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     Zorian Kazninski 
The main protagonist. He is a mage-in-training at the Cyoria Royal Academy who enters a time loop after being killed on the summer festival.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: While he's clearly intelligent, he considers himself of normal intelligence and only able to become special because of the time loop. It's unclear whether his view is accurate, or he suffers from low self-esteem. Other characters who've seen his creations, tend to rate him more highly.
  • Anti-Hero: Though relatively mild, Zorian focuses on being more pragmatic than the time travelers in order to catch up resulting in him dabbling in some forbidden fields of magic.
  • Attack Animal: Zorian is a specialist in Golem making and often use them in fight. He also use monsters he subdues with mind magic, or confined in a ball he will throw to his opponent.
  • The Archmage: Zorian has no real specialty except for spell formulas and mind magic, which themselves are either ignored or extremely hard to master without naturally occurring ability Zorian has.
  • Badass Bookworm: Zorian had far more success in dealing with the invaders, than even Zach, simply by focusing more on theory and tricks.
  • Beehive Barrier: Zorian's favorite defensive spell.
  • Celibate Hero: Although three girls have willingly gone on romantic dates, he's turned all of them down.
    • Lampshaded. He once had a crush on Taiven but due to him being stuck in a time loop for years, his emotions have mellowed, and he only wants to be friends with her. The two of them eventually go on a date, in chapter 72.
  • Character Development: Thanks to the time loop, Zorian realises his flaws, opened his eyes to his sister's situation...
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite specializing in mind magic, being skilled in soul magic, and dabbling in blood magic, Zorian is one of the more morally upright people in the story.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Zorian almost always has choice words of whatever situation he has been put in.
  • Debt Detester: Zorian did everything he could to pay back the peoples who helped him inside the time loop.
  • The Empath: Zorian has an inherent magic ability that allows him to sense the emotions of people around him.
  • The Engineer: Zorian is a master artificers, at the end of the time loop he may be the best in this field, especially considering the advantages of his mental enchancements explained below.
  • The Fettered: Despite being in a time loop with no consequences, Zorian tries to refrain from amoral actions and upholds promises that the other party does not remember even at his own expense.
  • Invisibility with Drawbacks: Can turn himself invisible with magic. However, he cannot move to quickly or get hurt or the spell boundary will break.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While rather mean and dismissive of people due to often being ignored and compared to his more charismatic brothers, Zorian has moments of kindness and goes out of his way to help people.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Due to his past as the neglected son in a family of status seekers.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: How Zorian deal with Red Robe and Zach's contract.
  • Mage Marksman: Picks up firearms when his spells aren't enough to fight enemies. He currently was working on magic bullets and enhancements, but improvements are currently unknown.
  • Mind Manipulation: Zorian is probably the best human in this field.
  • Me's a Crowd: With the simulacrum spell.
  • No Social Skills: Because of his latents empathy he was unable to stand in a crowd until the araneas teach him.
  • The Paranoiac: Zorian is very unwilling to trust anyone early on in the story. Justified due to being killed once when he warned someone of the invasion.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Zorian is extremely driven in his goals and will resort to mind raping people if they have information related to the invasion. However, he still feels guilty about this, even if the target was irredeemable.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Mild example. His parents attempted to groom Zorian into becoming the replacement heir in case Daimen dies after Fortov bombs his exams and nearly drops out of school. It didn't stick.
  • Spanner in the Works: Completely demolishes Red Robe's plans by focusing on fields of magic that are more useful as well as recruiting powerful allies, something that Zach is unable to do successfully.
  • Squishy Wizard: Most combat mages in the series work on their physical capabilities. Before the time loop, Zorian had little interest in working out his body and due to the nature of time loop, he is unable to improve his strength.
  • Super Intelligence: His mind magic allow him to use several mental enhancements he developped thanks to his simulacrums. For example, in chapter 98, he proves he can visualize in an instant something he want to make like a computer: "spotting a few possible flaws and failure points", "quickly went through a lengthy series of complicated calculation inside his head", "repeated the process several times, gradually refining the design". He can also decode a text in an instant as long as he knew the key, maintaining focus over long periods of time, has Photographic Memory...
  • Teleport Spam: Fond of doing this in fights. Unfortunately, his mana reserves prevent him from using it too often.
  • The Trickster: Uses magic tools like explosives and golems along with his mind magic to trick his enemies to secure a win.
  • The Unchosen One: Zorian entering the time loop only happened because of a freak accident and as a result he does not have all of the abilities of a normal time traveler.
  • The Unfavorite: Ignored by his parents and brothers for being less charismatic and sociable.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to many of the other characters, Zorian has a pitiful mana reserves. As a result, he is forced to be far more skillful at his spells and tricks in order to survive in a fight. This is best exemplified when he defeats the Quatach-Ichl, something not even Zach could do.
  • Wild Card: Red Robe controlled everything before he entered in the loop.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Gets many complaints from his parents for having No Social Skills, especially comparing to his brothers.

     Zach Noveda 
A classmate of Zorian. Zach is another time traveler stuck in the loop along with Zorian.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Red Robe deleted parts of his memory.
  • The Archmage: Due to spending decades in the time loop, he is one of the most skilled mages in the series, and had expertise in just about every type of magic. At the start of the series, he's already hit the cap on his magical reserves, which is roughly six times as great as Zorian's.
  • Bargain with Heaven: He made one with Angels in a dream. That's how he got the marker and the blessing that increase his mana reserves.
  • Beam Spam: Zach's favorite way of attacking people.
  • Best Friend: To Zorian.
  • Blood Knight: Gets great pleasure from fighting all sorts of monsters, and dies quite a few times to an elder dragon. He also battles a hydra blessed with powers from the gods for fun.
  • Book Dumb: Despite being a master mage, Zach hasn't spent any time in a library that also serves as a spell encyclopedia. In addition, Zach was a complete failure of a mage before the start of the time loop and barely passing his certification.
  • Combat Medic: He's an expert of medical spells.
  • The Chosen One: Zach is the original owner of the marker that lets him retain his memories in the time loop.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He and Zorian really only have the timeloop in common. It's enough.
  • Fostering for Profit: His legal guardian, Tesen Zveri, robbed everything the Noveda family had.
  • Genius Ditz: Zach has spent years perfecting his magic and growing to have ungodly skill, but still acts like an idiot and fails to notice even the most terrible attempts of deception.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He rushes into battle without a plan or preparation.
  • The Lancer: Zorian’s
  • Master of All: Zach is so skilled in all areas of magic that he can match Zorian's strengths and completely demolish his weaknesses.
  • Me's a Crowd: With the simulacrum spell.
  • Older Than He Looks: Mentally he is in his late fourties, but the time loop makes his body around 15-16.
  • One-Man Army: Zach is capable of taking on entire waves enemies with no support of any kind.
  • Seen It All: The majority of Zack's behavior in the loops can be explained as him having Seen It All. He spent a dozen resets learning to fight and kill a dragon for the novelty of that experience. He mastered frivolous magical feats and would tell different people about the time loop to enjoy their attention and be able to have real conversations because being the only person who can remember is lonely. After living the same month for decades, there was no reason to take precautions because he knew exactly who the threats were on a day-to-day basis. Once he realizes other time travelers exist and are threats to him, he drops (most of) his Genius Ditz persona and becomes Properly Paranoid, spending dozens of resets in hiding.
    "But you know, I understand," Zach continued. "I got played like a drum by that red robed fucker that's looping along with us. He messed with my mind and was probably monitoring me somehow–"
    "You're sure he's not doing it right now, right?" Zorian cut in with a question.
    "I know how to shield myself from tracking magic, Zorian," Zach said frostily. "Better than you, I imagine. It's just that I usually didn't bother with it, since I thought I was the only person aware of the time loop, so why bother? Ever since that night, though, I've been layering non-detection spells on myself constantly. The asshole hasn't managed to track me down once in all this time. I doubt anyone can."
  • Skilled, but Naïve: While very strong, Zach can be easily taken out if taken unaware due to his easygoing personality.
  • Sole Survivor: Of Noveda family.
  • Strong and Skilled: Lampshaded and averted. Despite having massive mana reserves that should cripple his spell casting ability, Zach manages to become an amazing Archmage. When it come to shaping skill however, Zach has nearly reached the max of his shaping skills, taking 30 years to do so, while Zorian has reached his level in 5 and nowhere near his max level because his mana reserve are low.

Zach and Zorian group

     Xvim Chao 
A teacher at the Cyoria Royal Academy. He serves as a mentor for Zorian and Zach and specializes in magical defense.
  • Almighty Janitor: Xvim poses as a simple teacher that teaches defense against magic, but is in fact more skilled in various fields of magic than other specialists.
  • The Archmage: A master of many fields of magics. It is implied that Xvim is even better than Zach in quite a few fields of magic.
  • The Paranoiac: It was very difficult for Zorian to win his confidence, fortunately Xvim had prepare a secret code for the case where someone would tried to alter his memory.
  • Stern Teacher: That's why no one want him as Mentor.
  • Trickster Mentor: A mild example. Xvim acts as one in order to test his students' dedication, but drops this act after the first or second month. Unfortunately for Zorian, Xvim doesn't drop his act until he reaches a certain level due to being in a month long time loop.
  • Weak, but Skilled: According to the author his mana reserves are average, but on the higher end of that category. Compared to Alanic, Zach, or Quatach-Ichl, Xvim is lacking in sheer strength. However he makes up for it with enough shaping skills to impress even the millennia old lich.

     Alanic Zosk 
A warrior-priest specializing in fighting necromancers.
  • The Atoner: It is implied he had a Dark and Troubled Past, considering how knowledgeable he is about forbidden magics, and what Silverlake said.
  • Bald of Awesome: Alanic is a bald and muscular man, appropriate since he's a priest.
  • Circle of Friendship: Alanic has many relations, among Eldemar authorities, the Saintly Church, he know many mercenaries...
  • Doom Magnet: Because Sudomir planed to kill him, he always die at the begining of the time loop.
  • Fire Purifies: One of his spell make a fire that grow stronger by absorbing the energy of chained souls to destroy more undeads, and finally released them.
  • Knight Templar: Alanic is not above using violence, and bending the law a bit, to see justice done.
  • Living Lie Detector: Like a lot of priest, Alanic can tell if someone is lying or not by looking their souls, however it's not provative for peoples who know soul magic and can control their auras.
  • Playing with Fire: He's a specialist of fire magic, to the point he can make fire that only burn what he want.
  • Sergeant Rock: How he trained Zach and Zorian.
  • Warrior Monk: Alanic is very upfront about his faith but realist, as he said:
    "Not every religious order is about peace and forgiveness. And even those that are usually make exceptions for self-defense, in practice if not in theory."

     Daimen Kazinski 
Zorian's eldest brother, a famous mage and an adventuring archeologist.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He's a famous archaeologist.
  • Chick Magnet: Many girls fall for him.
  • Child Prodigy: Even before he became famous, Daimen was skilled enough to use spells that he shouldn't be allowed to even know, to Zorian's misfortune.
  • Famed in Story: Known across the nation for his skill at magic from a young age.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The timeloop Daimen sacrifices his life to give Zorian a chance to escape.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Isn't aware that he's a complete failure as an older brother.
  • Jerkass: Both Zorian and Kirielle agree that Daimen is both mean and uncaring to his siblings.
  • The Empath: Like Zorian, however since his gift is less developed than his younger brother he didn't suffer the drawbacks.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the past, Daimen has tested a variety of his spells on a young Zorian, giving him trauma in the process.

     Kael Tverinov 
A Morlock who recently join the Cyoria Royal Academy in third year.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: Kael field of study.
  • Child Prodigy: He was a young prodigy and his mother-in-law needed a disciple. After her death, he was talent-spotted by the Academy.
  • Circle of Friendship: It was him who recommanded Alanic, Lukav and many others killed by Sudomir, to Zorian.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He has a feminine voice and look.
  • Good Parents: For her daughter Kana.
  • People of Hair Color: In the past Morlock were a race of underground humans with barbaric customs, like sacrificing people to their gods. They're all white-haired blue-eyed.

A friend of Zorian as well as a recent graduate of the Cyoria Royal Academy. She plans on becoming a professional battle mage.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Fits this trope to a T. Taiven enjoys dragging Zorian on adventures with her team.
  • Can't Catch Up: Over the story she goes from Zorian's mentor in the combat arts and the person he goes to when he wants backup to being essentially negligable. In the cases when she's aware of this, she is NOT happy.
  • The Lad-ette: Enjoys fights as well as partying.
  • The Nicknamer: She almost never use someone real name. For example she called Zorian "Roach", because they are resistants.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Her parents refuse to let her take any risk.
  • Strong, but Unskilled: Taiven is a very skilled user of battle magic, but she lacks experience compared to Zorian and Zach. As a result, many of her attacks are straight forward and destructive.

A centuries old eccentric witch.
  • Alchemy Is Magic: She's the best in this field, she was even able to stop her body from aging. Zach and Zorian relied on her a lot, since there many things only her could do.
  • The Archmage: Silverlake is skilled in every area of magic, even dimensionalism and soul magic.
  • Child Prodigy: According to her.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Since the chances of escaping the time loop were too low, she choosed to accept the deal with the Primordial, and asked him to make her young again, and immortal.
  • Evil Counterpart: Her original and her fight because they couldn't trust each others.
  • Familiar: She's soulbound with a raven, appropriate for a witch.
  • Immortality Seeker: She's afraid of death, that's why she can't use the simulcarum spell.
  • Magic Cauldron: Though she mastered modern alchemy, she know when the old methods are better.
  • Really 700 Years Old: But unfortunately it took her a lot of time to discover how to stop aging, she has the Age Without Youth. That's why she experiments to find an Elixir of Life.
  • The Paranoiac: She doesn't trust anyone, except her raven maybe.
  • Wicked Witch: She may be the last.



Common to all:

  • Giant Spider: Araneas are an intelligent species of giant spiders.
  • Matriarchy: Their species is dimorphic, males are smaller, pretty much subsentient, and not consider as real araneas. Each web is ruled by a matriarch.
  • Mind Manipulation: They're all masters of mind magic, which also include Telepathy, Psychic Radar, Empathy...
  • Theme Naming: Araneas seem to choose their names according to their personalities. From Mind Like Fire:
    "Our names are all of similar length, but since our languages are so different, it is often hard to translate certain concepts without ending up rather verbose. Though in my opinion, many araneas also enjoy making the translation as grandiose-sounding as possible."

Cyoria's Web

     Lance of Resolve Striking Straight at the Heart of the Matter 
The first Aranea Zorian meets, and Matriarch of Cyoria's Web

     Enthusiastic Seeker of Novelty 
A young member of Cyoria's Web and one of Zorian's teachers

River Navigators

     Mind Like Fire 
One of the most important Zorian's mind magic teacher who taught him the basics.
  • Stern Teacher: She's severe and Zorian acknowledge how a good teacher she is, that's why he accepted all conditions of her web.


     Fortov Kazinski 
Zorian's second oldest brother, a fourth year at the Cyoria Royal Academy
  • Jerkass: Like Daimen, Fortov has been a horrible brother to his younger siblings as well as pushing Ibery into a patch of purple creepers and brushing it off as an accident.
  • The Load: Actually aspires to leach of Daimen's skills.

     Kirielle Kazinski 
Zorian's 9 year old sister.

     Ibery Ambercomb 
A fourth year at the Cyoria Royal Academy. She works as the assistant librarian.
  • Magic Librarian: Serves as an assistant librarian at the academy library.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Is hopelessly in love with Fortov despite him being dismissive and outright hurting her by pushing her into poisonous plants in the final days of the month.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Isn't as innocent in the poisonous plants affair as it first seems.

A classmate of Zach and Zorian at the Cyoria Royal Academy
  • The Clan: She was very proud of her shifter clan until they decide to get rid of her.
  • Dude Magnet: Zach called her "our resident red-headed goddess". Zorian confirmed she got a lot of love confessions and date invitations
  • Fiery Redhead: According to Zorian she politely rejected every man who tried to court her, except that time she punched a guy in the face because he was a little more grabby than was proper.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She literally shed her blood to save her little brother, though she doesn't really like him.
  • New Transfer Student: She was transfered in their class the year prior the time loop.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents decided to exile her to Cyoria because they want her little brother to become the heir of the clan.
  • Shapeshifting: She's a wolf shifter, and has Super Senses even in her human form.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Her father wanted a son.

     Tinami Aope 
A classmate of Zach and Zorian at the Cyoria Royal Academy, and descendant of the Noble House Aope.
  • Bait-and-Switch: She's from a family known for dark magic and political ambition, has been trained accordingly and likes creepy pets. She's shy, friendly and very helpful.
  • Friend to Bugs: She loves spiders and spider like monsters.
  • Mind Manipulation: She's only a beginner in this field tough, and she's not "Open" like Zorian.
  • The Social Expert: She know alot about politics, and politicians.

     Akoja Stroze 
A classmate of Zach and Zorian at the Cyoria Royal Academy, and class representative.


The leader of Ulquaan Ibasa.
  • Affably Evil: Jovial, charming, polite, reasonable, and a mass murderer.
  • The Archmage: He's amazing and knowledgeable about all field of magic, even the most eclectics, like mind magic, soul magic, divination, dimensionalism, time-magic...
  • Artifact of Power: He possess the crown of the first emperor, a unique artifact which increase his mana pool.
  • Bling of War: His usual apparence, which he use to intimidate peoples, is a black skeleton, wreathed in sickly green light, and with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath. He wear a gold-decorated armor, with a scepter and a crown full of purple gemstones.
  • The Chessmaster: He planned to weaken Eldemar to make Falkrinea win the next continental war he foresees.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He has no problems with using nasty tricks and surprise attacks.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Ironically it was him who introduce Zorian in the time loop, and it's mostly thanks to his superior skills and knowledge that Zorian was finally able to escape the fake world.
  • Dem Bones: As a lich he manifest as an animated skeleton, and don't need to eat or breath.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be leading an invasion intended to kill tens or hundreds of thousands of people, but he has a clear foreign policy am in doing so; he doesn't approve of Red Robe's plans for mass slaughter and chaos.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He has no problems to capture souls and use them as batteries. He also He also use undeads quite often.
  • Evil Virtues: He checks a lot of them.
  • Glamour: When he need, he take the apparence of an elegant man with expensive-looking suit.
  • Honor Before Reason: As he said: "I'm an honorable lich, only ruthless to my enemies, and I pride myself on my fair and honest dealing with others". In the story he always keep his words, until someone try to betray him, and Zach and Zorian take advantage of it.
  • Immortality Seeker: He explained that he intends to live forever.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's famous for his brutality, as he said he's from a different age and "find modern sentimentality in regards to war casualties insincere, hypocritical and faintly disgusting".
  • Lightning Bruiser: His skeleton body is made with a near-indestructible black metal, and can display inhuman strength.
  • Living Legend: He's a millennia-old lich who played a major role in history. He was a General during the Necromancer's War. As Zorian said he's famous for his honorable behavior, great magical skill, and brutality in warfare.
  • Me's a Crowd: With the simulacrum spell.
  • One-Man Army: He proves it many times, he may be the World's Strongest Man, if we exclude transcendent beings like Angels...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Saruwata Merenptah.
  • Ray Gun: One of his favorites attack.
  • Resurrective Immortality: As a Lich the only way to kill him is to destroyed his phylactery, but Zorian and Zach were unable to find it, even with the advantages of the time loop.
  • The Strategist: He's not only the strongest, he also has a keen tactical mind to find the most effective way to deal with any situation, and more experience than anyone.
  • Suicide Attack: In one iteration he realises he was trapped in a time loop, and decide to blow his own soul up to kill Zorian and Zach. It only failed because Zorian interrupted the iteration just in time, but he managed to durably injured them.
  • Super Speed: He often use a time-accelerating spell on himself to move faster.
  • Teleport Spam: How he controls the battlefield.
  • Thinking Up Portals: It was him who find a way to adapt "Bakora Gates" to human magic, unfortunately for him, the time loopers stole the conception.
  • Villains Never Lie: His reputation of honesty is what make people trusting him despite the fact his brutality and the fact he has no problems to target civilians.

     Red Robe 
The third time traveler who knows the true purpose of the time loop as well as being heavily involved in the invasion.
  • Ambition Is Evil: He was a simple lawyer who had his birthright stolen, and now he wants to be King, no matter the means.
  • The Chessmaster: Is the sole reason why the invasion is as successful as it is and manipulates Zach to focus on less important tasks. However, Zorian outdoes him by being a complete and utter outside variable by being a better planner and more skilled user of certain fields of magic.
  • Deal with the Devil: With Quatach-Ichl and the Primordial, to leave the time loop.
  • The Faceless: Wears a blood red robe that makes his face look like a featureless patch of darkness.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: As revealed at the end of Arc 2, instead of trying to fight other time-travelers, Red Robe exited the time loop shortly after his confrontation with Zorian at the end of Arc 1.
  • Made of Iron: He has an enhanced body and was able to take 2 bullets to the chest and move around completely fine.
  • Me's a Crowd: With the simulacrum spell.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since he was hiding his identity, his true name is Jornak Dokochin.
  • Sore Loser: He did everything he could to kill as many peoples possible in case he lost.
  • Succession Crisis: Like Zach and Veyers his inheritance was stolen with the complicity of the authorities.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was originally one. By the end he's utterly evil and deluded.

     Sudomir Kandrei 
The mayor of Knyazov Dveri, and owner of "Iasku Mansion".

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