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Characters: Drowtales Val Sullisin Rune Clan
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    The Clan as a Whole 

Background Information:

The Sullisin'rune were the second of the four Great Clans in the Council of Nine to rise to power and are actually one of the oldest clans in Chel, with origins dating back to the Moons Age. Although formerly a clan of warrior empaths, following their defeat by the Sharen early in Chelian history they turned into a clan associated with decadence and incredible wealth. Famous in-story for throwing lavish parties and being made up of skilled empaths, the Sullisin'rune are nonetheless a powerful clan and were instrumental in getting the Sarghress Val status. In the Moons Age, the Sullisins had their own nation, the capital of which was known as Thalamani, which unfortunately was lost to demons. As a last resort, the then queen, Koma'lawen, took her people to Sharess' queendom as refugees and the Sullisins helped Sharess make her last stand against the demons on the surface world, leading to a period of peace and cooperation. By the time of the Moonless Age hostility between the two nations had again grown rife, causing a deep rift between the Sharen and the Sullisin'rune, despite the latter clan being officially on civil terms with the Sharen.

  • Best Served Cold (Early in the Moonless Age, the Sharen wiped out most of the royal family for refusing to kneel. To get revenge, Ash'waren sponsored the Sarghress clan. Centuries later, the Sharen clan has built up so many enemies that the Sullisin'rune can finally attack the Sharen openly and are working towards killing them all off)
  • Deadly Decadent Court (Ash'waren certainly seems to believe so at least, only trusting Salan'dara, and to a lesser extent Faen. She eventually even goes so far as to remain among the Sarghress rather than return to her traitor filled home.)
  • Defeat Means Friendship (with the Sharen, at least on the surface)
  • Facial Markings (the Sullisin'rune tattoos seem to be given to mark important milestones in a member's life, since a young Ash'waren is only shown with one of her tattoos in a flashback)
  • The Fashionista (In-universe they ARE this trope, though the Illhar'dro come close)
  • Gilded Cage (The Sullisin'rune dome is pretty much this, though some of the later generations don't see it as so much of a cage because it's all they know. And after the timeskip the gold paint on the dome literally starts flaking off after desperate commoners keep trying to pawn it)
  • The Hedonist (pretty much their clan philosophy, at least on the surface)
  • Hope Spot (as recounted by Ash'waren, the arrival of the Sullisin in Sharess' lands was this, since they were greeted warmly by their old enemies and it was thought they could finally put their differences aside for the common good. And they did... for a few centuries, at which point hostilities between the two clans flared up again underground and nearly destroyed the Sullisin for good.)
  • Knowledge Broker (its heavily implied that the lavish parties they throw are often just fronts for gaining information on other clans)
  • Martial Pacifist (what they morphed into after their defeat by the Sharen)
  • Massive Numbered Siblings (Ash'waren claims that she has more daughters than anyone else left alive in the world, and she's likely not exaggerating. To put this into perspective; consider Zala'ess Vel'Sharen who is acknowledged within her clan to have a horde of children and in Chapter 34 directly states that she brought 500 of her lineage with her to Nuqrah'shareh, and then think about how many children Ash'waren must have had to have outnumbered even Zala'ess...)
  • Mind Rape (a proper application of empathy has this effect, as Chrys'tel, Nau'kheol and Yami'ni find out in chapter 37. It's also shown to be able to perform a type of Mind Control.)
  • Panthera Awesome (their clan animal)
  • A Party Also Known as an Orgy (a frequent part of their celebrations)
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy (formerly, though there are still a few who uphold the traditional ways)
  • The Remnant (their numbers were severely cut by the Sharen/Sullisin'rune War, and it's implied that Ash'waren has as many children as she does to try and make up for it)
  • The Spy Master (as seen in the Knowledge Broker entry above, its implied that the Sullisin'rune operate a network of spies through their many contacts and that this is what they essentially became once they were defeated by the Sharen)
  • Tiger Versus Dragon (in their war with the Sharen, though they lost, and the Sullisin'rune clan page reveals that this rivalry goes much further back than the end of the Moons Age)

    Ash'waren 

Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune

The Ill'haress of the Sullisin'rune, Ash'waren is known as "Devil-Eyes" for her famous heterochromia and her alliance with the Sarghress.

  • Antiquated Linguistics (one hint to her true origins as a Dark Elf is when she uses formal speech not usually used in the setting, best seen in her conversation with Faen here on the last panel.)
  • Bare Your Midriff (her outfit has been compared to Jasmine's)
  • Break the Cutie (she not only survived the fall of her homeland and the exodus to the Underworld but later watched her clan be defeated by the Sharen, and she seems to still have a chip on her shoulder about that. The broken part of her personality becomes a lot more evident after the timeskip.)
  • Broken Bird (if you read between the lines, there are hints that her partygirl persona is an act and/or a coping mechanism to deal with what she's been through, and chapter 36 confirms this)
  • The Chessmaster (like most of the other Ill'haresses, and even gets a Lampshade Hanging in official art where she's shown holding a Quain'tana puppet. It's also interesting to note that the second one has the string tied to the Quain puppet's sword arm broken off.)
  • Cloudcuckoolander (has this image due to her lifestyle, and the fact that she doesn't recognize Faen as her daughter suggests part of it is true, and it's possibly even deconstructed later in chapter 36 in a very un-funny fashion)
  • Crazy Cat Lady (has shades of this, since she keeps several ferals in her chambers, and after the timeskip it's implied that she prefers to spend time with them.)
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass (her empathic abilities are so powerful that she could really mess you up if she wanted to, just look at what Faen can do and turn it Up to Eleven and you get an idea of what you're dealing with. In chapter 36 Faen unfortunately finds this out firsthand)
  • Curtains Match the Window (well, one window, since one of her eyes is blue while the other is red, or possibly a very dark orange. Interestingly, it seems her red eye was originally green (note )
  • The Empath (possibly the most powerful one in The Verse)
  • Ethical Slut (she has a very open view of sexuality)
  • Facial Markings (the two blue tattoos on her face, as well as the jewel on her forehead)
  • Foe Romance Subtext (its very possible that her relationship with Diva'ratrika in the past was like this, judging by the story of the Sullisin'rune defeatnote )
  • Glowing Eye Of Doom (Terrifies her daughter, Faen, with this during a fit of rage and paranoia, though it may have just been in Faen's head)
  • Good Bad Girl
  • Hello, Nurse! (in universe and out)
  • Homoerotic Subtext (boatloads with Quain'tana. If a partially-canon side story is taken at face value they're also lovers)
  • In the Hood (usually seen in one when she's outside the Dome.)
  • Jedi Mind Trick (to hide that she's a Dark Elf)
  • Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand (she did this to Diva'ratrika in the aftermath of the Sharen/Sullisin'rune War, and in exchange for swearing not to rise against them again Diva spared her. It's also not hard to infer that one of the reasons Diva gave in was because she knew Ash'waren was also a Dark Elf)
  • Last Of Their Kind (this appears to be the case for her, as her mother and sisters were all killed in the Sharen/Sullisin'rune War, leaving her as the sole heir to Sullisin'rune leadership. Not to mention actually being a Dark Elf, the numbers of whom at the time of the story can be counted on one hand.)
  • Looming Silhouette of Rage (Does this to Faen when accusing her of betraying her loyalties to the Sullisin'rune clan in favor of the Sarghress. And the sad part is that she's probably right that Faen cares more about Ariel than her at this point, though there is a good reason for this. And subverted a page later in an unexpected bit of Mood Whiplash. It's also possible that most or part of that was in Faen's head.)
  • Loophole Abuse (her partnership with Quain'tana essentially allows her to do this in regards to fighting the Sharen, since while she said she wouldn't attack them again, they never said she couldn't support someone who would. Of course after the timeskip she seems to have dropped all pretense and is openly warring against the Sharen.)
  • Mood-Swinger (goes from absolutely terrifying to surprisingly calm in the space of a single page, though it's possible at least some of that was Faen's empathic projection)
  • Mrs. Robinson (As someone who's been alive since the Sharen/Sullisin'rune War not to mention a dark elf she's significantly older than most of her lovers. Also qualifies in that it's been subtly implied that she might have something going on with Kel'noz, who's roughly a third of her age.)
  • Obfuscating Insanity (a lot of people think she's insane, but it seems to largely be an act.)
  • Open Secret (it's implied that more people know about her actually be a dark elf than she thinks but no one really makes a big deal out of it)
  • Parental Neglect (if the fact that when told that Faen is back she has to be reminded who her own daughter is, and then asks which one she is is any indication. Makes a sort of sad sense that she wouldn't know who Faen is since according to in-universe custom an older sister will raise her younger siblings, which was apparently the case with Faen and Salan'dara. In chapter 36 she seems to recognize that she's not been the best mom to Faen and promises to help her if things go any more to hell and she needs to escape)
  • Pet the Dog (the last bit of her conversation with Faen, especially considering what had happened before)
  • Properly Paranoid (after the timeskip, her paranoia over servants poisoning her might seem like she's overreacting, but remember that we've seen another character very nearly die from poison, and Waes'soloth killed all of her servants after one of them attacked a child in the Beldrobbaen, so it's not that far-fetched. There's also the fact that she seems to be sporting a scar over her heart that wasn't there before, suggesting that someone really did try to kill her during the timeskip and may have nearly succeeded, and if nothing else Khaless is within the dome as The Mole for Snadhya'rune)
    • And when the chapter switches back to Nuqrah'shareh, Sullisin'rune are in the city, and it's later all but confirmed that the three empaths assisting in taking "The Weapon" are Nidraa'chal agents, and chapter 44 shows two more of her daughters at the Nidraa'chal gathering, one of whom (Ash'mita) explicitly wants to murder her.
  • Really Gets Around (infamous for it, and the fact that she has a literal horde of children and can't remember who all of them are is one of the results. Chapter 36 heavily implies that she has so many children because she was the last of her family after her mother, sisters and aunts were all killed during the war with the Sharen)
  • Really 700 Years Old (even by the standards of the setting she's one of the oldest characters, since as a Dark Elf she's at least 1000 years old)
  • Reclining Reigner
  • Red Eye Take Warning (Averted prior to the timeskip. Played straight afterwards. Or maybe Double Subverted, if it was all in Faen's head. Or something.)
  • Secret Test of Character (apparently inflicts this on Faen in Chapter 36. Luckily Faen seems to have passed it.)
  • Survivor Guilt (heavily implied as she witnessed the near annihilation of her people twice, and many survivors of trauma like that often have many many children and see it as a way to compensate for their own survival)
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl (girly girl to Quain'tana's tomboy)
  • Unexpected Successor (implied, since Ash apparently had older sisters who died in the war with the Sharen, and she was likely never expected to rule. Also has shades of Reluctant Ruler, especially after Chapter 35.)

    Salan'dara 

Salan'dara Val'Sullisinrune

One of Ash'waren's older daughters, she functions as both her mother's personal attendant and (according to Kel'noz) an ambassador for the Sullisin'rune to form ties with other Chelian clans. She loves simplicity and sits beside her mother in the Council.

    Faen 

Faen'arae Val'Sullisinrune

One of Ash'waren's daughters and Ariel's best friend (though she'd like to be a bit more) who was forced to flee Orthorbbae pre-timeskip after causing the accidental death of a teacher. Her time on the surface was not a pleasant one and after Ariel rescued her, her traumatic experiences rendered her mute. Post-timeskip however, she seems to have made a good recovery.

  • Bears Are Bad News (Die'tra quickly nicknames her "Bear" and while Faen is usually the cute and fuzzy type as the below tropes show she can be quite dangerous when provoked)
  • Beware the Nice Ones (sweetest kid around... and already has a substantial bodycount)
  • Blessed with Suck (Empathy is an extremely powerful skill, but there are good reasons many empaths go mad)
  • Break the Cutie (goes through a lot of this, especially here)
  • Childhood Friend Romance (As of Chapter 44)
  • Covert Pervert (this is something of a Running Gag with Faen secretly being far kinkier than her demure appearance suggests. Especially since it's canon that she's secretly, or maybe not so secretly, in love with Ariel, a chibi presents her asking if Ariel could do "something fun" with her shape-shifting powers like a Gender Bender, and the Slavemaster version of Faennote  is quite kinky. And the author himself loves to add fuel to the fire (NSFW due to nipples))
  • Cute Mute (was this after being rescued. Comparisons to Casca came quickly. Luckily she recovered during the 15 year timeskip)
  • Cuteness Proximity (seems to be this for Die'tra Amsaag Sarghress who is often seen glomping her on panel)
  • Distressed Damsel (a rarity in the drow world among females, but due to her disposition and the fact that most of the damage she inflicted on others pre-timeskip was accidental. As of Chapter 44 progressed to purposefully using her powers to hurt people. Though she lacks sufficient control to prevent herself from causing friendly fire when she does do so.)
  • Emotion Bomb (One application of her empathy is to do this, which provides a handy way to take out multiple enemies at once. Unfortunately it doesn't have an OFF feature as Ariel and Chirinide find out the hard way)
  • The Empath
  • Empathic Healer (More so after the timeskip when she is kept as support in battles alongside Shala Val'Sharen)
  • Everyone Can See It (after the timeskip, her relationship with Ariel, which Mel directly asks her about)
  • Expository Hairstyle Change (she loses her tiara in arc 2, which is also around the same time she gets together with Ariel)
  • Foil (Word of God has her as this to Ariel)
    "Faen is her foil, the support she has, the one person she can rely upon to get a third person perspective for when she is afraid, nervous or hesitant as to what to do. Ariel get annoyed at Wafay’s demands? Faen is there to calm her down. Ariel fear to take the mantle of district leader? Faen is there to encourage her. Faen by herself is no hero, but by being the foil for someone else, she help [move] the story along".
  • Generation Xerox (along with the above trope, Ash'waren teases Quain'tana about how Faen and Ariel look like miniature versions of themselves)
  • Hates Baths (after the timeskip, and with good reason given what she witnessed in Nagyesced.)
  • Hime Cut (as the daughter of the Ill'haress to a high-ranking clan, she definitely fits The Ojou status, her sweet and gentle personality the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype, and her hairstyle is styled as a Hime Cut because overall the webcomic is heavily influenced by manga and anime archetypes.)
  • Living Emotional Crutch (to Ariel, and Ariel seems to serve this purpose for her as well. Chrys'tel also accuses Ariel of holding Faen back from becoming stronger by being her crutch.)
  • Morality Pet (after the timeskip, to the rather disillusioned Ariel)
  • Nervous Wreck (Thanks to her traumatic past, as well as her empathy, she does not react well to stress and shivers quite frequently)
  • One Head Taller (was this to Ariel when they were younger, but reversed after the timeskip where Ariel is now One Head Taller than her. Receives an amusing lampshading in one extra page, where the one time Faen got angry at Ariel was when she realized that Ariel was now taller than her.)
  • Only Known by Their Nickname (to the point that it wasn't even certain that her full name was anything but Faen until she refers to herself as such to remind her mother who she isnote )
  • Power Incontinence (can't control her powers, and this was a big problem both for herself and everyone around her. She gained some control over it during the time skip. It still seems to take a lot of effort just to influence the likes of Suu'be to be more receptive to Ariel's requests, and her attempt to use an Emotion Bomb to take out the attacking Hermiones, while successful, unfortunately takes out Chiri and Ariel too.)
  • Prophet Eyes (protip: if her eyes go white, run! Being mauled to death by a wolf is one of the better fates that awaits you)
  • Relationship Upgrade (in chapter 44)
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship (with Ariel, and after the timeskip it seems to be less friendship and more romantic, at least on Faen's side Until the above relationship upgrade in Chapter 44)
  • Scars Are Forever (after the timeskip, the marks around her eyes from the trauma in Nagyesced are still there)
  • Secret Test of Character (subjected to this by her mother Ash'waren in Chapter 36. Luckily she seems to have passed it as Ash'waren now decides that she and Salan'dara are the only two daughters she can trust.)
  • Self Harm (after the timeskip, is shown to scratch herself until she bleeds whenever she is distressed but hasn't exhibited his behavior for a while in-story, suggesting she's getting better)
  • Shipper on Deck (she apparently ships Sarnel and Ariel and comments that they would have made cute babies)
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl (certainly fits this trope, especially in the early chapters)
  • Tareme Eyes (In sharp contrast to Chrys'tel)
  • Teacher's Pet (Had to become this to survive in Orthorbbae.)
  • Took a Level in Badass (while she's still fairly far down as far as combat ability goes, post-timeskip she's able to weaponize her empathy at will to a degree she didn't before, and since getting together with Ariel has become a lot more confident)
  • Troubled Fetal Position (Essentially does this when being terrified by her mother)
  • Unhappy Medium (Faen is pretty much a textbook case of why empathy is not always a good thing)
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend ("Don't you touch her!" Too bad Snadhya's own empaths were able to No Sell it)
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job? (it's not entirely certain just what Faen's official role in their squad actually is, which is referenced at one point)
  • When She Smiles (post-breakage. The heartwarming is Over Nine Thousand!)

    Yafein 

Yafein Val'Sullisinrune

Faen's cousin and one of Ariel's first friends at Orthorbbae. Unfortunately he and Ariel are not on good terms in the wake of Faen's disappearance due to Ariel's killing of Maya when Yafein accidentally hit her Berserk Button. He appears after the timeskip in Nuqrah'shareh, where he's captured by Balsii's agents and held hostage.

    Other Sullisin'rune 

Min'issya Val'Sullisinrune*

An administrator and noble, Min'issya is a cameo character making her first appearance in Chapter 36. More information on Min'issya can be found here.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys (Describes her relationship with Tur'geis Am'saag Sarghress)
  • Alpha Bitch / Rich Bitch (Notably snobbish towards those she feels are inferior to her noble status such as Tur'geis's slave)
  • Bi the Way (Involved in a three way relationship with both Tur'geis and Zannah Sarghress)
  • Blue Blood (Though she's not a warrior, she's very much an old style Sullisin'rune at heart)
  • The Chessmaster (A less extravagant version, she does tend to use her empathy in a subversive manner)
  • Deep Cover Agent (Not her but it is strongly suggested that her mother Ash'mita is a member of the Nidraa'chal, judging by the latter's appearance in Snadhya'rune's Felde peace gathering in Chapter 44.)
  • The Empath
  • Ethical Slut
  • Facial Markings (Has impressive facial tattoos like many in her clan)
  • Girlish Pigtails (Styles her hair into these, which is apparently now a popular hairstyle in Chel, ever since Kyo'nne became popular)
  • Green Eyes (These are an indicator of her Nal'Sarkoth heritage)
  • Hair Decorations
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl (She and her boyfriend Tur'geis fit this trope which is an inversion of what is normal for most drowolath relationships.)
  • Mis Matched Eyes (Averted unusually for a Sullisin'rune, probably due to her Nal'Sarkoth father)
  • Missing Mom ( Her mother is actually Ash'mita Val'Sullisin'rune who is a turncoat for the Nidraa'chal. It is unknown if Min'issya is aware of this fact.)
  • Mixed Ancestry (Half Sullisin'rune and half Nal'Sarkoth)
  • Multicolored Hair
  • Slobs Versus Snobs (Definitely on the snobbish end of the scale, after the Sarghress free the Sharen penal colony she complains that she will "never get the stink out of her hair" after the fight.)
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Iliva'fay Sullisin'rune*

A cameo character appearing in Chapter 44, she is in charge of operating brothels in Chel under Sullisin'rune control. It's suggested that the Guild of Flowers is one of the organisations under her operations. More information can be found here.

  • Cleavage Window (has one on her dress)
  • The Empath
  • Honey Trap (implied to be acting as this towards Snadhya'rune in Chapter 44 on behalf of the Sullisin'rune. On a more obvious note it seems like she is playing up the trope for Kuso as well.)
  • Mata Hari (She uses her sex appeal on Kuso and possibly on Snadhya'rune as a Sullisin'rune spy)
  • Miss Kitty (as the owner of several brothels catering to Chelian and Feldian Vals.)
  • Mis Matched Eyes (like most Sullisin'rune she has these, with one blue and one purple eye)
  • Red Shirt ( her character may very well be a short-lived one if the gift given to her by Cy'ril is really the deadly mana-eating flower as seen in the Flower Knight SideStory post-timeskip.)
  • Skunk Stripe (Has one lock of her gray hair dyed red, possibly to indicate that she supports the Sarghress/Sullisin'rune alliance.)
  • Strong Family Resemblance (looks quite a lot like an older, more mature looking Faen, which is not surprising as she is a supposedly a sister of Faen)
    • Shadow Archetype (referred to as a "corrupt Faen" in the news post introducing her)

Ash'mita Val'Sullisin'rune*

(See this character's entry under DrowtalesOtherClans, in the Nidraa'chal category)

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