Keyla was a male otter slave who was captive at Fort Marshank. He planned the escape of Martin the Warrior, Brome, and Felldoh, and even slipped them scraps from the kitchen. First, he communicated to Rose by singing out news to her that Brome and Martin were alive, but imprisoned.
When confronted by two vermin, he innocently claimed he was singing an otter charm against sickness. He later had Brome yell for help as if he had the fever, and when the guards plugged their ears, Brome shouted out a message to Rose.
Keyla, Barkjon, and Hillgorse were the ringleaders of the rebellious slaves. When the other slaves later escaped with the aid of Felldoh and the Rambling Rosehip Players, he sacrificed his own chance at freedom to assist the younger and older ones. This later saved Brome and the other slaves' lives, as Keyla was the only one strong enough to dig them through their collapsed escape tunnel. He was one of the few witnesses to Felldoh's death.
Keyla fought in one of the many battles against Badrang the Tyrant; he and Tullgrew took charge of the sling throwers, and he was wounded in the tail. After the war concluded, Keyla took residence in Noonvale along with the Rambling Rosehip Players and freed slaves of Marshank.
Keyla was close friends with Barkjon, Felldoh, and Tullgrew, along with many other slaves, and was known to have a deep voice.
Keyla was cheerful and irrepressible- always looking at the bright side and cracking jokes. He was resourceful and quick-thinking. He hated Badrang and his slavery, and would do anything to end it, though probably not go to the extreme that Felldoh went.
- "We know what it's like to live as a slave under Badrang's tyranny. It's not life- it's livin' death!" -Keyla, upon co-founding the Fur and Freedom Fighters