Farideh's Family and Companions
- Action Girl: Her adopted dad is a Proud Warrior Race Guy and she was raised to be able to handle herself. She's not great in a physical fight, but then she gets warlock magic...
- Anti Anti Christ: she's a Chosen of Asmodeus, inherited from her great-great-grandmother. She's not happy about the arrangement, but like with her warlock pact, she sometimes needs the power...
- Aura Vision: As the Chosen of Asmodeus, she gains the power to see souls and gage how far into corruption they've fallen as well as the touch of any god or gods on them.
- Badass Bookworm: She can handle herself in a fight, but she's also intelligent and bookish.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Comes with the territory of being a warlock who tries to be as good a person as her pact allows.
- Cute Monster Girl: Being a tiefling, she demonstrates:
- Dark is Not Evil: Yeah, she looks fiendish and draws her power from Hell, but she's a basically good person regardless. Indeed, between being a tiefling and a warlock, trying to convince people that she's the good guy despite all appearances to the contrary is a constant uphill struggle for her and has left its mark on her personality.
- Deadpan Snarker: Certainly has her moments, though the game character she was adapted from was apparently much snarkier.
- Deal with the Devil: Part and parcel of being a warlock. Farideh's bargain with Lorcan sets the series in motion.
- Fantastic Racism: A frequent victim of it, and its something she tends to brood on and that has strongly influenced her actions.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Havilar's Foolish.
- Happily Adopted: She was raised by Mehen, and though they've had their differences makes it plain she considers him to be her father, regardless of blood. When she meets her biological mother, she's less than impressed.
- The Heroine: She's the central character and main good guy of the entire saga.
- Interspecies Romance: She's a tiefling, but her two main love interests Lorcan and Dahl are a cambion and a human, respectively.
- Mark of the Supernatural: Her heterochromia is treated as this my many characters, though to all indication it's just a normal physical feature. Her warlock brand, on the other hand...
- Polar Opposite Twins: She's the quiet, reserved, snarky, broody, bookish one.
- Red Baron: "Brimstone Angel", her great-great-grandmother's title which is equally applicable to her handful of descendants.
- Squishy Warlock: She's not terribly squishy (she usually wears armor and carries a sword) but physical combat is not where her skills lie and she's very much aware of it. She gets somewhat better across the series, though swordplay still isn't her forte.
- Sword and Sorcerer: The Glass Cannon to Havilar's Fighter
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Subverted. Most of the people of her family's home village had Fari pegged as the twin who'd be most likely to turn evil, and treated her as such. When she became a warlock, they assumed it had finally happened and kicked her (and, by extension, Mehen and Havi) out of town. But ultimately, all of this mistrust just reinforces Fari's desire to be a good person, no matter how much it hurts.
- Weirdness Magnet: Closer to creepiness magnet; she's attracted more than her fair share of handsome, manipulative, predatory men with magical powers (and Lorcan's the nice one of that crowd, which tells you something)note , which Havilar lampshades.
- Action Girl: Albeit a much more physical one than her sister.
- Blade on a Stick: Her glaive, Devilslayer.
- Blood Knight: Mildly. Havilar loves a good fight, fuelled by the fact she knows full well it's where her talent lies.
- Chainmail Bikini: Spots one of these in a store early in the first book and decides she absolutely has to have it. Mehen and Farideh immediately explain that it's a costume piece that would be absolutely terrible to wear in an actual fight and she doesn't get to buy it. All of the actual outfits she wears for battle are much more practical.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Downplayed. Havilar is usually more spirited and energetic than eccentric, but sometimes she'll barrel headlong down trains of logic that end up in... odd places. Like suggesting that ghosts are best lured by brandy in a little tray, or that severed hydra heads should be burned to keep them from growing back into full hydras, rather than the other way around.
- Cute Bruiser: Havilar is generally sunny, cheerful, a bit silly, and fully capable of taking on most any (mortal) enemy she comes across with a smile on her face.
- Cute Monster Girl: Same as Farideh, including:
- Dark is Not Evil: Again, goes with the territory of being a friendly tiefling, though it's not nearly as much an issue for her as Farideh (because she's not a warlock, much more open and friendly, and less prone to introspection).
- Deal with the Devil: Defied. She was actually the one who summoned Lorcan, not Farideh (she was trying to get an imp or lesser devil she could use as a sparring partner), but was completely uninterested in anything he had to offer when he tried to tempt her. Then Fari came in...
- Driven to Suicide: The dark side of her passionate personality; Arjhani had been a trusted mentor to her, and after he broke up with Mehen and left, she tried to kill herself by chasing after him into the dead of winter. Thankfully, her family rescued her, and Arjhani became a Broken Pedastel when Havi recovered enough to look at the situation more clearly.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Farideh's Responsible.
- Girly Bruiser: Of the twins, she's the first to want to wear pretty clothes or gossip about boys- and also the first to jump straight to "knock the bad guy's head in".
- Grand Theft Me: Is the victim of this in The Devil You Know courtesy of her ancestor Bryseis Kakistos.
- Happily Adopted: Like her sister, she adores her adoptive father and makes it clear she considers him more of a parent than whoever her biological parents may be.
- I Call It "Vera": Across the first book, she tries out various names for her glaive, rejecting "Kidney Carver" (too mundane) and "Eater of Her Enemies' Livers" (too much of a mouthful). She ends up settling on "Devilslayer".
- The Lancer: She's the one companion who's almost always with Farideh, and who most closely contrasts and plays off her.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Not so much personality wise, but very much so narratively with Brin- they're basically a gender flipped version of the "Rebellious Princess and roguish warrior" dynamic.
- Pardon My Klingon: Havilar is prone to dropping Draconic swears into her conversation.
- Official Couple: Off and on with Brin from the end of Lesser Evils onwards.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The sunny, cheerful, physically inclined, impetuous one.
- Sword and Sorcerer: The Fighter to Farideh's Glass Cannon.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Havilar tends to throw herself completely into whatever she's doing at the time, whether it's fighting with her glaive, trekking across Faerun on an epic quest, trying on pretty dresses, or flirting with boys.
- Adult Fear:
- The books hint at just how utterly terrifying it is for both daughters of a single father to up and vanish for seven years.
- Farideh's situation in general is this for him. Your daughter has made a bargain with a manipulative, sociopathic entity who means her no good and you have no way of helping her, compounded with the fear that he'll corrupt her and you'll have to fight (and potentially kill) her. Ouch.
- Arranged Marriage: He was part of one, courtesy of his father. It didn't work out; not only does Mehen not swing that way, but it was his tyrannical father making yet another attempt to control his life. The falling out from Mehen's refusal was the reason why his surname is "Clanless".
- The Big Guy: He's the physically largest main character and the most powerful and experienced fighter.
- Breath Weapon: Most dragonborn have one; he can breathe lightning.
- The Exile: Hence the "clanless" part. Ashes of the Tyrant goes into detail about what happened.
- Interspecies Adoption: He's a dragonborn who adopted and raised two tiefling girls.
- Lizard Folk: Well, dragonborn. Still a reptilian-looking humanoid, at least.
- Nay-Theist: As is typical for a dragonborn. He acknowledges the existence of the gods but doesn't want them anywhere near his life or his family if he can avoid it, which is the one thing stopping him from sucker-punching Lorcan and dragging him off to a temple to be exorcised at first opportunity most of the time.
- Not So Different: Openly, Havilar is the daughter who most resembles him, but his tendency to brood and internal conflict over his place in the world and his relationships with other characters are much closer to Farideh than either of them realizes. They also share a tendency to fall for charismatic but selfish and manipulative men.
- Overprotective Dad: Certainly veers into it at times. Part of his own character development is coming to terms with when his daughters need him and when it's better to let go.
- Papa Wolf: If you hurt Farideh or Havilar in front of him (and they haven't dealt with you already) then... well, they might find what's left of you eventually.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's a dragonborn ('vayemniri', in Draconic); they rebelled against dragons ages ago and still maintain a martial culture; Mehen is no exception.
- Put on a Bus: Vanishes for most of Lesser Evils. This would be because he was arrested...
- Straight Gay: He's gay, and though he makes no particular effort to conceal this fact it's only outright stated starting in The Adversary (though it's hinted at before that). Most non-dragonborn don't really pick up on it unless he spells it out.
- Team Dad: Split with Tam. In his case he's literally the father of two of the main characters, and tends to fall into the role of father-figure in groups he's with, particularly when composed of people closer to his daughters' age.
Aubrin "Brin" Crownsilver
- Character Development: Early Brin has a tendency to avoid or ignore his problems rather than deal with them. This comes to a head in Fire in the Blood, and he starts making notable efforts to improve afterwards.
- Distressed Dude: Spends most of The Devil You Know a captive of Bryseis Kakistos.
- Healing Hands: He has divine magic which can be used for this, though he's not that good at it.
- The Heart: Brin is sheltered, idealistic, and better at talking than fighting.
- Innocent Bigot: To the tiefling twins, initially. Upon realizing how he'd come off, he's extremely guilty and quickly apologizes.
- King Incognito: Well, prince...
- Knight in Shining Armor: Was in training to be one; subverted in that he's not that great a fighter, and can only sporadically use the divine magic.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: See note on Havilar.
- Non-Action Guy: He Took a Level in Badass post-Time Skip, but he's still not the fighter Havilar is and knows it.
- Rebellious Prince: Essentially a gender-flipped version of this archetype.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Stowing away in Brimstone Angels is the first time he'd been out of Cormyr, and he's not very worldly, to put it mildly.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Notes that he's visibly shorter than Havilar even if you don't count her horns.
- Badass Grandpa: Old enough to have an adult daughter, but he can still hold his own.
- Badass Preacher: A cleric of Selune and no slouch in a tight spot.
- Big Good: Essentially becomes this post-Time Skip.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He's been involved in some pretty shady dealings in the past, though these days he puts his talents to better use with the Harpers.
- Demoted to Extra: From The Adversary on he's got a desk job with the Harpers and has less opportunity to be out and about adventuring; he's still Dahl's boss and shows up periodically.
- Determinator: When Tam has his mind on something, he does not give up.
- Good Shepherd: His past aside, he's a good man who genuinely wants to help people in the name of his goddess.
- The Medic: And he can do it more consistently than Brin.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Mira, in addition to being a substitute father-figure to most of the main characters.
- The Smart Guy: As a priest and a spy, he's knowledgeable about a pretty wide range of things.
- Team Dad: Split with Mehen.
- The Alcoholic: After finding the bodies Adolican Rhand left behind during the Time Skip.
- The Atoner: Searching for a way to get back into the good graces of Oghma.
- Badass Bookworm: As a former paladin of the god of knowledge, it goes with the territory.
- The Handler: After his raid on Adolican Rhand's residence during the time skip and removal from Harper field operations.
- Interspecies Romance: He's a human who ends up with the tiefling Farideh.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dahl's experience has left him somewhat bitter and he's prone to snap-judgments, but he's a good person underneath it.
- Non-Action Guy: Relative to Farideh. He's still handy with a sword, but she's the Chosen of Asmodeus.
- Official Couple: Eventually, with Farideh.
- The Paladin: Until he fell.
- Ritual Magic: Since he no longer has his paladin powers, he's made this his specialty insteady.
- Second Episode Introduction: Per Word of God, he was removed from Book 1 in order to better develop Farideh as a character.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: The attitude of his parents. Dahl comments that his father died of a heart attack thinking his youngest son quit farming to become a secretary.
- Affably Evil: Lorcan's a charmer, and he's not really a bad sort... by devil standards. This does not make him a good person by mortal standards, one should note.
- Anti-Hero: Heavy on the anti. He generally opposes greater evils, but almost always has selfish reasons for doing so and is always self-centered and ruthless in his methods.
- Black Eyes of Evil: His jet-black eyes are frequently remarked on.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Whenever Farideh is in the same room as any other similarly-aged male, but especially Dahl.
- Collector of the Strange: He collects warlocks, apparently a not-uncommon hobby among bored devils and a means of increasing one's prestige in certain infernal circles. Farideh completed his "set".
- The Corrupter: Played with. He's not interested in Farideh's soul, and while her conscience annoys him getting rid of it isn't high on his agenda. He mostly wanted to corrupt her just enough to take the pact, since he collects warlocks and as a descendant of Bryseis Kakistos, she's a rare "specimen". Even with orders from higher-up to corrupt her, he's fairly lukewarm in terms of actually going about it.
- Cute Little Fangs: His are bigger than Farideh's.
- Deal with the Devil: The other side of the bargain.
- Domestic Abuser: His relationship with Farideh always had shades of this. Becomes a lot more obvious when they briefly hook up in Fire in the Blood.
- Freudian Excuse: Being raised by Invadiah would mess anyone up.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As a cambion, he's half-devil, half-mortal.
- Horned Humanoid: Well, he is a devil.
- Horny Devils: Downplayed. He's not an incubus so it's not actually part of his powers, but he's extremely handsome, knows it, and is perfectly willing to use his sex-appeal to keep people off-balance.
- Magic Knight: Both a magic-user and a skilled warrior.
- Manipulative Bastard: Goes with the territory of being a collector devil. Those infernal contracts don't write themselves, after all.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: At first, he seems overwhelmingly powerful. Then we see what his home life is like...
- Pet the Dog: He is legitimately fond of Farideh- doesn't stop him from trying to control her, mind, but he does extend concessions to her he almost certainly wouldn't show towards anyone else.
- Sibling Rivalry: He's beneath the notice of most of his erinyes half-sisters, but has a more direct rivalry with his full-blooded sister Sairche.
- Sociopathic Hero: Well, he is a devil. He does have the odd twinge of empathy or conscience, but it mostly annoys him more than anything.
- Token Evil Teammate: On those occasions he's present in the flesh.
- Winged Humanoid: Lorcan's bat-like wings are the main feature that distinguish him from a tiefling, appearance-wise.
The Nine Hells
The Empire of Netheril
- Arc Villain: He's the major villain of the second and third books.
- Beard of Evil: He keeps a short, dark beard.
- Breakout Villain: Per Word of God, he wasn't even in the series originally- Lesser Evils just had a faceless Netherese expedition as the looming threat. Evans created Rhand mostly to stick some personality onto that group, and wrote him as the embodiment of everything bad about the empire of Netheril. He ended up one of the most prominent villains in the subsequent book.
- Collector of the Strange: Collects creepy artwork and magical artifacts, specifically and in The Adversary, he's started collecting Chosen.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Implied to be his relationship to his Netherese superiors. He doesn't care about the cause of Shar, he just wants more power for himself.
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Sairche. He actually manages pretty well with it, probably by virtue of being Not So Different from a devil himself.
- The Dreaded: Among those familiar with his... proclivities.
- Evil Counterpart: Well, Lorcan is already evil, but Rhand shares several traits with him, but is more twisted on every level.
- Evil Sorcerer: A cruel and ambitious Netherese wizard though he's likely not as powerful as he'd like everyone to believe.
- Faux Affably Evil: Somehow his veneer of cultured politeness just makes him even more loathsome.
- Handsome Lech: Farideh catches on to it pretty early on, though. Mostly played for creepiness especially when its revealed that he doesn't much care if his "paramours" are willing, and what he does do them when he's done with them...
- The Heavy: In The Adversary; he's not the only threat, but he gets the most pagetime out of any of the villains and is the most immediate concern for the heroes.
- Kick the Dog: Executes an entire courtyard full of innocent people just to make a point to Farideh.
- Lack of Empathy: Never shows one iota of genuine concern for anyone but himself.
- Manipulative Bastard: And he takes great relish in it, too.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Tends to favor surreal, disturbing pieces of art, particularly those featuring well-depicted Body Horror.
- Rules Lawyer: He's mastered the art of Rules Lawyering an infernal contract, and even manages to use it to turn the tables on Sairche when she trots the contract out to try and manipulate him with it.
- Serial Killer: How he gets his jollies on the side. Dahl busted him for it between books.
- Smug Snake: He's clever, to be sure, but not quite as clever as he thinks he is.
- The Sociopath: If the rest of this entry didn't clue you in.
- Wicked Cultured: Whatever else he is, the man does like his art and fine clothes.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In Lesser Evils. Thanks to Dahl, he's a wanted criminal in Waterdeep after the Time Skip, though he's still in the good graces of his Netherese superiors.
The Nameless One
Tarchamus the Unyielding
The Kingdom of Cormyr
Princess Raedra Obarksyr
Prince Irvel Obarskyr
The Toril Thirteen
Bryseis Kakistos / Bisera
- Big Bad: She's the ultimate antagonist of the series most directly responsible for the bad things that happen to the twins, especially once she gets a body back.
- Deal with the Devil: She's made several. First with Shetai, then the Hag Countess, and finally with Asmodeus himself.
- The Dreaded: Bryseis's reputation proceeds her, and it isn't pretty.
- Evil Sorcerer: A warlock pacted to Asmodeus himself, you know she's not going to be using pleasant magic for benevolent ends.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From an orphan thief in Vaasa to the most feared warlock ever to walk Toril.
- Freudian Excuse: An impoverished, orphan childhood, constantly suffering Fantastic Racism for being a tiefling, and ultimately losing her twin sister to said racism would play a significant role in shaping Brysesis/ Bsiera's bitterness towards the world and obsession with acquiring power.
- Grand Theft Me: Steals Havilar's body at the end of Ashes of the Tyrant.
- Horned Humanoid: Hers are small and sharp, like a mountain goat's.
- Kill the God: Her ultimate plan is to undo the ritual she used to elevate Asmodeus to godhood, stealing his divine power and killing him.
- Love Makes You Evil: Platonic love, in this case. Her obsessive desire to resurrect her sister led to her pursuit of ultimate power and her alliance with Asmodeus.
- Meaningful Rename: After her sister's death, she changed her name from "Bisera" to "Bryseis Kakistos". Caisys and Alyona's ghost still call her "Bisera", but she won't tolerate it from anyone else.
- Morality Chain: Her twin sister Alyona was hers. When Alyona died, things started going downhill rapidly.
- Motive Decay: She started out wanting to resurrect her sister, then save the tiefling race, then get revenge on Asmodeus for betraying her, but by the time of The Devil You Know, Alyona's opinion is that Bryseis herself no longer has a clear idea of what she's trying to accomplish.
- Our Ghosts are Different: What she spends most of the series as. Specifically, thanks to the failed reincarnation ritual, part of her is a ghost. Part is in Farideh, and part in Havilar.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Bryseis was a ruthless warlock and key servant of Asmodeus; Alyona was a kindhearted priestess of Selune.
- Red Baron: "Brimstone Angel", passed on to her descendants.
- Shadow Archetype: In many ways she's a twisted reflection of her great-great-granddaughter, Farideh.
- Shrouded in Myth: Much of the information about her life has been obscured by the fearsome reputation she cultivated. Discovering exactly what sort of person she was and why she did what she did is a significant running subplot, especially in The Devil You Know.
- Squishy Wizard: Subverted. Havilar expects her to be one, but she proves to be a skilled swordswoman. After all, she wasn't born a powerful warlock.
- The Starscream: After Asmodeus failed to resurrect Alyona and withheld Bryseis's own Chosen powers, she turned against him and became this.
- Start of Darkness: The flashbacks in The Devil You Know cover hers.
- Villainous Friendship: She's loathe to admit to "friendship" with anyone, but of all the Thirteen she was on the best terms with Caisys.
Caisys the Vicelord
Gilgeam, the Son of Victory
- Antagonistic Offspring: He is implied to either be the son or grandson of Enlil, and the two of them are on mutually opposed agendas.
- Arc Villain: Of the Djerad Thymar arc of the last two books.
- Big Bad Ensemble: He and Bryseis Kakistos represent entirely separate threats in the final arc.
- The Caligula: Whatever else Gilgeam may be, it's clear he has more than a few screws loose.
- Dark Messiah: To his Untheran followers.
- Deal with the Devil: Bargained with the demon lord Graz'zt to get demonic forces to supplement his army.
- Evil Overlord: He already commands an army, and intends to use it to build an empire - regardless of who's in his way.
- Fantastic Racism: He despises nonhumans.
- God-Emperor: He claims to be the avatar of a god; whether he is or not, his followers revere him as such and he intends to conquer a new Untheran Empire on top of Djerad Thymar if need be.
- God in Human Form: What he claims to be. The truth is somewhat more ambiguous; his magical powers, while impressive for a mortal, are less than what an avatar would be expected to wield, and nobody's quite sure what's going on with him.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Apparently, he got his start leading his people to freedom against their oppressors in Abeir. Somewhere along the way he got twisted into becoming a tyrant himself.
- Karma Houdini: Though he's prevented from conquering Djerad Thymar or seizing a divine spark for himself at the end of The Devil You Know, he and his army are still out there by the end of the series.
- The Man Behind the Man: To the maurezhi demon in Ashes of the Tyrant, not that the demon was thrilled about the arrangement.
- Outside-Context Problem: Nobody was expecting a half-mad demigod warlord from another world to show up at Djerad Thymar's gates. He didn't expect to show up there either.
- Red Baron: "Son of Victory." Less flattering, "King of Dust".
- Sanity Slippage: He becomes progressively unhinged over the course of the final book as events spiral increasingly outside of his control.
- Semi-Divine: He seems to have some portion of divine power, but not a full divine spark; his title ("Son of Victory") indicates he might be the half-mortal son of the original god Gilgeam ("The Father of Victory"), though it's never outright confirmed.