Characters: Dragon's Dogma

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    Cassardis inhabitants 

The Arisen and Main Pawn

The Arisen was but a simple fisherperson from the small village of Cassardis. Of course, up until the Dragon comes and tries to destroy everything and everyone. In the chaos the Arisen attempts to make a courageous stand against the Dragon, impressing it, and then getting his/her heart ripped out. Now the Dragon has taken his/her heart away, beckoning the Arisen to take up arms and retrieve it.

The Main Pawn is one of the numerous Pawn Legion, manifested into Gransys from the Arisen's will. Although pawns are known to be clumsy and will-less under anyone else, the Main Pawn's abilities to learn and grow under the Arisen's guidance suggest otherwise.
  • Action Girl: If either of them are female.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: One of the body presets is the size of a child, and, with the right adjustments, you can make your Arisen look like a young teen.
  • The Ageless: One of the "perks" of an Arisen means that they stay the age that they were chosen at.
  • Blind Seer / Blind Weapon Master- There is an eye option that has the two eyes closed shut.
    • Handicapped Badass: One of the eye presets in character creation are both eyes closed, indicating that you can make an Arisen that is completely blind, yet is still able to kick ass and take names.
  • Character Customization: A ton of it. In addition to being able to change your Arisen and main Pawn's faces and hair (which has no effect), you're allowed to customize their height and build. Larger characters have a larger stamina pool and can carry more weight, but small characters recover their stamina faster and can be picked up and tossed at flying enemies or into small holes that typically hold loot.
  • The Chosen One: Selected by The Dragon to fight him.
  • The Comically Serious: During the first audience with the Duke, the Arisen attempts to remain dignified and courteous, all the while oblivious to the fact that he/she is wearing a ridiculous hat to the amusement of everyone present.
  • Doomed Hometown: Subverted in the player's case, whose actions prevent his/her hometown from becoming doomed.
  • First Episode Resurrection: The dragon steals your heart and you're somehow still alive - though whether or not you ever "died" in the process is debatable, you do lack a heartbeat.
  • A God Is You: After you defeat the true final boss, you take his place as Seneschal, whose job is essentially to will the world to continue to exist and who has the power to create life with ease.
  • Hearing Voices: Since the dragon stole your heart, any time you place your hand over your chest, you can hear his voice.
  • Heroic Mime: Don't expect your Arisen to say a single word during the entire story.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: By the end of the game, literally everyone believes you attempted to assassinate the Duke (or at least are responsible for his Rapid Aging curse).
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Spending enough time with an Arisen will eventually cause a Pawn to be gifted with a piece of its master's soul, granting it full emotions and a human existence. Naturally, your Pawn comes to resemble you a great deal in the end.
  • Magic Knight: The Arisen is the only character able to use Hybrid classes that mix magic with melee attacks (Mystic Knight) or archery (Magick Archer).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When you kill the dragon, the monsters unleashed on the world are ten times worse than what were there before. Oh, and the residential district of Gran Soren collapses into a giant sink hole.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: You can play as male or female and it really has little effect on the storyline at all. Seriously, Everyone Is Bi anyway.
    • Game-Favored Gender: The lines of some Non Player Characters make it quite obvious the game was expecting a male Arisen: some females will be quite flirtatious right from the get-go, while the males are usually simply polite. Talking to a "working girl" in Gran Soren at night even makes it obvious that the game is expecting a male Arisen with a (presumably attractive) female Pawn: she tells you to discard the "puppet" in favor of a real woman.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Both the male and female default looks have red hair.
  • The Stoic: Pawns, for the most part, manage to keep their cool even in the heat of battle. The player character him/herself also counts.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once just a fisherman/woman in a sleepy seaside town, becoming marked by the dragon and later able to command pawns and take down numerous and gigantic monsters that haunt Gransys.
  • Voices Are Mental: At the end of the game, your Pawn transforms into a physical copy of you, yet retains its own voice. This can result in the voice of a large man coming from the body of a small girl, or vice versa.


Voiced by: Michelle Ruff

Quina was born to a mother of the healing Faith, and a father, rough around the edges like most fishermen, who was one of the many that sustains the small fishing village of Cassardis. Having little contact with him, Quina was raised strongly influenced by her mother and her gentle nature. As a result, Quina was often picked on by the other children.

You were the only child in Cassardis who did not take part in the bullying and even defended Quina. Having lost your own parents at a tender age, you did not hesitate to stand up to those who bullied Quina and her mother, fearless of injury or reproach. Thus, you appeared as nothing less than a hero in her young eyes. When the other boys heaped abuses upon you in return for your bravery, the meek Quina began to search for a way to return your kindness.

Upon her parents’ passing and alone in the world, Quina grew into a beautiful young woman and she focused on learning the basics of healing magicks. The people of Cassardis, making their living on the sea, often suffered injuries both large and small. Quina healed the injured fishermen free of charge, sometimes staying by their bedsides to nurse them back to health. This role made Quina a vital part of the village and many came to praise her for her kindness and mercy, and for acquiring such healing powers all for the sake of the village.

However, her true motivation in acquiring these valuable skills was to be able to heal the one person she cares most for: you, who were constantly covered in bumps and scrapes from your adventures. You, who had suffered blows and kicks to protect her from childhood bullies. Quina only learned her magick to help you—and all of her effort seems to have been for naught when you decide to leave Cassardis. She begins to question what she is doing in the village. She begins to question her own value. For the second time in her life, she chooses a new path—all for the sake of her one and only hero. Unbeknownst to many at her village she became a nun and now resides in the Abbey.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Possible.
  • Cower Power: As the dragon attacks Cassardis, Quina runs and hides behind you. This makes sense if you have a large, muscular character, but if you've made your Arisen short and slender, it looks quite funny.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Notable in that she's the only character with a hairstyle you can't have for yourself in the base game. Dark Arisen finally made it available in the character creator via DLC. The Official Design Works reveals she almost didn't have her long hair due to technical limitations.

Chief Adaro

Voiced by: Johnny Wesley
"The chief of Cassardis, he is beloved and trusted by all of the village folk thanks to his fine decision making abilities."
Raised the Arisen from childhood and cares for him/her as a father. He loves the whole village as his family, but does not care much for outsiders or pawns. Trusts in the Arisen no matter what and is willing to let him/her do as he/she likes, so long as the village isn't harmed.
  • Retired Badass: According to his backstory, he was once a skilled fighter who protected the village from monsters.
  • So Proud of You: Talk to him after getting invited to the palace by the Duke, and he'll note about how proud he is of you and how it seems like only yesterday that you were a young child sitting on his knee, gutting fish.


Voiced by:Vic Mignogna

A young man whose curiosity tends to get the better of him. He much prefers observing the world around him over being a fisherman. It's hinted that his observations are on the border of being actual research...
  • Childhood Friend Romance: An option, though exactly how much of a "friend" he was growing up is debatable. You were both friends with Quina, though, so it's likely you were at least well-acquainted if not common playmates.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He likes to chase birds and fish and other small animals, for no other reason than he finds watching them fascinating, often with little or no heed to his personal safety. He also desires to see the world and believes that he may somehow help people by doing so, just as you're helping everyone by fighting the dragon.
  • The Fool: Comes off as this to others, with the way he chases birds up trees and wanders into the Witchwood looking for interesting plants or whatever has caught his fancy lately and babbles to whoever will listen about all of it.
    • Fearless Fool: The questline to introduce him has you chasing him down and trying to convince him that adventuring without sufficient healing items is a bad idea. As it turns out, he's actually quite smart and his interest in knowledge overwhelms his common sense when something piques his curiosity.
  • Talkative Loon: According to the other villagers, at least, though he's not quite as loony with you, so it comes off as a bit of an Informed Flaw.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He takes the cake for the biggest (and possibly only) one in the game, which can be quite refreshing with everyone else's cynicism and worldliness.

    Gran Soren inhabitants 


Voiced by: Kate Higgins

Greedy, self-reliant, cunning. Madeleine looks out for herself and her goals first, though she does display a limited degree of loyalty when it comes down to it.

There is a small abbey in central Gransys which has never been known as anything more than “the abbey.” A number of sisters live frugal, modest lives in the abbey. These sisters are ardent followers of the Faith, kind and benevolent, and deeply relied upon by the people. Knowing that the sisters would never abandon a child, young babes were sometimes left on the steps of the abbey.

Madeleine was just such a child.

Madeleine was raised as an orphan by the sisters, but in complete contrast to her gentle guardians, she came to hate being poor and to hate modest living. While she was grateful to the sisters for raising her, she also vowed that she would never serve the Faith as they did.

Mercedes Marten

Voiced by: Shannon Rayner

"A female knight who was dispatched from a neighbouring country to Gransys. She is the captain of the Enlistment Corps, which is charged with repelling the dragon."

A strait-laced, principled tomboy with an inferiority complex, Mercedes idealizes knights and knighthood. Despite being a woman, she's a capable warrior and military leader. Sent to Gransys by her father, lord of the neighboring demesne of Hearthstone, Mercedes is determined to prove herself as a capable knight and leader to the same extent as her two brothers - however, opposition from the more traditional segments of the Gransys court who oppose both her gender and her status as placebo support hamper her efforts, and the Arisen's rising glory only serves to remove her from the spotlight even further.
  • Action Girl: She fights alongside your character during certain segments.
    • Faux Action Girl: What she fears she is, especially after losing to Julien. If she's the Beloved, she can be seen running helplessly from goblins like all other characters, something that she'll curse herself for.
  • A Father to His Men: If you speak with her before the Griffin's Bane quest, she asks you to take care of the men of the Enlistment Corps, those under her command, and to bring them back safely. If you actually manage to kill the Griffin fast enough to do this, she'll be quite happy.
  • Badass Princess: Possibly, since her father is the lord of Hearthstone.
  • Expy: Of Casca from Berserk.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Becomes this over the course of the story.
  • Lady of War: Mercedes is a noble lady who was expected to be wed by twenty. She asked for a platoon of knights to lead so she could work on her skills as a commander instead.
  • The Lancer: Serves as this to the Arisen through the story.
  • Put on a Bus: After the duel with Julien, Mercedes is forced to return home to Hearthstone. While she states that she'll eventually come back with reinforcements, she only returns if she's the Beloved.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: She wants to slay the Dragon to please her father, the lord of Hearthstone.

Duke Edmun Dragonsbane

Voiced by: Johnny Wesley

"Respected ruler of all Gransys. In his youth, he was dubbed a hero when he repelled the dragon. For that, he was also given the name 'Dragonsbane'."

A fair if lax ruler, well known across Gransys as a brave warrior and hero in his youth. He's said to have once slain the Dragon himself. Though being older than 70, he retains a youthful appearance, and holds strength far beyond that of a normal man...
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Duke Edmun may look like a frail old man when you first meet him, by should you choose to attack him, he won't run away like countless other Non Player Characters do, he'll take up arms and Soul Skewer your ass.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Duke is well-mannered and likable in the public eye. But behind closed doors...
  • Dirty Coward: He chose to sacrifice his first wife to the dragon rather than fight it.
  • Fallen Hero: He was an Arisen who chose to sacrifice his true love to the Dragon instead of fighting it.
  • Jerkass: The Duke becomes this pretty quickly towards the end, framing you mostly out of rage and spite.
  • Karma Houdini: He ends up with all the guards on his side and you being a wanted target; though he ends up growing old due to time catching up to him, he still ends up in the better position. Though you can make mincemeat out of his guards to spite him.
  • The Lost Lenore: Literally. The Duke sacrificed his wife Lenore so he can gain the power of sovereignty over Gransys. While it never shows during the story itself, you'll have to do the sidequest to see the Duke's insanity go full circle.
  • Rapid Aging: The Duke suddenly goes from looking around forty to looking more one hundred forty after you beat the dragon. He manages to convince the guards that you are the one who made a deal with the dragon and cursed him to age, rather than slaying the dragon and simply letting time catch up with him.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While not exactly ugly and is actually Older Than They Look, he is much older than his wife.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While the entire populace is convinced he slew a dragon years ago, the truth is that he made a deal with the dragon, granting him immortality at the cost of his first love.


Voiced by: Michelle Ruff
"A young princess from another land who came to wed Duke Edmun Dragonsbane. Fragile and naive, she seems to be suffering greatly under the weight of something."
Born to the House of Biquard, Aelinore can trace her family line from a cousin of Godking Leonart, the great man who once defeated the dragon and united the entire continent. Lord Biquard currently governs the lands around peaceful Meloire as mesne lord. Sharing the same bloodline as the military genius Leonart, those from the House of Biquard are blessed with a similar gift, and their Meloirean soldiers are widely known as excellent fighters.

Duke Edmun, the Wyrmking and ruler of all Gransys, defeated a dragon in the same way as Godking Leonart before him. He sought to marry into the House of Biquard, yet the closest woman to Leonart in their bloodline was Aelinore. So Aelinore was sent to be Edmun’s bride, though not of her own desire. She had not even seen the face of her future husband prior to the day of their wedding ceremony. The hero’s marriage was heartily welcomed by the people of Gransys. Everyone believed that it meant the birth of a successor would follow quickly after, carrying on their hero’s bloodline. But there would be no reports of an impending heir to hearten the people of Gransys. Even after the exchange of their marriage vows, Aelinore remained as pure and untouched as she was the day that she was delivered to Edmun. But behind the duke’s frigid demeanor, a dark secret is hidden within his heart...
  • Damsel in Distress: Three times.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's one of the most easily-romanced characters due to how the Affinity system works.
  • Love at First Sight: Speak to Aelinore just once and she'll instantly have the pinkish glow which signifies someone with a very high Affinity.
  • Meaningful Name: By way of The Lost Lenore: the prefix a meaning "without", and Lenore being a shortened, alternative spelling of "Elinore". She is literally not Lenore, and the Duke does not care for her in the slightest because she is not the woman he first fell in love with.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: In the sidequest Duchess In Distress, the camera pans out as your Arisen and the duchess made sweet love.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While the Duke isn't exactly hideous, she's still much younger than him.


Voiced by: Joe Ochman (credited as Joey Lotsko)

A jester and trickster with no goals other than a life of ease under others’ protection. Willing to betray, use, or hurt others to succeed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Talking to him will cause him to quip about you and everyone else (but mostly you).
  • Depraved Dwarf: He's the shortest human character in the game.
  • Gonk: Along with being short, he's also plenty ugly.
  • Jerkass: He's more than willing to betray, use, and backstab anyone to keep his life of ease. However, the worst he ever does to the Arisen is put a stupid-looking hat on them during their first time entering the court and later calling the guards on the Arisen at the orders of Aelinore.
  • The Jester: His role in court.


Voiced by: Trey Ragley

"A knight who was dispatched to Gransys from the neighbouring demesne of Boldoa. He is an upstanding man who believes that putting the needs of the people first is the only right thing to do."

Having been born to a good family, Julien believed without a hint of reservation or irony that everything was for the sake of the people, exactly as he had said to his ruler. Such was his duty as a knight, as it had been the duty of his father and his grandfather before him. However, upon arriving in Gransys, he was faced with the dirty truth, for there he met with the decadent, fallen statesmen. They had forgotten that which should have been their priority — the defeat of the dragon — and instead their heads were filled only with the desire to protect their own positions.

As he beheld the great leader who stood at the head of such men, the purity in his heart began to slowly but surely blacken. He can no longer find any value in the continued existence of the country. The idealism to which he had clung for so long grows more and more distorted, and he along with it.
  • The Atoner: If he's alive, he turns himself in.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: You have to kill and revive Julien in a duel in order to start a 'romance' with him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Although he collaborates with Salvation, he mentions to Mercedes during their confrontation that he gives their pagan beliefs no credence and simply used them for his own ends.
  • Graceful Loser: If you kill and revive Julien, he'll acknowledge that he's been bested and immediately turns himself in for his crimes.
  • Ignore the Fan Service: Follow him to Madeleine's shop late one night and you'll witness an interesting exchange between the two. Madeleine tucks a slip of paper into her cleavage and taunts Julien with it, but he just angrily snatches it up and reads it, completely ignoring her flirtation and an offer to help him with "other matters".
  • Karma Houdini: If you don't interfere with Mercedes' duel against him, he'll defeat her and escape.
  • Kick the Dog: It'd be so much easier to see things from his point of view if his harsh and sexist comments towards Mercedes weren't so utterly mean-spirited.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: After meeting with the local lords in Gransys.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The man has some luxurious locks of hair.
  • Love Redeems: He becomes a good person again and is freed from the castle dungeon if you manage to romance him.
  • Magic Knight: He is of the Mystic Knight class and carries a unique Magick Shield.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Most of his comments to Mercedes during their duel are about how, as a woman, she makes a very poor knight.
    • Which can be rather odd if you happen to have a girl for your Arisen. Though it's entirely possible the comments were mainly for pure spite rather than any actual sexist beliefs in that case.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's evidently working with Salvation in order to undermine Gransys for his nation.

Fournival Frescobaldi

Voiced by: JH Terry

Fournival is a salesman and nobleman in Dragon's Dogma. He is the father of Symone and the main subject of the quest "Trials and Tribulations". A shrewd businessman, he is a wealthy and magnanimous man with a high-class bearing. Due to his economic influence, he counts many important Non Player Characters as friends, such as Ser Daerio of the northern watch and the Chamberlain of the Gran Soren Cathedral. Some authorities, however, suspect some of his profit is acquired from activities that are less than legal. Even if so, he seems to have had a positive influence on the growth and maintenance of Gransys's economy, leaving the Arisen with an interesting moral dilemma should they involve themselves with his trial.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's a greedy individual who has certainly gained his wealth through unscrupulous means. Nonetheless, the fact that he's also a unique vendor who sells very special items probably means that you're going to want to get him acquitted.
  • Fat Bastard: One of the fatter characters of the game.
  • Lost Forever: If you find Fournival guilty during the Trials and Tribulations quest, you lose out on the Magmanimous cloak, which is a useful accessory that allows all curatives to be shared with your pawns.


Fournival's bratty daughter. Even her own father admits she's "a spitfire like to rival the wyrm."
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She's incredibly picky when you try to babysit her.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Or at least lady-in-training, as she's a tad younger than the trope usually is, but otherwise fits, being outspoken and thinking a race is a fun way to pass the time, rather than just shopping (which she also enjoys).
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Being the child of a wealthy merchant, she's very demanding and bossy.


Voiced by: Sam Riegel

"Keeper of the Pawn Guild who is himself a Pawn. His duties include keeping a watchful eye on The Everfall and advising the Arisen if something should seem amiss."

As one of the pawn legion, Barnaby has no emotions. However, because he has been in Gransys for untold decades and interacted with generations of mankind, he has developed something very close to an emotion: a wish for pawns and humans to coexist peacefully.
  • Nice Guy: Goes along with being a Pawn, really, but he's quite polite and humble.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He looks to be in his twenties or maybe early thirties at most. Add a zero or two to get his real age.
  • What Measure Is a Humanoid?: It is entirely possibly to romance him, despite him being the Pawn Guild leader and technically emotionless.


  • Big Damn Heroes: Potentially, during the battle against the Griffin. If you fetch a grimiore for him in a completely unrelated sidequest, he'll appear and cast some powerful magic to help out.
  • Messy Hair: It's about shoulder-length and quite scraggly. You'd think the man would ask you for a comb instead of an old book.


Savan / The Seneschal

Voiced by: Gideon Emery

Savan was the last Arisen to slay The Dragon before the main character. The player controls him during the Prologue story. Like the main character, he is a man of few words, but stoic, and ever-ready. Glimpses from his actions show him to be honorable.

Savan is the current Seneschal and watches over the world your main character plays in. The Seneschal is the keeper of the world. He watches over it and makes sure the world remains in peace and continues to thrive. He has the power to create life and the power to bring about destruction.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After defeating his Dragon, he later went on to become the new Seneschal.
  • Bad Ass: When you start off playing as him, he's already a skilled fighter.
  • Death Seeker: He welcomes Godsbane with open arms after all his years as Seneschal, and his last lines indicate this.
  • Physical God: As the Seneschal, his role is to watch over the world and make sure it continues to thrive.
  • A Taste of Power: He's the character you play as in the tutorial and is a fairly high-leveled Fighter with decent skills that will take you some time to earn once you actually make your character.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Possibly. He molded his pawn after his father who was killed by the dragon.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: As the Seneschal, he has grown weary of living alone beyond the Rift, sustaining the world through countless generations but unable to interact with it. When you take his place and are only able to wander around town as an invisible ghost, unable to speak to anyone, you can really get a sense of how lonely an existence it is.

The Dragon (Grigori)

Voiced by: David Lodge

The dragon is a giant wyrm that periodically appears on earth, and brings an army of monsters with it. If the Dragon is not defeated, then it shall bring about the apocalypse. Soon after appearing, the Dragon will devour the heart of a human, but who will also survive this fatal injury and return as Arisen — the one destined to defeat him. You are one such human.


Reynard is a traveling peddler, wandering all around Gransys to sell his wares. He can also provide services for enhancing equipment. His wandering is rather infamous among players, in that he is never where you need him to be if you want to speak to him (and if you aren't looking for him, you'll naturally see him repeatedly).

  • Book Ends: If you choose Reynard as your love interest, your relationship begins and ends with you saving him from being harassed by goblins.
  • The Determinator: Travels Gransys for years without finding any clues about his father.
  • Disappeared Dad: Reynard's father left his family while his mother was pregnant with him. Buying enough little curatives from him will eventually open up a quest chain in which he asks you to figure out what would drive a man to leave his unborn child and sends you across the land to find the pages of the man's journal.
  • Lost Forever: If you don't save Raynard on the road at the start of the game, he won't give you the quest to find out about his father. Oh, sure, he'll respawn to wander the world and sell you junk after you let the monsters kill him, but you can't have the quest. And if you complete that quest, Reynard decides to go back home and you'll no longer be able to interact with him, meaning if you completed it before Fornival's trial, you can't ask for forged evidence, and if you completed it before acquiring the Arisen's Bond, you can't give it to him.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Walking the Earth: He's probably seen more of Gransys than you have.


Voiced by: Shannon Rayner

Selene is a mysterious young girl who resides in the mist-enveloped Witchwood. She is timid and fears contact with regular people. No one seems to know her history or background, but she's an excellent herbalist. She is the only known Pawn to become mortal. That is, she became human after her Arisen gave her heart to her.

  • Become a Real Boy: She was a Pawn who was given a part of her Arisen's soul, which made her at least partially human.
  • Cute Witch
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
  • Expy: Of Schierke. Her Gran (the Arisen she served), in turn, resembles Schierke's mentor, Flora.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Pretty Freeloader: If you rescue Selene from the Witch Hunt, she'll move into your house in Cassardis, despite having her own hut and being quite shy around people.
  • What Measure Is a Humanoid?: It's possible to romance Selene, though how much of her is human and how much of her is Pawn is up for debate and changes over the course of the storyline.
  • Witch Hunt: The villagers eventually get it in their heads that Selene is responsible for the dragon's coming and that she must've made some sort of deal with it. Of course, she has no clue and is just living in the woods mixing herbs, but they won't listen to reason so well.
    • The Quest involving saving her from the villagers is even called Witch Hunt.

The Elysion

Voiced by: Joe Ochman

Traveled to Gransys to usher in the end of days — aside his disposable cult of followers... Pure evil, destructive, dangerous, deadly; he sees no value in life, is fearless, hates the Arisen, loves only the dragon, and welcomes Armageddon (Salvation).
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bad Boss: He is all too happy to murder his own followers and turn them into Undead and Wight servants.
  • The Beast Master: Possibly, as it's heavily implied he's the one behind the Cyclops and Hydra attacks on the Greatwall Encampment in the beginning of the game.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He desperately tries to be the Big Bad while The Dragon is waiting for the Arisen. Let's just say the latter "squashed" the former's plans.
  • Driven to Villainy: According to his backstory, he wasn't always evil. It took a Dragon setting fire to his homeland to send him right off the edge.
  • Eye Scream: Became the leader of Salvation by tearing out his right eye in front of the congregation.
  • For the Evulz: The Elysion sacrificing his own followers for no apparent reason other than to just call the Dragon, or just capturing innocent people and threatening to sacrifice them as well. It's your call which falls into this category.
  • Hannibal Has a Point: Possibly how he gained many of his followers.
  • The Heavy: The Dragon is your ultimate goal, but for most of the game, you'll be dealing with the Elysion and Salvation.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Elysion is summoning the Dragon, who appears and casually flies around the Greatwall as Elysion goes on a rant of how the Dragon is really "salvation." When he says "THIS IS SALVATIO-", the Dragon comes down and kills Elysion in one fell swoop by essentially swatting him like a fly.
    • Could also double as a Crowning Moment of Funny, as the Dragon then promptly and blatantly (in a sophisticated manner) says that he only killed Elysion just to shut him up.
      Dragon: The rantings of an upjumped zealot make for tedious listening.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He wears a dark red version of the Salvation robes in order to differentiate himself from his followers.
  • Obviously Evil: He loves his red cloak and is missing an eye. Clearly he would be a swell guy to invite to your grandmother's bingo game!


Once an adviser to the Duke but has since betrayed him and run off with valuable grimoires and magical accruements. He also stole the Wyrmking's Ring from the Duke which amplified his magickal powers. He intends to utilize the Wyrmking Ring as a Phylactery in order to achieve Lichdom.


Maul is the bandit leader of the south-western bandits and is located in the The Ruins of Aernst Castle. He values a person's will above all else. He also tends to be interested in the Arisen's actions. Despite being a bandit leader, Maul seems to have a soft spot for children (as told by Pike, when Maul took him in) and honors people who have a strong will to make their decisions.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Noble Demon: Maul is a bandit, to be sure, but he's surprisingly respectable. If you convince Pike to return to the bandits' hideout, Maul is so moved by Pikes' code of honor that he spares the ex-traitor.

The Dragonforged

Voiced by: Trey Ragley

Solitary, wise, and regretful. The Dragonforged awaits a worthy arisen to train and prepare for the inevitable battle ahead. He is well over 1000 years old (though surprisingly youthful and strong) and shows multiple scars and burns across his flesh.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In a blink and you miss it moment, his lips curl up into a grin just before he crumbles to dust after you beat the dragon.
  • Love Is a Weakness: After you find the Arisen's Bond and take it to the Dragonforged, speak to him again and he'll say that he shunned others and faced the dragon alone, fearing the weakness of a bond to other people. He also admits that maybe he was wrong to do this.
  • No Immortal Inertia: Beating the dragon also causes the Dragonforged to crumble to dust.
  • Old Master: He somehow knows more about the dragons than anyone else alive. Nobody knows how he learned it. He apparently made a deal with the dragon.
  • Retired Badass

The Fool

Voiced by: Trey Ragley

Benign, viewed as nonsensical and nothing more. However, there may be something deeper than people care to ponder. He often speaks in riddles.


The leader of the Nameless Ones, a group of assassins that for some reason want the Arisen dead.
  • Badass Boast: Gives one just before you fight him.
  • Smug Snake: His Badass Boast shows that he thinks quite highly of himself.
  • The Un-Reveal: Just who exactly is he? Why does he want the Arisen dead? Virtually nothing is known about him or the group he leads, even at the quest's conclusion.
  • Worthy Opponent: Comments on how you are a "true Arisen" as he dies.

    Dark Arisen characters 


The lord of Bitterblack Isle. He was once an Arisen named Ashe, corrupted by his hate towards the cycle of Dragon and Arisen.


A mysterious young woman who guides the Arisen to Bitterblack Isle. She serves as a purifier of cursed items found through the island.


A former Arisen encountered on Bitterblack Isle. He serves as a merchant of items and weapons.
  • The Ageless: Comes with being an Arisen. He seems unperturbed by his immortality, relishing in it.
  • Badass: He would have to be one in order to have lived on Bitterblack Isle as long as he has, and from what he tells the Arisen, he's been there a very long time.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Some of his theories on the nature of Bitterblack Isle are a bit...out-there.
    • He is also arguably right about most of them. Particularly, he notes the isle's impossible architecture and assumes that it's the creation of some otherworldly power used as a prison or a trap. It turns out to be a little of both.
  • Intrepid Merchant: He shows up in several locations throughout Bitterblack Isle.
  • Jerkass: He blatantly believes that you won't last long on Bitterblack Isle.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The further you traverse Bitterblack Isle, however, the more he warms up to you, eventually advising you (in a stiff manner) to stay alive, and mentioning he'd like a "drinking partner" for once.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: He seems to be the only Arisen who embraced his immortality to the point that he deliberately avoided fighting the Dragon.
  • Screw Destiny: Rather than choosing to fight the dragon, he's content with the life of an immortal adventurer.
  • Try Not to Die: He always sends the Arisen off with "No dying now".
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: He's the only character capable of improving equipment beyond the level of Dragonforged.


Death itself haunts Bitterblack Isle. Wielding a massive scythe and a lantern made of bone, Death stalks any foolish enough to venture into the isle's labyrinth. What or who this being is remains a mystery, though the game does drop several hints to its identity for those paying attention.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Death is arguably the hardest boss in the game outside the online Ur-Dragon to kill in terms of sheer durability. You can't climb on it, it has no weak points or elemental weaknesses, and it has staggering levels of health. Combined with the fact that it runs after it takes too much damage, and you have yourself a really annoying to kill opponent.
  • Fallen Hero: Possibly. The game heavily hints that Death is what became of Arthacos, an Arisen who preceded you to Bitterblack Isle and left memoirs behind.
  • Flight: Being the world's most terrifying Bedsheet Ghost, Death doesn't walk, it floats.
  • The Grim Reaper: More or less the classic portrayal with a slight twist: rather then a skeleton wearing a black cloak, Death is a black cloak. A rather terrifying one at that.
  • Hell Is That Noise: When Death is in an area, but hasn't found you yet, a creepy, quiet piano piece plays and you hear constant whispering. Notably, this is one of the only times that music plays outside of battle in Bitterblack Isle.
  • Instant Death Radius: Unlike most attacks in the game, Death's scythe doesn't need to hit you to kill you. Just being too close when it swings will end with you kissing the floor, and it can't be dodged, blocked, or countered.
  • Mighty Glacier: In terms of other bosses. While Death moves rather quickly when giving chase, it attacks extremely slowly. However, any hit that lands will kill you and it possesses massive amounts of health and high resistances.
  • Oh Crap!: Can easily induce these. It's drawn to corpses, and if it appears while you're already fighting something like a Condemned Gorecyclopes, most players' first reaction will be a panic stricken retreat.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Its name happens to be what most encounters with it end in.
  • One-Hit Kill: Death's most notable feature. If it hits you, you die, end of story. The Arisen can use a Wake Stone to come back, but any pawns struck by its scythe are banished back to the Rift.
  • Scare Chord: When it spots you.
  • Sinister Scythe: Naturally.
  • Standard Status Effects: His Lantern will put anyone near him to sleep when it glows blue, making them easy prey for his next strike.
  • Unfriendly Fire: If it hits another boss with its scythe, that boss is just as dead as anything else. You don't get exp for this, though.
  • Villain Teleportation: Is capable of it. Most often used to close with ranged characters or fleeing targets. Also tends to come out of it right behind the poor shmuck in question.