Caliban "Cal" Leandros
The half-human/half-Auphe son of Sophia Leandros, Cal was bred by the Auphe for the purpose of ending the world. Nineteen when the series starts, Cal has spent four years of his life running from his heritage. Sarcastic, sullen, and prone to angsting, Cal alternates between taking nothing seriously, and sinking into full-on depression.
- Anti Anti Christ: Cal has no interest in ending the world, thanks all the same.
- Bash Brothers: With Niko, and eventually, Robin.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Niko, or Robin, or George, or any of the other people he actually cares about.
- BFG: Both his Desert Eagle and his .50 Caliber Magnum qualify as such.
- Black Speech: Slips into it when really, really angry.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Not with anybody who can have children anyway. So far he's slept with a plant creature, and a werewolf whose reproductive organs are not in working order.
- Cool Gun: A Desert Eagle with explosive rounds.
- Deadpan Snarker: All the time.
- Determinator: Powers through some truly horrendous injuries.
- The Dreaded: Monsters who recognise Cal's Auphe scent are scared to death of him.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Night black hair, moon pale skin.
- Emo Teen: Serious shades of this, especially in the first book.
- First-Person Smartass
- Gray Eyes: Family trait.
- The Gunslinger: Unlike Niko, Cal really, really prefers guns. "If I could kill from a distance, hey, it meant fewer laundry bills."
- Half-Human Hybrid
- Heroic BSoD: In Moonshine, after Hob defeats and kidnaps Niko. Cal sinks into an icy, suicidal rage, planning to take the villain in question with them.
- Knife Nut: "Guns were preferred, knives were practical." Cal always has at least one knife on him.
- Lazy Bum: Cal is not naturally inclined towards doing any sort of work, and will bitch and moan whenever he has to.
- Only You Can Repopulate My Race: Happens in Deathwish, when Cal is revealed to be the only male Auphe left.
- Parental Neglect: Sophia barely acknowledged Cal or Niko's existence.
- Patricide: During his escape from Tumulus, Cal killed the Auphe who fathered him. It's one of the few things about his time there that he's sure about.
- Properly Paranoid: Cal is suspicious of everybody's motives, sleeps and bathes with a knife on him, and is ready for fight or flight at the drop of a pin. He's right more often then he's wrong.
- Sibling Team: With Niko.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Niko. Cal's the irresponsible, angry, angsty one, Niko the calm, workaholic, responsible one.
- Son of a Whore: The nicest way to describe their mother.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Georgina. She won't look into the future to see if they will have Auphe children, and Cal's not staying with her unless she does.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Has a penchant for doing this once he gets angry, at one point absolutely dismembering a bodach that had killed a little girl.
- True Companions: With Niko, Robin and Promise
- Unstoppable Rage: An angry Cal is a scary Cal. Niko comments that Cal has the sin of wrath all to himself.
Cal's hyperprotective older brother, Niko has spent most of his life looking out for Cal. Smart, highly educated, and probably the single most dangerous fighter in the series, Niko possesses a zen-like attitude towards life which he will drop at a moment's notice if it means protecting Cal.
- Badass Bookworm: Far smarter and more educated then Cal, Niko is a voracious reader and works as a TA at a college.
- Badass Longcoat: Niko's duster, which serves as a repository for all that is sharp in the world.
- Badass Normal: Niko does everything that he does with no special abilities.
- Bash Brothers: With Cal, and eventually, Robin.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Cal. And don't lie to him.
- Big Brother Instinct: Niko's entire character revolves around keeping Cal safe.
- Deadpan Snarker: His wit is dryer and more restrained then Cal's, but definitely there.
- Disappeared Dad: His father walked out two weeks after Niko was born.
- Dissonant Serenity: Constantly. Niko's zen attitude extends to fighting as well as his personal life.
- First-Person Smartass: Whenever he narrates.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Does not swear. So when he does...
- Precision F-Strike: In Deathwish
- Gray Eyes: Family trait.
- Heroic BSoD: In Deathwish when he believes that Cal has been killed
- Honour Before Reason: Cal, Robin, and Promise all accuse Niko of suffering from this.
- Implacable Man: How he appears from the other side, especially when in BSOD mode.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Niko certainly believes this.
- Master Swordsman: Oh yes indeed. Niko can go blade to blade with beings who have had hundreds of years of experience, and still come out on top.
- MayflyDecember Romance: With Promise.
- Morality Chain: To Cal, keeping his Auphe side under control.
- One-Man Army: Taking out Osshossi's entire menagerie establishes Niko as such.
- Parental Neglect: Courtesy of Sophia.
- Promotion to Parent: The day Cal was born.
- The Quiet One
- Sibling Team: With Cal
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Cal. Cal's the irresponsible, angry, angsty one, Niko the calm, workaholic, responsible one.
- Son of a Whore
- The Stoic: Niko's has trained himself to have absolutely perfect control over his emotions.
- Suicide by Cop: His goal at the end of Deathwish is Suicide by Oshossi.
- True Companions: With Cal, Robin and Promise
- Unstoppable Rage: Slides into it during the above mentioned BSOD.
- Walking Armoury: Niko's coat contains, at any one time, several swords, multiple knives, a sharpened stake...Cal comments once that he half expects him to pull Jimmy Hoffa out of there.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Having grown up with Consummate Liar Sophia for a mother, Niko will not, under any circumstances, lie.
- The Worf Effect: Once. Hob's manhandling of Niko shows that he is nobody to be trifled with.
A puck who works as a used car salesman, Robin is a several million year old being, who, desperate for companionship, has become one of the boys' few genuine friends. Enthusiastically pansexual, and the original party animal, he provides a lot of the comic relief in the series.
- Animal Motifs: A fox
- Anything That Moves: Women, men, various supernatural beings, you name it, Robin has tried to screw it.
- The Alcoholic: Though with an absolutely legendary tolerance.
- Colour Coded Eyes: Forest green and foxlike.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Usually acts like a complete hedonist who's only interested in getting into other entities' pants, skirts, fur, scales, whatever. But piss him off, and he's absolutely deadly. To put it into perspective, he has no trouble beating Niko. As it turns out, in many of their past lives, Robin was the one who trained Niko (and tried to train Cal) in combat.
- Honest John's Dealership: "Were there are graveyards, there are flesh eating revenants. And where there are used cars, there are used car salesmen."
- Ladykiller in Love: Enters a monogamous relationship with Ishiah.
- Living Forever Is Awesome/Who Wants to Live Forever?: Alternates between the two.
- MayflyDecember Romance: With a woman in the backstory to whom he was to be married. She lived in Pompeii.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Lust and Pride.
- Omniglot: Robin speaks — according to his own claim — all the languages in existence, and probably those that are extinct, too. That is justified because he's not human and is old enough to remember the dinosaurs. Basically, he was around before language was invented and picked them up as they came around.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If Robin stops making innuendos, something is seriously wrong.
- Time Abyss: Robin remembers the dinosaurs. He hasn't changed at all in that time, and will go on forever, barring an untimely death.
- True Companions: With Niko, Cal and Promise
A quietly beautiful vampire with an interest in Niko, Promise has her own dark secrets that she prefers to keep to herself.
- Action Girl: Can hold her own with the boys easily.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Promise does not like to talk about her history, her failures with her daughter, her exes, or anything other then the here and now.
- Friendly Neighbourhood Vampires: Promise is harmless to normals, gives to charity, and has helped take out numerous monsters that did prey on the human community.
- Immune to Bullets: Promise can more or less shrug off bullets. Unless you take her through the heart or the brain, you are wasting ammunition.
- Lady of War: Calm, serene, feminine, and will take your head off with her sword.
- MayDecember Romance: With twenty-two year old Niko.
- MayflyDecember Romance: Niko will die long before Promise does.
- Neck Snap: Done to one of the assassins in Madhouse.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Promise isn't actually dead, and doesn't need to drink blood courtesy of iron pills.
- Purple Eyes
- The Quiet One: Promise almost never talks. When she does, she usually has something important to say.
- Serial-Killer Killer: Cal suspects that promise did this back before the iron pill cure for vampirism was discovered.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only member of the core cast who is female.
- Super Strength
- True Companions: With Niko, Robin and Cal, much as the latter two sometimes annoy her.
The inspiration for the myths about elves, the Auphe are an entire race of psychotic thrill killers, sadists, and certifiable lunatics. Virtually indistinguishable from one another, the Auphe were the most feared of all monsters during the days before the rise of humanity, and still make most creatures who are aware of them twitchy.
- Always Chaotic Evil: An entire species of mass murderers, torturers, and predators, the Auphe seem to have barbarism encoded in their genetics.
- Axe-Crazy: Relentlessly mad.
- The Big Bad: The race as a whole plays this role in Nightlife and Deathwish.
- Black Speech: Their language is more or less regarded as cursed.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What they do.
- The Dreaded: Feared throughout the supernatural world.
- Dying Race: There are only a hundred or so Auphe left at the start of Nightlife.
- Evil Albino: Chalk white skin, white hair, molten red eyes.
- Famed In-Story
- Full-Frontal Assault: The Auphe don't go in for clothes.
- The Legions of Hell
- The Older Immortal: Predate even the pucks, though in a bit of a twist, individual Auphe rarely live as long as their lifespan would allow.
- Our Elves Are Better: Our elves make the drow look sane.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Ultimate Evil: How other creatures, even killers like Cerberus, regard them.
- Villain Teleportation: The ability to create gates is an Auphe one.
- Zerg Rush: Their usual tactic.
The last male banshee, Darkling is, in Cal's words, a nightmare for hire. Willing to do anything if the pay is right, Darkling is an integral part of the Auphe's plans for Cal and the world. Halfway through Nightlife he bodyjacks Cal as part of the Auphe plot to exterminate humanity.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demonic Possession: Does it to Cal, taking over as narrator for most of the book.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The Auphe may be in charge, but it is Darkling who secures Cal for them, Darkling who opens the gate to the past, Darkling who does his utmost to eliminate Niko, Robin, and Promise, and Darkling whose moves actually drive most of the plot.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Repeatedly shocked by the actions taken by Niko, Promise, and Robin.
- First-Person Smartass: As the narrator
- Fusion Dance: When he hijacks somebody, their memories fuse to a very large degree, creating a composite personality of Darkling and his victim.
- Kill All Humans: Fully onboard with the Auphe's scheme to travel back in time and prevent the rise of the human race.
- Intangible Man: Can become intangible, phasing through almost anything.
- Last of His Kind: Darkling is the only male banshee left. He has very little time for female banshees, so there aren't likely to be more anytime soon, either.
- Laughably Evil: Darkling's warped sense of humour is genuinely funny a lot of the time. Doesn't make him any less frightening though.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Going so far as to mug a businessman for his expensive clothes.
- Mirror Scare: Travels through mirrors.
- Psycho for Hire: Darkling likes the money and the joy of torturing victims in equal measure.
- Sinister Shades: Uses them to cover his silver eyes
- Torture Technician
- Villain Protagonist: Much of Nightlife is from his perspective
- You Have Failed Me: Offs one of the werewolves in his employ after they fail to kill Georgina.
A troll who lives under the Brooklyn Bridge, Abbagor knows a little bit about everything, making him a useful, if homicidal informant for Robin and the Leandros boys. He is as old as the Auphe and longs to fight them again.
- All Trolls Are Different: A mass of tentacles wrapped in the shape of a man.
- And I Must Scream: Traps his victims within his body and feeds on their minds forver.
- Blood Knight
- Time Abyss
Cal and Niko's mother, a Roma of the Vayash clan who ran away when she was a teenager and spent the rest of her days travelling, telling fortunes and conning customers and drinking. A lot. She was paid by the Auphe to carry Cal, but was horrified when he was born and spent his childhood calling him a monster. She burns to death when the Auphe show up to steal Cal back.
- Abusive Parents: Oh, so much. She messed Cal and Niko up for the rest of their lives.
- Alcoholic Parent: Sophia would go as far as throwing empty bottles at Cal when he was a kid and ranting at him about how much of a monster he is, even though it was her who sold her... reproductive ability to an Auphe for a pot of gold, which she quickly spent on more alcohol. At least on one occasion she also stole Niko's college money. While she burned to death prior to Nightlife, the experience of growing up with Sophia as a mother teaches even resident bad boy Cal to never drink more than one beer as he believes to have inherited his mother's penchant for alcoholism.
- Children Raise You: Subverted. She didn't want kids and she made that clear.
- Evil Matriarch
- Older Than They Look: Was 38 when she died, but said to look much younger, with not a spot of gray in her hair.
- Parental Neglect: Leading to Niko's Promotion to Parent
A member of Cerberus' crew, Flay is Caleb's agent within the Kin, and acts as Cal's aide during his infiltration of Cerberus' organisation. Albino, and barely able to speak, Flay is nevertheless far smarter, and far more capable, then his own poor self-esteem lets him believe.
- Evil Albino: Set up this way. He turns out to be a lot more sympathetic then you'd expect.
- Hidden Depths: He's far smarter, and much less evil, then initial apperances would suggest.
- I Have Your Wife: Informs Cal that Caleb has George. It turns out that Caleb is holding his son, Slay, as a hostage
- The Unintelligible: Flay can barely talk, his jaws are so wolfish.
A pair of single-minded Siamese twins who act as a Kin Alpha, Cerberus is the target of Cal and Niko's mission in the novel.
- Bad Boss: Cerberus punishes failure very harshly.
- Canis Major: An enormous wolf, with two heads. Fully transformed, Cerberus is the size of a Buick.
- Creepy Twins
- The Don
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Having overcome Kin prejudices against difference, Cerberus offers employment to all the outcast in the wolf world, and is even willing to hire the likes of Cal, a human/Auphe cross.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Siamese Twins
- Single-Minded Twins: Cerberus thinks of himself as one being.
- "I'm the original reason there is no honour among thieves."
One of Robin's fellow pucks, and the oldest member of the species alive today, he operates a bar frequented by the Kin. He's the mastermind behind the events of the book. Utterly cold and without scruples, and void of all emotions but want, this particular Pan will gut you for a penny. He's the only puck Cal meets who instantly registers on his monster radar.
- And Show It to You: Rips out Caleb's heart and makes him eat it.
- Anything That Moves: Inverted. Hob only masturbates because nobody else is worthy of him.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Runs a bar frequented by the Kin and their associates.
- The Big Bad: Of Moonshine
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Admits to it proudly.
- Creepy Monotone: If Cal's description of his dead, flat voice is any indicator.
- The Dreaded: Promise and Robin just about have a heart attack when they realise who he is.
- Evil Twin: To Robin. "It was Goodfellow's voice, only arctic and empty. Goodfellow's face, although set with a supercilious sneer. His eyes lacking even the sliver of a soul."
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Cal abandons him in Tumulus, surrounded by the Auphe
- Famed In-Story: Infamous in-story to be precise.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Cal.
- First Of Its Kind: More then likely. He's the oldest puck, and Robin suggests that he might well be the first.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Plans to beat George to death with Cal's corpse.
- Hero Killer: Has this reputation. More then lives up to it.
- It's All About Me: Hob wants what he wants and no price is too high. Other people don't matter at all to him.
- Knife Nut: Favours Spanish-style poniards, more ice pick then dagger.
- Lack of Empathy: Whatever emotion lived inside of Hob died a long time ago. All that's left is a near emotionless killer who takes what he wants, irrespective of who has to get hurt.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Caleb, the novel's apparent villain
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Better dressed then even Robin.
- Narcissist: Of a far more malignant kind then Robin. Hob doesn't care about anyone other then himself, and lives to ram his superior status down the throats of all those around him.
- The Older Immortal: Older then all the other pucks, he might be the first.
- Perpetual Frowner: Smiles once in the entire novel.
- Pride: His cardinal vice.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Himself.
- The Stoic: Hob displays no emotion for most of the novel, facially or verbally.
- Technically a Smile: The dead smile that he eventually does give falls into this territory.
- Time Abyss: Even moreso then Robin. Cal comments "You could see it in his eyes. You could see the age, and the cold-blooded apathy that comes with knowing that eventually, all things pass. All things, except you."
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does it to Caleb
Flay's sister, and a member of the Kin in good standing, Delilah meets the brothers when they use her saliva to heal an injury that Cal had suffered at the hands of Sawney Beane. As she cannot have children, she and Cal eventually enter a sexual relationship. Ambitious and driven, Delilah plans to rise as high as she can in the Kin, despite her bad breeding.
- Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Hovers between the two.
- Canis Major: The size of a small pony.
- Blood Knight: Works as a bouncer at a bar because she relishes getting into fights. She repeatedly aids the brothers for similar reasons.
- Friends with Benefits: With Cal.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Massive set of scars on her stomach from where Cerberus ripped a child out of her. Played for all the sympathy that it deserves.
- Klingon Promotion: Kills her Alpha and becomes leader of her pack.
- Take a Third Option: Her Alpha forces her to choose between going against the pack and killing Cal. She kills her Alpha instead.
A serial killing Scottish Redcap with a penchant for butchering travellers, Sawney goes on a killing spree that leaves dozens of people dead after being resurrected in the present day, recruiting an army of revenants to spread his special brand of madness through New York.
- Axe-Crazy: The single most insane character in the setting. Not only is Sawney mad, but he is obsessed with madness, fixating on Cal because of his Auphe taste, and forcing his revenants to dress in straight jackets.
- Back from the Dead
- The Big Bad: Of Madhouse
- Evil Laugh
- Healing Factor: Managed to regrow his arm in-between his first and second battles with the Leandros brothers.
- The Heavy: Sawney is the one moving the plot for all of Book 3.
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Implacable Man: Though faster moving then most.
- Kill It with Fire: Niko uses a flame thrower and acid to put him out of commission.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast as an Auphe, hits as hard as Abbagor.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Sawney will come back from just about anything you throw at him. And even if you can hurt him, his Healing Factor ultimately kicks in.
- One-Man Army: If his ability to take on Niko, Cal, Promise, and Robin all at once is any indicator.
- Power Born of Madness: Most Redcaps are not this dangerous. Sawney's madness is where his power comes from.
- Serial Killer: Of travellers. In modern day New York, that means just about everybody.
- Sinister Scythe: His Weapon of Choice
- Slasher Smile: Fixated on his face. It mimics the look of his scythe.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realises he actually is going to die again.
Promise's daughter by an unknown father, Cherish comes running to her mother for help when she gets in over her head with Oshossi. Beautiful, charismatic, and manipulative, Cherish is a thief, and a liar, yet claims to be trying to change for the better. She is not.
- Antagonistic Offspring: An utter bitch, who goes out of her way to ruin her mother's life.
- The Big Bad: Of Deathwish, alongside the Auphe
- Dark Action Girl
- Disappeared Dad
- Eviler Than Thou: With Oshossi, whom she stole Xolo from.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mind Rape: Uses the chupacabra, Xolo, to force people into complying with her wishes. She forces Niko to see an image of Cal, killed by Oshossi, in order to drive him into a Heroic BSoD.
- Parental Incest: Brags about having seduced her stepfather, Seamus, to Promise's face.
- The Sociopath: It becomes more and more obvious that this is what she is.
A South American nature spirit, who pursues Cherish to New York in the interests of reclaiming his property. Uses a veritable menagerie of South American monsters as his primary weapon.
- The Beastmaster
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Walks off of a building while under Xolo's influence.
- Dual Wielding: Dual wields machetes.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Cherish
- Machete Mayhem: As part of his South American vibe.
- Pet the Dog: Ultimately recognises Niko and Cal as fellow victims of Cherish and parts with them on neutral terms. There's also his genuine concern for his pets.
- Poor Communication Kills: A lot of violence could have been avoided if Niko and Oshossi had ever just sat down and compared notes. Instead each assumes that the other knows what he is talking about, and the mayhem just escalates from there.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His methods are dark, but his main goal is to save his rain forest from destruction.
A human/Auphe hybrid with dreams of repopulating the species, and making hybrids like himself, rather then humanity, the fastest breeding race on the planet. He currently has 1000 young at his disposal, and plans to breed many, many more. Having far better control over his Auphe abilities then Cal does, he enjoys toying with the other half-breed's emotions.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Was captured and tortured by the Auphe for eighteen years, prior to his escape.
- Deceptive Disciple: Has a habit of apprenticing himself to a mentor, then killing the mentor.
- Evil Counterpart: To Cal, sharing his tastes in fashion, style, and attitude, as well as his Auphe heritage. Where Cal hopes to exterminate the Auphe, however, Grimm plans to recreate the race.
- Fangs Are Evil: He's got the Auphe's mouth full of needle teeth, though he can retract them in public. He's the bad one, Cal's the good one.
- Father Of A Thousand Young: Literally. By mating with as many succubi as he can, Grimm has produced 1000 offspring, all as part of his plan to create a new race of Auphe.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Auphe. His children add succubus to the mix.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has the signature Auphe eyes.
- Retcon: His entire existence is this. Where was Grimm when the Auphe were looking for a male sperm donor? Or when they were out to use Cal to destroy the world?
- Sidle messed up. Grimm managed to gate away from the hellhole he was in, but Sidle didn't know that's exactly what the Auphe wanted. He told them Grimm had died rather than admit he let one of his prisoners escape, and why would they care about that? They didn't use him or seek him out because they didn't know he existed.
- Sinister Shades: Used to hide his tell-tale red eyes.
- White Hair, Black Heart
Niko's father, a wandering Rom mercenary from the Vayash clan who had little contact with Niko while he was growing up, only to return much later to ask the brothers for help hunting down a 'burden' of the Vayash clan. It's Cal.
- Action Dad
- Archnemesis Dad
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Insists that a life on the road hunting monsters was no life for a child, which was why he left Niko with his abusive mother Sophia. Neither Cal nor Niko buy it.
- Disappeared Dad
- Calling the Old Man Out: Cal and Niko spend most of Doubletake doing this.
- Evil All Along
- It Runs in the Family: Blonde hair and skills with a sword, apparently.
- Papa Wolf: Seems to display an inkling of this when saving Niko from Hephaestus and then while holding him back from jumping into the boggle pit after Cal and Robin.