Skanarow was a captain in the Bonehunters. She was described as uncharacteristically tall and lean-limbed for a Kanese, with black hair. Her features were described as harsh and seamed in scars, but she was capable of a lovely smile. Ruthan Gudd described the look of her face as "if she's suckled among wildcats as a child".
When she cited a saying amongst the old ones of her people, the idioms used seemed to indicate a descent from fishing folk.
On the march to Kolanse she became involved with Ruthan Gudd, whom she suspected of living under a false name.