One of Roland's PCs. A somewhat naive young Trueborn noblewoman and necromancer with a nightmarish prior encounter with the Grimoire behind her. In the campaign's introduction she set out to the barony of Dammerinthes after the Grimoire's avatar confronted and taunted her in her room, and now heads up one of the two parties. Cassandra is kind and idealistic, but also quite naive, and has probably read one too many chivalric romances for her own good.Tropes associated with Cassandra:
The Chick (Of all the characters in the roleplay Cassandra is probably the least accustomed to physical battle, though she can still defend herself at need.)
Doppelgänger (The Grimoire's projected avatar can take on Cassandra's form and a warped version of her personality since she's touched it; so far it appeared only in the introduction.)
Drowning My Sorrows (It's been established to deal with lingering trauma Cassandra is self-medicating with servings of blood from her emergency supply, which makes trueborn feel better and acts as a euphoric drug. This cannot go anywhere good.)
Fangirl (Cassandra is most definitely a fangirl when it comes to things she'd encounter in her stories, such as paladins or gypsies. In the prior chapter (from the older iteration of the roleplay now lost but considered mostly canon) she spent some time being impressed by a gypsy character, and now she seems to be doing the same thing with the paladin Devyn.)
I See Dead People (Cassandra has the natural ability to hear and see unmanifested ghosts.)
Les Yay (Cassandra's mental gushing over how great Devyn is and how excited she is to be around a paladin may be just a little suggestive. Quite unintentional at first, but the player saw the possibilities and was amused.)
Phobia (Cassandra has never bit a human being and, considering Vampire Bites Suck in this universe, really doesn't want to ever have to. Like that's not foreshadowing...)
Squishy Wizard (Slightly morbid subversion; Cassandra's Trueborn regeneration allows her in some situations to serve as an improptu meat shield, but she also doesn't wear armor and has no training in its use.)
An exiled imp warlord and one of the few semi-progressive leaders of the Netherspawn, Reskeis formed an alliance with Casandra and her companions at the time during a hellish experience in a Grimoire-corrupted manor during the previous iteration of the roleplay. This was quite unprecedented, as is the fact that Reskeis, in apparent defiance of the setting's conventional wisdom, has relatively little interest in fighting Lightwalkers. His goal is to retrieve the Grimoire and recover his own usurped throne, but he finds the assistance of non-Netherspawn necessary to do so.Tropes associated with Reskeis include:
Anti-Hero (Though quite heroic by imp standards, he's still quite vicious and violent to his enemies, and is currently hiding among Cassandra's party in disguise.)
JT Jag's PC. A retired captain of the guard for one of the great Trueborn houses, he took up alchemy in his spare time, becoming a noted expert on certain alchemical materials. That's just a cover for his real identity, though...Tropes associated with Virgil:
Eponymous Kid's PC. A wildkin brigand who views all others of his kind as morons and ultimately feels he was just born in the wrong family. Extremely large and powerful. Ambitious to a fault. Easily angered, but rarely expresses said anger as anything but a constant sour disposition. Has... history with Ayani and Fari that none of them would like to discuss.Tropes associated with Bertram:
Bears Are Bad News: He's an ursine type wildkin, though he's extremely loathe to show that side of himself.
Clark Kenting: After becoming a wanted criminal, his attempts at disguise amounted to shaving off his beard.
Glass Cannon: What he ultimately amounts to. Despite his size, strength, and endurance, he's still mostly suited to powerful sneak attacks due to a lack of actual fighting ability.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Again, Bertram is easily angered. However, his temper is on a slow burn, and as little things pile up he builds to a volcanic eruption of fury.
Jerk Ass: He has no friends and nobody really cares about him. You do the math.
Made of Iron: Extremely durable. Braving a harsh winter without so much as a shirt on his back is a mild annoyance to him that he exaggerates for effect.
Parental Abandonment: Inverted; Bertram's parents were loving and supportive... but he hated them so much he ran away and never looked back.
Roma: Bertram fit in better with the gypsy band he briefly took up residence with than he ever did with his own family.
Stripperiffic: Bertram never wears a shirt, and the flimsy, too-small vest he does wear has gotten him mistaken for a prostitute several times in the past. This misunderstanding is not always unappreciated.
Yixin's alt. A holographer/terrorcaster for the Masque of Death. Wears a face concealing mask, but overall, demonstrates much less of the Ax-Crazy insanity that characterizes her older sister Ayani.Tropes associated with Fari:
Sikon's PC. Originally a young human architect from Lancastre named Niram, ze underwent training under the Mysterious Waif Charyn to become a houri and through that, end hir identity crisis.Tropes associated with Nirowyn:
A new member of the party, Zizi is a talented bard with one problem: she can't memorize song lyrics at all. She's been wandering from town to town, trying (and failing) to make enough money to get by, and getting deeper and deeper into debt. Then she ran into (and almost tripped over) Virgil...Tropes associated with Zizi:
Distressed Damsel (Zizi is both a bad luck magnet and completely unprepared for combat, requiring her to be rescued several times. Notably, she never waits passively for someone to save her, and has helped other characters out of a fix at several points)
Dojikko (sort of. There's always some external circumstance that makes her trip and fall)
Dreadful Musician (actually a good musician, but dreadful at remembering lyrics and liable to sing something completely ridiculous instead)
Fainting (of the Emotional Faint type. Zizi is the sort of person who stays tough during battle, and then freaks out afterward)
Fallen Princess (Zizi came from a wealthy family and was generally admired growing up)
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome (When Zizi combines her Song with Cassandra's to become Aurelia, she can remember song lyrics. She knows right away that this will only last until she changes back)
I Owe You My Life (currently indebted to both Virgil and Reskeis, and determined to help both of them if they should ever require aid)
Iron Woobie (Zizi gets knocked down [and declared a fugitive, chased through the streets, held hostage by an imp, drugged, punched, and forced to give one of her companions a good reason not to kill another], but she gets up again, and does her best to stay cheerful the whole time)
Princess for a Day (Zizi is required to shapeshift and pose as a noble, Aurelia, to attend a ball)
Only Known by Their Nickname (she generally does not disclose her full name to avoid embarrassing her family. Reskeis and Virgil don't even call her by her nickname, having their own cute/annoying pet names for her)
Pollyanna/Stepford Smiler (a little bit of both. Zizi is naturally cheerful despite having a rough time of it, and when she does get upset, she tends to put a brave face on it and convince herself that everything is fine.)
Sand in My Eyes (subverted, later played straight. The wind makes Zizi's eyes water and she uses it to her advantage. Later, she complains in her internal narration about the wind in her eyes right after Reskeis says something hurtful to her.)
Spoony Bard (subverted. Zizi may have trouble being a successful bard, but when it comes to using magic in combat she's surprisingly helpful)
Voluntary Shapeshifting (through the bardic Mirroring technique. This includes turning into demihumans and possibly gaining associated abilities)
Take V's PC. Ran away from his people when he had a vision of his people's history. Founded a village, and governed over it for fifty years. When something went wrong with the village, he set out to find answers. Because of being isolated from the world for almost all his life, Akasios is somewhat naive, especially when it comes to modern social practices.Tropes associated with Akasios:
The Undead: He, and the upper class of his people, are all Liches
Neutral Good: His only motivation is to help people, it seems.
Drowning My Sorrows: He suffers terrifying hallucinations, and it seems that only alcohol helps.
Disability Superpower: Subverted: He suffers from terrifying hallucinations, but they do not give him any benefit or precognition
Psychic Powers: He has very powerful telekinesis, as a result of his Heart of Darkness
sgrunt's PC. A young member of the nobility and heir to a relatively insignificant fiefdom; much more at home with the common folk than the shows and spectacles of his own kind, though with enough deviousness to betray his true heritage.Tropes associated with Erian:
Upper-Class Twit: Does not hesitate to point out his rightful place in the hierarchy.
You Killed My Father: The death of his father, the Baron Kristian Finsterwalde, is the event that sparks most of the story, and is his primary driving factor therein.
A houri born to a human mother, Iolantha discovered her powers as a teenager and is still extremely uncomfortable with the houri trait of empathy, as interacting with people while being able to tell what they're really feeling has made her a bit of a misanthrope. An illusionist by trade, Iolantha's greatest deception is her own cold faÃ§ade.Tropes associated with Iolantha:
Common Eye Colors: Unlike most houri, Iolantha has very ordinary brown eyes, which she kept as a reminder of her human side.