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Characters: The Order of the Stick: Azure City

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Azure City

Elan: Did you guys know that Azure City is the largest trading port in Southern lands?
Thousands of ships come from all around the world to barter for fine Southern goods like silk, spices, and video games.
The average temperature for this season is 63° F, with average yearly precipitation of 26.43 inches.
Roy: Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a successful Bardic Knowledge check.

    In General 
  • Citadel City: Azure City was built to guard Soon's Gate, so it looks like a fortress.
  • Descriptive Ville: Azure City is entirely azure.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Miko has never heard of this "Japan" Roy speaks of.
  • Far East: Lots of Japanese influence here.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: It's basically Japan in the D&D setting. There's samurai and ninja and Sabine wears white face paint as a disguise.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Several of the names, probaby to parody the random use of the language "because it's cool" (Lord Shojo being a case in point, since Shojo is Japanese for "girl"note ).
  • The Paladin: The Sapphire Guard notably features the archetypical Lawful Stupid paladin juxtaposed with several much more positive examples of Paladins. They work for the Southern Gods to smite evil.
  • Please Select New City Name: After nearly one year of occupation by the hobgoblins, Azure City is renamed Gobbotopia City.
  • Single Palette Town: It's all varying shades of blue.
  • Weapons Kitchen Sink: The soldiers of Azure City use Japanese Katanas alongside Chinese Ji and Greco-Roman tower-shields.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: For all of Azure City's denizens, it's either this or the black-gray-white spectrum, with a few aqua green exceptions.

    Soon Kim 

    Miko Miyazaki 

Miko Miyazaki

"By the Twelve Gods and in the name of Lord Shojo, I demand to know: Who removed the tag from this mattress?!?"

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Class: Monk/Paladin
Alignment: Lawful Good

A dutiful and powerful paladin of the Sapphire Guard whose conviction is, perhaps, too great. Reared in a monastery, she'd taken a few levels of monk before becoming a paladin.
  • Hero Antagonist: In the commentary, Rich wanted to know if he could pull off a Lawful Good character who is an antagonist. Miko opposes the Order and hampers their progress, but she also helps the dirt farmers without hesitation, helps to organize an evacuation of the inn when the danger appears, goes back into the inn to make sure there were no stragglers, attacked them as harshly as she did because her information gathering had yielded information on their evil counterparts, extenuating circumstances (the crown causing its wearer to registers as strongly evil), as well as their genuine bad behavior (the flumphs, Belkar's actions in the barbarian guild, the weasel thrown down the troll/ogre's gullet). She's just obnoxious and overbearing.
  • Honor Before Reason: Played with. In the battle with the ogres, she looked like she walked into the ogre camp and alerted the entire group in order to have a fair fight, but it was just an excuse to clump them all together so the spellcasters could nuke them more easily. However, when Belkar was raising havoc in Azure City dungeons, rather than call a host of troops to track him down, she let him goad her into fighting him on his terms.
  • I Am X, Son of Y:
    Miko: I am Miko Miyazaki, samurai of the Sapphire Guard, loyal vassal of Lord Shojo, daughter of Eyko, and paladin of the Twelve Gods of the South.
    MitD: Neat! It must be hard to fit all that on your business cards, though.
  • Inspector Javert: For the entire Order. Borderline between Javert and Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist for Lord Shojo. She had him dead to rights, but went a bit Off the Rails in dealing with him.
  • In the Hood: Her initial appearance, until her face is revealed during her first fight with the Order.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Her conviction that she's always right escalates into outright delusion, to the point where she STILL thinks she's right after the Twelve Gods revoke her paladinhood.
  • I Thought It Meant: She thinks that "bump uglies" is an euphemism for Smite Evil.
  • Jerkass: Whatever your opinion of her is, it can't be denied that she has quite a few sticks up her ass. This is frequently lampshaded in the comic.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's bisected, Xs for eyes, when Soon Kim's gate explodes. Tsukiko passes her over when looking for corpses to re-animate. She's not coming back, either resurrected or undead.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Her introduction is the point where the story starts getting serious about its Myth Arc.
  • Knight Templar: Overzealous do-gooder that unwitting sails into antagonist territory.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She favors killing "evildoers" herself over bringing them to justice.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Twice; first when she kills Shojo, believing him corrupt, and then again by destroying the Gate and thus any chance of victory for the paladins during the Siege of Azure City.
  • Obstructive Zealot: She believes the 12 Gods have a "special mission" for her and utterly and vehemently refuses to listen anyone or anything that doesn't fit her delusion. Even when the 12 gods explicitly disapprove Miko by depriving her of her paladinhood.
  • Paint It Black: In her case, Paint It Tan after her Fall, since her Sapphire Guard uniform is magical and only works for a paladin. Sabine once suggests that she would look sexy in black leather, and gets her neck snapped (non-fatally) for her trouble.
  • The Paladin: This is her class; warrior in service to the Twelve Gods.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's never happy.
  • Pride: Miko is so full of herself that she will never question her actions, her judgment, or her belief that she is "special" and has a great and prestigious destiny.
    Miko Miyazaki: The gods have a plan for me, I know it! I am special, the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard! They wouldn't do this to ME without a reason.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: "Let's just say there's a reason Miko gets picked for long missions. In foreign countries. Which keep her away from home for months at a time." Unlike typical examples of this trope, she is given actual assignments of importance at least.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sort of. Soon Kim explains that he's pleased that she kept the Gate out of Evil hands but true redemption means overcoming when caused her fall in the first place.
  • Samurai: This is her job, not her class. She makes that very clear.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The mysterious blue-cloaked, hooded figure tracking down the Order is a girl. Roy knocks off her hood in their first battle and his reaction to the revelation is "wow". He is accused of wanting to "bone" her afterwards.
  • Sanity Slippage: She became increasingly irrational and impulsive after the Order of the Stick is brought to Azure City. After she killed Lord Shojo, she went into extreme denial and came up with crazy (and at times contradicting) theories about the Order of the Stick.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In the words of Shojo, "Good gods, they can teach you how to detect evil, but not sarcasm?"
  • Sixth Ranger: For the Order of the Stick, temporarily, causing lots of tension in the process.
  • Smite Evil: One of her class abilities is extra damage to evil.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: For Belkar, after his jailbreak. Despite working with heroes, Belkar is an evil criminal who is on the run from the law. Of course Miko has to bring him in.
  • Tautological Templar: She is convinced that, being the most powerful member of the Sapphire Guard, she must have the Twelve Gods' favor. Therefore, anything she does is right by definition and anything that happens to her including falling from paladinhood is part of the gods' greater plan for her.
    • Later goes into Insane Troll Logic, when Miko determines that because the gods could easily stop her from breaking out of prison but don't, they clearly want her to do so.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Early on, she showed some clever strategy in defeating a band of ogres. She never does anything that clever again. Instead, the Flanderization of her jumping to conclusions, Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, Unwitting Instigator of Doom, etc.
  • Tragic Hero: She tries to do what she believes is right but looses sense of herself due to paranoia and zealousness. Then she dies without being able to redeem herself.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In the span of a couple days she learned of an impending attack on her homeland, learned that her mentor had been lying to her her entire life, executed him for treason, learned he was innocent of said treason, lost her powers, lost her homeland, was thrown in prison, and finally died.
  • Try to Fit That on a Business Card: Lampshaded when she gives her I Am X, Son of Y speech.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Just as the ghost of Soon Kim is about to finish off Xykon, Miko comes in and destroys the gate, allowing Xykon and Redcloak to escape.
  • Warrior Monk: Because she was raised in a monastery, she has a few levels of monk.
  • Weapon of Choice: A katana and a wakizashi, although she loses the latter later on. Being a paladin, she is a frequent user of Smite Evil.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She gets hit by several of these speeches. By Roy, and also Redcloak, in a case of a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Windmill Crusader: Her quest to smite evil takes strange turns indeed.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: A minor example, but being the most powerful paladin in the Sapphire Guard clearly went to her head, disconnecting her from reality. Always being far away from Azure City also helped.
  • You Need to Get Laid: She's the object of that trope's page quote. Roy says she wouldn't be so uptight if she were regularlly receving "treasure type O".

    Windstriker 

Windstriker

Miko's paladin warhorse mount and, as it is implied, her only friend in the world.

    Lord Shojo 

Lord Shojo

"Paranoia? I rule a city where I have to fake senility just to avoid being assassinated. I took Improved Paranoia like 5 levels ago."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Aristocrat
Alignment: Chaotic Good

Former Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure City. Shojo's father, Lord Ronjo, was the first sovereign of Azure City to also serve as commander of Soon Kim's Sapphire Guard. Shojo inherited both titles, but is in no way a paladin nor member of the Sapphire Guard himself (instead, he is a 14th-level aristocrat, a NPC class). He faked senility to keep the nobility from assassinating him while keeping them in check, and devised complex schemes to get what he wanted done without ticking off the paladins and violating their code of honor.
  • Anti-Hero: His goal is the perservation of the world, his city and his gate. He helps the heroes to make this happen, but has unsavory methods.
  • Apparently Powerless Puppetmaster: He pretends to be senile so to give the impression of being easily manipulated. If one noble or other fails to convince him of something then they assume some other noble got to him first.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted. Despite him being an aristocrat, Belkar states in one strip after Shojo died that he was most probably Chaotic Good. This fits with Shojo's actions in general, and Belkar had no particular reason to lie about it; he's not going to lie if the truth is more insulting, as was the case when he berated the random cleric for being too dense to realize why Shojo wouldn't want to be raised.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What are you?", aimed at Belkar.
  • The Chessmaster: He arranged for the Order to come to Azure without arrousing suspicion that he wanted them for a job.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: He regularly pretends to consult Mr. Scruffy for advice.
  • Cool Old Guy: Belkar thinks so because he has paladins cleaning up after his cat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His true persona is a dry-witted old man.
  • Decoy Trial: He staged one to have the Order traverse an entire continent on foot to offer them a job. The judge was Roy's father.
  • Dirty Old Man: Tells Hinjo in a bonus comic to "not forget to knock some honey up" and offers some racy scrolls if there are any problems. At Shojo's funeral Sangwaan comments that Shojo would often look at her breasts.
  • Famous Last Words: "It appears... not everyone... agrees with your analysis."
  • Fatal Flaw: His paranoia is a two-edged sword. It serves him well in avoiding assassinations by the city's daimyos, but it also gets him killed, in a roundabout way. His elaborate scheme to get the Order to Azure City relies on deceiving the paladins about his true motives and staging a fake trial. Miko finally loses it when she learns the truth, and murders him. One thinks he would have done better to just send them an invitation.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Miko kills him.
  • Helpful Hallucination / Spirit Advisor: For Belkar; it is left unclear whether it was really Shojo's ghost, an illusion created by the Mark of Justice, or a figment of Belkar's feverish imagination.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Shojo's willful deception of the paladins gets him killed. It's confirmed in the commentary from "War and XPs" that, while Shojo is portrayed sympathetically, his death is his own fault.
  • Killed Off for Real: A cleric used Resurrection on him and confirmed the spell was working properly, but Shojo stayed dead. Belkar theorizes this is because he is at peace in Chaotic Good heaven, and he would have likely died of old age soon anyway. He's not coming back.
  • Mr. Exposition:
    Shojo: Hey! Who's the wizened old man dispensing valuable plot points here? You? Didn't think so. Now pipe down!
  • Obfuscating Insanity: He fakes senility to make others think he is easily controlled and thus avoid assassination.
  • Properly Paranoid: He took the Improved Paranoia feat 5 levels ago. It has served him well.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He believes that Soon Kim's oath is more detrimental to the Sapphire Guards' intended role than helpful. This is given further weight when it turns out that, for decades, the Sapphire Guard have been wrong as to the true position of Girard's Gate.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: An interesting take on the topic. In essence, Shojo's character arc in the story is based on the idea that he decided Good was more important than Law and that Soon Kim's oath was pushing the Sapphire Guard into Lawful Stupid territory. So he secretly hired the Order of the Stick to do what the oathbound paladins under him could not. This is helped by the fact that he has always been, as far as we know, on the opposite side of the Ethical axis to Law.
  • Unreliable Expositor: An apparently unwitting example; it's become increasingly clear as the strip has progressed that the information he gave the Order about the Snarl was at the very least heavily flawed and incomplete, if not outright inaccurate.

    Mr. Scruffy 

    Hinjo 

Hinjo

"Yeah, well, you probably shouldn't have discussed how you're going to beat the system in front of the guy charged with upholding the system. I still get to make Listen checks when I'm three feet away, you know."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Paladin
Alignment: Lawful Good

Nephew and sole heir of Lord Shojo, and therefore the new Sapphire Commander and sovereign of Azure-City-in-Exile. After his uncle's death and Redcloak's conquest of Azure City, he and most of the city's civilian population have fled into exile, and have settled in an abandoned Elven settlement on the Western Continent. He hopes to one day reclaim his home, and leads the remnants of the Sapphire Guard with that goal in mind. A powerful paladin, he is considerably more easygoing and personable than Miko and prefers mounted front-line combat with his wolf, Argent.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: He refuses to retreat from Azure City after it has been overrun by hobgoblins, but is convinced by the Order.
  • Berserk Button: "NOBODY HURTS MY DOG!!!"
  • Can't Catch Up: While he stays back to oversee the refuge fleet, his paladins and the Order go on missions and earn levels.
  • Foil: To Miko. Commentary in the books remarks that Hinjo's presence contrasts with Miko's when Shojo is revealed to be deceiving the paladins. Hinjo's response is of someone "who believes in the law", while Miko's is someone who "believes herself above the law."
  • Healing Hands: A paladin power.
  • Hero of Another Story: Cut-aways to him after the "Don't Split Up the Party" arc imply that he is having plenty of adventures of his own in the new home for the refugees of Azure City.
  • Honor Before Reason: Not like Miko, but Hinjo is still a stickler for the rules, and his uncle states in a bonus comic that he hopes Hinjo will grow out of this mindest by the time he takes command of Azure City.
    Shojo: Hinjo has grown up into a good, honorable man — which unfortunately makes him singularly unsuited to the task of governing Azure City and its territories. I'm not worried, though. Give him another ten years of instruction, and his naïve idealism will fall like kobolds before a high-level fighter.
  • In Its Hour of Need: Refuses to leave Azure City during Xykon's siege despite how far victory slips away. He is ultimately convinced of the foolishness of this mindset.
  • Magic Knight: Due to being a paladin, he has both fighting and magic skills.
  • Modest Royalty: After becoming the ruler of Azure City, he wears the same paladin armor he did before he ruled.
  • Nephewism: What happened to his parents? Who knows; maybe ninjas got them.
  • Only Sane Man: In comparison to Miko.
  • The Paladin: A holy warrior that is far more sane than Miko.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He can't condone his uncle's backroom dealing but nevertheless recognizes that the Gates must be protected.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is front and center for the Siege of Azure City and the later settling of the refugees.
  • Samurai: Like Miko, but he's closer to a Warrior Prince than a Warrior Monk.
  • Smite Evil: His duty and power as a paladin.
  • Supporting Leader: He's the leader of the forces opposing Xykon, but the Order are the main characters and heroes of the story.
  • Take Up My Sword: After Shojo's death, he takes over Azure City. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about it.
  • Weapon of Choice: A katana because of the fantasy counterpartness.

    Argent 

Argent

"grrrrRRUFF!"

Hinjo's paladin mount, a large silver-hued wolf.

    Tsukiko 

    O-Chul 

O-Chul

"Your life is much like this Go board, my friend. You have allowed yourself to be surrounded by enemy pieces — people who wish to bend you to their will, to remove your unique voice from the board and replace it with one of... of mindless subservience.
But as you correctly point out, you are still holding on two empty places in the center.
They are your heart, and your mind. They are the places that make you what you really are."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Fighter/Paladin
Alignment: Lawful Good

A high-ranking and incredibly tough paladin of the Sapphire Guard, O-Chul was taken as a prisoner of war after the fall of Azure City.
  • Adopt the Dog: His friendship with the Monster in the Darkness leads to a Heartwarming Moment. Also see the quote.
  • And I Must Scream: He spends an unspecified amount of time paralysed by Xykon, while his fellow paladins killed themselves around him, Xykon took the gate, and Miko destroyed the gate when they were winning. Then he was blown out a window and taken to a tea party when he needed to be escaping.
  • Badass: Forget all the damage he did during the Siege of Azure City; he almost killed Redcloak with a prison bar.
  • Brass Balls: "+5 Holy Cojones", as stated by resident Big Bad Xykon. He was genuinely surprised that O-Chul was going to fight him wearing nothing but his prisoner loincloth and wielding nothing but his paladin might.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: At the hands of Team Evil for fun and information. (And as a stalling tactic.)
  • Determinator: O-Chul manages to get a list of all (or at least most) of Xykon's spells. When asked how, he simply replies "One saving throw at a time." Word of the Giant says his Constitution score is in the mid-twenties. For reference, the average human has a score of ten and increases are not linear.
    Xykon: He's like the Energizer Bunny, a Rollex watch, and Jackie Chan mixed together!
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: He plays Go and other games with the Monster in the Darkness.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After months of torture, he nearly kills Redcloak, and puts out his right eye.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: With Redcloak's holy symbol; catching the chain on his impromtu spear and pulling it off can't be anything but dramatic.
  • Dump Stat: Charisma. This comes back to bite him when he tries to dupe Redcloak.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has a mind for the military, and that's not all. Through months of captivity and torture, he created a running list of Xykon's spells by surviving them one at a time. Finally, he teaches Go and espouses a philosophy centered on it.
  • Go: Played it with the MitD, to whom he taught the rules.
  • Guile Hero: Extremely adaptable. When captured, O-Chul takes advantage of the situation to get Xykon's spell list, nudge the Monster in the Darkness away from evil a bit, and when released, is in position to try to break Xykon's phylactery (but is stopped at the last second). Also capable of using Exact Words when necessary, though usually not for manipulative reasons.
  • Healing Hands: A standard paladin ability. He uses it regularly on himself to heal the wounds inflicted by Redcloak's torture regimen.
  • I Gave My Word: He thinks it's obvious that Soon Kim kept his oath. After all, he's a paladin and it's the same thing he himself would do.
  • Improvised Weapon: He can and will use anything, from a broken cage bar to bare fists, highly effectively and often powered-up with Smite Evil.
  • Interrogated for Nothing: Redcloak suspected he was telling the truth even before their session on the tower, but wanted to keep Xykon in the city so the hobgoblins could solidify their position.
  • Japanese Honorifics: He calls the MitD "Monster-san".
  • Knight in Shining Armor: All the Sapphire Guards are, but O-Chul even more so. The Giant describes him as "everything right about the paladin".
  • Made of Iron: He survives a Castle-Shattering Kaboom, a tank of acid with a shark in it (multiple times, it's implied), being trapped in a cage filled with rabid dire wallabies, a staring contest with a basilisk (which he won, technically; he never blinked), along with months of torture. Some would argue that he borders on Implacable Man. According to Word of the Giant, he has a Constitution score in the mid-twenties.note 
  • Metaphorically True: He engages in some very specific wordplay when Hinjo asks him if he destroyed the Sapphire Gate because he would never speak ill of the dead.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: While his opinion of Miko is low, he doesn't speak ill of her after a stupid act causes a tragedy.
  • Not a Game: He explains to Haley, in detail, how full-scale war isn't like a dungeon.
  • Odd Friendship: He and the Monster in the Darkness are quite friendly. He refers to the Monster as "Monster-san". The Monster calls him Mr. Stiffly.
  • The Paladin: Holy warrior that is solidly more good than lawful.
  • Reconstructed Trope: Reconstructs paladins as a follow-up to Miko's decontruction of the class.
  • Samurai: Like the other paladins of the Sapphire Guard, except he is just as good (or better!) with his bare hands as a sword.
  • Scars Are Forever: Despite receiving healing magic regularly, he's been tortured for so long that his body is literally covered in scars. Even better, when O-Chul breaks out, he charges Redcloak with a metal bar ripped from his cage; Redcloak nails him in the forehead with a Disintegrate, showing off O-Chul's skeleton. Not only does O-Chul shake off the hit like it was nothing, if you look closely, his skull has a scar matching the one along his temple — meaning the cut that made it went all the way to the bone. (The goblins may not be responsible for that one, since he has the scar even before the Battle of Azure City.)
  • Smite Evil: He charges holy power into his bare hands to assault Xykon.
  • Stock Yuck: Squid (and babies).
  • These Hands Have Killed: He refuses to let Redcloak blame him for not stopping him.
  • Weapon of Choice: A katana, like the others in the Sapphire Guard.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Why Did It Have to Be Sharks? Though in actuality he does not fear them, since being a paladin makes him immune to fear. It's more like they just make him oddly uncomfortable. The acid-breathing shark may have had something to do with this.

    Lien 

Lien

"It was pretty easy for me to put two and two together. Contrary to popular opinion, Good is not always dumb."

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Class: Paladin
Alignment: Intelligent Good

Along with Hinjo and O-Chul, a paladin and one of the only surviving Sapphire Guard officers. As the daughter of fishermen, her weapon and celestial mount keep a connection with the sea.
  • Action Girl: During the fall of Azure City, she defends Hinjo's junk for hours from attacking hobgoblins by herself.
  • Badass Boast: When fighting a group of hobgoblins:
    Lien: My parents were fishermen. When I was a little girl, I stood right here and learned how to clean the fish that they caught. I'm telling you this so that you know that when I say that if you take one more step, I will gut you like the catch of the day — IT IS NOT HYPERBOLE!
  • Blade on a Stick: Her harpoon.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Defied. When Durkon rescues her with Thor's Lightning, and she gets singed a bit by accident, it is he who apologizes, and Lien is simply grateful.
  • Cool Pet: A freaking shark that she rides into battle! She's easily the most Badass fisherman's daughter in fiction.

    Ho Thanh 

Ho Thanh

"Let us make hasty our escape, that we might live to fight the forces of Evil another day."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Paladin
Alignment: Lawful Good

A low-ranking Sapphire Guard member who was out of town the day of the battle. Took over leadership of La Résistance after Haley left.

    Daigo & Kazumi Kato 

Daigo & Kazumi Kato

Daigo: (dying) Kazumi... is a pretty name...
Kazumi: (crying) Thank you. What's yours?
Daigo: ... ... Daigo.
(no longer dying) ... Uh? I, uh... I think I'm OK, now.
Kazumi: Wow. I guess having a name really DOES matter.

Race: Humans
Gender: Male & Female (respectively)
Class: Fighters
Alignment: Neutral Good

Regular soldiers in the Azure City army, Daigo and Kazumi refuse to be nameless Red Shirts like the rest of the army — literally, by mentioning their names. They escaped Azure along with Elan, Vaarsuvius and Durkon. Daigo and Kazumi are now married, with Kazumi pregnant, and have been given the status of nobility by Hinjo. The fact that their names are known also makes them significantly more competent than regular Azurite soldiers.

    Daimyo Kubota 

Daimyo Kubota

"Well done, Therkla. You managed to weasel your way out of responsibility for your own actions like a seasoned veteran. I couldn't be prouder if you were my own flesh and blood."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Aristocrat/(unknown prestige class)
Alignment: Lawful Evil

A scheming aristocrat and Therkla's employer, intent on assassinating Hinjo and taking over after Shojo's death.
  • Affably Evil: See his page quote. For an evil dude, he can be friendly when he's not sending ninjas after you.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A noble in Azure City and part of the reason that Shojo had to fake senility; he's a scheming asshole.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Again, page quote. Also, he schooled Therkla in 'evil best practices'.
  • Carrying the Antidote: Averted and he tells Elan how stupid such a thing would be after he poisoned Therkla.
  • Color-Coded Characters: He and his minions wear purple while the others in Azure City wear blue.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: He's aware of minions Defecting for Love and planned for it, in addition to what heroes like Elan must do when faced with a surrendering villain.
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: He planned to use it on Therkla after he killed her, but V wasn't having any of that.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death is fairly ignominious. Elan comments about it.
  • Evil Gloating: When Elan marches him to the magistrate he gleefully explained how futile Elan's efforts were.
  • Evil Plan: Assassinate Hinjo and become the ruler of Azure City.
  • Famous Last Words: "Now come along, bring me to your master so we can begin the Trial of the Century."
  • Filler Villain: He has nothing to do with the main plot of the gates. He's just there to fill time while the Order of the Stick regroups.
  • Karma Houdini: Defied Trope; Kubota plans to invoke this, by framing Therkla and using his aristocrat talents to turn around and use his trial to slander Hinjo, but Vaarsuvius defies this by simply disintegrating him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the magistrate to avoid punishment for sending ninjas after Hinjo during The Siege, after that he uses Therkla and then his planned status as Karma Houdini.
  • Pride: In his status as a noble and his oratory skills.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: He cleverly realizes that an actual surrender is the best way to survive, since Elan will then be forced to bring him in for a trial that will most likely work in his favor.
  • Slimeball: Almost everything he does to try to usurp Hinjo's position is just plain hateful, culminating in him ordering the assassination of a pair of former commoners who were promoted to nobility. The wife is pregnant. When the plan fails, he murders his own number two with poison just to give himself time to escape.
  • Smug Snake: His status as a this is cemented by the fact that he just doesn't stack up against Xykon and Redcloak. He's also horribly naive, and thinks taking the city back from Xykon will be a trivial matter.
  • Take Over the City: His villainy is entirely geared toward usurping Azure City's rulership. Even when there isn't even much of a city to rule anymore.

    Therkla 

Therkla

"Actually, it's completely true. Our master DID order us to lure you here and kill you. I was just hoping... I was hoping you could be my boyfriend instead."

Race: Half-orc
Gender: Female
Class: Ninja
Alignment: True Neutral

Half-orc ninja, under the employ of Daimyo Kubota. She is poisoned by Kubota so he could escape and dies in Elan's arms.
  • Action Girl: Nina/assassin and all-around strong.
  • Character Alignment: True Neutral. Word of the Giant confirms her as an active, balancing kind of Neutral, as opposed to the disinterested kind. Her proposed solution to the fleet's struggle between good and evil is that the two groups and their respective followers split up and go their separate ways, and seems genuinely confused that neither finds this acceptable. invoked
  • Child by Rape: Elan and Kubota think this is the only way a half-orc could be created but the opposite is true; her parents were Sickeningly Sweethearts. It's an allusion to what D&D says is often the case with half-orc children.
  • Cute Little Fangs: From her orc side.
  • Cute Monster Girl: The other orcs in this comic are ugly but she's cute as a button. Then again, she's only half orc.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: She was happy about it because she thought it was the only way she'd get into his arms.
  • The Dragon: To Kubota. She's his head ninja and the most powerful minion in his employ.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She spies on Elan because she wants to watch him, not to gather information.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-orc/half-human.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Elan almost convinced her to join Hinjo, then Hinjo sprang an ambush and arrested her.
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: One of the incredibly few half-orcs to be an inversion.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Elan is clearly upset about letting her die and learns how to Neutralize Poison to prevent it happening again.
  • In Love with the Mark: Her introductory scene has her gushing about Elan's attractiveness.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Averted. Elan is in a relationship at this point and she wants him to break up with whoever it is for her.
  • Killed Off for Real: After being poisoned by Kubota, she says she would refuse to be raised unless Elan becomes her boyfriend. He couldn't betray Haley, so she decides to stay dead.
  • Love at First Sight: One-sided, later partly-reciprocated.
  • Ninja This is her class and she does a lot of sneaking and spying.
  • Satellite Love Interest: What would she be like without Elan? She was a subject of debate on the forums when she was alive and her detractors often used this as an argument.
  • Take a Third Option: She wants an outcome where her boss and her crush survive the arc. She tried to convince Kubota to separate from Hinjo and form his own kingdom somewhere else. Kubota didn't like that idea and poisoned her for it.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Satirized in "Half-Dragons Are Even Worse". invoked

    Niu 

Niu

"Yeah, what was I thinking, not advertising [I multiclassed to rogue] to the team's paladin."

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Class: Fighter/Rogue
Alignment: Neutral Good (probably)

A low-ranking soldier seconding Haley and later Thanh in the Azure City Resistance.
  • Action Girl: Double her co-workers; fighter and rogue.
  • Bring News Back: Thanh tells her to escape from the Resistance base and get word to Hinjo about its destruction.
  • It Has Been an Honor: To Thanh, when he prepares to give his life to cover her retreat.
    Niu: ... You're the bravest man I've ever met.
    Thanh: And you're the slowest woman! RUN!
  • Literal-Minded: Sometimes.
    Niu: So, wait, when you said that the prison would be guarded by a skeleton crew during the speech, you didn't literally mean a—
  • La Résistance: She prefers "Rebel Alliance".
  • Mauve Shirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character but look at the size of this character sheet.
  • More Hero Than Thou: She tries to fight next to Thanh at the end, but he sends her away.
  • Number Two: To Haley, and later to Thanh.
  • Single Tear: After escaping from Redcloak's attack on the Resistance.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the Resistance.
  • Street Smart: Haley singled her out for this quality.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: To a degree with Ho Thanh; he doesn't approve of her more Roguish tendencies, while she finds him self-righteous. Nonetheless, they seem to work well together.

    General Chang 

General Chang

"Prepare to hold this breach at all cost, men"

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Warrior
Alignment: Lawful Good (presumably)

A general in Azure City's regular military.
  • Commander Contrarian: Criticizes V's plan to put only 13 guards at the wall opening, but soon withdraws his complaint.
  • Famous Last Words: "You'll never take this city while I'm alive, monster!"
  • Good Counterpart: To the Hobgoblin General. Both are commanding officers, the Hobgoblin General follows orders without question, but Chang questions orders that could result in casualties.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of the Death Knight.
  • Mauve Shirt: A minor and ultimately unimportant character, but he has enough tropes to make his death more meaningful than a Red Shirt's.

    Sangwaan 

Sangwaan

"In the few hours since we learned of the threat, we diviners have done our best to scry the invading army."

Race: Human
Gender: Female
Class: Wizard (diviner)
Alignment: Lawful Good (presumably)

A blind seer who serves as an adviser to Shojo and later Hinjo. Aside from Shojo, she is the only known member of the Sapphire Guard who is not a Paladin.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Her mystic vision spells even come out of the blindfold.
  • Blind Seer: A seer with a blindfold.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a particularly funny one in a bonus comic dealing with Shojo's funeral.
    Sangwaan: He never treated me differently for my disability. He tried to look down my shirt like any other girl.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: She's apparently killed when Xykon's zombie dragon bit her and throws her off the ramparts of Azure City's outer wall.
  • Mauve Shirt: Like the generals.
  • Non-Action Girl: Seer, not soldier.
  • Telepathy: She uses it at a few points to answer people's questions before they finish asking them.

    That Guy with a Halberd 

That Guy with a Halberd

"Wait — was that oil hot?"

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Warrior
Alignment: Lawful Good (presumably)

Another soldier in the Azure City army. Shows up in one strip ordering boiling oil poured on the attacking hobgoblins. It turns out to be room-temperature coconut oil instead, but it drives the attackers off anyway. Turned into a Memetic Bystander by a forum thread.
  • Only Sane Man: In the single strip he appears in.
  • Only Six Faces: There's really no way to tell this Guy with a Halberd from any other male soldier in the Azurite army, which has led to a fandom running gag that any time one of them has a significant line, it's this guy.
  • Weapon of Choice: Go on — guess.

    Captain Axe 

Captain Axe

"It's my job to protect everyone aboard — especially Hinjo. And that means getting him far away from situations where he can die heroically."

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Unknown
Alignment: Lawful Good

The captain of Hinjo's junk. Very loyal to his lord, but knows when to disobey too.
  • The Captain: Of Hinjo's junk. This means he has great authority when on the ship.
  • Hook Hand: He has a small axe replacing his left hand.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He takes advantage of Hinjo getting knocked unconscious to order the departure of the junk. This was necessary to save all their lives, because Hinjo insisted on waiting for Haley who was somewhere in the battlefield reclaiming Roy's corpse.
  • Perma Stubble: Adding to his rough sailor look.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: After Hinjo is knocked out, he disobeys orders for the ship to wait, realizing that the enemy is too strong to fight off for much longer.
  • They Call Him Sword: Axe in this case. Probably a Shout-Out to Captain Hook.
  • Weapon of Choice: Again, take a wild guess.


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