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Niko

Wielder of the Sword of Light.

  • All-Loving Hero: What sets him apart from past Champions, who destroyed dark creatures instead of curing them and were focused specifically on defeating Nar Est; Niko is equally concerned about aiding the creatures who've been suppressed by the darkness.
  • Artificial Human
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's technically the younger "sibling" in their relationship, but he doesn't like to let anyone get away with harming or insulting Lyra and is always quick to jump to her defense.
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  • Catchphrase: "Darkness, begone!" He uses it whenever he cures a creature who's been overtaken by darkness, and as a rallying cry for the Army of Light. Becomes a Borrowed Catchphrase when Lyra uses it at one point.
  • Elemental Embodiment: He's part of the consciousness of the primal force of light.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He has a bad habit of charging headfirst into all manner of situations without consideration for tact or stealth.
  • Light 'em Up: Like the other Champions, he boasts control over the element of light, although he seems to require a weapon, like his sword, in order to properly channel it.
  • Sword Beam: Only sparingly does he use his sword in melee combat; most of its use is in the form of shooting off various light-themed magic attacks.

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Lyra

The princess (later queen) of Carondolet, and a guide to Niko as well as the champions that came before him.
  • Aloof Big Sister: She initially has this dynamic with Niko, as she's used to training older, more competent Champions and is embittered over having to "babysit" a much younger one.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: She uses Niko's "Darkness, begone!" when protecting themselves from dark tentacles inside Nar Est's lair, confessing that she's always wanted to do that.
  • Catchphrase: Hers is "Oh, havoc," which she tends to use whenever something goes awry. Niko tries his hand at it a couple times, but doesn't get it right until the first season finale.
  • Cool Big Sis: What she evolves into over time, recognizing how Niko cares for her unlike the past Champions did and becoming the closest thing he has to an actual family.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Until she becomes corporeal.
  • Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed, in that she worries her father's doting on her has left her an Inadequate Inheritor in the wake of his death, and that the title of queen was something he never had envisioned for her to have.
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  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Though she's crowned queen at the end of the first season.
  • Heel Realization: Only after leaving Niko behind to have Aura take on his quest instead does she come to understand the significance his youthful brand of heroism gives to him.
  • My Greatest Failure: Hers is failing to convince her father against trusting Nar Est, which ultimately led to his death. A number of others relate to the deaths of previous Champions, in that she feels she was an inadequate mentor to them.
  • The High Queen: Lyra becomes this at the end of season one.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It's implied more than once that she struggles to live up to her father's legacy and his expectations of her when he was alive.

Mandok

Niko and Lyra’s companion

Nar Est

Evil sorcerer

  • Bald of Evil: Nar Est doesn’t have a single hair on his head and he is rotten to the core.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of season one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Once he has Lyra imprisoned in his lair, he considers keeping her locked up for 768 years, much as her interference did to him, then wonders whether that would be "too cruel".
  • Never My Fault: Even after 768 years, he continues to blame Lyra for the circumstances he's trapped in, instead of recognizing it was his own fault for dabbling with forces that he didn't understand.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He spends his reign believing that the darkness is a mindless force that ultimately serves him. Turns out it's the other way around: the Darkness has its own consciousness, and was using Nar Est as a puppet the entire time in order to gain power for itself.
  • Volcano Lair: He's trapped during the first season inside the Cursed Volcano, which is actually the palace of Carondolet transformed by darkness.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Once he returns to power, he has no qualms with tossing Niko out of the volcano to his death, and spends the rest of his time before the finale creepily fawning over the kind of dark creature he should turn Lyra into.

Rasper

Nar Est’s minion, a talking black bird.
  • Informed Species: He's referred to at one point as an Owlbatross — a cross between owl and albatross — yet he doesn't particularly resemble either one, instead looking more like a crow or raven.

Horris

The former king of Carondolet, Lyra's father, and Sargous's brother. His poisoning by Nar Est was the first step in the sorcerer's rise to power.
  • Abdicate the Throne: Lyra eventually learns that he had planned to pass his crown onto her, before his death and Nar Est's takeover came into play.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In one of Lyra's memories, he's shown identifying Nar Est as his most trusted advisor.
  • Warrior Prince: Judging by his rugged appearance and attire, he was no slouch in the athletics department. His design is even similar to the aesthetic used for the Champions.

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