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The third daughter of Diva'ratrika, currently in exile with the Sarghress. A major player in the Nidraa'chal war, she was forced to run when she was framed for the attempt on her mother's life by her treacherous sisters.
- An Ice Person: A drow with ice affinity. And she's very good with it.
- Anti-Hero: Her intentions are honorable and motivations sympathetic; however, she's still very ruthless and pragmatic when dealing with those she considers enemies.
- Broken Bird: Life's hit her hard, and the one pleasure she had left was all taken away at Felde... and she blames herself for it.
- Broken Pedestal: Diva perceived Sil'lice as her hope for defeating her treacherous daughters - and then Sil'lice went and stabbed Sha'sana, killing one of her oldest and last surviving friends.
- Cain and Abel: She has this with relationship with her two older sisters as well as Zala'ess.
- Character Development: Goes from being an outwardly arrogant and temperamental individual in the prologue to a much more calculating and stoic person in the main storyline.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Pretty much literally, since she seems to have mellowed considerably since the Nidraa'chal War.
- Driven to Suicide: After getting tainted, she requests Kadara's blade. Kadara refuses to give it to her and insists she stay alive to deal with Snadhya'rune.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The earliest version of Sil'lice pre-retcon differs wildly from her later characterization. While the current Sil'lice is more of The Stoic, the Sil'lice in the very earliest chapters loved to play sadistic mind games and openly enjoyed torturing as she was doing it. Some of her worse pre-retcon traits seem to have been given to Kadara instead. The best example of this is in Chapter 32 when Sil'lice is taken aback and chastises Kadara for her treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, while the pre-retcon Sil'lice would probably think she had been too easy on them.
- Elemental Eye Colors: She has a well-developed affinity for ice magic, matching her deep blue eyes.
- Fantastic Racism: She REALLY hates the tainted. While it is justified due to what three of her own sisters did to her and their mother, and that being tainted is basically having a death sentence, Sil'lice kills people just for having red eyes regardless if they were threats or not including school children, and even callously abandons any members of her own family who were forcibly tainted like her son Kau. So when one of her victims gives her the taint, it has been agreed both in-universe and out that Sil'lice really deserved it.
- Frame-Up: Why she was forced to leave the Sharen fortress.
- Freak Out!: Did not react to seeing Nishi'kanta at the Val'Sharess tower during the war well at all.
- Good Is Not Nice: For a given definition of "good", in this case her sense of loyalty and not being in on the Nidraa'chal plot, but she is definitely not nice, especially pre-Retcon when she loved to play sadistic mind games.
- Harmless Freezing: Not! Sil'lice proves exactly why ice is as deadly as it is.
- Hearing Voices: A side effect of being tainted by the Demon Princes manifested by Kiel's taint, causing her to hear their Telepathic Breaking the Fourth Wall commentary as well.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Her long and bloody history with betrayal, heartbreak, loss, and fighting the Nidraa'chal has left her just as brutal, ruthless, and unforgiving as them. To wit, she has great difficulty recognizing the possible existence of a neutral party.
- Hidden Depths: For all her faults, she does genuinely love her children and even cries when remembering the Nidraa'chal War and Kau'Shala's death.
- Honor Before Reason: She even lectures about it in one of the chibi pages.
- Hot-Blooded: Deconstructed, since her tendency to not look before she leaps and be controlled by her emotions gets her in a lot of trouble, and even Diva'ratrika acknowledges that despite being intelligent and strong, Sil'lice is also nearsighted and petty. Despite having had mellowed out somewhat, she lets her temper get the best of her and ends up stabbing Sha'sana without provocation, which leads to her getting tainted.
- Hypocrite: Averted. Whatever character flaws she may have, Sil'lice judges herself by the same standards she uses to judge others. Thus prompting her to attempt suicide when she figures out she's been tainted, despite not having a mirror and seeing it for herself.
- Icy Blue Eyes: As befitting both her ice-based powers and her cold demeanor.
- I Have No Son!: Says this of Kau when she learns he has been tainted, which is much better than what he was expecting.
- In the Hood: Occasionally wears a hood, as seen in her meeting with Nishi in Chapter 43.
- It's All My Fault: Surprisingly, upon learning of Shala's death at Felde.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Best highlighted in one of her verbal sparring matches with Nishi'kanta. Both are right, but both are also wrong. While Nishi is correct that Sil'lice is too hotheaded and tends to leap before she looks, then keeps on fighting until she drops, foregoing all else in her quest or vengeance, Sil'lice is also correct that Nishi's Bystander Syndrome was very costly to the Sharen clan as a whole, not to mention their respective bloodlines. What's worse is that in the latest battle Sil'lice had the upper hand against four terrifying opponents, Mae, Bae, and Sae, plus Mel until Nishi simply stood aside and let Sho'dun pass, presumably letting all five escape justice.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The forums universally view her stabbing Sha'sana as this, since the latter was in the middle of a Heel Realization, however downplayed, was addressing her calmly and did not pose an immediate threat.
- Kick the Dog:
- Disowning Kau upon learning he's been tainted, even though he clearly didn't choose for it to happen. And Kau says he was expecting much worse!
- When she is given command of Sarghress troops to drive Snadhya'rune's presence out of the Orthobbae school, she does not limit herself to Snadhya'rune's servants. She also slaughters the students taking refuge there. And judging by the student Naal nearly bonded to, she doesn't particularly give a damn anymore if they're actually tainted or not. It gets to the point that her own brother is having to stand between her and massacring the inhabitants of the boys' tower, and only the distraction of the Ninth Tower floater keeps her from just killing him to keep going.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- She unknowingly gives Laser-Guided Karma to the guy who stabbed Ilva'fay when she's got him tied up and interrogating him, by stabbing him in the stomach. Unfortunately, the guy, while he does feel pain, doesn't seem to care if he lives or dies.
- She stabs Sha'sana, who bears a great deal of blame for the Nidraa'chal mess that she refuses to take responsibility for, but mostly just because she's tainted.
- Then she gets it inflicted on herself, since Sha'sana manages to taint her after she'd so callously dumped Kau for being involuntarily tainted. The Demon Princes even get the chance to call this one out from beyond the fourth wall when she wakes up later.
- Kill It with Ice: What she does to Vy'chriel/Yaeminira, whose fingers literally snap apart as she dies. Ouch!
- Laser-Guided Karma: She lashes out at tainted, even those who were forced into it — including one of her own sons. She also kills frightened and helpless school children hiding in Orthobbae. As a result of her prejudice, she herself is subject to the same fate — which wouldn't have happened in the first place if she hadn't stabbed Sha'sana without any provocation. Kiel commented that she kind of deserved it for killing people just for having red eyes, regardless of whether they were forcibly tainted or not.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Prior to her exile, she acted brashly before thinking, which tended to get her in trouble. In chapter 50 she stabs Sha'sana, who would've answered any questions fans had been having about the series for a while, just for being tainted and not checking to see if she actually posed a threat or not. True to form, it bites her in the ass and results in her also getting tainted.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Despite rumour and what her sisters would have you believe, she was not in on the Nidraa'chal plot.
- Mama Bear: She did not take Kau'shala dying well at all, which may have been exactly why Kalki did it.
- Middle Child Syndrome: As the third of five surviving daughters she's the middle child. Diva'ratrika states that she never considered Sil'lice worthy of being her successor since, despite being the most devoted daughter who attempted to emulate her the most, she lacked the qualities necessary to wear the crown. Which makes the fact that she's both the only sister who is not tainted and wasn't part of the Nidraa'chal plot doubly ironic, since she's technically the only true heir to the Empire.
- The Napoleon: Stated to be shorter than her sisters and even her niece Chrys'tel (as an adult) and why she's known to try and overcompensate. Kor'maril was also surprised by how frail she is under her armor.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A great deal of valuable intel could well be permananently lost thanks to her actions in "Day 10" of chapter 50. Especially the stabbing of Sha'sana.
- Noble Fugitive: Was forced to go on the run and hide in the Sarghress after being framed for the attempt on her mother's life.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Lost multiple children during the Nidraa'chal War, and now Shala as well.
- Pet the Dog: Her twins. Which makes it all the worse when Shala dies and Kau is tainted, meaning Sil'lice effectively loses both of them. Again with Kadara. She hugs Kadara tightly and admits that she was terrified that Kadara was dead or tainted, to the shock of Kadara who has never witnessed Sil'lice admit being scared before. The forums aren't quite as impressed.
- The first notable occasion was when she released Chrys'tel, twice, when it would have been very, very easy, and rewarding, to do otherwise, as Chrys'tel was a high-priority target for Quain'tana at the time, and she gained nothing from treating Nau's wounds.
- Power Stereotype Flip: Despite having an ice affinity Sil'lice is hot-headed and prone to losing her temper, though she appears to have mellowed out during her exile.
- Pride Before a Fall: The Nidraa'chal War, which resulted in the deaths of most of her family and framed her for attempted murderwas this for her. Just compare how confident she is at the start compared to later, where she's visibly distraught.
- Punny Name: It can't be a coincidence that her name is Sil'lice, though the creators pronounce it "Sill-iss" in podcasts, which is actually homonym for a Cilice or hair shirt, a garment used in religious traditions to induce discomfort or pain as a sign of repentance and atonement.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: After being knocked out by a swarm of demons, she awakens with the red eyes of a tainted, much to her daughter Kadara's horror.
- Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Almost exactly what she says to Chrys'tel when the latter says that she's supposed to be dead.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Narrowly averted. She's roaring her list of grievances at Zala, true, but despite her well-justified rage, does not act on them, yet.
- Secret Keeper: Possibly for Snadhya'rune regarding the existence of Kalki. In hindsight it looks like she regrets this- if in the prologue and if her own flashbacks are any indication.
- Shoot the Dog: In chapter 50, "Day 10", she's leading an operation to storm Orthobbae and kill everyone inside. Considering the way Snad operates, Orthobbae is a known Snad stronghold, and the fact that the majority of clans have already withdrawn their "important" students, not to mention that Orthobbae has already demonstrated itself a notorious death-trap, under the best of circumstances, it's understandable why Sil'lice and the Sarg squad assigned her would think only enemies would be inside. Still, the forums are hotly divided if it is or is not a MEH for the Sarg clan as a whole.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She and Nishi'Kanta couldn't be more opposite if they tried. She's an Ice Person while Nishi is Playing with Fire. She's a Leeroy Jenkins while Nishi suffers from Bystander Syndrome. She hates tainting so much that she sees all tainted as Dead Man Walking, while Nishi seemingly embraces being tainted. Small wonder they seldom see eye to eye.
- The Stoic: Tries to be this after the Nidraa'chal war, but she still has a bit of a temper. So most of the time she's...
- Not So Stoic: Best displayed when she fights Vychriel / Yaeminara wherein she loses all composure after finally losing patience with her niece's stubbornness.
- Summon Magic: Is one of the most skilled summoners in the worldsetting and one of the very few left who is (or was) untainted. Its unknown how well her abilities stand up against Snadhya'rune though.
- Take a Third Option: When faced with two choices by Kalki and her Nidraa'chal army (live by surrendering to Kalki, or die by continuing to fight), she decides to pick live... by continuing to fight.
- Torture Technician: She's very good at it and uses her ice powers to help.
- Trauma Conga Line: Everything that could have gone wrong for her, has, and it doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon.
- Unexpected Successor: As stated above under Middle Child Syndrome, despite being the daughter Diva'ratrika thought was the least suitable for the position Sil'lice is currently the only legitimate heir to the Empire, since the rest are either tainted and behind the coup that removed Diva or missing.
- The Unfavorite: Played with as, despite being the daughter that was most devoted to her mother, she was never really considered as a potential heir for a variety of reasons.
- Unwitting Pawn: To her traitor sisters Snad, Sarv, and Zala, since flipping out and storming into the Val'Sharess tower was exactly what they wanted her to do.
- You Are What You Hate: With a large dose of Laser-Guided Karma. Because she lashed out at Sha'sana by stabbing her to death for being tainted, Sha'sana forcefully taints her with some of Kiel's "Demon Princes". Since she lacks the notable swirls, there is no telling if the taint is "safe".
One of Sil'lice's elder daughters.
- All There in the Manual: Fans first figured out her name through process of elimination, since during the canon Daydream story that reveals the origin of her twins Sil'lice lists off the names of those that followed her, and of the two that had no known characters attached Kadara was the more feminine of the two, and it was later confirmed in-story.
- Badass Boast: What she declares she'll do to Zala'ess when she catches up to her, which spawned her nickname.
- Bifauxnen: To the point that many fans refused to believe she was female until Sil'lice specifically referred to her as "daughter".
- Dual Wielding
- Facial Markings: Sports a series of tattoos on her left cheek. After the timeskip these appear to be gone.
- Fan Nickname: Fans tend to use some variant of "Piss'in'hermouth" to refer to her, since for a long time she had no name. After her rough treatment of Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol some fans have taken to simply calling her "Bitch".
- Jerkass: Foul-mouthed, foul-tempered and foul-mannered, Kadara can be a trying individual.
- The Lad-ette: Definitely gives this impression, especially since she's more stereotypically masculine than several of the actual men.
- Mama Bear: A rather dark take on this trope, since she says that one reason she adopted her current Jerkass behavior was because she had to see her child die during the War.
- Mythology Gag / Expy: Kadara is more or less the worst parts of pre-retcon Sil'lice put into one character.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Proves to be quite good at it.
- Shoot the Dog: She's helping Sil'lice raid Orthobbae in chapter 50, "Day 10."
- Would Hurt a Child: As she aptly demonstrates to Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol, and even Sil'lice seems taken aback by her rough treatment of them since, as she points out, they weren't much of a threat even though they were tainted.
One of Sil'lice's sons, he died during the Nidraa'chal War.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Not quite this trope, but the dragon Kalki tainted and sicced on him very nearly tore his body in half. It's also entirely possible that the only thing keeping him in one piece was his armor.
- Mr. Exposition: During the prologue he gives the rundown of the various Sharen sisters' bloodlines.
- Only Sane Man: He came off as being considerably more level headed than his mother and sisters. It's only after his death that Sil'lice starts making really stupid decisions.
- Parental Favoritism: He seems to have been one of the favorite children of Sil'lice, which is why she took his death so hard.
- The Strategist: Came up with the Sharen battle plan in the Prologue.
Sil'lice's daughter, who died during the war.
- Canon Immigrant: Originally appeared in a commissioned piece, four years before her first on-panel appearance.
- Dead Guy Junior: Depending on how canon the Orthorbbae Library is, her character was named after Diva'ratrika's sixth daughter who died long before the start of the story. The circumstances behind the death have not been revealed as of yet to the audience.
- Off with His Head!: How she dies, and quite gruesomely.
- High-Class Glass: Her character design as seen above has her wearing a monocle.
Sil'lice's granddaughter, her mother was Sae'ryne. She was a golem pilot during the Nidraa'chal War.
- Break Them by Talking: Calls Sarv'swati out for murdering her own family members and causing so many innocent people to die.
- Canon Immigrant: She was originally an important character in the Space Age Daydream story before appearing in the main story.
- The Dog Bites Back: In chapter 44, shows up during the assault on the council dome in her old golem to help the Sarghress forces against Sarv'swati and gets very close to killing her great aunt, though it costs Kyne her life.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: After the timeskip, to the Sarghress golem pilots, including threatening to make anyone who forgets their foci gauntlets go through melee training naked.
- Famous Last Words: "Why did you betray us all!? We were your family! Your own blood!! Too many have died because of you!"
- Freak Out!: She did not take seeing her mother's death well at all.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Her golem's cockpit has a big opening, allowing you to have a clear view of her whole body, and she herself wears little armor. This makes it relatively easy for Sarv'swati to jump through and kill her.
- Multicolored Hair: Half of her bangs are dyed blue.
- Taking You with Me: After being dealt a mortal blow by Sarv'swati, she attempts to take Sarv'swati with her by crushing Sarv'swati with her golem.
Twin brother of Shala, he is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. His father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. He's first introduced in Chapter 19.
- Big Eater: Has to eat a lot more to keep up his mana levels in order to effectively pilot his golem, leading to a Funny Background Event where's he's raiding the Sarghress' food stores after a battle.
- Brother-Sister Team: He and his sister are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
- Cheerful Child: Both him and his sister, especially evident when their reaction to being told to take care of Nau's foot injury is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
- Dead Guy Junior: Along with his sister, he is named after Sil'lice deceased son Kau'shala.
- Dead Man Walking: He was well aware of this trope when he realized Kalki had tainted him with a nether attack.
- Despair Event Horizon: Said to have crossed it in chapter 50, since his sister was murdered, he has been tainted, his own mother has disowned him, and he has been imprisoned by traitors of the very clan he was raised in.
- The Engineer: His role as a golem pilot qualifies, and he's shown to have an interest in machinery in general.
- Half-Identical Twins: At first, though after the timeskip Shala has about half a head of height on Kau, which might be partly from his father, who's fairly short for a drow.
- Morality Pet: To his mother.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Kalki infests him with a Vel'Akar demon, his eyes eventually gain the red color of a tainted.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kau as the Blue, and Shala as the Red. Best demonstrated here where Shala angrily tells Kyo off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
- Sexiled: By his twin sister no less.
- Spiky Hair: Helps distinguish him from Shala even though they wear their hair the same way.
- The Stoner: Kau is apparently this, since he gets blitzed out on chocolate to the point that he falls asleep, and is later seen taking and smoking something from an individual on the street, and Word of God is that as a golem pilot Kau needs to eat a lot more than his sister to make up for the mana loss, giving him a sweet tooth.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: On the receiving end of this from Sil'lice. He considers himself lucky to be merely disowned.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Kau and his sister played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.
Twin sister of Kau, she is one of Sil'lice's youngest children and was born after the Nidraa'chal War. Her father is Kor'maril Niz'zre as revealed in a canon Daydream story. She's first introduced in Chapter 19.
- Brother-Sister Team: She and her brother are both members of Ariel's squad after the timeskip.
- Cheerful Child: Both her and her brother, especially evident when their reaction to being told to take care of Nau's foot injury is "Yay!" and wondering if he can play knight with them.
- Dead Guy Junior: Along with her brother, she is named after Sil'lice's deceased son Kau'shala.
- Distracted from Death: Kau and Sarnel are too busy moving her onto Kiel's turtle to notice that she's stopped breathing until they put her down.
- The Gadfly: Shala seems to be this to Kau.
- Go Out with a Smile: She has a faint smile on her face when Kau and Sarnel realize she's died.
- Half-Identical Twins: At first, though after the timeskip Shala has about half a head of height on Kau.
- Hot-Blooded: Apparently the Hot Bloodedness mainly manifests in the females of Sil'lice line. She also possibly gets this from her paternal grandmother, Sang.
- The Medic: It's implied that her healing might be more the Harmful Healing type based on Kau's comments and artwork by the author.
- Morality Pet: To her mother.
- Reality Ensues: She, Kau and the nurse demons stem the blood flow from her slashed throat, but she dies from heart failure caused by hypovolemic shock as they're making their escape several minutes later.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shala as the Red, and Kau as the Blue. Best demonstrated here where Shala angrily tells Kyo'nne off for supporting Snadhya'rune's colony while Kau has actually fallen asleep.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She has an obvious crush on Sarnel, who is a fairly good person by the standards of a society like the drow's.
- Slashed Throat: Inflicted on her by Kalki in chapter 46. Unlike most examples in fiction where this is instantly fatal, Shala manages to keep up the pressure on her own throat to avoid passing out, and given Shala's a healer she likely knows that this is the correct way to handle it in real life, and Snadhya's nurse-demons happen to be right there to help. However she dies on the way to Kiel's turtle from heart failure caused by blood loss.
- Subordinate Excuse: Shala has an extremely obvious crush on Sarnel, something Faen comments on.
- They have since hooked up as of the North Cliff attack.
- The Tease: Towards Sarnel. Her own words are:Shala— I only annoy those I love, Sarnel.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Shala has more prominent eyelashes than Kau, and after the timeskip is taller than he is.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The forumites were unsure how to react when it was revealed that Shala and her brother played hide and seek in mommy's iron maidens. Consensus seemed to be that it was simultaneously adorable and disturbing. Otherwise they seem remarkably well adjusted considering the environment they grew up in.
A member of Sil'lice's line that was left behind when Sil'lice went into exile, serving as a District Overseer during the height of the District War. Appears in Chapters 40 and 50. Her concept art can be found here and here◊.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Her character description implies that she's been mistreated and distrusted due to her bloodline.
- An Ice Person: Her affinity is ice sorcery.
- Bullying a Dragon: She really seems to think that she can take Quain'tana in a fight. She might want to ask Syphile how that went — Oh Wait!, she can't, since Syphile died trying and completely humiliated herself. Lampshaded by Oil'osslin who essentially tells her she's kidding herself.
- Compensating for Something: Namely the distrust the rest of the Vels have for her due to her bloodline. She goes rather overboard denouncing the Sarghress.
- Dual Wielding: Seems to have two katanas as sidearms.
- Girlish Pigtails: Word of God suggests she might be imitating Kyo'nne, who's a celebrity in-universe.
- Kicked Upstairs: Due to distrust and her lack of combat ability, the Vel'Sharen assigned her to a figurehead position, namely a district administrator. This becomes problematic for her when the war comes to her district, since all the commoners are fled, hiding, or conscripted by Sarv'swati and the Black Sun into a slave army, leaving her little to administer.
- Large Ham: Clearly this was one thing she got from Sil'lice.