William Escobar is the third and youngest son of Lord Nathan Escobar, governor of Pianda. He is engaged to Selana Sheffield, since their marriage was arranged to create a political alliance between their houses. He is returning home from a trip to Januli to meet Selana when his ship is attacked by pirates. Abandoning ship, fate places William in the same lifeboat as Gregor when they are attacked by a griffin and saved by Aren.