History Characters / TheDresdenFilesTheChurch

29th Oct '17 3:01:31 PM SpectralTime
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* OneLastJob: He comes out of "retirement" for a final adventure. [[spoiler: Atypically for the trope, he not only survives, he deals a terrible blow to his ArchEnemy in the process, and gets a pile of diamonds to help his family at the end of it.]]



* DeathByIrony: Subverted. A member of an order known for being in the direct line of fire of various supernatural nasties finds out he's dying...of cancer, that ostensibly had nothing to do with his work as a Knight. Instead, Shiro sacrifices his life to save Harry's.

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* DeathByIrony: Subverted. A member of an order known for being in the direct line of fire of various supernatural nasties finds out he's dying... of cancer, that ostensibly had nothing to do with his work as a Knight. Instead, Shiro sacrifices his life to save Harry's.



* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: In one scene only, he pulled out a cigar while in discussion with Dresden about Don Ortega. In an unusual case for Good Smoking, it was a cheroot.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: In one scene only, he pulled out a cigar while in discussion with Dresden about Don Ortega. In an unusual case for Good Smoking, it was a cheroot. They had a bit of a conversation of it that proved prophetic.



* HeroicSacrifice: He gave his life to save Harry.

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* HeroicSacrifice: He gave his life to save Harry.Harry, knowing that Nicodemus would trade ''anything'' to kill him, and that his enemy was unaware he was already SecretlyDying anyway.



* SecretlyDying: In a letter he left for Harry after his death, he revealed he was already suffering from terminal cancer.

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* SecretlyDying: In a letter he left for Harry after his death, he revealed he was already suffering from terminal cancer.cancer before his HeroicSacrifice.



* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:While Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is ''still'' a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on armed thugs with kitchen knives and wins]].

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* BroughtDownToBadass: [[spoiler:While [[spoiler: During the period when Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is ''still'' a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on gun-toting thugs while armed thugs only with kitchen knives and wins]].
29th Oct '17 7:43:52 AM MasterFuzzy
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* BigBrotherMentor: For Harry, he's somewhere between this and a ParentalSubstitute for Harry. Despite Harry's adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.

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* BigBrotherMentor: For Harry, he's somewhere between this and a ParentalSubstitute for Harry.ParentalSubstitute. Despite Harry's adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.



** Michael even mildly scolding Harry about sleeping with Susan comes across as out of character considering how open minded and forgiving he is in later books - though considering how well he already knows Harry, it could be that he's trying to coax Harry into getting over his post-Elaine issues and propose before it's too late.

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** Michael even mildly scolding Harry about sleeping with Susan comes across as out of character considering how open minded and forgiving he is in later books - though considering how well he already knows Harry, it could be that he's trying to coax Harry into getting over his post-Elaine issues and propose (or at least admit that he loves her) before it's too late.late.



* GoodIsOldFashioned: Played straight and subverted. Michael gets on to Harry about sleeping with a woman without marrying her, though in the same book Harry thinks he might have a point. See his KnightInShiningArmor quote for the subversion.

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* GoodIsOldFashioned: Played straight and subverted. Michael gets on to Harry about sleeping with a woman without marrying her, though in the same book Harry thinks he might have a point.point (and in context, it seems less like he's scandalized and more like a ShipperOnDeck who believes his friend should spend more time with loved ones). See his KnightInShiningArmor quote for the subversion.
21st Oct '17 7:18:36 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* {{BFS}}: Amoracchius is described as 5 feet long.

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* {{BFS}}: Amoracchius is described as 5 feet long.long at first, sometimes closer to 3 feet long later on. It might be able to change size.



** Michael scolding Harry about sleeping with Susan comes across as out of character considering how open minded and forgiving he is in later books.

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** Michael even mildly scolding Harry about sleeping with Susan comes across as out of character considering how open minded and forgiving he is in later books.books - though considering how well he already knows Harry, it could be that he's trying to coax Harry into getting over his post-Elaine issues and propose before it's too late.



** And while he believes that God will protect him, he's also willing to invest in Kevlar. Just in case.



* OpenMindedParent: When Harry brings Molly home in ''Proven Guilty'', the first thing Michael does on seeing his daughter, now covered in tattoos and piercing, is hug her. While he then expresses concern about Molly he never condemns her.

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* OpenMindedParent: When Harry brings Molly home in ''Proven Guilty'', the first thing Michael does on seeing his daughter, now covered in tattoos and piercing, is hug her. While he then expresses concern about Molly Molly, he never condemns her.



* ReligionIsMagic: The exact nature of his faith-based powers is left unexplained, but one time by a simple prayer he was able to undo most of the mental binding someone put on Harry. All Harry noted was Michael's hands became incredibly hot. He can also burn a swarm of conjured insects off Harry at one point, and his house has a safe room warded by angelic magic.

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* ReligionIsMagic: The exact nature of his faith-based powers is left unexplained, but one it's suggested that they're based on how much He is willing to intervene at any given point. One time by a simple prayer he Michael was able to undo most of the mental binding someone that freaking ''Mab'' put on Harry. All Harry noted noticed (in the midst of the trauma of realising that his mind had been screwed with) was Michael's hands became incredibly hot. He can also burn a swarm of conjured insects off Harry at one point, and his house has a safe room warded by angelic magic.



* CoolSword: His is Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith, which takes the form of a katana and is also the heavenly sword Kusanagi no Tsurugi of Japanese legend.

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* CoolSword: His is Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith, which takes the form of a katana and is also/is also believed to be the heavenly sword Kusanagi no Tsurugi of Japanese legend.



* LostInTranslation: A literal example, Shiro converted to Christianity because he was at an Elvis concert and a preacher asked the audience to "Meet the King". Thinking it was an invitation backstage, he went and later found out he had converted to Baptist.

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* LostInTranslation: A literal example, Shiro converted to Christianity because he was at an Elvis concert and a preacher asked the audience to "Meet the King". Thinking it was an invitation backstage, he went and later found out he had converted to Baptist.Baptist Christianity.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite working directly for God and wielding a literal holy sword given to him by the Archangel Michael, Sanya is an agnostic, though he's willing to. He believes there's power, just not that it's ''God''. Or he may be having a sustained hallucination from a coma or something, or maybe he was given ''Esperacchius'' by aliens masquerading as angels. He actually throws all of these out as possible explanations . . . Still, God or no God, the job needs to be done. Harry once called him the "Knight of Maybe".

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite working directly for God and wielding a literal holy sword given to him by the Archangel Michael, Sanya is an agnostic, though he's willing to. He believes there's power, just not that it's ''God''. Or he may be having a sustained hallucination from a coma or something, or maybe he was given ''Esperacchius'' by aliens masquerading as angels. He actually throws all of these out as possible explanations . . .explanations. Still, God or no God, the job needs to be done. Harry once called him the "Knight of Maybe".



* HuskyRusskie: His muscles make ''Michael'' look like, in Harry's words, "he needs to eat some wheat germ or something."

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* HuskyRusskie: His He's nearly as tall as Harry, and his muscles make ''Michael'' look like, in Harry's words, "he needs to eat some wheat germ or something."



* GoodShepherd: He will, without fear of his own mortal well being, tend to the injured and meek without comment on their current status in life. Whether it is a group of street urchins who must commit crimes to survive, a cult leader who would rather stick him with a knife, or a unhinged Molly Carpenter, he will treat them kindly and, if he sees a need, call them out on their less than proper behavior.

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* GoodShepherd: He will, without fear of his own mortal well being, tend to the injured and meek without comment on their current status in life. Whether it is a group of street urchins who must commit crimes to survive, a cult leader who would rather stick him with a knife, or a an unhinged Molly Carpenter, he will treat them kindly and, if he sees a need, call them out on their less than proper behavior.



* AllPowerfulBystander: Uriel has the highest confirmed power level, with his power compared to some other higher level characters a matter of speculation. He could easily solve pretty much all of the problems and threats Dresden comes up against, but is forbidden from doing anything that interferes in mortal free will.

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* AllPowerfulBystander: Uriel has the highest confirmed power level, level of those characters who've appeared on page, with his power compared to some other higher level characters a matter of speculation. He could easily solve pretty much all of the problems and threats Dresden comes up against, but is forbidden from doing anything that interferes in mortal free will.



* DeadpanSnarker: Very subtly. After Harry first meets him, he leaves behind a copy of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', with a line ('the burned hand teaches best') as a bit of advice. Harry then receives ''Amoracchius'' from Sanya, to be its caretaker, along with ''Fidelacchius'', something he is distinctly grumpy about. As he slams his car door, the book falls out and open at a page with another line underlined: 'The reward for work well done is more work.'



* GuileHero: Manipulates, tricks and maneuvers people to defeat the forces of darkness on the quiet. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Once conned Satan, aka ''the Father of Lies''.]]

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* GuileHero: Manipulates, tricks and maneuvers manoeuvres people to defeat the forces of darkness on the quiet. He's good enough at it that he impresses ''Mab''. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Once He also once conned Satan, aka ''the Father of Lies''.]]



* HyperCompetentSidekick: According to Mab, Uriel is "by far the most dangerous" of the Archangels, despite Michael traditionally being seen as "the boss"/the most powerful. Probably because he's Heaven's wetwork agent.

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* HyperCompetentSidekick: According to Mab, Uriel is "by far the most dangerous" of the Archangels, despite Michael traditionally being seen as "the boss"/the most powerful. Probably because he's Heaven's wetwork agent.wetworks man.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They're apparently composed entirely of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul-stuff]] and interfere only within their particular area of responsibility; in Uriel's case, he safeguards free will. So far, he has only appeared in an entirely human form.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They're apparently composed entirely of [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul-stuff]] and interfere only within their particular area of responsibility; in Uriel's case, he safeguards free will. So far, he has only appeared in an entirely human form.forms.



* GodsHandsAreTied: She refuses to give aid to Forthill as he lay injured on the floor because it was his choice to come to the situation and the choice of the scum who beat him to beat Forthill. She will not intercede on points of freewill.

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* GodsHandsAreTied: She refuses to give aid to Forthill as he lay injured on the floor because it was his choice to come to the situation and the choice of the scum who beat him to beat Forthill. She will not intercede on points of freewill.free will.
15th Oct '17 7:20:16 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePaladin: Embodies the archetype. Realistically.

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* ThePaladin: Embodies A pious and valiant warrior who fights to protect the archetype. Realistically.weak and innocent. He embodies the archetype realistically by being lawful-good like paladins are supposed too without falling into traps like lawful stupid.



* RoyalBlood: Descended from Charlemagne.

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* RoyalBlood: Descended from Charlemagne.Charlemagne, yes, the the Holy Roman Emperor.



* BigDamnHeroes[=/=]JustInTime: In ''Changes'' he arrives just after Harry fell off a ladder, in time to help Harry and save the other tenants in the fire.

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* BigDamnHeroes[=/=]JustInTime: BigDamnHeroes: In ''Changes'' he arrives [[JustInTime just after Harry fell off a ladder, ladder]], in time to help Harry and save the other tenants in the fire.
3rd Oct '17 7:53:18 AM MaulMachine
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* BatmanGambit: Harry wonders if beyond knowing it was his time to die, tasking Harry, not Michael, Sanya, or any church fellow, to find the next person ''Fidelacchius'' was such a gambit. This is because in ''Small Favor'' Harry's instincts told him the person he should give ''Fidelacchius'' to is '''Nicodemus'''. Harry, acting on this instinct, was able to goad Nicodemus into acting foolishly, which lead to his entire plot falling apart.

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* BatmanGambit: Harry wonders if beyond knowing it was his time to die, tasking Harry, not Michael, Sanya, or any church fellow, to find the next person to wield ''Fidelacchius'' was such a gambit. This is because in ''Small Favor'' Harry's instincts told him the person he should give ''Fidelacchius'' to is '''Nicodemus'''. Harry, acting on this instinct, was able to goad Nicodemus into acting foolishly, which lead to his entire plot falling apart.
16th Sep '17 3:06:58 PM Lightning4119
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** Michael spends his entire adult lifetime fighting against the forces of darkness, fully expecting that he would die in that quest, and quietly afraid of what it might mean to his family. In ''Small Favor''', he is crippled but alive, and forced to retire from his duties as a Knight, but this leaves him able to take care of his children, coach their sports games, and build houses, like he always wanted to. This is, ultimately, the best he could have hoped for, as Harry notes that most Knights end up retiring feet first in a wooden box.

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** Michael spends his entire adult lifetime fighting against the forces of darkness, fully expecting that he would die in that quest, and quietly afraid of what it might mean to his family. In ''Small Favor''', Favor'', he is crippled but alive, and forced to retire from his duties as a Knight, but this leaves him able to take care of his children, coach their sports games, and build houses, like he always wanted to. This is, ultimately, the best he could have hoped for, as Harry notes that most Knights end up retiring feet first in a wooden box.


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* HandicappedBadass: Played with. His injuries in ''Small Favor'' force him to retire from Knighting. Doesn't stop him from kicking the crap out of a former Army Ranger who is wielding Fidelacchius with [[BatterUp a bat]] and Amoracchius in the short story ''The Warrior''.


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* DeathByIrony: Subverted. A member of an order known for being in the direct line of fire of various supernatural nasties finds out he's dying...of cancer, that ostensibly had nothing to do with his work as a Knight. Instead, Shiro sacrifices his life to save Harry's.
29th Aug '17 2:18:31 PM Yozzy
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* ChurchMilitant: Quite literally, as he was in Special Forces before joining the Church, and feels that escalating to utilize his military training is quite justified.



* EscalatingWar: His attempts at getting the swords became this. First, he was satisfied with some breaking and entering, then he's willing to kill Harry by sniping him, then he was willing to kidnap ''Michael's daughter'' as a hostage he was willing to kill as leverage.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: He genuinely hopes that no one will get hurt because of his little scheme, but he also isn't squeamish about collateral damage. "Better for one to die . . ." as a certain chief priest once said about a [[UsedulNotes/{{Jesus}} certain random guy]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: He genuinely hopes that no one will get hurt because of his little scheme, but he also isn't squeamish about collateral damage. "Better for one to die . . .die..." as a certain chief priest once said about a [[UsedulNotes/{{Jesus}} certain random guy]].


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* HumanityEnsues: Briefly in ''Skin Game''. [[spoiler: He lends Michael his Grace so that he can function enough for Harry not to have to go into the Vault of Hades alone with Nicodemus and his allies. The side effect for Uriel was transubstantiation, and possible Falling if Michael misused it.]]
29th Aug '17 2:02:10 PM Yozzy
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* TheGift: Shiro had an incredible natural talent for the swordsman. So much so, that he was skilled enough to beat even a [[MasterSwordsman master]] like Nicodemus in the past, so badly that Nicodemus freaked out when he heard Shiro coming to rescue Dresden.

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* TheGift: Shiro had an incredible natural talent for the swordsman.sword. So much so, that he was skilled enough to beat even a [[MasterSwordsman master]] like Nicodemus in the past, so badly that Nicodemus freaked out when he heard Shiro coming to rescue Dresden.



* HeroicLineage: Descendant of the last king of Okinawa.

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* HeroicLineage: HeroicLineage[=/=]RoyalBlood: Descendant of the last king of Okinawa.



* KatanasAreJustBetter: His sword is a katana. And later revealed to be Kusanagi, the sword of Japanese myth.

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* KatanasAreJustBetter: His sword is a katana.katana, though it lacks a guard a and he carries it around in a wooden sheath, letting him disguise (and use) it as a cane. And later revealed to be Kusanagi, the sword of Japanese myth.



* LostInTranslation: A literal example, Shiro converted to Christianity because he was at an Elvis concert and a preacher asked the audience to "Meet the King". Thinking it was an invitation backstage, he went and ended up becoming Baptist.

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* LostInTranslation: A literal example, Shiro converted to Christianity because he was at an Elvis concert and a preacher asked the audience to "Meet the King". Thinking it was an invitation backstage, he went and ended up becoming later found out he had converted to Baptist.



* RoyalBlood: Apparently a descendant of the last ruler of Okinawa.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite working directly for God and wielding a literal holy sword given to him by the Archangel Michael, Sanya is an agnostic. He believes there's power, just not that it's ''God''. Or he may be having a sustained hallucination from a coma or something, or maybe he was given ''Esperacchius'' by aliens masquerading as angels. He actually throws all of these out as possible explanations . . . Still, God or no God, the job needs to be done. Harry once called him the "Knight of Maybe".

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite working directly for God and wielding a literal holy sword given to him by the Archangel Michael, Sanya is an agnostic.agnostic, though he's willing to. He believes there's power, just not that it's ''God''. Or he may be having a sustained hallucination from a coma or something, or maybe he was given ''Esperacchius'' by aliens masquerading as angels. He actually throws all of these out as possible explanations . . . Still, God or no God, the job needs to be done. Harry once called him the "Knight of Maybe".
14th Jun '17 9:33:11 PM reteov
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* BigBrotherMentor: For Harry, he's somewhere between this and a ParentalSubstitute for Harry. Despite his adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.

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* BigBrotherMentor: For Harry, he's somewhere between this and a ParentalSubstitute for Harry. Despite his Harry's adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.
9th Jun '17 1:04:23 PM MasterFuzzy
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* BigBrotherMentor: He's really close to being the big brother Harry never had. Well, one of two that he never had. Despite his adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.

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* BigBrotherMentor: He's really close to being the big brother Harry never had. Well, one of two that he never had.For Harry, he's somewhere between this and a ParentalSubstitute for Harry. Despite his adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.



* KnightInShiningArmor: Figuratively ''and'' literally. Charity makes it. And reinforces it with Kevlar.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Figuratively ''and'' literally.literally, as part of his GoodIsOldFashioned persona. Charity makes it. And reinforces it with Kevlar.



-->'''Michael:''' I'm not the carpenter who set the standard.



* MasterSwordsman: Simply put, if you try to take him on with a sword, you lose. Even if you happen to be a 2,000-year-old Denarian. You will lose. In the RPG he has plot device levels of swordsmanship.

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* MasterSwordsman: Simply put, if you try to take him on with a sword, you lose. Even if you happen to be a 2,000-year-old Denarian. You will lose. In the RPG he has plot device levels of swordsmanship. He was said to have "known swordsmanship like Mozart knew music."



One of the Knights of the Cross, and a former Denarian who went straight. He's black, Russian, and prone to wearing Kevlar and hauling around a Kalashnikov to match his sword, ''Esperacchius''. Oh, and he's an atheist, despite having been handed his sword by the Archangel Michael himself.

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One of the Knights of the Cross, and a former Denarian who went straight. He's black, Russian, and prone to wearing Kevlar and hauling around a Kalashnikov to match his sword, ''Esperacchius''. Oh, and he's an atheist, atheist/agnostic, despite having been handed his sword by the Archangel Michael himself.


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* BadassPacifist: He's probably the least militant character in the entire cast-and still incredibly awesome.
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