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Sarghress clan
Sarghress clan symbol

The Sarghress was originally a clan of mercenaries led by Quain'tana, their captain and an imposing, unbeatable warrior. They eventually united under her banner against the rule of the imperial Sharen, and rose to Val status with the covert help of the Sullisin'rune. They are the replacement of the Val'Egan'dar clan (note .)

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  • Animal Motifs: The wolf, which are larger than regular wolves and required Rosof to search the Surface for wolves of the right size.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: How individuals move up in rank. Unlike most clans which are purely matriarchal, the Sarghress's generally lax stance on traditional gender roles permits male drow to advance into leadership positions, such as what happened to Sarnel.
  • Badass Army: The single largest fighting force in Chel. The Fallen Legion are badass Special op units , the Fang Legion ride giant wolves and the Highland Raiders are skilled elites who comb the world for treasures, fighting anyone and anything that gets in their way.
  • Broken Base: In-universe example. With Quain'tana experiencing Motive Decay concerning her goals on getting rid of Chel's old Val system and giving commoners a chance at social advancement, many of her subjects are becoming more and more resentful until the clan broke up into civil war: The first faction would be the Loyalists who still stick by Quain'tana after her death, led by Ariel and Kel'noz. The second faction are made up of anti-Vals led by Suu'be and later Sang, who both seek to purge Quain'tana's entire bloodline and return the clan to what it originally was.
  • Canis Major: The Sarghress wolves are larger than regular wolves, and used as mounts by those further up the clan hierarchy.
  • The Clan: Due to them recruiting from all over Drow society the Sarghress clan is one of the largest in Chel.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Originally, Sarghress armor was painted red to help the readers distinguish the Sarghress from the other clans. But as the artists grew more confident in their skills, they felt this was less necessary and got in the way of creating more custom designs for different characters. They took advantage of the Time Skip to explain away the removal of Sarghress red as Quain'tana wanting to save money on paint.
  • Color Motif: Red is the Sarghress color, to represent the blood of the nobility that will be shed in order to end the old nobility system.
  • The Coup:
    • It has long been foreshadowed that Quain'tana will die and a Sarghress civil war will follow it. When Quain'tana is forced to cut a deal with Zala'ess, many Sarghress are left feeling betrayed and start plotting against her to resume the war against the Sharen and put an end to nobility. With Quain'tana poisoned and left with only days to live, traitors attempt to purge the clan of all Vals.
    • Quain'tana's heir, Ariel, becomes the nominal leader of the clan. But even after Suu'be perishes, the clan remains unstable. Sang leads another coup, siding the majority of the Sarghress with Snadhya'rune, and attempts The Purge against Quain'tana's bloodline, starting with Kel'noz. While Sang ends up dying, the coup ultimately succeeds in crushing all of Ariel's loyalists and taking Quain'tana's bloodline prisoner.
    • Mandroga also turns out to be involved in the power struggle. When Ariel and Kel'noz are delivered to him in chains, he gives a New Era Speach and orders them executed.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The main cause of Dysfunction Junction in the Val house. Kel'noz even directly says that Ariel shouldn't be burdened with the grudges they've carried for centuries.
    • Also blatant in one scene, with Word of God confirming it was on purpose, where a young Quain sits at the bottom of a pit with an injured arm, the exact same fate she would inflict on Mel years later.
    • In general, Sarghress females seem to have an unfortunate history with arm injuries, with Ariel being the latest case and losing her left arm completely.
  • Decapitated Army: What Sarv'swati was aiming for when she challenged Quain'tana to a duel. While Sarv'swati ends up dying herself, her plan is completely successful. Without Quain'tana to keep them united, the Sarghress immediately betray and destroy one another, getting reduced to separate factions forming The Remnant. Snadhya'rune manages to capture nearly all of the rest, eliminating anyone who could have reunited them. By the time Ariel is overthrown in a coup and escorted to Chel, they have no other leadership left, and are little more than an angry and extremely dangerous mob.
  • Dirty Cop: One type of antagonistic Sarghress. They start becoming increasingly common as Chel breaks down and financial resources spread themselves too thin to keep the clan going.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Foci are special gems that allow Fae without a given elemental affinity to manipulate that element. Quain'tana made earth foci standard issue for her clan.
  • Duels Decide Everything: An old clan tradition for settling disputes between two clan members.
  • Everyone Is Related: Through a complicated series of adoptions, descent and baby switching most featured characters in the Sarghress are related to each other on some level. In Ariel's squad alone the only one not related as far as we know is Faen (who's still connected via Laelle'aell, whose father was a Sullisin'rune), while Kau and Shala are Quain'tana's grandchildren through adoption and Sarnel is Kel'noz's grandson, not to mention a second cousin to Ariel herself. And then Kalki throws a gigantic, spoilerific wrench into the whole family tree.
  • Gambit Pile Up: There are hints that the multiple interests making up the Sarghress are a weakness that could cause the clan to implode. Lulianne, a former Dutan'vir, clearly has her own plans to bring back her old clan and now thanks to Khaless' possession is also a spy for Snadhya'rune; as do Sker, Minka and Mikilu as seen in a pre-timeskip cameo. Sil'lice is also hiding within the Sarghress, and while its not known what her exact plans are, she still doesn't exactly follow the Sarghress party line. Then there's the fact that [[spoiler sleeper Nidraa'chal agents]] are in the clan as they are in apparently every major clan and even Kel'noz, Quain'tana's own son and the person she seems to trust most, has his own agenda. The only thing holding these people together is their mutual dislike of the Vel'Sharen, and it's uncertain if even that'll be enough.
  • Generation Xerox: Both deconstructed and invoked, since the fact that the same patterns are being repeated across generations is not a good thing, and Quain'tana's specific desire to have an heir who's a Generation Xerox of her has caused many more problems than it has solved.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Mel and Kel were this initially, to the point that they could successfully pull Twin Switches when at Orthorbbae, but by the time of the main story they're definitely not this both physically and in terms of philosophy.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The female members of the family can be seen as variations on this, and the trope is also played with in regards to their roles, which may not be as clear cut as they appear at first. The cover of the first chapter even poses them like this. See below:
    • Ariel: Child (in the first arc) / Maiden (in the second)
    • Mel'arnach: Witch (in appearance) Mother (in reality, especially after the timeskip)
    • Syphile: Maiden (when younger) Crone / Witch (in her role as Ariel's guardian)
    • Quain'tana: Mother (officially to Ariel) Crone / Matriarch (as the official leader of the clan)
  • Horse of a Different Color: The Sarghress use wolves as their primary mounts, and Rosof's Wolfriders in particular have a special bond with their animals.
  • Hypocrite:
    • For all their claims of being 'for the commoners', some of the less scrupulous members are not averse to chopping up those who annoy them for wolf food - such as those who were protesting about their homes being knocked down to build a blockade...
    • While Sarghress generally let males into higher positions of authority out of pragmatism in contrast to the rest of society, which is strictly matriarchal, that doesn't mean that everyone will be completely okay with it - Sarnel mentions to Faen that he's been subjected to resentment by his female peers over the fact that he's a male captain in a world that usually holds females as better leaders.
  • Oddly Shaped Sword: The Sarghress clan's symbol. In the older version of Drowtales, this was the symbol of the god the Sarghress clan worshipped. In the current version, Quain'tana received the inspiration for it when she slashed through the tattoo of her first Val victim and it became a symbol for how Vals can be taken down in spite of their claim to blood supremacy.
  • Private Military Contractors: This was what they used to do, and even after becoming a Val clan they kept it up until they gained a lot of territory in the Nidraa'chal War aftermath.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The clan philosophy.
  • The Purge: The anti-Val faction of the clan seeks to end Val supremacy and give the commoners a path to power. But Quain'tana didn't quite seek to end the system entirely and wanted her own line to prove itself worthy as her successor. Many Sarghress were displeased, which eventually leads to them attempting to get rid of their own Vals.
    • When Quain'tana nears her deathbed, traitors attempt to eliminate both her bloodline and all other Vals within the clan.
    • Three years after Quain'tana dies, Sang takes over most of the clan in a coup and leads another purge, seeking to put an end to Quain'tana's bloodline and Ariel's loyalists.
    • Another faction, lead by Mandroga, also wants Quain'tana's blood purged
  • Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The entire clan is mostly made up of commoners and exiles with no real ties between one another except for uniting around Quain'tana as a figurehead leader.
  • Reality Ensues: In chapter 47 the logistics of feeding such a large army reach a critical point, especially after their plantations on the surface have gone silent/been attacked by the Nidraa'chal on Snadhya'rune's behalf.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The main Val house in spades. Any family where the mother feels justified in breaking the arms of her child is this and then some.
  • Theme Naming: All the members of the main Val house save for Quain'tana and Syphile have names beginning or ending with "...el". Whether this is just a quirk on Quain'tana's note  part or if there is a more meaningful reason behind this is unknown.
  • The Three Faces of Adam: As a Spear Counterpart to the above The Hecate Sisters trope, the main male members also fall into this trope, especially since Kel'noz and Rosof both have a mutual descendant in Sarnel.
    • Sarnel: The Hunter
    • Kel'noz: The Lord
    • Rosof: The Prophet / Mentor, which is emphasized even more by him actually looking old.
  • The Scapegoat: After Quain'tana dies, the clan falls apart. Ariel and the rest of Quain'tana's bloodline travels to the Sarghress colonies, while Koil'doroth assumes management of the clan's properties in Chel. Communication between Ariel's faction and the rest of the clan mysteriously breaks down, and unspecified unpleasant things happen to the Chelian branch. After Koil'doroth dies, Sang and Mandroga blame everything on Quain'tana's bloodline, leading the Chelian branch to want them dead.
  • Slave Liberation: The Sarghress originally practiced slavery as much as any other clan, but as of the Timeskip, the Sharen have been enslaving many of their citizens to retain control and reward their Black Sun allies. Since the Sarghress see commoners as "their people", they have launched a number of operations to rescue said slaves. Whether the slaves are actually released depends on the circumstances, but even the slaves that are simply looted are given the choice to win their freedom through service, and according to Ariel, her clan has been gradually working towards ending the practice.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: On the slobbish side. The Sarghress favor pragmatism over decadence. They accept males as officers, they are willing to use goblins as soldiers, and their buildings are plain and tasteless, as noted by Chrys'tel, using this to hold them in disdain. The Sarghress believe that everyone should have the right to prove themselves, regardless of their background, and have taken great pains to force the other Val clans to acknowledge them. The Sharen and the other Blue Blood clans take great offence at this, wanting to keep all the power in their own families, and justifying the caste system as a goddess assigned state. They regard the Sarghress as an upstart clan and take great alarm at their rise to power. They have made many attempts to crush them.
  • Succession Crisis: Each of Quain'tana's would be heirs have their own problems. Mel'arnach is rebellious to the point that she would gladly destroy her former clan. Kel'noz is very talented, but unfortunately, a male in a Matriarchy, which would make things difficult for him even in the relatively egalitarian Sarghress clan. Laele'aell Val'Sarghress was perfect, but was broken beyond repair by Demonic Possession and a botched experiment to exorcise her. Syphile ended up as a short sighted loser. Ariel and Koil'dorath aren't completely hopeless, but they aren't quite leaders by nature either and are more or less Reluctant Rulers. When Quain'tana dies, the clan is wrecked by internal divisions. Koil'dorath fails to keep the clan together, and she and nearly all of the Sarghress clan's original leadership ends up dying. Ariel, Quain'tana's official successor, loses most of her backing and is eventually branded a "traitor" by what little leadership the Chelian Sarghress have left.
  • Wolf Versus Dragon: The Sarghress are currently seen as the bitterest rivals to the Sharen for power.
  • Zerg Rush: One tactic of the "War Meat" squadron, which is made up of non-fae, is to charge in and take out demons and nether summoners because they have no auras to be possessed by, allowing the regular troops to come in later and avoid being tainted.

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Originally a human slave that Ariel fought with in a series of Gladiator Games, Vaelia joined Ariel as her bodyguard even after being freed. Later she joins the Highland Raiders, and appears periodically in short stories at the end of chapters chronicling her adventures. Eventually, she retires from the Raiders to serve as the unofficial voice for the human population of the Sarghress colony.

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Not realizing that Fairy Queens are fae, she rescues "Chu," because she considers such beings "Earth spirits". In doing so, Chu gave her the ability not only to free herself from the warehouse that she was trapped in, but to navigate several obstacles that require mana arts, that she can not do on her own.
  • Androcles' Lion: Befriends and saves a fairy she dubs "Chu", who helps her with mana related things, and after the timeskip uses Chu's descendants for the same purposes.
  • The Atoner: A result of selling out her home village to slavers, due to her fellow male warriors Moving the Goalposts on her.
  • Audience Surrogate: In some ways, since Vaelia represents the closest thing to a modern human viewpoint in the comic. Especially evident in the first part of Chapter 7 which is told from her viewpoint, and is particularly bothered by the harsh way Ariel is trained by the Fallen Legion, whose members willingly ignore the trauma she's suffering after Faen's disappearance. She's also apparently the only one who sees anything wrong with Rik's intentions for Ariel, though she was also the only witness to the first Attempted Rape besides Ariel herself and might not even have the vocabulary to describe what happened if she did try to tell anyone else.
  • Badass Normal: Especially apparent after she joins the Highland Raiders.
  • Blade on a Stick: Her preferred weapon is a long-bladed spear.
  • The Bus Came Back: In the aftermath of Quain's death and the attempted coup, Ariel and Faen take Pup and Poopy Baby to the surface. There, they meet Vaelia's son, who unintentionally guides them to her home. She doesn't miss a beat, warmly welcoming Ariel and Faen into her home as though they hadn't been separated by duty for fifteen years.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She wanted to be a warrior, but the men of her village saw it as unacceptable, so they literally made it impossible for her to succeed so they could have an excuse to put her in her place. Understandably, Vaelia was angered by the sexist treatment, and in a fit of spite, she sold out her village to drow slavers. However, she shortly regretted it and tried to stop the slavers, only to end up enslaved herself. She made her living as a gladiator slave until she met Ariel, whose kindness made her vow to protect her until she could relieve herself of her own "bad karma".
  • Disability Immunity: Though only the drow view it as a "disability" per se, Vaelia's lack of aura actually works to her advantage since she can't be tainted, and it also helps when rescuing Ilmssyn from Dari'yako since the guards can't sense an aura she doesn't have.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Despite the difficulty she has with the drowlath language, her inner monologues show her to be quite thoughtful.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has several on her face, but in a few people's opinions they make her hotter.
  • Groin Attack: Don't piss Vaelia off.
  • Groin Kick: Attempts this against Jer'kol, but fails since he's wearing armor. She is a bit more successful against a human villager for disrespecting her.
  • Important Haircut: Inverted in a sense. After being freed, she had hair extensions put in to signify she was no longer a slave.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Ariel, to whom she sees herself as owing her freedom.
  • Lady of War: Graceful, elegant, and deadly.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In every way possible, both negative and positive.
    • First, she sells out her native village to slavers in a well-justified fit of wrath towards her elders for shaming her choice to be a warrior. She becomes a slave herself when she tried to take back her actions.
    • Second, she comes to Ariel's defense against Jerk'ol despite still being bound by the hands and wrists, long enough for someone to come intervene on their behalf. Ariel sets her free immediately.
    • Third, after she continues to serve Ariel honestly and faithfully, Ariel decides to reward her by handing her off to the Highland Raiders, where she has a chance to earn a name for herself, as opposed to remaining in Chel and be an object of scorn.
    • Fourth, she saves the life of a Fairy Queen, Chu, at grievous cost to herself. Said Fairy Queen devotes her bloodline to Vaelia's faithful service.
    • Fifth, Vaelia pleades on behalf of a Hermione village to her Highland Raider commander, and when given the chance to negotiate, returns with amber jewelry, among other things, which the Hermiones considered worthless, but which the Highland Raiders found exceptionally valuable due to its ability to hold high levels of mana. This in turn made both the Hermione village and the Raiders very prosperous, and gave Vaelia herself such a high rank that once she gets married and bears children, she gets a drow servant who is honored to watch over her children when she gets called to duty.
  • Mama Bear: To Ariel, and she's arguably the best mother figure Ariel has, despite not even being the same species! Ironically, at 18 in the initial arc she's actually only three years older than Ariel herself.
  • Matron Chaperone: She assigns herself to this role after seeing what Rik tries to do to Ariel, since Ariel doesn't understand the full implications of what he's trying to do.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She sold out her village to drow slavers to spite the men who shamed her for wanting to be a warrior. When she saw the destruction the slavers caused, she regretted her actions and tried to stop them, only to end up enslaved herself. The incident made her become The Atoner in order to relieve her "bad karma".
  • No Periods, Period: Averted quite comically, especially since drow women don't go through periods, so Ariel needs the concept explained.
  • Put on a Bus: Ariel arranges for her to join the Highland Raiders on the surface, though a side story of her adventures on the surface focuses on her.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Women pursuing martial careers was seen as unacceptable in human culture; when Vaelia tried to become a warrior, her male peers made it impossible for her to succeed so they could have an excuse to put her in her place. She got her revenge by betraying them to drow slavers, only to regret it shortly.
  • Retired Badass: By the time Ariel and Faen reach her on the surface, she has retired from the Highland Raiders after thirteen years of service.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Jer'kol finds out the hard way that even with her hands tied Vaelia is still competent enough to interrupt his first attempted murder of Ariel, and the next time he sees her he makes sure to knock her out first.
  • Values Dissonance: An in story example, since while the drow see fairies as pests, she sees them as spirits of the Earth. invoked
  • With My Hands Tied: She saves Ariel's life and holds off Jer'kol long enough for Kor'maril to arrive even while being bound in slave shackles.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: A very notable example as she is the only significant human (but not the only goblin) character in a story about elves who by this point are millennia old.
  • You No Take Candle: Justified, since drow is not her native language, and she gradually improves through the story.
  • Younger Than They Look: Surprisingly, concept art of a post-time jump Vaelia reveals that she's only 18 during the first arc, only three years older than Ariel herself, since she's 33 after the time jump and has two young children, one of whom is a toddler.

    Akhkhazu "Skwerk"*note  
A locust queen following Vaelia in her travels with the Highland raiders. First appears in the Colonies side-story. Her concept art can be found here.
  • Generation Xerox: Implied to be Chu's descendant.
  • Familiar: Functions as something similar to this to Vaelia. Vaelia protects her kin, and in return she assists Vaelia with limited mana arts.
  • Fun Size: Like all locust queens, she is adorable.
  • Simple Staff: In a mini-sized example, she wields a twig as her weapon. It still has a leaf on it.
  • Thieving Magpie: Like most of her kind. She stores her baubles in the raiders' packs.

The scholar in charge of the North Cliff district, he originally served Syphile until her lands were taken away and given to Ariel.

A perpetually drunk, flighty slave that Ariel acquired with Faen after the latter's powers resulted in the death of Liriel's master. She is also the incomplete fusing of Diva'ratrika and her servant, Ragini, and as of Chapter 23 Diva has taken full control, renaming herself Diva. For tropes pertaining to Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika, see her entry under Vel'Sharen. After the timeskip, she tutors Kau and Shala and advises Ariel.
  • The Alcoholic: She has her reasons, mainly suppressing Diva, and being deprived of alcohol allows Diva to fully take control.
  • Bookworm: preserves books, much to Ariel's chagrin.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In a few senses. In Ragini's body she was initially a slave, and while no longer a slave is still essentially a nobody. And her powers, which at one time were capable of bringing down an entire building in one hit, are now very weak compared to before.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hello Diva'ratrika.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Viewed as this by most people, but as Diva takes control more and more of what she says is actually true.
  • Foreshadowing: Combined with Painting the Medium: In the arena scene right after she is introduced her speech bubbles are green, shading to purple at the edges. The thought bubble with the snide thought about Quain is almost solid purple. Once she gets a beer, the purple tint goes away. This is foreshadowing because Diva'ratrika speaks in purple text.
  • Fusion Dance: The result of this with Diva and Ragini.
  • Hidden Depths: Even if you haven't read the spoilered text, the sheer numbers of spoilers about her had probably tipped you off that she's not what she appears.
  • In the Hood: After awakening as "Diva" almost always appears outside in a hood, or pre-timeskip, with a covering over the lower part of her face likely a holdover from her previous incarnation's frequent wearing of veils.
  • Important Haircut: After she regains control.
  • King Incognito: Justified, since shortly after she "awakens" it's shown that her daughters are using a Body Double, and Diva doesn't really even look like herself anymore since she's significantly younger, and tragically means that she can't tell Sil'lice, the one daughter still loyal to her, that she's still alive.
  • Nailed to the Wagon: On account of losing her booze in a dwarf attack, Liriel spends much of the overworld arc in withdrawal and eventually Diva'ratrika breaks through.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to be shaping up to be this for Ariel.
  • Servile Snarker: Even before Diva'ratrika awakens she gets away with saying some pretty daring things around Ariel.
  • Spanner in the Works
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Eventually, Diva's mined takes complete control over Ragini's body and the composite Liriel persona.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Even with the usual parts of this trope pertaining to fae, she takes it one step further by looking the same age as her pre-pubescent granddaughter, to the point of being able to fit into her clothes)
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight (the fact that she looks like a Dark Elf is mostly glossed over, though Kyo'nne does wonder about it, granted, while asking if she can buy Liriel. Her hair and skin color change also elicits this reaction from Ariel at first, until Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize that as a shapeshifter herself, it really isn't an unusual sight, and Ariel may in fact wonder why everyone can't do that.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ariel after the timeskip.
  • Walking Spoiler: This character's very existence spoils two major plot points: one, that Diva'ratrika is dead and two, that she cheated death using Ragini as a conduit.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: One fan pointed out that after regaining consciousness, she's more or less going through the equivalent of a 15 year hangover, since she remembers very little from the time she separated her aura until she finally took full control.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Physically she's older than Faen but still prepubescent, but some of what she says definitely shouldn't be coming out of someone her age. Her physical age, at least, since Diva'ratrika is in fact well over a thousand.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Pretty much how she ended up with Ariel, who was there when Faen's powers resulted in the death of her former master.

A feral slave Ariel bought as a pet as part of her preparations for heading to the Surface after Faen.
  • Animal Companion: Ariel certainly sees her this way, even after learning that she's sentient and can speak.
  • Cheerful Child: A feral's life cycle is not fully elaborated on, yet her first on-screen interaction with Ariel, post time-skip, would imply this, as Melodia cheerfully boasted that she would be the best golem pilot ever when meeting Ariel after the conclusion of her daily golem pilot training. Considering Vaelia's precedent, this is not something that should be dismissed out of hand.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Played realistically. She knows that Chel is not a nice place and that she's damn lucky that Ariel is the one who bought her, as she's treated quite well and left wanting for nothing, especially affection.
  • Out of Focus: She's not often seen on-screen and hasn't had any speaking roles after the early post-timeskip, although she's made some notable background appearances, such as during Kharla's mass puppeteering event.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ariel. On most of her appearances, she's happily singing Ariel's praises.

    Erelice and her Squad 
A squad assigned by Suu'be to follow up on Wafay's concerns about her mother's research consisting of Erelice, the leader, Fil'frae, Brizdra, Vayas'arn and Sabryne. They first appear in chapter 45 and then again in chapter 46, where after accidentally killing Femi to retrieve her research they get subjected to a sadistic Public Execution while Erelice is Forced to Watch.
  • Bifauxnen: Vayas'arn, due to wearing what's more or less a hoodie that hides her figure, having shorter hair and a Tomboyish Name. Some readers didn't realize she was female until Kiel specifically called her "Girl".
  • Compelling Voice: Brizdra, who demonstrates that the actual lyrics of spellsong don't matter as long as the intent is clear.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Brizdra's head is blasted clean off from the jaw up, while Fil'frae seems to be flash-fried by the second blast and crumbles after.
  • Defiant to the End: Dying from Snadhya'rune's attack, Erelice taunts Khaless to distract her from another Sarghress. Overlaps with...
  • The Dog Bites Back: Erelice sneaks up on Snadhya'rune and stabs her as payback for what she did to her squad.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Only Fil'frae shows a straight version when facing her doom. Sabryne seems to be having a Heroic BSoD, Brizdra regrets ever volunteering and is clearly thinking This Is Gonna Suck, and Vayas just sobs hysterically. Later, Erelice deliberately taunts Khaless into attacking her and only remarks that whatever Khaless does to her it can't hurt her anymore.
  • Forced to Watch: Snadhya makes Erelice watch as her squad is executed.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Vayas'arn, who does wear them down but usually just has them sitting on her head.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Fil'frae shields Vayas from the second blast, in the process saving her life. And Erelice taunts Khaless while she's lying broken on the ground from Snadhya's attack, drawing her attention away from Riz'riia.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Sabryne manages to covertly pass Sara'hilana one of the vials of antidote before she is captured.
  • Infant Immortality: Vayas is the only one to survive the execution and escape from Felde altogether.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Fil'frae shows a remarkably sedate reaction to her hand dangling off her wrist after the first blast from the airship.
  • Mama Bear: The look Erelice gives Kiel when she shows up to break An'jin out of jail while cradling Vayas' head certainly suggests it. Not to mention what she does to Snadhya'rune herself, though she pays for it dearly.
  • Mauve Shirt: All five of them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: During the attempt to capture the Nidraa'chal engineer of the flower-poison, the ensuing battle with a great many biological-weapons resulted in the unwitting destruction of all but a handful of vials of antidote, and the accidental death of the creator, to the detriment of everyone.
  • Ninja: Sabryne, who is a Fallen Legion.
  • Number Two: Fil'frae, referred to as such by Erelice.
  • Public Execution: Snadhya tests her new airship's guns on them in front of the other Nidraa'chal.
  • Spanner in the Works: Though they wind up dead or imprisoned, the squad still manages to throw a major wrench in Snadhya'rune's plans and Erelice gets the pleasure of stabbing the Manipulative Bitch par none in the back herself.
  • Survivor Guilt: Implied by Vayas' reaction after Kiel attributes her survival to "luck" and Vayas remembers Fil'frae using her body to shield her. Also possibly why Erelice volunteers to be a distraction when Kiel asks and deliberately taunts Khaless into absorbing her.
  • We Need a Distraction: Erelice jumps at the chance to serve as one when Kiel offers. And how does she deliver!
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go: Snadhya sadistically baits Erelice into thinking that she can negotiate for her squad's release, only to reveal after the fact that she never intended to let them live.


    Jiv'kyn and Myo'na 
Two soldiers from the Fallen Legion, the clan's assassins and stealth experts, who are assigned to act as Ariel's bodyguards after she is nearly killed in Orthorbbae.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Jiv'kyn has a habit of making sarcastic quips.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Jiv'kyn holds Quain'tana in great regard to the point that an omake pokes fun of him for this by having him posses a shrine to her in his closest.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The two of them are inseparable but there doesn't appear to be any romantic context between them.
  • Innocently Insensitive: They both start making
  • Ninja: As members of the Fallen Legion.
  • The Pollyanna: Myo'na is rather cheerful for an assassin, almost to the point of Stepford Smiler territory.
  • Put on a Bus: When Ariel leaves for the surface to rescue Faen she doesn't take them with her, so they don't show up for a while. After making some brief appearances when she returns, they disappear again after the timeskip.
    • The Bus Came Back: Myo'na has a brief cameo appearance in Chapter 39 where she assassinates the fake Empress.
    • Jiv'kyn returns in chapter 50, guarding Ariel's young siblings.
  • The Scapegoat: The traitors among the Nori'fu house make clear that they intend him to take the blame for the deaths of Ariel's younger siblings, and if he resists, they will "break" him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Considering how inseparable they were pre-timeskip, it seems a bit strange that Jiv'kyn is nowhere to be seen during the Fallen Legion's big appearance in Chapter 39.

A treacherous Sarghress soldier, who for reasons made unclear in-story (though it is implied that he was somehow hired/working for Syphile) tried to murder Ariel. Even though he's killed off fairly early, his actions have a dramatic effect on the story later on, and set an unfortunate precedent concerning people claiming to be Ariel's real parents.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: One of the first big red flags that he's not trustworthy is the state of his wolf, who is initially hostile to Ariel and Faen, and Faen even says that it seems to have been mistreated. It's also an early hint towards his connection with Syphile and her own animal issues.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He acts concerned for Ariel and even claims to be her father, but was really just trying to get close to her and get her alone so he could murder her.
  • Deadly Hug: Tried to suffocate Ariel with one of these.
  • Eye Scream: When he took Ariel hostage, she shapeshifted her nail into a claw and poked out one of his eyes.
  • Hate Sink: His entire existence is to be a very unpleasant character for the readers, and it shows even in his name.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Ariel blasts his face-plate off with a powerful mana blast, she draws her sword, and then raises it over his prone and groaning form to stab him in the chest, right through his plate mail making sure he stayed dead.
    Jerk'ol:"HFFF GRRUGGLE" (Gets stabbed.)
  • Killed Off for Real: Ariel kills him off herself in a full page panel.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He tried to claim this in order to manipulate Ariel and kill her, implicitly on Syphile's behalf. Luckily, Vaelia saw through his attempts.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a pun on a term for someone who is an arrogant and dislikable person. This is Lampshaded in-story when another Sarghress calls him "Jerk Hole".
  • No-Sell: When Ariel tries to hit him with a mana blast, he simply disrupts it before she can cast.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: After he was caught and exposed by Kor'maril, he was sent off to a distant outpost, far away from the Sarghress heir who he tried to kill. It backfires when he carelessly happens to be assigned to the detail escorting Ariel to the surface. Presumably he was sentenced to death, but somehow escaped and snuck back into the main clan.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After his first attempt to murder Ariel fails, he is demoted and exiled to a distant outpost. He takes the next opportunity he gets to take revenge, even though it's pretty pointless by that time.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He seems to regard Vaelia as a non-entity the first time he tries to murder Ariel, only to get a nasty surprise when, even with her hands bound, she manages to interrupt him by kicking him in the face and distracting him long enough for Kor'maril to arrive and save the day. The next time they meet, he does not make the same mistake again and knocks her out before he does anything else.

    Tebryn Teuzt'sor Sarghress*note  
A veteran Sarghress Dragonslayer first appearing in Chapter 15. Reappears throughout the story in Chapters 21, 22, 30, 32, 45, and 47. Her concept art can be found here.

A mixblood Sarghress courier, first seen in Chapter 36. After delivering news of the Nuqrah'sharian Civil War to Suu'be, she dismisses the report, but grants him permission to relay the message to Koil'dorath.

A Sarghress soldier posted at the Sullisin'rune Dome during Chapter 36.

A Sarghress Highland Raider first seen delivering news to Suu'be in Chapter 36. She accompanies Ariel and company to the surface in Chapter 43, and takes part in the mission to Felde in Chapter 46. Her concept art can be found here.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
  • Canon Immigrant: From the Relic Hunters RPG.
  • Dishing Out Dirt
  • Got Volunteered: In Chapter 46, Snadhya has her captured and proposes that Ariel use her as a "donor" to replace her severed arm, but Ariel rejects the idea of using her fellow soldier like this. Riz'riia's player indicates that Riz's respect for Ariel would go through the roof after this.
  • Opt Out: In Chapter 47 Faen says she resigned the moment they returned from Felde because of the trauma she experienced there.
  • Player Character: Originally.
  • Red Herring: Readers were lead to believe she had been possessed by Khaless, which was why she couldn't remember how she escaped, with even an authors note on one page suggesting as much, only for the next page to show Erelice deliberately led Khaless away from Riz and towards her, and Riz can even be seen running away in the first panel of the next page.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Was already this, but her experiences in Felde made it even worse.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: The combination of seeing Snadhya'rune go berserk and nearly getting devoured by Khaless, only to see Erelice get devoured instead leaves her unable to remember how she escaped at least for the short term. Also shown with a prominent Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Tsundere: Described as such in her concept art.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Claustrophobic since she was buried under a pile of bodies.

A Kal'yantra engineer working for the Sarghress during the opening hours of the District War. Appears in Chapters 36 and 38.

A veteran squad leader of few words, she serves during the Vloz'ress attack on the North Cliff district. Finding herself the highest-ranking officer left, she nominates Ariel to command instead when Koil'dorath sends word for reinforcements. Appears throughout the story in Chapters 36, 38, 40, and 47.

A Dark Elf messenger in Koil'dorath's legion, as stated on the facebook page for Drowtales. Appears in Chapters 38 and 39. Her concept art can be found here

  • Aerith and Bob: Much like Ariel, her name is as close to real world naming patterns as the series gets.
  • Messenger: Her primary job role for the Sarghress clan is this.
  • Token Minority: Being a dark elf in the midst of a clan mostly made up of drow members.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one seems to bat an eye about the fact that she's a dark elf, though the fact that the surface colonization movement has picked up in earnest after the timeskip might have something to do with it, and previously Liriel's appearance only resulted in a comment about how odd it was to see someone with dark elf coloring and drow eyes.

    Tur'geis Am'saag Sarghress*note  

A barbarian mercenary, Highland Raider, and mate to Die'tra Am'saag. First appears Chapter 40, during the height of the District War. Reappears in Chapters 44 and 45, having returned to surface duty. His concept art can be found here.

    Zan'nah Sarghress*note  

A sealer/blood sorceress and Highland Raider. First seen in Chapter 40, during the height of the District War. Reappears in Chapters 44 and 45, having returned to surface duty. Her concept art can be found here.

    Kev'ren Sarghress*note  
A serious and somewhat pessimistic Homeguard Brawler serving during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapter 40. His concept art can be found here.

    Mek'kel Sarghress*note  
A Homeguard Brawler in Jak'iaah's squad, first seen in Chapter 40. Reappears in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. He is the mate of Shaira'ja. His concept art can be found here.
  • The Berserker: Combat triggers some kind of psychosis, and he begins lashing out at everything in reach until he calms down.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's meek, timid, and afraid of battle... but once the fighting actually starts, he's brutally effective.
  • Knife Nut: Wields a heavy butcher's cleaver as his primary weapon.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted. He takes a vicious axe-blow to his shoulder that cripples his arm and nearly takes him out of the fight. When he reappears a few chapters later, his arm is still in a sling.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's a rather small and light-framed. He's also a Homeguard Brawler.

    Nul'indra Sarghress*note  
A colony-born Sniper in the Fallen Legion, serving during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapter 40. Her concept art can be found here.
  • Combat Breakdown: Resorts to throwing rocks at an attacking Dragon Knight, when cornered.
  • Fangirl: Per concept art, she's a huge fan of Quain's sagas. Her concept art showed her excitedly asking Ariel questions about her idol, on virtue of Ariel being Quain's granddaughter.
  • Friendly Sniper: Her concept art describes her as a "cheerful, chatty team player".
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Initially.
  • Knife Nut: Carries a dagger as a secondary weapon.
  • Token Minority: As a colony-born, she's a dark elf.

A sniper and member of of the Fallen Legion first seen in Chapter 40. Reappears in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. Her concept art can be found here and here.

    Relon'tar Sarghress*note  
A Sarghress engineer in the Golem Division, serving during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapters 40 and 43. His concept art can be found here.

    Skai Sarghress*note  
A Homeguard Shieldbearer and Nidraa'chal war veteran serving during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapter 40. His concept art can be found here.

    Sorin Sarghress*note  
A Homeguard Shieldbearer first appearing in Chapter 40. Reappears in Chapter 47 as part of Koil'dorath's squad. His concept art can be found here.

    Tabel Barrilyl Sarghress*note  
A close-combat specialist in the Fallen Legion, serving during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapter 40. His concept art can be found here.

    Zair'cysparvin Sinin Sarghress*note  
A member of the Brawlers Squad first appearing in Chapter 40. Reappears in Chapter 47, participating in the closing cycles of the District War. His concept art can be found here and here.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Very sweet on Faen, although she is unaware of this and in a relationship with Ariel, a drow woman.
  • Crossdresser: Per concept art, he enjoys being mistaken for a woman. And so wears certain articles of woman's clothing to facilitate this.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of swords.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: And this is partially intentional on his part.
  • Military Maverick: Very goofy and described in his concept art as always being at odds with his squad leader, Jak'iaah. He's nonetheless a competent member of the squad.
  • The Pollyanna: Always tries to find the humour in any situation.

The squad leader of Vaelia's squad during the Colonies story. According to Word of God, he is a former Sharen that arrived at the Sarghress with Sil'lice's troops. He joined the Raiders to stay away from Chel.
  • Canon Immigrant
  • Defector from Decadence: Kern describes him as a former Sharen who left his original clan to join the Sarghress.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When his squad escapes from the Sharen clan's Penal Colony, he chooses to remain behind to buy the team a few more minutes. How necessary his sacrifice actually is is debatable. Word of God states that he chose to remain behind as a matter of honor, having been offended by just how horrible the Sharen clan has become, satisfied that he has already sired children, and wanting to leave behind a legacy.

    Mira'linn Noa'muth Sarghress*note  
The squad leader who accompanies Ariel's squad to the surface, during Chapter 43. Her concept art can be found here.

A Sarghress Highland Raider who accompanies Ariel and co to the surface. First appearing in Chapter 43, he reappears throughout the story in Chapters 44, 45, and 47. His concept art can be found here.

A male Sarghress Highland Raider who accompanies Ariel and co. to the surface in Chapter 43. Reappears in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. His concept art can be found here.

A Sarghress officer and Dragonslayer first seen in Chapter 43. Reappears in Chapter 47, escorting Quain'tana during the meeting with Zala'ess. Her concept art can be found here and here.

    Die'tra Am'saag Sarghress*note  
A barbarian Highland Raider and mate to Tur'geis Am'saag. Appears in Chapters 44 and 45. Her concept art can be found here.

A drowussu member of Koil'dorath's Assault Legion first seen during Chapter 44. Reappears in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. Her concept art can be found here.

A retired Highland Raider and former squad-mate of Die'tra and Tur'geis. First appearing in Chapter 45, her conept art can be found here. Reappears in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War.

    Ilmssyn Sarghress*note  
A Highland Raider first seen in the Colonies side story, she bonds with Vaelia during their travels. Her concept art can be found here.

An archer in the Highland Raider first seen in the Colonies side story. Her concept art can be found here.

    Syrak Sarghress*note  
A Highland Raider first seen in the Colonies side story. He appears in the main comic in Chapter 45 alongside Olarae, before joining Ariel and co in the mission to Felde. His concept art can be found here.

A Sarghress cook serving during the closing cycles of the District War. First appearing in chapter 47, her concept art can be found here.

A sealer in Koil'dorath's Assault Legion first appearing in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. Her concept art can be found here.

A Sarghress raider serving during the closing cycles of the District War. Appears in Chapter 47.
  • A Round of Drinks for the House: When a fellow squadmate makes this offer if they make it through a battle, she cheerfully replies she's going to make sure they win, then.
  • Blood Knight: Seen charging into battle against a Demon God with a smile on her face.
  • Sell-Out: Seems to regard peace between the Sarghress and the Alliance as this.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail

A Sarghress raider serving during the closing cycles of the District War. Appears in Chapter 47.

A Highland Raider first appearing in Chapter 47, off-duty during the Puppeteer Crisis. Her concept art can be found here.

A member of the Fallen Legion first appearing in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. His concept art can be found here.

A member of Koil'dorath's Assault Legion first appearing in Chapter 47, during the closing cycles of the District War. His concept art can be found here.

    Angjss'stra Sarghress*note  
A Sarghress Dragonslayer serving during the aftermath of the Puppeteer incident. She is the mate of Ilivafay. She is set to appear in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.

A tainted and somewhat mischievous Fallen Legionnaire of questionable allegiance, serving in the aftermath of the Puppeteer incident. Appears in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.
  • Cursed with Awesome: How she views her own tainting. She loves her seed and believes it is superior to others.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Ariel is shocked, confused and scared when Da'xia shoots her through the bars of her cell with a paralytic poisoned dart and then tries to kill her. Especially horrifying to Ariel is that Ariel grew up under Da'xia and the rest of the Fallen Legion as a child, and Da'xia outright refused to say why she was doing it.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Possesses a metal affinity.
  • In the Hood
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields a sickle.
  • Troll: Enjoys annoying people.

A somewhat androgynous Sarghress soldier. She is set to appear in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.

A blacksmith serving in the Homeguard during the aftermath of the Puppeteer Incident. She is set to appear in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.

An eager young Sarghress soldier and Mek'kel's mate. She is set to appear in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.

    Taldrin Sarghress*note  
A small Sarghress Homeguard and Naran's adoptive father. He is set to appear in Chapter 50. His concept art can be found here.

A young colony-born soldier serving in the aftermath of the Puppeteer incident. She is set to appear in Chapter 50. Her concept art can be found here.

Koil'dorath's squad

    Gaes'riganis Am'saag*note  
A bloodthirsty member of Koil'dorath's squad, first seen during the closing cycles of the District War. Appears in Chapters 47 and 50.

    Gaes'riganis Am'saag Sarghress*note  
A bloodthirsty member of Koil's squad. She was first introduced in Chapters 47 and 50 during the closing cycles of the District War, feeding the corpse of someone who protested the raising of the great wall to section off the Vloz'rez district from the Sharen army before the peace conference.

  • Ax-Crazy: Only the most insane of Vloz'ress are more bloodthirsty than she is. She's extremely cavalier about the butchering of civilians caught up in the fighting and justifies mass slaughter via her religious beliefs.
  • The Berserker
  • Blood Knight: She worships the same war deities other Am'saag do, but Gaes'riganis is particularly devout. As a result, she loves combat and death even by Am'saag standards.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Uses both a composite recurve bow on wolfback as well as duel-wielding a sabre and sagaris axe in melee.
  • Braids of Barbarism / Barbarian Longhair
  • The Brute: By far the largest and strongest member of Koil'dorath's squad, or at least second only to Koil'dorath herself. Also has the "might is right" mentality.
  • Canine Companion: Her wolf mount Tarkhan.
  • Did Not Think This Through: How she expected taking a swing at Laelle with a sword to go well for her is anyone's guess. What's worse is that she doesn't realize the long-term consequences of giving her wolf a taste for drowlath flesh.
  • Dirty Coward: She was perfectly willing to grab Faen and go after two toddler aged children, and one Jiv'kin because she had the rest of Koil's squad at her back, but when she saw Quain'tana, she ran away and then told her cousin that Quain tried to kill her for no reason.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Unlike Sang or some others, she doesn't seem to have a rational reason for hating the Val class, she just hates them by the mere fact of their existence, especially those that she knows haven't done anything to her personally, like Laelle.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She has a long, prominent scar across her cheek and nose.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes, and they serve to highlight her cold, and cruel nature.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: She and Saryth use this against Nir'naya in Chapter 50, before moving on to more brutal methods.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: In her mind, there is no situation where killing people isn't the first, last, and preferred method of dealing with whatever annoys her, regardless of her orders. In fact, she has somehow come to the conclusion that killing off Quain's bloodline and enraging Quain is in the best interests of Su'ube, whom Quain will go after first.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: As typical for her people. It seems to have
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a rather large one crossing her nose and cheek.
  • Slasher Smile: When the signal comes down to attack the Vloz, she's sporting a broad smile of anticipation.
  • Smug Snake: She thinks she's the smartest, strongest and bravest of the Sarghress warriors to ever live. She's wrong on all counts.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She comes upon a scene where a squad of Kyorl sealers are lying, dead, freshly drained of their mana by demonic attacks, with the Sarghress's strategic anti-demon weapon on her knees in obvious distress. How does she respond? By going after Laelle with a sword, planning to take the corpse as a gruesome trophy. Even after seeing the demon-red eyes, she doesn't try to blunt the attack, and stands around taunting the corpse. Her entire squad and the poor lone-surviving sealer from Khaless's attack all pay the price for her mistake.

    Saryth Mae'yukir Sarghressnote  

  • Faux Affably Evil: She is unfailingly soft-spoken and polite, but she's extremely vicious and cruel.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: She winds up interrogating and torturing Nir'naya, one of the leaders of the Nidraa'chal war and the coup against Diva'ratrika, as well being the one who goaded Sarv'swati to go after Quain'tana with a coated blade, not to mention initiating the purge of the loyal Dutan'vir, leading the once noble clan into becoming a scattered handful of refugees. Nir'naya has no right to complain on the treatment she got.
  • Handicapped Badass: She's blind, but she can take down a member of the Fallen Legion single-handed.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She rarely stops smiling, even when she's committing atrocious acts.
  • Sadist: She is highly sadistic, and her character sheet notes that she's an amateur torturer.
  • Slasher Smile: Her default expression.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the Mae'yukir house in general, since most of them were heroic in morality. Saryth doesn't let her blindness influence her cruelty and sadism.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She is introduced giving Gaes the dismembered corpses of civilians, including children, that she killed, so Gaes could feed them to her wolf.

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