The Seeker of Truth. Originally a woods guide from the mostly pastoral nation of Westland, Richard was drawn into the struggle against Darken Rahl when he met Kahlan and Zedd named him the Seeker to oppose the Prince of Lies. Since then, Richard has discovered himself to be The Chosen One, the first War Wizard born in 3000 years, and the next in line to the throne of D'Hara.
Accidental Marriage: Twice. Neither one was really more than a formality that Richard mostly ignored from that point on, but they caused some trouble in the long term by making it possible for Kahlan, as Richard's third wife, to summon the Chimes.
Agent Mulder: Particularly in Soul of the Fire and Chainfire.
A God Am I: When he uses the boxes of Orden. However, he does give the power up shortly after.
Character Filibuster: He makes some very long speeches. Very, very long speeches. Especially in Naked Empire, where he manages to become the first character to keep talking for more than a whole chapter.
Deus ex Machina: His unreliable magic suddenly working and allowing him to blast every problem out of his way, most notably in the eighth book where he recreates an antidote by apparently letting his gift guide him.
Heroic BSOD: During the Chainfire Trilogy, while Kahlan is missing and no one will believe him. Also during ''Faith of the Fallen," when he seems to realize how pointless it is to struggle against the dystopian Imperial Order, but he soon snaps out of it.
Hot-Blooded: His main tool, the Sword of Truth, works through anger. This is sort of to be expected.
How Do I Shot Web?: Most of the time, he can't even use his magic. However, when he needs to, it snaps into working order and he becomes pretty much unstoppable.
Instant Expert: The Dance with Death, using the Sword of Truth, lets him tap into the fencing knowledge of everyone who had used the sword.
Kick The Bitch: He kicks a 10 year old girl as hard as he can, shattering her jaw, knocking out her teeth, and severing her tongue. However, given what said girl was like, and the fact she was actively torturing him at the time, it's hard to blame him.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Let's take a tally, shall we? Killed Darken Rahl in the wrong way and ripped the veil to the underworld, ripped the veil even farther and freed Darken's ghost by calling a gathering at the wrong time, destroyed the barriers that were keeping the Imperial Order at bay, etc. Pretty much every book's resolution leads directly into the next book's conflict.
Out-of-Clothes Experience: Going into the underworld. That said, he expected it. He didn't like it, but it's apparently what you have to do.
You Will Know What to Do: Subverted in the first two books, played more straight in the later ones. Pretty much the basis for how his War Wizard powers work.
The Mother Confessor, leader of the Confessors and final authority in the Midlands. After escaping the genocide of the Confessors at the hands of Darken Rahl, she fled to Westland, where she met Richard and Zedd and recruited them to help save the lands of magic from Rahl's grasp. She is Richard's primary love interest and one of the main characters, second only to Richard in importance.
Action Girl: Especially after Richard teaches her to Dance with Death.
Attempted Rape: Many, many times, by many different people, including, quadsmen, Demmin Nass, a red-haired man from Westland, Prindin, several D'Haran and Imperial Order commanders, Darken Rahl, Drefan Rahl, Oba Rahl, Emperor Jagang, and Samuel. No one actually manages to succeed, though, unless you count the time when Nicci linked herself to Kahlan and then got herself raped, forcing Kahlan to feel every sensation as if she were the one getting it.
Bullet Time: "Time was hers", usually used to describe when she uses her Confessor powers.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: Or the man she sleeps with will be Confessed. Sorry, Richard, none for you. Until he finds a way around that pesky problem, that is.
Combat Pragmatist: Her approach to combat and war. She advises others to take this approach as well, on the logic that an enemy is just as dead if you kill him in his sleep as if you kill him in battle.
Cunning Linguist: Being that she, like other Confessors, are diplomats and are expected to travel the Midlands to settle disputes, she can speak almost every language in the Midlands, including Nicobarese, Mud Person, Bantak, the common language also spoken in Westland and D'Hara, etc. The only language she hasn't been able to understand and translate so far is High D'Haran, likely because it's been out of common use for centuries.
Cute Bruiser: She is so strong that she can snap a metal sword in half over her knee, and possesses nearly superhuman stamina that is sufficient to keep up a traveler's pace for three days without food or rest, and still set a hard pace, use her power (which exhausts her more when she does), and hold a conversation.
Deuteragonist: Definitely in the first five books and in the eighth. Debatably in the sixth book and the final three, where she could be considered the tritagonist.
Dress Code: She wears a white dress and keeps her hair long as a symbol of her rank.
Emotionless Girl: Her Confessor's face, which serves as her public image. Averted in her actual personality and interactions with Richard.
Full-Frontal Assault: She leads an attack on an army of Imperial troops completely in the nude, partly on the basis that a beautiful naked woman on a horse is, at the very least, going to be a bit of a distraction for the enemy.
General Ripper: She isn't considered to be such in-story, but several of her sayings about warfare ("The purpose of war is singular: to kill," "If war is brought to you, then it is incumbent upon you to show no mercy...let there be war like your enemy has never imagined in his most frightening nightmares,") and ordering her soldiers to kill innocents passing through the area on the off chance that they might be spies, can certainty give this impression. Given that most of these ideas come from what her father taught her, it probably applies to him as well.
Groin Attack: What she does to Demmin Nass . . . isn't pretty.
Heroic BSOD: When Shota prophecizes that Kahlan will use her power against Richard, she becomes severely depressed and repeatedly tries to kill herself. It takes a lot of time and effort on Richard's part to bring her out of it.
Line in the Sand: Everyone loyal to her goes on one side. The ones who question her authority go on the other. Later, the ones on the first side have to kill all the ones on the other side, on Kahlan's order, based on the (eventually proven correct) assumption that the dissenters were going to sell them out.
Sociopathic Hero: If anything, she's even more bloodthirsty and willing to Shoot the Dog than Richard is, and that's saying something, considering that she isn't using a magical sword that draws on her anger. Except in Faith of the Fallen.
World's Most Beautiful Woman: As stated by Richard in the first book. She gains some competition from Stone of Tears onwards, when Merissa and Nicci appear.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander:
The former First Wizard of the Midlands, who led the battle against Darken Rahl's father Panis when he tried to invade the Midlands years ago, earning himself the nickname, "The Wind of Death." After the war, he became furious with the Midlands council for their actions, and decided to go into hiding, erasing everyone's memories of his name and posing as a harmless but eccentric old man in Westland. When Kahlan comes to Westland seeking the aid of the great wizard of legend, he returns from retirement to help in the struggle against Darken Rahl. He is also Richard's grandfather on his mother's side.
The Archmage: As the First Wizard, he's the most powerful magic user in the Midlands and one of the strongest Additive wizards alive. However, his powers are later surpassed when users of Additive and Subtractive magic, such as Darken Rahl, Richard, and Nicci start to show up.
Person of Mass Destruction: Would you believe that this skinny old man earned the title, "The Wind of Death" and was feared even by his own side during a previous war? Or that he is almost singlehandedly responsible for the death of several hundred thousand Imperial Order troops?
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When the Midlands council began mishandling the boxes and naming Seekers on their own, Zedd went off to Westland and left them to "suffer the consequences of their own actions."
A Sister of the Dark who served as one of Richard's instructors while he was at the Palace of the Prophets in the Old World. Nicci was the daughter of one of the members of the Fellowship of Order, and thus was indoctrinated from an early age in their ways, and experienced a very unpleasant early life. She has served the Fellowship of Order, the Sisters of the Light, the Keeper, and the Imperial Order at different points in her life. She eventually took Richard prisoner by casting a maternity spell on Kahlan, in an attempt to learn from him. Ultimately, being with Richard changed her mind, and she renounced her previous affiliations(including to the Sisters of the Light) and became one of Richard's primary supporters.
Affably Evil: How she appears at first. Even when she's working on behalf of the Imperial Order, rending Mooks with violent magic, casting dangerous spells on Kahlan, and taking Richard prisoner, she maintains a calm and polite presence, never raises her voice, and in general acts like she's dealing with old friends. Richard finds her friendly and respectful exterior to be much more disturbing than the arrogant, sneering ones of the villains he's faced in the past.
Badass Boast: Several, to Richard, in Faith of the Fallen, driving home the point that she is not like any enemy he's faced before and is not going to be outsmarted easily.
My dear boy, I was born into this wretched world one hundred and eighty-one years past. You know that. Do you suppose I have not learned a great deal of patience, in all that time? Though our bodies may look about the same age, and in many ways I am no older than you, I have lived near to seven of your lifetimes. Do you honestly believe that you would have patience to exceed mine? Do you think me some young foolish girl for you to outwit or outwait?
Badass Bookworm: She was a Sister of the Light for well over a hundred years before she appeared in the series, and it shows.
Berserk Button: Nicci is somewhat . . . touchy regarding matters of sex. On one hand, men "assuming they had a right to her body" really, REALLY pisses her off.(Though she doesn't ever complain, seeing it as her duty to sacrifice herself for others.) On the other hand, she also explodes in anger when she makes an advance on a male character and he refuses her.
Also lice. She hates lice, to the point where upon seeing a peasant girl with lice on the side of the road, she had to stop and scrub the little monsters off of her.
Pink, Nicci's least favorite color. Just seeing it usually provokes mutters of "I hate pink" at the least. On one occasion, being put in a pink nightgown annoyed her so much that she used Subtractive Magic just to get rid of the color.
Black Magic: She is one of the few who actually wields Subtractive Magic.
Deal with the Devil: She joined the Sisters of the Dark, but not out of a desire for power, or immortality, or rewards. She hated herself so greatly that she actually wanted to be damned for all eternity, and didn't think she deserved anything more. This turned out to work to her advantage, as she renounced the Keeper, getting out of that "eternal torment in the underworld" bit, while still getting to keep the Subtractive Magic that she got as part of the bargain.
Deuteragonist: In Faith of the Fallen and the Chainfire Trilogy, though it can be argued that she is actually the protagonist of Faith of the Fallen and the tritagonist during the Chainfire Trilogy.
Distracted by the Sexy: When she locks her eyes with Richard, he has difficulty remembering how to breathe. Imperial Order troops have the same problem when Nicci uses a slightly more . . . obvious invokation of this trope.
The Dreaded: As Death's Mistress, she's more feared than Emperor Jagang himself. An entire town of hundreds of people committed mass suicide at the news of her approach, the children taking poison first, then the adults. Even after her Heel-Face Turn, her reputation still frightens many of the people who are now on her side.
For the Evulz, For the Lulz: Subverted. She tends to deflect questions about her motives as "It amuses me," and Annalina gives "because she is evil!" as an explanation for why she would kidnap Richard. The truth is quite a bit more complicated.
Love Redeems: Defied and doubly subverted. Even though she is in love with Richard from almost the moment she first sees him, she doesn't let her feelings get in the way of her mission and goals, and keeps in mind that she will still likely have to kill him eventually. However, in the end, she decides on her own to switch sides when his actions help her figure out what was missing in her life, and her love for him becomes the driving force of her loyalty for the rest of the series.
Lust: Subverted. According to Richard (right after meeting her for the first time), Nicci is "the embodiment of pure, unadulterated lust." However, Nicci herself is not a particularly lustful person at all. She has little in the way of personal ambitions and desires, and doesn't even particularly like sex.
Villain Protagonist: In Faith of the Fallen she is given a comparable number of her own chapters as Richard and Kahlan, and her personal development is about one half of the story of that book, the other half being the continuation of the war against the Order. At this point, she is still very much a villain.
World's Most Beautiful Woman: She is described as absolutely, completely, 100% physically perfect, and even Kahlan seems awed. Towards the end of the series, there seems to be some dispute over whether she or Kahlan is more beautiful.
Dell "Chase" Brandstone:
The leader of the boundary wardens in Westland, and an old friend of Richard Cypher and his father. He is the husband of Emma Brandstone, and the father of several children. Chase and his men serve the Westland government publicly, but their true loyalty is only to the true Seeker.
With My Hands Tied: Kills a quadsman, someone who would give most characters trouble at their best, while beat up and tied.
An orphan in the Midlands who was taken by the government to be Princess Violet's "playmate", which pretty much meant she was a punching bag to be bossed around and abused. By a combination of guile and help from the wizard Giller, Rachel escaped her position, delivered the third Box of Orden to Richard and Kahlan, and became Chase's adopted daughter.
Badass Normal: No magic, no powers, no antimagic, no magic weapons, and still a major piece in the overall plot.
Geometric Magic: She had no magical training or upbringing, but managed to learn how to use the written magic of Tamarang by listening to Six and Violet talk about it.
She Is All Grown Up: Well, not all the way, but it's invoked, in a non-romantic way. When Zedd is captured, he sees a girl who looks like her, only a little older. He chalks this up to his mind playing tricks on him... until he spots the "guard" with her, recognizes him as Chase, and realizes it is Rachel a couple years older, since he hasn't seen her in that long.
A trader with a soft spot for children, who was framed for murder by Demmin Nass, Darken Rahl's right-hand man. He submitted to a Confessor, Kahlan, to prove his innocence, and after it was done, was turned into an animal by Giller to give him back some measure of free will. He choose to live his life out as a wolf.
Berserk Button: If anyone thinks they can cheat a trader, they had better stay away from Brophy. Also, just the thought of Demmin Nass. And the claim he might have hurt a child.
A sorceress from the Midlands who know lives at the mouth of the pass of the Narrows, right on the boundary. She is blind as a result of being tortured by the Blood of the Fold when she was young, but still manages to see but use of her gift.
Super Senses: Though missing her eyesight, she's learned to compensate using her other senses, including some magical ones.
One of the most skilled hunters and warriors of the Mud People, who later becomes the acting "general" of his people and an honorary elder. He initially dislikes Richard and Kahlan, blaming them for the trouble brought to the Mud People, but eventually relents in this policy after journeying with Kahlan for a time.
Archer Archetype: Fits the cold, analytical version of this trope. His job among his people is to assassinate intruders with his bow, and he's very, very good at it.
Heel-Face Turn: Though he was never an outright enemy, he strongly disliked Richard and Kahlan and blamed them for most of the bad things that happened to his people, such as Darken Rahl and Shota showing up. This eventually changed after he traveled with Kahlan for a time.
I'm a Humanitarian: He will occasionally participate in ceremonial Mud People rituals, which often involve eating a small amount of human flesh.
Improbable Aiming Skills: He considers Richard and Kahlan's archery to be this, because they can use their gift to enhance their accuracy.
Another Mord-Sith, and Richard's bodyguard along with Cara. She was one of Darken Rahl's advisors, and knows some High D'Haran, so she serves as a translator for Richard when they find old records. Of the Mord-Sith, she is by far the cheeriest and most amiable.
Boobs of Steel: Of Richard's personal bodyguards, she's noted as being the bustiest.
Cunning Linguist: She can read High D'Haran, and thus ends up working more closely with Richard than the other Mord-Sith while he's around.
The Glomp: On seeing Richard return toward the end of Blood of the Fold, she's described as divetackling him like an excited squirrel.
Also known as Lindie, Jennsen is the illegimate, pristinely ungifted daughter of Darken Rahl, and half-sister of Richard, Oba, and Drefan Rahl. Due to Darken's policy of eliminating all ungifted offspring of the House of Rahl, Jennsen has spent her life running and hiding from quadsman. As a pristinely ungifted one and Pillar of Creation, Jennsen cannot be harmed by magic. She is convinced by the Imperial Order that Richard, as the new Lord Rahl, is out to kill her just as Darken Rahl was, and as such, plans against him. After meeting Richard in the flesh, she realizes she has been deceived, and becomes his ally.
The Chessmaster: Because he can see events, he's also exceptionally good at influencing them. On one occasion, he simultaneously started one war and prevented an even bigger one while imprisoned by whispering something to a consort.
A powerful witch in the Midlands, greatly feared by everyone who has heard of her. She has prophetic visions, and often works to enforce or prevent them. She is both a powerful ally and a dangerous enemy, and can be either at the drop of a hat.
The Master of D'Hara, heir to the throne of the House of Rahl, Prince of Lies, and the Player for the power of Orden. Darken Rahl seeks to rule the world, and intends to use the Boxes of Orden to this end. He appears as a benevolent man promising peace and security between all the nations. In secret, however, Darken Rahl is a rapist, a sadist, a cannibal, a child-killer, a tyrant and a demon workshipper. He secretly serves the Keeper.
Animal Wrongs Group: This is the man who protests that he doesn't approve of slaughtering helpless animals and consuming their flesh, but will also kill a horse and drown a soldier in its guts for daring to eat meat in the People's Palce, or ritually consume the organs of a sacrificial victim.
Dystopian Edict: Fire is bad. Fire was used against Darken Rahl's father. Fire is a sign of disrespect to the house of Rahl. Fire is outlawed. Except, oddly, for the candles in his father's tomb, which have to be kept lit or else.
Pragmatic Villainy: He may be evil, but he's not entirely unreasonable. To one Mord-Sith's surprise, he doesn't have her executed after her pet breaks free, because he realizes that the failure was not her fault, as the task was, in hindsight, impossible, and it would be pointless to get rid of his best Mord-Sith because of it.
The commander of the quads, right hand of Darken Rahl, the lightning of the Master's dark thoughts. His loyalty and devotion to the house of Rahl is matched only by his dedication to cruelty and sexual sadism. He has a weakness for young boys, and definitely not in the good way.
Abusive Parents: It is not-so-subtly implied that he was sexually abused by his father as a boy.
Depraved Homosexual: He mockingly tells Kahlan, about the most beautiful woman imaginable, that she isn't his type. His preference seems to be for young boys. He claims to have molested and killed somewhere between 80 and 120 boys in his life, but can't remember the exact number. The dead ones, according to him, are the minority.
Would Hurt a Child: Oh, yeah, about a hundred of them or so. Fatally. More than that non-fatally.
Darken Rahl's favored Mord-Sith and one of the most skilled and relentless Torture Technicians in D'Hara. She is charged by the Lord Rahl to trap Richard and torture him into insanity so that he will reveal the secrets of orden to Rahl. She does.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Part of the reason she ends up redeemed. Richard, though he's brainwashed and tortured into submission, is the first person in her whole life since becoming Mord-Sith who is selflessly nice to her.
Dark and Troubled Past: One of the darkest and most troubled in the series. When she reveals some of it to Richard, he simultaneously feels sympathy, and an increased sense of hopelessness as he realizes just how profoundly messed up a madwoman he is dealing with.
Dying as Yourself: Right before Richard kills her, she strips herself naked. She explains then, that all of her clothing and possessions are those of a Mord-Sith, and she wishes to die the way she was born, simply as Denna, not a Mord-Sith.
Freudian Excuse: She was abducted as a young girl and forced to become a Mord-Sith, repeatedly broken, forced to watch her mother die and kill her own father, and eventually became the twisted Torture Technician that she is today.
Hell-Bent for Leather: Red leather, like other Mord-Sith. She briefly puts on white leather to show that she has such power over Richard that she doesn't need to make him bleed. Shortly after, she stains the entire outfit with his blood.
Mutilation Interrogation: Her attempts to get Richard good and ready to answer Darken Rahl's questions involve slowly breaking his ribs one by one, dragging her Agiel across his flesh to raise blood-filled welts, an implied Groin Attack, sticking the Agiel inside his ear, and a lot of other things, all described in excruciating detail.
Pet the Dog: During his torture by and virtual slavery to her, Richard still seems to care for her and want to keep her from being in pain. Denna is extremely confused by this for awhile, but afterwards Pets The Richard several times.
The Power of Love: Richard, while his magic is held by her, finds out he can still use the magic through love. He later uses it to kill her, using his own sympathy and forgiveness for her as the fuel.
The leader of the Imperial Order, and the first Dreamwalker born in 3000 years. His goal is to enforce the doctrine of the Imperial Order by conquering the world with his massive armies and placing himself as the leader of it.
Blood Sport: Ja'la is his favorite sport, and he likes the bloody aspects of it.
The Casanova: Either the darkest version of this imaginable, or a horrible subversion. As the emperor, Jagang has a whole army of women who would be all too happy to be with him, but instead of sleeping with any of them, he deliberately chooses women who are slaves or unwilling captives, because being a serial rapist is more fun.
The Chessmaster: It turns out being able to read the minds of most of the planet really helps in this regard.
Forced to Watch: He's rather fond of his tactic for people he knows won't break from being tortured themselves. Once, in an attempt to get Zedd to divulge important information, he brought in a group of children captured from the Midlands, and made him listen while his best torturers went to work on them. He also used a similar tactic as a threat on Kahlan, to keep her in line; since she more or less does stay in line, he never has to go through with it.
Genius Bruiser: He appears heavily muscled, with arms thicker than some people's waists, and an enormous bull neck. However, he's a scholar and a tactician as well as a warrior and a leader, and as Kahlan admits, he is far from being just some stupid brute. "He was a very smart brute."
Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Nicci. The first thing he said after reencountering her in Confessor was, “So, do you love him?” referring to Richard.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Like most of the other villains, he's prone to murderous rages at the drop of a hat, but can also be calm and polite and even forgiving at other times.
Hypocrite: When Richard sends his armies to ravage the Old World and deprive Jagang of supplies, Jagang rants in anger and talks about Richard as if he's a monster for doing this, despite that this is exactly what Jagang has been doing to the New World since the early books of the series.
Knight Templar: According to several characters, he honestly believes he's doing the right thing.
Last of His Kind: The last Dreamwalker in the world, the only one in 3000 years.
Brother-Sister Incest: Hilariously discussed by Oba himself. He thinks about how hot Jennsen is and is implied to be getting turned on, but then reminds himself that they have the same father. "Oba was too principled to consider her as a lover. Despite her ravishing looks and the way thinking of her made his groin wake, his integrity wouldn't allow such a breach of decency. He was Oba Rahl, not some rutting animal."
Evil Counterpart: To Jennsen. They are both pristinely ungifted bastard children of Darken Rahl, and are the two main characters of The Pillars of Creation, and are repeatedly contrasted. Jennsen's mother was seduced by Darken Rahl when she was fifteen, while Oba's mother intentionally seduced Darken Rahl as a plan to increase her status.(It didn't work.) Jennsen is horrified and shocked when her mother is murdered by quadsman, while Oba kills his mother personally and shows no remorse. They both visit Lathea and Althea, Jennsen getting information and help from them while Oba tries to kill them. However, it is Jennsen, not Oba, that the Keeper chooses to play the pivotal role in his master plan.
Faux Affably Evil: He doesn't have a single redeeming trait compared to his numerous Kick the Dog moments, but his self-righteous and blatantly disturbed way of thinking still makes him incredibly amusing.
Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He was originally fairly well-behaved, if obviously weird and with traits of the potential sociopath, before he began dealing with the Keeper.
Self-Made Orphan: He kills his abusive mother after joining the Keeper, with a shovel.
Smug Snake: He likes to think of himself as a cunning Warrior Poet with a healthy curiosity who likes to learn things, and thinks he's got the whole cast wrapped around his finger and will become the ruler of D'Hara in time. In reality, he's a blundering, sociopathic idiot who's being manipulated by the Keeper.
Straw Misogynist: His favorite thing about women? Raping and torturing them to death.
Anti-Villain: He's well-intentioned, Affably Evil, seemed to genuinely be in love with Jennsen, and is still utterly devoted to the Imperial Order and willing to commit any number of atrocities in its name.
Big Damn Heroes: He appears and kills the last men of a quad and saves Jennsen from them, though not in time to save her mother. It turns out, they weren't a quad, but Sebastian's own men, disguised so that he could eliminate Jennsen's mother, make himself look like a hero to her, and turn her against Richard.
The Unfettered: He isn't as sadistic as most other villains, but he is still very much on the Imperial Order's side and has little compunction to "sacrificing" numerous innocent people in the name of winning the war.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He consumes a certain plant in a dangerous quantity to give himself a fever, so that Jennsen will be encouraged to offer him shelter for the night.
The Princess of Tamarang. Though only a child, she already orders beheadings, keeps a "playmate" who she regularly slaps and punishes for no reason other than her own enjoyment, enjoys torturing prisoners, and makes plans to have women she does not like gang-raped by the castle guard.
For the Evulz: Many of her horrific deeds are done just because she was feeling spiteful or because she thought it was fun.
Geometric Magic: Although it takes so long to teach her, that Rachel gets the hang of it just from listening.
Kick The Bitch: The kickee in this case. In any other book, the hero knocking the teeth out of a 10 year old girl's mouth would be a horrible thing to do. But in any other book, said 10 year old girl probably wouldn't have been torturing him at the time while threatening to have his love interest gang-raped and executed.
Dystopian Edict: To prepare the Westlanders for when Darken Rahl takes over, he makes a speech about the dangers of fire. To his credit, though, he never says outright that fire should be banned, only that mishandling of fire is a very real trouble that needs to be corrected somehow.
A Slide, a creation of Emperor Jagang and the Sisters of the Dark. He was once a wizard, but was transformed into a Slide through horrific magical experiments. He now serves Jagang, and secretly plots to rule as Emperor himself.
A soulless, demonic force that destroys magic, beginning The End of the World as We Know It. They take different forms and kill their victims through either wind, water, or fire. One of those forms happens to be a chicken that is not a chicken.
The ultimate evil force of the universe, the antithesis to the Creator, imprisoned in the underworld. The Keeper of the Underworld torments the dead who do not earn their place with the good spirits, and wishes to exterminate all life.