares that helped extract Darrow from Lykos.
  • Vanno of Karos - A member of the Sons that rescued Darrow from Attica.
  • Garla - A Red whose family has been servicing House Telemanus for fourteen generations.

Religion[edit | edit source]

The Reds' religion includes a God figure, but to what extent and how far this extends is unknown. Darrow remarks about how Eo was 'placed well' by God.

The Vale[edit | edit source]

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.[3]

The Reaper[edit | edit source]

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.

Culture[edit | edit source]

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, as most of the first Reds were refugees from Ireland after radiation from London turned the Brisith Isles into a wasteland. This heritage is reflected in how Red slang is derived from Irish slang, and how Reds commonly have stereotypically Irish names (Ex. Liam)

Some common slang terms are bloody, bloodydamn, gob, righto, and squab.

The Zither[edit | edit source]

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3. Laureltide (Red Rising Trilogy)

The zither is the folk instrument that the lowReds use for their music. It is a string instrument that is notoriously hard to play, and even harder to produce any sound with other than a mournful one. Most zithers given to lowReds have plastic soundboards and metal strings, with higher quality materials like wood reserved for the winner of the Laurel.

Darrow says in regards to Narol: "He wears the instrument suspended on shoulder straps so that it rests at his hips, with its plastic soundboard and its many taut metal strings facing up toward the ceiling. The right thumb strums the strings, except when the index finger drops down or when the thumb picks single strings, all while the left hand picks out the bass line string by string."

The Forbidden Song and Dance[edit | edit source]

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The Song of Persephone - Red Rising Trilogy

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.

LYRICS:

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

And
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

And
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

And
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

The Fading Dirge[edit | edit source]

A tradition done in grief and mourning. A tragic thumping of fists against chests, fading slowly till the fists, like a heart, beat no more. This was done for Darrow's father and grandmother.

Helldiver[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Mines[edit | edit source]

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

  • Lykos
  • Karos
  • Lagalos
  • Tyros
  • Faran
  • Vadros
  • Boetia
  • Cyros
  • Cassesda

Township[edit | edit source]

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 clans.

  • Lambda
  • Gamma
  • Pi
  • Chi
  • Omega
  • Upsilon
  • Mu
  • Beta
  • Omicron
  • Delta
    • And 14 other unnamed clans (Probably the other letters of the Greek alphabet, as there are 24 of them)

Sons of Ares[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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