Characters: Deepgate Codex
A character sheet for the cast of the Deepgate Codex
. Loads and Loads of Characters
abound. They are listed in order of the book they first appear in.
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The temple archon in the city of Deepgate, Dill is descended from a long line of warriors, included his famous father Gaine, and ultimate ancestor Callis. A sixteen year old boy at the start of the story, Dill is an untrained, naive boy terrified of breaking the rules, yet eager to live up to his ancestors' greatness.
- Ancestral Weapon: Has the sword that supposedly belonged to Callis.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After being transformed into an arconite by Menoa.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: While an arconite. He gets over it.
- Break the Cutie: His time in the books in one long Trauma Conga Line.
- Cool Sword: Subverted. Dill's ancestral weapon is a joke.
- Doom Magnet: Crazed angels, Mesmerists who want to use his soul for nefarious purposes, evil gods, Dill just attracts trouble somehow.
- Last of His Kind: Dill isn't the last angel by a long shot, but he's the last member of his line.
- Nice Guy
- Non-Action Guy: Especially in Scar Night.
- One-Man Army: At the end of Iron Angel, Dill is placed inside of an arconite, a five hundred foot tall mechanical angel in the service of Menoa. He goes rogue and proceeds to slaughter an entire army of Mesmerists, before taking on twelve other arconites.
- Our Angels Are Different
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In God of Clocks
- Parental Abandonment: Like all angels, Dill killed his mother in birth. His father Gaine is also gone, as is his Uncle Sewender (Gaine's older brother), leaving him to be raised by the Church.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Iron Angel and again in God of Clocks.
- The Undead: Spends much of God of Clocks as a disembodied ghost.
- Unlucky Everydude: He may be an angel, but this is Dill all over.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Menoa in Iron Angel, who wants him to kill his army.
- UST: Has some with Rachel. And Carnival.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rachel and Carnival. Crossed with Foe Yay in that last case.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Where his deceased father is concerned.
- Winged Humanoid
The daughter of General Edward Hael and sister to Commander Mark Hael, Rachel is the only untempered (read as: possesses emotions) Spine Adept. She is assigned by Presbyter Sypes to train Dill in diplomacy and combat, despite being totally unqualified for the position.
- Action Girl
- Badass Normal: She's not an angel, a god, a soultheif, or even a tempered Spine.
- Bullet Time: Can see in this when she focuses.
- Church Militant: A member of the Spine, the Church's assassins.
- Daddy's Girl: Formerly. She and her father were very close, right up until Rachel joined the Spine and found out what killing is really like.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Does this to Carnival, Ulcis, King Menoa and a sizeable number of powerful beings.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Emotionless Girl: Toyed with. Rachel wants to be one of these, but can't pull it off as she hasn't had the surgery that the rest of the Spine have undergone.
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- I Shall Taunt You: Mocks her opponents no matter what the circumstances. The Spine take advantage of this, using her to drive Carnival into a frenzy.
- The Mentor: Subverted in every way. She's a couple of years older than Dill, is too shellshocked to be an effective combat teacher, and knows nothing of diplomacy.
- Professional Killer
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Expresses this attitude. She once beat up a bunch of soldiers who were raping Heshette women (despite Rachel having killed most of their men herself), and is absolutely disgusted when Ulcis threatens his daughter with it.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran
- UST: Has some with Dill.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Dill and especially Carnival after Scar Night.
A psychotic, badly scarred angel who haunts Deepgate's rooftops, Carnival is a serial murderer and stealer of souls. Once a month, during the new moon, she descends into the city, murders someone, and devours their soul, then cuts herself in order to commemorate the event, causing these evenings to be known as "Scar Night
Presbyter Willard Sypes
The head of Deepgate's church, Sypes is an old, sick man who has devoted his life to Deepgate and the Church of Ulcis. Frequently playing the role of the senile fool, Sypes is far more coherent than he appears.
Adjunct Fogwill Crumb
Sypes' right-hand man, Fogwill is a prissy momma's boy, who has more spine than might be expected. He is one of the few people to suspect Devon of being a soultheif.
Arch-chemist and Master Poisoner of Deepgate, Devon's chemical weapons are one of the Church's principle weapons against the outside world. Left sick, dying, and bereft of his beloved wife, Elizabeth, after prolonged exposure to his poisons, Devon is determined to obtain more life and revenge on Deepgate for himself.
- Affably Evil
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses a hand to Mr. Nettle.
- The Big Bad: One of two contenders for the title of Scar Night's Big Bad.
- Deadly Gas: Produces gallons of it.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Begins to act like one, especially after consuming the angelwine.
- Flat Earth Atheist
- Happily Married: To Elizabeth, his now deceased wife.
- Healing Factor: Gains one after imbibing the angelwine.
- Mad Scientist
- Master Poisoner
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Devon believes that everyone in Deepgate is waiting to die and therefore, undeserving of life. The bad thing is that he's not wrong; Deepgate's entire culture is based around waiting to die.
- Omnicidal Maniac: About as close as he can get, given the setting. He intends to use the Tooth of God to cut Deepgate's chains and send the entire city plummeting into the abyss.
- Serial Killer: Though not to Carnival's degree.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Devon is living with constant pain, dying by inches, and alone. Worse yet, he's done it all for a city that despises and fears him. It isn't surprising, honestly, that he cracks.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Steals thirteen souls to create angelwine.
A scrounger whose daughter's soul was stolen by Devon, Mr. Nettle spends the entire novel on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
, first against Carnival (whom he belives to be the thief), and then Devon. Huge, single-minded, and thuggish, Mr. Nettle refuses to give up, no matter what happens to him.
- The Alcoholic
- Badass Normal: The crowning example. He punches out Ulcis, tackles Carnival repeatedly, and faces down several undead archons armed only with his cleaver and his madness.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Attacks Carnival and survives. Bloodies Ulcis' nose. Beats down undead angels. This is Mr. Nettle's forte.
- Handicapped Badass: Spends the last portion of the book hobbling about on a crutch. This does not slow him down much.
- Implacable Man
- Knife Nut: Meat cleaver actually.
The god of chains and eldest son of Ayen, goddess of light and life, Ulcis lead the rebellion against her and was cast out of Heaven for it. Residing in the vast abyss Deepgate is built atop of, Ulcis offers humanity an alternative to eternal damnation, and is slowly but surely building an army with which to reclaim Heaven. Except not. He's actually far more interested in conquering the mortal realm and feeding on souls for all eternity than he is in actually going to war with his mother. He's also Carnival's father.
A huge, dark-skinned man from the Riot Coast, Anchor serves as The Dragon
to Cospinol, god of brine and fog. Simple-minded and cheerful, Anchor has a live-and-let-live attitude, but is a terrifying fighter when roused, capable of holding his own against the likes of Carnival using only his fists and armour made of living crabs. His name is taken from his primary task: tethered to the end of a massive rope, Anchor walks the earth, dragging Cospinol's flying ship, the Rotsward
- Armour Is Useless: Averted. Anchor's armour—made up of thousands of living crabs—keeps him safe from anything the world can throw at him.
- Barbarian Hero: Has some traits of this.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Anchor loathes weapons, as they draw blood, which feeds Iril and aids King Menoa. He'd much rather beat his opponents to death.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Flattens Carnival of all people in their first encounter. She performs far better the second time.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Does it to Carnival.
- The Dragon: To Cospinol
- Establishing Character Moment: Enters a tavern where he chats amiably with the other patrons, before going upstairs and killing six Spine with his bare hands.
- The Juggernaut: Hulking, horrifically strong, and impossible to stop.
- Lightning Bruiser: A fast-moving big bruiser to Carnival's hard-hitting fragile speedster.
- One-Man Army: He, like Carnival, is a match for an entire horde of adversaries.
- Scary Black Man
- Stout Strength: Anchor is so fat as to defy the laws of physics. He is able to be like this, because his strength also defies the laws of physics.
- Super Speed: Able to hit the ungodly fast Carnival.
- Super Strength
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Only wears pants.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Indirectly. Anchor doesn't steal souls, but those he slays become a part of Cospinol's ship, where they are turned into soul pearls, and given to Anchor to eat, making him even stronger.
A dead woman in service to the Mesmerist cause, Alice Harper served as one of King Menoa's engineers in life, and now continues to serve him in death. Despite her many successes on his behalf, she is constantly tortured and forced to assume new forms by Menoa, who values her services, but values his sadism more. She eventually betrays him and sides with Rys' forces.
The leader of the Mesmerists, King Menoa is ruler of Iril, the Maze of Hell, and the chief opponent of Rys, Sabor, and the other children of Ayen. Seeking to reduce the world to a state of constant change and flux, Menoa sends his servants into the world through portals caused by bloodshed, raising hordes of demons, building infernal machines, and attempting to tamper with the time stream itself in the hopes of gaining dominion over all creation. He is Ayen's bastard (and favorite son) by a mortal lover, who killed himself in order to save her life during the War in Heaven, and was damned to Hell. He then overthrew Iril, Ayen's husband, and sought to avenge himself on his brother's.
- Bad Boss: Tortures his followers or forces them to assume new shapes as it pleases him.
- Bastard Bastard
- The Big Bad: Of Iron Angel and God of Clocks.
- Body Horror: Forces it upon his followers and regularly udergoes it himself.
- Cain and Abel: With Rys, Sabor, and the rest.
- The Chessmaster: The best in the series, though Sabor tries his best to outdo him. Menoa literally plans for everything it seems.
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- Cool Mask: Wears a featureless glass mask over his face.
- Dark Messiah: Tries to portray himself as one, with varying degrees of success.
- Deal with the Devil: Offers them to Alice, Carnival, and anyone else whom he thinks can be manipulated.
- Driven to Suicide: Committed suicide to seal Heaven.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: His plan in Iron Angel. In God of Clocks he aims for the annihilation of everything, taking it a step further.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Eviler Than Thou: With Rys
- I Have Your Wife: Forces Alice Harper to help him by keeping her husband's soul.
- Karma Houdini: It's hard to tell what happens to Menoa, due to the Mind Screw that is the end of the series, but he doesn't seem to have been punished.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Momma's Boy: At least in the backstory.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Seeks the destruction of this universe and ultimately the erasure of the entire time stream.
- Out-Gambitted: Does it to Rys at the end of Iron Angel, using the blood of his own army to raise twelve new arconites. Has it done to him by Sabor at the end of God of Clocks, despite managing to ensure the latter's death at Hasp's hands.
- Parental Favoritism: Is Ayen's favorite son, and remains so even after she discovers what he's done.
- The Reveal: Comes in God of Clocks courtesy of Sabor.
- Satan: A pretty clear Satanic analogue.
- Stronger Sibling: To Ulcis, taking over as The Big Bad, though in a twist, Menoa's activities have nothing to do with Ulcis.
- Take Over the World
- You Have Failed Me: More like "you have served me well. Here, I'm going to warp your body so that you can serve me even better. Ha ha."
The god of flowers and knives, and leader of Ayen's remaining sons, Rys is worshipped throughout the North, where his people cut knives into their own flesh in worship of him. Arrogant, self-centred, and charismatic, Rys fights an unending war against Menoa and his Mesmerists for dominion over mankind.
The god of brine and fog, Cospinol is the only one of his brothers, save for Ulcis, who has failed to escape from his prison. Kept aboard his slowly rotting ship by Ayen's curse, Cospinol is dependent upon John Anchor to keep his ship moving and be his voice in the outside world. He is roped into helping Rys' plans during the beginning of the novel, and sets out with Anchor to capture Carnival.
- Antivillain: Cospinol is an antagonist to Rachel, Carnival, and the rest of the cast, but he's only a villain in the same sense that Rys is a hero.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Torn apart and devoured by Carnival in God of Clocks, a fate that he definitely did not deserve given his generally sympathetic nature, and the fact that he was aiding the heroes by the end.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Mocked and belittled by Rys despite being his elder.
- Grandpa God: Takes the form of an old man.
- Physical God
- Stronger Sibling: He and Rys are both this to Ulcis, moving on Deepgate the moment that their older brother falls. While Cospinol isn't much of a fighter, he's certainly tougher than Ulcis was, and John Anchor's presence makes him truly dangerous.
- Winged Humanoid
The youngest of Ayen and Iril's sons, Hasp is Master of the First Cathedal and leads the battle against King Menoa from within Hell. He takes a shine to Dill, and does his best to instruct the young angel in swordsmanship and the art of war, before Menoa comes for them both. Contaminated by a Mesmerist parasite, Hasp is forever after forced to do the bidding of any of Menoa's followers.
God of Clocks
The god of clocks, Sabor is introduced in Iron Angel
but does not really come into his own until the novel that bears his title. Sombre, colourless, and unemotional, Sabor spends most of his time operating behind the scenes, battling King Menoa for control of the time stream, creating a myriad of alternate universes in the process.
- Antihero: Type III or IV.
- Big Good: The closest thing the novel has, leading the coalition against Menoa, despite most of his followers not being aware of it.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Betrayed by a version of his Battle Butler, whom Menoa corrupted. It doesn't matter much in the long run though.
- The Chessmaster: The only who can rival Menoa. Sabor is engaged in a massive plot that spans entire time streams and universes, yet somehow manages to keep all the strings firmly in place.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: Escapes the fate of his brothers by leaving a "temporal copy" to die in his place. It is worth noting that the copy agreed with this plan.
- Only Sane Man: Ulcis is a monster, Rys is narcissistic prick, Hafe is a fat slob more concerned with eating than anything else, Merith is mad, Cospinol is a sad old man waiting for the end, and Hasp has Menoa's parasite screwing with his brain. Sabor is the only one of the gods to have his head in a place remotely resembling reality.
- Out-Gambitted: Which results in his death at Hasp's hands. He gets the last laugh though, as the plan he sets in motion ultimately still succeeds in derailing Menoa's own plans.
- Physical God
- The Quiet One
- The Smart Guy: To his brothers.
- The Stoic
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sabor is a ruthless guy who's willing to go to almost any lengths if it means making his plans work. Since his plan roughly boils down to "stop satan from ending the multiverse" this is understandable.
- Winged Humanoid
Goddess of light and life and mother of the other gods, Ayen closed heaven following her husband's murder of a mortal she was having an affair with
, prompting her sons to revolt against her. She takes the appearance of an old woman, and has little idea of what is actually going on in the world.