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The Guild of Heroes
The Hero of OakvaleA young boy recruited into the Guild of Heroes after his hometown of Oakvale is destroyed by Bandits and his entire family is assumed killed. After graduating from the Guild, he embarks on a quest to discover why his town was attacked.
- Always Male: Unlike subsequent games in the series, Fable I doesn't allow you a choice of gender.
- Badass Grandpa: Because of the way the game ages the character based on the number of skills learned, by the end of the game, he's a One-Man Army and Living Legend whose presence inspires fawning devotion and marriage proposals.
- Bald of Evil: Dropping the Karma Meter gives him a bad case of receding hairline, in part to make room for the horns.
- Bi the Way: He can be this, asexual, Straight Gay, Camp Straight, Camp Gay, or plain straight, depending on the player's preference.
- Bishounen: The official box art makes him look very pretty.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Unless you use a melee weapon besides a sword.
- Broken Bird: Implied. People at the Heroes' Guild brush off his personal tragedy, Stress Vomit, and violent nightmares and tell him to focus on his training; all the same, more than ten years later, simply being greeted by someone he last saw before the burning of Oakvale sends him into a horrific flashback.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: None of the other Heroes treat you respectfully besides the Guildmaster and Maze, although Briar Rose does get better in The Lost Chapters.
- Embarrassing Nickname: His first Hero name is Chicken Chaser. He can opt to keep the name after his rise to fame, becoming a singularly odd Tom the Dark Lord
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: No matter how much an evil bastard he ends up, Fable 2 shows that he canonically spared his sister, and ditched the Sword of Aeons.
- Even Evil Has Standards: No matter how much of an evil bastard he ends up, he canonically ditches the Sword of Aeons and destroys Jack of Blades.
- Farm Boy: Grew up in the small farming town of Oakvale, and Whisper calls him "Farm Boy" as a nickname.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: If the Hero is evil, he fits the trope, starting off as a poor farmboy who can't even remember his sister's birthday to a demonic villain slaughtering innocents en masse.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The better of a person he is, the more golden blond his hair gets.
- Heroic Lineage: Descended from the Archons of the Old Kingdom through his mother's side.
- Heroic Mime: Never says a word throughout the game (save for some expressions, like "Thanks" and "Sorry"), although he does make logbook entries detailing some of his thoughts and feelings about the story.
- Holy Halo: If the character is good enough, they'll have a faint halo over their head as opposed to the evil horns.
- Horned Humanoid: If he has a low enough Karma Meter.
- Malevolent Masked Man: If he puts on the mask of Jack of Blades.
- Mook Horror Show: By mid-game, people who witness the kind of damage he can dish out are vocally terrified, even if the Hero is halo-and-butterflies Good and widely loved. Non-hostile bandits tend to beg for their lives when he looks at them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's referred to as the Hero of his town of origin—not even his sister or parents ever call him by name. An unusual example in that he can pay to change the nickname.
- The Pawn: On multiple fronts. Maze rescued him from Oakvale in hopes that they could defeat Jack of Blades, while Jack spied on him since his victory in the Arena to locate his sister and mother.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Removing his trousers reveals a pair of Union Flag underpants.
A powerful Hero and head of the Guild who saves the Hero of Oakvale when the village is attacked by Bandits, he sponsors his admission to the Heroes Guild and guides him on his path of revenge against those who destroyed Oakvale and supposedly slaughtered his family. He is secretly serving Jack of Blades out of fear, turning his back on the Hero when he believes he is not powerful enough to defeat Jack.
- The Archmage: He is one of the most powerful wizards in history, with access to numerous spells that are even more powerful than the Hero of Oakvale's.
- Badass Grandpa: He is pretty old, but still a very powerful Will user.
- Black Mage: Most of the spells he uses are offensive in nature.
- Broken Pedestal: To the Hero of Oakvale.
- The Dragon: To Jack of Blades.
- Face–Heel Turn: Back when he saved the Hero from Jack's raid on Oakville, he genuinely hoped that the Hero would grow up to be strong enough to defeat Jack and rid the world of his evil. However, by the time Jack puts his plan into motion in the present day, Maze decides that the Hero has failed to become powerful enough to beat Jack, and resumes his loyalty to Jack.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: When the Hero spars with him in his Guild examination. When they fight to the death later in the game, he teleports around Hook Coast, forcing the Hero to chase after him.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: He searched for Avo's Tear so he could kill Jack. However, he was denied the sword by the spirits of the ancient Heroes of the Guild, which was the final nail in the coffin of his effort to turn against Jack.
- I Owe You My Life: Part of why he is loyal to Jack of Blades, since he saved him from being killed by Balverines when Maze was young.
- Irony: Early in the game, you can find Maze and Scythe talking in Maze's quarters, where Maze accuses Scythe of "running away from a fight, trying to cheat death again." Fast forward to the battle of Hook Coast, where Maze constantly teleports away from the Hero of Oakvale and then admits his failures to cheat death.
- The Mentor: He takes a special interest in helping to guide the Hero of Oakvale after saving him. He did so in hopes that he would be strong enough to defeat Jack, but eventually came to believe that was impossible.
- Mole in Charge: He is the Head of the Guild of Heroes, which greatly enables him to help Jack stay a few steps ahead of the Hero of Oakvale.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of his parents were killed by Balverines when he was a child. He only survived because Jack of Blades saved him.
- Simple Staff: Wields a stave in combat.
- Teleportation: Aside from using his Guild seal to teleport, he can also teleport short distances.
- Trapped in Villainy: He is forced by Jack to serve him under pain of death and the debt he owes to Jack for saving his life.
- Treacherous Advisor: After he joins Jack again, he guides the Hero along the path that Jack wants so that he can unlock the Sword of Aeons.
- Volcanic Veins: As a powerful Will user, his veins, tattoos, and body glow with magical power.
- Voiced by: Hugo Myatt
- Above Good and Evil: Believes the Guild should operate by this standard, allowing all Heroes to choose to do whatever they wish, no matter the consequences, since they have the power to do so. He does draw the line at Jack of Blades' plans of domination and destruction, and mobilizes the Guild to stop him.
- Big Good: Somewhat. More like "Big Neutral," as he encourages Heroes to chose their own path in life, be it for good or evil. He does prefer when they take the good options, though.
- Former Teen Rebel: He led a rebellion against the leaders of the Heroes Guild in his youth alongside Maze, due to their belief that a Hero should chose their own morality rather than be forced to do good.
- Ironic Echo: A loading screen in Fable II reveals the Guildmaster may have been found dead at one point with the words "Your health is low" carved in his forehead.
- The Mentor: To the Hero of Oakvale and Whisper, along with numerous other Heroes.
- Mission Control: He remains in telepathic contact with Heroes throughout Albion, providing them advice, knowledge, and coordinating them when needed.
- Mr. Exposition: Provides a lot of details to the Hero of Oakvale about what it means to be a Hero, as well as numerous other topics in the world of Albion.
- Narrator: Provides narration regarding key scenes in the Hero of Oakvale's life throughout the game.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His policy of letting Heroes pick their own morality eventually led to the Guild becoming corrupt, with most Heroes extorting the people, leading the overthrow of the Guild and murder of nearly every Hero, including the good ones.
- No Name Given: Until The Lost Chapters, where the Snowspire Oracle reveals his backstory.
- Number Two: To Maze, who is nominally the head of the Guild, but the Guildmaster runs most of the day-to-day operations and oversees the training of new Heroes. He becomes the full head of the Heroes Guild after Maze's betrayal is revealed and he is killed.
- Retired Badass: He was a powerful and famous adventurer in his youth, but now is content to train new generations of Heroes.
The mother of the Hero of Oakvale and Theresa, Scarlet Robe is a retired Hero and the first female Hero to become Arena Champion. She was captured by Jack of Blades during the Bandit raid on Oakvale, but is eventually freed decades later by her son. Jack of Blades eventually slits her throat in the Chamber of Fate to gain access to the Sword of Aeons.
- Action Mom: She is one of the strongest Heroes in the recent history of Albion and is very famous for her numerous victories.
- An Axe to Grind: Judging by her statues, she used a giant ax in combat.
- Child Prodigy: Of the killing-monsters variety. When her martial skills were discovered at the age of fifteen, the elder of Knothole Glade sent her to the Heroes Guild to be trained.
- Damsel in Distress: Brom, who later became her husband, found her badly wounded in the woods and tended to her. The Hero of Oakvale later rescues her from decades of imprisonment, and doesn't quite manage to stop Jack of Blades from cutting her throat later.
- Famed In-Story: Her battles against Balverines and winning the Arena made her an extremely famous Hero, and NPCs can often be overheard talking about how awesome she was and wishing she was still around taking quests.
- Heroic Lineage: She's descended from the Archons of the Old Kingdom.
- Heroic Spirit: Survives decades of torture and despair at the hands of Jack at Bargate Prison, and after escaping, she gets straight to work trying to bring him down.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The name "Scarlet Robe" came from her first kill; at the age of fifteen, she killed a Balverine with nothing but a sharp stick, becoming drenched in its blood. Her true name is never revealed.
- Rescue Romance: How her relationship with Brom began; he found her in the woods badly injured after fighting twelve Balverines and nursed her back to health.
- Retired Badass: Retired to Oakvale with Brom after marrying him, though dialogue suggests that she remained somewhat active as a Hero.
- Slashed Throat: How Jack of Blades kills her in order to get the Sword of Aeons.
- Together in Death: At the end of the first game, she's buried in the same cemetery as her husband.
- Trauma Conga Line: Boy, it's hard to not feel sorry for her. She is unable to do anything as her hometown is burnt to the ground by Bandits, her husband murdered and her daughter blinded and kidnapped. She is arrested and tormented for decades before finally being freed. Then she's captured again and murdered in front of her son.
The Hero of Oakvale's roommate and best friend at the Guild, she becomes jealous of her friend's skill and success, and faces pressure from her brother Thunder to outshine him. They face each other in a Duel to the Death set up by Jack of Blades in the Arena, and if spared, she leaves Albion and becomes a hero in a faraway land after being shipwrecked.
- Action Girl: Even though she is outshined by the Hero, she is a formidable fighter in her own right.
- Always Second Best: To the Hero of Oakvale and her brother Thunder.
- Duel to the Death: Optionally. Jack of Blades orders one as the final battle in the Arena, but Whisper refuses to kill the Hero and expects the Hero to do the same.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: If she survives the Arena, she finally earns all the respect she desires by leaving Albion and becoming a great Hero in her homeland.
- Friendly Rivalry: With the Hero of Oakvale. Well, mostly friendly.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Of the Hero of Oakvale's success.
- In the Hood: After graduating from the Guild, Whisper often wears a blue hood.
- The Rival: If the Hero picks quests that have good or evil opposites, Whisper will usually take the opposing quest so she can test her skills against them.
- She-Fu: She uses a lot of jumping attacks, as well as flips to dodge to her opponents and stay out of their reach.
- Simple Staff: Her Weapon of Choice.
- Walking the Earth: If you spare her, Whisper ends up leaving the Guild to do this. According to the Oracle in The Lost Chapters, she eventually settles down and becomes a famous guardian of her homeland.
A well-known and powerful Hero, Briar Rose initially thinks little of the Hero of Oakvale but gradually gains respect for him after working a few quests with him. When Scythe asks for assistance in the Northern Wastes, Rose accompanies the Hero of Oakvale there.
- Action Girl: She is a skilled fighter and a veteran Hero. She relies more on Skill than Strength or Will, and is known to be an excellent shot.
- Ascended Extra: Had only a couple minor appearances in the original game; she becomes much more important in The Lost Chapters, aiding the Hero on more optional quests and being heavily involved in the expanded main storyline.
- Badass Bookworm: An extremely knowledgeable individual who can kick ass.
- Bare Your Midriff: A smaller-than-normal example of this trope, but still present.
- Blue Blood: She comes from a noble family, though you'd never guess it from talking to her.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her family were wealthy nobles before falling on hard times, and her mother died in an accident. Her father blamed her, even though nothing could have been done, and cast her out, leading her to eventually join the Heroes Guild.
- Deadpan Snarker: She frequently snarks meanly at the inexperienced Hero of Oakvale, but after getting to know him better, her snarking turns into more friendly banter and comments regarding the quests they go on together.
- Doppelgänger Attack: One of her tactics if the player chooses to fight her in The Lost Chapters.
- Expy: Her backstory has many points in common with Lara Croft, or at least the original Core Design continuity. She even has a similar voice and occupation.
- Hero of Another Story: She is off having her own adventures across Albion and in exotic lands for most of the game, only briefly interacting with the Hero of Oakvale a few times before returning the Albion and settling down.
- Magic Knight: Her fighting style combines dexterity-based swordsmanship with heavy use of support spells.
- Parental Abandonment: Her mother died and her father kicked her out of the house and cut off all contact with her.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a red scarf tied around her neck.
- The Smart Girl: She uses her extensive knowledge, gathered over years of adventuring and studies, to assist the Hero of Oakvale in several quests.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The most scholarly Hero in the game, and the only one who wears glasses.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She mellows out a lot once she gets to know the Hero of Oakvale.
- Unscrupulous Hero: She is a good person, but is not above taking morally ambiguous quests for profit. In The Lost Chapters, the first time the Hero of Oakvale meets her is when she takes a quest to put down peasants revolting against taxes in Knothole Glade.
- Walking the Earth: In her youth, she traveled far outside of Albion to find knowledge, but eventually returned to settle down and take quests.
The elder brother of Whisper, he left the South Islands with her when she was just a baby and wound up in Albion after a shipwreck destroyed their vessel. He became a powerful Hero, becoming Arena Champion and earning the affection of Lady Grey. Thunder constantly pressures Whisper to do better than the Hero of Oakvale and harbors a hatred for his sister's rival.
- BFS: Wields a giant sword in combat.
- Big Brother Instinct: He is very protective of Whisper, even towards the Hero of Oakvale, her best friend.
- The Big Guy: Easily the largest human character in the game, and his personality pretty much matches up with his looks.
- Gentle Giant: Zigzagged. To the Hero (even as a child), he's a looming, intimidating man who is cold at best and homicidal at worst. To the children of Bowerstone, he's this: he does tricks for them and reminds them to be good and eat their broccoli.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's a mostly heroic person, but a total jerk to the Hero of Oakvale, as well as arrogant.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Depends on your actions. If you killed Whisper and stole Lady Grey from him, he comes off quite reasonably, as you have pretty much destroyed his life. If you didn't, it's basically a case of wounded pride.
- Meaningful Name: He has several lightning-based attacks.
- Promotion to Parent: Raised Whisper after their parents died.
- The Rival: Becomes this after you and Whisper fight in the Arena, particularly if you compete for Lady Grey's affections.
- Shock and Awe: He can summon lightning strikes.
An ancient and mysterious Hero, he departs the Guild while the Hero of Oakvale is still in training to investigate something in the Northern Wastes. Decades later, he sends for assistance to help stop a new threat rising there. He eventually disappears from Albion before the Heroes Guild is destroyed.
- Age Without Youth: He is immortal, but no longer has flesh on his bones or blood in his veins. He essentially looks like a mummy. If the speculation that he is the first Archon is true, he is likely either undead or mostly dead due to having his soul consumed by the Sword of Aeons.
- Badass Baritone: A dry, grating voice for a (possibly) living legend.
- Immortality Seeker: In his past, and apparently he found it.
- Necromancer: Referred to as one in a loading screen in the second game.
- Non-Action Guy: We have no idea how capable he is in combat. But considering how he's been a Hero for so long, he's probably a Retired Badass.
- You can find a rather nasty looking hammer called "Scythe's Hammer" in Fable III; in the description, it even hints he may come back for it some day.
- Power Tattoo: Like most powerful Will users, he has glowing tattoos all over his body.
- Really 700 Years Old: Possibly. At any rate, he's really old and really looks it. He is hinted to be the Last Archon, which would make him thousands of years old. When asked about Scythe, the Oracle says that only Jack of Blades is older.
- Shrouded in Myth: Even many at the Guild know very little about him or his past.
- The Unfought: He's the only major Hero (other than Scarlet Robe, for obvious reasons) that you don't have the option of fighting. If you try, he No Sells your attacks, no matter how powerful they are.
NostroNostro is the legendary founder of the Heroes Guild. He began his career as a Bandit leader until Scythe found him and convinced him to become something more, and taught him how to use Will. For a time, Nostro kept Albion safe until he became corrupted by his wife and was abandoned by Scythe, dying of an assassin's poison. In death, he regretted the actions he undertook in his latter life and could not rest easy, haunting the Lychfield Graveyard. His undead form can be fought if the Hero follows the Good path in The Lost Chapters.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV after founding the Heroes' Guild, and Type V after he was corrupted by his wife Magdalena.
- Black Knight: Wears the same imposing black armour in death that he did in life. When it's stolen from his tomb, he gets angry.
- Blood Knight: Tells the Hero of Oakvale that he has the soul of a warrior, and must be defeated in combat if the Hero wants to claim his soul to stop Jack.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Started his life as a Bandit leader before Scythe forged him into founding the Heroes Guild. Then he became corrupted and ruled with an iron fist before being assassinated. In death, he regrets the actions he took near the end of his life and wants a heroic death.
- Unfinished Business: One of the reasons he can't move on is because he was poisoned and didn't die in battle. The Hero can help him move along.
Jack of Blades
Jack of Blades
- Fool, I have existed for millennia. It is impossible for you to comprehend what I am.
- Badass Boast: He has a few of these, the grandest of which is probably from the final battle of The Lost Chapters:Jack of Blades: The gods and demons you fear and worship are as nothing to me!
- Big Bad: He's the main villain of the first Fable game, though his actions and past spread beyond the first game.
- BFS: The Sword of Aeons, which was originally his before William Black stole it, getting infected with the Corruption in the process.
- Cool Mask: It's strongly implied his essence actually resides within it. It's also how he managed to survive defeat at William Black's hands.
- The Corrupter: It's strongly implied he's the one responsible for convincing Lady Grey to become a murderous tyrant, and in The Lost Chapters he tries to convince the Hero to kill the other Heroes for their souls.
- Doomed by Canon: According to Fable 2, The Hero of Oakvale canonically destroyed him for good.
- The Dreaded: He's the most feared person in Albion, for good reason. While officially categorized as a Hero, everyone quite rightly treats Jack as a unique class unto himself. Rightly so, considering he's actually an entity that existed when demons ruled the world and is a member of the Court, a ruling class of Eldritch Abominations that came from the Void beyond Albion. More personally, he murders Scarlet Robe in front of the Hero immediately before their final confrontation.
- Eldritch Abomination: He's a creature from the Void beyond the world, who binds himself to mortal hosts when possible. When it's not, he makes himself a dragon.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In The Lost Chapters, which is a sharp contrast from his original Creepy Monotone/Smug Snake tone of voice in the original edition of Fable.
- Faux Affably Evil: He uses pretty informal and relaxed language for an Eldritch Abomination. His constant snarky mocking and Trash Talk come to mind.
- Grand Theft Me: His M.O.
- Hidden Agenda Villain: In his first appearance, he's a Blood Knight in charge of the Arena. He wants to wreck the world.
- Humanoid Abomination: Thanks to Demonic Possession.
- In the Hood: In his first appearance. As a dragon, he understandably drops that style choice, and he might or might not wear a hood if he succeeds in possessing the Hero.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Wears a mask and is a complete Jerkass who wants to burn the world.
- Mask Power: His mask can trap souls. After the final battle, this can be used against him, to trap his own soul and destroy it in lava.
- Mystical White Hair: As seen in the Fable Anniversary trailer.
- One-Winged Angel: In The Lost Chapters only, where he becomes a gigantic, fire-breathing dragon. Even in vanilla Fable, he turns into a giant version of himself for the final phase of the final battle (although it's hard to notice since all he does at that point is float and throw energy blasts at you).
- Predecessor Villain: He is this in the series after the first game. Responsible for the Corruption that, directly or indirectly, threatens the entire world in subsequent games. When William Black overthrew him and the Court, he was corrupted by Jack's sword, the Sword of Aeons, which fostered a darkness within the great Hero that threatened to not only destroy him, but then use his powers for its own evil ends. Black sacrificed himself to cast the evil out into the Void so it could not harm Albion. However, since then, the Corruption has sought to a way to return. The monsters that plague Albion and abominations such as the Crawler are all part of this effort.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Oracle mentions that Jack predates mankind, and was old even in prehistoric times when demons and fire ruled the earth.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In a mask, to be more specific.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He apparently owns a decent amount of real estate in Albion, including the Arena (where the crowd seems to really like him) as well as the nation's penal system.
- Played with; while Jack is certainly respected and has many people who work for him, he is still used as the central character of boogeyman stories for children, and everyone knows how terrifyingly powerful and cruel he is despite also allowing him to own Albion's prison.
- World's Strongest Man: Is directly stated to be by far the most powerful Hero in Albion. The collective power of the Heroes Guild barely slows him down when he comes calling.
BromThe husband of Scarlet Robe, and father of Theresa and the Hero of Oakvale.
- Amazon Chaser: A kindly man who married Scarlet Robe, one of the greatest heroes of their generation.
- Death by Origin Story: He dies in the raid on Oakvale.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By Jack of Blades during the Bandit attack on Oakvale.
- Nice Guy: A kindly man who encourages the young Hero to do good deads, chides him if he's naughty, and reminds him to get his sister a birthday present.
- Together in Death: At the end of the main game, Scarlet Robe is buried in the same cemetery as he is.
Twinblade is a former Hero turned Bandit King who preys on the areas around Oakvale. Maze suspects he was the one responsible for the attack on Oakvale that orphaned the Hero. He wasn't, and in fact saved Theresa after finding her in the woods with her eyes cut out.
- Beard of Evil: Has a large beard with a knot tied into the front.
- Dual Wielding: Wields two large swords.
- Face–Heel Turn: He is a former Hero who realized that he could just take what he wanted from people instead of doing quests.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a huge scar running down the left side of his face and through his eye.
- Large and in Charge: He is big man, towering over normal people and even other Heroes.
- Master Swordsman: Renowned for his skills with a blade.
- Mighty Glacier: It's easy enough to evade his blades and cut him down from behind.
- Pet the Dog: His taking in and caring for Theresa. This was motivated partially by her Seer powers, but he spared her before even discovering those.
- Spikes of Villainy: His armor is covered in spikes.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Still tries to have you assassinated if you spare him.
The ArchaeologistThe Archaeologist is an expert on the Old Kingdom; this makes him a target of Jack of Blades.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Presumably he gets a name change after he changes jobs.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never mentioned.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After being rescued by the Hero of Oakvale again, he flees Albion disguised as a glove trader and heads to the Cities of the West, where he never goes near a ruin or opens a book again.
- Unwanted Rescue: He is quite put out the first time the Hero finds him, since he had disappeared for a very good reason. The second time, he's much more grateful.