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!The Order of the Scribble

->'''Shojo:''' Their final adventures together led them to seal all five of the rifts, trapping the Snarl once again in its timeless prison.

The adventuring precursors to the Order of the Stick. Responsible for sealing the Rifts and creating the Gates. So far Kraagor and Serini have only been seen in flashback in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0276.html "The Crayons of Time"]]; Dorukan and Lirian both appear in ''Start of Darkness'', Soon's ghost appears during the battle of Azure City and Girard appears as an illusion (and corpse).

[[folder:In General]]
* BadassCrew: While they stopped working together at the end, they were still all epic-level characters.
* CripplingOverspecialization: They all believe their respective strong suits are the best method for protecting the gates (Except for Serini, who goes with Kraagor's). So far, each gate has fallen due the inherent flaws of said strong suits.
** Lirian's gate was guarded by the power of nature and was destroyed thanks to the unnatural abomination that is a lich being immune to her abilities... and a forest fire.
** Dorukan believed in the wisdom and intelligence, specifically of arcane magic, and was beaten in a duel by Xykon brute-force spamming Energy Drains. And the gate itself was destroyed by [[TheDitz Elan]] activating the SelfDestructMechanism.
** Soon based his gate's protection on the unbreakable honor of paladins. Though this worked better than the others, coming close to killing Xykon, his gate was destroyed by a fallen paladin.
** Girard only trusted his family and specifically distrusted Soon and paladins. Not only did Soon and his paladins ''never'' break their oath, with many other characters calling them out on how foolish that was, his gate only being guarded by his family [[spoiler: meant that they were all wiped out by Familicide with no one left to protect the gate. The villains just walked in.]] He also didn't account for the existence of beings that are immune to illusions.
** Kraagor's tomb is guarded by high-level monsters out the wazoo that regenerate after a few days. In theory a death trap that can't have its secrets plumbed. In practice, it means that it's a gold mine of experience points (Xykon, an epic-level lich, gets XP from battling in there) that provisions anyone trying to get in, thus increasing the strength of those trying to get to the gate.
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: Kraagor's death turned existing tensions into a near-bloodbath. Besides Lirian and Dorukan, none of them ever laid eyes on each other again (that we know of).
* {{Foil}}: They could be seen as this to the Order of the Stick. The Scribblers have been shown to be individually very powerful, but internal strife drove them apart and their inability to work together means their respective gates are falling one by one. The Order members have sub-optimal character builds, but overcome their personal differences and prevail through teamwork.
* PosthumousCharacter: Of the entire Order, the only one who even ''might'' still be alive is Serini.
* PrecursorHeroes: The Order of the Stick is literally following in their footsteps, for good or for ill.
* TheTeam: Soon was TheLeader, Girard was TheLancer who clashed with him at every point. Lirian and Dorukan pulled double duty as TheSmartGuy, being two learned spellcasters. Kraagor was TheBigGuy, being the party's Tank. TheChick was Serini as the glue that held them all together.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Before Kraagor's death, this appears to have been the case to varying degrees (in particular, it appears that Soon and Girard particularly didn't care for each other). After his death, things fell apart entirely.
* WomenAreWiser: Lirian and Serini appear to have been the most levelheaded members of the group.

[[folder:Soon Kim]]
!!Soon Kim

->''"Only the honor of a paladin is unbreakable -- even by death itself."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Paladin\\
'''Alignment:''' LawfulGood

Paladin and founder of the Sapphire Guard. Also built Azure City's citadel around his Gate. The first to encounter the Rifts. His wife Mijung was killed by the Snarl, which is his motivation for sealing them. Guarded the Gate in Azure City with the Sapphire Guard.
* BackupFromOtherworld: He becomes this to the Sapphire Guard after his death of old age.
%%* BadassMustache
* TheCavalry: '''''"[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Ghost-martyrs of the Sapphire Guard]] -- [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0449.html ATTACK!]]"'''''
* CrusadingWidower: There are hints which suggest that, had his wife not been killed by the Snarl, Soon would not have gone on to become the eminent hero who founded an entire order of paladins to safeguard the world from destruction.
* TheHero: A former holder of the position. It was his personal tragedy and forceful charisma that assembled the Order in the first place.
* HonorBeforeReason: What his insistence on making "do not interfere with the other Gates" part of the official credo of the Sapphire Guard has ultimately turned out to be. Whilst well-meaning, the practical effects of it have included the Guard being unaware when two of the Gates were captured by evil forces (and being forbidden to offer assistance even if they had known), and the Guard not knowing that the coordinates for Girard's Gate in their possession are fake, both of which seriously screwed things up. On the other hand, the Oaths were created because of the irreconcilable differences between the Order that lasted beyond several of their deaths, meaning the Oaths weren't as much the problem as the people who made them.
* {{Irony}}: Girard lived his life in eternal paranoia that Soon would break his vow not to meddle with how any of the other members of the Order managed their Gates, and it's implied that some of the others had their suspicions as well. In fact, it appears that he's the only one who ''didn't'' meddle in the affairs of the others in some way or another; Lirian and Dorukan were lovers, and Serini at least stayed in contact with Girard.
* KillUsBoth: He told Lirian and Dorukan to seal the last rift while he ''and'' Kraagor were still within range. He made it out, Kraagor didn't. [[YouShouldHaveDiedInstead Girard didn't take it well]].
* KingInTheMountain: His spirit rises to defend the Gate in its hour of greatest need. It works out pretty well for the purposes of evil smiting. It's also heavily implied that he spent his afterlife - at least fifty years - watching over the gate from the Celestial Realms, due to his knowledge of what is Xykon's phylactery as well as his other information about his paladins. It's not like he had anyone waiting for him up there, anyway.
* TheLeader: Of the Scribblers. In Serini's diary, all of them are following him, and based on his stern expression, he was the level-headed type.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Even after his death, his spirit is bound to the Gate and he will protect it in an hour of need. As Redcloak pointed out, he and the ghost-martyrs are not traditional ghosts or even undead, but some kind of positive-energy spirits. In all likelihood, they're Deathless, positive energy undead from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting.
* ThePaladin: He is the founder of an order of paladins.
* PetTheDog: After [[spoiler:Miko destroyed the Gate]] and stopped Soon from killing Xykon, Soon doesn't have a single unkind word for her. In fact, he even reassures her moments before he vanishes [[spoiler:and she succumbs to her injuries.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: As a non-main-spellcaster, full-on human who was already getting on in years when the Gates were made, he's long gone as the story opens, though his spirit remains.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Girard clearly believes that Soon is driven more by his desire to avenge his wife's death at the Snarl's hands than anything else.
* {{Samurai}}: As a {{Wutai}}-flavored paladin. Which is good, as the ''actual'' D&D samurai class is infamously terrible.
* SmiteEvil: A class feature for a high-level paladin. Xykon notes that the other ghosts just sting, while his "packs a wallop".
* TheStoic: His teammates describe him as being stiff and walking in stoic silence most of the time. The single scene where his wife appears shows him worrying slightly less about duty, suggesting that it was Mijung's death that caused him to be so hardassed.
* WeaponOfChoice: A katana.
* WhosOnFirst: Not surprisingly, his name has led to such a scene.
-->'''Xykon:''' So, any ideas on how we should fight 'Stache boy, whoever he is?\\
'''Redcloak:''' Soon.\\
'''Xykon:''' I'd prefer to know ''now'', thanks.\\
'''Redcloak:''' No. I mean, that's his ''name''.\\
'''Xykon:''' What is?\\
'''Redcloak:''' Soon!\\
'''Xykon:''' Look, if you don't want to tell me his name yet, fine, but we really should find a way to beat him!


->''"You have not earned your magic, it came to you in your blood."''

->'''Race:''' Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Wizard\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Powerful human wizard, helped to build the Gates. Guarded the Gate in the Redmountain Hills with a huge dungeon and powerful magical wards. Xykon defeated him in a mages' duel and took over his dungeon.
* TheArchmage: With Lirian's help, he developed epic-level magic to seal the Rifts and create the Gates.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Show him the zombified body of his lover? He's too smart for that. Show him where you've got her soul trapped, preventing her resurrection? ''That'' hits the spot.]]
* CrystalPrison: [[spoiler:Soul-bound by Xykon inside a gem.]]
* IdiotBall: A LOT of people have commented on the utterly idiotic way he used his spells in Start of Darkness.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Lirian, an elf.
* PosthumousCharacter: Only has appeared in flashbacks and the prequel book ''Start of Darkness''.
* PowerPerversionPotential: A BrickJoke from the webcomic cleared up by ''Start of Darkness'' -- Dorukan left a loophole in the Cloister spell to still be able to summon his elf lover from her place to his for "booty calls"...
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Together with Lirian. Whether they'll be able to do anything if they're released is debatable, but it still fits.]]
* TheSmartGuy: As TheTeam's epic-level mage.
* TeleportInterdiction: The Cloister spell he invented prevents teleportation to better protect his gate.
* WizardBeard: It's tradition!
* WizardClassic: While he was young and good-looking during his years with the Order, he's become a beardy old grump by the time Xykon kills him.


->''"Perhaps you will begin to appreciate how interconnected everything is during your long stay... though I doubt it."''

->'''Race:''' Elf\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Druid\\
'''Alignment:''' NeutralGood
%% Alignment confirmed by Word of the Giant.

Powerful elf druid, met Soon shortly after his wife was killed. Helped Dorukan to build the gates. Guarded the Gate in the Elven Lands with nature's might and a magic-destroying virus.
* AndIMustScream: Played straight when Xykon seals her soul inside a gem he carries with him. {{Defied|Trope}} when Xykon seals her lover, Dorukan's soul in there with her.
* BareYourMidriff: Being free of the "constraints" of civilization...
* TheBeastmaster: As a powerful druid, she guards her Gate with "nature's might."
* BondVillainStupidity: [[spoiler:Towards Redcloak and Xykon. When your enemy is captured and at your mercy it's always better to kill them immediately, or at least post some guards to keep an eye on them.]]
* CrystalPrison: [[spoiler:Soul-bound by Xykon inside a gem.]]
* {{Druid}}: Nature magic is her specialty.
* ForestRanger: Her gate is... pastoral, for a given definition of the word.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Even [[spoiler: ''bacteria'']].
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:Xykon and Redcloak would have been thwarted if she had bothered to leave a guard to supervise them, or at least not leave so many material components in their cell (making a lich's phylactery requires over 100'000 GP). Also, while Lirian can be forgiven for using so many attacks that Xykon could NoSell due to the relative obscurity of liches in general, she did grab it when she led her opening attack with Poison against an obviously undead individual. While liches specifically might be obscure, undead are pretty common for adventurers.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: With Dorukan, a human.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: [[spoiler:Inadvertently did this to Redcloak and Xykon in ''Start of Darkness''.]] In fairness to her, it's unlikely that a Good-aligned Druid would realize that the fungi and other plants provided to sustain her prisoners could be used to perform the ritual for turning a caster into a lich.
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:How Xykon killed her.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Also in ''Start of Darkness'', she accidentally told Xykon that there was more than one Gate, something he didn't (nor Redcloak, nor even the Dark One) know about.]]
* OurElvesAreBetter: Seemingly better-balanced, mentally, than most of the Scribblers, and not too smug about it.
* PointyEars: Elf.
* PosthumousCharacter: Her ''soul'' is still around, but she was cut down in the prime of her life. (Being an elf, she might have lived for ''centuries'' more if Xykon hadn't ripped it out.)
* PowerNullifier: [[spoiler:If you succumb to her magical virus, you lose any and all spellcasting abilities. TheUndead are immune to this.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: Much like Dorukan.
* TakingYouWithMe: This could be seen as another function of her Gate's lack of protection from fire - any conflagration would bring the gate down, so in the worst eventuality, the Gate would be destroyed before anyone could exploit it.
* TheSmartGuy: Along with Dorukan, Lirian was one of the party's spellcasters. A Druid specifically. Unlike Dorukan, she had a few clever moments, especially with the Guardian Virus.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Druids get ComboPlatterPowers.

[[folder:Girard Draketooth]]
!!Girard Draketooth

->''"I've never trusted authority figures, be they kings, presidents, or party leaders. Give a man enough power, and he's bound to abuse it, no matter how noble he thinks he is."''

->'''Race:''' Dragonblood Human\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Ranger/Sorcerer\\
'''Alignment:''' ChaoticNeutral
%% Alignment confirmed by WordOfGod

Ranger/illusionist of the party. Guards the gate in the middle of the desert on the Western Continent with powerful illusions, and lying about its location to the other members of the Order.
%%* BadassBeard: Goatee variant.
* TheClan: Due to sheer paranoia, [[spoiler:Girard doesn't trust anyone outside of his family and Serini with defense of the gate, and the Draketooths' definition of "family" doesn't count inlaws, as Penelope would contest]].
* DraconicHumanoid: [[spoiler:As indicated by his family tree, one of his parents and an aunt and uncle fall under this trope, having a mixture of human and dragon features. He's too human-looking himself to qualify.]]
* DualWielding: He favors two scimitars.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or in this case, Chaotic Cannot Comprehend Lawful; Girard's conviction that Soon would sooner or later break his oath to not interfere with other gates displays an utter lack of understanding of how a Lawful character's mind works, especially the one of a {{Paladin}}.
* FacialMarkings: Has a purple birthmark or tattoo on his cheek, as do [[spoiler:the members of his clan]].
* FamilyBusiness: Outsiders, including spouses, need not apply.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Inverted, to a degree. Unlike most examples of this trope, who trust clearly untrustworthy people, Girard went the opposite approach -- he distrusted Soon Kim when it turned out that Soon kept his word. As Haley says, he clearly didn't know how paladins think.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Hates Paladins for trying to justify their morally questionable actions by appealing to a Greater Good, but then [[spoiler:goes off and encourages his clan to seduce random strangers, knock them up and then both rob them and kidnap the baby to be reared by what amounts to a cult that protects the world from total destruction, i.e. for the greater good.]] The only way this isn't hypocritical is if he's a straight-up {{Jerkass}} who thinks that such behavior isn't wrong in the first place (then it's a DoubleStandard). Also, his professed distrust for authority figures would seem to clash with [[spoiler:the cult of personality he built around himself (the statue on his tomb and how his image on the family tree is given a halo).]] The second sentence of his quote above could just as easily refer to himself in this context.
* IneffectualLoner: [[spoiler:Taught his clan not to trust outsiders, especially paladins. Though they were able to hide the gate effectively for a time, their distrust of inlaws nearly led the Linear Guild right to them. Even worse, their distrust of lawful characters is so strong that they would rather remain dead than accept help from a LawfulGood cleric, even one that doesn't subscribe to the same gods as the guy Girard was pissed off at]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Girard was ''not'' a nice man, as is quite evident by the other tropes here, at least to his enemies, and to some of his allies.
* TheLancer: Served as a {{Foil}} and [[TheRival rival]] to Soon Kim in the Order. Unfortunately, it ended ''really'' messily.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler:What his final illusion amounts to: it keeps the targets occupied for at least a few hours, ensuring his clan could kill them while they stood still.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: First he lies about where his pyramid is to throw off the scent of any paladins who break their "oath", knowing full well they won't suspect him of lying. To deal with anyone else, he set up a massive, heavily-fortified pyramid filled with his family members, traps, and immensely powerful illusions to defend his Gate.
* MasterOfIllusion: He decided they were the best way to protect the Gates from being abused.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:Descendant of a black dragon.]]
* NayTheist: He criticizes Soon, claiming the part of his brain that deals with logic weeps every time Soon kneels down and prays to a "glorified petting zoo". This is despite knowing full well that those gods exist and are responsible for Paladin powers.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Girard's hatred of Soon Kim and his paranoia that Soon would break his word to "check in" on the gates led Girard to give a completely random set of coordinates for his gate instead of the real ones. Unfortunately, since finding the gates has become a matter of life-and-death, this has made the good guys' job much, much harder, since they have to comb the largest desert in the world -- all the while dealing with the illusions, distractions and traps that Draketooth set up to obscure it -- to find it, a process that could take months or years. To make matters worse, the only other person he told the true coordinates to was Serini, whose diary is in the possession of Xykon and his allies. So essentially, the bad guys have the coordinates for the gate and could easily reach it within seconds while the heroes were still looking. Nice going, Draketooth.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:He's been dead for at least twenty years.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: Subverted. He believed himself to be this, and he may or may not have had reasons to distrust Soon, but it's well established that Soon kept his promise not to interfere with the others' methods of guarding the other Gates, which Girard doubted he would. [[{{Irony}} It appears that Soon was the only one who never saw the other Scribblers again]].
* UnevenHybrid: [[spoiler:The grandson of a black dragon, which makes him part of a certain family tree...]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: He has a lot of bitter feelings against Soon about Kraagor's death and he makes it quite clear with the "[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0695.html little surprise]]" he leaves for Soon to find when he "inevitably" comes to check out Girard's Gate.

[[folder:Serini Toormuck]]
!!Serini Toormuck

->''"Hey, whoever kills the least goblins has to buy drinks tonight!"''

->'''Race:''' Halfling\\
'''Gender:''' Female\\
'''Class:''' Rogue\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown [-(probably LawfulGood as she was considering multiclassing into paladin)-]

Halfling rogue of the party. Proposed the pact of noninterference. Created a dungeon with powerful creatures guarding Kraagor's Gate near the Dwarven lands, yet opted to continue a life of adventuring. Her diary has provided Xykon with the co-ordinates of all the gates.
* TheChick: So far, the nicest and most relatable of the Order of the Scribble, and the one who helped smooth things over without violence after it fell apart.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: It's a halfling thing.
* TheFullNameAdventures: Her diary -- ''The Life and Times of Serini Toormuck, Halfling Rogue''
* GenkiGirl: Every bit of information about her suggests that she was cheerful, energetic, and girly.
* {{Halfling}}: A much straighter example than Belkar; jolly!
* TheHeart: What little we see of her suggests it. She proposed the pact to keep the other Scribblers from [[DividedWeFall killing each other.]]
* HeartSymbol: She drew a few on her diary around Girard Draketooth.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: She wrote down all of the details of her adventures -- including the ''real'' coordinates of Girard's Gate -- and then didn't take proper care of it, allowing the diary to eventually fall into Xykon's hands, as seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0196.html "The Diary"]]. This means Team Evil has perfect knowledge of where to find all the gates, whereas the Order of the Stick is desperately looking for the location of each one as the last one falls.
* RoleCalled: Her diary -- ''The Life and Times of Serini Toormuck, Halfling Rogue''
* TheXOfY: Her diary's title, again.


->''"'''Raging makes Kraagor a thirsty boy.'''"''

->'''Race:''' Dwarf\\
'''Gender:''' Male\\
'''Class:''' Barbarian\\
'''Alignment:''' Unknown [-(as a barbarian, non-lawful)-]

Dwarf barbarian of the party. He is killed when sealing the last rift.
* AdvertisedExtra: Of all the Scribblers, he's the one we know almost nothing about -- his gender, race, class, that he liked to drink, and he was the only member of the party to die before the party was dissolved.
* BadassBeard: He's a dwarf ''and'' a barbarian. It's a twofer.
* BadassNormal: Assuming he never dipped into multi-classing, he lacks any kind of magical abilities.
* BarbarianHero: Though we get relatively little of the "hero" from the limited snippets of his personality, he is one of the Scribblers that saved the world in the past. His speech patterns are also unique: bolded, like Thog, but using capitalization and punctuation. He is also more intelligent, frankly, than Belkar or Thog.
* BeardOfBarbarism: And of dwarfishness.
* TheBigGuy: A barbarian who believed "strength alone" was the most effective guardian.
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: Swallowed up by the Snarl at the moment of the Order's final victory, something that fueled a [[TheFellowshipHasEnded messy organizational breakup]].
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Okay, he's not human ''or'' "black," but he still clearly has the darkest skintone of the Order of the Scribble and he was the only one of them to die [[DeathIsCheap (permanently, at least)]] during their quest.
* DeaderThanDead: If Redcloak and Lord Shojo are right, those killed by the Snarl lose their souls.
* ForgottenFallenFriend: Girard seems to think that he was this to Soon and his epitaph even says "Sacrifice Forgotten".
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Assuming we have all the information about the Snarl.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: Unlike the rest of the Order, unlikely to have any further effects on the campaign.
* {{Unperson}}: Given Girard's bitter comment to Soon, Soon's campaign to expunge all knowledge of the Gates, and the non-vandalized inscription on his tomb saying "Sacrifice Forgotten", it likely to say that history by and large doesn't remember him.