open/close all folders
One of the primary groups of the world of Spellbreak, the Vowbreakers defy the Vowkeepers and Vowguard by taking up magic of all kinds. While Vowbreakers tend to work on their own, there does exist a more organized faction of Vowbreakers known as the Order of the Vowbreakers that spearhead missions into the Hollow Lands to find what caused the Fracture and how to stop it.
Tropes applying to the Breakers in general:
- Hero with Bad Publicity: While individual Breakers have their own goals, those working with the Order are this, trying to repair the damage caused by the Fracture and the Spellstorms whilst being labelled criminals and heretics by the Vowkeepers.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Again, Order-aligned Breakers don't care for the Vow Mandate, which outlaws magic, and gladly break the law if it means a chance at reclaiming the Hollow Lands.
- We ARE Struggling Together: As the Vowkeeper Garrick Sagemark notes in his journals, Breakers tend to fight each other during their excursions to the Hollow Lands as often as they fight the Vowkeepers.
One of the Order's senior members, Avira also serves as a tutor for aspiring Breakers.
Tropes applying to Avira:
- Justified Tutorial: Gives one of these to any player booting up Spellbreak for the first time, teaching them about levitation, elemental combos, Runes, gear, potions and armor shards.
- Shock and Awe: In the Tutorial, she uses Lightning Strike to teach the player about healing items and disruption.
- Blow You Away: In the Chapter 2 Announcement Trailer, however, she uses Wind magic to fend off the Vowguard ambush in Longwatch.
- Training from Hell: Downplayed Trope. She casts Lightning Strike directly on the player to damage them so they can learn about healing items in the Tutorial, and even tells them to "quit whining", but aside from that, her training course is rather tame.
The leader of the Order of the Vowbreakers.
Tropes applying to Thadius:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: From what we see of him in action, he's more than capable of fighting the enforcers of the Vow Mandate.
- Big Damn Heroes: He makes a timely appearance in the Chapter 2 Announcement Trailer to save Avira from the Vowguard. He ends up requiring rescue in the Chapter 2 Launch Trailer to save him from a trap set up by Ferec.
- Dishing Out Dirt: In both Chapter 2 trailers, he uses a Stone Gauntlet to fight the Vowguard.
- Nerves of Steel: He's not shaken by the Vowguard's handcuffs. He also weathers Garrick's outburst and accusation blaming the Breakers for murdering the Hand of Commerce in Longwatch.
- Un-person: When Garrick's sent on Thadius's trail, he finds that there's no record of the Vanderun family anywhere, and suspects something like this.
A former agent of the Bogmore Collective. While not a Breaker herself, she aids the Order with intel she and her sources gathered.
Tropes applying to Blackthorn:
- Cool Mask: Her face is covered by one of these, featuring glowing green marks resembling eyes.
- The Infiltration: In Chapter 2, she sets up one of these for the player to get to what the Vowkeepers know about the Fracture and the "Vital Stone of Gyle".
A scholar studying magic for the Order, Quincy researches magical lore to learn what he can about the Spellstorms and other magical phenomena.
Tropes applying to Quincy:
- A-Team Firing: Claims to be a terrible shot...
- Non-Action Guy: ... so, he prefers sticking to his research and aiding the Order that way.
The primary obstacle to the Vowbreakers, the Vowkeepers enforce the Vow Mandate and work to bring Breakers to justice. Or so it seems...
Aside from the Vowkeepers, who interpret the Mandate and regulate magical items, there's also the Vowguard, who are allowed limited use of magic to defeat Breakers.
Tropes applying to the Vowkeepers and Vowguard:
- Church Militant: As the Vow Mandate is as much a religious law as it is secular, the Vowguard are this.
- Honor Before Reason: After the Fracture, the Vowkeepers seem to focus on arresting Breakers over stopping the Spellstorms. There are implications in Garrick's Journal that they're benefitting from the post-Fracture chaos, so there's a reason for that.
- Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Following the Fracture and the evacuation of the Highlands-turned-Hollow Lands, the Vowkeepers use the panic to seize greater political power in the affairs of Longwatch.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: The Vowguard's uniforms display this and Spikes of Villainy.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Despite the outlawing of magic, Vowguard use it to bring Breakers to justice. Garrick finds implications that some Vowkeepers themselves use magic, using the Mandate to keep it to themselves.
Mandate Patriarch of the Vowkeepers. Following the Fracture, he was given power to stamp out the Breakers in Longwatch. However, he also welcomes the help of any Breakers willing to turn against the Order of the Vowbreakers.
Tropes applying to Ferec:
- Bald of Evil: His hairline seems to have gone the way of most of the Highlands.
- Breaking Speech: Seems to try (and fail) a shortened version of this towards Thadius in the Chapter 2 Release Trailer.
Ferec: You are nothing, Thadius. Just a broken man, grasping at a forgotten past.
- Fat Bastard: While his robes obscure it, he's on the portly side. As Garrick puts it, he "clearly enjoyed too many shombi nut pies".
- Hypocrite: Despite (or perhaps because of) his position in the Vowkeepers, he's implied to have broken his Vow himself. In the Chapter 2 Release Trailer, he even opens a Storm Hatch, which only Breakers are said to use, to escape Thadius.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Uses a Storm Hatch to escape from Thadius when the latter breaks out of his handcuffs and reclaims his stone gauntlet.
A Vowkeeper from the village of Westmar. The son of a fruit merchant, Garrick sought something greater by signing up with the Vowkeepers. His journal, found here
, lays out his story as he trains in the Highlands, witnesses the beginnings of the Fracture, and starts investigating the conflict between the Vowkeepers and the Vowbreakers in Longwatch.
Tropes applying to Garrick
- Broken Pedestal: As he starts sympathizing with the Breakers, he witnesses the murder of the Hand of Commerce by an Ice Lance, and turns against them once more. However, Thadius claims that the Breakers didn't do it, implying the killing was done by a Vowguard member.