Characters / Brotherband Chronicles

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Herons

The main brotherband of the series, and its protagonists. A Ragtag Bunch of Misfits if ever there was one.

In General:
  • Badass Crew: By the end of Book 2, they have proven themselves this, and they just keep getting better.
  • Bash Brothers: After Lydia joins, it becomes "Bash Brothers and Sister."
  • Power Trio: Hal, Stig, and Thorn are the leaders of the crew: Hal most of the time, Thorn in wartime, and Stig serves as The Lancer to them both.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Erak lampshades this.
  • Talented but Trained: Even the least athletic are "merely competent" with their weapons. Which, as the Lemony Narrator notes, translates to "highly dangerous" in most other countries.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to Thorn's training in Book 2.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: They may bicker and fight, but each and every one of them will protect the others.

     Hal Mikkelson 
  • The Ace: An expert swordsman, the skirl of his own ship, with a natural ability to judge distances and angles that few can equal.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: In fairness, with the exception of Thorn, they're all pretty young.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He's half-Araulen, and whenever he messes up in the first book, it's put down to this. Thankfully, after a few heroic acts, this pretty much fades.
  • Ancestral Weapon: He uses his father's sword, but unusually for this trope, it's pretty much never brought up again after he first receives it.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's an expert navigator, one of the best in Skandia, and has an encylopediac knowledge of tides across the world. Thorn also trained him to be a very skilled swordsman.
  • Badass in Distress: He has these moments occasionally.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has this towards the rest of the crew (except Thorn, obviously).
  • Chick Magnet: To his occasional irritation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh, yes.
  • Determinator: Hal never gives in.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His inventions include the Mangler, a giant crossbow on the bow of the ship, a revolutionary new sail plan, and a pair of "spectacles" for short-sighted Ingvar.
  • Guile Hero: By later books, the default strategy for the Herons is "gather information and wait for Hal to make a plan."
  • Humble Hero: Hal very rarely brags or boasts about his inventions.
  • The Leader: Much of Book 1 (and some of the following books) is devoted to him growing into this.
  • Nice Guy: Is generally a very kind and helpful person.
  • Running Gag: Hal is an excellent planner, just as long as he doesn't forget any small details. This gets downplayed in later books, once he's pretty much gotten over this problem.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Erak gives him one over his decision to leave the Andomal unguarded, and for all of them to sleep during Zavac's raid.

     Stig 
  • An Axe to Grind: He is very good with his battleaxe.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult Hal.
  • Book Dumb: To a certain extent, like many Skandians.
  • Character Development: Stig takes this in spades: He started out very short-tempered, but became much more mature over the course of the books.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not quite as much as Hal, but he's certainly pretty snarky at times.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Shows definite signs of this around Lydia.
  • The Lancer: Is perfectly content to be this to Hal (and Thorn, in a combat situation).
  • Love at First Sight: He falls prey to this in Book 6. She dies at the end of the book.
  • One-Hit Kill: Not a kill, but when challenged to a fight by another boy in Book 6, instead of getting into a fight with a skilled fighter, he just knocks the other boy out with one strike.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: All of the Herons are this, but he and Hal especially so.
  • Wrestlerin All Of Us: He's a fairly good one, as long as he doesn't lose his temper.

     Thorn 

     Lydia Demarek 

  • Action Girl: She plays this trope very straight.
  • The Chick: Completely and utterly averted.
  • Orphaned Hero: Her parents are long dead, and her grandfather's murder by Zavac helps spur her into the plot.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She "liberates" a bag of emeralds to pay the Herons for saving her town, since the others didn't seem particularly grateful.
  • Ship Tease: With Hal, Stig, and Ingvar.
  • Sixth Ranger: She's the last of them to join, since she's not a Skandian.
  • Smurfette Principle: She's the only girl amongst the Herons, and usually the most prominent girl in whichever book she's in.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Downplayed, but it's mentioned occasionally that she has trouble with such things as table manners due to growing up with only her grandfather.
  • Sneaky Girl: Pretty much fits this trope, as she's the stealthiest of the Herons, an expert tracker, and usually fights long-range with her atlatl.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her and Thorn are very much this trope, albeit with some Parental Substitute thrown in. She's this, to a much lesser extent, with Hal and Stig, and a little to the other Herons.

     Ingvar 

     Edvin 
  • Badass Bookworm: He's the closest fit to this, being academically talented and the Team Medic. However, he's trained under Thorn and lived through several battles, meaning that he's definitely not a Non-Action Guy, either.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the nicest people onboard the ship.
  • Team Chef: Edvin takes this job most of the time, though Stig will occasionally swap out for him when Edvin is taking care of the injured.
  • The Medic: Edvin does this job as well, tending to anyone who's injured.

     Jesper 
  • Affectionate Pickpocket: One of Jesper's ways of "borrowing" items.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He whines, complains, and once fell asleep on watch. He also selflessly lures a bear away from two children and towards the Mangler, and is a good sword to have beside one in a fight.
  • Loveable Rogue: Jesper is an expert at picking locks and pockets, then running away very fast. He can also whine and complain quite a lot, but he's overall good-hearted and loyal to his skirl.
  • Sticky Fingers: He's a very good pickpocket, usually just stealing things For the Funnyz.

     Stefan 
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oh, very much so.
  • Out of Focus: Stefan doesn't get to do much between Books 1 and 5, usually only being mentioned as part of the crew. This is even lampshaded at one point.
  • Troll: He enjoys playing jokes on people. Others don't always enjoy this so much. However, he's seldom cruel.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Hal, as with the rest of the Brotherband.
  • Voice Changeling: Stefan is really good at mimicking other's voices, which he uses to mess with people and confuse enemies.

Other Supporting Protagonists

     Erak Starfollower 

     Svengal 

     Gilan 
See his list of tropes here.

     Selethen 

Antagonists

     Tursgud 

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