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Robert "Bobby" Pendragon
The main character of the series and the Traveler from Second Earth.
- Action Survivor: Starts out as this because he has no idea what's going on and is trying to survive.
- Amazon Chaser: He crushes on Courtney who scares the other boys with her strength of will and merciless competitve streak. He's also attracted to Loor, the Proud Warrior Race Girl with the Simple Staff.
- Anchored Ship: With Loor. She won't date him while they're still fighting to save the universe, though they are mutually attracted to each other and she doesn't specify whether she'd consider doing so after the war.
- Big Man on Campus: "School came easy, I kicked ass at sports" etc.
- Catch-Phrase: "And so we go."
- Coming-of-Age Story: He specifically muses about whether the journey is one for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Both in his journals and outside of them, he's never short of sarcasm.
- Dirty Coward: Starts out as this because a Traveler's duty sounds "noble and all" but far too dangerous.
- First-Person Smartass: His journals have a lot of snark.
- Has a Type: He tries to reassure a jealous Courtney by saying that Loor isn't his type but she disagrees. "We can both kick your ass."
- The Leader: He is expected to replace Press as a Charismatic Type in Denduron and lead the revolution. This freaks him out. He later turns out to be the lead traveler.
- Last-Name Basis: To anyone he meets on his adventures, he's known as Pendragon.
- Lovable Jock: He's a great friend to Mark.
- Magnetic Hero: He ends up making friends on all the territories, even if the Travelers aren't initially friendly to him.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Before Uncle Press dragged him to a Flume, he was just a kid going to school.
- The Protagonist: He narrates the journals and the other half revolves around him.
- Took a Level in Badass: In book six; after Saint Dane beats the everloving shit out of him, he decides to take fighting lessons from Loor and Alder.
- Ship Tease: With Loor, of the UST type.
- White Male Lead: In a cast of travelers full of female and non-white travelers, plus one non-human. Also the only one to come from present day Earth.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's scared of snakes and clowns.
Bobby's best friend since childhood. Despite being a nerd while Bobby was a jock, the two got along very well and had many common interests.
- Ace Pilot: After the time skip. It's foreshadowed by the driving skills he displays in the previous book.
- Actually a Doombot: The dados look exactly like him thanks to Mark inventing them. That comes in handy when he almost gets executed, since Nevva just switches him with a dado.
- Adorkable: He can barely talk to Courtney without stuttering and fumbling over his words before he gets used to her presence, and freaks out when Courtney leads him into the girls' bathroom to read a journal in private.
- Badass Bookworm: Starting in Black Water, after he takes his first level in badass, he becomes the skinny and nerdy boy who is nonetheless handy to have in a fight.
- Break the Cutie: Saint Dane kills his parents to do this.
- Blind Without 'Em: He really needs his glasses.
- Corrupt the Cutie: At the hands of Nevva Winter and Andy Mitchell. While Andy Mitchell (Saint Dane in disguise) became Mark's Poisonous Friend, he also crashed a plane with Mark's parents on it. Which is when Nevva Winter shows up, conveniently giving Mark a way and reason to change the past... Subverted, in that he was simply another Unwitting Pawn, and wasn't doing anything with malicious intent.
- Covert Pervert: One edition of the first book mentions he has "cutesy hentai posters" hanging in his room.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: He goes through one after he finds out he can't reverse his changes to the past. Courtney helps him get through it.
- Lovable Nerd: He's probably the kindest character in all the books, and always wants to see the good in people. Unfortunately, it makes him a little naive...
- Teen Genius: He is so good at science that he manages to alter history with his invention.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the time skip he becomes an ace pilot.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Carrots, at least in the first few books. He eats them to help his eyesight.
- Unwitting Pawn: Saint Dane's, under the guise of Andy Mitchell.
Bobby's girlfriend. After years of UST, they finally hooked up right before Bobby got sent away in the beginning of the series.
- Alliterative Name: Courtney Chetwynde.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Subverted. Mark thinks she's just being paranoid and wants to see the bad in Andy Mitchell after he becomes friends with the former bully. She's right about something being wrong, but she didn't guess Andy Mitchell was Saint Dane.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Following the events of Black Water and the shifts in her life upon entering high school, as well as manipulation from Saint Dane and nearly getting killed by him. Fortunately, she finds it in herself to climb out of her funk and take her life into her own hands. Hey, she isn't a Plucky Girl for nothing.
- Lovable Jock: Merciless at volleyball and is all business off the court but still a Nice Girl.
- Mouthy Kid: She mouths off to everyone up to and including a police officer.
- Plucky Girl: Her determination is often described as "a girl on a mission."
- Properly Paranoid: She was right about Andy Mitchell not being what he seemed.
- Ship Tease: With Spader in Black Water.
- Unwitting Pawn: Saint Dane's, twice. Once when he seduces her and hits her with a car, secondly when he uses her extensive injuries as an in to get close to Mark.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Ultimately marries and grows old with Bobby.
- Worthy Opponent: Played for laughs. Loor and Courtney size each other up and find each other worthy romantic rivals for Bobby.
- Wrong Guy First: The first guy she agrees to date ends up being Saint Dane in disguise.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: She thinks of helping to save Eelong as a chance to finally prove herself after the shock of suddenly going from The Ace to an ordinary student who fails at everything. Then her being there and bringing the antidote ends up getting a traveler killed and two trapped.. And then just when she is starting to recover from her resulting depression she gets run over by her boyfriend who's really Saint Dane.
Bobby's cool uncle and the one responsible for whisking him away to save the territories.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears one whenever he's on Earth. It contributes to Bobby's image of him as "my cool uncle".
- Back from the Dead: At the end of Raven Rise.
- Badass in Distress: Shortly after a firefight with Saint Dune and harpooning a quip, he's snared by some mooks.
- Cool Uncle: Described as such in the first journal entry: an uncle who breathes in with exciting stories and does cool things with his nephew, like riding in a jet.
- Distressed Dude: Captured early on by Denduron's royalty in book 1.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes an attack meant for Bobby and Spader, and subsequently dies.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: According to Uncle Press, this is destined to happen to all of the mentor travelers. He himself dies at the end of book 2.
- The Mentor: Bobby's wise old mentor-figure.
- Time Abyss: Rivals Saint Dane in age.
- Travel Cool: Whether it's by expensive motorcycle or by fancy sports car, Press likes to travel in style.
The main antagonist of the series.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Is described as wearing a black Asian suit.
- Bald of Evil: After Black Water, when his hair burns off as a sign of him gaining more power.
- Big Bad: Everytime there's a new territory in trouble, he's the one causing it. Even if it looks like someone else, it's really him in disguise.
- Breaking Speech: Whenever he has a conversation with Bobby, he lectures him on how hopeless Bobby's situation is and how Halla will be better under his control.
- Catchphrase: "Welcome to [the Territory], Pendragon."
- The Chessmaster: His plans reach across all of Halla.
- The End of the World as We Know It: Part of his Evil Plan, see Omnicidal Maniac.
- The Evils of Free Will: His belief in this is why he's taking over Halla.
- Evil Overlord: The overlord of Ravinia and all its holdings (essentially, all the known universe at that point) during The Soldiers of Halla.
- Evil Plan: His end goal is killing the seventy thousand survivors of the ninth book's climax and destroying all the free will in Halla, as well as Halla itself. This would allow him to become the new god of the Dark Solara and new Halla.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite what he is, he can be VERY charming.
- Gambit Roulette: His plan that stretches across the entire series is either this, or one very long case of Xanatos Speed Chess.
- A God Am I: He wants to be a god and thinks he is close already.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After his hair is burned off as mentioned above, his scalp is covered in several lightning bolt shaped scars.
- Humanoid Abomination: He's essentially an evil spirit as old as sentient life itself wearing a material body over which he has absolute control.
- Humans Are Bastards: Believing and advocating this is what got him here.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Coldhearted and ruthless, and his eyes are always noted. Whenever a character turns out to be Saint Dane and transforms, that's the first clue.
- In Their Own Image: His Evil Plan to make his own Halla.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Bobby theorizes that he really did intend to create a better Halla but became a pure villain somewhere along the way.
- Kick the Dog: Does this through the entire series, and even in his first appearance where he hypnotizes a random homeless guy into jumping in front of a subway train.
- Kill and Replace: Either the people he poses as suffered this, or they never existed at all, just being Saint Dane in disguise the entire time.
- Manipulative Bastard: This is the part of his Magnificent Bastardry that allows him to win and become ruler of Halla in the ninth book.
- Non-Indicative Name: This guy is no saint.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He's fine with killing everyone in Halla.
- Physical God: Wants to become this, and is already damn close to one.
- Playing Both Sides: Saint Dane's favorite MO is to become someone on both ends of the Territory's current conflict. One disguise he'll reveal to Bobby right away, the other he keeps secret until he thinks it has served its purpose.
- Poisonous Friend: Mark's, under the guise of Andy Mitchell.
- Red Right Hand: His icy blue eyes. Subverted, as he can hide them at will, he just likes showing off to mess with Bobby.
- Take Over the World: All of Halla, more like.
- Time Abyss: Is as old as sentient life itself.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Indulges in this a few times in the series, to the point where Bobby once falsely assumes it is he who is a woman he knows.
- Villainous Rescue: He saves Courtney's life after nearly killing her by running her over. It's all part of The Plan.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The reason for his high supply of Paranoia Fuel is his transformation ability.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: According to Press, he apparently started out this way but fell down the slippery slope.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this on Bobby a few times. Bobby always says no. He didn't mean it in the first place, he just wanted to mess with Bobby.
The Traveler from Zadaa, a desert Territory.
- Achilles' Heel: She can't swim. It makes sense, seeing as she grew up in a desert.
- Action Girl: Fighting is her thing.
- Amazonian Beauty: Bobby finds her athletic body attractive.
- Anchored Ship: With Bobby. She won't date him while they're still fighting to save the world, though she doesn't say whether she'd date him afterwards.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Downright hostile to Bobby initially but later warms up to him.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Like everyone of her tribe, she has long been training in combat.
- The Quiet One: Never talks unless necessary.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When in a festival, she finally takes off her armour and wears dress clothes, and Bobby is even more stunned by her.
- Ship Tease: With Bobby. They finally confess their feelings in book 6, but Loor won't date him while they still have a mission to accomplish.
- Statuesque Stunner: She was always taller than Bobby until Raven Rise, when he finally caught up with her.
- The Stoic: She's not one for big displays of emotion.
- Worthy Opponent: Played for laughs. Loor and Courtney size each other up and find each other worthy romantic rivals for Bobby.
Loor's mother. She's from the previous generation of Travelers.
The Traveler from Denduron. A young Bedoowan knight.
- Adorkable: Shortly after meeting him, Bobby describes him as a "A puppy with floppy arms and legs."
- The Big Guy: He's a strong and unflappable but friendly and Adorkable Bedoowan knight.
- Cool Sword: According to his prequel story, it's called Falling Light.
- Parental Abandonment: His prequel story reveals that he's an orphan.
- Took a Level in Badass: Though he was always a knight, he becomes a better one after winning the fight on Denduron so he can be of better use to Bobby.
- Ugly Cute: Stated as such in-universe. Bobby specifically says he's ugly, but Courtney doesn't see him as a Gonk.
The Traveler from Cloral. Works as an aquaneer.
- Catch-Phrase: "Hobey-ho, let's go!"
- Hot-Blooded: He's easygoing, but has a temper.
- In Harm's Way: He's essentially an adrenaline junkie, and often takes risks just because it's fun.
- Last-Name Basis: His first name is Vo, but everyone calls him Spader. It's a Cloral thing.
- Put on a Bus: Bobby orders him back to Cloral after the third book.
- And then again, after the bus comes back in Black Water and he gets trapped on Eelong.
- Replacement Flat Character: Not flat per se, but fills the role in the second book that Bobby had in the first.
- Ship Tease: With Courtney.
- What the Hell, Hero?: His rage towards Saint Dane makes him a very good Unwitting Pawn, and he almost gets First Earth lost. Bobby orders him back to Cloral to get him to cool his head.
- You Killed My Father: He really, really badly wants Saint Dane dead because of this.
Vincent "Gunny" Van Dyke
The Traveler from First Earth. Works as a bell captain at the Manhattan Tower Hotel.
- Alliterative Name: Vincent Van
- Put on a Bus: He is trapped on Eelong with Spader for the second half of the series.
- Cool Old Guy: So cool, everyone in the hotel loves him regardless of racial prejudice.
- Handicapped Badass: After he loses a hand on Eelong to a tang.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Nobody calls him "Vincent", only "Gunny".
- Rebel Leader: Becomes one of the gars' leaders on Eelong.
- Shoot the Dog: He ends up blowing up the Hindenburg when Bobby refuses to do so despite knowing what will happen of he doesn't.
- Took a Level in Badass: As a result of getting stuck on Eelong and losing a hand.
The Traveler from Veelox. Works as a phader for Lifelight.
- Back from the Dead: As of the end of Raven Rise.
- Break the Haughty: She dismisses Bobby as useless and thinks she can outgambit Saint Dane alone. She's proven very wrong very fast.
- Bus Crash: She gets killed offscreen by Lifers before she can relocate to the island of Ibara.
- Cry Cute: When she's broken down after her only way of saving her world fails.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She warms to Bobby significantly after her Break the Haughty moment.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She chooses to stay behind on Veelox despite knowing she will be killed because doing otherwise might change the future so Ibara is never formed.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her initial hostility towards Bobby was covering up a fear of losing her purpose as a Traveler to him.
- Insufferable Genius: Brilliant but obnoxious, she never passes up an opportunity to scorn Bobby for not knowing basic facts of her world. She mostly grows out of this through Character Development.
- Out-Gambitted: Saint Dane runs circles around her, turning her win condition into a deadly virus that will kill everyone in Lifelight. On the other hand, her involvement in the timeline creates another turning point for her world.
- Parental Abandonment: She's an orphan who grew up in a home for gifted kids.
- Put on a Bus: She's one of the few Travelers who doesn't leave her territory, instead staying behind to try to save as many people as possible.
- Teen Genius: She's only a bit older than Bobby, but works as a master programmer for a virtual reality program.
- Tsundere: Type A, tsun tsun for the most part though she warms up to Bobby significantly.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: She spent her whole childhood in an environment just training her to be a genius with no love, then gets told that she can save her territory. But then it turns out Bobby is the lead traveler and he's going to save the territory as lead traveler. So she tries to save the territory on her own, but she ends up losing.
The Traveler from Eelong. Works as a forager.
- Ace Pilot: Her skill at driving a gig allows her to significantly stall the poison being dropped on Black Water by crashing a gig, without killing any of the gars in the way.
- Achilles' Heel: Like all klees, she is unable to swim.
- Action Girl: She racks up quite a body count during the course of Black Water.
- Cat Folk: More like panther folk, though the trope still applies.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She has Fantastic Racism towards gars/humans and as a result dislikes Bobby at first, but she comes around in the end. It doesn't help that she feels like the Traveler business took the once-heroic Seegen away from them, and how saving Bobby's life leads to her being sentenced to death.
- Eyes of Gold: As befitting Cat Folk.
- Fantastic Racism: She's prejudiced against gars, thinking they're all stupid and useful only as slaves.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Pushes Bobby out of the way of a collapsing flume shaft, saving him but getting crushed in the process.
- Missing Mom: A forager who was killed by tangs, inspiring Kasha's hatred of them and leading her to become a forager herself.
- Refusal of the Call: At first, because she didn't believe any of it was real.
- Stab the Scorpion: When she is in an argument with Bobby, she suddenly is about to throw her weapon... as it turns out, at a tang.
- You Can't Go Home Again: By the time that she sets out for Black Water, she can't go back to Leeandra because saving a gar over a klee one too many times and attacking one of them with her weapon.
- You Killed My Father: Finding out that Yorn, aka Saint Dane killed Seegen makes her motivated for once to be a traveler.
The Traveler from Quillan. Works as an assistant to the heads of Blok.
- Brainy Brunette: She's smart enough to outgambit Saint Dane, at least for a small while.
- Cessation of Existence: When she reveals Saint Dane's plans, he cuts her off from dark Solara and then kills her. She just fades away as a result.
- Child Prodigy: Her parents recognized her talents and worked hard to get her into school.
- Disappeared Dad: After he gets Reassigned to Antarctica following a bad gamble. Nevva and Elli assume he's dead.
- The Dragon: Saint Dane's.
- Co-Dragons: Shared the position with Naymeer for a while, until Naymeer is killed.
- Evil Costume Switch: In Soldiers of Halla, she wears a similar suit to Saint Dane's rather than her blue Blok suit. Bobby lampshades it to her.
- Evil Mentor: To Naymeer, raising him like a son.
- Freudian Excuse: Discussed in-series, what with Parental Abandonment and being a Half-Human Hybrid.
- Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Saint Dane gives her this as her job at the conclusion of The Pilgrims of Rayne under Voluntary Shapeshifting to prevent Bobby leaving Ibara before his plan was underway. It doesn't work in Raven Rise, mostly due to Bobby being squicked out due to them having previously been Like Brother and Sister at most.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The product of a Traveler having a child, which shouldn't have been possible.
- Meaningful Name: Lampshaded by Saint Dane. She is the girl who never should have been. Both because her role as the Traveler of Quillan was originally meant to go to Elli, and because her very existence — as a Traveler born, rather than created — was something completely unanticipated.
- The Mole: Saint Dane's mole and the only Traveler to agree to serve him instead.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father died and her mother disappeared.
- Parental Substitute: For Naymeer. It's implied his death affected her strongly, as she tried to talk Bobby out of killing him.
- Redemption Equals Death: Saint Dane kills her after he finds out she saved a bunch of dissidents by hiding them on Eelong.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She learns it from Saint Dane.
- Walking Spoiler: After book 7, she's one.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believed Saint Dane had a larger purpose in mind than simply becoming a god and desperately needed a purpose herself.
Nevva's mother. She was supposed to be the Traveler from Quillan, but declined, so the job was passed to Nevva. After Nevva's betrayal, she took up the job in her absence.
- The Atoner: Accepts the role of Traveler because Nevva betrays the group.
- Never Mess with Granny: In book 10, she joins Bobby on a mission and does some fighting with a rifle.
- Parental Abandonment: She abandoned Nevva after her husband died. Nevva did not take this well.
- Refusal of the Call: She didn't want to be a traveler.
The Traveler from Ibara. Appearing at first to be little more than a thieving delinquent, he revealed himself to Bobby as the leader of the Jakills, a gang of kids devoted to knowing the world beyond their island.
- Hero Worship: He worships Aja Killian and named his rebel group after her.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Just because he's a traveler himself doesn't mean he doesn't admire Aja Killian, who he named his group after.
- Rebel Leader: He's the leader of the Jakills.
- Rebellious Spirit: By the time Bobby meets him, he has a complete distrust of authority and is flagrantly disregarding the laws.
- Seeker Archetype: For much of his life, he sought out the truth about the island he lived on and the world beyond it.
The Traveler from Third Earth. Works as a teacher/librarian.
A school bully who occasionally tormented Mark.
- The Bully: A school bully who occasionally tormented Mark.
- Freudian Excuse: He originally bullied Mark because he had no one in life and resented how intelligent Mark was. It's all a lie.
- Genius Ditz: He appears to be little more than a generic bully, but soon reveals Hidden Depths. Subverted, it's really Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Parental Abandonment: Implied, as he only ever mentions his uncle raising him. He really has no parents or uncle, as he's a front for Saint Dane.
- Poisonous Friend: He becomes one to Mark after revealing Hidden Depths.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's really Saint Dane.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He's really Saint Dane.
Kasha's acolyte and childhood friend.
Veego and LaBerge
A brother-and-sister duo who are in charge of the Quillan Games. LaBerge handles the creative side, while Veego runs the technical side.
- Les Collaborateurs: The pair couldn't care less about Quillan's morality as long as they live in luxury.
- Excited Kids' Show Host: LaBerge is quite enthusiastic about the Quillan games. Bobby compares him to a nutty TV personality and thinks he looks like he's auditioning for a kids' show.
- Iron Lady: Veego. She runs the business of the games, reports to the executives in control of Blok, and masterminds the new games based on games played on other territories.
- Psychotic Manchild: LaBerge. Behind his fun-loving persona, he's barely functional, and relies heavily on Veego.
- The Quisling: They're both collaborators used to give the people a bloody distraction and give Blok even more control over their lives.
- Sibling Yinyang: LaBerge is a Psychotic Manchild, while Veego is an icy Iron Lady.
Spader's boss. She later becomes his acolyte.
- Iron Lady: She rules over her aquaneers with an iron fist, and rarely ever smiles.
Loor's younger adoptive sister and later acolyte.
Supposedly the Traveler of Second Earth in Bobby's absence. Saint Dane has him set up the cult of Ravinia on Earth. He was supposed to be Bobby's mentor, but Saint Dane gave him Mark's ring and Nevva's tutelage to prevent that.
- The Antichrist: Not initially, but Saint Dane shapes him into one.
- Co-Dragons: Saint Dane's, with Nevva.
- Faux Affably Evil: He takes on the persona of a calm and friendly old man, but he advocates social darwinism and the invasion of other worlds.
- Ill Boy: As a child. He nearly died before Nevva gave him Mark's ring and healed him.
- Sinister Minister: Though Ravinia isn't technically a religion (at least, not initially) he might as well be one otherwise.
- Smug Snake: He's an arrogant bastard underneath that old man persona, as shown when he doesn't get what he wants.
- The Social Darwinist: Ravinia is a cult based around excellence.
- Unwitting Pawn: Saint Dane was really just setting him up to be killed by Bobby as part of The Plan.