All characters in the series can be classified in five different ways.
- By Sex - Men, Women and, rarely, Unknown gender.
- By Status - Alive, Dead and, occasionally, Unknown status
- By Occupation - This can be further split up into two main subgroups - those of Channelers and those that mainly concern Non-channelers.
- By Origin - This will be the nationality of anyone born in the Westlands and the ethnic group of those born outside. For many characters, however, their origins are unknown.
- By Species - While the vast majority of characters mentioned are human, there are also many namedNon-humans.
This method of categorization is derived mainly from the use of the Character template, which should be included in all entries on the characters. This is a work-in-progress, so some characters may be missing from the character lists in the main sections, though will have entries in the wiki.