"That demure smile masks a holy recklessness. And ruthlessness. "
―Lewko describes Hallana[src]
Learned Hallana is a physician-divine of the Mother's Order and a sorceress-divine of the Bastard's Order. She teaches at the seminary in Suttleaf, in the Weald. Her mother and grandmother were also physicians. She is married to Learned Oswin; they have two children at the opening of The Hallowed Hunt and she gives birth to a daughter shortly afterwards.

Near the end of Hallana's apprenticeship as a physician she was called to attend on a dying sorcerer. When the sorcerer died, his demon jumped over the young divine who was the intended recipient and into Hallana. A number of attempts to rid herself of the demon failed and she started a second apprenticeship to the Bastard to learn to control it.

When Ijada was 10 was a child, Hallana served as a medical missioner at Ijada's father’s fort on the west marches. She would treating the fen folk's illnesses to draw them to the fort and  to the Quintarian teachings. At the same time for the Bastard’s Order, she was learning the fen folk wisdom songs.

Hallana is matronly, short and plump, and has curling sand-colored hair.

Early in the events of The Hallowed Hunt, prompted by dreams from the gods, Hallana, very pregnant, travels to meet Ijada at Red Dike. Hallana breaks the geas on Ingrey by using her demon to increase the disorder in him.

During the uncanny night in the Wounded Woods where Ingrey releases the souls of those who died at Bloodfield, Hallana is the gate of the Mother.

Behind the scenes Edit

Hallana uses "dratsab" (Bastard spelled backwards) as a curse, borrowed from usage on the Lois McMaster Bujold mailing list.