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Characters: Silver Scales
This page is about tropes featured by the cast of Silver Scales.

These characters provide examples of:

Series 1 specifics

In General/Multiple-Character Tropes

  • Battle Couple: There are three pairs once the main group is assembled:
  • Half-Identical Twins: Played with regarding Keras and Miakul. They are twins, but since both of them are shapeshifting dragons, they look like gender-flipped versions of each other except for Miakul's mismatched eyes. And as dragons, humans find them rather hard to tell apart in their natural forms anyway.

    Oceanus 

Oceanus Winterheart

"Oh yeah, Iím a real green-eyed monster, arenít I? Except wait, I am and I have the body count to prove it. Now shut up."
Broadly speaking, Oceanus is the main character. Technically a second-generation character (I created his parents first, even), he's the short, short-tempered protagonist who has managed to get half the planet pissed off at him one way or another. He has standing grudges with all but two or three antagonists.
  • An Ice Person: Got it from his dad.
  • Badass Teacher: For Isley as well as Serran and every other member of the second group of adventurers. He works better with non-mages, oddly enough. The fact that he has no problem fighting two-handed might have something to do with it.
  • Beneath the Mask: He is deeply emotionally messed up as a a result of all the things he's had to deal with; his siblings' deaths, Sal, Raaze and Rime, his father, Sal...and so on, really. He tends to hide it fairly well, unless something comes along to trigger another Heroic BSOD.
  • Berserk Button: Has two, even given the fact that he's nearly always in a crappy temper. One, never touch anyone he cares about. Ever. Two, never call him a little girl, or any variation thereof.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Distressed Dude: On average, more likely to get kidnapped than everyone else.
  • Doom Magnet: Something bad happens to/because of/around him wherever he goes.
  • Dual Wielding: Knives.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: As other characters repeatedly comment upon.
  • Friend to All Children: He develops a tendency to adopt people and animals.
  • Green Eyes: He doesn't have any of the traits associated with green eyes other than a magical affinity, though the color was inherited from his mother. Notably, they're one of his most recognizable features—Zahara can actually pick him out of a crowd because the shade is so distinctive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To everyone outside of his True Companions, he comes off as an arrogant brat. To people he considers close or to those in need, though, he's much more considerate.
  • Kill It with Water: His only response to fire-based monsters, and the only spell type he learned independent of his genetics.
  • Knife Nut: He carries about thirteen knives total. Only two are visible at a given time, and most people don't think he can carry more than that. He can and does.
  • Not So Different: One of his first moments of questioning his goals was the time when he discovered how similar he and Riyaz are. It took him a while to get over that.
  • Parental Abandonment: His dad left him before he was three years old, off on some mission or another. His mother was called away eventually too, and afterwards his siblings were all killed. Because of this, he has no intention of ever meeting his parents ever again and avoids them at all costs, because he feels that they betrayed him.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Averted, since he doesn't really mind when people point out his relationship with Alena.
  • Shock and Awe: Got it from his mom.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Bare-Fisted Monk and Squishy Wizard with his girlfriend.
  • Team Dad: For two generations — his own (who are all more crazy than he is) and his adopted son's. Both times he tag-teams with Alena.
  • The Napoleon: He's about 5'1". His taller friends, meanwhile, do not have half his temper.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Keras and Alena. Most people who meet him anytime after he turned fifteen are inclined to disagree.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fire. Understandable given that, when he was four, he lost six brothers and sisters to a massive fire started by a hungry dragon. He also carries massive burn scars on his back from the experience.

Ash

"Arf!"
Ash is the fuzzy, fluffy, and ferocious canine creature that follows Oceanus around everywhere. And he's adorable.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Awww, lookit the big fluffy drooly doggie! Ash was and still is a big, lovable goofball.
  • Canine Companion
  • Canis Major: He's the size of a cow.
  • Dog Walks You: Ash is so big that Oceanus doesn't have much room to argue about it.
  • Everything's Precious with Puppies: Well, he was an adorable puffball way back when Oceanus was still a kid.
  • Eye Scream: Ash is missing his right eye. Blade tore it out years ago.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Actually...no. Oceanus hated him originally.
  • Heroic Dog: Oceanus finally started to appreciate Ash after he saved his master's life.
  • Intellectual Animal: There is no reason for something so adorable and goofy to be as smart as he is.
  • Love Martyr: What he seemed to be at first, toward Oceanus.
  • Mistaken For Dog: Played with. Everyone can tell right off the bat that Ash is not, in fact, a dog, but everyone refers to him as one because they don't know what else to call him. The only one who genuinely mistakes Ash for a dog is Meiyla, who has a somewhat shaky grasp on reality.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: ...Ash is big. Ash is heavy. Ash has a long, long, fluffy tail. That tail has a blade like a goddamn can opener at the end.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Ever since he was a puffball nipping at Oceanus's heels, Ash has been almost entirely invulnerable to all conventional types of damage. He even walked right back up twelve flights of stairs after Oceanus dropkicked him off the top floor, no worse for the wear.
  • The Pollyanna: He seems remarkably cheerful, even for a puffball-all-grown-up.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His fluffy, adorable puppy form.

    Alena 

Alena Firewalker

"Donít worry. Iíll make sure thereís always a place for you two to come back to. You can count on that."
Oceanus's second friend ever and later subject of the Relationship Upgrade, Alena is the team powerhouse throughout their adventures. She is, also, one of the sanest members of the main party, and tends to be the most morally stable no matter what happens.
  • Action Girl
  • Badass Longcoat
  • Badass Princess: Technically, she only has a rank because her mother is noble (and even then, it's tenuous at best), but most people are aware of it.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She tried weapons' training, but she never got any better. Then she decided punching was much more effective.
    • Super Strength: To a much higher factor than any other character in her age bracket.
    • Made Of Diamond: There have only been two characters to ever wound her, both of which rank at The Dragon or Big Bad in terms of power.
    • Barehanded Blade Block: To demonstrate how far she outclasses every single BFS-wielder, and to make a point to a young Lucrecia, she goads the paladin-in-training into attacking and then proceeds to thrash her after catching her blade and breaking it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nothing changes the fact that even when she's smiling, the others are very wary of triggering her temper. She could thrash all three male main characters in a straight fight.
  • Bifauxnen: When she was younger, she looked like a little boy.
  • Combat Medic: On top of all this, she's the most proficient healer of the group and very, very capable of taking care of herself.
  • Cute Bruiser: She prefers to get directly into the center of any fight, completely abandoning any pretense of grace.
  • Cuteness Overload: Over a number of subjects, including but not limited to Oceanus, Serran, Ash, Lucrecia, Isley, and pretty much everything else.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Despite being technically a vegetarian, she's also prone to eating things that most people can't even contemplate attempting to swallow (such as razor blades).
  • Genre Savvy: Enough to know that, in her setting, she's probably not the one with the worst backstory, so she refuses to complain. To her, it seems almost like she's disrespecting everyone else with her relatively underwhelming sob story, so she decides to be the group therapist instead. She also realizes that, on average, the events with the most impact are less likely to be glorious continent-sweeping battles or journeys than underground conspiracies that burst their seams.
  • Gray Eyes: This is a trait inherited from her dad's side, and it marks her as an outsider to the clan.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She did know who her mother was from the beginning, just not that she was evil.
  • Marked Change: Whenever she really, really cuts loose, black sigils appear all along her body and it suddenly becomes even harder to hurt her.
  • Meaningful Name: Like pretty much everyone else in the series, her name refers to a combination of her powers and her personality.
  • Only Child Syndrome: She was raised alone and has no full-blooded siblings, but she has a half-sister on her mother's side (whom she despises), as well as a half-brother and half-sister on her father's side. Both groups are from later remarriages.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Playing with Fire
  • Plucky Girl: She's had her moments, but usually she's very determined to do the right thing. Just don't try to hurt anyone she cares about, or she'll beat the stupid out of you.
  • Team Mom: Despite being one of the younger characters, and in conjunction with Oceanus.
    • Lethal Chef: Her cooking would probably be better if she had any reason whatsoever to practice, given that she regularly eats things like rocks. For this reason, Oceanus takes over unless her relatives are coming over, since they all eat exactly like she does.
  • Tender Tears: Mostly when trying to help people (like Oceanus) who are phenomenally screwed up.
  • The Heart: Sort of. It's a little complicated given how odd their group becomes over time. She tends to be the most consistently kind and morally stable, though.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend
  • Warrior Therapist
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Since she really wants her mother's approval. Her mother is a Knight Templar kind of villain, so it's not going to happen.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Enclosed spaces.

    Keras 

Khalil "Keras" Earthgrinder

Also known as the first successful runaway and all-around thief, Keras is Oceanus's best friend and confidant. And the closest thing he has to a Beware the Nice Ones counterpart.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just remember, while Oceanus is ill-tempered and rude, Keras has turned psychotic, blind rage into an art form and valid form of attack. He's just waiting for the proper trigger.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Particularly for the other main characters. He's the oldest of them (except for Riyaz, and he doesn't count) and by far the least screwed-up besides Tirana, so he tends to act like he's their collective big brother.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Oceanus, mostly.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves throwing himself into the thick of anything. And he'll do it with plenty of enthusiasm and insanity.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Attempted by Keras to his grandfather. It didn't go so well.
  • The Caretaker: For Zina.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In spades. He may as well carry a Batman-esque utility belt for all his tricks.
  • The Glomp: His preferred method of greeting Oceanus. It's like Calvin and Hobbes, but with less of a size discrepancy.
  • The Trickster: The only practical joker, in fact. The others appreciate his sense of humor sometimes.
    • Fun Personified: If he's not smiling, something went wrong somewhere. Reboot universe.
  • Dual Wielding: One long, curved slashing sword and one shorter chopping one.
  • Dynamic Entry: And every single time, someone gets horribly killed. It's his favorite combat tactic because, early on, ambush made a hell of a lot more sense given that everything was stronger than him.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He routinely eats various types of fist- or head-sized insects. There doesn't seem to be a reason why.
  • Fragile Speedster —> Lightning Bruiser: It takes him quite a while to move from hit-and-run style of fighting to being capable of beating someone in a straight fight. Not that he generally tolerates a straight fight anyway.
  • Human Hummingbird: Sometimes he'll get so hyperactive that he'll burn off energy by doing this.
  • Keet: Dear god is he ever hyper.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name means "friend" in Arabic and, guess what, he's the main character's best friend. His nickname doesn't mean anything.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: His in-universe nickname is "the Hug Machine."
  • Omniglot: Knows several dozen languages as a result of extensive traveling.
    • Instant Expert: Even so, it only takes a few weeks for him to grasp every subtlety of it, due to his brain being wired differently from everyone else's.
  • Playing with Fire: In the form of a Breath Weapon.
  • The Berserker: It seems to be genetic — he got it from his mother.
  • That Man Is Dead: When his grandfather first addressed him as an adult, Keras cut him off before he could call him by his birth name, saying:
    Keras: I stopped being "Khalil" a long time before you ever met me. It's "Keras" and it's been that way since I was four years old.
    • Protectorate: Everyone he knows, pretty much, but Zina the most.
  • Wall Crawl: His favorite place in a given building is generally the ceiling. Nobody ever seems to look up.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Water. He can't swim at all.

Pinklegs

"*furious clicking*"
Keras's pet giant tarantula, Pinklegs outgrew normal travel some time ago and now lives in Gabilan's outer forest, eating deer.

    Riyaz 

Riyaz "Ronan" Darkwater

Oceanus: "Are we sure he's not dead?"
Keras: "I'm sure somebody would have told us if he was."
A former member of "Team Evil," Riyaz is actually a fairly decent (if horribly abused and misguided) person under all the scars and silence. It's hard to tell if he's joking or not whenever he says anything.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Much like Keras.
  • Animals Hate Him: As far as he knows, there's no real reason for this, but it happens anyway. The only exceptions are Blade, Selinas, Pinklegs and Ash.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Not to Oceanus (who might as well be allergic to them), but often to Tirana because he tends to feel that he's a burden on her.
  • Berserker Tears: Whenever he was sent on a kill mission during his captivity.
  • Black Cloak: Used deliberately by his former bosses.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: More like phenomenally screwed-up.
  • Death Seeker: His style of fighting is best described as suicidal, and it takes more Epiphany Therapy via Warrior Therapist you could shake a stick at to change this. Outside of battle, he had previously tried practically everything to kill himself, only to be thwarted at the last second.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: They're like this all the time.
  • The Eeyore: ...yes, he's rather depressing to be around.
  • Empty Shell —> Extreme Doormat: Believe it or not, a real improvement.
  • Evil For Want of a Nail Counterpart: The fact is, he was never evil to begin with, but he was the one Oceanus fought the most often, being sort of like a "dark mirror" for him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has probably more scar tissue than any other character in the series, including the war veterans. Alena also comments that his bones show evidence of dozens of breaks.
  • Hates Being Touched: He gets over part of it eventually, mostly thanks to Tirana, Oceanus, Alena, and repeated hugging attacks by Keras, but he has a tendency to freeze uncomfortably or lash out when strangers attempt this.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He has practically no self-confidence, even while working with the main characters.
  • Mighty Glacier: Unlike Oceanus and Keras, Riyaz can both take a hit and still keep coming, which tends to surprise people.
  • More Than Mind Control: Layer upon layer of mind control spells erodes a victim's resistance, sure, but it wouldn't have succeeded in the first place if he wasn't already full of self-loathing and had already had most sense of free will purged earlier on.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His title during his time on the villains' side was "The Angel of Death." In contrast, his real name actually means "garden" in Arabic, while his second nickname means "little seal."
  • Necromancer: Forced into it while under the control of the Big Bad. According to everyone else, his natural magic tends toward Green Thumb areas.
  • The Quiet One
  • Shrouded in Myth: Despite the nickname, almost no one actually knew what he looked like until Oceanus fought him to a standstill. It's nearly always a case of Expecting Someone Taller, since Riyaz looks chronically underfed and shorter than he should be.
  • Sinister Scythe: His signature weapon is either this or some other type of polearm.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Done by Bane, which is odd considering that he'd been an established character for some time at that point. And he already had a rather terrifying reputation by then.
  • When He Smiles: According to Tirana, anyway.
  • Worth Living For: Tirana is this for him.

Blade

"Touch me again, human, and you won't be getting that hand back."
Riyaz's dire weasel familiar, Blade is actually already dead. But because apparently he just cares that much, he hasn't moved on, and in fact became a summon spirit for Riyaz sometime in the past.

    Tirana 

Tirana

"I'm sure we'll get along like a house on fire. By the way, does anyone actually know what that means?"
Riyaz met this strange redhead back when he was just starting to act on his own. She is a survivor of multiple mass murders, genocides, and assassination attempts, but is oddly cheerful regardless.
  • Black Magician Girl: She won't get into fights most of the time, but when she does, there are usually body parts splattered all across the clearing.

    • Classy Cat-Burglar: Sort of like a hobby to her, except she uses the money she gets to pay the rent.
  • Casting a Shadow
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her powerset, she's not actually a bad person so much as one who's never been taught how to do good. After hanging around the growing True Companions, she gets better.
  • Fiery Redhead: More like bipolar. Happy-to-mad, usually.
  • Genki Girl
  • Good Samaritan
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The only reason her powers haven't turned on her because of too much use is because of her half-human blood.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: People say she has to have two livers. She's managed to outdrink a dwarf before.
  • Healing Factor: She can survive being shot in the head, having her neck broken, and a variety of other interesting death methods while tapped into her shadow powers.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dark, but ultimately innocent and carefree.
  • Laughing Mad: She may not be insane, but she laughs like The Joker. It scares people, mostly Zina.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She pulls Riyaz out of his shell...
  • One-Winged Angel: Her final combat form is in excess of a hundred feet tall and composed entirely from the combined mass of all the shadowy creatures under her control, held together by her willpower. She can kill practically anything while like this.
  • Only One Name: She tries out "Redd," "Greenwood," and various others in an attempt to find a good last name, but none of them fit, mostly because family names are either A) passed down clan lines, or B) titles given to accomplished mages.
  • Opposites Attract: It's more of a personality gap with her and Riyaz. Their (shaky) values are nearly the same.
  • Plucky Girl: The world tried to break her and failed miserably.
  • Princess Curls
  • Psychic Powers: The other half of her bloodline, much weaker than the Living Shadow strain.
    • The Empath: Without any sympathy for other people, oddly enough. She knows how they're feeling, though, often without particularly wanting to or caring all that much.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Occupies the Tomboy position in relation to Zina, but the Girly Girl one in relation to Alena.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Of course, over Riyaz.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight, which renders her shadow powers unusable.

Ed

"Kuri?"
This is Tirana's oldest shadow creation. Maybe.

    Zina 

"Zina" Zinnyaminaz

Zina: "Um...ah...S-SORRY TO BE A BOTHER!!"
Keras: "My eardrums!!"
A mysterious girl Keras met while on a mission from Lumina, Zina is someone with connections to multiple villains, but she doesn't remember any of it.
  • Break the Cutie: Pretty much her whole life. First, her clan is killed in an enemy raid by accident (causing her amnesia in the process), she is taken in by a village that openly treats her like a freak and forces her to live on the edge of town, that village is destroyed by a neighboring warlord and she is sold into slavery, and then, after several months as a sex slave for a gang of raiders, Keras comes across her and kills the lot of them. It takes another ten years before she finds a decent life anywhere, because Keras is on the run from an Inspector Javert-like character. And that's not even counting the time it takes before she's finally assigned to a non-combat position.
  • Damsel in Distress: More than any other character. She's not trained for combat and is actually a lot younger than the other main characters and thus an order of magnitude weaker, which justifies it a bit.
  • Dumb Struck: When Keras first meets her, she's totally mute and doesn't actually begin to speak until nearly a year later, and even then it's only in one-word sentences. Then again, it's completely justified.
  • Easy Amnesia: Subverted - it happened through a combination of head trauma and emotional trauma that she never quite recovers from.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Which is odd, because it isn't a particularly eloquent language to begin with.
  • Fragile Flower: Prone to bursting into tears.
  • Friend to All Living Things: And she's terrified of pretty much all of them.
  • Magic Music: She plays, variously, a lyre, a full-sized floor harp, a flute, or an ocarina.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Fittingly, her screams can blow out enemy eardrums. And she does a lot of screaming.
  • Protectorate: She becomes part of everyone else's, and eventually gets a job as Lumina's scribe so she'll stop having to head out into dangerous areas.
  • The Quiet One: She doesn't like speaking because she knows that she won't be able to hold a normal conversation.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: It really, really is. Most of it is due to her utter lack of self-esteem and incredible phobia of practically everything and her backstory.
  • Spoony Bard: Less silly or stupid and more just inexperienced.
  • Squishy Wizard: More so than Oceanus, who's almost a jack-of-all-trades compared to her.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of a lot of things, but mostly men.
  • You No Take Candle: A result of brain damage some time ago that's permanently removed her ability to use higher grammar in any language other than her birth tongue. Which isn't a human language.

    Quill 

Quillerainoxias "Quill" Silverstaff

"You and me, kid. We're gonna rock."
Essentially the local selfish Femme Fatale, Quill tends to come and go throughout the stories as a catalyst for subplots. She used to be Keras's lover, though they don't generally acknowledge that anymore.
  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguously Brown: Despite having the same skin tone as Keras, it's common knowledge that she's from another dimension and nothing corresponds over there.
  • Bad Samaritan: For Riyaz, because she immediately throws him back to the main villains as soon as they make a better offer.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her enchanted weapon of choice is a glaive on one end, and a blunt, rune-heavy object on the other. Either end can smash through stone, and it is often concealed by shrinking it into an earring.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Um...yeah.
    • Chaotic Stupid: Verges on this sometimes. This might be because she's utterly insane.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Anyone who trusts her now is A) a complete moron, B) completely unfamiliar with her, or C) Luki. She can't seem to stop herself.
  • Confusion Fu: When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher, and Quill gets random.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: To anyone who doesn't already know what she's like.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Half the characters she backstabs outright were ones who thought they could trust her, even if for five seconds.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Well, more like even Chaotic Neutral won't commit genocide. If she's aware of it, anyway, which is part of the reason why she backstabs The Dragon. The other part is that he threatened her Morality Pet.
  • Femme Fatale: Mostly to Keras. The others are all too aware of what she's like, and hate her for it. Keras never seems to mind as much.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Her actions place her squarely between good and evil on the morality axis, but she does help the heroes occasionally while simultaneously assisting the Big Bad in her goals. Whether she would continue to help either side if she knew what their respective goals are is sort of up in the air.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She makes exactly one exception, and only because he's interesting enough for her to decide against flash-frying him.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Her powerset is based on her ability to make nicely ordered realities go *pop*.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: That one eye swirls through dozens of colors whenever she fully utilizes her chaos magic.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: As the Big Bad finds out the first time she catches Quill snooping around. It puts her off her food, to say the least.
  • Wild Card: More than any other character, since she seems absolutely determined not to pick a side, other than her own.

    Luki 

Luki

"Oooh, this looks like so much fun!"
A strange little boy with a morality system adapted from Quill of all people, he's actually quite friendly and one of the two who happens to be aware of the Fourth Wall.

    Lumina 

Lumina Shininglance, The Golden Lady

"Touch him and I swear to any god that might be listening Iíll rip your other arm off and beat you to death with it!"
Alena's maternal aunt (specifically, the twin sister of Alena's mother), Lumina runs a small village of mercenaries in the mountains. She has high standards in all aspects of her life, but she defends her soldiers and her kinsmen loyally.

Series 2

    Isley 

Isley Miricaen

Sort of Oceanus's protege and the adopted son of both Oceanus and Alena, Isley is the leader of a squad of adventurers-for-hire out of Lumina's village. He's something of a reluctant protagonist.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Isley is smaller than average and weaker than average, despite his skill. He compensates by being a very dirty fighter.
    • Groin Attack: He has an extremely powerful kick. Given that his ancestors tended to have legs shaped like that of a faun's, it's justified as being In the Blood.
    • A Handful for an Eye: Usually using pepper dust or sand if ground glass isn't available.
  • Cute Mute: Early on. He was also quite clingy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a hybrid of diabolical and human origins, with a nonhuman physiology, two curved horns on his head, red eyes, a tail, and Facial Markings. The fact that he's not evil contributes heavily to the fact that he's still alive.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Though, granted, it's really close to brown.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dual Wielding: Picked up from Keras.
  • Genre Savvy: He knows that there's a Chosen One. He also knows that it's not him, and resolves to get as far away from the person as possible in order to avoid being swept up in some adventure. He didn't count on his best friend being the one.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Some generations ago, someone in his family had a child with a fiend.
  • I Have the High Ground: He has an excellent sense of balance, which allows him to climb to high places easily and to do things like walk across the top of a fense. The tail may have something to do with it.
  • Indy Ploy: Most of his plans are basically like this, and on top of that are usually modified versions of whatever Irolima came up with earlier. But on the rare occasions that even she has nothing to say, Isley plays it by ear. It's worked out pretty well so far.
    Isley: "Look, I'm making this up as I go along, all right? Just hang on."
  • Magic Knight: He has exactly one spell, darkness, for the sole purpose of distraction.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Mostly thanks to his aunt and uncle. Oceanus made him promise he will never seek them out for any reason.
    • Happily Adopted: By Oceanus and Alena, which should give you and idea how old they are.
  • Pastimes Prove Personality: Averted. He likes kite-fighting and assisting Will in his forge.
  • Petting Zoo People: Well, according to Tirana. He doesn't like her much.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes are red no matter what efforts have been made to change that, though if he were human they probably would have been gray.
  • Shout-Out: Isley takes his name from the Claymore villain.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: In attitude, Isley is the second half. Serran is the former.
  • Spider-Sense: He has the uncanny ability to sense when fiends and demons are nearby.
  • Troubled, but Cute: His life story gets a little...complicated, but he manages just fine after getting over some of his issues. It helps that he's nicer than he acts.
  • Tsundere: Type A.

    Serran 

Serran Dawnstrider

Lumina's adopted son and therefore Alena's adopted cousin, Serran is the fidgety archer of Isley's group and the aforementioned character's best friend. He also happens to be The Chosen One, much to his dismay.
  • Action Survivor: Usually by virtue of being supremely lucky.
  • Bishōnen
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being the most unabashedly nice main character, the fact is that he didn't survive so he could be the world's doormat. Though personality-wise, he's not exactly a Bad Ass, he can be pushed far enough that he snaps.
  • Chosen One
  • Dark Is Not Evil: And he makes every effort to make people understand that, and it almost never works. Being meek doesn't help him overcome most peoples' instinctive dislike for him.
  • Eyes of Gold: Sort of brownish-gold.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's been known to make friends with the local wildlife on occasion. This is a slight problem due to the presence of Pinklegs the House-Sized Tarantula, who hangs out in the forest surrounding the village.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's half-dark elf and was rejected by his birth mother because of it. Lumina almost immediately adopted him and had the woman sent to live in a different city.
  • Happily Adopted: By Lumina.
  • In the Hood: Whenever he's traveling, he tends to wear hooded cloaks to both hide his identity and avoid direct sunlight.
  • It's Personal: While Lumina has a Berserk Button basically consisting of 'bothering Serran', he doesn't like it when someone tried to hurt his mother, either.
  • Kid Hero: He's the youngest out of any set of main characters, five years younger than Isley and barely old enough to run around unsupervised.
  • Momma's Boy: He is mostly controlled by his mother's will, but she's trying to cut his leash.
  • Nice Guy:
  • Psychic Powers: They start breaking out when he turns fourteen...
  • Shrinking Violet: He's the shyest main character despite at least four influences to the contrary: Keras, Oceanus, Lumina herself, and his adoptive cousin Alena, among others.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the time he turns fifteen, he's lost a lot of the crippling shyness he used to have, he's learned to fight hand-to-hand and beat larger, stronger opponents, and has generally toughened up. The fact that his Psychic Powers now rival those of tried-and-true psions doesn't hurt, of course. He's still not a One-Man Army unless he is backed into a corner, though.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Though he's physically one of the weakest non-mage characters, he's been taught the rules of leverage and joint locks by Alena in order to compensate for it. He carries a huge hunting knife just in case.

    Hokiide 

Hokiide Blazeshock

One of Oceanus's first friends, Hokiide is a bookish and control-freakish elf who nonetheless tries to do the best he can at being a wizard. The only problem is said awkwardness and the fact that he almost qualifies as an armed magical nuke.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Actually, the others can't really tell the difference. Other than the dress.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like every other wizard ever.
  • The Comically Serious: And this is why everything funny happens to him.
  • Control Freak
  • Gray Eyes —> Eyes of Gold / Glowing Eyes of Doom: Only when his powers go haywire. This is usually preceded by one second in which the rest of the cast tries to get the hell out of the way.
  • Forgets to Eat: One of his biggest problems, and usually Irolima has to snap him out of it.
  • Functional Magic: He specializes in general combat magic, but his outbursts are a combination of the two below:
  • Harmony Versus Discipline: Despite his powerset and how it works, he pursues absolute control almost obsessively. Oceanus has to flat-out tell him that it won't work to study more for him to consider the Harmony half.
  • I Work Alone: Up until he meets Irolima, the combination of hatred toward his own lack of discipline and fear of hurting anyone without magical protections makes him brush off any attempts at friendship.
  • Just Friends: With Irolima, who was his second friend ever. And besides, as a halfling, any relationship between the two would get really awkward really fast.
  • The Lancer: To Isley, or later Serran.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: He usually wears red and has so far outclassed every enemy sorcerer they've come across.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Lampshaded and subverted since he fully acknowledges the fact that he's not as good as his race likes to pretend they are. For that reason he avoids spending time around other elves if he can avoid it. He prefers wizards.
  • Power Incontinence: His power is completely, utterly uncontrollable when he's young. It doesn't get a whole lot better even later on.
  • Restraining Bolt: His headband holds back the localized nuke that is his magic, and every time it's been taken off so far it's resulted in people getting vaporized.
  • Self-Made Orphan: His powers first activated when he was seven, and the resulting explosion killed everything withing a five-mile radius except for him. The second time it happened was after a year of being sealed behind his first Restraining Bolt, and it was enough to kill the man who had been planning on teaching him magic.
  • Squishy Wizard: He has this tendency to get nearly killed every time he separates from the main group of combat specialists.
  • The Stoic: To everyone but Irolima.
  • Spell Book: It's his primary weapon and about a thousand pages long. It isn't until after the book gets vaporized by accident that he starts looking into both combat training and carrying a freaking knife in case of emergency already.
  • Those Two Guys: Before the second series, he forms a duo with Irolima the halfling, and they end up in a role much like this.
  • Un Equal Rites: Though he fits somewhere between wizard, sorcerer, and mage on the scale of magic-wielding groups, he most strongly associates with wizards due to the fact that he studied mostly with them.

Selinas

Technically speaking, Hokiide and Selinas are partners, not a mage-familiar pair. Selinas used to belong to a wizard Lumina knew, but since he died some time ago, she decided to follow Hokiide around rather than head back to her jungle homeland. Technically speaking, she's a couatl.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Selinas refuses to give Hokiide a break about his weak constitution or many mistakes, but she never means to hurt anyone's feelings too badly.
  • Intellectual Animal
    • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Subverted in her humanoid form. She doesn't see clothes as particularly necessary for modesty's sake, but she hates the cold enough that it doesn't matter.
  • Psychic Powers: Selinas can cast spells, too, but she likes using her telepathy more often so she can converse without a lisp.
  • Snakes Are Sexy
  • Talking Animal: Through both hissing and psionics.
  • This Is My Human: From Selinas's perspective, Hokiide is her partner, not the other way around.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Occasionally, Selinas can take the form of a naga or a lillend, much to Hokiide's embarrassment.

    Lucrecia 

Lucrecia Sunshield

Nominally Tirana's page but more like Alena's third apprentice, Lucrecia is an up-and-coming paladin trainee who follows Isley around like a nagging older sister. Sort of.
  • Action Girl: Probably the only hand-to-hand fighter who fights entirely fairly.
  • Always Second Best: She has a slight inferiority complex regarding the older crop of protagonists, mostly because she feels that nothing she can ever do will match any of their accomplishments. Alena takes her under her wing once she realizes that Lucrecia feels like this.
  • Animal Motifs: A dove, usually. Later on it changes to an owl as she becomes wiser to the ways of the world.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Sort of her Catch Phrase. Isley in particular gets very annoyed when she takes up time like this. Thus, she apologizes to everyone except him.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Taught by Alena in case she ever has to fight barehanded.
  • BFS: Her Weapon of Choice.
  • Chaste Heroine: Again, due to her social awkwardness.
  • Cry Cute
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Only once, and it was used like this:
  • Half-Human Hybrid: A mostly-human girl descended from a half-angel and a mortal woman. You can figure how this turns out.
  • Healing Hands
  • Holier Than Thou: Early on, everyone perceives her as a self-righteous idiot because of her strong devotion to her beliefs over reality. It's not entirely unjustified on either side of the debate.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Gender-flipped, since she's an aspiring female paladin.
  • Lawful Good: Being a paladin, this is sort of the default route.
  • Light 'em Up: Her powerset.
  • NaÔve Newcomer: Originally. It would have probably worked out better for her if she hadn't been close friends with Isley and Serran. And if the villains didn't enjoy breaking people like her.
  • Not Good with People: But excellent at managing horses and other animals. She has to learn her people skills the old-fashioned way, at Isley's coaching.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mother stopped in Lumina's village only long enough to give birth to her before running off in pursuit of her Disappeared Dad. Lucrecia has not heard from either one of them since and no one knows where they went.
  • The White Princess: Sheltered for most of her life and not very used to dealing with people as a result, she nonetheless has pretty good intentions most of the time. It's just that they end up coming out funny.
  • Tsundere: Type A, unfortunately for everyone else.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Again, originally. She was trained to fight, not to interact well with others, and the awkwardness of her behavior nearly gets them all killed once or twice.

Wink

A strange winged beast that Lucrecia has used as a mount for a few months since her first partner, Spike, died in battle. He certainly seems to be intelligent, but he doesn't talk much.

    Meiyla 

Meiyla

Tirana's pet elf, basically, who was afflicted with curable insanity due to psychic backlash. She's getting a little better, but she's still not entirely there.
  • Action Survivor: She has a reputation of being able to survive anything, but its mostly because living is a habit that gets harder and harder to give up every time something fails to kill her.
  • Animal Motifs: A lemming, or alternately a magpie.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: On the rare occasions where she wanders through reality on her way to somewhere else.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She is best described as a magpie or a jackdaw, but with opposable thumbs. The others keep her under control by occasionally handing her things like mirrors. The only time she isn't like this is when Tirana tries to beat some sense into her (and it doesn't take).
  • Bag of Holding: Actually the sheath for her sword.
  • BFS: It was actually designed for her and her wonky combat style.
  • Born Lucky: The only explanation for her continued survival.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: She can get drunk off of anything besides water. Letting her simply walk into a bar was enough for her to get tipsy from the vapors.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At some point, her primitive proto-brain made the association where Dragons=animals=bunnies. This goes about as well as you'd think it does. Luckily most of the dragons she's met so far have been nice enough not to kill her for it.
  • Confusion Fu: One of her tactics is to empty her Bag of Holding over someone else's head. And given that she's a hoarder, that usually includes at least one suit of armor and several bags of gold.
  • Fragile Speedster: She can and often does outpace enemies, but once she turns around to fight she gets slaughtered.
  • Fearless Fool
  • Genius Ditz: She can identify elven weapons, tactics, and language at a glance, as well as figure out a counter to all of the above. This is pretty much the only thing she's good at.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: From the bag of holding, of course. She only ever uses it on Hokiide, because her personality is exactly the opposite of hers.
  • The Klutz: The only person in this universe who can manage to fall up the stairs. Any stairs.
  • Our Elves Are Better: Subverted again - she's probably the most disaster-prone idiot the other characters have ever met.
  • Reality Warper: Extremely low-level, and only affecting probability. It makes her a good friend to have around on a gambling run, though.
  • Team Pet: For the first group.
    Tirana: "Can we keep her?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Or rather, too dumb to die.
  • What Does This Button Do?: This is how most adventures start and end when she's on a team.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: And occasionally it involves something horrible happening, such as a catastrophic storm coming out of nowhere and destroying a peaceful civilization. Somewhere else, at least.

    Irolima 

Irolima Spottedleaf

Fast-talking and quick-thinking halfling thief Irolima is the group's source of strategy when it's not time to use the Indy Ploy. She's also the group's sanest, most responsible member.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: She's not a conventional genius, but she understands enough about human fighting styles to figure out a weakness to exploit. This usually involved throwing knives in delicate places.
  • Big Eater: Hokiide in particular (who eats like a bird) has expressed amazement that she doesn't explode from the food she eats.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Because being half the size and a fourth the weight of a normal human means that she is allowed to play dirty in order to win.
  • The Daria: 3'2" and snarking despite everything.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Since she's a halfling, she can pull this off to a disturbing degree despite being older than many of her supposed victims. And then she robs them blind.
  • Guile Hero
  • Friend to All Children: Children tend to like adults who are somehow the same size as them. Such as Irolima. She attracts them.
  • Honest John's Dealership: She actually ran a scam like this for a while before meeting Hokiide and more-or-less straightening out for his sake. He's just too easy to rob.
  • Knife Nut: The only human weapons small enough for her to wield effectively. She'll also pick up a short sword if she has the option to.
  • Little Miss Badass: Again, 3'2" and still capable of taking down trolls in group combat.
  • Odd Friendship: With Hokiide.
  • Phantom Thief: Her first appearance is after she's caught stealing from Oceanus, and afterward it turns out that she's already ripped off Riyaz, Alena, and Keras. Since Keras was the group's Gentleman Thief, it automatically gives her bonus respect points.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Once or twice, when she chugs a strength potion and then takes on an ogre in single combat and wins.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: To Hokiide, frequently. She's thinking about writing it down in his book.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She'll work with Hokiide and Isley without reservations, but will relentlessly mock Lucrecia and Meiyla. Serran gets a free pass.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Actually, she, Hokiide, and Isley all have different areas of expertise. The Smart Guy of the group is actually Hokiide, while she is The Strategist and Isley is a master of the Indy Ploy.
  • Supreme Chef: In her civilian life, she's a cook. And a very, very good one.
    • Chef of Iron: And can throttle most of her customers if they gave her attitude or refused to pay.
  • Team Mom: For Isley's group, despite not being the oldest.
  • The Strategist: The others on her team are no slouches, but she needs to fight like this due to her small size being an incredible disadvantage.
  • Those Two Guys: In the first series, with Hokiide.

Recurring Villains

    Illumine 

Illumine Firebreak

Alena's mother, possibly one of the most obstinate adults in the series. She abandoned her daughter when the girl was ten in pursuit of power and hasn't looked back since, though she has quite a few issues of her own.

    Raaze 

Raaze

Oceanus's kinda-sorta archenemy, Raaze comes off as a sadistic thug most of the time. While this image is mostly true, there are a number of aspects of his personality and backstory that don't seem to match that profile...
  • Berserk Button: Technically speaking, any number of things can set him off, but never, ever speak ill of any member of his family if you want to survive meeting him. Given that he's equally likely to let you live or kill you before then, though it's not like it makes much of a difference.
  • Black Magic: His signature.
  • Chaotic Evil: He's a sadistic, mass-murdering, gleefully sociopathic monster. What alignment do you think he fits?
  • Elemental Powers:
  • Evil Counterpart: The actual evil counterpart to Oceanus in terms of backstory and the way their elemental affinities counteract each other. However, due to the powerset they share, he's more likely to end up fighting Alena.
  • Evil Laugh: The psychotic version.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Eyes of Gold
  • Freudian Excuse: His family was pretty much all killed by Oceanus's father (after his father had slaughtered Oceanus's siblings just because). He has a particular grudge against Oceanus for being that man's only descendant.
  • Implacable Man: To everyone else's shock, he just doesn't seem to die.
  • Lightning Bruiser: You'd think he'd be slow. You'd be wrong.
  • Marked Change: Right before he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Moral Myopia: Anything done to him or to Rime is worth paying the offender back a thousand times over.
  • Psycho for Hire: On the occasions that he works for other villains, he can be reliably called upon to kill things at will. Of course, given the description, he also likes to, er, "play with his food."
  • The Chosen One: More like the Antichrist, since he, like Oceanus, is destined to become the worldly avatar of the other god in the upcoming war. He'll die, too, but not after a whole lot of stuff ends up in pieces.
  • Turns Red: Beat him down past a certain point and suddenly he starts pulling out additional Desperation Attack methods and most things tend to get killed.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Rime. It's disturbing.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Heavily, heavily subverted. One of the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown events was to Tirana.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Most other characters, if they encounter him alone, try to run away. Even Oceanus does. But he can and will catch the other person despite whatever advantage in speed that they think they have. And then he will thrash them.

    Rime 

Rime

Often seen as the archenemy of either Keras or Alena, Rime is one of the less-intelligent villains but probably the most persistent. Her complete refusal to stay dead has drawn many comments from the cast.

    Sal 

Salrinatorix "Sal" Clouddreamer

Apparently only a slightly loopy sorceress, Sal is actually the most delusionally insane villainess in the series and possibly the most sadistic. Boundlessly cruel but not allied with any being but herself, she serves as an archenemy to Oceanus, Lumina, and Fith.

    Bane 

Bane

A minor villain who harasses Tirana repeatedly throughout the series, usually only to get punched out by Riyaz or whoever else is nearby.

Background/Supporting Cast

    Gabilan Residents 

Nimbus, Stratus, and Cirrus

Three near-identical brothers who work for Lumina most of the time—Nimbus is the city's best healer, Cirrus manages the economic side of things, and Stratus is the military mastermind and captain of the city guard. None of them are human, instead being a trio of silver dragons.
  • An Ice Person: They share an affinity for ice magic, but their secondary powers are all different.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Stratus to Lumina.
  • Gray Eyes: Again, all three.
  • Power Trio: When they work together, there isn't a whole lot they can't be put up against. They also have personalities built in the Id-Ego-Superego mold, also—Cirrus is the Id, Nimbus is the Ego, and Stratus is the Superego.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Stratus and Cirrus are essentially the exact opposite of each other in terms of personality, but Nimbus doesn't balance them out, either.
  • Theme Naming: All of them are named for types of clouds.

Riffle Lyonias

Lumina's secretary, who appears to be good at gossip but not much else until Zina joins her. She still makes a better distraction than a fighter, but she seems to be good at heart.
  • Combat Tentacles: Technically, all of the ribbons/cloth/whatever she happens to be wearing can rear up and attack anyone who threatens her, but it is, you know, still cloth and can be defeated by a good sword or set of shears.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Sort of. She picks on a lot of people (usually Serran) but mostly it's just gentle teasing, and she never says anything mean to or about Zina.
  • Meido: She dresses like one, but she's actually Lumina's secretary when Cirrus is out.
  • Purple Eyes: She's not entirely human, but this is the one giveaway.
  • Super Senses: She can never be caught totally by surprise. Unfortunately, her ability isn't very helpful in straight combat.
  • Theme Naming: Along with Isley, named for a Claymore villain. She is also immensely fond of ribbons and needlework.

Will the Blacksmith

The guy who makes pretty much everything the protagonists own. If he didn't, his father did, or his father did, and so on. Isley tried to recruit him for his squad rather than have to deal with Lucrecia, but was turned down.

The Council

A group of seven elders in the city whose sole purpose is to represent the views of various ethnic or cultural minorities to Lumina. What they end up doing in practice is contriving the most over-the-top ways to piss her off.

    Extended Family 

Sinya Frostwings

Oceanus's long-disappeared father, whom he despises, and who seems to have memorized the layout of every dimension except his own. He generally only allows himself to appear when Oceanus is either not around or unconscious.
  • An Ice Person: His specialty, which he passed down to his son as well.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III at best. A few more years of cynicism turned him into a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Badass Long Robe: Always, always, always in white + pale blue or black. There is never any middle ground. It's like he's allergic to color of any kind.
  • Barrier Warrior: In the sense that he uses his shields as psionic cutting implements a la Lethal Harmless Powers.
  • Bishōnen
    • Bishie Sparkle: Usually in the form of tiny ice crystals. Yes, literal bishie sparkles.
  • Creepy Monotone: He never raises his voice, even when making it rain blood and organs.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Amazingly, Oceanus's mother had incredible success on this front.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he realized that everything he had justified in his head, all of the death and suffering, was completely pointless.
  • Disappeared Dad: To Oceanus.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He has this strange ability to walk right into the thick of the most violent, chaotic melee in fifty years and kill absolutely everyone involved before just walking out of the area. Without even getting blood on his clothes.
  • Flying Brick
  • Four-Star Badass: Back in the days of the War. Given that his various subordinates included Yttress, Lumina, Illumine, Fith, Zahara, Immersa, Radonixus, and any number of his fellow powerhouses, that's saying something.
  • Generation Xerox: Oceanus has a strong resemblance to him. It's kind of eerie.
  • Gravity Master: His favorite "screw with your opponents" ability.
  • Gray Eyes: Usually described as "silver" because they have this odd tendency to reflect light.
  • Hellish Pupils: They go cat-slit sometimes, which is the only warning anyone ever has before the murders begin.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The list of atrocities keeps getting longer.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Unfortunately, the main reason he can't succeed is the fact that he refuses to work with anyone else to find a solution.
  • Knight Templar Parent: When he thought his children were all killed, he tracked down the alleged murderer and butchered him, his entire brood, and most of their extended family. Only Raaze escaped.
  • Lawful Neutral: The man is the personification of discipline.
  • No Social Skills: He as raised by nature spirits. It had a detrimental effeect on his ability to interact with people very well.
  • The Stoic: He appears to be completely emotionless at first glance, as well as, well, cold.
    • Not So Stoic: But threaten his son at your own peril. He has been known to shatter solid stone in order to get at the offenders, before then proceeding to beat them to a literal pulp and (if there are any survivors) inflict a Fate Worse than Death on anyone who can't just be killed. The only other time he emotes? When he has a mental breakdown in front of his wife.
    • Stoic Woobie: He has gone through a lot of shit, but never expect him to mention to anyone aside from his wife.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants to beat the gods at their own game, because if he doesn't, his only surviving son will die.

Immersa Stormwish

Oceanus's mother, who tends to stay in her own rocky stretch of islands rather than face her son and realize how horrible of a mother she's been. She tends to function on denial, but she can be cheerful if you get to know her.
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • BFS: Her Weapon of Choice is what appeares to be a pure white, seven-foot filet knife that ends with a hilt like the point of a quill.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents
  • Bodyguard Crush: At one point, Sinya was the bodyguard hired by her parents to protect her.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She tends to wear feathers in her hair.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she thought that all of her children had been killed. She begged Sinya not to seek revenge, but he did anyway because, for the first time in a long time, his emotions were running high and he couldn't hold back his rage.
  • Lady of War
  • Making a Splash
  • Missing Mom: To Oceanus. Unintentional, since she had no intention of leaving her son behind for any reason, but she didn't actually know he was alive until about ten years after he escaped the fire that killed his siblings.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents just sort of disappeared partway through the plot.
  • Parents as People: That's part of the problem. Her mistakes, compiled with those also created by the other members of this generation, have the effect of placing huge burdens on their children.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Shock and Awe
  • Summon Magic: Only water elementals, for some reason.
  • Taking the Kids: Before the fateful fire, she tried to take Oceanus and his siblings entirely out of Sinya's custody because she recognized that he was becoming unstable (and it ended up being a moot point anyway), but when she attempts it again a long time afterward, Oceanus rejects both of them outright and tells them that he never wants to see either of them ever again.
  • White Magic

Zahara Sandwhisper

Keras's mother, also known as the "Lady In Red," tends to run her own pirate ship and make trouble for the residents of coastal cities. She usually cares more about gold than people, but she makes more exceptions than one would think.

Naviyd "Navi" Copernicus Stoneshaper

Keras's frequently-absent but always-cheerful father. Possible the stablest of all the parent generation, which isn't saying all that much.

Miakul Bladerunner

Keras's twin sister, with whom he's had multiple falling-outs. They tend to address each other solely in insults and have been known to lash out at each other physically.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Like her mother, brother, and father.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: According to Keras, she's one of the most irritating people he's ever known.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Usually, she helps out the main characters by mentioning events before they would have known normally; in nearly all cases, they're horrible, life-shattering revelations. But at least they can prepare for the coming storm.
  • Blade Run: The origin of her title.
  • Dirty Business: Her view of her job as a mix between messenger, hitwoman, and civil servant. But it has to be done, so...
  • Dutiful Daughter: To some degree, she resents her older brother for running off at age four to do whatever he wanted, but she doesn't hate him.
  • Engaging Conversation: To Tirana, upon discovering that she is just as devious a prankster as Miakul is.
  • Eyepatch of Power: It's only to cover her gold eye, so she can pass as normal.
  • Fragile Speedster: While she has many of the same abilities that Keras does, she ended up putting more emphasis on speed.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hachimaki: But hers, unlike Keras's, is brightly colored and tied in a bow.
  • Mini Dress Of Power
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Actually inverted with Keras—they have the same basic personality, but each dislikes the choices the other has made and can't stand being around the person who represents what they could have been if they had taken a different path.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sometimes. Her brother or Tirana can usually get her true self to come out, though.
  • Stripperific
  • Whip It Good: Her primary weapon is a fiery whip she stole from a demon lord. Ever since, she's been making herself a nightmare to anyone with a fire or sadomasochism phobia.
  • White Mask of Doom: She wears this in addition to a Black Cloak when on seek-and-destroy assignments.
  • Zettai Ryouiki

Yttress

A sorceress distantly related to Rime, she appears mostly as a cranky old woman unless attempting to pass on her necromancy techniques. She hates living things more than most people hate anything.

Fithranzaada

An extremely dangerous sorceress distantly related to Raaze, Fith generally appears only hypothetically. She can be helpful, if mercurial, for the right price. Whether that price is gold or something else depends on what interests her at the moment.

Radonixus

Alena's slightly-spacey father, who's usually thinking of something else (like food) when he should be focusing on the situation at hand. He's not a very good father, but he tries.

Nuralessi

Alena's annoying half-sister, who was raised by her father until he died and she was dumped into Lumina's lap when Illumine made herself scarce. Supposedly the "legitimate" heir.

Dazchine "Dazzle"

Riyaz's mother, who he wants to avoid at all costs and who Tirana would love to have an opportunity to kill. She may or may not be entirely mad.
  • Abusive Parents: To Riyaz. She even sold him to Raaze and Rime.
  • Broken Bird: Her goddess overrode her mind partway through the prequel series to get information on Sinya. The divine residue in her mind has been driving her insane ever since.
  • Cute and Psycho: Once upon a time, she was like this. It was a long time ago.
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Eyes of Gold
  • The Faceless: Actually, her eyes and hair are visible, but nearly nothing else is.
  • Hime Cut
  • Mad Scientist: Sort of. In the Mengele kind of way.
  • Phrase Catcher
  • Present Absence: She only ever appears in the prequel series as a bit character, but has an extremely powerful influence on the plot.
  • The Voiceless: Her most recent appearance, though Riyaz remembers that she can talk.

Everiendar "Evvy"

Riyaz's father, who he barely remembers despite everything. Most people have never even heard of him, but he nonetheless was a powerful warrior under Sinya for quite a while.

Higher Powers feature these tropes:

     Higher Powers 

Higher Powers:

Nin

Appearing in the form of a tiny, white-haired girl, Nin is actually the personification of unchanging stability. She is also obscenely powerful, though she rarely cares to actually interfere in any events in the world below.

Hex

Hex generally appears as a half-transformed cross between a woman and a she-wolf, but she's no werewolf. She is actually the personification of change in its myriad forms, hence her shapeshifter nature.

Vasanti

The personification of time, Vasanti generally appears as a beautiful woman who never opens her eyes. There is a good reason for this—anything touched by her gaze immediately ages to dust.


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