Characters from the Darksword Trilogy.

->''"I liked to believe that you were using me to help yourself. I used to think that about everyone, only most were too hypocritical to admit the truth."''

After the outbreak of Dead nobles, Joram was taken by his mother Anja to the fields to work, where she hid his lack of Life through teaching him sleight-of-hand. Joram spent his childhood isolated from the rest of the field magi, which resulted in him being rather withdrawn and wary of people as a whole.

* AntiHero: More extreme before he [[TookALevelInKindness takes a level in kindess]].
%%* BackFromTheDead
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: He's often likened to a stone statue. It takes over a book and a half of combined help between [[ParentalSubstitute Father Saryon]], [[TheWisePrince Prince Garald]], and falling [[LoveAtFirstSight head-over-heels]] for the first time to finally see a chip in his frozen demeanor.
* DontYouDarePityMe: He's likely to ignore whomever tries to help.
* LonersAreFreaks: His whole childhood with Anja.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With Gwendolyn. It helps him wake up the reality of being able to [[CharacterDevelopment genuinely care for someone]].
%%* MessianicArchetype
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Anja smuggled him out of Merilon to avoid the same fate as the other [[NiceJobBreakingItHerod Dead children]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to Mosiah's Red; Joram is stoic and cold.
%%* RightfulKingReturns
* TarotTroubles
* TroubledButCute: His natural, physical beauty is consistently alluded to just as much as his destructive childhood. The girls of Merilon apparently [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys won't be complaining when he takes a visit]].

!!Father Saryon

->''"It is always easier to hate than it is to love, still more easy to hate a class or race of people because they are faceless and nameless. If you are going to hate me, I prefer that you do it because you hate ''me'', not what I represent.''

An unknown catalyst from the city of Merilon, Saryon came to the capital after an incident where he was caught reading forbidden books of the Ninth Mystery. The incident was hushed up and he was allowed a major part in the ceremony where the newborn Prince of Merilon was declared Dead. Years later, he's sent to the Outlands on Bishop Vanya's orders and, despite himself, joins forces with Joram.

* TheAtoner
* BadassGrandpa: He prefers to keep his reputation as a humble catalyst, but that doesn't stop him from taking down [[spoiler:Blachloch, ruining Vanya and Xavier's plans, and facing the Executioner.]]
* BadLiar: To the point where he's almost [[CannotTellALie physically incapable of it]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He takes the bullet meant for Joram and gets turned to stone. But not before ensuring Joram's means of escape.]]
* MeaningfulName: His title, Father, which indicates his position in the Church, takes on a different shade as he grows close to Joram.
* ParentalSubstitute: For Joram, to the point where he regularly refers to him as "my son."
* TheSmartGuy
* TheSoCalledCoward
* SuperEmpowering: Being a catalyst, it's of the "only power" variety.
* SurvivalMantra: Reciting ritual words.
-->''Obedire est vivere. Vivere est obedire. To obey is to live. To live is to obey.''
%%* TakenForGranite
* TeenGenius: For the first half of the first book. He keeps the mathematical genius, but loses the young age.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Subverted. He's quite genuine in his offers to help and it takes no time for people to discover his mission from Vanya. This does't, however, keep it from being a point of contention between him and Joram throughout the first book.

!Supporting Characters


Joram's only childhood friend, Mosiah followed him into the Outlands shortly after Joram's own flight and joined the village of Sorcerer's out of concern more than anything else.

* FishOutOfWater: As a former Field Magus visiting the capitol, Merilon.
* RedOniBlueOni: As the Red to Joram's Blue, Mosiah is impulsive and friendly.
* StraightMan: As {{Foil}} to [[LargeHam Sim]][[TheDandy kin]].


->''"I'm the fixed point of insanity in any sane situation. Many people find that comforting."''

A talented magus with no apparent regard for social or ethnic customs, Simkin seems to fly by his own calender and motivations. A fickle fellow, his loyalties are questionable at best and he doesn't make friends easily with his loud and obnoxious personality.

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: [[spoiler: Of Magic.]]
%%* BackFromTheDead
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder
* CloudcuckooLander
* TheDandy: Overlaps with the below.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: No one is pleased by his taste.
* LargeHam
* TheMillstone
* NoodleIncident: Loves to hint at these.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: "I say..."
* TricksterArchetype
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WelcomeBackTraitor

!!Prince Garald

->''"The dead have little use for honor, as I said before. They have little use for anything else, either. What are title, wealth, breeding to them?"''

The Prince of Sharakan, Merilon's rivaling kingdom. Garald is [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonable and authoritative]], assisting the party in their travels when they meet him on their way to Merilon.

* AndThenWhat: He [[ArmorPiercingQuestion asks]] Joram in the middle of his [[ChekhovsSkill first fencing session]], who subsequently [[BreakThemByTalking breaks]].
* CombatPragmatist: Played with. He isn't one, but when he teaches Joram the basics of sword fighting he makes is clear he doesn't have time to teach him to win a fair fight. While never stated, it's implied that he believes all sword fighters start out this way.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ends up giving one to [[BreakTheHaughty Joram]], as mentioned above.
* TheWisePrince


A young woman, raised in Merilon. She meets the heroes when they unsuccessfully try to enter the city.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: As her father muses, she has all the innocent young men of Merilon to choose from, and yet she falls for Joram, one whose intent is questionable at best.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Though she recovers, to a degree, after Joram frees the magic which was driving the dead and her crazy.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* TheIngenue
* InnocentBlueEyes
* ISeeDeadPeople: [[spoiler:Following her chasing Joram into Beyond, she starts speaking with the dead and ignoring the living.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: She and Joram. Others prefer to recognize it as youthful infatuation.
* SpoiledSweet


->''"Grant me life."''

A ''Duuk-tsarith'' among the Sorcerers in the Outland. Blachloch usurped control from the previous leader Andon several years before Joram and Saryon arrive and has been ruling the village with fear since.

* BadassMustache
* BlackCloak
%%* DiscOneFinalBoss
* TheMole: [[spoiler:For Bishop Vanya.]]

!! Bishop Vanya

The corrupt leader of the church. He is one of the most politically powerful men in Thimhallan and goes to great lengths to secure that power.

* AdiposeRex: He is constantly referred to as obese, especially by Simkin. And while he is no royalty in name, he does hold the same degree of political power.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Comes over as a kind and fatherly man, but all of this is a ruse to manipulate people in doing what he wants. He especially likes to make people think they owe him something due to past sins.
* CorruptChurch: A personification of this trope.
* WouldHurtAChild: Due to the prophecy, he is scared to death of Joram, even when Joram was still an infant. While he might not be planning to kill him in fear of furthering the prophecy, it is implied that the alternative would not be nice either.

!! Xavier

Joram's uncle and the second in line to the throne. He would be the first in line if it weren't for the fact Joram is still alive. He is preying in said throne for a very long time.

* FauxAffablyEvil: Pretends to treat Joram with respect, while also rubbing in how he is going to screw him over to gain the throne.
* KilledMidSentence: He dies halfway through condemning Joram to death.