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The Clan as a whole
Background InformationThe newest clan to rise to the Council of Nine. The Vloz'ress was originally a small nether cult under the leadership of Kiel's mother Ven'ndia, but after her death Sene'kha formed alliances with the Sharen that allowed the Vloz'ress to take the seat left vacant after the collapse of the Val'Dutanvir. Besides the Sharen, they are the only clan who identify themselves as Vels instead of Vals due to their association with demonic magic. Despite their Val status, the Vloz'ress are the least liked clan in Chel, and living conditions among most members are second only to living on the street. "Houses" (more accurately described as gangs) within the clan are mostly defined as which nether summoner one serves under, and exactly who has the power among the summoners is constantly shifting.
- Always Chaotic Evil (their reputation, though individual members sometimes avert this, and Word of God is that they deliberately play up looking evil as part of their battle tactics)
- Animal Motifs (their clan mount is the snake◊, and Word of God is that the large snakes they ride actually belonged to the Dutan'vir originally and were engineered by the Jaal'darya)
- Army of Thieves and Whores (the Vloz'ress is the last stop for many of the most desperate people in Chel, and the life expectancy of their troops can be measured in weeks.)
- Bedlam House (essentially what their fortress is)
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder (a prerequisite for anyone who wants to gain power in the clan)
- The Coup (With Kiel'ndia, Larvova, and Nyo'ka preoccupied, Ni'bai seizes control of Kharla'ggen and the Vlozz'ress fortress from right under their noses.)
- Dark Is Not Evil (under Ven'ndia, they were weird but harmless, and despite being demon worshipers sought to learn from them rather than use them as weapons. Thoroughly averted once Sene'kha took over)
- Dwindling Party (in chapter 41, Kiel's group infiltrating the Beldrobbaen fortress gets gradually picked down after they make their escape. Kiel Lampshades this and, as the protagonist, decides to be the one to make the last stand to put an end this trope, sending Vicyl and Fame away.)
- Eldritch Location (invoked, their fortress is intentionally designed to confuse people who enter it, including golems that reached out and attack you as you enter)
- Evil Is Visceral (their fortress definitely seems to play off this)
- The Friend Nobody Likes (on a whole clan level the Vloz are this to the rest of Chel, only being a Great Clan by virtue of their partnership with the Sharen, and even the Sharen don't seem all that fond of them.)
- Machiavelli Was Wrong (the clan provides an interesting contrast to the Sarghress, who themselves were born out of the disparate, disenfranchised dregs of Chelian society and were united around one leader. Despite all her faults the Sarghress still respect Quain'tana and her ideals, while the Vloz'ress fear first Kharla'ggen and Sene'kha and later Kiel but remain internally fractured to the point that they do not have much political clout and everyone is essentially out for themselves. Kiel at least is attempting to change this with Baliir's influence, but still largely rules through fear of Kharla keeping the others in line)
- Mask Power (everyone in the clan wears masks, likely playing off of Kharla's appearance, and Word of God is that they intentionally make themselves look scary. Also is handy on a few occasions when other characters, most notably Chrys, Shinae and Nau in chapter 44 are able to pass themselves off as Vloz'ress at the Nidraa'chal gathering by donning masks and no one looks twice at them)
- Meaningful Rename (Kiel convinces Kharla to change the Vel prefix to Val as a matter of signalling her efforts to reform the clan, and likely as a middle finger to the Sharen.)
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The Sharen under Zala'ess' command believe the reason behind the Volz'ress' crazy and dysfunctional behavior is so they can throw off enemy spies with deliberate misinformation.
- The Purge (Ni'bai eliminates Kharla'ggen's original servants to ensure she and her co-conspirators have full control over her.)
- Unwilling Nagafication: The Corrupted. Formed from breedable snake-like biological weapons created by the Jaal'darya that clamps on to the lower body of an unfortunate drow and turns them into artificial nagas. Usually from any enemies that dared to attack the clan.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits (originally, and after becoming a "proper" Val clan they're the most internally disorganized of the nine Great Clans, and next to the Sarghress and Nal'Sarkoth are probably the most diverse clan in terms of race)
- Rummage Sale Reject (one of the signs that the Vloz are not the most affluent clan is that they have no clan uniform to speak of, and everyone's gear is scrounged from somewhere else, in some cases such as Finol and Korrin literally out of the trash. The only consistencies are color scheme, which can be done with a quick coat of paint, and use of masks, which are all custom made to the user)
- The Unfavorite (nobody likes the Vloz'ress, just check the clan relations chart. Even the Sharen, who were behind the Vloz's rise to power, only like them on the surface, everyone else either hates them or is neutral towards them.)
- Unwitting Pawn (it's stated several times that the Vloz are really nothing more than a pawn of the Sharen. After the Timeskip however, this seems to have been lessened as Kiel has taken to openly opposing them though she's not as free of their control as she thinks since she's still aiding Snadhya'rune's goals)
- Absolute Cleavage
- Ambiguous Disorder: There's no question that there's something, or more likely several things, severely wrong with Kharla thanks to her unique taint, but her behavior overall resembles some form of mental retardation. It's also been shown that she's more or less harmless when not being goaded into dollifying people.
- Big Sister Instinct: Seems to have developed one of these for Kiel'ndia. This is Kharla, though, so she still may turn on Kiel at any minute, just like she did to poor Ven'ndia, and Larvova explicitly warns Kiel about this.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Kharla is so crazy that regular morality just doesn't apply to her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Crazy or not, cross Kharla and you will pay, as the Sharen sent to attack them found out the hard way.
- The Caligula: Despite her better aspects, she's still this trope through and through.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Not naturally, since her hair was originally white.
- Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? (any romantic relationship with Kharla would count by default, and in chapter 46 Khaless gives us the rare sight of one Cthulhu romancing another)
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Any scene with her that doesn't end with someone getting dollified turns out like this. Bonus points for involving literal tea a couple times.
- The Empath: Several of her abilities appear to revolve around empathy.
- The Faceless: She's had her mask off or pushed up so she can eat or drink a few times since she was first shown receiving it in a flashback, but her face is always partially obscured by her hair, a convenient shadow that sometimes appears out of nowhere or partially off panel. Apparently she looks pretty normal without her mask, but this trope helps emphasize her unique nature.
- Her freakouts seem to be based around the fact that she is not this, yet according to Khaless the demon component of her is.
- Fan Disservice: Everything about her since she has a beautiful body that's shown off with low cut tops but is totally insane. And then there's chapter 46, which reveals she slept with Khaless, a prime source of Fan Disservice on her own.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She loves plushies.
- The Glomp: to Naal, and yes, Kharla manages to make a glomp terrifying.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: The red eyes of the Tainted have a faint glow anyway, but it's especially pronounced with Kharla.
- Godiva Hair: Demonstrated in Chapter 43.
- Happily Adopted: She was this to Ven'ndia until Sene'kha manipulated things, and after the timeskip she and Kiel seem to have a functional sisterly relationship.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even among the tainted Kharla is unique, hence Sene'kha's plans to use her in her plan to take over Chel.
- I Am Legion: It's heavily implied that she has multiple people in her head, and thus refers to herself as "we", and not in the Royal "We" sense. Kiel even comments that it means that Kharla's probably never felt alone.
- Insane Equals Violent: Subverted, despite her insanity Kharla only seems to be violent when provoked, and she usually has to be goaded into it.
- Living Doll Collector: She provides the page image.
- Mask Power: Sort of, since the mask was actually to keep her from chewing her own fingers.
- Mind Hive: Her aura is very unique, and is effectively a veritable nether realm in and of itself. Many ancient, extremely powerful demons have been trapped in her aura, each contributing to her power, and very likely making her the Worlds Strongest Woman. As a result of having so many demons in her being, she refers to herself as "we". Sene'kha's plan revolved around using this to trap a demon god in her aura, which would have made her so powerful, that Sene'kha would be able to blackmail all the clans into disbanding and setting up a democratic state.
- Obliviously Evil: It's been hinted that she doesn't have the mental capacity to understand the full extent of what she's doing. Notably, Kiel doesn't blame her for what happened to her mother, while she does blame Sene'kha.
- People Puppets: She can manipulate peoples' limbs with threads of Mana without necessarily using Puppet Permutation. As Kalki finds out when she tries to punch Sara'hilana for damaging her "toys".
- Puppet Ill'haress: But not if Kiel has anything to say about it...
- And played with after the timeskip. It's fairly obvious that while Kiel essentially runs things Kharla still acts as a figurehead/way to dispose of troublesome people (as Maki found out firsthand) but it seems to be more that Kharla doesn't have any interest in the clan's day to day affairs.
- Powers via Possession: Her incredible power is derived from her ability to trap demons in her own aura.
- Puppet Permutation: Her specialty.
- Psychopathic Manchild: For some, the childish traits she shows just make her more terrifying, while for others, her playing with a rubber duck while bathing to be absolutely adorable. And the extent she's actually psychopathic is debateable, since it seems that a lot of her actions were just her doing as Sene'kha told her to.
- Rage Against the Reflection: The first time she saw her face in a mirror, she had a Freak Out and tried to tear her own face off. Her mask is the only thing that keeps her calm.
- Self-Made Orphan: The Char sidestory strongly implies that she dollified her parents, though it's left ambiguous as to whether this was an accident or if they did something to provoke her. And then there's what she did to Ven'ndia, who was effectively her adopted mother.
- Shout-Out: Possibly, since her hairstyle and mask make her resemble Washuu.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Her first appearance in Chapter 43 has her suddenly leap out of bed, completely nude but for her mask and Godiva Hair, and start chasing the rapidly-retreating camera until she catches us.
- Worlds Strongest Woman: While unconfirmed, she is very likely to be this and easily has the potential. Her aura is massive and ever growing, thanks to all the demons trapped in it. She was able to single handedly power a summon that should have required 12 summoners at a minimum, each at least a century old. She does have her limits, though. During the gang's escape from Felde, Kharla collapsed from hunger due to Kiel not bringing enough food for the return trip, depowering their turtle summon and leaving everyone stranded in the middle of nowhere. After Ni'bai finally enacts Sene'kha's plot to summon a demon god for Kharla to devour, she almost certainly becomes this.
Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ressThe only surviving child of Ven'ndia, Sene'kha used her as a "sister" for Kharla'ggen. After Sene'kha's death, Kiel manages to take back control of the clan. As Khaless reveals after the Timeskip, Kiel has merged with her seed. But rather than the demon becoming her, she has become the demon and retained her identity. Link to profile art.
- Abhorrent Admirer (to Nau'kheol, though when pressed he claims to already be taken by her◊, apparently considering that preferable to being used as a Baby Factory to help his mother's alliances. At the end of chapter 46 he seems to have decided a relationship wouldn't be so bad.)
- Animal Motifs (turtles, due to her statement that the Netheworld is "turtles all the way to infinity")
- Atomic S-Bomb: Drops this when she realizes she forgot to feed Demon!Naal during her trip to Felde.
- Bi the Way (though bisexuality is the norm in drow society, she directly states that while she'd like a harem of princes, she'd also take at least one princess, just for fun's sake. She's also expressed interest in both Nau'kheol and Chry'stel, and along with her relationship with Naal she seems halfway serious about making out with a guard.)
- Big "NO!" (upon seeing Naal get stabbed)
- Break the Cutie (She's undoubtedly gone through this, between watching her mother get turned into a puppet, whatever else she's seen in the Vloz'ress, seeing her best friend taken over by her seed and being poisoned)
- Breaking the Fourth Wall (her habit of talking to her "imaginary friend" who just happens to be in the same place as the reader is seen by the other characters as a symptom of madness)
- Later manifests as a Tear Jerker after Naal's death when she tells the "audience" to leave her alone and throws a belt at them.
- Don't link to it. What part of leaving her alone don't you understand?
- By the Time Skip, she apparently even has actual knowledge from beyond the fourth wall and her "imaginary friend" has gone from being the point-of-view of the panel to a swarm of black demons that follow her around.
- Later manifests as a Tear Jerker after Naal's death when she tells the "audience" to leave her alone and throws a belt at them.
- Cerebus Retcon (Kiel's habit of addressing the fourth wall was originally just something the author thought would be interesting, but then after the timeskip it's been revealed that it's actually because her seed is a human-like demon and far more serious)
- The Chessmaster (one in training)
- A Child Shall Lead Them (after Sene'kha's death she begins taking over the clan, and by the time of the timeskip seems to have more or less succeeded, at least as much as one can with a group like the Vloz'ress)
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander ('cuckoo lander' barely even begins to describe all the crazy stuff that floats through her head)
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right (it seems she really was right about there still being something left of Naal in Demon!Naal and she correctly realizes that she's actually in a comic)
- Cute Little Fangs (Often displays these during her more mischievous moments)
- Despair Event Horizon (Naal's seed taking her over nearly causes her to cross it, to the point that she's willing to let Demon!Naal eat her, but luckily there's enough of Naal's mind left that she pushes Kiel out instead)
- Didn't Think This Through: Kiel was so occupied with helping everyone flee from Felde that she forgot to restock for the return trip. So when Kharla, the group's "pilot", collapses from hunger, everyone is left stranded in the middle of nowhere. If Kuso hadn't thought to salvage food from Felde, they'd all probably starve to death if the cold didn't do them in first.
- Emergency Transformation (subverted, it was All Just a Dream, much to fans' relief)
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas (the "bad" is up for debate since she's one of the more decent Vloz'ress, but she certainly loved her mother and was devastated by what happened to her)
- Exotic Eye Designs (after the timeskip, she displays the same sort of white spiral in her eyes as Sha'sana on several occasions, which most likely represents how she's merged with her seed completely)
- Faking the Dead (In chapter 41, Nau'kheol and Chrys'tel help her throw Nir'naya off her trail thanks to Chrys'tel's blood sorcery making it look like they killed her)
- Five Stages of Grief (immediately after Naal's horrific demise she shows classic signs of stage 1, denial)
- Now seems to be quite fully into stage 2, anger, and later seems to go right to 4, despair. Although the bargaining part may have been already dealt with her refusal of Senekha's offer.
- Flipping the Bird (gives both barrels at once to Khaless)
- Foe Romance Subtext (Has a lot of interaction with Chirinide outside of regular story context, but still more or less canon. Her fight with Chirinide also involved a kiss.)
- Harmful to Minors (seeing her mother get dollified seems to only have been the tip of the iceberg as far as what she's experienced. She's also tellingly referred to as Ven'ndia's only surviving daughter, implying that she's also lost siblings to the violence in her clan)
- Hearing Voices (A side effect of being tainted and experiencing a Split Personality Merge with a human-like demon. The voices she hears are actually the fragments of the demon's personality.)
- Hostile Show Takeover (she once took over the Drowtales Twitter account and promptly demanded a tribute of princes, though she'd also accept princesses)
- She also has her own Facebook account now.
- At various times she's also taken over several of the other site archives, including rampaging through Slavemaster collecting princes and princesses and taking over the Relic Hunter archive to have them search for Kharla's ducky.
- Humiliation Conga (she puts Chiri through one of these in the "Netherworld TV" series of flash animations, which are shown to have taken place before the events of chapter 41 and emboldened her to carry out later events.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold (she's not always the nicest person, but if she counts you as a friend or a member of her "crew" she'll do anything in her power to help and protect you, even if it involves going head to head with someone like Kalki or risking the wrath of Snadhya'rune to break you out of prison)
- Kid Hero (played straight and then horribly deconstructed when she almost gets killed by poisoning, has a nightmare where she gets a doll body and Larvova scolds her to emphasize how stupid it is to try to do it all on her own)
- I Have the High Ground (With difficulty)
- The Lad-ette (despite being only 24, or physically 12 by human standards, she fits this among the other female characters in terms of personality. After the timeskip even more so.)
- Lampshade Hanging (in chapter 32 she breaks the fourth wall and addresses how reckless opening the morgue where Demon!Naal is trapped is)
- The Lost Lenore (Naal'suul becomes something like this to her, with the twist that the "Lenore" is not technically dead)
- Loveable Sex Maniac ("Princes, I tell you. Lots of them. Just. Waiting. For. Me!"◊)
- Medium Awareness (seems aware that she's in a comic, and the final Ask Kiel page says that she'll be showing up in the story proper on September 4th, and then in the comic itself makes a reference to Daydream, another section of the website)
- Messy Hair (not immediately obvious, but just compare her hair when it's down here to when Naal manages to brush it out at the cost of her hairbrushes. Not washing it for a long time will do that.)
- Mooning (shown doing this to Snadhya'rune in a chibi page for chapter 44. Word of God indicates that it was originally supposed to happen in the actual chapter, but he changed his mind since it would have broken the mood, but it stayed on as a chibi since Kiel totally would have done it)
- Not Me This Time (Chiri of all people comes to this conclusion when she hears it theorized that Kiel killed Shimi'lande, since while it does fit Kiels' M.O. she thinks certain things do not match up. Kiel herself also insists she didn't do it when Chrys'tel refers to her as doing it, but she's ignored.)
- Oh, Crap (Her response to learning that Khaless introduced Kharla'ggen to sex, meaning that childhood games will no longer be enough to keep her occupied.)
- She almost says this word-for-word once she realizes she forgot to feed Demon!Naal while she was away at Felde with her friends.
- Odd Friendship (With Naal, since they are from the newest clan to Chel and one of the oldest respectively, and Naal comes from wealth and privilege while Kiel comes from the opposite, even after the Vloz'ress rise to Val-hood.)
- Omnicidal Neutral (Her solution for the District War, inspired by Baliir. She hates the Sarghress and Kyrol, but also hates Sarv'swati's faction of the Sharen almost as much. The only major side she likes is Zala'ess's faction of the Sharen. She aims to murder Quain'tana, Sil'lice, Shimi'lande, Sarv'swati, and the false empress, believing this will end the war. But in practice, the only one of those people she succeeds in assassinating unintentionally aids the Sarghress and hurts the Sharen.)
- The Pigpen (more of an Informed Flaw than anything, but references have been made about Kiel's personal hygiene not being the best, to the point that when she does put the effort in it shows, see She Cleans Up Nicely)
- Playing with Fire (It isn't her elemental affinity, but she is able to manipulate it thanks to the foci embedded in her gauntlets.)
- Powers via Possession (Some of Kiel'ndia's unique abilities seem to have something to do with the demon she was tainted with.)
- Rapunzel Hair (not immediately obvious since it's usually in a ponytail, and in one chibi page Naal even says that Kiel's hair is longer than hers)
- Refuge in Audacity (her strategy for entering Beldrobbaen territory to assassinate Diva's body double is to brazenly ride up in a turtle tank while making small talk with the sniper and guards patrolling. And then offer to make out with one of the guards. And it works.)
- Replacement Goldfish (played for laughs in one chibi page where she makes a Naal'ga then not so much when we see that she actually did it.)
- It's also stated that one reason she likes Nau'kheol is that he reminds her of Naal.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship (with Naal, see this)
- The Scapegoat: She was planning to eventually murder Shimi'lande on Snadhya'rune's behalf, but she never actually gets the chance. A different assassin does the deed while disguised as her, successfully fooling the Kyorl and nearly sending the Order of the Twin Eyes on a Snipe Hunt. Ironically Chirinide seems to be the one person who doubts the official version of events despite their history together.
- Scars Are Forever (certain pieces of NSFW art have shown that the scarring on her chest from the poisoning incident remain even after the timeskip)
- She Cleans Up Nicely (courtesy of Naal, and later when she gets a new outfit her hair gets brushed out)
- Shotacon (played for laughs, but not as squicky as some examples since it's more innocent than anything and they're not too far apart in age)
- Take That, Audience! (Mentions that a couple of the voices in her head want her to "get it on with [Khaless], but hey, they're Daydreamers")
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Tomboy and Girly Girl (the tomboy to Naal's girly girl, and to a lesser extent with Kharla, who tends to wear more feminine clothing that Kiel)
- Took a Level in Jerkass (In her first appearance after the 15 year timeskip she orders Shoki and Baliir to break Maki's arm, and it's implied that she'd been torturing or at the very least threatening the other members of Maki's gang. This more ruthless side of her had been hinted at before, especially with her response to the attempt on her life where she nearly killed Nyo'ka, but it was still a shock to most fans. She also flat out refers to herself as a tyrant when talking to Baliir)
- Played with later when talking to Fame, she keeps up the Tyrant act, then when her minions are out of ear shot greets her cousin slightly more warmly, and hints half the time she's putting on an act. Then threatens her again.
- Trauma Conga Line (Chapter 27 has Naal's death and then chapter 28 has her break down because of Naal's death, then be poisoned and have a nightmare where her body has become a doll and only live because one of her rivals was forced to save her life by Kharla, and then she's reminded of her own mother when she bursts in to kill Nyo'ka and sees her kids, and then break down again)
- Unwitting Pawn (Not entirely so, but when Kiel assassinates the false empress with Khaless's help, it is unlikely that she fully understands just how insidious Snadhya'rune's plans are. In fact, Khaless offers to let Kiel be a proxy in assassinating quite a few major figures, which would greatly help Snadhya'rune's efforts to create a power vacuum.)
- Weirdness Coupon (a lot of her strange behavior in-universe is dismissed this way, either with "It's Kiel" or "Well she is a Vloz'ress")
- Well-Intentioned Extremist (after the timeskip she winds up parroting some of what Balirr's said about the clan system, and Word of God is that she's not consciously aware of it but has been around him enough that it's rubbed off)
- Wild Card (post-timeskip, she seems to be one of those to the Sharen Sarghress War. While she likes Zala'ess, she opposes the Sharen as a whole, but hates the Sarghress as well. Her actions, like assassinating Diva'ratrika's body double are described by her as her attempt to throw a wrench into the entire status quo. She hopes to assassinate Quain'tana next.)
- Also hinted at on the cover of chapter 43, where Kiel is the only member of the cast pictured who's holding the rope connecting them rather than being tied to it, suggesting she could break away from the others with relative ease if she wished.
- Wolverine Publicity (gets a certain amount of this since the start of Arc 2. Besides now being one of the "face" characters in the Rotating Arcs, she's also shown up in most of the other site's archives including the Relic Hunter games and Slavemaster.)
- Wrong Context Magic (her ability to see, hear, and even manifest the readers as demons is the only known case of this ability in the setting. Word of God outright states that he is never going to completely explain it.)
- Your Mom (seems to like this tactic)
- Asshole Victim (he may have had it coming, but the way he goes out is still pretty gruesome)
- Delinquents (he eventually gets kicked out of all his classes at Orthorbbae, forcing him to leave the school where Ariel nabs him)
- Dying Curse (his last words are promising that Kharla will kill all of them)
- Groin Attack (he tries this on Ariel, and when he finds there's nothing to grab he figures out that she's female)
- He-Man Woman Hater (he's definitely this, even telling Ariel after he finds out her gender that "I thought you were a freak, but you're worse, you're female!", but it was never explained why. In fact when he stabs Ariel he can be seen happily murmuring that "there will be one less female in the world" as he makes his getaway. Might have something to do with his experience with the Vloz'ress nether summoners, all of whom are female and prone to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder)
- Jerkass (his first words are complaining that he doesn't want to be in a class with a bunch of "girly freaks" and he gets progressively more jerkish, attempting to kill Ariel and later attacking her when they're on the same team)
- Unfortunate Names (it's not known if it was intentional, but his name is a homophone for Merkin, a pubic wig)
- Unsettling Gender Reveal (he discovers Ariel's real gender by accidental Crotch Grab Sex Check)
- The Chessmaster
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder (comes naturally with the Vloz'ress, but Sene'kha seemed to be especially good at it to not only get her position, but hold it for as long as she did)
- The Dog Bites Back (Kiel refuses to help her escape and leaves her to be executed)
- Manipulative Bastard (is heavily implied to have purposely arranged Kiel's mother's death, and a sidestory shows that she actually went looking for Kharla and found her in her insane state)
- Off with His Head! (but not before beating stabbed, beaten up, and then after being beheaded set on fire and having her aura sealed for good measure)
- Rasputinian Death (see above)
- Shout-Out (her name is likely a reference to Seneca the Younger, an advisor to Emperor Nero who was executed for supposedly being complicit in an assassination plot)
- The Starscream (it's heavily implied that she pulled this on Kiel's mother)
- Suicide by Cop (she tries this after Kiel refuses to help her break out, and screams after her insults about her mother while her thought bubbles indicate that she wants Kiel to kill her so she can be "set free", i.e. either spared the Kyorl execution, able to release her seed to cause more destruction, or both. Unfortunately for Sene'kha, Kiel's already left.)
One of the last remaining members of the Vloz'ress as they existed under Kiel's mother, Kar'liir is a mechanic and mostly keeps to himself.
- Ambiguous Disorder (his preference for golems over people suggests this, though it might be because of his experiences in the cut-throat Vloz'ress. It's also implied that he's always been a little odd.)
- Artificial Limbs (in addition to his natural arms, has two golem arms as well)
- Basement-Dweller (resides in the bottom of the old Vloz'ress tower)
- Mad Eye (flashbacks show one of his irises noticeably larger than the other, and now one is a golem prosthetic on his left eye)
- Mad Scientist
- Shrinking Violet (he makes it clear that he doesn't want to involve himself in politics)
Kes'sen Vloz'ressSene'kha's mate and Soul Seeker, he led the quest to bring back Discordia.
- Badass (look what it takes to kill him!)
- The Dragon (to Sene'kha)
- Dual Wielding
- Eyes Do Not Belong There (when his seed starts to awaken he gains a second set of eyes above his own)
- Karmic Death (Kiel intentionally invokes this by using her mother's golem against him)
- Rasputinian Death ( Is set upon by nagas, and after fighting through them narrowly survives a manabomb, two stab wounds to the abdomen, and a fire blast. Then he releases his seed only to have his head split by Kiel'ndia's chain weapon. People on the forums agree that this takes the cake for Rasputinian Deaths out of all the characters in the comic.)
- Scars Are Forever (has several scars on his face)
- Unholy Matrimony (we never see them really interact, but it can be inferred he had this relationship with Sene'kha, though the gender roles were flipped due to drow society)
LarvovaA nether summoner in the clan. She has ambitions of leading the clan after Sene'kha's death.
- Enemy Mine (winds up in this situation with Kiel after she's poisoned and forced to save her life)
- Facial Markings (has what are probably tattoos that resemble stitch marks all over her face)
- In the Hood (almost always has her hood up)
- Nerves of Steel (In Chapter 44 she is even willing to approach Kharla'ggen and try to calm her down after the latter starts dollifying people at the Felde gathering. This is after it is already stated by Kharla'ggen no less that she is not liked by the Vloz'ress Ill'haress.)
- Number Two (the fact that she sits in for Sene'kha after her execution during the gathering of the Clans suggests that she was already fairly high ranked)
- Only Sane Man (she comes off as considerably more level headed than many other Vloz)
- Put on a Bus (after the TimeSkip it is said that she's leaving for Felde, and if you connect the dots is probably going to Snadhya'rune's gathering. This is later confirmed in Chapter 44.)
Nyo'kaA nether summoner within the clan.
- Chekhov's Gunman (the scourges with her in this scene appear later to watch Kiel succumb to the poison)
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones (what Kiel realizes when she bursts in to kill Nyo'ka and sees her kids. See also Not So Different.)
- Not So Different (Kiel realizes this when her children come out after Kiel burst in to kill her and is reminded of her own mother)
- Pet the Dog (the way she talks about her children)
- Put on a Bus (she did this to her kids by sending them to the Illhar'dro city of Nuqrah'shareh, though she had referenced earlier that she was going to do this, and the two of them later appear in chapters 33 and 34, where their names are revealed to be Tamiir (the boy) and Kys'sae (the girl))
- Snakes Are Sexy (she's seen with a snake wrapped around one of her arms a couple times)
- Unwitting Pawn (Kiel was poisoned in such a way that Kharla thought Larvova did it, but Kharla was smart enough to get Larvova to save Kiel instead. Because Nyo'ka's scourges show up to watch Kiel thought that Nyo'ka ordered it, but they were in fact acting on their own, hoping to turn Kharla against Larvova. It nearly cost Nyoka her life, so needless to say she wasn't pleased with them, and one of them gets killed for his troubles. Kiel later feeds his body to Demon!Naal.)
Ven'ndiaKiel's mother and the former leader of the group that later became the Vloz'ress, Ven'ndia's aura was sealed in a puppet body by Kharla.
- Fate Worse Than Death
- And I Must Scream (her puppet body is implied to still be conscious)
- Deal with the Devil (she tainted herself knowing the risks, and it's heavily implied that Snadhya'rune wanted her to help with the Nidraa'chal War and/or her faulty seeds, and when she refused they were attacked)
- Deceased Parents Are the Best (Demon worshipper or not, she's one of the best parents in the series. And dead. We think.)
- Hope Spot: (A small one for Kiel in that Ven'ndia's golem reacts to Kiel's voice commands when anyone else needs to use a certain command. Kiel touches on it slightly and tries to convince herself Sene'kha did it to mess with her to avoid the above And I Must Scream.)
- Spell My Name with an "S" (Is it Ven'nedia, as she is called in Chapter 11, or Ven'ndia, as in Chapter 24 and after? It appears to be the second, and like Snadhya'runes vs. Snadhya'rune, has been quietly changed in the later chapters)
- The Farmer and the Viper (poor, poor Ven'ndia, she was just trying to help Kharla)
- Woman in White (her preferred style of dress suggests this)
BaliirA berserker who is initially introduced as part of Sene'kha's faction where he is often seen in the company of Kuso, a mercenary. An advocate for complete destruction of the clan system, he is notably devoted to this cause. After the Time Skip, he becomes Kiel's chief administrator and overall number two who seems to run the day-to-day operations of the clan.
- The Big Guy (as is the norm for most berserkers, and his build in general can best be compared to a gorilla since he walks on his knuckles)
- Cool Mask (Part of the standard beserker uniform.)
- Enigmatic Minion (He originally supported Sene'kha's plan to empower Kharla'ggen with a demon god and blackmail Chel into becoming a democratic state. But after her death, he abandons the plan and follows Kiel. It takes a long time to get a proper explanation for why he turned on Sene'kha and he's generally a hard person to read. But it is eventually revealed that he has since concluded that Senekha's plan was mad, and that he wants the will of the people to bring the change he seeks.)
- The Faceless
- Genius Bruiser (Is apparently just as good of an administrator as he is a fighter, considering the Vloz'ress districts have yet to fall into complete anarchy anyways)
- Gentle Giant (when he's not curb stomping people who challenge him)
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: (Kiel states the reason the Vloz'ress even have districts is because Baliir runs everything, after the Time Skip he seems to be her Number Two.)
- Number Two (first for Sene'kha and then for Kiel after the timeskip)
- Primal Stance (usually shown standing like this)
- Those Two Guys (With Kuso pre-Time Skip)
- The Stoic (The mask probably helps)
- The Unreveal (at one point Baliir takes off his mask, and it disturbs the other customers enough that Kuso asks him to put it back on, but we don't actually get to see his face. Probably a good thing, if you consider what Larvova's berserker looks like. Although it's also been teased that he's actually quite handsome under the mask, so it could go either way. As it turns out, he is handsome.)
- Warrior Poet (compared to most Vloz'ress speaks in an extremely polite manner)
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
KusoA mercenary with the Vloz'ress clan. Kuso often appears interested only in money and food as opposed to his more ideologically motivated companion, Baliir. Mainly appears to provide comic relief. As of the Time Skip, Kuso has joined Larvova.
- Butt Monkey (especially post-timeskip, where in the span of a couple chapters Kiel kicks him in the crotch and then uses him as a distraction while he's naked)
- Hand or Object Underwear (in chapter 46, the only thing preserving his modesty in his helmet)
- Noodle Incident (we never find out exactly how he ended up that way)
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk (While he's not that bad in general, it's pretty clear that Kuso is looking out for himself first and foremost and doesn't really seem interested in anything but making a living.)
- Mr. Fanservice (as of this page, which caused many to express surprise that he's so pretty under the helmet.)
- Not Listening to Me, Are You? (at one point during one of the audiobooks Baliir is talking to him about his ideals and belatedly realizes that Kuso hasn't been paying attention to a word he's said)
- Odd Couple (with Baliir. Kuso is conventionally attractive if a bit scruffy, cynical, short-tempered and blatantly only in it for the money, while Baliir is gigantic and deformed, ideological and soft-spoken)
- Only in It for the Money (So he can buy steak with it.)
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Punch Clock Villain (it seems he just joined the Vloz'ress to have some place to stay and work.)
- Punny Name ("Kuso" is a Japanese curse roughly equivalent to "damn" or "shit", and Kuso has quite the short fuse and foul mouth. Kiel at one point calls him "Japanese shit" with the implication that her "friends" told her about its real world meaning)
- Sir Swearsalot
- Those Two Guys (With Baliir pre-Time Skip.)
- Trademark Favorite Food (Steak and meat in general.)
Ni'baiA former Sharen of Nishi'kanta's bloodline, now a Vloz'ress nether summoner. Her twin, Ni'ju, is now a demon that serves her.
- Angsty Surviving Twin (considering that her sister is a demon, or at the very least a possessed summon, this trope is pretty easy to infer. As both have an apostrophe in their names (signaling Val status) its implied that they were actually biological twins rather than a protector-twin set up, making Ni'bai's angst status even more telling.)
- Dark-Skinned Blond (like Nishi'kanta, though hers is obviously dyed since you can see her roots.)
- Defector from Decadence (she left the Sharen after the Nidraa'chal War)
- Dragon Ascendant (After Sene'kha's death, Ni'bai announces that she'll finish the job Sene'kha started. Appropriately, as a former Sharen she's also a dragon in another sense as well.)
- Evil Laugh (Bursts into one as her Evil Plan starts to succeed)
- Facial Markings (like Kiel, has red lines that look like tear marks under her eyes)
- Ignored Epiphany (not Ni'bai herself, but when she tries to tell Desmonde Kyorl'solenurn the truth about the War she's ignored)
- Noble Fugitive (as seen above, Ni'bai was a former Sharen Val. Why she left the Sharen after the Nidraa'chal War isn't ouright stated but its easy to infer that she found out the truth behind the War and the attack on her grandmother)
- Number Two (was evidently something like this to Sene'kha, and uses her notes to continue the project to use Discordia as a summoning conduit after her death)
- Put Them All Out of My Misery (She is willing to enact a plot that risks destroying the entire world to get revenge upon her former clan. While the actual end of the world is not quite her intent, she does aim to annihilate every one of the clans, and has no concern for the collateral damage.)
- Revenge Before Reason (She was once a Val'Sharen of Nishi'kanta's lineage. Nearly her entire family was wiped out during The Purge of Diva'ratrika's loyalists. Her vengeance scheme against her former clan involves empowering a Psychopathic Manchild with the power of a demon god. Not only that, merely the act of opening said demon god's gate results in a Foreboding Fleeing Flock of demons great enough to flood Chel. And since Snad, the actual mastermind of said purge is safely out of Chel, her plan to kill all the clan leaders is only likely to aid her.)
- Stripperiffic (not by human standards save for her Impossibly-Low Neckline, but by drow standards walking around with a bare neck makes her even naughtier than Mel with her dental floss)
NainaiAn old human woman, she seems to be Kharla's caretaker. After the timeskip it's implied she has died and her role has been taking up by Nimael.
- Bilingual Bonus (Her name is a Chinese honorific for 'grandmother')
- But Not Too White (averted, since she may be a Rift Halme who was born underground, and thus has no natural coloring)
- The Caretaker
- Cool Old Lady
- Milky White Eyes (on account of being blind)
- Never Mess with Granny (fans have decided that she must be this if she's survived in the Vloz fortress)
- Parental Substitute (to both Kiel and Kharla)
- We Are as Mayflies (compared to the fae she lives with, and it's implied that she died during the 15 year timeskip, but justified since she was already quite old)
Umpus Vloz'ressAn intelligent demon (aka a Vel'Akar) possessing the body of a drow/naga symbiote and serves as Sene'kha's attendant. Much like Khaless for Snadhya'rune, Umpus is very loyal to the Vlozress ideals set out by Sene'kha and later is seen to be plotting with Ni'bai to revive the old idea of bringing a demon god into the world by using Discordia as bait.
- Anime Hair (has short and spiky hair not seen on any other male character)
- Blank White Eyes (save for red schlera, this signifies that he is fully demon, not merely a tainted drow)
- Distaff Counterpart (this appears to be the case with him and Khaless, though its unknown how their respective power levels match up)
- Facial Markings (he is noticeably tattooed all over his upper body)
- Fluffy Tamer (was visibly sympathetic to Discordia whilst the latter was being captured, stroking her arm and referring to her as "a poor thing", while the other characters just comment on how easy it was to capture the shard. He also attempts to reason with her in Chapter 12.)
- Hidden Agenda Villain (it is too early to tell if he is a villain, but as of yet readers know nothing about his true motives or why he is helping Ni'bai beyond ending the world as it is)
- Killed Off for Real (Sara'hilana tosses Umpus through a nether gate. Nether gates are effectively portals for mana, but not physical objects, and as such, this causes the demon to be ripped from his host body. Word of God says this results in his death, and his aura is seen to get devoured by a demon god.)
- Tattooed Crook (as seen above, he is covered in body markings)
Maki Vloz'ress ( nee Sarghress)A fire-wielding Vloz'ress who first appears in Chapter 38 attacking the North Cliff district. She is in fact a former Sarghress.
- Dirty Cop (her backstory, since under Syphile's management she was apparently allowed to do whatever she wanted, but once Ariel took over she was demoted)
- Fallen Hero (at the end of Chapter 38, we see that her squad helped defend the district in the Nidraa'chal War. Word of God is that Maki and her squad's fall from grace came from taking too many bribes until their reputation was soiled to the eyes of their peers within the Sarghress and the commoners they were supposed to protect)
- Fate Worse Than Death ( As punishment for attacking a district without Kiel's permission, she is given to Kharla as a new toy.)
- Female Misogynist (for some reason she does not like other females, as she points out when she reveals that she knows her "Scourge" is really Ariel in disguise because she doesn't recruit females)
- Playing with Fire (her specialty)
- Pyro Maniac
- Shadow Archetype (her gang is one of these to Ariel's squad, and Maki seems to be one for Ariel herself, in addition to being a former Sarghress)
- Shut Up, Hannibal! (she has this pulled on her by a Badass Bystander with a crossbow)
A new character introduced after the Timeskip in Chapter 39.
- Animal Motifs (goats, especially demon goats)
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Large Ham (considering who she's related to and the fact that she wants to be a rockstar this should be no surprise)
- Long-Lost Relative (she's actually Kiel's cousin and one of the few survivors of Sene'kha's purge of the original Vloz'ress under Ven'nedia)
- Meaningful Name (Her name is Fame and she wants to be a rockstar, lampshaded by Kiel)
- The Remnant (one of the few surviving original Vloz'ress)
- Strong Family Resemblance (the reason why the Long-Lost Relative reveal wasn't too much of a surprise)
- Unknown Rival (to Kyo'nne, to her dismay)
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? (she really does not like fire, and considering she has what appears to be Kyorl branding on her forehead along with the Kyorl's usual SOP you can guess where it comes from)
A scourge first introduced working for Maki in Chapter 38, he now works for Kiel'ndia as one of her personal meatshields, err, bodyguards. He was once a member of the Dutan'vir clan, but his paranoid mother suspected him of plotting against her and had him cast out prior to the Nidraa'chal War.
- Abusive Parents: According to his character info, his mother was one of these; having him scarred and having him cast out of the Dutan'vir to get back at his father Cas'nihlus, whom she suspected of plotting against her.
- Butt Monkey: He himself recounts having been kicked out of so many clans he doesn't even seem to know where to go next.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Due to being driven insane by his taint and inability to control his empathy, he tends to be very detached and quirky. Also tends to hallucinate seeing a talking stag-wolf demon.
- The Empath: Albeit a very bad one, seeing as how his inability to control his powers lead to his insanity.
- Fate Worse Than Death: In his Last Stand in Chapter 41, he is taken over by his seed and is now a demon. How much of his personality remains is unknown to the audience.
- Heroic RROD: In Chapter 41 he gets badly injured in the escape from the Beldrobbaen fortress that his seed starts to take him over, and he stays behind for a Last Stand against the Beldrobbaen troops.
- In the Blood: In Chapter 42 we meet his father Cas'nihlus, who is also an empath and thus readers find out that not all of Tsuris'lok's insanity was because of the tainting.
- Perpetual Frowner: Even without the scars that make him look like he's constantly scowling this seems to be his default expression.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a collection of cheek scars, which were apparently given to him by his brother at the orders of his mother. No wonder he's so screwed up.
- Slasher Smile: The only times we've seen him smile in the comic, it was one of these.
- The Unfavorite: Was this to his mother.
Minor Clan Members
Cac'bolg*Originally one of Maki's scourges, but now working for Kiel'ndia. His background information and concept art can be found here◊.
- Butt Monkey: After Maki's caught, he gets assigned to be Kiel's food taster in case of poison for his role in her activities, which is rather practical on her part given what nearly happened to her pre-TimeSkip.
- I Am A Humanitarian: At one point he's shown with what's probably another drow's finger casually hanging out of his mouth. According to his creator he used to be a butcher and developed a taste for drow flesh.
- Mad Eye: One of his irises is noticeably larger than the other.
- The Mole: His true loyalties are not to Kiel, but Ni'bai.
Vicyl*A former Sarghress and scourge of Maki. He gets recruited into Kiel's gang after Maki gets delivered to Kharla as a new toy.
- Blood Brothers (Saw himself and Tsuris'lok as this, which is why when Tsuris'lok's seed takes him over he blames himself for his loss. He even states that he has lost another brother afterwards.)
- Drop the Hammer (His standard Weapon of Choice.)
- Not Now, Kiddo (He warns everyone that something deeply suspicious is going on in the old Vloz'ress tower. But even though his concerns are well founded, no one takes him seriously since they always expect unusual behavior from the Cloud Cuckooland that is the Vloz'ress Clan and Cac'bolg deliberately undermines him.)
- Only Sane Man (He's pretty neurotic, but he is also fairly rational. As a result, he tends to complain a lot about his comrades' crazy behavior.)
- Scars Are Forever
- Token Minority (Is a drowussu in a clan mostly composed of drowolath)
Naal'gaA Corrupted formed from a young girl who has a resemblance to Naal'suul. Shows some emotions beyond the regular drone-like obedience of the Corrupted.
- Mauve Shirt: A step-up from the other artificial nagas and is dressed more nicely than the others.
- Personal Mook: She appears to be Kiel's personal Corrupted and grew older alongside her.
- Replacement Goldfish: To Naal'suul for a time after Kiel thought she was lost.
- Spear Carrier: Literally and role-wise. Usually shows up as an aide for Baliir or Kiel.
Nimiel*Nimiel Vloz'ress (nee Val'Beldrobbaen) is the replacement caretaker for Kharla'ggen after the death of Nainai.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders. Unsurprising, given her former clan.
- Antiquated Linguistics: One sign of her former Val status is when she tells Kiel that "the mistress is most wroth" and Kiel doesn't understand what she means.
- The Caretaker: Fills this role for Kharla as her nurse after Nainai's death, but unlike Nainai she seems genuinely terrified of her charge.
- Defector from Decadence: Is a former Beldrobbaen.
- Oh, Crap: Manages to emote this through her mask when Kiel suggests that she dress up as a Meido. Made even funnier by the Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises and one ear visibly drooping.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Chaper 43, Kharla'ggen apparently has a new caretaker. Given the circumstances, it's possible that Nimiel may have been killed/dollified by the Ill'haress at some point.
Jysmur*One of Kar'liir's assistants, she accompanies Kiel in the turtle tank. Her concept art can be found here.
- Bizarre Taste in Food (According to the author Jysmur actually eats garbage. Which does explain why she is such a Gasshole and why her farts are so stinky.)
- Fartillery (She managed to escape capture by the Beldrobbaen by breaking wind to discourage her attackers and making them think she was about to detonate the golem core.)
- Gasshole(Having Terrible gas is listed as one of her talents. She even weaponises this in Chapter 41!)
- Genius Ditz (Possibly. She's an engineering assistant, but her speciality is "breaking things".)
- The Hyena (Virtually all of her dialog is her laughing.)
- Wild Child (She is best described as a feral child.)
Kor'rin*A Soulseeker in the employ of Kiel'ndia, he really likes snakes. His concept art can be found here◊.
- Animal Motifs: Likes snakes, has a snake tattoo and a pet snake named Saliva.
- Dual Wielding: Uses a sword in one hand and an axe in the other.
- Rummage Sale Reject: His armor is a salvaged Sharen armour, that once belonged to a female. Vloz'ress don't get to be picky.
Vren*A former Beldrobbaen soldier, and Kharla'ggen's latest caretaker as of Chapter 43.
- Beleaguered Assistant
- The Caretaker: Established in his first appearance, when he enters Kharla's bedroom with a tray of tea and deviled eggs cut in the shape of duckies.
- Funny Background Event: While Kharla is busy chasing the camera, Vren is trying to keep from dropping his breakfast tray.
- An Arm and a Leg: He lost both his legs in a past battle, and the Vloz'ress gave him a set of golem prosthetics.
- Artificial Limbs
- Oh, Crap: When Kharla suddenly pounces out of her bed.
- The Mole: His true loyalties are not to Kiel, but Ni'bai, and he assists her in getting Kharla'ggen under her control. Though he does take exception when Ni'bai decides Fame'ndea Knows Too Much.
Demon PrincesA group of Vel'Akar (sapient demons) that follow Kiel and seem to represent the Drowtales fandom.
- Fandom Avatar (Apparently, these are the beings that Kiel has been talking to all along, and they represent the fanbase.)
- Blob Monster (They are usually relatively shapeless. Though the especially strong willed ones (fan cameos) can take more defined forms when they need to. They tend to acquire this ability around Naal. Strange things happen around her.)
- Cool Crown (They sprout these when they take on a humanoid appearance)
- Everything Is Better With Princesses (And Princes for that matter. One of the main reasons Kiel has them.)
- Familiar (Play this role to Kiel.)
- Fighting a Shadow (Demon princes start out immaterial just like most other demons. But on rare occasions, they acquire a physical body from Naal, much like a summon, enabling them to interact with the physical world without a host. If said physical body is destroyed, they merely return to their immaterial state or get temporarily banished back to their homeworld, though they are still vulnerable to the weaknesses of any other demon, like getting sealed.)
- Flipping the Bird (They do this en mass at Khaless on Kiel's behalf.)
- From Beyond The Veil: As they are representational of the fanbase, they end up reflecting reader comments.
- Greek Chorus (often make comments on the situation, including one who lets loose a very loud "Bullshit!" in response to Khaless' claim that Snadhya'rune agrees with Kiel about the clan system)
- Horned Humanoid (When they take on a defined shape. At least some of them also have cloven hooves)
- Literal Split Personality (All of them are essentially fragments of the personality of the demon Kiel was tainted with, each fragment developed into an individual Vel'Akar.)
- Losing Your Head (This is at most a minor inconvenience for them.)
- Mind Hive (Sort of. Most of them are usually clustered into a a handful of multifaced entities, though individuals do split off and rejoin as they please.)
- Our Demons Are Different (Even by the setting's standards.)
- Snakes Are Sexy (Demon Princes/Princesses that manage to gain a defined form sometimes have serpent-like apparitions attached to their body. Sindas and his two snakes form more of a comedy trio, but it seems to be played straight with Bast.)
- Super-Deformed (Those with a defined form can shrink down to chibi size)
- Telepathy (The means by which they communicate with each other and Kiel. Any attempt to speak out normally won't work and no one else can hear them. But although they cannot be heard, they can still influence the thought processes of others.)
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