Darkover Landfall was first published in December 1972, by DAW Books, with cover art by Jack Gaughan. It was the seventh Darkover book to be published. In the chronology of the series, this is the first book.
A Terran colony ship crash-lands on an uncharted planet far off its original course.
- Rafael MacAran: a colonist aboard the crashed starship, geologist.
- Camilla Del Rey: navigator and first officer of the starship.
- Judith Lovat: dietetist, mates with a chieri.
- Harry Leicester: captain of the starship.
- Ewen Ross: medical doctor on first exploration trip. Heather's fiancée.
- Heather Stuart: microbiologist on first exploration. Ewen's fiancée.
- Marco Zabal: a xenobotanist, in middle thirties.
- Lewis MacLeod: zoologist, veterinary specialist.
- Mr. Moray: the representative of the Earth Expeditionary, a colonist.
- A chieri, mates with Judith Lovat.
- Doctor di Asturien, chief medical officer.
- Laurence Patrick, chief engineer.
- Janice, a colonist and member of the New Hebrides Commune.
- Major Frazer, anthropologist of the starship.
- Margaret Raimondi, nurse.
- Alastair, a colonist of the New Herbrides Commune.
- Fiona MacMorair, a colonist of the New Hebrides Commune.
- Danforth, security officer.
- Marcia Cameron
- Major Layton
- Eloise, a communications officer.
- Alanna, a colonist of the New Hebrides Commune, p. 135: "Alastair's girl".
- Ruth Fontana
- Laura, a colonist.
- Domenick, a colonist, studied geology for work in the Phi Coronis Delta colony.
- Mhari, Rafael and Camilla's youngest daughter, born some 14 years after landfall, fostered to Heather Stuart and Ewen Ross.
- Lori Lovat, Judith Lovat and the chieri's daughter.
- Harry, propably the son of Fiona MacMorair and Captain Leicester, one of the first children born on Darkover, beget during the first Ghost Wind.
- Alanna, one of the smaller children.
- several trailmen in the woods.
Characters only mentioned, not actually appearing in the story Edit
- Jenny MacAran, Rafael MacAran's only sister, died in the ship crash.
- The Third Officer, died 20 minutes after the impact of the crash.
- Seven children of Camilla Del Rey who had survived the terrible famine winter, two eldest and two youngest (youngest being Mhari) of them Rafael's, the three middle ones fathered by Ewen Ross, Lewis MacLeod and one other, unknown to even Camilla herself.
- Seven children of Heather Stuart, only one of which had lived more than a month after birth.
- Children of Rafael by three other women.