Jackie Chan's niece, who after being the victim of Drago's spell, ended up in Meridian and partially transformed into her Queen of the Shadowkhan persona. Circumstances (and Nerissa's manipulations) forced her to join Nerissa's Knights of Vengeance.
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The Knights of Vengeance
A sorceress who was a former Guardian.
- Big Bad: Apparently, for the time being.
- Blatant Lies: Her tales as “The Mage” about Jade being a threat.
- Evil Former Friend: To Yan Lin and the other two currently living members of the old Guardians.
- Evil Sorceress
- Glamour Failure: Jade was able to see that her physical appearance and shadow did not match up.
- Manipulative Bitch: Jade's situation was already bad with Elyon and the Guardians, but it was her who sunk any possibility of Jade joining the good guys, ensuring that she'll become her minion.
- She also manages to deflect Yan Lin’s concerns about Jade, but she knows that Yan Lin will keep getting suspicious.
- The Mole: Among the rebels she's known as "The Mage" (under a disguise), a counselor and authority figure regarding magical threats.
- Villain Has a Point: Nerissa has a point on how Himerish could have stopped the whole mess in Meridian easily, but didn't.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Can disguise herself using her magic.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Believes herself to be this, but seems to honestly believe that the only way the universe can be saved from conflict and evil is via undying loyalty to her and her alone.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Quickly restructures her plans when new factors appear, like telling the rebels Jade is a shapeshifter to force her into joining the Knights, or planning to take Jade’s powers as well as Elyon’s.
- You Have Failed Me: Averted, she is quite calm after the Knights are defeated by the Guardians, which sets off alarm bells in Jade’s head, since in her experience villains tend to react less rationally towards defeats, often blaming everyone around them.
- A Father to His Men: He cares dearly for those under his command, and if he hadn’t been thrown into the Abyss of Shadows, Phobos’ guards might not have defected.
- Handicapped Badass/Brought Down to Badass: He lost some of his muscle mass after he was sent into the Abyss of Shadows, but is still easily capable of tiring out Frost without the brute laying a hand on him.
- Honor Before Reason: His sense of honor is one of his strongest traits.
- The Dragon: Leads the Knights.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Doesn't want to involve a child (Jade) in their war.
- Genius Bruiser: Is both strong and intelligent.
- Noble Demon
- Oh, Crap: The narration uses those two very words to describe his reaction when he realizes that what Jade saw in the previous chapter was the lowering of the Veil, and that he dismissed it.
- Older Than They Look: According to Miranda, he's about 100 years old, which is considered middle-aged for his race, much to Jade's surprise.
- Undying Loyalty: To Phobos.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Her alternate form is a giant spiderlike creature.
- Cerebus Retcon: Inverted, apparently, the whole thing about her eating Passlings was false.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her parents were killed by Kur's shapeshifter purge, and worse, she was Forced to Watch.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves Cedric, and bemoans that she had to leave him behind when she escaped.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She considers Tracker to be an even bigger monster than she is.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When she sees chapter nine’s Pet the Dog moment with Jade, Sniffer and Tracker, she can’t believe that Tracker (who she readily admits for all purposes is a bigger monster than herself) is civil around Jade because Sniffer likes her, assuming it has to be some kind of spell, and still believes that when she sees Jade playing with Sniffer a few chapters later.
- Jerkass Façade: While she's still not very nice, at least some of her behavior seems to be a result of her playing her jerky moments up on purpose. For example, her talk about eating Passlings turns out Blatant Lies.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The dynamic between her and Jade, though they seem to be starting to move past it.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Can transform into a spider creature.
Tropes that apply to all of them:
- Black and White Morality: His viewpoint, which Jade picks up on by looking at him:
This guy was really pushing Jade's buttons. Either he was a hero of this… place or thought himself to be one; either way, she never had encountered someone so shortsighted. Maybe Jackie followed a very strict code of morals and tried to drill that into her, but at least he was not that intolerant to others that didn't follow his beliefs. Even with Viper, he was at most annoyed by her lifestyle than truly condemning her, not to mention he and Uncle gave Tohru a chance when others, even Jade herself at the time, were not that forgiving. And of course, there was Jackie's infinite patience when dealing with her misdeeds.
- Black and White Insanity: His views can border on this, like when he says he'll have everyone in villages that supported Phobos punished regardless of their reasoning.
- Good Is Not Nice
- He Who Fights Monsters: His dedication to hunting down Phobos' remaining loyalists is reaching a point where the Knights are finding him Not So Different from Cedric.
- Rebel Leader: Well, one of them anyway.
- Tempting Fate: After Caleb hears that Frost, Gargoyle and Sandpit are still at large (in addition to Tracker), he wonders what would happen next, like Raythor returning from the Abyss of Shadows (he does), or Phobos, Cedric and Miranda escaping from the Infinite City, he hears the alarms from Nerissa breaking “Kage” and Miranda out. He immediately lampshades this as he hurries to the prison:
- The Worf Effect: The Queen nearly defeats him and the Guardians before Jade regains control.
- Arch-Enemy: It seems she is being set up as Jade’s, since Jade’s primary motivation for staying with the Knights is to get back at the young queen for almost killing her.
- Berserk Button: She doesn’t like having information concealed from her, and things relating to her brother easily rile her up.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She may be one of the good guys, but she can have a bit of a temper (as Jade painfully learned, see below).
- Big Good: Of Meridian.
- Big "WHAT?!": This is her reaction when she finds out that some of Phobos’s supporters are still out there. It’s so loud, it felt like it shook the castle!
- This happens again when she finds out that Miranda and Jade escaped on her visit to Kandrakar (luckily, this time there isn’t any castle shaking).
- Freudian Excuse: Her betrayal by Miranda is the reason she's unwilling to trust Jade.
- Good Is Not Nice
- The High Queen
- Locked Out of the Loop: Like in canon, her (albeit well-meaning) friends and allies in Meridian are keeping certain details from her, like that Miranda and “Kage” escaped from prison.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She is understandably horrified when she realized that she nearly killed Jade.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The fact that she almost killed Jade is a prime factor that the Queen of the Shadowkhan is using to keep Jade from trying to defect.
- Psychoactive Powers: Himerish states that her emotional state can affect her powers, and that anger makes them stronger and harder to control.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She has a lot of power, but she has a hard time controlling it as of the time of this postage, due to her brother only covering how to access the energy, not how to properly utilize it.
- The Atoner: For the things he did when serving Phobos.
- Heel-Face Turn: After the Guardians rescued him when Cedric left him for dead, he changed sides, and managed to get a lot of other guards to do so as well.
- Ignorant Minion: Before his Heel-Face Turn, Phobos told him and his fellow soldiers lies about Earth and the Guardians to retain their loyalty.
Himerish the Oracle
- Fantastic Racism: Has a scarily extreme loathing of shapeshifters, and he isn’t afraid to let others know it. Drake lampshades this, and feels that Kur’s attitude is not something that should be endorsed.
- He led a purge of shapeshifters during Phobos's reign, and is directly responsible for the death of Miranda's parents. With Nerissa's lie that Jade is a shapeshifting experiment of Phobos, he is apparently planning another one...
- Kick the Dog: Poor Miranda.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Kur is not afraid to speak his mind.
- Token Evil Teammate: Is the most outright evil of the new Meridian government, especially with his Fantastic Racism of shapeshifters, his purge of them during Phobos's rule, and the new purge he's planning.
- Would Hurt a Child: Even if a shapeshifter, such as Miranda, is a child, it won't prevent him from trying to burn them at the stake.
The Queen of the Shadowkhan
- Big Bad: Averted. By the time the story starts he has already been defeated.
- Blondes Are Evil: He has long blond hair.
- Eviler Than Thou: Jade feels this way about Phobos when she mentally compares him to Shendu, noting that while they both oppressed their subjects, Shendu was a draconic Demon Sorcerer, unlike Phobos, whose subjects were the same species, meaning he didn't even have Fantastic Racism as an excuse for his cruelty.
- Hannibal Lecture: Phobos delivers one to Caleb, telling him that it was the Guradians and Elyon who defeated him, not the Rebellion, which he considers a bunch of armed peasants.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Vathek then points out that Phobos was pretty much dethroned by a group of teenage girls, causing everybody there to laugh at him
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is currently imprisoned in the Infinite City.
- Self-Made Orphan: He apparently killed his own parents (with a bit of help from Nerissa).