Lucien Hale/The Leviathan
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Lord NergalOne of the Warlords that controls Altekrai.
- Abusive Parents: Traps his three children in magical earrings, preserving them as spirits that grant shapeshifting abilities.
- Asshole Victim
- Big Bad Wannabe: He considers himself a powerful figure, but he's easily defeated by Emile.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he goes out.
- Fat Bastard
- Killed Off for Real
- Older Than They Look: As a result of vampirism.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Starter Villain: For Ascendance.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: When he had the enchanted earrings anyway, he used them to decrease his weight.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries to pull this on Emile but fails.
Emilia YeagerA War-Lady who helps the Leviathan take over Altekrai.
- Black Widow: Plots to kill her husband and take his army.
- The Dark Chick: She plays this role in relation to the Leviathan's other allies.
- Deal with the Devil: Instigates the war in Altekrai to assist the Leviathan in his takeover so she can rule territory in the aftermath.
- Et Tu, Brute?
- Killed Off for Real
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Plans this for her husband as a result of his neglect.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The war in Altekrai turns her into this; unfortunately for her, the war wasn't over.
- Unholy Matrimony: Subverted in that she has no love for her husband, but both are still villainous figures.
- We Can Rule Together: The Leviathan pulls this on her.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Orion has her thrown into the fray of battle during the battle for Altekrai.
Warlord JohanThe Warlord who controlled Altekrai's largest city, Warrenstein, prior to the Leviathan's takeover.
- Anti-Villain: He's an effective leader, but still one of the villainous Warlords of Altekrai.
- Dead Guy on Display: His ultimate fate - crucified in the center of Warrenstein, his eyes gouged out and sewn onto his palms.
- Dirty Coward: The Leviathan accuses him of being this.
- Face Death with Dignity
- Killed Off for Real
- Orcus on His Throne: Holed up in his castle for the battle for Altekrai.
- Order Versus Chaos: The Order to the Leviathan's Chaos.
- The Spock: Oh yes; coldly logical under pressure.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: The final battle for Altekrai is essentially him playing this with the Leviathan.
Titorelli Dipinto AKA The PainterAn old man with a passion for art living in Altekrai.
- Cool Old Guy
- Odd Friendship: With Kaan, a top tier Cultist.
- Southern Gentleman: While he doesn't physically fit the role, he has the quiet and polite disposition down.
- Starving Artist
VartokA vampire Andre fights during Altekrai's Bloodsport Festival. He is killed by the Leviathan.
- Bit-Part Bad Guys
- Blood Knight
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: With his own blood.
- Killed Off for Real
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Small Role, Big Impact: Andre uses a sword infused with the holy ember to cut his legs off, which leads to an uneasy deal between the blacksmith and the Leviathan.
The BlackwellsA myserious aristocratic family in Altekrai that Emile and Hope discover.
Nergal's GardenerA gardener who has secretly been keeping his feral vampire father safe from vampire hunters for years.
- And I Must Scream: He's now doomed to walk eternity, without a tongue, unable to speak, and with the guilt of having killed his own father.
- Irony: Defended his vampiric father, despite the danger, and is turned into a vampire himself.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After shooting his own father.
- The Voiceless: Renders himself this, after Emile interrogates him, cutting out his own tongue.
The Gardener's FatherThe gardener's vampiric father who has been rendered maddened by years of solitude.
Ted KennwayThe head of the powerful Kennway family in Hebecil.
- Ambiguously Evil: While he seems opposed to his son, there's nothing to suggest that he's on anyone's side but his own either.
- Bigger Bad: Markus is the primary antagonist for Silas and Cicero, but Ted is the head of the Kennways.
- Evil Old Folks: Supposedly.
- The Patriarch
- Offing the Offspring: He wants to avoid this with Markus, as he still loves his son.
- The Reveal: He knows about Markus's plot to kill him and was even working with Borus to stop him.
Markus KennwayA high ranking member of the Kennway family, in control of a large part of the island nation, planning a rebellion against his father.
- Big Bad: From Silas and Cicero's perspective of the Hebecil arc.
- Faux Affably Evil: Appears rather polite at first when speaking with Silas and Cicero, but then reveals his more malicious side.
- Manipulative Bastard: Every major pirate family in Hebecil are just pawns to him so he can ascend to the head of his own family.
- Out-Gambitted: By his own father during Walter's funeral, where he seems prepared to either poison his father or some of his own allies.
- The Starscream: Plotting to kill his father and usurp total control of his family's territory.
Water Belium/KennwayThe quartermaster of the Westward Dawn, and Markus's brother who is killed when he returns to Hebecil.
- Boom Head Shot: How Markus kills him.
- Defector from Decadence: Abandoned the Kennway family.
- Nice Guy: From what little we saw of him.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Markus's murder of him is what ultimately causes Silas and Cicero to begin plotting their betrayal of Markus from the inside.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Borus Greene/AllenThe cook and quartermaster of the Noun, a ship commissioned by Markus to serve under Silas. He's secretly an Allen; one of the few remaining members of the former ruling pirate family of Hebecil. He kills himself after rescuing Silas and Cicero from the fiasco at Walter's funeral.
- Ambiguously Gay: He brings in a very manly looking woman when Silas orders him to choose the most attractive whore for himself after a raid.
- Ambiguously Evil: It's unclear whether he's truly loyal to Silas or not.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he kills himself.
- Decoy Protagonist: He looks to be the most important character in the Hebecil arc behind Silas and Cicero, but he dies a little ways into it.
- Heroic Suicide: It's portrayed this way.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Silas and Cicero.
- King Incognito: Of a sort; he's one of the last remaining Allens, who were once the most powerful family in Hebecil but were all executed in a rebellion.
- Martyr Without a Cause: His ultimate fate. Though he tragically commits suicide, he isn't mourned by anyone other than Larkin, and Silas and Cicero continue their war with the Kennways for their own reasons, and not to avenge him or his family as he had planned to do himself.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Unexpectedly kills himself after Walter's funeral over the guilt of the things he's done to maintain his family.
- Undying Loyalty: To his own ship, the Noun and his family.
Larkin AllenA mute prostitute that Silas and Cicero take under their service after a raid, who is also secretly an Allen.
- Ethical Slut: She's more proud of her profession than shamed by it, and is a nice enough person.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold
- King Incognito: Like Borus, she's a remnant of the once-powerful Allen family in hiding.
- Platonic Prostitution: With Silas, who has no sexual interest in her, but instead uses her as a spy.
- Revenge: Wants it on the Kennways for causing Borus's suicide.
- Suddenly Voiced: Breaks her silence after Borus kills himself.
- The Voiceless: Initially.
Davis MavrickBorus's replacement as Silas's quartermaster.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Like Borus before him, he seems to be this to Silas and Cicero.
- Number Two: To Borus, and then to Silas.
- Rule of Three: Davis is the third Quartermaster to serve under Silas and Cicero, after the first two died.
EdwardThe dwarven leader of the Red Sabers - a neutral pirate fleet.
- Internal Monologue: Humorously, he has these out externally, narrating his own life from time to time.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same
- Unreliable Narrator: His self-narration paint him as a romantic pirate hero, which he decidedly isn't.
The Cocklyn TwinsAron and Eren Cocklyn, the infamous "Shadow Twins," two pirates who are well known for their ruthless fighting prowess.
- Arch-Enemy: The emotionally charged jabs that Eren makes towards Silas makes her a far more personal enemy than Markus to the elven pirate.
- Blood Knight: Aron moreso than Eren.
- Brains and Brawn: Eren is the brains and Aron is the brawn.
- Brother-Sister Team
- Eyepatch of Power: Aron delights in the loss of his eye because he'll get to wear one now.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Aron is the Red to Eren's Blue.
- Sadist: Both are; Eren delights in exploiting the death of Silas's wife in her fight with him and Cicero.
- Twincest: Implied.
Mark CocklynThe head of the Cocklyn family and the twins' father.
- Axe-Crazy: According to everyone else.
- Affably Evil: Fairly friendly, despite his mean streak when he's enraged.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Gives off this vibe.
- The Dreaded: While the Kennways are powerful, Mark is seen as incredibly dangerous and unstable.
- Genius Bruiser: He's strong and deadly but he's not stupid.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
Enad DaneThe head of the Dane family and an incredibly cold woman.
Silas VictarionAn Elven bounty hunter with an intricate past whom Cicero Marius meets in Iviwapa.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: Could easily be read as either. He isn't nice, and he'll gladly shoot innocent people if paid the right price; but he was also a loving husband, and is far more practical than his impulsive partner Cicero.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's very prideful and showy about his marksmanship.
- Badass Boast: To his crew in Hebecil."You might be a lazy pile of bilge rats now, but by the time I'm through with you, you'll be certified pirates that know when to set sail, when to slit throats, and when to shut up and do what I tell you! I'm from Gildenor, and there...we got navies that would make you lot wet yourselves with blood. And that's exactly what you're going to do if you don't follow my orders to the letter."
- Badass Creed: "No gods. No masters."
- Badass Longcoat
- Berserk Button: Slavery, and being told what to do by a higher authority.
- Bounty Hunter
- Break the Haughty: His time in Hebecil sees him suffer defeat and servitude to rival pirates, which sparks his descent into more blatant villainy.
- The Captain: When he and Cicero go to Hebecil, he begins to assemble a fleet to use against the powerful Kennway pirate family.
- Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Lives this trope to the fullest.
- Cynical Mentor: To Cicero, when it comes to bounty hunting.
- Establishing Character Moment: Cicero enters a tavern to find him expertly shooting a mounted boar's head square between the eyes with a crossbow.
- Graceful Loser: Accepts his defeat in his duel with Cicero quite well. Averted when he goes to Hebecil and loses terribly to multiple opponents. The trope only seems to apply under honorable conditions.
- The Gunslinger
- Interspecies Romance: His wife was human.
- Jerkass: Very rude to Cicero upon first meeting him, and even after travelling with him for awhile.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: It's hinted multiple times that he's a nicer person that he lets on, but he repeatedly seems drawn into being a murderous and selfish killer.
- The Lost Lenore: His dead wife, Serana.
- Mind Rape: Subjected to a slight form of it by Cicero's emotionally charged spell.
- The Mutiny: Was mutinied against during his old pirating days.
- Nominal Hero: In his more heroic moments, anyway.
- Pirate: Was one in his youth, and becomes one again when he and Cicero travel to Hebecil.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As a pirate captain, he's far more concerned with longterm goals than raiding and pillaging for no reason.
- Revenge: Seeks it on the Ferrious royal family in Varia for killing Serana.
- Slave Liberation: An excuse to kill slavers seems to be a big part of why he's a bounty hunter.
- Villain Protagonist: Could be read as one.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Ambiguously so.
Prince Patrick Mandelbrot Del BaldassareThe Prince of Kermulvia, and son to Don Niccolo. Patrick's story begins as he sets off on a quest with a small group of friends to offer aid to the agrarian nation of Altekrai, in the Belt. Idealistic and looking to prove himself, Patrick soon discovers that the road to Altekrai is not as easy a journey as it initially seemed...
- Dark Is Not Evil: In a world where every mortal being has one of eight elements, his happens to be darkness.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phelmgmatic.
- The Hero: One of the more clear-cut examples in the story, especially in relation to his Mission Party.
- Jumped at the Call: More like "Made the Call himself" as the mission to Altekrai was his idea. This is particularly notable because he considers himself to have effectively missed the call the first time around by not participating in the Mithril War.
- Out of Focus: His quest has taken a backseat towards bigger issues, despite it actually correlating to said issues.
- Overly Long Name: Doubles as Awesome Mc Coolname
- True Companions: Developing this with Eldacar, Feste, and Pompeo.
- Recurring Dreams: Has dreams that channel a special kind of Dark magic.
- Reluctant Ruler: The prospects of one day ruling all of Kermulvia worry him greatly.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something:
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Part of the reason he wants to go to Altekrai is to escape this trope and learn more about the world.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Goes on a journey to offer aid to the doomed country of Altekrai.
- The Wise Prince
Feste "the Fool"The world-weary, and fairly inebriated, Court Jester of Kermulvia's Royal villa. Fed up with the infighting between the various Villas, Feste decides to join Patrick on his journey to Altekrai.
- The Alcoholic
- The Atoner: Seems to be becoming this in relation to his alchol problem.
- Black Comedy: He's a funny drunkard, but it also serves as a reminder of how broken he is.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Deadpan Snarker: It's pretty much his job.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- The Jester
- Knight In Sour Armor: Thinks that Patrick's quest for Altekrai is hopeless, but goes along anyway.
- Playing with Fire: Uses his fire-magic as an entertainment tool.
- Sad Clown
- Sarcastic Devotee: To Patrick.
- Shout-Out: His name is one to the character from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
- Stepford Smiler / Stepford Snarker
Father Eldacar O'TuamaA Priest of the Great Infinite, Eldacar is an experienced mentor to Patrick, seeing great promise in the young Prince, accompanying him to Altekrai.
- Cool Old Guy: He's really only in his 40s or so, but he gives off this vibe.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- Good Shepherd
- Jumped at the Call: Eagerly agrees to accompany Patrick to Altekrai.
- The Mentor: To an extent, to Patrick.
- The Smart Guy
Pompeo del StranieriAn expert archer from Villa Stranieri, who Don Niccolo sends with Patrick on his journey to Altekrai, as perhaps the only truly experienced combatant among the group.
- The Ace
- Archer Archetype
- Cold Sniper
- The Comically Serious: Depending on the situation, he can appear this way.
- Establishing Character Moment: Shoots an arrow into a stone wall in the middle of a conversation and announces his calculations as to how he was able to do it.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- The Mafia: His membership of Villa Stranieri implies this sort of background.
Don Niccolo Del BaldassareThe ruling King, or Don, of Kermulvia, and patriarch of Villa Baldassare, father to Prince Patrick.
- Big Good: Of Kermulvia, and to Patrick's quest-group.
- The Good King
- Good Parents: Very kind and loving to his children.
Princess Marta Del Baldassare
- Action Girl: She's a princess, but she can pack a punch.
- Boobs of Steel
- Crippling Overspecialization: She has massive power but lacks the speed, technique, or style to support it.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Lady and Knight: The Lady to Thomas' Knight.
- Mighty Glacier: Her physical strength is immense but she struggles with this trope as she often runs into situations where her speed and reflexes just aren't quick enough for her to actually use that strength.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Fits the stereotypical appearance of a native Kermulvian to a tee with her pink hair and green eyes.
- Sadistic Choice: While captured, Jiruga offers her to either remain his captive and spare her rescue party, or refuse and leave them to die.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Take a Third Option: In response to Jiruga's ploy above, she opts to bite him in the neck and try to escape.
- Unskilled, but Strong
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- Bittersweet Ending: The Battle of Teodoro in his backstory; he became a hero by stopping General Doga from activating the Moonstone only to discover that his beloved uncle had been killed in the same battle.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's shown himself to be quite clever when it comes to fighting, to the point that he's regularly capable of catching his opponents off-guard.
- Food Slap: Answered what appeared to be an attempt to poison the princess's drink by nearly breaking the offender's nose... with a salt dispenser on the same table.
- In-Series Nickname: The Hero of Teodoro.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's surprisingly well-rounded, having a good combination of strength, speed, skill, and magic.
- Lady and Knight: The Knight to Marta's Lady, in a presumably non-romantic relationship.
Marcurio SilvestriA young up and coming Knight of Kermulvia.
- BFS: Asmodeus's Bane, his prize given by the Manticore for escaping the Labyrinth.
- Demon Slaying: Hunts down daemons, with the ultimate goal of undoing Asmodeus' work and slaying the Leviathan.
- Determinator: He was seriously dedicated to put his family name back on the path to greatness.
- Family Honor: He set out to restore his family name to glory, and succeeded rather spectacularly.
- Guile Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted; his willingness to make one secured his freedom from the Manticore's challenge.
- Mind Rape: Subjected to it by the Manticore during one of the challenges in the Labyrinth.
- Nice Guy
- The Rival: To Thomas.
- Selfless Wish: When offered gold or a ticket home by the Manticore, Marcurio instead surrendered his wish and bargained with Jiruga in order to secure Hope's freedom.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Started out as one, but eventually...
- Took a Level in Badass: A lot of levels actually, over the course of his quest.
- Alchemy: He's a surprisingly good alchemist that doesn't even have to resort to Alchemy Is Magic to be useful.
Antonio del Salvatore
- Blue Blood
- Call to Adventure: Unwittingly makes one to Patrick, when he speaks of the war which inspires Patrick to set out to Altekrai to make up for his lack of participation.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: To an extent.
- Inter Species Friendship: One of the more prominent examples, with Stefano, a gnome.
- Nice to the Waiter: Fairly kind to his servants, which includes his good friend Stefano.
- Odd Friendship: With Stefano.
Stefano AzzarelloA hot-headed gnome and Chef who often finds himself caught up in various hijinks.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Chef of Iron
- Interspecies Friendship: With Antonio.
- The Napoleon: Incredibly short and incredibly dangerous.
- Odd Friendship: with Antonio.
- Super Strength: Very strong, especially for a gnome.
Battista "The Tally Man" ReinieriA debt collector who is in employment to every Villa, charged with seeking out debtors to the Villa, ensuring that they pay, either in money or blood.
- Enigmatic Minion: To every single Villa.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- The Gunslinger
- Lennon Specs: Wears a pair of blue ones.
- Ominous Opera Cape
- Professional Killer: Only when he needs to be.
- Red Baron: He takes pride in his moniker of the "Tally Man," as it instills fears in the Villas' debtors.
- Smoking Is Cool: Carries a cigarrete-holder that he's fond of drawing on.
- The Stoic
Sergio del SalvatoreA young aristocrat, actor, and playwright who is as pompous as the Kermulvian aristocracy gets.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Evil is a harsh word, but he isn't nice.
- Blue Blood
- It's All About Me
- Mauve Shirt
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Earned his high military ranking this way.
Donna Artemis del Salvatore
Jefferson ChaneyAn immigrant from Altekrai who managed to become rich off of Kermulvia's gold mines and established himself as a powerful financial figure.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerkass: Can come across as this sometimes.
- Noble Bigot: Still privately believes in slavery, but he's an okay guy.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Self-Made Man: Subverted. He was born wealthy, but lost his fortune to raiders, and had to build it up again in a Gold Boom.
- Southern Gentleman: Styled as one of these, since he hails from the Deep South country of Altekrai.