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Katia Fucking Managan
The protagonist of the comic, a female Khajiit who may or may not become the Champion of Cyrodil.
- Accidental Pornomancer: She's a ridiculously easy lay when she's drunk, and happens to be an alcoholic who becomes totally drunk after a single drop.
- The Alcoholic: A recovering one.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Possibly She has legitimate difficulty understanding social situations; most likely justified because of her really shitty upbringing. She is also amazingly literate despite her social difficulties. She also appears to have certain savant-like abilities, like being able to see the numerical length of objects without needing to measure them. In fact, she may not have any disorder at all: she could just be dyssemic. (Please note that Dyssemia isn't classified as a disability)
- An Axe to Grind: Lacking alternatives.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Barefoot Poverty: Zig Zagged. She's not averse to boots, but due to her lack of funds, she can't afford to just buy her own clothing, and since her outfits tend to go completely missing the instant she gets a drop of alcohol (boots included), her barefooted status flip-flops with every outfit she gets. Young Katia (from her royalty-related nightmares) is also depicted barefoot.
- Badass Bookworm: As revealed in both 'Extrapolate' and 'Precede', she's extremely literate.
- Break the Cutie
- Broken Bird: She gets better once people start putting some trust in her, but up to that point she's basically little more than a nervous sobbing wreck.
- But Liquor Is Quicker: Her first two nights spent drunk end with her sleeping with a random stranger.
- Butt-Monkey: And how.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor
- Cat Folk: According to the Katia: Excelsior! summary, Katia is specifically a Suthay-raht Khajiit.
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Katia can get both into and out of any clothing instantaneously.
- Classical Anti-Hero
- Clothing Damage: Happens to the outfit she got for entering the dancing contest after defeating the Imp Murderboss. Only her gloves actually broke, fortunately, but the implication was the rest could follow unless the outfit was soon replaced.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Only because of the audience typically, though during a brief segment where perspective flips to Quill-Weave then back, it's shown she can be just as odd on her own.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her life is really shitty and the story has only taken place over the course of about a week, which has also been pretty shitty to her.
- Determined Defeatist: Katia exemplifies the trope to a T.
- Elemental Punch: In one of her strongest moments, she kills a Greater Impmaster Murderboss with a fiery punch.
- Fish out of Water: Katia, being from Hammerfell, is unfamiliar with both Cyrodiilic and Khajiiti ways. This leads to lots of awkward moments for her.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Who Can't Hold Her Liquor.
- Hidden Depths: She's actually surprisingly intelligent. She's a quick learner and has an excellent memory to the point of becoming a fluent speaker in multiple languages thanks to a few one night stands which she doesn't even fully remember. Also, based on Infiltrate she either has a vengeful streak or a hidden heroic side, as she's determined to not only get her stuff out and leave, but also find evidence for how Sigrid has been mind controlling and manipulating the people of Kvatch
- How Do I Shoot Fire?
- I Hate Past Me: Enough to utterly reject her former self and change her name.
- In Vino Veritas: Normally, Katia is a Reluctant Fanservice Girl. A single sip of ''any'' alcoholic beverage abruptly turns her into a completely shameless sex machine.
- Know When to Fold 'Em
- Loser Protagonist: Definitely fits the trope.
- Meaningful Rename: Her original name is either irrelevant or a closely guarded secret, depending on which fan theory proves accurate.
- Mind over Matter: With the help of the dark elf ghost, she now knows telekinetic mysticism.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
- No Social Skills: Katia frequently fails to pick up on social cues, such other's dislike or discomfort. This is particularly exaggerated during her interactions with Rajirra.
- Omniglot: Can speak Imperial standard, Dunmer, and Dragonish. She apparently learned them all from one-night stands. Aggy asks her if one of them had a dragonling pet. She doesn't respond.
- Perpetual Poverty: Enforced by being robbed twice thus far.
- Petting Zoo People
- Ping-Pong NaÔvetť: Part of being a Cloudcuckoolander and also But Thou Must! for certain elements of the plot.
- Playing with Fire
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: It seems like the Universe itself conspires to have her denuded on a semi-regular basis, by everything from battle damage to being robbed nude and left outdoors.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's certainly more kitten-like than the actual Khajiits of The Elder Scrolls series.
- Justified in that she is a different sub-species of Khajiit than the ones that appeared in Oblivion.
- Her flashback to being a child during her second dream shows that little Katia was even more adorable than adult Katia.
- Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: A mild example. She's not at all pleased with her inebriated one-night-stands. 'Precede' goes into a bit more into the details.
- Square Race, Round Class: As a Khajiit born to the Atronach sign note , she was born with several severe handicaps towards magic. However, she can freely absorb Mana, making her a potential counter-mage.
- Starting a New Life: Her overarching goal. However, she spends most of the story failing at this as she continuously falls back into old habits. It must be remembered, however, that her journey only started days ago.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: To Quill-Weave.
- Took a Level in Badass
- What Did I Do Last Night?: After any amount of drink, Katia tends to do quite literally every man she sees. However, she usually doesn't remember any of the details.
- Why Did It Have to Be Nobility?: She has a crippling fear of nobility, to the point that she sees Uriel Septim VII as a demon. It is apparently instinctive as the sight of Martin Septim leaves her frozen in fear even though for all she knows he's just a random priest.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The Ancestor Ghost basically tells her this.
An Argonian acrobate and writer (and Acrobatics trainer). Was a temporary playable character.
- Ascended Extra: In Oblivion she was just an incredibly minor character involved in a single quest who is otherwise a completely mundane NPC.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Not as an adult, but back when she was "Porcupine Dodger", she only wore wraps that didn't even cover the feet below the ankles.
- Chronic Pet Killer: After Katia accidentally kills her fish, she says not to worry since she only gets pets to watch them die anyway.
- Drowning My Sorrows: She was dumped slightly prior to the start of the comic and did not take it well. By this point, it takes at least fifteen glasses of ail to even get a buzz.
- Gaydar: She's shown to have a pretty literal version of this in one of her spin-off comics.
- Le Parkour
- Noodle Incident: She's the one who gave Katia the pineapple for her "trick". And near-instantly regretted it, although we still don't know exactly what happened.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries
- Only Friend: She's the closest thing to a friend Katia's had since arriving in Cyrodiil.
- Petting Zoo People: As an Argonian, of course.
- Quest Giver: The main one.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The young Porcupine Dodger is certainly this in spades when she's excited about something.◊
- Spin-Off: Has had three short comics starring her that can be read here, here and here.
- Straight Gay
- Unfortunate Names: She chooses to translate her name as "Quill-Weave", but its literal meaning in Jel is "Porcupine Dodger" due to a Noodle Incident on her nameday.
Maenlorn & CaenlornBosmer propietors of "The Flowing Bowl"
A rather suspicious Nord in charge of the Kvatch Mages Guild.
- Ambiguously Evil: Stephane states that Sigrid isn't evil, simply ambitious and opportunistic.
- Ascended Extra: She's one of the survivors of Kvatch in Oblivion.
- The Beautiful Elite
- Compelling Voice: She is noted to be incredibly charismatic and her Mercantile is 100 in Oblivion. According to Stephane, on top of being extraordinarily charming, she's used alchemy and enchantments to boost her Personality stat to ridiculous levels.
- Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Managed to get Vaermina to paint her mural.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Stephane believes that she is a hero capable of defying fate and preforming great feats due to her incredible powers of persuasion. In the game she's just one of the few survivors of the destruction of Kvatch and her role in the Oblivion Crisis does not go beyond selling potions to the REAL Champion of Cyrodiil (at a steep markup) before they enter the Oblivion gate.
- The Ghost: For a while.
- Karma Houdini: She will at least survive the invasion of Kvatch.
- Meaningful Name: Sigrid means 'victory,' 'wisdom,' and 'beautiful.'
- Misanthrope Supreme: She believes all people are selfish and terrible and that morality is ultimately just a question of who's best at getting what they want.
- Not So Different: Katia's starting to see similarities between her and Sigrid.
- Opportunistic Bastard: She is fully aware she is one, and believes everyone is this.I'm not better than them. I'm better AT it than them.
- Pet the Dog: According to Stephane, she once conned a highwayman (possibly Gharug gro-Upp) out of a priceless diamond, only to donate it to the Kvatch Orphanage later that night.
- The Ojou
- Screw Destiny: According to Stephane, she is able to ignore the fate planned out for her.
- Summoning Ritual: Once summoned Vaermina, Daedric Prince of Nightmares.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: According to Asotil.
Captain of the Guard of Kvatch.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Badass Beard
- Badass Boast:ďIíve been in the guard longer than youíve been alive, breton. Iíve seen frenzied trolls burst forth from the ground, men get ripped to shreds by land-roving dreugh, zombies tear down entire villages with nothing but their teeth, and thatís all in the last two years. I can hit an imp with a bow at three hundred yards, kill a grizzly bear in hand-to-hand combat, and cut a man in half with one swing of a sword. ĎTrembling with fearí isnít in my vocabulary. I handle the fear, so you prissy magefolk never have to see it.Ē
- Broken Ace
- Conspiracy Theorist: His recurring nightmares have caused him to see cultists everywhere.
- Doomed by Canon: Since Gaius is nowhere to be found in the game, it is safe to assume that he perished when the Daedra attacked Kvatch. The fact that the leader of the Kvatch Guard remnants in Oblivion, Captain Savlian Matius, is said to be the highest-ranking guard still alive, further cements this.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Properly Paranoid: There is a cultist from the Mythic Dawn right outside the Kvatch gates. If you've played Oblivion, you know he's planning for a siege of Kvatch that will burn down the town and kill most of the population. This likely includes Gaius himself, seeing as how he's not a character who exists in the game.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Sworddog.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: What he was implied to be, before his recurring nightmares have reduced him to a paranoid coward that is mocked by his subordinates.
- Why Did It Have To Be Cultists: His recurring nightmares have given him a severe phobia about cultists, causing him to think they are everywhere and making it difficult to trust anyone. His dreams have gotten to the point where he's resorted to contacting Vaermina, Daedric Prince of Nightmares, in order to discern their meaning.
A Breton mage of the Kvatch Mage's Guild. He doesn't take too kindly to Katia.
- For Magicka: It's implied later on the reason he's working with Sigrid is to understand what exactly she is. Note too that he's the only person yet shown to be not under her control.
- In the Hood
- Jerk Ass
- Morality Pet: Claims to serve this role for Sigrid, though he is not always successful in his attempts to keep her on the right path.
- Smug Snake
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He evidently sees Sigrid as someone destined for great things and capable of rivaling omnipotent beings. In actuality she's an unimportant NPC in Oblivion.
- The Dreaded: His mere presence terrifies Katia even though he's just an unassuming priest as far as she knows. Evidently the Septim genetics is just that strong.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Comes with being Uriel Septim's bastard. It's either this or just instincts on Katia's part that makes her terrified of Martin at sight.
A Completely Ordinary Human WomanA normal human who hangs out in the Kvatch graveyard under a tree.
An acrobatic Khajiit that Katia bumps into one night in Kvatch. She has very little patience for Katia's poor social skills, yet gets roped into her attempt to sneak into Sigrid's home regardless.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Does Not Like Shoes: Unlike Katia, who's barefoot half the time simply because she can't buy footwear, Rajirra is barefoot by choice. She justifies this by noting it's summer in the south of Cyrodiil. Unfortunately for her, she didn't anticipate the coating of magic-induced snow covering the ground...
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Gives this reason for why she likes Sigrid. Even though Sigrid has her do the same jobs every other employer has her do, Sigrid was the only one who bothered to ask what skills Rajirra had, instead of correctly assuming she had those skills because she is a Khajit.
- Blade on a Stick: Her preferred weapon.
- Brutal Honesty: Is completely up front about how much she dislikes Katia, and pokes a lot of holes in Katia's plan to start a new life.
- Dirty Coward: She runs off the instant she and Katia are confronted by the Imp Murderboss, and locks the door, preventing Katia from escaping with her.
- Identical Stranger: Katia admits to the audience that Rajirra looks pretty much like her in every way, although it's not certain if this is actually true or if it is Katia's Internalized Categorism acting up.
- Not So Above It All: "Oh come on! She called you a 'racial stereotype' for stealing that off the ground and then pickpocketed it from you?"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She runs away from the Imp Murderboss, and locks Katia in the room with him.
- Straight Man: She's much more curt and pragmatic than Katia, and would rather not bother with her at all if she could avoid it. This is not helped by Katia's Ambiguous Disorder and lack of experience in Khajiiti customs (despite being a Khajiit) leading to several accidental racist remarks.
Weedum-JaA young Argonian female whom Katia met when she first entered Kvatch. She is later seen clearing the mess Katia left in the Chapel of Kvatch.
- Ascended Extra: Not that she has much importance in the webcomic either, but in the game she's just a refugee in the camp near Kvatch, with few dialogue lines, no role in any quest whatsoever and no services to offer to the player.
- Hidden Badass: She is a level 20 Pilgrim. To put that into perspective, the typical player will be at best level two when they reach Kvatch should they start the Main Quest right away. In other words, Weedum-Ja could have effortlessly and single-handedly driven the Daedra out of Kvatch, possibly even saving the whole city in the process. Probably a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, though.
The ornery Khajiit bartender and owner of a tavern in Kvatch. Seriously dislikes Katia.
- All There in the Manual: His name was only ever given by Kazerad, the author of the comic.
- Butt-Monkey: Throughout the comic, he is insulted by (accidental) racist remarks from a member of his own species, has an arrogant human mage barge in dragging said Khajiit that he's previously banned for life, is flipped off by said mage, is apparently browbeaten into serving them drinks, has one of his bowls bent into a horrible milk taco, and watches one of his tables get stolen by some random Dunmer ancestral spirit. No wonder he's always upset.
- Deadpan Snarker: After Katia asks him what "you guys" (meaning Cyrodiilic Khajiit) do around Kvatch, he snarks that he wakes up at four in the morning, licks himself clean, and plays with some string until "his humans" move the string to the bar so he'll go there instead. When Katia confusedly asks whether he's joking or not, S'Thengir is not amused that anyone (especially another Khajiit) would actually believe he was being serious.
- Death Glare: His default expression when anywhere near Katia.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After Katia accidentally makes some insensitive remarks about Khajiiti culture (as she has spent her whole life in Hammerfell raised far away from most other Khajiit), he bans her from his bar for life.
- Hypocritical Humor: Despite his dislike of being thought of as some common housecat, Katia: Infiltrate shows that he sleeps in a giant cat bed behind his bar when Katia peers through the keyhole of his tavern at night.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When Stephane drags Katia into his bar, he is browbeaten into not only allowing her to stay, but also into serving them drinks while they talk. He spends most of Katia and Stephane's conversation glaring at them angrily before pouring himself a drink and proceeding to get as drunk as he can.
The Count of KvatchHe's, well, the count of Kvatch. He's featured only in [S]Katia: Infiltrate.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Able to detect an invisible Katia entirely by sound, and has skewered many would-be assassins.
- Character Filibuster: Once Katia convinces him not to stab her, he begins discussing the many problems he's had ruling Kvatch. Katia fails to interrupt him, at least until she jumps through a window.
- Royal Rapier: Draws one on Katia when she passes by.
An Orsimer brigand who Katia has off-screen drunken sex with.
- Affably Evil
- Ascended Extra: As many supporting characters in Prequel, Gharug is one of those: while he doesn't appear in the game itself, if he did, he would have been a generic, nameless highwayman, just like Asotil would have been a nameless Legion Soldier and Dmitri a nameless Necromancer.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: An area from his crotch to his knee is pixellated when he's naked.
- Catch-Phrase: To get his catch on, if you know what he's saying.
- Cloudcuckoolander: And surprisingly his logic is often flawless.
- Naked First Impression
- Punny Name
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: You don't want to know where he keeps items.
A Soldier of the Imperial Legion that Katia encounters.
- All Crimes Are Equal: Pretty much his response to any crime is "kill." And apparently all non-crimes are equal as too, as his response to any non-crime (such as peeing or vomiting in someone's plant) is that it's "perfectly legal under Imperial Law and therefore fine to do".
- Berserk Button: Criminal Scum.
- Black and White Insanity: His view of the world comes dangerously close to this (see All Crimes Are Equal), but apparently he's willing to respond to at least some crimes (such as drug abuse) with mere imprisonment rather than execution (then again, that was when he was the criminal, so he might just be a hypocrite...). The truly scary thing is that he seems to feel that anything that isn't a crime is "fine to do" in practice. In theory he seems to have some understanding of what is socially acceptable, but apparently doesn't really care.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While he is a skilled warrior, he has little concern for social norms as long as they aren't technically against the law.
- Capital Letters Are Magic: Criminal Scum* , True Justice* , and other concepts related to his duties as A Soldier of the Imperial Legion* are Serious Business and must be capitalized At All Times.
- Guest-Star Party Member: From the road from Anvil to Kvatch.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: If Kazerad's comment on this fanart is anything to go by, Asotil has a head full of blond hair and (Ax-Crazy Cloud Cuckoo Lander tendencies notwithstanding) a benevolent, brave and courageous heart to match.
- I Do Not Speak Nonverbal: Is evidently completely unaware (or simply heedless) of how much the countess hates when he drops dead bodies on the dining room floor.
- Large Ham
- Lawful Stupid: As a parody of the guardsmen of Oblivion, this is a given.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: A Soldier of the Imperial Legion.
Nightmare of Emperor Uriel Septim VII
The Ancestor Ghost:
The former guardian spirit of a long line of elfish protectors. After his last descendant dies of his own stupidity, Aggy spent some time haunting his body, then just wandering around, before deciding to search for an appropriate warrior to guardian spirit for. Temporary playable character.
- Crazy Memory: He describes his memory as '"fuzzy," and somewhat exaggerates the strength of Katia's actions in his mind.
- Determinator: If not one himself, he inspires this in Katia during 'Extrapolate'. In his own words, it is "pushing a broken idea so many times that reality is forced to accept it!"
- Fantastic Racism: Considers anyone not a dark elf to be inferior.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Thinks Katia is a great adventurer.
- Insane Troll Logic: RUNS on this. It's his entire modus operandi for "thinking like a witch hunter."
- Metaphorgotten: Half of his explanations of mysticism are actually analogies that don't quite make sense.Aggy: Iíll level with you here: I have completely lost track of this analogy.
- Obfuscating Insanity: As 'Aggy: Extrapolate' hints, he's a lot more insightful and profound than he lets on.
- Off with His Head!: Possibly how he died. While explaining mysticism to Katia, he mentions something about a bridge and riding a horse and getting you head knocked off by the bridge, presumably as part of a metaphor, but then he says "That's not a mistake I'm making a second time" And then he forgets how the bridge fits into the metaphor.
- Spirit Advisor
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He just kinda vanishes when the tomb he was in fell apart, and reappears later with not much explanation of what happened.
A necromancer who is accosted by a drunken Katia and ends up having a threesome with her and a skeleton.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Has several cats (and brought back his first one with necromancy, unwilling to let death take it), and seems a bit enamored of Katia after a mere one-night stand.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Dislikes it when his friends are racist or speciesist.
- Nice Guy: For "a servant to an unholy lich seeking world domination", he's an awfully kindhearted person. After his night with Katia, he leaves her a kind letter, a Potion of Cure Disease he mixed on the spot, and ó to make up for not saying a proper goodbye ó a box of Nord chocolates. When he sees Quill-Weave's distress at the state of her room, he also enchants the skeleton to clean up.
- Later, he feels bad enough about taking advantage of Katia that he composes "a letter of heartfelt apology" (and even signs it with his full name when he would usually make do with a "D"), considers offering her an apprenticeship, considers sending her a gift basket full of magic potions, and is even willing to send one of his old magic items as a goodwill offering ó despite never having pawned any of them off because they carried "a bit too much sentimental value". Of course, this all may be a manifestation of a possible infatuation with Katia, but there's no indication that it's a significant departure from his usual personality. He also has several cats that he cares for very attentively.
- Slashed Throat
AudienceThe whirling tempest of contradictory advice that somehow found its way into Katia's head.
- Broken Base: Invoked Trope. A trademark of the Audience is its inability to come to a consensus. This invariably leads to fragments of Katia's subconscious swearing to the Nine Divines that the 'majority' of commands opposed an action that Katia has taken.
- Chaotic Stupid
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Although not to the degree some elements of the Audience would like. Katia remains the ultimate arbiter of her actions, with the Audience merely providing suggestions in the back of her mind.