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    Riseman Sawyer 

The main character. An undead vagabond searching for materials for the fabled Deadman's Recipe. He died over a 100 years ago when his town was invaded by demons on the day of his wedding, leading to his wife Rosalie spending decades to complete the recipe to revive him, at the cost of her own life. Now he travels with her mummified corpse to revive her in hopes of them finally being together again.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Sawyer constantly loses his limbs, although because he's able to regenerate his body this isn't too big an issue, aside from it still being painful for him (such as when Zel bisects him when they first encounter each other).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Zel is about to lop Rosalie's head off to finish him off, he asks Zel how he would respond if the person he revives asks how he managed to do so. Zel pauses long enough for Riseman to do a surprise attack and escape.
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to Rosalie, Sawyer was made an immortal undead.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Sawyer is a kind-hearted and goofy person that doesn't look very intimidating despite his appearance. But right after defeating the orc general in one punch thanks to Jean's fairy dust, he immediately turns to the remaining orcs and warns them if they dare come near Fairyland again, he will hunt every orc down until there are none of them left.
  • Complete Immortality: He can completely regenerate from wounds so long as Rosalie's body is intact.
  • Cowardly Lion: His first instinct when coming across monsters is to run away screaming, but when peoples lives are in danger, he is a force to be reckoned with and is fully willing to put himself in harm's way to protect them.
    • In the past, he willingly risked his own life knowing full well of his own limits and weaknesses, including the day Cape Side fell. It's revealed he'd used himself as a decoy to let some of his friends escape from a hopeless fight, which lead to his own demise.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Judging by the condition of his corpse when he originally died, Sawyer got the axe to the head after his forearms and lower body were cut off and he was impaled multiple times.
  • Death Seeker: Back when he first met Dante as a child, he was considering just dying with his 'guardians' instead of running away from the werewolves because of his loneliness and after being saved by Dante, he nearly dies again starving himself to save the food for Dante and tossing himself at a hoard of ghouls trying to repay the debt. Thankfully, Dante is able to convince him to start respecting his own life.
  • Disappeared Dad: Was this to his son Levin, although he was dead at the time and Rosalie died before she could tell him, so he doesn't learn about having a son at all until he meets Rise. He does finally get to meet Levin, now an elderly man in Lise's village.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Had this when Dante first met him in his childhood following being saved from werewolves and throughout the early part of their journey together as part of his Death Seeker mindset. When Dante manages to snap him out of this mentality, he loses them.
  • Guile Hero: Sawyer isn't the most skilled fighter and his magic power isn't anything to write home about, but he is incredibly smart and usually wins with strategy over might.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The manner of his original death. Zel also does this to him when they first meet, although this naturally doesn't last (but Sawyer still complains about it hurting like hell).
  • Hates Being Alone: Flashbacks have him admit he gets lonely easily (and supported by how he is able to quickly see through Jean's Hidden Heart of Gold-hiding facade) and Rosalie also tells Jean about this, which influences the latter's decision to join him.
  • The Heart: In the past, he was this to both Rosalie and Dante, who both carried plenty of emotional baggage.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of his goofiness, Sawyer is shown to be smarter than he appears. Dante implies in a flashback to Rosalie that Sawyer was purposely redirecting the subject about her past because he could tell it wasn't a pleasant subject.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's introduces himself as Sawyer and is called Sawyer to the majority of characters, and only Rosalie was shown to refer to him by Riseman.
  • Kryptonite Factor: If Rosalie's body is damaged, he cannot regenerate and will die for good if Rosalie's body is completely destroyed. He does take advantage of this fact after being eaten by a Mimic by having Rise use magic on Rosalie's body so he will feel the effects and force the Mimic to vomit him and Jean out.
  • Meaningful Name: Riseman is fitting of a person who has risen from the death again. Notably, the only character that calls him Riseman is Rosalie, who revived him.
    • Sawyer refers to the occupation of the same name, which involve sawing wood. One of his most distinguishing features is his stitched up scars originating from his original death (which involved his body being bisected) and the fact he keeps losing body parts as an undead.
  • Non-Action Guy: Unlike Dante and Rosalie, he had low magic affinity and no combat skills when he was human. This still didn't stop him from risking his life for people he cared about.
  • Older Than They Look: Due to dying in his late twenties and being revived by Rosalie, Riseman looks the same as he did when he first died and hasn't aged at all in the past 40 years he's been travelling.
  • Parental Abandonment: He was abandoned right after birth and taken in by a couple who treated him like a slave before he met Dante. This fact might be a source of why he Hates Being Alone.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: The right side of his face is covered by his bangs in present day. In this case, it's implied to be because he suffered from Eye Scream on that side from his original death and considering he still retains scars from then, he probably doesn't have a right eye anymore.
  • Playing with Fire: His most commonly used materials are Fire Salamander tails, which allow the user to create fire.
  • Scars Are Forever: Though his body will always recover from anything, he still has the scars from his first death.
  • Stepford Smiler: While a good part of his goofy character is genuine, it doesn't completely hide the fact he deeply misses Rosalie and feels lonely after travelling alone for forty years.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His son Levin looks identical to him both as a child and an adult, minus Levin's hair being shorter and his personality being more grounded compared to his father's.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Downplayed. After being revived, he doesn't wear anything on his torso aside from his longcoat and bandages that completely cover it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sawyer has the weakest known magic affinity of the characters and even as an undead, it's only average at best. But he's shown to be able to keep up with opponents due to his cleverness and taking advantage of his undead body.

    Marry Grave Rosalie 

Riseman's beloved. After he died over a hundred years ago, Rosalie spent decades collecting the ingredients to revive him and succeeded at the cost of her own life. She resides in the coffin Riseman carries with him. Had quite a few secrets.

  • Action Girl: She was able to draw the full power of materials when casting spells, making any spell she uses incredibly powerful. Also qualifies as Action Mom as her reputation as "The Witch of Calamity" came after she had her son. It should also be noted that for the first year of her journey she couldn't use magic.
  • Determinator: Someone told her that it might be impossible to gather all the ingredients for the Deadman's Recipe in a single lifetime. Rosalie succeeded in doing just that. Keep in mind that Sawyer has been searching for the ingredients for 40 years and he's only acquired over a quarter of them.
  • Deuteragonist: During the Capeside arc, which tells of her meeting and life with Sawyer, she has as much screetime and plot-relevance as Sawyer himself.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Sawyer's arms shortly after she succeeds in reviving him. He doesn't take it well.
  • The Lost Lenore: Is this to Sawyer in present. Interestingly, Sawyer was this to Rosalie in the past.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is similar to Rosalia, which can refer to Rosalia Lombardo, a well-known preserved body that has remained intact for decades. Rosalie in the current timeline of the story is a mummy carried around by Riseman in a coffin.
  • Mysterious Past: Riseman confesses he doesn't actually know much about her past before he met her (and he didn't care). From what is shown, her full name is Marry Grave Rosalie, the daughter of the Order of Graves' leader who served as the Heart of the Order, but eventually couldn't stand it and ran away.
  • Older Than They Look: She looks rather young in flashbacks, but she actually halted her journey in the first year to raise her son and didn't continue it until Levin was old enough to take care of himself, meaning she was in her early forties at the least in the flashbacks. note 
  • Posthumous Character: She has been dead for over 40 years after reviving Riseman, and drives Riseman to revive her with the Deadman's Recipe.
  • The Red Baron: Was known as 'The Witch of Calamity' on her journey to gather the ingredients for the Deadman's Recipe.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She discovers her pregnancy with Levin after Riseman is killed at Cape Side on her journey. While she did love Levin, she still finds herself missing Riseman even years later although she tries to hide this. Her son realizes this and persuades his mother to continue her journey to complete the Deadman's Recipe.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: She initially gave up her journey to complete the Deadman's Recipe early on so she could raise her son Levin. However, Levin convinces her to continue knowing how much she still misses Riseman and she sets off again with his blessing.
  • Tragic Keepsake: One of the things she had left to remember Riseman after his death was a shell necklace he made for her years ago. Why she didn't have it by the time she revived him was because she left the necklace with their son, and it was eventually given to Rise.
  • Tsundere: She was a mild Type B toward Riseman when she first realized she loved him. Except in her case, she more played being dismissive of Riseman's gestures rather than being harsh in front of him. Such as sounding unimpressed by the shell necklace he made her...while wearing and gushing about it in private .
  • Tyke Bomb: Rosalie confesses to Father Kristof that she knows she was raised by the Order to be a weapon with her immense magic affinity under the guise of fulfilling a divine purpose, which is the reason she ran away not wanting to use magic for them any longer.
    • This fact impacted Rosalie greatly to where she willingly agreed to never use magic again so she could have a place to belong and began to fear if the truth came out she wouldn't have a home anymore.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The reason why Riseman died during the attack on Cape Side was Rosalie was unable to use magic due to being pregnant. She got them back after she gave birth, but didn't continue her journey until her son had grown up and convinced her.


A special Dark Fairy once admired by the fairies of Fairyland that years ago suddenly isolated herself and hasn't been seen since. She becomes Riseman's travelling companion for the sake of Rosalie, who she met long ago.

  • Bare Your Midriff: Her black strapless leotard-like outfit has a diamond shape that bares her bellybutton.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She is called a Dark Fairy and looks like Maleficent, but she is actually a really nice person who's tired of seeing her friends all die before her and often cried alone.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Jean doesn't wear shoes unlike the other fairies.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Behind her violent and temperamental exterior is a deeply lonely fairy who isolated herself from the others because she couldn't bare outliving her friends. As revealed, before she isolated herself, Jean had been admired and loved by the inhabitants of Fairyland for her abilities and kindness.
  • Horned Hairdo: Has this with her hair, which makes her look more intimidating than her personality actually is.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The only clothes she wears is a black corset that doesn't leave much to the imagination, with a little puff ball on the lower back that makes it almost resemble a Playboy Bunny Outfit with her Horned Hairdo. It's notable compared to the typical clothing of the other fairies.
  • Nice Girl: You would think someone considered special among her kind would be rather snooty, but it's clear that Jean is a kind individual that deeply treasures others to where it's the entire reason she isolated herself.
  • She's Got Legs: The manga certainly likes focusing on them too.
  • Status Buff: The Dark Fairy Dust she can produce grants Fairy's Augmentation Magic, which is able to amplify anything it's used on. Sawyer uses it to amplify his physical strength defeat the orc general in one punch and Rosalie uses it in a flashback with a Fire Salamander Tail to create an extremely powerful fireball that incinerates a lich to where there's nothing left of him.
  • Super Strength: She's tiny, but powerful enough to beat up demons larger than her with just her bare fists and has no troubles flying while carrying both the coffin and Riseman (including the materials inside said coffin).
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Jean as a Dark Fairy has a life span as long as an elf's, in contrast to the typical fairy's life being 300 years. Because of this, she constantly outlived everyone she loved to where she decided to escape all company altogether to not be in that pain anymore.


Another individual seeking to gather ingredients for the Deadman's Recipe, although he takes unscrupulous methods to do so. He uses a strange living blade named Valmurk.

  • Enemy Mine: Though he's still trying to kill Sawyer by the second time they meet, he is willing to not attack him long enough to investigate what happened in Bulkway (even if it's only to get materials).
  • Foil: To Sawyer. Both are seeking out ingredients for the Deadman's Recipe that both cling to the past, but while Sawyer has been able to retain his humanity and compassion for others, Zel is perfectly willing to trick and kill people to reach his goal.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Valmurk is outright stated to enjoy eating humans and briefly rambles about a delicious human he ate and was about to say their name before Zel angrily cuts him off by smacking him.
  • Living Weapon: Valmurk is a sentient, flesh eating blade able to stretch out.
  • Motive Decay: He is also seeking the ingredients of the Deadman's Recipe, but in his introduction chapters, he can't even properly remember if the person wanted to revive was his mother or sister, and considering his...poor mental state, brings to question if he's suffering from this.
  • Not So Different: Sawyer remarks he and Zel aren't very different and describes them both as fools who cling to the past and don't know when to give up.
  • The Unfettered: He will do anything to revive the person he wants to see again. Even if it means killing other people to steal their materials.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Zel had no qualms about attacking Rise (who is a pre-teen at oldest) when she was in the way of Sawyer.


A traveler that saved Sawyer's life as a child and his trek to Cape Side lead to Sawyer and Rosalie meeting for the first time. He left Cape Side to settle something and disappeared.

  • But Now I Must Go: He left Cape Side years before Sawyer and Rosalie got married to someplace unknown to settle something that needs to be done and was never heard from again.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was raised by Medusa to be a bodyguard under the guise his parents abandoned him...only for him to learn that Medusa killed his parents. This lead up to when he first meets Sawyer.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While he's surly, Sawyer comments for someone who claimed saving his life was a waste of time, the fact he did so at all implies he's very kind. It also shows since he cares dearly for Sawyer, being distraught seeing him critically injured and requesting for Rosalie to take care of him before he leaves Cape Side.
  • Odd Friendship: With Sawyer. In spite of their rough start and differences, it's clear they do share a mutual bond.
  • Older Than They Look: He's clearly older than Sawyer and Rosalie, but in three years, he looks the same. And even over a 100 years later, he still doesn't look any older.
  • Shock and Awe: The Thunderbird's feather he has allows him to create jolts of electricity.
  • Super Speed: Uses a Foot Rabbit's foot, which grants this.
  • Taken for Granite: The state Sawyer finds him over 100 years later.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Sawyer in a Death Seeker mentality after he nearly dies to a hoard of ghouls about how people who don't value their own lives like him do not deserve to live. It gets through to Sawyer, and he refers back to it when vowing to live the best life he can in Cape Side.

A high ranking knight in the Order of Graves. He is fanatical in his beliefs and will stop at nothing to see Rosalie fulfill her destiny.
  • Ax-Crazy: The fact he kills his own comrades for failing to track Rosalie down is enough indication as it is. Trying to kill Rosalie under idea of taking her to Eden adds to it. Not to mention he's responsible for Sawyer's original death and countless others during the invasion of Cape Side.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The man is crazy in his beliefs and will happily kill his own comrades because death in his eyes is the ultimate reward. Keep in mind this was before he became a demon.
  • Mad Eye: Has this following turning into a demon on the his left side of his face, coincidentally the side of his face that Sawyer punched in their previous encounter.
  • Was Once a Man: He turns himself into a demon after Rosalie and Dante leave him in near death.

    Lise *Walking Spoiler* 

Riseman and Rosalie's direct descendant from their son Levin. Riseman encounters her while she's chasing down a Mimic.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Has a few shades of this. It's one of the things that distinguishes her from Rosalie, who was rather mature at that age.
  • Destructive Savior: She tried to stop a demon from rampaging in her town...but her too strong magic and her lack of control set the town on fire and everyone blamed her for it. She ran away from home because of it.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time she encounter Sawyer and Jean, she nearly blows them up with Chain Explosion trying to aim at the Mimic behind them that she fails to properly warn them about beforehand, indicating her powerful magic and her too reckless personality.
  • Famous Ancestor: Mentions her family has high affinity with magic and her ancestor was said to be the strongest of them all. Said ancestor is Rosalie.
  • Hair Decorations: Has a black bow on the right side of her head.
  • Having a Blast: She often seen using Chain Explosion, which creates concentrated blasts. Unfortunately, her somewhat reckless personality combined with this has caused trouble, such as nearly blowing up Sawyer and Jean when they were in blast zone of the Mimic she was chasing (and the intensity was enough to leave a trail of destruction).
  • Identical Granddaughter: She's a splitting image of Rosalie when she was around her age to where Sawyer mistakes her for Rosalie. Personality wise though, not too much.
  • Personality Powers: She's introduced using the material for Chain Explosion, which matches her temperamental and reckless personality.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: The reason she was chasing down the Mimic was because it swallowed a family treasure, which Sawyer recognizes as the shell necklace he gave Rosalie long ago, confirming she is directly connected to Rosalie.
  • The Runaway: She admits she ran away from home after she inadvertently set her town on fire trying to stop a demon. Sawyer attempts to talk some sense into her going home when Zel interrupts. She does end up joining Sawyer on his journey after getting approval of her family first once he takes her home.
  • Shared Family Quirks: She's more similar to Riseman personality-wise despite looking like Rosalie, being somewhat goofy and loud (although Sawyer is far more level-headed in comparison).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Rise is as considerably powerful as her ancestor Rosalie. But she's shown she isn't very good at fine control. For instance, she uses Chain Explosion on a Mimic that runs extremely fast and naturally fails to land a single hit. She admits later it's because her magic is so strong she can't control it well.

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