Beware the Nice Ones: Pug is one of the nicest characters in the series and will work with former adversaries depending on the circumstances, but he can and will wipe you off the face of Midkemia if you force him to.
Good Is Not Soft: While he doesn't enjoy it, Pug will do what he must to protect Midkemia, even if people he cares for must die in the process. He will do everything to stop it happening if he can though.
The Hero: The overall hero of the series, while there are many protagonists, he is overall the main protagonist.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Tomas are this, even if they don't see each other as much as they'd like. They're able to tell if one another is dead and throughout all of the hell Pug endures protecting Midkemia, Tomas is the one person he trusts inexplicably and can always count on.
Hurting Hero: The deaths of people he cared for, the innocents he couldn't save and the loss of his family twice left their mark on Pug.
I Have Many Names: Pug of Crydee, Pug of Stardock, The Squire of Forest Deep, Duke Pug conDoin, The Black Sorcerer and Milamber. He also has a name he was given during his Great One training that means "One between worlds" that is never revealed.
Outliving One's Offspring: Pug outlives his son William, adopted daughter Gamina, his son-in-law who was like a son to him James, his son Caleb and only narrowly averts outliving Magnus due to a deal he makes with the gods that costs him his life.
The Lost Lenore: First he loses Katala to an unspecified illness, then he loses Miranda to a demon tearing her throat out in front of him.
Omniglot: It's never specified how many languages he speaks, but he speaks at least half a dozen.
Took a Level in Badass: He goes from a simple young boy to the most powerful magician on two worlds who defies conventional magic rules.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: Pug certainly doesn't, he ends up watching all of his loved ones die before him and only manages to keep his son Magnus from dying due to the gods of Midkemia agreeing to help Pug save him in exchange for sacrificing his life.
Pug's best friend and surrogate brother. Becomes the host of the Valheru Ashen-Shugar, one of the most powerful beings in all of creation.
Asskicking Equals Authority: Throughout Magician he more or less usurped Calin as Warleader unintentionally and then when he made his intentions clear that he wanted to marry Algaranna and swore that he wouldn't become the next Elf King, he officially was given the title as Warleader.
Badass: He becomes a Valheru, a creature who was able to threaten the gods.
Heroic Sacrifice: Tomas must die so Ashen-Shugar can fight the Dread for eternity, but he gets to say his goodbyes to his loved ones first.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Pug, even if they can't see each other as much as they'd like. They're able to tell if the other is dead and know that they can trust and count on each other unconditionally.
My God, What Have I Done?: When he reassumes control over himself and breaks free of Ashen-Shugar's influence for good in Magician after killing helpless Tsurani prisoners and nearly kills a child that reminds him of Pug.
Nice Guy: Outside of part of Magician where Ashen-Shugar heavily influences him, he's one of the nicest characters.
Reasonable Authority Figure: As the Queen's consort, he makes sure to help if he can. If he can't, he tries to arrange it so help is given.
Like a Son to Me: After Pug saves Carline, Borric quickly comes to view Pug as this since Pug proves himself to be a good young man who is very competent. When Pug is believed dead, Borric adopts him into the conDoin family to honor him.
My Greatest Failure: Ignoring Martin and not acknowledging him as his son. His last words are used to acknowledge him amongst his dying request to Pug and Kulgan.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He listens to his subjects and advisors, he rewards them when they do a fantastic job and does his utmost to never do wrong by them. He teaches Lyam and Arutha to be this.
We Used to Be Friends: Borric and Guy used to be best friends until their feud over Catherine, Borric's now deceased wife.
First son of the Duke of Crydee and future King of the Isles. Father of nameless children.
Big Brother Mentor: To Jimmy/James, who he elevates from his lower class to nobility and makes his personal Squire. Their relationship is recognized as like brothers by everyone.
Deadpan Snarker: He mostly snarks with his closest friends and family, but he's very good at it.
Everyone Can See It: It was obvious that Arutha was in love with Anita and everyone is happy when he finally proposes to her.
Good Is Not Soft: He is known for being "Stern but fair" and will not hesitate to make wrong doers who threaten the Kingdom pay for their crimes.
Heroic BSOD: When Anita is poisoned and nearly dies. He snaps out of it quickly.
Not so Above It All: When he's searching for Silverthorn so he can cure Anita and Jimmy comments that he plans to scream his lungs out once they're clear of needing to be completely silent, Arutha mouths to Martin that he plans to as well.
Perpetual Frowner: He almost never smiles and the nickname his mother called him was "Little storm cloud".
Reasonable Authority Figure: Arutha becomes very well known for being tough but fair and always does his best to protect his subjects and listen to them and is greatly respected and trusted by them.
Daughter of Borric conDoin. She quickly takes a shine to Pug after he saves her from some trolls and when he's believed dead, she falls in love with Roland and sadly he dies too. She meets Laurie through Pug at Lyam's coronation and thanks to Lyam naming him Duke of Salador, she marries him and becomes Duchess.
Action Girl: Briefly during the Riftwar. She doesn't find many chances to though.
First Kiss: She is Pug's first kiss and he is her's.
First Love: Pug is her's after he saves her from some trolls.
Second Love: After he's believed dead, she falls in love with Roland, then he dies.
Daughter of Prince Erland conDoin, the Prince of Krondor before Arutha. She quickly falls in love with Arutha and marries him to become Princess of Krondor. Mother of Borric II, Erland II, Elina and Nicholas.
Cool Big Sis: Is this to Jimmy, who is the little brother she never had.
A soldier from Crydee who served Duke Borric and was then left with Lyam and later Arutha at Castle Crydee who after the Riftwar was taken to Krondor and became Captain and then slowly went up the ranks. His desire to retire and Arutha refusing to let him serves as a Running Gag throughout the series.
Badass Normal: He survived the Riftwar and eventually became Knight-Marshall of Krondor and then Duke of Krondor.
Running Gag: He's wanted to retire since Darkness at Sethanon and every time he tried, Arutha promoted him to Knight Marshall and then Duke of Krondor. The only way he could have kept Gardan from retiring was to give him the role of Prince of Krondor. Gardan finally gets to retire at the end of Prince of the Blood.
Retired Badass pirate once known as Captain Trenchard, he meets Arutha during the Tsurani war when he was shipwrecked at Crydee. Becomes Admiral of the Western Fleet.
Badass Normal: Just a really badass ex-pirate who can fight really well.
Badass Boast: Gives a great one when he becomes Captain Trenchard in King's Buccaneer again.
Amos Trask:I'm Captain Trenchard! The Dagger of the Sea! I've sailed the Straits of Darkness on Midwinter's Day! My ship's the Raptor and I've taken her into the Seven Lower Hells, drunk ale with Kahooli and sailed home again! My mother was a sea dragon, my father was lightning and I dance a sailor's jig on my victim's skulls! I fought with the war god and kissed death herself. Men tremble at my shadow and women swoon at my name and no one lives who can call me liar!
Catchphrase "You take all the fun out of life." Says it to Arutha once per appearance usually.
Hidden Heart of Gold: At heart he's a good man who cares a great deal for his friends and helps them out.
Multiple Choice Past: He likes to change his past a little over the years so the general story before meeting Arutha in Crydee during the Riftwar is a bit different. By the events of King's Buccaneer, he's changed it so he was a privateer for the Governor of Durbin.
The Mentor: To Nicholas in King's Buccaneer along with Ghuda.
Jimmy the Hand/James Jamison
A boy thief who saves Arutha's life and becomes Squire for doing so and becomes a surrogate family member to Arutha and Anita. He wants to be Duke of Krondor and succeeds in the Serpentwar Saga. Marries Pug's daughter Gamina and has a family with her.
Badass Normal: Just a really skilled young man who uses his thief skills, wits and swordsmanship to save the day. There's a reason he's Arutha's most trusted agent and surrogate little brother.
The Dwarf chieftain and later King of the Dwarves in his part of the Kingdom. He runs into Duke Borric and his companions when they're trying to get to Rillanon to warn King Rodric about the Tsurani and helps them to safety. He and the other dwarves assist in the Riftwar and appear during other character's adventures.
Badass Normal: Just a really skilled dwarf who can fight really well.
Duke of Bas Tyra and former friend of Borric's. He takes over Krondor during the Riftwar and is responsible for Prince Erland conDoin's death. He is exiled and later pardoned by Lyam and given the rank of Duke of Rillanon.
Handicapped Badass: In Darkness at Sethanon, he's missing an eye and it doesn't slow him down at all.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's not always the most pleasant man, he loves his Kingdom and serves it faithfully and doesn't let his past grievances with Borric get in the way of helping Arutha out.
Reasonable Authority Figure: When it turns out he's the leader of Armengar, he listens to why Arutha's there, explains his situation and does what he can to help his people.
Undying Loyalty: Whatever flaws Guy has, he is firmly loyal to the Kingdom to the point that if he had no other choice, he would have killed Rodric IV when he was going insane to save the Kingdom from him.
A fellow slave and former minstrel that Pug meets on Kelewan. He eventually becomes a free man and through Pug, meets Princess Carline and they become lovers. He accompanies and supports Arutha during his quest to find Silverthorn to save Anita and is named Duke of Salador by Lyam so Laurie and Carline can be married.
Big Brother Mentor: Is this to Pug upon realizing that Pug has no idea how to deal with women when Katala is angry with him for not making a move on her.
Deadpan Snarker: He's so good at this that he can defuse Carline's bad moods by making her laugh.
A Thuril slave from the Tsurani world who Pug meets as a slave. She quickly falls for him and after a few problems here and there since Pug has no experience with women at the time, they quickly become lovers until he's seized by the Great Ones to be trained. He frees her several years later and it's revealed they have a son and he marries her. She dies from an unspecified disease.
Tsundere: Only briefly, but before she and Pug become lovers, she ends up giving him the cold shoulder before he explains he has no idea what he's doing when it comes to women.
Kasumi of the Shinzawai
The son of Kamatsu of the Shinzawai on the Tsurani homeworld. With Laurie's help, he travels to Midkemia as an envoy of peace and during the peace talks between the Emperor and Lyam, he is trapped on Midkemia and becomes Earl of LaMut after proving himself loyal to his new homeland.
Omniglot: Can speak Tsurani and the King's Tongue.
Happily Married: He married a merchant's daughter after becoming Earl and all reports are that he's happy.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He's nothing but polite and kind to Pug and Laurie when they're slaves and befriends them as much as a slave can be befriended. As Earl of LaMut, he's a great ruler and commander and greatly respected.
Macros the Black
The first Black Sorceror and Pug's predecessor. Known for many magical exploits and is known as one of the most powerful sorcerors to ever exist. Father of Miranda who appears in the Serpentwar Saga.
Multiple Choice Past: He made up his own backstory in Darkness at Sethanon. Turns out he's just a guy from Kesh who in his youth was tricked and captured by slavers who managed to flee from his captives and found a long abandoned temple and prayed to the god of that temple to save him. Turns out it was the god of magic's temple and Macros was saved in exchange for serving the gods for as long as he has.
The ruling lady of House Acoma since her father and older brother died in a political intrigue. Afterwards she shows great political aptitude and under her rule the Acoma quickly rise to power. She is the main protagonist of the trilogy.
Action Girl: She's not actually formally trained in combat, but she's no helpless damsel and she often wades right into many situations personally.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kevin, they often argue and butt heads even after they've gotten together. Even after being married to Hokanu for many years she privately admits to herself that she misses the passion of the relationship she had with Kevin.
Domestic Abuse: Is the victim of this by her Jerkass first husband. She gets revenge by embarassing him so much he has to commit suicide to regain his honor. Afterwards, though she regrets how she handled the situations in some ways and acknowledges that her husband wasn't completely devoid of good qualities.
Guile Heroine: Rapidly discovers a talent and passion for politics, many of her greatest challenges have been solved through this.
Happily Married: To Hokanu of the Shinzawai until they are declared separated by the Emperor of Tsurani so he can lead the Shinzawai and marry a woman who can father him heirs after she's declared barren due to poison.
Heel Realization: Has a progressive one throughout the entire trilogy. It first starts when she arranges the ritual suicide of her first husband, Buntokapi, and comes to be remorseful at the realisation that, abusive or not, she had essentially used and murdered an innocent person for her own gain. It really starts coming to head when she meets and becomes lovers with Kevin in the second book, becoming fascinated by his alien (to her) views and slowly adopting parts of his Midkemia beliefs and recognising the self-destructive parts of her own Tsurani culture. This is what eventually leads to her challenging the Great Ones and revolutionising Tsurani culture as a whole in the third book.
Never Be Hurt Again: After her abusive husband commits suicide due to making such an ass of himself that he has no choice if he wants to regain his honor as a Tsurani, she refuses to ever love again. Ultimately, meeting Kevin helps her overcome this.
Star-Crossed Lovers: With Kevin, originally a slave from Midkemia. As their relationship deepens throughout the second book, the fact that even their love is not enough to overcome the fact that, so long as they on Kelewan, Kevin would be considered a slave becomes apparent. Although it is ultimately subverted in the epilogue of the final novel where Kevin, after being set free and returned to Midkemia, returns as the ambassador between the two worlds.
The depths had been shared at last, and acknowledged: while they loved each other desperately, there would always be this open wound, as vast as an ocean and as deep as a chasm, and as wide as the rift between worlds.
Took a Level in Badass: She goes from a young woman in over her head since she was never trained to be a leader to the most powerful noble in Tsurani history that makes massive changes to Tsurani society and is deeply respected years after her death.
The Riftwar Legacy
A moredhel who flees from his people to warn Prince Arutha of a moredhel warlord's plans to attack the Kingdom of the Isles in an attempt to prevent a war that would devestate his people.
Badass Normal: He's been around for over three hundred years and been a clan chief for most of those years and outside of magic users, very few can defeat him in a fight.
Character Development: Gorath goes from a typical moredhel who hates all races who are not his own to a man who while he does not like all races, he can respect their ways and understands that his people's ways might not be right.
Friendly Enemy: Prefers to have friendly enemies amongst the moredhel, as a friend may betray you but with an enemy, you always know where you stand.
Heroic Sacrifice: He prevents Delekahn from removing Tomas' sword from the Lifestone and possibly freeing the Valheru from within it at the cost of his own life.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not always the nicest guy, but if you're his friend or ally, he will do everything he can to keep you alive and can be pretty interesting to talk to.
A young magician who is the son of a noble in the Eastern Realm. He went to Stardock for training and didn't do such a good job.
The Load: Subverted, while he may not be a Badass who destroys all enemies with ease, he saved Locklear and Gorath's lives on more then one occasion on the way to Krondor and his political connections helped out a bit when he travelled with James and Gorath in the Eastern Realm.
Nice Guy: A young and polite young man who gets along very well with everyone.
Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a somewhat incompetent magician into a very powerful magician thanks to Pug.
Pug's son who instead of becoming a magician like his father wanted, decides to become a soldier and since then, William and Pug don't talk much. Has a long running love for Jazhara and after her death, he gives up on love entirely.
Badass: He wields a bastard sword and he is deadly with it.
Face Death with Dignity: He's barely able to see and fight, but he dies on his feet after taking a few enemies with him.
Never Be Hurt Again: After Jazhara's death, he refuses to ever love again and even decades after her death, he is still mourning her.
Reasonable Authority Figure: As Knight-Marshall in the Serpantwar Saga, he listens to Rupert Avery when he points out how obvious it is what they're doing and quickly arranges to have that fixed and maintains a friendly yet professional relationship with Erik and teaches and advises him.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Jazhara at first, but they quickly become lovers again after the current crisis is resolved. And then she died.
Gamina Jamison (nee conDoin)
A girl who found her way to Stardock with a blind seer. Pug and Katala adopted her shortly after she arrived and care for her as if she was their own flesh and blood. She eventually meets and marries James Jamison.
Damsel in Distress: In Krondor: Betrayal, she's kidnapped by Makala and trapped on a foreign world so he can keep Pug out of the way. He along with Owyn and Gorath find and save her.
Happily Adopted: She loves Pug and Katala and as far as she's concerned, they're her parents.
Happily Married: To James. So much that she returns to Krondor to die with him when he's planning to pull a Heroic Sacrifice because she loves him so much.
Love at First Sight: When she meets James in person for the first time, they fall in love right there and then.
A young magician who William knew growing up and had an affair with. She broke it off, but there's signs that there's still plenty of mutual interest.
Badass: While nowhere near Pug's level as a magician, she is a very talented and skilled magician.
Establishing Character Moment: Her first chapter establishs her independant nature, her kindness towards children and her refusal to be manipulated and used as a pawn by people trying to blackmail her.
Mercy Kill: Is possessed and cannot be freed from it, so William has to kill her.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With William at first, but they quickly become lovers again after the current crisis is resolved. And then she died.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate was never revealed until the 2013 book Jimmy and the Crawler outside of that she died. Jimmy and the Crawler reveals that she was captured and possessed and was unable to be free, so William was forced to kill her.
The senior bachelor of the officer's dormitories who is infamous for his Jerkass nature. He's sent along with William and James to take down the Nighthawk nest. He and William come to an understanding based on mutual respect.
Badass Normal: Whatever character flaws he has, there's no arguing that he's a really talented and well trained soldier.
Combat Pragmatist: Not above kicking enemies in the groin and using other tricks to kill them, which James appreciates.
Hidden Depths: He tells William how he just wants to be able to do his job and not have to constantly look over his shoulder to see if Gardan is watching him to see if he'll abuse someone. He also wishes he could be in charge of a outpost of some kind and meet a nice woman and get married.
Jerkass: He seems like he's this, but in reality, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is someone you want at your side during a potentially fatal mission. James also notes to himself that if he was a full on Jerkass, Gardan and Arutha wouldn't allow him to have his rank.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Not the greatest example ever, but he is a Captain and if he didn't have shades of this, he wouldn't have the position.
A Journeyman of the Krondor Wrecker's Guild and Lesser Path Magician who made a one man spell to lift up ships from the seafloor when they sink that was framed for the murder of the Guildmaster. His name was cleared by James and Jazhara and was recruited to help them and Brother Solon to lift the Ishap ship with the Tear of the Gods inside it.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not the nicest guy and can be kind of selfish and jerkish, but at heart he's a good man. He mentions that he used to be alot worse before he met his fiancee.
The Load: He's the only one who can use the spell to lift the Ishap ship out of the ocean where it sunk, but he's useless otherwise. Until he takes a small level in badass.
A Ishap monk who was sent with James, Jazhara and Kendaric to retrieve the Tear of the Gods from the wreckage of the Ishap ship. He grew up with only dwarf children to play with, so he speaks like a dwarf.
Badass: He's considered to be one of the best warrior monks and he repeatedly proves it throughout the journey.
Good Shepherd: He takes good care of the people who need help when he comes upon them during the journey.
Nice Guy: He's a fairly quiet guy at first, but he's a nice guy who treats his companions with respect and kindness and is worthy of being a warrior monk/priest.
The Reliable One: So reliable that the High Priest of Ishap in Krondor trusts him completely to retrieve the Tear of the Gods and he is then promoted for his reliability and worthiness.
The Prince's Sons
Borric conDoin II
Son of Arutha and Anita conDoin and twin brother of Erland. After a bar fight he and Erland cause, Arutha sends them to Kesh to attend the Empress of Kesh's birthday celebrations. Borric is captured by slavers and upon escaping with a beggar boy, has to find his way to the city of Kesh. He meets a mercenary named Ghuda Bule and a gambler named Nakor who totally isn't a magician. Hilarity Ensues.
Son of Arutha and Anita conDoin and twin brother of Borric. After a bar fight he and Borric cause, Arutha sends them to Kesh to attend the Empress of Kesh's birthday celebrations. When Borric is captured and presumed dead, Erland is heartbroken but puts his troubles aside as with the help of James and Gamina, he foils a plot to overthrow the Empress.
Character Development: He grows from a somewhat hot-headed irresponsible brat into a mature young man worthy of being a Prince.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very immature, irresponsible and kind of a dick to his younger siblings, but he has a heart and quickly loses the Jerk part while he's in Kesh.
Youngest child of Arutha and Anita. After a sailing mishap, he's sent to Martin's court in Crydee so he can be toughened up and learn more about how to be a Prince of the Isles. He then heads off to the continent of Novindus to save the people of Crydee who are kidnapped for a sinister plot.
Handicapped Badass: Nicholas has a deformed foot that he has to compensate for so he can walk normally. Thanks to Pug, he manages to heal it and just becomes Badass.
Submissive Badass: He's too hesitant and unsure of himself. He quickly outgrows this trope when he pulls rank on Martin (Who is a Duke) and Marcus (Duke's son.).
Character Development: Arutha sends him to Crydee to stay with Martin to get some of this when he realizes that Nicholas is too uncertain and hesitant, which is a bad thing for a ruler to be. Nicholas ends up going to the other side of the world and comes back a much wiser, mature man who is able to make the difficult choices that comes with ruling and is able to be decisive.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Marcus. They definitely get along a thousand times better thanks to the trip to Novindus.
Gaining The Will To Kill: After the first time he killed someone, part of his Character Development was being able to do this and he was reminded by Ghuda and Amos that he needs to be able to kill. It doesn't mean he has to like it, but it has to be done.
Nice Guy: Nicholas is fairly nice, albeit very insecure and hesitant at first. He quickly becomes more confident and sure of himself.
Took a Level in Badass: Nicholas goes from a somewhat insecure and hesitant nice guy into a badass who sails halfway across the world to save the people of Crydee who are kidnapped and brings all of them that are alive home safe and sound and foils a plot to inflict the Kingdom with a deadly plague that would have devestated everything in it's path.
Martin's son and heir. He doesn't like Nicholas but when Crydee is attacked and his love interest, sister and people are kidnapped, he puts aside their differences to save them.
Enemy Mine: What he views working with Nicholas to save the people of Crydee as...
Fire-Forged Friends: Until the experiences and working for Nicholas on Novindus helps them become friends and get along quite well.
Happily Married: After the events of King's Buccaneer, he marries Abigail and for all intent and purposes, they're pretty happy.
Jerk With A Heartof Gold: He's kind of aloof and a bit of a dick to Nicholas, but he loves his family and people and is willing to sail halfway around the world to save them.
A mercenary that Borric meets in the Empire of Great Kesh and hires to help him get to the city of Kesh. Alot of stuff happens and Ghuda worries the whole time that he's not going to survive to get paid, but he manages to survive to get paid. He then travels with Nicholas to the continent of Novindus and sadly meets his demise on the way home.
Badass Normal: He's a middle aged mercenary and he has the experience and skill to show for it.
Go Out with a Smile: Dies smiling after he's seen amazing sights and has made sure everyone's going to be alright with Nakor at his side.
Only Sane Man: Views himself as this when travelling with Borric, Suli and Nakor. He might be right.
The Mentor: He serves as a mentor to Nicholas during the journey as a seasoned mercenary and teaches him how to be a leader and reminds him of the difficult choices that he has to make.
Nakor the Islani
A gambler who knows a few tricks and is a lot more then he seems. But he's not a magician, or so he claims.
Bag of Holding: Nakor owns one. Turns out that it's just a tiny rift under a zipped off part of the bag that he accidentally made that leads to a fruit storage place somewhere.
Beware the Silly Ones: As silly as Nakor can be, he is still a legitimate threat to anyone who is his enemy and he is able to ignore some of the rules of the universe, like being able to say the Nameless One's true name without any reprecussions.
A normal boy who is an apprentice blacksmith and bastard son of the Baron of Darkmoor. He kills his half brother in a rage after his brother raped his surrogate sister and then flees to Krondor and is captured and sentenced to death. But it turns out that the Kingdom needs desperate men to go on a potential suicide mission and if they return, they are pardoned. Erik survives and becomes a very talented soldier and a key figure in the Serpent War.
Berserk Button: Harming people he cares about. If you're lucky, someone will stop him from brutally killing you, but you probably won't be.
Beware the Nice Ones: He killed his half-brother for raping Erik's surrogate sister and slaughtered some bandits for raping and murdering some local village girls when he was on Novindus.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the Dark War Trilogy, he faces some Dasati soldiers to give people on Kelewan plenty of time to escape as the planet is being invaded.
Nice Guy: Very polite and friendly to his friends and polite to most people.
Oblivious to Love: At first, but he catches on quickly once his friends spell it out for him.
Omniglot: He speaks the King's Tongue, the language of Novindus and can read a Keshian language or two.
Parental Abandonment: His father is the Baron of the region who cannot publicly acknowledge him, but has protected him as much as he can from his wife's wrath and has given him a last name by not publicly denying him.
Took a Level in Badass: He went from a simple apprentice blacksmith to one of the most badass soldiers who was largely responsible for the Kingdom winning the Serpant War.
Rupert "Roo" Avery
A normal boy and son of a local teamster who is the town drunk. He helps Erik kill his half-brother and flees to Krondor and is captured and sentenced to death. But it turns out that the Kingdom needs desperate men to go on a potential suicide mission and if they return, they are pardoned. Roo survives and becomes one of the most successful merchants in history.
Abusive Parents: His father was physically abusive to Roo due to his mother dying in childbirth to have him. He quickly stops after Roo can kick his ass in a fight.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a cheating bastard and is very self centred due to his agenda and goals, but he is a good friend and loyal subject of the Kingdom who gives almost his entire fortune to the Kingdom to pay for what it needs for the war.
The son of Tomas and Queen Algaranna of Elvander. He travels with Nicholas to Novindus in King's Buccaneer and then another three times. His strange nature makes him hard to read and he's very aloof.
Badass: Due to his mixed nature, he's very hard for any normal human to beat. Bobby deLongville actually mentions that he tried over half a dozen times to best Calis in a fight and was quickly defeated each and every time.
Desperately Seeking A Purpose In Life: Due to his unique nature, he isn't fully sure what his place in life is and really would like to know what it is. He finds out that it's to unlock the Lifestone and then decides to settle down with an Ochedel woman and her twin sons.
Good Is Not Soft: He would be able to sacrifice the lives of everyone with him if he had to, but he wouldn't enjoy it.
Omniglot: Speaks the Elvish language, the King's Tongue, the language of Novindus and likely speaks a few others.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But if you earn his respect, he is one of the best men you can ever know who will die for you without hesitation.
Training from Hell: He puts the "desperate men" through this and then some and it pays off big time.
Undying Loyalty: To Calis to the point that his last words are begging Erik that he get Calis home safely.
A powerful magician and daughter of Macros the Black. She sets out to find Pug so he can help with the Serpent War and they become lovers over time. She is also lovers with Calis at the time and one of his most useful allies. After resolving the issues between her and Calis, she marries Pug and has two children with him and becomes a leader of the Conclave of Shadows. She is killed by a demon tearing her throat out.
Badass: One of the most powerful characters in the series and capable of feats that even Pug can't do.
Beneath the Mask: She can be quite childish and when called out on it by Nakor, he states that if she is sometimes childish, it's because she had no real childhood.
The son of Arutha Jamison, brother of Dashel Jamison and grandson of James Jamison I and Gamina Jamison. Named after his grandfather and like him in more ways then one. He goes on to become Duke of Krondor and then Duke of Rillanon after the Serpant War and is a key figure in bringing peace to the Western Realm again and then the Kingdom as a whole.
Badass Normal: He survives the Serpent War, which killed off alot of named characters.
Drowning My Sorrows: Upon finding out that the childhood friend he liked and who felt the same for him was to marry Prince Patrick.
The son of Arutha Jamison, brother of James Jamison II and grandson of James Jamison I and Gamina Jamison. He joins Roo Avery at his business as a spy for his grandfather and ends up running into his great-uncle Lyles Rigg and begins to sympathize with the Mockers and after his great-uncle dies, he relinquishes his nobility and becomes a successful merchant and the next Upright Man of the Mockers.
Badass Normal: Just a little more then his brother, since he saw a bit more combat.
Character Development: After Roo, Dash gets the most development as a character, which comes full circle when he becomes the next Upright Man.
Genre Savvy: He saw Sylvia Esterbrook for what she was and refused to be seduced when she tried to seduce him.
The Mole: For his grandfather when he became an apprentice for Roo. Fortunately he proved to be so good at the job.
Ultimate Job Security: When he worked for Roo the first time, he couldn't be fired because Duke James made it clear it wasn't going to happen. After this, he lost the job security.
What Happened to the Mouse?: He more or less vanishes from the series after Shards of a Broken Crown outside of mentions here and there that he's alive, but he and James don't talk anymore.
Son of Borric conDoin II and Prince of Krondor during most of the Serpent War. While at first he tries to be as helpful as he can as an authority figure, he quickly reveals himself to be a immature jerkass who is disrespectful and tries to abuse his authority.
Bullying The Dragon: Pug is the most powerful magician alive at the time and the main reason the Kingdom is still standing, yet Patrick insists on ordering him around with absolutely no respect and a complete disregard for his losing a good portion of his family due to the war.
It's All About Me: He views everything that happens during the Serpent War as an affront to him and not to the Kingdom and tends to be incredibly selfish in the process.
Jerkass: He's immature, disrespectful and just overall an unpleasant ass that no one genuinely likes or respects.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Heavily subverted. Throughout his time in the series, he proves to be a rather unpleasant person with a bit of an ego and a hot streak that if it wasn't for the Jamisons, he would have likely run the remaining armies of the Western Realm into the ground and then some.
Luis de Savona
A man from Rodez who was manipulated by a noble woman in Rodez and then escaped to Krondor. He joins Calis' band of desperate men and survives the trip to Novindus. He quickly joins Roo in his business and becomes a reliable friend, employee and source of advice.
Handicapped Badass: Due to a man smashing his right hand with a oar in Novindus, he can't use it anymore, but he's still able to use his left hand and use knives.
My Greatest Failure: Being manipulated by a noble woman in Rodez which led to his circumstances now. He's smart enough to know that if she were to appear and offer her bed to him, he might not be able to say no.
Stealth Mentor: He knew all along about Roo's affair with Sylvia Esterbrook, as well as Duncan's affair with her but waited
until Roo found out about it to give him some useful advice that helps Roo mature.
A general from Novindus who was sent to Krondor to be killed by the Armies of the West along with his soldiers. He cuts a deal with Patrick via Jimmy to return the territory he's taken in exchange for a title of nobility and saves the Kingdom alot of time and lives.
Badass Normal: He's served as a mercenary and a general for forty years, you don't last that long without being this.
Heel-Face Turn: He cuts a deal with Patrick to become a noble in exchange for returning Krondor and the territory he's claimed and happily serves the Kingdom.
Hidden Depths: He has a very interesting view on the Kingdom and wants to be part of something greater then he is since it intrigues him.
Stephan von Darkmoor
Erik's half brother who loathes him and eventually sets the course of the story as he rapes Rosalyn and is killed by Erik and Roo for it.
Jerkass: He's a sadistic asshole who raped Rosalyn simply to piss off Erik.
Karmic Death: Is killed by Erik and Roo for raping Rosalyn and being an all around bastard.
Sadist: He's known for hurting girls he has sex with or rapes by beating them with his fists. Owyn Greylock mentions that more then one noble has been bought off for what Stephan did to them.
Roo's cousin who runs into Erik and Roo in Darkmoor after they return from Novindus. He joins Roo in his business and proves himself to be quite incompetent in nearly everyway outside of combat as well as really full of himself. He ends up having an affair with Sylvia Esterbrook and plans with her to kill Roo after Sylvia becomes his wife and Roo kills him and Sylvia upon discovering the deception.
Lazy Bum: He wants to do as little work for as much money as he can. This causes alot of frustration for Roo and Luis.
Really Gets Around: He sleeps with a bunch of different prostitutes and barmaids on a regular basis.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Roo kills him in combat after discovering that Duncan is sleeping with Sylvia and they're both conspiring to kill him.
Small Name, Big Ego: He has a really big ego and thinks himself to be an amazing person, but in reality he's useless outside of being an extra sword.
The daughter of merchant extrordinaire Jacob Esterbrook and a Manipulative Bitch who tricks Roo into believing that she loves him and plays the role of mistress.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She plays the role of nice merchant's daughter but in reality she's a manipulative bitch who is out for herself and will dispose of anyone in the way until she gets what she wants.
Freudian Excuse: She claims that she is how she is because her father made her how she is. Whether this is true or not is left up to speculation.
Karmic Death: She's killed by Roo along with Duncan whilst they try to plan his death.
Manipulative Bitch: She's very good at this and her father uses her talents to his advantage.
Merchant extrordinaire and father of Sylvia Esterbrook. When Roo is an up and rising merchant, he conspires with Tim Jacoby to ruin Roo behind the scenes. He's also a Keshian agent and is killed during the Emerald Queen's attack on the Western Realm.
The Chessmaster: Subverted. While he has talent at being manipulative, he thinks too highly of himself and has to rely on other sources to enact his plans.
Too Dumb to Live: Tries to negotiate with the invading army that have just sacked Krondor and is killed and eaten by cannibals.
Owner of Jacoby and Son and all around Jerkass. He has Helmut Grindle murdered when Roo is working with him and puts as much effort in as he can to ruin Roo and after stealing Roo's money, is killed for his efforts.
Bad Boss: He pays poorly and treats his employees terribly.
Corrupt Company Owner: He does under the table deals, bribes guards and officials and runs drugs for the Mockers and many of his deals are shady and illegal and he uses innocent people to cover his tracks so he has plausible deniability if they're caught.
Jerkass: He's a rude bastard who has Roo's business partner murdered just to spite Roo and tries to bully and intimidate others to do what he wants.
Karmic Death: After multiple attempts of ruining Roo's business and then stealing Roo's money, he is killed by Roo after being caught with his gold.
The general in charge of the Emerald Queen's armies and later becomes the ruler of the armies.
Badass Normal: He's The Dragon to the Emerald Queen and later the King of the remaining forces of the Emerald Queen and he's got the years of experience to back it up.
The Dragon: To the Emerald Queen. He then becomes a Dragon Ascendant when it's revealed that a demon was in the form of the Emerald Queen, so he takes over.
Pragmatic Villainy: Sends one of his Generals to hold Krondor so the Kingdom forces can't reclaim their capitol (And with any luck, said General would be killed in the process.) and takes over as much as he can but doesn't overreach himself.
A member of a mountain tribe who was on his naming quest as his people were slaughtered and he nearly was as well. Luckily he was saved and nursed back to health and eventually becomes a member of the Conclave of Shadows and is sent after Kaspar of Olasko, aka the man who organized the destruction of his people.
Badass Normal: An incredibly talented swordsman who earns the title of Best Swordsman in the World. He is advised not to let it go to his head though, since he's only the best out of the swordsmen he faced.
Handicapped Badass: Once his arm is cut off. Luckily Nakor knows someone who can grow it back for him.
Becoming the Mask: Worries that he's becoming more Talwin Hawkins then Talon of the Silver Hawk throughout his adventures.
Happily Married: To Eye of the Blue Winged Teal, a girl from his village who was taken when the village was sacked. It's not easy due to all of the trauma she endured, but they make it work.
Nice Guy: He is genuinely a nice guy, just very hotheaded as a teenager and as an adult he's well known for being promiscuous.
Omniglot: He speaks Orosini and the Common / Trading Tongue, Roldem's language, Olaskan, the King's Tongue and likely a few other's as well.
Parental Substitute: He takes on the role of being the father of Teal's son and does a fantastic job of it.
Really Gets Around: As Talwin Hawkins, he sleeps with alot of women, though he makes sure not to sleep with married women or daughters of really well connected or wealthy fathers so they don't hire assassins.
Revenge: He's out to avenge his people after they're murdered by mercenaries hired by Kaspar of Olasko. He kills the mercenaries and is talked out of killing Kaspar by Pug after he is removed from power so Talwin can sleep easier at night. Later on they come to a mutual understanding of some sort.
Eldest son of Pug and Miranda. A magician like his parents who has the potential to be even more powerful then them. He serves the Conclave of Shadows and helps mentor Talon of the Silver Hawk. He succeeds his father as the Black Sorceror and protector of Midkemia after Pug prevents his death.
Badass: He has the potential to be even powerfuler then Pug and Miranda.
Big Brother Instinct: He tried his best to protect Caleb when they were growing up and risked confronting the goddess of death to save his life.
Calling the Old Man Out: Gets on Pug's case about the casualties that Pug could have prevented or caused over the years in the name of protecting Midkemia.
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Does this to Talon in the form of attacking him with a staff without warning while he's sulking over getting his heart broken.
Never Be Hurt Again: A girl he fell in love with when he was younger broke his heart and since then he's avoided romance and love. He also teaches Talwin the importance of not falling in love easily.
Omniglot: He speaks the King's Tongue, Keshian, Roldem's language, the Common / Trading tongue and likely a lot more languages.
Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a stern teacher, but he makes sure to keep an eye on Talwin and prepare him the best he can for his mission.
Youngest son of Pug and Miranda. Unlike his parents and brother, he has no magical abilities and teaches Talon alot about how to be a Badass Normal. He also marries a widow he was friends with growing up and becomes the stepfather of her two boys. Sadly, Caleb and his wife are killed in the attack on Sorceror's Island that also killed Miranda.
Badass Normal: He has been trained by some of the best swordsmen alive.
Big Brother Mentor: Is this to Talon / Talwin, teaching him a good portion of his skills and taking him to a brothel to help him get over his broken heart as they travelled across the Kingdom.
Killed Off for Real: Killed along with his wife during the attack on Sorceror's Isle that killed his mother.
Nice Guy: He's a really nice guy who happily takes on the role of stepfather to his wife's two kids and the boy who joins their family in Kesh.
Omniglot: How many languages he speaks is never revealed, but he can speak the King's Tongue, Keshian, the Common / Trading Language, Orosini and Roldem's language.
Kaspar of Olasko
The Duke of Olasko and the man responsible for the destruction of the Orosini people. He employs Talwin after seeing his abilities in action and casually sentences him to life on a prison island after one failure. Talwin escapes and organizes for Roldem, the Kingdom and Kesh to team up and take down Kaspar, after which he is exiled to Novindus and goes on a quest of atonement of his own.
The Atoner: After being freed of Leso Varen's influence and realizing all of the horrible things he's done.
You Have Failed Me: He sends Talwin to a prison island to die after sending him on a mission he is doomed to fail. He's sent many there who failed him as well.
Aka Sidi. A somewhat insane necromancer that can body jump who serves the Nameless One and is the Arch-Enemy of Pug and the Conclave of Shadows. His goal is to ensure the return of the Nameless One and to become immortal. Is the older brother of Amirantha and the younger brother of Belasco.
Son of Marie, a woman from Stardock who is a friend of Caleb's and brother of Zane. She begs him to take them to be apprentices and due to an accident on the way, they wind up becoming agents of the Conclave of Shadows and join Pug's family when Caleb marries their mother.
Took a Level in Badass: After some time being trained in various ways on Sorceror's Isle by some of the best teachers, he and Zane become more then capable in combat.
Adopted son of Marie, a woman from Stardock who is a friend of Caleb's and adopted brother of Tad. She begs him to take them to be apprentices and due to an accident on the way, they wind up becoming agents of the Conclave of Shadows and join Pug's familywhen Caleb marries their mother.
Happily Adopted: His parents died when he was a baby, so Marie took him in and raised her as his own and he loves and appreciates her for it.
Lazy Bum: At first, but this is justified due to the lack of work for him and Tad to do in town. This changes once Caleb takes them with him.
Took a Level in Badass: After some time being trained in various ways on Sorceror's Isle by some of the best teachers, he and Tad become more then capable in combat.
A boy from Novindus whose father kicked him out. He helps out Tad and Zane against some apprentices who try to start a fight in Kesh and ends up tagging along with them in what they're doing and ends up an agent of the Conclave of Shadows and the third son of Caleb and Marie.
Badass Normal: He knocked out a guild apprentice with one punch before having any kind of formal training.
Bully Hunter: He hates bullies, so he often butts heads with the guild apprentices in Kesh.
Happily Adopted: He's more or less adopted by Caleb and Marie and is pretty happy about it too.
Nice Guy: He helped out Tad and Zane in a fight with no strings attached and is all in all, a polite and friendly guy.
Parental Abandonment: His parents threw him out when he was young. He doesn't seem to care much though.
Tagalong Kid: At first, but he quickly proves his worth and is adopted by Caleb and Marie.
Jim Dasher/Jimmyhand/James Jamison IV or V
Descendant of James Jamison I/Duke James/Jimmy the Hand. He joins up with Tad, Zane and Jommy in Roldem and helps them out from time to time. Is also the current leader of the intelligence agency in the Kingdom and often helps out the Conclave of Shadows. Currently the Upright Man of Krondor.
Badass Normal: He's good at sneaking around, fighting and has many talents.
I Have Many Names: James Jamison IV or V (There's alot of people named James in his family.), Jimmyhand (His thief name that he uses when he's Jim Dasher.), Jim Dasher (His alias that combines his first name and his great uncle's name.), the Upright Man.
The Spymaster: He's the current leader of the Kingdom's Intelligence Agency. It's revealed that it's been compromised during the Chaoswar Saga, much to Jim's disgust.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With The Spymaster of Roldem's intelligence service. Resolved in that they sleep together end up married due to their mutual attraction brought about by their field of work.
A mercenary from Novindus who encounters Nakor and Tomas when they're guarding the Talnoy hidden by Macros the Black. He has little to no moral compass and follows Nakor loyally because Nakor understands him. It's revealed that he has a piece of the Nameless One inside him. Turns out he doesn't and it's a piece of a Talnoy Warrior God and that when they passed to the Second Realm where the Dasati live, Ralan Bek ceased to exist.
Badass: He's a really talented swordsman who even Tomas had difficulty facing.
Blood Knight: All he cares about is having fun, which for him is hurting people, usually by fighting and killing them.
Dead All Along: It turns out that when he transferred to the Second Realm with Pug, Magnus and Nakor, the being known as Ralan Bek ceased to exist.
A magician specializing in demonology. He's a con-artist who uses his talents to summon a demon to wreak havoc and then offers to get rid of it along with his foster son. After an attempt goes wrong and a battle demon is summoned instead, Amirantha realizes that his brother Belasco's trying to kill him and sets off to meet Kaspar and ends up joining the Conclave of Shadows. Also the brother of Sidi/Leso Varen.
Badass: He's a demon summoner and has lived longer then Pug has and even without his demons, he's not a pushover.
Even Bad Man Love Their Mama: Amirantha has a very low opinion of his mother, but he still wanted Sidi dead for killing her because she was his mother.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He loves his adopted son and daughter-in-law dearly and he wants to protect Midkemia, but he is a con-artist and hurt Sandreena a great deal by cheating on her with a demon.
Morality Pet: His adopted son Brandos and daughter-in-law who live with him in his tower.
Amirantha's adopted son who was once a street rat. He married a nice woman and he's helped out Amirantha with being a con-artist for years.
Badass Normal: He's a middle aged man with plenty of combat experience.
Happily Adopted: Although he and Amirantha never say it, they love one another as father and son ever since Amirantha took him in when Brandos was a boy.
Happily Married: He's been married for a couple of decades and has children who have all left home
Nice Guy: Well, outside of the being a con-artist part anyway.
Sergeant-Adamant of the Order of the Shield and servant of Dala. She grew up on the streets of Krondor as the daughter of a whore and suffered the fate of many girls who live on the streets in Krondor and wound up a Sex Slave until being freed and then joined the Church of Dala. She has a strong aversion to men due to her upbringing, but she's willing to work with them.
Badass: A very talented and well trained warrior who has slain many servants of evil in her time.
Dark and Troubled Past: Raised on the streets of Krondor by her mother who was a whore and died of a drug overdose, was raped at a young age and sold as a Sex Slave by Jim Dasher until she was freed and became a Warrior of the Order of the Shield.
Does Not Like Men: At the very least, she hates men who only look at her with lustful intentions or who have betrayed her trust.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Amirantha due to him betraying her by sleeping with a succubus several years ago. Their first encounter since then begins with her punching him in the face and they come to an understanding that lets them work together on their mutual goal of protecting Midkemia.
Amirantha and Sidi's older brother. He attempts to kill Amirantha when he's summoning a demon for a con and is revealed to have been possessed by a demon named Dahun.
Even Evil Has Standards: He hates Sidi as much as Amirantha does for killing their mother, she may have been crazy, but she was their mother.
Hero Killer: Indirectly, but because of him, Miranda's throat was torn out by a demon and Caleb was burnt to death with his wife.
Something Only They Would Say: The oath that Belasco, Amirantha and Sidi all have. It's the closest thing to sacred that they have and it's how they know they can trust one another's word.
It's also how Amirantha knows that Belasco's been kicked out of his body by Dahun because Belasco would never screw it up.