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The students of Crossroads Academy are drawn primarily from those born and raised "in the knowledge" among Heretics. There are approximately one hundred students in every class. There are only about sixteen Bystander-kin in Flick's year, including her.


Students spend four years at Crossroads from the ages of 17-21 (some students start at 16, but only if they turn 17 before November of their first semester)

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     In General 

Tropes Applying to Crossroads Students as a Whole

  • Child Soldiers
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Distressingly common among Bystander-kin students.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much every student quickly takes at least a few levels in the first semester alone. The combat training and new superpowers will do that.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Either played straight or subverted, depending on which team you're talking about. Students are arranged in teams of six, some have four girls and two guys while others have the opposite makeup. It's never evenly matched though, since the teams are made up of three pairs of roommates and first years don't have co-ed housing.

Deveron Adam's Team

     Deveron Adams 

The "mentor" of Flick's team. Deveron was the top of his class in his first year at Crossroads, but something happened to him over the summer that killed all his motivation and turned him into a Jerkass slacker. The faculty made him a mentor in the hopes that it would snap him out of his funk, but he generally spends all his time avoiding work and talking down to his team.

He's actually been a student at Crossroads before, having graduated in 1922 along with Flick's mother. He was heavily involved in her revolution. And with her. They were (and technicaly still are) married. He's the father of her twins.

  • The Ace: Deveron's first year was exceptional. He was at the top of his class and even came in third in a school wide combat tournament.
  • Arch-Enemy: He hates Gabriel Ruthers more than he hates anyone else.
  • Batman Gambit: The purpose of his Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade is to get into the Runners' HQ when his radical shift in personality after such a promising first year becomes a large enough concern. Once in, he intends to access their records and learn what was done with his son and daughter.
  • Break the Cutie: Flick describes him as looking much more innocent when she sees his first Crossroads Academy yearbook photo (his actual first year, 1918-19). Life has not been kind to him.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's an exceptional student when he makes an effort... but he no longer cares enough to do that.
    • It's an act. He cares a great deal - but his plan requires him to pretend to phone it in, and he already graduated once.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Whatever happened to him over the summer killed all his motivation, and he refuses to tell anyone what it was. It turns out that he spent the summer learning the details of his actual Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Freudian Slip: After making a distinction between his and Joselyn's twins and her daughter with Lincoln, he unconsciously refers to the twins as "our other children," indicating that, on some level, he thinks of Felicity as one of his kids.
  • Good Parents: Dev turns out to be a pretty good dad to Wyatt and Abigail, grandad to Koren, and stepdad to Flick once he finally gets the chance to be part of their lives.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Once details of his past come out, it becomes pretty clear that he's jealous of Lincoln Chambers for a number of understandable reasons. Mostly because Lincoln actually got to raise his daughter. Fortunately, he's not Driven by Envy.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: It's mostly (but not entirely) an act. He eventually drops it in favor of his real personality once he accomplishes his goals. While it's still active, he intentionally acts like more of a dick to Flick in order to hide his actual paternalistic feelings for her.
  • Jerkass: This guy is a dick. Sometimes it seems like he's actively working to make himself as unlikable as possible.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Even after Flick and Gaia learn that he was involved with Joselyn, don't talk to him because of the way he's been acting.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He's Wyatt and Abigail's father, Koren's grandfather, and Flick's (and Ammon's) stepfather.
  • Instant Armor: One of his obtained powers is to coat himself with pitch-black armor, which Flick explicitly describes as making him like an "obsidian Colossus."
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He stumbles a bit when learning that an old girlfriend of his was in a new relationship, but says he's glad she found someone. All things considered, he's taking it well. Finding out your long lost amnesiac wife married someone else and has a new child can't be easy.
  • Memory Gambit: Deveron had his memories erased in order to infiltrate Crossroads, restoring them at the end of his "first" year.
  • Older Than They Look: He's old enough to have graduated from Crossroads in 1922, but he de-aged himself in order to infiltrate the school.
  • Papa Wolf: To his children, stepdaughter, and granddaughter.
  • Polyamory: He has some experience with this, having once been in a relationship with a woman who had other boyfriends at the same time, all of whom he got along with. This is why he has little problem with the knowledge that Joselyn married Lincoln Chambers.
  • Spanner in the Works: Trice and company's attempt to murder Avalon may have succeeded if Deveron wasn't there to give Flick and Sands mental help, preventing Doxer from finishing them off quickly and helping Trice. He later pulls a Big Damn Heroes to save Flick and Avalon from another (much more powerful) assassin.
  • Super Senses: Gained enhanced senses from a few Strangers in his first year.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Flick describes him as basically the embodiment of this. He used to be less attractive before he killed an Incubus and got its beauty.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Deveron was a lot friendlier in his first year at Crossroads.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He mellows out quite a bit a few months into the semester, becoming a much better mentor.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Subverted. Deveron has no problem accepting Flick as his stepdaughter. It's her dad that unbalances him a bit, and that has more to do with him actually getting to be a parent than his relationship with Joselyn.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his wife, Joselyn.
  • Unknown Rival: Deveron is this for two people, for very different reasons.
    • Ruthers has no idea how much Deveron hates him because of the memory spell Deveron had cast on himself.
    • Lincoln Chambers, as a bystander, doesn't know that his wife was already married to someone else.
  • Un-person: Deveron is the target of a self-inflicted memory spell similar to the one used on Joselyn, but not exactly the same. It doesn't erase memories of him, only that it was him. So people who knew him remember a shadowy, faceless man.
  • Willfully Weak: Regaining his memories also brought back his full powers, he's just refraining from using them. Deveron is actually more powerful than most of the staff now.

     Felicity "Flick" Chambers 
Our heroine. Flick is an inquisitive, confident teenager who starts off the story living in Wyoming with her single father (her mother walked out on them when she was seven). Upon being recruited into Crossroads Academy, Flick quickly adapts to a life of magic and monsters.

She's five feet, four inches tall. Thin, with dirty blonde hair worn in a loose ponytail and brown eyes. Wears the pants version of the uniform with purple trim. Investigation track. Her weapon is a kinetic-burst staff that can charge up and deploy blasts of concussive force in various ways. Her Heretic-aura is gold.

Tabbris has been riding along in her body for the last eight or nine years.

  • Adorkable: She has her moments.
  • Amazon Chaser: Reacts to the sight of Nevada slaughtering a group of zombies the same way Columbus does.
  • Arch-Enemy: Fossor.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Bodyjacking via Seosten possession has rapidly become her trademark move since she took Charmeine's power in 27-05. She's still very much a hero.
  • Battle Couple: She's in two, with Avalon and Shiori.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Her mother's disappearance hurt Flick and her father so deeply that she spent the next decade wishing Joselyn was even more miserable than they were. She's later horrified to learn that she was getting exactly what she wanted the entire time.
  • Berserk Button: By her own admission, Flick can't think clearly when it comes to her Missing Mom.
  • Blood Magic: Killing a harpy gives Flick the power to sense the location of someone within a mile as long as she's physically touching their blood.
  • Blue Blood: She's descended from at least two Arthurian Knights (Bedevire of the Round Table and the Green Knight) on her mother's side. Athena, also known as Nimue, even calls her "lady Felicity."
  • Boom Stick: Flick's Heretic weapon is a kinetic burst-staff, which is a staff that charges up and releases bursts of kinetic energy in various ways. With it she can fire off blasts of force powerful enough to make Your Head Asplode, Double Jump by firing off a blast while she's in the air, and lay down invisible concussive mines that explode on physical contact. And it's a stick she can hit people with.
    • It later gets upgraded by Nevada, who adds a portal that connects it to a canister full of sand and an alternate mode which transforms it into a bow.
  • Boring Yet Practical: It's not as flashy as other powers, but the huge stamina boost Flick gets from killing an amarok allows her to fight and exercise for long periods of time without even sweating or panting.
    • She similarly gains a dexterity boost (though nowhere near as big as the stamina boost) which is helpful in helping Flick get better with her staff.
  • Broken Pedestal: Felicity idolized her mother as a child. So when Joselyn suddenly ditched their family for some random guy, Flick was so hurt and betrayed that all of her love for the woman turned into bitter hatred.
  • Cain and Abel: Becomes a rare heroic Cain when she learns that Ammon is her brother.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Avalon calls Flick "quirky". A highly tactful and accurate way of describing her.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Downright ruthless when she fights.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Flick had no real control over her life before going through the Heretical Edge. The Crossroads Committee, Gabriel Prosser, Fossor, and Gaia Sinclaire all had far more say in the direction it took than she or her father did.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: One of Flick's standard tactics is trickery, showcased in the first chapter when she fools her boss into incriminating himself. She directly compares herself to a fox when she sees that it's what her casting of the Theriangelos Spell creates.
  • Daddy's Girl: Flick and her father grew very close after her mother left.
  • Determinator: Killing the Amarok gave Flick a massive stamina boost, allowing her to keep fighting or training long after most people would have had to stop.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At one point she finds her teammates in their swimsuits and her brain comes to a grinding halt as she checks all of them out, especially Sean and Avalon (Scout wasn't there, but since she and Sands are identical twins...).
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Insists on being called Flick because she was named Felicity by the mother who walked out on her. She stops minding and asks her dad to call her Felicity again when she learns why Joselyn left. But she keeps up the pretense with everyone else out of habit and to avoid letting on to how much she knows.
  • Elemental Powers
    • Dishing Out Dirt: Eventually gains the power to telekinetically move sand. She can also feel any physical contact made with sand under her control. Columbus eventually makes her a small storage space that can worn on her belt and fit a few hundred pounds of sand.
    • Green Thumb: A specialized variant. Flick gets the ability to meld with and move through wood. Any wood, as long as it's not artificial. And she can jump from wood to wood as long as it's within a few feet of what she's already merged with.
  • Energy Absorption: And once she absorbs it, she can throw it right back.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With the vampire Asenath, who earns Flick's trust and destroys her Crossroads taught preconceptions about Strangers by helping her through the traumatic events of her seventeenth birthday.
  • First-Person Smartass
  • Foil: Ammon, Shiori Porter, Vanessa Moon, and Klassin Roe, all for different reasons that can be found on their entries.
  • Friendless Background: Well, friendless is overstating it a bit, but Flick gave up on forming close relationships with people other than her dad after her mom left them at age seven and her best friend moved away at age thirteen. Coming to Crossroads snaps her out of that funk.
  • Friend on the Force: Is one and has one.
    • She's [Asenath's friend within Crossroads, which mostly consists of using the library at Crossroads to research what Ammon is and how to kill him for her.
    • Flick's best friend from childhood, Miranda Wallbern, was recruited by Eden's Garden and quickly takes this role for Flick when they reunite in the aftermath of her birthday.
  • Future Badass: We get a glimpse of Flick from one year in the future at one point and see that she's gotten quite a bit better at fighting. She has also killed a couple of Seosten and taken their ability to possess people.
  • Geek: It's not readily apparent, but between trading Buffy references with a vampire she temporarily nicknames Miyu and namedropping Cthulhu, Flick is definitely One of Us.
  • Generation Xerox: Flick shares her father's curious and inquisitive nature. She eventually starts to resemble her mother as well, to the point where the Meregan's emergency beacon mistakes her for Joselyn.
  • Gonna Need More X: Says she'll need a bigger stick when the Amarok attacks her.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Flick wants to save her mother, stop a genocide, and generally save everyone. And she'd really rather talk things through. If you force her to solve things with violence she'll stuff sand down your lungs and shred them. Or steal your body and use it against your allies.
  • Guile Hero: The story opens with Flick tricking her drug dealing boss into an Engineered Public Confession.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Flick has an unpleasant seventeenth birthday. Her eighteenth promises to be even worse because The Necromancer who enslaved her mother will be coming to do the same to her once she's officially an adult and he went out of his way to explain this to her a year in advance.
  • Hot for Teacher: Flick seems to have a minor thing for teachers. Her first crush was her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Bisby, she can't help but notice Nevada's "bounce," she calls Professor Dare "a complete babe," and she doesn't seem to notice Hisao's "distractedly toned arms" until after he becomes one of her instructors.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Flick gains a number of mental powers that give her details about her surroundings. In addition to the aforementioned Blood Magic tracking she gained from a harpy, Flick:
    • Can instantly calculate the exact distance between her and any location she has previously been at (as long as she's on the same planet).
    • Immediately catalogs every inanimate object within a short distance from her, even if she can't see it. So someone steps up next to her, she instantly knows what's in their pockets. Although this doesn't work with objects placed in the extra-dimensional storage spaces Heretics make use of.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Flick doesn't have a high opinion of her appearance, only mentioning it when she's making unfavorable comparisons to others or describing herself dismissively as a "skinny little teenager". Statements from other people indicate that she's actually quite attractive.
    • At one point she looks at a picture of Joselyn at her age and describes her in far more complimentary terms than she ever gives herself despite their Strong Family Resemblance (which by then has been noted by multiple people).
  • Intrepid Reporter: For her high school's newspaper before she was recruited by Crossroads. She spent the summer between her sophomore and junior years gathering evidence to prove her boss was dealing drugs. Her goal in life was to follow in her journalist father's footsteps.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: While Flick generally isn't a jaded person she does occasionally exhibit a cynical edge, especially when it comes to people's motives. She's still The Pollyanna, but was also abandoned by her mother and read her father's old and often disturbing crime articles, so she's not naive.
  • Jumped at the Call: Definitely. Flick's introduction to the supernatural is met with pure excitement. She hesitated for a moment at the thought of leaving her dad alone, but shifted back into excitement when given assurances that he would still be a part of her life.
    • The Call Knows Where You Live: Or more accurately: Gabriel Prosser, Gaia Sinclaire, Fossor, The Seosten Empire, Sariel Moon, And Deveron Adams All Know Where You Live. Whether she actually wanted it or not, Flick's eventual entrance to the supernatural world was pretty much guaranteed from the moment of her conception.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: When Flick first comes to Crossroads Academy she has absolutely no idea that her mother was a Heretic, and the Heretics who do know are actively working to keep her from finding out. Most of them anyway.
    • Furthermore, the leaders of Crossroads don't want Flick to know how much involvement they had with her life from the very beginning. She was only born because of what they did to punish her mother, they're partially responsible for her best friend Miranda moving away (she was recruited by Eden's Garden), and they almost took her from her father after Joselyn disappeared.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Flick is not happy to learn that Ammon is her half-brother and is shocked to recognize the Eden's Garden Heretic Seller as the ancestor from her Edge vision.
    • Flick and Ammon also have older half-siblings, a pair of twins their mother had in the sixties. Wyatt Rendell is their older brother and their sister Abigail Fellows has a daughter of her own, Flick's classmate Koren. Deveron Adams is the twins' father and Joselyn's first husband, technically making him Flick and Ammon's stepfather.]]
  • Love Triangle: Develops feelings for both Shiori Porter and Avalon Sinclaire, who both reciprocate. Flick really doesn't like the thought of choosing one and hurting the other. The matter is eventually resolved when the three of them talk it out and decide to try out Flick dating both at once.
  • Meaningful Name: Felicity means luck and good fortune. Her mother loved that name had always wanted to give it to a daughter. Before leaving, Joselyn even used to call Lissy her good luck charm.
  • Meaningful Rename: In the wake of her mother's disappearance, Felicity threw away everything Joselyn had ever given her. This included her name because refusing to go by Felicity when it meant so much to Joselyn was the best way Flick could think of to hurt her. One of the first things she does after learning the truth is ask her dad to start calling her Felicity again.
  • Missing Mom: Flick's mother walked out for some guy she pulled over for speeding and Flick hates her for it. At least until she finds out the real reason Joselyn went missing.
  • Mistaken for Spies: A subset of the Committee comes to the conclusion that Flick is spying on Crossroads for her mother. They have no actual evidence to support this, they're just that paranoid about Joselyn. They're obviously wrong, but the idea starts to look steadily more plausible as the school year goes on and things keep happening to and around her.
    • The situation gets worse when the Seosten Infiltrator(s) on the Committee start using her as The Scapegoat for their attacks on Avalon.
    • At the same time, Flick's rapid growth in skill leads rumors about her to spread through the student body, one of which suggests she's an Eden's Garden plant.
  • Motor Mouth: Has a tendency to speak at a rapid pace and quickly move through topics when she's in an emotional high.
  • Multitasked Conversation: In 26-04, she does this when both the person she's openly talking to and the person secretly communicating with her ask her a question that has the same answer: no. Specifically, Flick doesn't need anything from Columbus, and Flick can't tell Shiori that Columbus is free from possession.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Flick breaks down sobbing on a sidewalk once she learns what actually happened to her mother and realizes that she spent a decade hating Joselyn for saving her from a life of slavery.
  • Necromancer: Flick gains Necromantic powers after killing Manakel, the Seosten Olympian who was Hades. She's... not happy about it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: By not telling Koren Fellows about their relation quickly enough, Flick accidentally exposes her niece, sister, and brother-in-law to Fossor's attention when Ammon infiltrates Crossroads Academy and discovers that Koren is immune to his powers.
    • In a moment of crisis, Flick forgets about her connection to Tristan Moon, which inadvertently leads to him and Roxa Pittman (who was touching him at the time) getting transported to the forest surrounding Eden's Garden (filled with monsters and Alters that hate Heretics) without her weapon in nothing but her swimsuit. It works out for Roxa in the long run, but that has as much to do with luck than anything else.
  • No-Sell: She's completely immune to Ammon's Compelling Voice. Unfortunately, he's just as immune to her powers.
    • Subverted with her apparent immunity to Seosten possession and magic. Flick isn't immune at all, it only seems that way because she's been secretly possessed and protected by Tabbris since she was a child.
  • Panthera Awesome: Gains the ability to transform into a lioness after she kills a werelion.
  • Parent with New Paramour; Inverted. It's her mother's old paramour that Flick has problems with, as she's very defensive of her parents' relationship.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Flick is initially... discomforted to learn that her mother was involved with multiple men at the same time in the past.
  • Pet Monstrosity: She uses one of her powers to tame a group of various species of sharks, and they basically start acting like a pack of puppies around her.
  • The Pollyanna: Most of the time. Flick's generally sunny and happy attitude is completely genuine. At the same time, she's not a total optimist and her usually happy personality does crack at times.
  • Sad Clown: Often uses humor to cope with distressing situations. Exemplified when she finishes telling her teammates about everything Fossor did, intends to do, and how dangerous he is, then follows it up with a joke.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one for Shiori after learning her Dark Secret.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: When Flick recognizes Gaia Sinclaire as the woman from her Heretical Edge vision who was abandoned by her cowardly ancestor, she's a little worried that it'll be held against her. Subverted when it becomes apparent that Gaia let go of her grudge against Seller some time ago. Then it's Played Straight when it turns out that most of Flick's problems in and outside of Crossroads are the result of being Joselyn Atherby's daughter.
    • Fortunately, being Joselyn's daughter also nets Flick a few allies.
  • The Sleepless: After her magical stamina boost, Flick only sleeps about an hour a night. She doesn't even need that much, she just does it to kill time while she's cooped up in her dorm after curfew.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: She can control and speak to sharks after killing an Akheilosan.
  • Stepford Smiler: Kind of. Flick is definitely The Pollyanna, but is also still reeling from her mother's disappearance. Her genuinely happy personality also serves to hide her lingering insecurities. Later on, it helps hide her mounting fear of Fossor.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Anyone who knows what to look for will quickly notice that Flick looks a lot like her mother, although the resemblance isn't so strong that it can be seen as instantly as this trope usually implies.
  • Super Reflexes: Gets this from killing a werewolf.
  • Super Strength: Gains enough to bench press around 1000 pounds.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A combination of Avalon's training, her amarok-enhanced stamina, and all the crazy shit that keeps happening to her leads Flick's skill at combat to improve in leaps and bounds.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A scrapbook her mother had been making that includes a picture of her every single day from her birth until Fossor came and a message to go along with each one of them. Lincoln gives it to Flick after The Reveal when she asks him to start calling her Felicity again. The last message Joselyn wrote tells Felicity how much she loves her, to be careful, and to trust Gaia.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Flick is really, really good at making people angry and has a habit of weaponizing this skill.
  • Turn Out Like Her Mother: Flick's father is often cautious with her, mostly because he's afraid of losing her (she's pretty reckless), but also partially because he's afraid she'll leave him like her mother did. On a much more dangerous note, the Crossroads Committee is very nervous that Flick is going to take up her mother's cause.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Averted. Fossor's original plan was to kidnap Felicity and raise her to be his subservient weapon. Joselyn saved her from that fate by trading her freedom for her daughter's safety. But the more irrational members of the Committee have since assumed that she's been secretly training Felicity to infiltrate Crossroads for her.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Gains minor shapeshifting powers that allow her to mess around with the general shape of her face, change her eye color, and control the length and color of her hair.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Oh yes. Exemplified when, on top of everything else she has to deal with, Flick gets abducted by aliens. Accidentally.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flick develops a pretty intense dislike of zombies and ghosts. Seeing them up close can push her to the edge of panic pretty quickly, although she's good at keeping herself under control. Of course, she's actually more afraid who might be controlling them. She has no problem dealing with zombies, ghosts, and necromancers that have nothing to do with Fossor.
    • Vampires get a pass, since they're not actually undead in this universe (and because of her friendship with Asenath).


     Avalon Sinclaire 

Flick's roommate. Avalon is the daughter of Gaia Sinclaire, the Headmistress of Crossroads Academy. Her birth name is Hannah Owens and she was a student at Eden's Garden before Gaia adopted her. She had to leave when her teammate tried to rape her and she killed him - rather brutally - in self defense. She's a bit... prickly.

She's five feet, eight inches tall with long, pitch black hair. Very well-endowed and beautiful. Wears the skirt version of the uniform with light blue trim. Development track. Uses gauntlets which are capable of projecting solid light weaponry such as blades and claws, as well as tools for actual work. Bystander-kin, but she's been part of the Heretical world since she was eleven, so she might as well be Heretic-born at this point. Her Heretic-aura is pale green.

She is a descendant of Hieronymus Bosch, something that not even she is initially aware of.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Gaia calls her "Valley", and Flick gets permission to use that nickname as well.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Gets frustrated when Flick's Weirdness Magnet tendencies add more trouble on top of everything else they have to deal with.
  • Archnemesis Dad: One of her chief goals in life is to kill her father, who viciously abused her for the first eleven years of her life. Not really because she wants to, but because he's now a vampire who's tried to kill her roughly once a year since Gaia and Seller saved her from him.
  • Badass Gay: Avalon is calm and collected in a fight on top of being just plain good at fighting. It comes from having been a student at Eden's Garden, which starts combat training much earlier than Crossroads Academy. She's very matter-of-fact about her sexual orientation, although she doesn't advertise it.
  • Battle Couple: With Flick.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Flick's Archie and Shiori Porter's Betty.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Flick and let her find out. Hitting this got Fetch killed.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It takes her a long time to admit to herself that she has feelings for Flick.
  • Closet Key: To Flick, who clues in to her bisexuality in part by noticing that the amount of attention she pays to Avalon's beauty isn't as innocent as she initially thought.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Avalon's past was not fun. At all. Her father abused her, an assassin almost killed her when she was eleven, she did some bad things in Eden's Garden, and one of the people who welcomed her there tried to rape her. Then, after she killed the rapist, she was exiled from Eden's Garden and had to flee to Crossroads.
  • Declaration of Protection: Declares her intent to protect Flick from Fossor (and anyone or anything else) to Herbie.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It takes her awhile to warm up to people, and she's not an especially affectionate person once she does, but she's a loyal friend to anyone who can get to that point.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: When helping Flick train.
  • Energy Weapon: Her gauntlets project solid light objects that can take the form of weapons or tools. They fall somewhere between Swiss Army Weapons and a Green Lantern Ring.
  • Famous Ancestor: Deconstructed. Being Bosch's descendant is the cause of nearly every bad thing that has ever happened to Avalon. Her mother's death, her father's abuse, Fahsteth and Torv's attacks, and the assassination attempts on her at Crossroads are all plots by the Seosten to murder her before she can access her ancestor's blood vault.
  • Freak Out: More or less what happened when she killed Torv. He'd been harassing her for awhile and wouldn't leave her alone. Then he tried to force the issue and she just... snapped.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Only two people are allowed to call her Valley. Gaia and Flick. And it takes Flick awhile to earn that.
  • Green Thumb: Can eventually transmute many types of solid material into wood through touch.
  • Heroic Neutral: Doesn't care about the Crossroads vs. Eden's Garden conflict at all. She mostly just wants to be left alone and protect the innocent.
  • Hidden Depths: Avalon comes across as an arrogant, spoiled bitch to people who don't know her very well. Those who do get to know her eventually find that she's not actually arrogant and definitely not spoiled, just extremely dedicated and serious. She really is a bit of a bitch though, just not as much as she initially appears. She's abrasive, not mean.
  • Irony: Avalon, the girl who was kicked out of Eden's Garden and faces hostility from many at Crossroads, is a descendant of the founder of Crossroads both sides revere so much.
  • Last-Name Basis: Prefers to refer to people by their last name. This can get awkward when she has to deal with siblings or people who only go by one name.
    • Gaia, Scout, and Trice are the only exceptions. For very different reasons.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Avalon is a very beautiful girl, and she puts a lot of effort into grooming herself. And she likes girls.
  • Meaningful Name: Gaia gave her the name Avalon (it's descended from the old Welsh word for apple, aball. Avalon is supposed to be the island of apples) as an intentional reference to Eden's Garden and the fruit they use to make Heretics. The Garden was Avalon's first real home and she still misses it.
    • Gaia may also have been referencing Flick's ancestors when she chose the name.
  • Meaningful Rename: She casts aside the name Hannah, which her father chose, when Gaia adopts her.
  • Most Common Superpower: When they first meet, Flick wonders if she's smuggling actual cantaloupes under her uniform.
  • Nerves of Steel: It's very hard to break Avalon's cool in a fight.
  • Not So Above It All: She'll go on about how absurd it is to treat a rock like a pet, but was actually the one to get Herbie's eyes (using Scout as an intermediary) and sometimes speaks to him when Flick is asleep.
  • The Perfectionist: Avalon works her ass off to maintain her skills, fitness, appearance, and grades.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A major contributor to her beauty.
  • The Rival: With Malcolm Harkess in their combat class. She apparently doesn't like him very much, as Flick mentions that she takes a bit too much pleasure in beating him when they spar.
    • Has a similar, but more amicable rivalry with Shiori. The two of them are the top of the combat class and enjoy sparring with each other.
  • Secret Keeper: Finds Aylen while she's suffering from a lack of death energy, then keeps her Reaper ancestry a secretl
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Her first kiss with Flick. Bonus points for actually telling her to shut up beforehand.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Gains the ability to speak to and control snakes during the raid on Nicholas Petan's fortress.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The first two things Flick notices about her are her height and her beauty.
  • The Strategist: Comes up with an impressive plan to take out an amarok, which was far above her team's weight class at the time, on the fly.
  • Super Speed: After storming Nicholas Petan's fortress, Avalon can run up to thirty miles per hour. Low-level, but still very impressive.
  • Troll: Avalon figures out that Flick is attracted to her before Flick does. She mostly uses this knowledge to tease Flick mercilessly.
  • Tsundere: Gradually warms up to Flick after treating her coldly at first.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Avalon will kill you if you hurt Flick, assuming Flick doesn't do it first.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She can't ever return to Eden's Garden because her former tribe thinks her slaying of Torv was premeditated murder rather than self-defense.

     Sandoval "Sands" Mason 

Scout's twin sister, and the daughter of Professor Liam Mason. Sands is petite and five feet tall, with straight brown and brown eyes. Wears the pants version of the school uniform with purple trim. Investigation track. Wields a construction mace that is capable of creating temporary walls. The material each wall is made of can be altered by using a hidden button while striking an object, which will make each subsequent wall be made out of that particular material. Certain materials cannot be used, and the walls constructed are temporary. Heretic-born.

  • Black-and-White Morality: Sands was raised by Heretics and lost her mother to a Stranger attack. As a result, she has completely bought into the Crossroads lines that Strangers are Always Chaotic Evil and that the Heretics of Eden's Garden are Obviously Evil traitors to humanity. She's not the only Heretic Born who thinks this way, but she's among the more vocal about it.
    • She has a minor Freak Out when the notion that Strangers are not all evil is challenged, which is quickly compounded by Scout revealing that she hasn't been telling the entire truth of what happened when their mother was taken.
    • Starts to grow out if it after Scout's revelation, meeting Asenath, and helping the Meregan children.
    • Has completely grown out of it as of the end of Spy Hunt. She doesn't LIKE that she was wrong and that things are not simple, but as she says, she wants to be a hero and she can't do that if she looks at the truth and turns away. She outright tells Scout that she's a hero for talking Sands around.
  • Broken Pedestal: She used to idolize her father. Then she found out he sold out Joselyn because he couldn't handle the truth, which makes her realize that his inability to trust Strangers would have gotten Scout killed or taken if he'd been in the same situation as his wife. Now she definitely doesn't idolize him anymore.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her construction mace.
  • Dexterity: Gains a big dex boost after killing a few Strangers, which she shows off by running coins through her fingers like an expert magician.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She dislikes her first name, Sandoval. There's no deeper reason for it, she just prefers to be called Sands.
  • Foil: To her father. They were both shown the truth about Alters, but where Liam rejected it for the simple, easy comforting lie that all non-humans are evil, Sands ultimately decides that as unpleasant as the truth is she can't turn her back on it. The key difference is Scout. Liam didn't have anyone to help him through learning the truth like Sands did Scout.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Very heavy. Sands often sleeps through her sister's loud tossing and turning. Scout sometimes wonders if she can sleep through an alarm.
  • Heel–Face Turn: It's gradual, but Sands ultimately comes around and accepts the truth about Heretic society and Alters.
  • Matter Replicator: The material for her mace's walls apparently comes from nothing.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother was lost in a Stranger attack when she was a child.
  • Twin Sister Instinct: To Sands, there is almost no priority higher than Scout after what happened to her when their mother was lost. And it's this protectiveness, more than anything else, that turns Sands against her dad when she discovers his role in starting Joselyn's Rebellion and realizes that he wouldn't have trusted the Stranger that saved Scout's life if he had been in Larissa's position.
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Her mace can instantly create walls out of materials her mace has struck. She can make simple structures out of them.
  • Super Strength: After killing an Orc, Sands can bench-press around 400 pounds. Technically that's not quite Super Strength, but it's damn impressive for a girl as small as she is.

     Sarah "Scout" Mason 

Sands' twin sister, the daughter of Professor Liam Mason. Like her sister, Scout is five feet tall, petite, and has the same straight brown hair and brown eyes. Wears the skirt version of the school uniform with purple trim. Investigation track. Uses a special sniper rifle that is capable of extending its range and changing direction via miniature portals. Heretic-born. Her Heretic-aura is pink.

  • Berserk Button: Memories are all Scout has left of her mother. As a result, she is deeply offended by the mere idea of using magic to change or erase memory.
    • Don't talk about her like she's a helpless thing who needs to protected. Zeke got slugged, and her father got a crushing speech for doing this.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: This nice, harmless, quiet girl is secretly plotting to destroy at least one global magical effect because it offends her on principle, even knowing it could trigger a war.
  • Broken Pedestal: Not to the same extent as her sister as there was less to lose, but Scout's opinion of her father was severely soured by the revelation that he betrayed Joselyn. She's already gotten to the point of basically ignoring him in the aftermath of New York.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: She absolutely lays in to her father when he helps Ruthers ambush her at a restaurant to find out more about Flick.
  • Catapult Nightmare: A semi-regular occurrence with Scout. It doesn't happen every night, but she often has extremely vivid nightmares of the day her mother was taken.
  • Dark Secret: Calling it "dark" is relative, but Scout has been keeping a secret from her sister and father for quite some time out of fear of their reaction. She hid the truth of what happened on the day her mother disappeared. They hadn't been out whale-watching, as Sands and their dad believe. Her mother was actually introducing Scout to a Stranger friend of hers and telling her that not all Strangers are evil when another Stranger attacked and took her. The friendly Stranger then used her magic to hide Scout, leaving herself vulnerable to "the bad man" who took her as well.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": She hasn't been able to handle being called by her birth name, Sarah, since she survived the Stranger attack that claimed her mother.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Does not appreciate the suggestion that her sister "takes care" of her, as Zeke Leven finds out the hard way.
  • Friendly Sniper: She's an excellent shot and a very nice girl.
  • Hidden Depths: If forced to actually talk and interact verbally, Scout is highly charismatic and an excellent leader.
  • Missing Mom: Her and Sand's mother was lost in a Stranger attack when they were children. Unlike Sands, Scout was present for the attack and rendered near-mute by the trauma.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She will talk in complete sentences when she absolutely has to, shocking anyone who knows her in the process.
  • Oxygen Meter: There's no actual meter, but Scout kills a Menmaren (frog-man) which allows her to hold her breath for up to five minutes.
  • Peek A Bang: Introduced with her hair hiding most of her face.
  • The Quiet One: Scout has barely spoken since she survived the Stranger attack that took her mother. She occasionally drops one word sentences, but that's pretty much it.
    • Apparently she's better at the Quiet Game than Herbie.
  • Secret Keeper: Scout's the only one who knows that Avalon is the one who got Herbie his eyes.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Her Cool Gun is as long as she is tall.
  • Super Senses: Scout's hearing becomes sensitive enough to listen in on conversations a hundred feet away.
  • Teleport Gun: They're not big enough for a person, but Scout's rifle can create and shoot small portals. Scout can not only look through them, extending her vision, she can also shoot through them, which both extends her firing range and allows her to shoot around corners.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Scout is dead set on undoing the memory spell that erased Joselyn Atherby, knowing full well that doing so will likely tear families apart and reignite a war. Not because she wants to restart the revolution (although she does), but because she's absolutely disgusted by the sheer scale of the spell and how many people's personalities were rewritten because of it.

     Columbus Porter 

Shiori Porter's brother, Columbus is just under six feet tall. Black skin with a thin, yet athletic build like that of a runner. Uniform is consistently rumpled and is lined with light blue trim. Development track. Wears goggles that are capable of various functions including telescopic vision, night vision, a concussive force beam, and more. Bystander-kin. His Heretic aura is white.

  • Adoptive Brother Instinct: Columbus is very protective of Shiori.
  • Amazon Chaser: Is slightly aroused by the sight of Nevada shredding her way through a crowd of zombies.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's a big fan of Cyclops. Now he's learning to fight monsters at an Academy of Adventure, complete with goggles that shoot a concussive force beam!
    • When his sister tells him that she's a Dhampyr, he thinks it's just about the coolest thing ever.
    Columbus: You're like Blade. Only better because you're Shiori.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: With the assistance of a forcefield power, he can casually do this even to energy weapons.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Occasionally makes sex jokes and lampshades double entendres about his teammates (although he doesn't even think about them when his sister's involved), but he helps defend Avalon when Trice tries to kill her because of an overly sexist reason.
  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: Develops a rather intense and totally understandable hatred of Seosten that extends even to those that aren't part of the Empire after all the torment Charmeine put him through.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Helps Flick kill Charmeine by shooting her when she's not expecting it, after she had dismissed him as beaten and broken.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Like Shiori, Columbus gains the power to control up to 25 pounds of metal.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Columbus' goggles are a kickass Swiss Army Weapon
  • Happily Adopted: His parents died in a plane crash when he was a kid and he was adopted by the Porters years later. He's happy there, and is close to his sister, Shiori.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He tells Flick that he got picked on a lot in the past for being a nerd. Flick takes one look at him and immediately calls bullshit. He admits that he doesn't look the part now, but maintains that he did when he was younger.
    Flick: I bet those weren’t bullies chasing you around, they were people trying to get your phone number.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Upon realizing Flick managed to awaken Shiori's inner Pungeon Master that had been suppressed due to her depression, Columbus asks Flick if she "turned [Shiori] on". Flick and Shiori, who are developing an attraction to each other, choke as they realize it, leaving Columbus to wonder why they're reacting like that.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Becomes a friend to Risa Kohaku as a result of their shared experiences as Seosten hosts.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: As far as Columbus is concerned, the day he learns that his sister Shiori is half-vampire and has the full-vampire "superhero detective bodyguard" Asenath for a half-sister (which Senny declares makes her his sister as well) is "basically the best day of [his] life."
  • The Mole: Not Columbus, but a Seosten that's taken possession of him.
  • Secret Keeper: Once Shiori works up the nerve to tell him her Dark Secret.
  • Super Toughness: After killing an Orc, Columbus becomes tough enough to tank most mundane attacks.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Inherits a lot of powers after Charmeine kills Josiah Carfried while possessing him.

     Sean Gerardo 

Another members of Flick's team. Five foot nine inches tall. Hispanic boy with long, shaggy dark hair who is muscular in a wiry sort of way. Not quite a body builder, but definitely toned. Uniform is lined with white trim. Security track. His weapon is a mechanical dog named Vulcan who can transform into a minigun. Heretic-born.

  • Berserk Button: People acting like they can do whatever they want without consequences. Hardly an unusual thing to make someone angry, but hearing about things like this pisses Sean off fast.
  • Blood Magic: Has the same blood-sensing ability as Flick.
  • Cool Minigun: And it transforms into Sean's pet!
  • Cool Uncle: Sean has two, his uncles Sebastian and Mateo (Sebastian's boyfriend). He adores both of them.
  • Dashing Hispanic: He's trying to be one. Whether or not he's succeeding is up for debate, but he's certainly attractive enough for it.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Can transmute up to 20 pounds of solid, non-living material into sand.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Has shades of this when he mentions that his parents don't really have time for each other, much less him. Sean was pretty much raised by servants during school years and his uncle over summer breaks. It doesn't seem to bother all that much.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sean is a very attractive young man, as Flick repeatedly notes. And he's fully aware of it. His roommate Columbus accuses him of being "allergic to shirts" because he's constantly going without them in their dorm room.
  • Oxygen Meter: Not literally, but Sean can hold his breath for up to eight minutes after he kills a couple of Menmaren (frog-men).
  • Robot Dog: Vulcan, his buddy who can transform into a freaking minigun.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a pretty awesome one of these to Trice about his brother Torv.


Andrew Bruhn's Team

     Andrew Bruhn 

The mentor of Shiori's team. Much better at it than Deveron (which isn't saying much). Stocky in a muscular way. His skin is pale and dotted with freckles, while his eyes are very intense green. He has long light blonde hair that falls to his shoulders. His uniform has the green trim for Hunters. The weapon he uses is a crossbow of unexplained power.

  • Big Brother Mentor: Pretty much his style of mentoring his team. He spends time both hanging out with and actually training them.
  • Nice Guy: He spends time playing video games with his team.

     Shiori Porter 

Columbus' adopted sister, Shiori is a petite Asian-American girl who quickly distinguishes herself as an exceptional student on the Hunter track and a naturally talented fighter. Bystander-Kin with a red Heretic aura. Her reflexes and hand-eye coordination are practically superpowers.

This is because they are superpowers. Hybrid Powers, to be exact. Shiori's biological mother is the vampire Jiao, making her Asenath's half-sister. Her birth name is Reathma.

  • Adoptive Sister Instinct: The thought of Columbus being hurt or in danger is pretty much the only thing that can make Shiori stop dwelling on her Dark Secret.
  • Badass Gay: Shiori is a very talented fighter, and she figured out in her sophomore year of high school that she's interested in girls.
  • Betty and Veronica: Is the Betty to Flick's Archie and Avalon's Veronica.
  • Brown Note: Is eventually able to produce a note that stuns targets for varying lengths of time, depending on the willpower of those affected by it.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Shiori can't work up the courage to speak to Flick about her feelings because she had a very bad experience coming out to her now former best friend, who she had similar feelings for and who harshly rejected her.
  • Dark Secret: And she feels like she can't trust anyone with it, even her own brother, because she's terrified that she'll be killed if it gets out that her mother is a vampire.
  • Deadly Disc: Shiori's weapons are a pair of discs that conduct an electrical current.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: Gains the ability to shift into a state where she's made of tough sand.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: All the stress over her Dark Secret keeps Shiori from getting any sleep.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Gets two powers involving metal. The first (which she shares with Columbus) is the ability to manipulate up to 25 pounds of it. The second allows her to see and hear through any bit of metal she's touched and "locked on" to.
  • Foil: To Flick and Vanessa.
    • Shiori's inability to trust anyone with her secrets takes a serious toll on her mental and physical health. Meanwhile, Flick makes a conscious effort to share information with her friends and allies as much as reasonably can, which unloads a fair amount of stress.
      • Shiori and Flick are both horrified to learn of their Stranger relatives. But Shiori's reaction is irrational compared to Flick's, as her mother Jiao and half-sister Asenath are perfectly decent people (who she's never even met) while Flick sees firsthand that her half-brother Ammon really is as much of a monster as Crossroads claims all Strangers are.
    • Like Shiori, Vanessa is the child of a Stranger. Unlike Shiori, Vanessa actually knew her mother growing up and therefore does not believe the Crossroads propaganda saying that all Strangers are monsters.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: A Dhampyr, to be precise. Her mother is a vampire, her father is (probably) a human.
  • Innate Night Vision: She has a much easier time seeing in the dark than most people. This is yet another of her Hybrid Powers.
  • Internalized Categorism: Shiori is horrified to learn of her heritage, as the Crossroads teachings lead her to believe that it makes her just as much of a monster as her biological family supposedly is.
  • Internal Reformist: Once she comes to terms with her Dark Secret, Shiori throws herself into training to prove that part-Alters like her are not monsters and have a place at Crossroads.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Asenath is Shiori's much older half-sister, and Jiao is their mother. Shiori has never met either of them, and they haven't seen her since she was an infant.
  • Pungeon Master: Very fond of wordplay. Her puns range from brilliant to painful.
  • Rescue Romance: In a sense. There's not a lot of life-saving involved, but Shiori starts crushing pretty hard on Flick after she helps her come to terms with her Dark Secret.
  • The Rival: Has a low key, good natured rivalry going on with Avalon in their combat class. They enjoy sparring with each other.
  • Super Senses: [Her hearing and sight are noticeably better than an average human's.
  • Super Strength: Gains enhanced strength from killing an orc.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Shiori discovers that she's part-Stranger when the Edge shows her the day her mother gave her up for adoption.
  • Wall Crawl: Her first hunt gave Shiori the ability to walk on walls and ceilings.
  • When She Smiles: Her face lights up when the stress over her Dark Secret finally starts letting up and she starts smiling like she did before coming to Crossroads.

     Koren Fellows 

A Bystander-kin student on the same team as Shiori, and taking the Investigation track along with Flick, Sands, and Scout. Aylen Tamaya's roommate. Weapon consists of a pair of four-bladed African tribal weapons known as Hunga Munga. Her mother Abigail is Joselyn and Deveron's daughter, which makes her Flick's niece, among other things.

  • Blue Blood: As a descendant of a Knight of the Round Table.
  • Brain Bleach: Her reaction to meeting Weston and his girlfriends, once she realizes that he's implying that he has them (a blonde and an Asian girl) "roleplay" Avalon's relationship with Flick and Shiori.
  • The Bully: She grows out of this the first year goes on, but in the beginning Koren is mean to pretty much everyone. Her first notable act in the story is when she tries to toss Vanessa through the Crossroads barrier.
  • Closet Geek: Makes a surprising reference to The Dresden Files that flies right over Flick's head.
  • The Cynic: When Professor Dare assigns her a solved case she was personally involved in for homework, Koren is immediately suspicious of her motives. The possibility that Dare might be trying to give her closure out of simple altruism never occurs to her. Granted, she's probably right in this specific case, but still.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Gives off this vibe by getting angry whenever Flick shows her sympathy over her childhood encounter with The Hiding Man.
  • Double Standard: Often judges people for things she's guilty of. Like when she calls Flick rude for taking a book out of her hand even though she did the same thing (with the same book) minutes earlier. Or more seriously, when she assumes Avalon is a Spoiled Brat after she throws her to the ground and berates her while ignoring the fact that Avalon only did that to stop her from throwing Vanessa into the Crossroads Barrier. When called out on this, Koren falls back on the "Just Joking" Justification.
  • Do Wrong, Right: The first time she's confronted with Flick's poorly thought out excuses, she responds by giving her her a tip on coming up with something believable.
  • Dual Wielding: Koren wields a pair of Hunga Munga, African throwing weapons. Just like her grandma.
  • Hidden Depths: She has a sharp mind, naturally suited for the Investigation track.
    • There are moments where Koren displays a remarkable degree of sensitivity to others... but this comes and goes seemingly at random. You never quite know what to expect with her.
    • She's also able to put her aside her personal opinion of people while judging their actions, as proven by her correct assessment that all the gossipers are wrong and Avalon is neither a spy nor responsible for the murder of Professor Pericles while still viewing her as an arrogant bitch.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Koren isn't trying to be mean, she just lacks self-awareness and doesn't think her actions all the way through. Although she pushes the limits of this trope because her "innocent" remarks are often very mean-spirited.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Besides the aforementioned incident with the school's barrier, Koren consistently calls Vanessa a nerd and claims that it's meant to be a compliment. No one believes her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Joselyn and Deveron are Koren's maternal grandparents, which means Flick is her aunt, Wyatt and Ammon are her uncles, and Seller is one of her ancestors.
  • No-Sell: Like all their close relatives, Koren is immune to Ammon's Compelling Voice. This isn't entirely a good thing, because the information puts her family right in Fossor's crosshairs.
  • Playing with Fire: Played with. Koren doesn't actually have any fire powers, but she does become fireproof.
  • Properly Paranoid: Koren is a suspicious person and, tying into her surprisingly insightful mind, she's often right.
    • When Professor Dare has the Investigation track students look at a Stranger attack on a gas station and Flick unintentionally picks up the same products the Stranger did, Koren suspects that Flick is somehow connected. She's right, as the Stranger in question was Flick's half-brother Ammon (who is also Koren's uncle).
    • When Dare pairs Flick and Koren up for two different projects in as many weeks, she starts wondering if the teacher has an ulterior motive. She does, because she knows that Flick and Koren are related.
    • It's implied that Koren's Edge vision involved her grandmother, Joselyn Atherby, and for whatever reasons she's keeping this information to herself. This is a very smart move.
  • Survivor's Guilt: She's implied to have this because she escaped The Hiding Man as a child while a number of her friends and neighbors did not. Even if she didn't have it then, she definitely gets it after learning that he abducted them to make Crossroads more likely to accept her as a student.
  • Thicker Than Water: Played Straight and Averted at the same time. Koren becomes more protective of Flick when she learns that she's her aunt while her opinion of Ammon (understandably) doesn't change at all.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She mellows out considerably over the first year of school. Tragically, this is largely because of her father's death and learning about her maternal family's history.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: For a number of reasons, Koren is furious to learn that Flick knew about their relation for two weeks and didn't tell her.

     Stephen Kinder 

Gavin Rish's roommate. Short at slightly under five foot five, but muscular in build. Uniform is lined with blue for the development track. Weapon is a long spear. Heretic-born. His Heretic aura is pale yellow.

  • Blade on a Stick: One that can create copies of itself that repeat whatever action it last preformed.

     Gavin Rish 

Stephen Kinder's roommate. Very tall, though quite thin boy whose uniform is lined with the white of the security track. His weapon is a shotgun with three barrels. Heretic-born.

     Aylen Tamaya 

Koren's roommate. Native American girl, tall and regal looking. Wears the skirt version of the uniform with red trim for Explorers. Weapon is a mechanical hawk named Sovereign. She's a bystander-kin with some secrets of her own.

Not remotely a bystanderkin. Bastet and Sonoma's daughter.

  • Animal Eye Spy: Aylen can see what Sovereign sees. Which, technically would be a Surveillance Drone, but Sovereign is realistic enough for this.
  • Has Two Mommies: By way of full on Homosexual Reproduction.
  • Instant Armor: Sovereign can transform to cover Aylen in a suit of full body armor.
  • The Mole: For her mothers to rescue her grandfather, the reaper who became the Heretical Edge.
  • Robot Buddy: Come on, who wouldn't want a mechanical hawk for a pet?
  • Tranquil Fury: She maintains her composure when someone insults one of her teammates while letting Sovereign go after them.
  • Uneven Hybrid: She's a quarter-Reaper through her mother Bastet and part werecrow through her other mother Sonoma.

     Rebecca Jameson 

Shiori's roommate. Just under five feet tall, tiny girl with black hair cut short into a pixie cut. Wears the blue uniform of development. Her weapon is a massive cannon that doubles as a backpack. Heretic-born.

Cameron Reid's Team

     Cameron Reid 

The mentor for Vanessa Moon's team. Also a much better mentor than Deveron. Black tomboy with an affinity for lizards. She wears the pants version of the uniform with the Hunter track’s green trim. Uses a pair of short swords of unknown ability. Bystander-kin.

     Vanessa Moon 

A shy girl who surprisingly chose to take the Explorer track. Vanessa would spend all her free time in the library if her teammate and roommate Erin didn't push her into being more social. She's Bystander-kin, and was recruited by Crossroads out of the foster care system. She lost her family when at age seven when they were attacked by a Stranger and wound up being separated across multiple words. Vanessa accepted Crossroads' offer in order to find them.

Of course, the situation is a bit more complicated than that. Vanessa and her twin brother Tristan's father, Haiden Moon, was an Eden's Garden Heretic. Their mother, Sariel, is a Seosten, formerly of the Empire. Both defected from their respective factions to get married. The Stranger that attacked them was one of Sariel's former comrades attempting to drag her back into service. On the plus side, being Half-Human Hybrids has given Vanessa and Tristan some neat powers.

  • Foil: For Flick and Shiori. Despite her near-crippling shyness Vanessa might be the most well adjusted of the three of them since she lacks Shiori's self-loathing and Flick's abandonment issues as well as her intense guilt.
    • Vanessa and Shiori both have a Stranger for a mother (a Seosten and a vampire, respectively). But Sariel Moon was present for Vanessa's early life, while Jiao gave Shiori up for adoption when she was an infant. Therefore, Vanessa easily sees through the Crossroads propaganda about Strangers while Shiori completely buys into it.
    • Like Flick, Vanessa's mission in life is to find and save her family. Unlike Flick, Vanessa was actually present for the event that split them up and grew up knowing the truth of what happened.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: This is the root cause of her perfect Photographic Memory. Her mother is a Seosten. She starts to grow into more Seosten powers as time goes on.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Her brother Tristan looks like a male version of her.
  • I Will Find You: Vanessa's goal in life is to find her scattered family.
  • Photographic Memory: She remembers pretty much everything she sees. Names, dates, the fourteenth word of the third paragraph of page 153 of that book she read last month, everything.
    • This is a hybrid power. It's full, absolutely perfect memory, and it also provides a limited defense against memory magic.
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Super Senses: Gains telescopic vision in the course of being on the Explorer track.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Potatoes. Vanessa loves eating potatoes.
  • Twin Sister Instinct: Vanessa loves her brother fiercely, and is just as desperate to find him as their parents.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Vanessa understands why Erin is always pulling her out of the library to be more social, but she would really rather stay in and read. She's not doing it for pleasure (although she does enjoy it), she's trying to find any information that might help her find her family. She's also researching what exactly her Stranger mother is.
  • Whip It Good: Her weapon is a whip that can exchange inanimate materials from one object to another.

     Zeke Leven 

Malcolm's roommate. Zeke is a Heretic-born student who chose the Security track. His weapon is a shield with various offensive functions.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: "Abhorrent" is probably overstating things, but Zeke has a crush on Sands that she is aware of and does not reciprocate.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Much like Sands (at first), Zeke is firmly convinced of the Always Chaotic Evil of both Strangers and Eden's Garden Heretics.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every other appearance has someone embarrassingly shut him down.
  • Entitled to Have You: Seems to be Sands' opinion of his crush on her:
    Sands: Our parents used to make us play together as kids and he was a selfish jerk then too. Now he thinks I should be his girlfriend or something just because we spent some time in the sandbox when we were five. I ate worms back then too, and you don’t see me doing that anymore.
  • Fantastic Racism: On top the standard "all Strangers are monsters" line, Zeke also looks down on Bystanders. Flick explicitly compares his use of the word Silverstone to "the way certain people used derogatory terms for people who weren’t Caucasian."
  • Jerkass: Zeke is an asshole. An unpleasant, patronizing asshole.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: At one point he insists that Denuvus is made up in a room that includes Nevada, who has an extensive history with Denuvus.
  • Like Mother, Unlike Son: Zeke's apple didn't really fall far from Sophronia's tree as much as someone picked it up and threw it. The lady is a lot more personable than her youngest son's personality would suggest. She's also a reformer while he's a hardliner.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Zeke has roughly twenty older siblings, the natural result of having a parent that's almost a thousand years old. He's the youngest by a number of decades.
  • Momma's Boy: Zeke's mom is his hero, and she almost dotes on him in turn, sending him regular care packages at school.
  • Smug Snake: Often right before the aforementioned shutting down.
  • Spoiled Brat: His condescension and entitlement complex are the result of his mother being on the Committee.

     Erin Redcliffe 

A Heretic-born student. Erin takes it upon herself to make sure Vanessa (who is also her roommate) gets out of the library often enough to have a social life.

     Rudolph Parsons 

A very pale Heretic-born student with white-blonde hair. Travis Colby's roommate. On the chubby side. Wears the investigation track’s purple trim. Weapon is a bow and arrow. Heretic-born.

Later transferred to another team to replace Roxa after her disappearance. Tristan takes his place on his old team.

  • Archer Archetype
  • Back from the Dead: Cruelly subverted when he shows up a few minutes after Flick wishes he was still alive... because she unconsciously activated her new necromancy powers and made him into a zombie by accident.
  • Killed Off for Real: In brutally offhanded fashion by Manakel.
  • Nice Guy
  • Meaningful Funeral: His funeral is used by the Crossroads leadership to symbolize the defeat of the Strangers that killed him (who are not actually defeated and just manipulating the Heretics into thinking they are). His friend Doug is not amused.
  • Mellow Fellow: A generally laid back guy. At least until you start insulting people he cares about.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Isaac's assignment to get his team to incriminate Flick to the Committee. Rudolph keeps messing it up by revealing details about how she recognized Fossor's name, which in turn raises enough questions about the situation to keep them from going full Inspector Javert on her.
  • The Stoic: He doesn't emote much because of the way his father (who was born and raised in Victorian England) raised him.

     Travis Colby 

Rudolph's roommate. Black guy of average height with a body builder’s physique. Wears his hair in cornrows. His uniform has the purple trim for the investigation track. Uses a long, heavy sword with explosive properties. Bystander-kin.

     Malcolm Harkess 

Zeke's roommate. Stands an inch under six feet, handsome in an obvious jock sort of way. Square jaw, with hazel eyes and a stare that turns into a glower easily. Uniform has the blue trim of developers. His weapon of choice is a sledgehammer that is capable of instantly transporting its wielder to any of the last ten spots that the hammer struck. Bystander-kin

  • Always Second Best: He's a talented fighter, having been trained before coming to Crossroads, but both Shiori and Avalon are better than him.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Applies a straightforward sense of good and evil even to human conflicts like the American Revolution, citing the presence of vampire redcoats in his vision as proof of who the good guys were.
  • The Rival: To Avalon in their combat class. Katarin often pairs them up to spar, and they apparently don't like each other. He really wants to beat her just once.
  • Teleportation

     Tristan Moon 

Vanessa's Half Identical Twin brother. He's an exceptionally talented gymnast, apparently near Olympic level when when was seven years old. He got sucked into another world by the stepping-stone that sent his parents to different worlds. Tristan eventually ended up with the Meregan, but can't return to earth because the magic that sent him there is keeping him there. He meets Flick and Shiori on their homeworld. He's only about twelve at that point because he spent five years Taken for Granite with the Meregan.

After another five years, the Meregan manage to get him back to Earth by "anchoring" him to Flick, just a few weeks after they first met. Thanks to the Time Travel, he's back to being the same age as his sister. Tristan then enrolls in Crossroads Academy as a transfer student and reunites with his sister.

  • Book Dumb: He's not great with studying or mathematics, which drives his highly academic sister a little nuts.
    • Mainly because he has no interest in academic work. He's actually quite smart, though not as smart as his sister.
  • Big Man on Campus: He becomes this within days of transferring to Crossroads Academy.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite what happened when he was seven, Tristan managed to hold on to a cheerful disposition up to the age of twelve (which is how old he is when he first meets Flick and Shiori thanks to time spent Taken for Granite). It cracks at times, as is to be expected, but his excitement over being on a spaceship is proof that his cheer is completely genuine.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother is a Seosten, his father is a Heretic. And much like his sister, he gets a neat Hybrid Power out of it, his inhuman physicality.
  • Half Identical Twin: When they were children, Tristan looked like a male version of his sister. Judging by Flick's descriptions though, they eventually grew out of this.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: The Meregan have no nudity taboo, a trait Tristan inherited after years of living with them. He's completely nude upon reuniting with Flick on Earth, and is bewildered by her freaked-out reaction.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: He can't remember the names of his family or the details of how he got sent away from Earth. Some memories of Vanessa are restored when they reunite, but only enough for him to remember who she is.
  • New Transfer Student: He joins the student body of Crossroads Academy a couple of months after the semester starts.
  • Precocious Crush: Flick and Shiori are the first human girls Tristan met in five years, right at the onset of puberty. He grew up with the memory of them and still has a bit of a crush on them when they all end up the same age. He also was enamored with Avalon when he first met her, but he seems to have focused on Flick.
  • Spike Shooter: Through the use of metal "feathers" he can grow.
  • Taken for Granite: Spent an extended period of time as a statue. As a result, he has temporarily biologically five years younger than his twin sister, until time travel related shenanigans undid that.
  • Trapped in Another World: The stepping stone that sent him to the Meregan world is keeping him there. They've sent him back to earth three times. He returned seconds later each time.
    • Later, they finally get around this by binding him to an "anchor," although he's still technically trapped because he has to be in the same dimension as the anchor in question. He's initially anchored to Flick, though Gaia later shifts the anchor to Vanessa.

Marina Dupont's Team

     Marina Dupont 

Marina is a tall, pale, willowy girl with short brown hair who wields a corseque of unknown special ability. Heretic-born. Her uniform is the skirt version, and has the blue coloring of the Development track.

  • Blade on a Stick: A Corseque is a type of polearm that has a single spike and two smaller blades embedded on the sides.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Her team doesn't fully trust her with their secrets, which reaches tragic levels when everyone on her original team save Doug either dies or disappears and she can only blame herself because she doesn't know anything about what's really going on.

     Jasmine "Jazz" Rhodes 

A fairly tall black girl at a couple inches short of six feet, with long hair that’s evenly dyed purple on one half and pink on the other. Jazz wears the skirt version of the uniform with the Explorer track’s red trim. Her weapon is a falchion whose blade separates to reveal a barrel that produces flames which the wielder is capable of controlling via motions from the sword itself. Heretic-born.

Jazz is a member of the Torchbearers, an independent Heretic group that periodically sends students to Crossroads Academy and Eden's Garden for instruction to become Lightwalkers, the Edge-Heretics who lead the group.

  • Everyone Has Standards: She's very reluctant to come around to the idea that Strangers aren't evil], but agrees that ending the revolution by rewriting people's memories was an unambiguously evil act.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Comes around to the side of the revolution during Uprising, as she sees Alters acting like people.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When she finds out Roxa is a werewolf, she starts to think that the reason Roxa didn't become evil when she became a werewolf is that the Edge protected her. Roxa, who has a number of good friends who are werewolves and were never Heretics, is pissed at Jazz or saying these friends are inherently evil.
  • Inspector Javert: Jazz becomes one of the most deeply suspicious of her team when they learn Flick knows something about Roxa's disappearance.
  • Invisibility: One of her powers to to turn herself an anyone touching her invisible. This also dampens potential observers' senses of smell and hearing.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Jazz is quite good at manipulating her opponents.
  • Interspecies Romance: While Flick was separated from the team during Lessons, she and Jokai started dating.
  • Tiny Fish in a Normal Pond: Jazz isn't weak or incompetent for a normal first year. But she is a normal first year, she's stuck in Seosten space, and her teammates are all abnormally strong and highly motivated. She's in way over her head.
  • Playing with Fire: Her sword produces controllable fire.
  • Super Smoke: She can shift into a state of light red smoke.
  • Theory Tunnelvision: Jazz starts with the assumption that Roxa's disappearance is an integral part of some nefarious plot. It was actually a complete accident. This colors her perception of all the information she gets.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Having a real reason to fight beyond obligation does wonders for her effectiveness.
  • The Unchosen One: The Torchbearers periodically send the absolute best of their students to Crossroads Academy and Eden's Garden for instruction. Jazz herself is not one of those chosen few. She was simply the only Torchbearer child available after all the other candidates were killed in an attack.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Jazz is quite a bit more cunning than some people give her credit for. Her Inspector Javert tendencies led her to a number of wrong conclusions, but that changes once she gets a clearer picture of what's going on. Isaac writing her off leads to her cutting off his hand.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Isaac and the Seosten, who are manipulating her and her team to incriminate Flick to the Committee. All the team counts, but Jazz and Doug are the ones they have the easiest time with.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dyed pink and purple.

     Paul Calburn 

Paul is a cocky yet very gentlemanly boy from Kentucky on Marina's team. He’s six foot even, with sandy hair and a fairly average, unremarkable face. Wields a pair of hand-axes that he has nicknamed Pain and Panic. Each target struck by the weapons subsequently receive the physical damage dealt to every subsequent target (multiplied if dealt to the same target) struck by that weapon within the next 10 minutes. Wears the green trim of the Hunter track. Heretic-born with an orange Heretic aura.

  • An Axe to Grind: Wields a pair of twin axes
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: A mild case, but Paul is noticeably sure of his combat prowess and doesn't like it when someone bests him. He's not mean about it, but it's there.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards all his slightly younger teammates, as a result of his actual younger brother's death.
  • Elemental Powers: He can divide himself into neat pieces. Those pieces can then replace their missing body parts with elements like water and fire. So if you cut him in half, you have to deal with two of him.
  • I Call It "Vera": He names his axes Pain and Panic.
  • Kill and Replace: He's killed by Isaac so a Fetch can take his place.
  • The Leader: Paul considers himself the leader of the team. Whether the others agree is an open question, but he does have a habit of playing peacekeeper and keeping everyone on track. This is part of what gets him killed. He was level-headed enough that The Mole had to keep wiping their memories to stop them from just talking to Flick and gets taken out so said mole can have an easier time getting the team to incriminate her.
  • The Mole: Not him, but the Nocen Stranger that replaces him.
  • My Greatest Failure: His younger brother Rex died in an accident he could have prevented if he hadn't been busy with a game. It still haunts him, and his mother still blames him.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Paul eventually becomes suspicious of Flick's skills rapid growth in skill and concludes that she isn't an ordinary student. He's right about that, but he thinks she's some kind of spy when she's really receiving extra training and getting attacked more often.
    • He also thinks its ridiculous that a supposedly Bystander-kin student was able to survive the peridle attack without a scratch and kill an Amarok. Again, he's right, but he never considers that Avalon or her and Flick's team did most of the heavy lifting in both cases.
  • Southern Gentleman: Gives off this vibe. Paul is very polite, always holding the door and offering to help people.
  • Spanner in the Works: Posthumously screws up Isaac's plan to replace him and control their team by previously telling the others to overrule him by vote if they disagreed with one of his decisions.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Paul's not fond of horses after an incident when he was eight and one bucked him off.

     Roxanne "Roxa" Pittman 

Roxanne is a blonde ‘surfer’ type girl who looks more like she belongs on a beach than fighting monsters. She's on the same team and track as Paul Calburn, she wears the green of the Hunter track on her pants version of the uniform, and her weapon is a mechanical cougar that transforms into a floating weapons platform/hoverboard. Bystander-kin.

Turned into a werewolf by Lemuel in her interlude.

Left Crossroads permanently, joining Mateo's pack in Spy Hunt 26-01

  • Angst? What Angst?: Even by Heretical Edge standards Roxa had a terrible childhood. It doesn't show. At all.
  • Animorphism: She's forcibly turned into a werewolf by Lemuel.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Determinator: Roxa is not the type of person to break under pressure. Not matter how much the odds are stacked against her, she will keep fighting, no matter what.
  • Healing Factor: All Crossroads students obtain one early on, but Roxa's essentially gets supercharged when she becomes a werewolf.
  • Little Miss Badass: As a child, Roxa stabbed her last foster father in the hand when he tried to smack her around and then ran away to spent the next eight years of her life living on the streets.
  • I Am What I Am: By Field Trip Roxa has fully embraced being a werewolf. If other people don't like that? Tough. She's done with being embarrassed or ashamed about it.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Downplayed. Silver weapons cancel out a werewolf's healing factor. Roxa also has redundant organs and another, lesser healing factor, so it's not as nearly dangerous to her as it is for other werewolves. A silver blade through the heart didn't stop her when it would be a near instant kill on a normal werewolf.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father went to prison for murdering her aunt, and her mother died not long after when she was a toddler.
  • Robot Buddy: Gidget, a mechanical cougar that can transform into a hoverboard loaded with guns.
  • Spare Body Parts: After killing a Jekern, Roxa starts growing redundant organs to take over bodily functions if the main ones are damaged. When combined with her werewolf-empowered healing factor, it makes her really, really hard to kill.
  • Street Urchin: She ran away from her last foster home at the age of nine and lived on her own until Professor Pericles approached her.
  • Super Speed: She's clocked at sixty miles per hour while sprinting.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Roxa BEFORE getting turned into a werewolf: Average first year student. Roxa now: Probably the strongest first year, roughly as strong or even stronger than Flick, who can mop the floor with two other first years at once. She's also fought Hunahpu and Xbalanque Heretics with her pack.
    • Because she's a werewolf like him, killing Lemuel let her gain copies of ALL his powers.
  • Surfer Girl: One of her favorite things about Crossroads is that it has some of the best surf she's ever seen. Appropriately, Gidget transforms into a hoverboard for her to ride.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She's understandably pissed to discover that Flick accidentally pulled her into Eden's Garden, leading to Lemuel turning her into a werewolf, costing her a home at Crossroads.
  • Will Not Be a Victim: This is the thought that drives her when things get tough. When Lemuel turns her into a werewolf, she survives by deciding that she's not going to let him win.

     Douglas Frey 

A short, skinny boy whose messy blonde hair is always covered by a black New York Rangers hat. Douglas wears the blue uniform for the Development track, and his ‘weapon’, such as it is, appears to be a simple black fountain pen. However, drawing any simple object (sword, ladder, door, shield, rope, etc) with the pen will allow that object to be stored within the pen’s memory. The pen may hold up to ten separate objects in its memory at a time. Whenever he wishes, the wielder may conjure a physical copy of that object that lasts for about ten minutes. Heretic-born.

  • Art Attacker: Can create stored objects with his pen.
  • Genre Savvy: Would rather talk to Flick about what's going on than report her to the Committee because he doesn't want to be "the character that comes in and fucks everything up because he thinks he knows what's going on, but he's wrong."
  • Inspector Javert: His entire team counts, but Doug does most of the initial work in investigating Flick after Roxa's disappearance, and his power to ask Questions is a central part of it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Between his above moment of Genre Savvy and his using his once-a-day power during the conversation, he manages to completely derail Isaac's plan to help the Seosten by exposing Flick and Gaia to the Committee.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: His pen can make any simple object.
  • Theory Tunnelvision: Like Jazz, Doug twists a lot of the information they learn about Flick and what she's doing to match their false conclusion that Roxa's disappearance was an intended goal rather than an unlucky accident.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Like most students, Doug dismisses Wyatt Rendell as an incompetent goof. He's visibly shocked when he glimpses how dangerous the man really is.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Along with Jazz. Isaac and his Seosten benefactors have an easier time manipulating the two of them to incriminate Flick to the Committee than the rest of their team.

     Isaac Acosta 

Isaac is a Hispanic boy with long, curly black hair and an incredibly expressive, daredevil style and personality. Loves to be the center of attention/clown, and enjoys making people laugh. Is incredibly out of place with Gordon as his roommate. His weapon is three-headed flail that is capable of launching any or all of the three spiked balls to function as independent flying drones to either spy on or attack the enemy. His uniform has the red trim of the Explorers. Bystander-kin.

He's also a psychopath recruited by the Seosten.

  • Attack Drone / Surveillance Drone: The balls of his flail can become either.
  • Ax-Crazy: Killed his own sister. Only regrets not dragging it out for longer.
  • Badass Decay: Justified. Isaac is dangerous, but most of the things he does heavily rely upon Seosten support and being Beneath Suspicion. Without those advantages, he's much less of a threat.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Begins his interlude by torturing a pixie.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Murdered his sister because she was hogging the TV and making too much noise.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Issac acquired an enormous number of powers when he killed Professor Katarin, but he has no clue what they are. According to Word of God, he may have had danger sense powers warning him of Jazz's sneak attack but he had no clue what the powers were saying and so didn't respond.
  • Just Between You and Me: Tells Paul a lot (but not everything) about his status as The Mole just before he murders him.
  • Karmic Death: The traitor who so loves the shock on the faces of those he kills dies in shock when the person he though was here to extract him slits his throat.
  • Master Actor: Considers himself to be this and holds a grudge against his sixth-grade teacher for only letting him be a tree in a play. This came in handy when he had to pretend an intruder had killed his sister when he himself was really responsible. It also helps him play as The Mole.
  • The Mole: He was "tailored" by the Seosten to be on of their agents in Crossroads, and helps murder Professor Pericles.
  • Never My Fault: He never seems to consider the possibility that he's at fault when a plan goes awry. The way his teammates derail his attempts to get them to point the Committee at Flick, for example. Isaac treats this as evidence of their stupidity, never realizing that his inability to manipulate them says more about his intelligence than theirs.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Repeatedly touches his roommate Gordon after the other boy makes it clear that he doesn't like it.
  • Sadist: Genuinely enjoys the look of shock on Alters' faces before he kills them.
  • Smug Snake: Isaac is intelligent, but not as smart or effective as he thinks he is.
    • He also has no ability whatsoever to properly assess threats, calling Jazz an idiot even as she plays him for a sucker.
    • And even if he actually WAS every bit as smart as he thinks he is, he's still made many people vastly more intelligent, dangerous and experienced than he is very, very unhappy with him.
  • Teleportation: He can transport himself and/or anyone he's touching anywhere that is both within his line and sight and unobstructed by physical objects (so he can't do it through windows).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Gains a lot of powers from killing the century old Katarin, but doesn't have enough time to figure out how to use those powers.
  • Walking Spoiler: Isaac's nasty side shows when he kills Paul and reveals he's The Mole for the Seosten. Everything involving him after that incident relates to it.
  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Isaac is a lot more ruthless and cruel than he lets on. In reality, he's a flat out Psycho for Hire.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chayyiel kills him as he no longer has any information useful to Athena or Gaia's conspiracy and she doesn't want to chance him causing problems. Also he disgusts her.

     Gordon Kuhn 

A dark-skinned boy who is overly serious all of the time, with very little sense of humor. Gordon carries what looks like a cross between a blackpowder rifle and a gangster’s tommy gun that splits apart into a shield and sword. Wears the white trim of the Security track. Heretic-Born on Marina's team.

Gordon is yet another hybrid. His father is a Hrimthur, his mother is a Heretic.

  • An Ice Person: Can freeze anything that touches him, courtesy of his parentage.
    • Can also neutralize ice effects that touch him.
  • Foil: To Shiori Porter and the Moon twins. All four students are hybrid students within Crossroads.
    • Shiori and Gordon both have negative reactions to being surrounded by Heretics with their heritage. The difference is that Shiori directs that toward herself (at first), while Gordon directs it to his classmates.
    • Gordon and the Moons all understand that Heretic propaganda about "Strangers" is just that, propaganda. But Gordon can't look past his distrust and fear of the people who would probably kill him if they knew what he was, while Vanessa and Tristan don't hold that attitude against their indoctrinated classmates.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His mother was a Heretic, yes. His father is a Hrimthur, a Norse ice giant.
  • Hates Being Touched: Because he's afraid he'll lose control of his skin temperature and expose himself.
  • Inspector Javert: Towards Flick, but Gordon's motivations are slightly different than his teammates. They want to expose her as a spy, Gordon wants to question her about where Eden's Garden might be keeping his father.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: Once he stops holding back his ice powers everything that gets too close dies.
  • I Will Find You: Gordon's mission in life is to find his missing father, an Alter that was enslaved at Eden's Garden.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: A gun that becomes a sword and shield.
  • No Sense of Humor: Noted multiple times to almost never laugh. He can't bring himself to relax around Heretics.
  • Power Incontinence: His ability to freeze things defaults to on and has to be deliberately suppressed.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Freezing attacks are utterly worthless against him, as expected from someone who has to consciously decide NOT to freeze everything around him solid.
  • The Spock: He's too emotional to really count, but he does try to approach most things with a logical mindset.
  • The Stoic: Absolutely nothing visibly surprises Gordon. Ever. Even when Flick starts dropping world-shaking revelations like the Seosten being responsible for the Bystander Effect and creating Crossroads, he remains outwardly calm.

Miles Cleary's Team

     Miles Cleary 
Bystanderkin ... ok, actually a hybrid whose parents were kidnapped when he was six. Has a swarm of robot bees with lasers that can form various weapons and tools as his Heretic Weapon.

     Chas Mena 

     Jason Trips 

     Kaleigh Ruffin 
Short red head with a temper and a kind heart.

     Royce Jacoby 
Heretic-born Slavic-looking blond boy.

     Emily Perry 

Other Students

     Norbit Drish 

A second year student at Crossroads and a friend of Deveron's.

  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Not fond of his first name. He prefers to be called Nizzle.
  • Geek Physiques: He's a scrawny guy, or at least as scrawny as you can get after spending a year at Crossroads.
  • Last-Name Basis: Nobody calls him Nizzle. Most people just use his last name. He's cool with that.


An upperclassman.

  • Distracted by the Sexy: Namid has this to say as Flick leaves her and Hue behind.
    Namid: You know, dude, the last time I checked, the Baykok files weren’t stapled to her ass.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Hue thinks so, if his reaction to finding Flick and Shiori hugging is anything to go by.
  • Moment Killer: He and Namid manage to interrupt Flick and Shiori just as Flick is bringing up their mutual feelings.


Another older student, one who looks Native American. Related to Litonya, on the Committee.

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Lives in a world where every manner of mythological creature exists, and yet laughs off the idea that angels could be among them.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Face of a Thug
  • Moment Killer: She and Hue kill a potential moment between Flick and Shiori together, but Namid double-taps it by kicking the two out of the room.

     Harper Hayes 

Another student in Flick's year who joins the Hunter Track in her second semester. She ends up grouped with Flick, Doug, and Russel as the newcomers to the class.

She's actually Lancelot/Guenevere, infiltrating Crossroads as part of her personal mission to resurrect King Arthur. For more information, see Independent Heretics.

     Russel Bailey 

Another new transfer to the Hunter track.

  • Former Teen Rebel: And that "former" is pretty recent. Something happened before his second semester at Crossroads to make him drop the attitude.
  • Goth: Or at least he dresses like one.


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