'''Meji Hinadori:''' A seventeen year old [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elf]] mage, though she [[OlderThanTheyLook ages more slowly than a normal human would]] making her look more in the area of twelve. While she starts out irresponsible, selfish, power-hungry, and a bit sadistic [[CharacterDevelopment she slowly matures over the course of the story]], to the point where she actually feels somewhat compelled to help fix the mistakes she has made. She is somewhat GenreSavvy, [[{{Lampshaded}} lampshading]] or [[InvokedTrope invoking]] several of the tropes on this page by name. She had a crush on Ian, [[spoiler: though after he went off the deep end and embarked on a genocidal campaign to exterminate the elves she (mostly) got over it.]] However, the two are set back on a collision course (assuming there was a time when they weren't on one, anyway), after she [[spoiler:absorbs the essence of the elven god Senilis]].

'''Tropes associated with Meji:'''

* AGodAmI: Funny story, actually. this was the plan Meji had for her final project to graduate from her magic academy. [[spoiler:And she actually did it...and still ended up failing the class.]]
* AllPeriodsArePMS: used in-story as she's just getting to know Jon.
-->'''Jon''': "Ah... 'Do not interrupt the rest of female mages, for they are cramping and quick to cause explosions'?"
-->'''Meji''': "Hmph. Typical. A girl casts ''one'' perfectly justified Fireball and the guys all say ''Oh, it must be PMS''."
* BadassBoast that doubles as a KirkSummation:
-->[[spoiler:"There are exactly 763 elves still alive inside this mountain. Some are scared, some are injured, some are buried under the wreckage and will soon die without aid. But 763 are alive. At least for the moment. I can tell because I can feel their heartbeats... every single one... and yours too. I want you to remember that... and remember that I am ''not'' the half elf that attacked you today. I'm not Ian because if you do something to make me or any half elf angry... I won't show up here to kick up some dust and make a mess like he would. You will simply stop... fall down dead as I ''end'' those heartbeats. And ''that'' will be that! Now that we have established that... I suggest you stop bothering me and go save the elves trapped in there while there's still time."]]
* CharacterDevelopment: See that BadassBoast above? That was in response to an elf who had just told her that he and his would [[BullyingADragon hunt her to the ends of the earth]] [[spoiler:if she didn't give up her godly powers]]. Imagine [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-02-21/62 this]] Meji showing that kind of restraint.
* DecoyProtagonist: Jon and Sarine are the main characters, although Meji is still very important.
* DetachedSleeves: after her mid-series costume change. Her mother is also a fan of this trope.
* DisappearedDad: Meji's father, the elven ambassador to Tsuiraku, only visits the city about once every two decades. On his previous trip he fathered Meji and he remains unseen until he returns 17 years later. [[spoiler: He turns out to be a bit of a dick.]]
* GenreSavvy
* HalfHumanHybrid: Half-elf, to be precise.
* {{Lolicon}}: According to Ellis, these were the only people interested in Meji in Tsuiraku, since being a half-elf makes her look younger than she is.
* MuggingTheMonster: She looks like a harmless twelve-year-old girl. This has resulted in a number of people assuming she ''is'' a harmless twelve-year-old, including [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-02-21/62 a group of street thugs]], [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-21/74 some Veracian guards]], and [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-03-24/75 an assassin and would-be hostage taker]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's 17 but looks 12 because she's a half-elf. This leads to all kinds of angsting and insecurities.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She is a powerful mage despite appearing to be 12.
* VainSorceress: Meji's mom.
** Unusually, played sympathetically later in the story; Meji's mother is desperately trying to retain her beauty mostly so she can still be desirable to the dashing, immortal elf lord who serves as ambassador to her city every seventeen years. [[spoiler: He turns out to be a complete dick who is perfectly fine with the idea of killing his own daughter as a way of maintaining his reputation and apparently was rather vicious in brushing off Meji's mom when they met again after she had carried the torch for ''seventeen years''.]]
** Meji mentions that there's a bit of a DoubleStandard involved here. Then Ellis points out that she might qualify herself, [[ACupAngst given her reasons for studying polymorph magic.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: with Ellis.
* WellDoneSonGuy: sort of. She never knew her father, and wants to see him at least once to know why he left her. Given that he considers her an abomination as a Half-Elf, this isn't the best idea.
* YaoiFangirl with a little ComedicSociopathy: http://errantstory.com/2003-02-21

'''Ellis:''' Meji's familiar and proof that CatsAreMean, Ellis is a loud, obnoxious, winged cat who is (unfortunately) also MadeOfIron.

'''Tropes associated with Ellis:'''

* CatsAreMean
* [[spoiler:CatBoy]] - eventually.
* DeadpanSnarker
* MadeOfIron: Survives, among other things, fireballs, lightning bolts, and being used as a flail.
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick
* VitriolicBestBuds: with Meji
* [[spoiler: SacrificialLion]] Cat
* [[spoiler: CessationOfExistence]]


'''Jon Amraphel:''' A HitmanWithAHeart, he starts out trying to maintain an image as a [[TheStoic stoic assassin,]] but that quickly fades as he shows his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold true colors.]] The resident BadassNormal, among a cast of magic users he is the only one without a spark of magical talent in him yet is able to defeat most enemies with a combination of creativity, luck, and [[TheGunslinger sharpshooting]]. Though on the surface he can appear to be rude, crude, and a bit dim, he can be quite clever at times and is something of a DeadpanSnarker, especially around Sarine. He also never hesitates to tell any of the several thousand year old elves [[ScrewYouElves exactly what he thinks of them.]]

'''Tropes associated with Jon:'''
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler: at least until the group goes to see the elven ruling council]]
* BadassNormal: He's killed elves, [[spoiler: fucked one]], shot [[spoiler: a tiny demigod]], beaten magic lightsaber-wielding warrior-monks, and generally survived countless situations where by all rights he should have been toast. All without a spark of magical talent.
** [[AlmightyJanitor Maybe...]]
* CombatPragmatist: One of the main reasons he can go toe-to-toe with sorcerers and time-ninjas.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when dealing with Sarine.
* DisappearedDad: Sara and Jon's father was killed many years before the main story takes place.
* TheGunslinger: His weapon of choice is a revolver, though he's not averse to sniper rifles.
* GunsAkimbo: Jon has been known to [[http://errantstory.com/2006-10-30 use two revolvers]] in a pinch.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Jon [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-04-05 has a soft spot]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-04-07 for anything with ovaries]] [[{{Lampshaded}} Mentioned by name]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-06-27 by Meji.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He keeps his skills sharp by shooting leaves as they fall from trees.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Jon is a master of this. He plays it up when meeting anyone new, generally causing them to severely underestimate him.
* ProfessionalKiller: Jon is a member of the [[MurderInc Gewehr Wraiths]], an assassins' guild.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: with Sara, {{Lampshaded}} by Sarine [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-04-20 here.]]
--> '''Sara:''' (with a puzzled expression) What?
--> '''Sarine:''' Please don't do that again. You were just beard stubble away from looking exactly like your brother does when I confuse him.
** An elven {{Mook}} also points out the similarity [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-10-19 here.]]
* TalkToTheFist: Done [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-10-22 here]], after he provokes the other man into arguing with him face to face so that he won't notice the revolver suddenly being drawn and aimed at his midsection.
* TheStoic: tried to be one, but failed miserably.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Sarine. Even actual sex doesn't resolve it.
* VitriolicBestBuds: with Sarine, to an extent.

'''Ian Samael:''' A [[OlderThanTheyLook forty year old]] half-elf mage looking for a way to heal his [[IllGirl ailing sister.]] He starts out as an all around nice guy (if a bit {{Wangst}}y) who constantly worries over the very real possibility of the elves finding and killing him and his loved ones. [[spoiler: It doesn't last. Soon after he gets separated from the group [[AGodAmI he absorbs the powers of the goddess Anilis]] and becomes a PhysicalGod, albeit [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity a very insane one.]] After he [[CameBackWrong fails to bring back]] his now dead sister from the grave he proceeds to blame the elves for all the world's problems and sets out to exterminate the elven race.]]

'''Tropes associated with Ian:'''

* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: Ian literally absorbs the goddess Anilis, one of the two elven creator gods.]]
* [[spoiler: BigBad]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: made worse by the fact that he possesses [[PhysicalGod god-like powers]], is MadeOfIron, and has a HealingFactor. So far his attempts to get himself killed have only ended up killing hundreds of innocent people.]]
* DrunkWithPower: [[spoiler: after absorbing the power of the goddess Anilis.]]
* EvilFeelsGood: [[spoiler: When he attacks the elven city, Ian realizes that he enjoys killing people. Though he's a little disturbed by that at first, he quickly gets past that and embraces his genocidal tendencies.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: after failing to resurrect his dead sister, he embarks on a campaign of genocide.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: [[spoiler: when channeling the power of the goddess Anilis.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: A half-elf like Meji.
* HealingFactor: [[spoiler: Ian seems to gain one after absorbing the powers of Anilis.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: primarily because he's simply too cowardly. He tries SuicideByCop, only to end up killing hundreds of innocent people in the process. And it doesn't work.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: "Oh, dear Lord, I actually have zombie minions. Yep, I guess I really am evil."
* IllGirl: Ian's sister and his reason for leaving home.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: [[spoiler: Ian, after he tries and fails to bring his sister back from the dead, ends up blaming the elves for all of the world's problems and embarks on a campaign of extermination. After that he pretty much commits genocide wherever he goes.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler: destroying Emerylon and killing hundreds of innocent people because he was too cowardly to take his own life.]] Considered an in universe example, as well.
* MuggedForDisguise: Ian sucker-punches a priest and steals his robes so that he can get into a restricted library. He later [[http://errantstory.com/2006-02-01 mugs another man for his travel ticket]]. He even {{lampshades}} this:
--> '''Ian:''' ... and I'm mugging another old man... I really need to stop making a habit of this. At least it's not a priest this time.
* NoTrueScotsman: [[http://www.errantstory.com/2008-06-20/836 "A '''real''' half elf grows up in constant fear!"]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: like all half-elves.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Ian's goal. He believes he's justified in trying to kill every elf in the world because some of them tried (and are still trying) to kill all the half-elves. Like most things, the moral quandaries inherent in the situation are lost on him.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: once he gets his hands on the powers of the elven creator goddess Anilis.]]
* PhysicalGod: See above.
* SociopathicHero: [[spoiler: until he absorbs the goddess Anilis and loses the 'hero' part.]]
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Ian's reason for destroying Emerylon. The fact that he ''failed'', and instead ended up killing hundreds of innocent people for nothing was [[MoralEventHorizon the first part]] of his FaceHeelTurn. His final attempt at this, however, succeeded. His attempt at exterminating the elves forced a response from Meji, likely the only being on earth capable of stopping him.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: during his final fight with Meji, after she interrupts his slaughter of the Elves. "I was just trying to help!"]]
* {{Wangst}}: Ian pretty much has a monopoly on this. Other characters have gotten angsty in a scene or two for [[DarkAndTroubledPast completely legitimate reasons]], but [[spoiler: destroying a city and killing hundreds in a failed attempt at SuicideByCop and then trying to exterminate an entire race of people all because of the deaths of two people, one of which wasn't even really his fault?]] That takes the cake.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He wants to make sure that the half-elves of the world won't have to live in fear of elven aggression. Unfortunately, his method of making this happen involves [[spoiler: killing off all of the elves]]. Of course, [[spoiler: he looses the "well intentioned" bit when it's revealed that he blew up the city of Emerylon and killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent people in an attempt to provoke the defending Veracians into killing him because he wanted to die and was to much of a coward to kill himself. And on top of that it didn't work, he killed all the Veracians who tried to stop him, including their artificial god, destroying the city in the process.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* YourHeadASplode: One of his preferred methods of [[http://errantstory.com/2008-04-11 killing individual people,]] when he isn't destroying cities in one go.

'''Sarine Elle:''' A [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld three thousand year old]] elven ranger who fought in the Errant War that heralded the end of the elven empire, she [[WalkingTheEarth walks the earth]] killing any errants (half-elves who have gone insane) left over from the war. She has a lot of emotional baggage but rarely shows it and was, in fact, rather [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] for most of her early appearances. Being forced into new and bizarre situations for the first time in a thousand years has [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted her a bit, though.]] She's revealed herself to be something of a DeadpanSnarker, particularly when around Jon.

'''Tropes associated with Sarine:'''

* ActionGirl
* BadassLongcoat: after her midseries change in wardrobe.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Sarine, who has opened up and shown her inner DeadpanSnarker more and more over the course of the story, especially around Jon.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Sarine [[http://www.errantstory.com/2008-09-03 delivered such a speech]] to former Ambassador Rarune regarding Rarune's half-elf daughter Meji.
--> '''Sarine:''' If something happens to her, whether or not it was your fault, I'll come back and kill you.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Played with. [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-09-20 Jon interrupts Sarine while she's taking a bath,]] but although she doesn't get freaked out or try to cover herself, she's obviously annoyed and finds the interruption rude. So basically, fanservice yes, innocent no. Also subverted later: "[[http://www.errantstory.com/2008-02-11 Having no cultural nudity taboo doesn't work that way.]]"
* InTheHood: Sarine wears one to conceal her telltale elven ears, though one of her fellow elves [[{{Lampshade}} points]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2004-02-18 out]] that it's not particularly subtle.
* JediMindTrick: Sarine makes extensive use of this, including deleting a portion of Jon's memory when, out of emotional distress, she sleeps with him, and controlling a bandit they find in the woods in Farrel.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Unusually, for a Peregin (ranger) where half elves are concerned; most Peregins don't worry about guilt or innocence where half elves are concerned, but simply KillEmAll.
* LettingHerHairDown: Sarine's mid series outfit change, giving up [[http://www.errantstory.com/2003-11-28 her armor]] (which had been [[ArmorIsUseless rather useless]] up to that point) in favor of [[http://www.errantstory.com/2006-08-16 something lighter]] (and more flattering). It coincides with her starting to defy her elven superiors and open up a bit more to the other main characters.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: She was once married to a human. [[spoiler:She marries Jon after the story is over, and outlives him too.]]
* OnlySaneMan: She seems to be the only reasonable elf we meet, and often acts as the voice of reason with her companions.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: More like 3000.
* UnequalPairing: Sarine was once a Viradior married to an Ensigerum warrior-monk, who originally were human guards trained by the Viradior to fight as champions for the elves.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Jon. Apparently, she ''really'' doesn't want it resolved, since the one time they actually have sex, she [[MindRape wipes his memory]] of it.
* VitriolicBestBuds: with Jon, to an extent. Also with Sarna for the past two millennia, if their [[spoiler:final, fatal]] dialogue is any indication.

'''Sara Amraphel:''' Jon's estranged sister and a relatively new addition to the group, she was a warrior-monk [[TrainingFromHell trained]] in TheSpartanWay to ridiculous extremes. Between her intense physical training and magical abilities she can move faster than the human eye can track, dodge bullets, and is generally the group's physical powerhouse. [[TheStoic She rarely speaks]], more often than not communicating through looks and ellipses. She speaks a little elvish, though her training as a warrior-monk has left her with [[http://www.errantstory.com/2008-09-19/875 atrocious people skills.]]

'''Tropes associated with Sara:'''

* ActionGirl
** DarkActionGirl: [[spoiler:before her HeelFaceTurn]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Like Sarine, Sara has warmed a little bit, though she's been a bit slower and more awkward about it.
* DisappearedDad: Sara and Jon's father was killed many years before the main story takes place.
* DistractedByTheSexy: A Tsuiraku battle-mage named Jiro ends up distracted by [[EmotionlessGirl Sara]] of all people. Apparently, [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-02-23 she]] made [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-03-03 quite the impression]] on Jiro. Enough so that he actually asked after her later. Like Bani, the rest of us wonder what kind of freaky ninja sex technique she used on him.
* DoubleWeapon: Sara and Anita both make use of a double bladed Dolon style Durus Flamma, though other Ensigerum monks such as Warrel and Paul utilize a more practical Lancea (spear) form while still others such as Sarine's late husband used the more compact Spatha version. Sarine, during a fight with Sara, {{Lampshade}}s [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-05-02 this,]] stating that it is a poor weapon that was [[RuleOfCool designed mainly for show]] and combines the weaknesses of a short sword and a spear into one crappy package. Despite this, Sara and Anita are skilled enough to overcome this handicap in most cases.
* EmotionlessGirl: a homicidal 'raised as a soldier' version.
* FullContactMagic: Ensigerum warrior-monks makes extensive use of this, when they aren't just beating the living crap out of people normally that is.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]
* {{Jobber}}: in one chapter. [[{{Lampshaded}} Mentioned]] [[InvokedTrope by name]] [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-05-01 here.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-05-25 to an elf named Rainae.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: she is a deadly warrior-monk despite still being relatively young.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: with Jon
* TheStoic: though she's started to talk more as of late.
* TheWorfEffect: {{lampshaded}}, with a ShoutOut to TV Tropes, [[http://www.errantstory.com/2009-04-29 here.]]

'''Anita:''' Head of the Ensigerum, an order of monks and assassins (think {{Ninja}} with the ability to manipulate time) that live in a HiddenElfVillage (ironic in view of their "relations" with the elves) in the mountains of Veracia. She was promoted to the position after an EpicFail on the part of an Ensigerum monk assigned to prevent a Gewehr hit, and as a result, is on a crusade not just to wipe out the Gewehr in Veracia, but every bit as important, to ''humiliate'' them first.

'''Tropes associated with Anita:'''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: And ''how''.
* TheChessmaster: For much of the story, although at the very end she decides to get her hands dirty and morph into the ''ManipulativeBastard'' subclass.
* DoubleWeapon: See above under Sara; she's the great virtuoso of the ''Dolon'', and according to Sara, one of the best fighters the order has ever had.
* DuelToTheDeath: In the grand finale, to absolutely no one's surprise who has followed the whole comic. [[spoiler:Unexpectedly, however, it's with [[http://www.errantstory.com/2011-06-23/5249 Sarine]] (who lampshades it), not her former [[HeelFaceTurn underling]] Sara]], although [[spoiler:Sara does administer the FinishingMove]] when things are looking tense.
* IronLady
* ManipulativeBastard, although she's plenty hands-on by the end of the story.
* OlderThanTheyLook: As she herself [[http://www.errantstory.com/2007-11-23/735 informs]] Ian.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: An instructive subversion: just because one is reasonable and in a position of authority doesn't keep one from being ''evil'', reasonable and in a position of authority.

'''Bani Igaaru:''' Meji's best friend from school, she graduated a year earlier and joined the "battlemages" (Tsuirakuan military). She meets up with Meji, Jon and Sarine while standing guard duty at a Tsuirakuan warp gate, and at first is just a foil for developing some of Meji's Backstory. However, toward the end of the comic, she becomes an important secondary character when Sarine tries to mobilize the Tsuirakuans against Ian and Anita. She and Sara, her near-contemporary in age but near-opposite in temperament, have all sorts of fun in the "Errant Commentary" fillers between comic chapters.

'''Tropes associated with Bani:'''

* BlackBestFriend: Race in the Errant World doesn't work exactly as we know it, but her skin tone is darker than most as a result of being half Farrelian.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Lampshaded amusingly in the Errant Commentary.
* DeathRay: The Yuuki staff she carries probably qualifies, which predictably causes Meji to be attracted to it.
* GenreSavvy: The whole Errant Commentary section is an exercise in genre-savvy-ness.
* GotVolunteered: She joined the battlemages willingly enough, but she definitely did ''not'' volunteer to head into the elven city for the climactic battle; her friendship with Meji got her "volunteered" for that.
* MauveShirt: Deconstructed, sort of. For most of the comic she is a background character. Toward the end, she joins the party consisting of Sarine, Meji, Jon and Sara, and she looks like she's on the way to becoming an EnsembleDarkhorse, but then she attracts the notice of a FrontlineGeneral and gets pressed into service in what looks to be a classic RedShirt role. Fortunately, she survives it.
* MissingMom: Her father appears in the story, but her mother died several years before it starts, a fact that causes an interesting reaction in Sarine.