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This was a clan made up of Drowussu and Drowussu/Drowolath hybrids and used to be one of the two main Drowussu Houses making up the Nine Clans at meetings, the other being the Val'Kyorl'solenurn. The Dutan'vir were the older and first established of the two Drowussu Houses. They suffered greatly due to the Nidraa'chal War, which proved to be a Trauma Conga Line
. After Diva'ratrika began her inquisition of the tainted the Dutan'vir were one of the hardest hit, with family members turning against each other and an entire house, the Les'wanre, defecting to the Kyorl'solenurn in protest. Later, their Ill'haress Sannindi was murdered by her stag guardian, which had been tainted and set against her. The son of one of the house leaders rallied most of the adult warriors to fight in the War, but most perished in a Last Stand against the invading demons
. Many of those that survived were tainted in the process and killed by the Val'Kyorl'solenurn mop-up teams. The Kyorl'solenurn also took the surviving children of the clan they liked and sold the others to slavery
. The few members that remain are either now part of the Kyorl'solenurn, wandering in Chel or enlisted amongst Sarghress ranks, mainly in the Maeyukir subhouse. Two major characters who belong/ed to this clan are Mikilu
. After the Dutan'vir fell, they were replaced in the Council of Nine by the Vel'Vloz'ress.
In their heyday they made up most of Diva'ratrika's inner guard earning her trust because of their unique qualities. Being part Drowussu meant that they were loyal, more so than Drowolath but being part Drowolath meant that they would also be fierce fighters.
The Clan as a whole:
- Animal Motifs: The stag.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: At least one survivor of the war chose seppuku over living after the Nidraa'chal War.
- Face-Heel Turn: Of a sort. The Dutan'vir who are shown to still work for the Sharen after the Nidraa'chal War all seem to have pledged their loyalty to one of the Sharen daughters rather than to Diva'ratrika, though it's not known if any besides Nir'naya know for certain she's dead.
- Foil: They were this to the more fanatical Kyorls. In turn the Kyorl hated them because they were mixed breeds and as such an affront to their ideals of racial purity. This is also seen in the two drowussu clans' choice of animal mount, e.g. the stag for the Dutan'vir and the unicorn for the Kyorl'solennurn.
- Honor Before Reason: The reason they undertook their last stand.
- Locked Room Mystery: The death of their Ill'haress was one of these, since she was slain at the heart of the fortress surrounded by guards. In this case the method isn't in question, since her guardian was tainted and set on her, the question is who. It's implied that it may have been an inside job possibly by a Nidraa'chal sleeper agent.
- Mixed Ancestry: Many members were drowolath/drowussu hybrids, and Word of God is that their Ill'haress was one too.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: They saw Diva'ratrika as this, which was why the Sharen sisters targeted them during their coup.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Their leaders had some of the fanciest outfits of the comic. One look at the detail in Mikilu'ligr's overseer uniform provides proof◊.
- Pride: Their greatest strength and weakness. It keeps them united and determined, but it has also lead them to make impractical decisions and serious mistakes. During the Nidraa'chal War, they made an ill-advised Last Stand, getting most of them wiped out. Rather than rally the survivors, Mikilu went into hiding to get revenge, allowing slavers to steal their children. In the current era, their pride makes it easy for shadowy conspirators to manipulate them into reclaiming their home from the Kyorl. As a result, the Sarghress and Kyorl clans are sent to the brink of war over dubious gains.
- The Remnant: They were mostly destroyed after the Nidraa'chal War. Even the suffix 'ligr' (of the main noble house) came to be a term of derision in the Drow world. Whenever someone makes a huge mistake in battle, they are referred to as pulling a "ligr". However, the survivors remain a significant influence and plot their revenge. Most of the survivors that still identify as Dutan'vir have integrated into the Sarghress clan. In chapter 42, this faction launches an attack against the Kyorl without Sarghress approval in order to reclaim some of their lost territory on behalf of their current clan.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire Nidraa'chal War was this. And according to Sha'sana, this was exactly what Snadhya'rune wanted to happen, in order to undercut Chel's stability and remove Diva'ratrika's strongest and most loyal allies.
- Turn Coat: One of its main houses, the Les'wanre, defected to the Kyorl'solenurn over what they felt to be Diva'ratrika's betrayal of their clan. Her holding an inquisition of members of the clan during the Nidra'chaal uprising led to some Dutan'vir thinking that she was questioning their loyalty, so they defected in protest.
- Undying Loyalty: One of the traits Diva'ratrika valued in them, and it turns out the exact reason the Nidraa'chal targetted them.
- Unwitting Pawn: During the District War, a shadowy conspiracy manipulates them into reclaiming their home in order to spark conflict between the Sarghress and Kyorl clans.
Formerly overseer of Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika, Mikilu is the focus of the Dutanv'ir Path
sidestory and missing by the start of Chapter 1, and with the last female Val of the Dutan'vir clan gone the clan fell and were replaced by the Vloz'ress.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: How she's gathered allies in Mimaneid, since their culture operates under this principle.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Missing by the start of chapter 1 only to show up again in Chapter 31, and it's confirmed later that she was the one who tried to kill Snadhya'rune and made several more attempts during the timeskip.
- Driven to Madness: She was put through this by being denied access to Diva'ratrika and meetings concerning her, being mocked by everyone except the Sharen sisters who were the ones actually setting her up and having her food replaced with rotting meat to either force her to leave or make her go on a suicidal charge.
- Frameup: She was set up to look like she'd snapped and killed a bunch of slaves in order to smear her reputation.
- Gray Eyes: Which are a minor plot point in her relationship with the drowolath girl Taio'shi, since Taio'shi possessing these reminded Mikilu of her lost family and prompted her to take the girl in.
- Last Of Their Kind: She's the last surviving Dutanvir Val, and as such her disappearance after the war was seen as the official end of the clan.
- Pimped-Out Dress: According to the artists who worked on it, her dress is one of the most complicated in the comic.
- Put on a Bus: She disappeared for years before briefly making an appearance at the end of chapter 32. Chapter 43 reveals that she has been in Mimaneid gathering allies.
- Rapunzel Hair: Like nearly all Vals, but hers is notable because of how much volume it has, best shown here. The fact that she is part drowussu like all Dutan'vir is also a reason for said volume, as drowussu tend to have curlier hair than their drowolath cousins.
- Revenge Before Reason: When she goes after Snadhya'rune in Felde the latter points out that instead of spending her time and energy there for the sake of revenge she could be rallying her remaining clan members now that they've retaken their former home. And worse, Snadhya'rune is right.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Chapter 43 shows she wasn't just sitting idly by mourning her fallen clan. She has actively been gathering allies in the city of Mimaneid.
- Skyward Scream: A pretty spectacular one thanks to the use of mana.
- Unexpected Successor: She's considered the top candidate for the leadership of the reformed Dutan'vir, a position she had not been expected to take because of her position with Diva'ratrika.
Minka Sann'ligr Val'Dutan'vir
Formerly a member of the Dutan'vir, he was part of the charge that wiped out most of the clan. After the Nidraa'chal War he was captured and forced to work in the Black Dragon gladiator arena. After Ariel and her friends break Rik'shakar out of the dungeons, he is one of the prisoners set free by Irena to help her against them, only to knock her out and take power for himself. After the timeskip the Black Dragon arena has been renamed to the Black Wolf arena and he has openly allied with the Sarghress clan.
Formerly one of the Val'Sharess' guards, Sker was present when Sil'lice arrived at the Imperial Palace. He later deserted and wound up in the Maeyukir House of the Sarghress. He is mentioned to be the brother of Mikilu.
- Conflicting Loyalty (ran into this when he found Sil'lice at the Val'Sharess tower and she was charged with attempted murder, but ultimately chose Sil'lice over the other Sharen sisters and let her go, and later joined her in the Sarghress clan)
- Defector from Decadence (unlike Nir'naya and Mikilunote Sker decided to leave to join Sil'lice rather than stay in the employ of the Sharen)
- Dual Wielding
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous (he has golem prosthetics that he uses to hold extra shields)
- You Gotta Have Green Hair (notable because he's the only character shown in-series to have this color hair naturally note .)
Lulianne's niece, she was Syphile's friend at Orthorbbae, focused on in the sidestory "Syphile's Great Deed
" (the dialog is canon, but the art was done by a fan for a contest). It's heavily implied that she died during or soon after the Nidraa'chal War, and she never actually appears in any official artwork, outside of Khaless using Sael's face to taunt Lulianne during their fight in Chapter 25
One of Diva'ratrika's bodyguards. She was present with Mikilu in Chapter 1 during her disgrace at the Sharen sisters' party. Unlike Mikilu, she chose not to leave the Sharen and remained one of the Imperial bodyguards (the implication is that she was given Mikilu's old position.) Recently showed up in Chapter 41 after a long absence.note
- Ambition Is Evil (possibly, since Sarv'swati tells her that she finally got her wish to be the head of the Imperial Guards, albeit with a fake Empress)
- Come with Me If You Want to Live (Chapter 45 makes it clear that she was the one who showed up at the end of Chapter 44 to rescue Sarv'swati)
- Conflicting Loyalty (seems to be developing this between her loyalty for the deceased Diva'ratrika and her daughters. Evidently retains some loyalty for Sarv'swati, as shown by her rescuing Sarv'swati from the Council Dome at the end of chapter 44))
- Flechette Storm (she's seen using mana controlled versions of these)
- Hatedom (She's hated by many in the forums who consider her an all out traitor)
- Heel Realization (Looks to be the case for her as of Chapter 30)
- Indulgent Fantasy Segue (she imagines killing Fake!Diva'ratrika)
- Secret Keeper (she's one of the only people that knows for certain that Diva'ratrika is dead though it's uncertain exactly when she found out)
- Token Minority (Looks more drowolath than other Dutan'vir, if she is in fact one, this was probably why the Sharen sisters thought that they could use her as their pawn)
- Turn Coat
- Unwitting Pawn (For the Sharen sisters' coup. She believed that she was staying loyal to Diva'ratrika by remaining behind, but it looks like now she is beginning to regret her actions.)
- Was It Really Worth It? (She betrayed the old guard in order to claim Mikilu's position as their captain. But as a consequence, she is stuck with the dubious honour of being the guard to a fake queen instead of her rightful empress and has been caught in the middle of the Sharen sisters' petty power struggles.)
- Woman in Black
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness (Threatened with this by Sarv'swati if she doesn't keep the fake!Diva'ratrika under control.)
A former Dutan'vir of mixed drowolath/drowussu heritage who is now a templar for the Kyorl'solenurn clan. He can be seen in Chapters 12 and 13 fighting with Kyo'varde and her team against Sene'kha Vel'Vloz'ress and her demon hunters.
- All Genes Are Co-Dominant (Unlike other Dutan'vir, who mostly just look like drowussu with a darker grey shading, Sang'oro is drawn as a direct intermediate between drowussu and drowolath typical traits. His skin is shaded grey-brown and his hair is neither neon like drowolath or pale like drowussu; he has what appears to be a pastel light-purple/faded-pink hair color.)
- Blood Knight
- Meaningful Name (Sang is the French word for blood. This might be to emphasize the fact that he may be a Blood Knight as seen above.)
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid (He managed to enlist within Kyorl ranks, despite their dislike of mixed breeds. Either this means that the Kyorl'solenurn are willing to let individuals prove themselves or Sang'oro is just that Bad Ass.)
- One Steve Limit (Averted somewhat. There is also a Sang in the Sarghress Clan.)
- The Stoic
- The Quiet One
Kai'to Val'Dutanvir (now Sarghress)
A former Val of the Les'wanre house of the Dutan'vir clan, Kaito fell out with his family and left the clan shortly before the Nidraachal War. He first attempted to join the Kyorl'solenurn but was disaffected by their ideals, eventually choosing to join the Sarghress (however he refused to join the Maeyukir subhouse). He is now a Highland Raider alongside Quill'yate and Vaelia!
. He appears in the side stories
depicting the Highland Raiders' adventures on the surface world during Chapter 25 and also in Chapter 44.
First appearing in Chapter 44, Grea'spa is a lobbyist for the fallen Dutan'vir clan at Snadhya'rune's Felde gathering. He has hopes to return the clan to its former glory status. His concept art can be viewed here
- The Smart Guy (said to enjoy intellectual games)
- Wild Card (not officially tied to any existing clan after the fall of the Dutan'vir, but he is heavily invested in bringing his old clan back to power)
A Val clan that existed around 3 centuries before the main storyline, first introduced in a Daydream story. A notable member of this clan introduced in the story is Sal'bara, one of Snadhya'rune's young proteges who later appears in the main story and is all but confirmed to be a Nidraa'chal agent
. The clan itself was destroyed by the Sharen after the assassination of a Sharen Val was blamed on them. Now the clan fortress ruins
are used by squatters.
- Boyish Short Hair (Sal'bara appears with this. Oddly, she had this even before the destruction of her clan and while it was still a Val clan, further suggesting she was a Black Sheep)
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder (Sal'bara indicates that her clan was always at each other's throats and that she could not trust anyone. And if they were indeed responsible for the assassination of a Sharen Val this may be why.)
- The Engineer (Sal'bara at the very least was a talented golem engineer)
- Meaningful Name (scramble the letters in Chai'tioc around, remove one of the is and you get chaotic. Sal'bara's referral to her former clan as being constantly at each others throats thus becomes a lot more telling.)
- The Remnant (Sal'bara is the only known surviving member, and it's implied that this is why she joined the Nidraa'chal, in part to get back at the Sharen)
- Rich Bitch (at the very least Sal'bara was this, since she dismissed Mel as a commoner when they first met)
- Tall Poppy Syndrome (after the assassination of a Sharen Val was blamed on the Chai'tioc, the Sharen retaliated by wiping them all out. Ironically, the resulting war greatly benefited the Sarghress and helped their own rise to Val status, and the Sarghress have proven to be far more trouble for the Sharen than the Chai'tioc ever were.)
A Val clan that existed around the mid 10th century, the Val'Nabhan'veaka created the ambitious Skyhole project, which would permit travel between the Surface in a matter of hours instead of days and make colonization easier. Even more extraordinarily, they managed to unite the clans behind the effort as well, even bitter rivals like the Sharen and the Sullisin'rune. Sadly, the Skyhole collapsed, effectively killing the clan, and set the stage for much of the chaos that was to follow. The Val'Jaal'darya succeeded them as the next Val clan.
The Clan as a Whole:
- All There in the Manual (this clan first appeared in the "Rise of the Jaal'darya" Daydream story, and then certain details were confirmed canon to the Drow Tales universe by the writer.)
- Creative Sterility (after the Nabhan'veaka clan fell, many of the brightest thinkers went with them, as seen in the entries below)
- Disaster Dominoes (besides the immediate physical damage to the surrounding area, the collapse of the Skyhole had several other effects on the main story)
- The collapse trapped many Sarghress troops on the surface and cut them off from the rest of Chel.
- Taking advantage of this, Diva'ratrika had the Sharen led by Sarv'swati attack the weakened Sarghress.
- This led directly to the battle where Sarv'swati fought Quain'tana and made her barren.
- The Sarghress survived thanks to their cavalry making a forced march from the surface and coming to the rescue to their clanmates and Ill'haress just in time.
- The collapse and its after effects ruined the good will that had been building among the clans, setting the stage for the distrust and indifference that would later show itself in the Nidraa'chal War.
- The collapse also took many of Chel's most creative and progressive thinkers with it, and set back the colonization effort for many years.
- The Engineer
- Epic Fail (the collapse was considered the greatest disaster in Chelian history until the Nidraa'chal War)
- Small Role, Big Impact (though not seen in the main story, the failure of their "Skyhole Project" is remembered long after they fell)
- Space Elevator (this was essentially what the Skyhole was, though instead of space it went to the Surface)
The Balvhakara are the second most powerful clan in Nuqrah'shareh after the Illhar'dro. They could challenge the Illhar'dro for power but choose not to, preferring the stability the latter clan brings to the city. Unlike other Nuqrah'sharian clans they actively prepare their members for war; from building mana fueled cannons to training them for combat. The Balvhakara also have ancestral ties to the Chelian Beldrobbaen clan - the two clans originated from the same surface queendom called Phariasta but left at different stages of the Dark Elf exodus underground. The Balvhakara stayed in Phariasta for longer than the Beldrobbaen until the demon attacks proved too strong for the Balvhakara to combat.
- Animal Motifs (the crab, a counterpart to the Beldrobbaen's spider)
- Bad Ass
- BFG (Word of God is that the Balvhakara cannons use a mana blast instead of regular ammo, which while making them less powerful than dwarven cannons gives them the advantage of being rechargeable with the user's mana (provided it has a sufficient core), not requiring heavy ammo or having a recoil.)
- Dark Is Not Evil (like their cousins the Beldrobbaen; most Balvhakara have black hair and dress mostly in black, but are actually pretty reasonable and level-headed people. They also don't challenge the Illhar'dro for power even though they could.)
- Facial Markings (Agneya'mukhi's forehead jewel, and Sara'hilana also has one that resembles a bindi.)
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture (the Balvhakara seem to have an Indian slant to them, since Agneya is a Sanskrit word, several members wear jewels on their faces reminiscent of a bindi, and their homeland is even shaped somewhat like our real-world India)
- Gadgeteer Genius (Though like the Beldrobbaen they are primarily golem engineers, they have advanced technology and have engineered crab golems to a degree not seen outside of Nuqrah'shareh)
- Humongous Mecha (The Balvhakara's crab golems, which are enormous even by the standards of the setting.)
- Instant Fan Club (The fandom formed one for the Balvhakara when they turned up with a giant crab golem in their army.)
- Massive Numbered Siblings (Sara'hilana refers to herself as "The Matriarch's 18th Daughter" and she presumably has as many brothers as well.)
- Mistaken Nationality (When Sara'hilana first meets Baliir, she's mistaken for a Beldrobbaen, which makes sense since the Balvhakara and Beldrobbaen both share a common ancestor.)
- The Needs of the Many (The reason why the Balvhakara chose to support Nega'fanae over Balsii in the battle for Nuqrah'shareh, claiming that the person they are supporting is better overall for the stability of the city.)
- Powered Armor (Worn by the Balvhakara troops.)
- Trouser Space (joked about in a chibi page, playing off the fact that pants in Nuqrah'shareh tend to be baggier than in Chel.)
- Wild Card (Surprisingly for Balsii, Agneya'mukhi, the Balvhakara Matriarch. Despite seeming to have supported Balsii in the past, in the end she chooses to support Nega'fanae even though she was very vocal against the latter's pacifist ways, because as seen above this seems to be the best option for the city's survival.)
The leader of the Balvhakara. Like Balsii, she was very vocal against Nega'fanea's decision to allow Chelian refugees into the city and felt that she was too pacifistic in general, but surprisingly supports Nega'fanea over Balsii during the latter's coup
in the interests of stability in Nuqrah'shareh.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother (one who has at least eighteen daughters and probably as many sons as well)
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Cute Bruiser (readers can infer that she is probably one of these; given her slight physical build yet soldierly attitude)
- Explosive Breeder (in terms of how many children she has given birth to; she probably ranks third behind Ash'waren and Zala'ess for having the most offspring stated in-universe)
- In the Hood (Agneya'mukhi is seen in this style at the Glass Tower)
- Lady of War (Chapters 33 and 34 strongly imply that she is a seasoned warrior, despite the pacifistic policy of Nuqrah'shareh. The minute Balsii publically declares her coup against Nega'fanea she is shown to switch to her powered armor from the floaty leisure outfit she had on in the prior chapter.)
- Short Hair with Tail
- Strong Family Resemblance (to her daughter Sara'hilana)
- Wild Card (to Balsii, who expected her support in her coup against Nega, due to Agneya supporting her in the past)
The eighteenth daughter of the Matriarch, chosen to accompany Chrys'tel and her family on their rescue mission in Chapter 34. She is very excited about the prospect of going to war, considering that she doesn't often get to fight in the peaceful Nuqrah'shareh.
- All Amazons Want Hercules (Possibly part of her attraction to Baliir, since she seems to become interested after he effortlessly tosses her off the turtle summon and later dares him to do it again)
- Bad Ass (Manages to be this despite her relative lack of direct fighting experience compared to her Chelian peers. She successfully rebuffs Ydna and sidesteps Yuh'le, all the while managing to avoid capture as a spy, at least for the short term)
- Defiant Captive (in response to Kalki punching her in the face she merely states "you hit like a boy")
- Deliberate Values Dissonance / Innocent Bigot (despite her generally friendly and chipper attitude doesn't bat an eye at calling drowussu and light elves "pale worms" and seems nonplussed by Kalki taking her blasting "her" ones away so personally. Makes sense when you consider that drowussu and light elves are largely not present in Nuqrah outside of being slaves.)
- Eye Am Watching You (gets this gesture directed at her by Sal'bara here and snarks back in response)
- Genki Girl (as described in the above trope, when she accompanies Chrys to take out the Whispering Tower she's giddy at the prospect of being able to use her cannon. Word of God is that unlike the Chelian characters, most of whom were in at least one serous fight as adolescents, Sara's never actually fought before, so the seriousness of the situation has yet to sink in. Whether or not this changes after nearly avoiding execution by airship remains to be seen. This seems to be the norm in Nuqrah'shareh, which also explains Kyo'nne's attitude and relative lack of fight experience compared to her Chelian peers.)
- Hime Cut (her hair is styled like this)
- Knowledge Broker (her role in Chapter 44 is to gather useful information at the Felde gathering for Zala'ess and her Nuqrah'sharian allies. One thing she does find that may be key in later chapters is the existence of the Ninth Tower from Zhor)
- Massive Numbered Siblings (She is the eighteenth daughter of her mother and presumably has just as many brothers as well)
- Mistaken Nationality (when she first meets Baliir, she's mistaken for a Beldrobbaen, which makes sense since the Balvhakara and Beldrobbaen have a common ancestor.)
- Shipper on Deck (for Chrys'tel and her brother Ked'ren Balvhakara)
- Ship Tease (the story hints that she may have developed a crush on Baliir, possibly due to Freaky Is Cool, since Baliir is, to be blunt, built like a gorilla)
- The Tease (to the point that when she tells Chrys that she has "[has] something for you inside my chestplate" one of the antidote vials Chrys at first assumes Sara is flirting with her and curtly reminds her that she's in a relationship with her brother, with a strong implication that it's not even the first time they've had this conversation!)
- Trouser Space (joked about in a chibi page, playing off the fact that pants in Nuqrah'shareh tend to be baggier than in Chel.)
- Victoria's Secret Compartment (A Sarghress soldier gives her a plague vial and a vial containing the cure to foil the Nidraa'chal's Poison-and-Cure Gambit. Guess where she hides it, which leads to a humorous misunderstanding when she tries to tell Chrys about it)
The third most powerful clan in Nuqrah'shareh after the Illhar'dro and then the Balvhakara. They are a nation of warrior monks that fled to Nuqrah'shareh from their overworld homeland 400 years into the Moonless Age. Despite being drowolath, their outlook and structure is similar to that of a drowussu mindset - being that they actively suppress their inner chaotic natures through their teachings and stress the importance of the clan over the individual. This is part of the reason why most members shave their heads, this is to make it difficult to tell individual Jie'yen apart.
- Animal Motifs (The dragon, though a different sort of dragon than the Sharen's.)
- Bad Ass
- Bald of Awesome / Bald Women (this is a common style for the Jie'yen, making it difficult to tell the gender of individual Jie'yen)
- Chekhov's Gun (the dragon seen in the Jie'yen clan page shows up in Vaelia's story at the end of Chapter 25, and it's heavily implied that the island the Highland Raiders are seen exploring is in fact the Jie'yen's old home.)
- The Determinator (Held onto their homeland for four hundred years after the majority of Dark Elves went underground! This was despite the surface being infested by demons at the time.)
- Facial Markings (Some Jie'yen warriors also sport tattoos on their faces best seen here◊. However they do not seem to be permanent unlike other examples of the trope)
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture (The Jie'yen seem to be this for our real-world China, and come from the Drow Tales world's equivalent of East Asia)
- Martial Pacifist (this defines the Jie'yen philosophy)
- Master of Disguise
- Ninja (Are essentially this trope)
- Pirates Versus Ninja (Averted. They are actually a major supporter of the Illhar'dro whose ancestors were merchant seafarers.)
- Warrior Monk (and apparently Sandaur learned his stuff from them.)
- Wutai (Their culture is heavily based around this genre, particularly in their architecture and clothing styles - all of which seems to be an analog for East Asia, specifically China.)
The leader of the Jie'yen and a strong supporter of Nega'fanea during Balsii's coup
. She does not say much during her appearance in Chapter 34 but her agents are instrumental in rescuing the captive Chelian Vals in said chapter.
- Bad Ass (Is the only spy at the Felde gathering not to be sussed out by Snadhya'rune or her Nidraa'chal agents, unlike poor Nau'kheol, Chrys'tel, and Iliva'fay Sullisin'rune. Sara'hilana Balvhakara is noticed by Nidraa'chal agents but is able to make a getaway, but gets captured later, leaving Anjin as the sole spy to avoid detection. At least until Snadhya'rune starts getting serious and sends her empaths out.)
- Bald of Awesome
- Beneath Notice (His usual method of disguise as seen thus far, where he's disguised himself either as a servant or a commoner, which is actually closer to how real life Ninja operated than in most works)
- Deadpan Snarker
- Facial Markings (His forehead is completely covered in tattoos, but as shown by his Chapter 44 disguise, these are removable)
- Master of Disguise (Has done this successfully three times)
- The Quiet One
The third most powerful clan outside of the ruling Illhar'dro in Nuqrah'shareh. They get their name from their location; the Tower of Dusk. They play a neutral role when it comes to city politics; preferring to support no one clan above another during the coup of Chapters 34-35. An interesting fact about the Duskians is that their founders were drowussu but most of their ranks are made up of drowolath. This was due to the founding members' slow breeding rate and their practice of adopting orphaned or abandoned drowolath children and raising them. By the events of the main story, most Duskians are drowolath but have adapted their normal chaotic natures to being more orderly like drowussu. In this they are similar to the Jie'yen. However their closest analog is to the Chelian Kyorl'solenurn; both clans are fanatically against the Tainted and are responsible for patrolling the city to control nether outbreaks. Unlike the Kyorl'solenurn, the Duskians do not kill any and all Tainted on sight; they were willing to escort Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen and her family through Nuqrah'shareh - provided neither she or her brothers and sister lose control of their seeds.
- Demon Slayer (their primary function)
- Expy (the Duskians in-universe are seen as ones for the Kyorl'solenurn, though their clan page reveals that they prefer to stay neutral in clan conflicts and are mostly made up of drowolath who were adopted by the drowussu founders.)
- Horse of a Different Color (the Duskians are unusual even among drow in that their clan mount appears to be some type of dinosaur, or possibly a large flightless bird since they seem to have some sort of stunted wings. Oddly enough, they also have teeth.)
- Knight Templar (much like the Kyorl'solenurn, though to a lesser extent than the former)
- Lawful Neutral (The Duskians have this as their clan philosophy, maintaining order and controlling nether outbreaks but staying neutral in politics, as evidenced by their refusal to choose either Nega'fanae or Balsii but they step in when nether gates start being opened. In a later chapter a Jie'yen snarks that Craft, who helps hide Chrys'tel's party being snuck into the lower city by showing himself is being "useful for once" )
- Meaningful Name (It was pointed out on the fan forums that the Duskians have this; as dusk refers to the period between night and morning- the Duskians were founded by Drowussu, descendants of Light Elves who are said in early info to have worshipped the sun but are mostly comprised of Drowolath, descendants of Dark Elves who were in the past said to have worshipped the moon. Hence duskian because they represent an amalgamation of both drowish cultures.)
Craft Lumesowa Dusk
A clan native to Mimaneid, they are first encountered in-story during Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta's counterstrike against Sarv'swati in Chapter 44. The Kavahini dwell in the uppermost roots of the world tree in Mimaneid and they have adapted peculiarly to their environment. Word of God
says that readers will see more of them in Chapter 45.
The illhar (aka minor clan leader) of the Kavahini clan, whose support was vital to Mikilu
's plans for gaining support against Snadhya'rune. She is particularly eager to send her warriors to Felde.
A member of the Kavahini who challenges Chess'ria and Chigusa Val'Sharen to a duel.
- Berserk Button (It appears she's really touchy about her height.)
- Extra Ore Dinary (She has an affinity for metal.)
- Pintsized Powerhouse (She's really small compared to other drow; her bio shows a comparison in height between her and Snadhya'rune. Doesn't mean she can't kick ass like the rest of her clan.)
- Butt Monkey (Her first appearance features her being empathically tortured by Kharlaggen. In her second appearance, she gets punched in the face by Jiaan and empathically tortured yet again by a Nidraa'chal empath (Tanavya). She is then beaten to a pulp by Jiaan and finished off when one of Snadhya'rune's summons crushes her to death.)
- By the Hair (Jiaan is shown to grab her by the braid when he overpowers her)
- The Fashionista (Described as this in her concept art.)
- Killed Off for Real (She gets crushed to death by one of Snadhya'rune's summons.)
- Oh, No... Not Again! (says this almost word for word when for the second time that day she gets attacked by an empath)
- Scarf of Asskicking (subverted, she has a scarf but she's the one getting her ass kicked. After Snadhya's summon crushes her it can even be seem floating in the air near where it happened)
The city of Vanaheimr
The last known surviving Light Elf city, the elves of Vanaheimr have secluded themselves in the wilderness
ever since the Dark Elf exodus underground and the end of the Moons Age. Their name for their nation proper is apparently Kveyka. Although the city was initially hostile to outsiders, as of Chapter 41 there has been a successful attempt by the Kyorl'solenurn's Order of Serenity
outpost to establish political links with the city.
- Bavarian Fire Drill (The citizens are so used to following orders that it just takes Freyr telling them to back down to make them leave Shan and Myou alone)
- Fantastic Caste System (Vanaheimr operates on a very strict caste system, as Freyr explains when asked why there aren't more outside. They also seem to draw a clear line between "Vanir" (themselves) and "outsiders" (light elves of slave descent and drowussu) and only consider the former citizens)
- Fantastic Racism (Freyr explains that The Purge carried out on the surviving light elves slaves from Nagyesced took place because they weren't considered "real" vanir. Even Freyr, who otherwise comes off as being fairly reasonable, calls them "a stain" and "a shame". This could be due to a matter of Pride as well however, as the Nagyesced survivors had been enslaved by Halmes, which both elves and drow consider an inferior race.)
- Just Following Orders (Seems to be a common theme amongst them)
- The Purge ( The same night Chiri, Shan and the light elf slaves they rescued arrive, assassins are sent to kill them.)
- Shaggy Dog Story (See the above trope for details)
- Theme Naming (A lot of their names come from Norse Mythology. Interestingly, in Real Life the Norse name for the land of elves was Álfheimr, (whilst in the Drowtales universe it's Vanaheimr, or "home of the Vanir"), who rather than elves were actually Gods. This tells you something about the elves of Vanaheimr and what they think of themselves).
The ruler of the light elves of Vanaheimr. Apparently born into her status, there are small hints that some light elf males are seeking her hand in marriage for political gain. She was formerly co-ruler with the Van note
until he died.
- Bystander Syndrome (According to Freyr, she intentionally turned a blind eye to the assassination attempt on Chiri and Shan so she wouldn't have to bear the guilt of it)
- Hello, Nurse! (The fanbase had this reaction when she first appeared in Chapter 29. A Daydream wallpaper followed soon after.)
- Hot Consort (To the former Van)
- Nice Hat
- Puppet Queen (Implied here. Although highly ranked, due to her powers and being of noble blood, she has no power without a king, her previous King having died beforehand. It seems that several of her chancellors are vying for her hand in marriage as a result.)
- Seer (And apparently Chiri's powers interfere with hers. Given that so far the only three characters who are able to see the future are light elves or drowussu the descendants of the former it seems to be a racial trait)
Freyja van Niroenir
One of the light elves imprisoned in Nagyscyed. She and the other elves were eventually rescued by Ariel and her gang in the "Rescue Faen" arc before splitting up to travel with Chiri'nide and Shan'naal. Sweet and demure she has hopes of finding her brother and her city homeland after being rescued.
Freyr van Niroenir
Freyja's older brother. He was separated from her when they were outside their home city and she was eventually captured by Halme slave traders. He has been looking for her ever since.
- Ambadassador (Has become one of these between the Kyorls and the Vanaheimr nation off-screen after the TimeSkip. Before Chirinide defects from the Kyorl'solenurn after Shimi'lande's assassination she even mentions that she was due to meet with him for negotiations.)
- Bad Ass Cape (Subverted. Chirinide still beats him to a pulp even when he is wearing it.)
- Because You Were Nice To My Sister ( Admits that this trope is the only reason he helped Shan'naal, Chirinide and Myou escape Vanaheimr.)
- Big Brother Mentor (Is very much a caring older brother to Freyja. One of the first hints to show that he may not be all bad)
- Government Conspiracy (Chapter 29 doesn't go into much detail about his father's plans but he and Freyr seem to want to abolish the caste system in Vanaheimr.)
- Grumpy Bear (Initially)
- Jerk Ass
- Knight Templar Big Brother (For Freyja)
- Nice Hat
- Noble Bigot (Extremely prejudiced against those not from Vanaheimr. The "noble" part comes in when despite this he goes through the trouble of saving Chiri, Shan and Myou from certain death)
- Not So Different (He and Chirinide both acknowledge the need for change in the outlooks of both their peoples. However Freyr coldly states that the prisoners killed " were no more light elves than you are" to Chirinide.)
- Power of Trust ( He only helps Chirinide, Shan'naal and Myou escape because they helped Freyja back in Nagyscyed)
- Strong Family Resemblance (Is a miniature version of his father)
- Theme Naming (He and his sister both have names from Norse Mythology).
- Warrior Prince (Not a prince but he is the son of a high ranking light elf and a competent fighter so he fits the trope)
This House mostly plays a role in the Path to Power
games but small references to them have appeared in the main comic. Coming from the fallen city of Shifaye'sindil, they are newcomers to the city and have a different look to other Drow. Their Illharess is An'jhali.
The House as a whole:
- Aerith and Bob (Because each character is named by a player, this is the effect some names have, with some being obviously fantastic and others being variations on real world names, often with an apostrophe or alternate spelling)
- After the End (Not only was their original homeland destroyed, they have also had to fend off attacks on their refugee party from the Black Sun mercenaries and lost their home in Chel.)
- The Cameo (The little puppet Kharla'ggen is holding in one of the main comic wallpapers is of An'jhali, while An'jhali herself appears in Chapter 16, and one player makes a cameo in Chapter 13.)
- Crazy Survivalist (pretty much out of necessity since they first arrived on the outskirts of Chel with only the clothes on their backs)
- Cross-Cultural Kerfluffle (Because their home city was completely cut off from the rest of the Underworld the Tei'kaliath have dealt with several of these due to in-universe Values Dissonance, from referring to their leader as an Ill'haress, a title reserved for the leaders of the great clans to accidentally breaking the Queen's law against fighting in the streets, which is brought up in the main archive here. Once you see the map of the underworld and realize how far away their city was from all the other underworld settlements this makes a lot of sense.)
- Doomed Hometown (Shifaye'sindil fell before the start of the game, with only 2% of the population surviving the Black Suns invasion and the civil war that broke out as a result)
- Hero of Another Story (Their main role is in the Path to Power games)
- Interactive Comic
- Modest Royalty (An'jhali is dressed much more conservatively than other clan leaders but this may be justified due to the Tei'kaliath not having Val status.)
- Naïve Newcomer
- Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid (Word of God is that the unique Tei'kaliath skintone was originally a coloring error, but later on they decided that it actually indicates that the original dark elf nation was more racially tolerant than their neighbors, so there would have been more mixing of light and dark elves, but it happened so long ago that no one really remembers it. It also helps explain the various eccentricities that on a meta level are due to the clan being played by humans)
- Player Characters (every character besides An'jhali and a few other NPCs is controlled by a player)
- Proud Warrior Race (they practice a form of martial arts long lost to other drow nations called Tir'ray.)
- Remember the New Guy (for the most part averted when the clan came to the surface when a newly introduced character could just be an immigrant, and handled in different ways when the clan was in Chel and a character who was part of the original group of survivors suddenly showed up for the first time. The specific ways this was addressed, if at all, varied by player, but generally included some element of having become separated from the group and joining up again later or being in a Heroic BSOD after the fall of the city that they only recently snapped out of, meaning they were there the entire time but not interacting with anyone.)
- The Remnant (They are much closer to their Dark Elf ancestors than other Chelians, since there was no massive generational overthrow of dark elves in Shifaye'sindil as happened in Chel. This is one reason why they have a somewhat paler complexion compared to most other Chelians as well as them being often taller than the average Chelian drowolath.)
- The Rival (To the Black Sun, and the Siksa'santi, who at one point took their ambassador hostage)
- The Wiki Rule ( the gameplay has an unofficial one maintained by it's players) [[/invoked]]
The Ill'haress of the Tei'kaliath house. She came to the role relatively early after the war that devastated Shifaye'sindil.
An'jhali's lover, he was believed dead during the attack on the Tei'kaliath homeland, when in fact he was captured by the Black Sun. He later appeared in a sidestory
done by the Path To Power artist, then later appeared in the game itself.
- Accidental Misnaming (the fact that a lot of players seem to have trouble with his name has turned into something of a Running Gag, with the most frequent misspelling being "Bandai")
- Chekhov M.I.A.
- Easy Amnesia (when he arrives in Chel he remembers nothing, not even his own name)
- Handicapped Badass (losing one arm didn't do anything to slow him down)
- Memetic Badass (as soon as he was introduced in flashbacks the Path To Power plays instantly formed a fanclub for him, and this was poked fun at in game)
Another cameo character introduced in Chapter 44. He is on the hunt for a mate and is present at Snadhya'rune's gathering at Felde. His concept art can be found here◊
- The Empath (attempts to use this during his duel with Jiaan to end the fight quickly. Doesn't work.)
- Hot for Teacher (His concept page states that he was once a student of Snadhya'rune and it is implied that he has a crush on her.)
- Impractically Fancy Outfit (so impractical that many fans suspected it would result in his death since it provides essentially no protection. He does die, but is stabbed up through the bottom of his head rather than in his torso.)
- Joke Character (Not even his sponsor takes him seriously)
- Killed Off for Real (His attempts to woo Snadhya'rune annoy her, so she sets him an Engagement Challenge that ends up killing him.)
- Stripperiffic (His outfit is designed in such a way to show off his torso in the hope of attracting future mates.)
A clan of warriors, they came into being in the aftermath of the Sharen and Sullisin'rune War. Their Illhar is Kendra.
- Fan Nickname (after the hostage incident, several Tei'kaliath note dubbed them the Sexy Santas, especially since so many had trouble spelling their name)
- Private Military Contractors (they essentially play this role in Chel)
- Proud Warrior Race Guy (even more so than typical drow)
- Uncanny Resemblance (Their Illhar Kendra resembles Quain'tana quite a bit◊ though this may be due to the art style. Canonically the Siksa'santi are actually older than the Sarghress, so in-story it may in fact be the other way around.)
The Siyah'Khorshed - aka The Black Sun
The Siyah'Khorshed (aka Black Sun mercenaries)
A loosely organised group of drow nomads that make their living from raiding other clans and cities. They are disliked by the majority of Chelians.
A leader of the Black Sun Mercenaries (or Siyah'Khorshed), a band of nomadic drow from outside Chel'el'Sussuloth first introduced in Chapter 30. He appears to have a low opinion of most Chelians, regarding them as weak and soft.
- Amazon Chaser (he wants both Vidhi'yani and Sarv'swati in very disturbing ways and seems to like Sarv'swati even more after she beats him up. He also explicitly stats that one reason he's interested in Sarv'swati is because she will produce strong children)
- Ambiguous Fantasy Ethnicity (Is he a Dark Elf or is he a Drow? The red skin and coloured hair might indicate that he is a Dark Elf, but his eyes appear Drow like. The other members of the Black Sun however look like standard drow.)
- Barbarian Tribe (The Siyah'Khorshed/Black Sun Mercenaries are seen as this by Chelian city-dwellers.)
- The Big Guy (And how! He is practically a giant compared to most male Drow and could potentially rival Quain'tana as one of the tallest characters in the series.)
- Casanova Wannabe (Makes advances to every female character he comes across.)
- Defeat Means Friendship (What some fans are holding out for if Sarv'swati agrees to allow the Black Sun into Chelian territory.)
- Distracted by the Sexy (He may well have won his fight with Sarv'swati or at least fought her to a draw if he hadn't stopped to cop a feel.)
- Fang Thpeak (Tends to slur his speech and the 'r's in his words are replaced with apostrophes in the text bubbles.)
- Fantastic Racism (Against the inhabitants of Chel'el'Sussuloth.)
- Jerk Ass
- Made of Iron (takes a mana fueled kick from Sarv'swati directly to the chest, and it doesn't even faze him)
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Slasher Smile
- Standard Female Grab Area (Subverted. He tried grabbing hold of Sarv'swati in this manner, but it failed.)
- Worthy Opponent (thinks Sarv'swati is this, albeit after she kicks his ass)
A member of the Earth Tribe (and implied to be Farasank's brother) Farahang first appeared in a 2011 contest story
before being added to the official storyline. He's Shinae's ex-boyfriend.
One of the Sharen's Black Sun allies, working as a slave-driver in the penal colony.
A slave overseer in the Sharen penal colony. She has a penchant for pretty male drow.
- Braids of Barbarism
- Pull the Thread (she attempts this when she sees K'sava in the cells and is asked to let her out, asking K'sava in the Black Sun language how she got in there, but K'sava's response convinces her. Too bad it was actually Ariel, who was Crazy-Prepared enough to know the Black Sun language.)
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here! (after the slave army fortress falls she's last seen with a beautiful Sarghress male in the guise of a slave. Given that Ariel assassinated Nihi'liir while disguised as her it's understandable why Balu wants to get away)
A Black Sun sniper introduced in Chapter 44. Her character concept can be found here
A mercenary working for the Black Sun in chapter 40.
A non-Val clan specialising in the building of golems. After the timeskip they've been absorbed by the Sarghress and contracted to work on their war golems, and the sidestory Battlefield Engineers
focuses on them.
- Brown Eyes (seems to be the usual eye color among members, which is notable in the drow world for being relatively rare, the inverse of the real world where brown is the most common human eye color)
- Gadgeteer Genius (The entire clan falls into this since most other clans rely on them for war golems)
- Goggles Do Nothing (Averted, they are seen using their goggles when ever welding metal together)
- Humongous Mecha
- The Mechanic
- Punny Name (their Illhar's name is Maszyna, which in several Slavic languages means "machine")
- Wrench Wench (the female members of their clan)
One of Ariel's classmates in the Davya Tower of the Orthobbae Legs. Doesn't appear again until after the time-skip in the main comic, but the contest winner of 2011 and 2012 features him heavily in her side stories. His most recent appearance was in the canon side story Battlefield Engineers
- Curtains Match the Window (is both brown haired and brown eyed in the comics)
- Happily Adopted (it was revealed that he wasn't born into the Kal'yantra clan but was adopted into their ranks. He seems happy enough with the set-up however.)
- The Mechanic (this is what he is after the time-skip)
The Guild of Flowers
Guild of Flowers
Part of the trading community at large. They sit in the middle circle at the Council. Most are unaffiliated with any of the major clans except to trade. Their Illhar's name is Naj'wa. After the Timeskip however, it is suggested that they have been absorbed into Val'Sullisin'rune ranks
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold / Miss Kitty (One of the professions their members are involved with)
- Intrepid Merchant (Another of the professions their members are involved in)
- Urban Segregation ( They provide an example of this at clan meetings where the reason they sit in the middle is because they represent middle to lower middle class drow- while the Val clans sit at the top on a higher platform with the lowest of the lower class not even represented at all.)
A minor clan specialising in girliness and PINK. Lots of it. They appear mostly as a running gag in chibi art and side stories, and are not officially canon. Their Illhar is Val'erie.
The Clan as a Whole:
Sixteen years before the events of the main story (pre-timeskip), the Nidraa'chal were a small group that seemingly rose from nowhere and threatened the whole of Chel'el'Sussuloth. Before they arrived on the scene, tainting was limited to accidents in summoning and the victim was seen as "weak" and unable to control their own summons. With the arrival of the Nidraa'chal, this soon turned out not to be the case. The members of the Nidraa'chal were tainted right down to the last man, woman and child of their own volition and spread havoc across the underworld. After ignoring the potential threat for years, Diva'ratrika summoned a Council of all the clans to discuss the problem. This did not have the effect that Diva'ratrika was hoping for; many of the other Great clans felt that the issue was solely a Sharen one
, and the Empress was in a moral conflict. Three of her own daughters were now tainted, and yet she was calling the Nidraa'chal a threat to Drow society. Without the support of the other clans, Diva'ratrika elected to send troops after any and all tainted, causing dissatisfaction amongst the Val'Dutan'vir, who were at the time amongst her staunchest allies. After Snadhya'rune advised Diva'ratrika to stay her hand until she could negotiate with the Nidraa'chal, the latter began to randomly attack civilians, a move unheard of in normal Drow political struggles. Angry for being held back, Diva'ratrika allowed the Sharen to make a strike against the Nidraa'chal, with her daughters Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta leading most of their bloodlines into the front lines. They were able to push back the demon clan but suffered heavy losses. Yet the true plans of the Nidraa'chal were yet to be discovered... and their origins were not what they seemed...
- Arc Words ( "We are the bastard daughters of Sharess...")
- Bastard Bastard (the Nidraa'chal seem fond of invoking this, since they refer to themselves a "The Bastard Daughters of Sharess" and while drow don't have marriage "bastard" seems to carry the connotation of "unrecognized" and "not able to inherit" that the word has had historically. There's also the fact that many note are tainted, which effectively makes them an abomination against drowkind, especially in the eyes of the Kyorl'solenurn. Plus their founder sees the Sharess religion as out-dated in the first place.)
- Big Bad (in-universe they are still seen as a very real threat, especially by the Kyorl'solenurn)
- Black Sheep (a trait shared by many of the members revealed so far, since many of them stood out from their native clans or families. It's also heavily implied that Snadhya'rune deliberately targeted this type for recruitment.)
- Bystander Syndrome:
- Cult (The Nidraa'chal are a secret society of Black Sheep who see the their leader's vision as the way forward for the world. Most of them religiously view the taint as a form of enlightenment and look up to their leader as a sort of savior.)
- Deep Cover Agent ( According to Sha'sana there are sleeper Nidraa'chal agents in EVERY major clan and most of the minor ones as well, and by implication that includes the Kyorl'solenurn, meaning that at least a few agents are untainted. This is backed up by the following characters; Yuh'le, the three Sullisin'rune empaths seen in Nuqrah'shareh and Verthandi of the Beldrobbaen clan, none of whom are tainted.)
- Demonic Possession (Every member was "tainted" - both willingly and by force - and the reason why they were such a threat is that they were willing to forcibly taint everyone they came across whether civilians or nobles.)
- Divide and Conquer (Appears to be the main strategy of their plot. They are responsible for promoting the instability that set all of the clans of Chel'el'sussoloth at one another's throats, and it's heavily implied that their assassination of the Dutan'vir illharess was specifically designed to splinter what was left of the clan, and if so it worked perfectly. As of the timeskip, they are expanding the conflict even further by manipulating a three way civil war in the previously peaceful city of Nuqrah'shareh and pinning it on the Sarghress. Their goal is increasingly looking like an attempt to eliminate all other viable power structures and establish their own in the vacuum.)
- The Dreaded (Sixteen years after they "fell" the memory of what they did to Chel is still a sore point for many, and during the War they were seen as dangerous enough to have the entire Sharen army go against them, something that had never happened before)
- Elite Army (Their leader, Snadhya'rune, has a major hobby of collecting people with unique abilities. Even though the Nidraa'chal only have access to a small army, it only takes a few of their agents to change the course of entire wars. During the Nidraa'chal war, only a few dozen of them were able to wipe out the Dutan'vir clan and half the Sharen army, despite the Sharen possessing the strongest army in Chel.)
- Equal-Opportunity Evil (despite being unquestionable antagonists the Nidraa'chal don't seem to care much about the clans/cities of origin and/or races of their members, and have even been shown to have Light Elves in their employ and it's implied are willing to work with goblins and other "lesser" races)
- False Flag Operation (They set up an anti-val movement to set off civil war in Nuqrah'shareh with treacherous Sullisin'rune agents visible. During one of the Nidraa'chal's raids on Nuqrah'shareh's food supply, they leave a Sarghress sword behind. Since the Sarghress are strongly associated with the anti-val movement in general, the queen of Nuqrah'shareh is on friendly terms with Zala'ess, and she already dislikes the Sarghress, they fall for it hook line and sinker.)
- The Horde (Unleashed an army of demons on Sil'lice and her family during the war)
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (Diva'ratrika is partly to blame for the rise of the Nidraa'chal, since her delay in acting against them led to them being able to wreak such havoc on the drow population, and civilians disproportionately suffered during the War, a direct violation of traditional clan warfare rules. This trope also applies to Sha'sana, who even says that the Nidraa'chal are the result of her actions.)
- Not-So-Harmless Villain (Diva'ratrika states that before the Nidraa'chal, tainted summoners were seen mainly as objects of pity, since they were unable to control their summons and became subjugated by them, and any summoners incompetent enough to get possessed couldn't possibly be a threat to anyone else. Right? This idea backfired spectacularly when it tainting itself began to be used as a weapon.)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning (because the members are tainted though as seen under Deep Cover Agent, at least a few seem to be exceptions to this rule.)
- The Reveal (The Wham Episode Chapter 25 reveals that Not only is Kalki the daughter of a Sharen noble, and worse, Diva'ratrika's own granddaughter, but said noble (Snadhya'rune) is also the clan's ill'haress and one of its original founders.)
- Running Both Sides (the entire clan was a front for the coup three of the Sharen sisters pulled on their mother and Snadhya'rune is later revealed to be their ill'haress.)
- Staged Populist Uprising (They are responsible for one in Nuqrah'shareh.)
- Unwitting Pawn (Played with. During the war between the Sharen and the Nidraa'chal they were the pawn for three of the Sharens' attempt to murder their mother, but Kalki was made aware of this all along so only the "pawn" part is true. However as is revealed in later chapters it looks like the Sharen are now the "unwitting pawns" of the Nidraa'chal and Snadhya'rune, who has her own plans which Sarv'swati even admits do not involve the Sharens (and even Sarv'swati may not know of Snadhya'rune's faulty seeds that affect 90% of the tainted population). Snadhya'rune's ultimate goal is to be empress and she intends to let the majority of Chel destroy itself to let this become reality, and she seems willing to let her own family die in order to accomplish this.)
- Walking Spoiler (Even revealing the names of most known members of the Nidraa'chal are this, since it gives away how they have sleeper agents in almost every clan)
- You Monster! (Even clans who had been neutral about them began to see them this way after they began attacking civilians, something that the drow consider to be a big no-no, if only because it wastes valuable resources and clans would usually just absorb the slaves and goods captured rather than simply destroy them as the Nidraa'chal did)
See this character's entry under The Sharen Clan entry
The first named Nidraa'chal to appear, she appears in the Prologue to fight Sil'lice, and for a long time was one of the most mysterious and speculated-upon characters due to cryptic comments made by Sil'lice. She later appears in Chapter 17 as a "friend" of Snadhya'rune, and in Chapter 25
it's revealed that she's not just Snadhya's daughter, but also Mel'arnach's.
- Affably Evil (it's almost possible to forget that she's a mass murdering terrorist)
- Alas, Poor Villain (after all the strife she's caused some readers still expressed this when Snadhya'rune coldly kills her with all the emotion of disposing of a wrecked toaster.)
- An Arm and a Leg (Kalki receives some Laser-Guided Karma when Ariel eventually steals her arm to replace the arm Kalki cut off.)
- Attention Whore (a lot of her more outrageous behavior seems to be calculated to get some sort of attention, possibly since Snadhya has apparently been a fairly hands off parent)
- Asshole Victim (Ariel stealing her arm is pretty gruesome and clearly extremely painful, but Kalki certainly had it coming)
- Ax-Crazy (her idea of "helping" Ariel get unstuck, and keep in mind the only reason she is stuck in the first place is because Kalki stabbed her hand to the table, is to chop off her arm)
- Badass (Even unarmed, unarmored, and a bit drunk, Kalki is enough to send an entire Sarghress squad into retreat.)
- Bastard Bastard (she's actually referred to as Snadhya'rune's illegitimate daughter in the print copy of one of the books and Kiel calls her a "bastard princess" in a fourth wall breaking piece, and it appears that she's not legally recognized as a Sharen, which makes sense given that she's also half Sarghress and the result of Jaal'darya experimentation, two things that would most likely make her unable to inherit)
- Berserk Button (hurting her "pets", and demonstrated even after Khaless interferes to keep her from killing Sara she punches her in the face and likely would have continued had she not been stopped. Clearly she got one thing from Grandma Quain'tana)
- Blade on a Stick (the end of her summoning staff apparently has a blade or is some type of spear, as seen when she stabs Yami'ni with it. Also adds yet another parallel between her and Ariel, her half-sister)
- Cain and Abel (clearly the Cain with half-sister Ariel, made explicit when she attempts to kill the latter in chapter 46, the first time they meet, no less)
- Counterpart Comparison (with Nui Harime, acknowledged by art the author did showing her as Nui and Snadhya'rune as Ragyo. Let's see: disturbingly chipper while inflicting harm on others? Check. Came to to term in an artificial womb? Check. Loses an arm to the main character? Check. Completely insane? Checkmate. Even the manner of their deaths are similar, with the main difference being that Nui is more than happy to die for her "mama" while Kalki spends her last moments screaming how much she hates hers)
- Also, to Ramsay Snow/Bolton, being the illegitimate child conceived under sketchy at best circumstancesnote of a leader who themselves is no saint but is at least more restrained about their cruelty and madness in public, and who consequently has to warn said child against pushing it too far. Also their actions against their legitimate half-siblings, though Kalki doesn't manage to actually murder hers, while Ramsay (allegedly) does.
- Curtains Match the Window (originally, which makes sense since both of her parents also have purple hair and eyes)
- Cute and Psycho (even Snadhya'rune is put off by her stabbing Ariel in the hand, and then to "help" her get unstuck proceeds to chop off her arm)
- Deliberately Cute Child (almost as soon as she reappeared fans started commenting that she acts just a little too cute...)
- Desperately Craves Affection (along with Attention Whore above, right before Snadhya'rune kills her she declares that everything she's done has been for her mother, suggesting that she only wanted some manner of positive attention from her)
- Dying Declaration OF Hate (Her mother, Snadhya'rune, declares her to have always been a tool, deluding herself into believing herself more important to Snadhya than she is. Snadhya then leaves one of her summons to kill her, and Kalki screams that she hates her.)
- Early-Bird Cameo (Word of God is that the woman standing next to Snadhya in this page from Chapter 11 is indeed Kalki, even though she looks different, presumably because her final design hadn't been decided on. Another possible reason is that she was in disguise at the time)
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones (is one of the most unambiguously antagonistic characters in the series, but her affection for her mother both of them and her girlfriend Sasi seem genuine, as does her her excitement at the idea of meeting half-sister Ariel not that it stops her from chopping off her arm when they finally met for real.)
- Evil Gloating (does a lot of this in her battle with Sil'lice, combined with I Shall Taunt You)
- Freudian Excuse (at least half of her more psychotic personality traits can be attributed to being raised by Snadhya'rune in addition to the rather potent genetics involved in her bloodline)
- Genki Girl (see above)
- The Glomp (to Mel, twice, first after meeting her and then after calling her "Father")
- Godiva Hair (when she appears in chapter 17)
- Green-Eyed Monster (implied to be the reasons for her actions against Ariel in chapter 46. Her response to Snadhya'rune's Get Out is "You don't need her, you don't need them!" which suggests she's none too happy to have to share her mother's attention with anyone else. Later, after seeing Ariel take on her appearance she starts screaming about how the latter is "not taking my place" which suggests a very real fear on Kalki's part of being replaced, which suggests a motive for her early actions towards her half sister.)
- Grievous Harm with a Body (She hits Zhor with the severed arm of his own daughter, Ariel.)
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl (Kalki seems quite fond of the sauce)
- Has Two Mommies / Homosexual Reproduction
- Hate Sink (while Snadhya'rune, who could be considered the primary antagonist, is largely a schemer who keeps up a friendly veneer in public and works largely through passive manipulation Kalki is much more open with her madness and intentions, and consequently a lot easier for the audience to hate. Still, she manages to gain some audience sympathy when Snadhya'rune coldly offs her for no longer being of any use.)
- Hero Killer (She has killed off several recurring cast members, including Yami'ni Vel'Sharen and Shala Val'Sharen and seems to particularly wind up killing members of her own family)
- Hoist by His Own Petard (just like her mother Snadhya'rune, a lot of the misfortune inflicted on her in chapter 46 could have been prevented had she not decided to sadistically play with Ariel and the Sarghress squad instead of killing them right off. Letting them live allows them to rally, take her down and steal her arm)
- (Also, thanks to her past spoiled and erratic behavior, none of the staff bat an eyelid at Ariel-disguised-as-Kalki throwing a guard off a bridge and announcing that she's kicking all the guests out, allowing the Sarghess - and Kiel's crew - to escape.)
- In the Back (seems fond of doing this, overlapping with Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty. She kills Kau'shala by setting a tainted dragon on him from behind, and hits Yami'ni from behind)
- Jerkass Has a Point (surprisingly, her fear that Ariel will "replace" her turns out to be this since Snadhya'rune really does think so little of Kalki that she winds up killing her without batting an eye)
- Just Toying with Them (While fighting a squad of Sarghress, even though she could easily catch up with and defeat them, she chooses to herd them into a tainting room for her amusement.)
- Mel'arnach, You Are My Father
- And by extension, Ariel, I Am Your Sister
- Kick the Son of a Bitch (Let's just say not too many readers felt sorry for her when Ariel repays all the hurt and damage her half-sister inflicted on her and her friends by taking Kalki's arm to replace her own.)
- Killed Off for Real (At her own mother's hands no less. Snadhya'rune, already in a bad mood, finally gets tired of Kalki's antics and has her summons kill her.)
- Laser-Guided Karma (Oh, Kalki. You didn't think cutting off your half-sister Ariel's arm would make her steal and use your arm as a replacement, did you?)
- Lonely Rich Kid (so far just implied, but given how Snadhya'rune says that she was given everything she could possibly need while apparently only getting occasional visits from one parent and not meeting the other until she was already an adult it's not hard to infer. It's also implied that growing up she wasn't around many kids her own age and was raised mainly by servants. This explains why she is so happy when she finally meets her sister Ariel...and her rather extreme response when said sister wants nothing to do with her or anything related to Snadhya'rune.)
- Moral Myopia (takes Sara's actions against her "pets" very personally, but only because they're hers and not out of any apparent concern about them as individuals. She seems completely unconcerned when Ariel uses Ydna as a human shield in a later confrontation and dares her to actually go through with her threat)
- Not Good with Rejection (Kalki's response to Ariel rejecting any familial connection and refusing to stay a moment longer? Stab her hand.)
- Also implied in her relationship with her other parent, Mel'arnach and while the latter hasn't explicitly rejected Kalki Word of God confirms some uncertainty on her part that Kalki is even hers, given the circumstances of her birth and her lack of knowledge of her existence for close to half a century. If so it might help explain Kalki's extreme response to the above.
- Oh, Crap ( Suffers a MASSIVE one when Ariel attacks her from behind and proceeds to steal her arm in retaliation for Kalki cutting off her arm earlier. She freaks out even more when Ariel shapeshifts into Kalki's form, leading the already crazy and battered Kalki to believe Ariel is planning to Kill and Replace her.
- Open Secret (apparently Kalki's existence was something like this to her aunts the Sharen daughters, since at least two (Sil'lice and Sarv'swati) knew about it, and Snadhya'rune hints that the others might've known too)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sanity Slippage (while clearly never the most stable person, Kalki is much more open with her madness after the timeskip, possibly dropping her Mask of Sanity in the process)
- Shadow Archetype (of Ariel, since both were born through unusual means to women with terrible relationships with their own mothers who desperately wanted to have a child, plus they're actually half-sisters through Mel'arnach)
- Irony (Ariel was neglected and abused pretty much since birth, while Kalki was stated to have been given everything she could have wanted and was raised in the lap of luxury that is Felde. Of the two of them Ariel seems to have come out more stable, likely due to her peer network giving her people who can rein in her more impulsive desires while Kalki seems to have limited contact with kids her own age growing up and has little to no self control. It's also pretty clear that Kalki's desire to be seen as valuable to Snadhya'rune is a warped version of Ariel's own feelings about wanting to be acknowledged by Quain'tana.)
- Revenge Before Reason (After suffering a very humiliating defeat at the hands of Ariel and co., Kalki is now very determined to make the Sarghress pay dearly, using a now badly damaged airship to try chase after her enemies as they flee from Felde, despite being badly injured and minus one arm. Snadhya'rune nips the idea in the bud and on the way out kills Kalki.)
- Shrug of God (when asked if she was related to Snadhya, Word of God on the subject was that she was Snadhya's daughter, but Snadhya had never given birth. Later on Exact Words are invoked, since Snadhya went to the Jaal'darya and had the baby carried outside her womb, so technically she never has given birth.)
- Slasher Smile (Gives one while jumping off to a golem platform attempting to single handedly dispatch an entire squad of Sarghress)
- A Sinister Clue (when she grabs Lulianne's katana she's notably holding it left-handed when she chops Ariel's arm off)
- Skewed Priorities (She decides to hunt down a squad of Sarghress visitors for fun. Even as her city falls under attack by actual invaders.)
- Spanner in the Works (in chapter 46 clearly shows her potential to be this for Snadhya'rune's plans for Ariel since her apparently impulsive act of stabbing Ariel's hand earns her a harsh rebuke and she proceeds to up the ante by chopping off Ariel's arm. Later, when Ariel expresses her belief that she is going against Snadhya'rune's wishes, Kalki claims that she's doing exactly what she wants and starts hinting at Snadhya'rune's insidious schemes. At the end of the chaper, Snadhya seems to have realized this and kills Kalki.)
- Spoiled Brat (several characters refer to her as this, and her behavior backs it up.)
- Her mother also indirectly confirms this by wistfully thinking about Kalki's "childhood games" when Rann'dirk is attempting to kill her with earth sorcery.
- Shows up again later where she seems on the verge of a temper tantrum when she's told she has to release Sara and has to be restrained by Kharla's powers before she pummels her into the ground. Given who she was raised by combined with the genetics involved it's perhaps not surprising her personality was prone to warping.
- When Ariel refuses to stay, Kalki stabs her hand to make her stay. She really wants her little sister to be with her, and she's not taking "no" for an answer.
- It's also telling that no one so much as bats an eye when Ariel disguised as Kalki pushes a guard off the bridge into the water and announces she's kicking all the guests out, implying she pulls stuff like this regularly, and Word of God confirms that the staff at Felde are used to just putting up with her antics without question.
- Strong Family Resemblance (Looks a lot like several of her female relatives. Disturbingly, her resemblance to half-sister Ariel crops up a few times, especially here where she's clapping giddily at the thought of Dycle and Jiaan; [the latter of whom she's spent a long time mind raping with her empaths], fighting each other to the death.)
- Tangled Family Tree (Oh boy. Long story short, she's related to half of the main cast in some form or another. And even better, her two grandmothers are Quain'tana and Diva'ratrika!)
- Terms of Endangerment (shown to be a pattern, since she constantly calls Sil'lice "auntie" during their battle during the Nidraa'chal War and refers to Ariel repeatedly as "baby sister" or "Sis" despite, or more likely because, of the latter's rejection of any sort of family connection)
- Waif-Fu (from what's been seen when she fights she does a lot of jumping around and has a pretty small frame, and fans speculate that she uses air sorcery to help her along which makes sense, considering she's related to Ariel, who can do similar things)
- We Can Rule Together (to Sil'lice. It doesn't work.)
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl (Kalki wants her mother, Snadhya'rune's respect. She deludes herself into believing she has it, but deep down knows that her mother considers her nothing more than a tool. Jealous that Ariel is likely more important to Snadhya'rune than herself, she ends up lashing out at her sister. She ultimately never gets her mother's respect and dies screaming how she hates her.)
- Wild Card (Word of God describes her as one, doing whatever she wants at great cost to anyone who gets in her way. This is pretty much the only reason Ariel disguised as her is able to get away with behavior that would be extremely suspicious for anyone else. Snadhya gets frustrated with this behavior at the end of chapter 46 and kills her.)
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
- Tries to use this to excuse her actions and persuade Snadhya'rune to get rid of Ariel. Snadhya'rune responds by threatening her with this in turn. She ultimately makes good on her threat.
- When Ariel tries to take her pet, Ydna, hostage in an effort to make Kalki leave her friends alone, she responds by slitting one of her friend's throats and sadistically dares her to go through with it.
A Nidraa'chal first seen during Sil'lice's flashback in chapter 19
. She is actually a member of the Illhar'dro clan, and appears again in chapter 33, where she kills Sandaur.
See above under The Val'Chai'tioc
Mae, Bae and Sae
who first appear in Chapter 36 in Nuqrah'shareh, during Chrys'tel's sidestory exploits.
- Art Evolution (Sae has gone through this. Compare her first appearance here (she's in the second top panel to the left), to her redesign here.)
- The Empath (Same as Faen's, but more refined. To show just how powerful they are, they ward off one of Faen's "outbursts" (which has taken out quite a few characters in the past), and reopen a Sarghress captain's leg wound when she refuses to reveal anything about the missing vials. They even manage to rout an entire invading army on their own. The only empath powerful than them is Ash'waren, who might be their mother or grandmother.)
- Emotion Bomb ( When a group of Kavahini drow from Mimaneid attempt to steal the airship, Mae, Sae, and Bae arrive and overload their emotions with so much fear that it makes the invaders flee out of terror.)
- Facial Markings (which Chrys immediately recognizes as marking them as Sullisin'rune)
- In the Hood (While two of them wear head veils, one wears an actual hood.)
- Living Lie Detector (While they seem to detect a guilty conscious more than anything, Snadhya'rune gives them permission to search "in depth" for the missing vials and while they manage to track down Sara'hilana and realize she's hiding something, but at that point she'd already covertly passed them to Chrys'tel so their search turns up nothing. It's also implied that this is how they caught An'jin despite him apparently managing to maintain his cover the entire time.)
- Mind Rape (What they inflict on Chrys'tel and company. They also do this to Jiaan over what's implied to be weeks in order to break him into being Snaydha'rune's boytoy.)
- Properly Paranoid (It turns out that Ash'waren was exactly right to be mistrustful of her own family, since the three empaths are heavily implied to be either her children or grandchildren)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning (They have the eyes of tainted drow.)
- Revenge (They flat out refer to their attack on Chrys'tel's party as payback for The Sharen/Sullisin War)
- Same-Sex Triplets (Not confirmed yet if they actually are triplets, but the Theme Twin Naming and identical facial tattoos suggests they may be)
- Tattooed Crook (One sign of their possible relation to Ash'waren)
- Terrible Trio
- Woman in Black: Sae
See this character's entry under the Beldrobbaen
One of Snadhya'rune's "Proteges"
back when she was a teacher at Orthobbae, Yuh'le later became a member of the Nidraa'chal. She was formerly a member of the Kyorl'solenurn but was exiled because she killed someone. (More information and concept art about Yuh'le can be found here.
- Blood Magic (Her speciality)
- Canon Immigrant (Originally appeared in a Daydream story about Mel'arnach and Snadhya'rune's first meeting, but was then sponsored by a reader to come back)
- Cloudcuckoo Landers Minder (Drags Niph off from where she's taunting the captured Sarghress squad. Word of God is somewhat ambiguous on what their exact relationship is, though it's suggested she might be Niph's mother)
- The Empath (While incapable of literal empathy, the mystical version is one of her abilities. Normally, Fae cannot blow up other Fae using blood affinity, but thanks to a form of High Sorcery, using empathy in combination with blood affinity, she can.)
- The Exile (Her family exiled her from the Kyorl'solenurn for a murder. She then fell back on her old teacher, Snadhya'rune.)
- Glass Cannon (her powers mean that she can disable almost anyone from a distance, but she's shown to have difficulty fighting back as soon as anyone gets close enough to actually touch her)
- Kick the Dog (Literally, since she targets small animals with her powers and makes them explode)
- Noodle Incident (The exact details of the murder that got her thrown out of her clan)
- Pink Means Feminine (Subverted, since while she has a primarily pink outfit and pink eyes she's cold, calculating and remorseless)
- Psycho Supporter (For Snadhya'rune)
- The Quiet One (Tends not to say much as evidenced in both the Daydream story she was introduced in and her appearance in Chapter 44)
- The Sociopath (Referred to as such in her concept art. It is strongly hinted that she cares about Snadhya'rune, though, though this may just be Because You Were Nice to Me.)
- Token Minority (Was the only Drowussu member of Snadhya's proteges and is one of the few untainted Nidraa'chal seen thus far)
- Your Head Asplode (One practical application of her powers)
See this character's entry on the the Val'Jaal'darya
See this character's entry on the Nal'Sarkoth
A cameo character created by Sarogo89 and introduced in Chapter 44, his concept art can be found here
Aba'della is a young drowolath male raised to be a mate to Nidraa'chal supporters by his mother. Due to his young age he is shy and retiring, but due to the nature of the role he was raised to play, he is not hesitant about making suggestions to potential mates.
- Abusive Parents (His mother is definitely this, having kept him starved and maltreated just because she only values him as breeding stock for Nidraa'chal females.)
- Baby Factory (He is a gender-inverted form of this trope)
- Bad Ass Adorable (Despite summoning being primarily a female art in the Drow Tales world and his mother mistreating him, he was able to secretly learn her summoning techniques whenever she was out of their home)
- Cute Bookworm (Described as this on his concept page)
- Dude Looks Like a Lady (And how! In fact many forumites were initially confused to whether or not he was a girl until the creator cleared things up)
- Green Eyes (Indicating his Nal'Sarkoth heritage.)
- The Ingenue (In appearance, which makes it weirder hearing him say things like:
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy (Like most drowolath males)
- Multicolored Hair (The front part of his hair is dyed green whilst the rest is white)
- One Head Taller (He and Ash'mita Sullisin'rune are an inversion of the trope)
- Precocious Crush (Appears to have one for older drow females, though this is largely due to his upbringing)
- Shrinking Violet
- Shy Green Haired Boy (His mother is suggested to be a member of the Nal'Sarkoth, but has not been named yet in the comics. He even has to be escorted around the gathering at Felde by Ash'mita as otherwise he would be approaching any available female on the off-chance of them being Nidraa'chal.)
- Sheltered Aristocrat (Raised this way by his mother.)
- Summon Magic (He has studied nether arts but cannot open nether gates)
- Tagalong Kid (It looks like Ash'mita sees him more as this than as a prospective mate)
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl (again with Ash'mita)
Another reader-sponsored cameo character appearing in Chapter 44; she was created by Dalvyserran. She is a rebellious member of the Sullisin'rune clan who has some unresolved issues with her mother Ash'waren. Her concept page can be found here
She is also the mother of Min'issya Val'Sullisin'rune, the administrator encountered by Ariel's group in Chapter 40.
- Blondes Are Evil (One of the rare blonde haired Sullisin'rune members, which may be natural since she's a second generation, and as noted in her concept art she is actually a turncoat for the Nidraa'chal)
- Green-Eyed Monster (She is notably jealous of Snadhya'rune's power and influence. At the Felde gathering she is shown to be giving Snadhya'rune a Death Glare.)
- Facial Markings (Her cheeks are marked with some type of symbol but unlike other Sullisin'rune she does not have painted face tattoos.)
- Grumpy Bear
- Hartman Hips (Her character design has her drawn with relatively large hips and a smaller bosom, this is even commented on by forumites.)
- Mega Twin Tails (The way she styles her hair)
- Mis Matched Eyes (A Sullisin'rune family trait, she has one blue and one yellow eye)
- Mistress and Servant Boy (How her leading Aba'della around appears on panel to readers.)
- Mommy Issues (Her concept art has her pondering whether or not to stab her mother Ash'waren. Judging by the scar Ash'waren sports over her heart in Chapter 39, it is not hard to infer that Ash'mita may have been one of the traitor daughters she warns Faen about)
- Mrs. Robinson (is quite a bit older than her prospective mate Aba'della)
- Race Fetish (Word of God says that her daughter Min'issya is half-Nal'sarkoth, and Aba'della is also a Nal'sarkoth. It's not hard to infer that she has a thing for Greenies.)
- Rebellious Princess (As the daughter of an ill'haress and notably not following standard Sullisin'rune protocols- she has very little by the way of face paint for example)
- The Resenter (Implied to be one towards both Snadhya'rune and her mother Ash'waren for unknown reasons)
- Self-Made Orphan (Heavily implied to have at least attempted this)
- Strong Family Resemblance (To her daughter Min'issya)
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl (With Aba'della)
- True Blue Femininity (She is often dressed in blue clothing)
- Tsundere (Her concept art mentions that she has a love/hate relationship with Snadhya'rune)
A cameo character created by Razorburn, first appearing in Chapter 44. He is nominally a member of the Illhar'dro Clan but is clearly also a Nidraa'chal agent. He acts as a representative from Nuqrah'shareh at the Felde gathering and his character concept art can be found here◊
- Deadly Doctor (His concept page seems to imply that he is one of these, calmly suggesting potions for suicide attempts!)
- Green Thumb (Has a wood affinity which is unusual amongst those of his clan and more common amongst members of the Nal'Sarkoth)
- Mad Scientist
- Master Poisoner (Suggested by his concept page)
- Mistress and Servant Boy (His relationship with Snadhya'rune)
- Not-So-Harmless Villain (He may look like an unassuming character but it is strongly suggested that the gift he gives Iliva'fay secretly a Sullisin'rune spy from Snadhya'rune is in actual fact the deadly parasitic flower that destroyed Blossom's nation. )
- Poisoned Weapons
- Skunk Stripe (Has blue streaks on one side of his white hair)
Another cameo character appearing in Chapter 44. She is an ex-Kyorl who for some reason
was exiled and has ended up as a pet
for Kalki. Her concept art can be found here◊
. Ydna is a sadist with very little self-control.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! (She is so excited by the prospect of getting to fly that Sara'hilana is able to blow her off the roof whilst she is distracted and avoid being captured)
- Author Appeal (an in-universe example, since her clothes were likely chosen by Kalki to reflect her tastes)
- Blow You Away (What Sara'hilana Balvhakara does to her using her cannon)
- Bouncer (Her job is to keep away intruders at the Felde gathering in Chapter 44. Not that she's the best person for the job)
- Butt Monkey (so far every appearance she's had involves her being beaten up and/or humiliated in some way, first by getting thrown off the roof by Sara'hilana, later spooked by the same person with a simple "boo" coming face to face with Chakri Kavakini, getting beaten up by Kau Val'Sharen and having Ariel drag her out By the Hair and get hit with friendly fire when Ariel uses her as a human shield. Given she's Kalki's "Pet" Professional Butt Monkey may well be her job description)
- Cute and Psycho (Heavily hinted to be the case in her introduction on panel)
- Elegant Gothic Lolita (her second outfit is a black dress that gives this impression)
- Human Shield: ( Ariel uses her as this to avoid a few of Kalki's attacks.)
- The Load (Appears to be this for Yuh'le, who doesn't even bother to help Ydna after she is blown off the roof)
- Loose Cannon
- Panty Shot (provides the first such example in the main comic, with Word of God commenting on how there's been very little chance for one before now since almost every female character wears armor)
- Psychopathic Man Child (Just as crazy as her owner. According to Word of God, her current personality is apparently the toned down version)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning (Her eyes are the red color of a tainted)
- Slasher Smile
- Stripperiffic (Her preferred mode of dress; this being pretty much just a revealing swimsuit and black boots. A few readers commented that they almost didn't recognize her when she showed up again in chapter 46 wearing actual clothes)
- Terrible Trio (gleefully tags along with Kalki and Sasi as they go to hunt Sarghress)
- Token Minority (Being a drowussu in a clan comprised mostly of drowolath)
- Wolverine Claws (Has blades attached to both of her hands)
- Woman in Black (Dresses in what is essentially black lingerie; a reversed color scheme of what Mel'arnach normally wears)
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair (Just like Kalki, though her hair is a monotone purple as opposed to the dual toned purple the former has)
- Zettai Ryouiki (she sports a Grade A version, which resemble chaps)
Kalki's girlfriend. Her character concept can be found here◊
- In the Hood (wears a cloak like most Feldians, though her creator states that she is actually of Nuqrah'sharian heritage by way of Val'Raveran)
- Lookalike Lovers (styles herself very similarly to Kalki, even adopting a similar skunkstripe to her lover's hair color scheme, but inverted)
- Mask Power (wears a white Vloz'ress style mask for most of her first appearance on panel)
- Unholy Matrimony (described as enjoying destroying stuff with Kalki for no reason)
- White Mask of Doom (which resembles the Vloz'ress' usual garb.)
A Nidraa'chal who has some sort of relationship to Yuh'le and calls her mother. More information can be found here◊
- Creepy Child (Despite being a very young child, she demonstrates some disturbingly psychotic behaviour, excitedly and sadistically cheering the impending execution of a Sarghress squad that angered the Nidraa'chal.)
- Different as Night and Day (assuming Yuh'le is her biological mother, she's just about as far from Yuh'le's cold demeanor as possible while being just about as psychotic)
- Evil Albino (it's not certain if she's actually albino, but she does seem very pale even for a Ssu)
- Small Annoying Creature (taunts the captured Sarghress squad, who threaten to bite her head off, and Word of God says she's based off a real life ferret)
- Sticky Fingers (described as a klepto, and in her concept art Kiel's mask is among the thing she's nicked)
The Stone Company
A trade company specializing in overworld and underworld goods, headed by Dhal'zin and several generations of her Halme allies. This was the subject of a podcast and Dhal'zin herself also appeared in Chapter 20.
The owner of the Stone Company and a trading partner of the Illhar'dro.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Gender-Blender Name
- In the Hood (wears a long cloak with a hood)
- Interspecies Romance (with Kai and possibly Fen too in the past. It's somewhat ambiguous just how far their relationship goes, but she's certainly flirtatious with both of them.)
- Statuesque Stunner (One of the tallest drow females seen in-story)
- Super Breeding Program (Of a sort. Word of God is that she intentionally bred Kai's family with people who would give them coloring similar to a dark elf, apparently for her own amusement. She also names each successive generation with names with the same first letter, so Fen is part of the F Generation, Kai part of the K Generation, etc.)
A Halme merchant who became friends with Dhal'zin several decades ago, and his family has been part of the Stone Company with her for several generations. He was also a part of Dhal'zin's breeding program, with his descendants continuing to work with her till the present day.
A descendant of Fen in the present day. He is present in Chapter 20 with Dhal'zin at the Ill'har'dro surface outpost that Kyo'nne reports to.
Others / Clanless
Originally a Dark Elf turned into a spider after receiving life threatening injuries, Zhor is Mel's constant companion and the father of her child, Ariel
. He may very well be the oldest character in the setting, having already been an adult during the Moons Age.
- Bishōnen (His new elven body, assuming it was what he really looked like in the past, is not bad looking at all
- Disabled Hottie (In Chapter 44, he is wheelchair bound as he readjusts to the use of his legs after spending centuries as a spider.)
- Emergency Transformation: Turned into a Giant Spider in his backstory when his original body was mortally wounded. As of chapter 44 his original body was restored.
- Facial Markings (He has silver markings on his face as shown after he is returned to his original dark elf form.)
- Genre Savvy (He knows that Snadhya'rune is nowhere near as nice as she pretends to be, and that Mel is being manipulated like a puppet on Snadhya's stings)
- Good Parents (especially compared to many of the other parents in the series Zhor stands out as being extraordinarily understanding and supportive, and consoles Mel about letting Ariel get the hell out of Dodge, in this case Felde helped by the fact that he's done this before)
- Handicapped Badass (it's evident where his daughter Ariel gets it)
- Human Resources (A slave's life was sacrificed to create his new body. He does not look happy when he learns this.)
- Interspecies Romance (Despite appearances, Zhor is actually a subversion, since he's a Dark Elf that was transformed into his current state)
- Luke, I Am Your Father (apparently Ariel was informed of Zhor's relationship to her over the timeskip, but her reaction wasn't shown)
- Mysterious Past (despite now being able to talk again much of Zhor's past, such as how he became a spider, what he was like prior to the Moonless Age and much of his history before he met Mel is a complete question mark. So far a couple of the leads we have say that he fathered at least two drow children prior to Ariel and apparently knew Diva'ratrika well enough to be privy to her concerns about Snadhya'rune's sanity, something she probably wouldn't have told to just anyone.)
- Only Sane Man (See the inversion of Women Are Wiser. Also he seems to pick up on Lulianne's possession by Khaless quicker than Mel'arnach does, does not seem to be as charmed by Snadhya'rune as she is, and in Chapter 44 directly tells Sara'hilana that Snadhya is "truly insane" and that Diva knew of "the sickness in her daughter".)
- Papa Wolf (in chapter 46, he's pissed when Kalki stabs Ariel's hand. After Kalki outright chops off her arm and attacks Lulliane, he manages to pin her down despite his crippled condition, throwing himself out of his wheelchair out of sheer willpower.)
- Purple Eyes (Like his daughter)
- The Unintelligible (Due to being a spider, the most he can do is chitter, though it was strongly suggested that he and Mel'arnach could communicate through sign language. It also means that unless we get a flashback from his perspective we'll likely never know what his real story is. As of Chapter 44 now that he's humanoid again though, we presumably will)
- Shapeshifting Squick ( How Ariel was conceived. One of the editors clarified that the actual process of shapeshifting wasn't involved in Ariel's conception, but the sheer fact that he's, y'know, a spider still makes it fall under this. If you really want to know...note )
- So Proud of You (Towards his child, Ariel, for not stealing someone else's arm.)
- Strong Family Resemblance ( Once he gets returned to his original elven body, his resemblance to Ariel is striking)
- Was Once a Man (Elf, that is and now he is again thanks to the Jaal'darya)
- What Happened to the Mouse? (Was unaccounted for following the timeskip and not seen in Mel's company, which led to lots of concern from fans about where he was. As of Chapter 44 the Jaal'darya apparently found him at some point and somehow returned him to his dark elf body)
- Women Are Wiser (Inverted with him and Mel'arnach. He seems to be the voice of reason as seen during their conversation in Chapter 44 and even Kel'noz acknowledges that like him, Zhor is the one to keep the Hot-Blooded females of the family reasonable.)
- You're Insane! (He exclaims "You are all mad!" to Kalki and her colleagues.)
A sentient demon and shard of a great demon god. Was originally summoned to fight in the Black Dragon arena, but has since escaped and taken over another body, which is being hunted by the Vloz'ress so they can summon another demon and Take Over the World
- Absolute Cleavage (crosses into Fan Disservice here)
- Blue and Orange Morality (as a demon, she really has no concept of morality and acts purely on instinct)
- Fearless Fool (When her ancient enemy, an intact demon god arrives to devour her, she excitedly announces "Prey!", despite no longer having the power to match it)
- Grand Theft Me (how she got her current body)
- Killed Off for Real (Her aura is devoured by her ancient enemy.)
- MacGuffin Girl (sort of, if by "girl" you mean "bloodthirsty demon)
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Pieces of God (She is the last surviving fragment of what was once an enormously powerful demon god.)
- Psychopathic Manchild (She is a Vel'Akar, a sapient demon. But because she is the sole surviving fragment of a destroyed, larger entity, she is deeply confused and unable to think of things in terms other than hunting prey)
- Transformation Of The Possessed (Her latest body originally belonged to a drow woman, but over time, the body's appearance has been twisted into something more draconic, closer to the former demon god's original form.)
The former headmistress of Orthorbbae, she narrates part of the Prologue and appeared in one page
, where it's implied that Snadhya'rune killed her. She later turns up alive and well in Chapter 25, and appears to be biding her time until Snadhya's plot implodes
- Bystander Syndrome (How she feels about Chel, since her only goal is to resurrect Sharess. Lulianne is not happy to hear this and tells her that by doing nothing she aids the Nidraa'chal)
- Chekhov's Gunman (Her entire appearance in Chapter 25.)
- Deceptive Disciple (Snadhya'rune was this to her, and Sha'sana knew it by the time she was betrayed)
- Exotic Eye Designs (Her pupils are shaped like spirals, and according to Word of God this is due to her undergoing a sort of tainting that's not quite demonic tainting but similar. The implications of Liriel's eyes turning the same way as Diva'ratrika starts to manifest is that she has undergone some sort of aura fusion, and later confirmed in chapter 39 when Kiel'ndia displays the same type of eyes and Khaless explains that it means she's fused with her seed)
- Gone Horribly Wrong (The tainting process, which originally was a device to help the drow resettle the surface. However Snadhya'rune warped it to fit her own plans for takeover with intentionally faulty seeds)
- Living Relic : one of the last living dark elves. If the Daydream side story has any canon within, she was Sharess' own court High Summoner, making her one of the oldest and most powerful beings in the setting.
- Mummies at the Dinner Table (It's hard to not think of how she's keeping Sharess' body as this)
- Neglectful Precursors (Besides being a surviving dark elf, Sha'sana was also largely responsible for the current trend of tainting, though the Nidraa'chal were not her direct doing)
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (As mentioned above, her research into tainting led to other unscrupulous characters turning it into a weapon of war)
- Person of Mass Destruction (Though not yet shown, given what we know about her and what we can infer from what Diva'ratrika was capable of, Sha'sana is probably a massively powerful dark elf)
- Seen It All (Has this tone, and Wild Mass Guessing is that she's inherited memories from her ancestors)
- Time Dissonance (She refers to periods of 25 or 30 years like they're a few minutes, and seems to have a detached and bored tone when talking about how Snadhya'rune's plot will fall apart soon enough)
- Well-Intentioned Extremist (Her research into stable demonic seeds was meant to help the drow resettle the surface, and she hoped to find a way to remove the seeds at some point as well)
The savior of the Dark Elves from the nether beings and leader of her people into the Underworld, Sharess was worshipped as the Goddess of her people for centuries, but by the time of the story the religion had largely died off save for the Kyorl'solenurn and a few pockets of worshipers.
- Alternate Character Interpretation (This exists for her in-universe. She's seen as a goddess by the Kyorl and her surviving worshippers, while the Sharen use her image to help them retain control but don't seem to buy the "goddess" part. Diva'ratrika, one of the few people alive who actually knew her, is implied to think of her as more Warts and All, and feels like she was abandoned with a crown she never wanted, while Sha'sana believes she can unite the clans if she comes back, and preserves her body for this purpose. And then Kiel'ndia speculates that if there is anything left of Sharess after spending so long in the nether realm that by now she has to be a demon, and this suggestion greatly angers Chiri. "Sharess is Dead" is also seen as graffiti on one of her statues implying that the common people don't put much stock in her legends anymore.)
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence (this is what both the Kyorls and the Vloz'ress believe to be the case but they fall on opposite sides of the argument. However according to a non-canon Daydream story the truth is implied to be somewhere in-between. Currently that version of Sharess is a physical goddess with a case of split personality disorder due to being composed of three separate beings.)
- Facial Markings (The nine-eyed mark is her symbol, and that of the Val'Sharess and those associated with her (note ) )
- The High Queen
- Messianic Archetype
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (She made a promise to return the dark elves to the surface, but has been unable to fulfill said promise for over a millennium. Because of said promise, the dark elf generation tried to retain control, breeding resentment from their drow descendants and eventually causing conflict between the generations that destroyed most of the surviving dark elves. While intergenerational strife is largely over mostly only because you can count the number of remaining Dark Elves on one hand, the current war tearing Chel apart does have some roots in the conflict her promise caused.)
- Oh My Gods! (In-story, people use "Sharess" or "Goddess" in place of "God" in many exclamations)
- People Jars ( Her body is kept in one by Sha'sana)
- The Promise (Her pledge to return the Dark Elves to the surface, though it hasn't been fulfilled yet and many Dark Elves lost hope that it ever would)
- Queen In The Mountain (It's said that she will return to lead her people to the Surface again, but after 1000 years there's no sign of her. Sha'sana plans to change that.)
- Rapunzel Hair
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask (One Alternate Character Interpretation of Sharess that exists in-universe)
A semi-mythic figure, the Vel'Cahal was a knight of Sharess who was said to have taken a demon into their body and fought off the demonic hordes. In universe, Vel'Cahal is a popular subject of stories.
- Alternate Character Interpretation (Like Sharess, he is an in-universe example of this, since so little is actually known about him)
- Determinator (Vel'Cahal is described as being so thoroughly tainted that only sheer willpower kept him moving)
- The Dreaded (With a name that translates to Demon Poison this is a given)
- Gender Flip (It's suggested that the Vel'Cahal was actually a male knight, but was changed into a woman in later re-tellings, If the Daydream Archive story dealing with the events after Vel'Cahal and Sharess disappeared is accurate, then the rumors that he was a male knight would indeed appear to be true.)
- Heroic Sacrifice (Stayed behind even after the other elves had fled underground to fight off the demonic hordes)
- Lady and Knight (with Sharess, when portrayed as a male. They're also sometimes shown to be lovers.)
- Meaningful Name (Vel'Cahal means "demon poison")
- Shrouded in Myth (because almost everyone who would have known the actual Vel'Cahal is dead, details about him, including his gender, vary greatly. Only three or four people currently active in the present storyline likely know the truth. One is Zhor, mostly because he was an adult Dark Elf back when Sharess was still alive and also one of the royal bodyguards back before he was injured saving a young Diva'ratrika's life, another is obviously Diva'ratrika, even in her current form as Diva, the third is Ash'waren because she was friends with Diva'ratrika when both of them were children and note . The fourth possibility is Sha'sana, who knew Sharess in life and is currently in the Ninth Tower of Orthobbae guarding her body.
Tralyn the Clanless
An aged history teacher in the Legs (i.e. male section) of Orthorbbae. He first appears in Chapter 2, stunning Ariel and her other classmates with his visibly aged appearance. Well versed in the knowledge of Drow history and culture he is a favourite amongst the pupils of Orthorbbae's Legs and is the one to suggest that Faen run away to the surface after she injures Nihi'liir and critically wounds a teacher
. He also appears to be on good terms with Kel'noz.
- The Chessmaster: No one knows exactly what he and the other headmasters (including Kel'noz) are plotting, but they're definitely up to something.
- Cool Old Guy: Much like Rosof of the Sarghress he is notably lined and haggard in the face, due to spending a long time away from the mana pool. Unlike Rosof he will not age further because he was not away for too long and got back to Chel quickly enough.
- Green Eyes: Of the bright and vivid variety.
- The Magnificent: His moniker the clan-less. Even as a history teacher he is still allowed to keep his clan name, since most of the other male masters still use them, and it's not been explained why he specifies that he's "clanless" as opposed to just going by his name, as Sha'sana and a few other independent characters who do not identify with any specific clan have been shown to do, and even Chelian commoners appear to use surnames most of the time.
- Mysterious Past: Again regarding his moniker. When Ariel and her classmates ask him about he claims that it is a story for another time. Also counts as a Noodle Incident, since presumably something happened that made him clan-less.
Blossom / The Flower Queen
A friend of Val'sharess Diva'ratrika and Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune
from their younger days living on the surface world long before the Dark Elf exodus underground in the current Moonless Age. Her story is expanded upon in a side story in Chapter 39 created by Kite.
- Be Careful What You Wish For (Her whole story can be seen as a warning about this trope, especially the way Diva tells it to Faen and Ariel)
- Celibate Hero (But less by choice and more due to circumstance She had few Dark Elves left of acceptable breeding to mate with and she despised the available drowolaths to the point of not even wanting to mate with them)
- Childhood Friend (To Diva'ratrika and Ash'waren)
- Courtly Love (A deconstructed version. Knight goes on an epic quest to bring back a McGuffin for his beloved? Check. Is said quest the only way to win her love? Check. Knight succeeds in mission and reunites with said beloved? Check. Knight and his beloved live Happily Ever After? Uncheck. The McGuffin is actually an Artifact of Doom which kills his beloved, their children and his entire city. The knight goes on another quest to the surface, this time for revenge on the sentient forest that gave him the deadly flower. The readers are not told if he succeeded. )
- Death by Materialism (She loved flowers far too much...)
- Death by Racism (time delayed version: while she eventually got over her hatred of the drow and even had several children with the Flower Knight, her unwillingness to mate with them to begin with eventually and indirectly caused her death)
- Dark Skinned Red Head (Obviously being a redheaded Dark Elf)
- Engagement Challenge (Asked anyone who wished to become her mate to go to the surface and bring back a specific flower she remembered from her childhood memories. However she never actually expected anyone to succeed.)
- Fatal Flaw (Her pride. All the misfortune that befell her city could have been avoided if she had not been too proud and hateful of the drowolath to mate with them in the first place)
- Flower Motifs (She was one of the princesses of a Moons Age queendom known for producing beautiful mana flowers. By the Moonless Age she had tried to recreate a version of her surface homeland underground)
- Green Eyes (To go with her red hair)
- Green Thumb (Had an affinity for growing flowers)
- Heroes Want Redheads (The knight who won the above Engagement Challenge certainly did)
- The High Queen (Projected this image to her subjects but in reality was a Noble Bigot)
- I Gave My Word (At least she wasn't prejudiced enough to go back on her word to marry the knight who brought back her promised flower)
- Lady and Knight (Blossom being the lady in question and her future mate the knight.)
- Only Known by Their Nickname (the Daydream story that introduces her says that in her culture their names are earned, not given, and "Blossom" is merely what Diva'ratrika can call her in the meantime since she's too young for an adult name. In Diva's story she's referred to only as "The Flower Queen" and her adult name is never stated)
- Shaggy Dog Story (The ending of the Flower Knight.)
- Small Role, Big Impact (She doesn't appear in the main comic outside of Diva'ratrika's memories, but the destruction of her queendomis a huge Chekhov's Boomerang for the existence of a parasitic mana-eating flower only hinted at in a previous side-story. And the gun has been fired once again in Chapter 44, page 64.)
- Springtime for Hitler (never expected anyone to actually succeed at her Engagement Challenge)
- We Hardly Knew Ye (Some readers were hopeful that she had survived up til the current Moonless Age, but the Flower Knight side story confirmed her death.)
- World's Most Beautiful Woman (In-story she is described as being the most beautiful woman of her time and the "gem of her city")