History Characters / NeverwinterNights2

25th Jun '17 8:46:40 AM Tarlonniel
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[[spoiler:It is later learned that her mother actually truly loved him and his father, and was forced to abandon him by the Slumbering Coven. Upon discovering this, he implores the Captain to kill the Coven in retribution.]]

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[[spoiler:It is later learned that her his mother actually truly loved him and his father, and was forced to abandon him by the Slumbering Coven. Upon discovering this, he implores the Captain to kill the Coven in retribution.]]
20th Jun '17 8:48:05 AM TheNerfGuy
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Examining the idea of heroes is the main theme of [=NWN2=]. So it's not surprising to have the player encounter characters who count as this. From the party members (especially Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain), to all of the [[spoiler: major antagonists (particularly Ammon Jerro)]] the game shows how while the Knight-Captain is still a special case which might justify his or her being the PlayerCharacter, there are other characters who have traits that make them cases also.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Examining the idea of heroes is the main theme of [=NWN2=]. So it's not surprising to have the player encounter characters who count as this. From the party members (especially Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain), to all of the [[spoiler: major antagonists (particularly Ammon Jerro)]] Jerro) the game shows how while the Knight-Captain is still a special case which might justify his or her being the PlayerCharacter, there are other characters who have traits that make them cases also.



!!The Kalach-Cha[=/=]Knight-Captain[=/=][[spoiler:Spirit Eater]] (PlayerCharacter)

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!!The Kalach-Cha[=/=]Knight-Captain[=/=][[spoiler:Spirit Eater]] Kalach-Cha[=/=]Knight-Captain[=/=]Spirit Eater (PlayerCharacter)



Later on, in ''Mask of the Betrayer'', after being knocked unconscious and dragged to Rashemen away from your friends and allies following the climactic FinalBoss of the previous game, you discover yourself [[spoiler:possessed of an ancient curse [[YourSoulIsMine that causes you to hunger for and devour spirits and souls]]]]. Curing yourself or embracing the power of the "curse" is up to you.

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Later on, in ''Mask of the Betrayer'', after being knocked unconscious and dragged to Rashemen away from your friends and allies following the climactic FinalBoss of the previous game, you discover yourself [[spoiler:possessed possessed of an ancient curse [[YourSoulIsMine that causes you to hunger for and devour spirits and souls]]]].souls]]. Curing yourself or embracing the power of the "curse" is up to you.



* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In the evil ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', you master the power of the curse and in the process become a god-killing abomination. Even in the ''good'' ending it's possible to use the curse to snuff out the remaining life force of Myrkul, [[IronicDeath the god who]] [[KarmicDeath created the curse]].]]

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* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:In In the evil ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', you master the power of the curse and in the process become a god-killing abomination. Even in the ''good'' ending it's possible to use the curse to snuff out the remaining life force of Myrkul, [[IronicDeath the god who]] [[KarmicDeath created the curse]].]]



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: [[spoiler:It turns out one of the shards of the Sword of Gith is buried in your chest, which is what drew the Githyanki to your village.]]

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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: [[spoiler:It It turns out one of the shards of the Sword of Gith is buried in your chest, which is what drew the Githyanki to your village.]]



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: A number of examples from the King of Shadows to Kelemvor's paragon, but the standout example has got to be the very casual, easy way in which you can [[spoiler:eat Myrkul]] in a truly epic example of both {{Ironic|Death}} and KarmicDeath.
* TheDogBitesBack: One of the reasons you can give for [[spoiler:your FaceHeelTurn]] in the expansion is that you're sick of being yanked around by cosmic forces.
* DoomMagnet: In both the first and second games this is entirely justified. In the original campaign, [[spoiler:you have a shard of the ''Silver Sword of Gith'' embedded in your chest, which the githyanki and Ammon Jerro both want but which can't be removed without killing you. And of course, the King of Shadows naturally wants to take you down as a threat]]. In ''Mask of the Betrayer'', [[spoiler:your ability to [[YourSoulIsMine eat souls]] makes you a target for both those who see you as an abomination as well as for those who want your ability for themselves]].

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: A number of examples from the King of Shadows to Kelemvor's paragon, but the standout example has got to be the very casual, easy way in which you can [[spoiler:eat Myrkul]] eat Myrkul in a truly epic example of both {{Ironic|Death}} and KarmicDeath.
* TheDogBitesBack: One of the reasons you can give for [[spoiler:your FaceHeelTurn]] your FaceHeelTurn in the expansion is that you're sick of being yanked around by cosmic forces.
* DoomMagnet: In both the first and second games this is entirely justified. In the original campaign, [[spoiler:you you have a shard of the ''Silver Sword of Gith'' embedded in your chest, which the githyanki and Ammon Jerro both want but which can't be removed without killing you. And of course, the King of Shadows naturally wants to take you down as a threat]]. threat. In ''Mask of the Betrayer'', [[spoiler:your your ability to [[YourSoulIsMine eat souls]] makes you a target for both those who see you as an abomination as well as for those who want your ability for themselves]].themselves.



* EmpoweredBadassNormal: If a KC of a non-spellcasting class takes levels in a spellcasting class. Also happens [[spoiler:when you receive the Illefarn ritual powers and, later, courtesy of the spirit-eater curse]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: You can be Evil-aligned and still oppose the King of Shadows [[spoiler:and the Spirit-Eater Curse]] on ethical or logical grounds.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:It's possible to ally with the King of Shadows at the end of the original campaign, and to manipulate and revel in your curse in the expansion.]]
* [[FarmBoy Farm Boy/Girl]]: One from a swamp, to be exact.
* HalfHumanHybrid: If you so choose.

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* EmpoweredBadassNormal: If a KC of a non-spellcasting class takes levels in a spellcasting class. Also happens [[spoiler:when when you receive the Illefarn ritual powers and, later, courtesy of the spirit-eater curse]].
curse.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: You can be Evil-aligned and still oppose the King of Shadows [[spoiler:and and the Spirit-Eater Curse]] Curse on ethical or logical grounds.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:It's It's possible to ally with the King of Shadows at the end of the original campaign, and to manipulate and revel in your curse in the expansion.]]
* [[FarmBoy Farm Boy/Girl]]:
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One from a swamp, to be exact.
* %%* HalfHumanHybrid: If you so choose.



* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:If male, evil, and romanced Safiya, then she will be devoured by One-of-Many in the epilogue of ''Mask of the Betrayer''. You hunt it down, kill it, and then never take another lover again]].

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* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler:If If male, evil, and romanced Safiya, then she will be devoured by One-of-Many in the epilogue of ''Mask of the Betrayer''. You hunt it down, kill it, and then never take another lover again]].again.



* HeroicSacrifice: Optionally, in ''Mask of the Betrayer''. [[spoiler:Choosing to bind Akachi to your soul and stay in the realm of the dead forever.]]
* HeroicWillpower: ''Mask of the Betrayer'' centers around this, especially if you’re going the good route [[spoiler: while fighting the dreaded Spirit Eater curse.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:As the Spirit-Eater, you are required to devour sentient beings' souls to survive. You can end or exorcise the curse, or [[FromBadToWorse master it and take this trope]] UpToEleven.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Optionally, in ''Mask of the Betrayer''. [[spoiler:Choosing Choosing to bind Akachi to your soul and stay in the realm of the dead forever.]]
forever.
* HeroicWillpower: ''Mask of the Betrayer'' centers around this, especially if you’re going the good route [[spoiler: while fighting the dreaded Spirit Eater curse.]]
curse.
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:As As the Spirit-Eater, you are required to devour sentient beings' souls to survive. You can end or exorcise the curse, or [[FromBadToWorse master it and take this trope]] UpToEleven.]]



* MultipleEndings: Somewhat sloppily in the first game, with you either defeating the King of Shadows only to [[spoiler:experience a rather unpleasant RocksFallEverybodyDies situation]] or [[spoiler:join up with him to kill your former allies for no particular reason]]. In ''Mask of the Betrayer'', most fans think this was done much better, though some still wish you could have [[spoiler:destroyed the Wall of the Faithless for real. Obsidian didn't even bother trying to implement it, on the assumption Wizards of the Coast wouldn't allow that past concept stage]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the good ending of the original campaign, no one knows what happened to you. [[spoiler:It turns out that Nefris had some gargoyles magically rescue you from the collapsing temple and drag you to Rashemen.]] In the evil ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', [[spoiler:the gods rally to destroy you, and after the battle your fate is unclear... but Kelemvor notes that you've become a creature even the gods fear and suspects that you still walk the planes]].

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* MultipleEndings: Somewhat sloppily in the first game, with you either defeating the King of Shadows only to [[spoiler:experience experience a rather unpleasant RocksFallEverybodyDies situation]] situation or [[spoiler:join join up with him to kill your former allies for no particular reason]]. reason. In ''Mask of the Betrayer'', most fans think this was done much better, though some still wish you could have [[spoiler:destroyed destroyed the Wall of the Faithless for real. Obsidian didn't even bother trying to implement it, on the assumption Wizards of the Coast wouldn't allow that past concept stage]].
stage.
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the good ending of the original campaign, no one knows what happened to you. [[spoiler:It It turns out that Nefris had some gargoyles magically rescue you from the collapsing temple and drag you to Rashemen.]] Rashemen. In the evil ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', [[spoiler:the the gods rally to destroy you, and after the battle your fate is unclear... but Kelemvor notes that you've become a creature even the gods fear and suspects that you still walk the planes]].planes.



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: That you have a piece of the ''Silver Sword of Gith'' in your chest, and that as part of the Spirit Eater curse, [[TheSoulless your soul currently resides]] in [[AndIMustScream the Wall of the Faithless]]. Instead, your body is being partly inhabited by whatever is left of Akachi the Betrayer.]]
* SoreLoser: You can take losing contests quite badly, if you wish. For example, one of the options if you're defeated in a "battle of the bards" is [[spoiler:setting the winner on fire and stealing his lute]].

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: That you have a piece of the ''Silver Sword of Gith'' in your chest, and that as part of the Spirit Eater curse, [[TheSoulless your soul currently resides]] in [[AndIMustScream the Wall of the Faithless]]. Instead, your body is being partly inhabited by whatever is left of Akachi the Betrayer.]]
Betrayer.
* SoreLoser: You can take losing contests quite badly, if you wish. For example, one of the options if you're defeated in a "battle of the bards" is [[spoiler:setting setting the winner on fire and stealing his lute]].lute.



** The [[spoiler:Spirit Eater mechanic]], if you're evil, is ''meant'' to be powerful but ethically repugnant if various characters are to be believed, but unfortunately it ends up living to its name as a ''curse'' all too well. On the other hand, if you're ''good'' (in which case it's supposed to be bad), it ends up being CursedWithAwesome, since you can gain a few of the benefits while reducing the negative impact significantly.
** In summation, [[spoiler:the difference between indulging the hunger itself, or using it pragmatically is also the difference between BlessedWithSuck and CursedWithAwesome. Hedonistic self-indulgence against practical restraint? Deep stuff.]]
* TheUnreveal: In ''Mask of the Betrayer'' it's pretty obvious early on that [[spoiler:you've been cursed with something that requires you to eat spirits]], though you aren't told this in so many words until the end of the first act. More significant might be [[spoiler:the "revelation" that Akachi's punishment by Myrkul is the source of the curse - which a reasonably intelligent player can figure out pretty quickly from the various hints dropped through the game]].
* VillainousGlutton: If evil and [[spoiler:indulging in the Spirit-Eater Curse]].

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** The [[spoiler:Spirit Spirit Eater mechanic]], mechanic, if you're evil, is ''meant'' to be powerful but ethically repugnant if various characters are to be believed, but unfortunately it ends up living to its name as a ''curse'' all too well. On the other hand, if you're ''good'' (in which case it's supposed to be bad), it ends up being CursedWithAwesome, since you can gain a few of the benefits while reducing the negative impact significantly.
** In summation, [[spoiler:the the difference between indulging the hunger itself, or using it pragmatically is also the difference between BlessedWithSuck and CursedWithAwesome. Hedonistic self-indulgence against practical restraint? Deep stuff.]]
stuff.
* TheUnreveal: In ''Mask of the Betrayer'' it's pretty obvious early on that [[spoiler:you've you've been cursed with something that requires you to eat spirits]], spirits, though you aren't told this in so many words until the end of the first act. More significant might be [[spoiler:the the "revelation" that Akachi's punishment by Myrkul is the source of the curse - which a reasonably intelligent player can figure out pretty quickly from the various hints dropped through the game]].
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VillainousGlutton: If evil and [[spoiler:indulging indulging in the Spirit-Eater Curse]].Curse.



* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler:Due to having the Spirit-Eater curse, the Knight-Captain can do this to others. Also due to having the curse, his/her soul is displaced from his/her body and stuck in the Wall of the Faithless.]]

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* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler:Due Due to having the Spirit-Eater curse, the Knight-Captain can do this to others. Also due to having the curse, his/her soul is displaced from his/her body and stuck in the Wall of the Faithless.]]
Faithless.



Later on, [[spoiler:you discover he survived the ''third'' destruction of West Harbor and you can hire him as a captain in your own personal army, though he doesn't join your party. He also shows up in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' as a manifestation of your psyche during TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon located ''within your soul''.]]

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Later on, [[spoiler:you you discover he survived the ''third'' destruction of West Harbor and you can hire him as a captain in your own personal army, though he doesn't join your party. He also shows up in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' as a manifestation of your psyche during TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon located ''within your soul''.]]
soul''.



* GuestStarPartyMember: He follows you up until you leave West Harbor. [[spoiler:Then shows up later to join your army, though not as a party member]].
* OldFriend: When you meet him again.

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* GuestStarPartyMember: He follows you up until you leave West Harbor. [[spoiler:Then Then shows up later to join your army, though not as a party member]].
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OldFriend: When you meet him again.



* WideEyedIdealist: Largely how he sees the world beyond West Harbor.

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* %%* WideEyedIdealist: Largely how he sees the world beyond West Harbor.



Despite being more than a little thick-headed and stubborn, Khelgar is loyal and has his own reasons for being off on an adventure with some random ChosenOne from the swamps. [[spoiler:Khelgar was kicked out of his clan for abandoning them during an attack by fire giants, and they haven't forgiven him yet. Aside from wanting to rejoin his clan,]] Khelgar also aspires to be a monk, since the first people who ever beat him in a fight were a group of travelling monks.

[[spoiler:He survives the [[RocksFallEveryoneDies final battle]] with the King of Shadows by way of being pure badass. In ''Storm of Zehir'', he has joined the Neverwinter Nine and watches over Crossroad Keep in the Knight Captain's absence. Later on chronologically, in the best ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'' he is present at the Captain's wedding to either Safiya or Gann alongside Neeshka or Aldanon.]]

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Despite being more than a little thick-headed and stubborn, Khelgar is loyal and has his own reasons for being off on an adventure with some random ChosenOne from the swamps. [[spoiler:Khelgar Khelgar was kicked out of his clan for abandoning them during an attack by fire giants, and they haven't forgiven him yet. Aside from wanting to rejoin his clan,]] clan, Khelgar also aspires to be a monk, since the first people who ever beat him in a fight were a group of travelling monks.

[[spoiler:He He survives the [[RocksFallEveryoneDies final battle]] with the King of Shadows by way of being pure badass. In ''Storm of Zehir'', he has joined the Neverwinter Nine and watches over Crossroad Keep in the Knight Captain's absence. Later on chronologically, in the best ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'' he is present at the Captain's wedding to either Safiya or Gann alongside Neeshka or Aldanon.]]
Aldanon.



* BaldOfAwesome
* BarBrawl: It's a hobby.
* BareFistedMonk: What he becomes if you complete his quests.

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* %%* BaldOfAwesome
* %%* BarBrawl: It's a hobby.
* %%* BareFistedMonk: What he becomes if you complete his quests.



* BoisterousBruiser: Post-Character Development.

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* %%* BoisterousBruiser: Post-Character Development.



* TookALevelInBadass: He was always pretty badass, but ''Storm of Zehir'' shows that [[spoiler:he's ''become one of the Neverwinter Nine'']].

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* TookALevelInBadass: He was always pretty badass, but ''Storm of Zehir'' shows that [[spoiler:he's he's ''become one of the Neverwinter Nine'']].Nine''.



A tiefling rogue that the Captain and Khelgar encounter being threatened by a group of corrupt soldiers. After helping her fight them off, she agrees to tag along, mainly for the thrill of adventure. Neeshka is fiery, feisty, and more than a little mischievous. She takes the FantasticRacism she often gets in stride, barely letting it get to her. However, her fiend blood makes her vulnerable to certain dark magics, [[spoiler:which Black Garius tries to take advantage of in the final battle. Whether or not he succeeds in this depends on Neeshka's influence. Canonically, Neeshka survives the original campaign's final battle due to her great agility. In the best ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', she is seen attending the Captain's wedding along with Khelgar.]]

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A tiefling rogue that the Captain and Khelgar encounter being threatened by a group of corrupt soldiers. After helping her fight them off, she agrees to tag along, mainly for the thrill of adventure. Neeshka is fiery, feisty, and more than a little mischievous. She takes the FantasticRacism she often gets in stride, barely letting it get to her. However, her fiend blood makes her vulnerable to certain dark magics, [[spoiler:which which Black Garius tries to take advantage of in the final battle. Whether or not he succeeds in this depends on Neeshka's influence. Canonically, Neeshka survives the original campaign's final battle due to her great agility. In the best ending of ''Mask of the Betrayer'', she is seen attending the Captain's wedding along with Khelgar.]]
Khelgar.



* ActionGirl: Of the sneaky, backstabby variety.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler: In [=MotB=]'s best ending.]]

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* %%* ActionGirl: Of the sneaky, backstabby variety.
* %%* TheCameo: [[spoiler: In [=MotB=]'s best ending.]]



* CuteMonsterGirl

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* {{Expy}}: A female thief tiefling, with a long tail and a snarky personality? [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Now where have we heard that one before?]]
* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler: If her influence is high enough, she'll resist Garius's MindRape through sheer willpower.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:During the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, [[TheDragon Black Garius]] captures Neeshka and proceeds to torture her and attempt to bind her to his will.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:You can break Garius' control over her by making such an appeal to her.]]

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* {{Expy}}: A female thief tiefling, with a long tail and a snarky personality? [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Now where have we heard that one before?]]
* HeroicWillpower: [[spoiler: If her influence is high enough, she'll resist Garius's MindRape through sheer willpower.]]
willpower.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:During During the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, [[TheDragon Black Garius]] captures Neeshka and proceeds to torture her and attempt to bind her to his will.]]
will.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:You You can break Garius' control over her by making such an appeal to her.]]



* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler:It lets her endure torture and throw off direct mind-control.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: Implied if the PlayerCharacter is male.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Tieflings have a tendency towards evil due to their ancestry, but Neeshka is a {{Kleptomaniac Hero}}ine at worst [[spoiler:and can only go evil because of a {{geas}} placed on her by Black Garius]].

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* %%* ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler:It It lets her endure torture and throw off direct mind-control.]]
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ThePowerOfLove: Implied if the PlayerCharacter is male.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Tieflings have a tendency towards evil due to their ancestry, but Neeshka is a {{Kleptomaniac Hero}}ine at worst [[spoiler:and and can only go evil because of a {{geas}} placed on her by Black Garius]].Garius.



[[spoiler:In Chapter 3, she learns that her Circle has actually survived, but have, with a single exception, become twisted and corrupted by the King of Shadow's influence. After being forced to kill them, Elanee will either continue to stay with the group, or decide to leave with the survivor in an attempt to find a new home, depending on her Influence.]]

[[spoiler:Her fate at the end of the official campaign depends on the PC's choices. If the PC has low influence with her, then she leaves with the only other survivor of the Circle of the Mere earlier in Act III (you can kill her or let her go). If the PC is male and romances her, she sacrifices her life to save him from the CollapsingLair. Otherwise Ammon mentions that he last saw her pinned by a chunk of debris, not moving, and whether she dies is left ambiguous.]]

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[[spoiler:In In Chapter 3, she learns that her Circle has actually survived, but have, with a single exception, become twisted and corrupted by the King of Shadow's influence. After being forced to kill them, Elanee will either continue to stay with the group, or decide to leave with the survivor in an attempt to find a new home, depending on her Influence.]]

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fate at the end of the official campaign depends on the PC's choices. If the PC has low influence with her, then she leaves with the only other survivor of the Circle of the Mere earlier in Act III (you can kill her or let her go). If the PC is male and romances her, she sacrifices her life to save him from the CollapsingLair. Otherwise Ammon mentions that he last saw her pinned by a chunk of debris, not moving, and whether she dies is left ambiguous.]]
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* ClingyJealousGirl: At times with a male PC.

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* %%* ClingyJealousGirl: At times with a male PC.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Provided the player of ''[=MotB=]'' doesn't say that she left the party after the corrupted Circle incident, she dies shielding you from falling rubble in the CollapsingLair if you romanced her.]]
* LastOfHerKind: She's [[spoiler:believed to be]] the last of the Circle.
* LeftForDead: [[spoiler:If she wasn't romanced, Ammon Jerro last saw her pinned and unmoving beneath a fallen pillar, but whether she's alive or not is unknown, and we never find out.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Provided Provided the player of ''[=MotB=]'' doesn't say that she left the party after the corrupted Circle incident, she dies shielding you from falling rubble in the CollapsingLair if you romanced her.]]
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LastOfHerKind: She's [[spoiler:believed believed to be]] be the last of the Circle.
* LeftForDead: [[spoiler:If If she wasn't romanced, Ammon Jerro last saw her pinned and unmoving beneath a fallen pillar, but whether she's alive or not is unknown, and we never find out.]]



* MayDecemberRomance: With a male PC.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: She'll go into shock after killing the remnants of the Circle if your influence is low, and subsequently leaves your party.]]

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* %%* MayDecemberRomance: With a male PC.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: She'll go into shock after killing the remnants of the Circle if your influence is low, and subsequently leaves your party.]]



* StalkerWithACrush: With a male PC. Unusually, the stalker part came before the crush. [[spoiler:She was assigned by the Circle of Merdelain to observe the Kalach-Cha as he grew up, and eventually started to feel affection for him. Said affection can turn into love during the game, depending on the player's choices.]]
* StalkerWithoutACrush: [[spoiler:If you're female. She still came to care greatly for you, but more in terms of loyalty than romantic interest.]]
* TheStoic: She never really gets frazzled [[spoiler:except after the incident with the corrupted Circle]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Slightly Type A, for the male PC.

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* StalkerWithACrush: With a male PC. Unusually, the stalker part came before the crush. [[spoiler:She She was assigned by the Circle of Merdelain to observe the Kalach-Cha as he grew up, and eventually started to feel affection for him. Said affection can turn into love during the game, depending on the player's choices.]]
choices.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: [[spoiler:If If you're female. She still came to care greatly for you, but more in terms of loyalty than romantic interest.]]
interest.
* TheStoic: She never really gets frazzled [[spoiler:except except after the incident with the corrupted Circle]].
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{{Tsundere}}: Slightly Type A, for the male PC.



[[spoiler:She canonically died in the original campaign's final battle, either having been killed by the party after betraying them (either due to low influence or automatically if Sand stays on the good side), or by having her head split open by a falling rock.]]

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[[spoiler:She She canonically died in the original campaign's final battle, either having been killed by the party after betraying them (either due to low influence or automatically if Sand stays on the good side), or by having her head split open by a falling rock.]]
rock.



* AbortedArc[=/=]DummiedOut: Her conflict with her rivals from the Academy was set to evolve into a BlackAndGrayMorality conflict, such as two of the students who fought her planning to take out the player and their companions, before killing Qara next. It was also planned that she could learn to destroy the Animus, a doppelganger of her designed to destroy her, by learning to show restraint as she was constantly advised to do. As it is, the arc sort of fizzles out after you destroy the Animus and the mage who created it.
* BlackMagicianGirl

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* AbortedArc[=/=]DummiedOut: AbortedArc: Her conflict with her rivals from the Academy was set to evolve into a BlackAndGrayMorality conflict, such as two of the students who fought her planning to take out the player and their companions, before killing Qara next. It was also planned that she could learn to destroy the Animus, a doppelganger of her designed to destroy her, by learning to show restraint as she was constantly advised to do. As it is, the arc sort of fizzles out after you destroy the Animus and the mage who created it.
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** [[spoiler:If she allies with the King of Shadows, she tries to ''destroy the world'' because ''you didn't agree with her''.]]

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** [[spoiler:If If she allies with the King of Shadows, she tries to ''destroy the world'' because ''you didn't agree with her''.]]



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Assuming she didn't turn on you, her skull is crushed by a falling boulder during the escape.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Assuming Assuming she didn't turn on you, her skull is crushed by a falling boulder during the escape.]]



* {{Expy}}: A green-eyed, red-headed witch with lots of power who hates being told how to use it and thinks she can do anything? Sounds like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 6 Willow]], minus any good traits.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Turns on you and joins the King of Shadows if her Influence is lower than Sand's.]]

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* {{Expy}}: A green-eyed, red-headed witch with lots of power who hates being told how to use it and thinks she can do anything? Sounds like [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 6 Willow]], minus any good traits.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Turns Turns on you and joins the King of Shadows if her Influence is lower than Sand's.]]



* JerkJustifications: Her reason for [[spoiler:betraying you]] is that you didn't let her do whatever she wanted with her powers (namely, burn everything in sight).

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* JerkJustifications: Her reason for [[spoiler:betraying you]] betraying you is that you didn't let her do whatever she wanted with her powers (namely, burn everything in sight).



* PetTheDog: If you take her to the Orc Caves she'll discover zombie-mages being made from the corpes of her fellow Academy students and vows to stop the Shadow Priest who created them, which is the most heroic thing she does in the entire game. Also, if you have high influence with her, she'll offer to [[spoiler:fight Lorne for you]] in Act II.

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* PetTheDog: If you take her to the Orc Caves she'll discover zombie-mages being made from the corpes of her fellow Academy students and vows to stop the Shadow Priest who created them, which is the most heroic thing she does in the entire game. Also, if you have high influence with her, she'll offer to [[spoiler:fight fight Lorne for you]] you in Act II.



[[spoiler:He canonically died in the final battle, in a futile attempt to save the Construct from a falling pillar.]]

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[[spoiler:He He canonically died in the final battle, in a futile attempt to save the Construct from a falling pillar.]]
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* {{Expy}}: He carries on the tradition of an annoying, diminutive SpoonyBard established by Deekin in the {{expansion|Pack}}s to [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights the original game]].
** It seems likely that [[VideoGame/BaldursGate Jan Jansen]] was an influence as well.



* ThePollyanna: Everything reminds him of a song. Even, apparently, [[spoiler:getting crushed to death by rocks]].
* SpoonyBard: Even by D&D bard standards, since his base stats are mediocre at best and his skillset leaves something to be desired.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:He genuinely thought his ''three foot tall body'' could save the Construct from a ''story-high stone pillar''. Long story short, it didn't.]]

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* ThePollyanna: Everything reminds him of a song. Even, apparently, [[spoiler:getting getting crushed to death by rocks]].
rocks.
* SpoonyBard: QuirkyBard: Even by D&D bard standards, since his base stats are mediocre at best and his skillset leaves something to be desired.
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler:He He genuinely thought his ''three foot tall body'' could save the Construct from a ''story-high stone pillar''. Long story short, it didn't.]]
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[[spoiler:''Mask of the Betrayer'' suggests that he died in the final battle of the original campaign, his back broken in an attempt to hold a door open to allow the party to escape. However, ''Storm of Zehir'' strongly implies that he managed to survive the CollapsingLair, albeit severely wounded. His current whereabouts are unknown, but it is suggested that he has been captured by Luskan.]]

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[[spoiler:''Mask ''Mask of the Betrayer'' suggests that he died in the final battle of the original campaign, his back broken in an attempt to hold a door open to allow the party to escape. However, ''Storm of Zehir'' strongly implies that he managed to survive the CollapsingLair, albeit severely wounded. His current whereabouts are unknown, but it is suggested that he has been captured by Luskan.]]
Luskan.



* DropTheHammer: Favors warhammers in battle.

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* %%* DropTheHammer: Favors warhammers in battle.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:According to Ammon Jerro in ''Mask of the Betrayer'', he broke his back holding open a collapsing doorway for the party. ''Storm of Zehir'' implies that he survived and was captured and imprisoned by Luskan.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:According According to Ammon Jerro in ''Mask of the Betrayer'', he broke his back holding open a collapsing doorway for the party. ''Storm of Zehir'' implies that he survived and was captured and imprisoned by Luskan.]]



--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/AsaSeigel[[spoiler: and Creator/DaveWalsh (Mask of the Betrayer)]]

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--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/AsaSeigel[[spoiler: Creator/AsaSeigel and Creator/DaveWalsh (Mask of the Betrayer)]]
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[[spoiler:Ultimately, Bishop's beliefs and free spirit are his undoing. During the siege on Crossroad Keep by the King of Shadows' army, he betrays the party by sabotaging the keep's gates and allowing the undead entry. He later shows up at the site of the final battle. If your influence with him is low, he will assist Garius in the battle, and will attempt to take control of the Construct. If influence with him is high, the Captain can appeal to his hatred of being someone's servant, and he will agree to leave in peace.]]

[[spoiler:No matter what path is taken, Bishop ultimately dies, either by the player's hand or by being crushed by the collapsing castle during his escape. He makes an appearance in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' in a dream, where it is revealed that he has been bound to the Wall of the Faithless. After giving some last few snide remarks to the Captain, he is fully absorbed into the Wall, but not before hand over a fragment of Akachi's mask.]]

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[[spoiler:Ultimately, Ultimately, Bishop's beliefs and free spirit are his undoing. During the siege on Crossroad Keep by the King of Shadows' army, he betrays the party by sabotaging the keep's gates and allowing the undead entry. He later shows up at the site of the final battle. If your influence with him is low, he will assist Garius in the battle, and will attempt to take control of the Construct. If influence with him is high, the Captain can appeal to his hatred of being someone's servant, and he will agree to leave in peace.]]

[[spoiler:No
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No
matter what path is taken, Bishop ultimately dies, either by the player's hand or by being crushed by the collapsing castle during his escape. He makes an appearance in ''Mask of the Betrayer'' in a dream, where it is revealed that he has been bound to the Wall of the Faithless. After giving some last few snide remarks to the Captain, he is fully absorbed into the Wall, but not before hand over a fragment of Akachi's mask.]]
mask.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: He is immensely popular amongst the female fanbase.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:''Mask of the Betrayer'' reveals that his soul was sent to the Wall of the Faithless after his death.]]

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* %%* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: He is immensely popular amongst the female fanbase.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:''Mask ''Mask of the Betrayer'' reveals that his soul was sent to the Wall of the Faithless after his death.]]



* ChaoticEvil: In-universe. He places great emphasis on his personal freedom and refuses to be bound by authority. That can include [[spoiler:that of the bad guys]] as well. Note that he seems to place emphasis on others' freedom/individuality - as seen when he tells [[GoodIsOldFashioned Casavir]] not to stand up to him on the female Knight-Captain's behalf and let her defend her own honour. He is also deeply misanthropic, firmly convinced civilization is a sham and that everyone, especially himself, is only out for themselves.
* ChildSoldier: Implied to have been very young when [[spoiler:conscripted into Luskan's military]].

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* ChaoticEvil: In-universe. He places great emphasis on his personal freedom and refuses to be bound by authority. That can include [[spoiler:that that of the bad guys]] guys as well. Note that he seems to place emphasis on others' freedom/individuality - as seen when he tells [[GoodIsOldFashioned Casavir]] not to stand up to him on the female Knight-Captain's behalf and let her defend her own honour. He is also deeply misanthropic, firmly convinced civilization is a sham and that everyone, especially himself, is only out for themselves.
* ChildSoldier: Implied to have been very young when [[spoiler:conscripted conscripted into Luskan's military]].military.



* DebtDetester: He hates Duncan for [[spoiler:saving his life after he destroyed his home village; he would rather have died there]]. He also hates you, because Duncan called in the debt to get Bishop to follow you. More than ''anything'', he hates being obligated to someone. Anyone. For any reason.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Can be inferred from some of his dialogue when relating his backstory. Much later, in the Wall of the Faithless, he'll mock you if you try to free him and claim that he's the only one there not desperate to escape. He's glad to face oblivion, scared only of the pain he'll suffer on the way.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Bishop:''' To forget and be forgotten - that's paradise. It's getting there that's the hard part.]]

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* DebtDetester: He hates Duncan for [[spoiler:saving saving his life after he destroyed his home village; he would rather have died there]].there. He also hates you, because Duncan called in the debt to get Bishop to follow you. More than ''anything'', he hates being obligated to someone. Anyone. For any reason.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Can Can be inferred from some of his dialogue when relating his backstory. Much later, in the Wall of the Faithless, he'll mock you if you try to free him and claim that he's the only one there not desperate to escape. He's glad to face oblivion, scared only of the pain he'll suffer on the way.]]
way.
--> [[spoiler:'''Bishop:''' '''Bishop:''' To forget and be forgotten - that's paradise. It's getting there that's the hard part.]]



* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Born a Harborman and conscripted by Luskans when young. They were grooming him to be a double-agent, and his last act before he made the grade was supposed to be [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten choosing a remote village in Neverwinter and destroying it completely]]. He chose his ''own'' village, and then tried to warn its inhabitants of what he was about to do, but they ignored him, so he burned it to the ground with everyone trapped inside. ''Including'' his Luskan trainers and handlers, which his familiarity with his home let him locate.]]

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* ExactWords: [[spoiler:Born Born a Harborman and conscripted by Luskans when young. They were grooming him to be a double-agent, and his last act before he made the grade was supposed to be [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten choosing a remote village in Neverwinter and destroying it completely]]. He chose his ''own'' village, and then tried to warn its inhabitants of what he was about to do, but they ignored him, so he burned it to the ground with everyone trapped inside. ''Including'' his Luskan trainers and handlers, which his familiarity with his home let him locate.]]



** [[spoiler:His cryptic conversation with Grobnar about the Construct's capabilities hint at his true motives.]]

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** [[spoiler:His His cryptic conversation with Grobnar about the Construct's capabilities hint at his true motives.]]



* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Was kidnapped as a child, brought to Luskan, and trained as an assassin, whether he wanted it or not]]. On the other hand, he never tries to use it as a defense for his actions.
* GreenEyedMonster: It's hinted that his jealousy of Casavir's relationship with the female Knight-Commander played a part in [[spoiler:his FaceHeelTurn]].
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:His warning you of approaching demons and giving you the last piece of the Mask hints that he's started reconsidering his "everyone for themselves" worldview, but he's absorbed into the Wall before it can do him any good.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Well, he used to work for Luskan, but grew to be [[EvenEvilHasStandards so disgusted by them]] that he left their service and now actively hunts them down. Then he'll join you, but will betray you to the King of Shadows. If your influence is high enough, you can talk him into sort-of [[HeelFaceTurn heel-face-turning]] by walking away from the fight with Garius. Finally, if you choose to side with the King of Shadows, he'll come back and help you kill your former comrades, which can be called either a [[FaceHeelTurn face]] or a full [[HeelFaceTurn heel]].]] For goodness' sake, Bishop, just pick a side and stick with it!
* TheHunter: Of Luskans.

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* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Was Was kidnapped as a child, brought to Luskan, and trained as an assassin, whether he wanted it or not]].not. On the other hand, he never tries to use it as a defense for his actions.
* GreenEyedMonster: It's hinted that his jealousy of Casavir's relationship with the female Knight-Commander played a part in [[spoiler:his FaceHeelTurn]].
his FaceHeelTurn.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:His His warning you of approaching demons and giving you the last piece of the Mask hints that he's started reconsidering his "everyone for themselves" worldview, but he's absorbed into the Wall before it can do him any good.]]
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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler:Well, Well, he used to work for Luskan, but grew to be [[EvenEvilHasStandards so disgusted by them]] that he left their service and now actively hunts them down. Then he'll join you, but will betray you to the King of Shadows. If your influence is high enough, you can talk him into sort-of [[HeelFaceTurn heel-face-turning]] by walking away from the fight with Garius. Finally, if you choose to side with the King of Shadows, he'll come back and help you kill your former comrades, which can be called either a [[FaceHeelTurn face]] or a full [[HeelFaceTurn heel]].]] For goodness' sake, Bishop, just pick a side and stick with it!
* %%* TheHunter: Of Luskans.



* LackOfEmpathy

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* %%* LackOfEmpathy



* NotSoDifferent: He often hints that the two of you are more similar than you think. [[spoiler:You're both swamp-dwellers, for one.]]
-->'''Bishop:''' [[spoiler:You see, for every West Harbor that gives rise to someone like you... someone great... there's a hundred like me, that end up going down the other path.]]
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* NotSoDifferent: He often hints that the two of you are more similar than you think. [[spoiler:You're You're both swamp-dwellers, for one.]]
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-->'''Bishop:''' [[spoiler:You You see, for every West Harbor that gives rise to someone like you... someone great... there's a hundred like me, that end up going down the other path.]]
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** Well, he ''tried'' to, at least. [[spoiler:He warned the villagers of his hometown that he was going to burn it down to kill the Luskans with him, in an attempt to let them get away. They didn't listen.]]
** His repeated offers to run away with a female PlayerCharacter may qualify, since later developments make it apparent he was [[spoiler:giving her a chance to escape what he was about to do]].

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** Well, he ''tried'' to, at least. [[spoiler:He He warned the villagers of his hometown that he was going to burn it down to kill the Luskans with him, in an attempt to let them get away. They didn't listen.]]
listen.
** His repeated offers to run away with a female PlayerCharacter may qualify, since later developments make it apparent he was [[spoiler:giving giving her a chance to escape what he was about to do]].do.



* SavageWolves[=/=]RightHandAttackDog: His animal companion is a wolf called Karnwyr.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:He may decide to give Garius a verbal flip-off and walk away from the whole thing if he likes you enough.]]

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* SavageWolves[=/=]RightHandAttackDog: %%* SavageWolves: His animal companion is a wolf called Karnwyr.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:He He may decide to give Garius a verbal flip-off and walk away from the whole thing if he likes you enough.]]
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* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: {{Exploited}}. [[spoiler:The Knight-Captain can work out that one motive for Myrkul's creation of both the Wall of the Faithless and the Spirit-Eater curse was as insurance against his own death: since deities in the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms draw power from peoples' belief in them, as long as people feared Myrkul's creations and memory, he could never truly die. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Or so he thought before the Knight-Captain turned the Spirit-Eater on HIM.]]]]



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Did You Just ''Eat'' Myrkul?]]

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Did Did You Just ''Eat'' Myrkul?]]Myrkul?



* GodIsDead: What you're talking to is the remnants of his consciousness, set adrift in the Astral Plane. And even that can be destroyed, if you know how...

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* GodIsDead: At this point he's essentially the ghost of a god, after being killed by the mortal wizard Midnight (the current Mystra) during the Time of Troubles. What you're talking to is the remnants of his consciousness, set adrift in the Astral Plane. And even that can be destroyed, if you know how...how...
* TheGrimReaper: Unlike Kelemvor, he fully fit the "god of death is horrible" stereotype: canonically NeutralEvil, he loved creating {{undead}} and his temples were places of fear, torture, mass murder, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and price-gouging for funeral services]].



* NarratorAllAlong: He's narrating cutscenes from the very start of the campaign, but you don't find out that the voice has a name until you reach the Fugue Plane.

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* NarratorAllAlong: He's [[spoiler:He's narrating cutscenes from the very start of the campaign, but you don't find out that the voice has a name until you reach the Fugue Plane.]]
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* MeaningfulName: "Akachi" is an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbo_people Igbo]] given name meaning "the hand of God".
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* TheNotLoveInterest: For a male PC. She was intended to be a love interest but her sidequest, like Bishop's, was cut due to time.


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* ShipTease: With a male PC. She was intended to be a love interest but her sidequest, like Bishop's, was cut due to time.
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* TheNotLoveInterest: She has a bit of ShipTease with male [[PlayerCharacter Player Characters]], but isn't available as a LoveInterest.


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* ShipTease: She has quite a bit with a male PC.
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* ChickMagnet: A ridiculous amount of girls show interest and get ShipTease with them.
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* InformedAttribute: He's supposed to be a great advocate, but if you let him do the talking at your trial, you automatically lose. He might be brilliant in ''technical'' points of law, but he's too acerbic to come off well to other people.

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* InformedAttribute: He's supposed to be a great advocate, but if you let him do the talking at your trial, you automatically lose. He might be brilliant in ''technical'' points of law, but he's too acerbic to come off well to other people. [[spoiler: It's a little more complicated than that. Under the hood the trial runs on a point system. From the point you let him talk you don't gain or lose any points. Since you start the trial with just the small amount from the evidence you found, letting him run it from the beginning is a disaster, but handling the first few lowball challenges yourself and then handing it to him when the skill checks get harder can work in your favor.]]
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* [[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia: Upon discovering that Gannayev's mother let his father escape, the her hag sisters hunted him down, tore him apart, and force-fed Gann's mom bloody chunks of him - all in front of Gann. Gann naturally - and probably fortunately - remembers none of this]].

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* [[spoiler:TraumaInducedAmnesia: Upon TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Upon discovering that Gannayev's mother let his father escape, the her hag sisters hunted him down, tore him apart, and force-fed Gann's mom bloody chunks of him - all in front of infant Gann. Gann naturally - and probably fortunately - remembers none of this]].









* BigBad: In as much as there is one for the game (and that's pretty arguable), the Faceless Man is it. The game ends when he's defeated and he's the direct cause of most of your troubles. [[spoiler:It's revealed, however, that he has no mind, memory or identity, only instinct - he can't be held responsible for what his curse makes him do.]]

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* BigBad: In as much as there is one for the game (and that's pretty arguable), the Faceless Man is it. The game ends when he's defeated and he's the direct cause of most of your troubles. [[spoiler:It's It's revealed, however, that he has no mind, memory or identity, only instinct - he can't be held responsible for what his curse makes him do.]]






* JerkassGod: Not as {{Jerkass}} as Cyric was during his brief tenure as god of the dead, but that's not saying much. For instance, he took a special pleasure in crafting punishments for his enemies and didn't care if other, innocent people were caught up in them. The Slumbering Coven claims that even in his dreams within death, he's still obsessing over how to most painfully punish old slights. [[spoiler:What he did to Akachi was unutterably cruel, and with your help he can inflict even further suffering on the Betrayer by enforcing your command to ''devour the soul of the Founder''.]]

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* JerkassGod: Not as {{Jerkass}} as Cyric was during his brief tenure as god of the dead, but that's not saying much. For instance, he took a special pleasure in crafting punishments for his enemies and didn't care if other, innocent people were caught up in them. The Slumbering Coven claims that even in his dreams within death, he's still obsessing over how to most painfully punish old slights. [[spoiler:What What he did to Akachi was unutterably cruel, and with your help he can inflict even further suffering on the Betrayer by enforcing your command to ''devour the soul of the Founder''.]]


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[[spoiler:Araman is actually the brother of Akachi the Betrayer. His original name was Eveshi. Centuries ago, the two infant boys were laid on the doorstep of Myrkul's temple to be raised there. Akachi became Myrkul's most proud and devoted disciple, and Eveshi/Araman - though never as great - followed in his brother's footsteps, always in aid and loyalty. When Akachi chose to rebel against Myrkul for the sake of his lover, Araman joined him in the Crusade, but when it failed, he repented on bended knee to Myrkul and swore never to betray him again. As a "reward", Myrkul made him immortal and gave him the task of hunting down the Founder and killing her. His takeover of Thaymount was so he could access a portal that would lead him to the Founder's Sanctum. Before he can reach her, however, the Knight-Captain's party confront him and Araman is ultimately killed. He is later seen on the Fugue Plane, defending the City of the Dead.]]

[[spoiler:Araman is a jaded, depressed man. To this day, he believes firmly that Akachi's betrayal of his god for his love was madness, and believes that no good could come of upsetting the order of the Planes; his regret for turning against Myrkul has long become a greater conviction that Akachi was ''wrong''. He takes no pleasure in what he does, instead seeing his actions as [[NecessaryEvil necessary evils]] to maintain balance in the world.]]

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[[spoiler:Araman Araman is actually the brother of Akachi the Betrayer. His original name was Eveshi. Centuries ago, the two infant boys were laid on the doorstep of Myrkul's temple to be raised there. Akachi became Myrkul's most proud and devoted disciple, and Eveshi/Araman - though never as great - followed in his brother's footsteps, always in aid and loyalty. When Akachi chose to rebel against Myrkul for the sake of his lover, Araman joined him in the Crusade, but when it failed, he repented on bended knee to Myrkul and swore never to betray him again. As a "reward", Myrkul made him immortal and gave him the task of hunting down the Founder and killing her. His takeover of Thaymount was so he could access a portal that would lead him to the Founder's Sanctum. Before he can reach her, however, the Knight-Captain's party confront him and Araman is ultimately killed. He is later seen on the Fugue Plane, defending the City of the Dead.]]

[[spoiler:Araman
Dead.

Araman
is a jaded, depressed man. To this day, he believes firmly that Akachi's betrayal of his god for his love was madness, and believes that no good could come of upsetting the order of the Planes; his regret for turning against Myrkul has long become a greater conviction that Akachi was ''wrong''. He takes no pleasure in what he does, instead seeing his actions as [[NecessaryEvil necessary evils]] to maintain balance in the world.]]
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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:He believes that protecting the Wall is the right thing to do and takes no pleasure in it.]]

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* AntiVillain: [[spoiler:He He believes that protecting the Wall is the right thing to do and takes no pleasure in it.]]



* BigBad: [[spoiler:The game sets him up to look like one for a while, but he isn't.]]
* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To Myrkul originally, and now to Kelemvor.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Assuming you continued the Crusade, he makes a LastVillainStand after Kelemvor agrees to let you try and get your soul back, and dies fighting you on the Fugue Plane, where there's no coming back.]]
* LawfulNeutral: In-universe.
* OptionalPartyMember: [[spoiler: Should the player decide to betray the Betrayer's Crusade and side with Kelemvor, [[GuestStarPartyMember Araman joins in place of Kaelyn]], [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers who leaves the party]].]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:The The game sets him up to look like one for a while, but he isn't.]]
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* TheDragon: [[spoiler:To To Myrkul originally, and now to Kelemvor.]]
Kelemvor.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Assuming Assuming you continued the Crusade, he makes a LastVillainStand after Kelemvor agrees to let you try and get your soul back, and dies fighting you on the Fugue Plane, where there's no coming back.]]
back.
* LawfulNeutral: In-universe.
In-universe. All he does is his job.
* OptionalPartyMember: [[spoiler: Should the player decide to betray the Betrayer's Crusade and side with Kelemvor, [[GuestStarPartyMember Araman joins in place of Kaelyn]], [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers who leaves the party]].]]



* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Subverted when he reappears on the Fugue Plane. You ''did'' kill him in the Academy, but since you're attacking the plane of existence that serves as the afterlife's sorting area for souls and he's a priest of the god of death, his presence is hardly odd.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:He was Akachi's brother, Eveshi. Akachi gave him the nickname "Ahrraman", which meant "laughter", when they were both children, because Eveshi was always giggling, even during solemn masses and sermons. That bright little boy is one of the very last things left of Akachi, but only in memory and dreams. Araman himself has long crushed out any light or sweetness in his personality.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:There's not much that the Spirit Eater finds out over the course of the game that Araman couldn't have told them. Not that he would have.]]

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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Subverted Subverted when he reappears on the Fugue Plane. You ''did'' kill him in the Academy, but since you're attacking the plane of existence that serves as the afterlife's sorting area for souls and he's a priest of the god of death, his presence is hardly odd.]]
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* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler:He He was Akachi's brother, Eveshi. Akachi gave him the nickname "Ahrraman", which meant "laughter", when they were both children, because Eveshi was always giggling, even during solemn masses and sermons. That bright little boy is one of the very last things left of Akachi, but only in memory and dreams. Araman himself has long crushed out any light or sweetness in his personality.]]
personality.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:There's There's not much that the Spirit Eater finds out over the course of the game that Araman couldn't have told them. Not them, but he's not about to do anything that he would have.]]
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[[spoiler:The Coven turns out to be directly responsible for Gann's [[ParentalAbandonment childhood abandonment]]. When it was discovered that Gann's mother had sired a child with a human, and worse, loved both the man in question and the child, the Coven offered her a [[SadisticChoice choice between the life of her child or that of her lover.]] She chose to spare her son, and was forced to ''eat her lover alive'', the act of which drove her completely insane. Gann is less than pleased to discover this and insists that they die, but the Coven claims that their deaths would rob the world of priceless knowledge and beauty. Ultimately the Captain chooses their fate. In either case, the Coven do end up telling the party the next destination: Thaymount Academy.]]

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[[spoiler:The The Coven turns out to be directly responsible for Gann's [[ParentalAbandonment childhood abandonment]]. When it was discovered that Gann's mother had sired a child with a human, and worse, loved both the man in question and the child, the Coven offered her a [[SadisticChoice choice between the life of her child or that of her lover.]] She chose to spare her son, and was forced to ''eat her lover alive'', the act of which drove her completely insane. Gann is less than pleased to discover this and insists that they die, but the Coven claims that their deaths would rob the world of priceless knowledge and beauty. Ultimately the Captain chooses their fate. In either case, the Coven do end up telling the party the next destination: Thaymount Academy.]]
Academy.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:As valuable as their knowledge may be, killing these cruel and vicious beasts is nevertheless extremely satisfying.]]

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:As As valuable as their knowledge may be, killing these cruel and vicious beasts is nevertheless extremely satisfying.]]



* NecessarilyEvil: How they view themselves. [[spoiler:You can disagree, whether from your own sense of ethics or to exact justice for Gann and his parents, and shred their collective dream before destroying them.]]

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* NecessarilyEvil: How they view themselves. [[spoiler:You You can disagree, whether from your own sense of ethics or to exact justice for Gann and his parents, and shred their collective dream before destroying them.]]



* TalkingInYourDreams: Meeting them requires you to navigate the dreams of several other visitors, solving (or ignoring, or worsening) their troubles. Despite everyone involved being fast asleep, these interactions seem to have real-world effects. In addition, on the trip you meet [[spoiler:Bishop during his last moments in the Wall of the Faithless]]. The hags clarify afterwards that yes, the encounter genuinely happened.

!!The Faceless Man [[spoiler:a.k.a. Akachi the Betrayer]]

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* TalkingInYourDreams: Meeting them requires you to navigate the dreams of several other visitors, solving (or ignoring, or worsening) their troubles. Despite everyone involved being fast asleep, these interactions seem to have real-world effects. In addition, on the trip you meet [[spoiler:Bishop Bishop during his last moments in the Wall of the Faithless]].Faithless. The hags clarify afterwards that yes, the encounter genuinely happened.

!!The Faceless Man [[spoiler:a.a.k.a. Akachi the Betrayer]]
Betrayer



[[spoiler:Akachi was once the high priest of the now-dead god Myrkul, who once was god of the dead. When his lover, the Founder, died without pledging herself to a god, her soul was condemned to the Wall of the Faithless and Akachi chose to rebel against his god to save her, storming the Fugue Plane with an army to tear down the Wall and free every soul inside. This became known as the First Crusade, and earned him the title "the Betrayer". Though he succeeded in freeing the soul of the Founder, his Crusade failed, and as punishment he was bound to the Wall himself in her place. Myrkul, seeing an opportunity to spread misery (and to remain alive-in-death by exploiting the ForgottenRealms' early GodNeedsPrayerBadly system) decided that Akachi had not suffered enough, and so inflicted a ''real'' FateWorseThanDeath on him. He ripped Akachi ''out'' of the Wall once he was stripped of his mind, his humanity and everything that had made him a person, and left with an insatiable hunger for souls: the Faceless Man. The Spirit Eater curse is Akachi's parasitic ravenous remnant, attaching itself to people and condemning their souls to the Wall in his place. Over time, his victims are slowly "digested", devouring spirits to hold off the encroachment of the curse, but needing more and more spirits to hold off the hunger. At last they cannot sate themselves and die in madness, and the curse transfers itself to a new host.]]

[[spoiler:At the end of the game, the player character recovers the stolen soul from the Wall of the Faithless, but must then battle Akachi for control over it. Depending on what whether or not the three fragments of the [[TitleDrop Mask of the Betrayer]] were recovered in the game, the Knight-Captain can choose to [[GoldenEnding restore Akachi and end the Spirit-Eater curse]], [[BittersweetEnding subdue Akachi and spend eternity on the Fugue Plane]], hurl Akachi out of their soul so that they are cured but the curse still exists, or ''devour the Faceless Man'' and become [[EldritchAbomination a power to shake the planes]].]]

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[[spoiler:Akachi Akachi was once the high priest of the now-dead god Myrkul, who once was god of the dead. When his lover, the Founder, died without pledging herself to a god, her soul was condemned to the Wall of the Faithless and Akachi chose to rebel against his god to save her, storming the Fugue Plane with an army to tear down the Wall and free every soul inside. This became known as the First Crusade, and earned him the title "the Betrayer". Though he succeeded in freeing the soul of the Founder, his Crusade failed, and as punishment he was bound to the Wall himself in her place. Myrkul, seeing an opportunity to spread misery (and to remain alive-in-death by exploiting the ForgottenRealms' early GodNeedsPrayerBadly system) decided that Akachi had not suffered enough, and so inflicted a ''real'' FateWorseThanDeath on him. He ripped Akachi ''out'' of the Wall once he was stripped of his mind, his humanity and everything that had made him a person, and left with an insatiable hunger for souls: the Faceless Man. The Spirit Eater curse is Akachi's parasitic ravenous remnant, attaching itself to people and condemning their souls to the Wall in his place. Over time, his victims are slowly "digested", devouring spirits to hold off the encroachment of the curse, but needing more and more spirits to hold off the hunger. At last they cannot sate themselves and die in madness, and the curse transfers itself to a new host.]]

[[spoiler:At
host.

At
the end of the game, the player character recovers the stolen soul from the Wall of the Faithless, but must then battle Akachi for control over it. Depending on what whether or not the three fragments of the [[TitleDrop Mask of the Betrayer]] were recovered in the game, the Knight-Captain can choose to [[GoldenEnding restore Akachi and end the Spirit-Eater curse]], [[BittersweetEnding subdue Akachi and spend eternity on the Fugue Plane]], hurl Akachi out of their soul so that they are cured but the curse still exists, or ''devour the Faceless Man'' and become [[EldritchAbomination a power to shake the planes]].]]
planes]].



* TheFaceless: It's not just his name; he is always depicted either with a mask or simply as TheBlank. [[spoiler:It's essential to the curse.]]

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* TheFaceless: It's not just his name; he is always depicted either with a mask or simply as TheBlank. [[spoiler:It's It's essential to the curse.]]



* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:The player character can deduce that the spell-backfire which killed the Founder and sent her to the Wall might have been Myrkul's doing, because her death allowed him to test Akachi's faith. Akachi had to choose between devotion to his god and devotion to his lover. He chose the latter, and as far as Myrkul was concerned, he chose poorly.]]
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:With the Founder.]]
* TragicMonster[=/=]WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:It's hard not to feel sorry for him once you realize what -- or rather who -- he is.]]

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* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:The The player character can deduce that the spell-backfire which killed the Founder and sent her to the Wall might have been Myrkul's doing, because her death allowed him to test Akachi's faith. Akachi had to choose between devotion to his god and devotion to his lover. He chose the latter, and as far as Myrkul was concerned, he chose poorly.]]
poorly.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:With With the Founder.]]
Founder.
* TragicMonster[=/=]WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:It's It's hard not to feel sorry for him once you realize what -- or rather who -- he is.]]



[[spoiler:She was Akachi's lover and had no respect for the gods; when she died during a backfiring spell, her soul went to the Wall of the Faithless. Akachi turned on Myrkul and marched upon the Fugue Plane, leading the Betrayer's Crusade to rescue her, and he did - but Myrkul's judgement led to Akachi becoming the spirit-eater, and the Founder returning to life knowing he would suffer forever.]]

[[spoiler:So determined was she to free Akachi that she did not die, remaining beneath the Academy in her Sanctum and searching for ways to save her lover. She made many discoveries that none could repeat, including a portal into the Astral Plane, a way to completely reforge the shattered Silver Sword of Gith, and a way to split her soul that gave each piece a body and a life of its own. Three such fragments are known to exist, currently: Nefris, the researcher, the ruthless logician and the mother, who became headmistress of the Academy; Lienna, the artistic mind, the dreamer, who ran the Veil Theatre and crafted amazing masks for its troupe; and Safiya, the innocent soul, the creative mind, filled with love, who was raised as the daughter of Nefris and became an instructor at the Academy. The Founder worked her will in the outside world through each of these fragments - and it was by her order that the Knight-Captain became the latest bearer of the curse. Her greatest goal is the end of Akachi's suffering, and she will sacrifice anything to make it happen.]]

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[[spoiler:She She was Akachi's lover and had no respect for the gods; when she died during a backfiring spell, her soul went to the Wall of the Faithless. Akachi turned on Myrkul and marched upon the Fugue Plane, leading the Betrayer's Crusade to rescue her, and he did - but Myrkul's judgement led to Akachi becoming the spirit-eater, and the Founder returning to life knowing he would suffer forever.]]

[[spoiler:So
forever.

So
determined was she to free Akachi that she did not die, remaining beneath the Academy in her Sanctum and searching for ways to save her lover. She made many discoveries that none could repeat, including a portal into the Astral Plane, a way to completely reforge the shattered Silver Sword of Gith, and a way to split her soul that gave each piece a body and a life of its own. Three such fragments are known to exist, currently: Nefris, the researcher, the ruthless logician and the mother, who became headmistress of the Academy; Lienna, the artistic mind, the dreamer, who ran the Veil Theatre and crafted amazing masks for its troupe; and Safiya, the innocent soul, the creative mind, filled with love, who was raised as the daughter of Nefris and became an instructor at the Academy. The Founder worked her will in the outside world through each of these fragments - and it was by her order that the Knight-Captain became the latest bearer of the curse. Her greatest goal is the end of Akachi's suffering, and she will sacrifice anything to make it happen.]]
happen.



* AntiHero[=/=][[AntiVillain Villain]]: It's up to you whether she's a hero or a villain, but whichever she is, she's right on the borderline. She wants to end the curse, definitely a noble thing, and she's motivated purely by love. [[spoiler:But she specifically chose to curse ''you'' (for your connection with the Silver Sword of Gith), freed the curse from its makeshift binding in Okku's barrow, put you in terrible danger, and has done many extremely questionable things to achieve her goal.]]

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* AntiHero[=/=][[AntiVillain Villain]]: It's up to you whether she's a hero or a villain, but whichever she is, she's right on the borderline. She wants to end the curse, definitely a noble thing, and she's motivated purely by love. [[spoiler:But But she specifically chose to curse ''you'' (for your connection with the Silver Sword of Gith), freed the curse from its makeshift binding in Okku's barrow, put you in terrible danger, and has done many extremely questionable things to achieve her goal.]] goal.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:If you drain Myrkul he will allow you to consume her soul as well, inflicting possibly the most horrible thing possible to both her ''and'' Akachi.]]
* {{Determinator}}: She ''never'' gave up on any task she put her mind to, [[spoiler:and when you add ThePowerOfLove to the mix, well...]]

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:If If you drain Myrkul he will allow you to consume her soul as well, inflicting possibly the most horrible thing fate possible to upon both her ''and'' Akachi.]]
Akachi.
* {{Determinator}}: She ''never'' gave up on any task she put her mind to, [[spoiler:and and when you add ThePowerOfLove to the mix, well...]]



** [[spoiler: You can forgive her or at least state you won't kill an old lady for inflicting you with the curse.]] This will result with a massive influence boost with Safiya.
** Alternatively, [[spoiler: [[KarmicDeath you can absorb her]] if you have the means to do so. Just don't bring [[BerserkButton Safiya]] along.]]
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep[=/=]SpellMyNameWithAThe: The only way she's every referred to is as "the Founder". [[spoiler:Or "the Red Woman."]]

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** [[spoiler: You can forgive her or at least state you won't kill an old lady for inflicting you with the curse.]] curse. This will result with a massive influence boost with Safiya.
** Alternatively, [[spoiler: [[KarmicDeath you can absorb her]] if you have the means to do so. Just don't bring [[BerserkButton Safiya]] along.]]

* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep[=/=]SpellMyNameWithAThe: The only way she's every referred to is as "the Founder". [[spoiler:Or Or "the Red Woman."]]"



* MamaBear: There is one thing - and only one - that will induce her to attack the player character, who bears Akachi's essence, in anything other than self-defence. By extension, the one thing she loves as much as she loves Akachi himself. [[spoiler:It's Safiya. Threaten her and the Founder will die in defence of her "daughter".]]

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* MamaBear: There is one thing - and only one - that will induce her to attack the player character, who bears Akachi's essence, in anything other than self-defence. By extension, the one thing she loves as much as she loves Akachi himself. [[spoiler:It's It's Safiya. Threaten her and the Founder will die in defence of her "daughter".]]



* OppositesAttract: Sceptic mage-genius and [[spoiler:a devoted disciple of Myrkul]]?
* ThePowerOfLove: Damned, redeemed and drove her all at once. [[spoiler:It will even prevent her soul from being devoured by the spirit-eater, because the spirit-eater is Akachi and he would not harm her. ''Unless'', that is, the player also devoured Myrkul - then Akachi's love is overcome by the spite of Myrkul, and he's forced to obliterate the person he gave up everything and suffered eternally to save.]]

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* OppositesAttract: Sceptic mage-genius and [[spoiler:a a devoted disciple of Myrkul]]?
Myrkul?
* ThePowerOfLove: Damned, redeemed and drove her all at once. [[spoiler:It It will even prevent her soul from being devoured by the spirit-eater, because the spirit-eater is Akachi and even as he is he would not harm her. ''Unless'', that is, the player also devoured Myrkul - then Akachi's love is overcome by the spite of Myrkul, and he's forced to obliterate the person he gave up everything and suffered eternally to save.]]



* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:With Akachi. In the event that you restore his identity and end the curse forever, they'll still never be together, even in death.]]

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* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler:With With Akachi. In the event that you restore his identity and end the curse forever, they'll still never be together, even in death.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Like Ammon Jerro, she has an admirable goal, but she will do anything to achieve it. [[spoiler: That includes sacrificing ''you''.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:You get the opportunity to call her out for inflicting you with the curse.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Like Ammon Jerro, she has an admirable goal, but she will do anything to achieve it. [[spoiler: That includes sacrificing ''you''.]]
''you''.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:You You get the opportunity to call her out for inflicting you with the curse.]]
curse.



[[spoiler:The [[PlayerCharacter Knight-Captain]] runs across his decaying corpse during his/her escape from the Academy of Shapers and Binders via the Astral Plane. After interrogating Myrkul on various points to the player's satisfaction, s/he is given the opportunity to serve up an [[DeathByIrony Ironic Death]] with the Spirit-Eater.]]

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[[spoiler:The The [[PlayerCharacter Knight-Captain]] runs across his decaying corpse during his/her escape from the Academy of Shapers and Binders via the Astral Plane. After interrogating Myrkul on various points to the player's satisfaction, s/he is given the opportunity to serve up an [[DeathByIrony Ironic Death]] with the Spirit-Eater.]]
Spirit-Eater.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:If you choose to eat him.]] A fact he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] with surprising glee.

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:If If you choose to eat him.]] him. A fact he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] with surprising glee.



* GodIsDead: [[spoiler:What you're talking to is the remnants of his consciousness, set adrift in the Astral Plane. And even that can be destroyed, if you know how...]]

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* GodIsDead: [[spoiler:What What you're talking to is the remnants of his consciousness, set adrift in the Astral Plane. And even that can be destroyed, if you know how...]]



* GodsHandsAreTied: [[spoiler:Kelemvor refuses to let you continue the Crusade after you reclaim your soul, but not because he ''likes'' the Wall. He tried to take it down after his apotheosis, but the rest of the pantheon wouldn't let him because it provides a threat that keeps most people worshipping, thereby feeding the gods and through them providing the magic of the Realms.]]

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* GodsHandsAreTied: [[spoiler:Kelemvor Kelemvor refuses to let you continue the Crusade after you reclaim your soul, but not because he ''likes'' the Wall. He tried to take it down after his apotheosis, but the rest of the pantheon wouldn't let him because it provides a threat that keeps most people worshipping, thereby feeding the gods and through them providing the magic of the Realms.]]



* LawfulNeutral: In-universe.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:He's narrating cutscenes from the very start of the campaign, but you don't find out that the voice has a name until you reach the Fugue Plane.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Want to know why he does everything he can to overturn Myrkul's judgement upon Akachi without directly undoing it? [[spoiler:When mortal, he suffered under a curse that forced him to commit selfish acts so he wouldn't succumb to complete violent madness. It wasn't as severe as the spirit-eater curse, but one can imagine how he might be inclined to sympathise.]]

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* LawfulNeutral: In-universe.
In-universe. He acts to enforce the laws he lay down and that were laid down for him as god of the dead.
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler:He's He's narrating cutscenes from the very start of the campaign, but you don't find out that the voice has a name until you reach the Fugue Plane.]]
Plane.
* NotSoDifferent: Want to know why he does everything he can to overturn Myrkul's judgement upon Akachi without directly undoing it? [[spoiler:When When mortal, he suffered under a curse that forced him to commit selfish acts so he wouldn't succumb to complete violent madness. It wasn't as severe as the spirit-eater curse, but one can imagine how he might be inclined to sympathise.]]
sympathise.
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