The main character of the first book, Valkyrie. The second princess of Ragnanival and daughter of the Demon Lord Odin. Gwendolyn loves her father dearly, but she feels neglected as he shows greater favor to his other children. Throughout the story, she struggles with her feelings towards him, her sister's death and her own worth.
Action Girl: Valkyries are known to be capable warriors, and she's supposed to be one of the strongest.
Beware the Nice Ones: Gwendolyn can be downright dangerous when the people she loves are threatened.
Blade on a Stick: Her unnamed Psypher spear, befitting her personality as a calm and collected Lady of War in the battlefield. Used mainly for slashing.
Blind Obedience: Suffers this big time with her father, Odin, only because she wants his approval.
Broken Bird: At the beginning of her story, she watches her sister die and later learns her father has an illegitimate daughter he loves more than her. In an attempt to help her, she sacrifices her position as a valkyrie and is forced to marry a stranger due to a spell causing her to love him. This makes her feel like an object in Oswald's hands, telling him to do what he wants with her. A combination of factors help her recover.
Chickification: Inverted. A Valkyrie who has disobeyed her King has to leave the battlefield, marry and have children. Everyone expects this of her when she is married off, but she kicks even more ass with The Power of Love.
Her spear was a gift from her dying sister Griselda.
More significantly, this is also her motivation for single-handedly storming Ringford to retrieve the ring of Titrel and refusing to give it back to Odin. In this case, however, her actions are motivated more because her initial failure to properly value the ring as a gift from Oswald led directly to Oswald's suicide, and she's not planning on making the same mistake twice.
Jack of All Stats: Gwendolyn is good with both ground and air combos, but actually becomes closer to a Lightning Bruiser once you get the hang of using her gliding, and especially when she learns Shadow Ally.
Lady of War: Graceful, demure valkyrie that flies through the skies and dances with a spear.
Heroes Prefer Swords: His weapon is a Psypher broadsword, passed down the Titanian Royal line for generations.
Ancestral Weapon: Said sword was once used by his father to fight against King Gallon, Cornelius' grandfather. It's implied that his grandfather was an evil bastard when he was alive. However, this act was apparently very traumatic for his father, as, upon seeing the Psypher broadsword he used to kill Gallon, immediately goes into a Heroic BSOD.
BFS: The sword is actually normal by human standards, and only large by comparison to his Pooka body.
I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Cornelius showed signs of this since he was turned into a Pooka, believing Velvet will no longer want to be with him due to his new form. Thankfully, this was never the case.
Nice Guy: He's very courteous and reasonable. He tries very hard to reason with many hostile characters. Unfortunately most of these conversations end in boss fights. It finally pays off when Wagner carries him to his kingdom.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Cornelius unwittingly leads King Valentine's spirit out of the Netherworld on his way back to Titania.
Bratty Half-Pint: Starts out as one. Her first appearance in her own book has her chasing frogs and wants to go to war while she doesn't even know the reason for their conflict. She even shows childish naivety regarding the motives behind the war. Her book is basically a Coming-of-Age Story, where she matures into a true queen.
Cycle of Revenge: She ultimately decides not to perpetuate one against Odin for killing her mother. This turns out to be a good idea, since Gwendolyn comes to call not long after, and there's no telling if Mercedes would have made it out alive if Gwendolyn had the death of her father on her mind during the fight.
Glass Cannon: She has the worst HP out of all the playable characters. However, the range of her bow coupled with her high offensive power makes her suited for attacking. Add in an Unlimited Power potion for an instant Game Breaker.
Hero Antagonist: To all the other player characters; Mercedes is the only person to get in a fight with everyone, though in the case of Oswald the player's controlling her rather than the other way around.
Out-of-Character Moment: She's considerably more antagonistic during Gwendolyn, Cornelius and Velvet's stories. Her portrayal in Oswald's story, while very brief, is consistent with her portrayal in her own story, however.
Star-Crossed Lovers: Ingway has to leave as soon as his spell is broken. In the true ending, Ingway is dead for their next meeting. If you choose the bad ending by fighting the first Darkova with Mercedes, they end up essentially killing one another.
World Tree: Erion has no World Tree in the literal sense, but her true name is Yggdrasil, and the credits show a huge tree growing in the spot where she died, indicating that she's responsible for creating it.
The main character of the fourth book, The Black Sword. A human warrior raised by the Fairie noble Melvin to be the ultimate weapon.
Above the Influence: Oswald wants, more than anything, for Gwendolyn to love him - but he refuses to wake her from her enchanted sleep if it means she'll be forced to love him by a spell, and goes looking for another way to wake her.
Berserk Button: Threatening Gwendolyn in his presence will be the last thing you ever do. More generally, he tends to have an immediate and violent reaction to anyone who seems to treat another person as a tool or object.
Blessed with Suck: The Belderiver gives him incredible power, enabling him to even slay dragons...but his soul will be given to the queen of the dead. Former wielders of the sword are seen wandering the mountains as mindless Revenabts.
Despair Event Horizon: Twice. The first time was when he went to the Netherworld after Melvin's failed rebellion, and the second was when he found out that Gwendolyn had given away the ring of Titrel to Odin.
Evil Weapon: Wields the Belderiver, a Psypher tipped sword which can grant to the wielders the powers of Odette.
Fate Worse Than Death: Remember those spooky Revenants boogeyman from Hornridge Mountain? Well, those were former wielders of the Belderiver. And this happens to Oswald too if he fights Onyx during Armageddon.
Lightning Bruiser: He has the highest attack power, attack speed, HP growth and the fastest walking speed. However, his momentum means it takes time for him to slow down and he can't block — instead, he gets a Super Mode which makes his attack power even better, but quickly depletes his POW gauge when he's not being struck by something.
Moses in the Bullrushes: The fairy noble Melvin adopted a very young Oswald, whom he found near a dying couple. The dying father turned out to be Prince Edgar of Titania, who had eloped with a commoner against the wishes of his father King Gallon (and were later killed when said King sent people to kill them). Oswald doesn't find out until the good ending.
Standard Hero Reward: As reward for slaying the dragon Wagner, he receives a castle, a magic spear, and Gwendolyn's hand in marriage. Slight twist in that the only thing he was actually interested in was the latter part.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Aloof and detached from anyone but Melvin (at first). Reveals a kinder and affectionate side with Gwendolyn.
Super Mode: His shadow form, which he can assume at any time. However, it depletes his POW in a hurry even when he's stock still (which is why the Power Stone and Unlimited Power potions are so important to him), and it also prevents him from casting spells or using items (so power up first). Further, Shadow Knights who abuse the black sword's power too much die and become Revenants, the miserable phantoms that haunt Horn Mountain in Winterhorn Ridge.
You Didn't Ask: He never tells Gwendolyn she isn't under a love spell, and lets her go on believing that her feelings for him are magically-induced. Granted, he didn't know about the ruse until the end of his story, and the end of the world keeps the two of them rather busy; it's subtly implied that by the time Oswald knows the truth, Gwendolyn is on her way to figuring it out for herself anyway.
Fallen Princess: Although the fall happened years before the events of the game.
Fragile Speedster: After playing as Oswald, her speed is surprising. She also has the absolute worst attack strength, but her chains have the second-best range the game (including a long-distance homing strike), which helps keep her away from harm.
Identical Grandson: A major plot-point. She looks a lot like her mother. That is why Odin favors her over his other daughters and, in the true ending, this is what keeps King Valentine from killing her.
In-Series Nickname: Gwendolyn and a few other characters from Ragnanival call her "The Forest Witch."
In the Hood: She wears one over her head most of the time, but when it's removed, her beauty just enhances.
Interspecies Romance: With Cornelius when he's a Pooka. Even finding out that it's really him, she still wants to be with him.
Freudian Excuse: Poor guy... he was afraid of his grandfather, so he feels guilty he was unable to protect Velvet from his madness. He also feels awful about declaring he didn't love his mother to save himself and his sister from King Valentine, causing her to curse them with death. But his greatest guilt is causing the Cauldron run amok to ensure Odin wouldn't die in the battle against Valentine. What makes it worse in his mind is that he escaped the cataclysm unscathed, even though he feels it was his fault.
Half Identical Twin: Subverted. He's not exactly identical to Velvet, though the two have similar features and share hair and eye colours. He also spends a great deal of time masquerading as her with the help of a spell and her Graveryl chain with no one the wiser.
Hidden Depths: Ingway is presented as entirely villainous in Cornelius' story, and a constant headache for Velvet in her own. In Mercedes story he's remarkably kinder and more helpful; admittedly, he is trying to get into her good graces enough that she'll de-frog him, but he also helps her a few times in ways she's not even aware of.
The king of the nation of Ragnanival. He is the father of Gwendolyn, Griselda, and the Valentine twins.
Anti-Villain: Arguably he could be one... How close he is to villainous versus not depends on the book you're playing in; in Velvet and Gwendolyn's books what good sides he has show more often than not, while he's more neutral to Cornelius and Oswald. In Mercedes' story he's the primary antagonist. Appears to be Type 1.
Megaton Punch: When not using the Balor, he will simply punch you really hard.
Mercy Kill: He almost deliver one to King Valentine, but eventually he decides that he doesn't deserve one.
Papa Wolf: The Halja found out that threatening his favourite child isn't wise at all. He also shows up at Onyx's kingdom when Gwendolyn's kidnapped there. Only leaves after letting Onyx know no spell can really make Gwendolyn love him.
Parental Favoritism: Out of his four children, he obviously shows more love to Velvet than the others. It's more than hinted that this is because Velvet resembles her mother.
Odin's General, a huge Asgardian who serves under Odin. Despite his rank, he's an incompetent oaf who aims to take Odin's place. He get killed by Gwendolyn on the top of Mount Ridgehorn. His ghost appears briefly as he possess King Odin, but is vanquished again once and for all.
Bad Boss: He once crushed one of his own warriors for daring to pointing out a weak point in his strategy.
Small Name, Big Ego: He constantly boasts about his power and his loyalty to king Odin. However, he is defeated five times in all throughout the game by just about every main character. Mercedes is the only one not to defeat him, because the two don't even meet. Gwendolyn defeats him twice, though, living and undead.
Too Dumb to Live: He often holds back his troops during critical battles because he want to make a dramatic entrance.
Top-Heavy Guy: Like all Berserkers. It's amazing watching him walk around, really. His legs are so comparatively small that it seems like a miracle he can actually walk.
"This spear has slain many enemies, making a mountain of corpses."
Odin's daughter and Gwendolyn's elder sister, she was the strongest valkyrie of Ragnanival and the favorite of the Demon King. However, she was slain in battle. She reappears to Gwendolyn taking the form of a little bird and her ghost appears to Odin right before his death.
The late king of the destroyed nation of Valentine. He is the father of Princess Ariel, which makes him the grandfather of Velvet and Ingway. Reduced to a mere shell of his former self, he seeks to destroy Erion and all those who inhabit it.
Freudian Excuse: He claims that he infused not only some of his magical power into the coins of his country, but also put all of his "virtuous spirit" into them as well. It was after this that his citizens noticed a change for the worse in him. And the interactive echo of his past self summoned by the coins gives the impression that his claims are true, and he might actually have been a nice guy, once.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Gets vaporized by Leventhan's breath right after freeing him from the Cauldron. However, this is exactly what he wanted.
I Cannot Self-Terminate: His justification for bringing about the end of the world. He wants to die and if the only way to do that is to take everyone else down with him, so be it. He asks Odin to kill him at one point, as he won't rest until his heart is completely destroyed.
Ignored Epiphany: King Valentine has several of these. He even gets a "The Reason You Suck" Speech from King Odin, who calls him out on selfishly murdering his daughter. However, when Odin refuses to kill him to spare his agony, he goes right back to ending the world.
Killer Rabbit: Just before his death, he was turned into a Pooka.
Love Hurts: Strangled his beloved daughter because he couldn't believe she could love both him and Odin at the same time.
Offing The Off Spring: He strangled his own daughter when he found out that she fell in love with Odin and gave birth to his children.
Omnicidal Maniac: His soul is unable to find peace, making destroying Erion with the Cauldron his sole purpose.
Parental Incest: Implied with Ariel and Velvet; he will wax poetically about how much he loved Ariel and strangled her out of mad jealousy, but the way he talks to Velvet is just damned creepy, referencing having her dance to amuse him and forcing her to kneel (ie, getting down on all fours) to show 'respect'.
Out, Damned Spot!: In one of his more memorable scenes, he chants "these hands" when he's reminded of what he did. He doesn't actually try cleaning the spot out but the subtext implies it.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yes, he's a completely batshit skeleton rabbit who killed his own daughter in jealousy, but the way he's portrayed as being absolutely psychologically destroyed by the act can't help but garner some sympathy for the poor bastard. It's implied that his insanity is the result of an accident when trying to bless his people with prosperity and happiness.
The queen of the Netherworld, Endelphia.
Barrier Maiden: Of a sort. The only thing keeping Gallon from becoming king of the Netherworld is the fact that Odette's still alive to control the Halja that restrain him.
Dark Is Less Evil: Sure, she's a dangerous, vindictive and sadistic. She also pretty much just wants to be left alone and for her deals to be honored. Contrasted with the other kings and queens, this is positively tame.
Even Evil Has Standards: She is a royal bitch who rules the place in cruelty and views anyone among the living, royals or otherwise, as inferior. But she detests the idea of letting the world be destroyed, and she wants to keep King Gallon secure, knowing how dangerous and vile he was when he was alive, and how he hasn't become otherwise even after death. Of course, she was also the one who made him an immortal corpse to torture him.
Fan Disservice: She's a pale gothic beauty with huge assets. She's also rotted away to a skeleton on parts of her body, and in the fight against her she can transform into a hideous, multilegged, spidery... spider thingy. That comes from under her skirt.
Flunky Boss: She's always surrounded by a generous number of ghosts and other undead.
The beautiful queen of the Fairies and rival of the Demon King Odin. She's also Mercedes' mother. She appears only in the first parts of Mercedes', Gwendolyn's and Oswald's stories as a good-natured ruler. She's killed in battle by Odin. Her true name is Fimbulvetr.
Big Good: Compared to the other rulers, she's by far the most well-intentioned and sensible. And she's Genre Savvy enough to keep an eye on her cousin Melvin and to refuse the mass-production of Red Psyphers suggested by the latter.
A dwarf blacksmith from Ringford, who served Melvin and his Dark Knights and forged Psypher weapons for them, though many of them were lost. He's exiled to the Netherworld by Melvin and later rescued by Mercedes, so that he can power up the Tesla crossbow. He also supports Oswald a lot, probably feeling guilty for bonding him to the Belderiver sword.
The human king of Titania, and father of Cornelius. In the past he fought and slain his father Gallon when the latter abused the Darkova spell. Uh, also his brother Edgar is Oswald's father, so he's Oswald's uncle.
Chekhov's Gunman: He appears briefly in Gwendolyn and Oswald's stories, and really only comes across as someone trying to muscle in and create a Love Triangle (and Murder the Hypotenuse). Turns out he's also one of the five catastrophes from the legend.
One of the last dragons, he's a huge, serpent like wyrm who was enslaved by the Three Wise Men, and is forced to do their bidding. He fought the main characters on different occasions (all of them) but is finally killed by Cornelius in the sewers under Titania.
The Dragon: Literally for the Wise Men. He does the heavy fighting as they've binded him to their will as a mindless beast. He's a boss in every character's scenario.
Dying as Yourself: He finally gets released from bondage thanks to a fatal wound by Cornelius.
Dying Moment of Awesome: He may have just gotten schooled by Cornelius, but Belial accentuates the positive by pointing out that the Psypher stab wound to his heart has broken the magical spell forcing him to be the Wise Men's slave. He uses the opportunity to go to town on Urzur.
Gentle Giant: Was this when he was still free. Said to be the dragon most compassionate to humans.
Irony: His love for humans lead to his imprisonement at the vile hands of the Wise Men.
Wake Up Call Boss: A strange example in that he's the final boss of Cornelius' story, but since he was last seen as a Warm Up Boss in Gwendolyn's story, most players were probably expecting an easy rematch with him.
Warm Up Boss: In Gwendolyn's and Mercedes's stories, since he's the first boss in both.
Conflict Ball: Seriously, though he was fully justified to want Oswald dead, he had no legitimate reason at all to want to try to kill Cornelius and Velvet, especially since both only came to ask for help.
Defeat Means Truce: He quickly repays one favor for each character who bested him in combat and spared him, to clean that slate.
Fantastic Racism: You'd think Dragons are the pinnacle of existence, the way he talks.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Except for the color scheme (he's golden) he's the Blue oni to Wagner's Red Oni.
Dragon Seer: Many people came to him to learn the future.
You Can't Fight Fate: The reason why he eventually stopped informing people of their fates, since it happened anyway.
Once a great king from Titania, he used the forbidden spell of the Darkova kept in the Book of Transformations and went mad with power. He ravaged the lands of Valentine for seven days before getting slain by his son Edmund. He gets imprisoned in the Underworld of Endelphia and tortured forever for his deeds. He eventually gets out when Odette is killed and starts the Armageddon, but gets killed by Oswald, who posseses both his royal blood and the power of Queen Odette.
And I Must Scream: For his sins, Odette made him immortal but constantly rotting away. FOREVER.
The Atoner: Attempt this when he gave the Titanian Royal sword to Cornelius.
Violation of Common Sense: The best way to avoid the head-burying move is to stay close to him. Unfortunately, you'll have to watch out for the Halja's scythes...
The Three Wise Men
"Only a man without fear dares to outwit a Wise Man."
Consisting of Urzur, Skuldi and Beldor, these three wizards scheme to manipulate every major player in Erion for their own benefit. Though based out of the sewers of Titania, they can be found sewing dissent in Odin's court (Skuldi), rubbing shoulders with the nobles of Ringford (Beldor) or advising King Edmund (Urzur). They also have a shaky alliance of sorts with Ingway and Velvet. The trio are actually responsible for at least part of Odin's magical power, having been duped into taking him as an apprentice when he disguised himself in his younger days. They believe they can direct the flow of destiny with liberal interpretations of the prophecies and the right amount of coercion, treating anyone and everyone as pawns. This ends very, very badly for them.
Ambition Is Evil: They're already among the most powerful sorcerers in all of Erion, but that's just not enough for them. Instead of using their power to avert or minimize Armageddon, they plot about how to lord over all creation once the dust settles.
Big Bad Ensemble: Although King Valentine eventually takes the cake as the ultimate architect of Armageddon, these three have some impressive Big Bad credentials of their own.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: They're not really on anyone's side but their own, so it's to be expected, but the most pronounced example comes in Mercedes' chapter. She seeks out Beldor to support her for the throne just as he supported her mother, but Oswald has already been by to persuade him into backing Melvin.
The Dog Bites Back: Belial chowing down on Urzur after every other appearance acting as their attack dog
Dual Boss: Velvet has to put up with the teeth-gnashing task of fighting off both Beldor and Belial in Chapter 6 of her book. This probably makes them qualify as a rare two-in-one example of That One Boss.
Early-Bird Cameo: While they're relevant to the plot only from book two onward, Beldor appears in the first chapter of Gwendolyn's book when he summons Belial against her.
Evil Chancellor: They manipulate more than one side to prepare for Armageddon.
Urzur manipulates the Titanian royal family by acting behind the King and trying to send Cornelius to his death to obtain the book of Transformation and learn the secrets of Darkova.
Beldor is initially allied with the Fairies, but after Elfaria's death, he turns against Mercedes and even tries to leave her stranded in the Netherworld.
Skuldi tries to play with the powers between Odin and Brigan, while also scheming about Odin's children.
Evil Old Folks: The trio are behind many schemes of Erion and actively try to bring forth Armageddon thinking they can become the only survivors.
Flunky Boss: They have a tendency to harass the heroes with Slimes and such in addition to their usual repertoire of spells. Furthermore, Beldor is escorted by some Axe Knight while Skuldi summons Oswald's "former comrades". A.K.A. a group of Desecrators.
Get Back Here Boss: Like the common Wizard enemies you face in Titania, the Wise Men are fond of teleporting away from you.
Humiliation Conga: Beldor suffers one following his defeat against Mercedes; He's turned into a Pooka by Ingway, stripped of his magic and humanity, imprisoned by Mercedes, forced to lead her to the Netherworld, and ultimately killed by a Halja in the Netherworld. Things improve for him a bit during Armageddon however, when he returns from the dead (undead Pooka seem capable of using magic) and enslaves Ingway.
Kick the Son of a Bitch: All of them. A mortally wounded Belial devouring Urzur in a Taking You with Me. Oswald gutting Skuldi for badmouthing Gwendolyn. Ingway first cursing Beldor into a Pooka then Cornelius stabbing the Ghoulish Beldor during Armageddon when he thinks Ingway has died.
King Mook: They're aren't any bigger than normal, but the three are really just heavily upgraded wizard Mooks from Titania when fought as bosses.
Meaningful Name: Each of their names is a corruption of one of the names of the Norns from Norse mythology.
Smug Snake: To their credit, their schemes very nearly succeed, but they go about it with such overwhelming superiority complexes that it's hard not to think of them this way. There's also the simple fact that for all of their near-victories, they fail.
Taking You with Me: As mentioned, Belial uses his final moments take bloody vengeance on one of the wizards who enslaved him.
Treacherous Advisor: Urzur to the Titania royal family and Beldor to the Ringford royals Specifically, it was Urzur who dumped Corenlius in the Underworld so Ingway could take his place and charm the Darkova spell out of King Edmund. On the Ringford side, Beldor switched sides as often as he changed socks. Skuldi also coaxed Brigan's The Starscream tendencies and kept an eye on the Valentinian twins.
Villain Ball: It certainly wasn't doing them any favors that they manage to piss off all four active pc's (Gwendolyn being asleep still at this time) near simultaneously, which ends up getting the three divided and having to face Cornelius, Mercedes and Oswald alone, where the three together (Belial helping, of course) were able to defeat Velvet with minimal trouble.
The last dragon and one of the five disasters of Armageddon. Was kidnapped when still an egg and hatched in Volkenon Lava Pits by King Valentine in order to use him for his revenge. Despite his tiny size, it's incredibly powerful and dangerous and the crown of Valentine grants him power. During Armageddon he's put inside the Cauldron where he absorbs the Phozons and becomes a gargantuan wyrm, bringer of chaos. He's finally killed by Gwendolyn who uses her spear to slash his horn, removing his crown and killing him.
The Dragon: To King Valentine. Figuratively and literally!
Flat Character: Leventhan literally has no characterization at all. He has no speaking roles and exists only to cause destruction wherever it flies. He's only a cub and during Armageddon he's just a living Ragnarok Machine.
Glass Cannon: He's tiny and falls to the ground after being hit enough times, but can easly One-shot you even with its weakest charge attack.
Killer Rabbit: He looks harmless and cute... until he fires his breath laser...and then subverted when he is accelerated into adulthood, where he turns into a giant, Chinese-style Bad Ass able to encircle the continent.
Last of His Kind: He's even known as "The Last Dragon". He doesn't become one however until after Cornelius kills Belial.
Meaningful Name: Seems to be a portmanteau of "Leviathan" and "Laevatein." The former is a giant snake (snake-like dragon, which also fills in nicely for Jormungandr) and the latter is a weapon that would burn the world (Leventhan's breath of destruction).
Non-Indicative Name: Leventhan is referred to as "The Last Dragon" even while fought as Cornelius; at a point in the story where Wagner and Belial are both still alive.