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The group of five chosen by Butler to defend Domina from the screamers. Originally, Adam wasn't supposed to be included, until Butler realized he was a "natural-born killer."

    Adam Andrew Anders 

The new guy in the city, there for school. Quickly becomes Derek's roommate, although he was supposed to room with his internet friend Dale.

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    Derek Huntsman 

Adam's roommate, and The Hero. He suspects that Adam's friend is dead, but doesn't have the heart to tell him.

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    Laura Medina 

A girl who grew up in Domina City and is going to Akamatsu University for school. Childhood Friends with Elizabeth and Derek.

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    Akane Akiyama 

Another friend of Derek's, who he's known for years. For some reason yet to be explained, she follows Derek's orders explicitly.

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  • Action Girl: She carries around a real katana, which she apparently uses in kendo.
  • Battle Couple: Something like that with Derek.
  • Childhood Friends: Derek's, after Laura left.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a string of white beads and a blue ribbon in her hair. She got another bead from Derek from her birthday, but the exact significance is still unclear.
  • The Lancer: Probably. It's hard to tell whether it's her or Adam.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: She apparently really likes watching explosions.
  • Super Speed: Apparently physics gets "bendy" when she uses this power, letting her do things like perform a super jump or survive a multiple-story fall with no problems.
  • The Quiet One: She's very shy around new people.

    Ling Yu 

A native of Domina, but new to Derek's social circle. Rooming with Akane, and obsessed with anime.

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  • Action Girl: She's actually an athlete.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Considering how much anime she watches, this may be invoked.
  • The Big Guy: Although she's short, she's on the soccer team, and she has an offensive power. She also notes more than once that she's not very smart.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her power is petrakinesis, the ability to manipulate earth and stone. Apparently, this includes concrete.
  • Heroic BSOD: After she killed a Blackguard, she suffers a pang of conscience and starts doubting herself heavily.
  • Occidental Otaku: Namechecked. Well, not the "occidental" part.
  • Odango Hair: It was only mentioned when she first met Akane, though, so she might not have it any more.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Five feet tall and kicking ass.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's eighteen now, and the matron of her orphanage mentions her children being born in a way that implies it was a while ago.


The biggest gang in the city, which uses a simple red and black band as its emblem. The name translates to "Necessary," which seems to sum them up pretty well.


The switchboard operator for the entire city.

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    Artemis Butler 

A powerful gang lord who gained power by killing everyone who got in his way, but also by honoring deals and promises.

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    Drakela Sanguinas 

The leader of the retinue, the Necessarian team assigned to support the Paladins. A vampire, and an ex-Belian (whatever that is).

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    Alex Gabriel 

An angel working for Necessarius and Kelly's second in command in the retinue.

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  • Ambiguous Gender: Although Kelly refers to him in male pronouns for convenience, Adam assumes he is a girl. Of course, "he" is neither.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted. He goes into detail about one...until Kelly notices that he's ripping off a show. Then he goes through a few more before admitting he was an orphan with a pretty quiet childhood.
    Alex: Saints above vampire, can't you just let me have my cool origin story?
  • No Biological Sex: As part of a show of commitment to the cause, "he" became gender-neutral.
  • Odd Friendship: Kelly is a close friend of his, and is a vampire. Although no attention has been drawn to it, considering what we know about angels and vampires, it seems strange.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Light-emitting, nightblind, and No Biological Sex.

    Doctor Clarke 

The resident Mad Scientist who works for Necessarius. His daughter is Robyn Clarke.

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  • Large Ham: He speaks in a very bombastic manner, again on purpose.
  • Mad Scientist: Invoked trope, as he used the Toy Maker to make himself appear as a stereotypical mad scientist.

    Robyn Joan Clarke 

The daughter of Doctor Clarke.

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    Jarasax of the Blood-Doused Hunters 

A changeling member of the retinue.

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  • Aerith and Bob: Has an absurd name with no explanation, unlike everyone else, who have at least some reason behind the weird names.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's a changeling, an escaped slave of the fey, so this is implied. It turns out that he's a bit less upset over it than most other changelings.
  • The Driver: Seems to be his main job.


A mute fel anthro member of the retinue.

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  • Badass: Managed to fight Akane on an even level despite not being used to her new powers as a screamer.
  • Cat Girl: Mostly of the "dangerous" variant.
  • Cold Sniper: She's the retinue's sniper, and although there hasn't been too much emphasis, she certainly seems cold due to her muteness.
  • Cute Mute: Definitely mute, but jury's still out on "cute."
  • Gamer Chick: At one point while the retinue is waiting for the next mission she runs off to buy a video game.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: While she's not actually a vampire, she has the eyes.
  • Petting Zoo People: A fel anthro.
  • Put on a Bus: Turned into a screamer (one of the bats, to be specific), and was captured by Akane for Necessarius. She's effectively dead.


A giant member of the retinue.

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  • The Big Guy: Well, he's a giant.
  • More Dakka: He carries around a minigun, and explicitly describes his job as "Spreading bullets like water."
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Technically an ogre, which is apparently just a giant with the cannibalism buff.

The Composer

    The Composer 

Apparently the source of the screamers. Very little is known about him, including "his" gender, other than that he likes killing.

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  • Axe Crazy: He considers it a show of willpower when he doesn't torture someone just because he can.
  • Big Bad: Almost certainly. There's someone behind him, but they're slowing him down, not really helping him.
  • Big Bad Friend: The Composer is using Lizzy as its main host.
  • Body Surf: One of the Composer's speculated powers.
  • The Chessmaster: Though his plans are generally "How can I kill the most people today?"
  • The Faceless: Due to only appearing in scenes from his own point of view.
  • No Name Given: For every other scene from a certain character's view for the first time, they start with "My name is ___" and a few facts about themselves. Not the Composer. Even that title was Word of God.
  • Plague Master: Maybe. He's behind the zombies, but his method of creation is a little bit...odd, so it may not count.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He'd cheerfully slaughter everything in reach, but eventually he'd run out of things. So he's doing it another way.
  • Sadist: He loves to play with his victims.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • In his chapter he notes that the Paladins are messing with his plan because Lizzy was supposed to be the fifth Paladin, not Adam.
    • This turns out to be a Red Herring—he was actually angry they hadn't found Robyn yet. Still annoyed that Adam isn't dead yet, though.

Other Characters


A girl who looks like a demon, and one of Derek's friends.

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    Elizabeth Greene 

Another native of Domina, and a childhood friend of Derek, Laura, and Akane. Somewhat of a satellite character. She has a power, though exactly what has yet to be revealed.

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  • The Chick: She's not quite a member of the Five-Man Band, but Derek and Laura try and keep her out of harm's way.
  • Childhood Friends: To both Derek and Laura.
  • Cunning Linguist: Zusa notes that she speaks both Vietnamese and Yiddish fluently, and no one seems surprised. She's also either shown or mentioned to speak Gaelic, Spanish, Japanese and Icelandic.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The others are intentionally keeping their role as Paladins away from her.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Akane as "Ken-chan" (which the author translates as "Little Sword"), and Zusa as "Zuzu." Judging from comments, these are far from the only nicknames she's given out.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She does have a power, but we don't know what it is yet.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly one to Laura's tomboy.

    Simon Lancaster 

A native of Domina and friend to Derek and Akane. He and his sister have at least one class with the pair. He recently joined the sibriex.

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    Seena Lancaster 

Another native of Domina and friend to Derek and Akane. She and her brother have at least one class with the pair. She recently joined the Mals.

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    Delphie Murinae 

One of Seena's friends.

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  • Petting Zoo People: She's a murid, a mouse kemo, but unlike most kemos her buffs are mostly internal. Her sister is the murid warlord.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She apparently has triplets running around. Her pregnancy was part of a deal with a fey.
  • You Are in Command Now: She is faced with the decision of leading the murid culture after her sister's death.

    Jelena Aune 

Another of Seena's friends.

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  • Action Bomb: She is exploded after attempting to fight Composer!Zusa.
  • Killed Off for Real: Considering she was exploded via acid and left a smoking crater, there's not much deader than that.
  • Last Het Romance: She and Simon dated before she realized she was a lesbian. It still managed to last long enough for her to get pregnant.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Glasyans are apparently the vampire version of the sibriex.
  • Unwitting Pawn: After being in the fey's custody for a few days, there's something wrong with her, but it's not clear what.


Seena's roommate.

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  • The Cynic: Most of her lines are simply her remarking on how stupid everyone else is being.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cynical version.
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually Eccretia of the Never-Known Thieves, one of the very first changeling warlords, one of the founders of the changelings as a whole.
  • Only One Name: On the cast page, she's only given one name.
  • Older Than They Look: She passes as a normal college student, but her real age is unconfirmable. All that is known for sure is that she was one of the first free changelings, and started her operations 13 years ago.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: She is entirely unremarkable, blending in with the group of friends. Turns out she is more along the lines of The Nondescript, trying to be as unremarkable as possible to hide her past as Eccretia.

    Evangel Mc Dowell 

An ursa who helped Derek and Laura against the burners. Also the senator of the South Central district.

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    Yolanda Mc Dowell 

A demon girl who is roommates with Jelena and Veda. Also Evangel's niece.

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  • Girls with Guns: Despite her demure nature, she's good with guns, and is even in Adam's Applied Firearms class. As the daughter of the married couple who owned McDowell Guns (and then blew themselves up by smoking in an ammo warehouse), she's had more exposure to firearms than even most people in the city.
  • Nice Girl: After Simon starts dating her, he is constantly surprised by her not breaking up with him over minor slights. Apparently he's had bad luck with girlfriends.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She doesn't seem to be a part of any subculture. She's actually a succubus, one of those who does not follow Malcanthet. She keeps it quiet for obvious reasons.
  • Shrinking Violet: She has trouble speaking up.

    Veda Korrapati 

A deer kemo who is roommates with Jelena and Veda.

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    Zusa Pham 

Delphie's roommate, and a Nosferatu vampire.

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  • Killed Off for Real: She dies when the Fey reveal themselves and their new organization. She is revealed to be another body for the Composer, and is killed.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A Nosferatu, like the vampires from the bats attack. The cast page notes she doesn't have very many toys, though.

    Kevin Irwin 

Roommates with Simon and Steve.

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  • Gun Porn: His only characterization so far is that he has a couple nice guns.
  • Killed Off for Real: He and another group of people are targeted by the Composer due to their closeness to the Paladins. He is not one of the lucky few to survive.
  • The Mole: He's a spy for the Jotuun giant culture, shrunk down to normal size to act as a "passer," since normal giants are rather...conspicuous.

    Steve Gillespie 

Roommates with Simon and Kevin.

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