The first of many protagonists in the series. She is a mace wielding Action Girl
mercenary who premiered in Chapter 1, of Demon's Due
, Rats in the Cellar
- Action Girl
- Badass in Distress
- Badass Normal
- Bound and Gagged: Starts with ropes and gag, and later shackles and a gag.
- Bounty Hunter: Her occupation at the beginning.
- Break the Cutie and Break the Haughty: Depending on your interpretation, it could be one or the other, or both. Either way, she ends up broken.
- Broken Bird: By the time we see her in again Fair Harvest, anyway. Look at her eyes. Just look at them!
- By then, she's been alone and naked in a dark tin cage of a prison cell for weeks having endured God only knows what at the hands of her captors.
- Chainmail Bikini: Completely averted. Valerin wears sensible leather and plated armor when on the job.
- Clothing Damage: Induced by gremlins with tiny knives.
- Despair Event Horizon: Not just once, but twice.
- The first was in her first appearance. After having outrun the gremlins and fought her way past Albert with both hands tied behind her, he recovers, finishes tying her up and carries her back down to the very place she just came from.
- The second was in Fair Harvest, where she came within an inch of being rescued. Poor girl.
- Defeat by Modesty: Subverted. At first, she just stands there fighting back tears, but then works up the resolve to break loose and run for it.
- Griping About Gremlins: Valerin has a lot of reason to gripe about gremlins.
- Lady of War: Another reason this has to be a particularly harrowing experience for her.
- Naked Freak-Out
- Nipple and Dimed: Yeeeup.
- Sanity Slippage: It certainly seems to be coming into play...
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Shortly after being initially stripped, she manages to get away from her gremlin assailants and tries to flee the cellar. Unfortunately, it turns out the inkeeper is in on it. She is promptly gagged and carried back down into the cellar.
- Shameful Strip: What the gremlins do to her after tying her up.
- The Woobie: It's difficult not to feel for her after a while.
- The Worf Effect: She starts off as a competent and tough warrior maiden, but quickly becomes overwhelmed and at the mercy of her attackers.
- You Can Leave Your Hat On: Last seen only wearing her boots.