Characters / Brotherband Chronicles

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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.

  • 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.


     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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 


See his list of tropes here.