The Queen of Askadel
The Queen of Askadel befriended Hero while he was still young and took on the role of his mentor and protector. She has a way of appearing at the most inopportune moments (for him.) Her reason for bonding with him is directly correlated to her friendship with his mother.
Even though Hero refuses to join the Council's side, she continues to attempt to sway him over to their side so that they can be allies in all ways. They both know the other person to be conniving but it is a fact that has made them respect one another.