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He-Man/Adam of the House of Randor
Played by: John Erwin (80's); Dolph Lundgren (Live-Action Movie); Gary Chalk (He-Man only, New Adventures); Doug Parker (Adam only, New Adventures); Cam Clarke ('02)
"I have the power!"

Adam, prince of Eternia and descendant of the legendary King Grayskull, transforms into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe, to protect Eternia from the forces of evil.

  • Adorkable: At some instances in the TV show, especially when faced with overt sexual advances; he often shrinks away from such behaviour.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: In the DC Comics story "Fate is the Killer!" Prince Adam arrives this way to a party, to which Man-At-Arms comments "Only two wenches, lad? You're losing your charm!"
  • An Ax To Grind: He-Man used an ax more often than the Sword of Power in the early comics. It was phased out after the cartoon came out.
  • Arm Cannon: A wrist-mounted laser as Adam.
  • Being Good Sucks: Different shows demonstrate that, at times, Adam dislikes that keeping his secret requires pretending to be the fool, being considered a coward, and not telling his parents the truth. He also sometimes kicks himself over occasions where he has to save Skeletor and other enemies; he knows they won't learn anything from it and will just continue threatening his family and friends.
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  • Big Brother Instinct: Whenever he's told his sister needs his help, he drops whatever he's doing and rushes off to Etheria without a second thought.
  • Brother-Sister Team: With She-Ra, and they are a very good one.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Trope Namer. In The New Adventures of He-Man, he would say "By the Power of Eternia".
    • He would turn back to Adam with "Let the power return!"
  • Camp Straight: As Prince Adam in the '80s cartoon, though most of these characteristics Adam (supposedly) exhibited on purpose to help hide his true identity as He-Man.
  • Clark Kenting: In the '80s version of the franchise, the only actual differences between his Adam and He-Man appearance are that... he wears more clothes as Adam and has a tanned skin. Averted in the 2002 cartoon and New Adventures, where Prince Adam is notably skinnier and younger-looking than He-Man.
  • Chick Magnet: Not so much in his own series, aside from Teela and the one off guest characters, but when he shows up on She-Ra, he is this, whether as He-Man or Adam. Frosta was so smitten and obvious that made He-Man uncomfortable, to say the least. Also, with Mara and Drissi in New Adventures.
    • More so in the DC Comics stories, where part of Adam's pretense as the court fop was being more concerned with "wenching" than fulfilling his duties as Prince of the realm (see A Lady on Each Arm above).
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  • Comicbook Fantasy Casting: The 2002 version of He-Man bears a strong resemblance to his live action actor, Dolph Lundgren.
  • Cool Sword: The Sword of Power. Doubles as a Transformation Trinket.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the cartoons, both as Adam and as He-Man, though the nature of the snark varies depending of the show; in the '80s cartoon it's more good-natured, while in the 2002 cartoon it's notably edgier.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In addition to the Ret-Canon entry, He-Man initially relied more on an ax as a primary weapon and only used the Sword of Power in dire situations.
  • Expy:
  • Genius Bruiser: Most powerful man in the universe, but more often than not he manages to solve his conflicts by mixing brains and brawn.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sort of. He's half Eternian human and half Earthling human.
  • Henshin Hero: Adam is just a regular guy and only has superpowers when he turns into He-Man.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Teela, though how red her hair was depended on the series.
    • Castaspella also got his attention, probably because she was the only gal on Etheria to flirt with him as Adam and He-Man.
  • Heroic Build: Less noticeable in the Filmation series since he wasn't particularly larger than the other characters and he and Adam looked identical, but the 2002 series makes him very tall and muscular, although his ancestor King Grayskull still takes the trophy.
  • Hunk: While he qualifies in all versions, the 2002 version really stands out owing to the animation style.
  • Important Haircut: In The New Adventures of He-Man, but in reverse: He-Man's hair inexplicably (but quite explicitly) gets ponytail-length longer during a moment of awesome mystical display.
  • Invincible Hero: Ultimately never loses, though he will suffer minor losses early in an episode from time to time.
  • Large Ham: I HAVE THE POWER!!!
  • Ret-Canon: At first, he was just He-Man, until the DC Comics created a Secret Identity as Prince Adam, which was later added to the toyline.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows Teela's mother is the Sorceress.
  • Separated at Birth: His twin sister Adora was kidnapped by Hordak when they were babies.
  • Stripperiffic: He barely wears anything as He-Man.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: The Sorceress once stated that He-Man's primary power is to have enough strength to handle whatever he's facing. The symbol on his harness is made of a magic mineral named coridite, what can give him even more power.
  • Transformation Trinket: The Sword of Power
  • World's Strongest Man: MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE UNIVERSE! Though in crossover comics with Superman, it is shown that Superman is stronger than He-Man, but he still can give Clark a hell of a run for his money.

Battle Cat/Cringer
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's)

Prince Adam's pet tiger, who transforms into Battle Cat, He-Man's fighting tiger.

  • Berserk Button: As Cringer, he almost always lives up to his name, but is usually the opposite if Adam is in great danger. For example, in the 2002 series, Cringer attacks a Snake Man for trying to eat Adam.
  • Big Eater: Especially in the Filmation cartoon. "Boy am I glad to be home, I'm starving! Mmm! I think I'll get myself some lunch! And some dinner! Some supper! Mm... maybe an early breakfast!"
  • Cowardly Sidekick: As Cringer, but turns into a Fearless Fool as Battle-Cat.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly as Battle-Cat, but even Cringer got in some sarcasms on occasion.
  • Expy: Cringer, (Battle Cat less so) especially in the 80's series, was little more than a green tiger version of Scooby-Doo. In the Brazilian dub, both were voiced by the same actor, Orlando Drummond.
    • In-universe, Battle Cat inherits the power of King Grayskull's steed (an even bigger green lion).
  • Hidden Depths: Regardless of continuity, Cringer can be a lot braver than even he thinks he's capable of.
  • Horse of a Different Color: A tiger with green fur and yellow stripes.
  • Lovable Coward: As Cringer.
  • Mega Neko: As Battle Cat.
  • Talking Animal: Except in the 2002 series.
  • Undying Loyalty: Cringer may be a scaredy cat, but he always stands by Adam - even when faced with all of Skeletor's Evil Warriors and the Council of Evil.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The '02 series gave Cringer stock sounds of a house cat despite being about the size of a tiger.

Buzz-Off/Tzzzzt zzz zzTTTzz
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Brian Dobson ('02)

King of the Andreenids, a race of bee people.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the 2002 series, Buzz-off is easily the most hot headed and war-like of all the Masters, but he's still a good guy.

Ceratus/Ceratus Krazut

Played by: Brian Dobson

Clamp Champ/Raenius

King Randor and Queen Marlena's bodyguard, armed with a clamp weapon.

  • Out of Focus: Due to being one of the latest Heroic Warriors to appear before the toyline's cancellation (his wave-mates in the toyline, King Randor and the Sorceress, had more luck since they began as Toyless Toyline Characters, therefore having more time to shine even before being released as figures). At least he managed to get enough screentime in the latest comics to avert becoming an Advertised Extra like the second wave of Galactic Guardians.
  • Super Senses: He cannot be taken by surprise.
  • Token Minority: And they really took their time with this one, since as noted he was one of the last figures released and the original cartoon was over by this point. And for a long while in the Classics line he was the only black guy among the Heroic Warriors till Dekker was added.

"I am Extendar, tower of power!"

A palace guard changed by Hordak into a cyborg with extensible arms, legs, neck and torso. Despite his powers being a Horde creation, he uses them for good.

  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Before getting his powers. Hordak promised him power if he accepted to become a cyborg, without telling him he intended to use him for evil purposes.
  • Telescoping Cyborg: He can extend his neck, torso, arms and legs. His mini-comic depicted him as growing in power the further he extends, though this didn't come up in his Classics bio.

Fearless Photog/Jey

Gwildor's apprentice, who due to a miscalculation got accidentally fused with his invention, the Photog Emulator, getting the power of draining his enemies' energy.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Mark Acheson ('02)

Man-At-Arms' brother, who has a metallic right hand. Generally considered the second strongest Heroic Warrior, after He-Man himself.

Played by: Billy Barty (Live-Action Movie)

Thenurian locksmith and inventor.

  • Expy: His sole reason for existing is because they couldn't do a live-action Orko.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Created the "cosmic key," allowing a person to travel between dimensions.
  • Hobbits: He sure looks like one anyway.


Stratos sister and second in command

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Classic bio states Evil-Lyn brainwash her to sabotaged Avion defenses and framed her brother and his wife.
  • Easily Forgiven: averted in the original cartoon, Hawke is subsequently stripped of all rank and placed on punishment detail until she has earned the trust of her fellow Avionians once again.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Initially played straight, but finally averted when Classics gave her an action figure.

King Randor of the House of Miro
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Michael Donovan ('02)
"To have one such as He-Man as my heir rather than Adam... now that would be a legacy any sovereign would be proud to leave his people."

Heroic ruler of Eternia. Younger son of King Miro, and Prince Adam's father.

Lizard Man/Gayn

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80s)

A friendly lizard warrior who is friends with He-Man and the gang.

  • Depending on the Artist: He didn't have a dedicated character model, so his appearance and color scheme changed between episodes. Notably, "The Rarest Gift of All" colored his scales brown instead of green and gave him a beak-like face.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Lizzie."
  • Sssssnaketalk: He often speaks with a pronounced hiss to his voice.
  • Super Reflexes: He is quite agile, able to deftly avoid attacks thrown his way and leap great distances. In "The Song of Celice," Evil-Lyn and Trap-Jaw discover he is quite difficult to capture and eventually have to just give up.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Initially played straight, but finally averted when Classics gave him an action figure.
  • Wall Crawl: He can climb up walls just like a regular lizard.

Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Jon Cypher (Live-Action Movie); Gary Chalk ('02)

King Randor's right-hand man, inventor and friend, and one of his most valuable warriors. Also, Prince Adam's mentor, friend and confidant.

  • Arm Cannon: A wrist-mounted laser in the '80s series, a BFG in the '02 series.
  • Badass Mustache: He didn't have it at first, but it was added in the animated series and kept for later renditions.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the 80's cartoon, he was often the victim of Orko's mishaps.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With He-Man
  • Happily Adopted: He's Teela's adopted father. An episode of the '02 series implied he could be her actual father, though plans were to make Fisto her father, making Man-At-Arms her uncle.
  • The Lancer: He effectively leads the Masters, only deferring to King Randor or He-Man.
  • The Smart Guy: He's a brilliant inventor and tactician.
  • Secret Keeper: For both Adam (He-Man) (and by extension, Adora (She-Ra)) and the Sorceress (Teela's mother).
  • The Confidant: Adam, Teela and other characters frequently vent to him.
  • The Reliable One: Particularly in the 2002 series. Not only does he command and train the Masters, he skips sleep nights at a time manufacturing machines for the kingdom.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Paul Dobson ('02)

An actor who can change his face to become a human, robot or monster.

  • Characterization Marches On: He began as a good guy who was transformed by Skeletor into an monster, and sometimes the struggle between human and monster caused the neutral robot personality to arise. Later characterisations show all the faces as the same heroic personality.
  • Morph Weapon: Man-E-Faces has a weapon with three modes, much like himself. Staff, gun, and club, respectively well-suited to his human, robot, and monster faces.
  • Official Couple: With Peekablue in Classics.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Gabe Khouth ('02)

Heroic human periscope. During a disaster, his neck was badly injured, so Man-At-Arms made him a mechanical extending neck.

  • Long-Lost Relative: His son, kidnapped by Count Marzo.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He extends his neck. This works well for reconnaissance missions where he can act as a human periscope, but isn't very useful in combat.
    • Called out a few times, namely in the 2002 cartoon episode "Mekaneck's Lament" and in DC's 2013 comic series. In the latter, Teela is always teasing him about it or talking smack about it behind his back, but she doesn't mean any of it.
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: In "Mekaneck's Lament," his power helps him defeat Count Marzo.
    • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Situations that prove how useful Mekaneck is to the team tend to fall under this umbrella

Moss Man/Kreann'Ot N'Norosh
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); John Payne ('02)

A plant-based hero who can manipulate plant matter.

  • Nature Spirit: The '02 version is the guardian and living embodiment of everything pure and good about Eternia's flora.note 
    • He's also depicted as something along these lines in DC's 2013 comic series.
  • Pointy Ears: Consistently depicted with them, probably a side-effect of the fact that his toy was a modified version of Beast Man's.
  • Older Than They Look: It's been recently revealed that he fought alongside King Grayskull.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Gabe Khouth ('02)

A magician from the dimension of Trolla, who was stuck at Eternia by accident and became King Randor's jester.

  • Adapted Out: The movie replaced him with Gwildor because they couldn't make a live action Orko.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the DC comic series, he is said to have betrayed the Master of the Universe to Skeletor, resulting in their initial defeat. And there is that figure with blue skin and dressed in red who rescues Skeletor after his loss to He-Man...
    • Good All Along: It's revealed during the crossover with the DC Universe that Orko had discovered that Skeletor was tapping into the skull of Hordak Prime. Realizing that the ancient evil was about to re-awaken, Orko tried to use his own magic to seal the skull away, only to end up possessed by it.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: He was originally supposed to be called Gorpo but the animators realized they could flip his image if he had an O on the front of his robes instead of a G. His original name was used in the Brazilian dub.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Depending on the Writer to a very high degree, but in some episodes/continuities, Orko can be extremely snarky.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • He, normally an Inept Mage actually separated Weaver's Shadow!
    • Orko almost does this to Skeletor in the '02 series after stealing the Ramstone with mere slight of hand.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: He almost never listens to Man-At-Arms when he is told this.
  • Fish out of Water: Orko is an extremely competent wizard at his home dimension; unfortunately Eternia is a place with different laws of physics, so his magic malfunctions there. He also loses his wand very shortly after arriving in Eternia, making his magic far more likely to backfire.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the '80s series and the '02 reboot, Orko is given chances to return permanently to Trolla, but he always chooses to stay in Eternia to help his friends.
  • Inept Mage: Zig-Zagged. He's an incredibly powerful and adept mage in his home dimension, but Eternia operates on different laws of physics (like trying to run software on an operating system it wasn't designed for), and he hasn't worked out all the bugs. When his magic works, the result is spectacular, but it's even more spectacular when it doesn't work as planned.
  • The Jester: In Randor's court.
  • The Klutz: He's always breaking Man-At-Arms's stuff.
  • The Magnificent: He is known in his home dimension as Orko the Great.
  • Never Bareheaded: He never removes his hat, as part of the Trollan custom that they never show their faces to anyone except their one true love. When he and Dree Elle showed each other their faces, they were kept offscreen; only shadows were shown. There is another Trollan who does show his face, so that gives us a hint of what he might look like.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Especially in the original series.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted; Orko was an archmage in Trolla. Too bad magic works differently in Eternia, or Etheria, or Earth.
  • One of the Kids: Even though he's an adult Trollan, he hangs around and plays games with visiting kids.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the Filmation series he sometimes had an urban and/or Jersey accent. It's probably because he was voiced by Filmation producer Lou Scheimer himself, who was from Pittsburgh.
  • Parental Abandonment: His Uncle Montork seems to be the only father figure he has.
  • The Power of Love: This is what allowed him to channel his magic through Dree Elle to save her in the episode The Greatest Magic.
  • Reality Warper: Particularly in the Filmation series, where Orko regularly bends reality for visual gags.
  • Secret Keeper: For Adam (He-Man), and by extension, Adora (She-Ra).
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Especially when he confronted Shadow Weaver the second time.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Orko is afraid of dragons in an episode. But to quote the recurring line of the episode, "Who isn't?"
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: On Trolla he is regarded as their greatest wizard, but on Eternia his spells rarely work the way he wants. It's eventually revealed that magic on Trolla works roughly the opposite as it does on Eternia. Ironically, he actually managed to humiliate Shadow Weaver.

Queen Marlena Glenn

Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Erika Scheimer (She-Ra); Nicole Oliver ('02)

An astronaut from Earth who got stranded on Eternia and married King Randor, giving birth to Prince Adam and his sister Adora.

  • Ace Pilot: In "The Rainbow Warrior" she shows her stuff by taking out most of Skeletor's air forces by herself.
  • Canon Immigrant: Created for the DC Comics, then appeared in the cartoon and was added to the toyline's minicomics, to finally have a figure of her own after the 2011 SDCC.
  • Happily Married: To King Randor
  • Hidden Depths: In the 80s cartoon, she ends up leading a squadron of ships to rescue her husband and son from the clutches of Skeletor, revealing her to be an extremely competent aerial fighter pilot on top of her astronaut skills despite having not been in the game for 20 years.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the episode "Visitors from Earth", two astronauts offered her a chance to return to Earth but she said Eternia was her home now.
  • Parents Know Their Children: See Secret Secret-Keeper below.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Several episodes hint at her knowing that Prince Adam is He-Man, but the most blatant hint comes at the end of the episode where she reveals her fighter pilot skills: she deliberately rescues Adam first which allows him to transform into He-Man and rescue everyone else. When Adam later asks her why on earth she rescued him first, all she says is that she "had a feeling he'd know what to do". She doesn't come right out and admit she knows Adam is He-Man, but she does say "a mother always recognises her own son". In other words, Marlena is the fourth person to know Adam's secret in the original show.
  • Shout-Out: Her name could be a reference to pilot/astronaut John Glenn.

Played by: John Erwin (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)

A warrior who uses his head as a battering ram.

  • The Big Guy: 2002 series. Both in personality and in appearance, wherein he's easily the tallest and broadest of the Heroic Warriors.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Mostly in the minicomics, but he still is in other versions to a lesser extent.
  • Dumb Muscle: Something Ram-Man openly admits.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In the original series. He was much shorter than He-Man in both toy and cartoon form, but was still very strong.
  • Use Your Head: He has the decency to wear a helmet and have a metal plate fixed on the top of his head, at least. The 80s incarnation had springs for legs to facilitate headbutts, as well.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes???: Ram-Man is afraid of the dark, as revealed in his A Day in the Limelight episode of the '02 cartoon.

Rio Blast/Riolus Blast

A member of the Starband Marshalls from planet Loredos, who joined the Heroic Warriors of Eternia to catch Horde Prime.

  • More Dakka: Shoulder-mounted guns, guns mounted in flip-down plates in his chest and thighs, and a retractable gun in each arm. He'd probably have more if he could figure out how to mount them.
  • Lethal Chef: As Orko found out when he tasted his chili. He-Man then politely turned down the meal.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A cyborg cowboy.
  • Odd Couple: With Snout Spout in the Star comics.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In his case, it's effectively snakes. In the same comic issue where this is revealed he faces King Hiss

Roboto/Robot Model 9041
Played by: Alan Oppenheimer (80's); Michael Donovan ('02)

A robot built by Man-At-Arms to play chess, who upgraded himself as a warrior robot.

Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

A young member of the Rock People.

  • Distressed Dude: There are several versions of how the Stone people arrive to Eternia (or Etheria), and in most of them Rokkon is captured or incapacitated so Stonedar and He-Man (or She-Ra) have to rescue him.


A guard of the royal palace until one of Skeletor's attacks left him injured. Man-At-Arms saved him by using a machine that changed him into a spinning cyborg.

Snout Spout/Jaxton
Played by: Lou Scheimer (She-Ra)

An Etherian peasant who was captured by Hordak and turned into a cyborg with an elephant-like head that allows him to shoot water out of the trunk. He escaped to Eternia and joined the Heroic Warriors.

  • Cyborg: His elephant head is cybernetic.
  • Odd Couple: With Rio Blast in the Star comics. He's the neat and by-the-book one.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: Hordak kidnapped him to make him into a cyborg, rather than trick him like he did with Extendar.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Snout Spout can... fire water out of his trunk. However, he subverts the trope by using his powers (in creative yet not-so-awesome ways) to shoot ice, vapor or just water when the situation requires it.

The Sorceress of Castle Grayskull/Teela'Na
Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Christina Pickles (Live-Action Movie); Venus Terzo (New Adventures); Nicole Oliver ('02)
  • Blessed with Suck: Think about it. Blessed with the ability to discern almost all the things happening on Eternia, having extremely powerful magic at her command...and yet, she was unable to leave the Castle without being reduced to flying around as a bird with very low-level telepathy. One imagines the limitations got quite frustrating. The very few times she was able to overcome these limitations were explicitly stated to be special circumstances.
  • Canon Immigrant: At least her bird-like looks.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Has a vast amount of spellcasting powers and considered the most powerful magic-wielder in modern-day Eternia.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Sorceress is Teela's mother, a fact known only by herself, Man-At-Arms and Adam/He-Man.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: She almost suffered this fate in the first toyline, being released at the tail end, and despite being redesigned for both the New Advetures and the 2002 series, she wasn't released in neither of these, albeit her 2002 version got an statue in scale with the figures.
  • Truly Single Parent: Unless you count Skeletor, who used the power of Point Dread to clone the Sorceress to create Teela.
    • Except in the 2002 series, where it happened the old-fashioned way.

Played by: George DiCenzo (She-Ra)

Leader of the Rock People.

Stratos of the house of Avion
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); Scott McNeil ('02)
"As a bird-man, I've got a thing about cages."

Leader of the bird people from Avion.

Sy-Klone, Son of Dy-Lex
Played by: Lou Scheimer (80's); John Payne ('02)

Guardian of the Legacy Stones in the city of Anwat Gar, able to create whirlwinds. After the Legacy Stones are destroyed, Sy-Klone joins the Heroic Warriors.

Played by: Linda Gary (80's); Chelsea Field (Live-Action Movie); Cathy Weseluck (New Adventures); Lisa Ann Beley ('02)
"This whole thing smells of Skeletor."

Captain of the royal guard and Man-At-Arms's adopted daughter, who has a crush on He-Man.

  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the 80s series she was annoyed whenever an attractive woman showed interest in Adam, like in "Song of Celice" where she gives the title character the stink-eye when they first meet.
  • Happily Adopted: By Man-At-Arms
  • Hartman Hips: Teela in the 80s cartoon had serious curves.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Her two favorite pastimes are giving Adam grief in his training and talking smack on the other Heroic Warriors (as Mecha-Neck). She doesn't mean anything by it, but her attitude has gotten her in trouble a few times. It doesn't help she borders to go full Jerk with a Heart of Jerk when not watching herself.


He-Man's fighting falcon.


Played by: Blu Mankuma ('02)

Heroic Trainer-Of-Arms and Man-At-Arms mentor.


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