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    Dust 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dust_dust.jpg
Voiced by: Lucien Dodge

The main character. One day, he wakes up in a meadow, remembering nothing but his name. He's approached by the Blade of Ahrah and begins to fight the monsters in his way on his Quest for Identity.


  • Amnesiac Hero: He wakes up in a clearing and remembers nothing, and is then accosted by a sword and a flying fox. Over the course of the story, he remembers more of his past.
  • Anthro Weapon: Dust is explicitly described as a weapon to defeat Gaius during The Reveal.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Cassius used to be the Royal Assassin.
  • The Atoner: The Cassius half of his personality. However, Ahrah explicitly says in the end that Dust's quest was not about redeeming Cassius.
  • Badass Boast: He delivers one before the final showdown with the Big Bad.
    Dust: I am justice incarnate, brought to this world by forces beyond your comprehension. A cleansing storm to sweep across the land and purge it of your foul presence. I am Dust. And your campaign ends here, now. Throw down your weapons and surrender, or you will face an enemy unlike any this world has ever seen.
  • Badass Cape: He wears one for the entirety of the game.
  • Composite Character: Dust in an in-canon example, being the sum of Jin's compassion and Cassius's badassery.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dust will get in on Fidget's snarking action when the situation calls for it.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Dust wears a satgat with a fabric curtain around the sides tilted down over his face. Ginger doesn't recognize him at first because of it. Fidget straight up lampshades how it's even possible for Dust to see anything ahead of him.
  • Eyes Are Mental: According to Ginger, Dust has the same eyes as her dead brother Jin, despite looking like his murderer Cassius. This is how she recognizes him.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In the end. The guy really takes being swallowed by rising magma like a champ.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Relying on Ahrah's guidance and powers, of course a sword is Dust's Weapon of Choice. Although he didn't actually need Ahrah to be a master swordsman.
  • Heroic BSoD: Dust suffers a minor one when BoPo's dad dies, despite Dust reaching Lady Tethys and getting the waters running again.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Creating a whirlwind - the Dust Storm - isn't that usual when fighting with a sword.
  • I Am Who?: Dust is Cassius. And Jin. He is both of them combined into one independent entity, the Sen-Mithrarin.
  • Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: Technically, Dust himself, since he's a new gestalt entity and was explicitly created as an Anthro Weapon against Gaius.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dust" is not his real name, the name was given to him by the Moonbloods because in their language, Sen-Mithrarin, the legendary warrior literally translates to "He Who Was Born From The Dust".
  • Merger of Souls: Towards the end of the game it's revealed that Dust himself has the souls of Ginger's brother and the Big Bad's henchman who slew each other. It's explicitly stated that Dust has its own mind and body, with either soul just providing moral guidance and power respectively.
  • Missing Time: Eventually, Dust realizes that what memories he does have are ones from a year ago.
  • Nice Hat: He only takes it off during a few cutscenes.
  • Precision F-Strike: While not explicitly an F-Strike, when Dust, Fidget, and Ahrah return to the Mudpot Village after liberating the water supply for the village, and they find out that BoPo's father and MaBop's husband passed away while they were gone, Dust takes it very hard and use fairly harsh language for a game rated E10+.
    Dust: We... We failed, Fidget. We weren't fast enough. Damn it! We weren't fast enough!
  • Quest for Identity: One of the driving factors of the story.
  • Red Herring: After a while, it seems pretty obvious that Dust is Cassius, a Royal Assassin, who survived the battle he supposedly died in and just doesn't remember who he is. However, it turns out things are nowhere near as simple as that...
  • Reverse Grip: This is how Dust wields his sword.
  • She-Fu: Dust is a Downplayed and Rare Male Example. He does such things as doing a little twirl on the third strike of one of his ground combos, and performs his ground throw attack by hooking his foot onto the enemy and cartwheeling them up through the air and into the ground behind him, but he goes through his attack animations so fast that one can go through the game multiple times without noticing those split-second gymnastic flourishes.
  • Spinning Piledriver: Dust can perform a spinning air throw move called "The Undoing", which is executed via a button input that is identical to the command for Ryu Hayabusa's Izuna Drop in Ninja Gaiden.
  • Take My Hand: After defeating the Big Bad, Dust tries to stop Gaius from falling off a cliff, to no avail.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type I between Gaius and Cassius, who shared a close friendship and vision of the future. It's this friendship which prevents Gaius ordering his army to hunt down Dust, whose body is based on that of Cassius.
  • Walking Spoiler: And he's the main character, at that! Talking about his past results in this trope.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Dust is a Sen-Mithrarin formed by the souls of Jin, Ginger's kind-hearted brother, and Cassius, General Gaius' ruthless assassin and his closest friend. Eventually, Dust gets into a heated confrontation with General Gaius not only as Jin's sworn enemy, but also Cassius' closest friend.
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    Fidget 
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Voiced by: Kimlinh Tran

A Nimbat whose clan used to guard the Blade of Ahrah. When Ahrah awakens, Fidget reluctantly joins Dust's Quest for Identity in hopes of eventually getting the sword back.


  • Badass Adorable: Considering combining her magic with the Dust Storm will probably be your workhorse when it comes to racking up combos.
  • Buffy Speak: She'll use it on occasion.
    Fidget: "AH! Its another one of those spiky slime things! "
  • Cowardly Lion: Fidget, whose projectiles can become your most powerful attack, is very easily scared. She admits to being afraid of monsters, darkness and, of all things, heights.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She has these as the bat part of her design.
  • Darkness = Death: She believes in this trope and invokes it when descending into the Cirromon Caverns for the first time.
    Fidget: "I'm NOT afraid of the dark! I'm afraid of the things IN the dark!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Fidget is responsible for most of the snark in the game.
  • Fairy Companion: To Dust. She's a small fox-like being with bat wings.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Fidget is proud to demonstrate her attack power which only produces three ridiculously weak projectiles. "That was... very pretty." Then Ahrah points out that you can combine these with the Dust Storm, turning them into a ridiculously powerful storm of bolts that can create combos in the hundreds of hits.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Invoked by her when discussing The Sorrowing Meadows.
  • Ironic Fear: It fits with her Cowardly Lion status that Fidget, who has wings and is always seen flying next to Dust, is afraid of heights.
    Dust: "Wait, heights? How's that possible? You fly all the time. Everywhere."
    Fidget: "Oh, do I? I must've forgotten. Just like you must've forgotten that I can still fall AT ANY TIME."
  • Lame Comeback: During the Fidget Doll sidequest...
    Fidget: My head is just fine! You're the ones wearing those stupid hats! Maybe you two could form a STUPID HAT CLUB!
  • Medium Awareness: While the tutorial section at the beginning has the characters openly talking about gameplay mechanics as gameplay mechanics, Fidget continues to do that afterwards. Nobody else ever questions what she's talking about.
    *Sees a monster get blown up by a Blomb*
    Fidget: Oh my... He really should've saved first.
  • Playing with Fire: After defeating Fuse, Fidget gets an ability to shoot fireballs, which can be used with Dust's Dust Storm to create flaming pillars.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Lampshaded, calling herself Dust's funny sidekick.
  • Power Copying: After defeating Fuse and knocking some sense into Lady Tethys, Fidget learns to mimic their attacks.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Round eyes, huge head, furry? Check, check, check.
  • She's Got Legs: For being less anthropomorphic than other characters, Fidget has some surprisingly curvy hips and legs.
  • Shock and Awe: The last power Fidget gets lets her shoot lightning.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: She can be annoying to the other characters, certainly including Dust.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Fidget is less humanoid than the other animal people and Lampshades everything in a very snarky manner.

    The Blade of Ahrah 
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Voiced by: Edward Bosco

An ancient talking sword which used to be guarded by Fidget's clan. It awakens to help Dust on his quest.


  • Cool Sword: It emanates smoke and has a very distinct design.
  • Exact Words: He mostly avoids direct lies, though he does do so once or twice.
  • Flying Weapon: After awakening from its sleep, the sword flies off on its own, much to the surprise of its guardian Fidget.
  • Legendary Weapon: Ahrah is one of the five blades of Elysium.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: Treasure chests are magical, so Dust can't smash them open with Ahrah.
  • Living Weapon: With its own personality.
  • Named Weapons: Ahrah.
  • Not So Stoic: When snow is blocking their way in the Blackmoor Mountains, Dust proposes causing a massive avalanche, which Fidget wholeheartedly agrees upon. This causes Ahrah to actually break his normal mystic wise tone.
    Ahrah: "Really? I have to be the voice of caution here?!"
  • Possession Implies Mastery: When Dust first demonstrates his fighting skills, he asks in wonder where he learned them. Ahrah says that wielding him grants the user sword skills. Turns out he was lying.
  • Power Glows: The runes on the blade glow, indicating Ahrah's power and magical nature.
  • The Stoic: He always speaks with a deep, mystic, calming voice and almost never breaks his composure.
  • The Svengali: While not malicious, Ahrah knowingly withholds information from Dust to test whether he's the savior the Moonbloods want him to be. Dust calls him out on this a few times during the story.
  • Talking Weapon: He often gives guidance to Dust.

The Bosses

    Fuse 
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Voiced by: Edwyn Tiong

A rogue Moonblood warrior who unleashes hordes of monsters that keep attacking the village of Aurora.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He commands the local monsters to fight for him, and is strong enough to be the first Boss Battle.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: A magical variant. The armor which saved Fuse's life also drove him insane with revenge.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: They can be seen from beneath his mask.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice isn’t too deep, but it is very raspy.
  • Handicapped Badass: Whatever accident he suffered before gaining his life support armor likely caused him to lose his legs; every other Moonblood member has normal legs and feet, while Fuse's legs end in stilts. This makes him no less agile or dangerous.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Wanting to destroy the people who slaughtered innocent villagers, he orders monsters to attack Aurora and burns Denham Village to the ground.
  • Misplaced Retribution: He orchestrated the monster attacks of Aurora because he mistakenly believes they're aligned with Gaius.
  • Playing with Fire: His main attack is fire-based. Fidget later gets an ability to shoot fireballs, which can be used with Dust's Dust Storm to create flaming pillars after defeating Fuse.
  • Powered Armor: His armor given to him by Elder Gray Eyes helped him survive his injuries after being wounded in battle one year ago.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After surviving the attack on Zeplich Village one year ago, he wanted the Moonbloods to strike back immediately, despite being outnumbered and outclassed.

    Lady Tethys 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dust_tethys.jpg
Voiced by: Eileen Montgomery

A powerful spiritual being who has stopped the waters beneath Mudpot from flowing.


  • Cool Crown: A spiky tiara.
  • The Corruption: Feeling all the pain the war on the surface has caused has clouded her mind.
    Lady Tethys: "I could feel the souls of all the innocents he killed screaming for help, and I... I succumbed to that darkness – that desire for justice, no matter the cost."
  • Defeat Means Friendship: She had gone mad with rage over Gaius' actions, and cut off Mudpot's water supply. Beating her knocks her back to her senses.
  • Green and Mean: She's very hostile towards Dust and has green skin. After the Boss Battle, this trope doesn't apply anymore.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She's shocked when she realizes the consequences of her actions.
  • Nature Spirit: A spiritual being who controls the waters and is attuned to The Life Thread.
  • The Needs of the Many: If stopping the waters from flowing and therefore stopping the war from continuing kills a few people, so be it.
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Which is why she's no help in finding out who Dust really is.
    Dust: "You can see into my past?"
    Lady Tethys: "Your soul is fragmented, like a shattered mirror. I can only see reflections in the broken pieces, and what I see makes little sense, even to me."
  • The Omniscient: Because she's attuned to The Life Thread, she knows the thoughts of all beings and about the war on the surface.
  • Power Echoes: The Lady is a powerful spirit who speaks with a booming voice. The echo doesn't disappear even when she calms down.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Known as "The Lady" to the villagers of Mudpot.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: She's very swift, her attacks deal moderate damage even with the highest defense and best armor available and she loves to spam spells which will make you fall on spikes in the lowest part of the arena if you move recklessly. Additionally, her melee attack has decent range and might catch you off guard. However, you can still kill her by spamming projectiles then hitting her while she's in hitstun.
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    Baron Kane 
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Voiced by: Joshua Tomar

A wrathful ghost who haunts the mansions in the Sorrowing Meadow.


  • Barred from the Afterlife: After Baron Kane's death, his spirit was consumed by rage and a demonic presence, turning him into the creature that haunts the Sorrowing Meadows.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After defeating the ravenous demon form he turned into in death. Beating him cleanses his spirit, and he reunites with his still living wife Cora.
  • Floating Limbs: His giant claws aren't visibly connected to his body.
  • Flunky Boss: Being a combination of his previous appearances as a vengeful ghost and the zombie-summoning wizard.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Giant claws which can do a lot of damage.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Violet ones that glow from within his skull.
  • Green and Mean: When you encounter him in the four mansions, he emanates a green glow.
  • Intangibility: The first four times you meet him in the mansions, he exists on a different plane and can't be touched by Ahrah.
  • Interface Screw: Somewhat downplayed example. While in his demonic form, the closer he gets to you the more colors get distorted.
  • Regretful Traitor: When he was still alive, Kane turned in his own friends as Moonblood sympathizers to General Gaius in exchange for money, which he now deeply regrets.
  • Skull for a Head: His demonic form is a giant skeleton.

    General Gaius 
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Voiced by: River Kanoff

The leader of the campaign against the Moonbloods.


  • Affably Evil: Despite being the Big Bad, General Gaius tends to treat Dust better than Dust's own allies do. This could be due to the fact that General Gaius and Cassius, one of the two souls who makes up Dust and the one Dust most looks like, were friends and partners before.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: General Gaius, who can match Dust blow-for-blow, openly says he was Cassius' better in combat, and has such insane endurance that he needs to be brutally pounded into the heart of a volcano before he finally dies.
  • Badass Boast: He counters Dust's own boast pretty effectively during their battle.
    Gaius: You cannot win, Cassius! You never could beat me.
    Gaius: You never could scare me either, Cassius. Very well. To the death!
  • Big Bad: His goal is to wipe out the reptilian Moonblood race, apparently in his desire for racial purity. Word of God states that Gaius's motivation was more fleshed out in the production stages, but scenes exploring it had to be cut.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls to his death in the Everdawn Basin, including a Take My Hand scene. Downplayed in that the fall might not have been fatal. However, the massive amounts of molten lava certainly were.
  • Flat Character: Even as the Big Bad, he's not exempt from being this. He's given absolutely no reason for wanting to destroy the Moonbloods beyond "because I can".
  • Marathon Boss: He's fought in three stages. He doesn't turn into a One-Winged Angel though. He just gets a new attack with each stage.
  • Offstage Villainy: General Gaius has done atrocious things... apparently. In every single one of his actual on-screen appearances, he's being calm, professional, and endlessly forgiving. Making matters worse is that the majority of his evil is explained by the people who are in direct conflict with him, and in at least two cases have been withholding information from Dust for most of the game. It's a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. General Gaius was originally supposed to be just one of the milestones, with story continuing after his defeat. These plans where scrapped to meet the production deadline.
  • Social Darwinist: This is the closest thing to an explanation we get for his death march against the Moonbloods.
  • Villainous Friendship: Type I between Gaius and Cassius, who shared a close friendship and vision of the future. It's this friendship which prevents Gaius ordering his army to hunt down Dust, whose body is based on that of Cassius.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Even if you aren't convinced Gaius is as evil as some of other characters think, it IS made clear that he is this and so justifying needing to fight him.

The Villagers of Aurora

    Ginger 
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A soft-spoken young woman who strongly distrusts Dust when he first visits Aurora.


  • Break the Cutie: Seeing her entire village, including her brother, being slaughtered can't be easily forgotten.
  • Eyes Are Mental: According to Ginger, Dust has the same eyes as her dead brother Jin, despite looking like his murderer Cassius. This is how she recognizes him.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes for an innocent, soft-spoken victim of tragedy.
  • Long-Lost Relative: She's the sister of Jin, one of the two souls used to create Dust.
  • Sole Survivor: She's the only survivor of the attack on Zeplich Village one year ago.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue outfit.

    Mayor Bram 
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Voiced by: Steven Kelly

The mayor of Aurora.


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    Haley 
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Voiced by: Anna Kingsley

A blacksmith who lives at the top of Archers' Pass just outside Aurora.


  • The Blacksmith: Bring her blueprints, materials and coin, and she'll forge a new item for you.
  • Family Business: The forge on top of Archers' Pass was created by her ancestors.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Red hair, red fur, green eyes, and crafting items significantly helps Dust's fighting ability.
  • Wrench Wench: A skilled female blacksmith who proudly continues the family business.

The Villagers of Mudpot

The Moonbloods

    Merchant Sereth 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dust_sereth.jpg
Voiced by: Xander Mobus

The shopkeeper who supplies Dust with items everywhere in Falana.


  • The Faceless: Only his eyes and the shape of his face are visible.
  • Finger-Tenting: His standard pose.
  • Glowing Eyes: White ones that shine from the shadows under his hood.
  • In the Hood: He wears a violet one which casts his face in shadow.
  • Intrepid Merchant: He follows Dust through every dungeon and sets up shop there multiple times.

    Elder Gray Eyes 
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Voiced by: Mick Lauer

The leader of the Moonbloods.


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