Bena Younger was ship's lookout on the Suncurl and the daughter of Bena Elder. She was a scrawny child who Emancipor Reese believed to be mute because of the eerie cries she made from the crow's nest. She rarely, if ever, left her post atop the main mast which she shared with her mother who appeared to be a wizened corpse. The two maintained a steady conversation, but the old squall witch's voice came only from Bena Younger's mouth. It was unclear whether the mummified Bena Elder's power to communicate was supernatural in origin or a product of her daughter's imagination. In any case, Bena Younger knew much more about the true goings on aboard ship than would otherwise be expected of a girl with her age and experience.
Bena Elder warned her daughter of the dread events that were to come as the Suncurl sailed into the blood current of Laughter's End. When Emancipor Reese was forcibly dragged into the crow's nest by the ship's angry crew he made the acquaintance of both Benas. He could not understand why an old woman's voice was coming out of Bena Younger's mouth, and Bena Younger could not understand why Reese ignored her mother's terrible glare. The god-thing's sudden attack on the ship knocked both Benas from their perch atop the main mast. Reese desperately clung to Bena Younger's ankle while Bena Elder fell to the deck onto Gust Hubb, blinding his left eye with her bony finger. Afterwards Bena Elder's voice, coming from her daughter's mouth, claimed she had done what needed doing and that they were now safe.