Ykka is the leader of the underground comm of Castrima, an untrained orogene who has given herself the use-name “Rogga.” An intimidating woman with Sanzed features and fierce eyes, Essun immediately notes that Ykka is wearing dark eyeliner even in the middle of a Fifth Season, as she is the first to confront Essun, Hoa, and Tonkee when they reach the comm. Ykka is able to use her orogeny in a mysterious way that draws both fellow orogenes and stone eaters to her, which is why so many of both have been converging at Castrima. Ykka has the difficult job of both leading a comm during a Season and adapting to Castrima’s unique environment, but she is clearly a strong woman and though Essun doesn’t yet trust her, she does respect her.
Ykka Rogga Castrima Character Timeline in The Fifth Season
The timeline below shows where the character Ykka Rogga Castrima appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15: you’re among friends
...human teeth they are faceted like crystals. The woman’s teeth look similar but are transparent. Ykka suddenly steps forward and addresses the stone eater woman, telling her to stop. Essun then... (full context)
Chapter 18: you discover wonders down below
Chapter 21: you’re getting the band back together
...of failure and aimlessness, even harder now than when she lost control in front of Ykka. Again, she chastises herself for daring to think that she mattered, but she also remembers... (full context)