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Background information:

The ruling clan of Chel'el'sussoloth and one of the city-empire's oldest existing clans, claiming direct descent from Sharess through Diva'ratrika, who is both the Ill'haress of the clan and the overall Empress or "Val'Sharess" of the city-empire. The Sharen are a powerful clan both in size and power; although this status has dwindled somewhat after the Nidraa'chal War, a war which resulted in heavy losses for the clan and its power base in Chel. They were the first of the four "Great Clans" (note ) to rise to power and Diva'ratrika herself was the one responsible for forming the Council of Nine to oversee the city-empire's affairs. Power in the clan is determined by both rank and relation to the Imperial Family; four of Diva'ratrika's five daughters publicly head their own families, also called bloodlines, and each daughter has their own unique role in the administration of both the clan and the city-empire. For example, Sarv'swati, Diva'ratrika's second eldest daughter is the leader of the Sharen army, whereas Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta (note ) held the position of policing the city-empire.

  • Ambadassador: This essentially seems to be the function of the Imperial Overseers, who visit clans on behalf of the Empress, and all are armed and armored in case they have to fight.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: One consequence of the protector twin system is that most adult Sharen no longer have their twins, having either killed them out of a desire to be alone or because the twin tried to kill them first, which might explain some of their more dysfunctional behavior.
  • Animal Motifs: The dragon.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: There is a reason the Sharen have ruled Chel for so long. They possess the strongest mounts, powerful summons, the average Sharen soldier is many times stronger than the average Sarghress soldier, and though nether summoning is a double edged sword in the long run, it is a significant distraction for the rebel clans. The only reason they aren't winning the District War is because they have made so many people hate them, that they are massively outnumbered.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: What they did to the Sullisin'rune in the Sharen-Sullisin'rune War and according to the Orthobbae wiki, one of their own sub-houses, the Xyrrai'zestu. When the Dev'ess of the Xyrrai'zestu built a tower for her house that was even higher than the one for the Val'Sharess, the noble house retaliated by having the Dev'ess and most of her followers all killed.
  • Blue Blood: Depending on how canon Daydream is, they might be descended from the first empress, and they are definitely related to Sharess, which they claim gives them their hereditary right to rule. Naturally, this is the biggest source of strife between them and the upstart Sarghress clan, which seeks to eliminate the importance of nobility and make way for the commoners' rise to power.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ariel mentions that Quain'tana has told her that Sharen backstabbings run in cycles, suggesting that the current strife is only one of a long line of similar incidents. Given what we know about how most protector twin relationships end this isn't especially surprising.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Though there are exceptions, many members of the same sisters' bloodline will wear similar colors, and it can generally be broken down as:
    • Snadhya'rune: Purple.
    • Sarv'swati: Dark purple and dark blue/black.
    • Sil'lice: Lighter blues.
    • Nishi'katana: Reds and oranges.
    • Zala'ess: Teal and black.
  • Cool Crown: Seemingly standard issue among the higher ranking females. Diva'ratrika and her mother both had a 9-eyed crown, while Word of God is that the Ill'haress (but not Val'Sharess) wears a 7-eyed crown which is eventually worn by Zala'ess when she declares herself Empress and Diva'ratrika's daughters have 5-eyed crowns. In turn their daughters wear 3-eyed crowns once they reach a certain age, and 1-eyed crowns as children. Whether or not protector twins wear crowns seems to depend on the pair, since while Khaless and Yaeminira have been shown in crowns Shinae does not wear one. Male Sharen also don't seem to wear crowns, though Ashu'athama does have a silver circlet that he wears.
  • The Coup: 3 of Diva'ratrika's own daughters murdered her to accomplish this.
  • Deadly Decadent Court
  • The Dog Bites Back: The sisters, particularly Sarv'swati, wind up on the receiving end of quite a few of these after the timeskip from Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta's surviving bloodline members.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Their pride in their bloodline (see below) and their hesitation to mix with others they deem "commoners" has led to major competition between members. In the "Longest Wait" Diva'ratrika notes that one of the ways her own mother tried to combat this was by implementing the current "twin system" and by having spies everywhere in the clan, which she herself then decided to continue in order to maintain balance.
  • El Cid Ploy: What the Imperial daughters have been doing since the Nidraa'chal War.
  • Enemy Civil War: Post-timeskip, the biggest threat to the Sharen isn't the Sarghress fighting them over Chel, it's each other.
  • Famous Ancestor: Their claim to nobility above the other Val clans is based on the fact that they trace their lineage, albeit through one of her sisters, from the drow goddess Sharess herself. (note ) This is why the leader of their clan is referred to as the "Val'Sharess" as she supposedly speaks with authority from Sharess. Quain, being Quain, calls them "shameless bitches" for turning one of their own into a goddess.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Sanguine: Snadhya'rune
    • Choleric: Sil'lice
    • Melancholic: Sarv'swati
    • Phlegmatic: Nishi'kanta
    • Leukine: Zala'ess
  • Gambit Pileup: After the timeskip, Kyo'nne lays out how all five sisters have their own plans, most of which involve screwing each other over.
  • Heroic Lineage: From the former Queens on the surface and Sharess herself, albeit indirectly since Sharess was Diva'ratrika's great aunt and Sharess herself has no known direct descendants.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The Sharen's dragons, which are also their clan symbol. An interesting note is that the dragons are actually elves who were transformed into their current state, though enough generations have passed that they've lost most of their intelligence and are not as humanoid as they once were.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Both Sil'lice and Quain'tana muse on this. Sil'lice criticizes her own clan for letting its pride blind them to its failings and betrayals. Quain'tana discusses how the Sharen are being brought down by the very commoners they so despised and looked down upon.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Judging by Yaeminira's reaction, most of the clan doesn't know that their own kin were behind the Nidraa'chal War and those that did find out defected to be with Sil'lice.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: The Sarghress know that the real Diva'ratrika died during the Nidraa'chal war, but in spite of the rumors and Zala'ess's own admittance, she officially remains alive. In order to destroy Sharen morale, they successfully assassinate one of the impostors. While the Sharen claim the victim was just a golem Body Double and that the real Empress is safe, it does greatly raise doubts among the Imperial Guard.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Everyone in the Sharen has an absurd amount of relatives, but Zala'ess' line is acknowledged as having the most. Sil'lice wasn't kidding when she said that Zala had made "an army out of her womb".
  • Meaningful Rename (started referring to themselves as the Vel'Sharen rather than the Val'Sharen after tainting became mandatory in the clan following the War. It's also one way to tell who was in on the Nidraa'chal coup, since Sil'lice and her family still used Val for themselves.
  • Nepotism: A major problem the Sharen have compared to the meritocracy of the Sarghress, especially characters like Nihi'liir and Kio'nel who are implied to have gotten their positions mainly because of their family connections. Unsurprisingly both get taken by surprise in a big way.
  • Pride: Their major flaw, and as Quain oh so eloquently puts it, it makes them blind to the potential of the people they oppress.
  • The Purge
    • Diva'ratrika had much of the Xyrrai'zestu sub-house purged for daring to build a separate fortress for themselves.
    • During the Nidraa'chal war and its aftermath, the traitors who arranged it slaughtered Nishi'kanta and Sil'lice's lines as well as the Dutan'vir clan to eliminate Diva'ratrika's loyalists and secure their own power.
  • Purple Is Powerful: A signature color of the Sharen is purple which follows the Real Life precedent where formerly only members of royalty were allowed to wear purple clothing.
  • Questionable Consent: Theoretically any Sharen can refuse to get tainted, and several have refused, but they are heavily pressured to get tainted, and Yami'ni is implied to have not been entirely willing.
  • Royally Screwed Up
  • Running Both Sides: It's not publicly known [[spoiler:but the Nidraa'chal not only contain members that are Sharen, but it was founded by Sharen as well, specifically Snadhya'rune.]]
  • Slave Mooks: As the war in Chel grows increasingly desperate, the Sharen begin to force conscripts into slave armies to fight the Sarghress. A Sarghress operation in Chapter 40 is specifically designed to keep one of these armies from ever getting on the field.
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: Very much on the snobbish end of the scale. The Sharen believe that their bloodline is superior to everyone elses and this is part of the reason why they are highly disliked by the rest of Chel. Many are loathe to associate with those they see as commoners and thus "beneath" them.
  • Squishy Wizard: Despite the below Super Power Lottery, (with the notable exception of Sarv'swati's one-on-one fight against Farasank) most Sharen that we've seen get beaten and/or killed on panel have been so in close quarters, which makes sense given that most Sharen seem to prefer fighting via summoning or from dragon back than being "down in the dirt" and hand-to-hand. Also serves to emphasize the Slobs Versus Snobs trope since they may view close quarters techniques as being "beneath" them. Perhaps because of this most Sharen are heavily armored, but in the cases where they do lose this is shown to not have done much good.
    • One reason the Nidraa'chal War was so devastating to their forces was because the Nidraa'chal specifically played off the Sharen's weaknesses, either remotely tainting those who weren't already tainted, moving into buildings and forcing the Sharen to go after them on foot, setting up an ambush, siccing armies of demons on them who overwhelmed them or tainting their dragons.
    • The Sarghress War Meat squadron is also in part specifically designed to help combat the Sharen's usual style of combat, since being made of up non-fae summoning doesn't affect them and they can simply Zerg Rush the Sharen warriors and kill the summoners before the regular Sarghress troops move in to finish the job.
  • Sterility Plague: The variant of the taint that Snadhya'rune inflicts on Zala'ess's line is specifically chosen to do this, to amuse herself with the irony of making Zala'ess's fertile line go sterile.
  • Succession Crisis: Though Diva'ratrika has officially remained alive, she is in truth deceased and her daughters have squabbled to assert their own authority. Nishi'kanta has been broken by the taint and the loss of her family, and is thus considered out of the running, but she has disappeared and her plans are unknown, making her a potential Wild Card. As the only unbroken, loyal daughter, Sil'lice is the favorite of what little remains of both Diva herself and those who were still loyal to her like Sker, but she was framed for treason and has few followers left alive. Snadhya'rune, the would be favorite, has pretended to have no interest in ruling, and she certainly has no interest in ruling the Sharen, just the empire. The biggest contenders for the Sharen throne are Sarv'swati and Zala'ess. Sarv'swati continues to control the empire through an impostor Puppet Queen, but Zala'ess has the largest family and amassed the great clans of Nuqra'shareh to back her claim. The fallout when those two inevitably meet up again will no doubt be enormous.
  • Super Power Lottery: One of the reasons the Sharen are such a powerful clan is because members of their bloodline often have access to a variety of abilities. This is best shown by Diva'ratrika, herself a massively powerful dark elf, and her daughters, the latter of which have their own bloodlines all with specialised abilities. The clan also has access to ancient summons that are extremely rare and powerful, as Snadhya'rune aptly demonstrates
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the Black Sun after the timeskip, to the point that several Sharen openly resent working with them, and apparently Black Sun getting tossed into cells with rowdy Sarghress prisoners by Sharen is a regular enough occurrence to not arouse suspicion.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon / Wolf Versus Dragon: The Sharen's first major opponents in the underworld were the Sullisin'rune, but they were eventually defeated and subdued. Currently, the major opponents (at least publically) of the Sharen are now the Sarghress. The Sharen see the Sarghress as an upstart clan and the Sarghress see the Sharen as status-obsessed tyrants. The feud between the two clans is particularly bitter.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: According to this page, the full title of the Vels of Sharen is "Imperial Family of Chel'el'sussoloth, Descendants of the Val'Sharess, Voice of the Goddess, Savior of the Nine Nations, Leaders of the Lath and Ssu People, Keepers of Dragons, Defenders of Felde, Sha'shi, Dariya'ko and all the Deep Territories."
  • Vestigial Empire: Doubly so. The Chel'el'sussoloth Empire is the remnant of the Dark Elf kingdoms that existed before they contaminated the surface world with demons. As for Chel'el'sussoloth itself, the Sharen used to be it's undisputed rulers, but as of the Timeskip, they have had so much self destructive infighting, made so many enemies, and built up such a bad reputation, that half of the great clans have claimed much of their former territory and are set to wipe them out. Though that looks set to change again soon since Zala'ess is returning to Chel with an overwhelming army of allies hungry for conquest.
  • Villainous Valour: most of the Sharen outside of the three sisters display this, though they're only "villains" in relation to the Sarghress)
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Word of God confirms that nearly the entire clan has the faulty seeds that will eventually kill them.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Though the Nidraa'chal War did a lot of damage on its own, after the timeskip, the Sharen's public image has deteriorated significantly, and Sarv'swati's actions, in particular forcing civilians into her slave army or the Penal Colony and her alliance with the Black Sun, have turned most of Chel's commoners against them.

    Diva'ratrika 

Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen

The Val'Sharess or Empress of Chel'el'sussoloth, a dark elf from the time of Sharess and ruler of the Vel'Sharen clan. Though it is not public knowledge, she has been dead for 16 years due to her daughters' betrayal, but unbeknownst to them she survived for a year, and using a Dangerous Forbidden Technique put part of her soul into her servant, Ragini, who later became known as Liriel . After the 15 year timeskip, Zala'ess at least has dropped the act of Diva being alive and publicly declared that she's dead, though obviously not under the actual circumstances, and the very public assassination of a Body Double by Kiel and the discovery of the real Diva's body following their capture of the Council Dome seems to have put an end to the act for good.

For tropes pertaining to Liriel, her incomplete fusion, and Diva, her final reincarnated form see their entry on the Val'Sarghress character sheet.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Would you believe that she's as old as she is and a great(times x) grandmother?
  • Arch-Enemy: Both Quain'tana and Ash'waren perceive her as this, particularly in Ash'waren's case.
  • Break the Haughty: The year spent trapped in her own throne room with only one slave for company was not kind to her.
  • Control Freak: Snadhya claims this of her in regards to her daughters, and Diva's own narration considering that she more or less kept control for six hundred years, also suggests it.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Dead All Along
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: Sure, Snadhya and company could have just killed her, but decided that leaving her to die in her throne room was a better option.
  • Dying Alone: Said Fate Worse Than Death her daughters tried to inflict on her. Notably she does technically die alone after sending Ragini out, but invokes Death Is Cheap via the Fusion Dance.
  • Finally Found the Body: Diva'ratrika was murdered by her own daughters long ago. But her daughters chose to fake her survival for use as a figurehead. When the Sarghress finally conquer Chel, they manage to dig their way into the throneroom and they uncover her mummified corpse, finally offering solid proof of her demise.
  • Fusion Dance: (with Ragini.
  • The High Queen / God Save Us from the Queen!: She's not known to be particularly nice, though compared to her daughters she looks like a saint; characters' opinions on her largely stem from whose side they're on.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: She only barely managed to avert this thanks to Ragini, but she was beginning to lose it by the time she separated her aura from her body.
  • Hikikomori: Technically speaking, she's this, since she didn't leave her tower for years even before the Nidraa'chal War and her daughter's betrayal, which was why their ruse worked so well. She later says in her new body that she was more or less forced into this as leaving the tower meant running the risk of entering a less populated area, which due to her advanced age would lead to mana deprivation.
  • I Want Grandkids: A variation, in that she does have grandkids, in fact she has hundreds by her other daughters, but Snadhya'rune, the one daughter she wants to have children pointedly won't seemingly to spite her. Subverted by the existence of Kalki, not that Diva knew it, and considering who Kalki is it's unlikely Diva would be thrilled if she knew, to say the least.
  • Large Ham: She ain't "Diva" for nothing! Especially notable in this scene when she has a Freak Out over her situation.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Besides the larger issue of the Nidraa'chal War she was intentionally kept in the dark about Kalki, and it's implied that all of her daughters, or at least Sarv'swati and Sil'lice, knew.
  • Not So Different: With Quain'tana. Both are obsessed with continuing their bloodlines and pressure their daughters to have children, both are Control Freaks, both of their children wind up hating them, and they both share a descendant in Kalki.
  • Offing the Offspring: Subverted, since while she was extremely angry at Snadhya, Sarv and Zala for tainting themselves, she couldn't bring herself to kill them. In retrospect, she probably should have.
  • Older Is Better: Essentially the basis of her power, and Word of God is that Diva would prefer if she could be a queen like Sharess was and never fully adapted to the system her own rule promoted.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Snadhya'rune, her eldest daughter, despite her frustrations with Snadhya's refusal to go along with that she wanted. This came to bite her in the ass later, when said daughter and two other daughters betray her. Possibly subverted, given Zhor's belief that Diva knew that there was something deeply wrong with Snadhya.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: What with being an empress.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Her dialogue in Longest Wait indicates this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As Phani'lath relates, during the last Council Diva'ratrika actually left in the middle of it even though she was the one who called it, and things went downhill from there. 15 years later many other clans have come to view Diva'ratrika as being indifferent to the affairs of the Empire, since after that incident she stopped appearing publicly for 15 years which technically wasn't her fault since she was either imprisoned or dead at that point, and the "Diva" who holds a parade is really a double.
  • Shadow Dictator: Played straight by the fact that she's actually dead and subverted. Though the reason she stopped appearing was because of the bickering clans and general disillusionment. The fact that she had become so solitary was one reason her daughters managed to keep up the illusion that she was still alive for so long.
  • Shoot the Dog: She seems to view her possession of Ragini as this, since it evidently ended Ragini's life.
  • Spanner in the Works: The two things her daughters didn't predict was a.) a slave surviving their massacre and getting into the throne room via the air ducts, and b.) that Diva would use said slave to escape, albeit in a roundabout fashion.
  • Statuesque Stunner: As a Dark Elf she's taller than most drow, and art of her back-to-back with Snadhya'rune shows that she's taller than her daughter, and about the same height as Mel'arnach.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: One of the downsides of being as old as she was was that she more or less couldn't leave her tower without running the risk of mana deprivation, since she needed to much mana to keep living.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: While both her enemies and her allies have numerous opinions on her, this is the trope she best fits in reality.
    • Can be taken literally due to the fact that she is often seen wearing a Veil over the vast majority of her face a habit she keeps up as "Diva" at least pre-timeskip.

    Snadhya'rune and her bloodline 

Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen

The eldest Sharen daughter, current headmistress of Orthorbbae and Mel'arnach's lover, as well as one of the key players in the Nidraa'chal War and the murder of her mother. In story she seems to be the closest thing to a Big Bad considering how many plot points are related directly or indirectly to her machinations.

  • Abusive Parent: Although she provided Kalki with everything she could ever need she still saw her more as a tool than a daughter and when she has had enough of her antics she kills her in cold blood without any remorse at all.
  • Ambition Is Evil: As more and more about her is revealed it seems she's a case of this.)
  • Antagonistic Offspring
  • Bad Samaritan: If she offers to "help" you, odds are there are massive strings attached.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: In the trio of herself Zala'ess and Sarv'swati she most obviously fits the brains part, as she tends to work in the background, is the one that Sarv'swati goes to for support and was the mastermind behind the whole coup d'etat and Nidraa'chal uprising.
  • Big Bad: Officially, the story has no such thing, being a setting of Grey and Gray Morality without any real heroes or villains. However, most of the conflict underlying the plot stems from her manipulations, and those of her motivations that have been revealed aren't terribly sympathetic in comparison to the sheer number of people that she has betrayed and destroyed.
    • As of the start of chapter 47, it's been confirmed to us and the protagonists that Snadhya'rune is, indeed, the Big Bad.
  • Bi the Way: This is the norm for Drow society, but for a long time, she only expressed interest in other females such as Mel'arnach and her various other students, which is one reason she has no publicly known children. Later events however suggest that this was solely to spite her mother's desire for grandchildren. After her mother is publicly declared dead, she takes interest in a broken Sharen knight, Jiaan, in the worst way possible.
  • Blood Upgrade: When confronted with the sight of her own blood, Snadhya'rune is enraged to the point that her own guards are too terrified to help her and Mikilu is forced to take cover.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Mikilu'ligr finally confronts her about the terrible things she did over the years, including engineering the Nidra'chaal War and the fall of the Dutan'vir clan, she just laughs it off as if she heard it before and tells her to get on with killing her again.
  • Cain and Abel: To Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta.
  • The Caligula: For a long time presented herself as one of the more rational choices for Empress, and even had Kyo'nne call her the only one advocating peace. At the Felde conference Snadhya finally lets her true colors show.
  • The Chessmaster: Big time.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Technically all three Sharen sisters count, but she takes the cake, especially since she betrayed her mother, Sha'sana, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, the former two's entire bloodlines, every civilian who died during the Nidraa'chal War, the entire Dutan'vir clan, almost every tainted character in the setting due to her faulty seeds, and is now apparently willing to turn on Zala and probably others we don't know about yet. The male masters at Orthorbbae are also terrified of her, and the Vloz'ress master says she's wiped them out before.
    • And unsurprisingly she seems to have at least publicly thrown Zala under the bus as of here
    • Fans are now debating whether Mel'arnach has fallen victim to Snadhya's CBD, given how Snadhya convinced Mel to go back to the Sarghress, and things definitely did not go according to plan and given Snadhya's history, up to an including matricide the bar is already set pretty low.
    • Over the Time Skip, she has been doing considerable sabotage to the Sharen clan's war efforts in order to balance things out, since she wants each faction to be weakened to the point that she can rule, and until recently, the Sarghress clan was the underdog in the war. Such sabotage includes assassinating the false empress, weakening the clans of Nuqrah'shareh, and very likely being the one behind a mysterious nether resistant summon that defeated the Sharen invaders of Machike.
  • Collector of the Strange: With her "proteges" or students whose rare and/or unique abilities made Snadhya'rune take them under her sway and take Felde by force from her rivals.
  • Condescending Compassion Her attitude towards Ran'diirk's attempt to avenge Diva'ratrika's death. In spite of his attempt to assassinate her, she tries to show him mercy and orders that he not be killed. She calls him a fool that doesn't know any better, tells him to accept that the old guard has fallen, and tells him that everybody else is looking to the future. She also has this attitude towards Mikilu, talking about how tragic it is that the Dutan'vir are so set in their ways.
  • Control Freak:
    • Heavily implied, considering how much she says she hated being controlled by Diva, but also a bit of Hypocritical Humor when you consider all the trouble she went through to have Kalki without her mother knowing it.
    • It's telling that the first man she shows affection towards is a guy who was mindraped for weeks to make him subservient to her before "mastering" his Taint, a process that seems to have changed him to make him even more loyal to her.
    • Her preferred mates are her own students that she molded into her playthings. She even dresses up Mel similarly to Kalki's "Pets", something Zhor does not fail to notice, which heavily implies that she does not see Mel as an equal.
    • Later, in conversation with Kalki Snadhya is clearly displeased by her behavior stabbing Ariel's hand and warns her against pushing it further. Of course Kalki then ups the ante by chopping off Ariel's arm which suggest Snadhya doesn't have nearly as much control over her daughter as she thinks.
      • This is made explicitly clear shortly thereafter when Snadhya informs Kalki that she was just a tool. The realization that Kalki apparently won't obey her causes Snadhya to follow up on her threat and kill Kalki.
  • The Corrupter Attempts this on Ariel during the Felde Gathering. Thanks to Kalki's interference it doesn't seem to have been successful, much to Snadhya's displeasure.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Acknowledged by the author, it's hard not to look at Snadhya, especially after chapter 46, and not think of Ragyo Kiryuin. Both are an extremely fashionable Woman in White in charge of a powerful group who wants to infect their species with a red thing that they already accepted willingly and made them significantly more powerful. Ragyo's theme music, Blumenkranz, fits Snadhya frighteningly well. To say nothing of their treatment of their offspring. And this comic predated that show significantly. invoked
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pre-tainting had this naturally.
  • Deal with the Devil: She has offered many of these:
    • She made this sort of offer to Kiel's mother, which was apparently so heinous that Kiel's mom was considering writing to tell the other clan leaders her plans and had the Sharen attack them when they refused.
    • Over the timeskip, she approached Kyo'nne about sponsoring her show. Kyo'nne accepted, but it's obvious that there are some massive strings attached. The author even lampshades the second with a chibi of Snadhya saying how she has no sinister motive at all behind it.
    • Verthandi is one the Nidraa'chal, but is still ultimately loyal to her clan, the Beldrobbaen. She helps Snadhya'rune and her own clan all at once by giving Waes'soloth an excuse to pull out of the District War. Nevertheless, she does not trust Snadhya'rune not to screw her clan over, and Snadhya'rune's reassurances are completely unconvincing.
    • At the Felde conference, she unveils her Poison-and-Cure Gambit, telling the guests that she can save them from their faulty taints. The "cure" involves a Split Personality Merge between the host and their demon seed, effectively changing who they are. At least two of those so treated start becoming very favorable towards Snadhya'rune.
  • Deceptive Disciple: To Sha'sana and her mother.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: Snadhya'rune views the old Val and caste system as obsolete and to some extent agrees with the Sarghress creed of allowing everyone a chance to prove themselves. But she still wants her own line to rule. It is heavily implied that Snad intends to take advantage of this particular trope, giving drowkind democracy, but one she and her family puppeteers.
  • Devil in Plain Sight:The population at large sees her as an enlightened peacemaker. Word of God states that despite the sinister signs and her smug, all-knowing demeanour, the people around her do not see it and cannot pinpoint the source of their unease.
  • Didn't See That Coming: It's evident from her expression that Erelice coming up from behind her and stabbing her took her by complete surprise. Likewise, despite her claims to the contrary, it's clear Kalki's little arm stunt was not on the agenda.
  • Divide and Conquer: One of the Nidraa'chal's biggest tactics. And it's very likely that she's deliberately setting her sisters on each other as well.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Erelice sneaks up on her and stabs her In the Back as payback for the sadistic torture and execution of her squad.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: The way she got Mel's egg to make Kalki is an in-universe example of this, since Mel's egg was taken under false pretenses, even if Mel would've consented under normal circumstances. This also adds yet another Not So Different point between Snadhya and Quain.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: After the Time Skip, her eyes have the swirls indicating mastery over her taint. She eventually reveals that the actual demon a victim was tainted by doesn't generally matter. Anyone can achieve this with the right guidance. She uses this as part of a massive Poison-and-Cure Gambit intended to force her "enlightened" views on everyone and present herself as a savior to the very infection she spread.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She might put on a image of being a civil, polite person but it's only to mask her darker traits and goals.
  • Foreshadowing: Given what Zhor says in chapter 46 about the way Snadhya dresses up Mel'arnach like one of Kalki's pets, the imagery Snadhya summons up, mainly a wolf with a Sharen collar, when talking about the possibility of bringing Ariel in to control her is more than a little suggestive.
  • Freudian Excuse: Claims this in regards to killing her mother and hiding the existence of Kalki and says that the "death" of her protector twin Khaless made her crack.
  • Get Out: Her response to Kalki chopping off Ariel's arm is to use a summon to fling her against a wall and then tell her this
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Though all drow eyes glow slightly in the dark, especially the tainted, Snadhya's are particularly prominent in chapter 44.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: ...maybe. She's certainly not a "good girl" by any stretch of the imagination, and Sil'lice references Snadhya "murdering her children while they are in the womb", but there's quite a bit of debate among fans as to what exactly this means. Now that we know about Kalki, it's speculated that if she did abort her pregnancies it was some sort of plan, possibly to throw Diva'ratrika off her's, or even something even more sinister, given what happened to Shinae's baby as a result of her taint.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: She views the ways of her mother's followers to be old fashioned and tragically self-destructive. She looks down on the Dark Elves for being so averse to tainting and towards the Dutan'vir for being devoted to their duties. She views her cult-like "new" ways as the future for the drow race and has been causing considerable amounts of turmoil to impose them.
  • The High Queen: Styles herself this way, and in the canon sidestory Empress to Be she brags about the fact that she'll one day be the Val'Sharess, and it's now been confirmed that her ultimate ambition is to be Empress.
  • Hypocrite: She perceives herself as a peacemaker, despite manipulating most of the conflict in the setting into being.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In a conversation with Mel'arnach she says "You will need to make peace with Quain'tana" this coming from a woman who murdered her mother.
  • In the Back: Gets stabbed in the back by Ere'lice after getting preoccupied with attempting to get Khaless to finish off a wounded Mikilu. This just makes Snad mad.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Does this in chapter 44, though it's Shodun giving the command rather than Snadhya herself. All the guests, even those who would never do so willingly, find themselves obeying.
  • Large Ham: Just like mommy.
  • Mad Scientist: She can be seen like this, considering she was Sha'sana's fellow researcher into stabilising seeds.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Hoooo boy. Including fooling everyone up to and including her own mother and Sha'sana, and it's implied that her usual M.O. is to find someone in a vulnerable situation, i.e. Kiel's mother and Kyo'nne, and offer to help them.
    • Her lover, Mel'arnach, is also a victim of this. Snad manipulated her into a submissive position as a "pet", and dresses her up in what Word of God describes as "dental floss". Her lover is on some level aware of this, but remains Selectively Oblivious due to the fact that Snadhya is one of the few people who's treated her well.
    • When a Sarghress squad leader manages to enrage her, she toys with her emotions in this manner.
    • Zala'ess eventually catches on to the fact that she has a very strong knack for manipulating people into taking foolish decisions.)
  • Mask of Sanity: She usually acts rational and has won the admiration of many people thanks to her desires to reform drow society. But according to Zhor, she is thoroughly insane, and he believes that Diva'ratrika knew this. She finally becomes open with her madness during the Felde conference, as she starts announcing her intentions to the entire world. As part of a Poison-and-Cure Gambit, she blackmails all of Chel with flower poison. She even goes so far as to ingest some of the poison herself to demonstrate the fact that a cure can be offered to those who bend to her will.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In a room prepared for a special, sinister ritual, her reflection is shown in a mirror, revealing a twisted demon.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Played with: she herself was never pregnant, but had Kalki with the help of the Jaal'darya.
  • Mundane Utility: She's shown to use a summon as a chair in her office, despite a perfectly normal chair being just a few feet away, presumably for Rule of Cool reasons.
  • Narcissist: She views herself as a savior, forcing her enlightened ideals onto everyone for their own good. During the Felde conference, she forces everyone to kneel to her with spellsong, and the entire event comes across as one massive ego trip. When one of her enemies makes her bleed, she screams in outrage over how little gratitude the "low born filth" have shown her.
  • New Era Speech: At the Felde conference, Snad finally ends all subtlety and presents herself as a saviour. She denounces the old guard, such as her mother, for clinging to backwards beliefs in order to maintain their power, and heralds the dreaded taint as a means of seeking enlightenment. She also denounces Chel's leadership as warmongers and threatens to kill all of them with an extremely deadly poison. The Kyorl clan is threatened with the same fate if they do not cease to persecute the tainted. Finally, she astounds her audience by unveiling the stolen Nuqrah'sharian airship, telling them that this will end the Moonless Age. She closes her speech by asking them to share her vision of "interconnected worlds and unlimited landscapes to reconquer."
  • No Sell: When Rann'dirk attacks her with earth sorcery, she calmly stops it before it even reaches her and serenely comments that it reminds her of Kalki's childhood games. And possibly with the aid of her own empaths, she has also proven immune to empathic attacks.
  • Not So Different: With Quain'tana, and there are hints that Mel realizes this on some level but chooses to ignore it.
  • Offing the Offspring: Sil'lice has made reference to Snadhya'rune murdering her children while still in the womb. And after Kalki disrupts Snadhya'rune's plans for Ariel by attacking her, Snad warns her single grown child not to cross her again. When Kalki tries to grab the airship, Snadhya'rune finally loses all patience with her and kills her with a summon.
  • Parental Neglect: Most of the issues her daughter Kalki has can be attributed to this on Snadhya's part. While Kalki had all the material resources she could need she lacked an emotional attachment, and thus grew into an Ax-Crazy Attention Whore whose desperate attempts to earn approval disrupted Snadhya's plans and eventually led to her death when Snadhya got sick of dealing with it.
  • Parental Issues: Diva'ratrika and Snadhya'rune had a very tempestuous relationship, to say the least. Snadhya'rune herself implies that this was the main reason for the coup and subsequent murder of her mother.
  • Pet the Dog: Subverted with her relationship with Mel'arnach which has been heavily implied to be another manipulation.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Par for the course considering her status, but in Chapter 25 alone she appears in six different outfits in flashbacks, all of which are pretty pimped out.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit:
    • The taint is a sort of demonic plague, that infects a Fae's "soul" and gradually corrupts said Fae into a new demon. She has been deliberately spreading the taint, encouraging it as a form of warfare and as a sort of vaccination from demonic attack. All of the demon seeds she has been promoting, including the "vaccinations", are specifically designed to eventually kill their hosts. After the Time Skip, in chapter 44, she promotes a peace conference in Felde, presenting herself as a savior. She starts promising not only deliverance, but enlightenment, by offering her victims guidance to help them master their demon seeds.
    • Taken even further when she unveils a flower-based weapon developed by one of her Jaal'darya agents. She openly announces her intentions to spread the poison throughout Chel, releasing the antidote only to those who bend to her will. She threatens the Kyorl with annihilation unless they stop persecuting the tainted. Unfortunately, the Sarghress accidentally kill the scientist responsible for the "cure" part of the gambit. As a result, the flower plague spreads beyond the control of everyone, including Snadhya.)
  • Powers Do the Fighting: As the most powerful known summoner in the world, Snadhya'rune doesn't have to break a sweat fighting and can effortlessly defeat her enemies using her summons.
  • Pretty in Mink: Her fur coats have become something of a Running Gag in the fandom, and there's official art of her in the fur-trimmed nightie. Harming her coats seems to be one of the surefire ways to get her mad, too.
  • Primal Stance: When a Sarghress actually manages to trigger a Villainous Breakdown in her, she is reduced to this, physically threatening her enemies for the first time instead of just leaving it to her summons or minions.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Does this when announcing how she will kill her enemies over stabbing her.
  • Revenge by Proxy: A Sarghress squad causes significant damage to Snad's plans by assassinating one of her followers. When interrogating their leader, Mel'arnach recommends cutting her up since she refuses to speak. Snadhya'rune replies that she is far too civilized for such a thing, and instead decides to conduct a dramatic Public Execution of her squad.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Whilst being rather tall herself, Snadhya'rune is noticeably the shortest amongst her trio of sisters and as mentioned above is the brains of the group.
  • Smug Smiler: Pretty much constantly. When the smile stops, it's a very, very bad sign.
  • The Sociopath: An ongoing debate on the site's forums was whether she was one, with someone even running her through the Hare Psychopathy Checklist and concluding that while not definitive, it was more likely than notnote . Zhor's comments about how Diva'ratrika "knew the sickness in her daughter" also heavily suggest it. And then the way she callously kills her daughter Kalki convinced most of the holdouts.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: “Your followers keep on killing themselves, one by one. A fitting legacy for you, mother. You are death to the unchanging fools who follow your path...”
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Snadhya'rune or Snadhya'runes? Recent pages have settled on Snadhya'rune, but the prologue uses Snadhya'runes. Most fans just call her Snadhya or Snads to avoid this.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: One of her biggest reasons for using Mel as her lover. She hopes to acquire certain valuable abilities from her bloodline and add them to her own, especially Quain'tana's Anti-Magic ability.
  • Summon Magic: She's a very powerful summoner, stated in the Orthorbbae wiki to be the strongest known summoner in Chel'el'sussoloth. At her residence in Felde she can call upon the suits of armor at a whim and without any apparent effort.
  • Super Breeding Program: Word of God seems to confirm that at least part of the reason she wanted to have children with Mel'arnach was because of the possibility of any resulting children inheriting a rare type of mana resistance from Quain'tana, but this didn't wind up happening. It's actually standard among Vals to select mates for specific bloodline abilities and is in and of itself not unusual, though Snadhya used rather unorthodox methods.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Back when she was a teacher, she was well known for offering students her protection in return for sexual favors. It is heavily implied that this is where she recruited many of the Nidraa'chal.
  • Time Dissonance: Seems to have a bit of this as indicated here
  • Torture First, Ask Questions Later: A Sarghress squad manages to anger the Nidraa'chal. She technically does ask first, but when their leader refuses to answer, she conducts an execution of her underlings, killing the only one that actually knew the answer to her question.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The way she executes the Sarghress squad responsible for Femi's death comes off as this, since she does so using an airship's mana guns, which comes off as a combination of yet more of her Narcissist traits combined with showing off her new toy. Worse, it's heavily implied that while she could have finished them off in one round she had them miss the first shot on purpose purely to draw out the suffering of their leader, who's Forced to Watch.
  • This Is Reality: "This is not some child's theater where my pets would suddenly move to end you."
  • Tranquil Fury: She's clearly furious at Kalki's actions in chapter 46, but maintains an icy calm. When she finally decides that she's had enough of Kalki's antics, she has a summon literally rip her to shreds without batting an eye.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Hinted at but not yet confirmed. Zhor believes that Diva'ratrika was aware of the "sickness" in Snadhya'rune, and hints about the timeline of when he was transformed indicate this probably occurred when Snadhya'rune was very young.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Snadhya'rune is enraged and seems to be losing her cool for the first time when the Sarghress manage to assassinate a Jaal'darya scientist, Femi, who had a crucial role to play in her Poison-and-Cure Gambit. Later, after Erelice stabs her she fully snaps, with even her own guards being too afraid to approach her and Mikilu diving for cover.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: A true politician in a world mostly ruled over by brute force. In truth, she is the story's closest thing to a Big Bad,secretly responsible for a great deal of chaos and death in the name of her ruthless power grab. But publicly, she is one of the greatest proponents for peace, and has Kyo'nne, Kiel'ndia, many colonists, and possibly a whole bunch more people singing her praises.
  • Visionary Villain
  • We Can Rule Together: Well, not so much rule, but Snad does offer one of her enemies, Mikilu, the chance to join her after she is defeated.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Presents herself as this, at least, stating that drow should be ruled by drow rather than by dark elves. More specifically, she believes that the old guard has clung too strongly to outdated ideals and is trying to usurp them with people that will accept new ideas. She also agrees with the Sarghress dogma that everyone should have the right to prove themselves regardless of ancestry. Doesn't excuse basically committing genocide through the Nidraa'chal, murdering her mother, and deliberately tainting people with seeds that will eventually kill them.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Even though drowolath do not get married (note ) she's essentially this to Ariel since early in the story she tries to get Ariel transferred to the female section of the school with the express intent of having the "blood of the Wolf" under her control and later tells Mel'arnach that if the Sharen win the war she'll make a bloodline claim on both her and Ariel.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Says this to her daughter Kalki after Kalki chops off Ariel's arm, telling her to "go, before I find I no longer need you" with the clear threat of this. She ultimately makes good on it.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Along with Summon Magic above, anyone who pisses her off enough and is deemed worth it can expect to become one of her summons.
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: When a squad of Sarghress anger her, she reassures their leader that she is reasonable and that they can come to a mutual, peaceful understanding. When said squad leader remains silent, Snadhya'rune's actions make it clear she never had any actual intention of negotiating in the first place and had only made a false offer out of sadism.
  • You Will Be Spared: States that the Vloz'ress, Beldrobbaen and Jaal'darya clans will not have to face her parasitic flowers due to their assistance in her schemes.

Khaless

Khaless is (or was) Snadhya'rune's protector twin, though her exact status is a bit unclear at the moment since she apparently lost control of her seed around 50 years ago, and the current Khaless is some sort of demon who can take the shape of the original and apparently retrains some of her memories. Either way, Snadhya refers to having lost the original.

  • Breaking Speech: (does this to Kiel in chapter 39, pointing out that they are Not So Different. Kiel is less than impressed)
  • The Corrupter (in chapter 46 her actions towards Kharla seem designed to do this, introducing her to "sexy times", which Kiel immediately realizes is a very bad thing)
  • Curtains Match the Window (originally)
  • Glasgow Grin (displays a nice one here)
  • Demonic Possession (The original Khaless was possessed by a demon, though her personality remains alive in the demon's gestalt. Additionally, Lulianne managed to damage Khaless's body badly enough that she was forced to steal Lulianne's.)
  • Eldritch Abomination (whatever she is now appears to be one of these, since she is apparently a Mind Hive and occasionally even sprouts portions of people with her shapeshifting in combat)
  • Face Stealer (mainly the face of Sael, Lulianne's niece, who she may have killed, as well as Lulianne herself)
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom (Can turn these on when she wants to look intimidating.)
  • Honey Trap (does this to Kharla in chapter 46)
  • Horny Devils (though the sex part seems to be optional, did this to Rek'maar via Lulianne and later seems to do the same thing to Kharla, but since Kharla is monstrously powerful on her own it's not lethal)
  • Kill and Replace (Does the former to Lulianne for knowing too much and secretly does the latter so as not to make Mel upset at the loss of her friend.)
  • Long-Lost Relative (the Daydream story about Mel and Snadhya has Snadhya suggest that Khaless and Mel may be distantly related, as they had similar powers before Khaless got possessed)
  • Mind Hive (there are references to Khaless being a "consensus of beings")
  • Multicolored Hair (her current look, which makes her look like a bit like Sarv'swati, so much so that fans were initially confused as to who she was supposed to be)
  • Power Perversion Potential (started as a joke, but later canonized by her one night stand with Kharla, where she uses her shapeshifting to make herself into a male)
  • Shapeshifter Guilt Trip (does this to Lulianne)
  • Shapeshifters Do It for a Change (in chapter 46 is shown to have slept with Kharla and used her shapeshifting to make herself into a male)
  • Split Personality Takeover (Khaless was possessed by a demon. Snadhya'rune thought she was lost, but came to recognize Khaless's personality in the gestalt entity she became. However, having consumed so many people, Khaless's identity has been somewhat confused, and she identifies as a demon, rather than as a drow. After stealing Lulianne's body, Khaless takes her place to look after Mel and prevent her from missing her friend. Khaless frequently slips in her act, performing actions very much unlike Lulianne. However, on occasion, Lulianne actually manages to take back control, especially when her pride is threatened.)
  • Stripperiffic (her current costume, which may only be staying on because she can shapeshift and/or create her own clothes)
  • Trolling (Becoming a pattern with her)
    • Flat out admits to enjoying the fact that she's unsettling Lulianne. She does this by playing with Lulianne's perception of her as looking uncanny (see also the trope entry below) and later on uses the face of Lulianne's dead niece to throw the fight in her (Khaless's) favor.
    • Her conversation with Kiel in chapter 39 also has shades of this.
    • Later, Snadhya'rune assumes her to be doing this when she claims to be Lulianne as opposed to her sister. Though in this case, it is averted much to her surprise, since it actually was Lulianne taking back a degree of control.
    • In the background of the scene in chapter 46 where Kiel realizes Khaless has introduced Kharla to sexy times one sharp-eyed forumgoer spotted her making what can only be described as a Troll Face in the background.
  • Twincest (though not actual twins, it's heavily insinuated that her relationship with Snadhya'rune has been this in the past and outright confirmed in one Daydream story, to the point that Diva'ratrika of all people asks Snadhya'rune about it. It's not known if the relationship has continued in the same form since Khaless' possession.)
  • Uncanny Valley (she invokes this trope in order to unsettle Lulianne, and even tells Mel that she's enjoying it)
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting (Khaless has the shapeshifting high art, and as an exceptionally powerful vel'akar (sapient demon), her abilities seem to have been enhanced even further. Even after stealing Lulianne's body, she still retains this ability.)
  • You Are Who You Eat (By combining her shapeshifting with her demonic nature, she can absorb her victims, thereby taking on their memories. Among the people she has eaten include Sael and Lulianne. However, this is not without its disadvantages. All of the consumed beings form a gestalt entity, a Mind Hive. According to Kiel'ndia, she has eaten so many people, she has forgotten who she used to be, and because she had to outright steal Lulianne's body, Lulianne occasionally manages to take back control.)

Sin'cani and Svala

Two of Snadhya'rune's Feldian bodyguards. They first appear in chapter 31 escorting Snadhya'rune's carriage, and someone implied to be Sin'cani appears later in Nuqrah'shareh.

Kalki

See this character's entry under Nidraa'chal on Drowtales Other Clans.

    Sarv'swati and her bloodline 

Sarv'swati Vel'Sharen

The second Sharen daughter and the leader of their army.

  • An Axe to Grind (Her Weapon of Choice during the District War)
  • Angst Nuke (Frustrated that she cannot make her Last Stand in the throne room thanks to her own actions, she shatters the very room she stands in out of rage.)
  • Antagonistic Offspring
  • Arch-Enemy (to Quain'tana)
  • Badass (arguably the best warrior of her generation and the one responsible for making Quain'tana barren.)
  • Bad Boss
    • She is said to keep a very firm grip on her line. Some members of Zala'ess's line defected to Sil'lice when they figured out on their own about the betrayal, but those members of Sarv'swati's line that were similarly sympathetic to Sil'lice were simply killed before they could do so.
    • When Kio'nel comes to report his failure to defend the Penal Colony, he is visibly trembling and in terror for his life. And sure enough, she kills him.
    • When she asks Tlu'rath to send the remaining Imperial Guards out to hold the gates long enough for Zala'ess's reinforcements to come, he informs her that she has already squandered all of them. She responds by trying to kill him, though in this case she fails due to having dropped her axe without even having noticed.
  • Blood Knight (possibly, and the expression on her face when she made Quain'tana barren suggests it. Then there's what she does to Kio'nel for his failure.)
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn (she's the brawn in the trio of herself, Snadhya'rune and Zala'ess, being the one to lead the Sharen army and resorting to action to solve problems, as seen in her fight with Farasank.)
  • Break the Haughty (the District War is one long series of this for her)
  • The Caligula (among her sisters, Sarv'swati is the most outwardly dangerous, and is known for keeping maniacal control over her family, including killing those who sympathized with Sil'lice after the Nidraa'chal War. She also seems to be the most feared of her sisters by the public. The fact that she seems to have undergone some Sanity Slippage over the timeskip doesn't help one bit.)
  • Control Freak (has been referred to as one more than once, both times by own her own family.)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle (played straight with Farasank, though he does put up a good fight. Then when she kills Kio'nel she completely curb stomps him)
  • Dishing Out Dirt (we don't get to see her use it much, but if what she does to her mother's throne room is any indication she's quite proficient with earth sorcery.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones (the apparent reason she opposes Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself in deeper, since she points out that her children are Sharen and she doesn't like the idea of letting Zala's family members get needlessly killed. That said she has no trouble killing Kio'nel for his failure to protect Dari'yako, and she killed members of her own bloodline who sympathized with Sil'lice following the Nidraa'chal War)
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom (When she kills Kio'nel in a fit of rage, her entire eyes glow red.)
  • Hair Antennae
  • Hypocrite (as Snadhya'rune points out, Sarv'swati's opposition to Snadhya's plan to let Zala dig herself deeper is pretty hypocritical considering the things Sarv'swati's already done.)
  • Irony
    • During the Nidraa'chal coup, Sarv'swati worked with Snadhya'rune and Zala'ess to betray and murder their mother, Diva'ratrika. Diva'ratrika's final act of defiance was to try and face her murderers from the throne room. Sarv'swati took great satisfaction in sealing her victim inside. But many years later, Sarv'swati faces a Last Stand of her own, thanks in part to this very betrayal. And having sealed the throne room, Sarv'swati finds herself unable to repeat her victim's actions or properly mourn her.
    • When Sarv'swati asks Snadhya'rune for help keeping Zala'ess in line, Snadhya'rune suggests letting Zala'ess exhaust herself against the Sarghress and seizing the advantage to subjugate them both. Sarv'swati refuses out of clan loyalty and moves in to deal with the Sarghress herself. But when Zala'ess moves her forces out of Chel to forge an alliance, Sarv'swati ends up being the one to exhaust herself. In the end, most of Sarv'swati's line is wiped out, the survivors surrendering. While Zala'ess moves in to destroy the weakened Sarghress, reconquer Chel, and declare herself Empress with an absolutely overwhelming army of foreign allies.
  • Last Stand (Attempts one in Chapter 44 at the Council Dome, only to be bluntly told by Tlu'rath that no one is left to hold the gates because she's squandered or alienated all of them. She winds up fleeing instead when the Sarghress finally break down the door)
  • Lady of War (stated to be one of the most powerful war leaders along with Quain'tana, and her fight against Farasank shows that she's good at hand to hand too.)
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong (her efforts to keep the clan together using fear of her wrath works — for a while, but as the District War comes to a close those she had previously cowed turn on her after the fake Empress deception is put to an end and those left surrender soon after.)
  • Matricide: And for bonus points she was the one who came up with the idea and later "sealed the deal" by collapsing the entrance of Diva's throne room)
  • Moral Myopia (She disapproves of Snadhya'rune's plan to let Zala'ess dig herself even deeper so that Snadhya'rune and Sarv'swati can elevate themselves cleaning up after her mess, conveniently ignoring that she was complicit in the coup against her own mother and was willing to set up both Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta and their families to take heavy casualties during the War. Snadhya'rune rightfully points out that it's a little late to be squeamish about backstabbing and treachery now.)
  • Multicolored Hair (which is apparently natural.)
  • My God, What Have I Done? (She betrayed and murdered her own mother to further her ambitions. But this action ultimately leads to her own undoing. Confronted with her own doom, she breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb, apologizing and begging her to come back.)
  • Perpetual Frowner (it's actually become a bit of a running joke that the only facial expression she's capable of is a scowl.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy (She betrayed Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, and her mother to launch The Coup, allowing her to become the de facto leader of the Sharen clan. However, her actions eventually come to carry a terrible price.
    • With Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta's bloodlines extinguished and alienated, the Sharen lost half of their army, making them unable to retain as much territory and allowing the Sarghress to fill the vacuum.
    • Forcing her family to taint themselves gave the Sharen clan a powerful advantage against the other clans, but thanks to Snadhya'rune's betrayal, it has been causing them tainting sickness, and has ensured their doom.
    • Bringing the Black Sun into their fold helped lessen the Sarghress clan's numerical advantage, but hurt public relations due to the Black Sun's barbaric reputation.
    • Attacking Machike when most of the Sarghress were away gave them a big advantage against a potential threat, but in breaking the rules of their own empire by enslaving neutral commoners, they angered the populace and brought open war with a clan that was very nearly their match.
    • Zala'ess's line provides the political caste of the Sharen, while Snadhya'rune secretly wants the Sharen clan destroyed anyways. Sarv'swati's family however, provides the main branch of the Sharen clan's army. As a result, Sarv'swati is more heavily invested in the District War and takes dispropportionately more losses.
    • The false empress gambit helped maintain morale, but when she was assassinated, it gave the Beldrobbaen an excuse to pull out of a losing war and end their alliance with the Sharen.
    • Enslaving large portions of the populace gave the Sharen clan a Penal Colony under their exclusive control, as well as Cannon Fodder Slave Mooks. However, this caused them to lose all remaining popular support from the commoners.
    • Betraying Nishi'kanta was necessary for the coup, but it eventually results in her bloodline sabotaging the defenses of First Landing, allowing the Sarghress to conquer it with ease.
    • Similarly, a member of Sil'lice's line almost manages to kill Sarv'swati herself.
    • During Sarv'swati's Last Stand, she orders that the Imperial Guard who normally defend the Imperial Dome come down to hold the gates long enough for Zala'ess's reinforcements to arrive. But between purging Diva'ratrika's loyalists, sending them out in the field to die, and sending them away to protect the fake Diva'ratrikas, she has squandered them all, leaving nothing left but a battered and demoralized army to face the Sarghress hordes.
    • By the time the District War starts coming to a close, Sarv'swati has lost nearly everything and is faced with her doom. Sarv'swati breaks down in tears at her mother's tomb and begs her to come back.)
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech (on the receiving end of two of these in quick succession in Chapter 44, first from Kyne, her own grand-niece and then from Tlu'rath, who flat out tells her that she's squandered all of her allies)
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Aat the end of Chapter 44, disappears, which effectively ends the war.
  • Statuesque Stunner (given how she compares to Farasank she's clearly pretty tall, and is stated at one point to be the tallest of the Sharen sisters.)
  • The Stoic (Unemotional to the point of being robotic, her default facial expression hardly ever changes. )
    • Not So Stoic / OOC Is Serious Business: the one time in the main archive where she loses control of her emotions is after she is all but defeated by the Sarghress and returns to her mother's throne room, whereupon she throws a gigantic temper tantrum.
  • Tears of Remorse (Murdering her mother fuelled her ambitions, but ultimately ruined her life. Faced with her own doom, she cries, begging her mother to come back.)
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm (during the timeskip, between Zala'ess sneaking off to Nuqrah'shareh, Snadhya'rune staying in Felde and Sil'lice and Nishi'kanta ending in up Mimaneid Sarv became the defacto leader of Chel's Sharen. Probably not at all coincidentally, this marks the point when the war starts going really badly for the Sharen.)
  • Super Strength (She is strong enough to smash through the thick metal armor of Sarghress golems with her axe)
  • Villainous Breakdown (Increasingly goes through this as the District War inexorably enters the Sarghress clan's favor. By the end of chapter 44, she has been reduced to whimpering for her mother like a child.)
  • Wrestler in All of Us (her fight with Farasank ends with her pulling a reversal and slamming him into the ground, face first, and them slamming his head into the ground again with her hand for good measure.)
  • You Have Failed Me (She brutally kills Kio'nel for his failure to protect the Penal Colony.)

Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen

A younger Sharen of Sarv'swati's lineage, she lost her arm to Faen's psychic attack.

Vidhi'yani Vel'Sharen

An older Sharen of Sarv'swati's lineage and one of the imperial overseers. Makes her first appearance in Chapter 30.

  • Ambadassador (in her position as an imperial overseer)
  • Big "NO!" (at the sight of Kyne using her golem to pin Sarv against the wall)
  • Car Fu (uses her floater to ram into Kyne to allow Sarv'swati to attack the open golem cockpit)
  • Fashionable Asymmetry (Her hair, where one sidelock is dyed black)
  • Hime Cut
  • Lady of War
  • Multicolored Hair (Her hair is bluish-purple, with a black tinted sidelock just like Sarv'swati. Despite her mother being second generation, she still has dark hair colour leading fans to speculate that she must be one of Sarv'swati's oldest children and/or that her father may have been a Dark Elf.)
  • Silk Hiding Steel (pretty much literally, both in character type and because she actually wears armor under her silk clothing)
    • Her armor also displays strange lights, indicating she could be a summon as seen in the Tomato Surprise entry below
  • Slobs Versus Snobs (Definitely on the snobbish end of the scale.)
  • Summon Magic
  • Tomato Surprise: Not been confirmed yet, but when Farasank and his men try to strip her to her breasts, she deflects their attempts and does it herself, exposing a strange series of lights across her chest. [[spoiler: These lights are similar to the ones displayed by Sateja Vel'Sharen in Chapter 28 when the latter revealed herself to be a summon. Fans speculate about what this might mean. Note that Vidhi'yani always wears a veil across her face and that in the very next panel after she bares her chest, her mother Sarv'swati suddenly appears in the tavern (and Vidhi'yani herself just disappears from panel). Was this by way of summoning? This has yet to be confirmed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse? (she's seen at the battle of the Council Dome but not seen after, though she's assumed to have been captured along with the rest of Sarv'swati's bloodline)

Sun'ya Vel'Sharen

One of Sarv'swati's sons. Makes his first appearance in Chapter 30.

  • Brilliant but Lazy (It was speculated by readers in the comic forum that the Sharen higher ups must be rather lazy in their policing of the city if Sun'ya's having the time to kiss and flirt with a female commoner whilst on duty was anything to go by. Three pages later however, he proves exactly why he is a member of fake!Diva'ratrika's imperial guards.)
  • The Casanova (If his actions with the female commoner in Chapter 30 are anything to go by. She even appears to be pregnant, though it's uncertain if it's by him or not.)
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Multicolored Hair
  • Wild Hair (His hair is unusually styled as thicker and wavier than other drowolath males shown)

Nori'ga Vel'Sharen

  • The Alleged Steed (his dragon, Kicker, is referenced as being widowed and thus the only dragon that was available for Nori'ga to take, and his former master apparently did a terrible job at training him)
  • Butt Monkey (even from his first concept art fans correctly pegged him as the loser of Sarv'swati's line)
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Horsing Around (his dragon, Kicker, and a few people on the forum noticed that his handling of Kicker is very incorrect (note ), which may be intentional on the author's part to show how bad he is at it and/or how badly trained the dragon was)
  • Know When to Fold 'Em (in Chapter 44 surrenders when the Sarghress forces break into the Council Dome)
  • Wild Hair (like his brother above, his hair seems unusually thick and wavy compared to other drowolath males shown)

    Sil'lice and her bloodline 

Sil'lice Val'Sharen

The third daughter of Diva'ratrika, currently in exile with the Sarghress. A major player in the Nidraa'chal war, she was forced to run when she was framed for the attempt on her mother's life by her treacherous sisters.

  • An Ice Person
  • Anti-Hero (Her intentions are honorable and motivations sympathetic; however, she's still very ruthless and pragmatic when dealing with those she considers enemies.)
  • Cain and Abel (she has this with relationship with her two older sisters as well as Zala'ess)
  • Character Development (goes from being an outwardly arrogant and temperamental individual in the prologue to a much more calculating and stoic person in the main storyline.)
  • Defrosting Ice Queen (pretty much literally, since she seems to have mellowed considerably since the Nidraa'chal War.)
  • Early Installment Weirdness (the earliest version of Sil'lice pre-retcon differs wildly from her later characterization. While the current Sil'lice is more of The Stoic, the Sil'lice in the very earliest chapters loved to play sadistic mind games and openly enjoyed torturing as she was doing it. Some of her worse pre-retcon traits seem to have been given to Kadara instead. The best example of this is in Chapter 32 when Sil'lice is taken aback and chastises Kadara for her treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, while the pre-retcon Sil'lice would probably think she had been too easy on them)
  • Elemental Eye Colors
  • Frame-Up: Why she was forced to leave the Sharen fortress.
  • Freak Out (did not react to seeing Nishi'kanta at the Val'Sharess tower during the war well at all.)
  • Good Is Not Nice (for a given definition of "good", in this case her sense of loyalty and not being in on the Nidraa'chal plot, but she is definitely not nice, especially pre-Retcon when she loved to play sadistic mind games.)
  • Harmless Freezing (not! Sil'lice proves exactly why ice is as deadly as it is.)
  • Hidden Depths (for all her faults, she does genuinely love her children and even cries when remembering the Nidraa'chal War and Kau'Shala's death.)
  • Hime Cut
  • Honor Before Reason (she embodies this attitude at times and even lectures about it in one of the chibi pages.)
  • Hot-Blooded (deconstructed, since her tendency to not look before she leaps and be controlled by her emotions gets her in a lot of trouble, and even Diva'ratrika acknowledges that despite being intelligent and strong, Sil'lice is also nearsighted and petty.)
  • In the Hood (Occasionally as seen in her meeting with Nishi in Chapter 43.)
  • Kill It with Ice (what she does to Vy'chriel/Yaeminira, whose fingers literally snap apart as she dies. Ouch!)
  • Lady of War
  • Leeroy Jenkins (prior to her exile, she tended to act before thinking which tended to get her in trouble)
  • Locked Out of the Loop (Despite rumor and what her sisters would have you believe, she was not in on the Nidraa'chal plot.)
  • Mama Bear (she did not take Kau'shala dying well at all, which may have been exactly why Kalki did it)
  • Middle Child Syndrome (as the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child, and Diva'ratrika states that she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor, since despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most Diva felt she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown, which makes the fact that she's both the only sister who is not tainted and wasn't in the Nidraa'chal plot doubly ironic since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.)
  • Noble Fugitive (was forced to go on the run and hide in the Sarghress after being framed for the attempt on her mother's life)
  • Outliving One's Offspring (lost multiple children during the Nidraa'chal War and now Shala as well)
  • Personality Powers (inverted, despite having an ice affinity Sil'lice is hot headed and prone to losing her temper, though she appears to have mellowed out during her exile.)
  • Pet the Dog (her twins.)
  • Pride Before a Fall (the Nidraa'chal War, which resulted in the deaths of most of her family and framed her for attempted murderwas this for her. Just compare how confident she is at the start compared to later, where she's visibly distraught)
  • Punny Name (it can't be a coincidence that her name is Sil'lice, though the creators pronounce it "Sill-iss" in podcasts, which is actually homonym for a Cilice or hair shirt, a garment used in religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement.)
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated (almost exactly what she says to Chrys'tel when the latter says that she's supposed to be dead.)
  • Secret Keeper ( Possibly for Snadhya'rune regarding the existence of Kalki. In hindsight it looks like she regrets this- if in the prologue and if her own flashbacks are any indication.)
  • The Stoic (tries to be this after the Nidraa'chal war, but she still has a bit of a temper so most of the time she's...)
    • Not So Stoic (best displayed when she fights Vychriel / Yaeminara wherein she loses all composure after finally losing patience with her niece's stubbornness)
  • Summon Magic (is one of the most skilled summoners in the worldsetting and one of the very few left who is untainted. Its unknown how well her abilities stand up against Snadhya'rune though.)
  • Take a Third Option:{ When faced with two choices by Kalki and her Nidraa'chal army, live by surrendering to Kalki, or die by continuing to fight, she decides to pick live... by continuing to fight.)
  • Torture Technician (she's very good at it and uses her ice powers to help.)
  • Trauma Conga Line
  • Unexpected Successor (as stated above under Middle Child Syndrome, despite being the daughter Diva'ratrika thought was the least suitable for the position Sil'lice is currently the only legitimate heir to the Empire, since the rest are either tainted and behind the coup that removed Diva or missing.)
  • The Unfavorite (played with as despite being the daughter that was most devoted to her mother she was never really considered as a potential heir for a variety of reasons.)
  • Unwitting Pawn (to her sisters, since flipping out and storming into the Val'Sharess tower was exactly what they wanted her to do.)

Kadara Val'Sharen

One of Sil'lice's elder daughters.

  • All There in the Manual (fans first figured out her name through process of elimination, since during the canon Daydream story that reveals the origin of her twins Sil'lice lists off the names of those that followed her, and of the two that had no known characters attached Kadara was the more feminine of the two, and it was later confirmed in-story)
  • Badass Boast (what she declares she'll do to Zala'ess when she catches up to her, which spawned her nickname)
  • Bifauxnen (to the point that many fans refused to believe she was female until Sil'lice specifically referred to her as "daughter")
  • Dual Wielding
  • Facial Markings (sports a series of tattoos on her left cheek)
  • Fan Nickname (Fans tend to use some variant of "Piss'in'hermouth" to refer to her, since for a long time she had no name. After her rough treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol some fans have taken to simply calling her "Bitch")invoked
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerkass (foul-mouthed, foul-tempered and foul-mannered, Kadara can be a trying individual)
  • The Lad-ette (definitely gives this impression, especially since she's more stereotypically masculine than several of the actual men)
  • Mama Bear (a rather dark take on this trope, since she says that one reason she adopted her current Jerkass behavior was because she had to see her child die during the War.)
  • Mythology Gag / Expy (Kadara is more or less the worst parts of pre-retcon Sil'lice put into one character)
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs (proves to be quite good at it)
  • Would Hurt a Child (as she aptly demonstrates to Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, and even Sil'lice seems taken aback by her rough treatment of them since, as she points out, they weren't much of a threat even though they were tainted)

Kau'shala Val'Sharen

One of Sil'lice's sons, he died during the Nidraa'chal War.

Sae'ryne Val'Sharen

Sil'lice's daughter, who died during the war.

Kyne Val'Sharen

Sil'lice's granddaughter, her mother was Sae'ryne. She was a golem pilot during the Nidraa'chal War.
  • Break Them by Talking (Calls Sarv'swati out for murdering her own family members and causing so many innocent people to die.)
  • Canon Immigrant (she was originally an important character in the Space Age Daydream story before appearing in the main story)
  • The Dog Bites Back (in chapter 44, shows up during the assault on the council dome in her old golem to help the Sarghress forces against Sarv'swati and gets very close to killing her great aunt, though it costs Kyne her life)
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty (after the timeskip, to the Sarghress golem pilots, including threatening to make anyone who forgets their foci gauntlets go through melee training naked)
  • Famous Last Words: "Why did you betray us all!? We were your family! Your own blood!! Too many have died because of you!"
  • Freak Out (she did not take seeing her mother's death well at all)
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic (Her golem's cockpit has a big opening, allowing you to have a clear view of her whole body, and she herself wears little armor. This makes it relatively easy for Sarv'swati to jump through and kill her.)
  • Killed Off for Real: In chapter 44, [[spoiler:she nearly manages to kill Sarv'swati, but is distracted by Vidhiyani. Sarv'swati takes the opportunity to drive her axe deep into Kyne's body, and in an attempt to take Sarv'swati to the grave with her, Kyne drives her golem's cockpit into the council dome, crushing them both against its wall.
  • Multicolored Hair (half of her bangs are dyed blue)
  • Taking You with Me (After being dealt a mortal blow by Sarv'swati, she attempts to take Sarv'swati with her by crushing Sarv'swati with her golem.)

Kau Val'Sharen

Twin brother of Shala, he is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. His father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. He's first introduced in Chapter 19.

  • Big Eater (has to eat a lot more to keep up his mana levels in order to effectively pilot his golem, leading to a Funny Background Event where's he's raiding the Sarghress' food stores after a battle.)
  • Brother-Sister Team (he and his sister are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.)
  • Cheerful Child (both him and his sister, especially evident when their reaction to being told to take care of Nau's foot injury is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them)
  • Dead Guy Junior (Along with his sister, he is named after Sil'lice deceased son Kau'shala)
  • The Engineer (his role as a golem pilot qualifies, and he's shown to have an interest in machinery in general)
  • Half-Identical Twins (at first, though after the timeskip Shala has about half a head of height on Kau, which might be partly from his father, who's fairly short for a drow)
  • Morality Pet (to his mother)
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning (When Kalki infests him with a Vel'Akar demon, his eyes eventually gain the red color of a tainted.)
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni (Kau as the Blue, and Shala as the Red. Best demonstrated here where Shala angrily tells Kyo off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep)
  • Sexiled (By his twin sister no less.)
  • Spiky Hair (helps distinguish him from Shala even though they wear their hair the same way)
  • The Stoner (Kau is apparently this, since he gets blitzed out on chocolate to the point that falls asleep, and is later seen taking and smoking something from an individual on the street, and Word of God is that as a golem pilot Kau needs to eat a lot more than his sister to make up for the mana loss, giving him a sweet tooth)
  • Trickster Twins
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior (the forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Kau and his sister played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.)

Shala Val'Sharen

Twin sister of Kau, she is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. Her father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. She's first introduced in Chapter 19.

  • Brother-Sister Team (she and her brother are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip)
  • Cheerful Child (both her and her brother, especially evident when their reaction to being told to take care of Nau's foot injury is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them)
  • Dead Guy Junior (along with her brother, she is named after Sil'lice's deceased son Kau'shala)
  • Distracted from Death (Kau and Sarnel are too busy moving her onto Kiel's turtle to notice that she's stopped breathing until they put her down)
  • The Gadfly (Shala seems to be this to Kau)
  • Go Out with a Smile (she has a faint smile on her face when Kau and Sarnel realize she's died)
  • Half-Identical Twins (at first, though after the timeskip Shala has about half a head of height on Kau)
  • Hot-Blooded (Apparently the Hot Bloodedness mainly manifests in the females of Sil'lice line. She also possibly gets this from her paternal grandmother Sang)
  • Killed Off for Real (Kalki slits her throat. The Nidraa'chal's friendly demonic nurses are able to keep her alive for a time, but Word of God says she eventually dies from heart failure caused by blood loss.)
  • The Medic (It's implied that her healing might be more the Harmful Healing type based on Kau's comments and artwork by the author)
  • Morality Pet (to her mother)
  • Reality Ensues (she, Kau and the nurse demons stem the blood flow from her slashed throat, but she dies from heart failure caused by hypovolemic shock as they're making their escape several minutes later)
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni (Shala as the Red, and Kau as the Blue. Best demonstrated here where Shala angrily tells Kyo'nne off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep)
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man (She has an obvious crush on Sarnel, who is a fairly good person by the standards of a society like the drow's.)
  • Slashed Throat (inflicted on her by Kalki in chapter 46. Unlike most examples in fiction where this is instantly fatal, Shala manages to keep up the pressure on her own throat to avoid passing out, and given Shala's a healer she likely knows that this is the correct way to handle it in real life, and Snadhya's nurse-demons happen to be right there to help. However she dies on the way to Kiel's turtle from heart failure caused by blood loss.)
  • Subordinate Excuse (Shala has an extremely obvious crush on Sarnel, something Faen comments on)
    • They have since hooked up as of the North Cliff attack.
  • The Tease (Towards Sarnel. Her own words are:
    ShalaI only annoy those I love, Sarnel. )
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics (Shala has more prominent eyelashes than Kau, and after the timeskip is taller than he is)
  • Trickster Twins
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior (the forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Shala and her brother played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.)

Feli'cia Vel'Sharen*

A member of Sil'lice's bloodline that had been left behind when the rest of Sil'lice's line went off to fight the Nidraa'chal war and got exiled. More information on Feli'cia can be found here.

  • All of the Other Reindeer (Her character description implies that she's been mistreated and distrusted due to her bloodline)
  • Bullying a Dragon (She really seems to think that she can take Quain'tana in a fight. She might want to ask Syphile how that went — Oh Wait!, she can't, since Syphile died trying and completely humiliated herself. Lampshaded by Oil'osslin who essentially tells her she's kidding herself.)
  • Compensating for Something (Namely the distrust the rest of the Vels have for her due to her bloodline. She goes rather overboard denouncing the Sarghress.)
  • Dual Wielding (Seems to have two katanas as sidearms)
  • Girlish Pigtails (Word of God suggests she might be imitating Kyo'nne, who's a celebrity in-universe)
  • Kicked Upstairs (Due to distrust and her lack of combat ability, the Vel'Sharen assigned her to a figurehead position, namely a district administrator. This becomes problematic for her when the war comes to her district, since all the commoners are fled, hiding, or conscripted by Sarv'swati and the Black Sun into a slave army, leaving her little to administer)
  • Large Ham (Clearly this was one thing she got from Sil'lice)

    Nishi'kanta and her bloodline 

Nishi'kanta Vel'Sharen

The fourth Sharen daughter, little is known about her except that she was heavily involved in the Nidraa'chal fighting, lost most of her family and became tainted during the War. Her affinity is with fire.

  • The Atoner (After the timeskip, confirmed that she feels this way, and felt that what she did was the best way to protect everyone)
  • Chekhov M.I.A. (after the timeskip, she's apparently gone missing and no one knows where she is. In chapter 43 we find her outside Mimaneid where she meets up with Sil'lice.)
  • Dark-Skinned Blond (her hair is yellow, but after the timeskip it's grown out enough that it's obvious it was dyed. It makes her resemble Shiori, the queen of one of the dokkalfar nations seen in the Goddess Knight Story)
  • The Dog Bites Back (She quietly surrendered and toed the Sharen party line after the betrayal to preserve what was left of her bloodline. But after the timeskip, her family gets revenge against Sarv'swati by sabotaging the defences of First Landing, allowing the Sarghress to conquer the Sharen clan's gate to the outside world.)
  • Elemental Eye Colors (before she was tainted she had orange eyes that tied in with her fire affinity)
  • Emotionless Girl (post-tainting, it's unknown what she was like before)
  • Four Is Death (she's the fourth daughter, and has the worst luck of all of them. Besides being forcibly tainted during the War, itself a Mind Rape, she lost most of her family, and some of the survivors are Sate'ja, whose brain was fried by Faen and later turned into a summon and devoured by Naal's awakened glutton demon and Ni'bai, whose twin sister is now a demon and is with the Vloz'ress)
  • I Did What I Had to Do (how she explains her acquiescence to her sisters after the war, though she did manage to passively fight back before she outright ran off post-timeskip)
  • In the Hood (so far all of the outfits she's been seen in have this as a feature)
  • Lady in Red (to suit her fire affinity)
  • Locked Out of the Loop (Was the only other sister besides Sil'lice not part of the Nidraa'chal plot, yet is the only one Sil'lice actually attacks)
  • Personality Powers (inverted with her and Sil'lice, since despite being the one with the fire affinity Nishi'kanta was apparently the more level-headed one)
  • Playing with Fire
  • Spanner in the Works (immediately following the war he's shown to silently be furious with her three tainted sisters and their coup. She informs Sil'lice about their treachery in a roundabout way and then Mikilu after the latter has a freakout about her situation. Both are advised by her to make an escape. Whether or not Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati or Zala'ess knew about Nishi'kanta's actions has not been stated. In chapter 43 she then appears outside Mimaneid with Sil'lice to arrange the attack on Felde with the Kavakini.)
  • Trauma Conga Line (The Nidraa'Chal War involved most of her bloodline being wiped out, Nishi herself being forcibly tainted, finding out that the real culprits were her own sisters, who she believed had already killed their mother by the time they forced her to join them and being attacked by Sil'lice.)
  • Unwitting Pawn (to her sisters)
  • Wild Card (after going missing after the timeskip, Nishi'kanta's plans are completely unknown compared to her sisters', though we do know she's working with Sil'lice)

Sate'ja Vel'Sharen

A teacher at Orthorbbae and a Sharen of Nishi'kanta's bloodline, she fell victim to Faen's Power Incontinence.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death (thrice! First Faen fried her brain, causing Chrys'tel to essentially quote the trope name, and then she was turned into a summon, likely against her will, and then she was absorbed by Naal's awakened glutton demon. Damn.)
  • Body Horror: See A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Empty Shell (what Faen's attack seems to have done to her, but she recovered. Not)
  • Facial Markings
  • Karmic Death: stabs Naal, but then gets curb stomped by her since it caused her seed to fully awaken.)
  • Kill It with Ice (her powers, ironic considering which Sharen sister she's descended from)
  • Retcon (she was originally referred to as being a Sullisin'rune, but this was changed so that she was a Sharen, which actually makes more sense in the context of the story)
  • Tomato Surprise
  • Unexplained Recovery (subverted. She never actually recovered, and what confronts Chrys'tel and company later is actually a summon)

Chess'ria*

Another daughter of Nishi'kanta's. First appears in chapter 43 outside of Mimaneid. (More information can be found here)

Dindraen and Perciva*

A trueborn daughter (Din) and her protector twin (Perci) of Nishi'kanta's lineage. They first appear with Nishi'kanta outside of Mimaneid in chapter 43. (More information can be found here for Dindraen and here for Perciva)

Ni'ju and Ni'bai

See their entry under the Vloz'ress Clan.

    Zala'ess and her bloodline 

Zala'ess Vel'Sharen

The fifth Sharen daughter and the chief politician of the family. She has ambitions of being the Ill'haress of the clan and is known for having many children. As of the 15 year timeskip, she's laid claim to the title of Empress, apparently without the consent of her other two sisters.

  • Aggressive Negotiations (When Quain'tana meets with the Sharen for parley, Zala'ess pulls out a golem in the middle of it to make threats. Later revealed to be the Illhar'dro's idea, and apparently something Zala herself considered stupid but had to go along with)
  • Ambition Is Evil (Zala'ess' primary motivation is to become Empress, and she has few limits on what she's willing to do to achieve this)
  • Antagonistic Offspring
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn (of the three sisters, Zala'ess fits the Beauty part- as she is the most popular in terms of inter-clan influence and has her huge family for backup. She is the Sharen sister who is the public face of the clan. On a more literal side she is also the sister noted by the fans to flaunt her physical attributes the most.)
  • The Chessmaster
  • Even Evil Has Standards (possibly, since Zala was the only one to express hesitation when it came time to seal the deal and trap their mother in her throne room. Instead, she suggested forcibly tainting Diva so she'd join them rather than leaving her to die, while she had seemed fairly gung-ho about the idea of simply killing Diva and hanging her body from the gate. After the timeskip she at least claims to regret her role in it, but more because of what it did to the Empire than the part where she committed matricide.)
  • Evil Plan (after the timeskip, her trip to Nuqrah'shareh is implied to be one of these, since she apparently declared herself Empress on the way there, without telling her two other sisters, and has publicly claimed that Diva'ratrika is dead, even though Diva'ratrika is still considered alive in Chel despite rumors to the contrary. In exchange for helping Nega'fanae retake the city and giving several Nuqrah clans Chelian Val status, some of the Nuqrah troops are going back to Chel with her, suggesting that Zala's plan is to use them against her other sisters and the rebel clans to take Chel. She was also planning on borrowing the Airship before the Nidraa'chal stole it for themselves)
  • Explosive Breeder (referred to as such by Snadhya'rune, who says that the type of seed she chose for Zala's lineage, which causes sterility, was deliberately chosen as a sort of Irony)
  • Expository Hairstyle Change (after the 15 year timeskip she's done away with the blue parts of her hair, and instead wears it in a braid and a shade closer to Sabbror's natural color)
  • Insult Backfire (Asira'malika tells her that she's so much like Diva'ratrika that it "makes me sick", but Zala'ess responds that it's an honor to be compared to her mother. For extra irony, Zala was one of the ones who killed Diva.)
  • Ironic Counterpart (with Shimi'lande, another Mama Bear character. Both have seen their biological children killed by their adoptive children. The difference is in the two's reactions. Shimi'lande adopts Chirinide as her daughter and a fellow noble with seemingly no regret for what happened to her original daughter as seen in the Rebirth side story. Yet Zala'ess never forgives Yaeminira for killing Vy'chriel and arranges Yaeminira's death. The difference in reaction is odd due to the Kyorl'solenurn desire for blood purity and the Sharen obsession with strength and obedience to authority.)
  • I Want Grandkids (Chrys indicates that she's been pressuring both her and Nau'kheol for grandchildren but now it seems unlikely she'll be able to get them from the former)
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch (her treatment of Yaeminira, specifically The Uriah Gambit definitely is a Kick the Dog moment if only for the collateral damage it causes, but it doesn't have quite the punch it would normally since Yaeminira did open a nether gate in the city without permission and murder her sister in cold blood, and few people blame Zala for being as angry as she was since she was forced to adopt her child's murderer by her own sister)
  • Large Ham (in chapter 8 her verbal spar with Quain'tana leaves toothmarks on the scenery. They top themselves in chapter 47 though it's implied this was an act to get everyone else to leave so they could get down to the real negotiations)
  • Mama Bear (one of her redeeming features is that she honestly seems to care about her kids)
  • Moral Myopia (seems to have a case of this. Was furious to the point of wanting to kill her when the original Vy'chriel was killed by Yaeminira, but apparently feels no grief for the guards, said adopted daughter, and the slaves and civilians her actions caused the deaths of in chapter 17.)
  • Multicolored Hair (up until the timeskip)
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain (For a long time, Snadhya'rune and Sarv'swati just saw her as their easily controlled, littlest sister. But after she starts meddling in the Empire's politics on her own initiative, Sarv'swati begins to take notice. As of the timeskip, Zala'ess has the largest family, powerful foreign alliances, has laid claim to the title of Empress, apparently without the consent of her other two sisters, and may have unknowingly disrupted a Nidraa'chal scheme. Snadhya'rune might want to start paying attention to her.)
  • Pet the Dog (horrible things she's done notwithstanding, she at least appears to give a shit about her kids, which is more than can be said for Quain'tana)
  • Pregnant Badass (concept art for chapter 47 shows Zala with a very noticeable belly. Given that she seems to have only been in Nuqrah'shareh for about a monthnote  it's highly likely she was already pregnant when she left Chel.)
  • Really Gets Around (to quote Sil'lice: "You fucked to no end to make an army out of your womb" and even though she has a long time mate in Sabbror, who is the father of several if not most of her children, she's also had children with men from the Ill'hardro clan for political purposes, which Sabbror doesn't seem to mind)
  • The Resenter (a large part of her motivation seems to involve spiting her sisters for their treating her as their easy-to-control, youngest sister; this is shown when Sarv'swati single-handedly overrules Zala when the original Vy'Chriel died and Zala wanted to kill Yaeminira, and she later says that Zala once cowered before them, and even Diva'ratrika says Zala had always been under her sisters' thumbs.)
  • The Uriah Gambit (pulled one on Vy'chriel/Yaeminira)
  • Youngest Child Wins (she wants to invoke this by becoming Ill'haress of the clan, and as of the timeskip seems to be making a go for it, having declared herself Empress)

Sabbror

Zala'ess' mate and the father of many (if not most) of her children. Has not been seen after the timeskip so far and was not in Nuqrah'shaerh with Zala'ess, leaving his status unknown.

  • Bodyguard Crush (it's not known what his personal history with Zala is, but they may have started this way)
  • Chekhov M.I.A. (hasn't been seen since before the timeskip, and while Word of God confirms he's at least still alive it's also hinted that the next time we see him will be a Tear Jerkerinvoked, especially since his last appearance was during a discussion of Snadhya'rune's faulty seeds and how they will eventually kill the host. When we finally see him again after the Time Skip, he still retains his sanity, but the gem on his sealing armor and even his exhalations are visibly crackling with demonic mana, and one of his eyes has entered Glowing Eyes of Doom.)
  • Enemy Mine (During the Sharen fortress's surrender parley, he agrees to turn over all Sharen holdings to the Sarghress in exchange for helping the Sharen get revenge against the traitors that infested them with faulty seeds.)
  • Glowing Eye Of Doom (The result of his increasingly deadly taint.)
  • Morality Pet (seems to be this to Zala, since they clearly love each other)
  • Peek-a-Bangs (After the Time Skip, one of his eyes is covered over by his hair. This conceals the Glowing Eye Of Doom)
  • Retcon (was originally so badly tainted that he was trapped in a suit of sealing armor and unable to speak, but when the worldsetting was redone he no longer had this history, and even after the timeskip is visibly having trouble keeping his seed under control, but keeps his ability to speak)
  • Revenge (During the Sharen fortress's surrender parley, he tells Quain'tana that he wants this against those who tainted the Sharen with faulty seeds.)
  • The Stoic
  • You Shall Not Pass (He tells his daughter that he will buy Zala'ess the time she needs to bring in The Cavalry before the Sarghress finish them off.)

Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen

One of Zala'ess' daughters and Faen's roommate at Orthorbbae.

  • Ascended Extra (she started as Faen's roommate with little focus on her, but by the time of the timeskip has more or less become the secondary protagonist to Ariel)
  • Alpha Bitch
  • Blood Magic / Bloody Murder (her main affinity)
  • Character Development (it's telling that a character whose first appearance was slapping Faen and telling her to leave Ariel to die and made fans hate her can now inspire a woobie reaction from those same fans)
  • Conflicting Loyalty (Between Sil'lice and her mother, Zala'ess. On the one hand, she genuinely cares about her mother, but on the other she feels that Zala'ess has made terrible mistakes and has been working with one of the victims of said mistakes.)
  • Convenient Miscarriage: In chapter 44 we find out about the "problems" Chrys'tel had referenced in regards to her own attempts to have children when we see her having what Word of God describes as an early miscarriage, including copious amounts of blood. It's even worse when you remember that Word of God is that drow do not have periods, so she has to realize exactly what this means.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot (while Chrys' curiosity is one of her best features, and is explicitly identified by Zala'ess as such after the timeskip, her tendency to not look before she leaps and follow her intuition has nearly gotten her killed on three separate occasions. It also indirectly led to Naal's death and very nearly the death of Nau'kheol.)
  • Defrosting Ice Queen (just compare her first scenes to her later ones)
  • Due to the Dead (Gives a salute to a Sarghress squad that died sabotaging a mutual enemy)
  • Gender-Blender Name (only by human standards, since she's usually referred to simply as Chrys)
  • Girlish Pigtails (with the corresponding Tsundere traits, at least until the timeskip)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold (isn't as bad as she initially appears, and has quite a bit of loyalty to her friends)
  • I Know You Know I Know (seems to have fallen into this after the timeskip, since she knows Diva'ratrika's dead and her mother's role in it as well as Zala knowing that she knows, which is why she keeps Chrys'tel around as her overseer)
  • The Mole: As of chapter 32, is now working as one for Sil'lice.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (seemingly a pattern with her)
  • Parental Favoritism (even though Zala'ess seems to care for all of her children (note ) Chrys seems to hold a special place with her mother. Played with after the timeskip, where Chrys'tel is Empress Zala'ess' overseer but it's implied Zala made Chrys this so she could keep an eye on her in light of what she learned from Sil'lice)
  • Pet the Dog (her defense of Faen, and it's the first sign that she's not just a two-dimensional bully)
  • Pillars of Moral Character (she even says that a Vel'Sharen always repays her debts to Kiel after Naal's demise.)
  • Plucky Girl (even Ariel notices how hard it is to keep Chrys'tel down when she's determined. Also crosses over with Villainous Valour, though she's only a "villain" to Ariel by virtue of being a Sharen)
  • Rebellious Princess (if stealing her mother's old crown and sneaking into the Val'Sharess tower and later going to the Sarghress of her own free will to see Sil'lice isn't rebellious, what is?)
    • After the timeskip, there are also several subtle indicators that she's not entirely pulling the Vel'Sharen party line, like the fact that her dragon isn't tainted and she named it Cahal, after the Shrouded in Myth figure Vel'Cahal, whose name literally means "Demon Poison."
  • Rich Bitch (has aspects of this)
  • Squishy Wizard (to a point. Fans have noticed that so far Chrys has gotten her ass handed to her pretty much any time she engages someone in close quarters combat, including against Ariel, Shinae Sate'ja and a mook who takes advantage of her not restraining his arms and likely would've killed her if not for interference. She is shown to be very effective from dragonback and through the use of her blood sorcery, but close quarters seems to be a weakness of hers.)
  • Spanner in the Works: After discovering what really happened to her grandmother.
  • Strong Family Resemblance (after the timeskip, she looks even more like her father and Nau'kheol, since her hair is more obviously silver/purple. In-universe she is also said by Yakuise and Diva to look a lot like Zala'ess.)
  • Too Dumb to Live (nearly crosses into this a few times, see Curiosity Is a Crapshoot. Sil'lice even lampshades it)
    I have let you go once and yet you have returned. This is not proof of a great intellect or wisdom.
  • Tsurime Eyes

Shinae

Chrys'tel's protector twin, Shinae's specialty is pressure sorcery.

  • Badass Longcoat (Lavender, no less.)
  • Berserk Button (Nihi'liir really should not have said that, though it's implied that she doesn't know the full story of what happened to her baby at the time this conversation takes place. Later Chrys'tel accidentally presses the same button when she makes the double mistake of asking about the baby and saying that they left Shinae behind to keep her "safe", not knowing the ordeal Shinae has been through)
  • Cane Fu (due to Chrys'tel's accidentally pressing of her Berserk Button Shinae actually hits her with her cane and draws blood)
  • Conflicting Loyalty (between Chrys and to her adoptive mother Zala'ess. Post-time skip, she seems to have decided on Chrys. But after her Split Personality Merge, she starts showing inclinations towards Snadhya'rune.)
  • Despair Event Horizon (it's evident that the stillbirth of her child was this to her, since she's willing to let Snadhya'rune make her "safe" despite knowing damn well what it means, having seen what it did to Jiaan.)
  • Determinator (in chapter 40, by virtue of the fact that she's even up and walking after the horrific birth in chapter 39 since she's clearly in great pain, has to walk with a cane and can't even sit down.)
  • Fetus Terrible After the timeskip, gives birth to one.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes (with Shinae's personality it's pretty unlikely any of the group from Orthorbbae would even hang around with her on their own if she wasn't Chrys' protector twin)
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat (Word of God confirms that with their personalities the confrontation between Shinae and Nihi'liir in chapter 40 was bound to not end well)
  • I Just Want to Be Normal (indicated here)
  • It's Personal (Has a very strong grudge against Ariel for setting into motion the events that caused Chrys'tel Conflicting Loyalty between Zala'ess and Sil'lice. Even weakened by her failed childbirth, she is desperate to see Ariel dead.)
  • Little Miss Badass (though many members of the cast are, she deserves special mention because it's technically her job)
  • Make Me Wanna Shout (her particular magical talent and one she's skilled enough in to beat Ariel while injured. Unlike the Ill'hardro who have demonstrated similar abilities this is explicitly said to be her manipulating the air pressure rather than the sound itself.)
  • Moral Myopia (She lambastes the Sarghress for defying the caste system, being unsatisfied with their lot in life, and trying to overtake their betters. And yet, she herself openly resents and throws temper tantrums at Chrys'tel for the same reason.)
  • Mouthy Kid (very much so, and seemingly lampshaded by her mask, which has thorns on it)
  • Red Herring (at this point it looks like the parallels between Shinae and Yaeminira are this, since unlike Yaeminira and Vy'chriel Chrys'tel and Shinae have managed to reconcile, and both of them have apparently survived the timeskip without killing each other. One of the longest running theories up to the timeskip was that the two of them would end up in conflict and one would end up dead, but so far this hasn't happened.)
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni (has this dynamic with Chrys'tel, even though the colors they wear are reversed)
  • Replacement Sibling (attempts this after Chrys'tel is captured, even though she knows it probably won't work, but she herself states that it's her only chance. Luckily Chrys'tel escapes, but Shinae is still said to have been lightly tortured)
  • The Resenter (Like most of the Sharen, she believes strongly in the inherent superiority of the Sharen clan over the lowly commoners, and takes great pride in serving them. However, Shinae herself is of adopted common blood, and she has no delusions as to how much lower that puts her than her sister. Even though Chrys'tel has Conflicting Loyalty with Sil'lice and takes actions that could be seen as treacherous, she is still one of Zala'ess's favorites and gets all of the perks and honors that the loyal Shinae only wishes she had. Unlike Yaeminira however, she has the sense to realize that turning against her sister would only end up badly for her.)
  • Rule of Symbolism (it's interesting to note that the image of Shinae's tainted self is shown with long hair, a trait associated with Vals and "proper" Sharen daughters. What this means in the larger scheme of her character arc remains to be seen.)
    • Another example here where Shinae is left out of the chain of people from different clans, which was lampshaded by the author in the description of the page.
  • Screaming Birth: In her first on-panel appearance after the timeskip [[spoiler:justified since the baby was apparently born already mutated.
  • Sibling Rivalry (with Chrys'tel, like most protector twins, though with them it's not yet gotten to the point where they've tried to kill each other)
  • Sir Swearsalot (has one of the foulest mouths of any character, and the foulest mouth of the child cast)
  • Split Personality Merge (Underneath Snadhya'rune's guidance, she undergoes a special ritual designed to merge her with her demon seed. At first, she resists, fighting the demon off, but in the end, she accepts the demon and becomes one with it. When the process is over, the new Shinae acts very happy and professes to have no more interest in the Sharen clan, though she claims to still be loyal to Chrys'tel herself.)
  • Tampering with Food and Drink (She intercepts tea intended for Zala'ess and poisons it before delivering it to Zala'ess herself.)
  • When She Smiles (subverted in chapter 46. What would be one of these moments is nothing if not creepy given what Shinae just went through and the heavy implication that she's no longer herself as we knew her)

Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen

One of Zala'ess' sons, he used to be Ariel's classmate at Orthorbbae.

Yami'ni Vel'Sharen

One of Zala'aess' daughters, she is featured in the side story and animation "Demon Painter". She reappears post-timeskip as part of Zala'ess guard in Chapter 35.

Jiaan*

Yami'ni's bodyguard.

  • Berserk Button (Empaths. Given what they did to him, perfectly understandable.)
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows (which are almost always frowning until Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul, where the clearest visual sign of this is him not frowning)
  • Bodyguard Crush / Lady and Knight (Ji'aan is Yami'ni's lover. Her death makes him go berserk. After chapter 46 becomes a twisted version of this to Snadhya'rune, who's implied to have made him "safe" specifically to have such a relationship)
  • Brainwashed and Crazy (The empaths used Mind Rape, torturing him for months. By the end of it, he was sufficiently broken to bow to Snadhya'rune, but his captors were uncertain whether he had really committed himself. Nevertheless, after his taint is made "safe", Snadhya'rune expresses complete confidence in his new loyalties to the point that Nau'kheol is scared off.)
  • Crush Blush (To Snadhya'rune's affections after his taint is made "safe".)
  • Distressed Dude (was being held on the airship by the Nidraa'chal, and reappears in chapter 44 as a "gift" to Snadhya'rune)
  • Exotic Eye Designs (After swearing loyalty to Snad, she teaches him how to master his otherwise deadly taint.)
  • Expository Hairstyle Change (between the time when we first see him "safe" and he reappears with Snadhya he changes the colored streak in his hair from Yami'ni's blue to Snadhya'rune's purple)
  • Getting Smilies Painted on Your Soul (The apparent effect of getting Snadhya's "safe" taint)
  • Mind Rape (subjected to this by the Empaths on the airship for what's implied to be weeks and by the end is completely willing to bow to Snadhya'rune)
  • Multicolored Hair (has light blond hair with a blue streak in the front later a purple streak after he changes loyalty to Snadhya'rune)
  • My Greatest Failure (when the Empaths first Mind Rape him the word that appears next to him is "incompetent" and it's implied he took Yami'ni's death really hard)
  • No Sell (Dycle's attempt to use his empathy to end their duel early fails because after weeks of the Empath's Mind Rape his is nothing in comparison.)
  • Put on a Bus (disappears after chapter 37 when he's being held by the Empaths.)
  • Shirtless Scene (when he reappears, but it falls more into Fan Disservice than anything, given the circumstances. Also shows that he's Covered In Scars which may or may not have been there before the Empaths got to him)
  • The Worf Effect (despite being Yami'ni's bodyguard he gets captured, and though we don't see him fight Kalki beyond his initial lunge at her it's evident she did manage to stop him. His luck isn't much better after he masters his taint and Chakri and Myr Kavakini quickly subdue him)

Saph'ala Vel'Sharen

One of Zala'ess' older daughters, she seems to hold a high position in the family since she sits by her mother during the Council.

  • The Ditherer (The Sarghress give her 4 hours to surrender before they attack the Sharen fortress. At first, she is too proud to give in and expects her mother to come in with The Cavalry to save them. But the only message Zala'ess sends is an order to hold the fortress, without any reassurances or replies to feedback. She then starts panicking, not being sure what to do.)
  • The Dragon (it's implied she's this to Zala, since she sits with her on the Council and is apparently left in charge of the fortress while Zala is in Nuqrah)
  • Honor Before Reason (Near the end of the District War, she has been left in charge of the Sharen fortress. The Sarghress give the Sharen clan a chance to surrender. But even though the Sarghress have them horribly outnumbered, she chooses to rip their terms into pieces.)
  • Like Mother Like Daughter (displays similar Mama Bear traits as her mother. In Chapter 25 her dialogue indicates strong concern for her son's well being, riding out to meet him immediately after getting a distress message from him)
  • Strong Family Resemblance (has her father's hair)
  • Villainous Breakdown (She starts breaking down and panicking when Zala'ess orders her to hold the Sharen fortress, doesn't send her any reassurances, and fails to respond to further flares.)

Vy'chriel (originally Yaeminira) Vel'Sharen

Yaeminira was originally the protector twin of Vy'chriel Vel'Sharen, one of Zala'ess' daughters, but killed her when she refused to become tainted. Zala'ess reluctantly let Yaeminira assume Vy'Chriel's name and rank.

  • Blade on a Stick
  • Braids of Action (after she lets her formerly short hair grow out she wears it in a long braid)
  • Cain and Abel (with the original Vy'chriel. In terms of morality and action, she's Cain, but she views herself as Abel because of Vy'chriel's disobedience.)
  • Green-Eyed Monster (killed the original Vy'chriel because of this)
  • Heel Realization (Sil'lice refers to her as "Yaeminira Nidraa'chal", and while Yaeminira initially dismisses this the imagery suggests that she realizes that some of her actions, including opening a nether gate in the city and killing her own sister, make it an apt comparison. Of course, she then choose to ignore this.)
  • Human Popsicle: What Sil'lice does to her.
  • Ignored Epiphany (after finding out from Sillice the truth about the Nidraa'chal war does she stop and change sides when it's offered? Nope!)'
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me( Taken to its darkest extreme, when she both took up the name of the sister she killed, but also turned her corpse into a mindless golem.)
  • Sibling Rivalry (of the deadly kind)
  • Replacement Sibling (for her own sister... who she killed)
  • Too Dumb to Live: anyone with a working brain could tell that her fight with Sil'lice wouldn't end well for her
  • Summon Magic (she's pretty good at it, just not as good as her aunt)
  • The Unfavorite (with good reason. Ironically, the original Vy'Chriel seems to have been one of Zala's favorites, and what exactly Yaeminira expected to happen when she murdered her is a question for the ages. Also adds more to the above trope.)
  • Well Done Daughter Girl (to Zala'ess)

Phani'lath Vel'Sharen

A son of Zala'ess by a male of the Illhar'dro clan. Possesses a quirky sense of humour. He is present in Chapter 8 with his mother, sisters and step-father when they come to confront Quain'tana for Chrys'tel's release.

Suna'madhuri Vel'Sharen

Zala'ess's youngest daughter, born during the Time Skip. Her concept art can be found here.

Kiri'dharma Vel'Sharen

An older daughter of Zala'ess. Her concept art can be found here.

    Other Sharen bloodlines 

Ashu'athama Sharen

Diva'ratrika's only son and brother to Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta and Zala'ess. He is one of the headmasters at Davya Tower with Kel'noz. Little is known about him and he has so far only appeared in the early chapters chronicling Ariel's stay at Orthorbbae.

Kio'nel Vel'Sharen

A young Sharen who first appears in chapter 31 escorting Kiel to meet with Chrys'tel. Later appears in chapter 42 as the leader of the Dari'yako Penal Colony.

  • Back for the Dead
  • Berserk Button (he winds up pressing Shinae's when, after Chrys'tel runs off, she asks him if he'll make love to her and he tries to turn her down, causing her to quite literally blow up in his face.)
  • Curb-Stomp Battle (it's pathetically one sided when Sarv'swati kills him and she almost literally curb stomps him before whaling on him with a glaive.)
  • Face Death with Dignity (he tries, at least, but finding out things got even worse after he left makes this impossible)
  • From Bad to Worse (the Dari'yako colony getting attacked by Highland Raiders and the slaves being freed on his watch? Bad. An overwhelming Sarghress force arriving after he's already left for Chel and destroying what's left of it? Worse)
  • General Failure (he seems to be decently competent, but he gets completely blindsided by the Highland Raider attack and didn't even know about the main Sarghress force coming in to destroy the rest after he'd already left for Chel until another survivor makes it back. And Sarv'swati is not pleased.)
  • Killed Off for Real (Sarv'swati kills him as punishment for his failure to protect the Sharen clan's Penal Colony.)
  • Kissing Cousins (has a very obvious crush on Chrys'tel, and though it's not entirely certain how they're related he's most likely a cousin, but Chrys doesn't seem to return his feelings or for that matter even seem aware of them)
  • Series Continuity Error (in Chapter 42, due to the Colonies story being done by two different artists his hairstyle changes drastically between the two parts of the story, with one artist using his updated concept art and the other his pre-timeskip art as references. This lead the author of that side-story to say that he got a haircut before his meeting with Sarv'swati, which some readers thought worked since it emphasized just how screwed he knew he was and at least wanted to look decent before he died.)
  • This Is Gonna Suck (his face as he goes to meet with Sarv'swati to tell her what happened to Dari'yako clearly says this. He's not wrong about her response either.)
  • You Have Failed Me (Sarv'swati's response to his return)

Nidek'nil Sharen*

A cameo character created by Tsac'tsuo. Nidek'nil is a Sharen overseer present with Nihi'liir at the Sharen penal colony in Chapter 40. His concept art can be found here

The Xyrrai'zestu Sharen

The Xyrrai'zestu are a sub-house of the Sharen clan and make up a large portion of the Imperial Army. The founder of the house commissioned her own building to house her family, and the Sharen retaliated by having her and most of her followers killed through a series of assassinations and "accidents."

  • All There in the Manual (the house's history in the forum written by the co-creator of the house)
  • Authority Equals Asskicking (when the Xyrrai'zestu de'vess built a tower for herself and her followers outside of the main Sharen fortress, the main family retaliated by killing the de'vess and most of her followers. Only the de'vess' daughter (who was in Orthorbbae at the time) and minor members of the house were spared.)
  • Epic Fail / Tall Poppy Syndrome (the Xyrrai'zestu de'vess' decision to build her own tower can be seen as this. By doing this she seemed to be declaring herself and her house as more powerful than the Imperial family and perhaps even as a rival. The same Imperial family that had proved many times beforehand to be controlling, dislike rebellion and utterly ruthless to those they perceive as threats. Things of course went exactly as you'd expect.)
  • Overly Long Name
  • Red Shirt Army (after the stunt pulled by the original de'vess, the house essentially became synonymous with "meatshield")
  • Too Dumb to Live (possibly the original de'vess. One wonders exactly what she was expecting given what we know of the Sharen's dislike of any sort of rebellion.)
  • The Unpronouncable (even the house's creators aren't entirely sure how it's pronounced, and usually settle for something close to "Zee-ree-zess-tu")

Oil'loss'lin Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*

The daughter of the former Xyrrai'zestu de'vess and a general in the Imperial Army. Oil'loss'lin and the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen were invented by fans of the comic turned staff writers and before the entire comic was remade in 2007, her character was a major part of the storyline. She makes a cameo appearance in the Prologue during the Nidraa'chal War where she slays her tainted dragon, only to become tainted herself. She is also noted as one of the few Sharen to have remained friends with her protector twin well into adulthood. More information on Oil'loss'lin can be found here.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin (she lost her protector twin in battle, and this was stated in background information to have broken her. She and her twin even shared the same lover and both had children by him. After her twin's death she adopted the latter's daughter as her own alongside her biological daughter)
  • Bad Ass (slaying her own dragon gave her this reputation in-universe)
    • Pregnant Badass (Apparently she's three months pregnant and still an active soldier.)
  • BFS (Her sword isn't the most prominent example in the comic but it's still large enough to qualify)
  • Lady of War
  • Mama Bear (Arrives in Chapter 40 to rescue her daughter. Her being the best mom evernote  is something of a running joke among players of the roleplay.)
  • Only Sane Man (Bluntly tells Feli'cia that attempting to fight Quain will only get her killed)
  • Overly Long Name
  • Parental Substitute (for the daughter of her protector twin)
  • Put on a Bus (hasn't been seen since the Prologue, though her creator continues to roleplay her, indicating that she survived)
  • Scars Are Forever (Three claws over her right eye. May be from the above dragon slaying.)

Kery'awa Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*

Oil'loss'lin's daughter, she is one of the few untainted Sharen in the entire clan, having been spirited away by her mother to the city of Val'Raveran to spare her from the clan's mandatory tainting. More information on Kery'awa can be found here.

  • Blade on a Stick (her weapon of choice is a halberd)
  • Casting a Shadow (Capable of using shadow sorcery inherited from her Beldrobbaen father and does so in an attempt to evade attackers)
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me! (She prompts this reaction once her helmet is taken off.)
  • Moe (She gets this reaction in-universe after her helmet is knocked off. Notably not a case of Samus is a Girl since female fighters are the norm, but the Sarghress are surprised to see she's untainted.)
  • Token Minority (A double case, first in that she has a small bit of drowussu ancestrynote  and second that she is one of the very few untainted Sharen left in the clan.)
    • Mixed Ancestry (though the only visual sign of this is her curly hair, which came from said Drowussu ancestor)
  • Trademark Favorite Food (Strawberry shortcake)

Nona’brail Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*

A member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen who serves as Shinae's nurse post childbirth and appears in chapter 40. More information on Nona'brail can be found here.

Ran'diirk Xyrrai'zestu Sharen*

A member of the Xyrrai'zestu Sharen subhouse, he is a member of the Imperial Guard. Heavily tainted, he is so desensitized to pain that a head injury caused by My'ona Sarghress's war hammer doesn't even faze him. He is a cameo character designed by Pariel. First appearing in Chapter 39, his concept art can be found here

  • Epic Fail (the best way to describe his attempted assassination of Snadhya'rune.)
  • Ironic Hell: Despite his loyalty to Diva'ratrika he ends up a summon of the very woman who killed her with no free will of his own.
  • Locked Out of the Loop (Like most of the Imperial Guards, has no idea that the real Diva'ratrika was killed in a coup led by her own daughters, though by chapter 44 he seems to have put the pieces together and goes after Snadhya'rune directly, saying that he knows what she did or that in all likelihood he is slowly dying from his taint.)
  • Major Injury Underreaction (Played with. Both he and his colleagues are deeply shocked that he doesn't even feel the pain from his head injury, despite there being copious amounts of blood. Heavily implied to be the result of his faulty taint)
  • My Master, Right or Wrong (Just as surprised as his colleague that the so-called Empress they were supposed to be protecting was actually a golem, but even with this fact, is determined to fight for the Sharen cause.)
    • (However when we next see him it is at the Felde peace gathering in Chapter 44, where he intends to assassinate Snadhya'rune for her role in the real Diva's death)
  • Non Standard Armor (Wears a prominent emblem of the Xyrrai'zestu subhouse on his uniform against regulations. His character info outright states that Diva'ratrika would have kicked his ass for that.)
  • No Sell (Averted. He continues to fight through his head wound, but it is clear that it deeply injured him)
  • Revenge (Realizing that he will probably die from the taint, he commits himself to avenging Diva'ratrika's murder. He puzzles out Snadhya'rune's role in it and spends his final moments trying to kill her.)
  • Senseless Sacrifice Instead of accepting Snadhya'rune's offer of mercy, he makes a suicidal last ditch attempt to kill her with an overcharged golem core. A weapon fae can easily defend against. Snadhya'rune protects herself with little effort and regards the assassination attempt with contempt.
  • Taking You with Me Attempts this on Snadhya'rune.
  • Your Soul Is Mine gets turned into a summon by Snadhya'rune after his failed assassination attempt.


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Alternative Title(s):

Vel Sharen Clan