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Black Mountain Beholders
Long 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.
- 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!"
- King in the Mountain: He almost never leaves his cave and, after defeating Lolth in battle, goes to a long sleep — much to everyone else's relief.
- 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.
A 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.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Despite their mutual infidelity, Bob still doesn't react too well on Gren bringing home a new boy-toy.
- Interspecies Romance: With Gren. It leads to his parents declaring him dead and never talking about him again as they find said relationship unacceptable.
- 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.
- The Peeping Tom: It's how he met Gren in the first place. He does the same with the harpy cavern soon after.
- Secret Legacy: According to a prophecy of the Beholder King, Bob (or his brother of the same name) may become the next king of beholders someday. Then again, the Beholder King often talks a lot of messed up stuff.
- 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. He still cheats on her later sometimes; though, while they fight about it afterwards, it never leads to them breaking up or caring about each other any less.
Bob'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.
- Does She Have A Sister: When he sees Gren in action during a battle, he begins gushing over Goblins, claiming he wants one, too. Then he remembers that Gren has a sister.
- One-Man Army: Like his big brother, only Up to Eleven — he can blow up entire caves.
- Secret Legacy: The Beholder King once predicted that "he who is known as Bob" will succeed him as king — that could be either Bob or Bob 2.
- Youngest Child Wins: One should be wary of Bob when he's angry — but he's got nothing on his younger brother who is, even as a baby, multiple times stronger than him.
Black Mountain Goblins
An 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 3000 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.
A female goblin and Bob's girlfriend.
- Bride and Switch: She jumps in for her sister Jalla at her wedding day — granted, it was because the marriage was originally arranged by her parents for Gren anyway, and Jalla had urged Gren to step up to her responsibilty. Ultimately, the wedding is called off.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Nuk, a goblin with whom Gren was involved in adolescence, tries to hold her up to such a promise they made back then. Gren seriously considers it because she gave her word on it but eventually returns to Bob.
- Distressed Damsel: She gets kidnapped and/or imprisoned and chained to walls a number of times. She even Lampshades it in one strip.Gren: "I'm so sick of being tied up."
- Eating The Eyecandy: She sure is here: "I'm not helping, I'm ogling."
- Genki Girl: Not the Genkiest of girls, maybe, but her enthusiasm is hard to curb when something catches her interest.
- I Am Not Pretty: Said by her verbatim at her first encounter with Bob, as she considers the goblin species to be not particularly attractive. She's actually rather cute though.
- Interspecies Romance: With Bob the beholder. As her parents won't accept that relationship, she runs off to live with him.
- Shower Scene: Her introduction to both the audience and Bob.
- Sibling Triangle: Both Gren and her sister Jalla hook up with the goblin bard Harn.
- 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.
The 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.
- 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 hideous he finds hobgoblins.
- 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.
- Royal Brat: Not actually, but she's giving a fairly good impression of it to help her allies.
- 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. Later, when her father and uncle are too caught up in their grudge to help fighting the Rannites, it is Hogga who leads the hobgoblin army.
Gren's younger sister, a goblin bard.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Bob 2 hits on her under pretty much the same circumstances in which Bob has met Gren originally, but Jalla reacts nowhere nearly as positive.
- Arranged Marriage: To the Hobgoblin War Minister; he was originally intended to be her sister's husband, but since Gren was disowned by her father, he talked the minister into Settle for Sibling. Jalla at this time has intentions of marrying her boyfriend Rommo and guilts Gren eventually into accepting the marriage herself.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Being a bard, Jalla sings and plays the lyre.
- Offscreen Breakup: Seems to be the case with Rommo; when Jalla attends the Great Bardic Challenge, there is no sign or mention of him anymore.
- Sibling Triangle: She and Gren both slept with bard Harn, though both of them were oblivious to that fact.
- 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.
A team of elite archers led by Gren's father.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: During the Lich of the Rings arc, Gren's father lets her slip by the siege he's supposed to hold up with his men so she can get the help they need to end the war. He asks her to never mention that he did that.
- Rain of Arrows: Their specialty, as can be seen during the siege of Elwood.
- La Résistance: The Redcaps are among the first ones to go into open rebellion when the Rannites have infiltrated the Black Mountain.
Black Mountain Drow
Arachne's older sister who had been ostracized from the Drow society several years ago but is brought back by her sister when Arachne needs her help. Afterwards, Anancy settles in the Black Mountain.
- Cobweb Jungle: She can produce these herself, which comes in handy when fighting the Rannites.
- Master Poisoner: She studied poisons and had intended to make a carreer as official Court Poisoner for the Drow Queen, and while her plans were thwarted by Mahr'i for a time, she eventually becomes poisoner at Nephilia's court. It is because of her vast knowledge that Arachne, who needs an antidote, contacts her again in the first place.
- Monster Roommate: She moves in with Tara the Penanggalan — granted, Anancy herself is just as monstrous.
- Spider People: After Mahr'i betrayed her, she was found guilty of blasphemy, banished into the Weepwood Forest and turned into a Drider, having a Drow's upper body on the body of a giant spider.
- The Unfavorite: Could be this, as she states that her younger sister Arachne had been chosen as successor of their mother while Anancy made her own way.
- We Used to Be Friends: Mahr'i was one of her best friends. Then she schemed against their mutual friend Nephilia, made sure she would be banished into the underworld and prevented Anancy from helping her friend. Mahr'i kept Anancy around as long as she was of use to her, then set her up for blasphemy and had her exiled.
A Drow who generally thinks men aren't trustworthy. She has a basement full of prisoners whom she regularly tortures.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: She's neither a noble nor a priestess nor magically gifted, but since she is a formidable warrior and first-class torturer, she is highly respected among the Drow and the other inhabitants of the Black Mountain. Glon refers to her as, next to his mother, "the most important person in the caverns to have on your side."
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: What do you do when you're in the middle of a swordfight against a pirate but the upcoming sun will turn you into a pile of ashes over no long? Why, continue the fight on the lower deck!
- The Cynic: Arachne has a pretty disenchanted opinion about the so-called good guys.
- Deadpan Snarker: Always and everywhere. An early example: She's sent to an official elf council to represent her people. This is her idea of dignified behaviour:Arachne: "You all suck! [...] We declare war on all of you retards. Surrender now and come back with us in chains."
- Disproportionate Retribution: She is not too pleased when her favorite plaything Princess Dewcup runs off to marry elven Prince Summerwind. Cue Arachne setting Summerwind's home forest ablaze.
- 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.
- Eating The Eyecandy: When she sees Charlotte dancing, she's quite stunned. "Arachne... not talk. Ogling." Lolth in Drow form (and practically naked) is also a view she quite enjoys.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Especially Princess Dewcup.
- Exact Words: She has lately seen Charlotte "hanging around" indeed.
- It Amused Me: Her main motivation for her meanness, for joining in adventures, rolling with political coups or torturing people is her personal amusement — she's not very ambitious.
- Killed Off for Real: She 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 a tattoo that marks her as member of such a group, which may be one of reasons both for her antics and her special station in Lolth's eyes. Arachne belongs to the ancient Order of the Spider who were appointed with the task to keep Ranna from returning to power. She is specifically trained to transfer Ranna's soul into a weak, mortal body to make her vulnerable.
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: While Arachne sports a wide variety of outfits that underline her sexiness — including very short tunics, a skin-tight uniform and her preferred combination of high heeled boots and corset — she's never actually seen wearing a dress or skirt. When Prince Glitterbranch tries to make her wear a girlish dress once, she reacts violently.
- As can be seen in a flashback, Arachne did indeed wear a long dress when she was a young girl.
- Sadist: She has a basement full of torture subjects for her amusement which can include a casual lashing, though she also enjoys being tortured herself.
- Sore Loser: She sulks for weeks after Clover, one of her toys, is saved from her dungeon.
- Static Character: In a comic where some characters go through remarkable development, Arachne always stays the same. It kinda works for her.
- Too Kinky to Torture: This is apparently standard for Dark Elves in the setting, though. In one case, she accepted it as payment. She's also not above provoking it deliberately while she's imprisoned:Arachne: "Hey, guards! I know something you don't know, and I ain't gonna tell ya!"
A short Drow with the personality of a hyperactive nymphomaniac. She is initially the best friend of Arachne. In the Axe In The Rock storyline, she says she would like to be a slave, and manages to be sold as one as a punishment. She ends up in the Lost Valley and becomes the Night Queen, until she is struck down by Glon's expedition.
- Anything That Moves: Even for a Drow, Charlotte is quite promiscuous — she is seen hooking up with, hitting on, or molesting Gren, Wolf, several girls in a harem in Merriah, some other girls in the Sultan's harem in the City of Dunes, the elven archer Rhea, Captain Hans Olo, Lucas, Baron Elwood, and plenty men and women in Vallejo.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Mostly considered just a joke until the Night Queen arc.
- Black Comedy Rape: She gives a lighthearted story about how she forced a bunch of people from the town of Vallejo to be her sex slaves through coercion, mind games, and outright mental manipulation.
- Came Back Wrong: Granted, she was already gone nuts before; that's why she had to be killed in the first place. But when she is Back from the Dead she is possessed by Ranna and gives impetus for a big Oh, Crap! moment.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Charlotte's feelings for Lotharia seem to be genuine, but she doesn't manage to confess them. Instead she compensates her frustration with carnal excess, exploiting and torturing countless people who were given to her as human sacrifices.
- Cassandra Truth: She tells Queen Lotharia of the conspirators who plan to depose her. Lotharia supposes that Charlotte only wants to cause mischief and has her banished from Vallejo.
- Demonic Possession: Godly possession, technically speaking, but Ranna is a particularly malevolent goddess.
- The Ditz: Lewie's mind control ring doesn't work on her because of this. Charlotte claims that she had her brain removed when she was fifteen.
- Evil Feels Good: She really enjoys being the cruel Queen of the Night, feared and obeyed by everyone.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Charlotte was specifically chosen to be the vessel for the soul of Ranna because she was "a child destined to be nothing"; plan was that she dies a natural death and takes Ranna's soul with her to the other side forever. Problem is that Charlotte got to the Lost Valley where she became the Night Queen and thereby unwittingly supplied Ranna with the power she needed to return.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: After she grows into her role as She Who Rules The Night and begins taking sacrifices.
- Love at First Sight: She falls in love with Lotharia, the Day Queen, the moment she sees her for the first time.
- Sexless Marriage: Technically, Charlotte and Lotharia are married — a formality that allowed to set Charlotte into the position of a Queen despite her being a foreigner. Charlotte does love Lotharia, but since she never told her that, Lotharia considers her a best friend and has no sexual relationship with her.
- Show Some Leg: Charlotte is quite attractive and often rather scantily clad, and a glance at her can convince Taidor to tag along on a travel he originally didn't want to make or an entire harbor of ship captains to offer her a ship to wherever she needs.
- Stalking Is Love: She begins following Lotharia around and observe her at every minute. It turns out to be very useful though; Charlotte becomes her spy and plays a key role in consolidating her reign.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Lost Valley, Charlotte not only grows physically larger and stronger, she also gains extensive magic abilities.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Unless, of course, you stick her in a cage and refuse to torture her... Being sacrificed to the goddess Kila on the other hand is something she states "could be fun".
- Unstoppable Rage: Even though Lotharia banished her and broke her heart in the process, Charlotte still goes into a blood frenzy to save Lotharia from getting killed by some conspirators.
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Charlotte is utterly surprised by the strong feelings she has for Lotharia, as she never has been in love before and has never felt the anxiety, protectiveness, jealousy, and vulnerability that go along with it.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: She's gone somewhat off the rails after she became Queen of the Night and grew a massive magic potency, demanding exorbitant amounts of human sacrifices and spending her days with magic experiments, torture and sexual coercion, and she makes no exception for someone who considered her a companion before.
- Worth It: She and her friends instigate a major tavern brawl and are in for some trouble with the local Baroness, but Charlotte claims, wide grinning, that it was awesome anyway.
Queen 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.
- Feel No Pain: It's either that or she is, like most Drow, Too Kinky to Torture — anyway, she is not very impressed with the Rannites' attempt to convert her.
- 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, Mahr'i. Elzear'bith, however, is just mentioned as having been the butt of their jokes:Anancy: "Oh. And then there was her sister Elzear'bith. Dumb. Dull. Useless."
- 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 Elzear'bith is really a quite Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Humiliation Conga: When her sister Mahr'i upstaged her, she tried to banish her but was called an idiot by Lolth herself and arrested. Mahr'i then sells her into slavery because she doesn't want her as a slave. Elzear'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' clutches for more. At the end of the arc, she's released to her new profession and given her uniform... a harlequin's.
- Raised as a Host: The reason why Arachne keeps her around after her downfall is that Elzear'bith was groomed by the Order of the Spider to serve as a vessel for the soul of Ranna, so the goddess could be transferred from her own body into a mortal one, giving Arachne the chance to kill her. She fails at that task, so Elzear'bith survives. And so does Ranna.
- 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.
- Sibling Rivalry: The relationship between her and Mahr'i is strained, to say the least, with potential for a Cain and Abel ending:Elzear'bith: (to Arachne) "I need you to be ready to kill the nasty bitch."
- 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.
A friend of Anancy, Elzear'bith and Mahr'i before the latter one betrayed her and she was banished into the underworld by Lolth. When she is brought back in Coup d'Drow, she becomes the new Drow Queen.
- Fetish: Played for Laughs as it does not appear as a fetish to readers. That is, until you consider that it is very kinky by Drow standards: Nephilia likes gentle sex.
- Happily Married: Despite her marriage to Wolf being arranged by Lolth, the two of them get along quite well.
- The Ingenue: Her utter trust in her friends brought her to the underworld for years.
- Nice Girl: She may be a Drow and know her authority, but she is a genuinely nice and caring person.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Her mother had planned to make Nephilia the next Drow Queen and prepared her for that, and it pays off when she becomes queen eventually, if with a bit delay — she organizes the rebuild of the Drow society after war and the reconstruction of their destroyed homes. After the destruction of the Black Mountain, she gathers the survivors in the Underdark and takes them towards a new place to settle.
- Rescued from the Underworld: Lolth banished her because Mahr'i set her up for blasphemy. When Arachne can proof that Nephilia was tricked, Lolth brings her back and makes her the Queen of Drow because Elzear'bith and Mahr'i are no longer acceptable for the job.
A Drow priestess. First seen accompanying Arachne to the Elf Moot.
- Black Widow: Presumably a habit of her, as she casually mentions sacrificing one of her plenty husbands.
- Half The Woman She Used To Be: Glon bisects her during his berserker rage after Goria's death.
- Trial by Friendly Fire: She has a nostalgic moment with an orc priest who used to be her friend before the war between orcs and Drow began. Then she kills him with no further qualms.
A young Drow girl who ends up dating Yapp.
- Badass and Child Duo: During the Coup d'Drow arc, she lands in prison together with Arachne and teams up with her to break out and end the war.
- Interspecies Romance: Yapp the gnoll takes an interest in her, and while she acts indifferent about it, Sittica returns the feeling. When Yapp messes up the Monster Ball at their school, inciting a mass brawl, she is smitten and has a nice evening with him. They are involved ever since.
- She's All Grown Up: When the members of Yapp's gang meet again as teenagers, the boys definitely notice this about her.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She acts like that towards her love interest Yapp, brushing him off but then leaving a note in his book that she missed him. This fickle behaviour could stem from her unlucky combination: She's a teenage girl and a Drow.
- True Companions: She, Yapp, Ain, and Gimmy always stick together, even when the war breaks out and it's Drow against everyone else.
A female Drow, one of the teachers of Yapp, Ain, Gimmy, and Sittica.
- Damsel in Distress: During the war, she is captured by the orcs who threaten to kill her.
- Hot Teacher: Lots of her students find themselves drooling during her introduction.
- Recurring Extra: Her character is not much developed, she is generally only brought up in correlation with her students.
A 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.
- Bi the Way: When enslaved by the Hyeesha, she asked him to make out with Glon, and they later heavily implied to have been made to go much farther than that. Wolf didn't mind, although Glon did.
- Hot Consort: He ends up as this for Nephilia, though they seem to genuinely like each other. Before that, he was engaged to Mahr'i.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: A gender-inverted example. Wolf's status as having the best ass in the Underdark has actually gotten him complimented by an insane, misandrist spider goddess.
- Oh, Crap!: He has a moment of this when Lolth tells him she's pregnant with his baby, demi-goddess Lycosa whom she wants to become empress.
- Polyamory: Out of necessity since the Drow numbers are severely reduced after the war; he begins a "breeding programme" under the supervision of his wife Nephilia.
- Really Gets Around: He's 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.
- Sleeping with the Boss: It's what he regularly does. He was the fiancé of Queen Mahr'i, the lover of goddess Lolth and finally the husband of Queen Nephilia.
- Smug Smiler: He 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.
- The Tease: The only reason he flirts with Glon is because he knows perfectly well that it makes Glon uncomfortable.
Black Mountain orcs
A young orc and classmate to Yapp.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He decides to get along with Gimmy after the latter one hits him over the head with a clod.
- The Exile: After his refusal to kill a Drow during the war, Ain is forced to leave the Black Mountain.
- Rite of Passage: In Coup d'Drow, his father expects him to kill a Drow, his (helpless and cowering) teacher Miss Steatoda who is a war prisoner, to become a warrior and man. He refuses — which ultimately is a rite of passage for him nevertheless, as it leads to him beginning his grown-up life apart from his family in a new home.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Sittica belong to the same group of friends, but Ain occasionaly fantasizes about strangling her.
- Would Not Hit a Girl: Though it seems to have been more about the situation rather than his target being female.
One of Glon's wives, and a powerful warrior. She's also a history teacher at the Monster School.
- Badass Boast: After defeating an entire colony of giant ants, she delivers this to the ant queen:Gaggia: "You keep your mindless baggy carrion eating filth underground, or I'll come back with an orc army to exterminate your exosceletal ass off the world!"
- 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.
- Improbable Weapon User: She wields a cloak and uses it to decapitate her enemies.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Glon is absolutely smitten after he has seen her in action.
- 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 Morris 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.
Son and heir of Maula Bloodhand, brother by adoption to Lucas Greyfort.
- Arranged Marriage: To four wives.
- Back from the Dead: When the gods can't decide what to do with him, as he has the natures of both orc and human.
- Berserk Button: He shares one with his mother: Harming or even threatening any member of his family is a very, very bad idea.
- Birds of a Feather: Glon takes an instant liking in Jone when he recognizes her as a half-orc, like he is one. He takes care of her and helps her integrate herself into the Underdark society. Later however, the very same similarity creeps him out as he goes Ax-Crazy temporarily and realizes he has the same potential for insanity that Jone had.
- Came Back Strong: After he comes back, he's become a lot more confident and self-assured, particularly in dealing with the opposite sex.
- Fantastic Racism: Glon is at the receiving end; some orcs despise him and are unwilling to accept him as their Crown Prince because he is half-human.
- Groin Attack: Gets one from Clover at their first meeting because he patronizes her. Later, Goria threatens him with one as well.
- Happily Married: To three of his wives, and he was trying to win over the fourth.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Saves his father and has himself killed in the process, though this turns out to be a case of cheap death.
- Informed Flaw: His wives and mother refer to him as stupid more than once. But one should keep in mind that he was the one who not only set the moves for ending the reign of hobgoblin King Karak in Elegrost but also initiated the downfall of the hobgoblin King in the Black Mountain, deliberately triggering a great political change.
- Made a Slave: Is sold to the Black Mountain by a few bugbears after his unit was taken captive by them. As this leads to him reuniting with his mother, he doesn't stay a slave for long though.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: As he was clearly not a full-blood orc, his mother gave him to his biological father to take care of him as she knew how her husband would react on seeing him. The downside of this is that Glon's father didn't really pay any attention to him during his childhood.
- 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.
- Perma-Stubble: He grows one later in life — it happens to emphasize his resemblance of his father.
- Prayer Is a Last Resort: While he has lived among the orcs for many years, it is the humans' goddess Ch'Thier to whom he turns for a prayer when his wife is poisoned, begging her to give Goria back to him. Ch'Thier however has rules to hold on and refuses apologetically.
- 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.
- What Have I Become?: To break through his rage after Goria's death, his wives literally let him take a look into a mirror. Glon sees the immense similarity he has to the instable and dangerous Jone and freaks out.
Mother 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.
- Driven to Suicide: Her last words seem to imply that she drank the poison deliberately. Granted, she could hardly be blamed — expelled by her family, forced into prostitution, discriminated for years when all she wanted was to raise her daughter in peace, she was pushed into a marriage that never quite worked out, and her daughter had gone mad and was killed. Dying, she says to Glon that it's probably for the best.
- Fantastic Racism: She and her daughter have to face massive discrimination in Brittlemark, to the point that both the local priestess and the town's mayor do not even acknowledge that indeed they are the victims, not the instigators, of harassing and bullying.
- Iron Woobie: One horrible thing after another 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: She's 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. And so was offering to make her adolescent daughter a whore.
- Sex Slave: She was sold to a brothel by her own brother because she wasn't back in time to bring medicine she should get for her dying father. When she gave birth to a half-human baby, the brothel owner told her cheerfully that the girl, as an "exotic", would attract many customers later. Goria took her baby and left for Brittlemark — only to be pestered by a local pimp there who came with quite the same offer about her and Jone. Suffice to say, she was pissed about this.
One of Glon's wives.
- Babies Ever After: She's the first of Glon's wives to become pregnant by him; little Prince Mauler is born while Glon is on an expedition.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Glon; while he was initially put off by her and his other brides' orc-ish unattractive outside, they warmed up to each other soon and form a stable polygamic family meanwhile.
A half-orc girl 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.
- Child Prodigy: She is soon well-liked in the Black Mountain because she is an all-round natural; her talents include torture, armed combat and weapon-smithery.
- Gone Horribly Right: She's a god-created perfect, unstoppable warrior, with no friend-or-foe sense and no ability to stop. Orc god Gruumsh is thrilled to see his experiment worked out so well and sends her on her mission to lead a large war campaign in his name. Then it turns out even Gruumsh himself cannot stop her from going too far.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother Goria had a short-termed affair with The Fox, whose name translates into the orc language as "Ahn'jone"; Jone was named for her father, though she never met him.
- Hope Spot: Show up twice and are both in vain.
- After beating Cadugan up for the simple fact of being a man, she suddenly takes an inexplicable liking in him, and it seems like maybe she would calm down a bit. Then she finds out he and Lucas were sent to spy on her camp, and things go downhill.
- After coming Back from the Dead due to Ranna, Jone meets Glon again and attacks him. He manages to fight her down, then tells her that he got his half-orc instability under control and that she doesn't need to live with this blood-lusting rage all the time. Jone seems to listen, and when Glon releases her, she smiles at him... then Shaija shoves her off the cliff because she wants revenge for Goria.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Weapons have little effect on her, though fire did the trick.
- Sanity Slippage: Starts out as an Ugly Cute mute girl who wants nothing but be accepted and help out her mom financially by taking on aid jobs. Her divine mission sends her down a dark path, and finally she is an almost-invincible blood-lusting maniac who stabs just about everyone coming across her ( including her own mother) and defies even her god.
- Slasher Smile: Jone has a very impressive one; it shows up the first time when she makes her first deliberate kill.
- Victim Blaming: Poor Jone was bullied by a group of boys in her hometown Brittlemark. They outnumber her largely, hunt her down an ally and make her bite a piece of wood, just to show that she can indeed bite through it. When her mother chases them away, she's confronted the next day by the town's mayor — who claims it was Jone who bullied the boys and tried to bite them.
- Vigilante Woman: She starts out as this, going after the pimp who hassled her mother and apparently mistreats the girls who work for him, after the priestess matron who ignored them and the bullies in Brittlemark who hassled her when she lived there. Then she goes after potential rapists, after people who simply don't share her opinion and finally she loses all sense and slaughters completely random, including some of her own followers.
A rich orc widow, and Team Mom for the Black Mountain residents. Currently Black Mountain's de facto leader.
- Action Mom: She's the one who taught her husband, a famous orc General, how to fight, and meanwhile, she is the one leading troops into battle.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Maula managing to kill the strongest warrior of the Dungeon Keeper causes even Arachne to kneel before her in admiration. Being a feared warrior and a very capable commander is what ultimately makes her the Queen Under The Mountain.
- Interspecies Romance: She cheated on her husband with human Baron Grayfort when he was her husband's prisoner and had a son with him whom she kept secret from the orc community for years. When Glon reunites with his mother, she and the Baron soon resume their relationship as well.
- Made of Iron: And how. She's incredibly bored by torture.
- Mama Bear: Don't even talk bad to Glon in her hearing range.
- More Deadly Than the Male: True, her husband taught her tactics — but it was her who taught him combat, and he never entirely managed to defeat her.
- Outliving One's Offspring: All the children she had with her husband fell in war as they rushed to help their father. Her love-child Glon though is healthy and alive (again).
- Parents as People: She is a great mom to Glon nowadays — but, as Owen points out to her, sending her half-orc baby away to a human town where he would be discriminated and she could not watch over him was not one of her best ideas.
- Really Gets Around: Being a rich widow of an honoured orc general, Maula has a lot of admirers flocking around her, and she's anything but restrained in taking advantage of their flatteries. She keeps from remarrying though because she wants to save her wealth for her son to inherit.
- Rugged Scar: Ever since she fought Jone, she carries a large scar over her eye.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: She and Baron Grayfort were in a heated argument immediately before their Reunion Kiss.
- Team Mom: Maula not only takes care of her own son, but she's always up for good council for Gren, Bob, Glon's several flirts and wives and even the Drow as well. Most inhabitants of the Underdark contact her as an authority on bigger matters, and she is usually the one to take care of any Black Mountain-intern quarrel. Also because of this, she's eventually crowned Queen Under The Mountain. She even lampshades it at one point:Maula: "They're all like my own kids."
Shaija of the Red Rocks
One of Glon's wives.
- Happily Married: Along with Glon's other wives, she warms up to him soon and they are generally a loving familly who respect and support each other.
- Interrupted Cooldown Hug: Deliberately; she knows that Glon wants to give Jone another chance because his human nature tells him so, but she herself follows her orc morals by pushing Jone off the cliff as she cannot forgive her for stabbing Goria.
Black Mountain miscellaneous
A gorgon and High Priestess of Ranna. Among the Rannites she has the supreme authority and the title Dark Mother. A lot of people join the ranks of Ranna because Agaera turns them forcibly into gorgons.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Vaguely ten real time years before she got her big role in the comic, she appeared shortly as a flirt of Bob.
- High Priestess: She is the senior priestess of the Cult of Ranna and the commander of the Rannite forces until Ranna herself returns and can take over.
- Smug Snake: Has nothing to do with her being a gorgon, she is just disdainful towards her co-Rannites, complacent in using torture and fear to reign, and has no qualms about starting a war of catastrophal extent.
- Taken for Granite: As all gorgons, she can do that — that's why she's wearing a special mask for everyday life.
Originally belonging to a group of adventurers from Elwood, she was captured and converted by a splinter group of Dark Mistresses. She became their leader and the first important follower of Ranna. For a time, she is named Queen Under The Mountain, but her authority is not universally recognized.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Dark Mistresses make her one of them by torturing her for some weeks, but her actual conversion may occur because she has a vision of Ranna.
- The Dragon: First she gets her orders directly from Ranna, later she works for Agaera in Ranna's name. Her job is to constantly convert new Mistresses by torture and, if needs, lead them into battle.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: She is forcibly turned into a gorgon when Agaera takes command of the Rannites, but retains her skin-tight latex costume as she still is the leader of her group of Dark Mistresses.
- Leader Wannabe: Starts out on good terms when she claims: "I'm not one of you. I'm taking over." Then however Agaera overrules her, she on herself cannot quite deal with La Résistance in the Black Mountain and eventually takes flight, abandoning her Dark Mistresses to save her own ass.
According to the gold emperor of dragons, he (or at least his dragon head) is the Eternal Guardian of Black Mountain.
- Acrophobic Bird: His lion part is scared of heights, which makes flying really awkward.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Lion is prone to this, much to the irritation of Goat.
- Distracted by the Sexy: The mission of saving Gren and her comrades gets postponed when Chimera sets eyes on a dragon lady.
- Freudian Trio: The lion as the ego, the goat as the superego and the dragon as the id. 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.
- Kill It with Fire: The only thing Dragon can do really effectively.
- Multiple Head Case: Like all chimeras, he has three heads, a lion, a goat and a dragon.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Goat often feels like that, as he is the smartest and the most sceptical of them while Lion acts on impulse and Dragon generally doesn't seem to think at all.
A cloaker, initially from the tomb of Temshutep. He meets the Black Mountain folk as they 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.
- Deus ex Machina: He has quite a talent for showing up for a sudden rescue.
- The Ditz: He doesn't always catch up with what's going on around.Dark Elf Soldier: "So the Cloaker sides with the orcs in this war, eh? So be it!"Cuddles: "There's a war?"
- Genki Guy: The Genkiest. He gets overexcited to meet new people in the tomb of Temshutep, babbles nonstop at every occasion, and glomps just about everyone.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The Sphynx and Turg kick him out of the tomb of Temshutep because Cuddles is so clingy, but seeing as the tomb is otherwise empty, it's understandable that he longs for company. He finds friends in the Black Mountain, but hanging out in the labyrinth he took over from Turg he is still lonely sometimes.
- Meaningful Name: He's the friendliest, cuddliest cloaker ever, and loves to hug people.
A 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 — he cannot talk.
- Romantic Wingman: He takes care of Yapp's rival for Sittica's attention.
- The Stoic: Again, being a living cube of acidic jelly, he can't speak and has no face.
Mind 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.
- Insistent Terminology: He prefers to be called an "illithid", not a "mind flayer", 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.
- Mind Control: In the Turg's Saga arc, he successfully uses this to infiltrate the Flind Hyeeshat court.
- Opportunistic Bastard: In Lich of the Ring, he catches on to the plan of Lewie and Kila to overtake the world and turn all people into zombies under their command. His reaction: "Cool. Can we have their brains?"
- Telepath: Mrs. Bloodhand orders him to "listen for [her] thoughts" to check if she gets into trouble.
- The Stoic: He's generally a calm, collected, polite guy who seldom gets excited or worked up over anything.
Jais the Dark Mistress
Formerly a torture mistress in service of the Dungeon Keeper, she fell in love with Arachne during a torture session and lives with her in the Black Mountain since.
- Affably Evil: Her main activity is causing pain and being a minion in the current plan of the current Big Bad which never stops her from being quite a jolly person.
- The Leader: She has the command over the Dark Mistresses, though later a splinter group escapes her control and begins working under Celena for Ranna. As both groups of Dark Mistresses dress the same and do the same job, this can lead either to confusion or to opportunities for spying on the enemy. It's also her who calls up the Redcaps and several other Black Mountain denizens for resistance against the Rannites.
- Spy Catsuit: All Dark Mistresses sport a seamless, skin-tight overall suit that is partially molten into their skin, with a mask over their head with only holes for mouth, nostrils, eyes and their typical ponytails.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She loves to be slapped around by her boss, goes into despair over the promise that she will "rot in a dungeon untouched" instead of being tortured and bonds with Arachne over this shared passion.
- Torture Technician: First she was this for the Dungeon Keeper. She goes on with her profession after she moved in with Arachne, both for interrogation of prisoners and simply for her and Arachne's fun.
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 earning actual respect.
- The Baby of the Bunch: His eldest brother Tufan was crown prince to their kingdom, his sister Ata a priestess in their temple. Lewie as a mage and the youngest of them was not taken seriously by either of them, and both ignored his actually quite reasonable council.
- Berserk Button: During a war and major kingdom crisis, Lewie was approached by a hoard of barbarian intruders who joyfully told him that he's king now — mind, he had a father and an older brother up until this point. Then they stabbed his mother before his eyes. He didn't take it well.
- The Bus Came Back: Lewie is back on the screen just in time to kill Jone who was invincible to the others.
- Catch-Phrase: "Curses!"
- Covert Pervert: When he has Drow Queen Elzear'bith under his mind control, he makes her flash to him. Problem is, since his body consists solely of bones and lacks any hormones, he doesn't really react to it and wonders why he wanted to do this in the first place.
- Deal with the Devil: The goddess Kila promised to teach him how to bring back the dead. Lewie was desperate to do so, as he had lost both his parents, his brother, his girlfriend and his home city due to a plague and an attack of barbarians. That "bringing back the dead" is more of zombie incantation and does not really reunite him with his loved ones is something he realizes very late, as is the fact that the deal turned him into an undead himself to serve Kila's plans instead of dying in a natural way.
- Dem Bones: After some hundred years of being undead, there's nothing more left of Lewie than a skeleton. He still runs around, makes diabolical plans and always puts himself back together after being dismembered.
- Deus ex Machina: He acted as this when he was the one who managed to put Jone down for good.
- Hot for Student: In life, he had a secret romance with Martya, his Arcana student. She was about the same age as him though, and they had planned to make it official soon.
- Large Ham: He likes to speak like this, especially in the beginning.Lewie: "God of Ghosts! Emperor of the Underworld! Despot of Death! The dead rest or wake at my command!"
- The Necromancer: Starting out as a Necromantic who wanted to get his loved ones back, he later made a carrier out of his abilities.
- Put on a Bus: After his Heel Realization, he abandons the Black Mountain and isn't seen for a long time. We get to know later what he did during his time away.
- Suddenly Ethnicity. His backstory reveals that in life he was of distinctly African appearance.
- This Means War!: When Jone decapitates him, he declares war on her. She keeps defeating him for a while, but he eventually gets back on her.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid. As a youth, his greatest ambition was to be a good advisor to his brother, the future king. Then they got invaded, and their goddess of death offered him revenge.
- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: When he reunites with his sister Ata, she convinces him that, even if his powers are of evil nature, he can use them for a good purpose. He then actually becomes a massive help in the war against the Rannites, setting the right persons up for their tasks and rallying up allies.
One 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: She has a history of misunderstanding what people say to her.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently, she and her sisters feed on all sorts of humanoids, including elves, and most shots of the harpy cavern show bones and humanoid skulls lying around.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: As all the harpies are naked all the time, Nike doesn't quite understand the concept of dresses and nudity taboos.
- There Is No Place Like Home: After a short-lived romance with a Kenku, she returns into her home cavern quite swiftly.
A 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.
- Crazy Enough to Work: His idea to call for the Beholder King and the gods to end the war sounds risky but is successful.
- Interspecies Romance: With Drow girl Sittica who acts coolly towards him at first but turns out to like him as well. Their relationship seems to be fireproof, as they stick together even during the war between Drow and the rest of the Black Mountain.
- The Promposal: He asks Sittica out for the Monster Ball but doesn't get an answer because she's arranged to go with the brother of a friend. When he asks her to a dance anyway, he gets into a fight with Sittica's date. At the end of the evening, it's he who gets a kiss from her.
A halfling assassin who has a long history of being imprisoned and naked. 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 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 how 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: She was handled as this by her mother and sister because of her tomboyish nature and her adventurous tendencies even before she began her rogue training with Gummer Groundpounder. After she beat the crap out of her sister's unfaithful fiancé, she was sentenced to community work for a year which she abandoned after six months because none of her family would even visit her or listen to her side of the story. She has travelled the world since and become an assassin, soldier, baroness and eventually queen.
- 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. She breaks out of the role after she's made queen of Drostardy.
- Cassandra Truth: Clover found out that her sister's fiancé was cheating on her and was already married several times. She first tries to tell Charla about this herself but is ignored, then she wants to make him to confess himself. It backfires badly on her.
- Glomp: Delivers one to Eric when he saves her out of the Black Mountain because she's overwhelmed by the prospect of ending her misfortune.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Big time. She spends the first part of the comic naked and enslaved, then becomes a Happily Married queen.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Played with, slightly. An ex-assassin, she does have a shady past and currently runs a spy network, but she is ultimately a benevolent queen.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: A pirate tries this with her as Clover is, once again, a naked captive. She's not in for it.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After going through a phase of immense jealousy and giving Eric advice against most of his suitors, Clover gets some sense talked into her by Thomas the Bard and helps Eric hook up with Lady Vivay. Though she's still pretty happy when Vivay turns out to be a gold digger and is declined by Eric.
- Love at First Sight: She's clearly smitten with king Eric from the first moment she meets his eyes.
- Malicious Misnaming: She couldn't stand her sister's fiancé Penweld and hence never called him by his correct name.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She demonstrates to Glon during their very first meeting that she should never be underestimated.
- Shatterpoint Tap: She's quite adept at this; when her comrades get into trouble fighting a giant insect, Clover manages to easily knock it out with a single pebblestone.
- Teach Me How To Fight: She meets Gummer Groundpounder while he's hunting a landshark, helps him with this and is thrilled by the experience. The following time he teaches her fighting and handling monsters. When she learns of the infidelity of her sister's fiancé, she even demands: "Teach me how to kill!"
- 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.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to her twin sister's Girly Girl. In their youth, Clover would dress rather in pants and shirt than in a dress, climbed trees and stood up to challenges against boys of her hometown when Charla was already about to marry. And that's before she starts the training that qualifies her for a master assassin.
The king of Drostardy. Really nice and chivalrous guy. He ends up marrying Clover.
- Combat Pragmatist: Surprisingly, he of all people shows to be quite unscrupulous in a combat.
- Distressed Dude: He is introduced as a prisoner in Arachne's cellar and gets kidnapped by pirates; later Clover manages to free him.
- Female Gaze: Eric is quite attractive, and while he toasts to his people about a successful mission, Clover enjoys the view.
- Good Feels Good: He does a lot of nice things, such as saving people from imprisonment, giving people jobs, and taking care of interspecies diplomatics, simply because he enjoys being nice.
- 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: When he's looking for a suitable bride, he asks Clover for her council on that matter, not catching on to the fact that he breaks her heart with that. Ends with a major facepalm as he describes the characteristics his wife should have and realizes that Clover is all that.
Thomas the Bard
An elegant, charming and talented bard who has a way with the ladies. He later becomes a minstrel in Lanley.
- The Bard: His job and passion; he is usually entertaining the tavern customers in Drostardy, later joins the Great Bardic Challenge, sings a song to honour Queen Clover and then follows Lady Alaria, composing songs about her beauty.
- The Casanova: He usually appears to be flocked by a bunch of girls; it's why Clover turns to him for advice on love matters.
- Ladykiller in Love: He's instantly smitten by Lady Alaria as he is by many women, but it appears he still chases for her attention even after years.
A major kingdom on the western continent. Grayfort is a duchy within Elegrost, and the Black Mountain stands on its border.
A formidable warrior riding a wyvern. At the kingship 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; it's why she is known as "Adwen the Cruel". Scarred by Jone.
- Action Girl: She's adept with both mace and sword, and a Wyvern Rider besides that. During the kingship trials, she defeats both Aeden and Idries and makes it into the finals, though she is knocked out by Karak then.
- Amazon Brigade: Adwen's background; she came from the Order of the Sisters of the Blade, though meanwhile she stays with Catianus and his men at the Northgate fortress. She does however mobilize her Blade Sisters when it comes to war against the Rannites.
- Braids of Action: She always sports two braids.
- Does Not Like Men: She calls men out for being "brutish, savage, violent, insufferable and insensitive". Then she kicks her squire around.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The polite question if she has accompanied her Lord to the kingship trials ticks her off as she considers it a misogynistic insult. Also, when she realizes Sidonie has been replaced by an imposter, she skips the interrogation and goes straight to beating her up.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Upon meeting Catianus, she walks up to him, insults him and tells him he's holding his blade wrong. They go into an eager training duel — and then start making out. They keep up this pattern over their relationship, and it seems Catianus is not afraid of being as rude towards her as she is to him.
Brother to Runtherd, and now a nobleman at his court.
- Aloof Big Brother: He has little respect for his younger brother Runt at first, disregarding his wishes and bossing him around. Of course, things change after Runt is crowned king.
- New Child Left Behind: Gender-inverted; it's Vivay who takes flight after her scheme is revealed and Aeden who gets to raise his little son as a single father.
- Offscreen Romance: After being out of focus for a while, he is seen next with a wife, Lady Vivay, who has given birth to their son Jian.
A 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 and Charles.
- Archer Archetype: He's predestined for this, being a ranger and of elvish blood — though it was actually his human mother who taught him archery.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: With help of a spell, he makes quite a stunning Drow woman. Though, even in his own looks, Cadugan gets sometimes mistaken for a pretty elven woman, in one case even when he's bare-chested.
- Boomerang Bigot: Not constantly, but Cadugan has the guts to call out Glitterbranch for "chasing Drow skirts" after he himself (in form of a female Drow) just came from a one-night-stand with Wolf.
- Forest Ranger: He is the guardian of Wyldwood Forest, protecting and helping the animals and magic beings. Hence he is initially not too friendly with Charlotte who has chased pixies for her supper and Lucas who was hunting foxes in the forest before.
- Half-Human Hybrid: A half-elf, his mother is human, his father wood-elf Prince Glitterbranch.
- Happily Married: To Lucas, in a case of Real Life Writes the Plot: The strip about their wedding aired two days after same sex marriage was legalized in the entire USA.
- I Work Alone: His usual attitude; it gets problematic during the Lucas By Moonlight arc when Cadugan still insists that he can find Lucas all by himself though he doesn't deliver any results with his methods.
- Meet the In-Laws: He has a slightly puzzling but ultimately pleasant first meeting with the ghost of his lover's deceased father.
- Reunion Kiss: A particularly remarkable one. It's after Lucas has been kidnapped and was lost in the woods for several days and Cadugan suffering nightmares about him, hence the immsense relief.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: His brother Taidor is a jolly guy who likes partying and is constantly chasing skirts, Cadugan is sullen most of the time and prefers being alone.
- Sour Supporter: He'll always help out, but that doesn't mean he won't be grouchy about it.
- Straight Gay: So far, he has shown interest only in men, namely Wolf and Lucas, but he's so straight gay that most people don't get that he is gay at all and thus ends up having an Unwanted Harem.
- Taken for Granite: He and Lucas are confronted by Rannite gorgons and turned to stone statues for a time, though they are freed a few story arcs later.
- Unwanted Harem: A lot of ladies are after him — the fox maiden Vixen who appears as a beautiful elven woman to entice him, the lunatic dryad Maeve, the elf bard woman Theyillwyn who hypnotizes him with a magic song into a kiss (which squicks him out) and Jone the Half-Orc. None of them get that Cadugan rejects them for the simple fact that they are women. There's also a male barbarian warrior who hits on him once, thinking that Cadugan is a girl.
Nobleman 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: When he upholds resistance against the hobgoblin king Karak, Adwen joins him at the Northgate fortress, bringing her wyvern along which turns out to be useful. Together they assist Runt in dethroning Karak, and later on she stays with Catianus at the fortress.
- Mellow Fellow: May be emphasized because he is usually seen together with the violent-tempered Adwen; he keeps his composure all the time and gives well-measured council about military and political matters.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: It's how his relationship with Adwen works, from the very beginning onwards.
Cadugan's human half-brother, approximately about twelve years old. He tags along on something he considers an adventure and must learn is a dangerous mission to save the world.
- Child Prodigy: Similar to Cadugan, he has learned archery from his mother and can hunt on his own; besides that, he frees Cadugan and his companions out of the Flind prison and tricks his way past three gorgons.
- Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Cadugan does this with him when a wolf turns into a naked woman before them.
- Little Stowaway: Cadugan tells him explicitely he cannot come with them. After he and Lucas are out the gate, Flannet starts wondering where Charles is...
- Kid Sidekick: He's this to Caelin during the Sticks and Stones arc, and, more generally, to Cadugan and Lucas as well.
- Mouthy Kid: Caelin is sceptical about Charles' plan how to get past the gorgons and free Lucas and Cadugan, but Charles does an excellent job there, running down three gorgons almost on his own.
Eddy the Wizard
A white-bearded old wizard who lives in a tower before moving over to the Royal Court. He was the driving force behind getting Runtherd to take the throne.
- The Archmage: He is considered the highest-ranked mage in the country, and while he can come across as a bit ditzy at times, he should not be underestimated.
- 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: He is always seen in an outfit consisting of a long robe and a high pointy hat.
- Sophisticated as Hell: He usually puts on a dignified behaviour and language but can slip if he gets really upset. Cue "tin-pan poo-poo heads".
Cadugan's, Taidor's, and Charles' mother, a very nice woman who has had a lot of relationships to a lot of men and ultimately doesn't regret anything.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Niko makes her captive Flannet the Baroness of Grayfort and forces her to marry her because she thinks she can take advantage of the Grayfort curse by that. She has been lied to about the curse, and Flannet is widow soon enough.
- Good Parents: Flannet is caring, but not overbearing to both Cadugan and Charles. She has more children in whose lives she is less involved, though she probably left them with their respective fathers because she thought it was for the best.
- Interspecies Romance: Plenty. She had a son with a wood elf, one with a satyr, and a daughter with a halfling. And those are just the ones mentioned onscreen.
- Mama Bear: Flannet is generally a very sweet and friendly lady. Unless you threaten one of her kids, in which case she might deliver you to die a horrible death without her even batting an eye.
- Polyamory: More formally than in fact; she never lived with more than one man at once, but she was married at least three times, maybe more often, and never had any of her marriages officially anulled before she became a subject of the Grayfort curse.
- Serial Spouse: She recalls a list of men she has been married to, and even though all of them ended and not each was a Prince Charming, she does not seem to be sorry about any.
- Someone to Remember Him By: Flannet has been left by her last husband years ago as he eloped with a pretty young girl. When Cadugan asks puzzled if he has nothing left to her, Flannet joyfully introduces him to his little half-brother Charles.
A female werewolf of Niko's pack. In Lucas By Moonlight, she kidnaps Lucas to turn him into a werewolf as well.
- Didn't Think This Through: Of all the men she could have chosen as a sperm donor for her pack, she picked not only a nobleman who certainly would be eagerly searched by his people but also, as Niko points out angrily "a nobleman with a BOYFRIEND!"
- Dirty Coward: When she's about to get tortured for information on Lucas, she screams that she knows nothing at all, instead delivering her pack member Maran to the torture.
- It Amused Me: According to Maran, Havrah is only in the pack for the fun of seducing or killing everyone she stumbles across. Her treatment of Lucas seems to confirm that.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After pursuing Maran at Niko's command and getting attacked by a horde of raptors, she has to face Maran again teamed up with Lucas. At this point she decides that being an underling of Niko is just not worth the effort, skips the fight with the other two and walks off on her own.
- Viral Transformation: She kidnapped Lucas and brought him to her pack to have him transformed into a werewolf, as Niko wants to expand the pack and Havrah just picked some guy who was an easy target and whom she can imagine to produce children with.
Idries of Falconheim
A 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.
- Abhorrent Admirer: The Bugbear Princess hits on him, much to his horror.
- Brother–Sister Team: He and Sidonie usually stick together, though it takes him some time to take her seriously as a warrior as well. They are often bickering, but the prospect of Sidonie marrying someone in another country and thereby separating from him sets him up for a certain amount of angst.
- Loved I Not Honor More: During the Crossover arc, Idries comes close to Scale who dropped by with her group from another dimension / comic. She offers him to join them, but even though he likes her a lot, he decides to stay in Elegrost to carry on fighting the Rannites. Scale understands, as she herself has her missions, but they both depart a little bit heartbroken.
The 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.
- Accidental Misnaming: He didn't seem to be able to remember Glon's name at first, repeatedly referring to him as "Clod". He grows out of it later.
- Bi the Way: Eventually revealed to be this, though it's unclear if it's this or if Cadugan is special.
- Distressed Dude: Quite often as Lucas seems prone to getting into trouble. At one occasion he is offered as a sacrifice to the Night Queen and gets abducted by a giant ape, at another a bunch of werewolves kidnap him. Cue his Catch-Phrase: "CADUGAN!"
- Glomp: Gives one to Cadugan as the latter returns safe from a mission. Not that Lucas was worried or something...
- 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. And maybe won't bother about it anymore anyway, as of now they are Happily Married.
- Informed Flaw: Similar to his brother Glon, Lucas is often accused of being an idiot, namely by Meegs, Cadugan, and Cuddles. But actually, he has come a long way from his formerly dumb behaviour, seeing as he can easily trick the Chimera, investigates murders, and is savvy about diplomatic finenesses.
- Kissing Under the Influence: He falls madly in love / lust with Meegs' apprentice Zora after Charlotte gave him a Love Potion (the intention was of course that he'd be devoted to Charlotte). He's fully aware that his feelings are artificial though and fights to keep himself away from Zora, as he wants to stay faithful to Cadugan.
- Lycanthropy: He gets kidnapped and changed by werewolves Havrah and Niko who want him for reproduction purposes. He's anything but thrilled, though later learns to control the werewolf thing mostly and takes advantage of his condition, such as to fight Rannites off his home castle.
- Oblivious Adoption: Lucas had no idea he was not the Baron's biological son but the blacksmith's, swapped with Glon when they were babies. The truth is quite a shock for him and puts a damper on his big self-confidence.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Cadugan, they argued a lot as friends and it hasn't changed much since they hooked up.
- Teeny Weenie: Cadugan's smug grin here as well as Lucas' obvious embarrassment seem to insinuate this.
- The Unfavorite: Seems to be deemed this after the Baron acknowledges Glon as his trueborn son. Luckily though, the Baron grows out of this attitude soon enough, adopts Lucas for real after all and makes him his heir.
- 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.
A female werewolf and former member of Niko's pack, she lives at Castle Grayfort meanwhile as a servant and ally of Lucas.
- Even Mooks Have Loved Ones: Niko didn't think about this when she relied on Maran's loyalty. After her brother Egru is killed because their pack kidnapped Lucas and Niko refuses to run to Egru's help or even treat his death with more than indifference, Maran is noticably less inclined to keep her mouth shut about Niko's activities.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Being told by Niko flat-out that her brother's death was completely irrelevant and then being left by her to be captured and possibly tortured leads Maran to abandon her loyalty to the pack.
- Redemption Earns Life: Her willingness to help her captors getting Lucas back bought her relative freedom and a decent place to stay. As a servant in Castle Grayfort, she is treated friendly by Lucas and his household and befriends Flannet, which causes her to grow loyal to them.
Former apprentice to Eddy the Wizard, she now lives in his tower as an independent sorceress. She took an apprentice herself, called Zora, who died in Night Queen.
- Bad Boss: She forces Zora out into the snow so she and Taidor have her cabin to themselves. Later, when Zora is killed by a plesiosaur, Meegs is more concerned about having to go through another audition process than her death.
- Dirty Coward: Finding herself in a Rannite torture-dungeon, she immediately converts, is transformed into a gorgon and leads Bob into a trap.
- Genki Girl: Finishing her apprenticeship, getting ackowledged as a full mage and dressing up like Maleficent does not really restrain her enthusiasm nor her ability to Squee!.
- Evil Sorceress: Not necessarily "evil", but she has traits of a Vain Sorceress and considers her apprentices expendable, besides from not respecting her male apprentice's privacy. And then there's her less-than-heroic conversion to the Rannites.
- Impractically Skimpy Outfit: After she becomes a mage in her own right, she tries out a variety of new styles, more daring than her former robe routine.
- Tantrum Throwing: Has a major one when her apprentice is smashed by a Rannite dinosaur. Because, y'know, it costs a lot of effort to train an apprentice.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She started out as a nice and competent, if sometimes a bit ditzy wizard apprentice who has to suffer a bossy and even ditzier mentor. Now that she is a mage, she herself exploits her apprentice and shows to be extremely self-centered.
- Training the Gift of Magic: That's what she did in her first appearances, and as long as she was an apprentice, she seemed loyal to her master and caring for her friends. Things changed after she graduated.
- Witchs Familiar: Meegs wants a gryphon for a familiar and makes that clear in her incantation. What she gets is the cutest little kitten-budgie gryphon ever, and she names it Fluffy.
A former half-elven criminal from Shallmar who became a werewolf and the alpha of her own pack. She joins the Rannites and is made the Duchess of Grayfort by them.
- Asshole Victim: When the Grayfort curse, which she believed would hit Flannet, catches up to her, Niko dies a gruesome death, but it's hard to feel sorry for her after what she did to Lucas, her former followers and the inhabitants of Grayfort.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Invoked by the ghosts of Castle Grayfort who tell her a story about the Grayfort curse which Niko doesn't bother to check if it's true. She makes Flannet the Baroness of Grayfort and marries her on the spot, believing that being the spouse of a Grayfort Baron will come to her benefit. It does not.
- Bad Boss: She didn't care at all when her pack member Egru died and didn't come look for Havrah and Maran when they were captured. According to Maran, Niko regularly tried to expand the pack but kept killing or abandoning her followers.
- Consummate Liar: Telling her background story, Niko not only smoothly makes herself a noble's daughter on a diplomatic mission instead of the sentenced criminal that she actually is, she also claims her former alpha to be a heroine for the liberation of werewolves.
- Depraved Bisexual: Could be. She definitely was intrusive towards Lucas, and after marrying Flannet, she suggests they could have a wedding night, though Flannet clearly despises her. However, the latter one could be just for the fun of irritating Flannet and with no intention to actually go through with it.
- Not Good with Rejection: As Lucas refuses to serve the purpose for which he was kidnapped in the first place, to impregnate the pack, and tries to flee them, Niko stops him by threatening to kill Cadugan. When she tries to seduce Lucas later on, he throws her off which prompts her to take another hostage to keep him in line.
- Opportunistic Bastard: When Grayfort is invaded by Rannites, Niko who is held captive there is quick to offer her services. In turn, she gets to be Duchess of Grayfort under Ranna's reign.
Baron of Grayfort, father of Glon and adoptive father of Lucas. Killed in Lich of the Rings, but he's not out of the picture.
- Friendly Ghost: After his death he sticks around to advise Lucas. He's also a great help to Flannet when she has to deal with the occupation of Castle Grayfort by Niko.
- Heel Realization: In regards to both his sons, on separate occasions. He does his utmost to make it up to both of them.
- I Am Not Your Father: Lucas doesn't take it too well when Owen reveals he's adopted him.
- Interspecies Romance: Began an affair with Mrs. Bloodhand while he was a prisoner of her husband and fathered Glon in the process; while she helped him escape and didn't see him again since, they resumed their relationship years later.
- 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'Thier 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.
- Reunion Kiss: He restores his relationship with Maula Bloodhand eventually.
- Rules Lawyer: He convinces Lucas to bury him with one more coin that he should, knowing this will technically mean he was given an improper burial — he manages to linger on as a ghost on a metaphysical technicality. The comic that features his convincing Lucas to drop the extra coin is even titled "Rules Lawyer at Play".
- So Proud of You: Has a moment of this for both his sons eventually, one concerning Glon and one Lucas, though the latter is post-mortem.
- Vengeful Ghost: Invoked and exploited. He arranges for his burial ceremony be carried out wrong, so that he can linger as a ghost and keep an eye on his family.
Runtherd "Runt" the First
King of Elegrost. He came to the kingship trials as squire to his brother Aeden, but ended up drawing the axe from the rock, which made Eddy declare him king. As Karak won the trials, Runtherd had to fight for his kingdom and eventually proved himself by liberating the kingdom. 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.
- The Good King: Eddy's decision to make him king shows to be wise; Runt is a skilled diplomat, can inspire people to follow him, knows when it's better to flee and live instead of dying in battle against the Rannites, sees his first priority in protecting his subjects, and he's at a young age mature enough to let Lady Sidonie go marry a man of her choice, even though his heart belongs to her.
- He Is All Grown Up: The little boy who was crowned king turns into quite a looker, sporting long hair and a beard.
- Offscreen Romance: After Sidonie has left the kingdom and Runt was temporarily drugged by Vivay to lose his sexual desires so he would not produce an heir, it seems for a while that he'll remain single. However, as he shows up on Lucas' wedding, he brings his fiancee along — Princess Alaria of Lanley. They are parted during the Rannite war, and Runt is deeply worried about her.
- Precocious Crush: He gets one on Sidonie of Falconheim during the kingship trials, and while she declines three marriage proposals from him, he holds onto these feelings for quite a long time, until she wants to marry Harald and he gives his blessing.
Elwood and Wyldwood
Elwood is the city of the High Elves, near Elegrost. Wyldwood is the forest on the border between Elwood and Elegrost.
A bard who first appears in The Great Bardic Challenge as one of the contestants; he makes a pass at Cadugan who is not interested. Later he gets to Elwood and becomes the lover (and chronicler) of Duke Elwood. In Night Queen, he joins Lucas's expedition to the Valley of Vallejo.
- The Bard: He was a contestant in the Bardic Challenge and later on travelled with Frank de Boer and his group. While he has other tasks in Elwood, he still enjoys singing.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Being of delicate built, long-haired and with androgynous features, Caelin can be mistaken for a girl occasionally — even by the readers for some time.
- Is That What They're Calling It Now?: His amused reaction when Baron Elwood introduces him as his chronicler.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Since he started his relationship with Baron Elwood, rumours have come up that Caelin does this to better his own social status.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He has not shown to be of much use in the Rannite war, being less competent and less courageous than Charles when it comes to facing the enemy, and getting himself bitten by a venomous gorgon snake. Then however the alchemist who wants to help him and Charles freeing Lucas and Cadugan from their petrification deducts that their stone surface has to vibrate with a certain frequence — and Caelin being a singer is suddenly helpful.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The hag who snatches him in the forest is actually about to eat him — which Caelin doesn't seem to realize and begins composing songs, to her utter annoyance. Eventually, she brings him back to his group, stating he was a pain to her even outside of her belly, so eating him was surely not a good idea.
Princess 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 Summerwind, one of the elves of the rescue party. It does not work between them as Dewcup has developed a dual nature and now strives to separate her Drow self from her wood elf self.
- Affectionate Nickname: By the readers, who tend to refer to her in the comments as Princess "D-Cup" because of her Brainless Beauty personality. Has yet to actually crop in the comic's actual dialogue though.
- Bi the Way: Possible, though Arachne is the only female she's interested in.
- The Ditz: Bit of a Brainless Beauty, really, though the times she spent with both Arachne and Ata have made her a bit more savvy.
- Easy Evangelism: She 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: Nonstop and in every situation, as can be seen from her first talk with Arachne onwards. Another example:Dewcup: "Yay! I'm gonna be evil! I'm gonna be evil!"
- Green Thumb: After she has parted from her Drow self, Dewcup reconciles with her wood elf nature and begins to inspire the growth of plants in the ancient underground city of Ruun. By the time her brother Glitterbranch is brought there by Lewie, she has turned the entire place into a jungle.
- Literal Split Personality: She decides that her conflicting wood elf and Drow urges are problematic and asks a spellcaster to separate them into a sovereign entity.
- Minion with an F in Evil: 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 Poodle: Her attempts to be evil are rather pathetic, though still bad and incessant enough to have her expelled from elven society.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Dewcup broke the shield that surrounded the tomb of Ranna, making access to her body possible again. She did it to help her travelling companions, a group of adventurers, but the consequence is that Ranna can return to her body and to power. A bit later, just as Arachne is about to finish off Ranna, Drow!Dewcup distracts her at that crucial moment, giving Ranna the opportunity to deal Arachne a fatal blow and drain the world's magic.
- When Life Gives You Lemons...: After she has invaded the tomb of Ranna, Ata won't allow her to leave again as she knows too much. Stuck in the ancient city of Ruun, Dewcup finds her Hidden Depths as she not only shows a potential for inspiring the growth of plant life but also appeases the savage Drow who live there. Under her influence, they seem to lose their barbarity more and more and choose her for their new chieftan.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It does not show most of the time as the comic is usually uncoloured, but strip #2700 reveals that Dewcup has indeed green hair. Could be somewhat justified as she is a wood elf and clearly has nature-related magic.
Baron of, well, Elwood. He's an ally of Elegrost and generally a supporter of the heroes. He later enters in a relationship with Caelin.
- Made a Slave: In Lich of the Rings, Elwood is conquered by the Drow under Lewie's control and Baron Elwood ends up as a pet for Queen Elzear'bith, held on a leash and not allowed to wear any clothings besides of scanty pants. It takes a mission of Glitterbranch, Runt and Cadugan besides the help of both Charlotte and Glon to free him.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: When Runt wants to free him out of the Drow caves, he gives the Baron a glamour amulet that makes him look like a Drow woman so he can be brought out inconspicuously. Problem is, it changes only his looks but not his dressings, and he's butt-naked at the time.Baron Elwood: "Stop staring!"Runt: "Sorry, Your Excellency."
- This Is Unforgivable!: He still holds a grudge against Elzear'bith years after he was released from captivity, even though meanwhile she has taken a great fall. It could be because Elzear'bith likes Adding Insult to Injury by greeting him with "Baron Tiny Pants".
Prince 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 in an expedition into Black Mountain to rescue Baron Elwood, but once in the mountain he leaves the party to exact revenge upon Arachne. This fails, and he ends up becoming her prisoner for a while. In The Serpent Awakes, he is reunited with his sister and helps her fighting Ranna.
- Abduction Is Love: He seems to think that, as his idea of flirting with Arachne includes kidnapping her while she is knocked out. He then attempts to enforce his ideas of "good" elvish behaviour and an "appropriate" style of dressing on her. Arachne is less than impressed.
- Absurdly Youthful Parent: Justified in that he's an elf. His own mother does not look a day older than him, either.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: At least his son Cadugan views him as this.
- Bumbling Dad: He's this to Cadugan who's savvy enough to avoid his family most of the time and also to openly criticize his father.
- The Ditz: Must run in the family; he behaves much like his sister.
- Double Standard: He (initially) wants to redeem the Drow, but is not above bribing their bodyguards to kidnap one of them.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: Turned into a Drow female, Glitterbranch takes a look at the acquisitions.
- Sibling Triangle: He falls for Arachne and plans to make her his bride, but Arachne soon proceeds to infatuate his sister Dewcup.
Meri Tai Swanmay
A woman of the mysterious society of Swanmaidens. She took over as the guardian of Wyldwood Forest after Taidor's death.
- Healing Hands: She can heal the wounds both The Fox and Cadugan got during their werewolf hunt by just a touch.
- Shapeshifter: Apparently, she can turn into a large black swan, strong enough to fight werewolves.
- Supernatural Sensitivity: She notices quickly when a thing or being has been exposed to magic, such as the chicken Cadugan brings her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: When Cadugan is sulking about how useless, pretentious and indifferent nobles are and that he won't ask King Runt for help in his search for Lucas, she reminds him very loudly that his lover is not only a nobleman himself but also in grave danger and it's not exactly the time for complaints.
Half-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 the lover of Meegs.
- The Casanova: As is typical for a satyr; he's smitten by Charlotte, flirts with Sybil and hooks up with Meegs. Also, he has at least six satyr children whose mother(s) are unknown.
- Half-Human Hybrid: He and Cadugan share a human mother. The other half is satyr.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He gets eaten by Saurians so his friends could get away.
- Magic Misfire: He wanted to conjure a strong breeze so their ship travel would go faster. This worked too good, as a storm gust ripped of the sails with mast, and Taidor is obliged to row.
Ruled by the caliphate of Umbril, City of Shade. Turg's Saga and Reflections in the Sand take place here.
Princess 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 which is a lot about her maturing. Later she travels the world to find a way to restore her father.
- The Baby of the Bunch: With her older brother set up to be the next Caliph and her sister destined to be the next High Priestess in the temple of Ch'Thier, Adina is pretty much free of any responsibilities and acts like it — which prompts her siblings to treat her as the little girl as which she behaves.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She gets immediately robbed of her sister by the Roc bird the moment she wishes to be delivered from her siblings.
- Birds of a Feather: Upon meeting Vachiritei, she begins considering her as a kind of soulmate; they both are a bit lost and Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life as they are given no real tasks by their respective families and feel somewhat redundant. She talks Vachiritei into joining her.
- Give Me Back My Wallet: Approached by a Percussive Pickpocket, Adina shows to have the upper hand.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She smashes the Mirror of Truth, fully knowing that it may be the only thing that can restore her father to his original form. When Kassim snaps at her because of it, she points out that it was the only way to entrap Kurassa, never allowing him to use the powers of the powerful amulet he found inside the mirror to threaten Umbril or other countries.
- Inner Monologue: She holds a particularly dramatic one — and the plot laughs at her fot it.
- It's All About Me: She had this attitude badly in Reflections in the Sand, being incredibly annoyed when her sister who had returned home after years got paid more attention than she, but she came around since then.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Stepping into the Mirror of True Reflections, Adina meets several facets of herself: the cowardly self that deals with the unknown, the greedy self that looks like a troll, the whiny little brat that she shows to be towards her family, the somewhat delusional self that shows when Adina is lying to herself and the incorrigible flirt self that shows up whenever she is in the presence of "that Najib boy". Annoyed about all these, Adina asks if there is nothing positive about her, then gets to see her booksmart self, her talented but suppressed artist self, her fearless lioness self, the clever, benevolent and strong advocate that she shows towards the Umbril citizens as well as her inner Calipha who guards her noble morals. They start fighting among each other, as Adina is in struggle with herself and has to accept that all of them are a part of her, none less "true" than the other.
- No Man of Woman Born: Upon being told that "he who enters the Mirror of True Reflection 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Sometime on her journeys with Safana, she gains some nice skills in swordfight, enough to face zombies.
A timid but competent elf girl in Kurassa's service. After her refusal to kill for him, she is put into the temple of Ch'Thier as an acolyte.
- The Atoner: After turning against Kurassa, she is not entirely pardoned but instead put in the position of an acolyte who has to serve Sahar and the temple, and Fatinah is fully willing to do so and adapts well to her new job.
- Heel–Face Turn: Loyal to Kurassa up to that point, she betrays him when he commands her to kill Prince Kassim for whom she has developed feelings. Instead she frees Kassim, giving him the opportunity to ban Kurassa into the mirror.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Kurassa may be a powerful sorcerer, but he more often than not fails with his schemes, and in non-magic matters Fatinah seems a lot more skilled; she is an excellent climber, saves Sahar from the Roc bird, fights a cyclops, and Kurassa even trusts that she can deal with an ogre on her own.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Not so much of a friend, really, but Sahar keeps telling her that it's only in Fatinah's imagination that Kurassa shows up in her mirror ever again to pester her or try to win back her servitude, which Fatinah constantly declines.
Kassim ibn Tambid al Umbril
Crown prince of Umbril. In Turg's Saga, he tries to get out of an arranged marriage with a gnoll (Flind) girl, which 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.
- Leader Wannabe: He has the command over the group that's out to search the Mirror, but there are several people more reasonable and competent than him, such as his sister Sahar. He actively avoids a decision on what to do with Fatinah after her Heel–Face Turn.
- Love Potion: Briefly; the snake demoness Cerasta bewitches him with a kiss, but Sahar smacks sense back into him.
- Manchild: He shows to be prone to tantrums and truculent behaviour. Even the Mirror of True Reflection points out that Kassim is basically still a little boy in a noble costume.
- Take a Third Option: In The Serpent Awakes, his mother wants to get to the tomb of Ch'Thier, stating that it's not possible to go there over land, but taking the ship will cost them weeks. His suggestion: "What if we could fly?"
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: He seems to have a crush on Fatinah, and as Adina revealed to him, Fatinah definitely has feelings for him. But since he is a prince and she a servant girl turned acolyte, nothing has come from it so far.
A sorcerer who searchs for an incredibly powerful medallion to take over the world.
- Bad Boss: Not only does he mistreat Fatinah verbally, he also threatens to hurt her again, implying he has brutalized her before.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald, and he's 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: Kurassa is a fire sorcerer.
- Mirror Monster: Kurassa got stuck in the very mirror he was trying to conquer. He keeps haunting Fatinah through the mirror in her room.
- Obviously Evil: Nobody trusts him, but he was hired as an expert in arcane magic.
Eldest daughter of the Caliph of Umbril. She's the High Priestess in the Umbril temple of Ch'Thier and often the voice of reason towards her siblings.
- Genki Girl: Usually, Sahar puts on a very dignified and reserved behaviour to fill her priestess role, but she has her moments.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When her brother is hypnotized by a snake demoness, she helps it out with a good, solid punch.
- Gorgeous Gorgon: In The Serpent Awakes, Agaera gets her hands on Sahar, converts her to a Rannite and turns her into a gorgon.
- High Priestess: She has been in priestess schooling for years and now takes over the position as a High Priestess of Ch'Thier, as her mother was before her.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: "I am a priestess, not a sorceress." Which is mainly directed at the fact that she knows nothing about Arcana, but she can indeed invoke massive thunderbolts.
Sphynx of Temshutep
The 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.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's a lot bigger than Turg is when they're both in their natural forms, but when she takes on minotaur form, he stands about a head taller than her.
- Interspecies Romance: With Turg. They're expecting offspring by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- Threshold Guardian: To enter the tomb of Temshutep, you have to get past her by answering her riddle. A wrong answer means she eats you.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Exaggerated. She's just around whale-sized, while Turg is a regular-sized minotaur.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Messing with Turg is just not a good idea when the Sphynx is around.
Caliph of Umbril, who has been transformed into a tree. Tambid is married to Vanessa, and to his son's surprise, he does not in fact have a harem.
- Henpecked Husband: Downplayed; Vanessa does not boss him around aggressively, but as he's sometimes a bit gullible, it's usually she who gently but determined sets his views straight.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Besides of having a bit too much trust in the liability of his allies or his children's responsible behaviour, he's doing a good job as Caliph.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He does not like the Flind Hyeesha a bit, but agrees to wedding his son off to one of her daughters because he knows that the trade routes through the Hyeeshat are important for his people's economy.
- Transflormation: Kurassa has turned him into a tree to trick his family into helping him get the Mirror of True Reflection. As this mission fails, he stays a tree, but his daughter Adina pledges to travel the world until she finds a way to restore him.
Turg the minotaur
A 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: He is a minotaur of solid build which is quite useful in a fight — he's strong enough to stand against an ogre.
- Gentle Giant: Despite being a powerhouse, Turg is a very nice guy who always offers a hand for help and went out to the tomb of Temshutep not for wealth but to find someone to share his life with.
- 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.
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: A minotaur romancing a Sphynx. They're expecting offspring by the time of the Reflections in the Sand arc.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Delivered in Reflections in the Sand when Kassim and his companions come to the tomb:Turg: "I am Turg, companion of the Sphynx, guardian of the tomb of Temshutep!"
- The One That Got Away: During his date with Gren, he laments about his ex-girlfriend who has just recently broken up with him.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Exaggerated — he's a regular-sized minotaur, and she's a Sphynx the size of a fortress.
Vanessa al Saugren min Ch'Thier
Wife to Tambid, mother of Adina, Kassim and Sahar, and a powerful priestess of Ch'Thier. In Turg's Saga, she successfully fends off Izquixxisquid who tries to use mind control on her. She instantly (and correctly) has a dislike of Kurassa.
- Happily Married: She and Tambid are very happy with each other, showing for example in that he has no harem, even though it seems to be expected of him in his culture. After he is turned into a tree, Vanessa tries to make a joke about how "at least he stopped snoring", but in the following time, she ages visibly.
- High Priestess: As Sahar is now, Vanessa was the High Priestess of Ch'Thier earlier. Together with Anna of Shallmar, she fought Ranna some twenty years ago.
- Parenting the Husband: A little bit, such as when she lectures him patiently about how the Flind Hyeesha and her entire family are evil and, when Tambid gets the lesson, gives him a kiss and says "Good boy!"
- Reasoning with God: When the Rannites grow strong and Ranna strives to retake the world, Vanessa goes to the tomb of Ch'Thier to awake her again for fighting her sister. It does not work, though probably not because Ch'Thier didn't want to react but she couldn't.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Was apparently this when she was younger; she gives Sahar her old armor that she wore for battling Ranna. She's a bit more staid nowadays, but still fully capable of fighting off mind-flayers and roasting people who would take her daughter away by force.
Residents of several places
Alaria of Lanley
A princess with a love for music and a flock of admirers following her around.
- Catch-Phrase: She often repeats "Goodness!"
- Dude Magnet: At the Great Bardic Challenge, she attracts the attention of Thomas the Bard, Shawn of Shallmar and Frank de Boer.
- Offscreen Romance: When we see her again after a long time, she is engaged to King Runt.
- Princess Classic: Beautiful, friendly, wears elegant gowns and has excellent manners.
Anna of Shallmar
The young queen of Shallmar who ended the werewolf feuds in her country and is friends with Vanessa with whom she once fought Ranna. She is the daughter of Ranna's daughter Shaidrah.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: She is on first name basis with her father Shawn of Shallmar, though considering the way they treat each other, she might not be aware that he is her father.
- Damsel out of Distress: Admittedly, The Fox only brings her to him by magic because he wants to ask for her help, but as Anna doesn't know this at that point, she straight-up kicks her supposed kidnapper in the face, slaps him and takes his sword.
- Fire-Forged Friends: She and Vanessa seem to be this, as they once fought Ranna together.
- The High Queen: Seems to be a very beloved and capable queen. Towards her subjects, she shows to be dignified but kind. With her reign, a period of peace began, and Shallmar recovered from the war against a zombie king and from the werewolf fights.
- White Sheep: She is the only one of Ranna's descendants who rejected her power and joined humanity.
Sister of King Lewstrom and former priestess in their realm, she was given the task to guard the tomb of Ranna where she remained ever since.
- Cool Big Sis: In contrast to Tufan who could be condescending at times and mostly cared about his own amusement, Ata had quite an amicable relationship with Lewie before their ways parted. They later get to resume their brother-sister bond.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She tries to be the responsible one when her brother, Prince Tufan, recklessly bans Kila, the goddess of death, angering her in the process. But since Ata can be impulsive at times, brushes the advice of her younger brother Lewie off and suggests him as the surrogate king, she may not have helped the matter much.
- Hermit Guru: Hermit Priestess, to be exactly. At the beginning of her guardianship, Ata was the head of the Order of the Spider, a Drow society living in the city of Ruun to guard Ranna's body. But over time, they grew more and more violent and began to kill each other. The few of them left live as savages in the ruins now, and Ata avoids them where she can.
- High Priestess: Being a priestess of the goddess Hano in her home city, she was promoted by basically all the gods when she was transported to Ruun. Neither of them wanted Ranna to ever return and hence gifted Ata with lots of powers so she would be able to lead the Drow order and protect the tomb of Ranna.
- Purpose-Driven Immortality: The gods have blissed her with immortality so that Ata would guard the tomb of Ranna and stop her from rising ever again.
- Protectorate: Hers is the tomb of Ranna, located in the lost city Ruun that's hidden behind the magic Curtain of Abynn. Ata is quite a strict guardian, not allowing Dewcup to leave again after she has entered once because she cannot allow her to carry her knowledge of the tomb out into the world. And the fact that Dewcup has destroyed the Curtain of Abynn, thereby wiping out an important barrier.
The Grell is basically a large hovering brain with tentacles and a beak, living reclusive in the Ancient Ruins. He is friends with Bob the Beholder.
- Brain Monster: Which has its advantages, such as having no eyes holds him from being petrified by a gorgon.
- The Hermit: He lives alone in an area called the Ancient Ruins. While he joins Bob or his other friends on missions, he does not enter big cities as he does not like large amounts of people.
- Verbal Tic: He seems to be incapable to say a sentence without including "I think" or "I'm thinking".
Queen of the Day in Vallejo. She reigns the Barbarians and becomes a reluctant follower of Ranna.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Charlotte is sad that she never managed to confess her true feelings to Lotharia, despite them being actually married. Lotharia seems to view her as her Best Friend, but then again she is so desperate to get Charlotte back that she follows Ranna into war and draws the anger of her people for heeding Ranna's every wish.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: It begins with establishing the Night Queen and delivering human sacrifices to her on a regular basis, but when Lotharia makes her people convert to Ranna, she loses most of her supporters as they hate what Ranna does, such as leading them into war, and Lotharia never objects against her.
- The Noun Who Verbed: He correct title is She Who Rules The Day.
- The Only One I Trust: Initially not believing Charlotte's claims that there was a scheme set up to depose her, Lotharia had to learn that Charlotte was right. After that, she did not only consider her as a friend and confidante but also had her working as a spy to validate her reign.
- Sacred Hospitality: Subverted at its worst. She offers Lucas and his companions to take shelter in Vallejo and feast with the Barbarians. Later that night she has Lucas tied up naked so he can be taken by the Night Queen as a sacrifice.
Sidonie of Falconheim
A noblewoman, falconer, and highly skilled archer. She joins her brother Idries to the kingship trials in The Axe In The Rock and gets a crush on 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 Jarl Harald.
- Archer Archetype: Idries won't allow Sidonie to join the war — until he sees that she can pin flies to a tree with her arrows from 40 ft distance.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: She and Astrid are this when they fight dragons together.
- Braids of Action: She usually wears a single braid, in contrast to her double Astrid who has two.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Some time before she was introduced as a character, Sidonie was one of the women who were brought to Drostardy as potential suitors for King Eric. Clover who was deeply jealous made sure that Eric didn't choose Sidonie.
- I Choose to Stay: While originally landing in Nordland due to a mistake, she falls in love with Harald Werewolvesbane and marries him.
- Identical Stranger: Despite being no relatives at all, Sidonie and Astrid look so much alike that even their family members are fooled. It leads to Sidonie being abducted and taken to Nordland where Astrid is arranged to marry Harald.
- Loyal Animal Companion: She has a falcon, Francis, with whom she is often seen. He is the first one to catch on to the fact that Sidonie has been replaced with Astrid, and when Sidonie moves to Nordland, Francis follows her there.
A 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 Aeden, 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.
- Dye or Die: She appears dark-haired in Drostardy but blonde later in Elegrost, probably to cover up her identity as Drostardy is in contact with the royal court of Elegrost and word about her could have reached Runt and Aeden. When she shows up during the Rannite war, she is dark-haired again.
- Gold Digger: Not played entirely straight as, technically, she does not strive for wealth but for power. She tries it twice, first with Eric of Drostardy, the second time in Elegrost where she marries into the royal family and tries to make sure that the king himself will not produce an heir.
- Missing Mom: After her scheme to get her son on the throne is revealed, she flees the court, leaving Aeden to raise their son Jian on his own, though she sometimes is around watching them from some distance.
- Offscreen Romance: After disappearing for a time, she shows up again in The Players, then married to Aeden. There's probably less romance than opportunism involved on her part though, as Aeden is the brother of the king and she married him because he is in line for the throne. She even tried to seduce Runt before, but he wouldn't pay her attention because of his crush on Sidonie.
- Scaled Up: When her conspiracy to set her son on the throne is exposed, she turns into a dragon and flies off. It's not known where she got this power from, and she never is seen as a dragon again, so it might have been a one-time spell.
- Your Cheating Heart: The reason why Eric didn't marry her is because Clover unveils to him that she has an affair with another man. What becomes of him later is unknown though.
The Seven Seas
Cap'n Fang the Dread Pirate
A 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.
Captain and sometime pirate, she started out as Matheson's second-in-command but took on his ship when he died.
- Hurricane of Puns: To her chagrin, she has to put up with one when she transports a load of bards on her ship.
- Instant Seduction: She has no problems to seduce Lucas.
- Male Gaze: Uses her pretty looks to distract Glon.
- Mid-Battle Tea Break: Her swordfight with Arachne takes some time, and in-between, they take a break and share a drink. Then they go on fighting.
- Pirate Girl: She seems to be the only woman aboard and one pirate is intrusive towards her — which she answers by holding a dagger into his face. She's an excellent fencer over that and gains enough respect to become Captain of her crew.
- Worthy Opponent: She's terribly bored of a battle as she is clearly superior to her opponents... that is, until Arachne shows up.
He is hired by Owen Grayfort to rescue Glon from the 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.
- Bringing in the Expert: As they have to put up with a bunch of unscrupulous monsters, Owen decides that it's for the best to hire someone who is unscrupulous and devious himself. Enter Captain Matheson.
- Ghost Pirate: After being killed in a battle, he keeps on walking around and pestering family Bloodhand / Grayfort for a while. Maula eventually takes him pretty much apart.
- The Starscream: Hired originally by Owen to bring Glon back, he holds Glon hostage and eventually goes into open battle against Owen and his army, even threatening to kill his client.
A sailor who works aboard Safana's ship; he is a travelling companion and friend of Adina.
- Badass Mustache: Sports a big mustache, and that he's badass is out of question, considering his abilities with a saber and that he's not afraid of zombies or ogres.
- The Big Guy: He is this in Safana's Crew, towering over everyone else and of robust statue.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He is a bit baffled to see Safana running around naked during a battle.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to Safana who can be quite sullen and harsh, Omar is a friendly dude.
- Number Two: He's second-in-command to Safana to whom he is deeply loyal.
Captain of an Umbrilian ship who has Adina aboard for a while now, not always to her delight. A no-nonsense kind of woman, a relentless commander, and a strong warrior.
- Anger Born of Worry: After Adina got bitten by a zombie, Safana brings her to safety. And then gives her a hard slap for getting bitten.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: Not technically, but she seems to view herself as this in regards of Adina, being grudgingly dragged along on Adina's adventures, often brought into trouble by her and then having to save her. It's somewhat understandable as Adina is the Caliph's daughter; if she'd die while travelling with Safana, Safana would probably have to face consequences.
- Bald Women: In a case of Bald of Awesome, as Safana kicks plenty ass.
- The Captain: A capable and determined one; she acts towards her crew like a very strict Team Mom.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: She can easily carry Adina.
- Lowered Recruiting Standards: She is accused of this because she has invited the demons Eeshie and Krayve to join her ranks, but it's actually averted because the demons are valuable crew members whose presence aboard scares off pirates.
- Sour Supporter: She is hilariously annoyed by Adina, but usually lets her have her way.
- 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.
Bards and other travelers
The grumpy sidekick of Marion the bard. In Wood Court, he believes he could be an equally competent faerie judge, but is quickly proven wrong by their Blue and Orange Morality.
- An Axe to Grind: When his short temper is triggered, he wields a large battle axe.
- Berserk Button: Don't call him Marion's "servant". He really does not like that.
- Male Gaze: He's not overly eager to visit the sea elves, but taking a look at the generally topless mermaids persuades him to jump down into the ocean anyway.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Marion's cheerful attitude and the fact that Ben absolutely cannot understand her interactions with the faeries prompt him ever again to snark about her decisions and her job, but nonetheless he never leaves her side and trusts in her.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He feels like that when Marion holds court among the faeries, as their rules seem completely illogical and their problems nonsensical to him.
Clover's sister, a bard. She and Clover had a fallout over Charla's fiancé some fifteen years ago and haven't spoken since then.
- Always Identical Twins: Seems to be the case, as Gren mistakes her for Clover at first glance.
- Family Disunion: When she hears that her sister has become Queen of Drostardy, Charla goes to visit her, and the two of them have a fight about the events in their hometown fifteen years ago. Clover gets to tell her side of the story, and they reconcile eventually.
- Sibling Triangle: Played with; she accuses Clover of ruining her relationship with Penweld because she was jealous. Clover did indeed have a flirty moment and a kiss with him, but all she wanted was to convict him of infidelity.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Clover's Tomboy. She wears dresses when Clover is in a shirts-and-pants-only phase, becomes a bard when Clover becomes a rogue and assassin, and strives for marriage and family while Clover goes off for adventures. Ironically, it is Clover who ends up as a queen and mother.
- Wandering Minstrel: She performs at the Great Bardic Challenge and afterwards travels for a while with co-bards Frank de Boer, Jewel the Pocket-Bard, Caelin, and Diarmatt.
The Fox / Shawn of Shallmar
A masked Robin Hood-like figure who helps investigating crimes and dishing out justice.
- Bilingual Bonus: Inverted; Fox translates into Spanish as "Zorro".
- Calling Card: When he wants people to know of his presence, he leaves a card with a fox depiction behind.
- For Great Justice: His main motivation (besides of having fun with the masquerade); he stops several goblins on the Great Bardic Challenge from being lynched without a trial, interrogates a potential criminal, catches a murderer and goes after Lady Vivay when she is wanted for treason.
- Living Legend: Every bard knows the songs about him, especially about how he blinded a dragon once with a single crossbolt.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Completely averted; he gets plenty chances to flirt, i. e. with Meri Tai, and he hooks up with Goria while being in his mask.
- Rescue Romance: He protected orc lady Goria White-Eye from an owlbear in the forest, nursed her wounds and fathered her child during the time he took care of her. They never met again after Goria returned to her people and he never knew about their daughter, though Goria named her Jone in honour of him — "the fox" in orc language is "Ahn'Jone".
- Secret Identity: One of the reasons why he runs around in a mask and a fox-eared cape is "because he gets too much of a kick out of it". It's not his only secret identity as Shawn is also the heir to the throne of Shallmar, a fact about which he keeps quiet.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Goria was surprised that he talked to her in orc language and knew about orc customs.
A 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...
- Be Careful What You Wish For : Unlike many of the genies who follow this trope, he is genuinely eager to help and does try his best to please, but he tends to mess up wishes thanks to...
- Comically Missing the Point: If a wish can in some way be misinterpreted, he will misinterpret it.
- Literal Genie: At its worst. When Charlotte wishes for a large diamond in her hand, he has the diamond pop up on the inside of her hand, which is understandably painful. On another occasion, the mage Morgana wishes herself to a place "together with her friends" — but as she didn't specify which friends, a lot of old acquaintances show up there with her while the friends she meant remain in the Black Mountain.
- No Man Should Have This Power: After Cloudcuckoolander Captain Fang got his hands on the genie lamp, with desastrous results, Arachne throws the lamp into the sea, deciding it's for the better. Of course, Chimera picks it up and hides it in his cave from where it finds its way into the hands of the servant of sorcerer Kurassa.
A gnome with a penchant for explosives. He taught Clover everything she knows about fighting.
- The Bus Came Back: After being outlawed from Clover's hometown, he is not seen again until he shows up unexpectedly in The Night Queen in the Lost Valley.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has absolutely everything in his underground lair that could be needed for monster hunting.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Clover meets him during a Landshark hunt and spontaneously jumps in to assist him. Afterwards, they both admit that they had a lot of fun with the potentially fatal situation, and Gummer begins training Clover.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Likely to happen when he is around; it's how he defeats Charlotte when she is after him and his group.
- Thrill Seeker: His main purpose in life is the hunt for monsters, be it landsharks, dinosaurs or deranged Drow.
Marion of Heatherdale
An 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. In The Players, she visits the court of King Runtherd and helps investigating the scheme of Lady Vivay.
- Aura Vision: She can perceive magical curses on people.
- The Cameo: Based on the real-world musician Heather Dale.
- Granola Girl: She has shades of this, being usually cheerful, gifting people with flowers and overflowing with love and understanding for the petty problems of faeries or even for a giant frog monster that has just eaten her assistant.
- Friend to All Living Things: She almost never loses her sunny attitude and is charming to pretty much everyone she comes across. Also, she's a definite opponent of Fantastic Racism, as she gets very angry at the other bards when they are about to execute a few goblins without a trial.
- Older Than They Look: She confirms that a song that is well-known for around a thousand years has originally been written by her.
- Secret Keeper: A conversation of hers might indicate that she knows the identity of The Fox.
The most common goddess for humans to pray to. She is a goddess of purity and health and takes care of the souls of the dead. Besides that, she is also the sister of Ranna.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A small but possibly significant detail when Ch'Thier has both herself and her sister removed from their lives on earth: It looks like she has reached out to hold Ranna's hand the last moment before they both fell asleep.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Not so much glorious as potentially omni-destructive as they both are goddesses; Ranna went to war against her to gain her followers and a larger realm, but Ch'Thier prevented the battle. Meanwhile the Rannites are strong again and it looks like Ranna has the upper hand in their fight considering Ch'Thier is a prisoner in her hell right now.
- God Is Good: She is a benevolent goddess, titled "Lady of Light, Love, Purity, and Health". During her time on earth, she installed hospitals, schooling systems and libraries and cared for the cultural growth of humankind.
- Physical God: She was this once, until she confronted her sister Ranna. To prevent a war that would have taken thousands of lives, Ch'Thier gave up her earthly identity by putting both herself and her sister into a deep sleep. She exists in the overworld since then, still accessible by her followers and guarding the souls of the dead into the afterlife. Vanessa tries to summon her back into her body to fight Ranna who has grown strong again, but Ch'Thier doesn't answer her call because Ranna keeps her imprisoned in her personal hell.
The main (and possibly only) orc deity, he is the one in charge for their wars and for the orcs' souls in afterlife. To lead his people into a war that would make the orcs rulers of the world, he created the half-orc Jone which turned out to be a big mistake.
- Cyclops: He appears as an orc, albeit with one eye instead of two.
- Divine Intervention: When he notices Jone has begun to slaughter friend and foe alike, not stopping from killing orcs, he tries to stop her. Cue Jone stabbing his foot and defeating his army of undead.
- God Is Inept: He shows to be the most incapable of the gods; first he needs many attempts to create the powerful half-orc warrior he wanted to have (Glon is one of those he considers a failed experiment), then he has Jone but cannot keep her under control, and in the end he gets eaten and his powers absorbed by Ranna.
- Jerkass Gods: He found Jone's blood-lusting murder spree rather funny for a while. Later, the reason why he didn't intervene in the war between orcs and Drow was because he couldn't be bothered to act, even though his own people were dying in masses.
She was the goddess of death in an ancient human realm that preceeded the Black Mountain society. When said realm was annihilated, a desperate priestess grabbed the last statue from her destroyed temple to bring her to safety — this happened to be Kila. She was preserved by the only survivor, Lewstrom, whom she taught necromancy so he would be of use for her plan to overtake the world.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: Lewie points out to her that she is powerless the moment he, as her last true follower, loses his belief in her. Indeed, reduced to nothing but her physical body, she can't put up with Lolth who eats her.
- Jerkass Gods: Upon noticing that Prince Tufan had banned her from the temples, denying her a place at the side of the other gods, Kila sent a plague and a horde of barbarians to wipe out the entire culture. She was the only goddess remaining and carried on by turning Lewie, a well-mannered, well-meaning, deeply mourning young man into a bitter old Lich with unhealthy ambitions, just so she could have her world of servile undeads. Besides that, she loves to Kick the Dog.
- Large Ham: Similarly to her last follower Lewie, Kila is prone to this.
- Physical God: Starting out as a speaking statue, she gains physical form when Lewie brings her the focussing crystal from the tomb of Temshutep. That's also what makes it very easy for Loth to just kill her.
- Snake People: She has the upper body of a bald African woman, albeit with fangs and an extra pair of arms; from her hips downwards she's a snake.
The demon goddess of spiders and main deity of Drow. Arachne summons Lolth with the focussing crystal to get rid of Kila. Afterwards, Lolth stays as her roommate. Years later, in Coup d'Drow, she fights with the Beholder King and he forces her to flee this dimension; the crystal is then shattered to prevent her return.
- Divine Date: She had an affair with Wolf. It resulted in her being pregnant with demi-goddess Lycosa whom Lolth wants to be the new Drow empress, though now it may never come to this as Lolth has disappeared while still pregnant.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: After she was kicked out of the Black Mountain by the Beholder King, the Lolth cult was more and more neglected because of her refusal to stop the war that costed many Drow life. Eventually, the Lolth temple is repurposed, the cult is forbidden entirely, and it seems that Lolth has just ceased to exist.
- Physical God: She manifests in a completely physical form for a considerable portion of the comic. At the beginning, she appears as a giant spider with Drow head and an impressive set of teeth, later as a normal Drow, then as a quite oversized Drow, and eventually she returns to her spider form for battle, sporting Horns of Villainy this time.
- Sense Freak: She drinks, sleeps 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.
Sister of Ch'Thier and leader of the Rannites.
- Cannibalism Superpower: She eats the scorpion god Scorpi and the orc god Gruumsh, absorbing their powers and gaining their followers. Some time later, she tells triumphantly she has eaten no less than ten gods.
- Divine Parentage: At some point, Ranna has created a daughter, "her own spirit child" Shaidrah, to lead the Rannite empire in her name.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: In its most extreme form as both Ch'Thier and Ranna originally had a part of the world for themselves, but both eventually wanted all the world and its people — Ch'Thier wanted them to be free and peaceful and bloom culturally, Ranna wanted them to join her corrupt empire and worship her. Ch'thier tried to end it by removing them both from the world, but Ranna has returned to earth and meanwhile has Ch'Thier captured in hell.
- God Is Evil: Standing against her sister, Ranna wants to conquer the entire world and all people of any species as her followers. Those who won't follow her are tortured, crucified and have to suffer her hell in afterlife.
- Horns of Villainy: Not in her own body, but appearing as a non-physical entity, she looks like a winged demoness with horns.
- Physical God: She was this once, until Ch'Thier put them both asleep, separating their souls from their physical bodies. Both have existed as overworldly entities since then, but Ranna's spirit essence was put into a Drow so she would die for real eventually. Instead she overtook the Drow and strives to get her own body back in which she succeeds at the end of The Serpent Awakes.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: A Drow organisation, the Order of the Spider, has hidden Ranna's dormant spirit inside a Drow child, Charlotte, intending for the Drow to live a normal life, never aware of Ranna's presence, and eventually to take her to the afterlife for good. But exposed to strong magic, Ranna can trick her way around that and overtakes her host body. Arachne tries to seal her again in Elzear'bith who was Raised as a Host, but fails.