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A seventeen year old half-elf mage, though she ages more slowly than a normal human would making her look more in the area of twelve. While she starts out irresponsible, selfish, power-hungry, and a bit sadistic she slowly matures over the course of the story, to the point where she actually feels somewhat compelled to help fix the mistakes she has made. She is somewhat Genre Savvy, lampshading or invoking several of the tropes on this page by name.
- A God Am I: Funny story, actually. this was the plan Meji had for her final project to graduate from her magic academy. And she actually did it...and still ended up failing the class.
- All Periods Are PMS: used in-story as she's just getting to know Jon.Jon: Ah... 'Do not interrupt the rest of female mages, for they are cramping and quick to cause explosions'?
Meji: Hmph. Typical. A girl casts one perfectly justified Fireball and the guys all say Oh, it must be PMS.
- Badass Boast: One that doubles as a Kirk Summation:Meji: There are exactly 763 elves still alive inside this mountain. Some are scared, some are injured, some are buried under the wreckage and will soon die without aid. But 763 are alive. At least for the moment. I can tell because I can feel their heartbeats... every single one... and yours too. I want you to remember that... and remember that I am not the half elf that attacked you today. I'm not Ian because if you do something to make me or any half elf angry... I won't show up here to kick up some dust and make a mess like he would. You will simply stop... fall down dead as I end those heartbeats. And that will be that! Now that we have established that... I suggest you stop bothering me and go save the elves trapped in there while there's still time.
- Character Development: See that Badass Boast above? That was in response to an elf who had just told her that he and his would hunt her to the ends of the earth if she didn't give up her godly powers. Imagine this Meji showing that kind of restraint.
- Decoy Protagonist: Jon and Sarine are the main characters, although Meji is still very important.
- Disappeared Dad: Meji's father, the elven ambassador to Tsuiraku, only visits the city about once every two decades. On his previous trip he fathered Meji and he remains unseen until he returns 17 years later. He turns out to be a bit of a dick.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-elf, to be precise.
- Lolicon: According to Ellis, these were the only people interested in Meji in Tsuiraku, since being a half-elf makes her look younger than she is.
- Mugging the Monster: She looks like a harmless twelve-year-old girl. This has resulted in a number of people assuming she is a harmless twelve-year-old, including a group of street thugs, some Veracian guards, and an assassin and would-be hostage taker.
- Older Than They Look: She's 17 but looks 12 because she's a half-elf. This leads to all kinds of angsting and insecurities.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She is a powerful mage despite appearing to be 12.
- Sextra Credit: Her attempt to pass her course under Professor Yukiri this way, all the way back at chapter one, is rebuffed, which is why she has to set off on her quest.
- Vain Sorceress:
- Meji's mom. Unusually, played sympathetically later in the story; Meji's mother is desperately trying to retain her beauty mostly so she can still be desirable to the dashing, immortal elf lord who serves as ambassador to her city every seventeen years. He turns out to be a complete dick who is perfectly fine with the idea of killing his own daughter as a way of maintaining his reputation and apparently was rather vicious in brushing off Meji's mom when they met again after she had carried the torch for seventeen years.
- Meji mentions that there's a bit of a Double Standard involved here. Then Ellis points out that she might qualify herself, given her reasons for studying polymorph magic.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ellis.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: sort of. She never knew her father, and wants to see him at least once to know why he left her. Given that he considers her an abomination as a Half-Elf, this isn't the best idea.
- Yaoi Fangirl with a little Comedic Sociopathy: http://errantstory.com/2003-02-21
Meji's familiar and proof that Cats Are Mean, Ellis is a loud, obnoxious, winged cat who is (unfortunately) also Made of Iron.
- Cats Are Mean: Pretty much comes with the familiar territory, but if there's any doubt, watch him try to blow Jon away with his own gun.
- Cat Boy: Originally, he's just a cat (albeit one with wings, power of speech, etc.), but he becomes one 2/3 of the way through the story as a result of Meji's Senilis-caused outburst of magical weirdness.
- Cessation of Existence: When Ian gets his hands on him in the climactic battle.
- Deadpan Snarker: See Snarky Non-Human Sidekick for the lampshading of the snark part. As for the deadpan part, he hangs an in-story lampshade for this very trope on Sarine with a fine example of his capabilities.
- Sarine: So the same people who train the law enforcement also train the criminals ... what a remarkably efficient system.Ellis: When you say these things, do even you sometimes have trouble telling whether you're being sarcastic or not?
- Made of Iron: Survives, among other things, fireballs, lightning bolts, and being used as a flail.
A Hitman with a Heart, he starts out trying to maintain an image as a stoic assassin, but that quickly fades as he shows his true colors. The resident Badass Normal, among a cast of magic users he is the only one without a spark of magical talent in him yet is able to defeat most enemies with a combination of creativity, luck, and sharpshooting. Though on the surface he can appear to be rude, crude, and a bit dim, he can be quite clever at times and is something of a Deadpan Snarker, especially around Sarine. He also never hesitates to tell any of the several thousand year old elves exactly what he thinks of them.
- Badass Longcoat: at least until the group goes to see the elven ruling council
- Badass Normal: He's killed elves, fucked one, shot a tiny demigod, beaten magic lightsaber-wielding warrior-monks, and generally survived countless situations where by all rights he should have been toast. All without a spark of magical talent.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of the main reasons he can go toe-to-toe with sorcerers and time-ninjas.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when dealing with Sarine.
- Disappeared Dad: Sara and Jon's father was killed many years before the main story takes place.
- The Gunslinger: His weapon of choice is a revolver, though he's not averse to sniper rifles.
- Guns Akimbo: Jon has been known to use two revolvers in a pinch.
- Hitman with a Heart: Jon has a soft spot for anything with ovaries Mentioned by name by Meji.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He keeps his skills sharp by shooting leaves as they fall from trees.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Jon is a master of this. He plays it up when meeting anyone new, generally causing them to severely underestimate him.
- Professional Killer: Jon is a member of the Gewehr Wraiths, an assassins' guild.
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- Talk to the Fist: Done here, after he provokes the other man into arguing with him face to face so that he won't notice the revolver suddenly being drawn and aimed at his midsection.
- The Stoic: tried to be one, but failed miserably.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Sarine. Even actual sex doesn't resolve it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Sarine, to an extent.
A forty year old half-elf mage looking for a way to heal his ailing sister. He starts out as an all around nice guy (if a bit Wangsty) who constantly worries over the very real possibility of the elves finding and killing him and his loved ones.
- A God Am I: Ian absorbs the goddess Anilis, one of the two elven creator gods.
- Death Seeker: made worse by the fact that he possesses god-like powers, is Made of Iron, and has a Healing Factor. So far his attempts to get himself killed have only ended up killing hundreds of innocent people.
- Drunk with Power: after absorbing the power of the goddess Anilis.
- Evil Feels Good: When he attacks the elven city, Ian realizes that he enjoys killing people. Though he's a little disturbed by that at first, he quickly gets past that and embraces his genocidal tendencies.
- Face–Heel Turn: after failing to resurrect his dead sister, he embarks on a campaign of genocide.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: when channeling the power of the goddess Anilis.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half-elf like Meji.
- Healing Factor: Ian seems to gain one after absorbing the powers of Anilis.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: primarily because he's simply too cowardly. He tries Suicide by Cop, only to end up killing hundreds of innocent people in the process. And it doesn't work.
- Ignored Epiphany: "Oh, dear Lord, I actually have zombie minions. Yep, I guess I really am evil."
- Ill Girl: Ian's sister and his reason for leaving home.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Ian, after he tries and fails to bring his sister back from the dead, ends up blaming the elves for all of the world's problems and embarks on a campaign of extermination. After that he pretty much commits genocide wherever he goes.
- Moral Event Horizon: destroying Emerylon and killing hundreds of innocent people because he was too cowardly to take his own life. Considered an in universe example, as well.
- Mugged for Disguise: Ian sucker-punches a priest and steals his robes so that he can get into a restricted library. He later mugs another man for his travel ticket. He even lampshades this:Ian: ... and I'm mugging another old man... I really need to stop making a habit of this. At least it's not a priest this time.
- No True Scotsman: "A '''real''' half elf grows up in constant fear!"
- Older Than They Look: like all half-elves.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Ian's goal. He believes he's justified in trying to kill every elf in the world because some of them tried (and are still trying) to kill all the half-elves. Like most things, the moral quandaries inherent in the situation are lost on him.
- Person of Mass Destruction: once he gets his hands on the powers of the elven creator goddess Anilis.
- Sociopathic Hero: until he absorbs the goddess Anilis and loses the 'hero' part.
- Suicide by Cop: Ian's reason for destroying Emerylon. The fact that he failed, and instead ended up killing hundreds of innocent people for nothing was the first part of his Face–Heel Turn. His final attempt at this, however, succeeded. His attempt at exterminating the elves forced a response from Meji, likely the only being on earth capable of stopping him.
- Villainous Breakdown: during his final fight with Meji, after she interrupts his slaughter of the Elves. "I was just trying to help!"
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to make sure that the half-elves of the world won't have to live in fear of elven aggression. Unfortunately, his method of making this happen involves killing off all of the elves. Of course, he loses the "well intentioned" bit when it's revealed that he blew up the city of Emerylon and killed hundreds if not thousands of innocent people in an attempt to provoke the defending Veracians into killing him because he wanted to die and was too much of a coward to kill himself. And on top of that it didn't work, he killed all the Veracians who tried to stop him, including their artificial god, destroying the city in the process.
A three thousand year old elven ranger who fought in the Errant War that heralded the end of the elven empire, she walks the earth killing any errants (half-elves who have gone insane) left over from the war. She has a lot of emotional baggage but rarely shows it and was, in fact, rather emotionless for most of her early appearances. Being forced into new and bizarre situations for the first time in a thousand years has defrosted her a bit, though. She's revealed herself to be something of a Deadpan Snarker, particularly when around Jon.
- Action Girl: Has been a soldier or a ranger for thousands of years, with all the combat experience that implies. She was able to fight Anita, perhaps the comic's most skilled martial artist, to a standstill.
- Badass Longcoat: after her midseries change in wardrobe.
- Byronic Hero: She pretty well turns this trope Up to Eleven. Very attractive physically? Check. Very intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, educated, cunning and adaptable, but also self-centered? Check. Emotionally sensitive, which may translate into being emotionally conflicted, bipolar, or moody? Check. Intensely self-critical and introspective and may be described as dark and brooding? Check. Cynical, world-weary, and jaded, often due to a mysterious Dark and Troubled Past? Check. Extremely passionate, with strong personal beliefs which are usually in conflict with the values of the status quo? Check. She lives and breathes this trope.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Sarine, who has opened up and shown her inner Deadpan Snarker more and more over the course of the story, especially around Jon.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Sarine delivered such a speech to former Ambassador Rarune regarding Rarune's half-elf daughter Meji.Sarine: If something happens to her, whether or not it was your fault, I'll come back and kill you.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played with. Jon interrupts Sarine while she's taking a bath, but although she doesn't get freaked out or try to cover herself, she's obviously annoyed and finds the interruption rude. So basically, fanservice yes, innocent no. Also subverted later: "Having no cultural nudity taboo doesn't work that way."
- In the Hood: Sarine wears one to conceal her telltale elven ears, though one of her fellow elves points out that it's not particularly subtle.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Sarine makes extensive use of this, including deleting a portion of Jon's memory when, out of emotional distress, she sleeps with him, and controlling a bandit they find in the woods in Farrel.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Unusually, for a Peregin (ranger) where half elves are concerned; most Peregins don't worry about guilt or innocence where half elves are concerned, but simply Kill 'em All.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Sarine's mid series outfit change, giving up her armor (which had been rather useless up to that point) in favor of something lighter (and more flattering). It coincides with her starting to defy her elven superiors and open up a bit more to the other main characters.
- Mayfly-December Romance: She was once married to a human. She marries Jon after the story is over, and outlives him too.
- Only Sane Man: She seems to be the only reasonable elf we meet, and often acts as the voice of reason with her companions.
- Really 700 Years Old: More like 3000.
- Unequal Pairing: Sarine was once a Viradior married to an Ensigerum warrior-monk, who originally were human guards trained by the Viradior to fight as champions for the elves.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jon. Apparently, she really doesn't want it resolved, since the one time they actually have sex, she wipes his memory of it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Jon, to an extent. Also with Sarna for the past two millennia, if their final, fatal dialogue is any indication.
Jon's estranged sister and a relatively new addition to the group, she was a warrior-monk trained in The Spartan Way to ridiculous extremes. Between her intense physical training and magical abilities she can move faster than the human eye can track, dodge bullets, and is generally the group's physical powerhouse. She rarely speaks, more often than not communicating through looks and ellipses. She speaks a little elvish, though her training as a warrior-monk has left her with atrocious people skills.
- Dark Action Girl: before her Heel–Face Turn
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Like Sarine, Sara has warmed a little bit, though she's been a bit slower and more awkward about it.
- Disappeared Dad: Sara and Jon's father was killed many years before the main story takes place.
- Distracted by the Sexy: A Tsuiraku battle-mage named Jiro ends up distracted by Sara of all people. Apparently, she made quite the impression on Jiro. Enough so that he actually asked after her later. Like Bani, the rest of us wonder what kind of freaky ninja sex technique she used on him.
- Double Weapon: Sara and Anita both make use of a double bladed Dolon style Durus Flamma, though other Ensigerum monks such as Warrel and Paul utilize a more practical Lancea (spear) form while still others such as Sarine's late husband used the more compact Spatha version. Sarine, during a fight with Sara, Lampshades this, stating that it is a poor weapon that was designed mainly for show and combines the weaknesses of a short sword and a spear into one crappy package. Despite this, Sara and Anita are skilled enough to overcome this handicap in most cases.
- Emotionless Girl: a homicidal 'raised as a soldier' version.
- Full-Contact Magic: Ensigerum warrior-monks makes extensive use of this, when they aren't just beating the living crap out of people normally that is.
- Heel–Face Turn: Maybe, depending on whether one considers her willingness to accept an order to kill her own brother as marking her as a heel. She certainly undergoes some kind of moral turn after her fight with Sarine, anyway.
- Jobber: In one chapter. Mentioned by name here.
- Meditating Under a Waterfall: Part of her training, and lampshaded amusingly; she remembers it as less distracting than listening to the "damn endless chatter" that Sarine and Jon lay down in Praenubilus Astu.
- Off with His Head!: to an elf named Rainae.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: she is a deadly warrior-monk despite still being relatively young.
Head of the Ensigerum, an order of monks and assassins (think Ninja with the ability to manipulate time) that live in a Hidden Elf Village (ironic in view of their "relations" with the elves) in the mountains of Veracia. She was promoted to the position after an Epic Fail on the part of an Ensigerum monk assigned to prevent a Gewehr hit, and as a result, is on a crusade not just to wipe out the Gewehr in Veracia, but every bit as important, to humiliate them first.
- Armor-Piercing Response: A most incongruous one, as she deflates the Anilis-supercharged, and thoroughly mad, Ian, as he's threatening to do her terminal magical harm.Anita: Okay ... let's try this another way. Settle down and we'll get you a pair of pants. How's that sound?
- Authority Equals Asskicking: And how, starting with the sparring session where she's first introduced.
- The Chessmaster: For much of the story, although at the very end she decides to get her hands dirty and morph into the Manipulative Bastard subclass.
- Double Weapon: See above under Sara; she's the great virtuoso of the Dolon, and according to Sara, one of the best fighters the order has ever had.
- Duel to the Death: In the grand finale, to absolutely no one's surprise who has followed the whole comic. Unexpectedly, however, it's with Sarine (who lampshades it), not her former underling Sara, although Sara does administer the Finishing Move when things are looking tense.
- Iron Lady: She's the head of the deadliest human fighting force on the planet, and tough as nails.
- Manipulative Bastard: Her primary shtick as a leader; see above under Armor-Piercing Response for an example. However, she's plenty hands-on by the end of the story.
- Older Than They Look: As she herself informs Ian.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: An instructive subversion: just because one is reasonable and in a position of authority doesn't keep one from being evil, reasonable and in a position of authority.
- Smug Snake: Despite being the most individually powerful character prior to Ian's and Meji's respective ascensions, she spends most of the story sitting around talking about how superior she is and bullying people much weaker than herself, including carrying out a pointless vendetta against a group of mundane assassins for the crime of being Badass Normal enough to have beaten the vastly more powerful Ensigerum once. She claims to be planning to lead the Ensigerum to their long-deserved greatness, but in the end her best plan for doing so turns out to be teaming up with an insane pseudo-deity, in spite of her Only Sane Man second-in-command repeatedly telling her that that can't possibly end well. And to top it off, it turns out that the Ensigerum's seemingly unopposable time magic is still vulnerable to a number of countermeasures when used against someone who knows about its existence - it's almost like the early Ensigerum leader's had some sort of reason for deciding that the order should keep a low profile and not try to throw its weight around too much, hmmmmmmm, Anita?
Meji's best friend from school, she graduated a year earlier and joined the "battlemages" (Tsuirakuan military). She meets up with Meji, Jon and Sarine while standing guard duty at a Tsuirakuan warp gate, and at first is just a foil for developing some of Meji's Backstory. However, toward the end of the comic, she becomes an important secondary character when Sarine tries to mobilize the Tsuirakuans against Ian and Anita. She and Sara, her near-contemporary in age but near-opposite in temperament, have all sorts of fun in the "Errant Commentary" fillers between comic chapters.
- Black Best Friend: Race in the Errant World doesn't work exactly as we know it, but her skin tone is darker than most as a result of being half Farrelian.
- Black Dude Dies First: Lampshaded amusingly in the Errant Commentary.
- Death Ray: The Yuuki staff she carries probably qualifies, which predictably causes Meji to be attracted to it.
- Genre Savvy: The whole Errant Commentary section is an exercise in genre-savvy-ness.
- Got Volunteered: She joined the battlemages willingly enough, but she definitely did not volunteer to head into the elven city for the climactic battle; her friendship with Meji got her "volunteered" for that.
- Mauve Shirt: Deconstructed, sort of. For most of the comic she is a background character. Toward the end, she joins the party consisting of Sarine, Meji, Jon and Sara, and she looks like she's on the way to becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse, but then she attracts the notice of a Frontline General and gets pressed into service in what looks to be a classic Red Shirt role. Fortunately, she survives it.
- Missing Mom: Her father appears in the story, but her mother died several years before it starts, a fact that causes an interesting reaction in Sarine.
A young (at least by elven standards, at a mere 1400+ years old) elf, introduced via an Attack Hello on her friend Sarine, a blunder that almost gets her killed. She does survive to become part of the secondary cast whenever the primary characters find themselves in the elven city of Praenubilus Astu.
- Despair Event Horizon: Crossed when a mock fight against her idol Sara turns into a Curb-Stomp Battle, with her as the stompee.
- Everyone's Baby Sister: Very much against her will: she desperately wants to go out and have adventures like her idol Sarine, but because she's the youngest of all the elves and is considered to be of near-miraculous origins, the elves won't let her, even during their final, species-threatening battle. Finally averted, however, when at a key stage of the battle, Sarine herself starts treating her like a grown-up.
- Fangirl: Of Sara, improbably enough.
- Girl Friday: To Sarine on the latter's trips to Praenubilus Astu.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: with a passion; see under This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself. She desperately wants to go outside the elven world and be a practicing badass like Sarine, but the other elves won't let her.
- Statuesque Stunner: All elves have this going to some extent, being considerably taller than humans, but she wears it well, being both 6'4" and decidedly hot.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Of her entire race, actually. She doesn't look happy when Sarine mentions this to her fellow adventurers.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Averted, to her immense frustration. She really wants to get out into the world and have adventures like Sarine does, but because she's the youngest of her entire race, the other elves won't let her.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Unusual hair colors aren't uncommon among the elves, and most of Errant Story is done in black and white anyway, but some out-of-story but canonical wallpaper shows her hair to be a particularly attractive shade of lavender that fits her personality well.