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A list of characters for ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', subdivided by faction. Beware of spoilers.


[[folder: Erkynlanders]]

!'''Seoman (Simon) Snowlock'''

A kitchen scullion in the Hayholt under the watchful gaze of Rachel the Dragon, Simon comes under the tutelage of Doctor Morgenes, who seems to plan great things for him, only to have his idyllic life shattered by the coming of evil to the castle in the form of the priest Pryrates. His subsequent journey leads him headlong into the conflict surrounding the Three Swords.

* AManIsNotAVirgin: As any teenage boy, he spends a lot of time trying to get laid, without much success.
* BerserkerTears: After [[spoiler:Amerasu's death]], Simon goes into a berserker rage against Ingen Jegger, unknowingly crying the whole time.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: His mother came to the Hayholt in a rainstorm and died giving birth to him. His father is unknown. Morgenes is the only one who knows the secret of his heritage.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Frustrated by Miriamele's refusal to reciprocate his affections, Simon instead declares that he will be her knight-protector, and abandons his duties to Josua in order to accompany her on her journey back to the Hayholt.
* TheHerosJourney: A deliberate and methodical use of this by Williams; it can be seen throughout the story.
* HeroicBSOD: After [[spoiler:Amerasu's death]] in Jao-ť-Tinukai'i, Simon first goes into a berserker rage and then falls into a stupor, fueled partly by grief and partly by shame at his savage behavior in front of the Sithi.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Simon starts out alone, penniless, and starving in his journey across Osten Ard, but on the way acquires a host of friends and allies, some by chance and some by design.
* LittleHeroBigWar: While the war comes into major focus at times, Simon's role in it and around it is given the most attention; he manages to miss all but one of the major battles.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: A lock of his hair is [[SkunkStripe permanently turned white]] due to being splashed by a dragon's blood; it comes to be symbolic of his journey into otherworldliness. Jiriki tells him, "You have been marked, for good or ill."
* MosesInTheBullrushes: [[spoiler:He is revealed to be the direct descendant of Saint Eahlstan Fiskerne, and therefore the rightful heir to the throne.]]
* OrphansPlotTrinket: The ring given to him by Morgenes ends up being proof of his ancestry.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He suffers a crisis of faith after seeing his friends die on the quest for Thorn, and cries out against God in his anguish. His traveling companions are shocked.
* RedHeadedHero: Simon fits the hot-headed image, but his hair is also a clue to his parentage.
* TookALevelInBadass: He begins the series as a kitchen scullion, and becomes first a capable soldier, then a leader among the forces of good, and finally [[spoiler:the king of Erkynland]]. Atypical of the traditional badass, his strength is reflected more in his mind and spirit than in his body.

!'''Princess Miriamele'''

King Elias' daughter, she chafes under her father's heavy handed yet distant manner and secretly ventures out of the castle in the guise of a serving boy. When her father tries to marry her off to Earl Fengbald, she flees with her handmaiden Leleth, and is eventually rescued by Simon and Binabik. Simon falls in love with her but her self-doubts and rebellious nature keep them apart for most of the story.

* ActionGirl: She fights quite capably with the bow, first seen against Ingen Jegger's hunting dogs. While traveling to Erkynland with Simon, she hunts to supplement their supplies, and kills a Norn in the ruins of Asu'a.
* ArcherArchetype: Her [[WeaponOfChoice preferred weapon]] is a bow, fitting both her independent spirit and the fact that, as a girl, she'd never be permitted to train with a sword.
* LoveInterest: Her relationship with Simon is first foreshadowed when he sees her silhouetted in a window at the Hayholt.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Simon is quite upset when he finds out about her [[spoiler: sexual encounter with Aspitis]], despite the fact that she was coerced. She doesn't help, either, throwing it in his face as a way to keep them apart.
* RebelliousPrincess: Ever since her mother died, her father Elias has been distant from her, keeping her at arms' length and treating her more like property than a person. Unable to find acceptance from him, she becomes increasingly independent, sneaking around the castle in disguise and learning to shoot.
* RunawayFiancee: When she learns that her father has arranged her marriage to Earl Fengbald, a despicable and brutal man, she flees the Hayholt with her handmaiden, Leleth. The pair are rescued from a huntsman by Simon and Binabik.
* SamusIsAGirl: She initially introduces herself as "Malachias," a Hayholt servant, and Simon doesn't figure it out for quite some time.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:She's the one who delivers the killing blow to Elias, defeating the Storm King in the process.]]
* SweetPollyOliver / [[KingIncognito Princess Incognito]]: She goes undercover as a common boy named Malachias.

!'''King Elias'''

Inheritor of the throne of Erkynland after Prester John's death, Elias distinguishes himself with his violent temper and his love of carouse. The tale takes a blacker turn as his reliance on the dark priest Pryrates grows deeper, until he is coerced into making a bargain with the Storm King. Once he takes possession of the evil blade Sorrow, he begins a descent into madness and damnation.

* AlasPoorVillain: [[invoked]] Miriamele's primary motivation in the fourth book is to redeem her father, precisely because she believes he's doing evil not out of wickedness but rather grief. She's right.
* CainAndAbel: He and Josua bicker endlessly because Elias blames Josua for his wife's death. When the Storm King demands a blood sacrifice to seal their pact, Pryrates persuades Elias to use Josua.
* DealWithTheDevil: At Pryrates' urging, Elias bargains with the Storm King for possession of Sorrow.
* DyingAsYourself: He comes to his senses at the very last second, just before [[spoiler:Miriamele kills him]].
* {{Necromantic}}: Played for tragedy; his descent into madness begins with his love for his dead wife and his hope to be reunited with her spirit.
* UnwittingPawn: Pryrates is the driving force behind Elias' madness, as he tricks the king into thinking that he's helping him achieve {{Immortality}}, when in fact he's getting him [[DemonicPossession possessed by the Storm King]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: He's willing to bring the Storm King back and destroy all mortals because he can't be reunited with his lost wife.

!'''Prince Josua "Lackhand"'''

Elias' younger brother, called "Lackhand" for the loss of his hand in a skirmish with Thrithings men that also claimed the life of Elias' wife. Known more for his love of lore than of fighting, he is secretly imprisoned by Pryrates for use in an evil ritual, but escapes with the aid of Simon and Doctor Morgenes. He is the tacit leader of the forces opposed to Elias' rule and reluctantly leads them in their struggle.

* CainAndAbel: He plays TheWisePrince to his brother Elias' HotBlooded nature, and pays for it by getting picked for a blood sacrifice to the Storm King.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: He hates the burden of leadership and would much rather be studying old books.
* ModestRoyalty: He never dresses in the pomp fitting his station and indeed has to be cajoled into even wearing his crown.
* ReluctantWarrior: While he's a capable fighter, he shows a dislike for killing and only enters combat as a last resort.
* SupportingLeader: He's aware that his fight with his brother, Elias, is merely a footnote to the larger battle against the Storm King, but he willingly leads his army in siege of the Hayholt in hopes of providing a crucial distraction.
* TheWisePrince: He'd far rather be studying than leading, and is among the most learned of all the noblemen in the story. In the end, [[spoiler:he gives up his crown and joins the League of the Scroll]].

!'''King Prester John'''

John came to the Hayholt as a wayward islander, but skyrocketed to fame when he emerged victorious from the catacombs beneath it, having slain the great dragon that claimed the life of the former king, Ealhstan Fiskerne. He went on to become the king of Erkynland and the foremost mortal warrior in Osten Ard, reveling in battle as he wielded the fearsome blade Bright-Nail. His only equal was the Nabbanai knight Camaris. At the opening of the story, his passing hands the throne to his son, Elias.

* BadassNormal: A legendary king who slew a ''dragon'', despite possessing no magical powers.
* BloodKnight: To a certain extent.
* [[spoiler: FakeUltimateHero]]: He was not actually the one who [[spoiler: slew the dragon Shurakai]].
* MaintainTheLie: [[spoiler: Turns out it wasn't him who slew the dragon his legend is built on.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter: Based on the medieval legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prester_John Prester John]].
* ShroudedInMyth: [[spoiler: Falsely, as it turns out]].


King Prester John's jester, and privy to his deepest secrets, Towser maintains a presence in Josua's party for a long time.

* TheAlcoholic: Drunk all the time.
* TheJester: His role at court.
* SecretKeeper: Knows both John and Camaris' secrets, and faithfully keeps them both into death.

!'''Doctor Morgenes'''

One of the founding members of the League of the Scroll along with Ealhstan Fiskerne, Morgenes devoted his life to the study of the Art and the history of Osten Ard, particularly the myths surrounding Prester John and the human conquest of the Hayholt. He also preserves in secret the legacy of Ealhstan's family. He takes Simon into his tutelage, but is unexpectedly spurred to action by the scullion's discovery of Pryrates' plotting. He sacrifices himself to allow Josua and Simon to escape the castle.

* CoolOldGuy: Simon admires and looks up to him.
* LetsGetDangerous: In his confrontation with Pryrates.
* TheObiWan: To Simon.
* [[spoiler: ObiWanMoment]]: Saves Simon from [[spoiler: Pryrates]], but [[spoiler: is killed in doing so]].
* YouShallNotPass: He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices his life]] holding back Pryrates to allow Simon to make an escape from the Hayholt.

!'''Rachel "The Dragon"'''

Mistress of the Hayholt's servants, Rachel rules the oft-wayward seamstresses, scullions, maids, and other staff members with an iron fist. When the Hayholt descends into madness, she remains, but is ultimately forced into hiding by an unexpected confrontation with Pryrates. Her Aedonite faith and charity serve her well in the trials that ensue.

* ApronMatron: Described as such.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She genuinely cares about Simon, despite her harsh treatment of him.
* MamaBear: Seeks revenge against Pryrates, who she believes to be responsible for killing Simon.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Simon, whom she loves as if he were her own son.


Josua's right hand man. He is very loyal to the prince, since Josua gave his rank, but secretly he also wishes that his lord would be a little bit firmer, and less worried and haunted.

%%* MauveShirt
* ChekhovsGunman: Being known as the "Prince's Right Hand" ends up playing a part in the prophecy [[spoiler:that restores Camaris' memory]].

!'''Earl Guthwulf'''

Marshal of Elias' armies at the opening of the story, Guthwulf leads the assault on Naglimund only to be brushed aside by Elias' decision to consummate his bargain with the Norn Queen. He grows increasingly concerned by Elias' erratic behavior, but is driven nearly mad by contact with the sword Sorrow. Subsequently blinded in a confrontation with Pryrates, he eventually finds his way to the tunnels beneath the castle.

* {{Jerkass}}: Later becoming a JerkassWoobie.
%%* GoMadFromTheRevelation
%%* HeroicSacrifice
%%* OnlySaneMan: Definitely counts as one in Elias court.
%%* RedemptionEqualsAffliction

!'''Earl Fengbald'''

Marshal of King Elias' mortal armies after Guthwulf's defection, Fengbald is known for his brutality and his taste for subservient women. Miriamele flees the Hayholt in large part because of Elias' promise of her hand in marriage to this man. He leads the assault on the Stone of Farewell.

* BadBoss: He is brutal to anyone who fails him and mistreats his servants as well.
* DirtyCoward: He is a sadistic killer, but only when he has the advantage. When he finds himself having to FaceDeathWithDignity, he's revealed as pathetic.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Those villagers he strikes a deal with at the Stone of Farewell? They're the people whose homes he burned earlier. They have good reason not to trust him.
%%* JerkAss
%%* KarmicDeath
* KickTheDog: His response to a group of citizens petitioning the King for redress is to burn them out.
%%* SmugSnake
* TheStarscream: He believes that he can parlay his marriage to Miriamele into usurping the throne. He never gets the chance.

!'''Eahlstan Fiskerne'''

Founder of the League of the Scroll and the last in the line of the kings of Erkynland before Prester John took up the throne. "Saint" Ealhstan, as he was known, was a famously beloved leader who saw portents of the return of the Storm King and did everything in his power to prepare Osten Ard for this eventuality. He died fighting a dragon beneath the Hayholt.

* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: By way of founding the League of the Scroll.
%%* GeniusBruiser
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: [[spoiler: He killed the red dragon Shurakai]] [[MutualKill but died in the process]]. He's the real hero to Prester John's FakeUltimateHero.
%%* PosthumousCharacter


[[folder: Rimmersmen]]

!'''Duke Isgrimnur'''

A close ally of Prester John, Isgrimnur takes up the leadership of the Rimmersmen in exile after the treacherous Skali betrays his countrymen to Elias. A skilled if elderly warrior, he joins forces with Josua and acts as a voice of reason when all else seems to be going to madness.

* BadassBeard: Josua forces Isgrimnur to shave it off when he has to disguise himself as a monk to search for Princess Miriamele. He is ''[[BigNo not]]'' happy about it.
%%* TheBigGuy
%%* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
%%* SupportingLeader


Isgrimnur's son who spends much of his time acting as a message runner between the various groups allied with Josua.

* EmergencyImpersonation: Disguises himself as Camaris when the latter goes into the tunnels.


One of Simon's traveling companions on his quest to Igjarjuk to retrieve Thorn, Sludig is a veteran soldier who teaches Simon swordsmanship and helps him overcome his adolescent angst.

* AbusiveParents: Implied. He is really not fond of talking about his father.
* DemotedToExtra: He's a major character in the second book but plays only a small role in the third; He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this by complaining about being ignored.
* TheEeyore: Deeply pessimistic and always complaining.
* OldSoldier: His personality.
* PutOnABus: In the third book.
* RealMenLoveJesus: He is seriously upset during Simon's RageAgainstTheHeavens.


A founding member of the League of the Scroll, Jarnauga lives most of his life in perpetual vigil over Stormspike, the black northern mountain that is the home of the Norns. He emerges from this vigil in an attempt to warn Josua's forces about the looming threat of the Storm King, but loses his life in the battle for Naglimund.

%%* BadassBookworm
%%* HeroicSacrifice: In Naglimund
%%* LetsGetDangerous
%%* TheSmartGuy


A Rimmersman warrior and chieftain serving Duke Isgrimnur.

%%* AnAxeToGrind
%%* {{Badass}}
%%* BadassBeard
* BloodKnight: He's not a berserker per se, but is more than happy to kill anyone his Duke commands him to.
-->"Fight and live, fight and die, God waits for all."
-->"I have tasted [[TheFairFolk faerie]]-blood tonight. I would not mind more."
* BornInTheWrongCentury: At one point Deornoth muses that maybe Einskaldir would have preferred the old pagan Rimmersgard religion, with its warrior's heaven, instead of the (by comparison) more peaceable Aedonite faith.
* HeroicSacrifice: He is mortally wounded while distracting the Norns so Josua's party can flee further into Aldheorte.
* RealMenLoveJesus: For all his bloodthirstiness, he is surprisingly pious.


[[folder: Hernystiri]]


A monk and scholar who became a junior member of the League of the Scroll; Cadrach's hunger for knowledge met its match when he unearthed a copy of ''Du Svardenvyrd'', the black tome of Nisses' lore that revealed the impending return of the Storm King. Upon reading the book, he fell into a black pit of despair that broke only when Pryrates discovered his secret and tortured the knowledge out of him. He falls in with Miriamele, who pries away at his veneer of self-loathing in the hopes of eventually reforming him.

%%* AscendedExtra
%%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
%%* DespairEventHorizon
%%* DirtyCoward
%%* DrowningMySorrows
%%* GoMadFromTheRevelation
* HeroicSacrifice: He sacrifices himself to [[spoiler: allow Miriamele to escape from the Storm King's CollapsingLair]] at the end of ''To Green Angel Tower''.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath: See HeroicSacrifice, above.

!'''Princess Maegwin'''

Daughter of King Lluth of Hernystir, Maegwin is forced to watch as Skali's forces conquer her people and kill her father and brother. She chafes at the demands of leadership, burns with unrequited love for Count Eolair, and is eventually driven to madness in her desperation to save her people.

%%* AllLoveIsUnrequited
%%* DespairEventHorizon
%%* GoMadFromTheRevelation
%%* HeroicSacrifice
* HopelessSuitor: To Eolair, driving her into despair.
%%* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
%%* {{Tsundere}}

!'''Count Eolair'''

A noble of Hernystir driven into exile after its conquest, Eolair spends much of the story abroad, seeking out allies to aid his people in their time of need. He has feelings for Maegwin but believes that she holds him in contempt, which keeps them emotionally separated. When the Sithi liberate Hernystir, he joins Jiriki's force in their assault on Naglimund.

%%* AllLoveIsUnrequited
%%* BittersweetEnding


[[folder: Nabbanai]]


Camaris was the greatest knight of the Benidrivine era, rivaled only by King Prester John. His presence on the battlefield was so immense that enemies would surrender rather than face him, not the least of which because he wielded the great blade Thorn which could mow men down like wheat before a scythe. Not long after the death of John's wife in childbirth, Camaris vanished and was presumed dead, only to be discovered twenty years later as a simpleminded servant in an inn in Kwanitupul. Once restored to his wits, he demonstrates bitter unhappiness and seems to have no will to live for himself, only fighting to save his beloved Osten Ard from destruction.

%%* TheAtoner
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BadassNormal
%%* TheBigGuy
%%* TheChainsOfCommanding
%%* CoolOldGuy
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
%%* DeathSeeker
%%* DrivenToSuicide
%%* HeroicBSOD
%%* KnightInShiningArmor
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: He's Josua's real father.]]
%%* ReluctantWarrior
%%* ShroudedInMyth

!'''Count Aspitis'''

A Nabbanai nobleman who falls deep in the service of Pryrates, the devilishly handsome Aspitis briefly imprisons Princess Miriamele on his ship and coerces her into sleeping with him with the intent of forcing her into marriage.

%%* AristocratsAreEvil
%%* HandsomeLech
%%* SmugSnake


[[folder: Wrannamen]]


A Wranna scholar and student of one of the members of the League of the Scroll, it is Tiamak's ambition to someday be counted among their ranks. His questing for knowledge takes him out of the Wran, where he is widely regarded as a savage no better than the rest of his people. Quiet and unassuming, his wisdom ends up playing an invaluable role in the quest to save Osten Ard.

* MagicalNativeAmerican: A fantasy equivalent.
* NonActionGuy: He's a scholar, not a warrior, especially after his leg is crippled by a crocodile attack.
* TheSmartGuy: Though due to prejudice he is not always recognized as such.


[[folder: Qanuc]]


Apprentice to Ooquequk, one of the original members of the League of the Scroll, the diminutive troll Binibiquegabenik (Binabik for short) wanders the lands far more than most members of his isolationist race. Together with his wolf companion, Qantaqa, they make a formidable pair and form a fast friendship with Simon after Binabik rescues him from starvation in the wilderness.

%%* TheBeastmaster
* [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue Eloquent In My Other Nonnative Tongue]]: Apparently his Sithi is perfectly grammatically correct.
* HitchhikerHeroes: Subverted, as Binabik was instructed to look for Simon.
* TheLancer: To Simon.
* MagicalNativeAmerican[=/=]OurTrollsAreDifferent: The Qanuc, known as trolls to the Rimmersmen, have a culture very similar (except for riding sheep) to the Inuit.
* OverlyLongName: Like all trolls, he uses a shortened version to interact with foreigners.
* PoisonedWeapons: His blowgun darts.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Among other idiosyncracies, his speech tends to overuse the present progressive tense.


Sisquinanamook is daughter of the King of the Qanuc and is Binabik's betrothed. Along with her parents, she becomes irate when he fails to return for the ceremonies that commemorate the onset of spring among her people, but loves him enough to aid in his rescue when he is condemned to execution for his "crimes". She proceeds to join him in his embassy to the "big folk" to keep a watch on her investment.

* ActionGirl: Leads a troop of Qanuc in the battle of the Stone of Farewell.
* MyGirlBackHome: To Binabik.
* OverlyLongName: Like all trolls.


[[folder: Sithi]]

!'''All Sithi'''
* TheAgeless: They are hinted to have long ago discovered the secret of immortality, which secret they declined to share with their servants and allies. In fact, they don't live forever. Instead, they merely age very, ''very'' slowly.
* TheFairFolk: They're immortal, beautiful, graceful ... it's not hard to understand why humans keep wanting them dead ... or worshiping them.
* MysticalWhiteHair: All Sithi have white hair, although most of them dye it a variety of colors.
* OldShame: [[invoked]] Amerasu believes their treatment of the Dwarrow (see TheAgeless, above) was a crime for which the Sithi are still paying the price.
* SpaceElves: There are hints that the Sithi may have come from another planet, as their trip to Osten Ard was across the "Dark Ocean", and the journey was long enough that it was implied to be generations (enough that the label of "ship-born" is used to distinguish those born on the journey).
* UncannyValley: In what is a clear difference to Tolkienesque elves, characters here keep noticing that there's just something off about how Sithi look and moves that makes them distinctly inhuman.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Being so long-lived, the Sithi and Norns acquire a lot of grudges and sorrow, and it's implied that all of them become afflicted by unbearable ennui as they get older. Amerasu secludes herself in her home rather than face a world that's not as beautiful as her memories, and Utuk'ku is so consumed by rage at the past and by disgust at her own very advanced mortality that she wants to destroy everyone and everything.

!'''Prince Jiriki'''

One of the youngest Sithi, Jiriki nevertheless has a place of distinction as a descendant of Amerasu and her secret envoy with the humans. On one such trip, he becomes trapped in a woodsman's net and is about to be killed when Simon stumbles onto the scene and rescues him. Fleeing, Jiriki fires his White Arrow toward Simon, which is symbolic of the life-debt he now owes the young human. Despite his relative youth, Jiriki plays a major role in the conflict, as his understanding of and rapport with mortals leads him to drive his people to abandon their isolation and go on the offensive against the Storm King's forces.

* {{Badass}}: Like all Sithi, Jiriki has had centuries to perfect his combat skills, but sees more combat than his fellows due to his adventurousness and activism. He is fast, strong, and a deadly accurate shot.
* IOweYouMyLife: He gives the White Arrow to Simon to symbolize the life-debt he owes. This arrow becomes immensely important later.
* ThePowerOfTrust: More than any other character, Jiriki comes to symbolize the chance that mortals and Sithi may some day come to trust one another and cooperate.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Jiriki is among the most activist of all his people, leading hunting parties to defend their borders, pushing for greater intervention against the Norns, and generally refusing to go along with the Sithi's policy of of non-intervention.


Jiriki's younger sister, Aditu is less wise in the ways of mortals than he, but "adopts" Simon after she rescues him from the northern wilderness and brings him to Jao-ť-Tinukai'i. She later acts as the Sithi emissary to Josua's forces.

* InnocentFanserviceGirl: She doesn't understand human taboos about nudity, and frequently goes unclothed or nearly so around Simon, much to his confusion.
* MomentKiller: She interrupts Simon's would-be tryst atop the Stone of Farewell.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: While she would deny being "royalty", she is Jiriki's sister and, though she doesn't agree with all of his ideas, ventures out on her own regularly.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: She makes fun of and sometimes toys cruelly with Simon's mortal feelings.

!'''Amerasu "Ship-Born"'''

The eldest living Sithi, second in age only to Utuk'ku of the Norns, Amerasu is named "Ship-Born" because of her birth during the Sithi's voyage to Osten Ard from their lost homeland. As age confers wisdom and power, she is also second only to Utuk'ku in her mastery of the Art and of the Dream Road. She nearly manages to reveal the EvilPlan to the gathered folk of Jao-ť-Tinukai'i, but [[spoiler:is silenced by Utuk'ku and killed by her huntsman]].

%%* MentorOccupationalHazard
%%* TimeAbyss


[[folder: Other or unknown]]


A mysterious personage of unknown race and history, GeloŽ is held in mingled fear and respect by those few who know of her. Living in the midst of the wilderness in a Baba Yaga-esque hut, she could easily be mistaken for a witch but is in reality more of a Druidic figure with mastery of all sorts of lore including the art of shapeshifting. She aids Simon, Binabik, and Miriamele when they stumble upon her abode, and later joins Josua's party.

%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* DreamWeaver
%%* VoluntaryShapeshifting


[[folder: The Forces of the Storm King]]

!'''Ineluki/The Storm King'''

Ineluki was said to be the brightest flame that the Sithi had ever known, and had the depredations of humanity not come to Osten Ard, he might well have led them out of their exile to a new golden age. Unfortunately, his power and ambition turned to defending his people against the onslaught of the Black Rimmersmen, and he went down dark paths in search of forbidden knowledge, which eventually led him to forge in secret the dread sword Sorrow, devourer of light and hope. He sought to destroy the armies invading his home of Asu'a with a mighty spell, but instead cast himself and his servants into the realms beyond death, where his spirit burned for five centuries in search of a way back. He is the Devil of Osten Ard, a being of fire and ice who seeks nothing less than the total destruction of all mortals and the consumption of the world by Unbeing.

* {{Badass}}: Even among immortals, Ineluki was terrifyingly powerful. In his backstory, he slew a dragon, and almost single-handedly held off the army of humans invading Asu'a.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The forging of Sorrow and the dark magics he wielded in the defense of Asu'a both count. He was warned against both but did so anyway.
* EldritchAbomination: His mere existence is such a ''wrongness'' that simple exposure to it can drive mortal minds insane.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Paralyzing cold is how he freezes Simon's will and forces him to obey the call of Bright-Nail.
* {{Expy}}[=/=]{{Homage}}: As Ineluki, he bears a striking resemblance to FŽanor of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. After becoming the Storm King, he's essentially a more sympathetic [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]].
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: His backstory is a quintessential example of what happens when you go too far in pursuit of an idealistic vision of the world.
* KnightTemplar: With respect to mortals. He has no sympathy for them and wishes them all utterly destroyed.
* LoadBearingBoss: His destruction triggers the collapse of Green Angel Tower.
* OmnicidalManiac: This is where Ineluki ended up after going down the slope from a MessianicArchetype to WellIntentionedExtremist to dead and hating all living beings.
* OneWingedAngel: He turns [[spoiler:the possessed King Elias]] into a [[EldritchAbomination terrifying being]] of fire and shadow.
* SealedEvilInACan: In this case, ''time'' is the can, which Pryrates' spell seeks to undo.
* SelfMadeOrphan: After Ineluki made Sorrow, his father called it an abomination and ordered him to destroy it. This broke the last vestiges of his sanity and he murdered the king on the spot, taking his antlered crown.
* TheUndead: He's never embodied except at the very end, but he is described variously as "undead" and "beyond death".
* WellIntentionedExtremist: His campaign to save his people from the Black Rimmersmen started out as this, before [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he went completely over the edge]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: His tragic backstory proves crucial to his defeat.


Nobody knows the origins of the black priest Pryrates, and he never reveals them. Introduced to the League of the Scroll around the same time as Cadrach, his love of dark knowledge had already begun to reveal itself. Displaying a visible disdain for such things as morality and restraint, he delved into the deepest secrets of the Art and of Unbeing and eventually made contact with the darkest being of all, the Storm King. He acts as the architect of all the evil that befalls the mortal lands of Osten Ard, gleefully sacrificing souls and even entire nations to feed his hunger for domination.

* BaldOfEvil: He shaves his head.
* CardCarryingVillain: He takes a cackling delight in being evil for evil's sake at times.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: He learns these right from the source -- Utuk'ku and Ineluki themselves. Specifically, the Words of Changing and the Words of Unmaking.
* TheDragon: The heroes believe that he is Elias' henchman. They are wrong; Elias is Pryrates' pawn. It then appears that he will be this for the Storm King, but he ends up being more of a [[TheStarscream Starscream]], and the heroes are not the ones who kill him.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: He makes a brief appearance almost running over Simon with a carriage, and in his first real in-person scene he [[KickTheDog stomps a dog's skull in]], [[ForTheEvulz just because he can]].
* EvilChancellor: He deliberately ingratiates himself with Elias in order to get promoted to "trusted advisor", intending all along to betray him.
* EvilGloating: He gets most of a chapter dedicated to describing his EvilPlan in loving detail to a helpless audience. Then he tries it on the Storm King, preemptively, which [[TemptingFate doesn't go as well]].
* EvilIsNotAToy: Yup, trying to backstab the ancient, angry undead sorcerer you just resurrected is a ''great'' idea.
* EvilSorcerer: To a tee.
* ForScience: His goal is knowledge. All knowledge, all secrets, no matter how dark or forbidden. He seeks everything that can be known.
* KickTheDog: In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, he crushes a puppy to death beneath his boot, just to creep out Simon.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: His plan to betray the Storm King results in his annihilation by same.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: The audience knows this, but for a long time the heroes don't realize that he's the one driving Elias, not vice versa.
* MisanthropeSupreme: He cares nothing for people; they are instruments to him, to be discarded as easily as a pair of old shoes when they are no longer useful.
* SinisterMinister: Although Pryrates is notionally an ordained Aedonite priest, he does absolutely nothing that resembles the worship of that religion, and is even excommunicated by Lector Ranessin in ''The Stone of Farewell'', not that it does any good.
* TheStarscream: He intended all along to betray his master. It doesn't work out well for him.
* TheUnfettered: He states that he is "what a person who accepts no limits can become."
* TortureTechnician: If his "laboratories" in Hjeldin's Tower are any indication.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: He uses the Words of Changing to adopt a variety of terrifying shapes.


Queen of the Norns and the oldest thinking creature in Osten Ard, Utuk'ku rests in the dark mountain of Stormspike like a spider in her web, manipulating events with her indomitable will. She is Ineluki's closest ally and the author of his schemes, and it is her magics that bind the dark forces that allow him to attempt to reenter Osten Ard. She is the last of the Gardenborn, the only being left alive who remembers the lost home of the Sithi and Norns. She is a being of unknowable age, wisdom, and power.

%%* TheChessmaster
%%* TheDarkChick
%%* TheDragon
%%* EvilCounterpart: To Amerasu.
%%* EvilIsDeathlyCold
* TheFaceless: She wearss beautiful silver mask, an image of her own face. [[spoiler:Because underneath it she looks like an old woman.]]
%%* OmnicidalManiac
%%* WhoWantsToLiveForever
%%* WinterRoyalLady
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: She's played with a certain degree of sympathy; her desire to destroy the world comes from the dreadful ennui of eternal life coupled with a hatred of humanity stemming from the death of her son.