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Heroine and Family
Heroine/Protagonist/Main Character ("MC")
- Country Mouse: She's unused to high class society, and while she's a quick learner her lack of experience and unfamiliarity with complex noble manners stands out at times.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": In Amara's route, she has to keep telling her not to call her Your Highness. She is dismayed in season 2 when not only Amara, but other friends such as Lyris start addressing her formally.
- Farm Boy: She starts off as a humble tavern worker in the village she grew up in before getting pulled into the plot.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As revealed in Sevastian's fifth season. Her mother was the child of the lost princess and a member of a secretive magical race called the Vaea, making the heroine one-quarter Vaea and explaining her pointed ears.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: She was raised as an orphan and turns out to be the descendant of the lost princess.
- Parental Abandonment: She was abandoned as a baby and seeks to learn the truth about her family.
- Pointy Ears: She is the only person she's ever known to have pointy ears.
- Princess Protagonist: She is the protagonist, and discovers that she's a princess.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has bright red hair and green eyes, the only character to date with this coloring. Not only is she the heroine and Player Character of the story, she's also the lost heir to the throne, and her arrival in Altadellys leads to overturning the status quo that's lasted for the past century.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: She lived one hundred spans before the present day. After her awakening in Amara's route, she spends a lot of time asking about the modern world and what she's missed.
Queen Consort Edera
- Really 700 Years Old: She's survived more or less unaged for the past hundred spans thanks to the magic of the Vaea.
- Came Back Strong: She died defending the royal family and was resurrected by Gideon's alchemy, which made her immortal.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her hair and eyes are golden.
- Elegant Classical Musician: She is a skilled lute player.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Her eyes are gold, befitting someone from Summer.
- Immortality: She is unaging and will heal from any wound, granting her Nigh-Invulnerability, although a magical life-draining weapon is said to be able to kill her.
- Knight in Shining Armor: She is a noble and dutiful knight. Before she introduces herself in her first episode, the heroine's narration tags her as "Shining Knight in Armor"/"Shining Knight".
- Leitmotif: Her theme music is a Lonely Piano Piece with a One-Woman Wail and backing Ethereal Choir.
- Never Gets Drunk: As part of her immortality, she is unaffected by poisons, including alcohol.
- Really 700 Years Old: The tournament at the start of the series marks one hundred spans since her resurrection.
- Statuesque Stunner: She is 6'3", one of the tallest Lovestruck love interests to date.
- Panthera Awesome: Her lioness form is huge, easily dwarfing Amara.
- Rugged Scar: She has a scar across one eye, enhancing her tough appearance in her lioness form.
- Sizeshifter: She can turn from a housecat-sized cat to a giant lioness and back.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: She's a cat with two feathered wings on her back.
- Giftedly Bad: He seems to expect the heroine to be wowed by his poetry, though she and Sevastian both agree that it's terrible.
- Not Good with Rejection: When the heroine declines the arranged marriage with him in Sevastian's first season, Tristan doesn't take it well. He sends an assassin to kill her for embarrassing him.
- Prince Charmless: He is the High Prince of Summer, and the heroine is in an arranged marriage with him in Sevastian's route. He is self-centered, vindictive, and a terrible poet.
- Cool Crown: As the Head Priestess of Summer, she wears a sun-themed headdress with spokes coming off her head like rays and a halo-like ring.
- Cryptic Conversation: She tends to speak cryptically, often involving references to the sun.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Her eyes are gold, befitting someone from Summer.
- Facial Markings: She has gold markings on her face, denoting her as a priest of Summer.
- Absolute Cleavage: Both his princely attire and his Silver Dagger outfit have open tops, baring his chest and stomach.
- City Mouse: Downplayed, but when he and the heroine have to leave Altadellys in his fourth season there's a distinct difference in the extent of their respective wilderness survival skills. Sevastian expresses admiration of how well she gets around the Wilds, admitting that he's never spent so much time there before and finds their vastness intimidating.
- Clark Kenting: His disguise as the Silver Dagger consists of little more than changing his hair color and painting a dark stripe across his eyes in a facsimile of a mask. The heroine recognizes him almost immediately, but he explains that for the nobles he robs, the idea of a prince moonlighting as a highwayman is so far beyond their ability to imagine that it never even occurs to them he might be someone they know.
- Elemental Eye Colors: His eyes are gray, befitting someone from Winter.
- Friend to All Children: He often buys street food for the children of the Winter Quarter.
- Glowing Eyes: His eyes glow solid white when he uses his magic.
- The Highwayman: The Silver Dagger primarily robs wealthy travelers on their way to or from the capital city.
- Just Like Robin Hood: In his secret identity as the Silver Dagger, he steals from the nobility and uses the money to buy food for children.
- Leitmotif: His theme music has a cool, wintery sound to it.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair and is noted to be handsome.
- Marked Change: Glowing blue lines appear on his skin when he gains magical power in his fifth season.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: In addition to the glowing eyes and marks on his skin, using his magic causes his hair to turn white.
- Pretty in Mink: His prince clothing includes furs worn around the shoulders.
- Rebel Prince: He is at great odds with his family, and secretly moonlights as a Robin Hood figure.
- Reclining Reigner: He is often seen lounging lazily. It can partially be chalked up to maintaining his image as an aloof prince.
- Winter Royal Lady: His title is the Prince of Winter, and he has the silver and white color scheme to match.
Lord UbelThe Head of Winter.
- Archnemesis Dad: He and Sevastian are openly antagonistic to one another, to the point that Sevastian threatens Ubel with a dagger in the first episode of his third season.
- Elemental Eye Colors: His eyes, like Sevastian's, are a silvery gray befitting Winter. When she first meets him in Sevastian's route, the heroine thinks of them as "frost-colored."
- Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: He tells the heroine that her feelings for Sevastian will drag her down, and that love will "ruin" her and her chances for greatness.
- Ambiguously Human: She is noted to be unusually strong and has "sharp inhuman nails" capable of stripping down a switch from a tree.
- Beauty Mark: She has one on her cheek, fitting with her upper crust appearance.
- Childhood Friends: With Sevastian and Lyris.
- Elemental Eye Colors: She is from Winter and has gray eyes.
- Elemental Hair Colors: She is from Winter and has white hair.
- Entitled to Have You: Believes that Lyris rightfully belongs to her because he's a prisoner of her uncle's and she's treated him kindly rather than like a servant.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: She wears plumage at her neck and wrists.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's loved Lyris for years, and has always been incredibly jealous of him showing attention to anyone else. In Lyris' first season, she attempted to poison the heroine with a Red Queen in their first meeting after finding out about her one-night stand with Lyris.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: No matter how many time Lyris tries to tell her he doesn't want a relationship with anyone right now, she insists that the only thing stopping them from being together is her lack of power. Admittedly, he usually cites his position rather than outright telling her he's not interested, but he's trying to be diplomatic and he's rightfully worried about how she'd react if he strongly rejected her.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: In Lyris' first season, when he tries making a deal with her using himself as a bargaining chip:Hortensia: I could have Uncle wrap you up and gifted to me in a pretty bow if I really wanted.
She sighs, long-suffering.
Hortensia: I truly don't get enough credit for the amount of restraint I show.
- Bare Your Midriff: His outfit◊ leaves his midriff bare.
- Broken Angel: On his back are two scars where feathered wings were cut off.
- Elegant Classical Musician: He plays many instruments, such as the harp.
- Facial Markings: He has a pair of small green marks just above his eyebrows. They are actually tiny feathers.
- Introduction by Hookup: He and the heroine quickly fall into bed together soon after they meet, making clear their strong chemistry together. This becomes rather awkward once the heroine starts working for Hortensia, who believes Lyris belongs to her, and she discovers that he's a very popular courtesan whose affections are a matter of political significance.
- Ladykiller in Love: As a courtesan it's in his interest to turn heads, and in one heart option he reveals more than a few people have tried to 'save' him by offering to marry or run away with him. However, with the heroine he can actually be himself, and he falls for her completely.
- Leitmotif: His theme music is elegant classical music, reflecting his musical talents.
- Liberty Over Prosperity: Lyris enjoys life as a courtesan because it gives him a life of freedom he wouldn't have otherwise been allowed, and prefers this to his previous life as a pampered prince who was totally ignored by his family.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair and an androgynous appearance.
- Mark of the Supernatural: His eyes are two different colors. The right is purple, the left one gold. He is a member of a race of Winged Humanoids from outside Lysende.
- Martyr Without a Cause: He has a tendency to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of the heroine, such as agreeing to marry Hortensia in exchange for her protection. This is also reflected in his birth sign, the Martyr.Lyris has no issue proving how much he cares for me.
(But at the same time, this is just another way of him sacrificing himself. Can't he express these feelings without hurting himself? Is that all he knows how to do?)
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's a gloriously-decorated courtesan whose societal role is to be pretty, make art, and inspire others' affections, making him something like a Femme Fatale. She's a Country Mouse used to the rugged wilds who draws a knife on him the first time they meet. (To cut a stray thread on his clothing, sure, but definitely displaying a certain obliviousness to social mores that Lyris doesn't hesitate to rib her for.)
- Master of the Mixed Message: Early in his first season he tells the heroine he isn't looking for a relationship and they agree to be friends. But there's still sexual chemistry between them, and growing romantic interest as well, and Lyris is a naturally flirty person, leaving the heroine very confused at times. Of course, he does like her, but he's scared of what Hortensia might do to her.
- Old Flame: He and the heroine have a very lovely but deliberately temporary one night stand the first time they meet. When the heroine finds her way to the capital again she's eager to track him down, and while he makes it clear he's not looking for a relationship, the attraction quickly reignites between them.
- Really Royalty Reveal: In his first season, it's revealed that he's a prince from a kingdom of winged people who was taken to Altadellys as a hostage. He denies that there's much importance to his lineage, however.
- Stepford Smiler: His role as a courtesan necessitates he be bright, witty, and fun at all times, so he's almost always wearing a smile (or a playful pout), and usually finds it easy to deflect questions by just asking others to talk about themselves. When the heroine asks what he genuinely thinks and feels, he really struggles to believe that she really does want to hear it.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His palace attire◊ involves little more than jewelry and some sheer silk scarves above the waist, leaving most of his chest bare.
- Wild Card: His status as courtesan gives him a certain amount of freedom to move about the court at will. However, if he were to actually tie himself to somebody in a romantic partnership, that would signal allegiance to one of the Seasons, a decision not to be made lightly.
- Cuddle Bug: Once she warms up to the heroine she can be quite tactile. One notable instance in Amara's route is when everyone is rushing to congratulate the heroine; Piama practically tackles her with the force of her hug, and is only pried off once Hazel steps up for her own hug.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She can be haughty or cold at first, but becomes friendly to the heroine as she gets to know her.
- Flowers of Nature: Piama is a princess of House Spring whose hair is adorned with flowers.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: At first meeting Piama can come across as shallow and a bit catty, doing things like attaching herself to the heroine in order to get into Sevastian's party and then promptly ditching her once inside. It's pretty clear that these behaviors are her defense against the cutthroat power games of the noble court and her own family's abuse of her, however, and she doesn't have much actual power. She warms almost immediately to the heroine's kindness, and soon becomes a loyal friend and ally.
Lady VoThe Head of Spring.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts warmly to the heroine at first, but when confronted with her scheming, drops the pleasantries and shows her true contempt to her.
- Evil Chancellor: In Amara's second season, she acts as regent to the heroine, but works behind her back to marry her off to a neighboring kingdom and send out their troops against her wishes, plus tricking her into signing a decree that sends Amara out with them.
- They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: She introduces herself to the heroine as Lady Vo, but says to call her Auntie Vo, saying that everyone does.
- Absolute Cleavage: One of her outfits is a dress◊ that's open from her neck to her bellybutton.
- Animal Motifs: Spiders, obviously. Aside from her Arachnid Appearance and Attire and job as spymaster (i.e. being at the center of a web of information), she also is said to have killed her husband — female black widow spiders are known for killing their mates.
- Arachnid Appearance and Attire: She is spider-themed in appearance, having dark gray skin and four arms. One of her outfits also has spider-shaped brooches.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She is a gray-skinned spider-person with black sclera who cultivates a dark aesthetic, but has the best interests of the realm in mind.
- Elegant Classical Musician: She plays the harp.
- Leitmotif: Her theme music has an ominous sound to it, incorporating elements such as an Ominous Music Box Tune and tolling church bell.
- Master Poisoner: She is very knowledgeable about the use of plants in medicine and poison.
- Seductive Spider: She's a curvaceous woman with a spider-themed appearance, tends to wear outfits that are revealing in some way, and can act quite seductively when it suits her.
- Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: She professes that love is for children and fools.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She fell for Valerian because of his good heart, and on her route, the heroine's compassion is one of the things that draws Xenia to her.
- Sneaky Spider: She is a spymaster who skulks about in the shadows.
- The Spymaster: She is known as the Mistress of Spies.
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Fitting with her spider theme, she has four arms.
- Widow's Weeds: She wears a black veil; the heroine thinks she looks as if she's in mourning. It turns out she had a husband, whom she's said to have killed.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Her eyes are orange, the color of autumn.
- In the Hood: She is a shadowy figure who wears a hood.
- Invisibility: Ruelle has the power to become invisible.
- Rebellious Princess: She doesn't care for being a princess, instead preferring to work as Xenia's shadowy assistant. In Amara season 2, she is one of the many nobles sent to meet with the heroine to offer themselves as a potential suitor; they both agree that they don't care for the arrangement and immediately end the meeting. However, she is acquainted with proper etiquette and acknowledges it as important for someone in her position to know.
Prince ValerianXenia's late husband.
- Came Back Wrong: It is implied that in the past, Xenia tried to have him resurrected after he died, but he came back wrong somehow and she ended up having to Mercy Kill him.
- In-Series Nickname: He is called "Val".
- Insult of Endearment: In Xenia's third season, as she's opening up more to the heroine about her past, she fondly refers to Val as "[her] idiot prince".
- The Lost Lenore: Xenia is still mourning him twelve years after his death.
- Posthumous Character: Everything that's revealed about him is long after his death.
- Animal Eyes: They have vertical slit pupils.
- In-Series Nickname: Amara occasionally calls them "seadog" (slang term for a sailor, especially an old or experienced one), and Xenia calls them "Starchaser".
- Leitmotif: Their theme music is played on strings.
- Multicolored Hair: Their hair is a mix of light blue, pink, and purple.
- Pirate: They are a mercenary pirate.
- Queer Colors: They are non-binary and their hair is primarily light blue and pink, two of the colors of the trans pride flag. Their shirt is white, the third color of the flag.
- Transgender: Galen is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
- Artificial Limbs: His left arm is made of a golden metal.
- Leitmotif: His theme music has a steady ticking sound like clockwork.
- Really 700 Years Old: His age is comparable to Amara's, and the two are longtime friends.
- Solitary Sorceress: He tends to keep to himself, holing up in his laboratory except when he ventures out for work-related reasons.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He has dark blue skin.
- The Executioner: When execution is called upon, he carries it out with a BFS. It's nothing personal — he's just doing his job.
- In the Hood: He has a hood which gives him a more mysterious look when it's up, since it only leaves his eyes visible.
- Occult Blue Eyes: His eyes have the same blue glow as his veins.
- Parrot Pet Position: He has a raven companion who sits on his shoulder.
- The Speechless: He communicates via sign language.
- Volcanic Veins: His veins glow blue.
- Lonely at the Top: As one of the richest and most powerful people in the kingdom, it's very difficult for him to make real friendships because people are always trying to win him over for their own ends.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As the Master of the Coin he's in charge of the court's finances, such as the collection of taxes. In this position he's scrupulously honest and sympathetic to the struggles of the common folk. In Sevastian's second season, he even gives Hazel money from his own pocket so that she can hire a clerk to deal with a bureaucratic runaround designed to favor nobles over smaller commoner-owned businesses.Quince: A government exists to serve its people. If it's not serving you well, then I need to make up the difference.
- Horned Humanoid: She has two small pointy horns on her forehead.
- An Axe to Grind: She wields an axe as her weapon of choice.
- Pointy Ears: She comes from a land where everyone has pointy ears.
- Spirited Competitor: She loves a good fight. When she first meets Amara in the latter's route and they fight, she is happy even to have lost, saying it's been ages since she had such a challenge. When Amara is bewildered why she didn't just explain that she wasn't an enemy, she admits that she couldn't pass up the opportunity to face off against the legendary Captain.
- Alpha Bitch: She bullied the heroine when they were children. When they meet again in Xenia's second season, Tansy claims to regret her past behavior, but it's soon clear that not much has changed.
- Meaningful Name: Tansy is a poisonous flowering plant which is an invasive species in parts of North America. In Victorian floriography, it represents hostility, up to and including a declaration of war.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He proves more than willing to help the heroine and Sevastian when they show up in Rovdyr seeking aid, and takes the heroine's warnings about Lord Ubel entirely seriously.
The Land of Fae
- Cool Crown: His crown appears to be made from blue-violet gems bound together by wire.
- Winged Humanoid: He has large reddish wings.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Feeling the way the Queen's magical energy fills the room, the heroine realizes that she could kill them all easily if she so wished.
- Cool Crown: Like Diarmuid, her crown is made from blue-violet gems, but the binding is fancier and there is an extra large point over the forehead.
- Regal Ringlets: Her hair is in large coils, a visual indicator of her upper-classness.
- Winged Humanoid: She has large yellow wings resembling autumn leaves.