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 to find out if Soren and Gylfie's families 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.
Members of the Band
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 of their group.
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 philosophical of the band.