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Veranda "Maytag" Kingfisher
A nymphomaniac in a jester costume who is an expert on all things related to sex and sexuality. She's also athletic, a master of potion use, wise beyond her years and has placed all her skill points into Bluff, Diplomacy, Intimidate and Sense Motive. Her only weakness is that her incredible confidence comes from the jester suit that she wears, and without it she reverts to a shy, timid shadow of her former self.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She's got some kind of mental issue. Her stage performance shows that her "Jester" and "shy girl" personalities are both just an act.
- An Arm and a Leg: She allows Bloody Mary to chew her arm off from the wrist up (she'd already eaten the hand) in a play for time.
- Anything That Moves: She deconstructs this trope; she starts out the series an unabashed hedonist but gets less and less willing to take sexual risks as the consequences of her actions threaten her relationship with Bernadette.
- Bookworm: She used to be this as a child. She would always go off into a corner and read long, thick, and very difficult books.
- Bag of Holding: She has a "Dimensional Bag".
- Battle Couple: With Bernadette.
- Blithe Spirit: Before she compromises herself with Bernadette.
- Breaking Speech: Delivers one to Bloody Mary after she ate her arm, albeit a kind one.
- Broken Bird: Her entire character is a downplayed version of this; despite her traumatic past, she's so much of a Blithe Spirit as to nearly be The Unfettered but there are hints of a darker side underneath.
- Can Not Tell A Lie: Zigzagged. While all her statements are technically true, Crest points out that faking her personality is a lie in and of itself. She does not take this well.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Subverted. Up to Chapter 30: Blackbird, her often absurd self-confidence was directly tied to her jester outfit. In that chapter, it's revealed that she has always been self-confident and the two personalities are simply part of her performance.
- Creepy Child: Her fellow orphans certainly thought so.
- Emotionless Girl
- Feel No Pain: How she was able to "resist" pain.
- Good Bad Girl
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her primary motivation in life is to make as many friends as possible.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: She willingly sacrifices her arm to give herself time to talk Bloody Mary out of killing her.
- Living Lie Detector: She can see through any lie or con almost instantly.
- Loners Are Freaks: She got a lot of grief as a child for this.
- Lovable Rogue
- Magic Feather: Her costume.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She really enjoys playing this role, most prominently for Regina and Crest.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Marshmallow Hell: In Chapter 4: Sexual Tension, she pushed Crest's face to her chest when trying to get him to open up.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Hat
- Orphan's Ordeal: Her parents died when she was very young, and most of her fellow orphans were horribly cruel to her because she couldn't show emotion.
- Rape as Drama: She's not above submitting to rape, if it's the only way to save the ones she loves. She states outright that her attitude to sexuality makes rape much less traumatic to her than to the average person.
- Selective Obliviousness: Her lack of, and complete inability to understand, modesty.
- Sexy Jester
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Understands the nudity taboo most people have, but doesn't believe in it. Extends it from "no nudity taboo" to "no sexuality taboo". Remains mostly tamed due to being in a relationship. Best summed up here.
- Showing Off the New Body: Her first action while possessing Regina was groping herself.
- Talking Is a Free Action: One sometimes wonders if one of her magical powers is to get people to stop fighting as long as her mouth keeps moving. This is also done a lot in the second fight scene between Bloody Mary and Bernadette.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Her MO is to be so bluntly matter of fact about her ability to defeat you that you hesitate... often fatally.
- Talking Your Way Out: After being captured by Bloody Mary.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She has learned to accept pain rather than fight it, allowing her to be virtually impervious to torture and even mutilation. One scene has her smiling gently as her arm is being eaten, much to the dismay of the person doing the eating. It becomes much more jarring in "the dark cell" saga as she cheers when she gets to phase two and is subjected to illusions that deliver physical pain, much the dismay of "The Thin Man" and his underlings.
- Warrior Therapist: Especially in the chapters dedicated to Bloody Mary.
A Lady of War and Maytag's long-time companion and friend. She is a master of the Split Rose Dual Wielding technique, which focuses entirely on parrying and counterattacking your opponent.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't use sorcery, but that doesn't keep her from taking on sorcery-enhanced opponents.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Her father's anti-sorcery swords prove especially useful in the gladiator arc.
- Battle Couple: With Maytag.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild version, but she's averse to anyone seeing Maytag naked.
- Counter Attack: The "Split Rose" technique is based on this. She eventually gets put in a situation where she uses said counter attacks barehanded to great effect.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In Chapter 4: Sexual Tension. Voulger stood no chance. She wound up on the receiving end later that same chapter from a misogynistic knight who couldn't handle the fact that a girl could beat him in a fair fight, and used Voulger's magical artifact against her.
- Daughter of a Whore
- Dual Wielding
- Fighting Your Friend: Chapter 16: Man-Eating, from Book Zero, is the introduction of Clairen, an old acquaintance of Bernadette. In this chapter, and the next, Chapter 17: The Battle Of Old Friends, Bern is forced to battle against her, as part of her deal with Seraph.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: A scar on her cheek.
- Honor Before Reason: Her Refusal of the Call
- Refusal of the Call: She chooses to come out of the closet rather than join the Knights.
- Skunk Stripe
- The Worf Effect: She can't do well against spellcasters and magically-enhanced fighters despite being invincible against any normal swordsman.
A young skilled rogue, and the son of a famous knight. In an effort to raise enough money to pay for an operation to restore his mother's eyesight, he falls into the dangerous world of underground gambling. When he is caught using sleight of hand at a high stakes poker game, his life as he knew it would change...
- Calling the Old Man Out: He does this on Orransong, by telling exactly why he quit the Knights.
- Card Sharp: He's this in the first chapter, but it goes wrong for him in the same chapter.
- Cartwright Curse: Even though he's sweet, sensitive, and treats women with respect, his luck with the ladies is atrocious. He had a girlfriend, and she cheated on him. Then he was attracted to Maytag, only to find out, in public, that she's not the kind of woman she was pretending to be. (Not to mention the whole Bernadette thing.) And lastly, Suspira, who he's sweet on, gets kidnapped, has something done to her and winds up a Brainwashed and Crazy abomination who is absolutely convinced that her parents are dead and slaughters the Conclave in revenge.
- Cool Shades: Wears them to play poker in the first chapter, then dons them again after the level up.
- Demoted to Extra: For most of the time, Crest's importance to the story was next to null. It's gotten so bad that in later chapters, other characters seem to be actively ignoring his existence.
- Does Not Like Women: Although he is explicitly heterosexual, he's always been unnerved by women. It's now at the point that ''women are chthulhu" to him. For example, he sees Moby as Nyarlathotep. Considering the "cartwright curse" entry above, can anyone blame him?
- Empowered Badass Normal: After being given a magical sword capable of healing any wound, and curing most illnesses.
- The First Cut Is the Deepest: He had a girlfriend prior to meeting Maytag. She cheated on him, and he did not take Maytag offering to cheat on Bern with him very well.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Despite having no formal education (which isn't rare in the world setting), he's highly intelligent. He's been a card shark, giving Maytag a run for her money, literally. He's outsmarted Suspira, a level 3+ sorceress, which requires a great deal of intelligence in itself, repeatedly. As of the most recent updates, he's winning a debate with a very well experienced group of phalanx hunters.
- Heartbroken Badass: After Suspira's Face–Heel Turn.
- Luminescent Blush: Whenever a pretty girl flirts with him.
- Pinball Protagonist
- Ship Tease: First with Maytag, and then with Suspira.
- Stalker with a Crush: His original goal for going with the party is to wait until Maytag and Bern have a breakup and steal her away for himself. Granted, this was before he was demoted. He's mostly over it in more recent chapters.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he gets un-demoted, he roughs up the gang from the first chapter for practice.
Allies and friends
Self-proclaimed "toughest mercenary" of Vestige Town, and self-appointed "bodyguard" of Maytag. He only appears in Book Zero.
- Bodyguard Crush: Towards Maytag.
- Knight in Shining Armor
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mistaken for Gay: In the last panel of this strip.Asylum local: Hi there, handsome. Would you like to make me feel like a woman?Britannus: Gah!
- Out of Focus: A very minor character. He only appears in the first chapters of Book Zero.
- Tempting Fate:
Maytag: So you want to be my bodyguard, right? That's fine with me... but I'll have to take you out for a test-run first, of course, before I say yes!
- In the first chapters of Book Zero, Maytag wants to know if all the skills he says he has is real. So, she drags him to The Asylum first...
Maytag: I would like to see how well you perform with a sword...Bernadette: I'll have you know my skill with a sword is top-notch, thank you very much!!!Maytag: Shall we put that to test? I'd like you to meet some friends of mine... this is Prim, Ashley and Lilia.
- ...and later she makes him confront against the Black Poison Angels.
Umber and Dirk
A genius Level 3 sorceress with an ego to match. Is hit hard after Kin is killed, and is more regretful of her previous arrogance.
- Battle Couple: With Kin.
- Body Horror: After the Thin Man experimented on her. She doesn't seem to mind much.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Thin Man's experiments have convinced her that her parents are dead, and the conclave killed them. What's worse, if Q'talda can be believed, is that she mind-controlled the Conclave to confess to it, and try to murder her, so she'd be "blameless" when she rebounded Q'talada's ultimate spell back on them.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In regards to Kin. She once agreed to a threesome, only to get so jealous afterwards that she magically shaved the girl bald and turned her skin blue.
- Expressive Hair
- Heroic BSOD: After Kin is killed.
- Insufferable Genius: When she was introduced. She gets better when she learns that Crest is at least as smart as her, if not smarter.
- Mundane Utility: She does this a lot. The very first thing we see her doing is using a magic forcefield umbrella.
- No-One Could Survive That: Suspiria falls victim to this with respect to Bloody Mary in a truly epic example of Genre Blindness. Or maybe it's because she's an Insufferable Genius. Or both...
- Suicidal Overconfidence: She rushed ahead to face Bloody Mary before her phalanx reinforcements, especially her senior Q'tlda were in place. On the one hand, it saved Bernadette's life. On the other, both she and Kin paid dearly.
- Too Clever by Half: More than once, her massive overconfidence in her own abilities has been painfully undercut by her corresponding lack of practical experience (specifically, a tendency to overextend herself and run out of juice before the job is done).
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her magic hair in particular.
- Battle Couple: With Suspiria.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died protecting Suspira.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: Loves to draw nude paintings of beautiful women.
- Killed Off for Real
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He loves painting females in nude, erotic poses. Suspira fully supports him in this endeavor, even occasionally hiring prostitutes for it. They were both thrilled when Maytag allowed him to paint her, for free.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Butt Monkey
- Chivalrous Pervert: While he may have, and freely use, a device that allows him to see through women's clothes, often without their consent, he is otherwise a perfect gentleman, and truly treasures the female form, as well as the personality that goes with it.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a pervert Butt Monkey... and also a member of the Phalanx, and he's the first to wound Moss' uncle.
- Gag Penis: If Regina's reaction to seeing him nude is any indication.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As perverted as he is, he was shocked, outraged, and horrified when Moss's uncle drugged his food, took control of his body, and tried to make him have sex with Bernadette when she was also under the effect of a powerful magical aphrodisiac without her knowledge or consent.
The former leader of the Steel Serpent Gang and Bernadette's old crush. She reformed and now works as an Enforcer in Marvollo.
An old friend of Bernadette, who turned into a deadly assassin. She has a tattoo covering the right part of her body.
The Thin Man's trusted minion. He was the one who brought in Bloody Mary and gave her advice on killing.
- Artificial Human: According to The Thin Man, he is one of these.
- Badass Longcoat: The collar is so high it often hides the lower part of his face.
- Faux Horrific: Melter's "disturbing" images in Intermission 19.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He will obey The Thin Man's orders without question, even or especially, if it involves kidnapping and murder.
The Black Poison Angels
An Amazon Brigade of three women, Prim, Ashley and Lilia, who appear in Book Zero.
- Bare Your Midriff: The three of them.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Lilia, Ashley, Prim.
- Blood Knight: The three of them.
- I Shall Taunt You: Directed to Britannus:Ashley: Don't waste your breath, Maytag... I think he's afraid to lose with a woman.
- The Lad-ette: The three of them.
- Swords Are Just Better: Prim.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Prim, Type-A.
A Level 3 wizard, who's also the master of both Regina and Lucient. He hires Bernadette in Book Zero in order to grant them protection.
- Kill It with Fire: How he killed Clairen in Chapter 18: Many Plans Come To Fruition, from Book Zero.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Though not actual mindreading, his talent has the same implications.
- Blessed with Suck: His curse allows him to see everyone's weaknesses has left him a bitter misanthrope.
- Hidden Eyes: Initially, this was assumed to be because he was always so horribly depressing, emo, sarky, goth, etc. It turns out that he had magical eyes which caused him to only see the worst in people, causing both his BAD attitude and his hiding of his very weird-looking eyes.
- Jerk Ass: Though not without justification.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: He pulls this on Maytag in Chapter 23: Silhouette. Subverted when he doesn't follow through.
A cannibalistic monster created by The Thin Man. She terrorized the town of Brahma, but gives her tragic story after an encounter with Maytag.
- Barehanded Blade Block: She catches a blade with her teeth.
- Black Eyes of Evil
- Bloody Murder
- Emotion Bomb: The "Fear Demon" conjured by Bloody Mary, from her vomit.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Unwillingly.
- Healing Factor
- Horror Hunger: Bloody Mary's Bloodlust curse, which requires her to consume human flesh.
- Nigh Invulnerable: At least her vital organs, anyway. The rest of her can regenerate.
- No-One Could Survive That: When captured by the Conclave, she was cursed with "Morioh Mortis", which summons a flesh eating bacteria. Somehow, she survived. And now has two clones. Before that, Suspira hit her with a meteor. All it did was inconvenience her a bit as she dug out from underneath it.
- The Power of Friendship: Maytag manages to find Mary's humanity after letting her eat her arm.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not by choice. Among the first people she ate were her own parents, after her Horror Hunger compelled her to do so.
- Shrinking Violet: What she was like before her transformation.
- Tragic Monster
The Thin Man
- The Adjectival Man: Though his real name is Lehm.
- Art Attacker: The Thin Man has a magic paint brush. Subverted, in that this isn't use to "attack" so much as expose the truth.
- Affably Evil: or possibly Faux Affably Evil, but he cheerfully greets his captives in a room full of stuffed toys.
- As time goes on (notably past the Dark Cell chapter), he seems to be shaping up more like an Anti-Villain. His methods are unethical, but his primary goal appears to be to expose the truth about magic, and the results of his experiments were accidental. At least, if everything is to be believed.
- Big Bad: At least so far.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His minions (two of whom are stoic, another who calls him master against his will, and another who alternates between crazed and a sweet cook), his penchant for toys, the ridiculous mask he wears, insistence on snacks (to the point where Maytag literally tells him to stop), and some of the gestures and mannerisms he has lend to the impression that he and his group are more goofy than evil.
- Don't Call Me Sir: He repeatedly reminds Corona this, to no avail.
- Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: He tends to use his pointer finger alot, anyway. But especially this scene.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Obliviously Evil: He fully understands that he's legally responsible for the atrocities his "experiments" have done, but doesn't comprehend how turning kidnapped people into monstrosities in the first place is wrong. Especially since those people have their memories altered.