Characters / Archipelago

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Major Characters


Credenza Black

Oh Credenza, what have you gotten yourself into this time?
  • Action Girl
  • Animal Motifs: Her soul has dragonfly wings.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Her compassion commands that she must attend to a harmed creature, regardless of the situation. This is what lead to Dragonfly entrusting her with Tin Can Turtle's soul, as well as Blitz's loyalty and Raven's (albeit initially begrudging) respect.
    Credenza: I wasn't trying to be a hero. I just saw they needed help. How could I turn away from that? I can't just look the other way and pretend there isn't evil at work here.
    • Lampshade Hanging: See her above quote, which she says to herself occasionally when she's aware that she's about to get herself into a world of trouble by doing good for someone else at no reward, but goes ahead regardless.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Blitz.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Frequently, she's very capable of holding her own.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her childhood was spent as an abused slave on one of Snow's ships.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSOD: When she first learns of her Dream Walking ability, starting here.
  • OOC Is Serious Business : If Credenza doesn't smile at least once in a day, something is wrong
  • Plucky Girl
  • "Shut Up" Kiss : did this to calm down Raven after a particularly crazy journey here
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her parents. Some speculate that Dragonfly and/or Olivia counts as well.
  • Team Mom
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Alice's girly.

Blitz/Anthony Solair

Look Credenza! I found something shiny!


For your information, I am a spirit, not a demon.

Tuff Luck

Well, me and Riley are only half were-shark. Thankfully, we tend more toward the human side.

Riley Luck


The Raven's Army

Captain Adrian Snow

Before I went to sea I was trained in medical college. I'm a doctor. It's my job to heal the sick and tend to the wounded.
Torture is what I do for FUN.

Lucinda Potter

You accepted the slavery of the Raven because you were scared of death. I accepted because I was afraid to go on living. In exchange for my faithful service, the Raven agreed to take away my fear and sadness. I no longer wanted my life, I had no reason to refuse.

Knull Snow

Oh man, what have I gotten myself into? I don't belong here! I design armor! I'm not a killer like my uncle!
  • Anti-Magic: A (very useful) ability of his, implied to be why Snow keeps him around.
  • Anti-Villain
  • Dark Chick: Oh yes.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The dream Credenza visits in chapter X appears to be his - there are broken toys around, but they seem to represent people - people most probably killed by dear uncle Adrian (Credenza herself is represented by a rather mangled doll).
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: At least compared to most of the rest of Snow's crew.
  • Nervous Wreck: Ever since dear uncle Adrian murdered his family, most like.
  • Punny Name: Possibly an unintentional example, but his magic revolves around nullifying other magic.



Figures. The one time I don't kill a woman in her bed, it only causes trouble.


You didn't think the Raven would leave a job like this to your little band, did you?
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Would have preferred himself as the Raven's herald, as opposed to Affably Evil Captain Snow. Snow, on the other hand, sees right through him:
    ...a beggar boy with a loud mouth and no friends who was promised the world in exchange for his soul.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Has three wives that he won after killing a seagull chieftain.
  • Foreign Language Tirade: From the moment he's introduced.
    Haask, vi katap'n plaut su froos! Can't I leave you alone for five minutes without you devouring someone important?
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    That's it! I'm as loyal a servant as anyone could ask for! But there is a time to say: 'That's a giant monster. Retreat and try again later.'


Paollo Majestan

Descendant of Ausalius "of the all-seeing gaze", heir-apparent of the Eastern Continent.

Tin Can Turtle

Descendant of Little Twin Fish, and the only non-humanoid heir.

Alice Pintur

Descendant of Grom Pintur, a Quillotian girl with latent Super Strength.

Kor Yander

An Avian actor from Paper Island, illegitimate son of a noble lord, and descendant of Chalchiu.

Clair Solair

Descendant of Icarus, and Anthony/Blitz's daughter. The youngest heir, who can teleport and can also create Improvised Golems.

Uru Tan

A were-whale descended from Lady Itaria, with potent healing powers. Spent some time as a jabberwock.

Minor Characters

    Ruin Island 

Paolin Burilia

Korus Burilia

Vanesse Burilia


Captain Syn

  • The Sociopath: Although he comes off as simply aloof and/or depressed at first.

    Eastern Continent 

The Royal Guard

Zatachi, Tatami, Gozazi, Tusura, Vamuro. Trained as protectors and companions to Prince Paollo, and currently traveling with the heroes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dissapeared from the story after Paollo was taken. Reappeared in Book 7.
  • Dead Man Switch: All of which are linked to each other and Paollo. If anything should happen to any of them (or the prince), the King would know and the entire Eastern Army would come down on the head of those responsible.
  • Determinator: Tatami. Not even Vaniji could break him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Paollo.

    Coin Island 

Willium Drake

Nim (The Hunter) Ru

Simon Drake

Vander Whelve

Walf Windlestraw

    Hidden Island 

Abbess Tabitha


Listing of Names

With so many souls in its pages, it was bound to develop a personality of its own.
  • Paper Master: A sentient book. It comes with the territory.
  • Psychic Link: The book's Reader is the only one it allows to understand its pages. Even after Lucinda's Face-Heel Turn (and the selection of a replacement Reader), she and the book were still able to sense each other's presence. Much later, the Listing immediately knows when Lucinda is dead.


Mikel Fandango

Credenza: It's a long and complicated story, your highness.
Mikel: Well I just happen to ADORE long and complicated stories. Please, just call me Mikel.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being royalty, he:
    • Has no qualms with "commoners" running around his castle.
    • Completely forgoes the fact that Tuff and Riley stole an expensive submarine in favour of being saddened at them disappearing for eight years without a word.
    • Playfully swaps Blitz's hat for his own crown, asking him what his first decree will be.
  • Panicky Expectant Father
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Joins battle against the Ravens during their attack on Quillotia, only stopping when they take his wife hostage. He also helps clear up the mess in the aftermath.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: His garb is noticeably more elaborate than the already embellished Quillotian attire.

Deliza Fandango

Mikel's wife and Queen of Quillotia.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Provides the page image. Goes into labor immediately after said hostage situation is resolved.
  • Women Are Wiser: Provides a good counterpoint to her husband's silliness.

Kroft Skyfrost

Faithful servant of the Quillotian royal family. Is a dragon.

    Paper Island 

Vaniji Ralo

Don't listen to your thoughts, they are lying. I am the only one you can trust. Let my will become yours, and everything will be easier.

Mona Rolly

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Somewhat of a subversion: the "crazy" part doesn't come into play until after Vaniji's control is broken. And it's more of an Empty Shell variety anyway.

Ananse Padma

    Penumbra Island 

Holly Path

Cassie Matsyendra

Wrist Gorilla Spindle

Azalea Trigger



The Great Raven

I am a great wind, and you are a little candle. And I will extinguish you.
  • Animal Motifs: Guess.
  • Bigger Bad
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The Raven is sealed away, but can still manipulate his servants.
    • Except, as it turns out, he can't. The Great Raven has no connection to the world beyond his prison at all; all of the lesser ravens are simply continuing to obey his last orders.
  • Villain Override: He breaks his "no possessions" agreement with Snow only once, when he has the chance to kill Dragonfly.