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* HumanMomNonHumanDad: If that Skull Bearer was telling the truth...

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* HumanMomNonHumanDad: If that Skull Bearer was telling the truth... Although Skull Bearers were originally human.


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* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with. During the course of the journey she is told by a man claiming to be her father that the innate, nearly out-of-control magic she possesses was inherited from him--''[[{{Squick}} a Skull Bearer]]''. [[KillItWithFire She has the appropriate reaction]], and almost succumbs to a HeroicBSOD until Kinson Ravenlock snaps her out of it. In the end, it is never revealed if this was actually the truth, or part of a trap by the GenreSavvy Warlock Lord to ensnare her powerful magic through her longing for her DisappearedDad; however, Bremen had told already her that he believed her father was most likely a creature of the Warlock Lord in disguise, given her story about her disturbed mother being seduced by a strange man and the fact that she was born with magic.

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with. During the course of the journey she is told by a man claiming to be her father that the innate, nearly out-of-control magic she possesses was inherited from him--''[[{{Squick}} a Skull Bearer]]''. [[KillItWithFire She has the appropriate reaction]], and almost succumbs to a HeroicBSOD until Kinson Ravenlock snaps her out of it. In the end, it is never revealed if this was actually the truth, or part of a trap by the GenreSavvy Warlock Lord to ensnare her powerful magic through her longing for her DisappearedDad; however, Bremen had told already her that he believed her father was most likely a creature of the Warlock Lord in disguise, given her story about her disturbed mother being seduced by a strange man and the fact that she was born with magic.


Allanon's father, and the man responsible for the creation of the Sword of Shannara in the first place, Bremen is an elderly Druid who becomes aware of Brona's threat before the other Druids. When the Druid Council [[IgnoredExpert will not listen to him]], Bremen leaves Paranor in disgust, deciding to take matters into his own hands.

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Allanon's adoptive father, and the man responsible for the creation of the Sword of Shannara in the first place, Bremen is an elderly Druid who becomes aware of Brona's threat before the other Druids. When the Druid Council [[IgnoredExpert will not listen to him]], Bremen leaves Paranor in disgust, deciding to take matters into his own hands.


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* {{Archenemy}}: To the Warlock Lord.
* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa

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* GhostlyAdvisor: To Allanon after his death.
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* MyGreatestFailure: Not killing Brona.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Allanon.
* PosthumousCharacter: In the original trilogy.

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* PosthumousCharacter: In the original trilogy.
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* ActionGirl: She tries. She really does.

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* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Almost word for word.

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* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Kills himself rather than allow the Black Elfstone to subvert him]].
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* {{Badass}}: Mareth is one badass EmoTeen.


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** BadassBeard: He's a Dwarf, so this is to be expected.

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* ActionGirl: Not as much as other Brooks heroines thanks to her DarkAndTroubledPast, emo-ness, and the dangers of truly unleashing her magic, but she qualifies thanks to the battles she engages in--including the final one with Brona's forces, which nearly annihilates the Dwarves, kills [[{{Badass}} Risca]] of all people, and almost kills [[BadassNormal Kinson]]...but of which she's the only survivor other than Jerle and Bremen.

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* ActionGirl: Not as much as other Brooks heroines thanks to her DarkAndTroubledPast, emo-ness, and the dangers of truly unleashing her magic, but she qualifies thanks to the battles she engages in--including the final one with Brona's forces, which nearly annihilates the Dwarves, kills [[{{Badass}} Risca]] kills Risca of all people, and almost kills [[BadassNormal Kinson]]...but of which she's the only survivor other than Jerle and Bremen.



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* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero]]: [[spoiler:His inability to accept his own failures allows Brona to escape, albeit severely weakened.]]

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* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero]]: NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:His inability to accept his own failures allows Brona to escape, albeit severely weakened.]]


* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with. During the course of the journey she is told by a man claiming to be her father that the innate, nearly out-of-control magic she possesses was inherited from him--''[[{{Squick}} a Skull Bearer]]''. [[KillItWithFire She has the appropriate reaction]], and almost succumbs to a HeroicBSOD until Kinson Ravenlock snaps her out of it. In the end, however, it is never revealed if this was actually the truth, or part of a trap by the GenreSavvy Warlock Lord to ensnare her powerful magic through her longing for her DisappearedDad.

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with. During the course of the journey she is told by a man claiming to be her father that the innate, nearly out-of-control magic she possesses was inherited from him--''[[{{Squick}} a Skull Bearer]]''. [[KillItWithFire She has the appropriate reaction]], and almost succumbs to a HeroicBSOD until Kinson Ravenlock snaps her out of it. In the end, however, it is never revealed if this was actually the truth, or part of a trap by the GenreSavvy Warlock Lord to ensnare her powerful magic through her longing for her DisappearedDad.DisappearedDad; however, Bremen had told already her that he believed her father was most likely a creature of the Warlock Lord in disguise, given her story about her disturbed mother being seduced by a strange man and the fact that she was born with magic.


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[[redirect:Characters/{{Shannara}}]] !!Bremen
Allanon's father, and the man responsible for the creation of the Sword of Shannara in the first place, Bremen is an elderly Druid who becomes aware of Brona's threat before the other Druids. When the Druid Council [[IgnoredExpert will not listen to him]], Bremen leaves Paranor in disgust, deciding to take matters into his own hands.
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* {{Archenemy}}: To the Warlock Lord.
* BadassBeard
* BadassGrandpa
* BigGood: Fills this role in ''First King'', where he's also the main character. One could contend that in ''Sword'', ''Elfstones'', and ''Wishsong'' he's the Bigger Good to Big Good Allanon.
* FailureKnight: Binds himself to the Hadeshorn after failing to kill Brona.
* GhostlyAdvisor: To Allanon after his death.
* IgnoredExpert
* JacobMarleyApparel: Always appears in his shroud.
* TheMentor: To Risca, Tay, Mareth, Jerle, and Allanon in turn. It's interesting if only because he's the main character.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not killing Brona.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Allanon.
* PosthumousCharacter: In the original trilogy.
* TakeUpMySword: Does this to Allanon, with or without meaning to.
* UnfinishedBusiness: Why he binds himself to the Hadeshorn.

!!Risca
A Dwarven Warrior Druid, and one of Bremen's closest friends. Bremen sends him to gather the Dwarves against Brona's threat.
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassBeard: He's a Dwarf, so this is to be expected.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* MagicKnight: One of the few Warrior Druids left, he channels his magic through his weapons.
* OneManArmy: It takes a veritable army, or a being of Brona's power to make Risca run.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Tay's Sensitive Guy (not that they spend a lot of time together).
* WalkingArmoury: He's got a CoolSword, AnAxeToGrind, and [[CarryABigStick Carries A Big Stick]]. Shades of Garet Jax.

!!Tay Trefenwyd
Bremen's other ally among the Dwarves of Paranor, Tay is an Elven Druid, whose studies focused mostly on the elements. A close friend of Jerle Shananra, Bremen sends him to warn the Elf King about Brona, and obtain the Black Elfstone.
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* BecomingTheMask: Has to be very careful of this when he infiltrates the Chew Magna. Subsumed in his worst emotions in order to disguise himself, it would only take one false move to turn him into a genuine monster, instead of just looking like one.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Using the [[ArtifactOfDoom Black Elfstone]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl
* [[spoiler:DrivenToSuicide: Kills himself rather than allow the Black Elfstone to subvert him]].
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]
* SadisticChoice: Use the Black Elfstone against the Skull Bearers and be consumed by evil, or die? [[spoiler:He chooses both.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: To Risca and Jerle's Manly Men.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Jerle's girlfriend, Preia Starle.

!!Mareth

A young Druid-in-training, she ends up traveling with Bremen, Risca, and Kinson Ravenlock after the fall of Paranor, aiding in rallying the Dwarves to the cause against Brona, as well as obtaining the aid of Urprox Screl in the forging of the Sword of Shannara and, though it isn't clear at the time, helping him locate his successor in the form of Allanon.
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* ActionGirl: Not as much as other Brooks heroines thanks to her DarkAndTroubledPast, emo-ness, and the dangers of truly unleashing her magic, but she qualifies thanks to the battles she engages in--including the final one with Brona's forces, which nearly annihilates the Dwarves, kills [[{{Badass}} Risca]] of all people, and almost kills [[BadassNormal Kinson]]...but of which she's the only survivor other than Jerle and Bremen.
* {{Angst}}: Boatloads
* {{Badass}}: Mareth is one badass EmoTeen.
* BoomStick: Courtesy of Bremen. It lets her channel her magic without hurting herself.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DisappearedDad: Source of much angst...especially when she finds out who he might [[{{Squick}} actually be]].
* EmoTeen: At times; not that she doesn't have her reasons.
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: If that Skull Bearer was telling the truth...
* LukeIAmYourFather: Played with. During the course of the journey she is told by a man claiming to be her father that the innate, nearly out-of-control magic she possesses was inherited from him--''[[{{Squick}} a Skull Bearer]]''. [[KillItWithFire She has the appropriate reaction]], and almost succumbs to a HeroicBSOD until Kinson Ravenlock snaps her out of it. In the end, however, it is never revealed if this was actually the truth, or part of a trap by the GenreSavvy Warlock Lord to ensnare her powerful magic through her longing for her DisappearedDad.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Initially she believes that Bremen is her dad.
* PowerIncontinence: Her main issue throughout the book, solved only when she is given a staff by Bremen to channel it and later when she deals with her issues regarding her parentage.
* TakeUpMySword: Averted when, after the final battle, rather than being the last of the Druids she throws away her staff and chooses to have a normal life with Kinson.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Invokes this appearance wise, but that [[BoomStick staff]] is for a heck of a lot more than healing.

!!Jerle Shannara
The ultimate grandfather to the whole Shannara line, Jerle makes his first real appearance in this book. Promoted to the kingship when the rest of his relatives are slaughtered, he accompanies his friend Tay on the hunt for the [[ArtifactOfDoom Black Elfstone]] and is later chosen by Bremen to wield the Sword of Shannara against the Warlock Lord.
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* CoolSword: The original wielder of the Sword of Shannara.
* HeroSecretService: Was the Captain of the Elven Home Guard before the royal family was wiped out.
* [[spoiler:NiceJobBreakingItHero]]: [[spoiler:His inability to accept his own failures allows Brona to escape, albeit severely weakened.]]
* PosthumousCharacter: In the original trilogy.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* WarriorPrince
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Deliberately invoked. His inability to understand the Sword's power is [[spoiler:what ultimately allows Brona to escape.]]

!!Preia Starle
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* ActionGirl: She tries. She really does.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: To Jerle

!!Kinson Ravenlock
Warrior, bodyguard, and Tracker who travels with Bremen, first to the Skull Kingdom, then to Paranor, and finally on a journey to rally the Dwarves and help forge the Sword of Shannara. Falls in love with Mareth and ends up founding the city of Kern. Ancestor of Shirl Ravenlock.

* {{Badass}}
** BadassNormal
* BodyguardCrush: May play into how he falls for Mareth in the end.
* {{Determinator}}: Doesn't come close to death until the final battle, and even then he clings to life despite some rather severe wounds.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Almost word for word.
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