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Characters debuting in The Order of Dawn
The Phoenix GuardThe Player Character of The Order of Dawn. The Phoenix Guard is a Rune Warrior who has regained her free will as Rohen gave her her Rune Stone. In Order, she has a tendency to be an Unwitting Pawn in almost every plot the villains think of. She later got hold of the Phoenix Stone and decided to guard it with her life.In Shadow of the Phoenix, the Stone becomes an important item needed to defeat the Big Bad. The expansion also established that the Phoenix Guard is canonically female.Tropes associated with the Phoenix Guard:
- Berserk Button: The Dark One killing both Rohen and later Sartarius right in front of her after trapping her in ice really pissed her off. Roaring Rampage of Revenge ensued.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.(when a dentist asks her 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.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: After the events of Order, the Phoenix Guard really just want to be left alone, so that she can guard the Phoenix Stone in peace. However, she answers the call of Darius one more time in Shadow of the Phoenix. After the events of Shadow, she's Brought Down to Normal as the magic of the Circle Mages are broken, and the Phoenix has been released from its Stone. She then worked to rebuild the Order of Dawn.
- 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 her in ice and performing the murder. The first time, the Guard was angry. The second time, not even the entire Blade army could stop her."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 Gal: In contrast with the Shadow Warrior from The Breath of Winter, the Phoenix Guard is generally nice to the people she meets... 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. However, she did her part in fixing that particular mistake.
- Passing the Torch: Not directly, but via a friend. Should the Shaper Conqueress pass the test of the Dracon in Dragon Storm, Craig would gift her a set of armour and his twin blades. Equipping the armour would reveal that the armour was the one worn by the Phoenix Guard as shown on the cover of Order.
- 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.
- Retired Badass: By the time of 2. A merchant who appeared in Faith In Destiny didn't believe her when she said that she was the Phoenix Guard, or had with her a robe made by Tanara (the famed seamstress who appeared back in Order).
- Unwitting Pawn: She got hit really hard with this. Almost every villain in the story manipulates her at some point. It is also revealed that she was an unwitting pawn in maintaining the Stable Time Loop
Rohen TahirRohen is the (apparently) stereotypical good old wizard and the last one of a group of powerful 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 beginning the story of Order. 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 (or Ereon, to be more precise) helped him with creating portals. He is resurrected by Hokan Ashir during Shadow of the Phoenix, though he is killed afterwards.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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: As the resurrection ritual binds his will to Hokan Ashir.
- The Atoner: For his past as the Dark One.
- Big Good: Shares this with Darius.
- 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: Knowing his full background spoils the plot of Order.
The Dark OneThis is the main villain of Order. 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: His true identity is one.
Hokan Ashir / The Masked OneThe most powerful necromancer and a Circle Mage like Rohen. He was deceased before the events of Order. Hokan is first seen in Order, looking for the Mask of Belial, which would resurrect him. While he appears to be aiding the Rune Warriors, he ultimately wants to resurrect the Circle Mages, and bind them to his will, using the blood of a god (in this case, from Ereon, who is Darius's true identity). He is the main antagonist of Shadow of the Phoenix. But, his schemes were destroyed together with him when the Phoenix was released from its Stone.His daughter, Yasha, appears in Dragon Storm.
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing his identity during Shadow of the Phoenix is a big spoiler to the expansion's plot.
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 Circle.Tropes associated with Darius:
- Big Good: Seeing how he's the one behind both Rohen's Heel–Face 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 Spellforce 2: Demons of the Past.
- Mister Exposition: You can ask him various questions about the world and its history.
- The Smart Guy: Comes with his portfolio
- Walking Spoiler: The Dryad is right when she says that he is more than what he seems.
Characters debuting in The Breath of Winter
The Shadow WarriorA Rune Warrior and the main protagonist of The Breath of Winter, he wields 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. He returns in Shadow Wars and its sequels, where (in Shadow Wars), he helps the Soul Carrier to befriend his new people and later assist Nightsong with ruling the Norcaines. He 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 him and turning him 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 Soul Carrier meets him in the Iron Fields, one of the first thing he says is how the Shadow Warrior saved the world from Aryn, which is the main plot of Breath of Winter.
- Cynicism Catalyst: The death of Lena and his transformation into a Shadow did this.
- Dark Is Not Evil: After becoming a Shadow, he still remains a good person at heart.
- Deal with the Devil: Twice. The first time when he decide to wield the Shadow Blade to stop the Fial Darg, knowing the weapon's nasty side effect. The second time when he helps 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 his best to stop the necromancer's schemes.
- Honest Advisor: To Nightsong after she became Empress of the Norcaine. There are hints that he enforces discipline on individuals who do not think highly of Nightsong.
- Honor Before Reason: The logic behind said Heel–Face Turn. The Shadow Warrior is doomed no matter what he does. The Masked Man's remedy only slows down his soul's corruption from the Shadow Blade. In the end, he will become a Shadow. And he does. Rather than following the Masked Man in hopes of delaying his fate, the Shadow Warrior rebels against his employer, who he 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, he is much more ruthless and hard-spoken. Must come with dealing with the Dark Races of Urgath. But he is still a hero.
- Living Shadow: His 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 him 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 2 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 his eventual return at the beginning of the campaign. When the Fial Darg backstabs her, he made sure the bastard goes down. Hard. And he is 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, she didn't really have a choice...
- 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 reasonable 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 God: 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, who would later become party members in Dragon Storm. A vision of her appears to narrate a letter she wrote to her children, informing them of their destiny.
- 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.
Characters debuting in Shadow of The Phoenix
The DryadThe last dryad in the land of Xu. She has been chained to her grove by the gods themselves, and offers help to the Phoenix Guard/ Shadow Warrior after they cured her and her grove of poison.
Characters debuting in Shadow Wars
The Soul CarrierThe Player Character of Shadow Wars. The Soul Carrier carries the soul of the Shaikan's progenitor, Janus Malacay.Finding out his whereabouts forms the main plot of Dragon Storm. The expansion also canonized him as male; his draconic form speaks with a male voice, while others refer to the Soul Carrier as "he".
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Nightsong. In Dragon Storm, Nightsong expresses concern about his disappearance and joins the Former Rune Warrior to find out what happened to him.
NightsongDaughter of Craig Un'Shallach, she is one of the prominent Dark Elves resisting Sorvina at the start of Shadow Wars. She journeys to the Iron Fields, where she was killed by Sorvina's assassins, but was resurrected by the Shaikan blood of the Soul Carrier. With the help of the Soul Carrier and the Shadow Warrior, she managed to unite the Norcaine under her banner. In Dragon Storm, she styled herself the Empress of the Norcaine.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Being Empress hasn't prevented her from taking the field.
- Book Ends: Was with the Soul Carrier on their first and last missions.
- Fantastic Racism: Does not like Shadows, even after they've proved to her both their loyalty and usefulness. This seems to have gone away by Dragon Storm.
- Guest-Star Party Member: She joins and leaves the Shaikan at various points during Shadow Wars. For Dragon Storm, she joins the party during the attack on Drag'Lur (after you've torn down a scout camp of the Blades), and stays with the Shaikan until the Shaper has been defeated.
Professor TwiddleA professor from the University of Sevenkeeps. Twiddle is an inventor and his inventions may hold the key to Eo's future. Specifically, he is looking into ways on how to duplicate Eo's Portal Network without tapping into the Archfire.
- Arch-Enemy: Dr Mauser, who dies soon after the Soul Carrier first met Twiddle, but his schemes would continue to haunt Twiddle throughout the campaigns.
- Time Travel: His invention in Shadow Wars. He even sets up a Stable Time Loop by informing you of the ingredients needed to power his Timetwister when he first met you near the start of the campaign, so that you'll repeat the formula back to him near the end of the campaign.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Shadow Wars, he constantly needs to be bailed out by the Soul Carrier and his party. In Faith In Destiny, he becomes a companion to The Pilgrim's party (albeit for a short while) and a Shaikan, to boot.
Characters debuting in Dragon Storm
The Former Rune Warrior/ Shaper ConqueressA former Rune Warrior, she is the Player Character of Dragon Storm. It is heavily implied that she is a companion of the Phoenix Guard and the Shadow Warrior, as the trinkets which are collected for the "Memories of Eo" side quest consist largely of items the Rune Warriors would have picked up during their travels throughout the three Spellforce 1 campaigns. Yasha (daughter of Hokan Ashir) held her Rune Stone. Like the Soul Carrier before her, she turned into a Dragon after the events of Dragon Storm.Faith In Destiny canonized her as female; her draconic form spoke with a female voice, and her title was Shaper Conqueress.
- Berserk Button: Yasha is hers's. The thoughts of Yasha abusing her while she was still a Rune Warrior is enough to power up a "Thought Storm" (an elemental creature of immense power).
- Empowered Badass Normal: After losing her Rune Warrior powers, she became a Shaikan, and kicked a lot of ass with Dragon blood flowing in her veins.
- Hero of Another Story: She was a Rune Warrior in her own right, so it is likely that she had her own adventures other than those together with the Phoenix Guard/ Shadow Warrior. The trinkets which popped up at exotic locations support this.
- Noodle Incident: Exactly what the Former Rune Warrior was doing at the Dragon refuge on her first visit there, where the last great dragons were hiding (and two trinkets were found) remains a mystery.
Characters debuting in Faith In Destiny
The Pilgrim/ Zazhut LiberatorThe Player Character of Faith In Destiny. Plagued by nightmares, he note was advised by a Shaikan Elder to undergo a pilgrimage to the Iron Fields to seek some answers. However, his destiny is dark indeed...Demons of the Past revealed the fate of him and his party after Faith. It was not pretty, even by Spellforce standards.
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 best to protect them, as well as his daughter, Nightsong. Although he dies relatively early in the storyline, his ghost reappears as needed throughout the later campaigns.
- 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 good advice 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 be noted that the Dracons are usually the mediators between the Archon and Sinistra castes. He administers the final test of the Dracon for the Shaper Conqueress.
Flink Mac'WinterA trickster who journeys the world. He is first encountered in Empyria during Shadow of the Phoenix but also makes an appearance in Shadow Wars, and Faith In Destiny.He's the protagonist of his own scenario (a Faith DLC), which purports to narrate the true story of his involvement in Rushwater Downs during the events of Shadow Wars.
- 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: Sees himself as this, although he was not so lovable in Shadow Of The Phoenix, where he tries to shake the Rune Warriors off his trail by luring them into traps.
- Trickster Archetype: Zerbo has no greater follower than this guy, seriously.
- Unreliable Narrator: As expected of a trickster. In the quote on the loading screen of his Secret Diary DLC, he claims to have fooled Rune Warriors. Well, he didn't mention the part where the Rune Warriors caught him and handed him over to the leader of the local thieves' guild (in Empyria, during Shadow of the Phoenix).