Avner is the son of Zebula Meravanchi, a wealthy merchant of Sasserine.
Avner is handsome, and with that his positive qualities vanish. He is a despicable cur – a slanderer, a deflowerer of maidens, and an utter cad. He can be charming, helpful and brave, except when it matters. He is high maintenance, always being served by his two meek servants, Barnaby and Quenge.