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* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea Nic is in love with her; even when Emilia directly tells her so, Cleo just says he isn't, because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she would notice something like that]].

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* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea Nic is in love with her; even when Emilia directly tells her so, Cleo just says he isn't, because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments she would notice something like that]].


* DrowningMySorrows: He tends to turn to drink whenever he's feeling desolate, especially after the events of the third book.



!!Jonas Agallon

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!!Jonas !! Jonas Agallon


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* {{Determinator}}: "Nothing is impossible."


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* LoveAtFirstSight: PlayedForLaughs. He mentions he doesn't believe in this; however, he ''does'' believe in ''lust'' at first sight, and he does indeed for Amara.


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* BodyguardingABadass: Not that being a Watcher is something to sneeze at, but Jonas is pretty capable himself.


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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: She prioritizes her orders to Timotheus above all else, saying she's perfectly willing to let everyone else die if it means protecting Jonas.

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* TranquilFury: Magnus's cold demeanor holds even when he's pissed off. When confronting [[spoiler:Aron]], for example, he doesn't shout, just calmly states that [[spoiler:he killed his mother]] and for that he needs to die.


* BestServedCold: Pissing him off is a deeply dangerous thing to do, because Magnus is an excellent grudge-holder. Even if his revenge isn’t today, he’ll get it, usually when you don’t see it coming. For example, he waits ''ten years'' for the chance to pay back Kurtis for childhood bullying.



* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler:His behavior, both in general and to Cleo, horrifies him while he's having his LoveEpiphany in ''Frozen Tides''. Instead of embracing it, however, he decides to firmly reject his monstrosity and strive to change.]]

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* IAmAMonster: Whenever characters like his mother try to reassure him about the goodness in him, Magnus rebukes them almost sadly by stating that he's his father's son to the core. [[spoiler:His behavior, both in general and resigned attitude turns to Cleo, horrifies him horror while he's having his LoveEpiphany in ''Frozen Tides''. Instead of embracing it, however, Tides'', and he decides to firmly reject his monstrosity and strive monstrosity, striving [[TheAtoner to change.change]].]]



* UnstoppableRage: Pissing him off is a deeply dangerous thing to do, because Magnus is an excellent grudge-holder. Even if his revenge isn’t today, he’ll get it, usually when you don’t see it coming.


* PetTheDog: Numerous times to Lucia [[spoiler:and Cleo]], but one notable moment of kindness is aimed at not either of them, but at a serving girl, Aima. When his father catches her spying for Magnus, Magnus tries to indicate to her that she should sell him out to save herself; when she refuses, he speaks up for her life, and then later gives her a bag of money and sends her away to be safe. [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog His father tracks her down and kills her anyway,]] but hey, he tried.]]

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* PetTheDog: Numerous times to Lucia [[spoiler:and Cleo]], but one notable moment of kindness is aimed at not either of them, but at a serving girl, Aima.Amia. When his father catches her spying for Magnus, Magnus tries to indicate to her that she should sell him out to save herself; when she refuses, he speaks up for her life, and then later gives her a bag of money and sends her away to be safe. [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog His father tracks her down and kills her anyway,]] but hey, he tried.]]


* BirdsOfAFeather: An angry young Paelsian seeking revenge against a royal for the death(s) of a family member, who holds a disbelief in magic and gods,, and fights for her country. Is it any wonder that she and Jonas ([[BelligerentSexualTension eventually]]) get along?

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* BirdsOfAFeather: An angry young Paelsian seeking revenge against a royal for the death(s) of a family member, who holds a disbelief in magic and gods,, gods, and fights for her country. Is it any wonder that she and Jonas ([[BelligerentSexualTension eventually]]) get along?



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* WalkingSpoiler: His fate and role in the plot fuel a great deal of the third book and other character arcs.



[[LivingMacGuffin The fire Kindred]], freed from his prison halfway through the series by Melenia.

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[[LivingMacGuffin The fire Kindred]], freed who breaks free from his prison halfway through the series by Melenia.
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* TheStoic: Generally, Kyan keeps a calm and serious demeanor. [[NotSoStoic Unless you piss him off.]]
* UngratefulBastard: His lover frees him, and the first thing he does is kill her. Kyan blames her for helping him stay imprisoned, but [[AmbiguousSituation whether that blame is earned or not is up in the air]].

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* SealedEvilInACan: He and his siblings were all imprisoned and made the Kindred to protect the world.
* TheStoic: Generally, Kyan keeps a calm and serious demeanor.demeanor, appearing unemotional in all things. [[NotSoStoic Unless you piss him off.]]
* UngratefulBastard: His lover frees him, and the The first thing he does is kill her.the lover who spent a thousand years trying to free him. Kyan blames her for helping him stay imprisoned, but [[AmbiguousSituation whether that blame is earned or not is up in the air]].


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* WalkingSpoiler: He needed an entire folder ''marked'' "spoiler" because the Kindred's [[SealedEvilInACan real natures]], and thus Kyan himself, are hidden until the end of the third book.


* HollywoodAtheist: Of the four main characters, Jonas is the one who most disbelieves in magic, the Watchers, and gods; Lucia starts out religious, Magnus acknowledges their existence but doesn’t particularly care, and Cleo comes around to believe in them by the end of the first book. As far as Jonas is concerned, nothing exists until he’s seen it with his own eyes. It takes being healed by magic, actually meeting Watchers, and seeing [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Kyan]]]], to bring him around.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Of the four main characters, Jonas is the one who most disbelieves in magic, the Watchers, and gods; Lucia starts out religious, Magnus acknowledges their existence but doesn’t particularly care, and Cleo comes around to believe in them by the end of the first book. As far as Jonas is concerned, nothing exists until he’s seen it with his own eyes. It takes being healed by magic, magic and actually meeting Watchers, and seeing [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Kyan]]]], Watchers to bring him around.



* SadClown: He cracks a lot of jokes to hide his pain over his DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* SadClown: He cracks a lot of jokes uses levity to hide his pain over his DarkAndTroubledPast.



* FatalFlaw: Softness, according to his grandmother and Amara. Ashur has a tendency to give his heart away too easily and be more forgiving than he should, [[spoiler:which Amara takes advantage of to stab him.]]



* StraightGay: He’ll ''flirt'' with women to get him what he wants, but he only seems truly interested in men.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Beyond being the most moral of his family, [[spoiler:he's seeking the Kindred not for himself, but to seal them away from those who would misuse them.]]
* StraightGay: He’ll ''flirt'' with women to get him what he wants, He's been engaged three times, but he only seems truly broken them all off because he's not interested in men.woman.



* BiTheWay: Despite her dislike of men, Amara’s still attracted to them, and will engage in casual sex. She also finds Nerissa attractive.

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* BiTheWay: Despite her dislike of men, Amara’s still attracted to them, and will engage in casual sex. She but she also finds Nerissa attractive.


!! Princess Cleoina 'Cleo' Bellos

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!! Princess Cleoina 'Cleo' Aurora Bellos



* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea Nic is in love with her; even when Emilia directly tells her so, Cleo just says he isn't, because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she would notice something like that]].



* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea Nic is in love with her; even when Emilia directly tells her so, Cleo just says he isn't, because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she would notice something like that]].



* WideEyedIdealist: At first, she used to believe that marriages should always be romantic, goodness would always conquer, and that Theon is TheHero in her personal fairytale. [[InTheBack That quickly]] [[FallenPrincess changes.]]

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* WideEyedIdealist: At first, she used to believe believes that marriages should always be romantic, goodness would will always conquer, and that Theon is TheHero in her personal fairytale. [[InTheBack That quickly]] [[FallenPrincess changes.]]



* SpoiledBrat: Aron tends to whine or throw fits when he doesn't get what he wants. He's unfavorably, but truthfully, compared to a tantruming child at one point.



!! Prince Magnus Damora

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!! Prince Magnus Lukas Damora



* DefrostingIceQueen: Male example.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Male example. Magnus keeps himself emotionally distant from most people, with his sister Lucia being the only person he lets get close. It takes him a long time to warm up to anyone, [[spoiler:as Cleo can attest to]].



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Try as he might, he can’t make himself enjoy needless cruelty the way his father can. Cruelty to those who wrong him, sure, but to random people? Nope. Even hunting for sport bothers him.
* EvilIsPetty: One of his greater flaws is that he likes to get back at people even in the pettiest of ways, such as making Lord Kurtis beg for mercy with a MeaningfulEcho or showing Nic a drawing of him being hung.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Try as he might, he can’t make himself enjoy needless cruelty the way his father can. Cruelty to those who wrong him, sure, but to random people? Nope. Even hunting for sport bothers him.
** He's unsettled by Aron's leeriness and AttemptedRape of a random woman, stepping in to stop it.
* EvilIsPetty: One of his greater flaws is that he likes to get back at people even in the pettiest of ways, such as making Lord Kurtis beg for mercy with a MeaningfulEcho or showing taunting Nic with a drawing of him being hung.



!! Princess Lucia Damora

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!! Princess Lucia Eva Damora



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Her mother tries to kill her, her brother seemingly turns his back on her, her OnlyFriend was using her, and then to top it off the man she loves was assigned to kill her.]] And that's just in the first three books!

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Her mother tries to kill her, her brother seemingly turns his back on her, brother's feelings for her create a rift between them, her OnlyFriend was using her, and then to top it off the man she loves was assigned to kill her.]] And that's just in the first three books!



* DaddysGirl: Unlike Magnus, who has rather mixed feelings on their father due to the constant stem of abuse, Lucia adores King Gaius.

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* DaddysGirl: Unlike Magnus, who has rather mixed feelings on their father due to the constant stem of abuse, Lucia adores King Gaius. If she has to choose between going to him or Althea for advice, she'll pick her every time, and trusts him whole-heartedly.



* WouldHarmAChild: His own son, too. When Magnus was seven, Gaius caught him playing with a dagger while visiting the Bellos family, [[DisproportionateRetribution and in a rage took it and slashed open his face]].
* WouldHitAGirl: He slaps Cleo twice when she tries to protest against marrying Magnus.

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* WouldHarmAChild: His own son, too. When Magnus was seven, Gaius caught him playing with stealing a dagger while visiting the Bellos family, [[DisproportionateRetribution and in a rage took it and slashed open his face]].
* WouldHitAGirl: He slaps Cleo twice twice, then chokes her, when she tries to protest against marrying Magnus.


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* PetTheDog: His wedding gift to Cleo is a dagger, in case she needs to kill herself or Magnus to escape their wedding night.


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!!Phaedra
Another Watcher and Alexius's friend, who also scouts the mortal world as a hawk.
* BrutalHonesty: She won't hesitate to call Alexius out on any bullshit.
* {{Hypocrite}}: She chides Alexius for falling in love with a mortal, despite falling for one herself.
* ProperlyParanoid: Suspects Melenia of being up to no good. She is completely right, but no one believes her.


* GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak: Cleo definitely has an adventurous side, shown by her frequently sneaking out of the castle, but she is primarily a girl who enjoys girly activities. Socializing, parties with friends, and primping are all things she finds fun.

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* GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak: Cleo definitely has an adventurous side, shown by her frequently sneaking out of the castle, but she is primarily a girl who enjoys girly activities. Socializing, parties Sunning herself, socializing with friends, and primping are all things she finds fun.



* HugeGuyTinyGirl: She's noted to be very short (a foot shorter than Jonas, and several inches below Lucia), so her dynamic with all the men she's teased with and/or loves are this.



* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea Nic is in love with her; even when Emilia directly tells her so, Cleo just says he isn't, because [[CrowningMomentOfFunny she would notice something like that]].



* TheAce: She seems to excel at everything she puts her hand to: politics, diplomacy, academics, even archery.

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* TheAce: She seems to excel at everything she puts her hand to: politics, diplomacy, art, academics, even archery.



* MayDecemberRomance: Her secret lover was Simon Ranus, Theon's ''father''.
* StarCrossedLovers: The man she loved, Simon, was the captain of the guard; a respectable position, but not high enough to court her, and they had to keep their affair secret.



* TheAlcoholic: Even for Auranos, Aron has an unsettling taste for wine. He's often found drinking before it's even noon.

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* TheAlcoholic: Even for Auranos, Aron has an unsettling taste for wine. He's often found drinking before it's even noon.dawn.
* AttemptedRape: Tries to do this to a peasant girl in ''Rising Storm'' before Magnus stops him.



* {{Jerkass}}: He's arrogant, rude, entitled, and has no concern for the lives and well-beings of others. [[SarcasmMode Definitely a pleasant fellow]].



* PetTheDog: He has one moment where he seems a little sad and shocked by Emilia's death.



* ChildhoodFriends: With Cleo.



!! Theon Ragnus

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!! Mira Cassian
Nic's sister and Cleo's other best friend.

* AmbiguousSituation: It's not clear if she did manage to eavesdrop on Gaius or not; Magnus attempts to stand up for her by claiming she was standing too far away to hear anything, but his father isn't willing to take that chance.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Cleo.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: She's unceremoniously murdered half-way through the second book.
* NeckSnap: Gaius kills her this way.
* SheKnowsTooMuch: She's murdered because Gaius suspects her of eavesdropping on his plans.

!! Theon RagnusRanus


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* HoneyTrap: She flirts (and probably does more) with palace guards to get information.


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!!Brion Radenos
Jonas's best friend since childhood, a blithe young man who acts as his second-in-command to liberate Paelsia from Auranos, and later Limeros.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Unfortunately for him, his feelings for Lysandra are completely one-sided.
* AmazonChaser: He loves the fiery, battle-ready Lysandra.
* TheCharmer: He's a flirt and a sweet-talker.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Jonas.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Being captured and physically beaten by Limerians does nothing to stop his spirit. Brion spends his last few moments brave and literally spiting in the face of Prince Magnus, telling them to do their worst.
* InformedFlaw: Jonas remnisces that Brion is the reckless one between the two of them, yet we never see such moments; if anything, he's the one holding back Jonas and Lysandra from charging about recklessly.
* KilledOffForReal: He meets his end at the end of the second book, courtesy of Aron.
* LoveAtFirstSight: He taken with Lysandra pretty much the moment he meets her.
* NiceGuy: Brion is one of the very few rebels who is openly kind to Cleo when she's captured by them.
* NumberTwo: Serves as Jonas's in the rebellion.
* UndyingLoyalty: He essentially gets caught up in the rebellion because he decided he was going to follow his friend to the ends of the earth.


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* BirdsOfAFeather: An angry young Paelsian seeking revenge against a royal for the death(s) of a family member, who holds a disbelief in magic and gods,, and fights for her country. Is it any wonder that she and Jonas ([[BelligerentSexualTension eventually]]) get along?


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lysandra is defensive, snappish, hot-headed, and rude at every first meeting. She's not, however, incapable of kindness, such as when she comforts Jonas over Brion's death, and she cares very much for the people of Paelsia.


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* {{Revenge}}: Like a lot of the main cast, she has it out for King Gaius.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Unlike the rest of her family, Selia is perfect cordial and unassuming on the surface. Underneath, she's every bit as power-hungry, manipulative, and cutthroat as her son.]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Unlike the rest of her family, Selia is perfect perfectly cordial and unassuming on the surface. Underneath, she's every bit as power-hungry, manipulative, and cutthroat as her son.]]


* NiceGirl: Even after everything she's been through, Cleo manages to hold onto her compassion and the willingness to look for the good in others. [[spoiler:This is what lets her realize Magnus is not as terrible as he seems to be.]]

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* NiceGirl: Even after everything she's been through, Cleo manages to hold onto her compassion and the willingness to look for the good in others. [[spoiler:This is what lets her realize Magnus is not as terrible as he seems to be.]]


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* StepfordSmiler: Type A; thanks to Gaius's DeadlyDecadentCourt, Cleo quickly has to learn to keep her emotions under lock and key. She excels at it, perfecting a mask of polite sweetness while all her anger, hate, and despair boils underneath.


* TheCharmer: Her greatest weapon. Cleo excels at sweet-talking and beguiling people.

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* TheCharmer: Her greatest weapon. Cleo excels at sweet-talking sweet-talking, using her political savvy and beguiling people.charisma to win herself allies or beguile her way out of trouble.


* ArrangedMarriage: Is betrothed to Aron, much to her displeasure. When King Gaius takes over, he breaks that betrothal [[FromBadToWorse so Cleo can marry Magnus instead]]. She’s even less happy about that. [[spoiler:[[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage At first]].]]

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* ArrangedMarriage: Is betrothed to Aron, much to her displeasure. When King Gaius takes over, he breaks that betrothal [[FromBadToWorse so Cleo can marry Magnus instead]]. She’s even less happy about that. [[spoiler:[[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage At first]].[[spoiler:But it all [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage works out]] in the end.]]



* ArrangedMarriage: Gaius arranges for him to marry Cleo after he finished conquering Auranos, as a way to smooth relations with the populace over. Neither he nor Cleo is happy about it. [[spoiler:[[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage At first.]]]]

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* ArrangedMarriage: Gaius arranges for him to marry Cleo after he finished conquering Auranos, as a way to smooth relations with the populace over. Neither he nor Cleo is happy about it. [[spoiler:[[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage At first.]]]][[spoiler:But it all [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage works out]] in the end.]]


-->'''Cleo:''' The Purple Vine. How appropriate a name for a tavern in Palesia. And how deeply uninspired.

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-->'''Cleo:''' The Purple Vine. How appropriate a name for a tavern in Palesia.Paelsia. And how deeply uninspired.



* RebelliousPrincess: While she is very feminine, Cleo is also very strong-willed. She often escapes from the castle by climbing out the ivy trellis on her sister’s window, runs off to Palesia against her father’s orders, and is more than ready to put her foot down on marrying Theon despite his lower status.

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* RebelliousPrincess: While she is very feminine, Cleo is also very strong-willed. She often escapes from the castle by climbing out the ivy trellis on her sister’s window, runs off to Palesia Paelsia against her father’s orders, and is more than ready to put her foot down on marrying Theon despite his lower status.



* RebelLeader: Forms a band of rebels at the end of ''Falling Kingdoms'', after witnessing Limeros use and conquer Palesia.

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* RebelLeader: Forms a band of rebels at the end of ''Falling Kingdoms'', after witnessing Limeros use and conquer Palesia.Paelsia.



* ScrewDestiny: The notions of fate and destiny infuriate him, as he believes Palesia’s reliance on it is why they’ve allowed Auranos and Limeros to walk over them for so long. In fact, when told by Timotheus that [[spoiler:Lucia’s fate is to die in childbirth, Jonas tells him to screw off, then finds a way to help her survive the birth.]]

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* ScrewDestiny: The notions of fate and destiny infuriate him, as he believes Palesia’s Paelsia’s reliance on it is why they’ve allowed Auranos and Limeros to walk over them for so long. In fact, when told by Timotheus that [[spoiler:Lucia’s fate is to die in childbirth, Jonas tells him to screw off, then finds a way to help her survive the birth.]]



* LackOfEmpathy: People's lives and livelihood mean nothing to him; they're just tools to be used and discarded, and he does so without a second thought.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Palesia loves her, once she [[spoiler:sends soldiers to occupy it, because they’re strict but fair, and she’s the only royal in recent history who’s treated them half-way decently. And by that, they mean not taxed them to starvation nor worked them to death.]]

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Palesia Paelsia loves her, once she [[spoiler:sends soldiers to occupy it, because they’re strict but fair, and she’s the only royal in recent history who’s treated them half-way decently. And by that, they mean not taxed them to starvation nor worked them to death.]]



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: When pinned in SnarkToSnarkCombat against Lucia or Jonas, he holds his own.
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Why he wipes his other Watchers' memories and sends them to the human world. Kyan's victory is seeming more a certainty by the moment, so he might as well make sure his people die in blissful ignorance.]]




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* YouCantFightFate: Believes that [[spoiler:Lucia's death, one way or the other, is inevitable.]] Jonas tells him to shove it.


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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Presents herself as kindly and wise, but in reality Melenia is a smug and self-centered manipulator.


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* ItsAllAboutMe: Her inability to care about what happens to people other than herself [[spoiler:caused everything that went wrong with the series. Melenia always goes after what she wants, whether it be power, the Kindred, or freeing her lover, and damn the repercussions for everyone else.]]


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* ManipulativeBitch: She knows exactly what to say to get Gaius to work with her, as well as the other Watchers.


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* WalkingSpoiler: Her past and goals are all intrinsically tied to the plot, so going in-depth about her without giving anything away is difficult.


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Genuinely loves and wants to free his siblings.


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* TheStoic: Generally, Kyan keeps a calm and serious demeanor. [[NotSoStoic Unless you piss him off.]]
* UngratefulBastard: His lover frees him, and the first thing he does is kill her. Kyan blames her for helping him stay imprisoned, but [[AmbiguousSituation whether that blame is earned or not is up in the air]].

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