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The group of five chosen by Butler to defend Domina from the screamers. Originally, Adam wasn't supposed to be included, until Butler realized he was a "natural-born killer."

    Adam Andrew Anders 

The new guy in the city, there for school. Quickly becomes Derek's roommate, although he was supposed to room with his internet friend Dale.

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    Derek Huntsman 

Adam's roommate, and The Hero. He suspects that Adam's friend is dead, but doesn't have the heart to tell him.

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    Laura Medina 

A girl who grew up in Domina City and is going to Akamatsu University for school. Childhood Friends with Elizabeth and Derek.

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    Akane Akiyama 

Another friend of Derek's, who he's known for years. For some reason yet to be explained, she follows Derek's orders explicitly.

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    Ling Yu 

A native of Domina, but new to Derek's social circle. Rooming with Akane, and obsessed with anime.

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  • Action Girl: She's actually an athlete.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Considering how much anime she watches, this may be invoked.
  • The Big Guy: Although she's short, she's on the soccer team, and she has an offensive power. She also notes more than once that she's not very smart.
  • Body Horror: After she goes to confront a minion of the Composer alone, she is then hit with a calciophage, literally melting her skeleton. She is placed in a toy maker which is constantly fighting to heal the damage.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Her power is petrakinesis, the ability to manipulate earth and stone. Apparently, this includes concrete.
  • Heroic BSoD: After she killed a Blackguard, she suffers a pang of conscience and starts doubting herself heavily.
  • Occidental Otaku: Namechecked. Well, not the "occidental" part.
  • Odango Hair: It was only mentioned when she first met Akane, though, so she might not have it any more.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Five feet tall and kicking ass.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She's eighteen now, and the matron of her orphanage mentions her children being born in a way that implies it was a while ago.
    • She was in fact 10 when this happened. The father was mentioned as having been left in pieces all over the city.



The biggest gang in the city, which uses a simple red and black band as its emblem. The name translates to "Necessary," which seems to sum them up pretty well.


The switchboard operator for the entire city.

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    Artemis Butler 

A powerful gang lord who gained power by killing everyone who got in his way, but also by honoring deals and promises.

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    Drakela Sanguinas 

The leader of the retinue, the Necessarian team assigned to support the Paladins. A vampire, and an ex-Belian.

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  • Dark and Troubled Past: No details other than the fact that she referred to it a "shitstorm."
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She doesn't particularly like her name, even though she chose it, so she usually goes by Kelly.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Played with: Kelly takes over the Belians, reclaiming her identity as 'Fierna' after ripping out her chemical fixer pump (this being the thing keeping the drugs in her system from driving her mad). However, after she has driven everyone but a near-catatonic and grieving Alex from the throne room, she drops the mask and mentions among other things that she hopes to restore the sclavi to sanity.
  • Odd Friendship: Alex is a close friend of hers, and is an angel. Although no attention has been drawn to it, considering what we know about angels and vampires, it seems strange. It turns out that they get along so well because they were in fact siblings.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A Belian, which is apparently some sort of drug-addicted vampire.
  • Sibling Team: With Alex.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: For a vampire, any variant of Dracula (such as Drakela) is as common as John or Jane. Turns out that is the point; her 'real' name is Fierna, although even that turns out to be a fake.
  • The Unreveal: Derek, and therefore the readers, don't hear Alex say her true name.

    Alex Gabriel 

An angel working for Necessarius and Kelly's second in command in the retinue.

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  • Ambiguous Gender: Although Kelly refers to him in male pronouns for convenience, Adam assumes he is a girl. Of course, "he" is neither. Alex's true name - Ilarion - is a masculine Bulgarian name (which may also be why Kelly refers to Alex as 'he'), but Alex as the audience and characters know them is sexless.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Subverted. He goes into detail about one...until Kelly notices that he's ripping off a show. Then he goes through a few more before admitting he was an orphan with a pretty quiet childhood.
    Alex: Saints above vampire, can't you just let me have my cool origin story?
    • This takes on a different tone when you find out in Part Three that they are in fact siblings.
  • No Biological Sex: As part of a show of commitment to the cause, "he" became gender-neutral.
  • Odd Friendship: Kelly is a close friend of his, and is a vampire. Although no attention has been drawn to it, considering what we know about angels and vampires, it seems strange. It turns out that they get along so well because they were in fact siblings.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Light-emitting, nightblind, and No Biological Sex.
  • Sibling Team: With Kelly.


    Doctor Clarke 

The resident Mad Scientist who works for Necessarius. His daughter is Robyn Clarke.

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    Robyn Joan Clarke 

The daughter of Doctor Clarke.

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  • Afraid of Blood: Multiple characters speculate that this is why she is so averse to fighting.
  • Heroic BSoD: After killing a Blackguard by crushing him with her flight powers, her response is to lie in a non-responsive, catatonic state, refusing to say anything.
  • Refusal of the Call: She was given the power of flight, but wants to avoid revealing her powers as long as possible because she wants to be able to fly on her own.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: When she gets really annoyed, she starts randomly emphasizing words in the same way as her father.
  • Selective Gravity: This is how her flight power works. She can alter her orientation, as well as adding or removing levels of gravity.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She acts like this after becoming Magister of a kyton, kicking a demon in the chest out a window, then pointing after them and shouting "FLY!".

    Jarasax of the Blood-Doused Hunters 

A changeling member of the retinue.

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  • Aerith and Bob: Has an absurd name with no explanation, unlike everyone else, who have at least some reason behind the weird names.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He's a changeling, an escaped slave of the fey, so this is implied. It turns out that he's a bit less upset over it than most other changelings.
  • The Driver: Seems to be his main job.


A mute fel anthro member of the retinue.

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  • Cat Girl: Mostly of the "dangerous" variant.
  • Cold Sniper: She's the retinue's sniper, and although there hasn't been too much emphasis, she certainly seems cold due to her muteness.
  • Cute Mute: Definitely mute, but jury's still out on "cute."
  • Gamer Chick: At one point while the retinue is waiting for the next mission she runs off to buy a video game.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: While she's not actually a vampire, she has the eyes.
  • Put on a Bus: Turned into a screamer (one of the bats, to be specific), and was captured by Akane for Necessarius. She's effectively dead.


A giant member of the retinue.

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  • The Big Guy: Well, he's a giant.
  • More Dakka: He carries around a minigun, and explicitly describes his job as "Spreading bullets like water."
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Technically an ogre, which is apparently just a giant with the cannibalism buff.

The Composer

    The Composer 

Apparently the source of the screamers. Very little is known about him, including "his" gender, other than that he likes killing.

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  • Axe-Crazy: He considers it a show of willpower when he doesn't torture someone just because he can.
  • Big Bad: Almost certainly. There's someone behind him, but they're slowing him down, not really helping him.
  • Big Bad Friend: The Composer is Lizzy .
  • Body Surf: One of the Composer's speculated powers.
  • The Chessmaster: Though his plans are generally "How can I kill the most people today?"
  • The Faceless: Due to only appearing in scenes from his own point of view.
  • No Name Given: For every other scene from a certain character's view for the first time, they start with "My name is ___" and a few facts about themselves. Not the Composer. Even that title was Word of God.
  • Plague Master: Maybe. He's behind the zombies, but his method of creation is a little bit...odd, so it may not count.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He'd cheerfully slaughter everything in reach, but eventually he'd run out of things. So he's doing it another way.
  • Sadist: He loves to play with his victims.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • In his chapter he notes that the Paladins are messing with his plan because Lizzy was supposed to be the fifth Paladin, not Adam.
    • This turns out to be a Red Herring—he was actually angry they hadn't found Robyn yet. Still annoyed that Adam isn't dead yet, though.


The older sister of the Composer. Physically identical, but horrifically more powerful; also apparently neutral.

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  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • She offers a boon to Adam for stopping the Composer. He decides to sit on it instead of immediately cashing it in. Any wish she grants is liable to have some kind of trick hidden within.
    • In the finale, she offers a boon to Laura in exchange for Derek's body. Laura claims that Adam didn't get a good boon, but Silk insists that he got exactly what he wanted and is satisfied.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: In the finale, she speaks directly to the audience at several points, apologizing for skipping things that she feels are too difficult to understand.
  • Hive Mind: She claims she was once a "trillion-body" Hive Mind, but lost all her bodies except one when she came back in time. She manipulates the Americans into starting a cloning project, then hijacks it for her own use once she confirms that the technology is sufficient for her purposes.
  • The Nicknamer: She rarely uses real names for anyone.
    • Derek is "little hero."
    • Laura is "Highlander," which she shares with Elizabeth, though it's not clear which one came first.
    • Akane is "red," which was Akane's father's nickname for her.
    • Butler is "hunter," likely a reference to Artemis being goddess of the hunt.
    • Clarke is "my dear doctor."
    • Adam is "tin man."
    • Robyn Joan is "Princess."
    • Lily is "my cute little monster."
    • MC is "miraculous child."
  • Time Abyss: When asked how old she is, the figure she throws out totals up to two trillion years! She then laughs, claiming to be far older than that. It's implied that this number includes all her bodies added together, so by a straight timeline she's likely significantly younger.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her existence doesn't become known until Book Three, but her exposition changes much of the focus of the setting.


    Soaring Eagle 

The Animal King of the aves, bird kemos. She stole the toy box from Necessarius in order to develop wings, making herself the most wanted woman in the city in the process.

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  • Dark Secret: She is actually Xinivrae, Malcanthet's sister, kicked out of the succubi for being too crazy even for Malcanthet.
  • Deal with the Devil: She worked with the Composer in some unclear capacity, though she didn't like it.
  • The Exile: She flees the city when she hits Ling with the calciophage.
  • Malicious Misnaming: She refers to Ling as "whore," referencing her past as a succubus.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Ling is shocked when she proves to be an accomplished martial artist. Combined with the speed granted to her by her warlord buffs, she is very dangerous.
    Soaring Eagle: Dad insisted we both take self-defense classes. Malcanthet never got past yellow belt, even though she was sleeping with the instructor. But I actually paid attention.
  • Missed the Call: Since she was outside the city during the Rampage, she didn't get the chance to receive a power.


The Power of the orcs, demons with nighteyes. His cousin, Orcus, founded the orcs, and Obould took over when Orcus was assassinated during the Battle of Shendilavri.

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  • Hunter of Monsters: He likes hunting fey monsters, or at least paying other people to hunt them. He catalogs them and publishes the data online. He's one of Derek's biggest employers.
  • Our Orcs Are Different: A subculture of demon. Claws, fangs, and nighteyes.


The Noble of the Mals, vampire assassins. He is the warlord in charge of stealth operations within the culture.

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  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Most of his toys go to his tail, and he expounds on its utility quite often.
  • You Are in Command Now: He, along with Abigor and Bileth, went from trusted lieutenants to actual leaders when Baal was killed. Then he became the sole leader when Abigor and Bileth turned on him. He immediately pointed out that he could not run the culture by himself, and promoted Seena to help.
  • The Wonka: He's a bit... silly to be in charge of a culture of assassins. Not an idiot, just a bit out of place.


The Power of the succubi, and one of the three founders of the demon culture. She enslaved and brainwashed large segments of the city, and was forced to flee five years before the start of the story, at the Battle of Shendilavri.

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  • Adoptive Peer Parent: She's actually slightly older than her "mother," Lilith. Neither of them care.
  • Ambition Is Evil: According to culture documents, she was originally one of the pillars of the demon culture. Over time, she became obsessed with controlling everything around her.
    Culture Document: Malcanthet wanted power and comfort, so she built Shendilavri and named her clan the succubi. For years, free love and peace reigned, but as time wore on, the Whore began to desire power more than comfort...
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Lilith calls her "Canny," which Malcanthet hates.
  • The Exile: She fled the city when a large alliance of multiple cultures marched on her domain.
  • Horny Devils: The original succubus. She was apparently fond of using rape as part of her torture to break her victims.
  • I Have Many Names: "Queen of the Succubi" is her most common title, but she is also often referred to simply as "the Whore." Succubi who still respect her refer to her as "Meretrix" (courtesan), while those who don't call her "Lupa" (she-wolf, whore).
  • Immune to Bullets: She can laugh off small-caliber rounds, and is careful to never give any of her slaves any weapons that can hurt her.
  • Intimate Marks: She has many tattoos in the abstract tribal style, like her mother Lilith. It's noted that hers are designed to emphasize her intimate regions.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: She's strong, fast, and completely immune to low-caliber bullets. By warlord standards, she's laughably weak, and that's not even getting into the fact that she lacks a power due to being outside the city at the time. In the end, she burns to death in a fire while she cries in her mother's arms; Lilith is perfectly fine.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that she's facing Lilith, she freaks.
  • Properly Paranoid: She kept a small cafe across from her building filled with her slaves for years, all so that if anyone tried to spy on her from there she could easily capture them.
  • Red Herring: Laura spends a lot of effort trying to discover if she's the source of the screamers. She's not, though the Composer did appear to be framing her on purpose.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Her sister, Soaring Eagle mentions that she slept with her martial arts instructor, but still failed to make it past yellow belt.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Despite claiming to hate Lilith, she has modified herself to look quite a lot like her, including tattoos.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The city finally rose to destroy her when she made the mistake of kidnapping the Mother Monster.

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A girl who looks like a demon, and one of Derek's friends. She is The Mother Monster, the first person that was changed by the Toy Maker.

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    Elizabeth Greene 

Another native of Domina, and a childhood friend of Derek, Laura, and Akane. Somewhat of a satellite character. She has a power, though exactly what has yet to be revealed.

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  • The Chick: She's not quite a member of the Five-Man Band, but Derek and Laura try and keep her out of harm's way.
  • Childhood Friends: To both Derek and Laura.
  • Cunning Linguist: Zusa notes that she speaks both Vietnamese and Yiddish fluently, and no one seems surprised. She's also either shown or mentioned to speak Gaelic, Spanish, Japanese and Icelandic.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The others are intentionally keeping their role as Paladins away from her.
  • The Nicknamer: Refers to Akane as "Ken-chan" (which the author translates as "Little Sword"), and Zusa as "Zuzu." Judging from comments, these are far from the only nicknames she's given out.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She does have a power, but we don't know what it is yet.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly one to Laura's tomboy.

    Simon Lancaster 

A native of Domina and friend to Derek and Akane. He and his sister have at least one class with the pair. He recently joined the sibriex.

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    Seena Lancaster 

Another native of Domina and friend to Derek and Akane. She and her brother have at least one class with the pair. She recently joined the Mals.

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    Delphie Murinae 

One of Seena's friends. She is a murid, a mouse kemo, and her older sister is the warlord of the culture.

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  • Teen Pregnancy: She apparently has triplets running around. Her pregnancy was part of a deal with a fey.
  • You Are in Command Now: She is faced with the decision of leading the murid culture after her sister's death.

    Jelena Aune 

Another of Seena's friends. She is a Glasyan vampire, who are known for playing around with the toy maker. She herself is one of Glasya's assistants.

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  • Action Bomb: She is exploded after attempting to fight Composer!Zusa.
  • Killed Off for Real: Considering she was exploded via acid and left a smoking crater, there's not much deader than that.
  • Last Het Romance: She and Simon dated before she realized she was a lesbian. It still managed to last long enough for her to get pregnant.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Glasyans are apparently the vampire version of the sibriex.
  • Unwitting Pawn: After being in the fey's custody for a few days, there's something wrong with her, but it's not clear what.


Seena's roommate, a surly baseline who doesn't talk much.

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  • The Cynic: Most of her lines are simply her remarking on how stupid everyone else is being.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cynical version.
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually Eccretia of the Never-Known Thieves, one of the very first changeling warlords, one of the founders of the changelings as a whole.
  • Only One Name: On the cast page, she's only given one name.
  • Older Than They Look: She passes as a normal college student, but her real age is unconfirmable. All that is known for sure is that she was one of the first free changelings, and started her operations 13 years ago.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: She is entirely unremarkable, blending in with the group of friends. Turns out she is more along the lines of The Nondescript, trying to be as unremarkable as possible to hide her past as Eccretia.

    Evangel Mc Dowell 

An ursa who helped Derek and Laura against the burners. Also the senator of the South Central district. He's a member of the Illuvatar political party, which is the isolationist of the four main Domina parties.

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  • Our Presidents Are Different: Well, senator, but yes. When he got woken up by zombies, his first action was apparently to organize the survivors and grab a weapon.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of his appearances since his introduction have involved him working with Butler.

    Yolanda Mc Dowell 

A demon girl who is roommates with Jelena and Veda. Also Evangel's niece.

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  • Girls with Guns: Despite her demure nature, she's good with guns, and is even in Adam's Applied Firearms class. As the daughter of the married couple who owned McDowell Guns (and then blew themselves up by smoking in an ammo warehouse), she's had more exposure to firearms than even most people in the city.
  • Nice Girl: After Simon starts dating her, he is constantly surprised by her not breaking up with him over minor slights. Apparently he's had bad luck with girlfriends.
  • Our Demons Are Different: She doesn't seem to be a part of any subculture. She's actually a succubus, one of those who does not follow Malcanthet. She keeps it quiet for obvious reasons.
  • Shrinking Violet: She has trouble speaking up.

    Veda Korrapati 

A deer kemo who is roommates with Jelena and Veda.

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  • Deal with the Devil: She agrees to join the new fey if they'll save Delphie. Delphie dies, but Veda keeps the deal.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's taking some classes at AU, but is already a pretty impressive engineer and mechanic. She jury-rigs a cryo-missile launcher out of some Nif gear, and later creates some sort of one-shot sonic stunner.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She becomes one of the first feyborn (if not the first), gaining wings and other buffs under Maeve.

    Zusa Pham 

Delphie's roommate, and a Nosferatu vampire.

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  • Killed Off for Real: She dies when the Fey reveal themselves and their new organization. She is revealed to be another body for the Composer, and is killed.
  • The Mole: She's one of the Composer's renegades, and uses her telepathy to let the Composer speak through her. She is killed by Jelena's explosion.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: A Nosferatu, like the vampires from the bats attack. The cast page notes she doesn't have very many toys, though.

    Kevin Irwin 

Roommates with Simon and Steve.

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  • Gun Porn: His only characterization so far is that he has a couple nice guns.
  • Killed Off for Real: He and another group of people are targeted by the Composer due to their closeness to the Paladins. He is not one of the lucky few to survive.
  • The Mole: He's a spy for the Jotuun giant culture, shrunk down to normal size to act as a "passer," since normal giants are rather...conspicuous.

    Steve Gillespie 

Roommates with Simon and Kevin.

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  • Mistaken Nationality: Apparently, he's big enough to get mistaken for a giant.
  • The Mole: Another of the Composer's renegades. He's a teleporter.


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