Characters / Archipelago

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Major Characters


Credenza Black
Oh Credenza, what have you gotten yourself into this time?

Blitz/Anthony Solair
Look Credenza! I found something shiny!

For your information, I am a spirit, not a demon.
  • Adorkable:
    "What would you give a female that you wanted to attract?!"

    Raven: Oh fine, I'd be upset too if I had fluid leaking out of my head.
    Proceeds to dry Credenza's tears with his sleeves.
    Credenza: But your sleeves will get dirty !
    Raven: I'd do anything at this point, just ... please, no more tears.

  • Always Save the Girl: When Credenza got lost in Book 5:
    Raven: Forget the heirs. Forget the Raven. Until we find Crendenza, nothing else matters.
  • Ascended Extra: He was originally going to be little more than a recurring Mook who would possess Blitz, until the author pictured him and Credenza talking and it just went from there.
  • Blue Oni Red Oni: Despite his flares of temper, he is the voice of reason to Credenza's red tendencies.
  • Character Development: Goes from remorselessly possessing Anthony to
    Raven: I don't want you to live with a stranger in your head. Again.
  • Comically Serious
  • The Cynic: At first, everything just seemed to be miserable for him.

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: He's not happy with this place in the order of things, but can't see how to escape his uncle or the Raven
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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).
  • Heel–Face Turn: turns against his uncle and the other Ravens in the end.
  • 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.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: in the epilogue, not helped by his own belief that he deserves rejection.


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

Tin Can Turtle of Little Twin Fish, and the only non-humanoid heir.

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

Kor Yander Avian actor from Paper Island, illegitimate son of a noble lord, and descendant of Chalchiu.
  • Cowardly Lion: His diminutive body hides a big heart. Once he warms up to the idea that he isn't helpless he can handle himself rather well in a fight.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Has the ability to channel souls, which first manifests itself when he summons an army of bird souls to fight Captain Snow.
  • Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate scion of a noble line.

Clair Solair of Icarus, and Anthony/Blitz's daughter. The youngest heir, she can teleport and create Improvised Golems.
  • Cheerful Child: she's only five and has been mostly unaffected by the tragedies that befell her parents thanks to the constant care of Cassie, her Not-So-Imaginary Friend Benjamin and her other guardians.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Escaped Captain Snow by teleporting straight up and wriggling out of his grasp, which dropped him into a well from a great height. Then she ordered some earth golems to jump into the well after him, plugging it with mud to prevent his return.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In a world of primarily One Person, One Power, she gets two.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Offspring of a half-dragon and a full dragon.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a little girl with no fighting skills: her badassitude comes from her presence of mind, quick thinking and bravery.
  • Teleportation Sickness: Notably exhausted after mass-teleporting herself and three others to safety.

Uru Tan 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'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: A good counterpoint to her husband's silliness.

Kroft Skyfrost 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.

Anansi Padma

    Penumbra Island 

Holly Path

Cassie Matsyendra

Wrist Gorilla Spindle
  • Aloof Big Brother: Plays this role for Clair, though Spindle is more frustrated than aloof.

Azalea Trigger



The Great Raven
I am a great wind, and you are a little candle. And I will extinguish you.
  • 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.