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The optimistic main character of Dreamkeepers
- Badass Normal: He's managed to fight reasonably well against enemies clearly more dangerous than him with just his wits and stubbornness. In the preview comic he destroys an ancient temple. With his bare hands.
- Butt Monkey: Life does not pull its punches when it comes to Mace. Still, he usually maintains a cheerful and optimistic disposition.
- Guile Hero: Mace is crafty. He beats a Sandman with just a pillow and a blanket, then escapes Ravat using the pheromone-coated coins.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Notably, the "convenient" aspect of this trope is played with, as while it gets rid of the characters of his parents, several of the other orphans, as well as the people responsible for running the orphanage, are characters that are heavily involved in the plot.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Hero with Bad Publicity: He gets blamed for Paige's murder and is now a wanted criminal.
- The Hero
- The Prankster: He gets back at those he thinks it with pranks. They tend to backfire.
- Love at First Sight: Him to Lilith.
Mace's best friend, who grew up in the same orphanage.
A friend of Mace's from the orphanage.
The kind and caring daughter of the Viscount of Andurana.
- Badass Bookworm: She uses her knowledge of poetic critique to catch Tendril off guard, then rips his eyes out.
- Beautiful All Along: She's teased in the Prelude for looking like a "booger." By the time of the graphic novels both Mace and Bast are enamored with her almost instantly.
- Cat Girl
- Glasses Girl: When she was younger, she wore a pair of glasses.
- Innocent Prodigy: At least in Prelude.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: From what can be gathered, it seems that Lilith's Power involves moving life energy. Now, as is suitable to her personality, she can apparently use it to heal allies...Or, in its displayed usage, suck the life out of any living creatures nearby completely.
- Or even technically living - ala the Nightmares.
- She accidentally activated her Power on such a scale that, after being eaten by a giant Nightmare beast and activating her Power in self-defense, it was so far past death that its entrails fell out. By themselves. Either that, or its body was so fragile that it couldn't support Lilith's weight. Oh, and all of the plants for a few meters were dead, too. Also, to put the theory of how it might not have been able to support Lilith's weight in perspective: This beast was bigger than most of the trees nearby. And Lilith is a light-framed sixteen year-old girl.
- Finally, if there was any doubt on the Nightmare being gone for good, Nightmares are basically just intelligent energy that have formed physical bodies. So, basically, that thing's entire existence was life energy; very evil life energy, but life energy nonetheless - And Lilith drains life energy. So...Yup.
- Princess Classic
- Teen Genius
The illegitimate second daughter of the viscount.
- Action Girl
- Badass Longcoat
- Cloudcuckoolander: In the Prelude. She's toned it down by the time of the graphic novels. Some.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Genius Bruiser: She is both very smart and very powerful.
- Heroic Bastard: The bastard child of Viscount Callah and some unknown woman.
- Knight Templar Little Sister: Do not ever try to hurt her big sister Lilith if you know what's good for you. Tinsel nearly learned this the hard way.
- Large Ham: She tends to overact during a few moments of action.
- Little Miss Badass: The typical fashion choice helps. Matching an experienced Power user on the very first use of her own Power does, too. So does effortlessly beating two guards, one of whom was MASSIVE, with casual ease.
- Little Miss Snarker: Her childhood of being locked up pretty definitively justifies her snark.
- Meaningful Name: She's named after Naamah, a demon from Mesopotamian myth. Her draconic appearance and troubling childhood behavior don't make it hard to imagine why.
- Rebellious Princess
- Teen Genius: She's shown to be very intelligent despite her disregard for formal education.
- Tsundere: Kind of a less-extreme version; she's usually non-combative, just a little bit off-putting...But she deeply loves her sister, Lilith, because Lilith was essentially the only true friend she's ever had.
- It was to save Lilith that Namah's Power awakened.
- Whip It Good: Taken Up to Eleven levels with her Ether Tendrils. As in, energy whips that can be extended from each fingertip, and apparently have no actual set limit to their reach. Oh, and if needed, they can cut and stab too.
An anti-social boy with violent tendencies who attends Mace's school.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The reason we haven't seen his childhood in Prelude yet. It's apparently nowhere near as lighthearted as the orphans' or the Callahs'.
- He seems to be on familiar terms with a violent street gang.
- Jerkass: He had no problem pummeling Mace after he was nicely asked to move away from Mace's locker.
- Playing with Fire: From what's been explained/shown on the website and in a free comic, Bast's Power is Heat Manipulation.
- Scarf of Asskicking: While not huge or flapping in the wind, it is bright red.
- The Sociopath: Bast possesses close to, maybe more than half of the listed traits. Or at least, he's shown such attributes most prominently in his fight with Mace.
- Tranquil Fury: Apparently his default mode; however, this is his normal mood, to some degree. As in, not how he's prone to react when he's actually angered. Instead, we get...
- Unstoppable Rage: It's easy to blow his fuse. As in, when he was blocking Mace's locker and ignored requests to move, Mace grabbed his scarf and pulled him down to get his attention. Bast's inevitable response was to punch him in the face. Throwing him into a locker. On the other side of the hallway...And after that, he went to beat Mace up more.
The alcoholic proprietor of Mace's orphanage.
- Abusive Parents: Hoo boy. It would be too glorifying to Grunn to list all of his accomplishments in this field, but his character descriptions aren't lying when they say roughly that caring for orphans is "the very task he's least suited for."
- Adults Are Useless: Grunn's physical strength is incredible. ... Sadly, he's too busy being drunken and lazy and driving orphans like slaves to make use of it. Well...Besides smacking the kids around.
- The Captain: From what's been said, Grunn used to be a captain of his own ship, searching for treasure.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: For pretty much the same reason as Igrath - He's practically a mountain with arms and legs.
- Child Hater: No, he beats orphan boys, violently knocks over little girls who try to help their friends, throws orphans several meters out to sea in fits of hangover-fueled belligerence (See the last Mace & Whip Prelude Arc, near the end) and contemplates shooting random children as soon as he gets ahold of a gun so as to teach valuable life lessons about how the world will not take it easy on them.
- Funetik Aksent: To the point that, at one point in Prelude when he was drunk and just got up to see several things going wrong, he needed translation boxes.
- Jerkass: Big time.
The friendly uncle of Lilith and Namah. He's on the run from the law for a crime he didn't commit.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Possibly justified, since he's over ten feet tall, but Igrath pulled off quite a feat of strength. That being when he ripped a full teleportation system large enough to hold three teenagers out of the floor and tossed it out a door to run over some invading Shock Troopers. After he tied grenades to it.
- It probably counts as a Charles Atlas Superpower that he can remain aware enough of his surroundings without his sight to prevent from seriously hurting others on accident, considering his size, wingspan, and large claws. Being a blind, eleven-foot-three griffon man is complicated.
- Volume 3 includes a scene where he starts bumping into things because they'd been rearranged, meaning he couldn't avoid them based on memory. And he knocks some stuff over unfurling his wings in excitement. So he has his limits.
- Chick Magnet
- Cool Uncle: To Lilith and Namah.
- Eyes Always Shut: In the present day. A magazine clipping at the end of V3 shows what his eyes looked like prior to his blinding.
- Gentle Giant: He has to be, because with his claws and blindness and sheer size, not noticing somebody and making a wrong move could...Well, he might have another person to be blind with. ... Or, possibly crush them by accident.
The mastermind of the largest black market trade operation in all of Anduruna.
- Bad Ass: He had to be told that he had a knife stabbed into his knee.
Scinter: Hm? Oh, right. * CHNK*
- Mad Scientist: It would be impossible to tell from just the graphic novels, but from reading the info on the site, it becomes clear: Scinter was the one who originally conceived Anduruna's teleportation system, after he was able to catch the elusive and dangerous teleporting squid that power it. Scientist. However, the Andurunan government arrested him for catching the squids and inventing without the government's approval, which would have probably taken years, and he was thrown in prison. Oh, and they went ahead and used his plans to build the Telepad system. Perhaps not quite mad as in insane, but definitely 'angry.
- That actually leads to a bit of Fridge Brilliance - Since he originally designed the telepad, and he and Igrath have telepads in their safehouse, an old fortress in the mountains, and the orphanage...It seems Lilith was right to be suspect of Igrath.
Lilith: He doesn't even know how to use an info-scroll. (Which are basically the rough equivalent of cell-phones.)
- Not Quite Dead: Scinter was believed to be assassinated long before the story - But rumors still circulated that he hadn't died...And seeing as how he's present in the story, and has a conspicuous neckbrace...Yeah...
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Averted. He's one of the good guys. Though he's not exactly the cuddly type.
A pair of strippers who work for Igrath.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: The ability to change colors? That's pretty lame as far as powers go. But then they go and use it as a way to disguise themselves practically right in front of a platoon of enemy soldiers.
- Meaningful Name: The Indigos' real names are Indi and Digo Marrallang. They both have an immense crush on Igrath. In Australian Aboriginal mythology, the Mar'rallang sisters both married the same man.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Mundane Utility: They also use their powers to assist in their "day-job" as strippers.
- Sibling Team: While they've not shown fighting ability, and perhaps never will, the two are rarely separate for long and they share a linked Power. They mainly work together as exotic dancers.
- Spicy Latina: About as "spicy" as it can get without warranting a higher content warning.
- Stripperific: This is the best way to describe most of their outfits, which make sense considering they are exotic dancers.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: To some extent; while they're both essentially "The Beautiful Sister", they can definitely get into some heated arguments.
- Wonder Twin Powers: They can freely change their colors and patterns, even hair color, with one condition - They have to be the opposite of each other. Ex.: If one's yellow with orange stripes, the other has to be orange with yellow stripes.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: One of them stores a communicator in her cleavage, to put it bluntly. And the communicator has a way of alerting its owner to messages while it's… In storage: Vibrating. It's quite startling when she gets a message right in the middle of an argument with her sister.
A tomboyish weapons expert who works with Igrath and Scinter.
- Action Girl: She beats the snot out of her fellow orphans in Prelude pillow fights. In the novels she is a member of the resistance.
- Cat Girl: Maybe. It's kinda hard to tell.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Like all the other members of the orphanage.
- The Dreaded: The other orphans fear her. Even Grunn is afraid to get in her bad side.
- Super Strength: Her (speculated) power. It allows her to carry and operate weapons that are bigger than she is.
- Wrench Wench
The two-faced dark dreamkeeper who is using the viscount for her own goals.
The terrifying and sadistic Psycho for Hire
who aligned with the Nightmares simply because their jobs facilitate his desires.
- Casting a Shadow: His power allows him to extend his shadow. Anything that touches it rots away.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In Volume One, he appears standing in the shade at the forefront in the crowd scene shortly before Mace meets Lilith; well before his full introduction.
- For the Evulz: Describes everything he does.
- Hero Killer: He killed Paige, who one gets the impression would have gone on to become one of the protagonists if it weren't for him.
- Knife Nut: Rather fond of knives.
- Psycho for Hire: Ravat and Tinsel's relationship seems to roughly be that Ravat is sent to kill whoever Tinsel designates — which he's all too happy to do — in exchange for what appears to be monetary payment. Although Ravat's clearly stated that he'd be happy to take other forms of payment, too.
- Savage Wolves: This is a wolf that kills for fun.
- Slasher Smile: Ravat has only ever been seen wearing some kind of example of this trope.
- Would Hurt a Child
A bubbly and energetic servant of Nabonidus who is prone to dangerous mood swings.
- Break the Cutie: Tinsel seems to put tormenting Wisp above any other goals at the moment Wisp is present or a good plan comes to her. From what's been seen of their interactions, Tinsel lies continuously to Wisp and will say anything to sadden/scare her.
- But this particular Cutie seems to have already been Broken somewhere in the past.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: How she acts when not angered.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: Wisp very nearly takes it Up to Eleven, as practically every major emotion for her has different-colored eyes. Considering the severity of Wisp's mood swings, it's very hard to tell what color her eyes are normally supposed to be - Which would be not-so-nasty, orange Hellish Pupils. These are what seem to be definitive for her:
- Angry: Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Happy: Yellow.
- Sad: Blue
- Dangerously Depressed: Gray Eyes
- The pale pink eyes Wisp gets around halfway through Volume 2 suspiciously look enamoured with someone.
- Me's a Crowd: her Power allows her to split off different parts of her personality.
- Perky Female Minion: At least, when she's not crushed by Tinsel's mind games and not violently enraged by something or other.
- Yandere/ Cute and Psycho: It depends on exactly how far her dedication to Nabonidus goes.
- She's obviously completely loyal to him, but it's unknown if that goes onto a kind of admiration towards him like a father figure… Or perhaps even further.
- In any case, she definitely gives off Cute and Psycho vibes. She just seems to slide between being more innocent and being more dangerous.
The Nightmare responsible for keeping their existence a secret. He holds authority over both Tinsel and Wisp.
The mysterious and gigantic lord of the Nightmares.
- Big Bad: He is the leader of the Nightmares.
- And is also just really big.
- Bigger Bad: Well, for the time being, it seems... From the first few pages of Volume Three, it seems that, despite being summoned properly, he has yet to return to full power - After a battle with Nabonidus in which there were many borderline-cataclysmic explosions, the two "agreed to an accord". So, that probably just means that Void is going to sit back and return to full power while Nabonidus heads the Nightmare forces in his place.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Well...Void. Total nothingness. The Nightmares seek to destroy all sentient life.
- Virgin Sacrifice: A teenage girl named Jeneviv was sacrificed to summon him.
The Nightmare responsible for bringing Void back. He also created the Sandmen.