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Orrig's Crew

    Thistle 

Thistle

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A kind-hearted mage with a love of plants, deep-seated self-esteem issues, and a face that she refuses to show. She joins Orrig's group because she needed the money, but finds more camaraderie than she expected.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Thistle's skin is a shade of brown darker than Brent's and lighter than Margot's, with hair to match. The other two cave elves appeared grey, but so did Thistle when her face was revealed in the mine tunnel, so in their case that may have been an effect of the lighting. They did seem to still be gray when their bodies were brought out, so it might just be that Thistle's gotten more sun.
  • Berserk Button: Even the mention of Drath gets her back up. Encountering one gets her to go all-out with offensive magic.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She likes using magic to make flowers and entertain children with illusions. When her friends are threatened, she breaks out the fireballs.
  • Covered in Scars: Downplayed, but she has several scars on her face when we finally see it. Word of God is that she has far more scars on her body.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: At the very least, it's known that she was an "unwanted daughter" and ran through quite a lot of aliases. Somewhere along the way she seems to have become a servant to one of the Gods, and was infected with a Drath echo in her head.
  • Enemy Within: Picked one up from exposure to a Drath, and wasn't able to have it removed before it became a permanent part of her mind. Unfortunately for her, she has a lot of insecurities for it to draw on.
  • The Faceless: An ever-present cowl and veil hide everything but her Icy Blue Eyes. She may be using magic to keep the shadows around her face extra-concealing. As of chapter 7, Thistle is no longer the Faceless to the reader, and might in fact count as a Cute Monster Girl.
  • Femme Fatalons: It isn't obvious because of her gloves, but the distal phalanges of Thistle's fingers are unusually long because they end in long claws.
  • Friend to All Children:
    • Even when she's destitute and out of work, she takes the time to brighten some kids' day with a display of magic.
    • She also successfully uses wizardly magic to heal a premature baby whose lungs were underdeveloped.
    • She spends a chapter getting her teammates to autograph a wanted poster as a gift to a young orc boy thrilled to have met her.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has multiple facial scars and, per Word of God, plenty more elsewhere. They're implied to be at least partly the result of Torches and Pitchforks mobs that she refused to defend herself from.
  • Green Thumb: Her favourite type of magic, and, if remarks by collegiate mages are anything to go by, something of a specialty. She's even able to weaponize it to an extent.
  • Healing Hands: Between her magical and anatomical knowledge, she can do this quite well, although in the case of major trauma like a gaping bite wound, she has to help the lost tissue regenerate over time. She can also manage feats that conventional healing magic can't, like fixing a baby's underdeveloped lungs.
  • In the Hood: Always, to hide her face. She substitutes with a shirt tied around her head when she's in a rough patch.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Those following Meg's DeviantArt page might have seen sketches and a few comic pages revealing that Thistle is a cave elf. They were removed with the start of the comic proper.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: An unfortunate side effect of being a cave elf, especially when she tries to smile.
  • Mysterious Veil: An opaque veil that conceals everything but her eyes is a constant feature of her outfits, aside from an embarrassing experiment with a Cool Mask.
  • Personality Powers:
    • She uses nature magic extensively and is kind-hearted and nurturing.
    • When she uses major spells, her magic glows Gold, as befits a morally upright person who literally follows the Golden Rule.
  • The Red Mage: She seems to favor Green Thumb, sure, but she's also been seen using fire, air, light and healing magic.
  • Shipper on Deck: She practically Squees when she learns that Lyra and Margot are a couple.
  • Shrinking Violet: She has issues. She is humble and self-effacing to the point where she often doesn't stand up for herself when she should. Fortunately, her team-mates are good about sticking up for her.
  • Squishy Wizard: She doesn't show much stamina and has fainted from overexertion more than once.
  • Theme Naming: Likes flower-based aliases. Her latest doubles as a Line-of-Sight Name — and a sign that she wasn't feeling kindly towards herself at the time, since she named herself after a weed.
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    Orrig 

Orrig

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A stoic, level-headed orc mercenary who hires Brent, Lyra, and Thistle to take on new, bigger contracts. He finds himself often slipping into the role of the father figure, or at least the beleaguered sane man of the group.
  • A Father to His Men: Makes a point of looking after the mercenaries under his employ. It's most evident with Brent, whom he coaches on managing his Hair-Trigger Temper and (per Word of God) invites to join his family on holidays, but he begins to show the same consideration for Thistle even before he's hired her.
  • An Axe to Grind: A large battleaxe is his weapon of choice, as demonstrated when he quite tidily uses one to sever the leg tendons of a rampaging greater Drath.
  • Benevolent Boss: Orrig is probably the nicest ax wielding orc you're ever going to see.
    [After Orrig makes sure Thistle gets a separate room at the inn so she won't have to show her face]
    Thistle: You didn't have to do that.
    Orrig: You my employee. Your job follow orders. My job take care of you ... Need smart, dependable people who keep heads in fights. Can trust to vatch back. That someone I like vorking vit. [Pats Thistle's shoulder] And I like vorking vit you.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: So huge they essentially form a crest on his forehead and fade into his sideburns.
  • Carpet of Virility: One that's usually on full display in combat, no less.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Hidden beneath his eyebrows and horn ridges. When he opens his eyes all the way, it's because he realizes a major crisis just began.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Responds with "Nyet" to a question from Thistle.
  • Happily Married: Not that he brings it up, but he's still head over heels for his wife Dotra, as shown on the author's DeviantArt page.
  • Husky Russkie: He has a thick Russian accent and is very brawny.
  • Large and in Charge: He's significantly larger than his employees and can bring any or all of them in line with a few words.
  • Punch-Clock Hero: Slays monsters, defeats demons, delivers invoices. Justified since he has both a group of employees and an extended family to look after.
  • Team Dad: A calm, collected disciplinarian who gives the team some support, reassurance, and extra attention when they need it. He's also got a family back home.
  • The Leader: As a licensed mercenary, he's the others' boss.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Mentions being fond of knitting in a bonus comic.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Even while on missions. As yet, only wears a shirt when interviewing prospective hires or filling out paperwork.
  • You No Take Candle: He's intelligent and experienced, but language skills are not his forte.

    Lyra 

Lyra

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A brash, uncouth, confrontational elf who's a dab hand with a bow. Working for Orrig lets her indulge all of these traits, perhaps more often than he'd like.
  • Amazon Chaser: Gets a remarkable Crush Blush when Margot, who's just been badly hurt facing a rampaging Drath in single combat, waves away medical aid and urges her to continue the fight. They end up in a relationship.
  • Archer Archetype: She's a martial artist by preference, but falls back on archery to support the melee fighters in the squad.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Even when she's set the martial arts aside in favour of archery. Especially likes to remind Brent that she could take him in a fight.
  • Badass Gay: During the Time Skip after the drath attack on the university, she starts dating Margot.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily offended and casually antagonistic, even mouthing off to their clients and once shouting down a Wizard for being disrespectful to Thistle.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Crude mockery is one part of her Giant Monster Combat Tactics toolbox.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hard to tell if she's this or just a Jerkass, but she does have a few moments of kindness towards the others.
  • The Lad-ette: Likes drinking, fighting, and making Brent angry. A dainty elf maiden she ain't.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: She gets more censor boxes than the rest of the characters combined.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Brent is briefly infected with a Drath echo, Lyra's snark immediately shuts down and she gently asks him to listen to Thistle's advice.
  • Our Elves Are Better: From the Characters Page:
    The Elves are famous for their propriety, elegance, and eloquence. Lyra is famous for none of these. Instead she likes to drink and yell at Brent and start fights (usually with Brent).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Much as she and Brent antagonize each other during their downtime, when it comes down to business, she's got his back and shows sincere concern when he's in danger.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her hair in a voluminous, waist-length ponytail, even when going into active combat.

    Brent 

Brent Donovan

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A hot-headed young mercenary who caught Orrig's attention by punching him in the face. Now part of Orrig's squad, navigating the unfamiliar waters of niceness with Thistle.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his late parents is a good way to crack his self-control.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Gets these when he's close to going berserk, courtesy of his orc blood.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dead parents, a very hostile relationship with his extended family, and years spent pushing everyone else away from him, at the very least. He also brushes off the anti-orc racism of the T'Fa'Nii book since it's "tame" compared to his own experiences.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a pretty lively temper that sometimes edges into berserk rage. Part of him is ashamed of the isolation it's brought him and afraid that it will lead him to hurt someone.
  • Heroic Willpower: He might come across as Dumb Muscle, but he has the strength of mind to No-Sell hundreds of Drath trying to possess him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: After cleaning out the infestation in the mines, he states, "They're just cave elves." to Thistle, not knowing she is one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Manages to shove his foot in his mouth even when he's giving Thistle a sincere compliment.
    Brent: We like you. Why can't you like yourself?
  • Little Bit Beastly: Brent has some pretty impressive fangs for someone who appears mostly human.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Immediately sets aside his dislike for Lyra during serious situations.
  • Uneven Hybrid: One-quarter orc, three-quarters human.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: More or less his current niche as a young fighter. He doesn't have Lyra's finesse or Orrig's tactical acumen, but he can slam-tackle a giant Greater Drath.

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The Academy

    Margot 

Margot

"Ooh no. Not in my town."
An adept water mage from an Academy town. Margot first shows up to rescue a friend from a tight spot, then finds herself involved with Orrig's crew — some members more than others.

  • Badass Gay: Badass enough to face down a rampaging, colossal Greater Drath in single combat... which is also how she meets Lyra, whom she ends up dating.
  • Badass in Distress: Puts up a good solo fight against the Greater Drath, right up until she gets doused in acid from its pustules and is incapacitated by the pain. Fortunately for her, Thistle and Lyra are there to get her out of the line of fire, to her considerable confusion.
  • The Cavalry: Arrives in the story just in time to rescue Ford from a Greater Drath attack.
  • Full-Contact Magic: She puts her whole body into the spells she casts against Brody, including symbolically throwing him to the ground.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Her battle against Brody leaves her with acid scars on her face, right arm, and eye. For her part, she gets her hair cut to accentuate the scars.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: Even with severe acid burns to her face, arm, and back, she gives Lyra battlefield instructions and insists that the Healers tend to the more severely injured first.
    "I'm not dying. I'll wait like everyone else."
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Perhaps literally, since she wears lipstick and elegant gowns in both her appearances.
  • Making a Splash: She shows proficiency with several different varieties of magic, but leans heavily towards manipulating water and ice. She wears a skirt of transmuted water to help with Elemental Baggage restrictions and can deliver water-based attacks that temporarily floor even a Greater Drath.
  • Personality Powers: She's cool and collected, even when facing a Greater Drath solo, and improvises with whatever's at hand — fitting for the comic's first water mage. On a date with Lyra, she's friendly and affectionate.
  • Skirt over Slacks: A necessary fashion choice when the skirt is an emergency reserve of transmuted water for her Making a Splash powers.

    Master Wu 

Master Wu

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A powerful Wizard at the Mages Academy, with even more powerful connections. Intimidating though he can be, he is implacable in protecting those in his charge.

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Other Characters

    "Brody" 

"Brody"

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An ancient, cunning drath summoned into the body of a toad during the flashback to when Thistle joined the team. After the mage who summoned him loses control and gets eaten, he grows to giant size and attempts to open a giant portal to hell. ("Brody" is a more-or-less official nickname from the author; his name in-universe is unknown.)
  • Attack Reflector: He turns out to have one he didn't know about. When Margot pierces the pustules on his back with spikes of ice, they disgorge acid all over her.
    Brody: I didn't know I could do that! Did you?! [Flicks some more acid onto Margot]
  • Big "NO!": When his plans for a Hellgate are thwarted, he makes his displeasure very clear. Also his last words when Master Wu rescues the soul of his host body and banishes him.
  • Eye Scream: He gets a double dose: First Thistle uses a magical flash of light in the face to blind him, then when he recovers and chases after her, he gets an arrow in the eye courtesy of Lyra.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can talk a big game of being a Toad of Wealth and Taste who's only trying to be come to a reasonable arrangement. That arrangement involves him devouring you alive or opening up a portal to hell in the middle of your city.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Oh, he's good at this. He manages to unbalance the experienced professor who is fully expecting his antics. He also delivers a steady stream of this to the professor's captive soul.
  • No Name Given: He doesn't offer his name, if he has one, and nobody asks. "Brody" is a nickname given by readers.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He goes from witty banter to incoherent rage very quickly once the team starts tearing apart his summoning circle.

    Professor Gwendolyn Patricia von Caedhin 
An arrogant mage and inventor (or rediscoverer) of Drath summoning techniques, who is somehow connected to Thistle.
  • A Man Of Wealth And Taste: Makes her debut at a high-society dinner in a gorgeous wardrobe, and is the go-to authority on drath summoning.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She may not actually have a title, but she has the attitude, and the "Von" in her name makes it likely.
  • Ax-Crazy: Thinks it's hilarious to unleash her Drath at a party to destroy one belonging to a professor that annoyed her.
  • Bad Boss: Thistle was apparently her servant, and is terrified of her, so again this is likely.
  • Big Bad: She invented drath summoning and Thistle fears her, making it a likely assumption.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: She's very amused by loosing her Drath on a drunken, presumptuous guest who insults her, pretending to forgive him, and ordering it to rip out his tongue once he thinks he's escaped.
  • Evil Laugh: Gets a hearty chuckle out of watching her drath terrorize a boorish guest.
  • Moustache de Plume: Her academic works are published under "G. P. von Caedhin", causing some to assume that the esteemed Professor is a man.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Is quite noisily amused when a presumptuous summoner tries to talk down to her, right before she teaches him a harsh lesson in humility. The trope gets called out in The Rant for the page.
  • The Von Trope Family: Her surname is "von Caedhin" and she's addressed as "Lady".
  • Wicked Cultured: Impeccably dressed, incredibly smart, and very, very evil.

    T'Fa'Nii the Clanless 
A buxom warrior woman starring in a popular series of "kinda racist" fantasy books published in-universe.
  • Barbarian Hero: Right down to the big sword and chainmail bikini.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Unusually for a (supposedly) heroic character, T'Fa'Nii's eyes are occasionally drawn as black shadows.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has larger mammaries than Lyra and Thistle combined.
  • Chainmail Bikini: T'Fa'Nii's "armor" is literally a skimpy chainmail bikini, which is lampshaded by Lyra.
  • Expy: Of Robert E. Howard's character Red Sonja.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: In the story Thistle reads, T'Fa'Nii is intent on wiping out a slathering band of orcs. note 
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: To the point it's hard to tell her name is supposed to be pronounced Tiffany.
  • Purple Prose: The narration of her story is entirely this.
  • Values Dissonance: In-Universe as shown by Thistle and the rest of the team's reaction to her stories.

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