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30th Oct '17 10:13:23 AM CrystalGlacia
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A 'first-gen' Rivari, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Has a lover/husband/king consort in the form of Ylazir.

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A 'first-gen' Rivari, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid longtime human ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Uduinya. Has a lover/husband/king consort lover/husband in the form of Ylazir.



* CoolSword: The famous blade that she used to slay Uduine, eldest and mightiest of the dragon-queens, is solid iron, a potent silotoxicant to stop Uduine's aither-wielding in its tracks. The iron is so pure it took her years to build enough resistance to even hold it.

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* CoolSword: The famous blade that she used to slay defeat Uduine, eldest and mightiest of the dragon-queens, is solid iron, a potent silotoxicant to stop Uduine's aither-wielding in its tracks. The iron is so pure it took her years to build enough resistance to even hold it.



* TheHighQueen: She became queen in the traditional draconic way because she felt the dragon queendoms were being left behind, turned into a backwards curiosity. From all of her experience working with (and sometimes overthrowing) monarchies and governments, she hopes to maybe pass what she's learned and her queenly demeanor onto the other Cephasti dragon-queens.



* LadyOfWar: In addition to being a MasterSwordswoman, the world likes to paint her as this, owing to the fact that she managed to slay an enormous, eons-old queen dragon with nothing more than an iron sword, one of the only known people to do so. She, on the other hand, doesn't think she would have won had the dragon not had what basically amounted to a death wish, and the world also tends to forget that she came out of the fight with some injuries that turned out to be unpleasant enough to make her wish she was dead.

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* LadyOfWar: In addition to being a MasterSwordswoman, the world likes to paint her as this, owing to the fact that she managed to slay defeat an enormous, eons-old queen dragon with nothing more than an iron sword, one of the only known people to do so. She, on the other hand, doesn't think she would have won had if the dragon not had what basically amounted wasn't trying to a death wish, let her win, and the world also tends to forget that she came out of the fight with some injuries that turned out to be unpleasant enough to make her wish she was dead.
8th Aug '17 11:23:38 AM CrystalGlacia
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Being of a non-Earthen, Aitherionian ethnicity (and a historical one, to boot), this is a given; he often passes for mixed Middle Eastern or very tan "Italian-ish" on Earth.
* BadassLongRobe: He has several black cashmere cloaks with fancy silver clasps and chains that he'll happily show off whenever he's in combat dress and when it's cold, which, since he gets cold easily, is quite often.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Being of a non-Earthen, Aitherionian Rietessian ethnicity (and a historical one, to boot), this is a given; he often passes for mixed Middle Eastern or very tan "Italian-ish" on Earth.
* BadassLongRobe: AmbiguouslyEvil: He married a former EvilOverlord but doesn't actually seem to disapprove of Lily's actions, has several black cashmere cloaks a conspicuously large number of characteristics commonly associated with fancy silver clasps villains, and chains that he'll happily show off whenever has been legitimately considered by some in-universe to be an EvilOverlord. But nothing he actually does ''seems'' particularly evil- many of his major actions (wanting to save his infant sons at all cost, enacting a slave rebellion) can legitimately be cited as ChronicHeroSyndrome, and he's in combat dress and when it's cold, which, since he gets cold easily, is quite often. pretty nice, even if you try to kill him.



* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Subverted, as he didn't stop aging until he reached his species' equivalent of human biological age mid-forties. He actually seems to prefer it this way.
* MadScientist: While he's far more subdued in terms of personality and actively takes measures to not look like one, it's worth noting that at no point does he see anything wrong with [[GuineaPigFamily conducting gene splicing experiments on his and Lily's leftover embryos]].

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* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Subverted, as he didn't stop aging until he reached his species' equivalent of human biological age mid-forties. He actually seems to prefer it this way.
way, graying hair, arthritic knees, and all.
* MadScientist: While he's far more subdued in terms of personality and actively takes measures to not look like one, an unkempt academic, it's worth noting that at no point does he see anything wrong with [[GuineaPigFamily conducting gene splicing experiments on his and Lily's leftover embryos]].



* HumanoidAbomination: Fae are able to take on the traits of those around them supposedly to help endear them to others, but she makes sure to spend most of her time around Rivari and her husband, so that she seems creepier to humans. It also doesn't help that her true form is based off of a praying mantis.

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* HumanoidAbomination: Fae are able to take on the traits Combined with her lack of those around them supposedly to help endear them to others, but morals and general faean sensibilities, she makes sure uses an inhumanly perfect {{Glamour}} to spend most of hide her time around Rivari and true form, which is, to quote her husband, so that she seems creepier to humans. It also doesn't help that her true form is based off "reminiscent of a praying mantis.mantid", which is not the same thing as looking ''like'' a mantid. When displeased, you might hear her mandibles clicking from behind her disguise.



* NightmareFetishist: Coos over nasty-looking lifeforms that she thinks would be cool to dissect.



* VillainOfAnotherStory: Her defeat and exile from Aitherion took place long before she met Vince.

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: Her defeat and exile from Aitherion Rietes took place long before she met Vince.



The Rivari are an immortal humanoid species found all over Aitherion. Nearly everything about them was seemingly created with servitude in mind, a role that they have played with legendary precision since before recorded history. Their biology, invulnerability, and use of sorcery are unlike anything else the world has seen, but amnesia of the worst sort, a strong psychological need to serve and obey orders, and the inability to utilize lethal force against sapient life prevents them as a whole from having much of a culture or being more than an auxiliary to human societies.

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The Rivari are an immortal humanoid species found all over Aitherion.Rietes. Nearly everything about them was seemingly created with servitude in mind, a role that they have played with legendary precision since before recorded history. Their biology, invulnerability, and use of sorcery are unlike anything else the world has seen, but amnesia of the worst sort, a strong psychological need to serve and obey orders, and the inability to utilize lethal force against sapient life prevents them as a whole from having much of a culture or being more than an auxiliary to human societies.



* FacialMarkings: All Rivari who are currently in or have gone through their oaths have a natural mark that is as dark as fresh henna paste around their right eye, a circle with outstretched rays like a stylized depiction of the sun. Children are born unmarked and gain the initial circle upon swearing their first oath of servitude, which will contain up to fifty rays, each of which represents a single person that they have served as a highly-visible method of advertising their experience. Rivari who continue serving beyond that fifty will gain more circles ticked with more rays, connected to the previous in a chain that wraps around the side, back, and top of the head.

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* FacialMarkings: All Rivari who are currently in or have gone through their oaths have a natural mark that is as dark as fresh henna paste around their right eye, a circle with outstretched rays like a stylized depiction of the sun. Children are born unmarked and gain the initial circle upon swearing their first oath of servitude, which will contain up to fifty rays, each of which represents a single person that they have served as a highly-visible method of advertising their experience. Rivari who continue serving beyond carrying out oaths past that first fifty will gain more circles ticked with more rays, connected to the previous in a chain that wraps around the side, back, and top of the head.



* ScarsAreForever: This is quite literal with them and also averted- any injuries inflicted upon them that would leave physical scars will do so permanently if they're inflicted by their oath-holder, and their oath-holder alone. Any other injuries as well as holder-inflicted ones that they are ordered to heal will do so without a trace.



* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Without close inspection, it can be difficult to tell male and female Rivari apart if they haven't retired yet- their facial features tend towards the gender neutral, their builds and heights can be all over the board[[note]]ergo, men aren't necessarily more likely than women to be taller or more muscular[[/note]], women's hips stay relatively narrow until they bear children, and their breasts are small or even mostly flat unless they're pregnant or nursing.

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* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Without close inspection, it can be difficult to tell male and female Younger Rivari apart if they haven't retired yet- tend to look rather androgynous during the first several centuries of their lives. Their facial features tend towards the gender neutral, their builds and heights can be all over the board[[note]]ergo, men aren't necessarily more likely than women to be taller or more muscular[[/note]], women's hips stay relatively narrow until they bear children, and their breasts are small or even mostly flat unless they're pregnant or nursing.



* TheNeedless: Rivari over the age of three do not actually require oxygen, physical nourishment, or rest (outside of the required twelve hours per three days) to survive. Not having any of these things is not going to prevent them from carrying out any orders. If you had a Rivari sworn to you and never allowed them to eat or sleep outside of their required twelve hours per seventy-two, and ordered them to some kind of physically or mentally demanding work (that they understand and know how to do) for sixty hours straight with no breaks, they'll do it no problem. But if they wanted to do that work by themselves with no order forcing them, they're going to have trouble without daily food and nightly rest.

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* TheNeedless: Rivari over the age of three do not actually require oxygen, physical nourishment, or rest (outside of the required twelve hours per three days) to survive. Not having any of these things is not going to prevent them from carrying out any orders. If you had a Rivari sworn to you and never allowed them to eat or sleep outside of their required twelve hours per seventy-two, and ordered them to do some kind of physically or mentally demanding work (that they understand and know how to do) for sixty hours straight with no breaks, they'll do it no problem. But if they wanted to do that work by themselves with no order forcing them, they're going to have trouble without daily food and nightly rest.



* TimeAbyss: Some of the oldest Rivari fit this trope more strongly having been out of mandatory servitude for a major portion of their lives. Fifty oaths of servitude can take at least a millennium, while the oldest are tens of thousands of years old, predating the advent of agriculture in Aitherion. Adult Rivari generally look no older (or younger) than a human around their early/mid thirties.

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* TimeAbyss: Some of the oldest Every single Rivari fit this trope more strongly having been out of mandatory servitude for a major portion of their lives. Fifty oaths of servitude that has ever lived in the last several millennia is either still walking Rietes, or can take at least a millennium, while the oldest are tens of thousands of years old, predating the advent of agriculture in Aitherion.walk it again. Adult Rivari generally look no older (or younger) than a human around their early/mid thirties.



* BaldWoman: She shaved her [[RapunzelHair longer-than-her-height length]] hair off after she was released from prison, during which her hair became heavily matted and dirty, then decided to keep it shaved when she found her marks wrapping around the side and back of her head and decided to show them off. This is also coupled with the fact that she took to the road soon after her release and simply didn't want to mess around with keeping hair clean. She even went so far as to have a treatment done so it can't ever grow back.

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* BaldWoman: She shaved her [[RapunzelHair longer-than-her-height length]] hair off after she was released from prison, during which her hair became heavily matted and dirty, then decided to keep it shaved when she found her marks wrapping around the side and back of her head and decided to show them off. This is also coupled with the fact that she took to the road soon after her release and simply didn't want to mess around with keeping hair clean. She even went so far as to She's become something of a cultural symbol among Rivari girls- it's not uncommon for Rivari women who have a treatment done so it can't ever grow back. just finished their first run of fifty oaths to shave their heads because of her.



* TimeAbyss: As a first-generation Rivari, she's several tens of thousands of years old. She remembers serving the first kings during a time when writing didn't exist yet, and being a hunter-gatherer.

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* TimeAbyss: As a first-generation Rivari, she's several tens of thousands of thousand years old. She remembers serving the first kings during a time when writing didn't exist yet, and being a hunter-gatherer.



* BadassGay: He's one of the most skilled aither-fighters in the castle, and cares very much for his husband, to the point that they even enjoy cuddling.

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* BadassGay: He's one of the most skilled aither-fighters in the castle, and cares very much for likes tucking himself into his husband, to the point that they even enjoy cuddling.husband's arms.



* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Subverted; at the time of the Cline siblings' conceptions, PhysicalGod Vince was undoubtedly more nonhuman than the [[TheFairFolk faean]] Lily, but since he wasn't born with his abilities and it hadn't altered his reproductive cells, all of his children ended up inheriting their most obviously nonhuman qualities from their mother. Yet their father's societal and historical status is very well-known in Aitherion.

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* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Subverted; at the time of the Cline siblings' conceptions, PhysicalGod Vince was undoubtedly more nonhuman than the [[TheFairFolk faean]] Lily, but since he wasn't born with his abilities and it hadn't altered his reproductive cells, all of his children ended up inheriting their most obviously nonhuman qualities from their mother. Yet their father's societal and historical status is very well-known in Aitherion.Rietes.
15th Jul '17 12:48:16 PM Malady
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* KaleidoscopeEyes: A common trait in general with half-fae- when they're trying to intimidate or otherwise become displeased with another person, their eyes may look more intensely blue, red, or purple to the person in question, [[DeathGlare as though they're trying to curse the person]]. The rest of the time, their eyes are more subdued.

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* KaleidoscopeEyes: MoodRingEyes: A common trait in general with half-fae- when half-fae. When they're trying to intimidate or otherwise become displeased with another person, their eyes may look more intensely blue, red, or purple to the person in question, [[DeathGlare as though they're trying to curse the person]]. The rest of the time, their eyes are more subdued.
16th Dec '16 3:40:26 AM Morgenthaler
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21st Oct '16 9:33:59 PM nombretomado
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* BritishAccents: East London, better known as Cockney, just like their mother.
21st Aug '16 6:41:01 PM CrystalGlacia
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* BadassLongRobe: He has several black cashmere cloaks with fancy silver clasps and chains that he'll happily show off whenever he's in combat dress and when it's cold, which, since he gets cold easily, is quite often. The 'combat dress' part is important, since none of his outerwear belonging to fashions after 1900s Europe extends past the middle of his thigh, and he still uses his cloaks to help him with midair movement.

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* BadassLongRobe: He has several black cashmere cloaks with fancy silver clasps and chains that he'll happily show off whenever he's in combat dress and when it's cold, which, since he gets cold easily, is quite often. The 'combat dress' part is important, since none of his outerwear belonging to fashions after 1900s Europe extends past the middle of his thigh, and he still uses his cloaks to help him with midair movement.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: And ''how''; from a mild-mannered chef (Outpost) to a HumanoidAbomination. He unfortunately succumbed to something of a motivationless DorkAge for a few years, before his writer finally got her act together and realized that his multitude of powers and immortality are not [[BoringInvincibleHero auto-character killers]].

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: And ''how''; from a mild-mannered chef (Outpost) to a HumanoidAbomination. He unfortunately succumbed to something of a motivationless DorkAge for a few years, before his writer finally got her act together and realized that his multitude of powers and immortality are not [[BoringInvincibleHero auto-character killers]].



* RenaissanceMan: Being an immortal on Earth gives you a lot of time to learn new things.

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* RenaissanceMan: Being an immortal on Earth gives you He's studied a lot of time to learn new things. things over his life. Art, social sciences, engineering, chemistry, physics, philosophy, genetics, and anatomy, including trades such as navigation, smithing, printing, and farming.



* VillainousCheekbones: Looks like 'a Disney villain brought to life'. The Onakalis got their special sorcery techniques in a contract with a birdlike creature, resulting in the family looking, well, birdlike.

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* VillainousCheekbones: Looks like 'a Disney Has a very thin face with prominent cheekbones, and has been perceived, at several points in his life, as part of an evil faction (the Onakalis) or as a budding villain brought to life'. The Onakalis got their special sorcery techniques in a contract with a birdlike creature, resulting in the family looking, well, birdlike.
himself.



* PlayingWithFire / AnIcePerson: Her preferred use of sorcery revolves mostly around temperature; fire is usually her preference, which is what got her into hot water with her colony's elders.

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* PlayingWithFire / AnIcePerson: Her preferred use of sorcery revolves mostly around temperature; fire is usually her preference, which is what got her into hot water with her colony's elders.



* OnlyOneName: Rivari have no memories of their familial ties and most oath-holders will give them only a single name, which they will proceed to forget if the oath is ended. If they need a surname for whatever reason, they may (if they're allowed) take their holder's family name or the name of their holder's estate ('Soandso of [place]'). Retired Rivari generally make up a name.
* TimeAbyss: Some of the oldest Rivari fit this trope more strongly having been out of mandatory servitude for a major portion of their lives. Fifty oaths of servitude can take a millennium or more, while the oldest are tens of thousands of years old, predating the advent of agriculture in Aitherion. Adult Rivari generally look no older (or younger) than a human around their early/mid thirties.

!! Iris Dirchovic of Uduinya

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* OnlyOneName: Rivari have no memories of their familial ties and most oath-holders will give them only a single name, which they will proceed to forget if the oath is ended. If they need a surname for whatever reason, they may (if they're allowed) take their holder's family name name, or the name of their holder's estate ('Soandso of [place]').there may be regional rules about Rivari naming. Retired Rivari generally make up a name.
* TimeAbyss: Some of the oldest Rivari fit this trope more strongly having been out of mandatory servitude for a major portion of their lives. Fifty oaths of servitude can take at least a millennium or more, millennium, while the oldest are tens of thousands of years old, predating the advent of agriculture in Aitherion. Adult Rivari generally look no older (or younger) than a human around their early/mid thirties.

!! Iris Dirchovic Halin "Iris" Dukoriven of Uduinya



A 'first-gen' Rivari, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Iesukre, Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Has a lover/husband/king consort in the form of Ylazir.

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A 'first-gen' Rivari, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Iesukre, Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Has a lover/husband/king consort in the form of Ylazir.



!! Aunrei Mossard of Boreas

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!! Aunrei Mossard Mossad of Boreas



!! Doctor Ylazir Dirchovic-Suoyval of Notus (formerly Lazzaro)

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!! Doctor Ylazir Dirchovic-Suoyval Tsadro Oriyand of Notus (formerly Lazzaro)Boreas



!!! Threads: Archipelago

A man of similar age to Iris who made a name for himself as a nigh-unstoppable assassin. After eventually tiring of getting run out of town on sight, he moved to Mialor and took up nanoengineering, even scoring a research fellowship at the prestigious University of Torlow and a position at Southwind Nanotechnology. Is currently Iris's lover/husband.

* HappilyMarried: Now that they've had some time away from each other, they've fallen back in love and remarried so they can be a proper queen and king of Cephast.
* ImplacableMan: Not even having his head whacked off will stop him! He did actually gain a Terminator-like status soon after he and Iris fled town.
* LargeHam: Contrasts nicely with Iris's stoicism, and it makes her smile, to boot.
* LosingYourHead: Not long after he and Iris married and she became pregnant with his children, a noblewoman said something untoward about his wife, so he killed the noblewoman and was sentenced to execution by beheading. Even though his head was put on display atop an [[ColdIron iron pike]] and the rest of him was tossed into a mass grave outside the city walls, his body regrew his head only a couple weeks later, no worse for the wear, and he even claimed his partially rotted head as a trophy (and so he could bludgeon the noblewoman's widower to death with it).
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: A doctor of nanoengineering.
* OddFriendship: With [[TheStoic Iris]]. He knows the ''perfect'' amount of excitability and hamminess to make Iris consistently laugh without pissing her off.
* ProudToBeAGeek: He usually spends his extra money on video games, eastern-looking turn-based [=RPGs=], to be exact.
* TimeAbyss: He's lived a similarly long life to Iris and is, by all accounts, in the same generation as her.

!! Tsadro Oriyand of Boreas
!!! Works: The Water Bearer



* NotSoStoic: Tries to project an air of unflappable dignity and efficiency and usually does a damn good job of it around strangers and acquaintances, but completely melts into a different person when alone with his husband and close friends. His facial expressions and emotions are still very subtle, nearly impossible to read, and sometimes even obscured by cultural differences if you haven't been around him long enough to tell them apart.

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* NotSoStoic: Tries to project an air of unflappable dignity and efficiency and usually does a damn good job of it around strangers and acquaintances, but completely melts into a different person when alone with his husband and close friends. His facial expressions and emotions are still very subtle, nearly impossible to read, and sometimes even obscured by cultural differences if you haven't been around him long enough to tell them apart.



* StoutStrength: Notably short for a Rivari (around 5'5"/165cm), yet built like a tree trunk. It's true that Rivari can't kill, but that didn't stop his earliest island chiefs from putting him through martial arts training so he'd be ready for home-front attacks from Porint.
* TattooAsCharacterType: Has a traditional set for a Tefurean chief-tattooist Rivari, with tattoos covering most of his body from the tops of his feet to his neck, and covering his arms to twist around his fingers. The art style is also unlined unlike typical Western tattoos- with the exception of a few on the inside of his arm -and is heavily reliant on shading and color blending like an oil painting.
* TerseTalker: Seems to do this intentionally when he speaks Mialian, which is his second language. He'll ''write'' perfectly normal sentences in Mialian, however, which gives off the implication that he's still dealing with a common problem that people speaking a second language often have. He doesn't have this problem at all when speaking his 'native' language, Oriynyan.

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* StoutStrength: Notably short for a Rivari (around 5'5"/165cm), 5'3"/160cm), yet built like a tree trunk. It's true that Rivari can't kill, but that didn't stop his earliest island chiefs the Tefurean alliance government from putting him him, and every other Rivari over the age of sixteen in Tefurea, through martial arts training some seriously [[TrainingFromHell hardcore military training]] so he'd be ready for home-front attacks from Porint.
* TattooAsCharacterType: Has a traditional set for a Tefurean chief-tattooist Rivari, with tattoos covering most of his body from the tops of his feet to his neck, and covering his arms to twist around his fingers. The art style is also unlined unlike typical Western tattoos- with the exception of a few on the inside of his arm -and tattoos, is heavily reliant on shading and color blending like an oil painting.painting, and chronicles the last several hundred years of Oriynyan history.
* TerseTalker: Seems to do this intentionally when he speaks Mialian, which is his (depending on how one categorizes Tefuric-family languages) either second or fourth language. He'll ''write'' perfectly normal sentences in Mialian, however, which gives off the implication that he's still dealing with a common problem that people speaking a second language often have. He doesn't have this problem at all when speaking his 'native' language, Oriynyan.



* GallowsHumor: Most of his jokes, a habit that developed out of his childhood illnesses and stays in the hospital. He used to use it to bully or harass medical personnel, but now he just uses it to scare people for fun.
3rd Jul '16 4:34:37 PM Discar
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* [[OutsideContextVillain Outside Context Hero]]: Against the mages of [[EldritchAbomination the Eyes and Teeth]], whose schemes did not account for the sheer technological advantages and unity of purpose Aristide and his agents have.


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* TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe: Against the mages of [[EldritchAbomination the Eyes and Teeth]], whose schemes did not account for the sheer technological advantages and unity of purpose Aristide and his agents have.
19th Jun '16 12:38:44 PM CrystalGlacia
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* BecomingTheMask: He's found that acting just a little bit [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentric]] around people can be very useful for an immortal, since it would work as a cover story if he ever accidentally lets something slip about himself that could give him away. How much of this was part of his personality to begin with is not clear.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: [[DownplayedTrope Is apparently 'a bit eccentric', according to some other characters.]] He has a tendency to do weird things to make himself seem less threatening, such as taking a nap in his hayloft, or intentionally invoking FishOutOfTemporalWater with certain remarks ("I used to work at the House of Wisdom...").



* ObfuscatingStupidity: It's not always obvious if he's being genuinely weird and doesn't realize it, is deliberately trying to play up his eccentricities, or is fabricating extra quirks for effect.
15th Jun '16 10:21:45 AM CrystalGlacia
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* HappilyMarried: To Lily. What drew them together initially was the fact that they were both very old- they finally had someone to talk to about those annoying little humans! To this day, they still fancy escaping those mortals together.



* HappilyMarried: To Vince. As mentioned above, he was the first immortal she had spoken to in ages, which quickly made them identify with each other.



* ServantRace: All evidence seems to point to them being purpose-built for servitude- there are a number of very specific rules regarding what they can and can't do, and how built into their oaths. [[HappinessInSlavery Young Rivari especially default to boundless enthusiasm about being the best servants possible.]] Rivari who have not retired yet actively desire servitude and orders from their oath-holder, and will in fact grow restless and even mad without anything to do. They can be ordered or even fully conditioned to love servitude and everything they do for their holder, or, left to their own devices, essentially have many of the same desires as humans.

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* ServantRace: All evidence seems to point to them being purpose-built for servitude- there are a number of very specific rules regarding what they can and can't do, and how built into their oaths. [[HappinessInSlavery Young Rivari especially default to boundless enthusiasm about being the best servants possible.]] Rivari who have not retired yet actively desire servitude and orders from their oath-holder, and will in fact grow restless and even mad without anything to do.if they're not given any orders for a few days. They can be ordered or even fully conditioned to love servitude and everything they do for their holder, or, left to their own devices, essentially have many of the same desires as humans.



* TheNeedless: For all practical purposes, they appear to be this as they don't actually need to breathe (but have learned to imitate it because not breathing makes people uncomfortable), can go up to three nights without sleep (however many sleep every night or take naps out of boredom), and invisibly consume aither in the environment in lieu of food and drink (though many have their favorites and consume food primarily for pleasure).

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* TheNeedless: For all practical purposes, they appear to be this as they don't Rivari over the age of three do not actually need to breathe (but have learned to imitate it because not breathing makes people uncomfortable), can go up to require oxygen, physical nourishment, or rest (outside of the required twelve hours per three nights days) to survive. Not having any of these things is not going to prevent them from carrying out any orders. If you had a Rivari sworn to you and never allowed them to eat or sleep outside of their required twelve hours per seventy-two, and ordered them to some kind of physically or mentally demanding work (that they understand and know how to do) for sixty hours straight with no breaks, they'll do it no problem. But if they wanted to do that work by themselves with no order forcing them, they're going to have trouble without sleep (however many sleep every night or take naps out of boredom), and invisibly consume aither in the environment in lieu of daily food and drink (though many have their favorites and consume food primarily for pleasure).nightly rest.



One of the oldest known Rivari in the world, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Iesukre, Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Has a lover/husband/king consort in the form of Ylazir.

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One of the oldest known Rivari in the world, A 'first-gen' Rivari, a cynical, hardened ex-servant who can't help but care about the humans she's meant to serve. Works as Iesukre, Queen of Uduinya, and is the unofficial humanoid ambassador for all four of the Cephasti dragon-queendoms. Has a lover/husband/king consort in the form of Ylazir.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Vince deliberately chose the Earthen name Henri for him, but in light of out-of-universe changes made to Mialian syllabary, the pronunciation had to be re-transcribed to fit. Not to mention that a lot of people's first instinct is to pronounce 'Henri' like "hen-ree', not the French way that was intended, 'awn-ray'.

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Vince deliberately chose the Earthen name Henri for him, but in light of out-of-universe changes made to Mialian syllabary, the pronunciation had to be re-transcribed into 'Aunrei' to fit. Not to mention that a lot of people's first instinct is to pronounce 'Henri' like "hen-ree', not the French way that was intended, 'awn-ray'.



* BedlamHouse: Was arrested in a less-than-tolerant country and sent to a place that doubled as this and the prison for enemies of the state, which kicked him from 'eccentric but good father and husband' to 'mentally unstable and paranoid PapaWolf'.
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!! Adrian Kunstler
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven
!!! Threads: Castle, Titanic, Archipelago

A former aristocrat who lost every cent of wealth and affluence he had after his first 'death' by execution at the hands of the Nazi party for treason. Following his execution, he awoke from death thanks to Spiritism, somewhere in Daneivis. He believes [[IronicHell his extended life to be largely purposeless]] and/or a karmic punishment, and has been spending much of it since 1945 doing whatever he can to make it more interesting. He eventually becomes one of Katsuo Akamura's bodyguards, having taken the position in the hopes that he might indirectly assist Katsuo in opening the country up so he can escape Daneivis.

* TheBeautifulElite: He looks like an airbrushed magazine model who aged about as gracefully as possible into his fifties. Unfortunately, he's kind of an asshole.
* [[invoked]] ChaoticNeutral: He genuinely gets into things because he thinks it's an interesting way to pass the time, seeing nothing more that can be done with his life.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: He runs into this most often during combat or other situations where he is intending to harm but ends up doing so to too much effect, such as decapitating someone instead of just slitting their throat or strangling them.
* DotingParent: Paid Marla into an academy with a top-level science curriculum, and generally let her do whatever she wanted. [[SpoiledSweet Turned out well.]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: He hasn't been to Earth since before the end of the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar. Since the [=CDTs=] are set in a time that is [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted Like Modern Day Unless Noted]] and the events of ''Shining Over Heaven'' take place in roughly the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2040s (albeit off-Earth)]], [[DownplayedTrope the time difference generally doesn't inconvenience him too much unless someone references something from post-1945]], such as video games.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: When augmented with some well-placed body dynamism, he can easily defeat most mages of up to moderate skill.
* GreenEyes: A pale, misty shade similar to jade; he inherited it from his mother's side of the family, a hint that they may not have been entirely earthborn.
* HatesEveryoneEqually: Spares nobody from his first-impression judgements, regardless of race, sexuality, religion, or what-have-you.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: By the time he awoke as a Spirit, he lost everything and more.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He seems to consider most people that he didn't plan on interacting with to be beneath his notice, and views most relationships in the lens of how they might help him reach his goals with little regard for much else. (This has the result of him not caring that much about race, sex, or religion on a solely practical level.) Some of his relationships occasionally ascend to something close to friendship, where he's actually genuinely nice and looks out for you.
* KnightTemplarParent: With Marla; he [[{{Understatement}} may]] have something to do with the fact that she's never been able to have much more than a professional relationship with other males.
* TheLostLenore: His mistress and later wife Sophia, who died of ovarian cancer.
* MasterOfYourDomain: His preferred application of dynamism- he's used it to augment his strength, harden his body against attack, allow him to move faster, and mask his scent and energy emissions. [[PowerPerversionPotential He also briefly considered using it to 'perform' longer.]]
* NaziNobleman: Subverted; he only joined the party because he thought it would put him in touch with top doctors who might be able to cure his wife's cancer. [[DownerEnding They still couldn't save her,]] so he rebelled, stopped attending party meetings or sending Marla to Hitler Youth, and attempted to pull a [[Film/SchindlersList Schindler]], only to fail miserably.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Still dearly misses money and the feeling of knowing where his next meal will come from.
* TheQuietOne: Doesn't seem to speak much in general, rendering him frustratingly inscrutable to [[BlindWeaponmaster the viewpoint character]] of ''Shining Over Heaven''. He gets more talkative around people he trusts.
* SuperStrength: He seemed abnormally strong as a human, but now that he has access to dynamism, he can perform feats such as decapitating people with his bare hands or ripping doors off hinges.
* WalkingTheEarth: For starters, his advanced biological age and status as a displaced nobleman (evident from his lack of peasant-level skills) generally prevents him from being hired by legitimate employers. In effect, he's kind of a self-employed merchant- he constantly moves around, hunting food for himself and selling the leftovers such as fur and bones for a pittance while he tries to find leads on what could have happened to his daughter.

!! Marla Kunstler
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven, The Water Bearer
!!! Threads: Archipelago, Ren Island

Adrian's (late) adoptive daughter, she died with him in 1945 at the age of 18, taken from her home while she was [[JacobMarleyApparel barefoot and trying on a ballgown]] and shot until dead. She awoke in Aitherion as a ghost and was found by Kyros, who believes that she is in such a state because she was afflicted with Spiritism and her body was incinerated before it could be fully restored.

* CuteGhostGirl: She's cheerful, doesn't want to hurt anybody, and just wants someone to talk to. What's not to love?
* HappilyAdopted: Her birth parents were toymakers; they died in a mysterious, yet [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial completely boring and uninteresting]] workshop fire when she was five.
* JacobMarleyApparel: Barefoot in a dirty, bloodstained dress, with her hair loose.
* ThePollyanna: Having spent most of her eighty years trying to reconcile everything that happened to what she thought was her forever home and forever family alone, she still tries to make friends just so she doesn't go mad and have to be destroyed.
* SenseLossSadness: She hasn't smelled, eaten, or physically felt a thing in eighty years. She seems to have gotten over it by the time her story starts, unless something happens to remind her.
* SpoiledSweet
* WrenchWench: Got into mechanical engineering while tinkering with things around her father's glass factory.
* WomanInWhite / BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: She died in the dress she was going to wear to her academy's senior ball.

!! Daisuke Akamura
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven
!!! Threads: Heist, Chatroom II, Dream, Inn

A cute little [[InsistentTerminology seven-and-a-half]]-year-old from Japan who was abused and manipulated for much of his life by his father, Shinji, until his rescue not long after his eighth birthday. Matt sees Katsuo for who he is and tries to befriend Daisuke to move him away from his grandfather. Loves Manga/AstroBoy, chocolate, and his cats.

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: While he's usually more articulate than your average adult, there are times when he exhibits kid logic when faced with everyday life, fidgets, or mentions something like not knowing how to use the stove, causing one to remember that, oh yeah, he's seven, eight years old.
* CheerfulChild / CreepyChild: He actually is a very cheerful, happy kid, but he can occasionally seem more adultlike than real adults. He also has a tendency to get possessive with his cats.
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Acts a few years younger than he really is to throw people off and get what he wants, but never actually uses it to get anything greater than chocolate or free food.
* IdenticalGrandson: To his grandfather Katsuo, and just as manipulative.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Matt. He thinks Matt is interesting and cool and likes hearing him [[BritishAccents talk]].
* KindheartedCatLover: He loves, loves his grandpa's cat, and it didn't take him long to realize that cuddling a cat makes him look really adorable.
* ThePollyanna: This is a side-effect of his abuse- he was rewarded for behaving like a typical child, as well as acknowledging his unhealthy life as normal. Eventually, he starts to crack in private when Shinji loses his job and starts drinking, forcing the kid to live on cup ramen- because he's too young to use the stove -and dinners bummed off of friends.
* SecurityBlanket: He has an old, peeling Manga/AstroBoy action figure that he got from his grandfather for his fourth birthday, which saw him through child abuse, [[KickTheDog multiple occasions of being thrown in and dug out of the trash]], the death of his beloved grandpa, his father's arrest, moving to America, and, as his story continues, his life through school, college, marriage, and even parenthood. And then he passes it down to his own daughter when ''she'' turns four.
* SweetTooth: Can be bribed with chocolate and blue raspberry-flavored candy.
* StockholmSyndrome: Despite Shinji's abuse, Daisuke still follows his father and ends up believing that everything he does is necessary. When the authorities take his father away and charge him with neglect, Daisuke cries for days, claiming that his dad did nothing wrong, that he hated his grandfather (the one responsible for tipping the police off), and that he was going to kill everyone involved. Which, considering his state of mind, [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior probably wasn't an exaggeration]].
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: He is unfortunately far more cunning than his father thinks.

!! Shinji Akamura
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven
!!! Threads: Heist

Daisuke's father and Katsuo's son, a seemingly boring Japanese high school calculus teacher who does a bit of mercenary work on the side. In Heist, he was held hostage by the team's employer and later returned.

* AbusiveParents: His brand of abuse is emotional in nature, [[MoreThanMindControl using his relationship with Daisuke to manipulate the kid into trusting him]]. But he makes sure never to lay a hand on his son.
* AlcoholicParent: Compared to some of the other abuses he's committed against his son, [[SubvertedTrope this is actually the least of his problems]]- when sufficiently addled, he just [[ParentalNeglect ignores his son]], leaving Daisuke to watch whatever he wants on TV, play video games, and steal his father's laptop.
* BadassInDistress: In Heist.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: [[AbusiveDad A lot]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk to say]] [[BlackSheep the least]].
* CreepyBlueEyes: He has the Akamura eyes, but on him, they just look plain creepy.
* GoodWithNumbers: Teaches calc at a high school in Hokkaido. [[spoiler:Eventually, Katsuo makes him lose his job, resulting in him sinking into depression, alcoholism, and parental neglect that ultimately gets him found out by the authorities.]]
* HiredGuns
* KickTheDog: Has apparently thrown Daisuke's beloved Astro Boy action figure in the trash solely because it was a gift from Katsuo. Multiple times, that is, until Daisuke cut a hole in his mattress and started hiding it in there.
* KnightTemplarParent: He does seem to genuinely love Daisuke, but in unhealthy, abusive ways.
* OverprotectiveDad: A rather dark variation.
* StepfordSmiler: Type C. He varies from an okay dad to fucking nuts, but Katsuo acknowledges that Daisuke is safer with his father in a small Sapporo apartment than either of them are in Daneivis, where they both become ridiculously easy kidnapping targets.

!! The Akamura Brothers
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Largely averted... by the one who survives. It certainly helps that they were never much closer than normal brothers to begin with.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Hiroto self-identifies as Hawaiian and dresses in more Western attire. Katsuo self-identifies as Japanese and generally wears kimonos and yukatas when he can.
* KindheartedCatLover
* LooksLikeCesare: Katsuo a little more, Hiroto a little less.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: They were born in 1760, and only now are they starting to look older.
* SelfMadeMan: They had to start over when Spiritism whisked them from Japan to Daneivis.

!! Hiroto Akamura (formerly Sora)
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven
!!! Threads: University

An older man of Japanese descent who enjoys playing piano and singing at the same time, teaching music, and staying as far away as he can from his 'wife'. Also the younger identical twin of Chancellor of Daneivis Katsuo Akamura and Daisuke's great uncle.

* CoolOldGuy
* FriendToAllChildren: As a teacher, he often invests his emotions into his students, feeling the same level of hurt and disappointment when they aren't doing or feeling well that [[ParentalSubstitute a parent]] would.
* IcyBlueEyes: Well, considering that he's Asian, it's ''maybe'' a little creepy. Good thing he's nice.
* NiceGuy: He's so damn nice even [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Shinji]] genuinely respects and trusts him.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Looks to be at least in his mid-fifties when he turns 65, due in part to his athleticism and the fact that he handles what little stress he has better than his brother.
* PsychologistTeacher: Sometimes literally, due to his other qualifications.
* TheShrink: Type C. He's actually a licensed child psychologist, specializing in adolescents.

!! Katsuo Akamura (formerly Ryu)
!!! Works: Shining Over Heaven
!!! Threads: Dinner Party

Chancellor of the Daneivissian Empire, ex-blacksmith, secret revolutionary, and the patriarch of the Akamura family. Also Hiroto's identical twin brother, the older of the two.

* BatmanGambit: Most of his plans rely on people behaving as he expects them to. Although he feels Shinji is an unfit parent, Katsuo lets him take Daisuke to Earth as he pleases because Daisuke is ''far'' safer in Japan than he is in Daneivis.
* TheDon: Shrewd, ruthless, protective of his family, and primarily interested in maintaining order, all without actually being affiliated with organized crime.
* TheGoodChancellor: Assuming one judges him solely by his political agendas and [[LesserOfTwoEvils compares him to his sovereigns and coworkers]], then he indeed counts.
* KimonoIsTraditional: Makes a point of wearing traditional Japanese dress whenever he can, mostly because in whitewashed, pseudo-MedievalEuropeanFantasy, it makes him stand out.
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: On the subject of how he managed to frame Shinji from beyond the grave and rally the rest of the family against him.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Pretends to be senile and cat-obsessed.
* RightHandCat: When he and his late wife Ami were newlyweds, she brought home a Japanese bobtail. Since then, he has always had a cat descended from that first one, viewing them as an extension of his wife's memory. By the time Matt meets him, he seems to be trying to turn his current cat, Ran, around so he can invoke this trope, but that cat is so friendly and personable that she cuddles with Katsuo's enemies instead.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Most of the time, at least.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: Let's face it, the guy's been through a lot and hasn't had much time to take care of himself. He actually looks somewhere between ten and fifteen years ''older'' than his identical twin.
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