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Elementals are rare individuals, almost always human, who can cast magic of a particular element without incantations, planning, or even having anything but a vague idea of what they want the magic to do. Those with enough experience to know what they're doing are incredibly dangerous, though they can be defeated by someone who prepared for the fight ahead of time. For Max Linell the Fire Elemental see the "Teachers And Staff" folder; for Okochi Akira the Water Elemental and Murakami Natsumi the Queen of Light, see the "The Old Class" folder. For Ruden the King of Earth and Ava Grace the Water Elemental, see the "Misora's Group In Book 1" folder.

General Tropes For All Elementals

Elementals are people with an abnormal connection to an element, who possess the ability to manipulate their magic element with little more than a thought or a gesture rather than a spell, and possess tremendous magic capacity compared to the average mage, which they come by as a natural by product of being an elemental. There are ten elements: Light, Shadow, Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Lightning, Ice, Wood, and Metal.
  • Elemental Absorption: This is a common ability of elementals, though some have it to a higher degree than others.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: This is very important among the elementals when it comes interaction between individuals, and while individual relationships may vary, their first instinct when meeting a new elemental tend to be dictated by this.
  • Elemental Shapeshifting: Some of the more powerful elementals are able to change their body into their particular element, such as Akira did in Still Waters 1. This acts as a Super Mode for them, freeing up all their power for them to use.
  • Flight: This seems to be a side effect of Elemental Shapeshifting; while only two elementals have shifted thus far in the series (Still Waters 3, book 2), both (Queen of Water, Queen of Light) have demonstrated the ability to float in the air.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: All elementals are considered to be this to one degree or another, though water elementals suffer from it the most.
  • Power Gives You Wings: This seems to be a common addition when an elemental shifts.

Elemental Kings

These are the strongest of the elementals, chosen by their predecessors to lead weaker elementals of the same element.
  • Legacy Character: This is how the Elemental Kings are seen by the few who know the truth of how they operate. Every Elemental King of the past was a hero in their own time who eventually died, only to wait around for the next Elemental King of their element to be born, mature, and become worthy of the title, after which they can finally pass on to Whatever Comes Next.

Guy Sculler, Elemental King of Wind

  • Blow You Away: His elemental power is wind.
  • Divine Intervention: in the intro to Still Waters 3, Book 1, it is revealed that the then-Elemental Queen of Light removed his soul from his body in the instant before his death, saving his life, though not his body; it is implied that this is not approved of. He was last seen on some strange elemental plane.
  • Expy: He looks a lot like Dante from Devil May Cry.
  • Naked on Revival: This is how he wakes up after the former Elemental Queen of Light saves his life.
  • Razor Wind

Former Elemental Queen of Earth

She appeared to Ruden at the end of the Misora arc, where it is revealed she's stayed around him all his life. She gave up her position to Ruden at the end of Misora's arc in Book 1 of Still Waters 3. Doesn't appear to have a physical body.

Former Elemental Queen of Light

She first appeared in the side story The Queen of Light, and later appeared briefly in Still Waters 3. She gave up her position to Natsumi at the end of The Queen of Light. Doesn't appear to have a physical body.


These characters are elementals who were not strong enough to be chosen as Elemental Kings. Any elemental is worth a dozen regular mages, however, so each one is still a serious threat.

Linda Cale

A mysterious swordswoman and light elemental, she was sent to find the "Queen of Light", Murakami Natsumi, by none other than the Great Vampire Lord Sir Alexander Stratos.
  • Action Girl
  • Anti-Hero: She's a Type 4.
  • The Champion: For Natsumi.
  • Cool Sword
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: During a fight at the Youkai Festival in Book 2, Linda is up against another highly skilled swordswoman. She ends up impaled by the woman's sword, but manages to grab the woman's hand, pull herself up the blade, and punch her in the face several times until the opponent managed to block a hit, only to receive a headbutt for her trouble.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her introduction involves ambushing Kotarou, who was caught so off guard that only Natsumi's quick intervention kept him from getting grievously injured. It was a Secret Test of Character on Linda's part; when she is defeated moments later, she immediately swears to serve Natsumi.
  • Fights Like a Normal: She is a light elemental, but she prefers to use a sword rather than magic.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She may be on Natsumi's side, but when her suggestion on how to deal with a potential enemy involves a quick assassination, you can tell she's not a very nice person.
  • Healing Factor: She heals quickly due to her abilities as a light elemental.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers
  • Laser Blade: She can use her magic to create one of these; it is described as looking a lot like a light saber.
  • Light 'em Up: She is a light elemental
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her status as a light elemental gives her a minor form of regeneration, allowing her to recover from injuries or power through them far more easily than the average combatant.
  • Magic Knight
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When she, Natsumi, and Kotarou start talking about Masashi and the problems he's causing among the youkai, the first thing she does is casually suggest murdering him.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Rapunzel Hair


A young fire elemental from the city of Vulcan, in Mundus Magicus; he seems to have developed a friendship with Anya.
  • Covert Pervert: One of the first things he does when meeting Anya is check her out and decide she's probably underage.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone but him seems to think he's a perfect match for Anya.


     Misora's Group in Book 1 
The group Misora put together during the mission the church gave her in the Magic World.

Ava Grace

An attractive, innocent-seeming woman picked up along the way during Misora's travels, she is capable of great violence.
  • Battle Couple: With Ruden
  • Berserk Button: You know that big, tough looking guy she travels with? Yeah...just stay away from him. God help you if you actually manage to hurt him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, but she's often used her magic to rip people apart.
  • Big Fancy House: She lived in one for a long time after her parents died.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Much older than most examples of this trope.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She had quite an empty life, always feeling to need to find something or someone she didn't even know. As seen during the festival arc in book 2, she finally found it in the form of Okochi Akira, the strongest water elemental.
  • Glass Cannon
  • In the Hood: She wears a ragged, hooded robe in her travels across Europe and Asia to reach Japan.
  • King Incognito: She is one of the last remaining members of one of the original royals families of Mundus Magicus.
  • Making a Splash: Her magic is all water based, mostly used to attack.
  • Meaningful Name
  • One Woman Army: Her powers allow her to take on large amounts of people at once.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her parents are both dead.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While all elementals are considered this, water elementals in particular are feared because of their ability to manipulate the human body. Ava has shown willingness to do this several times.


A mysterious young man with some dark secrets. Assigned to Misora by agents of the Church in Mundus Magicus, he is competent at almost everything.


A huge man of tremendous strength, he is not the sort of guy to take lightly.
  • The Big Guy: Easily the physically strongest of the group, he once beat an Oni, a race well known in-universe for their toughness, to death in a pit fight.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is the Elemental King of Earth (the element, not the planet).

Sarah McDougal

A lively young woman who was accidentally separated from her archaeologist father, she bumped into Misora a fairly short time ago. From Love Hina.


A mysterious woman who is much older than she looks. What is her connection to the demons...?

Sir Robert The Dragonslayer

A famous hero who is past his prime, he wishes to atone for his sins.
  • The Atoner: He is on a quest to find the legendary King of Dragons and apologize for decades of dragon slaying. He doesn't expect to survive the meeting.
  • Badass Boast: he delivers one to Rhett during their fight in chapter 32a.
  • Badass Grandpa
  • Badass Normal
  • Berserk Button: For the longest time, any hint of a dragon's presence was enough to make him hunt it down mercilessly. This has faded over time, however.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He kills dragons with a sword.
  • Cool Sword: None other than Excalibur itself.
  • The Dragonslayer: So much so that it's what people call him. He has hunted dragons most of his life due to the death of his young wife.
  • Famed In-Story: He was once one of the most famous people around.
  • Had To Be Sharp: He was hunting dragons all his life, after all.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: He's hunted dragons all his life with a sword.
  • In Harm's Way: In spite of being of an age to retire, he's still out there, wandering the world.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Sarah McDougal.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Indicated in his fight against Rhett in Misora's arc in Book 1 by the phrase "Don't you think it's time for the counterattack?" He then proceeds to wipe the floor with Rhett.
  • The Magnificent: He killed so many dragons, everyone started calling him The Dragonslayer.
  • The Mourning After: He has never gotten over the death of his wife decades ago...she was killed by a dragon, so he went off and killed every dragon he could find. For nearly forty years. He has only recently seen the error of his ways, but feels he is too old and tired to start over again.
  • Old Master: As Rhett found out the hard way; he was the only member of Misora's group not to receive serious wounds.
  • Papa Wolf: It's heavily implied he would be this for Sarah's sake.
  • Recruitment by Rescue: Misora's group found him wounded in the road and nursed him back to health; he's been with them ever since.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: This is what he tells Sarah when she suggests they run away and get their friends to help when Rhett challenges him to a duel between Master Swordsmen.
  • Walking the Earth: He's been doing this since his young wife's death, years ago.

     Fate's Group in Book 1 


Foloren Doubt

A demon and longtime friend of Fate.


A mysterious shadow mage; what is he hiding?
  • Casting a Shadow: His magic is shadow based.
  • Cool Mask: He wears one at all times, though apparently it is for protection rather than just to look cool. When it was cracked in combat, the sunlight shining through the cracks burned his skin.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being a member of a group including murderers, evil vampires, and demons, he's not evil.
  • One-Man Army
  • Person of Mass Destruction

Raddyn Sayard

Somewhat psychotic, he's a mercenary for hire in it for the violence. He works for Tregani Mullin.

Rhett Reaker

A natural swordsman, he was often called a genius growing up. Currently works as a mercenary for Tregani Mullin.


Tregani Mullin

One of the very few that can keep the dangerously violent Raddyn under control, he is a mercenary who has worked with Fate before.

     Magic World Characters 

The Adversary

Kurt Godel

A prominent politician in the Megalomesembrian Senate, he is working hard to create a lasting peace in the world.

Ocali Kaunt

The mysterious man giving Fate his orders, little is known about him beyond his appearance, his strange ability to manipulate everyone around him, and the fact that Fate finds him strangely unsettling to be around. A highly powerful member of the Megalomesembrian Senate.

Saro Pendragon

Another mysterious man, all that is known of him is that he is the one who gave Scarlet her body.

Mayor Gren

The mayor of Aris, a major port city in Elysium.
  • Corrupt Politician
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Local mafia trying to scam you? Sent your assistant's head to you without the rest of his body when you sent him to warn them to stop? Have people murder ten women related to the mafia boss and send their heads back the same way! Problem solved!


Proprietor of a popular tavern in Hecates, he is instantly recognizable by the small tuft of black hair on the very top of his head.

Cult Godanger

Leader of the Hecatean Mafia, he frequently clashes with Dorsey over attempts to extort protection money.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: Cult has a big case of this.
  • Jumped at the Call: When his old boss died and he saw a chance for an exciting life, he jumped in head first.
  • Man in White: He always wears a white suit, "30 years out of date"; he wears it because the previous mafia boss wore one before his death, and he thinks it helps bring respect.
  • Meaningful Rename: When he took over the Hecatean Mafia, he changed his name from Alfred Pennywhistle to Cult Godanger, which he feels is more suited to someone living the life of a guy who leads his own mafia group.

     Hodge's Bar 
The mysterious people who are always present in Hodge's bar.



The Boy

The Old Man

The Old Woman

The Cat


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