History Characters / Ravenloft

28th Mar '16 3:19:55 PM MagBas
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* MarySue: Averted. Their depictions in-universe are very clear about the points that A: they're not that powerful, and B: they're all total losers.
7th Feb '16 9:54:57 PM SpectralTime
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* HalfHumanHybrid:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to reveal him as the son of the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]

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* HalfHumanHybrid:[[spoiler: HalfHumanHybrid: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to reveal him as the son of [[spoiler: the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]
7th Feb '16 7:57:53 PM Gregzilla
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* HalfHumanHybrid:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to reveal him as the son of [[spoiler: the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]

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* HalfHumanHybrid:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to reveal him as the son of [[spoiler: the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]
29th Jan '16 2:01:58 PM SpectralTime
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* ChaoticEvil: InUniverse. He is a demon, and demons are literally [[MadeOfEvil Made of Chaotic Evil]].
29th Jan '16 1:57:40 PM SpectralTime
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* GreaterScopeVillain: He sired Gabrielle Aderre's Dukkar son, turned the innocent nun Marla into a hideous penanggalan, and taught Madame Irena Radanavich many of the evil powers she used on van Richten.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: He sired Gabrielle Aderre's Dukkar son, turned the innocent wicked nun Marla into a hideous penanggalan, and taught Madame Irena Radanavich many of the evil powers she used on to torture van Richten.
29th Jan '16 1:28:06 PM SpectralTime
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* HalfHumanHybrid:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to reveal him as the son of [[spoiler: the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]



** [[spoiler:HalfHumanHybrid]]:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to make him the son of the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]

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** [[spoiler:HalfHumanHybrid]]:[[spoiler: The Wizards of the Coast writers had planned to make him the son of * PowerTattoos: A variant, his Skurra-vera [[spoiler: suppresses the demonic Gentleman Caller.]]
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!!The Gentleman Caller
An incubus, and the mortal nemesis of Isolde. Tricked her into following him into the forbidden Demiplane of Dread in an effort to destroy her, only to find that he too was trapped within. Now, he moves through the mists, always just ahead of Isolde, siring fiend-blooded children for his own evil purposes.
* ArchEnemy: To Isolde. In a twist, he is no longer a match for her in a fight, but her own curse and his constant efforts ensure nothing of the kind ever happens.
* CharmPerson: His incubus powers manifest this way. The Gentleman Caller is surrounded by a palpable aura of romantic allure, and he's managed to seduce both the experienced temptress Gabrielle Aderre and the iron-willed agent "S" simply by gazing at them. He also has access to an array of mind-affecting magic and may even be able to tap into the Demiplane itself to cast ''suggestion''.
* TheChessmaster: He's a skilled plotter. While his attempt to destroy Isolde backfired, and left him weakened and trapped on the Demiplane with an implacable enemy who can easily destroy him if she ever catches him, the original ''Carnival'' supplement features a clever plan to destroy her by infiltrating her troupe with his agents, and he may be playing the long game in his attempt to escape the place.
* TheCorrupter: He sows misery, evil, and corruption everywhere he travels in the Lands of Mists, which honestly don't need much help in that department.
* GreaterScopeVillain: He sired Gabrielle Aderre's Dukkar son, turned the innocent nun Marla into a hideous penanggalan, and taught Madame Irena Radanavich many of the evil powers she used on van Richten.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Not all of his children are evil, but they ''are'' all affected by his demonic taint. Many are physically monstrous or have obvious physical deformities and strange powers, and those tend to be the ''kinder'' ones.
* HornyDevils: One of the ''confirmed'' facts we have about him is that he is indeed an incubus.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Subverted. His potential long-term goal ''is'' to escape the Demiplane of Dread, but he ''also'' [[ForTheEvulz enjoys the pain and sorrow he causes for their own sakes]].
* NoNameGiven: We never did learn what he's called beyond the name he gave.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Deconstructed. His abuse of his MindControl to seduce women has left a mile-wide trail of destruction and pain.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: One of the most vile characters in the setting, and it doesn't shy away from the horror women go through when he forces himself on them, even when he bothers using his powers first.
* ShroudedInMyth: Based on the official sources, anyway. The writers have shared many of the plans they had for him after the fact.
* SuperBreedingProgram: Has been engaging in one with Vistani and part-Vistani women, siring children with strange powers and appearances in an effort to escape the Demiplane and leave his nemesis there forever.
29th Jan '16 12:06:26 PM SpectralTime
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* SmallNameBigEgo: As Meredoth points out as part of [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech his spectacular trash-talk during his write-up]], they're a bunch of piranhas chittering to themselves about how they could totally take on a Great White Shark if they wanted to. When faced with ''real'' big fish, like himself, they scamper away to lick their wounds, and their dreams of taking on the Dark Powers that have even thwarted beings more powerful than Meredoth are ludicrous. However, at the end of the day, this does not mean they aren't monstrously capable of ruining lives and hurting people in the pursuit of their overblown ambitions.
29th Jan '16 11:43:37 AM SpectralTime
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* MasterOfIllusion: Years of training under his father have made him similarly talented. It's noted that he's both smarter and less physical than most maedar as a result.
29th Jan '16 11:41:41 AM SpectralTime
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!!Stelios, Glyptar of Demise
An NPC introduced to the canon in the netbook ''Quoth the Raven 21'', a preview of material for the fan-netbook on the Sea of Sorrows. Althea's husband in life, his treatment of her led to his death and her damnation to the Demiplane of Dread. He escaped death by binding his soul to an amethyst and becoming a glyptar, using his powers over Demise's rock and soil to torment his former wife and protect his heir, Leftheris.
* AssholeVictim: His existence sucks almost as much as his widow's, and he deserves every bit of it.
* DeathByWomanScorned: Murdered by Althea for the emotional abuse he put her through. Overlaps with KarmicDeath.
* DeathOfPersonality: As the caldera cools, Stelios's sapience and powers are cooling with it. Soon, there'll be nothing left of him but the mindless desire to torture his widow and protect his son.
* DishingOutDirt: As a glyptar, he has the ability to manipulate earth and stone. His powers have been enhanced by the fact Demise is still an active volcano, and possibly some subtle boosts from the Dark Powers, but his enhanced powers are slowly dwindling as the volcano cools, and eventually he will be reduced to the level of an ordinary glyptar.
* DomesticAbuse: As mentioned above, he was a cruel and callous spouse to Althea. In undeath, he dedicates himself to tormenting his wife, and has tried his hardest to terrorize his son Leftheris into hating his mother so much that he will continue doing so once Stelios' powers are nullified.
* EntitledToHaveYou: He took Althea to wife simply because she was a rebellious soul and he was convinced that he could "tame" her and make her a "proper" wife.
* FantasticRacism: He sneers at the idea of breeding with "cattle," a category into which he places all other sapients besides medusae and maedar.
* {{Golem}}: Interacts with the world around him by using an animated stone statue, functioning as this. His body is becoming increasingly unreliable as his powers wane, however.
* MasterOfIllusion: In life he was a master illusionist, but his magical skills are fading in his undead state.
* {{Medusa}}: In life, he was a male variant called a maedar, which appears as a bald human who is immune to medusa venom and petrification and which can undo the TakenForGranite effect of a medusa's gaze attack. In undeath, he has become a glyptar, an undead maedar whose existence is bound into a gemstone, giving him powers of nearby rock and metal.
* NeverMyFault: Refuses to accept any responsibility in his fate; as far as he's concerned, his wife was a blasphemous heretic and a madwoman who deserves his constant tormenting of her for her "profane" attitude.
* OffingTheOffspring: Not directly, but, he refused to use his powers to transform any of his petrified human children back to flesh and blood, even as his wife was devastated by this. It's also implied that part of Althea's misfortune in having new children by her human "paramours" is that Stelios frequently intervenes to kill his wife's captive lover, her latest egg, or both.
* PapaWolf: Only when it comes to Leftheris, but he's truly dedicated to it, to the point he clings to undeath out of two goals; to gaslight his former wife, and to keep his son alive.
* PowerIncontinence: A symptom of his approaching DeathOfPersonality. Sometimes, his illusions short out and go on the fritz.
* RuleAbidingRebel: He was something of an iconoclast in life for choosing to study illusion rather than the traditional warrior path. But he was still faithful to the general rules and beliefs of his culture, which was why he refused to ever change any of his human children back even as it drove his wife mad.

!!Leftheris
Althea and Stelios's maedar son, born into one of the most dysfunctional families ever. Raised by his undead earth-elemental father after his mother tried to murder him, he has long since come to the eminently reasonable conclusion that both his parents are jerks who deserved what they got and presently just want to leave Demise for good.
* AbusiveParents: He hasn't had a good upbringing from either of them. Althea hates maedar too much to ever ''not'' try to kill him, and his dad mostly keeps him alive to protect his "legacy" and to spite her rather than out of any real affection.
* DirectionlessDriver: When he runs into visitors, he offers his services as a guide, only to lead them aimlessly through the island, feeding his starved need for conversation, before attempting to kill and eat them.
* FantasticRacism: His father's teachings include the belief that all other sapients are little better than livestock for their superior kind.
* FriendlessBackground: Raised in almost total isolation, with only his DysfunctionalFamily for company. He's not ''crazy'', but he ''is'' absolutely ''desperate'' for someone to talk to.
* LawfulEvil: InUniverse, as his official write-up reveals. He ''is'' after all, a maedar.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Doesn't know much about his father's condition, including his fading mind.
* UngratefulBastard: Averted. He's a rational being that ''can'' be reasoned with and willingly lets people go who offer things he wants.
* WhiteSheep: Downplayed. Leftheris ''is'' a racist who sees most sapients as nothing but cattle to use and feed upon... but it's entirely a product of his upbringing. The netbook notes he would happily let any human go who offers something besides a meal... such as a way off the island.

27th Jan '16 9:54:44 PM Kuruni
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* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Ravenloft/Darklords Darklords]]

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* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Ravenloft/Darklords Darklords]]
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A man born with a vestigial twin, in the form of a distorted face and a spindly arm growing out of his cheek and neck. Abandoned by his parents at the Carnival, Claude joined them because he had nowhere else to go. The Twisting allows Claude to see through his mindless twin's eyes, and he uses this in his act. A kindly and compassionate soul, he takes it upon himself to guide newly Twisted recruits through their first adjustments to their freakish new bodies. [[spoiler:Secretly, Importun has ''always'' been aware, just with no influence on the body. The Twisting allowed the kinder, gentler Imp to steal control of Claude's body and take control before Claude's descent into mindless rage could get them killed. Their nature makes them immune to CharmPerson spells unless the dominant personality is specifically targeted.]]

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A man born with a vestigial twin, in the form of a distorted face and a spindly arm growing out of his cheek and neck. Abandoned by his parents at the Carnival, Claude joined them because he had nowhere else to go. The Twisting allows Claude to see through his mindless twin's eyes, and he uses this in his act. A kindly and compassionate soul, he takes it upon himself to guide newly Twisted recruits through their first adjustments to their freakish new bodies. [[spoiler:Secretly, Secretly, Importun has ''always'' been aware, just with no influence on the body. The Twisting allowed the kinder, gentler Imp to steal control of Claude's body and take control before Claude's descent into mindless rage could get them killed. Their nature makes them immune to CharmPerson spells unless the dominant personality is specifically targeted.]]
targeted.



The Carnival's primary Barker, a mage who has cast neither reflection nor shadow since an experiment gone wrong and the Twisting subsequently took hold of him. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to almost all, including himself, Tindal is a Fetch, a mirror-world copy of someone; he is a good-natured and cheerful individual because his original was a ruthless and wickedly evil soul.]]

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The Carnival's primary Barker, a mage who has cast neither reflection nor shadow since an experiment gone wrong and the Twisting subsequently took hold of him. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to almost all, including himself, Tindal is a Fetch, a mirror-world copy of someone; he is a good-natured and cheerful individual because his original was a ruthless and wickedly evil soul.]]
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Professor Pacali's most secret ally and weapon in his private war against Isolde. [[spoiler: The evil wizard who accidentally created Tindal, trapping himself in the mirror-world even as he set Tindal free.]]

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Professor Pacali's most secret ally and weapon in his private war against Isolde. [[spoiler: The evil wizard who accidentally created Tindal, trapping himself in the mirror-world even as he set Tindal free.]]
free.
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