Characters / Archipelago

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    Protagonists 

Credenza Black

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Oh Credenza, what have you gotten yourself into this time?
A former slave aboard Captain Snow's submarine. She managed to escape and washed ashore Ruin Island, where the Burillas adopted her. She serves as a waitress for their Inn, until she meets Blitz and is intermediately roped along the quest to keep the Raven from being revived.

Serves as the unofficial leader in the search for the heirs, having some connection to Dragonfly, and all the charisma necessary to keep the team together. Internally however she's prone to self-loathing and confusion, feeling responsible for many of the terrible things that she's seen throughout her life, notably supposedly abandoning her only friend Uru aboard Snow's sub.

  • Animal Motifs: Her soul has dragonfly wings.
  • Action Survivor
  • 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 the above quote, which is what she says to herself when 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 B.S.O.D.: When she first learns of her Dream Walking ability, starting here.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Credenza doesn't smile at least once in a day, something is wrong]
  • Magnetic Hero: As Snow notes, Credenza is naturally able to gain the loyalty and friendship of others, which makes her very dangerous.
    • Book 10 makes this abundantly clear once The Cavalry arrives.
  • Plucky Girl
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: 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.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While new to using magic, Credenza's magic is openly described as powerful and ancient, frequently.

Blitz/Anthony Solair

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Look Credenza! I found something shiny!
A young man with one eye and amnesia (among other problems) who washed ashore Ruin Island. Initially untamed and untrusting, he eventually calmed down after Credenza befriended him and gave him a name. She quickly discovers that Blitz's amnesia is the result of a fudged possession attempt by an evil Raven spirit. His former self stabbed his eye to stop the Raven from taking control of his body, resulting in his mind being split in two; childish wild Blitz, and cold calculating Raven (see below). Blitz and Raven would eventually become separated, but the damage done to his mind remained.

Raven

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For your information, I am a spirit, not a demon.
A Raven spirit, one of many. Originally his mission was to inhabit the minds of normal people and influence them into awakening the Great Raven trapped beneath the Archipelago. Unfortunately his last attempt didn't go so well, and he became one of two personalities inhabiting Blitz's body. Originally an enemy bent on killing Credenza, he joined her side after the other Ravens turned on him, seeing him as useless in his current state. After eventually separating from Blitz, he would begin to develop his own physical body.
  • 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

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Well, me and Riley are only half were-shark. Thankfully, we tend more toward the human side.
A half were-shark from Quillotia. Despite growing up relatively sheltered from the world (and his home's Fantastic Racism towards Sharks), Tuff always had the stigma from his Parent's strange union looming over him. His parent's disappearances finally spurred him to run away from home. He intended to go alone, But Riley followed after him. The two lived a nomadic lifestyle for eight years before meeting Credenza and getting caught up in the search for the Heirs.

Serves as a foil to his loud and aggressive brother, and is much more careful in almost everything he does (which sometimes comes back to bite him). After he acquires the Listing of Names he becomes something of The Smart Guy in the team, being the most tactically inclined and leading the way to the heirs using the Book. Upgrades to Genius Bruiser after gaining the ability to transform into a full wereshark.

Riley Luck

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    Antagonists 

The Raven's Army

Captain Adrian Snow

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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

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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

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Oh man, what have I gotten myself into? I don't belong here! I design armor! I'm not a killer like my uncle!
  • Animal Motif: Horses
  • 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.

Kurr

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Han

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

Steller

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. Note, he didn't know about them beforehand.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considering he called Kor a dust eater, Steller doesn't seem to like Dustrunner Avians.
  • 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: Decides it's time to turn tail and run when the heroes awaken Benjamin.
    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.'

    Heirs 

Paollo Majestan

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_paollo_6750.pngDescendant of Ausalius "of the all-seeing gaze", heir-apparent of the Eastern Continent.

Tin Can Turtle

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Alice Pintur

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_alice_9958.pngDescendant of Grom Pintur, a Quillotian girl with latent Super Strength.

Kor Yander

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_kor_6178.pngAn Avian actor from Paper Island, illegitimate son of a noble lord, and descendant of Chalchiu.

Clair Solair

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_clair_4996.pngDescendant 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.
  • Teleporter

Uru Tan

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_uru_5026.pngA were-whale descended from Lady Itaria, with potent healing powers. Spent some time as a jabberwock.

Minor Characters

    Ruin Island 

Paolin Burilia

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Korus Burilia

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Vanesse Burilia

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Jan

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Captain Syn

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    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

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Nim (The Hunter) Ru

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Simon Drake

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Vander Whelve

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Walf Windlestraw

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    Hidden Island 

Abbess Tabitha

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Lydia

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Listing of Names

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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.

    Quillotia 

Mikel Fandango

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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

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_profile_deliza_8169.pngMikel'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

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    Paper Island 

Vaniji Ralo

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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

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  • 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

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    Penumbra Island 

Holly Path

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Cassie Matsyendra

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Wrist Gorilla Spindle

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

Azalea Trigger

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     Spirits 

Dragonfly

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The Great Raven

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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.

Benjamin

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Olivia

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