History Characters / DrowtalesVelSharenClan

3rd Nov '16 12:24:17 PM Katsuhagi
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* MysteriousVeil: A lower-face-obscuring veil is part of all of her outfits except when she was a small child, and worn by her Overseers as well.
25th Oct '16 7:52:51 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Slaying her own dragon gave her this reputation in-universe.
** PregnantBadass: Apparently she's three months pregnant and still an active soldier.


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* PregnantBadass: Apparently she's three months pregnant and still an active soldier.
26th Jul '16 5:28:02 AM Harem-author
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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With the Black Sun after the timeskip, to the point that several Sharen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8990 openly resent]] working with them, and apparently Black Sun getting tossed into cells with rowdy Sarghress prisoners by Sharen is a regular enough occurrence to not arouse suspicion.

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With the Black Sun after the timeskip, to the point that several Sharen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8990 openly resent]] working with them, and apparently Black Sun getting tossed into cells with rowdy Sarghress prisoners by Sharen is a regular enough occurrence to not arouse suspicion. [[spoiler: Or at least only token suspicion as a shape-shifted Ariel was questioned in "Black Sun" by the prison guard before being freed.]]
27th Jun '16 7:18:25 PM Randomfan11
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* ArchEnemy: Both Quain'tana and Ash'waren perceive her as this, particularly in Ash'waren's case.

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* ArchEnemy: Both Quain'tana and Ash'waren perceive her as this, particularly in Ash'waren's case.case [[spoiler:since Diva's mother and extended Sharen family was responsible for wiping out most of Ash'waren's clan and forcing them to become Sharen protectorates]].
* TheAtoner: Post timeskip [[spoiler:as Diva]], she seems to be heading down this path, with the guilt of her actions [[spoiler:including her disillusionment and indifference as Empress, her inaction with the tainting Nidraa'chal War, and her unwillingness to kill her daughters when they rebelled against her]] hitting her over the years. In chapter 50 [[spoiler:she plans to make Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta her official heirs and raise them differently so she wouldn't have a repeat of what happened with Snadhya]].



* CurtainsMatchTheWindow

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* CurtainsMatchTheWindowCurtainsMatchTheWindow: Had purple hair along with purple eyes. [[spoiler:Her appearance post-FusionDance with Ragini as Diva had this, too]].



* AFateWorseThanDeath: Sure, [[spoiler:Snadhya and company could have just killed her,]] but decided that [[spoiler:leaving her to die in her throne room was a better option]].
* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Said Fate Worse Than Death her daughters tried to inflict on her. Notably she ''does'' technically die alone after sending Ragini out, but invokes DeathIsCheap via the FusionDance]].
* FinallyFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika was murdered by her own daughters long ago. But her daughters chose to fake her survival for use as a figurehead. When the Sarghress finally conquer Chel, they manage to dig their way into the throneroom and they uncover her mummified corpse, finally offering solid proof of her demise.]]
* FusionDance: ([[spoiler:With Ragini]].

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* AFateWorseThanDeath: Sure, [[spoiler:Snadhya [[spoiler:Snadhya, Sarv, and company Zala could have just killed her,]] but decided that [[spoiler:leaving her to die in her throne room was a better option]].
* DyingAlone: [[spoiler:Said Fate Worse Than Death [[spoiler:The FateWorseThanDeath mentioned above her daughters tried to inflict on her. Notably she ''does'' technically die alone after sending Ragini out, but invokes DeathIsCheap via the FusionDance]].
* FinallyFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika was murdered by her own daughters long ago. But her daughters chose to fake her survival for use as a figurehead. When the Sarghress finally conquer Chel, they manage to dig their way into the throneroom throne room and they uncover her mummified corpse, finally offering solid proof of her demise.]]
* FusionDance: ([[spoiler:With [[spoiler:With Ragini]].



* IHatePastMe: While visiting her corpse, she regrets the many, many bad decisions she's made that led to this point.

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* IHatePastMe: While visiting [[spoiler:the corpse of her corpse, former self]], she has a self-monologue where she regrets the many, many bad decisions she's made that led to this point.



* MeaningfulName: Her shortened name refers to a temperamental and/or haughty woman, which she was [[spoiler:in her former life as Empress before her "death" and FusionDance with Ragini]].



* OlderIsBetter: Essentially the basis of her power, and WordOfGod is that Diva would prefer if she could be a queen like Sharess was and never fully adapted to the system her own rule promoted.

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* OlderIsBetter: Essentially the basis of her power, and WordOfGod is that Diva would prefer if she could be a queen like Sharess was and never fully adapted to the system her own rule (as well as her mother's) promoted.



* PimpedOutDress: What with being an empress.

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** In chapter 50, [[spoiler:she loses all familial love towards Snadhya as she finally recognizes her as the evil, manipulative bitch she is, and switches her favoritism to Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta (especially Sil'lice). She even prays for them to come back safely with Snadhya's head when they spearhead a search for her]].
* PimpedOutDress: What with being an empress. [[spoiler:She wears plainer clothes as "Diva"]].



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As Phani'lath relates, during the last Council [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5568 Diva'ratrika actually left in the middle of it]] even though she was the one who called it, and things went downhill from there. 15 years later many other clans have come to view Diva'ratrika as being indifferent to the affairs of the Empire, since after that incident she stopped appearing publicly for 15 years [[spoiler:which technically wasn't her fault since she was either imprisoned or dead at that point, and the "Diva" who holds a parade is really a double]].

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: As Phani'lath Vel'Sharen relates, during the last Council [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5568 Diva'ratrika actually left in the middle of it]] even though she was the one who called it, and things went downhill from there. 15 Some fifteen years later later, many other clans have come to view Diva'ratrika as being indifferent to the affairs of the Empire, since after that incident she stopped appearing publicly for 15 years [[spoiler:which technically wasn't her fault since she was either imprisoned or dead at that point, and the "Diva" who holds a parade is really a double]].
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* IHatePastMe: While visiting her corpse, she regrets the many, many bad decisions she's made that led to this point.
24th May '16 1:09:31 PM Katsuhagi
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[[folder:Snadhya'rune and her bloodline]]
!!Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen
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[[caption-width-right:350:Pretty much where she is. Always.]]
The eldest Sharen daughter, current headmistress of Orthorbbae and [[spoiler:Mel'arnach's lover, as well as one of the key players in the Nidraa'chal War and the murder of her mother]]. In story she seems to be the closest thing to a BigBad considering how many plot points are related directly or indirectly to her machinations.

* AbusiveParent: [[spoiler:Although she provided Kalki with everything she could ever need, she still saw her more as a tool than a daughter and when she had enough of her antics she killed her in cold blood without any remorse at all]].
* AxCrazy: Although she keeps it contained under a facade of reason, her [[UnstoppableRage outburst]] after she is [[BackStab stabbed]] and sees her blood tells a lot about how much of an animal she is without the veil of civility.
* AmbitionIsEvil: As more and more about her is revealed it seems she's a case of this.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:To DIva'ratrika, big time.]]
* BadSamaritan: If she offers to "help" you, odds are there are ''massive'' strings attached.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: In the trio of herself Zala'ess and Sarv'swati she most obviously fits the brains part, as she tends to work in the background, is the one that Sarv'swati goes to for support and was the mastermind behind the whole [[spoiler:coup d'etat and Nidraa'chal uprising]].
* BigBad: Officially, the story has no such thing, being a setting of GreyAndGrayMorality without any real heroes or villains. However, most of the conflict underlying the plot stems from [[TheManBehindTheMan her manipulations]], and those of her motivations that have been revealed aren't terribly sympathetic in comparison to the sheer number of people that she has betrayed and destroyed.
** [[spoiler: As of the start of chapter 47, it's been confirmed to us and the protagonists that Snadhya'rune is, indeed, the Big Bad]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Not only is she ''currently'' a VillainWithGoodPublicity (although the veneer on that is starting to crack with the public reveal of the PoisonAndCureGambit), but in "The Longest Wait," she was good, as a child, at pretending to be a loyal daughter to Diva, ''after'' being tainted, despite most of Diva's available research on the subject showing that tainting causes its victims to become more, and more violent and insane with time... until she taints two of her other sisters, Zala and Sarv'swati and they combine their efforts to seal Diva in her own tower until she dies. Zala would grow to regret this, at least publicly. Sarv... not so much, until it's too late [[InsaneTrollLogic and then blames Quain'tana for it.]]
* BiTheWay: This is the norm for Drow society, but for a long time, she only expressed interest in other females such as Mel'arnach and her various other students, which is one reason she has no [[spoiler:publicly known]] children. Later events however suggest that this was solely to spite her [[IWantGrandkids mother's desire for grandchildren]]. After [[spoiler:her mother is publicly declared dead]], she takes interest in [[spoiler:a broken Sharen knight, Jiaan, in the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy worst way]] [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul possible]]]].
* BloodUpgrade: [[spoiler:When confronted with the sight of her own blood, Snadhya'rune is enraged to the point that her own guards are too terrified to help her and Mikilu is forced to take cover]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: When Mikilu'ligr finally confronts her about the terrible things she did over the years, including [[spoiler: engineering the Nidra'chaal War and the fall of the Dutan'vir clan]], she just laughs it off as if she heard it before and tells her to get on with killing her again.
* CainAndAbel: To Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta.
* TheCaligula: For a long time presented herself as one of the more rational choices for Empress, and even had Kyo'nne [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8530 call her the only one advocating peace]]. At the Felde conference Snadhya finally lets her true colors show and it becomes obvious that she's even worse than even Sarv'swati.
* TheChessmaster: Big time.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Technically all three Sharen sisters count, but she takes the cake, especially since she betrayed [[spoiler:her mother, Sha'sana, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, the former two's entire bloodlines, ''every civilian who died during the Nidraa'chal War'', the ''entire'' Dutan'vir clan, ''almost every tainted character in the setting'' due to her faulty seeds, and is now apparently willing to turn on Zala]] and probably others we don't know about yet. The male masters at Orthorbbae are also terrified of her, and the Vloz'ress master [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=201 says she's wiped them out before]].
** And unsurprisingly [[spoiler:she seems to have at least publicly thrown Zala under the bus [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7769 as of here]]]].
** Fans are now debating whether [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] has fallen victim to Snadhya's CBD, given how [[spoiler:Snadhya convinced Mel to go back to the Sarghress, and things definitely did ''not'' go according to plan]] and given Snadhya's history, up to an including [[spoiler:matricide]] the bar is already set pretty low.
** Over the TimeSkip, she has been [[spoiler:doing considerable sabotage to the Sharen clan's war efforts in order to balance things out, since she wants each faction to be weakened to the point that she can rule, and until recently, the Sarghress clan was the underdog in the war. Such sabotage includes assassinating the false empress, weakening the clans of Nuqrah'shareh, and very likely being the one behind a mysterious nether resistant summon that defeated the Sharen invaders of Machike]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: With her "proteges" or students whose rare and/or unique abilities made Snadhya'rune take them under her sway and take Felde by force from her rivals. She also attempts to steal the Kyorl clan's "[[{{Telepathy}} Seers]]".
* CondescendingCompassion: [[spoiler:Her attitude towards Ran'diirk's attempt to avenge Diva'ratrika's death. In spite of his attempt to assassinate her, she tries to show him mercy and orders that he not be killed. She calls him a fool that doesn't know any better, tells him to accept that the old guard has fallen, and tells him that everybody else is looking to the future. She also has this attitude towards Mikilu, talking about how tragic it is that the Dutan'vir are so set in their ways]].
* ControlFreak:
** Heavily implied, considering how much she says she hated being controlled by Diva, but also a bit of HypocriticalHumor when you consider [[spoiler:all the trouble she went through to have Kalki without her mother knowing it]].
** It's telling that the first man she shows affection towards is [[spoiler:a guy who was mindraped for weeks to make him subservient to her before "mastering" his Taint, a process that seems to have [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul changed him]] to make him even more loyal to her]].
** Her preferred mates are her own students that she molded into her playthings. She even dresses up Mel similarly to Kalki's "Pets", something [[spoiler:Zhor]] does not fail to notice, which heavily implies that she does not see Mel as an equal.
** Later, in conversation with [[spoiler:Kalki]] Snadhya is clearly displeased by her behavior [[spoiler:stabbing Ariel's hand]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10141 warns her against pushing it further]]. Of course [[spoiler:Kalki]] then ups the ante by [[spoiler:chopping off Ariel's arm]] which suggest Snadhya doesn't have nearly as much control over [[spoiler:her daughter]] as she thinks.
*** This is made explicitly clear shortly thereafter when Snadhya informs Kalki that she was just a tool. [[spoiler:The realization that Kalki apparently won't obey her causes Snadhya to follow up on her threat and kill Kalki]].
* TheCorrupter: Attempts this on Ariel during [[spoiler:the Felde Gathering]]. Thanks to [[spoiler:Kalki's]] interference it doesn't seem to have been successful, much to Snadhya's displeasure.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Pre-tainting had this naturally.
* DealWithTheDevil: She has offered many of these:
** She made this sort of offer to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=449 Kiel's mother]], which was apparently so heinous that Kiel's mom was considering writing to tell the other clan leaders her plans and had the Sharen attack them when they refused.
** Over the timeskip, she approached Kyo'nne about sponsoring her show. Kyo'nne accepted, but it's obvious that there are some massive strings attached. The author even [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4202 lampshades]] the second with a chibi of Snadhya saying how she has [[BlatantLies no sinister motive at all]] behind it.
** [[spoiler:Verthandi is one the Nidraa'chal, but is still ultimately loyal to her clan, the Beldrobbaen. She helps Snadhya'rune and her own clan all at once by giving Waes'soloth an excuse to pull out of the District War. Nevertheless, she does not trust Snadhya'rune not to screw her clan over, and Snadhya'rune's reassurances are completely unconvincing]].
** [[spoiler:At the Felde conference, she unveils her PoisonAndCureGambit, telling the guests that she can save them from their faulty taints. The "cure" involves a SplitPersonalityMerge between the host and their demon seed, effectively changing who they are. At least two of those so treated start becoming very favorable towards Snadhya'rune]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: To Sha'sana [[spoiler:and her mother]].
* DemocracyIsFlawed: [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune views the old Val and caste system as obsolete and to some extent agrees with the Sarghress creed of allowing everyone a chance to prove themselves. But she still wants her own line to rule. It is heavily implied that Snad intends to take advantage of this particular trope, giving drowkind democracy, but one she and her family puppeteers]].
* DevilInPlainSight: The population at large sees her as an enlightened peacemaker. WordOfGod states that despite the sinister signs and her smug, all-knowing demeanour, the people around her do not see it and cannot pinpoint the source of their unease.
* DidntSeeThatComing: It's evident from her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10304 expression]] that [[spoiler:Erelice coming up from behind her and stabbing her]] took her by complete surprise. Likewise, despite her claims to the contrary, it's clear [[spoiler:Kalki's little arm stunt]] was ''not'' on the agenda.
* DivideAndConquer: [[spoiler:One of the Nidraa'chal's biggest tactics. And it's very likely that she's deliberately setting her sisters on each other as well]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Erelice sneaks up on her and stabs her InTheBack as payback for the sadistic torture and execution of her squad]].
* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi: The way she [[spoiler:got Mel's egg to make Kalki]] is an in-universe example of this, since [[spoiler:Mel's egg]] was taken under false pretenses, even if [[spoiler:Mel]] would've consented under normal circumstances. This also adds yet another NotSoDifferent point between Snadhya and Quain.
* EvilCounterpart: Arguably to Quain'tana. Fans have noted a great many similarities between the two, however, as hard as it is to fathom that anyone could be ''worse'' than Quain'tana at running a clan, or being a sentient being in general, Snad has spent considerable effort in doing just that. To wit, while both are horribly abusive parents, Quain'tana will, at least, happily acknowledge any and all offspring that live up to and embody the clan's ideals while Snad will outright ignore any and all accomplishments done in her name, unless the wind blows ''just'' right, and she finds some way to gain glory for herself in the process. Quain only reluctantly killed Syphille, after the latter both came at her with a crossbow and officially challenged her to a duel to the death, and even then, it was arguably a MercyKill, as Syphille was showing symptoms of "demonification," the end stage of tainting. Quain is still bothered by it, post time-skip. Snad killed Kalki with a summon, and didn't look back or even give it a second thought. While Quain may be the one who broke Mel's arms and locked her in a dungeon, for treason (which is arguably the '''minimum''' acceptable sentence, in universe), Snad is the one who put Mel ''in that position'' by convincing her to go give a fake apology to Quain, and then sported a psychotic smirk when the two were reunited. Lastly, while Quain is a very "what you see is what you get" anti-villain in the story, Snad is a full blown BitchInSheepsClothing who hides behind a MaskOfSanity, and is just as dangerous to friend and foe alike, even going so far as to drink a poison specifically designed to cause madness, and death, just to show that a cure exists.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: After the TimeSkip, her eyes have the swirls indicating mastery over her taint. She eventually reveals that the actual demon a victim was tainted by doesn't generally matter. Anyone can achieve this with the right guidance. She uses this as part of a massive PoisonAndCureGambit intended to force her "enlightened" views on everyone and present herself as a savior to the very infection she spread.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She might put on a image of being a civil, polite person but it's only to mask her darker traits and goals.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Given what [[spoiler:Zhor]] says in chapter 46 about the way Snadhya dresses up [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] like one of Kalki's pets, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4094 the imagery Snadhya summons up]], mainly a wolf with a Sharen collar, when talking about the possibility of bringing Ariel in to control her is more than a little suggestive.
* FreudianExcuse: Claims this in regards to [[spoiler:killing her mother and hiding the existence of Kalki]] and says that the "death" of her protector twin Khaless made her crack.
* GetOut: Her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10163 response]] to Kalki [[spoiler:chopping off Ariel's arm]] is to use a summon to fling her against a wall and then tell her this.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Though all drow eyes glow slightly in the dark, especially the tainted, Snadhya's are [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9633 particularly prominent]] in chapter 44.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: ...maybe. She's certainly not a "good girl" by any stretch of the imagination, and Sil'lice [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=15 references]] Snadhya "murdering her children while they are in the womb", but there's quite a bit of debate among fans as to what exactly this means. [[spoiler:Now that we know about Kalki, it's speculated that if she did abort her pregnancies it was some sort of {{plan}}, possibly to throw Diva'ratrika off her's, or even something even more sinister, given what happened to Shinae's baby as a result of her taint]].
* GoodIsOldFashioned: She views the ways of her mother's followers to be old fashioned and tragically self-destructive. She looks down on the Dark Elves for being so averse to tainting and towards the Dutan'vir for being devoted to their duties. She views her cult-like "new" ways as the future for the drow race and has been causing considerable amounts of turmoil to impose them.
* TheHighQueen: Styles herself this way, and in the canon sidestory ''Empress to Be'' she brags about the fact that she'll one day be the Val'Sharess, and it's now been confirmed that her ultimate ambition is to be Empress.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She perceives herself as a peacemaker, despite manipulating most of the conflict in the setting into being. Worse, she claims that Diva, and anyone still loyal to her, deserves to die, or worse, in the cruelest way possible "because she refuses to be a tool." What are the last words she will ever tell her own daughter? "You are just a tool. Tools don't get to make claims."
* HypocriticalHumor: In a conversation with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] she says "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7085 You will need to make peace with]] [[spoiler:Quain'tana]]" this coming from a woman who [[spoiler:murdered her mother]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In Chapter 49, [[spoiler:she tells the Kyorl's new Holy Mother Anahid that everything she did (including committing [[SelfMadeOrphan matricide]] and [[OffingTheOffspring killing her own daughter]]) was so that she can ensure a peaceful future for everyone. Anahid doesn't buy it, especially when she learns that Snadhya planned to steal her clan's [[TheEmpath Seers]] as her own]].
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Gets stabbed in the back by Ere'lice after getting preoccupied with attempting to get Khaless to finish off a wounded Mikilu. This just makes Snad mad]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: After daring Erelice to stab her, as she's done to so many others, and gets enraged when Erelice actually does, Snadhya reveals that she actually thinks people should ''thank'' her for every rotten thing she's done. [[TheGlovesComeOff And promising there will be "no more nice Snad!"]]
* KneelBeforeZod: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9798 Does this]] in chapter 44, though it's [[spoiler:Shodun]] giving the command rather than Snadhya herself. All the guests, even those who would never do so willingly, find themselves obeying.
* KubrickStare: Seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=11089 giving one]] in chapter 49 when appraising the abilities of [[spoiler:the new Kyorl Holy Mother Anahid]].
* LargeHam: Just like mommy.
* MadScientist: She can be seen like this, considering she was Sha'sana's fellow researcher into stabilizing seeds.
* ManipulativeBitch: Hoooo boy. Including fooling everyone up to and including [[spoiler:her own mother and Sha'sana]], and it's implied that her usual M.O. is to find someone in a vulnerable situation, i.e. Kiel's mother and Kyo'nne, and offer to help them.
** Her lover, [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]], is also a victim of this. Snad manipulated her into a submissive position as a "pet", and dresses her up in what WordOfGod describes as "dental floss". Her lover is on some level aware of this, but remains [[SelectiveObliviousness Selectively Oblivious]] due to the fact that Snadhya is [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe one of the few people who's treated her well]].
** When a Sarghress squad leader manages to enrage her, she toys with her emotions in this manner.
** Zala'ess eventually catches on to the fact that she has a very strong knack for manipulating people into taking foolish decisions.
* MaskOfSanity: She usually acts rational and has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity won the admiration of many people]] thanks to her desires to reform drow society. But according to Zhor, she is thoroughly insane, and he believes that Diva'ratrika knew this. She finally [[spoiler:becomes open with her madness during the Felde conference, as she starts announcing her intentions to the entire world. As part of a PoisonAndCureGambit, she blackmails all of Chel with flower poison. She even goes so far as to ingest some of the poison herself to demonstrate the fact that a cure can be offered to those who bend to her will]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler:She was responsible for coming up with the plan of [[CruelAndUnusualDeath sealing her own mother up inside the Sharen fortress' old throne room so she'll eventually die from starvation]]. In Chapter 49, the Kyorl's new Holy Mother Anahid discovers this via [[TheEmpath empathy]] and calls her out, calling Snad "motherkiller" in front of her clan]].
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: In a room prepared for a special, sinister ritual, her reflection is shown in a mirror, revealing a twisted demon.
* MySecretPregnancy: Played with: [[spoiler:she herself was never pregnant, but had Kalki with the help of the Jaal'darya]].
* MundaneUtility: She's shown to use [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9633 a summon as a chair]] in her office, despite a perfectly normal chair being just a few feet away, presumably for RuleOfCool reasons.
* {{Narcissist}}: She views herself as a savior, forcing her "enlightened" ideals onto everyone for their own good. During the Felde conference, she forces everyone to kneel to her with spellsong, and the entire event comes across as one massive ego trip. When one of her enemies makes her bleed, she screams in outrage over how little gratitude the "low born filth" have shown her.
* NewEraSpeech: At the Felde conference, Snad finally ends all subtlety and presents herself as a saviour. She denounces the old guard, such as her mother, for clinging to backwards beliefs in order to maintain their power, and heralds the dreaded taint as a means of seeking enlightenment. She also denounces Chel's leadership as warmongers and threatens to [[spoiler:kill all of them with an extremely deadly poison. The Kyorl clan is threatened with the same fate if they do not cease to persecute the tainted. Finally, she astounds her audience by unveiling the stolen Nuqrah'sharian airship, telling them that this will [[DawnOfAnEra end the Moonless Age]]. She closes her speech by asking them to share her vision of "interconnected worlds and unlimited landscapes to reconquer"]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Her attempt to force Ariel to steal the arm of one of her squad-mates, something [[{{Hypocrite}} Mel'arnach]] justifies by calling her squad "nothing more than mere tools," to try and blackmail Ariel into her service, actually being disappointed when Ariel outright refuses, and pulls away. But in the process she teaches Ariel how to do it, leading to the LaserGuidedKarma inflicted on Kalki later.
* NoSell: When [[spoiler:Rann'dirk]] attacks her with earth sorcery, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9759 she calmly stops it before it even reaches her]] and serenely comments that it reminds her of [[spoiler:Kalki's]] childhood games. And possibly with the aid of her own empaths, she has also proven immune to empathic attacks.
* NotSoDifferent: With Quain'tana, and there are hints that [[spoiler:Mel]] realizes this on some level but chooses to ignore it.
* OffingTheOffspring: Sil'lice has made reference to Snadhya'rune murdering her children while still in the womb. [[spoiler:And after Kalki disrupts Snadhya'rune's plans for Ariel by attacking her, Snad warns her single grown child not to cross her again. When Kalki tries to grab the airship, Snadhya'rune finally loses all patience with her and kills her with a summon]].
* ParentalNeglect: Most of the issues [[spoiler:her daughter Kalki]] has can be attributed to this on Snadhya's part. While [[spoiler:Kalki]] had all the material resources she could need she lacked an emotional attachment, and thus grew into an AxCrazy AttentionWhore whose desperate attempts to earn approval disrupted Snadhya's plans [[spoiler:and eventually led to her death when Snadhya got sick of dealing with it]].
* ParentalIssues: Diva'ratrika and Snadhya'rune had a very tempestuous relationship, to say the least. Snadhya'rune herself implies that this was the main reason [[spoiler:for the coup and subsequent murder]] of her mother.
* PetTheDog: Subverted with her relationship with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] which has been heavily implied to be another manipulation.
* PimpedOutDress: Par for the course considering her status, but in Chapter 25 alone she appears in ''six'' different outfits in flashbacks, all of which are pretty pimped out.
* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler:When the Kyorl start struggling with TheCoup, Snad plays the Judicators, Valla'drielle, and Anahid in an attempt to install a PuppetQueen and acquire influence over the clan. It backfires when she helps install Anahid due to Anahid's ability to read hearts]]
* PoisonAndCureGambit:
** [[spoiler:The taint is a sort of demonic plague, that infects a Fae's "soul" and gradually corrupts said Fae into a new demon. She has been deliberately spreading the taint, encouraging it as a form of warfare ''and'' as a sort of vaccination from demonic attack. All of the demon seeds she has been promoting, including the "vaccinations", are specifically designed to eventually kill their hosts. After the TimeSkip, in chapter 44, she promotes a peace conference in Felde, presenting herself as a savior. She starts promising not only deliverance, but enlightenment, by offering her victims guidance to help them master their demon seeds]].
** [[spoiler:Taken even further when she unveils a flower-based weapon developed by one of her Jaal'darya agents. She openly announces her intentions to spread the poison throughout Chel, releasing the antidote only to those who bend to her will. She threatens the Kyorl with annihilation unless they stop persecuting the tainted. Unfortunately, the Sarghress accidentally kill the scientist responsible for the "cure" part of the gambit. As a result, the flower plague spreads beyond the control of everyone, including Snadhya]].
* PowersDoTheFighting: As the most powerful known summoner in the world, Snadhya'rune doesn't have to break a sweat fighting and can effortlessly defeat her enemies using her summons.
* PrettyInMink: Her fur coats have become something of a RunningGag in the fandom, and there's official art of her in the fur-trimmed ''nightie''. Harming her coats seems to be one of the surefire ways to get her [[BerserkButton mad, too]].
* PrimalStance: When a [[spoiler:Sarghress actually manages to trigger a VillainousBreakdown in her, she is reduced to this, physically threatening her enemies for the first time instead of just leaving it to her summons or minions]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[spoiler:Does this when announcing how she will kill her enemies over stabbing her]].
* RevengeByProxy: A Sarghress squad causes significant damage to Snad's plans by assassinating one of her followers. When interrogating their leader, [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] recommends [[ColdBloodedTorture cutting her up]] since she refuses to speak. Snadhya'rune replies that she is far too ''civilized'' for such a thing, and instead decides to conduct a dramatic PublicExecution of her ''squad''.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Whilst being rather tall herself, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=476 Snadhya'rune]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=476 is noticeably the shortest amongst her trio of sisters]] and as mentioned above is the brains of the group.
* SmugSmiler: Pretty much constantly. When the smile stops, it's a ''very, very'' bad sign.
* TheSociopath: An ongoing debate on the site's forums was whether she was one, with someone even running her through the [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=88&t=18192 Hare Psychopathy Checklist]] and concluding that while not definitive, it was more likely than not[[note]]for reference, she scored around ''four times higher'' than your average person off the street, and most of the areas where she didn't have any points cover periods of her life that haven't been covered by the story or don't apply in context[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Zhor's]] comments about how Diva'ratrika "knew the sickness in her daughter" also heavily suggest it. And then the way she [[spoiler:callously kills her daughter Kalki]] convinced most of the holdouts.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: “Your followers keep on killing themselves, one by one. A fitting legacy for you, [[spoiler: mother]]. You are death to the unchanging fools who follow your path...”
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Snadhya'rune or Snadhya'runes? Recent pages have settled on Snadhya'rune, but the prologue uses Snadhya'runes. Most fans just call her Snadhya or Snads to avoid this.
* StalkerWithATestTube: One of her biggest reasons for using [[spoiler:Mel]] as her lover. She hopes to acquire certain valuable abilities from her bloodline and add them to her own, especially [[spoiler:Quain'tana]]'s AntiMagic ability.
* SummonMagic: She's a very powerful summoner, stated in the Orthorbbae wiki to be the strongest known summoner in Chel'el'sussoloth. At her residence in Felde [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9658 she can call upon the suits of armor]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9754 at a whim]] and without any apparent effort.
* SuperBreedingProgram: WordOfGod seems to confirm that at least part of the reason she wanted to have children with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] was because of the possibility of any resulting children inheriting a rare type of mana resistance from [[spoiler:Quain'tana]], but this didn't wind up happening. It's actually standard among Vals to select mates for specific bloodline abilities and is in and of itself not unusual, though Snadhya used rather unorthodox methods.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Back when she was a teacher, she was well known for offering students her protection in return for sexual favors. [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that this is where she recruited many of the Nidraa'chal]].
* TimeDissonance: Seems to have a bit of this as indicated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6837 here]]
* TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater: [[spoiler:A Sarghress squad manages to anger the Nidraa'chal. She technically ''does'' ask first, but when their leader refuses to answer, she conducts an execution of her underlings, killing the only one that actually ''knew'' the answer to her question]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The way she executes the Sarghress squad responsible for [[spoiler:Femi's death]] comes off as this, since she does so using ''an airship's mana guns'', which comes off as a combination of yet more of her {{Narcissist}} traits combined with showing off her new toy. Worse, it's heavily implied that while she could have finished them off in one round she had them miss the first shot ''on purpose'' purely to draw out the suffering of their leader, who's ForcedToWatch.
* ThisIsReality: "This is not some child's theater where my pets would suddenly move to end you."
* TranquilFury: She's clearly ''furious'' at Kalki's actions in chapter 46, but maintains an icy calm. When she finally decides that she's had enough of Kalki's antics, [[spoiler:she has a summon literally ''rip her to shreds'' without batting an eye]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Hinted at but not yet confirmed. [[spoiler:Zhor]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9773 believes]] that Diva'ratrika was aware of the "sickness" in Snadhya'rune, and hints about the timeline of when [[spoiler:he was transformed]] indicate this probably occurred when Snadhya'rune was very young.
* VillainousBreakdown: Snadhya'rune is enraged and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness seems to be losing her cool for the first time]] when [[spoiler:the Sarghress manage to assassinate a Jaal'darya scientist, Femi, who had a crucial role to play in her PoisonAndCureGambit]]. Later, after [[spoiler:Erelice stabs her]] she fully snaps, with even her own guards being too afraid to approach her and [[spoiler:Mikilu]] diving for cover.
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Her usual methodology for recruiting her "proteges" and sets her sights on Ariel due to her bloodline and abilities. It ultimately fails thanks to Kalki.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: A true politician in a world mostly ruled over by brute force. In truth, she is the story's closest thing to a BigBad,[[TheManBehindTheMan secretly responsible for a great deal of chaos and death]] in the name of her [[AmbitionIsEvil ruthless power grab]]. But publicly, she is one of the greatest proponents for peace, and has [[UnwittingPawn Kyo'nne, Kiel'ndia, many colonists, and possibly a whole bunch more people]] singing her praises.
* VisionaryVillain
* WeCanRuleTogether: Well, not so much rule, but in Chapter 46, Snad does offer one of her enemies, [[spoiler:Mikilu]], the chance to join her after she is defeated.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Presents herself as this, at least, stating that drow should be ruled by drow rather than by dark elves. More specifically, she believes that the old guard has clung too strongly to outdated ideals and is trying to usurp them with people that will accept new ideas. She also agrees with the Sarghress dogma that everyone should have the right to prove themselves regardless of ancestry. Doesn't excuse [[spoiler:basically committing genocide through the Nidraa'chal, murdering her mother, ''and'' deliberately tainting people with seeds that will eventually kill them]]. In Chapter 49, [[spoiler:the new Holy Mother Anahid uses her empathy to look at Snadhya's sins, which are so terrible that she rejects an offer of negotiation with the Nidraa'chal. When Snadhya presents the IDidWhatIHadToDo excuse, she doesn't buy it]].
* WickedStepmother: Even though drowolath do not get married ([[note]]the drowussu do have something akin to a commitment ceremony[[/note]]) she's essentially this to [[spoiler: Ariel]] since early in the story she tries to [[spoiler: get Ariel transferred to the female section of the school with the express intent of having the "blood of the Wolf" under her control]] and later tells [[spoiler:Mel'arnach that if the Sharen win the war she'll make a bloodline claim on both her and Ariel]].
* WouldHurtAChild: She already inflicted this trope when [[spoiler: her faulty seeds directly caused Shinae to give birth to a heavily mutated stillborn baby]]. It gets even worse when you learn that her plan is to [[spoiler: use said faulty seeds to either make a large majority of drowkind infertile and/or cause those who are still fertile to give birth to heavily mutated stillborn children like Shinae did]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Says this to [[spoiler:her daughter]] Kalki after Kalki [[spoiler:chops off Ariel's arm]], telling her to "go, before I find I no longer need you" with the clear threat of this. She [[spoiler:ultimately makes good on it]].
* YourSoulIsMine: Along with SummonMagic above, anyone who pisses her off enough and is deemed worth it can expect to become one of her summons.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: When a squad of Sarghress anger her, she reassures their leader that she is reasonable and that they can come to a mutual, peaceful understanding. When said squad leader remains silent, Snadhya'rune's actions make it clear she never had any actual intention of negotiating in the first place and had only made a false offer out of sadism.
* YouWillBeSpared: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9780 States]] that the Vloz'ress, Beldrobbaen and Jaal'darya clans will not have to face [[spoiler:her parasitic flowers]] due to their assistance in her schemes. As chapter 48 shows, this has ''massive'' strings attached.

!!Khaless
Khaless is (or was) Snadhya'rune's protector twin, though her exact status is a bit unclear at the moment since she apparently lost control of her seed around 50 years ago, and the current Khaless is some sort of demon who can take the shape of the original and apparently retrains some of her memories. Either way, Snadhya refers to having lost the original.

* BreakingSpeech: Does this to Kiel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8874 in chapter 39]], pointing out that they are NotSoDifferent. Kiel is... [[FlippingTheBird less than impressed]])
* TheCorrupter In chapter 46 [[spoiler:her actions towards Kharla seem designed to do this, introducing her to "sexy times", which Kiel immediately realizes is a ''very bad thing'']].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Originally, before her deomnic posession.
* GlasgowGrin: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6880 Displays a nice one here]].
* DemonicPossession: The original Khaless was possessed by a demon, though her personality remains alive in the demon's gestalt. Additionally, [[spoiler:Lulianne managed to damage Khaless's body badly enough that she was forced to steal Lulianne's]].
* EldritchAbomination: Whatever she is now appears to be one of these, since she is apparently a MindHive and occasionally even sprouts portions of people with her shapeshifting in combat.
* FaceStealer: Mainly the face of [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6902 Sael, Lulianne's niece]], who she may have killed, as well as Lulianne herself]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom (Can turn these on when she wants to look intimidating.)
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler:Does this to Kharla in chapter 46. Many people found this unsettling because even though Kharla is a grown woman, her mind is on level with a young child. [[FridgeHorror Which makes Khaless a child molester]]]].
* HornyDevils: Though the sex part seems to be optional, [[spoiler:did this to Rek'maar via Lulianne and later seems to do the same thing to Kharla, but since Kharla is monstrously powerful on her own, it's not lethal]].
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:[[HeKnowsTooMuch Does the former to Lulianne for knowing too much]] and secretly does the latter so as not to make Mel upset at the loss of her friend]].
* LongLostRelative: The Daydream story about Mel and Snadhya has Snadhya suggest that Khaless and Mel may be distantly related, as they had similar powers before Khaless got possessed.
* MeaningfulName: According to the D&D 2nd edition lorebook "The Drow of The Underdark," by Ed Grenwood, the term "khaless" means "trust, especially misplaced or foolish." Considering her actions regarding Lulianne, Kharlagen, and all the various "hosts" the Khaless demon has assimilated, coupled with the fact that she serves the penultimate DevilInPlainSight, Snadhyar'une, it fits all too perfectly.
* MindHive: There are [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7913 references]] to Khaless being a "consensus of beings".
* MulticoloredHair: Her current look, which makes her look like a bit like Sarv'swati, so much so that fans were initially confused as to who she was supposed to be.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Started as a joke, but later canonized by her one night stand with [[spoiler:Kharla]], where she uses her shapeshifting to make herself into a male.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Does this to [[spoiler:Lulianne when she attacks her on the way down from the Ninth Tower, and Lulianne fights back]].
* ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange: [[spoiler:In chapter 46 is shown to have slept with Kharla and used her shapeshifting to make herself into a male]].
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Khaless was possessed by a demon. Snadhya'rune thought she was lost, but came to recognize Khaless's personality in the [[MindHive gestalt entity]] she became. However, having consumed so many people, Khaless's identity has been somewhat confused, and she identifies as a demon, rather than as a drow. [[spoiler:After [[GrandTheftMe stealing Lulianne's body]], Khaless takes her place to look after Mel and prevent her from missing her friend. Khaless frequently slips in her act, performing actions very much unlike Lulianne. However, on occasion, Lulianne actually manages to take back control, especially when her pride is threatened.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6854 Her current costume]], which may only be staying on because she can shapeshift and/or create her own clothes.
* {{Troll}}: This trope is becoming a pattern for her.
** Flat out admits to enjoying the fact that she's unsettling Lulianne. She does this by playing with Lulianne's perception of her as [[EldritchAbomination looking uncanny]] (see also the trope entry below) and later on [[spoiler: uses the face of Lulianne's dead niece to throw the fight in her (Khaless's) favor]].
** Her conversation with Kiel in chapter 39 also has shades of this.
** Later, Snadhya'rune assumes her to be doing this when [[spoiler:she claims to be Lulianne as opposed to her sister. Though in this case, it is averted much to her surprise, since it actually ''was'' Lulianne taking back a degree of control]].
** In the background of the scene in chapter 46 where Kiel realizes Khaless has introduced [[spoiler:Kharla to sexy times]] one sharp-eyed forumgoer spotted her making [[http://i.imgur.com/Vwz64jA.png what can only be described as a Troll Face]] in the background.
* {{Twincest}}: Though not actual twins, it's ''heavily'' insinuated that her relationship with Snadhya'rune has been this in the past and outright confirmed in one Daydream story, to the point that ''Diva'ratrika'' of all people asks Snadhya'rune about it. It's not known if the relationship has continued in the same form since Khaless' possession.
* UncannyValley: She [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]] in order to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6854 unsettle Lulianne]], and even tells Mel that she's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6860 enjoying it]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Khaless has the shapeshifting high art, and as an exceptionally powerful vel'akar (sapient demon), her abilities seem to have been enhanced even further. Even after [[spoiler:stealing Lulianne's body, she still retains this ability]].
* YouAreWhoYouEat: By combining her shapeshifting with her demonic nature, she can absorb her victims, thereby taking on their memories. Among the people she has eaten include [[spoiler:Sael and Lulianne]]. However, this is not without its disadvantages. All of the consumed beings form a gestalt entity, a MindHive. According to Kiel'ndia, she has eaten so many people, she has forgotten who she used to be, [[spoiler:and because she had to outright steal Lulianne's body, Lulianne occasionally manages to take back control]].

!! Sin'cani and Svala
Two of Snadhya'rune's Feldian bodyguards. They first appear in [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7740 chapter 31]] escorting Snadhya'rune's carriage, and someone implied to be Sin'cani appears later [[spoiler:in Nuqrah'shareh]].

* AmbiguousGender: It's still not entirely clear what gender Svala is, though her [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Svala Orthorbbae Library]] article says she's female.
* ChildHater: Sin'cani directly states [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7749 that he doesn't want any kids]]. Svala says he's missing out.
* InTheHood: Both of them, and WordOfGod [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=2958 is that]] because Felde is open to the sky[[note]]but still technically in the underworld because of the mist[[/note]] and experiences rain, their hoods do not have holes for the ears.
* ProperlyParanoid: Sin'cani in regards to small children near the carriage, since said small children [[spoiler:planted a mana bomb under it]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Both are willing to shoot a crossbow bolt at two children who happen to get in front of the carriage, but see ProperlyParanoid above.

!! [[spoiler:Kalki]]
See this character's entry under [[spoiler:Nidraa'chal]] on Characters/DrowtalesTheNidraaChal.

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\n[[folder:Snadhya'rune and her bloodline]]\n[[index]]
!!Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/snad.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Pretty much where she is. Always.]]
and her bloodline
* [[Characters/DrowtalesVelSharenClanSnadhyaruneAndHerBloodline Have their own page here]].

!!Sarv'swati and her bloodline
* [[Characters/DrowtalesVelSharenClanSarvSwatiAndHerBloodline Have their own page here]].

!!Sil'lice and her bloodline
* [[Characters/DrowtalesVelSharenClanSilliceAndHerBloodline Have their own page here]].

!! Nishi'kanta and her bloodline
* [[Characters/DrowtalesVelSharenClanNishiKantaAndHerBloodline Have their own page here]].

!!Zala'ess and her bloodline
* [[Characters/DrowtalesVelSharenClanZalaEssAndHerBloodline Have their own page here]].
[[/index]]

[[folder:Xyrrai'zestu Sub-house]]
!
The eldest Xyrrai'zestu Sharen

The Xyrrai'zestu are a sub-house of the
Sharen daughter, current headmistress clan and make up a large portion of the Imperial Army. The founder of the house commissioned her own building to house her family, and the Sharen retaliated by having her and most of her followers killed through a series of assassinations and "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]."

* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=9495#p388263c The house's history in the forum]] written by the co-creator of the house.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: When the Xyrrai'zestu Dev'ess built a tower for herself and her followers outside of the main Sharen fortress, the main family retaliated by killing the Dev'ess and most of her followers. Only the Dev'ess' daughter (who was in
Orthorbbae at the time) and [[spoiler:Mel'arnach's lover, as well as one minor members of the key players in the Nidraa'chal War and the murder of her mother]]. In story she seems house were spared.
* EpicFail / TallPoppySyndrome: The Xyrrai'zestu Dev'ess' decision
to be the closest thing to a BigBad considering how many plot points are related directly or indirectly to her machinations.

* AbusiveParent: [[spoiler:Although she provided Kalki with everything she could ever need, she still saw her more as a tool than a daughter and when she had enough of her antics she killed her in cold blood without any remorse at all]].
* AxCrazy: Although she keeps it contained under a facade of reason, her [[UnstoppableRage outburst]] after she is [[BackStab stabbed]] and sees her blood tells a lot about how much of an animal she is without the veil of civility.
* AmbitionIsEvil: As more and more about her is revealed it seems she's a case of this.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:To DIva'ratrika, big time.]]
* BadSamaritan: If she offers to "help" you, odds are there are ''massive'' strings attached.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: In the trio of herself Zala'ess and Sarv'swati she most obviously fits the brains part, as she tends to work in the background, is the one that Sarv'swati goes to for support and was the mastermind behind the whole [[spoiler:coup d'etat and Nidraa'chal uprising]].
* BigBad: Officially, the story has no such thing, being a setting of GreyAndGrayMorality without any real heroes or villains. However, most of the conflict underlying the plot stems from [[TheManBehindTheMan her manipulations]], and those of her motivations that have been revealed aren't terribly sympathetic in comparison to the sheer number of people that she has betrayed and destroyed.
** [[spoiler: As of the start of chapter 47, it's been confirmed to us and the protagonists that Snadhya'rune is, indeed, the Big Bad]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Not only is she ''currently'' a VillainWithGoodPublicity (although the veneer on that is starting to crack with the public reveal of the PoisonAndCureGambit), but in "The Longest Wait," she was good, as a child, at pretending to be a loyal daughter to Diva, ''after'' being tainted, despite most of Diva's available research on the subject showing that tainting causes its victims to become more, and more violent and insane with time... until she taints two of her other sisters, Zala and Sarv'swati and they combine their efforts to seal Diva in
build her own tower until can be seen as this. By doing this she dies. Zala would grow seemed to regret this, at least publicly. Sarv... not so much, until be declaring herself and her house as more powerful than the Imperial family and perhaps even as a rival. The same Imperial family that had proved many times beforehand to be [[ControlFreak controlling]], dislike rebellion and utterly ruthless to those they perceive as threats. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Things of course]] went exactly as you'd expect.
* OverlyLongName
* RedShirtArmy: After the stunt pulled by the original Dev'ess, the house essentially became synonymous with "meatshield".
* TooDumbToLive: Possibly the original Dev'ess. One wonders exactly what she was expecting given what we know of the Sharen's dislike of any sort of rebellion.
* TheUnpronouncable: Even the house's creators aren't entirely sure how
it's too late [[InsaneTrollLogic pronounced, and then blames Quain'tana usually settle for it.]]
* BiTheWay: This is
something close to "Zee-ree-zess-tu".

!! Oil'loss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Thalar[[/note]]
The daughter of
the norm for Drow society, but for a long time, she only expressed interest in other females such as Mel'arnach former Xyrrai'zestu de'vess and her various other students, which is one reason she has no [[spoiler:publicly known]] children. Later events however suggest that this was solely to spite her [[IWantGrandkids mother's desire for grandchildren]]. After [[spoiler:her mother is publicly declared dead]], she takes interest in [[spoiler:a broken Sharen knight, Jiaan, a general in the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy worst way]] [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul possible]]]].
* BloodUpgrade: [[spoiler:When confronted with the sight of her own blood, Snadhya'rune is enraged to the point that her own guards are too terrified to help her and Mikilu is forced to take cover]].
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: When Mikilu'ligr finally confronts her about the terrible things she did over the years, including [[spoiler: engineering the Nidra'chaal War
Imperial Army. Oil'loss'lin and the fall Xyrrai'zestu Sharen were invented by [[AscendedFanBoy fans of the Dutan'vir clan]], she just laughs it off as if she heard it comic turned staff writers]] and before and tells the entire comic was remade in 2007, her to get on with killing her again.
* CainAndAbel: To Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta.
* TheCaligula: For
character was a long time presented herself as one major part of the more rational choices for Empress, and even had Kyo'nne storyline. She makes [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8530 call her php?sid=4276 a cameo appearance]] in the only one advocating peace]]. At the Felde conference Snadhya finally lets her true colors show and it becomes obvious that she's even worse than even Sarv'swati.
* TheChessmaster: Big time.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Technically all three Sharen sisters count, but she takes the cake, especially since she betrayed [[spoiler:her mother, Sha'sana, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, the former two's entire bloodlines, ''every civilian who died
Prologue during the Nidraa'chal War'', the ''entire'' Dutan'vir clan, ''almost every War where she slays her tainted character in the setting'' due dragon, only to her faulty seeds, and become tainted herself. She is now apparently willing to turn on Zala]] and probably others we don't know about yet. The male masters at Orthorbbae are also terrified noted as one of her, and the Vloz'ress master few Sharen to have remained friends with her protector twin well into adulthood. [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5063 More information on Oil'loss'lin can be found here.]]

* AngstySurvivingTwin: She lost her protector twin in battle, and this was stated in background information to have broken her. She and her twin even shared the same lover and both had children by him. After her twin's death she adopted the latter's daughter as her own alongside her biological daughter.
* BadAss: Slaying her own dragon gave her this reputation in-universe.
** PregnantBadass: Apparently she's three months pregnant and still an active soldier.
* {{BFS}}: Her sword isn't the most prominent example in the comic but it's still large enough to qualify.
* LadyOfWar
* MamaBear: Arrives in Chapter 40 to rescue her daughter. Her being the best mom ever[[note]]and it not being said with sarcasm[[/note]] is something of a running joke among players of the roleplay.
* OnlySaneMan: Bluntly tells Feli'cia that attempting to fight Quain will only get her killed.
* OverlyLongName
* ParentalSubstitute: For the daughter of her protector twin.
* PutOnABus: Hasn't been seen since the Prologue, though her creator continues to roleplay her, indicating that she survived.
** She comes back in Chapter 40, as seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5063 with this cameo sheet]], and [[BigDamnHeroes what an entrance]]!
* ScarsAreForever: Three claws over her right eye. May be from the above dragon slaying.

!! Ran'diirk Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Pariel[[/note]]
An Imperial Guard and member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen subhouse, first seen in Chapter 39. Heavily tainted, he is so desensitized to pain that a head injury caused by a Sarghress' war hammer doesn't even faze him. He reappears at Snadhya'rune's gathering in Felde, during Chapter 44. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/20120528Raandirk.jpg here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ranndirk_news.jpg here]].

* DeathSeeker: Implied. Having lost his Queen, his dragon, and his mate... he threw himself at [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune, knowing full well his chances of succeeding were slim]].
* IronicHell: Despite his loyalty to Diva'ratrika, [[spoiler:he ends up a summon of the very woman who killed her with no free will of his own]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Like most of the Imperial Guards, has no idea that [[spoiler: the real Diva'ratrika was killed in a coup led by her own daughters, though by Chapter 44 he seems to have put the pieces together and goes after Snadhya'rune directly, saying that he knows what she did]] or that in all likelihood he is [[spoiler: slowly dying from his taint]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Played with. Both he and his colleagues are deeply shocked that he doesn't even feel the pain from his head injury, despite there being copious amounts of blood. Heavily implied to be [[spoiler:the result of his faulty taint]].
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Just as surprised as his colleague that the so-called ''Empress'' they were supposed to be protecting was actually a golem, but even with this fact, is determined to fight for the Sharen cause.
** However [[spoiler: when we next see him it is at the Felde peace gathering in Chapter 44, where he intends to assassinate Snadhya'rune for her role in the real Diva's death]].
* [[HighlyConspicuousUniform Non Standard Armor]]: Wears a prominent emblem of the Xyrrai'zestu subhouse on his uniform against regulations. His character info outright states that Diva'ratrika would have kicked his ass for that.
* NoSell: Averted. He continues to fight through his head wound, but it is clear that it deeply injured him.
* PraetorianGuard
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Realizing that he will probably die from the taint, he commits himself to avenging Diva'ratrika's murder. He puzzles out Snadhya'rune's role in it and spends his final moments trying to kill her]].
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Instead of accepting Snadhya'rune's offer of mercy, he makes a suicidal last ditch attempt to kill her with an overcharged golem core. A weapon fae can easily defend against. Snadhya'rune protects herself with little effort and regards the assassination attempt with contempt]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempts this on [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]].
* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler:Gets turned into a summon by Snadhya'rune after his failed assassination attempt]].

!! Kery'awa Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Runes[[/note]]
Oil'loss'lin's daughter, she is one of the few untainted Sharen in the entire clan, having been spirited away by her mother to the city of Val'Raveran to spare her from the clan's mandatory tainting. First appears in Chapter 40, during the height of the District War. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/20120917_kweyawa_news.jpg here.]]

* BladeOnAStick: Her weapon of choice is a halberd.
* CastingAShadow: Capable of using shadow sorcery inherited from her Beldrobbaen father and does so in an attempt to evade attackers.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: She [[http://www.
drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=201 says php?sid=8958 prompts this reaction]] once her helmet is taken off.
* {{Moe}}: She gets this reaction {{in-universe}} after her helmet is knocked off. Notably not a case of SamusIsAGirl since female fighters are the norm, but the Sarghress are surprised to see
she's wiped them out before]].
** And unsurprisingly [[spoiler:she seems
untainted.
* TokenMinority: A double case, first in that she has a small bit of drowussu ancestry[[note]]on her father's side, since he was a Beldrobbaen who had some 'ssu in him and Oil'loss'lin didn't care enough
to have at least publicly thrown Zala under ask about where his came from[[/note]] and second that she is one of the bus very few untainted Sharen left in the clan.
** MixedAncestry: Though the only visual sign of this is her curly hair, which came from said Drowussu ancestor.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Strawberry shortcake.

!! Nona’brail Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Pariel [[/note]]
A member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen and Sorn'mal's mate, first seen serving as Shinae's nurse [[spoiler:post-childbirth]]. Appears in Chapters 40 and 50. Her concept art can be found
[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7769 as com/wordpress/?p=5173 here]].

* ActualPacifist
* TheCaretaker: For Shinae [[spoiler: post childbirth]].
* TheEmpath
* EyeScream: Both
of here]]]].
** Fans
her eyes are now debating whether [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] has fallen victim to Snadhya's CBD, given how [[spoiler:Snadhya convinced Mel to go back to the Sarghress, and things definitely did ''not'' go according to plan]] and given Snadhya's history, up to an including [[spoiler:matricide]] the bar is already set pretty low.
** Over the TimeSkip, she has been [[spoiler:doing considerable sabotage to the Sharen clan's war efforts in order to balance things out, since she wants each faction to be weakened to the point that she can rule, and until recently, the Sarghress clan was the underdog in the war. Such sabotage includes assassinating the false empress, weakening the clans of Nuqrah'shareh, and very likely being the one behind a mysterious nether resistant summon that defeated the Sharen invaders of Machike]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: With her "proteges" or students whose rare and/or unique abilities made Snadhya'rune take them under her sway and take Felde by force from her rivals. She also attempts to steal the Kyorl clan's "[[{{Telepathy}} Seers]]".
* CondescendingCompassion: [[spoiler:Her attitude towards Ran'diirk's attempt to avenge Diva'ratrika's death. In spite of his attempt to assassinate her, she tries to show him mercy and orders that he not be killed. She calls him a fool that doesn't know any better, tells him to accept that the old guard has fallen, and tells him that everybody else is looking to the future. She also has
gone. Despite this attitude towards Mikilu, talking about how tragic it is that the Dutan'vir are so set in their ways]].
* ControlFreak:
** Heavily implied, considering how much
she says she hated being controlled by Diva, but also a bit of HypocriticalHumor when you consider [[spoiler:all the trouble she went through to have Kalki without her mother knowing it]].
** It's telling that the first man she shows affection towards is [[spoiler:a guy who was mindraped for weeks to make him subservient to her before "mastering" his Taint, a process that
seems to have [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul changed him]] to make him even more loyal to her]].
** Her preferred mates are
get along well enough.
* HostageSituation: [[spoiler:Shinae takes
her own students that she molded into hostage to avoid being brought in by Chrys and Sorn'mal]].
* InTheHood: Likely to hide
her playthings. She even dresses up Mel similarly to Kalki's "Pets", something [[spoiler:Zhor]] does not fail to notice, which heavily implies that she does not see Mel missing eyes.
* TheMedic
* TearsOfBlood: When stressed.

!! Kail'odian Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Kailodian[[/note]]
A member of the Xyrrai'zestu subhouse, serving
as an equal.
** Later, in conversation with [[spoiler:Kalki]] Snadhya is clearly displeased by her behavior [[spoiler:stabbing Ariel's hand]] and
Imperial Guard. First seen escorting the fake Diva'ratrika inside the Beldrobbaen fortress, during Chapter 41. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10141 warns her against pushing it further]]. Of course [[spoiler:Kalki]] then ups the ante by [[spoiler:chopping off Ariel's arm]] which suggest Snadhya doesn't have nearly as much control over [[spoiler:her daughter]] as she thinks.
*** This is made explicitly clear shortly thereafter when Snadhya informs Kalki that she was just
com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Kailodian-789x1024.jpg here]].

* CoolMask: Wears
a tool. [[spoiler:The realization that Kalki apparently won't obey her causes Snadhya to follow up on her threat and kill Kalki]].
* TheCorrupter: Attempts this on Ariel during [[spoiler:the Felde Gathering]]. Thanks to [[spoiler:Kalki's]] interference it doesn't seem to have been successful, much to Snadhya's displeasure.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Pre-tainting had this naturally.
* DealWithTheDevil: She has offered many of these:
** She made this sort of offer to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=449 Kiel's mother]], which was apparently so heinous that Kiel's mom was considering writing to tell the other clan leaders her plans and had the Sharen attack them when they refused.
** Over the timeskip, she approached Kyo'nne about sponsoring her show. Kyo'nne accepted, but it's obvious that there are some massive strings attached. The author even [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4202 lampshades]] the second
veil with a chibi of Snadhya saying how she has [[BlatantLies no sinister motive at all]] behind it.
** [[spoiler:Verthandi is one the Nidraa'chal, but is still ultimately loyal
prominent emblem.
* DualWielding
* KilledOffForReal: He falls
to her clan, the Beldrobbaen. She helps Snadhya'rune and her own clan all at once by giving Waes'soloth an excuse to pull out of the District War. Nevertheless, she does not trust Snadhya'rune not to screw her clan over, and Snadhya'rune's reassurances are completely unconvincing]].
** [[spoiler:At the Felde conference, she unveils her PoisonAndCureGambit, telling the guests that she can save them from their faulty taints. The "cure" involves a SplitPersonalityMerge between the host and their demon seed, effectively changing who they are. At least two of those so treated start becoming very favorable towards Snadhya'rune]].
* DeceptiveDisciple: To Sha'sana [[spoiler:and her mother]].
* DemocracyIsFlawed: [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune views the old Val and caste system as obsolete and to some extent agrees with the Sarghress creed of allowing everyone a chance to prove themselves. But she still wants her own line to rule. It is heavily implied that Snad intends to take advantage of this particular trope, giving drowkind democracy, but one she and her family puppeteers]].
* DevilInPlainSight: The population at large sees her as an enlightened peacemaker. WordOfGod states that despite the sinister signs and her smug, all-knowing demeanour, the people around her do not see it and cannot pinpoint the source of their unease.
* DidntSeeThatComing: It's evident from her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10304 expression]] that [[spoiler:Erelice coming up from behind her and stabbing her]] took her by complete surprise. Likewise, despite her claims to the contrary, it's clear [[spoiler:Kalki's little arm stunt]] was ''not'' on the agenda.
* DivideAndConquer: [[spoiler:One of the Nidraa'chal's biggest tactics. And it's very likely that she's deliberately setting her sisters on each other as well]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Erelice sneaks up on her and stabs her InTheBack as payback for the sadistic torture and execution of her squad]].
* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi: The way she [[spoiler:got Mel's egg to make Kalki]] is an in-universe example of this, since [[spoiler:Mel's egg]] was taken under false pretenses, even if [[spoiler:Mel]] would've consented under normal circumstances. This also adds yet another NotSoDifferent point between Snadhya and Quain.
* EvilCounterpart: Arguably to Quain'tana. Fans have noted a great many similarities between the two, however, as hard as it is to fathom that anyone could be ''worse'' than Quain'tana at running a clan, or being a sentient being in general, Snad has spent considerable effort in doing just that. To wit, while both are horribly abusive parents, Quain'tana will, at least, happily acknowledge any and all offspring that live up to and embody the clan's ideals while Snad will outright ignore any and all accomplishments done in her name, unless the wind blows ''just'' right, and she finds some way to gain glory for herself in the process. Quain only reluctantly killed Syphille,
his death after the latter Elbinac pushes them both came at her with a crossbow and officially challenged her to a duel to the death, and even then, it was arguably a MercyKill, as Syphille was showing symptoms of "demonification," the end stage of tainting. Quain is still bothered by it, post time-skip. Snad killed Kalki with a summon, and didn't look back or even give it a second thought. While Quain may be the one who broke Mel's arms and locked her in a dungeon, for treason (which is arguably the '''minimum''' acceptable sentence, in universe), Snad is the one who put Mel ''in that position'' by convincing her to go give a fake apology to Quain, and then sported a psychotic smirk when the two were reunited. Lastly, while Quain is a very "what you see is what you get" anti-villain in the story, Snad is a full blown BitchInSheepsClothing who hides behind a MaskOfSanity, and is just as dangerous to friend and foe alike, even going so far as to drink a poison specifically designed to cause madness, and death, just to show that a cure exists.
* ExoticEyeDesigns: After the TimeSkip, her eyes have the swirls indicating mastery over her taint. She eventually reveals that the actual demon a victim was tainted by doesn't generally matter. Anyone can achieve this with the right guidance. She uses this as part of a massive PoisonAndCureGambit intended to force her "enlightened" views on everyone and present herself as a savior to the very infection she spread.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She might put on a image of being a civil, polite person but it's only to mask her darker traits and goals.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Given what [[spoiler:Zhor]] says in chapter 46 about the way Snadhya dresses up [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] like one of Kalki's pets, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4094 the imagery Snadhya summons up]], mainly a wolf with a Sharen collar, when talking about the possibility of bringing Ariel in to control her is more than a little suggestive.
* FreudianExcuse: Claims this in regards to [[spoiler:killing her mother and hiding the existence of Kalki]] and says that the "death" of her protector twin Khaless made her crack.
* GetOut: Her [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10163 response]] to Kalki [[spoiler:chopping off Ariel's arm]] is to use a summon to fling her against a wall and then tell her this.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Though all drow eyes glow slightly in the dark, especially the tainted, Snadhya's are [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9633 particularly prominent]] in chapter 44.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: ...maybe. She's certainly not a "good girl" by any stretch of the imagination, and Sil'lice [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=15 references]] Snadhya "murdering her children while they are in the womb", but there's quite a bit of debate among fans as to what exactly this means. [[spoiler:Now that we know about Kalki, it's speculated that if she did abort her pregnancies it was some sort of {{plan}}, possibly to throw Diva'ratrika off her's, or even something even more sinister, given what happened to Shinae's baby as a result of her taint]].
* GoodIsOldFashioned: She views the ways of her mother's followers to be old fashioned and tragically self-destructive. She looks down on the Dark Elves for being so averse to tainting and towards the Dutan'vir for being devoted to their duties. She views her cult-like "new" ways as the future for the drow race and has been causing considerable amounts of turmoil to impose them.
* TheHighQueen: Styles herself this way, and in the canon sidestory ''Empress to Be'' she brags about the fact that she'll one day be the Val'Sharess, and it's now been confirmed that her ultimate ambition is to be Empress.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She perceives herself as a peacemaker, despite manipulating most of the conflict in the setting into being. Worse, she claims that Diva, and anyone still loyal to her, deserves to die, or worse, in the cruelest way possible "because she refuses to be a tool." What are the last words she will ever tell her own daughter? "You are just a tool. Tools don't get to make claims."
* HypocriticalHumor: In a conversation with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] she says "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7085 You will need to make peace with]] [[spoiler:Quain'tana]]" this coming from a woman who [[spoiler:murdered her mother]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: In Chapter 49, [[spoiler:she tells the Kyorl's new Holy Mother Anahid that everything she did (including committing [[SelfMadeOrphan matricide]] and [[OffingTheOffspring killing her own daughter]]) was so that she can ensure a peaceful future for everyone. Anahid doesn't buy it, especially when she learns that Snadhya planned to steal her clan's [[TheEmpath Seers]] as her own]].
* InTheBack: [[spoiler:Gets stabbed in the back by Ere'lice after getting preoccupied with attempting to get Khaless to finish off a wounded Mikilu. This just makes Snad mad]].
* InsaneTrollLogic: After daring Erelice to stab her, as she's done to so many others, and gets enraged when Erelice actually does, Snadhya reveals that she actually thinks people should ''thank'' her for every rotten thing she's done. [[TheGlovesComeOff And promising there will be "no more nice Snad!"]]
* KneelBeforeZod: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9798 Does this]] in chapter 44, though it's [[spoiler:Shodun]] giving the command rather than Snadhya herself. All the guests, even those who would never do so willingly, find themselves obeying.
* KubrickStare: Seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=11089 giving one]] in chapter 49 when appraising the abilities of [[spoiler:the new Kyorl Holy Mother Anahid]].
* LargeHam: Just like mommy.
* MadScientist: She can be seen like this, considering she was Sha'sana's fellow researcher into stabilizing seeds.
* ManipulativeBitch: Hoooo boy. Including fooling everyone up to and including [[spoiler:her own mother and Sha'sana]], and it's implied that her usual M.O. is to find someone in a vulnerable situation, i.e. Kiel's mother and Kyo'nne, and offer to help them.
** Her lover, [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]], is also a victim of this. Snad manipulated her into a submissive position as a "pet", and dresses her up in what WordOfGod describes as "dental floss". Her lover is on some level aware of this, but remains [[SelectiveObliviousness Selectively Oblivious]] due to the fact that Snadhya is [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe one of the few people who's treated her well]].
** When a Sarghress squad leader manages to enrage her, she toys with her emotions in this manner.
** Zala'ess eventually catches on to the fact that she has a very strong knack for manipulating people into taking foolish decisions.
* MaskOfSanity: She usually acts rational and has [[VillainWithGoodPublicity won the admiration of many people]] thanks to her desires to reform drow society. But according to Zhor, she is thoroughly insane, and he believes that Diva'ratrika knew this. She finally [[spoiler:becomes open with her madness during the Felde conference, as she starts announcing her intentions to the entire world. As part of a PoisonAndCureGambit, she blackmails all of Chel with flower poison. She even goes so far as to ingest some of the poison herself to demonstrate the fact that a cure can be offered to those who bend to her will]].
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler:She was responsible for coming up with the plan of [[CruelAndUnusualDeath sealing her own mother up inside the Sharen fortress' old throne room so she'll eventually die from starvation]]. In Chapter 49, the Kyorl's new Holy Mother Anahid discovers this via [[TheEmpath empathy]] and calls her out, calling Snad "motherkiller" in front of her clan]].
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: In a room prepared for a special, sinister ritual, her reflection is shown in a mirror, revealing a twisted demon.
* MySecretPregnancy: Played with: [[spoiler:she herself was never pregnant, but had Kalki with the help of the Jaal'darya]].
* MundaneUtility: She's shown to use [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9633 a summon as a chair]] in her office, despite a perfectly normal chair being just a few feet away, presumably for RuleOfCool reasons.
* {{Narcissist}}: She views herself as a savior, forcing her "enlightened" ideals onto everyone for their own good. During the Felde conference, she forces everyone to kneel to her with spellsong, and the entire event comes across as one massive ego trip. When one of her enemies makes her bleed, she screams in outrage over how little gratitude the "low born filth" have shown her.
* NewEraSpeech: At the Felde conference, Snad finally ends all subtlety and presents herself as a saviour. She denounces the old guard, such as her mother, for clinging to backwards beliefs in order to maintain their power, and heralds the dreaded taint as a means of seeking enlightenment. She also denounces Chel's leadership as warmongers and threatens to [[spoiler:kill all of them with an extremely deadly poison. The Kyorl clan is threatened with the same fate if they do not cease to persecute the tainted. Finally, she astounds her audience by unveiling the stolen Nuqrah'sharian airship, telling them that this will [[DawnOfAnEra end the Moonless Age]]. She closes her speech by asking them to share her vision of "interconnected worlds and unlimited landscapes to reconquer"]].
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Her attempt to force Ariel to steal the arm of one of her squad-mates, something [[{{Hypocrite}} Mel'arnach]] justifies by calling her squad "nothing more than mere tools," to try and blackmail Ariel into her service, actually being disappointed when Ariel outright refuses, and pulls away. But in the process she teaches Ariel how to do it, leading to the LaserGuidedKarma inflicted on Kalki later.
* NoSell: When [[spoiler:Rann'dirk]] attacks her with earth sorcery, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9759 she calmly stops it before it even reaches her]] and serenely comments that it reminds her of [[spoiler:Kalki's]] childhood games. And possibly with the aid of her own empaths, she has also proven immune to empathic attacks.
* NotSoDifferent: With Quain'tana, and there are hints that [[spoiler:Mel]] realizes this on some level but chooses to ignore it.
* OffingTheOffspring: Sil'lice has made reference to Snadhya'rune murdering her children while still in the womb. [[spoiler:And after Kalki disrupts Snadhya'rune's plans for Ariel by attacking her, Snad warns her single grown child not to cross her again. When Kalki tries to grab the airship, Snadhya'rune finally loses all patience with her and kills her with a summon]].
* ParentalNeglect: Most of the issues [[spoiler:her daughter Kalki]] has can be attributed to this on Snadhya's part. While [[spoiler:Kalki]] had all the material resources she could need she lacked an emotional attachment, and thus grew into an AxCrazy AttentionWhore whose desperate attempts to earn approval disrupted Snadhya's plans [[spoiler:and eventually led to her death when Snadhya got sick of dealing with it]].
* ParentalIssues: Diva'ratrika and Snadhya'rune had a very tempestuous relationship, to say the least. Snadhya'rune herself implies that this was the main reason [[spoiler:for the coup and subsequent murder]] of her mother.
* PetTheDog: Subverted with her relationship with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] which has been heavily implied to be another manipulation.
* PimpedOutDress: Par for the course considering her status, but in Chapter 25 alone she appears in ''six'' different outfits in flashbacks, all of which are pretty pimped out.
* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler:When the Kyorl start struggling with TheCoup, Snad plays the Judicators, Valla'drielle, and Anahid in an attempt to install a PuppetQueen and acquire influence
over the clan. It backfires when she helps install Anahid due to Anahid's ability to read hearts]]
* PoisonAndCureGambit:
** [[spoiler:The taint is a sort of demonic plague, that infects a Fae's "soul" and gradually corrupts said Fae into a new demon. She has been deliberately spreading the taint, encouraging it as a form of warfare ''and'' as a sort of vaccination from demonic attack. All of the demon seeds she has been promoting, including the "vaccinations", are specifically designed to eventually kill their hosts. After the TimeSkip, in chapter 44, she promotes a peace conference in Felde, presenting herself as a savior. She starts promising not only deliverance, but enlightenment, by offering her victims guidance to help them master their demon seeds]].
** [[spoiler:Taken even further when she unveils a flower-based weapon developed by one of her Jaal'darya agents. She openly announces her intentions to spread the poison throughout Chel, releasing the antidote only to those who bend to her will. She threatens the Kyorl with annihilation unless they stop persecuting the tainted. Unfortunately, the Sarghress accidentally kill the scientist responsible for the "cure" part of the gambit. As a result, the flower plague spreads beyond the control of everyone, including Snadhya]].
* PowersDoTheFighting: As the most powerful known summoner in the world, Snadhya'rune doesn't have to break a sweat fighting and can effortlessly defeat her enemies using her summons.
* PrettyInMink: Her fur coats have become something
edge of a RunningGag in the fandom, and there's official art of her in the fur-trimmed ''nightie''. Harming her coats seems to be one of the surefire ways to get her [[BerserkButton mad, too]].
lift.
* PrimalStance: When PlayingWithFire: Has a [[spoiler:Sarghress actually manages to trigger a VillainousBreakdown in her, she is reduced to this, physically threatening her enemies for the first time instead of just leaving it to her summons or minions]].
fire affinity.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[spoiler:Does this when announcing how she will kill her enemies over stabbing her]].
PraetorianGuard
* RevengeByProxy: A Sarghress squad causes significant damage to Snad's plans by assassinating one of her followers. When interrogating their leader, [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] recommends [[ColdBloodedTorture cutting her up]] since she refuses to speak. Snadhya'rune replies that she is far too ''civilized'' for such a thing, and instead decides to conduct a dramatic PublicExecution of her ''squad''.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Whilst being rather tall herself, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=476 Snadhya'rune]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=476 is noticeably the shortest amongst her trio of sisters]] and as mentioned above is the brains of the group.
* SmugSmiler: Pretty much constantly. When the smile stops, it's a ''very, very'' bad sign.
* TheSociopath: An ongoing debate on the site's forums was whether she was one, with someone even running her through the [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=88&t=18192 Hare Psychopathy Checklist]] and concluding that while not definitive, it was more likely than not[[note]]for reference, she scored around ''four times higher'' than your average person off the street, and most of the areas where she didn't have any points cover periods of her life that haven't been covered by the story or don't apply in context[[/note]]. [[spoiler:Zhor's]] comments about how Diva'ratrika "knew the sickness in her daughter" also heavily suggest it. And then the way she [[spoiler:callously kills her daughter Kalki]] convinced most of the holdouts.
* SpeakIllOfTheDead: “Your followers keep on killing themselves, one by one. A fitting legacy for you, [[spoiler: mother]]. You are death to the unchanging fools who follow your path...”
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it Snadhya'rune or Snadhya'runes? Recent pages have settled on Snadhya'rune, but the prologue uses Snadhya'runes. Most fans just call her Snadhya or Snads to avoid this.
* StalkerWithATestTube: One of her biggest reasons for using [[spoiler:Mel]] as her lover. She hopes to acquire certain valuable abilities from her bloodline and add them to her own, especially [[spoiler:Quain'tana]]'s AntiMagic ability.
* SummonMagic: She's a very powerful summoner, stated in the Orthorbbae wiki to be the strongest known summoner in Chel'el'sussoloth. At her residence in Felde [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9658 she can call upon the suits of armor]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9754 at a whim]] and without any apparent effort.
* SuperBreedingProgram: WordOfGod seems to confirm that at least part of the reason she wanted to have children with [[spoiler:Mel'arnach]] was because of the possibility of any resulting children inheriting a rare type of mana resistance from [[spoiler:Quain'tana]], but this didn't wind up happening. It's actually standard among Vals to select mates for specific bloodline abilities and is in and of itself not unusual, though Snadhya used rather unorthodox methods.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Back when she was a teacher, she was well known for offering students her protection in return for sexual favors. [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that this is where she recruited many of the Nidraa'chal]].
* TimeDissonance: Seems to have a bit of this as indicated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6837 here]]
* TortureFirstAskQuestionsLater: [[spoiler:A Sarghress squad manages to anger the Nidraa'chal. She technically ''does'' ask first, but when their leader refuses to answer, she conducts an execution of her underlings, killing the only one that actually ''knew'' the answer to her question]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The way she executes the Sarghress squad responsible for [[spoiler:Femi's death]] comes off as this, since she does so using ''an airship's mana guns'', which comes off as a combination of yet more of her {{Narcissist}} traits combined with showing off her new toy. Worse, it's heavily implied that while she could have finished them off in one round she had them miss the first shot ''on purpose'' purely to draw out the suffering of their leader, who's ForcedToWatch.
* ThisIsReality: "This is not some child's theater where my pets would suddenly move to end you."
* TranquilFury: She's clearly ''furious'' at Kalki's actions in chapter 46, but maintains an icy calm. When she finally decides that she's had enough of Kalki's antics, [[spoiler:she has a summon literally ''rip her to shreds'' without batting an eye]].
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Hinted at but not yet confirmed. [[spoiler:Zhor]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9773 believes]] that Diva'ratrika was aware of the "sickness" in Snadhya'rune, and hints about the timeline of when [[spoiler:he was transformed]] indicate this probably occurred when Snadhya'rune was very young.
* VillainousBreakdown: Snadhya'rune is enraged and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness seems to be losing her cool for the first time]] when [[spoiler:the Sarghress manage to assassinate a Jaal'darya scientist, Femi, who had a crucial role to play in her PoisonAndCureGambit]]. Later, after [[spoiler:Erelice stabs her]] she fully snaps, with even her own guards being too
PrimalFear: He's afraid of heights. He's quite unwilling to approach her and [[spoiler:Mikilu]] diving for cover.
* VillainTakesAnInterest: Her usual methodology for recruiting her "proteges" and sets her sights on Ariel due to her bloodline and abilities. It ultimately fails thanks to Kalki.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: A true politician in a world mostly ruled over by brute force. In truth, she is the story's closest thing to a BigBad,[[TheManBehindTheMan secretly responsible for a great deal of chaos and death]] in the name of her [[AmbitionIsEvil ruthless power grab]]. But publicly, she is one of the greatest proponents for peace, and has [[UnwittingPawn Kyo'nne, Kiel'ndia, many colonists, and possibly a whole bunch more people]] singing her praises.
* VisionaryVillain
* WeCanRuleTogether: Well, not so much rule, but in Chapter 46, Snad does offer one of her enemies, [[spoiler:Mikilu]], the chance to join her after she is defeated.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Presents herself as this, at least, stating that drow should be ruled by drow rather than by dark elves. More specifically, she believes that the old guard has clung too strongly to outdated ideals and is trying to usurp them with people that will accept new ideas. She also agrees with the Sarghress dogma that everyone should have the right to prove themselves regardless of ancestry. Doesn't excuse [[spoiler:basically committing genocide through the Nidraa'chal, murdering her mother, ''and'' deliberately tainting people with seeds that will eventually kill them]]. In Chapter 49, [[spoiler:the new Holy Mother Anahid uses her empathy to look at Snadhya's sins, which are so terrible that she rejects an offer of negotiation with the Nidraa'chal. When Snadhya presents the IDidWhatIHadToDo excuse, she doesn't buy it]].
* WickedStepmother: Even though drowolath do not get married ([[note]]the drowussu do have something akin to a commitment ceremony[[/note]]) she's essentially this to [[spoiler: Ariel]] since early in the story she tries to [[spoiler: get Ariel transferred to the female section of the school with the express intent of having the "blood of the Wolf" under her control]] and later tells [[spoiler:Mel'arnach that if the Sharen win the war she'll make a bloodline claim on both her and Ariel]].
* WouldHurtAChild: She already inflicted this trope when [[spoiler: her faulty seeds directly caused Shinae to give birth to a heavily mutated stillborn baby]]. It gets even worse when you learn that her plan is to [[spoiler: use said faulty seeds to either make a large majority of drowkind infertile and/or cause those who are still fertile to give birth to heavily mutated stillborn children like Shinae did]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Says this to [[spoiler:her daughter]] Kalki after Kalki [[spoiler:chops off Ariel's arm]], telling her to "go, before I find I no longer need you" with the clear threat of this. She [[spoiler:ultimately makes good on it]].
* YourSoulIsMine: Along with SummonMagic above, anyone who pisses her off enough and is deemed worth it can expect to become one of her summons.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: When a squad of Sarghress anger her, she reassures their leader that she is reasonable and that they can come to a mutual, peaceful understanding. When said squad leader remains silent, Snadhya'rune's actions make it clear she never had any actual intention of negotiating in the first place and had only made a false offer out of sadism.
* YouWillBeSpared: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9780 States]] that the Vloz'ress, Beldrobbaen and Jaal'darya clans will not have to face [[spoiler:her parasitic flowers]] due to their assistance in her schemes. As chapter 48 shows, this has ''massive'' strings attached.

!!Khaless
Khaless is (or was) Snadhya'rune's protector twin, though her exact status is a bit unclear at the moment since she apparently lost control of her seed around 50 years ago, and the current Khaless is some sort of demon who can take the shape of the original and apparently retrains some of her memories. Either way, Snadhya refers to having lost the original.

* BreakingSpeech: Does this to
chase Kiel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8874 in chapter 39]], pointing out that they are NotSoDifferent. Kiel is... [[FlippingTheBird less than impressed]])
* TheCorrupter In chapter 46 [[spoiler:her actions towards Kharla seem designed to do this, introducing her to "sexy times", which Kiel immediately realizes is
onto a ''very bad thing'']].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Originally, before her deomnic posession.
* GlasgowGrin: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6880 Displays a nice one here]].
* DemonicPossession: The original Khaless was possessed by a demon, though her personality remains alive in the demon's gestalt. Additionally, [[spoiler:Lulianne managed to damage Khaless's body badly enough that she was forced to steal Lulianne's]].
* EldritchAbomination: Whatever she is now appears to be one of these, since she is apparently a MindHive and occasionally even sprouts portions of people with her shapeshifting in combat.
* FaceStealer: Mainly the face of [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6902 Sael, Lulianne's niece]], who she may have killed, as well as Lulianne herself]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom (Can turn these on when she wants to look intimidating.)
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler:Does this to Kharla in chapter 46. Many people found this unsettling because even though Kharla is a grown woman, her mind is on level with a young child. [[FridgeHorror Which makes Khaless a child molester]]]].
* HornyDevils: Though the sex part seems to be optional, [[spoiler:did this to Rek'maar via Lulianne and later seems to do the same thing to Kharla, but since Kharla is monstrously powerful on her own, it's not lethal]].
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:[[HeKnowsTooMuch Does the former to Lulianne for knowing too much]] and secretly does the latter so as not to make Mel upset at the loss of her friend]].
* LongLostRelative: The Daydream story about Mel and Snadhya has Snadhya suggest that Khaless and Mel may be distantly related, as they had similar powers before Khaless got possessed.
* MeaningfulName: According to the D&D 2nd edition lorebook "The Drow of The Underdark," by Ed Grenwood, the term "khaless" means "trust, especially misplaced or foolish." Considering her actions regarding Lulianne, Kharlagen, and all the various "hosts" the Khaless demon has assimilated, coupled with the fact that she serves the penultimate DevilInPlainSight, Snadhyar'une, it fits all too perfectly.
* MindHive: There are [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7913 references]] to Khaless being a "consensus of beings".
* MulticoloredHair: Her current look, which makes her look like a bit like Sarv'swati, so much so that fans were initially confused as to who she was supposed to be.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Started as a joke, but later canonized by her one night stand with [[spoiler:Kharla]], where she uses her shapeshifting to make herself into a male.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: Does this to [[spoiler:Lulianne when she attacks her on the way down from the Ninth Tower, and Lulianne fights back]].
* ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange: [[spoiler:In chapter 46 is shown to have slept with Kharla and used her shapeshifting to make herself into a male]].
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: Khaless was possessed by a demon. Snadhya'rune thought she was lost, but came to recognize Khaless's personality in the [[MindHive gestalt entity]] she became. However, having consumed so many people, Khaless's identity has been somewhat confused, and she identifies as a demon, rather than as a drow. [[spoiler:After [[GrandTheftMe stealing Lulianne's body]], Khaless takes her place to look after Mel and prevent her from missing her friend. Khaless frequently slips in her act, performing actions very much unlike Lulianne. However, on occasion, Lulianne actually manages to take back control, especially when her pride is threatened.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6854 Her current costume]], which may only be staying on because she can shapeshift and/or create her own clothes.
* {{Troll}}: This trope is becoming a pattern for her.
** Flat out admits to enjoying the fact that she's unsettling Lulianne. She does this by playing with Lulianne's perception of her as [[EldritchAbomination looking uncanny]] (see also the trope entry below) and later on [[spoiler: uses the face of Lulianne's dead niece to throw the fight in her (Khaless's) favor]].
** Her conversation with Kiel in chapter 39 also has shades of this.
** Later, Snadhya'rune assumes her to be doing this when [[spoiler:she claims to be Lulianne as opposed to her sister. Though in this case, it is averted much to her surprise, since it actually ''was'' Lulianne taking back a degree of control]].
** In the background of the scene in chapter 46 where Kiel realizes Khaless has introduced [[spoiler:Kharla to sexy times]] one sharp-eyed forumgoer spotted her making [[http://i.imgur.com/Vwz64jA.png what can only be described as a Troll Face]] in the background.
* {{Twincest}}: Though not actual twins, it's ''heavily'' insinuated that her relationship with Snadhya'rune has been this in the past and outright confirmed in one Daydream story, to the point that ''Diva'ratrika'' of all people asks Snadhya'rune about it. It's not known if the relationship has continued in the same form since Khaless' possession.
* UncannyValley: She [[InvokedTrope invokes this trope]] in order to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6854 unsettle Lulianne]], and even tells Mel that she's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6860 enjoying it]].
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Khaless has the shapeshifting high art, and as an exceptionally powerful vel'akar (sapient demon), her abilities seem to have been enhanced even further. Even after [[spoiler:stealing Lulianne's body, she still retains this ability]].
* YouAreWhoYouEat: By combining her shapeshifting with her demonic nature, she can absorb her victims, thereby taking on their memories. Among the people she has eaten include [[spoiler:Sael and Lulianne]]. However, this is not without its disadvantages. All of the consumed beings form a gestalt entity, a MindHive. According to Kiel'ndia, she has eaten so many people, she has forgotten who she used to be, [[spoiler:and because she had to outright steal Lulianne's body, Lulianne occasionally manages to take back control]].

!! Sin'cani and Svala
Two of Snadhya'rune's Feldian bodyguards. They first appear in [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7740 chapter 31]] escorting Snadhya'rune's carriage, and someone implied to be Sin'cani appears later [[spoiler:in Nuqrah'shareh]].

* AmbiguousGender: It's still not entirely clear what gender Svala is, though her [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Svala Orthorbbae Library]] article says she's female.
* ChildHater: Sin'cani directly states [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7749 that he doesn't want any kids]]. Svala says he's missing out.
* InTheHood: Both of them, and WordOfGod [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=2958 is that]] because Felde is open to the sky[[note]]but still technically in the underworld because of the mist[[/note]] and experiences rain, their hoods do not have holes for the ears.
* ProperlyParanoid: Sin'cani in regards to small children near the carriage, since said small children [[spoiler:planted a mana bomb under it]].
* WouldHurtAChild: Both are willing to shoot a crossbow bolt at two children who happen to get in front of the carriage, but see ProperlyParanoid above.

!! [[spoiler:Kalki]]
See this character's entry under [[spoiler:Nidraa'chal]] on Characters/DrowtalesTheNidraaChal.
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[[folder:Sarv'swati and her bloodline]]

!!Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen
[[quoteright:216:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sarv.png]]
The second Sharen daughter and the leader of their army.

* AnAxeToGrind: Her WeaponOfChoice during the District War.
* AngstNuke: Frustrated that she cannot make her LastStand in the throne room thanks to her own actions, she shatters the very room she stands in out of rage.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler: To Diva'ratrika.]]
* ArchEnemy: To Quain'tana.
* {{Badass}}: Arguably the best warrior of her generation [[spoiler:and the one responsible for making Quain'tana barren]].
* BadBoss: Her awesome fighting skills came at the cost of being a very poor clan leader. To wit:
** She is said to keep a very firm grip on her line. Some members of Zala'ess's line defected to Sil'lice when they figured out on their own about the betrayal, but those members of Sarv'swati's line that were similarly sympathetic to Sil'lice were simply killed before they could do so.
** When Kio'nel comes to report his failure to defend the PenalColony, he is visibly trembling and in terror for his life. [[YouHaveFailedMe And sure enough, she kills him]].
** When she asks Tlu'rath to send the remaining Imperial Guards out to hold the gates long enough for [[TheCavalry Zala'ess's reinforcements to come]], he informs her that she has already squandered all of them. [[ShootTheMessenger She responds by trying to kill him]], though in this case she fails due to having dropped her axe without even having noticed.
** Not to mention, her method of killing those who either fail her or sympathize with those she sees as enemies ultimately backfires on her, too since she's basically lessening the numbers of ''her own army''.
** She brutally murders messengers who bring her unwelcome news, even if those messengers are soldiers under her command, and then wonders why she's got no army.
* BloodKnight: Possibly, and the expression on her face [[http://ww.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=520 when she]] [[spoiler:made Quain'tana barren]] suggests it. Then there's what she does to Kio'nel for his failure.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: She's the brawn in the trio of herself, Snadhya'rune and Zala'ess, being the one to lead the Sharen army and resorting to action to solve problems, as seen in her fight with Farasank.
* BreakTheHaughty[=/=]HumiliationConga: The District War is one long series of this for her, eventually resulting in [[spoiler:her death at the hands of Quain and Zala (who sabotaged the duel)]].
* TheCaligula: Among her sisters, Sarv'swati is the most outwardly dangerous, and is known for keeping maniacal control over her family, including killing those who sympathized with Sil'lice after the Nidraa'chal War. She also seems to be the most feared of her sisters by the public. The fact that she seems to have undergone some SanitySlippage over the timeskip doesn't help one bit.
* ControlFreak: Has been referred to as one more than once, both times by own her own family.
* CurbStompBattle: Played straight with Farasank, though he does put up a good fight. Then when she kills Kio'nel she completely curb stomps him.
* DishingOutDirt: We don't get to see her use it much, but [[spoiler: if what she does to her mother's throne room is any indication]] she's quite proficient with earth sorcery.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The apparent reason she opposes Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself in deeper, since she points out that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6863 her children are Sharen]] and she doesn't like the idea of letting Zala's family members get needlessly killed. That said she has ''no'' trouble killing Kio'nel for his failure to protect Dari'yako, and she killed members of her own bloodline who sympathized with Sil'lice following the Nidraa'chal War.
* FamousLastWords: "[[spoiler:[[ThisCannotBe But]]--]]"
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When she kills Kio'nel in a fit of rage, her entire eyes glow red.
* HairAntennae: Has a prominent pair of these. Though considering the way she ran the Sharen Empire into the ground during the District War, her "antennae" can be seen as IdiotHair.
* HonorBeforeReason: Her last ditch effort to restore her clan to power [[spoiler:disrupts Zala'ess's attempts at diplomacy, despite Zala's plan being more likely to work. She ultimately dies when Zala sabotages her duel with Quain]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: As Snadhya'rune points out, Sarv'swati's opposition to Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself deeper is pretty hypocritical considering the things Sarv'swati's already done.
* {{Irony}}
** During the Nidraa'chal coup, Sarv'swati worked with Snadhya'rune and Zala'ess to betray and murder [[spoiler:their mother, Diva'ratrika]]. [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika]]'s final act of defiance was to try and face her murderers from the throne room. Sarv'swati took great satisfaction in sealing her victim inside. But many years later, Sarv'swati faces a LastStand of her own, thanks in part to this very betrayal. And having sealed the throne room, Sarv'swati finds herself unable to repeat her victim's actions or properly mourn her.
** When Sarv'swati asks Snadhya'rune for help keeping Zala'ess in line, Snadhya'rune suggests letting Zala'ess exhaust herself against the Sarghress and seizing the advantage to subjugate them both. Sarv'swati refuses out of clan loyalty and moves in to deal with the Sarghress herself. But when Zala'ess moves her forces out of Chel to forge an alliance, ''Sarv'swati'' ends up being the one to exhaust herself. In the end, most of Sarv'swati's line is wiped out, the survivors surrendering. While Zala'ess moves in to destroy the weakened Sarghress, reconquer Chel, and [[spoiler:declare herself Empress]] with an absolutely overwhelming army of foreign allies.
* KilledMidSentence: Barely got out the word "wait" before she got a literal splitting headache.
* LastStand: Attempts one in Chapter 44 at the Council Dome, only to be bluntly told by Tlu'rath that no one is left to hold the gates because she's squandered or alienated all of them. [[spoiler:She winds up fleeing instead when the Sarghress finally break down the door]]. She later tries it again [[spoiler:by challenging Quain to a rematch duel, but loses it and her life thanks to Zala interfering]].
* LadyOfWar: Stated to be one of the most powerful war leaders along with Quain'tana, and her fight against Farasank shows that she's good at hand to hand too.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Her efforts to keep the clan together using fear of her wrath works -- for a while, but as the District War comes to a close, those she had previously cowed turn on her after [[spoiler:the fake Empress deception is put to an end]] and those left surrender soon after.
* {{Matricide}}: And for bonus points [[spoiler:she was the one who came up with the idea and later "[[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?order=date&id=30 sealed the deal]]" by collapsing the entrance of Diva's throne room]].
* MoralMyopia: She disapproves of Snadhya'rune's plan to let Zala'ess dig herself even deeper so that Snadhya'rune and Sarv'swati can elevate themselves cleaning up after her mess, conveniently ignoring that [[spoiler: she was complicit in the coup against her own mother and was willing to set up both Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta and their families to take heavy casualties during the War]]. Snadhya'rune rightfully points out that it's a little late to be squeamish about backstabbing and treachery now.
* MulticoloredHair: Has black tips on the end of her hair, though these eventually go away, suggesting they were dyed in. The purple part of her hair is implied to be natural.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:She betrayed and murdered her own mother to further her ambitions. [[PyrrhicVillainy But this action ultimately leads to her own undoing]]. Confronted with her own doom, she breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb, apologizing and begging her to come back]].
* PerpetualFrowner: It's actually become a bit of a running joke that the only facial expression she's capable of is a scowl.
* PyrrhicVillainy: She betrayed Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, and [[spoiler:her mother]] to launch TheCoup, allowing her to become the de facto leader of the Sharen clan. However, her actions eventually come to carry a terrible price.
** With Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta's bloodlines extinguished and alienated, the Sharen lost half of their army, making them unable to retain as much territory and allowing the Sarghress to fill the vacuum.
** Forcing her family to taint themselves gave the Sharen clan a powerful advantage against the other clans, but [[spoiler:thanks to Snadhya'rune's betrayal, it has been causing them tainting sickness, and has ensured their doom]].
** Bringing the Black Sun into their fold helped lessen the Sarghress clan's numerical advantage, but hurt public relations due to the Black Sun's barbaric reputation.
** Attacking Machike when most of the Sarghress were away gave them a big advantage against a potential threat, but in breaking the rules of their own empire by enslaving neutral commoners, they angered the populace and brought open war with a clan that was very nearly their match.
** Zala'ess's line provides the political caste of the Sharen, while Snadhya'rune [[spoiler:secretly wants the Sharen clan destroyed anyways]]. Sarv'swati's family however, provides the main branch of the Sharen clan's army. As a result, Sarv'swati is more heavily invested in the District War and takes dispropportionately more losses.
** The [[spoiler:false empress gambit helped maintain morale, but when she was assassinated, it gave the Beldrobbaen an excuse to pull out of a losing war and end their alliance with the Sharen]].
** Enslaving large portions of the populace gave the Sharen clan a PenalColony under their exclusive control, as well as CannonFodder SlaveMooks. However, this caused them to lose [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating all remaining popular support from the commoners]].
** Betraying Nishi'kanta was necessary for the coup, but it eventually results in her bloodline [[spoiler:sabotaging the defenses of First Landing, allowing the Sarghress to conquer it with ease]].
** Similarly, a member of Sil'lice's line almost manages to [[spoiler:kill Sarv'swati herself]].
** During Sarv'swati's LastStand, she orders that the Imperial Guard who normally defend the Imperial Dome come down to hold the gates long enough for Zala'ess's reinforcements to arrive. But between [[ThePurge purging]] [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika]]'s loyalists, sending them out in the field to die, and sending them away to protect the [[spoiler:fake Diva'ratrikas]], she has squandered them all, leaving nothing left but a battered and demoralized army to face the Sarghress hordes.
** By the time the District War starts coming to a close, Sarv'swati has lost nearly everything and is faced with her doom. [[spoiler:Sarv'swati breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb and begs her to come back]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: On the receiving end of two of these in quick succession in Chapter 44, first from [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9599 Kyne, her own grand-niece]]]] and then [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9805 from Tlu'rath]], who flat out tells her that she's squandered all of her allies.
* RuleOfSymbolism: It's probably not a coincidence that [[spoiler:the sword strike that kills her]] destroys her crown in the process.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of Chapter 44, [[spoiler:disappears, which effectively ends the war]].
* StatuesqueStunner: Given how she compares to Farasank she's clearly pretty tall, and is stated at one point to be the tallest of the Sharen sisters.
* TheStoic: Unemotional to the point of being robotic, [[PerpetualFrowner her default facial expression]] hardly ever changes.
** NotSoStoic / OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: the one time in the main archive where she loses control of her emotions is after she is all but defeated by the Sarghress and returns to her mother's throne room, whereupon she throws a gigantic temper tantrum]].
* TearsOfRemorse: [[spoiler:Murdering her mother fuelled her ambitions, [[PyrrhicVillainy but ultimately ruined her life]]. Faced with her own doom, she cries, begging her mother to come back]].
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: During the timeskip, between Zala'ess [[spoiler:sneaking off to Nuqrah'shareh]], Snadhya'rune staying in Felde and Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta [[spoiler:ending in up Mimaneid]] Sarv became the defacto leader of Chel's Sharen. Probably not at all coincidentally, this marks the point when the war starts going ''really badly'' for the Sharen.
* StraightForTheCommander: [[spoiler:Believing that the Sarghress will completely collapse without Quain'tana and allow the Sharen clan to reclaim its supremacy, Sarv'swati attempts to redeem her failures by going after her. It ultimately fails]].
* SuperStrength: She is strong enough to smash through the thick metal armor of [[MiniMecha Sarghress golems]] with her axe.
* VillainousBreakdown: Increasingly goes through this as the District War inexorably enters the Sarghress clan's favor. By the end of chapter 44, she has been reduced to [[spoiler:whimpering for her mother like a child]].
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Her fight with Farasank ends with her pulling a reversal and slamming him into the ground, face first, and them slamming his head into the ground again with her hand for good measure.
* YouHaveFailedMe: She brutally kills Kio'nel for his failure to protect the PenalColony.


!!Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen
A younger Sharen of Sarv'swati's lineage, she lost her arm to Faen's psychic attack.

* AlphaBitch: While Chrys'tel is more of a LovableAlphaBitch, so far Nihi'liir is just an AlphaBitch, and even [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7015 the other characters think so]].
* ArtificialLimbs: Thanks to Faen.
* AssholeVictim: She doesn't die, but she brought the loss of her arm on herself, and then [[spoiler:played straight when she gets killed by a disguised Ariel]].
* BackForTheDead: After the timeskip.
* TheBaroness: Develops into one after the timeskip [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9014 complete with sadism]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: While she was at Orthorbbae she seems to have had something like this with Chrys'tel's gang, since she was familiar enough with them to tag along with them when Faen was supposed to get tainted, but it was quite clear that they barely tolerated her presence.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Did this to Faen. It backfired.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=427 Implied]], not unlike her mother, though it [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=428 bit her in the ass in a fairly major way]].
* MulticoloredHair
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:The way she dies. Generally agreed to be one of the more [[KickTheSonOfABitch satisfying deaths]] thus far]].
* PunnyName: Her name is possibly a pun on the word ''nihilism''.
* RichBitch
* TheRival: To Chrys'tel, who she enjoys taunting.
* ShadowArchetype: To Chrys'tel, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=3652 confirmed]] by WordOfGod.
** DeliberatelyBadExample: What Chrys'tel would be if she actually ''was'' the heartless RichBitch she's initially presented as.
* SmugSnake
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To her mother.
* KickTheDog: To Shinae. She repeatedly gloats about Shinae's "child" and promises to tell Zala about it if Shinae objects.

!!Vidhi'yani Vel'Sharen

An older Sharen of Sarv'swati's lineage and one of the imperial overseers. Makes her first appearance in Chapter 30.

* {{Ambadassador}}: In her position as an Imperial overseer.
* BigNo: At the sight of [[spoiler:Kyne using her golem to pin Sarv against the wall]].
* CarFu: Uses her floater to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9599 ram into]] [[spoiler:Kyne to allow Sarv'swati to attack the open golem cockpit]].
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her hair, where one sidelock is dyed black.
* HimeCut
* LadyOfWar
* MultiColoredHair: Her hair is bluish-purple, with a black tinted sidelock just like Sarv'swati. Despite her mother being second generation, she still has dark hair colour leading fans to speculate that she must be one of Sarv'swati's oldest children and/or that her father may have been a Dark Elf.
* SilkHidingSteel: Pretty much literally, both in character type and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7646 because she actually wears armor under her silk clothing]].
** Her armor also [[spoiler: displays strange lights, indicating she could be a summon as seen in the TomatoSurprise entry below]].
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Definitely on the snobbish end of the scale.
* SummonMagic
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Is has not been confirmed yet, but when Farasank and his men try to strip her to her breasts, she deflects their attempts and does it herself, exposing a strange series of lights across her chest. [[spoiler: These lights are similar to the ones displayed by Sateja Vel'Sharen in Chapter 28 when the latter revealed herself to be a summon. Fans speculate about what this might mean. Note that Vidhi'yani always wears a veil across her face and that in the very next panel after she bares her chest, her mother Sarv'swati suddenly appears in the tavern (and Vidhi'yani herself just disappears from panel). Was this by way of summoning? This has yet to be confirmed.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She's seen at the battle of the Council Dome but not seen after, though she's assumed to have been captured along with the rest of Sarv'swati's bloodline.

!!Sun'ya Vel'Sharen
One of Sarv'swati's sons. Makes his first appearance in Chapter 30.

* BrilliantButLazy: It was speculated by readers in the comic forum that the Sharen higher ups must be rather lazy in their policing of the city if Sun'ya's having the time to kiss and flirt with a female commoner whilst on duty was anything to go by. Three pages later however, he proves exactly why he is a member of [[spoiler:fake!]]Diva'ratrika's Imperial Guard.
* TheCasanova: If his actions with the female commoner in Chapter 30 are anything to go by. She even appears to be pregnant, though it's uncertain if it's by him or not.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MultiColoredHair
* WildHair: His hair is unusually styled as thicker and wavier than other drowolath males shown.

!!Nori'ga Vel'Sharen

* TheAllegedSteed: His dragon, Kicker, is referenced as being [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7632 widowed]] and thus the only dragon that was available for Nori'ga to take, and his former master apparently did a terrible job at training him.
* ButtMonkey: Even from his first concept art fans correctly pegged him as the loser of Sarv'swati's line.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* HorsingAround: His dragon, Kicker, and a few people on the forum noticed that [[SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying his handling of Kicker is very incorrect]][[note]]For the record, leaning forward on a horse while pulling back on the reins sends two contradictory messages[[/note]], which may be intentional on the author's part to show how bad he is at it and/or how badly trained the dragon was.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In Chapter 44 [[spoiler:surrenders when the Sarghress forces break into the Council Dome]].
* WildHair: Like his brother above, his hair seems unusually thick and wavy compared to other drowolath males shown.

!! Anin'dita Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Suntiger[[/note]]
An Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, first seen protecting the fake-Diva during Chapter 39. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120615Anindita.jpg here]].

* CarryABigStick: Wields a heavy mace in battle.
* TheCorruption: She is suffering from tainting sickness.
* DishingOutDirt: Has an earth affinity.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MakingASplash: Carries a water foci, as well.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: As with many of her fellow guards, she was kept unaware of Diva'ratrika's death. Though she's started to have her doubts...

!! Sorn'mal Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by [=GuiltyCarrion=][[/note]]
An Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage and Nona's mate. He is first seen protecting the fake-Diva during the height of the District War. He shares a close bond with his dragon, Baef. Appears in Chapters 39, 44, and 50. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120622Sormnal.jpg here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sornmal.png here]].

* AnAxeToGrind: His chosen weapon.
* BlingOfWar: Not so much, himself. But he's adorned Baef in a variety of trophies.
* BloodMagic / BloodyMurder: Has a blood affinity that he's trained to use offensively.
* IllKillYou: Makes it clear in no uncertain terms that he will cut [[spoiler:Shinae apart, piece-by-piece, if she kills Nona]].
* FacialMarkings: Has a distinctive jaw tattoo on his right cheek.

to:

[[folder:Sarv'swati and her bloodline]]

!!Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen
[[quoteright:216:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sarv.png]]
The second
[[folder:Other Sharen daughter bloodlines]]

!!Ashu'athama Sharen
Diva'ratrika's only son
and brother to Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta and Zala'ess. He is one of the leader of their army.

* AnAxeToGrind: Her WeaponOfChoice during the District War.
* AngstNuke: Frustrated that she cannot make her LastStand
headmasters at Davya Tower with Kel'noz. Little is known about him and he has so far only appeared in the throne room thanks to her own actions, she shatters early chapters chronicling Ariel's stay at Orthorbbae.

* CoolPet: The dragon around his shoulders.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Was he in on his three sister's coup on Diva'ratrika? It's not been made clear yet in
the very room she stands in out of rage.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler: To Diva'ratrika.]]
* ArchEnemy: To Quain'tana.
* {{Badass}}: Arguably the best warrior of her generation [[spoiler:and the one responsible for making Quain'tana barren]].
* BadBoss: Her awesome fighting skills came at the cost of being a very poor clan leader. To wit:
** She is said to keep a very firm grip on her line. Some members of Zala'ess's line defected to Sil'lice when they figured out on their own about the betrayal, but those members of Sarv'swati's line that were similarly sympathetic to Sil'lice were simply killed before they could do so.
** When Kio'nel comes to report his failure to defend the PenalColony, he is visibly trembling and in terror for his life. [[YouHaveFailedMe And sure enough, she kills him]].
** When she asks Tlu'rath to send the remaining Imperial Guards out to hold the gates long enough for [[TheCavalry Zala'ess's reinforcements to come]], he informs her that she has already squandered all of them. [[ShootTheMessenger She responds by trying to kill him]],
main story, though the fact that he's not tainted suggests that he's not]].
* OlderThanTheyLook / YoungerThanTheyLook: His age
in this case she fails due relation to having dropped that of his five sisters is something of a [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20070117c02p066.JPG question mark]]. Only his sisters are listed by birth order- not him. The lines on his face suggest he must be quite old, yet he has a natural white hair color like her axe without even having noticed.
** Not to mention, her method
younger children. WordOfGod confirmed he is younger than Snadhya but older than Diva's other children.
* OldMaster
* TheOneGuy: The only male child
of killing those who either fail her or sympathize with those she sees as enemies ultimately backfires on her, too Diva'ratrika and one of the few male Sharens in the entire clan left untainted.
* OutOfFocus: Hasn't been seen
since she's basically lessening the numbers of ''her own army''.
** She brutally murders messengers who bring her unwelcome news, even if those messengers are soldiers under her command, and then wonders why she's got no army.
* BloodKnight: Possibly, and the expression on her face [[http://ww.
Ariel was last in Orthorbbae, minus [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=520 when she]] [[spoiler:made Quain'tana barren]] suggests it. Then there's what she does to Kio'nel for php?sid=7904 a two panel appearance]] at the end of chapter 32.
* RebelPrince: Implied, since
his failure.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: She's the brawn in the trio
lack of herself, Snadhya'rune tainting and Zala'ess, being the one to lead apparent disinterest in matters outside of Orthorbbae imply he's not towing the Sharen army and resorting to action to solve problems, as party line, which may be ''why'' he's TheUnfavorite.
* ShoulderSizedDragon
* VagueAge: See above for reasons.
* TheUnfavorite: It's telling that he's the only child of Diva not
seen in her fight with Farasank.
* BreakTheHaughty[=/=]HumiliationConga: The District War is one long series of this for her, eventually resulting in [[spoiler:her death at
a "Val" on the hands front of Quain and Zala (who sabotaged the duel)]].
* TheCaligula: Among her sisters, Sarv'swati is the most outwardly dangerous, and is known for keeping maniacal control over her family, including killing those who sympathized with Sil'lice after the Nidraa'chal War. She also seems to be the most feared of her sisters by the public. The fact that she seems to have undergone some SanitySlippage over the timeskip doesn't help one bit.
* ControlFreak: Has been referred to as one more than once, both times by own her own family.
* CurbStompBattle: Played straight with Farasank,
his name, though this may have been a writing oversight as other male headmasters in the same scene had a Val prefix, and he does put up a good fight. Then when she kills Kio'nel she completely curb stomps him.
* DishingOutDirt: We don't get to see her use it much, but [[spoiler: if what she does to her mother's throne room
is any indication]] she's quite proficient with earth sorcery.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The apparent reason she opposes Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself in deeper, since she points out that
identified as [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Clans_Overview#Sharen a Vel'Sharen on the clan overview chart]]. After the timeskip, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=3699 Kern drew a chibi of Diva'ratrika and her children but with only the daughters present]]- which seems to further suggest this trope.

!!Kio'nel Vel'Sharen
A young Sharen who first appears in chapter 31 [[http://www.
drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6863 her children are Sharen]] and she doesn't like the idea of letting Zala's family members get needlessly killed. That said she has ''no'' trouble killing Kio'nel for his failure php?sid=7714 escorting Kiel to protect Dari'yako, and she killed members of her own bloodline who sympathized meet with Sil'lice following the Nidraa'chal War.
* FamousLastWords: "[[spoiler:[[ThisCannotBe But]]--]]"
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When she kills Kio'nel
Chrys'tel]]. Later appears in a fit of rage, her entire eyes glow red.
* HairAntennae: Has a prominent pair of these. Though considering the way she ran the Sharen Empire into the ground during the District War, her "antennae" can be seen as IdiotHair.
* HonorBeforeReason: Her last ditch effort to restore her clan to power [[spoiler:disrupts Zala'ess's attempts at diplomacy, despite Zala's plan being more likely to work. She ultimately dies when Zala sabotages her duel with Quain]].
* {{Hypocrite}}: As Snadhya'rune points out, Sarv'swati's opposition to Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself deeper is pretty hypocritical considering the things Sarv'swati's already done.
* {{Irony}}
** During the Nidraa'chal coup, Sarv'swati worked with Snadhya'rune and Zala'ess to betray and murder [[spoiler:their mother, Diva'ratrika]]. [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika]]'s final act of defiance was to try and face her murderers from the throne room. Sarv'swati took great satisfaction in sealing her victim inside. But many years later, Sarv'swati faces a LastStand of her own, thanks in part to this very betrayal. And having sealed the throne room, Sarv'swati finds herself unable to repeat her victim's actions or properly mourn her.
** When Sarv'swati asks Snadhya'rune for help keeping Zala'ess in line, Snadhya'rune suggests letting Zala'ess exhaust herself against the Sarghress and seizing the advantage to subjugate them both. Sarv'swati refuses out of clan loyalty and moves in to deal with the Sarghress herself. But when Zala'ess moves her forces out of Chel to forge an alliance, ''Sarv'swati'' ends up being the one to exhaust herself. In the end, most of Sarv'swati's line is wiped out, the survivors surrendering. While Zala'ess moves in to destroy the weakened Sarghress, reconquer Chel, and [[spoiler:declare herself Empress]] with an absolutely overwhelming army of foreign allies.
* KilledMidSentence: Barely got out the word "wait" before she got a literal splitting headache.
* LastStand: Attempts one in Chapter 44 at the Council Dome, only to be bluntly told by Tlu'rath that no one is left to hold the gates because she's squandered or alienated all of them. [[spoiler:She winds up fleeing instead when the Sarghress finally break down the door]]. She later tries it again [[spoiler:by challenging Quain to a rematch duel, but loses it and her life thanks to Zala interfering]].
* LadyOfWar: Stated to be one of the most powerful war leaders along with Quain'tana, and her fight against Farasank shows that she's good at hand to hand too.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Her efforts to keep the clan together using fear of her wrath works -- for a while, but as the District War comes to a close, those she had previously cowed turn on her after [[spoiler:the fake Empress deception is put to an end]] and those left surrender soon after.
* {{Matricide}}: And for bonus points [[spoiler:she was the one who came up with the idea and later "[[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?order=date&id=30 sealed the deal]]" by collapsing the entrance of Diva's throne room]].
* MoralMyopia: She disapproves of Snadhya'rune's plan to let Zala'ess dig herself even deeper so that Snadhya'rune and Sarv'swati can elevate themselves cleaning up after her mess, conveniently ignoring that [[spoiler: she was complicit in the coup against her own mother and was willing to set up both Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta and their families to take heavy casualties during the War]]. Snadhya'rune rightfully points out that it's a little late to be squeamish about backstabbing and treachery now.
* MulticoloredHair: Has black tips on the end of her hair, though these eventually go away, suggesting they were dyed in. The purple part of her hair is implied to be natural.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:She betrayed and murdered her own mother to further her ambitions. [[PyrrhicVillainy But this action ultimately leads to her own undoing]]. Confronted with her own doom, she breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb, apologizing and begging her to come back]].
* PerpetualFrowner: It's actually become a bit of a running joke that the only facial expression she's capable of is a scowl.
* PyrrhicVillainy: She betrayed Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, and [[spoiler:her mother]] to launch TheCoup, allowing her to become the de facto leader of the Sharen clan. However, her actions eventually come to carry a terrible price.
** With Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta's bloodlines extinguished and alienated, the Sharen lost half of their army, making them unable to retain as much territory and allowing the Sarghress to fill the vacuum.
** Forcing her family to taint themselves gave the Sharen clan a powerful advantage against the other clans, but [[spoiler:thanks to Snadhya'rune's betrayal, it has been causing them tainting sickness, and has ensured their doom]].
** Bringing the Black Sun into their fold helped lessen the Sarghress clan's numerical advantage, but hurt public relations due to the Black Sun's barbaric reputation.
** Attacking Machike when most of the Sarghress were away gave them a big advantage against a potential threat, but in breaking the rules of their own empire by enslaving neutral commoners, they angered the populace and brought open war with a clan that was very nearly their match.
** Zala'ess's line provides the political caste of the Sharen, while Snadhya'rune [[spoiler:secretly wants the Sharen clan destroyed anyways]]. Sarv'swati's family however, provides the main branch of the Sharen clan's army. As a result, Sarv'swati is more heavily invested in the District War and takes dispropportionately more losses.
** The [[spoiler:false empress gambit helped maintain morale, but when she was assassinated, it gave the Beldrobbaen an excuse to pull out of a losing war and end their alliance with the Sharen]].
** Enslaving large portions of the populace gave the Sharen clan a PenalColony under their exclusive control, as well as CannonFodder SlaveMooks. However, this caused them to lose [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating all remaining popular support from the commoners]].
** Betraying Nishi'kanta was necessary for the coup, but it eventually results in her bloodline [[spoiler:sabotaging the defenses of First Landing, allowing the Sarghress to conquer it with ease]].
** Similarly, a member of Sil'lice's line almost manages to [[spoiler:kill Sarv'swati herself]].
** During Sarv'swati's LastStand, she orders that the Imperial Guard who normally defend the Imperial Dome come down to hold the gates long enough for Zala'ess's reinforcements to arrive. But between [[ThePurge purging]] [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika]]'s loyalists, sending them out in the field to die, and sending them away to protect the [[spoiler:fake Diva'ratrikas]], she has squandered them all, leaving nothing left but a battered and demoralized army to face the Sarghress hordes.
** By the time the District War starts coming to a close, Sarv'swati has lost nearly everything and is faced with her doom. [[spoiler:Sarv'swati breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb and begs her to come back]].
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: On the receiving end of two of these in quick succession in Chapter 44, first from [[spoiler:[[http://www.
[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9599 Kyne, her own grand-niece]]]] and then php?sid=9406 Chapter 42]] as the leader of the Dari'yako PenalColony.

* BackForTheDead
* BerserkButton: He winds up pressing Shinae's when, after Chrys'tel runs off, she asks him if he'll
[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9805 from Tlu'rath]], who flat out tells her that she's squandered all of her allies.
* RuleOfSymbolism: It's probably not a coincidence that [[spoiler:the sword strike that kills
php?sid=7821 make love to her]] destroys her crown in the process.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of Chapter 44, [[spoiler:disappears, which effectively ends the war]].
* StatuesqueStunner: Given how she compares to Farasank she's clearly pretty tall,
and is stated at one point to be the tallest of the Sharen sisters.
* TheStoic: Unemotional to the point of being robotic, [[PerpetualFrowner her default facial expression]] hardly ever changes.
** NotSoStoic / OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: the one time in the main archive where she loses control of her emotions is after she is all but defeated by the Sarghress and returns to her mother's throne room, whereupon she throws a gigantic temper tantrum]].
* TearsOfRemorse: [[spoiler:Murdering her mother fuelled her ambitions, [[PyrrhicVillainy but ultimately ruined her life]]. Faced with her own doom, she cries, begging her mother to come back]].
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: During the timeskip, between Zala'ess [[spoiler:sneaking off to Nuqrah'shareh]], Snadhya'rune staying in Felde and Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta [[spoiler:ending in up Mimaneid]] Sarv became the defacto leader of Chel's Sharen. Probably not at all coincidentally, this marks the point when the war starts going ''really badly'' for the Sharen.
* StraightForTheCommander: [[spoiler:Believing that the Sarghress will completely collapse without Quain'tana and allow the Sharen clan to reclaim its supremacy, Sarv'swati attempts to redeem her failures by going after her. It ultimately fails]].
* SuperStrength: She is strong enough to smash through the thick metal armor of [[MiniMecha Sarghress golems]] with her axe.
* VillainousBreakdown: Increasingly goes through this as the District War inexorably enters the Sarghress clan's favor. By the end of chapter 44, she has been reduced to [[spoiler:whimpering for her mother like a child]].
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Her fight with Farasank ends with her pulling a reversal and slamming him into the ground, face first, and them slamming his head into the ground again with her hand for good measure.
* YouHaveFailedMe: She brutally kills Kio'nel for his failure to protect the PenalColony.


!!Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen
A younger Sharen of Sarv'swati's lineage, she lost her arm to Faen's psychic attack.

* AlphaBitch: While Chrys'tel is more of a LovableAlphaBitch, so far Nihi'liir is just an AlphaBitch, and even
he [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7015 php?sid=7823 tries to turn her down]], causing her to quite literally blow up in his face.
* CurbStompBattle: It's pathetically one sided when Sarv'swati kills him and she almost ''literally'' curb stomps him before whaling on him with a glaive.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He tries, at least, but finding out things got even worse after he left makes this impossible.
* FromBadToWorse: The Dari'yako colony getting attacked by Highland Raiders and
the other characters think so]].
slaves being freed on his watch? Bad. [[spoiler:An overwhelming Sarghress force arriving after he's already left for Chel and destroying what's left of it]]? ''Worse''.
* ArtificialLimbs: Thanks GeneralFailure: He seems to Faen.
be decently competent, but he gets completely blindsided by the Highland Raider attack and didn't even know about [[spoiler:the main Sarghress force coming in to destroy the rest after he'd already left for Chel]] until another survivor makes it back. And Sarv'swati is ''not'' pleased.
* AssholeVictim: She KissingCousins: Has a very obvious crush on Chrys'tel, and though it's not entirely certain how they're related he's most likely a cousin, but Chrys doesn't die, but she brought seem to return his feelings or for that matter even seem aware of them.
* SeriesContinuityError: In Chapter 42, due to
the loss Colonies story being done by two different artists his hairstyle changes drastically between the two parts of her arm on herself, the story, with one artist using his updated concept art and then [[spoiler:played straight when she gets killed by a disguised Ariel]].
* BackForTheDead: After
the timeskip.
* TheBaroness: Develops into one after
other his pre-timeskip art as references. This lead the timeskip author of that side-story to say that [[SureLetsGoWithThat he got a haircut before his meeting with Sarv'swati]], which some readers thought worked since it emphasized just how screwed he knew he was and at least wanted to look decent before he died.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck:
[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9014 complete php?sid=9437 his face]] as he goes to meet with sadism]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: While she was at Orthorbbae she seems to have had something like this with Chrys'tel's gang, since she was familiar enough with them to tag along with them when Faen was supposed to get tainted, but it was quite clear that they barely tolerated her presence.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Did this to Faen. It backfired.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=427 Implied]], not unlike her mother, though it [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=428 bit her in the ass in a fairly major way]].
* MulticoloredHair
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:The way she dies. Generally agreed to be one of the more [[KickTheSonOfABitch satisfying deaths]] thus far]].
* PunnyName: Her name is possibly a pun on the word ''nihilism''.
* RichBitch
* TheRival: To Chrys'tel, who she enjoys taunting.
* ShadowArchetype: To Chrys'tel, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=3652 confirmed]] by WordOfGod.
** DeliberatelyBadExample: What Chrys'tel would be if she actually ''was'' the heartless RichBitch she's initially presented as.
* SmugSnake
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To her mother.
* KickTheDog: To Shinae. She repeatedly gloats about Shinae's "child" and promises
Sarv'swati to tell Zala her what happened to Dari'yako clearly says this. He's not wrong about it if Shinae objects.

!!Vidhi'yani Vel'Sharen

An older Sharen of
her response either.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
Sarv'swati's lineage response to his return.

!! Quar'imar*[[note]]Created by Michael[[/note]]
An ex-Dutan'vir
and one of Orthorbbae Master, he is seen assisting Zala's faction during the imperial overseers. Makes her first appearance in Civil War arc of Chapter 30.

37.

* {{Ambadassador}}: In her position as an Imperial overseer.
* BigNo: At the sight
BadassTeacher: Teaching generations of [[spoiler:Kyne using her golem to pin Sarv against the wall]].
* CarFu: Uses her floater to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9599 ram into]] [[spoiler:Kyne to allow Sarv'swati to attack the open golem cockpit]].
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her hair, where one sidelock is dyed black.
* HimeCut
* LadyOfWar
* MultiColoredHair: Her hair is bluish-purple, with a black tinted sidelock just like Sarv'swati. Despite her mother being second generation, she still
drow at Orthorbbae has dark hair colour leading fans to speculate that she must be one of Sarv'swati's oldest children and/or that her father may have been a Dark Elf.
* SilkHidingSteel: Pretty much literally, both in character type and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7646 because she actually wears armor under her silk clothing]].
** Her armor also [[spoiler: displays strange lights, indicating she could be a summon as seen
clearly not dulled his combat skills in the TomatoSurprise entry below]].
slightest.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Definitely on DarkAndTroubledPast: Implied. When subjected to an [[MindRape empathy attack]], the snobbish end of the scale.
* SummonMagic
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:Is has not been confirmed yet, but when Farasank and his men try to strip her to her breasts, she deflects their attempts and does it herself, exposing a strange series of lights across her chest. [[spoiler: These lights are similar to the ones displayed by Sateja Vel'Sharen in Chapter 28 when the latter revealed herself to be a summon. Fans speculate about what this might mean. Note that Vidhi'yani always wears a veil across her face and that in the very
word appearing next panel after she bares her chest, her mother Sarv'swati suddenly appears in the tavern (and Vidhi'yani herself to him is "failure".
* ExtraOredinary: Has a metal affinity. He uses it to save Chrys'tel.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: He seems to regard his job as not
just disappears from panel). Was this by way of summoning? This has yet to be confirmed.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: She's seen at
locating the battle of the Council Dome "hidden weapon", but not seen after, though she's assumed to have been captured along with the rest of Sarv'swati's bloodline.

!!Sun'ya Vel'Sharen
One of Sarv'swati's sons. Makes his first appearance in Chapter 30.

* BrilliantButLazy: It was speculated by readers in the comic forum that the Sharen higher ups must be rather lazy in their policing of the city if Sun'ya's having the time to kiss and flirt with a female commoner whilst on duty was anything to go by. Three pages later however, he proves exactly why he is a member of [[spoiler:fake!]]Diva'ratrika's Imperial Guard.
* TheCasanova: If his actions with the female commoner in Chapter 30 are anything to go by. She even appears to be pregnant, though it's uncertain if it's by him or not.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MultiColoredHair
* WildHair: His hair is unusually styled as thicker and wavier than other drowolath males shown.

!!Nori'ga Vel'Sharen

* TheAllegedSteed: His dragon, Kicker, is referenced as being [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7632 widowed]] and thus the only dragon that was available for Nori'ga to take, and his former master apparently did a terrible job at
training him.
* ButtMonkey: Even from his first concept art fans correctly pegged him as the loser of Sarv'swati's line.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* HorsingAround: His dragon, Kicker,
Nau and a few people on the forum noticed that [[SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying his handling of Kicker is very incorrect]][[note]]For the record, leaning forward on a horse while pulling back on the reins sends two contradictory messages[[/note]], which may be intentional on the author's part to show how bad he is at it and/or how badly trained the dragon was.
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: In Chapter 44 [[spoiler:surrenders when the Sarghress forces break into the Council Dome]].
* WildHair: Like his brother above, his hair seems unusually thick and wavy compared to other drowolath males shown.

Chrys'tel in real-world combat on-the-fly.

!! Anin'dita Eri'nyasa Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Suntiger[[/note]]
Pitdragon[[/note]]
An Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, Overseer first seen in Chapter 39, protecting a bio-golem double of Diva'ratrika. Reappears in Chapter 41, protecting the fake-Diva during Chapter 39. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120615Anindita.jpg here]].

fake Diva'ratrika inside the Beldrobbaen fortress.

* CarryABigStick: Wields a heavy mace BraidsOfAction
* CoolMask: A white veil hides most of her face.
* OhCrap: She is strongly unnerved by the effects of Raan'dirk's taint, after he is severely injured
in battle.
* TheCorruption: She SecretKeeper: She's fully aware that Diva'ratrika is suffering from tainting sickness.
* DishingOutDirt: Has an earth affinity.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe
* MakingASplash: Carries a water foci,
dead, and is among those responsible for hiding that fact as well.
long as possible.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: As with many of her fellow guards, she was kept unaware of Diva'ratrika's death. Though she's started to have her doubts...

SummonMagic: Proficient in both traditional and nether summoning.

!! Sorn'mal Leona Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by [=GuiltyCarrion=][[/note]]
An
Meckruco[[/note]]
A stalwart
Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage and Nona's mate. He is first seen protecting the fake-Diva Diva'ratrika body-double during the height Chapter 39.

* BladeOnAStick: Wields a spear in battle.
* BraidsOfAction
* GrayEyes
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Like many
of the District War. He shares a close bond with his dragon, Baef. Appears in Chapters 39, 44, and 50. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/20120622Sormnal.jpg here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sornmal.png here]].

* AnAxeToGrind: His chosen weapon.
* BlingOfWar: Not so much, himself. But he's adorned Baef in a variety of trophies.
* BloodMagic / BloodyMurder: Has a blood affinity
her fellow guards, she's unaware that he's trained to use offensively.
* IllKillYou: Makes it clear in no uncertain terms that he will cut [[spoiler:Shinae apart, piece-by-piece, if she kills Nona]].
* FacialMarkings: Has
the "Empress" she's protecting is merely a distinctive jaw tattoo on his right cheek.bio-golem double.



* ScarsAreForever: In addition to the blinded eye, he has a number of prominent scars on his nose and cheek.

!! Daksha'yani Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Dalvyserran [[/note]]
An Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, stationed in the Beldrobbaen fortress during Chapter 41.

* ColdSniper
* CoolMask: A white veil that hides her features.
* PraetorianGuard
* RapunzelHair: Her ponytail goes down to her waist.
* TapOnTheHead: Zig-zagged. A blow to the back of her head knocks her out cold, but she's also seen in the epilogue nursing a rather nasty head wound.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A. And in uniform, no less!

!! Ty'tose Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Razorburn[[/note]]
A scarred Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, serving in the Beldrobbaen homefront during Chapter 41. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Tytose.jpg here]].

* BladeOnAStick: Wields a glaive.
* ExtraOredinary: Has a metal affinity.
* ParalysisByAnalysis: Tends to over-analyze things to an extreme.
* ScarsAreForever: Has a very prominent burn scar on his cheek.

!! Xharidil'uit Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by [=GEM76=][[/note]]
A female Vel of Sarv'swati's lineage, initially seen serving in the Beldrobbaen front of the District War during Chapter 41. Reappears in Chapter 49, having joined Snadhya'rune's entourage. Her concept art can be found [[http://drowtales.deviantart.com/art/Corrupter-of-men-340246272 here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ch49_Xhari1.png here]].

* ACupAngst: While not really poorly endowed, she's quite jealous of those with large busts.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Has a rather poor taste in men, especially once [[ButLiquorIsQuicker alcohol is involved]].
* TheCorrupter: Of men. As a [[TheVamp personal pastime]].
* TheDarkArts: Proficient in nether summoning.
* TheEmpath
* KnifeNut: Her preferred weapon is a large knife with an edged spike as a crossguard.
* RapunzelHair: Two ponytails that extend down to her calves.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Her personal goal, though she may be a bit [[MissingStepsPlan out of her depth]].

to:

* ScarsAreForever: In addition to
!! Nidek'nil Sharen*[[note]]Created by Tsac'tsuo[[/note]]
A an ex-Dutan'vir Overseer present with Nihi'liir at
the blinded eye, he has a number of prominent scars on his nose and cheek.

!! Daksha'yani Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Dalvyserran [[/note]]
An Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, stationed
Sharen penal colony in the Beldrobbaen fortress during Chapter 41.

* ColdSniper
* CoolMask: A white veil that hides her features.
* PraetorianGuard
* RapunzelHair: Her ponytail goes down to her waist.
* TapOnTheHead: Zig-zagged. A blow to the back of her head knocks her out cold, but she's also seen in the epilogue nursing a rather nasty head wound.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A. And in uniform, no less!

!! Ty'tose Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Razorburn[[/note]]
A scarred Imperial Guard of Sarv'swati's lineage, serving in the Beldrobbaen homefront during Chapter 41.
40. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Tytose.jpg com/wordpress/?p=5180 here]].

* BladeOnAStick: Wields a glaive.
BerserkButton: Hates empaths for undisclosed reasons.
* ExtraOredinary: Has a metal affinity.
BraidsOfBarbarism
* ParalysisByAnalysis: Tends to over-analyze things to an extreme.
{{FanBoy}}: Of Sarv'swati.
* ScarsAreForever: Has a very prominent burn scar on his cheek.

!! Xharidil'uit Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by [=GEM76=][[/note]]
A female Vel of Sarv'swati's lineage, initially seen serving in the Beldrobbaen front of the District War during
LockedInTheDungeon: [[spoiler: His fate after Chapter 41. Reappears 40]].
* MixedAncestry: As a former Dutan'vir he is this, as shown
in Chapter 49, having joined Snadhya'rune's entourage. Her his concept art can be found [[http://drowtales.deviantart.com/art/Corrupter-of-men-340246272 here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ch49_Xhari1.png here]].

com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/NidekNil_news.jpg here]]. He appears to be half Sharen and half Dutan'vir.
* ACupAngst: While not really poorly endowed, she's quite jealous of those with large busts.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy:
PlayingWithFire: Has a rather poor taste fire affinity.
* ScarsAreForever: Has several knife scars across his face.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Sarvs'wati and the Sharen cause. After [[spoiler: Nihi'liir is assassinated]] he blames himself for being unable to save her.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: Dyed his hair from its original brown to its current green color as a symbol of loyalty to his new clan.

!! Duras Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Marcus Darkstar[[/note]]
A male Vel serving
in men, especially once [[ButLiquorIsQuicker alcohol is involved]].
* TheCorrupter: Of men. As a [[TheVamp personal pastime]].
* TheDarkArts: Proficient
the Sharen Alliance during the closing cycles of the District War. First appears in nether summoning.
Chapter 47.

* TheEmpath
TheBigGuy: He's very tall for a male, being roughly the same height as his female comrades.
* KnifeNut: Her preferred weapon is BraidsOfBarbarism
* EpicFlail: His shield has
a large knife with an edged spike chain attached to the back of it, presumably to allow it to be used as a crossguard.
very large flail.
* RapunzelHair: Two ponytails that extend down LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Carries a large spiked shield.
* ShieldBash: He opts not
to her calves.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Her personal goal, though she may be
wield a bit [[MissingStepsPlan out of her depth]].
weapon, instead using his shield for both offense and defense.



[[folder:Sil'lice and her bloodline]]

!!Sil'lice Val'Sharen
[[quoteright:233:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sil.png]]
The third daughter of Diva'ratrika, currently in exile with the Sarghress. A major player in the Nidraa'chal war, she was forced to run when she was framed for the attempt on her mother's life by her treacherous sisters.

* AnIcePerson
* AntiHero: Her intentions are honorable and motivations sympathetic; however, she's still very ruthless and pragmatic when dealing with those she considers enemies.
* BrokenBird: Life's hit her hard, and the one pleasure she had left was all taken away at Felde... And she blames herself for it.
* CainAndAbel: She has this with relationship with her two older sisters as well as Zala'ess.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from being an outwardly arrogant and temperamental individual in the prologue to a much more calculating and stoic person in the main storyline.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Pretty much literally, since she seems to have mellowed considerably since the Nidraa'chal War.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The earliest version of Sil'lice pre-retcon differs wildly from her later characterization. While the current Sil'lice is more of TheStoic, the Sil'lice in the very earliest chapters loved to play sadistic mind games and openly enjoyed torturing as she was doing it. Some of her worse pre-retcon traits seem to have been given to Kadara instead. The best example of this is in Chapter 32 when Sil'lice [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7876 is taken aback and chastises Kadara]] for her treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, while the pre-retcon Sil'lice would probably think she had been ''too easy'' on them.
* ElementalEyeColors
** IcyBlueEyes: As befitting her ice based powers.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Why she was forced to leave the Sharen fortress]].
* FreakOut: Did ''not'' react to [[spoiler: seeing Nishi'kanta at the Val'Sharess tower during the war]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6063 well at all]].
* GoodIsNotNice: For a given definition of "good", in this case [[spoiler:her sense of loyalty and not being in on the Nidraa'chal plot]], but she is definitely ''not'' nice, especially pre-{{Retcon}} when she loved to play sadistic mind games.
* HarmlessFreezing: Not! Sil'lice proves exactly why ice is as deadly as it is.
* HiddenDepths: For all her faults, she does genuinely love her children and even cries when remembering the Nidraa'chal War and Kau'Shala's death.
* HimeCut
* HonorBeforeReason: She embodies this attitude at times and even lectures about it in one of the chibi pages.
* HotBlooded: Deconstructed, since her tendency to not look before she leaps and be controlled by her emotions gets her in ''a lot'' of trouble, and even Diva'ratrika acknowledges that despite being intelligent and strong, Sil'lice is also nearsighted and petty.
* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler:Says this of Kau when she learns he has been tainted.]] Which is ''much'' better than what he was expecting.
* InTheHood: Occasionally as seen in her meeting with [[spoiler:Nishi in Chapter 43]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Surprisingly, upon learning of [[spoiler: Shala's death at Felde.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Disowning Kau upon learning he's been tainted, even though he clearly didn't choose for it to happen. And Kau says he was expecting much worse!]]
* KillItWithIce: What she does to [[spoiler:Vy'chriel/Yaeminira]], whose fingers literally snap apart as she dies. Ouch!
* LadyOfWar
* LeeroyJenkins: Prior to her exile, she acted brashly before thinking, which tended to get her in trouble.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Despite rumour and what her sisters would have you believe, she was ''not'' in on the Nidraa'chal plot]].
* MamaBear: She did ''not'' take Kau'shala dying well at all, [[spoiler:which may have been exactly why Kalki did it]].
* MiddleChildSyndrome: As the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child. Diva'ratrika states that [[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?sid=4258 she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor]] since, despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most, she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown. Which makes the fact that she's both the only sister who is not tainted and [[spoiler:wasn't part of the Nidraa'chal plot]] doubly ironic, since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.
* TheNapoleon: [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=11649 Stated]] to be shorter than her sisters and even her niece Chrys'tel (as an adult) and why she's known to try and overcompensate. Kor'maril was also surprised by how frail she is under her armor.
* NobleFugitive: Was forced to go on the run and hide in the Sarghress after [[spoiler:being framed for the attempt on her mother's life]].
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Lost multiple children during the Nidraa'chal War, [[spoiler:and now Shala as well]].
* PersonalityPowers: Inverted, despite having an ice affinity Sil'lice is hot headed and prone to losing her temper, though she appears to have mellowed out during her exile.
* PetTheDog: Her twins. [[spoiler: Which makes it all the worse when Shala dies and Kau is tainted, meaning Sil'lice effectively loses both of them.]]
* PrideBeforeAFall: The Nidraa'chal War, which resulted in the deaths of most of her family and [[spoiler:framed her for attempted murder]]was this for her. Just compare how confident she is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=15 at the start]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=30 compared to later]], where she's visibly distraught.
* PunnyName: It can't be a coincidence that her name is Sil'l'''ice''', though the creators pronounce it "Sill-iss" in podcasts, which is actually homonym for a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cilice Cilice]] or hair shirt, a garment used in religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Almost exactly what she says to Chrys'tel when the latter says that she's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=523 supposed to be dead]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Narrowly averted. She's roaring her list of grievances at Zala, true, but despite her well-justified rage, does not act on them, yet.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Possibly for Snadhya'rune regarding the existence of Kalki. In hindsight it looks like she regrets this- if in the prologue and if her own flashbacks are any indication]].
* TheStoic: Tries to be this after the Nidraa'chal war, but she still has a bit of a temper. So most of the time she's...
** NotSoStoic: Best displayed when she fights Vychriel / Yaeminara wherein she loses all composure after finally losing patience with her niece's stubbornness.
* SummonMagic: Is one of the most skilled summoners in the worldsetting and one of the very few left who is untainted. Its unknown how well her abilities stand up against Snadhya'rune though.
* TakeAThirdOption: When faced with two choices by Kalki and her Nidraa'chal army (live by surrendering to Kalki, or die by continuing to fight), she decides to pick live... by continuing to fight.
* TortureTechnician: She's very good at it and uses her ice powers to help.
* TraumaCongaLine: Everything that could have gone wrong for her, has, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: As stated above under MiddleChildSyndrome, despite being the daughter Diva'ratrika thought was the least suitable for the position Sil'lice is currently the only legitimate heir to the Empire, since the rest are either tainted and [[spoiler:behind the coup that removed Diva]] or missing.
* TheUnfavorite: Played with as, despite being the daughter that was most devoted to her mother, she was never really considered as a potential heir for a variety of reasons.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To her sisters, since flipping out and storming into the Val'Sharess tower was exactly what they wanted her to do]].

!! Kadara Val'Sharen
One of Sil'lice's elder daughters.

* AllThereInTheManual: Fans first figured out her name through process of elimination, since during the canon Daydream story that reveals the origin of her twins Sil'lice lists off the names of those that followed her, and of the two that had no known characters attached Kadara was the more feminine of the two, and it was later confirmed in-story.
* BadassBoast: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5875 What she declares she'll do to Zala'ess when she catches up to her]], which spawned her nickname.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: To the point that many fans refused to believe she was female until Sil'lice specifically referred to her as "daughter".
* DualWielding
* FacialMarkings: Sports a series of tattoos on her left cheek.
* FanNickname: Fans tend to use some variant of "Piss'in'hermouth" to refer to her, since for a long time she had no name. After her rough treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol some fans have taken to simply calling her "Bitch".
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}: Foul-mouthed, foul-tempered and foul-mannered, Kadara can be a trying individual.
* TheLadette: Definitely gives this impression, especially since she's more stereotypically masculine than several of the actual men.
* MamaBear: A rather dark take on this trope, since she says that one reason she adopted her current {{Jerkass}} behavior was because [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7884 she had to see her child die during the War]].
* MythologyGag / {{Expy}}: Kadara is more or less the worst parts of pre-retcon Sil'lice put into one character.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Proves to be [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6043 quite good at it]].
* WouldHurtAChild: As she [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7859 aptly demonstrates]] to Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, and even Sil'lice seems [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7876 taken aback]] by her rough treatment of them since, as she points out, they weren't much of a threat even though they were tainted.

!! Kau'shala Val'Sharen
One of Sil'lice's sons, he died during the Nidraa'chal War.

* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Not quite this trope, but [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=34 the dragon Kalki tainted and sicced on him]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6027 very nearly tore his body in half]]. It's also entirely possible that the only thing keeping him in one piece was his armor.
* KilledMidSentence
* MrExposition: During the prologue he gives the rundown of the various Sharen sisters' bloodlines.
* OnlySaneMan: He came off as being considerably more level headed than his mother and sisters. It's only after his death that Sil'lice starts making ''really'' stupid decisions.
* ParentalFavoritism: He seems to have been one of the favorite children of Sil'lice, which is why she took his death so hard.
* SacrificialLamb
* TheStrategist: Came up with the Sharen battle plan in the Prologue.

!! Sae'ryne Val'Sharen
Sil'lice's daughter, who died during the war.

* BraidsOfAction
* CanonImmigrant: Originally appeared in a [[http://drowtales.deviantart.com/gallery/10695408#/dceu6m commissioned piece]], 4 years before her first on-panel appearance.
* DeadGuyJunior: Depending on how canon the [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Main_Page Orthorbbae Library]] is, her character was named after Diva'ratrika's sixth daughter who died long before the start of the story. The circumstances behind the death have not been revealed as of yet to the audience.
* OffWithHisHead: How she dies, and quite gruesomely.
* HighClassGlass: Her character design as seen above has her wearing a monocle.

!! Kyne Val'Sharen
Sil'lice's granddaughter, her mother was Sae'ryne. She was a golem pilot during the Nidraa'chal War.
* BreakThemByTalking: Calls Sarv'swati out for murdering her own family members and causing so many innocent people to die.
* CanonImmigrant: She was originally an important character in the Space Age Daydream story before appearing in the main story.
* TheDogBitesBack: In chapter 44, shows up during the assault on the council dome in her old golem to help the Sarghress forces against Sarv'swati [[spoiler:and gets very close to killing her great aunt, though it costs Kyne her life]].
* DrillSergeantNasty: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8288 After the timeskip, to the Sarghress golem pilots]], including threatening to make anyone who forgets their foci gauntlets go through melee training naked.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Why did you betray us all!? We were your family! Your own blood!! Too many have died because of you!"]]
* FreakOut: She did not take seeing her mother's death [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6039 well at all]].
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Her golem's cockpit has a big opening, allowing you to have a clear view of her whole body, and she herself wears little armor. [[spoiler:This makes it relatively easy for Sarv'swati to jump through and kill her.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Half of her bangs are dyed blue.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:After being dealt a mortal blow by Sarv'swati, she attempts to take Sarv'swati with her by crushing Sarv'swati with her golem.]]

!! Kau Val'Sharen
Twin brother of Shala, he is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. His father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. He's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6022 first introduced]] in Chapter 19.

* BigEater: Has to eat a lot more to keep up his mana levels in order to effectively pilot his golem, leading to a FunnyBackgroundEvent where's he's raiding the Sarghress' food stores after a battle.
* BrotherSisterTeam: He and his sister are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
* CheerfulChild: Both him and his sister, especially evident when their reaction to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1670 being told to take care of Nau's foot injury]] is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
* DeadGuyJunior: Along with his sister, he is named after Sil'lice deceased son Kau'shala.
* TheEngineer: His role as a golem pilot qualifies, and he's shown to have an interest in machinery in general.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: At first, though after the timeskip [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 Shala has about half a head of height on Kau]], which might be partly from his father, who's fairly short for a drow.
* MoralityPet: To his mother.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:When Kalki infests him with a Vel'Akar demon, his eyes eventually gain the red color of a tainted]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Kau as the Blue, and Shala as the Red. Best demonstrated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8538 here]] where Shala angrily tells Kyo off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
* {{Sexiled}}: By his ''twin sister'' no less.
* SpikyHair: Helps distinguish him from Shala even though they wear their hair the same way.
* TheStoner: Kau is apparently this, since he gets blitzed out on chocolate to the point that he falls asleep, and is later seen taking and smoking something from [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8597 an individual on the street]], and WordOfGod is that as a golem pilot Kau needs to eat a lot more than his sister to make up for the mana loss, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4259 giving him a sweet tooth]].
* TricksterTwins
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Kau and his sister played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.

!! Shala Val'Sharen
Twin sister of Kau, she is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. Her father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. She's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6022 first introduced]] in Chapter 19.

* BrotherSisterTeam: She and her brother are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
* CheerfulChild: Both her and her brother, especially evident when their reaction to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1670 being told to take care of Nau's foot injury]] is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
* DeadGuyJunior: Along with her brother, she is named after Sil'lice's deceased son Kau'shala.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Kau and Sarnel are too busy moving her onto Kiel's turtle to notice that she's stopped breathing until they put her down]].
* TheGadfly: Shala seems to be this [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 to Kau]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:She has a faint smile on her face when Kau and Sarnel realize she's died]].
* HalfIdenticalTwins: At first, though after the timeskip [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 Shala has about half a head of height on Kau]].
* HotBlooded: Apparently the {{Hot Blooded}}ness mainly manifests in the females of Sil'lice line. She also possibly gets this from her paternal grandmother, Sang.
* TheMedic: It's implied that her healing might be more the HarmfulHealing type based on Kau's comments [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4382 and artwork by the author]].
* MoralityPet: To her mother.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:She, Kau and the nurse demons stem the blood flow from her slashed throat, but she dies from heart failure caused by [[http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000167.htm hypovolemic shock]] as they're making their escape several minutes later]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Shala as the Red, and Kau as the Blue. Best demonstrated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8538 here]] where Shala angrily tells Kyo'nne off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She has an obvious crush on Sarnel, who is a fairly good person by the standards of a society like the drow's.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Inflicted on her by Kalki in chapter 46. Unlike most examples in fiction where this is instantly fatal, Shala manages to keep up the pressure on her own throat to avoid passing out, and given Shala's a healer she likely knows that this is the correct way to handle it in real life, and Snadhya's nurse-demons happen to be right there to help. However she dies on the way to Kiel's turtle from heart failure caused by blood loss]].
* SubordinateExcuse: Shala has an [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8697 extremely]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8739 obvious]] crush on Sarnel, something Faen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8619 comments on]].
** [[spoiler: They have since hooked up as of the North Cliff attack]].
* TheTease: Towards Sarnel. Her own words are:
--> '''Shala'''-- ''I only annoy those I love, Sarnel.''
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Shala has [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6093 more prominent eyelashes]] than Kau, and after the timeskip is taller than he is.
* TricksterTwins
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Shala and her brother played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.

!!Feli'cia Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Sindas[[/note]]
A member of Sil'lice's line that was left behind when Sil'lice went into exile, serving as a District Overseer during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapters 40 and 50. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5147 here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Felicia2.png here]].

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Her character description implies that she's been mistreated and distrusted due to her bloodline.
* AnIcePerson: Her affinity is ice sorcery.
* BullyingADragon: She really seems to think that she can take Quain'tana in a fight. She might want to ask [[spoiler:Syphile]] how that went -- OhWait, she can't, since [[spoiler:Syphile]] died trying and completely humiliated herself. Lampshaded by Oil'osslin who essentially tells her she's kidding herself.
* CompensatingForSomething: Namely the distrust the rest of the Vels have for her due to her bloodline. She goes rather overboard denouncing the Sarghress.
* DualWielding: Seems to have two katanas as sidearms.
* GirlishPigtails: WordOfGod suggests she might be imitating Kyo'nne, who's a celebrity in-universe.
* KickedUpstairs: Due to distrust and her lack of combat ability, the Vel'Sharen assigned her to a figurehead position, namely a district administrator. This becomes problematic for her when the war comes to her district, since all the commoners are fled, hiding, or conscripted by Sarv'swati and the Black Sun into a slave army, leaving her little to administer.
* LargeHam: Clearly this was one thing she got from Sil'lice.

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!!Sil'lice Val'Sharen
[[quoteright:233:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sil.png]]
The third daughter of Diva'ratrika, currently in exile with the Sarghress. A major player in the Nidraa'chal war, she was forced
characters. More will be added to run when she was framed for the attempt on her mother's life by her treacherous sisters.

* AnIcePerson
* AntiHero: Her intentions are honorable and motivations sympathetic; however, she's still very ruthless and pragmatic when dealing with those she considers enemies.
* BrokenBird: Life's hit her hard, and the one pleasure she had left was all taken away at Felde... And she blames herself for it.
* CainAndAbel: She has
this with relationship with her two older sisters as well as Zala'ess.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from being an outwardly arrogant and temperamental individual in the prologue to a much more calculating and stoic person in the main storyline.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Pretty much literally, since she seems to have mellowed considerably since the Nidraa'chal War.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The earliest version of Sil'lice pre-retcon differs wildly from her later characterization. While the current Sil'lice is more of TheStoic, the Sil'lice in the very earliest chapters loved to play sadistic mind games and openly enjoyed torturing as she was doing it. Some of her worse pre-retcon traits seem to have been given to Kadara instead. The best example of this is in Chapter 32 when Sil'lice [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7876 is taken aback and chastises Kadara]] for her treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, while the pre-retcon Sil'lice would probably think she had been ''too easy'' on them.
* ElementalEyeColors
** IcyBlueEyes: As befitting her ice based powers.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Why she was forced to leave the Sharen fortress]].
* FreakOut: Did ''not'' react to [[spoiler: seeing Nishi'kanta at the Val'Sharess tower during the war]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6063 well at all]].
* GoodIsNotNice: For a given definition of "good", in this case [[spoiler:her sense of loyalty and
section. Please do not being in remove on the Nidraa'chal plot]], but she is definitely ''not'' nice, especially pre-{{Retcon}} when she loved to play sadistic mind games.
* HarmlessFreezing: Not! Sil'lice proves exactly why ice is as deadly as it is.
* HiddenDepths: For all her faults, she does genuinely love her children and even cries when remembering the Nidraa'chal War and Kau'Shala's death.
* HimeCut
* HonorBeforeReason: She embodies this attitude at times and even lectures about it in one
account of the chibi pages.
* HotBlooded: Deconstructed, since her tendency to not look before she leaps and be controlled by her emotions gets her in ''a lot'' of trouble, and even Diva'ratrika acknowledges that despite being intelligent and strong, Sil'lice is also nearsighted and petty.
* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler:Says this of Kau when she learns he has been tainted.]] Which is ''much'' better than what he was expecting.
* InTheHood: Occasionally as seen in her meeting with [[spoiler:Nishi in Chapter 43]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Surprisingly, upon learning of [[spoiler: Shala's death at Felde.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Disowning Kau upon learning he's been tainted, even though he clearly didn't choose for it to happen. And Kau says he was expecting much worse!]]
* KillItWithIce: What she does to [[spoiler:Vy'chriel/Yaeminira]], whose fingers literally snap apart as she dies. Ouch!
* LadyOfWar
* LeeroyJenkins: Prior to her exile, she acted brashly before thinking, which tended to get her in trouble.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Despite rumour and what her sisters would have you believe, she was ''not'' in on the Nidraa'chal plot]].
* MamaBear: She did ''not'' take Kau'shala dying well at all, [[spoiler:which may have been exactly why Kalki did it]].
* MiddleChildSyndrome: As the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child. Diva'ratrika states that [[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?sid=4258 she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor]] since, despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most, she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown. Which makes the fact that she's both the
only sister who is not tainted and [[spoiler:wasn't part of the Nidraa'chal plot]] doubly ironic, since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.
* TheNapoleon: [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=11649 Stated]] to be shorter than her sisters and even her niece Chrys'tel (as an adult) and why she's known to try and overcompensate. Kor'maril was also surprised by how frail she is under her armor.
* NobleFugitive: Was forced to go on the run and hide in the Sarghress after [[spoiler:being framed for the attempt on her mother's life]].
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Lost multiple children during the Nidraa'chal War, [[spoiler:and now Shala as well]].
* PersonalityPowers: Inverted, despite
having an ice affinity Sil'lice is hot headed and prone to losing her temper, though she appears to have mellowed out during her exile.
* PetTheDog: Her twins. [[spoiler: Which makes it all
the worse when Shala dies and Kau is tainted, meaning Sil'lice effectively loses both of them.]]
* PrideBeforeAFall: The Nidraa'chal War, which resulted in the deaths of most of her family and [[spoiler:framed her for attempted murder]]was
two entries at this for her. Just compare how confident she is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=15 at the start]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=30 compared to later]], where she's visibly distraught.
* PunnyName: It can't be a coincidence that her name is Sil'l'''ice''', though the creators pronounce it "Sill-iss" in podcasts, which is actually homonym for a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cilice Cilice]] or hair shirt, a garment used in religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign
time. -Thrair

!! Jethel*[[note]]Created by Jethel[[/note]]
A servant
of repentance and atonement.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Almost exactly what she says to Chrys'tel when the latter says that she's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=523 supposed to be dead]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Narrowly averted. She's roaring her list of grievances at Zala, true, but despite her well-justified rage, does not act on them, yet.
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:Possibly for
Snadhya'rune regarding the existence of Kalki. In hindsight it looks like she regrets this- if in the prologue and if her own flashbacks are any indication]].
* TheStoic: Tries to be this after the Nidraa'chal war, but she still has a bit of a temper. So most of the time she's...
** NotSoStoic: Best displayed when she fights Vychriel / Yaeminara wherein she loses all composure after finally losing patience with her niece's stubbornness.
* SummonMagic: Is one of the most skilled summoners in the worldsetting and one of the very few left who is untainted. Its unknown how well her abilities stand up against Snadhya'rune though.
* TakeAThirdOption: When faced with two choices by Kalki and her Nidraa'chal army (live by surrendering to Kalki, or die by continuing to fight), she decides to pick live... by continuing to fight.
* TortureTechnician: She's very good at it and uses her ice powers to help.
* TraumaCongaLine: Everything that could have gone wrong for her, has, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: As stated above under MiddleChildSyndrome, despite being the daughter Diva'ratrika thought was the least suitable for the position Sil'lice is currently the only legitimate heir to the Empire, since the rest are either tainted and [[spoiler:behind the coup that removed Diva]] or missing.
* TheUnfavorite: Played with as, despite being the daughter that was most devoted to her mother, she was never really considered as a potential heir for a variety of reasons.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To her sisters, since flipping out and storming into the Val'Sharess tower was exactly what they wanted her to do]].

!! Kadara Val'Sharen
One of Sil'lice's elder daughters.

* AllThereInTheManual: Fans
Felde, first figured out her name through process of elimination, since during seen at the canon Daydream story that reveals gathering in Chapter 44.

* ForceFeeding: When he attempts to get Kharla's attention, she irritably stuffs a piece of bread into his mouth.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* TheJeeves: Of
the origin of her twins Sil'lice lists off the names of those that followed her, and of the two that had no known characters attached Kadara was the more feminine of the two, and it was later confirmed in-story.
non-manipulative variety.
* BadassBoast: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5875 What she declares she'll do to MadEye: After unintentionally drawing Kharla's ire.

!! Sakkara*[[note]]Created by Sakkara/Sarai[[/note]]

A drowussu slave first seen in Chapter 47, serving
Zala'ess when she catches up to her]], which spawned her nickname.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: To the point that many fans refused to believe she was female until Sil'lice specifically referred to her as "daughter".
* DualWielding
* FacialMarkings: Sports a series of tattoos on her left cheek.
* FanNickname: Fans tend to use some variant of "Piss'in'hermouth" to refer to her, since for a long time she had no name. After her rough treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol some fans have taken to simply calling her "Bitch".
* HotBlooded
* {{Jerkass}}: Foul-mouthed, foul-tempered and foul-mannered, Kadara can be a trying individual.
* TheLadette: Definitely gives this impression, especially since she's more stereotypically masculine than several of the actual men.
* MamaBear: A rather dark take on this trope, since she says that one reason she adopted her current {{Jerkass}} behavior was because [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7884 she had to see her child die
during the War]].
* MythologyGag / {{Expy}}: Kadara is more or less the worst parts of pre-retcon Sil'lice put into one character.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Proves to be [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6043 quite good at it]].
* WouldHurtAChild: As she [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7859 aptly demonstrates]] to Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, and even Sil'lice seems [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7876 taken aback]] by her rough treatment of them since, as she points out, they weren't much of a threat even though they were tainted.

!! Kau'shala Val'Sharen
One of Sil'lice's sons, he died during the Nidraa'chal War.

* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Not quite this trope, but [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=34 the dragon Kalki tainted and sicced on him]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6027 very nearly tore his body in half]]. It's also entirely possible that the only thing keeping him in one piece was his armor.
* KilledMidSentence
* MrExposition: During the prologue he gives the rundown of the various Sharen sisters' bloodlines.
* OnlySaneMan: He came off as being considerably more level headed than his mother and sisters. It's only after his death that Sil'lice starts making ''really'' stupid decisions.
* ParentalFavoritism: He seems to have been one of the favorite children of Sil'lice, which is why she took his death so hard.
* SacrificialLamb
* TheStrategist: Came up with the Sharen battle plan in the Prologue.

!! Sae'ryne Val'Sharen
Sil'lice's daughter, who died during the war.

* BraidsOfAction
* CanonImmigrant: Originally appeared in a [[http://drowtales.deviantart.com/gallery/10695408#/dceu6m commissioned piece]], 4 years before her first on-panel appearance.
* DeadGuyJunior: Depending on how canon the [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Main_Page Orthorbbae Library]] is, her character was named after Diva'ratrika's sixth daughter who died long before the start of the story. The circumstances behind the death have not been revealed as of yet to the audience.
* OffWithHisHead: How she dies, and quite gruesomely.
* HighClassGlass: Her character design as seen above has her wearing a monocle.

!! Kyne Val'Sharen
Sil'lice's granddaughter, her mother was Sae'ryne. She was a golem pilot during the Nidraa'chal War.
* BreakThemByTalking: Calls Sarv'swati out for murdering her own family members and causing so many innocent people to die.
* CanonImmigrant: She was originally an important character in the Space Age Daydream story before appearing in the main story.
* TheDogBitesBack: In chapter 44, shows up during the assault on the council dome in her old golem to help the Sarghress forces against Sarv'swati [[spoiler:and gets very close to killing her great aunt, though it costs Kyne her life]].
* DrillSergeantNasty: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8288 After the timeskip, to the Sarghress golem pilots]], including threatening to make anyone who forgets their foci gauntlets go through melee training naked.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Why did you betray us all!? We were your family! Your own blood!! Too many have died because of you!"]]
* FreakOut: She did not take seeing her mother's death [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6039 well at all]].
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Her golem's cockpit has a big opening, allowing you to have a clear view of her whole body, and she herself wears little armor. [[spoiler:This makes it relatively easy for Sarv'swati to jump through and kill her.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Half of her bangs are dyed blue.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:After being dealt a mortal blow by Sarv'swati, she attempts to take Sarv'swati with her by crushing Sarv'swati with her golem.]]

!! Kau Val'Sharen
Twin brother of Shala, he is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. His father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. He's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6022 first introduced]] in Chapter 19.

* BigEater: Has to eat a lot more to keep up his mana levels in order to effectively pilot his golem, leading to a FunnyBackgroundEvent where's he's raiding the Sarghress' food stores after a battle.
* BrotherSisterTeam: He and his sister are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
* CheerfulChild: Both him and his sister, especially evident when their reaction to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1670 being told to take care of Nau's foot injury]] is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
* DeadGuyJunior: Along with his sister, he is named after Sil'lice deceased son Kau'shala.
* TheEngineer: His role as a golem pilot qualifies, and he's shown to have an interest in machinery in general.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: At first, though after the timeskip [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 Shala has about half a head of height on Kau]], which might be partly from his father, who's fairly short for a drow.
* MoralityPet: To his mother.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:When Kalki infests him with a Vel'Akar demon, his eyes eventually gain the red color of a tainted]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Kau as the Blue, and Shala as the Red. Best demonstrated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8538 here]] where Shala angrily tells Kyo off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
* {{Sexiled}}: By his ''twin sister'' no less.
* SpikyHair: Helps distinguish him from Shala even though they wear their hair the same way.
* TheStoner: Kau is apparently this, since he gets blitzed out on chocolate to the point that he falls asleep, and is later seen taking and smoking something from [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8597 an individual on the street]], and WordOfGod is that as a golem pilot Kau needs to eat a lot more than his sister to make up for the mana loss, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4259 giving him a sweet tooth]].
* TricksterTwins
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Kau and his sister played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.

!! Shala Val'Sharen
Twin sister of Kau, she is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. Her father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. She's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6022 first introduced]] in Chapter 19.

* BrotherSisterTeam: She and her brother are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
* CheerfulChild: Both her and her brother, especially evident when their reaction to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1670 being told to take care of Nau's foot injury]] is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
* DeadGuyJunior: Along with her brother, she is named after Sil'lice's deceased son Kau'shala.
* DistractedFromDeath: [[spoiler:Kau and Sarnel are too busy moving her onto Kiel's turtle to notice that she's stopped breathing until they put her down]].
* TheGadfly: Shala seems to be this [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 to Kau]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:She has a faint smile on her face when Kau and Sarnel realize she's died]].
* HalfIdenticalTwins: At first, though after the timeskip [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1787 Shala has about half a head of height on Kau]].
* HotBlooded: Apparently the {{Hot Blooded}}ness mainly manifests in the females of Sil'lice line. She also possibly gets this from her paternal grandmother, Sang.
* TheMedic: It's implied that her healing might be more the HarmfulHealing type based on Kau's comments [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=4382 and artwork by the author]].
* MoralityPet: To her mother.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:She, Kau and the nurse demons stem the blood flow from her slashed throat, but she dies from heart failure caused by [[http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000167.htm hypovolemic shock]] as they're making their escape several minutes later]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Shala as the Red, and Kau as the Blue. Best demonstrated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8538 here]] where Shala angrily tells Kyo'nne off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She has an obvious crush on Sarnel, who is a fairly good person by the standards of a society like the drow's.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Inflicted on her by Kalki in chapter 46. Unlike most examples in fiction where this is instantly fatal, Shala manages to keep up the pressure on her own throat to avoid passing out, and given Shala's a healer she likely knows that this is the correct way to handle it in real life, and Snadhya's nurse-demons happen to be right there to help. However she dies on the way to Kiel's turtle from heart failure caused by blood loss]].
* SubordinateExcuse: Shala has an [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8697 extremely]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8739 obvious]] crush on Sarnel, something Faen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8619 comments on]].
** [[spoiler: They have since hooked up as of the North Cliff attack]].
* TheTease: Towards Sarnel. Her own words are:
--> '''Shala'''-- ''I only annoy those I love, Sarnel.''
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Shala has [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6093 more prominent eyelashes]] than Kau, and after the timeskip is taller than he is.
* TricksterTwins
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Shala and her brother played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.

!!Feli'cia Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Sindas[[/note]]
A member of Sil'lice's line that was left behind when Sil'lice went into exile, serving as a District Overseer during the height
closing cycles of the District War. Appears in Chapters 40 and 50.War. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5147 here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Felicia2.png com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/sakkara.jpg here]].

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: AbsoluteCleavage: Her character description implies that she's been mistreated concept art has a ''very'' revealing outfit.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: A light magenta.
* HideTheEvidence: Shinae passed her a [[spoiler: vial of poison to prevent Chrys'tel from confirming she'd poisoned Zala'ess]]. Unfortunately for Sakkara, she is unaware of what it is
and distrusted due takes a few whiffs to her bloodline.
* AnIcePerson: Her affinity
find out. [[spoiler:Word is ice sorcery.
out on whether or not it's airbourne]].
* BullyingADragon: She really seems to think that SkewedPriorities: Per concept art, she can take Quain'tana in a fight. She might want to ask [[spoiler:Syphile]] how that went -- OhWait, she can't, since [[spoiler:Syphile]] died trying and completely humiliated herself. Lampshaded by Oil'osslin who essentially tells her she's kidding herself.
* CompensatingForSomething: Namely the distrust the rest of the Vels
would have for her due to her bloodline. She goes rather overboard denouncing the Sarghress.
* DualWielding: Seems to have two katanas as sidearms.
* GirlishPigtails: WordOfGod suggests she might be imitating Kyo'nne, who's a celebrity in-universe.
* KickedUpstairs: Due to distrust
difficulty choosing between escaping and her lack a closet of combat ability, the Vel'Sharen assigned her to a figurehead position, namely a district administrator. This becomes problematic for her when the war comes to her district, since all the commoners are fled, hiding, or conscripted by Sarv'swati and the Black Sun into a slave army, leaving her little to administer.
clothes.
* LargeHam: Clearly this was one thing she got from Sil'lice.
SlaveCollar
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A, during Chapter 47.



[[folder:Nishi'kanta and her bloodline]]

!!Nishi'kanta Vel'Sharen
The fourth Sharen daughter, little is known about her except that she was heavily involved in the Nidraa'chal fighting, lost most of her family and became tainted during the War. Her affinity is with fire.

* TheAtoner: After the timeskip, it's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9482 confirmed]] that she feels this way, and felt that what she did was the best way to protect everyone.
* ChekhovMIA: After the timeskip, she's apparently gone missing and no one knows where she is. In chapter 43 [[spoiler: we find her outside Mimaneid where she meets up with Sil'lice]].
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Her hair is yellow, but after the timeskip it's grown out enough that it's obvious it was dyed. It makes her resemble [[http://www.drowtales.com/~daydream/mel.php?location=20080213 Shiori]], the queen of one of the dokkalfar nations seen in [[http://www.drowtales.com/~daydream/mel.php?sid=4721 the Goddess Knight Story]].
* TheDogBitesBack: She quietly surrendered and toed the Sharen party line after the betrayal to preserve what was left of her bloodline. But after the timeskip, [[spoiler:her family gets revenge against Sarv'swati by sabotaging the defences of First Landing, allowing the Sarghress to conquer the Sharen clan's gate to the outside world]].
* ElementalEyeColors: Before she was tainted she had [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4232 orange eyes]] that tied in with her fire affinity.
* EmotionlessGirl: Post-tainting, it's unknown what she was like before.
* TheEngineer: Her specialty compared to her sisters.
* FourIsDeath: She's the fourth daughter, and has the worst luck of all of them. Besides being forcibly tainted during the War, itself a MindRape, she lost most of her family, and some of the survivors are Sate'ja, whose brain was fried by Faen [[spoiler:and later turned into a summon and devoured by Naal's awakened glutton demon]] and Ni'bai, whose twin sister is now a demon and is with the Vloz'ress.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: How she explains her acquiescence to her sisters after the war, though she did manage to passively fight back before she outright ran off post-timeskip.
* InTheHood: So far all of the outfits she's been seen in have this as a feature.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Was the only other sister besides Sil'lice not part of the Nidraa'chal plot, yet is the only one Sil'lice actually attacks]].
* OutOfFocus: Has received the least amount of screentime of her siblings save Ashu'athama.
* PersonalityPowers: Inverted with her and Sil'lice, since despite being the one with the fire affinity Nishi'kanta was apparently the more level-headed one.
* PlayingWithFire
* SpannerInTheWorks: Immediately following the war he's shown to silently be furious with her three tainted sisters [[spoiler:and their coup. She informs Sil'lice about their treachery in a roundabout way and then Mikilu after the latter has a freakout about her situation. Both are advised by her to make an escape. Whether or not Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati or Zala'ess knew about Nishi'kanta's actions has not been stated. In chapter 43 she then appears outside Mimaneid with Sil'lice to arrange the attack on Felde with the Kavakini]].
* TraumaCongaLine: The Nidraa'Chal War involved most of her bloodline being wiped out, Nishi herself being forcibly tainted, [[spoiler:finding out that the real culprits were her own sisters, who she believed had already killed their mother by the time they forced her to join them]] and being attacked by Sil'lice.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:To her sisters]].
* WildCard: After going missing after the timeskip, Nishi'kanta's plans are completely unknown compared to her sisters', [[spoiler:though we do know she's working with Sil'lice]].

!!Sate'ja Vel'Sharen
A teacher at Orthorbbae and a Sharen of Nishi'kanta's bloodline, she fell victim to Faen's PowerIncontinence.

* AFateWorseThanDeath: Thrice! First Faen fried her brain, causing Chrys'tel to essentially quote the trope name, and then [[spoiler:she was turned into a summon, likely against her will, and ''then'' she was absorbed by Naal's awakened glutton demon]]. Damn.
* BodyHorror: See AFateWorseThanDeath.
* EmptyShell: What Faen's attack seems to have done to her, but she recovered. [[spoiler:Not]].
* FacialMarkings
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Stabs Naal, but then gets [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] by her since it caused her seed to fully awaken]].
* KillItWithIce: Her powers, ironic considering which Sharen sister she's descended from.
* RetCon: She was originally referred to as being a Sullisin'rune, but this was changed so that she was a Sharen, which actually makes more sense in the context of the story.
* TomatoSurprise
* UnexplainedRecovery: Subverted. [[spoiler:She never actually recovered, and what confronts Chrys'tel and company later is actually a summon]].

!! Chess'riia Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Tsuris [[/note]]
A renegade Sharen and one of Nishi'kanta's daughters. First appearing in Chapter 43 outside of Mimaneid, her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Chessriia.jpg here]].

* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:She helps disable the golems at First Landing, making the Sharen unprepared for the Sarghress attack]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Stated to be keeping her hair short until Sharen honor is restored.
* {{Expy}}: Bears a striking resemblance to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], especially with that coat.
* HotBlooded: Which ironically makes her the only member of Nishi'kanta's lineage shown so far with a fiery temper.
* PlayingWithFire: Shares her mother's affinity.
* NobleFugitive
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Refuses to leave Chisgusa behind when she falters.

!! Chigusa Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Dalvyserran[[/note]]
A renegade Sharen and one of Nishi'kanta's daughters. First appearing in Chapter 43 outside of Mimaneid, her concept art can be found [[http://talentualembrace.deviantart.com/art/Chigusa-Vel-sharen-redesign-373739810 here]].

* TheCorruption: She is heavily tainted, and it's implied her seed is starting to overcome her.
* DyingAsYourself: She's rather die "in the mud" than succumb to her taint.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Invokes this when trying to convince Chess'riia to leave her behind.
* RapunzelHair: Her ponytail hangs down all the way to her knees.

!! Dindr'aen and Perciva Val'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Cutiesquiggoth and Aerisa[[/note]]
A trueborn daughter (Din) and her protector twin (Perci) of Nishi'kanta's lineage. They first appear alongside Nishi'kanta outside of Mimaneid in Chapter 43. Their concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Dindraen.jpg here]] (Din) and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Perciva.jpg here]] (Perci).

* ByTheHair: Both are subjected to this by Diva for their crass behavior.
* DropTheHammer: Perciva's weapon.
* HimeCut: Both of them.
* MakingASplash: Perciva's affinity is water sorcery.
* MulticoloredHair: They both have mainly black hair with some orange at the tip of the ponytail.
* RomanticWingman: Perciva serves as this for Dinr'aen, personally screening prospective suitors.
* SingleMindedTwins: Which is reinforced by their text bubbles being the same color.
* SurpriseIncest: Who knows how they'd react if they found out that they were groping [[spoiler:their grandmother]].
* TricksterTwins: Shown pulling a TwinSwitch in Din's concept art, with Nishi'kanta commenting that just giving her crown to her twin isn't enough to fool her. This is presumably why the two prefer to dress and look alike, though a close examination of their concept art shows they do have different facial structures.

!! Ni'ju and Ni'bai
See their entry under the [[{{Characters/DrowtalesVelVlozRess}} Vloz'ress]] clan entry.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zala'ess and her bloodline]]
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!!Zala'ess Vel'Sharen
The fifth Sharen daughter and the chief politician of the family. She has ambitions of being the Ill'haress of the clan and is known for having many children. As of the 15 year timeskip, [[spoiler:she's laid claim to the title of Empress, apparently without the consent of her other two sisters]].

* AdultFear: On the receiving end of [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10613 a boatload of this]] in chapter 47 when [[spoiler:Kharla's strings reach out and start controlling the people around her, including her own children, who immediately attempt to kill her]]. Even worse, she then finds her youngest child, Suna, wandering alone outside and crying [[spoiler:and realizes she's possessed too. And then Shinae stabs her through her pregnant belly]].
* AggressiveNegotiations: When Quain'tana meets with the Sharen for parley, Zala'ess pulls out a golem in the middle of it to make threats. Later revealed to be [[spoiler:the Illhar'dro's idea, and apparently something Zala herself considered stupid but had to go along with]].
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Compared to her sociopathic and tyrannical eldest and second eldest sister respectively she seems downright reasonable, which doesn't make her ''not'' do some pretty villainous things, mind you.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Zala'ess' primary motivation is to become Empress, and she has few limits on what she's willing to do to achieve this.
* AntagonisticOffspring
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: To Quain, "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10417 Then what]]?" in regards to what will happen to Chel if she succeeds in annihilating the Sharen.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Of the three sisters, Zala'ess fits the Beauty part- as she is the most popular in terms of inter-clan influence and has her huge family for backup. She is the Sharen sister who is the public face of the clan. On a more literal side she is also the sister noted by the fans to flaunt her physical attributes the most.
* TheChessmaster
* CombatPragmatist: [[spoiler:Viewing her sister, Sarv'swati, as a rival for power, and intending to use Quain'tana as an ally for her own ends, she uses Earth sorcery to rig their duel in Quain'tana's favor]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: In Chapter 47 [[spoiler:if Quain hadn't shown up when she did Zala would have definitely gone down fighting even against overwhelming odds]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Possibly, since Zala was the only one to [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?order=date&id=30 express hesitation]] when it came time to seal the deal and trap their mother in her throne room. Instead, she suggested forcibly tainting Diva so she'd join them rather than leaving her to die, while she had seemed fairly gung-ho about the idea of simply killing Diva and hanging her body from the gate]]. After the timeskip she at least [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1761 claims]] to regret her role in it, but more because of what it did to the Empire than [[spoiler:the part where she committed matricide]].
* EvilPlan: After the timeskip, her trip to Nuqrah'shareh is implied to be one of these, [[spoiler:since she apparently declared herself Empress on the way there, ''without'' telling her two other sisters, and has publicly claimed that Diva'ratrika is dead, even though Diva'ratrika is still considered alive in Chel despite rumors to the contrary. In exchange for helping Nega'fanae retake the city and giving several Nuqrah clans Chelian Val status, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8468 some of the Nuqrah troops are going back to Chel with her]], suggesting that Zala's plan is to use them against her other sisters and the rebel clans to take Chel. She was also planning on borrowing the Airship before the Nidraa'chal stole it for themselves]].
* ExplosiveBreeder: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10073 Referred to as such]] by Snadhya'rune, who says [[spoiler:that the type of seed she chose for Zala's lineage, which causes sterility, was deliberately chosen as a sort of {{Irony}}]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: After the 15 year timeskip she's done away with the blue parts of her hair, and instead wears it in a braid and a shade closer to Sabbror's natural color.
* FakePregnancy: [[spoiler:Her pregnant belly in Chapter 47 turns out to be a case of PillowPregnancy, which actually saves her life]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are a number of hints dropped that [[spoiler:her pregnancy is fake]] before it's revealed on panel in Chapter 47, which a few readers did manage to pick up before the actual reveal. Among them [[spoiler:the fact that she seemed to be progressing unnaturally fast given she'd had a flat belly while in Nuqrah'shareh, the entirety of the scene where she stages her meeting with Quain'tana while holding Suna to emphasize her motherhood, drinking liquor without apparent concern, and the final nail in the coffin is how Shinae'e stab her to stomach is surprisingly blood free and she doesn't seem particularly distressed, after which she pulls out the pillow]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Chrystel's "defense" of Zala's actions when challenged by a rightfully pissed off Sil'lice. Sil'lice is quick to point out how untrue that is.
* InsultBackfire: Asira'malika tells her that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5781 she's so much like Diva'ratrika that it "makes me sick"]], but Zala'ess responds that it's an honor to be compared to her mother. For extra irony, [[spoiler:Zala was one of the ones who killed Diva]].
* [[{{Irony}} Ironic Counterpart]]: With Shimi'lande, another MamaBear character. Both have seen their biological children killed by their adoptive children. The difference is in the two's reactions. [[spoiler: Shimi'lande adopts Chirinide as her daughter and a fellow noble with seemingly no regret for what happened to her original daughter as seen in the '''Rebirth''' side story.]] Yet Zala'ess never forgives Yaeminira for killing Vy'chriel and [[spoiler: arranges Yaeminira's death]]. The difference in reaction is odd due to the Kyorl'solenurn desire for blood purity and the Sharen obsession with strength and obedience to authority.
* IWantGrandkids: Chrys indicates that she's been [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1764 pressuring both her and Nau'kheol]] for grandchildren [[spoiler:but now it seems unlikely she'll be able to get them from the former]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Her treatment of [[spoiler:Yaeminira, specifically TheUriahGambit]] definitely is a KickTheDog moment if only for the collateral damage it causes, but it doesn't have quite the punch it would normally since [[spoiler:Yaeminira did open a nether gate in the city without permission and murder her sister in cold blood, and few people blame Zala for being as angry as she was since she was forced to adopt her child's murderer by her own sister]].
** And in Chapter 47 [[spoiler:Secretly throws the fight between Sarv'swati and Quain'tana in Quain's favor by using a bit of sorcery to trap Sarv's foot just long enough for Quain to make the killing blow. Loses most of its sting because of Sarv's long list of bad decisions and the fact that she was threatening the fragile peace Zala had just obtained]].
* LargeHam: In Chapter 8 [[HamToHamCombat her verbal spar with Quain'tana]] leaves toothmarks on the scenery. They top themselves in Chapter 47 [[spoiler:though it's implied this was an act to get everyone else to leave so they could get down to the ''real'' negotiations]].
* MamaBear: One of her few redeeming features is that she honestly seems to care about her biological kids, and in Chapter 47 [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10624 almost prove fatal]] when her first instinct upon seeing her youngest daughter Suna is to attempt to reach her, nearly getting noshed by a dragon in the process until Sabbror tackles it]]. This does not seem to extend to adopted children, as Shinae will attest.
* {{Matricide}}: [[spoiler:Murdered her own mother]], and in Chapter 47 [[spoiler:almost winds up on the receiving end multiple times by her own Kharla-controlled children and Shinae, who's acting of her own free will]].
* MoralMyopia: Seems to have a case of this. Was furious to the point of wanting to kill her when the original Vy'chriel was killed by Yaeminira, but apparently feels no grief for [[spoiler:the guards, said adopted daughter, and the slaves and civilians]] her actions caused the deaths of in Chapter 17. Worse, when confronted by an enraged Sil'lice, she asks "can you name something that can not be repaired between us sisters" when Zala's actions have all but eliminated Sil'lice's bloodline... [[spoiler: although fans are wondering if that's due to Zala's poison induced memory loss, or it's all just part of the fact that Zala simply can not see anyone, other than herself, as a person.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Up until the timeskip.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: For a long time, Snadhya'rune and Sarv'swati just saw her as their easily controlled, littlest sister. But after she starts meddling in the Empire's politics on her own initiative, Sarv'swati begins to take notice. As of the timeskip, [[spoiler:Zala'ess has the largest family, powerful foreign alliances, has laid claim to the title of Empress, apparently ''without'' the consent of her other two sisters, and may have unknowingly disrupted a Nidraa'chal scheme. Snadhya'rune might want to start paying attention to her]].
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Shown [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10436 imbibing some very expensive liquor]] in Chapter 47 despite being visibly pregnant. [[spoiler:In hindsight, might have been a clue she actually wasn't]].
* PetTheDog: Horrible things she's done notwithstanding, she at least appears to give a shit about her kids, [[AbusiveParents which is more than can be said for Quain'tana]].
* PregnantBadass: [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/outfit_for_zala_by_lunareth-d7vftfj.png Concept art]] for Chapter 47 shows Zala with a very noticeable belly. [[spoiler:Except it turns out she's not actually pregnant]].
* ReallyGetsAround: To quote Sil'lice: "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=30 You fucked to no end to make an army out of your womb]]" and even though she has a long time mate in Sabbror, who is the father of several if not most of her children, she's also had children with men from the Ill'hardro clan for political purposes, which Sabbror doesn't seem to mind.
* TheResenter: A large part of her motivation seems to involve spiting her sisters for their treating her as their easy-to-control, youngest sister; this is shown when Sarv'swati single-handedly overrules Zala when the original Vy'Chriel died and Zala wanted to kill Yaeminira, and she later says that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6865 Zala once cowered before them]], and even Diva'ratrika [[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?order=date&id=12 says]] Zala had always been under her sisters' thumbs.
* TookALevelInBadass: In Chapter 47 shows that despite usually solving things with diplomacy she's fully capable of fighting back, and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10629 manages to]] [[spoiler:punch out Shinae after the latter attempts to stab her]]. It's safe to assume that she's at least been trained to defend herself, but between her usual M.O. and the presence of Sabbror probably has never really had to.
* TheUriahGambit: [[spoiler:Pulled one on Vy'chriel/Yaeminira]].
* VillainousValor: Demonstrates it in chapter 47, where despite [[spoiler:being outnumbered by hundreds if not thousands keeps fighting those under Kharla's MassHypnosis, and clearly would have gone down swinging if Quain hadn't arrived when she did. Quain even seems ''impressed'' by this]].
* YoungestChildWins: She wants to [[InvokedTrope invoke this]] by becoming Ill'haress of the clan, and as of the timeskip [[spoiler:seems to be making a go for it, having declared herself Empress]].

!!Sabbror
Zala'ess' mate and the father of many (if not most) of her children, he also seems to serve as her personal guard.

* BodyguardCrush: It's not known what his personal history with Zala is, but they may have started this way.
* ChekhovMIA: After the timeskip, was conspicuously absent from Zala's side. When we finally see him again [[spoiler:he still retains his sanity, but the gem on his [[SealedEvilInACan sealing armor]] and even his exhalations are visibly crackling with demonic mana, and one of his eyes has entered GlowingEyesOfDoom]].
* {{Determinator}}: Holds back his seed for what's seen as an incredibly long time in-universe, and the author confirms that this is part of why [[spoiler:he's able to hold on to some parts of his personality, particularly his protectiveness of Zala, once it takes him over, since those who resist their seed for a while, such as Naal, often manage to retain some of their original self]].
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:During the Sharen fortress's surrender parley, he agrees to turn over all Sharen holdings to the Sarghress in exchange for helping the Sharen get revenge against the traitors that infested them with faulty seeds]].
* [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing Eye Of Doom]]: [[spoiler:The result of his increasingly deadly taint]].
* MoralityPet: Seems to be this to Zala, since they clearly love each other.
* PeekABangs: After the TimeSkip, one of his eyes is covered over by his hair. This [[spoiler:conceals the [[GlowingEyesOfDoom Glowing Eye Of Doom]]]].
* RetCon: Was originally so badly tainted that he was trapped in a suit of sealing armor and unable to speak, but when the worldsetting was redone he no longer had this history, and even after the timeskip [[spoiler:is visibly having trouble keeping his seed under control, but keeps his ability to speak]].
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:During the Sharen fortress's surrender parley, he tells Quain'tana that he wants this against those who tainted the Sharen with faulty seeds]].
* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler:Already at the brink of death, and under severe strain due to Kharla'ggen's MindManipulation, he finally loses to the taint and the demon takes over. Nevertheless, he retains enough of his former personality to remain capable of speech and protective of Zala'ess]].
* TheStoic: Something his son Nau'kheol initially appeared to inherit, though following the timeskip less so.
* YouShallNotPass: He tells his daughter that he will buy Zala'ess the time she needs to bring in TheCavalry before the Sarghress [[DarkestHour finish them off]].

!!Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen
One of Zala'ess' daughters and Faen's roommate at Orthorbbae.

* AscendedExtra: She started as Faen's roommate with little focus on her, but by the time of the timeskip has more or less become the secondary protagonist to Ariel.
* AlphaBitch
** LovableAlphaBitch: After CharacterDevelopment kicked in.
* BloodMagic / BloodyMurder: Her main affinity.
* CharacterDevelopment: It's telling that a character whose [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=814 first appearance]] was slapping Faen and telling her to leave Ariel to die and made fans hate her can now inspire [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7677 a woobie reaction]] from those same fans.
* ConflictingLoyalty: [[spoiler:Between Sil'lice and her mother, Zala'ess. On the one hand, she genuinely cares about her mother, but on the other she feels that Zala'ess has made terrible mistakes and has been working with one of the victims of said mistakes]].
* ConvenientMiscarriage: In Chapter 44 [[spoiler:we find out about the "problems" Chrys'tel had referenced in regards to her own attempts to have children when we see her having what WordOfGod describes as an early miscarriage, including copious amounts of blood. It's even worse when you remember that WordOfGod is that drow do not have periods, so she has to realize exactly what this means]].
* CuriosityIsACrapshoot: While Chrys' curiosity is one of her best features, and is explicitly identified by Zala'ess as such after the timeskip, her tendency to not look before she leaps and follow her intuition has nearly gotten her killed on three separate occasions. It also [[spoiler:indirectly led to Naal's death]] and very nearly [[spoiler:the death of Nau'kheol]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Just compare [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=814 her first scenes]] to [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6977 her later ones]].
* DueToTheDead: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10032 Gives a salute]] to a Sarghress squad that died sabotaging a [[EnemyMine mutual enemy]].
* GenderBlenderName: Only by human standards, since she's usually referred to simply as Chrys.
* GirlishPigtails: With the corresponding {{Tsundere}} traits, at least until the timeskip.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Isn't as bad as she initially appears, and has quite a bit of loyalty to her friends.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Seems to have fallen into this after the timeskip, since she knows [[spoiler:Diva'ratrika's dead and her mother's role in it]] as well as [[spoiler:Zala knowing that she knows, which is why she keeps Chrys'tel around as her overseer]].
* TheMole: As of Chapter 32, [[spoiler:is now working as one for Sil'lice]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Seemingly a pattern with her.
** It was Chrys'tel's suggestion that Faen get tainted so she wouldn't be afraid anymore that eventually led to Faen's powers going haywire, Sate'ja's brain getting fried, Nihi'liir's arm being amputated and Faen having to run off of to the overworld, and when she sees [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4869 Ariel disguised as Faen]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=427 and is later explaining]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=429 the situation]] she even says that despite her best intentions it turned out horribly.
** Also in regards to [[spoiler:Syphile]], since Zala'ess was perfectly content to just [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=323 pay her off with a considerable amount of money and send her on her way]], but Chrys'tel insisted on giving her a chance to [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=550 kill Quain'tana]]]], and we all know how [[CurbStompBattle that turned out]]. Later chapters imply that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6954 Chrys'tel feels guilty]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7764 about this]], since she even uses [[spoiler:Syphile's]] name when she falsely claims to be visiting her mother [[spoiler:while really going to see Sil'lice]] in Chapter 30.
** She's also indirectly responsible for [[spoiler:Naal's seed taking her over]], and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7137 feels indebted]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7175 to Kiel as a result]].
* ParentalFavoritism: Even though Zala'ess seems to care for all of her children ([[note]]except Yaeminira, but that's complicated[[/note]]) Chrys seems to hold a special place with her mother. Played with after the timeskip, where Chrys'tel is [[spoiler:Empress Zala'ess' overseer]] but [[spoiler:it's implied Zala made Chrys this so she could keep an eye on her in light of what she learned from Sil'lice]].
* PetTheDog: Her defense of Faen, and it's the first sign that she's not just a two-dimensional bully.
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter: She even says that a Vel'Sharen always repays her debts to Kiel after [[spoiler:Naal's demise]].
* PluckyGirl: Even [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=418 Ariel notices]] how hard it is to keep Chrys'tel down when she's determined. Also crosses over with VillainousValour, though she's only a "villain" to Ariel by virtue of being a Sharen.
* RebelliousPrincess: If [[spoiler:stealing her mother's old crown and sneaking into the Val'Sharess tower]] and later [[spoiler:going to the Sarghress of her own free will to see Sil'lice]] isn't rebellious, what is?
** After the timeskip, there are also several subtle indicators that she's not entirely pulling the Vel'Sharen party line, like the fact that her dragon isn't tainted and she named it [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1740 Cahal]], after the ShroudedInMyth figure [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6993 Vel'Cahal]], whose name literally means "Demon Poison."
* RichBitch: Has aspects of this.
** SpoiledSweet: Later on.
* SquishyWizard: To a point. Fans have noticed that so far Chrys has gotten her ass handed to her pretty much any time she engages someone in close quarters combat, including [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4874 against Ariel]], [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6954 Shinae]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7120 Sate'ja]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8556 a mook]] who takes advantage of her not restraining his arms and likely would've killed her if not for interference. She is shown to be very effective from dragonback and through the use of her blood sorcery, but close quarters seems to be a weakness of hers.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After discovering [[spoiler:what really happened to her grandmother]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: After the timeskip, she looks even more like her father and Nau'kheol, since her hair is more obviously silver/purple. In-universe she is also said by Yakuise and [[spoiler: Diva]] to look a lot like Zala'ess.
* TooDumbToLive: Nearly crosses into this a few times, see CuriosityIsACrapshoot. [[spoiler:Sil'lice]] even lampshades it.
-->I have let you go once and yet you have returned. This is not proof of a great intellect or wisdom.
** Then subverted a few pages later where [[spoiler:Sil'lice]] decides that despite this, Chrys is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1672 wiser than many women with hundreds of years of experience]].
* {{Tsurime Eyes}}

!!Shinae
Chrys'tel's protector twin, Shinae's specialty is pressure sorcery.

* BadassLongcoat: Lavender, no less.
* BerserkButton: Nihi'liir [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9024 really should not have said that]], though it's implied that she doesn't know the full story of what happened to [[spoiler:her baby]] at the time this conversation takes place. Later Chrys'tel accidentally presses the same button when she makes the double mistake of [[spoiler:asking about the baby]] and saying that they left Shinae behind to keep her "safe", not knowing the ordeal Shinae has been through.
* CaneFu: Due to Chrys'tel's accidentally pressing of her BerserkButton Shinae actually [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9533 hits her with her cane]] and draws blood.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Between Chrys and to her adoptive mother Zala'ess. Post-time skip, she seems to have decided on [[spoiler: Chrys. But after her SplitPersonalityMerge, she starts showing inclinations towards Snadhya'rune and may be acting on her behalf when she puts something in Zala's tea]].
* DespairEventHorizon: It's evident that [[spoiler:the stillbirth of her child]] was this to her, since she's willing to [[spoiler:let Snadhya'rune make her "safe" despite knowing damn well what it means, having seen what it did to Jiaan]].
* {{Determinator}}: In Chapter 40, by virtue of the fact that she's even up and walking after [[spoiler:the horrific birth in chapter 39]] since she's clearly in great pain, has to walk with a cane and can't even sit down.
* FaceHeelTurn: If [[spoiler:whatever she put into Zala's drink was on behalf of Snadhya'rune]] it's safe to say she's done this. She also [[spoiler:stabs Zala'ess, taking advantage of the confusion caused by Kharla's MassHypnosis]].
* FetusTerrible: [[spoiler:After the timeskip, gives birth to one]].
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: With Shinae's personality it's pretty unlikely any of the group from Orthorbbae would even hang around with her on their own if she wasn't Chrys' protector twin.
* HamToHamCombat: WordOfGod confirms that with their personalities [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9024 the confrontation]] between Shinae and Nihi'liir in Chapter 40 was bound to not end well.
* IGaveMyWord: She makes a point of telling Ariel that she always keeps her promises, even to enemies, and her "treacherous sister." Of note, is that she "promised" to give Ariel 1000 deaths.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Indicated [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=1326 here]].
* TheImmune: Her [[spoiler:Snadhya granted "safe" taint makes her immune to Kharla's mind control powers]] in Chapter 47.
* {{Irony}}: She ''thinks'' she's the loyal sister, and Chrys'tel is the treacherous one, yet [[spoiler: not only does Shinae go to Snad to get her taint "perfected," she poisons Zala, stabs the latter in what she thinks is her pregnant belly during the MassHypnosis, outright deserts, and when Chrys'tel comes to her to plead her case that she was being controlled like everyone else, which is a perfectly good defense, she outright attacks Chrys'tel, her two fellow squad members, the dragon mounts, and stabs the very empath who would be most likely to back her in the throat, to use as hostage to escape, despite knowing that the wounds she received from the very dragons she attacked would be likely to kill her anyway without immediate attention that Chrys'tel was more than willing to give.]]
* ItsPersonal: Has a very strong grudge against Ariel for [[spoiler:setting into motion the events that caused Chrys'tel ConflictingLoyalty between Zala'ess and Sil'lice. [[WorfHadTheFlu Even weakened by her failed childbirth]], she is desperate to see Ariel dead]].
* KickTheDog: In Chapter 47 [[spoiler:When Kharla places everyone who isn't a demon or a clan leader under MassHypnosis to kill the clan leaders, Shinae takes advantage of the situation to stab Zala'ess's pregnant belly. While her anger at Zala'ess can be justified to a point, the baby did nothing wrong. Granted, said pregnancy is later revealed to be fake, but Shinae had no way of knowing this and as far as she was aware was still killing an unborn child]].
* LittleMissBadass: Though many members of the cast are, she deserves special mention because it's technically her job.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Her particular magical talent and one she's skilled enough in to [[spoiler: beat Ariel while injured]]. Unlike the Ill'hardro who have demonstrated similar abilities this is explicitly said to be her manipulating the air pressure rather than the sound itself.
* MoralMyopia: She lambastes the Sarghress for defying the caste system, being unsatisfied with their lot in life, and trying to overtake their betters. And yet, she herself openly resents and throws temper tantrums at Chrys'tel for the same reason.
* MouthyKid: Very much so, and seemingly lampshaded by her mask, which [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7199 has thorns on it]].
* PretendToBeBrainwashed: [[spoiler:When Kharla uses MassHypnosis to kill the clan leaders, the demons and by extension the merged remain unaffected. But Shinae plays along with it for the chance to assassinate Zala'ess]].
* RedOniBlueOni: Has this dynamic with Chrys'tel, even though the colors they wear are reversed.
* ReplacementSibling: Attempts this after Chrys'tel is captured, even though she knows it probably won't work, but she herself states that it's her only chance. Luckily Chrys'tel escapes, but Shinae is still said to have been lightly tortured.
* TheResenter: Like most of the Sharen, she believes strongly in the [[SlobsVersusSnobs inherent superiority of the Sharen clan over the lowly commoners]], and takes great pride in serving them. However, Shinae herself is of adopted common blood, and she has no delusions as to how much lower that puts her than her sister. Even though Chrys'tel has ConflictingLoyalty with [[spoiler:Sil'lice]] and takes actions that could be seen as treacherous, she is still one of Zala'ess's favorites and gets all of the perks and honors that the loyal Shinae only wishes she had. Unlike Yaeminira however, she has the sense to realize that [[CainAndAbel turning against her sister]] would only end up badly for her.
* RuleOfSymbolism: It's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's [[spoiler:tainted self]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10076 is shown with]] long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen.
** Another example [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10375 here]] where Shinae is left out of the chain of people from different clans, which was lampshaded by the author in the [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18503#p823182 description]] of the page. Further, in the "holding hands" scene as everyone is fleeing Felde, she's too far away, and on very unstable footing. Guess how she acts in chapter 49.
* ScreamingBirth: [[spoiler:In her first on-panel appearance after the timeskip, and justified since the baby was apparently born already mutated]].
* SiblingRivalry: With Chrys'tel, like most protector twins, though with them it's not yet gotten to the point where they've tried to kill each other.
* SirSwearsalot: Has one of the foulest mouths of any character, and the foulest mouth of the child cast.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler:Underneath Snadhya'rune's guidance, she undergoes a special ritual designed to merge her with her demon seed. At first, she resists, fighting the demon off, but in the end, she accepts the demon and becomes one with it. When the process is over, the new Shinae acts ''very'' happy and professes to have no more interest in the Sharen clan, though she ''claims'' to still be loyal to Chrys'tel herself]].
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler:She intercepts tea intended for Zala'ess and poisons it before delivering it to Zala'ess herself]].
* WhenSheSmiles: [[spoiler:Subverted]] in Chapter 46. [[spoiler:What would be one of these moments is [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10079 nothing if not creepy]] given what Shinae just went through and the heavy implication that she's no longer herself as we knew her]].

!!Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen
One of Zala'ess' sons, he used to be Ariel's classmate at Orthorbbae.

* AmazonChaser: Is quite obviously smitten with Ariel when he sees her again after the timeskip, to her dismay. Might also have something to do with being willing to give a relationship with Kiel at try.
* BloodKnight: One way to interpret his behavior as a child, where he seems to take glee in fighting others, especially [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=806 the glee he takes in telling Ariel that her clan will be subjugated by his]] [[spoiler:which has disappeared over time judging from his apparent remorse seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8075 here]], and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8449 in a later page]] his admission that he's never actually killed anyone, meaning that his behavior before was simply bluster]].
* CharacterDevelopment: He was introduced as a dangerous bully, but over time, like Chrys'tel, he's evolved into a loyal little brother. One fan pointed out that both of them were introduced in ways that showed the worst part of their personalities, but have since been in situations that show the best parts.
** And after the timeskip the biggest change is [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8449 his unwillingness to kill a tainted Illhar'dro girl]], and his admission that he's never actually killed anyone]]. The first signs of this appeared in Chapter 27, after [[spoiler:his knife was used by Sate'ja to stab Naal after she stole it out of his hand]] and Nau [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7134 can]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7137 be seen]] having a HeroicBSOD in the background of the subsequent scene.
* TheComicallySerious: Especially when around PerkyGoth Khal'harror.
* CrushBlush: After below FeeFiFauxPas and attracting stares, he proceeds to blush.
* DraggedIntoDrag: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7067 And he is not happy about it]].
* FeeFiFauxPas: He makes an awkward reunion with Ariel even more so when he recieves a better look at her attractive body and announces "Butt".
* TheNapoleon: Objects [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7065 strenuously]] to Kiel calling him tiny, and after the timeskip evidently [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10091 his height is a sore spot for him]], which is rubbed in by how ''giant'' Ariel has grown in the amount of time since he last saw her.
* PerpetualFrowner
* TheStoic: Very rarely shows more than the above, though he does manage [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=205 a smirk]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=207 an evil grin]] during combat class, suggesting that fighting is the only thing that really makes him express emotion. After the timeskip this has largely disappeared, especially when things [[OhCrap go bad]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Looks almost exactly like [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=160 a miniature version of his father]], but amusingly, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7776 he seems to be the only one who doesn't see it]].
** Kiel's also quite amused by the fact that [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7067 he looks like a short-haired Chrys'tel]] when he has to wear her clothes, which prompts a predictable reaction from Shinae:
--->"He's her brother, dumbshit."

!!Yami'ni Vel'Sharen
One of Zala'aess' daughters, she is featured in the side story and animation "Demon Painter". She reappears post-timeskip as part of Zala'ess guard in Chapter 35.

* TheBaroness
* BerserkButton: It seems that being reminded that she's tainted is this to her, and it's implied that she wasn't entirely willing to get tainted and/or had doubts after the fact, since the word "infested" is specifically used when [[spoiler:the Sullisin'rune empaths MindRape her]] in Chapter 37.
* CuteAndPsycho: WordOfGod describes her as "emotionally unstable" which definitely seems to fit. It's also telling that she doesn't seem to have a protector twin.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Her reaction to seeing that a painter had [[http://www.drowtales.com/demonpainter.php?order=chapters&id=2 drawn a sketch of her]] that she thought made her look like a demon? [[spoiler:Open a nether gate in his house to drive him insane]].
* InTheBack: In Chapter 37 [[spoiler:courtesy of Kalki, who really needs to stop doing that to her cousins]].
* MulticoloredHair
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Has one of these moments when she [[spoiler:[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8577 breaks through the Empath's brainwashing]]]] through [[{{Determinator}} sheer willpower]]. [[spoiler:Subverted a second later. Dammit Kalki]].
* NotMeThisTime: Pretty much says [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8067 exactly this]] when they find a nether gate in Nuqrah'shareh that was actually opened by [[spoiler:Shodun]].
* RichBitch

!! Jiaan*[[note]]Created by Madea[[/note]]
Yami'ni's bodyguard and lover, first seen during the Nuqrah'sharian Civil War arc. He is later [[spoiler:captured and tortured, eventually pledging himself to Snadhya'rune's service]]. Appears in Chapters 37, 44, 46 and 50. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ch44_JiaanYamiiii_800.jpg here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Jiaan1.png here]].

* BerserkButton: Empaths. [[spoiler:Given what they did to him, perfectly understandable]].
* BigOlEyebrows: Which are almost [[PerpetualFrowner always frowning]] [[spoiler:until GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul, where the clearest visual sign of this is him ''not'' frowning]].
* BodyguardCrush / LadyAndKnight: Ji'aan is Yami'ni's lover. [[spoiler:Her death makes him go berserk]]. After chapter 46 [[spoiler:becomes a twisted version of this to Snadhya'rune, who's implied to have made him "safe" specifically to have such a relationship]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:The empaths used MindRape, torturing him for months. By the end of it, he was sufficiently broken to bow to Snadhya'rune, but his captors were uncertain whether he had really committed himself. Nevertheless, after his taint is made "safe", Snadhya'rune expresses complete confidence in his new loyalties to the point that Nau'kheol is scared off]].
* CrushBlush: [[spoiler:To Snadhya'rune's affections after his taint is made "safe"]].
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler:Was being held on the airship by the Nidraa'chal, and reappears in chapter 44 as a "gift" to Snadhya'rune]].
* ExoticEyeDesigns: [[spoiler:After swearing loyalty to Snad, she teaches him how to master his otherwise deadly taint]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler:Between the time when we first see him "safe" and he reappears with Snadhya he changes the colored streak in his hair from Yami'ni's blue to Snadhya'rune's purple]].
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: [[spoiler:The apparent effect of getting Snadhya's "safe" taint]].
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Subjected to this by the Empaths on the airship for what's implied to be ''weeks'' and by the end is completely willing to bow to Snadhya'rune]].
* MulticoloredHair: Has light blond hair with a blue streak in the front [[spoiler:later a purple streak after he changes loyalty to Snadhya'rune]].
* MyGreatestFailure: When [[spoiler:the Empaths first MindRape him]] the word that appears [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8571 next to him]] is "incompetent" and it's implied he took [[spoiler:Yami'ni's death]] really hard.
* NoSell: [[spoiler:Dycle's [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9795 attempt]] to use his empathy to end their duel early fails because after weeks of the Empath's MindRape his is nothing in comparison]].
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Disappears after Chapter 37 when he's being held by the Empaths]].
** TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler:reappears later in Chapter 44 as a "gift" to Snadhya'rune]].
* ShirtlessScene: When he reappears, but it falls more into FanDisservice than anything, given the circumstances. Also shows that he's CoveredInScars: [[spoiler:Which may or may not have been there before the Empaths got to him]].
* SuperEmpowering: His affinity is channeling, which allows him to enhance the mana arts of others.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Despite being Yami'ni's bodyguard he gets captured, and though we don't see him fight Kalki beyond his initial lunge at her it's evident she did manage to stop him. His luck isn't much better after he masters his taint and Chakri and Myr Kavakini quickly subdue him]].

!! Saph'ala Vel'Sharen
One of Zala'ess' older daughters, she seems to hold a high position in the family since she sits by her mother during the Council.

* TheDitherer: The Sarghress give her 4 hours to surrender before they attack the Sharen fortress. At first, she is too proud to give in and expects her mother to come in with TheCavalry to save them. But the only message Zala'ess sends is an order to hold the fortress, without any reassurances or replies to feedback. She then starts panicking, not being sure what to do.
* TheDragon: It's implied she's this to Zala, since she sits with her on the Council and is apparently left in charge of the fortress while Zala is in Nuqrah.
* HonorBeforeReason: Near the end of the District War, she has been left in charge of the Sharen fortress. The Sarghress give the Sharen clan a chance to surrender. But even though the Sarghress have them horribly outnumbered, she chooses to rip their terms into pieces.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Daughter]]: Displays similar MamaBear traits as her mother. In Chapter 25 her dialogue indicates strong concern for her son's well being, riding out to meet him immediately after getting a distress message from him.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Has her father's hair.
* VillainousBreakdown: She starts breaking down and panicking when Zala'ess orders her to hold the Sharen fortress, doesn't send her any reassurances, and fails to respond to further flares.

!!Vy'chriel (originally Yaeminira) Vel'Sharen
Yaeminira was originally the protector twin of Vy'chriel Vel'Sharen, one of Zala'ess' daughters, but killed her when she refused to become tainted. Zala'ess reluctantly let Yaeminira assume Vy'Chriel's name and rank.

* BladeOnAStick
* BraidsOfAction: After she lets her formerly short hair grow out she wears it in a long braid.
* CainAndAbel: With the original Vy'chriel. In terms of morality and action, she's Cain, but she views herself as Abel because of Vy'chriel's disobedience.
* GreenEyedMonster: Killed the original Vy'chriel because of this.
* HeelRealization: Sil'lice refers to her as "Yaeminira Nidraa'chal", and while Yaeminira initially dismisses this [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5871 the imagery suggests]] that she realizes that some of her actions, including opening a nether gate in the city and killing her own sister, make it an apt comparison. Of course, she then choose to [[IgnoredEpiphany ignore this]].
* HumanPopsicle: What Sil'lice does to her.
* IgnoredEpiphany: After finding out from Sillice [[spoiler:the truth about the Nidraa'chal war]] does she stop and [[HeelFaceTurn change sides]] when it's offered? Nope!
* MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe: Taken to its darkest extreme, when she both took up the name of the sister she killed, but also turned her corpse into a mindless golem.
* SiblingRivalry: Of the deadly kind.
* ReplacementSibling: For her own sister... who she killed.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Anyone with a working brain could tell that her fight with Sil'lice wouldn't end well for her]].
* SummonMagic: She's pretty good at it, [[spoiler: just not as good as her aunt]].
* TheUnfavorite: With good reason. Ironically, the original Vy'Chriel seems to have been one of Zala's favorites, and what exactly Yaeminira expected to happen when she murdered her is a question for the ages. Also adds more to the above trope.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Girl]]: To Zala'ess.

!! Phani'lath Vel'Sharen
A son of Zala'ess by a male of the Illhar'dro clan. Possesses a quirky sense of humour. He is present in Chapter 8 with his mother, sisters and step-father when they come to confront Quain'tana for Chrys'tel's release.

* DeadpanSnarker
* MixedAncestry: He is half Sharen and half Illhar'dro. He's apparently not treated any differently than Zala's other kids, but he does wear a [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4977 one-winged dragon]] as his symbol that is stylized to resemble the Illhar'dro bird, suggesting that he identifies with both halves of his lineage.
* MultiColoredHair: Has navy blue hair with a gray fringe.
* PluckyComicRelief: Lampshaded [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20090408c16p005.jpg here]] on the very last panel.
* [[StrongFamilyResemblance Uncanny Resemblance]]: Looks a lot like Rek'maar Maeyukir Sarghress.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!! Kiri'dharma Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Tsuris[[/note]]
An older daughter of Zala'ess and Suna's guardian. First appearing in Chapter 47, her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ch47_Kiri1.png here]].

* BraidsOfAction: Has a long single braid on the side.
* CarryABigStick: Wields a heavy mace.
* CoolBigSis: To Suna.
* CutenessProximity: Suffers from this. Especially around [[EveryonesBabySister Suna]].
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Bears a striking resemblance to Zala'ess, but with eyebrows more like Sabbror. He is presumably her father and, by extension, she also strongly resembles Chrys'tel.

!! Nata'sinh Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by [=GuiltyCarrion=] [[/note]]
A Dragon Knight and member of Zala'ess' lineage. First appearing in Chapter 47, her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ch47_natasinh.jpg here]].

* AnAxeToGrind
* AnimalEaredHeadband: Wears one off-duty, and her helmet features ears in it's design.
* AttentionWhore: Per concept art.
* BloodKnight: A little ''too'' happy hacking enemies apart.
* BraidsOfAction
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Keeps a feral as a companion, and it appears to have spent the entire Puppeteer Crisis trying to wake her up.
* MistakenForEvidence: When her feral reports the gathered Vloz are spouting gibberish, she concludes they must be speaking in codes to confuse enemies. Truthfully, the [[CloudCuckooLand Vloz are just that crazy]].

!! Nehleanee Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Vlashrod[[/note]]
A Sharen family liason acting primarily as an intermediary between Zala'ess and Snadhya'rune. In truth, [[spoiler:she has been a Nidraa'chal agent for decades and serves as a spy for Snadhya'rune]]. Appears in Chapters 47, 49, and 50. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ch47_Vlashrod.png here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Nehleanee1.png here]].

* BladeOnAStick: Her preferred weapon, should she require one, is a halberd.
* CleavageWindow: A notable feature of her dress.
* GrowlingGut: Rather embarrassingly suffers from this during a debriefing, after coming from an area of Chel that is short of food.
* TheMole: Her role as liason [[spoiler:is used primarily as a way for Snadhya'rune to keep tabs on Zala'ess and the Sharen Alliance]].
* MsFanservice: If her later outfit is anything to go by.
* OnlySaneMan: Comes across as rather level-headed in meetings. She even tells ''Quain'tana'' that opening negotiations with insults is a poor idea.
* SubordinateExcuse: Implied to be part of the reason she serves Snadhya'rune so dutifully.
* SummonMagic: Trained in traditional summoning, a rarity in an era where it has largely been supplanted by [[TheDarkArts nether summoning]]. Presumably, she is proficient in this, as well.
* TangledFamilyTree: She's of [[ReallyGetsAround Zala'ess]]' bloodline, and sometimes has difficulty sorting out the resulting relations.

!! Suna'madhuri Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Runes & Madea[[/note]]
Zala'ess's youngest daughter, born during the TimeSkip. Appears in Chapters 47 and 50. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Ch47_Suna1.png here]].

* BlowingARaspberry: Directs one at Quain'tana.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Gives an adorable one to her mother.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: She tends to speak with 'W's instead of 'R's, such as pronouncing "dragon" as "dwagon". Then again, she's still a toddler.
* MixedAncestry: WordOfGod says her father is [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Naubol%27oth_Beldrobbaen Naubol'oth Beldrobbaen]], the headmaster at Orthorbbae.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: She likes being read stories about inappropriate subjects...such as boobs. WordOfGod says that [[ReallyGetsAround Zala'ess's family starts early]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Xyrrai'zestu Sub-house]]
! The Xyrrai'zestu Sharen

The Xyrrai'zestu are a sub-house of the Sharen clan and make up a large portion of the Imperial Army. The founder of the house commissioned her own building to house her family, and the Sharen retaliated by having her and most of her followers killed through a series of assassinations and "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]."

* AllThereInTheManual: [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=9495#p388263c The house's history in the forum]] written by the co-creator of the house.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: When the Xyrrai'zestu Dev'ess built a tower for herself and her followers outside of the main Sharen fortress, the main family retaliated by killing the Dev'ess and most of her followers. Only the Dev'ess' daughter (who was in Orthorbbae at the time) and minor members of the house were spared.
* EpicFail / TallPoppySyndrome: The Xyrrai'zestu Dev'ess' decision to build her own tower can be seen as this. By doing this she seemed to be declaring herself and her house as more powerful than the Imperial family and perhaps even as a rival. The same Imperial family that had proved many times beforehand to be [[ControlFreak controlling]], dislike rebellion and utterly ruthless to those they perceive as threats. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Things of course]] went exactly as you'd expect.
* OverlyLongName
* RedShirtArmy: After the stunt pulled by the original Dev'ess, the house essentially became synonymous with "meatshield".
* TooDumbToLive: Possibly the original Dev'ess. One wonders exactly what she was expecting given what we know of the Sharen's dislike of any sort of rebellion.
* TheUnpronouncable: Even the house's creators aren't entirely sure how it's pronounced, and usually settle for something close to "Zee-ree-zess-tu".

!! Oil'loss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Thalar[[/note]]
The daughter of the former Xyrrai'zestu de'vess and a general in the Imperial Army. Oil'loss'lin and the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen were invented by [[AscendedFanBoy fans of the comic turned staff writers]] and before the entire comic was remade in 2007, her character was a major part of the storyline. She makes [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4276 a cameo appearance]] in the Prologue during the Nidraa'chal War where she slays her tainted dragon, only to become tainted herself. She is also noted as one of the few Sharen to have remained friends with her protector twin well into adulthood. [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5063 More information on Oil'loss'lin can be found here.]]

* AngstySurvivingTwin: She lost her protector twin in battle, and this was stated in background information to have broken her. She and her twin even shared the same lover and both had children by him. After her twin's death she adopted the latter's daughter as her own alongside her biological daughter.
* BadAss: Slaying her own dragon gave her this reputation in-universe.
** PregnantBadass: Apparently she's three months pregnant and still an active soldier.
* {{BFS}}: Her sword isn't the most prominent example in the comic but it's still large enough to qualify.
* LadyOfWar
* MamaBear: Arrives in Chapter 40 to rescue her daughter. Her being the best mom ever[[note]]and it not being said with sarcasm[[/note]] is something of a running joke among players of the roleplay.
* OnlySaneMan: Bluntly tells Feli'cia that attempting to fight Quain will only get her killed.
* OverlyLongName
* ParentalSubstitute: For the daughter of her protector twin.
* PutOnABus: Hasn't been seen since the Prologue, though her creator continues to roleplay her, indicating that she survived.
** She comes back in Chapter 40, as seen [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5063 with this cameo sheet]], and [[BigDamnHeroes what an entrance]]!
* ScarsAreForever: Three claws over her right eye. May be from the above dragon slaying.

!! Ran'diirk Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Pariel[[/note]]
An Imperial Guard and member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen subhouse, first seen in Chapter 39. Heavily tainted, he is so desensitized to pain that a head injury caused by a Sarghress' war hammer doesn't even faze him. He reappears at Snadhya'rune's gathering in Felde, during Chapter 44. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/20120528Raandirk.jpg here]] and [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ranndirk_news.jpg here]].

* DeathSeeker: Implied. Having lost his Queen, his dragon, and his mate... he threw himself at [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune, knowing full well his chances of succeeding were slim]].
* IronicHell: Despite his loyalty to Diva'ratrika, [[spoiler:he ends up a summon of the very woman who killed her with no free will of his own]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Like most of the Imperial Guards, has no idea that [[spoiler: the real Diva'ratrika was killed in a coup led by her own daughters, though by Chapter 44 he seems to have put the pieces together and goes after Snadhya'rune directly, saying that he knows what she did]] or that in all likelihood he is [[spoiler: slowly dying from his taint]].
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Played with. Both he and his colleagues are deeply shocked that he doesn't even feel the pain from his head injury, despite there being copious amounts of blood. Heavily implied to be [[spoiler:the result of his faulty taint]].
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Just as surprised as his colleague that the so-called ''Empress'' they were supposed to be protecting was actually a golem, but even with this fact, is determined to fight for the Sharen cause.
** However [[spoiler: when we next see him it is at the Felde peace gathering in Chapter 44, where he intends to assassinate Snadhya'rune for her role in the real Diva's death]].
* [[HighlyConspicuousUniform Non Standard Armor]]: Wears a prominent emblem of the Xyrrai'zestu subhouse on his uniform against regulations. His character info outright states that Diva'ratrika would have kicked his ass for that.
* NoSell: Averted. He continues to fight through his head wound, but it is clear that it deeply injured him.
* PraetorianGuard
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Realizing that he will probably die from the taint, he commits himself to avenging Diva'ratrika's murder. He puzzles out Snadhya'rune's role in it and spends his final moments trying to kill her]].
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Instead of accepting Snadhya'rune's offer of mercy, he makes a suicidal last ditch attempt to kill her with an overcharged golem core. A weapon fae can easily defend against. Snadhya'rune protects herself with little effort and regards the assassination attempt with contempt]].
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempts this on [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune]].
* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler:Gets turned into a summon by Snadhya'rune after his failed assassination attempt]].

!! Kery'awa Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Runes[[/note]]
Oil'loss'lin's daughter, she is one of the few untainted Sharen in the entire clan, having been spirited away by her mother to the city of Val'Raveran to spare her from the clan's mandatory tainting. First appears in Chapter 40, during the height of the District War. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/20120917_kweyawa_news.jpg here.]]

* BladeOnAStick: Her weapon of choice is a halberd.
* CastingAShadow: Capable of using shadow sorcery inherited from her Beldrobbaen father and does so in an attempt to evade attackers.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: She [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=8958 prompts this reaction]] once her helmet is taken off.
* {{Moe}}: She gets this reaction {{in-universe}} after her helmet is knocked off. Notably not a case of SamusIsAGirl since female fighters are the norm, but the Sarghress are surprised to see she's untainted.
* TokenMinority: A double case, first in that she has a small bit of drowussu ancestry[[note]]on her father's side, since he was a Beldrobbaen who had some 'ssu in him and Oil'loss'lin didn't care enough to ask about where his came from[[/note]] and second that she is one of the very few untainted Sharen left in the clan.
** MixedAncestry: Though the only visual sign of this is her curly hair, which came from said Drowussu ancestor.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Strawberry shortcake.

!! Nona’brail Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Pariel [[/note]]
A member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen and Sorn'mal's mate, first seen serving as Shinae's nurse [[spoiler:post-childbirth]]. Appears in Chapters 40 and 50. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5173 here]].

* ActualPacifist
* TheCaretaker: For Shinae [[spoiler: post childbirth]].
* TheEmpath
* EyeScream: Both of her eyes are gone. Despite this she seems to get along well enough.
* HostageSituation: [[spoiler:Shinae takes her hostage to avoid being brought in by Chrys and Sorn'mal]].
* InTheHood: Likely to hide her missing eyes.
* TheMedic
* TearsOfBlood: When stressed.

!! Kail'odian Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*[[note]]Created by Kailodian[[/note]]
A member of the Xyrrai'zestu subhouse, serving as an Imperial Guard. First seen escorting the fake Diva'ratrika inside the Beldrobbaen fortress, during Chapter 41. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Kailodian-789x1024.jpg here]].

* CoolMask: Wears a veil with a prominent emblem.
* DualWielding
* KilledOffForReal: He falls to his death after Elbinac pushes them both over the edge of a lift.
* PlayingWithFire: Has a fire affinity.
* PraetorianGuard
* PrimalFear: He's afraid of heights. He's quite unwilling to chase Kiel onto a window-ledge.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other Sharen bloodlines]]

!!Ashu'athama Sharen
Diva'ratrika's only son and brother to Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta and Zala'ess. He is one of the headmasters at Davya Tower with Kel'noz. Little is known about him and he has so far only appeared in the early chapters chronicling Ariel's stay at Orthorbbae.

* CoolPet: The dragon around his shoulders.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Was he in on his three sister's coup on Diva'ratrika? It's not been made clear yet in the main story, though the fact that he's not tainted suggests that he's not]].
* OlderThanTheyLook / YoungerThanTheyLook: His age in relation to that of his five sisters is something of a [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive//20070117c02p066.JPG question mark]]. Only his sisters are listed by birth order- not him. The lines on his face suggest he must be quite old, yet he has a natural white hair color like her younger children. WordOfGod confirmed he is younger than Snadhya but older than Diva's other children.
* OldMaster
* TheOneGuy: The only male child of Diva'ratrika and one of the few male Sharens in the entire clan left untainted.
* OutOfFocus: Hasn't been seen since Ariel was last in Orthorbbae, minus [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7904 a two panel appearance]] at the end of chapter 32.
* RebelPrince: Implied, since his lack of tainting and apparent disinterest in matters outside of Orthorbbae imply he's not towing the Sharen party line, which may be ''why'' he's TheUnfavorite.
* ShoulderSizedDragon
* VagueAge: See above for reasons.
* TheUnfavorite: It's telling that he's the only child of Diva not seen with a "Val" on the front of his name, though this may have been a writing oversight as other male headmasters in the same scene had a Val prefix, and he is identified as [[http://wiki.drowtales.com/index.php/Clans_Overview#Sharen a Vel'Sharen on the clan overview chart]]. After the timeskip, [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=3699 Kern drew a chibi of Diva'ratrika and her children but with only the daughters present]]- which seems to further suggest this trope.

!!Kio'nel Vel'Sharen
A young Sharen who first appears in chapter 31 [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7714 escorting Kiel to meet with Chrys'tel]]. Later appears in [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9406 Chapter 42]] as the leader of the Dari'yako PenalColony.

* BackForTheDead
* BerserkButton: He winds up pressing Shinae's when, after Chrys'tel runs off, she asks him if he'll [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7821 make love to her]] and he [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7823 tries to turn her down]], causing her to quite literally blow up in his face.
* CurbStompBattle: It's pathetically one sided when Sarv'swati kills him and she almost ''literally'' curb stomps him before whaling on him with a glaive.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: He tries, at least, but finding out things got even worse after he left makes this impossible.
* FromBadToWorse: The Dari'yako colony getting attacked by Highland Raiders and the slaves being freed on his watch? Bad. [[spoiler:An overwhelming Sarghress force arriving after he's already left for Chel and destroying what's left of it]]? ''Worse''.
* GeneralFailure: He seems to be decently competent, but he gets completely blindsided by the Highland Raider attack and didn't even know about [[spoiler:the main Sarghress force coming in to destroy the rest after he'd already left for Chel]] until another survivor makes it back. And Sarv'swati is ''not'' pleased.
* KissingCousins: Has a very obvious crush on Chrys'tel, and though it's not entirely certain how they're related he's most likely a cousin, but Chrys doesn't seem to return his feelings or for that matter even seem aware of them.
* SeriesContinuityError: In Chapter 42, due to the Colonies story being done by two different artists his hairstyle changes drastically between the two parts of the story, with one artist using his updated concept art and the other his pre-timeskip art as references. This lead the author of that side-story to say that [[SureLetsGoWithThat he got a haircut before his meeting with Sarv'swati]], which some readers thought worked since it emphasized just how screwed he knew he was and at least wanted to look decent before he died.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=9437 his face]] as he goes to meet with Sarv'swati to tell her what happened to Dari'yako clearly says this. He's not wrong about her response either.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Sarv'swati's response to his return.

!! Quar'imar*[[note]]Created by Michael[[/note]]
An ex-Dutan'vir and Orthorbbae Master, he is seen assisting Zala's faction during the Civil War arc of Chapter 37.

* BadassTeacher: Teaching generations of drow at Orthorbbae has clearly not dulled his combat skills in the slightest.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Implied. When subjected to an [[MindRape empathy attack]], the word appearing next to him is "failure".
* ExtraOredinary: Has a metal affinity. He uses it to save Chrys'tel.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: He seems to regard his job as not just locating the "hidden weapon", but training Nau and Chrys'tel in real-world combat on-the-fly.

!! Eri'nyasa Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Pitdragon[[/note]]
An Imperial Overseer first seen in Chapter 39, protecting a bio-golem double of Diva'ratrika. Reappears in Chapter 41, protecting the fake Diva'ratrika inside the Beldrobbaen fortress.

* BraidsOfAction
* CoolMask: A white veil hides most of her face.
* OhCrap: She is strongly unnerved by the effects of Raan'dirk's taint, after he is severely injured in battle.
* SecretKeeper: She's fully aware that Diva'ratrika is dead, and is among those responsible for hiding that fact as long as possible.
* SummonMagic: Proficient in both traditional and nether summoning.

!! Leona Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Meckruco[[/note]]
A stalwart Imperial Guard seen protecting the Diva'ratrika body-double during Chapter 39.

* BladeOnAStick: Wields a spear in battle.
* BraidsOfAction
* GrayEyes
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Like many of her fellow guards, she's unaware that the "Empress" she's protecting is merely a bio-golem double.
* PraetorianGuard

!! Nidek'nil Sharen*[[note]]Created by Tsac'tsuo[[/note]]
A an ex-Dutan'vir Overseer present with Nihi'liir at the Sharen penal colony in Chapter 40. His concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/?p=5180 here]].

* BerserkButton: Hates empaths for undisclosed reasons.
* BraidsOfBarbarism
* {{FanBoy}}: Of Sarv'swati.
* LockedInTheDungeon: [[spoiler: His fate after Chapter 40]].
* MixedAncestry: As a former Dutan'vir he is this, as shown in his concept art [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/NidekNil_news.jpg here]]. He appears to be half Sharen and half Dutan'vir.
* PlayingWithFire: Has a fire affinity.
* ScarsAreForever: Has several knife scars across his face.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Sarvs'wati and the Sharen cause. After [[spoiler: Nihi'liir is assassinated]] he blames himself for being unable to save her.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]: Dyed his hair from its original brown to its current green color as a symbol of loyalty to his new clan.

!! Duras Vel'Sharen*[[note]]Created by Marcus Darkstar[[/note]]
A male Vel serving in the Sharen Alliance during the closing cycles of the District War. First appears in Chapter 47.

* TheBigGuy: He's very tall for a male, being roughly the same height as his female comrades.
* BraidsOfBarbarism
* EpicFlail: His shield has a large chain attached to the back of it, presumably to allow it to be used as a very large flail.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Carries a large spiked shield.
* ShieldBash: He opts not to wield a weapon, instead using his shield for both offense and defense.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Miscellaneous Servants]]
%%I'm working backwards through the archives adding cameos and characters. More will be added to this section. Please do not remove on account of only having the two entries at this time. -Thrair

!! Jethel*[[note]]Created by Jethel[[/note]]
A servant of Snadhya'rune in Felde, first seen at the gathering in Chapter 44.

* ForceFeeding: When he attempts to get Kharla's attention, she irritably stuffs a piece of bread into his mouth.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* TheJeeves: Of the non-manipulative variety.
* MadEye: After unintentionally drawing Kharla's ire.

!! Sakkara*[[note]]Created by Sakkara/Sarai[[/note]]

A drowussu slave first seen in Chapter 47, serving Zala'ess during the closing cycles of the District War. Her concept art can be found [[http://www.drowtales.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/sakkara.jpg here]].

* AbsoluteCleavage: Her concept art has a ''very'' revealing outfit.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: A light magenta.
* HideTheEvidence: Shinae passed her a [[spoiler: vial of poison to prevent Chrys'tel from confirming she'd poisoned Zala'ess]]. Unfortunately for Sakkara, she is unaware of what it is and takes a few whiffs to find out. [[spoiler:Word is out on whether or not it's airbourne]].
* SkewedPriorities: Per concept art, she would have difficulty choosing between escaping and a closet of clothes.
* SlaveCollar
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade A, during Chapter 47.
[[/folder]]
3rd May '16 10:35:50 AM Katsuhagi
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* RedHerring: At this point it looks like the parallels between Shinae and Yaeminira are this, since unlike Yaeminira and Vy'chriel Chrys'tel and Shinae have managed to reconcile, and both of them have apparently survived the timeskip without killing each other. One of the longest running theories up to the timeskip was that the two of them would end up in conflict and one would end up dead, but so far this hasn't happened.



* ScreamingBirth: [[spoiler:In her first on-panel appearance after the timeskip [[spoiler:justified since the baby was apparently born already mutated]].

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* ScreamingBirth: [[spoiler:In her first on-panel appearance after the timeskip [[spoiler:justified timeskip, and justified since the baby was apparently born already mutated]].
24th Apr '16 8:16:56 AM Ciara25
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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Disowning Kau upon learning he's been tainted, even though he clearly didn't choose for it to happen. And Kau says he was expecting much worse!]]



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Despite rumor and what her sisters would have you believe, she was ''not'' in on the Nidraa'chal plot]].

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Despite rumor rumour and what her sisters would have you believe, she was ''not'' in on the Nidraa'chal plot]].



* MiddleChildSyndrome: As the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child. Diva'ratrika states that [[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?sid=4258 she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor]] since, despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most, she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown. Which makes the fact that she's both the only sister who is not tainted and [[spoiler:wasn't in the Nidraa'chal plot]] doubly ironic, since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.

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* MiddleChildSyndrome: As the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child. Diva'ratrika states that [[http://www.drowtales.com/longestwait.php?sid=4258 she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor]] since, despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most, she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown. Which makes the fact that she's both the only sister who is not tainted and [[spoiler:wasn't in part of the Nidraa'chal plot]] doubly ironic, since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.



* PetTheDog: Her twins.

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* PetTheDog: Her twins. [[spoiler: Which makes it all the worse when Shala dies and Kau is tainted, meaning Sil'lice effectively loses both of them.]]
22nd Apr '16 11:04:48 PM Harem-author
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* RuleOfSymbolism: It's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's [[spoiler:tainted self]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10076 is shown with]] long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen. Further, in the "holding hands" scene as everyone is fleeing Felde, she's too far away, and on very unstable footing. Guess how she acts in chapter 49.
** Another example [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10375 here]] where Shinae is left out of the chain of people from different clans, which was lampshaded by the author in the [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18503#p823182 description]] of the page.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: It's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's [[spoiler:tainted self]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10076 is shown with]] long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen. Further, in the "holding hands" scene as everyone is fleeing Felde, she's too far away, and on very unstable footing. Guess how she acts in chapter 49.\n
** Another example [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10375 here]] where Shinae is left out of the chain of people from different clans, which was lampshaded by the author in the [[http://forums.drowtales.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18503#p823182 description]] of the page. Further, in the "holding hands" scene as everyone is fleeing Felde, she's too far away, and on very unstable footing. Guess how she acts in chapter 49.
22nd Apr '16 10:59:38 PM Harem-author
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* {{Irony}}: She ''thinks'' she's the loyal sister, and Chrys'tel is the treacherous one, yet [[spoiler: not only does Chrys'tel go to Snad to get her taint "perfected," she poisons Zala, stabs the latter in what she thinks is her pregnant belly during the MassHypnosis, outright deserts, and when Chrys'tel comes to her to plead her case that she was being controlled like everyone else, which is a perfectly good defense, she outright attacks Chrys'tel, her two fellow squad members, the dragon mounts, and stabs the very empath who would be most likely to back her in the throat, to use as hostage to escape.]]

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* {{Irony}}: She ''thinks'' she's the loyal sister, and Chrys'tel is the treacherous one, yet [[spoiler: not only does Chrys'tel Shinae go to Snad to get her taint "perfected," she poisons Zala, stabs the latter in what she thinks is her pregnant belly during the MassHypnosis, outright deserts, and when Chrys'tel comes to her to plead her case that she was being controlled like everyone else, which is a perfectly good defense, she outright attacks Chrys'tel, her two fellow squad members, the dragon mounts, and stabs the very empath who would be most likely to back her in the throat, to use as hostage to escape.escape, despite knowing that the wounds she received from the very dragons she attacked would be likely to kill her anyway without immediate attention that Chrys'tel was more than willing to give.]]



* RuleOfSymbolism: It's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's [[spoiler:tainted self]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10076 is shown with]] long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: It's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's [[spoiler:tainted self]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=10076 is shown with]] long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen. Further, in the "holding hands" scene as everyone is fleeing Felde, she's too far away, and on very unstable footing. Guess how she acts in chapter 49.
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