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Credenza Black
Oh Credenza, what have you gotten yourself into this time?
A former slave aboard Captain Snow's submarine. She managed to escape and washed ashore Ruin Island, where the Burillas adopted her. She serves as a waitress for their Inn, until she meets Blitz and is intermediately roped along the quest to keep the Raven from being revived.

Serves as the unofficial leader in the search for the heirs, having some connection to Dragonfly, and all the charisma necessary to keep the team together. Internally however she's prone to self-loathing and confusion, feeling responsible for many of the terrible things that she's seen throughout her life, notably supposedly abandoning her only friend Uru aboard Snow's sub.

  • Animal Motifs: Her soul has dragonfly wings.
  • Action Survivor
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Her compassion commands that she must attend to a harmed creature, regardless of the situation. This is what lead to Dragonfly entrusting her with Tin Can Turtle's soul, as well as Blitz's loyalty and Raven's (albeit initially begrudging) respect.
    Credenza: I wasn't trying to be a hero. I just saw they needed help. How could I turn away from that? I can't just look the other way and pretend there isn't evil at work here.
    • Lampshade Hanging: See the above quote, which is what she says to herself when aware that she's about to get herself into a world of trouble by doing good for someone else at no reward, but goes ahead regardless.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Blitz.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Frequently, she's very capable of holding her own.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her childhood was spent as an abused slave on one of Snow's ships.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSoD: When she first learns of her Dream Walking ability, starting here.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Credenza doesn't smile at least once in a day, something is wrong]
  • Magnetic Hero: As Snow notes, Credenza is naturally able to gain the loyalty and friendship of others, which makes her very dangerous.
    • Book 10 makes this abundantly clear once The Cavalry arrives.
  • Plucky Girl
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: To calm down Raven after a particularly crazy journey here
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her parents. Some speculate that Dragonfly and/or Olivia counts as well.
  • Team Mom: Especially towards Blitz
  • True Companions: She has a knack for collecting friends.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Alice's girly.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While new to using magic, Credenza's magic is openly described as powerful and ancient, frequently.

Blitz/Anthony Solair
Look Credenza! I found something shiny!
A young man with one eye and amnesia (among other problems) who washed ashore Ruin Island. Initially untamed and untrusting, he eventually calmed down after Credenza befriended him and gave him a name. She quickly discovers that Blitz's amnesia is the result of a fudged possession attempt by an evil Raven spirit. His former self stabbed his eye to stop the Raven from taking control of his body, resulting in his mind being split in two; childish wild Blitz, and cold calculating Raven (see below). Blitz and Raven would eventually become separated, but the damage done to his mind remained.

  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Blitz's childish demeanor and moodswing tendencies apparently do not make for a pleasant mental landscape.Vaniji Ralo finds out the hard way.
    • Raven then Lampshades how dangerous Blitz's mind can be.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Spelled out during chapter one, where he was cold and distant during his time on Sin's sub, in stark contrast to the childish happy-go-lucky idiot Credenza finds.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: See his character quote? He says variations on that a lot. Credenza even has to make sure he doesn't accidentally steal anything he takes a fancy to.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Beware the Silly Ones: Make no mistake, you hurt one of Blitz's friends, and he will make you regret it.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In case the page quote wasn't enough to go off of. He is prone to drawing childish scribbles on windows after breathing on them, playing pretend, and getting lost in his pursuits of something shiny.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is quite capable in a fight when things get desperate. At first he would trade out for Raven most of the time, but he doesn't need him for everything.
  • Eye Scream: Self-inflicted. He stabbed out the eye that Raven had entered into, resulting in Raven becoming trapped in his body, cut off from the other ravens, and breaking Anthony's mind.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Sort of; Raven appears as a wispy apparition over Blitz's shoulder when he's not in the driver seat. Likewise, when Raven is using Blitz's body, Blitz starts floating around his shoulder.
  • Hidden Depths: He's not just a brain-damaged idiot — his innocence lends itself well to looking after others, and his love for Credenza is more than blind loyalty. See Foreshadowing entry on the main page.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!
  • Loss of Identity: Zigzagged. Being possessed by a lurker raven would've ensured his original mind taking a backseat forever. This never happened, but the original character is still long gone. The original person - Anthony— was much, much more like Raven in personality. That is brooding and rather smart.
  • The Lost Lenore: Chesska, Anthony's wife who died after giving birth to their child.
  • Manchild: Body of a grown man, mind of a five-year-old-boy. Case in point: Laundry Pants Man.
  • Messy Hair
  • Only Mostly Dead: In chapter 10, but saved by Snow giving up the mechanical arm thing to him.
  • Our Dragons Are Different
  • Talkative Loon

For your information, I am a spirit, not a demon.
A Raven spirit, one of many. Originally his mission was to inhabit the minds of normal people and influence them into awakening the Great Raven trapped beneath the Archipelago. Unfortunately his last attempt didn't go so well, and he became one of two personalities inhabiting Blitz's body. Originally an enemy bent on killing Credenza, he joined her side after the other Ravens turned on him, seeing him as useless in his current state.

He's a perpetually confused individual. His unique circumstances make him vulnerable to emotions and feelings outside of his programming as a spirit. He tends to exert his frustrations by being grumpy. He becomes very protective of Blitz and becomes something of a big brother to him. After eventually separating from Blitz, he would begin to develop his own physical body.

  • Adorkable:
    "What would you give a female that you wanted to attract?!"

    Raven: Oh fine, I'd be upset too if I had fluid leaking out of my head.
    *Awkwardly holds out sleeve*

  • Always Save the Girl: Is willing to grind their expedition in the underworld to a complete halt just to make sure Credenza's okay.
    Raven: Forget the heirs. Forget the Raven. Until we find Crendenza, nothing else matters.
  • Ascended Extra: He was originally going to be little more than a recurring Mook who would possess Blitz, until the author pictured him and Credenza talking and it just went from there.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT hurt Credenza. And it's not wise to hurt Blitz, either.
  • Blue Oni, Red Oni: Despite his flares of temper, he is the voice of reason to Credenza's red tendencies.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Eventually, he gains a human body, but loses his raven magic, aside from his wings. He is still a reliable asset as a fighter.
  • Character Development: Goes from remorselessly possessing Anthony to becoming a benevolent, if grumpy, hero who desperately wants to overcome his old nature and do something good. A good example is when Raven learns Blitz can communicate with Snow's Arm and is concerned.
    Raven: I don't want you to live with a stranger in your head. Again.
  • Comically Serious
    How do Humans live like this?!
  • The Cynic: At first, everything just seemed to be miserable for him.
  • Fake Defector: During the events of chapter nine, he willingly turns himself in to the Great Raven's army to ransom for Credenza. He gives a pretty convincing speech about the futility of his attempts to be human, and just when it seems like he's ready to give everyone else up so Credenza can live... he changes his mind at the last moment. Cue dragonfire on the army.
  • Pragmatic Hero: If Snow was an heir, Raven wouldn't mind killing him in the hopes that the next one would be "nicer". Even Credenza thinks this is tempting (but it's Snow we're talking about).
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: He appears as a winged apparition over Blitz's shoulder when not in control, and Blitz would do likewise. Stopped doing this after they separated, clearly.
  • Grumpy Bear: He rarely reacts to comic relief or other moments of levity.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When Snow and the other Ravens turn on him in chapter two, he vows vengeance out of spite. He eventually becomes attached to Credenza and the others and develops more selfless reasons for fighting back against Snow.
  • Home Sweet Home: Here, stopped thanks to a "Shut Up" Kiss from Credenza
  • Humanity Ensues: Early on, his broken raven heart is fixed by Credenza, giving him a human soul. Later, he gets a (mostly) human body to go with it.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Credenza mending his heart with the Soul Key and his extended time interacting with people instead of controlling them triggers a change in him. He starts behaving more like a person and begins to develop emotions. Its all but stated that his original host was the template for his new personality. Cassie points out that the curls his finger when's he's afraid just like Anthony used to.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: He has a tendency to moan and complain along the way, but ultimately he'll be doing good.
  • The Lancer: Credenza's closest ally and a direct contrast to her.
    • Help Face Turn: Credenza helping Blitz (and him by extension) is what sets off his transition. Plus, Snow trying to kill him for becoming independent sure didn't help.
    • Mook–Face Turn: Was just another raven spirit before his accident with Blitz and subsequent siding with Credenza. Adding to this, Word of God stated that Raven ranked really low compared to his fellow raven spirits - being nothing more than an intelligent mind-probe.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Towards the climax of the final encounter with Snow, everyone gets trapped in their own dreams. Raven's show him in a mundane but blissful domestic life together with Credenza.
  • Luminescent Blush: Ends up having quite of few of these, courtesy of Credenza teasing him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Once he develops the conscience to back it up, he is very remorseful for what he did to Blitz.
  • No Social Skills: Being born a Spirit, essentially a living AI, it's to be expected. he is not familiar with humans emotions, way of thinking and many other human things.
    • Not that he likes it.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Becomes very wary of being left behind or forsaken because of his nature as a spawn of the Raven.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He rarely smiles, and his default expression is one of neutral indifference.
    Devera: "Not that I havn't tried to make him smile. It's hard to draw him with that expression without it looking... un-Ravenlike."
  • Prophetic Fallacy: And he doesn't exactly like it.
    • But handles the epiphany that solves it like a pro.
  • Sense Freak: He really enjoys eating snacks when inhabiting Blitz. Multiplied after getting a physical body.
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: He wants to avoid realizing Dragonfly's not so clear but clearly unpleasant prophecy this way. This to an ultimatum during chapter nine, where he borderlines on Death Seeker. Credenza doesn't approve.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: At first, he would take control of Blitz at inopportune times to cause trouble. Once he starts working together with Credenza, it becomes more amicable.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Having never felt emotion for most of his existence, he isn't sure how to handle them.
  • Winged Humanoid: Appears as a winged apparition when not possessing Blitz. [[Once he gains his body, he keeps his wings, but one is magical, the other physical.]].

Tuff Luck
Well, me and Riley are only half were-shark. Thankfully, we tend more toward the human side.
A half were-shark from Quillotia. Despite growing up relatively sheltered from the world (and his home's Fantastic Racism towards Sharks), Tuff always had the stigma from his Parent's strange union looming over him. His parent's disappearances finally spurred him to run away from home. He intended to go alone, But Riley followed after him. The two lived a nomadic lifestyle for eight years before meeting Credenza and getting caught up in the search for the Heirs.

Serves as a foil to his loud and aggressive brother, and is much more careful in almost everything he does (which sometimes comes back to bite him). After he acquires the Listing of Names he becomes something of The Smart Guy in the team, being the most tactically inclined and leading the way to the heirs using the Book. Upgrades to Genius Bruiser after gaining the ability to transform into a full wereshark.

  • Black Eyes of Evil: When his eyes become fully black, it's a strong indicator that his shark instincts are getting out of control. Especially when he is later able to turn into a full Were-Shark
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Was pretty smitten with Credenza during the first couple chapters, but never brought attention to it. Once he starts falling for Cassie, the problem re-emerges.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's part were-shark.
  • Genius Bruiser: Particularly after he gains the "gift" of being able to transform into a full wereshark.
  • I Am a Monster: Tuff has a hard time accepting his shark side, in particular after the Big Good's gift to him. He gets better eventually.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He's already attracted to Cassie, but once he sees her tear through the enemy ranks to defend her home, he's smitten. It runs in the family.
    • Love at First Punch His first interaction with Cassie was a sharp kick in the jaw from her to his wereshark form.
  • The Insomniac: Often goes without much sleep. He claims it's due to having a lot on his mind.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: reacts badly to having killed some of the ravens the first time he turns into a wereshark, even if they were the bad guys.
  • Punny Name: Something Riley managed to escape, somehow.
  • Royal Blood: Although due to the prevalence of Fantastic Racism in their home city, neither he nor Riley hold any actual title.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Riley's red, being much calmer and the voice of reason leashing his brother down. He claims it's given him ulcers.
  • The Smart Guy: Particularly after the List names him Reader.
  • They Do: In the epilogue, he finally manages to (awkwardly) tell Cassie exactly how he feels.

Riley Luck



The Raven's Army

Captain Adrian Snow
Before I went to sea I was trained in medical college. I'm a doctor. It's my job to heal the sick and tend to the wounded.
Torture is what I do for FUN.

Captain Adrian Snow, former dread pirate and the captain of the Great Raven's army. He lived a life of violent indulgence and terror before finally dying of a brain tumor... that is until the Great Raven saw him as a worthy vessel, had him revived, gifted him with Olivia's Arm, and sent him to find the Heirs.

Sadistic, scheming, prone to violence, and terminally insane (and he knows it). His days of piracy have already made him a skilled leader and killer, but he is just as deadly with words.

Why, Credenza, you're talking as if I'm the crazy one.
  • Papa Wolf: He's willing to do anything to protect his wife and daughter even supposedly willing to backstab the Raven.
  • Pet the Dog: Shocking as it may be, even Snow seems to be capable of this.
    • He doesn't kill Knull despite the later's The Dog Bites Back attempt, even ordering some ravens to take care of him. And remember, this isn't like the past times he's spared Knull because his Anti-Magic made him useful, Knull literally tried to kill him, and Snow still spared him!
    • There is no discernible reason why Snow would give Blitz Dragonfly's arm, especially because Snow was the whole reason Blitz was dying in the first place!
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Makes himself look as one in the final confrontation with Credenza, probably to mess with her head. She sees through it.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his whole family except for nephew Knull wife Naomi and daughter Yula.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Takes pride in his wardrobe. When his leg is crushed and replaced with a robotic limb, his biggest lament is that his boots don't fit properly.
  • The Starscream: When he finds out that The Great Raven has actually been reduced to the size of a small bird from his imprisonment and wishes to atone, Snow decides to eat him and gain his powers.
  • Torture Technician: Once a doctor of medicine, he now uses the skills he learned to put people back together so he can keep talking them apart.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

Lucinda Potter
You accepted the slavery of the Raven because you were scared of death. I accepted because I was afraid to go on living. In exchange for my faithful service, the Raven agreed to take away my fear and sadness. I no longer wanted my life, I had no reason to refuse.

Knull Snow
Oh man, what have I gotten myself into? I don't belong here! I design armor! I'm not a killer like my uncle!
  • Animal Motif: Horses
  • Anti-Magic: A (very useful) ability of his, implied to be why Snow keeps him around.
  • Anti-Villain: He's not happy with this place in the order of things, but can't see how to escape his uncle or the Raven
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Oh yes.
  • Empathy Doll Shot: The dream Credenza visits in chapter X appears to be his - there are broken toys around, but they seem to represent people - people most probably killed by dear uncle Adrian (Credenza herself is represented by a rather mangled doll).
  • Heel–Face Turn: turns against his uncle and the other Ravens in the end.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: At least compared to most of the rest of Snow's crew.
  • Nervous Wreck: Ever since dear uncle Adrian murdered his family, most like.
  • Punny Name: Possibly an unintentional example, but his magic revolves around nullifying other magic.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: in the epilogue, not helped by his own belief that he deserves rejection.


Figures. The one time I don't kill a woman in her bed, it only causes trouble.


You didn't think the Raven would leave a job like this to your little band, did you?
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Would have preferred himself as the Raven's herald, as opposed to Affably Evil Captain Snow. Snow, on the other hand, sees right through him:
    ...a beggar boy with a loud mouth and no friends who was promised the world in exchange for his soul.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Has three wives that he won after killing a seagull chieftain. Note, he didn't know about them beforehand.
  • Fantastic Racism: Considering he called Kor a dust eater, Steller doesn't seem to like Dustrunner Avians.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: From the moment he's introduced.
    Haask, vi katap'n plaut su froos! Can't I leave you alone for five minutes without you devouring someone important?
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Decides it's time to turn tail and run when the heroes awaken Benjamin.
    That's it! I'm as loyal a servant as anyone could ask for! But there is a time to say: 'That's a giant monster. Retreat and try again later.'


Paollo Majestan of Ausalius "of the all-seeing gaze", heir-apparent of the Eastern Continent.

Tin Can Turtle of Little Twin Fish, and the only non-humanoid heir.

Alice Pintur of Grom Pintur, a Quillotian girl with latent Super Strength.

Kor Yander Avian actor from Paper Island, illegitimate son of a noble lord, and descendant of Chalchiu.
  • Cowardly Lion: His diminutive body hides a big heart. Once he warms up to the idea that he isn't helpless he can handle himself rather well in a fight.
  • Fantastic Racism: Kor's clan is looked down on by at least some people, for being fliers who are naturally talented runners.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Takes care of a large flock of different kinds of birds, along with a jabberwock named Charlie who's actually Uru under a Baleful Polymorph
  • Flying Flightless Bird: Subverted "Dustrunners" seem to draw greatly from flightless runners, naturally able to sprint at top human speeds, but they're also able to fly like any Avian can.
  • Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate scion of a noble line.
  • Soul Power: His power lets him channel the souls of others.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Has the ability to channel souls, which first manifests itself when he summons an army of bird souls to fight Captain Snow.
    • Willing Channeler: Said birds are is pets, and he uses them to enhance his wings and sword.
  • Winged Humanoid: More this than Bird People, but with bird legs and all their hair replaced with feathers its a closer toss up than most.

Clair Solair of Icarus, and Anthony/Blitz's daughter. The youngest heir, she can teleport and create Improvised Golems.
  • Cheerful Child: she's only five and has been mostly unaffected by the tragedies that befell her parents thanks to the constant care of Cassie, her Not-So-Imaginary Friend Benjamin and her other guardians.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Escaped Captain Snow by teleporting straight up and wriggling out of his grasp, which dropped him into a well from a great height. Then she ordered some earth golems to jump into the well after him, plugging it with mud to prevent his return.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In a world of primarily One Person, One Power, she gets two.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Offspring of a half-dragon and a full dragon.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's a little girl with no fighting skills: her badassitude comes from her presence of mind, quick thinking and bravery.
  • Teleportation

Uru Tan were-whale descended from Lady Itaria, with potent healing powers. Spent some time as a jabberwock.

Minor Characters

    Ruin Island 

Paolin Burilia

Korus Burilia

Vanesse Burilia


Captain Syn

    Eastern Continent 

The Royal Guard

Zatachi, Tatami, Gozazi, Tusura, Vamuro. Trained as protectors and companions to Prince Paollo, and currently traveling with the heroes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Dissapeared from the story after Paollo was taken. Reappeared in Book 7.
  • Dead Man Switch: All of which are linked to each other and Paollo. If anything should happen to any of them (or the prince), the King would know and the entire Eastern Army would come down on the head of those responsible.
  • Determinator: Tatami. Not even Vaniji could break him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Paollo.

    Coin Island 

Willium Drake

Nim (The Hunter) Ru

Simon Drake

Vander Whelve

Walf Windlestraw

    Hidden Island 

Abbess Tabitha


Listing of Names
With so many souls in its pages, it was bound to develop a personality of its own.
  • Paper Master: A sentient book. It comes with the territory.
  • Psychic Link: The book's Reader is the only one it allows to understand its pages. Even after Lucinda's Face–Heel Turn (and the selection of a replacement Reader), she and the book were still able to sense each other's presence. Much later, the Listing immediately knows when Lucinda is dead.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can shape itself into a dog, a bird, and various other creatures.


Mikel Fandango
Credenza: It's a long and complicated story, your highness.
Mikel: Well I just happen to ADORE long and complicated stories. Please, just call me Mikel.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being royalty, he:
    • Has no qualms with "commoners" running around his castle.
    • Completely forgoes the fact that Tuff and Riley stole an expensive submarine in favour of being saddened at them disappearing for eight years without a word.
    • Playfully swaps Blitz's hat for his own crown, asking him what his first decree will be.
  • Panicky Expectant Father
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Joins battle against the Ravens during their attack on Quillotia, only stopping when they take his wife hostage. He also helps clear up the mess in the aftermath.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: His garb is noticeably more elaborate than the already embellished Quillotian attire.

Deliza Fandango's wife and Queen of Quillotia.
  • Pregnant Hostage: Provides the page image. Goes into labor immediately after said hostage situation is resolved.
  • Women Are Wiser: A good counterpoint to her husband's silliness.

Kroft Skyfrost servant of the Quillotian royal family. Is a dragon.

    Paper Island 

Vaniji Ralo
Don't listen to your thoughts, they are lying. I am the only one you can trust. Let my will become yours, and everything will be easier.

Mona Rolly
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Somewhat of a subversion: the "crazy" part doesn't come into play until after Vaniji's control is broken. And it's more of an Empty Shell variety anyway.

Anansi Padma

    Penumbra Island 

Holly Path

Cassie Matsyendra
  • Badass Bookworm: Nice, friendly, likes books and befriends Listing of Names pretty quickly, despite its initial misgivings. Owns a bookshop along with Tuff in the epilogue. But Beware the Nice Ones, if you're, say, trying to hurt Clair.
  • Fish People: Not your classic mermaid, though she does have a very elaborate tail.
  • Parental Substitute: To Clair, returning the favor for Clair's mother serving the same role to her.
  • Shock and Awe: You shouldn't grab her tail. Cassie has, among others, electric eel traits.

Wrist Gorilla Spindle

Azalea Trigger
  • Disney Death: Is knocked from a tower, but manages to survive.



The Great Raven
I am a great wind, and you are a little candle. And I will extinguish you.
  • Animal Motifs: Guess.
  • Greater-Scope Villain
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After so much time spent sealed away, he wants to atone for his actions. But then Snow eats him.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The Raven is sealed away, but can still manipulate his servants.
    • Except, as it turns out, he can't. The Great Raven has no connection to the world beyond his prison at all; all of the lesser ravens are simply continuing to obey his last orders.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's had a thousand years to reflect on his wrongdoings.
  • Tragic Villain: After being sealed away from everything for a thousand years, he has been reduced to the size of a sparrow, weak and begging for forgiveness for his past actions.
  • Villain Override: He breaks his "no possessions" agreement with Snow only once, when he has the chance to kill Dragonfly.




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