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Five friends from Canada, sent to Fionavar to celebrate the crowning of a new monarch. However, not everything is as it seems, and these five are dragged into something greater than they could have realized.
The Five as a Whole
- Bad Ass: All five three at the end are this by the end of the series.
- Five-Man Band:
- Hidden Depths: All five of these characters have new sides that are eventually seen.
- Broken Ace: He learns that he can't fight and begins to doubt himself.
- The Heart: Actually seems to keep the group together before the adventure starts in "The Summer Tree."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Returns to Gwen Ystrat and sacrifices himself to Dana to stop the snow.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Tries really hard to be this to Paul in the first book.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Forms this with Dave in the end.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Shows regret for a numerous things she's done to help Fionavar.
Paul Schafer/Pwyll Twiceborn
- Back from the Dead: He dies and is reborn as "Pwyll Twiceborn".
- Big Brother Mentor: Tries to fill this role for Darien, doesn't go so well.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very very deadpan. And usually only with people he feels very comfortable with. Interestingly, he seems to internalize alot of his snarking, as can be seen from the flashback sequence in his last night on the summer tree.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He hangs himself on the summer tree in order to bring rain and end the drought.
- Last Minute Hookup: He almost leaves without admitting he loves Jaelle.
- Opposites Attract: Paul is the living incarnation of the All-Father, and Jaelle the head priestess of the Mother-Goddess.
- Pride: A primary character trait, unusual in that it's portrayed as a strength rather than a flaw.
- Rule of Symbolism: Paul is pretty obviously supposed to be an analogue to Odin.
- The Stoic: So much that people find him unsettling and withdrawn.
- Took a Level in Badass: After he spends three days and nights on the summer tree, he gets much more powerful.
- When He Smiles: Subverted, when he smiles its usually described as crooked or mocking and is often in reaction to something tragically ironic happening.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Kay puts her through hell and back.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a reincarnation of Guinevere.
- The Load: Though she has an understandable reason for being this way. Then she starts to play the role of Guinevere.
- Rape as Drama: She is captured by Rakoth Maugrim, who rapes her simply because he wants to break her.
- Abusive Parents: His dad was pretty tough on him.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Had a thing for Liane but it didn't go far. He did get to bang a goddess as his consolation prize however...
- An Axe to Grind: Specifically because it does not need exhaustive training. He turns out really proficient.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Though Kevin becomes his friend at times he will get on his nerves.
Ailell dan Art
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The drought that his kingdom suffers from is attributed to the fact that he didn't do something, and didn't let his son do it in his stead.
- Jerk Ass: Can be gruff but he's kind of got his hands full fighting Rakoth. It's that anything that doesn't directly involve the war with Maugrim barely receives any of his attention.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls off one in order to convince Shalhassan's army not to attack the kingdom.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Accepts Uathach's challenge before the rest of the lot decide who should do so, despite knowing he has little chance of victory. This allows Arthur, Lancelot and Jen a Happy Ending.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She gave her life so Kim could gain knowledge and understanding.
- Badass Book Worm: He's a mage but he can use magic... and is good with a sword.
- Cool Old Guy: It's mentioned that even without Matt he can still sword fight quite well.
- May-December Romance: During the holiday in Ystrat he and Kim have sex. True she was an adult but he's at least 50, YMMV on if it's squicky.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: He says one or two 'eye' jokes. Kim tells him she could forgive anything he did, but never his puns.
- Evil Chancellor: Actually a double subversion, everyone is led to believe that Gorlaes is a cliched evil chancellor, turns out there is an evil chancellor... but it's Metran.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Fakes being old and senile to get close to Ailell.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: it's subtle, but it's there with Paul.
- Odd Couple: Gradually warms up to Kim, even awkwardly embracing her when they re-met in the third book at Ysanne's cabin.
- Opposites Attract: She and Paul are both the physical representations of the Mother-Goddess and All-Father Archetypes, so of course they are going to do this. Also the whole Kuudere/Tsundere thing.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Though it takes a while before the first kiss.
- Child by Rape: Born explicitly because Maugrim did not expect to conceive a child, which means that, logically, Darien's birth goes against his plans.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kills himself on the magical dagger Rakoth's holding, which, because of the dagger's enchantments, causes his death.
- Owl Be Damned: Takes the form of an owl, and in his confusion for most of the story he's up to no good.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes flash red whenever he gets angered.
- Warring Natures: Between that coming from his mother's, and that of his father's.
- Acrofatic: Pretty quick for a fat man but his agility needs work.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Of all the Boisterous Bruisers in this series, he stands head and shoulder above them all.
- Large Ham: He has a flair for the dramatic, and loves to sing drinking songs.
- Stout Strength: Fat but quite strong.
Ivor Dan Banor
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Or rather sensitive guy to his stoic wife.
- Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming: Getting reunited with his father.
- Loners Are Freaks: Not the most popular man in the tribe.
- The Quiet One
- The Stoic
Levon Dan Ivor
Liane Dan Ivor
Tabor Dan Ivor
- The Emperor: He is presented with this kind of image, but he is staunchly on the side of Light. Once the war with Maugrim starts for good, his bad side is downplayed.
- Kick the Dog: The first time he's in a scene he has a slave gladiator murdered because the guy didn't bow deep enough, probably because the guy had been injured in a fight.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Partially... he tended to love making great quotes and promptly did the opposite, however he was ready to fight in the war.
- The Stoic: He never smiles.
- God of Evil: Sort of. He kinda is, but also isn't subject to the exact same rules as the rest of gods in Fionavar.
- Satan: "Sathain". Given that his influence is felt throughout all the worlds in the Tapestry, this is a rather secure association to make.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Having a child puts him on the Tapestry and makes him killable. Which makes Darien so dangerous to him.
Galadan, the Wolflord
- Anti-Villain: Seems to be an attempt to invoke a type II, but his Freudian Excuse is so ridiculously flimsy that it doesn't really work.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason he wants to completely destroy existence is because the woman he loved rejected him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Turned rather genocidal towards mortals after one stole his girlfriend - but when said mortal wound up getting her killed, he went crazy and decided that the only way to end his pain was to destroy the universe. The only time in the trilogy he shows genuine emotion is when he finds some of the heroes apparently "desecrating" his shrine to her, and at the very end, when the heroes spare him and he realizes that there is some good in the world - and in himself.
Avaia, the Black Swan
Fordaeatha of Ruk
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A mad artist using his rhetorical skill to take over an entire people. Genocide is a result. Hmm...
- Mad Artist: He isn't even obviously evil (that goes to his brother), but so obsessed with artifice he's willing to side with Rakoth just so he can find an ancient magical artifact. He doesn't even keep it afterwards.
- More Than Mind Control: He's such a masterful speaker that he manages to pull the Dwarves to the side of Darkness.
The Gods and Heroes of Legend
- Back from the Dead: For punishment of his heinous crimes, he must constantly be re-awoken and die in battle.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He probably has to work the hardest to do this.
- Foregone Conclusion: In-universe, he knows he will never be able to make it to the final battle of any war because of his punishment. Then he makes it to the final battle of this war.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. It looks like he will die in the battle against Uathach. However, Diarmund takes his place in this fight and dies instead.
- Would Hurt a Child: He is known as the "childslayer" for his killing of many children.
- Back from the Dead
- Master Swordsman: It's Lancelot, duh, the best knight of Arthur's court. And boy, does he back up his reputation.
- Knight in Shining Armor: It's Lancelot, duh. All that he asked for after defeating a huge, many-armed, burning, shapeshifting, regenerating earth elemental was to never speak of this fight again, since he did it after asking a bystander for some minor help.