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General character tropes
- Badass Crew: All player parties tend towards this.
- Five-Man Band: In Mask of The Betrayer
- Hero of Another Story: Examining the idea of heroes is arguably the main theme of NWN2. So it's not surprising to have the player encounter characters who count as this. From the party members (especially Shandra, who even has a similar background to the Knight-Captain), to all of the major antagonists (particularly Ammon Jerro) the game shows how while the Knight-Captain is still a special case which might justify his or her being the Player Character, there are other characters who have traits that make them cases also.
- The Team: All player parties are this. Especially the cast of the original campaign.
Neverwinter Nights 2 Party Members
The Kalach-Cha/Knight-Captain/Spirit Eater (Player Character)
"Know this name our enemies have draped upon you — this Kalach-Cha — its sound travels far, even reaching the ears of my people."The player character of the first two installments of NWN2 is at the beginning of the story just a Farmboy/Farmgirl who is, for all intents and purposes, completely insignificant. The only unusual thing about your character is that regardless of what race your are, you're an orphan who was born during a climactic battle between the forces of Neverwinter and demons that destroyed in which their mother died. Your real father, unknown, the character is raised by a particularly grumpy half-wood elf, with whom you don't particularly get along. Sounds like the perfect set-up for The Hero's Journey? You'd be right.Shortly after the village festival that's part fair, part coming-of-age ritual, your swampy hometown is attacked out of nowhere by githyanki and duergar. While everyone is dumbstruck by the seeming randomness of it, your father knows a little something about what's going on and without informing you on all the details, tasks you with removing a single silver shard from the swamp and taking it to Neverwinter, where his half-brother — who you've never heard of before — lives. Along the way you encounter allies and enemies and eventually discover that you personally are more intricately tied to the events going on in the Sword Coast than your adopted father let on.Later on, in Mask of the Betrayer, after being knocked unconscious and dragged to Rashemen away from your friends and allies following the climactic Final Boss of the previous game, you discover yourself possessed of an ancient curse that causes you to hunger for and devour spirits and souls. Curing yourself or embracing the power of the "curse" is up to you.Associated Tropes:
—Zhjaeve, Resident Obi-wan
- Abusive Parents: To a certain extent. Daeghun isn't implied to physically abuse you, but several characters call him out on emotional abuse and neglect. As it turns out, it's related to how you came to be his foster child.
- Action Girl: If female.
- A God Am I: In the evil ending of Mask of the Betrayer, you master the power of the curse and in the process become a god-killing abomination. Even in the good ending it's possible to use the curse to snuff out the remaining life force of Myrkul, the god who created the curse.
- An Axe to Grind: Big ones, in fact.
- Badass Baritone: Some of the male voice options.
- Badass Beard: If you so choose.
- Badass Bookworm: Wizards, Sorcerers, and Warlocks.
- Badass Cape:
- An actual plot point no less. The cloak you receive at the beginning of Act III marks your position as a Knight of Neverwinter.
- And if you win all the four contests in the prologue, you'll receive the non-magical Harvest Cape that increases your Charisma score.
- Badass In Charge: Of Crossroad Keep.
- Badass Normal: Fighter, Barbarian, or Rogue.
- Barbarian Hero: If you picked the Barbarian class, oddly enough.
- Blood Knight: One of the possible dialogue options in the base game essentially boils down to, "Two dragons? HAH! Perfect, I LOVE A CHALLENGE!"
- The Call Knows Where You Live: It turns out one of the shards of the Sword of Gith is buried in your chest, which is what drew the Githyanki to your village.
- The Captain
- The Casanova: As a background trait, though this has no in-game effect beyond a few comments in West Harbor and giving you a few skill bonuses.
- Character Alignment: In-universe: It is a game based on Dungeons & Dragons after all. Any, although non-evil is at least implied for the original campaign given that the King of Shadows is canonically defeated by the time Mask of the Betrayer starts. But then again, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Evil Versus Evil resulted.
- Cool Sword: The Silver Blade of Gith, no less! Fairly important as it becomes tied to you, mind, body and soul after it's reforging.
- Cultured Badass: Possibly, if you have a high Lore skill.
- Deadpan Snarker: Optional, of course, given the medium, but this option certainly exists.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A number of examples from the King of Shadows to Kelemvor's paragon, but the standout example has got to be the very casual, easy way in which you can eat Myrkul in a truly epic example of both Ironic and Karmic Death.
- The Dog Bites Back: One of the reasons you can give for your Face–Heel Turn in the expansion is that you're sick of being yanked around by cosmic forces.
- Doom Magnet: In both the first and second games this is entirely justified. In the original campaign, you have a shard of the Silver Sword of Gith embedded in your chest, which the githyanki and Ammon Jerro both want but which cannot be removed without killing you. And of course, the King of Shadows naturally wants to take you down as a threat. In Mask of the Betrayer, your ability to eat souls makes you a target for both those who see you as an abomination as well as for those who want your ability for themselves.
- Doomed Hometown: Zigzagged. Not only is West Harbor attacked at the beginning of the game, it's completely destroyed at the end, too. However, in the canonical ending the inhabitants survived and rebuilt.
- Empowered Badass Normal: If a KC of a non-spellcasting class takes levels in a spellcasting class. Also happens when you receive the Illefarn ritual powers and also courtesy of the spirit-eater curse.
- Even Evil Has Standards: You can be Evil-aligned and still oppose the King of Shadows and the Spirit-Eater Curse on ethical or logical grounds.
- Face–Heel Turn: It's possible to ally with the King of Shadows at the end of the original campaign, and to manipulate and revel in your curse in the expansion.
- Farm Boy/Girl: One from a swamp, to be exact.
- Genre Savvy
- Half-Human Hybrid: If you so choose.
- Happily Married: The good epilogues of Mask of the Betrayer have you marrying your love interest.
- Heartbroken Badass: If male, evil, and romanced Safiya, then she will be devoured by One-of-Many in the epilogue of Mask of the Betrayer. You hunt it down, kill it, and then never take another lover again.
- Hello, Insert Name Here
- The Hero: You'll save the realm, regardless of alignment. Motivation, attitude and collateral damage, however, are largely up to the player.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Optionally, in Mask of the Betrayer. Choosing to bind Akachi to your soul and stay in the realm of the dead forever.
- Heroic Willpower: Mask of the Betrayer centers around this, especially if you’re going the good route while fighting the dreaded Spirit Eater curse.
- Humanoid Abomination: As the Spirit-Eater, you are required to devour sentient beings' souls to survive. You can either destroy the curse and stop being this, or master it and take this trope Up to Eleven.
- Karma Meter: Added bonus in that it's got two axis, incorporating both Good vs. Evil and Law Vs Chaos rather than just the former, as in traditional D&D. Fan consensus is that the former is implemented well in the original campaign but the latter is not, with some (but only some) improvement in Mask of the Betrayer.
- Large Ham: A lot of the potential character voices seem to be channelling BRIAN BLESSED. Even the female voices.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Surprisingly averted in spite of his mysterious identity (one character notes that your mother didn't want to talk about him) and the otherwise trope-heavy nature of the game.
- Multiple Endings: Somewhat sloppily in the first game, with you either defeating the King of Shadows only to experience a Rocks Fall Everybody Dies situation or joining up with him to kill your former allies for no particular reason. In Mask of the Betrayer, most fans think this was done much better, though some still wish you could have destroyed the Wall of the Faithless for real. Obsidian didn't even bother trying to implement it, on the assumption Wizards of the Coast wouldn't allow that past concept stage.
- Never Found the Body: In the good ending of the original campaign and in the evil ending of Mask of the Betrayer. The former is because Nefris took it, and the latter is because you were too damn strong for the gods to kill. Kelemvor even hangs a lampshade on it.
- Plucky Girl: Female PCs will often come across as this. Shandra even lampshades it, stating with no small amount of surprise that she would never have guessed you had such a rough life from the way you act.
- Rags to Riches: You eventually become a minor noble and gain command of your own castle. Not bad for a kid from a swamp.
- The Reveal: That you have a piece of the Silver Sword of Gith in your chest, and that as part of the Spirit Eater curse, your soul currently resides in the Wall of the Faithless. Instead, your body is being partly inhabited by whatever is left of Akachi the Betrayer.
- Sore Loser: You can take losing contests quite badly, if you wish. For example, one of the options if you're defeated in a "battle of the bards" is setting the winner on fire and stealing his lute.
- Superpowered Evil Side:
- The Spirit Eater mechanic, if you're evil, is meant to be powerful but ethically repugnant if various characters are to be believed, but unfortunately it ends up living to its name as a curse all too well. On the other hand, if you're good (in which case it's supposed to be bad), it ends up being Cursed with Awesome, since you can gain a few of the benefits while reducing the negative impact significantly.
- In summation, the difference between indulging the hunger itself, or using it pragmatically is also the difference between Blessed with Suck and Cursed with Awesome. Hedonistic self-indulgence against practical restraint? Deep stuff.
- The Unreveal: In Mask of the Betrayer it's pretty obvious early on that you've been cursed with something that requires you to eat spirits, though you aren't told this in so many words until the end of the first act. More significant might be the "revelation" that Akachi's punishment by Myrkul is the source of the curse - which a reasonably intelligent player can figure out pretty quickly from the various hints dropped through the game.
- Villainous Glutton: If evil and indulging in the Spirit-Eater Curse.
- Warrior Therapist: You were already good at this game in the Original Campaign (especially with Khelgar and Neeshka, not to mention the trial) but it's turned Up to Eleven in Mask Of The Betrayer where you verbally fight against Physical Gods and win. It goes so far, you'll be seen as a Messianic Archetype by angels, gain the respect of absolutely everyone you meet and generally come out as the kind of person who starts legends on your path.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Due to having the Spirit-Eater curse, the Knight-Captain can do this to others. Also due to having the curse, his/her soul is displaced from his/her body and stuck in the Wall of the Faithless.
- Voiced by: Jason Griffith
"We were risking life and limb for that? None of this make any sense."Bevil Starling is either your best friend or an implied crush, depending on which gender you are. Either way, he doesn't stick with you for long, serving as the obligatory Guest Star Party Member at the beginning of the game to help you run through the basics of how to play the game. For the most part, Bevil's an upstanding, if somewhat naive, young man with no particular interest in leaving the swampy home that you and he live in.Later on, you discover he survived the third destruction of West Harbor and you can hire him as a captain in your own personal army, though he doesn't join your party. He also shows up in Mask of the Betrayer as a manifestation of your psyche during The Very Definitely Final Dungeon located within your soul.Associated Tropes:
— Bevil regarding the silver shard from the ruins outside West Harbor.
- Guest Star Party Member: He follows you up until you leave West Harbor. Then shows up later to join your army, though not as a party member.
- Old Friend: When you meet him again.
- Lawful Good: In-universe.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he turns up the second time - and you can talk him into taking another.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: It's implied if you're a woman by at least one character that Bevil has a crush on you, especially if you chose the Flirt background. If you ask him about it, he gets flustered and winds up saying something to the tune of No, Except Yes. Nothing comes of it, but there it is.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Largely how he sees the world beyond West Harbor.
- Voiced by: Stephanie D'Abruzzo
"Fool girl."The other Guest Star Party Member at the beginning of the game, Amie is a wizard's apprentice, the only one in West Harbor (unless you choose a magic user as your base class). Considered a bit odd but pretty, Amie bonded with both you and Bevil early on. If you're a woman, she's your best friend; if you're a man, she's implied to have romantic feelings for you (particularly if you take the Lady Killer background trait).She dies within the first hour. However, she does reappear in Mask of the Betrayer as an aspect of your persona during The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.Associated Tropes:
—Tarmas's estimation of his apprentice Amie's role in the story
- Bullying a Dragon: You'd think she'd be smart enough to keep well away from somebody that's giving her master a hard time. But no, she attacks him, and he one-shots her.
- Chaotic Good: In-universe.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gets utterly owned by that githyanki mage.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Charged into the fray to assist her master, getting herself killed in the process.
- The Pollyanna
- Sacrificial Lamb/Stuffed into the Fridge: Essentially her only real role in the story.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Implied with a male KC. Not that anything comes of it.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
- Voiced by: Adam Sietz
"Some take pride in craftsmanship, or in hunting, or in haggling for the best price on a blade or other piece of steel. Me? Talking with my fists is my art form."The first potential party member you run into, Khelgar is a dwarven fighter originally encountered not far from West Harbor. After helping him out with a gang of roughnecks (by beating them all to death and/or unconsciousness) and the first wave of githyanki, Khelgar decides to tag along with you because you seem to attract fights everywhere you go, and he wants in.Despite being more than a little thick-headed and stubborn, Khelgar is still incredibly loyal and has his own reasons for being off on an adventure with some random Chosen One from the swamps. Khelgar was kicked out of his clan for abandoning them during an attack by fire giants, and they haven't forgiven him yet. Aside from wanting to rejoin his clan, Khelgar also aspires to be a monk, since the first people who ever beat him in a fight were a group of travelling monks.He survives the final battle with the King of Shadows by way of being pure Badass. In Storm of Zehir, he has joined the Neverwinter Nine and watches over Crossroad Keep in the Knight Captain's absence. Later on chronologically, in the best ending of Mask of the Betrayer he is present at the Captain's wedding to either Safiya or Gann alongside Neeshka or Aldanon.Associated Tropes:
— Khelgar Ironfist
- Badass: Attention all noobs: this is how you build a tank.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bar Brawl: It's a hobby.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: What he becomes if you complete his quests.
- Blood Knight: He's probably the most fight-happy of your entire party, fitting for the first character you recruit.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Post-Character Development.
- Character Development: All the party characters undergo some, of course, but Khelgar's personal quest is tied up in it. In order to become a monk, Khelgar has to overcome three trials. They involve overcoming his Fantastic Racism, making good with his family, and developing a sense of justice. Passing all three trials and talking to the priest of Tyr changes his alignment to Lawful Good and resets his class to monk. Fortunately, he keeps all his experience and is able to return to his current level.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- When he first tries to join the monks they say, among other things, that his Fantastic Racism proves he's not ready yet. He responds that he can't be a racist because he's adventuring with a tiefling and an elf, and you know what those types are like!
- Even before then, when you try to explain to him that a monk's lifestyle is about more than fighting, such as uniting body and mind, he takes this to mean it also involves head-butting.
- Fantastic Racism: He doesn't mean anything by it, but he takes umbrage with Elanee and Neeshka... because they're an elf and a tiefling respectively. You can help him realize that he's not giving them a fair chance.
- Hypocritical Humor: "Prejudiced? I'm not prejudiced! By the gods, I even travel with a back-stabbing tiefling of all things, and you know what her kind's like!"
- Luke Nounverber
- Lawful Good: In-universe, if you change his class. Enforced, since 3.5 edition rules require monks to be some flavour of Lawful (a manifestation of discipline and focus) and Khelgar is a good guy.
- Mugging the Monster: One day, Khelgar was in a pub, and saw a group in the corner keeping to themselves and drinking water. He decided to avenge the insult they were showing the tavern's fine ale by starting a brawl with them. Some time later, when he regained consciousness, he found out they were Sun Soul monks. The experience inspired him to try to become a monk himself.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much/Our Dwarves Are All the Same: A more nuanced example than most. He is a stereotypical dwarf, but therein lies the rub: the Ironfists kicked him out because he took his love of beer and battle too far and wound up being little more than a drunken thug who failed to live up to the more positive parts of this trope — reliability, selflessness, clan honor and dignity. His Character Development consists of him coming to understand that, sometimes with help from the player.
- Neutral Good: In-universe, his starting alignment. This manifests itself in admiring the player taking good actions (like siding with the City Watch and doing good deeds for free) while mostly enjoying a good fight - especially one that lets him do good in the process.
- Noble Bigot: Becomes this after character development.
- Oh My Gods!: His "swear" emote is "By Tyr's right buttock!"
- Stone Wall: Most players use him as a tank for his time as a fighter, and admittedly he is well-suited to it.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was always pretty badass, but Storm of Zehir shows that he's become one of the Neverwinter Nine.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Neeshka has shades of this in the latter half of the game.
- Voiced by: Robyn Kramer
- "Someone who doesn't play the odds doesn't last too long in my experience. Well, except me."
- Action Girl: Of the sneaky, backstabby variety.
- The Cameo: In MotB's best ending.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Mild example. She pouts and gets upset if a male Player Character compliments Elanee or Shandra.
- Cute Monster Girl
- Dark Is Not Evil: She may not be very heroic but Neeshka is nowhere near as evil as many make her out to be due to her heritage.
- Heroic Willpower: If her influence is high enough, she'll resist Garius's Mind Rape through sheer willpower.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: During the Very Definitely Final Dungeon, Black Garius captures Neeshka and proceeds to torture her and attempt to bind her to his will.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: You can break Garius' control over her by making such an appeal to her.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: She sometimes makes an off-hand remark about taking something from you or another party member.
- Loveable Rogue
- The Not-Love Interest: For a male PC. She was intended to be a love interest but her sidequest, like Bishop's, was cut due to time.
- Plucky Girl
- The Power of Friendship: It lets her endure torture and throw off direct mind-control.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. Tieflings have a tendency towards evil due to their ancestry, but Neeshka is a Kleptomaniac Heroine at worst and can only go evil because of a geas placed on her by Black Garius.
- True Neutral: In-universe. Rather than being a compromise-seeking activist, Neeshka comes off as a voice of rational self-interest and non-involvement, expressing distaste for the player joining the City Watch and getting annoyed about the player stopping to help a couple for free (even though the job involves rescuing two little boys, which Elanee chews her out for).
- Uneven Hybrid: Tieflings are humans with an evil outsider (normally a devil or demon) as an ancestor. Neeshka is specifically one-quarter devil (Lawful Evil outsider), and her grandfather is implied to be Ammon Jerro's pit fiend ally Mephasm.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to become this with Khelgar after his Character Development.
- Voiced by: Ursulla Abbot
"I don't know. She's got pointy-ears but doesn't smell of the Lower Planes, so she's probably not a tiefling. And she's too tall to be a halfling — and too thin. Plus, she hangs out with animals, so she's an elf."A young elf that is part of the Mere of Dead Men's Druid Circle. She follows the Knight Captain during the early parts of his/her adventure, and ultimately reveals herself by helping the party fight off a group of Bladelings and Duergar. She then explains how the Mere has of late become corrupted and barren and that her Circle has been destroyed, and believes that joining the Captain is her best bet to find out the cause of it.In Chapter 3, she learns that her Circle has actually survived, but have, with a single exception, become twisted and corrupted by the King of Shadow's influence. After being forced to kill them, Elanee will either continue to stay with the group, or decide to leave with the survivor in an attempt to find a new home, depending on her Influence.Her fate at the end of the official campaign depends on the PC's choices. If the PC has low influence with her, then she leaves with the only other survivor of the Circle of the Mere earlier in Act III (you can kill her or let her go). If the PC is male and romances her, she sacrifices her life to save him from the Collapsing Lair. Otherwise Ammon mentions that he last saw her pinned by a chunk of debris, not moving, and whether she dies is left ambiguous.Associated Tropes:
— Neeshka, asked to describe her companion.
- Action Girl
- Cannot Spit It Out
- Clingy Jealous Girl: At times with a male PC.
- Country Mouse: Admits to feeling a little bit lost in Neverwinter, having lived in the Mere practically since birth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally.
- Friend to All Living Things: She's very compassionate to every animal the party meets, and is very upset over the state of the swamp.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Provided the player of MotB doesn't say that she left the party after the corrupted Circle incident.
- Last of Her Kind: She's believed to be the last of the Circle.
- Left for Dead: If she wasn't romanced, Ammon Jerro last saw her pinned and unmoving beneath a fallen pillar, but whether she's alive or not is unknown, and we never find out.
- Loyal Animal Companion: As a druid she has a badger named Naloch as her companion.
- May-December Romance: With a male PC.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She'll go into shock after killing the remnants of the Circle if your influence is low, and subsequently leaves your party.
- Nature Hero: Duh, druid.
- Neutral Good: In-universe.
- Really 700 Years Old: She's an elf, after all.
- Stalker with a Crush: With a male PC. Unusually, the stalker part came before the crush. She was assigned by the Circle of Merdelain to observe the Kalach-Cha as he grew up, and eventually started to feel affection for him. Said affection can turn into love during the game, depending on the player's choices.
- Stalker Without A Crush: If you're female. She still came to care greatly for you, but more in terms of loyalty than romantic interest.
- The Stoic: She never really gets frazzled except after the incident with the corrupted Circle.
- Unkempt Beauty: Companion dialogue suggests that she has dirt on her face or in her hair, and doesn't wash often. She's still attractive.
- Voiced by: Jenna Lamia
"My problem is people keep telling me what to do, and I don't need to hear it anymore. I can handle myself. I know my powers, and I don't need somebody telling me how to use them."A vain, arrogant sorceress that the party encounters picking a fight with two other mages. After resolving the situation one way or another, Qara accidentally burns part of the Sunken Flagon, and is forced to join the party by Duncan in order to pay off the damages.Qara is self-obsessed, arrogant, and more than a little pyromaniacal. She genuinely believes that she is the most powerful magician in Faerûn, and expects everyone else to treat her as such. Her over-inflated ego, along with her general disdain of wizards, causes her to frequently butt heads with Sand.She canonically died in the original campaign's final battle, either having been killed by the party after betraying them (either due to low influence or automatically if Sand stays on the good side), or by having her head split open by a falling rock.Associated Tropes:
- Aborted Arc/Dummied Out: Her conflict with her rivals from the Academy was set to evolve into a Black and Gray Morality conflict, such as two of the students who fought her planning to take out the player and their companions, before killing Qara next. It was also planned that she could learn to destroy the Animus, a doppelganger of her designed to destroy her, by learning to show restraint as she was constantly advised to do. As it is, the arc sort of fizzles out after you destroy the Animus and the mage who created it.
- Black Magician Girl
- Black and Gray Morality: Her conflict with Jochris ends up being this. Say what you will about Qara, but Jochris offered his own students as apprentices (and possibly slaves) to the Arcane Brotherhood to get revenge on Qara for threatening his daughter. A shame you don't get to fight him.
- Blood Knight: She may not go looking for fights, but she's way too eager to jump into them, and loses influence if you opt for a peaceful solution.
- Chaotic Neutral: In-Universe.
- Chaotic Stupid: For all intents and purposes. She would rather incinerate everything and everyone rather than other alternatives to solve a conflict.
- Dark Action Girl
- Deadpan Snarker: She gets a few fantastic hits in on other characters. Particularly the scene during Act I where she inserts herself into an argument/insult contest between Khelgar and Neeshka and shows them both up completely.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- Went on a fiery rampage after finding out some students were insulting her behind her back, claiming they "attacked" her first.
- If she allies with the King of Shadows, she essentially tries to destroy the world because you didn't agree with her.
- Note she can be on the receiving end of this as well. Just ask Jochris.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Assuming she didn't turn on you, her skull is crushed by a falling boulder during the escape.
- Everyone Has Standards: She is absolutely horrified by the zombie-mages in the orc caverns — even moreso because they were made from the corpses of her fellow Academy students.
- Expy: A green-eyed, red-headed witch with lots of power who hates being told how to use it and thinks she can do anything? Sounds like Season 6 Willow, minus any good traits.
- Face–Heel Turn: Turns on you and joins the King of Shadows if her Influence is lower than Sand's.
- Fantastic Racism: Discredited. Most sorcerers are discriminated against by wizards claiming they are undisciplined and dangerous. Qara is both those things and actually looks down on wizards for having to learn to use their magic.
- Fiery Redhead: According to her character description, though in-game it looks more like brown. Also, emphasis on fiery.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Dummied Out content would have shown her to be even more powerful than she seems in-game.
- Hot-Blooded: Not quite literally. But she sure does love fire.
- Jerkass: Almost as much of one as Bishop.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As a sorceress, she learns spells by a mixture of experience with casting and simple intuition and gut instinct, not through books or studying; as such, it would be pointless for her to try studying or learning about magic besides some rudimentary study of common spells and their effects, because the sorcerer class' magic-learning curve is more automatic and restrictive than that of the wizard.
- Jerk Justifications: Her reason for betraying you is that you didn't let her do whatever she wanted with her powers (namely, burn everything in sight).
- Kill It with Fire: Her preferred method of problem solving. It's slightly annoying - her pyrotechnics have a tendency to destroy loot chests and the loot inside. It should also be noted her patron deity is Kossuth, the elemental deity of fire.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Most characters pronounce it "kwar-uh", but some say "kar-uh".
- Pet the Dog: If you take her to the Orc Caves she'll discover zombie-mages being made from the corpes of her fellow Academy students and vows to stop the Shadow Priest who created them, which is the most heroic thing she does in the entire game. Also, if you have high influence with her, she'll offer to fight Lorne for you in Act II.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Her name is only four letters long, but her ego is the size of an ocean.
- Smug Super: She's the most powerful member of your party in terms of pure magical damage output, so some of that ego is justified.
- Sociopathic Hero: Doesn't seem to understand that reacting to every slight with a fireball to the face creates more problems for herself and others than it solves, and is more forced to be on the hero's side than following voluntarily.
- Spoiled Brat: Her father is the headmaster of the Neverwinter Academy. In fact, it's implied in cut content that one of the reason Sand hates her is that her father fired him.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Tends to treat fellow party members this way, but may end up treating the player slightly less terribly if enough influence is gained.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As a sorcerer, she naturally has incredible magical power, but she doesn't bother refining it.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Qara's preferred solution to her problems is to blast everything in sight. This works about as well as you'd expect, even having a hand in her being drafted into the party.
- Voiced by: Andy Pang
"'Kalach-cha' . 'Kalach-cha' . Well, it's not Gnomish, Elvish, Dwarvish, Orcish, Goblin, or Draconic — well, unless the 'k' is silent, but that would make it "gizzard stone" or the equivalent."An... eccentric gnome bard the party encounters shortly after arriving in Neverwinter. He is a self-proclaimed writer, mechanic, and general storyteller. He decides to join the party because he believes they're on a grand adventure.While not very good in combat and deeply annoying as a character, Grobnar actually is a mechanical genius — he repairs the Construct and makes it functional.He canonically died in the final battle, in a futile attempt to save the Construct from a falling pillar.Associated Tropes:
— Grobnar demonstrating a surprising command of language.
- Butt Monkey: Everyone in the party makes fun of him, short of Casavir, Zhjaeve, and Shandra. Only Shandra protests his treatment, and very weakly at that.
- Chaotic Good: In-universe.
- Cloudcuckoolander: An absentminded goofball prone to Comically Missing the Point who is searching for the Wendersnaven, a race that is apparently invisible and intangible and (as far as anyone else can tell) fictional.
- Expy: He carries on the tradition of an annoying, diminutive Spoony Bard established by Deekin in the expansions to the original game.
- It seems likely that Jan Jansen was an influence as well.
- Genius Ditz: Believe it or not, he is a mechanical genius, as well as several other types of genius, and is capable of some surprising feats of engineering if he's with the party at the appropriate moments.
- Luke Nounverber: Although it's more like Luke Nounnouns.
- Omniglot: Based on the instance where he tries to translate "kalach-cha", we can infer that he speaks at least six languages, not counting Common.
- Our Gnomes Are Weirder: Emphasis on the "weirder" part.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Bishop and Neeshka are better archers than him, while Qara, Sand, and Ammon Jerro are better spellcasters. This gets taken Up to Eleven, however, if you yourself are a bard — in which case you completely blow Grobnar out of the water in terms of musical and magical talent.
- The Pollyanna: Everything reminds him of a song. Even, apparently, getting crushed to death by rocks.
- Spoony Bard: Even by D&D bard standards, since his base stats are mediocre at best and his skillset leaves something to be desired.
- Stupid Sacrifice: He genuinely thought his three foot tall body could save the Construct from a story-high stone pillar. Long story short, it didn't.
- Voiced by: Paul Schoeffler
"I do not have faith in a city or a nation, but the people within it."A paladin who was formerly part of Neverwinter's paladin order, but left in frustration over the order's inability/unwillingness to help the commonfolk. Since then, he has taken it upon himself to protect the innocent, and has formed a tight-knit band of mercenaries to help him in this. He first meets the party when they're investigating orc activity in the region, and offers his help in this. After the orcs are routed, he decides to stay with the party.Casavir is reserved and takes his duties as a paladin very seriously. He follows his code of conduct to the letter and holds himself to an extremely high standard that he admits he doesn't always meet. This inevitably puts him at odds with the openly selfish and ruthlessly pragmatic Bishop, not helped by the fact that they form something of a Love Triangle with a female Knight-Captain.Mask of the Betrayer suggests that he died in the final battle of the original campaign, his back broken in an attempt to hold a door open to allow the party to escape. However, Storm of Zehir strongly implies that he managed to survive the Collapsing Lair, albeit severely wounded. His current whereabouts are unknown, but it is suggested that he has been captured by Luskan.Associated Tropes:
- Badass Baritone
- The Dreaded: The orcs call him Katalmach, an orc word referring to those who lose themselves in battle, and one orc calls him a blight upon their tribes.
- Drop the Hammer: Favors warhammers in battle.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Minor case with Neeshka's whining that she's allergic to him. She notably doesn't make the same complaint if the Knight-Captain is a paladin, too, and it has no effect on gameplay.
- The Generic Guy: Many players find him bland and a little cardboard compared to another warrior in the game (and a certain former Love Interest).
- Heroic Sacrifice: According to Ammon Jerro in Mask of the Betrayer, he broke his back holding open a collapsing doorway for the party. Storm of Zehir implies that he survived and was captured and imprisoned by Luskan.
- The Hunter: Has been hunting orcs for weeks when you meet him.
- Knight in Shining Armor: What he appears as at first. Talking to him reveals he's more of a Knight in Sour Armor.
- Lawful Good: In-universe. Paladins aren't allowed to be anything else.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: His Starter Equipment is a warhammer, full plate armor, and a heavy shield.
- May-December Romance: He looks to be anywhere from ten to twenty years older than the female PC.
- The Paladin: Of the Tyrran church. Unlike many paladins, Casavir places far higher importance on Good than on Law. For example, when his order declined to intervene in a spate of orc attacks on the settlements near Old Owl Well, Casavir said Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right, left Neverwinter and went to fight the orcs on his own. He wound up with a band of mercenaries with similar views.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: As noted, he got fed up with Neverwinter's inaction and set out to do something himself.
- The Stoic
"If you aren't willing to kill for it, how important can it be?"A sociopathic ranger that the party first meets in the Sunken Flagon. He is initially a typical, if very assholish patron, but after Shandra is kidnapped by Zeearie, Duncan convinces him to help the party track them down by calling upon an old deal they made. Reluctantly, Bishop agrees, and afterwards stays on with the party for his own reasons.Bishop is an interesting look at what it means to be Chaotic Evil. He genuinely believes that the concept of civilization and culture is a total sham, and is convinced that everyone, even him, is just a rabid animal waiting to strike. He despises being ordered about, but will grudgingly admit he respects the Knight-Captain if your influence with him is high enough.Ultimately, Bishop's beliefs and free spirit are his undoing. During the siege on Crossroad Keep by the King of Shadows' army, he betrays the party by sabotaging the keep's gates and allowing the undead entry. He later shows up at the site of the final battle. If your influence with him is low, he will assist Garius in the battle, and will attempt to take control of the Construct. If influence with him is high, the Captain can appeal to his hatred of being someone's servant, and he will agree to leave in peace.No matter what path is taken, Bishop ultimately dies, either by the player's hand or by being crushed by the collapsing castle during his escape. He makes an appearance in Mask of the Betrayer in a dream, where it is revealed that he has been bound to the Wall of the Faithless. After giving some last few snide remarks to the Captain, he is fully absorbed into the Wall, but not before hand over a fragment of Akachi's mask.Associated Tropes:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He is immensely popular amongst the female fanbase.
- And I Must Scream: Mask of the Betrayer reveals that his soul was sent to the Wall of the Faithless after his death.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Possibly with a female Knight-Captain, an artifact from when he was going to be romanceable.
- Chaotic Evil: In-universe. He places great emphasis on his personal freedom and refuses to be bound by authority. That can include that of the bad guys as well. Note that he seems to place emphasis on others' freedom/individuality - as seen when he tells Casavir not to stand up to him on the female Knight-Captain's behalf and let her defend her own honour.
- Child Soldier: Implied to have been very young when conscripted into Luskan's military.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: So very much. The developers intended for you to be able to help him with it, but, well...
- Covered with Scars: They're not on his model, but his character description says he has a lot of old cuts and burns.
- The Cynic: By far the most dour member of your party and convinced that everyone, especially himself, is out for themselves and nobody else.
- Deadpan Snarker: Count yourself lucky to say anything in his presence without getting a sarcastic drawl in reply, usually followed by a quick, half-assed Hannibal Lecture aimed at just about anything in the immediate vicinity, and god help any companion who tries to intervene.
- Here's a great line: "So the farm girl's going to join our band? Good. We need someone to make up for the paladin - or at least to catch arrows if Grobnar's already dead."
- Debt Detester: He hates Duncan for saving his life after he destroyed his home village; he would rather have died there. He also hates you, because Duncan called in the debt to get Bishop to follow you. More than anything, he hates being obligated to someone. Anyone. For any reason.
- Death Seeker: Can be inferred from some of his dialogue when relating his backstory. Much later, in the Wall of the Faithless, he'll mock you if you try to free him and claim that he's the only one there not desperate to escape. He's glad to face oblivion, scared only of the pain he'll suffer on the way.Bishop: To forget and be forgotten - that's paradise. It's getting there that's the hard part.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of his core principles. Bishop practically despises anyone who does not share this sentiment.
- Exact Words: Born a Harborman and conscripted by Luskans when young. They were grooming him to be a double-agent, and his last act before he made the grade was supposed to be choosing a remote village in Neverwinter and destroying it completely. He chose his own village, and then tried to warn its inhabitants of what he was about to do, but they ignored him, so he burned it to the ground with everyone trapped inside. Including his Luskan trainers and handlers, which his familiarity with his home let him locate.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As evil as he is, he openly hates Luskan.
- Flat Earth Atheist: And one breaking the setting rules, no less. Rangers are divine spellcasters, which the Forgotten Realms setting requires to have a patron deity. The loophole is that it's possible one of the gods has chosen to grant him spells anyway (Malar would be a likely candidate), but that falls flat in light of him ending up in the Wall of the Faithless after the original campaign.
- His cryptic conversation with Grobnar about the Construct's capabilities hint at his true motives.
- He's an Flat Earth Atheist and the loading screen will sometimes mention the Wall of the Faithless. Guess where you'll meet him in Mask of the Betrayer.
- Freudian Excuse: Was kidnapped as a child, brought to Luskan, and trained as an assassin, whether he wanted it or not. On the other hand, he never tries to use it as a defense for his actions.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's hinted that his jealousy of Casavir's relationship with the female Knight-Commander played a part in his Face–Heel Turn.
- Heel–Face Door-Slam: His warning you of approaching demons and giving you the last piece of the Mask hints that he's started reconsidering his "everyone for themselves" worldview, but he's absorbed into the Wall before it can do him any good.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Well, he used to work for Luskan, but grew to be so disgusted by them that he left their service and now actively hunts them down. Then he'll join you, but will betray you to the King of Shadows. If your influence is high enough, you can talk him into sort-of heel-face-turning by walking away from the fight with Garius. Finally, if you choose to side with the King of Shadows, he'll come back and help you kill your former comrades, which can be called either a face or a full heel. For goodness' sake, Bishop, just pick a side and stick with it!
- The Hunter: Of Luskans.
- Jerkass: The most triumphant example in the game.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Frequently. His remarks really do make a lot of sense from a purely pragmatic point of view, as his character quote shows.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If you pinch real hard the remnants of his romantic dialogue can arguably come off as this, though "gold" may still be overstating it.
- Lack of Empathy
- Love Redeems: Almost.
- Mr. Fanservice
- The Nicknamer: A very sarcastic and condenscending example. For instance, he addresses you as "Captain" in way that's interchangeable with "Idiot".
- The Not-Love Interest: For female PCs.
- Not So Different: He often hints that the two of you are more similar than you think. You're both swamp-dwellers, for one.Bishop: You see, for every West Harbor that gives rise to someone like you... someone great... there's a hundred like me, that end up going down the other path.
- Perma Stubble
- Pet the Dog:
- Well, he tried to, at least. He warned the villagers of his hometown that he was going to burn it down to kill the Luskans with him, in an attempt to let them get away. They didn't listen.
- His repeated offers to run away with a female Player Character may qualify, since later developments make it apparent he was giving her a chance to escape what he was about to do.
- Psychotic Smirk: Though NWN2's facial animations are pretty limited, you can practically hear it in his voice every time he says something degrading.
- Savage Wolves/Right-Hand Attack Dog: His animal companion is a wolf called Karnwyr.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He may decide to give Garius a verbal flip-off and walk away from the whole thing if he likes you enough.
- Self-Made Man: He was trained in stealth by the Luskans, but became a tracker, archer and hunter (read: ranger) due to practicality, such as having to hunt for food. He taught himself these skills.
- Social Darwinist: Openly believes the concept of civilization to be total bull and that only the ruthless survive.
- Stop Helping Me!: In-universe. He really doesn't like that Duncan helped him survive the burning of his hometown and holds it over his head as a debt.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He is ruggedly handsome and the source of many a bitingly sarcastic remark.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's the only person who joins your party in the Original Campaign who is genuinely Evil-aligned. Khelgar, Elanee, Grobnar, Casavir and Shandra are all good guys; Neeshka, Qara and Sand are all pretty self-interested but not evil; Zhjaeve is technically Neutral-aligned but clearly means well;the Construct isn't sentient enough to have any kind of alignment. The only other Evil-aligned party member in the game is Ammon Jerro, who isn't quite Evil so much as knee-deep in good intentions, evil methods territory. As such, Bishop stands out like a sore thumb.
- Tsundere: Very, very Tsun-Tsun for the female Knight-Captain.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Burned his village to the ground to try and kill the Luskans with him.
- Voiced by: Fred Berman
"A hedge wizard, somehow set up a shop in the Docks, but it's telling enough he can only run a business down here in the crack of Neverwinter. Got a dry wit, and he'll always rub you the wrong way, so his name's well-chosen."A skilled, but somewhat haughty elven wizard that runs a magic shop in Neverwinter. He first appears when the Knight Captain tries to learn the secret of the shards, but Sand is unable to give much help aside from pointing them in the direction of someone who can help them. Later on, when Garius' henchmen accuse the Captain of slaughtering the town of Ember, Sand is chosen as their assistant and lawyer. Once the Ember Trials are resolved, he decides to assist the Captain in their quest.Assuming Sand remains loyal to the cause during the final battle (depending on relative Influence, either he or Qara will join the King of Shadows), Sand canonically survives the final battle by transforming into an iron golem, rendering him impervious to the falling debris of the King of Shadows' lair.Associated Tropes:
— innkeeper Duncan Farlong describing Sand
- The Cameo: Makes an appearance at the Knight-Captain's wedding in some versions of the MotB epilogue.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a game filled with these, Sand stands head and shoulders above the rest. He'll even mouth off to the King of Shadows if he stays loyal.
- His response after Duncan implies he's a petty hedge wizard: "You have no appreciation for my talents - and after all I've done for you. To think you could survive a fortnight without my ale purgative - why, you would be buried in the tombs with the rest of the Neverwinter traitors - a betrayer of barkeepers everywhere."
- Defrosting Ice King
- Everyone Has Standards: He once studied in the Arcane Brotherhood, despite knowing how awful their wizards can be. It eventually became too much for him, so he packed his gear and left.
- The Exile: Left Luskan's Hosttower and now has to spend the rest of his life in hiding from them.
- Face–Heel Turn: If your influence with him is lower than with Qara, he turns on you at the final battle, considering her a bigger potential threat than the King of Shadows.
- Informed Attribute: He's supposed to be a great advocate, but if you let him do the talking at your trial, you automatically lose. He might be brilliant in technical points of law, but he's too acerbic to come off well to other people.
- Insufferable Genius: He's got a huge opinion about himself, but also has the skills, intelligence and wits to back it up.
- Knight in Sour Armor
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Meaningful Name: It even gets a nod in-universe.
- Properly Paranoid: He believes Qara to be a potential threat. In dummied-out content, it's revealed that she really is holding back a a large part of her powers. And, you know ... she may end up siding with the King of Shadows. The later point is rendered moot, though, given that he himself will side with the King of Shadows if she doesn't.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's an elf end his appearance suggests that he has lived for a long time. He also states that he's at least some hundred years at one point.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Elves are generally shorter than humans and he's the only wizard companion in the official champaign.
- The Snark Knight
- Squishy Wizard: Serious artillery (and less prone to destroying loot chests than Qara), but keep him away from anything sharp. However, his school of specialization, Transmutation, specializes in buffs, and he can potentially armor himself well enough to compete with the group's tanks.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Well, short and snarky, but whatever.
- Voiced by: Rachel York
"Well, if it had been the Captain doing it, the cat would be lost, the tree burned down, and the old lady would be traveling with us now."A simple farmgirl from just outside Highcliff, Shandra Jerro at first seems like just another NPC, until the githyanki abduct her to use her in the search for her grandfather's Haven. Having lost her farm thanks to getting caught up in the Knight-Captain's business, she joins up with the Knight-Captain's party as a fighter. For a time she acts as a free extra party member , but during the assault on Ammon Jerro's Haven, she realizes that the man they have been chasing is in fact her grandfather, and that her blood is the key to undoing the spells that make Ammon Jerro nigh-invincible. After undoing the spells, he kills her in a fit of anger, not realizing who she was.Associated Tropes:
- Action Girl: After Taking a Level in Badass she proves quite effective with a shortsword.
- Action Survivor: She is forced to become badass when it becomes clear to her that the world isn't going to let up on her.
- Chekhov's Gunman: You meet her very briefly in a small quest near the beginning of the game, then promptly forget about her. Learning that she's Ammon Jerro's granddaughter comes as a shock, to say the least. She also has a pivotal role in your trial. Lampshaded when you learn of her significance:Neeshka: Shandra Jerro? You mean the girl with the flammable barn?
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one to save the party.
- Deadpan Snarker: See the above quote for one of her best.
- Farm Girl
- Heroic Sacrifice: Spills large amounts of her own blood to sabotage Ammon Jerro's fiend bindings, and is slain by him in retribution.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Her final words include telling Ammon Jerro that he is her grandfather (possibly give or take a few generations).
- Naïve Newcomer: Naïve in the sense that she doesn't quite know how to be an adventurer. When you approach her the first time after she joins the party, the first words out of her mouth are "Did I do something wrong?"
- Neutral Good: In-universe.
- The Not-Love Interest: She has a bit of Ship Tease with male Player Characters, but isn't available as a Love Interest.
- Not So Different: Her backstory is very similar to yours: orphaned Farm Children from Doomed Hometowns forced to take to the road to survive, hunted by githyanki along the way. The biggest difference is that you're The Hero and Shandra's...well, not. Hence, you live and she dies.
- Only Sane Man: By far the most normal member of your party.
- Plotline Death: As above.
- Plucky Girl: She loses her farm and her house, and what does she do? She takes a level in badass and becomes a mercenary.
- Rasputinian Death: Already dizzy from loss of blood, she's impaled with an ice spike, set on fire, and blasted apart by eldritch magic.
- Sixth Ranger: While the maximum party size is normally four, she acts as a mandatory fifth party member in chapter II.
- Took a Level in Badass: Literally. Starts out as a repeatedly Distressed Damsel, then turns into a shortsword-wielding Badass Normal.
- Tsundere: Type A. Grobnar will inadverantly reveal that she was really worried for you during the duel with Lorne. If you ask her about it, she vehemently denies it.
- Voiced by: Lisa Emery
"Know that I am Zhjaeve, one who carries the knowing Circle of Zerthimon in mind and hand. Know that I aid the Kalach-Cha in shielding your community from the doom that comes."A githzerai cleric and zerth that was imprisoned in Crossroad Keep while it was under Garius' control. She is one of the only people who truly knows what is happening, and helps the Knight Captain learn about the King Shadows, its origins, and how it can be stopped.Whether or not she survived the destruction of the King of Shadows' lair is completely unknown. Not even Ammon Jerro knows what happened to her.It's commonly theorized that her lack of a patron deity indicates she's actually a psion, not a cleric. Or that since she's part of the Circle of Zerthimon, she worships the githzerai god-king.Associated Tropes:
— Zhjaeve introduces herself
- The Generic Girl: To an extent, as her sole purpose for appearing in the storyline is to help the KC acquire their Infinity+1 Sword and perform the Illefarn rituals necessary to defeat the King of Shadows. In Act 3 her only meaningful contribution is that she can recite the True Names of the Shadow Reavers to destroy them - and even that crucial responsibility can be loaded off to Ammon Jerro, thus reducing her to an extra healer/divine caster, possibly the healer/divin caster should Elanee leave the party after killing off the Circle.
- Informed Equipment: Every time you equip her with armor, she sticks with her default look.
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Ms Exposition: She's also there to fill in the gaps in the story that no one else is in a position to fill.
- Never Found the Body: Ammon Jerro has no idea what happened to her. Lore-minded fans have noted that high-level githzerai can plane-shift once per day, so it's entirely possible that, quest completed, she returned home to Limbo.
- The Obi-Wan
- Pardon My Klingon: She uses "illithid" as a curse. Given her people's histoy with the mind flayers, this is an appropriate use of the word (and a pretty grievous insult).
- Religion Is Magic: Subverted. Although her class is listed as cleric, she mentions that githzerai don't have conventional clerics, and her role as a zerth simply approximates to a priest class.
- Slave Race: Her people, the githzerai, were once slaves of the illithid. The reason it's being mentioned is that she's clearly still got a sore spot about it, see Pardon My Klingon below.
- Stripperiffic: Borderline example since according to sourcebooks githzerai traditionally rely more on agility than armor anyway.
- Verbal Tic: Know that like a certain other Githzerai, Zhjaeve puts emphasis on words relating to knowing and will. Know that she begins pretty much every sentence with the word know. Know that you will get tired of this. Know that she doesn't care.
- Voiced by: Murphy Guyer
"Ammon Jerro? Oh, he was a court wizard of Neverwinter decades ago."A former court wizard of Neverwinter, Ammon Jerro first became aware of the King of Shadows twenty years before the story starts. He tried to warn people about the threat that it posed, but to no avail. Unwilling to let the threat grow unchecked, he vowed to stop the King of Shadows... no matter what.In a climatic battle twenty years before the story begins, Ammon Jerro battled the King of Shadows in West Harbor at the head of an army of demons, and wielding the Silver Sword of Gith. While his demons fought the undead, he dueled the King of Shadows. He managed to win, but the explosion of power released by the King of Shadows' death throes shattered the Silver Sword and sent Ammon Jerro to Hell.Having made his way back to the Prime Material Plane, Ammon Jerro again plans to fight the King of Shadows by seeking out the shards of the Silver Sword, and binding demons to his will. The party encounters some of his demons and manages to track down his Haven thanks to his granddaughter, Shandra. When the party and he finally face off, he kills his granddaughter in a rage at her unbinding his demons. After realizing his mistake, Ammon Jerro agrees to join the party to defeat the King of Shadows. If the player character's influence with Shandra was high enough, it is possible to make Ammon Jerro admit that his methods of combating the King of Shadows were flawed, and beg Shandra's forgiveness.Ammon Jerro survives the end of the original campaign, and potentially has a minor role in Mask of the Betrayer. The party encounters his body at the Academy of Shapers and Binders, and with a bit of clever dealing can recover his soul and restore him. He explains that he managed to follow the player character during his kidnapping, and is the one to provide details about the fates of your companions from the OC. He joins the player for a small amount of time in chapter two, and also sends demonic reinforcements to aid the player in the final chapter of the expansion.Associated Tropes:
— Aldanon's woefully inadequate description of Jerro
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration: He admits he admires the man who became the King of Shadows, due to his willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect his homeland. He's still going to stop him though.
- Badass Grandpa/Older Than They Look: His age is indeterminate but he's at least old enough to be the thirty-something Shandra Jerro's grandfather. Or great-grandfather, or great-great-grandfather; Shandra apparently isn't sure. Likely justifications are that, A, mages have a tendency to live longer than baseline humans anyway, and B, lots and lots of contact with other planes where time can be a little weird. As for being a Badass? He went hand-to-hand against an avatar of the King of Shadows and fought it to a standstill.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: If you don't state it outright, someone else will; he performed the fifth part of the five rituals of cleansing necessary to fight the King of Shadows' army and you are unable to do it yourself on account of the statue being broken by a Shadow Reaver, which prevents you from killing him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: During your fight at Haven, cutscene dialogue implies he's handing your party's asses to you. The real fight isn't nearly as hard.
- Deal With The Devils And Demons: Many.
- Demoted to Extra: Reduced to an unvoiced NPC in Mask of the Betrayer, due to his voice actor not being able to come back for the sequel.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He had a family before he became a warlock, which seems to have been part of his intial motivation to stop the King of Shadows. He claims that all his kin have died out in the years before his return. As it turns out, not quite all of them died out...
- Even Evil Has Standards: Hates the King of Shadows so much, he's one of the few characters guaranteed to stay with you, no matter how little influence you have.
- Evil Versus Evil: His quarrel with the King of Shadows is this taken Up to Eleven. He has a more even-split conflict with the Githyanki as well.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: The King of Shadows poses a grievous threat to the Sword Coast, and everything Jerro has done, he has done to stop him.
- Fallen Hero: He was apparently a much better man before becoming a warlock.
- He Who Fights Monsters: After realizing that no one took his warnings about the King of Shadows seriously, he decided to act on his own. In order to combat the horde of undead under the thrall of the King of Shadows, he turned to the infernal powers for an army of his own.
- I Did What I Had to Do: If you confront Ammon Jerro about all the evil he's unleashed in his war against the Big Bad, he's wholly unrepentant unless you had high influence with Shandra, in which case you can make him realise his mistakes.
- I'm Going to Hell for This: Assures the player that even though they don't get to kill him, they can rest assured he has bigger problems to worry about - like all the bad karma he's built up and the demons and devils out for his blood.
- Informed Equipment: Try to equip him various armor and his look will not change.
- I've Come Too Far: On several occasions he states this is why he's still fighting. If he backs down and stops fighting the King of Shadows.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Takes a bit of doing, but you can make him realize his mistakes.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe. Whatever kindness or good intentions he had have long ago dwindled, leaving a desire for power and an ego that refuses to be defeated. However, don't mistake his alignment for genuine malevolence; his sole reason for being is that his old foe, the King of Shadows, is still at large and has to be stopped, and no matter what Ammon will refuse to side with him no matter how little influence you have.
- Power Tattoo: He got his while studying with the Red Wizards of Thay. Although this does not explain why they glow.
- Reality Warper: Only within his Haven, thanks to the vast amounts of enchantments on the place that are keyed to his bloodline.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: His rejection of Black Garius' offer of joining forces with the King of Shadows is pretty damn awesome.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he's done, he's done to protect Neverwinter and the world at large from the King of Shadows, who has the power and resources at his disposal to destroy the city if not stopped.
"Oh my, this is a marvelously constructed... er... construct. To think of the enchantments that must have been inscribed on its core... fascinating!"A Blade Golem that was sent by Garius' followers to dispose of the party while they were investigating Githyanki activity in Neverwinter. The party manages to drive it off, severely damaging it in the process, and later come across it during the assault on Zeearie's lair. Grobnar, fascinated with the machine, convinces the Knight Captain to confiscate it in hopes of repairing it. Once Crossroad Keep is reclaimed from the Shadow Priests, and after a rather lengthy sidequest, Grobnar is able to repair the construct and make it better than ever.In the final battle, if Bishop fights alongside Garius and Grobnar's influence is low, Bishop will sabotage the Construct, making it turn against the party. With a high enough influence however, Grobnar reveals that he found a way around that.Canonically, the Construct was destroyed in the final battle when both it and Grobnar were crushed by a fallen pillar.Associated Tropes
— Grobnar squeeing
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Of the blade-instead-of-forearm variety.
- Dumb Muscle: Oddly subverted; though the Construct is mute, it's got an Intelligence of 13. It's just as smart as Elanee, and smarter than Shandra, Khelgar, Qara, Bishop, Casavir, and even Grobnar. Admittedly, this is mostly so it can take Combat Expertise.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: It is probably the last party member the player will acquire without outside help, and joins at the turn of the tide.
- Golem: A metal variety, complete with attached weaponry.
- Optional Party Member: Reactivating it requires a series of sidequests.
- Team Pet: Essentially.
- True Neutral: In-universe. It's a barely sentient suit of armor, so it can't really be anything else.
Neverwinter Nights 2 Non-Party Characters
- Voiced by: Jim Murtaugh
Your foster father, who has raised you since you were a baby. He's cold, haughty, and not very fatherly.
- Abusive Parents: See the entry for the Player Character.
- And I Must Scream: The evil ending leaves Daeghun killed and raised several times for the player's amusement, before finally being killed and stuffed into a pillar with his mouth left open at the surface.
- Archer Archetype: Cold, self-reliant, haughty and sticks to ranged combat.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: The good epilogue of the main campaign has him refusing to believe you're dead and setting out to search for you. In the good epilogue of Mask of the Betrayer, the two of you have a happy reunion.
- Foil: One could consider him one to Gorion from Baldur's Gate. Each is the foster father of the player's character, a skilled former adventurer and Retired Badass who knew the player's mother. However, while Gorion is always gentle and affectionate to the player and succumbs to Mentor Occupational Hazard right at the beginning, Daeghun lives on, but is aloof and emotionally distant, addressing even the player in a cold and professional manner.
- Heartbroken Badass: His wife died during the King of Shadows' assault on West Harbor, and he never really got over it.
- Ice King: Even to you!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a hero with the best of intentions, but he is often rude and condescending, and frequently inconsiderate of others' feelings.
- No Sense of Humor: You yourself can Lampshade this during the prologue.
- Retired Badass
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the exact opposite of his brother Duncan.
- The Stoic
- This Is Unforgivable!: He's not happy to meet Ammon Jerro in the field because Ammon's demon army laid waste to it during the events of Act II.
- True Neutral: In-Universe (it's visible in the Level Editor).
- Voiced by: Steven Scott
"Well now, if it isn't my Harborman kin! What can Uncle Duncan do for you?"Daeghun's half-brother, an innkeeper in Neverwinter. He allows you and your companions to stay at the Sunken Flagon for free during your adventures.
- Cool Uncle
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hot-Blooded: His character bio explicitly states him to be "expressive and passionate".
- Noodle Incident: Something happened between him and Bishop that led to the latter owing Duncan a favor, which he uses to force Bishop to join the party. It turns out he saved Bishop's life after the Where I Was Born and Razed incident. Bishop really, really, really despises him for it.
- Retired Badass
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Just compare his tropes to Daeghun's.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Implied to have this sort of relationship with Sand.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: You can't invite him back to your keep, and no mention of him is made in the game's epilogue.
Lord Nasher Alagondar
- Voiced by: Gregg Martin
A former adventurer and the ruler of the city-state of Neverwinter.Associated Tropes:
- Bald of Awesome: Has lost the remainder of his hair between games.
- Big Good: Reprises his role as such from the original Neverwinter Nights.
- The Good King: Though he's not actually a king, per se.
- Idiot Ball: Minor case in Storm of Zehir. Making Khelgar Ironfist a member of the Neverwinter Nine? No problem. But putting him in charge of Crossroad Keep? Surely there were more politically adept candidates. The Knight-Captain's seneschal Kana, for instance, or maybe Sir Neville. Khelgar himself notes that it was a bad idea.
- Lawful Good: In-universe. Not mentioned in-game but this is his alignment according to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Retired Badass: Used to be a member of the Northern Four Adventuring Troupe before he became ruler of Neverwinter. The Troupe's history is detailed in the in-game book of the same name.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In addition to laying various intrigues and magical preparations against invasion by Neverwinter's northern rival Luskan, he personally leads Neverwinter's main army in the Battle of Highcliff in Act III, and is badly wounded in the process.
The King of Shadows
- Voiced by: Adam Sietz
An ancient being of pure magic and top contender for the title of Worst Threat the Sword Coast Has Ever Known.In the ruins of an Illefarn city, you learn that he was once human, a great hero and patriot who sacrificed himself in an arcane ritual to create a Guardian to protect Illefarn from invasion by Netheril, becoming a Pure Magic Being who drew his power directly from the Weave. When the Netherese archmage Karsus tried to usurp Mystryl as deity of magic, his power source was interrupted, forcing him into the Sadistic Choice of either dying, in which case he could no longer protect Illefarn, or drawing power from Shar's Shadow Weave. He chose the latter. Illefarn tried and failed to destroy him repeatedly, but their final attempt, hiring the great wyrm Nolalothcaragascint, succeeded in damaging him badly enough he was forced to retreat to the Astral Plane.According to Mask of the Betrayer, he is canonically destroyed by the Knight-Captain.Associated Tropes:
- Absurdly Dedicated Worker: His job is to destroy enemies of the Illefarn Empire. He continues to try to carry out that function a couple thousand years after Illefarn has fallen, partly because of him.
- Beard of Evil/Fangs Are Evil: Depending on what you think the white vertical lines on the bottom half of his face are.
- Big Bad
- Black and White Insanity: His job is to destroy enemies of the Illefarn Empire. Attempting to attack him, a guardian of that empire, means you are an enemy. An awful lot of entities wind up attacking him for silly reasons like his very presence being inimical to life. Just about all of them, in fact. Solution: destroy the world.
- Black Magic: When the 12th level spell Karsus' avatar interrupted the Weave, the Guardian was faced with the Sadistic Choice of either death (in which case he could no longer protect Illefarn), or changing his power source to the Shadow Weave and taking on the corruption that would entail. He chose the latter and became the King of Shadows.
- Casting a Shadow
- The Corruption: He is implied to be one of the reasons the Mere of Dead Men is full of undead (the other being that part of Myrkul's essence ended up there after Mystra killed him). He also drives the senior members of the Mere's druid circle insane.
- Dark Is Evil
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Once he was a patriot of the Illefarn Empire, an ordinary man with a girlfriend who lived an unremarkable life. After that, he became a guardian for his beloved empire, with no ambition or desire save to continue protecting and serving it. Now, he is the commander of an army of shadow-infused undead who poses a threat to everyone around him.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The King's original name is lost to the ages. Even the ghosts in the Illefarn ruins don't remember.
- Fallen Hero: See above.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Humanoid Abomination: Resembles a large man made of pure blackness.
- Kill 'em All: If the player accepts a place at his side, their first task as his new general is to slaughter their party members, turning their True Companions into a Quirky Miniboss Squad. Afterwards, the King raises them from the dead to serve as the player's followers in evil.
- Lawful Evil: In-universe.
- Me's a Crowd: During his fight he possesses the statues surrounding his arena and spawns clones of himself less than a quarter of his true height.
- Noble Demon: He still acts to protect the Illefarn Empire, years after its destruction. All his misdeeds are done in their name.
- Pure Magic Being
- Tragic Villain: There is a very sad story behind the King of Shadows, made all the sadder for it being almost completely forgotten.
- Walking Wasteland/Enemy to All Living Things: He drains the life-force of whatever he approaches or approaches him, be it animal, plant, spirit, flesh or otherwise. Thus, his servants tend to be undead, though he makes use of mortal agents as well.
- We Can Rule Together: If the Knight Captain is evil, he will offer him/her a place at his side, taking Garius' place as the leader of his armies. The player can still reject it, of course.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The King of Shadows was, and still is, to an extent, a regular man who made the ultimate sacrifice to become an immortal guardian. Years after the collapse of his empire, he genuinely believes his duty is still active and valid. Everything he does, he does in the name of his long-dead homeland.
- Voiced by: Chris Murney
The Dragon to the King of Shadows, he is a Luskan mage and the Master of the Fifth Tower.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Garius thinks he's so evil but he's really just The Pawn of a far more terrifying being.
- The Dragon: To the King of Shadows.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Garius learns too late that the King of Shadows is not mocked, getting himself and his followers turned into the Shadow Reavers.
- Hatesink: With your evil companions being likeable for different reasons and the Big Bad being a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, someone needed to exist for the player to hate, and arguably Garius fills that role.
- Humanoid Abomination: After being turned into a Shadow Reaver.
- Our Liches Are Different: As the leader of the Shadow Reavers.
- Mind Rape: Tortures Neeshka, then abuses her diabolic blood to magically bind her.
- The Starscream: His plan was to harvest the King of Shadows' power for his own gain. His death at the hands of the Knight-Captain threw a wrench into the plan; he was revived as a Shadow Reaver under the King's direct control.
- Voiced by: David Pittu, Ariel Winters and Chris Peterson
- Always Chaotic Evil: They are all insanely evil.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: They make regular undead look like a bump in the road.
- Back from the Dead: They are the reanimated corpses of Black Garius and his closest followers.
- Came Back Wrong: Not how they pictured acquiring the power of the King of Shadows, certainly.
- Casting a Shadow: A part of their powers.
- Dem Bones: Essentially, their bodies are skeletons heavily infused with shadow.
- Elite Mooks: All six of them.
- Evil Is Hammy: Oh yes.
- Mook Promotion: Garius, notably, has the power to render lesser undead immune to sunlight, and to empower them so that even the weakest skeleton hits like a truck.
- Our Liches Are Different: Although they are distinct from actual liches in-game, they certainly give this impression, as powerful undead who are immortal but for a single Weaksauce Weakness.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad. Three of the remaining Shadow Reavers fight you together in The Very Definitely Final Dungeon.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Reading their True Names from a scroll can destroy them instantly, but it takes a while to charge up.
A pit fiend in the service of Levistus the Still Lord, master of the Fifth Circle of Baator, and one of Ammon Jerro's fiendish allies. He is initially encountered in the githyanki stronghold along with the hezrou Zaxis, attempting to breach the chamber where the githyanki leader Zeeaire kept her portal to the Astral Plane. He voluntarily gives up his true name to the Knight-Captain so s/he can return him to Baator. He is encountered again at Ammon Jerro's Haven, as one of several greater fiends bound in summoning circles and powering the place. The player can later talk Jerro into helping him/her summon the fiend at Crossroad Keep. Mephasm is unfailingly polite to the Knight-Captain and takes a degree of interest in the party's welfare, though nobody doubts that his motives are less than altruistic.
- Affably Evil: Very polite in all of his dialogue.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Prefers to take the form of a purple-skinned half-elf when conversing with the player character.
- Deal with the Devil: Late in the game you can summon him in order to trade magical trinkets with him. You can also offer to sell him your soul, but he has no interest in purchasing it.
- I Know Your True Name: He agrees to tell you his true name, because someone using it to banish him is the only way he can return to hell.
- Lawful Evil: In-Universe. Conceptually baatezu (devils) are essentially Lawful Evil personified, following their contracts and deals to the letter as a matter of honor, but always at least trying to compose them in such a way that they come out ahead in the end. (However long that may take, and given their immortality they can afford to wait.)
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He offhandedly implies he is Neeshka's devilish grandfather.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer Party Members
- Voiced by: Julianne Grossman
"If you enjoy tense situations, my affiliation with the feared magocracy of Thay should prove endlessly amusing."A Red Wizard that appears to help the Knight Captain when he/she awakens in Rashemen, and the first party member gained. She claims to have been sent by her mother, the leader of a prominent Thayan academy, to help the Captain for unspecified reasons, but there may be ulterior motives to her task that not even she is aware of.Unknown to her, she along with her mother and aunt are three fragments of the soul of Akachi's lover, now the Founder. She was planted in the Knight-Captain's party as part of the Founder's plan to end the Spirit Eater curse.Associated Tropes
- Artificial Human: Safiya is an aspect of the Founder, created alongside Lienna and Nefris as part of her plan to end the Spirit Eater curse.
- Badass Bookworm
- Badass Teacher: Badassery is a necessary trait for survival in a Thayan magical academy - and she's an instructor.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bald Women: According to the sourcebooks, Mulan humans tend to be like that.
- Cool Teacher: This also. One of the least vicious and ruthless Red Wizards anywhere, and she obviously loves teaching. She even begins teaching you a few basics in concentration and logic if your influence gets high enough - so essentially, her idea of best protecting you is making you one of her students.
- The Cynic: Whenever you bring up religion or the Rashemi or...a lot of things, actually. She's a pragmatic, critical thinker down to her core by birth and upbringing.Safiya: (about Kaelyn) That servant of...I've never trusted people of faith. They live their lives divorced from reason.Safiya: (about Gann) People who talk overmuch about the value of dreams usually want to sell you something.
- Hearing Voices: Safiya reluctantly admits to hearing voices inside her head that aren't her own, though they seem to be benevolent. (She recounts a time when she was about to use a spell that would have fatally backfired and the voices suddenly became much louder, breaking her concentration and saving her life.) They turn out to be the voices of Nefris, Lienna, and the Founder.
- The Hecate Sisters: Safiya represents the Maiden (with Nefris as the Mother and Lienna as the Crone).
- Hot Teacher: Noted as good-looking in her character description.
- Naytheist: She rolls her eyes at Kaelyn, is not the least bit unwilling to say that she thinks the people of Rashemen are credulous imbeciles for worshipping spirits, and will almost always react badly if the player character tries to comfort her with any variation on the phrase "Have faith." This seems to be a Red Wizard trait. The Founder's experiences and opinions probably influenced her, as well.
- Nonhuman Sidekick: Her homunculus familiar, Kaji.
- Master of One Magic: Despite the name, Red Wizards of Thay focus intensely on one particular school of magic. Safiya focuses on Transmutation at the expense of Illusion and Conjuration.
- Merger of Souls: In the endings where she survives, the Founder's split soul is reformed into one consciousness in Safiya's body after the Founder dies.
- Prestige Class: Notable as the first NWN2 party member to have one.
- The Power of Creation: Safiya's specialty.
- Power Tattoo: All Red Wizards have them.
- Second Love: Depending on your choices.
- Squishy Wizard: Though like Sand, she has a variety of buffs that increase her durability and strength in combat.
- Stereotype Flip: Unlike the majority of Red Wizards, Safiya is far more interested in learning and teaching than in accruing personal power.
- True Neutral: In-Universe. Primarily concerned with her own affairs, not with others', good or evil.
- Voiced by: Crispin Freeman
"My crime? It is a serious one. You see...I am too handsome to look upon."Better known as Gann, this young hagspawn is a Rashemi Spirit Shaman that the Captain encounters while searching for allies against Okku. Abandoned by his parents at birth, the wild spirits of Rasheman raised him as their own. Interestingly and unusually, Gann is quite a Pretty Boy, a trait he takes great pride in. As a Spirit Shaman, he is capable of walking in the realm of dreams, which can come in handy at various points in the game.It is later learned that her mother actually truly loved him and his father, and was forced to abandon him by the Slumbering Coven. Upon discovering this, he implores the Captain to kill the Coven in retribution.Associated Tropes:
- Boxed Crook: He actually doesn't mind prison too much (especially since he's messed with the runes that keep him from dream hopping), but he was getting a little bored.
- The Casanova: He puts his high Charisma score to exactly the use you think.
- Chaotic Neutral: In-universe.
- Character Development: Bringing closure to his past and learning what love really means, as well as taking responsibility for his mistakes.
- Cute Monster Guy: Gann is a stark contrast to most other hagspawn, who are usually brutish and ugly (there are several examples proving this). Gann lampshades it.Gannayev: Do I look like a hagspawn? Come now.
- Dream Walker: Primarily naughty dreams.
- Druid: Gann's a Spirit Shaman, a spontaneous spellcasting variation of the Druid class that can fight and commune with supernatural spirits.
- Girl of My Dreams: Gender-flipped. Not the PC's dreams, but he does quite like showing up in the dreams of young women for unchaste purposes.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Hagspawn are offspring of hags and human males.
- Handsome Lech: Gorgeous. Charming. Totally irresponsible.
- Hidden Depths: Frequently deflects questions with humor and snark (or flirtation), but beneath that he's terribly afraid of letting anyone get too close, lacks any direction for his life, and has depths of rage that can be a little frightening.
- Insufferable Genius: Although he does take jabs at his ego quite well.
- Lady Killer In Love: Should the Knight-Captain pursue a relationship with him, he falls well and truly in love, going so far as to convert to the worship of Kelemvor to stay with the player character in one of the endings. Some of his endings also have him settling down with a girl you help during the main story.
- The Lancer: Both in story and gameplay terms. His preferred weapon is a spear.
- Living Dream: Gannayev claims he's one at first, but he'll admit to just being a hagspawn after some prodding and a successful Diplomacy check.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: As Gulk'aush (Gann's mother) puts it, Gann drifts "from creature to creature, spirit to spirit, finding no dream that has touched [him]."
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Lovable Rogue
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: 99% of hagspawn are ugly brutes. The reason he isn't is because his parents actually loved each other.
- Naytheist: He acknowledges the presence of gods in the Realms, but refuses to devote himself to any of them, or actually acknowledge them as gods at all. This causes some minor crises of faith in the later parts of the game, and one of the endings as well.
- Flat Earth Atheist: The Wall of the Faithless, however, he adamantly refuses to believe exists, even though one of your companions (Kaelyn) is personally familiar with it.
- The Nicknamer: Usually poetic (he calls Kaelyn "songbird" and Okku "Old Father Bear"), sometimes imbuing them with a taunting affection, like when he calls his jailer "my matron-of-the-cell".
- Parental Abandonment: He hides it, but he's enormously resentful of his parents for leaving him until he learns why.
- Power Perversion Potential: He's called "Gann-of-Dreams" for a reason. Given his Handsome Lech tendencies and there you go.
- Pretty Boy
- Proud Beauty: Gorgeous and excruciatingly aware of it.
- Raised by Wolves: Wolf spirits at that!
- Really Gets Around
- Second Love: If you so choose.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: A fact he is well aware of. In fact, when you first meet him, he says he's in the Mulsantir prison when first met for the crime of "being too handsome to look upon". He's actually there more or less voluntarily — hiding from his numerous admirers.
- Square Race, Round Class: Hagspawn are not known for their spellcasting abilities. Of course, Gann is no ordinary hagspawn.
- Tailor-Made Prison: Unlike the classic iron bars of the others prisoners', Gann's prison is a windowless room in which every surface is covered in runes. They're supposed to keep him from his usual late-night dreamsex activities, but a PC with a high enough spellcraft skill can notice that Gann's messed around with them a bit.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome/Tall, Dark and Snarky: Well, tall, blue, handsome and snarky - rather as if someone took a good-looking human and colored him blue.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Upon discovering that Gannayev's mother let his father escape, the her hag sisters hunted him down, tore him apart, and force-fed Gann's mom bloody chunks of him - all in front of Gann. Gann naturally - and probably fortunately - remembers none of this.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Gender-flipped, and justified. Because his conception was consensual and his parents were actually in love, he came out very handsome instead of ugly like most hags and hagspawn.
Kaelyn the Dove
- Voiced by: Cat O'Connor
A half-celestial cleric of Ilmater that the Captain recruits for the struggle against Okku. The party meets her in the Shadow Realm version of Mulsantir, attempting to discover secret information on Kelemvor and Akachi the Betrayer. In exchange for helping her obtain this information, she agrees to aid the Captain.Kaelyn was originally a devout servant of Kelemvor, god of death. As time went on she began to question her faith, specifically regarding the Wall of the Faithless. No longer able to shepherd the souls of the dead to a Fate Worse Than Death, she left the Kelemvoran faith and attempted to forcibly tear down the Wall. Though she failed and was cast down into Faerûn, she still wishes to see the Wall destroyed.Associated Tropes:
- Abstract Apotheosis: In Kaelyn's good ending, she becomes the symbol of hope for all the victims of the Wall of the Faithless.
- Animal Motif: Doves.
- Big Sister Mentor: To her siblings in the Menagerie.
- Combat Medic: As a cleric, she comes equipped with a variety of healing spells and buffs.
- Determinator: Her quest sets her against all the laws and powers she was born to serve - and many others - but she hasn't let that stop her.
- Dissonant Serenity: She never raises her voice, which can be a bit creepy depending on what she's talking about.
- Fallen Angel: In all of her endings, her wings turn eventually turn black. In the optimistic ones, she is still perceived as a savior of forsaken souls, and sees her wings as a symbol of her cause.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Kaelyn says she's a doomguide but has no levels in that class, nor does she have any of the prerequisites. Forgivable since doomguide wasn't added as a prestige class until Storm of Zehir. It's also possible she was de-leveled for rebelling against Kelemvor.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Human/angel.
- Neutral Good: In-universe. Gentleness, compassion and honor are all built right into her very essence.
- Non-Indicative Name: Someone called "the Dove" would be peaceful and gentle, right? Right. Originally she had that name because she was the mediator of the Menagerie. But when she began the Second Crusade, she essentially declared war upon the gods.
- Pardon My Klingon: Averted. As a matter of fact, she doesn't know any profanity at all.
- Sherlock Scan: Though she's not particularly worldly, one of Kaelyn's gifts is gaining extremely disturbingly accurate insight into a someone's basic personality, just from looking at them. One dialogue path has her pick up and point out most of Gann's hidden issues with a momentary glance, one of the few times Gann is noticeably blind-sided.
- Single-Issue Wonk: Normally mild-mannered, but just mention the Wall of the Faithless, and she'll go on quite a tear - always soft-spoken and gentle, but insistent.
- Stereotype Flip: She's a cleric, the only companion who worships a god (Ilmater), and a celestial with wings - but she's bent on tearing down the wall, an act that could well see the Planes crumble or start a war between gods and mortals.
- Tranquil Fury: She won't even shout her battle-cry.
- Winged Humanoid: Subverted in that her wings are nonfunctional (i.e. she can't fly). They do allow her to move faster and shield herself from sun or rain, but that's pretty much it.
- What Beautiful Eyes: They're completely black, like the eyes of a bird. Gann quite likes them... mostly because they're reflective enough that he can admire himself in them. On the other hand, the party's comments on their strangeness reveals some interesting facets of their characters. In particular, it turns out that Kaelyn is color-blind. Which is to say, she sees everything in black and white.
- Voiced by: Darryl Kurylo
"I am a god of bears. What is there not to understand? ...I jest, little one. You smell of distant lands. No doubt the spirits of Rashemen are a puzzle to you. In life, I was a bear of flesh and bone. In death, my bond with the land has called me back."A powerful bear spirit that is the sole guardian of the Spirit Barrow. He first appears attempting to stop the Knight Captain and Safiya from escaping the Barrow. Although driven off, Okku soon afterwards amasses a spirit army outside Mulsantir, demanding that the Captain face him in combat. Despite the Captain's attempts at peace, Okku strangely insists that the Captain must die. After a heated battle, Okku is defeated and begs that the Captain kill him before the Curse consumes him. If the Captain chooses to suppress the curses' hunger, Okku will be shocked that they have not given in to their hunger, and offers to help the party as part of a compact he made with a previous Spirit Eater long ago.Okku's clan barrow is the prison the Knight-Captain awakens in at the beginning of the game. To ensure the curse never threatened the world again, the previous Spirit Eater crafted the prison and spent his last days there in the hopes that once he died the curse would be trapped in the prison and never spread to another person. Okku, out of respect to his friend and a sense of duty to end the curse, remained within the Barrow to watch over and guard the prison against interlopers. The curse had disastrous effects on his clan members, most of whom went feral or mad due to the curse's influence.Associated Tropes:
— Okku, asked to describe himself
- Badass: Oh yes. No, seriously, have you seen his Strength and Constitution? He's essentially Khelgar on steroids.
- Bears Are Bad News/Beary Friendly: Once you get to know him it turns out he's a Gentle Giant most of the time. He's soft-spoken and intelligent, known to crack the occasional joke, and a fiercely loyal ally for a good-aligned Knight-Captain, but antagonize him at your peril.
- Beary Funny: On occasion. See him scare a spirit badger by roaring louder than him, or threaten to eat people. It's funnier than it sounds, if you are into Comedic Sociopathy.
- Blood Knight: Subverted in the fact that he doesn't go out of his way to pick fights - but he likes fights and tends to solve problems by ripping them in half. Much of this can be explained by his being, well, a large bear. How else would anyone expect him to solve problems?
- The Comically Serious: He definitely has a sense of humor, but it doesn't always translate well across the spirit-mortal/bear-humanoid divide (and vice versa).
- Deity of Human Origin: Or bearish origin, rather. Okku was once a bear of higher-than-usual intelligence, strength and ferocity that attained minor godhood by the virtue of being an exemplar of what it is to be ursine. This often occurs with animals of Rashemen. He would probably rate rank 0 on the divine ranks scale from Faiths & Pantheons.note
- Gold and White Are Divine: Brown as a mortal bear, he gained that coat of brilliant colours when he became a spirit.
- Grumpy Bear: Quite literally.
- Hero Antagonist: When you first meet him.
- I Owe You My Life: Assuming you didn't eat him after defeating him. The Spirit-Eater before you did likewise.
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Natural Weapon: Being a bear, he can't use much in the way of equipment, so he fights entirely with teeth and claws.
- Physical God: Very physical. He might be a spirit, but the wrong end of his jaws still hurts like hell.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Sour Supporter: He is initially quite skeptical that the Knight Captain can end the Curse without succumbing to it, but prove your willingness to resist the curse and he'll warm up to you considerably.
One of Many
"Here is a soul so old, so broken and fragmented... it is not even worth devouring. One would gain more sustenance chomping at the air."A mysterious spirit entity actually made of many souls in a Mind Hive. One soul is in charge of the rest, dictates their actions as an entity, and is referred to as "One"; the others are "the Many". "One" can be switched with any other soul from "the Many", lending the creature different powers and attitudes. If the Knight Captain chooses to devour Okku, you can offer Okku's pelt as a shell for this creature in the Dead God's Vault.Associated Tropes:
— One of Many
- Assimilation Backfire: If One of Many is in your party when you meet the dead god Myrkul, they'll ask you if they can eat Myrkul. Given that unlike the Knight-Captain's Spirit-Eater curse, One of Many adds consumed souls to its collective, Myrkul will take control and try to devour the spirit-eater, resulting in a Bonus Boss.
- Badass Boast: By proxy, and for you. It gives an impressive one to Kelemvor in the Devour Akachi ending if it is with you: "Fool! It is my [spirit-eater's title here] who will hound the gods' steps. And they shall know fear!" It is absolutely accurate.
- The Brute: One of the souls is an orc known only as 'The Brute'.
- The Cameo: Reappears in Storm of Zehir in a random encounter. Which makes one wonder what the canonical Spirit-Eater did in Rashemen.
- Creepy Child: The soul leading the Mind Hive is a small boy, killed for burning a temple of Myrkul and attacking his family.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Depending on which personality you allow to take control of the Many, its function in the party will change. The Child personality allows it to serve as a rogue, the Brute personality functions as a barbarian, and the Madwoman as a warlock.
- I Am Legion: It even consistently refer to itself using collective pronouns.
- Mind Hive: An amalgamation of souls extracted from the victims of Myrkul's death priests; primarily rapists, murderers, heretics...and even a few innocents. Some of Myrkul's priests are there too, thanks to the acolytes of Cyric inflicting some ironic justice. Thanks to all those years crammed in the Furnace, none of them are very sane.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe. There are no redeeming features whatsoever to One-of-Many. Even its loyalty to the main character comes only from recognising power that could destroy it forever, and fearing/desiring/hating that power all in equal measure.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When the player character meets Myrkul in the Astral Plane, One-of-Many demands the right to consume Myrkul as vengeance for the suffering of its collective souls in the Furnace. If allowed to do so, Myrkul seizes control of the Many, and tries to use it to devour the player character.
- Speaking Simlish: Uses a strange Voice of the Dead that any mortal creature can understand, but doesn't sound anything like ordinary speech.
- Token Evil Teammate: Subverted in that recruiting it requires the Knight-Captain to consciously commit a severely evil act. Unless the KC then goes for a Heel–Face Turn, of course...
- What the Hell, Hero?: Kaelyn calls the player out for creating an abomination. Its entire narrative purpose, really, is to impress upon the player what their evil might lead to.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Like the Captain, it can absorb souls, but instead of devouring them, it adds them to its Mind Hive - thus their memories and personalities are retained, not obliterated.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer Non-Party Characters
- Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
A mysterious Red Wizard who usurped Safiya's mother as leader of the Acadamy of Shapers and Binders for unknown reasons. He seems to have a vendetta against the Knight-Captain.Araman is actually the brother of Akachi the Betrayer. His original name was Eveshi. Centuries ago, the two infant boys were laid on the doorstep of Myrkul's temple to be raised there. Akachi became Myrkul's most proud and devoted disciple, and Eveshi/Araman - though never as great - followed in his brother's footsteps, always in aid and loyalty. When Akachi chose to rebel against Myrkul for the sake of his lover, Araman joined him in the Crusade, but when it failed, he repented on bended knee to Myrkul and swore never to betray him again. As a "reward", Myrkul made him immortal and gave him the task of hunting down the Founder and killing her. His takeover of Thaymount was so he could access a portal that would lead him to the Founder's Sanctum. Before he can reach her, however, the Knight-Captain's party confront him and Araman is ultimately killed. He is later seen on the Fugue Plane, defending the City of the Dead.Araman is a jaded, depressed man. To this day, he believes firmly that Akachi's betrayal of his god for his love was madness, and believes that no good could come of upsetting the order of the Planes; his regret for turning against Myrkul has long become a greater conviction that Akachi was wrong. He takes no pleasure in what he does, instead seeing his actions as necessary evils to maintain balance in the world.Associated Tropes:
- Anti-Villain: He believes that protecting the Wall is the right thing to do and takes no pleasure in it.
- Bald of Evil: As per standard Red Wizard hairstyle (or lack thereof).
- Big Bad: The game sets him up to look like one for a while, but he isn't.
- The Dragon: To Myrkul originally, and now to Kelemvor.
- Killed Off for Real: Assuming you continued the Crusade, he makes a Last Villain Stand after Kelemvor agrees to let you try and get your soul back, and dies fighting you on the Fugue Plane, where there's no coming back.
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Optional Party Member: Should the player decide to betray the Betrayer's Crusade and side with Kelemvor, Araman joins in place of Kaelyn, who leaves the party.
- Power Tattoo: Again, Red Wizard.
- Unexplained Recovery: Subverted when he reappears on the Fugue Plane. You did kill him in the Academy, but since you're attacking the plane of existence that serves as the afterlife's sorting area for souls and he's a priest of the god of death, his presence is hardly odd.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was Akachi's brother, Eveshi. Akachi gave him the nickname "Ahrraman", which meant "laughter", when they were both children, because Eveshi was always giggling, even during solemn masses and sermons. That bright little boy is one of the very last things left of Akachi, but only in memory and dreams. Araman himself has long crushed out any light or sweetness in his personality.
The Slumbering Coven
- Voiced by: Jennifer Darling
- Deep Sleep: They are permanently dreaming.
- Dream Stealer: The source of their knowledge, and the payment they extract from their guests.
- Dream Walker: Just like Gann, though on a considerably larger scale.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: As valuable as their knowledge may be, killing these cruel and vicious beasts is nevertheless extremely satisfying.
- Knowledge Broker: They drag knowledge from the dreams of mortals, whom they believe will simply die and forget, to add to their enormous collective dream.
- Necessarily Evil: How they view themselves. You can disagree, whether from your own sense of ethics or to exact justice for Gann and his parents, and shred their collective dream before destroying them.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Many of the guests are dreaming, trapped inside their own minds as their bodies slowly wither away.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe.
- Numerological Motif: Nine hags in three groups of three.
- Talking in Your Dreams: Meeting them requires you to navigate the dreams of several other visitors, solving (or ignoring, or worsening) their troubles. Despite everyone involved being fast asleep, these interactions seem to have real-world effects. In addition, on the trip you meet Bishop during his last moments in the Wall of the Faithless. The hags clarify afterwards that yes, the encounter genuinely happened.
The Faceless Man a.k.a. Akachi the BetrayerThe embodiment of the Spirit-Eater curse, dealing with the Faceless Man is the only way for the Spirit-Eater curse to be ended. Its origin is a mystery that drives much of the backstory, and discovering it provides the key to freeing the Knight-Captain.Akachi was once the high priest of the now-dead god Myrkul, who once was god of the dead. When his lover, the Founder, died without pledging herself to a god, her soul was condemned to the Wall of the Faithless and Akachi chose to rebel against his god to save her, storming the Fugue Plane with an army to tear down the Wall and free every soul inside. This became known as the First Crusade, and earned him the title "the Betrayer". Though he succeeded in freeing the soul of the Founder, his Crusade failed, and as punishment he was bound to the Wall himself in her place. Myrkul, seeing an opportunity to spread misery (and to remain alive-in-death by exploiting the Forgotten Realms' early God Needs Prayer Badly system) decided that Akachi had not suffered enough, and so inflicted a real Fate Worse Than Death on him. He ripped Akachi out of the Wall once he was stripped of his mind, his humanity and everything that had made him a person, and left with an insatiable hunger for souls: the Faceless Man. The Spirit Eater curse is Akachi's parasitic ravenous remnant, attaching itself to people and condemning their souls to the Wall in his place. Over time, his victims are slowly "digested", devouring spirits to hold off the encroachment of the curse, but needing more and more spirits to hold off the hunger. At last they cannot sate themselves and die in madness, and the curse transfers itself to a new host.At the end of the game, the player character recovers the stolen soul from the Wall of the Faithless, but must then battle Akachi for control over it. Depending on what whether or not the three fragments of the Mask of the Betrayer were recovered in the game, the Knight-Captain can choose to restore Akachi and end the Spirit-Eater curse, subdue Akachi and spend eternity on the Fugue Plane, hurl Akachi out of their soul so that they are cured but the curse still exists, or devour the Faceless Man and become a power to shake the planes.Associated Tropes:
- Big Bad: In as much as there is one for the game (and that's pretty arguable), the Faceless Man is it. The game ends when he's defeated and he's the direct cause of most of your troubles. It's revealed, however, that he has no mind, memory or identity, only instinct - he can't be held responsible for what his curse makes him do.
- Chaotic Evil: In-Universe. The Spirit-eater is pure elemental hunger.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Expy: To Darth Nihilus. They're both Chaotic Evil abominations that used to be people and they were turned into said abominations though dark and perverse means. The Spirit Eater is feeding on souls in similar fashion to Nihilus feeds off the force. The primary difference is that the Spirit Eater is a blind parasitic spirit, while Nihilus is capable of independent action. This was likely intentional, since both games were made by Obsidian Entertainment.
- The Faceless: It's not just his name; he is always depicted either with a mask or simply as The Blank. It's essential to the curse.
- Power of the Void: The Faceless Man is spiritual emptiness contained within a living body (the player character's, currently), and what it wants - the only thing it wants - is to fill itself and be whole. Unfortunately, that's impossible because of the curse; the spirits it devours only ever fill it for a little while before they're gone, leaving it even emptier than before.
- Sadistic Choice: The player character can deduce that the spell-backfire which killed the Founder and sent her to the Wall might have been Myrkul's doing, because her death allowed him to test Akachi's faith. Akachi had to choose between devotion to his god and devotion to his lover. He chose the latter, and as far as Myrkul was concerned, he chose poorly.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With the Founder.
- Tragic Monster/Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's hard not to feel sorry for him once you realize what — or rather who — he is.
- Was Once a Man: You see that floating husk with a huge maw and tentacles? That thing that looks some hideously large tick with multiple eyes? It was once a living, breathing man.
- Voiced by: Susan Silo
- Affably Evil: She comes across as a kindly old lady, despite the horrible acts she has committed.
- Anti-Hero/Villain: It's up to you whether she's a hero or a villain, but whichever she is, she's right on the borderline. She wants to end the curse, definitely a noble thing, and she's motivated purely by love. But she specifically chose to curse you (for your connection with the Silver Sword of Gith), freed the curse from its makeshift binding in Okku's barrow, put you in terrible danger, and has done many extremely questionable things to achieve her goal.
- Badass Boast: If you spare her, she'll say this:The Founder: Love is stronger than any justice meted by a mad god. Let that be Myrkul's legacy to the planes; that in the end, his cruelty broke before a mortal's resolve!
- Bald Woman: Red Wizard.
- Death by Irony: If you drain Myrkul he will allow you to consume her soul as well, inflicting possibly the most horrible thing possible to both her and Akachi.
- Determinator: She never gave up on any task she put her mind to, and when you add The Power of Love to the mix, well...
- Easily Forgiven:
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep/Spell My Name with a "The": The only way she's every referred to is as "the Founder". Or "the Red Woman."
- Badass Bookworm: Essentially, she was a mage-scientist, and one of the most brilliant who had ever been.
- Love Hurts: Oh boy, does it.
- Love Makes You Evil/Necessarily Evil: Her primary defence for her actions is that she did everything for love.
- Mama Bear: There is one thing - and only one - that will induce her to attack the player character, who bears Akachi's essence, in anything other than self-defence. By extension, the one thing she loves as much as she loves Akachi himself. It's Safiya. Threaten her and the Founder will die in defence of her "daughter".
- Naytheist: She doesn't have a high opinion of the gods, to say the least.
- Opposites Attract: Sceptic mage-genius and a devoted disciple of Myrkul?
- The Power of Love: Damned, redeemed and drove her all at once. It will even prevent her soul from being devoured by the spirit-eater, because the spirit-eater is Akachi and he would not harm her. Unless, that is, the player also devoured Myrkul - then Akachi's love is overcome by the spite of Myrkul, and he's forced to obliterate the person he gave up everything and suffered eternally to save.
- Power Tattoo: Still a Red Wizard.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Akachi. In the event that you restore his identity and end the curse forever, they'll still never be together, even in death.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like Ammon Jerro, she has an admirable goal, but she will do anything to achieve it. That includes sacrificing you.
- What the Hell, Hero?: You get the opportunity to call her out for inflicting you with the curse.
Myrkul, the Lord of Bones
- Voiced by: S Scott Bullock
The former god of the dead, and creator of the Wall of the Faithless and Spirit-Eater curse.Myrkul was a member of the Dead Three along with Bane and Bhaal, a trio of evil epic-level adventurers who, centuries ago, challenged the original god of the dead, Jergal, for rulership. Ironically Jergal had grown tired of his job and divvied up his portfolio voluntarily. Bane chose to become the tyrant of the living, Myrkul the ruler of the dead, and Bhaal death itself, while Jergal chose to simply be the archivist of the dead.Fast forward several hundred years (we'll skip Akachi's rebellion since it's described above), and the Dead Three get back together in 1358 DR (the Year of Shadows) to steal the Tablets of Fate from the Overgod Ao. An infuriated overgod casts the entire pantheon down to Toril, only allowing them back if the Tablets are recovered. During this period, Myrkul is killed by Mystra, and Bhaal is slain by Cyric. (Bane is killed by Torm, but gets better about ten years later.) As happens with all dead gods, Myrkul's corpse was set adrift in the Astral Plane, which holds the multiverse together.The Knight-Captain runs across his decaying corpse during his/her escape from the Academy of Shapers and Binders via the Astral Plane. After interrogating Myrkul on various points to the player's satisfaction, s/he is given the opportunity to serve up an Ironic Death with the Spirit-Eater.Associated Tropes:
- Bigger Bad: He made the Wall of the Faithless, and the Spirit Eater curse.
- Death by Irony: If you choose to eat him. A fact he lampshades with surprising glee.
- Deity of Human Origin: He was an epic-level adventurer centuries ago.
- Dem Bones: He used to be a more typical Grim Reaper type, but these days his essence is confined to his skull. You must actually climb his spinal column to speak directly to him.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did You Just Eat Myrkul?
- Evil Sounds Raspy: He's certainly evil and sounds very raspy.
- God Is Dead: What you're talking to is the remnants of his consciousness, set adrift in the Astral Plane. And even that can be destroyed, if you know how...
- Hannibal Lecture: Loves 'em. With some thought, you and your companions can throw them back in his face.
- I Have Many Names: As befitting a god. The FRWiki has the full list.
- It's All About Me: He has no problem in creating a curse that has erased countless beings from existence in order to prolong his own.
- Jerkass God: Not as Jerkass as Cyric was during his brief tenure as god of the dead, but that's not saying much. For instance, he took a special pleasure in crafting punishments for his enemies and didn't care if other, innocent people were caught up in them. The Slumbering Coven claims that even in his dreams within death, he's still obsessing over how to most painfully punish old slights. What he did to Akachi was unutterably cruel, and with your help he can inflict even further suffering on the Betrayer by enforcing your command to devour the soul of the Founder.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe.
- Retired Monster: More like "technically dead" monster.
Kelemvor, the Lord of the Dead
- Voiced by: Roger Bumpass
The Forgotten Realms' incumbent god of the dead, ruler of the Fugue Plane and unwilling administrator of the Wall of the Faithless.His backstory is available in numerous sourcebooks, a novel series, and on the Forgotten Realms wiki.Associated Tropes:
- BFS: His favored weapon is a bastard sword called Fatal Touch.
- Cool Mask: Presumably meant to make him completely impassive-looking.
- Deity of Human Origin: Kelemvor started out as the mercenary Kelemvor Lyonsbane, and replaced Cyric as god of the dead only six years before Mask of the Betrayer. He struggled at first with the impartial judgement required for the mantle, but has since largely come to terms with it.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: In stark contrast to his predecessors Myrkul and Cyric, Kelemvor and his worshippers work to ensure that the dead rest peacefully, and that the living understand that death is neither to be feared nor sought. This is at odds with the architecture of many of his temples, since most (including the one in Mulsantir) are repurposed temples to Myrkul or Cyric. And note that this doesn't make him in any way friendly - he is still bound by his role to be impartial and impassive.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Kelemvor refuses to let you continue the Crusade after you reclaim your soul, but not because he likes the Wall. He tried to take it down after his apotheosis, but the rest of the pantheon wouldn't let him because it provides a threat that keeps most people worshipping, thereby feeding the gods and through them providing the magic of the Realms.
- I Have Many Names: Again, from being a god. His other titles include "Lord of the Crystal Spire" and the somewhat inaccurate "Judge of the Damned".
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Narrator All Along: He's narrating cutscenes from the very start of the campaign, but you don't find out that the voice has a name until you reach the Fugue Plane.
- Not So Different: Want to know why he does everything he can to overturn Myrkul's judgement upon Akachi without directly undoing it? When mortal, he suffered under a curse that forced him to commit selfish acts so he wouldn't succumb to complete violent madness. It wasn't as severe as the spirit-eater curse, but one can imagine how he might be inclined to sympathise.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Characters
The Main PartyAn individual, or group of up to four adventurers, who sail on the ship The Vigilant from the Sword Coast to Samarach. Shipwrecked after a storm, the party must work quickly to arm themselves with whatever is at hand to defend against a mob of batiri enraged at a linguistic mistake made by the famous Volothamp Geddarm. After defending themselves, the survivors are captured by Samarachan soldiers, but fortunately are freed by Sa'Sani, the owner of the merchant who commissioned the vessel. She suspects the Vigilant was sabotaged, and hires the player to investigate.Thus begins a lighthearted tale of adventure, discovery and merchant finance, set in both the familiar Sword Coast and the exotic Chultan penninsula.Associated Tropes:
- An Adventurer Is You: The entire point of the game. Or, half of it.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: The other half.
- Featureless Protagonist: Four character slots, infinite possibilities to fill them since, like in Icewind Dale, you design your own party from scratch. A lore-minded player could create a Multinational Team, a group of old friends who fought in the Shadow War, or anything in between.
- Hero of Another Story: It is generally accepted that the PCs' adventures here take place before or during the Knight-Captain's adventure in Mask of the Betrayer.
Volothamp Geddarm, or Volo for short, is the most famous traveler in all the Realms, as well as a powerful wizard and the author of a number of travel guides to all the Realms. While some of his exploits are certainly exaggerated, if not outright fabrications, Volo is nevertheless VERY well traveled, and boasts a wide array of knowledge about, well, everything, even as he constantly thirsts for additional experiences and knowledge.A fellow passenger aboard the Vigilant, after the ship was wrecked Volo attempted to negotiate with the batiri who came to investigate the wreckage. When negotiations inevitably failed, Volo bought the main party as much time to prepare for their attack as he could. After the battle, he is taken into custody with the survivors until freed by Sa'Sani. He stays in the merchant company's headquarters, presumably to stay near Sa'Sani, and hands out a few small sidequests in the first part of the game. Volo also asks that the player report to him about the locations the party visits to use as material for his next book.Associated Tropes:
- Chaotic Good: In-universe. Not mentioned in game, but according to the Forgotten Realms sourcebooks this is his alignment.
- Gentleman Adventurer: Doesn't quite come across here, but Volo's character does take inspiration from Around the World in 80 Days.
- Interactive Narrator: He narrates the opening and closing cinematics. After he finishes the latter, you can bluff or threaten him into changing the ending.
- The Munchausen: Exactly how many of Volo's claims as to his adventures is not known, but even with that taken into account he's had a fabulous career.
- Villainous Crush: Inverted. He has one on Sa'Sani, even after finding out she's a disguised yuan-ti.
Sa'SaniThe owner of a fairly new merchant company, Sa'Sani is the one who hired the Vigilant, the ship that the player party sailed south on. When the ship is wrecked off the coast of Samarach, Sa'Sani decides to use the player party, indebted to her for saving them as they are, to investigate the odd circumstances and coincidences building up around her. Later, after accusations of consorting with the Yuan-ti are leveled at her, she moves her base of operations north to Crossroad Keep. As it turns out, Sa'Sani is not guilty of working with the yuan-ti, she is one. Her original goal was to place agents in key positions in Samarach and the Sword Coast, but Zehir and his House Se'Sehen supplicants derailed those plans. Her ultimate fate is left up to the player to decide; if she is not killed she can either fade into obscurity if the company does poorly or become either a harsh businesswoman suspected of arranging "accidents" for competitors if allowed to follow her natural business instincts or a celebrated engineer of change and social progress if a promise to not harm anyone during her reconstruction of the Sword Coast.Associated Tropes:
- The Atoner: You can make her into this.
- Cute Monster Girl: Volo is attracted to her, even after he finds out what she really is.
- Good Feels Good: If the player extracts a promise from her, she can realize this and come to regard her human identity as her true self.
- Lawful Evil: In-Universe, presumably her original alignment.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She is a princess of the Yuan-ti House Sauringar.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Sa'Sani makes a point of explaining her actions to the main party, and trusts them with a huge amount of discretionary powers in her company after seeing how capable they are.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Cohorts
A Chultan druid of Ubtao, the guardian deity of the Chultan jungle, with a deinonychus for his animal companion. He's found in the Samargol market and can be recruited for free since he figures joining an adventuring party is a good way to suss out the rather vaguely described Mission from God he received.Associated Tropes:
- Bilingual Bonus: "Umoja" means "unity" in Swahili.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Has a pet deinonychus named Yushai who serves as his animal companion. Appropriate, seen as Ubtao is the Father of Dinosaurs.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Chult is the equivalent of sub-Saharan Africa.
- Hooks and Crooks: He happens to have a personal sickle weapon.
- In Harmony with Nature: Being a druid, that's not surprising.
- Large Ham
- Mission from God: He was dispatched to reasonably civilized Samarach from his usual haunts in the Chultan jungle because his god Ubtao sensed a threat to Chult brewing. Ubtao was correct on everything but the scale of the threat.
- Nature Hero
- Neutral Good: In-universe.
- Stereotype Flip: Large Ham instead of whining about balance.
Inshula sar Mashewe
A Tashalan ranger staying in Samargol while her sister recuperates from wounds sustained in a hunting accident. You can hire her, or you can let her read tarot cards (possibly stacking the deck) which will convince her to join you for free.Associated Tropes:
- Bald Women: No word on why her head is shaved bald.
- Bare Your Midriff/Stripperiffic: You can hang a lampshade on it, but she justifies it with the explanation that Chult is a hot, humid tropical region, which makes her starting attire quite practical, if not exactly protective.
- Blue Blood: She and her sister are scions of a rich Tashalan merchant clan that specializes in the manufacture and export of fine wines.
- Dual Wielding: Oddly though, the devs used the two-weapon ranger build, but gave her a crossbow for her starting weapon.
- The Hunter: She and her sister make their living hunting wild beasts and selling valuable parts as spell components.
- True Neutral: In-universe.
A lightfoot halfling swashbuckler, and captain of the ill-fated Vigilant. You can recruit her after rescuing her and her second mate from the batiri, as she hopes to earn enough money to buy a new ship.Associated Tropes:
- The Captain: For the prologue. The epilogues indicate she bought a new ship from the riches earned off her association with the party.
- Drowning My Sorrows: First thing she does after she's rescued from the batiri is get shitfaced drunk.
- The Napoleon: Especially evident in the prologue, during which you can hear her barking out orders to crewmen twice her height and threatening to have them flogged if they do not comply immediately.
- Swashbuckler: Her actual character class.
- True Neutral: In-universe. She's basically your average blue-collar halfling trying to make a living, and has no time for morality.
A svirfneblinnote wizard being held captive by mind flayers in the Underdark Market in Samarach. You can recruit her by killing the illithids (and the rest of the market), then freeing the captives.Associated Tropes:
- Chaotic Evil: In-universe.
- Luke Nounverber
- Squishy Wizard: Not really a well-built character. Most notably she took the Toughness feat (+1 HP per level) at first level rather than Spellcasting Prodigy.
A half-elf bard found in taverns throughout the Sword Coast. You can recruit him after clearing him of trumped-up theft charges in Neverwinter.Associated Tropes:
- Chaotic Good: In-universe.
- Clear Their Name: He's wanted for theft in Neverwinter. Turns out a nobleman thought Finch was cuckolding him (he wasn't; the wife was just a friend and admirer), and accused him of stealing a priceless Lantanese timepiece.
- Call Back: The OC referred briefly to a bard named Finch who kept losing his hat. This is him.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half-elf.
- Spoony Bard: Thankfully he's nowhere near as annoying as Grobnar was.
- "Follow me, as an arrow from Sehanine's bow!"
- Blade on a Stick: A divine spellcaster who favors spears? Perfect recipe for the Stormlord prestige class if you build her right.
- Chaotic Good: In-universe.
- Large Ham
- Mission from God: Traveled overseas from Evermeet on orders from her goddess. Angarradh saw the rise of the Zehiric cult and, being a good deity, decided to intervene.
- Really 700 Years Old: Par for the course with elves, but subverted in that she's old enough to show it on her face (looks to be maybe in her forties or fifties if she was human).
A half-orc paladin of Torm, currently staying at the Wailing Wench Tavern in Neverwinter. He'll join you if he likes you (which requires good party members and/or party members that worship Torm), or if you pay him 1000 gp to "prove your sincerity".Associated Tropes:
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half-orc, although his voice doesn't sound like that of a typical half-orc.
- Lawful Good: In-universe. It's a paladin class requirement.
- Large Ham
- Luke Nounverber
- Nice Guy: He's very well-mannered when he speaks.
- The Paladin
- Square Race, Round Class/Stereotype Flip: He's a half-orc paladin. Normally that would be a bad idea, since role-playing potential aside half-orcs take penalties to Charisma, which is the crux of all paladin abilities outside of straightforward attacking or divine spellcasting. Grykk, however, makes it work, thanks to getting extra skill points to fill in for the penalty.
Belueth the Calm
A very mercenary aasimar rogue and member of the Shadow Thieves of Amn, staying at the temple of Waukeen in Neverwinter. She'll join you upon receipt of 5000 gold, though you can talk her down to 3000.Associated Tropes:
- Cool Mask: Wears a jet-black domino as a symbol of her devotion to the thief-god Mask.
- The Hunter: The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue states that she grows to hate the Snaketongues outright, and makes a new career out of hunting them down.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe.
- Only in It for the Money: Unique in that she's the only cohort who just wants loot. Though subverted in the epilogues: she grows to hate the Snaketongues outright and makes a new career out of hunting and killing them.
- Square Race, Round Class/Stereotype Flip: Belueth is an aasimar, who are usually Good-aligned because of their angelic heritage and have the paladin as their favoured class. She, however, is an Evil-aligned rogue associated with the Shadow Thieves — ironically, something you'd expect from a tiefling (who are descended from demons and have rogue as a favoured class).
- Uneven Hybrid: Aasimar are mortals, almost always humans, descended from a good-aligned outsider, typically a deva.
A human doomguide of Kelemvor, Lord of the Deadnote . Septimund is found in Port Llast, where he is investigating nightly incursions by undead from the nearby graveyard.Associated Tropes:
- BFS: Favors a bastard sword, also known as a hand-and-a-half sword.
- Call Back: Nya, a throwaway NPC in Port Llast in the OC, was an old flame, and returns in SoZ as the necromancer raising the dead in the graveyard.
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe.
- Married to the Job: He and Nya were in love, but he was too devoted to his work as an undead hunter to make it work.
- What the Hell, Hero?: It's possible to summon the ghost of an ancient leader of Port Llast and talk him into using an army of undead to help drive the Luskan occupiers out of Port Llast. But if Septimund is in the current party, he'll react with outrage, leave the party and run back to town to warn them.
A half-drow warlock found in West Harbor. You can recruit him after a sidequest.Associated Tropes:
- Chaotic Evil: In-universe.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-drow.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Wants to follow in Ammon Jerro's footsteps as a warlock, dealing with fiends for power. However, he seems to have missed the fact that Jerro turned to the fiendish planes (primarily) for love of country, not personal power.
A human monk whom you can find imprisoned in a secret shrine to Shar. If a single character could be singled out as the game's Plucky Comic Relief, it would have to be this guy.Associated Tropes:
- Ascended Extra: He first appeared in a couple of dungeons in the Original Campaign, the events involving him being fairly crazy (and a little bit awesome).
- Ax-Crazy/Blood Knight: Utterly obsessed with breaking and smashing everything in sight — especially ribs.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Ribsmasher is a walking screwball comedy/slapstick film — utterly unhinged, insanely violent and absolutely hilarious.
- Large Ham/Laughing Mad: Seriously, every line he has involves yelling at the top of his lungs (often about smashing ribs) and/or laughing. For example, when you ask him how he got locked up in the shrine, he responds:Ribsmasher: WRONG TURN! HA!
- Lawful Neutral: In-universe. The Lawful part is because monks have to be some flavour of Lawful to demonstrate their discipline and focus; the Neutral part is because he's too insane to be anything else.
- Luke Nounverber: Or just Nounverber, if you want to be pedantic.
- Meaningful Name: Name? Ribsmasher. Occupation? Smashing ribs.
- Riding into the Sunset: Sort of. His "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue has him running out of Crossroad Keep after the victory celebration screaming at the top of his lungs about how there were "more ribs to smash!"
- Stereotype Flip: Somehow, he doesn't seem like the meditation-and-inner-peace-kind of monk.
- Warrior Monk
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of Westgate Characters
A half-elf rogue. You'll meet her at the start of the campaign.Associated Tropes:
- Dual Wielding: Favors a pair of shortswords.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-elf.
- Neutral Evil: In-universe.
- Only in It for the Money
- 10-Minute Retirement
- Token Evil Teammate: Unless you too are evil, of course.
A human fighter, formerly a paladin of Lathander the Dawnbringer. You'll meet Mantides in the Black Eye Tavern in the Harbor Loop. Regardless of what you say to him, he'll offer to join your party.Associated Tropes:
- The Alcoholic
- BFS: His weapon of choice.
- Deal with the Devil: If he kills a certain man in cold blood during his personal sidequest, he gets an offer from the church of Shar to become her champion. The player can talk him out of it... or talk him into going through with it.
- Fallen Hero: His backstory is that he fell from being a paladin because he lost his faith in his patron god, which is picked up and pointed out by Charissa. He can also wind up killing a man in the arena and getting further
- Neutral Good: In-universe.
- The Paladin: He used to be one, but violated the code of conduct and lost his powers. He can become one again, or be turned into a blackguard instead.
A human cleric of Tyr. You meet her the first time you enter the the Morningstar Haven in the Arena District.Associated Tropes:
- Black and White Morality: Her philosophy, which is hardly surprising, given that D&D universes work like that by default.
- Blue Blood: Scion of a disgraced line of Waterdhavian nobility.
- Clear Their Name: Has been trying to clear her family's name for several years.
- Drop the Hammer: Like Casavir from the OC, she favors warhammers.
- Lawful Good: In-universe - though a glance at her Karma Meter indicates she's pushing the envelope on both sides of the scale.
- Token Good Teammate: If the player is evil and corrupts Mantides into a champion of Shar, Charissa stands as the only good guy in the party.
Sir PeregrimAssociated Tropes:
- Our Banshees Are Louder
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: That's the whole point of her religion, being a worshiper of Hoar, the God of retribution.
- Dirty Coward: In the evil path.
- Evil Sorceress
- Fiery Red Head
- Our Demons Are Different: Her true form is a paeliryon and she's really, really nasty.
- The Man Behind the Man
- The Starscream