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ErhardtThe fourth son of Emperor Karl Franz, Margrave of Alnus Hill, and main Imperial protagonist of the story.
- The Chains of Commanding: Ruling Alnus Hill has become difficult for him as not only does he have to deal with refugees crisis after the Vampire Counts conquer the Vassal Kingdoms, but also racial tensions between his men and the local population, especially the demi-humans, which the former are heavily discriminated against by his own men.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was a child, he fell under the influence of his caretaker, Matilda, who turned out to be a vampire. She fed off of him, and brainwashed him, making him try to poison his mother, and when Karl Franz came after her, she made Erhardt try to stab his father. The event made him incredibly fearful of vampires, though he hides it.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Alongside Sigmar, the primary god he worships is Morr, the god of death, and he tends to wear black armor decorated with icons of Sigmar and Morr. He later becomes Morr's champion, wearing a suit of black armor imbued with runes that contain an elemental incarnate of the Shyish, the Wind of Death. The faceplate of said armour is shaped like a human skull... assuming it isn't an actual human skull.
- Empowered Badass Normal: After becoming Morr's champion and donning an enchanted suit of armor, he gains the ability to use Witchsight, allowing him to see the souls of people around him, and he can empower his strikes with the magic of the Death Spirit in his armor to do more damage against the undead.
- Eye Color Change: His eyes become pale green after he becomes Morr's champion
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Downplayed: While he wasn't a nobody at all, being the son of Karl Franz, he's the youngest of Karl's sons and would only have inherited some of his father's wealth. Now, he's in charge of what could potentially be the next province of the Empire.
- Glasgow Grin: Downplayed. He has a scar on one side of his mouth that makes him look like he has a permanent smirk. He got it in a fight with a drunk Estalian Prince.
- Good Is Not Soft: While he may be polite and a good ruler as shown with Pina and Myuute, the fact that he orders the execution of three of his soldiers for raping and murdering a demi-human girl shows that he is not someone to be messed with.
- Heroes Prefer Red Heads: Can be considered the overall hero/protagonist of the story, and is attracted to Pina Co Lada. He later admits he has a weakness for long-haired red heads.
- Horseback Heroism: Usually starts the battle like this, but he almost always gets knocked off his horse or has his horse get killed before the battle is over, sometimes even going through more than one horse a battle. It's almost a Running Gag at this point...
- Locked into Strangeness: After becoming Morr's champion, his hair turns grey, his skin goes pale, and his eyes a pale green.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Has three older brothers and a sister.
- Nepotism: The reason he's in charge of Alnus, as Karl wants someone who he can trust. To his credit, he does listen to the advisers his father provided him with.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to seek peace with the Saderans, Allows Cato 10% of the sales they obtain from the dragon scales (this may sound small, but Cato doesn't mind), and is willing to spare the bandits that surrendered and were not tainted by Chaos.
- Furthermore, he realizes that Myuute and other demihumans are not Beastmen and is willing to take her as a retainer. He notes that the rest of his companions may not see things the way that he does, though.
- He later executes some of his soldiers for raping and killing a demihuman, making it clear that he doesn't care what species the victim is, justice will be served.
- Ship Tease: With Pina. The teasing has died down however, as the reality that they're on opposite sides of a war is made more apparent. After the battle along the Alnus-Alguna border, they end up spending the night together
- Undeathly Pallor: While he isn't undead, after becoming the champion of Morr, god of the dead, his skin becomes extremely pale, alongside turning his hair grey and eyes pale green.
- Why Did It Have To Be Vampires?: He admits that he is more afraid of vampires than any other foe, even the forces of Chaos. It's because his caretaker when he was a child turned out to be a vampire, and she made him try to kill his parents. It's part of why he worships Morr, as Morr hates the undead. Admitting this fear while praying to Morr leads to him being made Morr's champion.
- Young and in Charge: Is the youngest of Karl's sons, at 18 when the story begins, and is the one in charge of Alnus Hill, which the Empire has converted into a march, since their mages don't think the gate can be closed.
- Youngest Child Wins: The youngest of Karl's sons, he's the one who ends up in charge of what could potentially be a new province for the Empire.
Father WilhelmA warrior priest of Sigmar, and one of Erhardt's advisers.
- Badass Preacher: Comes with being the priest of a War God.
- Church Militant: He's a Warrior Priest of Sigmer.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: While he doesn't land the killing blow, he's the one who weakens Jhuin enough so that Rory can land the killing blow.
MarkusA Celestial Wizard and one of several battle wizards to be assigned to the Alnus March.
- Dragon Slayer: Hits the Flame Dragon with a Comet of Cassandora, mortally wounding it.
- Star Power: As with the rest of his College, M Arkus calls upon the Lore of Heavens.
VanonLeader of the elven forces exploring the gate, he is the main Asur protagonist. Finds and almost immediately falls for Tuka.
- Blue Blood: Is a Silver Helm Knight from Ellyrion.
- Loveat First Sight: Becomes deeply infatuated with Tuka upon first laying eyes on her, and later asks her to marry him. While Tuka herself is attracted to Vanon, her feelings are implied to be in part due to wanting to fill the void from the deaths of her father and village.
- Official Couple: With Tuka, surprisingly quickly.
- Our Elves Are Different: An Asur (Warhammer High Elf) of Ulthuan.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: IS willing to work with dwarfs if it means fighting Chaos.
Natter BismarckA Lector from the Cult of Sigmar. Extremely ambitious, and willing to back Imperial expansion in Alnus to increase his own power.
- Meaningful Name: A highly skilled practitioner of Realpolitik from a culture inspired by Germany who shares a last name with one of the most skilled and famed practitioners in history.
- Pragmatic Hero: While Word of God has confirmed that he isn't evil, he is still willing to do dubious actions to advance the Church of Sigmar in Sadera, such as hiring extremely sociopathic mercenaries to back up Erhardt. He admits that he wishes that this wasn't necessary, though.
- Self-Serving Memory: While negotiating with Countess Formal's guardian and regent, the head maid Kaine, Natter claims the Saderans did nothing or send help when the bandit army attack Italica and the city was saved by Erhardt's army alone. However, this is untrue as King Duran and the remnants of the Vassal Kingdoms forces and Princess Pina and her Knights were there to defend Italica and Erhardt had help from the High Elves and Dwarves. However, Bismark could have been playing up Erhardt's contributions in order to sway Italica to the Empire.
- Shame If Something Happened: Natter does this to Italica; to convince the city break off their feudal contract with the Saderan Empire and swear their allegiance to the Empire of Man he offers to outfit their walls cannons. If they refuse however, those same cannons will be aimed at Italica's walls instead.
- Sinister Minister: Averted per Word of God: while he's willing to do some evil things, including hire extremely sociopathic mercenaries or blackmailing Italica to swear allegiance to the Empire of Man, he isn't actually evil, just very devoted to his faith and the Empire.
- Additionally, he detests the aforementioned mercenaries, it's just that he really needs their skills.
Kregan of Clan Magni.Leader of the Dawi expedition through the gate, and the main Dwarf protagonist.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Is this himself, but was also sent through the gate to see if this is true regarding the dwarfs of Falmart. It is revealed to not be the case, though the Dwarfs of Falmart are willing to help them against the vampires.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even if he loathes elves, he'll put aside that hatred if Chaos is involved.
TeclisHigh Loremaster Teclis, Warden of the White Tower, a Champion of Ulthuan, the greatest mage since Caledor Dragontamer, etc, etc.Shows up after his divinations lead his to Falmart, and examines Tuka after finding out that she is pregnant with Vanon's child. He then becomes invested in the child's survival, considering how different Falmart elves and Asur are(for starters, Falmart elves have pregnancies lasting around nine months, Asur have pregnancies lasting around two years.
- Humble Hero: In his own way. Unlike many Asur, he does care about humans and Falmart elves, partially because his fellow Asur look down on them, as he knows what it's like. This is part of why he helps Vanon and Tuka
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and blunt, but he is a good person, and has a soft spot for those his fellow Asur look down on, such as Tuka, and he makes it clear that, while the official reason, and part of his actual motivation, for helping Tuka and Vanon with the pregnancy is that, if both Tuka and her child survive, it could save the Asur by solving their population crisis, the main reason is simply that he legitimately wants both mother and child to survive. He's also the one who taught the Empire how to use magic, and founded their College of Magic.
- Pragmatic Hero: While he does genuinely want to help Vanon because he wants Tuka and her unborn child to survive, he does have ulterior motives - as Ulthuan cannot hope to hold the Falmart side of their gate with the elves they have, he wants to unite the Falmart elves under one banner and have them guard the gate, and he plans to have Vanon and Tuka's child as their ruler, because said child would have blood of elves from both worlds.
- Try To Fit THAT On A Business Card: Those titles above are actually listed by Vanon, until Teclis interrupts with the "etc., etc.". Meaning that he has even more titles.
Kurt Holswing SchliesteinThe third son of Emperor Karl Franz, and one of Erhardt's older brothers. Dashing, charismatic, and intelligent, he's a mechanical genius, and might be slightly mad. He's currently working on building... something.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Graduated from University of Altdorf, where his professors consistently labelled him one of their brightest pupils, and has studied at both the famed Imperial Gunnery School in Nuln, and the Imperial Engineers School. He's currently working on something,
- One Steve Limit: Averted. He has the same name as Reiksmarshal Kurt Helborg, whom he was named for in-universe.
Lelei la LalenaA human sorceress, and Cato's apprentice. After Erhardt took in the Coda refugees, she serves as an adviser.
- Culture Clash: Is understandably disconcerted by the Empire's view on mages.
- The Dreaded: Views Templar Victor Hausller as this, and for good reason.
Tuka Luna MarceauAn elf native to Falmart.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: While normally using a bow, she picks up some skill with a sword after watching Vanon practice with one.
- Culture Clash: Most of the Elves in Ultuan view her as a Country Mouse and treat her with some contempt. One wonders what would have happened if she met the Wood Elves.
- Official Couple: With Vanon, and surprisingly fast. It's implied her feelings for Vanon are her trying to fill the void of losing everyone she had ever known to the Flame Dragon.
Cato El AltestanThe Elder Sage, and a famous mage in Falmart.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves Alnus Hill to help the Dawi find the Falmart dwarves, acting as their interpreter. It's implied they chose him because of his giant beard.
- The Bus Came Back: Shows up in the chapter after Mannfred raises all of the dead from Elbe to Italica, which focuses on the dwarves' journey.
Molt Sol AugustusEmperor of the Saderan Empire.
- Everyone Has Standards: He wasn't the one who sent Pina the orders telling her to seduce, marry, and then murder Erhardt, which also said that if she became pregnant with his child, she was to abort it or sell it into slavery. He's quite pissed when he finds out about said orders.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted. He tries to go down fighting against the Chaos empowered Zorzal, but he ends up being brainwashed by the Adviser.
- Genre Savvy: Decides to give the Empire control of Alnus, believing that, if they try to rule, the natives will rebel, eventually providing the opportunity for Sadera to take it back.
- Treacherous Advisor: Not one himself, but he wasgiven the idea to hand over Alnus to the Empire by one, The Adviser, a servant of Tzeentch, as part of a plan to force the Warhammer Empire to break the peace treaty.
Pina Co LadaPrincess of the Saderan Empire.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Her reaction when asked how long people have lived at Elbe, which is now under control of the Von Carsteins. There are at least tens, if not hundreds of thousands of bodies for Mannfred to raise in Elbe.
- Honor Before Reason: While she doesn't like her father's plans for dealing with the empire, she still goes along with them out of loyalty to him and Sadera.
- However, this ends up being Defied when she Molt asks her to try and seduce Erhardt, marry him, and then murder him. Additionally, if she becomes pregnant with Erhardt's child, she is to abort it. This, combined with the fact that the orders clearly indicate she is expendable, finally convince her to begin reassessing her loyalties. Ironically, Molt wasn't the one who actually sent her those orders. It was Zorzal and the Adviser.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is willing to seek peace with the Empire and teams up with their forces against Chaos.
- Ship Tease: With Erhardt. Both respect each other and are Reasonable Authority Figures.
Zorzal El CaesarCrown Prince of the Saderan Empire.
- Death by Adaptation:Kregan decapitates him after learning that Zorzal ordered Snorri be shaved and killed.Later turns out to be alive, his soul being transferred into another body, and claims to have always been working with the Chaos conspiracy within Falmart..
- Genre Savvy: Actually tries to learn how to make gunpowder weapons by interrogating a captive, to eliminate the Empire's technological advantage.
- Idiot Ball: The captive he interrogates? Snorri, a dwarf
- Furthermore, he orders his men to shave Snorri's beard, then kill him and put his head on a pike, ensuring that the dwarves will put at least him, if not the entire Saderan Empire in the Book of Grudges. However, while petty, Zorzal was ignorant of just how much beards mean to Warhammer Dwarfs.Turns out he did this on purpose, knowing exactly how much dwarfs treasure their beards, and deliberately enraged Kregan into taking his life so he could switch to a new body.
- Idiot Ball: The captive he interrogates? Snorri, a dwarf
- Karmic Death: Zorzal, a Royal Brat and shining example of Evil Is Petty, is killed by a dwarf, one of the few beings in existence who can be even pettier than he is. For extra irony he was killed by a demi-human, a race he considered weak and far below him.
RemusThe King of Elbe, as well as a newly turned vampire and servant of Mannfred Von Carstein.
- The Dragon: To Mannfred.
- Dragon with an Agenda: While he doesn't seem to be planning to betray Mannfred (at least at the moment), he does want to become stronger and more powerful in his own right.
- Mole in Charge: Rules Elbe, but is himself secretly subservient to Mannfred. However, so is most of the nobility.
- Necromancer:Raises a zombie army from among his own soldiers, as well as a single dark elf.