General Atesca was the Melcene commander of the Mallorean forces occupying the Isle of Verkat, when Garion first met him (at the end of King of the Murgos and the beginning of Demon Lord of Karanda). He was described as a tall, lean man, and his uniform was bright scarlet, adorned with numerous medals and decorations. He had once broken his nose in the past, which made him look more like a street brawler than a general in an imperial army. He wore highly polished boots. He had been very firm in his intention to deliver them personally to Zakath, and was polite and strictly correct in all his dealings with them. He carried himself as a very competent military man and commander with little aptitude for small talk.
At the end of Seeress of Kell, Atesca was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of Mallorea, mentioned by Zakath in his letter.