Warning: This article contains spoilers for Dragonborn: The Legacy. If you haven’t read through Chapter 14, you’ll want to catch up first.
Coranil: Coranil, formerly known as Ondolemar, grew up in the Summerset Isles as the child of a priestess of Kynareth and a Thalmor agent and was groomed for the Thalmor from the time he was a little boy. Although he developed the ego of the high-born, superiorly bred mer, his mother tempered some of the normal cruelty of a Thalmor agent. His reluctance to carry out some of his harsher orders eventually got him into trouble, and he was sent to Skyrim as a punishment. After being separated from his mother’s influence, the teachings of the Thalmor hardened him over time, and he advanced in the ranks to become Skyrim’s chief justiciar. Still, his mother’s gentleness stayed in the back of his mind, and after many years, he did become disillusioned with the Thalmor’s cruelty and even came to have questions about Talos, a secret he guarded very closely.
When Markarth fell, he managed to escape, and on his way to the Thalmor embassy, he was contacted by a couple who were members of an order of Altmer who worked against the Thalmor. They were also Talos worshipers. They took him in, and he changed his name and went into hiding. Over several years, they earned his trust, and he eventually came to work for them. After a profound dream and other teachings, he also became a devout worshiper of Talos.
Although he is still a member of the order, he now works as an operative for, and trusted friend of, Ulfric Stormcloak, a relationship which took years to build.
Kaaley: Kaawenyth, whose name translates roughly into “one of the white dragon folk,” is a Bosmer who was born Chorrol to parents who’d had to flee Valenwood when it became Thalmor territory. She was a member of the Cyrondiil Thieves Guild. She and her mate were captured by an Altmer wizard while trying to break into his lab to get some books they were to steal on a guild contract. Her mate was tortured and killed; she was tortured but managed to escape, killing the wizard in the process. She moved to Skyrim a few years later and tried to find her place in Riften’s Thieves Guild, but she couldn’t get along with Mercer Frey. After Selene became Guildmaster, she rejoined.
Although the broken bond with her mate was traumatic in the extreme, Kaaley is still a free spirit, not fond of authority figures, and “mischief” is her middle name. She made a name for herself within the Guild, but after a while, Selene saw potential for bigger things and recommended her to Ulfric Stormcloak as an operative. Essentially, Selene admired her spunk and her skill but got tired of clashing with her, so she pawned her off on Ulfric. Although Kaaley hasn’t been much into politics, after meeting the High King, she came to really believe in him. She works for him now, although she still does a bit of freelance thieving on the side.