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This page covers all noble characters from the Woodlands in Game of Touhou. For the rest of the characters, see this page. For the wildlings from the Woodlands, see this page. POV characters will be noted with asterisks.

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The Woodlands are in the very north-east of Noros, east of the northern half of the Sea of Demons and north of the Waterlands. They are defined by their snowy weather in winter and their thick forests, bamboo to the south and oak towards the north. There is a forest full of wildlings in the far north called the Frostbitten Forest, and its rulers, House Luna reside in the south-west of the region in Eientei. Bastards in this region are surnamed 'Woods'.

    The Woodlands in General 
  • Feuding Families: The Lunas and the Fujiwaras have a historical rivalry over who should rule the Woodlands.
  • The Fundamentalist: Both the Lunas and the Fujiwaras act as this to the God of Eternity (Lady Kaguya Luna believes in earthly immortality, not just an afterlife like the Shotokus) and the God of Renewal (Mokou Fujiwara believes a rebirth by fire wll result in a rebirth of the same body, with the same memories and personality, rather than Reincarnation like the Hijiris). Even Marisa could be seen as a fundamentalist reflection on irreverence to faith, as she is outright The Hedonist.
  • The Lost Woods: Is pretty much defined by this, with some plains being notable between the bamboo and oak forests.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: As the story progresses, it is the region where winter is definitely coming, and the snows are pretty heavy. The Frostbitten Forest is this especially.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: The Kirisames represent the good, the Lunas represent the bad (insomuch as their leader is an ineffectual blue-blood), and the Fujiwaras represent the evil.


House Luna

House Luna is the ruling house of the Woodlands, ruling from Eientei in the south-western bamboo forests. They favor using ilmenite for noble material, as it is rumored to have come from the moon- historically, the Lunas have been obsessed with the moon, claiming to be descended from lunarians. They are notoriously The Beautiful Elite, with their lady being the World's Most Beautiful Woman, while her sisters are away in Essos, exploring the ruins of Valyria for treasure. They are also obsessed with blood purity, to the point where their motto is 'Purity is not of Earth'. Their sigil is a grey moon and stars on a dark blue field.

    In General 
  • The Beautiful Elite: All of the blood members of House Luna are notably beautiful, with Lady Kaguya having a reputation of being the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
  • Bold Explorer: Toyohime and Yorihime, who are both in Essos, searching the smoking ruins of Valyria.
  • Feuding Families: With the Fujiwaras, though they're currently in a tenuous truce with them. It doesn't last, to Kaguya's misfortune.
  • Giant Mook: The Luna Giants, hulking monstrosities of men caused by one of Eirin's serums.
  • Lunacy: Their sigil is the moon with stars. It is a reference to how the family and its household mostly consist of Lunarians from canon.
  • Master Race: Their family has a history of considering themselves this, and while Kaguya buys into this philosophy, her younger sisters defy this.
  • Mystical White Hair: Yorihime and Toyohime have silvery-gold hair, akin to the valyrians.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Heavily implied to favor inbreeding and have Valyrian looks, and as Yorihime shows, also have a propensity for insanity.
  • Shout-Out: Their sigil and fondness for ilmenite is a reference to the fact that their household consists of Lunarians, and Kaguya's spell-card 'New Impossible Request: Lunar Ilmenite'. Their obsession with blood purity is a reference to Lunarian obsession with purity.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Between Kaguya and Toyohime/Yorihime. Kaguya is lazy and passive, her younger sisters are hard-working and adventurous. Their opposition even goes as far as their hair colors being inverted (black hair for Kaguya, white-blonde for Toyohime/Yorihime).
    Lady Kaguya Luna 
The Lady of Eientei and all of the Woodlands. She is mostly passive in her rule, and according to supplementary material is obsessed with immortality, having Eirin attempt to make it regularly.

  • Aloof Big Sister: Both Yorihime and Toyohime Luna alike find her to be this, the former resenting her intensely for sending her and Toyohime to Essos to find treasure for her while she lazes around in Eientei.
  • Brainless Beauty: From the little scenes featuring her, she seems to be this.
  • The Fundamentalist: Is one to the God of Eternity, thinking there is an elixir of immortality that will allow for an eternal earthly life, as opposed to the Shotoku's version of the God of Eternity, which is merely about eternal afterlives.
  • Immortality: Is obsessed with the concept according to both Eirin and Mokou, the former having to attempt to make the Elixir of Life.
  • In-Series Nickname: According to the supplementary material, her nickname involves her canon name- she's Kaguya 'Houraisan' Luna, after her obsession with the hourai elixir.
  • Jerkass: Yorihime considers her one for sending her and Toyohime away to Essos. Also, she is found to be feasting on the majority of the Fujiwara-Luna war camp's food before Mokou decides to kill her.
  • Orcus On Her Throne: She barely does anything, politically or otherwise, leaving it to her subordinates.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has long flowing black hair.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Her fanatical obsession with being immortal (to the point of commanding her highly skilled Maester to spend her precious time attempting to make it) may be a sign of latent madness that also expresses itself in Yorihime later on in the story.
  • Shout-Out: Her In-Series Nickname and her obsession with finding immortality is a reference to how she is immortal in Canon due to the Hourai Elixir, as well as being her surname in canon.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: To the rest of her sisters- she is passive, black-haired, selfish and lazy, while Toyohime and Yorihime are hard-working, adventurous, and look out for each other.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She had barely any scenes before being slaughtered by Mokou, and all that can be determined is she was obsessed with immortality and less than intelligent.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Has a reputation as this.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thought that mocking deserters as cowardly while hiding away in her warcamp tent would be accepted by Mokou and their allegiance work out just because they're former enemies locked in Teeth-Clenched Teamwork against a common foe. It earned her a sword in the belly.
    Toyohime Luna 
The second oldest Luna, younger sister to Kaguya and older sister to Yorihime. She is a kindly and gentle woman who has the most emotional fortitude of the three siblings, and like Yorihime, starts her story in Essos, searching the Smoking Sea of Old Valyria for treasure.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Receives one courtesy of Denys Pyke, who calls her his 'fair mermaid' after she dresses his wounds and makes him a peg leg.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Is exceptionally beautiful, and immediately has Denys Pyke entranced (thought that may be in part due to inverse Florence Nightingale Effect).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After Fastorio Rictas has been an arrogant douchebag to Denys all through Braavos for being a cripple, Toyohime loses it and lets Denys kill him.
  • Bold Explorer: Along with Yorihime, she is willing to sail the smoking volcanic ruins of Old Valyria to search for treasure.
  • Last Of Her Kind: [[spoiler:After Kaguya is killed by Mokou, and Yorihime is executed for attempting to burn down the Rainbow Fort, she becomes the last blood Luna. It's unknown whether or not she married anyone (presumably Denys Pyke) and had children to continue her legacy in the Epilogue.
  • Broken Bird: Quite understandably becomes one after finding out Kaguya is dead, then coming home to find Eientei burned to the ground, and finally, finding out her youngest and last sister is going to be beheaded.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Yorihime.
  • Morality Chain: Is a noticeable one to both the Hot-Blooded Yorihime, her absence causing her to slowly slip into psychosis, and to Denys Pyke, as it is her who he looks to [[spoiler:for the okay to kill Fastorio Rictas, as well as being heavily implied to be a ruthless pirate without her.
  • Mystical White Hair: Like Yorihime, she has extremely pale blonde hair.
  • Nice Gal: Is genuinely kind and caring in general.
  • Rank Up: Once she returns and Eientei is rebuilt, she becomes Lady Toyohime Luna, due to Kaguya's death at the hands of Mokou.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yorihime's red- Toyohime is calm, does not insist on being leader, and is generally thoughful and non-aggressive, while Yorihime insists on being leader whenever possible, is dominant and Hot-Blooded.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Averts this with regards to her family madness, unlike Kaguya and Yorihime.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Kaguya- she is pale-haired, active and adventurous, and looks out for Yorihime's well-being, while Kaguya is aloof, passive, lazy and selfish. In a way, she has this with Yorihime too, in a Red Oni, Blue Oni manner.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She is not the Aloof Big Sister that Kaguya is, nor is she like the Hot-Blooded Yorihime, but she shows the most emotional fortitude of the siblings. Comparatively, Kaguya begs and pleads when Mokou is about to kill her, and Yorihime becomes utterly broken and consumed with hatred when she finally gets home only to find Eientei a burnt ruin, while Toyohime takes news of Kaguya's death and witnessing the burnt Eientei as well as she can, becoming a melancholic, yet stable individual.
  • The Stoic: Relatively speaking. She's a good, kind and warm person, but she copes heroically at enough trauma to make anyone snap.
  • The Tease: Every now and then teases Denys Pyke.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First is made to search the Smoking Sea of Valyria, then is part of a brutal raid on Qarth courtesy of Euron Greyjoy, then effectively drives a man to suicide to give her sister a dragon, finds out her older sister is dead, returns home to find Eientei burned to the ground, witnesses her younger sister slowly become mad, is torn from said sister, then watches her sister be beheaded for attempting to burn the Rainbow Fort to the ground with the dragon she helped hatch. Yet she still remains stable after all of it.
  • Tsundere: To Denys Pyke, mostly acting uninterested in him but at times showing warmth and care towards him.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Denys Pyke.
    Yorihime Luna* 
The youngest of the Luna sisters, who starts the story sailing the Smoking Sea with Toyohime, searching for treasure. Unlike her older sisters, she is Hot-Blooded and highly proactive, certainly more so than her oldest sister, Kaguya, and ends up getting a dragon, Selenion. Becomes a POV character in chapter 35.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has purple hair in canon, but pale blonde hair in this.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She of all the Lunas complains the most about Kaguya's capricious nature, and resents her willingness to send her sisters to a dangerous region of Essos just to fill her coffers up with treasure. She also gains a psychotic desire for revenge upon finding out she's dead, making this a slightly twisted variant of the trope.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Like all of the blood Lunas, she is treated as exceptionally beautiful.
  • Bold Explorer: Along with Toyohime, she searches the Smoking Sea for treasure.
  • Control Freak: Likes to be known as a leader, likely overcompensation due to being a third child and therefore likely unable to inherit the Luna name.
  • Driven to Villainy: See Trauma Conga Line- she suffers enough that she becomes an exceptionally bitter, vengeful woman that is willing to burn anyone who dares speak against her or tries to take her vengeance for her.
  • Dying as Yourself: Her insistence that she is 'Yorihime Luna' as opposed to 'Yorihime Watatsuki' is probably representation of this.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Unlike Toyohime, Yorihime breaks due to her Trauma Conga Line, and becomes mad and obsessed with vengeance.
  • luffyTamer: Manages to raise and tame a dragon, said dragon loving her enough to nuzzle at her breasts like it was still suckling well into an age when his head's twice the size of her.
  • Heel Realization: She gets one in her final chapter (chapter 130), realizing she has been Slowly Slipping Into Evil this whole time.
  • Hot-Blooded: Is easy to get worked up, and only gets worse after suffering her Trauma Conga Line.
  • It's Personal: Regarding getting her vengeance on Mokou she is exceptionally protective, wanting to be the one responsible for killing Mokou, causing her to potentially endanger the Kirisame and Makai troops that were laying siege to the City of Flames when Selenion sets it ablaze.
  • Kill It with Fire: Once she gets Selenion, her preferred threat and attack involves him crisping anything in her path.
  • Mystical White Hair: Just like Toyohime, likely a hint to her Valyrian ancestry, which no doubt helps her raise and tame Selenion.
  • Not So Different: To Mokou Fujiwara, once she gets Selenion, as her favored method of attack becomes Kill It with Fire, as well as becoming as mad as her. This is so much the case that Mokou's obsessive ascetics end up worshiping her as a divine reincarnation of Mokou when she usurps the City of Flames from her.
  • Odd Friendship: With Nessun Visos, albeit briefly.
  • Rank Up: Becomes Lady of the City of Flames, usurping the incinerated Mokou Fujiwara's place, firmly cementing her in the Not So Different category.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the red to Toyohime's blue.
  • The Resenter: Strongly resents Kaguya for sending her to the Smoking Ruins of Valyria to fill up her own treasury, but still loves her enough that she wants to avenge her death when she finds out Mokou killed her.
  • Revenge: Becomes obsessed with it after Mokou Fujiwara kills her sister and burns her home to the ground.
  • Royally Screwed Up: Ends up becoming this due to witnessing one too many traumas- returning to Noros to find her home burnt to the ground and being separated from her only living sister as punishment for taking vengeance is the final straw, and she vows to burn the Rainbow Fort to the ground.
  • Shout-Out: Her raising and taming of Selenion is a reference to Yorihime's God-summoning and fire-based powers in the Touhou manga, and her eventual surname, Watatsuki, is a reference to her original name in the manga.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Like Toyohime, she has one with Kaguya- she is pale-haired, active and adventurous, cares deeply about Toyohime, while Kaguya is aloof, passive, lazy and selfish. She also has a ying-yang with Toyohime, in a Red Oni, Blue Oni manner.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Quite notably takes one after her Trauma Conga Line.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The same as Toyohime's- made to search the Smoking Sea of Valyria, then is part of a brutal raid on Qarth courtesy of Euron Greyjoy, then effectively drives a man to suicide to hatch a dragon, finds out her older sister is dead, returns home to find Eientei burned to the ground, is torn from her sister when she takes the revenge she's been thirsting for against the woman who burned down her home and killed her sister. Unlike Toyohime, she does not take it well.
  • Tsundere: Is mostly cold and distant to people, but has a hidden fondness for the same people she's distant to.
  • You Killed My Sister: Despite resenting Kaguya for most of her travels through Essos, she seriously desires revenge once she finds out Mokou Fujiwara killed her sister and burned down her home, and so returns the favor by having Selenion burn her to a crisp.
    Maester Eirin Yagokoro* 
The Maester of Eientei, and reputed to be the best Maester in all of Noros. Functions as a competent adviser to Lady Kaguya, before running off after Kaguya dies, working for the Okazakis under the name 'Hisakata Nou'. Becomes a POV character in chapter 16.

  • Archer Archetype: Is a skill archer, and uses poisoned arrows to ensure kills.
  • Badass Bookworm: For a Maester, she certainly kicks some ass with her arrows, not unlike Novice Alleras of A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • Becoming the Mask: Becomes well-acquainted to her role as Hisakata, to the point where even her chapter titles become 'Hisakata.
  • The Dragon: To Lady Kaguya and later to Lady Yumemi Okazaki.
  • Faking the Dead: After her running away and joining the Okazakis, she's been dead to the world, the only people occasionally thinking of her (in past tense, of course) being Yorihime, Toyohime, and Tewi.
  • Fantastic Racism: Is notably quite bitter and jaded regarding the wildlings of the Woodlands.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Is this regarding Ser Reisen Udongein Inaba's magic (she sees it as 'parlor tricks'), but she has a change of heart after seeing it in action.
  • Going Native: Upon running away from the blazing field that is the result of the Okazaki's field sabotage and Mokou's betrayal, she ends up riding along with wildlings. While still aloof, she finds herself strangely fond of 'her' wildlings.
  • Immortality Inducer: For the most part her duty to Kaguya is obsessing over making this... at first.
  • Improvised Weapon: Uses a flask of lye as an improvised means of dispatching Iwakasa Fujiwara, who was meant to assassinate her.
  • Master Poisoner: As a Maester, she is well-versed in making poison, and adds the stuff to her arrows.
  • Meaningful Name: As Hisakata Nou- her name means 'Moon Brain', a reference to her title in Canon, 'the Brain of the Moon'.
  • The Medic: Is this to House Luna, as well as the resident scientist.
  • Not So Different: Accepts that her willing manufacturing of Psycho Serum and generally unethical experiments on wights makes her no different from a disgraced and hated former Maester, Medicine Melancholy.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Luna operatives present in Eientei at the beginning of the story, she considers herself this (as the only comparisons to make are to Lady Kaguya and Ser Reisen).
  • Secret Identity: When working for the Okazakis, she becomes Hisakata Nou, and stays that way for the rest of the story.
  • Shout-Out: Both her skill with arrows and her knowledge of elixirs and poisons, including being the best of her trade, is a reference to her Canon attributes. As Hisakata Nou, her name means 'Moon Brain', a reference to her title as 'Brain of the Moon' in Canon.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Uses poisoned arrows.
  • Psycho Serum: One of her failed attempts at an immortality elixir resulted in creating overly muscular, well-developed monsters of men that are violent and simple-minded. She decides to keep the recipe in case war occurs.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: After heading to the Alchemical Stronghold, Eirin remains there due to Eientei being burnt down and her Becoming the Mask.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As 'Hisakata Nou', she dyes her hair cyan as a way of looking like a Brighthair, one of the wildling tribes of the Woodlands.
    Master of Whisperers, Lady Tewi Inaba 
A petty noble and head of the minor House Inaba. She does not live in Eientei due to being Master of Whisperers to the Sanzu, however she does seem to promote Luna interests in her own way.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Only when she poses as a child prostitute in Lorath. In this role, she has one half of her hair red and the other white, not unlike the hair of Jaqen H'gar.
  • Adaptational Heroism / Adaptational Villainy: In general her strange actions have more impact in this than in Canon, and whatever she's doing is generally more thought out than her Canon equivalent.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Her actions generally have dubious motives, such as her playing along with Yuyuko's plan to start a war, but as it turns out this is to preserve herself so she can save Noros from Yuyuko's planned Zombie Apocalypse.
  • The Cyvassemaster: Is an exceptionally skilled planner and manipulator, successfully knowing about Lady Yuyuko's ambitions, and planning ahead of time to bring Yorihime back into Noros with a dragon and later being revealed to have come up with a backup plan involving Iku once Yorihime goes rogue, resulting in a Call-Back to her rabbits taking Iku to Sado.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She has so far betrayed: Ichirin Kumoi, Unzan, Eiki Shiki, Miko Shotoku, Komachi Onozuka, Seiga Kaku, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Marisa Kirisame, and Yorihime Luna. All for the good of the realm, it'd seem.
  • Creepy Child: Looks and acts like one, but is actually far older than she looks. She also employs many to spy for her.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Often plays this role, such as when she turns out to be working at Yuyuko's downfall, not success, and how she was helping the Kirisames when they and Yorihime come to blows, and her role informing Reisen was actually bait to lead Yorihime into a trap.
  • Glamour: Strongly implied to be using one, as she is the eldest Inaba in existence, but looks younger than her cousins.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Seems to strongly respect Lord Varys of Westeros, to the point of emulating his methods.
  • The Informant: To the Royal Court, the Lunas, and the Komeijis.
  • Kick the Dog: Her likely knowingly sending Ichirin and Unzan to their deaths.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her utterly cruel betrayal of a desperate Seiga, and her orchestration of Yorihime's downfall.
  • Master of Disguise: If she is not merely glamouring herself, then she is this.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Her strangely youthful looks.
  • Ms Exposition: Plays this role when she feels like it, as befits a spymaster.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks like a smiling little girl, but is actually the eldest member of House Inaba.
  • The Omnipresent: Downplayed... her influence and spies are everywhere, but she herself isn't.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She has a constant, unnerving smile, as do her spies, and the other characters regularly note it.
  • Playing Both Sides: She does this, though seemingly entirely for the realm's safety. She is one the Sanzus' side during the war, before mysteriously disappearing when all is lost for the loyalists, and later both assists Yorihime's return to Noros and ensures her downfall once she turns rogue. She also appears to be Yuyuko's ally early on, but is strongly implied to be using Utsuho's ravens to spy on her.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Disappears from Muenzuka to go to Essos and take Yorihime home, seemingly because the Sanzu cause is lost.
  • Shout-Out: Her spies are called 'rabbits', a twofold reference- first referencing the Westerosi Master of Whisperers, Lord Varys's 'little birds', a reference lampshaded by Tewi, as she apparently admires Lord Varys. The second thing it references is her status as a Rabbit Youkai in Canon.
  • The Spymaster: Is officially one for the Sanzus, but functions as this for the Lunas and likely the Komeijis also.
  • Street Urchin: One of her many disguises/glamours.
  • The Family That Slays Together: She, along with her cousins, seem to form a successful plotting and scheming team that leads to multiple betrayals and deaths.
  • Wizards and Witches: If she is wearing a Glamour, then she's likely a warlock like her cousins.
    Ser Reisen Udongein Inaba 
A warlock, adviser to Lady Kaguya and skilled illusionist, as well as younger cousin to Tewi Inaba.

  • Black Cloak: Wears one, as befits a warlock.
  • Kill It with Fire: Is unfortunately one of Mokou's many victims regarding this, dying before her powers are fully explored.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Has large bags under her eyes, like all other warlocks.
  • The Magic Comes Back: One of her more notable appearances has her, like Ser Sakuya, noting that her magic is easier to perform than usual.
  • Master of Illusion: Is able to fool entire armies into thinking her own army is much farther than it seems. A shame she never gets to use the power at large due to Mokou burning her.
  • One Steve Limit: Averts this with her cousin in Qarth, Reisen Inaba.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her eyes glow red whenever her powers are being used.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Like all warlocks.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies during the Fujiwara betrayal with nary a scene beyond Eirin's first POV chapter. To make it worse, the only one who remotely grieves for her is the other Qartheen Reisen.
  • Wizards and Witches: Is a warlock, and uses her magic to create the illusion of distance on enemy troops.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Has purple hair along with the other Reisen, likely as a show of their Essosi culture.
    Reisen Inaba 
A cousin of Lady Tewi and Ser Reisen. Currently a warlock-in-training at the House of the Undying in Qarth, Essos.

  • Black Cloak: Wears one, a la a warlock.
  • Blood Magic: Encourages killing Fastorio Rictas to use for the ritual that hatches Yorihime's dragon egg.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: While not as extreme as Tewi in this regard, she certainly plays this sort of gambit against insane!Yorihime.
  • The Good Chancellor: Is pretty much this to Yorihime and her group, especially after Yorihime loses it.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hood, likely a reference to her helmet in Canon.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: While she likely had planned it with Tewi for a while, her betrayal of Yorihime was likely made a lot easier for her by how callously treated she was by Yorihime.
  • Ms Exposition: Is a great expositor on Essosi culture and magical rites when travelling with Yorihime's group through Essos.
  • One Steve Limit: Averts this as she shares her name with Ser Reisen Udongein Inaba.
  • Only Sane Man: Becomes one when she leaves for the City of Flames with Yorihime.
  • Shout-Out: Her being a person being looked for by Yorihime and Toyohime is a reference to the Touhou manga 'Silent Sinner in Blue', which similarly had a Reisen Inaba that was vaguely connected to Reisen Udongein Inaba.
  • The Family That Slays Together: Works in conjunction with Tewi in her schemes, which lead to the undoing of many.
  • Wizarding School: Seems to have attended the House of the Undying.
  • Wizards and Witches: Is a partially-trained warlock to the House of the Undying.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her use to Euron Greyjoy, along with the other warlocks of the Undying, led to Qarth, the greatest city that ever was or will be, be sacked by the Ironborn. In addition, it is she who tells Yorihime of the Blood Magic required to hatch her dragon egg, thus leading to the monstrous Selenion that very nearly burns the Rainbow Fort to ashes (and does burn down the City of Flames).
  • You Cant Go Homeagain: She has no choice but to go along with Yorihime's group, as the House of the Undying has been plundered by Euron Greyjoy and the crew of the Silence.
  • You gotta Have Purple Hair: Just like her cousin Ser Reisen, she dyes her hair purple.

House Fujiwara

The rulers of the City of Flames, a city to the east of the southern bamboo forest of the Woodlands. Their family, similarly to the Lunas, seems to have a history of psychosis, namely Pyromania, and worship an extremist version of the God of Renewal that encourages phoenix-style resurrection from death by fire. Their current ruler is Lady Mokou Fujiwara, and their sigil is an orange phoenix on a black field. Their motto, according to supplementary sources, is 'Fire, Destruction, and Resurrection'.

    In General 
  • The Fundamentalist: Their version of the God of Renewal is certainly this, its rituals including burnt Human Sacrifice and resurrection from the ashes, as well as considering Dragons to be angels.
  • Greek Fire: They have an inordinate fondness for wildfire.
  • Human Sacrifice: Standard practice among the ascetics.
  • Irony: The City of Flames, as well as Mokou, a woman who had commanded the burning of many, perhaps hundreds, both end up going up in flames due to a dragon attack.
  • Kill It with Fire: Their policy as a whole involves using wildfire to burn anything and everything, including using their equivalent of suicide bombers to achieve this goal.
  • The Phoenix: They have this as their sigil, a reference to their pyromania and belief in rising from the ashes.
  • Pyromaniac: Their rulers tend to be these, if the name of the city is any indication.
  • Reincarnation: Like the Hijiris, they have a faith revolving around the concept, albeit they believe it is attained by death by fire, and that you reincarnate as your same person or not at all.
  • Royally Screwed Up: They have a running case of pyromania in their family, to the point of having a seat called 'the City of Flames'.
  • Suicide Attack: Their ascetics are sometimes suicide bombers, running towards the enemy with pots of wildfire in hand.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Among the Woodlanders, undoubtedly the most crazy of the factions.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: A family trait of theirs is their ash-grey hair, even in youth, which only cements their connection to fire.
    Lady Mokou Fujiwara* 
The psychotic ruler of the City of Flames and head of House Fujiwara. Speaking in an unsettlingly deep, calm voice, she seems like a shaken-up bottle of Ax-Crazy just waiting to be opened. Becomes a POV character in Chapter 36.

  • Adaptational Villainy: And how! She is a remorseless pyromaniac and psychopath that is likely responsible for the most innocent deaths in the series, given she burns Eientei while it's full of people, not to mention all of her Human Sacrifice. This is in stark opposition to her Canon self, who is a pyromaniacal, but otherwise affable Death Seeker.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Subverted regarding her feelings for Iwakasa. She does say she loves him, but in actuality only wants him to try and kill Eirin, an attempt which fails, and upon finding her brother dead she doesn't spend any time speaking ill of the dead and blaming him for his incompetence.
  • Ax-Crazy: Is undoubtedly this, an empathy-lacking monster with a lust for fire and utterly unchecked sadism.
  • Big Sister Bully: Bullies her younger brother, Iwakasa, relentlessly, constantly belittling him and according to some backstory even abused him for wanting to play with Toyohime and Yorihime when they were children.
  • Black and White Insanity: Views people as either useful extensions of her will or reprehensible enemies who all deserve to die for the crime of existence.
  • Black Cloak: Has a black cape, which only adds to her Obviously Evil nature.
  • Death by Irony: Dies at the hands of a dragon she thinks is an angel after spending the last days of her life sacrificing innocents by fire to appease her God.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Part of her sociopathy is that she's entirely self-centered and that any slight against her is despicable in her eyes. Hence, she kills Kaguya for merely being a Luna, justifying herself with the weak excuse that she was stealing her troops' limited food, a true yet weak justification. She also considers Iwakasa's death just, as he failed to kill Badass Bookworm Eirin, and pushes Keine off her tower for disagreeing with her. She also burns down a whole city merely for reminding her that the Lunas existed.
  • Dissonant Serenity / Hair-Trigger Temper: When attempting to seem sane, she is the former, consistently speaking in a deep, calm tone, however when she drops her veneer of sanity, she becomes the latter.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Among one of her quirks that isn't terrifying, Mokou likes to eat food that has been burnt to a crisp.
  • Frontline General: For all her psychopathy and willingness to sacrifice her own, she's willing to put herself on the line in battle, leading from the front.
  • A God Am I: Begins to consider herself a messianic figure to the God of Renewal, believing when she'll die by fire, she'll become a perfect human.
  • Greek Fire: Has an abject fetish for the stuff, enjoying herself as she watches Eientei burn.
  • Human Sacrifice: Is happy to do them to appease the God of Renewal, especially during the siege of the City of Flames.
  • In the Back: A subversion in that it isn't in the back, but still just as surprising, when Mokou enters Kaguya's tent while she is unarmed and undressed for battle, and mercilessly cuts her down.
  • It's All About Me: As seen in Disproportionate Retribution, her sociopathy includes extremely skewed priorities, with her needs trumping all else and subsequently, an extreme Lack of Empathy that goes with this self-centeredness.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Given Kaguya's last-minute dog-kicking, it's hardly saddening when she sticks her sword in her belly.
  • Kill It with Fire: Her general modus operandi.
  • Lack of Empathy: One of the many facets that cements her as The Sociopath- her inability to conceive that anyone other than her is a person, rather than just an enemy or an extension of her will is obvious, especially later on.
  • Make an Example of Them: Tries this with Eientei to show the Lunas are dead and buried. It only serves to cause the Kirisames to siege the City of Flames.
  • Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Loves to avert this, often gloating of all the 'fools' she's killed, or in this case of Iwakasa, blaming him for Eirin's escape and considering him a useless brother.
  • Obviously Evil: Her stilted, calm, deep speech and black clothing is more than obviously a sign that there is something not right in her head.
  • Pyromaniac: Is a notoriously mad for fire woman, enjoying to burn people as human sacrifices.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has long flowing ash-grey hair, which is apparently one of her more beautiful traits, compared to her masculine body.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes as a natural eye color, and given her psychopathy, this is not a good sign.
  • Reincarnation: Is obsessed with the concept, believing herself to be the messiah of the God of Renewal.
  • Sadist: Is undoubtedly one, internally mocking people who are burning alive for screaming, thinking them weak.
  • Sanity Slippage: After killing Kaguya, she slowly becomes more and more mad, her paranoia over an uprising causing her to burn down Eientei, thus sparking an uprising from the Kirisames, and by the siege of the City of Flames, she is outright delusional, becoming an Unreliable Narrator to the extreme. This culminates with her thinking a dragon is an angel.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Her absolute paranoia in her later chapters lead to her undoing: if she had not burned down Eientei to 'make a statement' that the Lunas were indeed dead and buried, then the Kirisames wouldn't have taken a This Is Unforgivable! stance on her, and wouldn't have begun the uprising Mokou intended to prevent by making an example of Eientei.
  • The Sociopath: Is undoubtedly one, due to viewing her only brother, as well as her Maester, as disposable extensions of herself, grieving Iwakasa only due to his failure to kill Eirin and happily pushing Keine off her tower because she disagreed with her. Her attempts to seem non-psychotic also give this away, her Dissonant Serenity being unsettling to most.
  • Stupid Evil: Though she starts the story off as relatively sophisticated for a sociopath, her Sanity Slippage gradually drags her towards this.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Has one in relation to her tendency to burn her enemies alive, and similarly to Tywin Lannister, uses it to inspire fear into her enemies.
  • Unreliable Narrator: As she slowly begins to lose her sanity, she becomes this.
  • Villain Protagonist: As a POV character, she is one of the few who comes across as entirely unsympathetic, sociopathically giving her brother False Reassurance that she loves him while noting in her narration she's merely saying it to get him to do what she wants.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: Like Iwakasa, she has ash-grey hair, which is meaningful due to her pyromania.
    Ser Iwakasa Fujiwara* 
A knight of the Fujiwaras and Lady Mokou's younger brother. Not all there in terms of intelligence but nonetheless good-hearted, something Mokou lacks significantly. Becomes a POV character in Chapter 23.

  • Anti-Villain: Due to being on the clearly villainous side of the Fujiwaras yet being a somewhat sympathetic human being, as well as only being evil out of family loyalty, he comes off as this.
  • Black Cloak: Just like his sister, he wears a black cape with the phoenix sigil of his family.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has a pretty rough time. First, he gets temporarily crippled by arrows, then gets tortured for information he's already given by an Affably Evil spymaster, and after that gets rescued, but only as part of a ploy for his family to be significantly betrayed, and finally after failing his family that he tries so hard to prove himself to, his last act to prove himself (attempting to assassinate Eirin) results in him dying by having lye thrown in his face.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: See Killed Offscreen.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Is thoroughly under this effect with regards to Mystia, standing up for her good nature when Mokou criticizes her for being the daughter of the 'noble whore'.
  • Ephebophile: Has an incredibly obvious lust for the sixteen-year-old Mystia Woods, and in a little bit of Deliberate Values Dissonance, it's actually perfectly acceptable in Norosian culture for him to feel this way- Mystia is a woman grown by Norosian standards. Mokou still berates him for it, because she's a bastard and a Kirisame to boot.
  • For Want of a Nail: Toyohime and Yorihime discuss what life in the Woodlands may have been like if Iwakasa was the elder, not Mokou, and how House Luna and House Fujiwara would likely have been at peace with one another due to Iwakasa's generally kinder nature.
  • Just Following Orders: His 'evils' are limited to working along with Mokou's treachery, bearing no ill will for Mokou's enemies.
  • Killed Offscreen: Is killed during Mokou's POV character, being sent to kill the much more competent Maester Eirin while Mokou kills Kaguya. He is later revealed to have been killed by getting lye thrown in his face and being shot by an arrow.
  • My Sister, Right or Wrong: His fatal flaw is that he is utterly loyal to his psychopath sister, even acknowledging that she most likely doesn't love him, but he continues to work for her anyway.
  • O.C. Stand-in: A variant dealing with a Posthumous Character in a Fusion Fic- Iwakasa is in canon as a man from Mokou's past who's long since deceased, but is made to be still alive and is given character.
  • Perma-Stubble
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: He has this for Mystia Woods, sixteen-year-old bastard daughter of Lady Marisa Kirisame.
  • Rescue Romance: A gender inversion in that he, a man, falls for a young, pretty female rescuer. She doesn't return his feelings.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • Unwitting Pawn: Is played like a fiddle in order to make the Fujiwaras and Lunas think the Kirisames are on their side. His infatuation with Mystia Woods certainly didn't help.
  • "Well Done, Brother" Guy: The poor guy clearly just wants his sister to say she loves him. He ends up getting a hollow, sociopathic act in return, and it ends up being the closest thing to affection he gets before death.
  • White Sheep: Is utterly abused by his sister both for being incompetent and in the past for trying to play with Yorihime when they were all still children.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: He has the Fujiwara ash grey hair of his sister, but none of the pyromania.
    Maester Keine Kamishirasawa 
Maester to Lady Mokou. Pretty much the only competent member of the household due to being neither naive nor insane.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a certain sarcasm to her, and notably is snarky to Mokou prior to death.
  • Defiant to the End: She eventually becomes a core opposition to Mokou's insane methods of ruling while the City of Flames is under siege, and even before being thrown out the window keeps on disagreeing with her.
  • Demoted to Extra: Compared to her role in Imperishable Night (being a third boss, leading the heroines in the right direction and being midboss and friend to the extra boss), she is certainly this.
  • Destination Defenestration: Is throuwn out of the City of Flames' watchtower window when she snarks about Mokou's insanity one too many times.
  • Only Sane Man: Pretty much her role to the Fujiwaras. She dies for her sanity during one of Mokou's breakdowns.
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: Has a notably sesquipedalian surname.

House Kirisame

The rulers of the Rainbow Fort, the northern-most settlement in the Woodlands and nestles within the oak forest that leads up to the Frostbitten Forest. The Rainbow Fort is mostly made of amphibolite, and hence sparkles and is quite resistant to fire. Their current lady, Marisa Kirisame, is known for her promiscuity, and is proud of her bastard children, loving her eldest two, Mystia and Rumia Woods, dearly. Their sigil is a brown octagon with rainbow trapezoid segments surrounding a cyan interior octagon on a white field. According to supplementary material, their motto is the relatively kind-hearted 'The Rainbow Shines Brightly'.

    In General 
  • Cool House: The Rainbow Fort is a Cool City, being made of amphibolite.
  • Fair for Its Day: In-universe- the city's culture is highly libertarian compared to the rest of Noros, and hence is seen as debauched by the rest of Noros.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Seemingly a family trait- Marisa is an Ethical Slut, Mystia is a kind, proper lady, and Rumia is a Cheerful Child. The only living (?) Kirisame that this is doubtful for is Ser Robar, who we never see anyway.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: They are certainly the most progressively-minded house in the Woodlands and hence come off as good-hearted to the reader, but due to Deliberate Values Dissonance come off as disgraceful. Examples include the late Lord Maurice Kirisame marrying a wildling, and Lady Marisa's promiscuity.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Though it's dubious which side they're on at first, it turns out they're supporting the rebellion only due to Marisa's friendship with Lady Shinki from the Makais.
  • Shout-Out: Their sigil is referred to as a 'hakkero', and indeed Lady Marisa has an heirloom from her mother, Mima, resembling the house sigil. Both of these are a reference to Marisa's mini-hakkero of Canon. Also, Mima being her mother at all counts as one.
  • Token Good Teammate: Definitely the case compared to the Lunas and the Fujiwaras, who are both The Fundamentalist in one way or another, despite their reputation as being led by a 'noble whore'.
  • Vice City: At least for women who want to use prostitutes just like men: there's a nobility-funded whorehouse full of man-whores.
    Lady Marisa Kirisame 
The Lady of the Rainbow Fort. A prolific user of man-whores and all-round hedonist with a heart of gold. While initially seeming to have little influence, her decisions become important to the story.

  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: At thirty-two she's already had four children, the eldest of which is sixteen, meaning she was only sixteen herself when she first had her child.
  • Age Lift: From the teeneaged Canon iteration to a thirty-two year old mother of four.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is surprisingly frightening when crossed, although this is partially due to her having to be frightening.
  • Daughter Of A Whore: On top of being treated as a whore, her mother being a former wildling has not helped her image.
  • Ethical Slut: Is an exceptionally promiscuous noble, however she is one of the most kind-hearted nobles in Noros, and seems to have a For Happiness kind of philosophy regarding sex.
  • Fair for Its Day: Her in-universe views are like this when you compare her to the rest of Noros, and she certainly has no qualms with male prostitution to equal the female prostitution of the rest of the continent.
  • Good Parents: Marisa is a kind, loving parent who makes sure her daughters can follow their dreams, going as far as providing knights to train them in combat and ensuring, when possible, that her children can have a relationship with their father. She also fully intends to have her eldest bastard, Mystia, inherit the Rainbow Fort when she dies.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Seemingly a family trait- she has blonde hair and is possibly the kindest noble in Noros.
  • The Hedonist: Is shamelessly indulgent of her wants, but she does not indulge them to the point of harming others, hence subverting the trope.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Is genuinely good-natured and kind-hearted, but her promiscuity places her in a bad light with most of the other nobles.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: While not actually a prostitute, merely considered one due to her promiscuity, she has shades of this trope in that she's genuinely good-hearted, yet promiscuous.
  • May–December Romance: She and Ser Shobou Taida, the only Kirisame knight she hasn't slept with, have a strange pseudo-romantic close parental friendship thing despite their huge difference in both age and attractiveness.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Her hakkero is a memento of her mother, Mima.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Is considered this by the men who do not consider her a vile whore.
  • Not a Morning Person: Is certainly not if Shibou's chapters are any indication- she is allergic both to leaving her bed and putting on clothes, and tends to get up around mid-day.
  • Odd Friendship / Intergenerational Friendship: With Lady Shinki, an old woman from a desert region, when she herself is a woman in her prime from a snowy region.
  • Sex for Services: Apparently a common gambit of hers, but only seen explicitly when she tries to manipulate Yuugenmagan this way.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Is this shade of fanservice, honestly not caring who sees her naked.
  • Shout-Out: Her heirloom, the hakkero, is a reference to her Canon counterpart's Weapon of Choice, and her whoring ways is a reference to the Fanon interpretation of her being something of a village bicycle.
  • Their First Time: Marisa's first time was awkward and unpracticed, according to Ser Tachiba. It also resulted in the latter being chewed out by her father and being ordered by threat of death to take care of her bastard.
  • Will They or Won't They?: She and Ser Shibou Taida have lots of Ship Tease together, but ultimately they don't.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: The Shibou chapters show this is most certainly the case as she deals with the Woodlands under Fujiwara rule, trying to seem like her decisions are unflinching and resolute, when actually she is highly troubled by the tougher decisions she has to make.
    Ser Robar Kirisame 
The enigmatic missing cousin of Lady Marisa, having left his home in shame after betraying his betrothed, Ser Alice of House Makai, by continuing to use man-whores. He is apparently a hedge-knight now. He was also the former owner of Alice's Keep.

  • Ambiguous Situation: Given we never see him, it's unknown if he's dead or alive.
  • Badass Gay: If still alive, he would have had to be this given the wildling infestation surrounding the Rainbow Fort and the fact he's survived for years if this is the case.
  • The Ghost: He is mentioned a few times but never seen.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He was betrothed to Alice, but was found bedding another man, being the catalyst for Alice becoming Ax-Crazy.
  • Original Character
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His bedding with man-whores even during his betrothal to Alice resulted in her going off the deep end.
    Mystia Woods 
The eldest bastard daughter of Lady Marisa Kirisame, aged sixteen. She is pretty, demure, and an effective battle commander for her age, and has also been groomed to succeed Lady Marisa upon her death.

  • Action Girl: As a sixteen-year-old commander and Frontline General, she qualifies without a doubt.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Is blonde-haired in this, as opposed to in Canon, where her hair was purple-pink.
  • Adaptational Heroism: From a man-eating Cute Monster Girl who lures unwitting humans to their deaths to a genuinely sweet bastard girl who is heroic in her own way.
  • Big "NO!": Has one when Alice ruins the siege of the City of Flames, charging out like an idiot and getting her 'dolls' incinerated by wildfire.
  • Break the Cutie: She's been through enough war-based trauma to be at least rattled, as her more quiet and serious demeanor late-story shows.
  • Daddy's Girl: Is notably attached to her biological father and mentor in combat, Ser Tachiba, both of them having a drink together at an inn when he is sent off to join Queen Remilia's Queensguard.
  • Daughter Of A Whore: Is spoken of in this light by at least Mokou Fujiwara, due to her mother being the famously promiscuous 'noble whore'.
  • Double Agent: Is a more active double agent than her mother, but works along with her agenda, which involves covertly working for the Makais while pretending to be on the Luna/Fujiwara alliance's side by 'rescuing' Iwakasa Fujiwara from Ser Yuugenmagan.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: She has this effect on Iwakasa Fujiwara, making him thoroughly in lust with her and protecting her to his sister after only meeting her when she 'rescued' him from Yuugenmagan.
  • Foil: Has a striking amount of similarity to Gengetsu Barren while being almost completely opposite her in personality- she is a pretty, blonde-haired bastard aged sixteen, but while she is not bothered by her bastardy, Gengetsu resents it intensely, and while she's being groomed to succeed her mother, Gengetsu is not recognized as a Kazami despite her efforts to prove herself to her mother. While Mystia tries to be her own person, Gengetsu tries painfully hard to be her mother, and finally, while both take advantage of others, Mystia is good at heart while Gengetsu is an uncontrollable psychopath.
  • Frontline General: Is always out in the field with her men, something that Iwakasa Fujiwara notes as courageous for her age.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Just like her mother, she fits this trope to a tee.
  • Heroic Bastard: Is undoubtedly this, having the good heart of her mother while also being a courageous battle commander.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Has a reputation of being the more pure and virginal daughter of the 'noble whore', however she is still capable of taking parts in underhanded plots and schemes, making this a subversion.
  • The Ingenue: A subversion as she's fairly competent and clearly knows the world well, even if she plays up her chastity.
  • Rescue Romance: Is part of a gender-inverted example, being the unreturning recipient of feelings of at the very least lust from Iwakasa Fujiwara, a man she's only rescuing to further the rebel agenda.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Given her polite, virginal disposition and reputation and compare it to her ability to cope with war atrocities and command men at the age of sixteen and you get this.
    Rumia Woods 
The second eldest bastard daughter of Lady Marisa, and aged twelve. She is far more innocent than her mother, but more childish than Mystia.

  • Action Girl: Is being trained to be one by Ser Shibou.
  • Cheerful Child: Is largely optimistic and fun-loving, and absolutely adores Ser Shibou.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her personal sigil is the Kirisame sigil on a black field, but this in no way shows that she's evil- in fact, she's rather innocent.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Unlike her older sister and mother, she doesn't even have a 'scheming for the greater good' facet of her personality, and truly is just sweet-natured, and has gold hair like the rest of her family.
  • The Ingenue: Is this to a tee, especially for age twelve.
  • Morality Pet: To both Ser Shibou and later Denys Pyke, showing the good nature of both, especially poignant in the latter case due to him being ironborn.
  • Odd Friendship / Intergenerational Friendship: With both Ser Shibou and Denys Pyke, the former bonding because he's a father figure and the latter because they're fellow bastards.
  • Rank Up: In the Epilogue, it's revealed she founded her own house, House Blacksand, having inherited Ser Robar/Alice's Keep.
  • Tagalong Kid: Being only young, she is unable to contribute much to the schemes of her house, and ends up being this.
    Ser Shibou Taida* 
A middle-aged, fat, yet competent knight who works as a gate-guard and room-guard to Lady Marisa. He also seems to have a past with the late Lord Vladimir Scarlet. He becomes a POV character in chapter 83.

  • Ascended Extra: Compared to his initial appearance as just a gate-guard with a name, he gets to become a POV character and has a relatively complex backstory, being one of the more prominent Original Characters.
  • Big Fun: Has shades of this, being both large and at times boisterous, but he is very much capable of being serious, and in his PO Vs he is rather introverted.
  • Blade on a Stick: Favors this fighting style, though he can also wield a sword with moderate competence.
  • Bros Before Hoes: He and Vladimir Scarlet stopped being friends after he took his lady love of old, Kisa.
  • Chastity Couple: Occasionally is shown to be part of one with Lady Marisa as the only knight she has never had sex with and the only one she emotionally loves.
  • The Faceless: Subverted- he tries to be this by wearing his helmet all the time, as he's ashamed of his ugly face, but Marisa regularly convinces him not to.
  • For Want of a Nail: If he and Kisa had got together rather than her and Vladimir, Koakuma would never have been born, and the implied future rebellion that is likely to continue the cycle of violence in the epilogue wouldn't occur. Also, he would have never come into the service of Lady Marisa, likely undoing the Kirisame asylum of the returned Lunas.
  • Gaydar: He seems to notice Iku's Ambiguously Gay tendencies, something other characters rarely note.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a multitude of facial scars, which Marisa tells him to be proud of, as they show his sacrifices in battle.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Is a moderately competent fighter, general, and even suggests a few decent schemes every now and then, but he is not mentioned as particularly excelling at any beyond spear combat.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Is a subversion- while he is courteous, devoted, honorable, and kind, he is fat, ugly, and generally unattractive, bucking the stereotype.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Subverted- while Marisa wants him to be proud of his face and reveal it more often when he's not in immediate danger, he genuinely is ugly- he has a fat face, acne, and scars.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Rumia Woods, who he trains in sparring.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the later chapters relating to the Rainbow Fort, it is clear from Iku's POV that plots (mostly by Tewi) are floating around the Woodlands entirely unbeknownst to him, and while he's suspicious of some people, he's almost always wrong as to what it is they're plotting.
  • Love Hurts: His old love, Kisa, did this to him, however he seems a positive-minded individual despite this. His relationship with Marisa averts this, actually remedying hurt.
  • Male Gaze: One of the few people to avert it with Lady Marisa, as he's seen her naked so many times it barely registers any more.
  • Nice Guy: Is one of the most genuinely good characters in the series.
  • Original Character
  • Parental Substitute: Marisa sees him as both this and a potential emotional love interest. Rumia sees him simply as a parental substitute, though, as her father is unknown and Lady Marisa trusted the raising of her and the teaching of swordsmanship to him.
  • Rise of Zitboy: Averted- though he has noticably bad acne, he doesn't particularly care about it, and just prefers to hide it in his helmet.
  • Stout Strength: Is treated as, and overall seems to be, a strong man despite his girth.
  • Undying Loyalty: Undoubtedly has this to Lady Marisa.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Is implied to have come into the service of Lady Marisa due to him leaving his former friend, Lord Vladimir Scarlet, on bad terms, likely due to his old love 'Kisa', a woman strongly implied to be Koakuma's mother.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Him and Marisa have a lot of ship tease, but ultimately their relationship is fatherly and daughterly despite confusion.
    Ser Daisuke Tachiba 
A fairly handsome young knight, and Lady Marisa's first lover. He is also the father of Mystia Woods.

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: He's remarked as comely by many people, and he raised Mystia himself, and despite that seems no less worse for wear.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Once again, a subversion- while he is courteous, handsome, competent and loyal, he also was dishonorable enough to sire a bastard, but is a good person regardless.
  • Only One Name: For most of the story, he was just 'Ser Tachiba', it was only when he was promoted to Remilia's Queensguard that his given name was revealed.
  • Original Character
  • Parents as People: Ser Tachiba is very rarely spoken of as merely an extension of Mystia for being her father, and indeed he is a functioning knight in his own right.
  • Pet the Dog: He cuts off Iku's mangled, crushed legs and later helps carry Iku when she's crippled.
  • Rank Up: He becomes one of Remilia's Queensguard in the end.
  • Their First Time: He and Lady Marisa's first time was said to be awkward, unpracticed, and resulted in him being chewed out majorly by Lord Maurice Kirisame for his efforts. To make things worse, he ended up making her pregnant.
  • Token Good Teammate: For Remilia's Queensguard, compared to the psychotic Ser Elis, Jerkass Ser Meiling, Amoral Ser Whiterock, and Only in It for the Money Amakasu Tenji.

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