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The Player (Soul Sacrifice)
Some poor sap trapped by Magusar in a cage in a post-apocalypse. After witnessing another sorcerer fall at his captor's hand, he finds Librom under a pile of bones, and reads him. Within Librom's stories, The Player is able to gain the experience needed by defeating the Archfiends detailed within and defeat Magusar.
- Flat Character: The Player is just The Hero, and that's really all you need to know. The story mostly comes from the Author's detailing of the Sorcerer's life and battles.
- Heroic Mime
- Made a Slave: Though it's less a slave, more a sacrificial offering.
- Stable Time Loop: Implied in the sacrifice ending. Caught in a nasty one. Namely, he's the Sorcerer who will become Magusar. He will sacrifice Magusar, and resurrect the world. Unfortunately, the corruption of Magusar will then affect him, and he will take on the identity of Magusar. Which leads to the events that occur in the game.
The Player (Soul Sacrifice Delta)
Pretty much the same person from The First game, except they are able to be a part of the Grim Faction within Librom.
- All Just a Dream: No matter which ending is chosen from Soul Sacrifice, the beginning of Delta reveals that it was just a dream the player had. Librom asks about it.
- Flat Character
- Meaningful Name: Doubly so. Ceryx Camlann. Ceryx was a Greek Demigod, the son of Hermes who served as a messenger of the gods. Camlann was one of the most important battles in the King Arthur Mythos. Perhaps more importantly, the very fact that he has a name shows that he is not the Nameless Sorcerer, suggesting that the world is finally starting to break free of the Eternal Recurrence.
- Limit Break: The Sorcerer can unleash the Black Rites when he's low on health.
- Nuke 'em with Fire: Infernus hits everyone on the map, at your skin's expense, halving your defense.
- Chain Pain: The Gleipnir rite summons a bony chain by ripping off the right arm, useful to restrain an Archfiend. However the sigils you carved in your right arm will stop being effective.
- Taken for Granite: Gouging out one of your own eyes, by the Gorgon rite, grants you petrifying beams shot from levitating eyes. Your vision will suffer from it, though.
- The Blacksmith: The Vulcan rite, outside of healing everyone within range and sending shockwaves, allow your allies to gain swords made out of your soul. The lack of a heart will reduce your health by half.
- Big Fucking Sword: The Excalibur rite summons a giant sword. Like Vulcan, it requires your heart. Unlike Vulcan, however, the side effect is a gradual loss of health. What else did you expect taking that kind of sword from your mouth?
- Storm of Blades: If you're willing to sacrifice your partner, the Gungnir rite will rain down bony spine-like spears from the sky. Sure, your partner won't be actively fighting anymore, but he will have better rewards and will be able to see someone's exact health bar.
- In Delta, each faction got their own version of this rite: Grim got Yggdrasil and Sanctuarium has Angelus.
- Blow You Away: The Berserker rite, at the price of the brain (thus rendering you unable to distinguish your offerings), can lure everyone towards you and blow them away.
- Light 'em Up: The Angelus rite uses your bones to summon wings. Said wings pierce through enemies and heal allies. However, you lose your ability to evade and your movement is reduced.
- In Delta, however, it has been replaced by Caduceus, Lucifer, and Sylphid. Angelus is now triggered the same way as Gungnir: sacrificing a fellow Sanctuarium sorcerer.
- Everything's Better with Spinning / This Is a Drill: Replacing Angelus as the leg-crippling Black Rite, Caduceus, Lucifer, and Sylphid gives you wings and allows you to attack an archfiend by spinning on it akin to a drill. The same side-effect applies (reduced movement and inability to dodge), but depending on which variant you chose:
- Lucifer makes cursed parts more vulnerable;
- Caduceus allows players to damage archfiends with healing spells;
- Sylphid makes foes vulnerable to aliments.
- Weapon of Choice: Outside of the swords and the axes from the aptly-named weapon offerings, the available offerings include, but are not limited to, projectiles, fists, shields, armors, blood sprays...
Avalon as a whole
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: With very, very few exceptions, an Avalon sorcerer is just as prone to begging for mercy as any other vanquished Archfiend.
- Black Mage: Literally.
- Glass Cannon: They forego defense and recovery power, preferring more offense-oriented builds. As a result, you might end up having to save or sacrifice Avalon allies (even those possessing high-level Dark Arms) a lot.
- Necessarily Evil: Their members believe their acts to be a necessary evil.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Saving too many archfiends will make them send assassins after the perpetrator.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their members are dressed in black clothing with some red details.
- A God Am I: Becomes a benevolent example in one of the true endings of Delta.
- And I Must Scream: Even when Magusar is completely taken over by the soul of the mad wizard whom he defeated, the Boss Banter during the final battle shows that he is aware of what is going on and wishes to be killed.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Inverted; the nameless sorcerer who became Magusar was a selfless hero, and he kept most of his idealism upon becoming Magusar. He only became the Big Bad after being overtaken by memories of the original Magusar.
- Big Bad
- Bad Powers, Good People: Despite his need to sacrifice monsters to stave off his rapid aging, Magusar is a pretty decent guy all things considered. The previous Magusar... not so much.
- Demonic Possession: Gets possessed by the Twin Gods in the Good Ending boss battle.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Geoffery Librom.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: His motivation for seeking the chalice.
- Merlin Sickness: Averted, despite sharing his namesake with the Trope Namer. He doesn't age backwards, and while he does have precognition, it has nothing to do with his rapid aging.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: The whole point of the main story is learning how Magusar went from an idealistic figure to the Big Bad we see at the beginning of the game.
- Rapid Aging: His body is cursed to suffer this, though he can temporarily reverse this through sacrifice.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Is the Subject of this due to his curse... specifically, anyone that is powerful enough to kill and Sacrifice Magusar BECOMES the new Magusar.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His arm is covered in eyes before the end of the world. It got much worse afterwards.
- True Companions: With Librom. He actually refused to sacrifice Librom when he had a chance.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His One-Winged Angel form.
Librom (Geoffery Librom)
A strange sentient tome that appears to be made of flesh, with eyes and a mouth on the front "cover". Within him is the secrets of what happened in the past and the means to defeat Magusar. The tale contained within Librom's pages were actually a depiction his own life. His real name was Geoffery Librom, and he was a sorcerer of Avalon who partnered with Magusar.
- Creepy Good: Sure, he might be a creepy talking book, but his only desire is to train you up so you can save the world as well as his best friend, Magusar.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Magusar.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very rude and abrasive to the player, but is still doing everything in his power to save them. He becomes nicer as the story goes on.
- Narrator All Along: Made obvious in the postscript.
- True Companions: With Magusar.
- Passing the Torch: The protagonist absorbs all of Librom's memories and powers before fighting Magusar. This is taken even further in the savior ending, where the protagonist literally becomes another Librom.
- Walking Spoiler: All we can safely say is he's a talking book.
- Artificial Human: Created by Grail to grant Illecebra's wish.
- Ax-Crazy: Deconstructed.
- Back from the Dead: She temporarily returns to aid you in the final battle against the Archfiend-turned Terrwyn.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Learning the truth is what made her so Ax-Crazy.
- Killed Off for Real: As part of the Sorcerer's Ordeal.
- Body Horror: The right side of his body is covered in roots, he's unhealthily pale, and he's scratched at his chest enough to keep it raw and bleeding.
- Character Tic: He scratches at his chest.
- Emotionless Boy: He looks like this at first, but it is ultimately subverted.
- Green Thumb: If his right arm and his spells aren't a dead giveaway...
- Parental Abandonment: He was abandoned in the woods by his parents, possibly for being a sorcerer.
- Raised By A Tree Monster
- Self-Made Orphan: He sacrificed the monster who had been raising him when it suddenly attacked him. The guilt of doing such an act constantly causes him to scratch his chest over and over again...
- Blade on a Stick: As of Delta, he packs three spear offerings, one of fire, ice, and lightning.
- Expy: Of Lancelot. He's also named as such in the Japanese version.
- Magic Knight: In looks. In the original game, most of his spells involves him summoning a sword or an axe, completed with an armor spell.
- The Starscream: His goal was to bring down the kingdom in retaliation for the king killing his parents.
The leader of Avalon. Well, the title given to the current leader. The founder and original one became the archfiend Odin.
- Badass Grandpa: The 13th Persapius, Avalon's current leader.
- Blade on a Stick: Odin favors the spear.
- Cool Old Guy: Turns out to be one of these.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: The 13th favors Arm offerings.
- Legacy Character: There are two Persapius in the game: the 13th one (that you can bring with you on pacts) and the original Peraspius who became the archfiend Odin.
- Meaningful Name: Odin is the Norse God of knowledge. Peraspius the First's thirst for knowledge is what made him an archfiend.
- Norse Mythology
- Red Herring: In the story, it is told that the Ars Magica is a grimoire. Grim's story The End Begins reveals that the Ars Magica is Persapius himself. He knows every spell, but if he wants to learn a new thing, he must forget something that he already knows.
- Spell Book: His encyclopedia, Ars Magica, contains information about every spell that has been cast. The player can access it by Librom.
- You Sacrifice It, You Bought It: Essentially how each Persapius succeeds to each other: the new leader sacrifices his predecessor and takes all of his knowledge in the process.
The Reaper (Sceletum)
Sanctuarium as a whole
- Create Your Own Villain: The reason why Sanctuarium was founded? Its leader nearly got sacrificed by a panicked sorcerer.
- Defector from Decadence: Many of the Sorcerors, if they don't choose the Order of Grim, become this considering Avalon's ways.
- Heavenly Blue: Over their white clothes.
- Stone Wall: In contrast to Avalon, they forego offense for defense and recovery power. So while you won't really have to worry about having to save them a lot, don't expect them to contribute to damage.
- Super Toughness: These people can take a hit.
- The Atoner: Some Sorcerors' reasons for their Defection is because they understand to an extent what their actions brought them.
- The Heretic: In Avalon's eyes for their refusal to sacrifice archfiends.
- White Mage: A literal example as their members wear white and blue, and they are incredible healers.
A sorceress who seeks to pass the Ordeal, as to join with the sect Sanctuarium. It's eventually revealed that she is Lenixion, the leader of Sanctuarium.
- Ascended Extra: Her role as the leader of Sanctuarium is expanded upon in Delta.
- Bandage Babe: She's covered with gauze, including a sling on her left arm and a leg brace on her right leg.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Glacier Waif: She possesses a Divine Arm V, which makes her extremely difficult to kill and her healing spells all the more effective.
- Support Party Member: While Sympatha sports some offensive capabilities, she is mainly used due to her incredible defense and healing power.
A sorcerer of Avalon who works as a sorcerer hunter. Despite this, he appears dressed in the white and blue colors of Sanctuarium. Appears in Soul Sacrifice Delta.
- An Arm and a Leg: He's got a hook for a left hand and an artificial leg from his left knee down.
- Body Horror: He looks worse off than Galahad.◊
- Bloody Murder: He uses a melee blood offering as a primary means to attack.
- Glass Cannon: He's the most fragile member of Sanctuarium thanks to sporting a Dark Arm V.
- Hook Hand: He has a hook where his left hand used to be.
- Irony: A member of an organisation who is all about salvation with a Dark Arm. Excusable since he used to kill sorcerers who violated the Sorcerer's Code for Avalon.
- Mage Killer: His function when he was in Avalon.
A member of Sanctuarium. He appears in Soul Sacrifice Delta.
- Bishōnen: He's quite pretty, he knows it, and he will never shut up about it. EVER.
- Blade on a Stick: He primarily fights with a spear offering.
- Curse: After sacrificing the love of his life at her own behest, her deep love of him transferred to his arm, causing him to quite literally fall in love with himself.
- In the Hood
- Narcissist: The player repeatedly insults him for this, causing him to recoil as if he got slapped in the face. His wife can hear you.
Order of Grim
The Order of Grim as a Whole
- A Glitch in the Matrix: They believe this, and in fact the whole Faction's existance is a clue that something is VERY wrong.
- Defector from Decadence: A Sorceror's other choice if they do not believe in Sanctuarium's ideals.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Their offenses and defenses are balanced, and their builds encourage balancing out life and magic.
- Screw Destiny: They're aware of the Eternal Recurrence, and are trying to break it.
- An Ice Person: Her offensive spells are all of the Frost Element, and when she turns into an Archfiend, all of her attacks carry the same element.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: After Persapius forces her to realize the folly of her plan to save the world she transforms into an Archfiend.
- Stop Helping Me!: She tends to accidentally knock you down when using her homing attack.
- Stripperific: Her outfit can be described as a bikini paired with a trench coat.
- The Bard
- Bishōnen: Even moreso than Calixto, to the point of Dude Looks Like a Lady.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: As a kid, he looked and dressed like a girl, and even believed he was a girl until he grew up.
- Magic Music: The player suspects that his song is this. It's not. He's just that good at singing.
Red Hood (Similia)
- The Dreaded: Her illusion spells and her legacy as Red Hood make her quite feared.
- Iconic Outfit: Her red hood.
- Legacy Character: She's the granddaughter of the original Red Hood, her grandmother having become the Archfiend Big Bad Wolf.
- Master of Illusion
- Take a Third Option: Is probably the first person in history to think of actually trying to destroy the Sacred Chalice. Turns out attacking the instrument of a God of Evil is a supremely bad idea. Whodathunkit? But then it turns out her actions were the right ones, and they set the stage for the protagonist and Magusar to actually defeat the gods.
- Taking the Bullet: Near the end of Delta, she takes an attack meant for the player, and dies in their arms while refusing to be sacrificed.
A heavy-set sorcerer who is seemingly obsessed with money. His siblings appear in Delta.
- Above Good and Evil: He believes that money is the only happiness he needs, so he doesn't really care whether you save or sacrifice enemies.
- Acrofatic: For someone so heavyset, he's surprisingly agile.
- Bling of War: His right arm, shoulder, leg, and the right side of his face is covered in gold. Even all of his teeth are gold!
- Handicapped Badass: He lacks an eye and an ear who went to Vidiara and Aurex, respectively. That doesn't affect him in the slightest.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He probably has a literal one to go with his figurative one. In his introductory chapter, he is actually trying to earn money for the family of his friend, who got turned into a monster. Delta further reveals that he uses the influence and money he gets from his business to help the poor, and refuses to extort or deceive those who can't afford to be tricked or taken advantage of by him — he's horrified and outraged when a poor person comes to his shop, not because he doesn't want to help him, but because he could have ended up extorting him by mistake, though to keep up appearances, he does pretend he's outraged to deal with a filthy beggar who can't afford his products or services.
- Taken to its logical extreme when Sanctuarium, of all organizations, sent someone to recruit him due to his deeds. The envoy left empty-handed.
- Wealthy Philanthropist: He's obsessed with money because he believes that it is the key to happiness, which means giving out money to those in need will bring them happiness.
The younger sister of Carnatux. She shares his love of money, and is completely loyal to him. Appears in Soul Sacrifice Delta.
A former Avalon sorcerer.
- Token Romalus: The only one in the Bazaar that can't use sorcery.
Illecebra (Morgan le Fay)
A sorcerer who is rumored to have made thousands of sacrifices. Appears in Soul Sacrifice Delta.
Archfiends and monstersFormer Humans transformed into various warped caricatures, vile beasts, and sad forms by the Sacred Chalice granting them their desires in their most hopeless moments. Most get Laser-Guided Karma, some get a Fate Worse Than Death, and others are actually satisfied with the results. Some aren't even created by the Sacred Chalice, but are created through some sorcery afflicting them.
Tropes That Apply To All
- Asshole Victim: Quite a few deserve to be killed. The rest...
- Attack Its Weak Point: Every Archfiend has a "Cursed Part", an item or portion of themselves that was crucial to the deal they made with the chalice. (For example, the Cyclops's is the weapon he carries, while the Harpy's are her wings.) Dealing enough damage to this part "breaks" it, rewarding you with an extra Offering related to the Archfiend after the battle and improving your score. Break them all for a secret Offering usually stronger than what you'd get anywhere else at that point.
- In Delta, some of these parts are purple "Ill-Cursed Parts", which, while fewer then the traditional Cursed Parts (indicated by Red), work out the same way. In both cases, taking out Cursed Parts benefits you in some way. Note that for the Guest Fighter Archfiends (Chthonian Fiend, Abyssal Fiend, Dionaea, and Marduk), Cursed Parts are about the same spots you'd expect in their Source World.
- The Corrupted: Either by sorcery or the Grail.
- Defeat Means Friendship: If you choose to save one, although its allegiance might not mesh with yours.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played with. It's pointed out that no matter how monstrous they've become, killing Archfiends is still murder.
The GoblinFormer masses of rats mutated by magically-enhanced poison bait following a mass outbreak of plague.
- Fusion Dance: A big rat with a skull for a nose formed from more smaller rats.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: A sorcerer created magical traps to deal with the Rat infestation, only for certain rats to absorb the magic from the traps, gather its kin to form a body, and attack people.
- The Goomba: The most common enemy to appear in any setting, with multiple versions to accommodate various locations.
- Red Right Hand: All of them have one thick, large arm for swiping attacks.
The OrcMutated cats that absorbed residual magic to combat goblins. Their boldness grew greater, and they turned against their former human masters.
- Cats Are Mean: Taken to its logical extreme.
- Fat Bastard: All of them are nothing more than vaguely cat-like bags of flesh with gaping maws.
- Jabba Table Manners: They eat people, are fat to the point that they seem slug-like, and have skulls of their victims visible within their mouths.
The KoboldTrees which were mutated by residual magic. As they grow in wisdom, they grow more cowardly, to the point of fleeing to the ends of the earth to avoid death.
- Fragile Speedster
- Lovable Coward: There's something strangely adorable about a small tree creature running away from you, particularly when every other living thing in the field tries to maim you.
- Monster is a Mommy: Some travel with a bunch of little seedlings in tow; should you kill the big kobold, the orphans wander off to find another to follow.
- Piñata Enemy: Hitting them with a non-lethal attack turns them into a fruit-bearing tree which can be plucked for power-ups.
- When Trees Attack: Subverted; they count as enemies, but the most they do is run away to avoid dying at your hand.
The GhoulMutated crows that were transformed by eating the flesh of dead sorcerers. They want to be more like humans, and they conclude that they must be just as greedy as them, if not greedier.
- Airborne Mook
- Creepy Crows
- Plague Doctor: what one variant looks like.
- Stock Animal Behavior: Despite all their trying to be like people, they're still attracted to dying creatures, which leaves them more vulnerable to your attacks.
The Fruit SpiderMutated spiders that seek constant food supplies, growing false fruits on their bodies to lure prey in.
- Irony: They first grew the fruits just to lure prey in; as they became more concerned with how sweet the fruit was, they started becoming more active predators, defeating the purpose of the fruit altogether.
The FairyBees that have mutated due to magic, who overthrew the queen bee.
The GnomeRabbits transformed by magic, their ears growing into hand-like limbs.
The OrichalcumSnails transformed by magic, their shells turning into treasure chests.
- Metal Slime: They won't bolt it, but they're VERY unlikely to show up in any Pact (even with a Rumor that lets you try to fudge the odds), but they do grant tons of EXP if the Sorcerer finds the guy by some miracle.
The ValkyrieThe only child of a renowned knight who only sought her father's approval. She became a knight, hoping to gain her father's love by becoming the son he never had. Despite her skill, the disparity of strength between her and her male opponents made her fall into despair. She sacrificed her beauty to the Chalice to double and redouble her skill, becoming a literal dynamo in the process. After hearing that her father died on the battlefield, she sought to become the greatest knight in the world, that her glory would reach her deceased father on earth or in heaven.
- The Atoner: Fights for Sanctuarium if you save her.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She's weak to stone.
- Heel–Face Turn: She'll fight for Sanctuarium if you save her.
- Norse Mythology
- Shock and Awe: Her element.
- Well Done Daughter Girl: All she wanted was her father's love.
- Worthy Opponent: Tries to seek soldiers out on the battlefield to battle.
The HydraA swordsman from a severely impoverished land, he became a mercenary to provide for his family. Born with superhuman dexterous hands, he developed his "Sword-Juggling Style", eventually becoming infamous enough to cause soldiers to flee in fear from him. A scheming general, hoping to defeat the swordsman, bribed a comrade-in-arms of the swordsman to poison his evening meal. After three days and nights of agony, he survived at the expense of his arms and legs becoming crippled. He quickly fell into despair, as his reason for fighting had changed from providing for his family to perfecting his technique. The Chalice appeared before him as he was about to throw himself into the sea. He sacrificed the family he once cared for in return for the technique he lost. Snake-like appendages erupted from his stomach, turning his technique into the "Nine Sword Juggling" style.His true name is Anbard.
- Fallen Hero: He was once a hardworking man trying to provide for his family.
- Green Thumb: He can poison anyone with his tentacles and cover the map in a purple mist, requiring a venomous armor to prevent being poisoned.
- Kill It with Fire: A venom-alligned Archfiend, making him weak to fire.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: With a sword on each of his tentacles.
- Palette Swap: Of the Kraken.
- Poisoned Tentacles
The TrollA boastful warrior whose skills didn't live up to the words. When word got out that he'd fled from a battle, his home town turned against him. He moved to a smaller village, telling story after story of his skills, his favorite being of the time he slew a troll in single combat. Then a mighty warrior arrived, and saw through all of his tales. As the braggart tried to find a way to escape being thrashed, the chalice appeared...
- All Trolls Are Different: This one is growing out of a man's back.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Basilisk.
- Fallen Hero: He lost his reputation after losing ONE battle. In part because that was the only battle he really took part in as opposed to hanging around the edges...
- Small Name, Big Ego and The Alcoholic: What he became after losing a battle.
BeelzebubA nobleman who refused to do anything for himself. Even as his lands were stricken with disaster and his servents abandoned him, he couldn't swallow his pride and do things for himself. His manor and his health lay in ruins, and at the brink of death, the chalice appeared before him. The Aristocrat wished for servants, so the flies that lived in his manor came to his need. He became the lord of the flies, who no longer needed to take care of himself.
Musicians of BremenAn old chorus singer who lost his voice and mind to age. Abandoned by his family, he was left only with his mule, which he thought to be his son. The old man couldn't even hear the chalice's offer, but the mule could. The mule sacrificed itself to repay his "father" for his love so that he could be happy. The mule man attracted crowds to listen to his music and adopted a dog as his "son". But the people left, and more sacrifices were made; the man's sons, a dog, a cat, and a rooster. He became so monstrous that the people fled, leaving the old man to wander hoping to find someone to listen to his song.
The CyclopsA former blacksmith whose crude weapons were seen as inferior to the more elaborate and refined arms forged by a younger blacksmith. No matter how hard he worked, his weapons were always passed over in favor of the younger man's. He seethed, convinced that the "pretty" works of the younger blacksmith were far inferior to his own. As he brooded over this disparity, the chalice appeared...His true name is Hendricks.
- The Blacksmith: He used to forge weapons. The trident he uses is one of his creations.
- Boring, but Practical: He believes weapons are made to kill, thus he didn't bother refining them.
- Eye Scream: He sacrificed one of his eyes to make the trident he wields.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: The customers preferred the dazzling weapons of a younger blacksmith over his. And as such, he worked harder... only for his rival to become even better.
- Palette Swap: His model looks similar to the Siren.
The LeviathanThe younger of two sons of a king, to whom no attention was ever paid. His father only ever gave him material goods, denying him love, and so the boy destroyed everything he was given. When he killed a little bird he received as a gift, he finally felt power over something for the first time, and relished it. Soon he had the palace servants bring him animals constantly; his favorite was a gift from distant lands, a crocodile that took everything he could give it. As he fed the beast the day of his brother's coronation, filled with anger at his brother's position, the chalice appeared...His true name is Herar.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Taken to its logical extreme.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: When not shooting high-pressure water, he will use its body.
- Heel–Face Turn: If you choose to save him, he'll take up a Divine Arm and fight for Sanctuarium.
- Kick the Dog: He enjoyed torturing little animals, as wielding power over them made him feel superior.
- Making a Splash
- Shock and Awe: His weakness.
- The Unfavourite: He was considered inferior to his brother in every single way.
CinderellaSimilar to the fairy tale, Cinderella is left at home, unable to go to the ball. But there is no fairy godmother in this story, so Cinderella simply poisons her sisters with centipede venom. Disguising herself as her sister, she goes to the ball and meets the prince, who is a foot fetishist. Cinderella is found out when the prince (who likes the aroma of feet, not the feet themselves) finds out that she is not the older sister. While running away, she loses her shoes and breaks her legs so she can't be caught. Then the chalice appears, and she sacrificed her legs, but now was able to take the legs of others. She tried to trick the prince again, but failed. So in a last ditch attempt she fused her body with a centipede, and continued to steal the legs of others; she even turned her legs to glass to make them more admirable. She will make the prince taste all of them, no matter how many legs she needs to take.Her true name is Cinisa.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Not so much when she was human, VERY much so as an archfiend.
- The Atoner: If you save her, she will state that she wishes for a world without bloodshed, indicating that she wants to atone for her actions as an archfiend.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Tried this with her sister. It failed.
- Heel–Face Turn: If you save her, she will be allied with Sanctuarium.
- Kick Chick: One of her Cursed Part offerings has you perform a rapid-fire kick, similar to Chun-Li.
- Palette Swap: Of Gigas.
SuccubusA poor woman who tried to make a living by selling candles, she was desperate to sell even one, lest she faced abuse from her lover. One day, a man pushed her down and mocked her. Overcome with grief, she then saw the man's home and his happy family. Filled with burning jealousy, she burned the house down and began an arsonist spree, burning down houses wherever she went. When she was finally caught, she confessed that she was just trying to make a living for her lover... except he never existed in the first place and was just a statue of wax. And then the chalice appeared to her...Her true name is Ignisella.
- The Atoner: Like Cinderella, she fights for Sanctuarium, and she approves when you save an archfiend.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was jealous of every family that had a home, so she began burning them down.
- Heel–Face Turn: If you save her, she'll fight for Sanctuarium.
- Kill It with Fire: Her manner of crime.
- Meaningful Name: Her true name, Ignisella, contains the word ignis, which relates to fire; as in 'ignite'.
- Palette Swap: Of Snow White.
- Playing with Fire: As hinted by her backstory.
- Homage: Her backstory is an extremely warped version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl.
- The Scrooge: If an avaricious slime is the poorest of the greedy, the griffin is the richest of them.
The WyvernAn assassin noted for his incredible hearing. He identified with bats (who also have such hearing), and when the nobleman he worked for sent men to kill him, he gave up his ears to the chalice. Bat wings grew from his head in their place, and he became increasingly more chiropteran.
- Animal Motifs: The bat.
- Doppleganger Spin: Can send out shadowy decoys that hover around you. Hitting the one with the shadow beneath it will stagger him, giving you ample time to wail on him. Fail to do so in time, and he'll hit you for major damage.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: His employer tried to have him killed... which did not work.
- Professional Killer: He worked for a noble as his personal assassin.
- Super Senses: His hearing.
- An Ice Archfiend
- Palette Swap: Of the Phoenix, with a icy variant of her attacks. Due to a insect bite.
- Shock and Awe: His elemental weakness.
The SlimeThere is no one Slime. The key to becoming one, instead, is to press your body beyond its limits in the pursuit of your hungers. Be they for gold, meat, love, revenge, if you should be too driven by what you want, the chalice may just appear to you...
- Palette Swap: The Slime comes in two variants: The Avaricious slime, who is composed of gold and jewels, and the Carnivorous one looks like a fusion of food, bones, and a fork.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: He will permanently throw blobs of food/gold.
- The Ghost: It's directly stated that a version of the Slime for The Lustful exists, and it's implied there's a version of the slime for every type of Archfiend, but we only see the ones for The Greedy and The Gluttonous.
OuroborosOne of the world's greatest inventors, his dream was simple — to make a carriage that would require no horses, one powered by the lightning. No one dared to back his projects, however, and every prototype he built was a failure. Desperate to harness the lightning, to make just one carriage that would work, he went a step too far and donned metal armor in a thunderstorm. When the lightning struck and his life was about to end, the chalice appeared...
- Awesome, but Impractical: His inventions were described as such.
- Body Horror: He made a wheel out of his own body.
- Death from Above: One of his attacks involve summoning thunderstorms.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Wraith.
- For Science!: A scientist obsessed with perpetual motion.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His goal? Building a horseless carriage.
- Shock and Awe: His element. Also how the inventor planned to power his invention.
- The Spark of Genius
- Too Dumb to Live: Let's just say that wearing a suit of armor in the middle of a thunderstorm isn't the brightest of ideas.
The LeprechaunsThe three sons of a cobbler, each trained in the art themselves. Independently of each other, the three worked out that material is the key to a fine shoe, and the smarter the animal, the better the shoe. They soon took it to the logical extreme, and realized that humans would make the best shoes. As they wondered how to make this a reality, the chalice appeared to all three of them — something they didn't realize until after all agreeing to sacrifice the other two.Their true name is Nadox.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Incubus.
- Palette Swap: Of the Dwarves.
- To Serve Man: Or to make shoes of them, anyways...
The CerberusThe guard for a quiet village, forever flanked by his twin hunting dogs. He protected it from everything that would dare attack it from without... but then a plague struck the village. As people began to flee, the guard realized that he would have nothing left to protect if they all left, and he began to kill any villager who tried to leave. Eventually, in desperation, someone impaled him with a spear. As the guard lay dying, enraged at the betrayal, the chalice appeared...His true name is Lorfram.
- Blade on a Stick: Don't think that spear lodged in his chest is just for intimidation.
- Greek Mythology
- Hellhound: Subverted. This Cerberus, despite being the usual tri-headed dog, differs by being capable of Shock and Awe and by being born from the Fusion Dance between a guardsman and his two hunting dogs.
- Lodged Spear Recycling: One of his attacks involves the spear that pierced through his body.
- Shock and Awe: Most of his attacks involve this. Let it be from the spear in his chest, his other heads...
- The Jailer: He was so obsessed with protecting his town that he ultimately became this when he prevented the townspeople from leaving despite the deadly outbreak.
The MinotaurA young woman born of an affair between her land's Duke and a maid. She was hidden away in a deep labyrinth, wearing an iron mask, to prevent the Duchess from finding out she existed. One day, she escaped and went looking for her mother, who it turned out was now in a convent. The Duchess had found out anyway and tortured the woman into madness. As she cradled her broken mother in her arms, the chalice appeared...Her true name is Ardroth.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Both figuratively and literally. The literal part, she had her father's Green Eyes, which was a trait of his lineage. The figurative part comes in that all she ever wanted was a loving family, which the Duke and his wife never let her have.
- Royal Bastard: She was the result between an affair between a Duke and one of his maids.
- Talking Weapon: Her axe is her mother, and says her name over and over as she carries it.
The KrakenA sailor who loved nothing more than his ship. When he was hired to carry royal gems, his ship was attacked and taken over by pirates. He joined the navy to hunt them down, and eventually became known as the scourge of piracy. Eventually, he did find his ship, and realized that it was beyond repair. As he wept over its loss, the chalice appeared...
- Companion Cube: His ship.
- Making a Splash: He can flood the map, reducing the player's speed. This debuff used to be negated with Ice armor.
- Palette Swap: He shares his model with the Hydra.
- Shock and Awe: His weakness.
The BasiliskA sickly man whose parents hired a woman to care for him. She was a homely woman, and fell in love with him in part because his condition left him blind, unable to see her ugliness. When he started to heal, she began to poison him, and one day she overdid it. As he lay dying, she confessed her crime... and that was when the chalice appeared.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Troll.
- Ill Boy: He was this. The woman who volunteered to be his caretaker was so afraid of his becoming completely healthy and leaving her that she started poisoning him to keep him ill.
- Abusive Parent: Doesn't even begin to describe her mother.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Can launch these from her mirror eye until it's broken.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After killing her mother.
- Our Dwarves Are Different: Hers are apples with legs.
Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Elven QueenA barren woman who so badly desired a child that she took to kidnapping them. Chased from her home, she ended up in a field of dandelions, too wounded to escape. The chalice appeared before her, and she took the dandelions into herself. Now she thinks of them as her children, and will do anything to keep them from leaving the valley.Her true name is Anrakh.
- Kill It with Fire: She's weak to fire.
- Our Elves Are Different: They're little beings born out of dandelions.
- Would Hurt a Child: She was an infamous baby kidnapper.
The SirenA young woman who fell in love with a nobleman, and once sang to the sea for days in order to bring back his boat. They became engaged, but when he went on a long voyage, she eventually heard that he'd married a rich woman instead. So she traded her song to the chalice in exchange for a song that brings down storms and causes pain...Her true name is Adreid.
- Heel–Face Turn: She will fight for Sanctuarium if you save her.
- Make Me Wanna Shout
- Palette Swap: She looks similar to the Cyclops.
- Kill It with Ice: Can fire high-pressure streams of water from her instrument with a high chance of freezing.
The DullahanA masochistic knight who was infamous for laughing every time he was struck. When his reputation started to drive opponents away, he took to garbing himself in chains to make it easier for them to hit him. When that didn't work, he realized that what he really wanted was to taste death. And then the chalice appeared...
- Combat Sadomasochist: He actively directed his opponents to wound him. It got to the point that his only pastime was having his henchmen torture him for his own pleasure.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Behemoth.
- Epic Flail: Of the Head and Chain variety.
- Off with His Head!: When the chalice appeared, he decapitated himself. Now the head floats alongside him, and serves as his Cursed Part.
The IncubusA brilliant but insane artist, he never managed to sell anything. This was because all of his paintings were based on the most horrible things he could think of; he refused to compromise his vision, which kept his works from being marketable. Even with that, he despaired at ever truly getting his imagination down on canvas. And then the chalice appeared.His true name is Jessom.
The Iron Maiden/VirginOnce a simple woman who fell in love with a wounded knight, in order to win his love, the chalice gave the woman the power of healing through the shedding of her own blood. Driven by her intense affection for the man, she proceeded to use all sorts of torture tools to spill her blood to fill up to three large barrels. She returns to the knight, only for him to die of the sheer shock of seeing her in such a state. With this, her head had fallen off from all of the blood she had spilled. So she wanders, lamenting her failure.
- Blood Magic: She can give life by spilling blood.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicted a great deal of it on herself just to spill more of her blood.
- Downloadable Content: As a standalone archfiend.
- Palette Swap: Of Dullahan.
- Body Horror: The dude's SEE-THROUGH. As in, you can see every pulsating muscle and organ under his skin.
- Full-Frontal Assault: When not assuming his functions, he acts as a streaker.
- 100% Adoration Rating: Deconstructed. His subjects loved his image as a perfect ruler rather than an actual person.
- Shock and Awe
- Wolverine Claws
- Abhorrent Admirer
- Bondage Is Bad: Oh so very much.
- Love Makes You Evil and Love Makes You Crazy: An understatement.
- Making a Splash: With sweat, no less. Gross.
- Palette Swap: Of the Tortoise and the Hare.
- Yandere: Yet another understatement.
Tortoise and the Hare
The CentaurAn incredibly lazy bowman who once worked for a lord, but decided that robbing people was easier. He had a wagon turned into his home, where he no longer moved — he didn't even feed himself, having the bandits who served him do it instead. When he killed them to stop their chattering and started to starve, he gave up his body to the chalice and became one with the wagon.
- Archer Archetype: He favoured the bow. You can also gain an offering that works as such from him by breaking one of his cursed parts.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Being a born weapon master, he looks to those who train with contempt.
- Death Seeker: He tried to kill himself when life became too much of a hassle, but realized that as long as the horse lived, he couldn't die — and he couldn't reach it.
- Face–Heel Turn: He used to be a bodyguard for a lord, but decided to be a bandit later.
- Kill It with Fire: His element.
- Kill It with Ice: His elemental weakness.
- Lazy Bum
- Palette Swap: Of the Unicorn.
The GargoyleAn indolent young man who grew tired of life as a nobleman, and sacrificed his flesh to the chalice to become a rock, ignored and unnoticed. Which was fine, until he fell in love with a girl who repositioned him. Then the chalice appeared again...
- Be Careful What You Wish For: And how!
- Dishing Out Dirt: His attacks in a nutshell.
- Palette Swap: Of Jack Frost and the Jack-o'-Lantern.
Cat SithA young prince who wanted to become just like a cat instead of being the next king.
- Cats Are Mean
- Cute Kitten: He adopted a kitten while venturing outside. He ended up sacrificing it.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with Beelzebub.
- Palette Swap: Of the Wraith.
Three Little Pigs
- Fat Bitch: A fat tub of lard as a human, and a cannibal at that.
- Extreme Omnivore
- I Am A Humanitarian: She ate her beloved and all his belongings.
- Kill It with Fire: She's weak to fire, despite not being Venom-based. Must be her fat.
The BehemothA boy who wanted nothing more than apples. His hunger for them grew so overbearing that his family was forced to drive him away, as they could no longer afford to feed him. The chalice offered him one more apple, and now there is a tree upon his back. And as long as he can eat the apples it grows, he doesn't care what he has to do to keep it healthy.
- Blow You Away: Can fire off tornadoes that home in on you.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Dullahan.
- Kill It with Fire: Naturally, being a tree, his weakness is fire.
- Trademark Favorite Food: His favorite food, and one of his main modes of attack: either the apples growing on his back spit seeds at you, or detach entirely and become drones to back him up.
The DwarvesThree men who did nothing more than drink all day long. They sacrificed their health to the chalice when their mead ran out, and discovered that their sweat had turned into mead. When they stopped sweating, they realized it didn't need to be their own sweat...
- The Alcoholic
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Ogre.
- Kill It with Fire: They're weak to fire. Considering the barrels they wear are filled with sweat turned into alcohol...
- Logical Weakness: One of alcohol's properties? It's flammable!
- Palette Swap: Of the Leprechauns.
- Poisonous Person: They are of the Venom attribute.
- The Need for Mead: Their drink of choice. Hell, it's what the sweat gathered in their barrels turns into.
The OgreA chef, and a supremely talented one, who worked for a king who insisted on a new dish every single day. When she ran out of ingredients she hadn't used, the chalice made her an offer... and so she used her tongue in a soup that the king now insisted on having all the time. So she looks ever for ingredients.Her true name is Rynalm.
- Downloadable Content: Released along with the Dwarves.
- Heel–Face Turn: Fights for Sanctuarium if saved.
- Kill It with Fire: Being a palace chef, she'll throw burning food at you.
- Kill It with Ice: Her weakness is ice-based spells.
- Lethal Chef: Literally, after becoming an Archfiend.
- Before becoming an Archfiend, she accidentally poisoned the royal family with a foreign ingredient she never worked with before.
- Palette Swap: Of the Minotaur.
- Supreme Chef: She was a naturally talented chef.
- To Serve Man
Hansel and GretelAfter the fields of a town were destroyed by locusts, a married couple had to abandon their children in woods to avoid starvation. As the children starved to death, the chalice appeared; the children gave their limbs for food. Their limbs now candy, they thought they could make their family happy if they shared with them. But their parents and the town chased them to the woods in fear that they were undead monsters coming for revenge. Now left in the forest to be eaten by locusts, they found happiness. They felt needed by the locusts, so they made a wish to be in a family of them. They sacrificed what was left of their bodies given by the parents and became a candy village, part human, part candy, and part locust.Their true name is Pryderi.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: They replace the Leviathan fight in Delta. It serves as proof that something has changed with Librom's contents.
- Body Horror: Their use of the Chalice turned their limbs into fucking candy. Using the chalice again turned them into a horrifying abomination of candy, human flesh, and the body of a locust.
- Enfante Terrible: They're children who became Archfiends. They're also one of the most powerful Archfiends in the game. How so? The first time you can fight them starts at 15, the highest difficulty.
- Genius Loci: While they appear as colossal, frosting-caked locusts, their true form is the very candy village itself.
- Heel–Face Turn: Fights for Sanctuarium if saved.
- Parental Abandonment: Just like in the story.
- Kill It with Ice: His weakness.
- Palette Swap: Of Jack Frost and the Gargoyle.
- Playing with Fire: His element.
The Jack Frost
- An Ice Archfiend
- Honor Before Reason: Due to them being duty-bound to their lord, who ordered them to repel winter.
- Palette Swap: Of the Gargoyle and the Jack-o'-Lantern.
- Kill It with Ice: His element.
- Shock and Awe: His elemental weakness.
The UnicornAfter taking the place of the old king, the new king arranged the assassination. But the new king became worried, what if he were to fall the same way. Trapped in anxiety, he let his health deteriorate, avoiding anything and anyone that could kill him. He would never leave his chambers without a suit of armor, but still he was afraid. Then the chalice came and gave the monarch an impenetrable suit of amor, almost fused to the king's body. In one final test, he asked the assassin he hired to shoot an arrow of ice into his brow. The arrow became a horn, it felt like nothing happened. This only helped for a short while, and the man's worries still haunt him.
- An Ice Person: As opposed to the Centaur's fire powers.
- Palette Swap: Of the Centaur.
- The Paranoiac: Drove him to make the deal with the Chalice.
- Shock and Awe: His weakness.
The PhoenixA girl who became nothing more than a slave in her household, forced to help her mother take care of her father. Slowly watching as any chance of living life escaped her. Even losing one chance when a traveller fell in love with her and they tried to elope. They were caught, she lay locked into her faraway home, almost forgotten by the traveller completely. Her family passed and she had to take care of her mother's phony moth potion business, finally deciding to burn the business and herself to the ground along with the poor moths. The chalice arrived, but she had nothing to give, then the now older traveller returned. She was reborn from he ashes, and began life anew. But her life grew short, as burning herself and others to be reborn started giving her moth like traits. She was desperate to avoid age and the moths that ruined her life, but to no avail. She was stuck in a ever-burning loop between newborn baby and decrepitude.Her true name is Errany.
- Animal Motifs: The moth, rather than the usual bird.
- Kill It with Fire: Fire balls? Rain of fire? Fiery kamikaze explosion followed by a rebirth?
- Kill It with Ice: Her weakness is ice-based spells.
- The Phoenix: Just like the bird of legend, she can be reborn from her ashes. The catch is that she becomes more moth-like after each rebirth and each cycle gets shorter.
The WraithA woman who used her beauty to live a hedonistic lifestyle, which resulted in her contact with a disease that ravaged her body. She sacrificed her human body to elude death, becoming a hazy glowing spectre. She soon was caught in the boredom of immortality, realizing she took her finite life for granted. She came to a church and took the colors of its stained glass windows, only to realize no one could see her and her beauty, growing several sighing mouths. She still wanders to this day, still eluding death.
- Downloadable Content: Released alongside Ouroboros.
- The Hedonist: She was this until the illness started eating away at her body.
- Our Ghosts Are Different
Red Riding Hood
- Animal Motifs: Wolves.
- Black Knight: The wolf knight's armor is jet black.
- Blade on a Stick: A spear made out of the wolf knight's guts.
- Con Artist: Both the wolf knight and the elder; the old woman was just better.
- Expy: It's hard not to see the Berserker Armor in his design.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Cruelty Is the Only Option/Mercy Kill: Unlike other Archfiends, they can ONLY be Sacrificed to finish them off. However, like the Bounty Hunters that are out for your blood in the Original, you have to try to save them at least once in order to get their Life Essence.
- Lizard Folk
AliceA sorceress who went mad trying to rescue her daughter from a place called Wonderland... a daughter and place that never existed. Created a training ground for sorcerers to try and find a replacement... known as Alice's Wonderland.
- Boss Rush: This Archfiend only appears in the dedicated arena known as "Alice's Hollow", where to even get to her, one has to go though just about every other Archfiend (in both standard and Gemini flavors) just to reach her.
- Compulsive Liar: She was known as one; no wonder why no one believed her about her daughter and Wonderland. Although it's actually because her memories mixed up with those of people she sacrificed...
- Palette Swap: Of the Incubus.
- BFS: He can summon one made of pure energy. Unless a sorcerer destroys his stomach.
- Draconic Humanoid
- Fusion Dance: They are Lizardmen who absorbed Orichalcum.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Can fire a massive, sweeping energy beam from his stomach.
- Ramming Always Works: One of his attacks. Breaking cursed parts allow the player to do this himself as a Blitz offering.
Romalus God Soul
- Enfant Terrible: Like his brother, Romalus looks like a giant baby.
- God Is Evil: Well, kind of. He definitely is bad news for humanity, but he represents good, order, and temperance compared to his brother. The issue comes from his role in the Eternal Recurrence, which drives the entire plot of Soul Sacrifice.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Alongside his brother: the feud between the two is the cause of all the misery in the game.
Druid God Soul
- Enfant Terrible: The god of chaos, greed, and evil takes the form of a giant malformed baby.
- God Is Evil: He invented sorcery... and deliberately designed it with Failure Is the Only Option in mind.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Alongside his brother, although he plays a far more active role through his invention, the Sacred Chalice.
- The Cameo: Comes from Freedom Wars.
- Our Dragons Our Different: As it is an Abductor, it looks much more robotic than the other Archfiends.
- The Cameo: Comes from God Eater 2.
- Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Appeared in Soul Sacrifice before God Eater 2 was even announced for a US release.