This subsection of the Heralds of ValdemarCharacter Sheet covers the original Heralds of Valdemar trilogy (commonly known as the "Arrows" trilogy), as well as the stand-alone novels Take a Thief and By the Sword.
Lovable Rogue: In the Arrows books and Take a Thief. Not so much in Mage Winds.
Real Men Wear Pink: Skif gets a certain amount of teasing from the other male Trainees over his chore assignments of laundry and mending. (Both of which he learned during his thief days.) They stop teasing him when he points out he's the only male in a room full of women.
Better as Friends: With Kris. Played with between her and Skif; they're so much better as friends that they don't even manage to get a romance off the ground to start with — they fall asleep at every attempt. Talia silently smiles as rumors circulate, knowing that Skif would never live it down if the truth ever came out.
Beware the Nice Ones: Being an empath means she can heal your angst and trauma, as she does for her friends and people in need. It also means that she can destroy your mind, and if she thinks she should do it, she will.
Blood Brothers: With Skif, after a very brief and completely failed try at a teenage romance.
Bookworm: One thing that puts her at odds with her family is the fact that she's always skipping chores to read books. She also snuck in to her father's library on full moon nights to read. At one point she was afraid that she'd been found out for it, only to be told by her father's wives that as she was now thirteen, a marriage would be arranged for her.
The Empath: Her magical power. She can sense emotion and act as a Living Lie Detector in local disputes, but she can also influence other people's mental state.
Farm Boy: A Holderkin girl who Skif refers to as a "farmgirl." She serves the usual purpose of The Everyman, being an unschooled view into the world of Valdemar. In addition, she wasn't Chosen as the Queen's Own primarily because of her latent and immense empathic abilities (though they certainly help), she was Chosen because she knew how to deal withspoiled little girls.
Hero with Bad Publicity: She catches a bit of this in Arrow's Flight, because, to simple Valdemaran villagers, her use of Empathy is magic, and her brutal Mind Rape of a rapist makes her come across as The Fair Folk. She's not hated, but she is feared and distrusted in several villages as word gets around.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Inflicted by Rolan on Talia twice. The first time, it was a temporary measure to get Talia to Haven without a mental breakdown. The second time, it was because Talia saw something she shouldn't have and that could lead her to discover a lot of the Companions' secrets prematurely.
Meaningful Name: Talia means "dew of God" in Hebrew. Her arrival at the Collegium is a definite relief for the Heraldic Circle, and the "from God" part becomes even more appropriate once we learn the true nature of Grove-Born Companions.
Noodle Incident: Only sort of. She undertook a diplomatic mission to Karse, befriended Solaris, and was named an honorary Sun Priest. The details are in the story Sun in Glory in the anthology of the same name.
The Voiceless: Rolan. He can Mindspeak anyone he chooses, but like most Companions he pretends he can't, and since Talia's Gift is empathy rather than Mindspeech, Rolan is only seen to speak three times in the series - once when he Chooses Talia, and twice to Dirk in Arrow's Fall.
Secret Legacy: Very likely to be a descendant of Vanyel, since he is related to the royal family and certainly has the good looks. He may even have had MageGift, since in the post-magic setting of Valdemar this was usually misidentified and trained as FarSight.
Unwitting Pawn: For his uncle Orthallen who uses him in multiple plots. He tries marry Kris to Selenay, suggests him as an heir replacement and questions his faith in Talia as Queen's Own
Ambition Is Evil: Orthallen, as senior Council member and Selenay and Sendar's confidant, is one of the most powerful people in Valdemar. The fact that he's still not satisfied and wants to be king shows how blindly greedy and ambitious he is.
The Confidant: Confidant, close personal friend, and high-ranking adviser to Queen Selenay, her father King Sendar, and her grandfather King Roald. A powerful adviser dedicated to furthering Valdemar's interests (or so everyone believes).
Embarrassing Rescue: Her story began when she rescues her brother's fiancee; while Dierna is certainly grateful to be rescued, the aftermath proves highly uncomfortable for everyone.
Famed In-Story: Her early adventures were turned into a song which dogs her throughout the rest of her career, to her distinct chagrin. It doesn't help that she has perfect pitch, and not all of the people who perform that song in her honor are all that good at singing.
Fights Like a Normal: Is a Mindspeaker, but until she is Chosen she rarely uses the ability, feeling it would make others distrust her. Also wields Need, but does her best not to rely on Need's abilities.
Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: She and Eldan begin their relationship with an After-Action Patch-Up. Kero lampshades the trope in the process, acknowledging that she's felt the impulse plenty of times before, this is just the first time it's happened in the vicinity of someone she wouldn't mind waking up with.
Mindlink Mates: Both played straight and averted. She and Eldan can speak mind-to-mind, and can open their minds to each other while making love, but they are not lifebonded.
Mind over Manners: Kero scrupulously avoids using her mindspeech whenever possible out of fear that her fellow mercenaries won't be able to trust her otherwise.
Not Staying for Breakfast: She purposefully exhausts Eldan with a night of lovemaking and leaves while he is still asleep in order to avoid a confrontation about her decision, fearing that he might convince her to change her mind.
Poor Communication Kills: Nearly. In a non-romantic example, her fellow Skybolts were trying to tell her they'd deposed the abusive former Captain and promoted her. She assumed they were agents of said Captain out to arrest her and fled accordingly.
Secret Legacy: Her mother was a Black Sheep among Kethry's children and her father disliked mages, causing her to pretty much grow up unaware of her Shin'a'in relatives until the events of By the Sword kick in.
The Wise Prince: Eventually, after Tarma and Kerowyn beat some sense into him. It's a contrast to his brother Karathanelan.
Herald Eldan and Companion Ratha
Animal Eye Spy: A skill of Eldan's, made possible by a special form of telepathy.
The Determinator: Like all Heralds. It also shows through in his relationship with Kerowyn; Eldan does everything within his power to maintain some kind of contact with Kero, from legally requiring her to redeem the ransom he'd promised her in person to meeting her telepathically in dreams all the way from Valdemar.
Early-Bird Cameo: Appears (by description only) in Arrow's Flight, sitting beside Selenay at the Heralds' party celebrating Elspeth's Choosing by Gwena.
I Will Wait for You: A subtle example; he never took up with anyone else after Kerowyn, and ten years later still hopes to reunite with her.