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Tungdil is a dwarf adopted by The Archmage Lot-Ionan, who longs for adventure. When tasked to journey to the dwarven king to be a pawn in his plan he manages to find his own way and starts his quest to save the world for the first time.
- An Axe to Grind
- The Blacksmith: Like most dwarves he enjoys smithing.
- The Chosen One: Subverted with the fact that he is only candidate for king because it is a part of the king's gambit.
- Genius Bruiser: Due to being adopted by Lot-Ionan he is very smart, and Boïndil teaches him to kick ass later.
- Good Is Not Nice: In book four.
- The Hero: In the first two books. In the later books this role shifts to Boïndil, together with the point of view.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Only occasionally, but he was raised by scholar mages. He does know enough to generally tailor his language to the circumstance, though.
- Took a Level in Badass: Several throughout the series, especially between books three and four.
He and his brother are first ordered to guard Tungdil, but this slowly blossoms into a life-long relationship as they accompany him on his quests.
- An Axe to Grind / Dual Wielding: Fights with two axes.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Together with his brother Boëndal.
- Bash Brothers: Literally; he and Boëndal are twins.
- The Berserker: Gets angry if he cannot fight for a long time and is often completely oblivious to the world around him while fighting, sometimes with tragic results. He gets better over time, though.
- The Hero: From book three onward the story is told from Boïndil's point of view.
- Large Ham: Prone to Chewing the Scenery.
- My Greatest Failure: In the backstory, killing the one girl he loved in his berserker rage.
Boïndil's twin brother and the only one able to cool him down. Is much calmer than Boïndil but still an amazing fighter.
An actor they pick up along the way who constantly brags about his acting ability. Turns out he really is as good as he clams.
Andokai The Tempestuous
An Archmage and servant of a balance god. She is appropriately morally grey.
Andokai's massive armoured companion.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Played with. Andokai is certainly capable of taking care of herself, but in times this dangerous, even she requires backup. In fact, he saves the entire group more than once.
- Demi God: Is straight up said to be the son of Andokai's god.
- Humanoid Abomination: He sure isn't human.
- Tin Tyrant: Is completely obscured by his armour, and is massive to boot.
Lot-Ionan is one of the realm's Archmages. He adopted Tungdil and is like a father to him.
The big bad of book 1. He was originally an Archmage, but he let the evil of the Perished Land take over his mind.
- Achilles' Heel: Can only be killed by keenfire wielded by a thirdling.
- The Archmage: Nudin used to be one of them.
- Big Bad: Of the first book.
- Demonic Possession
- Evil Sorcerer
- Face–Heel Turn: Thanks to passing the Despair Event Horizon.
- Fat Bastard
- Healing Factor: His magic is powerful enough that he can survive getting his head chopped off.
- Million Mook March: Has thousands of orcs, ogres and other creatures under his command.
An alf who is helping to lead the charge against Girdlegaard.
- The Ageless: Possibly applies to his whole race. If the opening of the first book is to be believed, Sinthoras has been around for at least a few millennia.
- Bow and Spear in Accord: And he is deadly with that bow.
- The Dragon: To Nod'Onn.
- Faux Affably Evil: His polite manner of speaking only exacerbates his vileness.
- Implacable Man: Played with. He spends some time relentlessly pursuing the heroes with his orcs, nearly catching them whenever they stop. However, they manage to shake him off before long, and don't encounter him again until the very end of the book.
- Light is Not Good / White Hair, Black Heart: His skin and hair are bone-white. Naturally, he's pure evil.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of the first book.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The colour scheme of his armour.
- Villain Protagonist: Serves as this in Path of the Alfar.