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A list of characters appearing in the Elenium and Tamuli saga. Currently in progress.
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Elenium Main Characters
A Pandion knight and main character of the story. Long story short, he's also Anakha, the man free from the bounds of destiny, destined to wield the legendary artifact Bhelliom. Eventually revealed to be the Bhelliom's avatar on earth.
The Champion: To the royal house of Elenia, but to Ehlana most of all.
Church Militant: As a Church Knight, he's this, though he's not excessively religious.
Cool Sword: The ancient sword of the Sparhawk clan, which was given to them by the King of Elenia.
Blade on a Stick: For some time he wields the Spear of Aldreas (which was his ancestor's weapon) in the second book. Is actually because there's one of the Bhelliom's rings inside, giving it magical powers.
Dumb Muscle: While not being a complete moron, he's not the smartest crayon in the box. Subverted in the last book, where while undercover he manages to deliver a message to the imprisoned Ehlana in a few sentences.
Genius Ditz: He's really quite out of his depth in any scholarly matter and severely lacking in common sense, but he also has unmatched social intelligence, allowing him to work as an impromptu therapist on a few occasions.
Hidden Depths: He's shown to be quite sensitive and good-hearted after all.
Lethal Chef: If the reactions of others in learning that Ulath's rather... unique... cooking roster left him in charge of the cooking for a week are anything to go by.
Love Makes You Dumb: When he believes that Alean is actually in love with Berit, he reacts quite immaturely for a while
Obfuscating Stupidity: Discovers that life becomes much easier when people underestimate him, and does it so well that even his friends who know how smart he can be tend to forget.
A powerful styric sorceress, who taught magic to the Pandion Knights. She's the priestess of Aphrael the Child Goddess, and the one who put Ehlana in the Diamond Throne in the first place. She's also in love with Vanion. After the Elenium, she returns to her home Sarsos with Vanion, and after the Tamuli the two finally get married for real.
Fantastic Racism: Absolutely hates Delphae, because she believes that they were responsible for the death of her family. After learning the truth, she gets over it.
The Heart: She's this for the whole Pandion order. That's why they call her "Little Mother". To the point that, in the Tamuli, tons of tough-as-nails knights (including Kalten) openly cry with joy when they meet her again.
Hypocrite: She expresses disgust at the thought of Styrics and Elenes marrying. Then she marries Vanion.
Squishy Wizard: She's one of the most powerful mages in the world, but she hasn't much stamina. This actually becomes a plot point in the first trilogy, as the spell she used on Ehlana will slowly take a toll on her body as the wraith of the deceased knights give their swords to her.
The old head of the Pandion Knights, still efficient despite his old age. Is in love with Sephrenia. In the Tamuli, he eventually leaves the knighthood and goes to live with her in Sarsos, and eventually marry her by the end of the saga.
Awesomeness by Analysis: Managed to learn the ludicrously difficult spell Sephrenia used to seal Ehlana just by carefully watching it.
Badass Grandpa: He may be old, but is still a force to be reckoned with. In the Tamuli he even manage to beat the entire population of Sarsos in a marathon, even after injuring his feet.
May-December Romance: With Sephrenia. However as they marry, the Bhellion makes them both young again.
Your Days Are Numbered: Due to both his age and the effort of taking some of Sephrenia swords with him, he's on his deathbed by the end of the first saga, But is ultimately saved by Aphrael.
A young thief who joins up with the party early on, largely thanks to dubious blood ties to Kurik. He gets character development later on but provides both comic relief and a bit of a foil to the grown-up knights.
The Artful Dodger: He's more this than Street Urchin, though he sometimes plays up his urchinly qualities for sympathy so he can make a killing at begging.
Expy: He's Prince Kheldar/Silk from The Belgariad at the age of ten.
Heroic Bastard: He's Kurik's illegitimate son. It's also not held against him.
Impossible Thief: Often it seems like a character just has to stand within ten feet of Talen and he'll have everything they own within seconds. Eventually Sparhawk just starts telling him to empty his pockets pre-emptively.
Refuge in Audacity: At one point the party faces down a band of aggressive and heavily-armed Peloi led by Kring, who makes the mistake of indulging in a belly-laugh and challenging Talen to steal what he can. He's too late: Talen got everything he owns while he was laughing. He then proceeds to take inventory of it, right down to appraising a fake gem on one of his bits of jewelry.
Satisfied Street Rat: Is well on his way to this in the Tamuli, where he's a Church Knight trainee and liable to be shipped with Aphrael.
Wife Husbandry: There're some hints that Danae/Aphrael has set her sights on him as a future husband. Talen is too young to be interested in this side of human interactions, so he mostly shrugs it off as a girl being silly.
You Killed My Father: With a little help from Sparhawk, he slowly pushes a sword into a dying Adus, who had killed Kurik moments before.
A young Pandion knight who's initially chosen to act as Sparhawk's decoy, and later becomes a full fledged member of the group. In the final book he plays a very important role as a decoy for Sparhawk once more.
An Axe to Grind: Despite Kalten and Sparhawk's best attempts to improve his swordsmanship he eventually sticks to his battleaxe.
Badass Bookworm: A capable warrior like anyone else, he's also very erudite.
Chick Magnet: In the Tamuli, a lot of ladies fall for his charms, though he's totally unaware of it or even embarrassed.
Would Hurt a Child: He teaches manners to Talen... by smacking him hard when he badmouths him.
A Knight of the Cyrinic Order, one of the other orders of Church Knights. He's by far the most devout of the main cast and tends to function as the straight man for the group.
An Axe to Grind: Carries a Lochaber Axe as his weapon of choice, remarked as a very intimidating weapon. Unlike Ulath, he also carries a sword with him.
Ax-Crazy: A bit of an odd case. Bevier is a deeply devout and moral man, and refuses to use violence wantonly. However, as soon as he is convinced that violence is morally and religiously justified, he is capable of violence on a level even the other Church Knights find unsettling. He'll go out of his way to give someone every chance to see things his way, and if they don't, he tends to chop off their head without batting an eyelash.
The Comically Serious: Bevier is this to the main cast. Plenty of humour is had at his expense, especially when it comes to his love life.
Defrosting Ice King: He's extremely strict and pious when he first join the heroes, but thankfully he mellows out a bit.
Knight in Shining Armor: This is his hat to a T, with a dose of Incorruptible Pure Pureness thrown in for good measure. He even wears literal shining armour: His armour is burnished to practically a mirror shine. Various characters are constantly trying to compromise his virtues.
Large Ham: He's one of these during the Tamuli, when the knights go undercover in the enemy base at Natayos. Bevier passes himself off as a lochaber-wielding mercenary, but hams it up so much he comes off as an Ax-Crazy lunatic and has everyone in the camp terrified of him.
Manly Tears: Cries openly as he has to bury the corpse of a young victim of the Seeker.
The Paladin: Almost to the letter. Lampshaded in that the other characters find him a little naive and constantly try to corrupt him, mostly by getting him laid.
A Deiran knight from the Alcione Order, and something of a jokester, who also happens to carry the biggest sword and wear the biggest armour. He's usually seen with Ulath.
Armour Is Useless: Averted. He survives a number of bad scrapes largely thanks to having the biggest, heaviest suit of armour on the team. On the occasions he is hurt, it's implied to be all the more serious because anything that can get through Deiran armour has got to be nasty.
BFS: Wields a very large broadsword, noted for being very heavy.
A Thalesian church knight from the Genidian Order. He's the biggest and burliest of the main knight group - and also the comic relief.
An Axe to Grind: His weapon of choice. He even instructs Berit on the secrets of axemanship.
Armor Is Useless: Played with. Unlike the other knightly orders, the Genidians wear chainmail and not plate armour. When called on this, Ulath points out there are a lot of rivers in Thalesia and it's hard to pull off platemail if you fall in - which they demonstrated to a preceptor who demanded they wear plate by throwing him in a river in his armour. He never came back up. The armour matter was quickly dropped.
Completely subverted when he is axed in the head in the Siege of Chyrellos (see Tap On The Head below). The only reason he survives at all is his exceptionally tough ogre-horned helmet.
Bad Ass: During the battle against the Dawn Men, everyone resorts to swords in order to pierce their hides. Ulath? He just decides to hit them even harder with his ax.
Genius Bruiser: He's introduced as a stoic, barbaric-looking giant of a man. And then it turns out he speaks Troll, knows Troll magic, has an at least cursory knowledge of a wide variety of topics ("not much else to do in the winter back home") as well as a fantastic sense of humor.
Hypocrite: Played with regarding his Catch Phrase, "I hate sieges". When it's pointed how he's quite well versed in siegecraft, and that he's usually the first to suggest they fortify their position and such, his reply is basically "Yeah, but that doesn't mean I like them." Mainly played for laughs.
Only Sane Man: In Sarsos, he's the only knight who's not affected by the indignation caused by the sight of the local, free Styrics, and actually manage to distract and cheer Bevier up with a joke.
Russian Humour: Did he ever tell you the one about the singing Ogress?
Tap on the Head: Subverted. He gets hit on the head by a Rendor with a battle axe and spends several chapters very confused and lying in a bed.
The Queen of Elenia since the death of her father, King Aldreas. Ehlana was poisoned because she refused to be a puppet like her father was; curing this is the focus of the first books. She is a forceful and effective ruler when healthy. She was in love with Sparhawk since her earliest childhood, when he was her caretaker.
Good Is Not Nice: While good, she's an excellent politician, and very ruthless and manipulative when it comes to politics.
Sealed Good in a Can: She's sealed inside the titular Throne in order to avoid her death from poisoning.
Elenium Main Antagonists
The Primate of Cimmura and the most powerful churchman in Elenia, he's the mastermind behind what appears to be a power play for the throne. He's actually a pawn of the Zemoch god Azash and complicit in his scheme to take over the west and find Bhelliom.
A former Pandion Knight known for his sublime skills and shock of white hair. He was exiled from the order in the backstory for dabbling in forbidden magic and now acts as a highly-trained mercenary - and Sparhawk's rival, his equal in every way.
Achilles' Heel: He broke his shoulder back when he was a youth, and since then said shoulder has become sensible to pain. Sparhawk intentionally pats him on said shoulder when they speak.
Bling of War: Buys a fancy suit of gilded Deiran armor shortly before the siege of Chyrellos after realizing that he had a huge amount of ill-gotten gains lying around that he barely spent. The armor ends up killing him - during his duel with Sparhawk the weight of all that decoration tires him out faster than usual, allowing Sparhawk to land the killing blow.
The Dark Arts: His dabbling in these in the backstory got him thrown out of the Pandion Order and set the stage for his grudge against Sparhawk. Plus Sephrenia was actually Genre Savvy enough to strip him of said powers.
Dragon-in-Chief: Martel is much, much more dangerous than Annias, the apparent ringleader of the plot against Ehlana. He's effectively this for Otha and Azash, too, since he understands people and they do not.
Hired Guns: After being thrown out of the Pandion Order, Martel set himself up as a mercenary. He's got contacts throughout Cammoria, Lamorkand, and Rendor, and can raise an army at a moment's notice.
Hoist by His Own Petard: When Martel and Sparhawk finally duke it out, they're evenly matched. The deciding factor? Martel came in wearing a huge suit of gilded armour - and it's so heavy it exhausts him and slows him down just enough for Sparhawk to land the killing blow. When Sparhawk points this out, Martel invokes the trope on his deathbed.
Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: The final duel between he and Sparhawk. They even take a break to catch their breaths and chat a little.
Worthy Opponent: Martel can do everything Sparhawk can do and then some. It's repeatedly pointed out that no knight could really equal Sparhawk - except Martel.
The more cunning of Martel's two lieutenants. Krager is known mainly as a shifty drunkard Martel entrusts with things too complicated for Adus to wrap his head around. He's back in the Tamuli as one of the villainous masterminds, having received a massive villainy upgrade between stories.
Reliable Traitor: Both sides like to keep Krager around, the bad guys because he is a competent and reliable enough minion despite his alcoholism, the good guys because he can usually be persuaded to cough up valuable intel with a few threats and a couple of bottles of his favourite wine.
The more brutal of Martel's two lieutenants. Adus is a massive barbarian Martel keeps around for when he needs things killed. He's notable mainly for looking and sound like an ape and for being basically a walking butcher knife.
Bad Boss: Cuts through his own men to get to Kalten and Sparhawk.
Blood Knight: They guy is obsessed with gore and gratuitous violence, and even eats raw meat.
The Brute: Martel describes him as little more than a walking battleaxe that he points at anybody he wants to die.
Hoist by His Own Petard: He kills Kurik during a battle in Otha's castle. This serves only to piss off Sparhawk and Talen, who team up to kill him by slowly pushing a sword into his guts while he screams and bleeds on the floor.
Idiot Savant: Adus is almost unbearably stupid, but he's a gifted warrior and small-unit tactician. Give him an axe, and a manageable number of soldiers, and Adus becomes a force to be reckoned with.
The Mentally Disturbed: Adus can barely speak, eats raw meat, and doesn't bathe. He's got no grasp of appropriate social behaviour, and descends into a rage at a moment's notice. It's not hard to conclude that is severely mentally handicapped.
One-Winged Angel: How he's actually beaten: Flute cast a spell to make him evolve into his next stage... as a mouthless, winged bug whose only thought is to breed and will eventually die in a week, looking for a mate.
Power Glows: There's an eerie, sickly green glow coming from under his hood.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In reality, he is maddened by the loss of Bhelliom, and he devotes most of the rest of his life to searching for it, and he eventually finds it, but is killed by Sparhawk and Kurik. Even they feel a little sorry for him when he sobs about how lonely he is.
The Emperor of Zemoch, he was once a simple shepherd who stumbled upon the idol containing Azash, and became his servant in exchange for power and luxury, not to mention immortality.
Big Bad: Of the first Trilogy. But not really, as he's little more than a moron who tries to enact Azash's orders as best he can, with less than stellar results.
The Necromancer: The front gate of his palace is guarded by an army of zombie soldiers.... who're arranged on a series of squared tiles and only attack whoever steps on said tiles, making them easy to avoid.
Non-Action Guy: Used to be the best thief of all Cimmura before getting so obese.
The leader of the rogues of Thalesia, he's the bastard son of a nobleman, which bothers him to no end. He joins the group with his precious advice and cunning for the last book and becomes a full-blown member in the following trilogy.
Cultured Badass: Noble, polyglot and affable, he's also the best thief in the world, and an excellent fencer.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Deliver an awesome one to the racist styric council of Sarsos, giving them a verbal, well-deserved beatdown and forcing them to side with the heroes by pointing out that, if they don't, the Elenes will use this as an excuse to exterminate them all. Many characters were impressed.
Religious Bruiser: His size impresses Ulath, he gets his way by yelling and waving an axe, and he's a Patriarch of the Church.
An Atana who was separated from her people by a slave raid in her childhood and eventually wound up as a personal assistant to Queen Ehlana. She is fanatically (and violently) devoted to her mistress' safety and honor, and will brutally kill anyone she even suspects of violating either.
Action Girl: Like all Atans, she is utterly deadly. She wears blades strapped to her arms and legs at all times, and goes as heavily armed as she can get away with
The Fettered: Atans in general are this, but Mirtai's Fetters are a bit more personal. The Atans enslaved their whole culture so that someone else would have a check on their violent impulses, and Mirtai's slavery to Ehlana serves the same purpose. She notes that left to her own devices she'd have killed half the court within her first few weeks there.
Improvised Weapon: In her childhood, she managed to turn a spoon into a deadly weapon and killed a slave-owner, who tried to rape her, with it. After that, she carried the spoon with her as both a memento and a hidden weapon.
Little Miss Badass: In her backstory, we learn that she killed two men at the age of six (slavers who were kidnapping her). She doesn't slow down after that.
Submissive Badass: She insists that she is a slave, and considers Ehlana's repeated efforts to emancipate her to be absurd. She doesn't let this stop her from running Ehlana's domestic life, though.
Most-Favored-Disciple-Of-Holy-Arasham, who never heard of him. Ulesim is an unwashed, incoherent fanatic, utterly devoted to the schismatic Eshandist version of the Elene Church (Arasham is much the same, only older). After Arasham's death, Ulesim succeeds him as spiritual leader of the Eshandists.
The Fundamentalist: Ulesim sees absolutely everything through the lens of his peculiar religious beliefs.
A Cammorian merchant captain. Sparhawk first meets him when he needs to sail to Thalesia, using a cover story involving a forced marriage to a comically ugly woman.
The Captain: Sorgi owns his ship and there is no question who's in charge aboard it.
Father Neptune: Sorgi is elderly and graying, but is widely known as one of the best shipmasters around, and can adapt to most any maritime problem.
Running Gag: Every time he meets Sparhawk, reference is made to the tall tale Sparhawk told him to justify his secrecy.
The five Troll Gods are Ghworg, the God of Kill, Ghnomb, the God of Eat, Schlee, the God of Ice, Khwaj, the God of Fire, and Zoka, the God of 'Mating' (The Trolls probably use a cruder word). They were bound into the Bhelliom by Ghwerig in order to hide from the Younger Gods of Styricum. While powerful, they are more limited than other gods due to their limited intellect and extremely elemental personalities.
Insane Troll Logic: Why can Tynian and Ulath be in the "time of broken moments" and be jumped slightly through time so they exist in only the smallest, tiniest fraction of every moment rendering them unable to be seen/heard by anyone else, and yet perfectly see and understand everyone else they are trying to spy on? Because the Troll God Ghnomb thinks it works that way.
The founder of the Elene church, officially worshiped by the Church Knights as well as most of the world, often referred to as simply "God", even though he's not the only god. The single most powerful god in the setting, but also the least actively involved in events. Presents the image of being a monotheistic deity, but this really isn't the case.
The Gods Must Be Lazy: He definitely exists, and is far more powerful than any other deity (excluding creator-spirits like Bhelliom and KlŠl) but He does absolutely nothing tangible during the events of both trilogies.
Grumpy Old Man: According to Aphrael He's something of a stuffy grouch, who gets annoyed by the childish Tamuli gods when they meet at divine parties.
Top God: Subverted - the Elenes believe Him to be an omnipotent supreme being who created the universe, but he didn't even create their world. That was Bhelliom. He is however the strongest god by a wide margin due to having far more worshipers than anyone else.
You Didn't Ask: The Church Knights use different Styric gods as sources of magical power. The Church isn't really happy about this practice, but doesn't forbid it, either. Once Aphrael mentions that the Elene god very probably could grant them spells, if they just thought to ask him.
Tamuli Main Characters
The eldest son of Kurik and Aslade, he resists the notion of joining the Pandion Knights, sharing his father's disdain for the nobility.
Badass Beard: One of the only characters with a full beard, which he says is a common trait in his family. He comments that somehow the trait has missed Talen, who can easily go days (if not weeks) without shaving.
Obfuscating Stupidity: And Stragen, who finds himself attracted to her, gets quite mad trying to catch her at being smart.
An Offer You Can't Refuse: An offer of business cooperation from Melidere to Stragen. Incredibly lucrative and interesting for him—and it would be quite dangerous to refuse, too. Unusually, the offer included a marriage proposal, to which Stragen, after some initial reluctance, was happy to agree.
Cursed with Awesome: Quite literally. The god of her people wanted to give them some powers for protection and hiding, but couldn't use a blessing, as "A blessing rings and shimmers in the lucid air like bell-sound" and would be detectable for their enemies. So, the god put the same beneficial effects in a curse.
Fantastic Racism: With Styrics, and it's mutual. If anything, Styrics even more vehemently hate Xanetia's people.
Telepathy: One of Xanetia's powers, and the most useful for the protagonists. It's enough to say that only with Xanetia's telepathy they successfully identified the Big Bad.
Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Subverted - he's a lot less powerful than Azash, and nowhere near as frightening. In the end it seems than even he realized that he was seriously outmatched, which is what led him to summon KlŠl to even the odds.
The Dreaded: To gods. On KlŠl's first appearance, humans just see a giant monster. But Aphrael is beside herself in fear, because she knows what KlŠl is.
Evil Counterpart: To Bhelliom. Well, not exactly evil: KlŠl is the destruction to Bhelliom's creation.
Pronoun Trouble: Aphrael mentions that KlŠl isn't "he", "she", or "it": it's KlŠl. What exactly this means, besides the complete alienness of KlŠl, isn't explained.
Tamuli Secondary Characters
Our Nudity Is Different: Spends most of the trilogy topless, because that's just how women from her kingdom dress. (At least until their first pregnancy — in her last appearance, her gown covers her breasts, because she's now pregnant to Sarabian.)
Genius Bruiser: He's a Troll, and is seen fighting Klael's minions armed with nothing more than a club. He also debates Ulath on the nature of morality and the relationships between Gods and their worshippers.