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You can trust her.

"I'm as innocent as a child with a fresh, delicious heart."

Umbria/Zaedalkaah is a secondary antagonist in the comic. She has had quite a bit of screen time, and has had many adventures on her quest to get her old body (and character classes?) back. Her quest is basically the B Plot of the entire comic.

  • Anti-Climax Boss: In-Universe and Downplayed. Umbria is certainly very dangerous, but when Julie was first warned of Zaedalkah she was only told that it was a powerful imprisoned demon and was actually annoyed at learning its true identity, as she already knew that Zaedalkah was "just" a fiendish assassin when she expected something much more powerful. This doesn't mean Umbria is not dangerous nor a threat, but Julie was expecting something far worse. note 
  • Back from the Dead: Zaedalkaah's rebirth took the form of whatever revived him. Since it was Julie's form, he may also qualify as a Gender Bender.
  • Badass Teacher: When conventionally teaching her non-bard orchestra wasn't working so well, she opted to take them to Mr. Moriatos' practice dungeon for real combat/dungeon experience. She has helped twelve of her students gain their first bard level so far.
  • Beta Test Baddie: Umbria was initially on a quest to regain her power and her true form, which this female bardic form isn't. Her former employers however, refuse to take her back due to her weakened state. She ultimately ends up stuck in the Souballo Empire, albeit with a high ranking position, and seems to have dropped this for now, though she is still trying to increase her influence.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's evil and knows it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: This combined with luck is how she's survived so long on her own.
  • Consummate Liar: Subverted somewhat. She thinks she's a great liar, but her lying isn't that great, and Jason and Trevoricus caught on and eventually kicked her out of the group.
  • Cool Teacher: Many of her students seem to think this... when she's not being really mean to them.
  • Dark Action Girl: Quite excellent in combat, and evil.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Definitely has her moments, and finding out Angelo's Kids is part of The Empire was probably the best one.
  • De-Power: Zaedalkaah's reincarnation required her to take Julie's class and levels, making her a Level 3 bard in the beginning. We see that her previous incarnation was stronger than this, to the point of being a famous assassin in the Brotherhood. The guild no longer wants her now that she's weak, so her main goal is to reclaim her lost power.
  • Evil Twin: To Julie.
  • Eye Scream: She seems to like stabbing people in the eye with her Rapier.
  • Fanservice Pack: Inverted just like with Angelika and Julie. Umbria gets a costume change starting from comic #350 onward which no longer shows off her legs.
  • Gender Bender: Umbria was originally a male, fiend touched being named Zaedalkaah, but was forced to reincarnate as an Evil Twin of the person who released him from his prison, Julie. She initially tries to recover her old body and class by requesting the help of the organization she once belonged to, but ends up thwarted and sidetracked. She takes her present form in stride, and finds Julie's good looks useful for manipulating people. For the time being at least, she has more or less settled for remaining this way.
  • Gilded Cage: She was taken to Souballo HQ and, though in luxury, was forced to produce an anthem for the Souballo Empire.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Umbria's character design is an "evil palette swap" of Julie's design. She lampshades this when talking to two evangelists of Angelo's Kids.
  • It's All About Me: Umbria is extremely conceited and self-centered, using people around her at any opportunity to get ahead.
  • Jerkass: During her travels with Trevoricus and Jason, she treats them like crap. When she gets voluntered to create the Souballo Empire's anthem, she treats her assigned orchestra like crap.
  • Magic Music: A much darker reprise to Julie's powers.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She has used Jason's (and Trevoricus' to a lesser extent) attraction to her as well as their greed to get them to do whatever she wants. They wised up and tossed her out of the group.
  • Meaningful Name: As Umbria, derived from the Latin for shadow. She is a darker version of Julie who was cast into existence.
  • Musical Assassin: Though in her past life, he was more traditional.
  • Neutral Evilinvoked: Doesn't have any bias for or against law, but is clearly evil.
  • Non-Lethal K.O.: Thanks to a bungled move silently check, the Scroll Shop Wizard heard Zaedalkaah coming and promptly foiled the assassination by petrifying him.
  • Psycho for Hire: As an assassin, and now for the Souballo Empire; she loves her work and doesn't much care on whose behalf she's killing.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Likes doing these a lot.
  • Putting on the Reich: Starting with comic #350 she seems to have embraced the dress code of The Empire.
  • Quirky Bard: Albeit evil...
  • Royal Rapier: Her weapon of choice.
  • Sealed Evil in a Wand: Until Julie accidentally released it.
  • Smug Snake: Anyone not more powerful than her she tends to treat like crap... and she's even snuck a few snide remarks at the more powerful people around her. She's shown to be very conceited and overconfident, even though most of her successes were due to dumb luck.
  • Terrible Trio: With Trevoricus and Jason, until they kicked her out. But then Angelo forces them, along with Jane, to work together again for his own amusement.
  • The Unfettered: Umbria seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to reclaim her old power. She manipulates and lies to people, kills them, and has joined Angelo's Kids not because she believes in their dogma but because she believes it's a decent way to achieve her goals.

    Jason Moriatos
Not too bright...
Jason Moriatos

"Now that I think about it, a 3 vs 5 fight wasn't too smart anyway."

Jason is a barbarian who was part of a three-person team of bandits who attacked Julie's group. They lost, and Jane was killed (though not by Julie's group). Umbria watched over them and joined the group. Jason seems to be attracted to Umbria and is fairly easily bent to her will.



"Confuse a little human girl for a halfling ONCE and they never let it go!"

Trevoricus is another part of Jane's team, before it was hijacked by Umbria. Trevoricus is a gnome wizard who is unliked by the law due to some unfortunate mistakes and indescretions he had with a young female human child. He is also the brains of the group, though he too passively follows Umbria's selfish and crazy schemes.


"You can't fight us with all that crap on your back!"

Jane was the former leader of a small adventuring group that waylaid Julie's group. They tried to bluff Julie that some treasure Julie's group found earlier was theirs. The bluff failed and they fought Julie's group for the swag instead, but that also failed. Julie's group spared the trio, but Jane was killed by Umbria/Zaedalkaah while Jason and Trevoricus were unconcious in order to usurp Jane's position in the group. However, recently she has come back as a ghost and appeared before Trevoricus. The two work together to defeat Umbria and kick her out of the group, so Jane can take her spot as leader back.

Kergak Slamslicer

"I got no clue, yo. This ain't my call, so don't take it personal."

A dwarven fighter and soldier of the Souballan Empire, put under Umbria's command along with several other Mooks. In a hard-fought battle with some elves from Silverfronds, he was the only survivor among them, and proved to be fairly effective. He's stuck with Umbria and co. since.

  • An Axe to Grind: He got an enchanted one after the battle against the elves, and it turned out that he's actually more skilled with axes.
  • Arranged Marriage: The main reason he joined the Souballan Army was to get away from one of these.
  • Demonic Possession: Got controlled by a demon due to a cursed shield he picked up. Said demon willingly gives up the possession in order to go serve Mortaridar.
  • Dumb Muscle: Kergak is a decent fighter, but tends to believe what anyone tells him, even if it's obviously wrong. Umbria is not above abusing this.
  • Mauve Shirt: He started out as one, being the only survivor out of a group of Mooks. Kergak's gained quite a bit of characterization since, and eventually the author confirmed he was "gonna be around for a while".
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his high Strength along with his shield to act as a footstool for Trevoricus.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: See his quote above. Ultimately, he treats it like a normal job, and is very polite, even to someone he's trying to kill.

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