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Characters of Spellforce: The Order of Dawn
The Phoenix GuardThe Player Character of The Order of Dawn. The Phoenix Guard is a Rune Warrior who has regained their free will. In the first campaign, they have a tendency to be an Unwitting Pawn in almost every plot the villains think of. They come into possession of the Phoenix Stone and decide to guard it with their life.In Shadow of the Phoenix, the Stone becomes an important item needed to defeat the Big Bad.Tropes associated with the Phoenix Guard:
- Berserk Button: The Dark One killing both Rohen and later Sartarius right in front of them after trapping them in ice really pissed them off. Roaring Rampage of Revenge ensued.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.(when a dentist asks them to retrieve medical supplies stolen by some goblins) "I find the thought of goblins pulling one another's teeth out highly interesting, but I'll keep an eye out."(after freeing a captured merchant) "The ogres and the beastmen certainly took a liking to your goods. Looks like your cargo was distributed across half the country."
- Deal with the Devil: The deal with Hokan Ashir to get intel on the Phoenix Stone. Even though it ended up being Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!, it was necessary, the power of the Phoenix being the only thing able to kill a Mage of the Circle.
- Determinator: Not a single thing will stop the Phoenix Guard from trying to stop the Dark One, especially after he makes it personal.
- It's Personal / Let's Get Dangerous!: As if killing Rohen wasn't enough, the Dark One also kills Sartarius, all this by using the Guard as a MacGuffin Delivery Service, then trapping them in ice and performing the murder. The first time, the Guard was angry. The second time, not even the entire Blade army could stop them."It's time to put an end to this game, here and now! No more deception, no more intrigue! I will challenge that bastard! I will pursue him, even if I have to go to the bottom of Barga Gor! That much, I owe Sartarius."
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: Has a tendency to end up as this.
- Nice Guy: In contrast with the Shadow Warrior from The Breath of Winter, the Phoenix Guard is generally nice to the people they meet... unless they push it too far, that is. In which case...
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Repeatedly, though hardly willingly. Giving the Mask of Bélial to Hokan's ghost notably led to the events of Shadow of the Phoenix.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: Played straight in The Order of Dawn, but averted in Shadow of the Phoenix, where it is revealed that the Phoenix Guard is a girl.
- Unwitting Pawn: They got hit really hard with this. Almost every villain in the story manipulates them at some point. It is also revealed that they were an unwitting pawn in maintaining the Stable Time Loop
Rohen TahirRohen is the stereotypical good old wizard and the last one of a group of powerfull mages called The Circle. He survived the Convocation ritual and tried to help the people to get back on their feet and founded the Order of Dawn. This is a group of knights intending to maintain order in the broken world. He is the one who summoned the Phoenix Guard into the world, thus starting the first campaign. He gets killed by the Dark One in the middle of the story. He shares a strange connection with the Dark One. In fact, he was the Dark One in his youth, and after reading the Convocation Book and learning about the futility of the Convocation ritual, he tried to stop his younger self. Later, Darius/Ereon helped him with creating portals.Tropes associated with Rohen:
- An Ice Person: At the end of the tutorial.
- Animate Dead: He comes back during Shadow of the Phoenix, resurrected by the Big Bad, though he is killed afterwards.
- The Atoner: For his past as the Dark One.
- Big Good
- Heel–Face Turn: He was the Dark One in his youth.
- I Hate Past Me: Towards the Dark One, his younger self.
- Stable Time Loop: He created one by traveling back in time to prevent his younger self from committing the mistakes he did, which results in the events of the game.
- Walking Spoiler
The Dark OneThis is the main villain of the game. The Dark One is also a surviving mage of the Circle. He owns an army of Mecha-Mooks, and is fond of using ice magic. The Dark One manipulates multiple people in the first campaign, including the Phoenix Guard. His plan was to travel back in time to manipulate past events to become all powerful. And he succeeds in the 'traveling back' part... However, it is revealed that this person is actually a younger Rohen. When the young Rohen traveled back in time, he realized that he was making a big mistake. During his years in the past, he aged into the older version mentioned above. He tried to prevent his younger self from making the mistakes he made his own youth. In doing so, he created a time loop.Tropes associated with The Dark One:
- An Ice Person: He likes ice magic...a lot. Almost everyone he kills is frozen beforehand.
- Big Bad
- Evil Sorcerer: Complete with an Evil Laugh.
- Heel–Face Turn: After traveling back in time and realizing that he really was mistaken after all, he becomes Rohen, the Big Good.
- In the Hood: Until The Reveal.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Dark One stole these mooks from another Circle mage.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Playing with Fire: In the opening cutscene only.
- Stable Time Loop: The future version of him creates one to try and stop him.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Rohen and Darius.
- Wham Shot: When he is revealed to be young Rohen.
- Walking Spoiler
Darius ServilAn old scholar and friend of Rohen, as well as the author of the Convocation Book. He also appears in a Side Quest in The Breath of Winter. In Shadow of the Phoenix, it is revealed that Darius is actually Ereon, god of knowledge and justice. He is taken prisoner by the Big Bad and his blood is used to raise the rest of the Cicle. Tropes associated with Darius:
- Big Good: Seeing how he's the one behind both Rohen's Face–Heel Turn and the creation of the portals...
- Batman Gambit: What he pulls on Rohen.
- Chessmaster: He wrote the book about the consequences of the Convocation Ritual, triggering Rohen's Heel–Face Turn, and gave him the power of making portals.
- God in Human Form: He is actually Ereon, one of the gods.
- Guile Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: Against Zazhut in Demons of the Past.
- Mister Exposition: You can ask him various questions about the world and it's history.
- The Smart Guy
- Walking Spoiler
Characters of Spellforce: The Breath of Winter
The Shadow WarriorSee Recurring characters
- Best Served Cold: Pun non-intended. It takes time to reunite with Grimaud, but when we do, Lena is more than happy to ice him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: Is killed by the Fial Darg just before Cenwen can be rescued. The Shadow Warrior doesn't take it well.
- An Ice Person: Learned Ice Magic with the elves of Tirganach.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Delivers a delicious one to Grimaud after reuniting with him."Me too, Grimaud...because I know how much you hate cold!" (proceeds to freeze the bastard to death)
- True Companions: With the Shadow Warrior.
- Woman Scorned: After Grimaud fools her into fighting the ice elves and releasing the Fial Darg, she is pissed.
ArynThe strongest dragon Eo has ever known and Creator of the ice elves, he is usually sleeping in the Frostweaver's Den, listening to Cenwen's songs. Then she is kidnapped and he awakens in rage.
- Berserk Button: Don't touch Cenwen. Just don't.
- The Dreaded: Even the Norcaines, or at least the most resonable of them, are scared of his fury. The ice elves make rescuing Cenwen and calming him a top priority.
- An Ice Dragon
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Nearly froze the world in his wake while looking for a friend. He found it in Cenwen.
- Meaningful Name: Aryn means "the Frostweaver" in elvan.
- Nice Guy: Even though he is insanely powerful, all he ever wanted was to have friends to keep him company. When Cenwen chose to live by his side, he thanked her by granting her people the ability to use Ice Magic. Later, he calmed down as soon as she was returned to him and didn't think of revenge or anything against the Norcaines. Finally, after Wind and Whisper were born, he didn't hesitate to give them his draconic blood to keep them alive.
- Physical Embodiment: Treated as such by the people of Eo, who see him as Winter incarnate.
CenwenA firstborn elf and Aryn's everlasting partner, she lies at his side, keeping him company and appeasing him through her songs. She is also the mother of the half-bred twins Wind and Whisper.
- Distressed Damsel: Kidnapped by the Fial Darg because of her status as a firstborn. Rescuing her is the main plot of the campaign.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gave her life to Aryn in exchange of that of her people. She didn't die, but now has to spend the eternity with the dragon.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Charmed Aryn with the beauty of her songs.
- Parental Abandonment: Was forced to leave Wind and Whisper at Tirganach because, as newborns, they couldn't withstand the sheer cold emitted by Aryn, even after drinking his blood.
The Shadow WarriorA former Rune Warrior and the main protagonist of The Breath of Winter, they wield the legendary Shadow Blade, a weapon that is able to slay a Fial Darg effortlessly, but turns its wielder into a Shadow. This is, eventually, the Warrior's fate and what allows them to survive the disappearance of the Rune Warriors following the end of the Circle. They return in Shadow Wars and its sequels, where they help the Player Character to befriend their new people and later assist Nightsong with ruling the Norcaines. They can also become a party member in Faith in Destiny.
- Blessed with Suck: As a Rune Warrior, the Shadow Warrior owns the only weapon able to kill a Fial Darg. However, said weapon is slowly corrupting them and turning them into a Living Shadow. And there's nothing to prevent that.
- Cursed with Awesome: As a Shadow, the Shadow Warrior is basically an invisible eldritch Fial Darg-slaying assassin.
- Call Back: When the Player Character meets them in the Iron Fields, one of the first thing they say is how the Shadow Warrior saved the world from Aryn, which is the main plot of Breath of Winter.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Death of Lena and their transformation into a Shadow did this.
- Dark is Not Evil: After becoming a Shadow, they still remain a good person at heart.
- Deal with the Devil: Twice. The first time when they decide to wield the Shadow Blade to stop the Fial Darg, knowing the weapon's nasty side effect. The second time when they help the Masked Man in return for a temporary cure against said nasty side effect.
- Heel–Face Turn: Works for the Masked Man, aka. Hokan Ashir, for awhile, but decides to quit after meeting with the dryad in Empyria, and does their best to stop the necromancer's schemes.
- Honor Before Reason: The logic behind said Heel–Face Turn. The Shadow Warrior is doomed no matter what they do. The Masked Man's remedy only slows down their soul's corruption from the Shadow Blade. In the end, they will become a Shadow. And they do. Rather than following the Masked Man in hopes of delaying their fate, the Shadow Warrior rebels against their employer, who they knows is a bad guy.
- Infinity+1 Sword: Averted. The Shadow Blade is the only weapon able to kill a Fial Darg, but in game, its stats are rather poor. Especially, it starkly decreases the wielder's resistance to magic.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Compared to the Phoenix Guard, they are much more ruthless and hard-spoken. Must come with dealing with the Dark Races of Urgath. But they are still a hero.
- Living Shadow: Their eventual fate.
- Only I Can Kill Him: Thanks to the Shadow Sword being the only thing able to kill a Fial Darg, the Shadow Warrior is the go-to person when one of these monsters starts a rampage.
- Power at a Price: However, the Shadow Sword also corrupts its bearer's soul and slowly turns them into a Shadow. This is the Warrior's eventual fate.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: The corrupting effect of the Shadow Blade is mentally painful and physically exhausting.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: Once the corruption is complete, the Shadow Warrior becomes a Shadow, an Eldritch Abomination / Living Shadow who is usually invisible but can become visible at will and mostly uses said ability for assassination.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: Played straight in The Breath of Winter, but averted in Shadow of the Phoenix where it is revealed that the Shadow Warrior is a man. The fact that he is portrayed as a masculine Shadow in Shadow Wars also seems to confirm it, though no one knows if there are women among the Shadows.
- True Companions: With Lena, the two having fought together before their eventual return at the beginning of the campaign. When the Fial Darg backstabs her, they make sure the bastard goes down. Hard. And they are more than happy to help her get back at Grimaud for fooling her and betraying her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out the Phoenix Guard for bringing Hokan back. In the Guard's defence, they didn't really have a choice...
Craig Un'ShallachAn exiled Norcaine who appears through the various games to help the PC, he is a good guy who is saddened by his species mentality and does his bet to protect them, as well as his daughter, Nightsong.
- Big Damn Heroes: Rescues Urias in the Frost Marches and the Player Character several times.
- Dark is Not Evil: Despite being a Norcaine, he's a friendly guy to the PC and cares deeply for his people, as well as his daughter.
- Dual Wielding
- Expy: Of Drizzt Do'Urden.
- Good Parents: Took great care of his daughter, Nightsong, and his last words before definitely dying are to her.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much
- Our Elves Are Better: He is a dark elf, a Norcaine.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Belonging to the Dracons, the warrior caste of the Norcaines, he is a fierce and honorable fighter who cares deeply to the sake of his people. It is to note that the Dracons are usually the mediators between the Archon and Sinistra castes.
- Call Back: The statue trickery he pulls on the orks in Shadow Wars has him mention he learned it through the ice elves. In Breath of Winter, there's a band of trolls near Tirganach that revere a hollow statue. You can use this statue to fool them into performing various tasks.
- Lovable Rogue
- Trickster Archetype: Zerbo has no greater follower than this guy, seriously.