Characters / The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

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Torak is the protagonist in the series. It is his destiny to take down the Soul Eaters. Torak has a very short temper, and often acts without thinking. He meets Wolf and discovers that he can actually communicate with him. It is later revealed that he is a spirit walker, meaning his spirits can leave his body and take over other bodies. His mother made him 'clanless' when he was born. He and Renn are initially enemies when they meet in the first book. However, they become friends, in later books best friends, and in the last few books they become more than friends. When the series begins he is twelve years old, and by the end of the series he is nearly sixteen.

Renn is Torak's best friend, and later becomes his mate (Stone Age word for lover/girlfriend/wife). She has a very strong sense of justice and right and wrong. Like Torak, she has a very short temper, however, unlike him she is extremely rational, and thinks before she acts. She is very tough, and purposely prickly, as she lost her parents at a young age. She can be very secretive, hiding her true parentage. She is the best archer in the Raven Clan, and she is a very talented Mage, although she hates to practice Magecraft. She is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and his favourite person in the Clan. At the start of the series she is twelve, and by the end of the series she is nearly sixteen.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The Raven Clan generally avoid her because of her strange eye and dreams that come true. They only tolerate her because she is Fin-Kedinn's niece, and Fin-Kedinn is the Clan Leader.
  • Alpha Bitch: Only in the first half of Wolf Brother.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Torak. Also to a much, much lesser degree, with Bale, but only in Outcast.
  • Doom Magnet: Not to herself, but to the people she cares about.

Torak finds Wolf when he is a cub, after his family was killed in a flood. Torak realizes that he can communicate with Wolf, and Wolf becomes his 'pack-brother'. Wolf eventually finds a mate, Darkfur, and has cubs with her. Wolf initially dislikes Renn, and does not warm up to her until the second or third book. After that, he likes her nearly as much as he likes Torak, even referring to while talking to Torak as 'the pack-sister' . Wolf is very loyal and does not leave his friends behind.

Fin-Kedinn is the Leader of the Raven Clan. He was Renn's father's older brother, and took care of Renn after her father died. In fact, he made her bow and taught her to shoot. Initially he is wary of Torak, but let's him live with the Raven Clan, and really warms up to him. He was best friends with Torak's father, but in love with his mother. When Torak's parents were fleeing the Soul Eaters long before the series, he denied them shelter, which technically caused both of their eventually deaths. He eventually becomes Torak's foster-father, which is a great honor.
  • Cool Old Guy: Possibly subverted. He is described in an early book to be in his early to mid forties, but is also described as getting old. Although, 6000 years ago people died younger, so Fin-Kedinn could be considered old.
  • Death Glare: He has piercing blue eyes that seem to shut anyone up, with just one look.
  • Fiery Red Head: Zig-Zagged. He has the nerves of steel, but when he is angry, beware.
  • My Greatest Failure: He denied shelter from Torak's parents out of anger and jealousy, and never saw them again.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards his niece. He also grows protective of Torak. In Outcast, he's sad that Torak is banished, but goes along with it. At the book's end, when the Clans are about to kill Torak, blaming him of the flood, Fin-Kedinn suddenly makes him his foster-son and says that if the Clans want to kill Torak, they have to kill him first.

    Other Characters from the Clans 
Torak's Father
Torak's father was mauled by the demon bear and dies in the first few pages of the first book. It is revealed that the bear was sent specifically to hunt him by the Soul Eaters. This is because he was a member to the Soul Eaters before they became evil. When he realized what they were doing, he created a huge fire to destroy them, but it did not work. In response, many years later, they sent the bear after him. He is the Wolf Mage.
  • The Atoner: He raised his son in seclusion and trained him in order to prepare him for destroying the evil he had helped to create.
  • Cain and Abel: He is the younger brother of the Soul Eater Tenris by two years. The demon bear that kills him was created by his brother for that purpose.
  • Fatal Flaw: His former friend Fin-Kedinn reveals that Torak's father was convinced of himself to be infallible and paid no heed to the advice of others. It led him to realize the Soul Eaters' corruption too late while being one of them. He trained Torak to listen to what the Forest had to say to him so that he wouldn't repeat his father's mistakes.
  • Gray Eyes: Like with his son, they resemble those of a wolf.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by the demon bear in the first couple pages of the first book, Wolf Brother so his death doesn't even qualify as a spoiler.
  • Post Humous Character: Despite dying immediately in the first chapter of the first book, he remains an important character throughout the series.
  • Scars Are Forever: There is an old scar on his chest which makes difficult for Torak to draw the deathmark on it. He received this by cutting away the tattoo that signaled his membership to the Soul Eaters.
  • The Unreveal: We never find out his name, since clan traditions dictate that five summers must pass before the name of the person who died is spoken. Even when Eostra says his name while summoning his spirit in the final book, it's not revealed by the narration.

Bale is a boy from the Seal Clan, first introduced in the second book. Torak's paternal grandmother was from the Seal Clan, meaning that he and Bale are kinsmen. Bale and Torak are initially wary of each other, but become friends. He aids Renn when Torak is an outcast, but is quite condescending to her, as she is a woman. Despite this, he falls in love with her. He and Torak get in an argument about this, and Torak angrily storms off. When he returns in the morning, he finds that Bale has been killed by Thiazzi. When he is first introduced he is fifteen, by Oath Breaker he is nearly seventeen.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the series (except when Torak first meets him) but sometimes he does qualify as this.
  • Killed Off for Real: Thiazzi throws him off a cliff in Oath Breaker.

Saeunn is the impossibly old Raven Clan Mage. Her age is never actually stated, and it is the Stone Age, so perhaps she isn't really that old at all, to us. But perhaps she is. She forces Renn to learn Magecraft, though the two of them have a fierce dislike for each other. At the end of the series she dies of extreme old age.
  • The Obi-Wan- She attempts to be this towards Renn with Magecraft, but Renn refuses to learn it.

Hord is Renn's older brother. He is around nineteen or twenty. To make up for who his mother is, he tries to be the best at everything. He has an immense dislike for his sister, just like most of his Clan. He is killed by the demon bear in the first book.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Renn, to the point where he punches her in the face.

The Walker/Narrander
An old Otter Clan outcast who appears a few times throughout the books, each time as a complete madman. It is revealed in the final book that he actually was a Soul Eater. He went mad after finding his son Narik's body following the Great Fire. With Fin-Kedinn's help, he made it appear that it was he who died in the fire. He eventually gets revenge in the final book by killing Eostra. He is the Otter Mage.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He ended up killing Eostra in Ghost Hunter, just as she was about to literally destroy Torak and take his powers.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is the seventh Soul Eater that everyone thought was dead.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: His ramblings are hard to get a grip on. When Wolf first sees him, the Walker's chaotic thoughts confuse him.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: He was a wise man before going mad and shows his wisdom occasionally.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He's shown eating things what most people wouldn't want to eat, like a louse from his beard or a raw rotting dove's wing. However, even he finds the taste of frostbitten toes too horrible.
  • Eye Scream: One of his eye sockets is empty. He says that a flint hit his head and caused his eye to pop out. He actually lost his eye while surviving the Great Fire.
  • Faking the Dead: Until the last book, everyone, excluding Fin-Kedinn and Torak's father, believed Narrander to have perished by the Great Fire.
  • Fingore: He has had to cut off all his toes (at least from one foot) when they get seriously frostbitten.
  • Forced into Evil: As the Healers were becoming corrupted, Narrander attempted adamantly to leave them, but was forced to stay when Eostra took Narik from him. This status ended only when Narik died.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He's constantly irritated because of his madness.
  • The Hermit: Even after Fin-Kedinn offers him to live in peace among the Clans, the Walker refuses.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's grumpy, unfriendly and threatening at times, but he aids Torak and Renn after they help him out twice and he shows up to aid them against the final battle against Eostra. He's also pretty affectionate towards the various little animals he keeps and names Narik.
  • Not So Different:
    • When Torak suffers from Soul Sickness in Outcast, he finds himself resembling the Walker while looking at his reflection. The Walker's last advice to Torak in the final book involves this: the Walker says he can sense the marks in the boy's soul caused by spirit walking into various creatures. The old man says that like him, Torak must always wander and not settle down because of his experiences.
  • The Pig Pen: Part of his madness is his complete lack of anything resembling personal hygiene.
  • Third-Person Person: He always refers to himself this way.

Aki is the Boar Clan Leader's son, and a few years older than Torak. He discovers Torak's Soul Eater tattoo that causes Torak to be outcasted. He spends the time that Torak is outcasted attempting to hunt him. They later become allies after Torak saves his life.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: At the end of Outcast, he stands up to his father when he intends to kill Torak. It's mentioned afterwards that this act has given Aki new self-respect.
  • Doom Magnet: It's mentioned in Wolf Brother, long before he's introduced, that he has lost a few toes to frostbite. In Outcast, he almost dies twice, and then breaks his arm. In Ghost Hunter, he is driven mad by Eostra's sickness.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Torak saves him from drowning, he takes sides with Renn, Bale and Fin-Kedinn in defending Torak against the murderous clans.
  • What Happened to the Mouse??: It is never revealed if he truly recovers from the madness sickness that Eostra sent to the clans.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He chases Torak not so much out of hatred but the fear of failure to fulfill his oath to kill him he gave to his harsh father.

Dark is not introduced until the final book. He aids Torak and Renn in the Mountain of Ghosts. He picked his own name, hoping it would help, as he is albino. He eventually joins the Raven Clan, and becomes the Mage rather than Renn, as he has even more talent than she does, making her able to leave the Clans with Torak.
  • All the Other Reindeer:
    • He was born to the Swan Clan, but he was feared due to his albinism and ability to see ghosts. His only consolation was his mother, and when she died when he was eight, he was abandoned.
    • Subverted with the Raven Clan. They are initially wary of him, but he gains their respect immediately upon seeing his white raven Ark.
  • Brats with Slingshots: He shows himself to aim even more accurately than Renn.
  • Gray Eyes: They're light gray and bring to Torak's mind sky that rains snow.
  • Man Child: Dark's thoughts and words are somewhat slow, especially when compared to the sharp, intelligent way Torak and Renn think and speak. This is justified, because he didn't have any human contact between the ages of eight to fifteen.
  • Nice Guy: He is ignorant and naive, but generally well meaning. He initially wants to keep Torak with himself since he's the first human he has met in seven years. He readily helps Renn and Torak in the final fight against Eostra.
  • No Social Skills: He's about Torak and Renn's age, but due to being isolated from all human contact since the age of eight, his attempts to speak with Torak and Renn are clumsy.
  • Not So Different: He is more or less like Torak was at the beginning of the series. Torak lived his first twelve years wandering away from the clans with his father, visiting only once a clan meeting and being ignorant of a lot of things when meeting people like the Ravens. Since the age of eight years, Dark has lived in the Mountain of Ghosts with his only contacts being Ark the white raven and the ghosts. He asks Torak a lot of things out of curiosity — like what is the Sea — in a somewhat similar way to when Torak mistakes Fin-Kedinn to be a place rather than a person.

    Soul Eaters 

Eostra is the head Soul Eater that even the other Soul Eaters fear. She has an obsession with death and raising the dead. She does not speak much until the end of the series. She eventually is killed by The Walker. She is the Eagle Owl Mage.
  • Animal Motifs: Eagle Owl. She wears a wooden mask resembling the owl's face and a cloak made of feathers. Also, her eyes look orange like with an eagle owl. In Ghost Hunter, Torak compares at one point Eostra with a spider that is weaving a web across the Forest and can sense even the tiniest vibration in its web. (Sherlock Holmes makes a similar comparison to Professor Moriarty.)
  • Big Bad: She's Soul Eaters' leader, and the last to be faced.
  • The Chessmaster: In Ghost Hunter, many events (like the sickness or blizzard) are regarded as her doings in preparation of her goal of gaining Torak's power.
  • Creepy Monotone: She is completely emotionless, short of her lust for power, and apparently talks like this.
  • The Faceless: She always wears her eagle owl mask.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her nails are hooked like with her clan totem, and they're bluish like with a corpse.
  • I Love the Dead: A vision Renn has of a younger Eostra resurrecting a corpse certainly has shades of this.
  • Immortality Seeker: She intends to gain Torak's spirit walker abilities and use them to exist forever by spirit walking from one body to another repeatedly.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Ghost Hunter, The Walker summons the Hidden Ones to make a chasm, and Eostra falls to the bottom of the mountain.
  • Lack of Empathy: Torak's spirit walk into Eostra reveals that the Eagle Owl Mage views tokoroths not as possessed children but tools that can serve her before being disposed of. Same applies to the possessed dogs. As for Torak, he is merely the shell of the power she craves.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the only living member of the Eagle Owl Clan.
  • Lean and Mean: She's tall and thin.
  • Necromancer: She resurrected a recently died boy from her clan in her youth, and in the last book she summons the spirits of the deceased Soul Eaters.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everyone, even the other Soul Eaters, fears her. invoked
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike the other Soul Eaters, she doesn't have a sense of humor of any sort (sadistic or otherwise).
  • Ominous Owl: She has one to do her bidding.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: In Ghost Hunter, she wields a three-forked spear, the symbol of the Soul Eaters. She uses it to catch souls and eat them.
  • Silent Antagonist: She's the most reserved of the Soul Eaters.
  • The Soulless: Torak spirit walks into her in the last book. In her eyes, everything is colored grey except the Fire Opal. She doesn't feel pleasure or pain, only the power granted by the Fire Opal and the desire to live forever.
  • Third-Person Person: She mostly refers to herself this way.
  • White Mask of Doom: She's never shown without her pale-colored mask to the point that she's known as "the Masked One".

Thiazzi is the most violent and crazy of all the Soul Eaters. He is a sadist and a psychopath. In the middle of the series, Wolf bites a few fingers off of one of his hands. He murders Bale. It is suggested that he had a relationship with Seshru. He kidnaps Renn and it is slightly suggested that he was going to rape her before killing her, but decides to first use her a live bait to capture Torak. While in a fight with Torak, he accidentally sets himself on fire, falling out of a high tree, while burning to death. He is the Oak Mage.
  • Character Tics: He has a habit of chewing spruce resin.
  • Fingore: Wolf bites off two fingers from Thiazzi's left hand in Soul Eater.
  • Genius Bruiser: He possesses both the strength of a hunter and cunningess of a Mage.
  • Green Eyes: His cruel eyes are as green as a raw leaf. They serve to mark him as a born Deep Forest clansman.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Oath Breaker, he falls off a tree while burning to death.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last living member of the Oak Clan.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He proves himself to be this when he orates the Deep Forest Clans to unite against the Open Forest Clans.
  • Playing Both Sides: He murders the Mages of the Forest Horse Clan and the Auroch Clan, and takes their places first to wage discord between the Deep Forest Clans, and then to unite them against the Open Forest Clans.
  • Sadist: He enjoys bullying and hurting animals and people who can't fight back.
  • Whip It Good: He uses a whip in Oath Breaker.
  • World's Strongest Man: He's the strongest human represented in the series, being regarded as the strongest man of the Forest.

Seshru is a beautiful woman, and it is hinted that she is the youngest of the Soul Eaters. It is also hinted that she had a relationship with Thiazzi. It is revealed in the middle of the series that she is Renn and Hord's mother. Renn already knew that, and hid it from Torak. She left Renn and Hord's father for the Soul Eaters when Hord was very young, breaking their father's heart. She came back seven years later, and slept with their father one last time. She did this because she needed a baby, so that she could make her own tokoroth. She came to him in secret, and then left him again, completely crushing him. She indeed became pregnant, and bore her child, Renn, in secret. Saeunn saved Renn from her when Renn was very young. No one knew who her children were, not the Soul Eaters, not the Raven Clan, not even Seshru, until the middle of the series. Seshru is eventually shot in the breast by Bale, and she dies. She is the Viper Mage, though it is suggested that she changed her name and clan.
  • Dream Weaver: There is a reason why most of Renn's powers come from her dreams.
  • Famous Last Words: After Bale's arrow strikes her heart.
    "This - is not the end."
  • Killed Off for Real: In Outcast Renn is about to shoot her, but Bale grabs the bow and arrow from her hands, and shoots Seshru in the heart.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Double gender flipped, and averted because Renn already knew that Seshru was her mother. Seshru and Torak didn't find out until Outcast and, oh boy, there was hell to pay.
  • Master Poisoner: Her special ability is expert usage of herbs and remedies. During Soul Eater, she uses this skill to help capturing a polar bear by feeding it sedatives. In Outcast, she poisons crowberries that Torak eats, rendering him unconscious and following his resuscitation, mostly paralyzed yet aware of everything happening around him and able to communicate with Seshru.
  • Not So Different:
    • She claims this to Torak in Outcast: they both are outcasts and so powerful that the Clans hunt them out of fear. When Torak denies this by noting that Seshru has broken the Clans' laws, she notes that he has done the same by stealing Fin-Kedinn's ax.
    • The Viper Mage shares several traits with Renn: they both have a powerful gift in Magecraft, and they are willing to go against the Clans' laws to achieve their goals (Renn just does that for moral reasons). In Oath Breaker, Renn lies to the Deep Forest Clans, claiming that she had put sleeping potion in their drinks so that Torak could escape, when in reality it was a mad Red Deer woman who did that. She does that while remembering Seshru's ability to take credit for the actions of someone else. Earlier, she threatens her captors by claiming to be a full mage, her threats echoing those made by Seshru. Also, Seshru's voice reminds Wolf of that of Renn. Like mother, like daughter.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's an evil version of this trope.
  • Smug Snake: For all her cleverness, her growing arrogance turns to be her downfall.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She has much in common with her daughter Renn. They both have a pale skin, high cheekbones and their hair curls the same way.

The Bat Mage. Nef is the most awkward and out of place Soul Eater. She is hinted to not agree with most of their ideas. Many years before, her son died, and she tried to kill herself but Torak's father saved her. She eventually kills herself so that the first Fire Opal fragment will die with her.
  • Anti-Villain: A mix of the Woobie Anti-Villain and Well-Intentioned Anti-Villain types. While she assists the other Soul Eaters in sacrificing predators (which is forbidden by the Clans' laws) in order to take control over demons and brings in a White Fox boy (whom Torak impersonates as) to sacrifice him as well, she doesn't like needless cruelty and Thiazzi's sadism. She believes that the World Spirit lets some prosper and others die early (like her own son) because the Clans don't live like they should and that the Soul Eaters can unite all the Clans for their own good. She's also sorry for being unable to repay Torak's father for preventing her suicide until at the of Soul Eater.
  • Bat out of Hell: Subverted. She's a member of the Bat Clan, and her clan totem is a living bat. However, Nef is the least evil Soul Eater presented in Soul Eater, and her bat isn't malicious in the slightest. It even takes a liking to Torak.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: She says that everything the Soul Eaters do is ultimately for the greater good, but Torak and Wolf sense her insecurities. At one point, she mutters to herself that she must remain strong.
  • Evil Cripple: Subverted. Her legs are bent so much that she swings while walking. However, she's an Anti-Villain, and she moves swiftly despite her legs.
  • Famous Last Words: Right before she performs her redeeming sacrifice.
    "The debt is repaid! Tell your father when you meet him! The debt is repaid!"
  • Heel–Face Turn: She destroys one of the three pieces of the Fire Opal at the cost of her own life.
  • Informed Ability: Her special ability is said to be great intelligence and thoughts that fly faster than bats, but they are never really demonstrated.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Soul Eater, when Renn has the Fire Opal and is about to jump into the ice-water so that it will die with her, Nef grabs it from her and does the sacrifice herself.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Compared to the other Soul Eaters in Soul Eater at least. She's pretty much all that keeps the sacrifices (and Torak) alive with Thiazzi and Seshru around trying to outham each other.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Torak pities her after hearing how she tried to commit suicide after her son's death. Before freeing the sacrifices, he tries to make her see the error of her ways, and after her sacrifice, he cries for her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While the other Soul Eaters are just plain power-hungry for all their attempts to justify themselves, Nef believes sincerely that the Soul Eaters can unite the Clans and put an end to all unfair things like premature deaths of babies.

The Crippled Wanderer/Tenris
The first named Soul Eater. He started the first book's plot by creating the demon bear in order to destroy Torak's father. His name is actually Tenris, the Mage of the Seal Clan whom Torak meets when he travels to the Seal Clan in the second book. He's horribly scarred all over his body from the Great Fire ignited by his brother, Torak's father. He pretends to be very kind and helpful towards Torak, but tries to kill him in order to get the power of the spirit walker. He ends up being dragged under water by a whale.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Since he was a child, he has always wanted more than anything else power to dominate others.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He created the demon bear from Wolf Brother in an attempt to assassinate Torak's father, and it worked.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He killed Bale's little brother while casually experimenting with the 'disease', which he didn't even know how he was going to use yet.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the older brother of Torak's father by two years. He kills his younger brother indirectly by creating the demon bear which does that.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He can't digest the idea that the gift of being a spirit walker has been given to a boy who doesn't even want it.
  • Evil Cripple: He's said to have been crippled by an accident that happened during a hunting trip. It's subverted because while he's horribly scarred, he only pretended to be crippled in order to make it easier to infiltrate the Red Deer Clan.
  • Evil Uncle: Towards Torak.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: His first meeting with Torak has him keeping his head turned and revealing the burned side of his face a moment later. However, this happens long before Tenris reveals his true nature to the boy.
  • Famous Last Words: Said right before the orca whale catches him.
    "Ask Fin-Kedinn about your father! Make him tell you the truth -"
  • Grey Eyes: Like with Torak and Torak father, who are Tenris' nephew and brother, respectively.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He tries to eat Torak's heart in order to gain his spirit walker powers.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by a killer whale for killing its offspring.
  • Killed Off for Real: In Spirit Walker, he is dragged underwater by a killer whale.
  • Large Ham: Towards the end of Spirit Walker. Before that, he keeps a low profile.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulated Hord to help him in the creation of the demon bear and he has the trust of his entire Clan. He also manages to make Torak trust him completely.
  • Master Poisoner: He created the sickness that tears the victim's souls apart, driving them to madness and eventual death. He spreads this in Spirit Walker by poisoning juniper berries. According to himself, there isn't much he wouldn't know about poisons.
  • The Mole: He pretends to be interested in helping Torak to find a cure for the disease he created.
  • Not So Different: While he's still maintaining his helpful facade, Torak finds him to be like Fin-Kedinn, just more friendly and less distant.
  • Scars Are Forever: The entire left side of his body (at least his face, torso and arm) have suffered serious burns from the Great Fire.
  • Starter Villain: The main villain of the first two books. It's not until after his death we get introduced to the other Soul Eaters.
  • Two-Faced: His face's right side shows him to be handsome in a jagged way, but the entire left side of his head (excluding his mouth) is hairless and spotted pink due to the burns received from the Great Fire.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: A Soul Eater in the disguise of a helpful Seal Clan Mage.