Characters of Spellforce 1: The Order of Dawn.
The Phoenix GuardThe First player character in the games. The Phoenix guard is a Rune Warrior, who has regained his free will. In the first campaign, he has the tendency to be an Unwitting Pawn in almost every plot the villains think of. He comes into the possession of the phoenix stone and decides to guard it with his life.In the third campaign, this stone becomes an important item to defeat the Big Bad.Tropes associated with the Phoenix Guard:
- An Adventurer Is You
- Badass: Of course. It's a Player Character.
- Black Magic
- Drop the Hammer/Carry a Big Stick
- Dual Wielding
- Elemental Powers
- Magic Knight: Recommended
- Mind over Matter
- Red Mage: Also recommendednote .
- White Magic
- Berserk Button: the Dark One killing Sartarius before his eyes after traping them both really pissed him off. Roaring Rampage of Revenge ensued.
- Deal with the Devil: the deal with Hokan Ashir to get intels on the Phoenix Stone. Even though it ended 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, and this by also using the Guard as a delivery boy then trapping him with ice and performing the murder. The first time, the Guard was angry. The second time, not even the entire Blade army could stop him."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
- 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 she is a girl.
- Unwitting Pawn: He got hit really hard with this. Almost every villain in the plot knows how to manipulate him at some point. It is also revealed he is an unwitting pawn in maintaining a 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 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. Rohen gets killed in the middle of the first Campaign by the Dark One.He shares a strange connection with the Dark One in the first campaign. In fact, he was the Dark One in the youth, and after reading the Convocation Book, learning about futility of Convocation ritual, 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.
- The Atoner
- Big Good
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In Shadow of Phoenix.
- I Hate Past Me
- The Obi-Wan
- Animate Dead: He comes back during the third campaign resurrected by the Big Bad. But he is killed during battle.
- Heel–Face Turn
- Stable Time Loop
The Dark OneThis is the first 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 was 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 ages into the older version mentioned above. He tries to stop his younger self of making the mistakes he made his own youth. In doing so, he creates a time loop.Tropes associated with The Dark One:
- An Ice Person: He likes ice magic...a lot. Almost everyone he killed is frozen before.
- Big Bad
- Evil Sorcerer
- Heel–Face Turn
- 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
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Rohen and Darius.
- Wham Shot: When he is revealed to be young Rohen.
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 first expansion. 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 used to raise the rest of the Cicle.Tropes associated with Darius:
- Big Good: He wrote a book about the consequences of Convocation Ritual, triggering Rohen's Heel–Face Turn and gave him the power of making portals.
- Batman Gambit: What he pulls on Rohen.
- God in Human Form
- Guile Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: Against Zazhut in Demons of the Past.
- Mister Exposition
- The Smart Guy
- Walking Spoiler: Revealing more would be to spoil the story.
Characters in: The Breath of Winter
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.
- Badass: Although not the eldest, Aryn is the strongest dragon in the world, period. He nearly induced a worldwide ice age looking for a friends and is said that a single beat of his wings can extinguist all life from the land through sheer cold.
- 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 it a top priority to rescue Cenwen and calm him.
- An Ice Dragon
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons
- I Just Want to Have Friends: nearly froze the world in his wake while looking for one. 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 at 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.
- 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.
The Shadow WarriorA former Rune Warrior and the main protagonist of Breath of Winter, he wields the legendary Shadow Blade, a weapon able to slay Fial Darg effortlessly but turns any wielder into a Shadow. This is eventually the Warrior's fate and what allows him to survive the disappearance of the Rune Warriors following the end of the Circle. He returns in Shadow Wars and its sequels, where he helps the Player Character befriend his new people and later assists Nightsong into ruling the Norcaines. He can also become a party member in Faith in Destiny.
- Blessed with Suck: as a Rune Warrior, the Shadow Bearer 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 Bearer is basically an invisible eldritch Fial Darg-slaying assassin.
- Call Back: when the Player Character 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: Death of Lena and his transformation into a Shadow did this.
- Dark Is Not Evil: after becoming a Shadow, he still remains a good guy at heart.
- Deal with the Devil: twice. The first time when he accepts 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.
- 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 by 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 takes it like a man and rebels against his employer, which 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 guy 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 Bearer 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 Breath of Winter but averted in Shadow of the Phoenix where it is revealed he is a man. The fact 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 before his eventual return at the beginning of the campaign. When the Fial Darg backstabs her, he makes 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, he 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.
- Badass: that guy is tough enough that Sorvina had to use the Shadows to kill him. The Blades are also no match for his strength.
- 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.