Killer Game Master: though he doesn't actively try to make players fail, his roleplays' plots themselves are rather vicious and rife with Player Punches. He also can, and will, use any slipups on the players' part to mercilessly make things harder for them. Oh, and if he established a villain to be powerful, don't you dare doubt their power. Kanako did that once, it did not end well.
The eternally cheerful Shadow loves cats, foxes, the word "Nya", and procrastination. His (extremely cute) way of speaking associated to frequently female avatars leads many people to believe he is a girl at first, though he is a guy and doesn't hide it. Shadow is famous for having Loads and Loads of Characters. Litterally HUNDREDS of them. Shadow has created an original world, Ninge, where many of his characters come from. He has produced multiple story arcs, and though he too is capable of extremely disturbing content that you wouldn't expect such a cheerful person to come up with, his stories are usually more lighthearted than SDM. Shadow is one of the more active members of the club and appears in a lot of roleplays.
Gratuitous Japanese: Shadow is a fan of the Japanese onomatopoeia for "meow", "nya" and several words derived from it: "nyawn", "nyawr" and others. He uses no other Gratuitous Japanese words though, surprizingly.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Shadow uses a different version of this by making his character "as powerful as his opponent". If the opponent is weaker or plays fairly, Shadow's characters are balanced. If the opponent begins haxing and godmodding, Shadow's characters will godmod back.
Notable Characters: Shadow Ryusaki, Shidow Ryusaki and other Ryusaki clan members and creations, Laia,Bergle, Sono Ruina
Though a moderately good roleplayer, KanakoVoWG (usually abbreviated to just Kanako) has become infamous for using for his characters numerous abilities typically associated with Marty Stus and other God Mode Sues, namely having a superpowerful self-insert, New Powers as the Plot Demands, stealing attacks from canon characters, stealing attacks from other franchises and such. It's not used to such an extent as to become unmanageable, however, and he's been making progress to restrain those urges. As such, he is also a valuable member of Shifting Worlds.Before the CirnoXLaia pairing came about, he was arguably the most active member of the club. Now he's roughly the third most active member.
Tropes associated with KanakoVoWG:
God-Mode Sue: Sometimes he gets called out on this, despite the high power levels of Shifting Worlds.
Name's the Same: His self-insert is ostensibly named Eric, but is usually called Kanako by everyone anyways. This causes a few problems when you take into account that he has another character named Kanako and that the roleplay takes place in a universe where there is a goddess named Kanako.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: He is infamous for occasionally pulling attacks out of his ass (sometimes stolen attacks), though he's doing so less now.
Notable Characters: Kanako alias Eric, Jonathan Scarlet, Ryoma, Nobuharu, another Kanako, Nicholas Stroud, Tomara
Cirno, Cirno, Cirno
Perhaps less notable personality-wise than the rest of the players, Arachnos is nevertheless distinguished by an overpowering fanboyishness towards his favorite character, Cirno, whom he first decided to control in a cameo in Crossroads and from there slowly proceeded to turn her (together with Shadow's Laia) into a powerhouse with an EX form, a castle, an army and what have you. Arachnos used to be a World of Warcraft player and remains a fan to this day, some of his characters being inspired to various degrees by World of Warcraft and some being entirely ripped right out of Azeroth. Overall he has an unhealthy tendency to use characters created by others instead of making up his own. One of his all too rare personal creations is the Brood lore, centered around his namesake Arachnos of Gensokyo.Both the creator AND his characters are known for frequent Wangsting.Together with Shadow, he is one of the more active Shifting Worlds members, appearing in a vast array of roleplays and posting often (much to the dismay of the many who see Crossroads inexorably filling up with Cirno X Laia stories).
Kizeki is known to have created a very extensive lore with a great many characters... of those none whatsoever are playable. His characters tend to be waaaaay up there even for Shifting Worlds (that means they are in the immortal unbeatable God tier), and outclass by far the most overpowered characters of the other players. The fact that Kizeki's closest thing to a playable character - his namesake, Kizeki Auf Thanatos - is a God... Goddess... Entity of Time owning an omnipotent, incoherent, multiversal Mega Corp.really says something about the level of his OTHER characters. Like Shadow, Kizeki always uses female avatars and is occasionally confused for a girl by others.
The mansion of Remilia Scarlet and her diverse relatives, servants and friends. SDM was gifted with a soul by Patchouli Knowledge through use of demonology, and became sentient as a result. SDM possesses the power to manipulate matter, but only within himself. He was made stronger by Kizeki Corp's enhancements which allow him to turn into a Humongous Mecha at will and deploy an arsenal of devastating weaponry.At first glance, SDM can come off as a douchebag. And at second glance, and at third glance. He usually prefers to be left alone, and is not easy to befriend, but can be surprizingly loyal to those who succeed. He is also ferociously protective of his inhabitants, especially of his creator Patchouli, to whom he is romantically attached.SDM exists and has existed in many variations. The first iteration of him was destroyed with a Heroic Sacrifice to stop his future self Hellgate (see below). The current version is actually a despored Hellgate (the very same one the original SDM died to destroy). He is much less adventurous than the original SDM, and usually prefers to flee into space when trouble brews in Gensokyo. In the Xat side-RP, multiple universes feature an SDM's soul inside the Rainbow Factory.
The future version of the sentient Scarlet Devil Mansion. Infected by the Black Spawn's Dark Spores, he turned into a monstrosity of unmatched evil. He originally went back in time in order to create a time paradox by killing his past self, and using the god aura he managed to steal from Cichol to rule over the universe that would have been effectively destroyed by this paradox. However, his living power source - Flandre of the future - was killed (of her own will), and Hellgate was destroyed thanks to a Heroic Sacrifice by the present-day SDM. Both SDM and Hellgate's souls were lost to Nihility.However, that wasn't the end of him. Not long after this, Patchouli Knowledge tried to revive SDM, but inadvertently summoned Hellgate instead. Now that he was back, albeit in his present-day counterpart's body, he set to work on destroying Gensokyo, first by putting nearly the entire mansion in a deep sleep plagued by nightmares in his Dream World, then obliterating the Youkai mountain, and then destroying Eientei, along with everyone there who wasn't immortal (namely, Kaguya and Mokou), all the while impersonating SDM to fool everyone. Eventually, Hellgate's dream world was undone, and then his new power source, Patchouli, was freed from his grasp. After a final battle, Hellgate's Dark Spore was expelled out of him, leaving only SDM of the future, who lost his memory of actually being Hellgate. And this was the final end of this aberrant house...Before getting destroyed, Hellgate boasted that he is a God and he will return, and according to some hints SDM has dropped, this is not that implausible. As The General was taking SDM away, Hellgate's theme was played, leading to a hypothesis that The General might reinfect SDM with a Dark Spore......or, Arachna save us all, with the actual Black Spawn.Basically, combine Magnificent Bastard, Genius Loci, Big Bad, Physical God, and as many negative adjectives and nouns as possible, and you get Hellgate. Has nothing to do with Hellgate: London. Or a certain high school with the same name.
Actually, Hellgate's the original SDM. It's Hellgate's meddling in the past that created the Alternate Timeline, and caused the SDM of the alternate timeline to die in a Heroic Sacrifice, instead of being Brainwashed and Crazy. Hellgate is what SDM would become if time and fate were left alone.
Fan Nickname: Hellgate actually wasn't an official name. Arachnos the character decided not to relate Hellgate to SDM by calling him future-SDM, so he instead called him Hellgate. Then the dungeon master SDM said, "Sure, Why Not?" Hellgate pretty much became the official name for future SDM at that point.
Villainous Breakdown: Done oh so beautifully when Hellgate realizes that all of his plans have been ruined.
Hellgate: NO MORE GAMES! NO MORE WORDS! NO MORE EXCUSES! I JUST WANT TO SEE YOU ALL BLEED!"
Permanently Pissed-Off Fairy
A fairy residing in the SDM, and the resident snarker.First appearing in Kanako's Victory Thread for Help Yourself, she soon established herself as a cynical, snarky, yet still well-liked character.Appears later in Hellgate 2 Part 1 to help the main characters while they enter the dream world to confront Hellgate.SDM has an arc planned for her, and considering who we're talking about, it ain't gonna be pretty.
The antagonist of Hellgate 2 Part 2, the Black Spawn is an shapeless black tentacled entity that destroys entire worlds and leaves nothing behind. It is a Planet Eater, and is well known for seeding every planet it intends to consume with Dark Spores before its arrival. The Dark Spores are parasitic organisms produced by the Spawn which amplify the negative emotions of their hosts while smothering positive ones, turning hosts into killing machines (until the Spawn comes and calls back all the Spores into itself). This mechanism is intended to leave the planet less likely to repel the Black Spawn by weakening its inhabitants. Add to that the fact that the Spawn's armor is almost impenetrable, short of being breached by a being of divine power - and it's easy to understand that rarely does a planet manage to stop the Spawn from draining the life out of whatever the Infected have not yet killed. Hellgate himself is just an Infected Scarlet Devil Mansion, and in fact it is him being a mansion that prevents his Spore from leaving his body when the Black Spawn calls back all the rest of them (and he proceeded to tear the Spawn to pieces with the power granted to him by its own Spore).The Hellgate crew witnesses the power of the Spawn during their foray into the Youkai Kingdom of Coronai, which existed long before mankind. Originally summoned by Vocus and his Nihilius Clan, the Spawn was successfully beaten back by Coronai's goddesses and Zoruff's sacrifice, but the kingdom was left without a ruler and so ravaged by the Infected and the Spawn itself that youkai could never again rise to their former glory.The Spawn returns to Gensokyo in the heroes' own era, but it was now even more powerful: following its original defeat at Coronai, the General captured it, restored it and fed it other Black Spawns to evolve it into the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Nevertheless, it is defeated thanks to the Gensokyans' concerted efforts and the power of ex-Hellgate SDM's God Aura. The Spawn barely escapes with its life and sets the stage for the General's subsequent invasion. In Hellgate 2 part 3 The F-Squadron runs into that very same Spawn again and once again overcome it, yet still failing to finish it off.
Tropes associated with The Black Spawn:
And I Must Scream: how powerful does one have to be to inflict this to a whole world?
Blob Monster: the Spawn is a gigantic dark circular blob with...
One-Winged Angel: the Spawn's ultimate form, only used against a world that is able to defend itself effectively. Abilities include Nigh-Invulnerability (again) and the power to consume everything in a massive radius into itself.
The king of Coronai prior to Saito's attack. Enlisted the aid of the main characters at his daughter's insistence, and acted as a helpful royal figure.A prime example of nobility actually fighting, he helped defend Coronai from Saito's attack, but eventually is killed in his throne room when she and him face off.
Gustaf's daughter, able to send people into the past and the future—which is how the main characters went back in time in the first place.After the rule of Coronai was passed onto her by her father, Mia was soon captured by Vocus and the Nihilus clan as they traveled to aid another city, but was soon reclaimed safely.Despite seeing the effects of the Dark Spore and hearing about the warnings of the Black Spawn, she and Zoruff dismiss these claims as they send the main characters back to their timeline. However, they get interrupted in their travels to see Coronai be destroyed and Mia killed by the Spawn (if indirectly). She still manages to send them back to their own time with her dying breath, however.
Break the Cutie: she sees the kingdom ravaged by the rebels (and then the Dark Spored youkai) and witnesses her father's death. And then, just as the invasion seems repelled with the help of the player characters and the three goddesses of Coronai, the BlackSpawnarrives. The best friend she had left, Zoruff, is forced to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to repel the Black Spawn, but not fast enough to save Coronai from crumbling apart. Oh, and then she dies. Horrifically. All the while thinking she has failed her father and her kingdom. Damn you, SDM. Damn you.
The leader of the rebel youkai forces under the power of the Black Spawn's messengers in Gustaf's time. She claims to be very powerful, and led many an attack on Gustaf's army (including an attack on Coronai itself), but is mocked by the main characters. In a fit of rage she creates a large ball of darkness, whicih is only just kept away by Arachnos's Voidwebs. She disappears while Arachnos does this, however, appearing in Gustaf's throne room to do battle with the king himself. They both fight for 50 days, destroying the castle itself, before she is finally killed by Gustaf.She is also Akuko's mother, and her death is why the latter bears a lot of resentment toward the main characters.
Shadow Archetype: to Gustaf, of sorts. He is the wise ruler of the greatest kingdom on Earth. She is a maniac leading an army of lunatics intend on seeing the world burn. Unsurprizingly, the two end up battling. And kill each other.
The Night That Never Ends: one possibility as to what might have happened had her gigantic shadow ball attack reached the ground.
The Shadow Mage
The man in charge of the Nihilius Clan (a death cult worshipping the ultimate God of Destruction, Anathemus), and a summoner of the Black Spawn. Originally a Generic Doomsday Villain who wanted to see the world burn For the Evulz, he was retconned into a Well-Intentioned Extremist who only wants to kill as many people as possible because he believes the entire omniverse is Anathemus' dream, and the Dream Apocalypse that would follow his waking would inflict a Fate Worse than Death upon anyone not already dead.Vocus used a spored Zoruff as a weapon against the group, which allowed his desporing. He is the only mage not killed during the offensive on the Cultist Cave, but eventually meets his demise at the heroes' hands just before they see the Black Spawn arrive.Vocus also appears in the Xat roleplay, where a group of alternate versions of him from different universes lead the equally multiversal (and much more powerful) Nihilius Clan. He and his men worship the heroes (who at that point have become Anathemus' creations) as Gifts sent by Anathemus to assist the Clan in their sacred purge, and is thus seen to be much more polite and even servile to them. One of his selves helps the Anathemites master their Nihility powers, but given that his knowledge of Nihility is purely theoretical he's not very good at it.
Tropes associated with Vocus:
Authority Equals Asskicking: he is the leader and founder of the Nihilius Clan. Needless to say, he is the most powerful sorceror in it.
An Anathemus-centric cult of mages founded by an ancient Anathemite, Supreme Judge Valis Ail. The Clan's high hierarchy includes the Judges (a group of powerful mages who claim - falsely - to be descended from Anathemus) and Vocus (several of him). The Clan's beliefs hold it that the whole omniverse is a dream of Anathemus, and that once He awakes, everything will not merely stop existing, but will never have existed in the first place. This is assumed to be a terrifying and inevitable fate, to which death is preferrable, hence the Clan's doctrine to kill everyone and everything as fast as possible. Each mage in the Clan is very skilled in a specific element, and some have traces of other elements for usage, as well. All but one—the steel mage—are killed by the main characters.The Clan makes a triumphant return in the Xat roleplay, where their forces are much more significant, as they are composed of individuals from multiple worlds and dimensions. This Clan has wiped out a parallel version of Gensokyo and is now attacking a parallel version of Equestria. Executor (see below) assumed leadership of the Clan, and retained the position until his death.
The Remnant: as of the current state of the Xat RP, most of the Nihilius Clan has evacuated under Valis Ail's orders. However, one Vocus and some forces under him have remained to fight and purge Equestria, Founder be damned. Normally they wouldn't pose much of a threat to the player characters, unfortunately this Vocus uses the power of Valis Ail, making his troops super effective against Anathemites.
Originally cast as a Dark Spore-infested youkai sent to act as a distraction for the main characters, he eventually comes to earn Mia's trust, become her 2nd-in-command and most trusted advisor, and eventually a sacrifice to defeat the Black Spawn in his time and fufill the legend.
Tropes associated with Zoruff:
Brainwashed and Crazy: when first introduced, he's under the influnce of a Dark Spore. Our heroes beat that out of him, though.
The three Goddess of Coronai. They and the main characters met up when both groups were trying to purge Goruntuaff, and despite a slight mishap in the middle of the purging, they eventually suceed. However, this is relatively short-lived, as all three goddesses are killed by the Black Spawn. Only Ami was able to be found, and thanks to Kanako Imrah, was entombed in a diamond tomb that survived to be found underneath SDM itself.
Tropes associated with The Three Goddesses:
Escort Mission: the player characters protect the three as they are charging a spell to purge the Dark Spores from the infected in Goruntuaff.
The main antagonist of Hellgate 2 Part 3, and in effect the main villain of the entire Hellgate saga.Originally appearing as a teaser trailer at the end of Part 2 (and quickly inciting some rage from the players by calling the Black Spawn his "pet"), he soon makes his presence known in Part 3, quickly coming to decimate Gensokyo and destroy the Hakurei Border with the Black Star Cannon.Claims to have been searching for a particular spark in Gensokyo, and found it in SDM. Also has plans for SDM, as well as his big plan to destroy the universe and reconstruct it in his image.
Tropes associated with The General:
The Bad Guy Wins: he successfully destroys Gensokyo and our heroes can do nothing about it.
Invincible Villain: he seems to be this at first. Later, when our heroes get theMimics, he gets downgraded from invincible to merely "hair-pullingly teeth-grindingly difficult to defeat."
Made of Indestructium: his high tier technology. Unfortunately "high tier" is pretty much everything above the standard Mook or a few of the weaker turrets and tanks. Even his scout ships are virtually unstoppable without the right equipment.
Really 700 Years Old: he is virtually indistinguishable from a human, but from a world where humans are far more long-lived. That's how he managed to build up his army to such epic proportions.
Shadow Archetype: to Kizeki. He has the same level of technology as her (due to having deserted Kizeki Corp and taken a lot of tech with him). Kizeki is a Jerk Ass, the General takes that to a whole new level.
Commander of the F squadron, and the main characters in said squadron. He was not one of the original defectors with Amadeus, but rose through the ranks to become an important man in the rebellion.Seems to have a greater reason for being in the rebellion, as shown when he went to visit a distant memorial on Holomon.
Tropes associated with Kusakabe:
Commander of the rebellion. Formerly under The General's command, and even sharing his vision, he became disillusioned with the idea, and broke off to fight The General along with some of his loyal retainers.Thanks to his unusually long life, he has been able to oversee much of the rebellion's progress, and has helped it build toward becoming a veritable threat to The General's plan.
Tropes associated with Amadeus:
Captain of the Blacklight. Originally didn't even have a name, but was eventually named thanks to a couple of the main characters as well as Kusakabe talking to him.
Tropes associated with Demetrious:
A Rebel operative that accompanied F Squadron on their mission to Holomon. Like Demetrious, his interactions with the main characters elevated his role in the story.
Tropes associated with Darras:
Stain of the World
Daughter of Saito. Bears quite a lot of resentment towards the main characters for having a hand in her death. During the thousands of years between Saito's death and her appearance, she was heavily prosecuted for being a youkai by humans, building up quite a bit of hatred for their kind.SDM claims that her story will be WAY darker than any story he's done so far. It's bad enough that Arachnos breaks down into tears whenever it's mentioned to him.
Tropes associated with Akuko:
An SDM from an alternate dimension, he was converted into a Rainbow Factory. He and that realm's versions of Arachnos (later called Orachnos and then Oneiros), Kanako and Lynna witnessed the utter devastation of their Equestria by Hellgate (due to a major misunderstanding by Arachna, who believed he had the power to summon Anathemus and wipe the universe clean of life) and Hood's unsuccessful attempt to foil Hellgate's plans with what was effectively a genocide of half his troops. When there was nothing left to destroy, Hellgate commanded Arachnos to take them all to another Equestria where he could wreak more chaos. This is how the Factory and its employees, along with Hellgate, arrived to a much more technologically advanced Equestria. Through the perspicacity of that world's version of the Factory, it was revealed that Hellgate no longer had the power to summon Anathemus, and that Equestria had been lost for nothing. Hellgate's rampage was halted, but unfortunately not stopped for good as the plan to destroy him went awry.The agents of the destroyed Equestria's Factory became agents of the Techquestria Factory instead. By order of said Factory, the body of his other self was scrapped and recycled, while his soul was transferred by local Patchouli into a robot alicorn body created through the collaboration of Orachnos and the local Arachnos. This is when he became known as "Executor". Following various other incidents in Techquestria, he was one of four people (along with O-Lynna, Orachnos, and Techquestrian Arachnos (later called Tarachnos and then Terminos) who went to explore a mysterious otherworldly portal, dropping them in a strange dimension which came to be nicknamed "Esherland". After getting stalked by Nihilius, the group subsequently came face to face with Anathemus and were seemingly consumed... except they actually ended up in yet another parallel Equestria at war with the Nihilus Clan.They promptly discovered that, following their encounter with Anathemus, they had gained Nihility powers, and the Clan now worshipped them as "Gifts of Anathemus" destined to purge the world. The four of them were taken into the Clan. In order to allow his friends to gain the paranoid local Factory's favor, Executor developed a plan that involved him becoming the leader of the Clan, while the other three "defected" to the Factory. In order to keep his ruse secret and preserve his friends' relationship with the Factory, Executor got himself fully in character and quickly achieved notoriety by kidnapping and killing Luna and orchestrating multiple attacks that ravaged major cities.Though he and Equestria declared a truce in order to deal with the threat of Nihilius, with the latter's demise he plans on restarting the attack that was left unfinished, and permanently ensure the safety of Lynna, Oneiros, and Terminos with his death at their hands. The end of the current arc awaited the final, deciding battle between him and his Clan vs. Equestria and the three Anathemites... or so everyone thought, until he was slain all by himself during an assault on Canterlot, leaving an "orphaned" Clan behind.
The Chessmaster: Executor is an expert at playing his opponents. To the point that he is able to go against three Anathemites (each of those is as powerful as him) and still come very close to accomplishing his objectives.
Dying as Yourself: when he's consumed by Nihility, the villainous regalia that marked him as the Nihilius High Lord disappears first, so just for a moment he looks just like he used to, back when the four were still friends.
Also, the Gaiden reveals that his "spirit" is his humanoid SDM soul.
Evil Makeover: Terminos himself actually gives him one when he becomes the Nihilius High Lord, inverting his rainbow mane's color scheme and turning one of his eyes red. He also dons a tattered cape and a spiky crown.
Face-Heel Turn: as far as anyone other than the other Anathemites knows.
Sink or Swim Mentor/Trickster Mentor: when the other Anathemites return to the Clan (with the Factory's knowledge and approval, though) to develop their powers, Executor really doesn't want them to hang around him. Naturally, when asked for help mastering the power of Nihility he typically is as unhelpful as possible. Ironically, despite that he was still the source of more good advice than the Vocus in charge of training the Anathemites, who really tries hard to be helpful.
Then Let Me Be Evil: he invokes this trope on purpose. His official reason for taking over the Nihilius Clan is that the Factory wouldn't trust them and chased them away for being made of Nihility, so he decided that if the Factory would treat him as a monster, then he would become one.
Took a Level in Badass: like his fellow Anathemites, multiple times so far: upon being recreated by Anathemus as a Nihility being, upon Manifesting, upon learning to use his powers to the almost-fullest potential, and upon Awakening.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: he's pretty much lost count of the number of times he's lost his home. And then he became what he hated most (i.e. no better than Hellgate) to save his friends. He may have killed Luna, but if you don't feel some pity for the poor guy you have no soul.
The End of Everything
Little is known about this mysterious deity, other than that it is the most powerful entity to ever exist in the entire Omniverse and that its only goal is the utter erasure of all existance. Anathemus is associated with, or maybe is, the realm of Nihility, a dimension of pure nothingness.Anathemus is associated with most of the antagonists and antagonist groups in SDM's lore. The General seeks to wake Anathemus to purify the realms. The Nihilus Clan, meanwhile, believe that all existance is Anathemus' dream, and that his imminent awakening would inflict upon every living thing a Fate Worse than Death, hence their will to kill everything before that happens. It also appears that the Black Spawn has an as of yet unclear connection to Anathemus.
Dream Land: Word of God confirms that entire multiverses exist solely in Anathemus' head as he dreams. And yes, when he wakes up a Dream Apocalypse happens. This is a major motivation for the Nihilius Clan.
God Is Flawed: according to SDM, he will be defeated, because he is just as flawed as anyone.
Religion of Evil: the Nihilus fanatics - although in their case "evil", as pointed out by Executor, is relative. The Clan honestly believes they're doing what is right.
The Bad Guy Wins: Word of God also states that Anathemus cannot be destroyed, only delayed. Someday, quadrillions of years from now perhaps, Anathemus will inevitably win. It's all about making sure that victory comes as late as possible.
Top God: the very, very top. To the point that his so-called "Gifts" - beings comprized of mere fragments of his essence and wielding an infinitesimal portion of his power - are able to effortlessly wipe the floor with Arachna, an omnipotent creator goddess.
Despite several appearances in the Xat side-RP, the full truth about this enigmatic entity continues to elude everyone but SDM himself. Due to the feeling of existential horror provoked by looking into his eyes, he was long thought to be the physical embodiment of what would happen if Anathemus were to wake, inflicting a Fate Worse than Death upon the whole omniverse, supposedly his "dream". Because of this, the Clan of the same name hates him. Nihilius himself, however, states that he is actually a faithful servant of Anathemus, given his purpose by the dark deity itself.He has stalked the Anathemites throughout their journey through the Warped World (in the form of N-Reimu) and followed them to Equestria as well, where he used his signature Mask to take possession of Brandon Persus. After the Anathemites' Nihility powers developed, he was eventually defeated by them and significantly weakened. His attempt to reclaim his lost power by amplifying the grief and fury of Equestria's ihnabitants and then consuming it is the driving force behind the Dark Beasts arc.He eventually succeeded at this task by absorbing despair from Lynna. After several other encounters with the Anathemites, during which he attempted (and failed) to convince them to stay out of his way, he eventually gave up and decided to deal with them by force. Nihilius attempted to destroy Equestria and clashed with the Anathemites once again, killing them by tapping into the energy he absorbed from Equestria. However, this allowed the Anathemites to Awaken to their full power and come back to life, promptly destroying Nihilius.
Tropes associated with Nihilius:
A God Am I: inverted: Nihilius makes it very clear that he is, in fact, not a God when called such.
Blob Monster: often takes the form of a gigantic humanoid shape made of black liquid.
Climax Boss: every time he's fought, but mainly the final encounter with him.
The Corruption/The Corrupter: he is the force behind the Dark Beasts of the eponymous arc. He acts as The Corrupter during the battle with Dark Beast -Celestia-, where he constantly fans her anger to prevent the heroes from awakening her true self. Thankfully, it does not work.
Curb-Stomp Battle: tends to dish them out, but has also been on the receiving side of one, courtesy of the Anathemites (as a retaliation for the one he inflicted upon them earlier). Him trying to recover his power after that epic beating is the focus of the Dark Beast arc.
Demonic Possession: his standard modus operandii. His Mask appears in a world, and the first being to touch it becomes Nihilius' vessel.
Detachment Combat: his final form has limbs to spare and can send them to beat up enemies of their own. Those detached limbs can shapeshift.
Fan Nickname: he was long called "Negative" by Arachnos until his true name was revealed. This also allowed SDM to misguide players by occasionally naming him with only his initial ("N") and lure them into thinking it stands for Negative.
God Is Flawed: despite appearing as an unstoppable force, he doesn't know everything.
Gotta Catch Them All: and by "catch", we mean "unleash people's innermost negative feelings and turn them into monsters so they have to be killed and he can subsequently power himself up with their grief". That's just how Nihilius rolls. Thankfully, his plan is foiled thanks to the power of the Elements of Harmony, allowing some Beasts to be purified instead of killed, leaving Nihilius "incomplete".
Flunky Boss: in the first phase of the final battle, he summons shadows of the previous bosses associated with him, such as the various Dark Beasts.
Hero Killer: he is to blame for Princess Celestia's untimely death in the finale of the Dark Beast arc.
Hopeless Boss Fight: every single battle with him until the Anathemites Manifest. Also one phase of the final battle, until they Awaken.
I Am Not Left-Handed: he pulls a magnificent and terrifying one in the third phase of the battle against him, and uses the energy he has drained from the plane to effortlessly kill all of the Anathemites. Thankfully, this causes them to Awaken.
Interface Screw: in Xat, he and those he infects only speak in scrolltext at the bottom of the page instead of inside the chat window as normal.
Just Following Orders: when questioned about why he wants to destroy every dimension, he simply says that is "his purpose" bestowed upon him by Anathemus.
Killed Off for Real: seemingly averted, but SDM claims he won't appear anymore in the Xat RP at least.
Villainous Breakdown: he is, to speak mildly, distraught when his attempts to regain his full power are distrupted by the Rainbow Factory's agents.
Supreme Judge Valis Ail
An ancient Anathemite (he states that he is millions of years old) and the founder of the Nihilius Clan. His physical form is nothing but a mass of shadows inside a Nihilius Clan robe. As he roams many worlds, he rarely graces any particular branch of the Clan with his presence for long. He affirms that he received a message from Anathemus stating that "the one named Nihilius shall save the multiverse from the end of the dream", and created the Clan to exactly this effect. He considers the entity named Nihilius to be an imposter, and the Anathemites to be "accidents" rather than Gifts of Anathemus.At first, it seemed that over millions of years, Valis Ail's power had grown out of proportion, as he seemed to be able to effortlessly create and recreate worlds and crush Anathemites. However, it has been hinted that his speciality is actually to counter the power of other Anathemites, while lacking in power compared to them when opposed to anything else.As the Founder of the Clan, Valis demands the utmost respect from those who behold him, and has an unnatural ability to instill obedience in others, even other Anathemites. Being infinitely powerful as he is, he considers very few things to be worth his time. Fighting the Anathemites does not seem to be one of them, and at the end of the Nihilius Clan arc, he and his forces leave Equestria of his own free will.
Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: though he has a backstory that ties him into the RP, his existance was not foreshadowed in any way. SDM came up with him on the fly because he wanted the attack on the Clan base to pose a challenge to the Anathemites.
Hunter of His Own Kind: recently revealed to be one. He is not as powerful as Nihilius, he just has a massive innate advantage against other Anathemites.
Make a Wish: He makes several offers of the sort to the Anathemites. First of all, he gives Executor's memories to Terminos. He also offers Oneiros and Lynna to restore the old Equestria thye lost at the hands of Hellgate, and gives Terminos a way back to Techquestria. Lynna refuses, Terminos refuses because Lynna refused, but Oneiros accepts his offer and leaves the party. Valis' reasons to bother with this are not entirely clear, it's possible that, given his power, he just considered this a less troublesome way to get them off his back. Word of God says that he will indeed keep his promises, presumably making him not the jerkass kind of wish granter.
A Ninge goddess who has shown up in Gensokyo nearby Cirno's newly-acquired castle, was welcomed by Cirno and protected the castle in return. She is also the one who freed Varuki from the evils of the Goddess of Chaos Kagami.
Though present in a couple other RP-style events beforehand, this is the first major battle that he has taken part in. Originally he was neutral, content to watch a previous battle unfold between Stallord and a few others, but when the other players tried to attack him, he was drawn into the battle (and despite what he might say, he wasn't forced into it).Following a devastating spike attack by Horus-Aman, he traded spots with Jonathan Scarlet after the Last Spell "Virtue of Wind God", and also came back to deal the final blow to Horus-aman. Since then, he has either been integral or an observer to nearly every single major event in SW's canon.
Desperation Attack: "Virtue of Wind God" after he got spiked badly by one of Horus's attacks. The final light blast could also be seen as this.
Leeroy Jenkins: Not as apparant here, but very obvious after Help Yourself Take Over tMS.
The Scarlet Demon
A human-turned-half-vampire under Kanako's command. He fought Anarchos through Kanako's body after Kanako nearly got kill by Horus'aman, and fought through at least two of his forms. However, during an ice attack on Horus, he was weakened by a mind flaying attack from Horus and replaced by Zorochi and forced to sit out the remainder. Near the end, he went and infiltrated Horus'aman's mind in hopes of distracting him, but that proved to be a tough challenge. Eventually, Zorochi, Kanako, and himself did a mental/physical holy blast that kill off Horus'aman for the RP.Jonathan hasn't had the same amount of RP time as Kanako has, but he's been in just as many integral events. Jonahtan also makes some views in an alternate (non-SW-canon) RP called Cure to Vampirism.
Tropes associated with Jonathan Scarlet:
The Arrogant Soul
A Soul Reaper nearly 4000 years old, Zorochi very nearly killed Kanako when the latter mentioned that Zorochi was under his command. But, they've worked it out since then.In the RP, Zorochi took over for Jonathan after the latter got hit by a mind-flaying attack, and stayed to do the physical part of the battle until the end. Later, in Help Yourself Take Over tMS he killed Horus for good by banishing him to the Underworld.
Tropes associated with Zorochi Hinayama:
Blood of the Fold
Desmond's origins, as explored in The Bloodward Diaries, stretch all the way back to the epoch when Rumia was free and unsealed, and ruling the earth, using humans as her personal livestock. A human back then, Desmond joined a secret group which decided to keep Rumia away from themselves and their loved ones with Human Sacrifice. Once Rumia was sealed and stopped, they were discovered and all executed. In the last hours of his life, the man's sanity slips away as he comes to perceive what he did as the right thing, and mankind, instead of Rumia, as the true enemy.In the actual roleplays, Desmond appears as a youkai with control overblood. He is a truly malevolent and man-eating youkai full of vengeful thoughts, whose primary goal in life is to free Rumia from her seal so that she may fill the world with darkness again and butcher humans for youkai to feast on them. In Another World in Gensokyo, he freed the murderous immortal Animus so that he would help him gain power, but Animus was pulled off the path of darkness by Ken. In Crossroads, he is an opponent of both the Queen of Hearts, whose sadistic handling of Animus he does not appreciate, and of Cirno and Laia, who succeed to her. He attempts to unseal Rumia, fails due to his poor knowledge of the new Ender's Seal, and casts a self-destructive spell in an attempt to destroy his opponents, but fails. In Crossroads 2, he comes back with no explanation (as of yet), at the service of a mysterious and powerful new villain, and is seeking revenge against Cirno and Laia.Despite his goals, Desmond is not an obvious psychopath and can seem perfectly normal when he wants to. Besides, he is good to those who serve him, and even to those who have once served him.
Tropes associated with Desmond:
Animal Motifs: wolves. He uses wolves as scouts and soldiers, and can turn into a wolf himself.
Master Lynna of the second universe (later known as O(ther)-Lynna, often shortened to just "Olyn") featured in the Xat RP. She did not appear as much in the universe she calls home, but when Hellgate demanded they all move on Techquestria so he has more things to kill, she followed.Following the defeat of Techquestria's Hellgate and their Hellgate's escape, all who came with him were absorbed into that world's Factory agency as "payment" for the destruction their Hellgate wrought, including Olyn.When Tecquestria's Factory disappeared, that world's Hood took over all Factory operations. Under his orders, she, along with O-Arachnos, Executor, and that world's Arachnos, were dispatched to investigate a mysterious dimensional rift.As the four of them wandered through the twisted mindfuck realms referred to only as "Escherland," they eventually stumbled upon Anathemus himself, disturbing him.They were dumped into a fourth Equestria at the time engaged with the Nihilius Clan. That world's Factory immediately labelled them a threat, for they all were made up of Nihility. Only the Clan would offer them shelter, but that was because they firmly believed the four of them were "Gifts" from Anathemus, sent to assist the Clan in their campaign to kill everything.It was then that Executor devised a strategy to allow his three friends to live in relative safety by directing all the world's hate onto him, becoming the High Lord Executor.His strategy seemed to work, and his counterpart let the three Anathemites remain with him.But as Executor delved into his role more and more, Olyn began to question the plan. Of the three Anathemites, she has been the most vocal about finding a way to try and keep Executor alive that wouldn't cost them their own chance at a happy life.
Tropes associated with O-Lynna:
Blow You Away: Prior to receiving the power of the White Father, this was her main element and method of attack.
Break the Cutie: She's had it pretty rough since Hellgate broke into her own world.
Tropes associated with Rosethorn
Characters created by Arachnos
Claw of the Lich King
A carcass of a former Arachnos reanimated by The Lich King to serve as his commander. Horus'aman receives not much development, and is only described as a wicked being who revels in murder and carnage. He faces Kanako himself, then two of his retainers in the BOSS BATTLE RP, and returns for revenge in Help yourself take over tMS. He is responsible for the removal of EX Rumia's seal.Horus'aman was created before the character who would finally come to be named Arachnos. For the duration of BOSS BATTLE he is referred to as "Arachnos", but is later retconned into Horus'aman.
Born of the Weaver of Worlds Arachna herself, Arachnos has the heavy task of protecting the realm of Gensokyo from dangers, so his mother doesn't have to. Versions of him exist across all dimensions created by Arachna, and everywhere he maintains (or tries to maintain) order and peace. He first appears in "Help yourself take over tMS", but continuity-wise, Hellgate 1 is the first time he shows up.He is also a Giant Spider.The best-known Arachnos is his Gensokyan version, though an Arachnos of Earth also exists and acts as the self-insert of Arachnos the player himself.
Tropes associated with Arachnos:
Berzerk Button: don't talk of harming Flandre before him, don't actually harm Flandre before him, and if you happen to kill Flandre... nothing short of a Deus ex Machina can save you now.
Voluntary Shapeshifter: Arachnos switches between a Nerubian-like form, a more monstrous spider youkai form (rage mode) and a humanoid form. It is implied that Arachnos can take even more spidery forms, but they've never been used in canon. It is however made clear that he can grow larger in size, though he almost never does so either.
You Have to Burn the Web: subverted. It is well within Arachnos' powers to create webs that don't burn. As he masters some Elemental Powers to a certain degree, he can also create webs that are intentionally on fire to scorch enemies.
God-Mode Sue: she was originally created as Arachnos' counter to those types of characters, which explains her massive power and her non-interferal policy except against very powerful forces.
Lawful Stupid: in the Xat side-RP, she panics upon seeing Anathemus' short awakening and allows Hellgate to destroy Equestria without fearing retribution in case he might unleash him (fun fact: he actually couldn't). She has also tried to fight the Gifts of Anathemus, expecting to destroy them easily just because they're minions, needless to say she got her ass handed to her.
The Worf Effect: for a being of supposedly omnipotent power she gets her ass kicked pretty often. The first one to do so was Kizeki's absurd Irregular Kagemi Ire Eros (though that was not canon). In a hilarious but also non-canon thread, SDM once battled her with The Power of Rock. Canonically, Hellgate has fought her to a standstill twice, once it was an illusion, but the second time was very much real. Gifts of Anathemus also easily wiped the floor with her, and Anathemus could squish her with the pinky finger of his figurative hand.
A self-proclaimed "god" (actually a powerful youkai) modeled after the ancient Aztec deity of the same name. A youkai of obsidian gifted with sorcery, Tezcatlipoca used to be worshipped as a god until the Aztecs were wiped out by the conquistadors, after which he moved to Gensokyo. First seen conversing with Desmond in regards to a kind of game started among the youkai in the Forest of Magic that Desmond was forced to let happen.He controls obsidian and uses a plethora of other powers, all based on the Tezcatlipoca of legends. He has the power of limited divination, which he has shown to Desmond twice.
The Leader: in the absense of EX-Rumia, he fashions himself the leader of all youkai in Gensokyo who refuse to limit their consumption of human meat. To get such youkai on his side, he organized the Blood Games, which consist of kidnapping humans and leaving them in the forest for youkai to devour.
The Solid Rock
One of the six chosen in Alta Marea. His element is Earth, and his sub-element is Tar. Strong, dependable, a little reserved, and also a very bad cook.
Tropes associated with Erden:
The Big Guy: probably physically the strongest of the Alta Marea group.
The daughter of the alternate Mystia Lorelei (a diva with a hypnotic voice and the wealthiest person in Alternate Gensokyo). Unlike her mother, Amelia cannot sing well, though she can use her voice as a weapon. Amelia was forcefully torn away from her luxurious lifestyle when she was pulled into another dimension by a mysterious power, and forced to join the fight to save a world she doesn't know and doesn't care about, while dealing with privation and destitution for the first time in her life.
Anti-Hero: probably Type-I. Amelia really only looks out to save her own hide (and to a lesser extent those of her unlikely companions). She sticks with the group and goes on missions because it's only chance to get back home (well, that and also because people keep thinking that she couldn't do it). She has stated several times that she absolutely despises the world she has been stranded on, believes (not without reason) that it's full of assholes, and if given the chance to go home and leave the world to a certain ruin she would likely choose home in a heartbeat. At one point, on the brink of death, she actually screams out in desperation that she hopes her mother finds out what happened to her so her private army can raze this whole world and leave nothing but ashes.
Badass Damsel: at the time of her first introduction, it doesn't sound like she would be of any use in battle. She proves those expectations wrong.
Badass Princess: Not technically a princess, not even technically Blue Blood per se, but her upbringing rivals that of any princess and she's definitely badass.
Berserk Button: not receiving respect when she thinks she deserves it.
Closer to Earth: Amelia really doesn't want to die, and constantly tries to promote careful approaches to dangerous situations. Unfortunately, due to diverse factors her propositions usually go unheard.
Fallen Princess: Fate has cast her from a world where she is rich and powerful into a world where she is a nobody and in addition is suspected for a mass murder she did not commit.
Femme Fatalons: Just like her mother. She is a bird youkai, after all.
Fragile Speedster: she is fast and agile, but can be knocked out easily by a powerful hit.
Gratuitous French: In line with her noble upbringing, Amelia has a perfect knowledge of French and occasionally lapses into it, whether it is to appear sophisticated or to relieve some pressure without anyone understanding.
Home Sweet Home: Amelia certainly thinks so, unfortunately the warp that snatches her away is not particularly considerate.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: Amelia is extremely prideful of being the rich and famous daughter of Mystia Lorelei, but below this surface she is ashamed of being inferior to her mother in every possible way.
Kung-Fu Wizard: Amelia uses sound magic but can also melee with her fans, though due to her fragileness mentioned above the former tends to be her preferred strategy.
Ojou: she's not actual royalty, but she might as well have been... at least back in Alternate Gensokyo.
Proper Lady: how she tries to act, though the situations she goes through often throw her offbalance.
Princess in Rags: occasionally she can act like this, for instance she refuses to sell the jewelry she wears upon getting pulled out of her dimension, because if she does nobody will know she even used to be rich. She's getting better, though.
Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: although this is sort of implied in her character profile, come the actual RP Amelia turns out to be surprizingly competent and smart, mostly averting the trope.
Royal Brat: usually not, though she has her moments.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Amelia used this liberally back in Alt. Gensokyo, and her inability to do it in Crossroads 3 causes her much distress.
Unstoppable Rage: the possibility of Amelia entering a bloodthirsty youkai frenzy is mentioned in her profile, but it has not come up yet in-RP.
Wings Do Nothing: not exactly. She can't fly (yet), but she can make huge leaps.
Joker of Hearts Unit 500 "Theresa"
Theresa comes from an human/alien hybrid species used as slaves on an alternate Earth. An exception among her kind, Theresa broke her mental conditioning and assassinated her sadistic master. She stumbles into the Yuekiro portal while on the run from the forces of the Mega Corp. that produced her. Theresa is bred for medical aid and can produce all sorts of chemicals that can affect the body positively or negatively.
Big Eater: because her chemicals require a diversity of elements, Theresa needs a varied and rich diet. If left to starve, her powers could fail her. Though her diet back on her homeworld consisted mostly of omninutritional pills.
Combat Medic: ...just barely. She is acrobatic and can afflict enemies with poisons, but she usually hangs in the back waiting for people to get wounded because her offense is nowhere even close to that of the real damage-dealers in the group.
Sebastian, simply called Aurion by his friends, is a Milletian who was taken to Gensokyo by Yeshaida, the long-time friend of Aurion's father. Aurion was given to Sanae so that he can be raised by someone who actually knows the area. Under Sanae's care, Aurion ended up becoming pretty powerful, much more powerful than a regular Milletian. He's traveled to many worlds, gained quite a few friends, and learned many skills and abilities that would help him in the battles to come.Aurion, whether it be as himself or Ratatosk, is considered one of Crossroads iconic characters and protagonists, having appeared in countless RPs and events, including the Hellgate saga, Nirvana saga, and especially the in-progress Yami arc. He also plays a central role in the Saphir saga as the titular character, Saphir Chevalier. The earliest-dated RP in the Crossroads Saga so far, (ShadowAurventures in Gensokyo), has him as the main character.
Father of Sebastian, Daisuke started his life as an ordinary Milletian in the land of Erinn, he received an urgent distress call from Morrighan, who had been captured by Cichol. After freeing Morrighan, she sent Daisuke on a mission to become a Knight of Light and be the protector of all humans, fighting against the oppression of the Fomors. Eventually, he becomes involved with the events in Iria as the Conductor chosen by Adniel; shortly after, he assists Taillteann in the growing fight against the forces of the Shadow Realm, which leads to preventing the controlled Caliburn from destroying the Soul Stream, to preventing the ancient Parthalonian race from reviving their tribe with the Caliburn's power, to defeating a god, to stopping two old friends of his from separating the world's link to the gods.Yeah. He'sprettyimportant.Despite his overall importance in the world of Erinn (or possibly because of it), he doesn't get too involved in the happenings of Gensokyo. His biggest involvement was in the Saphir saga, which would make sense considering his own son had joined the Fomors. As such, the Saphir saga is also the RP in which he was introduced
Tropes associated with Daisuke Aurion:
Big Good: Compared to other Milletians within Erinn at least. He still submits to the will of Morrighan.
Did You Just Punch Out Multiple Cthulhus?: Glas Ghaibhleann, the Embodiment of Destruction; Cromm Cruaich, the Dragon of Death; Claimh Solas, Spirit Weapon of the King of Gods; a Caliburn-Infused Doppelganger with the capability of destroying the Soul Stream; Nuadha, the King of Gods himself; and Macha, the Goddess of War and Destruction. He's done quite a bit of this during his lifetime.
Apart from Mabinogi canon, he's also aided Jonathan and the others in defeating Chalad Gaibolg, The Harbinger of Demise.
The Paladin: His very first accomplishment in life (minus defeating a Glas Ghaibhleann) was becoming this.
The Chosen One: TWICE! The first time was by the Gold Dragon Adniel, who had chosen Daisuke to be his Conductor. The second was by the ancient Caliburn, a sacred object that played an important role in the creation of Erinn, was fully capable of destroying it, and even managed to kill Cichol (albeit temporarily and not by Daisuke's hands).
Seal against the darkness
Adopted son of Aurion and Flandre after they married, brother to Sharon, and lives with them in the SDM. Originally named Saphir, he first canonically appears in Hellgate 2 Part 3, being abducted with the house itself via the General. Later on he appears in Crossroads, though he only gains prominence later in the RP during the Icecrown Invasion arc. While there, he and his sister are suddenly transported to meet with a robed man, who changes his name to Laertes and gives him a special cloak as well as explaining that he and his sister, whose name was changed to Sharon, were to be pivotal in the battle against Yami.
Tropes associated with Laertes:
Shield against the darkness
Adopted son of Aurion and Flandre after they married, brother to Sharon, and lives with them in the SDM. Originally named Arietta, she first canonically appear in Hellgate 2 Part 3, being abducted with the house itself via the General. Later on she appears in Crossroads, though she only gain prominence later in the RP during the Icecrown Invasion arc. While there, she and her brother are suddenly transported to meet with a robed man, who changes her name to Sharon and gives her a special cloak as well as explaining that she and her brother, whose name was changed to Laertes, were to be pivotal in the battle against Yami.
Tropes associated with Sharon:
One of the six chosen in Alta Marea. Very cold to others, and also seems to have a hard past.