[[folder:Party Members]]
!! The Main Character
You were one of the passengers aboard the airship IFS Zephyr when it was shot down by Molochean Hand ogres. Amidst the wreckage, you encounter a dying gnome who gives you a strange ring and implores you to "find the boy". Not long after, you learn that you are in fact the reincarnation of the Panarii hero, Nasrudin. So begins a journey that will soon determine the fate of all Arcanum...

* ActualPacifist: One of the hardest [[SelfImposedChallenge self-imposed challenges]] the game has to offer, but definitely possible. There's enough ways to escape battle or incapacitate enemies without maiming or killing them for the protagonist to be played as such.
** TechnicalPacifist: If you opt to let your allies do the fighting for you.
* BadassNormal: If one hasn't made any investment in magic or the technological skills that opens up possibilities for making stuff, and opts instead to maximize stats and combat skills.
* TheChosenOne: Or so does the prophecy imply.
** [[spoiler: TheUnchosenOne]]: [[spoiler: As Pelojian points out, it doesn't actually matter whether you're TheChosenOne or not; you've taken on the role of the hero and you're playing the part.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: You can be this.
** You can invoke the BadPowersGoodPeople variety as a mage. [[TheNecromancer Black Necromancy]], MindRape and demon summoning is considered neutral in this game.
* DeadpanSnarker: Can be played as one.
* GuileHero: With the Persuasion skill.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] and [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] in the "Sold Your Soul" background trait. You receive a 20% bonus to your Magic affinity, but you start with -20 Alignment and you can't go higher than that.
* MultipleChoicePast
* NonSpecificallyForeign: On several occasions you may declare yourself a visitor from another continent, but that's about the most specific you get.
* [[spoiler: OmnicidalManiac: It's an option.]]
* PhysicalGod: Arguably after completing the ancient gods’ quest. You’ll receive massive boosts of heath, fatigue and several skills and attributes.
* RightManInTheWrongPlace: You start as nobody who by pure luck survived a zeppelin crash. You end up [[spoiler: reshaping the political map, pulling rightful kings back onto their thrones, establishing alliances between world powers and cleaning cities from bandits and monsters. Or intentionally screwing that all up beyound repair. And, ultimately, either saving the world or extinguishing all life]].
* ScienceHero: To allow for this is pretty much intrinsic to the idea behind this game.
* SoleSurvivor: Of the zeppelin crash. [[spoiler:Carried to the extreme in the evil ending, where you are left the ''only'' living thing in the entire world (including microbes and all), although certainly not for long.]]
* WarriorPoet: You can become knowledgable in dwarven and elven philosophy, and the Cold-Blooded Dream of the [[LizardFolk Bedokaan]] through the course of the game, while still administering beatdowns to whoever dares stand in your way.

!! Virgil [[spoiler: Brummond]]
A young initiate of the Panarii religion, and your first party member. He's the one who tells you about Nasrudin's prophecy and your role in it. Although kind and loyal, there may be more to his past then he's willing to tell...

* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead]]
** [[spoiler: CameBackStrong: Not his physical body, but his ''mind'' and ''spirit'' became much stronger. Also, he gained the ability to resurrect dead.]]
* BadassBookworm
* CombatMedic: of HealingHands variety.
* CrutchCharacter
* [[spoiler:DarkAndTroubledPast: He used to be a thief that ran up a huge debt to the local mafia, who eventually decided they'd forget about the debt...after they killed his brother.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Decent in combat despite his relatively low strength, learns a few magic spells and also becomes decent at picking locks (though other lockpicking characters like Sebastian and Vollinger will eventually surpass him).
* {{Jerkass}}: Before he found religion [[spoiler:and even moreso if the main character takes the evil path.]]
* TheLancer
* MagicKnight
* MeaningfulName / ShoutOut: Virgil was the guide to the protagonist of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''.
* {{Necromancer}}: starts the game with a basic healing spell from the white necromancy college, and learns more healing spells as he grows in power. Once he reaches a high enough level he will branch out into black necromancy as well.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Just one idiot in case of dumb PC, but that's more than enough, though Virgil will sincerely try (and comically fail) to cover his irritation.
** AccidentalMisnaming: "Virgil! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis My. Name. Is.]] VIRGIL!!!"
* [[spoiler: ThatManIsDead: A bit literal variation. After his resurrection, he is calm and enlightened. He claims that he met his brother on the other side, and was able to free himself from his past, to leave the man he used to be behind.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: As he himself proclaims, he'll be with you till the very end. Even if it means plunging into the Dark side.

!! Sogg Mead Mug
A simple, but friendly half ogre that loves a good ale. He is encountered in Shrouded Hills' tavern, and can be convinced to join the player with a decent charisma. If he joins, he quickly becomes a great fighter and tank.

* TheAlcoholic
* TheBigGuy
* DrunkenMaster
* GentleGiant: very polite and soft-spoken, especially for someone who's permanently drunk.
* LightningBruiser
* WalkingTheEarth: This guy has been drinking in every single bar in Arcanum. Althrough he can't tell much about the towns around them...

!! Jayna Stiles
A young fledgling herbalist that lives in Dernholm. She is struggling to try and help the DyingTown, but feels she is too inexperienced to be of any use. If the player has a high enough technological aptitude, they can offer to let her join so that she can learn what she needs to to be of help.

* BadassBookworm
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's a half-elf. Not that it's rare in this world, but most of your followers are pureblood.
* HealingHerb
* TheMedic
* PlayingWithSyringes: A heroic example once she starts indulging in [[SuperSerum Theurapevtics ]].
* ScienceHero
* SquareRaceRoundClass: Downplayed: as a half-elf, she has natural affinity to magick but still takes interest in technology. Also justified: [[FreudianExcuse her parents succumbed to the plague because magickal cures were ineffective]], and she decided to become a tech-doctor.
* {{Squee}}: Try talking to her about the area while in Tarant.
* SweetTooth: She likes sweet cakes.

!!Dog (Worthless Mutt)
A literal dog who gets in trouble after stealing someone's dinner in Ashbury. Despite his name, he is definitely worth saving as he is one of the best fighters in a game [[spoiler: especially after he becomes ''Master of Melee by himself''.]]

* CharacterTic: His periodical howling.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Dog can tear wooden chests, metal doors, stone golems and fire elementals to pieces in couple of bites. To put this in perspective, he outdamages a human character wielding an electric sword with a strength of 20 (maximum for humans) ''before'' he becomes [[spoiler: a melee master]].
* CutsceneIncompetence: When you first see this lightning fast killing machine, he has been kicked unconscious by a weak civilian with absolutely no combat skills. He was evidently very hungry, but if anything that should have made him more determined unless he was near-death.
* EpicFail: Due to game mechanics, Dog critically failing an attack results in him ''biting his own head off''.
* GlassCannon: At low levels.
* HeroicDog
* LightningBruiser: Eventually.
* NonHumanSidekick: [[spoiler: His prowess actually comes from this. Since he ain't human, his "natural weapon" is much faster and more damaging than fists, and he's got no ways to invest skillpoints beside stats and fighting, meaning he gets to max STR and DEX (huge damage and action point bonuses) very quickly, becoming a real terror.]]
* ShoutOut: He's probably another shout-out to the ''Fallout'' series, which has a habit of including killer canine companions.
* UndyingLoyalty: He won't leave or attack even if he hates you - he's the dog, after all. Althrough, if he hates you and you tell him to wait, you'll be unable to get him back - he'll just growl at you then.

!! Geoffrey Tarellond-Ashe
A necromancer who has travelled to Ashbury in order to study the large number of zombies that have begun rising in the cemetery. He will hire the PC to investigate the mausoleums to determine what is animating the zombies, and can be convinced to become a party member if the PC is evil or persuasive enough.

* DeadpanSnarker: He’s quite snarky. He’ll also react positively to snark.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He will turn on you, should you side With Kerghan.]]
* EvilIsCool: Why apparently he became a necromancer.
* JerkAss
* {{Necromancer}}
* PlayingWithFire
* ShockAndAwe

!!Magnus Shale Fist
A (relatively) young dwarf from Caladon, bent on finding his lost clan. His quest leads him to one particular jewelry trader, where player can meet him and get him join.

* AwesomeMcCoolname: Subtly subverted, in that the name points to Magnus's ignorance of dwarven philosophy.
** MeaningfulName: Dwarven philosophy rests on the principles of "Stone" and "Shape." Under that philosophy, Shale and Fist are incompatible (you wouldn't want your fists to be made out of shale, compared to other rocks/minerals).
* [[spoiler: AwesomeMomentOfCrowning. His lost clan turns out to be the legendary Iron Clan. He restores it and is proclaimed chief. And later, if Loghaire doesn't return, even the king of all dwarves.]]
* BerserkButton: "''NEVER'' ask a Dwarf the name of his Clan!" [[spoiler:Because he doesn't actually know what it is. Shalefist is apparently just his last name made to sound dwarfy.]]
* TheBlacksmith: Sort of, he can craft some (rather useful) weapons and gear for you.
* ButIReadABookAboutIt: Magnus tries to behave as "true" dwarves do... well, at least as "Ron's Almanac About Dwarves" says they do.
* DoNotCallMePaul: There are hints that Magnus' real name is Malcolm Schulefest, but he will rather cut his beard than admit it.
* GadgeteerGenius: Can build devices from the mechanical college.
* [[spoiler: TheGoodKing]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday: [[spoiler:Because he's overcompensating due to not knowing anything about his roots.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* OrphansPlotTrinket: His dwarven gauntlets.

"The world's smartest orc", who lives in a museum in Tarant, amusing people with his kindergarten-level intelligence. [[spoiler: In fact, Garfield Thellonius Remington the Third, intelligent, educated, well-mannered pureblood human who was born with the appearance of pure orc due to some genetic quirk. If you are eloquent enough, you may pull him into a discussion about tea, thus uncovering him, and then he may join.]]

* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler: Has orcish sthrenth and vitality, but also the appearance. In the world where FantasticRacism flourishes.]]
* [[spoiler:CulturedBadass]]
* GeniusBruiser: By orcish standards. [[spoiler:Above-average by human standards.]]
* GutturalGrowler
* HulkSpeak [[spoiler:until you goad him into blowing his cover... or are just dumb enough that he doesn't bother to pretend.]]
* InterfaceSpoiler: [[spoiler:Moving the cursor over him reveals the crossed pistols icon of a human character in the status window.]]
* [[spoiler:ObfuscatingStupidity]]
* [[spoiler:QuintessentialBritishGentleman]]
* SpotOfTea: Gar likes Earl Grey, as it is the tea of smart people. He is quite SeriousBusiness about it too, [[spoiler:considering he'll blow his cover if you ([[FelonyMisdemeanor shock and horror]]) try to convince him that green tea is better.]]

!!Loghaire Thunderstone
The King of all dwarves, who was forced to sentence the entire clan to banishment under the threat of a world war between dwarves and elves (whose woods are now being destroyed with dwarven technology, which was given to human by said clan). Soon after he begun to suspect that he was deceived ( [[spoiler:he was indeed, by Dark Elves]]) and felt himself a traitor. The guilt finally broke him and drove him to exile. [[spoiler: However, the PC can convince him that it wasn't treason, while his exile ''is''.]]

* AnAxeToGrind: Harrow the First Axe, a massive double-bladed axe [[AncestralWeapon passed down in his family]].
* TheAtoner
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassGrandpa: He's 598, venerable even by the standards of a race with an average lifespan of 600.
* TheExile
* TheFettered
* TheGoodKing
* GeniusBruiser: One of the largest and strongest dwarves; an excellent fighter; wise, eloquent and experienced.
* LargeAndInCharge: His in-game sprite is noticeably bigger than those of other dwarves.
* LightningBruiser
* LongLived: He's a dwarf and an old one; old enough to ''personally'' remember the last dwarven civil war. [[spoiler: And in the ending where he retakes the throne, he lives exceptionally long even by Dwarven standards, reaching an age of 800 before passing away.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: As the king of the dwarves (one of the world powers), he considers himself responsible for each and every dwarf, the dwarves as a whole, and Arcanum itself.
* SadisticChoice: He was presented with one which turns out to be pivotal to the events of the game: [[spoiler:Should he strip the BMC of their honor by allowing the elves to punish them for allowing technology to spread amongst humans, or antagonize the elves and risk plunging Arcanum into a war it might never recover from? He chose the former, and exiled himself from the dwarves to ponder his shame.]]
* ShootTheDog: How he resolved the SadisticChoice described above.
* WarIsHell: He knows that better than anyone, having lived through the dwarven civil war.
* WarriorPoet: You need to know the Dwarven philosophy behind the Stone and the Shape (which Loghaire is intimately familiar with) to have him join you.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He exiled himself because he did succumb to this temptation once, trying to protect his people from the horrors of war by sacrificing a single clan.

The princess of Qintarra, who helps you uncover the Dark Elves' plot and later joins your group.

* ArcherArchetype
* BadassPrincess
* BiTheWay: Whether the PC can seduce her is entirely unrelated to their gender.
* TheChick
* HealingHands
* LoveInterest: Potentially.
* MageMarksman: Prefers bows over melee weapons, and learns spells from the [[MakingASplash Water]] and [[HealingHands White Necromancy]] colleges of magic.
* MakingASplash
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Both with [[spoiler: Renford A. Terwillinger]] and with any (non-elven) PC.
* PrincessesRule: Justified as her mother retired due to her incredible age, preparing to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and becoming kind of an oracle. It is Raven who now attends to the administrative and ceremonial matters that would usually be the Queen's job.
* RainOfArrows: Just give her a certain magic bow and certain magic gloves and boots, and she will fire 60 arrows per turn (or 15-20 per second). Finding enough arrows for her starts to become the limiting factor.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: It's in the name.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: When you first meet her, she is busy with some administrative work. She joins the party after learning that the fate of the world is at stake.
* SquishyWizard

!!Franklin Payne
A world-wide known adventurer, explorer and hunter, who always seeks for some trouble and will follow you gladly to the island of Thanatos - just to shoot a hundred more of a lethally dangerous beasts.

* AdventurerArchaeologist
* BadassNormal: Your other followers are either {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es, powerful mages or non-human {{Lightning Bruiser}}s. Payne is just the man with a...
* {{BFG}}: His trusty "Old Mary"
* CulturedBadass
* GentlemanAdventurer
* GreatWhiteHunter
* LargeHam
* MasterOfNone: He has one point invested in each of the technological disciplines, allowing him to craft several basic items, but making him less useful than the other technologist followers who each specialise in two disciplines.
* WeakButSkilled: Though game describes him as quite a powerful man, gameplay-wise he is too weak to use his BFG properly... but then he proves surprisingly effective with it.

!!Torian Kel
An ancient warrior from Kree, who lived somewhen at the Age of Legends, but was raised from the dead a millenium later as part of Derian-Ka's Gray Legions to fight [[spoiler: The Molochean Hand who rebelled against the order after learning about the horrible deeds of Kerghan, its founder.]] After their defeat, Torian was among a few survivng Legionaires who returned to the temple of Dearian-Ka. They stayed there for centuries, and eventually their flesh rotted away, reducing them to crumpling skeletons and later to dust...

* AffablyEvil: Very polite for an TokenEvilTeammate. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because you save him from a [[AndIMustScream terrible fate]].
* AncestralWeapon: his "Ancestral Sword." Sadly, it is now [[spoiler: in the hands of Bane of Kree, beyond the PointOfNoReturn]].
* TheAgeless
* AndIMustScream: Subverted since Torian himself was lucky enough to escape this fate. His fellow Legionaries whose bodies decayed to dust weren't.
* BackFromTheDead
* BerserkButton: His skeleton will attack you if you enter his chamber equipped with a Molochean Hand Medallion.
** While he was busy being dead, Bane of Kree devastated his hometown, destroyed his house, [[spoiler: stole his sword]] and killed his descendants. Let's just say Bane sits on Torian's Berserk Button firmly.
* DemBones
* GutturalGrowler
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Twice. He was raised as Gray Legionaire a millennium after his death; the PC restores him again after ''another'' millennium slides by.
* TheUndead
* [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist: At the end, he will join Kerghan regardless of PC's choice, as only Kerghan can "free" his undead friends.]]

!! Z'an Al'urin
An Elven girl who, despite being a Dark Elf, is prone to question the philosophy and the path of Dark Elves. She joins evil/master of persuade Living One to search for answers all around the world and finally concludes that the best she can do is [[spoiler: kill Arronax]]. She is also a powerful mage and a seer, and will tell about visions she has in every city if asked.

* [[spoiler: [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Elf Is Not Necessary Evil]]]]
* DishingOutDirt
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn, though only technically, as she really isn't as evil as her character sheet can tell. She must have had it before meeting the PC.]]
* MinionWithAnFInEvil
%%* MysticalWaif
* ShutUpKirk: If you bring her to Loghaire, he'll try to blame her on everything done by Dark Elves. She'll retaliate by reminding him [[spoiler: that Lorec was of the same clan as himself]], and it's not race or clan that makes a person evil.
* TimeMaster
* WaifProphet

!! Sebastian
A mysterious man, perhaps a mercenary, who is sent by Willoughsby to "clean" the Boil, the criminal part of Tarant (this means "to kill leaders of both main gangs"). He will appreciate every help and joins if you manage to remove one of the leaders.

* BadassBookworm
* ScienceHero
* GadgeteerGenius: Can build devices from the electrical college.
* GogglesDoNothing
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: well, he knows how to make bombs and how to throw them.
* ProfessionalKiller: hired to kill leaders of The Boil's gangs.
* StealthExpert: eventually.
* MasterOfUnlocking: eventually.

!! Vollinger
A gnome that may join your party in Dernholm [[spoiler:and who actually is an agent of the Molochean Hand.]]

* [[spoiler: EvenEvilHasStandards: A hardened killer he is, he'll be deeply shocked and sickened if you take him to Half-Ogre Isand. Makes sense, as Molochean Hand rebelled when they learned of Derian-Ka's necromantic experiments while what was going on the island is ''much, much worse''.]]
* [[spoiler:TheMole:eventually he will try to assassinate you if didn't became friendly with Molochean Hand.]]
* [[spoiler:ProfessionalKiller]]
* ScienceHero: knows gunsmithing and chemistry.
* StealthExpert: eventually.
* TheGunslinger: though he knows melee too.
* DeathGlare: his avatar is portrayed this way.
* BadassInANiceSuit: and a top hat!

A dwarf who, unlike his kin, wants to study magic. He went to Qintarra, but no elf wanted him as apprentice, until Wrath, a local jerk, agreed to teach him in exchange for life-long servitude. Decades later, Jormund became fed up with the elves and Wrath in particular but still couldn't leave due to his contract. Good news: Wrath has been conveniently murdered. Bad news: Jormund is now accused in his murder.

* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Why he was a primary suspect. There's still a reason why elves do not kill other elves, though.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Subverted. Like Dante, he'll join you regardless of current amount of your followers due to a bug in his dialog script.
* [[ClearTheirName Clear His Name]]: What you do for him.
* IdiotBall: Signing a life-long contract with someone who can easily outlive you by several centuries doesn't seem a good idea...
* IneptMage: Played with. He's actually quite competent, fully knowing Force and Fire (yes, he even knows the ''Disintegrate'' spell). But he's a dwarf, meaning each his spell has double mana cost [[note]]and Disintegration is much too dangerous/broken to hand it to an NPC[[/note]]. He does occasionally smite his foes with fireballs or lightning bolts, but more often he turns into a Fire Elemental (the single most mana-draining spell) and drops unconscious in half a minute.
* MagicStaff: The Staff of Xoranth, not very powerful, but the fastest weapon in the game, and has a huge accuracy bonus.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: He averts it by being a dwarven mage.
* PlayingWithFire
* ShockAndAwe
* SquareRaceRoundClass
* WreathedInFlames: His preferred tactic.

A former head of Cumbrian church, now an exile drinking at Blackroot's tavern after an argument with King Praetor. Despite this, he's still fiercely loyal to the country and the king and seeks the way to regain the latter's favor. He will join if you are on the quest to collect taxes from Blackroot.

* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: Subverted. Like Jormund, he'll join you regardless of current amount of your followers due to a bug in his dialog script.
* BadassPreacher
* BlowYouAway
* HealingHands
* MagicKnight
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He's still loyal to Cumbria.
* NobleBigot: Hates orcs and will make a satisfied remark each time an orc is killed.
* ShockAndAwe
* ShoutOut: Along with Virgil, to ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''.

!! Perriman Smythe
A graduate of Tulla, powerful mage and friend of Edward Willoughsby, he can be met near the latter's house after the party visits Qintarra. He's fascinated by your journey and will join if asked.

* BerserkButton: Perriman is strongly prejudiced against Black Necromancy and will not tolerate being in one party with Geoffrey.
* DestructiveSavior: A recent background event that got into newspapers involved Smythe and Willoughsby being attacked while riding the train. With his powers, Perriman beat the attackers but ''derailed the train'' in the process with his magic field alone. Thankfully, no one got killed.
* InTheHood: Depicted like this on his portrait and, of course, starts wearing wizardry robe.
* LightEmUp
* MasterOfIllusion
* TheMedic
* NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast: Mr. Smite.
* NiceGuy: He's one of few [=NPC=]'s who will join a dumb player.
* PlayingWithFire
* WalkingTechbane: Perriman is a good example why strong mages are not allowed into front train cars. See DestructiveSavior above.
* WizardingSchool: graduated from Tulla, a sort of Wizarding Oxford. No, he won't tell you where [[HiddenElfVillage it is located]] until you come there yourself, that's the rules.

!! Weldo Rubin
A halfling adventurer whom you meet near the entrance to Vendigrothian Wastes. He has a full thief skillset but unfortunately is too low-level to be of any use.

* AdventurerArchaeologist
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Asks you to bring him an old Vendigrothian mechanism from the ruins in the desert.
* GentlemanThief
* MasterOfUnlocking
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: If you comment on the fact that most halflings enjoy the comforts of home and how rare it is to see one living a life of adventure, he'll respond that he finds most halflings stuffy and boring.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: Not only you meet him late in the game after probably hitting ArbitraryHeadcountLimit, he's only level 25 and his skills are not something extraordinary.


[[folder:Major [=NPCs=]]]
!! Brother Joachim
A high ranking member of the Panarii religion, and Virgil's mentor. Seeking him out is the first leg of the player's journey.

* BadassGrandpa: He manages to take out two Molochean Hand assassins ''by himself''. If you fight him, you'll see why: the man can both summon and become a ''[[DemonicSpiders Fire Elemental]]''. ''At the same time.''
* TheMentor: To Virgil
* PlayingWithFire

!! Gilbert Bates
A genius inventor of steam engine, the primary cause of Arcanum's industrial revolution, one of the world richest men.
Actually, he used dwarven technology, a deed which he deeply regrets and which almost [[spoiler: costed Arcanum its existence. He is the mysterious "boy" whom you were instructed to find.]]

* TheAtoner
* BerserkButton: Anyone who shows any amount of sympathy for labor organizers and union men in general, and Donn Throgg in particular.
* BigGood: The go-to quest-giver for most of the game.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Gil Bates, an eccentric millionaire, inventor of revolutionary technology. Oh, and his rival is called ''Apple''by.
* GadgeteerGenius
* LonelyRichKid: As a young man.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He's rather saddened by the revelation that [[spoiler:the Black Mountian clan were banished for allowing technology to spread amongst humans, making him responsible for their current predicament.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: Blames himself for [[spoiler:the disappearance of the Black Mountain Clan]]. The player can introduce Loghaire Thunder-Stone to him, who puts his guilt to rest.
* NobleBigot: His orcish factory slaves work under conditions that are "almost human!" And as far as he's concerned, he doesn't owe them any more than that. A half-orc PC who sympathizes with the labor movement will get a particularly pointed response from him.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: His ring.
* SelfMadeMan: Actually not so much, as his invention was an improvement on an already-existing dwarven engine, though most people don't know that. He feels a bit guilty about this. Also, he capitalized the invention with his inheritance from his father.
* UnclePennybags: Unless you mention [[BerserkButton labor unions]] to him.

!! Nasrudin
A legendary elvish hero who fought and banished Arronax the Destroyer long ago. He is revered by the Panarii religion, and the player character is believed to be his reincarnation. [[spoiler:However, it eventually turns out that Nasrudin is in fact alive and well, albeit living in seclusion, disillusioned with the things he had done.]]

* [[spoiler:ArchnemesisDad: To Arronax.]]
* [[spoiler:BigGood: In the final stretch of the game.]]
* [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather Luke, I Am Arronax's Father]]]]
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: He saw himself and his Elven Council as the champion protectors of the world and the "lesser races". Once they discovered the power to banish their enemies to the Void, they got extremely trigger-happy with it.
* [[spoiler:MyGreatestFailure: after Arronax's banishment, he became extremely disillusioned with his deeds and resigned from any further public activity.]]
* NobleBigot: His reputation as a hero of the Panarii is well earned, but he was motivated [[WhiteMansBurden by a belief in elven supremacy and considered it his duty to shepherd what he regarded as lesser races]].
* TimeAbyss / TheOlderImmortal: was considered the oldest living being at time when Silver Lady [[note]] who would be TheOlderImmortal now if not for the fact [[spoiler: that Nasrudin is still around]][[/note]] was a mere child.
* [[spoiler: StopWorshippingMe: After emerging from his regenerative shell he briefly returned to the main continent of Arcanum and learned about the Panarii religion and his own role in their beliefs. It was enough to drive him into seclusion on the Isle of Thanatos, where, to his annoyance, the natives started worshipping him as well.]]
* [[spoiler: WhereDidWeGoWrong: Towards Arronax.]]

!! Arronax the Destroyer
A frighteningly powerful Dark Elf sorcerer that once tried to plunge the world into chaos, but was defeated and sealed in the Void by Nasrudin. His plots to escape drive the plot of the game, [[spoiler:or so the party thinks...]]

* AntagonisticOffspring
* [[spoiler:TheAtoner]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Subverted! You're led to think he is for most of the game, but he's actually still stuck in the Void, and Kerghan's the one you've been tracking down the entire time.]]
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: His power in the BackStory [[spoiler: and the ending]] is far, far greater than his power in the game proper.
** This seems to be mainly because of a programming Error. [[spoiler: He has 50 unspent character points, which if they were spent would make him one of the most powerful characters in the game.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially the first time you talk with him.
* [[spoiler: EleventhHourRanger]]: [[spoiler: Joins you after you free him to stop Kerghan]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: His father Nasrudin elevated him to the Elven Council before he was mature enough to appreciate the responsibilities the role carried, and imparted too much of his arrogance to his son without the experience to temper it. Subverted in that Arronax doesn't think his father's mistakes can excuse the atrocities he committed.]]
* UltimateEvil: InUniverse, the Panarii religion presents him as this; a Satan-figure who's more metaphorical than literal. [[spoiler:Which is yet another result of Dark Elves hijacking it.]]

!! Kerghan the Terrible
The only human ever to serve on the Elven Council in the Age of Legends. Banished to the Void for unrepentant experiments with necromancy. [[spoiler:He, not Arronax, is the true villain of the game.]]

* AffablyEvil: He's very polite and cordial when speaking to [[spoiler: you.]]
* [[spoiler:TheAgeless: Only due to the effects of the Void. He has a normal human life span, but hasn't aged in 2000 years.]]
* [[spoiler:AntiVillain]]
* [[spoiler:BigBad]]
* BlackCloak
* [[spoiler: DeathSeeker: Deep inside, he just wants to stay in the afterlife, which, as he discovered, is eternal peace and enlightment, but the fear that one day he will be reincarnated or resurrected subconsiously drives him to prevent that in [[OmnicidalManiac the only way he can]], which he then rationalizes as the mission to end all pain and suffering. If the Living One both points this to him ''and'' provides the means of irreversible death, Kerghan will thank them and go out peacefully. ]]
* EvilMakesYouUgly: His studies of Black Necromancy have disfigured him in some way.
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler: To TheMaster in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}''. They’re both [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] with admittedly well-reasoned goals. There are three ways to complete the game with them: (1) Simply fight them, (2) join them and (3) point out the flaws of their argument.]]
* [[spoiler: MotiveRant: His impressive description of his study of death to the player.]]
* {{Necromancer}}: Although White Necromancy (the healing of spirit and flesh, and ressurection magic) was common magic beforehand, Kerghan discovered the entire school of Black Necromancy (harming spirits and flesh, raising souls against their will, and animating soulless bodies).
* [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac: Or Omnicidal ''Sane'' as he has a well-thought-out argument for it.]]
* StartOfDarkness: Relatively standard MadScientist fare -- from ForScience, through JustThinkOfThePotential, leading to DrunkOnTheDarkSide. You can witness it through a journal you can find during one side-quest.
* TechnicalPacifist: All of his experiments in Black Necromancy were on people who were already dead. [[spoiler: He also never harms anyone directly until the final confrontation with the player, instead manipulating the Dark Elves and the Molochean hand to do his bidding.]]
* [[spoiler: VoiceOfTheLegion: His BadassBaritone has some unearthly reverberation in it, a trait he shares with Silver Lady.]]
* WalkingSpoiler
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]

!! The Molochean Hand
An ancient, enigmatic assassin's guild that has agents throughout the world. For reasons unknown, they are determined to prevent you from finding the mysterious boy.

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Not.]] Most are actually fairly decent folk.]]
* AncientConspiracy: With a little twist. The original order is thought to have gone extinct, after a long period of their apparent inactivity, so most assume they're copycats.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: They fought against and defeated Kerghan's necromancer order when they learned of their plans. You can cause them to repeat this when everything breaks loose a second time.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: They still have a grudge againt the [[spoiler: Derian Ka]] practicing Necromancy, but many high level RandomEncounter assassins use Necromancy themselves.
* MurderInc
* SigilSpam: Every one of their members carries a pendant with their symbol, which conveniently makes for easy identification of the mysterious assassins.

!! K'an Hua
High Priest of the Panarii religion. [[spoiler: Also the head of the Dark Elves.]]

* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: He's been playing both sides against the middle for millenia.]]
* [[spoiler: TheDragon]]
* LivingRelic: He's a survivor from the Age of Legends.
* TheUnseen: Unless you work for the Dark Elves.
* [[spoiler: UnwittingPawn]]: [[spoiler: He's working for Kerghan, not Arronax, and he doesn't realize it.]]

!! Stennar Rock Cutter aka "Preston Radcliffe"
A dying gnome - actually a dwarf posing as one - whom you find in the burning wreckage of "Zephyr" shortly after waking up. Before dying, he gives you a ring and pleads you to tell it's owner that he escaped from mysterious evil ready to destroy everything, thus setting the whole plot in motion.

* AlmostDeadGuy
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: He ''shaved his precious dwarven beard'' to pose as a gnome. This works especially well because nobody in the world can believe that any dwarf would willingly do such a thing.
* BringNewsBack / BringHelpBack
* DistinguishingMark: His identity is confirmed by the scar over his eye.
* GreatEscape: He's the first one ever to escape from [[spoiler: the Void]].
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Though shooting down the whole zepelline to kill just one guy was a little over the top...
* SacrificialLamb

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!! Adkin Chambers
The blind master of Dodge, who lives in seclusion near Stillwater. [[spoiler: He was engaged, but Garrick Stout, who had a crush on the lady too, challenged him on a duel, overpowered him and, when he surrendered, blinded him with a sword. Adkin managed to flee, now all he can think about is revenge.]] He will teach you Mastery only if you [[spoiler: kill Stout and bring the latter's eyes to him.]]

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: [[spoiler: Softens to you a lot if you restore his eyesight.]]
* [[BlindWeaponMaster Blind Dodge Master]]
* DeadlyDodging: Critical success in dodging makes an opponent injure themselves.
* EyeScream: His blinding. Also, [[spoiler: he demands Stout's eyes and, if you bring them, crushes them in his hand]].
* [[spoiler: HappilyEverAfter: with lady Druella, after you and she pull a scheme to restore his eyes.]]
* SenseLossSadness: [[spoiler: Thanks to you, he may get better.]]
* SinkOrSwimMentor: He determines whether you are worth training by sucker-punching you and "seeing" if you dodge. Apparently, the whole training is [[TrainingFromHell also like that]].
* WhosLaughingNow: To [[spoiler: Stout's eyes.]]

!! Alexander, the First Acolyte
A NumberTwo and military leader of the Panarii church, and also direct descendant of St. Mannox, the most respected Panarii prophet and the first First Acolyte. He helps you on your quest to find [[spoiler: Nasrudin's tomb]].

* AncestralWeapon: You get to return [[spoiler: St. Mannox's sword]] to him.
* BadassPreacher: Virgil describes him as one of the most dangerous men in Arcanum, and one of the Panarii refers to him as "the strongest of us". Gameplay-wise, [[StatOVision reading his aura]] shows that [[LightningBruiser nearly all his stats are maxed out]], he's the Master of Melee and Dodge and has a crapload of offensive spells in his roster.
* ChurchMilitant: Due to the tradition started by Mannox, the First Acolyte is also Panarii's military leader. Most of them had only formal training. Alexander willingly put himself through years-long TrainingFromHell.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: [[spoiler: In the good ending, The Living One and both Nasrudin and Arronax move to Caladon and meet Alexander, by that time the head of Panarii. Nasrudin and Arronax spend with him the last months of Nasrudin's life, and afterwards he writes a new chapter to the Archaeon (Panarii's Bible), describing the story of the game.]]
* MagicKnight
* MartialPacifist
* MemeticBadass: In-universe.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TrainingFromHell: He'd inherited the position of First Acolyte, the military leader of the Panarii religion, which normally means that the Acolyte in question trains with the Caladon guards a bit so he can fight if it comes down to it. Instead, Alexander went to [[LevelGrinding Level Grind]] in the Vendigrothian Wastes for ''years'' before he felt himself ready to take up the role. See BadassPreacher for how it turned out.
* TranquilFury: You can tell that he's ''royally'' pissed at [[spoiler: K'an Hua for murdering Mannox and corrupting the church]], yet he doesn't even raise his voice.
* [[spoiler: UnwittingPawn]]
* [[spoiler: [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Great-Great-...-Great-Grandfather]]: Towards K'an Hua.]]

!!Bane of Kree
A powerful Barbarian warrior who gathered an immense army and rampaged over Arcanum till he was banished.

* BadassNormal: Sure, the Bangellian Scourge is a powerful magical sword but Bane himself is just a very skilled warrior who fought one-on-one with ''Nasrudin''.
* BerserkButton: He wants his Bangellian Scourge back. He will demand it if he sees it in your hands and attack if you refuse. And if you mention you destroyed it, he'll go totally ballistic.
* BloodKnight
* TheBrute
* EvilWeapon: The Bangellian Scourge.
* [[spoiler:WhatTheHellHero]]: [[spoiler:If you return Bane from the Void, he will grab the InfinityPlusOneSword and go on a rampage again. You are the one to blame.]]

!!Doc Roberts
A respected gunfighting doctor from Shrouded Hills, Doc is the town's actual law, as the official sheriff is a coward. [[spoiler:Doc will eventually become a new and much more competent sheriff.]]

* BadassBookworm
* CombatMedic
* TheGunslinger
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Doc Roberts' character is based on Wyatt Earp (whose portrait he shares) and Doc Holiday.
* TheSheriff: Unofficial [[spoiler: and later official.]]

!! Captain Edward Teach
A {{Badass}} skipper hired by Guilbert Bates to get you to the [[TheAlcatraz Isle of Despair]] and back. [[spoiler: Later in the game, you may get him to ferry you to the Isle of Thanatos.]]

* TheCaptain
* ChekhovsGunman: Is this himself and introduces another two, Franklin Payne and [[spoiler: Stringy Pete]].
* CrazyAwesome: In-universe: he's the only captain crazy or awesome enough to sail to the places he did.
* TheDrunkenSailor: [[spoiler: How he lost his ship in the dice game.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: One of his tales is about the Isle of Thanatos, where you'll have to go much later]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: The prisoners' leader assumes that you've been on the prison island long enough for your ship being hijacked and her crew slaughtered. [[spoiler: When you rush back to the ship, you find her where you left her, surrounded by corpses. Teach casually explains that those dumbasses [[MuggingTheMonster thought they could take his ship]].]]
* {{Pirate}}: Never proved, and he's honest enough for Bates repeatedly hiring him, but his reputation is not perfectly clean.
* SeaStories: He will tell you about his most outstanding voyages if you ask.
* ShoutOut: To Blackbeard, obviously.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen

!!Hieronimus Maxim
A factory owner in Caladon, the inventor of a zeppelin, an airplane, and a machine gun. Unfortunately, his factory was robbed and trashed, planes were stolen (and crashed after being used to shoot down the zeppelin), and the worst, he's going to have his funding cut unless he finds a proof that his heavier-than-air-machines actually flew.

* DisproportionateReward: Downplayed - from Maxim's perspective, giving the person who saved his life's work a healing robot, a powerful gun and Mastery training in Repair is far too little. From the Living One's point of view, it's slightly disproportionate because the PC only has [[spoiler: to keep that broken camera from crash site with him.]]
* GadgeteerGenius
* MrFixit: He's the Master of Repair after all.
* ShoutOut / {{Expy}}: the real-life inventor of the machine gun was Hiram Maxim.
* TheyCalledMeMad

Once he was a cowardly man, but one day an ancient scroll containing powerful spell of transformation fell in his hands. The man killed Arcanum's last dragon with a poisoned cow, took his blood and used it with the spell to transform into a monster. He took the name Kraka-Tur and "avenged" the world for his fears for ten years, but finally was confronted and banished by the Elven Council.

* CowardlyLion: He's a Master of Melee and Dodge and yet he is too scared to actually fight the Living One.
* DirtyCoward
* FromNobodyToNightmare...[[BigBadWannabe ish]].
* HalfHumanHybrid
* LargeHam
* MilesGloriosus
* PluckyComicRelief: His hamminess is just plain funny.
* ScaledUp
* ScareEmStraight: A single threat is enough to deflate him. Moreover, [[spoiler: even if you bring him back from the Void he will never cause any harm again]].

!! Maximillian
An old man who lives in a distant house in the middle of Isle of Despair and clearly has more in his past than he's willing to tell. [[spoiler: He's the elder brother of King Praetor of Cumbria and the rightful heir to the throne who was overthrown and exiled to TheAlcatraz.]]

* TheAloner: Chose to live separately from the island's main settlements.
* AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: [[spoiler: the conclusion of his story about the prince who was framed up and inmprisoned on the island.]]
* BadassArmy: [[spoiler: After returning to the throne, he reformatted Dragon Knights (who were already this) with modern weaponry and technology, including [[MechanicalHorse steam horses]].]]
* CoolOldGuy
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: If you fail to persuade Black Root's mayor to return to Cumbria officially, Tarant will attempt to take conflicted city by force, only to have their troops smashed by Maximillian's BadassArmy from the above entry.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Regulary uses the services of local HillbillyMoonshiner, but his manners [[spoiler: and the ending]] indicate he hasn't allow the habit to take over him a bit.
* FrameUp: Framed for treason and exiled by the KangarooCourt.
* [[spoiler: TheGoodKing: Unlike his brother, he is willing to embrace both magic and technology in a way similar to Caladon. After his return, the dying country started to rise to its former glory]].
* [[spoiler: RightfulKingReturns]]: With a little help of the Living One.
* [[spoiler: TheWisePrince]]: What he used to be.

!!Stringy Pete
The most cruel, ruthless and AxCrazy pirate of all times, feared all over Arcanum. He died more than two centuries ago, but rumors are that his spirit still sails the seas, punishing anyone who plays with his name...

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[spoiler: Pete's most horrible sins are: sadistic murder of an innocent for his silver bootstrap buckles, breaking a pirate oath by slaughtering his fellow pirates under control of an EvilWeapon, and peeing on the altar stone. It was the altar of a Greater God, however.]]
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]
* AxCrazy
* BonusBoss: Himself and his crew.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Literally, since he is already dead for 200 years.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Bangellian Scourge is too evil even for Pete, and he found the will to throw it and run away [[spoiler: after he killed all his crew when controlled by the blade]]
* FlyingDutchman
* ForTheEvulz: Why he [[spoiler: defiled Halcyon's altar]].

!!"Sir" Garrick Stout
The captain of the guard of Dernholm, a close confidant of the king of Cumbria, and the mastery trainer for the Melee skill. On the surface, he is an arrogant, elitist snob, but he does his job of keeping the peace well. [[spoiler:In reality, however, he's a depraved psychopath who uses his position to stalk a noblewoman and remove her fiancee from the equation...by any means necessary.]]

* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Well, he's certainly got the attitude.
* CombatPragmatist: He carries a vial of the game's most potent poison on him, which he will almost certainly use as his opening move if you fight him.
* [[spoiler:KarmicDeath: He ruined the planned marriage between the woman he's stalking and her fiancee (who happens to be the Dodge master) by using a special poison to destroy the fiancee's eyesight. The good-aligned ending for the Melee Mastery quest has you defeating him by using poison. Poison made by the vengeful woman, in fact.]]
* JerkAss
* [[spoiler:StalkerWithACrush]]

!!Randver Thunder Stone
The son of Loghaire Thunder Stone and the King-in-Waiting of the Dwarves during his father's exile. He feels unworthy of and unready for the responsibilities that his father thrust upon him.

* [[spoiler: TheGoodKing]]: [[spoiler: If King Loghaire returns to the throne, then dies in the final battle, Randver will be able to rule over the dwarves without a civil war. He is at least as good a ruler as his father would have been.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A subversion. He tries to be this, but due to his inexperience, is prone to making bad decisions. He also can be somewhat unhelpful when the PC asks him to help them find his father; there's a tunnel leading to his father's exile, but unless persuaded, he won't reveal it.
* ReluctantRuler
* UnfitForGreatness: Randver is very intelligent, but he doesn't have the steel needed to be a strong king, and if his father doesn't return to the throne, [[spoiler: a civil war will break out among the Dwarves because of his inexperience.]]
* TheWisePrince: He understands the Dwarven way of life better than anyone else (including, quite possibly, his father). The tragedy comes from having too much responsibility put on his shoulders, too soon; while he has the potential to grow into TheGoodKing, he isn't there yet.

!! William Thorndop

The master trainer for the Firearms skill. Formerly a bandit, he now lives the simple life of a hermit on the outskirts of Ashbury.

* ActualPacifist
* TheAtoner
* CripplingTheCompetition: A self-inflicted example; he cut off his trigger fingers with a blunt knife to make sure he could never hold a gun again.
* TheGunslinger: He's not proud of it though.
* HeelFaithTurn: The Order of Halcyon helped him atone when he decided to leave his old life behind him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His decision to leave the bandit life behind him came after [[spoiler:he shot a young man in cold blood because the young man wanted to challenge him to a gunfight in order to prove his worth.]]
* RetiredGunfighter: Formerly Arcanum's finest marksman, now he never wants to hold a gun again.
* WhatTheHellHero: To get him to train you as a Firearms Master, you must force him to break the oath of non-violence he took when he joined the Halcyon order. If you're a good-aligned character, he'll try to make you feel terrible about this.