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Black Mountain Beholders
Beholder KingLong thought by the non-beholders to be mythical, or at least to have gone mad and died, the Beholder King simply achieved a higher level of consciousness and withdrew.
- Grumpy Old Man - He has shades of this.
- Jerkass - When asked by Bob if he was just killing all of the drow and orcs because he was a jerk, his answer was "Definitely!".
- Mad Prophet - He can see into the future, but isn't quite all there in the present.
- Psychotic Man Child - His reason for committing genocide during the Coup d'Drow arc? Yapp tells him the queens called him some name that's never expanded upon.
BobA young beholder whose romance with Gren kicks off the first storyline. Generally a nice guy, for a Beholder.
- Beware the Nice Ones - Hurting Gren is not condusive to a long and happy life.
- Blue and Orange Morality - Played for Black Comedy. For example, Bob has no qualms about calmly talking with a harpy neighbor and being friendly towards her... and then eating her.
- Distracted by the Sexy - Bob can't resist a nice set of...eyes.
- I'm a Man; I Can't Help It - His wandering eye(s).
- Interspecies Romance - With Gren.
- My Eyes Are Up Here - Averted in that Bob can multitask.
- One-Man Army - He's been shown to be able to annihilate entire hordes of non-beholders.
- Outdoor Bath Peeping - In a cave, but this is how Bob meets Gren.
- Taken for Granite - Likely to happen if you hurt Gren.
- Your Cheating Heart - Gets him in trouble with Gren shortly after they move in together when he sleeps with 150 harpies, leading her to seek payback.
Bob2Bob's little brother.
- Dead Guy Junior - Well, Bob didn't actually die, but his parents did disown him and pretend that he was dead, so naming their new child after him probably seemed logical.
Black Mountain Goblins
BrochAn old hobgoblin priest, with a large harem of wives. In Turg's Saga, he accompanies the band to find the focusing crystal.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome - His last appearance was near the end of Turg's Saga, back before the comic numbered into the quadruple digits. The comic is now past 3,000 strips, and he has since received one mention by his friends during the Coup d'Drow storyline.
- Dirty Old Man - Downplayed, but he keeps a harem of naked goblinoids and orcs in his home.
- Satellite Character - His initial appearance was just a joke about an overworked old shaman who was in it for his harem. He didn't develop much personality in Turg's Saga, and stopped appearing afterwards.
Gren RazortoothA female goblin and Bob's girlfriend.
- Distressed Damsel - Gets kidnapped and/or imprisoned and chained to walls a number of times. She even Lampshades it in one strip: "I'm so sick of being tied up."
- Eating The Eyecandy - "I'm not here to help, I'm here to ogle."
- Genki Girl - Not the Genkiest of girls, maybe, but her enthusiasm is hard to curb when something catches her interest.
- Interspecies Romance - With Bob.
- Lovable Sex Maniac
- Shower Scene - Her introduction.
- Your Cheating Heart - In response to Bob's infidelity, she invokes goblin law, stating she gets 150 guilt-free flings. Nearly gets her tortured and killed, though.
Princess HoggaThe niece of the bugbear king, she first appeared in the Axe in the Rock arc, where her father Karak won the crown of Elegrost. After he was deposed, she disappeared for a time, before returning to fight the Rannites.
- Badass Princess - So very much.
- Cute Monster Girl - Hobgoblins are one of the more human-looking fantasy races, but her introduction even has Runt telling her that she's pretty, after commenting on how much he'd hate to wed a hobgoblin.
- Lady of War - Makes her reappearance after seven real time years dressed in plate armor and leading nine elite legions of goblinoids to fight the Rannites.
- Princess Classic - Averted, though she looks like this during her introduction.
- Thicker Than Water - This is why she asks for her father and mother to be spared when they are deposed.
- Token Good Teammate - How both the humans and their allies and the denizens of the Black Mountain look at her in terms of her family.
- White Sheep - She actively assists Runt and his retinue in getting her father off of Elegrost's throne.
Jalla RazortoothGren's sister, a goblin bard. She first appears when she guilts Gren into accepting an arranged marriage to a hobgoblin so that she can stay with her fiance Rommo. Later, she attends the Great Bardic Challenge, with no sign of Rommo.
- Your Cheating Heart - Possibly, if she was still with Rommo when she and Gren were bumping uglies with Harn (ironically a hobgoblin) during the Great Bardic Challenge.
RedcapsA team of elite archers led by Gren's father.
Black Mountain Drow
ArachneA Drow who generally thinks men aren't trustworthy. She has a basement full of prisoners whom she regularly tortures.
- Bi the Way - Arachne is technically bisexual, though her hatred of men means it's literally thousands of strips between even implied instances of her being attracted to a man leading the readers to often assume she's just a lesbian.
- Chekhov's Gun - Her mother taught her to spit venom. This ability returns every now and then when she is in a tight spot. It doesn't always help, though.
- Does Not Like Men - "The only thing men are good for is making more women!" On the other hand, she seems to find men sexy in the (rare) case that they manage to dominate or otherwise outdo her.
- Easy Evangelism - Played for Laughs when she converts a bunch of wood elves to Lolth.
- Even the Girls Want Her - Especially Princess Dewcup.
- Killed Off for Real - Dies in her attempts to stop Ranna, with only Dewcup('s drow form) and Elzear'bith to mourn her. Her last words only make it worse.Arachne: Be...afraid...to die...
- The Order - She carries that tattoo as member of such a group, which may be one of reasons both for her antics and her special station in Lolth's eyes.
- Too Kinky to Torture - This is apparently standard for Dark Elves in the setting, though. In one case, she accepted it as payment.
CharlotteA short Drow with the personality of a hyperactive nymphomaniac. She is initially the foil to Arachne. In the Axe In The Rock storyline, she says she would like to be a slave, and (on his suggestion) helps Baron Elwood escape the mountain. As a result, Queen Elzaer'bith sells her into slavery. She ends up in the Hidden Valley and becomes the Dark Queen, until she is struck down by Glon's expedition. Lolth reveals she has become undead now.
- Anything That Moves - Even for a Drow.
- Beware the Silly Ones - Mostly considered just a joke until she ended up in the lost valley.
- Black Comedy Rape - She gives a lighthearted story about how she forced a bunch of people from the Valley of Vallejo to be her sex slaves through coercion, mind games, and outright mental manipulation.
- The Ditz - Lewie's mind control ring doesn't work on her because of this.
- Too Kinky to Torture - Unless, of course, you stick her in a cage and refuse to torture her...
Elzear'bithQueen of the Drow, who rose to the position despite being considered an incompetent laughingstock among her friends. Deposed at the start of Coup d'Drow, and it only got worse for her from there.
- Butt-Monkey - Becomes a major one during the Coup d'Drow arc, as shown by her Humiliation Conga.
- The Ditz - Amongst her friends during her school days, who let her tag along as a joke and gave her the degrading assignments in their schemes, like scavenging in otyugh offal.
- The Friend Nobody Likes - When her friend from school recounts those days, she lists each of their group's best traits, including Elzear'bith's sister, Mahri. Elzear'bith, however, is just mentioned as having been the butt of their jokes.
- Embarrassing Nickname - Albeit one she didn't know about. Behind her back, her sister and "friends" called her "Lizard-bith".
- God Save Us from the Queen! - It's a point of pride with the Drow, though by their standards Elzaer'bith is really a quite Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Humiliation Conga - When her sister Mahri upstaged her, she tried to banish her but was called an idiot by Lolth herself and arrested. Mahri then sells her into slavery because she doesn't want her as a slave. Elzaer'bith is given humiliating tattoos that show off her being deposed, then makes a fool of herself on the block and doesn't make a single silver piece. She's taken to the food processor after having her underwear stripped off for the next batch of slaves, and there the tattoo artist slices the tattoos off due to the time involved in making them. Her trusted advisor Arachne then buys her for two silver, just to shove her in a cage. Later, Arachne tortures her for information, then leaves her in Jais's clutches for more. At the end of the arc, she's released to her new profession and given her uniform...a harlequin's.
- Reassignment Backfire: Demoted to the position of Fool by her friend (the new queen)...only to actually enjoy the new job immensely.
- Shameful Strip - She has her clothes removed before being dragged off to the food processor. However, the shame comes from her ragged bikini having more value assigned to it than she does.
- Spell My Name with an "S" - Her official name is "Elzear'bith" (a reference to Elizabeth I), but she is often called "Alzaer'bith" in the comic proper.
LolthIn Turg's Saga, Lewie sends Turg's team to Temshutep to recover the focusing crystal. Before returning to Black Mountain, Wolf steals the crystal and gives it to the drow queen. In Lich of the Rings, Lewie ensures the queen gets a mind control ring, and makes her return the crystal to him. He uses it to summon Kila. Then, Arachne steals the crystal and uses it to summon Lolth. Years later, in Coup d'Drow, Lolth fights with the beholder king and he forces her to flee this dimension; the crystal is then shattered to prevent her return.
- Physical God - Manifests in a completely physical form for a considerable portion of the comic
- Sense Freak: She is drinking, sleeping around and generally doesn't bother to pay attention to anything else, unless some poor soul actively provokes her. Apparently once she got an avatar she didn't need to expend power on, and had the current problem neatly "wrapped up", she began to treat this as an indefinite vacation.
- Worf Had the Flu: Why can't Lolth stop the Heart of the Dungeon? She's too drunk to stand up. Also, didn't care much until the Big Bad appeared to challenge her role as supreme being to the Drow.
SilkA Drow priestess. First seen accompanying Arachne to the Elf Moot.
- Half The Woman She Used To Be - Glon bisects her during his berserker rage after Goria's death.
SitticaA young drow girl who ends up dating Yapp.
- Interspecies Romance - With Yapp.
- She's All Grown Up - when the members of Yapp's gang meet again as teenagers, the boys definitely notice this about her.
SteatodaA female drow, one of the teachers of Yapp, Ain, Gimmy, and Sittica.
- Hot Teacher - Lots of her students find themselves drooling during her introduction.
WolfA male Drow who's sleeping his way to the top, at least as far as any male Drow can get. First introduced as bodyguard to Arachne when she attends the Elf Moot. Briefly employed as serving boy to the Hyeesha in Turg's Saga. Currently Consort to the new Queen of the Drow.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed
- Bi the Way - when enslaved by the Hyeesha, she asked him to make out with Glon, and later heavily implied to have been made to go much farther than that. Wolf didn't mind, although Glon did.
- I Have A Godly Ass, You Must Obey - Wolf's status as having the best ass in the Underdark has actually gotten him complimented by an insane, misandrist spider goddess.
- Really Gets Around - basically the only male drow who can do that.
- Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Wolf has absolutely no problem with the concept of sleeping your way up. It's how he got the position he has.
- Smug Smiler / Smug Snake - becomes this whenever his having sex nets him a benefit, such as showing up surface elves, earning him a promotion, or avoiding being a virgin sacrifice.
Black Mountain orcs
AinA young orc and classmate to Yapp. In Coup d'Drow, his father demands that he kills his (helpless and cowering) drow teacher. As he refuses, he is forced to leave the mountain.
- Would Not Hit a Girl - Though it seems to have been more about the situation rather than his target being female.
GaggiaOne of Glon's wives, and a powerful warrior.
- Badass Bookworm - She's both a warrior and a scholar, which comes in handy while she, Glon, and the others are in the Lost Valley.
- Happily Married - To Glon
- Improbable Weapon User: she wields a cloak and uses it to decapitate her enemies.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something - Princess under the mountain who goes adventuring, is well versed in history and is perfectly willing to kick ass when the need arises.
- Spell My Name with an "S" - Rich explained this at one point as intending for Gaggia's name to be pronounced "Gadgia", but then wrote her name that way in many of the early comics.
Glon BloodhandBrother by adoption to Lucas Greyfort.
- Arranged Marriage - to four wives.
- Happily Married - To three of them, and he was trying to win over the fourth
- Back from the Dead - when the gods can't decide what to do with him.
- Berserk Button: He shares one with his mother: Harming or even threatening any member of his family is a very, very bad idea.
- Came Back Strong - After he comes back, he's become a lot more confident and self-assured, particularly in dealing with the opposite sex.
- The Casanova - After his resurrection.
- Changeling Fantasy
- Loophole Abuse - is warned not to try it. There are hells, after all — lots of them...
- Papa Wolf - It is a VERY bad idea to harm a member of his family, as the drow ended up learning.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: He's not exactly enthusiastic about marrying three orc princesses for political reasons at first, but once they get to know each other they quickly become inseparable.
- Really Gets Around - not at first, but when he comes back from the dead...
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge- During the orc/drow war after they attempted to poison him and his wives and killed Goria.
- Unstoppable Rage: He's a Bloodhand like his mother, so when his Berserk Button is pushed, well...carnage ensues.
Goria White-EyeMother to Jone, she comes from a small human village, and eventually settles in Black Mountain. As the last survivor of White-Eye clan, she is ordered by Maula to become one of Glon's wives. In Coup d'Drow, she is poisoned to death by the drow poisoner.
- Iron Woobie - One horrible thing after anouther happens to her but she remains strong and didn't let it break her. She was even recovering from the events with Jone before she was...
- Killed Off for Real - Poisoned by the drow with the antidote arriving too late and the gods unwilling and unable, respectively, to intervene.
- Mama Bear - Messing with Jone was a bad idea
IbkisOne of Glon's wives.
- Happily Married - To Glon.
Jone Half-OrcAnother half-orc, whose mixed genes make her look like a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl with More Teeth than the Osmond Family. Turns out to be The Chosen One of the Orc god. This doesn't end well.
- Ax-Crazy: Barely begins to describe her. She's this close to being an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Gone Horribly Right - a god-created perfect, unstoppable warrior, with no friend-or-foe sense and no ability to stop.
- Nigh Invulnerable - weapons had little effect on her though fire did the trick
- Touched by Vorlons
Maula BloodhandA rich orcish widow, and Team Mom for the Black Mountain residents. Currently Black Mountain's de facto leader.
Black Mountain miscellaneous
ChimeraAccording to the gold emperor of dragons, he (or at least his dragon head) is the Eternal Guardian of Black Mountain.
- Acrophobic Flying Chimera - The lion is scared of heights, which makes flying really awkward.
- Freudian Trio - The lion as the ego, the goat as the superego and the dragon as the id.
- Multiple Head Case - The lion is a slightly dim Nice Guy, the goat is a brainy Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the dragon is The Ditz.
- Surrounded by Idiots - the goat.
CuddlesA cloaker, initially from the Tomb of Temshutep. He meets the Black Mountain folk as travel there to seek the focussing crystal. Turg sends him to Black Mountain so he can have some private time with the Sphynx. He mostly hangs out with Yapp's gang.
- The Ditz
- Meaningful Name - He's the friendliest, cuddliest cloaker ever, and loves to hug people.
GimmyA gelatinous cube. Playmate and later classmate of Yapp and Ain.
- Beware the Quiet Ones - He's a gelatinous cube (basically a living cube of H Cl).
- The Stoic - Again, he can't speak and has no face.
Izzix'SquidMind flayer. In Turg's Saga, he joins the expedition to Temshutep, but he doesn't actually care for the mission goal; at the first opportunity, he deserts and tries to find some brains to eat. He manages to become the Hyeesha's advisor, but gets caught when he tries to mind control Vanessa. Later, in Lich of the Rings, he is one of the first to figure out Lewie's plans, but he doesn't care enough to do anything about them.
- Insistent Terminology - He prefers to be called an "illithid," thank-you-very-much.
- Jedi Mind Trick - He can influence people's minds; he even does the "these are not the Drow you're looking for" line.
- The Stoic - He's generally a calm, collected, polite guy who seldom gets excited or worked up over anything.
Lewstrom VII (a.k.a. "Lewie the Lich")An undead king who nobody takes seriously until he decides to take over the world, and does. He is 'defeated' when Arachne reminds him of his past and he remembers that he never really wanted to be king, and was being manipulated by his people's goddess of death. He leaves the mountain to avoid the repurcussions of his coup, and returns in time to defeat a rampaging Jone and save Maula's life. He becomes her adviser and is on his way to earniing actual respect.
- Catch-Phrase: "Curses!"
- Dem Bones
- Deus ex Machina - He acted as one when he was the one who managed to put Jone down for good.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain
- Put on a Bus
- The Bus Came Back - See Deus ex Machina
- Suddenly Ethnicity. His backstory reveals that in life he was of distinctly African appearance.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid. As a youth, his greatest ambition was to be a good advisor to his brother, the king. Then they got invaded, and their goddess of death offered him revenge.
NikeOne of 150 harpies who live in a cave attached to Gren and Bob's and who Bob cheated on Gren with.
- Comically Missing the Point - Bob tells her to put some clothes on because she's distracting...so she puts on a hat.
- The Ditz - Has a history of misunderstanding what people say to her.
- Gorgeous Gorgon
YappA young gnoll from several intermission plots, he goes to school with Ain, Gimmy, and Sittica, and ends up dating the latter after the Monster Ball. During Coup d'Drow, to keep the drow and orcs from killing each other, he cajoles the Beholder King to intercede; this turns out to work.
- Interspecies Romance - With Sittica.
Clover FirelightA halfling assassin who has a long history of being imprisoned and naked. In Turg's Saga, Arachne takes her along as a (naked) scout. When the expedition is captured by the gnolls, she becomes the hyeesha's pet and manages to escape. She tries to help Kassim escape as well, but fails. By the end of the story, she is caught by Arachne again. During her long string of imprisonments she encounters and rescues king Eric III of Drostardy, who after regaining his freedom manages to track her down and after a long series of complications manages to free her. Eventually she becomes his queen.
- Badass Adorable - She's a cute little halfling, but she's a competent and deadly assassin. Admittedly it's sometimes easy to forget just hos badass she is as she spends most of the early parts of the comic as a...
- Badass in Distress - She's a resourceful and deadly assassin who repeatedly comes to the rescue of her friends and allies... and succeeds in rescuing them, only to end up imprisoned herself and wind up as a naked slave or pet.
- Black Sheep
- Butt-Monkey - For quite some time she was the comic's biggest example of this trope, as she kept getting imprisoned, enslaved, captured, restrained and stripped naked. Any time she escaped, managed to find clothes or had a glimmer of hope of a rescue, she'd inevitably end up captured and naked again. Breaks out of the role after she's made queen of Drostardy.
- Earn Your Happy Ending Big time. She spends the first half of the comic naked and enslaved, and the second half a Happily Married queen.
- God Save Us from the Queen! - Averted, though played slightly with. An ex-assassin, she does have a shady past and currently runs a spy network, but she is ultimately a benevolent queen.
- Hero with Bad Publicity - Her origin story.
- Iron Woobie
- Love at First Sight: She's clearly smitten with king Eric from the first moment she meets his eyes.
- The Spymaster - As a queen of a rather nice kingdom, she doesn't get to play in and with the assassin guild anymore... so she runs a spy network.
Eric IIIThe king of Drostardy. Really nice and chivalrous guy. He ends up marrying Clover.
- Combat Pragmatist / Guile Hero
- Distressed Dude - his intro.
- The Good King - He's pretty much the epitome of this; fair, just, chivalrous and understanding, and a darned Nice Guy to boot. His sole flaw is that he's not as observant as he should be.
- Oblivious to Love - ends with a major facepalm.
- Rightful King Returns
Thomas the BardAn elegant, charming and talented bard who has a way with the ladies.
A major kingdom on the western continent. Grayfort is a duchy within Elegrost, and the Black Mountain stands on its border.
AdwenA formidable warrior riding a wyvern, she made it to the finals of the kingship trials but was defeated by Karak. At the trials she fell in love with Catianus, and currently resides with him. Adwen is arrogant, dislikes most men (other than Catianus), and often displays acts of casual (or vengeful) violence. Scarred by Jone. In Wormhunter, she is the first to realize that Sidonie has switched places with Astrid, and proceeds by defeating Astrid in combat.
AidenBrother to Runtherd, and now a nobleman at his court.
CaduganA half-elf ranger who dislikes people and prefers the company of forest creatures (except for Lucas). Grandson of the ruler of Elwood, half-brother to Taidor.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Grumpy Bear
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Happily Married To Lucas.
- Sour Supporter - He'll always help out, but that doesn't mean he won't be grouchy about it.
CatianusNobleman who controls a fort on the northern wall. He was the first to deny Karak's authority as king of Elegrost (then named Karakia). In a relationship with Adwen.
- Battle Couple - With Adwen.
Eddy the wizardA white-bearded old wizard who lives in a tower. He was the driving force behind getting Runtherd to take the throne.
- The Archmage
- Hypocrite - He calls out the court of Elegrost for ignoring his 'axe in the rock' method of determining a king in favor of a tourney which a hobgoblin named Karak wins, but he ignores his own results when Cap'n Fang pulls the axe free.
- Robe and Wizard Hat
- Wizard Classic
Fox, theA masked Robin Hood-like figure. Last seen in The Players chasing Lady Vivay, who is wanted for poisoning the King.
Idries FalconheimA nobleman who takes part in the kingship challenge in The Axe In The Rock, he eventually becomes part of King Runtherd's court. Brother to Sidonie, whom he underestimates.
Lucas GrayfortThe son of the local blacksmith, he was adopted by Baron Grayfort so that the baron's illegitimate child (Glon) could be raised inconspicuously by the blacksmith. After Owen's demise, he ends up the new duke of Grayfort.
- Bi the Way -Eventually revealed to be this, though it's unclear if it's this or if Cadugan is special
- Happily Adopted -There was a rough patch when the Baron revealed Glon was his biological son but before and eventually after that Lucas was happy with the situation. He's also been practically adopted by Mrs. Bloodhand as well.
- If It's You, It's Okay -How he views his relationship with Cadugan, he hasn't worked out the details of his sexuality yet
- Slap-Slap-Kiss -With Cadugan, they argued a lot as friends and it hasn't changed much since they hooked up
- Switched at Birth
- Teeny Weenie
- Took a Level in Kindness - He started out as a complete Jerkass, especially towards Glon, but he came around.
- Upper-Class Twit - Introduced as a fairly boorish and useless one, but proves to have Hidden Depths and goes through a lot of Character Development.
MeegsFormer apprentice to Eddie the Wizard, she now lives in his tower as an independent sorceress. She took an apprentice herself, called Zara, who died in Night Queen.
- Bad Boss - She forces Zara out into the snow so she and Taidor have her cabin to themselves. Later, when Zara is killed by a plesiosaur, Meegs is more concerned about having to go through another audition process than her death.
- Brainy Brunette
- Evil Sorceress - Not necessarily "evil", but she dresses like Maleficent and considers her apprentices expendable.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
Owen GrayfortBaron of Grayfort, father of Glon and adoptive father of Lucas. Killed in Lich of the Rings.
- Interspecies Romance - With Mrs. Bloodhand.
- Heel Realization - in regards to both his sons, on separate occasions. He does his utmost to make it up to both of them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold - He doesn't come across too well early in the comic, as he can be callous towards both his sons... but ultimately he cares for them both and does what he can to help them out.
- Loophole Abuse - after dying, he cajoles Ch'tier into appearing into Lucas's dream just once. He convinces Lucas to bury him with three coins instead of the traditional two. Since this is an improper burial, it entitles him to become a ghost to haunt and advise Lucas.
- Parents as People - Far from an ideal father, but he does try.
- Rules Lawyer: See Loophole Abuse - the comic that features his convincing Lucas to drop the extra coin is even titled "Rules Lawyer At Play".
Runtherd the FirstKing of Elegrost. He came to the kingship trials as squire to his brother Aiden, but ended up drawing the axe from the rock, which made Eddie declare him king. As Karak won the trials, Runtherd had to fight for his kingdom and eventually proved himself by liberating the kingdom. Had a crush on Sidonie for a long time, but doesn't realize when she gets replaced by Astrid. In The Players, it is revealed that he was drugged by Lady Vivay, who wanted to keep him from conceiving a heir.
- Expy - of King Arthur at first. Subverted, as he was not the one to free the axe from the rock.
TaidorHalf-satyr and brother to Cadugan; he is a druid and has power over plants. He joins the expedition to the Valley of Vallejo, and becomes lover of Meegs.
City of the High Elves, near Elegrost.
CaelinA bard who first appears in The Great Bardic Challenge as one of the contestants; he makes a pass at Cadugan who is not interested. After traveling with Frank De Boer's group, he ends up in Elwood and becomes the lover (and chronicler) of Duke Elwood. Later, in Night Queen, he joins Lucas's expedition to the Valley of Vallejo.
DewcupPrincess of the wood elves, first seen when Arachne stays with Glitterbranch. She later turns up at Black Mountain where she attempts to broaden her horizons. In Glon's Story, she is one of several people abducted by Captain Matheson, and falls in love with prince Summerheat, one of the elves of the rescue party.
- Bi the Way - Possible, though Arachne is the only female she's interested in.
- The Ditz - Bit of a Brainless Beauty, really.
- Easy Evangelism - Tried to "be evil" after getting acquainted with Arachne, then has no problem converting a bunch of Drow to the light side. Maybe elves are just that gullible? Or that bored?
- Genki Girl - "Yay! I'm gonna be evil! I'm gonna be evil!"
- If It's You, It's Okay - See Bi the Way.
- Literal Split Personality: She decides that her conflicting wood elf and drow urges are problematic and asks a spellcaster to separate them into a separate entity.
- Minion with an F in Evil and Hero with an F in Good - Not evil enough to fit in with the drow, but after her time with them, too evil to fit in with the other elves. It seems no matter what side she's on, she makes a mess of it.
- Poke the Chimera - her attempts to be evil are rather pathetic.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Just as Arachne is about to finish off Ranna, goddess of cruelty, Drow!Dewcup distracts her at that crucial moment, giving Ranna the opportunity to deal Arachne a fatal blow and drain the world's magic.
ElwoodBaron of, well, Elwood.
GlitterbranchPrince of the wood elves and Dewcup's brother, he meets Arachne during an Elf Moot, gets a crush on her, and takes her home in an effort to redeem her from evil. This is not reciprocated, and Arachne seduces his sister Dewcup instead. In The Axe in the Stone, he takes part of an expedition into Black Mountain to rescue Duke Elwood, but once in the mountain he leaves the party to exact revenge upon Arachne. This fails, and he ends up becoming her prisoner.
Ruled by the caliphate of Umbril, City of Shade. Turg's Saga and Reflections in the Sand take place here.
AdinaPrincess of Umbril, sister to Sahar and Kassim, and a skilled but good-hearted thief. First appears as a young child in Turg's Saga; she is a teenager in Reflections in the Sand. She is a stowaway on Kassim's quest for the Mirror of True Reflection, and allowed to remain by direct intervention of Ch'tier. She learns some maturity after stepping into the Mirror and being forced to deal with her reflections; she destroys the mirror afterwards. She travels the world to find a way to restore her father.
- Badass Princess - At first she's more of a Small Name, Big Ego. As she grows and matures, though she begins fitting the trope more and more.
- No Man of Woman Born - Upon being told that "he who enters the Mirror of Truth must face his inner demons", she promptly reasons that this means that she, as a woman, is exempt from this. This is treated as Insane Troll Logic In-Universe, though.
- Rebellious Princess - Introduced as one, though she's not as badass or as clever as she thinks she is.
- Small Name, Big Ego - She thinks a whole lot better of herself than she has any right to. Part of her Character Development is overcoming this.
- Spoiled Brat - It's less obvious than many examples of the trope, but a lot of her Rebellious Princess actions reveal her as basically this trope. She's surprised to discover this about herself.
Kassim ibn Tambid al UmbrilCrown prince of Umbril. In Turg's Saga, he tries to get out of an arranged marriage with a gnoll (flind) girl. Something of an escape artist, but not nearly as skilled as Clover. The arranged marriage is canceled when it turns out the flind family intended to take over the throne. In Reflections in the Sand, he leads the quest for the Mirror of True Reflection, and falls in love with Fatinah, the elf servant girl of Kurassa.
- Bald of Evil
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: When Kurassa was trapped in the Mirror of True Reflection, he had to face his evil selves with the help of his good self, which appeared as a helpless baby
- Evil Is Burning Hot, Playing with Fire: Kurassa is a fire sorcerer
- Obviously Evil: Nobody trusts him, but he was hired as an expert in arcane magic.
- Mirror Monster. Kurassa got stuck in the very mirror he was trying to conquer.
- Bald Women
- The Captain
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Safana does not get along with Adina due to completely different personalities. Safana is pragmatic and responsible, Adina is flighty and idealistic.
Sphynx of TemshutepThe guardian of the Tomb of Temshutep, where Turg's party came in search of the focussing stone, and Kassim's party came for information about the Mirror of True Reflection.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action - With Turg, she's the "Wailord", being practically Kaiju size. It's eventually revealed that they get around this by using magic to change species, alternating between turning her into a minotaur and turning Turg into a male sphynx.
- Interspecies Romance - With Turg. They're expecting a baby by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- Riddling Sphinx
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl/Huge Guy, Tiny Girl - She's a lot bigger than he is when they're both in their natural forms, but when she takes on minotaur form, he stands about a head taller than her. How it works when they're both sphynxes is unknown.
TambidCaliph of Umbril, who has been transformed into a tree. Kassim searched for the Mirror of True Reflection to return him to normal shape, but this turned out to be a trap, and Adina destroyed the mirror. Adina has sworn to travel the world until she finds a way to restore him. Tambid is married to Vanessa, and to his son's surprise, he does not in fact have a harem.
Turg the minotaurA lonely inhabitant of Black Mountain, because there aren't any others of his species around. In Lich of the Rings, he leads an expedition for Lewie to the Tomb of Temshutep, only to remain there as company to the Sphynx. In Reflections in the Sand, the expedition for the Mirror of True Reflection asks the Sphynx for advice, and the Sphynx sends Turg with them to ensure they do not abuse the Mirror. He is a powerful warrior, repeatedly shown fighting off multiple soldiers at the same time.
- A Load of Bull
- The Big Guy
- Gentle Giant
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action - The problems of dating a woman who is roughly the size of a castle. It's revealed they solve it by taking turns shapeshifting into their partner's race, thanks to the Sphynx's magic.
- Interspecies Romance - With the Sphynx. They're expecting a baby by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl/Huge Guy, Tiny Girl - The Sphynx is a lot bigger than he is when they're both in their natural forms, but when she takes on minotaur form, he stands about a head taller than her. How it works when they're both sphynxes is unknown.
Vanessa al Saugren min Ch'tierWife to Tambid, mother of Adina and Kassim, and a powerful priestess of Ch'tier. In Turg's Saga, she is given Glon and Wolf as entertainment for the night, but declines. She later successfully fends off Izzix who tries to use mind control on her. She instantly (and correctly) has a dislike of Kurassa.
The seven seas
Cap'n Fang the Dread PirateA living legend of a pirate, although it's doubtful he's actually aware of it. He is hired by Turg to transport his expedition in Turg's Saga. Turg is one of the few people to trust Fang, requesting to hire him again in Reflections in the Sand. Kassim declines, but as he ends up shipwrecked, his other captain commandeers Fang's ship.
- The Ace - He's strangely this despite his wackiness, since he always comes out on top or at least never comes out worse than before. Plus, he is the rightful king of Elegrost.
- Cloudcuckoolander - The single most clueless character in the comic, Fang never has a clue as to what's going on — neither does anyone eelse have a clue as to what's going on inside his head. One thing's for sure, the world he lives in bears only a passing resemblence, if that, to the world everyone else lives in.
- The Dreaded - He's this to those who don't know him personally.
- Funny Animal - Basically a short, crazy crocodile in a pirate outfit/turban that walks around on his hind legs.
- No Hero to His Valet - The legend is quickly shattered for anyone who spends more than a few minutes around Fang.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker - Fang speaks entirely in random non-sequiturs.
GiovannaCaptain and sometime pirate, she started out as Matheson's second-in-command but took over his ship when he died.
MathesonHe is hired by Owen Grayfort to rescue Glon from Black Mountain (which wasn't strictly necessary, but Owen didn't know that), and quickly turns coat, abducts Glon, Clover, and Gren, and holds them hostage for money. In the resulting melee, he wounds Glon and is quickly killed by Maula Bloodhand. He returns later as an undead pirate, in a futile attempt to get revenge.
NeepLord of the sea elves, first seen in the Elf Moot.
Bards and other travelers
BenThe grumpy sidekick of Marion the bard, who strongly objects to being called her servant. In Wood Court, he believes he could be an equally competent faerie judge, but is quickly proven wrong by their Blue and Orange Morality.
Charla FirelightClover's sister, a bard.
Gummer GroundpounderA gnome with a penchant for explosives.
Marion of HeatherdaleAn elven bard who turns out to be thousands of years old. She travels with Ben and is a welcome guest at the courts of the various kings. In The Great Bardic Challenge, she is one of the judges; also, in Wood Court, she is a judge in the faerie court. She is apparently a member of a secret society involving swan maidens. In The Players, she visits the court of King Runtherd.
- While not a Cloudcuckoolander herself, she is quite capable of understanding them.
- Aura Vision. She can perceive magical curses on people.
- The Cameo. Based on the real-world musician Heather Dale.