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Background InformationOne of the Nine Great Clans (and the fourth to come to power after the Sharen, Sullisin'rune and Illhar'dro), the Beldrobbaen have a very traditional view. Unfortunately, this is part of what's killing them, as their refusal to adopt new members or mate with anyone who is not of Val status (combined with the loss of an entire generation of girls in a demon attack) has meant that their numbers are severely diminished. They make up one of the four "Great Clans" of the Council of Nine.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders.
- Blue Blood: They have a very old aristocratic bloodline that dates back to the Moons Age, but their attempts to keep it this way is largely responsible for their current state. This trope is also the reason why all members, even subhouse members, are automatically Vals.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: As of the Timeskip, they are fighting alongside the Sharen against the rebel clans. While they are clearly losing at this point and nearing their demise, they still manage to cause the rebel clans a significant amount of trouble by taking very desperate measures. In fact, the Beldrobbaen were the main reason the Sarghress were stuck in a bloody deadlock for so long, in spite of their increasing numerical advantage. It isn't until the Beldrobbaen pull out and the Sarghress launch a major sneak attack that the Sarghress finally start making significant progress in the war.
- Dark Is Not Evil: They dress in all black and revere the darkness... but they are no better or worse on average than the other Val clans.
- Despair Event Horizon:
- The massacre of a generation of girls at Orthorbbae caused many members to cross it.
- When all of Chel, including the Beldrobbaen, are briefly subjected to Mass Hypnosis, the Beldrobbaen take it particularly badly, with most of the clan falling ill and making excuses to remain in their rooms. And then it's revealed that at least one devess, and probably a lot more, have been infected with the Jaal'darya's parasitic flower...
- Hair Color Dissonance: Most Beldrobbaen members canonically have black hair, but chapter 48, which focuses on them, renders it a very dark navy blue instead on some members, apparently to give some visual variation since just about everything in the Beldrobbaen fortress is a shade of pure black and doing the same with their hair would render entire pages virtually monotone.
- Kick the Dog: After the timeskip, they're one of the clans behind the Penal Colony of Dari'yako, a place described as being hellish.
- Lawful Neutral: Their general strategy and clan philosophy is to wait, like a spider, and not involve themselves in outside disputes unless necessary .
- No OSHA Compliance: Their fortress is actually on the ceiling of Chel's main cavern, does not have glass in many of the windows, and has multiple golem elevators without handrails. Predictably, during Chapter 41 several characters either get close to or actually fall off to their deaths.
- And then quite a few more in chapter 48, due to the citywide People Puppets event depicted in the previous chapter- a number of the helpless, puppeted Beldrobbaen fell while mindless and controlled by a powerful demon and its host, a hard blow to an already small clan.
- Pride: The Beldrobbaen are a Blue Blood clan and look down on the commoners. While they have long served as de facto vassals to the Sharen clan, Diva'ratrika and Sarv'swati had the sense to treat them as if they were equal allies. When Snadhya'rune threatens the world with a Poison-and-Cure Gambit, the Beldrobbaen refuse to kneel to her out of principle.
- Proud Scholar Race: They have an entire house of males devoted to scholarly pursuits.
- The Purge: During the Nidraa'chal War, after a tainted slave attempted to kill a Val Waes'soloth personally killed every last slave and servant.
- The Remnant: They're one of the oldest clans in Chel, and home to at least one Dark Elf, the ancient ex-Imperial Guard Thalestris.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They willingly allied with the Sharen in the District War in order to eliminate the Sarghress and maintain their traditional power. But their numbers had already been dwindling, and the war gradually turned in the Sarghress clan's favor, causing Wae'soloth to desire an excuse to pull out. In chapter 41, after the assassination of Diva's body double by Kiel, Waes pulls back the Beld troops from the warzone, and rumors start that their alliance with the Sharen is on its last legs.
- Slobs Versus Snobs: Somewhat on the snobbish side of the scale as they pointedly refuse to mate with non-Vals and do not adopt commoners. Despite this the clan seemed to be on the side of reasonable authority compared to other Val clans, at least prior to the Timeskip. After the timeskip, however, they have been working with the Sharen and Black Sun to enslave much of Chel's populace in a desperate bid to retain control over the empire, and are one of the clans behind the Penal Colony of Dariya'ko.
- Vestigial Empire: The Beldrobbaen are descendants from what was once a powerful Dark Elven sub-race from the continent of Phariasta, which is also where the Balvhakara clan originated. For several centuries the Beldrobbaen were second only to the Sharen in terms of power within Chel. Unfortunately, their numbers took a big hit during the Orthorbbae massacre and entire houses have died out. Add to this the fact that it's traditional to turn the father of a child into a Drider in order to serve as their protector, in the process making that male unable to sire more children, and you have a recipe for disaster even after the Belds have largely curtailed this practice.
Waes'soloth Val'BeldrobbaenThe powerful and mysterious Ill'haress of the Beldrobbaen, Waes'soloth is described as being the only thing holding the declining Beldrobbaen clan together.
- Berserk Button: A mild example, but she expresses an extreme dislike for the Jaal'darya on several occasions, even in a context where they wouldn't otherwise come up. Then there's what she did to their ambassador... In chapter 48 she puts it aside enough to ask them for help to combat the parasitic flower.
- Casting a Shadow: While the exact details have not been explained, she appears to specialize in a form of shadow sorcery that allows her to manifest Combat Tentacles and vanish.
- Curtains Match the Window: Probably natural, since Waes is most likely a second generation drow.
- Face Palm: Her response to a Shipper on Deck's attempts to get her and the Beldrobbaen headmaster to have babies.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: In chapter 48 while interrogating a possible traitor, said traitor states that her family locked themselves away due to the poison. Which draws Waes's suspicion, since she had not yet had the chance to officially report to said family that the Belds may have been poisoned.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Nin'dil's sanity has been in long decline due to the deaths of family members. After the entire clan experiences a traumatic incident, she completely loses it and blames their deaths on Waes. She proceeds to attack Waes with a decorative sword and gets stabbed by Waes's shadows. While Nin'dil starts sobbing in denial over a Beldrobbaen corpse, Waes finishes her off.
- Knight Templar Parent: See below.
- Mama Bear: Single-handedly killed every slave in the fortress after a tainted slave went after one of the children.
- Married to the Job: When Ischa plays the role of Shipper on Deck, urging Waes to add to the clan's list of births, Waes responds that she has had too many losses and the clan is her child.
- Modest Royalty: Considering her status and compared to the other Ill'haresses Waes dresses pretty plainly, though her lack of ornamentation may be as much a statement as their inclusion on others' clothes. Another explanation could be that she dresses modestly because it's rude to stand out or wear bright colors in Beldrobbaen culture, as Naal'suul explained to Kiel'ndia.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Apparently her spider "legs" are actually shadows.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: One tainted slave tried to kill a Val, so her response was to kill all of them, regardless of whether they were tainted or not. According to the clan podcast this was an unpopular decision among the other clan members as it led to an over-reliance on golems and some of the nobles having to do their servants' former duties themselves, leading several of them to believe that Waes has snapped. In chapter 48 she noticeably averts this, first by simply throwing out the servants instead of killing them all like last time, then prevents Verthandi from being murdered by her clanmates and finally does not kill Laan's sixth-born even though the girl fully expects it.
- No Indoor Voice: As can be inferred from her speech bubbles, she speaks in a loud, echoing voice.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Usually one of her eyes is covered by her hair.
- Person of Mass Destruction: According to Word of God, Waes'soloth is old enough and powerful enough that, if she went all out and had nothing to lose, she could take out an entire army, not to mention that she has canonically killed hundreds of slaves by herself.
- Rich Bitch: Despite her Modest Royalty status, Waes clearly has some class issues demonstrated by her callous disregard for the lives of her servants (up to and including murdering all of them after a tainted one tried to kill a Val) to the point that everyone is genuinely shocked when she prevents another Beldrobbaen from striking a servant.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As tension boil over in the clan she simply leaves, unable to deal with it anymore and escapes to the roof outside.
- Spanner in the Works: After the timeskip, she orders that the death of Diva'ratrika's double be announced very publicly, implying that she intends to bust the deception wide open on Sarv'swati, and begins to pull back their troops from the war zone. There's also a heavy implication that she was waiting for an opportunity like this in order to do it, since an earlier conversation with Naal indicated that she had her suspicions about whether Diva was still alive.
- The Stoic: When Kharla'ggen's Phlebotinum Overload results in all of her fellow Beldrobbaen being made into mind controlled puppets trying to kill her, she seals herself into her room and enters a daily routine in solemn indifference.
Naal'suul Val'BeldrobbaenWaes'soloth's daughter and heir who was the only person to survive the massacre at Orthobbae-albeit heavily tainted. She is a former member of Chry'stel's Girl Posse at Orthorbbae and Kiel'ndia's best friend. Naal'suul is often the voice of reason amongst her friends.
- Ambiguous Situation: Just how much of Naal is left after her possession? It's really not clear. And in chapter 47 the "Kiel" that Kiel hears right before Naal falls away with Kharla might be from Naal or it might not be. Even Word of God is ambiguous on it.
- And Then John Was a Zombie
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Inconsistently. After the Time Skip, her clothes have long worn away, leaving her chest quite exposed. Sometimes the art shows nipples, other times, it does not. Mostly seems to be related to how far away she is from the "camera" at the time, as close ups tend to feature them while further shots do not, mostly because her areola seem to be the same shade as her skin
- Big Damn Heroes: In chapter 47 she starts devouring Kharla'ggen just as Kharla'ggen's Phlebotinum Overload was starting to People Puppet Kiel.
- Body Horror: what the glutton demon turned her body into.
- Break the Cutie: pre-broken, though we do see flashbacks of before.
- Catch Phrase: To Kiel: "You're weird." Eventually turned into something of a compliment.
- Cool Pet: Her spider, usually seen riding on her back, nicknamed "Fuzz Fuzz" by fans.
- Cry Cute: See Not So Stoic.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has this effect on Kharla of all people.
- Deadpan Snarker: She makes the same sort of comments she did before her tainting, but due being an Emotionless Girl now she does it with a deadpan expression.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Dyes her hair black, dresses in all black, specializes in shadow sorcery, comes from a Clan that reveres darkness, and is the closest to what humans would consider good or moral.
- Demonic Possession: Was accidentally tainted when a teacher's seed at Orthorbbae, and is at risk for this due to being tainted to the core. It does take her over eventually.
- Determinator: The fact that she's kept her seed at bay for as long as she has is seen as evidence of this in universe, as is the fact that even once it takes her over she retains at least some control after the 15 year timeskip, and Word of God and what happens to Sabbror later confirm that those who manage to resist have a higher chance of retaining some of their personality once their seed takes over.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She eats Kharla.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: At terrible cost to herself, as the Demon God/Kharla starts attacking her, and ends up making both of them fall to their deaths.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Many of her clothes, especially when she was younger, and one sketch◊ of a young Naal describes her as "doll-like".
- Emotionless Girl: Somewhat, since she does show emotion, just comparatively little of it.
- Fan Disservice: After the Time Skip, the part of her body that remains elvish is attractive and unclothed, but the rest of it is Body Horror.
- Gray Eyes: Originally.
- Kill the Cutie: It wasn't exactly unexpected, but the manner and timing were still a surprise.
- Happens again in chapter 47 this time apparently for good
- Mind Rape: What being tainted did to her.
- Monster Modesty: Despite being topless around Kiel with no apparent discomfort, when Nau'kheol sees her covers her chest.
- Not So Stoic: One of the most powerful moments in the series thus far and unquestionably a Tear Jerker.
- Not Quite Dead: at least something of Naal's original consciousness still exists, judging by the fact that she didn't eat Kiel, and Khaless confirms this in Chapter 39.
- Odd Friendship: With Kiel, and while her mother doesn't exactly seem to disapprove, she doesn't exactly seem to approve either.
- Perky Goth: Originally.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Kiel, and it's hard to deny after this.
- Too Many Belts: They help her feel secure. And yes, the fandom ran with this.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Knows that her seed could overpower her any day now and now it has.
- Why Am I Ticking?: When her seed overpowers her, it will result in a rampaging demon that could pose a serious threat to anyone in the vicinity of her at the time as Sate'ja found out the hard way.
Khal'harror Val'BeldrobbaenA son of Waes'soloth and Naal'suul's younger brother. Unusually for members of his clan he has a rather upbeat personality. Is very interested in re-animating corpses and is rarely seen without Bob, his undead chicken of doom. After the timeskip, he's the drummer for Kyo'nne's band.
- All Drummers Are Animals: As part of Kyo'nne's band. While not too much on the "animal" side he's definitely on the odd side, especially for his clan.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There's just enough about the guy that's off. While he's clearly a very good golem engineer and perhaps a bit of a savant, his bizarre reactions to events around him including focusing on losing Bob the Chicken after his sister's seed horrifically takes her over makes one wonder. And he was like this even before Naal got tainted.
- Dragged into Drag: Along with Nau'kheol.
- Easily Forgiven After the timeskip Ariel gets along well enough with him, which is odd since he was in on the attempt to kill her at Orthorbbae when she was younger. Possibly because by then it's been the better part of 20 years.
- Girlish Pigtails: Gets these when he gets Dragged into Drag.
- Gray Eyes
- Insufferable Genius: Already had some of this as a child, but it fully manifests after the timeskip, culminating in Ariel and Kyo'nne simultaneously telling him to shut up.
- Necromantic: He tells Naal that he'll bring her back as a golem when she dies, she tells him not to bother. He does make a "Naal 2" to try and cheer up his mom, with predictable results.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Likes bones and bodies just a bit too much... this leads to a Funny Background Event where he can be seen inspecting a dead body to see if it's suitable for golem making.
- Perky Goth: Compared to the rest of his clan, though Naal was very similar to him pre-tainting.
- Punny Name: His name is based on the French exclamation "Quel Horreur!" which means "The Horror!"
- Skunk Stripe: Inverted. He has several black stripes across his white hair.
An emotionally unstable Beldorbbaen first appearing in chapter 48. Her concept art can be found here◊.
- Ax-Crazy: While it's suggested she was never the most stable person, the whole People Puppets incident clearly sent her over the edge to the point of going after Waes with a (blunt) sword.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Apparently her tainting was willing, something that's bound not to have gone over well with Waes.
- Saved from Development Hell: Her first "official" appearance was back in 2002 as an entry on the Beldrobbaen clan page, but she was never used in the story proper.
- Zettai Ryouiki: While at first glance she seems to be wearing a long tunic and pants, they're actually very high stockings.
Tlu'rath BeldrobbaenA member of Diva'ratrika's Imperial Guard and one of the few members left who knew of the three Sharen sisters' coup and was present when Sil'lice was framed for an attempt on Diva'ratrika's life and sent into exile. He is also a drider.
- Bad Ass Grandpa: Despite being old and looking it, he has kept his position within the Imperial Guards for the last thirty years without change.
- Blade on a Stick: His primary weapon.
- Honorary Grey: During the "Dutan'vir Path" side-story, Mikilu seems to think of him as this as evidenced by her statement belownote :Tlu'rath: "Sometimes I'd see so many grey faces in these halls, I'd think that I was a grey myself!"Mikilu: " You are a grey, old friend."
- Horrible Judge of Character: Completely averted. Unlike Diva'ratrika who thought her two eldest daughters were the most capable of ruling the Sharen when she was gone, Tlu'rath believed that Sil'lice was the best candidate of all five daughters, with Zala'ess as a second option. The story seems to agree with him.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Tells Sarv'swati to surrender to save those that yet live and later watches somberly as the Sarghress wolves pass him by.
- Man In Black / Dark Is Not Evil : One of the most moral characters in the setting.
- Old Retainer
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Sarvs'wati in Chapter 44 during her Last Stand. The effect is that she tries (but fails) to kill him.
Odelia'sigismondo Shessembrae Val'BeldrobbaenThe warmaster and chief military officer of the Beldrobbaen clan who commands the forces attempting to stop Kiel from escaping after her assassination. More information can be found here.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Colonel Badass: Takes out a golem single-handily after it had already rampaged through several lines of defense.
- Eyepatch of Power / Glass Eye: The former of which she wears during patrol and the latter during more formal occasions.
- Neat Freak: Her concept art describes her as being obsessed with cleanliness.
- Overly Long Name: The legacy of a complex series of adoptions, it's the reason why most people just call her Odelia for short.
- Playing with Fire
- Psychotic Smirk: Gives a textbook example when she stops Kiel's golem.
- The Stoic
- You Shall Not Pass: Attempted. Kiel still gets away but she does manage to stop the golem at least.
Verthandi Val'BeldrobbaenAn ambassador of the Beldrobbaen clan who assists Kiel in assassinating the false empress. More information can be found here and here.
- Bad with the Bone: Her elemental affinity is a bone based high art. She later uses it to patch Waes's arm after it gets damaged by a maddened Beldrobbaen.
- Conflicting Loyalty: She works for Snadhya'rune and the Nidraa'chal, but unlike most of them still has the best interests of her clan in mind.
- The Mole: She is an agent of the Nidraa'chal. Nevertheless, she still has her clan's best interests at heart, and doesn't entirely trust Snadhya'rune.
- Not Me This Time: While she was in fact responsible for letting Kiel'ndia into the fortress to murder Fake!Diva and attended the Felde conference, she's not behind the spreading of the parasitic flower. Unfortunately her kinsmen don't believe her and nearly cut out her tongue before Waes intervenes.
- The Resenter: Angrily mutters to herself that no one would tell her mother Thalestris to stay out of trouble the way she was just told by a guard. It's likely Snadhya'rune played off this to get Verthandi on her side.
- Shoulders of Doom: She has some impressive shoulders on her outfit.
- Spanner in the Works: Towards the Sharen, or at least the ones who aren't Snadhya'rune.
- Traumatic Haircut: In chapter 48, when some of her kin decide she's responsible for the parasitic flower infection in the fortress and forcibly cut off her hair to shame her.
- Treacherous Advisor: Well, ambassador technically, but close enough. And yet in chapter 48 she tells Waes the truth about the parasitic flower and tries to convince Waes to pledge loyalty to Snadhya to save the clan.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Combined with Deal with the Devil, since she says her main concern is the continued survival of the Beldrobbaen under Snadhya's rule if she wins. The Beldrobbaen clan has been in long decline, especially since they have allied with the Sharen in a losing war against the Sarghress. As such, even though she does not trust Snadhya'rune at all, she believes that allying with the Nidraa'chal is the best hope for her clan's survival.
Thalestris Val'BeldrobbaenAn incredibly ancient Dark Elf and former Imperial Guard, she's also Verthandi's mother. Her concept art can be found here◊.
- Counterpart Comparison: Her age and relationship to her daughter seems to mirror that between Snadhya'rune and Diva'ratrika, which helps explain why Verthandi was likely drawn to the former.
- Elderly Immortal: Looks noticeably aged even compared to Diva'ratrika.
- Kill It with Fire: Her suggestions on how to deal with the parasitic flower all involve this.
- Older Is Better: Her entire philosophy, to her daughter's chagrin.
- Unusual Ears: They're absolutely massive compared to the other fae around her, matched only by Lioshi. At one point the artists had to go back into a page and edit them to be bigger.
Naubol'oth Val'BeldrobbaenThe Beldrobbaen Headmaster in the "legs" or Orthorbbae (male section). He's also the father of Suna'madhuri, Zala'ess' youngest daughter. Her returns to the Beldrobbaen fortress in chapter 48.
- Badass Bookworm: As an academic at Orthorbbae, but proves pretty competent when he scales the wall of the Beldrobbaen fortress to check on a family that has not answered their summons.
- Chosen Conception Partner: For Zala'ess, who likely selected him for his ancient bloodline and shadow sorcery to father her daughter Suna'madhuri.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Kel'noz informs the other headmasters of Ariel's true sex he expresses concern about it but ultimately stays neutral, but warns Kel'noz Ariel will likely die early (which does indeed almost happen). Also displayed when he returns in chapter 48 and tries to reason with Waes over her throwing out of the servants.
- Wall Crawl: Does with with the aid of mana gauntlets.
Laan's Sixth Born
Laan's Sixth BornAn as yet unnamed child of a Beldrobbaen devess.
- Boomerang Bigot: She absolutely loathes her clan for its Goth culture and deeply wishes she had been born Sharen like her father. And yet her Motive Rant oozes teen angst.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She makes a very obscure cameo all the way back in chapter 5, but doesn't become relevant until chapter 48.
- Genocide from the Inside: Attempts this in chapter 48 by infecting her clan with a madness inducing poison.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: While attempting to poison Waes, she accidentally spills some of the poison upon herself.
- Making a Splash: She has access to water sorcery, which she later uses in combination with an extremely deadly poison to combat Waes.
- Mask of Sanity: She has been withholding her baggage for a long time. While she acts rather suspicious, it isn't until Waes finally catches her as a traitor that she lets it all out, Broken Smile and all.
- Mixed Ancestry: Half-Sharen on her father's side. It seems she inherited the backstabbing family members gene from him, and the relative affluence and self-expression he has in comparison to her feeds into her resentment.
- The Mole: Implied to be one for Snadhya'rune.
- Saying Too Much: She states that her mother closed the subhouse's gates to keep out the poison, despite the fact Waes had only just learned about it from Verthandi and had not yet sent that subhouse an official warning that the clan may have been poisoned.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: She enters the kitchens and poisons her clan's food supply with the pollen of a madness inducing flower.
- You're Insane!: When she starts indulging in her Motive Rant, one Beld says she's sick.
Ischa Val'BeldrobbaenAttendant of Waes'soloth Val'Beldrobbaen. Her concept art can be found here◊
- Curtains Match the Window: Though the Curtains are dyed as she is a Third-Generation.
- The Empath: She is a trained War-Empath
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her outfit has a flap on one shoulder
- Mind Rape: As a trained War-Empath, she is capable of this. (Though it has yet to happen in-comic)
- Perky Goth: So, so much... To the point of having sparkles around her.
- Running Gag: Really, really wants Waes to get hooked up, see below.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Waes'soloth furiously, to the point where the venerable Ill'haress can only Face Palm at it all.
- This Is No Time for Knitting: Loves to knit, to the point of occasionally going overboard with it.
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