History Characters / ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath

7th Jul '16 7:55:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}} -- he would be dead otherwise. He’s been dodging assassins for years now--the longest open contract for the Shadow Guild, which has actually declared that they will take no more contracts in the Kencyrath because of him. He's also the most skilled practitioner of the wind-blowing Senethar in the series, even better at it than Jame.



* {{Badass}} -- defeating a changer by himself with minimal effort pretty much automatically solidifies you here.
7th Jul '16 7:54:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMentor-- to Jorin, actually, having taught him to hunt and otherwise provide for himself when Jame isn't around to do it for him.



* TheObiWan -- to Jorin, actually, having taught him to hunt and otherwise provide for himself when Jame isn't around to do it for him.

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* TheObiWan -- to Jorin, actually, having taught him to hunt and otherwise provide for himself when Jame isn't around to do it for him.



* TheMentor-- mostly in backstory, but as Jame's mentor, sensei and surrogate parent he fits this trope to a T, [[spoiler:including dying tragically in an ObiWanMoment at the end of book 2, ''Dark of the Moon'']].



* TheObiWan -- mostly in backstory, but as Jame's mentor, sensei and surrogate parent he fits this trope to a T, [[spoiler:including dying tragically in an ObiWanMoment at the end of book 2, ''Dark of the Moon'']].

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* TheObiWan -- mostly in backstory, but as Jame's mentor, sensei and surrogate parent he fits this trope to a T, [[spoiler:including dying tragically in an ObiWanMoment at the end of book 2, ''Dark of the Moon'']].
21st May '16 12:46:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil
1st Jan '16 7:50:45 PM Sheliak
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* GivenNameReveal -- in-story, if not to the reader. For the first four books she spends in the Kencyrath, people constantly call her “Jameth”, despite her attempts to correct them to “Jame”. Although this annoys her, she doesn’t tell them what her full name is for more than a year in-universe, because she thinks it would cause too much trouble. Only when she graduates from Tentir--and thus has a place among the Kencyrath that she can live with--does she use her full name.



* RoofHopping

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* RoofHoppingRoofHopping -- her preferred method of travel in cities.



!!!Cattila, Caineron Matriarch
Caldane’s great-grandmother, who has no particular patience for him and is involved in schemes of her own.
* BondCreature -- she is soul-bonded to a swarm of foxkin.
* PalsWithJesus -- she is a co-conspirator of the Earth Wife and addresses her by first name, although as an obligate monotheist she probably doesn’t realize exactly what Mother Ragga really is.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior -- she is very tactless and abrupt, and has gotten away with being very rude even to her great-grandson, who she openly holds in contempt. She is probably the only person in the Kencyrath who can get away with insulting Caldane to his face without consequences.


!!!Gorbel, Caineron Heir
One of Caldane's younger sons, Gorbel is not actually expected to inherit his father's position. Rather, he was given the title and sent to the randon academy of Tentir as part of his father's efforts to destroy Jame. He takes randon training seriously, however: for an extra son with no realistic chances of inheriting and no power base, the standing of an officer is his one way out from under his father’s thumb.
* BondCreature -- his pook (native Rathillien tracking dog with a strong resemblance to a dustmop) seems to be bound to him, although he has yet to explore the talent.
* DuelToTheDeath-- his father threatens to disown him unless he challenges Jame to a duel, all the Highborn cadets of his house against all those of hers-- that is, nine against one. He goes through with it, but warns Jame ahead of time so that she can take precautions; nonetheless, both of them almost die.
* HiddenDepths -- despite initial impressions, he has a strong sense of ethics and is every bit as dedicated to becoming a randon officer as is Jame.
* OddFriendship -- he and Jame are different as can be and their families are bitter enemies, but they still end up friends. It helps that they have one very important thing in common: they are both fiercely dedicated to becoming randon, because that is their only way to gain any independance from their lords.
* NotSoDifferent -- as he points out to Jame, they’re both political appointees, unlikely to inherit… and becoming randon officers is their one chance to gain something, a position in the Kencyrath, that their lords can’t take away on a whim. They’re also the two lordan who take their duties seriously and work hard despite not being naturally gifted at all randon disciplines (where Jame is bad with held weapons, Gorbel is simply clumsy).
* TheRival -- subverted; while his father sent him to Tentir to discredit Jame, he instead warms up to her, and only plays up the “rivalry” for his father’s spies.
* TokenGoodTeammate -- of all the Caineron highborn men introduced so far, he’s the best of the lot.
* WellDoneSonGuy -- invoked and averted. When Jame tells him his father would love him if he allowed her to die, he retorts that Caldane loves no one but himself, and bandages her wounds.

!!!Sheth Sharp-Tongue
The Caineron war-leader and the Commandant of Tentir when Jame begins her studies there. Unlike his lord, he is an honorable man.
* BadassLongcoat -- his signature garment and his abilities as a warrior add up to this.
* TheMentor -- to Jame and her fellow cadets. Jame even calls him Senethari once, while sick--a title usually reserved for her beloved teacher Tirandys.
* TakingTheBullet -- he takes an arrow meant for Jame during the first assassination attempt against Randiroc.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure -- he puts aside house loyalties and feuds, and insists that the cadets and instructors at Tentir do the same. In general, he is an honorable man despite serving one of the villains of the series; while he is the Commandant of Tentir, he ''is'' Tentir.
* SinkOrSwimMentor -- he believes that if a cadet (or anyone else, for that matter) is going to break, better it happen at Tentir--especially in the case of a lordan, whose failure later could cost many lives.

!!!Bear
Sheth’s older brother, brain damaged by an injury in the battle of the White Hills, which nearly killed him. Like Jame, he is a “natural Arrin-thari”, a Shanir with claws--in his case, on both hands and feet. Because of the rarity of this trait, he is Jame’s teacher in the use of her claws.
* TheMentor -- despite his current condition, he's the only one who can teach Jame to fight with her claws, and as such she calls him her Senethari.
* WolverineClaws -- enormous claws in both his hands and his feet, which seem to have earned him his name. Unlike Jame's, they're not retractable.



!!!Adric (Lord Ardeth)

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!!!Adric (Lord Ardeth)
!!!Adric, Lord Ardeth



!!!Adiraina (Ardeth Matriarch)

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!!!Adiraina (Ardeth Matriarch)
!!!Adiraina, Ardeth Matriarch
1st Jan '16 7:31:18 PM Sheliak
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* HonorBeforeReason - After telling a lie (for an excellent reason), he ride into battle against the Waster Horde, knowing that only an honorable death will redeem his honor.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild - At a societal level. Because Donkerri's mother died in childbirth, he and his father Nusair are both blacklisted for reproductive contracts. As a result, Caldane considers them both useless.

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* HonorBeforeReason - -- After telling a lie (for an excellent reason), he ride into battle against the Waster Horde, knowing that only an honorable death will redeem his honor.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild - -- At a societal level. Because Donkerri's mother died in childbirth, he and his father Nusair are both blacklisted for reproductive contracts. As a result, Caldane considers them both useless.



* TheExile: Kinzi exiled her from the Women's World for trying to blood-bind Greshan. It hasn't prevented her from becoming the Randir Matriarch, but she still seems to be banished from Gothregor, as she is the one member of the Council of Matriarchs who never visits that keep.

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* TheExile: TheExile -- Kinzi exiled her from the Women's World for trying to blood-bind Greshan. It hasn't prevented her from becoming the Randir Matriarch, but she still seems to be banished from Gothregor, as she is the one member of the Council of Matriarchs who never visits that keep.



* HumanMomNonhumanDad -- Played straight with the son of Rawneth and the changer Keral, Kenan.

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* HumanMomNonhumanDad UnholyMatrimony -- Played straight with the son of averted: Rawneth and the changer Keral, Kenan.equally evil Knorth heir Greshan wished to marry, but were thwarted by the then-Knorth Matriarch Kinzi, who disapproved of Rawneth's ambitions.



* MotherMakesYouKing -- She had Randiroc exiled and her own son Kenan installed as Lord Randir.

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* MotherMakesYouKing -- She she had Randiroc exiled and her own son Kenan installed as Lord Randir.Randir.

!!!Kenan, Lord Randir
* BastardBastard -- there certainly was no contract for his birth… This is the least of the secrets he and his mother are keeping.

* HumanMomNonhumanDad -- his mother is Rawneth, a Randir Highborn woman; his father is a darkling changer named Keral, who left humanity behind some time ago.
* {{Jerkass}} -- what little we’ve seen in him shows him to be an unpleasant and casually cruel man.
* PuppetKing -- possibly. Kenan and his mother usually “speak with one voice”, and the one time he takes action on his own it’s unsuccessful.
* TheUsurper -- Rawneth arranged for him to inherit rather than the rightful heir, Randiroc.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting -- Kenan is a darkling changer, like his father Keral and his daughter Shade. He uses this power to impersonate Hollens Lord Danior while kidnapping Kindrie and trying to assassinate Torisen.



* AssassinOutclassin -- the Bashtiri Shadow Assassins have been trying to kill him for decades now, with a spectacular lack of success. Keep in mind that they are ''invisible.''
* {{Badass}} -- he would be dead otherwise. He’s been dodging assassins for years now--the longest open contract for the Shadow Guild, which has actually declared that they will take no more contracts in the Kencyrath because of him. He's also the most skilled practitioner of the wind-blowing Senethar in the series, even better at it than Jame.
* BondCreature -- the crown jewel-jaws as well as possibly his horse Mirah.
* DarkIsNotEvil -- a Shanir who has to drink blood to survive, and is accompanied everywhere by a swarm of carrion-eating butterflies. He’s also a genuinely nice guy, and his honorable nature contrasts to the usurper Kenan and his mother.



* TheMentor -- he tutors Jame in the wind-bowing Senethar and is the randon who finally helps her start making progress with weapons. He also mentors Gari, who like him has a Shanir bond with swarms of insects.
* MysticalWhiteHair -- his most obvious Shanir trait.
* NobleFugitive -- he lives in the wilderness, on the run from the assassins Rawneth set on him when she got her son made Lord Randir in his place.




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* TheQuietOne -- he rarely speaks, and never so far in complete sentences. Jame attributes this to the many years he's spent almost completely isolated from human company.



* BodyDouble -- takes Randiroc's form to draw attention away from him during an assassination attempt. This is what finally convinces his loyalists among the Randir cadets that she's actually on their side.

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* BodyDouble -- she takes Randiroc's form to draw attention away from him during an assassination attempt. This is what finally convinces his loyalists among the Randir cadets that she's actually on their side.
7th May '15 11:55:01 PM Sheliak
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* TheSoulless -- having entrusted his soul to Ishtier.
* TheUnfettered -- since his soul cannot be affected by his actions, he considers himself free of the demands of Kencyr honor.
16th Mar '15 3:10:22 PM Sheliak
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* ParentalFavoritism -- he treats most of his children as more or less useful tools, but is openly contemptuous of Nusair and adored Genjar to the point where he keeps his death banner in a shrine in his quarters.



* {{Revenge}} -- at one point, he claims to have engineered Ganth's exile in revenge for his father's death in the White Hills. He also wants Tori dead for his part in the death of Genjar, the only one of Caldane's offspring that he actually cared about.



* VainSorceress -- she clearly wants to be this, as she dabbles in magic and hopes to use it to enhance her looks. However, she isn't very good at it.



* HonorBeforeReason - After telling a lie (for an excellent reason,) he ride into battle against the Waster Horde, knowing that only an honorable death in battle will redeem his honor.

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* HonorBeforeReason - After telling a lie (for an excellent reason,) reason), he ride into battle against the Waster Horde, knowing that only an honorable death in battle will redeem his honor.
* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild - At a societal level. Because Donkerri's mother died in childbirth, he and his father Nusair are both blacklisted for reproductive contracts. As a result, Caldane considers them both useless.
26th Feb '15 2:38:54 PM Sheliak
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* MindControl -- Rawneth takes over the bodies of her followers on a regular basis to look through their eyes or speak with their mouths; too much of this, though, and it kills the follower. That part doesn't bother her, though.

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* MindControl AmbitionIsEvil -- Rawneth takes over Rawneth's ambition is her defining characteristic. In her earliest chronological appearance, she wants to blood-bind the bodies of her followers on a regular basis Knorth heir Greshan Greed-heart to look through their eyes or speak with their mouths; too much of this, though, and it kills the follower. That part doesn't bother her, though.or failing that to [[UnholyMatrimony marry him]]. Since then, she's hired assassins to kill her kinsman Randiroc, almost certainly ordered the massacre of the Knorth ladies, and engaged in BlackMagic to advance her interests. It's paid off, too: as Randir Matriarch, mother and close ally of Lord Randir, a powerful sorceress, and the patroness of the Priests' College, she's currently the most powerful woman in the Kencyrath.
* TheChessmaster
* TheExile: Kinzi exiled her from the Women's World for trying to blood-bind Greshan. It hasn't prevented her from becoming the Randir Matriarch, but she still seems to be banished from Gothregor, as she is the one member of the Council of Matriarchs who never visits that keep.



* HumanMomNonhumanDad -- Played straight with the son of Rawneth and Shifter Keral, Kenan.
* TheChessmaster

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* HumanMomNonhumanDad -- Played straight with the son of Rawneth and Shifter the changer Keral, Kenan.
* TheChessmaster
MindControl -- Rawneth takes over the bodies of her followers on a regular basis to look through their eyes or speak with their mouths; too much of this, though, and it kills the follower. That part doesn't bother her, though.
* MotherMakesYouKing -- She had Randiroc exiled and her own son Kenan installed as Lord Randir.



* BodyDouble -- takes Randiroc's form to draw attention away from him during an assassination attempt. This is what finally convinces his loyalists among the Randir cadets that she's actually on their side.



* HeelFaceTurn -- after meeting Randiroc, she switches loyalties from her father and grandmother to him.



* BrotherSisterTeam -- she and her brother Brant are closer allies than any other Lord and Matriarch that we see.

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* BrotherSisterTeam -- she and her brother Brant are closer allies than any other Lord and Matriarch that we see.see, except possibly Rawneth and Kenan.




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* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever -- her feelings for Ganth.
16th Sep '14 1:04:36 PM StFan
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* ColdBloodedTorture -- apparently a hobby of his- the Dark Judge is an example of his handiwork, and Jame would have been if Tirandys hadn't protected her.
* {{Mix-and-Match Critter}} -- as a result of too much exposure to Perimal Darkling's power, he can't hold a single shape for long and generally looks like this.

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* ColdBloodedTorture -- apparently ColdBloodedTorture: Apparently a hobby of his- his -- the Dark Judge is an example of his handiwork, and Jame would have been if Tirandys hadn't protected her.
* {{Mix-and-Match Critter}} -- MixAndMatchCritter: as a result of too much exposure to Perimal Darkling's power, he can't hold a single shape for long and generally looks like this.
5th Sep '14 6:33:53 PM Sheliak
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* BrotherSisterTeam -- she and her brother Brant are closer allies than any other Lord and Matriarch that we see.




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* OnlySaneWoman -- starting in ''To Ride a Rathorn'', most of the Matriarchs become obsessed with getting Torisen to make a contract with a woman of their own House. Antics include pursuing him with parades of women, and ''slipping him an aphrodisiac''. Trishien, who limits her efforts to noting that Kirien is the right age and unattached but might not be happy about such an arrangement, is the only one who manages to avoid alienating him. As a result he trusts and relies on her, as well as seeing her as proof that not all Highborn women are insane. She also recognizes Jame's competence and intelligence when the other Matriarchs are either in denial or trying desperately to control her.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure -- by far the most reasonable of the Matriarchs, towards both Jame and Torisen.
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