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* SmugSnake: In the original trilogy he certainly fits the mold as a scheming, ambitious, arrogant man. However, it becomes zig-zagged throughout ''The Heroes''. Calder repeatedly schemes himself into a corner and wriggles out in unexpected ways, and displays far more charismatic and humanizing qualities than he previously did. [[spoiler:He reverts to his arrogant snake personality when it appears he'll be ruler of the North, but then Bayaz puts him in his place by forcing Calder to be his puppet. Then he escapes ''that'' through [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming brotherly love.]]]]

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* SmugSnake: In the original trilogy he certainly fits the mold as a scheming, ambitious, arrogant man. However, it becomes zig-zagged throughout ''The Heroes''. Calder repeatedly schemes himself into a corner and wriggles out in unexpected ways, and displays far more charismatic and humanizing qualities than he previously did. [[spoiler:He reverts to his arrogant snake personality when it appears he'll be ruler of the North, but then Bayaz puts him in his place by forcing Calder to be his puppet. Then he escapes ''that'' through [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming brotherly love.]]]]]]


* UncertainDoom: The original trilogy ends with him escaping an assassination attempt by leaping from a widow and plunging to the river far below. The book ends on a cliffhanger as to whether he survived. Years later, he's presumed dead, and [[spoiler:Black Dow]] has taken credit for killing him, but considering the body wasn't found and he managed to survive an earlier plunge in the beginning of the very first story, it's possible he survived. [[spoiler:''Red Country'' confirms he's still alive.]]

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* UncertainDoom: The original trilogy ends with him escaping an assassination attempt by leaping from a widow window and plunging to the river far below. The book ends on a cliffhanger as to whether he survived. Years later, he's presumed dead, and [[spoiler:Black Dow]] has taken credit for killing him, but considering the body wasn't found and he managed to survive an earlier plunge in the beginning of the very first story, it's possible he survived. [[spoiler:''Red Country'' confirms he's still alive.]]

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* EvilOldFolks: An evil, elderly war-chief.


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* UriahGambit: [[spoiler:He withholds backup for Scale during a battle, nearly resulting in his death.]]

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* ColdSniper: A sarcastic warrior who's skilled with a bow.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can be snide and sarcastic towards her friends, but it's obvious she cares about them a lot.


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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:She and the rest of her Dozen make a run for it rather than stick around to see the aftermath of Dow's murder at Shivers' hands.]]


* SleazyPolitician: He definitely has the personality of an ambitious, back-stabber who's trying to scheme his way into power. This reputation does him no favors in the martial-focused North.



* TooCleverByHalf: While Calder is a very smart individual, but he's not quite smart enough to ever get ahead. In fact his scheming usually gets him into big trouble that he's forced to talk his way out of.



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: On the rare occasions where he does talk, he can be quite snarky.



* LargeAndInCharge: He's a veritable giant and is chieftain of the region beyond the Cinna.




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* YouHaveFailedMe: He kills one of his men for trying to defile Finree, but only because he wants her for himself.


!!Other Northmen

[[folder:Caul Shivers]]
!!Caul Shivers

A bitter Northman, he searches for vengeance against Logen for butchering his brother many years ago.

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!!Other Northmen

!!Black Dow's War-Chiefs

[[folder:Caul Shivers]]
Reachey]]
!!Caul Shivers

A bitter Northman, he searches for vengeance against Logen for butchering his brother many years ago.
Reachey

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs, and Calder's father-in-law.



* AscendedExtra: Had a supporting role in the original trilogy before becoming a main character in ''Best Served Cold''.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: After his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* BattleCouple: He and Monza become lovers during ''Best Served Cold''. [[spoiler:To say it ends poorly would be an understatement.]]
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler: From a well-intentioned man who was victimized by the Bloody Nine to an amoral barbarian who is a cut-price Bloody Nine.]]
* BedmateReveal: With Monza at one point. She demands he take payment in gold for the night and is quite annoyed when he tries to refuse.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Shivers getting his eye burned away in a torture chamber finally pushes him over the edge.]]
* BigBrotherBully: [[spoiler:It's revealed that far from loving his older brother, Shivers despised him, since he acted caring in public, only to mercilessly abuse him in private. Shivers wonders if he's mad at Logen for killing his brother, or mad at him for taking away Shivers' own chance at killing him.]]
* TheBigGuy: Not his role in the group or story, but he often gets tagged with this stereotype due to being Northern.
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:He tries to kill Monza in ''Best Served Cold'' and successfully kills Black Dow in ''The Heroes''.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Played with. He ends up betraying almost everyone he ever serves to some degree or another, but every time it's due to mistreatment, and the one time it isn't is also something of a redemptive moment for him.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:He can't help but agree with Monza's assessment that he's essentially trying to kill her just because she slept with someone else.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Don't mistreat Shivers. ''Seriously.'' Don't.
** In ''Best Served Cold'' [[spoiler:after Monza distances herself from him following his torture and mutilation, and starts sleeping with someone else, Shivers tries to kill her.]]
** In ''The Heroes'' [[spoiler:Black Dow continually belittling him leads to Shivers murdering him.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: By the time of ''The Heroes'' he's become one of the most feared men in the North, and is considered Black Dow's dog.]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: [[spoiler: Speaks in a raspy whisper following his torture, due to his vocal chords being damaged from his screams of pain.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: One of his eyes is burnt out when he's captured and tortured by Salier's soldiers.]]
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: As a result of the aforementioned EyeScream.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:When he decides to let go of his feud with Logen, Shivers comments on how good it feels to let go of something.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: Throughout the entire series. He starts out as fairly heroic in the original trilogy, undergoes a StartOfDarkness in ''Best Seved Cold'', is firmly on the villainous side during ''The Heroes'', and shows signs of his former idealism at the end of ''Red Country''.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: He's one of the more heroic characters in the series, and uses a sword. [[spoiler: He switches to an axe after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold''.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: More or less slides into this after leaving the North. [[spoiler:He loses this attitude by the end of ''Best Served Cold'' and essentially becomes a straight-up villain.]]
* TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: To Monza. [[spoiler: And Black Dow. And Calder.]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "It should have been you" to Monza after his torture.]]
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler:Officially, Monza's child is said to be Duke Rogont's, though it could just as easily be Shivers.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Subverted. He claims that he's called Shivers because his enemies shiver in fear when they see him, but it's actually an EmbarrassingNickname he got after he fell into a freezing river on his first raid. [[spoiler: However, after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold'', people ''really'' start being afraid of him.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Red Country'', when he finally decides to lay his feud with Logen to rest.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of the trilogy, [[spoiler: he decides not to participate in Dow's betrayal of Logen.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Monza has him get a haircut, cleans him up and gets him into fancy clothes. He looks rather dashing. [[spoiler: It's implied, rather disturbingly, she's trying to make him look like Benna.]]
* SixthRanger: Joins Threetrees' band of Named Men in ''Before They Are Hanged''.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: [[spoiler:During ''Best Served Cold'', he goes from an idealistic trying to become a better person to a bitter, broken psychopath.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:''Best Served Cold'' is this for him. He tries to be a good man, but when it proves difficult, he ends up falling in with Monza's revenge scheme for the money. He's continually disillusioned, ends up tortured and disfigured, and essentially ends the story as the new Bloody-Nine.]]
* WomanScorned: The rare gender-flipped example. [[spoiler:The final straw that causes Shivers to betray and attempt to murder Monza is because she she sleeps with another man. Though, being discarded and treated as an embarrassment after he repeatedly saved her life and ended up tortured because of her didn't help.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason Shivers loathes Logen is because he murdered Shivers's brother even though he promised him mercy. Logan cut off his arms and legs and nailed his head on Bethod's standard. His father, Rattleneck, was driven to depression, alcoholism, and an early death as a result. [[spoiler:It's later revealed Shivers hated his brother, who was an abusive bastard, and resented his father, who wished Shivers had been killed instead. Shivers wonders if he hates Logen just for killing his brother, or for making it so that Shivers could never kill his brother himself.]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:His father would've preferred if Shivers had died rather than his elder son. Later, after being tortured, Shivers tells Monza that she should've been the one tortured instead.]]

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* AscendedExtra: Had a supporting role BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Calder expresses disappointment in the original trilogy before becoming a main character in ''Best Served Cold''.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: After
Reachey's attempt on his FaceHeelTurn.life, mostly because he thought better of Reachey than that. In contrast, when Craw betrayed Calder, there were no hard feelings because Calder knew Craw was sticking to his principles.]]
* BattleCouple: He CoolOldGuy: He's a reasonable old man with a reputation as a straight edge and Monza become lovers during ''Best Served Cold''. [[spoiler:To say it ends poorly would be an understatement.]]
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler: From a well-intentioned man who was victimized by the Bloody Nine
promises to an amoral barbarian who is a cut-price Bloody Nine.]]
* BedmateReveal: With Monza at one point. She demands he take payment in gold for the night and is quite annoyed when he tries to refuse.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Shivers getting his eye burned away in a torture chamber finally pushes him over the edge.]]
* BigBrotherBully: [[spoiler:It's revealed that far from loving his older brother, Shivers despised him, since he acted caring in public, only to mercilessly abuse him in private. Shivers wonders if
side with Calder within reason. [[spoiler:Turns out he's mad at Logen for killing his brother, or mad at him for taking away Shivers' own chance at killing him.]]
* TheBigGuy: Not his role in the group or story, but he often gets tagged with this stereotype due to being Northern.
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:He tries to kill Monza in ''Best Served Cold'' and successfully kills Black Dow in ''The Heroes''.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Played with. He ends up betraying almost everyone he ever serves to some degree or another, but every time it's due to mistreatment, and the one time it isn't is also something
not quite as much of a redemptive moment for him.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:He can't help but agree with Monza's assessment that he's essentially trying to kill her just because she slept with someone else.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Don't mistreat Shivers. ''Seriously.'' Don't.
** In ''Best Served Cold'' [[spoiler:after Monza distances herself from him following his torture and mutilation, and starts sleeping with someone else, Shivers tries to kill her.]]
** In ''The Heroes'' [[spoiler:Black Dow continually belittling him leads to Shivers murdering him.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: By the time of ''The Heroes'' he's become one of the most feared men in the North, and is considered Black Dow's dog.]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: [[spoiler: Speaks in a raspy whisper following his torture, due to his vocal chords being damaged from his screams of pain.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: One of his eyes is burnt out when he's captured and tortured by Salier's soldiers.]]
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: As a result of the aforementioned EyeScream.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:When
straight edge as he decides to let go of his feud with Logen, Shivers comments on how good it feels to let go of something.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: Throughout the entire series. He starts out as fairly heroic in the original trilogy, undergoes a StartOfDarkness in ''Best Seved Cold'', is firmly on the villainous side during ''The Heroes'', and shows signs of his former idealism at the end of ''Red Country''.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: He's one of the more heroic characters in the series, and uses a sword. [[spoiler: He switches to an axe after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold''.
advertises.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: More or less slides into this after leaving FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder has him assassinated in revenge for his attempt on Calder's life, and frames Glama Golden for the North. [[spoiler:He loses this attitude by the end of ''Best Served Cold'' and essentially becomes a straight-up villain.deed.]]
* TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: To Monza. [[spoiler: And IHaveYourWife: His daughter is held hostage by Black Dow. And Calder.Dow to ensure Reachey's good behavior.
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:He's killed by Calder offscreen.
]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "It should have been you" PapaWolf: Reachey will do anything to Monza after protect his torture.daughter, Seff, who's being held hostage by Black Dow to ensure his good behavior. [[spoiler:He's even willing to try to assassinate his son-in-law, Calder, rather than risk his scheming costing his daughter her life.]]
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler:Officially, Monza's child TheReliableOne: Like Craw, Reachey has a reputation as a straight edge due to his dedication to the old way. [[spoiler:Unlike Craw, Reachey has no illusions about the old way and is said willing to be Duke Rogont's, though it could just as easily be Shivers.backstab and betray his son-in-law out of pragmatism.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Subverted. He claims that he's called Shivers because his enemies shiver in fear when they see him, but it's actually an EmbarrassingNickname he got after he fell into a freezing river on his first raid. [[spoiler: However, after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold'', people ''really'' start being afraid of him.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Red Country'', when he finally decides to lay his feud with Logen to rest.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of the trilogy, [[spoiler: he decides not to participate in Dow's betrayal of Logen.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Monza has him get a haircut, cleans him up and gets him into fancy clothes. He looks rather dashing. [[spoiler: It's implied, rather disturbingly, she's trying to make him look like Benna.]]
* SixthRanger: Joins Threetrees' band of Named Men in ''Before They Are Hanged''.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: [[spoiler:During ''Best Served Cold'', he goes from an idealistic trying to become a better person to a bitter, broken psychopath.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:''Best Served Cold'' is this for him. He tries to be a good man, but when it proves difficult, he ends up falling in with Monza's revenge scheme for the money. He's continually disillusioned, ends up tortured and disfigured, and essentially ends the story as the new Bloody-Nine.]]
* WomanScorned: The rare gender-flipped example. [[spoiler:The final straw that causes Shivers to betray and attempt to murder Monza is because she she sleeps with another man. Though, being discarded and treated as an embarrassment after he repeatedly saved her life and ended up tortured because of her didn't help.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason Shivers loathes Logen is because he murdered Shivers's brother even though he promised him mercy. Logan cut off his arms and legs and nailed his head on Bethod's standard. His father, Rattleneck, was driven to depression, alcoholism, and an early death as a result. [[spoiler:It's later revealed Shivers hated his brother, who was an abusive bastard, and resented his father, who wished Shivers had been killed instead. Shivers wonders if he hates Logen just for killing his brother, or for making it so that Shivers could never kill his brother himself.]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:His father would've preferred if Shivers had died rather than his elder son. Later, after being tortured, Shivers tells Monza that she should've been the one tortured instead.]]



[[folder:Crummock-i-Phail]]
!!Crummock-i-Phail

Regarded "the maddest bastard in the north" he leads a clan of Treemen, he wears a necklace of finger bones around his neck and has his three children carry his weapons around for him (unable to tell his daughter from his sons), he seems friendly if crazy.

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[[folder:Crummock-i-Phail]]
!!Crummock-i-Phail

Regarded "the maddest bastard in
[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's
the north" he leads a clan of Treemen, he wears a necklace of finger bones around his neck most loyal among them and has his three children carry his weapons around for him (unable to tell his daughter from his sons), he seems friendly if crazy.possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.



* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his considerable girth, he's a capable fighter.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Beneath his goofy, easy-going facade, he's surprisingly ruthless and cunning.]]
* BadassGrandpa: He's well past his prime, but still a highly respected chieftain and warrior.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Zigzagged. He wants to see Logen fight in a war as the Bloody Nine again, but when the Bloody Nine does take over in battle, he ends up murdering one of Crummock's sons. However, afterwards Crummock doesn't seem too shook up about it, and seems ignorant Logen was even the killer. [[spoiler:At least until their final conversation where Crummock flat-out tells Logen he knows he murdered his son and gives him an ImpliedDeathThreat if he ever comes back into Crummock's territory.]]
* BigFun: He's a fat man who's cheerful and entertaining in his borderline insanity. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he's not as insane as he leads others to believe and he's much more ruthless than first expected.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: He seems insane but in an entertaining way, in particular with regards to believing Logen to be "favored by the moon."
* CreepySouvenir: Wears a necklace made of the finger bones of his fallen enemies.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice is an enormous war hammer.
* FatBastard: [[spoiler: Despite the above tropes, he's also happy to get other people killed pursuing his ideas about destiny, and remarkably unconcerned about his own son's death.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: In his last scene with Logen, he drops his usual loony behavior, revealing that he's completely aware that Logen killed his son and [[ImpliedDeathThreat advising him never to come back to the High Places]] before leaving.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: He respects Logen mostly because of how brutal and impressive his Bloody Nine personality is in battle.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Hilariously, has this reaction to Logen.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Everyone regards him as a complete lunatic, but he's apparently sane enough to lead men into battle, and was able to evade Bethod's armies longer than any other chieftain. [[spoiler: His conversation with Logen after the battle of the High Places shows that his insanity is mostly a charade.]]
* PapaWolf: Averted. When one of his children is killed in battle, he seems remarkably unconcerned about it. [[spoiler:Then subverted when he drops his facade of insanity in his last conversation with Logen, where he reveals he knows Logen killed his son in one of his Bloody Nine episodes. While he doesn't attack Logen outright, and says maybe the weak should be culled for the strong, he still says he won't be one of Logen's subjects and [[ImpliedDeathThreat warns him to stay out of the High Places]].]]
* ParentalFavoritism: He confides in Logen that his daughter, Isern, who Crummock acts dismissive of, is actually his favorite of all his children.

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* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his considerable girth, he's a capable fighter.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Beneath his goofy, easy-going facade, he's surprisingly ruthless and cunning.
BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Tenways actually saves Calder's life from Mitterick's soldiers.]]
* BadassGrandpa: He's well past {{Gonk}}: Tenways has bad teeth, a foul smell, and patches of a hideous rash covering his prime, but still a highly respected chieftain and warrior.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Zigzagged. He wants to see Logen fight in a war as the Bloody Nine again, but when the Bloody Nine does take over in battle, he ends up murdering one of Crummock's sons. However, afterwards Crummock doesn't seem too shook up about it, and seems ignorant Logen was even the killer. [[spoiler:At least until their final conversation where Crummock flat-out tells Logen he knows he murdered his son and gives
twisted face. The overall effect has Calder describe him an ImpliedDeathThreat if he ever comes back into Crummock's territory.]]
* BigFun: He's a fat man who's cheerful and entertaining in his borderline insanity. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he's not
as insane "ugly as he leads others to believe and he's much more ruthless than first expected.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: He seems insane but in an entertaining way, in particular with regards to believing Logen to be "favored by the moon.
incest."
* CreepySouvenir: Wears TheMole: [[spoiler:Bayaz reveals that Tenways' loyalty was mostly a necklace made of the finger bones show, and he was really one of his fallen enemies.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice is an enormous war hammer.
* FatBastard: [[spoiler: Despite the above tropes, he's also happy to get other people killed pursuing his ideas about destiny, and remarkably unconcerned about his own son's death.
agents.]]
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: In his last scene with Logen, he drops his usual loony behavior, revealing that he's completely aware that Logen killed his son and [[ImpliedDeathThreat advising him never to come back to NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:He wasn't behind the High Places]] before leaving.assassination attempt on Calder. Caul Reachey was.]]
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: He respects Logen mostly because of how brutal SinsOfTheFather: Tenways lost to Bethod twice in battle and impressive his Bloody Nine personality is in battle.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Hilariously, has this reaction to Logen.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Everyone regards him
lost everything he had as a complete lunatic, but he's apparently sane enough to lead men into battle, and was able to evade result. Since Bethod's armies longer than any other chieftain. [[spoiler: His conversation with Logen after death, however, he's transferred all his loathing to his sons, Scale and Calder, instead.
* YesMan: He's
the battle of the High Places shows that most vocal in his insanity support of Black Dow, and comes across as a toadying bootlicker as a result. [[spoiler:In reality, this is mostly a charade.an act, and he's really one of Bayaz's pawns.]]
* PapaWolf: Averted. When one of his children is killed in battle, he seems remarkably unconcerned about it. [[spoiler:Then subverted when he drops his facade of insanity in his last conversation with Logen, where he reveals he knows Logen killed his son in one of his Bloody Nine episodes. While he doesn't attack Logen outright, and says maybe the weak should be culled for the strong, he still says he won't be one of Logen's subjects and [[ImpliedDeathThreat warns him to stay out of the High Places]].]]
* ParentalFavoritism: He confides in Logen that his daughter, Isern, who Crummock acts dismissive of, is actually his favorite of all his children.



[[folder:Caul Reachey]]
!!Caul Reachey

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs, and Calder's father-in-law.

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[[folder:Caul Reachey]]
!!Caul Reachey

[[folder:Cairm Ironhead]]
!!Cairm Ironhead

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs, war-chiefs and Calder's father-in-law.Glama Golden's rival.



* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Calder expresses disappointment in Reachey's attempt on his life, mostly because he thought better of Reachey than that. In contrast, when Craw betrayed Calder, there were no hard feelings because Calder knew Craw was sticking to his principles.]]
* CoolOldGuy: He's a reasonable old man with a reputation as a straight edge and promises to side with Calder within reason. [[spoiler:Turns out he's not quite as much of a straight edge as he advertises.]]
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder has him assassinated in revenge for his attempt on Calder's life, and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
* IHaveYourWife: His daughter is held hostage by Black Dow to ensure Reachey's good behavior.
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:He's killed by Calder offscreen.]]
* PapaWolf: Reachey will do anything to protect his daughter, Seff, who's being held hostage by Black Dow to ensure his good behavior. [[spoiler:He's even willing to try to assassinate his son-in-law, Calder, rather than risk his scheming costing his daughter her life.]]
* TheReliableOne: Like Craw, Reachey has a reputation as a straight edge due to his dedication to the old way. [[spoiler:Unlike Craw, Reachey has no illusions about the old way and is willing to backstab and betray his son-in-law out of pragmatism.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Calder expresses disappointment in Reachey's attempt on his life, mostly because he thought better of Reachey than that. In contrast, when Craw betrayed Calder, there were no hard feelings because HiddenDepths: Calder knew Craw was sticking is surprised to his principles.]]
* CoolOldGuy: He's a reasonable old man with a reputation as a straight edge and promises to side with
realize that Ironhead is more politically cunning than Calder within reason. [[spoiler:Turns out he's not quite as much of a straight edge as he advertises.]]
anticipated.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder has him assassinated in revenge for his attempt on Calder's life, TheRival: He and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* IHaveYourWife: His daughter is held hostage by TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Glama hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow to ensure Reachey's good behavior.
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:He's killed by Calder offscreen.]]
* PapaWolf: Reachey will do anything to protect his daughter, Seff, who's being held hostage by Black Dow to ensure his good behavior. [[spoiler:He's even willing to try to assassinate his son-in-law, Calder, rather than risk his scheming costing his daughter her life.]]
* TheReliableOne: Like Craw, Reachey has a reputation as a straight edge due to his dedication to the old way. [[spoiler:Unlike Craw, Reachey has no illusions about the old way and is willing to backstab and betray his son-in-law out of pragmatism.]]
Dow.



[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's the most loyal among them and possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.

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[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

[[folder:Glama Golden]]
!!Glama Golden

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's the most loyal among them war-chiefs who's known for his vanity and possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.his rivalry with Cairm Ironhead.



* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Tenways actually saves Calder's life from Mitterick's soldiers.]]
* {{Gonk}}: Tenways has bad teeth, a foul smell, and patches of a hideous rash covering his twisted face. The overall effect has Calder describe him as "ugly as incest."
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Bayaz reveals that Tenways' loyalty was mostly a show, and he was really one of his agents.]]
* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:He wasn't behind the assassination attempt on Calder. Caul Reachey was.]]
* SinsOfTheFather: Tenways lost to Bethod twice in battle and lost everything he had as a result. Since Bethod's death, however, he's transferred all his loathing to his sons, Scale and Calder, instead.
* YesMan: He's the most vocal in his support of Black Dow, and comes across as a toadying bootlicker as a result. [[spoiler:In reality, this is an act, and he's really one of Bayaz's pawns.]]

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* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Tenways actually saves Calder's life from Mitterick's soldiers.BlingOfWar: He goes into battle decked out with golden armor, rings, bracelets and necklaces. It's where he got his name from.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:He gets an undeservedly excruciating death in ''Red Country'' when Logen, as the Bloody-Nine, literally rips him apart during their duel to the death.
]]
* {{Gonk}}: Tenways has bad teeth, a foul smell, CurbstompBattle: [[spoiler:In ''Red Country'', while his and patches of a hideous rash covering his twisted face. The overall effect has Calder describe him as "ugly as incest."
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Bayaz reveals that Tenways' loyalty was mostly a show, and he was really one of his agents.
Logen's duel starts off seemingly on even footing, it ends with Logen effortlessly killing him.]]
* NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:He wasn't behind the assassination attempt on Calder. Caul Reachey was.DuelToTheDeath: In ''Red Country'' he's become a pit fighter who engages in these. [[spoiler:His last one, against Logen Ninefingers, does not go well for him.]]
* SinsOfTheFather: Tenways lost to Bethod twice in battle and lost everything he had as a result. Since Bethod's death, however, he's transferred all his loathing to his sons, Scale and Calder, instead.
* YesMan:
EveryoneHasStandards: He's introduced in ''Red Country'' defending Shy South from some of Papa Ring's thugs. [[spoiler:When Papa Ring kidnaps Shy to force Logen to throw the most vocal in his support of Black Dow, and comes across as a toadying bootlicker as a result. [[spoiler:In reality, this is an act, and he's really one of Bayaz's pawns.duel, he keeps it secret from Golden because he knows he'd disapprove.]]
* TheExile: After he's [[spoiler:framed for Reachey's assassination]], he's forced to flee the North and remain in exile in the Far Country.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: From a mighty, feared war-chief to a measly pit fighter for a crime boss.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder assassinates Caul Reachey and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: He becomes this to the crime boss, Papa Ring. Unlike his other hired muscle, Glama is reserved, has standards, and no longer relishes violence.
* NotSoDifferent: By the time of ''Red Country'' he's become a lot like Logen, a killer who's remorseful of his violent past but can't quite escape it's shadow.
* PunchClockVillain: He works for the crime boss, Papa Ring, but otherwise he's nowhere close to being a villain.
* TheRival: He and Cairm Ironhead despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Ironhead hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.
* TookALevelInKindness: He's lost a lot of his vanity and arrogance by the time of ''Red Country'', having become a more thoughtful and less violent person.



[[folder:Cairm Ironhead]]
!!Cairm Ironhead

One of Black Dow's war-chiefs and Glama Golden's rival.

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[[folder:Cairm Ironhead]]
!!Cairm Ironhead

One of Black Dow's war-chiefs and Glama Golden's rival.
!!Other Northmen

[[folder:Caul Shivers]]
!!Caul Shivers

A bitter Northman, he searches for vengeance against Logen for butchering his brother many years ago.



* HiddenDepths: Calder is surprised to realize that Ironhead is more politically cunning than Calder anticipated.
* TheRival: He and Glama Golden despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Glama hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.

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* HiddenDepths: Calder is surprised to realize that Ironhead is more politically cunning than Calder anticipated.
AscendedExtra: Had a supporting role in the original trilogy before becoming a main character in ''Best Served Cold''.
* TheRival: AxCrazy: [[spoiler: After his FaceHeelTurn.]]
* BattleCouple:
He and Glama Golden despise each other Monza become lovers during ''Best Served Cold''. [[spoiler:To say it ends poorly would be an understatement.]]
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: [[spoiler: From a well-intentioned man who was victimized by the Bloody Nine to an amoral barbarian who is a cut-price Bloody Nine.]]
* BedmateReveal: With Monza at one point. She demands he take payment in gold for the night
and are is quite annoyed when he tries to refuse.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Shivers getting his eye burned away
in frequent competition.
a torture chamber finally pushes him over the edge.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He BigBrotherBully: [[spoiler:It's revealed that far from loving his older brother, Shivers despised him, since he acted caring in public, only to mercilessly abuse him in private. Shivers wonders if he's mad at Logen for killing his brother, or mad at him for taking away Shivers' own chance at killing him.]]
* TheBigGuy: Not his role in the group or story, but he often gets tagged with this stereotype due to being Northern.
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:He tries to kill Monza in ''Best Served Cold''
and Glama hate each other but they're forced to work together under successfully kills Black Dow.
Dow in ''The Heroes''.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Played with. He ends up betraying almost everyone he ever serves to some degree or another, but every time it's due to mistreatment, and the one time it isn't is also something of a redemptive moment for him.
* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:He can't help but agree with Monza's assessment that he's essentially trying to kill her just because she slept with someone else.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Don't mistreat Shivers. ''Seriously.'' Don't.
** In ''Best Served Cold'' [[spoiler:after Monza distances herself from him following his torture and mutilation, and starts sleeping with someone else, Shivers tries to kill her.]]
** In ''The Heroes'' [[spoiler:Black Dow continually belittling him leads to Shivers murdering him.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: By the time of ''The Heroes'' he's become one of the most feared men in the North, and is considered Black Dow's dog.]]
* EvilSoundsRaspy: [[spoiler: Speaks in a raspy whisper following his torture, due to his vocal chords being damaged from his screams of pain.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: One of his eyes is burnt out when he's captured and tortured by Salier's soldiers.]]
* FacialHorror: [[spoiler: As a result of the aforementioned EyeScream.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:When he decides to let go of his feud with Logen, Shivers comments on how good it feels to let go of something.]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[spoiler: Throughout the entire series. He starts out as fairly heroic in the original trilogy, undergoes a StartOfDarkness in ''Best Seved Cold'', is firmly on the villainous side during ''The Heroes'', and shows signs of his former idealism at the end of ''Red Country''.]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: He's one of the more heroic characters in the series, and uses a sword. [[spoiler: He switches to an axe after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold''.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: More or less slides into this after leaving the North. [[spoiler:He loses this attitude by the end of ''Best Served Cold'' and essentially becomes a straight-up villain.]]
* TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: To Monza. [[spoiler: And Black Dow. And Calder.]]
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler: "It should have been you" to Monza after his torture.]]
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler:Officially, Monza's child is said to be Duke Rogont's, though it could just as easily be Shivers.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Subverted. He claims that he's called Shivers because his enemies shiver in fear when they see him, but it's actually an EmbarrassingNickname he got after he fell into a freezing river on his first raid. [[spoiler: However, after his FaceHeelTurn in ''Best Served Cold'', people ''really'' start being afraid of him.]]
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: At the end of ''Red Country'', when he finally decides to lay his feud with Logen to rest.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the end of the trilogy, [[spoiler: he decides not to participate in Dow's betrayal of Logen.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Monza has him get a haircut, cleans him up and gets him into fancy clothes. He looks rather dashing. [[spoiler: It's implied, rather disturbingly, she's trying to make him look like Benna.]]
* SixthRanger: Joins Threetrees' band of Named Men in ''Before They Are Hanged''.
* SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: [[spoiler:During ''Best Served Cold'', he goes from an idealistic trying to become a better person to a bitter, broken psychopath.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:''Best Served Cold'' is this for him. He tries to be a good man, but when it proves difficult, he ends up falling in with Monza's revenge scheme for the money. He's continually disillusioned, ends up tortured and disfigured, and essentially ends the story as the new Bloody-Nine.]]
* WomanScorned: The rare gender-flipped example. [[spoiler:The final straw that causes Shivers to betray and attempt to murder Monza is because she she sleeps with another man. Though, being discarded and treated as an embarrassment after he repeatedly saved her life and ended up tortured because of her didn't help.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason Shivers loathes Logen is because he murdered Shivers's brother even though he promised him mercy. Logan cut off his arms and legs and nailed his head on Bethod's standard. His father, Rattleneck, was driven to depression, alcoholism, and an early death as a result. [[spoiler:It's later revealed Shivers hated his brother, who was an abusive bastard, and resented his father, who wished Shivers had been killed instead. Shivers wonders if he hates Logen just for killing his brother, or for making it so that Shivers could never kill his brother himself.]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:His father would've preferred if Shivers had died rather than his elder son. Later, after being tortured, Shivers tells Monza that she should've been the one tortured instead.]]



[[folder:Glama Golden]]
!!Glama Golden

One of Black Dow's war-chiefs who's known for his vanity and his rivalry with Cairm Ironhead.

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[[folder:Glama Golden]]
!!Glama Golden

One
[[folder:Crummock-i-Phail]]
!!Crummock-i-Phail

Regarded "the maddest bastard in the north" he leads a clan
of Black Dow's war-chiefs who's known Treemen, he wears a necklace of finger bones around his neck and has his three children carry his weapons around for him (unable to tell his vanity and daughter from his rivalry with Cairm Ironhead.sons), he seems friendly if crazy.



* BlingOfWar: He goes into battle decked out with golden armor, rings, bracelets and necklaces. It's where he got his name from.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:He gets an undeservedly excruciating death in ''Red Country'' when Logen, as the Bloody-Nine, literally rips him apart during their duel to the death.]]
* CurbstompBattle: [[spoiler:In ''Red Country'', while his and Logen's duel starts off seemingly on even footing, it ends with Logen effortlessly killing him.]]
* DuelToTheDeath: In ''Red Country'' he's become a pit fighter who engages in these. [[spoiler:His last one, against Logen Ninefingers, does not go well for him.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's introduced in ''Red Country'' defending Shy South from some of Papa Ring's thugs. [[spoiler:When Papa Ring kidnaps Shy to force Logen to throw the duel, he keeps it secret from Golden because he knows he'd disapprove.]]
* TheExile: After he's [[spoiler:framed for Reachey's assassination]], he's forced to flee the North and remain in exile in the Far Country.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: From a mighty, feared war-chief to a measly pit fighter for a crime boss.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder assassinates Caul Reachey and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: He becomes this to the crime boss, Papa Ring. Unlike his other hired muscle, Glama is reserved, has standards, and no longer relishes violence.
* NotSoDifferent: By the time of ''Red Country'' he's become a lot like Logen, a killer who's remorseful of his violent past but can't quite escape it's shadow.
* PunchClockVillain: He works for the crime boss, Papa Ring, but otherwise he's nowhere close to being a villain.
* TheRival: He and Cairm Ironhead despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Ironhead hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.
* TookALevelInKindness: He's lost a lot of his vanity and arrogance by the time of ''Red Country'', having become a more thoughtful and less violent person.

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* BlingOfWar: He goes into battle decked out with golden armor, rings, bracelets {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his considerable girth, he's a capable fighter.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Beneath his goofy, easy-going facade, he's surprisingly ruthless
and necklaces. It's where he got his name from.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:He gets an undeservedly excruciating death in ''Red Country'' when Logen, as the Bloody-Nine, literally rips him apart during their duel to the death.
cunning.]]
* CurbstompBattle: [[spoiler:In ''Red Country'', while BadassGrandpa: He's well past his prime, but still a highly respected chieftain and Logen's duel starts off seemingly on even footing, it ends with warrior.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Zigzagged. He wants to see
Logen effortlessly killing him.fight in a war as the Bloody Nine again, but when the Bloody Nine does take over in battle, he ends up murdering one of Crummock's sons. However, afterwards Crummock doesn't seem too shook up about it, and seems ignorant Logen was even the killer. [[spoiler:At least until their final conversation where Crummock flat-out tells Logen he knows he murdered his son and gives him an ImpliedDeathThreat if he ever comes back into Crummock's territory.]]
* DuelToTheDeath: In ''Red Country'' BigFun: He's a fat man who's cheerful and entertaining in his borderline insanity. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he's become a pit fighter who engages not as insane as he leads others to believe and he's much more ruthless than first expected.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: He seems insane but
in these. [[spoiler:His last one, against an entertaining way, in particular with regards to believing Logen Ninefingers, does not go well for him.to be "favored by the moon."
* CreepySouvenir: Wears a necklace made of the finger bones of his fallen enemies.
* DropTheHammer: His WeaponOfChoice is an enormous war hammer.
* FatBastard: [[spoiler: Despite the above tropes, he's also happy to get other people killed pursuing his ideas about destiny, and remarkably unconcerned about his own son's death.
]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's introduced in ''Red Country'' defending Shy South from some of Papa Ring's thugs. [[spoiler:When Papa Ring kidnaps Shy to force JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: In his last scene with Logen, he drops his usual loony behavior, revealing that he's completely aware that Logen killed his son and [[ImpliedDeathThreat advising him never to throw come back to the duel, he keeps it secret from Golden because he knows he'd disapprove.High Places]] before leaving.]]
* TheExile: After InLoveWithYourCarnage: He respects Logen mostly because of how brutal and impressive his Bloody Nine personality is in battle.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Hilariously, has this reaction to Logen.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Everyone regards him as a complete lunatic, but
he's [[spoiler:framed for Reachey's assassination]], he's forced apparently sane enough to flee lead men into battle, and was able to evade Bethod's armies longer than any other chieftain. [[spoiler: His conversation with Logen after the North and remain in exile in battle of the Far Country.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: From
High Places shows that his insanity is mostly a mighty, feared war-chief to a measly pit fighter for a crime boss.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder assassinates Caul Reachey and frames Glama Golden for the deed.
charade.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: He becomes this to the crime boss, Papa Ring. Unlike PapaWolf: Averted. When one of his other hired muscle, Glama children is reserved, has standards, and no longer relishes violence.
* NotSoDifferent: By the time
killed in battle, he seems remarkably unconcerned about it. [[spoiler:Then subverted when he drops his facade of ''Red Country'' he's become a lot like insanity in his last conversation with Logen, a killer who's remorseful where he reveals he knows Logen killed his son in one of his violent past but can't quite escape it's shadow.
* PunchClockVillain: He works
Bloody Nine episodes. While he doesn't attack Logen outright, and says maybe the weak should be culled for the crime boss, Papa Ring, but otherwise he's nowhere close to being a villain.
* TheRival: He
strong, he still says he won't be one of Logen's subjects and Cairm Ironhead despise each other and are [[ImpliedDeathThreat warns him to stay out of the High Places]].]]
* ParentalFavoritism: He confides
in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Ironhead hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.
* TookALevelInKindness: He's lost a lot of
Logen that his vanity and arrogance by the time daughter, Isern, who Crummock acts dismissive of, is actually his favorite of ''Red Country'', having become a more thoughtful and less violent person.
all his children.


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* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: After he captures Finree dan Brock, he makes it perfectly clear he intends to rape and impregnate her, being impressed with her boldness and wanting to have "civilized" children. Luckily, Finree gets to go free. [[spoiler:Unluckily, her friend doesn't.]]


[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's the most loyal among them and possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.

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[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

[[folder:Caul Reachey]]
!!Caul Reachey

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's the most loyal among them war-chiefs, and possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.Calder's father-in-law.



* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Calder expresses disappointment in Reachey's attempt on his life, mostly because he thought better of Reachey than that. In contrast, when Craw betrayed Calder, there were no hard feelings because Calder knew Craw was sticking to his principles.]]
* CoolOldGuy: He's a reasonable old man with a reputation as a straight edge and promises to side with Calder within reason. [[spoiler:Turns out he's not quite as much of a straight edge as he advertises.]]
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder has him assassinated in revenge for his attempt on Calder's life, and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
* IHaveYourWife: His daughter is held hostage by Black Dow to ensure Reachey's good behavior.
* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:He's killed by Calder offscreen.]]
* PapaWolf: Reachey will do anything to protect his daughter, Seff, who's being held hostage by Black Dow to ensure his good behavior. [[spoiler:He's even willing to try to assassinate his son-in-law, Calder, rather than risk his scheming costing his daughter her life.]]
* TheReliableOne: Like Craw, Reachey has a reputation as a straight edge due to his dedication to the old way. [[spoiler:Unlike Craw, Reachey has no illusions about the old way and is willing to backstab and betray his son-in-law out of pragmatism.]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

One of Black Dow's five war-chiefs. He's the most loyal among them and possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.
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[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to Dow's cause.

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[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to
[[folder:Glama Golden]]
!!Glama Golden

One of Black
Dow's cause.war-chiefs who's known for his vanity and his rivalry with Cairm Ironhead.


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* BlingOfWar: He goes into battle decked out with golden armor, rings, bracelets and necklaces. It's where he got his name from.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:He gets an undeservedly excruciating death in ''Red Country'' when Logen, as the Bloody-Nine, literally rips him apart during their duel to the death.]]
* CurbstompBattle: [[spoiler:In ''Red Country'', while his and Logen's duel starts off seemingly on even footing, it ends with Logen effortlessly killing him.]]
* DuelToTheDeath: In ''Red Country'' he's become a pit fighter who engages in these. [[spoiler:His last one, against Logen Ninefingers, does not go well for him.]]
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's introduced in ''Red Country'' defending Shy South from some of Papa Ring's thugs. [[spoiler:When Papa Ring kidnaps Shy to force Logen to throw the duel, he keeps it secret from Golden because he knows he'd disapprove.]]
* TheExile: After he's [[spoiler:framed for Reachey's assassination]], he's forced to flee the North and remain in exile in the Far Country.
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: From a mighty, feared war-chief to a measly pit fighter for a crime boss.
* FrameUp: [[spoiler:Calder assassinates Caul Reachey and frames Glama Golden for the deed.]]
* NobleTopEnforcer: He becomes this to the crime boss, Papa Ring. Unlike his other hired muscle, Glama is reserved, has standards, and no longer relishes violence.
* NotSoDifferent: By the time of ''Red Country'' he's become a lot like Logen, a killer who's remorseful of his violent past but can't quite escape it's shadow.
* PunchClockVillain: He works for the crime boss, Papa Ring, but otherwise he's nowhere close to being a villain.
* TheRival: He and Cairm Ironhead despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Ironhead hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.
* TookALevelInKindness: He's lost a lot of his vanity and arrogance by the time of ''Red Country'', having become a more thoughtful and less violent person.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to Dow's cause.
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[[folder:Dow's War Chiefs]]
!!The War Chiefs

Black Dow's five generals, all leaders in their own right with a claim to the North. Consists of [[DumbMuscle Scale]] (see above), [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Glama Golden]], [[TheStoic Cairm Ironhead]], [[CoolOldGuy Caul Reachey]], and [[YesMan Brodd Tenways.]]

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[[folder:Dow's War Chiefs]]
!!The War Chiefs

[[folder:Brodd Tenways]]
!!Brodd Tenways

One of
Black Dow's five generals, all leaders in their own right with a claim to war-chiefs. He's the North. Consists of [[DumbMuscle Scale]] (see above), [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Glama Golden]], [[TheStoic Cairm Ironhead]], [[CoolOldGuy Caul Reachey]], most loyal among them and [[YesMan Brodd Tenways.]]possesses a burning hatred of Bethod's sons.



* {{Gonk}}: Brodd Tenways, "ugly as incest."
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: for Dow.
* TheRival: Golden & Ironhead.

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* BigDamnVillains: [[spoiler:Tenways actually saves Calder's life from Mitterick's soldiers.]]
* {{Gonk}}: Brodd Tenways, Tenways has bad teeth, a foul smell, and patches of a hideous rash covering his twisted face. The overall effect has Calder describe him as "ugly as incest."
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: for Dow.
TheMole: [[spoiler:Bayaz reveals that Tenways' loyalty was mostly a show, and he was really one of his agents.]]
* TheRival: Golden & Ironhead.
NotMeThisTime: [[spoiler:He wasn't behind the assassination attempt on Calder. Caul Reachey was.]]
* SinsOfTheFather: Tenways lost to Bethod twice in battle and lost everything he had as a result. Since Bethod's death, however, he's transferred all his loathing to his sons, Scale and Calder, instead.
* YesMan: He's the most vocal in his support of Black Dow, and comes across as a toadying bootlicker as a result. [[spoiler:In reality, this is an act, and he's really one of Bayaz's pawns.]]



[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to Dow's cause.

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[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to
[[folder:Cairm Ironhead]]
!!Cairm Ironhead

One of Black
Dow's cause.war-chiefs and Glama Golden's rival.


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* HiddenDepths: Calder is surprised to realize that Ironhead is more politically cunning than Calder anticipated.
* TheRival: He and Glama Golden despise each other and are in frequent competition.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Glama hate each other but they're forced to work together under Black Dow.

[[/folder]]

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Stranger-Come-Knocking]]
!!Stranger-Come-Knocking

A towering savage who brings his Northmen to Dow's cause.
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* BattleCouple: He and Monza become lovers during ''Best Served Cold''. [[spoiler:To say it ends poorly would be an understatement.]]



* BigBrotherBully: [[spoiler:It's revealed that far from loving his older brother, Shivers despised him, since he acted caring in public, only to mercilessly abuse him in private. Shivers wonders if he's mad at Logen for killing his brother, or mad at him for taking away Shivers' own chance at killing him.]]



* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:He tries to kill Monza in ''Best Served Cold'' and successfully kills Black Dow in ''The Heroes''.]]



* TheDogBitesBack: Don't mistreat Shivers. ''Seriously.'' Don't. In ''TheHeroes'' [[spoiler: Black Dow himself learns this the hard way.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: By the time of ''The Heroes.'']]

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* CrazyJealousGuy: [[spoiler:He can't help but agree with Monza's assessment that he's essentially trying to kill her just because she slept with someone else.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Don't mistreat Shivers. ''Seriously.'' Don't. Don't.
**
In ''TheHeroes'' [[spoiler: Black Dow himself learns this the hard way.''Best Served Cold'' [[spoiler:after Monza distances herself from him following his torture and mutilation, and starts sleeping with someone else, Shivers tries to kill her.]]
** In ''The Heroes'' [[spoiler:Black Dow continually belittling him leads to Shivers murdering him.]]
* TheDreaded: [[spoiler: By the time of ''The Heroes.'']]Heroes'' he's become one of the most feared men in the North, and is considered Black Dow's dog.]]



* GoodFeelsGood: [[spoiler:When he decides to let go of his feud with Logen, Shivers comments on how good it feels to let go of something.]]



* KnightInSourArmor: More or less slides into this after leaving the North.
* TheLancer / TheDragon: To Monza. [[spoiler: And Black Dow. And Calder.]]

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* KnightInSourArmor: More or less slides into this after leaving the North.
North. [[spoiler:He loses this attitude by the end of ''Best Served Cold'' and essentially becomes a straight-up villain.]]
* TheLancer / TheDragon: TheLancer[=/=]TheDragon: To Monza. [[spoiler: And Black Dow. And Calder.]]



* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler:Officially, Monza's child is said to be Duke Rogont's, though it could just as easily be Shivers.]]



* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: What ''Best Served Cold'' is for him.]]

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* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: What SlowlySlippingIntoEvil: [[spoiler:During ''Best Served Cold'' is for him.Cold'', he goes from an idealistic trying to become a better person to a bitter, broken psychopath.]]
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler:''Best Served Cold'' is this for him. He tries to be a good man, but when it proves difficult, he ends up falling in with Monza's revenge scheme for the money. He's continually disillusioned, ends up tortured and disfigured, and essentially ends the story as the new Bloody-Nine.]]
* WomanScorned: The rare gender-flipped example. [[spoiler:The final straw that causes Shivers to betray and attempt to murder Monza is because she she sleeps with another man. Though, being discarded and treated as an embarrassment after he repeatedly saved her life and ended up tortured because of her didn't help.]]
* YouKilledMyFather: The reason Shivers loathes Logen is because he murdered Shivers's brother even though he promised him mercy. Logan cut off his arms and legs and nailed his head on Bethod's standard. His father, Rattleneck, was driven to depression, alcoholism, and an early death as a result. [[spoiler:It's later revealed Shivers hated his brother, who was an abusive bastard, and resented his father, who wished Shivers had been killed instead. Shivers wonders if he hates Logen just for killing his brother, or for making it so that Shivers could never kill his brother himself.]]
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: [[spoiler:His father would've preferred if Shivers had died rather than his elder son. Later, after being tortured, Shivers tells Monza that she should've been the one tortured instead.]]


* BloodKnight: specifically joins Dow's army because he wants a good fight. He repeatedly asks about fighting his own allies, like Whirrun or Dow himself.

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* AffablyEvil: He acts surprisingly polite for a towering monster and rapist who relishes bloodshed.
* BloodKnight: specifically Specifically joins Dow's army because he wants a good fight. He repeatedly asks about fighting his own allies, like Whirrun or Dow himself.



* TheMole: [[spoiler:He's One of Bayaz's pawns.]]

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* TheMole: [[spoiler:He's One revealed to be working for Bayaz at the end of Bayaz's pawns.''The Heroes''.]]


* WhenYouComingHomeMom: She doesn't get a chance to visit her husband and kids often because she's usually too busy off fighting. She says they understand it's just who she is. [[spoiler:Except it turns out she's lying, and they packed up and left years ago and she couldn't bear to tell anyone.]]

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* WhenYouComingHomeMom: [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home Mom]]: She doesn't get a chance to visit her husband and kids often because she's usually too busy off fighting. She says they understand it's just who she is. [[spoiler:Except it turns out she's lying, and they packed up and left years ago and she couldn't bear to tell anyone.]]



* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The reason he joined up with Craw was because the sorceress Shoglig told him that he'd be shown his destiny by a man choking on a bone. He's also unafraid when fighting because she told him the day and manner of his death. [[spoiler:He's pretty bummed when dying that she was just making shit up.]]



* CloudCuckooLander: Whirrun has an... odd way of thinking at times.



* CursedWithAwesome: He wields the Father of Swords, a sword said to have been dropped by God and is worshipped by people way up North in the valleys. Whirrun says he views it as both a blessing and a curse, [[spoiler:though, he admits as he lays dying, that now he only considers it a curse, and asks Craw to bury it with him so no one else needs to carry that burden.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:He dies in Craw's arms.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He takes his death remarkably well, only being disappointed that Shoglig had no clue what the hell she was talking about when she predicted his death.]]



* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Whirrun can somehow use the impractically large Father of Swords to deadly effect. Bremer dan Gorst has never seen such swordsmanship.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:He dies when he's stabbed by a random spear while fighting Bremer dan Gorst.]]
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Whirrun can somehow use the impractically large Father of Swords to deadly effect. Bremer dan Gorst has never seen such swordsmanship.




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* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler:He and Bremer dan Gorst acknowledge each other as this during their duel. Unfortunately, in the middle of it, Whirrun ends up killed by a random spear.]]


* FeelingTheirAge: While he's a BadassGrandpa, his age is definitely catching up to him, as he reflects any time he's getting ready to go into battle.

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* EmbarrassingNickname: His name "Craw" comes from nearly choking on a chicken bone that got stuck in his throat. At the time he was furious at Threetrees for giving him such an embarrassing name, but as time went on he became grateful for it.
* FeelingTheirAge: While he's a BadassGrandpa, his age is definitely catching up to him, as he reflects any time he's getting ready to go into battle. His knees in particular give him a lot of trouble.



* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:Even though he doesn't like Black Dow, and he loves Calder like a son, he still chooses to live up to his principles by telling Black Dow that Calder wanted Craw to assassinate him. He does this knowing it'll likely mean Calder's death.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Craw always tries to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it is or how much he grumbles about it.
* LikeASonToMe: He loves Calder like a son.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: A platonic example. His second, Wonderful, describes their relationship like a married couple that no longer fuck.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: [[spoiler:He chooses to remain loyal to his chief, Black Dow, even though it means confessing that Calder, who's practically his surrogate son, tried to convince Craw to assassinate Dow. Calder is nearly executed as a result.]]



* OldSoldier: He's an old man who's been involved in wars practically his entire life. He's been meaning to retire for a long time but never quite gets around to it.
* ParentalSubstitute: He was practically Calder's second father. [[spoiler:Even after Craw sides with Dow over him, nearly causing Calder's death, Calder doesn't hold a grudge.]]
* TheReliableOne: Craw has a reputation as a "straight edge" due to his commitment to doing the right thing, sticking by the old ways, and standing by his chief and crew. It's the reason why [[spoiler:Black Dow]] chooses him as his second.
* RetiredBadass: Craw's dream is to retire from soldiering and live a quiet life. Unfortunately he can never quite find a time to hang up his sword. [[spoiler:He finally does at the end of ''The Heroes'' only to realize he doesn't want to stop soldiering, and joins up to help Calder in his war against Glama Golden.]]




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* YouRemindMeOfX: Black Dow tells Craw that he reminds him of Threetrees, which Craw is deeply flattered by.



* CombatPragmatist
* DeadpanSnarker

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* CombatPragmatist
ActionMom: She has children at home and visits them between jobs.
* DeadpanSnarkerBaldWoman: Wonderful has shaved-stubble hair. She first shaved her head when trouble started up with Bethod's men trying to attack her farm.
* CombatPragmatist: Anyway to win a fight is the right strategy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Wonderful has a very sarcastic and snide sense of humor.



* TheLadette

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* TheLadetteTheLadette: Wonderful is a capable fighter who's described as tough as any man.




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* NumberTwo: She's Craw's second in his Dozen.
* WhenYouComingHomeMom: She doesn't get a chance to visit her husband and kids often because she's usually too busy off fighting. She says they understand it's just who she is. [[spoiler:Except it turns out she's lying, and they packed up and left years ago and she couldn't bear to tell anyone.]]


* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:He betrays Logen at the end of the original trilogy, and, in ''The Heroes'', is betrayed and killed by Caul Shivers.]]



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:His duel to the death with Calder is painfully one-sided in Black Dow's favor. The only reason Calder survives is because Caul Shivers betrays and kills him in the middle of it.]]



* DuelToTheDeath: He's forced to accept [[spoiler:Calder's]] challenge of a duel to save face. Everyone expects Dow to win due to his fearsome reputation and his opponent's status as a NonActionGuy. [[spoiler:Dow ''would'' have won had Caul Shivers not betrayed him.]]



* FromNobodyToNightmare: Dow reveals he used to be a potter's apprentice before becoming one of the most feared men in the North.



* InTheBack: [[spoiler:He's killed in the middle of his duel with Calder when Caul Shivers attacks him while his back is turned.]]



* PetTheDog: Has a few notable moments, such as his interactions with West or his words at [[spoiler: Threetrees']] funeral.

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* PetTheDog: Has a few notable moments, such as his interactions with West or his words at [[spoiler: Threetrees']] funeral. In ''The Heroes'' he surprises [[spoiler:Craw]] by allowing him to retire once the war is done.



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler:He usurps Logen as new King of the North at the end of the original trilogy. Surprisingly enough, he's not really any worse than any other ruler.]]
* TheUsurper: [[spoiler:At the end of the original trilogy, while he fails to assassinate Logen, he takes credit for his death and becomes the new King of the North.]]



* WeUsedToBeFriends: [[spoiler:He still respects the Dogman even years after the two became enemies, following Dow usurping Logen as King of the North. He regrets that they've become enemies and gets pissed off when one of his allies besmirches the Dogman's reputation.]]



-->''"Those are the times."''

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-->''"Those are the times.-->''"Every sword's a curse, boy."''


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* ConflictingLoyalties: [[spoiler:He has to choose whether to be loyal to his principles in serving his chief, Black Dow, or loyal to Calder, someone he loves like a son, when he tries to convince him to assassinate Dow. In the end he reluctantly chooses his principles.]]
* CoolOldGuy: He's an old man who's also funny, personable, reasonable, and a caring leader.
* FeelingTheirAge: While he's a BadassGrandpa, his age is definitely catching up to him, as he reflects any time he's getting ready to go into battle.
* FriendlyEnemy: With fellow Northman, Hardbread. They're old friends and they genuinely like each other, it's just that every time they meet in ''The Heroes'', they're on opposite sides of a war. [[spoiler:At least until the epilogue where they're on the same side.]]


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* NumberTwo: He used to be second to Rudd Threetrees. [[spoiler:He later becomes Black Dow's second, but only until the war is over.]]


* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:After he kills Bethod, Logen becomes the new King of the North. Unfortunately, his rule is short-lived.]]



* TheBerserker: On occasion. Bad occasion. When he becomes the Bloody Nine he doesn't distinguish friend from foe. All that matters is killing.

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* TheBerserker: On occasion. Bad occasion. When he becomes the Bloody Nine Bloody-Nine he doesn't distinguish friend from foe. All that matters is killing.



* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Red Country'', he realizes that his past as the Bloody Nine will always put his adoptive children at risk, and decides that the best thing he can do for them is leave.]]

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* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Red Country'', he realizes that his past as the Bloody Nine Bloody-Nine will always put his adoptive children at risk, and decides that the best thing he can do for them is leave.]]



* TheHeart: Despite his incredibly dark and bloody past, Logen adopts this role in Bayaz's group as they make their way to the Edge of the World. While Bayaz and Quai remain distant, Logen tries to inspire camaraderie in the rest of the group. He convinces Ferro to stay and his lessons trigger Jezal's development into a better person.



* PoisonousFriend: [[spoiler:Bethod reveals that it was Logen's bloodlust as the Bloody-Nine that forced Bethod's hand to become king. The times when Bethod tried to smooth things over nonviolently were usually sabotaged by Logen killing important people, making peace impossible.]]




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* WouldHurtAChild: Or, rather, the Bloody-Nine would. During the Battle in the High Places, he kills one of Crummock-i-Phail's young sons.



* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe

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* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMeLuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: He wields a big, round shield in battle along with his sword.

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* BattleCouple: More like "Battle FriendsWithBenefits," but he and Ferro Maljinn get into a physical relationship on their journey to the Edge of the World, and they frequently face threats together.


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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Logen is one of the nicest characters in the original trilogy, but he's one of the most feared men in the North for a reason. His Bloody-Nine persona is a dangerous psychotic who's a danger to friend and foe alike.


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* ISeeDeadPeople: Not "dead people" exactly, but he's one of the only people left in the world who can see spirits, creatures that are otherwise invisible to normal folk. It's one of the reasons Bayaz takes Logen with him on his trip to the Edge of the World.

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