Characters: Archipelago Exodus

Characters are listed roughly by their association with various alliances and organizations in the RP scene, although the many cases of characters with dual, fluid or ambiguous alignments should be noted. Each character's name is accompanied by the name of the RPer who created them; if there's another RPer who has also contributed heavily to that character's development through autoing, despite not formally having the rights to the character, that member will also be named.

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    Whelkshore Alliance 
The Whelkshore Alliance are the at least semiofficial "main characters" of ORP and the go-to heroic group. They range from far-seeing idealists like Zebedee and Sly to more present-focused pragmatists like Natalie and Ender, but all share a basic understanding of the right thing to do and a drive to do it. Zebedee has two houses and Sly has a mansion in the same neighborhood in Whelkshore, so other members can often be found putting up there as tenants.

Zebedee Taylor (Lee)
  • A Bloody Mess: On several occasions, he's faked out opponents by stealing blood from blood banks. As he became more mature, he stopped using this trick and started using outright illusions.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: What with the blatantly Hebrew first name and technique names like "Kefitzat Haderech".
    • Word Of God actually sets him as a Seventh-day Adventist, which according to Lee is "pretty much a cross between Protestant Christianity and Judaism".
  • Battle Aura
  • Beard of Sorrow
  • Blade Across The Shoulder: With his racquet.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder
  • Blow You Away: Gabriel's Trumpet.
  • Calling Your Attacks: A Justified Trope, since his powers are psychosomatic. The more pumped up he is, the better he can tap into his powers.
  • Celibate Hero
  • Deadly Upgrade: Full Holy Zebedee, at first. It's improved with time.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Inverted. He doesn't like being called "Lee", a pseudonym he went by for a few years. (A handwave to help detach a Self Insert from the author.)
    • After the Cosmic Retcon, it turns out he never went by Lee in the first place.
  • Elemental Punch
  • The Farmer and the Viper: His most damning flaw- He'll continuously try to redeem a foe, even if it's obvious that they'll just take advantage of his mercy at their first opportunity.
  • The Fettered
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Hebrew plus a little Latin and Aramaic for spells.
  • Holy Halo: Other than his Battle Aura, the only really noticable sign of his going into Full Holy mode.
  • Holy Hand Grenade
  • Improbable Weapon User: Zebedee probably isn't any RP's "wackiest party member", but let's face it: he wields a tennis racquet.
  • Multi-Melee Master: A bladed racquet, a mace, and a holy "blade". Justified in that he can teleport weapons in when he needs them, so doesn't have to lug all the baggage around.
  • Real Men Love Jesus
  • Situational Sword: Zebedee's holy blade, the Maranatha, takes a toll him on him and deals damage proportional to the righteousness of his cause, and the need for him to use it. So naturally, it's a last resort weapon.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Theme Deck: Zebedee can pretty much do anything that involves the manipulation of matter or energy. However, he pretty much sticks to illusions, gusts of wind, and holy energy attacks. Justified somewhat in the nonlethality/selective lethality of his preferred tricks.
  • Winged Humanoid: Subverted. Despite having an angelic motif, using several attacks with "Wings","Pinions", etc. in their names, and deriving his powers from a device disguised as a feather, he's never had even the illusion of wings.

(Sylvia) Natalie Ulima (Lee)
  • Action Girl
  • Adventure Duo: With Emily. Natalie's the serious Hero variant here, of course.
  • Animal Motifs: A general theme; Natalie's literary voice frequently uses terms that more commonly used for animals than people (haunches, growled, roared, darted, purred, and so forth).
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Rips a mook through a wall using her whip-sword in Ishkabibble.
  • Berserk Button: She, um, has a few. Mostly other characters. You know, like the Summoners. And Terrian. And... I could go on.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Besides the occasional Flash Step, you wouldn't know she's a Power in most of her fight scenes. She basically only uses her shapeshifting to heal. Word Of God is "Natalie's most dangerous form is Natalie."
  • Flash Step
  • Healing Factor: When she changes form, her body recovers some damage in vital areas.
  • Hero Antagonist: In recent years, she's spent a lot more time as The Dreaded among the Summoners and Fascere Order than she has as the main character of any RP.
  • Hey, You!
  • The McCoy: Conspicuously, she seems to be this without necessarily being The Heart of the Whelkshore Alliance.
  • Mook Horror Show: When not fighting other characters, she's known for ripping through dozens of enemies in rather horrifying and crippling ways.
  • Primal Stance
  • Professional Killer: On occasion.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Rie. Best seen in their reactions to Ender's vanishing, where Natalie starts destroying furniture and chewing out everybody.
  • Shapeshifting
  • Teleporters and Transporters
  • Whip Sword: Natalie’s Sceard blade is usually this. It gets around the issues by sacrificing flexibility (it’s more bicycle chain than whip), and her powers allowing her to control it more precisely/repair it when it’s damaged.

Thyra Russell (Lee)
  • Anchored Ship: Zebedee and Thyra are one of those "painfully slow" couples, who clearly think of the other one as their "one", but neither is very forthright about it, and they've had a total of one hug.
  • Barrier Warrior
  • Brats with Slingshots
  • Comm Links: Nice phone there, Thyra.
  • Doomed Hometown: Slateport.
  • Improbable Use of a Weapon: Her sling is apparently indestructable, leading to her using it as a garotte, a snare, and even for blocking swords.
  • Meganekko
  • Required Secondary Powers: Thyra’s forcefield powers cut off airflow when she uses them, providing a hard limit to an otherwise powerful defensive tool.
  • Self-Deprecation: Mild meta example - has a conversation with Kilik about how most Powers are more than willing to jump into adventures instead of teach a bunch of kids. Both Lee and Elliot are extremely guilty of this.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: From Lee's Formspring:
    Used right, she's a subtle but powerful leader who can run events and play people without ever visibly seizing control of the situation. (I guess you could say her style is the ideal Biblical wife. Though not as overt as the male leader, she uses thrift, cunning, charisma, and raw talent to govern and protect her domain, all without abandoning her dignified nature.)

Ender Kimoned (Choobs)

Sly (Salon-Learwie-Yardic) (Bulbs)

Rick Jora Yardic (Bulbs)

Eragon (Prime)

    "Rogues & Brogues" 
An incumbent alliance to be solidified at the end of Ishkabibble. The organizer, Terrian, can duplicate himself and held items, including money, which in particular has made him a very hot topic in the underworld of the Archipelago. He's assembled these allies on the expectation that duplicates aren't going to cut it as far as protecting him from the more monstrous presences in the Archipelago, and that having some friends with their own supernatural powers and other skills would kinda help. Note: The name "Rogues & Brogues" is OOC-only, a handy way to refer to the group in RP discussion, but not used in-character.

Terrian Brogue (Pohatu)
  • Abnormal Ammo: Well, the Mage Masher loads normal bullets; it’s the gun itself that’s supernaturally enhanced. The effect is the same, though.
  • Action Survivor
  • Adventure Duo: With Nopcsa. They go back and forth on who's who, though.
  • Bad Liar: In Rie's estimation, and... it's not an unfair judgment. Terrian's mouth runs really fast when he has to make things up. (Ironically, the one time he tried to lie his way out of a situation with as few words as possible — Whisper in my Ear — the vampire Ryuu turned into a Living Lie Detector and repeatedly called Terrian out anyway.)
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Casual Danger Inner Narrative is equally common.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early appearances in e.g. Luxury Train Ride and End Game gave Terrian some shades of The Casanova, but this aspect fell very much by the wayside as the character developed, in small part because the Blaise/Terrian ship started getting teased, but mostly because the interpretation of the character as a fully effective charmer doesn't hold as much water anymore.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Reveals this mentality in his first formal battle. First he refuses to play along when Summer throws down seeds onto a glass floor; then, when the plants manage to sprout anyway, his duplicates fight back by throwing shoes at them.
    • This is likely to settle as Terrian's approach to combat, since he doesn't have the strength or skill to fight in a straightforward manner, and his power kind of amounts to an archetypal form of fighting dirty (ganging up) anyway.
  • Con Man
  • Doppelgänger Attack
  • The Drag-Along: In Whisper.
  • Fake Defector: In Triannual.
  • Hey, You!: He and his duplicates address each other in thoughts this way.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: From creating too many duplicates.
  • Lovable Traitor
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Magic Pants: It had to be handwaved at the outset that Terrian’s duplicating power reflexively extended to objects covering a certain amount of surface area of his skin, so that all the duplicates wouldn’t be naked. Now that he can duplicate anything he’s holding, the explanation isn’t so necessary.
  • Money for Nothing: A huge development as of the Ulima Tournament. Pretty much starts half of Ishkabibble.
  • New Meat: In Triannual, along with Garth. Despite the jokes from other Fascere members, though, both are valued a little more highly than the trope suggests.
  • Omniglot: Alpha's sole raison d'etre is to move Terrian in this direction.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: "This."
  • Self-Duplication
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: So much that he has a fad referencing his tendency to overwhelm topics.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: “Any time that Terrian has to make more than say, five duplicates at a time or so.” -Lee
  • Twin Telepathy
  • Weirdness Magnet: He thinks of himself as this, but in all fairness, he isn’t exactly normal himself.
  • Zerg Rush

Blaise Euler (Lee)
  • Alchemy Is Magic: She can use her blend of science and magic to, for example, alter an object's physical properties. Oh, does that not sound cool? She once grabbed a knife that was pointed at her throat, and in touching it, magically rendered it so brittle that it snapped in two.
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Crouching Scholar Hidden Badass
  • Deadpan Snarker:With Blaise, it's not clear how much of this is actual snark, and how much is just her being Literal-Minded.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Hollywood Nerd: Judging by a few hints and cues, she may deliberately invoke this image so people think she's even smarter than she is.
  • Hot Scientist: Seriously, god damn.
  • Implausible Boarding Skills: Surfs the FRONT DESK OF A HOTEL through the building, causing massive structural damage.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation
  • Meaningful Name: After Blaise Pascal and Leonhard Euler, famous scientists and mathematicians, both.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Since Blaise was forced to keep all of her most recent research exclusively on her uplink to stave off plagiarism, the destruction of said uplink set her back quite a long academic way... and down quite a few pegs in the eyes of her organization.
    • Of course, she does justify this with her claim that knowledge cannot be dispersed across too many media in her field of work, without creating the possibility of inadvertently empowering outside agents.
  • Pride Before a Fall
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Spock
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: An interesting case; whereas for most mages in the setting, magic is instinctual or learned rituals, she works for the Parmigianino Institute, a group of mages in R&D that specialize in taking magic apart and developing all the new schools and styles that the other mages are taught.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In direct contrast with Helen Mercury, who's a natural savant with talent in any school she's tried her hand at. Blaise is an incredibly skilled mage, despite hints to her natural potential being far beneath that of other spellslingers.

Rie Nepas (Choobs)

Jonas Caliban (Sly)
  • The Big Guy: Class 2 variety, maybe bordering on Class 3.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Not that there's any concealing that center. He's an intimidating force in a fight, but when the mood is peaceful, Jonas' warm and outgoing nature is immediately apparent.
  • Expy: A big, bearded, wild-haired guy with a heart of gold and a mouth of apostrophes and vowel shifts? He's Archipelago Exodus' very own Hagrid.
  • Funetik Aksent: It's pretty hard to place with Jonas, though. Lower-class... something.
    “Ello! You’re Terrian right? Come on in,” Jonas said as he moved his ample amount of body out of the doorway, “Ya remember me right? I’m da fella ya met da night dat… yeah…”
  • Goggles Do Nothing: He likes to sport a pair of welding goggles, but they don't seem to serve any purpose other than general eye protection (we haven't specifically seen him welding or doing similar dangerous engineering work, for instance).
  • Large Ham
  • Rubber Man
  • Smack on the Back: If you see him going in for a friendly pat on the back, brace yourself.
  • The Watson: For Sly and Merlin, here.

Rhys Sylas Whitticker (SV)

Alyssa Morrose (Blood)

Flora Isobel (Lee)

    South Pole Summoners 
Miko (Lee)
  • Anti-Villain
  • An Axe to Grind: Miko's primary weapon (until Summoner Style) was a hatchet. Now he's more into Good Old Fisticuffs.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: An odd subversion. He's technically a villain, and technically blonde, but really neither.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: One of his summons, Dogolas, is a giant space octopus from nowhere.
  • Knight in Sour Armor
  • Lethal Chef: Lee's response to the Formspring question "If Miko were on Iron Chef what would his dishes be like? Let's say the secret ingredient is peanuts":
    Giant worm steaks with peanuts.
    Mushrooms stir fried with peanuts.
    Peanuts with a side of fresh peanuts.
    Peanut ice cream. With chopped peanuts.

    Miko's not exactly a great chef.
    • Interestingly, some of his more subtle character growth in recent years has been his embracing his Green Thumb powers to conjure fruits and veggies for making meals, and his growth as a chef. It's an outward indication of the more paternal bent he's taken since having a daughter.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

Yoshimitsu (Elliot)
  • Anime Hair
  • Berserk Button: Threatening his friends. Spends the majority of Obscured Truth laid-back and carefree, but the second Dacten goes for Illiana, he jumps into action to incapacitate Dacten.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Seen in Sea God.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to Felix in Reemergence.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dual Wielding
  • Determinator: In Light and Darkness Collide, which comes immediately after When We Are Black, Yoshimitsu finally joins the confrontation after suffering normal cuts, spiritual cuts, broken bones, scorched skin, exhausted but still ready to fight.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Very mild example, but did extend a hand in peace to the alien in Reemergence, a stark contrast to Felix and Samm's attempts to contain and/or destroy it.
  • Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke
  • Genre Savvy: Averted in Obscured Truth - both Yoshimitsu and Illiana mention Antonio and The Butterfly in the same conversations almost interchangably. If anyone had been following them and listening to their conversations, Antonio's cover would be completely blown.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • Mirror Match: Variation. During Reemergence, he squares off against Felix. Both characters have the power the create any weapon they want (Yoshimitsu through his summon monster, Felix through his ring).
  • Playing with Fire
  • Superpowered Evil Side
  • Super Speed: Potentially the fastest character on the site. How much is genetic and how much is due to some underlying Power is left deliberately ambiguous.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Word of God stated that as of his latest streamlining, Yoshimitsu summons Bahamut into existence in the form of whatever he needs at the time. Examples so far include wings, jet boots, an undefined sword, naginata, boxing gloves, hand cannon...
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Illiana Silna (Elliot)
  • Bi the Way: Word of God confirmed that she felt genuine attraction to Channery Keigler. May fall more into If It's You, It's Okay.
  • Combat Medic
    "I was versatile. I picked up on both basic combat magic and basic healing magic, so I learned them both. I'm not as good as summoners fully trained in either, but I'm more useful sometimes. Everyone needs a bit of healing on the battle field."
  • Dragon Rider: Her summon (and sometime method of transport) is the wyvern Gi.
  • Genre Savvy: Averted in Obscured Truth - both Yoshimitsu and Illiana mention Antonio and The Butterfly in the same conversations almost interchangably. If anyone had been following them and listening to their conversations, Antonio's cover would be completely blown.
  • Good Lawyers, Good Clients: Played with in Obscured Truth. Illiana is the heroine, she's all good all the time, and she's the defense attorney. Her client, Antonio, is innocent... of the murder that kickstarts the story. He's just guilty of other things. Pretty important things, like being the Butterfly and stuff.
  • Magic Knight
  • Rebellious Middle-Class Girl
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair

Helen Mercury (Lee)

Hector Aviyan Ryora Nyktori (formerly Cruz) (Lugiasian)

Vathalé Mekranti (Loogs)
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her people have many trappings in common with folklore of witchcraft and curses, but they really just want to live in peace and have the freedom to be themselves.
  • Mama Bear: Hector runs off with Pleiades when domestic life becomes too stifling. Vathalé is less than pleased.
  • Ruritania: The Varkadians came from a region overtaken by Soviet Russia, and largely affiliated themselves with the Summoners in order to carve themselves out a new homeland with their newly acquired clout.

Tsubota (Lee)

Joseph Rednael (Lee)

Summer (Kevin)

Cobra (Choobs)

    Obsidian Hearts 
George Buckland (Lee)

Emily Schwartzwald (Clicker/Lee)
  • Adventure Duo: With Natalie. Emily's the quirky Lancer variant here, obviously.
  • Badass Normal: Interestingly, a downplayed example. Though admits she has no powers, she's competent enough that nobody actually called attention to it in six years of Role Plays, and she only pointed it out when bonding with a student whose powers would let him emulate her skills.
  • Buffy Speak: Tends to fall back on words like "thingy" and "thingamajig" a lot.
  • Camera Fiend
  • Carrying a Cake: Subverted in Triannual in that the cake she carries into the plot doesn't end up damaged or eaten or anything. She just leaves it on the side of the road and never mentions it again.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Triannual yields gems like this.
    "No, no, I'd think I know if I was friends with a tick. But I never would be friends with a tick. It just wouldn't work out. I'd go 'Hey, wanna do each other's hair?', and he'd be all like 'Nah, I'm just gonna hang here like a forty year old living in my parents' basement while running a Transformers fan site, sucking blood off of the more active and useful people' and I'd be like—"
  • Combat Pragmatist: What do you do against a guy who’s got you in a full nelson but is sporting some open wounds? Break a container of hand sanitizer against his skin, natch.
  • The Ditz
  • Fake Defector: In Triannual.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: One of the girliest ladies in the RP scene, and a Supreme Chef to boot.
  • Friend to All Living Things
  • Improbable Weapon User: Emily throws daggers... And toothpicks.
  • Knife Outline: Considering her cheerful nature and her competence with thrown weapons, it's only natural.
  • Omnidisciplinary Chef: Emily has waaay more in the way of cooking skills than somebody her age should be able to manage. She's a world class pastry chef, professional baker, apparently has worked at a variety of restaurants in high ranking positions, and now works as a school lunch lady, to boot. All she needs is her own fast food chain.
  • Perky Female Minion
  • Plucky Girl
  • Through His Stomach: Manages to befriend Silumas with a cupcake she made, though it's largely the gesture itself that achieves this.

Berthold Verdigris (Lee)

Lacianus "Lacy" Garrelcette (Lee)

     Fascere Order 
Nopcsa (Lee)
  • Adventure Duo: With Terrian. They go back and forth on who's who, though.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Though Nopcsa's largely unflappable, his brief encounters with inhuman mindsets tend to give him a Heroic BSOD. Especially notable are the twins in Luxury Train Ride, Mandelbrot in Ishkabibble, and SOMETHING in Emet.
  • Amoral Attorney: Williams certainly pegs him for one of these in Obscured Truth. In point of fact, Nopcsa really is interested in uncovering the true identity of the Butterfly... but only for the Fascere Order's practical benefit.
  • Ascended Extra: Nopcsa wasn't originally slated to appear past Triannual, but Lee now considers him a second-tier character. Between Emet, Bows, and Ishkabibble, Nopcsa's easily the most prominent representative of the Fascere Order.
  • Characterization Marches On: Justified; though it might seem like his sinister, assertive personality from Triannual's first few pages falls by the wayside, Ishkabibble reveals that it's an intimidation tactic that he slips into when dealing with strangers that he knows he can freak out.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Provides some of his favorite blackmail material.
  • Fan Nickname: "Nopnop".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Nopcsa's thrown boiling coffee, ripped out piercings, made sexual advances on his male opponents just distract them, used a holy statue as a shield against an attacking monk, deliberately played bystanders to convince them to attack his opponents, and pretty much every other dirty trick in the book. Not to mention his signature move...
  • Groin Attack: Attempts one on Prime in Luxury Train Ride, another on Sikes in Ishkabibble, and uses one described as a "football punt" on the Lama in Bows. Every time, his opponent No Sells the attack.
  • Guile Hero
  • Man in White
  • No Name Given / Only One Name: "Nopcsa" is a pseudonym; we've never learned his real name. According to this post, "Nopcsa" was chosen by Order members for being totally unlike his real name in "mystic signature" (in other words, he's making a point of not letting other magical characters pull an I Know Your True Name on him).
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Zigzagged; when Nopcsa is really flaunting his mindreading, he touches the cheek that his artifact is implanted in. However, it's never clear how much of this is him needing to do it, versus just showing off to intimidate those around him by making it obvious he's reading their minds.
  • Telepathy: The read-only kind, and he milks it for all it's worth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He can do these quite well, but only bothers when he knows it'll affect his opponent in the first place.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some confusion in Triannual as to whether the name ended in "-csa" or "-sca". An adjustment to the censored words list resolved this problem in one stroke.
  • Trash Talk: Pretty much Nopcsa's weapon of choice.

Garth Firbolg (Lee)
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Subverted in how not awesome his amulet turns out to be.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After spending the first portion of the topic getting teased, pranked, and antagonized by almost everybody, he reveals that he's quite possibly the singular most dangerous Power in the entire school.
  • Butt Monkey: It seems that Garth is only the center of attention when he's on the receiving end of insults. Or, if you're a faculty member at Terminer, tonally inappropriate physical punishment.
  • Fake Defector: In Triannual.
  • Glass Cannon: Garth's powers make him an offensive match for almost any Power in Whelkshore. However, defensively, he's merely a sickly teenager with no combat training. (That's not even mentioning the other side effects of his powers.)
  • Let's Get Dangerous
  • New Meat: In Triannual, along with Terrian. Despite the jokes from other Fascere members, though, both are valued a little more highly than the trope suggests.
  • No Respect Guy: Meta example. After Garth got sidelined hard during his debut story, Triannual, it's become something of a running gag that he can never get a scrap of recognition from the forum community.
  • Portal Cut: Slices the tip off a meteor the size of Kentucky.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is understandably concerned when the prank war in (Dis)Orientation starts escalating.
  • Sailor Earth: Garth's Zodiac disc corresponds to Ophiuchus the Serpent, the little-known thirteenth Zodiac sign.
  • Technicolor Fire: A whole spectrum's worth, in fact.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Normally appears as a pyromancer, but whenever he makes a ring from his flames, he can use it as a bridge to any point outside of Earth's atmosphere.
  • Western Zodiac
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Talia is using her powers to whisper to him, he mistakenly thinks it's Silumas trying to provoke him into commenting about Natalie. It ends badly for him.

Telrien Wallen (Cendra)
  • Archer Archetype
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Trick Arrow: A handful.
    “I haven't had time to finish this one quite yet, but basically it will hold a strong acid that, once injected into the target, will deteriorate the tissue around it quickly. The green one, here, makes you delusional, as if just the plain impact wasn't enough to startle you. The black one is set with springs, of sorts, and once in the target, lets loose these three prongs that make up the arrow head.” As a demonstration Telrien took her fork and set off the trigger. The sharp sides jumped forward with a snap making it look like a mini grappling hook. She looked pleased with herself as she set it back on the table. Then she turned to the fourth one.

    “And the plain looking, white one, well, that's a secret.”

Auguste Tylor (Lee)
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Projects this image, at least.
  • Man in White
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Subverted. The Fascere Order was played up as such in Triannual through speculation on the part of Natalie and other characters, then revealed to be a shifty and amoral but ultimately non-malevolent enterprise.
    • Course, there are definitely at least a few outright villains among its ranks...

Nachoset (Lee)

Orville Giguere (Lee)

    Giarrettiera Family / Winstone 
The Giarrettiera family is a Mafia branch centered in (and, for the most part, controlling) Winstone City. The titular brothers have commanded the organization since the as-yet-unelucidated death of their father, the austere Lucio Giarrettiera. Eldest son Massimo is now the don, with younger brothers Cesare and Nico as his capos. This section also includes others who work and/or live in Winstone, many of whom interact with the Giarrettiera family, though obviously excluding the Rogues & Brogues (who are also based in the area).

Massimo Ulderico Giarrettiera (Pohatu)
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Massimo's the short one obviously. But he is definitely not the "grumpy" one as the trope suggests.
  • Cain and Abel: Massimo half-jokingly ponders murdering his irresponsible and destructive younger brother Cesare many times.
  • Character Death: Fatally shot during the Hotel Ansonia incident... by an accomplice of his own brother, Cesare, who was looking to take this opportunity to seize the reins.
  • The Dutiful Son: So dutiful he had no problem ratting out his younger brothers' misdeeds to father Lucio when they were kids.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • Killed Offscreen: Not originally planned for Massimo, who was meant to be killed onscreen midway through Ishkabibble, but the abridged presentation of a number of scenes necessitated that his death not be written out in full. There's always the chance it'll get revisited in flashback form.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Mister Big
  • Posthumous Character: His death in Ishkabibble hasn't stopped him from:
    • Appearing in a flashback of Mayordomo's during Murder Mystery in the Glade.
    • Appearing in Shouta's dream sequence in Through the Arras (which clearly takes place after Ishkabibble, as it strongly implies Massimo is already dead).
    • And, most lately, popping up alive and well for Chips are Down, which is an Interquel for Luxury Train Ride, and thus chronologically prior to Ishkabibble.
  • Power Trio: The G-Bros fit this to a tee. Massimo is the engaging, extroverted ego.
  • Shorter Means Better-Read And More Articulate
  • Wicked Well-Read And Articulate

Cesare Giarrettiera (Pohatu)
  • Abusive Father: All three obviously had this, but Cesare is suggested to have been the main recipient of the late Don Lucio's disciplinarian methods. Oddly enough, though, Cesare now only seems to admire him more for it.
    Cesare chuckled. He didn't know why. Just seemed funny all of a sudden. Even the part where he and Nico'd gotten a beating and lived on bread and water for three days. Even how Nico wouldn't so much as look at him for a week after that. He took another sip and grinned. That was dad. See maybe Cesare was supposed to have some Edible complex or whatever now, getting beaten as a kid and all, but f* ck, that was just his dad. Lucio Giarrettiera'd been a bastard all right, but he'd known how it was, the whole thing. He'd understood. And he might not have taught Nico, and he definitely hadn't taught Massimo, how it was, but he'd taught Cesare. Life lesson number one, father to son: rule by goddamned force. How did you run a ship? By being the hardest sonofabitch on board. If that meant knocking a couple teeth out when your sons stepped out of line, so f* cking be it. Massimo'd never figured that out. Massimo thought he could rule the organization by talking his way through everything. There you go. That explained what a shitty don he was. Right there in a nutshell.
  • The Big Guy: Class 1 variety.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Cesare's the big one obviously. But he definitely is not the "good-natured" one as the trope suggests.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Even Evil Has Standards: By all appearances, Cesare's the most violent and brutal member of his mafia family. For whatever reason, though, once Nopcsa tricks him into thinking Prime is slaughtering innocent people aboard the King Thomas, Cesare goes into full-on (completely misguided and mostly ineffectual) hero mode.
  • Expy: The Giarrettieras in general recall the Gandors from Baccano!, but Cesare's resemblance to Berga is the most pronounced.
  • Face of a Thug
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Jerkass: And how!
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Might have influenced Cesare's upbringing, although he was clearly something of an active troublemaker, not a mere passive target of neglect.
  • Power Trio: The G-Bros fit this to a tee. Cesare is the insolent, impulsive id.

Nico Giarrettiera (Pohatu)
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Nico's the thin one obviously. Unlike with the other two, there doesn't seem to be any "thin guy" pattern for him to subvert.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ordinarily Nico meticulously averts this (he's got the deadpan without the snark), but he isn't above slipping in a jab or two, and not even only at Cesare's expense:
    "You want to put that little theory to the test, fatass?" Cesare growled, bringing up his gun for the first time. ... Without missing a beat, the youngest brother said to Jonas, "Cesare's simply curious how it was that Vinnie, Phil and Dom's visit degraded into a shootout. He'd like to know how the scene played out. He also considers you disastrously overweight."
  • Death Glare
  • Determinator: He starts showing very faint signs of this when reflecting on the fact that Sarosin has stolen Cesare's wallet:
    To say this would not do wasn't quite putting it in enough detail. This would be undone. Nullified. Stricken from the record . . . There was simply not a man capable of getting the better of the Giarrettieras, not like this. By plotting, by calculation, by preparation, yes, perhaps some temporary victory could be scored; Nico had no reason to pretend to himself no enemy had ever thwarted their family in such a way. But not this crude animal act of larceny, this simple movement of the hand. There was no man who could profit off the Giarrettieras with such a gesture. And if he dared flatter himself that he'd managed it, such a man thought so only because he could not yet apprehend the full picture and his imminent correction.
  • Evil Debt Collector
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Perpetual Frowner: Though it mostly takes the form of a faintly judgemental glower.
  • Power Trio: The G-Bros fit this to a tee. Nico is the soft-spoken, secretive superego.
  • Precision F-Strike: Played for contrast to Cesare's much more liberal approach to swearing. Onscreen, Nico has only sworn once so far, in response to Franklin Gaussier trying to bribe him:
    The bespectacled man said, quite clearly: "I don't give a shit about your money."
  • The Quiet One: Oh, boy.
    • However, the short story Muddy Season demonstrates him actually being fairly talkative and eloquent, in the car with Cesare and their imminent victims Franklin Gaussier and Deborah Schoen. It seems, at least, that when Cesare's around but Massimo isn't, Nico feels the need to handle most of the talking, as he's much more articulate than the middle brother.
  • Right-Hand Hottie
  • Softspoken Sadist
  • Straight Edge Evil: Nico despises any alcohol stronger than wine and dismisses anyone who drinks it as a "vulgar animal". It's safe to say he probably feels similarly on the issue of drugs.
    "Mr. Gaussier, drink and drunkards sicken me. The smell of alcohol already festers in every corner of my life and I see no reason to add your poison of choice to the stench."
  • When He Smiles: Thoroughly subverted in Muddy Season. Nico (along with Cesare) actually does laugh aloud when Gaussier tries to bargain for his life with information the Giarrettieras already know, and it's unexpected, and it's genuine... and it does nothing at all to soften his countenance from then on.

Yoon Mangjeol (Pohatu) An information broker who spends her nights in the Passione Rossa, a favorite bar of the Giarrettiera family. She's very polite and very charming and you should not be fooled. Yoon has the dirt on everyone of interest in Winstone, and her knowledge extends quite far outside that range. When criminals, the local police, or any of the shifty characters in between want to buy or sell some information on each others' activities, Yoon's the one they go to first.
  • Because I'm Good at It
  • Broken Bird
  • Damsel Errant
  • I Was Quite a Looker
  • Knowledge Broker
  • Lady Drunk: At her darker hours.
  • The Lost Lenore: Her deceased husband Hwan, although to what extent his death has affected her character is only just beginning to come to light.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Hinted at faintly in the text, but much more strongly on Formspring, where Pohatu has suggested that Yoon may have personally engineered the public scandal at the discovery that the previous Commissioner was visiting her for information, and would not necessarily have needed any reason less petty than "she didn't like him much".
    • She also arranged for Franklin Gaussier's and Deborah Schoen's deaths at the hands of the Giarrettieras simply because she can't appreciate a little competition. Yoon is not really the nicest person ever.
  • Proper Lady
  • Took a Level in Badass: Let's brush up on Yoon's history so far. In Ishkabibble, she buys some information off Nico. Pretty soon she'll sell some (unrelated) information to Natalie, and at the end some other stuff'll happen. So far, so normal. In Burgled Boullogne, she categorically denies Renard's claim that she was at the Gallery, tampers with his evidence that proves otherwise, and just generally brings his whole investigation to a standstill and makes the detective seriously question his own sanity... while subtly mocking him the whole time. And all just because Renard wasn't careful enough to make it clear before asking any questions that he didn't suspect her of stealing Le roi Midas.
  • Two Shots from Behind the Bar: The bartender, Howard, is prepared with a rifle to defend Yoon should any of her clients lose their tempers. In fact, he also has a private arrangement to defend waitress Allison from her own potential threats.
    • Rival broker Franklin Gaussier deliberately tries to copy this tactic with his own barkeep Lester Hanratty, but that doesn't work out so well for him.

Renard Rouletabille (Pohatu): An Amateur Sleuth of French descent and nineteenth-century sensibilities who bumbles his way through solving mysteries in Winstone City despite his services having been thoroughly disavowed by the police department. You can't really blame Commissioner Williams for feeling better off without Renard's help, but the detective has just slightly more brains and tricks than he generally lets on.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Amnesia Danger: In Burgled Boullogne, the danger of being locked out of his apartment (GASP).
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel
  • Badass Moustache
  • Bad Liar: Very strongly portrayed as such throughout most of Boullogne, notwithstanding that nice fib he pulls off on Commissioner Williams at the end there. Channery sums it up:
    "Oh my god seriously you are the worst liar ever," Channery observed, cutting him off. "Wait, so, did they — did they actually go in and like, drill the lying parts out of your brain, or what? Are you some kind of truth cyborg? 'Cause it looks like you're really going against your programming, here, slinging all this bullshit my way."
  • Born in the Wrong Century
  • Bubble Pipe: Except when it's filled with bubble juice, it produces smoke, and when it's filled with tobacco, it produces bubbles. And this is true of every pipe and brand of bubble juice and tobacco Renard's ever tried. Were you wondering whether there's any logical explanation for this? Sorry.
  • Clueless Detective
  • Genius Ditz: Hoo boy.
  • Good Old Ways
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • Gratuitous French
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Renard exiled himself from Europe because his overzealously publicized manhunt for a certain criminal (the King of Clubs) backfired after other investigators started suspecting that Renard might secretly be the criminal in question.
  • My Car Hates Me: Actually, despite all of Renard's narrative assurances that his small black automobile is temperamental and often refuses to work, it never breaks down of its own accord in Burgled Boullogne. It's sabotaged instead.
  • Photographic Memory: Once he's actually tried to memorize something.
  • The Rainman
  • Rummage Fail: He's actually surprisingly good at averting this most of the time, but he'll occasionally pull too much out of his pockets.
  • Smoke Out: Renard cleverly exploits the bubble juice/tobacco duality in Channery's living room, tossing his bottle of bubble juice onto the floor to act as a makeshift smoke bomb.

Channery Keigler (Pohatu)
  • Action Girl: To the point that she verges on an Affectionate Parody of similar characters on the forum.
    "Actually I guess you could take someone's eyeball out with this," Channery said upon further reflection, holding the knife up to the light. "I mean, you couldn't. You're a pushover. I could. Maybe. Never tried it but I feel like it's a pretty simple concept. Kind of..." She stabbed the butter knife forward in the air and made a scooping twist. Renard pressed himself as far back into his seat as possible. "Kind of like that. I don't know. Whatever."
  • Batter Up
  • Buffy Speak: She might be playing this up deliberately for effect, though.
    "[Williams] doesn't really do the whole subtlety... thing."
  • Canis Major: Micmac the Caucasian Shepherd. A Big Friendly Dog by default, but he has no problem switching to Angry Guard Dog mode.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: This is one of the most common applications of her power. She can appear to pull weapons out of nowhere, when in reality she's fetching them from her house. The drawback is that unlike most such uses of the trope, Channery can't use her power to put back anything she's fetched.
  • Improvised Weaponry
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold* Justified Criminal: Strangely, she comes off as this even though she doesn't show any trappings of a Justified Criminal. There's no evidence that she was driven to a life of crime by anything but her own selfish desires, but her chummy demeanor and sincere bond with Micmac make her pretty hard to dislike.
  • Morality Pet: A literal pet, Micmac.
  • Neat Freak: Justified by the fact that her power requires her to know roughly where an item is in order to retrieve it. This means she's gotten a little obsessive about placing her possessions in tidy, easy-to-remember locations around the house, even though personality-wise she doesn't fit the stereotypical Neat Freak at all.
  • The Nicknamer: To her, Renard Rouletabille is not "Renard Rouletabille", he is "Rules". Keep in mind this is a man whom she had just discovered snooping around her house in an effort to capture her for a crime they both know damn well she committed.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: She doesn't exactly see much wrong with the whole "theft" bit.
  • Tsundere: Her dynamic with Renard approaches this, although it's staked on friendship instead of romance.
  • Wrench Wench

Commissioner Perry Williams (Pohatu)
  • Bald Black Leader Guy
  • Bald of Antagonistic
  • Berserk Button: Powers and cheaters. Cheating Powers win the triple score.
  • Fantastic Racism
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Williams is always the bad cop, whether Davidson or Landsvale is pulling good cop duty. Well, "always" as long as there's actually a criminal, Power, or eccentric like Renard around to antagonize. Faced with normal, innocent civilians like the Odios, Williams is a much more pleasant guy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hero Antagonist: To Antonio in Obscured Truth, although that depends on how much you view Antonio as the protagonist in the first place. The role suits Williams less with regard to Illiana and Yoshimitsu, since in relatively short order he stops treating them (especially Illiana) as enemies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He softened on Renard a little toward the end of Burgled Boullogne, but more importantly, Obscured Truth has already been doing a lot to pick apart his bigoted attitude, emphasizing his sympathy for and protectiveness of innocent civilians who really have had their livelihoods ruined by Powers, and setting him opposite Powers whom he has valid reasons to fear and distrust.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Takes an extremely cynical view of his job, of the city, and of Archipelago society as a whole, but that doesn't keep him from trying to maintain order.
  • Knight Templar
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge
  • Overprotective Dad: at worst, and...
  • Papa Wolf: at best.
  • Properly Paranoid: He's installed multiple hidden surveillance cameras in his own office. He is also the highest-ranking police officer in a city rife with organized criminals and delinquent Powers. Williams probably isn't wrong for guessing there are many out there who'd like to put a few scars in what the people of Winstone see as the face of the law.
  • Scary Black Man: His scariness mostly has to do with his vendetta against Powers, but Pohatu is not above also drawing on the fact that he does indeed happen to be a black man of larger-than-average height and width.
    The other man, despite his admonishment, was now himself standing up out of his seat. His profile was quite imposing under the flourescent light overhead. "Come on, Rouletabille," he said in a low voice. "It was a Power, wasn't it? More than one? How many? Tell me. I need details. We're gonna turn this city inside-out. We need to send their kind a message: They can't fuck with us like that." He strode around the desk and patted Micmac on the head again. His expression however was not as relaxed as before. "If one of 'em screws me over, I'm gonna take down three of 'em. If three of 'em screw me over, I'm gonna take down twenty of 'em. It's the only way, Rouletabille. You can't make a single Power pay for his crimes. All you can do is discipline the group. Make any infraction a betrayal against their whole kind. There's no other way to keep them at peace, Rouletabille. Because those assholes are not like you and me."
  • Superficially Unlikeable Character Is a Doting Father
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

Inspector Denham Landsvale (Pohatu) A new arrival in Winstone as of Burgled Boullogne, Landsvale has been transferred there to replace Davidson. He carries on in Davidson's footsteps as being the Good Cop to Williams' Bad Cop, but has a quite distinct personality: soft-spoken, world-weary, and very avoidant. Taking down criminals is one thing, but in moments of interpersonal confrontation, Inspector Landsvale is as meek as a lamb.

Roufus Mayordomo (Pohatu)
  • Angry Black Man: Apparently averted so far, despite him falling in the right age range and economic class for it.
  • Cool Shades
  • The Heart: A pretty stark parody. Mayordomo just wants everyone — his employer, Yoon, Kaina'mei — to get along. They'd all be happier if they had nothing to do with one another, though.
  • Hidden Depths: Intentionally invoked and discussed while he's talking to Yoon during the story "Muddy Season". The hidden depth that Mayordomo chooses to reveal at that time is a from-childhood penchant for Universal Horror.
  • Jive Turkey: Also mostly averted, despite his obvious influence by similar characters. There's the Verbal Tic mentioned below, as well as his tendency to drop "-ing"s into "-in'"s and to never use the word "have" when "got" will do, but his speech is by and large devoid of specifically urban slang.
  • Meaningful Name
  • Mysterious Employer: Though Yoon and Mayordomo make explicit reference to his employer during both An August Luncheon and Muddy Season, they've conveniently failed so far to name this figure.
  • Soul Brotha
  • Stuff Blowing Up
  • Verbal Tic: "Hey,..."

Inspector Seth Davidson (Pohatu): Williams' right-hand man in investigating the Hotel Ansonia affair. A generally decent and open-minded man in comparison to Williams' impatient and Power-hating attitude. He and a squad of lesser officers tracked Lucas and Scar down to Lucas' apartment after the Ansonia incident. Lucas and Scar survived the encounter; Davidson, the other policemen, and the apartment did not.
  • By-the-Book Cop
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: At Lucas' hands.
  • Posthumous Character: A variant. It's not so much that Davidson dies early on in Ishkabibble and then is only seen in flashbacks, since "flashbacks" aren't really a functioning concept in Ish to begin with. If anything, Scene Two is more of a flash forward from the point of view of the main events happening on Monday. In any case, though, Davidson definitely fits the spirit of this trope if not the letter.

The Curator (Mr. Wood) (Elliot)

Vinnie, Phil & Dom (Pohatu)
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Not invoked too heavily, but Vinnie doesn't come off as quite as much of an asshole toward the end there.
    Suite lady. Sweet lady. This was Vinnie's lucky day wasn't it. Pretty ladies all over the place first the blonde in the garage and now a brunette in the bedroom. Moving on up. Heh. He might have chuckled if he had thought that in the first place which he hadn't. Oh it looked as though he was not ever going to run into her again the blonde in the garage again which he had hoped he might do. He might have regretted this if he had thought it in the first place which he hadn't. The brunette kept saying things to him. He couldn't respond he also didn't really hear her he also didn't necessarily know there was a lady in the bedroom suite although there was. Which is too bad because if he'd known she was there he really would have told her about the bombs. He really would not have just run out of the hallway and left her to her fate. You have to understand that. He would have made sure she was okay. Anyway that's stupid and he didn't think any of that because he did not have a soul any more.
  • The Big Guy: Dom. It seems every Pohatu group requires one of these.
  • Butt Monkey: It really sucks to be these guys.
  • Dumb Muscle: Dom most of all, but all three are functionally this.
  • Empty Shell: Vinnie after running afoul of Lucas & Scar.
  • Face of a Thug: All three.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: The spirit of the trope is there even though it's never stated that any of them have murdered.
  • Mooks
  • Off with His Head!: Both Phil and Dom after running afoul of Lucas & Scar.
  • Posthumous Character: Cesare mentions them in Muddy Season, which takes place two years prior to "the present day" — probably between half a year and a year prior to their deaths in Ishkabibble.
  • Terrible Trio
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Oh wait. Averted like hell.
  • Voice Shift: A very abrupt and jarring one after Vinnie's soul is removed. Compare the spoilered sample above to, well, anything he thinks or says in the rest of the story.

Reba Winset (Lee)
  • Canon Immigrant: From Househeld.
    • It helps that out of a cast of twelve players who were largely Author Avatars in varying degrees and flavors, Reba was by far the least similar to her author, Lee, so her immigration doesn't put a jarring self-insert into ORP.
  • Continuity Nod: Reba was notable for being written in a past-tense, third person viewpoint in Househeld, a hint that she was actually the guardian and not the player. On the flipside, she debuted using present-tense, second person narration, like she was a Househeld character, in ORP proper.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Her first act in ORP is to immediately antagonize a demigod and challenge them to a game of poker.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Professional Killer: If her background from Househeld is to be believed.

    Drakengrad 
Valon Lorsha (DL)

Marius Solidad (DL)

Avery (Iron Mouse)

     Sakura Alliance 
Characters that generally dwell outside the Archipelago, in Japan and the neighboring islands. They're a diverse group with many varying ideologies, but generally tend towards the same goals. Characters who gravitate toward this group tend to have an anime-inspired pedigree (though not Rho & Hig and Vieve, who are pretty much just here by association with others in the group).

Achenes (Lee)

Masumi (Kevin)

Kuro (Kuroboom)

Kara Kinkaryoh (Kara)

Serpentei Kinkaryoh (Kara)

Rhometer & Higgledy-Piggledy (Pohatu)
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Coming through more and more lately.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Happens twice in short succession in Mirror of Urakuni:
    With one hand obscured behind a ridiculously overlong sleeve, he tipped his hat back. For a moment, his left pupil seemed to focus only on the bubble, instead of spiralling in and out from a central point to his widest ring of vision. ... Then he poked it. The bubble, I mean.
and
Then he slammed the pencil straight down through the katana onto the point where it was stabbed through the carpet. ... Or actually I guess he would have if the katana had kept occupying space in its previously established way but it didn't, really.

Vieve (Jennavieve) (Choobs)
  • Cheerful Child
  • The Cutie
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita
  • Girl with Psycho Weapon
    She jumped backwards, her dress making it look like she floated, and landed next to Masumi. She squatted next to the ground and put her hand on her right hand on the tattoos on her left arm. With practiced ease, her fingers slid from symbol to symbol, weaving an intricate pattern, and leaving all that she touched glowing with what seemed to be a black aura. When she finished, she reached her right hand into her shadow and pulled up a black dagger with sky blue patterns engraved in it.

    "It's not my weapon of choice, but it should do better against those clawy things," she said to Masumi, as if the woman actually cared or something.
  • Living Shadow
  • Parasol of Pain
  • Power Tattoo: Tattoos cover her left arm. As seen in the quote above, they're tied into her powers somehow.
  • Puppy Love: See Rhometer.
  • Really 700 Years Old

    Timewenders 
A group of people with connections to ancient history (or connections to people with connections to said history), they typically tend to fall on the "good guy" side of the scale, but their pasts have a tendency to complicate things...

Flint Blackwood (Shoni)
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Using his powers to switch between the two on the fly, no less.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Icy Blue Eyes to match his power.
  • Grim Up North: He's from a village in Greenland, and has the cold personality to match his Scandinavian home.
  • An Ice Person
  • No Name Given: "Blackwood" isn't his real surname, but it belonged to one of the scientists who discovered him. He adopted it for convenience during his schooling in the UK, since his actual surname - which hasn't yet been revealed - is unpronounceable in English.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Definitely averted - while Flint's characterization is pretty macho, he's got a weakness for candy.
  • Spell Book: The book marked only by a rune on the cover, which seems to contain some kind of portentous "list", is suggested to be this.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side
  • Sweet Tooth: His most relatable element.

Belwyn Truid (Cendra)
  • Combat Medic: Leaning towards medic, but she can get her hands dirty on occasion.
  • Dual Wielding: Double shortswords.
  • Empathic Healer: Her signature power. Of note is that on occasions, she'll partially take an injury, reducing a significant wound into two smaller and more treatable injuries.
  • Healing Herb: What she uses whenever she doesn't want to get injured by healing somebody. Interestingly, her author shows her work by having many of these being actual treatments used in real life.
  • Liquid Assets: Though it's rare, she can also heal herself by passing her injuries to other parties.

Didn't N!Qweba (Lee)
  • The Beastmaster: Brings animals from all over time and space with her. No matter what it is, be it woolly rhinoceros, velociraptor, robotic animals engineered in the future, or even a dunkleosteus, she can make friends with it.
  • Have We Met Yet?: Didn't knows virtually all the movers and shakers in ORP, though none of them have met her yet.
  • Future Shadowing: She tends to mention matters from her past, but everybody else's future.
  • Killer Yoyo: It can change size, making it functionally more like an Epic Flail.
  • Random Transportation: See Unstuck in Time. Didn't turns up anywhere and any when.
  • Time Travel Tense Trouble: As a girl who's randomly fallen through time for as long as she can remember, she has a huge amount of difficulty understanding the passage of time or the concepts of before and after.
  • Unstuck in Time: Whenever she falls asleep, she wakes up at a random place on earth and point in time. From the mention of the pets she's acquired, one can infer she's traveled thousands of years into the future and even as far back as the Mesozoic Era.

Mr. Rabbit (Blood)

     "Cardsharks" 
A gang of large-scale robbers who do most of their business in the British Isles and on the continent, but who've recently sojourned to the Archipelago. While most of the members are normal humans, their leader the King of Clubs uses conjuring and memory-wiping arts to ensure their heists go off without a hitch. Needless to say, they're all Evil Brits, although only the King of Clubs qualifies as a Quintessential British Gentleman. ("Cardsharks", like "Rogues & Brogues", is an informal means of referring to the group, not necessarily used in-story.)

Charles Tanner / The King of Clubs (Pohatu)
  • Affably Evil
  • Card Sharp
  • Establishing Character Moment: His debut in LAR is pretty thorough.
  • Evil Cripple: Subverted. The jewelled cane is his sigil — an item which channels and supports his magical power in his old age — but Tanner is able to carry himself and walk around perfectly without it.
  • Freudian Excuse
  • Friendly Enemy: Tanner seems to have a fixation on filling this role.
  • The Gambler
  • Gentleman Thief
  • Man in White
  • Man of Wealth and Taste
  • Meaningful Name: "Charles Tanner" is meant to suggest "charlatan". This may have been deliberately invoked, since it's assumed that "Charles" and/or "Tanner" may be false names.
  • Old Dark House: He grew up in one.
    Freezing rain battered the manor of dark red stone, a rain so heavy it nearly threatened to cave in the roof of the other tower, much as that of the tower on one end had long since crumbled away. This would have been simple enough to repair, had the inhabitants not held the belief — for all their desire otherwise for isolation — that the building had to contain a flaw, a gap, to permit the ebbing in and out of the world's magical forces. So the western tower stood breached, with only a thin black canvas stretched over the aperture to keep out the baser elements. Great drops of rain rolled down the canvas and dripped onto the stone walls and the windows obscured by dark curtains... Tanner blinked the mental image away.
  • Pet the Dog: Awww.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to Prime in Shrinking Feeling after he administers Alyssa some Worst Aid.
  • Wicked Cultured

Flo & Hugh.
Florence (Flo) Pendlebury (Pohatu)
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She's kind of this to Tanner, even though they're not actually related.
  • The Fashionista: Not an extreme example, but she certainly doesn't mind passing judgement on Blaise's lab attire and those silly test tubes in her hair. She doesn't have any reservations about ragging on Antonio's half butterfly mask, either.
    "It's tacky," she declared softly after a moment. "Look't those sequins. Pick this out of the gutter after Mardi Gras, did 'e? The real Butterfly wouldn't be caught dead wearin'..."
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Flo and Hugh are a toned-down version of this trope.
  • Minionshipping: With Hugh. Lampshaded on Pohatu's Formspring with this question he asked himself:
    "does cutesily Ship Teasing reprehensible criminals strike you as a one-hundred-percent moral and defensible action?"
    "amazing question! yes it does"
  • Perky Female Minion

Hugh Oakshott (Pohatu)

Sikes (Pohatu)

     Joyeuse Anti-Insurgency Services 
Huckabee and Rance.
Daniel Huckabee (Biscuit)
  • Badass Bookworm: As an English teacher by day and hitman by night, he'd kind of have to be, wouldn't he?
  • Because I'm Good at It

  • Cool Old Guy: At forty-six, it's hard to justify Daniel for this trope. But killing for twenty-five years can age a man, and it certainly has taken its toll on our bespectacled anti-hero. He's got enough wisdom and experience for twenty lifetimes.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Professional Killer
  • Schedule Fanatic: Possibly. See the quote below.
  • Those Two Hitmen
  • Triple Shifter
    'Last week I shot a diplomat between the eyes from eight hundred yards and was back home in time to feed the dog and write up my lesson plans for Monday's class. The week before I quelled an uprising of seditious rebels who were poised to topple a major government with incriminating pictures of one of its party heads. I can't say which one, but if you've seen the news, you can probably guess. I left Friday at 3:30 and was back in the door at 8:00 Sunday night. If there's one part of my life I can make work, it's that. I was raised to be punctual.'

Rance West (Ninety)

Albert Rook / Blackbird (Biscuit)

  • Grim Reaper: Tall, clad in black, carries a large metallic weapon, cannot be reasoned with at all. Hm.
  • Hero Killer: This has never been more true. Whereas many might weave together demigods and demons and every Gary Stu imaginable to create what they consider to be the End All, Be All of supreme characters, Blackbird needs no such luxuries. He is simple and direct - and that, my friends, is what makes him so terrifying. When the Blackbird comes, people WILL die.
  • Knife Nut: A jambiya, to be precise.
  • Mage Killer
  • Power Nullifier
  • Professional Killer
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: If you turn around and discover the Blackbird has been following you, you'll also discover that you've been dead for quite some time now.

    Terminer Academy for Exceptional Youth 
A number of the characters employed or enrolled at Terminer Academy have already appeared in RP and have ties to pre-existing factions above. For Garth Firbolg (Lee), see Fascere Order above; for Flint (Shoni), see Timewenders; Thyra Russell (Lee), Whelkshore Alliance; Emily Schwartzwald (Lee), Obsidian Hearts; Belwyn Truid (Cendra), Timewenders; Marius Solidad (DL), Drakengrad; Vieve (Choobs), Sakura Alliance.

Almudena Madeiro (Lee)
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example. She hits like a truck, has been aggressively friendly to everybody who's talked with her, and ends every other sentence with an exclamation point.
  • Canon Immigrant: From Paisanos, a Life Embellished fic of Lee's. There, Almudena was an Ensemble Darkhorse one-off Antivillain, so Lee chose to give her another chance to shine in ORP.
  • The Lad-ette: Though a bit more subdued than the adult version, she explicitly chose her school uniform to get more attention, and has notably poor etiquette, taking half a dozen drinks from the refreshment table. If her past from Paisanos holds true in the new canon, she grew up brawling with her older brother.
  • Latin Land: Though a Spanish speaker from Mexico, Alma's last name is distinctly Portuguese. However, the variant "Madero" is well-established in Mexico; Lee's choice of the Portuguese spelling is a matter of aesthetic preference.
  • The Nicknamer: So far, she's given nicknames to every single character she's talked with. It tends to be of the teasing variety.
  • No Indoor Voice: Brace yourself.
    "Oi! I'm Almudena Madeiro, but you all can call me Alma!" Her voice echoed through the room, even though Thyra had discreetly switched off the microphone as the girl had bounded up the steps.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Despite being almost a decade younger than her Paisanos counterpart, Almudena has shown considerably greater combat ability. Could be a Justified Trope, since in Paisanos, her power runs on friendship, and she only had her brother around, which left her as a humble Level One Paisano. In ORP, however, she's got no such restrictions and can really cut loose.
  • Psychic Powers: Through telekinesis, she can send the energy from her punches over great distances, giving her a psychic version of the Hand Blast / Power Fist tropes.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: Played with. There's No Dress Code at the school, but Alma therefore chooses to dress in a traditional Catholic school outfit precisely to stand out.
  • Spicy Latina: She's definitely got the confident, verbally assertive aspects down pat. And the flirtatious aspects too, once she meets a guy meek enough to have fun messing with (Deandre).
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to make comments without thinking them through, and then tack of "Por supuesto (Of course)" and clarify her statements.

Carlos Hew (Elliot)
  • Abusive Parents: While initially described as neglectful, Carlos' mother was downright abusive. It is implied that Carlos essentially raised himself and spent as much time sneaking out as he could, but what really establishes the abuse is that his mother had specifically bred a dog for its aggressive looks and trained it to restrain him by the throat, with no other reason than 'she felt like it'.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Brains. Has a relatively low GPA, but his Power is being a technological genius.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Variation: is a technological genius, but he's more interested in fashion.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention has been made regarding his father.
  • The Fashionista: Regularly critiques outfits with Evelyn.
  • The Prankster: Once hacked a government server and flooded it with pictures of cute animals.
    • During his power demonstration, he hacked the nanoweave of the gym, in theory giving him the ability to change the architecture of the entire building. What does he do? Makes the floor frictionless to make Jay fall over.
  • Technopath
  • Think in Text: While it's conventional in RP to represent thoughts in italics, Carlos' narrative voice is distinctive for the constant smattering of small thoughts peppered right into otherwise non-internal sentences it's not as confusing as it sounds.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is terrified of any animal that has teeth, to a point where he will change directions upon seeing a squirrel and refers to an entire race of anthropomorphic rats as 'gross' due to having proportionately accurate teeth.
    • Becomes justified as of his flashback - his mother had a dog trained to restrain him by the throat that goes too far and causes a lot of damage to his neck. The narrative implies that this happens very regularly and he never managed to shake the fear of animals off. This fear causes him to have a panic attack when another student (Ben) transforms into a large animal with large, sharp teeth.

Deandre Clarks (Pohatu)
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He's clearly imagining and dreading this scenario.
  • Black and Nerdy: He isn't an intellectual overachiever, with a fine but not outstanding academic record, but the habit of constantly recording his experiences and memories gives him a reclusive, bookish vibe.
  • Meaningful Name: A clerk, or "clark" as it would be pronounced in the classical British manner, is someone employed in keeping records.
  • Non-Action Guy: Even for a Pohatu character, Deandre takes the cake. In a school full of students with impressive physical or magical abilities, his power is entirely cerebral, and he hasn't got what you'd call an athletic body to back it up.
  • Shrinking Violet: Less so than Titus, but Deandre is shy and highly self-conscious, and can't bring himself to demonstrate his power in front of the student body.
  • Sweet Home Alabama: His concern for polite and unobtrusive behavior is indicated to be a product of his Southern upbringing (Georgia, specifically).
  • Tagalong Chronicler: On track to play this role. He obsessively records experiences in his notebook, for reasons currently unclear.

Talia Kane (Merc)
  • Pride Before a Fall: Not to overplay the pride aspect - she's not some insufferable Jerkass - but Talia comes on strong as a sardonic and self-assured loner with no qualms about using her power to surreptitiously mess with other students. Then her power demonstration goes awry, and we swiftly and tragically learn she's Not So Above It All.
  • Psychic Powers: Specifically, she can perceive and manipulate molecular vibrations. Unfortunately, this lends itself to the same kind of mishaps as Gravity Mastery and Magnetism Manipulation.
  • Super Senses: A consequence of her ability is being able to perceive sound over great distances (as well as throwing her own voice).

Titus Maxwell Bolten (Ty) (DL)
  • Berserk Button: Mild example, but he does instantly retaliate against Mel's prank and the narrative explains that he hates bullies.
  • The Big Guy: Unnaturally tall for his age.
  • Psychic Powers: His stated ability is "vector manipulation", meaning he can control the trajectory of an object in midair. This places his power at the intersection of Mind over Matter and Improbable Aiming Skills.
  • Shrinking Violet: Contary to his distinct physical presence, Ty is very easily flustered and crippled by anxiety and low self-esteem.
  • Younger Than They Look: Looks to be in his early twenties but is actually only fourteen. Explained in the narrative that an accident involving his powers on his thirteenth prematurely aged him.

Ben Lexann (Elliot)
  • Lovable Jock: He's the character who most comes off as sporty, and is a really Nice Guy.
  • Not So Above It All: While he didn't get involved in the prank war, he was entertained by watching the entire thing.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Into a mammalian beast form, the specifics of which Elliot has deliberately withheld for the time being.

Evelyn Bertram (Eve) (Elliot)

Jamall Qadir (Jay) (Elliot)

Melanie Europa (Mel) (Elliot)

Franklin Elijah Timberwood (Franky) (Choobs)

Dalisay Salazar (Lee)
  • Mook Maker: Deconstructed. Her power seems to produce fairly destructive "Scamps", but she views this more as a curse than an asset.

Mica Howard (SV)
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She demonstrates this beautifully by weaving multicolored sand into a midair mandala.

Silumas (Silumas)
  • Bald of Evil: His second style.
  • Beard of Evil: His first style.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His first style.
  • Evil Teacher: He's heavily flagged as this, up to outright admitting in his personal narration that if it were up to him, he would have structured Terminer as more of a military training facility than a school. However, there are hints that his author is aiming to deconstruct this.
  • Obviously Evil: His initial entry has him wearing a red and black suit, complete with evil goatee and bushy eyebrows. Later changes to mage robes that are no less evil.
  • Running Joke: Nearly every post in which a student reacted to his debut mentioned his eyebrows.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In his first style.
    While it was impossible to make out a designer by simply looking (those with the fashion-sense likely couldn't place it with any known artist), the suit appeared to be something any self-respecting '.1%er' would find themselves in.

Kilik Ginunngap (Elliot)
  • An Ice Person: Word of God says Kilik has ice powers.
  • Self-Deprecation: Mild meta example - has a conversation with Thyra about how most Powers are more than willing to jump into adventures instead of teach a bunch of kids. Both Lee and Elliot are extremely guilty of this.

Emma Ray Jo (Lee)
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: She can conjure corn. Which she uses not just to create corn but conjure corn sugar, popcorn, and even ethanol to turn cornstalks into FLAMING BATONS.
  • Phonetic Accent: A bit of Texas, a bit of Appalachia, a bit of deep South. Seems she's picked up her accent from all over rural America.

    Miscellaneous Good Guys 
"Right, who's up for destroying Tokyo?"
Prime (Pardas Rafe Idris Magnus Elder) (Prime)

Albatross Trevelyan (Kevin)

Maude (Lee)

Aquara Oceanara (Kevin)

Nick Taruic (Choobs)

Esther Damrosch (Pohatu)
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Blessed with Suck: Her branch of magic, logomachy, derives its power from her vocabulary. That would be awesome for her if she didn't hate heavy reading. She obsessively tears through books for new words while rarely particularly enjoying and understanding the material.
  • Formulaic Magic: Logomachy combines this and Words Can Break My Bones, below.
  • Informed Judaism
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Her first onscreen spell, based on the word "floriferous", causes her debut to carry some shades of this.
  • Messy Hair
  • Motor Mouth: An unusual example: she speaks extremely quickly, but she's not actually talkative — anything but, in fact. She's usually quite terse and tight-lipped.
  • Petal Power: Subverted by her first spell, based on "floriferous": chains of flowers blossom forth from her hand, but they appear to be completely useless. She plainly isn't too bent up about expending the word once she sees its effect.
  • Shipper on Deck: In her opening conversation with Terrian, a question of hers implies she's taken him and Blaise to be a couple. Terrian's response doesn't do much to clear the air:
    The girl's next rapid-fire question, without the merest smirk or arched eyebrow, was: "Is she here with you?"
    Terrian blinked. Then he laughed. "What? Oh — No! No no. She's in America. The States, I mean. She's not — here. No. I don't think so, anyway. Maybe she is! I'm not sure. Haha."
  • Ship Tease: When she departs into the parade in Crystal 2, one flower is left on the ground behind her. She either dropped it carelessly or as a gesture toward Terrian. Of course, he doesn't show any signs of interest in her and indeed, more than once in their two conversations, registers how untoward it would be to make any advance on a girl not far from a decade his junior — but as Pohatu considered on Formspring long bfore Esther's debut, there's no reason why she couldn't develop a passing unrequited thing for him...
  • Sweater Girl
  • Words Can Break My Bones: Logomachy combines this and Formulaic Magic, above.

Jacqueline (Kuroboom)

Dracon (Kevin)

    Miscellaneous Bad Guys 
Lucas (Prime/Biscuit)

Scar (Kuroboom)

Mandelbrot (Choobs)
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Badass Longcoat
  • The Blank: Mandelbrot wears a white cloth mask. The only defining feature is a black mandelbrot meticulously painted on the forehead.
  • Creepy Monotone: And how!
  • Fights Like a Normal: The only superhuman power Mandelbrot has ever used is the ability to travel through mirrors. Otherwise, the killer goes into a fight with nothing but extensive research, bloodlust, and a knife. It once brought out explosive glowsticks.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: It's only ever referred to as "it." except this one time when no one was around and she was referred to as a she. To be expected since this is a ch00bs character.
    • Major spoilers follow: Then it's confirmed that Mandelbrot is a woman when it's unmasked... to reveal Julia.
  • Implacable Man
  • Mask of Power
  • Meaningful Name
  • Poetic Serial Killer: Mandelbrot really enjoys killing, but tends to pick victims it deems "bad guys." Bad guys are generally defined as "people with too much power" which is basically everyone important.
  • Slasher Smile: The mask has no mouth, but that doesn't stop Mandelbrot from using a bloody knife to draw one on its face when it's feeling "happy." The blood then gets promptly absorbed by the mask.
  • Tranquil Fury
  • The Unlaugh: "Ha. Ha."
  • White Mask of Doom

Vincent (Elliot)

Bernard (Bulbs)

Ysane Tranquillity (Choobs)

Karcharos (Kuroboom)

Shouta Minamoto (Pohatu)

    Miscellaneous Neutral 
Julia Romanesco / Masquerade (Choobs)
  • Body Motif: She smiles a lot, but only if she's trying to reassure someone.
  • Hot Librarian ((Hot Psychiatrist))
  • Informed Ability: Her hypnotic powers. It's no longer informed because she hypnotized a man just by giving him a handshake.
  • Meaningful Name: The Julia set is a fractal, while Romanesco is a broccoli-family vegetable with buds in a fractal pattern. Another fractal? The Mandelbrot set.
  • Secret Identity: Masquerade.
    • Major spoilers follow: And then that turns out to have been a Red Herring on Choobs' part to discredit the possibility that Julia might have a second Secret Identity: Mandelbrot.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. She's a therapist that specializes in paranormal cases because a lot of this stuff happens.
  • The Shrink

Antonio Sharpe / The Butterfly (Elliot)
  • Card Sharp
  • Confess to a Lesser Crime: While in custody, he "admits" to Commissioner Williams that he had contracted the Butterfly to steal some unspecified articles for a "respected client". This lie seems to be an effort to get away with nothing but a charge of conspiracy to theft, though it doesn't go over well with Williams.
  • Cool Mask
  • Costume Copycat: Flo and Hugh's comments in Entertain the Masses reveal that there are a lot of teenagers in half butterfly masks pretending to be the Butterfly in order to look edgy and impressive. This saturation of the Butterfly image is exactly what in turn allows Antonio himself to wear the mask into an art museum without getting kicked out at best or arrested at worst.
  • Enfant Terrible: Hard to imagine he wasn't one of these, considering he began his career in burglary at around thirteen.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: In Obscured Truth, where the Butterfly is framed for the murder of policeman Larry Odio, and Antonio is held on suspicion of assisting in the murder. He's innocent of that, but guilty of plenty else...
  • Gentleman Thief
  • Master of Illusion
  • Shrouded in Myth: To such a degree that when Flo and Hugh actually see the real Butterfly, they immediately dismiss him as a fake, having apparently built an exaggerated mental image of him which he fails to meet.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Illiana seems to fulfill the role of the nicer, less cynical friend in this case.
  • Teen Genius

Jacob Marshall (Elliot)

Felix (Elliot)

Samm (aka Peacock) (Elliot)

Sarosin Narita (SV)

Kalim & Nugget (Kuroboom)

Ryuu (Prime)
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Ryuu says he isn't technically a vampire because he doesn't make a habit of going after humans.
  • Shrinking Violet: At his best. Aya certainly brings this out in him. Then he started losing the appeal by mouthing off toward Blaise.

Aya (Prime)

Rain (Kuroboom)

Death (Choobs)

     PRP Characters 
Left to right: Dace and Minnow.
Dace Balao (Lee)
"The next time I see you, I'm gonna kick your butt! I'll be a ton stronger, and I'll kick your butt all ov—"

Durant Larks (Blood)

Laksha Karttikeya (Pohatu)
Left to right: Ganesh, Laksha, Matsya, Sankh.

Ophelia Larks (Blood)

Isambard Zonis (Lee)

Old Gideon McCrowley (Pohatu)