An anguissette is a mortal chosen by Kushiel to set a balance back in the world. They are marked by Kushiel with a red mote in their eye, referred to as a wound unhealed. They are essentially extreme masochists, finding pleasure in pain. Their function as Kushiel's chosen is to restore balance to the world in some way. They have the benefit of healing quickly. A D'Angeline who kills an anguissette will be tormented in hell for a thousand years. However, if the killer is a scion of Kushiel, he will be tormented for ten thousand years.
Delaunay quotes from the marginalia of the Leucenaux version of the Eluine Cycle: Mighty Kushiel, of rod and weal/Late of the brazen portals/With blood-tipp’d dart a wound unhealed/Pricks the eye of chosen mortals.
At the time of the events of Kushiel's Dart there had been no anguissette in living memory. However, the marquist Master Tielhard—who designed Phèdre and Alcuin nó Delaunay's marques—said that his grandfather warned him about anguissettes, so perhaps he had known one.
It is proscribed for any but an anguissettes to wear sangoire, a shade of red which is described as being the color of blood at midnight.
The briar rose marque, designed by Master Thielard, is also forbidden to any but an anguissette.
- The daughter of Naamah and a murderer, handmaid of Kushiel, believed to be the first anguissette
- Iriel de Fiscarde
- Last anguissette before Phèdre. She married a Kusheline Duc to prevent a civil war in Terre d'Ange.
- Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève
- Protagonist of the first trilogy.
- Kushiel's Dart, "Chapter 3"