Nerissa, often called "Nessa," is another student at the Herald's Collegium when Talia first arrives, though she is about to graduate. She is the first to explain to Talia the differences in the roles of women living outside Holderkin society.
After completing her internship Nessa returns to the Collegium to teach. Where her amorous pursuit of Herald Kris becomes a running joke throughout the Heraldic Circle. Besides being angelically beautiful, his unattainability is most of Kris' allure for Nessa. On Talia's advice, he allows himself to be "caught." Nessa loses interest and moves on almost immediately. Shortly after, Skif begins pursuing her, allowing her to chase him in order to keep her attention.
The name of her Companion is not given.
Her Gifts are not enumerated.
The details of her internship are unknown.