The Zen Masters and other characters of importance in Battle Realms.
"I am Kenji of the Serpent Clan, and my ancestor broke the world."The son of Lord Oja, and the protagonist of the original two campaigns. Depending on the path chosen, he seeks either to rebuild the lost Dragon Clan, or to return glory to the Serpent Clan by becoming it's new leader. Not usable in multiplayer for either clan, as he would most certainly be a Game Breaker.
The Ninja/The NightvolA mysterious ninja who appears a few times during the campaign, each time disappearing in front of your eyes. It steals the Serpent's Orb and gives it to either Zymeth or Greyback (depending on whether you're Dragon or Serpent). It takes centre stage in the final part of the final level, revealing itself as an advance scout for the Horde.
Dragon Zen MastersThe Dragon Clan was one of peace, order and honour, before it was all but destroyed when Tarrant The Elder used the Serpent's Orb to stop the oncoming, destructive Horde. The remnants of the Dragon let go of their honourable ways, and formed sneaky and nefarious Serpent Clan. Many await for the day that the Dragon Clan is reborn under a new leader.
"Fight not for me, but for the sake of your honour. Should you fall, others will remember this day as your greatest."The Dragon Clan's main Zen Master, and Kenji's old friend. He seeks to aid Kenji in restoring the Dragon Clan. Honour is everything to him. He is killed in both the Dragon and Serpent Clan's campaigns by a rebellious Shinja, and the Serpent Army respectively.
"Fat, flammable, and dangerous to know."A fat, cheery monk who carries a massive barrel filled with a poisonously strong alcohol which he uses to shoot fireballs at things.
"Mud, gore, screaming horses... Fight on!"The lord of a Dragon province and a famed General, Garrin carries a large lance and is exceptionally good at mounted combat. He is able to summon a horse from anywhere on the map to his side.
"My thoughts move, my arrows fly... One and the same."A famed archer without peer, Arah met Kenji during his exile from the Serpent Clan, where she developed a strong bond with him. She can view the landscape through the arrows she fires.
"Perhaps you mistake the parts for the whole."A wandering mercenary carrying only a staff and a sack of rice. He seldom speaks, and is in complete balance with both Good and Evil. Anybody who bothers him is dealt with swiftly. Stangely, he is only available to the Dragon clan in skirmishes, despite being recruitable as Dragon and Serpent in Kenji's Journey.
TeppoA character introduced in the expansion pack, Teppo is a genius from the land of Malcolmson who wields a Dragon Wheel which launches several rockets in quick succession. He is a littly crazy.
Serpent Zen MastersThe Serpent Clan was founded from the remnants of the original Dragon Clan.
"Only strength - and the willingness to use it - can preserve us."The Serpent Clan's main Zen Master, and Otomo's polar opposite. He seeks to restore the Serpent clan, but is far more ruthless and pragmatic about it than Otomo is. He's killed in the Dragon campaign for murdering Otomo and trying to usurp Kenji, but get's to live in the Serpent campaign.
"I'll fight to the death any man I can't outrun."Garrin's main advisor and protegee, Vetkin is a wastrel and hedonist who is nonetheless unusually good at footraces and is implied to be much more cunning than he acts. He fights with twin sai. He joins you in the Serpent campaign if you visit Riverside.
"What are you looking at?"A serpent clan overseer (read:slavemaster) from the days of the Wolf Clan's slavery, Budo now works as an administrator of peasants, where he favours a hands-on approach to increasing productivity. He can increase peasant movement and harvesting rate at a cost of their health by cracking his whip, which he can also use against enemies.
"Share my bed, share my sorrow."A mad serpent geisha who's forsaken healing arts for inflicting pain, little else is known about Utara apart from tales and myths. She can join you during the Serpent Campaign. Her special ability stuns nearby enemies when she gets hit, making her a terror in clumped melees.
Taro OjaKenji's Jerkass older brother. Mentioned in the original game but not seen until the expansion, where he became a Serpent Zen master usable in multiplayer.
"Enjoy your terror while it lasts. In my realm, you shall plead for death as you now plead for life."Technically speaking a special unit rather than a hero, The Necromancer is one of the few important story characters of the Serpent Clan. He joins you instead of the dragon, finding Kenji's tendencies to kill everyone he encounters "most pleasant".
Wolf Zen MastersA race of barbarians who landed on the northern shores of the continent made by Tarrant due to storms destroying their homeland, the wolf were enslaved by the Lotus with Serpent aid. They finally freed themselves a few years prior to the game's beginning. Led by Greyback, this faction of former mining slaves will stop at nothing to keep their freedom and restore their ancestral culture. The playable faction in the Winter of the Wolf expansion, they are antagonists during Kenji's Journey and are defeated halfway through if you play as Dragon.
"Hear me, sorcerers; you cannot cage the wolf."The self-appointed leader of the Wolf clan and the mastermind behind the wolf rebellion that finally freed them. His innate ability makes wild wolves nearby follow him, and they will never attack him first.
"Even the warlocks who claim to know death, cringe from my fury."Greyback's second in command and next in line for leadership of the Wolf Clan. Longtooth fights with a gigantic, razor-backed boomerang and deals bonus damage when he has higher ground.
The Shale Lord
"..."A gigantic pile of living stone made by an experiment of the Lotus warlock Soban on an unnamed and long-forgotten Wolf clan warrior. The Shale Lord is mute, but its willingness to crush the Lotus and protect the Wolf Clan speaks volumes in itself. The Shale Lord can armour your units for free by giving up some of its health.
Lotus Zen MastersA clan consisting of death- and corruption-worshipping religious fanatics, led by a council of near-immortal warlocks, the Lotus were also originally immigrants to the continent of Battle Realms after The Horde destroyed their homelands. The Lotus allied themselves with the native Serpent and eventually, with Serpent aid, enslaved the Wolf Clan. Upon the death of Kenji's father, the Lotus betrayed the Serpent and conquered most of the north-eastern part of the island. It is the only clan not playable in single player and serves as antagonists in all three campaigns. They are defeated by the Wolf halfway through the Serpent campaign.
"The warlocks of the Forbidden Path have conquered death, but I am still their master."Leader of the Lotus Clan warlocks and thus the clan itself, Zymeth is a several hundred year-old warlock, politician, and altogether unpleasant fellow. His specialization in-game is the weather; he can summon rainstorms and call lightning from the sky at will.
"You may think of space and distance as solid facts. I prefer a more fluid interpretation."The second-most powerful warlock of the Clan and its effective second-in-command. Koril is the master of the school of space, and has mastered the art of teleportation.
"Hey mister! Want to see me do a trick?"Dean of the college of time, Issyl is currently stuck in the body of a twelve year old boy due to a magical mishap that makes his body age backwards.
"While my colleagues waste their time studying death, I have taught the very stones to live."A master alchemist and golem creator, responsible amongst other things for the creation of the Shale Lord from an unknown Wolf Clan warrior, Soban has no interest in politics and holds his position purely on terms of merit: He has no real power within the clan and prefers it that way.
YvaineZymeth's mistress and lady of the shale mines, she is the Big Bad of the expansion pack Winter of the Wolf.