YAFGC has accumulated a huge cast of characters, many of which return in lesser or greater roles years later. This page attempts to keep track of them. Characters are organized by their current residence, not where they are first encountered. To keep the list manageable, characters that appear only in one story arc are omitted.
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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.
BobA young beholder whose romance with Gren kicks off the first storyline. Generally a nice guy, for a Beholder.
Bob2Bob's little brother.
Black Mountain goblins
BrochHobgoblin priest, with a large harem of wives. In Turg's Saga, he accompanies the band to find the focusing crystal. He occasionally recurs in a minor role, until in Coup d'Drow he is killed by Silk during the war.
Gren RazortoothA female goblin and Bob's girlfriend.
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.
RedcapsA team of elite archers led by Gren's father.
Black Mountain drow
Alzaer'bithQueen of the Drow, who rose to the position after tricking her sister into making a tainted sacrifice to Llolth. Deposed at the end of Coup D'Drow, when her role in her sister's sacrilege was revealed.
ArachneA Drow who generally thinks men aren't trustworthy. She has a basement full of prisoners whom she regularly tortures.
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 Alzaer'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.
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.
SilkDrow priestess. First seen accompanying Arachne to the Elf Moot.
SitticaA young drow girl who ends up dating Yapp.
SteatodaA female drow, one of the teachers of Yapp, Ain, Gimmy, and Sittica.
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.
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.
GadgiaOne of Glon's wives, and a powerful warrior.
Glon BloodhandBrother by adoption to Lucas Greyfort.
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.
IbkisOne of Glon's wives.
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.
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.
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.
GimmyA gelatinous cube. Playmate and later classmate of Yapp and Ain.
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.
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.
NikeOne of 150 harpies who live in a cave attached to Gren and Bob's and who Bob cheated on Gren with.
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.
Clover FirelightHas 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.
Eric IIIThe king of Drostardy. Really nice and chivalrous guy. He ends up marrying Clover.
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.
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.
Eddy the wizardA white-bearded old wizard who lives in a tower. He was the driving force behind getting Runtherd to take the throne.
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.
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.
Owen GrayfortBaron of Grayfort, father of Glon and adoptive father of Lucas. Killed in Lich of the Rings.
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.
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.
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.
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 the elf servant girl of Kurassa.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sidonie FalconheimA noblewoman, falconer, and highly skilled archer. She joins her brother Idries to the kingship trials in The Axe In The Rock and fell in love with Catianus. In Wormhunter, she is abducted to Nordland by a people who mistake her for Astrid the Wormhunter, who she strongly resembles. She ends up remaining in Nordland, marrying its new yarl Harald.
VivayA treacherous lady with a desire for power. She is first shown trying to seduce King Eric of Drostardy, but her background is exposed by Clover. She ends up marrying Sir Aiden, and has a son with him, then drugs King Runtherd so that he won't have an heir of his own, making Vivay's son first in line to the throne. In The Players, this plot is exposed, and she flees, pursued by The Fox.
GenieA genie of the lamp, who grants three wishes to anyone in possession of his lamp. (Un)fortunately he can't count worth anything, and so ends up granting unlimited wishes. Now if he could only grant people what they actually wanted instead of what they technically asked for...