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Fascere Order

Terrian Brogue (Rogues & Brogues) is a sometime employee of this organization.


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Nopcsa (Lee)
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  • Adventure Duo: With Terrian. They go back and forth on who's who, though.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Though Nopcsa's largely unflappable, his brief encounters with inhuman mindsets tend to give him a Heroic BSoD. Especially notable are the twins in Luxury Train Ride, Mandelbrot in Ishkabibble, and SOMETHING in Emet.
  • Amoral Attorney: Williams certainly pegs him for one of these in Obscured Truth. In point of fact, Nopcsa really is interested in uncovering the true identity of the Butterfly... but only for the Fascere Order's practical benefit.
  • Ascended Extra: Nopcsa wasn't originally slated to appear past Triannual, but Lee now considers him a second-tier character. Between Emet, Bows, and Ishkabibble, Nopcsa's easily the most prominent representative of the Fascere Order.
  • Characterization Marches On: Justified; though it might seem like his sinister, assertive personality from Triannual's first few pages falls by the wayside, Ishkabibble reveals that it's an intimidation tactic that he slips into when dealing with strangers that he knows he can freak out.
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  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Provides some of his favorite blackmail material.
  • Fan Nickname: "Nopnop".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Nopcsa's thrown boiling coffee, ripped out piercings, made sexual advances on his male opponents just distract them, used a holy statue as a shield against an attacking monk, deliberately played bystanders to convince them to attack his opponents, and pretty much every other dirty trick in the book. Not to mention his signature move...
  • Groin Attack: Attempts one on Prime in Luxury Train Ride, another on Sikes in Ishkabibble, and uses one described as a "football punt" on the Lama in Bows. Every time, his opponent No Sells the attack.
  • Guile Hero
  • Man in White
  • No Name Given / Only One Name: "Nopcsa" is a pseudonym; we've never learned his real name. According to this post, "Nopcsa" was chosen by Order members for being totally unlike his real name in "mystic signature" (in other words, he's making a point of not letting other magical characters pull an I Know Your True Name on him).
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  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Zigzagged; when Nopcsa is really flaunting his mindreading, he touches the cheek that his artifact is implanted in. However, it's never clear how much of this is him needing to do it, versus just showing off to intimidate those around him by making it obvious he's reading their minds.
  • Telepathy: The read-only kind, and he milks it for all it's worth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He can do these quite well, but only bothers when he knows it'll affect his opponent in the first place.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some confusion in Triannual as to whether the name ended in "-csa" or "-sca". An adjustment to the censored words list resolved this problem in one stroke.
  • Trash Talk: Pretty much Nopcsa's weapon of choice.


Garth Firbolg (Lee)
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Subverted in how not awesome his amulet turns out to be.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After spending the first portion of the topic getting teased, pranked, and antagonized by almost everybody, he reveals that he's quite possibly the singular most dangerous Power in the entire school.
  • Butt-Monkey: It seems that Garth is only the center of attention when he's on the receiving end of insults. Or, if you're a faculty member at Terminer, tonally inappropriate physical punishment.
  • Fake Defector: In Triannual.
  • Glass Cannon: Garth's powers make him an offensive match for almost any Power in Whelkshore. However, defensively, he's merely a sickly teenager with no combat training. (That's not even mentioning the other side effects of his powers.)
  • Let's Get Dangerous!
  • New Meat: In Triannual, along with Terrian. Despite the jokes from other Fascere members, though, both are valued a little more highly than the trope suggests.
  • No Respect Guy: Meta example. After Garth got sidelined hard during his debut story, Triannual, it's become something of a running gag that he can never get a scrap of recognition from the forum community.
  • Portal Cut: Slices the tip off a meteor the size of Kentucky.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is understandably concerned when the prank war in (Dis)Orientation starts escalating.
  • Psychic Block Defense: A side effect of his amulet is immunity to telepathy, to Nopcsa's annoyance.
  • Sailor Earth: Garth's Zodiac disc corresponds to Ophiuchus the Serpent, the little-known thirteenth Zodiac sign.
  • Technicolor Fire: A whole spectrum's worth, in fact.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Normally appears as a pyromancer, but whenever he makes a ring from his flames, he can use it as a bridge to any point outside of Earth's atmosphere.
  • Western Zodiac


Telrien Wallen (Cendra)
  • Archer Archetype
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Trick Arrow: A handful.
    “I haven't had time to finish this one quite yet, but basically it will hold a strong acid that, once injected into the target, will deteriorate the tissue around it quickly. The green one, here, makes you delusional, as if just the plain impact wasn't enough to startle you. The black one is set with springs, of sorts, and once in the target, lets loose these three prongs that make up the arrow head.” As a demonstration Telrien took her fork and set off the trigger. The sharp sides jumped forward with a snap making it look like a mini grappling hook. She looked pleased with herself as she set it back on the table. Then she turned to the fourth one.

    “And the plain looking, white one, well, that's a secret.”


Auguste Tylor (Lee)
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Projects this image, at least.
  • Man in White
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: Subverted. The Fascere Order was played up as such in Triannual through speculation on the part of Natalie and other characters, then revealed to be a shifty and amoral but ultimately non-malevolent enterprise.
    • Course, there are definitely at least a few outright villains among its ranks...


Nachoset (Lee)

Orville Giguere (Lee)
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