Hipola is a midwife who lives and serves the village of Lysia. She is about forty-five years old and is the only healer between Ankar and Kurelen, on the southern side of the Iron River. She is often called upon to heal common injuries.

Hipola appears ancient and crone-like in the novels. Hilurin have a very short lifespan compared to other races in Nemerl, and age quickly after about 22.

Hipola is described as wearing an apron, "wizened", and having "fuzzy, iron-gray hair about her face". In Mariner's Luck, Scarlet later describes her as spiteful.