The Traveller is a Rakshan deity, actually a member of an ascended race of beings who previously occupied Raksha before the present Rakshani whom they consider to be their "children". This particular deity likes to travel beyond her planet but as they are unable to do that by themselves, she hitches a ride aboard the Folly after posing as a Rakshani child and offering a treat to Neal Foster, the acceptance of which she took as permission to ride with him. Neal is unaware of her presence directly, but unusual things occasionally happen. One major change was the self-awareness of his ship's computer, Tess. The Traveller reveals herself as a spotted winged felinoid in a vision to Shadowcrest after shi is crushed by a shipping container.