- Action Girl: A sura that isn't Action Something doesn't last. Notable cases, however, are a few nastikas that go against the general rule of their kind and are stronger in female form: Shuri, Akasha and (formerly) Vritra.
- The Ageless: Sura can't die of age.
- Alien Blood: Some sura have normal red blood, and all superior sura seem to as well in human form (with the exception of Yuta), but in sura form others bleed a variety of colours.
- Aliens are Bastards: We don't know exactly what planet suras (or humans) are from; given that they were created when the universe began, it's not unlikely that they don't have a single planetary origin. It's undeniable that the vast majority of them are assholes - not only to humans, but also to gods, and also to themselves.
- Animalistic Abomination: The lesser sura may actually fit this trope better by virtue of looking rather similar to various members of the animal kingdoms (and dragons). The exception to the rule appears to be the Taraka clan, which definitely is on the more eldritch side of things aesthetics-wise.
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Downplayed; this only applies to those of the same clan, and even then there are exceptions. Case in point, Maruna argues with Samphati that most Garuda nastikas were against Akasha's plan of killing Garuda's children to wake him up. The exception here being not only Akasha but Samphati herself, whose sole obsession in life is to make Yuta suffer, with death if necessary.
- Arch-Enemy: Some sura clans have this dynamic between them, such as the Anantas and the Garudas. The Tarakas are this to pretty much everyone.
- Armor Is Useless: There are enough transcendentals that ignore armor that it's practically worthless.
- Authority Equals Asskicking/Asskicking Equals Authority: How the sura run their clans. If a King dies, the strongest sura (a Nastika) will succeed him/her.
- Being Evil Sucks:
- Saying they are evil is very much an undeserved generalization and simplification of a very complicated reality. However, most of them normally partake in things that are very questionable, and it comes at a price. They are the most powerful species in the universe. As a whole, however, they cannot avoid the fact that they must devour each other to survive, they're despised by pretty much everyone else because of their antics, and to top it off, when Visnu separated the realms at the Cataclysm, they got the short end of the stick, while the puny, insignificant humans they screwed over and over again remained in their much less hostile realm. Billions of years of doing whatever they wanted and what they got out of it? Their numbers are dwindling, the few remaining are getting weaker and weaker over time, their clans are being destroyed, and their realm is the one most affected by the Taraka attack. And those billions of years weren't flowers, either. Losing children, friends and partners - or even one's own life - are every day things. One can die simply by angering the wrong foe, and even if they are killed for no reason at all, unless one is strong enough to seek vengeance, there is literally nothing to be done. In short, suras operate under a very different set of morals and rules, which generally put them at odds with everyone else, and makes life in their society in general utterly suck.
- Shess lampshades it when he points out that the clans most likely to survive the Taraka attacks are those whom the gods are willing to personally help—that is, the clans who didn't go around slaughtering humans simply for forsaking fiendish magic.Shess: He who has done less wrong has less to fear.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Sura are (with rare exceptions) carnivores. All sura are descended from the Nastikas and are weaker the more distant the line of descent. Sura with human forms do not actually wear clothing, but parts of their sura form that take the form of clothing.
- Nastika were born as adults at the dawn of the universe. They have a human form and a sura form. They can switch genders at will (except for the Vritra) and have a degree of control over their appearance.
- Rakshasa are sura with at least one Nastika parent. Like the Nastika, they have a human form and a sura form. However, their gender is determined by the amount of time their parents spent as male or female. They age in a series of five stages with only the first resembling conventional growth. They have to be in their human form to grow into their next stage, which requires the Rakshasa to accumulate a certain level of experience and a trigger of some sort. The growth is abrupt, lasting seconds at most, and can cause dramatic shifts in the Rakshasa's personality.
- Upani are sura with at least one Rakshasa parent. Like the Rakshasa, they grow in a series of five stages, but they do not gain a human form until they reach their third stage.
- Mara are sura with Upani parents. Like their parents and grandparents, they grow in a series of five stages, but only obtain human form when in 5th stage. However, 5th stage maras are extremely rare.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Sura place no value on life itself. They think nothing of murder for food or fun and only bother learning not to kill fellow clan members or allies.
- Born as an Adult: The Nastika.
- Conflict Killer: Ancient humans were this billions of years ago. Like today, suras and gods banded together to end what was seen as a common threat. According to Brilith, however, humans were never as dangerous as the Taraka or as the nastikas themselves. Still, this stands.
- The Dreaded: To humans, a sura is an immense danger and an object of hatred and fear. Asha, who is quite possibly the strongest magician on Willarv, states that she can defeat any Upani easily so long as they aren't fifth stage. Upani are far weaker than Rakshasa and Nastika.
- Some suras are this to other suras, too. In his prime, Gandharva was feared even by members of his own clan. No sura in their right mind will go around provoking Vritra or Taksaka, even today. You can say that all of the first generation kings were this at some point, given how powerful they are.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Kings in particular. They are immortal and powerful beings who have existed since the start of this universe that can kill even gods. Gandharva, even at his smallest size, dwarfs Kalibloom.
- Elective Monarchy: Zig-Zagged. The throne in sura clans is not passed from parent to child, but from the strongest sura to the next strongest sura. Shuri of the Yaksha clan, for instance, inherited the throne from Yaksha himself after his passing not because of any connections to him, but because she was the strongest nastika left. However, not unlike the traditional monarchy, this is very much a hit or miss thing: some make good kings, others do not. Shuri herself seems to have been a good ruler; Gandharva, on the other hand, is a terrible one.
- Enemy Mine: Gods and suras have allied to defeat the Taraka clan. Yes, things are that bad.
- Not the first time it happened, however. The two races also fought together to extinguish the first human race eons in the past.
- Gender Bender: The nastikas can change their gender at will (the male forms are generally stronger than female). And a Rakshasa's gender is determined by the time each parent (if they are both Nastika) has spent as each gender, which means there are more males than females.
- The Vritra clan used to have both male and female nastikas, but after the deal with Visnu, they all changed to male and lost their gender-bender ability.
- The Golden Rule: Averted to hell and back. The fact that suras don't uphold this is the root of many, many problems.
- Healing Factor: They can regenerate very quickly, and it's one of their primary defenses. The other is DODGE!!!.
- Humanoid Abomination: All superior sura have human forms, but all retain at least one sura trait they can't change.
- Immortality Begins at 20: 5th stage (full grown) rakshasa look like young adults.
- Little Bit Beastly: Even in human form, every sura has a few non-human traits. Some have fur on their arms and legs, others have fangs or Unusual Ears like bird wings, fish fins, animals ears, and so on. The lower the sura's rank, the more traits are retained from their sura form.
- Lord Country: The sura clans derive their names from their first generation kings. So, the first king of the Garuda clan is Garuda, the first king of the Vritra clan is Vritra, the first king of the Yaksha clan was Yaksha and so on.
- Subverted with the Taraka clan; the first king of the clan was Kali, and Taraka herself was never a true king anyway. Double subverted in that "Taraka clan" is not their true name, as that is forbidden knowledge. If they too follow the pattern, their true name is Yuta's true name, given by Kali.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: The nastikas were alive when the universe began, and haven't gotten sterile since then. Do the math.
- Might Makes Right: The sura society begins and ends on this belief. The king is always the strongest sura of the clan at any given moment. The weak have no rights - if the strong devour them or simply kill them for amusement, no one's likely to bat an eyelash.
- Monster Progenitor: The Nastika.
- The Needless: The nastika don't need to eat at all, they recover vigor by resting, which can be as simple as lounging about for a while. Rakshasa only need to eat to replenish vigor, and even that goes away once they reach their fifth stage. Sura don't sleep.
- Oedipus Complex/Daddy's Girl: The relationship of a sura with his/her father. A male sura will usually compete with his father for his mother's affection, and the father can even kill the son for that. In contrast, a female Sura is usually loved and spoiled by her father, even more if she resembles her mother.
- One Degree of Separation: Justified. All nastika were born at the dawn of the universe and the rakshasa are their kids. It would be stranger if they didn't all know each other somehow.
- One Name Only: Sura don't seem to use any sort of family name. They do re-use names, though.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Most if not all nastikas experienced the deaths of several of their children. Those like Shess, that belongs to one of the first generations of rakshasa and is still around, are said to be extremely rare. Given the power gap between generations and how the sura have a dog-eat-dog society, it's possible that most suras suffered this at least once.
- The Right of a Superior Species: Played as straight as possible. Some of the nastikas have kill counts right up there in the millions (and some in the billions, and Gandharva in special in the trillions).
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Sura with human forms only take their sura forms to hunt or fight.
- She Is the King: The leader of the clan is called the king regardless of their preferred gender.
- Smug Super: They tend to view themselves as inherently superior to humans—a mindset Brilith feels is undeserved, as it stems more from being Born Winners than any real effort on their part.
- The Social Darwinist: Is it really necessary to explain this?
- Time Abyss: The Nastika were born at the beginning of the universe.
Clan Attribute: Earth
- The Family That Slays Together: If Sagara is indeed the mother of the Ananta Rakshasas she leads, as the narrative implies.
- Poison Is Evil: As a clan of snakes, that they would be comfortable dealing with poison is a given. The "evil" part depends on who's talking, but the Garuda clan at least sees them this way.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: The clan is currently split in two, one that follows Sagara, and one that doesn't. It's up to debate which one is this, though. The one currently wreaking havoc in the human realm fits it better, but Sagara, its leader, is the official leader of the whole clan. The other group, currently in the sura realm, is the larger one and the "original", so to say, but they refuse to accept her leadership. Both could fit it, one better than the other.
- Revenge Before Reason: Averted, much to Sagara's consternation. She resents them for having no desire of avenging Ananta. Sagara being Sagara, this is understandable, but at the same time is... not. Most of the Ananta clan believes, for some reason, that Ananta died either by suicide or by poisoning. Sagara, however, knows the truth; it's to be seen if she was the only one to discover the truth, or if the other Ananta suras discovered it too and decided not to pursue revenge as she believes.
- Scaled Up: They are a clan of serpent suras, so this is obvious. The Ananta Rakshasas in Willarv adopt their sura forms (giant snakes) when they attack Atera.
- Snake People: Their animal feature.
- Succession Crisis: They had two short ones in the recent centuries. The first one happened following Ananta's death: had sura tradition been followed, Vasuki would have inherited the throne, but he refused it and used of Loophole Abuse to make Manasvin king instead (as the king is the strongest sura of the clan, and Manasvin's male form is strongest than Vasuki's female form, tradition was technically followed, but it caused some distress). The second one was the one that put Sagara on the throne: after Manasvin's reign ended (implied to be because he died), Vasuki would have nowhere to run and would have to become king, liking it or not. Or so it was thought: he again refused and backed Sagara's bid for the crown, which made her king despite the fact that are several other Ananta nastikas above her in the power scale. This was not to the clan's liking; to this day, most Anantas refuse to follow Sagara's leadership, and only haven't killed her because they do not want to anger Vasuki.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Sky
First King of the Ananta clan. Was said to be the strongest being in the universe.
- The Ace: He was good at everything. He was the strongest king, the nicest nastika, and, from Sagara's recollections, the best leader. Deconstructed in that none of his long list of qualities did anything to help him when it mattered most - in fact, one of them got him killed. See Fatal Flaw below.
- Badass Bystander: ...Apparently? Invoked by him in a really, really confusing way. In a dream, Leez sees someone that looks a lot like Ananta, who tells her he finds "her" (whoever she is) too pitiful for him not to interfere anymore. So it seems he'll do something. There is no questioning his badassitude, of course. The problem with this is that Ananta is, you know. Dead.
- Fatal Flaw: His niceness. Ananta trusted people far too much - and it ended up costing him his life.
- Foil: To Indra. Ananta was the strongest sura, Indra is the king of all gods. When seen in flashbacks or illustrations, both have their eyes covered. Both have Sky attributes. However, Ananta was famously good-natured, whereas Indra is regarded as a major jerkass by Manasvin; granted, Manasvin is a nastika, but one of Agni's flashbacks support this too. Ananta was dark-haired, Indra's hair is bluish-silver. As a god, Indra can die many times, as he'll always come back as long as his jurisdiction still exists; as a nastika, ressurrecting a fully conscious, rational Ananta is impossible note . Ananta is remembered as a caring and devoted leader, and, indeed, he chose to spare Taksaka's life simply because he didn't want to make the Vritra clan even smaller. Indra doesn't give two shits if nastikas go around destroying entire planets. And yet, Indra is the king of the species humans worship, and that seem to be humanity's ally most of the time - and all those deaths Sagara caused happened with the goal of bringing Ananta back to life.
- Also to God Kubera. Both have Earth as an attribute and are considered Aces of sorts among their peoples. Both have some complicated, mysterious connection to Leez. That's where the similarities end, though. Ananta's Fatal Flaw was his overly trusting nature. God Kubera, on the other hand, has no qualms in betraying the trust people deposit in him - such as when he refused to allow Gandharva to pass through the portal despite having given indication that he would, or Ananta's very death. Ananta's Ace status stems from his strengths and charms; God Kubera is not noted to be especially strong if compared to other 5th-zen gods, and only earned said status by killing Ananta in the first place. Sagara loves one almost to the point of insanity, but is rational enough in her hatred of the other to work with him to benefit herself. Kubera's hair changes in color, Ananta's is shown changing in length. Ananta smiled a lot; Agni has known Kubera for eons and never saw him smile. Some theorize that the whole "I-will-help-Sagara-to-this-incredibly-dangerous-and-frankly-stupid-thing" is Kubera's attempt at atonement through suicide. Ananta didn't want to die, but ended up dying anyway. God Kubera is implied to be disappearing - insights of the future show that Sagara will succeed in ressurrecting Ananta, but exactly the way Agni said she could.
- To Leez too. Both are nice people that love eating, smile a lot and trust people too much for their own good. Both have a connection to God Kubera that seems positive, but only ends up screwing them at the end of the day. Both met death in circumstances related to Taraka clan members. Both trusted someone that they should not have, and paid dearly for it. Both are stronger than the average of their peers. Ananta was the strongest being of the universe bar none, but his strength did nothing to save his life. Leez keeps taking level after level in the badass scale, but she's still painfully weak when compared to others in the setting. Finally, both have Earth attributes. The differences between them are very close to the similarities: Leez died several times and recovered, and Ananta, well, if you ask Sagara, she'll tell you he's still on his way to do the same. Leez can die many times and will always come back as herself; it's made plainly clear that Ananta can never do the same thing. Ananta's remained the Nice Guy to the very end; a long line of traumas led Leez to discard part of her kindness. Ananta loved eating just because, Leez eats to cope. Ananta was so trusting that he never suspected the one that came after his life; Leez is smart enought to know better, but refuses to stop trusting because she's afraid of being abandoned. Leez's hair is unusual enough that the guy whose hair changes colors every day remarks on it; Ananta's was of a common brown in color, and at most changed lengths. He was a Long-Haired Pretty Boy, she's (at least at first) a Butter Face. Ananta was dearly loved by his peers, so much so that there are still people trying to bring him back five centuries after he died; sadly, Leez has to face the painful lesson that those around her care about her because she's useful, or because of her father, and that the ones that truly love her for who she is are very, very few. Interestingly, those that can be argued to care the most about their well-being in their group of closest acquaintances - Ran for Leez, Sagara for Ananta - are counterparts when it comes how they care: Ran is rational enough to understand and accept that Leez has a short lifespan, and only wants her to live happily in what little time she has. Sagara, on the other hand, simply refuses to accept that Ananta died and is going on an insane crusade to bring him back, body count be damned.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: The strongest nastika of all (and that is saying a lot of somethings) loved sweets, even those that were so bad most people wouldn't dare to eat.
- The Good King: He was this, by all accounts. Deconstructed somewhat: Ananta was great, yes, but maybe too much. During his lifetime, the Ananta clan enjoyed a privileged position in the sura world, as no one would be crazy enough to defy someone with his power. After he died, however, this same dependence made the clan fall into hard times. We have no reason to believe that they have fully recovered, or that they ever will.
- Large and in Charge: Not his human form, but his sura one, which was said to dwarf even galaxies. He was also king.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He looked like a teen with a somewhat feminine face. His hair length is... weird. One flashback depicting his back has it going beyond his hips. Another has it at around the same length of his shoulders. It seems that the longer one is his "default" form, so this applies.
- Nice Guy: Everyone sings him praises, and from the (very) little we saw of him, there's no reason to believe the opposite. Deconstructed, too: Ananta was so nice that he decided to trust the person that came to kill him.
- Oblivious to Love: He was unaware of Sagara's affections and sincerely congradulated her each time she told him about a new lover. Or seemed to be, anyway.
- Older Than They Look: His favorite form was that of a 17-year-old. He died around five centuries ago, which means he was a few billions of years at least.
- Plot-Triggering Death: He was killed by God Kubera, which seems to have indirectly kickstarted the plot.
- Posthumous Character: He died around 500 years before the start of the webtoon. Even then, he still influences many characters: Sagara's whole plan was created to revert this. There seems to be a connection between said plan and the Kubera name-holders, which also enabled Leez to take part in the plot. Gandharva is helping because he wants to find his daughter, Maruna wants help for his clan, Asha is busy with some nebulous purpose that also revolves around it, and so on.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Basically everyone agrees that he was the best nastika, not just in terms of strength but also leadership and character. When Taksaka was rampaging through his clan, Ananta (who was strong enough to defeat even Taksaka) instead figured out a way to calm him down without killing him, since the Dragon clan couldn't reproduce and he didn't want to reduce their numbers any further.
- Shipper on Deck: Not him, but Yaksha, that shipped him and Vritra. Weird, considering that him and Vritra doesn't seem to have been particularly close.
- Shock and Awe: His source attribute was Sky. Fitting, as the greatest of all suras had the same attribute as the King of the Gods.
- Too Dumb to Live: He trusted the one who was after his life. Sagara of all people admit this on one of her thoughts on the matter. Given his personality, however, and what God Kubera implies, this wasn't done out of stupidity, it seems, but rather due to him deciding to trust said person. Which turned out to be a stupid decision.
- World's Strongest Man: Even long after his death, the current strongest being in the universe, Vritra, is still only known as the "strongest being in a universe without Ananta." He was said to be capable of wiping out the Taraka clan with hand-to-hand combat skills alone.
- His strength is why Sagara's plan is so dangerous. There is no way to bring Ananta back as a sane person; at most, he will be a zombie with no mind or self-control. Imagine a guy this strong going berserk. Who would stop him then?
Nastika, Source Attribute: Sky
Second King and Sagara's former lover.
- Cool Mask: Had one, with horns and everything.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When Ananta died, he encouraged Sagara to leave him and be with Vasuki, the strongest in the clan after Ananta. It turned out to be unnecessary; Vasuki took his female form, which is weaker than Manasvin's male form, so Sagara could have both the power she sought and be with the man she loved.
- Not So Different: See Garuda's entry.
- Posthumous Character: Although we don't know how he died. According to the author, he disappeared while trying to form alliances with other clans.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic one in chapter 2-55 about the hypocrisy evident in the "justice" of the gods and Gandharva and Menaka's "pacifism."
- Shock and Awe: Like Ananta, his source attribute is Sky. This is one of the reasons why fans believe he's one of Pingara's parents (and that Sagara is the other, as their other attribute is Darkness).
- Unexpected Successor: Downplayed and zig-zagged. At the time of Ananta's death, Manasvin was actually the third-ranked nastika of the clan. However, he ended up becoming king: the number two, Vasuki, changed into his weaker female form, thus falling behind Manasvin in the succession line, as he's stronger in male form.
- What Does He See in Her?: Most people can't understand why he loved Sagara so much. He says it's because she's very honest about herself.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Darkness
Third and current King of the clan. She is currently working with god Kubera for some unknown purpose.
- 0% Approval Rating: Almost no one in the Ananta clan approves of her being king; in fact, only a single nastika does so. That's actually another reason why she and Gandharva are Not So Different.
- Accuser of the Brethren: Very downplayed, but one can see a little bit of this in her interactions with God Kubera. Sure, they are currently allies, but Sagara has not forgiven him for Ananta's death. Given that there is a heavy implication that he's only working to ressurrect Ananta out of guilt, this could be possible. Sagara has no qualms in throwing his role in the nastika's death in his face, or in using his cruelty to Gandharva against him at one point.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Vasuki remains in love with her, but she moved on centuries ago. There's actually a very real possibility that, while she truly cared for him - and still does so -, she was never in love with him, because she always loved Ananta.
- Ambition Is Evil: Evil is a bit of a stretch, but it's not like Sagara is a saint, either. This is how (most of) the Ananta clan sees her: A power hungry bitch that always wanted the throne for herself and stole it by breaking the traditional succession order. It says quite a bit that Vasuki - the true king, had traditional sura succession been respected - is the only nastika backing her, and this happens to be the sole reason why she's still king.
- A Mother to Her Men: She treats her subordinates surprisingly well, often discuss her plans with the Rakshasa and won't put them in suicidal situations just to save her own life, quite the opposite. At least one time she put herself in mortal danger to let Riagara and Pingara escape safely from an opponent they couldn't defeat.
- She's also heavily implied to literally be the mother of the Rakshasas she leads. Riagara's attributes and appearance are a mix of Sagara and Vasuki's, while Pingara's attributes and appearance are a mix of her and Manasvin's. Cloche and Clophe's ancestry is a little more unclear, but if Sagara was one of their parents then the other one would have been a Water-Light Rakshasa.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Subverted, Sagara is not the strongest Nastika in the clan, Vasuki is, but since she has his backing, no one else can go against her.
- At Least I Admit It: Her attitude towards Gandharva is basically this. She recognizes her flaws and isn't ashamed of them; in fact, this was one of the things that made Manasvin fall in love with her.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Has been warned of this. Even if she does manage to bring Ananta back, he'll have no soul or mind, and will be simply a mindless zombie. Given how powerful Ananta was, this bides disaster for... everyone, really. She chose to ignore the warning, so it's yet to be seen whether this will become true.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Was never able to confess her feelings to Ananta.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's first seen in a brief flashback panel alongside Manasvin (Ep. 20) without any indication that she would become one of the ten main characters.
- Didn't See That Coming:
- She killed Brilith due to the fact that even if it pissed off Agni, she didn't care if he rampaged around the sura realm as long as he was no longer able to return to the human one. Unfortunately, she didn't take into account the Loophole Abuse Agni took advantage of in order to come back.
- Asha casting Hoti Visnu put a severe drawback on her plans. Then again, it's not entirely her fault, as it seems Asha did it mainly at the spur of the moment and never planned on doing so.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Possibly. Sagara was the main driving force behind the antagonist group in the first two seasons, until it call came crashing down on her in season two finale. The Taraka clan (and the creator Kali) seem to be the main problem for the third season, but that is not to say that Sagara has been completely dealt with as a threat yet.
- Enemy Mine: She hates God Kubera, but works with him to resurrect Ananta.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Sagara doesn't care about clan loyalties or whatever. To get what she wants, she was willing to enlist help from a god, Gandharva suras, an Asura rakshasa, and even a few Garudas, her clan's most notorious foe. She even accepted the interference of a human (Asha) as long as it was beneficial to her plan.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She utterly hated (and still hates) the Gandharva clan for refusing to help Ananta (since even if they didn't care personally, they should realize that losing Ananta would be a blow to the sura race as a whole). Still, a close look at flashbacks indicate that when the Taraka clan attacked the Gandharva clan, Sagara put her money where her mouth is and came to defend them.
- Everything but the Girl: The guy, actually. Sagara got the throne she had wanted for such a long time, but was never able to win his heart.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: She finds it endlessly hilarious that the last Kubera they needed to kill ended up dead before the attack on Rindhallow even began; as she laughs, she tells Agni, the humans he worked to hard to protect were the ones that betrayed him.
- Foil: To Brilith, who was likewise thrust into a leadership role far beyond her abilities, but who, unlike her, has managed to become a beloved leader thanks to Agni. Needless to say, this infuriates Sagara.
- Gender Bender: While all Nastika can change gender at will, Sagara is notable for doing it so frequently. This is because she, like most sura, is stronger in her male form. However, she personally prefers her female form.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: She's generally spiteful, jealous, and willing to cause large amounts of suffering to those around her to attain her goals... though as she points out, she's Not So Different from Gandharva.
- Heartbroken Badass: Why else would she be so hellbent on bringing Ananta back? After his death, the notoriously power-hungry Sagara managed to become a king's lover and then king herself. If he returns, she'll lose her throne, but that doesn't seem to bother her at all. Ananta's death affected her so greatly that she simply refuses to accept an universe without him.
- On an earlier note, she had shades of this even when he was alive. He never noticed (or pretended not to notice) her feelings for him, and congratulated her for every new lover. Apparently, this greatly saddened her.
- Hero Killer: A surprisingly unlucky example given that she successfully killed Brilith, Leez and Teo only for them to be brought back to life in separate ways.
- Hypocrite: She condemns both Gandharva and Agni for being willing to neglect their responsibilities and sacrifice others in order to protect the people they care about. Sagara herself is endangering an entire planet to try and revive Ananta. And while she mocks Gandharva for vainly hoping his daughter is still alive, it's made completely clear that she has no actual chance of reviving a sentient, sane Ananta the way she believes she can.
- Inadequate Inheritor: From the perspective of most of the Ananta clan, she's this. We don't know exactly why, but, save for Vasuki, not a single Ananta nastika backs her reign. There are many possible candidates for this:
- She's a bad king. But how exactly is never stated, and this shouldn't quite bother most of them that much, as Gandharva also sucked as a king and those that thought so simply left the clan. The whole Ananta thing is madness, yeah, but the suras aren't exactly known for being wise.
- She broke the traditional succession and usurped the throne. That makes sense at first... until one remembers that the, huh, "rightful" king actually wants her to have the throne. And it's not exactly the first time the Ananta clan went through an unconventional route to fill vacant leadership: After Ananta died, Vasuki should have succeeded him, but Manasvin did so, as he's stronger in male form than Vasuki is in female form. However, Vasuki only refused to adopt male form because he wanted Manasvin to rule to benefit Sagara especifically. No one seems to have had a problem with that, though.
- She's weak. The strongest contender, given the way the sura world works. As stated above, sura society is driven by power. Kings like Gandharva, who was a crazy psycho and a brutal tyrant at his peak, are admired as rulers by several suras - including Sagara herself - not for their leadership, but for their power. And, as stated by a few characters, Sagara is weak for a nastika. The Ananta clan may see her as this because she makes the clan weak. According to author notes... That and pride, too: Having a weaker being above you in any sort of hierarchy must not sit well with any sura, even more so with the notoriously prideful nastikas.
- It's All My Fault: After the attack on Atera, she admits being at fault for their failure, losing her cool and trying to kill Brilith, even when Riagara wants to blame others.
- Jerkass: She is power-hungry, vain, ruthless and cruel. This is actually why Manasvin loved her; unlike other people, she was actually honest with herself, rather than hiding under claims of good intentions.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When she says that she's Not So Different from Gandharva, she has a point; both of them are terrible leaders who are sacrificing the interests of their entire clan for incredibly selfish reasons, as well as being in denial when it comes to seeing their loved ones again, although she probably didn't realize that.
- Also, she condemns Agni for killing the God of Death purely to bring a mortal he loved back to life. While the story is romantic and all, when you think about it, she has a point; it was a pretty selfish thing to do.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's A Mother to Her Men. Also, she genuinely loved Manasvin and was upset when he told her to leave him and be with Vasuki. She's also hinted to have loved Ananta, regardless of his status as king.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: After two seasons of everything going her way, the end of season two got Sagara hit with this, hard: the goal she was so desperate to accomplish got completely thwarted right in front of her eyes, by a human no less, and mere minutes before she could claim success. No wonder she's so pissed when first seen in season three.
- Make Them Rot: Her "Fatal Touch" transcendental makes the target rot. She uses it to try to kill Brilith.
- The Men First: Has this attitude towards the Rakshasa following her.
- Morality Pet: Vasuki is other nastika she currently cares about. However, he's in Taksaka's nest, which is quite possibly the safest place in the universe. So, she endangers the sura back in the sura realm anyway.
- Moral Myopia: Her attacking human city after human city it's all fine and good, but Rindhallow deserves to be razed for being "drenched in the blood of [her] people".
- Near-Villain Victory: Poor Sagara. She was minutes away from resurrecting Ananta. If only Asha wasn't there...
- Never a Self-Made Woman: There's an element of this in her kingship, and she seems aware of this, too. She's only king because Vasuki backs her (even if he's currently in his female form, the male one is his "default" one, as seen in aa flashback: when playing rock-paper-scissors with Ananta, Vasuki's a guy). Previously, all the power she had stemmed from the fact that she made herself the direct subordinate of two kings - both male. It's not exactly the "woman" thing that keeps her from achieving power on her own, but rather the fact that she's weak, and suras refuse follow that.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Her "King of Toxic Mist" unique transcendental gives her the Made of Air variety.
- Not So Above It All: She generally presents herself as calm and collected, but when facing Brilith she utterly flips her shit.
- Not So Different: Points out to him she and Gandharva are like this: Both hypocritical kings willing to sacrifice their clans for their own selfish goals. It goes even deeper than that, not that she noticed it: They are both very delusional about achieving said goals and refuse to accept it may be impossible even when faced with blatant warnings and evidence.
- Older Than They Look: Looks like a teenager, but has lived for eons.
- Outliving One's Offspring: She's had a very large amount of children, enough to not remember all of them, and many have probably already died.
- It also turns out the bomb Lorraine set off in her car killed the Rakshasas and Upanis who followed her when it went off, including Riagara and Pingara, who were hinted to be her children. Sagara survives the blast and starts calling out to Riagara, asking what happened- only to find a crater and ripped corpses buried in rubble. Her eyes turn completely red from rage, implying that she is going to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Her female form is 153 cm; even her male form is only 173 cm. She's perhaps the shortest character in the main cast. Also a nastika.
- Please Don't Leave Me: A flashback has her saying something like this to Ananta, when she is trying to persuade him not to do a Heroic Sacrifice. It's even sadder as you see everything from her point of view, and the text gets bigger as she starts screaming, and becomes much smaller immediately after, as if she started sobbing.
- Proud Beauty: Is very aware of how beautiful she is, thank you very much.
- Really Gets Around: Apparently, she had a lot of lovers and enough children that she can't remember all of them. However, considering her age, this is likely the case for many Nastika.
- Seeks Another's Resurrection: To be more precise, she seeks to revive Ananta, even when Agni warns her against it.
- Smug Snake: She's really not as clever as she thinks she is, and most of the rest of the Ananta Nastika consider her a disaster of a King. Despite this flaw, she appears capable of learning from her mistakes and even respecting her opponents to a point, as is evident in her approach with the attack on Kalibloom in contrast to the one on Atera.
- Subordinate Excuse: When Ananta was alive, she was his direct subordinate.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: During the battle at Aeroplateu and Rindhallow, she allows Asha to walk right into her base and doesn't bother with even trying to stop her. At the time, she had almost managed to achieve her goals, it was only a question of time, and what a simple human could do to stop her? As it turns out, a lot.
- Undying Loyalty: An interesting case. Most Anantas refuse to follow her lead, but those that do are completely devoted to her. The more we learn about the Rakshasas following her, however, the more complicated this becomes: while they are loyal to her, only Riagara and Cloche are absolutely so, and even the former is getting doubts as of season three. It cannot be denied that she has this towards Ananta.
- Unexpected Successor: There are many other Ananta nastikas that are stronger than her, so she had no chance in hell of inheriting the throne as long as they lived - right? Think again.
- The Usurper: A weird variant of it in that the main claimant to the throne - that it, the strongest sura left after the previous king - actually supports her. In fact, having said surport is the sole thing that's keeping the crown on her head. However, most of the Ananta clan sees her as such, and thus refuses to follow her leadership. Sagara herself doesn't seem to bother with them that much, and only keeps the title because it's how she was able to forge the alliance with other suras in order to achieve her goals.
- Vain Sorceress: She loves her appearance so much that she actually spares a human because he calls her beautiful, and prefers to stay in her female form even though it is weaker than her male form.
- Although possible that she did so in order to stay close to the center of power in her clan, as the sura go by Asskicking Equals Authority and the three strongest Nastika were all male, flashbacks indicate she might have truly loved their first king, Ananta, rather than simply desiring a position of power. She remains in female form in the human realm, where it would not be necessary if she only used it for seduction.
- Villainous Underdog: While she is the most obvious opponent of humanity, among the non-human characters she is often outclassed, and in general has a relatively small destructive power, with even some of her subordinates surpassing her in strength. At least until she regains her sealed transcendentals in season 2.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue, fitting her color palette.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Fire
A former lover of Sagara's, and the expected next in line when Ananta died.
- Gender Bender: Changed into female form to avoid being the king as fem!Vasuki is weaker than male!Manasvin.
- In-Series Nickname: Taksaka and Riagara call him "Huia".
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He chose to be female so Sagara could continue to be with Manasvin while having the power she wanted. Once Manasvin died, he backed her up so she could become king of the clan.
- Morality Pet: Deliberately took on this role for Taksaka in the backstory — although he was more like The Lancer than a traditional morality pet, he was the only one who could keep Taksaka's anger in check.
- Only Friend: It's cited that he and Airavata are the only two people who'd care to avenge Taksaka if he ever died.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Taksaka.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Fire + Darkness
Sagara's greatest supporter, not to mention one of the most powerful Ananta Rakshasa.
- Creepily Long Arms: Her arms are very large and end in claws. They are the one thing that she can't change in human form.
- The Dragon: Sagara's. She's her main supporter and second in command.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: If Sagara is indeed her mother.
- Fiery Redhead: Played with. She has red hair and her hereditary attribute is fire, but her personality is very calm.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Wears a dark red bodysuit.
- Hidden Depths: Riagara is far smarter than it seems at first. She was quickly able to understand how Kasak could be useful for Maruna and used this to convince the Garuda Rakshasa to deal with him for her.
- In-Series Nickname: Vasuki calls her "Ria".
- Playing with Fire: One of her hereditary attributes.
- Undying Loyalty: Sagara does no wrong in her eyes.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Sky + Darkness
One of Sagara's followers. A 4th stage Rakshasa.
- Ambiguous Gender: Their gender has not been revealed. Even in their official profile their gender is listed as "unknown".
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They were on the receiving end of this from Yuta. It was not pretty.
- Enemy Mine: All the Anantas have some degree of this, given the enmity between their clans, but Pingara deserves a special mention because of Maruna. As the Garuda Rakshasa mentioned, they have crossed paths before: Maruna tried to eat Pingara several times, but always failed because Pingara's transcendentals are specialized in running away. One wonders what Pingara thought when they discovered they would have to work with Maruna of all people as part of their alliance.
- Invisibility: One of their transcendentals makes them invisible and immaterial.
- The Quiet One: They rarely speak.
- Shadow Walker: Can use this to observe without being noticed.
- Shock and Awe: One of their hereditary attributes is Sky. This is another reason why many fans believe Pingara to be Sagara's child with Manasvin.
- Stealth Expert: They have several transcendentals useful to spying and escaping. In the second season they went to observe Teo and her pack of fighter from up close, so that Sagara could devise an appropriate strategy.
- Super-Persistent Predator: What Maruna was to them. According to their profile, being hunted by Maruna so often left Pingara with deep psychological scars.
- Undying Loyalty: Averted. Pingara follows Sagara but isn't as blindly loyal as Riagara.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Darkness + Light
One of Sagara's followers. A 4th stage Rakshasa, her older sibling is Clophe.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She has powerful transcendentals, but she is helpless if her opponents are fast enough to prevent her from using them.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: She is more focused on transcendentals, while Clophe is focused on hand-to-hand combat.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She wears a yellow gown in human form, even while going into battle.
- Regal Ringlets: Pulled back into Girlish Pigtails.
- Sibling Team: Confirmed with Clophe; she may also possibly be this with Riagara and Pingara if Sagara is really their mother.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Compare her face to Clophe's. They're so similar they could be twins.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Darkness + Water
One of Sagara's followers. A 3rd stage Rakshasa, his younger sibling is Cloche.
- Cute Mute: As with all Rakshasa, he cannot speak out loud; he takes this Up to Eleven by refusing to speak even in sura speech unless he is alone with Cloche.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Is much better at hand-to-hand combat than his transcendental-focused sister.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: His sleeves are very long and loose, concealing his blue, clawed hands.
- Little Big Brother: People often assume that he is the younger sibling because he's in his third stage and thus looks younger than Cloche, who is in her fourth stage.
- Punch-Clock Villain: It's implied that Clophe only follows Sagara because of his sister. It can be said at least that he does not trusts the other Ananta Rakshasas - he only speaks when he's alone with Cloche. He also doesn't seem to hate humans that much either, even if he's willing to destroy their cities: he takes an interest in Airi, after all.
- Sibling Team: As with Cloche, confirmed with her, maybe with Riagara and Pingara. Not that he seems very comfortable with it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With Cloche, as they look almost the same.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Downplayed, but it seems he finds Airi quite interesting, even post-Time Skip.
Clan Attribute: Darkness
- Cast Herd: Invoked. They are, as a general rule, weaker than other suras; since they have such a huge population and weaker skills, most Asuras make up for it by always moving in groups.
- Casting a Shadow: Their shared attribute.
- Eaten Alive: Like the Taraka clan, Asuras have a tendence of eating their prey alive. Other suras are freaked out by this.
- Explosive Breeder: They are this. Not surprising, given their insectoid characteristics.
- Insectoid Aliens: They are suras with insect features. Downplayed, as they have human forms too. The only active Asura in the series, Hura, doesn't look too insect-like in human form.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste: There is a bit of this to them. The Asura clan has no problem in accepting suras from other clans if they wish to defect. Not only does this strengthens them militarily, but also benefits them by weakening the clan said refugee defected from. The Gandharva clan is a prime example: Hura mentions that many of them have been accepted into the Asura clan after leaving their own. According to Leez, due to the Taraka attack, the only ones that survived out of the Ananta and Gandharva clans were those that took refuge among the Asuras.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: Out of all clans, the Asura clan takes the trophy for this. As it would befit a clan of insect suras, they are known for having a very high reproduction rate. It's said that when the universe was at its beginning, there were a hundred Rakshasas for every Nastika.
- No Biological Sex: Every Asura has a 50% chance of being this. Hura is an example.
- Quantity vs. Quality: They side with quantity; they have to. The average Asura is weaker than the average of other clans. In exchange, they have the most members out of the eight clans, which gives them the largest military force of all suras, if not the best.
- However, season three came to use this to bite them in ass. The Taraka attack obliterated everyone from the Rakshasa level down. Most of those left are Asura nastikas, of which there are still a considerable number.
Nastika, Source Attribute: ???
The first and current king of the insect clan of suras. After Yaksha's and Ananta's deaths, Asura is now the second-strongest king, behind only Vritra. He's an ally of the Ananta clan.
- Amicably Divorced: Well, it's not known if they ever got married, but Ravana and Asura were lovers once. He's still fond enough of him for it to be one os his few known weaknesses.
- The Alliance: His clan has one with the Anantas, but, as it has been lampshaded in-story, he's not doing much work to uphold it. He also proposes one to Taksaka in exchange for him sparing Ravana's life, promising him help if the dragon ever decides to overthrow Vritra. Tak declines.
- Always Second Best: Implied. Yaksha, his nemesis, was the strongest king behind Ananta and Vritra, and was said to have brought Asura very close to death a few times; it's never mentioned if Asura ever managed to return the favor. Nowadays, he's the second-strongest king after Vritra.
- Arch-Enemy: He was Yaksha's. They fought several times, and Asura almost got himself killed at the other king's hands in many occasions. Not only that, but their clans are also enemies, as the Ananta-Asura alliance was created to counter the Yaksha-Gandharva-Garuda one.
- Armor Is Useless: Is it really? He wears one. May be simply for aesthetics.
- Distracted by the Sexy: He's very fond of his second-in-command, Ravana, whose female form is said to be stunning. That's why he allows him to cause so much trouble, and even saves his life after Ravana decides to defy death by provoking Taksaka. It also helps that the two of them had children together.
- Fair Weather Friend: There's a suggestion of this in his relationship with the Anantas. When he allied with them, Ananta was alive, and his strength gave his clan a privileged position in the sura world. After he died, Asura didn't prove to be that great of an ally: not only did he reject Manasvin's plan for creating an ocean, he also only sent Sagara a single Rakshasa to help her out. And it's not like he's in a bad situation, as his clan is the largest of the eight.
- The Ghost: Only seen once as a shadowed form in a flashback in the webtoon. Averted in the novel, where he shows up last second to bail Ravana out after he provokes Taksaka.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Resurrection + Wind
An Rakshasa on loan to the Ananta Clan to cement their alliance. His (or her; he has no actual gender) trollish nature and self-resurrection ability mean the others let him get killed far more than he would like.
- An Adventurer Is You: He's the Tank, of course; unusual for a tank, his human form is slender and unassuming, and his Sura form is far smaller than most, but he makes up for it with regeneration that makes him almost impossible to kill and transcendentals to redirect magical attacks to himself.
- Ambiguous Gender: His appearance is entirely androgynous, which makes sense when you find out that he actually has No Biological Sex.
- Auto-Revive: He comes back to life automatically when killed — up to twelve times a day.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He comes across as a complete goofball, if a clever one. Then he forces Cloche to retreat with him by knocking out Clophe, taking him as a hostage, and threatening to kill him. When he decides how things should go, he does not screw around.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nobody in the Sura alliance likes him, since he spends all his time needling them.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Invoked; his two main powers are the ability to regenerate from almost anything (including, up to twelve time a day, death) and the ability to redirect attacks to himself. Needless to say, he gets blown up a lot while tanking for everyone else, and is frequently shown dying instantly (sometimes multiple times) to underline how powerful a particular attack is.
- Healing Factor: In addition to his ridiculous regeneration, Hura's unique transcendental allows him to come back from the dead up to twelve times in rapid succession, making him almost impossible to kill.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four arms, although he normally keeps two of them concealed under his cloak.
- No Biological Sex: Although others use male pronouns for him, he (like half of the members of the Asura clan) is physically sexless; it's unclear whether he identifies as male or whether members of other clans refer to him as that purely for convenience.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Although he seems like a goofball and a layabout, his effectiveness at needling the others make it clear that he's smarter than he lets on.
- The Starscream: Not exactly, as he never betrays Sagara, at least not in actions. When it comes to words and thoughts, however, it's different. He doesn't have any problem with the thought of the Ananta king dying - he actually hopes this happens at some point. He even tells Maruna that either her death or Agni's (when they fight each other) is a victory for both of them. He doesn't seem inclined to actually do the deed, however.
- Troll: Hura delights in needling the people around him; this actually suits his abilities well, in that he's mostly ineffectual offensively but is incredibly good at trolling opponents into wasting their time attacking his nearly-invulnerable regenerating body.
Clan Attribute: Water
- The Alliance: With the Garuda and Yaksha clans. It's implied Gandharva was the one who formed it, as in a flashback he's seen joining Garuda and Shuri's hands together.
- Fish People: Their race's general appearance.
- An Ice Person: Their element, as an extension of their Water attribute.
- Making a Splash: Their clan attribute is Water.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Because they're Fish People, they need water to thrive. As a result, they got the short end of the stick when the sura were banished to the sura realm, as the lack of an ocean causes their decline. They're also the only clan vulnerable to poison, which is a problem in the poisonous sura realm.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Resurrection
First and current king of the clan. He is one of the major players in the current plot.
- 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. His extreme mood swings made him not very well-regarded by many Gandharva nastikas, who chose to leave the clan rather than endure his reign.
- Accomplice by Inaction: Manasvin and Sagara consider him - and, by extension, the whole Gandharva clan - to be this regarding Ananta's death.
- The Alcoholic: Has some shades of this. Some of Maruna's flashbacks from when he was living with the Gandharva clan show him with a bottle in his hand at several moments; not so much in the present storyline, when he mostly drinks as a way to cope. While he was depressed at the time, in Maruna's flashbacks he seemed quite joyful, which implies this trope.
- Anti-Villain: He just wants to find his daughter. Sagara mocks this attitude given the hypocrisy evident in it. See Noble Demon.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Maruna has broken Gandharva's promises for him (Season 1), accidentally ruined his life on more than one occasion (Season 2), and made it clear how pathetic he thinks Gandharva's become (Season 3). Gandharva's certainly resented him for this at various points, but he also won't hesitate to look out for him nevertheless. (Maruna likewise returns the sentiment.)
- Badass Decay: In-universe, Gandharva suffered from a heavy case of this - and it's getting worse, as in season three he's nowhere near as powerful as he was in season two due to taking sura form in the human realm seven years before.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The basis of his attachment to Agni. Considering Gandharva's past (and present...), Agni treats him far better than he deserves and he knows it.
- Berserker Tears: This is actually one of his abilities. His unique transcendental "Frozen Tears" can only be used when he is crying.
- Beyond the Impossible: He took his sura form in the human realm, something that should've been impossible for a nastika after the Cataclysm. It left him severely weakened; so much so, in fact, that seven years later he's yet to fully recover, and likely never will.
- Birds of a Feather: The parallels between his situation with Shakuntala and Teo's situation with her parents are what initially make him start sympathizing with her.
- Bishounen: His human guise has a slight, delicate appearance. He's perfectly happy to take advantage of this.
- Blood Knight: He rather enjoys combat against stronger gods, and his attitude toward such fights is akin to a cat playing with its prey. In the past, a request for assistance in a war to save Ananta from the gods actually piqued his interest before Makara and Menaka intervened with their respective suggestions.
- Break Them by Talking: While it's suggested there was some external influence forcibly making him hurt, Taraka!Shakuntala does this to Gandharva, pointing out that no matter what he does, everybody hates him and/or looks down on him and that he will never be accepted by them.
- Butt-Monkey: Not on Leez's level, but very much so. Let's just say that the present story line is not kind to Gandharva and leave it at that.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Why Agni would rather redeem him than kill him, in spite of all the atrocities he's committed: according to Visnu's insight, he's needed for the best possible future. In every other, even the second-best, Kali wins.
- Cassandra Truth: When a Taraka in Shakuntala's form shows up, everyone realizes that Shakuntala is officially dead, and this is effectively a parasite in her corpse. Of course, Gandharva isn't convinced and insists he can still feel something... and it turns out he may have been completely right, as Shakuntala's consciousness wasn't quite as gone as people assumed.
- Cry Cute: Despite all the terrible things he has done, it's hard not to pity him when he cries for his daughter.
- Death Seeker: After his Heel Realization, he's pretty much just waiting for someone to kill him as he knows he deserves, and grows increasingly disappointed that Agni won't.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype:
- Of the Noble Demon. Most of his attempts to Pet the Dog backfire on him in some way—see the section under that trope for more details.
- Then, of The Atoner. It's what he desperately wants to be, but among other obstacles, it turns out that a HeelFace Turn brought by crossing the Despair Event Horizon means that he regresses as soon as he's given hope again and he's at his best when, unfortunately, he's kept depressed because at least then he's obedient and less likely to go and screw something up.
- Despair Event Horizon: After Sagara kills Teo, making him realize how he caused the death of countless innocents for a void hope.
- The Ditherer: Often finds himself hesitant when forced to make difficult choices. This backfired badly on him in the past when his hesitation apparently led to Menaka's death as well as in the present day, when his failure to choose one side or another in time got Teo killed, at least temporarily.
- Doting Parent: As far as parents went among the sura, he in particular had a reputation for being this.
- The Dreaded: Was this before marrying Menaka, when he was still at full power. They say that even the strongest among the nastika were afraid of him. Also lampshaded by Cloche when Sagara was about to press his Berserk Button. To an extent, he was still this even after Menaka pacified him: apparently, some suras came after Maruna, fearing how strong he'd become after developing, but the sight of Gandharva sent them fleeing.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Averted. Maruna initially saw him as one, because he made him endure harsh training to develop, but later, when faced with the brutality of Samphati's training, he actually realized that Gandharva was going quite easy on him.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he—a former psychopath with a direct kill count in the trillions—thinks Kali is batshit insane and deserves to be sealed away for constantly trying to destroy the universe.
- Eyepatch of Power: He wears an eyepatch in his human guise to conceal his missing eye, which he tears out and deliberately does not restore as it's the one sura trait he can't change when in human form (and therefore it'll set off sura radars).
- Fatal Flaw: Emotional weakness. He knows that he's done absolutely horrible things (and that he should feel bad, even if he admittedly doesn't), which for a sura is a remarkable understanding of human morality. The issue is that this does nothing to help him make the right decision when he needs to; he always inevitably caves to insecurities and selfish desires. This pushes people away from him, which in turn keeps him at an emotional low, and thus the cycle repeats...
- Going Native: He's more depressed than anything, but honestly, compared to the rest of the series, the seven years he spent pretending to be a Half are probably the happiest he's been in the present.
- The Good King: Good gods, no. Gandharva is a painful aversion of this trope; see his Reluctant Ruler entry for more details.
- Interestingly, though, he might have once fitted the sura definition of this: he was remarkably powerful. Sagara herself states that she once admired him for being such a powerful nastika, and laments he no longer fits this as he's only got weaker since then. Note that his peak in terms of power coincided with the time he was at his worst morally and personally, massacring trillions of people for futile reasons.
- Handicapped Badass: As a nastika in the human realm, he cannot take sura form, something that severely diminishes his power. Even when he manages to take sura form, it costs him gravely. Still, he's powerful in his own right and can tank quite a few hits.
- Happily Married: He and Menaka were this.
- Healing Factor: His is extremely powerful and why he's basically been unkillable until now. He's not the strongest being offensively, but you can make a good case for defensively.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: A self-inflicted one given that he thinks himself unworthy of being Agni's ally given all the terrible things he's done. It's more psychological than anything given that his following actions are pretty standard for a HeelFace Turn and his thoughts on the matter suggest that he might have become The Atoner.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Gods. There's a reason Agni is at the end of his rope with him by Season 3. Post-HeelFace Turn, Gandharva usually means well, but when he has attachments to all sides, there's no telling whom he'll be supporting at any given moment. Now that he's (probably) fully convinced that Shakuntala is dead, though, Agni is hopeful that his allegiance is firmer now.
- HeelFace Turn: Several signs through the whole story imply that it is going to happen eventually. It seems this finally happened after the Frozen Tears arc.
- Heel Realization: While there had been moments where he clearly felt uncomfortable, Teo's death and Maruna's slaughter of the humans who confront him after his conversation with Agni make him realize just how horrible his actions have been until that point.
- Heroic BSoD: When his clan was on the verge of destruction. While Makara and Shakuntala argued, he was in shock, wondering why Visnu did nothing to prevent this. He snapped out of it soon enough—so that he could attempt a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He survived, but when Taraka came to attack the clan, he resolved himself to create an ocean to save everyone, which they all knew would likely kill him. Down to him leaving Shakuntala in Maraka's care as a Last Request, the entire thing would read like a death scene if the reader didn't know that Gandharva is very much alive in the present.
- An Ice Person: He prefers to use ice in battle.
- Interspecies Friendship: Subverted. He's fond of "Miss Riche" but their reunion comes with the revelation that he's a nastika, not a Half as he pretended to be, and was likely involved in the attacks on the cities. Leez makes it immediately clear that she despises him for this.
- Intrigued by Humanity: Although Smug Super, Gandharva seems a tad fascinated by human culture. He's quick to like humans who are nice to him, has Leez explain curry mushrooms to him, is interested in buying gloves for Maruna (even though sura typically dislike wearing human clothes), and when Teo offers to sponsor the two of them during their Half masquerade, he tells Maruna it'll be a good chance to experience city life (that doesn't end in blowing said city up).
- Kicked Upstairs: Confessed to Visnu in a flashback that he never had any desire to be king, and would feel happier otherwise.
- Kill the Ones You Love: It's unclear as to how convinced he was that the Taraka!Shakuntala was really her, but regardless, he ends up stabbing her for Agni's sake.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Long, loose hair, and he's just about as pretty as his wife.
- The Lost Lenore: Menaka is this to him. If his Ship Tease with Teo go anywhere, he may grow out of it.
- Love Makes You Evil and Crazy: Just see what he can do for Menaka, Shakuntala or Teo.
- Love Redeems: A pattern for him.
- Before marrying his wife, he was cruel and even feared by other Nastika due his power and behaviour.
- Getting to know Teo makes him consider if he can really justify what he's done.
- Making a Splash: The king of a clan whose element is water. His source element would likely be better for healing, possibly explaining why his attacks are water based.
- Master of Disguise: Of sorts. He's pretty much the only sura who takes full advantage of his shapeshifting abilities and therefore has taken on more appearances than any other character.note
- The Mentor: A combination of this and Parental Substitute to Maruna.
- Moral Myopia: He just wants to find his daughter. Never mind the body count. He later grows out of this.
- The Mourning After: Has yet to remarry after Menaka's death. In fact, rather than find a new mate, he decided to focus on caring for and protecting their daughter instead.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Maruna violently killing all the humans threatening Gandharva (who was trying to talk them down), as he realizes this pretty much applies to all the bad things he's done just to find Shakuntala, and implicitly even before then.
- Noble Demon: He will pay his debt and keep his promises (as far as the situation allows). Sagara repeatedly mocks him for this attitude, and events in the Frozen Tears arc deconstruct this trope in regards to Gandharva.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Downplayed, since everyone has good reason to doubt Gandharva, given his long history of actually being as terrible as everyone thinks he still is. Nevertheless, whenever he tries to help out with good (or at least non-terrible) intentions, people believe he's secretly plotting against them. They also take his actions in the latter half of Season 2 as proof he hasn't changed one bit, unaware that his motivations by then were completely different.
- Not Helping Your Case: In season three, he has allowed himself to be captured by Agni and Chandra in Kalibloom and seeks to be their ally. However, at the time Brilith had already recovered her memories, and remembered of all the times he killed her without Agni's knowledge. He's desperate to gain the fire god's approval, which means getting Brilith's. When she demands he repent from his past slaughters of human beings, he... absolutely refuses to do so and remains firm on his position that humans are below him. And that's talking to someone who remembers when nastikas helped the gods extinguish the human race once. Not your best move, Gandharva.
- Oblivious to Love: He's completely oblivious to Teo's crush.
- Older Than They Look: He's a nastika, which means he's as old as the fucking universe itself, but he looks like the could be in his twenties. Later forms look even younger.
- Overprotective Dad: He didn't even try to hide his hostility when Shakuntala expressed her fondness for Maruna. However, the trope is played more seriously otherwise. Given that his wife was killed and Shakuntala had previously been kidnapped, his attitude was rather justified, even if said daughter was all too well aware of how much she burdened him as a result.
- Papa Wolf: He'd do absolutely anything to ensure Shakuntala's safety, to the extent of being a Knight Templar Parent. It's shown in full effect in Season 3, where despite recognizing the Taraka!Shakuntala as a fake, he still chooses to protect her and turns against Agni.
- Parental Substitute: He seems to be a bit of one towards Maruna, who shows more concern about Gandharva being missing for a few days than his own father's coma.
- Pet the Dog: He is willing to spare certain humans in targeted areas if they amuse him and aid Halfs being transported by Half hunters (although this was also in part out of pragmatism).
- As with many other things, this is also deconstructed:
- He spared Leez due to finding her amusing, and in doing so unknowingly allowed his quarry to escape, although Maruna is more thorough in his approach.
- When he attempts to do the same with Teo, she points out that she has no desire to be spared if the rest of Kalibloom is slaughtered, finding such behavior cowardly. This, and Sagara's own comments about the situation force Gandharva to confront the fact that, in the end, engaging in this trope does not make him the slightest bit innocent of his role in the massacre of countless humans.
- Brilith mocks him for this, commenting on how the one time where he spared her, due to her being Agni's lover, he must've felt gracious... without realizing that he'd already killed her in several other lives.
- As with many other things, this is also deconstructed:
- Pride: Oh so very much. Fittingly for a nastika - and a king - Gandharva considers himself to be completely above petty beings like humans. So much so that he refuses to ask for Brilith's forgiveness when he needs it the most.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In the past. Menaka recognized that he didn't kill because he was pure evil; he was too immature to fully understand the weight of his actions. Brilith even compares him to a child pouring water into an anthill. Billions of years later, he's mostly dropped the psychopathic part thanks to her influence, though he's admittedly still a Manchild at times.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Flashbacks show him as the wild Red to Makara's gloomy Blue.
- Reformed, but Rejected: In Season 3, he's sincere about wanting to fight alongside Agni, but at this point, Agni's too wary of Gandharva's HeelFace Revolving Door tendencies to take him at his word—to say nothing of Chandra or the humans, who don't want to give him a chance, period. It's not entirely unjustified, given that Gandharva does then pull a FaceHeel Turn, though only briefly.
- Reluctant Ruler: Deconstructed. Gandharva never really had any wish for kingship, but, being the strongest nastika in his clan, he was made king nevertheless. However, he was incredibly unfit for it; many of his decisions only helped weaken his people and make their lives harder than it had to be. Even those that are fit for ruling and did give him good counsel - such as Makara - can't do much because he's king, and if he refuses to listen to them, that's it. At first, he was a tyranical psycho that would wipe out whole planets simply to vent his anger; Menaka's influence lessened this somewhat, but this created another problem, in that he began to do whatever she told him to without even thinking about it. Case in point, when the Ananta clan was suffering the attack that would end up on Ananta's death, he refused to help not because he wanted to take his clan away from the fighting, but because Menaka said they should do so - he didn't even give the matter any thought. After she died, he became famous for his mood-swings, that would be so bad that many nastikas left the clan - which left the Gandharva clan lacking in power, a very dangerous thing in the sura world. This would come to bite them in the ass when Visnu separated the realms: the Gandharvas had to flee the Taraka attack because they didn't have the power to fight back. Sure, they were weakened by the toxicity of the sura realm, but he was also to blame for that to some level: he trusted Visnu and refused Manasvin's proposal of creating an ocean. As Visnu's promise ultimately was never upheld, his clan suffered for it. And, what perhaps is the cherry of the cake: even when everything in the sura clan has gone to shit in season three, he refuses to go back and help them. Maruna even points out that he has no right to be called a king anymore, but one wonders, did he ever had?
- That Man Is Dead: Or rather, will be dead, as he told Shakuntala. When she begs for him to flee to safety even as she's willing to die, he asks her whom she wants to live: the king or her father? The former may survive, but if Shakuntala dies, Gandharva as a father will die with her.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: He's constantly reminded that he's a horrible person and isn't as reformed as he thinks he is, and everyone's just waiting for him to prove them right. And he does... but when made to choose between them and his daughter (however obviously fake), it's fairly obvious what was a deciding factor. In the same vein, he then pulls yet another HeelFace Turn for Agni, the one person still willing to see any good in him.
- Think Nothing of It: His response after Elwin unknowingly thanks him for keeping her company before she returned to Kalibloom.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Seems so, as he's not longer the psychotic slaughterer the once was, but isn't exactly a saint, either. In season three he decides to side firmly with humanity.
- Except that maybe not. As Brilith points out, his change of heart only came after he lost most of his powers and grew severely weakened. She states that his choice to help humankind is meaningless if it's based simply on his inability to kill them in the same scale as before.
- Tragic Bromance: See Agni's entry.
- Tragic Villain: Unlike Sagara, he's not malicious, and unlike Maruna or numerous other antagonists, he's not even convinced of his righteousness. He knows he's in the wrong and hates it (even if his guilt is less for his victims and more that he's not the person his loved ones thought he could become). Unfortunately, his Fatal Flaw keeps him in a vicious cycle of this.
- The Unapologetic: Despite his change of heart in season three, he remains this. When Brilith demands he repents his pasts exploits, he utterly refuses to do so. Humans are just ants, after all.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His typical outfit includes an open robe.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Though normally an emotional Manchild, he can be a remarkably good actor while infiltrating cities in human guise, where he plays the part of a harmless gentleman.
- Worthy Opponent: With Agni. It gets into some really convoluted and complex frenemy territory centuries ago, and just keeps getting more... solid. It's arguable that Gandharva currently feels closer to Agni than he does any other Nastika or Astika, despite technically being on the "wrong" side to keep their relationship as cordial as he might like to.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has bright green hair. It's blue in his sura form, and later switches to blue in his human form as well.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Wind
Shakuntala's mother and Gandharva's late wife. She was killed long before the story began.
- Actual Pacifist: Convinced Gandharva to not get involved with matters that didn't concern their clan. It's worth noting, though, that she was by no means weak (as, according to the creator, was a common false assumption among fans)—she was one of the strongest nastika of the clan.
- All-Loving Hero: She wished for mercy for Gandharva, who was a raging Psychopathic Manchild at the time, while also despairing over all the humans he was slaughtering and that Visnu accepted them as an acceptable price for the universe as a whole.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: How she and Gandharva got together. She constantly showed up to get him to stop killing, while he'd make a face and hide from her (i.e. it was very much not Love at First Sight for them). It seems that eventually, they did this so often that by virtue of being a prominent fixture in each other's lives, they fell in love.
- Birds of a Feather: She, an outlier among nastika, was friends with Agni, an outlier among gods.
- The Chosen One: Zigzagged. She was actually supposed to inherit the name of Gandharva, but despite that not going as planned, Visnu rolled with it and saw that she could be the first nastika to achieve enlightenment and be the one to defeat Kali. Unfortunately, Kali managed to deceive her, ensuring her death, and thus the role of becoming Kali's bane fell onto Gandharva, whose chances are far less than Menaka's were due to being nowhere near enlightenment.
- Friend to All Living Things: Well, as much as a nastika can be. She was genuinely troubled by Gandharva's senseless slaughter of humans.
- Happily Married: She and Gandharva were this.
- Hidden Depths: She's gentle and maybe too pacifistic for her own good, yes, but she was also the nastika closest to enlightment and the one originally set to kill Kali (not to mention one of the strongest members of her clan). She also seemed aware of far more things than her husband: after all, she knew that Visnu secretly despised Gandharva, and knew the reason for it.
- Karma Houdini: Not her, but Gandharva. Her deal with Visnu (actually Kali) was to ensure that he ends up as this, with her bearing the sin of this crimes instead.
- The Lost Lenore: Gandharva has yet to remarry since her passing, and at some points thinks back on her.
- Messianic Archetype: As part of her deal with Kali, her soul bore the weight of Gandharva's sins (therefore being purged with her death), which was her way of saving him from Paradisial Flare.
- Morality Chain: To Gandharva; he was extremely vicious before meeting her. It's eventually revealed that she actually invoked this, albeit, with the intent of being his Morality Pet, believing Gandharva could change and essentially volunteering herself for the task. The reality though is that given his actions after her passing, she fell into this trope instead.
- Pacifism Backfire: Unfortunately, her influence was one of the first steps in what would lead to her clan's downfall.
- The whole thing gets verbally deconstructed by Manasvin during a flashback to the incident, namely the Gandharva clan's refusal to aid in the rescue of Ananta, leading to the latter's death, with him commenting on how such behavior is nothing more than undeserved self-righteousness during times when action might actually be needed for the sake of others in need of help.
- Posthumous Character: Apparently, she was killed by the gods a few centuries before the present time.
- Rapunzel Hair: Well, she's a nastika.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her daughter Shakuntala inherited most of her looks.
- Unwitting Pawn: To save Gandharva from one day being killed by Paradisial Flare, she struck a deal with Visnu, only to discover later that it was actually Kali in disguise, therefore preventing the initial best possible future from occurring. On a much larger scale, her deal with Kali placed the duty of destroying her in Gandharva's back, which seems rather unlikely - and given said person's goal of destroying the universe...
- What Does She See in Him?: When someone expresses shock that she married Gandharva of all people, even Menaka admits she's not quite sure how she ended up falling in love.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Resurrection + Wind
Gandharva's daughter, known for looking and acting much like her mother. Most sura assume she is dead; Gandharva has practically sold himself into slavery on the slim chance that she's not.
- Achilles' Heel: She was Gandharva's, hence why the gods once tried to take her hostage. She was aware of how much she burdened him as a result, and took steps to not have him sacrifice others (or himself) for her; ultimately, he never listened.
- Action Girl: She's not this, despite the fact that both her parents at top-ranking nastikas of their clan. Played for Drama, as Shakuntala's weakness means she has a lot of trouble surviving in the sura realm. She ultimately refuses to abandon the children and weaker members of the clan when they seek asylum with their Garuda allies, as she thought it was unjust that she, weak as she is, be allowed to live simply because she's their king's daughter. This ends up with Gandharva losing track of her whereabouts, which kickstarts the whole of his participation on the plot.
- Actual Pacifist: She took after her mother in this regard, though unlike her, Shakutala had no real combat ability in any case. When Agni uses Paradisial Flare against her, it fails, confirming that from start to finish, she never took a single life.
- All-Loving Hero: Like her mother. Her father, the rest of the clan, humans like Siera when she possesses him—she loves everyone deeply. Deconstructed by Gandharva, who pointed out to her that there will be times when she has to choose between what she loves. Namely, if she wants her clan to live, then the most practical option to save them would be for Gandharva to make an ocean, even if it kills him.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She liked Agni because he saved her life as a child when he could have had her killed. She even asked Gandharva to not ever fight him because of this.
- Came Back Wrong: Assuming that the Chaos sura possessing Siera really did assimilate her being into the clan's network. It didn't; Shakuntala was faking it to convince her father to kill her for good.
- Daddy's Girl: She was Gandharva's little princess and she adored him just as much as he did her.
- Friend to All Children: Often seen taking care of the clan's children in flashbacks.
- The Gadfly: Often teased Maruna over his slow development.
- Good Is Not Dumb: She knew very well how much of a burden she would become to her father if his overprotectiveness went unchecked. So, she did what she could to ensure he wouldn't go back to his old ways because of her: she healed herself in the sura realm to avoid showing how much the hostile environment distressed her body, she told him to avoid fighting Agni because of his kindness, and, most of all, she knew to fake being a Taraka so that Gandharva could kill her and not betray Agni.
- Green and Mean: Averted. She's green-haired and green-skinned, but you would have trouble in finding a nicer girl.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Using the last bit of control she has, she tries to convince Gandharva that she's a fake so that he'll finally give up and kill her, and when he does, she keeps it up so that he can believe she already died and moved on to Paradise.
- Ill Girl: She spent an abnormally short amount of time in each growth stage, which made her very weak. The poisonous air in the sura realm (and lack of an ocean) certainly didn't help.
- Innocent Flower Girl: Often seen in flashbacks in flower fields, or making flower wreaths.
- I Owe You My Life: Or rather, We Owe Agni My Life, So Please Don't Fight Him, Dad.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: She's as gentle and pacifistic as her mother Menaka, and even inherited her looks to boot. She also shares her respect and liking for Agni. The only thing Shakuntala didn't inherit from Menaka was her power.
- On a much lesser note, she also had her father's habit of teasing Maruna, but her version of it was far kinder (and much less violent).
- Living Emotional Crutch: She was the only thing that kept Gandharva from reverting to his old ways after Menaka's death, and in the present, the idea that she might be alive is all that's keeping him from crossing the Despair Event Horizon.
- Morality Chain: Maruna sees as one to her father while ruminating on the apparent hopelessness of Gandharva's quest to find her.
- Morality Pet: Takes on this role for Gandharva after Menaka's death. Notably, she was destined to fulfill this role: after Menaka was tricked by Kali into a deal that would end up with her dead, Brahma instructed the nastika that she should focus on redeeming Gandharva, and that her child should take on the role after she died.
- Nice Girl: Shakuntala is right up there with Agni in this regard. She's so nice that even when she possesses Siera as a Taraka, she tries to use the least amount of vigor possible in order to not damage his body.
- Precocious Crush: Print Bonus material suggests that she had one on Agni, who saved her life as a child.
- Small Role, Big Impact: In-Universe. Human biographies of Gandharva barely acknowledge her and Chandra forgot Gandharva even had a daughter. Even Agni doesn't remember her name at first! And yet, she's the sole reason for Gandharva even be taking part in the plot (at least at first).
- Tragic Monster: Her ultimate fate, as she's taken over by a Taraka.
- Uncertain Doom: While she's widely believed to be dead, it's unconfirmed precisely when or how she might have died.
- It's later revealed that she has passed, likely having been eaten by a Chaos sura, as she seemingly reappears as part of that clan's neural network.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, actually.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Darkness
Second in command of the clan and Gandharva's right hand man.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his appearance, he appears to have been loyal to his king and a source of good counsel. Implied to not fit the bill from a human perspective. When Leez remembers all the despicable nastika she met during her seven years in the sura realm, what appears to be Makara's silhouette is one of the largest ones seen. Given that Brilith's tells Gandharva the two of them met while Leez was among the sura, this is very much a possibility.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His gloomy personality means, despite his loyalty and competence, few people actually like him. He defused a potential rebellion by reminding everyone that if they overthrew Gandharva, he would become king, a prospect they found unnerving enough to back down.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's telling that after the Cataclysm, Makara was trusted to handle dealing with an unruly crowd of fellow clan members unhappy about the clan's situation. Manasvin and Sagara even go as far as state that Makara was king of his clan in all but name.
- Number Two: To Gandharva.
- In the Hood: Wears a hooded cloak, adding to his already somewhat dark and sinister appearance.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gloomy, serious Blue to Gandharva's moody and irresponsible Red.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Sky
A Nastika from the Gandharva clan. He was a longtime friend of Menaka and helped look after Shakuntala.
- Horned Humanoid: Supplementary materials state he has small horns hidden in his hair.
- Multicolored Hair: He has purple tipped blue hair.
- Posthumous Character: As revealed by Sagara's transcendental, Urvasi is dead.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: In female form, Urvasi is one of the great beauties of the sura.
Clan Attribute: Sky
- The Alliance: Have one with the Gandharva and Yaksha clans. However, with the kings that formed the alliance - Garuda, Gandharva and Shuri - all unable to rule, it's stated to be shaking.
- Super Senses: All Garuda have spectacular vision.
- While unconfirmed, they also appear to have superior hearing.
- Lightning Bruiser: As a clan, they are the fastest sura.
- Winged Humanoid: As a clan of bird people.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Light
First king of the clan. Father of Maruna, Yuta, and Kalavinka. Went into a coma after the Cataclysm.
- Fisher King: It's pretty much stated that the state of a king reflects on their clan. Garuda went into a coma after the Cataclysm, and the Garuda clan only weakened since then. During the seven year timeskip, the Tarakas attacked full-force, and the Garudas were one of the clans that bore the heaviest casualties, so much so that they only have a single nastika in fighting shape, Akasha. What became of him is unknown.
- Large and in Charge: Pretty darn tall in human form and king of the Garuda clan to boot.
- Not So Different: With Manasvin of all people. Let's see, long white hair? Check. Mask? Check. Powerful nastika? Check. King whose comatose state - or implied death in Manasvin's case - put his clan in a difficult situation? Check. Said clan decided to ally with a god to escape that predicament? Check. Had a lover far below him in the power scale? Also check. The main difference lies in their relationship with said lovers: Garuda had two children (that we know of) with Vinata, but also had a kid with Kali after getting together with the other nastika. Manasvin, on the other hand, loved the ambitious Sagara so much that he suggested she leave him for Vasuki when it seemed he would become king following Ananta's death. It should be noted, however, that flashbacks hint that Garuda wasn't exactly happy with Kali and may have joined her plans for some reason that's not lust (as it certainly wasn't love, as far as one can tell).
- Even their clans' attributes are contrasting: Earth for the Anantas, Sky for the Garudas.
- Parental Neglect: He ignored Yuta, and Maruna doesn't seem to miss him that much.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Light + Fire
Garuda's eldest (living) son. His father sent him to the Gandharva clan to be raised by by their king, as they were friends.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: For all his haughty behavior, he doesn't hesitate to beg for Gandharva to save Samphati.
- Aloof Ally: To God Kubera and the Ananta clan. Especially with the latter, since he feeds on the lesser sura to replenish his vigor. The Ananta rakshasas despise him for it; one of them even comments once that it would be the best for them if he dies, since they'll go back to being enemies after everything is over.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Yuta. It's not that Maruna doesn't care for him, it's just that his way of showing it is... sura-like.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He really cannot tolerate (or understand) Gandharva's behaviour most of the time, but he's as protective of him as he is towards his other loved ones, and as much as he looks down on Gandharva's false life as a Half, he still goes out of his way to help Gandharva maintain the masquerade.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult Gandharva. He's broken jaws and then some for calling Gandharva's eye stupid.
- Big Brother Instinct: He went through Training from Hell so he could retrieve his younger siblings safety. That doesn't mean he's unwilling to harm them if that's what it takes to bring them back to the sura realm.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Very, very much on display. From seeing nothing wrong with destroying an entire human-held planet (because they're only human, duh), attempting to decimate another, eating Sura allies (non-mission-critical ones) when he needs a boost, going out of his way for others he finds enjoyable to be around, having a rigid honour system he sticks to... Maruna displays every Sura trait Yuta has ever described.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: His dynamic with Kasak in a nutshell: as the half-dragon may have information regarding Kalavinka, he cannot bring himself to kill him, despite how much of a nuisance Kasak becomes - which, as Samphati points out, is a mistake from their plan's point of view.
- Childhood Friends: Since he grew up with the Gandharva clan, he and Shakuntala became this, much to Gandharva's chagrin.
- The Comically Serious: Him with Kaz's cat is a sight to behold. Especially when, after Maruna's dramatic monologue about survival of the fittest, it just... pees next to him. Because it's a cat.
- Conflicting Loyalty: As Gandharva points out, this is why Maruna can't be A Friend in Need for him. If forced to choose between him and Kubera (or rather, his siblings), Gandharva knows Maruna won't choose him.
- Deal with the Devil: Despite Gandharva's best attempts to dissuade him as no good can come out of using Kali's item, Maruna's determined to use the Pledge Token to reach fifth stage and save his clan.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's not evil per se, merely antagonistic, but he loves his younger siblings dearly and clearly worries about Gandharva.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's visibly enraged by slavers and considers them to be filth.
- Enemy Mine: He's only working with Sagara as part of a deal to find his siblings. Otherwise, they're enemies/prey. Actually, he treats the lower-level Ananta suras as prey even as he works with them.
- Fantastic Racism: He looks down on humans, but views Halfs like sura.
- Foil: To Gandharva. Where Gandarva appears relatively gentle but is heavily flawed, is intrigued by humanity, wants nothing to do with his clan by Season 3, and is severely depressed, Maruna is antagonistic but surprisingly noble, looks down on humans, is fiercely loyal to his people no matter the personal cost, and can't understand Gandharva's lack of motivation.
- A Friend in Need: When Gandharva's on the brink of a Despair Event Horizon, Maruna tries to bring him back by assuring he's still there for him. Unfortunately, it doesn't stick as Maruna has no idea why Gandharva's acting this way, and because circumstances may turn them into enemies.
- Implied Death Threat: When he demands to know why Gandharva's in Kalibloom:
- Maruna: Answer me quickly, Cloche. I'm hungry.
- As he tells a captive Elwin, he dislikes killing Halfs of allied clans... but that if it comes down to it, he's willing to go against his morals for the sake of a greater good.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: "Maruna" isn't his real name.
- Noble Demon: As long as he's dealing with Halfs or other Sura, at least. He went out of his way to keep Kasak's daughter safe while fighting him (even when Kasak didn't seem to care), and tried to treat Elwin well despite holding her as a hostage.
- Notably, he doesn't kill for no reason. He derives no pleasure from the act of killing and only does so for food or some nebulous purpose.
- Not So Above It All: He hates anything to do with humans, but can't help but be intrigued by the tablet that allows Shess to talk... and on the childish end of this trope, he huffs and denies said interest when Shess reminds him that he's too proud to use human devices.
- Not So Different: As Maruna acknowledges, he's ultimately in no position to judge Gandharva for losing sight of reason when it comes to family, given what he's willing to do for his own.
- Not So Stoic: He drops his cold attitude in front of his siblings and (to a lesser extent) Gandharva.
- Older Than They Look: Even by sura standards. He developed especially slowly, with the younger Shakuntala consistently reaching the next stage before him. Even Kalavinka—his little sister—developed to third stage first, meaning at one point he would've been her Little Big Brother.
- Pet the Dog: He saved Elwin from becoming Upani food even after the sura had gotten what they wanted by catching her.
- Pride: Even more so than Gandharva, whom he actually chides for not being proud enough. His Fantastic Racism means he refuses to use any kind of human creation (aside from the gloves Gandharva gifts him) and is utterly baffled by Yuta and Shess's willingness to empathize with humans aka lower life forms. Even that aside, it's telling that Maruna's trigger to develop to his third stage (and possibly fourth stage as well) was humiliation.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a few of these to Gandharva in Season 3, disappointed by Gandharva's implicit decision to abandon his clan.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's somewhere over 1000.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red (the more emotional of the two, not that this is hard in this case) to Samphati's (completely uncaring) Blue.
- The Stoic: He's very reserved, though as Gandharva notes, he does have a playful side. The more we see of Maruna, the easier it becomes to see that this is not the whole truth about him; season three in special does an spetacular job in making him show emotion.
- Super-Persistent Predator: Towards Pingara, apparently. Maruna tried to eat them several times in the past, but never managed to because of their escape-focused transcendentals. One would think that Maruna would give up after a few attempts, but apparently not.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards his clan.
Rakshasa, Clan Attributes: Chaos + Sky, Hereditary Attributes: Light + UnknownThe middle child of Garuda.
For more information, see his entry under "Taraka Clan."
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Light + Fire
The youngest child of Garuda, and Maruna and Yuta's younger sister. When the three siblings split up, she went with Visnu to Willarv.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Light + Darkness
An emotionless 5th stage Rakshasa, who seeks revenge for her sister's death. Currently aiding the Ananta Clan to achieve her goal.
- Best Served Cold: She waited 300 years for her chance. And it was denied her.
- Broken Bird: Her sister's death absolutely destroyed her. Yes, she lost her emotions as a result of using the Pledge Token, but she had to decide to use first. And it's not like the effects of it are a surprise either - everyone knows that things connected to Kali are not good. Samphati pretty much gave up on herself after Jatayu died.
- The Bully: A weird, downplayed example of this towards the Ananta clan. She's surprisingly respectful towards Sagara, even bowing to her when they first meet - most of Sagara's clan members don't have this much respect for her, and Samphati comes from an enemy clan. On the other hand, she treats the Ananta rakshasas following Sagara like dirt, going out of her way to rub their uselessness and her power in their face, aware that, since she's a 5th stage rakshasa and necessary to the plan, they can't do anything to her. It's brief, but she did it for no reason other than she could. And it hit them. Hard.
- Deal with the Devil: She used the Pledge Token, a God-Level Item created by Kali, to facilitate her early development to 5th stage.
- Emotionless Girl: Her abrupt development to 5th stage left her mostly emotionless.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: Her dynamic with Maruna presents an interesting case of this. Samphati's use of the Eye of Perishment made her emotions so numb that her own mother recognizes that she barely has any personality left. Maruna himself is not exactly open to expressing his feelings, either; however, when put together, both of them represent the two sides of this trope. Maruna is driven by his loyalty to his family: he refuses to kill Kasak because he could know about Kalavinka's whereabouts, despite the fact that the half-dragon is a major obstacle to their plans. Samphati, on the other hand, is cold, uncaring and unemotional. However, they also invert this: despite loving his siblings, Maruna puts his clan before them, and thus is willing to temporarily maim Yuta if that's what it takes for him to go to the sura realm. Samphati, on the other hand, only lost her emotions because of a burning desire for revenge, and is willing to sacrifice the chance of her king ever waking up to get it - and she's fully aware of how bad is the situation of the clan ever since Garuda went comatose.
- Flower in Her Hair: Pink flowers with feathers. The feathers belonged to her sister.
- Humanoid Abomination: Her sura form is a gigantic Winged Humanoid. She's so big, Kasak looks like a small lizard on her forearm.
- Ice Queen: Very much so, and not of the defrosting kind.
- It's Personal: Boy howdy, yes. She hates her sister's killer with a passion that not even the victim's own mother (Akasha) matches. It wouldn't be too farfetched to say that hate has driven her crazy - and, if she's not nuts yet, she's well on the path to be. As Akasha herself states, Samphati's hatred for the killer is the last thing holding the little pieces of personality she still has together.
- Nerves of Steel: Seems so at first; it's only when Kasak opens the Crescent Gate that this is averted.
- Oh, Crap!: When Kasak opens the Crescent Gate during their battle, Samphati is visibly scared.
- Perpetual Frowner: She hardly ever shows anything other than a bland face. Even when she smiles, it's not openly.
- The Quiet One: Not very talkative. One flashback even has Maruna wondering about it, and trying (and failing) to break the ice.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Her relationship with Maruna may be seen this way, with Samphati being the unemotional Blue to Maruna's (relatively more) caring Red.
- Revenge: Seeks to avenge her dead sister.
- Revenge Before Reason: When her mother tries to talk her into finding the true culprit behind her sister's death, she mindlessly repeats that it was Yuta's fault and no one else's.
- Revenge by Proxy: She plans to kill Leez to make Yuta suffer.
- Sanity Slippage: Shows signs of this, most notably when Akasha tries to discuss Jatayu's death with her; Samphati refuses to accept that someone other than Yuta (most likely a nastika) might be involved in it, as it would make impossible for her to get the revenge she so desperately wants (or, one might even say, needs). There's more than a little indication of her having gone off the deep end in that scene.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Her sura form is a giant winged humanoid that's naked save for the chest.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: What she inteds to inflict on Yuta. He killed someone dear to her, she'll kill someone dear to him - that's right, poor Leez got another target on her back.
- Training from Hell: Inflicts one on poor Maruna. He later thinks that, in comparison, training under Gandharva was like heaven.
- Uncanny Valley Girl: She looks like a beautiful woman, but her mind is eerily off kilter, and she seems to barely think beyond her obsession with making her sister's killer suffer.
- Winged Humanoid: Her sura form.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Unknown
A Garuda Nastika who's currently the second strongest of her Clan. Samphati's mother.
- Action Mom: She's one of the strongest remaining Garuda nastika and Samphati's mother.
- Facial Markings: Her eyes have vein-like markings around them.
- Hair Decorations: Wears many golden decorations with red jewels.
- In the Hood: Wears a white cloak, covering her eyes.
- Last of His Kind: Downplayed. In season three, she's briefly seen when Maruna crosses the portal to the sura realm. Then, she reveals to him that during the seven year timeskip, the Garuda clan suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the attacking Taraka clan, and that she's the last Garuda nastika in fighting shape. It's not known exactly if she is the last Garuda nastika or if the others are just unable to fight.
- Mouth of Sauron: Of the Garuda clan as a whole, as she's the sole Garuda nastika seen in the present timeline.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist/Well-Intentioned Extremist: Weeeeell... Akasha blurs the line. She's desperate to find Yuta and Kalavinka, as one of them is - she hopes - the key to wake Garuda up from his comatose state. If simply bringing them to the sura realm doesn't work, however, she's perfectly willing to kill them - a plan most Garuda nastikas are not fine with. But, well, given the awful situation of the clan, can you really blame her for taking drastic measures to wake up its most powerful nastika? She's only thinking of helping her people. However, Sagara implies that one of the reasons Akasha agreed to an alliance with her was to learn her "trick" to become king. So there's that. And Samphati's words in a flashback support this too. Given the mechanics of the Power of the Name, there is a chance Garuda will die if his name-holder kick the bucket - something that didn't bother Samphati at all when trying to kill one of the two possible candidates (and the only one whose location was known). So, yeah, until we see more of Akasha herself, it's hard to say.
- The Remnant: The last Garuda nastika who can still put up a fight against the Tarakas.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Unknown
A Garuda Rakshasa who died many years ago. Yuta's friend, Samphati's sister, and Akasha's daughter.
- Cute Little Fangs: They look slightly more vicious than the usual fair, but she's still very cute.
- Eaten Alive: Considering Yuta's dining habits and that she's confirmed to have been eaten, this is likely how she died.
- Only Friend: She was likely Yuta's very first friend.
- Posthumous Character: She died long before the narrative picked up, but has a large impact on the storyline.
Clan Attribute: Wind
- Blow You Away: Their element.
- Little Bit Beastly: They take after horned/hooved animals.
- Team Switzerland: Once their alliance with the Vritra clan ended, they decided to withdraw from the other clans entirely and rarely get involved in others' conflicts. This seems to extend to their relationship with humans as well; out of all the clans, Leez notes she's never seen a Kinnara sura, implying that they're rare.
- Token Heroic Orc: They, the Vritra clan, and the Yaksha clan were the only ones not to retaliate against humans during the fiend magic incidents. Thanks to that, the gods come to their aid when the Taraka clan becomes a threat.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Light
First and current king of the clan. She obtained her current name of Airavata under certain circumstances.
- Abusive Parents: She was one to Shess, going by flashbacks.
- Action Mom: She's Shess's mother and powerful enough that (albeit thanks to elemental advantage) she can consistently beat Taksaka.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Of sorts. As far as the reader could tell, Airavata has been the acting leader of the clan for a long time and yet Kinnara, who's never mentioned until the reveal (aside from in The Finite), is noted to be alive according to the author. Thus, it's clear that something is going on with the clan's nastika.
- The Ghost: She's mentioned a few times early on, but doesn't start making appearances until Season 3.
- Heartbroken Badass: She wanted to believe that, even after losing his emotions, Vritra would still love her. Unfortunately for her, that didn't turn out to be the case.
- Only Friend: To Taksaka, alongside Vasuki.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: It's suggested she and Taksaka fight often.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Of the three great beauties among the sura, alongside Shuri and Urvasi.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Fire
The Number Two Nastika of the Kinnara clan.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Shess's.
- Mama Bear: Towards Shess.
- Playing with Fire: Her attribute, which she seemed to favour in battle.
- Retgone: Brahma wrote her out of people's memories after Kinnara took her Name.
- Sorry That I'm Dying: Her last words were apologizing to Shess for leaving him all alone.
- Walking Spoiler: There's initially no reason to think there was another Airavata at all.
Rakshasa, Hereditary Attributes: Light + Unknown
The son of Airavata, a Nastika of the Kinnara Clan. He was born shortly after the universe was created, making him the oldest Rakshasa alive. Due to circumstances, he hasn't been able to reach 5th stage.
- Badass and Child Duo: With Leny. He may not seems much of a badass on first glance, but he is one.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very polite and calm, and would rather avoid killing... but he also makes it clear that really, he's doing you a favour by acting peacefully, so don't push him.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his proper debut, he calmly tells (a very moody) Gandharva that he doesn't care what Gandharva thinks of him, but asks that if he wants to discuss something, then if he could do so with more cordiality. After all, the Kinnara clan may be neutral, but that doesn't mean they're obliged to welcome hostility.
- Healing Hands: He's able to transfer his vigour, which essentially heals when it comes to beings with less vigour (i.e. humans).
- Heroic Neutral: Technically, as per his clan's way, he's neutral. However, since that means helping the weaker side to maintain balance, he usually ends up helping the side being victimized.
- Holy Hand Grenade: At the start of Season 3, he blows up a group of sura with a presumably light-aligned transcendental (given that it's one of his known attributes).
- Horned Humanoid: He has a pair of dark horns poking out of his hair.
- Nerves of Steel: As Agni notes, Shess seems to have a stronger mind than even most gods and nastika. Thus, that Shess falls to Frozen Tears as easily as he does is a sign that something fishy is going on.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When he and Agni swapped favours, the one Shess was meant to do increased exponentially, and yet Shess agreed to carry it out (what he wanted from Agni wasn't even for himself!). In return, he gets Mind Raped and ends up Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to a mixture of Frozen Tears and Taraka.
- Older Than They Look: Aside from standard sura fare, he was this in the past. During his third stage, he was still small and young-looking enough to easily be mistaken for a second stage rakshasa.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Leny. This puts everyone in an awkward position when she's the only one who can save him, but in a way that endangers her: they know that if Shess wakes up and she's dead, they're in trouble.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Begged this of a dying Airavata, as she was the only person in the world who cared about him and he felt he hadn't repaid that debt to her.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Has pink hair and eyes, and wears pink clothes. And, love kids! Sura, half, quarter or human, Shess is a kid-magnet.
- Secret Keeper: Played for Laughs. Ran needs transportation to Kaliboom, thanks to a request from Chandra that he's not allowed to tell anyone else about, so...
- Seen It All: Why he's unable to advance to his fifth stage. He needs an experience more intense than anything he's been through... which isn't easy when he's been alive for so long and gone through so much that almost nothing phases him anymore.
- Super Speed: He's as fast as some Garuda clan members, though not as fast as Maruna.
- Time Abyss: He was born near the beginning of the universe.
- Token Heroic Orc: He and Yuta are the only sura whose presences on Willarv are sanctioned by the gods. He's not without shades of Blue and Orange Morality, but he's much better in this regard than Yuta.
- Would Hurt a Child: When he interrupts Kasak and Maruna's fight, he mentions having beaten a young Kasak.
Half, Hereditary Attributes: Earth + Water
A Kinnara Half adopted by Shess.
- Bad Liar: She quickly tries to backtrack on her comment about the sura realm being unpleasant, which Shess calls her on.
- Curtains Match the Window: Unusually for a half, she has purple hair and eyes.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half Kinnara.
- Happily Adopted: She's doesn't like the Sura realm very much, but she's happy under Shess's care.
- Horned Humanoid: She's depicted with short, blunt horns on the sides of her head in Season 3.
- Interspecies Adoption: While not officially Shess's daughter—she's referred to as his follower instead—he's pretty much been raising her since the Cataclysm, despite the language barrier.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Undergo a suicidal task to save Shess, or Chandra will kill him because he's too much of a threat to leave Brainwashed and Crazy. Chandra, when Laila said to get Leny's consent, guilt-tripping the little girl was not what she meant.
Clan Attribute: Fire
- Our Dragons Are Different: They are Sura and share most Sura abilities and attributes, including shapeshifting; in dragon form, they appear somewhere midway between Eastern and Western dragons.
- One-Gender Race: The power of the dragon's breath was balanced out by the unexplained but highly consistent deaths of any two dragons that fell in love. Due to that, the dragon clan was dying out very, very quickly at the beginning of the universe. Since the Primeval Gods didn't want the clan to go extinct, they agreed to fiddle with the laws of reality a bit. In exchange for dragon Halves having the full power of rakshasa, the clan all lost their female forms and became almost entirely emotionless.
- Power at a Price/Equivalent Exchange: At the beginning of the universe, the Vritra made a deal with Visnu. Because the dragons had such powerful breath weapons, they couldn't have children and would die if they tried. Visnu fixed this for them, but at a price: All the dragons had to become male permanently, and any Half that lives past a hundred years would have the power of a 5th stage Rakshasa. The catch here is that along with losing their gender-bender ability, the dragons also lost their emotions and thus no longer had much interest in expanding their dominance, preferring to sleep in their nests. Even worse is that the mothers of Halfs would have to loose eighty years of their life to give birth, deceasing the dragons' desire to have children even more.
- The Stoic: In addition to being made a single-gender race, dragons were stripped of most of their emotions so they wouldn't reproduce. Some of them kept one emotion very strongly, though, like Taksaka's anger or Vritra's obsession with fighting Taksaka.
- Team Switzerland: They're not as explicitly neutral as the Kinnara clan, but they presumably have no alliances either (given their last one was said clan), prefer sleeping over conquering, and didn't take part in the fiendish magic incidents likely out of, again, laziness.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Unknown
First and current king of the clan. Also the strongest being in the universe after Ananta's death.
- Always Someone Better: Ananta is this to him. Even now that Ananta is dead, Vritra's title is only "strongest in the world without Ananta."
- Story-Breaker Power: He has a transcendental that could kill any sura, no matter how powerful. However, he'd rather sleep than fight.
- Willfully Weak: Even though he is the strongest person in the universe, he was even stronger in his female form - enough to give Ananta a run for his money. He gave it up (agreeing for all dragons to be made male when it was necessary for them to become a One-Gender Race) because most other dragons are stronger in their male forms, so it was better that way for the clan as a whole.
- World's Strongest Man: Now that Ananta is dead. However, he's been somehow weakened and the position currently belongs to Taksaka.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Destruction
The Destruction Dragon, second-in-command of the clan. Kasak's father and Agwen's grandfather. His only emotion is anger. He is one of the two protagonists of The Finite, a side-novel.
- Abusive Parents: He was one to Kasak, who recalls being beat by him frequently.
- Bystander Syndrome: The Vritra clan was the only clan aside from the Gandharva clan who was in a position to lend aid to the Ananta clan when Ananta was in danger. They did send Taksaka... who was only there to watch the show.
- The Dreaded: Kasak claims the only thing he fears is his father, aka Taksaka. Chandra tells him that's understandable.
- Happily Married: Despite all the obstacles, he ended up as this with Ian, even without his earrings.
- Hidden Depths: He's a good gardener. Of all things!
- How Do I Shot Web?: How do I deal with emotions far stronger than what I'm used to? Visnu's earrings allow him to feel just like any other creature, which confuses the poor guy a lot. After all, even before Vritra sealed the deal with the primeval gods that stripped the dragons of their emotions, the clan as a whole was less emotional than others.
- Interspecies Romance: With Ian, a Quarter.
- The Mentor: To Riagara who stayed in his nest. He taught her how to fight, and thus she moves more like a dragon than a snake.
- Morality Pet: Deliberately invoked by Vasuki, who chose to live with him to try and control Taksaka's Unstoppable Rage.
- Played straight with Ian Rajof, who calmed his anger and made him promise not to get into too many fights.
- Pet the Dog: Despite being in an earring-less and pissed off state, when he takes off from a field and decimates the area (by virtue of being him), he leaves one spot untouched: where Shess is standing. Shess silently thanks him for this bit of consideration.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Taksaka isn't evil per se (he doesn't care enough for it), but he is in the universal top five in terms of strength, and has red eyes. And angering him is a bad idea - and an easy task, too.
- The Resenter: Hated Kasak both for costing Ian 80 years of her life and for getting her attention after being born. They've reconciled somewhat, as Taksaka would occasionally visit him and Agwen before the Cataclysm.
- Signature Move: His invisible fire, which Kasak inherited.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The second-ranked nastika of the notoriously powerful Vritra clan, the guy that can make primeval gods rethink their opposition of him has as his favorite drink... milk.
- Unstoppable Rage: Constantly and with almost no need for provocation. His only emotion is anger.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With any of his friends, aka Vasuki and Airavata.
- World's Strongest Man: Funnily enough, The Finite side story actually says Taksaka is now the strongest being in the universe because Vritra has been somehow weakened. Taksaka has enough power that he can threaten Visnu, one of the Primeval Gods, and make the god of resurrection afraid.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Water
At the beginning of the universe, Utpala was female and in love with Taksaka; she protested the strongest at the demand that all the dragons become male, and retained more emotions than most afterwards. Her strongest emotion, however, was envy, leading to constant conflict with anyone else who Taksaka got close to. She's a major character in The Finite, but is dead in the main timeline and does not appear in the webtoon proper.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She knew that Taksaka couldn't return her feelings due to the circumstances of the Vritra clan, but was satisfied with the promise that she would always be "the dragon closest to him."
- Exact Words: When Taksaka starts living with Vasuki (who was the only one who could stop him if he went on a rampage) she is extremely upset because he promised that she would always be the one closest to him; he, however, points out that he said she'd always be the dragon closest to him, and Vasuki is not a dragon. This leads to their falling out.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Her driving emotion; she is bitterly envious of anyone else who gets close to Taksaka. Or not. In reality, she managed to get over her envy generations ago when she realized she had sired a half-dragon.
- Incompatible Orientation: In addition to suffering from being forced to become permanently male, she found that Taksaka no longer tolerated her in that form.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Contrary to the envy we're initially led to believe, seeing Taksaka with Ian actually makes her happy, since Ian is her descendant; and she ultimately chooses to die without revealing the truth of the attack on Ian's village to Taksaka, in order to protect him from the person who is really responsible.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She is actually Ian's ancestor.
- Posthumous Character: She's dead by the time the main story takes place.
- Taking the Heat: She allows Taksaka to believe that she was responsible for destroying Ian Rajof's village, and lets him kill her so she can die with the knowledge of who is actually responsible, because if she found out who really did it he would seek revenge on them and she believes he'd get killed in the process.
- Transgender: Played for drama. She was forced to take a male form forever, against her will, near the start of the universe, and this is at the root of much of her bitterness towards the gods and the rest of her clan.
- Walking Spoiler: Her actions, backstory, and motivations in The Finite are key to the story.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her backstory gives her a lot of reasons to act the way she does; she was forcibly assigned to the wrong gender when the Dragon clan was made a One-Gender Race, her beloved had his emotions stripped away and later rejected her, and she eventually dies, hated by him, after letting him believe she was responsible for destroying Ian's village. Only Ian knows the truth, and Utpala specifically asks her to never tell anyone. Worse, by the time of The Finite, she's not actually causing trouble anymore and hasn't for generations; but nobody will ever know.
Clan Attribute: Light
- The Alliance: With the Gandharva and Garuda clans. Despite Shuri's disappearance, they still take it seriously enough, as Hanuman helps defend the Gandharva clan from the Taraka clan and the inferior sura left on Willarv assist Maruna as needed.
- Little Bit Beastly: They take after beasts.
- Token Heroic Orc: As with the Kinnara clan and Vritra clan, they didn't retaliate against humans for forsaking fiendish magic. Although Yaksha sura are among the sura attacking cities in the present, it's because of their alliance with the Garuda (and Gandharva) clan.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Unknown
First king of the clan.
- Arch-Enemy: With Asura. They fought often, and Yaksha came to the brink of killing the other king not once, but several times.
- Cool Old Guy: While he usually took on the form of a preteen, it's stated that his mental age was that of an old man, and accordingly he acted rather grandfatherly.
- Friend to All Children: He loved to play with children.
- Intrigued by Humanity: He (and the rest of his clan) is friendlier to humans than most sura clans. As a result, Yaksha Halfs are the most common type of Half.
- Nice Guy: By reputation, Yaksha was a pretty chill guy. He even comforted Kinnara after she got heartbroken by Vritra's newly gained emotionlessness.
- Posthumous Character: Died long before the story began because he was too good to humans. This is yet to be properly explained.
- Power Nullifier: His bones nullify Half transcendentals, and are used by Half hunters. Agwen, as an activist for Half rights, has destroyed most of them by the present.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Vritra and Kinnara's alliance dissolved, he advised Kinnara to do what she could to protect her clan, now that they were ally-less, and promised to try and keep his own clan members from attacking hers.
- Shipper on Deck: He apparently shipped Ananta and Vritra, for whatever reason, and was left pretty disappointed after learning about Vritra's deal with the primeval gods that made his whole clan emotionless (and Vritra in particular the most of them all).
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Counseled Kinnara this way, claiming that, as a king, she should not allow her emotions to go out of control, as her whole clan would be affected. This was right after Vritra sealed the deal with the primeval gods, and she was left heartbroken because he no longer loved her.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Unknown
Second king of the clan. Garuda entrusted her with Yuta.
- The Alliance: She was the king of the Yaksha clan that sealed an alliance with the Gandharva and Garuda clans, because of the friendship between the their three kings.
- All-Loving Hero: She gave Yuta a chance even after witnessing his Horror Hunger, and she encouraged him not to eat humans.
- Boobs of Steel: Nature was very kind to Shuri in both the chest and power departments.
- The High Queen: Shuri fell squarely in this trope.
- Missing Mom: She was a mother figure to Yuta and vanished in N0.
- Parental Substitute: For Yuta.
- Odd Friendship: Refined, regal, kind, understanding Shuri was good friends with... Gandharva, the one who killed the most humans out of all suras. She was also friends with Garuda, which is why he entrusted her with taking care of Yuta.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Hair was very pink, heart was very kind (maybe the kindest nastika seen in the series, alongside Menaka).
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Advocated this attitude to Yuta.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Is said to be one of the great beauties of the sura.
Nastika, Source Attribute: Unknown
Third and current king of the clan. Lutz and Ran's grandmother.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's muscular and described as beautiful.
- Blind and the Beast: She jokes in The Finite that Nard only loves her since he's blind and doesn't use hoti surya to. However, she's an Amazonian Beauty.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Has blue skin.
- Interspecies Romance: With Nard Lehn, Ran and Lutz's grandfather.
Clan Attribute: Chaos
- Anti-Magic/Power Nullifier: The Taraka can seal off all mortal magic and the vast majority of sura magic with their open eyes.
- Conflict Killer: Suras from different clans generally do not see eye to eye, and it's even worse with the gods. The Taraka attack is so bad that they have put aside their differences, because otherwise (and even then, actually) the literal end of the universe is very, very possible.
- The Dreaded: While physically weak (although they are getting stronger now that their King has developed), their Zerg Rush tendencies and the fact that Nastika transformations into sura form are considered transcendentals (therefore, sealed by the Chaos eyes and handicapping the strongest fighters of any clan) makes them dangerous when they get serious.
- The Horde: The Tarakas have no minds or culture to speak of, but their actions - overrunning a relatively more civilized group, coming seemingly out of nowhere, the brutality of their attacks - fit the bill.
- Horde of Alien Locusts: Downplayed, as they don't devour anything indiscriminately, but rather go after prey they find more attractive (stronger than them, but weakened at the moment for some reason). However, that's all the do. The Taraka clan eats, eats, and keeps on eating.
See her entry under God Realm for more information.
???, Source Attribute: Unknown
Yuta's mother and the 2nd king of the clan.
- Berserk Button: Separating her from Yuta is... not recommended. Including when he's done it himself. Justified: she was built to be this way.
- Combat Tentacles: Her true form is an enormous, monstrous-looking, vaguely-female black outline descending into countless tentacles.
- The Dreaded: To her own people and everyone else.
- Healing Factor: She can regenerate indefinitely even after death, although she loses her memories in the process. Combine this with her Anti-Magic, and she is an extremely dangerous opponent.
- Lie to the Beholder: She appears to Yuta as looking just like Kali, but to everyone else is a tentacled Eldritch Abomination.
- My Beloved Smother: She wanted to groom Yuta into the image of a king, and a king by the twisted standards of the Chaos Clan at that. She constantly insisted that he shouldn't have friends or stay in his human form. She also claimed that he should view everyone and everything as food, and those who taught him otherwise (like Shuri) would just weaken him. She even followed him into the human realm to take him back home.
- Power Limiter: Her eyes can temporarily seal the transcendentals and magic of anyone within her range of vision; and she is able to permanently (or at least, for as long as she lives) seal the transcendentals of even a Nastika.
- Resurrective Immortality: When Taraka is killed, she comes back to life, if missing a few key memories.
- Weak, but Skilled: She is weaker than a Rakshasa, but her other abilities make up for it.
Rakshasa, Clan Attributes: Chaos + Sky, Hereditary Attributes: Light + Unknown
A Half-Garuda-Half-Chaos Rakshasa. He was stranded in the human realm during the Cataclysm and is looking for his siblings. He joins the party on their way to Mistyshore after developing a crush on Leez and learning that they too are going to Kalibloom to try to draw the Sword of Return.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: For all Yuta can be very sweet, he can be really stubborn and, when he is, he can become quite obnoxious when he puts his mind to it. Just ask Maruna (not that he's one to talk about being a pain). Ran, however, doesn't find Yuta to be annoying, and acts something like an older sibling despite being over 200 years years his junior.
- Astral Projection: How he returns in Season 3, while his real body is Bound and Gagged.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is a perfectly nice and gentle young boy...until he gets hungry and/or angry. He's fond of torturing and killing his prey slowly (usually by eating them alive and forcing the others to watch) and taunting his enemies about it.
- Big Eater: Unlike other sura, who eat mainly to replenish vigor and don't need to otherwise, Yuta must eat regularly to survive.
- Bigotry Exception: Downplayed in one case and subverted in another. The downplayed instance happened among humans: they don't like him, but they want his help because they feel he might help protect them. The fact that they very clearly want to use him bothers Yuta to no end.
- Subverted when it comes to Leez. Asha at first chastises Leez for her hypocrisy (oh, the irony) in being friends with Yuta despite her absolute hatred of high-rank suras. However, Ran is quick to point out that the only one Leez knew as "high-rank sura" was Maruna, the one that destroyed her village, and that she would have no problem with being Yuta's friend. She later confirms this while talking to Yuta himself, and fully accepts him regardless of what he is.
- ...Or maybe not. When he sees the memories she recovered in Season Three, Yuta remarks that there are other reasons for Leez to hate Garuda rakshasas so much. If, like with Maruna, this applies to a single individual or to the group as a whole is yet to be seen. Regardless, this fact in specific doesn't seem to have changed her relationship with Yuta all that much.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To an extent after reaching third stage, where he still tries to play nice with humans, but Asha (his confidant) and Kasak (who can hear sura speech) know that he's not quite empathetic or benevolent as he pretends to be.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Even compared to other sura, his mind is very alien. He has no concept of clan loyalty and will eat "allies" if he feels hungry and doesn't know them personally. He also treats humans like sura, only with the caveat that he can't eat them.
- Even more pronounced in his Third Stage.
- Bound and Gagged: Deliberately has this done to himself in Season 3, due to his Horror Hunger and to weaken the rest of the Taraka clan.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Mainly to Kasak.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: He and Leez tried. It went about as well as one would expect.
- Category Traitor: Maruna isn't exactly happy that Yuta's helping humans instead of his own clan, and thus considers him to be this. Downplayed, though.
- Child of Two Worlds: Taraka mother, Garuda father. Notably, by definition, Yuta shouldn't exist - suras from different clans can't produce children between them, so the method of his conception remains a mystery. It might be somewhat explained by the fact that Kali is a primeval goddess even if she adopted a nastika name. Much of Yuta's inner conflict stems from his attempts to conciliate his two halfs: he does love Taraka in his own way, but despises the part of himself that wants to eat others. As a kid, he even ran away from Taraka to live with his Garuda siblings. There is the not-so-subtle implication that his conflicting loyalties between Leez and Maruna embody those two sides: when he grew up to third stage, it was basically out of a choice he was forced to make between the two of them, and it was framed a him choosing between his Garuda and Taraka halves.
- Creepy Good: His Horror Hunger is usually a detriment, but he's also willing to use it to freak out the enemy.
- The Confidant: To Asha, Leez, and Ran to varying degrees.
- Cool Mask: In his sura form, he has a domino mask like Garuda's. In his third stage, it covers his face.
- Cute Mute: To humans.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Played with. Yuta is well aware of his own strength and has fine control over it. However, he can be careless at times, and can break a man's arm by bumping into him. He also overestimates the strength of humans. If Leez weren't Made of Iron, he could've killed her with a hug.
- Eaten Alive: His preferred way of eating.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: His skin is so pale it can look gray at times.
- Eye Color Change: His eyes are normally grey, but they turn red with black sclera when he's using his eye-based Anti-Magic ability, and teal when he's using insight.
- Fisher King: The strongest yet, in terms of how much he influences the rest of his clan. It seems to be the point behind his birth, as his rise in power means the Taraka clan's rise as well, whether Yuta himself likes it or not.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Yuta realizes he will have to choose between his brother and Leez when he finds out that the latter wants to kill the former for destroying her village. He chooses Leez... at least for now, although he still hasn't told her the Sura she's hunting is his brother.
- Full-Frontal Assault: He's completely naked in his 3rd stage sura form. It wasn't played for fanservice or horror however.
- The Gadfly: When he occasionally lets his mischievous side out, it's usually fairly benign and often cute. Once he hits Stage 3... Let's just say he starts to take after his mother's Black Comedy It Amused Me attitude a bit more frequently. It's more prominent in his interactions with Kasak, who's ability to speak and understand the sura tongue means there's no filter in their interactions.
- Hates Being Alone: A trait he shares with Leez. He was on his own for a long time, and he's blatantly terrified of returning to that life again. At one point, he breaks into Ran's room even just to watch him sleep (as he at least had the sense to realize better Ran than one of the women).
- He Is All Grown Up: Once he reached his 3rd stage.
- Heinz Hybrid: He appears to be an odd mix between Garuda and Chaos. Then he displays abilities only gods' should have.
- Horror Hunger: For pretty much anything that moves.
- It Gets Easier: He admits that he's not unfeeling over having to feed on other sura—they are his own kind, after all—but that he's had to do it so many times that he had no choice but to get desensitized.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After he loses control of himself and bites Leez, he vows to stay away from her and only protect her from afar so that it never happens again. It doesn't last, as he returns in order to give her the newly modified Hide of Bondage, and decides to stay with her at her request.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Yuta nor Jatayu are his real name.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't really care about anybody he doesn't know personally. This is one of reasons he wasn't bothered by Asha's past.
- Loophole Abuse: He made a promise with Shuri that he would never eat humans. When he saw the Half-hunters strike down the woman he was helping, he decided that he would just chew them up and spit them out. Similarly, he's not to eat sura who don't attack him first, meaning he goes around deliberately provoking sura into targeting him and at one point almost justifies Elwin tripping into him as an attack.
- Male Gaze: To Leez on multiple occasions.
- Missing Mom: His mother Kali left him under the care of his fake mother, Taraka.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Right behind his first set of fangs are more sets, even on his tongue.
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe, if Yuta is getting too stubborn, Kasak is happy to remind Yuta that he accidentally destroyed Kasak's extremely important earrings.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While he doesn't act particularly stupid, his childish behavior and crush on Leez makes it hard to tell how much he knows. Even those who know full well how old he is, such as Asha, can forget his age and experience.
- Pet the Dog: In-Universe, others take his kindness towards Leez as this. The primary reason Kasak didn't kill him where he stood was because Yuta cared enough to protect Leez's reputation, and among Lutz's reasons for trusting Yuta even after realizing he's Kali's son, the deciding factor was that Yuta chose Leez's safety over his own hunger.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: As standard for sura. To his intense annoyance, he's been stuck in 2nd stage for a couple hundred years. He finally advances into 3rd stage to prevent Maruna from killing Leez.
- Power Incontinence: He can't control when he's using insight and can't seem to recognize when it activates.
- Power Nullifier: Part of the reason he's so powerful is because his eyes nullify any magic or transcendentals in his range of vision; even in his second stage, he says he would have no trouble defeating a fourth-stage Raksaka if they were transcendental-focused.
- The Promise: He promised Shuri that he wouldn't eat humans, and that he would only eat sura who attack him. He's serious about keeping these promises, but more of the letter than the spirit.
- Really 700 Years Old: As a Sura, he doesn't age the way humans do, and has lived for hundreds of years.
- Resurrective Immortality: It's eventually revealed he has this, though no one wants to confirm it as losing his memories of this life will likely turn him into the monster Kali wants.
- Sdrawkcab Name: His alias is "Yuta", which is similar to the name given to him by his Garuda family (Jatayu). Considering that the person who gave him the alias (Leez) had no way of knowing his real name, he was pretty surprised.
- Secret Keeper: Asha eventually spills everything she could to him.
- Single-Target Sexuality: For Leez. The narration even describes him as "the Rakshasa who only has eyes for one girl".
- Spanner in the Works: He severs the connection between the Taraka node and its host, allowing Shakuntala's consciousness to return and ultimately saving Gandharva from Agni.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: The whole "wants to eat her" thing has thrown a giant wrench in any romantic prospects with Leez, suffice to say.
- That Came Out Wrong: Usually he's able to avoid this since he needs to write it out. However, he at one point tells Leez he doesn't like to wear clothing... (He's referring to human clothing rather than sura, which is actually altered body parts)
- Tom the Dark Lord: Kali's son, the true king of the Taraka clan is named... Yuta.
- Not actually, as Yuta is an alias created by Leez. His true name hasn't been revealed yet.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: His third stage comes with an increased Lack of Empathy, and he admits to Asha that all of his previous lessons in restraint seem utterly pointless now. Though...
- Took a Level in Kindness: ... by Season 3, it's less pronounced, whether because he's mellowed out, the situation's gotten more serious, or because he's trying to not be what Kali wants, or some combination of the above, etc.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: In volume 2, Yuta unexpectedly reveals he would not seek revenge if someone were to kill Leez. He would just leave without a single regret. A pretty stark contrast to Leez and Asha, who are both strongly motivated by revenge.
- However, God Kubera implies this might not be exactly the truth.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: After he develops to third stage. Leez is eventually able to get him to wear shirts that she buys for him.
- Willfully Weak: This is how he hunts. He suppresses his transcendental value to appear weak, then when other sura attack him he takes sura form and eats them.
- Yandere: After his Plot-Relevant Age-Up, he starts thinking things like how he wants to be the one to kill Leez, though this trait calms down after he tries to leave for her own safety.
- Younger Than They Look: Not in terms of years, but rather his growth stage. He looks older then most Rakshasa do.