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Yeine Arameri

"I am not as I once was. They have done this to me, broken me open and torn out my heart. I do not know who I am anymore. I must try to remember."

Our Action Girl from a Barbarian Tribe called to participate in a clan succession ceremony, who ends up embroiled in the affairs of gods.


"Here, fueled by the residue of ancient devotion, he showed me all he had once been: first among gods, sweet dream and nightmare incarnate, all things beautiful and terrible."

Our Hero… Heroine… Err… the oldest of a Power Trio of deities, enslaved by his brother and forced to serve a human family. Nahadoth is a god (most of the time) of darkness, change, and chaos.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Nahadoth is a main character in book one and a major character in books two and three, but gets a short story all to himself in "The Wild Boy."
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Nahadoth doesn't have a "true" form, because it's always changing. His most common humanoid form is of a very attractive man with pale skin and black hair.
  • And I Must Scream: Being imprisoned in Sky.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Though Nahadoth usually assumes a male form and is referred to with male pronouns, his gender is as changeable as the rest of him, and his female form is equally beautiful.
  • Bi the Way: His first sexual liason is with his lover-brother Itempas. After that, with his sister Enefa.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Not that he's evil.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: He, Itempas, and Enefa formed a threesome, which is how things usually are with gods.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark is just a force that balances out the light. Although he's very dangerous—his nature is chaos and change as well as darkness—he isn't evil.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When godlings start getting murdered in Shadow, his ultimatum is to find the culprits in one month or he'll destroy the city.
  • Exotic Equipment
    "When heavy, thick warmth pushed into me, I had no idea whether this was a penis or some entirely different phallus that only gods possessed. I suspect the latter, since no mere penis can fill a woman’s body the way he filled mine. Size had nothing to do with it."
  • God in Human Form: He's confined to a mortal shell in daylight as an Arameri slave.
  • Good In Bed: He's so good in bed that it is actually lethal to most mortals.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It's repeatedly stressed that Nahadoth is really, really attractive.
    "Face like the moon, pale and somehow wavering. I could get the gist of his features, but none of it stuck in my mind beyond an impression of astonishing beauty. His long, long hair wafted around him like black smoke, its tendrils curling and moving of their own volition."
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Pretty much every sexual encounter with him is fraught with danger. His relationship with Itempas is also full of both sex and violence, sometimes at the same time.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: To a human body during the day.
  • Jerkass Gods: He's left deeply bitter about his treatment by the Arameri and Itempas and has no qualms about killing en masse.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He's Itempas's main one.
  • Lust Object: The Arameri find him irresistible. Many of them, over the centuries, have died because they couldn't resist ordering him to go all the way.
  • Mad God: Two thousand years of being enslaved, raped, and having your consciousness split and confined between day and night will test any deity's sanity. And Nahadoth wasn't all that sane or stable to begin with...
  • Mr. Seahorse: Thanks to being a Voluntary Shapeshifter he can have kids with Itempas. Though rare, they tend to be far more powerful than children born to Enefa with either Naha or Tempa.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
    "And then the face shifted again into something that in no way resembled human, something tentacled and toothed and hideous, and I screamed. Then there was only darkness where his face should have been, and that was most frightening of all."
  • Offing the Offspring: The demon holocaust.
  • The Older Immortal: He was the first god born out of the Maelstrom.
  • Papa Wolf / Knight Templar Parent: Comes out strong in book two when godlings start dying, and in the backstory of Nahadoth going on a mad genocidal killing spree to take out the demons.
  • Parental Favoritism: Sieh notes that he's prone to playing favorites, as it's against his nature to treat them, or anything else, as equal. That's Itempas' schtick. Sieh tends to be his most favorite of all.
  • Parental Incest: Sometimes has sex with his divine children.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Even with his powers bound, he sinks an entire continent. He was trying for the whole world.
  • Physical God: Apart from the mortal shell he's confined to in daylight, Nahadoth's god form is still tangible... just endlessly changeable.
  • Polyamory
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: His hair merges with the shadows when he gets closer to his true form.
  • Sex God: Passion is very much a part of his nature.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: The dark god of chaos and change to Itempas' bright god of order and stability.

Itempas (Shiny)

“I am all knowledge and purpose defined. I strengthen what exists and cull that which should not.”

Our Whackjob, one of the three creator deities, who killed his sister to have sex with his brother forever, and spends the second book facing the consequences.note  Itempas is a god of light, order, and stability.

  • Abusive Parents: To the Enefadeh.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, there are two sides to every story, and his isn't heard until the second book.
    • He killed Enefah to be with Nahadoth, not because of simple jealousy, but because of a sort of powerful psychic backlash he was struck with when the two literally cut their connections with him temporarily while being with each other. The trauma from that sent him down to Earth to seek comfort, and his mortal wife happened to be completely batshit insane. She kindled his pain into jealousy and manipulated him into killing Enefah, killing her own demigod son (whose blood would be poisonous to Gods) and forcing Itempas to use his blood.
    • Itempas maintains that he knew what he did was wrong immediately afterwards, but having brought upon everyone a Crapsack World, he let things continue as they did out of fear that doing otherwise would destroy the world. Most of the other Gods believed that he did not think himself in the wrong, when he did.
    • This is implied to be the reason that his redemption took only a solid ten years of honest life rather than the millenia of suffering Yeine and Nahadoth assumed it would take.
  • The Atoner: Not that it was his own idea, but he's forced to become mortal to atone for killing Enefa and enslaving his children for two thousand years.
  • Big Brother Attraction
  • Bi the Way: He's equally willing to have sex with men and women.
  • Break the Haughty: Spent two thousand years ruling over his enslaved siblings and his followers essentially enforced a monotheistic religion. When the other gods freed themselves, they confined him to a mortal body and dumped him in the slums to teach him a lesson.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Him and Nahadoth, him and Enefa.
  • Brought Down to Normal: His punishment at the end of the first book. He revives after every death, but other than that he only has power at sunrise, or if he's selflessly defending a mortal from deadly danger.
  • But Now I Must Go: Inverted; Oree told him he had to go after some, ahem, "encouragement" from Yeine, who felt it was too soon for him to be released from his punishment even though he'd fulfilled the condition of loving truly, and gave Oree the choice of kicking him out or death. Oree decided kicking him out was best for everyone involved.
  • Character Development: He's bound as a human so that he'll change for the first time.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Originally light on the crazy, but he was manipulated by Shahar Arameri, who was herself completely off her rocker.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Death Is Cheap: His human form regenerates whenever he dies. He commits suicide routinely.
  • Death Seeker: Played with. While he never actively attempts to kill himself, or intentionally seeks it out, while trapped in mortal form he rarely takes the most basic of precautions. Most people, when thinking "I should stab myself with this knife." would reject the thought. Itempas doesn't because he sees no reason not to.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Oree in book two. He goes from a silent houseguest only there because it's as good as anywhere else, to truly caring about her.
  • Descend From A Higher Plane Of Existence: He was booted out of Sky and ended up living in the slums.
  • The Don: In book three. You could even call him the Godfather.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Shiny, Shiny, Shiny.
  • Emergent Human
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Flying Dutchman
  • Forgets to Eat: It wasn't one of his habits as a god.
  • God in Human Form
  • God Is Flawed: Edges into God Is Evil territory on occasion, but mostly it's just a matter of him being completely and literally incapable of compromising, and given the choice between change and violence, he would most frequently resort to violence.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Very, very fast. Just one moment of realizing his siblings were only thinking about each other was enough.
  • Grow Old with Me: After the end of Book 3, he returns to Oree to do this. He's even aged himself up a bit.
  • Hot God
  • Humanity Ensues
  • Incest Is Relative: With both his sisters.
  • Interspecies Romance: With the first Shahar, and later with Oree.
  • Jerkass Gods
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Light Is Not Good: Though neither is it particularly bad.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: His jealousy of Enefa and Nahadoth and his also-crazy mortal lover lead him into some really bad decisions.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Not very evil, but evil nonetheless.
  • Love Redeems: The condition of his enforced mortality was to stay there until he "learned to love truly"; neither Yeine or Nahadoth expected him to find it after only ten years, and they forced him to leave because he hadn't suffered enough.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep
  • Misery Builds Character: Yeine and Nahadoth believe that stripping his powers and confining him to a human body is a more effective punishment than just killing him.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He killed Enefa because she was closer to Nahadoth.
  • Mysterious Past: The reader knows it, but Oree is in the dark about it for a large chunk of the book.
  • New Child Left Behind: Slightly messed with in that Tempa and Oree's daughter, Glee, chases her dad down and stays with him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Book one plays up the drama that the Stone of Earth kills the sacrificial Arameri who picks it up. But Itempas kills Yeine before she can pick it up, and the Stone, because it embodies the power of a goddess of the cycle of life and death, actually revives her.
  • Papa Wolf: Like Nahadoth, Itempas shows this most strongly when godlings start dying.
  • Polyamory
  • Pride: Admitting that he was wrong is not a major feature of his personality. Even after two thousand years.
  • Redemption Equals Sex: Thanks for the book three opening quickie, Yeine!
  • Redemption Quest: What he's forced into making.
    "You will serve, not a single family, but all the world. You will wander among mortals as one of them, unknown, commanding only what wealth and respect you can earn with your deeds and words. You may call upon your power only in great need, and only to aid these mortals for whom you hold such contempt. You will right all the wrongs inflicted in your name."
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Nahadoth and Yeine initially bound Itempas to wander as a human until he corrected all the wrongs done in his name or found love. But when he found love in ten years, they decided he hadn't suffered enough and sent him back on the road. Even after Tempa cries for Sieh's death and is given his powers back, Yeine and Nahadoth still don't like him... well, Yeine is a tiny bit more sympathetic, but she still sides with Nahadoth in order to keep the peace.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Functionally this throughout book two and three (with an exception for death-by-demon-blood). Being put in a mortal body stops him from healing when he's hurt, like his siblings and godlings do, but if he dies, he'll heal and come back.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: God of light, order, and stability to Nahadoth's darkness, chaos, and change.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: In contrast to Nahadoth and Enefa, who took loads of human lovers, Itempas is so content with the OT 3 that he only takes two human lovers in all of history, and those only when Nahadoth and Enefa (or Nahadoth and Yeine) abandon him.
  • The Stoic: As a mortal. He barely speaks three words together.
  • Someone Has to Die: Is planning to go out saving the world from the God Mask and the Maelstrom, hitting notes of Face Death with Dignity and Redemption Equals Death in the process.
  • Sunk Cost Fallacy: Having killed Enefa, he imprisoned Nahadoth and the Enefadeh because it was a choice between that and losing them for good, which would defeat the purpose of killing Enefa in the first place.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Though they're brown once he turns human.
  • Super OCD: Well, he's the god of order. Of course he's obsessed with everything being neat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Over the course of book two.
  • Top God: During book one.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Before he Took a Level in Kindness


“She killed things all the time, Yeine. She was death as well as life, the twilight along with the dawn. Everyone forgets that.”

Our Dead Girl, the dead third creation deity. Enefa was the goddess of twilight, life and death, and balance.


General Godling Tropes

I had not met many godlings at that point, but anyone who dwelled for long in Shadow learned this much: they drew their strength from a particular thing—a concept, a state of being, an emotion. The priests and scriveners called it affinity, though I had never heard any godling use the term. When they encountered their affinity, it drew them like a beacon, and some of them could not quite help responding to it.

Our Divine Supporting Cast.


Madding sighed. “Mortal languages don’t have words for this. He… lives true. He is what he is. You’ve heard that saying, haven’t you? It’s more than just words for us.” I had no idea what he was talking about. He saw that in my face and tried again. “Imagine you’re older than this planet, yet you have to act like a child. Could you do it?”
Impossible to even imagine. “I… don’t know. I don’t think so.”
Madding nodded. “Sieh does it. He does it every day, all day; he never stops. That makes him strong.”

Our Trickster, a lesser deity imprisoned alongside Nahadoth. Sieh is the god of childhood.

  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Usually takes the form of a prepubescent child, though he sometimes ages himself up to teen.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Eventually becomes an actual god, and makes a new Three along with Shahar and Dekarta Arameri.
  • Break the Haughty: This happens a lot in book three.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He criticizes Nahadoth's tendency to play favorites with the godlings, while also noting that it's unfair because he can't help but play favorites; it's against his nature to treat things equally when they are clearly not.
  • Chess Master: Per Word of God.
    Sieh is The Chessmaster of the Enefadeh. Kurue was their leader, but it was Sieh’s strategies which drove much of the plot. He’s the one who conceived the plan to hide Enefa’s soul in Yeine’s body. When that plan went horribly awry, he’s the one who chose to befriend her, and in his own unique way seduce her, in hopes of convincing her to die for them.
  • Creepy Child: Thanks to really being millenia old and open about the physical and psychological horrors he's suffered. It's unsettling to have a child looking at you with murder in his eyes.
  • The Dutiful Son: Thinks of himself as this, while looking down on all the godlings who didn't stick by Nahadoth during his imprisonment.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Green Eyes: To honor Enefa.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Especially if you're the god of childhood and have to experience puberty.
  • Fantastic Racism: Aside from children, Sieh doesn't have a very high opinion of mortals, albeit with good reason.
  • First-Person Smartass: In book three.
  • Happily Adopted: By Yeine.
  • Has Two Mommies: Two daddies and a mother...or one daddy, one mommy and a Naha. Or perhaps one asshole, one stepmother and one's complicated.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He kills himself to stop Kahl and the Maelstrom from destroying the world.
  • I Miss Mom: As tricky and deceptive as he is, Sieh truly misses Enefa and treats Yeine as a mother figure.
  • Immortal Immaturity: His nature is childishness. No matter how many years he's existed in the world, he's still a brat.
  • Inner Monologue: Book three's viewpoint character.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Shahar and Deka in book three.
  • Jerkass Gods: Look at the choice he tries to force on Shahar!
  • Kids Are Cruel
    Sieh chuckled. “Of course I’m sorry, Lil. Do I look like the kind of person who would hold a grudge? That would be petty of me.”
    “Petty,” agreed the blonde woman, “and childish and cruel. Does his suffering please you?”
    “Oh, yes, Lil. It pleases me very much.” Not even the pretense of friendliness this time. There was nothing in that boyish voice but sadistic relish.
  • Made a Slave: Thanks to Parental Betrayal
  • Man Child
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: It turns out that Sieh played his own unwitting part in starting the Gods' War by lying to bring Itempas home to Nahadoth and Enefa, never considering what his abandonment would do to Shahar Arameri's none too stable mind.
  • Offing the Offspring: To Kahl.
  • Parental Incest: With Nahadoth and Enefa; notably never with Itempas.
  • Rapid Aging: This happens in book three, where there are several instances when Sieh ages decades in a matter of hours.
  • Sand In My Eyes
  • Trickster Archetype
  • Uncanny Valley: Again, per Word of God.
    I focused on depicting the quintessential creepiness of him — the ancient soul that is always visible through his child’s eyes, the calculating adult mind which uses the wiles of a child to conceal its true complexity. But it’s hard to keep “creepy” from edging into “repulsive”. Sieh exists in a perpetual Uncanny Valley state; he looks and acts like something that he isn’t. Something we’re supposed to feel affection toward, not fear.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • What the Hell, Hero?: At times it seems like everyone is saying this to Sieh in book three.


“Once upon a time, there was a god imprisoned here. He was a terrible, beautiful, angry god, and by night when he roamed these white halls, everyone feared him. But by day, the god slept. And the body, the living mortal flesh that was his ball and chain, got to have a life of its own. It wasn’t much of a life, mind you. All the people who feared the god did not fear the man. They quickly learned they could do things to the man that the god would not tolerate. So the man lived his life in increments, born with every dawn, dying with every sunset. Hating every moment of it. For two. Thousand. Years. Until suddenly, one day, the man became free.”

Our Sort-Of-Clone, a human body with its own personality that comes to life by day and keeps Nahadoth’s godly power imprisoned. Spends book two confusing the hell out of Oree, and book three taking not a little pleasure in both tormenting Sieh and sending him on errands.


I will not be a slave to fate. I will embrace it, control it. I will be what I wish to be.

Our Long-Lost Relative and Big Bad all in one; spends book three gearing up to take his revenge on the parents who abandoned him. And since he's a Godling of Vengeance, that's a very big revenge indeed.


I won’t push any of you, see? I didn’t give you anything, and you don’t owe me anything. Your power is yours; it has always been there. I’m just going to help you reach it. What you do with it, from there on, is up to you.

Our Social Justice Warrior, narrator and protagonist of the sequel novella "The Awakened Kingdoms."

Miscellaneous Godling Tropes


General Arameri Tropes

“Like our ancestress Shahar, we Arameri are first and foremost the servants of Itempas Skyfather. It is in His name that we have imposed the age of the Bright upon the world. Peace, order, enlightenment. Itempas’s servants do not use, or need, weapons. Tools, though…”

Our Ruling Clan, which unofficially controls the world from the city of Sky.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Sky is a degenerate mess of backstabbing, debauchery, assassination and general corruption.
  • The Beautiful Elite
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Often the only real way to get ahead in the family.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Arameri just love doing this to heretics in particular, but often anyone who annoys them.
  • The Clan
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Arameri installed a universal age of consent, and do not condone sexual abuse of children, or tolerate paedophiles. T'Vril's father, even though he was a fairly high ranking member of the family, was executed for raping T'Vril's underage mother.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The Arameri are awful to both the gods they keep as slaves, and the nations they rule over.
  • Hypocrite : The Arameri look down upon the Northern Kingdoms in particular as savage, with bizarre and disgusting customs - conveniently ignoring the fact that their ancestors, the Amn, were cannibals.
  • Incest Is Relative: Relad regularly has sex with women who bear a very close resemblance to his sister Scimina, and Shahar and Deka's father, Remina, is their mother Remath's half-brother.
  • Made a Slave: The Arameri central family forces distant relatives, particularly mixed-race ones, to come and live as servants in Sky.
  • Propaganda Machine
  • Stealth Insult
  • Tangled Family Tree
  • Wicked Cultured

T’vril Arameri

“Not only has my cousin forgotten that Bright Itempas no longer rules the gods, but she has also forgotten that we Arameri now answer to several masters rather than one. The world changes; we must change with it or die.

Our Recurring Side Character, a high-ranking Arameri servant in book one who is running the world by book two.

Viraine Arameri

“But at least I still have a soul. What did you trade yours for?”
To my surprise, Viraine’s glee seemed to fade. He looked down into the pit, the gray light making his eyes seem colorless and older than Dekarta’s. “Not enough,” he said, and walked away.

Our Court Mage who facilitates a certain web of lies, and is keeping someone secret.

Kinneth Arameri

Once upon a time there was a little girl whose father murdered her mother. Then she set all her mind and heart and formidable will on vengeance… because that is what a daughter does when her mother has been murdered.

Our Heroine's Dead Mom, who actually kicks off the plot.

High Priestess Shahar Arameri

The child was mad, of course. Later events proved this. But it makes sense to me that this madness, not mere religious devotion, would appeal most to the Bright Lord. Her love was unconditional, her purpose undiluted by such paltry considerations as conscience or doubt. It seems like Him, I think, to value that kind of purity of purpose—even though, like warmth and light, too much love is never a good thing.

Our Crazy Priestess, a fanatical follower of Itempas who is at least partially responsible for everything bad in the series, and imposed the Itempan Church on the world two-thousand years before The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Lady Shahar Arameri

I am Shahar Arameri, and I am alone.

First of Our Messianic Twins, who manage to form a friendship with Sieh despite the fact that they're the heirs of the family who tortured him for two thousand years. They both also love him passionately - yes, like that - which both creates a OT 3 and causes a whole lot of joy and grief.

Dekarta Arameri

"But I will not be nothing to you, Sieh. And if I must change the universe to have you, then so be it." He smiled again, tight, vicious, beautiful. Terrifying.

Second of Our Messianic Twins, who manage to form a friendship with Sieh despite the fact that they're the heirs of the family who tortured him for two thousand years. They both also love him passionately - yes, like that - which both creates a OT 3 and causes a whole lot of joy and grief.

Miscellaneous Arameri


Oree Shoth

"I am, you see, a woman plagued by gods."

Our Redemption Love Interest, a blind painter with a unique magical talent who finds an undead man in her dumpster.

Glee Shoth

For just an instant, her eyes seemed to flare red-gold like a struck match. "I have spent nearly the past century trying to keep this world from falling apart," she snapped. "I'm not a god. I have no choice but to live in this realm, unlike you. I will do whatever I must to save it — including working with godlings like you who claim to despise Itempas, though in reality you're just as selfish and arrogant as him at his worst!"

Our Daddy's Girl, the daughter of Oree and Itempas. The mediator between her father and her lover Ahad (who don't really like each other, for some reason) and one of the leading figures in the attempts to find out just who is causing unrest in the kingdoms.


“We demons are the gods’ children, too, are we not? Yet they have hunted us nearly to extinction. How is that right? I say that if they fear us so, we should give them something to fear: their despised, persecuted children, coming to take their place.”

Our Villain, or one of the closest things we’ll have to a straight-up unsympathetic villainous character, who spends book two trying to off stupid sexy Nahadoth.