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Somewhat self-explanatory. In addition to the normal things the actual Catholic Church does, the Church arms and supports the three Knights of the Cross, who travel the world righting wrongs and battling the forces of cosmic evil on a mission from God, whether or not they are actually, themselves, Christian. And all of them are backed up by the very highest of powers...
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Knights of the Cross
Sir Michael Joseph Patrick Carpenter
"Our lives belong to the Almighty. We serve and live for the sake of others. Not for our own."A Knight of the Cross, wielder of the holy broadsword Amoracchius, badass, and overall Nice Guy. His wife is Charity Carpenter, and the oldest of his many children is Molly.
- Abuse Mistake: In Grave Peril the wounds Charity suffers from the Nightmare are inquired about by the police and they suspect Michael is the real reason for it.
- Action Dad: He is a Holy Knight who has faced more than his share of baddies. He even killed a dragon that was about to kill the woman who would become his wife.
- And the Adventure Continues: In Uriel's eyes, this is the case. While Michael lacks the physical condition to fight things like Dragons, demons, and Denarians, his moral goodness, helping anyone who comes across his path, showing mercy to those who hurt him, and just being a good person helps change so many lives. His examplar status in showing what people can be when they act in a truly good manner can help people find the better way for themselves.
- Back in the Saddle: In Skin Game, Uriel temporarily heals his wounds and allows him to resume his role as a Knight for the duration of the book.
- Badass Preacher: Though not aggressively evangelical, Michael is still there with words of comfort and advice and invites Harry to come to church with him. His battle cries are generally some piece of scripture or Latin phrase.
- Bargain with Heaven: They're called Knights of the Cross for a reason. Part of his retirement is being put on a "No Touch" list for supernatural hitters. To make sure this stays in effect, he has a full contingent of guardian angels around his home and property.
- Battle Cry: "Lava quod est sordium! In nomine Dei, sana quod est saucium!"Latin translation Notably, it is implied that this is not so much Michael's battle cry, as the battle-cry of the angels that back him up.
- Berserk Button: Don't threaten his children, especially while claiming to be serving the cause of good while so doing.
- BFS: Amoracchius is described as 5 feet long.
- Big Brother Mentor: He's really close to being the big brother Harry never had. Well, one of two that he never had. Despite his adversarial relationship with religion, Michael basically sets the moral standard against which Harry measures himself, and he's always Harry's first stop when dealing with moral confusion.
- The Big Guy: When even Murphy isn't enough.
- The Cape: An entirely non-comic-bookish example. Even after "retirement", whenever Harry Dresden finds himself in a moral conundrum, he always goes to see Michael for spiritual advice.
- Characterization Marches On:
- In Small Favor, he states that Charity has had formal medical training and he hasn't, while in Skin Game he mentions that he used to be an army doctor and helps splint a broken arm for Harry.
- Michael scolding Harry about sleeping with Susan comes across as out of character considering how open minded and forgiving he is in later books.
- Church Militant: Known and feared as "The Fist of God" throughout the supernatural-nasty community.
- Contrived Coincidence: Justified, in that this is explicitly part of how being a Knight of the Cross works. When one of them is needed, coincidence occurs to get them where they are needed in time for them to help. This has ranged from Father Forthill's car breaking down near Michael's house just when Michael needs someone to watch his children while he heads out to fight evil, all the way into some really awesome Big Damn Heroes moments (Proven Guilty being the most notable one for Michael).
- Cool Sword: Amoracchius, the Sword of Love, a two-handed greatsword . . . that's also known as Excalibur.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He met his future wife by saving her from a dragon and slaying it in the process. Keep in mind that, in the Dresdenverse, the dragon he kills is on the low tier of Physical Godhood, having once served Him in duties like changing the seasons.
- Earn Your Happy Ending:
- Michael spends his entire adult lifetime fighting against the forces of darkness, fully expecting that he would die in that quest, and quietly afraid of what it might mean to his family. In Small Favor', he is crippled but alive, and forced to retire from his duties as a Knight, but this leaves him able to take care of his children, coach their sports games, and build houses, like he always wanted to. This is, ultimately, the best he could have hoped for, as Harry notes that most Knights end up retiring feet first in a wooden box.
- Very nearly namechecked in Ghost Story when Harry sees the dozen or so Guardian Angels Guardian Angels posted around his house. Uriel's commentary? "Michael Carpenter has more than earned them."
- In Skin Game he and Charity are set financially by the share of diamonds gotten in the heist.
- A Friend in Need: In Skin Game after he calls Uriel his friend and chooses to face down Nicodemus despite his injury, Uriel loans him his Grace of God to heal his injury.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Michael is a very perceptive person, and while he may intentionally allow himself to get involved in another person's plans — trusting in God to see him through it — because he feels that it will give him the best opportunities to do some good, he's never blind to the risks. He also knew the entire time that Harry had picked up a Denarian coin to prevent Michael's son from getting possessed.
- Good Is Old-Fashioned: Played straight and subverted. Michael gets on to Harry about sleeping with a woman without marrying her, though in the same book Harry thinks he might have a point. See his Knight in Shining Armor quote for the subversion.
- Happily Married: To Charity.
- Heroic Lineage: Descended from Charlemagne. All known Knights of the Cross are descendents of royalty.
- Holier Than Thou: Averted. See Open-Minded Parent for just one example. When talking about Michael, Harry described him as "righteous". The person he's talking to assumed he was talking about this trope. Harry corrected her, saying that he meant the word in its most literal sense, including enough humility to deny it.
- I Regret Nothing: In Skin Game he mentions he made his choices and left things in God's hands. While he may be crippled, have nightmares about Demonreach, not put an end to Nicodemus and stopped the Denarians all together in Small Favor, he regrets none of his choices. He is content with how things are.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Figuratively and literally. Charity makes it. And reinforces it with Kevlar.Michael: My faith protects me. My Kevlar helps.
- Knight Templar: Averted in all its shiny glory. He is a calm, rational man who doesn't judge his enemies, including the extremely dangerous Denarians. He simply knows it is not his place.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After years of serving the Lord with no monetary reward for their work, they get one-fifth of the diamonds stolen from Hades' vault. Charity insists to Michael (who is still hesitant to take several million dollars of loot) that it's a divine gift. After all, they have children to put through college, and grandchildren to plan for.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Michael's closest friends and family constantly hide secrets from him. Harry hid the fact that he grabbed Lasciel's coin, Charity hasn't told him about her former magical power, and he's still not clued in about Molly being the Winter Lady and her role in Dresden's death. It's not his fault, but because he's placed on such a pedestal that no one wants to disappoint him.
- Martyr Without a Cause: Averted, actually. In Small Favor, Michael tells Harry outright that a Knight of the Cross doesn't have to give his life for the greater good to stop being one. But, because of the sorts of people they are, most do anyway.
- Meaningful Name: "Michael" is also the name of the Archangel of War; "Carpenter" is both Michael's family name and his day job. The latter is especially meaningful when one recalls a certain other carpenter.
- Name's the Same: In-Universe, with the Archangel. Lampshaded once when Sanya mentions he met with Michael and corrected himself saying he meant Archangel Michael.
- Nice Guy: If you are a good person, Michael will give you the coat off his back. If you're a bad person, he'll at least make the offer.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Because Michael so rarely loses his genial good temper, something is probably really bothering him when he does. (Usually related to threats against his family, or reminders that his duties as a Knight might end up leaving his family without a father.)
- Open-Minded Parent: When Harry brings Molly home in Proven Guilty, the first thing Michael does on seeing his daughter, now covered in tattoos and piercing, is hug her. While he then expresses concern about Molly he never condemns her.Michael: Harry, tell me, am I too old?
- The Paladin: Embodies the archetype. Realistically.
- Papa Wolf:
- As early as Grave Peril, we see this tendency as well; when Lea makes a coy offer to return the Sword to Michael in exchange for Molly, his response is to literally snatch her up and lift her off the floor and promise that he will destroy her if she messes with his children.
- "The Warrior" shows just how bad an idea it is to threaten his kids. He nearly lets his anger control him when he confronts and defeats the man who put a bomb on his daughter. If not for Harry, he wouldn't have let him be captured in such good shape.
- The RPG basically calls this his main flaw. So long as he can keep his heroic works as a Knight of the Cross and his being a father separate, he's the most moral person ever. But, when his children get involved, it introduces a nasty bit of complexity into Michael's otherwise simple and easygoing worldview.
- The Paragon: Harry really doesn't believe he's a good person. Michael believes otherwise, and Harry will often rise to the occasion to be worthy of this trust.
- Slightly deconstructed. Everyone looks up to Michael so much that they end up hiding secrets from him because they can't bear disappointing him (See Locked Out of the Loop). Never mind that he doesn't judge and offers forgiveness every time.
- Parental Substitute: While Michael and Charity love Maggie as if she was their own, they are well aware that they aren't her parents. They both encourage Harry to take over the role, both for Maggie's sake and his own.
- Place of Protection: While not the typical church or other holy site, for his work as a Knight of the Cross, guardian angels watch his house and it comes with a safe room empowered by Archangel Raphael. This makes it an ideal place to hide in should one not be able to make it to St. Mary's. In Ghost Story this was invoked by Molly as a place to hide some mind-addled children who were ordered to shoot up Murphy's home from both Murphy and the police. For this reason, Murphy hid the Swords there since soon after they came into her custody.
- Power of the God Hand: Known as "The Fist of God". Unlike most of the Japanese examples, this isn't just a boast; Carpenter is a Knight of the Cross and empowered by God to fight evil.
- Precision F-Strike: In "The Warrior" he says, "That son of a bitch hurt my little girl." Even Harry is floored.
- Rage Breaking Point: For kidnapping his daughter, trying to kill Harry, wrapping his daughter in explosives, and doing this all in the name of God and proclaiming you know what is the best course of action, Father Douglas came a hair's breadth away from being killed in Michael's vengeance. Only because of Harry's words did Michael avert this trope.
- Red Baron: Care to go up against "The Fist of God", anyone?
- Religion Is Magic: The exact nature of his faith-based powers is left unexplained, but one time by a simple prayer he was able to undo most of the mental binding someone put on Harry. All Harry noted was Michael's hands became incredibly hot. He can also burn a swarm of conjured insects off Harry at one point, and his house has a safe room warded by angelic magic.
- Retired Badass:
- Forcibly retired from the evil-slaying business due to injuries suffered in Small Favor. He is still, however, hinted to be under the personal protection of a literal Archangel — at the very least, he's confirmed to have a whole contingent of guardian angels protecting him and his family — so messing with him is still not a good idea.
- Per Word of God, getting shot and crippled as he was is his "happy ending". As Harry notes, most Knights end up retiring in coffins. In Michael's case, he gets to build houses and take his children to sports practice.
- Royal Blood: Descended from Charlemagne.
- True Companions: With Harry and Murphy. In Skin Game, when he sees them in a dire situation, despite his crippling injuries, he plans on walking out to help them. They plead to not make a senseless sacrifice.Michael: You'd both do the same for me.
- Turn the Other Cheek: When Michael had defeated Rourke, after the man kidnapped his daughter and put a bomb on her, he came close to lashing out at him further in vengeance. Only Harry's pleading for Michael to stop and offer to be the one doing the hitting did Michael relent and just captured him.
- Weapon of Choice: The massive two-handed broadsword Amoracchius, which is Excalibur.
Shiro YoshimoThe eldest of the three Knights of the Cross, a Japanese man who wields the katana Fidelacchius. Part Shinto monk, part Mr. Miyagi; he could easily be compared to a version of Michael in thirty years or so.
- Arch-Enemy: Possibly to Nicodemus. He was the only Knight to worry Nick, as he could match sword skills with the two-thousand-year-old bastard.
- Badass Grandpa: He is quite an elderly gentlemen, but can kick ass and terrify the forces of evil should they cross his path.
- Bargain with Heaven: It is implied that for his years of service and Heroic Sacrifice, he has earned a nice retirement in Heaven.
- Batman Gambit: Harry wonders if beyond knowing it was his time to die, tasking Harry, not Michael, Sanya, or any church fellow, to find the next person Fidelacchius was such a gambit. This is because in Small Favor Harry's instincts told him the person he should give Fidelacchius to is Nicodemus. Harry, acting on this instinct, was able to goad Nicodemus into acting foolishly, which lead to his entire plot falling apart.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Averted; he's a Baptist, at least nominally. Although he, in his own words, "tried to be a good Baptist", in many ways he still acts with Shintoist philosophy.
- Church Militant: As a Baptist, he walks with a holy sword doing His good work.
- Cool Old Guy: When not on duty, he can be a real fun-loving man who helps Charity with the groceries and help Harry out of his troubles.
- Cool Sword: His is Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith, which takes the form of a katana and is also the heavenly sword Kusanagi no Tsurugi of Japanese legend.
- The Gift: Shiro had an incredible natural talent for the swordsman. So much so, that he was skilled enough to beat even a master like Nicodemus in the past, so badly that Nicodemus freaked out when he heard Shiro coming to rescue Dresden.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In one scene only, he pulled out a cigar while in discussion with Dresden about Don Ortega. In an unusual case for Good Smoking, it was a cheroot.Dresden: Those things will kill you.
Shiro: [smiling] Not tonight.
- Heroic Lineage: Descendant of the last king of Okinawa.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gave his life to save Harry.
- Hero of Another Story: As a Knight of the Cross burdened with the opportunity to help people, Shiro has spent a lifetime moving from place to place helping people and likely stopping world-ending plots.
- Katanas Are Just Better: His sword is a katana. And later revealed to be Kusanagi, the sword of Japanese myth.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Well, he wears an aikido-style uniform, not formal armor, but he is this at heart.
- Lost in Translation: A literal example, Shiro converted to Christianity because he was at an Elvis concert and a preacher asked the audience to "Meet the King". Thinking it was an invitation backstage, he went and ended up becoming Baptist.
- Master Swordsman: Simply put, if you try to take him on with a sword, you lose. Even if you happen to be a 2,000-year-old Denarian. You will lose. In the RPG he has plot device levels of swordsmanship.
- The Mentor: To Michael and Sanya. His example also influenced Harry long after his death.
- Sacrificial Lion/Too Cool to Live: He died in the book he was introduced in.
- Secretly Dying: In a letter he left for Harry after his death, he revealed he was already suffering from terminal cancer.
- Nice Guy: To his friends, he is a nice, warm fellow.
- Old Master: The oldest and, in his own way, wisest of the Knights. His skill with the Sword made even Nicodemus respect the man.
- The Paragon: He is a good man doing His Good work, helping protect those he can from the evils of the world. Should one be in need and he is there, even if he has only just met the person and that person has a checkered past about being a full on good guy, like Harry, he will help him.
- Royal Blood: Apparently a descendant of the last ruler of Okinawa.
- Weapon of Choice: Fidelacchius, the Sword of Faith, a katana that is supposed to be Kusanagi.
Civilian: God in Heaven. He must have sent you to us, son.One of the Knights of the Cross, and a former Denarian who went straight. He's black, Russian, and prone to wearing Kevlar and hauling around a Kalashnikov to match his sword, Esperacchius. Oh, and he's an atheist, despite having been handed his sword by the Archangel Michael himself.
Sanya: It was probably just a coincidence, ma'am.
Sanya: It was probably just a coincidence, ma'am.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Sanya doesn't fight evil for God, but because someone has to. See Arbitrary Skepticism for details.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite working directly for God and wielding a literal holy sword given to him by the Archangel Michael, Sanya is an agnostic. He believes there's power, just not that it's God. Or he may be having a sustained hallucination from a coma or something, or maybe he was given Esperacchius by aliens masquerading as angels. He actually throws all of these out as possible explanations . . . Still, God or no God, the job needs to be done. Harry once called him the "Knight of Maybe".
- The Atoner: For when he was being used by Magog.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His chief problem in combat. He grows out of it though.
- Bargain with Heaven: Or possibly aliens, see above.
- Big Damn Heroes/Just in Time: In Changes he arrives just after Harry fell off a ladder, in time to help Harry and save the other tenants in the fire.
- Black Vikings: Black people were a rarity, to say the least, in post-Soviet Russia. Sanya mentions that his skin colour turned heads even in Moscow, and that in the countryside he could cause car accidents just by walking down the road.
- Blood Knight: While a Denarian.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Powerfully built, extremely strong, and quite loud and cheerful.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Unfazed by the events of Small Favor, and stays chatty during the meeting at the Carpenter house.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses an assault rifle while the other knights limit themselves to their swords.
- Contrived Coincidence: As in Michael's case, it's part of being a Knight of the Cross, and results in an epic save in Changes.
- Cool Sword: Esperacchius, the Sword of Hope, which looks like a cavalry saber and is also known as Durendal.
- Drunken Master: Drinks vodka before some big fights. Even advised Harry to take up the practice, as it makes the darkness seem a little lighter.
- Flat-Earth Atheist:
- He got his sword directly from an archangel. You wouldn't know it from his views on religion.
- An old woman cries out "Oh God in Heaven, help us!" Then Sanya shows up and claims it's a Contrived Coincidence.
- Gallows Humor: A lot of Sanya's jokes tend to be classically dark Russian humor, such as joking to Harry after he becomes the Winter Knight that if he became a monster and Sanya had to kill him, he'd do it painlessly. In Changes he even advises Harry to have this attitude, as it makes the awful things he sees seem lighter. He also advises Harry drink vodka.
- Hero of Another Story: As a Knight of the Cross burdened with the opportunity to help people, Sanya has spent years moving from place to place helping people and likely stopping world-ending plots. In Skin Game Nicodemus arranges for some other Denarians to try something with an Iranian nuclear reactor, to keep Sanya busy so he can't interfere with Nicodemus' plans in Chicago.
- Hope Bringer: As a Knight, he walks in the dark places and fights the dark forces that lay there. Even more appropriate is his sword is the Sword of Hope. His mere presence in Changes makes a cynical Martin have hope the mission could be a success.
- Husky Russkie: His muscles make Michael look like, in Harry's words, "he needs to eat some wheat germ or something."
- Lightning Bruiser: Very fast for a man of his size.
- Nice Guy: Yep, all three of them are incredibly nice people who would go out of their way to save anyone in need. This however also means that the saving deals with fighting monsters that normal people would piss themselves at the sight of.
- The Philosopher: Describes himself as such. From what we've seen it seems apt.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Bellows with laughter throughout the whole battle against the Red Court in Changes.
- Redemption Quest: His exact actions and evil acts done during his time with the Denarians isn't known to the readers, but now with this power given to him, he can work to undo some of the harm and help others the way he was helped.
- Royal Blood: Sanya can trace his ancestry back to Saladin.
- Scary Black Man: Though quite congenial to his friends, he invokes this when interrogating Stevie D in Changes.
- Schizo Tech: Fights fallen angels with a cavalry saber and a Kalashnikov.
- The Strategist: Analyzes the landscape of Deamonreach, predicting how an enemy would prepare for battle there, indicating he is this.
- Sword and Gun: Specifically, Esperacchius and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
- Took a Level in Badass: The youngest of the three Knights in Death Masks, who needed Michael to back him up. By the time of Small Favor, he's kicking ass right alongside Michael as his equal. By the time of Changes, he's the only Knight in the world, and he's thriving as the world's professional Big Damn Hero.
- Twofer Token Minority: He's a black man in Russia. In his own words, for Moscow he was very strange. If he went into smaller towns, he had to keep off the main roads because he caused accidents due to motorists taking their eyes off the road to gawk at him. For an added bit of diversity, he is descended from Saladin, a Kurd.
- Villainous Friendship: His relationship with Rosanna was a Type III; he genuinely loved her and his HeelFace Turn happened when he found out just how little she cared for him.
- Weapon of Choice: Esperacchius, once known as Durendal, forged into a cavalry saber. Also a Kalashnikov.
Father Anthony Forthill
Father Anthony ForthillFather Forthill is senior shepherd at St. Mary of the Angels church in Chicago, Harry's main contact with the militant side of the Catholic Church. While relatively little about his background has been revealed, there are hints that he was much more active in his opposition to the forces of evil in his youth.
- Badass Preacher: Enough to tackle the gunman who shot Butters while unarmed.
- Church Militant: A member of the Ordo Malleus.
- Cool Old Guy: If you're not willing to share sensitive matters of faith with your priest, he's willing to pull out a bottle of brandy so you can tell them to your bartender. He also gives Fitz the opportunity to make a Pedophile Priest joke, as they seemed to be popular.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: Has an Eye of Thoth tattoo, a remnant of his vampire-slaying days.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: Harry is nonplussed when he reveals that he's the Carpenter's lawyer.Harry: He's a priest. He's a lawyer. This does not compute.
- Good Shepherd: He will, without fear of his own mortal well being, tend to the injured and meek without comment on their current status in life. Whether it is a group of street urchins who must commit crimes to survive, a cult leader who would rather stick him with a knife, or a unhinged Molly Carpenter, he will treat them kindly and, if he sees a need, call them out on their less than proper behavior.
- Heroes Gone Fishing: In "The Warrior" Harry is nonplussed to hear he actually says Mass sometimes.Forthill: Harry, you didn't think that I just sit around in this old barn awaiting my chance to make you sandwiches, bandage wounds, and offer advice?
- Hidden Depths: Is also a lawyer who does pro bono work for his congregation, to say nothing of how he got the Eye of Thoth tattoo.
- I Gave My Word: Takes his promises seriously. When sworn to secrecy he will not divulge any information whatsoever.
- Place of Protection: For the same reason many use it when Seeking Sanctuary.
- Retired Badass: When he was younger he swore an oath to protect the innocent from supernatural threats and helped to slay a vampire.
- Saintly Church: He runs St. Mary's as such.
- Seeking Sanctuary: Nine times out of ten when Harry is need of protection from supernatural baddies, he will head to St. Mary's.
- You Shall Not Pass: In Grave Peril when the Nightmare is seeking a young girl on his church, Forthill confronts it from behind his threshold and begins quoting the Bible at it. This pisses the Nightmare off, but it cannot set foot on the holy ground.
Father VincentAnother member of the Eye of Thoth. He was killed shortly before the events of the Death Masks case.
- Chekhov's Gun: His tattoo that he and Father Forthill had of the Eye of Thoth is found on his corpse covered in blood. The fact it is hidden allows Harry to Spot The Thread and out Cassius.
- Church Militant: Went on a successful vampire-slaying mission shortly after taking his Holy Orders.
- Posthumous Character: Died before Death Masks began and was subsequently impersonated by Cassius.
Father PaoloA priest encountered by Fitz and Dresden's spirit in Ghost Story.
Father Douglas Roarke (aka "Buzz")
Father Douglas RoarkeAppears in the short story "The Warrior". Former member of the Army Rangers, Father Roarke was trained as a chaplain in the US Army and eventually joined the Ordo Malleus (aka the Inquisition) to fight evil. Once Harry became custodian of Fidelacchius and Amoracchius, he became convinced that either Harry was misusing the Swords or that he was actively trying to keep them out of the hands of the Knights, and took steps to recover them.
- Badass Normal: Manages to keep Harry on the backfoot, despite having no magic whatsoever.
- BFG: Wields a .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifle that punches clean through Harry's shields.
- Cold Sniper: Shiro's death devastated him and left him with a sense of despair at the future. Harry's difficulties in finding a new bearer for the sword didn't help.
- Combat Pragmatist: The man is very smart about confronting Harry. Any time Harry got the upper hand, he ran. He would snipe Harry from the distance, use a detonator with a kill-switch that would go off if Harry tried using magic, and not be above giving Harry a groin attack.
- Hostage For Macguffin: He took Michael's daughter hostage in exchange for the Swords.
- I Have Your Wife: Kidnaps Michael's daughter Alicia and holds her hostage to get the Swords back.
- Knight Templar: To him, the sacrifice of an innocent girl is a valid price to pay if it means the Swords can be removed from Harry and put back into their job of helping the world.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Michael delivers one to him with a baseball bat and the flat of Amoracchius.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely hopes that no one will get hurt because of his little scheme, but he also isn't squeamish about collateral damage. "Better for one to die . . ." as a certain chief priest once said about a certain random guy.
Uriel (aka "Jake", aka "Mr. Sunshine")
Archangel UrielThe Archangel responsible for gifting Harry with Soulfire. Liked by Mab (which does not bode well), respects free will above all else, interferes only when he has to balance the influence of Hell, and is apparently Heaven's spook/Black Ops guy. Harry has spoken to him a couple of times so far.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Uriel has the highest confirmed power level, with his power compared to some other higher level characters a matter of speculation. He could easily solve pretty much all of the problems and threats Dresden comes up against, but is forbidden from doing anything that interferes in mortal free will.
- Angel Unaware: That janitor was not the janitor.
- Balance Between Good and Evil:
- As guardian of Free Will, if a Fallen influences a mortal enough that the mortal dies, Uriel is obligated to help that mortal to balance the scales.
- In Small Favor he was able to give Harry Soulfire to keep things balanced when Lucifer gives the Denarians more power for their plot.
- Batman Gambit: See Guile Hero.
- Brought Down to Badass: While Michael has his Grace, Uriel points out that he is still a being that has been soldiering for longer than humans have been alive, and he takes on armed thugs with kitchen knives and wins.
- Brought Down to Normal: In Skin Game he lends Michael his angelic Grace (his power) so that Michael can temporarily take up Amoracchius again to face Nicodemus. He's mortal for the duration and if Michael were to abuse that power, he'd Fall. Michael, needless to say, doesn't.
- Celestial Paragons and Archangels: The only we've one seen so far, though Michael has made a couple of off-screen appearances and Raphael and Gabriel have been briefly mentioned.
- The Chessmaster: Kill two birds with one stone — save two souls with one move. It's his business.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Harry realizes if he picked a fight with him, it would end badly for Harry.
- Didn't See That Coming: For all his Knowledge and Wisdom, he tends to be shocked a few times over the course of the series.
- In "The Warrior" he is very shocked when Harry tries to bill him for being God's instrument of good and helping save people.
- In Ghost Story he mentions, with Captain Jack's actions and hanging up on him, humans have a tendency to surprise him even after all this time.
- In Skin Game:
- He seems genuinely shocked Michael would consider him his friend.
- He confesses to Harry he did not think he would see the Sword of Faith being remade into a Laser Blade under his watch.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Because I Know Your True Name is serious business, Uriel gets very frosty with Harry for calling him "Uri". This is because Harry has on at least two occasions affected characters' identities by giving them nicknames. Since the "el" in "Uriel" means "of God", one can understand why he would be a bit touchy about having it removed. Especially considering that "Uri" is light, which, with a separation from the connection to God, makes him seem like somebody else.
- The Fettered: There are a lot of times where he'd genuinely like to help but he can't because he's not allowed to tamper with Free Will or its consequences.
- A Friend in Need: In Skin Game he gives Michael his Grace to make sure he can face down Nicodemus without his crippling injuries when Michael goes out to face him.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Played with. In the same book that Harry calls him useless for refusing to use his powers to directly help the heroes, Uriel risks his immortal life and (potentially) whole galaxies to help Michael Carpenter for a few days.
- Good Is Not Nice: Apparently he is responsible for a lot of the Old Testament. For instance, the slaying of the First Born of Egypt. Since Uriel is often equated with the Angel of Death this is not surprising.
- Guile Hero: Manipulates, tricks and maneuvers people to defeat the forces of darkness on the quiet. Once conned Satan, aka ''the Father of Lies''.
- Hope Bringer: When Harry was at a low point, seeing Mab over him proclaiming her victory and malevolent plans for Harry to become her private monster with nothing he could do to stop it, Uriel gives Harry hope that he can remain who he is and still be the Winter Knight.Uriel: Lies. Mab cannot change who you are.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: According to Mab, Uriel is "by far the most dangerous" of the Archangels, despite Michael traditionally being seen as "the boss"/the most powerful. Probably because he's Heaven's wetwork agent.
- Idiot Ball: He mentions how serious Names are, but the way humans toss their Names about so frivolously is, to him, like watching children play with grenades.
- I Know Your True Name: Likely coming from Intellectus, the ability to know everything within a given category, Uriel can speak the True Name of any being. When Harry tried to call him "Uri" he responded by saying "Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden" with perfect inflection.
- In Mysterious Ways: Uriel is a being outside of humanity's limited view of time, able to see not only future events but the multitude of events that can come from many choices. In "The Warrior" when Harry gets fed up with this line, Uriel notes that Harry helped save many lives without meaning to or intending to, but his little choices helped wake a mother up to the truth her child was being abused. Later Harry made a man not work while drunk, saving his life from an accident, and in a few months his daughter will require a bone marrow transplant to fight the cancer she will develop and her father would be the only match. Harry gave a young girl some cheering up and confidence which would inspire her to become a counselor who would go on to help thousands. Lastly, when Michael's children are on the line, the good man will lose focus and be more likely to give into his darker side, but Harry's words calmed him enough from not striking Douglas with vengeance but granting him mercy. And all of these examples happened in just a few days.Jake: The real war happened when you weren't looking.
- Loophole Abuse: Uriel is not above using these minor details, along with obfuscating, to get what he needs to happen, happen. In Skin Game he cannot interfere with Michael and Nicodemus' deal as it is being made freely by their own freewill. Uriel knows if Michael faces Nicodemus, he will be killed. So Uriel makes the only choice he can make. As Michael already made his choice to walk out, Uriel makes his choice to loan Michael his Grace of God, healing his friend for a time.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. Every life is important to him (and Him). And the true battle against evil isn't fought just against the dark forces of the Denarians, against the fathoms of evil monsters, but on the simple every day choices humans make. The choice between vengeance and mercy, kindness over hatred, strength of higher convictions over succumbing to fear. Every life matters.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He will play the ignorant part, claiming he had no idea a subordinate was acting in a way, so as to not technically violate the rules binding him. One instance is whether or not he permitted Jack Murphy to use a half-truth to convince Harry to go back (as that would be a lie in Uriel's book). At the same time when that lie helped put Harry in the right spot at the right time to save Molly's life, Uriel noted he wished he had the foresight to send an agent to give Molly the inspiration or idea to see the solution before her, just before Molly was saved.
- Our Angels Are Different: They're apparently composed entirely of soul-stuff and interfere only within their particular area of responsibility; in Uriel's case, he safeguards free will. So far, he has only appeared in an entirely human form.
- Plausible Deniability: He kept enough distance and disdain for Jack Murphy's actions in Ghost Story, letting him be vague and omit certain details to Harry to get him to go back and save Chicago, Molly, and others. Uriel even notes this by saying on the hypothetical, while Molly was in a bad situation, if he had the presence of mind to help he would have sent an agent back to provide some help. Then, what do you know, someone Harry helped earlier in the book pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- The Quiet One: One of the reasons why Mab likes Uriel. Uriel only says what is needed and permitted, nothing more or less. The only useful line Harry got out of him that wouldn't violate any of the many laws preventing him from talking more broadly is, "No matter where you go, there you are."
- The Spymaster: To Heaven.
- Story-Breaker Power: Uriel has the power to destroy galaxies, making his power at least on par with Mab's if not the Mothers of Faerie. Yet he is severely restricted in how he can use that power (namely, he cannot, in any fashion, prevent the exercise of a mortal's free will or nullify the consequences thereof), preventing him from solving every problem in the series.
- Time Stands Still: When he appears, he can freeze the surrounding area, so rain just hangs in the middle of the air and even a dog's bark is paused.
- Touched by Vorlons: He is the one doing the touching when he gives Harry soulfire, the fires of creation as balancing the scales because Lucifer gave his ilk Super Hellfire.
- What Is This Feeling?: In Skin Game, he physically hurts himself for the very first time after giving up his Grace, and the feeling reduces him to tears.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: In Skin Game he quickly rebounds a bad situation for the heroes by making one move Nicodemus failed to ever consider, and ended up turning a dark day into a good future.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Harry, without even his True Sight on, accidentally stares into his halo when he gets mad at Nicodemus and his human disguise starts breaking up. He describes the sensation as like seeing every bad, hurtful thing he'd ever done to someone else in his life, and how easy it would have been to do something else. Needless to say, Uriel prefers A Form You Are Comfortable With for a reason.
Angel of Death
Angel of DeathNo name is given, but this angel was set forth to guide and protect the souls of the dead to their proper place. It is not in her power to decide who ought to die or when, but rather in the event human choices lead to that outcome she is there. Harry met her when she stood over Father Forthill's body in Ghost Story.
- Badass Boast: In her own words, she would fight the Prince of Darkness himself if he came to try and steal a soul under her protection.
- Dark is Not Evil: Harry described her as wearing black shoes, black pants, black shirts, black tie, dark hair, and skin that looked like it was dyed in an ink well. Even the sclera, the whites of her eyes, are black. All that said, she is not a force of evil but a guardian from evil.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: When she and Harry meet, she's pleasant enough and is there to act as a soul's bodyguard on its final journey. She's even nice enough to ignore Dresden's various threats since, Dresden being Dresden and all, he doesn't realize until halfway through the conversation that she could utterly destroy him with a passing thought if he continues getting in the way of her duties.
- The Fettered: She has no open opinion on where a mortal's choice will lead them. Stupid or wise, if the choices of mortals lead to a death, she will guard the deceased.
- First-Name Basis: She speaks of people using their first names, unless pushed, at which point it becomes a Full Name Ultimatum with the exact tone and style the owner of the name uses.
- God's Hands Are Tied: She refuses to give aid to Forthill as he lay injured on the floor because it was his choice to come to the situation and the choice of the scum who beat him to beat Forthill. She will not intercede on points of freewill.
- I Know Your True Name: Like Uriel, she can Know the True Name of any mortal. Harry realizes fighting her would be impossible because this includes his name.
- Rerouted From Heaven: Her job is to avert this as the forces of Hell would steal even the souls of saints if they could and the nether region between the mortal world and the final destination is not one a mortal soul can safely traverse alone.
Guardian Angel Amitiel, et al.
Amitiel and other guardian angelsAmitiel is the only, thus far, named guardian angel. He is the protector of Captain Jack's Chicago branch. Other angels have been spotted at and inside the Carpenter household.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Throw a supernatural threat at the Carpenter house or other places under their purview, and they will stop them cold. Throw a mortal mugger or thief, and they will sit back and watch. They will not interfere with a mortal's freewill.
- Guardian Angel: They are these.
- Invisible to Normals: And even to beings like Wizards. Presumably if one uses their Sight, they can be seen, but as mentioned below, this is a bad idea for the wizard.
- Loophole Abuse: The angels are limited in any confrontation that involves Free Will being used. These guys will fight any supernatural threat, but a stupid human with a gun can walk right by them.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Amitiel halts Harry from using his Sight on even just the angel's gun, which was a disguise for his heavenly sword, because Seeing too much could hurt Harry.