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, destinated to wield the legendary artifact Bhelliom. Eventually revealed to be the Bhelliom's avatar on earth.
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.
Hidden Depths: He's shown to be quite sensitive and good-hearted after all.
It's Personal: Seems to be obsessed with killing Adus. Ultimately subverted, as Adus is murdered by Talen and Sparhawk.
Love Makes You Dumb: When he believes that Alean is actually in love with Berit, he reacts quite immaturely for a while.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ax Crazy: A bit of an odd case because he's this only when he's on solid theological ground. 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.
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.
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.
Made of Iron: 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.
Mighty Glacier: Implied to be this thanks to the sheer mass of his armour. It's so heavy he collapsed the first time he put it on - and he's built like a tank.
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.
Catch Phrase: Anyone else: "Whose turn is it to do the cooking?" Ulath: "Yours."
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.
Alas, Poor Villain: As he's dying after being run through by Sparhawk, he mends fences with Sephrenia and confesses he's going out surrounded by the only people he's ever loved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elenium Secondary Characters
Apparently a Styric orphan, later revealed to be a Styric goddess.
Cute Mute: For the first half of the Elenium, because she didn't feel like letting the knights know she could talk.
Trickster God: Steals the rings that let Ghwerig control Bhelliom well, that's what he thinks right off the Troll's fingers. It's implied that this wasn't the first time Aphrael played thief.
The Troll Gods
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 goes days (if not weeks) between shaves.
Generation Xerox: While distinct from his father in many ways, he has enough similarities that the knights comment on it.
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.)