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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Platinum blonde and heroic through and through.


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* LawOfInverseFertility: She and her late husband were childless, and she suspects that she is barren, but she can end up carrying Rook's child after no more than two trysts with him. See SomeoneToRememberHimBy below.

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* NailedToTheWagon: Once the Ravens eventually run out of meade for him to drink, he grouses that "sober" is no way to live.

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* OddNameOut: Yet another thing that makes her stands out among the cast - while the rest of the characters have norse or celtic names, she is the only one with a roman name.


* MageMarksman: Can learn some basic mending from Eyvind in the second game.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Before he came to Skogr, his name was Yngvar. He fought in the Second Great War and managed to kill a Sundr ó one of the leaders and generals of dredge race... because said Sundr turned out to be a female dredge, and she was nursing her son in a snowstorm. He threw his axe at her but the wind caused him to miss and kill the son, incapacitating the Sundr with grief for him to easily finish. When he returned to the varl, they hailed him as a hero. When they tried to name him king, he just walked away and later appeared in Skogr under the new name of Iver.]]



* FriendlessBackground: Even before coming to Skogr where he was the only varl, it's implied he wasn't very sociable with other members of his race.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Before he came to Skogr, his name was Yngvar. He fought in the Second Great War and managed to kill a Sundr ó one of the leaders and generals of dredge race... because said Sundr turned out to be a female dredge, and she was nursing her son in a snowstorm. He threw his axe at her but the wind caused him to miss and kill the son, incapacitating the Sundr with grief for him to easily finish. When he returned to the varl, they hailed him as a hero. When they tried to name him king, he just walked away and later appeared in Skogr under the new name of Iver.]]



* HitAndRun: Ride The Lightning, which [[FlashStep teleports]] her towards an enemy for a quick jab with her spear before returning her back to her original position. The further she had to travel towards her target, the harder it hits.

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* HitAndRun: HitAndRunTactics: Ride The Lightning, which [[FlashStep teleports]] her towards an enemy for a quick jab with her spear before returning her back to her original position. The further she had to travel towards her target, the harder it hits.



* Mayincatec: Their design aesthetics is based on this - the look of their armour and weapons (as well as the fact that they are made out of obsidian) is decidedly mayincatec-ish. Having them look like that in an otherwise predominantly scadinavian-esque setting only emphasises their strangeness and otherness compared to other races.

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* Mayincatec: {{Mayincatec}}: Their design aesthetics is based on this - the look of their armour and weapons (as well as the fact that they are made out of obsidian) is decidedly mayincatec-ish. Having them look like that in an otherwise predominantly scadinavian-esque setting only emphasises their strangeness and otherness compared to other races.


* CombatMedic: One of only two characters in the whole roster with a straight-up healing ability, able to increase a character's strength mid-battle. Unlike the Apostate, she can only affect one target at a time but can do so immediately without waiting for a charge up, and not sacrificing their armour. It does not remove injuries obtained after getting downed in previous battles however.



* HitAndRun: Ride The Lightning, which [[FlashStep teleports]] her towards an enemy for a quick jab with her spear before returning her back to her original position. The further she had to travel towards her target, the harder it hits.



* BlackSpeech: They communicate in bizarre worbly sounds that noone seems to be able to understand. It's not even transliterated unlike with other languages that heroes hear but don't understand (such as with the Serpent or horseborn), making it look that stranger. [[spoiler:Ultimately, however, it's just a language. Most if not all Valka seem to know it, and Alfrun picked it as well during her life with them.]]
* Mayincatec: Their design aesthetics is based on this - the look of their armour and weapons (as well as the fact that they are made out of obsidian) is decidedly mayincatec-ish. Having them look like that in an otherwise predominantly scadinavian-esque setting only emphasises their strangeness and otherness compared to other races.



* ActionBomb: His stonesinger ability to cause dredge to explode works even on warped dredge. Useful.
* CombatMedic: Has all the abilities that enemy stonesingers had, including the ability to increase the strength of every ally in the field in exchange for some armour loss.
* DifficultButAwesome: All of his abilities have charge-up time, requiring you to plan several moves ahead for them to be effective. But once you figure him out he can provide amazing results.



* CompleteImmortality: dredge live forever unless they are killed. And Bellower can regenerate from any injury. No matter how many times he gets hit, he just canít die. [[spoiler: In the end the heroes can only temporarily stop him by tricking him into thinking that he's dead-and even ''that'' doesn't stop him, because then he believes he's a ghost in ''all'' aspects, including the fact he can possess people. Successfully.]]

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* CompleteImmortality: dredge Dredge live forever unless they are killed. And Bellower can regenerate from any injury. No matter how many times he gets hit, he just canít die. [[spoiler: In the end the heroes can only temporarily stop him by tricking him into thinking that he's dead-and even ''that'' doesn't stop him, because then he believes he's a ghost in ''all'' aspects, including the fact he can possess people. Successfully.]]




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* LargeAndInCharge: She's even taller than Bellower, though much lankier.




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* LargeAndInCharge: Seems to be a recurring thing with the Sundr.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a noticeable scar across his neck, implying that at one point he survived [[TheManTheyCouldntHang hanging]] or a cut throat.


* SecondLove: She and Rook can become this for each other if they survive long enough.



* NiceGuy: Most of the time he is a friendly and affable if a bit nervous man, even possibly teaching Alette a bit of mending seemingly out of nothing but altruism.

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* TheMourningAfter: [[spoiler: If he's alive, it's heavily implied he will never get over Juno's sacrifice after the series' ending.]]
* NiceGuy: Most of the time he is a friendly and affable if a bit nervous man, even possibly teaching Alette a bit of mending seemingly out of nothing but altruism.


* Fauxshadowing: There are several points in the game where he goes off to make a distraction, but return alive and well despite bad feeling some characters get. [[spoiler: In the first game he takes forty varl in order to distract the dredge, and Ubin comments that this departure feels different. He comes back later, triumphant. In the second, he also ventures out of Bolverk's party to assist other varl fighting overwhelming dredge forces, and returns alive and well with survivors in tow even if Bolverk does not back him up.]][[spoiler: Subverted during the third game - if Iver's group is pursued by the Bellower, this time Krumr ''will'' die when he goes off to provide a distraction.]]

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* Fauxshadowing: {{Fauxshadowing}}: There are several points in the game where he goes off to make a distraction, but return returns alive and well despite a bad feeling some characters get. [[spoiler: In the first game he takes forty varl in order to distract the dredge, and Ubin comments that this departure feels different. He comes back later, triumphant. In the second, second one he also ventures out of Bolverk's party to assist other varl fighting overwhelming dredge forces, and returns alive and well with survivors in tow even if Bolverk does not back him up.]][[spoiler: Subverted during the third game - if Iver's group is pursued by the Bellower, this time Krumr ''will'' die when he goes off to provide a distraction.]]


* [[AllGirlsLikePonies All Girls Like Horses]]: Horses were driven extinct in the Banner Saga setting. However, Oddleif grew up hearing stories about them so by now she is fascinated by them, treating them as some sort of fairy tale beasts.



* TheHeart: She is the most compassionate member of the caravan, possibly even more so than Rook or Alette, as she always advocates decisions that involve helping or making peace with others. [[spoiler: Even going as far as making peace with the dredge in the third game.]]



* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: She can barely contain herself when she gets a chance [[spoiler: to ride into battle atop a horseborn's back.]]
* TheLancer: Shares this role with Iver for the Skogr caravan.



* TheLancer: Shares this role with Iver for the Skogr caravan.



* BadassMoustache: One notable thing about Hakon is that in the whole game he's the only varl without a beard.

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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: He is a renowned fighter even by varl standarts, and this is what ensures that he gets entrusted with progressively higher positions of authority throughout the games.
* BadassMoustache: One notable thing about Hakon is that in the whole game series he's the only varl without a beard.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hakon is rather pragmatic in his thinking, and because of that he can be much more easier to come to agreement with than other varl, willing to aid and work alongside the leader of the Skogr caravan even if previously you made decisions that did not go well with him.



* TheCavalry: As literal example as it is possible within the setting, as in the example above [[spoiler: he returns with an army of horseborn allies.]]



** TheBusCameBack: Returns in the third game with some much needed help.



* NoodleIncident: He never explains what exactly happened during that time when he had enough "rope" that he is so reluctant to assume leadership position again.



* [[spoiler: {{Fauxshadowing}}: At one point, he takes forty varl in order to distract the dredge, and Ubin comments that this departure feels different. He comes back later, triumphant.]]

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* Fauxshadowing: There are several points in the game where he goes off to make a distraction, but return alive and well despite bad feeling some characters get. [[spoiler: {{Fauxshadowing}}: At one point, In the first game he takes forty varl in order to distract the dredge, and Ubin comments that this departure feels different. He comes back later, triumphant.]] In the second, he also ventures out of Bolverk's party to assist other varl fighting overwhelming dredge forces, and returns alive and well with survivors in tow even if Bolverk does not back him up.]][[spoiler: Subverted during the third game - if Iver's group is pursued by the Bellower, this time Krumr ''will'' die when he goes off to provide a distraction.]]
* NoodleIncident: Drops hints on some bizarre events from his past, such as when he filled a dead yox with whale teeth. Since he never follows up on these tales it's most likely his way of subtly trolling people, whether or not these stories are true.



* AnimalMotifs: Bears. He wears a bear skin, his axes are called Claw and Fang, and one of his special abilities is called Bear Rage. Once during the story he narrates that he used to "hibernate" in caves during winters. And perhaps the most of all, his cross and unpredictable temper is very much like that of a bear.



* TearsOfFear: Cries before the battle against a dredge horde at Old Fort, in part because of her fear of death, and in part because of her fear of Bolver dying, or worse.

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* TheStrategist: Her role among the Ravens. She is a skilled and acute tactician, and provides a sound advice in some situations in the third game.
* TearsOfFear: Cries before the battle against a dredge horde at Old Fort, in part because of her fear of death, and in part because of her fear of Bolver Bolverk dying, or worse.



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* SourSupporter: He has several scenes where he complains about Bolverk's leadership, and is the only named Ravens' character to do so.



* NiceGuy: Most of the time he is a friendly and affable, if a bit nervous man, even possibly teaching Alette a bit of mending seemingly out of nothing but altruism.

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* NiceGuy: Most of the time he is a friendly and affable, affable if a bit nervous man, even possibly teaching Alette a bit of mending seemingly out of nothing but altruism.



* WrittenByTheWinners: If [[spoiler: Juno sacrifices herself to the black sun, the credits show a new Godstone depicting Juno as a sun goddess, created by Elvynd, implying he was the one who crafted it.

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* WrittenByTheWinners: If [[spoiler: Juno sacrifices herself to the black sun, the credits show a new Godstone depicting Juno as a sun goddess, created by Elvynd, implying he was the one who crafted it.]]



* DarkIsNotEvil: He wears black and he did some nasty things, but in reality he's nowhere near as evil as he appears to be.




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* ToxicFriendInfluence: [[spoiler: Toxic brother-in-law, in fact. Onef is the one who is the real scumbag of Frostvellr, and he was the one who corrupted Ekkil into what he is today.]]



* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Literally if you beat him to death in the Arberrang jail. Even more poignant case happens if he survives till your third return to Arberrang, where you can shut his mad ramblings with an arrow to the face.]]



* SmugSnake: He talks big, espetially in the third game, but ultimately he is only a power-hungry opportunist, and has no more soultions to the grand problems the world is facing than the protagonist.

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* SmugSnake: He talks big, espetially especially in the third game, but ultimately he is only a power-hungry opportunist, and has no more soultions solutions to the grand problems the world is facing than the protagonist.protagonists.


* AndIMustScream: Juno's plan to save the world involves [[spoiler:being sealed within the new inner sun of the world for the rest of eternity, alive and conscious. She has accepted this fate willingly though.]]



* AFateWorseThanDeath: Juno's plan to save the world involves [[spoiler:being sealed within the new inner sun of the world for the rest of eternity, alive and conscious. She has accepted this fate willingly though.]]


* TheDreaded: In Banner Saga 3, it is revealed he has a notorious reputation among the d
redge, being called the Destroyer.

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* TheDreaded: In Banner Saga 3, it is revealed he has a notorious reputation among the d
redge,
dredge, being called the Destroyer.



* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Bolverk is the closest thing she had to a father figure, which explains why she clings to him so much and why, when she becomes their enemy, she is hit so hard by this.]]
* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: If Bolverk is the one pursuing Iver's caravan in the third game [[spoiler: she will attempt to placate him like this, offering him to strike her down in hope he won't be able to through with this, and come back to his senses.][[spoiler:She is wrong, and unless Iver interferes Bolverk will kill her on the spot.]]

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* ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Bolverk is the closest thing she had to a father figure, which explains why she clings to him so much and why, when she he becomes their enemy, she is hit so hard by this.]]
* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: If Bolverk is the one pursuing Iver's caravan in the third game [[spoiler: she will attempt to placate him like this, offering him to strike her down in hope he won't be able to through with this, and come back to his senses.][[spoiler:She ]][[spoiler:She is wrong, and unless Iver interferes Bolverk will kill her on the spot.]]


* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: She specializes in using mending to alter minds. Fortunately, she only uses this for good, such as convincing a dredge horde to let her and Rook pass them without a fight or convincing Rook to leave the siege of Boersgard to get the materials needed for the silver arrow. The second game reveals that [[spoiler:mind-altering mending is a capital offense among the Menders Council and that Juno was executed sometime before the first game began after using her powers to try to turn Eyvind into a god.]]

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* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: She specializes in using mending to alter minds. Fortunately, She uses this plenty of times throughout the whole series, but fortunately her intentions are fully benevolent and so she only uses this it for good, such as convincing a dredge horde to let her and Rook pass them without a fight or convincing Rook to leave the siege of Boersgard to get the materials needed for the silver arrow. good. The second game reveals that [[spoiler:mind-altering mending is a capital offense among the Menders Council and that Juno was executed sometime before the first game began after using her powers to try on Eyvind - to turn Eyvind him into a god.god according to other Valka, but actually to try and cure his budding insanity.]]



* ItRunsInTheFamily: Both his parents were Menders. This may be why he developed the unique talent of calling lightning, which no other Mender can do.

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* ItRunsInTheFamily: Both his parents were Menders. This may be why he developed the unique talent of calling lightning, which no other Mender can do. [[spoiler: In addition to that, his madness mentioned above is hereditary.]]


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* NiceGuy: Most of the time he is a friendly and affable, if a bit nervous man, even possibly teaching Alette a bit of mending seemingly out of nothing but altruism.


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* BlowYouAway: Her specialty is wind magic, though she does not use it offensively. In gameplay, she uses enchanted winds to buff and speed up allies. In narrative, she is seen using winds to fly.


* LikeASonToMe: [[spoiler: He ended up serving as a father figure to Folka when the Ravens picked her up, which explains why he cuts her more slack than to others.]][[spoiler: Downplayed, as it's still not enough for him to stay his hand in her case when he turns against the party.]]

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* LikeASonToMe: [[spoiler: He ended up serving as a father figure to Folka when the Ravens picked her up, which explains why he cuts her more slack than to others.]][[spoiler: Downplayed, Subverted, as it's still not enough for him to stay his hand in her case when he turns against the party.]]




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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Surprisingly, he was this (or a varl equivalent of this, since varl don't seem to really have childhood). In his first century Bolverk was a much more sensitive soul, so much entranced by the grandeur of the gods and the beauty of the world that he even earned a nickname Dreamer from other varl, for his habit of spacing out in awe. A far cry from the cynical brute we know him as.



!!Scathach

A horseborn warrior. He speaks the tongue of man somewhat more fluently than the rest of his kind.

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!!Scathach

A horseborn warrior. He speaks the tongue of man somewhat more fluently than the rest of his kind.
!!In general



* EpicFlail: Their weapon of choice in melee, compared to swords and axes favoured by humans and varl.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Unlike humans and varl who have a scandinavian flavour, horseborn seem to be based on celtic tribes.
* JavelinThrower: They don't seem to use bows, preferring throwing spears instead.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Another sentient species, like varl seemingly created from a fusion of humand and animal. Unlike varl, they can breed. Unlike typical centaurs from other media, their "human" half is also covered with fur.


!!Scathach

A horseborn warrior. He speaks the tongue of man somewhat more fluently than the rest of his kind.
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* HotBlooded: Very temperamental and aggressive, even more so than Ro'etch.



* YouNotakeCandle: She speaks and understands the human tongue the best out of all horseborn characters, but it's still a bit wrong.

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* YouNotakeCandle: YouNoTakeCandle: She speaks and understands the human tongue the best out of all horseborn characters, but it's still a bit wrong.


* DentedIron: He accumulates more and more damage throughout the course of the games. [[spoiler: In the first game he gets a scar on his face and loses an arm after his duel with the Bellower. In the third game his horn and his eye get damaged as well.]]



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Tells Rook in one of his dialogues that he thinks weak humans are a worse plague on the world that the dredge.

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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Contrasting the heroic treatment he gets from most people that know him, Iver is full of doubts and self-loathing, and never takes credit for his accomplishments even to himself.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Tells Rook in one of his dialogues that he thinks weak humans are a worse plague on the world that the dredge.dredge - [[SubvertedTrope though in this case this was more of a humourous nibbing on a friend]].



* HiddenDepths: It turns out that he's well aware that he's insane and is quite upset that everyone thinks that he's a freak.




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* ReluctantPsycho: It turns out that he's well aware that he's insane and is quite upset that everyone thinks that he's a freak.




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* StillGotIt: As his above quote and his subsequent performance in battle attest.



* LikeASonToMe: [[spoiler: He ended up serving as a father figure to Folka when the Ravens picked her up, which explains why he cuts her more slack than to others.]][[spoiler: Downplayed, as it's still not enough for him to stay his hand in her case when he turns against the party.]]



* PrinciplesZealot: As mentioned in the IGaveMyWord entry above, keeping oaths and promises is a very big deal to him. [[spoiler: A large part of his antagonism in the third game comes from Ravens "abandoning" him, and he doesn't even care that they did it because of Juno's mind control.]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: And unlike the rest of your companions she never openly spits it out to you, in fact cutting you off if you try to prod. But you can still peice it together from bits she lets out here and there. [[spoiler: Apparently, she was abandoned by her real parents and cast out by her community and adopted by the Ravens as a child, eventually graduating from their TagAlongKid to Bolverk's second in command.]]



* StepfordSnarker/IJustWantToBeLoved: Her tough attitude conceals her desperate need for affection. So much so that[[spoiler: her indignation at the revived Bolverk's callous disregard for her can end in her death.]]

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* StepfordSnarker/IJustWantToBeLoved: ParentalSubstitute: [[spoiler: Bolverk is the closest thing she had to a father figure, which explains why she clings to him so much and why, when she becomes their enemy, she is hit so hard by this.]]
* PleaseKillMeIfItSatisfiesYou: If Bolverk is the one pursuing Iver's caravan in the third game [[spoiler: she will attempt to placate him like this, offering him to strike her down in hope he won't be able to through with this, and come back to his senses.][[spoiler:She is wrong, and unless Iver interferes Bolverk will kill her on the spot.]]
* StepfordSnarker[=/=]IJustWantToBeLoved:
Her tough attitude conceals her desperate need for affection. So much so that[[spoiler: her indignation at the revived Bolverk's callous disregard for her can end in her death.]]



* DentedIron: [[spoiler: As mentioned in her other entires, she cannot die - but as she survives some truly close calls throughout the games, she starts appearing more and more haggard and ghoulish.]]



* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Has the look, and her mysterious demeanour only adds to her eeriness.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: She is essentially a revenant, running on the energy stolen from the Black Sun and the Serpent. Technically she is already dead, which is probably why Hakon's caravan abandoned her when they found her and Eyvind unconscious, as she most likely did not have any signs of life they could spot.]]



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: When the Serpent swallows Juno in the second game, he apparently goes as far as ''chase down the serpent on foot and blast its side open with lightning''. We never see it for ourselves.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: The world is dying, and he still cares only about becoming the king of men.
* PetTheDog: He warms up to the Skogr caravan leader if they demonstrate a willingness to be ruthless for the greater good.



* ShootTheDog: He warms up to the Skogr caravan leader if they demonstrate a willingness to be ruthless for the greater good.

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* ShootTheDog: SmugSnake: He warms up talks big, espetially in the third game, but ultimately he is only a power-hungry opportunist, and has no more soultions to the Skogr caravan leader if they demonstrate a willingness to be ruthless for grand problems the greater good.world is facing than the protagonist.



The leader of a large herd of horseborn. Her real name is Cainánóiridhe, but she is fine with other races calling her "Canary". She worships the Serpent as a god. Unlike most of her kind, Canary is completely fluent in the tongue of man.

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The leader of a large herd of horseborn. Her real name is Cainánóiridhe, but she is fine with other races calling her "Canary". She worships the Serpent as a god. Unlike most of her kind, Canary is completely fluent in the tongue of man.




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* YouNotakeCandle: She speaks and understands the human tongue the best out of all horseborn characters, but it's still a bit wrong.

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