open/close all folders
The Unconquered SunIgnis Divine. Sol Incarnate. The guy with all the arms. The Unconquered Sun represents... well, the Sun, as well as the principle of Virtue in Creation. Before the Primordial War, he guarded the borders of Creation from the raksha; when the time for war came, he empowered his chosen to serve as the Lawgivers and kings of all the earth. He is a master strategist, a peerless warrior, a representation of all that is right in Creation... and addicted to the Games of Divinity like the rest of his peers.
- Big Good: The biggest. The Dragon's Shadow — the Primordial that would become the Ebon Dragon — defined himself in opposition to others, so he crafted the Unconquered Sun to be the personification of virtue, heroism and excellence, just so he could define himself as that much more of a bastard.
- The Cape: See above. There's a story from the Primordial War of the Primordials taking a human hostage — just one, mind you, as we're dealing with cosmic principles who can and did burn continents with a glance — and the Unconquered Sun willingly switching places with the mortal, as he realized if he couldn't sacrifice everything for just one mortal, he was useless. He then proceeded to weather their tortures and beat them at the Games of Divinity.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the Gunstar Autochthonia setting... though his motives are not expounded on, and this being Exalted, it's likely he views himself as The Atoner (see The Paragon Always Rebels).
- The Fettered: Discussed. He was designed to be the personification and exemplar of Virtue, and his inclination is to be the most virtuous person possible. He has immense power whenever he fulfills his function by exemplifying the Four Virtues of Compassion, Conviction, Temperance, and Valor. For instance, whenever he exemplifies Temperance, he is undefeatable (hence the title of "Invictus"). However, there are circumstances when he must choose one virtue over the other ("do I be valorous or temperate?"), and he has to pick one over the other. This is why he tends to avoid moral dilemmas. Also, he can just choose not to exemplify a virtue. Whenever he chooses not to exemplify a virtue, he loses the corresponding power. For example, if he stops exemplifying Temperance, if he stops being temperate and instead indulges himself (like, say, spending all his time playing the Games of Divinity instead of doing his job ruling Creation), then he stops being undefeatable...
- God Is Flawed: Despite God Is Good, he's still not perfect.
- God Is Good: He's the personification of all the virtues listed above, as well as general all-around awesomeness. He really is a nice guy, especially as gods go in this setting.
- Good Hurts Evil: The Unconquered Sun uses the Daystar to decide which beings inside and outside Creation are "Creatures of Darkness," and thus prime targets for Holy Charms.
- Deconstructed in that the definition of "Creatures of Darkness" is based entirely on whether the Sun thinks you seem like a bad dude, not on any kind of objective measure of evil — although the Sun's virtuous enough that he's probably about as close as you can get to an objective arbiter of morality in a universe where no such thing exists.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's compassionate, but he's also rather arrogant. (One might call him a Jerk With a Heart of Orichalcum.)
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Deconstructed; He's so pure, so virtuous, that he's been burnt out by the stress of trying his darndest to be the perfect ruler in an imperfect world. Also, he's pure in four different ways, and there are times when the different virtues sometimes contradict each other. That's why he withdrew to the Jade Pleasure Dome.
- King of the Gods: Well, duh.
- Light Is Good: It almost certainly is, but he does have flaws.
- Living Shadow: He has his own dark half, Five Days Darkness, who is a god in his own right. He's not a bad guy, actually, though he's a little pissed that he only has power at Calibration.
- One-Winged Angel: Magnanimous Unbound Sun.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Which was a very good thing from humanity's perspective, since he rebelled against the Primordials.
- The Power of the Sun: Strongest of the Incarnae, and his chosen share his strength.
- Pure Is Not Good: If in a way that isn't directly harmful to others.
- Puzzle Boss: If fought, he cannot be injured in any way unless he has suppressed his Temperance, and his Magnanimous Unbound Sun form cannot be defeated without the use of multiple weapons to break his arms.
- Superpowered Evil Side: When in Magnanimous Unbound Sun form, the Unconquered Sun cannot relate to the world through his Virtues, and exists only to destroy the enemies of Creation, without much concern for collateral damage so long as Creation itself is not threatened.
- Weird Sun: His personal superweapon, the Daystar, is what everyone in Creation perceives as the sun. It's actually a weapons station made of the magical materials, suffused with burning Essence, and possessing enough firepower to make the Realm Defense Grid look like a firecracker. Oh, and it can turn into a Humongous Mecha. That knows kung-fu.
LunaThe God(dess) of the Moon was created to complement and contrast the Unconquered Sun. She is infinitely adaptable, perpetually evolving, the impossible made possible. In the time before the Primordial War, she stood guard alongside the Sun, to handle those threats that bypassed even his perfection. But she had another, hidden purpose, thanks to her co-creator Cytherea: to seduce Gaia and thereby keep her in Creation. It worked slightly too well — Luna fell in love with Gaia, and convinced her to side with the gods in the War.Unlike the Unconquered Sun, Luna has not turned her face from existence. She watches her Exalted, proud of their capacity for adaptability and survival, to see what they will do next. She sends her light out into the depths of the Wyld, in the hopes of one day guiding Gaia back for good.But even so, she remains bound to the Games of Divinity... for the moment.
- Ax-Crazy: The Silver-Horned Watcher, one of her main personas. She represents the desire to survive at any cost and the willingness to kill to get what one wants. She's rather terrified of that side.
- Crazy Sane: See Mind Hive, Lunacy, Split Personality, and Only Sane Man.
- Gender Bender: Typically identified as female, but freely switches or merges gender.
- I Will Wait for You: While Gaia does come back to her, as yet she hasn't come back permanently.
- Lunacy: Duh. She's also fully aware of it.
- Mind Hive: The most powerful alternate moon-gods still exist within Luna, manifesting in her aspects, and sometimes even externalizing themselves enough to talk to her.
- Mr. Seahorse: The Two-Faced Bride incarnation typically manifests with a pregnant midriff, but can incarnate as male, female or hermaphrodite. There's at least one mention of Luna as The Two-Faced Bride materialising in Creation as a heavily pregnant young boy.
- Mystical White Hair: According to the art of him/her in the core book.
- Official Couple: With Gaia.
- Only Sane Man: She's implied to be the only Incarna who isn't actually using the Games of Divinity as a mental crutch.
- Split Personality: She has numerous aspects, of which five — the Bloody Huntress, the Silver-Horned Watcher, the Two-Faced Bride, the Walker at the Crossroads, and the White Navigator — are the most prominent, and one of them tends to dominate at any given time, usually based on the moon phase.
- There Can Be Only One: The story of her origin. Oramus and Cytherea pitted all the potential moon-gods against each other, to see which would triumph. Luna won, seducing or destroying her rivals, and became Creation's sole moon-god(dess).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Weird Moon: Creation's moon, the Silver Chair, is a spacefaring craft, a dimensional control mechanism, a nexus of worlds, and Luna's sanctum, among other things.
The Five Maidens of DestinyMercury, Maiden of Journeys. Venus, Maiden of Serenity. Mars, Maiden of Battles. Jupiter, Maiden of Secrets. Saturn, Maiden of Endings. Together, they are the Maidens of Destiny, who oversee the workings of the Loom of Fate and ensure that everything turns out as it should.Except that over the eons of their existence, they've found themselves increasingly humanized, and humanity doesn't always sit well with the decrees of Fate.This may be a problem.
- Bifauxnen: As befitting her purview of Secrets, Jupiter looks like a guy when her hood is up.
- Blessed with Suck: Hooray, they can tell the future! Hurooh, actually doing so destroys their free will.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each Maiden has an associated color, which they traditionally wear: Mercury's is yellow, Venus's is blue, Mars's is red, Jupiter's is green and Saturn's is purple.
- Crazy Sane: Per Word Of God: "They're insane because that's what makes them *good* at their job. :)"
- Don't Fear the Reaper: As is befitting the Maiden of Endings, Saturn is the creepiest. She also ends things like war, sorrow, and disease in addition to lives, and is consistently presented as a natural, and important, part of the cycle of life in Creation.
- Emotionless Girl -> Defrosting Ice Queen: How they've developed from the Primordial War to the present day, thanks to exposure to the Exalted. However, subverting the usual way this trope is used, this might not be a good thing — if they let their emotions interfere with their job, reality itself could be threatened.
- Grandfather Paradox: Their origin. When the Maidens first showed up, the Primordials recognised that they were the Primordials' creations from a future that had yet to happen. For various reasons, that future hasn't actually come to pass, and isn't likely to.
- Morphic Resonance: No matter what guise Mars assumes, she's always a redhaired woman with bloodstained hands.
- Mystical White Hair: Saturn.
- Prophecies Are Always Right: Deconstructed. The Maidens can consult Samsara to learn what "should" happen in the future — but are then bound to bring that future about.
- Sibling Team
- The Stoic: Jupiter and Saturn.
- War God: Mars.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Using their abilities to predict a given future forces them to act to bring that future about. A good example is Jupiter, who knows about the Great Curse but can't tell anyone about it, since it's not time for that knowledge to get out.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Venus's hair is blue, while Jupiter's is green.
Lytek, the Right Hand of PowerWith such an important thing as Celestial Exalted existing, it should come as no surprise there's an important deity overseeing them, and that god would be Lytek. While he cannot control who Exalts, he can effect minor spins on the event such as visions or the exact time, and, more importantly, he prunes their memories and prepares them for their next incarnation — without him, a Celestial would be overwhelmed with memories of his Second Breath's previous bearers, or worst, develop a Past Life (as more than a few Green Sun Princes can attest, since the Yozis value First Age knowledge over their servants' sanity). A master artist and craftsman, he is very much a Reasonable Authority Figure...... Who would probably be more help if he didn't have every other important god in Yu-Shan out for his blood.See, during the First Age, Lytek, as a side effect of his dominion over Solars, was once the co-director of the Bureau of Heaven, the part of the Celestial Bureaucracy overseeing the gods themselves and conceptual matters such as memory and loss. Then the Usurpation hit, and the Solar Exaltations which had found their way back to his cabinet for cleaning were stolen by Kejack and sealed in the Jade Prison. With a significant loss of his domain came a significant loss of rank, and thus, power. After the former head of the Celestial Bureaucracy (and the other co-director) was disposed of by Ryzala, Goddess of Paperwork, Lytek was quietly booted out and replaced with the aloof Taru-Han, aka "The Only God In Yu-Shan Who Doesn't Want Ryzala's Job To Belong To Anyone Else." Of course, just because Lytek was now irrelevant didn't mean he wasn't a political threat due to his remaining position, and so much of his existence in the Age of Sorrows was spent fending off attempts to get rid of him altogether.Of course, the Jade Prison was broken. Slowly but surely, Lytek's fortunes have began to reverse themselves. Unfortunately, his adversaries might get rid of him before then — it's not like there won't be another God of Exaltation if he gets forged into starmetal...
- Absent-Minded Professor: He tends to get a bit pushy with Celestial Exalts when interviewing them about their lives (he wants to see the progress of the Exaltation after all), and sometimes needs to be reminded of something called "personal space."
- Glory Seeker: Like Voice of Authority, it's a secondary motive — he cares about the Exalted as people, but he also recognizes they're an excellent way to show off how good he is at his job.
- Too Dumb to Live: Here's the thing — it's impossible to understand the Second Breath the way Lytek does and not notice the malformations caused by the Great Curse. Before the First Age ended, Lytek thought he could fix it, no problem... so he decided to not tell the Unconquered Sun about it. He's realized that was a mistake, now — but the very fact that he could have stopped the First Age from going to shit makes excellent grounds for capital punishment — and his replacement would probably be chosen by Ryzala, who has been compared to Dolores Umbridge by the writers.
- Troll: After the breaking of the Jade Prison, he took the liberty of writing the notification... and its delivery. To Chejop Kejak.
Parad, the Left Hand of PowerThe God of Inherited Power, and so of anyone who gets supernatural power from their parentage. As such he oversees God Blooded and other half-mortals and the Terrestrial Exalted (though not their actual Exaltation, which is still Lytek).
- Always Someone Better: A big issue with him. None of his charges come close to matching the Celestial Exalted in power. This makes him very jealous of Lytek.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Knowing that he has a larger overall purview but Lytek is more powerful by way of his domain does not do good things for his self-esteem.
- Super Breeding Program: He's trying to arrange some to get the Dragon-Blooded back to the level of power they had in the High First Age before they started breeding with mortals as well as each other.
Ryzala, Lady of Bureaucracy and PaperworkHead of the Bureau of Heaven. Well, on paper she's only the head of the Department of Celestial Concerns, equal with Taru Han, and the Unconquered Sun is head of the Bureau, but since Taru Han has poor focus and the Unconquered Sun is addicted to the Games of Divinity she is de facto head. After the Usurpation she worked with the Bronze Faction to have the previous head executed on (probably false) charges of working with the Yozis. She's done everything she can to reduce the power of the other Bureaus and is thus the most powerful god in Yu Shan below the Incarnae.
- Jerkass: Oh yeah.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Though she mostly uses her four arms to do more paperwork at a time.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Pretty much the god of them.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: A close ally of the Bronze faction but she doesn't actually like them or the Sidereals in general one bit. They were just the easiest way to grab power and keep it.
Taru-Han, Lady of SoulsThe goddess in charge of seeing that the souls of the dead end up where they're supposed to, either the Underworld as a ghost or going through Lethe to reincarnate. Also the head of the Department of Abstract Matters in the Bureau of Heaven, putting her in charge of the gods of big abstract concepts, like war, love, beauty and so on.
- Psychopomp: What she's god of.
- Your Soul Is Mine: A hobby of hers is collecting extraordinary souls and holding on to them for a while. This is incredibly illegal but she's important enough to get away with it.
The SyndicsThree gods who have set themselves up as the physical rulers of the city of Whitewall in the North of Creation. Gods ruling mortals directly is illegal under the law of Heaven and Whitewall is quite high profile so it's puzzling to many why they haven't been stopped, punished or even publicly identified. The reason is that the Syndics are really Luranume, Uvanavu and Yo-Ping. These three are important enough Celestial Gods that few gods or Sidereals are powerful enough to oppose them. Those that are were prevented from acting by Chejop Kejak, because the Syndics told him (and the Scarlet Empress) that if the Bronze Faction or the Realm moved against them they would deprive the Realm of their blessings, leaving it lacking luck, health and peace.
- Have You Seen My God??: They're trying to fix this. Whitewall was built in the First Age as a city sized prayer to the Unconquered Sun. The Syndics believe that if they can restore it to its former glory the Unconquered Sun will return his attention to Creation.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Whitewall is actually a very nice and safe place to live since the Syndics took over.
Yo-Ping, God of PeaceThe god in charge of overseeing the five directional peace gods. He's one of the Syndics of Whitewall.
- Nice Guy: While as corrupt as most high ranking gods, said corruption is based around providing peace and happiness to almost all of Creation. And the only reason it's "almost all" is that he doesn't want to remove all conflict and put the gods of war out of business.
- Odd Friendship: Despite the obvious conflict between their purviews he's actually very fond of E-Naluna, goddess of war.
Luranume, Master of Fivefold Luck
Uvanavu, the Chrysanthemum Shogun, God of Health and Well-Being
Amoth City-Smiter, God of Tumbled Ruins
Arcadelt, God of World-Shattering EventsThe god of calamitous events, Arcadelt is a laid back god who genuinely hopes his services will never be called for.
- Apocalypse How: While he is the titular god of this, he isn't responsible for them. Instead, he holds onto the Apocalypse Scrolls, in case they need to be used by Heaven. If an actual apocalyptic event occurs, it's Arcadelt's job to document it, rather than promoting or dissuading it.
- Artifact of Death: Any god that touches one of the Scrolls without permission from the Maiden of Endings, the Sidereal Chair of the Convention on Natural Disasters, and Arcadelt himself, will be instantly incinerated.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: So far, the only events that have warranted Arcadelt's attention were the Primordial War, the Usurpation, and the Great Contagion. The disappearance of the Scarlet Empress and the Time of Tumult have yet to become serious enough for him to perform his duties.
- Doomsday Device: Has several Apocalypse Scrolls locked away in his safe. Each is the key to release an imprisoned being of immense destructive power, like the Kukla or other greater elemental dragons.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: He's lax about the security of the Scrolls, thinking that their ability to light a divine thief on fire is sufficient to keep them safe. Because of the infrequency of disasters of sufficient magnitude, he considers his job to be paid retirement.
- Nice Guy: Despite being in charge of cataclysmic occurrences, Arcadelt typically takes on the form of a kind blind man covered in tattoos.
- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Arcadelt is unaware that the Apocalypse Scrolls will only burn gods who don't have permission to touch them. Their defense mechanism doesn't work against Exalted, demons, devas, Fair Folk, or even mortals.
Blue Crest Merchant, God of Naval Trade
Burnished Talon, Daimyo of Mammalian Predators
Flashing Peak, Goddess of the Imperial Mountain
Ghataru, Shogun-Regent of the Seasons and Weather
Golden Reverie, God of Euphoria
Hran-Tzu, the Raven King, God of Decay
Hu Dai Ling, Shogun of the Crimson Banner
Itzcalimon, God of Blackmail
Laughing Ragamuffin, God of Smuggling
Livilla, Goddess of Prostitutes
Luxana, Goddess of Recorded Knowledge
Masque of Repose, God of Funereal Arrangements
Nara-O of the Hundred Veils
Ruvia, Captain of the Golden Barque, God of Roads
Scarazan, Goddess of Divine Reallocation
Tara-Kül, Goddess of Prayer Transceiver Modules
Vermillion Ink Silencer, God of Mergers and Liquidations
Verumipra, Ambassador to the Cursed City, Warden of the Exiles
Wayang, the Black Puppet Mask
Wun Ja, Goddess of the Shining Metropolis
Xaos the Hidden, God of Things Undiscovered
Yaogin the Fair, Bearer of the Lapis Ewer
Nysela, Charioteer of the Daystar
Granalkin, Archer on the Silver Pass
Tethys on the Untrammeled Path
Grala, Mistress of the Hunt
Aurichim and Argentim
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Being stuck as glorified traffic cops does not agree with them at all.
The Terrestrial Bureaucracy
Spinner of Glorious Tales
Weaver of Dreams of Victory
Shield of Another Day
The Golden Lord
The Pale Mistress
Ameru, God of Meru
The Ancient of Stone Journeys
Sessen Douji, the Mountain Boy
Plentimon of the Dice
Burning Feather, Lady of Intoxicants
Gri-Fel, God of the Imperial City
Tu Yu, God of Delhelsen
Tien Yu, Goddess of Lookshy
Kireeki, Huntress of the Waves
Madame Marthesine of the Lost
The Mammoth Avatar
Rabszolga, God of Slaves
- God of Evil: God of a horrible thing, with every intention of spreading it. Still a proud member of the Celestial Order.
Translucent Alabaster, the Porcelain Lady
Vanileth, Shogun of Artificial Flight
- Achilles in His Tent: Since the Usurpation and the near-total decline of his portfolio.
Zhuzhiao, High Princep of the Deep Trenches, Arch-Curator of Fuliginous Depths
Caltia the Eternal
Golden-Eyed JorstForest god and patron of the Linowan. Has an intense rivalry with Caltia.
- Split Personality: He has a bottle of some sort of liquor which turns him from the genial party-throwing god he's usually known as into a scheming, manipulative Smug Snake. We see the former in Terrestrial Directions: East and the latter in the Sidereals book.
- War God: What the Linowan worship him as.
Arilak the Unseen
Five Days DarknessThe shadow of the Unconquered Sun, as a god. He is bitter over the fact that the calendar gods won't accept a creature of darkness as the god of Calibration, the five day period when all the celestial bodies are absent.He has since extended that animosity towards the Bronze Faction and the Immaculate Order, whom the Court has aligned themselves with. As part of his campaign against them, Five Days Darkness has made himself one of the few gods to expand his power through personal effort; he somehow became an Immaculate Grandmaster, and very much enjoys beating on monks with their own techniques.
- Dark Is Not Evil: One of the very few examples. He's metaphysically a Creature of Darkness on account of being the shadow of the Unconquered Sun, and he has powers that strip away at virtues; but he's not actually evil, for the most part, and respects the Unconquered Sun even if the two are metaphysically opposed.
- Living Shadow: Both literally and in terms of his form.
- The Voiceless: Always speaks with the voice of the last person to speak with him.
BadgeruA corrupt city god in the shape of a large badger, usually shown being bullied by Sidereals in the second edition chapter comics.
The Court of Seasons
The Unseen, Gods of Ascending Air
The Divine One, Goddess of Resplendent Air
The Dreamer, Deity of Descending Air
The Cold Roars, Gods of Ascending Water
The Three, Gods of Resplendent Water
The White Terrors, Gods of Descending Water
The Reflecting Silence, God of Ascending Earth
The Seer, God of Resplendent Earth
The Whisperer, God of Descending Earth
The Seven Fangs, Gods of Ascending Wood
The Riddling Tree, God of Resplendent Wood
The Twin, God of Descending Wood
The Golden Stars, Goddesses of Ascending Fire
The Pinion, God of Resplendent Fire
The Desert Noon, Goddess of Descending Fire
Han-Tha, The Ghoul KingCurrently, the only named deity of the Forbidden Gods, and generally the Big Bad compared to the rest of them. Han-Tha is the god of necrophagy and scavenging animals, and to a lesser extent political corruption (the "scavengers" of a failing society are corrupt bureaucrats, after all). During the Primordial War, Han-Tha remained neutral, preferring to do his heavenly duties without complaint or malice. However, the other gods, both a little Squicked out by his domain and frightened by his Cannibalism Superpower (indeed, he's become Essence 9 due to it — literally one step away from maxing out the meter) didn't care, instead attempting to starforge him. But as the No Party Like a Donner Party might imply, if there's anything Han-Tha is good at, it's surviving bad odds, and he escaped to the Dragon King city of Rathess.Embittered by what he saw as a hypocritical betrayal, Han-Tha started his cult among the already decadent and corrupt Dragon Kings, accelerating the fall of their society. When Rathess collapsed, Han-Tha was content to sit back and guide the local Cannibal Tribe that saw him as a patron...... And then a Solar was converted to his cult.Now a Big Bad Duumvirate with the Dawn Filial Wisdom (and on occasion, the more moral of the pair), Han-Tha has decided to consume the corpse of the world so that a new one may be born... guided by his wisdom, of course. It's only a matter of time before he begins to make inroads...
- Humanoid Abomination: Looks like a giant mound of grey muscle with what is very much a Nightmare Face in his chest.
- God of Evil: God of a horrible thing, with every intention of spreading it. His motivation is literally to eat the entire world.
- Jerkass Has a Point: For all of his egomania and pride, Han-Tha has a point when he points out that the Celestial Bureaucracy kicked him out essentially because they didn't like his purview. This is the same group that contains the Gods of the Destruction of Civilization, Blackmail, and Slavery.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
The Great Garda
The Wind Master
Elementals of Air
Nasri, General of the Aerial Legion
Elemental Dragons of Air
The Wind Masters
Blue Skulking Bear
Green Frowning Bear
Black Grinning Bear
Red Stalking Bear
White Venerable Bear
Elementals of Fire
Elemental Dragons of Fire
Jealous Saffron Rage, the Underground Fire
Elementals of Water
Elemental Dragons of Water
Ogime, the Frog Queen
Fakharu, Censor of the West
Elementals of Wood
Elemental Dragons of Wood
Joyous Youth Juritsu
Elementals of Earth
Elemental Dragons of Earth
The Quicksilver Queen
- Eldritch Abomination: Reading about him is akin to reading a description of something from the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Godzilla Threshold: What he's been kept alive for — his power assimilates the Wyld and purifies shadowlands even as it blasts them to bits.
- Kaiju: Miles long, his tail can reduce cities and mountain ranges to rubble. Releasing him also lets loose a plume of steam and ash over six hundred miles high.
- Legacy Character: Courtesy of a series continuity error. This is the second Kukla; the first is an entity known as an Apocalypse Dragon.
- Non-Malicious Monster: More of a natural disaster than a true character in his own right.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He's a dragon, as described above... with twelve legs... four eyes, each with two pupils... capable of instantly rendering areas near him into topsoil... and has a tail with a swinging arc the size of a mountain range.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
The Five Elemental Dragons
The ultimate embodiments of the five elements used to build Creation and exalt the Dragon-Blooded. In Second Edition they were apparently five of Gaia's Third Circle souls. In Third Edition they are neither deva nor elemental, but their own separate kind of being.
Pasiap, the Dragon of Earth
Mela, the Dragon of Air
Daana'd, the Dragon of Water
Hesiesh, the Dragon of Fire
Sextes Jylis, the Dragon of Wood
Autochthon, the Great MakerThe inventor of Exaltation and an advocate of humanity in general, Autochthon is the greatest inventor of the Primordials, taking the form of a living machine. Weakest of his siblings thanks to Voidtech constantly draining his health, he was constantly belittled and bullied by his siblings until he finally snapped and sided with the gods in their nascent rebellion.Unfortunately, he possesses all the foresight of a blind lemming.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's been implied that a lot of the design ethic behind his characterization was inspired by various versions of autism and Asperger's Syndrome, which fits in well with the writers designing the Primordials after various disorders.
- Ascended Extra: From a meta standpoint; Autochthon was first mentioned in the Old World of Darkness as an extremely obscure entity in the Mage gameline, with little being known or said about him. In Exalted, he's since been redefined into a major part of the setting, a setting in his own right, and a significant chunk of the backstory.
- The Atoner: Compass: Autochthonia reveals that there's a landmark in his body that embodies the guilt he feels over his part in the Primordial War, known as the Monolith Garden.
- Blessed with Suck: It's not quite canon yet, but according to forum posts by the Ink Monkeys, Autochthon's illness, madness and genius (particularly his ability to think outside the box) are all outgrowths of his theme of violating boundaries.
- Capital Letters Are Magic: The first edition adventure sourcebook for the Alchemical Exalted, in an adventure where he is ideally awakened from his sleep, gives him the honor of being one of (if not the first) Primordial to directly be shown speaking, and all his words Have The First Letter Capitalized.
- The Corruption: Voidtech, essentially an Oblivion-fueled cancer that takes the form of various horrific machinery (often fused with organic matter) that spreads throughout his body. When he was awake, he was able to treat it without much difficulty, but now, he's perilously close to death. Interestingly, the precise function of his sickness reads as a inversion of Cybernetics Eat Your Soul with cancerous organic matter defiling and corrupting his mechanical body.
- Ditzy Genius: All that intelligence, all that innovation... and a complete lack of anything resembling the ability to plan in the long term.
- The Dog Bites Back: If the Primordials hadn't treated him like crap while they were free, he wouldn't have created the Exaltations.
- Elemental Embodiment: In a peculiar matter of speaking; while he doesn't take it to the same extremes as Gaia, he thought that her elemental schematic was a good idea, so recreated himself with industrial-themed elements that lend themselves well to his steampunk aesthetic: Metal, Steam, Crystal, Lightning, Oil, with a sixth element of Smoke typically being stated to be a embodiment of his sickness.
- Eternal Engine: His body is the (extremely hazardous) machine-world of Autochthonia, essentially a planet-sized mass of Magitek and Steampunk.
- Expy: Based quite a lot on Hephaestus/Vulcan, down to being a crippled ingenious inventor and patron of engineering who was bullied by his peers. Made more clearly in the original World of Darkness, where he was implied to be the inspiration for all craft gods.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Apart from his mechanical themes, he devised Metal as one of his elements, and the Elemental Pole of Metal is where the majority of his human inhabitants reside.
- Eye Scream: Some material suggests that he lost his left eye at some point, and that it may well have since transformed into the nigh-mythical artifact called the Eye of Autochthon.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As with everything in Exalted, taking to the extreme. It's a large chunk of his narrative themes, and supposedly he invented the original means of fashioning the gods and life in general, but didn't have anything to do with the initial design of Creation itself. This aspect of him carries even onto his inhabitants; simply existing inside him inspires humans to greater feats of mechanical ingenuity.
- Kick the Dog: We can understand why he had to vivisect various examples of Primordial life-forms in order to create the Exalted, and he did create artifacts which put them back together... but why, oh why, did he leave them in there?
- Mechanical Lifeform: His native bodies invariably take the form of living machinery, and it's implied that his sickness typically takes the form of organic matter infecting his matter. Given how extensively it applies to him in general, he's often considered to be the living embodiment of this trope in-universe.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The end of the Primordial War, and the deaths of several of his Primordial kin, was much worse than he ever planned for; he was so horrified by the consequences of what he'd set up that it was part of the reason for his self-imposed exile from Creation.
- No OSHA Compliance: It's not so much that he doesn't care. It's that machines can't hurt him, so it's never occurred to him that they might hurt other people. The entire concept of "safety features" apparently isn't part of his purview.
- No Social Skills
- Pet the Dog: The Monolith Garden; he was so horrified by the final death of several Primordials, and the creation of the Neverborn, that he created a monument to their memory inside himself, filled with several thousand runes that play out a song of absolute regret and remorse. Additionally, it's filled with statues of these fallen Primordials' creations that pleased him the most, with possible clues on recreating them.
- As well, his affection for humanity, initially inspired by them using his three favorite inventions: Tools, Faith and Dogma.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Notoriously prone to this, and while it has genuinely improved his life in various ways, it's caused him a fair amount of trouble. Among other things, he's modified his Third Circle devas' capacity to produce Second Circles and remade his devas so that they functioned similar to the Incarna, because he felt that it was more efficient and clean than his original soul hierarchy. Went somewhat further when reconfiguring his fetich, but due to this, he's capable of acting outside his themes and comprehending things he otherwise couldn't, at reduced competence.
- Too Dumb to Live: Autochthon is a shining example of how the Crippling Overspecialization of Primordials can render them simultaneously brilliant beyond all compare (while acting within their themes) and dumber than a sack of hammers (when dealing with concepts outside of their themes).
Compass: Autochthonia reveals he actually can work outside of his themes, thanks to some surgery on his fetich (which is essentially Do It Yourself Neurosurgery). He just happens to have no idea how, and he's rather reckless.
- Trans-God-Monster: Compass of Celestial Directions: Autochthonia reveals he effectively replaced his fetich's brain with himself (roll with it), meaning he can comprehend things outside of his themes. He just happens to be really bad at it.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Another large aspect of his themes. Among other things, he originally devised life and art as thematic concepts.
- World of Symbolism: The Far Reaches — those parts of his body not colonized by the Autochthonians — often become this, reflecting aspects of his psyche and personality.
Gaia, the Emerald MotherYoungest of the Primordials, and an explorer and adventurer. Together, she and Cytherea collaborated to build Creation. One of her bodies, a human-looking woman, remains in Creation; the rest of her is deep in the Wyld, searching for the fabled Shining Answer.
- Beneath the Mask: While her humanoid body's pleasant enough, some of the gods remember the primal force of Gaia in her totality, and fear her eventual return.
- Elemental Embodiment: Created the main elements of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Wood, and helped design the Elemental Poles to pin Creation into place. It's unknown how integral they are to her exactly. In 2E the Elemental Dragons were fairly minor sub-souls in her hierarchy, but in 3E they aren't her souls at all.
- My Girl Back Home: Luna. Also sometimes a Guy Back Home.
- Official Couple: With Luna.
- Walking the Earth: Well, the Wyld, but still.
Mardukth, Who Holds In ThrallOnce, in distant Zen-mu, in the time before Creation, Mardukth, Who Holds In Thrall, also called the Mountain and the Beast Upon It, was King of the Primordials. When Theion — Malfeas' original incarnation — arrived to rule the Primordials, there was war between them. In the end, the Empyreal Chaos was King, and Mardukth still lived.And so it was for countless eons, until the Primordial War.Mardukth is not among the recorded Yozis, but there is a Neverborn called He Who Holds In Thrall, master of the First and Forsaken Lion and the Princess Magnificent. One of his Third Circle devas, Granalkin, survives as part of Luna's entourage.
- Loss of Identity: Had a particularly bad case of this, continually questioning the world around him as to whether he actually was Mardukth. Then again, if he hadn't kept asking, Zen-mu wouldn't have kept expanding.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: In-universe. The reason for his Loss of Identity. He just couldn't accept that something as immense as himself could exist.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: None of the extant Primordials will profess to remember Mardukth ever being King, assuming anyone's in a position to ask.
Theion, The Empyreal ChaosMalfeas-That-Was. The King of the Primordials, a being of light without shadow, might without sinew, power without bounds — now in the default setting, reduced to the wretched, self-abusing city-prison of himself and the others. Still alive in the Gunstar Autochthonia setting as the King he was.
- A Father to His Men: Pretty key to his themes — he's not that bad a king, all things considered.
- A God Am I: Accurate self-assessment version, considering, you know.
- Authority Equals Asskicking and Asskicking Equals Authority: What he represents.
- Awesome McCool Name: He's so cool his powers have them, such as Universe Emperor Shintai.
- Expy: Of the Judaeo-Christian God and King Arthur.
- Fate Worse Than Death:
- What the Exalted Host did to him to turn into the Demon City.
- Quite possibly, what he did to the
UnConquered Sun in Gunstar Autochthonia, although the exact nature of his chaining of the Sun isn't pinned down.
- God Emperor: What he was and still is in some places.
- The Good King: From the Primordial perspective, and the people who respected and served him.
- Light Is Not Good: He's not nearly as bad as that which he became, but he's still something of a ruthless bastard to everything who didn't serve him and deliberately engendered rebellion to crush and so cement his identity.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Believed this wholeheartedly, since he viewed Compassion as an excellent strategy for building a kingdom.
- Noble Demon: He decried Compassion as a weakness, and his was the Urge to Dominate... yet, that domination could be Utopia Justifies the Means and he was genuinely kind to people who respected him.
- Revenge Before Reason: His Torment.
- Smug Super: Like you wouldn't believe.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His Urge encourages this kind of thinking — all the presented goals are wholly positive things... but carry the implication that the Urged, personally, must be the one to preside over it.
The Ebon Dragon, the Shadow of All ThingsIf the Prince of Darkness had a teacher, this would be him. The embodiment of vice, creator commentary states that the Dragon is effectively the anti-Exalt — where the Exalted are supposed to be awesome, the essence (and Essence) of the Ebon Dragon is more about denying others their victories. As long as he comes out ahead of everyone else, he could lose everything and still be happy. If he dies, in Return of the Scarlet Empress, he becomes the Neverborn The Dragon Who Was.
- A God Am I: Word Of God states that the wildest dream of the Ebon Dragon is to become a shinma — one of the defining forces of the universe.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: He has an odd obsession with this trope, to the point where Infernals can use it to reduce their Limit. (The game mechanic is called "Exquisite Bride Obsession," and was in fact originally suggested as the Trope Namer.) It apparently has something to do with the (incredibly convoluted) terms of his (hypothetical) release.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of corruption and betrayal. So much so that he created the Unconquered Sun in the first place just so he could have something to try to corrupt and betray.
- Big Bad: Of the optional Return of the Scarlet Empress module, and for the Architects of the Reclamation (the five most important Yozis) at large.
- According to the material of some books, he could even be viewed as the Big Bad for the setting as a whole. Who arranged the creation of the Neverborn? He did. Who created the Abyssal and Infernal Exalted? He did. Who made the Scarlet Empress disappear and threw the Realm into chaos? He did. Indeed, there are very few terrible things going on in the Age of Sorrows that can't be at least indirectly laid at his feet.
- Blessed with Suck: Many of his powers rely on these tropes. The fact that he's the embodiment of failure and vice itself embodies these concepts in and of itself.
- The Chessmaster: If there's a pie, he usually has a claw in it.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
- See Return Of The Scarlet Empress, page 198. Or even better, go to page 207, where his stats begin to be described, and look at his Urge. He can ignore it and make a Torment roll simply by paying Willpower, therefore betraying his very own nature. This guy is so utterly and irredeemably treacherous, he betrays himself!
- He also created the Unconquered Sun. Why? So he would have something to define himself by being the opposite of.
- Should his mad plan work, the Ebon Dragon plans to be first out of Malfeas just so that he can seal the other Yozis in permanently and laugh in their faces. Of course, while he tries to do this, his own component souls will likely be fighting him to make sure they get out and the core of the Dragon gets screwed. That's right; his ultimate plan of inevitable betrayal may get screwed because he will be betraying himself at the same time.
- In Scarlet Empress? He does EXACTLY THAT!
- Consummate Liar: On a metaphysical level; many of his Charms are centered around deceptions and convincing others of their truth.
- The Corrupter: This is his very reason for existing.
- Devil but No God: Because this trope was in effect when the Primordials ruled Creation, the Ebon Dragon's previous form couldn't manifest.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Word Of God is very emphatic about this: the Ebon Dragon sucks. Were he brought down to human level, a Stupid Good Compassion 5 Friend to All Living Things would kick him in the balls on principle.
- Dirty Coward: As stated above, all of his virtues are as low as possible, including his Valor. He does not fight fair in the slightest and does NOT have the intestinal fortitude to strike when not absolutely sure he can win.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Completely and utterly averted.
- Fatal Attractor: He loves those who are doomed to die, and whose deaths will change the world.
- For the Evulz: As he defines himself as the ultimate nemesis of everything, this is his basic motivation for anything he does (though there are valid interpretations where it's actually somewhat more complicated than that).
- God of Evil: Strictly speaking, there's no absolute and objective good or evil in the world of Exalted. But as the cosmic personification of spite, treachery and corruption, he's as close as you're going to get.
- Heroes Act, Villains Hinder: While he certainly has plans of his own under way, many of his acts of antagonism fall under this trope, due to his nature. He's not allowed to be anything BUT sneaky, underhanded and subtle, preventing him from (personally) taking overt actions against anyone. But should you try to mess with him...
- I Just Want to Be Free: So long as he is restrained in any way whatsoever, he is completely incapable of taking any action that does not have the ultimate goal of trying to free himself. If you think of morality as a kind of restraint, this explains a lot about his personality.
- It's All About Me: To the point that he is physically incapable of doing anything that would benefit someone else more than it would benefit him personally.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Nothing Is Scarier: He's so fundamentally hollow on the inside that in a sense, you could say he doesn't really even exist; he's an Ebon Dragon-shaped hole in the fabric of reality.
- Shaped Like Itself: His previous form, The Dragon's Shadow, is described as being the shadow of himself. His current form is supposed to be the Dragon that he used to be the Shadow of.
- The Soulless: Not quite literally, since "soul" is a complicated concept for a Primordial. But he does, in a very real sense, lack selfhood — he defines himself solely in opposition to everything else.
- To Create a Playground for Evil: His ultimate Goal in Life: "Darken all of existence until Virtue and light cease to be, leaving blackened chaos upon which his will alone dictates possibility."
Malfeas, the Demon CityOnce he was Theion, the Holy Tyrant, the Ruler of All, the absolute and unquestioned monarch of Creation. So transcendent was the Primordial King that he existed only as a numinous immaterial Presence, his majesty too great to be expressed by any physical form. Then the Exalted came and cast down the almighty king of everything. Not content with subduing him and forcing him to take on the utter humiliation of a corporeal body, his conquerors went on to degrade and mutilate him further, turning him inside out and imprisoning his siblings within the tortured city of brass and nightmares he had become.Malfeas is in constant pain as a result of what was done to him, but that's not the reason why, out of all the Yozis, he is perhaps the one most broken by his imprisonment. As the cosmic embodiment of kingship, power and authority, he is simply fundamentally unable to even begin to cope with the concept of having been so utterly defeated. Now a pathetic mockery of his former glory, he rages senselessly at the world, consumed by shame and hatred, dreaming of nothing else but endless revenge.Oh, he's also an excellent dancer.
- A God Am I: Is fundamentally incapable of grasping the concept that other beings have opinions that matter.
- Alien Geometries
- Authority Equals Asskicking and...
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Malfeas is the cosmic embodiment of one or the other of these. Does the once King of All Kings represent power so great that it is able to force everything to serve and worship it, or authority so great that it is able to crush all lesser things beneath its majesty? (While he was Theion, the answer was almost assuredly both.)
- Bizarrchitecture: From The Compass of Celestial Directions: Malfeas:Magnificent pillared forums and amphitheaters jostle stark blocks of windowless masonry. Many structures make no sense whatsoever. Vast conglomerations of vaulted stairs and landings lead to nothing but more of themselves. Turrets and balconies adorn huge towers with no floors or stairs inside. Immense triumphal arches cross minor side streets. Long fortified walls zigzag between buildings and across streets, defending nothing. They have the forms of architecture but no function.
- Also, conceptually, the whole of Malfeas. He was turned inside out to be the prison of the Yozi. The city of Malfeas rests at the center of the realm of Malfeas, and is bordered on all sides by an endless desert of another Yozi, who constantly pushes at the borders of Malfeas the realm, constantly expanding his boundaries, while still being confined within him. What.
Also his heart is a burning green sun in the sky that can be seen from any of his layers. It seems as though Malfeas and Cecelyne are involved in a higher-dimensional topological arrangement. A simpler example would be a Klein bottle: it only has one surface, and does not pierce itself. Now take that up to 11, and you've got the Demon Prison.
- Also, conceptually, the whole of Malfeas. He was turned inside out to be the prison of the Yozi. The city of Malfeas rests at the center of the realm of Malfeas, and is bordered on all sides by an endless desert of another Yozi, who constantly pushes at the borders of Malfeas the realm, constantly expanding his boundaries, while still being confined within him. What.
- Brown Note: While Demon Emperor Shintai is active, anyone who looks at him gets supernatural radiation sickness.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His Goal in Life.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Malfeas is now an inside-out city in constant agony, forced to exist as the exact opposite of what he cosmically embodies.
- Genius Loci
- God Emperor: Pretty much his current rank and power level. He doesn't have a Shintai called Demon Emperor for nothing.
- Hellfire / I Love Nuclear Power / Sickly Green Glow
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Since his defeat and imprisonment, he hates Creation so much that his deepest desire could be summed up as "torture everything in the world to death, forever" ... and yet, ultimately, he hates himself even more.
- It's All About Me: He has to suffer an actual psychotic break to even be able to grasp the idea that other people have desires and motivations independent of his own.
- Kneel Before Zod: Has a charm that forces people to grovel before him or have their skin melted off.
- Malevolent Architecture: It doesn't get much more malevolent than a living city with a nuclear sun for a heart that is actively trying to kill you.
- Mating Dance: Five years before the main timeframe, Malfeas, in his Brass Dancer form, danced into the forest of Szoreny, where he met a silver copy of himself (implicitly either Szoreny or his fetich Kagami). They danced until a green and silver conflagration exploded through the forest. Soon after, a plant started growing at the site of their dance, a plant with a woman growing inside of it; in other words, Malfeas got Szoreny pregnant.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's really into dancing and music, so much so that his Excellency charm (which is otherwise restricted to acts of violence or overkill) enhances any attempt at those activities. Ligier, of course, adds this to the list of things he finds shameful about Malfeas.
- Revenge Before Reason: The other Reclamation Yozis are constantly having to talk him down from making idiotic decisions based solely on his infinite rage.
- Self-Harm: This is what he's doing to himself whenever he makes his layers crash against each other.
- Sickly Green Glow: In universe, Malfeas is the reason this trope exists.
She Who Lives In Her Name, the Principle of Hierarchy99,997 crystal spheres rotating around 100 greater spheres, themselves rotating around a single central sphere. Inside each sphere is a flame, and each flame whispers its name — her name — to the world around it. Those who hear that name are brought under her sway. As her title suggests, she literally embodies the concepts of order and hierarchy and wants to impose her perfect hierarchy on all of reality. Free will, of course, is much too chaotic to have any place in this brave new world — in fact, she was against including it in Creation in the first place, and regards the Primordial War as proof that she was right all along.Nevertheless, so great is her respect for hierarchy that once it was clear the Primordials had lost the war, she willingly surrendered, prepared to submit to a new hierarchy with the gods and Exalted at the top. When she realized that the hierarchy they had in mind had no place for her, she flew into a vindictive rage and smashed three of her spheres into Creation, destroying them along with large chunks of reality and reducing her to her current state.
- Assimilation Plot
- Brown Note: If anything weaker than an Exalt or second circle demon hears her true name, they permanently come under her control. Hence her common appellation.
- Emotionless Girl: Mostly. Her Torment causes her to lose all logic and act on long-subdued passion, and she possesses a playful sense of humor. Otherwise yes, it's hard to get a rise out of her.
- Evil Gloating
- The Evils of Free Will: Loathes the very concept, and was only grudgingly persuaded to permit its inclusion in Creation. She regards this as the Primordials' single greatest mistake, and many of her Charms revolve around... rectifying it.
- Expy: Of the Weaver from Werewolf: The Apocalypse.
- If I Can't Have You: See: Three-Sphere Cataclysm, ninety percent of Creation.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: In the Time of Glory, she wasn't specifically evil, just loyal to Malfeas above all other things (and not a fan of free will). She even was willing to bow to the Unconquered Sun, once the war was over. That the Incarnae decided that she was to be locked away from Creation, too, triggered the Cataclysm mentioned above.
- Ship Tease: It's implied that she used to be "close" to Theion-cum-Malfeas before their imprisonment.
- Smart People Play Chess: According to The Broken-Winged Crane, she enjoys playing Gateway.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Tossing her into Malfeas and reshaping her into a Yozi led to her turning around and destroying 90% of Creation.
- World of Silence: This is what she wants more than anything else. Given the Genius Loci nature of most Primordials, she may actually be one in one of her forms.
Cecelyne, the Endless DesertOnce, Cecelyne was the lawgiver of the Primordials — until the Exalted rose up and taught her that ultimately, there can be no law that matters other than Might Makes Right. Ever since, her only mission is to share that lesson with everyone else.Though she still sets the laws of Hell, Cecelyne's laws are now quite deliberately based on nothing more than sheer arbitrary capricious hypocrisy, and are designed to ensure the absolute right of the strong to dominate and bully the weak. Embodying the concept of both spiritual and physical desolation, Cecelyne takes the form of an infinite desert that surrounds the Demon City, serving as the boundary between Malfeas and Creation.
- Alien Geometries: The desert of Cecelyne takes exactly five days to cross, regardless of how fast you move.
- Bond Villain Stupidity
- Corrupt Church: Religious hypocrisy is her favorite kind, and priests of Cecelyne enforce the laws of Hell.
- The Cynic
- Dark Messiah
- Impassable Desert
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Views herself with the same bitter cynicism with which she regards everything else.
- Jackass Genie
- Jade-Colored Glasses: More than a little cynical.
- Shifting Sand Land
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!
- Social Darwinist
- Straw Hypocrite: She understands exactly how hypocritical her laws are. That's the whole point.
Adorjan, the Silent WindA case study in why killing fetiches is a bad idea, Adorjan was originally Adrian, the River of All Torments — a sort of living buffer between the Wyld and Creation. During the Primordial War, however, her core soul Lilike was killed completely, causing her to dry up and become a living gale that muffles all sound. The process rendered her completely insane, turning her into a cheerful serial killer who destroys that which she loves and spares that which she hates. Even her fellow Yozis fear Adorjan, and it is for this reason that demons place musicians and musical instruments everywhere, as she despises noise and won't go near it if she doesn't need to.
- Axe Crazy
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: She came to one Solar in his dreams seven nights in a row, simultaneously taking the forms of a woman and a silent windstorm. She got pregnant from those seven consecutive nights of dream sex and gave birth to seven daughters; three retained their human forms, while the other four shed their human bodies and became living winds like their mother.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Even more than the rest of the Yozis. Of particular note is one of her Charms, which allows her to instantly fall in love with someone — and then gives bonuses when she acts towards the subject with intent to aid, teach, express affection... or hurt.
- Came Back Wrong
- The Dreaded: She is the single most terrifying thing in all of Malfeas. Malfeas would be a horrifying place even without her, but her nature has scarred the psyche of all demonkind into being unable to comprehend silence without death or love without pain.
- Driven to Madness: Both her, and her Act of Villainy (of the "freeing people from sanity's constraints" motive).
- Four Is Death: The number four appears constantly in her themes. In the words of one of her charms, it is "... the inauspicious count of Adorjan’s daughters, the numerology of balanced Virtue and the number of secret truths she must teach Creation before The End." Given Adorjan's nature and themes, it is almost directly implied that the final (and fourth) truth she must teach Creation is death.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: What you call insanity, Adorjan calls understanding the world as it truly is. She would love to do you the favor of sharing that enlightenment with you.
- The Hyena: She finds everything funny, including her own defeat at the hands of hairless ape-things. And, as noted, laughter is the only sound she ever makes.
- Laughing Mad: The only sound she ever makes, preferring Telepathy for actual communication.
- Love Hurts: She's imposed this belief on all of demonkind.
- Mad Love: As far as she's concerned, she really is doing her loved ones a favor by killing everything they care about so that they can share in the enlightenment that comes from being free of all attachments.
- Sensory Overload: Adorjan has ridiculously sharp hearing. Unlike most entities that develop this power in Exalted, it does not come with the ability to cope with loud — or even regular volume — noises, compelling her to silence them by any means possible. The charm that grants her (and some Infernals) this power is called Hateful Wicked Noise for a reason.
- Stalker with a Crush: "Sometimes, Adorjan falls in love. Her hate is safer."
- Starfish Character: Splintered Gale Shintai allows her to conjure up human puppets embodying aspects of her personality.
- Too Kinky to Torture: After she became Adorjan, she fell for Marus, Lilike's killer, because she was honestly attracted to him, and causing her extreme pain (particularly the Charm Demon-Wracking Shout) is often grounds for a first date.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She honestly believes that killing people is a way of enlightenment, since it severs all attachments.
- What Measure Is a Non-Super?: Murder is Meat allows her to remorselessly kill mortals regardless of how high her compassion stat is.
- Yandere: Read her description, why don't you?
Kimbery, the Sea That Marched Against The FlameThe great acid ocean of Malfeas, with a personality to match. If she loves you, she'll drown you in her affections. If she hates you, she'll slowly and utterly corrode you and anything you ever cared about. Usually she does both.
- Abusive Parents: Specifically, Kimbery is the kind of bitter and resentful parent who avoids facing up to the problems with her own life by ruining her children's lives instead.
- Acid Pool
- All Take and No Give: Kimbery's the Giver. The second variant — where the Giver is the one in control — is how she relates to others. (The first is how she thinks she relates to others.)
- Body Horror: She has a bit of an obsession with it, to an extent that actually manages to creep out the other Yozis.
- Evil Matriarch
- Hermaphrodite: All the Yozis are, given how they possess both male and female souls, but Kimbery has honed it to a science.
- Human Resources: She makes coral reefs out of people and demons.
- Kill It with Water
- Mood-Swinger: Kimbery's Torment involves a positive Intimacy randomly switching to a negative one with no warning. Her Overdrive is worse. She can flip any number of Intimacies to hatred for motes of Essence.
- Moral Myopia: When Kimbery hurts you, it's a well-deserved punishment you needed For Your Own Good. When you hurt Kimbery — even if only by failing to live up to her impossible expectations — it's an act of horrific, totally unjustified betrayal that sends you straight over the edge.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: In her current state, she can no longer bear or sire offspring in the traditional manner, but she can infect others with her essence, causing her parasitic offspring to grow inside them.
- My Beloved Smother: Her love is genuine in a way, but it's the manipulative, passive-aggressive kind of "affection" that so many abusive parents use to keep their children from escaping their control.
- Never My Fault: Has an enormous martyr complex, which serves to justify all her actions and avoid admitting that she's in any way the cause of her own problems.
- Obliviously Evil: Some of the Yozis simply don't care about anything resembling human ethics. Others recognize and embrace their own hypocrisy or villainy. Kimbery, however, is absolutely convinced that she is an unjustly persecuted victim who never did anything wrong to anybody and all her actions are completely justified.
- Poison Is Corrosive
- The Power of Hate: Not only is she entirely capable of individually hating everyone in the world, she can draw upon that hatred to send her Dodge regular and mental DV's into the stratosphere, heal herself, or even spread a Hate Plague.
- Tsundere: A puree of this and Yandere, since she vacillates between hate and love so much... and one's not much better than the other.
- Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Why must you always be such an ungrateful child that Kimbery is forced to punish you?
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: AGONY-SAVORING MERCY, how she reduces Limit.
- Yandere: She hates everyone she loves and loves everyone she hates. Also, her Urge is "the urge to drown," metaphorically and literally.
Szoreny, the Silver ForestAn obscure Yozi, Szoreny is not actually a forest — rather, he was imprisoned upside-down. Thus, though he originally was The World Tree, now he is a grove of quicksilver-laced reflective trees with a single root system. Is the most coherent and comprehensible of the Yozis, despite his Split Personality problem.
- Alternate Universe: His fetich soul, Kagami, takes the form of a sapient one.
- Faux Affably Evil: Widely believed to be the kindest of the Yozis, thanks to his Act of Villainy. This is a mistake.
- Foil: He reflects the personality of the person he's speaking to, thus he ends up being one for... everyone basically.
- Hall of Mirrors: He is one.
- Mirror Match: Has the ability to breathe life into his reflections, resulting in this.
- Only Sane Man: As mentioned above, Szoreny and his sometimes boyfriend Isidoros are by far the least degraded and debased of the Yozis which is why they're planning to stab the others in the back to Escape from the Crazy Place.
- Please Reflect on This Index: If there's a mirror-related trope, he's probably capable of doing that.
- Worthy Opponent: To anyone he's in an antagonistic relationship with.
Isidoros, the Black Boar that Twists the SkiesA sapient black hole who usually takes the form of, well, a colossal boar, Isidoros is the embodiment of unstoppable force, and is the only one who can stop Malfeas from collapsing two layers of himself together. Just don't get under him.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Most of the destruction he wreaks is the result of him taking a leisurely stroll through the area.
- Determinator: One of the places of power in Malfeas marks where he raced up the slopes of Qaf for a time. Eventually, he got bored and stopped, but one hoofprint is still travelling up the slope on its own.
- Gravity Master: He's a black hole, any questions?
- Heroic Willpower: He embodies this quality, and he really respects it in others — a plot hook in Return of the Scarlet Empress has him sabotaging the Reclamation when the PCs have proven themselves some of the most dogged heroes around, just to give them a fighting chance. Admittedly, this takes the form of offering one of them akuma-hood, but he doesn't fuss if they turn him down.
- The Juggernaut: Unless someone a.) gets his attention, and b.) convinces him that he really wanted to be somewhere else or doing something else in the first place.
- Manly Gay: Maybe. See Ship Tease.
- Screw Destiny: Strongly dislikes the idea of Fate, but agreed to its inclusion in Creation in exchange for "other considerations."
- Ship Tease: With Szoreny.
Sacheverell, He That Sees the Shape of Things to ComeAnother case study in why fetich death is A Bad Thing. Originally, he was the Lidless Eye That Sees, then his fetich soul was killed, and he came back as Sacheverell, who sees infallibly accurate visions of the present or future, depending on whether he is asleep or awake. As long as he's asleep, he sees only the present, and free will is still an option. Should he wake up, all of existence will get to find out what You Can't Fight Fate is like. Absolutely no one wants this.
- Enemy Of My Enemy: Pretty much everyone wants him to stay asleep.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: While he sleeps, he dreams of the present. Should he awake, he would see the future and ensnare the universe with the power of his self-fulfilling prophecies.
- Villainous Breakdown: One interpretation (endorsed unofficially by some of the game's writers) says his sleep is really one of these — in the instant of the White Ram's death, he grasped that he's ultimately just a supporting character in the story of the Exalted, and nothing he could possibly do really matters. Now he's essentially too depressed to get out of bed.
- You Can't Fight Fate: This is what pretty much everyone believes will happen if he wakes up.
Qaf, the Heaven-Violating SpearAn endless mountain without summit or base, ensconsed in his own pocket dimension within Malfeas, and literal immovable object. The creator of the concept of perfection, and a bit of a guru.
- Eldritch Location: You can ascend Qaf physically, but the only way to make real progress up his slopes is through spiritual discovery and understanding. Trouble is, Qaf's lessons are innumerable, and hostile to mortal souls (but not to demons). So far, no one has managed to pass the lessons and attain his nonexistent summit.
Metagaos, the All-Hunger BlossomA Yozi with the personality of Audrey II, who takes the form of a sprawling swamp. It's really not wise to venture in. Notably, he's very passive-aggressive; for all the dangers he embodies, he rarely makes a move to do the harm he inflicts.
- Autocannibalism: He eats everything in and around him — including himself.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Metagaos has an ecosystem that's about as predatory as he is. It's exactly as much fun as it sounds.
- Extreme Omnivore: Mortals, demons, colour, light, time, space... like we said, he eats everything.
- Horror Hunger: His hunger cannot be satisfied. Ever.
- Plague Master: In the event you survive a trip through Metagaos, you'll probably end up infected with something that turns you into an outgrowth of him.
- Swamps Are Evil: Even Adorjan's reluctant to go near him.
Elloge, the Sphere of SpeechThe results of fetich death are unexpected, but not always nightmarish. For example, the rebirth of the Primordial known as He Who Bleeds The Unknown Word was the female Yozi Elloge. She drifts through the layers of Malfeas, taking the form of an invisible sphere made of words and linguistic principles.
- Eldritch Location: Elloge's interior dimensions are defined by linguistics and correspondences. Within her, features of language become real (and often dangerous). Even entering her requires transmutation into a linguistic description of you as a character.
- Gender Bender: Her Fetich apparently contained her masculinity.
- Invisibility: Because she's composed of words, it's often hard to see her until she's directly interacting with the world.
- Ms. Imagination: Elloge doesn't pay all that much attention to extant reality, preferring to manifest worlds within herself.
- Ship Tease: With Oramus.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Strongly implied to do this.
Oramus, the Dragon Beyond the WorldThe eldest of the Primordials, who defined what would be in Creation and what would not. Fearing that his paradoxical nature would enable him to find a way out of Malfeas, the gods and Exalted caged him in his own wings, the only prison he can't escape.
- And I Must Scream: Worse than Malfeas. At least he can understand the world outside of him, and interact with those within him. Oramus can only go more and more insane.
- Mad Artist: Spawns his own unique creations, and inspires others with impossible visions.
- Morphic Resonance: His description says that, in pretty much any form he could assume, he always has seven of something.
- Reality Warper: Does this by existing. Even asleep and imprisoned, things get weird around him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
Hegra, the Typhoon of NightmaresA living storm who not only rains down nightmares, but dreams and emotions as well. A force of chaos in the culture of Malfeas, she regards every form of personal interaction as a form of trade, which is why she dislikes both gifts and thieves (after all, one of the parties is getting absolutely nothing in return).
- Emotion Bomb: You name it, Hegra can deliver.
- Gray Rain of Depression: She produces these, along with every other emotion.
- It Amused Me: She occasionally messes with lesser demons to see what happens.
Cytherea, the Mother of CreationAlso known as the Divine Ignition, since she awoke the Primordials after they were born dreaming (apart from Oramus, whose reaction could be best stated as "What took you so long!?"). Built Creation along with her lover Gaia, and also had a hand in the creation of Luna and the Unconquered Sun. About her, nothing more is known.
- Riddle for the Ages: Pretty much everything known about her is myth and legend.
Abhorrence of Life
He Who Holds In Thrall
Perfected Principle of Consumption
Tears of Want
Whose Whispers Chain
GnosisApparently a soul of Gaia.
The CoreFetich Soul of the Great Maker
RunelDivine Minister of Order, Smooth Functioning, Productivity, Efficiency, Cities, Commerce, Life, and Health. Chief Regulator of the Element of Steam.
Kek'TungssshaDivine Minister of Smelting, Craft, Tools, Industry, Mass Production, Fertility, and Reproductive Sex.
Debok MoomDivine Minister of War, War Machines, Violent Paradigm Shifts, Privacy, and Wealth. Chief Regulator of the Element of Metal.
NoiDivine Minister of Curiosity, Research, Exploration, Innovation, Rebellion, and Progress. Chief Regulator of the Element of Oil.
MogDivine Minister of Authority, Proper Functioning, Dogma, Righteous Action and Just Punishment. Scourge of the Lumpen and Chief Regulator of the Element of Lightning.
KadmekDivine Minister of Design, Architecture, Structural Integrity, Biogeomancy, Arts, Wisdom, Strategy, and Prophecy. Chief Regulator of the Element of Crystal.
DomadamodDivine Minister of Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Cannabalism; Enlightened Guardian of the Eternal Cycle.
KuDivine Minister of the Reaches and the Far Reaches, Seals, and Thaumaturgy. Chief Regulator of the Element of Smoke.
Viator of NullspaceThe Dread Gear. The Bringer of Death. The Minister of Wrath.All of these titles apply to the Autochthonian spirit called the Viator of Nullspace, a mechanical god — and possibly a forbidden subsoul of Autochthon's — that menaced the Eight Nations just under a thousand years ago. It (like similar weapon-gods, the Destroyers, it doesn't have a gender identity) is an Incarna-level menace, more powerful than a couple Deathlords, a nigh-unstoppable monster the size of a warstrider and a great obsidian beamklave that fuels its own power with the lives of those it has destroyed.And according to the Viator, it is doing all of this for Autochthon's own good.You see, the Viator initially desired to extract the Core, the fetich soul of Autochthon (and thanks to some self-surgery on the Great Maker's part, his mind) from his increasingly disease-ridden body, via forging the souls of every human in Autochthon into a great wedge through which it could dislodge the Core from the Godhead. Since no one was particularly keen on becoming a still-conscious component of an artifact, it got into a feud with the generally Nice Guy nation of Jarish, destroying the Alchemical city of Jast in the process (almost). Through a combination of great heroism and cleverness, the Viator was trapped in its own Node Link, forced to content itself with exploring the place where Autochthon's dreams meet Elsewhere.If only it was the only one there.For some reason or another, the Ebon Dragon had found his way to the Eldritch Location in his infinite quest for escape, wherein he encountered the Viator. This... did not go so well for the Dragon (all he managed to do was evade being imprisoned twice over). While the Viator managed to chase off the Dragon, it was not unchanged by the experience — it learned of the nature of the Yozis, and how cruelly they had treated Autochthon (the fact that it learned this through the Ebon Dragon probably didn't help).Thus, whereas before it planned to merely save Autochthon, it now plans to transform him into the instrument of his own revenge.When — not if, when — the Viator escapes, it will be with a different plan to save Autochthon; it will kill all humans it can find, certainly, but as an offering to the monster Autochthon will become. Once it has fed the gears with the viscera of the Eight Nations, it will alter the nature of the Divine Ministers, the Third Circle Souls of the Great Maker, into generals of mechanized war. The voices of the surviving Autochthonians will sing praises to their new god as the blood of their sacrifices grease the spiked prayer gears of the Bleeding Engine. The cities will be altered into mandalas of destruction, feeding his darkened heart.And then the skies of Malfeas will burn, and he shall scream as the great Uran-drills of a new, savage Autochthon dig deep into his flesh, mad with hate... and hunger.
- Bad Ass: In Gunstar Autochthonia he's one of the few beings that can go toe to toe with the Tyrant Sun.
- Cyber Cyclops
- General Ripper: Um, yeah...
RuveliaFirst Fetich Soul of the Empyreal Chaos
The White RamFetich Soul of The Lidless Eye That Sees
LilikeFetich Soul of the River of All Torments
Ligier, the Green SunFetich Soul of the Demon CityIn the skies over Malfeas, a green sun blazes, never setting. This is Ligier, the fetich soul of the Demon City. In his humanoid form, Ligier appears as a handsome young man with auburn hair. He is the greatest blacksmith in Hell, and his Goal in Life is to create works that express his own magnificence so thoroughly that all must celebrate his glory.Since his defeat, Malfeas has been consumed by utter shame and self-loathing. As his most central soul, Ligier expresses this by being everything Malfeas isn't and wishes he was. Ligier still has the confidence in his own power and majesty that Malfeas has irrevocably lost, and so where Malfeas is all about endless rage and overwhelming force, Ligier is a being of calm, courtesy and restraint. Feeling that to crush a lesser opponent would be beneath his dignity, he holds himself back in battle, and if his opponent unexpectedly manages to get in a glancing blow, he salutes their accomplishment and withdraws.As you'd expect, Ligier finds basically everything about Malfeas profoundly embarrassing. Especially the whole dancing thing.
- Affably Evil: Not exactly nice, but he's a pretty cool guy as major demons go — he has to be cooler than Malfeas in order to look down on him properly.
- Badass Normal: He isn't, but he can be summoned to Creation by a mortal prince leading an army against the Exalted.
- Foil: Malfeas hates himself so much that his own heart is a foil for himself.
- It's All About Me: His Motivation is "to bring his glories to the world, such that all Creation and Malfeas alike must celebrate the magnificence of the Green Sun," while his Intimacies are all for the things he's created.
- Jackass Genie: Not intentionally, but whenever he takes a commission to create something there's some item that he needs to complete it, usually of some importance to the person the item is for. Ligier can make do without it, but the creation then has a hidden Fatal Flaw that will activate at the worst possible moment.
- Mr. Fanservice: Okay, the whole "sexy Ligier" thing is mostly a fandom meme, but he is always portrayed as being very handsome.
- Noble Demon
- Ultimate Blacksmith: The best in Malfeas by a wide margin.
- Unholy Nuke: His secret name from the time before the Primordial War is the word of power that triggers the spell Total Annihilation.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His humanoid form is always pictured without a shirt.
- Weird Sun: That's not just a title, he's literally a radioactive green sun.
- Worthy Opponent: He refuses to face any challenge less than a perfect circle of Solars or a full army of Dragon-Blooded.
Amalion, the Manse of Echoes AscendingFifth Soul of the Demon CityIn every layer of Malfeas, there's one manse that surpasses all others in elegance. These are the bodies of Amalion. When summoned into Creation, she takes the form of a handsome middle-aged woman, her skin patterned like marble and her face veiled. Expressing some of Malfeas' less wrathful aspects — his creativity and appreciation of beauty — she is one of the greatest architects in existence, and serves those who summon her by drawing up the blueprints to an exquisite manse in exchange for a unique and beautiful object. So valued were Amalion's services during the First Age that she got on quite well with the Exalted and even married the sorcerer Five Moons, whose memory she still cherishes.
- Reincarnation Romance: Maintains an Intimacy to the current bearer of Five Moons' Exaltation, though it's unclear whether they've actually met yet.
- Token Good Teammate: The gentlest of Malfeas' souls — and she's apparently nice enough by human standards that her marriage to Five Moons was actually socially acceptable; the Solar Deliberative even threw them a wedding party.
- When She Smiles: This trope applies so hard that she veils her face as a courtesy, so that anyone standing nearby when she accidentally cracks a grin won't fall desperately in love with her.
Ipithymia, the Street of Golden LanternsThirteenth Soul of the Demon CityHell's whorehouse. Ipithymia is a literal street, wherein most of Malfeas's sex trade happens - classy, crude, tame or deviant, it all happens on Ipithymia. She's known to have an ancient agreement with her fellow soul Ligier, with the two of them the only ones who know the details.
- Emotion Bomb: In mortal form, she can create longing or lust in all but the divinely chaste.
- Genius Loci
- Red Light District: Golden light, reminiscent of the Unconquered Sun, serves as the demonic equivalent of human red light districts. It's also usually an affront to the Green Sun, but part of the agreement Ipithymia has with Ligier allows it.
- Sex Tourism: What it's for.
Suntarankal, the Crucible of Brass and IronFifteenth Soul of the Demon CityExisting as a great dojo within the Demon City, Suntarakal takes all comers who seek to grow stronger. One of the greatest martial artists of any world, he has many who would take him up on his offer. Most don't survive. Those who do exit with their lives have gone through some of the most brutal, terrible regimens he could devise, but frequently having gained martial knowledge lost to much of the rest of the world.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Here's one of Sutarankal's quirks: He makes the recruitment office for his Genius Loci self look as inviting as possible...so when those poor fools who fell for the facade and didn't pay attention to his reputation inevitably prove themselves hopeless, he can use them as living training dummies as an example to his more competent students. This guy doesn't mess around.
- Genius Loci
- Malevolent Architecture: The inside of the 49 chambers of Suntarankal is a series of death traps, each one survivable, but terribly deadly. To graduate, you have to beat all of them.
- Given Sutarankal's attitude, he qualifies twice over.
- Marked Change: Graduates of the Crucible receive a brand that quickly heals away, only to reappear whenever they employ the martial techniques they learned there.
- Old Master: Suntarakal's human form is noted to be nearly the platonic ideal of this.
- Training from Hell: An unbelievably literal version is his specialty. He doesn't allow students to leave unless they die or graduate, and he only allows students who have mastered at least one infernal martial art to attempt his 49 chambers. Is it any wonder people with his brand are The Dreaded?
Orabilis, the End of All WisdomSixth Soul of the Endless DesertAs the Lawgiver of the Yozis and the physical barrier between the Demon City and Creation, Cecelyne embodies the concept of boundaries. Her sixth soul represents the limits of knowledge. Orabilis is a builder of libraries and a patron of learning, but he also defines the secrets that must not be known except by the Yozis. When any lesser demon learns knowledge that Orabilis has forbidden, he lays his hand upon them and casts them into the void between the layers of Malfeas.
Munaxes, the Ravine of WhispersFourth Soul of the Principle of HierarchyMunaxes lives inside the fire in her Yozi's 30th sphere, but when she's summoned into Creation, she exists as a massive chasm in the earth. The voices of those who spread rumors against their friends, families, or rightful lords echo in her depths.
Jacint, the Prince Upon the TowerEighteenth Soul of the Silent WindIn every layer of Malfeas there's a black stone tower, and on the tower there's a huge brass statue of a winged man, and on one of the statue's hands there stands a marble pillar, and at the top of the pillar there's a disc of glowing light. On the disc stands Jacint, the Prince Upon the Tower. His passion and purpose is the building of roads.
- Token Good Teammate: The kindest of Adorjan's souls — although, while we haven't met any of her other Third Circle souls, knowing Adorjan herself that may not be saying much. But his basic Goal in Life is essentially creative and nonviolent.
- Winged Humanoid: He looks like a man with wings of basalt.
- Words Can Break My Bones: He builds new roads merely by speaking.
Marsilion, the Eidolon of ShadowFourth Soul of the Shadow of All Things
Erembour, That Which Calls To The ShadowsSeventh Soul of the Shadow of All ThingsThere is no true night in Malfeas, but sometimes, the Ebon Dragon eclipses the Green Sun and the skies darken. When that happens, the Dragon's seventh soul walks the land, playing on her silver horn a song that celebrates the darkness.
- The Beastmaster: She can command nocturnal animals.
- Brown Note: Anyone who hears her horn is forcibly transformed into a creature that can no longer bear light.
- Dark Is Evil: Theft and murder are among the "things of the night" that she loves...
- Dark Is Not Evil: ...along with lovers, beauty, and secrets.
- Little Bit Beastly: It's not obvious, but occasionally one can catch a glimpse of a rat's tail peeking out from under her skirts.
- Professional Sex Ed: She's a highly sought-after instructor in the arts of love.
Akallu, He Who Deceives?th Soul of the Shadow of All Things
Ululaya, the Blood-Red MoonThird Soul of the Sea that Marched Against the Flame
Madelrada, That Which Wears Down The MountainsEighth Soul of the Sea that Marched Against the FlameKimbery's eighth soul is one of the Eight Masterful Demon Generals, the surviving strategists and military commanders of the Primordial War. Her specialty is guerrilla tactics. As inexorable as the tide, she's patient and utterly relentless, gradually and mercilessly wearing down her enemies until no resistance is left.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her eyes and hair are both gray, with flecks of rust.
- The Strategist
- Tactical Withdrawal: Never minds losing a battle to win the war; it's often impossible to tell if she's actually retreating or setting you up for the kill.
- We Have Reserves: She'll accept any number of casualties on her own side; victory is all that matters.
Gnimersalt, the Mouthless Eater of AllEleventh Soul of the Sea that Marched Against the FlameGnimersalt embodies Kimbery's hunger and other base desires, taking the form of an enormous, disgusting whitish-yellow maggot. He lives in the sewers of Malfeas, consuming all the Demon City's filth and refuse (and, as a side effect, absorbing information associated with what he eats). He's constantly growing, and his size is only kept in check by a team of lesser demons who slice off pieces of his outer layers. These slices are sold to restaurants in the city above, where they're highly sought after as a delicacy — not because of the taste, mind you, but because some of the stuff he knows is contained within it, meaning a lucky eater can discover something very useful by chowing on it.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: When he needs to not gross people out, he takes the form of a hot, pungent ocean breeze, an emaciated man with extra teeth, or a plump hairless woman.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- The Omniscient: He devours the stories of the things he eats as well as the physical matter, as well as some of the memories of anyone close to him. He knows his stuff.
- The Unfavorite: He serves a purpose, but he's not Kimbery's favorite soul. Can you blame her?
Kagami, the City of MirrorsFetich Soul of the Silver Forest
Bostvade, the Quicksilver HighwaySecond Soul of the Silver ForestBostvade's title is more literal than that of many demons: he's an actual highway of actual quicksilver, wending its way out of the Silver Forest and into the Demon City. Representing Szoreny's desire for escape, exploration and conquest, he changes his path as he wills, and is responsible for outbreaks of mercury poisoning on a regular basis. He is a parasite of whatever Malfean neighborhood he parks himself in, creating a much better-kept version of it within himself, calling demons who can survive the swim through his essence to him. Over time, the entire place empties of residents, eventually resulting in a Ghost Town, at which point Bostvade moves on to the next town to repeat the process.
- Poisonous Person: Not only is his normal form made of mercury, but in his humanoid form he has quicksilver hair and eyes, can conjure needles of mercury to hurl at enemies, and can summon a spring of quicksilver from the ground.
Saltran?th Soul of the Silver Forest
Ferand, the Chariot of EmbersSeventh Soul of the Black Boar That Twists The Skies
Hrotsvitha, the Spawning ForestNinth Soul of the Black Boar That Twists The SkiesAs anyone who has read the Interplay of Sex and Violence page might guess, Isidoros is quite interested in the way lust works, and that interest is shown in Hrotsvitha, who is both hunter and the great brass forest which he dwells. While he's an excellent combatant in his human form, this is actually rather demeaning of his real abilities — specifically, the qualities of his forest-body's vapors and water to drive people to an Unstoppable Rage or Unstoppable Arousal. Demons don't care, of course — as with many native hazards, they can feel the effects but resist them without really trying, but Exalted aren't as lucky; So long as their Compassion or, more hopefully, their Temperance, is low (there's nothing in there about one having to force people to acquiesce to the lustful version of the Spawning Forest's madness), even they can do something they'll find themselves regretting when it wears off — either because it pains them, or it forces them to ask uncomfortable questions (the picture of Hrosvitha working his magic involves a prematurely ended battle between Harmonious Jade and Disciple of Seven Forbidden Wisdoms).
- Horny Devils: He usually isn't involved himself, but he can certainly inflame lust.
- Love Is in the Air: What happens if your Temperance isn't up to snuff when resisting Hrostvitha's powers. Not towards anyone in specific, mind, just a general need to screw.
- Mundane Utility: How he spreads from layer to layer — female demons who don't like being homeless can service one of his more suggestive branches to impregnate themselves with a sapling which, if properly cared for, can grow into a hut (and don't worry, they give birth before this happens). Not keeping the hut in line and well-treated though, will cause it to fold into itself, becoming the trunk of a new, fully grown brass tree.
- The Wild Hunt: He hosts one wherein the designated prey is set loose for five days — if they manage to evade or fight off the hunters for that time, they're allowed to leave with his blessings. The less adept ones have the hunters enabled to... do what they will... so long as they are sacrificed to him at the end.
KashtaEighteenth Soul of the Black Boar That Twists The Skies
Lypothymie, the Mask of MelancholyTwelfth Soul of the Typhoon of NightmaresLiving proof that White Wolf is of the opinion that the stranger the antagonist, the better, Lypothymie is not "just" a Demon Princess — she's a sapient emotion, best described as a contagious form of Nostalgia Filter. People in her grip suffer mournful flashbacks to the glories of their culture as they imagine it, with the most lethal stage actually sending them into a mild Angst Coma (mild, because she goes into remission after five days until something triggers her again). During this time, the mind of Lypothymie can communicate through Master of Illusion Charms, or, should she get pissed, assault the sufferer with sorrow so great that they might lose the will to live (she rarely does this, though, on the basis that people who pull through exorcise her completely). If so desired, one can enter her sanctum using her sufferers as a portal, where her mind manifests as different to each person, but always something that inspires a sense of melancholy (demons tend to see her as something akin to an angyalka). Besides the massive amount of information she's picked up from her sufferers over the years (she can read their minds), she also has the ability to turn others into spiritual emotions like herself, immortal but restricted.Of course, that also means people will literally feel the same way the new emotion-spirit feels. See where this is going?
- Affably Evil: She's depressing, certainly, but she's not really malevolent. Of course, she doesn't particularly care what happens to people in her grip, either.
- Demonic Possession: Infecting people with her essence is the only way she can interact with the world outside her sanctum, and the same goes for her sapient emotion children.
- Emo Teen: Her literal Goal in Life is to share the melancholy of her nature, and she tends to gravitate towards things that inspire it (graveyards, mourners, rain...).
- The Spymaster: Unintentionally. Besides being able to read minds, she can perceive whatever is happening nearby her infectees, meaning she's a veritable repository of information. Not that she uses it unless asked.
- Starfish Alien: Again: Sapient. Transmissible. Emotion. Who is explicitly female.
- The Virus: Normally people don't feel her, but exposure to someone who currently is in her grip allows her to infect them with herself via...
- Wangst: Causes people to feel this, and indeed how she spreads — paying attention to the poetic whinings of her infected is her vector.
Daendels, the Unfettered HeartFetich Soul of the Dragon Beyond the WorldWe don't know much about Daendels, but his Yozi, Oramus, is even more trapped than his siblings, without even the freedom to roam Hell. A being of chaos and possibility, Oramus was constrained in a cage of his own wings by the Exalted, who feared that his transgressive power could not be contained in any other way. His fetich soul seems to embody his yearning for freedom, and Daendels wanders the Demon City without ceasing, searching endlessly for a way to free his master.
Remondin, the Misconstrued CounselorSixth Soul of the Dragon Beyond the World
Benezet, the Gardener of IdentitiesSeventeenth Soul of the Dragon Beyond the World
Mursilis, the Skittering JungleTwentieth Soul of the Dragon Beyond the WorldA soul spawned by Oramus after his imprisonment, the Skittering Jungle expresses the restless Yozi's constantly frustrated yearning for movement. Strictly speaking, Mursilis only looks like a jungle; there's not a single real tree in the place. Everything within Mursilis is made up of swarms of whirring, skittering metal insects.
Demirkol, the Wayward ChildSeventh Soul of the Mother of Creation
Sondok, She-Who-Stands-In-DoorwaysWarden Soul of the Green SunBeing an Ultimate Blacksmith, it should come as no surprise that Ligier has things he wishes to guard from thieves and saboteurs. This desire for safety is represented in Sondok, an Action Girl with two of the most Bad Ass Uh-Oh Eyes in fiction (seriously, they look like blood pools filled with stars), and her dog, Biyru (actually an extension of her subconscious — kill him, and she'll be able to bring him back on the next new moon). As her title and purpose suggest, she is the ultimate security guard, able to sense any intruders into the hoard she is set to guard, and if her Harrow the Mind Charm doesn't work in running off potential thieves, her utter and complete mastery of martial arts will. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the merchants she's worked with have formed a cult, the Cult of Darkness's Unseeing Eye (of which the Salmalin is a sub-order). While she isn't a manipulator by nature (it's not her job), she recognizes a large group of minions/co-workers is very useful when it comes to making sure none of Ligier's stuff gets in Creation without his permission.As one might expect, she's one of the more steel-hearted people in Exalted...with one rather large indiscretion. Around twenty years ago, she fell for one of her summoners and had a (Dragon-Blooded) daughter. While the father's status is unknown (it's left up to the Storyteller if she killed or imprisoned him to protect the daughter's identity), drenching Sondok in her daughter's blood will be what removes her Destiny Sponsorship. Not being the Ebon Dragon, she's a bit reluctant to kill her own child, leaving one, critical, chink in her armor.Whether her slayers will be able to forgive themselves is another matter.
- Angry Guard Dog: Biyal.
- City Guards: Her Goal in Life — preventing things of her current employer's and Ligier's from being illegally tampered with.
- Nigh Invulnerable: The Destiny Sponsorship literally makes it so that Fate itself protects her until her Kryptonite Factor is brought to bear.
- Ominous Fog: Inverted — Sondok's abilities allow her to dispel conditions that impede searching for thieves, such as fog or cloud cover.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Well, actually Biyal is, but given how it's literally impossible to permanently kill him while Sondok lives on...
Berengiere, the Weaver of VoicesIndulgent Soul of the Green Sun
Gervesin, the Grieving LordMessenger Soul of the Green SunSometimes Gervesin is a young man with beautiful green eyes, his brown skin covered in tattoos. More often, he's a massive brass spear that blights whatever it flies over. Gervesin needs no wielder, but he likes to have one. Whoever picks him up will never put him down again; Gervesin drags them from battle to battle until their corpse falls to pieces. Once he had no other purpose — but that was before he met Kinnojo.Kinnojo was a mortal defender of the city of Chiaroscuro. Gervesin was the reason Chiaroscuro needed defending. At the instant the spear pierced Kinnojo's heart, Kinnojo was killed and Gervesin fell in love. Still grieving for his lost love to this day, Gervesin's only purpose now is to protect Chiaroscuro in honor of Kinnojo's memory.
- Bishounen: According to the art in Games of Divinity.
- Blade on a Stick
- Evil Weapon: Subject to the usual caveats about how almost nothing in Exalted is truly objectively evil. But the stuff about dragging people around till they die and being a literal blight on the world — that's pretty nasty, no matter how touching the Kinnojo story sounds.
As befitting Exalted, the "not objectively evil" bit comes from a Compassion score of 3 — i.e. the part where his desire to help other people starts affecting his actions. He used to be a lot worse before he encountered Kinnojo, but now, he's mainly concerned with protecting Chiaroscuro.
- Heartbroken Badass
- The Lost Lenore: Kinnojo.
- Love Redeems: His encounter with Kinnojo pretty much pushed him from a bog-standard rampaging evil weapon to a hellish force that genuinely wants to protect his lost love's home.
Gebre, the Pavane of Dying StarsMessenger Soul of the End of All Wisdom
Lucien, the Guardian of SleepExpressive Soul of the End of All WisdomA tall, gaunt man with innumerable tiny holes through his body, Lucien enforces the law of Cecelyne by dispatching those who trouble their betters — in particular, those whose actions threaten to wake Sacheverell.
- Cunning Linguist: He speaks every language that exists...
- Speaks Fluent Animal: ...including all the languages of the animals.
- Evil Weapon: He's happy to consider lending you his ivory knives... mostly because he knows that if you don't keep making the Essence rolls to control them, they'll turn on their wielder.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: He has a lot of First Circle minion species.
- Scarily Competent Tracker
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: A better shapeshifter than anyone short of Luna.
Florivet, the Whim-of-the-WindReflective Soul of the End of All WisdomOnce a sage and scholar, Florivet turned his back on his original task to become an explorer. Orabilis disapproved, but chose to be merciful and allow his Reflective Soul to do as it pleased. Now Florivet sails the seas of Malfeas and the edges of Creation, searching for adventure.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He generally takes rejection very well... but if you actually manage to wound his pride, or if you sleep with him and turn out to be bad in bed, he'll conjure acid and throw it in your face.
- The Hedonist: His fondness for booze and mortal women is notorious.
- Lovable Rogue: Uh, sort of. Aside from that whole acid thing.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He's some sort of wolf-owl-man.
Octavian, the Living TowerDefining Soul of the Ravine of WhispersKnown in the Demon City as the Quarter Prince, Octavian reigns over a full one-fourth of a layer of Malfeas. A massive figure with stony skin and elephantine tusks, he drips with toxic black oil. Octavian once loved the earth, but it rejected his love and now trembles under his touch when he walks in Creation.One of the most fearsome combatants among the demons of the Second Circle, Octavian can sometimes be called into Creation by a challenge shouted from a mountaintop by a Worthy Opponent for seven consecutive days. He has never been defeated except by his hated foes the Lord of Nine Falls and the Mushroom King, who struck down Octavian with the help of his mighty axe Lentinus.
- The Beastmaster: He has a magic acorn, a gift from a wood elemental, that lets him command any animal that walks on or burrows in the ground.
- Expy: The background story of the Mushroom King subtly paints him in the position of Bowser.
- Poisonous Person: The oil that coats his body can blind or deafen, sears the ground white wherever it falls, and destroys the taste of any food Octavian eats.
- Tears from a Stone: The earth hates him so much that it weeps when he walks on it.
Stanewald, She Who Surmounted the OmphalosReflective Soul of the Ravine of WhispersMalfeas is known for the art of dance, and throughout the Demon City, only the Yozis themselves and two other demons are known to surpass Stanewald as dancers. Stanewald loves the sound of shattering stone, and her thirteen Efficacious Dances all have the power to smash boulders or crack open the ground. At one time, her Goal in Life was the destruction of the spirit courts associated with the land; for this reason, her title was "the Answer to the Earth." Seventy years ago, that changed after one of the Yozis commanded her to climb the Imperial Mountain — that is, the Elemental Pole of Earth, also known as "the Omphalos of Creation." It is not known what happened to her at the peak of the Imperial Mountain, but whatever it was, it changed her. Now Stanewald seeks a new purpose.
- Dance Battler
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
- Dishing Out Dirt: Although, unusually, she doesn't have an affinity for the element of earth so much as an opposition to it.
- Goal in Life: She lost hers on the Imperial Mountain, and is looking for a new one.
- Magic Dance
Zsofika, the Kite FluteMessenger Soul of the Prince Upon the TowerWhen you summon Zsofika over a dying fire, the first thing you'll hear are the drums. For seventy drumbeats, she turns in the embers, choosing her prey. Then she goes on the hunt. With each drumbeat she takes a step; every ten steps she clashes her swords together; every hundred steps, a standard-bearer appears to march behind her. Atop each standard-bearer's banner is a hollow pipe that catches the wind and plays a haunting tune — the "kite flutes" that give Zsofika her title.Once she's caught her prey and eaten its bones, she can do whatever you summoned her for.
Gumela, the Jeweled AuditorWisdom Soul of the Prince Upon the TowerGumela looks something like a man made of gold and silver threads. When he walks in Creation, his approach triggers a loss of inhibitions and ecstatic, orgiastic behavior in mortals. But while he enjoys mortal passions, that's not his purpose. He's looking for Mayoigo, and the fact that no one in Creation or Malfeas has the slightest idea who or what Mayoigo might be will not deter him.
- Bilingual Bonus: Mayoigo is Japanese for "lost child."
- Cloudcuckoolander: It's really hard to follow his thought process sometimes.
- Lack of Empathy: He bears absolutely no malice toward mortals — he just doesn't care what happens to them either, viewing them as simply part of the environment like trees or rocks.
- Seeker Archetype
Makarios, the Sigil's DreamerWarden Soul of That Which Calls To The ShadowsTaking the form of a young man with a rainbow glint in his eyes and fine copper wire for hair, Makarios is a buyer and seller of dreams. When he's able to walk in Creation he can usually be found in the nearest marketplace, but most of his transactions take place within a dreamer's sleeping mind. Come to his alabaster citadel, and he'll offer you a comfortable seat and discuss the wonders he's picked up in other dreams, which can be yours for a reasonable price: trade concessions, help in expanding Makarios' market, unique objects from the mortal world or your own dreams, and for the most expensive items, your promise to set his mark on a certain number of mortals.In truth, though Makarios is a skilled haggler, the prices usually really are pretty reasonable... you just don't want to fall behind on payments.
- Bazaar of the Bizarre: The Equitable Market, his personal fiefdom in Malfeas. By demonic standards, it's simply a rather large and varied marketplace, but by Creation's standards, it's downright dazzling (a fact which is not lost on certain marketeers, who have a long tradition of selling what is fantastic but common in Hell for massively marked up prices to naive Creation-born).
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's certainly nicer than much of the Guild, Creation's resident Mega Corp., and he explicitly spells out what his price will be. He can also break out of Malfeas to collect a payment if someone tries to rip him off.
- Bilingual Bonus: Makarios is Greek for "lucky" or "blessed."
- Cannot Dream: Those with his mark on their forehead are unable to dream, and sometimes go mad before it fades. If they die before it's removed, they dream for Makarios eternally.
- Evil Debt Collector: He's not really evil the rest of the time, but seriously, failing to pay him back in a timely fashion is not a good idea.
- Intrepid Merchant: He is excellent at appraisal and bargaining, and is frequently summoned just for personal financial advice.
Mara, the Shadow-LoverDefining Soul of That Which Calls To The ShadowsMara's apparent age and ethnicity vary each time she's summoned into Creation, but she is always a beautiful woman, with bright blue eyes and the hooves of a deer. A seductress, she eventually kills most of her lovers by drawing their souls out with a kiss.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Takes on the dominant ethnic background of the area where she's summoned.
- Deal with the Devil: It's hinted that Mara gave the knowledge of sorcery to Creation, making it possible for demons to be summoned out of Malfeas. In that case, it's implied by the rest of Brigid's story that this played right into the Unconquered Sun's hands.
- Enemy to All Living Things: Mara's presence frightens all animals except deer, who regard her as one of them.
- Kiss of Death
- The Vamp
Alveua, Keeper of the Forge of NightExpressive Soul of That Which Calls To The ShadowsAn artist at heart, Alveua knows that if she were allowed to reforge Creation, she could make a better world — a world where the Yozis were free and gods and mortals knew their place. As long as the Ebon Dragon and Erembour are bound, though, so is she, and so there are limits to what Alveua can fix. When a suppliant gets her attention by sacrificing an innocent to her, Alveua takes the petitioner and forges them into a metal object. The mortal doesn't survive, but their spirit lingers on in the object, which is destined to serve the mortal's goals and protect the things they loved for as long as it exists.
- The Blacksmith: Not the Ultimate Blacksmith in Malfeas — that honor goes to Ligier — but she is very good at what she does.
- Drop the Hammer: She carries a massive, permanently red-hot hammer on one shoulder at all times.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: She appears to be a small, thin, pretty young woman wearing a black metal dress, with little horns peeking out of her short red hair.
- Friend to Bugs: Insects love Alveua, and will attack anyone who hurts her in swarms.
- Little Miss Badass: She's short, slender, and appears rather delicate. This appearance is misleading.
Aetamos, Brother of Brass and IronConstructive Soul of That Which Calls To The Shadows
Emerenzia, the Minister of the Ivory TasselDefining Soul of He Who Deceives
Sigereth, the Player of GamesIndulgent Soul of That Which Wears Down The MountainsWhen you summon Sigereth, you'll see a slim, hairless boy holding a small box in his hands. The boy is a mindless puppet; the box is Sigereth. She is a master of all games of strategy, holding all sorts of cards, dice and game pieces within the box. She never plays without wagering something, whether money, property, favors, or even abstractions — emotions, relationships, memories. Those who wager themselves and lose are turned into Sigereth's First Circle progeny, the baidak.
- Chess with Death: If a life is wagered, literally nothing in the world will affect the outcome of the game.
- The Gambler
- Smart People Play Chess
- The Strategist: Commonly summoned as a tutor in strategy.
Iyutha, the Vitriolic DragonMessenger Soul of That Which Wears Down The MountainsAppearing as either a horrifying black-and-purple dragon or an ugly old hag with rusty iron fingernails, Ithuya is one of the most straightforwardly nasty demons in Exalted. The thought of cooperation or social harmony offends and enrages her, and she lives to sow discord, treachery and hatred wherever she goes.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Actually gains Limit if she goes a full month without betraying someone who trusts her.
- Hate Plague: Her mere presence has this effect.
Kimbery's Dawn, Dam of the EristrufaProgenitive Soul of an Unknown Progenitor
Janequin, Fortune's FoolIndulgent Soul of the Misconstrued CounselorRemondin, the Misconstrued Counselor, knows all possible futures. Janequin personifies his delight in the most outrageous and unlikely ones. One of the most unpredictable demons in Malfeas, she has no purpose but to act capriciously on her own whims. Although she's a skilled swordswoman, her luck is her greatest weapon.
- Born Lucky
- Conspicuous Consumption: She always wears extravagant furs and silks and jewelry, and though she's constantly spending money, she always finds more somehow.
- The Gambler
- Lovable Rogue
- Winds of Destiny, Change
Isary, the Four-Helmed GeneralWarden Soul of the Wayward Child
Nizar, the Unending GlanceMessenger Soul of the Wayward Child
Corr'dal, the Slug MotherUnknown ProgenitorBefore reading about Corr'dal, one should know the story of the Invisible Fortress, masterwork of the Properly Paranoid First Age Twilight Kal Bax (and, coincidentally, the mentor of the Solars who became the Deathlords Mask of Winters and Walker in Darkness). Unlike his fellows, he suspected that the Usurpation or something similar would occur, so he built a mighty manse, the aforementioned Invisible Fortress, to hide from the Bronze Faction and the Dragon-Bloods during the political upheaval. Of course, even a master architect like Bax couldn't create something that needed no maintenance, even with the self-preserving power of manses, so he summoned a Second Circle demon and her entire progeny to protect and defend it. That Second Circle demon was Corr'dal, and her progeny the dal'sharr (though the latter call themselves the Founders now).Unfortunately, Bax and all of his eleven apprentices died before they could get out (or rather, Bax died and the other, more insane Solars killed each other off soon after) and so, Corr'dal and her children ended up stuck in Creation... in what quite possibly is the most miserable part of it, the distant North. Needless to say, she isn't particularly a fan of the Exalted. This would simply be another aside, a story about a miserable demon and her spawn guarding a place that no one would bother with...... Were it not for the fact that as befitting someone called the Slug Mother, Corr'dal has certain appetites that need to be filled. Since the Founders lack the genitals (or given how she's their mother, the desire) to fill said appetites, they have made a habit of rounding up powerful beasts for her to breed with. Being a spirit, many of these actually impregnate her, making her give birth to the highly-intelligent monsters called ice eaters (so called, because if they don't have fresh food, they'll chew on ice in frustration). As a result, she's become an unintentional bane of the North, and thanks to the mechanics of her binding, she can't permanently die until she's been released from service.But she's not a dishonorable demon, even if she is passive-aggressive. After all, there might be someone who can free her...
- Anything That Moves: She's turned to this out of desperation.
- Fantastic Racism: She really doesn't like Exalts. Can you blame her? That being said, she's willing to swallow her distaste if she thinks they can free her.
- Fat Bastard / Gonk: She's called the Slug Mother, what did you expect? That being said, she'd probably get more help if she didn't have such a stubborn and distasteful personality.
- Manipulative Bastard: She isn't now, but before she was bound, she was one of the most adroit speakers in existence, to the point where Kal Bax actually crippled her ability to manipulate. If she were free, her tongue would very quickly turn superhumanly silver again.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Again: Slug Mother. All of her children are sexless, so she actually has to breed to make each and every one of them.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Subverted. She'd just like to go back to Malfeas, but her bond of servitude has forced her to remain in Creation, making her more dangerous than she should be.
The Sovereign of Chains
- Token Good Teammate: In an ironic twist, it's actually the now-undead founder of the Guild, who's since realized that maybe the Anacreons should use their power to, y'know, dispose of the Deathlords or something?
DeathlordsSome nihilistic ghosts, whether out of madness, vengeance, or despair, swear themselves into the service of the Neverborn, working towards their agenda of ending all that is. The greatest of these servants are the Deathlords, the souls of the most decadent and vile Solars of the First Age. There are thirteen Deathlords, but only nine are named — mainly so that Storytellers can make up one of the other four if they need a villain.
The First and Forsaken LionOften considered the greatest deathlord in terms of personal power, resources, and military prowess, The First and Forsaken Lion is often the standard Big Bad for most Exalted games. FaFL is most famous for being spot-welded to his armor by his Neverborn masters after botching the Great Contagion by involving the Fair Folk invasion that is believed to have halted the Contagion in its tracks. He's now banished to a far off mountain range, gathering resources and plotting his next move on Creation, so that he doesn't mess up a second time.
- Big Bad: A favorite of Storytellers when starting a campaign.
- Evil Overlord: The most obvious example in Exalted, though he plays with it since he's supposed to send everything into oblivion instead of conquering Creation.
- Orcus on His Throne: After how he was punished last time, he wants to make sure he succeeds this time.
- Scary Impractical Armor: His trademark. Not that he has any choice in the matter, though.
The Dowager of the Irreverent Vulgate In Unrent VeilsThe discoverer of the Great Contagion, the Dowager is a civilized savage (to the point where some Deathlords think she's an ex-Lunar), and a powerful necromancer. One of the three canon Deathlords that plans to actually destroy Creation (the others want to rule over its corpse), the Dowager is a shameless psychopath and torturer, even worse than some of her contemporaries. See: her orphanage.
- Eldritch Abomination: All of her forms. They have to qualify, seeing as how she keeps asps for fingers and cloven hooves.
- Eldritch Location: The Dowager lords over the Well of Udr, a dimensional nexus where all possible realities collide and disintegrate. Anyone who looks into it without proper protection goes mad. She had such protection, and was able to extract the Great Contagion from the Well.
- Evil Old Folks: Her human form looks a little past middle age.
- Orphanage of Fear: Hoo boy. She steals the children of villages she's killed, raises them with all the love and affection of a mass murderer, furbishes their rooms with soulsteel made from the ghosts of their parents, then proceeds to release them once they come of age... until they have children of their own, at which point she attacks them and does the whole thing over again. She says this is to create the ideal Abyssal, but she's been at it a lot longer then they've been around, meaning that she just has a reason other than For the Evulz now. Or to put it shorthand, the setting's equivalent of Granny Goodness.
- Overly Long Name
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: All the Deathlords are, really, but she's mastered it.
Eye and Seven DespairsSome of the Solars did not do very nice things in the First Age, and Eye and Seven Despairs is testament to being on the losing side of that. He was the youngest in his circle, and was in fact the next incarnation of their lost member. This means he was, effectively, their punching bag, and lined up for all sorts of abuse. This culminated in being told that everything was over, his circle mates had realized what dicks they were being, and presenting him with a gift that would make it all up to him — his father's eye. He killed himself right after this, and claims to have been the first Solar ghost to sell himself to the Neverborn.And what has he accomplished with this? Absolutely dick. He's a genius among the Neverborn, able to do things no one else has. But he hasn't done anything to actually kill Creation because he's busy focusing on tracking down the reincarnations of his old circle and doing hideous things to them, over and over again, for all time. As such, he's the lowest in station among the Deathlords, even compared to Princess Magnificent (who almost got shunted into the Void for her grand screw-up).
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He has made, among other things, a plague that raises its victims as zombies and Cold House (see below). But he hasn't actually done anything with this stuff because of his obsession.
- Butt Monkey: This is who he was in the First Age and, given his current interests, who he is among the Deathlords. It's gotten to the point where his only Abyssal servant (who he Exalted mainly to fill a quota) is considering throwing himself behind some other undead master.
- Eldritch Location: His particular manse, Cold House, is both somehow in Creation and overlooking the Void at the same time.
- Gender Bender: In addition to Shapeshifting Squick below, he also has as one of his primary alternate identities the Prioress of Bloody Sands.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Shrug of God says that it's quite possible for a storyteller to make it so that his Harmless Villainy is really a cover so he can bide his time.
- Revenge Before Reason: His modus operandi.
- Shapeshifting Squick: One of his favorite ways to break the reincarnations of his circle mates is to take on the form of one of their lovers (or someone they'd fall for) and then sow discord from there.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Look at what happened to him in the First Age, and you see he may just have a point. Well, if he tried actually destroying anything besides his old circle.
The Lover Clad in the Raiment of TearsAnother walking testament in Names to Run Away from Really Fast, the Lover believes in both the little death and the big one. She wants to take all of Creation to the limits of pleasure, and by showing them how fleeting it is, instill a cosmic urge for suicide. Her fellow Deathlords mainly think she's using this as an excuse to get off, and don't think too highly of her.
- Batman Gambit/Trojan Horse: She deliberately allowed Lookshy to capture her one and only warstrider because it's actually a booby trap that, when activated, will turn most of the nation into a shadowland ripe for the conquest.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She hasn't executed her plan to conquer Lookshy yet because she finds war tedious.
- The Chessmaster
- Combat Sadomasochist: She pioneered the Laughing Wounds Style of martial arts, which uses BDSM tools and gear as form armor and weapons and grants the user bonuses based on how much pain they're feeling.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her First Age incarnation did something so hideous that even the Silver Prince — who's widely believed to be the ghost of Desus — looks on her with fear.
- Evil Sorceress
- Femme Fatale
- The Hedonist: Previously. Running out of things to take pleasure in is what turned her into a nihilist.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Love. All of her Abyssal Exalts are hopelessly in love with her and convinced that she will love them back if they do well. This actually undermines her plots a bit, since they have a tendency to backstab each other in order to hog all the glory.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: A master of at least three Celestial Styles, one of which she invented.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: Even before she was a Deathlord.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The whole "ditzy hedonist" thing is a deliberate put-on to make others think her less of a threat. She's actually a brilliant necromancer and Magitek engineer and a cunning manipulator.
- Out with a Bang: She takes a lot of lovers... mainly because most of them don't survive the experience.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Again, Laughing Wounds Style.
- The Vamp: Boy howdy.
The Bishop of The Chalcedony ThuribleOne of the other Deathlords that seeks to destroy Creation altogether (and friends with the final one, Walker in Darkness), the Bishop is also, oddly, the most sympathetic one. Somewhere along the line, he came to believe that existence is the root of all suffering. He took that to its logical conclusion and decided that Oblivion is the only really meaningful thing. What makes him sympathetic is that he... really isn't a jerk about it. Truthfully, he thinks that he can willingly convert everyone to his philosophy of suicide, and while he's certainly willing to resort to blunt means to get his point across, he prefers to be as peaceful as his position will allow him.He's also the first of the four Deathlords that has the Sidereal known as the Green Lady on staff, though he thinks she's a guy.
- Actual Pacifist: To an extent. He doesn't object to violence, he just thinks it's pointless since most ghosts reincarnate without persuasion.
- Break Them by Talking: Huge fan of this method.
- Eldritch Location: The "Chalcedony Thurible" in his name, also known as the Hidden Tabernacle. Besides being a fairly spooky monastery, it has the ability to teleport anywhere he desires.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: He's big on nihilism, and little else.
- Sinister Minister: Buddhist version.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Tome of the Endless Night, has been known to cause people to Go Mad from the Revelation, just as he intended.
- Unwitting Pawn: Maybe. He's the most bamboozled as to the Green Lady's real identity (he thinks she's a very male Endings named Ten Thousand Whispers), but only one other Deathlord is aware she's on his staff, and he's (mostly) friends with that one.
The Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark WatersSome Deathlords are keen to preach philosophy, or conquer, or torment and harrow. Not the Silver Prince. He rules openly, and clearly, and fairly. In the Skullstone Archipelago, he oversees a transhumanist religion and government that focuses on fairness in both this life and beyond. The ghosts of the dead are full citizens, and encouraged to provide for the state on both sides of death in return for noble rewards.It's all a hideous lie, of course. The Bodhisattva has set all this up so that he has a steady stream of souls willing to throw themselves upon his forges (not that they know it until it's too late) so that he can build up an armada of necrotech and soulsteel. He built the religion of the Archipelago, vanished for a few centuries, and returned so that he could claim the rewards. And he has a plan...... Assuming the Green Lady, who is also on his staff, doesn't stab him in the back beforehand.
- The Cake Is a Lie: For 7/8 of his followers. No, there is no joy at the end of your living if you follow him. He allows just enough citizens to continue on as ghosts to fool the rest of his people, convincing the living and dead alike that he wasn't able to "save" the rest from mundane reincarnation. It Makes Sense in Context, even if it's all Blatant Lies.
- The Chessmaster: He's been pulling off a very long plot, centuries in the making. And it's pretty clear he has everything planned out; when the Scarlet Empress vanished, he was relieved, as that shaved a few centuries off the whole thing.
- The Necrocracy: Set up an apparent Type 4 that's really a Type 3.
- Path of Inspiration: The religion he set up has souls who've fulfilled their purpose going on to a better reward. In reality, they're turned into soulsteel.
- Unwitting Pawn: Green Lady, again. He knows she's a girl, but thinks she's very young for an Exalt (she's an elder) and is named Unfolding Corpse-White Lotus. Again, maybe.
Mask of WintersThe main reason the people of Creation know Deathlords exist, and the only one whose living identity we know (Larquen Quen). Four years before the return of the Solars, he marched out of the Underworld and laid siege to the city of Thorns. Thanks to his army of deathknights and his undead behemoth, he managed to claim the city. He now rules over it with a firm hand, and has even set about reestablishing trade relations with pretty much everyone. He's the "kind" tyrant, the one who rules the conquered city and plans to extend his hand to the rest of the world. ... except in Return Of The Scarlet Emperess, wherein Her Redness pwns him.
- The Chessmaster: Not as keen on playing the long game as the Silver Prince, but he does have a hand in all the affairs of Thorns and is slowly working his grip outwards, both through his machinations and that ever-expanding shadowland of his.
- Evil Overlord: Somewhat more suave about it than the First and Forsaken Lion.
- Evil vs. Evil: He and Walker in Darkness do not like each other. Which makes sense because he killed Walker's living self (though thanks to Laser-Guided Amnesia, Walker doesn't know that).
- Genre Blindness: His Fatal Flaw — he doesn't realize that a lot of his schemes are well-treaded in the supervillain world.
- Glory Seeker: He was a huge glory hound in life, and in death, not much has changed. It's his other Fatal Flaw.
- Kaiju: His personal behemoth, Juggernaut, is an undead citadel behemoth that was one of the key parts of his siege engine.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Ends up on the losing side in Return of the Scarlet Empress, when the Empress's first act upon returning is to grab the reins of the Realm Defense Grid and nuke Thorns right off the map.
- Two-Faced: His title descends from the fact that he wears a mask with two faces — one face is happy, and the other face is displeased. Each side takes up the front or back of his head, and he indicates his mood by reversing every joint in his body so that the side in question is now facing his subject.
- Unwitting Pawn: Yup, the Green Lady's playing him, too — and he's the one who's got the hooks in deepest, as he loved her before he went all Deathlord.
Princess Magnificent with Lips of Coral and Robes of Black FeathersPrincess Magnificent was one of the key figures in making sure the Great Contagion reached all corners of Creation. Resting high on the laurels of her success, she settled in the East and attempted to establish dominance as "the Heron" over three tribes with their own gods. And that's where she screwed up, as the three gods of what would become Great Forks drove her off with a story. A resonant, glorious story, but a story nonetheless. She was forced to flee, and her bosses weren't happy. She was about to be tossed headfirst into Oblivion until the First and Forsaken Lion spoke up on her behalf, offering to take her under his wing. She's been there ever since, extremely bitter and trying to make her own way.
- Butt Monkey: She's the second lowest in regard amongst the Deathlords, was stripped of absolutely none of her faculties after being shanghaied into the Lion's service, and has spent every minute of her existence since then dreading and loathing.
- Eldritch Location: Her former citadel, the House of Bitter Reflections. When she fled, she cursed it, and mortals who live there tend to die, their souls dragged screaming into the Void.
- Overly Long Name: Her name is pretty much the longest of all the named Deathlords.
- Parasol of Pain: Her weapon of choice is the Umbrella of Discord, woven from the flesh and bones of five dead Solars.
- The Starscream: She's just looking for the right moment to stick the dagger between the Lion's shoulder blades.
- You Have Failed Me: Almost ended up a victim of this.
Walker in DarknessSome Deathlords do it For the Evulz, for power, for revenge, or for the orgasms. Walker in Darkness does it because he truly, honestly believes that dumping all of Creation into the great cosmic garbage disposal is a good thing. The warrior-priest of the Deathlords, he regularly takes to the field and preaches the word of Oblivion. He's also got a grudge against Mask of Winters, but he'll be damned if he can remember why...... Oh yeah, and the Green Lady is on his staff as well.
- An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice, the Ebon Spires of Pyrron, is a gigantic grimcleaver that no non-magical creature can ever hope to lift.
- Colonel Badass: Whereas other Deathlords are content to just send their deathknights out with vague orders, the Walker is more than happy to join them on the field, fighting the same fight.
- Evil vs. Evil: It's left unstated if he dislikes Mask Of Winters because of residual memories or because of the latter's recurrent Genre Blindness. Either way, they spend as much time scheming against each other as they do actually pursuing their goals.
- Fantastic Caste System:
- For all his positive traits, the Walker in Darkness believes every Abyssal should be good at every part of their Caste skills, which means he'll occasionally have Daybreaks who specialize in Necromancy and Necromancy alone try to put together soulsteel warstriders.
- This also results in some rather boneheaded position assignments — he gave a Dusk who is quite legtimately insane — and not Ax-Crazy, insane — control of his armies, and his Moonshadow ambassador to the Funeral City of Sijan? An ex-gladiator.
- Genre Blindness: He has a blind spot about the size of the Daystar regarding the ability of Exalts to master skills outside their caste/aspect abilities, meaning that he is completely flabbergasted by the concept of, say, an Eclipse being a better swordsman than a Dawn, or a Zenith being a better crafter than a Twilight; it's just not how he thinks the world works. Needless to say, it is likely to end badly for him.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Walker in Darkness doesn't remember that Larquen Quen, the Solar who became Mask of Winters, betrayed him and murdered him.
- Unwitting Pawn: The Walker believes he wooed the Green Lady away from both Heaven and the command of the Mask of Winters. He is wrong on at least one count there.