Soren and Gylfie met at St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls, or St. Aggie's, and became best friends. With the help of Grimble, an imperfectly moon-blinked Boreal Owl, they learned how to fly. When they escaped St. Aggie's, they went to the Kingdom of Ambala and met Twilight, a lone Great Gray. The three set off towards to find out if Soren and Gylfie's family were alive. While in the desert of Kuneer, Gylfie's home, they met Digger, a Burrowing Owl. The four stuck together and journeyed to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree.
Gylfie: The navigator of the band, a female elf owl, the smallest owl species. She is said to be the best navigator since Strix Struma. She is also Soren's best friend, and is considered the smartest.
Twilight: The warrior of the band, a male great gray owl. He is the largest and most physically powerful of the band. He had been orphaned just before hatching and managed to survive and home-school himself, in what he called "the Orphan School of Tough Learning."
Digger: The tracker of the band, a male burrowing owl. His family had been killed by a St. Aggie's patrol in the desert of Kuneer. He has been said to be the best tracker of the tracking chaw. He is the most philsophical of the band.