The Character Sheet for Elantris
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Crown prince of Arelon, Raoden tried to help Arelon, but then turns his attention to Elantris and the Aons.
Raoden's best friend in Elantris, Galladon is a cynical Dula with a Mysterious Past
- Action Survivor: Moreso than Raoden, since, unlike him, he's literally just trying to help survive, and is not very good at making Aons.
- Bald of Awesome: Both as an Elantrian and not.
- Call to Agriculture: Like his father. And, just like his father, he's taken away from that life by the Shaod.
- Like Father, Like Son: His father was an Elantrian as well.
- Mysterious Past: He says he's a farmer. Raoden is less than convinced. He was actually the son of an Elantrian, who went off to become a farmer due to the issue of being a non-Elantrian living in Elantris. He only went back to Elantris because he got the Shaod anyway.
- Physical God: Upon the restoration of Elantris.
One of the more proactive gang leaders, Karata personally goes to the gates when a new Elantrian comes in, and has tried to escape several times.
- Action Mom: It's why she wants to get into the palace so badly.
- Bald Women: Like all Elantrians, she's bald.
- Friend to All Children: To Raoden's surprise, she's been taking care of every child in Elantris, gathering food for them.
- Heel-Face Turn: She allies with Raoden, knowing who he really is, once he helps her get to the palace to see her daughter again.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Aids Galladon in distracting the soldiers who could potentially stop Raoden from saving Elantris (though only Raoden actually knew what he was doing at the time). Unlike Galladon, who is impaled, she is decapitated, meaning she does not come back.
- Noble Demon: Shifts to Anti-Hero.
- Off with His Head!: Tragically, just moments before she could be a true Elantrians at full power.
- Pet the Dog: She's been rescuing children, and the food her gang steals mostly goes to feed them.
"Baron of Elantris", he is another gang leader.
- Authority in Name Only: Only his gang follows him.
- Ax-Crazy: Until Raoden defeats him.
- Crazy Sane: According to Galladon, his insanity was a conscious choice upon entering Elantris.
- Badass Mustache: Invoked, but subverted. His mustache is very obviously fake, according to Raoden's point of view.
- Crazy Sane: According to Galladon, his insanity was a conscious choice upon entering Elantris.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Raoden once he is shown the Scenery Porn that is post-Reod Elantris, reawakening the Taan within him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Or rather, My God, What Did I Nearly Do?. He breaks down on figuring out the beauty of Elantris after so long.
- Rags to Royalty: Not quite royalty, and given this is Elantris, not out of rags, either. However, he was just a sculptor named Taan outside of Elantris, and faked his way into Baron of Elantris.
A psychotic gang leader of the most insane group.
- Ax-Crazy: With a gang to supplement that.
- Bald Women: Even before the Shaod.
- Blue Blood: In contrast to Aanden, her nobility is real, as she is the daughter of Telrii.
- Decapitation Presentation: A variant: Her men show Raoden her golden wig stained with Elantrian blood after defecting.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. She always tells her men to kill Raoden and anyone with him, but, after Raoden undermines her authority, her men kill her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Subverted in-universe. Her gang treats her like a goddess because of her apparent head of blonde hair, but it's a wig she's had for her life due to being unable to grow hair.
An Elantrian who takes up the job of bodyguard to "Lord Spirit", and trains a guard for him as well.
A Teoish princess, Sarene's hopes of marrying Raoden were dashed with the news of his "death", but she works to save Arelon regardless.
- Christmas Cake: She's convinced that because she's unmarried at twenty-five, Raoden is her last chance to find a husband.
- Femininity Failure: She utterly sucks at traditional feminine tasks.
- Meaningful Name: "Ene" means "Wit" or "Cleverness" in Aonic.
- No Man Wants An Amazon: She firmly believes it.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Initially to Iadon, until she gets tired of it.
- Oblivious to Love: She was unaware at first she had fallen in love with Spirit/Raoden or, for that matter, that he loved her. And she never realized Hrathen pulled a Heel-Face Turn partly because of her. He never voiced his feelings.
- Politically Active Princess: By age twenty-five, she's been serving for a long while as an (apparently highly-ranked) member of her father's diplomatic corps, and both she and others note her appreciation for (and skill at) political games.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Played with. Sarene tries to be traditionally feminine sometimes- she's just not very good at it. She does seem quite fond of fancy dresses, though (to the degree that she quickly gives up on wearing mourning because she couldn't stand the mourning dresses she was given), and is specifically referred to as wearing make-up and heels at various times. It seems like she struggles with traditionally feminine activities more than feminine clothes.
- Rebellious Princess: Subverted. She's got the personality, but her father approves of it.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's nearly 6ft tall, towering over most men (Raoden and Hrathen excluded).
Kiin (Dreok Crushedthroat)
Sarene's uncle and the brother of the king of Teod.
- An Axe to Grind: There's a big, badass axe hanging over his mantle. And he knows how to use it pretty damned well.
- Badass Normal: When confronted with Dakhor monks, he kills one by himself with an axe, then it takes three of them to restrain him. Even after that, he still kicks at them, necessitating that they knock him unconscious to stop his resistance. This man has nothing but his physical strength going for him.
- I Call It "Vera": His axe bears the Aon for "Vengance" on it.
- Modest Royalty: Especially because he was the rightful heir to the Teod throne.
- Mysterious Past: He steadfastly refuses to tell Sarene why he and her father aren't speaking to each other anymore. Being exiled after his younger brother usurped the throne will do that.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: When you're called Crushedthroat, there's a reason to run away.
A friendly member of the aristocracy, and close friend of Raoden before his Death Faked for You
- The Atoner: He helped put Iadon on the throne. He's now regretting it immensely.
- Sacrificial Lion: Killed at the beginning of Telrii's reign when Ahan gives up the rebels.
A member of the aristocracy with a personal army of his own, giving him authority that even Iadon will not try to uproot.
- Badass: A very good swordsman.
- Revenge Before Reason: Raoden thinks that his assassination of Telrii was a terrible idea, even if it were to avenge Roial, because it threw the politics of Arelon into chaos once again.
A Jindo who earned a place in the Arelon aristocracy by way of his money.
- Badass: Takes down a Dahkor monk singlehandedly. But he's still not strong enough to hold out against a lot of them, lacking some of the control of other users of ChayShan.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Ironically, he uses his skill in ChayShan against Dakhor monks.
- Chekhov's Skill: The ChayShan martial dance is another way to use the Dor.
- Chick Magnet: Every woman at court is swooning over him.
A duke who is a friendly rival with Roial.
A gyorn sent by Wyrn to convert the people of Arelon in three months, or Wyrn will send an invasion force to conquer it, his loyalties are tested over the course of the novel.
- Anti-Hero: Type V in the Battle of Teod. He's still loyal to Jaddeth, but rebels against Wyrn and Dilaf.
- Bad Dreams: He still has nightmares from his time in Dakhor.
- Blue Oni: He contrasts his logical support of Jaddeth with Dilaf's fanaticism several times.
- Sympathetic P.O.V.: A third of the chapters are devoted to his point of view.
- 24-Hour Armor: Of a sort. His vestments include armor, since he's a priest in a Church Militant, but he can take them off to sleep. Most Derethi priests use it for show. Not Hrathen.
- Unwitting Pawn: Dilaf was essentially using him to stall for time so the Dakhor could get into place to massacre the entire country.
- Villain Protagonist: He's the most visible antagonist for most of the story, but also the viewpoint character for a third of it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that since his religion's conquest is inevitable, undermining the Arelene government and converting the populace by force is the best way to save lives.
The ten-year king of Arelon and father of Raoden, Iadon has replaced the broken-down system of Elantris with a wealth-based hierarchy, and instituted many unpopular laws.
- Broken Pedestal: Raoden idolized him as a child. This view shattered after Iadon became king and power corrupted him.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Who made his entire country's royalty operate in the same way.
- Death Equals Redemption: The proclamation granting stable titles to the Arelish nobility comes with his death, ultimately giving Raoden his legitimate claim to the throne.
- Nonindicative Name: "Iad" means "Trust" or "Reliable" in Aonic. Iadon is really paranoid (and was before becoming king).
- Offing the Offspring: Sarene is convinced he killed Raoden. Actually subverted, since while Iadon might have wanted to kill Raoden, Raoden was turned into an Elantrian, not killed.
A very rich Arelene duke, Telrii hopes to gain the throne and usurp Iadon with the help of Fjordell.
- I Lied: Ahan wanted to send the conspirators to prison just to spite them. Telrii had other plans.
- Off with His Head!: Courtesy of Eondel.
- Puppet King: Subverted in that he tries hard to not be under Hrathen's rule when he rises to the throne.
A twenty-year-old psychotic arteth in service to Hrathen, Dilaf seems to be more than he looks like on the surface.
- Anti-Magic: Both resistance to Aons and the ability to negate their use.
- The Dragon: To Hrathen but he's really The Dragon to Wyrn instead.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Wyrn by the end of the novel.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Subverted. He spends most of the novel acting as though he rode Hrathen's coattails to power so he could then use said power to incite people against Elantris but actually, he's acting on orders to do exactly that from his and Hrathen's mutual boss. Not that he didn't enjoy every minute, mind.
- Start of Darkness: He was a Fjordell priest sent to spy on Arelon, but he became the mask and fell in love with an Arelish woman, who he married. She later fell very sick, and he took her to Elantris for healing—but the healer botched the job and turned her into a proto-Elantrian of the post-Reod instead, ultimately turning her into a Hoed when she was Driven to Suicide and tried to jump off a cliff. Dilaf put her out of her misery, but the act of doing so caused his mind to snap. Returning to the Derethi faith with a passion, he vowed to destroy Elantris utterly in revenge.
Wyrn Wulfden the Fourth
The ruler of the Fjordell Empire, Wyrn serves as a mostly unseen Big Bad
to the novel.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: His only actual appearance so far is a brief scene where Hrathen calls him up via Seon (and we only see the opening part of that).
- The Pope: Essentially, for Shu-Dereth.
- Priest King: Spiritual and secular leader of Fjorden.
- Seer: According to Word of God, Fjon's assassination of the then-nearly immediately traitorous Hrathen in Teod was meant to show, among other things, that Wyrn has limited future sight.
- Sorcerous Overlord: It's hinted in the novel and confirmed by Word of God that he's some kind of magic-user, but the details are as-yet unknown.
- The Unfought: Given he's in Fjordell during the book, and the story itself takes place in Kae and Elantris.