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The A Crew (Trace and co.)
Trace was born into a poor family of farmers, but his talents in magic were quickly recognized and he was recruited into the Templar at a young age. He rose through the ranks and eventually took over the organization as Grand Templar following the death of his first wife. He quickly became known as a tyrant, feared by Humans and Keidran alike. His incredible power allowed him to dominate all those who opposed him. Then his memories were stolen along with his deep-seated hatred for Keidran. He now travels alongside Flora, a Keidran he befriended in his ignorance. However, his memories are slowly returning, and with them a past he would prefer remain forgotten.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: The man he is now is a perfectly nice Magnetic Hero. The man he was was a psychotic, paranoid Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Evil Sorcerer who everyone was scared of. Interesting in that the only person not aware of his past is himself; nearly everyone else is well aware of who he is/was and openly terrified of him. It's gotten to the point that Trace has decided that he's better off not knowing who he was.Trace: The more I learn about my past, the more I've come to realize how better off I am now without it. I used to want to remember. But being told just made me realize the terrible person I'd been. I understand now that losing it all was the best thing to happen to me. So I've decided I'm not going to do anything to put us at risk anymore.
- Anime Hair: Trace's pointy hair... thing, commonly called Idiot Hair in Anime fandom. Notably, it's only present when he's in his nicer persona, but when that hair falls, it's the first sign that Templar!Trace has come out to play with people's entrails.
- Templar!Trace has his "pointy hair... thing" here...
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Trace Legacy.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt or threaten Flora within earshot of Trace. Seriously, don't.
- Hurting Trace's love interests is fairly unwise, period.
- Black Magic: He tried to master this to bring his dead wife back, and is probably one of the most skilled users of it in the world. Unfortunately for everyone, black magic has detrimental effects on a practitioner's sanity...
- Black Speech: Anytime Templar!Trace wakes up, of the creepy-as-hell scrawling font variety. Bonus points for having elements of Zalgo in there.Templar!Trace: Kill my wife, Will You?
- Break the Cutie/Corrupt the Cutie: "Templar!Trace" is actively trying to perform this on Trace, presumably to regain control of his body again on a permanent basis. He recognizes Flora as an obstacle in this goal, so he's trying to break them apart, currently favoring fostering doubt of the Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe variety. It helps that Trace and Flora's unborn Half-Human Hybrid is (so far as they know) the first one in a long time, if not ever.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Trace began studying Black Magic to find a way to bring his beloved wife back from the dead. Somehow, his goal turned from that to "become leader of the humans and turn them into an instrument of Keidran genocide".
- Enemy Within: Trace's Super-Powered Evil Side has recently proven capable of communicating with him, and is in fact trying to turn him against Flora by suggesting she's been unfaithful to him and is now pregnant with someone else's child. Trace initially laughed it off because it was clearly lying, as he tells Flora... but he's just been told she really is pregnant... which it doesn't waste any time trying to use to its advantage.
- Facial Markings: A blue triangle on the lower side of his left cheek. Hilariously, he wasn't aware that he had a tattoo on his face until Keith asked him about it.
- Fallen Hero: Trace was shown to be a fairly nice guy, before his first wife is killed by a Keidran highwayman, which causes him to... snap. He tried to bring her back to life and failed, warping his mind with dark magic in the process, and then slaughtered the Master Templars, replaced them with his hand-picked acolytes, and became the bane of the Keidran race. The fact that he was also experimenting with dark magic before his wife was killed would likely not have helped.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: As a child, Trace's master quickly realized he was Brilliant, but Lazy, performing his duties faithfully but never really pushing himself, but she also realized that if he ever had a reason to try, he might be capable of damn near anything. They were right; give Trace someone to love and he'll love unconditionally. Take that person away and you have a holocaust on your hands.Grand Templar: He is strong. There is no doubt. But he has no heart. He does as we say, he follows our orders. But I don't think we've seen what he can really do. If he were to have some real goal... Something or someone to really care about... Then we'll see real power.
- To really drive this home, the reason he has no memory? a Goddess battled him in an all out fight and barely won, the moment she thinks her plan might be in danger because of Trace, she creates an Avatar and attacks him to ensure her plan goes right.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Evil!Trace.
- Idiot Hair: Trace fits the letter of the trope, not the spirit.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Trace tends to sport a lot of scratchmarks after he and Flora have sex, due to the combination of her claws, his lack of fur, and their general enthusiasm. Trace accepts them as Worth It.
- Interspecies Romance: With Flora. Which has recently made him the father of an impending Half-Human Hybrid, though he's only just learned this as of comic 738.
- Just One Man: On the receiving end in page 921, until the town's guardian dragon shows up.
- King Incognito: He tried with some modicum of success. Then a group of templar extremists came along and tried to torch the town he's in, in his name. He chose to blow his cover to rescue the town. At least one of those he saved is actually grateful.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Trace, after a particularly nasty magical duel.
- Lethal Chef: In chapter 15, Trace attempts to cook a nice breakfast for Flora:Trace: Unfortunately... either my cooking skills were lost with my memories... or I never had any to begin with.
- Hilariously, when he doesn't care about the quality, he's somehow able to produce a restaurant-worthy meal.
- Love Makes You Evil: Not a straight example; 99.99% of the time, Trace is the sweetest guy you've ever met. Introduce him to someone equally as sweet and it's Sickening. Hurt (or worse, kill) that person, and he will do horrible, horrible things. If someone doesn't calm him down fast, he will drive himself to insanity trying to make things "right". Point of fact, all he did when a Keidran brigand grazed his wife with an arrow was track that single thug down and arrest him. It was only when he returned home to find that that arrow had been poisoned that he shoved the whole world into the express elevator to hell; he attempted to resurrect his wife with a Black Magic Dangerous Forbidden Technique, and succeeded only in driving himself completely, utterly, genocidally insane. He promptly clawed his way to the top of the Templar hierarchy and began directing them in blatantly genocidal plans against the Keidrans and Basitans. Admittedly, his mania was intensified by studying the Black Magic; the death of his wife was what pushed him over the Despair Event Horizon and start studying Dangerous Forbidden Technique in hopes of bringing her back from the dead.
- Mayfly-December Romance: He knows Flora is rapidly approaching middle age for a Keidran and it bothers him. A lot.
- Meaningful/Punny Name: Trace Legacy lost his memory; with a name like that, he really should have been expecting something like that.
- Mugging the Monster: On the receiving end of this. The captain of the guard who tried to have him arrested upon entering the town where his estate resides realizes once his identity is revealed that Trace Legacy is his boss.
- Necromantic: Trace's backstory. He uses Dark Mana to try and resurrect his dead wife. It backfires. No, not Came Back Wrong, it instead flashes back through his brain, nearly killing him and driving him mad. And on top of that, The Dark Side Will Make You Forget.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Post-Dead Wife, Pre-Amnesia Trace.
- Oops! I Forgot I Was Married: Amnesia Trace. His wife, Saria, did not forget.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Trace was this, to the extent it took a god to bring him down. And if Flora is in danger, he becomes it again.
- Red Right Hand: As of the May 5, 2010 comic, Trace's left hand has turned black due to an overuse of black magic. He keeps it hidden with a glove.. Take a look
- Superpowered Evil Side: Has TWO of these.
- "Templar!Trace", the psychotic side of him that ruled his body before his Laser-Guided Amnesia. It acts as his Enemy Within; capable of influencing his thoughts, and sees Flora as the main obstacle in it's path twords regaining control. Later in the comic starts actively talking to Trace in the form of Hallucinations.
- Berserk!Trace (or "Black Mana Trace", as its sometimes called) is what happens when he starts channeling Black Mana or his Berserk Button gets hit too hard (or both). In this state he regains most of his old power and displays a similar level of Bloodlust that Templar!Trace had. The main difference is that unlike Templar!Trace, he's still amnesic and is extremely protective of Flora; attacking anyone he thinks is threat to her be it Human, Keidran, Basitin, dragons, or even his own friends.
- Underestimating Badassery: Frequently. Many can't wrap their heads around the fact that this nice, meek individual is Grand Templar Trace, and those who do, seriously underestimate what he's capable of when pushed too far. The two most notable examples have to be during the Basitin Island arc when a human supremacist wing of Templar try to use Trace as a battery to enslave the Basitin, and then start harming Flora. The second is when a group of Templar extremists try to torch the town he's in, and claim that "The Grand Templar must be dead, and he's just an impostor." They quickly realize how wrong they are when he demonstrates a taste of his power and skill, but their leader thinks they can still take him down. Also, at the start of the comic, his officially "wanted" poster listed him as harmless.
- Willfully Weak: He's reluctant to unleash his true power because he fears being taken over by one or both of his Superpowered Evil Side. Even so, he's quite dangerous when provoked.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The Black Magic turned him into one before he became amnesiac; a genocidal, power-hungry, and bitter man who hated the entire cosmos for taking his wife away from him, in particular Keidrans. His Templar!Trace (or as Trace calls it, "Evil Black Smoke Hallucination") is the part that remains that way.
Flora was born in the southern rainforests but her tribe was attacked by raiders when she was three. Her parents were killed and she was sold into slavery. Flora was lucky enough to be purchased by a friendly human family who treated her more like a daughter then a slave. Thus, Flora recalls her days of slavery with an unusual fondness. She has no memory of the day her tribe was attacked. Flora eventually was allowed by her human family to return to her people. Due of her knowledge of human nature and language, she was chosen to be a representative of the Tiger Clan and a marriage was arranged between her and a prince of the Wolf Clan. The arrangement fell through, though, when her caravan was attacked. She was saved from the human attackers by Trace, who had just recently lost his memories.
- A-Cup Angst: Flora is very petite in terms of bust-size, and she really doesn't like it much. She does not take it well when this is pointed out.
- Cat Girl: Flora, although with fur, ears, tail, claws, and muzzle, she is much further down the scale than most. It helps that she looks a lot like Tigra, who has an internet paradox named after her.The Tigra/Flora Paradox: If you'd hit it you're a furry; if not you're gay.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Flora, who was put into an arranged marriage with a prince of another tribe. She decided not to go through with it. Unfortunately, this means there will not be a Keidran alliance to oppose the humans, but then again, Templar!Trace is no longer there to lead the humans, and Flora and Trace's falling in love has screwed everything up, plan-wise. In other words, princesses screw up the plan.
- Fat and Proud: When she gets pregnant, she thinks she's put on weight. She muses that while keidrans think fat is sexy, "humans are backwards for some reason."
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's currently pregnant with one of these, though she takes a while to accept she's pregnant, and doesn't reveal it to the father until comic #738.
- Idiot Hair: Flora fits the letter of the trope, not the spirit.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Flora, to the point that the author has complained on the forums that he wants to clothe her, but she keeps slipping out of her clothes. Less "Innocent" and more "Not really needed since she has a built-in fur coat", however. Interestingly enough, Flora was Raised by Humans, meaning she should have human modesty, and Natani (indeed, most other Keidran shown, outside of the feral and tribal ones) has no real interest in undressing. Perhaps it is a way of rebelling against her human upbringing.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: Trace tends to sport a lot of scratchmarks after he and Flora have sex, due to the combination of her claws, his lack of fur, and their general enthusiasm. Flora does feel guilty about it, but they just tend to keep happening.
- Interspecies Romance: She originally had an Arranged Marriage with the Prince of the Wolf Keidran, and she's now in a sexual/romantic relationship with Trace, a human.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: It's taken over 5 years of real-life time for Flora's pregnancy to advance a few months in-comic.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: She's initially terrified that Trace will accuse of her of being unfaithful when he discovers her pregnancy, because humans and Keidrans have never had children together before. So far, he shows no signs of disbelieving her, but everyone else around them is skeptical, which means she's still worried about this.
- Ms. Fanservice: Not normally. But then again, cake...◊
- Obvious Pregnancy: Subverted. Flora's only just starting to show and so her bulge is still quite subtle; the largest it's been so far is in the chapter 16 title page.
- Raised by Orcs: Flora was more-or-less raised by humans, and counts as this to her kind.
Keith was born on the Basidian Islands, a large landmass located near the mainland. His father was a General, his mother was a soldier, but she sheltered him from military life for much of his childhood. Like all Basitins, he did eventually join the military, but at 8 years of age, late for most Basitins. Keith was blamed for his parents death at the age of 13 and banished from the islands. He was ordered not to return until he brought back the Grand Templar.
- Action Hero: He was able to fight Alaric to a near standstill, although Alaric was starting to gain ground before his untimely demise.
- Ancestral Weapon: The armor that Keith initially wears once belonged to his father. In an interesting twist, it's actually a mark of dishonor rather than family pride; he wears it as a condition of his banishment, and is eager to get rid of it after the Basitin Isles arc is done.
- The Atoner: Ironically, for things that weren't his fault. Even killing his father was arguable, as he had discovered his wife murdered, likely suspected that the Intelligence General was responsible, and even Keith himself admits he couldn't have beaten his father if his best day fell on his father's worst and it was like the man "fell on his spear."
- Cartwright Curse: Every time someone falls in love with him, and he reciprocates, it does not go well. He was about to be married to Laura, until she was drugged, against her will, to force her to have sex with someone else, on the eve before their wedding. They reconcile on the Basitin Island only to have her die in his arms because the same "family friend" that killed his mother and drove his father to Suicide by Cop blasts her with magic. He was forced to duel Alaric to the death. Natani is in a coma due to the backlash of his connection with Zen being severed. Madelyn.... It's probably best that Keith doesn't know about her crush right now.
- Closet Key: To Natani, more or less. Although one could argue that Natani is really bisexual but in denial of his attraction to men, it works out the same.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He and his dad were at ends for most of his childhood, he came home one evening to find his dad had apparently murdered his mom, then he accidentally killed his dad whilst defending himself. For this, he was exiled from the island until and unless he could bring the leader of the Templars back to the Basidian Islands. He was taken in by a female fox keidran, Laura, and was going to give up on going home and get married... and then she cheated on him before the wedding, so he left her and went on in search of his quest.
- Doom Magnet: Aside from the one time where he found an amnesiac Trace who was perfectly willing to travel with him, nothing's ever gone right for him, at least not for very long, and people close to him tend to have much shorter life-spans.
- Fantastic Arousal: Like all basitins, his ears are very sensitive, and so it's easy to turn him on by touching or kissing him there.
- Word of God also proclaims that foot-fetishism is effectively universal amongst Basitins, hence the reason why bare feet are considered obscene. It's unclear if Keith still has this fetish, or if spending so long amongst keidrans, who run around bare-pawed all the time, has caused him to lose any sense of eroticism to them.
- Fighting Your Friend: He and Alaric were forced by The Intelligence General's actions to fight to the death.
- Fragile Flower: He cries a lot. But don't think that doesn't mean he can't kick ass with the best of them.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Made clear in Comic #809; he does genuinely see Natani as "one of the guys", but despite that and his own heterosexuality, he is attracted to Natani as well.
- Impossible Task: Keith was set the impossible — perhaps even suicidal — task of "bring back the Grand Templar" as a condition of his banishment. He was just as surprised as anyone when an amnesiac Trace cheerfully accepted his invitation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His Proud Warrior Race isn't supposed to show emotion, but his feelings run extremely deep due to his mother's West Basitin blood and influence; as a result, he comes off as a Tsundere/Kuudere. This may be common among even "normal" Basitins such as Alaric, based on how quickly Keith realized he was playing a trick on him.
- Killer Rabbit: He's the smallest member of the group, with even Flora being almost a head taller than him. He's also incredible strong and tough, immune to poison and heals a lot faster than a human does. He's the only one besides Natani and Red who remembers his training as Trace is an amnesiac.
- Incompatible Orientation:
- Invoked. Though he does have feelings for Natani, he doubts anything will come from it, since he knows and respects that Natani's female-to-heterosexual-male transgender and is, as far as he is aware, either asexual or only interested in women.
- Zigzagged: after Natani makes the first move, although he admits the fact he sees Natani as One of the Boys makes it a little weird for him, Keith is still ultimately happy to return Natani's feelings.
- He is also strongly implied to be on the other end of this with his Unlucky Childhood Friend Alaric.
- Interspecies Romance: Used to have one with Laura, a fox keidran, and Ship Tease with Natani the wolf keidran ultimately turns into them becoming a second Official Couple.
- Love Dodecahedron: Where to begin? Prior to the Basitin Isle arc, Keith had his ex-girlfriend Laura, who he tried to forget about, and then he and Natani started developing something. Then, on the Basitin Isles, said ex-girlfriend comes back looking to start things up again, a random female guard (Madelyn) becomes infatuated with his fighting skill, and it's strongly implied that his best buddy Alaric is a gay man with a crush on Keith and a perfect willingness to flirt. It then seems to boil back down to a Love Triangle when Laura and Alaric end up dead, and Madelyn joins the crew... only to finally resolve itself into a straight-up Keith/Natani pairing.
- Love Hurts: After being exiled from the islands, he fell in love with a fox keidran and almost married her... but then she went and slept with someone else before the wedding day, so he wandered off heart-broken. Then he starts running around with Trace and Flora, a human/keidran couple who initially bring back bitter memories of his unfaithful lover, causing him to be quite hostile towards them. Then he gets involved with a wolf keidran who is FTM transgender, with hints of a mutual crush forming between them. Then his old fiancée returns and reveals she was drugged before the wedding to trigger her heat... but, before they can sort things out, she gets killed. Then Natani, the aforementioned wolf keidran, offers to help him get some closure with a spell... but he can't bring himself to end it, despite the fact that he knows it's an illusion that's sapping his life-force... But, finally averted when he manages to get past her death, Natani comes clean about his crush on him and they start a tentative relationship. And then Natani gets put in a seemingly near-fatal coma, leaving Keith an emotional wreck until the wolf recovers from the broken Mental Fusion.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Natani and Keith's relationship sits somewhere between this and a Yaoi Guys version of Sensitive Guy and Manly Man, in both cases downplayed. Even beyond Natani's outright thinking of himself as a guy, at least prior to his Journey to the Center of the Mind, Natani is rough, brash, hot-headed, aggressively chases after women (until he hooks up with Keith), and very macho-acting. In comparison, Keith is quiet, refined, level-headed, actually rather shy when it comes to romance, smaller than Natani by almost a foot, and delicate-featured enough that Natani outright calls him "girly-looking" (if partially as a joke) repeatedly. And, in fact, he does actually look rather feminine in comparison, unless Natani is deliberately showing off his breasts. It's downplayed in that, even if Natani is definitely the aggressive one in their relationship, Keith is still a strong, capable fighter and in many ways it's a meeting of true equals.
- Mistaken for Gay: First by Flora, then by Maddie, both times due to his interactions with Natani. Just how well this trope applies is highly debatable, due to the confusing and somewhat self-contradictory nature of sexuality when it comes to Keith and Natani's involvement.
- Our Orcs Are Different/Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Basitins seem to be based a lot on tropes often applied to both Orcs and Dwarves. They're a small but immensely strong and tough species, very warlike, naturally inclined to military service, resistant to poisons, and with no natural affinity for magic, even compared to Keidrans.
- Relationship Upgrade: He and Natani actually go through several of these over the course of the stories; from captor and prisoner to genuine friends to romantically attracted to secretly together before finally becoming an outright couple.
- Secret Keeper: He's the only one aware of the fact Natani is transgender and has a mental-connection with his brother, preserving the secrecy of these facts for Natani's sake. He then adds their relationship to the list of secrets they're keeping together.
- Averted: as of Comic #943, both Natani's transgender nature and their relationship is out in the open.
- Self-Made Orphan: Keith killed his drunken father in self-defense, but got the blame because the father was a war hero and the best friend of one of the Basitin Generals.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Though Natani might object to the "girl" part, the two of them together come off as this; the keidran is 6'3" tall, whilst the basitin is only 5'4".
- Trauma Conga Line: See the Dark and Troubled Past entry above? That's Keith's backstory. And then there's what's happened to him since the story started: he found out Laura had been drugged to make her sleep with someone else and that she'd been looking for him to try and reconcile, only for her to get killed saving him. And then his best friend from when he was a kid got killed. And then he found out his mother had been murdered by an old "friend" of his father's because he thought she was no good for him, implying his father had basically committed suicide on Keith's spear. And then Natani cast a spell to try and help him come to terms with Laura's death, but he almost died from the strain of it.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Keith learns this the hard way. He survives, but loses what little left he holds dear; he finds out that not only can he no longer fit into Basitin culture due to his experiences as an exile, but also he never really did due to his mother's blood, influence, and the fact that the Intelligence General hated them both and wanted them dead just for even existing, let alone associating with his father. And that most of Basitin culture agreed with him - to the point of not only attempting to re-exile him, but execute all of his friends. Keith has an even worse case of this than Zuko.
Natani is a wolf keidran was forced to live homeless with his brother after his parents and tribe were destroyed by human Templar. Born a girl, he originally disguised himself as a male to join an assassins guild with his brother, Zen, in order to make ends meet. Due to an accident during an assassination mission, Natani became magically and permanently linked to his brother, and much of his brother's male personality overpowered Natani's own, causing him to start identifying himself as a man.
- Armored Closet Gay: He retains enough of his original identity that he does find men (or at least Keith) attractive. Acting on that attraction, however, is mentally repulsive to him, since the bulk of his mentality is transplanted from Zen, a staunchly heterosexual male. Until Keith ultimately acts as a Closet Key for him.
- Big Damn Kiss: Lays one on Keith in Comic #465. They don't have time to talk about it until Comic #806 onwards, over 340 comics later.
- And then he does it again in Comic #809 after Keith admits he does see him as one of the guys.
- Boomerang Bigot: Despite being a female-to-male transsexual (because of externally-induced mental trauma), it's made clear during his Journey to the Center of the Mind that he considers "woman" synonymous with "weak", and that he's appearing in female form as a subconscious reaction to his present weak state. The mental healing he undergoes is
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Ironically, despite trying to hide his physical gender from everyone, Natani is really, really bad at it. Over the course of the series, he inadvertently reveals his body first to Keith (who tries to become her Secret Keeper), then he accidentally reveals the fact he has breasts to Mike & Evals (trying to cover it up with an incredibly pitiful story about "Basitin Black Magic"note ), then he accidentally gives Flora hints that he and Keith are keeping a secret from the rest of the party (though Flora believes the secret is that the two are gay interspecies lovers), then he accidentally reveals the truth to Kathrin... Ultimately, he ends up showing off his female body to the whole of the main cast, by which point (with the aid of some Character Development) he just says screw it and admits he's a female-bodied guy.
- Can't Spit It Out: Natani initially cannot bring himself to admit his feelings to Keith. Justified due to the fact he's still struggling to admit his attraction to him to himself and the fact that, by the time he can admit it to himself, Keith has just lost his former lover.
- Character Development: Undergoes a lot of it throughout his sub-arc based on his interactions with Keith. This leads first to tehir Relationship Upgrade and then culminates (so far) in his Journey to the Center of the Mind, which seems to have given him a more "balanced" perception on his masculinity and his femininity. Exactly what that entails is yet to be discussed in detail, but it's worth pointing out that, having inadvertently revealed his bosom in Comic #942, Natani's reaction is to maturely admit that he's always looked this way, he just prefers to be thought of as a guy, instead of desperately trying to hide it or explain it away or getting upset about The Reveal.
- Take Up to Eleven in the next comic, where the keidran who originally wanted to hide they were together because he "couldn't handle" admitting he was in a relationship reveals they're together to the rest of the crew by kissing Keith in front of them.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Eventually admits his attraction to Keith... and he reciprocates. Doesn't want to outright call it a relationship, though, because of how hard it is for him to wrap his mind around it.
- Incompatible Orientation: Sort of. As explained under Armored Closet Gay, despite his professions of only liking women, he is very strongly attracted to Keith. This is, understandably, leading to a lot of frustration on his part... especially when it turns out that Madelyn, a female Basitin with a crush on Keith, is also on-board the ship with them. Eventually, he forces himself to admit his attraction to Keith to the Basitin.
- Jedi Truth: In a flashback, he's shown chatting up a female wolf by telling her that the dark mage he and his brother were sent to assassinate took one look at them and killed himself. He leaves out the part in the middle where the mage cast a Black Magic spell with fatal consequences at the two, flaying Natani's soul but causing feedback that killed the caster.
- Journey to the Center of the Mind: After Zen's link with him is unwittingly severed, Natani goes into a coma that ultimately leads to him undergoing one of these, where he confronts his prior self as an adolescent girl.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Somewhat literally; during the Journey to the Center of the Mind, past!Natani explains that a lot of present!Natani's memories are effectively "fake", being sublimated versions of Zen's memories and perspectives of those events, as a side-effect of their Mental Fusion.
- Love Triangle: During the Basitin Isles arc, Natani begins developing a crush on Keith, who has had his own First Love return to him. However, it resolves itself by comic 815, at which point said First Love is dead, Keith has gotten over her death, and Natani has confessed his feelings and had them reciprocated.
- Mental Fusion: Natani only survived the Black Magic attack in her youth as a result of spell that did this, creating a permanent telepathic link between the Magi siblings. His transsexuality was an unfortunate side-effect of the process.
- When Zen gets placed in magic-dampening shackles in Comic #846, it seemingly undoes this effect. It almost kills Natani, but he does manage to survive. What effects this will have on his already rather scarred mindscape is the big question at the moment.
- During Natani's Journey Tothe Centerofthe Mind, his past self confronts him over how much of his present identity is really Zen's influence (less than he thinks) and how much is actually his own personality (more than he realizes/admits).
- Mistaken for Gay: Both Flora and Maddie think Natani is a gay man in love with Keith. The truth is... rather harder to describe.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Natani and Keith's relationship sits somewhere between this and a Yaoi Guys version of Sensitive Guy and Manly Man, in both cases downplayed. Even beyond Natani's outright thinking of himself as a guy, at least prior to his Journey to the Center of the Mind, Natani is rough, brash, hot-headed, aggressively chases after women (until he hooks up with Keith), and very macho-acting. In comparison, Keith is quiet, refined, level-headed, actually rather shy when it comes to romance, smaller than Natani by almost a foot, and delicate-featured enough that Natani outright calls him "girly-looking" (if partially as a joke) in one comic. It's downplayed in that, even if Natani is definitely the aggressive one in their relationship, Keith is still a strong, capable fighter and in many ways it's a meeting of true equals.
- Master of Illusion: Natani's magical specialty is casting illusions, though he can use other kinds of spells as well.
- The Nose Knows: One of Natani's problems is a purely visual disguise won't fool other Keidran; he has to fool their sense of smell as well.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: For an assassin, Natani is a pretty lousy fighter. Even the comic's author notes that the "famous Magi Brothers" owe much of their hype to a combination of luck and their own boasting.
- Relationship Upgrade: Undergoes this repeatedly with Keith over the course of the comic. Initially his angry prisoner, they become friends through training together and talking on the way to the Basitin Isles. His playing Secret Keeper for him whilst he's in heat starts a romantic attraction on her part, and after they leave the Isles, this ultimately blossoms into a secret relationship. In Comic #943, after undergoing a strong amount of In-Universe Character Development as a result of his Journey to the Center of the Mind, he casually reveals that he and Keith are together by kissing him in front of the rest of the team.
- She's Back: To Keith's surprise, and possibly eternal joy, Natani shows up, asking what she's missed, after Keith watches the ship they were on go down in flames.
- Statuesque Stunner: Natani is 6'3" (an early size chart listed him at 6' even; a later chart listed him taller). He's the tallest member of the core cast by far, and at Size D has the largest breasts of the cast (when he's not binding them to hide them).
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Though Natani might object to the "girl" part, he is this with Keith; the keidran is 6'3" tall, whilst the basitin is only 5'4". This means Natani is roughly half a foot taller than his boyfriend.
- Tomboy: According to Natani's past-self, she didn't originally mind being a girl, but she also liked being seen as a boy when young, meaning Natani was at least this before the Mental Fusion.
- Transsexual: Natani, having had part of his soul destroyed, was only saved when magi restored his psyche by copying parts of his brother's soul and pasting them into the gaps, leaving him with a male mentality. His feelings for Keith are, understandably, the source of some mental anguish until he manages to reconcile with them.
- The fact that this state is explicitly called out as magically induced, a side-effect of the spiritual patch-job done to save Natani, makes this trope the source of some conflict, hence the long-running argument about whether Natani should really be referred to with male or female pronouns.
- There's also the matter of what will happen now that Natani has survived the undoing of his Mental Fusion with Zen, and so has been given a chance to heal from a lot of "assimilated" Zen!memories and made to come to terms with how much of himself/herself is truly "Natani" and how much is truly "Zen". Adding fuel to the fire, past!Natani confesses to some gender-queer traits having existed in her mind before Natani had Zen's soul imprinted over her/his own, and states that Natani's present feelings, masculine and feminine, all come from him/herself. So, whether Natani will stay his earlier "I hate my body!" or become more genderfluid is yet to be properly seen.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: When he was younger (and identified as female) and initially joined his brother in Assassin Training.
- You Should Know This Already: Natani is transsexual because of a Black Magic attack that led him to require a Mental Fusion with his brother to survive; this left him overpowered by Zen's mental traits and gave him a male self-identity.
Madelyn "Maddie" Adelaide
A young female Basitin who has developed a massive crush on Keith, despite (or perhaps because) of his Dark and Troubled Past. Originally appeared as an overly energetic guard who acted as a witness to the duel between Alaric and Keith, she later sneaks on-board Erik's ship as they leave the Basitin Islands, becoming the Tagalong Kid.
- Abomination Accusation Attack: Falsely accuses Eric of coming on to her to trick Trace and Flora into helping her stay on the ship. No wonder he hates her...
- Animal Eyes: Madelyn has the same eyes as Flora: gold and slitted like a cat. Do note that she's also the only Basitin whose drawn with visible pupils.
- Cat Girl: She acts like one despite being a Basitin: Curious, energetic, and has a knack for mischief.
- Child Soldier: Like all Basitin she was enrolled in the army at a young age, and is currently 13 or 14.
- Fragile Speedster: Maddie is very stealthy and preternaturally fast, but Word of God is she'd be pretty much useless in a stand-up fight because she's primarily trained to be a scout.
- From a Certain Point of View: Maddie doesn't lie, exactly, but she certainly likes to shade the truth, telling Keith that she "wouldn't leave without informing my superior officer" when she actually just left a note for her mom.
- The Gadfly: Maddie enjoys playing pranks and practical jokes, then vanishing before she can be accused, preferably so that the blame falls on someone else.
- Genius Ditz: Madelyn can act very silly and juvenile one minute, clever and intelligent the next. Kind of like any thirteen year old, actually, but it's not clear how much of it is just an act.
- When Maddie slips a note to Natani (who can't read it) Natani assumes it's just an adolescent girl's juvenile love note to her crush because Maddie covered it with cutesy decorations. Turns out it's actually a vital report on Keith's battle with Alaric... even if it is written in the phonetic equivalent of a Valley Girl accent.
- She's one of the five officers presiding over Keith's trial.
- She somehow escapes from the brig of Eric's ship despite being locked in a cell. Twice, even when it was double-padlocked.
- She manipulates Flora and Trace by making insinuations about Eric, who is, after all, a Handsome Lech.
- She builds an elaborate structure from random junk because she's bored in 746.
- She then instantly realises that the best way to summon everyone quickly is to disrupt her sculpture, which she does by removing one key component in the next comic.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: About as much as any Basitin can be, apparently, though it may just be because she's being allowed to indulge in her adolescent sexual curiosity outside of the rigid confines of Basitin society. Her first thought upon seeing the Adrakist take massive Clothing Damage was "So that's what a human's [breasts] look like. Neat."
- Love Triangle: Maddie clearly has a crush on Keith. Keith and Natani have a rather complicated relationship developing already. However, it's ultimately averted in that once she notices how they are around each other, she's all business with Keith.
- Rebellious Princess: Turns out she's actually the daughter of King Adelaide of the Basitins. The others on the ship don't know this yet.
- Sherlock Scan: She immediately realizes that Natani and Keith have gotten together upon first meeting them because she spots Natani has looped his tail with Keith's.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: While she is a master of this trope, she lampshades the possibility that Lynne might be even better here.
- Squick: shows up in her expression In-Universe as she listens to a Primal Scene while hiding under Trace and Flora's bed.
- Tagalong Kid: To the rest of the main gang, so far. That doesn't mean she's dead weight, as she's a trained soldier.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Tells Trace and Flora that Erik tried to molest her in order to avoid being sent back to the brig, but her smirk while hugging them implies this may be less than true.
Keith's majordomo after he is named Ambassador, Lynn's title of "messenger" carries an important connotation, as it means Lynn is asexual in a rigidly gender-segregated society and thus allowed to act as a go-between the sexes, though Lynn implies messengers receive more pity than honor from most Basitin.
- Asexual: As he makes clear during a conversation with a human woman who relies on her sexual Charm Person talents in battle, he has absolutely no sex drive whatsoever, and this is the essential requirement for any messenger. Which gives Lynn a perverse degree of freedom, as messengers are not subject to the stringent gender segregation that characterizes Basitin society. They're even exempt from curfew. It's not made clear if he's naturally asexual, though, or if he was made asexual, as gelding males to make them into messengers is just the kind of thing that Basitins would be capable of from what we've seen of their culture.
- Badass Bureaucrat: Despite the fact that he is (probably) a Non-Action Guy, he's still a Basitin. He's badass in his own way.Sealeen: Hey, wait! Wasn't that burned?Lynn: Oh please, my dear. I'm a bureaucrat. All my documents are in triplicate, naturally.
- Crazy-Prepared: He seems to have a document for any occasion. Or tea and coffee cake. And those documents? He has them in triplicate, in the unlikely event they encounter a crazy dragon-worshipping lady who torches them.
- The Jeeves: Anticipating Keith's needs appears to be second nature.
- Not So Stoic: Seeing Natani and Keith kiss in Comic #943 shocks him so much that his ears shoot up with enough force to slap Madelyn and Katherine in the face.
- Something Else Also Rises: There's something very suggestive in the way his ears spring up after seeing Natani kiss Keith. Which is amusing/ironic, given he explicitly has such low sex drive it helped him evade a sex-based Charm Person spell.
- Stating the Simple Solution: To prevent a riot because the town they're in is at war with a tribe of Wolf-Keidran who just moments ago set numerous major fires, he suggests Trace "arrest" Natani to be taken to the Legacy estate rather then risk coming to blows with the town guards.
The B Crew (Red-Hair Guy and co.)
Karen is the hyperactive younger of the Taverndatter sisters. She doesn't care about races or wars or religions. She just enjoys interesting stuff, and if nothing interesting is happening, she tends to cause it. Karen's set of Keidran ears were given to her as a curse by Trace, whom she was annoying. The curse backfired, however, when Karen decided she loved the ears and wanted to keep them.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She can go into some really strange trails of thought at times. Like, after confirming that changes between Raine's forms carry over, she asks what would happen if Raine got pregnant by Sythe in wolf-form and then changed back to human form; would the result be human babies or wolf Keidran puppies?
- Cat Girl: Much higher up the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than Flora is — she's got cat-like ears and that's it.
- Keet: Everything excites her. She is so adorable when she is happy about her village being destroyed.
- The one time she visibly seems to loose some of her perkiness is when she's told she almost died in comic #841.
- Shipper on Deck: Given she asks if Raine mating with Sythe would produce human or Keidran offspring, she may well be hoping for them to hook up. Or else she might just have been having one of her ditzy moments.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's a very vibrant green.
Maren is the bossy elder of the Taverndatter sisters. She's one of Trace's current "girlfriends," though Trace and her were never seriously involved. They met at her tavern as Trace was passing by during his missions. She knew Trace still loved his wife, who had passed away years before; and she knew she was really just being used by Trace as a momentary distraction. But she stayed with him, nonetheless.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: As the saner, elder Taverndatter, she's generally responsible for trying to keep Karen from doing anything too stupid.
- Fantastic Racism: If you wanted to know how an average human villager acts around other species, here you go.
- Although she is slowly getting better about it. Slowly.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After hearing that Raine saved her life, her only reaction is an "eh, whatever" because she realized that Raine has a Keidran form. At least that's better than she was before hearing that, when she tried to kill Raine when she surprised Maren in Keidran form.
Red-Headed Guy (a.k.a. "Database Error")
He was one of Trace's friends from the Templar Academy. However, he dropped out after a few years when he showed little magical development. He later joined the local militia of his hometown. He hates and distrusts all Keidran, which causes complications when circumstances force him and his friends to make common cause with Sythe. He's also developed a crush on Raine, which rocks his whole world when her true nature is revealed
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He and Sythe take the role of leader when it is clear an assassin is after them.
- Battle Cry: "In the name of meaningless battle!"
- Blood Knight: Again his war-cry is "In the Name of Meaningless Battle!!!".
- Hidden Depths: He is quite clever when he wants to be. He is good at deception and used to be an actor in the Templar Theatre Troupe. When Sythe lampshades it, Red tells him that he better not be dissing the theater.
- I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Red starts playing with Raine's tail after she swats his face with it. He then begins to touch and rub it, with panels showing her humorous facial reactions and blushing.
- Imagine Spot: Red freaking out here do to (spoilers) this revelation. The April Fool's joke involved that actually being the case.
- Noble Bigot: His hatred is always expressed as a desire to protect humans.
- No Name Given [Database Error]
- Only Known By His Nickname: So far, the only name we have for him is "Red", mockingly applied to him first by Zen and later by Sythe.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: "Red" has run afoul of this with his current traveling companions. Pretty much instantaneously jumps to Digging Himself Deeper territory.
- Running Gag: His nickname "Red" and the fact that he is never referred to by his real name which is still a mystery.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: A sword in this case. It gets him into trouble when Raine turns into her Keidran form. He attacked her thinking she was trying to hurt Maren. To be fair, after realizing the truth he was horrified by what he'd nearly done, and felt incredibly guilty about it. He's mellowed out a bit since, and has even been nicer to Sythe.Red: I'm so used to solving my problems by hitting them until they go away, but... this time it was a mistake. I'm sorry.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blood-red hair. Also the basis of the only "canon" name we have for him so far.
The daughter of Trace's predecessor Grand Templar Mary Silverlock and High Templar Euchre, a male wolf Keidran shape-shifter unknowingly accepted into the Templar ranks. Raine has a powerful magic potential but no formal training, so her results tend to be erratic. Like her father she has a human and a Keidran form. Unlike her father she has little control over her transformations between them because her mother hid this ability from her using a series of increasingly powerful magic artifacts. Losing control over her emotions means losing control over her form. Raine currently only retains her human appearance due to the powerful spell on the metal cuffs she wears, but as that spell only works while the cuffs are closed she constantly risks exposure.
- Blessed with Suck:
- Yes, she can freely transform between human, Keidran or hybrid forms, more or less, but since the two species are at war with each other, that's not really a very valuable ability. To say nothing of the personal pain caused by her ability.
- Sythe tells her that her Keidran form is pretty cute but Raine, who doesn't want to be a Keidran, doesn't want to hear it.
- Chained by Fashion: She has to wear enchanted shackles because without them her ability to control her form-shifting is too unstable and she reverts back to Keidran form.
- Cute Little Fangs: in her human form. She also has yellow eyes and shaggy fur-like hair.
- Cute Monster Girl/Petting Zoo People: In comic #811, she manages to partially shift back into human form, leaving her with a form that has Keidran ears, tail, forearms and legs with a human torso, upper arms and face.
- Cursed with Awesome: Raine suspects that her Involuntary Shapeshifting is a punishment from the gods for her parent's transgression of (unintentionally) exploiting Euchre's shapeshifting abilities to create the first human/keidran hybrid.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her father is the Keidran shape-shifter High Templar Euchre and she has inherited his shape-shifting ability, along with a human transformation spell; she shifts from human to keidran uncontrollably. Her mother is Mary Silverlock, Trace Legacy's predecessor as Grand Templar. When she is calm and her limiter breaks, she transforms only half-way. This may or may not be her "true form". It's hard to tell with shapeshifters.
- Interspecies Romance: Raine is the Half-Human Hybrid result of one of these, and there appears to be a mutual crush between her and "Red". Sythe also thinks she's cute, but there's no sign that Raine reciprocates.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Her emotions can cause her to shape-shift from human to Keidran.
- Logical Weakness: Changes made to one of Raine's forms are, as far as she's aware, carried over between forms, so injuries aren't fixed by shapeshifting.
- Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: As a gag, there's a story she wrote about "Mrs. Nibbly" in the character section where she claims Mrs. Nibbly is a widower who wanted something more. She further claims that is why she was brave enough to join the two-legged beasts.
- Multi Boobage: In comic #951, Sythe claims that as a Keidran Raine actually has several rows of nipples continuing down her stomach underneath the fur, which presumably would only grow into breasts if she got pregnant. Of course, he may just be lying to mess with Red.
- Mystical White Hair: In both forms, though she's got a lot more hair in her wolf form. She inherits this from her father, who was a white wolf Keidran in his natural form and a white haired Bishōnen in his human form.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Puts Zen in her magic-suppressing shackle so that her friends won't have to kill him due to being unable to trust him. This severs the soul link Zen has with his sibling, Natani, throwing Natani into a long coma.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Of the "fur explicitly covers up what's there" variety, as discussed in comic #951.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: She's the daughter of a wolf Keidran who had the innate ability to shapeshift into a human form and she can shift shapes as well. She even references the trope.
- Sarashi: binds her breasts for modesty even while in wolf form.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Raine can change her form but this ability has been suppressed her whole life so she never developed much control over it.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: in her human form.
- Windows of the Soul: Red initially believes she's been replaced by a Keidran but one good look into her eyes convinces him she hasn't.
Prince of the Wolf clan and Flora's former fiance. During a raid on the human village Sythe is forced to choose between his loyalty to his people and killing humans he actually knows. Unfortunately for him he hesitated just a bit too long and was forced to throw in his luck with Raine, [Database Error], and the Taverndatter sisters to seek a place where Keidran and Human can live and let live.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He and Red take the role of leader when it is clear an assassin is after them.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Zigzagged, he's named after the scythe but he misspelled it.
- Category Traitor: Thanks to Karen, he is now considered a race traitor and Zen believes his punishment for it will be death. He is equally horrified to learn that a Keidran is working with the Templar.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He shows signs of them when he's shown to be Not So Above It All. Antagonized by Red for so long and under the threat of death by the assassin, he snaps a bit and pulls his weapon on a squirrel (he thought it was the assassin trying to sneak up on him) which he then adopted and started calling "Mrs. Nibbly". Red points out that he's started to refer to the squirrel as a person and that it's weirding both he and Raine out.
- Deadpan Snarker: Notable even among the "B" crew, who tend to be fairly snarky as a group. It causes problem with Red when he rejects all of his plans outright.
- Foil: He is this mutually with Red. He is a non-racist Keidran who is a lot more snarky. He is also smarter or at least more in control of his thoughts whereas Red verbally digs himself into holes. He also plays the part of warrior, but is really the Non-Action Guy, at least compared to Blood Knight Red. Their whole subplot involves them fighting whereas Raine has to be the mediator.
- Friend to All Living Things: He is, surprisingly, one of the few non-racist cast members and adopts a squirrel despite being a wolf Keidran.
- Multi Boobage: Assuming he's not lying about it and wolf Keidran really do have multiple breasts, then he's technically got this, although as a male he's only got nipples.
- Non-Action Guy: Sythe was raised to be a diplomat, not a warrior. He still tries and all it does is lead him to kill the Author Avatar and pull a weapon on a squirrel which he proceeds to adopt instead of eat.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Invoked In-Universe; he wanted to name himself after the scythe, because he thought it was really cool-looking, but due to not being that good with the human language and the near-silent "c" in the word, he didn't realize it wasn't spelled S-Y-T-H-E.
- Troll: In comic #951, he sneakily "mentions" to Red that Keidran!Raine has Multi Boobage hidden under her fur, teasing that he just thought the human might like to know "the perks". Red angrily hisses back that he's certain Sythe is just lying to mess with him.
High Templar EuchreA male wolf Keidran unknowingly accepted into the Templar's ranks thanks to his innate mystical ability to flawlessly transform into a human man in every physical detail. Raine's father, he also mentored Flora during her childhood in his guise as a Keidran indentured servant. Is he an infiltrator or a race traitor? Either way, he appears to be playing a deep game of his own.
- Hot for Teacher: Mary Silverlock was the head of the Templar academy
- Interspecies Romance: Had a sexual relationship with a fellow Templar, future Grand Templar Mary Silverlock, which resulted in Raine.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He's an anthropomorphic wolf who has the ability to shapeshift into a human form.
- Pet the Dog: Allowed Mary and Raine to escape when Trace wasn't looking
- Smug Snake: Raine describes her father, as described to her by her mother, as being "manipulative and self-serving" by nature. He never even confessed to Mary about what he was until she confronted him on it, having learned by reading the mind of his cousin... who he was willing to let another Templar hang in order to preserve his secret.
- Trickster Mentor: to Flora when she was little.
Mary SilverlockRaine's mother and Trace's predecessor as Grand Templar, Mary has spent much of her life trying to protect her daughter Raine by concealing her and suppressing her powers.
- Hot for Student: Euchre. That didn't work out so well
- Interspecies Romance: Had a sexual relationship with a fellow Templar, the Keidran shape shifter Euchre, which resulted in her Half-Human Hybrid daughter Raine. Probably counts as an aversion as Mary didn't know Euchre was not human, and learning it broke their relationship, though it's possible that it was the circumstances of the revelation—and what it said about his character—that broke their relationship rather than the revelation itself.
- Karmic Transformation: Trace turned her into a wolf Keidran and enslaved her after he overthrew her as Grand Templar.
- Old Shame: In-Universe, her secret half-keidran daughter, Raine.
- Missing Mom: Was alienated from Raine throughout much of her childhood, then became separated from Raine while they were attempting to escape to the hidden village of Lyn'knoll, a place where humans and Keidran live together in peace.
- My Beloved Smother: Not in the usual sense, but her habit of using magical artifacts to suppress Raine's powers in order to conceal her shapeshifting prevented Raine from developing much control over her magical abilities.
Lady NoraA white dragon allied with Euchre and tasked with watching over Trace's group.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up to defeat the black dragon Trace summoned.
- Our Dragons Are Different: She is a white dragon with powerful magical abilities.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Transforms into a cat to... "distract" the Templars' Animal Eye Spy tomcat, much to the traumatization of the girl controlling him.
TomThe Author Avatar. It is a minor Running Gag that he shows up only to get murdered a few panels later.
Eric VaughanA renowned eccentric trader and owner of Keidran slaves, Eric becomes an ally to the main characters early on. In exchange for some opportunities to have Flora model for him, he provides transportation to and eventually from the Basitin Isles.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good trader, very well read on a variety of subjects, speaks fluent Keidran and Basitin, and is an expert on Keidran anatomy and physiology. He's also a serious lech whose expertise in Keidrans is due to his lustful attraction to them.
- Child Hater: Sees Madelyn as a Small Annoying Creature to be gotten rid of and/or kept in the brig even before she accuses him of being a pedo.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He is very much a lech, and loves drawing Keidran erotic pictures, but he's fairly polite and affable. The "Mutiny" story arc, however, casts some sinister suggestions as to just how "chivalrous" he may be towards the Keidran he actually owns...
- Everyone Has Standards: a pervert he may be, but under-age is off limits.
- Furry Fandom: Is an In-Universe furry fan, well-known for his fetishistic love of Keidrans. He loves to have sex with them, and fills his home with various erotic portraiture and sketchwork, most of it self-done. He has expressed similar interests in Basitin women as well, but three things (their tendency to avoid human territory, their far more prudish culture, and the fact nobody deals in Basitin slaves) has stymied his efforts there.
- Like Brother and Sister: To Kathrin, ironically, despite the fact she genuinely loves him and she's a sex slave.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: The initial assessment/portrayal of him, but after the "Mutiny" story arc, this became a lot more controversial.
- Playing Doctor: He admits that he and Kat "fooled around" out of curiosity when they were kids.
- The Pornomancer: Somehow talks a Basitin into posing for one of his nude portraits. Basitins are very conservative and xenophobic; although artwork is exempt from their decency laws.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problem marooning Madelyn for stowing away on his ship.
Kathrin "Spots" VaughanEric's most loyal and dedicated slave, the attractive Kathrin is a selectively bred feline/canine hybrid. Very optimistic and happy-go-lucky, but somewhat naïve, due to being brought up in shelter as a slave.
- Blessed with Suck: A lineage of selective breeding makes Kathrin very physically attractive, and her erotic appearance makes her very valuable as a slave. Thing is, as she explains to Natani, it also causes people to pigeonhole her, because they can tell on sight that she was bred to be a sex-slave. Furthermore, canine/feline Keidran hybrids are infertile, as she is.
- There's also the fact she has the sincere affection and love of her master, which causes him to give her plenty of freedom and respect... but also means he won't touch her sexually, since he sees her like a sister, even though she herself is deeply in love with him and would welcome sex with him.
- Bi the Way: Maybe, based on the Les Yay she and Flora had on the ship. Essentially confirmed as of page 883
- Brain Bleach: In-Universe, she's clearly wishing for some after Natani explains Zen got to experience his first heat after they were linked.
- Cartoon Creature: She doesn't quite look like either a dog or a cat; it's eventually explained that she's a carefully engineered crossbreed of both Keidran strains.
- Cat Girl: Notably, she was specifically bred to be far, far higher up the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than most Keidran... At the cost of her fertility.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's a well-endowed and passively sexual cat-girl that was the result of breeding for a perfect Keidran sex slave. Despite being bred to be a sex slave, she is, as her character page entry notes, very naïve about sex.Eric treats her more like a little sister than anything. Add this to the fact that she's poorly dressed or naked a majority of the time. These are a few examples of this.
- Ms. Fanservice: Kathrin was specifically bred to be appealing to human males, so she's basically a walking sexpot with a penchant for casually acting sexual and spewing out Innocent Innuendo comments. Amusingly, Flora has flat out questioned if anyone who says the things Kathrin says could possibly not understand the innuendo. All hints as of this time point to yes, meaning that Tom has managed to write a Ms. Fanservice who ALSO is a complete innocent. Amazing.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: She's a sex slave who never has sex. Justified because her owner is very fond of her, but sees her as a sibling and not a sexual partner, despite his general Keidran fetish.
- "Reading Is Cool" Aesop: loves reading ever since Eric taught her how.
Princess ReniA young black dragon who is helping the Templars with security. Is not exactly the most dignified and proud of them.
- Adorkable: In contrast to Nora, Reni is a huge (in all senses) dweeb who cannot control her Telepathy well at all, leading everyone to see exactly how her mind works to have the most embarrassing thoughts in any given situation.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Upon diving into Trace's memories for intel, she discovers the hard way that Nora Invoked this trope by forcing her to reference Trace and Flora's first time.Reni: Graaalr!'
- Animal Motifs: Monarch butterflies.
- Badass Adorable: She may be an incredibly awkward dragon, but she's still a dragon. As the wolves attacking Trace's hometown discover, she's a lot better with her fire breath than she is with her mental powers.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Justified. Reni is trying to merely think, but since she communicates over telepathy, sometimes people hear here private thoughts.
- Power Incontinence: She has a hard time separating her Internal Monologue from what she actually wants to say over her telepathy. See Did I Just Say That Out Loud?