Characters: Imperium Nova
Being a game in which the plot is entirely based on RP interactions, Imperium Nova tends to have quite the colourful cast.
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House de Erwyne
House TropesCount Théophile de ErwyneAimée de Erwyne
Count Leon de ErwyneAmbrosius de Erwyne
- Dark Action Girl: Happens to be the best duelist in House de Erwyne.
- Evil Chancellor: To her father.
- Karma Houdini: Partially. She may have been captured and imprisoned by her uncle and cousin, but it was her father that died for her crimes.
- Knight Templar
- Psychotic Smirk
- The Corrupter: Manipulated her father into giving her complete power by convincing him that their family was in danger from the waves of assassinations happening at the time, and that only she could protect them.
- The Fundamentalist: Attempts to stamp out chaos and disloyalty within her House in accordance to her extreme Imperialism views.
- Warrior Princess: Personally led her forces into battle against her uncle Leon and cousin Ambrosius.
The House of the Ascendant
House TropesMinister Adonijah of the Ascendant
Charlotte of the AscendantLevi of the Ascendant
- Naïve Newcomer: Not especially knowledgeable about the intricacies of Imperial politics.
- We ARE Struggling Together: Seems to have the same goals as Adonijah, but often makes decisions without the Minister's approval, much to his chagrin.
House TropesChairman Barak Qwib-QwibVice-Chairman Lorenzo Qwib-Qwib
Ezra Qwib-QwibSimon Qwib-QwibCariad Qwib-Qwib
- Evil Genius: Not quite a genius, but he's certainly intelligent, and oversees a lot of immoral research.
- Action Girl: The most skilled duellist in the galaxy, although not the most experienced.
- Battle Couple: She happens to be /married/ to the most experienced duellist in the galaxy.
House TropesBrother Eldred Cotillion
- The Empire: Their supermajority in the senate was widely blamed for Capricorn's stagnation and inability for lesser houses to advance.
Gwendolin MckennaDagmar MckennaSilja Mckenna
- Waif-Fu: Every female Mckenna is pretty short and rather delicate, therefore being easy to underestimate. Some of them though are downright dangerous, especially when allowed near anything sharp.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The reason for actually being able to pull off Waif Fu when it matters. Dagmar Mckenna is one of these, having undergone a full body replacement.
- Glorious Mother Russia: The Mckennas are Galactic Communists and never lose an opportunity to decry the bourgeois exploitation of the Emperor.
- Powered Armour: Hey, it's the future.
Clement SavoieDaniel SavoieJoseph Savoie
- All There in the Manual: Much of the backstory can only be found in supplementary materials... like this page.
- Awful Truth: Most are.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: Virtually every Savoie up to Clement was morally ambiguous at best, and a monster at worst. Every reform-minded Savoie starts with quite the chip on their shoulder because of this.
- Big Brother Is Watching: Interplanetary computer network that might possibly be sentient? Hm...
- Civil War: YES.
- Dark Is Not Evil: in Cosmic Balance, and Light Is Not Good. (Or so it is believed.)
- The Extremist Was Right: Valerian Savoie appeared - literally - out of nowhere in the Nokh Revolts and used brutal and morally questionable tactics to defeat a far more monstrous foe, and then leveraged his achievements to force governmental reform upon the devastated Empire, along with recognition as a noble and head of the newly-created House Savoie. Vices aside, he built his institutions to last.
- Fast Roping: The elimination of Jago Ragnarok.
- Flaunting Your Fleets: House Savoie used the size and pedigree of the Alderamini navy as a deterrent against other Houses. Now, if only they had the crews to operate them all at once...
- Forgotten Superweapon: How about an entire golden-age fleet?
- House With A Dark Secret: Or ten.
- Great Offscreen War: The civil war between Philippe and Joseph was overshadowed by the Valerian conflict.
- Past Great Offscreen Wars include, from most to least recent:
- The War of Sheliak Independence Between House Savoie and the combined forces of House Inviquantus and the Wazn Houses.
- The Rexist Revival A religious crusade preceded by decades of buildup.
- The Solidor-Neco War A war that split the Alderamini electorate into two factions.
- The Nokh Revolt The sudden and violent uprising of the native Alani and the "native" C'alani.
- A House Divided: Hoo boy.
- In the Original Klingon: Alderamin views itself as the last bastion of Golden Age culture. This is barely true, but defensible.
- Our Founder: Valerian Savoie.
- The Remnant: In the centuries preceding the New Empire, Alderamin was a major regional power. Now, most Alderamini are among the most conservative people in the galaxy. The New Empire often faces a zero-percent approval rating.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The House was severely hampered by restrictions placed upon it by the treaty that allowed it to operate both on Alderamin and in the "New Empire". That treaty was largely self-imposed. However, Daniel would turn the situation on its head by forcing a new, largely favorable agreement in exchange for not stealing the local throne entirely.
- Suspiciously Small Army: House Savoie kept most of its troops on Alderamin. Because of this, their military became something of a paper tiger when dealing with offworld threats.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
- The Chains of Commanding: One guess as to which job Joseph absolutely does not want to have right now.
- Character Development: The Joseph of today is nothing like the Joseph of 25 years ago.
- Cutting the Knot: How do you deal with that pesky electorate? You KILL them.
- Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Joseph pulls a form of this on the electorate. Since the members of the electorate also had the most to gain from assassinating Clement, they might have even had it coming.
- Deceptive Disciple: His interest in his faith has always been slim at best. The Head of Faith, his insane uncle, may be partly to blame.
- The Dutiful Son: He wasn't exactly crazy about taking over for 'ol pops.
- Easily Forgiven: Subverted. He hasn't actually been forgiven for his abandonment by anyone; most others are either preoccupied or too pragmatic to force the issue. The exceptions are in no position to do anything, though.
- The Exile: Self-imposed, and it didn't last. He wishes it did.
- Failure Knight: He abandoned his House and his home after making a mockery of himself. He hasn't forgotten.)
- He Who Fights Monsters: A more cynical observer would say You Are What You Hate.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: He was a major supporter of House Valeria in the early stages of the war.
- In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: His latest epiphany as to the fate of the Empire.
- The Last DJ: Saw himself as this at first. Now, not so much.
- More Than Mind Control: It's clear that he's under the absolute will of something, but he isn't brainwashed.
- The Pawn: As of his triumphal return. To who or what, only he knows.
- Rebel Leader: For a short time, although it's unclear how 'rebellious' this faction actually was.
- Rebel Relaxation
- Shame If Something Happened: What he used to keep the electorate quiet long enough to properly frame and dispose of them.
- Smug Snake: He had his moments, which almost always backfire spectacularly.
- Sympathetic Murderer: Er...
- Telepathic Spacemen: Of a sort.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: He stole the Alderamini throne by setting up the entire electorate, and then using their families as bargaining chips before coldly disposing of them. The electorate, that is, not the families. Many other key figures seem to be brainwashed.
- The Usual Adversaries: Joseph was tired of the centuries-old antagonism between Alderamin and Mirfak, and made it a priority to end it. If only the desire had been mutual.
- While Rome Burns: He abandoned his House after making a very public, very reputation-ruining, mistake. House Savoie was lucky enough to see the return of Philippe soon afterwards, but it's not something that anyone will be forgetting soon. His brothers especially have it in for him.
- White Sheep: He tried.
David SavoieCadno KujawskiCrispian DublinAnzhelica HoldrenMunisa LanningBernadina PeppersController SuperiorSirius/Luther Blisset
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The civil war against Joseph ended poorly and suddenly.
- Put on a Bus: When House Nagendra collapsed, Philippe panicked and ran to House Valeria, hoping to join another power bloc before the Dominion set their sights on Alderamin. He was held captive for more than a galactic year before he escaped.
House TropesIfor Glenn
(second-oldest of the Primary Study Group; current Administrator of the Glenn Institute for Psionics Research)Zaira Glenn
(Ifor's wife, Aidan's daughter)Constantine Glenn
(youngest of the Primary Study Group)Doctor Aidan Glenn
Lady Misako Houraisan, Queen of the LunariansChika HouraisanMayako HouraisanTatsuaki HouraisanMitsusuke HouraisanSaeko HouraisanNagachika HouraisanKageyoshi HouraisanThe Late Lady Sakuko Houraisan, Queen Koumei of the LunariansMitsunaga HouraisanMiyoko HouraisanTori HouraisanThe Magnificent ElevenHarbinger 4-17 "Ruum"Dr. Tae Genma
- Author Appeal: Everywhere.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Both the men and women of the House. House Houraisan's secondary motto? "There's never an excuse to not dress one's best".
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Fluorescent irises; aging that keeps a Lunarian at around their 30-40's until around age 70, after which they rapidly age to "make up the difference", and the obvious.
- Evil Albino or Heroic Albino: Depends; mostly heroic. They tend to have white hair and fur for their ears and tails, blood red eyes, and pale skin.
- The Faceless: At least, the women of the House with respect to their upper faces.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Manchurian/Mongolian/Uighur/Vietnamese People IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
- Void Mages are Zen Buddhists with Shaolin Kung Fu Powers IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
- Lunarian Animism is Shintoism IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their species natural threat response, and both a voluntary and involuntary action.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Of which only females exhibit Lunarian phenotypes.
- Human Aliens: Ignoring the ears and tails. Probably descended from a common ancestor anyways.
- I See Dead People: And also that water fairy over there, as well as my own God of Space Flight. Really, Lunarians are giant cosmic antennas for all sorts of supernatural things.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: The Void Mages and Lunarian Animist Priests.
- Petting Zoo People: Rabbit ears and tails. They also happen to be the royal family of an entire race of similar people called the Lunarians.
- Psychic Powers: Usually because of at least basic training in Void Magecraft.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Shout-Out: The entire House is one to Touhou.
- The Power of the Void: It cost them a civilization.
Premier Joseph Quest
- Punch Clock Villain: Joined Roma's Domain pretty much at gunpoint; does everything the position of Seneschal demands, but has only recently been doing really evil things.
- The Dragon: Anyone wanting to take on Goratrix would have to roll over Quest first. Also, Quest tends to be the one who squashes routine threats not worth Roma's time. (It's a living.)
- Powered Armor: One battalion in each Quest Regiment is composed of Air Cavalry. Basically hundreds of Iron Men.
- Humongous Mecha: Another battalion in each regiment is composed of Somatic Assault Vehicles (known to the troops as SAVIORS) because too much firepower is never enough.
- Casual Kink: Oh, you know it. Revealed to be into S&M in his very first appearance, is inordinately fond of Lunarian women and commits adultery at the drop of a ... hat.
- Affably Evil
- No Accounting for Taste: Married to Agnes in name only.
- Crazy-Prepared: When the forces of another House attempted to kidnap him, he had the foresight to have an undetectable android duplicate ready. This could have been considered an Ass Pull, except that it was foreshadowed in a previous RP thread.
Agnes Quest, Wife of the Premier (snicker)
- Chessmaster Sidekick: (Usually long, black, leather boots.) Insanely competent in her role of spymistress and head of internal security.
- The Mistress: Openly Joseph's mistress; goes to social events with him in place of his comatose wife.
- Evil Redhead: Oh, yeah.
- Dark Secret: Natasha is the granddaughter of former Emperor Helmut Ventruz.
Zephaniah Quest (Agnes' brother)
- Fate Worse Than Death: Rendered braindead by a serial killer. Amazingly, Joseph had nothing to do with it.
Aimee Quest, Sister of the PremierGabriel Quest (Aimee's husband)Lochlannach Quest (Aimee's elder son)
- Fate Worse Than Death: The same fate as Agnes, at the same time. Joseph waters the vegetables regularly.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Considered himself a master swordsman and a genius statesman. In actuality, he was pretty much an oxygen thief.
Oscar Quest (Aimee's younger son)
- Inadequate Inheritor: Lochie will take over the House when Joe kicks the bucket. He's not nearly ready. He makes hasty decisions, he's not cunning like Joe and most of all, his evil psionic genius daughter will ride him like a monkey rides a greyhound.
Yutsoko Sun (Lochlannach's first wife)Iowerth Quest(Lochlannach's eldest son)Abiel Quest (Lochlannach's second son)Saeko Quest (Lochlannach's second wife)
- Four-Star Badass: Oscar is Marshal of the Quest armed forces, an honorary position. He was formerly CO of a regiment, but was kicked upstairs after being wounded in action one too many times. He's an incredibly skilled soldier and hand-to-hand fighter and inspiring to the men, but a little too fearless and reckless.
- Happily Married: to Heulfryn Boudicca, widely regarded as the galaxy's number one sex symbol, although a certain Lunarian Queen might have something to say about that...
- Mr. Fanservice
- Shout-Out: He's Richard Sharpe in SPAAAAAAACE, even to the extent of looking like him.
Gethsemane Quest (Lochlannach's daughter)
- Took a Level in Badass: Selected as Lochie's second wife because she was meek and submissive and unlikely to take off and leave the galaxy like his first wife. But then she joined the Void Engineers. So much for that idea.
- Dark Secret: Something out of the ordinary happened during her Void Engineer training, but nobody is talking about it.
Luatha Quest (Lochlannach's youngest son)Shona Boudicca (Oscar's daughter)Ialach Quest (Oscar's son)
- Enfant Terrible: Psionic super-genius prodigy taken under the wing of the Void Lord.
- Person of Mass Destruction: You don't want to get her angry, and everything makes her angry.
- The Chosen One: Selected by Constantine Roma to be his successor and future Empress of the galaxy. Over the entire Goratrix family.
- The Ditz: Possibly. (He has Woefully Poor potential.)
House Von Carstein
Count Sergio Von CarsteinCommander Lothar Du Bek
- Badass in a Nice Suit Generally complete with trench coats, protective sunglasses, and fedora hats.
- Commissar Cap The standard headgear of the vampire officers.
- Evil Albino They ARE vampires.
- Fan Disservice After much pressure to reveal what Lunarian Vampires would look like, the Author decided that he would shrink the ears (and the curves), give them the standard hair and skin coloration, give them the fangs and red eyes... and thin wing membranes under each arm.
- The Mafia Before they became Vampires, they were this. There are still some hold over practices.
- Our Vampires Are Different Fairly.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning Default eye color for the species.
- Shout-Out The most obvious being to Warhammer. There's also the group of mercenaries with widely varying equipment, and a variety of mental health issues. And Agent Findlay
- Weapon of Choice Higher ups, security forces and covert operatives use knives and Thompson Submachine guns (no, it doesn't make sense). The elite knights in the military use swords and knives almost exclusively, while their less elite human counterparts use bolt action (though very powerful) rifles.
Count Cristiano Von CarsteinGrand Regent Este Von CarsteinAgent Mannfred
- Artificial Limbs He lost he arm fighting against a power armored Godwinson commander. It was, naturally, replaced.
- Bad Ass Normal Yes, he is a vampire, but he can't do most of the magic stuff that the Counts can do. Yet he's managed to survive longer than both of them.
- Nice Hat The aforementioned commisar style hat. He's the only named character to wear one.
- Badass in a Nice Suit Was the first character to be actually described dressing in the coat and hat.
- Bad Ass Normal Jumps his way through a construction site sustaining any injuries, took on around fifty psychic power armored troopers, and may have even killed some.
- Smoking Is Cool While preparing to escape from the compound, he lights up while grabbing his weapon. See's his evac get blown up? Time for a smoke. Surrounded on all sides, with heavy weapons chipping away at your cover? Give him a sec, he's getting his lighter.
The United Federation of People's Republics
House TropesChairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Parliament of the United Federation of People's Republics and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Total Democratic Party of the United Federation of People's Republics Viktor Gagarin