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.

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 honour.
  • 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 as 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.
  • Kuudere
  • 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.
  • The Obi-Wan
  • The Stoic
  • Two Guys and a Girl - Years before the events of the series, with Torak's parents.

    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 Soul Eater, 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.
  • 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 father's mother was Seal Clan, meaning that he and Bale are kinsman. 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.

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.

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.

Tenris is the Mage of the Seal Clan, who Torak meets when he travels to the Seal Clan in the second book. Tenris is horribly scarred all over his body from a fire. He is very kind and helpful to Torak. It is later revealed that he was scarred by the fire that Torak's father (Tenris's brother) set to destroy the Soul Eaters, for Tenris is a Soul Eater. He tries to kill Torak to get the power of the spirit walker, but ends up being dragged under water by a whale.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  • Ambition Is Evil: Since he was a child, he has always wanted more power to dominate others.
  • Bears Are Bad News - It is revealed that he created the demon bear from Wolf Brother, in an attempt to assassinate Torak's father. It worked.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday - Killed Bale's little brother while casually experimenting with creating the 'disease' which he doesn't even know how he's going to use yet.
  • 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 Uncle: Towards Torak.
  • 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, before that he is really quiet.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has won the trust of every member of his Clan and wins Torak's as well.
  • Not So Different: Torak finds him to be like Fin-Kedinn, just more friendly and less distant. It's all a facade.
  • 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.
  • The Mole

The Walker real name is Narrander
He appears a few times through out the books, each times 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 after 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.
  • 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
  • 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 Cuckoolander Was Right: He was a wise man before going mad, and shows his wisdom occasionally.
  • The Hermit: Even after Fin-Kedinn offers him to live in peace among the Clans, the Walker refuses.
  • 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.

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. See the 'Woobie' entry below for his back story. 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 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.
  • Heroic Albino
  • I See Dead People
  • Man Child - Dark's thoughts and words are somewhat slow, especially when compared to the sharp, intelligent way that 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.

    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 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. And her eyes look orange like with an eagle owl. In "Ghost Hunter" Torak compares her at one point 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.
  • Creepy Monotone: She is completely emotionless, short of her lust for power, and apparently talks like this.
  • Dark Magical Girl
  • 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 an 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, and she 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. And to her, Torak 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.
  • Silent Antagonist: She's the most reserved of the Soul Eaters.
  • 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.
  • The Faceless: Always wears her eagle owl mask
  • 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 like this.

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.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Character Tics: He has a habit of chewing spruce resin.
  • Fingore: Wolf bites off two fingers of Thiazzi's left hand in Soul Eater.
  • Genius Bruiser: He possesses both the strength of a hunter and cunningess of a Mage.
  • Green Eyes
  • Killed Off for Real - In Oath Breaker he falls off a tree while burning to death.
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last living member of the Oak clan.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He proves 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.
  • Smug Snake
  • 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 reviled 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, because she needed a baby, so 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 about her 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.
  • The Baroness
  • Dark Magical Girl
  • Dream Weaver - There is a reason why most of Renn's powers come from her dreams...
  • Femme Fatale
  • 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.
  • Large Ham
  • Luke, I Am Your Father - Double gender flipped, and averted becauseRenn already knew that Seshru was her mother. Seshru and Torak didn't find out until Outcast and, oh boy, there was hell to pay.
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • 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 at 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. And earlier, she threatens her captors by claiming to be a full mage, her threats echoing those made by Seshru. And 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.

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 fire opal will die with her. She is the Bat Mage.
  • Anti-Villain: A mix of types II and III. While she assists the other Soul Eaters in sacrificing predators (which is forbidden by the Clans' law) 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 end.
  • Bat out of Hell: Subverted. She's a member of the Bat Clan, and her clan totem is a living bat. But 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 insecurity. At one point, she mutters to herself that she must remain strong.
  • Death Equals Redemption
  • Evil Cripple: Subverted. Her legs are bent so much that she swings while walking. But she's an Anti-Villain, and she moves swiftly despite her legs.
  • Heel-Face Turn: She destroys on 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 it instead.
  • 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: She believes that the Soul Eaters can unite the Clans and put an end to all unfair things like premature deaths of babies.