Characters: Pillars of Eternity
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The main protagonist of the story. Starting with a race and background tailored to the choosing of the player, the Watcher is a newcomer to the area, travelling with a caravan to Gilded Vale on a promise of cheap land and a place to settle. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the caravan is forced to stop for the night, however, its in a dangerous part of the woods, home to hostile natives who don't take kindly to interlopers.The caravan is soon destroyed and the PC, along with other survivors, manage to evade the tribesmen and enter the ruins of Cilanth Lis. Thereafter, they get involved in a supernatural event that will thrust them to the forefront of the main conflict, awakening their powers as a Watcher, a person who can see past lives, perceive souls and manipulate them as they see fit.
- An Adventurer Is You: The implementation in-game is especially interesting - while you can be nearly anyone at character creation, your choice of home culture and place in that culture gives you some identity out of the gate, and then during the intro sequence, you're given the opportunity to define just what has brought you to Dyrwood and flesh out your character's backstory a bit, which is updated in your quest journal, to boot, as it keeps a rolling biography on you. The only options a player doesn't have is to be from Dyrwood or its neighbours like Glanfath, Readceras or the Vailian Republics - the set-up of the story requires your character to be a foreigner new to the region. And the general arc of the story would be particularly difficult for a Glanfathan or Readceran protagonist, anyway.
- It goes even further in that you're allowed to define who you were in your previous life, and why that person joined the Leaden Key.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The very crux of the matter, the question that caused your character to Awaken after seeing the ritual in the ruins of Cilant Lis. Do the gods exist?
- Barbarian Hero: If you picked that as a class, anyway.
- Blessed with Suck: Being a Watcher carries the risk of being driven to insanity, as past lives are recalled without the ability to separate one from the other. And in the Dyrwood in particular, Watchers are regarded with suspicion by the populace. However, the Watcher can potentially see it as Cursed with Awesome instead for the other things that go with it.
- Brutal Honesty: You can tell Iovara outright that the reason that you're seeing her again is that you were assigned to spy on her.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Your dilemma in your past life. It's particularly important, given that the people you betrayed were Iovara, as well as Thaos. The exact nature of the betrayal of each person is up to you.
- Cursed with Awesome: Being a Watcher carries all sorts of perks. They can communicate with the dead, peer into people's souls, and learn a host of unique abilties that can come in handy in a fight. The player is free to decide whether the protagonist's status as a Watcher is a curse or a blessing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Picking the Clever dialogue options generally involves giving witty retorts.
- Foreshadowing: No sleep for the watcher. That's you.
- The release itself foreshadowed plenty of sleepless nights amongst the fans of the genre.
- Also, in the start of the game the Watcher sees a vision of Thaos, stating that he has a question which he has to know the answer to...
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: How can the Watcher use spells granted by his god when his god is as dead as a doornail? (It's never explicitly settled, but the most common theories are "it's powered by faith, not a god" and "Eothas is Not Quite Dead".)
- Heel-Face Turn: One of the possible reasons you turned on Thaos: you saw exactly what he had become and tried to stop him.
- I Am Who?: You are a Watcher, someone who somehow has the ability to perceive souls and interact with them. Far more important, however, is who you used to be...
- Jerkass: Cruel dialogue options generally have you doling out unnecessary pain or just being a dick.
- Number Two: To Thaos, in the Watcher's past life.
- Second Hour Superpower: Fairly early into the game the player character will witness a ritual that will change them forever. Surviving the ritual at the ruins of Cilanth Lis awakens their capabilities as a Watcher, with more powers triggered as the plot advances.
- Sole Survivor: Of an incident on the way to Gilded Vale.
- The Stoic: Picking the Stoic and Rational options consistently during dialogue.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: After putting down Maerwald, you become the new lord of Caed Nua.
- Voiced by: Matthew Mercer
An elven wizard first encountered outside the Black Hound Inn in Gilded Vale. Being a foreign noble, and an elf to boot, he's had difficulty acclimating to the locals, who now want to kick his teeth in. The Watcher gets involved and Aloth, grateful for the assistance, invites himself to the party.
- Abusive Parents: Suffered quite a bit of physical abuse from his father as a child. In fact, it was during a beating that he Awakened and Iselmyr manifested, breaking his father's arm in the process.
- Blatant Lies: When you first meet him, he'll claim he got into that tussle with the villagers over some simple "misunderstandings and mistranlations," badly hiding the fact that he has a split personality that did it. That story about being a settler? Also a lie; he was waiting to hear from his contact in the Leaden Key.
- The Comically Serious: His decidedly uptight personality is part of what makes Iselmyr's occasional outburst even funnier.
- Commonality Connection: When the sanitarium consultant suggests that Aloth's Awakened personality appears as a result of his liver producing excess black bile, the Watcher can't tell which personality is looking out his eyes when he responds "That, is horseshit." The two get along a little better after that.
- Downer Ending: If you turn him away after he reveals himself to be a member of the Leaden Key, he'll sacrifice himself to one of the Engwithian engines.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While other party members don't dislike him, they far prefer Iselmyr's company to his.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. Even stated in-universe. Iselmyr is Choleric.
- Heel-Face Turn: Turns out to be a former member of the Leaden Key.
- The Lad-ette: Not Aloth himself, obviously. But Iselmyr is loud, incredibly crude, and mostly interested in violence, cursing, and occasional flirtation with pretty women.
- Lost Forever: His sidequest can be missed if not completed before the end of Act 2.
- The Mole: In an interesting take on the trope he reveals that he is in fact a member of the Leaden Key, but was not actually tasked to spy on the player per se. In fact, he was about to abandon the organization altogether until he saw you in Gilded Vale.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: He seems to have a split-personality that's rough around the edges, which is against his normally prim and proper persona. Interestingly enough, Iselmyr's female.
- Other Me Annoys Me: He doesn't like Iselmyr's Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Our Elves Are Better: Averted - while Aloth plays the haughty "better than you" elf, his father was an abusive drunk.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: If you encourage him to be more independent, he'll take it upon himself to take down the Leaden Key.
- Samus is a Girl: His uncouth, sweary alter-ego? She's a girl.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The Watcher can suggest that Iselmyr forcing a fight whenever Aloth is in trouble could be her way of trying to make him more assertive and confront his problems. He doesn't seem too convinced, but promises to think on it.
- Split Personality: Appears to have one Scottish sounding one, with a runny mouth that gets him in trouble.
- Literal Split Personality: His soul was awakened and is currently housing a previous life he'd lived, Iselmyr.
- Stop Helping Me!: It's revealed that his literal split personality tends to come out when he's under pressure or distress. Since her methods tend to get him into even more trouble, he wishes she didn't.
- Taking Up The Mantle: One of his possible endings suggests he takes up Thaos' mantle of High Inquisitor, of all things, if he's convinced that keeping the secret of the gods is worth doing and Thaos just went too far.
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Both of his endings lead to this. The "authority" ending has him replacing Thaos as leader of the Leaden Key and working to reforming the group, whereas the "independence" ending has him using his knowledge of the Leaden Key in order to ultimately destroy them.
- Violent Glaswegian: Iselmyr.
- Walking Spoiler: Aloth is very tight-lipped about himself, which makes every revelation, including the facts about his split personality and connections with the Leaden Key, a spoiler.
A human priest of Magran, Durance preaches the word of Magran to any who pass by Magran's Fork, complete with a flaming statue. Upon meeting the Watcher, he takes a particular interest in them, and more or less dragoons himself into your party to follow you around and "test" you and your worthiness. Beneath his very embittered, gruff exterior, however, it seems he might have somewhat deeper reasons for following you...
- Abhorrent Admirer: Implied to be one for Aloth's female Literal Split Personality, Iselmyr. Aloth warns him that he cannot be held responsible for what she does if Durance calls her a "whore."
- Activist Fundamentalist Antics: As evidenced by his actions during the purges. He is very quick to judge people, and wish to pass judgement upon them.
- Carry a Big Stick: Joins with a staff which allows him to attack from afar thanks to its improved ranged, and which deals fire damages. Said staff is also full of runes hiding a special meaning...
- Combat Medic: He is perfectly able to hold his ground on the frontlines once correctly equipped. As a Magran priest, his unique talent (if picked) gives him a major boost in accuracy when using swords or arquebuses, making him perfectly suited for both close and ranged combat, and his numerous healing and buffing spells make him an invaluable asset.
- Crisis of Faith: Other characters in your party have an internal struggle with their faith, but Durance's story takes the cake by far. Events prior to your meeting led him to have a rather strained relationship with his goddess (who doesn't speak to him anymore). He is trying to reconnect with her rather fanatically but all the while his viewpoint of her became quite sour, so much that when he is talking about her he systematically calls her a whore. He can eventually discover that he was being used by his goddess, and that she intended him to die along the rest of the Dozen after killing Eothas in order to hide her hand in his death. The only reason he is still alive is because she no longer recognizes his soul, which was damaged following the explosion of the Godhammer. This revelation leads him to drop his faith in Magran, and he has the intent to find and kill her himself at the end of the story.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He was one of the architects of the Godhammer Bomb, and was instrumental in its development, deployment and use against Waidwen.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: It's obvious, even early on, that being involved in the development of Eora's first ever weapon of mass destruction and said weapon's apparent killing of a god has not been especially kind to Durance's psyche. Especially since Magran seemed to stop speaking to him afterwards, despite the Godhammer being her seeming will.
- Dirty Old Man: Makes quite a few lewd comments towards female party members, especially at the Salty Mast.
- Doesn't Trust Those Guys: He thinks most - if not all - Eothas worshippers and people from Aedyr are secretly plotting the downfall of Dyrwood.
- Downer Ending: If you don't convince Durance that he was just a pawn of Magran, he'll still be discontent and decide to burn himself alive.
- Fantastic Racism: Is fairly openly racist against Orlans. Naturally, an Orlan Watcher can call him out on this.
- Foreshadowing: Durance tags along with the Watcher to see if the latter's a "field to be put to flame." It's as much a reference to the Watcher as his own fate in the Downer Ending.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Game-Breaking Bug: His quest is... rather hard to trigger. Patches made it easier to unlock it.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation:
Durance: Eothas burned, yet his worshippers still suck power from his smoldering cock... [...] If I give my goddess offense, then I serve her according to her aspects.
- Somewhat oddly given the usual robustness of the dialogue system, he never comments on it if the PC is a priest of Eothas.
- While he is a priest of Magran, his goddess no longer communicates with him, which makes one wonder how he is still able to use his priest powers as it becomes obvious that he no longer has her attention. The Watcher can actually lampshades this during one of his conversation with Durance, who replies the following:
- Holier Than Thou: Very much so, as highlighted by his opinion of the Magran's priest of Defiance Bay.
- It's All About Me: Durances comes off as rather pompous and full of himself quite frequently, acting as a holier-than-thou character who despises everything and everyone who doesn't share his point of view, and he goes to great lengths to rationalize his most abject words.
- Jerkass: Durance is an unpleasant person to just about everyone, and he doesn't care what other people think of him.
- Knight Templar: He's firmly of the belief that all Eothasians must be purged, and has a history of putting many to the stake after the Saints War.
- Kill It with Fire: He is a priest of Magran, the goddess of war and fire, and he can be a little enthusiastic about punishing people by fire (not to mention he burned himself quite a few Eothasians at the stake during the purges). His unique talent also unlocks a fire-based spell.
- Large Ham: He always talks in an dramatic and overwrought tone, as though he's preaching a sermon wrought with hellfire and brimstone.
- Meaningful Name: Durance is not his name. It is a title, it stems from "Endurance." While Durance insists that he's following you to put you to the test, he still endures doubts about his faith, and how his goddess has fallen silent despite doing her will.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Upon realizing that he was played by Magran and Woedica, he considers that Eothas might have actually been doing the right thing.
- Nay-Theist: Due to the aftermath of the Godhammer and Magran seeming to abandon him, he has started referring to Magran as "whore". He still follows her religion though, and is able to draw power from his goddess. If you manage to complete his personal quest, he forgoes Magran completely after the ending. He makes it clear that he is continuing to use his priest powers only because you need them for beating Thaos, and that he intends to suck his whore dry while he still can.
- The Pig Pen: He's worn the same burned robes for fifteen years. Combine that with his general disdain for personal hygiene and most of the party can't bear to be around him.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He hates every country that isn't the Dyrwood, scorns the worshippers for most of the gods, thinks Eothasians deserve to be put to the flame, is racist against Orlans, has misogynistic attitudes...there are very few people he's not bigoted towards.
- Rage Against the Heavens: If you complete his sidequest, he will go after his former goddess in order to make her face his judgement. Considering that he actually successfully killed a god before, Magran has serious reason to worry.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In one of his endings, seeing that he was just used by Magran in a plot orchestrated by Woedica, he forgoes being a priest of Magran but has began to think on how best to put Woedica to judgment.
- The Scream: Lets out one full of anguish when he finally realizes that his goddess basically betrayed him, and that he was a fool all along.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: If the Watcher has completed Durance's personal quest and made him understand why Magran no longer speaks to him, then Thaos is left with nothing to shock him with.
- Sole Survivor: Of the 12 that created the Godhammer, only he survived the aftermath.
- Token Evil Teammate: While he's not evil per se, he's the party member who prefers to dispense violence immediately and even let people suffer while they're at it.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Not him. Magran. The only reason he's still alive was because his soul was different than it was before.
- Voiced by: Matthew Mercer
A veteran of the Saint's War, Edér's not welcome in his hometown Gilded Vale, for various reasons, chief among them being a worshiper of Eothas. Seeing that his prospects in his hometown are dim, he decides to tag along with the Watcher. Developers have pegged him to be integral to the plot somehow.
- Badass Beard: As shown in his portrait, he has a pretty nice one.
- Broken Pedestal: He heard rumors that his brother actually fought for the other side during the Saint's War, but refuses to believe it. Doing his quest lets you discover that he did join the opposing force, but not the reasons why his brother did it.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He can be seen and spoken to as soon as you enter Gilded Vale, but he won't join you until a certain event happens in the town.
- Crisis of Faith: One which is central to his character: his god was allegedly nuked when possessing Waidwen, and followers of Eothas were killed on sight during purges. He didn't fought for Eothas during the Saint's war, believing Waidwen to be an impostor and ultimately fought against Raedceras (probably the only reason for which he is still alive). Years later, he still wonders if he fought for the right side, and if he didn't in fact betray his god. Then he discovers that his brother actually fought for Waidwen during the war, that Waidwen may really have been Eothas himself, and that his god is really dead because his god was artificial. Like all of them. Needless to say, he is quite shaken as a result.
- Deadpan Snarker: To whit:Say what you want about Dyrwoodians... but they haven't met a problem yet that they couldn't solve by killing some scapegoats.Just like a militia, the Dozens. Except for the training. And the discipline. And the code of honor.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: If Edér is with you while talking to Osrya in Raedric's keep, after she asks you to kill Nedmar Edér may say the following line:Edér: "Hey, let's take the deal and then double-cross her! Sorry, I said that louder than I meant to. Got excited."
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Gallows Humor: He regularly makes light about his status as a pariah and the fact that a lot of people in Dyrwood would like to see him dead. One of the first things you'll even see him doing is joking that he'll likely be the 19th person to be hanged in Gilded Vale.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Without a doubt one of the kindest companion you can recruit, and the only one who still worships Eothas (a god known for his kindness and benevolence), despite his being allegedly dead. He also has a soft spot for animals.
- Hero of Another Story: Edér was a veteran of the Saint's War, which ended the reign of an usurper pretending to be the incarnation of a god. Or so he thought.
- Illegal Religion: He's a victim of him, as the town is against him for being a follower of Eothas.
- Never Accepted in His Hometown: Despite fighting for Dyrwood, he's not accepted in his town for his faith.
- Sad Clown: Most of his jokes are a reaction to the insanity that surrounds him, and duly barbed.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Edér never does find out why his brother joined Waidwen's army.
- Ship Tease: Offers to buy Iselmyr a drink. Could just be a friendly gesture, but given his open admiration of her and frequent gushing about how funny and awesome she is to be around...
- Smoking Is Cool: The player first meets him as he's casually smoking a pipe while observing a bunch of corpses hanging down a tree.
- The Snark Knight: Has a quip for almost every occasion.
- What Might Have Been: In the original Kickstarter pitch, his name was Edair, his appearance was somewhat different and there was no mention of his having multiclassed as a rogue.
A female human cipher. Formerly a midwife at the Birthing Bell, she's devoted her life and cipher powers to ending the Hollowborn curse by any means necessary.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: She's a proponent of using her cipher powers for this, arguing it well, accepting it as Dirty Business and, if permitted, can use it to Take a Third Option in a tricky situation. The Watcher can agree with her philosophy or push her away from it.
- Creepy Good: She never reveals her name, uses her Psychic Powers questionably, eerily pale, has a Dark and Troubled Past, and never drops the Perception Filter she hides behind. She also takes very strong (if sometimes messy) moral stances, and near the endgame, will outright leave the party in disgust if the Watcher offers an infant as a sacrifice.
- Dark and Troubled Past: It's bad enough being a midwife during the Hollowborn epidemic, where the vast majority of children are born without souls. Using her cipher powers to convince the villagers their children were born healthy, though, is darker still.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her clothing colors are dark grey and black, she's an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette, and her past is full of tragedies and regrets. But she's one of the most reliably good and compassionate party members you'll find.
- Downer Ending: If you do as she asks and wipe her memories at the end of her personal quest, then she returns to the Birthing Bell as it's sole resident, awaiting expectant mothers who would never come.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Almost as pale as the nigh-albino pale elves, and an enigmatic, tragic figure.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Friend to All Children: She loves children dearly, and if she is in your party when you interact with them or pregnant mothers, she will always advocate the kindest solution (and call you out on the spot if you act aggressive or cruel towards them). She can downright leave your party if you decide to sacrifice a baby during a quest in Twin's Elms.
- My Greatest Failure: She's tortured by the memories of psychically tricking the villagers into thinking their Hollowborn children were healthy, which resulted in the death of a mother who put the welfare of her soulless child over her own health.
- Namedar: Played with; initially, her lack of explicit name and unassuming appearance might make an inattentive player assume she's a generic village NPC until talking to her. (Except that she's clearly marked on the map with text, as only potential party members are.) Later, an option comes up in early conversations with her to ask her why she's known as Grieving Mother. She'll point out she never actually called herself that (or anything), but accepts it as an apt title.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: An unconventional and subtle example, but ominous nonetheless.
- No Name Given: As above, she is only ever known as "Grieving Mother".
- Perception Filter: She appears to all who see her, save the Watcher and other powerful individuals, to be nothing more than a forgettable peasant woman. Even Thaos outright ignores her when all your other companions get a Hannibal Lecture from him, and it would be hard to imagine he'd choose not to give her one too if he knew who she was. Iovara is the only one who seems to actually 'see' her. This extends to the rest of your party members as well, none of whom ever realize who she is. Hiravias, for instance, has no idea why "that strange peasant lady" keeps following you. It doesn't carry over to combat, however, and she will draw aggro at about the same rate as other party members of comparable power.
- Psychic Powers: Like all ciphers, though she's especially aggressive in their use.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: If you try to sacrifice a baby during a quest, she will be pissed enough to leave.
- The Stoic: Her Perception Filter typically keeps her out of the other party members' banter, and in a World of Snark, she stands out as never making a single joke.
- Tragic Keepsake: The chimes on her arms.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her backstory. Upon experiencing the first Hollowborn in her village, she psychically forced the mother to believe it was a healthy baby and care for it as such. And she did that for all births since. It went well until one day her psychic suggestion was too powerful, and the mother died because she prioritized caring for the child over eating, sleeping, or even drinking.
An Orlan druid following Wael, he joins up with the Watcher in Stormwall Gorge so he has a group to travel with to visit the druids in Twin Elms.
- The Beastmaster: Thanks to his "Charm Beast" spell.
- Bi the Way: He frequently flirts with Pallegina and mentions that he finds Kana's voice arousing.
- Blade on a Stick: He comes equipped with a spear and the "Peasant" weapon training.
- Blow You Away: Can conjures powerful winds to either push back enemies or heal his allies (with the "Cleansing Wind" spell doing both).
- Covert Pervert: When asking about his eyepatch, he remarks that he figures perhaps Wael (the All-Seeing and Never-Seen God) will make use of it.So if you catch my gaze wandering to a chest or rump, it's Wael's doing. I swear!
- Crisis of Faith: Part of his sidequest involves his faith towards Galawain and Wael, and especially his waning trust in the former. You can help him reconcile with his view of Galawain, or make him embrace Wael's philosophy. The last arc's revelations hit him quite hard as a result.
- Deadpan Snarker: A much more filthy one than Edér.
- Elemental Powers: As a Druid, it comes with the territory, allowing him to cast Fire, Water, Ice, Wind and Lightning spells, among others nature-related.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears one on his right eye after being mauled by an autumn stelgaer.
- Eye Scream: On the receiving end of that trope after a fight with an autumn stelgaer.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Green Thumb: As a Druid, he naturally has access to a lot of spells granting power over plants.
- Handicapped Badass: He's missing an eye and ear, but he's still a capable fighter.
- An Ice Person: Has access to some very hard-hitting Freeze spells, such as "Winter Wind" and "Hail Storm".
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Easily the dirtiest of the group, even daring to ask if Pallegina has feathers "everywhere" (and receiving a threat of evisceration for his trouble).
- During one conversation with the player character, he also wonders if she has a cloaca.
- Making a Splash: Can use water spells to either knockback his targets or heal his allies.
- Pest Controller: Has some nasty spells allowing him to use insects against his enemies (such as "Insect Swarm" and "Plague of Insects").
- The Pig Pen: A justified example. He's spent years deliberately making sure that he smells of the surrounding nature as not to scare off potential downwind game.
- Playing with Fire: Can directly channel the power of the sun ("Sunbeam" and "Sunlance") and cast other fire spells.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Virtually nothing, not even facing down the chosen agent of an ancient and powerful god, can stop Hiravias from making quips and jokes. Often very dirty ones.
- Shock and Awe: Able to call lightning with "Returning Storm" and "Relentless Storm", or channel it directly with "Dancing Bolts". Those spells have the advantage to only target foes.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into a giant autumn stelgaer. However, the very nature of his preferred form of shapeshifting is actually a plot point in his sidequest, since many believe that autumn stelgaers eat and destroy souls, and shun him as a result. The truth behind this belief is a tad more complicated.
- Your Mom: Your mom jokes are a part of his repertoire of snark. He goes so far as to even pull one out against Thaos.Ostracism? Is that the name for the groin rash your mother gave me?
- Walking the Earth: Both of his endings end with him becoming a wanderer once again.
- Voiced by: Patrick Seitz
A chanter hailing from Rautai, Kana Rua can first be encountered among the ruins of Caed Nua. Far away from home, he has embarked on a quest to recover a most sacred book revered among chanters, the Tanvii ora Toha. Seeing as the Watcher is going to explore the ruins as well, he happily tags along.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is pretty deep, though his jovial personality keeps it from sounding too menacing. And as a chanter, he's a fabulous singer.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Brings up the fact that he's being hunted by Leaden Key assassins without any fear during conversations.
- Combat Medic: He starts out knowing the Field Triage ability (assuming you recruit him at level 4), which allows him to restore a character's health. He also knows Ancient Memory, which provides some small Stamina regeneration to all his allies in battle.
- Dissimile: When entering Stealth/Scouting mode, he states "I shall be as quiet as a calm sea! Which is... not very quiet."
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
- Genius Bruiser: Comes with the territory of being an Aumaua scholar. This is even reflected in his stats; his Might is 16 and his Intelligence is 17.
- Heroic BSOD: He's devastated once he finally discovers the shattered remains of the Tanvii ora Toha, and that the esteemed scholar who wrote it was a madman who turned himself into an undead sorcerer.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Some of his invocations allow him to shout at his enemies, damaging or inflicting status debuffs on them.
- The Musketeer: He starts off with an Arquebus and an Estoc as his weapons.
- Naïve Newcomer: Out of everyone he's the youngest, and is the most optimistic of your party.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Out of the party, he's the only one who expresses pity over Thaos' death at the endgame, remarking that anyone else would've changed their opinion 500 years into doing this gambit.
- Nice Hat: Wears a turban that improves his Intelligence.
- Scary Teeth: Well, he is Aumaua. While Aumaua aren't exactly shark humans, they do have their teeth, and Kana is no exception.
- Shaggy Dog Story: The tablet he's been looking for was destroyed a LONG time ago, and the scholar is an undead and is hardly a role-model that Kana thought him to be.
- Summon Magic: Can summon monsters to aid him during fights thanks to his invocations, such as skeletons, ogres or a drake.
- Tribal Facepaint: No word on what it actually means.
A Vailian paladin, she's first encountered when the Watcher wanders into Ondra's Gift, the docks of Defiance Bay, offering to join after the manager at the Vailian import/export warehouse is tended to first. She joins the Watcher in the hopes of serving the larger interests of the Vailian Republic, rather than the relatively short-sighted goals of the Council of Ducs.
- Afro Asskicker: Sports a magnificent mane.
- Anti Nihilist: Out of all companions, she probably takes The Reveal that the gods aren't real the best, claiming that finding a cause that has meaning and defending the people you love are reason enough to live for. It helps that she already has some beef with Hylea.
- Better The Devil You Know: While she's not necessarily fond of House Doeminal, she favors them over The Dozens since she considers the former smart enough to at least keep order in Defiance Bay.
- Calling the Old Man Out: And it's not her biological parents, but Hylea herself that she gives a piece of her mind if/when the Watcher meets her.
- Expy: Of Kaelyn the Dove, a former fanatic who starts to have doubts over the rightness of the cause she's devoted to. Right down to her possible ending, wherein she's exiled. However, if you play your cards right, her exile can be temporary.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- Knight in Sour Armor: She'll do what the ducs ask, she'll complain but she'll do it. It takes convincing from the Watcher to make it otherwise
- Lady of War: She starts equipped with a greatsword and knowing the Soldier weapon mastery.
- Long Game: She's frustrated that her ducs are only focused on short-term gains to secure footholds of power, rather than long term stability which would ensure Vallia's future.
- Loophole Abuse: How she gained access to the Brotherhood - only women that can bear children are considered "women" in Vailia, so her being infertile (due to her godlike status) was enough for the recruiter to happily agree to take her.
- The Musketeer: She starts off with a Greatsword and a Pistol as her weapons.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: The crux of her conflict. She feels that the missions she's currently doing for the ducs isn't what's best for the Republic overall.
- Off Model: Her character portrait is a bit off, due to her left eye being placed too low for the perspective. About a week after the game came out, someone released a mod that fixed it.
- Realpolitik: All the actions that Pallegina is favorable to are those that she feels will benefit her nation the most. To this end, she sees maintaining the stability of the Dyrwood as vital to the Vailian Republics, as it serves as both a buffer between them and Aedyr, and is a reliable trading partner for Animancy research.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Yellow eyes are yet another birdlike feature given to her by her Avian godlike status.
- The Paladin: She's a Paladin of the Brotherhood of the Five Suns, an order loyal to the Vailian legislature.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a godlike, she's the result of prenatal tampering by one of the gods.
- The Unfavorite: She's quite open about the fact that her father sold her to the Brotherhood due to his despising her for effectively ending the bloodline through her being an Avian godlike.
A boreal dwarf ranger, the Watcher encounters her, along with her companion Itumaak, on the crossroads into Defiance Bay. She is searching for the reincarnation of her Village Elder, Persoq, to tell his soul how the tribe is coming along. The journey has took her five years, and she has grown despondent over time. When she the Watcher's abilities though, she finds herself tagging along so that she can finally finish her quest.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Defied and played for laughs. Sagani is very much in love with her husband, and flatly rejects the idea that he might cheat on her with the remark that, aside from the strength of their relationship, she's the best shot in the village.
- Amazonian Beauty: Height notwithstanding, she is powerfully muscled and the concept art highlights it, and she does definitely have a certain charm.
- Archer Archetype: She fits this well, seeing as Rangers are better at ranged attacks and work in tandem with their animal companions.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her default garb. One would think this would leave her Exposed to the Elements in her native land but it's possible she just altered her outfit for the warmer climes of the Eastern Reach.
- The Beastmaster: As a ranger, she is accompanied by an animal which helps in her fights. Hers is a snow fox, Itumaak.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Missing Mom: She's one to her children, as her quest has taken her away from home for 5 years. She pointedly dislikes this and misses her husband and three surviving childrennote intensely (commenting that her youngest probably won't even know her when she gets back). She and the other non-childless women of the tribe had to draw straws to decide who would be sent on the quest, and she drew the short straw.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Itumaak, her snow fox.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Obsidian seems to be working overtime to avert dwarf stereotypes. Boreal dwarves ("Enutanik" in their own language) are an ethnic subtype that are equivalent to the Inuit, living on the tundra and snowy forests of the southern island of Naasitaq. She is also a ranger, a class not normally associated with dwarves, and carries a bow, possibly the least stereotypically dwarven weapon imaginable in a fantasy setting.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: She states that her mate was chosen for her by their parents when she was young, but she and Kallu eventually grew to see each other as friends and later as lovers.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Itumaak is so white and fluffy Edér can't help but wanna pet it.
- Beware The Cute Ones: Sagani then warns Edér that if he tries, he's going to lose a hand.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Sensing a pattern? The elder is a stag, and she gets there just in time for him to die.
- Tribal Facepaint: Seen in all concept artworks of her released to date, along with paint or tattoos on her midriff in the one image where it is visible.
"The White March" Party Members
Devil of Caroc
A construct Rogue, the Devil of Caroc was once a villager in Cold Morn who sought revenge for her fellow villagers who were murdered during the Eothesian Purges. She was eventually convicted of murder. Her soul now resides in a bronze golem.
A human Monk, Zahua is the greatest of the Nalpazca, the warrior-monks that serve as the army of the Tacan people. The Nalpazca seek to distinguish between the physical and imaginary world. Zahua seeks to pursue to ideals of the Nalpazca in the hopes that it will make him become an unstoppable combatant.
- Badass Grandpa: He may be an old man, but he's a powerful monk and the greatest of the Nalpazca.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Monks are most powerful when they fight with their fists. And he is never depicted with any weapon.
- Covered with Scars: Zahua believes that suffering is the path to enlightenment and so he has wounded himself many times, leaving his body covered in nasty scars.
- Expy: Visually, he's one for Forton.
- Old Master: Zahua is an old man, but is also a powerful monk.
- To Be a Master: Zahua believes pusuing the ideals of the Nalpazca will make him an unstoppable monk.
Lord Raedric VII
The Thayn of Gilded Vale. The Watcher came to the Dyrwood after Raedric made an offer of free land to anyone willing to settle in the village. Unfortunately, Raedric turns out to be a tyrant who hangs anyone he deems a threat to Gilded Vale.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's very strong.
- The Fundamentalist: He's a devout worshiper of Berath. He's so devout that Berath allegedly resurrects Raedric, despite Berath's hatred for the undead. However, Raedric was also known to be patron to animancers, who can create undead, sometimes without the target knowing it until they wake up after their "death".
- Heel-Face Turn: If you kill Kolsc, then when Waidwen's Legacy ends, Raedric ends his harsh treatment of Gilded Vale and the village finally starts to prosper under his rule.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: If neither Raedric nor Kolsc are killed, Raedric winds up hanging the entirety of Gilded Vale in a fit of paranoia. If Raedric is killed, he returns as an undead and wipes out the village that he claimed to be protecting unless the Watcher puts him down again.
- Knight Templar: Raedric has devoted himself to ending Waidwen's Legacy. He tries to do this by exiling any woman who gives birth to a Hollowborn child, hanging all Eothas worshippers, hanging anyone working with Kolsc, hanging anyone who might be working with Kolsc, and so on.
- Shaggy Dog Story: Waidwen's Legacy is caused by Thaos, and has nothing to do with ANY of that!
- The Paladin: In gameplay terms, his class is a Paladin, which explains his combat prowess—but also his stubbornness in following the path he has once set upon, no matter the costs.
- Black Knight: After resurrecting as an deathguard, an undead knight.
- Starter Villain: He's the first notable antagonist the Watcher can potentially deal with in the game.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's honestly trying to end Waidwen's Legacy, but his methods are downright tyrannical and are only making things worse for Gilded Vale.
Iovara was a member of the Leaden Key who eventually came to odds with Thaos and plays a more hidden, yet pivotal role in the plot of the game.
- The Anti-Nihilist: She believes kith will be better off knowing the truth — there is no greater meaning to the universe, and the gods are mere constructs — than they will being manipulated into a convenient lie.
- Big Good: Could be regarded as one, as it was her who, lifetimes ago, planted the seed that eventually brought down Thaos.
- Bi the Way: Regardless of the Watcher's own gender (which is shared with the past life), one possible reason for the past life turning against the Inquisition and joining Iovara is love.
- Defiant to the End: She was brought before the Grand Inquisitor (Thaos) and brutally tortured for questioning the existance of the gods, and even then she was not willing to confess. Quite the contrary, she was perfectly willing to hear a confession from Thaos, the man whose calling was covering up the fact.
- And despite your proding, she refuses to leave the soul prison, spending about a hundred years (or more) in confinement just to prove her point to these so-called gods.
- Fate Worse Than Death: A self-inflicted one. The Watcher can point out that she can choose to reincarnate again if she states a belief in any god, but she will have none of it. She'd rather stand alone for all eternity.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: Zig-Zagged. On the one hand, she was a charismatic leader who rose from humble origins to lead La Résistance against the encroaching Engwithian missionaries and, later, the Inquisition, but was betrayed by one of her supposed allies, had defied a Kangaroo Court, and was executed for heresy and apostasy in a particularly gruesome manner. On the other hand, where Saint Joan claimed to have been guided by God and was Vindicated by History, Iovara defied the gods (in a setting where their existence is undisputed) and was posthumously erased from all history books by her enemies.
- Kangaroo Court: With Thaos presiding over her Inquisition trial, it couldn't have had a different outcome.
- Expy: Of Deionarra, a ghost standing in deathly halls for all eternity for a punishment that they do not deserve. Bonus points if she was the Watcher's former lover.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Depending on the player's choices during flashbacks.
- More Hero Than Thou: If the player expresses guilt or remorse for their role in her fate she will flatly refuse the assertion, insisting that she made her own choices and the PC is not to blame.
- Power of Trust/Power of Love: Despite you having betrayed her and caused her death at the Inquisition's hand, she has faith in you, even as her soul lingers in Sun in Shadow. Finally, you have the chance to prove her right.
- Rousseau Was Right: Contrary to Thaos, this is what she believed, thus she wanted to spread the word that gods aren't real, and came to odds with the Inquisition.
- Scars Are Forever: Her face remains burned even in spirit form, after her Inquisition trial.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence and the revelations she shares with you will turn around many things you may have believed in.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: If the player flat-out tells her they came to her encampment at Thaos's direct command in order to spy on her, she still accepts them into her confidence, believing she could win them over if given a fair chance to convince them of the merits of her argument. She pays dearly for it...or does she?
The Master Below
The mysterious entity directing the monster attacks from the depths of the Endless Paths of Caed Nua. While not as spoilerific as the character above, continue reading at your own risk!
- Bonus Boss: Easily the toughest enemy in the game, found at the bottom of the optional bonus dungeon.
- Deal with the Devil: Instead of fighting the Master Below, you can facilitate her Body Surfing out of the dungeon in return for a promise to stop the attacks on Caed Nua.
- Flunky Boss: If you fight the Master Below, you'll simultaneously have to fend off several of the dungeon's favorite Demonic Spiders.
- Samus is a Girl: The Master Below is a female dragon.
- Genius Bruiser: Has developed two distinct means of degeneration-free immortality, and has long-range mind control and mental intrusion based scrying abilities. This makes her the most knowledgeable animancer this side of Thaos. She's also an exceedingly powerful dragon.
- Stranger Behind the Mask: If you follow the hints scattered across the Endless Paths, you may be forgiven for thinking that the Master Below is Od Nua himself—an ancient Engwithan animancer king who originally built the Endless Paths as part of a grand experiment to cheat death. However, you actually meet Od Nua's spirit at the second to last level, and the Master Below—a giant Adra Dragon only tangentially connected to the dungeon's origin—resides at the lowest one.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her massive size means any reasonably high-level wizard can utterly cripple her by bisecting her with the otherwise unremarkable Wall of Force spell.
Thaos ix Arkannon
A mysterious man seen performing a ritual in Cilant Lîs, causing the Watcher to Awaken. Little is known of him, except that he and the Watcher are connected somehow. He turns out to be the leader of the Leaden Key. Holds a great secret, carried to the present day by a lesser secret of Thaos himself.
- Affably Evil: Hardly ever raises his voice and is nothing but polite, in a condescending cult leader kind of way.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Leads the Leaden Key, a secret cult that is largely regarded as a small group of thugs. In actuality, it is a secret society dedicated to worshipping Woedica and collecting and jealously guarding secrets. Only Thaos knows that it's real purpose is to guard the secret that the gods are artificial.
- He has also been using his Grand Theft Me powers to discredit and vilify animancy.
- Big Bad: Zig-Zagged. He is the most direct threat to the Watcher. However, he mostly acts as...
- Born-Again Immortality: He's always reborn as a human, always has the same appearance across incarnations and he receives a complete memory of his past lives every time he reaches adolescence.
- Broken Pedestal: To the Watcher's past life, when they come to the realization that there weren't any gods at all.
- Evil Luddite: Of a sort. His plan to frame the animacers for the Duc's assassination is meant to discredit the whole animancy movement that is driving Eora's technological progress in order to maintain the Engwithans secret.
- Grand Theft Me: He is able to transfer his soul, at will, into and dominate those with "weak" souls, such as golems, mentally ill patients, and Hollowborn.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Firmly believes this. And given that he's lived for thousands of years, he's seen, and committed, plenty of evidence to support it. It's for this reason that he believes the secret of the gods' artificiality must be protected. If people found out that the gods were fake, they would descend into bloodshed and chaos.
- Human Sacrifice: His family and community were used to power an Engwithian engine so that he can reincarnate with his soul and identity intact, ensuring that he keep the secret.
- The Inquisitor General: Used to be a High Inquistor, in charge of spreading the Engwithan manufactured faith, converting or executing heretics along the way.
- Knight Templar: He will protect the secret of the gods at all costs.
- Last of His Kind: Not physically, but he is the last Engwithan left, thanks to his souls' reincarnating without degrading and with his memories fully intact.
- Laser-Guided Karma: You can choose to end his soul, reincarnate it without memories...or cast in down in the same prison that houses Iovara.
- Moral Event Horizon: Openly admits to have crossed it, he even says that causing the Hollowborn epidemic, and stealing souls from newborns is one of the lesser atrocities that he's done over the ages.
- Pet the Dog: He allowed Lady Webb to abandon the Leaden Key with her life and ignored her attempts to invetigate him until she started to threaten his plans. When he finally does kill her, he does it himself and appears to be somewhat remorseful.
- Sinister Minister: Back when the Leaden Key was the Inquisition, he was the High Inquisitor and tortured and murdered countless heretics in the name of Woedica.
- Walking Spoiler: How? By being the main antagonist of course!
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Firmly believes that the secret of the Engwithans is the only thing holding society together, and preserving it justifies all of his actions.
Abydon is the god of crafting and the forge, and the patron of the Knights of the Crucible. He appears as a large golem.
Berath is the god of cycles, doors and death. He takes many forms, but the most common are The Usher and the Pallid Knight.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Despite being a god of death, Berath is seen as a benign force, simply concerned with keeping the cycle of reincarnation going.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The Pallid Knight is described as appearing this way, to inhuman levels.
- Gender Bender: While the Usher is assumed to be male despite appearing as a skeletal figure, the Pallid Knight is female. Both are considered to be aspects of Berath.
Eothas is the god of light, renewal and redemption. Often depicted as a young man holding a candle. Fifteen years ago, a farmer named Waidwen claimed to have been chosen as a avatar for Eothas. Eothas has been silent ever since Waidwen died: most believe that he died along with Waidwen.
- Defector from Decadence: By choosing Waidwen as his avatar, he put himself directly in harm's way in an attempt to foil Woedica's plans, while the other gods chose not to intervene.
- Light Is Not Good: After the Saint's War, Dyrwoodans certainly hold this view of him. Though it's left rather ambiguous if Waidwen's invasion of Dyrwood was actually Eothas' will or not. Some lore (and Durace grudgingly) suggests that Eothas actually rebelled to stop Woedica's ploy directly.
- God Is Dead: Or more accurately, this particular god is, physically, dead. Waidwen's, and by extension Eothas', death by the Godhammer is what ended the Saint's War. To say that the death of a god has shaken people is putting it lightly.
- My Nayme Is: More like "his name is", but it's EY-o-thas, not ee-O-thas.
- Physical God: After possessing Waidwen. However, as seen above, that backfired on him.
- Token Good Teammate: As the god of light, renewal, and redemption, he is by far the most forgiving of the gods, if those seeking forgiveness are truly sincere. And he's the only god who tried to intervene directly when Woedica threatened to tip the balance. He is also the only selectable patron deity whose tenets celebrates priests acting honestly and benevolently.
Galawain is the god of hunt and strength through struggle. A changeling, he appears as a wild beast, or a fearsome hunter.
- Blood Knight: There is nothing more thrilling to him than the thrill of pursuit, and the confrontation that follows.
- Genius Bruiser: He views the hunt for knowledge as just as worthy as a more conventional hunt. He simply demands that one put in the same effort. To him, victory is deserved regardless of whether it's achieved through raw strength, or through wits and cunning, as long as you invest yourself into the hunt and carve your own paths instead of passively waiting for opportunity to knock.
- Might Makes Right: The predator should rule the prey, but the predator also has to watch out that they don't become the prey in turn.
Hylea is the goddess of birds, the sky, and motherhood.
- Feather Motif: As one would expect, this shows up in her symbols and the Godlikes connected to her (such as Pallegina).
Magran is the goddess of fire, trials, and war. She appears as a woman in dark yet flaming plate armor.
- Action Girl: The resident and only deity of war, she is this implicitly and has a fair number in her service.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Said word for word if the Watcher considers that Woedica deserves her victory if she's willing and able to seize it.
- Blood Knight: Though one shouldn't go around causing fights or confrontations, her followers are encouraged to seek them out, as the struggle will make them stronger.
- Kill It with Fire: She is the god of all flames, and adores fire-based weapons: bombs, firearms, anything enchanted with fire.
- War God: A relatively measured one, though, who also has aspects relating to creativity, art, creation, and transformation.
Ondra is the goddess of the oceans, the moon, the forgotten and loss.
- Starcrossed Lovers: She is said to be in love with the moon; the tides are the result of Ondra attempting to reach it. She's also the goddess of this.
- Token Good Teammate: Very relatively speaking. She allies with Skaen and Rymrgand to propose that the Watcher cast the souls taken by Woedica into entropy. But whereas the first two simply see it as the best way to spite Woedica and a mere hastening of the inevitable, respectively, Ondra regards oblivion as an act of kindness.
Rymrgand is the god of cold, death and entropy. He appears as The Beast of Winter.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Played with. Unlike Berath, who acts as a caretaker of souls to be returned to the cycle of reincarnation, with Rymrgand, your soul's only fate is to be eroded and ground down until it ceases to exist. However, some of his worshipers see this fate as an escape from the endless cycle of death and rebirth, into a better state of eternal peace, and as such seek it out.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Though not truly evil, he is every bit as uncaring as the cold entropy he embodies.
Skaen is the god of silent hate, resentment and rebellion. He usually appears as a small, shackled man, his skin covered in scars from lashes.
- Evil Old Folks: Appears as a mutilated and shackled old man. And, while it can be argued that his evil can be of the necessary type, he is still one of the darker and bloodier gods.
- Human Sacrifice: His rites often involve this.
- The Mole: Skaen first appears to be working with Rymrgand and Ondra against Woedica, but in the ending, he can reveal himself to actually be working for Woedica.
- Mouth of Sauron: Speaks with the Watcher on Woedica's behalf.
- Nightmare Face: Described as an old man with his nose and lips cut off, with jet black stones where his eyes should be.
- The Power of Hate: He is basically the god of this, teaching his followers to draw power from their hatred, and inspiring them to keep it close to them, seething in it until the time is right to strike.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Skaen rewards deception and cruelty, but actively punishes those who are too brash or aggressive in his service. As a result, his followers, and Skaen himself, tend to be this.
Wael is the god of dream, secrets and the unknown. Even Wael's form is unknowable.
- Blue and Orange Morality: This applies to every god, but Wael takes the cake. The other gods have basically understandable goals, just taken to extremes. Wael, though... in the endgame, they ask you to scatter the souls Woedica has stolen recently... explicitly because doing so would be pointless. In fact, they don't really care what you do with the souls at all, seeing as the prospect of him not knowing what the Watcher will do up until the last moment excites them.
- Dark Horse Victory: They appear in the tail-end of the journey, trying to convince the Watcher to forgo previously oaths with the other gods and cast the souls to parts unknown.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Seen as a caretaker of dangerous information and secrets. However, Wael also believes those secrets should be released so that they can be found and hidden again.
Woedica is the goddess of law, order, vengeance and rightful rule. She appears as an old woman with a shattered crown.
- All Crimes Are Equal: All people who wrong her in anyway will be punished, no matter how small the slight.
- Bigger Bad: Though largely inactive, she is the one giving orders to Thaos.
- Evil Old Folks: She is usually depicted as an old woman.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: There's a reason the other gods dethroned her when she became too powerful before.
- Loophole Abuse: The gods are forbidden from directly interfering with the kith. Nothing says they can't use a mortal agent, though. Enter Thaos.
A priestess of Magran, goddess of war. Wields an arquebus and hammer, and wears Magran's emblem, a bomb, on her breastplate.
- Chainmail Bikini: Averted. She wears full plate armor that is pretty but functional. An early design emphasized her buxom significantly, however.
- Church Militant: She carries an arquebus and a warhammer and her deity's holy symbol is a bomb...if she doesn't live up to this trope, it will probably still be worth mentioning as an aversion. Remains to be seen...
- Drop the Hammer: Switches to a warhammer when forced into melee.
- Dummied Out: In the original Kickstarter pitch, she was planned as a recruitable companion. She seems to have been replaced with Durance in the release version.
- The Musketeer: Arquebus and warhammer.