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Characters: The Gamers Alliance Five
Characters that appear in The Gamers Alliance. There are so many that they occupy five pages. This page is for the known members of the Pantheon, undead and other fantastical races.

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    Pantheon 

Artemicia
"I shall relish the moment when you finally choose from the many roads ahead of you because that very decision shall only leave misery and treachery in its wake. And when that time comes, what you'll hear will be my laughter."

The Goddess of Healing and daughter of Nergal. She's self-centered and sees mortals, including her demigod son Leon, as worthless unless they serve her.

Associated tropes:
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She is Nergal's daughter and as wicked as he is.
  • Evil Matriarch: To her Andain son Leon Alcibiates. She sees him as a worthless, weak fool, beginning from their first interaction where she ended up poisoning him after he had invoked her power to drive off bandits who had tried to mug him.
  • Hot God: She is very beautiful.
  • Path of Inspiration: Her clergy is basically seen as benevolent for the most part because they do heal people, but the reason for the clergy's existence is far more sinister, and only some of the higher ups know some of the specifics behind it.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She is considered a benevolent deity but is anything but. Only her most devoted clerics know her true nature and are okay with it.
  • Warts and All: Her Andain son Leon Alcibiates seeks her out to get her approval, but Leon quickly learns that Artemicia is not as nice as the clergy has led him to believe. A few heroes since then have learned Artemicia's true nature as well and are now opposing her openly.

Cardia

The God of Order, brother of Hephaestus and father of the elves. He guided the godblades Dawn and Dusk to their bearers and set events in motion to oppose the coming of MardŁk. He's devoured by the Godslayer at the end of the Great War.

Associated tropes:
  • Cool Old Guy: He is quite old and frail (or at least has chosen such a form when interacting with mortals) and has a weird sense of humour.
  • Death Is Dramatic: He is devoured by the Godslayer, which leads to the Cataclysm.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He is generally one of the more benevolent deities but depending on his mood he can be quite stubborn, cowardly, indifferent and somewhat self-centered.
  • Grandpa God: He prefers the look of an old man.
  • It's All About Me: He ends up doing this by the time the Third Age begins by telling his followers that the other gods don't exist. His motivations for doing so might have been to aid mankind in the long run, but others justifiably argue that it was a very questionable action to do.

Dionysus

The God of Wine and Madness, and brother of Laverna. He's a party animal who likes kids and can be a bit mischievous at times.

Associated tropes:
  • Life of the Party: He likes to party and tends to liven up the place when he shows up... assuming he shows up in an adult form, that is.
  • Mad God: Well, he is the God of Madness among other things and acts in rather weird ways... although the 'madness' might be an act of Obfuscating Stupidity to fool his adversaries into underestimating him.
  • Master of Disguise: He's pretty good with disguising himself when he interacts with mortals.
  • The Trickster: He, like his sister Laverna, can be a bit...unpredictable at times.

Hephaestus
"I cannot control my nature, nor would there be any point in denying who—or what—I am. That does not mean I cannot control my actions. I do the best with what I have been given, and the choices I make are my own."

The God of Smithing, brother of Cardia and father of the dwarves. He is now the head God of Light after Cardia's demise.

Associated tropes:
  • The Blacksmith: He is the patron deity of these and is quite good at forging things himself as well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Surprisingly enough he's one of the few gods who actually listens to mortals' pleas even though he doesn't act unless things turn really dire. He can occasionally try to Shoot the Dog (as the case was with imprisoning the half-god Nyanna who wasn't meant to exist), but for the most part he's been on the heroes' side.

Hivena

The Goddess of Love and Fertility. She made the paladin Nesa impregnate her with the first Andain child in millennia in a bid to take over the High Plane, which made a lot of gods angry. The plan backfired when Nesa rescued their daughter and trapped the goddess's essence inside his head to both keep her safe from the gods but also to protect their daughter from her schemes.

Associated tropes:
  • Bed Trick: In order to trick the paladin Nesa into sleeping with her, she disguises herself as his lover Rhylian.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems nice albeit ditzy at first but later shows a more ambitious, sinister side when she reveals her plans of bringing back the Andain to the world and make her the goddess of all other gods.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Divine on Mortal: She tricks Nesa into sleeping with her so that she can become pregnant and give birth to the first half-god child in millennia.
  • Hot God: She's very beautiful.
  • Light Is Not Good: She may be a love goddess, but that doesn't act her from acting in a rather selfish way.
  • Love Goddess: Hivena is the Goddess of Love in the pantheon.

Laverna

The Goddess of Thieves, sister of Dionysus and mother of the kitsune. She's trapped inside her follower Haruko's body and schemes to free herself and make Haruko regain her memories to bring her plans into fruition. She eventually succeeds in doing so by possessing one of Haruko's newborn twins after speeding up Haruko's pregnancy, intending to use the twins in the future.

Associated tropes:
  • Bi the Way: She hits on both men and women.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She likes to toy with people's emotions to get what she wants. Whether she cares for her thief followers and is simply keeping them on edge for her own amusement or if she merely sees them as pawns isn't known.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: She's trapped inside the body of her follower Haruko when a spell that released both of them wasn't finished properly during the Day of the Damned festival.
  • The Trickster: She's rather unpredictable, but she veers more towards Darkness than Light in her dubious actions.

MardŁk
"I am MardŁk of Chaos, and the worlds will burn at my hand!"

The God of Chaos, brother of PaedŁn and Dreamweaver, and father of demons. Most people saw him as evil force who wanted nothing but drown the world in Darkness, but he actually had a tragic past which led to his descent into villainy and eventual death. He's devoured by the Godslayer at the end of the Great War.

Associated tropes:
  • Big Bad: He took this role during the Chaos War in the First Age and became the true Big Bad at the end of the Great War in the Third Age.
  • Death Is Dramatic: He is devoured by the Godslayer, which leads to the Cataclysm.
  • Fallen Hero: He was quite heroic until he lost his brother Dreamweaver to the Nameless Evil. The grief over his brother's loss along with his half-god son Kagetsu's betrayal of the gods and the Unnamed Evil's subtle manipulation eventually turned him into a twisted version of his former self.
  • Motive Decay: He initially harnessed the power of Chaos and Darkness to make his demon followers grow stronger and subjugate the weaker races so that he could amass a strong enough, united force to resist Death's growing influence. However, his single-minded goal eventually twisted his originally noble intentions and he ended up focusing only on the subjugation of other peoples and turned demons into the horrific monstrosities they are today.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He ended up as this for a time after he'd been sealed at the end of the Chaos War. It took him several millennia until he was released at the end of the Great War.

Nergal
"You may have won a battle, but the war is far from over! Remember: I am War!"

The God of War, brother of Shakkan, and father of Artemicia and humans. He is now the head God of Darkness after MardŁk's demise.

Associated tropes:
  • Blood Knight: He is ultimately this albeit in a more villainous way. He constantly tries to manipulate events in order to cause more bloodshed although he also has ambitions to become the god of gods. He is not foolish enough to actually get himself in a position that might get him killed, though, but he has nothing against fighting powerful enemies through host bodies.
  • The Chessmaster: He prefers to set the stage for his schemes long in advance by manipulating events when needed.
  • War God: That's in his job description. He likes to spill blood to grow stronger and manipulates events so that wars will keep going on for the unforeseeable future.

PaedŁn

The God of Knowledge, brother of MardŁk and Dreamweaver, and father of the Lefein. He and the Lefein end up sealed by the other gods because his quest for technology is seen as a threat to the gods' power.

Associated tropes:
  • Sealed Good in a Can: He and his Lefein followers end up imprisoned by the Gods of Darkness because his technological mastery is seen as a threat which might turn the tide for the Gods of Light.

Phil

The God of Arseholes and Bastards, and possible father of the Scuns. Devoured by Gaea... or so the legends say.

Associated tropes:
  • Jerk Ass: He was so annoying that his own mother Gaea ended up eating him. Everyone cheered except for Phil.
  • Posthumous Character: He's dead long before the story begins and has fallen into obscurity although he kind of lives on in the Scun creation myth.

Shakkan

The God of Beasts, brother of Nergal and father of the Sirithai. Has mood swings and can turn from friendly to hostile depending on cirumstances. He's more concerned with the well-being of beasts and his children and is willing to fight for them.

Associated tropes:
  • The Beastmaster: He is pretty much the lord of most beasts, having created the monsters and the lizardfolk.
  • Captured Super Entity: He has been trapped twice: first by Nergal into a chained host body in the Ruined Kingdom, and then by Awar into a shard of Krystallopyr in Xibalba.
  • Mad God: Millennia in imprisonment have left him rather unstable. Despite his quirky acts, he can listen to reason but his mood can swing quickly from one extreme to the other. And for all his erratic actions, he's thankfully still nowhere near Dionysus's level of randomness...

Tiamat

The Goddess of the Sea. Worshipped by the Blue Dragon pirates. Can be benevolent and fierce...just like the seas themselves which she represents.

Associated tropes:

    Land of the Dead 

Death
"It is inevitable."

A chilling, sinister being of immense power who rules over the Land of the Dead and commands the spirits of the dead with an iron grip. He has been subtly manipulating the events of various planes of existence over several millennia.

Associated tropes:
  • Bigger Bad: He has manipulated events in various planes of existence since he seized power in the Land of the Dead and has been behind several people's corruption into BigBads over the three ages.
  • The Chessmaster: He is a master manipulator who has the patience to corrupt individuals over a very long span of time.
  • The Corrupter: He has corrupted various individuals into powerful villains over the ages.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Dreamweaver was a handsome god once, but once merged with the Unnamed Evil which resulted in the birth of Death, the Evil within turned him into a mockery of his former self. He can hide his true look and appear more benign, however, for purposes of deception.
  • Fallen Hero: There used to be the god Dreamweaver whom the Unnamed Evil corrupted and merged with. This union gave birth to the being which became known as Death.
  • The Usurper: He forcibly took over the Land of the Dead and turned it into a horrific mockery of its former self where spirits of the dead are in eternal torment.

Gaea

The former Goddess of Earth and mother of the gods and the Faerfolc. She was slain by Kagetsu the Dark Andain during the War of the Andain, and her spirit ended up in the Land of the Dead where Death has made her his consort. She has now become the Queen of the Underworld. Her clergy attempted to resurrect her millennia later.

Associated tropes:
  • Back from the Dead: The Remnant that splintered off from her clergy when she died was finally able to resurrect her, albeit in a mortal body, either as a mortal or a revenant. She finds it... unpleasant.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Justified due to the strange magic of Survivor's Woods and nearby magical items messing with her senses, combined with the fact that she's still getting used to her new body.
  • Death Is Dramatic: She's killed by Kagetsu, the Lord of the Andain, who uses her death to demonstrate that gods can be killed if they manifest in their corporeal form and thus can be successfully fought against.
  • Mother Nature: She's the Goddess of Earth and creator of life in the Cosmos.
  • Offing the Offspring: She ends up eating his son Phil, the God of Arseholes and Bastards, because he annoys everyone with his horrible behaviour. Or so the legends say...
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead before the story begins. Her story is only told through cautionary tales and flashbacks which point out that gods can in fact be killed if they've manifested in the Land of the Living in their corporeal form...
    • ...at least until during the Godslayer Era when it is revealed that Gaea's spirit is now in the Land of the Dead where she has become Death's consort.

Grim Reaper
"OH DAMN. SPILT JAM ON MY TUNIC."

Harvester of Souls, Snarker Extraordinaire, Lover of Strawberry Jam. The Grim Reaper is all of this and much, much more, but he has little time to ponder such things because all the conflicts in different realms keep him busy enough as it is. He's a rather relaxed servant of Death with hidden depths.

Associated tropes:
  • Black Cloak: He has one although it has spots of strawberry jam on it.
  • Chess with Death: He occasionally does this with some persistent spirits who want to return to life, but very few have bested him in a game of chess.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He likes to throw snide comments at people and has a weird sense of humour.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: He's implied to have been the original ruler of the Land of the Dead before Death took over.
  • The Grim Reaper: He handles all the soul-reaping business... by himself. Which often annoys him, considering how busy a schedule he's had thanks to all the wars the Land of the Living has gone through lately.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: He seems rather relaxed most of the time, but when push comes to shove, he'll show people exactly why he's the Grim Reaper.
  • Painting the Medium: HE TALKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS, which many interpret as shouting.
  • Rightful King Returns: Averted. Seems content with the status quo as it is.
  • Sinister Scythe: He uses his scythe to harvest souls.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He always eats strawberry jam whenever he gets the chance. And he does it quite messily.
  • The Trickster: He sometimes acts like this, teaching people valuable life lessons which people may or may not take to heart.

Surma

A terrifying beast with features of a bat and a dog who sometimes accompanies Grim Reaper on his journeys but can just as well be guarding entrances to the Land of the Dead. Despite his fierceness, he can be playful at times.

Associated tropes:
  • Hellhound: His role in the Land of the Dead.

Natural

    Faerfolc 

Curdardh
"You and your filthy kin have defiled this world long enough!"

Also known as the Fallen One, he is a violent fae who wishes nothing more than purge the world of any lesser races who he sees as impure. After he ended up in the Land of the Dead, he has become one of Death's heralds.

Associated tropes:
  • Ax-Crazy: He's very violent against anyone he considers inferior to the pureblooded Faerfolc.
  • Drop the Hammer: He wields a giant stone hammer with which he smashes his enemies.
  • The Fair Folk
  • Super Smoke: He can turn himself into mist.

Domnhull
"I am Domnhull. We are the Faerfolc. And now—we are free at last."

Also known as the King of the Wild Hunt, he is one of the higher lords of the Faerfolc.

Associated tropes:
  • The Fair Folk
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Well, as reasonable as a fae can be at any rate. He has aided the Alliance on a few occasions albeit always on his terms. He even is calm enough to hear lesser beings' accusations before lecturing them about responsibility.
  • Super Smoke: He can turn himself into smoke.

Morrigan
"We withdrew from cities that don't interest us because our anger at being imprisoned was assuaged in blood. We have no interest in mortal affairs, but we are back for good and we will brook no interference in ours!"

Also known as the Phantom Queen of the Pale Moon, she is one of the higher lords of the Faerfolc. She is a somewhat eerie figure who is only interested in preserving her race by any means necessary.

Associated tropes:

    Nymphs 

Huldra

The Queen of Nymphs who lives in Survivor's Woods. She has lately made nymphs kidnap male travellers in order to use them as a means to father a new generation of nymphs.

Associated tropes:
  • Nature Spirit: She's a nymph, a creature of the forest. Like all of her kind, she too is quite liberal about sex.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She sends her nymphs to kidnap male travellers who wander in the woods so that they can have sex and thus ensure that the nymph race continues as they can only give birth to female nymphs.

Serene
"I'm Serene... and it's what we do, alright? We sneak after adventurers and pretend not to... pretend not to want sex."

A curious nymph who ends up entangled in a big plot about a prophecy concerning Haruko. She acts as the god Shakkan's messenger but often gets distracted by other things.

Associated tropes:
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She has a very short attention span and sometimes takes a conversation to another level entirely, forgetting that she's supposed to be doing something important.
  • The Herald: She acts as Shakkan's messenger, delivering the god's advice to mortals when the god is unavailable.
  • Nature Spirit: She's a nymph, a creature of the forest. Like all of her kind, she too is quite liberal about sex and has rather complex rules about when she's supposed to mate with travellers.
  • The Nose Knows: She can track down Haruko by her scent even in a big city. Javan questions him how she's able to smell anything, but she claims it's because Haruko has a distinct smell which differs from the other races.

    The Wretched 

Arbriel Conrad
"Misery. That's all that's left in this forsaken land. There is no hope of salvation."

A disillusioned cleric who joined the Totenkopfs in an effort to weed out non-believers. His dreams of utopia led him to take drastic measures, and in the end he lost his life on the battlefield. However, due to coming in contact with the Plague of Undeath, he didn't fully die and became one of the few sentient undead who can control lesser undead to an extent as a Deathwatcher. He now wants to increase the number of the undead in the world and make the world feel his pain.

Associated tropes:

Ansgar Azurespire

One of Arbriel's underlings who died but turned undead thanks to the effects of the Plague of Undeath. He, along with Traugott, is one of the few sentient undead under Arbriel's control.

Associated tropes:

Traugott Orthaire

One of Arbriel's underlings who died but turned undead thanks to the effects of the Plague of Undeath. He, along with Ansgar, is one of the few sentient undead under Arbriel's control.

Associated topes:
  • Co-Dragons: He's one of the two closest underlings of Arbriel.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: He died and rose as undead due to the effects of the Plague of Undeath, the Blood Fever's variant.

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