This article contains plot details from the latest book.
Councillor Oralie is one of the twelve Councillors in the Lost Cities. She is an Empath as well as Sophie's strongest supporter on the Council. In Legacy, it is revealed that she is Sophie's biological mother.
Oralie has rosy cheeks, long golden ringlets, and azure eyes. She is described as delicate in features but a tough person.
- Miss Ringlets and Rosy Cheeks (by Lady Gisela)
- The Liar Who Didn't Deserve To Be Mentioned (by Sophie)
- Councillor Not-Her-Mom (by Sophie)
- The Councillor Who Didn't Deserve Sophie's Time (by Sophie)
- Councillor Lyingcurls (by Sophie)
- The Councillor That Sophie Wished Wasn't There (by Sophie)
- Ora (by Kenric)
Oralie gave Kenric's cache to Sophie and became her contact with the Council while Sophie was living with the Black Swan. She was demoted to pointless tasks for the council because she gave Sophie Kenric's cache without the Council's permission, but as of Legacy, she seems to be off probation. She gave Exillium the funding it needed, and she also implemented other changes, such as Exillium Coaches and Waywards using their names, and masks and hoods becoming optional. Both Sophie and Fitz have access to her Imparter.
She knows quite a bit about the Black Swan, and out of all the Councillors, currently has the most personal connection with Sophie. This is shown particularly in Neverseen, Lodestar, and Legacy, during the various times that Sophie shares secrets with her and she helps Sophie out. In Lodestar, she arranges a meeting for Mr. Forkle and Sophie with Gethen. She also tries to save Mr. Forkle's life after he is seriously injured by Gethen and stays with him when he died. She seems to feel guilty for his death and says that it was her fault, which the other Mr. Forkle denied–although he implies that Oralie blames herself for Kenric's death. In Legacy, Oralie is one of Sophie's Councillor contacts for Team Valiant, along with Councillor Bronte.
Oralie helps Sophie fix her enhancing with a countdown exercise, and she is revealed to be Sophie's biological mother. During the last chapter of Legacy, she offers to open her cache to discover information on stellarlune to pull Keefe out of his coma, which Sophie reluctantly accepts.
Councillor Kenric seemed to have a crush on Oralie, though it seemed to be very one-sided. Sophie often suspected that they were in love, but couldn't be publicly involved or they would have had to step down as Councillors. Fallon Vacker implied that he once told Oralie to step down from the Council and choose her love over her job, but she didn't listen until it was too late and regretted her decision. In Unlocked, it is revealed that Kenric tried to convince Oralie to resign with him but she refused, and that he knew about Project Moonlark, but wiped Oralie's memory so that she didn't know that he knew.
Throughout the series, Sophie and Oralie work together quite often, from official projects to breaking major laws. Oralie is Sophie's favorite member of the Council, because she often take her side and is caring towards her.
In Legacy, it is revealed that Sophie is Oralie's biological daughter. Because of this, Sophie resents Oralie both for donating DNA to the Black Swan and for keeping it a secret, since it makes her Unmatchable, which means she and her eventual children will be shunned by their peers if she chooses to marry. She treats Oralie as if she was only her DNA donor. Oralie and Sophie work together to open Kenric's cache in Unlocked, but the two of them are still not on good terms. Oralie tries to apologize to Sophie several times, claiming the teen will understand her later, as it was her only way to conceive, because she chose a career that forbid her from doing so without toppling the order of the world.
Oralie and Bronte are friends. They both support Sophie and they are both Councillors. In Legacy, Bronte tells Sophie not to look for her biological parents and this may be because he knows Oralie's secret and is trying to help her. Oralie and Bronte are also very snarky to each other in a way that neither of them are with other characters.
- The name Oralie means golden or light of the sun.
“Things feel so much bigger when you're young. So much more absolute. But... love isn't as black-and-white as you believe it to be. It comes in many colors and many forms.”
“I feel a lot of confusion. But I've never felt so much sincerity. And there's something else....”
“Sometimes rebellion is the only course of wisdom.”
“We have been playing both sides for far too long. Convincing ourselves that we're above the problems plaguing the other intelligent species, all while attempting to prepare for any worse-case scenarios - though rather convoluted methods, I'll admit. We wanted to believe that we're superior. We are, in certain ways. But... I can't help wondering if things would be different right now if we'd simply accepted from the beginning that the power we have is both out greatest asset and our largest vulnerability.”