Kunyua is described as a dark, dusky grey, darker than Himarta, sprinkled and spotted as all Marozi are. Her eyes are described as "so dark as to almost match the obsidian of the mountains themselves, threaded but faintly with flashes of brilliant gold when the right light caught them".
Kunyua's is described as sure and without insecurity. She carries herself with the imperiousness of Pride Leader, which she is slated to be in the future.
She and a male named Tamba return from a hunting trip. During the walk, they discuss happenings between themselves and the Ujiti Pride. She reveals that the leader of the Ujiti pride, Kondo, is to blame for the sickness and imminent death of her father Shindano.