Mai-Otome Saga is an arc of the Mai-Otome series, comprised of My-Otome Saga Ryuu to Otome no Namida (manga) and My-Otome Saga Ayane Korin ♥ Hen (novel).
- Ayane Hazakura
Ayane is, of course, the protagonist. A girl from Taiyuan and the former Meister wielding the Lofty Crimson Jade. Her master is Henri Ward Windbloom, a prince of Wind Bloom exiled eight years before the events depicted in the comic by his uncle who seized power during a period of strife which resulted in the death of the previous ruler. Though Taiyuan, like Zipang, was adverse to the use of Otome, Ayane, who originally studied Taiyuan-style fencing, resolved to become an Otome at the age of six, having seen a Meister called Sylvana Gale foil an attempt to assassinate Henri.
Nicola Ray Fran is one of Ayane's classmates and, with her, a member of the first Trias. She declined to become a Meister, instead marrying Henri's ally Claude Elder Makonnen. The surname Fran would thus originate (both internally & externally) with Nicola.
The third member of the first Trias is Clarissa (believe it or not) Ho. Unlike her later double Erstin, Clarissa and her older brother Edward hail from the Rosajyu Federation rather than Annam, where their family had a business empire before coming out on the losing side of a civil war contemporary with the coup d'état in Wind.
Sophia Alexander is the Number One Pearl during Ayane & company's Coral year, later becoming one of the Five Columns and eventually Gakuenchou. Her room attendants are Ayane & Clarissa and her major rival is Cosette DeLoach, who, upon graduation, wields the Pure Heart Malachite, ironically for a master called Argos (which would suggest that, when Akane becomes Kazu-kun's Meister, the GEM returned to its earlier home in Chaldea).
Sheena Steinmetz is Ayane's junior, a girl from the Rosajyu Federation orphaned as a result of that country's civil war, who is a huge fan of Ayane. By resorting to all manner of skullduggery, she succeeds in becoming one of Ayane's room attendants.
Another character is Luna Brunelli, the retired former Meister for the late King of Wind, who is persuaded to return to service as Gakuenchou by Sophia. Under Luna's administration, Garderobe is reorganised, which results in the foundation of the institution of the Trias.
The Wiki also mentions a Shared Hashtam, who seems to have been Column IV about a century prior to the events depicted in the manga.