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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 ActionGirl from a BarbarianTribe called to participate in a clan succession ceremony, who ends up embroiled in the affairs of gods.

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: After she absorbs Enefa's essence, she becomes technically Sieh's mother, despite being a significant fraction of his age. She later describes the godlings as stepchildren.
* ActionGirl: Even before becoming a god she was from a culture where women were the warriors and the men tended to the home.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Having sex with Nahadoth at night gets people killed? I've gotta try that!"
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Takes on Enefa's powers and goddesshood.
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: She can't help but find Nahadoth extremely alluring, but she takes pains not to use him as a sex slave as the other Arameri do.
* DeadPersonConversation: With Enefa.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin: She becomes a new goddess through the piece of Enefa's soul implanted in her, and is known from then on as the Grey Lady.
%%* DivineDate
* FishOutOfWater: Yeine is a moral, straightforward person thrust into a viper's nest of treacherous, rapacious cour politics.
* GreenEyes: Part of her "looks like Enefa" package.
* TheHeroDies: She's killed at the end of book 1, but manages to absorb Enefa's essence and become a god.
* InnerMonologue: The viewpoint character for book one.
* InterspeciesRomance: Human and god.
* MamaBear: Sieh notes that Enefa was less maternal than Yeine, whose maternal instinct is so strong that she, as a human girl, attacks a god to protect Sieh.
* MixedAncestry: Half Darre, half Amn.
* ParentalSubstitute: She becomes a mother figure to Sieh, whom she has maternal feelings for because he was Enefa's child.
%%* {{Polyamory}}
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: She's very proud of her fighting skills and thoroughly earned her position as leader of her people.
%%* PsychicDreamsForEveryone
* SanitySlippage: As a result of her two souls.
* SaveYourDeity: She was literally born into a plot to resurrect the third figure of the Three and save Nahadoth and his loyal children from two thousand years of slavery.
%%* WomenAreWiser


-->''"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 PowerTrio 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.

* ADayInTheLimelight: 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."
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: 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.
* AndIMustScream: Being imprisoned in Sky.
* AttractiveBentGender: 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.
* BiTheWay: His first sexual liaison is with his lover-brother Itempas. After that, with his sister Enefa.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Not that he's strictly evil.
* BrotherSisterIncest: He, Itempas, and Enefa formed a threesome, which is how things usually are with gods.
* DarkIsNotEvil: 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.
* DisproportionateRetribution: When godlings start getting murdered in Shadow, his ultimatum is to find the culprits in one month or he'll destroy the city.
* ExoticEquipment
-->"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."
* GodInHumanForm: He's confined to a mortal shell in daylight as an Arameri slave.
* GoodInBed: He's ''so'' good in bed that it is actually lethal to most mortals.
* MrFanservice: It's repeatedly stressed that Nahadoth is really, ''really'' attractive.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: 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.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: To a human body during the day.
* JerkassGods: He's left deeply bitter about his treatment by the Arameri and Itempas and has no qualms about killing en masse.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: He's Itempas's main one.
* LustObject: 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.
* MadGod: 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...
* MisterSeahorse: Thanks to being a VoluntaryShapeshifter 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.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant
-->"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."
* OffingTheOffspring: The demon holocaust.
* TheOlderImmortal: He was the first god born out of the Maelstrom.
* PapaWolf: 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.
* ParentalFavoritism: 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.
* ParentalIncest: Sometimes has sex with his divine children.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Even with his powers bound, he sinks an entire continent. He was trying for the whole world.
* PhysicalGod: Apart from the mortal shell he's confined to in daylight, Nahadoth's god form is still tangible... just endlessly changeable.
* {{Polyamory}}: With Enefa and Itempas.
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: His hair merges with the shadows when he gets closer to his true form.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
-->"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."
* SexGod: Passion is very much a part of his nature.
* SiblingYinYang: 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]]In truth, he is a bit more nuanced than that.[[/note]] Itempas is a god of light, order, and stability.

* AbusiveParents: To the Enefadeh.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse, 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 [[{{Yandere}} 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 offering Itempas his blood.
** Itempas maintains that he knew what he did was wrong immediately afterwards, but having brought upon everyone a CrapsackWorld, he let things continue as they did because he can't change once committed to a new course. 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.
* TheAtoner: 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.
* BigBrotherAttraction: For Nahadoth, who isn't exactly a brother, but who definitely predated him by several "eternities."
* BiTheWay: He's willing to have sex with Nahadoth in any of Naha's shapes - but because of his nature, Itempas tends to prefer Nahadoth as male, and forced him into that gender during his incarceration.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Him and Nahadoth, him and Enefa.
* BroughtDownToNormal: 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.
* ButNowIMustGo: 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.
* CharacterDevelopment: He's bound as a human, which allows him to change on his own for the first time.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Originally light on the crazy, but he was manipulated by Shahar Arameri, who was herself completely off her rocker.
%%* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeathIsCheap: His human form regenerates whenever he dies. He dies frequently because he doesn't bother to take the same basic precautions that a mortal would, like safety and impulse control. He and others even use his tendency to regenerate as an easy way to heal him. Back broken? Kill him, and he regenerates whole.
* DeathSeeker: 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.
* DefrostingIceQueen: 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.
* DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence: He was booted out of Sky and ended up living in the slums.
* TheDon: In book three. You could even call him [[IncrediblyLamePun the Godfather]].
%%* DontYouDarePityMe
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* EmbarrassingNickname: Shiny, Shiny, Shiny.
%%* EmergentHuman
%%* MrFanservice
%%* FlyingDutchman
* ForgetsToEat: It wasn't one of his habits as a god.
%%* GodInHumanForm
* GodIsFlawed: Edges into GodIsEvil territory on occasion, but mostly it's just a matter of him being completely incapable of compromising, and given the choice between change and violence, he would most frequently resort to violence.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Very, very fast. Just ''one moment'' of realizing his siblings were only thinking about each other was enough to seriously damage his psyche.
* GrowOldWithMe: After the end of Book 3, he returns to Oree to do this. He's even aged himself up a bit.
* HotGod: Oree, Naha, and Yeine all find him very, very attractive.
%%* HumanityEnsues
* IncestIsRelative: With both his sisters.
* InterspeciesRomance: With the first Shahar, and later with Oree.
* JerkassGods: Sets off a war because he's hurt. Recovers, but instead of admitting he was wrong and forgiving the people he's harmed, he doubles down, keeping them imprisoned for millennia and insisting that ''they'' have to submit first. Also kind of a stiffnecked hardass in personality, though he does have an extremely dry sense of humor.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LightIsNotGood: Though [[LightIsGood neither is it particularly bad]].
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: His jealousy of Enefa and Nahadoth and his also-crazy mortal lover lead him into some really bad decisions.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Not ''very'' evil, but evil nonetheless.
* LoveRedeems: 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.
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: Yeine and Nahadoth believe that stripping his powers and confining him to a human body is a more effective punishment than just killing him.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: He killed Enefa because Nahadoth briefly loved her more than him.
* MysteriousPast: The reader knows it, but Oree is in the dark about it for a large chunk of the book.
* NewChildLeftBehind: Slightly messed with in that Tempa and Oree's daughter, Glee, chases her dad down and stays with him.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: 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.
* PapaWolf: 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.
* RedemptionEqualsSex: Thanks for the book three opening quickie, Yeine!
* RedemptionQuest: 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."
* ReformedButRejected: 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.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: 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.
** Functions as ChekhovsSkill in Sieh's plan to stop the Maelstrom.
* SiblingYinYang: God of light, order, and stability to Nahadoth's darkness, chaos, and change.
* SingleTargetSexuality: In contrast to Nahadoth and Enefa, who took loads of human lovers, Itempas is so content with the OT3 that he only takes two human lovers in all of history, and those only when Nahadoth and Enefa (or Nahadoth and Yeine) abandon him.
* TheStoic: As a mortal. He barely speaks three words together.
* SomeoneHasToDie: Is planning to [[SuicideMission go out]] saving the world [[TakingYouWithMe from the God Mask and the Maelstrom]], hitting notes of FaceDeathWithDignity and RedemptionEqualsDeath in the process.
* SunkCostFallacy: 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.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Though they're brown once he turns human.
* SuperOCD: Well, he's the god of order. Of course he's obsessed with everything being neat.
* TookALevelInKindness: Over the course of book two.
* TopGod: During book one.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Before he TookALevelInKindness


-->''“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.

* AbusiveParents: To Kahl, who she banished to an isolated void.
* BrotherSisterIncest: With both her brothers.
* DarkSecret: Kahl. She forced Sieh to forget his existence.
* DeadPersonConversation: Happens frequently in Book One, with Yeine.
* GreenEyes: Many of her children have or adopt her uniquely-shaded green eyes as a sign of loyalty or affiliation.
* HotScientist: Per Word of God, she was the most coolly rational and analytical member of the trio, offsetting her siblings' more passionate and hot-tempered natures. They both found her attractive, though since they'd been involved with each other first, it took them a while to incorporate her into their union.
* IncestIsRelative: Had a son with ''her'' son, Sieh.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: Averted. Nahadoth and Itempas are emotional forces of nature, while Enefa is the steel-hearted scientist who creates life and offs imperfect experiments as she sees fit.
* ParentalIncest: With Sieh.
* PosthumousCharacter: Killed by Itempas before the start of the series.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Subverted. As shown by the quote above, Enefa may have been much loved, and she may have been unjustly killed but she wasn't [[IncorruptiblePurePureness all good all the time]]. She had her negative traits just like Itempas and Nahadoth do, and is accused more than once of being partly responsible for Itempas' breakdown and the second Gods' War.
* WomenAreWiser: Or more scientific-minded.

!!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.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith
* BigScrewedUpFamily
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Averted. Turns out they don't even like having worshipers that much.
* TheMafia: In book three.
* ParentalIncest: Everywhere!
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* TangledFamilyTree


-->''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.

* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Usually takes the form of a prepubescent child, though he sometimes ages himself up to teen.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Eventually becomes an actual god, and makes a new Three along with Shahar and Dekarta Arameri.
* BreakTheHaughty: This happens a ''lot'' in book three.
* CallingTheOldManOut: 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.
%%* CatsAreMagic
%%* CatsAreMean
%%* CatsAreSnarkers
* ChessMaster: Per WordOfGod.
--> Sieh is TheChessmaster 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.
* CreepyChild: 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.
* TheDutifulSon: Thinks of himself as this, while looking down on all the godlings who didn't stick by Nahadoth during his imprisonment.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* GreenEyes: To honor Enefa.
* GrowingUpSucks: Especially if you're the god of childhood and have to experience puberty.
* FantasticRacism: Aside from children, Sieh doesn't have a very high opinion of mortals, albeit with good reason.
* FirstPersonSmartass: In book three.
* HappilyAdopted: By Yeine.
* HasTwoMommies: Two daddies and a mother...or one daddy, one mommy and a Naha. Or perhaps one asshole, one stepmother and one Naha...[[BigScrewedUpFamily it's complicated]].
* HeroicSacrifice: He kills himself to stop Kahl and the Maelstrom from destroying the world.
* IMissMom: As tricky and deceptive as he is, Sieh truly misses Enefa and treats Yeine as a mother figure.
* ImmortalImmaturity: His nature is childishness. No matter how many years he's existed in the world, he's still a brat.
* InnerMonologue: Book three's viewpoint character.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Shahar and Deka in book three.
* JerkassGods: Look at the choice he tries to force on Shahar!
* KidsAreCruel
-->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.
* MadeASlave: Thanks to ParentalBetrayal
* ManChild
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: 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.
* OffingTheOffspring: To Kahl.
* ParentalIncest: With Nahadoth and Enefa; notably never with Itempas.
* RapidAging: This happens in book three, where there are several instances when Sieh ages decades in a matter of hours.
%%* SandInMyEyes
%%* TricksterArchetype
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: He can turn into a cat.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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.

* General, and shared with Nahadoth:
** LongHairedPrettyBoy
** TallDarkAndHandsome
* In book one:
** BornIntoSlavery: Did not exist at all before Nahadoth was confined to human form.
** DeathSeeker: He helps--or at least doesn't rat out--the Enefadeh because Nahadoth has promised to kill him once they're free.
** GollumMadeMeDoIt: Routinely "wakes up" to find himself next to the bloody remains of people Nahadoth slaughtered at night.
** JerkAss
** InvoluntaryShapeShifting
** LivingBodysuit
** SexSlave: To Scimina, although it's heavily implied she's not the first Arameri who's done this to him.
** SlaveCollar
** SuperPoweredAlterEgo
* In book two:
** AmbitionIsEvil: In book two, Hado tells Oree that he infiltrated the New Lights in order to become an Arameri full-blood so he could eventually become the family head and rule the world. Oree is horrified.
** TheCasanova
** DeepCoverAgent
** DragonWithAnAgenda
** GoingNative: Boy has he picked up on the Arameri social-climbing, power-hungry, ambitious tendencies. Although, see below...
** HighClassCallGirl
* In book three:
** AbusiveParents: We learn that, in his very early developing years, Ahad regarded Sieh as a father figure. Let us just say that Sieh did ''not'' live up to that image very well.
** AlwaysSaveTheGirl: To Glee, of course.
** CulturedBadass: The badass doesn't come out until Glee is hurt.
** BetaCouple: More or less. He and Glee have apparently been flirting for decades, but they resolve their UST a lot faster and much more easily than Sieh and Deka, and ''especially'' than Sieh and Shahar.
** DefectorFromDecadence: Of a sort. He grew fed up with living in Sky due to its continued corruption...so after having an affair with T'Vril's wife and collecting his reward for doing so, he now runs an elaborate brothel. And lounges around smoking cheroots.
** EveryoneIsRelated: To be fair, it's a logical extension of [[ReallyGetsAround sleeping with half of Sky]] before he left to join the mob.
** TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest: Two thousand years of emotional fuckitry at the hands of the Arameri drove him to [[MisanthropeSupreme nihilism, apathy, and general hatred]], preventing him from realizing that his divine affinity, and the thing he should be drawing power from, is love.
** GenerationXerox: Sort of! Nahadoth's strange child and Itempas's daughter seem like their OppositesAttract romance will play out better than Naha and Tempa's did. (And hey, Ahad is a doppelganger of Nahadoth's Sky form while Sieh calls Glee "Itempas made over with breasts.")
** [[HappilyMarried Happily Never Married]]: With Glee.
** KissingCousins: Or should it be IncestIsRelative when a girl hooks up with her uncle's clone?
** LapPillow
** [[LoveGoddess Love God]]
** MayflyDecemberRomance: Again with Glee, although she's unusually long lived for the 'mayfly' part of the equation.
** UnproblematicProstitution: He's a pimp, but a very ethical pimp. Everyone who works at the Arms of Night is there by choice and enjoys their job.
* In "The God Without A Name":
** ADayInTheLimelight: After playing a supporting role in the main trilogy, Ahad gets a short story all to himself in "The God Without A Name."


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

Our LongLostRelative and BigBad 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.
* AntagonisticOffspring: Sees Sieh as ArchnemesisDad and Enefa as the EvilMatriarch.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: For a start, Mummy made him forget he even ''sired'' you.
* FinalFirstHug: His first and last hug with Sieh was lethal.
* FreudianExcuse: He ''was'' left alone and abandoned in a void for millenia, after all.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: To Sieh.
* MommyIssues: With his mother Enefa.
* OffingTheOffspring: Ultimately an offee.
* {{Patricide}}: Attempted.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Willing to destroy the entire world and himself along with it. But revenge is his nature.


-->''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."

* BabiesEverAfter: The product of this trope.
* {{Empowerment}}
* SupernaturalAid

!!Miscellaneous Godling Tropes
* TheBigGirl: Zhakkarn.
* HorrorHunger: Lil, as the goddess of hunger.
* MayFlyDecemberRomance: Madding and Oree.
* PetTheDog: It's mentioned that Lil starts taking care of a group of orphans at the end of the second book, as she's fascinated by their "hunger" for love.
* RacistGrandma: [[spoiler: Kurue]], who hates mortals [[MadeASlave with reason.]]
* ScaledUp: Kitr turns into a snake.
* WarGod: Zhakkarn of the Blood.


!!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.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Sky is a degenerate mess of backstabbing, debauchery, assassination and general corruption.
* TheBeautifulElite
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Often the only real way to get ahead in the family.
* ColdBloodedTorture: The Arameri just ''love'' doing this to heretics in particular, but often anyone who annoys them.
* TheClan
* DysfunctionalFamily
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 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.
* HumansAreBastards: 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.
* IncestIsRelative: Relad regularly has sex with women who bear a very close resemblance to his sister Scimina, and [[spoiler: Shahar and Deka's father, Remina, is their mother Remath's half-brother.]]
* MadeASlave: The Arameri central family forces distant relatives, particularly mixed-race ones, to come and live as servants in Sky.
* PropagandaMachine
* StealthInsult
* TangledFamilyTree
* WickedCultured

!!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.
* ColdBloodedTorture: He has a conspirator's tongue pulled out in public.
* TheGoodChancellor: The closest thing the Arameri can get to one. T'vril is definitely more good in nature than the highbloods and is more concerned with keeping the empire stable than petty politcal games.
* GoodIsNotNice
* MixedAncestry: Half Amn, half Ken.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: In-universe. He has a one-night stand with Yeine, but just can't compare to Nahadoth. Also a RomanticRunnerUp.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

!!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 CourtMage who facilitates a certain web of lies, and is keeping someone secret.
* CourtMage: The First Scrivener of Sky in the first book.
* LivingBodysuit: He's hiding Itempas in him.

!!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.
* DaddyIssues: She doesn't necessarily hate her father completely, but she can't let his actions go unpunished.
* DefectorFromDecadence: She left Sky for the "barbarians" of Darre because of Dekarta's actions, as part of her long game for revenge.
* MamaBear
* MommyIssues: Most of her actions stem from losing the mother she dearly loved.
* TheParagonAlwaysRebels
* RebelliousPrincess

!!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''.
* ActivistFundamentalistAntics
* BlackAndWhiteInsanity
* FounderOfTheKingdom: A BrokenPedestal example.
* HighPriest: Of Itempas.
* KnightTemplar
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Itempas, a fact which she exploited ''brutally'' by manipulating him into killing Enefa.
* OffingTheOffspring
* PosthumousCharacter: Died long before the series.
* SelfMadeOrphan: At the very least, we know she killed her dad.

!!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 OT3 and causes a whole lot of joy and grief.
* AltarTheSpeed / WartimeWedding: Rushes to marry Datennay as a HopeSpot in face of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* AngstySurvivingTwin: Her twin didn't die, but she was forced to effectively banish him from the court by their mother for political reasons.
* DecoyProtagonist: The blurb on the back makes her sound like the main character, while she actually gets shunted aside 260 pages in.
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* InterspeciesRomance
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Their reality altering powers mean that, in making a blood oath to get Sieh to be their 'best friend forever,' they unwittingly [[BroughtDownToNormal made him mortal.]] Oops.
* PimpedOutDress
* RebelliousPrincess
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* SheIsAllGrownUp
* SiblingTriangle
* SleepCute
* SpiritedYoungLady
* StalkerWithATestTube: Again, forced by her mother for politics.
* TwinDesynch
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask

!! 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 OT3 and causes a whole lot of joy and grief.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence
* BadassBookworm
* DeityOfHumanOrigin
* InterspeciesRomance
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Their reality altering powers mean that, in making a blood oath to get Sieh to be their 'best friend forever,' they unwittingly [[BroughtDownToNormal made him mortal.]] Oops.
* OffToBoardingSchool
* SiblingTriangle
* SleepCute: Sieh spies on them
* StraightGay: And adorably so, when it comes to his favorite childhood crush.
* TwinDesynch
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: In a manner of speaking.
* TheUnfavorite

!!Miscellaneous Arameri
* BondageIsBad: How do you know Scimina is evil? Because she keeps Nahadoth's human form on a SlaveCollar all the time.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Remath.
* RichBitch: Scimina.
* Twincest: Relad prefers women who look like his twin sister.

!!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.

* BlindSeer
* DecemberDecemberRomance: Mixed with MayflyDecemberRomance. By the time Itempas comes back to her she's well over a hundred even if she doesn't quite look it. This doesn't matter to Itempas, but he does alter his visible form to look substantially older in order to match.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Can see magic.
* DivineDate: With both Madding and Shiny!
* GodWasMyCopilot: Until Madding drops TheReveal about "Shiny." Subsequently, PalsWithJesus.
* InnerMonologue: Book two's viewpoint character.
* InterspeciesRomance: Two of 'em.
* IWillWaitForYou: This is hinted at the end of book two, but she vehemently denies doing so at the end of book three. Itempas comes back for a GrowOldWithMe anyway.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: One of Itempas’s.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: About the true identity of "Shiny."
* LoveFatherLoveSon: Inverted! Madding dies and she hooks up with his dad!
* MayFlyDecemberRomance: She and Madding break up because of it. It doesn't stop her from having a relationship with Itempas.
* MeaningfulName: Maroneh girls have sorrowful names and boys have vengeful names because Nahadoth sank their homeland.
* MilkyWhiteEyes
* MoralityPet: To Itempas.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Oree's narration goes out of its way to let you know that she didn't kiss Madding until the second date.
* RestoredMyFaithInHumanity: For Itempas.
* SaveYourDeity: It's Oree's magic that loosens Nahadoth and Yeine's chains on Itempas's powers long enough for Itempas to beat down Dateh.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: “The Broken Kingdoms” is a story Oree is telling to Itempas’s daughter, Glee, in the womb.

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

* ActionGirl: When the going gets tough, she won't hesitate to fight to the death.
* ADayInTheLimelight: After playing a supporting role in "Kingdom of Gods" and a minor role in "The Broken Kingdoms," she gets a short story all to herself in "The Third Why."
* BerserkButton: ''Don't'' threaten her daddy, or she will summon a [[CoolSword sword of order]] and come after you. And yes, you ''should'' be scared.
* BetaCouple
* DatingWhatDaddyHates / WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Daddy ''and'' mommy disapprove of Ahad.
* DivineParentage
* GenerationXerox: Glee acts so much like Itempas that it freaks Sieh out (she has her mother's looks and sense of humor, though).
* GuardianEntity: With hints of BattleButler, NumberTwo, and HypercompetentSidekick as she travels around protecting her daddy, hiding him from attackers, and ensuring that the Arms of Night act according to his wishes.
* HumanMomNonHumanDad
* IronLady
* KissingCousins: With Ahad.
* LadyOfWar
* MeaningfulName: Maroneh girls are customarily given sorrowful names; Sieh even comments on the contrast Glee's name makes.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She ''looks'' about thirty. She's actually nearly a hundred, and she's got quite a few years left in her yet.
* ParentsInDistress
* ShipperonDeck: A subtle version. Glee made ''very sure'' to tell Itempas that Oree never remarried after her first husband died.
* WomanInWhite: In the final battle. Even her ''hair'' turns white.
* WreathedInFlames: With a side of TranquilFury.


-->''“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.
* AGodAmI
* BloodMagic
* EthnicMagician
* ImAHumanitarian
* KillTheGod
* RageAgainstTheHeavens
* YouAreWhoYouEat